Hello sports fans. It’s been a whirlwind week. With the COVID-19 stay-at-home precautions around the country, we’ve all had to adjust our lives tremendously. There are no sit-down restaurants open, no K-12 schools open, businesses are shut down and sports pretty much don’t exist right now.
This might be the worst time of year for this to happen, too. The NCAA Tournament was thisclose to tipping off and Major League Baseball would have started its season yesterday. The NBA and NHL seasons were winding down and the playoffs were right around the corner. NASCAR was starting back up. High schools were about to crown state champions and spring sports were about to begin.
But now, there’s nothing. It’s been interesting to see how the sports media has adjusted. Sports pages in newspapers are brief. CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV now suddenly have all sorts of time slots to fill. ESPN is thankful for Tom Brady and the NFL, at least. Many networks are starting to play games from years past. The Mariners-Yankees Game 5 playoff game from 1995 was on MLB Network earlier this week. That was fun.
This all got me thinking. Which past WSU football games would you like to re-watch? Let’s put this into a little exercise. Starting with the 1997 season, let’s go year by year and pick just one game that we’d like to see again. We are eliminating Apple Cups to begin. We’ll move on to those games in their own category.
The season opener was a sign of things to come. Winning the game defending your own end zone on national television was a nice kickoff.
Boise State 21
Slim pickings in 1998
Unless we want to re-watch a loss, picking between wins over Illinois and Idaho isn’t easy.
This was the season finale after an Apple Cup loss and introduced us to Jason Gesser, the football player version.
I know it’s a loss but the cynic in me wants to see how in the world we lost to Idaho.
Another loss, but games that go three overtimes are always wild. Plus, the official stats say Paul Mencke started at wide receiver. I have no recollection of that.
We beat USC right before the Trojans got good.
First bowl win since 1994.
Lamont Thompson picked off four passes as WSU beat no. 9 UCLA. Why is this just honorable mention?
First game in what was then called Seahawks Stadium. Will Derting’s introduction.
Cougs take advantage of the SI cover jinx.
Oregon State 30
Talk about a roller coaster (also, the Holiday Bowl could be in this spot).
All the Wildcats had to do was take some knees and they’d win the game. They ran one last play and fumbled the ball. WSU scored a minute later.
Alex Brink gets his first win and Jerome Harrison runs wild.
I’d like to see WSU blow a big lead against UCLA again because I’m a masochist.
Another game we should have won but we blew a sizable lead? Sure why not.
Give me some space pajamas. Plus, that USC roster was insane.
This was a nice win and the first of two wins in a three-game stretch later in the season.
This was that second win in that three-game stretch. We all thought we’d turned a corner, but then WSU got slaughtered at home in the rain against Oregon State the next week.
Maybe that fluke win at Oregon State?
Arizona State 27
Nice to meet you, Connor Halliday.
Marshall Lobbestael finds Marquess Wilson deep to cap a comeback win. The Cougs were 3-1!
Eastern Washington 20
Mostly I want to see Andrew Furney nail a 60-yard field goal.
One of the dumbest endings ever.
Cougs are going bowling!
A nice comeback win with a defensive stand at the end to seal the win. The 10-7 win over USC almost took this spot.
Cougs were down 21-0 in this one and got a good lashing from Leach. Then they came back and won in the rain.
Another time where I want to see how in the world this happened.
Still my favorite win of the Mike Leach era. Such a satisfying game.
This was when I thought, “hey, I think we have ourselves a football team!”
Oregon State 31
If you went to sleep at halftime (guilty), you had quite the surprise when you woke up the next morning.
Always satisfying to beat Oregon. Even better when you light up the scoreboard.
Boise State 44
An amazing game for so many reasons.
Lots of good choices in 2017.
The re-air includes both College GameDay and the game.
Tons to choose from: The Alamo Bowl, of course, plus the wins over Wyoming, Utah, Stanford and Cal.
Oregon State 53
Jeff and Craig already watched this but I need high blood pressure so I’m picking it too.
Not the UCLA game. Or the Oregon game. Pass on the ASU game as well. Nope. None of those.
Easy: 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012.
Not 2008. Sorry.
OK, what say you?
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