<pre>Yeah, you may not recognize them. The dust makes it hard to decipher. But, I'll be damned if those aren't some fine dots</pre>
Hey there, DawgPounders. Many apologies for my extended absences. I've been sucked into a few major developments at work that have sapped not only my time but my energy. I'm not completely through it, but I do expect things to return to normal sometime around the fourth of July at which time I hope to return to my normal pace. Many thanks to everybody who continue to pitch in and keep the content flowing around here.
And now, some dots.
- Fresh off of winning their fifth straight Pac12 Championship, the #1 UW Men's Crew team will be competing for their fourth straight (what?) national championship with the IRA Championships open up at Lake Mercer in New Jersey this weekend. The Huskies are one of only three schools who have participated in these championships every year since the NCAA began hosting them - 18 years running. I know that we don't write too often on Crew around here, but I really hope you Husky fans are paying attention. This team is among the most dominant of any team in any sports in College Athletics.
- Oh, and if you haven't read Boys in the Boat, you need to get on that.
- The surprising UW Baseball Team had a couple of honors thrown their way yesterday with Head Coach, Lindsay Meggs, being named the Pac 12 Coach of the Year and SS Erik Forgione being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. We came into this season saying that it was a "make or break" deal for Meggs and, well, the man delivered in spectacular fashion. The Diamond Dawgs open up at the Mississippi Regional on Saturday against the winner of Mississippi versus Jacksonville State.
- UW Ace Tyler Davis was recently announced as a Golden Spikes award semifinalist. Davis, who is also a candidate for the "Breakout Player of the Year" award, will learn his fate when the awards are announced on June 3rd.
- The Pac 12 Network has their top 12 Baseball plays of the year and I think you are going to like what you see at #1. If you have three minutes, watch them all ... good stuff.
- Interested in a little light UW Baseball reading? Gregg Bell has another excellent "Unleashed" article over at GoHuskies.com that highlights the under-dawg journey of your UW Baseball team. As always, it is great stuff from Gregg.
- UW's Women's Golf team, ranked #6 in the Nation, came to a disappointing end this week with a 17th place finish at the NCAA's in Tulsa this past weekend. #3 Duke claimed the national championships. It was a tough end, but an overall great season for the Lady Huskies and another strong showing in the Husky Spring Sports program.
- CJ Wilcox is busy getting ready for the NBA draft and just had a workout in Milwaukee. CJ remains very confident that his shooting skills will translate to the the professional game.
- It's the offseason, but football remains on everybody's mind. KC Joyner at ESPN.com likes what he sees out of the Huskies for 2014, but not enough to pick them over Oregon
- Jerry Brewer has an interesting update on the latest business venture for former UW quarterback, Damon Huard. This opportunity is "vintage" Huard and his partner is, well, a legend.
- NFL.com has a great Q&A with former Husky RB Bishop Sankey. If you are having Bishop withdrawals, know that the linked article also has an accompanying video.
- Speaking of Bishop, you fantasy footballers may want to start looking at the Husky legend as a prospect for your prospective rosters.
- I'm doing some of my own analysis around the busy offseason that Larry Scott and the rest of the major conference commissioners are having. In the meantime, I thought I'd call out the recent decision to hold the Pac12 Championship game at Levis Stadium outside of San Francisco. While unpopular with many fans, the movement of the game to the newest NFL stadium is expected to reap big (seven digits?!?) rewards for Pac 12 schools.
As the diehards may have noticed, the UW Dawg Pound Staff has had a rough last couple of months. A congruence of several factors - Anthony's job hunt, work commitments for Kirk and I, and a major move for Ryan have conspired to challenge our blog productivity over this time. The good news is that we each seem to be nearing the end of our disruptions and I expect that we'll be back to normal productivity in time for football pre-season build up. My personal apologies to each of you if you have not had your Husky itch scratched well enough by your dedicated bloggers.
The challenge we've had with our productivity has stoked my urgency to fill a couple of more writer positions. These are volunteer positions, but they are great opportunities for the aspiring young writer to build up a portfolio and get networked with a very fast-growing network in SB Nation. The roles we have are as follows:
1. Recruiting Editor: Some of you may have seen that Kevin Cacabelos has moved on to pursue, you know, a career. We are very proud of Kevin and excited for him as he starts the next chapter of his life. While we expect him to check in from time to time, we are looking for someone to fill his shoes as the lead recruiting writer for both football and basketball. If you have an interest in recruiting, you are local to Seattle and can commit to a couple of articles per week, contact me directly.
2. Non-Revenue Sports Editor: You may have noticed that we have been trying to develop a focus on non-revenue sports. You may have also noticed that UW Spring Sports are surging across the board and enjoying what very well may be their proverbial "hayday". Unfortunately, we've not been able to get the focus that we need to cover all of the great stories emerging from sports like Crew, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Track. We are looking for a writer who can lead on these sports and who can commit to at least two articles per week. UW students or alums who have access to the school are preferred.
3. Social Media specialist: If you have an interest in the blog but maybe not able to commit to a productivity quota, consider helping us out with our Social Media Strategy. We are looking to boost our presence in all social media, in particular with Facebook, and are looking for somebody who can help get us straightened out. Filling this role gives you a chance to also contribute content to the website on a more infrequent basis. If you have the skills and the access, I'd like to talk to you.
Question of the Day
The Diamond Dawgs are playing in their first tournament in a deckade. Are you paying attention to the Huskies this weekend? If so, what are your expectations?