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Gleason Fest 2014 set for Saturday

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Like music? Live in the Spokane area? Gleason Fest may be the event for you this weekend.

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With seemingly everyone dumping buckets of ice water on their heads these days, ALS awareness has to be approaching all-time highs. The topic is a well known one around these parts with Steve Gleason and everything he's done to raise awareness. Team Gleason remains at it and will host Gleason Fest 2014 on Saturday in Spokane.

The event is an all-day music festival to create awareness for ALS with all proceeds used to provide life-improving technology and services for those with ALS. For $20 you can listen to eight indie bands play from 2 to 11 p.m. PT. You may have seen a recent fanpost from msgp501st on the event. If not, here are some more details:

Gleasonfest is this Saturday (August 23rd) and features eight Indie bands playing from 2 in the afternoon until 11 at night. All of the proceeds to this event are going to ALS research and support for those who need financial help to get equipment, treatment, or service to help in their fight against ALS. If you want to visit the webpage for the event, you can do so here: Linky. If you visit the page, they have a list of all the musical acts for the concert, as well as a little video from last years Gleasonfest. You can also buy tickets to Gleasonfest, and if you are feeling especially generous, you can see what a larger donation can get you (hint: its a lot of really cool stuff).

Team Gleason set a goal to raise $30,000 as part of the Gleason Fest fundraising push and are currently about 60 percent of the way there. You can find more information about donating at Team Gleason's FirstGiving page and complete details about Gleason Fest 2014 at the official website.

No White Flags.

SB Nation College Football Preview

SB Nation released its 2014 college football preview on Wednesday and it's tremendous. I'm not even contractually obligated to say that. If you like college football, I'd be shocked if you don't enjoy at least one aspect of it. There are team previews, bowl previews, a coaches guide to rebuilding a program and much more.

2014 College Football Guide - SBNation.com
Wazzu improved 45 spots in last year's F/+ rankings and reached a bowl for the first time in a decade. Mike Leach has made the Cougars interesting again. But how much higher can they climb in an increasingly daunting Pac-12?

Football:

Krem 2 produced a cool segment on WSU's wide receivers, including a few of the players discussing who has the best hands, who's fastest, etc.

Experienced group leads Washington State’s defensive line - Spokesman.com - Aug. 20, 2014
A season ago, Washington State only had four defensive linemen finish with double-digit tackles. The starters were counted on to play complete games and the fresh legs of talented freshmen that could have provided relief were not ready until late in the season, and by then they were unavailable.

Freshmen have chance to find field for Cougars - Spokesman.com - Aug. 21, 2014
Redshirting freshmen – having them sit their first year in exchange for a fifth-year of eligibility – is often considered a sign of a healthy program. After all, it is in effect trading a player’s worst season for his best one.

To redshirt or not to redshirt - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Aug. 20, 2014
Redshirting freshmen – having them sit their first year in exchange for a fifth-year of eligibility – is often considered a sign of a healthy program. After all, you are in effect trading a player's worst season for their best one.

#4Pac: Taking a look at the Pac-12's best wide receiver corps - ESPN
I don’t know how anyone is going to make an argument for any team other than Washington State. The Cougars throw the ball more than any other team in the conference, thus they need more receivers than any other team in the conference.

Perfectionists like Washington State’s River Cracraft aren’t familiar with the term "off season" - Spokesman.com - Aug. 21, 2014

When Tracy Cracraft sent her son, River, off to play football at Washington State, she never knew she’d see him on the field so often his freshman season. And she didn’t realize how little she’d see of him off the field the rest of the year.

Rutgers defense faces tough test in opener against Washington State

PISCATAWAY — An offense described as a mix between Fresno State and SMU likely doesn’t bring Rutgers’ defensive coaching staff much relief.

Strength in numbers: Cougs stacked at receiver in 2014 | KREM.com Spokane

They are fast. They are physical. "We have our outside burners, we got our big men," WSU receiver River Cracraft said.

Women's soccer:

Cougars soccer goes big time with multi-million dollar complex project - Spokesman.com - Aug. 20, 2014
PULLMAN – For many reasons, these are the best of times for Washington State women’s soccer: Five NCAA tournament appearances in the last six years, an enthusiastic new coach and an athletic department that’s given them another 4 million reasons to rejoice.

Baseball:

WSU Cougars host baseball camp in Missoula | Missoula Sports - NBCMontana.com
Mike Naughton is an assistant coach for the Washington State baseball program, and he also runs satellite Cougar baseball camps for kids all over the Northwest.  Wednesday was the first time the camp has ever come to Missoula.