Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Puppy Chow

We have two more weeks to go until signing day and a lot of questions should be answered during this week, and the coming weekend. The Huskies have 4-6 more spots to fill depending on who you ask, and how you count them. The pickup of a decent walkon at QB last weekend can't be underestimated. Clemmons was a three star last year who decided to play baseball. This year he decided to drop baseball and get back to football. Suddenly the Huskies have four QB's going into the Fall.

The news hasn't been that good over the last couple of weeks as top prospects have opted to head elsewhere. This does happen every year as UW always finishes second to Stanford when top prospects are involved in the last couple of weeks. LB Chike Amajoyi is still on the board, but he is likely to join DT Masifilo on the farm.

Top guys left on the board

DB Bolden.......Should nail him down this weekend on his visit.
LB Amajoyi.....Down to Stanford and UW.
LB Dennison...Waiting for UW to offer if amajoyi goes to Stanford
DT Duncan......Commited to Fresno but a Husky offer could change that.
DE Owusu.......Cal probably dropped him. Vandy, The Farm or UW?
OT Palelei.......UW is in the lead at last report.
C Nisby...........Should be room for him.
S Dawson.......Hasn't been metioned in three weeks but if he can get in for Spring UW has room.

These are just the guys we have heard of. UW is probably in on some guys none of us have heard about. Ty hasn't shown his cards much in January, and the services usually find out who is visiting while they are on campus. The staff pulled a couple of surprises last year at the close, and I expect the same will happen this year.


Spencer Hawes should be back in the lineup for the Oregon series. As we have witnessed the Dawg's are a completely different team at home this season. This is a team with a lot of holes to go with the talent right now. Joel Smith could be back this weekend and that will help considerably on defense. As far as playmaking goes wait till next year since the only pint on the team Dentmon isn't a point. the Huskie showever score enough to win, defense is where they are lacking right now. For most of the players on the team this is their first experience with losing, and it is a tough lesson to learn.

A few years back Washington started the conference season terribly and rebounded to becaome a darling in March led by a kid named Nate Robinson. UW doesn't have a potential sparkplug like that on the squad right now, but I wouldn't write them completely off at this point even though the WSU loss was a dissapointing shellacking. The only way Washington has a chance to salavage this season is to sweep this week. The backs are now officially against the wall. May the spirit of Nate somehow climb into our lineup.

Todd Turner has been busy

Todd Turner has the latest edition of his blog out there. As you can see he has been busy working on getting the Huskies a much needed bye in what will be a record 13 game regular season schedule.

Those that made Saturday's women's basketball game with Washington State were treated to the latest addition to venerable Hec. Ed. Pavilion/Bank of America Arena. The new video board is a much anticipated and fan friendly addition to the facility. It looks great. We are just learning how to make full use of it, so as we grow more accustomed to its features, we should be able to produce replays and other features that will add to your enjoyment of the game.

Hawaii Series Scheduled

The UW says it has tentatively agreed to conclude its regular season on Dec. 1 at the University of Hawaii. The addition of the game, which will be played at Aloha Stadium, will give Washington an NCAA-allowable 13 regular-season contests. The exact details of the contract are pending and are subject to the scheduling of a return game at the UW at a future date. The Cal game would move to 11/17 giving UW a much needed bye after USC game on 9/29.

For the first time since 1978, the Apple Cup traditional football game between Washington, and Washington State will be moved to Thanksgiving weekend this year, creating a much-sought bye in the regular-season schedules for both schools.

The Huskies are scheduled to open the season Sept. 1 at Syracuse. There is still discussion of moving the game to Friday, Aug. 31 for TV purposes. There is no longer talk of moving the game to Thursday, so it will either be Friday night, or Saturday.

The 1973 Hawaii Debacle

In 1973 the Huskies opened the season against Division II Hawaii and lost 10-7. The game was marred by poor officiating, and sloppy offensive play by the Huskies who just couldn't get points on the board and fumbled all opportunites away. As often happens when you leave the underdog in the game too long the Huskies ended up losing this one. The game was among the biggest wins in Rainbow Warrior history and was intrumental in getting the Bow's moved up to Div One in 1976 after Aloha Stadium was built.

