- The Men's Crew team has executed a remarkable "three-peat" by winning the NCAA Championship yet again. There has been emerging buzz in the comments regarding the UW Crew program under Mike Callahan and why not? Some of you have argued, as have I, that it is difficult to find a sports franchise that has sustained such a high level of dominance over their field for as long as the UW Men's Crew team has. Does that make them, pound for pound, the "best" sports unit in all of sports? Hard to say, but a debate worth having. If you want to get your whistle whetted for the discussion, perhaps you can check out the new book "The Boys in the Boat" to reacquaint yourself with the truly remarkable back story of the Husky Crew program.
- Unfortunately, the news isn't quite as stellar for the UW Softball team who had to endure tornadoes in OKC before getting beat by both Tennessee and Oklahoma in the WCWS. The Huskies put together a remarkable late season surge, fueled by pitching and defense, but it was not enough to stymie a buzzsaw Oklahoma team that certainly looks the favorite to win it all. Regardless, another great season for Husky Softball and another reason to be excited about the Husky Spring.
- Fresh off of being named to the first-team PING All-America squad, UW Men's Golfer Cheng-Tsung Pan has punched his ticket to the U.S. Open, according to the UW Athletic Department. Pan earned the honor by finishing second in a qualifier tournament and now will join teammate, Chris Williams, as the second Husky to represent at the U.S. Open, which is next week. This is a great honor for Pan and the UW and we wish both our boys the best of luck. WOOF
- Steve Sarkisian is taking time this off-season to make the rounds and press some flesh. He visited Yakima to connect with alumni there. His message to the masses there was the same as it has been since the disappointing loss to Boise State six months ago ... but it is the off-season. Thus, it's news.
- Steve Sarkisian isn't the only man holding press conferences this week. P12 Commish, Larry Scott, also held an update with the media and discussed a variety of topics including lightning rods like player stipends. Of course, the topic most people are interested in hearing about is the DirecTV situation which Commissioner Scott indicated was not close to breaking out of its current impasse.
- In case you hadn't heard, the Huskies are hosting an alumni basketball game that will feature some pretty big names, including Brandon Roy, Jon Brockmen, Nate Robinson, and Isaiah Thomas (among others). Interested in tickets? Click here.
- Speaking of IT, there are rumors percolating that he may be on the trading block as the NBA draft approaches. At least one blogger thinks that this notion is ridiculous.
- Chris Polk has a plan for increasing his impact with the Philadelphia Eagles ... and it starts with earning more playing time.
Question of the Day
Larry Scott, in his press conference, spent a considerable amount of air time discussing the situation with the P12N and DirecTV. Indicating that the odds of resolution were bleak unless the fans made more of an outcry, Scott went on to say that the first year of P12N was "hugely successful". Do you think that the first year of the P12N was "hugely successful?" Also, with no other leverage (especially digital rights) to apply to any carrier (cable or satellite), do you see any hope that the P12N will be able to roll their media out to a more widespread national audience beyond the very limited reach of FiosTV and Dish?
I'm very interested in your answers. I'm looking for hope here, people.