- The news of Brandon Roy being waived by the Timberwolves last week sparked an outpouring of "Roy Retrospectives" across the Internet. Most focused on the brilliant but short career of the Husky great. However, one piece jumped out at me. As a Husky who is a Portland Trailblazer fan, I am among a small minority of fans who had the opportunity to see Roy be an MVP style player for both my favorite college and pro team. Alex Tam wrote about the importance of Brandon Roy to Blazer fans - a perspective you Pounders may not have heard much about - and includes a ton of highlights.
- Were David Shaw and Lane Kiffin really switched at birth?
- CBS Sports is impressed with the two new additions to Lorenzo Romar's coaching staff. Are you?
- The Huskies football team were one of only two teams from the P12 (the other being Stanford) to have two players named to the 2013 Ronnie Lott IMPACT award watch list. Both Danny Shelton and John Timu are being recognized as potential recipients for an award that recognizes a combination of citizenship and prowess on the defensive side of the ball. Manti Te'o won the 2012 award.
- Cliff Kirkpatrick, a beat writer who chronicles the goings on at Oregon State, took a bit of a spring tour and made a stop at Washington. He documented his observations here, noting that the Huskies look to be building off of a strong improvement on defense.
- Kevin Gemmell also took some time to write up his observations on the Husky defense with a particular focus on the stark improvements that have been made in the secondary since the arrival of Justin Wilcox.
- Related to that, the P12/Stanford ESPN blog continued its "Most Important Player" series with Washington. Gemmell also wrote this piece and, based on the insights garnered in the previous dot, his pick shouldn't be a huge surprise.
- Continuing with a string of randomly timed Washington pieces, Gemmell also has this video "One Good Thing" clip - focusing on the Offensive Line of the Huskies.
- By the way, have you met Quincy Pondexter's new dog? His name is "Buckets" and, well, you'll have to click to link to learn more. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Quincy is doing just fine down here in Memphis. In fact, this weekend is BBQ Fest - an outrageous party that puts the Bite of Seattle to shame - and Q-Pon was spotted enjoying the festivities.
- Did you wake up this morning finding yourself thinking about the mysterious and beautiful (but endangered) fin whale? Don't worry, UW researchers have you covered.
- The Huskies golf team enters play today in second place at the Tallahassee regional. The team was sparked yesterday by the play of Charlie Hughes, who recorded the best score of the day with a 7 under 65, and Chris Williams who recorded two consecutive eagles, to stay within two strokes of North Florida for first place. The team is also getting huge contributions from CT Pan, who has the best score of all Huskies through the first two rounds.
- Also competing in the post-season are the Huskies softball team who recorded a slim 1-run victory over the Portland State Pilots to advance in the Seattle Regionals. Next up for the Huskies is the top seeded Hawaii team that the Huskies beat to start the season.
- Finally, we are pleased to report that Washington Huskies guard, CJ Wilcox, had successful surgery to mend the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. CJ is expected to be recovered in time for the 2013-14 season, his fifth and final year with the program. If you are wondering what a metatarsal is, I included an image below to help orient you. The area in blue is the area that CJ experienced his stress fracture. These are difficult injuries to heal on their own because there is very little blood supply to that area of the foot. CJ's surgery, I'm sure, consisted of the placement of a screw down the middle of the bone. The screw will stabilize the fracture and allow healing to occur around it. Unless there are issues with the screw itself, it will likely stay implanted and should allow CJ to return heal in a couple of months.
Question of the Day
By now you know that Sean Parker was the ESPN P12/Stanford blog's pick as the Huskies "Most Important Player" for 2013. While other candidates, including Keith Price, Bishop Sankey and Danny Shelton, warrant significant consideration, I think a case could fairly be made for Sean. What do you think? Is Sean Parker the most vital player in UW's pursuit for a 2013 Northern Division title?