As we stumble through our lives, the murky congruence of self-interests, wasteful confusion and willful malcontent can sap the devotion from the hearts of man. Occasionally, a token gesture from a generous soul can explode into a collision of shared passion and spawn a movement that can neither be denied or enervated. Dots to you, my friend, Dots to you... and job well done.
- A couple of days after the fact, but the Husky Volleyball team continues their magical run after having swept #3 USC in Seattle. The Lady Dawgs are on fire right now and definitely worth your time to go and see if you are local.
- Still lots of post-Stanford recounting going on out there in the blog and news world as UW winds down victory weekend and turn their attention to the Ducks. SB Nation recapped some reactions from players.
- The News Tribune notes that the Huskies recaptured some of the glory of another era in fighting out their Thursday night win.
- Scott Johnson strikes a new tone in noting that Justin Wilcox appears to be working out as the new DC.
- Did UW beat Stanford at their own game? I hadn't heard that.
- Greg Jayne of the Columbian, who I don't link to enough here, thinks there is a defensive movement enveloping the PAC 12. It is an interesting observation, but I'm not sure how I see it yet. There is no doubt that the PAC 12 teams have been reloading with an emphasis of speed on D since Chip took over at Oregon and USC's stumbles put more elite west coast athletes in play. The addition of a strong Utah D into the league also helped. I definitely expect defenses to catch up to offenses ... as they normally do ... but whether or not we become a "defensive" league? We shall see.
- Well, it wasn't all about the Defense. That guy, Keith Price, is a bit of a tough guy.
- The Husky Haul takes a look at the man-child that is Kasen Williams.
- Bob Condotta has a detailed look back at 10 more of his thoughts on the Husky win.
- Here is a link to Bud Withers' blog. If you don't read him regularly, he's got a few entries worth tracking including a Pac 12 Power Poll (UW is #3), an update on the Heisman race and some "insta-thoughts" on the Husky game from last week.
- Speaking of Power Polls, UW was everyone's favorite riser. The Pac 12 Blog on ESPN takes a page from Bud and jumps UW to #3.
- Speaking of the ESPN blog, the Huskies made quite an impression on the weekly "Helmet Stickers" bit.
- Wrapping up the victory versus Stanford, Mason Kelley followed the throng of recruits that were making their UW visits at the game ($).
...Some Bellevue teammates got some personal attention and had a good time.
...A UCLA commit was seen sporting his purple.
...Dane Crane also made his visit and came away duly impressed.
...Connor O'Brien calls the visit part of "the best week of my life".
...A USC commit is volunteering to be a cheerleader for the UW program with other recruits.
- Moving on to the Oregon game, there is nothing like UW Athletic Department game notes to get you warmed up. Of most interest to Dawg fans is the inclusion of injured RT Ben Riva on the depth chart at RT and the listing of Kendyl Taylor in the RB 2-deep.
- Ted Miller wonders aloud if the Ducks will be motivated to hang some style points on UW (as if the home victory for the Ducks is an assured outcome).
- Finally, the Register Guard takes a look at Marcus Mariota's up and down performance versus the Cougars. Those of you that read me here know that I'm a fan of Mariota. I think he'll be the best Oregon QB since Joey Harrington (snigger). That said, he's still just a freshman QB who is saddled with middling receivers and struggling with inconsistency from his offensive linemen. There is little doubt that Wilcox will add an extra defender to support the run and dare Mariota to beat us with his arm or his keepers. Will he make plays? Sure. Will he make mistakes? That's the hope. Should be fun.
- One final shout out to the Man. This is your Dot. Be well.