Ten Days in October…The year, 2015…
This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s Right,
Washington’s Most Anxious Cop…
And there’s more to come…
Last time I wrote you fella’s, just about seven days
ago, I quoted Thomas Payne’s quote; “A week that tries men souls…” My
reverse psychology worked…The Dawgs upended SC, then coach Sark upended
This is why you don’t sell your Dawg tickets to
ducks…remember that, you die-hards…
Still now, I’m having a hard time wrappin’ my noodle
upon the events of the last week.
victory against SC, down in LA, while very possible with this team, still
had to be classified as an ‘upset’ as SC was ranked 17th
and at home. The Dawgs lived dang near the entire first quarter in SC
territory, but yet had a punt, a missed field goal, and a made field goal
for an anemic 3 points at half. Down by 3 at that half…
The rest is history, as they say…
Then the following Saturday. The Cougs travel to
Eugene’s Oddzen Stadium to face those colorful ducks and their creative
Now last week I wrote that I was rootin’ for the
coug, but I called for that game to go into four overtimes, the ducks came
up two overtimes short, and lost the game to boot. WSU coach, the Pirate
Leach was said to be awake almost until midnight…
But here I was, rootin’ for the sod-buster cougs to
beat the sleazy ducks. An easy choice you might think, but distressing to me
all the same…
But Pac-12 football is all based upon your hate
perspective, sometimes ya’ don’t even know who you hate more. Sometimes ya’
don’t know until ya’ turn on the TV, or who beat who last, or which loss
would give you your team’s most bang for the buck…
But there I was, watchin’ that coug-duck game,
cheering my ass off for the cougs….I’ve entered unchartered territory here
folks, maybe a mind-soul-body disconnect is in order…
Ya’ see, I’ve had Husky season tickets since 1982…
And I’m not only rooting for the coug, I’m standing
up and screaming!!
So the coug wins in that double-overtime, my clinched
fists hit the ceiling!!
But how awkward. I felt so foolish, so dirty, rootin’
for them cougs…I thought a mind-body separation was deserving…looking back
now, I feel that my wearing a ripped up and dirty Husky tee was the only
thing that saved me from eternal ignorance…
Hate is good…Winning better…
I had but one option left…A cold Miller and a shower…
It would only be a couple of sun ups until the
message boards became alive with the Steve Sarkisian news… I wonder if Steve
hadn’t been on a bender since the Thursday night loss to the Dawgs. Some are
now saying that this win was not a ‘Statement Win’ for Husky coach Chris
Petersen…I beg to differ, but….
It was a ‘Statement Loss’ for Steve Sarkisian…
I’ll be honest here folks. I never liked Sark. I get
asked all the time, if I feel that Petersen was qualified, or could he be a
better coach than Sark…
I remember back in college; it was said back then
that there was ‘no such thing as a dumb question’…
35 years later, they still keep comin’…
Ya’ see, every Husky event I’ve ever attended, with
that Sark, it was obvious that he didn’t want to be with any ‘GLU’s.’
Guy’s Like Us…He couldn’t wait to leave.
When Coach Chris Peterson comes to an event, he is
having a blast and hangs out with us ‘’GLUs”.
So I was never impressed with Sark. That being said,
I wanted to see him fall on his face at USC. As I would hope anybody would
fall on their face at USC, it’s that Pac-12 deal....
But I didn’t wish to see Sark fall in this style, or
lack of style...even with the Pac-12 hate…but the irony and the poetic
justice is just too tasty to ignore. The Football God’s were not smiling on
the Sark last week….he got a wake-up call instead….
Wake up calls are your friend…
As I’m writing this I’m watching Stanford take apart
UCLA. Not a good week for LA football coaches...
Now here’s Kenny Walker,
linebacker from UCLA getting ejected for ‘targeting’.
He’ll miss a half of UCLA’s next game, just
like Azeem Victor will sit out the first half of the duck game. I don’t
agree. Both the Stanford and UCLA QB’s were doing NBA style flops. I
certainly hope the intent of the NCAA and the rules committee is not to turn
college football into an NBA style league. Basketball on grass while wearin’
a helmet…Lord Help us…
I imagine now, that given a choice, the Dawgs will
take the ball and go on offense to start the game. That may have been the
plan all along. We’ll see.
Ya’ know I don’t like to nit-pick, but I do like to
gripe just as much as the next guy, but this one really grinded my bean. The
announcer that called the coug-duck game, that Glenn Parker dude. After the
duck loss, he started bemoaning the upcoming fate of the ducks, he listed
their daunting remaining schedule…
“Yes, the road for the ducks does not get any
easier…they have a road game at always tough ASU, then California followed
by yet another road game against a powerful Stanford squad, then at home
with what will surely be a fired up USC team. Then of course the Civil War
game with Oregon State…where nothing is a given…”
Ahh, hello there Glenn Parker…Would Oregon be playing
anywhere, or anybody this week??
Just a thought….
But I’ll get over it, sometime late Saturday evening…
Good grief folks. There was another announcer commenting on the Dawg win at
USC, no, it would be more accurate to say he was commenting on the SC loss.
The comment; “SC, where was the fight?” Hey Bub, the Dawgs won the fight,
beat the fight right out of SC. There was the fight. Watch something before
you make a comment, you nameless
I gotta tell ya’ this…I haven’t been this jacked-up
in some time. I can’t even come up with an event or a date. But there is one
date that comes to mind…
September 22nd, 1990. The ‘All I Saw Was Purple’
game. USC in the Dawg House. It was 95 degrees with a blazing sun. A 12:30
start, it was how we did things back then. The crowd of 72,617 was about to
see a blood bath. There was probably 70,000 Husky fans in those bleachers.
70 thousand land sharks who smelled blood in the water. There was a spirit
in the air, electric. I imagine it was much like the Roman Coliseum was like
when the Christians were doing battle with the lions. Only this time it was
the Roman soldier wanna-bee’s being led out onto that field, led out onto
that field like helpless sheep…
And yup, this one feels like that….
Oh it’s so good. And now I’m stoked that yet another
generation will get to see this one….