Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UWAA Hawai'i Football Warmup

A number of readers have asked if we can hook up while over in the Islands. This looks to be the best way to do that. Our party will be arriving three hours before the game to start the party with other Husky fans traveling to the game. This is probably the best and safest way to pre function since Hawai'i has developed a reputation this year of being less than friendly to visiting fans from the mainland. Since this is the biggest football game in the history of the state of Hawai'i it might be a good idea for all Husky fans to stick together.

Most of us that are flying over there are going to be on the beaches, playing golf, or off site seeing most of the time, so it makes sense for us all to meet up before the game on Saturday at the UWAA Tent.

Aloha, and see you all there!

UWAA Football Warmup

Join the Huskies on the road and party before the away football games with your host, Husky Legend Greg Lewis, the Husky Marching Band and Cheer Squad and Husky alumni and fans! Washington Warm Ups are the official pre-game parties of the University of Washington Huskies and are proudly presented by the UW Alumni Association.

Kick-off is now set for 6:30 p.m. (Hawaii Time). Warm Ups always start 3 hours prior to kick-off, so the fun begins at 3:30 p.m.

Cost: UWAA Members $15, Non-Members $20. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door for at the "At-Door" price of $20. Advance ticket sales have been cut off but tickets will be available at the door.

Location: Richardson Field (across the street from Aloha Stadium), Honolulu, HI

Aloha Stadium Issues Traffic, Parking, Security Advisory

This is a link from the Honolulu Advertiser concerning all of the above. They are really going to beef up security to assure the safety of all fans.

Q&A with the Hawaii Blog

Tombo Ahi of the Hawaii Warrior Football blog has been kind enough to exchange questions with me this week. We should have it finished and posted later in the day for viewing.

Steve Kelley

Well the Seattle newspapers are finally breaking their silence on the coaching situation at UW. Steve Kelley is the first columnist to come out and suggest that now is the time for UW to make the move to bite the bullet and hire Jim Mora Jr.. I have no idea what is going on up at the upper campus, but it will become very evident inside a week from now.

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham called the play a communication breakdown. But a communication lapse that enormous? After a timeout? Twelve weeks into the season? It never should have happened. It was more than a breakdown in communication. It was a colossal gaffe. The kind of mistake, when heaped upon all of the others, that gets a coach fired. Week by week, mistake by mistake, it is becoming apparent that Willingham isn't working at Washington.

John McGrath

McGrath from the TNT chimes in.

Nobody figured to be thrilled with a 4-8 record, but given the circumstances – a brutal schedule; a close-call, near-miss upset bid against a Southern California team then ranked No. 1; a perception that the no-nonsense coach has re-established honor and accountability to a program that went goofy under Rick Neuheisel – Willingham gets an automatic extension toward a fourth year. The game at Hawaii changes that. It sets up Willingham to become the first UW coach to finish with two nine-loss seasons in three years. More troubling is the possibility of humiliation – and it’s a real possibility.

WSU Search

WSU is going to end up with a pretty good football coach and chances are only 50/50 it will be ex WSU coach Mike Price. Price was the most succesful head coach at WSU since Lone Star Dietz matched wits with Gil Dobie. WSU either goes with Price or they go with a younger coach.


t9odawg said...

There is an event with Predisdent Emmert Thursdau evening as well.
A Husky Celebration in Hawaii with President Emmert


The Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma Street
Honolulu, HI

This event has reached maximum capacity. Walk-ups will be accepted if space becomes available. Contact with questions.


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Date: 11/29/2007 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hosted By: The University of Washington Alumni Association
206-543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM

RSVP by: November 29, 2007 at 11:00 am

***This event has reached maximum capacity. Walk-ups will be accepted if space becomes available. Please check the UWAA events calendar for future events in Hawaii.***

Here's your chance to meet University of Washington President Mark Emmert, '75, at a special gathering to celebrate Husky Pride with fellow alumni, incoming students, parents and other UW friends.

Join us for an evening of hors d'oeurves as President Emmert talks about the accomplishments and aspirations for the University of Washington, as well as its connection to the Pacific Rim.

Cost: Free but space is limited and advance registration is requested. Use the form at right to register online or you may also register by calling the UWAA at 206-543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM.

A link to the UWAA article

Go Dawgs

I'm looking forward to seeing O'Ahu as it's been 41 years that I was transferred back to the mainland Dec 1966

John Berkowitz said...

Since we are getting in late Thursday afternoon after a long flight from Chicago I don't know if the wife will be up for that one. I will give it a shot though because it should be pretty interesting.

t9odawg said...

The wife and I don't in until after 4 so I doubt we make it to that event either, it could get interesting though. We always attend the UWAA pregame functions when we go to an away game.

Go Dawgs

John Berkowitz said...

I think the pregame should be a pretty good party. We should get some good feedback on what happened Thursday night.

t9odawg said...

I think we'll know some things sooner than the pregame, speculation on my part, I'm bringing a laptop, I can't go 6 days without I don't know how many blog entries you'll have but I always like reading your perspective to balance my outlook

John Berkowitz said...

I bring everything on the road too. I will post as I have time since it is vacation. I have a Q&A I am working on right now that I will post later today.

abg said...

I've never bought Steve Kelley's line on anything, and I'm not about to start. McGrath's another matter.
I went back and reread the Feb. 2006 evaluations of the 2001 to 2007 recruiting classes and thought they held up really well.
They reminded into how deep a hole the program was. Like an iceberg, to switch metaphors, they were 90 percent under water. By contrast the people recruited in the last couple of years and the recruits signing up now look solid, as though they'll show up and work.

Of course, if Willingham doesn't doesn't show up, that might change things.
I'm a diehard, I guess.
I just keeping thinking of Gary Pinkel on the radio the other day:
"You can't build a successful football program if you change coaches every four years."

John Berkowitz said...

You do want to have continuity, but like Darren Johnson said in his blog today, “When someone serves me an omelet, I don’t have to eat the whole thing to realize that the egg has gone bad.”

abg said...

It's always the same story:
October 18, 2005
No vote of confidence for Brooks at UK
The Rich Brooks coaching death watch is back in the headlines this week, as the embattled Kentucky coach felt it necessary to state that he isn't resigning prior to season's end. He wants to see his rebuilding project through to completion and is looking for a vote of confidence.

According to a (Louisville) Courier-Journal report, Brooks had this to say:

"I'm planning on being here. I haven't seen anybody affirm that I am."
UK AD Mitch Barnhart wasn't biting, however:

Barnhart acknowledged that Brooks has made that request to him, but the AD won't change his season-long evaluation process.

"Sure," Barnhart said, "every person in that position would like to say, 'Hey, I've got my future clearly defined.' I'm just not … I'm going to go through the same process we do all of the time."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Look at Kentucky's schedule; one would be hard-pressed to find to one sure win on it, let alone the three or four Brooks probably needs to remain employed in Lexington.