Updated Feb 1, 2014 - 1:54 pm
Wyman, Mike & Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 11:53am
The referee assignments for this weekend's conference title games were among the subjects discussed in Tuesday's edition of "Cold Hard Facts" with John Clayton on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Welcome to championship week, where the analysis leading up to each game is such that no storyline goes uncovered. This one, though, certainly seems worthy of some attention. Referee Gene Steratore has been assigned to the Seahawks-49ers game, which is significant from both teams' perspectives given one of his crew's notable tendencies.
"He lets them play," Clayton said, noting that Steratore's crew called only 13 pass-interference penalties in 15 regular-season games.
It should be noted that the championship-game crews will be comprised of the highest-rated officials from the regular season, so Steratore won't be working with his usual crew. Still, his assignment to this game is noteworthy.
A more loosely called game in terms of contact in pass defense would seemingly benefit the Seahawks given the physicality with which their defensive backs play. And the last time these teams met – a 49ers win in Week 14 – officials didn't let the Seahawks get away with some of that contact. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell were penalized for holding (another holding call on Sherman was declined). Receiver Golden Tate was flagged for offensive pass interference as well.
"I'm sure there was a lot of complaining about the pass defense from their end of it, and I think some calls went that way," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said afterward.
According to football-refs.com – which keeps track of assignments for NFL officiating crews – Steratore has worked one Seahawks game this season, which was their Week-8 win over St. Louis. Ten penalties were called against the Seahawks that game, including two for holding by their cornerbacks. None of Seattle's penalties were for pass interference.
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Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 1:50pm
By Jim Moore
If you listen to "Wyman, Mike and Moore", you've maybe heard the back and forth I've had with John Clayton about Percy Harvin. The Professor says it would be a mistake if the Seahawks use him as a kickoff returner Saturday because it increases the chances of him reinjuring his hip.
But Pete Carroll said Thursday there will be no limitations.
"Percy Harvin's back and ready to go, and we're anxious to add him to the mix," the Seahawks' head coach said.
When asked if he planned to return kicks, Harvin said: "Absolutely."
Harvin looks forward to helping out his supportive teammates. During his extensive rehab, on almost a daily basis, cornerback Richard Sherman told him: "We've got it, but we're gonna need you to finish."
Percy Harvin returned a kickoff 58 yards when he made his only appearance with the Seahawks back on Nov. 17. (AP)
We all know what this season has been like with the Harvin Hip Watch. To briefly recap, we found out on the first day of training camp that Harvin had a torn hip labrum and required surgery. Then we saw him make his Seahawks debut Nov. 17 against the Vikings. We figured that he would be playing the rest of the season, but we haven't seen him since.
Carroll tells us each week about Harvin's status, giving us little details about the hip soreness that prevented him from returning. Then two Mondays ago, it sounded like Carroll was ready to put Harvin on injured reserve. But later that afternoon, he had a change of heart after seeing Harvin work out. He stunned reporters when he said that Harvin would practice with the intent of playing in the first playoff game.
It's exciting news for two reasons, as you know. Harvin's electric, a game-changing playmaker. And this sputtering offense can use a spark. Clayton understands this, too. He feels that it's more important to use Harvin only on offense.
We got a glimpse of the difference he can make in the Minnesota game. Harvin made a one-handed catch on third down, had a great block for Marshawn Lynch and generally occupied defensive backs, giving his receiving teammates more room to operate.
What a waste it would be to lose Harvin if he were whacked and knocked out of the game on a kickoff return, Clayton reasons. But remember what happened on his one kickoff return against Minnesota? He returned it 58 yards, setting up a short touchdown drive.
|• Pick'em | 'Pete Carroll Show' | John Clayton||• O'Neil: Hawks mantra: They deal with us||• O'Neil: QBs Wilson, Brees play different roles||• O'Neil: TE Jimmy Graham is the mismatch||• O'Neil: FS Earl Thomas is the equalizer||• O'Neil: WR Percy Harvin is the wild card||• Moore: Don't expect another blowout win||• Huard: Seahawks should be able to run||• Henderson: Wilson hopes for pressure||• Henderson: Carroll stressing right mindset|
This is one of the reasons the Seahawks traded for him. It's one of the reasons they're paying him $11 million a year. When you're paying someone $11 million, you don't want a portion of what he can do – you want the full-meal deal.
