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It Is What It Is; For NOW…

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 tournament.

‘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 throws?

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 FIRST HALF!

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 Me Love’.

Now Fleenor’s listening to “Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places.”

We miss ya’ Bill. Cut back on the Hires Root Beer…

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.

One-upmanship…

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 offensive line.

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…

GO DAWGS!!

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…

Here’s Shadow!

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Shadow 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!

MEET PANDA!

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Panda 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

Panda and Shadow and the rest of the gang can be seen at www.wamal.com

How ‘bout this guy?

KENAI, as an added bonus…

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Kenai 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 now!

  

Lee Groinman can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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