A season to Remember
Officer Lee Groinman. That’s right Washington’s Most Thankful Cop…
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.
Dawg fans had that game marked in the loss column long before kick-off.
It was a road game after all…
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…
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…
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?
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!].
of Fife, Kaleb McGary? No worries, no commitment on his trip to Corvallis,
September 28th we faced a scrappy Arizona squad, another victory, a
game that resembled a swim meet. Luckily nobody drowned…
final score? I seem to have ‘issues’ with final scores, you’ve got that…
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…
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?
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….
last week’s blow out win over Oregon State. Yup, no one, nobody saw that coming.
And can you blame them?
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…
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…
Price huggin’ that coug player at the start of over-time still gives me the
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
legs, it’s his legs folks…
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.
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…
hammy…Now being old-school and all, a guy, ya’ know, a guy like us will just
run it off…
did, I ‘ran it off ‘ for four more miles…
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…
I’m left with nuthin’ more than my pocket-presence…
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…
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…
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…
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…
or Miles? Boy that Miles brings an added dimension to the game.
never been known to hug a Cougar either…
probably start Jeff Lindquist. That’ll fool ‘em…
wouldn’t see that comin’…
today is the Apple Cup. The Cougar road luck has run its course. I’m thankful
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…
thankful for that…
win 43-17. That ‘final score’ thing again…Trust me…
surreal season for sure, and it ain’t over yet…
YOU HEAR ME!