BACK IN BLACK,
THINKIN’ OUT OF BOX:
This is Office Lee
Groinman, not sure who I am today…
Strange days, to be sure this week, yup coming off
a semi-bye, then the sudden passing of Dave Niehaus. Now comes the
return of Rick Neuheisel. One guy leaving the Seattle scene forever but
not forgotten as an icon, one guy returning to the Seattle scene for the
moment but not forgotten as a carpet bagger. Well, Rick was only here
for the moment anyway. Yeah, two guys with similar names, but two guys
who don’t belong in the same sentence. Strange week fer sure…
Yeah, who am I today…
It’s like when I was a young kid, my Norwegian
immigrant Grandmother Oliva would ask me;
“Leeson, who are you today?” I knew she talked
funny. “I’m fine Gramma.”
“No! I said ‘who’ are you today!’ She’d laugh, she
loved to play her Norwegian accent against the weirdness of the English
language. if I said; “I’m Lee Gramma.’ She’d say ‘No I said how
are you today?’
I‘d play along, then she’d bust out in her little
joke, then I might get a hard candy, a pinch in the cheek, then a swat
in the pants just for good measure…
But the real question now is “Who is the UW today?”
The team that beat SC on the road, last second
style? Or the other guys? The ones that got slammed by the Arizona’s,
the one that stunk at BYU?
Or the one that showed up for Oregon?
I could hang with that. Holt had that defense
dialed in, they just couldn’t sustain the ‘D’ the entire game, due to an
offense that still is allergic to anything smellin’ of momentum, and a
special teams unit that would make my Grandma laugh. And Grandma
wouldn’t know a football from a toilet plunger…
God rest her soul…
Thing is, at Oregun, we catch a few drive
sustaining passes, as in “CATCH THE DAMN BALL”! And don’t give up
over 300 FRAKIN’ return yards! Then if we can just lighten
up a bit on the brain dead penalties, the late hits, the unnecessary
roughness, Good Dawg Almighty, we clean some of that crap up, and
Fellas, we just mighta’ had us a ball game down
there in Eugene…
Speakin; of 300 FRAKIN’ return yards, the
question’s been brought up a few times; Why don’t we just kick out of
Well, why don’t just wear pink jocks?
Actually, it’s a point well taken. Maybe we should
also pooch kick on kick-offs, pooch it to where they ain’t, it’s a live
ball, just might recover a couple. I wouldn’t punt anywhere inside the
40, what’s the point? Just might convert a fourth down or two, just
don’t take the FRAKIN” SACK!
But speakin’ of kick-offs, It just grates my
gizzards why Folk just doesn’t drill that ball to the belly of the end
zone, 3, maybe 4 yards deep. He hit nearly a 60 yard field goal in
practice, with 5 yards to spare! Come on! Just line it up like a driver
and drill the basturd! Done deal, end of story…
Ah but the Special Teams… Ya’ know, for now I think
it’d be a good idea if we just renamed those fellers just a scoosh,
that’s Norwegian for just a notch, or just a bit. We could make friends
with the Upper Campus zealots at the UW too, they’d love the PC angle.
Ya’ see rather than call our ‘special’ teams special,
which might indicate favoritism to the upper campus pointy noggins, we
should just call our special teams;
The ‘Alternative Teams’.
It’s not unlike the Husky Stadium announcer.
“Helloo Football Fans”…(Wouldn’t want to offend
Holy Crapes, couldn’t Lou Gellerman come back for
Ucla and do a real;
“HELLLOO DAWG FANS!!!”
Then go take his seat. Dave Niehaus would agree…
Hey, what the hell, I’ll go out on a limb here. The
Husky ‘alternative teams’ will improve this week.
“Say wha?” You say.
That’s right, Dawg Fans. A few players back from
injuries, a bit of extra rest, a little more ‘butt-chewin’
from Nansen…You get the picture…can Nansen do that?
So what’s it gonna be, smash mouth Husky football
with their pants on fire, or the other kind?
