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From Chumps to Champs, Husky Fans Have Seen It All

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It’s an unpopular take: We’re just happy to be here.

Seriously? Who on earth is just happy to be anywhere? That’s not how society works. We set goals for ourselves. We tell prospective employers where we hope to be in five years, when really, all we want is a job. We want more than what we have, no matter how much we’ve got, and above all else we need to be successful. We can’t just be here. Who does that?

You have to admit, though, you’re happy. At the very least, moderately pleased.

Just look how far we’ve come. Look at where we were only a few short years ago. We sucked. We were absolutely terrible. We got our asses kicked by nearly every opponent we faced. I know. I watched it all go down.

Some grew up in an era of Rose Bowls and Orange Bowls. Others still were fortunate enough to witness a championship. Me? I got the cringe-worthy Tyrone Willingham years. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

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Karate Emergency, Ep. 48: Expect 1-to-3 Inches

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Don’t take your small children to see R-rated movies. It’s a bad idea.

Also, it’s supposed to snow in Seattle this week. We’ll see about that.

The Mariners are making moves at the Winter Meetings, acquiring a pitcher who actually threw a no-hitter in the major leagues.

Will the Seahawks upgrade their offensive line this offseason, or instead bring back the likes of Kam Chancellor and Steven/Stephen Hauschka? Can they somehow find a way to do it all?

Plus, above all else, the Huskies are Pac-12 Champions and on their way to the College Football Playoff. Our entire crew is excited, even the resident Duck — who also happens to be celebrating the hiring of Oregon’s new football coach, Willie What’s-His-Name.

All that and more on the latest KE!

Karate Emergency, Ep. 44: Barbershop Quintet


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The resident 12th Man Maniac is fired up about the Seahawks defensive schemes, so we corral a former member of the team’s defense to weigh in and bring some levity to a heated debate. Marcus Trufant and Terry Hollimon from The Barbershop make an impromptu guest appearance and join the show to share their vast football knowledge with the masses.

Plus, the Huskies set out to do something this weekend that most of us have only ever witnessed on Xbox, and Chris Hansen is keeping the dream alive in Sodo.

All that and more on this week’s Karate Emergency!

Karate Emergency, Ep. 43: 70-21

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The Washington Huskies ended the University of Oregon’s 22-year experiment with football on Saturday and two-thirds of the show crew are ecstatic about it.

We go full Husky fan on this week’s show, delving into the Dawgs’ championship hopes, the excitement around the rest of the regular season, the outcome of the Apple Cup, and everything in-between. Our resident Duck fan sulks in the corner as we wax poetic about college football.

Plus, the Seahawks square off against the Bellevue-Atlanta Falcons, Slickhawk incurs a vehicular tragedy, and Seattle readies itself for Storm Watch 2016. All that and more on this week’s KE!

Karate Emergency Ep. 16: Got Gas?

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The legendary sound of one of Seattle’s most revered sports radio hosts graces the airwaves this week, as we welcome Mike Gastineau onto the show and kick Slickhawk to the curb (for the time being).

Gas leads us down memory lane, as we reminisce about the greatness of Ken Griffey, Jr. on the day he becomes a first ballot Hall of Famer. (And be sure to pay close attention to that Dave Niehaus story.)

We break away from the Junior lovefest to discuss the Seahawks venture to the frozen tundra for their playoff matchup with the Vikings. Marshawn is back, the temperature will be well below freezing, and our guest co-host once saved someone you probably know from getting arrested in Minnesota.

Breaking news demands our attention, with Athletic Director Scott Woodward leaving Washington for Texas A&M. What will his legacy be at UW, and how did Woodward shape the current landscape of sports on Montlake?

Finally, Husky hoops takes center stage with a monumental weekend sweep over the L.A. schools to open conference play. Are the Huskies for real? We debate the legitimacy of these young pups.

All that, PLUS This Week in ’90s History!

And if you prefer listening on iTunes, find every episode of Karate Emergency free here.

Karate Emergency Ep. 2.15: Twisters and Porn

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The gang returns from Christmas break with two weeks of catching up to do, including a tornado survival story.

The Huskies won the Heart of Dallas Bowl (and indulged in some of Dallas’s finest adult entertainment, as well), the Seahawks are ravaged by injuries (but at least Marshawn Lynch is still active), and NFL fans are about to be subjected to the same treatment those of us who loved the Sonics once endured.

All of that, plus the debut of This Week in ’90s History in the final show of 2015. Happy new year!

Karate Emergency Ep. 2.12: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

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Slickhawk returns after a few days spent with a murderer, and the crew has lots to discuss.

The Huskies put a whooping on the Cougars in the Apple Cup, the Seahawks have more questions than answers in the wake of a critical injury, and Jerry Dipoto is out to save the Mariners by dealing everyone he comes in contact with.

On top of that, Kelly has a new meerkat, this one more famous than his constituents, and Alex got shot in the face.

Happy listening!

Karate Emergency Ep. 2.11: Slick’s Dating A Serial Killer

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Sans the dramatic intro music, the gang is back to discuss the Apple Cup, Husky Basketball, Russell Wilson’s personality problems, and the standard dose of grumpiness.

