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Gardner Minshew finishes fifth in Heisman Trophy voting

Not bad for a guy who has been in Pullman for six months.

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Good morning. In what has been something of a storybook season for WSU, star quarterback Gardner Minshew II continues to gain some national recognition. A few days after Minshew II was recognized as Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, as well as the Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient, we learned that he finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy vote.

While Minshew II didn’t finish among the top three in any of the Heisman’s six voting regions, he did garner six first-place votes, two more than fourth-place finisher Will Grier. Minshew II finished just a hair behind Grier for fourth (126-122) largely because Grier collected six more third-place votes.

According to the Spokesman Review, Minshew II’s fifth-place finish is the second-highest ever among Cougar players, behind only Ryan Leaf’s third-place finish during the 1997 Rose Bowl year. Minshew II had been garnering top three consideration as the season progressed, and one can’t help but wonder whether he’d have been in New York with the other three finalists if the Apple Cup hadn’t gone the way it did. He didn’t stand a chance of cracking the top two, but it would have been pretty cool to see him among the finalists.

Let’s hope Minshew II puts on a show one last time in the Alamo Bowl, and shows that the Apple Cup was a mere aberration.


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I was at the local beer store on Thanksgiving Day, and was chatting with the owner about the holiday season. He told me that there’s a tradition in Germany, and much of Europe, around St. Nicholas Day, which falls on December 6. Apparently the kids put their shoes outside overnight, and old St. Nick fills them with candy.

I’d never heard of this, but of course the kids were within earshot, so there was no getting out of it. Then, like most things, I completely forgot about it roughly five minutes later. Luckily Mrs. Kendall was aware of it, and had everything prepared.

And it’s a good thing, because God knows that if there’s one thing these kids need, it’s more damn candy.

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This is actually a life in Europe kind of thing. I attended a three-day NATO conference this week, and as you could guess, there are folks from all kinds of European countries who work there. You can tell it’s a NATO deal because it starts at 9am, ends at 3pm, and contains two “coffee breaks” that last 30 damn minutes.

As I was wandering around the NATO building during one of these interminable breaks, the French contingent opened a booth and started selling cheese, replete with samples. As you could probably guess, it was really good. So despite the fact that I didn’t get a lot out of the three-day affair, I was able to take home some outstanding dairy products. I can only hope that there’s an upcoming conference where the Belgians open up a booth and sell beer. tl;dr long live NATO.


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