University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound had a very strong Divison II program at the time and was actually mulling a step up to Div 1. They beat that same Hawaii team later in the year and was decreed the best college football team in Washington in 1973 much to the chagrin of the Cougars, and Huskies. Puget Sound's dreams of grandeur were extinguished only a couple years later when the school had a financial crisis that almost shut their doors. UPS actually ended up selling it's Law School to Seattle U to help balance the books. Football is still around at UPS, but is just a shadow of what it was in the 60's, and 70's when the Loggers traveled around the country playing schools such as Holy Cross.

Could University of Puget Sound been the Gonzaga of it's era?

They actually were on the verge in football, and basketball during this time period. They had some nice momentum going with Div II Championships in basketball, and playoff runs in football. They were actually on the brink of breaking through. Private colleges in the state however started really looking for ways to survive during that time period of decreasing enrollments, and rising costs. UPS was likely headed for a league like the Big Sky if their had been more time, and money. The Tacoma Dome which came around in the 80's would have made an excellent home for a Div I-AA team.

The Stadium High School Bowl

If you ever have a chance you need to visit Stadium HS, and the Stadium Bowl in Tacoma, do it. The Stadium was one of the largest on the West Coast when built and had a sweeping view of Tacoma's Commencement Bay.

Dedication ceremonies for the new stadium on June 10-11, 1910 were extravagant: as many as 50,000 people from all over the state attended the festivities.

Unfortunately, drainage problems plagued the Bowl from day one. The first football games played in September 1910 rendered the rain-soaked field a "mudhole," so the remaining games that season had to be played elsewhere. There was much public criticism of the contractor, who had originally promised to complete the stadium by August 1909, but whose work had remained unfinished even at the time of the dedication ceremonies in 1910. The school board was also lambasted for its weak monitoring of the contractor. But when a group of Stadium seniors confronted the board with a petition complaining about delays in fixing the field, the board chairman retorted that they "ought to be spanked." Construction of the Bowl's concrete stands and repair of its drainage system finally ended in April 1911, at a total cost of approximately $160,000

The bowl hosted many football games, including the first lighted night football game on the West Coast when the University of Washington played the University of Puget Sound in 1929. WSU/Penn State game was played there in 1948 and drew a reported 50,000 fans. The Stadium still survives even though unstable soils have cut away part of the original stadium. They still can get around 17,000 in there today.

Funny to think that there was a big Stadium in the area ten years before venerable Husky Stadium was built on the Montlake Cut. Better engineering could have drastically changed Tacoma's sports "Destiny".

The Tacoma 500?

Tacoma was once home of a Speedway which rivaleled the old brickyard in Indianapolis. In fact during its run it was listed with Indy as one of the two top speedways in the country.

During its years of operation between 1912 and 1922, the Tacoma Speedway, located in Lakewood a suburb of Tacoma, hosted some of the big names of racing, rivaling the best in the world. The "Who’s Who" of races, "Terrible" Teddy Tetzlaff, Earl Cooper, Barney Oldfield, Eddie Rickenbauer, among others left plenty of rubber on that track.

The stands burned down in 1920. The fire was ruled an arson. The track had no insurance. It was the only Class A track besides the one in Indianapolis, and its grandstands were now cinders. The new grandstands partially covered the seats following a $100,000 fundraiser, but the track was still losing money. The facility closed in 1922 due to losing money and was converted into an airstrip. It is now the site of Clover Park Technical College.

1 comment:

Health Insurance Expert said...

One interesting thing about the Stadium Bowl is it's shape. It was designed as more of an outdoor amphitheatre than as an athletic stadium. Later historic stadiums such as Camp Randall, Yale Bowl,Husky Stadium,Strawberry Canyon, and the Rose Bowl were designed with football, and track in mind. Hence the oval shape.

If you look at the largest crowds in that facility rumored to be upwards of 70,000 it was concerts, Wild West type shows, and events such as political rallies.

Stadiums go out of date in as little as 20 years nowadays. It looks like Stadium Bowl was behind the curve almost as soon as it was built due to soil engineering problems, parking, location, and it's shape.

The Rose Bowls original shape had less to do with football, and track and more to do with chariot racing. Chariot racing, not football was the main event at the Rose Bowl festival in those days.