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Uncle Hooty’s Holiday Grab Bag

December 9, 2008

Greetings Cougies,

Is it me, or are there more pumpkins on front porches than Christmas lights? It sure doesn’t seem like Christmastime to me but I hope everyone’s enjoying the season. Which reminds me, here’s a bunch of random thoughts from a guy who knows nothing about anything…

You wanna know what I think about steve sarkisian’s hiring over at uw? Really? Well…he’s got a very unique and somewhat controversial method for getting the best effort from his players…but otherwise…

…Meh.

Thanks to my friend, the mayor of Leavenworth, I spent Saturday night one row behind the scorer’s table on one side of the halfcourt stripe and mi amigo Damone sat on the other for the Baylor game. What a great perspective. I’m a casual basketball fan at best but sitting that close to the action really gave me a new appreciation for the way the game is played. I’m a long way from being so in love with the game that I’d drive to Pullman on a Sunday night to watch the women play but after seeing June Daugherty talk today, I’m a fan. What?

I finally decided to attend one of the Spokane Cougar Club Coaches Luncheons today and it was pretty cool. Well, it was at least pretty cool to be one of the youngest guys in a room full of people. Pushing 40, that doesn’t happen to me much anymore, but I looked like a ripe grape in a bowl full of raisins today.

One of those raisins was none other than Cougar and Detroit Lion legend Gail Cogdill, whom I had never seen before. He’s a big man and looks like he could still kick my ass.


My attendance today was rewarded by the pleasant surprise of hearing Big June speak. I tell you what, as lucky as we feel to have coach Bennett in the fold, true fans of the women’s game will probably tell you that we should feel the exact same way about JD. She’s been winning some incredible recruiting battles which includes this year’s #16-ranked class in the nation and nationally-ranked, ’09 recruit Ki-Shawna (Ki-Ki) Moore, whom Daugherty says will make fans of all of us; and oh yeah, she has already guided the Lady Cougs to 5 victories in 7 tries this year – or the exact same number of games they won all last year (her transition year.) Coach Daugherty is very convincing when she says she expects very special things from her girls the next few years.


OK, enough about that but with all sincerity, I’m officially a big fan of Big June. If you get a chance to see her talk, do it. She’s awesome.

Unfortunately, no football coaches attended, so I have nothing to share in regard to that particular sport of interest but suddenly I am the resident expert on the women’s basketball program. Any questions?

Actually, Men’s Assistant Coach Matt Woodley also spoke but he had the misfortune of following Coach Daugherty so I already forgot what he said. Actually, I thought it was pretty neat that he still stays in regular contact with Derrick Low who has been playing professionally in Australia and is currently the number 11 scorer in the NBL. Unfortunately, his team just (Low called Woodley and told him this at 3AM) went bankrupt and his agent is currently fielding requsts for his services. Looks like he’ll be off to Europe soon. Good luck, D-Low.

If you’re in the Spokane/Cd’A area and haven’t heard about it, you should consider RSVPing for the 2008 Cougar Holiday Lights Cruise on Lake Cd’A on Wednesday. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa Butch!

I just saw a commercial for the Heisman show. How great is this year’s race? Good enough to make Iowa RB Shonn Greene and Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree effectively irrelevant. It’s a shootout among 4 QBs this year: Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow. ESPN experts seem to think Bradford will just edge out McCoy, followed by Tebow and Harrell.

Professor McBoob begs to differ. According to my highly scientific formula of ranking the players based on 5 statistical categories and assigning 1-5 place values, it should be Bradford by a longshot and a three-way tie for second place. Of course my formula includes each player’s team BCS ranking so that all but confirms the pointlessness of how I just spent the last 15 minutes of my life. But since I went through all that trouble, here’s what it looks like:


Speaking of Michael Crabtree, I just saw ESPN’s first 2009 draft projection and it has the Seahawks taking him at #3. That would be sweet but I’m starting to wonder if QB isn’t a more glaring need. I just hope they don’t screw up their draft standing by winning any more games.


So I was obviously watching a little ESPN tonight and one more thing I saw was a little soundbite from Peter Gammons. This guy has to make some pretty decent coin, no? That being the case, why not invest in some dental work, Pete? With Pac-10 football still top-of-mind, all I could think of when he flashed a grin at the end of the interview was that his chompers are the exact same color of ASU’s helmets – and that’s just gross.


Yes, Cougar fans, welcome to football’s off-season. Only 8 more months of stories about women’s basketball and Peter Gammons’ teeth.