Clayton would argue that a portion is better than nothing, but we're in the playoffs, and a long kickoff return by Harvin might be the difference between winning and losing against the Saints.
I know you can argue otherwise. The Seahawks are good enough to beat the Saints with or without Harvin or with or without him returning kicks.
It's like the debate with Russell Wilson. Are you worried about him getting hurt when he runs out of the read-option? In my opinion, Wilson can get hurt in the pocket just as easily as he could in the open field.
I feel the same way about Harvin. You can probably dig up some stats showing that players are more apt to get hurt on kickoff returns than on regular offensive plays. But there's so much of an upside with Harvin that it's worth the risk. It wasn't just a one-time thing what he did in that Vikings game. Last year he averaged 36 yards on his 16 kickoff returns. In 2011, he averaged 32.5 yards on 16 kickoff returns.
Think about the difference – not only do you have the chance to score on one play, at the worst you're going to start your drive at the 30- or 35-yard line instead of the 20.
Say what you will about Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin and Robert Turbin as kickoff returners. They all have good qualities, but they're not consistent threats to go 100 yards like Harvin.
When Carroll was asked on Thursday if Harvin would be limited in any way, he said: "He's going. I told you if he's going to go, he's going to go. So he's playing."
Reading between the lines, that would seem to mean that Harvin will be in the end zone for kickoff returns.
Clayton is called "The Professor" because he's earned that nickname. I'm a student in the back of his class. We agree to disagree to the point that I think it would be a mistake if the Seahawks don't have Harvin returning kicks against the Saints.
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 1:09pm
By Jim Moore
The last time the Saints and Seahawks played, I not only took New Orleans and the five points but predicted that Sean Payton's team would win the game.
I could've sworn the Saints were 9-2 coming into that Monday night matchup, suggesting that they were equipped to at least make it a competitive game. But the Seahawks were 10-1 and unbeaten at home. I am here to tell you, again, that I was completely wrong with that pick. I have no excuses. I wasn't drinking. I just screwed up.
Despite his forgettable night back in Week 13, Drew Brees still gives the Saints the edge at quarterback. (AP)
I've been encouraged (mocked?) to pick the Saints again by listeners who think I'm wrong all the time. They're thinking it's a good sign for the Seahawks if I pick against them.
They would have been right two weeks ago, too, because I took the Rams and 10 in a game the Seahawks won 27-9, easily covering the spread.
This time around, the Seahawks are favored by eight over the Saints. Oddsmakers no doubt adjusted the line after seeing Seattle throttle the Saints 34-7.
The Saints have only one clear-cut advantage at tight end with Jimmy Graham, who had 16 touchdown receptions this year. But keep in mind that Graham had only three catches for 42 yards in the first game against Seattle.
Then again, linebacker K.J. Wright blanketed Graham in that game, and Wright is injured and won't play this time around. Nonetheless, you'd think that Malcolm Smith should have some success against Graham – the Seahawks' linebacker had two interceptions in the last two games.
|• Pick'em | 'Pete Carroll Show' | John Clayton||• O'Neil: Hawks mantra: They deal with us||• O'Neil: QBs Wilson, Brees play different roles||• O'Neil: TE Jimmy Graham is the mismatch||• O'Neil: FS Earl Thomas is the equalizer||• O'Neil: WR Percy Harvin is the wild card||• Moore: Harvin should be turned loose||• Huard: Seahawks should be able to run||• Henderson: Wilson hopes for pressure||• Henderson: Carroll stressing right mindset|
You'd also have to give the Saints an edge at quarterback, Drew Brees over Russell Wilson. Yet I say that begrudgingly for two reasons – in my mind, Wilson's the best quarterback in Seahawks history and Brees had a miserable night against the Seahawks last month. But he's still Drew Brees.
The Seahawks have an edge at every other position group aside from the offensive line, which needs to protect Wilson from Cameron Jordan, who had 12.5 sacks this year. Wilson was sacked 14 times in the last four games, an area of continued concern.
Will the Saints blitz like they did in the first game? Probably not. You know how that turned out – Wilson burned them time and again, taking advantage of man-to-man coverage downfield.
What about the Saints? Will they run more frequently? Mark Ingram rushed for nearly 100 yards against Philadelphia last Saturday.
