Useless facts for discussion:
- The most common street name in the Unites States is "Second Street."
- The sweat drops drawn in cartoons are called "pleuts."
- The most common day for babies to be born is Tuesday.
- The HyperMart outside of Garland, Texas has 58 checkout stands.
- In the 1980's, American migraines increased by over 60%.
- Poland is the "stolen car capital of the world."
- Among other things, Thomas Jefferson invented the monetary system, the dumbwaiter, and the folding attic ladder.
- The S in Harry S. Truman didn't stand for anything.
- Horses can look forward with one eye and backward with the other, at the same time.
- Shakespeare is quoted 33,150 times in the Oxford Dictionary.
- The word Pennsylvania is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.
- On average, Americans spend a total of seven years of their life in the bathroom.
- A family of 26 can go to a movie in Mexico for the price of a single person in Tokyo.
- Approximately 10,000 Dutch cows pass through the Amsterdam airport each year.
- On average, someone pulls his or her hamstring in an aerobics class every seven minutes.
Rhaego:Give us a controversial prediction for the upcoming season. Let's get heated.
- The Huskies aren't going to win the Pac 12.
- The Huskies aren't going to win the North.
- Someone other than John Ross will be the "best" receiver in 2016.
- Jimmy Lake will leave after the season.
- Jonathan Smith will be retained.
- Azeem Victor will be on the receiving end of at least one targeting call.
- Jojo Mathis will lead the team in sacks and tackles for lost yardage.
- Jake Browning will miss at least one game.
- USC or UCLA will lose at least four conference games.
- WSU will pull a massive upset.
- The winner of one of the Pac 12 divisions will have three conference losses, and the other will have two.
- Fans of Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, and USC will be calling for a coaching change after the season, but none of those will be made.
Rick Anacaona:I see Isaiah Renfro is still listed on the roster. What's that mean? A chance for him to get back some day?
onewoodwhacker:Instead of looking for another Power-5 team outside our conference to play a home and home every year, why doesn't the PAC-12 just go to a 10 game conference schedule with 2 OOC games at the beginning? "Personally", I'd rather see a home and home with Colorado than one with Rutgers or BSU or BYU, or....
PalyDawg:All the talk down here is how Stanford reloads their defense, how Mccaffery is the best football player in America, and how the QBs in waiting are vaunted recruits. Can we focus on HOW we are going to be able to beat Stanford in our Pac-12 home opener? Nice and nitty gritty analysis?
80sIMADawg:Lots of speculation out there by national publications as to who will start on our O-line this fall. Many have Shane Brostek coming off the bench. Better/Worse/Neutral expressed one take. Do you have a different take on who starts and who plays meaningful minutes, and in what role(s)?
chaboing40:How does Sidney Jones compare against Desmond Trufant and Marcus Peters? How would you rank the three?
Marcus Peters had a really good sophomore season. He was second team All Pac 12, and a case can be made that he missed first team due to the players ahead of him being repeat performers that didn't necessarily live up to their reputations. Things obviously went downhill for him the next year. Peters was a bigger, stronger, more physical corner, but I think Sidney Jones is faster (I don't actually know this, but Peters' speed was never a strenght, and I've never thought that about Jones) and a little less prone to getting beat when he doesn't "win" at the line of scrimmage. Jones is a better cover corner, but I think Peters was a little better at playing the ball. Jones also hasn't shown any of the attitude things that plagued Peters. I think Peters is a shade more naturally talented overall largely due to that size- a higher ceiling - but I think Jones is more likely to reach his ceiling (which is also exceptionally high - just not as high as Peters'). Jones stays on the field. That's probably the trump card.
It's a little unfair to compare Sidney Jones as a sophomore to Desmond Trufant following his senior year. Both were the best corners in the conference in their most recent respective seasons as Huskies. Trufant was a little bit bigger and probably faster (faster than I thought - he ran a 4.38 at the NFL combine). But Trufant as a junior was only a little bit bigger than Jones right now, about to enter his junior season. Comparing their sophomore campaigns, though - Trufant was very good, but about the only edge I think he had would be speed. Other than that, Jones is better in just about every way.
Desmond Trufant is arguably one of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL. Marcus Peters was defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015, and will probably be on those types of lists in 2016 or shortly after. Sidney Jones is going to join them all too soon. Enjoy him in 2016 Dawg fans, because seeing him in purple and gold in 2017 (not playing for the Vikings, that is) will be an upset along the lines of Napolean Kaufman coming back for his senior year. Along the way, he's going to collect All-American honors that Trufant may have deserved as well. When it's all said and done, Jones is going to be in the conversation for the best that's played the position at the University of Washington. Maybe the best.
80sIMADawg:DW was great on the so-called wheel route due to his speed and hands. He also protected really well. Who do you think fills his role this year? Or does anyone? And would he have benefited from another year here?
DptDawg:How the Heck is this UW team getting so much Hype? I understand we have a bunch of guys coming back but seriously I think its a little ridiculous- First beat Oregon and ASU - win a few games in AZ, Peterson has been mediocre at best in his first two years - Does unwarrented Hype like this actually damage the psyche of this team?
Dawg in Portland:With fall camp less than a month away, what are some story lines we should be watching for during August practices?
seasalt14:Quarterback debuts under the Petersen regime at UW have been rocky. Lindquist at Hawaii, Browning at Boise State, and Carta-Samuels at Stanford were all subpar to awful performances. Cyler Miles opener against Eastern Washington was okay, but I don't like remembering that game. My question is, in year three of the Petersen/Smith system, can we expect better performances from a backup quarterback?
TxDawgFan:When a program starts recruiting at higher levels, like Petersen is doing, year after year, it must be very tempting to "suddenly senior" some guys to make room for new shiny toys to add to the program. Our last staff certainly liked to do that while Petersen takes the developmental approach to get that senior player to play at a high level for the team. It started with Hudson who was brought back from the abyss by Petersen's staff to have a very productive senior campaign.If you were the old staff looking to make room for some new recruits, who on the roster would pop out you? and who in that group do you think Petersen will get a very productive senior season from?
OsidePup:The coaching staff is starting to get attention from around the country, especially those that coach defense. Which assistant coach would be the one that would be missed the most and be hardest to replace if he left for a better job??
Rhaego:If our offensive and defensive schemes were songs, what would they be?
Rhaego:Top 5 best football movies?
Andrew M Smith:No home games sold out in 2015, right? Not even the Apple Cup. Do you reckon any home games will sell out this year?
dawgincostarica:I'd like to know what the curriculum entails with the LEAP program ?...and are football players the only students who attend?
HUSKY-57:JB has been practicing throwing deep all summer? Any improvement?