Videos of the Week – 12/6

Could any videos be more fitting after what has transpired in the last few weeks? I think not.

It’s Holiday Time Dawg Fans

Courtesy of Dean Rutz/Seattle Times

The Cody Pickett to Reggie Williams connection, sprinkled in were some Rich Alexis runs, and the late Marquis Cooper was holding down the defense. Do you remember that team, that was the last time the Huskies played in a bowl game. I was in eighth grade for God’s sake, and more worried about what girl I was going to try and kiss at the next middle school dance than the Huskies in the Sun Bowl.

Back then, the Sun Bowl was an average season for the Huskies. The program had a streak of 20+ non-losing seasons, and life as a Husky fan was just peaches. Then the last eight years happened. We sat there, season after season, watching our Huskies find ways to lose games, find ways to get burned deep in the waning seconds of games, find ways to miss out on the postseason. But no matter how many seasons we floundered away, no matter how bad it got, the Husky faithful kept a confidence about them (founded or not) that the Huskies would be back on top, it was just a matter of time.

That matter of time, many of us thought, would be this year. Remember the lofty goals we set for this team? Jake Locker, Heisman Trophy winner, and with him playing at that level and the conference having a down year, heck we could take the conference.

We aimed too high Husky fans, those dreams were unrealistic, and in the back of our heads a part of us always knew it. A defense that had been the worst in program history two years running, was not going to perform at Pac-10 championship level. An O-line that featured one starter playing the same position he had in 2009 was not going to be able to protect Locker well enough. And as much as it pains me to say it, Jake Locker was not the messiah returned to us in human form.

Disappointed at BYU, encouraged against Syracuse, embarrassed by Nebraska, disgusted against ASU, enchanted by last second wins at USC and in OT against Oregon St. A tumultuous, inconsistent ride through the first half of our season put as at 3-3, halfway to the bowl we wanted so bad.

Then murderer’s row stepped to the plate and knocked the Huskies out. Blown out by Arizona and Stanford, 3-5 and we know we’re going to 3-6 with Oregon up next.

That was when Steve Sarkisian made the best decision of the season. We wrote about it when it happened. Sarkisian decided to bench an ailing Jake Locker who had been playing hurt for weeks. He could have played him against Oregon, rumors spread that Jake had been playing with broken ribs the last week at least, he could have played. But Sark sat him, to give this team the best chance to make a bowl game. With a healthy Locker, a Locker with three weeks to heal, he can win those games.

And that’s exactly what he did. He led game winning drives in each of the final two games, he willed this team to the postseason, and proved what he is made of. No, he is not the best quarterback in the country, he didn’t live up to the hype that was heaped on him this summer. But you find me a player with more heart than Jake Locker. Find me a player with more determination and passion than Jake Locker. When the game is on the line, when someone needs to reach out and take it, he rises to the occasion.

This is a defining moment in a program. The three games this team had to win to get here, they are the three games that are going to usher in a new era of Husky Football. It may not have been what we imagined before the season started, but the way this team got to where it is, is bigger for this program than you could ever imagine.

Two years removed from an 0-12 season this team has finished 3rd in the Pac-10. Two years removed from an 0-12 season this team is playing in a postseason game. This is the turning point, this is what we have waited for.

Let’s show San Diego a party its never seen before. Let out eight years of frustration, you deserve it.

Thoughts on the 2008 Apple Cup, From an Unlikely Source

Apple Cup Week Is Here, It’s Go Time Husky Fans

It may not have been pretty, but the Huskies have made it to this point in the season, one win away from a bowl birth. And we get to do it against our hated rival to the East. Oh how sweet it is.

My favorite hobby is talking sh*t about anything associated with Wazzu, so naturally Apple Cup week is my favorite week of the year.

Q: What should the Cougs do if they win the coin toss?

A: Defer til’ next year.

Get it? Like they shouldn’t’ even bother playing. Wow, like how creative am I? Take a look at the UW Dawgpound for some more jokes to pepper you Coug friends with.

One thing you can always count on is Cougs being fair-weather fans. That’s one of the large reasons I detest them. I can name three players on the Wazzu football team, more than most people that claim to me  they are Cougar fans.  I have been perusing the Apple Cup event wall on Facebook the past few weeks, and after looking at the comments posted by Wazzu fans, I decided there were two comments that were the most unique, “Go Cougs”, and “F*ck the Huskies”. C’mon Cougs, your better than that, you couldn’t even come up with “Huck the Fuskies”? Continue reading

It’s Time To Black Out

Let’s get real for a second. It’s Husky game day, and I don’t usually write a preview for games. I like to spend my Saturday’s enjoying my time with friends, drinking adult beverages, and painfully sitting through the game.

I’m not going to write a preview for this game either. We all know everything there is to know about the game tonight, so there’s no point in repeating it here.

The season, to this point, has been a disappointment to say the least. Something we’d like to forget, right? So what does Washington do? They come up with the idea for a black out night. And I’m not buying that they’re only talking about the jerseys.

It’s actually a brilliant strategy. Everyone will be so wasted that if, in Jake Locker’s last game in Husky Stadium, the team flops and so does his career, nobody will remember. And if we win, everyone will be so jacked u on vodka redbull’s that we’ll throw the most bitchin’ party this place has ever seen, and still, nobody will remember.

My advice to you, fully embrace the black out at Husky Stadium tonight, I know I will. So go out, pick up your favorite beverage (no FourLocos you guys) and enjoy this night that comes to Husky Stadium for one night only.

It’s time to black out (This time I mean your outfit, wink)

Benching Jake Locker Is The Only Way To Salvage This Season

It’s obvious Jake Locker has not been right the last few weeks. And as goes Jake Locker, so goes the Huskies.

Rumors about broken ribs surfaced before the Arizona game, the team says it didn’t happen until the Stanford game. Who knows what the facts are when it comes to Jake’s injury, what we do know for a fact is the only chance the Huskies have at making a bowl game is with Jake Locker on the bench…

Whoa, hey you didn’t let me finish, I was gonna end that sentence with “for the Oregon game.”

Even with Jake Locker, the Huskies have no chance to beat Oregon in Eugene on Saturday. Jake is obviously hurting, and every game he plays prevents him from getting healthy. Sark is making his best coaching decision of the season this week, by going with Keith Price.

By sitting Jake this weekend, the result of the game on Saturday will be the same, and it improves our chances in future games. Jake will get 18 days of rest between now and the next time he would have to step on the field.

Even with a healthy Jake, a postseason birth for this years team is a stretch. But with nearly three weeks of rest, and a fresh set of legs, I wouldn’t put anything out of reach. We’ve all seen what a healthy Jake Locker can do.

Winning our last three isn’t beyond the realm of possibility, and benching Jake this week gives us the best chance to do so.

 

Huskies Continue To Dissapoint

In a season that was supposed to be special, a season we thought would be different, a season that would usher in a return to prominence for a Husky program that had fallen so far, the Huskies have failed to deliver.

After a thrilling 35-34 double-overtime win against Oregon State last weekend, all of us expected this team to show us something this weekend in Arizona. What they showed us was a team that has no intention of being competitive week in and week out in the Pac-10.

Arizona was without their starting QB, forced to start their back-up, who couldn’t figure out WSU’s last place defense last Saturday. It was the kind of break the Huskies needed to take this team to a place they haven’t been in years. A win in the desert and the Huskies could have moved to 3-1 in Pac-10 play for the first time since 2001. They would have been only two wins away from the bowl appearance they covet so much.

However, in what has become typical UW fashion, the Dawgs squandered any fortune the college football bestowed upon them, and failed to even compete in a game that meant so much to their season. Continue reading