Forget #Drop50; Time to #Add7

California Football fans can blame Nam Le. The originator of the Twitter phrase, #Drop50, signifying Cal's prolific offensive exploits, Le threw out a hasty mea culpa Saturday night after the Bears didn't score their season average - 50 points. They didn't come close. Call it the Nam Le Curse.

"I get it," Le said via his Twitter account Saturday night he said after the Huskies' 31-7 Beatdown in Berkeley. "We didn't drop 50. We didn't even drop double digits, the week after it blew up...You want to ban all instance of the phrase, erase if from our memories, but all the shirts, what have you. With all due respect to anyone who would demand these things, I think you misunderstand.

"See, #Drop50 is not a guarantee that we reach that every week. I never even started saying it with that in mind, and I've been saying it a long time."

#Drop50 shirts - you can view one
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, are for sale. Le isn't making the shirts; apparently a Cal fan named Lawrence Ross is doing the honors in this case. And I suggest grabbing one quickly before #Drop50 goes bye-bye. Le has said he'll continue to 'have fun' with it, and why not? He started dropping #Drop50 into his tweets last year when Cal never scored 40 points, let alone 50.

So in the spirit of awful hashtags, I figured it was time I joined the fray with an awful hashtag of my own, designed in seven seconds. Instead of Cal's #Drop50, I think it's time to #Add7. As in, Shaq Thompson. As in, add him to every possible watch list in America he's eligible for. As in, Washington's devastating front seven and the havoc they seem to wreak on a weekly basis. As in, that's all #Drop50 could score on a day where they should have had a field day at home. As in....as in... let the mind wander to other possibilities. Heck, Washington's offense might get to the point where #Add7 could be a regular part of their repertoire.

I readily admit, my attempt at Twitter infamy is not nearly as cool as Le's #Drop50. I mean, after all, chicks dig the long numbers. It's true. And we know how coaches are famous for their acronyms and how those three letters can become season-long rallying cries. We've seen how divisive 'OKG' has already become within the Washington fan base, but most of that comes from simple lack of understanding as to how the acronym is applied by those that believe in it the most - namely, Petersen.

When acronyms and fancy sloganeering goes south, that's when you see examples like Gary Barnett's RTD at Colorado (Return To Dominance) become 'Remove the Decals' quite quickly. In short, you have to back up the talk with some actual play on the field.

Cal alumnus Michael Silver said it best on Twitter: "Before we come up w/ catchy slogans & start believing we're video-game good, let's try working hard, shutting up & getting better #GoBears"

Getting better every week? I think I remember UW Head Coach Chris Petersen saying something about that...every week.

But back to the fun stuff. I realize that Thompson's teammates are already flocking to the #ShaqForHeisman hashtag, and there's even a @ShaqforHeisman account, but that's so basic. Where's the fun in that? Sure it gets to the heart of the matter, but #Add7 has its own special appeal - one I think Washington fans will appreciate, because it's something they could call their own, and it's something only they would understand. No cross-state interlopers with their #ThrowFor734 need apply.

Thompson, who already lead the country in defensive touchdowns before heading home to northern California, had to show the Cal fans exactly what they missed out on yet again. The younger brother of Golden Bear great Syd'Quan Thompson, Shaq has a way of twisting the knife just so, and his 100-yard return (was it a scoop-and-score or a pick-six?) to put UW on the board early was just #Add7 being #Add7.

"There wasn’t a better play than that all game," said Petersen. He always seems to make a play when we need one."

And you didn't even need to #Add7 on offense, coach! But John Ross could lay claim to it. The sensational sophomore is averaging a touchdown every third touch on offense, and his 86-yard scoot and score brought up shades of the Mamba during the Pac-12 post-game rehash.

It was hard to imagine the Washington defensive line and linebackers having the day they had going in, especially with the #Drop50 mentality displayed by California in their close loss at Arizona, and wins over Colorado and Washington State. The Bears had scored a combined 164 points; quarterback Jared Goff had thrown for 1365 yards and 15 touchdowns during that three-game stretch.

Forget #Drop50; Goff was dropping dimes. But the football on Goff's attempted goal-line sneak hit Danny Shelton's helmet and right to #Add7, who did the rest.

Remember - Thompson's return happened on Cal's second offensive series. Their first was a three-and-out. The rest of their first half drives went like this; punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt, end of half. They would only #Add7 to their scoreline once, a testament to Pete Kwiatkowski's game plan executed to perfection.

And Washington's first seven drives? Punt, TOUCHDOWN, Downs, TOUCHDOWN, Punt, TOUCHDOWN, TOUCHDOWN. That's #Add7 in action, and in all phases.

"Every week we look for progress and we’ve had that consistently throughout the year," said senior BUCK Hauoli Kikaha, himself responsible for a CFB-leading 10 sacks so far in 2014. "We’re a lot different than the team that stepped on the field versus Hawaii. Props to the DB's and linebackers for continuing to make progress and up front, continually creating a pass rush, we can now rotate guys in throughout the game.”

At the rate the Huskies are developing depth defensively, #Add7 could end up being one of the signs they use on the sidelines. They could employ it as a substitution call, rotating out entire personnel groupings. In fact, Washington had a lot of backups in the game late when they stopped Cal on downs their last two offensive series. The last play, true freshman Will Dissly stepped up huge, stopping the Bears' Vic Enwere for no gain at the foot of Washington's goal line.

Not to be outdone by the frosh, #Add7 got credit for a tackle on that play too.

While giving Washington their fair due for laying the lumber to his side, Sonny Dykes still felt like the Bears were their own worst enemy. "It is the worst performance, offensively; that I have been a part of in a long time, and again, that is my fault," Dykes would say post-game.

"We knew coming in that Washington was going to make us be patient and drive the ball the length of the field. That is the way they play defense. They aren’t going to give up easy touchdowns. We have been getting so many big plays that it was going to be a very different approach for our players. We talked to them about it this week, told them about it, anticipated it, but we just didn’t handle it very well."

What Dykes was trying to say was this; Washington now has a defensive identity. Try and #Add7 to your score, opposing offenses - we dare you. Robert Conrad - he of the famous Eveready battery commercials is still alive and kicking at age 79. I say we hire Mr. Conrad, have him put a football on his shoulder like the battery, look straight in the camera and say..."I dare you to knock this off. Come on. I dare you."

And the whole time he's sporting a 'Keep Calm and #Add7" t-shirt and wearing a Washington hat.

Okay, maybe not the best idea. Hashtags aren't supposed to have a huge shelf life. And after all, it would be hard to keep a football on Conrad's ancient shoulder. I think Danny Shelton could do it, though. His shoulders seem bigger than the whole world right now, as do his calfs, his hair, etc...

Thompson couldn't do it, though. The ball would just keep falling right into his arms. “Oh yeah, that’s the first thing that popped into my head when I got the ball," he said on his 100-yard return. "I’m scoring.”

That's just #Add7 doing what he does best - a player worthy of hashtag status.

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