Aren't you one lucky sumabitch? You just stumbled upon some Dots.
- The Husky Softball team has punched its ticket to the NCAA Softball World Series. Congratulations to the Soft-Dawgs, who went into Columbia and took two in a row from the home team Missouri Tigers. Game 1 featured an extra inning nail-bite fest while Game 2 was all about dominant pitching. I was able to watch much of the last two games and came away thoroughly impressed with the Huskies pitching and defense, which was matched in earnest by the Tigers. In the end, the Huskies were just a little bit better in both areas are are now on their way to the championships. The Husky spring continues.
- Chris Williams, the #1 golfer in the nation, is all set to compete in the NCAA championships and he is approaching it like he does most everything else in his life: just another day forward.
- The Lost Letterman took a look at the "#1's" among PAC12 wide receivers and handed out some high marks to a certain Husky superstar. Looking at this list, it is pretty clear that there is a clear separation between the top three and just about everyone else ... at least for now. Lists like this simply stoke the fire.
- Are you lonely? Do you miss the camaraderie that comes from being a young fan in a sea of purple at the stadium? Do you wish you could join in on the fun with all the other boys and girls at that sports bar on game day? Well, you know what? Now you can. Just go and adopt a Husky, just like those folks at SPU.
- Speaking of Husky Football, the case against Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still lurching in the judicial underworld. While most expect the situation to be concluded early this summer, Bud Withers contends that the seriousness of the situation warrants a careful and thorough process of accountability and restitution. Or something like that. Actually, I'm not exactly sure what Bud was going for in that article other than to point out the inconsistencies inherent in how other P12 coaches have handled similar situations in the past.
- So, we don't often get a chance to link to the brilliant Phil Steele here on the site. But a great opportunity opened this week when Phil posted a poll on the best OLBs in the nation on his front page and our own theCassino (@UWSBN) took exception to the omission of Shaq Thompson as a candidate.
Write-in: Shaq Thompson RT @philsteele042: Vote today on who you think is the Top Returning OLB in FBS this year! philsteele.com/index.html— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) May 23, 2013
Shaq is a better player than all but a couple of those LBs on @philsteele042’s list. Better than all the west coast guys except Barr.— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) May 23, 2013
Nice! Awesome, Phil RT @philsteele042: @uwsbn Just added him to list, oversight on our part.— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) May 23, 2013
Honestly didn’t expect Shaq to get onto any lists like that given he’s just a sophomore. Tip of the hat to Phil Steele for putting him on— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) May 23, 2013
- Tom Luginbill thinks that there is a true freshman on the incoming UW roster that will make a noticeable impact from the national media's point of view in the upcoming football season. I'll give you three guesses, but you better get it on the first try.
- You guys in the 'Pound are always asking for the Beef. Well, allow me to introduce you to Damien Mama - the biggest invisible man in high school football ($). Here is an SBNation scouting report on the #3 OG prospect in the nation.
- The ESPN P12/Stanford Blog had an interesting write up the other day related to the strategic value of bye weeks ranked by team organized by the North and South. Geez, the offseason sucks.
- The P12 has tweaked its bowl lineup. Jon Wilner has all the news - including the new Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl which, in all seriousness, I thought already was a bowl. I guess, in a way, it was as it used to be the Insight Bowl. The new version will now pit the P12 vs the Big 10.
- Oregon is in the news, having finally released the formal notice of allegations that they were served back in December 2012. And, for balance, here is Rob Mosely's summary of the situation. For a program that seems to argue that they've nothing to hide, they sure do like taking their time to make public certain documents that pertain to relevant news about their public university. Regardless, there wasn't really anything new in the list of charges but the language hinted to the position that the NCAA is taking with respect to Oregon's infractions (major) and their status as a repeat offender. This language taken together with the fact that a summary disposition did not result in an arbitrated penalty agreement would seem to suggest that something more than a slap on the wrist is coming. How much more? Who knows? Maybe the Hulk does.
- Some non-sports news here: UW students showed up in Congress to make their case for normalized tuition and admissions policy as part of their ongoing quest for educational freedom and democracy on the campus. Mush you Dawgs!
- Of course, it doesn't help that the letters of application to the UW are spiking. This year alone, the UW will see over 30,000 applications, 40% of which are from outside of the state.
That's all I got today. I'm going to pass on the Question of the Day only because I think there is a great deal of fodder in the Dots to mess with - Oregon, Softball, Shaq and Buffalo Wild Wing sauces. Enjoy your Memorial Day and don't forget to thank our veterans and active military for their service. This holiday isn't just about your grill and time in the pool. Be safe out there.