Huskies Lose to Hillbillies, Refs

To start off, sorry about the late post – the combination of being out of town and the post-loss hangover (from both grief and MD 20/20 Blue Raspberry Bling Bling) led to the delay.

Anyway, this ugly loss certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season.

Best 3-guard combo in the Pac-10 next season. By far.

But if you had told me at the beginning of the year that the Huskies would be leading their Sweet 16 game at the half, I would have taken it in a heart beat. If you had then told me that UW would shoot like 8 for 96 in the 2nd half, I would have been a little bummed, but still would’ve taken it.

IT fouled out of a game for the first time since his first college game against Portland in ’08.

That doesn’t lessen the fact that this might have been the ugliest game all year. The combination of West Virginia’s size/length on defense, the refs’ insistence that any contact initiated by an offensive Husky player was a foul, and the fact that the bounces simply weren’t going UW’s way (5 shots from two feet on one possession without scoring? Are you fucking kidding me?) added up to WVU dominating a hard-to-watch 2nd half.

What was hard-to-listen to for the entire game was Alzeimer’s-riddled, CBS play-by-play man, Dick Enberg. Jesus Christ, it was like listening to Abe Simpson call a game on Ambien.

If you look closely, you can see that Enberg’s forehead wrinkles actually spell out the word “RETIRE”.

I hate using officiating as an excuse, and UW’s poor shooting and out-of-control offense (I love ya, Venoy, but this running the ball to the baseline, whipping around and firing a pass to anything that resembles purple ends here) were huge reasons that they lost this game, but holy fucksticks, what was with those offensive foul calls? QPon racked up two in the first half, which took him entirely out of the game. The fact that he had 0 points and 3 fouls at halftime and the Huskies were winning was unbelievable (and bodes well for next year).

UW/WVU Ref: “Here in the Big East, a Titty Twister ain’t no foul.”

As does the fact the Justin Holiday was the best Husky on the floor against the Mountaineers: 14 points, 8 boards, 5 steals, 2 blocks, and no turnovers. J-Ho stuffed the stat sheet like Peter North stuffs…nevermind. He also shot 2/3 from three point range and is showing that he can consistently knock down the deep ball.

Holiday’s salutes were also the most fluid and fundamentally-sound on the team.

The only thing that matched Holiday’s defensive intensity in this game was WVU coach Bob Huggins’ general toolbaginess. Mike Freeman at CBSsports.com described this exchange between Huggins and Mountaineer forward Wellington Smith:

“With the governor of West Virginia just a few feet away, Huggins went into a profanity laced fit. A short time later after, when forward Wellington Smith was beaten by a shorter player, Huggins screamed at him: “A [expletive] midget is whipping your ass.” The “midget” in question was 5-foot-8 Isaiah Thomas who held his own against 6-7 Smith.”

 I hope Huggy Bear forgot his rape whistle.

What I was glad to hear however, was that Nate Robinson, clad in a Huskies shirt and Mariners cap, was the loudest fan in the Carrier Dome and swore at the refs at least twenty times.

Remember a few years ago when Todd Macullough was the only Husky in the NBA?

Ending the season with this brutal loss is tough to accept, but the fact that UW had a halftime lead against the #6 team in the nation with their best player held scoreless has the future looking very bright. If MBA can continue to improve and Gaddy has a breakout year, the ’10-’11 team could finally crack that Sweet 16 barrier. Oh, and adding Terrence Jones wouldn’t hurt either.

Plus we can look forward to a long football season full of these:

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9 Responses

  1. Thanks for the wrap up to basketball season. Reading the article actually gave me some closure…is that weird? Keep the posts coming. They made Husky basketball that much more fun. Also, that second half almost got me kicked out of the restaurant in which I chose to watch the game. On to football season, Pac-10 Champs and Locker wins the Heisman. Can I get a second?

  2. Amen.

  3. I agree, thanks for the post. It was perfect. Honest. Funny. But serious. Can't wait for football season. What's the plan for the site? Are you going on break until football season kicks off? Or are you going to be around? I ask because you're on my daily rotation and I need to know if I should take you off for a bit. Again, thanks for the post. Go Huskies!

  4. Thank you – I appreciate it. I'll continue to post in the offseason – update about spring football practice, bball recruiting, etc.Anything else you'd like to see to keep TDD in your daily rotation?

  5. I'd like you to rip the poop shoots out of the Cougars and the Ducks in the off season. F'n tear down the Oregon/Nike myth. Bring Sugar Daddy Phil to his knees, just like you know he does to the those Malaysian kid worker of his. something stinks, it just needs to be uncovered.You've got the wit and brains to do it,BADA

  6. How many swooshes to you count in this Weasel?http://api.ning.com/files/d5dagCNNST0GXMIenFHbBX4PfFe7vt993HXr6c0yUM1chywdAbhBynwK-KXozw3nPsCmkx0vSRCOBzT1M4lngqUCHzRMBlMu/uw_huskies_logo.jpg

  7. @TDD I don't know, keep doing what you're doing. I like the opponent and Pac-10 analysis and the visuals. The videos are sweet. My office blasted your Sweet 16 video over and over, much to the dismay of the Cougs there. I hope you do one for the football season.

  8. @TDD, I agree with Anonymous above. Keep doing what you're doing. If you run out of material with basketball/football related items, you could branch out to other sports. We do have a defending national championship softball team that continues to drop kick any and all opponents. Just a thought.

  9. stupid refs…i had to waste an entire work day on Friday making this vid to get over it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75kU-pFCeBs

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