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Welcome to Week Zero

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Good morning Coug fans. This time next week, we’ll be gearing up for Cougar Football Saturday. It’s been a long offseason. The college football season kicks of today with two FBS games, one of which includes a Pac-12 team.

WSU still has week until it takes the field, but the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes get things started with a rivalry game in Orlando. The Arizona Wildcats and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors play later tonight.

Speaking of Orlando, that’s where ESPN’s College GameDay is set up this morning. Specifically, the set is in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. That’s a unique setting with different rules and such for fans wanting to attend the show. Why does that matter to Coug fans?

Ol’ Crimson.

For the past couple weeks, we’ve heard how Ol’ Crimson might not make it on screen, thus snapping the streak going on 16 years. The Magic Kingdom had different rules for signs and flags, though those were amended recently. ESPN’s Lee Fitting also indicated that ‘Ol Crimson would have no problem showing up. Ol’ Crimson’s own Booster Club president confirmed it as well:

UPDATE: Well, as expected, Ol’ Crimson got some screen time about five minutes after posting this. Good on ESPN and the Ol’ Crimson Booster Club for making it happen:

I was always of the opinion that ESPN would make exceptions for Ol’ Crimson. I mean, why would ESPN allow the Ol’ Crimson streak end? The flag is as much of a tradition for ESPN as it is for WSU. This is a flag that was allowed on an aircraft carrier, got a police escort at UW after a local radio loud mouth put a bounty on it, and was quickly shipped to the set when the normally used flag got stuck in the mail.

There was no way it wasn’t showing up.

Now, I’m publishing this as GameDay is happening, so this could become outdated in no time. Oh well. It’s college football season. Rejoice and be glad.


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