Friday, November 30, 2007

Hawaii game

I plan on doing an actual update today also, but for the Huskies:
I'm afraid of losing out on a chance at Mora and while I think Willingham is a good coach, I'm troubled that he's been outcoached during games this year. He certainly seems to have guys prepared, it is just the in-game adjustments that are lacking. The best thing would be for Mora to hang around being D coordinator for Seattle for another year to see how the Huskies do under one more year of Ty. If the Huskies are good next year, great! We'll see if Mora hangs around though. UW's recruiting looks pretty strong, so I think the only chance of a coaching change is if we get embarassed by Hawaii. I know they can pass, I know they haven't lost, and I know we've given up a ton of pass yards. But, I don't see the Huskies getting embarassed. They might lose, but I don't see 65-7. If that happens, I'll be really surprised, but then maybe we could get Mora.

I think Brennan will get about 400 yards passing and 4tds. I also think he'll get sacked and throw some picks, maybe 3 picks. That combined with the Huskies 300 yards of rushing should keep it at least close.
I think I'm finally going to get one right:

Washington 45
Hawaii 35

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Apple Cup

Here's how I think this game will go: Washington gets a comfortable lead by halftime. Maybe 24-6. Then, the Huskies will let Wazzu back in the game in the 3rd. The Cougs get a lead in the 4th quarter. Late in the 4th, Wazzu will be ahead and driving for a game-clinching score when (just like everyone in the stadium and watching on tv expects) they'll Coug it.
Washington 34
Wazzu 32

Maybe we can get things back to usual:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Huskies leading at halftime again...

They're up by 9 to begin the half. I'm sitting here listening to the game over the internet. UW provides the radio call over the internet for free.
I could hear the halftime show in the background of the halftime show. Sometimes the halftime show is terrible "fans join us in this Husky band tribute to composers of Central Asia. Sometimes it is not bad. I wish I was there today. The Husky Band played the songs of William Hung!!! I think this is hilarious anyway, but today's game is against Cal:

William Hung went to Cal.

After he finished he got a pretty nice hand and he says, "Go Huskies!" Much bigger applause.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


It has been somewhat uneventful here this week. I've just been reading cases at work trying to get caught up with cases that are ongoing. Nothing is terribly pressing- oh except for a murder trial next week.

Last Saturday I went to a fundraiser at Maliumai for Ayla and Leti's dance group. That was cool and Maliumai is a nice place by the beach that, for some reason, we don't hang out at night very often. Here it is in the day:

So the Huskies finally won a game. They handily beat Stanford. That's a good step, but Stanford is awful. Now if we can win the rest of the games, that'll be something.

Seahawks can't run. They look like the Reggie Williams Huskies. So, they should stop running if it doesn't work the 1st quarter. The NFC sucks, so that still might be good enough if the passing game works.

If anyone wants to meet me in New Zealand, I'll be there from January 27 through February 19.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Notre Dame & Navy

For years, Notre Dame has used this formula to portray itself as a good team:
- Schedule 2, 3, or 4 good or pretty good teams. These games get big press, even if they lose them all, that's only 2, 3, or 4 losses and 8-4 or 9-4 is still enough to get ND to a bigtime bowl and set them up for recruiting also.
- Lace the rest of the schedule with weak teams. That way while Michigan is playing a "bad" team, it is Minnesota. When Washington is playing a "bad" team it is Oregon State or Cal(in the past). ND is playing Army or Duke or Bowling Green (probably all of them) and my favorite, Navy. That leads to tons of wins because they are playing just terrible teams.

Charlie Weis used this formula to get himself a 10 year contract halfway through his first season and even had books written about him and how great he and ND are.

Are these books written by Karl Rove?


This week, Notre Dame had their annual beatdown of Navy. Navy is a powerhouse this year. Last week they lost a titanic matchup against mighty Delaware. To further guarantee ND's 2nd win of the season, the game was at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame had used Navy for a sure win 43 (forty-three!) times in a row.

Plus, ND is coming off a bye, while Navy had to deal with national championship contender Delaware.

Brady Quinn knew they'd at least beat Navy.

I haven't been very impressed with Tyrone Willingham's 2nd half coaching this season, but let's see how he did at ND against Navy: Yup, 3-0

After today under Charlie Weis, Notre Dame now has lost to Navy after a sure win for 43 times in a row!!!!