ENJOY!

Gary Rogers is RIPPED

July 4, 2008
You won’t like me when I’m angry.

I know from his diary he says that everyone has been working hard, but geez Gary Rogers. You’re like, HUGE. As the picture shows from Cougfan, I mean yeah, he’s been a thick 6-7, 240 before:

But to see him now? It’s going to be like trying to tackle the goal post for opposing defenses. I guess he’s taking this whole #1 QB thing pretty seriously. Rogers has a new diary up on Cougfan by the way, so give it a read here.

The new scoreboard has been press-released by DakTronics. They have included a new picture of it, which is updated from the version we were showing off around here. Looks good. Can’t wait to see and hear it in action this fall, as a new sound system is included to enhance the gameday experience.


The video display will be 53 feet wide by 25 feet high, same as the version we were showing before. But to get an idea of the sheer size of it, it will be slightly larger than the video screen at Safeco Field, which is 46 feet wide by 26 feet high. Cool.

The East-West High School classic is underway tonight. WSU recruit Cory Mackay has been turning heads in practice and looks like he’s getting ready for the tight-end position on the next level, as he’s already up to 240 pounds on his 6-4 frame with 4.6 40-speed. Sounds good to me!

Coach Wulff has decided on the new helmet scheme for next year. We’ll see the script Cougars on the home helmet, while the crimson road helmets with the logo will remain the same, at least for the ’08 season. All bets are off when we become a NIKE school in 2009. Stay tuned for a WSU Football Blog “Uni Watch”, where we’ll go over some previous combo’s and run a poll to see which threads YOU want to see on these guys.

Speaking of NIKE, is there any doubt they are the most powerful entity in sports apparel? This story is making the rounds, about the Team USA team picture. Check out the picture, and the player on the far-left, Dwight Howard.

Notice anything different about him compared to the rest of Team NIKE….er…I mean Team USA?? Could his positioning with his shoes hidden behind the seated Coach K and his hand over the NIKE logo on his shorts have ANYTHING to do with Howard being the only Adidas guy on the team??? Nah…probably just a coincidence!

Kyle Weaver spoke to KJR a couple of days ago. He touched on a lot of things, mainly the NBA and the draft experience, but towards the end of the interview he had some good little tidbits on next year’s team. He too is hearing good things about the incoming talent, including DeAngelo Casto, who apparently has been wowing them in summer workouts already. Cool.

Speaking of Cougar hoopsters and the league, our own D-Low has found a home. Sort of. He’ll play for the Dallas Mavs summer-league team, with a hope for an NBA future if he can impress. Good luck D-LOW!

Sigh. Yes, the NBA. Which brings me to the last point on hoops, of course, the Sonics. A dark day for Seattle sports fans. I know you are sick of it, and I won’t say anything else about it. But looking at that Team USA picture above, it’s not hard to picture Kevin Durant eventually in that lineup by 2012. And seeing how Durant has a 7-year, $60 million dollar deal with Nike, you can bet he won’t be covering up the logo. And, oh yeah, he WON’T be a member of the OKC Thunder or Barons or whatever they are going to call themselves. He’ll be where he can maximize his exposure as the next great superstar, and you better believe that won’t happen rotting on a losing team in the dust bowl.

My new favorite team? Anyone who’s playing OKC.

Finally, breaking news from Cougfan tonight – the earliest verbal in WSU football history has happened. This time a JUNIOR-TO-BE has committed to WSU? Unbelievable. Tight-end Aaron Dunn from Shadle Park in Spokane has committed to WSU for the class of 2010. Here’s his bio from Scout.com:

Starred in both football and basketball for Class 4A Shadle Park as a true freshman and as a sophomore last year. He earned honorable mention accolades in football and was the only-non senior on the first team All-GSL squad in basketball his sophomore campaign. Dunn is also an outstanding student, with a near perfect GPA.

Starting as a frosh in both football and basketball is pretty remarkable. I don’t care what level that is, let alone a 4A school like Shadle. And that Dunn, the 6-6, 220-pounder, took home the MVP for the tight-ends group from the WSU summer camp, it sounds like things just went from there. Good news!

If there is any doubt about it, this staff is busting butts, on the recruiting trail and at the WSU camp that drew raves from high school players and coaches. These guys are hungry and driven and are bringing a lot of energy to everything they do. You have to believe that this staff is going to make everyone forget about the crap that was going on under the prior regime.

Happy 4th!