Washington State University Courgar’s face off against the the University of Washington during the Apple Cup
School rivalry one of the best in nation, regardless of records and results
By Sarah English/For The Independent
Jim Walden, Washington State University football coach from 1978-1986 has said, “Nothing in my job—not the Rose Bowls, not the Holiday Bowls, nothing—is more important than beating the University of Washington.” This year’s Apple Cup game ball may now be dead, but the school rivalry is still alive and well, and it’s another Cougar first down in the red zone when it comes to spirit. WSU is beating UW in the number of license plates sold by more than two to one. The WSU flag has flown at 191 straight ESPN Game Day broadcasts and proudly waved over UW’s Red Square twice. And WSU’s logo is the best, confirms Reddit users.
Coach Walden once tried to define Cougar spirit: “I can’t define it,” he confessed. “I can’t tell someone who isn’t a Cougar what it’s like. There’s something that happens at Washington State; you subtly and quietly become infected…. Washington State is a passion. Being a Cougar is a passion.” The Apple Cup game, against the much larger, better funded and more urban school on the other side of the mountains in the Seattle metropolis, causes that passionate Palouse country Cougar spirit to be on full display. More