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Husky Practice Impressions

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I had the chance to go to see the Dawgs scrimmage at Husky Stadium this past weekend, and found it very entertaining.  Note to all who have never been to a Husky practice: it’s an awesome atmosphere and it probably will provide you the closest seat to top-level football you’ll ever have.  Most of the scrimmage I stood on the side of the field with my sandals off, feeling the sacred turf caress my weathered toes…

Sorry, I drifted off for a second.  If you can’t tell, I’m very excited for football to start.  After watching the practice, I came away with a few very interesting perspectives about this team. Read the rest of this entry »

A Smattering of Thoughts on College Football

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Coach Kelly should seriously consider going on a hunger strike to protest impending sanctions

Bros- What’s really good?

I apologize that I haven’t updated this bitch in a while… been a hectic couple of months.  But what better time to get back into the swing of things with college football just 12 days away?

It’s been a wild offseason for Husky fans, mainly because we’ve had the privilege of seeing Oregon come under investigation for their use of Willie Lyles’ “recruiting packages” and essentially paying to secure the commitment of RB Lache Seastrunk.  I speak for Husky fans everywhere when I say it’s been delightful to witness this all go down, especially over a player who has been a complete non-factor for their program.

That hasn’t been the only problem for the Ducks, either.  Just the other day, a police video was released showing Oregon star CB Cliff Harris being pulled over for speeding at 118 MPH.  To make matters deliciously worse for the Ducks, QB Darron Thomas was in the passenger seat.

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Are the Seattle Mariners Legitimate Contenders?

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Can we let it sink in for a minute that I actually just got to write that headline? Here it is, June 2nd, and the Seattle Mariners are above .500, in sole possession of second place and 1.5 games out of first. George Steinbrenner must be enjoying the frozen climate down in Hell right now.

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Tony Wroten Displays Character Flaws Amidst Scandal

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It’s already been a very tough offseason for Husky basketball fans. First we were surprised with the news that the indisputable leader of our team in Isaiah Thomas was leaving school for the NBA. Then we had to watch as the Huskies continued to lose out coveted big man recruits like God’s Gift Achiuwa and Wally Judge.

Today, it got even worse as the Seattle Times’ Mason Kelly reported that Tony Wroten Jr., the Huskies’ most heralded incoming recruit, was essentially taking bogus classes at Garfield HS in order to become eligible at Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

Jake Locker Titans Jersey, Jeff Lindquist, and Other Things on My Mind Today

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Wow.

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for Seattle sports fans. First off, you have Jake Locker destroying all the “experts”and their mock drafts by being the second QB taken in the 2011 NFL Draft, going no. 8 overall to the Titans.
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Jake Locker Documentary Three for the Show is Downright Amazing

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For those of you who didn’t catch ESPN’s under-publicized premier of the 3-part Jake Locker documentary Three for the Show, you’re in for a real treat. The first episode provides an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at Locker’s senior season, culminating in the Holiday Bowl victory.

While I didn’t think it would be possible for Washington football fans to become any more in awe of Jake Locker, Three for the Show truly took it to a whole ‘nother level. A definite highlight was Locker’s pump-up speech to his team before the Holiday Bowl, which was so effective it inspired me to leap up from my sofa and run through a brick wall unscathed.

It’s also borderline comical to compare Locker with Cam Newton, one of Jake’s biographical counterparts on the show. Newton comes off as literally one of the biggest douchebags of all time. He refers to himself in the third person at least 15 times in the first show, and every time he talks he takes the opportunity to brag about his accomplishments. Newton’s emotional maturity seems to be that of a 7 year old boy, and from the show I now feel bad for any fan base that has to watch their team draft this kid. You’re on the clock, Carolina!

Anyways, the show continues next week and provides another opportunity for Husky fans to grow their reverence for Locker while simultaneously pointing and laughing at Newton’s immaturity.

 

Husky Basketball Offseason Preview

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Klay Thompsen is roughly half as talented as Terrence Ross... that isn't even a joke.

After this past weekend, I can’t even think about the Mariners.  I mean, I knew the M’s weren’t gonna be competitive this year, but our offense is just downright excruciating to watch.

Thus, let’s talk some Husky basketball and preview the offseason and the team’s outlook for 2012

Recruiting

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5 Bold Predictions for the 2011 Seattle Mariners

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The 2011 Mariners will lead the league in killer 'staches

The 2011 Seattle Mariners will be better than last year

Some may call this a bold prediction, while others will realize: how could we possibly get any worse than our 2010 campaign? Well, just to play devil’s advocate here, the M’s basically did nothing to improve their roster in the offseason, and are relying on players who performed terribly last year to improve dramatically in 2011. They also need starting pitchers like Doug Fister and Jason Vargas to continue to throw as surprisingly well as they did last year, and who knows whether that’s sustainable.
But all in all, with a new manager in place and a hungry attitude amongst the players, I just get the feeling that the M’s are gonna get at least 10 more wins this year. A modest improvement, I know, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’d say there’s been some good karma going around the Seattle sports scene lately, and the Mariners will keep that shit going, right? RIGHT?!?!

