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 myself...

That’s right, it's like I'm a newly reborn giddy Chinamen, a Chinamen by the name of Wu Hu...

Officer Wu Hu Groinman?

Now that may take some gettin' used to...

Wu HU!!! Gametime!!

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 newspaper bidness...

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 pants...

'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' betcha'!

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...

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Austin 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...

Hello??

Well 'nuff said about this..

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 days...

My, how I do digress...

 

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 happen again.

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...

WWMED?

Tee-shirts comin'...

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 good.

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.

Redshirt.

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 recruiting?

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 it?

Ya’ think?

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?”

“Mariners marketin’ genius there Gloria, as Jim Croce once sang”.

We got all the genius we can use…”

Apparently so…

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 kinda big…

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 excited cop…

And Deontae 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 will be…

As DAVIDDAWG, RIP would say; “Get There Early, Be Loud, Stay Late”.

GO DAWGS!!

GRUMBLINGS; There’s at 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.

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

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