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UW vs. Cal Predictions

It’s been a pretty bad week for Husky fans.  On the heels of the debacle in Tempe, word came that Don James had passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all those left with a hole in their lives by his passing.

The death of a beloved sports figure is kind of a complicated thing for fans, in my mind.  Life and death and all of their trappings are so much more important than sports. It sometimes feels silly to claim grief as a fan when others actually knew the person.  It feels like we need to push sports completely aside in these times, like the football pales in comparison to the gravity of his death.  I never met Coach James, and I don’t even remember his teams terribly well.  His personal influence on me should be next to nothing.

And yet the impact Don James made on me is huge.  I hear it when my dad talks about those Rose Bowl winning teams, and I remember it, hazily, in memories of childhood Apple Cups in the snow and my dad yelling as Napolean Kaufman broke down the sideline.  I witness it on Saturdays in the fall as I walk into Husky Stadium with my family.  At those moments, there is no place I’d rather be, and that is due largely to Don James’ legacy.

I never met Don James, but without him, a huge part of my life might not exist.  That pales in comparison to the hole his wife and loved ones are experiencing, but his loss shouldn’t be diminished for those of us who are just fans.  Instead, it’s just another testament to the full life Coach James led, on the field and off.  He was a man who touched thousands of lives in countless ways.  To me, that sounds like the definition of a life well lived.

Thank you, Don James.  We appreciate everything you did, and we are thankful your  impact does not end with your death.  We will remember you every time we walk into Husky Stadium and with every moment of joy Husky football brings us.


Last week was awful.  It’s time to move on.  This week the Huskies play an opponent that is extremely different than the three previous weeks.  They play an opponent that is bad.  Cal’s defense is awful and their offense has struggled as of late.  The Huskies should be able to regain their confidence and get healthy during this game.  I expect a heavy dose of the run game, as well as a focus of getting the ball to ASJ and Kasen.  The only way I see this going bad is if Cal gets out to a lead and the Huskies lose their confidence like last week.  I’m guessing that won’t happen.  On a night where the school honors the best coach ever to grace Husky Stadium’s sidelines, this year’s Husky team will pound a conference foe just like James would have.

UW 38 – CAL 13


Last minute entry! Cal is really bad. Haha you suck Cal! Dawgs win big because I see no other possible outcome.

UW 33 – CAL 17


The Huskies were terrible last week, and it’s generated the expected despair from fans.  Luckily, Cal is really terrible right now.  They’re missing over half of their starting line-up to injuries, and they probably wouldn’t have been great to start.  The one good thing they’ve had going for them, a dynamic passing attack, has faded as true freshman Jared Goff has lost his accuracy and confidence after getting pounded for much of the season.  This is a game the Huskies will have to work hard to lose, especially since it’s in Seattle.  I hope to see the Dawgs figure out what they want to do on offense.  Can the line function with Erik Kohler filling in for Dexter Charles?  Will they find a balance between the run, downfield passing and perimeter passing?  This should be a good week to find answers.  The Huskies are a much better team than they showed last week, and a blowout would go a long way to reminding the players of that.

UW45 – Cal 16

Go Dawgs!


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Pac-12 Picks – Week 9

Well, last week was rough.  First the game on Saturday and then the passing of Don James on Sunday made for a very dark weekend for Husky fans.

In a way, this week has been therapeutic.  The stories that KJR has run this weekend on the Dawgfather have been fantastic, especially the Honks on Tuesday and Neuheisel’s song today.  Listening to the stories has brought everyone together and I hope for a celebration tomorrow night that is unforgettable.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to Carol James and the rest of the James family.

In the last few weeks, Dan has pulled away in our picking standings.  We all have a little too much faith in the Huskies and he’s been a little more realistic I guess.  Let’s see if we can catch him.  Here are this week’s picks!

Utah vs. USC – 1:00 P.M.
Dan, Joe, Matthew – USC
Andrew – Utah

UCLA vs. Oregon – 4:00 P.M.
The Good Guys – Oregon

Arizona vs. Colorado – 5:00 P.M.
The Good Guys – Arizona

Stanford vs. Oregon State – 7:30 P.M.
Andrew, Matthew – Stanford
Dan, Joe – Oregon State

Dan 50-8 (.862)
Matthew 48-10 (.827)
Andrew 47-11 (.810)
Joe 45-13 (.776)
Tyler (Commenter) 30-10 (.750)

Go Dawgs! And thank you, Don James.

