Monthly Archives: November 2008

Don James discusses Drive to beat USC (1985)

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Huskies beat Michigan on a blocked punt (2001)

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Huskies recover kickoff in Endzone, beat USC 13-3 (1981)

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Should Charlie Weis be Fired?

The boys from Dome and Domer have an interesting discussion about the future of Notre Dame football in the wake of the humiliating loss to Syracuse.    www.domeanddomer.com

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KU-Washington Preview: JohnB talks with Rock Chalk Talk

 

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Sexy Cheerleader Deserving attention: West Virginia’s Nesha Sanghavi

Nesha Sanghavi

Nesha Sanghavi

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Husky Football in the Don James Era

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Napoleon Kaufman’s Dazzling Talent on Display

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My favorite play in Husky History — UW at Nebraska 1991

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An unlikely source of Inspiration for Willingham

Another day, another loss, in this apocalyptic season for the ages.

The Washington Huskies are now 0-10 for the year, and losers of 12 straight games dating back to 2007. 

In the latest disaster last night, in which the tepid Huskies fell to lowly UCLA 27-7, one quote stood out in the aftermath from a senior who had played his final game at Husky Stadium.  

“Coach really didn’t want us to get too emotional,” tight end Michael Gottlieb said.  “He wanted us to approach it like it was any other game, so I tried to choke back the emotions a little. I was a little emotional, a little sentimental, but for the most part, I just tried to approach it like it was any other game.”

Tyrone Willingham

Tyrone Willingham

Football is a tough and violent sport, and requires emotion from the warriors who play it.  Perhaps most perplexing about Willingham is why he would try to tap out the fire that his players exhibit. 

 

As Willingham’s era at Washington concludes, he’s got one great opportunity for victory over the equally moribund Washington State Cougars next weekend in Pullman.

What the Huskies would respond to most would be for Willingham to be out of character this week.  To overturn some tables, and get emotional.  To give his players the sense it’s okay to play with some reckless abandon.

Willingham would be wise to mimic Seinfeld’s George Constanza, from that classic episode called The Opposite.  George made a startling revelation that could help Willingham too.  Not just for the players’ sake, but for Willingham’s also.  I want him to taste victory in the 11th hour and avoid the stigma of an 0-12 season.  

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Redistribution of Wealth, Pac-10 Style

With President-Elect Barack Obama’s recent ascension to power, it’s possible that he and Congress will carry out a “redistribution of wealth” in the coming years.  In keeping with this country’s current trend toward socialism, perhaps the same principles should be applied to the Pac-10.

Bellotti in purple and gold?

Bellotti in purple and gold?

 

ESPN’s Chris Fowler recently penned a column, lamenting the pathetic performances of the Huskies and Cougars football teams, and stating the need for the other conference schools to help with a bailout package.

It’s interesting to take that one step further.  Why should USC continue to reap the benefits of Pete Carroll as head coach year after year?  Why should Washington State be limited by their remote location and inhospitable climes in their ability to hire a top-notch coach?

With this in mind, I put the names of every Pac-10 football coach into a box, shook it violently (fueled by the animosity brought on by Washington’s 0-9 season) and then conducted a mock draft.  I reassigned the names to each Pac-10 team.  I did this only once, and with no manipulation of the outcome.

 

Here were the results:

Team                                      New Head Coach

Washington State……………..Rick Neuheisel

Washington…………………….. Mike Bellotti

Oregon……………………………. Jim Harbaugh

Oregon State…………………..  Paul Wulff

California………………………..   Mike Stoops

Stanford………………………….. Pete Carroll

USC…………………………………. Dennis Erickson

UCLA……………………………….  Tyrone Willingham

Arizona………………………………Mike Riley

Arizona State……………………..Jeff Tedford

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