The Apple Cup

The Apple Cup, the annual football game between the rival UW Huskies and WSU Cougars, is being played in Pullman this year. On the day after Thanksgiving. Right, well, we're not making the drive either. But Wazzu doesn't play the game (during alternate years) in Seattle for nothin'. There are scores of alumni living, working, and getting shitfaced in our midst. And will those Cougs go to commiserate with like-minded fans today? The Marco Polo, on the outskirts of Georgetown. They've got cheap beer and great fried chicken to help heal onetime Pullmanites' pain. And with the recent allegations surrounding rogue leader Mike Leach and his, uh, hands-on coaching staff, there's a lot of suffering to go around. Sure to be in better spirits today are the patrons of The Duchess, home of the vaunted Beer Hunters Club and perhaps the city's most quintessential Husky bar. But lest the Dawg Pound get too cocky, this rivalry match has a funny way of messing with favorites' fortunes, and therefore retains a ton of intrigue for any regional pigskin enthusiast. (The Marco Polo, 5613 Fourth Ave. S., 762-3964.) MIKE SEELY

Fri., Nov. 23, 12:30 p.m., 2012

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