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WSU Cougars College GameDay flag streak saved by ESPN and UPS 'Express Critical'

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Despite being lost in transit to the College Gameday set in Tucson, Arizona, the WSU GameDay Flag, Ol' Crimson, will still fly high.

Some streaks will never die. The 166 consecutive appearances of the WSU Gameday Flag, Ol' Crimson, on ESPN's College GameDay nearly came to a halt yesterday after the flag was lost in transit (somewhere in Mississippi?) on its way to Arizona.

But thanks to ESPN and the magical UPS "Express Critical" service, the Cougar flag will flew high at the GameDay set in Tucson today, the 167th week it has appeared on the show..

The story was aired on ESPN's One Big Thing Segment hosted by Scott Van Pelt (check out the video here). The spot features Van Pelt interviewing long time College GameDay Producer Lee Fitting about how ESPN managed to get the flag to the set on time. #FindOlCrimson started trending on Twitter and some of them are awesome.

What almost went down in history as "The Ol' Crimson Crisis of 2015" might also serve as a spring board to get College Gameday to Pullman. Clearly ESPN is committed to keeping the Ol' Crimson streak alive. Now maybe with a nudge from our hero Lee Fitting, and a little luck, College GameDay will make their way to Pullman in the near future.

Ol' Crimson Coverage

Crisis averted: Ol' Crimson en route to Tucson for 'GameDay' - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
ESPN's College GameDay crew is going to great lengths to make sure one of its traditions since 2003 remains intact on Saturday.

Washington State flag for College GameDay is lost | NCAA.com
The appearance streak of the Washington State could end on Saturday in Tuscon.

WSU Cougars flag lost; ESPN College GameDay streak in jeopardy? | The Seattle Times
The WSU Cougars flag stalled in Mississippi en route to Arizona for ESPN's College GameDay

Football

For Pac-12 football teams, scheduling nonconference games is a balancing act | The Seattle Times
Pac-12 administrators say putting together a worthy nonconference slate is a tightrope act that involves juggling strength of schedule with economic constraints while also delivering a watchable product for fans, and picking games that are challenging but not impossible to win.

Swimming

Cougar Swimming Impressive in Season-Opener Against Stanford - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State claimed four races against the Cardinal Friday.