Runnin' with the Pac, Weeks 14 & 15It's been
an ironic season
By: Lotti Bull, 3 December 2002
What do Tyrone Willingham and Mike Price have in common? Why is Jim Moore (Seattle
P-I) an asterisk? What do Bluit Pass, Directv and Tivo have to do with the
Apple Cup? How come the Dawgs have gone 26-straight seasons without having a
losing one? What does Ruth Robbins (realdawg.com) have to say about Malamute's
bark? Lotti has all the answers, and so much, much more.
In the last Apple Cup (between the U-Dub and WSU), a
controversial pass play decided the game. The pass was ruled a lateral and a
fumble recovery. A Husky fan posted a photo on the Internet (taken from his TV set) of
Cougar QB Matt Kegel's lateral pass, which shows Kegel on his own 27-yard line and his
receiver on the 28-yard line. The ball is headed directly towards the receiver.
Washington's Kai Ellis deflected the pass and recovered the fumble.
Washington's State's coach Mike Price claimed that the
pass was going forward, and, therefore, should have been ruled an incomplete
pass--a circumstance that would have kept the Cougars' drive alive. This week,
Pac-10 officials, after reviewing the Fox replay, said the pass was definitely
a lateral and that the correct call had been made.
Here are Lotti's comments.
I agree, Mal. In the photo,
it looks like the ball is headed directly towards the receiver who is
standing to the side and to the back of quarterback Matt Kegel. Cougar coach
Mike Price says that the direct line is an artifact of the transmission
Anyway, he says, you can’t trust these new Tivo receivers. Give me a slot
receiver any day.
"It's an unforgivable
mistake as far as I'm concerned," Price said later, when commenting on the pass
play. Maybe, the governor should rename Bluit Pass, a mountain pass that
connects Western and Eastern Washington, "Blew-it Pass," in Price's honor.
of the last Apple Cup is the most devastating loss for either team in its
long history considering what could have been for the then-third-ranked Cougars, a win ensuring a
possible shot at the national title and, at the very least, a Rose Bowl berth.
Cougar fan, sportswriter Jim Moore (Seattle P-I) wants to
put an asterisk after the 2002 Apple Cup game, thinking that the controversial
pass was going forward and should have been ruled an incomplete pass rather
than a fumble recovery. Fine, but let’s put an ass-terisk after his name, along
When it comes to baiting fans of local teams, Moore writes
a column much like T.J. Simmers, who simmers over the Trojans at the Los
Angeles Times. I wonder who came first, Moore or Simmers?
Did the Cougar players “Coug it” against the Dawgs? No,
they played good enough to win. After the game, head coach Mike Price “Couged
it," with his controversial comments about the officiating.
Bob Toledo is all fired up about a new website devoted to
him. Seems his fans have created a new website called, firetoledo.com.
Mike Bellotti and Bob Toledo are collaborating on a new
book called, “The two quarterback system.” One of the chapters, entitled, “As a freshman
quarterback, how not to screw up inside the ten yard line after being freshly
inserted into the game,” will jointly be written by redshirt freshman Kellen
Clemens (interception against Washington) and true freshman Matt Moore (fumble
The few Cougar fans who threw bottles and hurled racial
slurs at Husky players and coaches after the game need to be bottled up.
And now Tyrone Willingham (Notre Dame) joins Mike Price in
a critique of officials who work Husky games. According to Ted Miller (Seattle
P-I), Willingham had this to say. “…Reporters asked Willingham if there was a
team that seemed to have his number. ‘The University of Washington,’ he said.
‘For whatever reason, we couldn't get the calls, the plays or whatever it was,
to get the victory.’"
- Washington has gone 26 straight years, the last losing one in 1976, without having a losing
season. The streak must be due to biased officiating.
Ruth Robbins (realdawg.com) has this to say about your
golf game, Mal. “Malamute plays Husky golf, you know ‘ruff, ruff,’ and he does
get a few barkies.”
And after Notre Dame's humiliating loss to USC, a headline
in the LA Times read: "Total (Domi)nation." Bill Plaschke had this to say
about the Trojan tradition: "It's back, strong enough to bite the thorns off a
rose, blustery enough to burst into the BCS, good enough Saturday to hit the
nation's seventh-ranked team square in its Knute while knocking it flat on its
First irony of the week: Although losses to USC in the past few
years have almost cost Bob Toledo his job at UCLA, he must turn the other cheek
and beat WSU on Saturday to keep his job, which will do the Trojans a mighty
big favor by sending them to the Rose Bowl.
Second irony of the week: If UCLA should lose to WSU, the
Bruins could end up in the prestigious Holiday Bowl, since two Pac-10 teams would be BCS
bound, USC and WSU. Holiday Bowl officials, who have their pick among Pac-10
teams in that case, might want the Bruins because of their local television
First irony of the season: The week after Michigan whipped the
U-Dub, Barbara Hedges, Huskies AD, gave coach Rick Neuheisel a whopping big
raise, even though it was a goof by the coaching staff that handed the
Wolverines a victory on a silver platter.
Second irony of the season: The Cougars beat the Trojans
because of a missed extra point, which would have given 'SC a four-point lead
late in the game. However, there are some notable stats. The Cougars out-rushed
the Trojans, 201 to 72 yards, for the game, and the Trojans, who were leading
the nation in total defense going into the game, sacked QB Jason Gesser just
once. Maybe that game wasn't a fluke, Mal.
Third irony of the season: Not only did 'SC hit the "Irish
square in the Knute while knocking them flat on their Rockne," but they also
left Colorado in the Buff after knocking them flat with a Boulder. Ironically,
the game stats were almost the same. USC held both Colorado and Notre Dame to
just 4 first downs. Colorado managed 61 total yards against USC, while the
Irish accounted for 109 total yards to the Trojans' 610.
Right, Ruth, since my golf balls are always barking up the
wrong tree that does make me a Husky golfer. But I never get a Barky.
In golf, a Barky is when your ball hits a tree and you still get a par.