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February 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM

February answers, volume five

An observant reader pointed out that I skipped past volume two. So I was going to name this volume two, then thought better of it. So yes, this is just the fourth set of answers this month. But to avoid further confusion, I’ll keep the order going as is.
On to the answers:
Q: Do you think Jim Michalchizk made a mistake by taking a bigger risk job like the Raider job? It seems like his job security would have been better with the Huskies than with the Raiders. Sure he is from the Bay Area and wouldn’t have to move, but won’t he have to move anyway once he gets canned with Tom Cable after a couple of miserable years? Besides, he would have been a hero up here, building a line that would open up big holes and restoring the Huskies running game back to the way it was. I just feel like his upside would have been bigger up here with less risk.
A: I’ve gotten several varying versions of this question, and they all lead with the assumption that he’s likely to get fired in a year or two — a fair one given the recent history of the Raiders. Still, in terms of financial security, it may be a wash. While I haven’t seen any firm details of his Oakland contract, I was told it’s almost certainly two years worth at least a million total, comparable to the three-year, $350,000 annual deal he had at UW. And for now, he doesn’t have to move, as opposed to having to relocate for certain if he stayed with the Huskies. The biggest reason Michalczik said he went with the Raiders was because he had a lifelong dream to coach in the NFL and this was a way he could do it not having to move (he has two young sons who have basically spent their entire life in the Bay Area) while also working with one of his good friends, and getting a prime assignment right off the bat — head line coach as opposed to assistant. He probably figures if he does a good job, he can create a future for himself in the NFL no matter what happens with the Raiders — and it is much more common for NFL teams to retain valued assistants even if they make changes with the head coach, so even if Cable doesn’t last long, it doesn’t mean Michalczik won’t. Also, he probably figures that he has a good enough college reputation that even if the Raiders’ gig doesn’t last long, he’d be able to go back to the college ranks and land a decent job, an assumption that seems pretty reasonable. So guess I’m saying that while I think there might have been a better chance for long-term security at UW, if his goal was really to coach in the NFL, it seems worth the risk given the family situation. But this will certainly be a good question to revisit in a couple years.
Q: Will the new uniforms that are being designed be ready by the start of this season or will we wear them in 2010?
A: The plan is for them to be in place for the 2009 season. But they apparently haven’t been ordered yet so they won’t be ready for the spring. But as of last week, word was they would be ready this fall.
Q: Is it true all your sports editors went to WSU and Oregon and that’s why you guys have the Huskies so much?
A: Actually, our former long-time sports editor Cathy Henkel did to go WSU — Wichita State University. Otherwise, there is no truth to any part of your statement. Henkel actually retired in December after 18 years as our sports editor. Our new sports editor is Don Shelton, who is a graduate of Idaho, something he has written about a lot in a series he has done detailing what has happened to some of the members of his fraternity at UI. Among his fraternity brothers at Idaho was Tim Lappano. We have one sports editor and two assistants and none of them went to either WSU or Oregon.
Q: Guitar Hero or Rock Band?
A: We’ve always been a Guitar Hero family largely since we have a Wii. And as a parent of two young boys, we have most of the versions of Guitar Hero including my personal favorite, the Aerosmith one from last summer. My youngest son kept asking me how I already knew all these songs, music apparently not existing until the advent of video games. We got the new World Tour version for the holidays though trying to master the drum part on Stranglehold convinced me I really am getting too old for all this.
All for now.

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