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INTERNal Affairs: PAC-12 Championship

Each week, our intrepid UW intern Luke Mounger goes deep into the heart of the Husky to tackle the latest issues. This week, he embraces the hype of Husky Nation as the PAC-12 Championship Game approaches.

Just over a month ago a group of more than 50 people, myself included, took a leap of faith and purchased tickets to the PAC-12 championship game. Tickets were relatively cheap, going for around 35 dollars a pop, and we were guaranteed a place to stay near Santa Clara for free.

At the time, it seemed like a great deal. But, man, did it seem like a real slap in the face when I saw Adam Jude’s tweet Thursday morning that said his flight down to San Jose was literally giving away tickets to Friday’s meeting between the Buffs and the Huskies.

https://twitter.com/A_Jude/status/804426509037359104

Not to mention, immediately following the Apple Cup the University of Washington sent an email giving students an opportunity to buy tickets for 20 bucks. It’s a bummer that we wasted 15 dollars by choosing not to wait, but it’s hard to get too worked up when the Huskies are competing for their first conference title since 2000.

Besides, not all is lost. Those who chose to fly down booked their seats early and are flying to and from San Jose for about $140 round trip. I was dumb and waited to book last minute, so I’m paying $250 one way. Ouch.

If Accounting 215 didn’t consume my Friday morning with a quiz, I would be on my way down to the Bay Area already, traversing I-5 via a 14-hour car ride. That’s what the majority of my friends are doing right now. Some left as late as 4:00 PM on Thursday.

“You realize you won’t get there until like 6:00 AM, don’t you?” They don’t care.

This will be the first PAC-12 championship game the Huskies have ever played in. So it’s literally a once in a lifetime opportunity, because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Besides, college students lose sleep over way less exciting things all the time.

So what’s the feeling around campus as the championship game draws nearer? I would say bullish confidence and optimism. It’s groupthink on steroids. The more people talk about it, the more certain they are Washington is superior to not only Colorado, but whoever else dares step in their path.

The confidence is a little disconcerting. We all know how quickly things can change from elation to misery instantly. Does USC ring a bell?

But at the same time, I have a feeling this is what being a Husky Football fan is all about? It feels like history is starting to repeat itself.

The Dawgs play mean defense, strike quickly on offense, and have an awesome coaching staff.

From what my dad tells me of the 1991 season, it sounds like there are a few similarities. So let’s ride this wave as long as we can. It doesn’t seem like it will break anytime soon.


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