Happy Friday. If you haven't yet seen the video of Stuart Scott accepting the Jimmy V Award at Wednesday's ESPYs, take a few minutes to do so. I promise it'll be worth your time. <script src="http://player.espn.com/player.js?pcode=1kNG061cgaoolOncv54OAO1ceO-I&width=576&height=324&externalId=espn:11225895"></script>
- Just in case you weren't excited enough for football season, the UW athletic department has something to whet your appetite.
Shaq saw the video, and likes what he sees.
That hype video is TOOO wet— Shaq Thompson (@ST7_ERA) July 17, 2014
- Bill Connelly's extensive preview of Washington's football program is live. TL;DR: "... it only takes a couple of ifs to make Washington one hell of a team in 2014."
- One Pac-12 media voter shared his pre-media day ballot, voting for Washington third in the Pac-12 North division behind Oregon and Stanford.
- The Honolulu Star highlights St. Louis High School graduates Hau'oli Kikaha and Marcus Mariota, who are expected to be among the Pac-12's premiere football players this season.
- The TD Daily profiles Chris Petersen on a web page that, for some God-forsaken reason, they decided to put in black text on a dark grey background. I think I'll be reading this one in my Pocket app.
- Save your pennies for this fall, because tickets to Husky Stadium are the nation's 24th-most expensive among college football teams.
- Former Washington walk-on Cole Sager has taken the Crossfit world by storm.
- Washington golfers SooBin Kim and Jennifer Yang made the second-round cut of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship on Wednesday, and will hope to advance to Saturday's 36-hole championship round.
- Brandon Vogel has a nice essay at Medium about the effect that ESPN's "Film Room" broadcast of the 2014 BCS National Championship will have on future football television productions.
- Meet the 13 people whom fans of 124 teams will claim screwed their team out of a shot at the title come January.
- The Wall Street Journal examines what lessons major college football programs are taking away from professional soccer.
- One final note: I'm trying to organize a UW Dawg Pound online dynasty league in NCAA Football 14 for Xbox 360. Please check out the post I made here if you are interested in joining. Thanks!
Question of the Day
In Bill Connelley's preview of Washington, he writes:
Washington played its two worst games of the season against two of its best opponents, Oregon and Arizona State. If the same thing happens this fall, we could be talking about another mid-season funk, as the Huskies play Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona State in a four-game span, then host UCLA two weeks after ASU.