It’s so close to football o’clock, and we’re excited to finally be able to stop freaking out about the state of the sport, media blah blah blahs, conference whatevers, postseason who-gives-a-craps, and just watch.
But there have been some pretty great (and less great) things that have happened this year up until now. Before those are too far in the rear-view mirror, your crew at UWDP wanted to have a wee little retrospective on some of our favorite moments and things we’ve written this year.
So without further ado, here’s some of our favorite (and occasionally dumbest) things from pre-football 2022:
After last year’s dumpster fire football season, we looked ahead to how things might just hopefully improved.
This was technically 2021 but feels relevant, as Andrew wondered about the contrasts in Jimmy Lake and Kalen DeBoer’s personalities and what we could possibly infer (or not) from that.
Then with spring ball on our minds, Coach B took a look at Ryan Grubb’s offense and how he and the quarterbacks could elevate Washington’s scoring.
Andrew and I had a Washington Mt Rushmore coach and future statue-haver on our otherwise extremely stupid podcast:
Sometimes we have a guest who knows just a wee bit what they’re talking about. Bonus points if they’re a PNW ledge & all-around stand up person.@CoachTarr on Team USA, the evolution of batting, the challenges of becoming an unexpected star, & more. https://t.co/NtFWDg6VYz— De UW Dawg Pound (@UWonSBN) May 4, 2022
And had another beloved Husky join the pod:
ICYMI, @aberg7 & @gabeynotgabby sat down with @DCoop_32, who's used lessons from his playing career to write yet another comeback story -- this time as a coach, leading Highline to their 1st KingCo title since Elvis was just some kid in Mississippihttps://t.co/mTRl9B0Tm8— De UW Dawg Pound (@UWonSBN) February 1, 2022
Max did a thought exercise on how to make the perfect realigned college football fantasy land.
Tom looked at men’s basketball and the importance of the 42% threshold.
gabbie plain's dad coming all the way from australia to watch her 1000th career strikeout in person my heart— De UW Dawg Pound (@UWonSBN) April 25, 2022
But before that happened, this happened:
Which led to me writing this absolutely unhinged lunacy about it that people seemed to enjoy and/or be frightened by:
Me to @UWDP_maxvroom “heads up that I am currently writing what might be the stupidest thing I've ever written for this site which is saying something”— Gabey Lucas is crying over Ichiro (@Gabeynotgabby) February 17, 2022
Max: *stunned silence*
Anyhoo someone hire me or I'll keep this uphttps://t.co/LHvwGVp1Ps
To Max replied with:
Our guy Ed trolled some conference down south:
Lastly, I finished this in a hotel in Strasbourg with my laptop at 4% battery, having eaten nothing but vending machine Lay’s for dinner and having spent 3 PM til midnight getting it finally done.
It took two weeks, three countries (if you count that last and only night in Technically France), and by my estimate 30+ hours to write. I don’t know if that last part is a good thing... it feels like you should be able to write a whole sitcom pilot over that time period...
But this is what that turned into:
This is very long & took me a very long time & for that & nothing else I apologize https://t.co/LWK8oRLZUt— Gabey Lucas is crying over Ichiro (@Gabeynotgabby) June 6, 2022
Happy (almost) football season, do good things, don’t do bad things, and bow down to Washington.