Dirty Dawgs, Victory Recaps and Previewing the Ladies
I don't know where it came from, but there is no exercise in voting.
- What do Hot Yoga, Cooking Lessons and Washington Football all have in common (besides the fact that my wife loves them all)? Don't ask me, ask the Geeks.
- John McGrath, looking back on the UW / Cal affair, wonders how something that tastes so sweet could smell so wretched.
- Jerry Brewer has his three likes and dislikes from the game. Nothing that hasn't been hashed out in all of our various venting threads, but fun nonetheless.
- Todd Dybas thinks that Bishop Sankey has developed into a feature back. It is hard to look at the numbers and the film and not come to a similar conclusion.
- Tim Booth notes in his regular beat report that the UW simply keeps finding a way to win ... or, put another way, a way to win keeps finding the UW.
- Reffing is a source of constant complaint in the PAC 12. Bob Condotta examines the high frequency of flags thrown in the conference and the even higher frequency thrown on the Dawgs.
- Many of you have been watching the tire fire that is the WSU Football Season. Whether it is QB controversies, "zombies and corpses", bizarre press conferences that feature only linemen or the indefinite suspension of a pre-season darkhorse Heisman candidate, things have not gone as scripted in Mike Leach's first year. The Seattle PI takes a look at the apparently diverging paths being traveled by the two Washington schools.
- Speaking of Cougs, CougCenter's own Brian Floyd, in an article that shamelessly panders to the Tosh-hating Cal crowd, writes about galling shamelessness of Danny Shelton and his "gator roll" hit on Zach Maynard. I will definitely admit that Danny plays with a pretty wound up style, but it is really hard to look at that play on Maynard, in full speed, and determine that there was premeditation or maliciousness in the behavior. Could he have let go earlier? I guess so. On the flip side, there clearly wasn't any kind of exaggerated pulling or twisting of the leg as he went down. I would also suppose that it is difficult for a big man to be consciously thinking of when the exact right time to let go is as he braces his own body for a hard hit on the ground. It is important to note that the neither Sarkisian or Tedford found anything inherently penalty-worthy about the play and Tedford was crystal clear in saying that he didn't think that there was anything malicious in it. I think I'll side with them.
- Mason Kelley has been busy, as usual. First, he takes a look at how KeiVare Russell has done in his first season with Notre Dame. For those of you that have lost track, KeiVare was switched from RB to CB and has become a starter for a top 5 Notre Dame team. Also from Mason, a look at the impact of the 2012 class and their impact on the Washington team this season.
- The ESPN PAC 12 Blog has their weekly power poll. UW is down a notch to number seven, one spot below the Arizona team that both crushed them and then got crushed by UCLA.
- SI's Pete Thamel takes a look at the devolving situation at USC and ponders the role that Lane Kiffin plays in it all. There are some interesting comments from an NFL executive pertaining to Lane and Sark that are probably worth a perusal. It also begs the question as to whether or not a move to replace Lane might result in a full out raid of UW's coaching staff.
- Utah is up next. Here is an early look at the game from the Ute's point of view.
- It is basketball season. We haven't written much on it, but the Lady Dawgs are coming back smaller and faster than ever. While the losses of key players including Regina Rogers are going to be hard for the Huskies to absorb, the return of Kristi Kingma following a year's absence will surely be a boost.
- The Times also takes a look at five things to watch on the Men's side of the court as their season gets underway.
- Finally, here are some notes from last week's PAC 12 media day including some interesting thoughts from Sean Miller on what it is like to play at Hec Ed (hint: not very fun)