In honor of the fact that the Ducks have won 9 straight (rather routinely) against our beloved Huskies, I'd like to take a moment to commemorate the Top Nine Reasons Duck Fans Secrectly Hope the Huskies Win on Saturday.
- This will finally be the proof they need to out Lee Corso as the football incarnate of Satan.
- The Ducks have a built in excuse with the a hobbled De'Anthony Thomas and the loss of Colt Lyerla. Why not take it?
- Favorite catch phrases like "Fuck Washington" and "I Hate Washington Week" simply don't have the meaning they once did. It is kind of like saying "fuck the dance squad". Sure, we all find them a little irritating, but it is not possible to get hyped around that rallying cry. A Husky win would change that.
- "Decade of Dominance," while it sounds snazzy, would simply remind Duck fans of the true gravity of the dominance that UW has previously held over them throughout history.
- Karma is a bitch and Duck fans are tired of having their homes flooded, their jobs exported and their wives leaving them in favor of the Beaver fan next door.
- The conclusion to Breaking Bad has already left a gaping hole in their lives. Might as well pile on.
- Kind of like Confession, there are a lot of Duck fans that know the payback that they have earned has gotten pretty steep - might as well wash that debt away now.
- Consider this a going-away present to Chip Kelly to express how much he is missed.
- It would make the next Tako Tuesday article a "can't miss" affair ... assuming Tako doesn't take his own life in the meantime.
- Lost Letterman ranks the "Darkest Moments of Husky Football" since 2003. Warning: this is a long, long, long list. Must read.
- Many of you know Joel McHale as a hilarious entertainer and celebrity. Younger fans may not know that Joel was also a Husky football player. The Wall Street Journal sat down with Joel and asked him all about his Husky roots in this entertaining piece (and, please Gawd, let him be the celebrity picker on Gameday).
- The dust-up between Steve Sarkisian and David Shaw has been pretty entertaining so far. As you all know, Shaw came out swinging in response to the innuendo by Sark that the Cardinal faked injuries and noted, among other things, that the hit on Shayne Skov was of extra concern because it affected the same knee that he had surgically repaired. Turns out that this was either a bald-faced lie designed to heighten the power of the counter attack or, at least, a negligent oversight designed to drum up sympathy. Either way, poor form, Coach Shaw.
- Fox Sports takes a look at this phenomenon of "faking injuries" and the question as to whether or not Stanford partook in the practice.
- Are we seeing the formation of Pete Carroll v Jim Harbaugh, part II?
- Much was written here (and disputed by Stanford Fans) about how the Huskies dominated both offensively and defensively against the Cardinal. ESPN's advanced stats team has backed up that assertion with their own analysis noting that the Huskies, on and "Expected Points Added per Unit" basis, had a 2 point advantage on Offense and a whopping 10.2 point advantage on Defense. The problem? Stanford had an otherworldly 15.3 point advantage on Special Teams. There you go. Science.
- Speaking of science, famed Duck and Husky fan (and sometimes commenter on the 'Pound), Kalon, took a long look at what the advanced stats can tell us about the upcoming Husky / Duck matchup. Definitely worth a look.
- While Steve Sarkisian has previously credited the retrofitting of his offense to a HUNH attack to his interactions with Kevin Sumlin, many observers have noted Sark's friendship with Chip Kelly and speculated on the consultations that must have occurred in their interactions. Now the truth is out ... Oregon may have had something to do with our new offensive strategy.
- Imagine what the Ducks would look like today if a certain linebacker was wearing green on Saturday. My guess is that there would be no fretting the losses of Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso.
- Some Eugene prognosticators did a round table on the upcoming game and provided their predictions for the outcomes. No surprises.
- The Pacific Takes guys also did their own roundtable on Saturday's game, but with a couple of Husky fans involved (including our own Jack Follman). No surprises. Sigh.
- There are other things than D*ck Week going on in the world of Husky athletics. At the top of my list is Husky Crew Coach Mike Callahan. Callahan was just selected by US Rowing as their 2013 Man of the Year. Congrats to Coach C ... there isn't a more deserving guy out there.
- Husky Basketball is starting to rev up. Tim Booth documents how Coach Lorenzo Romar believes that the Huskies should get back to their "old ways" after two down seasons.
- Rant sports also thinks that the Huskies have the ability to fly under the radar, at least until their matchup with Indiana a couple of weeks into the season.
- Christian Caple takes a look at the Huskies roster, which includes just six returning players from a year ago, and notes that it is all about the depth at Montlake.
- And, in case you missed it, the 'Pound has been recognized by SBNation as one of it's featured blogs. This is a fun honor for us and earns us a little more traffic from around the blogosphere. Thanks to you all for making this place so great.
Question of the Day
Given the fact that my last QOD basically was never answered, I considered going with another tactic here. Then I recanted as I know the routine-oriented among you rely on my consistency. Since I know that we have a number of Duck fans visiting this week, I thought I'd be inclusive with the QOD. What is your all-time favorite moment in the Husky / Duck rivlary?
(and, please, be respectful in how you describe the joy of the moment no matter which side you are on)