The Apple Cup kicks off in about 10 minutes, and I'm sitting in a warm office watching tiny snowflakes fall outside. Several of my friends are freezing their behinds off in Pullman, waiting for the big game to start. I remember being just like them on Nov. 20, 2004, when I attended my first and only Apple Cup. I don't recall any snow falling, but I do remember shivering in the stands just behind the Cougar Marching Band. I also remember serving as a crutch for several inebriated fans.
I just checked the box score from that day, and apparently it was 43 degrees at kickoff. I remember it felt much colder by the end of the game, but it didn't matter to most of the fans at Martin Stadium as the Cougs ended their seven-year Apple Cup drought with a 28-25 victory. This California native was a wuss, however. I eschewed the on-field celebration, bolted for the nearest exit and ran back to my apartment so I could turn the heat up to 80 and get warm again.
Right now in Pullman, it is 26 degrees with winds reaching 6 mph. By the end of the game, the temperature is expected to be 23, but chances are, fans won't care how cold it gets as long as the day ends with a Cougar victory.
Unless, that is, you're a Husky fan. Or someone who prefers Palm Springs over parkas.
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