Hope Solo is representing the United States, and UW, in the Olympics this year.
It was as if the awkwardness of her adolescence never happened. Wherever she manuevered, the pitch would erupt in life and lay down in front her as if she were it's priestess and it existed only to obey. Her movements were not marked with the subtle strain of trained repetition, but with a grace that only comes through the intention of nature. Such grace that cannot be described with dots, but is recognizable to every creature that lays eyes upon it. This was her domain and she belonged to it as it to her.
- Steve Sarkisian finished #7 in this somewhat offbeat top 10 list.
- I missed this last week, but here is a nice write up on Jeff Lindquist. Read it and I dare you to tell me that this kid doesn't have the "it" factor.
- An interesting roundtable here among Pac 12 bloggers, including Coug Center's Mark Sandritter. Not much love for the Huskies ... but definitely interesting to see the perspective coming from other fan bases.
- Sorry, but this columnist is an idiot. His subject is arena financing and, well, he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.
- The Husky Haul wants to know how much better the UW Defense will be. I'll go out on a limb and say that the Defense will finish around 6th in the PAC in total D. Some of this is a bit of a more favorable schedule, some of it is maturation of players - particularly at S, OLB and DE, and some of it is invariable correction towards the mean. UW's defensive woes last year were attributable to not just talent deficiencies, but also injuries (Jamora), youth (Hudson, Parker, Shirley), scheme (Holt) and bad luck (consider that they faced four of the top 10 Heisman finalists). It would improve even if the coaching staff didn't turn over.
- The Dashon Goldson saga continues and it looks more and more like he'll be playing under a one-year tender of just over $6 mil.
- Josh Huffman argues that Matt Hasselbeck needs to go 3-3 over the Titans' first six games or face being replaced by the future of the franchise.
The Seattle PI, God bless them for hanging in there, have an awesome post/photo gallery on Hope Solo. My heart just flutters thinking about her. /sigh. Of course, there was this little issue with a .... ehhh .... medication of the female variety that seems to be fully resolved now.
- The Men's BBall schedule is slowly getting released. What we know so far is that we will not be traveling to either Boulder or Salt Lake this season. We also know that we will not host Cal or Stanford. The fewer games against better teams in Cal, Colorado and Stanford may have implications in our RPI and put more pressure on us to take care of our out of conference business.
- Terrence Ross made his first appearance in the summer league and erupted for 21 points, 3 3's and a couple of nice dunks including one of the alley-oop variety. He took 19 shots to get there, and Raptor fans are still lukewarm to him (read the comments of the blog post).
- Tony Wroten tore it up in his NBA Summer League debut. Before you say, "oh, that's just summer league", keep in mind that his dominant performance included 2-3 from 3 pt range...the same 3 point line that he'll face in the regular season. Nice work, Tony.
- Here is a nice video interview of Isaiah Thomas: