March 21, 2009 by esarsea
Back in October of 2008 I lamented the current state of affairs for Seattle area sports fans in the post: Tough Times For NW Sports Fans. Things didn’t get any better. The Seahawks finished the season with a dismal 4-12 record in coach Mike Holmgren’s last year as head coach. Even worse was the final win-loss record of the UW Huskies football team. For the first time in school history the “Dawgs” went winless, finishing 0-12.
With the NBA’s Seattle Sonics no longer in town, all eyes turned to the men’s basketball team at the University of Washington. The Huskies had finished the previous season with a 16-15 record, but fans were cautiously optimistic for the upcoming season.
The UW Huskies did not disappoint, winning the Pac-10 championship with an overall record of 25-8 and earning a birth in the NCAA tournament. The UW won their first game of the tournament against Mississippi State to make the field of 32, and today face Purdue for a chance to advance to the “Sweet 16.” It’s a fun team to watch, and they play an exciting brand of basketball.
The University of Washington Huskies will always be special to me. I am not an alumni, but as a young man I would sit in with my grandfather (yes Bill, that grandfather) :-) and listen the the Husky broadcasts on the radio. It’s a fond memory, and I think about him every time I watch or listen to a game.
It’s about 4 hours to game time. GO DAWGS!