WSU’s flag streak might end

Flags still not allowed at Walt Disney World



Tom Pounds, President of the Ol’ Crimson Booster Club, waves Ol’ Crimson as fans cheer during ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast on Oct. 20 in Pullman.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

Whether Ol’ Crimson’s streak of 224 Gameday appearances will continue this weekend remains a mystery.

Gameday announced Aug. 13 it was going to host its Week 0 show at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This is a location that does not allow two things commonly associated with Gameday: signs and flags. ESPN announced Thursday that signs are now allowed into the park.

College Gameday host Rece Davis called Ol’ Crimson the “Gameday staple” when the flag got lost on its way to the show in Tucson, Arizona. Ol’ Crimson’s streak has seen challenges with the show’s locations like the USS San Diego or at the University of Washington.

CJ McCoy, managing director of the Ol’ Crimson Booster Club, said the Ol’ Crimson Booster Club has been planning for the first three Gameday shows. He said that they know they cannot take the flag’s shipping tube and the poles in and are still trying to find out if they can take the flag in, which could be last minute.

“To be honest with you, I might know when you know. When you turn on your TV on Saturday morning,” McCoy said.

On Oct. 20, 2018, Gameday made its first-ever visit to Pullman for Ol’ Crimson’s 217 appearance.