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Band Performs Rival's Fight Song in Act of Sportsmanship

By Renata Birkenbuel, Newsweek, 11/27/18, 12:00PM CST


“In the spirit of sportsmanship and good will towards our friends in the Husky band, we’re honored to welcome our guests from the University of Washington by performing their fight song.”

In a display of exceptional sportsmanship during a week bursting with thanksgiving, the Washington State University band played fierce rival University of Washington’s fight song at the 111th Apple Cup Friday night. After one of the Husky band buses flipped on Interstate 90 Thursday on the way to the cross-state rivalry game in Pullman, the Cougar Marching Band decided to forgo the competitiveness of the biggest game of the year in Washington collegiate athletics for a spirit of support instead.

Hitting icy roads a few miles west of George, Washington, the Husky bus flipped, sending 47 band members to the hospital. The University of Washington press release said two remained hospitalized Friday with “injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.”