Monday, August 15, 2011

Don't go to sleep on the Dawgs, 'cause they are waking up

Read this in your best John Facenda voice: For seven years now the tradition's lain dormant. The Huskies have been whipped and submissive, lying with their jowls on the conference basement, absorbing humiliations at the hands of their once-cowering rivals down I-5. Washington used to own the Northwest. The caravans were proud, with purple and gold pennants and streamers flying proudly from the motorhomes, the yachts idling into the harbor with anticipation of woofing glory.

From 1974-86, the Huskies beat the Ducks 12 out of 13 times, including scores of 66-0, 54-0, 38-3, 32-3. The Ducks were pummeled and plucked, suffering through 2-9 seasons and a 0-0 tie. In the era of Don James, the Huskies were dominating and feared. They won a national championship and three Rose Bowls. In all James won 154 games, including 10-4 in bowls, a 12-0 season the National Championship year. They went to another Granddaddy in '92-93, the year he retired, won another in 2000-01 with Rick Neuheisel as coach, 34-24 over Purdue. They followed with a Holiday and a Sun, but things went dark after that. Some controversy, some bad coaching hires, injury and misfortune, until there were no bowl games for eight seasons. In 2008 they reached bottom, an 0-12 season under Tyrone Willingham. Duck fans seemingly had achieved their dream of a Husky-free Northwest.

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