You could say, well, the Eagles' rush defense isn't as stout as the Seahawks', but Philadelphia played well against the run down the stretch. And the Saints also ran for 125 yards at Carolina a few weeks ago in a narrow 17-13 loss. No one questions the Panthers' defense.
If you're leaning toward taking the Saints and the eight points, you like to think they will be the looser team now that they've shaken that road playoff jinx. What do they have to lose in Seattle? Everyone expects them to lose. That can have a galvanizing effect on a team. If the Saints win, can't you see Brees talking to Erin Andrews and telling everyone: "No one gave us a chance, but we all believed we could win."
But if you're thinking about taking the Seahawks and giving the eight, you point to them being the vastly superior team. You like that they're playing at home in front of the 12th Man, where they're 15-1 over the past two seasons.
You know their defense is the best in the league. You also like that receiver Percy Harvin promises to spark a sputtering offense.
The Seahawks can score on offense and with Harvin and Golden Tate, they can score on kickoff and punt returns, too.
Added up and put together, it's good news and bad news – the Seahawks will win to move on to the NFC Championship Game but won't cover the spread.
Prediction: Seahawks 23, Saints 20
Season record against the spread: 9-7
Saturday, January 4, 2014 @ 7:11pm
By Brent Stecker
Entering the 2013 season, the Seahawks didn't have a clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver, especially with new acquisition Percy Harvin recovering from hip surgery. What they did have, though, were two receivers in contract years – Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin – that each had the opportunity to become quarterback Russell Wilson's top option and prove they are worthy of being a priority for the Seahawks re-sign.
Golden Tate, who will be a free agent after the postseason, emerged as the Seahawks' top receiver during the regular season, leading the team with 898 receiving yards. (AP)
With the regular season in the books, Tate appears to have emerged as that top option.
In his fourth year, he set career highs with his team-leading 898 receiving yards and 64 receptions, and he was huge in the Seahawks' NFC West title-clinching win over the Rams last Sunday, hauling in eight catches for 129 yards (both also career highs) and a touchdown.
For comparison's sake, Tate's previous season-bests were 688 yards and 45 receptions in 2012, and the next-closest Seahawks receiver this season was Baldwin with 778 yards and 50 receptions.
With the Seahawks on a bye this week due to their division title win, Tate was able to reflect on the regular season, which he did while on with 710 ESPN's Seattle's "Wyman, Mike and Moore" Friday.
"I'll just say it was better than last year," Tate said of his 2013 performance. "I always want to do better than I have the previous year, and I think I did. I think I made a huge jump."
Tate's improvement should make him a big priority for the Seahawks to re-sign in the offseason, as ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton said during his "Cold Hard Facts" segment on "Wyman, Mike and Moore."
"He's kind of the main guy now. I think that you've gotta try to re-sign him because he's part of the core group of the team. He fits the personality of this team," Clayton said. "He's aggressive, he's tough, he's a Hines Ward type of guy, and I think he's the guy that I think Pete Carroll would like to have on his team for his entire career. ... He may not be a No. 1 guy but I think he's clearly an established No. 2 receiver in the big picture."
Numbers-wise, Tate would need to keep his contract demands under $6 million a year to be viable for Seattle, according to Clayton.
"If he pushes for more than $6 million, I think it's gonna be tough. If he comes in under six I think he's gonna be fine," Clayton said. "Somewhere between $4 and $6 million a year (is expected). That cost is gonna cost them Sidney Rice, but they've gotta try to manage it."
From Tate's perspective, he's prepared to sign long-term with Seattle.
"I think the trust in this organization with me is very strong, so I appreciate that, and I definitely want to be here," Tate said. "I really enjoy everything about this city, all the way from the coaching staff and the guys I work with all the way down to just being in the community, the food. The fan base is awesome and I tell you guys that every week. There's nothing bad about this city. I really enjoy being here and I hope to be here for a bit longer."
Friday, January 3, 2014 @ 11:37am
By Jim Moore
Will someone explain why the topic of the Seahawks' most desirable divisional-round opponent is even debatable? This is such a no-brainer, it's a gimme putt, it's a slam dunk, it's a whatever cliché you want to use.
Who do I want the Seahawks to face next Saturday?
Let me give you the easy answer in two words: New Orleans.
