This is Officer Lee
Groinman. That's right, Washington's Most Excited Cop...
Now I haven't been
this downright giddy since maybe Y2K, or maybe those protestin' turtles in
Seattle awhile back, no sir! What's not to be excited about here folks?
Why it's year five
of the Sark era in a newly reborn Husky Stadium! Why it's gotten so off the
chain here at my place that I nearly do believe that I've been recently reborn
That’s right, it's
like I'm a newly reborn giddy Chinamen, a Chinamen by the name of Wu Hu...
Officer Wu Hu
Now that may take
some gettin' used to...
Coach Sark says
that the new Husky Stadium still has that "New car smell". That's good 'cause my
Camaro still has that 'new car smell' too. Now if that ain't an omen I don't
know what is. Could just be a coincidence as there's no such thing as omens
anyway, but I'm doubling my dawg bet today, and taking the Camaro to Husky
Stadium come Saturday.
My bookie in Reno
will love that double bet deal, just may sway the point spread...
Yup, it just won't
get any better than this folks, livin' the dream...
And if this don’t
beat all, the new seating configuration? Lee here found hisself in Section 329,
that’s 50 yard line folks! Just a few rows up from those big dollar Tyee
folks. Not too sure how those Tyee fellers are gonna take to a guy like Groinman
in their midst, but they’ll get used to it, eventually. Just give ‘em some time,
time, that’s all we got…
And oh yeah, I’m on
vacation. An epic week for sure…
Lee and his dawg,
Bella, the toughest malamute.
But what an
odd-ball series of events around here the past few months or so, The Stadium
project comin' to completion, the Austin Sefferian Jenkins saga, and of course
Mark Emmert and the NCAA.
I gotta tell ya'
this. I was once so proud to have been from the same small home town as Mark
Emmert. Both of us from Fife Washington, Fife High School, the Trojans and all
that. That Emmert kid, of course he was way older than me, I knew
him as geeky senior while I must have been about three or so, and delivering the
Tacoma News Tribune newspaper to his momma and daddy’s house while on my bike.
Yup as Archie and
Edith used to sing; "Those Were the Days"!!
So Emmert goes on
his merry way, and ends up down at Louisiana State, then gets his 'dream' job as
President of the University of Washington. And me? I’m no longer in the
Then, wonder of
wonders, Emmert gets the President of the NCAA gig. Did we ever vote on that??
The little geek
from Fife is now the head of the NCAA!
So the Oregon case
falls into his lap, and it just happens to be perfectly gift-wrapped.
Then he poops his
'Nuff said? I'd
sure like an investigation, but by who?
Take Ohio State,
Penn State, USC, Oregon, add anybody else you want. Look at the violations then
try to make sense of the penalties.
As they say in
Denmark; "Something is sure rotten in Sweden".
Ya' Sure ya'
I'll tell ya' this,
the next time I see Emmert at Fife's Pick-Quick drive in, I'll be giving him a
piece of my mind for sure, ya' sure...May just take away his onion rings
too...just like back in those school days...
Seferian-Jenkins, bless his heart. The kid screwed up, big time and owned up to
it and took the penalty. Ya' know, it still baffles my bean that some folks in
this day and age still don't get it. A minor who has a zero tolerance for
alcohol on a BAC, pops up and blows a 1.8 with an accident involved, injury too.
And some people wonder why he didn't plead it down to a neg driving...
Well 'nuff said
Ya' know I was in
that 'chat' room awhile back when this was all the fury. "Chat Room". Was there
ever anything so poorly named?
Well there we were,
having our little chat, wait, does this have anything to do with that
'higher level' of discussion board?
"Care for a little
bit of a chat there my good sir?"
"Why most certainly
my good fellow, carry on then!!"
These are the
My, how I do
So I bring it up in
chat that I believe that Sark should play Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the home
opener against Boise State and then miss the road trip to Soldier Field in
Chicago when they play Illinois.
My thinkin' was
that the home opener was an historic opener, one for the ages, missing that game
would be too severe a penalty, there is only one game like this, it will never
Soldier Field in
Chicago will still be there, an historic place for sure, but a tough penalty
would be served. Do you think sitting ASJ for Idaho State would work?
The chat room
exploded in a very unfriendly manner, why you'd a thunk that I was the son of
Lucifer himself, but this was before the 'higher level of discussion board' was
ever thought of, so there is that...
So now it appears
that Sark will say enough is enough, and let ASJ play.
It all works, it's
all good. Maybe we should call up and ask Mark Emmert for some advice...
