The rivalry between the UW Huskies and the WSU Cougars runs deep–but not as deep as human kindness.
When beings think of Washington state, they usually must be considered Seattle, with its hipster vibe and radical political bents. What many don’t realise is that a mountain range separates the largely metropolitan, rainy, politically off-color sprawling of Western Washington from the largely urban, chiefly politically crimson downpour pall of Eastern Washington, and the two areas are quite distinct.
Having growing up in Eastern Washington, I can attest to the physical and philosophical East/ West fraction commemorated by the Cascade Mountains. And that divide is highlighted every year during the Apple Cup, the football matchup between the University of Washington Huskies( West) and the Washington State University Cougars( East ).
The Apple Cup has been frisked 110 epoches in Washington’s history, with the orientation interspersing between UW’s big city Seattle and WSU’s small town of Pullman each year. When it’s held in Pullman, as it was this year, weather can be a big question mark. This time, it snowed cats and bird-dogs( ba dum pum) throughout the game.
But inclement weather dallied a big role before video games even started.
A bus carrying members of the University of Washington parading circle touched frost and crashed on Thanksgiving Day.
The Apple Cup is always frisked Thanksgiving weekend, which is frequently symbolizes realizing the 5-hour drive in the different regions of the country on the festivity itself. This year, solidifying rainfall and icy road conditions east of the Cascades spelled misfortune for a bus carrying UW marching band representatives on Thanksgiving Day.
That afternoon, one bus in a 6-bus van carrying the team’s parading clique invalidated near George, Washington.( Yes, that’s really the town’s word .) Thankfully , no one was killed or seriously injured, but a couple dozen students needed to be treated for strokes, jolts, and aching. The respite of the travelers–more than 300 people–would have been stranded if it weren’t for the kindness and friendlines of the locals.
The minuscule township of George, Washington gave up their Thanksgiving night to provision awning and food.
Shortly after the bus crash was reported, legends started pouring in of the kindness of the person or persons of George. The municipality of approximately 500 parties and others from circumventing little town demonstrated up in a big way, opening up the elementary school for the marching clique and department to triage the injured and regroup after the accident.
Had the opportunity to assist the UW Marching Band tonight in our hometown of George. They could not have been more formed or heroic, and every last one, so full of grace
— C A R I H O R N I N G (@ SmithCari) November 23, 2018
In a remote place with few ambulances and all-volunteer fire departments, community members are used to doing what it takes to help in an emergency. Families fetched meat, cloaks, and mattresses to the school. For the part night, the UW marching band was plowed to warmth, hospitality, and kindness from those who were probably springing for their team to get clobbered by the Cougars the next day.
In addition, the WSU marching band learned the UW fight song and played it to kick off the Apple Cup.
To add even more warm blurries to this story, as soon as the WSU marching band found out that none of the UW band would be spawning it to the game, they took it upon themselves to learn their rival school’s engage song–in less than 24 hours. Then they represented it at video games.
So, my alma mater the Huskies( UW) and the Cougars( WSU) are competitors. The UW marching band’s bus got into a serious coincidence on the way to today’s big game, so the WSU band played the Husky fight song.
I’m far from a football fan, but this concluded me rip up a little. https :// t.co/ jRT1EL 7d0U
— Sarah Emerson (@ _loveallthis) November 24, 2018
WSU too marked off a section of the stands at Martin Stadium in Pullman, and left it empty-bellied in honour of the UW band members who couldn’t attend.
The Cougs may have lost the Apple Cup this year, but they won the hearts of parties everywhere.
I live in Cougar country and have witnessed the passion and fervor with which WSU love praise on their squad, extremely when it comes to the Apple Cup. It’s affecting, if not a little spooky sometimes.
But when tragedy affects, antagonisms immediately take a back seat to humanity. The good people of George stepping up on Thanksgiving and the WSU band playing the UW fight song turned a frightening incident into a beautiful tale of beings reinforcing one another. These units who fight like cats and hounds( or Cougars and Huskies, to be precise) know that when it comes down to it, we’re all part of one family.
More of this, please.