Podcasts are fun, right? Back in the day, we had a regular podcast at Sports Radio KJR, the inimitable Karate Emergency. Since then, our podcast sessions have been limited, but not on this particular day.
I had the pleasure of joining Casey McLain and Aaron Kirby as a guest on the Offspeed Podcast on Wednesday night. We talked Mariners (including both the Nelson Cruz and J.A. Happ acquisitions), Seahawks, Huskies, racist San Francisco 49ers fans, the evolution of 12s, semi-famous people from Montana, and Twitter behavior, among other things.
If you find yourself terribly bored with nothing better to do, feel free to listen in by clicking here.
And here’s a look at the two degenerates you’ll have the aural pleasure of hearing alongside yours truly:
I was a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Washington the first time I met Lorenzo Romar. It was the evening before Valentine’s Day, 2004, and the Husky Men’s Basketball team was getting ready to square off against the hated Oregon Ducks.
In an attempt to encourage students to arrive a) early and b) en masse, the athletic department’s marketing staff held a pregame meet-and-greet with the head coach that also included … wait for it … FREE FOOD. A Qdoba taco bar was set up in an auxiliary gym and, not surprisingly, a good number of students showed up to sample the fare.
My buddy, Charlie, and I had been attending games the entire season, but up to this point crowds had been slow to follow us to Hec Edmundson Pavilion. A string of pivotal conference wins had sparked a renewed interest in the team, however, and the athletic department was looking for every opportunity to capitalize on the sudden success.
My entire adulthood has been spent hating the Oregon Ducks. That day in 2004 when the Ducks beat Washington 31-6, kicking off a nine-year (and counting) win streak against the Huskies? That was my 20th birthday, October 30, 2004. Since then, the closest the Dawgs have come to knocking off their johnny-come-lately rivals is a 34-17 defeat at Husky Stadium in 2011. Suffice it to say a great deal of vitriol has been built up over nine years of losing.
Anytime an opponent waxes the floor with you for nearly a decade, it’s hard to tolerate just about anything having to do with that opponent’s existence. I’ve learned to loathe Oregon with a passion outweighing similar levels of disdain held for any other rival in any other city in any other sport. Nothing evokes pure disgust, pure detestation, pure revulsion quite like the University of Oregon. I don’t want to beat them every year; I want to destroy them. I want to run up the score on them. I want to embarrass them, to crush them, to make them look as inferior as inferior can be. And yet my team hasn’t supported me on this quest for a proverbial mountaintop borne out of spite. They, like so many others, have been unable to topple the mighty Ducks. And so each year as the annual matchup with our hated foes arrives, we sit here and stew in a cesspool of frustration, anger, and hope.
Using prep hoopster Roberto Nelson — a Top 100 member of the Class of 2009 — as their subject, SI examined the quantity and quality of the letters sent to today’s high school athlete. What they uncovered was revealing about the nature of college recruiting, and cast a light on certain institutions, as well.
Here are the basics:
-Nelson received 2,161 pieces of mail from 56 different athletic programs between his sophomore and senior years in high school.
-The University of Kentucky sent 295 individual mailings to Nelson; not one was personalized.
-Of the 56 programs that sent Nelson mail, only 18 of those programs personalized any of the material.
The Sacramento Kings are absolutely ugly at the forward position. That’s bad news if you’re a Kings fan, but great news if you happen to follow Jon Brockman. Naturally, you know which side of the fence we sit on.
The 2009-2010 Kings will feature a group of forwards that breaks down as follows:
The team lacked a spark and the university knew it.
They failed to draw crowds, failed to make the postseason, failed to properly renovate an aging ballpark, and failed to land recruits that were leaving the area for greener pastures out of state. It was time for a change, and that change was made yesterday when University of Washington head baseball coach Ken Knutson was terminated after 17 seasons at the helm.
Though you never want to see anyone lose their job these days, Knutson had been underachieving for some time. His team was shut out of postseason play in each of the past five years. Two of those five seasons coincided with the rise of one of the greatest players in Washington history donning the Husky uniform. And even Tim Lincecum couldn’t carry this mediocre ballclub into the playoffs.
