It’s about 1 p.m. as I type this, safely planted in my seat in the Martin Stadium press box.
We have a few space heaters up here and we’re enclosed, but it’s not super warm in here, so a few typos on the live blog stuff will hopefully be excused again today.
As for the pre-game scenes, the top is the field, which is clear of all snow at the moment — and with no snow in the forecast, the field conditions don’t loom as much of an issue.
You should be able to see one of the little trucks clearing the field in the picture. Their work is done now as I type this.
The second picture is of some of the workers trying to clear the seats of snow — they concentrated on the field first and left the seats for last. I can still see them chipping away at the ice and snow as I type this.
The third picture is looking out across the stadium and to the line of WSU students waiting to get into the game. The line snakes up clear to the old bookstore — this is a different Apple Cup weekend in how late it is, and all the students are here as opposed to some having already left. So I would imagine it should be a good WSU student turnout.
The last picture is of a common scene around here — Cougars and Huskies commiserating. This picture is of a clearly divided couple, each a graduate of the school colors they are wearing.
My sense from walking around is that this is a much more civil rivalry than some, certainly moreso than the UW-Oregon rivalry and maybe some other state rivalries around the nation.
But that will end in about three hours when, as my old colleague Craig Smith used to say, toe will meet leather.
It will probably be light for a series or two, but it got dark around 4:30 p.m. yesterday and this will pretty much just be a night game.
December 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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