This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s right,
Washington’s Most Satisfied Cop…
Yup, that Boise State game was just what the Doctor
ordered, it cured what ailed ya’, that’s for sure…
Going into that game, as I said last week, I felt a
17 point victory was readily available, now my gut was thinkin’ somethin’ like a
24 point victory, but sometimes my gut seems to have a mind of its own and at
times it can cause great havoc, so there really was no need for any dramatics
But hey, a 32 point drubbin’ of the 19th
ranked Boise State Broncos works just fine.
You may wonder how I came up with a 17 point spread
margin. Well, Groinman here figures that the Dawgs should have beat Boise State
at that Las Vegas Maaco Bowl by at least 10 points, then you got a home team in
a brand new Stadium. That should be worth another 7 points or so. You do the
Ya’ know, I just may go back to college and major in
Rocket Surgery. Or maybe Point Spread Marginology…
So there I was after that Boise State game, standin’
at the trough. Yup, they didn’t remodel the men’s rooms like I had heard
and feared was planned. We still do it the old-fashioned way on the
So this goofy lookin’ feller comes up next to me and
starts to do his business…
“Tell me you didn’t see that coming!” He says in
mock relief, pun intended…
“I saw it as 17 point win, maybe 17 with a bullet.”
I says back at him…
“How do you figure that dude? Boise State was ranked
like 19th or something…”
“Easy, we should have beaten them by 10 in the Bowl
“Well, they’re still the Bowl Champions. They’ve got
Always amazing to me how some dawg fans will
always diss a win. Like the one section that started chanting the “Over-rated”
cheer at Boise State. So where does that put you??
Then some of the message board faithful were quick
to join in, took nearly thirty minutes or so, spoutin’ the thought that Boise
State was weak. Wonder what the faithful would have said with a one point
Well, the Stadium was a beauty. From what I saw!
I’d planned on gettin’ to the Stadium a little early, like say on Thursday
afternoon, but that didn’t fly, so I compromised with myself and planned on
showin’ up around three in the afternoon, that givin’ me a couple of hours to
give myself a self-guided tour…
Now there’s no tellin’ how that would have turned
Now this was until it took me an hour and a half to
get from I-5 to and across the Mountlake Bridge! That big
‘ol bugger! Now don’t get me wrong, I like the old bugger, completed in 1925,
she’s older than my dad, I like her just fine. When she’s in the DOWN
This… Not this…
Now the Mountlake Bridge has a clearance of 46 feet, and tug
boats don’t need it to open as they don’t need it. It’s those gosh darn
sailboats! And how many sailboats need 46 feet of
Upon further investigation, the Mountlake Bride has
a schedule. She opens on the hour, or the half hour, dependin’ on that schedule,
and it will not open in rush hour. So what is ‘rush-hour’?
In Seattle? I always seem to be in a rush
when in Seattle.
And is not gettin’ to a Husky game a rush three-hour?
The solution? No sailboats three hours prior to
kick-off. Either that or tax them. A King County sailboat tax. Those things
always fly in King County…
So my self-quided tour had to be postponed.
I’ll have to take the tour before the Idaho State game. My tour times are TBD,
as is every kick-off, unless we have sailboats, then all bets are off.
At least my tour rates are good, come look me up,
we’ll take it from there, after you sign the waiver of course…
So the Dawgs took their field. Boise deferred until
the second half and Keith Price and the UW offense got the ball. Price picked
off seconds later…
Well, at least it wasn’t the very first play, you’ve
Keith Price, ya’ know he had me worried all year,
but then he came out and ran the team. Price does not have to do it all. Spread
it around Keith. And that’s exactly what he did. 15 players moved the ball, now
that’s a spread offense…
Keith Price, the Most-Improved 5th Year
Senior Award? The NFL says howdy…
The game had that in control feel. The
outcome never seemed to be in doubt. Good defense, no lapses. Some QB pressures,
but no sacks. Boise doesn’t stand around in the pocket at all, all quick
releases. A solid kicking game. Don James would be proud…
And the back-side of our D. Remember when the
stadium announcer in years past would bellow out: Third down….And
half the stadium would cover their eyes? Mercy sakes, it could be a third and
nine and our secondary would give a 10 yard cushion and back pedal at the snap…
Those days are history, and Husky fans from around
the world say thank you very much…
Got to see Deontae Cooper for the very first time in
his surgery dominated career. Remember last week when I was talkin’ about all
the internet genius? A lot of internet genius had Coop never playin’ a
down of college football. Even the internet genius experts… Gotta love
the internet. Jim Croce would be so proud…
Coop had his nice little first run negated by a
penalty of course. At least he didn’t take that one to the house. But
it’s all there. I almost hope Coop doesn’t score against Illinois in Chicago’s
Soldier field. His first touchdown really needs to be in Husky Stadium…
Ya’ know I gotta tell ya’ this, for a first game, a
home opener in a new stadium, that was one fine performance. Maybe the best home
opener since the ’93 Stanford game. Remember Bill Walsh’s funny nose and glasses
routine? Well at least on an emotional level this game had it all. It’s been
said countless times that a team improves the most from the first game to the
second. All those first time effects, the jitters and the yips and all of that.
