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.

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

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.

 

LETTTSSSS GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

You know that position you see college basketball on the last possession of a game? They are out of their seats on the bench, on their knees, forearms pressed to the floor, almost as though they are begging for things to fall their way. That was the position I assumed for the two overtimes and the last few minutes of regulation in Washington’s double OT 35-34 win over the Beav’s last night. It was the angriest moment of my life when that late-flag was thrown on 4th down in the end-zone. It was the most nerve wracking moment of my life when Oregon State lined up for that two-point conversion to win the game. And when Halahuni dropped that pass on the conversion it was the most joyous occasion of my life, or at least since Folky nailed that field goal at USC.

Ice runs through Jake Locker’s veins, I’m convinced of it. After a lackluster performance in the second half, he shook it off, and in OT showed everyone his god given talent that makes him so special. Twice, he stood in the pocket, took a shot, and delivered dimes to Jermaine Kearse in the end-zone. Locker has cajones, big frickin’ cajones.

And don’t forget the defense. The second half of that game was the best half of football the Husky defense has played this season, if not the last few seasons. Our offense couldn’t do squat and our defense continued stopped OSU’s offense time after time. Alameda Ta’amu finally looked like the monster he is listed at on the roster, and the double teams they had to use to occupy him, opened the floodgates for his fellow D-linemen.

And last but not least, you the fans. Don’t think I forgot about you. Husky Stadium was rockin’ in the 4th quarter and OT. You the fans caused 3 false starts, a delay of game, and a time out at the end of that game. So be proud, and know you had a hand in the victory.

The Dawgs are now 3-3 (2-1), and only three wins away from bowl eligibility. The Huskies travel to Arizona this week to face a Wildcat team that lost Nick Foles today to a sprained knee. I don’t want to say I’m absolutely thrilled about bit of news, but….I’m absolutely thrilled about that bit of news. Bask in this one for 24 hours and then turn our attention to the Wildcats.

LETTTSSSS GOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!!