Sean Parker has been laying lumber this season. While the Huskies are still looking for an identity, this man has his. - Otto Greule Jr
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When the great mother conspires to disrupt the finely laid plans of man, there is no force short of the will of God that shall withstand her. Be well, my friends, and look towards the sky for the ray of light that will surely bring relief.
- Been worried about our old friend Isaiah Stanback? Don't. He's fine.
Can't wait to graduate from grad school in July. Going to feel good to say I have a undergrad from UW and a Masters from George Washington— isaiah stanback (@IamSTANBACK) October 24, 2012
- Speaking of Husky alum, there was a time that we had some pretty good linebackers. Mason Foster was one of them and he's having an All Pro type of season.
- Sark had his Monday Press Conference yesterday (notes here). Condotta recaps the theme - it is all about the offense. Interesting stat - the Huskies have not scored more than 21 points in any game versus an FBS opponent all season...but they've averaged giving up 42 points per game in their four losses - twice what our offense is capable of delivering.
- Tim Booth, who covers the UW for the AP, writes about the ongoing duality of the Huskies. I like this observation and I've come to the conclusion that our Defense, while inconsistent, is capable of putting together spurts of high quality effort such that we should be able to win out. However, they are not good enough to consistently overcome horrible offensive stretches or all of the penalties (the Huskies were flagged for 14 ... 14! ... penalties versus OSU, but they only enforced 8 of them).
- Jack Follman has his weekly update on the Huskies over at Pacific Takes. He makes some very salient observations about where we are as of right now.
- One person not likely to soon forget this game is Marcus Wheaton - the recipient of a very significant hit from Sean Parker. Beaver fans wanted a H2H call on that play (as well as Wheaton himself), but it was pretty clear that Sean had his head down and was leading with this shoulder, forearm extending. This reminds me of a certain hit on a certain Husky by a certain Beaver (who is, ironically, now an NFL teammate of said Husky) a few years ago that also had no flag thrown.
- The P-I blog has the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the OSU game.
- Mason Kelley ($) has his Top 10 Huskies for the week.
- H/T to Cassino for tweeting this. The Boys at FBSchedule have ranked the most difficult schedules played to date and there is a familiar name in the list.
NCAA toughest schedule thru Week 9: 1. Arizona, 2. Wash., 3. KY, 4. Miami (FL), 5. Cincy, 6. WVU, 7. Iowa St, 8. Kansas, 9. Buffalo, 10. USF— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) October 29, 2012
- You can always count on the boys at the Husky Haul to find the lemonade in season full of lemons.
- In a non-Husky bit of news, Mike Riley has decided to tap Cody Vaz as the starter going forward. This is bat-shit craziness on Riley's part and a perfect example of how you tear your team apart. Sure, Sean Mannion threw four picks - only two of which were of the "bad QB decision" variety. When he wasn't plagued by receivers dropping balls, he was otherwise pretty efficient. His team is still 7-1 and positioned to make a BCS bowl run. So, what do you do? You rip the confidence right out of the leader of the team and create a full blown QB controversy in the middle of a tough run? Nice call, Riles.
- Onto basketball. Many of you saw this a few days ago. However, since I was offline when it happened, I'll go ahead and link to the recap of UW's victory over Western Washington in an exhibition outing. It looks like Romar is making progress in setting his rotation.
- SB Nation takes a deep look at the Huskies and their opportunity to repeat as a top of conference threat this season. I have to admit, the headline is somewhat curious.
- Hoopsworld reports that Terrence Ross is struggling to crack a Toronto rotation that features a number of experienced shooters. Hint: T-Ross, you can beat these guys out with your defense!
- In a development that should surprise nobody, a Husky has beaten out a Duck in a key NBA positional battle.
- We all saw the Football Graduation Rate scores from last week. They also came out for Men's Basketball and UW fared well, once again. Of interest was UConn who scored an unfathomably low grad rate of 11%. Even Cal football fans are sitting back and saying, "Damn, that's low".