Much to celebrate in NW

Kudos to The Herald staff for mentioning to Husky fans that their obnoxious behavior can leave a bad impression of the university they are cheering for (“No room for arrogance or bitterness in Apple Cup win,” editorial, Nov. 21). The fans should be thankful their football program has been successful for so many years.

I grew up in Western Washington but chose Oregon State University for my education. As a collegiate in the early 1990s, I cheered for a football team that had not had a winning season in my lifetime. Yet every other Saturday my friends and I were at the game supporting our team. Back then a first down was just as exciting as a touchdown, especially if it was a pass.

Whenever I mentioned to friends back home where I went to college, they would always mention the football program and how bad it was. The majority of these comments came from Husky fans who did not even enroll in a single course at the UW. Oregon State was known as a basketball school, thanks to Gary Payton and later Brent Barry. But now the times have changed and the Huskies are in the Rose Bowl due to a Beaver win over the Ducks. It was a day to remember.

All Husky fans became Beaver fans that Saturday, the 18th of November. Earlier this year I attended the Husky-Beaver game in Husky Stadium; the Beavers only lost by three points. As we were leaving the stadium plenty of Husky fans were arrogant to my group of orange-clad Beaver fans. I understand a win is a win but I’m sure there are plenty of Huskies out there who were worried that evening in October.

The Pacific Northwest is now the football powerhouse of the Pac-10: Huskies, Beavers and Ducks. Cougar fans should get their share of the excitement again next fall.

Best of luck to the Huskies in the bowl game. This is a great Husky team, Coach Neuheisel and Marques Tuiasosopo show great respect for other teams. Husky fans please remember how good you have it and how long your football team has been inspiring. To Coach Dennis Erickson and the Oregon State Beavers, thanks for the best season ever. All Beaver alumni are glad we believed.


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