Amidst it all, we reveal that Slick may be dating a serial killer and we welcome in a special guest to help us break down the Husky/Cougar rivalry.

 

Karate Emergency Ep. 2.10: Where Do Broken Hearts Go

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A critical bet is resolved with a winner and a loser, despite being predicated by a situation that ended in a virtual tie.

Russell Wilson went to Mexico with Future Junior and Future Junior’s mother, UW football needs two wins in three games to become bowl eligible, and the excitement of college basketball is finally upon us.

But mostly, we talk about sex parties, strip clubs, Whitney Houston, and what you can learn about a man through pickup basketball. Thanks for sticking with us through all of this debauchery.

Karate Emergency Ep. 2.9: The Band’s Back Together

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Original Karate Kid Ryan Divish makes his triumphant return to the show, as our trio expands to a foursome for a night.

We explore the Mariners with Divish, talk some Seahawks, and even touch on UW football.

Most importantly, though, we delve into the world of fans being fans of fans and annihilating other fans, blast local news organizations for jumping on the Seahawks bandwagon to their own self-serving benefit, dissect petitions started by the 12s, give #AllCreditToGee, and break down Kelly’s upcoming date with a soccer personality.

We cap it all off with a rousing edition of America’s favorite game, You Can Only Have One, in the rowdiest episode of the year. Enjoy the aural pleasure.

Karate Emergency Episode 2.7: Flying the Coop

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Was Fred Jackson drag racing? Is it possible he jumped the time-space continuum? We take the case to The People’s Court for further deliberation.

Beyond that, there’s a heavy deal of grumpiness with Starbucks (and plastic knives and Halloween costumes, but mostly Starbucks) to kick off the show, we preview the Seahawks-49ers bout, the UW-Oregon debacle is recapped, and we put a nice bow on episode seven with a testament to true love.

 

Karate Emergency Episode 2.6: Steve Sarkisian and the Difficulties of Confronting Substance Abuse

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The Karate kids kick off the sixth episode with thoughts on the upcoming Huskies-Ducks showdown, complete with a wager on the game.

From there, we talk Seahawks-Panthers, then devote the back half of the show to a more serious conversation on Steve Sarkisian and the difficulties of confronting the very real scenario of substance abuse in our everyday lives.

It’s a bit of different show this time around. Check it out.

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The Changing Narrative of A Loathed, Loved, and Enabled Steve Sarkisian

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Alcoholism is labeled in a number of different ways, which might be why it’s so hard for us to determine how we feel about it. It makes us sad, confused, angry, frustrated, hurt. Sometimes, amidst the laughter and jubilation of the atmosphere in which it is cultivated, we don’t even know we’re staring an alcohol problem straight in the eye. So as it cooks and bubbles and rises to the surface like hot magma inside a rumbling volcano, we pretend it’s not even there, that it’s not a thing.

We joke about it, we chuckle at every one of our friends we deem a borderline alcoholic, and we keep the party going until that climactic moment when we simply cannot rage any longer. And then, suddenly, it’s not fun anymore.

This is where we find Steve Sarkisian.

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Karate Emergency Episode 2.1: The New Class

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After a four-year hiatus, Karate Emergency reemerges with a new cast of characters (and one holdover), as the most irreverent Seattle sports podcast in a brief and underwhelming history makes its triumphant return to the airwaves.

The Karate kids unleash some grumpiness before discussing the insanity of the Kam Chancellor situation, the state of the Husky football program, and whatever it is the Mariners are doing these days. Rounding out the week’s banter is a rousing edition of America’s favorite game show, You Can Only Have One. And in-between are a fair amount of well allocated expletives.

Slickhawk, Kelly, and yours truly resuscitate KE with the very first episode of the show’s reboot. Whether you like it or not, we’re back.

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Welcome to the Top of the World

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Screw reality. This is everything we’ve ever wanted rolled up into a single moment in time and it’s goddamn beautiful. You want Chris Petersen? You got Chris Petersen. You want Robinson Cano? You got Robinson Cano. You want the best team in the NFL? You got the best team in the NFL. If you have a wish to make, a prayer to be answered, a request you absolutely must have fulfilled? Today is your day.

You and I, we aren’t conditioned for this. This is sleet in November, triple-digit temperatures in July. We aren’t used to what this feels like. Happiness? Euphoria? This is Seattle. Seattle. When it comes to sports, we’re the perennially disappointed, the consistently underwhelmed. We live in a snow globe where it simply rains all the time. We fall short of expectations, come up empty-handed at year’s end, tank the off-season, blow the big game, flub every opportunity at every single turn, and wallow, miserably, wretchedly, in the cynical aftermath of the emotional nuking our psyches continually endure.

They’ve called us the Worst Sports City in America. On multiple occasions, no less. It sucks to be us, they’ve pointed out. And for the most part, they’ve been right. It has sucked to be us. We haven’t done shit. We haven’t won shit, we haven’t achieved shit, we haven’t been shit. We’ve been nothing. Some cities fly under the radar; we haven’t been on the radar.

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