You know the feeling. Like when you make a left hand turn onto that country road and your nose gets just a hint of the scent. There is a dead skunk somewhere ahead and, dots, it is going to get worse before it gets better.
Brandon Roy made his professional return to Portland over the weekend. While he didn't get any playing time, it was an emotional moment for a proud Husky and he spoke about it with the press. One Oregon writer suggested one way that a fairy tale ending to B-Roy's short career could be scripted. Regardless of how it happens, I hope that Brandon goes out with his head held high and the knowledge that there are fanbases from Seattle to Portland who only have love for him.
- Another Husky alum continues to get attention in the offseason. Given the success of young players like Russell WIlson, Colin Kaepernick and RGIII, it is only natural for fans of the Tennessee Titans to wonder if Jake can fulfill his first round promise. One blogger took an in-depth look at that question and came back with some interesting conclusions.
- A soon-to-be Husky alum in the NFL is Desmond Trufant. I would point you to the ESPN P12 blogs write-up on Des, but I'm boycotting that blog both in protest for their absurd top 25 list but also for Kevin Gemmell's ridiculous love-fest with Stanford (really, Kevin, the battle for running back at Stanford is the most interesting storyline of the spring???). Another ESPNer, Todd McShay, is still in my good graces, especially after bumping Des into his top 32 on his big board. Trufant is one of five P12 players on McShay's big board ... and the only one who did not garner a ranking on the blogs top 25 list.
- The Colts Authority completed an in-depth film review of the Desmond's game. It is only slightly ironic that the team Trufant was analyzed ripping apart was the Stanford Cardinal.
- Spring Camp officially got off the ground yesterday with Sark's first press conference "of the season". With the return of Sark's press conferences come Bob Condotta's "Sark Bites". Lots of good info here - including some position changes announcements.
- CBS Sports has their primer on the Huskies Spring Camp right here. Nothing that will surprise, but always interesting to see what is on the mind of the national media. I imagine you can guess what their first item of business is.
- Obviously, fixing the passing game is going to be covered by just about everyone until the Huskies open the new stadium against Boise State. Tim Booth gets the ball rolling in his spring kickoff piece.
- Noting that he took some of the "most drastic statistical dips seen in college football", the Saturday Blitz is calling Keith Price one of their top QBs to watch in 2013.
- Since we are all on the topic of Keith Price, now seems like a good opportunity to link to an article that Gregg Bell ran a few weeks ago. It is always refreshing to get a glimpse at the lives of student athletes when they are out of the spotlight of big-time college sports. Keith Price is no different. In all that he does and all that he will do, Keith demonstrates principles and leadership. This is a great read.
- Finally, Percy breaks down the P12 conference tournament scenarios here. Right now, UW is sitting 8th facing Stanford as a play in on the Oregon / Arizona side of the bracket. Nothing is locked down, but Oregon / Arizona look likely to hold those rankings. While UW could theoretically still get as high as 5, that seems pretty far out of reach. What is in reach, though, is the 7 seed if Arizona beats ASU and UW splits USC/UCLA (or if UW wins out). I would think that a 7 seed would be highly desirable as a play-in versus Stanford looks dodgy and the UCLA / Cal side of the bracket looks like a better path for us given our matchups if we were to harbor any hopes of a miraculous run to the tourney.
Question of the Day
So, I've learned that my polls don't always show up on mobile devices, so I'll try it another way. This one is a multi-parter: Where do you think UW will ultimately be seeded in the P12 Tournament and how many wins do you think they could realistically have a shot at?