Friday, August 29, 2008
"I'm sitting there (in the gold medal game) with a straight face, trying not to smile"
"Every time Rudy did something, D'Antoni would look at me and say, 'Your player, huh?' And I would be 'Yeah, he's cool' Like no big deal."'
- 2003 - The last time Washington beat Oregon
- 661 - Oregon's offense yards in the 2007 meeting between the Ducks and Huskies
- 465 - Oregon's rushing yards in the same game
- 446 - Average yards the Huskies gave up in their 2007 season
- 251 - Jonathan Stewart's rushing total in the 2007 game
- 113 - Andre Crenshaw's rushing total in the 2007 game
- 99 - Dennis Dixon's rushing total in the 2007 game
- 55 - Oregon's point total in the 2007 game
- 39 - First downs Oregon had in the 2007 game
- 34:23 - Oregon's time of possesion in 2007
- 32 - Average points the Huskies gave up in their 2007 season
- 21 - Points the Ducks outscored the Huskies in the 4th quarter in 2007
- 10 - Number of freshman or sophomore said to be starting for the Huskies in this year's meeting.
- 7.5 - Average yards per carry Oregon had against Washington in 2007
- 6 - Total rushing touchdowns by Oregon in the 2007 game
- 6 - Total Pac 10 wins in Willingham's 3 year tenure at Washington
- 5 - Win streak if the Ducks win on Saturday (Most in Duck / Husky history)
- 4 - Total wins the Huskies had in 2007
- 0 - Total wins against the Oregon schools in Willingham's tenure.
- Zach Taylor was said to be the top long snapper in the 2008 recruitment class.
- Talmadge Jackson III played all 13 games on special teams and in pass defense packages last year as a true freshman cornerback.
- Eddie Pleasant has that special mixture of speed and size for a linebacker.
- Brandon Bair looks to make a name for himself as a backup defensive end.
- Bo Thran is looking to bounce back at left tackle after an ankle injury
- Ed Dickson, the talented tight end, has more to show us in 2008.
- Drew Davis, a true sophomore wide receiver, is quickly learning the position.
- Remene Alston Jr. is ready to show more of his skills running back.
- Chris Harper wants to show he can overcome injuries and inexperience at the quarterback position.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Nick, over at Off the Pond, recently posted a historical perpective on some Washington Husky stats and pleaded them to make the rivalry interesting again.
Moselely posted his Oregon-Washington predictions. Regardless of who's at QB I can't see the Ducks only getting 30 points on the board. Mr. Pac-10 predictions weren't that far off from my own. Here is Ted Miller's predictions for week 1.
While this is a cruical Pac 10 game for both teams, The Seattle Post described the urgency for the Huskies to pull out a win as it could possibly predict coach Tyrone Willingham's job security at Washington.
Can't wait to watch the Ducks make it 5 in a row and make history.
Go Ducks! Huck the Fuskies!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Can't wait to see Chung wreck some Huskies in Todd's honor...
Rest in Peace Todd Doxey and Go Ducks
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Bob Condotta, another Seattle Times writer, wrote about the Husky seniors seeking to end a the four game loosing streak against the Ducks. If the Ducks win this year, count that a new record in 119 years of UW football. This quote makes me wonder what kind of Kool-aid they are drinking up there...
"The players don't like each other... They went to Oregon, we came to Washington. They wish they could have come to Washington"Do they really? I highly doubt that our Oregon players wanted to go to a program that hasn't seen a bowl game since 2002.
Fun fact: Did you know Washington is 18 - 41 in that time span?
I don't think I've said it yet this week... Huck the Fuskies!
Monday, August 25, 2008
- Kirk Herbstreit released his Eighth Annual Herbie Awards today. While the offense didn't make any of the position lists, the Ducks secondary had 3 of 4 players make the list. Jarius Byrd and Walter Thurmond came in 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the cornerback category and Patrick Chung came in 5th on the Safety category. Herbstreit also believes that Jamere Holland will be a household name by the end of September (That's as long as he can stay healthy), Nick Reed was mentioned a player that doesn't get enough respect and Chip Kelly was the #2 top player caller based on talent to work with. Some of Kirks picks were dead on while there were a few that brought a "huh? really?" For example, Herbstreit picked Arizona as his conference sleeper. Really? With good 'ole Stoops running that team? We'll see come December.
