Monday, September 08, 2008

Worst Weekend Ever?

I know things are bleak right now. How can there be anything to feel good about after that happened? The losses are bad enough, but when you are losing in the fashion we just witnessed, well, you start to second-guess everything. Times like this make you wonder why you are even a fan. But as our own Hooty so aptly pointed out yesterday, yes, amazingly enough, the sun DID rise. Life will go on, with or without you. So nothing left to do but to rub some dirt on those wounds, get back up and get after it.

What an ugly weekend in the state of Washington football. First UW gets hosed on a celebration penalty that wasn't. Ok, well, I know none of you shed tears for UW, and for obvious reasons. But did anyone see that call?

Locker shouldn't have thrown that ball up in the air like he did, period. It is a rule, right out of the rule book, that if a player does that, he gets penalized. End of story. There is a whole new effort by the NCAA this year to tone down the unsportsmanlike stuff. In fact, there was even word that players were shown a video this summer that shows exactly what they cannot do this year, and throwing the ball up in the air as part of celebration was right there. As the refs said, it wasn't a judgment call because a player clearly violated the rule. And even Paint Dry said as much, in that no, there won't be any protest or anything like that, because it's in the rule book. It is what it is. But what a bitter pill to swallow.

Then of course, our worst-ever game. We don't need to relive it. I know Wulff has watched tape from that game already yesterday, but they should hold a ceremony where they burn the damn thing in front of the entire team. But the basic message should be to learn from their mistakes, work harder than ever, and live for today. Yesterday is gone, and it distracts from the present. I mean what can they do, hit the reset button and play that thing all over again? Doesn't work that way. Just like you might say to your five-year old, hey, it's ok to make a mistake. Just don't repeat it. That's how we learn.

Then you have the Seahawks. YEESH. Talk about flat and unprepared. Special teams breakdowns, unable to run the ball or even complete 50% of their passes with a young, beat-up WR crew. The defense held their ground for a while, but ultimately the flood gates opened.....sound familiar??

What an ugly weekend.

Some quick links:

We have a QB competition. I have to admit from where I sit, I'm a little surprised this is coming down now. I was more or less expecting Rogers to get the full month to get comfortable. And the offensive breakdowns can't be laid entirely at the QB's feet, can they? It's hard to imagine many QB's being able to execute with the new offense, new skill guys, overwhelmed offensive line, etc. But then again, we need a spark of some kind right now, and maybe the coaches have been contemplating this situation for a while. As Hooty pointed out yesterday, maybe Rogers is just not a fit for the type of offense we are running right now? I know it's hard to say that after what, six quarters of football out of Rogers thus far? But maybe they want a more mobile option back there, and there's no doubt Lopina moves better than Rogers. With the offensive line still in a state of flux, and the propensity to throw "LOOK OUT!" blocks, Lopina's ability to run away from pressure might be just what we need. But we'll see. Maybe Rogers responds from this adversity and takes a stronger hold on the job. Or maybe this is the chance to make the change.

If you are wondering about our next opponent? Baylor blew out their I-AA opponent on Saturday, trouncing Northwestern State 51-6. They rolled up 530 yards of total offense, scored on their first five possessions and didn't even allow a first down until they were up 30-0 in the second quarter. I know Baylor looked bad from what I saw of their opener vs. Wake Forest, but even though they played a bad team in NW State, they at least have a winning feeling now. They have gone out and schooled someone, so they probably have some new confidence we can only dream about.

The worrisome thing about Baylor right now is their already-improved QB play. Freshman Robert Griffin (pictured) came off the bench in the Wake Forest blowout and looked impressive in garbage time, and did so well he got the start vs. NW State. He was, in a word, dominating. 15-for-19 for 294 yards and three TD's through the air, while running for 42 yards and another TD on the ground.

Griffin is a really talented kid, a top-30 QB recruit for the class of '08 who enrolled early and participated in spring football. It sounds like they have their QB to build around under new coach Art Briles. Briles, if you remember, was hired from Houston, and he has a good track record with young QB's. Kevin Kolb was a true frosh in Briles' first year at Houston, and they ended up going to a bowl game.

