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August 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Monday links

A week from today, practice begins. …
— Sadly, one person who won’t be there is longtime UW equipment manager Tony Piro, a victim of budget cuts at the school. Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote about Piro today.
— Much was made last week of the fact that there were no QBs at Pac-10 Media Day. Buster Sports’ Nick Daschel had the good idea to take that a step further and see if the number of QBs at media day has been any kind of indicator of the conference’s success the following season. His conclusion? Not really.
— Daschel also has these 10 thoughts from Pac-10 media day.
Jon Wilner counts down the 10 best Pac-10 games of the past decade and puts UW’s win over Oregon State in 2000 — which ultimately proved the difference in sending the Huskies to Pasadena instead of the Beavers — at No. 10. Strikes me that counting down the 10 best UW games of the past decade might be a good idea to pass the time this next week, so I’ll try to do that in the next day or so.
— This is getting kind of scary how much I seem to be thinking like Ted Miller lately. But Miller writes today that Arizona was sorely undersold at Pac-10 media day last week when it was picked eighth. I happen to agree, if not quite as much as Miler, as I had the Wildcats sixth and frankly don’t quite get why everyone thinks a team that won eight games last year — lost the five games it did by a combined 28 points — and has all but 13 lettermen returning (losing the fewest in the conference other than Stanford’s 12 — UW lost 16), is destined to automatically return to the bottom of the conference. The guys at Buster Sports also agree, putting Arizona at No. 26 in the country.
— I missed this earlier, but Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.com has been ranking every program for this decade and has UW at No. 70.
— Oregon State is No. 33 in the New York Times’ Quad countdown of every team in the country.
All for now.

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