So it appears that
Sark has changed up his ‘team bonding’ event. Instead of a trip to one of
Bellevue’s finest bowling alleys, Sark took the team on one of those high
falutin’ boat cruises around Seattle’s waterfront. Classy move there Sark, jolly
I don’t think this
‘higher level’ stuff is gonna fly…
Speakin’ of Austin,
his comment about the cruise was; “It certainly was a blessing.”
Shows ya’ where his
heart is at.
Then he breaks a
pinky in practice. The Football Gods are giggling…It’s all good…
Yup, a broken pinky
in practice. That’s about the only injury to report, outside of Patrick Enewally
and Erik Kohler. Kohler, who will usually find his way onto the injury report,
one way or the other, sooner or later, bless his heart. Maybe he can get it
together sometime soon.
This year’s team
could be scary good, or the other kind of scary too. Many pieces here. The main
thing is keeping Keith Price’s head screwed on right and tight. I won’t use the
‘barring injury’ line which everybody uses to cover their butt, but the team
looks healthy. Remember last year when we lost a starter nearly every other
practice and this was reported as ‘normal’.
That’s the kind of
normal that I don’t like…maybe we’ll go with abnormal here…
Which brings me up
to another favorite topic of the chat room and message board faithful.
We’ve got a list of
kids here who are in line to burn their redshirts. Mainly Elijah Qualls, Joe
Mathis, Marcus Farria, Trevor Walker, Kevin King, Darrell Daniels, and John
Ross. Do you think the idea of early playing time was ever a factor in their
It seems like just
last year, but I remember the angst and the gnashing of teeth when Danny Shelton
burned his redshirt year, but it was three years ago. Now the scuttlebutt is
that Mr. Shelton won’t be staying for his fourth and final year.
As Don James once
said; “Who are we redshirting him for, the Green Bay Packers?”
If a kid can help,
play him, If burning redshirts gave us an undefeated home season would you do
Sark will just find
and sign more. Is good to be confident…
I started using
that ‘undefeated home season’ bit two years ago, for the last year in the ‘Old
Grey Lady’. Good to see the line catching on, of course I’m all accustomed to
being a trend-setter and all…
And another thing,
it appears that the official attendance capacity will be above 70
thousand!! Yup, it was important to me, so much so that I wrote an entire
article about this some time ago, so it must have been a big deal. I had feared
that the UW, ever the marketing genius, would come up with some kinda’ capacity
like 69,971 or somethin’.
Speakin’ of genius,
I give you our own Seattle Mariners. They had ‘Oregon Duck’ night at Safeco
Field the other day, no they weren’t grillin’ duck on the barbie, they were
actually honorin’ those Washington kids who couldn’t get into the UW and who are
going off to Oregon.
I tell this to the
wife Gloria, herself an OSU Beaver.
“Why would the
Mariners do that, Lee?”
genius there Gloria, as Jim Croce once sang”.
“We got all the
genius we can use…”
To me, the opening
of the new Husky Stadium is an epic event, nearly of Biblical proportions. Akin
to the opening of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the Space Needle with Elvis
Presley. Maybe Elvis will come parachuting in and land on the 50 yard line. That
This is one of
those deals you tell your grandkids about. The noise level record could be
broken by kick-off…
DO YOU HEAR ME??
And I expect a big
UW win. I’m seein’ a 17 point margin. Too much here for the Boise State Broncos,
the new Stadium, the pay-back factor, the volume of the hyped-up crowd, it could
get ugly good. I’m a bit amped up to see my bud Lawrence Lagafuaina come in and
wreak some havoc. Some say he is just a space-eater. Well, we don’t have all the
space-eaters we can use, right Mr. Croce? And Sione Potoae, it’s showtime Sione!
And is anybody else exited to see both Psalm Wooching and Derrick Brown at
fullback? Thunder and Thunder, with fire in Psalm’s case… Good thing to be an
Cooper…He takes one to the HOUSE!!
It’s gonna be real
interestin’ to hear what the actual attendance will be. The unofficial
attendance will be somewhat higher. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of a few
Huskies from years past show up. Why Coach Gil Dobie himself might be strollin’
the sidelines. You may just happen to catch a scent of fine cigar smoke from
time to time. The scent of victory? Or maybe something else.
What a night this
RIP would say; “Get There Early, Be Loud, Stay Late”.
least one in every crowd. Heard a feller on the other day complainin’ that the
game was on Labor Day weekend, interferrin’ with camping trips. Camp out in
Husky Stadium. Done deal.