(*) 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
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.
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
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
-- 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
-- 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.
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