Losing Faith In Wulff And The Cougs
I don’t know what to say about the Cougs anymore. I know this – we were as bad as the weather on Saturday. Weird to see rain like that in San Francisco. I’d like to say it was weird to see the Cougs play like that, but it wasn’t; heck, we’ve seen those kinds of games a lot in the last four years.
The highlight for me was when we went for a field goal trailing 30-0. I really, really enjoyed that coaching decision. Yeah, baby, let’s put three on the board to make the score more respectable. And then when we whiffed on the field goal, that was just perfect.
So here we are, needing to win our last three games to make it to the lowest-rent bowl game out there. As if that’s going to happen. Yep, we’re going to beat Arizona State this Saturday, Utah next Saturday and Washington on Nov. 26. We’re already double-digit underdogs to ASU; we’ll probably be 7 or 8-point underdogs to Utah, and surely the Dawgs will be 14-point favorites to beat us too.
No sense covering up my frustration or sugar-coating this crap anymore – we pretty much suck, and if that effort against Cal didn’t confirm it, I don’t know what will. In fact, if you’re still at the point where you don’t think we suck, you must be Jim Walden.
We’re 3-6, which is pretty good for us when you think about it, in comparison to the last three seasons. Even if we lose the rest of our games, we’ll still have a better record than last year’s team that finished 2-10.
But come on, we could just as easily be 0-9 if we had played anyone but Idaho State and UNLV in non-conference games to open the season and if we hadn’t gotten extremely lucky in Colorado when the Buffs’ DBs let Marquess Wilson get behind them.
Plus make no mistake – Idaho State, UNL and Colorado are three of the worst teams in the country. And to continue this cynical take on the Cougs – those three teams must be bad if we can beat them.
The hell of it is, I’m still pulling for Paul Wulff. I think everyone is. You pull for fellow Cougs. You pull for a guy who will stay at WSU and not look for greener pastures. You pull for a guy who has suffered through two personal tragedies.
But Christ almighty, I can’t take being a laughingstock anymore. I know it’s just football and doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, but I’d still like to see us win more often than we do if that’s all right with everyone.
I think we can all agree that in terms of Wulff keeping his job, it’s the bottom of the ninth and he’s in the batter’s box with two outs and an 0-2 count, trailing 13-2 with no one on base. The St. Louis Cardinals proved that anything’s possible, but at this point, it’s easy to assume that Wulff will be fired after the Apple Cup.
That said, I’ll still be in the stands at Martin Stadium Saturday night, no doubt freezing my ass off, hoping that Wulff and the Cougs will stage the most memorable rally in school history. He’s got one strike left – here’s to hoping that Wulff swings as hard as he can just in case he connects.
Dammit, Go Cougs!