Seems now that Jake will start. What role will
Speakin’ of Price, saw many comments about the so
called lack of ‘arm strength’. Good Dawg, Almighty, the ball ain’t that
heavy, he just had some accuracy problems with some of his passes, more
were dropped. Come on fellas, it’s not like we haven’t seen enough of
I did like what I saw in Keith Price, he may have
had a few cases of the yips, it was hard to tell, maybe just not enough
repetitions. It’s like the old coach I had, outside of his barn-yard
references to the male anatomy, he would also hammer home the importance
“It’s all about repetition. Repetition, repetition,
repetition. Repeat, repeat, repeat…”
So you see folks, it’s all about repetition,
Yup, I liked what Price did. I’m no moral
victory kind of guy, but you probably already knew that, Price did
not cost us a ball game down there in Eugene, no Sir. The way Groinman
here has got it figured, the Washington Alternative Teams cost us around
21 points, I can’t remember off hand right now if that two point
conversion came on behalf of alternative teams or not. Not a big issue
at the moment….
But hey, a few more caught balls and we just might
have seen the end zone a time or two, that’s 14 points. Folk makes the
missed field goal and bam! Add it up, that’s around 37 points…
Classic ‘coulda’, woulda’, shouda’…
Would have liked to see that game played in
Seattle, our time is a comin’…
So now it’s time to forget about all things Eugene.
Holt exposed them, a better team than us will pluck ‘em. Would like to
see them in the Title game, just to help our cause for a Bowl game. On
the other hand, I’d be just as happy to see the Beavers bitch slap them
in Corvallis, but I’m done with ducks…Ya know, if Cal had caught a
couple more crucial passes and eliminates a brain cramp on a gimme kick…
But I’m done with all things duck…
On a side note, I’d like to give Woodward a
double-kick in the pants. First one for the North/South cave in, the
second for scheduling this cluster mess, this Thursday night game
in Seattle. UW is not geared for Thursday night games.
They could be. Cancel all classes at 2 pm. Yeah, like that’s gonna
happen at the UW…That would require some thinkin’ outside the box, some
leadership, that kind of decision would take a real man. Not sure if Ms.
Wise and Woodward combined could pass muster, or even comprehend the
I remember when this game was announced, the
excitement on the message boards, the exposure….
My response? What a UW cluster…
Yup, cancel all classes at 2 pm. Make them up on
Saturday afternoon, Sunday evening. Hell Tuesday night ‘Midnight
Matness’ in the class room, I don’t care. Students and faculty
both could ‘take one for the team’. That’s right. Take
some ownership in this Bowl Quest.
Hope it works out. The powers that be are making it
a real tough deal these days, beware…
Yeah, time for all fans to ‘take one for the
team’. Take the bus, take a boat, ride your bike. My sister has a
parkin’ pass, my folks are ridin’ with her and my brother-In–law is
driving. I’m invited, my cousin, the Reverend LeRoy officiating….
Let the ‘Family Feud’ begin…did I say
‘take one for the team…’
One more kick in the pants for Woodward, well
Did I say Quest? Of course you saw
McHugh, the owner of FX McRory’s sittin’ in his Pioneer
Square restaurant, and talking in the Seattle Times about saving the
rebuild dollars for Husky Stadium, then rerouting those dollars for
scholarships, and play all home games at Quest Field? I Bet he never
attended a Husky game, more like he wanted those rebuild dollars
rerouted into his wallet…go figure…
Yeah, classes should have been canceled for this
Ucla game at 2 pm. Nobody ever skip class? Give the Seattle Times
something worthwhile to complain about for once. They could have used
that angle for years…
Another, coulda’, woulda’ shouda’… UW style.
The UW fan base, just another after thought…
BACK IN BLACK: With the new black jerseys being
unfolded, bring a black garage bag and wear it. I wore them
in the Stanford rain a few times. They work and this could be the first
time in the History of Husky Football that the crowd is actually color
co-ordinated. That alone is worth the price of admission…An awesome new
tradition…purely accidental thinking out of box.
Another new tradition begins,
a three week war, a three week quest for Bowl Game…
GRUMBLINGS: Did I say BOWL GAME? It
starts now. As I’ve said for weeks now, Beware of
Cougs in Pullman…Dawg’s know it, or it’s another coulda’, wouda’,
Big Night for the DAWGS! Thursday
evening is the reason for Jakes return… If not?
Not a good day to be a Ucla Bruin or a Neuheisel.
Dave Niehaus would agree…
But I gotta tell ya’ this; I’ve always just
been a casual Mariners fan, but even I knew that Dave Niehaus was a
Special Teamer, one with capital letters. The best there could ever be.
The biggest Mariner loss of all time, and that’s saying a bunch. God
Bless you Mr. Dave Niehaus.
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