- I'm sure you've all heard already but Costa is out for 8 - 10 weeks to remove some damaged cartilage from his knee. As I said early, I'm more than happy with the Ducks QBs.
- Garrett was also dismissed from the team, apparently he also had some academic issues.
- Ted Miller predicted that Coach Bellotti will win Pac-10 coach of the year.
- It's over, I guess we should just crown UCLA the Pac-10 champion. Ted Miller had something to say about that and looks like only one person actually thought it was worth commenting on.
- Ted Miller ranked the Pac-10 Schedules and Oregon ranked at 6th. Seems about right.
- Oregon made 3 of 10 of the 2008 Pac-10 games to watch.
- Keeping an eye on this weeks opponent Washington. Willingham is happy he finally knows which QB to prepare for and Locker says he doesn't know how to figure out health percentages.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I am happy with whomever makes the field this Saturday. Go Ducks!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Yes, it's been way too long since we've seen Jeremiah Johnson drop some potential tacklers on his way to the goal line. Maybe you forgot? Here's a reminder... here, here and here. And did you know that Jeremiah's Stiff Arm even has it's own Myspace page.
Anyway, now Johnson's not only talking about dropping his potential tacklers but stiff arming the Trojans off their podium. I'm sure some people have forgot that last years win over the Trojans was the first game in 45 conference games where the opposing team was actually favored (And they did it without Johnson). Do I think they can be favored again in 2008? Sure it's possible, but highly unlikely... Especially playing in the Colosseum where they had a 35 game home win streak prior to Stanford's win last year. However, you can't help but admire these guys for having huge dreams and aspirations.
The Trojan's haven't gone lightly in the past few years including last years Autzen win where a Matt Harper interception was needed to seal any deal of USC taking it to overtime. Stanford also beat them last year but were behind the whole game and needed a miracle pass on 4th and 10 by Tavita Pritchard to Mark Bradford with 45 seconds left. Oregon State beat them in 2006 but had to defend a last second 2 point conversion that would have tied the game. UCLA also beat them in 2006 with only 13 points (6 of which were off field goals). And their only loss in 2005 was the National Championship game where a Vince Young Texas team beat them with a rushing touchdown with only 19 seconds to play. That is 5 losses in 3 years... Pretty impressive.
I remember a few Ducks talking about winning a National Championship before the 2007 season and I couldn't help but say "yeah right" at the time. Oh how things have changed...
Again, do I think it is possible to beat the Trojans this year? Anything is possible. It definitely isn't going to come easy but if the players keep thinking they can run the table more I'd like to believe in them.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here are two Husky jokes from Ryan W. and Jeff W. from last few year. If you have a good one, let me know and I'll post it.
The Washington Family
A family of UW football supporters head out one Saturday to the outlet mall to do their back to school shopping. While in the sports shop the son picks up an Oregon jersey and says to his older sister, “I’ve decided to become a Duck fan and I would like to wear this to school”...
The sister is outraged by this and promptly whacks him on the head and says, “Go talk to mother"…
Off goes the little lad with the Duck jersey in hand and finds his mother… “Mom?”
“I’ve decided to become a Duck fan and I would like to buy this jersey.”
Mom promptly whacks him on the head and says, “Go talk to your father!”
Off he goes with the jersey in hand to find his father… “Dad?”
"I’ve decided I’m going to be an Oregon fan and I would like to buy this jersey.”
The father is outraged and whacks his son on the head and says, “No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT CRAP!”
About an hour later they’re all back in the car heading home… The father turns to his son and says, “Son, I hope you learned something today.”
The son says, “Yes, Dad, I did."…
“Good son, what did you learn?”