That's about it. We'll recap the radio show tomorrow evening. Otherwise enjoy your Monday, and we're still saying it...GO COUGS!

11 comments:

ptowncoug said...

The kick was blocked by 5 BYU Cougs. Penalty is a moot pt. Maybe the Huskies should execute the play before complaining about the penalty. Is the contention of the Huskies that they would have blocked better for the shorter PAT? Come on now.

Hooty McBoob said...

I agree. Jake Locker is a cheater.

Michelle said...

and he open mouth kisses his mom

Hooty McBoob said...

Yeah, but EVERYBODY open mouth kisses his mom.

logan said...

ziiiiiing!

Anonymous said...

"Tomorrow is gone" ... mistake or purposeful? Seems accurate, at least as far as this year is concerned.

Sedihawk said...

Whoa, that's weird. Tomorrow isn't gone....yet....is it?? Anyway, fixed. Thanks anonymous!

atlantacoug said...

Agree 100% Ptowncoug. Not only that, but no game is ever decided on one play. EVER. I admit I would be punching myself in the groin if the Cougs were in same situation, but Football is the ultimate 'what if' game. What if UW stopped BYU from scoring 28 pts? Plenty of opportunities to win or lose a game in 60 minutes. UW had to hit a 35 yarder for OT and it was blocked. Big play by BYU and tough luck for the Dawgs.

Sedihawk said...

I was going to talk about that situation today, but I didn't want to turn this into UW FOOTBALL BLOG EAST! :)

You are both right. Even if UW gets that game into OT, sure, they have momentum, but who's to say they would even win in OT? BYU was unstoppable for most of that game, 12-for-14 on third downs, approaching 500 yards of offense, and a turnover into the end-zone that would have given them a 14-pt lead. It's not like UW dominated and the game was stolen from them.

AND, one thing that even Hugh Millen admitted is that on the TD drive by UW, there was one of the worst no-calls he had ever seen on a UW lineman holding a BYU defensive player. I didn't see the play myself, but it was one of the worst things he had seen, right in front of the QB and right in front of the ref, and he just ate the flag. He said it was 10 times worse than the Sean Locklear hold called on the infamous Super Bowl. The entire BYU sideline went crazy on that play. So, maybe the pac-10 refs were providing BYU with a make-up call?

Anyway, whatever. The rule exists and it was violated. That's it.

'03CouveCoug said...

Thank goodness for the levelheadedness (spell check says it’s a word!) of this blog. I’ve had to stay away from some of the others because of the folks that are ready to fire Wulff on Cougfan and the crazily ranting crew of Chicken Little’s on the Spokesmen Review blog. GET A GRIP, FOLKS! Did people honestly think that we were going to beat Cal? Did people honestly think that this group would win more than six games?

I’m glad that the folks that write this blog have some perspective and can recognize that this loss, albeit a bitter pill that a donkey would have a hard time swallowing, can be built upon. We can continue lament the first two games or we can learn from them, and move on…it’s that simple. Not that I’m some sort of coaching genius or anything, but I surely do hope that the coaching staff is telling our guys the same thing.

Speaking of our coaching staff leave it to Coug fans to start calling for the coaches head after two games…reminds me of the dipsh!ts in the stands that were chanting “Put in Kegal” when I was a sophomore in 2000. Patience is obviously not in some Cougar fans’ vocabulary. It’s already been said, but perhaps it needs to be said again, if you need an example as to what it’s going to take to rebuild a program, just look at Cougar Basketball and then realize that there are 22 guys on a football team, not just five. These things don’t happen overnight, folks!

Tomorrow our guys start preparing for Baylor. The Cal game is over; put it out of your mind. Our fans should do the same. Get ready for a long haul in terms of turning this thing around. If you want something done the right way, and all indications at Coach Wulff’s previous employer prove that he knows how, it’s going to take time. And, it’ll be that much more rewarding when it does.

buschlightalum said...

ptowncoug sums it up well. make the goddamn kick before you complain. i rolled off the couch and onto the floor laughing so hard at the conclusion of that game.

at least it's more incentive to fire ty, something pretty much every husky fan I meet wants...