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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

September 18, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Passing the torch

You may have noticed that the last three entries in this space were written by Percy Allen.
There’s a good reason for that as he is taking over the UW men’s basketball beat and this blog.
I’m not going anywhere in terms of the paper — I will still man the UW football beat and that blog.
But splitting up the two beats is a decision that’s been in the making for a while now, the thinking being that it would be good to separate UW football and basketball and allow one person to devote more attention to each — especially as the two seasons begin to overlap more and more (which will be even more of an issue if the football team starts going to bowl games again, which is likely to happen sooner rather than later.)
It will also free me up to do a few non-UW related projects, one of which may involve a blog that has some exciting potential and I think/hope a lot of you will enjoy, though I can’t spill the details on it quite yet.
And since I’ll still be closely involved in UW coverage overall, I imagine I’ll still occasionally contribute to this space, so this probably isn’t the last post ever by me here.
But the regular care and feeding of it is now in Percy’s hands, and he’ll do a great job.
Leaving this space, however, is a little bittersweet as this was the first sports blog in the history of The Seattle Times, and one of the first two or three of any kind at the paper (I think this started up about the same time as David Postman’s political blog and for a little while, we were it).
Here’s the first entry ever in this space, from Oct. 12, 2005 — not even four years ago, though it feels like about 20 in terms of both what’s happened to blogging and our newspaper and this profession and also the Huskies.
As you can read, the blog was an experiment then, and we decided to do it first with UW men’s basketball since the Huskies were particularly hot at the time and we thought there might be some increased interest in the team that we couldn’t always serve adequately in the paper — and I was more than happy to take it on. I had covered the team the year before for the paper, and also covered the Huskies for the Tacoma News Tribune the last four years of the Bob Bender era — meaning, I’ve covered the team nine of the last 11 seasons.
For the first year or so, we still handled the blog a little like regular stories — I would write something up and send it in and an editor would post it — so it wasn’t quite as timely then as it is now. Game threads, for instance, didn’t start until the 2007-08 season.
For a few months, I often wondered if I was was writing into a void, unsure if anyone was reading anything on here. I remember when I first realized a lot of people were — the night that UW lost at Stanford in 2006 when Justin Dentmon fouled Chris Hernandez taking a three-pointer.
At that time, I would usually file a post-game blog entry once I got back to the hotel, so that’s what I did that night. After sending it in and telling an editor it would be great to post it that night instead of the next morning, I went to bed.
I closed the computer, but left it on, and also just forgot to mute the volume button. My computer gives a little beep every time I get an e-mail — comments to the blog come to us as e-mails if we like — and as I turned out the lights I heard one little beep, then another, then another. I remember wondering at first who was sending me all this e-mail at midnight, then I finally figured out it must be Husky fans posting comments to the blog, wanting to vent about one of the most painful regular-season defeats in recent UW history.
The blog has just gotten bigger, and hopefully better, ever since, and I’m sure it will only continue. This should be a fun season for the Huskies with expectations again high — I feel lucky I at least was able to see a Sweet 16, two NCAA tournaments, a Pac-10 tournament title and a Pac-10 regular season conference title while manning this space the last four years. Heady times, indeed.
In closing, thanks for all the great comments and questions and everything else the past four years, and see you on the football blog.

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