October 6, 2008 by esarsea
Seattle, Washington is the black hole of sports. The Seattle Mariners just finished up their season with the worst record in the American League. The Seattle Seahawks and 1-3 so far, with their only win coming against a team that is so bad they just fired their head coach. The Seattle Sonics, the only professional sports franchise in Seattle to have ever won a championship (with the exception of the Seattle Storm of the WNBA) has moved to Oklahoma City. The University of Washington football team, a once respected program with a long tradition of winning has also fallen on hard times.
From 1907 to 1917, the UW Huskies were undefeated, winning 63 consecutive games – an NCAA record to this day. Washington was a national powerhouse in the 70′, 80’s and early 90’s, culminating in a National Championship in 1991. Even as recently as 2000 the U of W was a successful program, posting an 11-1 record and winning their 7th Rose Bowl.
Following a 1-10 season in 2004, Tryone Willingham was hired as the UW’s new head coach. His record since that time has been 2-9 (2005), 5-7 (2006), 4-9 (2007) and this year he’s off to a 0-5 start…with a defense that’s giving up an average of 42 points per game. But it could be worse. I could live in Oregon and be forced to watch a team that dresses like it’s halloween every week.
I guess I’ll just have to root for the Dodgers to run the table now. Joe Torre took the NY Yankees to the playoffs in each of his 12 years as skipper of the Yankees, winning 4 world series along the way. That wasn’t good enough for George Steinbrenner, so Torre was off to Los Angeles to manage the Dodgers. The result? The NY Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995…and the Dodgers are in the NLCS. Go Blue!