I just returned from a weekend road trip to Seattle. As a season ticket holder (a family legacy of over 50 years from my wife’s side of the family) – we try to get to as many Husky home games as possible while giving our seats to our family on games we can’t attend.
But I have been a Husky fan since I was 6 years old beginning in 1948 sitting with my Dad in old Husky Stadium in end zone seats not the choicer ones we now occupy in the renovated Husky stadium but even then we lost our 50 yard line tickets after the Montlake remodel – now near the end zone again!
The UW/ASU (A”ass” U, a comment on the obnoxious ASU dude sitting next to us) game was held in a rainy and windy stadium starting at 7:45 p.m. I guess this was somebody’s sneak preview of Halloween. It was also Homecoming but nobody told ASU… It was a close game (10 to 10) until the 4th quarter but again the Huskies offense was “offensive”.
But despite the bad weather, a late night game @ 50 thousand plus fans showed up despite the weather people telling us the game would be played in 20-40 per hour wind gusts and a down pour. For us in the stands it wasn’t a problem for the players it obviously was.
Given the Huskies less than stellar record over the past decade, why does anyone care or show up? At Nike U, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phil Knight, losing a game causes their fan base to have a collective mental breakdown. Quack Attack U fans are cocky but insecure and still looking for that BCS ring!
My point is simple, as a Dawg fanatic – I’ve been there in the good and the bad years. Like a Chicago Cub fan I’m faithful to the purple and gold no matter what because I grew up as a Dawg fan and continued to be so even when we moved to Oregon in ’52.
It’s got nothing to do with being a UW alum (I’m not) or the win/loss records, it’s just those memories of sitting with my old man watching Don Heinrich and Hugh McElhenny play teams like the Golden Gophers from Minnesota (my grad school alma mater) et al. It's the same reason I attend Pacific football games, out of respect for players I had as students!
One of my lasting memories is being at a church youth conference assembly in Eugene and hearing the half-time score of the UW/UO game held that year in Eugene – the Dawgs were ahead and won eventually. Out of several hundred high schoolers, I was alone in cheering…
I’ve always heard a different drummer! Woof Woof...