It didn’t help matters that Northwest rival Oregon State won back-to-back National Championships in 2006 and 2007, or that intrastate foe Washington State found their way to the NCAA Tournament this past season.
He’s the prized recruit of the school football team, boasts a name more suited for a pornstar, is the son of a millionaire Hall of Fame quarterback, and at 6’1″, 185 pounds, has the look of an Abercrombie and Fitch model.
Yep, I think it’s safe to say that when Nick Montana finally sets foot on the University of Washington campus in 2010, he will be seeing a lot of ass. We’re talking Wilt Chamberlain numbers.
All it took was one visit to the University of Washington and Nick Montana knew where he would be playing his college football.
Forget the fact that the Huskies went 0-12 in 2008.
Forget that Montana’s dad, a guy named Joe, went to school at Notre Dame.
Nick Montana, a quarterback from Oaks Christian High School in California, committed to the future of Washington football, in the form of new head coach Steve Sarkisian, and signified the official beginning of the rebirth of the purple and gold.
The tenth commitment in Washington’s heralded 2010 class, Montana gives Sarkisian a player to recruit and build around.
Take away the allegiance I have towards the University of Washington, for a minute, and let me give you one reason why Jake Heaps choosing BYU over the likes of Washington, California, LSU, and Tennessee is a bad choice: His future.
The fact is, only one school on Heaps’ short list of final college choices runs an offensive system that doesn’t translate well to the pro game. Naturally, that school is BYU.
Unlike the four other schools on this list, which all utilize pro-style offensive sets, BYU operates in a system that looks a lot like the spread, a gimmicky offense that has rarely produced high-caliber quarterbacks at the next level. Interestingly enough, Heaps currently operates in a spread offense at Skyline (Sammamish, WA) High School, where he helped lead the Spartans to a 2008 Class 4A State Championship.
I can’t imagine that Heaps doesn’t want to play in the NFL. Ideally, that’s the dream of every collegiate football player, and a talent like Heaps is likely no exception. So why choose BYU, then?
With apologies to the volleyball and women’s cross country teams, the National Championship won last night by the Huskies softball team is the greatest athletic accomplishment by the University of Washington since the football team won a share of the national title in 1991.
Anyone could argue this point, and I’m sure they will, but the fact is that outside of the major revenue sports at any university (football and basketball, namely), there are only so many athletic programs that still manage to bring in any discernible amount of money for the school they represent. Softball happens to be one of those sports.
The University of Washington softball team is one win away from their first NCAA National Championship after shutting out the University of Florida in Game One of the Women’s College World Series final round.
Behind seven shutout innings from ace Danielle Lawrie, the Huskies stormed to an 8-0 victory that had most people in attendance believing the game was over after the sixth inning, when an eight-run mercy rule would have taken effect. That mercy rule is lifted for the championship series, however, and the teams were forced to play what amounted to a meaningless seventh inning.
The scoring spree got underway in the third inning on a bizarre play with the bases loaded that began with a Jenn Salling single to center field. Washington first baseman Niki Williams scored easily from third, while Ashley Charters attempted to score from a second. Charters slid around the ensuing tag for the second run on the play.
The Washington Huskies softball team is damn good.
Behind the pitching of ace Danielle Lawrie, the Dawgs knocked off the University of Georgia 9-3 last night to advance to the final round of the Women’s College World Series.
The semifinal victory came on the heels of a 9-8 defeat earlier in the day at the hands of those same Georgia Bulldogs.
Lawrie’s heroics weren’t just relegated to the pitcher’s circle yesterday, either. The National College Softball Player of the Year did her part to ignite the offense with a grand slam home run in the first inning, as well. The four runs would be all the Huskies would need en route to the 9-3 win.
The University of Washington softball team is now 2-0 in World Series play, after defeating Arizona State 1-0 in an extra-inning game earlier this evening.
The Dawgs received eight innings of shutout ball from National College Softball Player of the Year and staff ace Danielle Lawrie, before Morgan Stuart delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The double-elimination pod format of the Women’s College World Series is somewhat complex, but it boils down to this: One more victory and your Washington Huskies are in the best-of-three championship series for the right to the national title.