Apple Cup 2008
The two worst teams in the history of the Apple Cup, the 2008 WSU Cougars and the 2008 Huskies, will face one another in a game that only has pride and bragging rights on the line. 1 win, 20 losses between them. One team with a lame duck coach, the other team wondering if its coach is lame.
So who cares, right?
Wrong. Apple Cup week has a special meaning to all Husky-haters, and no amount of statistical or bowl-game insignificance will take away from the venom, hatred, and contempt that Coug fans have of the Huskies. And when there are fans that want to hate on the Huskies, HuskiesSuck.com is here to help.
HuskiesSuck.com 2008 Season in Review
The Huskies entered 2008 with high hopes and bowl-game aspirations, as usual. The debate amongst arrogance-blinded fans was not about if but which bowl game the Huskies would be attending. The honk-powered concensus seemed to be a mid-range bowl, and the Huskies even garnered an AP vote in the pre-season polls. Jake Locker was breathlessly named as the top-flight Hiesman candidate by blushing fanbois. You couldn't find a magazine rack without Locker plastered all over the pre-season rags... or a message board without the pic of him giving his mother the business.
But there were signs of trouble. Like, the fact that they had only one receiver on their roster with a Pac-10 reception. Or, the fact that they brought in a washed out baseball player to be a defensive back. Or, the fact that Ty Willingham was still their coach. And, in an effort to help them cope with all the losing on the horizon, the team put out a job listing looking for a sports psychiatrist.
The season got underway with the usual excitement and fanfare, building into a frenzy of anticipation over their first matchup with Oregon. Locker's Heisman bid ended as soon as it started, as he was outplayed by Oregon's second and third string quarterbacks. The local dailies were not impressed by their showing, using phrases such as "stomps," "beating," "dominated," and "meltdown" to describe the Huskies failure.
Next up were the BYU Cougars. In a classic display of traditional Husky behavior, the fans took their early season enthusiam and frustration over the Oregon loss and channeled it into religously bigoted posts on message boards. Locker help up his end of the bargan, again tanking as he was dominated by BYU and vastly out-played by his Cougar counterpart.
But the key moment of the game, and perhaps the season, came on a would-be game winning play by Locker. After scoring what looked like it would be the game-winning touchdown, Locker entered into an inspired touchdown celebration, which earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. With the PAT pushed back, the Huskies below-average kicker missed the extra point, and the Huskies again managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. Sitting at 0-2, Husky fans flocked to message boards for anonomous refuge and debated about which other team they should follow this season, now that their season is over. And you know what? They were right, it was.
Nothing symbolized the Huskies' forthcoming fortunes of futility than a bizzare incident with its mascot. Spirit, the malemute who accomponies the Huskies onto the field on gameday, was placed on injured reserve after getting out-dueled by a squirrel. Say what you want about the football team, but at least this is one thing you will never hear about the WSU Cougars' mascot.
Things went from bad to worse for the Fuskies in the Stanford game, as the pre-season "Savior," Jake Locker, was seriously injured and would not return in 2008. And with that, Husky fans stopped caring.
As more and more empty seats piled up, game after game, the media took notice that the Huskies were in contention with only one other team as the only winless teams in NCAA Division I. The other team? No, not Oklahoma, Michegan, USC, or the other powerhouses that UW fans like to think they compete with. Rather, it was the North Texas Mean Green, a team who eventually eclipsed the Huskies by winning a game. (The Huskies remain the only winless team in the NCAA Division I).
Finally, the nega-dawgs had their day, and Tyrone Willingham was nice-fired. In a move that sent waves of shock and disapointment throughout Cougar nation, it was announced that Willingham would not return for another losing season. Instead, he would play out his tenure Mike Price style, and give the Cougars one more shot at his tightwad ass.
And there you have it. The 2008 Huskies have been one of the most entertaining teams from the Ewe of all time.
HuskiesSuck.com is here to help you out during Apple Cup week:
And when in doubt, be sure that the Husky you're messing with knows all about why we call it the "Ewe."