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Fans Had A Tough Time Choosing Between The Eagles & Cougars

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SPOKANE, Wash. - SPOKANE, Wash. – Fans had a tough decision to make Saturday when it came to what game to watch. Both the Washington State Cougars and Eastern Eagles played big games at the same time.

One group of fans was splitting their time between both games. It was a house divided. Downstairs, a group of Cougar fans watching the team play its first bowl game in a decade.

“Cougs are doing awesome,” said WSU Alumni Kyle Weberg.

While fans were watching downstairs, a lone Eagle fan watched upstairs in the home.

“My fiancé has about five guys over downstairs screaming loud, watching the Cougs,” said Eagles fan Cara Schlinger. “I've kind of been camped out up here watching the Eagles.”

When Cara found out her two favorite teams were playing at the same time, it was a challenge picking which game to watch.

“It was tough, I mean at least they're not playing each other, but I'm not going to be able to see every play of both teams, so that was hard,” Cara said.

Cara is a Cougar Alumnae, but she also used to work in the athletic office at Eastern, so she has strong ties to both teams.

“I'm a Coug through and through,” Cara said. “You spend four years in Pullman, you're definitely a Coug for life. But the Eastern game, you know, they're playing for a birth in the national championships, so it has a little bit more significance.”

Although each group of fans did pick one team over the other, they still kept an eye on both games.

“We're flipping back and forth, and it sounds like Eastern is down a couple points, but hopefully they come back,” Kyle said. “I want them to do good, but, go Cougs!”

“I've been running back and forth like, oh, what was it, and trying to catch the replay,” Cara said. 

With lots of food, Cougar gear, and cheering, it was an exciting day to be a football fan in Eastern Washington.

“It's really exciting to have them both in the post season,” Cara said. “I'm really excited for both teams and I really hope Eastern turns it around.”

“It's been a long time and Leach is here, he's our savior and it's a good day to be a Coug fan,” Kyle said. 

Although neither team took home a win Saturday, these fans still support their teams and are hoping for an even better season next year.

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