Questions with answers that leave questions
Malamute, 23 April 2011
Most of the answers to the
questions below need further elaboration by someone with more expertise
than me (or should it be I?).
(Editor's note: Geez, Mal,
we're among friends here. Are you out of your head?)
My questions concern an injury to a key
player, a missing tape from 1971, the Dour Dane, ESPN's Ted Miller, and
the spring game.
-- Question: Wouldn't it have been
better if UW head coach Steve Sarkisian had held LT Senio Kelemete
(13 starts in 2010) out of spring practice and let the partial tear of
his plantar fascia heal rather than letting him practice, only to suffer a complete tear?
Isn't the offensive line the most important positional unit on the team?
According to Wikipedia, "The
plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue which supports the arch of
the foot. It runs from the tuberosity of the calcaneus (heal) forward to
the heads of the metatarsal bones (toes). It is the source of the
painful condition plantar fasciitis."
Answer: Sarkisian explained that a full
tear is actually a step in the right direction to full health, pun
Bob Condotta (Seattle
Times) quotes Sarkisian as saying "No, it's not concerning. What the
injury is, he's got his plantar fascia was pulled. And those things
really never heal until they finally pop and then it heals 100 percent
full and so you are hopeful really when you have a pulled one that it
pops sooner rather than later and you can start the healing process. His
finally popped so now his is really, truly on the mend instead of just
playing through the pain he is actually now healing. We knew it was a
matter of time, it never just goes away it will always have been there
so it finally popped for him. It's pretty painful. I've actually done it
myself so I know what he was going through but the end result is that
thing will heal 100 percent and it won't be a lingering, nagging injury
come fall camp. It will be 100 percent.''
-- Question: What happened to the missing
22, 1971. UW players deny racism -- or the case of the missing audio tape.
Click on the photo (left) to enlarge. "We wanted our opinions known and
they were given freely. We asked that a tape be made so the expressions
given would be completely accurate ... Yet President Odegaard and
members of the Board of Regents said they never heard the tape. Somehow
the tape disappeared," one of the players said.
Answer: "We know the tape was
good and trusted it was safe in the hands of (Provost) Samuel Kelly. Dr.
Kearney (former AD in 1971) has related to me since then, many other
factors that, I'm convinced, were at work here," one of the former
players at the meeting said.
-- Question: Why have some
historians called Gil Dobie (UW, 1908-1916, 59-0-3) the Dour Dane? Dobie
was Scottish in heritage and better known as the Sad Scott.
Answer: Dobie was an eternal
pessimist as was Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is known as the Dour Dane.
Maybe some of the players responsible for the sobriquet had recently
taken a course in Shakespeare, specifically studying Hamlet's soliloquy.
It is said that the Ghost in Hamlet haunts Denny Hall at night -- where
I took a course in Shakespeare -- while
the Dour Dane haunts the vestiges of Denny Field, a double whammy.
-- Question: Why has this
website compared Washington quarterback Jake Locker with John Elway,
particularly at the time when Elway played at Stanford? See our
article, "The Locker watch: big, bad John."
Answer: Who would know better
than Elway himself. Recently Elway said Locker reminds him of himself.
See the article "Elway: Locker resembles me."
-- Question: Why did ESPN
blogger Ted Miller leave Jake Locker out of his top
25 players from the
Pac-10 in 2010? Miller used to be a UW beat writer when he worked for
the now defunct Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Answer: Has Miller joined
the "east-coast mafia?" He is a native of Atlanta, went to the University
of Richmond, and used to be a beat writer covering Auburn. Think Cam
Newton, who is out of Auburn, SEC bigots, the upcoming NFL draft and the
SEC bigotry concerning Locker's lack of accuracy, which is a bunch
Actually, when Miller worked in
Seattle, he was one of its more objective writers. Miller used to mill
around the UW practice field joking with Josh Miller. I know, we'll sic
the Dour Dane on him, using Mike Archbold's
-- Question: After
quarterback Keith Price's play against Oregon in 2010, critics
questioned his arm strength; could he use more strength in his throwing
Answer: Maybe I've missed the
discussion but that's been a non-topic this spring; I guess his throwing
arm is strong enough to get the job done.
-- Question: It didnít
take a rocket scientist to know that Tyrone Willingham, 51, was a
questionable fit for Washington when he was hired in December 2004.
Notre Dame had allegedly fired him for not winning enough games, and
those around the Irish program said he was a poor recruiter, this in a very
Why hire a controversial coach, one of whom had been fired from his last
job, and give him a five-year contract worth $1.4 million per year?
Answer: See our article titled,
"Were Turner, Willingham right for the times?"
-- Question: What do you want to
see in Washington's spring game?
Answer: A lot of points on
the board and some great defense, as in the first and second teams
versus the third team.
Depending how Sark mixes and
matches his players, he can predetermine any outcome he wants. The main
thing is to come out of the game without any major injuries, such as a
fully torn plantar fascia. I'm thinking of the
Bolts' Antonio Gates here, who tore his plantar fascia in week 8 of
2010 and missed playing in the Pro Bowl.