It Is What It Is;
This is Officer Lee
Groinman, Yeah That’s Right, Washington’s Most Subdued Cop…
I just hate being that subdued; I mean
the whole freakin’ state? But as is said these days…
“It is what it is.”
I’d like to shoot the feller that first
coined that phrase. It seems to just about fit everything these days…
From the quake in Japan, to the
‘no-fly-zone’ in Libya, all the way to the Dawgs exit from the NCAA
‘It is what it is.’
What it is, is the lack of ball
handling, and yes, low basketball IQ.
I slammed these kids pretty darn hard on
the free-throws last week, and go look, they listened. Did they miss
one? Problem is the other guys in powder blue shot about 20 more. What’s
up with Powder Blue uni’s? Who but Rick Neuheisel and the Ucla Bruins
would wear powder blue…?
It is what it is…
Seems I left off the unforced brain-dead
blow the game turnovers. It’s always something…
It is what it is? Holy Crapes…Free
That’s a big part of the problem. We are
the Washington Huskies, mercenaries the of college basketball. A
reputation we get from playing in the Pac 10 girls league.
A ‘reputation’ that is all too well
‘rewarded’ in the post season tourneys.
I did see one good charge call go our
way, other than that we were called for every tick-tack foul on the
floor. North Carolina had two fouls in the entire first half of the
game. Aziz N’Daiye had two fouls in the last 46 seconds, of that
Maybe the first one was ticky, the
second one tack.
But what do I know? I’ve never been
mistaken for Bill Fleenor…
As Softy or one of those other fellers
on KJR might say is this, ‘The bottom line is’.
Yes, the bottom line is that these kids
croaked in crunch time, just like a spring-time frog.
It’s easy to blame Romar, too easy. But
Romar did not turn the ball over, did not miss the cripples, did not
take the goofy shots. But Romar was the one who did not secure a big
that can hit the 2-foot cripples; he tried, but no signatures. Kids do
what they do, sign where they will for whatever reason. It is what it
is. Maybe Romar needs more talks with God…
As has been reported, at least one
football player from Texas who signed with Oregon. Did so because of a
‘message from God’.
That’s pretty heady company folks…
When God talks; people listen…
I had me an old stock broker who used to
tell me something along those lines…
No, not Bill Fleenor…
God’s kinda pissed at Fleenor these
days; Bill’s spending much too much time with the Sun Devils. Time for
Bill to repent and go get his mind right…
Well to tell you the truth, Bill just
needs a good woman…
The Beatles once sang ‘Money Can’t Buy
Now Fleenor’s listening to “Lookin’ for
Love in All the Wrong Places.”
We miss ya’ Bill. Cut back on the Hires
But again, I do digress…
So the Dawgs are done. At least they
weren’t ‘one and done’. One and done is what my darkest side feared
going into the Pac 10 tourney. Didn’t happen. The Dawgs one upped the
WSU Coug, then we smashed the pesky Ducks to head into the Pac 10
Championship game, where again we one upped the Arizona Wildcats.
Each game represented revenge from the
regular season. “Revenge Is Mine Says The Lord.”
Yeah, but that doesn’t mean we can’t
enjoy it too…
Yeah, the regular season, it took its
toll, it really did. I hope these kids learned something from it. I know
I didn’t, just a pure train wreck, a wreck you couldn’t take your eyes
off of. A wreck that included puzzling losses, a Pac 10 tournament
Championship, and got them as far as the third round of the NCAA tourney
with that whacky win over Georgia.
Then it all unwound, the unforced turn-overs
combined with bad luck, no karma, maybe the luck of the Pac 10 tourney
had run its course… I suppose ‘wacky’ describes this team and the season
about as good as any one word can.
Then the luck factor. Luck is so
big in basketball, that’s why I hate it…
This team couldn’t find ‘luck’ with both
hands on a metal detector.
The kid that could have helped most in
the paint was Tyreece Breshers, the Charles Barkley like dude; he didn’t
even make it past fall practice, heart condition, now if that ain’t the
‘luck’. 19 year old kid, Holy Crapes…Should have been an omen…
Yup, St. Paddy’s day was gone…
Green jocks or not…loose balls seemed to
bounce North Carolina’s way, followed by official’s whistles…
Maybe the strain of the off-court
shenanigans, the injuries, the 2800 mile road trip had just taken its
toll, the last minute heroics were done.