– Andrew

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UW vs. Oregon Predictions

I’m going to keep this intro short, because I’m tired and there’s no point trying to move the focus from the game itself.  This is shaping up as one of the most exciting weekends in UW sports history.  Andrew and I just got back from the basketball exhibition game, where the Huskies dismantled Seattle Pacific and Tony Wroten showed nothing to take away the excitement surrounding him.  More on that in a couple of days.

Between the emotion of the last game at Husky Stadium and all of the former players and festivities surrounding it, there’s going to be a lot of intrigue.  What remains to be seen is whether that intrigue will carry into the game or not.  If Oregon rattles off a quick three touchdowns, the night will just turn sad in a hurry.  If the Huskies can hang in there all night, though, we might see some magic.

You never know how these things are going to go.  You can put as much or as little emphasis on the non-game stuff as you want, but it still mostly comes down to the teams on the field.  Hopefully, the Huskies will give us one more memory in the old stadium.


I want the Huskies to win tomorrow more than any game I can remember in recent history.  The Ducks are annoying, I have sports hate for them, but more than anything I just want to see UW take that next step, from good to potentially great.  Andrew was right yesterday in his declaration that no matter what anybody says, this game is impossible to predict.  You wouldn’t think it would be, given the Ducks recent dominance over Washington (7 straight wins of 20+ points), but this is a particularly intriguing matchup, full of possibilites.  The only way I can think to sort all the factors, is to rank each facet of the game, on a scale of 1-5.  This is absurb, by the way, but bear with me.  Oregon offense-5; Oregon defense-3.5; UW offense-4; UW defense-1.5; Home field-UW +1; Special teams-UO +1; Coaching-even.  This scientific breakdown tells me Oregon-9.5, UW-6.5.  Now all I have to do is multiple x4 to get the actual score (this works every time).

Ducks-38, Huskies-26


I don’t really believe the Huskies are going to win, but I’m not going to pick the Ducks.  I’m sick of the Ducks.  I’m sick of the Mariners losing and Isaiah Thomas going pro and Pete Carroll in general and especially losing to the Ducks.  Do something good for once, Seattle sports people!  Don’t lose to the Ducks!

UW 45, Oregon 43


I mentioned in a post last night that this game is hard to predict.  Seeing how I haven’t had much luck with my predictions this year (although last week’s was pretty spot on), I imagine I’ll be wrong.  For the Dawgs to have any chance they’ll have to stop the Ducks running game.  Well, not stop it because no one can do tha,t but maybe they could slow it down a little bit behind the strength of the 12th Dawg (a raucous crowd) and the 13th Dawg (the Seattle weather).  Since my predictions aren’t usually right in these type of games I’m going to say that the Huskies lose 65-21 (yes, the same score as Stanford-UW), the Big Boi gets into a fight with a drunk Duck fan, the 1991 team gets stuck in traffic and doesn’t show up, Don James decides that he likes the Cougars better, and the South End of the stadium completely collapses during halftime, setting the renovation back 6 years.  Please God, don’t let any of that happen.  Go Dawgs!


By the way, here’s what else Andrew wrote in his prediction email to me.  I thought it should be shared.  I’m Big Boi, by the way.  Matthew is Big Boi (but not that Big Boi, the rapper from Outkast).  It’s a long story.

Hey big boi! Did I ever tell you that I killed a duck once.  I was driving dad’s pickup on terrace heights drive and there was a duck in the middle of the road.  I tried to stop in time but he didn’t move and then he was right under the truck and tried to fly up.  I looked in the rear-view mirror and there was a dead duck in the middle of the road.  I felt bad.  Maybe God’s been punishing me ever since by the Ducks winning the football game.  Or maybe the Huskies just had Tyrone Willingham as a coach. That seems more likely.

Anyway…. I’m a duck, quack quack! I have webbed feet and float around in a lake and sometimes I pee in the same place I float! I’m a loser! Now, I’m a husky! roof roof! I eat ducks for breakfast but I’ve stopped since I don’t like the taste of webbed feet.  They’re dumb too and lower my IQ! WOOF WOOF! BARK BARK! BEWARE DUCKS, I’m a DAWG!!!


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