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Chewing up our rivals with catchy button slogans

Each year at this time, a few lucky staff members from the UW Alumni Association barricade themselves in a room and secretly choose the new button slogans for the upcoming football season. It’s the best “meeting” of the year. It’s also an important one, as these are the slogans that grace our gameday buttons each season.

I’m sure you’ve seen them at the Huskies’ road games. Ore-goners. Level the Devils. Leave the Bruins in Ruins. These buttons have been a UWAA tradition since the mid-1990s and many Husky faithful have been collecting them for years at our Washington Warm Ups. This year, we’ve partnered with University Book Store to bring you gameday buttons at BOTH home and away games. You’re welcome.

While we can’t reveal the newest button slogans just yet (it’s a surprise), here is a look back at some of the very best slogans from years past. This is Husky history, smack talk-style. Enjoy!

Schools listed are included on the Huskies’ 2010 football schedule:

BYU Cougars
Proud to be Purple in Provo (1999)
B.Y. Who? (1997)

Syracuse Orange
Orange You Glad You’re a Husky?! (2007)

Nebraska Cornhuskers
Huskies Invade the Heartland (1998)

USC Trojans
Helen was a Husky! (2008)
All Fail USC (2004)
Conquer Troy! (1998)

Arizona State Sun Devils
Put the Spark Out! (2009)
When Harry Beat Sparky (2005)
Level the Devils (2000)

Oregon State Beavers
Meager Beavers (2009)
Save a Tree, Beat a Beaver (2007)
Malice in Corvallis (2003)
Beavers, Ain’t Worth a Dam! (1999)

Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is a Purple State! (election year – 2008)
It’s a Dawg Day in the Desert (1999)
Razing Arizona (1997)

Stanford Cardinal
Timberrr! (2007)
Tackle the Tree! (1995)

Oregon Ducks
Ore-goners! (2008)
Duck! Duck! Lose! (2005)
Today’s Special: Roast Duck (2002)
Quack Off! (1996)

California Golden Bears
Trap the Bears! (2008)
Bad News Bears! (2001)
Bear Down to Washington (1999)

UCLA Bruins
You’ve Got Trouble Bruin (2007)
Leave the Bruins in Ruins (2001)
Husky Fever is Brewin’ (1999)

Washington State Cougars
Wazz-Who? (2008)
Declaw the Cougs (2000)
Un-do Wazzu! (1998)

How do you get a cool gameday button?

If you’re following the Dawgs on the road, you must come to a Washington Warm Up tailgate party hosted by the UW Alumni Association. If you’re headed to Husky Stadium, pick up your button at any University Book Store location the Friday before the game or on game day itself.


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