WSU Cougar fan leads charge to Pac-12 Network on big screens for Tiger Tailgates

By Emil Asinjo


Jenna Newcomb is happy that the Tiger Lounge at Grace Su’s China Gorge is happy to host Washington State Cougar fans eager to catch a game on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon fans are just as welcome to sip a cold one or order up some munchies for their Tiger Tailgate session.

Cougars are coming, soon, to the Tiger Lounge at Grace Su’s China Gorge.
Seriously, a hard-core fan of the Washington State University Cougars is leading a campaign to bring Coug-thusiasm to the Tiger Lounge on college football days this fall.

Jenna Newcomb Barkhimer graduated from WSU in 2003 with a bachelor of science in sports medicine and exercise science. She parlayed that into a degree as a Physician Assistant from A.T. Still University in Phoenix.
All along, she had the idea of working her way back to the Gorge, where she wears the hat of vice president with the SW Washington/Portland Chapter of the WSU Alumni Association.
Um, did we say, “Go Cougs!”? And while you’re at it, how about an order of General Tso’s Chicken? Goes great with a Pac-12 snack-down.

Seriously, China Gorge will be dishing up the tailgate treats at the Tiger Lounge this fall. Not just for Coug fans, either.
“We love all our football fans,” says Grace Su. “And with the Pac-12 Network in … the … house, we’re planning to have all the games of interest to Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers and WSU Cougars on one of our screens.”
Amping up the action, Grace is adding two new 70-inch flat panel screens to the lounge. The three smaller screens now in use will gather above the backbar to augment the video fan-sanity.

Jenna, who now works at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon and One Community Health on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, says the Tiger Lounge is unique in its willingness to embrace all Northwest college football fans.

“The Tiger Lounge is now an official viewing party location for WSU in the Columbia Gorge,” Jenna says.
She approached other venues in the area. None of them wanted to host Coug fans, at least none too openly sporting Coug colors.

She guesses they were tilting all Oregon, all the time.

“I don’t mind sharing space with fans of other schools,” she says. “Why would they want to focus on just the Ducks and Beavers?”

For those interested, the Cougs kick off Sept. 3 against Eastern Washington in Pullman.
Looking ahead, what may be the game of the early season puts WSU against Oregon, on Oct. 1.
Stay tuned to the China Gorge blog and social network feeds for detailed information about the coming festivities in the Tiger Lounge.

Fast Fall Football Weekend TV Lineup for Pac-12 Games

Thursday, Sept. 1
5 p.m. – Southern Utah at Utah, Pac-12 Network
6 p.m. – Oregon State at Minnesota, Big 10 Network
Friday, Sept. 2
5:05 p.m. – CSU at Colorado, ESPN
6 p.m. – Kansas State at Stanford, Fox1
Saturday, Sept. 3
11 a.m. – Rutgers at Washington, Pac-12 Network
12:30 p.m. – UCLA at Texas A&M, CBS
2 p.m. – UC Davis at Oregon, Pac-12 Network
5 p.m. – Alabama at USC, ABC
5 p.m. – Eastern Washington at Washington State, Pac-12 Network
7:30 p.m. – BYU at Arizona, FS1
8 p.m. – Northern Arizona at Arizona State, Pac-12 Network