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Dawgs making it easy to wear the W

Post by Brian O'Neill on Oct. 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm with 7 Comments »
October 24, 2011 8:30 pm
Keith Price battles for yards

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:


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  1. gogoDawgs says:

    As a husky alum, husky band alum from the late 80’s and 1991 in particular….they were that good when I attended school. They will be that good again soon. My pride runs deep, Don James, Bill Bissell, Steve Emtman, Ed Cunningham, et al

    Go Dawgs!

  2. Brian O'Neill says:

    It was a rough game for us tonight, gogo… We’ll have to keep our chin up for next week.

  3. gogoDawgs says:

    I figured us 8-4 at the beginning of the season, with a loss coming from either Cal or Utah. Now I figure we should finish 9-3 and after a bowl win 10-3.

  4. Pacman33 says:

    Thanks for the jinx, Hexy O’Hexerson.
    Barring any further jinxery, the Dawgs chances are looking positive.
    2-5(1-4)Arizona will be forced to start a third-stringer at cornerback due to suspensions from their brawl in Thur. night’s eventful win over UCLA.

    Sark might want to breakout the oldschool film projector.

    Interim head coach Tim Kish, taking over for Stoops, ended a 5 game losing streak by leading Arizona to their 1st conference win in his debut. Beginners luck? Nope, he dusted off an aggressive defensive scheme.
    The famed “Desert Swarm.”
    The return of the double-eagle flex was as unexpected as it was effective. Arizona allowed just 37 rushing yards. As we speak Coach Sarkisian is utilizing his UW logo LED flashlight to locate any film labeled “Tedy Bruschi” or “Bruschi” in the archives.

  5. Aren’t you supposed to write about law enforcement issues. What the TNT does not need is one more Husky toady, it has plenty already.

  6. Brian O'Neill says:

    notme- The News Tribune has given me free rein on my choice of topics. Your comment (despite smelling of sour grapes), as well as Pacman33’s (who considered the column a jinx) is further proof that you just can’t please everyone.

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