If that doesn't make sense to you, let me try two different words: The Saints.
As I recall, the Seahawks flattened the Saints 34-7 in a Monday night game early last month at CenturyLink Field. The Saints were blown out from the opening kick. They were never in the game.
Some idiot co-host from "Wyman, Mike and Moore" picked New Orleans to win that game, but the Seahawks knocked some sense into him with their plastering of the Saints.
Maybe it's just me, but I'd prefer to face a team that you're clearly superior to in your first playoff game. I would like to take the easiest path possible to the Super Bowl.
I don't think that 10 years from now, anyone will look at that Lombardi Trophy in the trophy case at the Seahawks' headquarters and say: "Well, you know, there should be an asterisk on that championship because they didn't face the 49ers on their way to the Super Bowl."
Yet Michael Grey wants a piece of the 49ers next week, and fellow co-host Dave Wyman wants to see San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.
I want to see the Seahawks play the 49ers again, too – next year in the regular season.
Grey loves the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry and wants to see a third game between the NFC West opponents this year. Wyman believes that to be the best, you've got to beat the best.
I sort of understand where they're coming from – it's why I wanted to see the Seahawks beat the 49ers in San Francisco this year, to take the NFC West title by going through the front door and beating them in their own house.
But, again, I'd rather face a Saints team that you've already crushed and has lost four of its last five on the road. Everyone knows how bad the Saints are on the road and how good the Seahawks are at home.
The fifth-seeded 49ers are the hottest team entering the playoffs, winning their final six regular-season games. (AP)
I'd rather see Green Bay beat the 49ers on Sunday, or Carolina beat them next weekend.
If you have scores to settle with San Francisco, settle them next year. I would expect Seattle to beat the 49ers, but they have won six in a row. They're the hottest team in the league, and they've got Michael Crabtree back.
I can picture Grey and Wyman and I talking about what a great win it was if the Seahawks face the 49ers and beat them. But I have also pictured what it would be like the Monday after if the 49ers knock the Seahawks out of the playoffs. I'd be sitting there thinking: "Be careful what you wish for."
So if I had to list them in order of priority, it would be New Orleans, Green Bay and San Francisco.
You could make a case for wanting the Packers more than the Saints and the 49ers. They're 8-7-1, so how good can they be? They also have the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL. But they're 6-2 with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, and he's back. I'd also be concerned about extra motivation the Packers would have after losing to the Seahawks last year in controversial fashion
I also understand if I were on a talk show in Green Bay or San Francisco, I'd be saying I don't want any part of the Seahawks, hoping that some other team would knock them off. There's a reason why oddsmakers favor the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. They're the best team. They're equipped to prove it if they have to.
But if I've got my choice, I hope they get to prove it first against the Saints instead of the 49ers.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 10:21am
By Jim Moore
As you no doubt know, Tosh Lupoi is the UW assistant coach who allegedly paid for a recruit's tutoring classes.
The NCAA is investigating, and whenever the NCAA's investigating anything at the U Dub, I'm excited about it because I'm a Coug and I'm a small person who would welcome the return of Probation Nation to Montlake.
Sanctions would be a special belated Christmas gift for someone as shallow and petty as me.
The NCAA is checking out stories that include alleged Lupoi payments via covered coffee cups and brown paper bags in restroom stalls at the Ram in Northgate.
I'm expecting a wrist slap from the NCAA because the leader of that dysfunctional organization is Mark Emmert, former University of Washington president and the biggest success story from Fife since the opening of the Poodle Dog Restaurant in 1933.
Emmert's the guy who's in his 60s and is still waiting for his first good hair day.
While the NCAA is probing Lupoi's bank records and garbage cans, the U Dub has assigned the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator to "other duties" in the athletic department.
It wasn't specified what these "other duties" will be, but I have a super-secret unreliable source who told me what they are, and they're listed in order of priority from athletic director Scott Woodward:
1) When asked questions about anything, just keep your damn mouth shut.
2) Call Coach Sark and make sure you're on the same page with your stories.
3) If you reference my name at all, it's "Mr. Woodward," not "Scotty," and tell everyone: "To my knowledge, Mr. Woodward had nothing to do with any of this."
4) Remind bank tellers that you want your cash in small bills, but not too small -- it's tough to stuff a bunch of ones in coffee cups, even if they're venti-sized.
