SPECIAL REPORT: Crisis at Montlake
A group of concerned, deep pocket softball boosters plan to be at Todd Turner's luxurious Montlake office early on Monday morning to express their concerns over the football team. At risk are plans for a second deck at Theresa Wilson Field at Barbara Hedges Stadium.
"We need football ticket holders to do their share in providing funds for our softball stadium expansion," explained lead softball booster Leslie Friends as she poured over plans for spring training along the French Rivera. "If fans keep staying away in droves, we could have a problem and we want Todd Turner to know that."
Any fan unlucky enough to be at half empty Husky Stadium on Saturday to watch UW "play" the Cal Bears is unlikely to return anytime soon. The stark contrast between coaches and players was painful to this grizzled scribe. After 33 years of season tickets I was compelled to exit early for the first time in my life. Simply put – I've had enough.
The problems of this football team are obvious and year three of talking about discipline and a return to Husky Football has brought us a 7-18 record. So maybe it isn't about discipline and the past. Maybe we need to join the present and look to the future, Maybe hiring a coach that was just fired and bringing his coaches who fashioned the 116th best pass defense in America wasn't the answer after all. However, here we are and there you go. Nothing can be done about it now, so shut up and write the check.
On the bright side, Craig Chambers escaped from Gitmo to put in an appearance on the field and nabbed a nice TD pass from Isaiah Stanback, who continues to impress with his throwing skill and accuracy. Stanback's game management is hampered by a lack of experience because the last "discipline, return to dominance" Husky coach wasted his skills on the bench and at wide out. He remains a bright spot on a dreary team.
The offensive line was offensive as they got no push and had IS running for his life many times. The defense was simply pathetic as they gave up long third down conversions and missed tackles like they got paid by the dozen.
Our pledge to remain positive lasted all of one week. You should have bet the under. Next week we take Fonzie to Hawaii to surf and jump sharks.
Prediction: Spuds – 28, UW – 17
Yes, I'm predicting an Idaho win. Say goodbye to the kinder, gentler Race Bannon.
Ducks survive Grizzly attack
Mallard N. Moore
The Oregon Ducks relied on 6, that's right 6, you can count them, 6 field goals to over come the pride of the Big Sky country, Montana Grizzlies.
Snoop Stewart returned the opening kick off for a touchdown but only rushed twice for 6 yards as he once again didn't hit the 25 carry threshold. In fact, the Ducks could hardly run at all against the D1AA opponent. When you combine this with their inability to score touchdowns in the red zone, it raises a red flag as real opponents approach on the schedule. This is fairly typical of a dink and dunk, kill your quarterback offense.
An angry Mike Bellotti reacted to this modest criticism of "his" new offense, "Look, it's not like we have lost 12 of our last 13 games around here," he fumed as he looked forward to the Huskies annual trip to Autzen. "We're working out some kinks and expect to have this offense rolling by the time USC gets here. If not, well I've fired coordinators before to save my hide."
Next up for the Ducks is a visit from the greatest team in Fresno State history. It looks like the Duck's biggest home non conference challenge since the Indiana debacle. It might take 7 field goals to win this one.
UO – 21, FSU – 20
Back of the Pac: - LSU scored late to nip ASU in a home game at Tempe…Oregon State got their revenge over winless Boise State in a classic at Reser…WSU beat Nevada…yawn…UCLA boiled Rice 63-21…watch out for the Bruins who are Holiday Bowl bound…they should handle Oklahoma next week…Stanford beat Navy and Arizona beat Northern Arizona leaving UW as the only winless team in the league…USC hosts Arkansas next week and Troy "Cubby" Wadsworth III will be there to report on all the action.
The Nation: - Vanderbilt is 2-0 and headed for the BCS Championship…they knocked off Arkansas at Little Rock…Good luck with USC, Hogs…Can Todd Turner repeat his magic here at UW…that's quite a program he left at Vandy…Texas outlasted Ohio State in a classic at the Big Horseshoe…Vince Young overcame several errors to lead the winning drive...his experience really paid off as did the patience of his coaches…Mack Brown is on his way to play Vandy in the Rose Bowl…Steve Superior nearly beat Georgia between the hedges…the Ol' Ball Coach is making a fast difference at the other USC…Florida and Tennessee meet this week.
Thanks for Reading! – Race
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