Maybe Price had the ‘yips’ on that very first pass, who knows?
Now the crowd was good too, good with some growin’
room. If the crowd can step it up just a notch, look out. This stadium will be
dangerous. The band and students will amp it up a bit too. Not too concerned
like others are about the band and the kids. Just wait ‘till school starts, or
the Arizona game. The Arizona game will be the barometer of things to come. Then
there’s the October 12th game, a game where this Husky Stadium will go where no
other has gone before….
Off the charts noise, an
undefeated home season there for the taking…
So now it seems like the ol’ Pac-10 schedule makers
have made a reunion with the new Pac-12 schedule makers, givin’ the Huskies a
bye in week two! At least it wasn’t an August bye. But don’t give ‘em any
ideas. The next thing ya’ know we’ll have our bye a week before our first
training camp scrimmage, kinda’ like we had in Spring Ball. Like I said, don’t
give ‘em any ideas. Larry Scott, the Pac-12 commish was in house after all…
So we get an early September bye to prepare for
Illinois. And we are in good shape injury wise. Go figure.
But hey, we did move the Boise St game up a notch,
or a week. Holey crapes! A September BYE! Must mean it’s my anniversary again…
And what’s this! Another bye on November 2nd,
why that’s close enough to my birthday, just might remember that one. The
football God’s are smilin’…
Illinois in Chicago’s historic Soldier Field. This
game scares me more than Boise State ever did. At least before the season
started. I know Illinois has not installed fear in many lately. But these Dawgs
have yet to remind anybody of the ‘Road Warriors’ of the past either. Will they
now? Have they found their ‘Big-Boy Pants’? Have they tried them on? And do
they fit? I hope those ‘Big-Boy’ pants aren’t white. I hate those white uni’s…
A couple of more things stood out to me on the
opening night against Boise State. One, the entry song, was there one? I
couldn’t hear it as the crowd was turned up. And the honorin’ of the
construction crew, what a proud moment for them. Heck, I was proud for havin’ my
small part of this, as we all should be, but hey, I even thought I might well up
a notch or two durin’ all of this…Yup, what a move by Scott ‘Woody’ Woodward.
That had to be a moment that the construction crews will remember forever, it
might just sell a few more season tickets too, that Woody, always thinkin’…
And then the playin’ early on of the Beatle’s song ‘Get
“Get Back To Where You Once Belonged”
Sounds like a plan to me…
Let’s savor this opening win at the opening of the
new Husky Stadium, but let’s kick it up a notch and take one on the road!
DO YOU HEAR ME!!
Dawgs by 17 over Illinois. I’m startin’ to like that
number 17, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
So there I am after the game walkin’ out of the Stadium into the
refreshing but still warm August night. There’s these two older Boise State
fellers all decked out in their orange and blue. One tall and thin, the other
one short, and not-so-thin. The taller feller is shakin’ his head in wonderment.
“Thanks for comin’!” I say to him…
“Yeah. Thanks for beatin’ the crap out of us…”
Just about home, hours after the game, the moon had
set over the mountains, the stars were out bright. My Husky decked out Camaro
lights up the Boise State semi-truck, just before my exit off the freeway! I
flash my high beams on him, once, then twice. Then a little toot of my horn as I
sling-shot around him and exit the freeway.
He gives me a double blast of his air horns and the
‘thumbs up’ sign.
At least I think it was his thumb…
The end to a perfect day…