Collegiate sports may be fought in the turf or on the floorboards, but the competition also rages in one unexpected place: the office.
In just about any business setting, whether in the cozy corner offices of corporate officials or the fuzzy-walled world of government cubicles, you will find the logo of many proud alma maters.
And right now the UW banners are hanging high.
If you’ll pardon the smug and self-serving props to the Dawg’s, it can not be denied that their stellar record (5-1 in Pac 12 play) has far exceeded expectations in this first season of the post-Jake Locker era.
During my college years Don James led a Husky football team whose name and reputation were synonymous with greatness. Since that time – well, let’s just say we’ve had our ups and down. The difference this year is that some young players, such as QB Keith Price and Gig Harbor’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins at tight end, and their young coach, Steve Sarkisian, are taking a “building season” and turning it into a record season.
UW’s success has also created an unanticipated perk at my workplace. Like most cop shops, mine is not a place where a Husky hat is the appropriate fashion answer to a police uniform. Instead, the Dawgs among us must resort to shameless pandering, such as “Did you see how my Huskies did last Saturday?” or “Boy, I wish U-dub was this good when I went there!”
Since we are discouraged from down-playing the lesser schools (a rule enforced in a somewhat imbalanced manner by a high-ranking cop from Wazzu) comments such as “It was really unfortunate that the Cougars lost last weekend” can have the anticipated effect if delivered with just the right amount of dripping sarcasm.
I admit that’s not the most sportsmanlike attitude to take, but you gotta take the ups when you can get them. Next Fall I might be the one trying to suck down a little lunch in the breakfroom while my Wazzu co-workers are busy yelling, “Another – Cougar – First – Down!” until my ears bleed.
Been there, done that. In the meantime, I’m going to just enjoy the ride.
What I will promise is that I will continue to find the perfect work balance between supporting the Dawgs…and keeping my job.
Update following Saturday’s game against Stanford: