I like my guac with a dash of cayenne pepper and lemon juice instead of lime. I also like my wife’s chilli with extra onions and a dollop of sour cream. Beyond that, I like to see my Huskies well-represented in the Super Bowl.
This year isn’t necessarily the best example of how UW is improving its stock as a feeder school for pro teams looking to make championship runs, but it isn’t too shabby. The Huskies boast three players in today’s big game, all three of whom are playing for the Falcons.
S Dashon Goldson (#38, 9 years pro)
Goldson is wrapping up his 10th season in the league. He was signed to Atlanta as depth after having been with team earlier in the season. Goldson is a former NFL pro bowler who has begun to fade in the twilight of his career. In fact, he had become quite a controversial topic among hard core Falcons fans before he was cut from the team back in October. His presence now, however, provides some veteran leadership against a foe that he has faced many times in his career. Husky fans can expect to see Goldson rotate in throughout the game.
WR/TE Joshua Perkins (#82, 0 years pro)
Perkins has been a surprise contributor to the Falcons as a rookie. His primary role has been as a reserve “big” receiver who provides depth and options to the Atlanta passing attack. Perkins has converted five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on the season. He along with fellow rookie tight end Austin Hooper have both factored into breakout Atlanta offense in 2016. He’ll definitely see the field at some point today.
CB Desmond Trufant (#21, 4 years pro)
Most of you are aware that the Falcons are without the services of their former first round draft pick. Trufant had mid-season surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will be watching the Super Bowl from the owner’s suite. The absence of Trufant figures to be a key factor against a New England team that boasts one of the most efficient passing offenses in history. The Falcons have actually improved in scoring defense since Trufant was injured despite the fact that his presence resulted in far fewer passes thrown to his side of the field. Some of this improvement, however, may be related to their schedule.
Some might be wondering what ever happened to Bishop Sankey and his dalliance with the Patriots. It is true that Sankey was at one point on the Pats’s practice squad. However, he was signed by the Vikings off of that practice squad last month. Thus, he’ll be watching the big game on TV just like everybody else.
Three combined players is actually tied for second best among PAC 12 teams. Stanford has five players involved while Arizona State has three players of their own playing for the Patriots. Curiously, USC joins Washington State with no representation. Before you get to drawing too many conclusions off of that little factoid, consider that Rutgers has four players of their own represented.
This is your Super Bowl open thread. Enjoy the game and please be sure to get home safely. We’d like to count you among our ratings numbers in February.