March Madness

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March 21, 2009 by esarsea

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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!

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4 thoughts on “March Madness

  1. esarsea says:

    The Huskies lost a heartbreaker, 76-74.

    Next up is baseball season and the Seattle Mariners. Hopefully the M’s will turn it around this year.

  2. rsr348 says:

    I think March Madness has brought more excitement to our home this month than the start of baseball season. My husband and son have been anxiously awaiting the results of their picks. I enjoy watching and playing basketball, but don’t follow it enough to have favorite teams. March Madness is a great diversion for Wisconsinites this time of year, when the melting snow and ice don’t allow for much outdoor activity.

  3. Da Goddess says:

    Sorry. The best thing I can say about basketball is…well, nothing. :D

  4. rsr348 says:

    I mentioned the importance of baseball season at our house, hehe. Today when I turned on the computer, I find a new background for our desktop–Ryan Braun, my son’s new favorite Brewer.

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