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Archive for December 12th, 2007

Cougs up to No. 5 on my BlogPoll ballot

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 12, 2007

Last week, I moved WSU down two spots to No. 7 on my BlogPoll ballot thanks to some less-than-convincing wins. Yes, the Cougs had beaten Baylor on the road, but they had not exactly looked spectacular in digging themselves out of yet another early hole.

Color me convinced now.

On the heels of last week’s impressive victory over Gonzaga — something ESPN.com’s Andy Katz called “one of the best true road wins of the season” — I’ve moved the Cougs up to No. 5 on my BlogPoll ballot, jumping over UCLA and Duke. If you read my post-game post, you know just how impressed I was. This is just an extension of that.

The other pollsters, however, were not as impressed. The Cougs remain steady at No. 8 in the overall poll (on the right-hand side of the page), although Nos. 6-8 are all tightly grouped in the voting.

Since I didn’t have time to work on comments this week, here is my ballot (minus the spiffy spreadsheet layout), with some notes below: Read the rest of this entry »

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Apparently, picking on UW doesn’t provide enough of a challenge anymore

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 12, 2007

Since news is going to be sparse with the Cougs’ next game still more than a week away, I thought I’d pass along a story that has nothing to do with basketball. Apparently, we’re demanding a high school in Texas cease using one of our old logos. See for yourself:

WSU COOPER

To be fair, the university is paying a logo company to protect its interests, so it isn’t like Elson Floyd is making personal phone calls to bully a little school in Abilene. But still, it seems a little heavy handed.

“We consulted with our attorneys in Austin and the bottom line is that they’ve got us,” Principal Gail Gregg said. “… We have to make a change. We can’t win this.”

I hope the university and its representatives are reasonable with this school. As a teacher, believe me when I tell you that $50,000 is a lot of money for a high school. I say let them come up with a new logo and mandate that new logos have to go on new uniforms and otherwise be phased out during normal maintenance procedures (such as resurfacing of the gym floor). That ought to keep the cost down far enough and spread it out over enough time that the impact will be minimal.

In the meantime, I’ll be cheering for the Cooper Cougars. After all, what Cougar doesn’t cheer for another?

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