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September 27, 2007 at 8:37 AM

More on the 1960 team

Here’s my take today on the celebration this weekend for the 1960 team.
I know there is some debate out there about whether the Huskies should be doing this. My story today is not a column so I don’t really take a stand on it. But I don’t have any problem with it for the simple reason that while the Helms Foundation isn’t remembered much today, I think it was better-known and respected then. And I’ve seen lots of schools recognize championships based on the same, or similar, polls.
Certainly that 1960 team (and basically the 1959 team before it, as well) was good enough to beat any team in the country, so by that standard, what UW is doing this weekend holds up in my mind, as well.
Mostly, all of this is a way to simply recognize that team one more time before the players themselves get too old to really enjoy or appreciate it. And it’s also hard to argue with that. College football is nothing without its history and tradition and I’m always all for celebration and remembering that history and tradition.
As for the fact that other teams can claim to be the No.1 team that country, as a lot of the Huskies I talked to told me, good for them. I recently read a history of college football that pointed out that the Missisippi team in 1960 that was the only one that finished with a better record than UW also played what was regarded as a weak schedule.
Point being, without a playoff, arguments about which team is better always exist, and will forever. Someone out there thought UW was the national champs, which is what the school is celebrating this weekend. That seems harmless enough.

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