- With spring practice well into round 2, we start with some football dots. Given that all the "Keith Price should face competition" talk has died down, the Times felt it was a good time to go ahead and take a look at what the competition for back-up QB was looking like so far in camp. While it isn't too much of a surprise to hear that these guys are struggling with accuracy, I'm sure it will be interesting to hear that the majority of one practice's snaps were divvied up between Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist.
- Continuing with the theme that UW is "looking to take the next step" in 2013 - a theme that just about anyone who remotely covers the Huskies has hit on - Rant Sports is taking it a step further and linking the comfort of Sark's seat to the 2013 team's performance. I only find this interesting because of the fact that this particular assertion hasn't been written on very much despite wide-spread acceptance among the fan base.
- Interesting blog post from ESPN's Travis Haney ($). He took a look at the most indispensable players to their teams by position and a familiar name tops the list at a key offensive position.
- SI.com profiles Desmond Trufant and highlights the "big" challenge that Tru took on while preparing for the upcoming NFL draft. Speaking of which, Desmond recently had a sit-down with the New England Patriots - a team that is likely picking too late (#29) to have a shot at him given current projections.
- With the release of Takeo Spikes, Donald Butler is the unquestioned leader of the San Diego Chargers defense. With all that Donald has had to come back from since that gruesome injury his rookie season, it is great to see him emerge in this light.
- Former UW President and current head suit at the NCAA, Mark Emmert, had a bit of a rough go of it at a recent press conference kicking off the Final Four. Not too surprising that Emmert came with a bit of a chip on his shoulder since he is coming under increasing media scrutiny as the main figurehead of an embattled NCAA. The USA Today is the latest to turn up the heat on Emmert with this highly critical look at Emmert's resume and the repeated instances where, as they claim, Emmert would dodge accountability for various failings of which he was involved.
- If you are looking for spring sports to continue to follow as the Final Four wraps up this week, you still have Men's Golf, among others. The slumping golf team still is not playing up to its lofty expectations, but are still expected to make some noise as they get ready for the Pac 12 championships and a hopeful showdown with the tough Cal team.
- Also still going is the immutable UW Crew Team. The #1 Men's team recently posted another impressive victory over Brown - the nation's #2 team - by beating them by a boat length in a wake shortened contest.
- Could Brandon Roy actually make it back on the court this season? B-Roy's commitment to rehab and possibly making an appearance before the season wraps up is an example of his integrity as a human being. Roy's career is certainly over at this point. Still, B-Roy is under contract and he has honored that contract by showing his coaches and his teammates that he is working and living up to his obligations until the end. I'm sure that B-Roy also would like to make one last court appearance so as to go out in his own way on his own terms. Whatever the ultimate motivation, I hope he gets what he is looking for.
- Then there is this - an actual in-game 360 dunk by guess who.
- Tony Wroten has been shipped back to the NBA D-League for a fourth time. Obviously, the ship long ago sailed, but I do wonder what this year would have looked like for UW had Wroten made the decision to stay.
- Finally, this little piece from the PI. UW researchers are working on a project to make interstellar space travel a reality by powering vessels with fusion. You see, it is rocket science.
Question of the Day
The missteps at the NCAA are starting to accumulate and we haven't even gotten to Oregon's sanctions yet. Mark Emmert, as the head of the organization now three years, is clearly in the crosshairs as outsiders examine the facts and try to paint the narrative. Today's question is straight forward: Is Mark Emmert doing a good job in leading the NCAA? Leave your thoughts below.