To which the son replies, “I’ve only been an Oregon fan for an hour and I already hate you Husky bastards.”
Michael Jackson and Washington?
Q: What's the difference between Michael Jackson and the UW Program?
A: One lures kids into a fantasy world and uses them, is willing to pay millions to stay out of court, and has faded greatly over the years. The other is a musician.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sure, we'd all be naive to say that Oregon hasn't done anything to piss off the Huskies...
- There have been numerous occasions of so-called "padding the stats" and "running up the score." In 1973, Oregon ran up the score on the Huskies ending the game 58-0. Only a year later the Huskies responded with a 66-0 win over the Ducks. Last year the Ducks rushed for a record 465 yards at Husky Stadium (at the time it was 192 more yards that Notre Dame had rushed all season).
- The Ducks took Bobby Moore (now Ahmah Rashad) and Jonathan Stewart from their home state. Bobby and Jonathan were ranked by the Seattle Times as Washington State's 4th and 5th greatest running backs of all time (respectively).
- Then there are the few occasions Huskies believe the Oregon and/or Oregon fans have ratted them out for recruiting violations.
Richard Linde a few years back wrote in a piece called "The Border War" that also does a tremendous job explaining and emphasizing why there is hate between the two schools. Most of which is reiteration in the articles and links above, but noteworthy none-the-less. Side Note: Oregon didn't actually win in 1951 with a score of 63-6, that was Washington.
Ted miller recently ranked the Oregon/Washington rivalry as the 3rd most bitter rivalry.
By the way... I'm sure most of you know that Ted Bundy was a Husky.
Even though these links were posted by RJ Schaer over at AOL Fanhouse before the 2006 meeting between the Huskies and Ducks, it doesn't make them any less relevant. RJ did a great job of breaking down the origins of the hatred between Oregon and Washington. It's nice to go back to these each year to remind us why their is such a hated rivalry between these two teams.
- #1: Stolen Roses - Not only voting against the Ducks but pressuring another team to do the same.
- #2: Cheat, Probation, Repeat as Necessary - Kind of makes you wonder what Slick Rick is up to down in LA?
- #3: Husky Fans Tackle Oregon Player - And they call the Oregon/Oklahoma game a controversial game?
- #4: 'Yell Leader' Rob Weller - Karma's a bitch, isn't it?!?
- #5: Husky Dancing - Just when the rivalry seemed to be loosing some of it's steam... Leave it to Neuheisel to throw some gas on the fire. Here is an article by Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times released before the 2004 game and prior to the current 4 game winning streak by the Ducks.
- #6: Hater Jim Lambright - Mike Bellotti, the perennial preacher of hate...
- #7: UW Lies about Inventing "The Wave" - Seriously? That's like saying Oregon invented the duck call.
- #8: The Seattle Bowl - Hmmmm.... Some more karma?!? Still not bowling....
- #9: DuRocher - Seriously who wants to earn something when they can have it handed over? What RJ didn't know at the time he posted this is that weeks later Karma would bite yet again (Though even a Duck fan can't cheer for that).
- #10: Things Left Out of the Other 9 - Only thing left to say is "Huck the Fuskies!"
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"I've been through that... We win the game because Brady Leaf was ready. You've got to get everybody ready just in case"
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"It was like some sort of crazy torture in the movies... How do people do that so long without taking a breath? I think my ears are still ringing" - Adrian Peterson
"Off Topic: The swoosh is awesome."
"Yes, OSU has won two in a row, but last year took double OT with a fifth string Fr. QB and a hurried, missed 40 yd FG to seal the deal."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
He also wrote another article on the spread and how it has really sped up a teams offense. An interesting tid bit regarding Oregon is that apparently the other coaches didn't want to speed up the offense and Bellotti overruled that vote.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
"doesn't have specific long-term plans, but that he would like to be a head coach someday. It would have to be the right situation; he's not going to take any old job just to say he's the head guy. But if the right job opens up a year from now, he acknowleged, he might take it. On the other side of the coin, he could be here '25 more years' if the right situation doesn't come up."