My favorite part about today's loss is that Navy is so terrrrrrible that they even tried to give the game to ND. With the game tied they let the Irish drive down to the Navy 26 with about a minute left and 3rd down. Charlie smartly decided to run the ball which gained 2 yards and 4th and 8 with 45 seconds and the clock running on the Navy 24. Clearly this set up a game winning field goal and ND could escape with win #44 in a row. Then, Charlie must have eaten his own brain because he called timeout. This was obviously stupid since it would give Navy some time to come back after the field goal. But after the time out, instead of kicking the field goal, Weis decided to pass on 4th and 8 from the Navy 24. What? ND was sacked on the play and it went to overtime where Navy won.
Charlie: You are the man!

Even the bad ND teams could always count on Navy (and 5+ other terrible teams) thoughout the years.

Notre Dame is 1-8, that's great.

Should you chew on live electric wires?

No, you should not:

A rat climbed inside the back of my oven and then had a craving for metal and/or streaming electrons. If this happens to you, don't chew on the wire...even if you really want to. This message goes out to rats and mice too. I have no problems with rats/mice killing themselves if that is what they want to do. If this rat would have killed himself outside in the jungle somewhere, I'd never have known and that would have been ok with me. But, since he started to decompose IN MY KITCHEN, I kind of noticed.

Finding where he was and then removing him was fairly unpleasant. And it was really hot in there.

For those of you that go to Apia on a somewhat regular basis, I think I forgot to mention that last time we were there we found another good and cheap restaurant. Roko's:

If you are on the start of the cross island road in Apia, turn to go to Girodano's and follow that road til the next road that is parallel to the cross island road. Then head back towards downtown, and Roko's will be on your left.

So I had my first jury trial this week. The defendant only had one witness and he was clearly lying since they couldn't get their story straight. My witnesses were a court clerk and the marshall of the high court. The jury believed the defendant. Incredible. But, whatever, that's how it works sometimes, and it wasn't exactly the most serious crime.

Last Saturday was Tisa's Tattoo Festival.

Out at Tisa's there was a big party with lots to tattooing and tattoo contests and Samoan dancing. So we rented an aiga bus to pick us up, take us there and then drive us back.

Riding around on the bus is fun.

Plus it might be a little safer for after the tattoo festival riding home.

While there we saw plenty of tattooing, dancing, and drinking. Here is a picture of the traditional "Hey everybody, I'm wasted and am going to dance beside the stage" dance:

After the performance part was over, we jumped in the water and all hung out there for a long time. It was extremely nice. The water temperature has changed now. It has gone back from warm to bathwater and will just get warmer until about March when it starts to "cool off" again.

Professor Speicher was in attendance:

Movie review:
So I put The Inside Man in my queue. I received it and I got a movie called The Inside Man, but it is from 1984 and is a Swedish movie about submarines with Dennis Hopper in it. I watched it for about 20 minutes, but it was just too bad to keep going. Seriously awful, but not even in a Ghost Rider, Ghosts of Mars kind of incredible/funny way. It is just stupid and boring. I give it a .5 just because 0 is reserved for torture movies such as the Joy Luck Club, Remains of the Day, Like Water for Chocolate, and the like.

We were talking about who should play ther parts in an A-Team movie the other day. I checked IMDB and supposedly there is one coming out next year. They don't have casting set though. Who do you think should play the roles? Here's what I think:

BA: Michael Clark Duncan
Murdock: Steve Buschemi
Hannibal: Sam Jackson
Face: Either Ryan Reynolds or Scarlett Johanson
Col. Decker: Either Jason Statham or Gary Busey

I tried not picking them last week, and that didn't work. They have to get things together sometime right? If Willingham gets outcoached by Jim Harbaugh in the 2nd half today, that might be about the last straw. I think/hope that won't happen though. Huskies 45 Stanford 10

Bennett is an idiot if his plan is to really move the Sonics or to make things work in Seattle. He and his partners have made pretty much either option impossible by the way they have done things. But, whether he really is that stupid or not, things will eventually work out for him in Oklahoma City unless he keeps up the just moronic way he is going about things. If he stops adding gas on his conflagration now, I think the NBA will find a way to put an expansion team or Memphis in OKC with him as owner. The danger for him now though is that he makes himself look so stupid and ridiculous that the NBA just doesn't want to deal with him anymore.
There's no way the Sonics are leaving. They can't get out of the lease. There's a specific performance clause in the contract, so they can't just move and pay damages to the city. A judge will order them to play out the contract. Something will get done with a fixed Key Arena by 2010. The Sonics will probably actually be good by then too. Durant looks good.

Today, we're going to the beach fales by Vatia to hang out for Liz's birthday. Then this evening Leti and Ayla have a polynesian dance performance at Maliumai to raise money for a dance trip. I think most of the people I know are going, so it should be pretty fun.

Seahawks 38
Cleveland 28 (though, I'm afraid of Derek Anderson in Seattle- I think he hung 500 on UW 2 times)

Watch out for wires.