One thing that has defined this season for the Huskies is the number of night games, particularly at home.
For my story for the Friday paper, I attempted to explain why UW keeps getting so many night games, and how the process works.
One thing that didn’t make it in the story is the history of UW and night games, which is that for a long time there wasn’t any. A game against Thurman Thomas and Oklahoma State in 1985 was long regarded as the first night game in Husky Stadium history. And for years the school had what was basically an official policy of not playing night games after Oct. 1, one year drawing some criticism for not moving an Apple Cup so it could be on TV. (EDIT — I fixed error in original entry on the 1985 game.)
Obviously, times have changed. Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley says he’s not sure that’s for the better, writing that all the night games are a bad trend. Some might debate that — the school says that while there has been some complaints about the night games, some fans (particularly younger ones) like the night games. What’s certain is that they are here to stay so everyone had better get used to them.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Deseret News writes about the big test Utah will face in Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
— The DN also writes about Travis Wilson.
— The Salt Lake Tribune says defensive end Joe Kruger is finally healthy.
— The Trib also writes about Utah WR Dres Anderson becoming a third-down threat.
— Lindy’s has a little overview of Utah.
— OpposingViews.com also debates why the UW-Utah spread is what it is (in an item near the bottom).
— Chris Polk suffered a toe injury and is out for this week’s game for the Eagles against Dallas.
— Former Husky Alameda Ta’amu apologized for his recent arrest.
— Warren Moon will be honored again next week.
— LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke says there is now “real doubt” whether Lane Kiffin can keep his job.
— Bud Withers also wonders if Kiffin is wearing on USC.
— Some interesting stuff from the Sunday Morning Quarterback on the efficiency of Oregon’s offense.
— Michael Lev of the Orange County Register says the time has come for the Pac-12 and DirecTV to get a deal done.
— Ken Goe with some thoughts on late start times and links around the conference.