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CROSSROADS…

This is Officer Lee Groinman. That’s Right, Washington’s Most Disgusted Cop, Part 3, or continued, take your pick…

It would appear that the Washington “Big Boy Pants” never made the trip to Tucson. The real question is;  Are there any Washington Big Boy Pants?

I gotta tell ya’ that I had my doubts about winning that Arizona game, mainly due to the Wildcats having a bye week to game plan for Washington, and the fact that it was a road game. All bets are off on any Washington road game…But then in the end, I found my Dick Baird glasses and felt confident of a Washington win, besides, I got to thinkin’, all we really had to do was to clean up aa few areas, mainly the sloppy play and those turnovers, and for sure Sark and Co. would be able to come up with a game plan to run all over those Arizona Wildcats...

Well there ya’ go, I got caught up in doin’ my own thinkin’ once again…

Instead of an improved game plan by Sark and Company, and some cleaned up execution, we got more of the same. The same ol’ game plan, the same ol’ turnovers…

There was a difference for me though…For the first time in my life, I went to bed before the game even ended. The last Keith Price turnover was the last straw for me, besides I had to be on the road at 4:30 am on Sunday morning, how much torture is one feller supposed to absorb?

I got two silver linings out of that game. One, I hadn’t placed any bets, and two, I was nowhere near Tucson…

There is nothing worse than being on a road trip, and Tucson is a long one, at one time it was the longest road trip in the Pac 10 for Washington, but now with the Pac 12, I do believe Colorado would be the longest league road trip for the UW, but anyway, How I do digress, but it’s torture to lose on the road as a fan, probably not so much for a player, being they’re kids and all…plus they got to wear their ‘white-out’ unis, the cool ones don’t ya’ know…

I warned ‘em folks in my last story about getting all whited-out. Here it is fellas, let’s go to the transcripts…And I don’t need any moderator for back-up…

Moderator? What moderator? I don’t need no stinkin’ MODERATOR!!

To the transcript…

“GRUMBLINGS; Speakin’ of pants, no white ones please, same for those helmets…”

Not only did they bring out the white pants, but they tossed in the white helmets too…WITH WHITE JERSEYS! The trifecta! The perfect storm! I felt doomed at best…

Tailgater, as he is wont to do, one upped me, he suggested they come out in pink pants…That Tailgater, he just maybe on to something there…

So Arizona comes out, and the Huskies self-implode, nothing new comes out of Sark, outside of that funky first play where Price rolled back around in reverse style and threw the ball out to the other side, the other flat, gained an extra couple of yards on that version…I bet they worked all week on that one…Yup, it was nearly like we didn’t exist, it was nearly like we got all ‘whited-out’

Speakin’ of message boards, the melt-down was classic. One feller posted that the loss to Arizona was ‘worse than losing a dog or being dumped by a girl’. I can understand the dumping by a girl angle, but losing a dog? I buried my Alaskan Malamute Elsie nearly three years ago, Rocky over 8 years ago. Those still sting. If losing a Husky football game was worse than burying your dog, then I would not have survived the last THREE WEEKS! And I would probably never venture near a stadium ever again…

Besides, do you know what a good Malamute costs?

Time to get a grip perhaps?

Couldn’t come at a better time for Keith Price…

Speakin’ of message board melt-downs…Let’s see, we need to fire Sark, Coach Cozzeto should go to Idaho, we need a new offensive coordinator, maybe Coach Wilcox was over-rated, Cyler Miles red-shirt could be burned, I’m sure I’ve missed something here. A couple brave souls have suggested that maybe Price could be benched. EGADS!!  More often than not, the back-up mentioned is not Derrick Brown…

Speakin’ of Derrick Brown, one poster said he looked ‘terrible’ against Portland State. Brown came in during ‘garbage time’ to run out the clock and hand off the ball. Remember Derrick Brown?

Price being inconsistent is the understatement of this season. The UW has abandoned the vertical passing came. Everything is underneath and out in the flat. Speakin’ of ‘underneath’ our receivers are generally underneath the first down marker by about a yard and a half…Folks remember the Jake Locker days, a big quarterback who can run, accuracy was an issue at times, but he could keep the chains moving. We got anybody like that??

I’ve seen many teams bring in their backup QB and have success. Heck, even the cougs can do it. Now as you know, ‘success’ is measured differently over in the Palouse, but I think you get my drift…Why can’t a backup QB work at the UW? It could, it’s just that this staff has never tried it…It work in the past, ask Hugh Millen and Tim Cowan…

Coach Sark earlier this week stated that the Keith Price rumblings were “Crazy talk”.

And the definition of insanity is??

Yup, Derrick Brown, the kid is a physical clone of Jake Locker, a big kid who can run, I bet he has strong hands too, the kind of hands that can hang onto a football. I like the kind of a quarterback who has big enough hands to hang onto that rock.

As one poster said; “A three and out is better than a three and a fumble.”

I could not agree more. Maybe just script some plays for Brown. I’d rather see Brown run the option near the goal line  than Price. I’m not sayin’ bench Price for good. He just needs a chance to clear his head, a chance to get his mind right…We don’t know what’s going on with Keith Price, maybe he got dumped by a chick, maybe he just buried his dog. Hey, maybe he just needs a dog…

 

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A dog named “Seventeen”. And they called him ‘Seventeen’. Made for movie stuff right here folks…

The Oregon State Beavers, the crossroads of the season. No, not the tune by Robert Johnson, but maybe a little Eric Clapton with some Allman Brothers might go good on a post game Saturday night..

Good Dawg Almighty how I hate this week! I know I’ve told you this in years past, but my wife Gloria is a beaver, its HELL WEEK all week long at my house! And here we are at the crossroads of maybe more than just the season. It’s getting’ serious folks…

Why just today I found a big ‘ol pumpkin with a beaver carved on it, sittin’ on top of my Harley!

GLORIA!!

Ya’ just don’t put a beaver pumpkin on a man’s Harley. Even with a blanket… The paybacks are gonna be hell…YOU HEAR ME!

Will Keith Price get it all together? Will we see an offensive game plan that gives winning a chance? Does Derrick Brown get off the bench? Can the Huskies find their BIG BOY PANTS?

That’s why we buy the tickets…

And how about a two tight-end set? Offensive line boosters…

Sark needs to lose the pass first mentality, leaders need to be found, then lead, and some bodies have to step it up…EXECUTE, EXECUTE, EXECUTE…Rocket Surgery at its finest…

Play with some guts, play with some brains. We’ll be fine…

GO DAWGS!!

GRUMBLINGS; No white out, no pants, no helmets, no jersey, nada … I wonder if it possible to find more people that we could honor against these beavs than we had against the Trojans? And maybe some more TV time-outs during that 97 minute SC first half… no flow to that game at all… Why the only thing flowing in that SC first half was me, at half-time…and oh boy did it flow

OUR FEATURED DAWGS OF THE WEEK! One for Keith, one for Derrick…

Max and Strider…                                  

                           

 

Great football names…Max and Strider were rescued from a bad situation, they have recovered and are diggin’ their new deal just fine. They’ll both make a great buddy for somebody. Strider looks like my Elsie, RIP. Max, Strider and their pals can be seen at www.wamal.com  Ready for adoption now!

 

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

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