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From Acapulco to Indian Wells to Montlake

ACAPULCO, Thanksgiving, 1985.

The photo below of Audrey and me was taken on Thanksgiving day, 1985, in Acapulco, Mexico. Why would anyone want to spend Thanksgiving in Acapulco, you might ask. We had made reservations to fly from our home in Los Angeles to spend the holidays in Seattle with our relatives. On the verge of departing, my mother called us from Seattle and told us they were snowed in and that we should probably postpone our trip. (*) We had already arranged for vacation time with our employers, so we cancelled our Seattle reservations and booked a flight too sunny Acapulco, where we spent Thanksgiving day.

(*) 1985 - The year was known for the coldest November on record at Sea-Tac. On Nov. 21 and 27, storms dumped a total of 17.5 inches of snow on Seattle. Average snowfall in November is just over an inch.

Indian Wells, California

On March 20, 2013, we attended the 24th annual "Chow Down to Washington," which was held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  The dinner  event featured talks by UW president Michael Young and head football coach Steve Sarkisisan.

Dr. Young told us that the renovated stadium wouldn't have happened without Sarkisian. He also mentioned the Sarkisisian's scholarship endowment to the College of Education.

Later in the evening, coach Sarkisian credited his wife Stephanie for her help with setting up the endowment, which supports graduate students in the school’s education college who want to teach in Washington state public schools.

Sarkisian was happy with his recruiting class and particularly with his defensive line recruitment. He also mentioned incoming quarterback Troy Williams by name. Williams (6-2, 190, Harbor City) was ranked the number one dual threat quarterback in the nation by rivals.com.

Montlake

Washington's first game of the season with Boise State not only christens the renovated stadium but it will also be a good predictor for the Huskies' success in the upcoming season, setting the tone for the campaign. See ESPN's take on the game.

The Dawgs (7-6) lost to the Broncos, 28-26, in the Maaco Las Vegas bowl, in a heated battle played on December 22nd -- putting a damper on the last season's results.

Prediction: the Huskies will win their opening game if they control the line of scrimmage, win the turnover battle -- and outscore the Broncos. Duh!

However, some of my specific druthers for the rematch are:

-- that QB Keith Price post a passing efficiency rating of at least 161.93, which was his PE for the 2011 season, ranking him 7th in the nation. Against the Broncos he posted a miserly 101.6 on the game; his PE on the 2012 season, 122.42, ranked him 80th in the FBS. See NCAA statistics.

-- that the Huskies post at least four touchbacks on kickoffs. Against the Broncos last season, they had one touchback. With 4:09 left in last year's game and the Huskies leading 26-25, BSU returned UW's kickoff following a field goal from its own 11-yard line to the Dawgs 42, giving the Broncos a short field and eventually a 27-yard game-winning field goal.

-- that another  running back, along with Bishop Sankey, garner 100 yards rushing on the game. Sankey, "the clergyman lost at sea," for you name game aficionados, can't do it all.

-- that the offensive line surrender no more than one sack. In the Maaco Bowl, Price was dumped four times. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times offers some hope in this regard; see his column, "Huskies appear stable on the offensive line. Condotta writes "When Tanigawa and Kohler return, UW will have seven players who have started at least seven games in their careers, the kind of depth the Huskies have not had in Sarkisian's first four seasons."

-- and that this Husky fan weigh in at 180 pounds for the game. I've lost 20 pounds thanks to my recent illness and need to lose 6 more.

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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