October 25-31, 2010
- Good Week — Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first former University of Washington pitcher to win a World Series game when he outduels former Mariner Cliff Lee. Lincecum allows four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, but gets the win in an 11-7 slugfest with Texas.
- Bad Week — The nitwit Jeremy Stevens gets arrested for about the 1,000th time in his athletic career and is released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after police find marijuana in his vehicle. Its hard to imagine any other NFL team taking a gamble on the uber-stupid Stevens after his latest legal dust-up.
- Sunday, Oct. 31 — Oakland dominates the line of scrimmage and crushes the Seahawks 33-3 while sacking Matt Hasselbeck eight times. Oakland is for real. The Seahawks, 4-2 after six games, are not.
- Saturday, Oct. 30— The Huskies get steamrolled by Stanford 41-0, the worst home shutout for Washington in 34 years. Its clear by now the Huskies simply do not have the roster to compete for a Pac-10 title. In fact, the UW doesnt have a roster that can make a bowl game.
- Friday, Oct. 29 — More than a dozen professional football scouts arrive in Seattle to watch the Stanford-Washington game, and specifically the matchup of quarterbacks Jake Locker and Andrew Luck. Last time so many scouts hit town was when Steve Emtman was winding up his UW football career.
- Thursday, Oct. 28 — In a preseason media poll, the University of Washington basketball team is the overwhelming choice to win the conference title, receiving 33 of 35 first-place votes and 348 points. These polls are largely useless: In the past, Washington has been picked as low as fifth and still won the Pac-10 title.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 — The Sounders flummox season ticket holders by announcing a three-percent season ticket price increase for 2011. It’s actually larger than three percent when you account for the fac that the team’s ownership promised a one-game rebate next season after an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in May.
- Tuesday, Oct. 26 — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release former UW and Seahawk tight end two days after Stevens had been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. We’ve likely seen the last of Stevens, who has a long history of legal problems, one of the dimmest of wits ever to make a living with a ball.
- Monday, Oct. 25 — With Washington fighting to stay alive for a bowl berth with a 3-4 record, draft guru Mel Kiper says that Jake Locker’s decreased completion percentage — 56.5 percent in 2010 vs. 58.4 in 2009 — may cost Locker in the NFL draft. Locker started the season as a Heisman hopeful and will end it having failed to make first-team All-Pac-10.