Monthly Archives: July 2008

Husky Fans, Meet thine Enemy… Oregon’s Patrick Chung

UW vs. Oregon 

August 30, 2008 Autzen Stadium

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Oregon’s Quack Attack looking to reload

The Oregon Ducks had the perfect plan to save their 2007 season and national championship hopes when quarterback Dennis Dixon crumbled to the ground on Nov. 15 at Arizona Stadium.

Yet it was already spoiled before it could be put into place.

Click here to read the entire article from AZCentral.com.

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Some Random Questions on Husky Football

Alexis and Anderson, after clinching Rose Bowl berth

 

  • The Washington players are reportedly taking very well to new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.  If Washington coach Tyrone Willingham had fired the previous coordinator Kent Baer in 2005 instead of 2007 (when he was forced to) and hired someone competent like Donatell, would Willingham be on the hot seat now?

 

  • Washington’s recruiting is going poorly so far.  If the University of Washington felt sufficient support to bring back Tyrone Willingham as head coach, then why aren’t they giving him an extension to help sell recruits?

 

  • Why is it taking so long for Washington to name an AD?  With the sense of transitory leadership, it feels like a ship without a rudder.  Why don’t they just come out and acknowledge that interim AD Scott Woodward will be filling that role, even if for just a year?  

 

  • Does Jake Locker have enough of a supporting cast to carry this year’s team to 8 wins and a bowl game?

 

  • Will defensive end Daniel T’eo Nesheim’s presence be enough to anchor the greenest defensive line in the Pac-10 this year?

 

  • If the Oregon Ducks manage to badly beat the Huskies at Autzen Stadium in the season opener, will Washington’s collective psyche be able to bounce back and stay on track? 

 

  • Will Washington’s young gifted crop of wide receivers be able to impact games in the same manner that Reggie Williams did back in his freshman year of 2001?

 

  • Last but not least….  If the physically gifted former running back Rich Alexis had played football througout his youth instead of just one year in high school, could he have become and All-American and All-Pro?

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Interview with former Husky and Patriot Hakim Akbar

Hakim Akbar at 2001 Rose Bowl
Hakim Akbar at 2001 Rose Bowl

I recently conducted a long and powerful interview with former Washington Husky safety Hakim Akbar.  Akbar has lived quite a life, and has maintained a good spirit despite much tragedy and despair.  He is also a rare possessor of both a Rose Bowl and Super Bowl ring.  Of note, these articles require a subscription at Dawgman.com.

Hakim Akbar Interview Part 1

Hakim Akbar Interview Part 2

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Former KGB Agent re: (Ongoing) Strategy for Demoralizing Americans

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God Bless Seattlest: The Critical Mass Controversy

I am heartened this afternoon by an editorial written in Seattlest today about the recent bloody confrontation between Critical Mass bicyclests and a motorist.  It was a responsible and searingly accurate article.  As these folks in CM bicycle around the city with their anarchist mentality, it’s like they’re railing against anything patriarchal in our society.

Said Seattlest: 

So, what should happen to Critical Mass? It needs to stop being used as a way to intentionally piss off the drivers in this city by flaunting the laws. (This also goes for you individual riders who routinely blow through red lights, cut down sidewalks, and jump curbs.) CM needs to become an organized ride with an announced route that respects the traffic laws to which we, as bike riders, are legally beholden. If it is safer to keep the entire ride together in one column rather than breaking it up when a light turns red in its midst (it is), then permits need to be applied for and vehicular traffic diverted. If bikes are traffic too (a core reason for many CM riders to take part in it, including this one), then it’s time we start acting like it.

 

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Essay on the History of Washington Huskies football

 Earlier this year I wrote an essay for Historylink about the history of Washington Husky football.  It covers the pioneer days of 1889 all the way to Hugh McElhenny to Sonny Sixkiller to Napoleon Kaufman to the present dark times under the leadership of Tyrone Willingham.

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