Monday, September 14, 2009

Great Football Weekend

This was weekend #2 for college football and the first week of the NFL season. After the start of the high school season last Thursday and Friday, could life get ANY better than this?

Well YES, because my University of Washington Huskies. . .

. . . finally won a game!!!

That's the UW's premier QB, #10 Jake Locker, running for some of his 18 rushing yards that included a 3 yard TD scamper for the Dawgs first points of the day. He would also go 17 for 25 passing for 253 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions.

Final Score: Washington 42 - Idaho 23

The significance you ask? It was the UW's first football win since late in the 2007 season. The Huskies were on a 15 game losing streak, the longest in the nation until yesterday's big breakthrough win!

Next up for the Dawgs is a home game next Saturday against the nation's #3 ranked USC Trojans.

Meanwhile in the Midwest. . .

Denver Wade's Wabash Little Giants opened their 2009 season with a smashing 56-7 victory over the Denison Big Red.

If you'll recall, Denver was our offensive line coach in Catania this past season and is a senior offensive lineman at Wabash this season.

While in the Pacific Northwest. . .

Brandon Bennett's Willamette Bearcats won their first game of the season over California Lutheran 20-13.

Brandon was Catania's outstanding lineman in 2008 and is in his second season coaching the offensive line for Willamette.

Update from the Desert Southwest. . .

Catania's legendary 2008 QB, Jason Johnson's University of Arizona Wildcats improved to 2-0 by thrashing Northern Arizona University 34-17.

As for Laurie and me, we were big time couch potatoes watching two GREAT college football games.

Unranked Michigan 38 - #18 Notre Dame 34

110,278 crazed fans at Michigan's "Big House" saw these two legendary programs produce an instant classic! Several lead changes and big plays made for great TV.

Our friend Debi Murphy is a die-hard Michigan fan while the rest of her family are true blue and gold Irish fans. Debi actually roots for ND every day of the year except for this one. Let's just say that she has a habit of gloating for months when the Wolverine's win this annual battle. I've tried to warn her for years that her children will one day pick her retirement home but she will not listen to me. She actually had a 4:00 p.m. wedding to attend also on Saturday and as the game was running late, had her cell phone going off DURING the ceremony with updates!

The Wolverines winning TD came with 11 seconds left in the game.

#3 Southern California 18 - #8 Ohio State 15

Another 106,033 fans attended this HUGE college night game that turned into a fantastic defensive battle. The Trojans pulled it out with a heroic fourth quarter 86 yard winning TD drive that saw Stafon Johnson score from 2 yards out with 1:05 left.

USC's true freshman QB, Matt Barkley, led this drive masterfully and then surpassed even Tim Tebow's best all-time performance in post-game "Praise the Lord" references!

Laurie decked out in her
Scott Fujita, New Orleans Saints #55 jersey

Sunday morning of the start of the NFL season means but one thing, breakfast at Cronies Sports Grill to watch the Saints opener at home against the Detroit Lions.

The Lions lost all 16 games last season and some, including myself, felt that a special post-season University of Washington vs. Detroit Lions game (perhaps the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho) last year would have been in order.

While I know it would have been like watching two lepers rot, I would have paid to view it.

Cronies is packed every Sunday with
Green Bay Packer fans

This cheesehead's T-shirt pretty much sums up their feelings about the Vikings' new QB.

15 High Def TV screens make Cronies the place to be!

A chance to watch any or all of the NINE NFL games that started at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time!

New Orleans 45 - Detroit 27

Saints' QB Drew Brees threw SIX TD passes!

Detroit now has a 18 game losing streak while the Washington Huskies have won one in a row!

I'm already looking forward to next Saturday when Jason Johson's uncle, Scott Westering, the Head Football Coach at Pacific Lutheran University (0-1), brings his Lutes to nearby Thousand Oaks, California to play the California Lutheran University Kingsmen (0-1). We'll be there to enjoy a warm afternoon of Division III football.

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