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Road games mean one thing for WSU: Cheeseburgers

Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? We know Jamal Morrow does.

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We’re already into week six of the college football season... And the Cougs have yet to hit the road.

That’s about to change this weekend, when Washington State heads to Eugene to take on the Ducks this Saturday.

After spending so much time sleeping in their own beds, you would think the Cougars would dread their first road trip of the year. But, at least one WSU player is looking forward to a specific part of the trip:


“I’m really excited to play an away game, I’m not going to lie,” Jamal Morrow told the media last week. “I like to just get on the flight and... You know, those little cheeseburgers they have on the airplane. It’s like one of the greatest cheeseburgers of all time. Alaska [Airlines], shout out to them.”

Morrow didn’t give any further information about the cheeseburgers, but a quick look at the Alaska website, gives this profile (and a picture) of the menu item:

A customer favorite featuring beloved Northwest specialties; certified Angus beef® is topped with Oregon’s Tillamook® cheddar cheese and served with Tim’s Cascade potato chips.

“I don’t know what it is, it just fits,” Morrow adds. “You know, you throw a little mayo, ketchup on it... With the chips, it just works. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what they do to the burgers, but they’re good.”

I’m sold. I’m definitely trying one on my next flight. But, if you ask Morrow’s teammates, the reviews are mixed.

“I think they might be a little more popular with Jamal than some,” said Mike Leach this week. “They’re not necessarily objected to and a lot of people eat them and a lot of people are reasonably fired up by them, but it’s also mixed.”

(On a slightly related note, Leach then proceeded to rank his favorite burger places. He was asked to choose between In-n-Out, Five Guys and Steak and Shake. Coach ranked In-n-Out first, followed by Steak and Shake and Five Guys. He also admitted that he “has fairly limited expertise.”)

Kicker Erik Powell gave his thoughts on the topic after practice Tuesday. “They’re great. They’re probably not the best cheeseburgers, but when you’re on the plane, they’re pretty darn good. I agree with him 100%.”

And finally, Mr. Clean Eating himself, Luke Falk gave his thoughts and, unsurprisingly, admitted that he steers clear.

“I don’t eat them, but I know a lot of the guys really love them. Especially Jamal and all the big boys. I heard they’re really good, but I’m probably going to stay away from them. I bet they’re really good.” Luke then added he’d stick with a good old fashioned Cougar Country burger.

Hopefully those burgers give the team the juice they need to win their first road game of the year in Eugene on Saturday. But one thing is for sure: this strange viral marketing campaign for the Alaska Airlines Angus beef burger worked on me. I might book a flight just to get a burger.


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