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Alum Steve Matzke just bought WSU season tickets and he won't make a single game. Here's his thinking ...

STEVE MATZKE lives outside Dallas and hasn’t attended a game in Martin Stadium in more than a decade. He knows his schedule won’t allow him to make the pilgrimage back in 2017, but that didn’t stop the Washington State alum from recently reserving four season tickets for the upcoming Cougar football season.

“I read a great article on Cougfan by my old friend Glenn Osterhout about the importance of turning your love of the Cougs into tangible support for the program, so I called the ticket office and said I wanted to buy four season tickets and put them in the hands of a youth charity,” Matzke said by telephone from his home in McKinney, Texas.

“I follow the Cougs religiously and thought that I needed to do my part to help out even though I’m 2,000 miles away.”

Osterhout dubbed Matzke's purchase "the true Cougar spirit" and says he hopes many others, whether they can make the games themselves or give the tickets away, will follow suit.

Matzke is a North Thurston High product who graduated from WSU in 1983 and spent two Palouse springs trying to make enough of an impression that Jim Walden would anoint him the third-string placekicker. That didn’t work out but his love of the Cougs has never waned. Indeed, he considers his 1998 Rose Bowl jersey the most important piece of clothing in his closet.

The married father of three has another symbolic connection to Ol’ Wazzu: an affinity for pirates.

The one-time civil engineer and stockbroker-turned-incurable-entrepreneur is the founder, among other things, of Scallywag Refreshments – a land-based flotilla of 26-foot-long pirate-themed trailers selling shaved ice and smoothies in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

“With Mike Leach being the coach, I would love to get a truck to a Cougar game,” he says. “WSU actually called me before the Sun Bowl a year ago to see if we could get a ship to El Paso. If we drove 80 miles-an-hour the whole way without stopping, it would take nine hours – but maybe the Cotton Bowl one day!”

To follow Matzke's lead and become a new Cougar season ticketholder for 2017, click HERE to make your deposit.

Existing season ticketholders can renew by logging into the account page of the official WSU website. The renewal deadline is March 31.

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