5) When a bagger at QFC asks "paper or plastic," tell him: "Come on, dude, haven't you read about me? PAPER!"
6) Prepare resume in case I have to fire you in a couple weeks, and leave all this stuff out, and just hope that a prospective employer likes that Shaq Thompson came here when you did. You and I both know there was nothing fishy about that, wink-wink!
7) Brush up on Xbox One skills so you can better relate to five-star recruits on the really off chance we keep you.
8) Get teeth whitener for Coach Pete and suck up to him at all times like I do.
9) Ask Cal to forgive you for putting almighty dollars ahead of your alma mater, but I understand, Tosh, I would've sold mine out too.
10) Use Tully's cups next time! It'll confuse those pesky NCAA investigators.
The Go 2 Guy also writes for his website jimmoorethego2guy.com and kitsapsun.com. You can reach Jim at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @cougsgo.
Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 12:30pm
By Jim Moore
Like many others, I thought the Seahawks would crush the Cardinals last Sunday.
But Arizona prevailed 17-10, ending the Seahawks' 14-game winning streak at Century Link Field.
Now the Rams show up as double-digit underdogs too. Are they going to spoil the Seahawks' season and take away the No. 1 seed and NFC West championship?
Quarterback Russell Wilson's running ability has been limited in the Seahawks' last two losses -- he ran just twice last week against Arizona, and once against the 49ers on Dec. 8. (AP)
You wouldn't think so, but there's more doubt about Pete Carroll's team than there was a week ago.
The passing game sputtered against the Cardinals. Russell Wilson wasn't Russell Wilson, completing 11 of 27 passes. All of a sudden, after praising them for 14 games, some of us are wondering about the receivers.
The running game has been off for five weeks. Marshawn Lynch is averaging 55 yards the past five games. In the last three games, the Seahawks are averaging 13.3 points.
If you think they'll magically get it going against the Rams, remember that their worst offensive output happened in St. Louis when they escaped with a 14-9 win after gaining just 135 yards, 80 on one TD play from Golden Tate.
I'd like to see Wilson run more than he has. And where has the read option gone? Remember that blowout of the Bills in Toronto last year when Wilson had three rushing TDs in the first half? Where's that been? Maybe that would loosen things up for Lynch and the passing game.
Defensively, the Seahawks gave up 200 rushing yards to the Rams and allowed St. Louis to go 96 yards on its last drive. Fortunately the Rams needed 97 to win, and Seattle survived an incomplete pass in the end zone on the last play of the game.
The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL, so this is quibbling, but when you have that kind of defense, you shouldn't allow game-losing fourth-quarter drives after your offense takes the lead. That's what happened against the 49ers and Cardinals and nearly happened against the Rams.
In the last three meetings with the Seahawks, the Rams have won by six points, lost by seven and lost by five, suggesting that this game will be close too. They're 3-0 against the spread in those games and are getting 11 ½ in Sunday's game.
Why would they be 11 ½-point underdogs when they have pass rushers like Robert Quinn and Chris Long, who combined for six sacks of Wilson in the last game?
Why would they be 11 ½-point underdogs when the Seahawks' offense has scored only 17 points off of 10 turnovers in the last three games?
I guess it has to do with Vegas not thinking the Seahawks will lose two in a row at home. Not thinking that the Seahawks will lose three of its last four games. Not thinking that the offense will continue to struggle.
And Vegas knows about the Seahawks' incentive -- the difference between winning and losing is the difference between a bye and two home playoff games and playing three road games to get to the Super Bowl.
Plus for as good as the Rams can be, they're not that great on the road, going 2-5 and allowing an average of 23.7 points and 372 yards. In the last three road games, Zac Stacy has rushed 59 times for 159 yards, an average of only 2.7 yards per carry. This is a guy who ran for 134 yards against the Seahawks.
When I add it all up, I think the Seahawks will win, but just barely, by the slightest of margins.
Prediction: Seahawks 17, Rams 16.
Season record against the spread: 9-6.
The Go 2 Guy also writes for his website jimmoorethego2guy.com and kitsapsun.com. You can reach Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @cougsgo.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 11:54am
By Jim Moore
Wherever you were, you had to be sitting there in disbelief. If you're a Cougars fan, you were equal parts dumbfounded and shocked. If you're a Huskies fan, you were laughing and saying, "They Coug'd it again."
