Great Dots, Captain! I'm givin' ya' all she's got.
UW's Hope Solo and Team USA won the Gold Medal in women's soccer - returning the favor against a Japan team that bested them in the World Cup. Solo was huge in this one with her coach saying that Hope "brought the gold back" for the US.
Pacific Takes has an update on the Pac 12 medal count. It is important to note that schools that have multiple players on a team (e.g. water polo) are getting a medal for each team member. Interesting, nonetheless. PAC 12 athletes have really represented in London.
- On to football, Art Theil examines the emotional spikes that are assaulting the team during its first week in practice. This is a really nice read from a veteran columnist.
- In case you haven't seen it, here is Divish's article on the aftermath of the Deontae Cooper injury.
Lots of stuff happened at football practice on Friday. Condotta has the details including the following:
a) Garrett Gilliland is retiring
b) Nate Fellner has a broken foot
c) Hau'oli Jamora's knee is too swollen for a scoping now, so it will not be done 'til next week
- The dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu from LSU for failing a drug test has implications (despite the fact that Oregon fans are arguing that the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year isn't that good) for many teams, including UW. Stewart Mandel says that the Offense in Baton Rouge is going to have to step up. Some LSU bloggers debate the impact on both Special Teams and Defense.
- Here is a treat for those of you who, like me, feel that Isaiah Stanback is one of the more under appreciated all-time Dawgs. As you know, IS has struggled with injuries and adjusting to WR since getting into the league. Yet, all these years later, he's still in the league - a testament to his athleticism, his heart and his engaging personality.
Check out the catch he made last night for the Giants:
And, here is a clip of IS talking about the catch, and his role, after the game
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CNS Philly takes a look at the blessing in disguise that was not getting drafted for Chris Polk. It is a nice write up focused specifically on the War Daddy.
- Somebody is keeping track of training camp stats and judging that Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck are even. I'm not sure how you get "even" out of those stats, though I'm still of the mindset that Matt ought to start. Here is a detailed breakdown of the competition from Greg Cosell of NFL Films with a particular focus on Jake's growth.
- Ryan Divish outhustles Percy Allen for the best recap of the decision by Mark McLaughlin to leave Lorenzo Romar's squad.
- Ben Golliver (also of Blazer's Edge) has a great interview with Brandon Roy. BRoy touches on his journey to Minneapolis and his expectations for the season ahead.
- Isaiah Thomas just finished leading a voluntary offseason camp for the Kings and, of course, is ready to be a starter in Sacremento.
Around the PAC
- Lane Kiffin is a liar. This guy just will never get it.
- Jim Mora is has no filter. This guy just will never get it.
- Speaking of UCLA, RS FR Brett Hundley has been named starting QB. Look for one of the other two combatants to transfer.
- UW isn't the only team seeing a rash of injuries so early in camp. Utah is getting hit hard.
- Bruce Feldman has a list of the top 10 most important "non-QBs" in CFB. The PAC is well represented.