Before we get to the Dots, I'd like to bring some attention to some great Fanposts/Fanshots that have been posted by your fellow blog members over the past few days. Fanposts are a great way for members to contribute their own content and to enhance the quality of the environment we are building here at the Dawgpound. I am committed to getting as much attention to Fanposts as possible by placing as many as possible into the main body of our front page. I will also link to them in Dots as they come up. Some great posts from your colleagues that absolutely need some attention include the following:
1. DJohnson opines on the true motivations behind Nick Saban's requests to "slow down" the proliferation of spread offenses around the NCAA
2. Stadium Guru, Lear Pilot, documents the "lighting up" of Husky Stadium - pictures and all
3. MikeLisle asks this question: If you only had 11 all-time football players to choose from, who would comprise your "Ultimate Team Washington"?
4. DJohnson checks in again, this time with a look at an idea that could save football from itself.
5. Finally, there is this - a great hype video for the UW / Boise St game put together by Bronco fan, Drewyn Vachal
Let's keep the Fanposts and Fanshots going. I'll keep linking them and promoting them.
- Speaking of hype videos, here is the latest to usher in the Husky 2013 season:
- Husky Stadium ... it's getting real
- Our brothers at the Mountain West Connection preview the 2013 Huskies.
- Adam Jude dug this up and I thought I'd pass it along here. Phil Steele just listed his "Top 200" among high school recruits this year and a couple of Husky commits show up on the list.
- Charlie Hughes, who was last seen helping to fuel the Husky Golf Team's run in the NCAA Championships, took home a big prize last week.
- You may have heard ... former Husky flamethrower, Tim Lincecum, threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants last night. Congrats to a Husky fav.
- Oregon true frosh and former Husky recruiting target, Tyree Robinson, continues the tradition of fine Oregon off-seasons.
- Desmond Trufant is getting fully ingrained with his new team and is one-half of young DB duo that Falcons fans are getting excited about.
- The Jake Locker story is one that is going to endure for the rest of the off-season and much of the season. Get used to it. NFL.com chimed in with a nice "inside look" at how things are going for Jake after having been named #31 of 32 QBs by Ron Jaworski in a recent ESPN piece. Bottom line: Jake is being Jake ... he's dismissed the criticism, everybody loves him and everybody wants to see him succeed. Jim Wyatt took some nice video from Jake's youth camp and got in some Q&A. This is some good stuff:
- Basketball fans rejoice - there is some roundball being played. Percy Allen documented his look at a few young UW players playing out at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League. Key insights: the diminutive Jahmel Taylor is a defensive "bulldog" and the smooth Darin Johnson has stud potential.
- Nigel Williams-Goss starred as the USA U-19 team took home the Championship last week. Team USA swept the tournament which culminated in a dominating victory over Lithuania.
- Speaking of Williams-Goss, the young PG got some attention from Jeff Goodman over at ESPN ($).
- Coach Romar sent out a great tweet last night. Congratulations to his daughter, Taylor, and her new husband, Greg Walker, on their marriage. Many of you will recall Greg Walker was a Husky Safety who walked away from the game to pursue Medical School (c'mon kid, where are your priorities?).
Watching Greg Walker and our youngest daughter Taylor become one in marriage today will be a blessing!!— Lorenzo Romar (@CoachRomar) July 13, 2013
- For those of you waiting for the ice to melt on the P12 and DirecTV, don't break out the sun tan lotion just yet. New P12 Network President, Lydia Murphy-Stephans, indicates that there is no hope in sight for a breakthrough. Many of you know how I feel about the handling of this situation by the P12. I blame the P12 for this mess because of how poorly they handled their initial agreements with the cables. By failing to get national roll out commitments from the cables, they put themselves in a "no leverage" situation with the most significant national distributor. I'm working on another dedicated piece to this topic. However, I will say that the situation is eminently more complicated now than it was 12 months ago. If a breakthrough is to occur, I don't see how it happens without the P12 going back to the drawing board with all of their distribution partners. The odds of that? Slim to none.
- Former P12 Networks prez, Gary Stevenson, has landed himself a new gig with the MLS. I'm not sure if this qualifies as "landing on his feet" ... but he seems to be a good fit for the newly restructured business operations of the MLS.
- Apparently, a few former UW employees thought that online browsing of gossip columns and Kim Kardashian sex videos was a good use of their overtime hours. I'm so glad that it took a special investigation to uncover this scandal. Here's a novel idea: supervisors should approve overtime requests!
Question of the Day
With the season nearly upon us and news starting to percolate in the form of coverage, projections and opinions, a plethora of new topics to write on are coming to light. What topics would you like to see us cover through our normal editorial activities or via other fans through Fanposts / Fanshots?