It's the day after, and I thought the passing of a little bit of time might lessen the disappointment, but it hasn't. In fact, it's gotten worse. That 48-45 loss to Colorado State was inexcusable.
One of my 9-year-olds was so upset that he was yelling, "I'm not going to school there" as he deleted the recording of the New Mexico Bowl.
In 40 years of watching Cougar football, the only game that comes close to that one is the 1975 Apple Cup when we blew a 27-14 lead in the final three minutes and lost 28-27. That was worse because it happened against the Dawgs. But this one? We led 45-30 with 3 minutes to go.
Think about all the things that would have to go wrong in the last 3 minutes to blow a 15-point lead and lose the game. The hell of it is, I did just that as I watched the game at Acme Bowl with some buddies.
Colorado State needed a touchdown, a three-and-out by the Cougs, another touchdown followed by a two-point conversion, and then they needed to beat us in overtime. I didn't factor in the possibility of us fumbling twice, nor did I think that Colorado State could win in regulation.
This was absolute buffoonery at its finest, and whether he feels it's his fault or not, coach Mike Leach should have taken the blame for the loss.
We all thought the Cougs would hold on after Rickey Galvin caught a third-and-6 pass for a first down with about 2:20 to go in the game. With that much time left, you can't drain it all with three knees from the victory formation, but you can certainly punt it to the Rams and leave them less than 30 seconds with no timeouts to pull off a miracle finish.
So what do we do? We run a read-option with Connor Halliday on first down. First of all, when have we ever run a read-option with Halliday? I was watching our running back on that play, certain that he got the ball. I was even encouraged to see that he had room to run. But he didn't have the ball because Halliday kept it. Then it was jarred loose, and we had to sweat out a long review to rightfully get the ball back because Halliday was down before the ball came out.
So we all sighed, thinking that would be that. But, of course, that wouldn't be that with the Cougs.
If you were like me, you were screaming at your TV wondering why we snapped the ball for the next play with 22 seconds left on the play clock with the game clock running. Someone, anyone, please, tell me why we did that? Those are precious seconds to the Rams if they get the ball back.
Then I guess it didn't matter because Jeremiah Laufasa took the handoff and fumbled it away. Here's a fair question: That was Laufasa's first carry of the game. Why would you give it to him instead of Marcus Mason?
Jacob Thorpe asked Leach about it, and the coach dismissed the question like it was dumb of the Spokesman-Review reporter to ask it when, in fact, it was a great question. When asked about clock management, Leach basically scoffed and harrumphed, saying that the Cougars needed to attack and make more first downs, I guess so the clock wouldn't have been an issue.
Which is completely ridiculous. The Cougars didn't need to "attack" any more to win the game. Running the clock down was more important than getting a final first down at that point.
I'll bet there were coaches around the country wondering what in the world was going on with the coaching on the Washington State sideline in those final minutes.
And let's say you think the kids are to blame – Laufasa for fumbling and Teondray Caldwell for coughing up the kickoff return – that it wasn't Leach who lost the ball. That's fine, but you could argue that Laufasa should not have been in the game, and you could also argue that there never should have been another kickoff to return.
Whether he thinks it was the case or not, Leach should have taken accountability and said he screwed things up in some form or fashion. But, of course, he didn't, throwing out that "attack" mumbo-jumbo instead and being his usual condescending self to a reporter who isn't as smart as he is.
Then after the press conference, he blew off his postgame radio show, leaving Bud Nameck high and dry. Bob Robertson kept asking what happened, and Nameck kept saying, "He was here, but he just left." It made for an awkward and unfortunate ending to the broadcast.
We should be talking about Halliday's six touchdown passes in a 45-37 Cougar win. We should be looking at pictures of celebrating Cougs hoisting the New Mexico Bowl trophy.
We shouldn't have been watching Colorado State fans storming the field, which added another element to the whole fiasco. I can't remember the last time opposing fans stormed the field after beating us.
Now we get to go to work on Monday and prepare for mocking from Huskies fans. We have it coming. If I were them, I'd be saying "You Coug'd it" 'til I was blue in the face, and we don't have a good comeback this time around.
The Go 2 Guy also writes for his website, jimmoorethego2guy.com, and kitsapsun.com. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @cougsgo.
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