A season to Remember

This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s right Washington’s Most Thankful Cop…

Thankful and bemused…This is the first time in my memory banks where I have seen a game where nobody, I mean no one, nowhere saw the blow out in Corvallis coming.

Many Dawg fans had that game marked in the loss column long before kick-off. It was a road game after all…

That OSU Beaver game was nearly surreal. Yup, ‘surreal’ maybe the one word which most accurately describes this entire season. For the life of me I can’t remember a season like this, even that one whacked year where yours truly and the entire crew made every road game. Lethal could probably be most accurately used for that one…Can’t remember the exact year off the top of my head, probably a reason for that…

Lord have mercy

This year, 2013, the year that was if you will. August 31st we open up the ‘new’ Husky Stadium with a nice win over Boise State. I mean folks; we will never have a game like that in our lifetime. That was truly a once-in-lifetime event. The opening of the new Dawg House, a project that had been dreamed about, schemed about, and fought about in Olympia. Then private funds come to the rescue. And our Dawgs didn’t blow it…Livin’ the dream…

Then our Dawgs travel to Chicago to play Illinois on September 14th, another win by our boys in white, a road win against a worthy opponent in a different time zone. It had been awhile. The monkey now off our back?

Then on September 21st the lowly Idaho State team comes to town. Many fans described this game as the ‘Crappiest Game of the Century’. But the final score seemed appropriate… 56-0. Yup this game has an outside chance of being a game that I may never be allowed to forget. Got that ‘California Stop’ citation in Fife too, just to top off the night…

[Editor’s note; Lee have you lost your mind? You have never given a final score before! This can’t be tolerated! Not giving scores is your trademark! This is what has kept you irrelevant! And that’s the way we want it!].

Speakin’ of Fife, Kaleb McGary? No worries, no commitment on his trip to Corvallis, speaks volumes…

On September 28th we faced a scrappy Arizona squad, another victory, a game that resembled a swim meet. Luckily nobody drowned…

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The final score? I seem to have ‘issues’ with final scores, you’ve got that…

Stanford on October 5th, the first of the ‘phantom’ losses raises its ugly head. Pac- 12 officiating at its finest.  Unfortunately, the Pac-12 officiating act had a Part two in Pasadena against Ucla on the 16th of November. Sickening surreal…I’m startin’ to have issues with Jim Mora…

The Oregon game on October 12th, another coulda’, mighta’, maybe game. Mariota the difference, he needed to be in NFL back in August… But I did get to attend the Gil Dobie induction into the ‘Coaches Hall of Fame’ with Rich Linde aka ‘Malamute’ and his wife Audrey. That doesn’t happen every day, Surreal? Maybe…

 

The Dawgs then traveled to the desert in Tempe to face the ASU Sun Devils. The Dawgs never really got off the bus, go figure, the road woes are back in full force….

Then last week’s blow out win over Oregon State. Yup, no one, nobody saw that coming.  And can you blame them?

Now those pesky Cougs from Pullman hit town, always a pain in the posterior and a team that has proven it can win on the road. But not in our house…

Yes I remember last year, “The Biggest Come Back Win ever in the Apple Cup’. I’m real tired of hearin’ that folks…

I got it down as “The Biggest Give Away Win”. Point wise anyway. The 1975 Apple Cup game in Seattle was probably the most unlikely, and the most rewarding…

Keith Price huggin’ that coug player at the start of over-time still gives me the shakes…

Cyler Miles had the start of a very amazing career, a career yet to be seen. He brings an element we haven’t seen since maybe Mark Brunell…And that’s sayin’ something folks…

His legs, it’s his legs folks…

So who starts against the Cougs? And what about the game plan?

I say go ahead and start Price, see how he reacts, how he can throw. But he is still on the mend…The injury bug.

Speakin’ of injuries, I got to know a few of them this past year. About 6 weeks ago I threw out my throwing elbow, the right handed side…Then on a training run a few days ago I take a left on “Old Stage Way”. About to do my hill-blaster. Instead my left hammy ‘hill-blasts’ me…

Tweaked hammy…Now being old-school and all, a guy, ya’ know, a guy like us will just run it off…

So I did, I ‘ran it off ‘ for four more miles…

My right elbow out for 6 weeks now, but getting better, but yet I still can’t hit that 50 yard post-pattern with that bullet. Can’t play the violin either…Now with my tweaked hammy, and with my 40 yard time in the crapper, my mobility now is gone…

Folks, I’m left with nuthin’ more than my pocket-presence

At this rate I’ll be lucky to make it to my seat in the Husky House before kick-off…Good thing my eligibility clock has run its course. We’d be in deep da-da…

Well Keith Price probably has a little better training staff than myself. I’ve been using some of that hot-water therapy in the tub. Been using this specialized laundry soap. It’s rated number one in blood stain removal. I figure it must do a good job on blood clots too. Just don’t hit the spin cycle…

Oh, and that liniment they use on horses, what’s it called? Horse liniment?  Ya’ know the stuff ya’ layer on with a paint stick? Yeah then ya’ wrap it with an old car towel and tie it off with a bungee-cord. Stuff works  great…

It does give you this unhuman like smell, but it does makes Thanksgiving day shopping much easier at Fred Meyer’s…Folk’s tend to give ya’ your space

So Price or Miles? Boy that Miles brings an added dimension to the game.

And he’s never been known to hug a Cougar either…

They’ll probably start Jeff Lindquist. That’ll fool ‘em…

They wouldn’t see that comin’…

Yup, today is the Apple Cup. The Cougar road luck has run its course. I’m thankful for that…

And my folks are still here in their mid-eighties now. They got to see this surreal year, and they will both take in yet another Apple Cup today, in person, up close and personal…

I’m thankful for that…

Dawgs win 43-17. That ‘final score’ thing again…Trust me…

A surreal season for sure, and it ain’t over yet…

DO YOU HEAR ME!

GO DAWGS!!

 

 

 

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

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