Jim Moore Is AngryOctober 28th, 2012 by terrybenish
It was late Saturday afternoon. After taking a quick lead against Stanford, the same story once again unfolded and the Cougars lost. Jim is a very talented writer who doubles as the Gracie to to Kevin Calabro’s George Burns daily on 710ESPN radio. What was a duo, now has Jim talking to empty chairs and stand ins as the disappearance of Calabro stretches out to months.
Jim previously wrote for the Seattle PI and had an earlier persona called the “drill” that was Hunter Thompson-like and chronicled a hard drinking gambler, sort of a fear and loathing in Seattle kind of thing, that went over the heads of most people that read, which probably included his editors, however, if there ever was a home for a great writer it was the PI as opposed to the Times whose true colors have recently been revealed as a pseudo-journalistic enterprise like Fox. As a beat guy he covered the Sonics too.
So with the demise of the PI Jim has continued to write and write well as this frustrated Cougar-rooter, not sure about the roto-connections, whose heart bleeds all over the page with each screw up, week after week by the Cougars. The Cougars buoyed by conference TV money and an ex-Oregon Athletic Director in Bill Moos, hired an out of work coach that would not be touched by any other program in America due to his history of physically and verbally abusing players in his program. Craig James an ESPN analyst and former player, something Leach is not, stood up for his son and has been vilified for doing it. Leach was fired.
None of that bothered Moos, who learned his slithery ways at the feet of Phil Knight, Moos then lied to the previous coach Paul Wulff and traveled to the Florida Keys and threw millions at Leach. So far, the team seems to have regressed and week to week Leach’s old persona is being revealed. He’s called the team empty corpses, then called his receivers un-tough, wimps in other words. Then yesterday, he benched his All-American receiver Marquess Wilson for Domique Williams who he said played better.
Most of the reporters in Seattle and Spokane are Cougar grads and seem unwilling to write anything critical of Leach or the Cougars. Jim is no exception.
WSU has two wins and a bunch of losses. They beat Eastern Washington which is a DII school and UNLV which technically is a DI team. The thing that better qualifies the win against UNLV is that the Running Rebels is that their record is 1-9 so far, give or take a loss or two.
Rather than remark about the accumulating evidence that WSU might be better off in the Big Sky conference as a D-IAA school Jim pours himself a shot and writes stuff about the Huskies and how much he hates them. He grew up in Redmond and I suspect that he was not admitted by UW and instead went to WSU, but I can’t confirm that.
His vitriol explodes virtually in every media outlet that you can think possible. There is Twitter, Facebook, the new cyber PI, the Kitsap Sun, ESPN710′s blogs. He will talk about it too, on the radio and ask him to come to a Tavern near you and he will come and have fun and tell stories and attract people. Truth be told, he’s dying inside as each week goes by.
Last night he was actively wishing for a Beaver win and was in high dungeon when the UW won and its exuberant fans stormed the field after the victory. Sniffing as if such behavior was inappropriate of how fans of a program should behave.
How would he know? The cougars have won once in a while over their history, but that has to be ascribed to statistical randomness. The worst program in the history of PAC-12 or PAC-10.
Appropriate behavior at WSU games is not passing out or throwing
up on yourself until the game
Jim’s a cougar and hates the Huskies. When the new super
marketeer Larry Scott signs up Baylor and Tulane and drops WSU and
OSU and the Cougars join the Big Sky, let’s see who he is angry