Good ol’ Rick Stansbury, stumping for the support of Oregonians who despise the state of Washington and everything about it, including the UW Huskies.
Ok, despise may be a little harsh, but Coach Stans is trying to rally local support for his team and not the one about 150 miles away.
“We know all the Oregon people are behind us here. If you’re not, get behind us!” Stansbury said Wednesday at a news conference.
Stansbury then called out a reporter from the Portland daily newspaper in the bowels of the 19,980-seat Rose Garden, which is sold out through the weekend.
“I expect to see the headline, ‘Bulldogs love Ducks!’ It’s all on you,” the folksy coach and native of Kentucky deadpanned with a straight face. “I understand Oregon folks don’t like you Washington folks.
Uh….coach? Don’t you remember beating the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament?
I don’t think people in Oregon will exactly be lining up to support the Bulldogs from Starkville. But hell, it’s worth a try, right?
Sports memories aren’t nearly as enduring as rivalries.
Coach Stansbury was also asked if he’d ever sought support in such a manner before, “No, but hey, there’s a first time for everything. I’m not afraid to do it,” he said.
I can’t remember if Stansbury publicly stumped in 2005, but he sure didn’t turn away the hoards of UNC Tar Heel fans who feverishly rooted for Mississippi State against the hate Duke Blue Devils when all teams played in Charlotte in the ’05 NCAA Tournament.
No matter, this is year is not past years…but Stansbury might make a helluva politician nonetheless.
[side note] – Everyone thinks this Brockman cat will destroy Varnado on this inside because he’s thick and Jarvis is skinny. Really?
Please…Varnado has faced plenty of big bodies in his career, and this guy is no different.