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Citizens of Pullman, Washington Pull Money Together to Pay Mike Leach

The citizens of Pullman, Washington are fed up, and earlier this week they stood together and said, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not gonna take it any more!”

Football in the town of roughly 30,000 had become unwatchable.  And with football being irrelevant, there was nothing to distract the people of Pullman, Washington from the fact that they all live in Pullman, Washington.

Pullman, Washington is the kind of town that makes one wonder what people are doing there, when they’re not thinking about killing themselves.

Well, the answer to this question is, they’re watching football.

Now, I’m not just picking on Pullman, Washington here. There’s plenty of other towns that fit into this category. Fargo, North Dakota immediately comes to mind.

The only difference between Fago and Pullman is, the people of Pullman, Washington are a people of action. They’re a pro-active group, and they’re making moves to make their town bearable to live in.

I applaud their effort too. They literally passed a bucket around the entire town, door-to-door, business-to-business, church-to-church (seems like a town that would have a lot of churches), in order to raise enough money to get Mike Leach to come live there.

Leach, a lawyer and accustomed to over-charging for his services, is being paid a cool $2 million per year for the position of head coach. That means that it literally takes a guaranteed $2 million to get anyone to move to Pullman, Washington. And the people of Pullman aren’t exactly rolling in cash.

According to the internet, the median household income of Pullman, Washington is $22,372. That’s pretty low.

Is the number so low because Pullman was voted one of U.S. News’ “Best Places to Retire,” and nobody there works anymore? I can’t say. What I can say is that Leach signed-on to a five-year deal that includes performance bonus incentives ($$).

By my calculations, this means that residents of Pullman, Washington will all die still owing Leach money. Or maybe he’ll die first…either way, people are dead and Leach will probably drive a nice car.

The Citizens of Pullman are real-deal, red-blooded Americans. When they want something, they get it, even if it leads to crippling debt.

Pullman, Washington. I salute you.

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