Time for this team to come home…
Not the way we planned it, not the way
we wanted it.
But it is what it is…
And I still want to muzzle that ‘is what
it is’ dude…
Until next year anyway…
We will miss Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s
presence in the post, we won’t miss his accuracy from two feet and in,
maybe Aziz N’Daiye won’t keep following in his footsteps. Justin Holiday
is a good kid, seems he’s already gone, disappeared late. Then Venoy
Overton, yeah, seems he’s gone too. Sometimes if ya’ can’t say anything
good, just say nuthin’…
But hey, next year we’ve got Abdul Gaddy
comin’ back off his knee injury, the guards will be a weapon. Need more
help in the paint. We do have Jennard Jarreau, the 6’10” Cajun from
Louisiana coming in, goes about 140 pounds…
Eat some gumbo kid…
But hey! One week to Spring Ball! I was
growin’ grey over this year’s basketball team anyway…
I gotta tell ya this. Why I haven’t been
this amped for Spring Ball since 1990 somethin’. Everybody is juiced to
watch the Keith Price, Nick Montana battle at quarterback, makes sense.
The face of Husky football will change. I’ll miss Jake Locker, but not
much. I’m more excited for the new supporting cast, Austin Seferian-Jenkins,
already on campus and ready for spring ball, and next fall the arrival
of Kasen Williams. Too bad Jake didn’t have these tools to work with.
And I mean tools in a good way. Plus the maturing of a kick-arse
Seems Jake was born a few months early,
let that be a lesson to his folks…
Yeah the offensive line is gonna be fun
to watch, but what could be better than watchin’ this group of budding
defensive line-studs? Alameda Ta’amu, Andrew Hudson, Everette Thompson,
Sione Potoa’e, Hauoli Jamora, I’d say look out if Semisi Tokolahi comes
back healthy, but forget about if, Semisi will come
back healthy. Danny Shelton could redshirt, what about Tani Tupou?
Folks, we’re lookin’ at the best
defensive line in the country, duck soup. And that’s what we’re gonna
get come November 5th in Husky Stadium. Ducks don’t win in
Husky Stadium in what will be the last game in Husky Stadium as we know
it. Who do you think these Dawg’s are, the Cal Bears?
What I really want to see is my man
Larry ‘the lawnmower’Lagafuaina. I was surprised by his red-shirt year
last year, thought he would wreak havoc, but patience is a virtue and
Larry is ready NOW! Seems he’s been followin’ my banana-pineapple
shake diet, the one with a twist.
Chocolate milk is for losers…
We’ll now if this don’t beat all. Seems
I had the sheep pulled over my eyes last week. The featured dawg
of the week last week was Kimmie Kai. Kimmie Kai got
lucky and has been fostered by my buddy Brian up in Cle Elum, living the
Malamute dream, playin’ in the snow and nappin’ in the house. She’s
still available; Brian is tending to a harem of females up there, much
to the delight of Max his male malamute, the one in the smoking jacket
and slippers. Brian spilled the beans on his Max…
“I think Max is having delusions like he
is the Hugh Hefner of mals. Got a harem of girls! A blonde lab, 2
brunette mals, a couple sorta’ redhead mals, the sables. If he comes out
in PJ's or a smoking jacket some morning, that will be the proof!!”
Yeah, and now Brian and Max are getting’
a soft spot for Kimmie, look out…
I’m thinkin’ we’d better do a double
feature this week, as I’m looking at some early spring hibernation
coming up, going back underground so to speak…
is a young female adult who still enjoys her puppyhood. Sounds kinda’
like me, minus the female part. A very smart girl who is
energetic and loves to ride, take walks, and wrestle a bit. Shadow
doesn’t do cats, go figure…
And now for our DOUBLE FEATURE!
is a senior citizen, a lady with experience on her side. Panda enjoys
leisurely walks thru the park, or maybe around the block once or twice.
Then a movie and a dawg treat sounds about right, just before the nap on
her dawg blanket. Panda goes about 80 pounds, she is in the
Holiday Kennel, where she wants out, wants a real home. She feels like
she got the shaft on this deal, lots of miles to go for Panda…
and Shadow and the rest of the gang can be seen at
How ‘bout this guy?
as an added bonus…
is an adult male. A three-legged wonder mal, you couldn’t even tell,
could you. He runs well, loves to eat, but won’t get in the way in the
kitchen, he is fostered, a three-legged lucky guy…Ready for adoption