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Time for Sarkisian to make pitch for Northwest Championship

… or something akin.

Washington’s all-time record against its Northwest foes may be 178-101-15, but you wouldn’t know it from the way Oregon carved up the Husky defense yesterday like a Thanksgiving Turkey.  From that abysmal performance, it seems Washington has not closed the gap with Oregon, who has whipped Washington six years in a row.

With the hopes of a bowl game fading to black, UW’s first year coach Steve Sarkisian needs to conjur up new ways to get the team motivated.  Long-time Husky fans can remember when former coach Rick Neuheisel conjured up the idea of the “Northwest Championship” to infuse motiviation into his 4-5 team.  That team responded by going 3-0 against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. 

In Sarkisian’s case, the loss to Oregon nullifies the possibility of going 3-0.  But he needs to provide them with a realistic goal to strive for.  Yesterday against Oregon, the team seemed to regress to the same defeated body language and effort that pockmarked the Tyrone Willimgham era.

Rick Neuheisel’s Northwest Championship


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Say Who? Chant Coming out of Husky Stadium Tunnel

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Washington’s Napoleon Kaufman goes 79 yards vs. UCLA

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The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance (Sept 15 Release Date)

The Dawgs of War

I’m happy to announce that The Dawgs of War: a Remembrance will be released on September 15th, 2009.  Pre-orders are now being accepted.  I have been working on this book since January 2008.  I’m real pleased with the end result.  I interviewed approximately 40 people for it and received repeated assistance from the likes of Marques Tuiasosopo, Kyle Benn, Willie Hurst, Matt Rogers, Derrell Daniels and David Williams.

I’m thankful for the editing of Dawn Cahoon and for Josh Foster’s great design of the cover.  Included in the book is some outstanding photography by Max Waugh among others.   

I started writing Dawgs of War along the quiet waterfront of Belfair, Washington and typed the final words in the noisy commons area of Third Place Books in Seattle– while Art Thiel and Steve Rudman were discussing their new book to an audience a few feet away.  It was enjoyable to linger and listen to them talk some Husky Football History when my brain has been heavily occupied with the 2000 Rose Bowl season for so many months.

Football season is almost upon us.  It’s been a stressful year for the nation in general and football will hopefully provide the means for people to rally. 

Here’s to a Las Vegas Bowl appearance for the long-suffering Huskies…


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