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The Blame Game- Worst Officiated Games in Seattle Sports History

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Let’s face it: Seattle sports teams have been on the wrong end of some absolutely horrendous calls over the years.  It seems like every time the stakes get higher, so too does the ineptitude of the refs calling the calling the game.  There are two games that stand out in my memory worse than any others:

The Two Worst Officiated Games in Seattle Sports History

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Super bowl XL

This one was pure torture.  To see the Hawks make the Super Bowl and play a great game, only to have it repeatedly tarnished by the officials.  There were two bullshit calls in this game that took away 14 points from the Seahawks (offensive PI on Darrell Jackson, offensive holding on Sean Locklear), not to mention the gift of a touchdown call on Ben Roethlisberger’s scramble that gave the Steeler’s 7 when they should have had 3.  That’s an 18 point swing right there.  The Hawks lost by 11.

4 years later, head official Bill Leavy offered this statement about his performance in Super Bowl XL: “I’ll go to my grave wishing I’d been better… I know I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough.”  You can say that again.

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2006 Sweet 16 VS. Connecticut

March 24, 2006.  Now there’s a date I wish I could have just blacked out and spared myself the lasting emotional trauma it caused me.  The UW basketball team faced Connecticut in the Sweet 16, and the refs blew the game in such expert fashion even Kim Kardashian had to take notes.

While the refs made countless ticky-tack calls in the game, probably the most upsetting moment was when they called three fouls on Brandon Roy in just over a minute, bringing his total up to four with 13:48 left to play.  With Roy out, Connecticut was able to chip away at the Dawgs’ 10 point lead until they forced overtime on a last second 3.  In OT, Roy finally fouled out (ending his Husky career), the refs missed an EGREGIOUS goaltend by UConn that could have kept UW in the game, and we ended up losing by 6.  I would also like to note that I just vomited on my keyboard as I typed this.

Anyways, those are the two big games that I actually believe the refs cost us the game in.  Last weekend’s NCAA tournament game against UNC, however, was not on the officials.  Don’t give me anything about the lack of a goaltend on Isaiah Thomas’ last shot (his foot was on the line), or the clock issue at the end of the game.  It was our costly turnovers and inability to score at the end of the game that cost us.

 

Venoy Overton’s full court drive down 1 with :15 seconds left was absolute garbage, but a sadly fitting end to his UW career.  It’s impossible to count how many times we’ve seen Venoy try to go coast-to-coast in his career, only to throw up a prayer of a layup over two defenders.  Now, I’m thankful for Venoy’s great defense over the years, but he’s always been my least favorite player with the ball in his hands, and the fact that he wouldn’t try to get the ball to our offensive threats at the end of the game was inexcusable.

Ugh… now that I’ve gotten my two cents out on that game, I can start to move on.  The Dawgs will be absolutely stacked at guard next year with Abdul Gaddy back and Tony Wroten coming in.  We’re gonna be short handed down low, but I think we’ll be able to pull off a 4-guard lineup a la 2006 Villanova with some success.  Luckily, our guards will have some height, so hopefully we won’t get killed on the boards.

One rock solid prediction: the Pac-12 is gonna be dirty next year.  Be afraid of what’s going on down in UCLA and Arizona.  WSU and USC should also be very good next year, assuming Klay Thompson and Nikola Vucevic stay at their respective schools.  This league is going to bounce back in a big way, and the Huskies are going to face much tougher opponents in league play.  It should make for a very exciting season.

Washington Huskies NCAA Tournament Preview- Rd. 1

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GIMME DAT TROPHY

My god, what a difference a week makes.  Hard to believe that only seven days ago the huskies were almost a bubble team coming off the loss to USC, and just finding out that Venoy Overton had been suspended for the entire Pac 10 Tournament.

On Saturday the Dawgs played in one of the best college basketball games I’ve ever seen, and surely a win that will go down as one of the all-time greats in Washington Huskies basketball history.

Show of hands, who else shat their pants when Isaiah Thomas’ last second shot hit the bottom of the net?  While Gus Johnson’s call was amazing, I’ve always had a serious man crush on Bob Rondeau, and the fatigue in his voice at the end of this marathon game adds the perfect touch to his masterful call.

Anyways, Seattle sports fans will remember Isaiah Thomas  for his gutsy performance across the entire Pac-10 Tournament for years to come.  And rightfully so- the dude had 59 pts, 30 assists, and 10 rebounds over a three game span!  Thanks to I.T, I’m now seriously considering revising the top 5 Seattle sports bros list.

It’s hard to overstate how significant that late comeback was against the Arizona Wildcats.  With a loss in that game, the Huskies would have received an 8 or 9 seed, meaning a much more difficult first round game and of course a matchup against a 1 seed in the second round.  Although the 7 seed sends us all the way to Charlotte with a potential second round game against UNC, the Huskies would rather have that than facing any of the 1 seeds in this tourney.

Now it’s time for March Madness, the best time of the year for sports fans. Here’s what to expect Friday night when Washington faces the Georgia Bulldogs:

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