We start by putting our Bud Light spotlight on Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian.
People told me to say it last week. They were fed up. And after last night, I agree. Whether he likes it or not, it should be the end of an era on Montlake.
Coach, it’s time to lose the black visor for good.
For just the second time in four years, coach Sark left the black visor behind Saturday night and wore a hat instead. Do not underestimate the significance of that decision. Sark confirmed that he’s worn a black visor in every game as head coach of the Huskies – except for last night, a win in 2010 and an Apple Cup in 2010.
Any fashion consultant will note that the Dawgs have been stellar in those black jerseys. But they can’t wear those things on the road. Sark can wear whatever he wants. The hat is looking pretty good.
Listen, I don’t know how good Stanford or Oregon state are, but they were both ranked in the Top 10 when the Huskies beat them. That’s huge. More importantly, the Dawgs were able to punch both the Cardinal and the Beavers in the mouth. They rose to the challenge when their toughness was being questioned. That’s not only resilient, but a test of their pride – which they passed with flying colors.
Last week, the Huskies were called soft and the least resilient in the Pac-12. Sark said on KJR radio it was like being challenged in grade school.
“Meet me behind the Safeway after school,” he said.
I’m glad he realized – you don’t wear a visor to an after-school scrap.
Look at the schedule, and the Huskies have a good chance of going 8-and-4. But next Friday’s game at Cal, the roles will be reversed. It’s the Bears who will have their pride tested. They’re the ones struggling. Their coach is on the hot seat. And they want to beat their former coaches, who they feel were stolen from them, Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau.
But when they take the field from now on – I want to see the hat. I want to see the newest symbol of toughness and pride.
Just ask one of your biggest fans, who was at the game last night. Fred Couples used to be a visor-only guy. He now wears both.
You should too, coach. It looks as sharp as your team looked last night.