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July 1, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Taking a brief hiatus

We’ve pretty much kept the blog going almost non-stop since it began roughly a year ago.
But we’re due to take our longest break since then as the summer sun beckons.
So if you’re checking this and wondering why there’s been nothing new for a while, that’s why. We’ll be back sometime the week of July 9.
As food for thought until then, thought I’d give a brief synopsis of two more preview magazines — Sporting News and Street and Smith’s. It’s fitting to tie the two together, since word is the two will be merged into one magazine in the future, possibly spelling the end of Street and Smith’s.
Too bad, since that has always been one of the mainstays of the business (this is its 67th year) and one I always looked forward to as a kid.
But while I really like the cover idea this year (old-school pictures of players without their helmets) there isn’t really much for Husky fans in the magazine. Like most of the rest of the mags, UW is picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10.
The overall conference preview isn’t as in-depth as most of the other mags, and there is no Husky representation on its All-Pac-10 team and no real mention in any other way other than a brief preview of the team that doesn’t really say anything most of you wouldn’t already know.
The most interesting thing about its UW preview is that it takes Washington at its word in terms of the roster designation of its players, calling Jake Locker a sophomore (most of the rest have gone ahead and referred to him as a freshman).
TSN’s take on UW is rather schizophrenic. UW is picked to finish 9th in the Pac-10 and rated 85th nationally — behind the likes of San Jose State (73), SMU (75), New Mexico State (76) and Arkansas State (83).
But then UW is also lauded as a possible sleeper in several different places. In its national preview, TSN says “don’t give up on” the Huskies saying UW “showed life last year and has more talent than you think.”
In a feature where TSN picks one sleeper from every conference, its Pac-10 choice is UW, the magazine stating “don’t be shocked if the Huskies break through to their first bowl since 2002.”
And in a feature called “Calendar of Upsets,” TSN tabs the Huskies as having the potential to pull off three major upsets this year — against Ohio State, Oregon and Hawaii.
TSN also tabs Locker as one of nine “Newcomers You Can’t Miss.”
In its pre-season honors, TSN puts Greyson Gunheim on the second-team defense (the only Husky named to either the first or second team) and names J.R. Hasty as a “Newcomer to Watch.”
I’m thinking this could be the third straight year Hasty has been a Newcomer to Watch, or something similar, by some magazine, which has to be some sort of record.
But much of the rest of TSN’s coverage of UW is fairly negative, making you wonder how the it thinks the Huskies can beat Ohio State and Hawaii. In rating all 10 Pac-10 teams in 10 separate categories, UW ranks as high as seventh in only one (linebackers), getting 8’s and 9’s in the rest, including coaching, which gets an 8 ahead of only Arizona and Stanford. (Speaking of Tyrone Willingham, he’s ranked as one of the “five most laid-back coaches in college football under a heading titled “Call the Morgue”).
Here’s how TSN breaks down the entire Pac-10
1, USC, 12-0, BCS title game
2, UCLA, 10-2, Rose Bowl
3, Cal, 10-2, Holiday Bowl
4, Oregon State, 8-4, Sun Bowl
5, ASU, 7-5, Emerald Bowl
6, Oregon, 6-6, Hawaii Bowl
7, Arizona 6-6, Las Vegas Bowl
8, WSU, 4-8
9, UW, 4-8
10, Stanford 1-11
See you in a week or so.

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