My parents tormented me growing up, bragging about how they'd been to three Rose Bowls as college students, highlighted by the 1991 National Championship team. My father grew up on success. I grew up on something else. I never thought I would see a team as successful as those he saw. It was hard to believe anybody ever would. Never did I think it could happen as soon as my sophomore year.
Here's a disclaimer: if you think extreme wishful thinking can jinx a season then exit this page. If you think the actions or words of someone unrelated to the team can turn the tables in a negative way then stop reading this article.
But I believe that if it's meant to be it's meant to be. And if it's meant to be I want to cash in on this success as early as possible.
So here it is: there's a group of dozens of UW students, myself included, that are buying tickets to the Pac-12 championship game. We're buying them Friday.
You may find yourself thinking, "Luke, you fool. Don't be too ambitious! There are still five games between now and then. A lot could happen."
I hear you, valued reader, but here's my argument: tickets are cheap now and they'll only get more expensive as we get closer and closer to the championship game.
If the Dawgs emerge from conference play as champions of the North I've got a group of friends going to San Francisco for cheap. The early bird gets the worm, and I'm trying to be as early as possible.
It's an awesome coincidence that the same week of the mass ticket purchase the Huskies are playing Utah in what could be a Pac-12 championship preview. ESPN's College GameDay being there will result in a record-breaking number of UW students waking up at 6 am to watch all the pre-game festivities and hopefully watch Lee Corso put on the Husky mascot head.
I might not even get a spot at my own house to sit down and watch this game. That's a result of one of the most tangible differences between campus life this year compared to last. Even when it's a road game, everything else takes a back seat to Husky Football on game day.
Long-uncharted waters separate the Dawgs and a perfect conference record, but we're over halfway there and land is in sight. This ship is captained by Coach Pete, his players are the crew, and those aboard the ship are the citizens of Husky Nation.
My dad may have seen three Rose Bowls and a national championship season, but he's never been to a conference championship. I'm holding out hope that I'll be the first Mounger to ever attend a Pac-12 championship game while attending the UW. Anything past that is gravy.
And again, you can bash me for jinxing this as much as you want. But I believe in talent over luck. This is a team that warrants this belief.