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Happy holidays from the Huskies!

We’re just days away from Washington’s Holiday Bowl match-up against Nebraska, and it’s not looking very California-ish in San Diego. Heavy rains flooded Qualcomm Stadium this week, but the football gods appear to be in our favor as the weather report for game day is for 56 degrees and party sunny.

A quick reminder that the official pre-game party for Husky fans in San Diego is the Husky Holiday Warm Up presented by WallyPark Premier Airport Parking. I’m on the party planning committee and have the inside scoop: this baby is going to rock, trust me. The UW Alumni Association goes all out for Warm Up parties each year, but nothing compares to a UW bowl game.

The night before the football game we are hosting Husky Happy Hours at Moondoggies and Pacific Beach Bar & Grill down by the beach in San Diego. Happy hour prices go all night for fans wearing purple, and I’ll be there with the Flip camera in hand. Keep checking the blog for all the Holiday Bowl details.

Last but not least, we’re selling limited edition buttons and “I love the UW” T-shirts tied to this year’s Holiday Bowl festivities. Game day buttons have been a UWAA tradition for decades, but this is the first time we are making them available to the general public. Cost is $10 for a souvenir button and proceeds go to UWAA scholarship programs. It’s a good cause, and all your Husky buddies will want one.

For all the info on Holiday Bowl activities, including where to watch the game with fellow Huskies, check out our Holiday Bowl site. See you in San Diego!

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The Huskies road back to a bowl game video

This video was released today by the UW Athletic Department and all I’ve got to say is, wow. The Husky football team (and its fans) have been through so much these last few years. It feels good to be back in a bowl game and this video sums that up beautifully. Proud to be a Husky!

We’ll be launching registration for our Husky Holiday Bowl Warm Up shortly. That’s the official pre-game party of Husky fans in San Deigo, and you’ll want to keep checking UWalum.com/cheer for details. Hint: it’s going to be awesome.

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Huskies to play Nebraska in Holiday Bowl Dec. 30

Four weeks ago, the Husky football team was 3-6 and heading in the wrong direction. But the Dawgs beat UCLA, California and Washington State to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2002. Congratulations to Steve Sarkisian, Jake Locker and all the Husky fans who are celebrating today.

Washington (6-6) has been selected to play Nebraska (10-3) in the 2010 Holiday Bowl. The game is Dec. 30 in San Diego, and the UW Alumni Association will be there hosting its biggest Washington Warm Up in years. Stay tuned for more info and keep checking UWalum.com/cheer for the latest details.

The Huskies won the 103rd Apple Cup in dramatic fashion, scoring a 35-28 victory in Pullman on Jake Locker’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with 44 seconds remaining. It was an amazing moment for Husky fans and a statement game for a UW program that has been through so much in recent years. The bowl berth is a huge step forward and we can’t wait to see you in San Diego.

GoHuskies.com has all the info on tickets and more. Of course, there will be plenty of Husky Football Viewing Parties all across the country.

Friday Night’s Husky Happy Hour in Spokane started our Apple Cup fun off right. We packed C.I. Shenanigans and sang Bow Down to Washington with the band as loud as we could. On game day, we rolled down to Pullman in style, with a host of lucky fans taking the Husky Express Bus to Martin Stadium and back. The pre-game Warm Up was awesome (as usual), with an estimated 300 fans enjoying good food, great spirits and all the purple and gold passion they could handle.

The Apple Cup was incredible. This Husky team is resilient. And now we are off to a bowl game. So proud to be a Husky. Go Dawgs!

Photo by Dean Rutz, Seattle Times.

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Apple Cup takes center stage – viewing party, anyone?

The Apple Cup. It’s the time of year when Huskies and Cougars just don’t mix. It’s the week for trash talk—when couples choose sides and office rivalries are born. It’s Washington vs. Washington State in the 103rd playing of the state’s premier rivalry.

Did we mention Martin Stadium in Pullman is named after a Husky?

If you’re not going to the game (it’s going to be cold over the there!) consider joining fellow Huskies for a viewing party near you. Hosted by UW Alumni Association volunteers nationwide, viewing parties are a great way to enjoy the game with those who share your passion for the purple and gold. In Phoenix, we’re meeting at the Firehouse Bar & Grill. In Atlanta, we’re at Central City Tavern. And in Cougar country (Spokane), we’re taking over C.I. Shenanigan’s.

See the complete list of viewing parties.

Believe it or not, we actually have a Cougar among us at the UW Alumni Association. I know! Names shall remain anonymous, but said individual once told me that he roots for the Huskies every day of the year except for one. And, honestly, I can respect that. Should be a fun game with a bowl game on the line for Washington.

Let me know if you need help promoting a viewing party in your area. I’ll post it on the UWAA’s social networking sites. Go Dawgs!

Photo by Rod Mar.

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What Husky football means to Jake Locker

Five years ago, Jake Locker set foot on the UW campus and energized the fan base with his lightning-quick speed and million-dollar smile. On Thursday, Nov. 18, Locker and 16 other Washington seniors will play their final game at Husky Stadium. It is the first Thursday night game at home for the UW since 1939.

It’s been a rough go for this group, but they are helping to right the ship and Locker, in particular, has given us reason to hope. His work ethic, passion for Husky football and all-around character epitomize what this university is all about. In recognition of Jake’s last game at home, here are a few quotes left over from my pre-season interview with the UW quarterback.

Read the full story in the December issue of Columns.

What were your thoughts upon signing with the UW in 2005?
This program was comfortable being at the top of the Pac-10. If you weren’t winning it you were second and playing for it at the end of the season. Year in and year out you were competing for a Pac-10 title, and then you have your really good teams that are competing for national titles. Everybody who’s signed their letter of intent in the last five years has had that belief. This is a program that can be in the top of the Pac-10 and in the top of the country. That’s where I wanted to end up when I got done, and that’s where I thought this program realistically could go.

Can you compare the program now to where it was when you first arrived?
We’ve taken a big step forward. It was obviously tough the first couple of years. We didn’t do what we wanted to. We’ve always had the talent to win, but some guys were going different ways and buying into different things. Some were with the program and some weren’t. I think for the first time since I’ve been here, everybody believes in the same thing, believes in the same idea, the same goals, and is working together to achieve them. To me, that’s what’s going to make us successful. That’s why this year and going forward feels a lot different than it has in the past.

Read more…

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A digital Homecoming rally for Huskies

Friday, Oct. 15 is Purple and Gold Day in the state of Washington. It’s the fourth straight year Governor Christine Gregoire (a 1969 and 1971 UW alumna) has officially proclaimed the day before the Huskies’ big Homecoming football game to be Purple and Gold Day in our state.

If this is the kickoff to the University of Washington’s annual Homecoming celebration, what else is on tap? Here’s a quick rundown of the festivities:

  • UW Interactive Timeline—Trust me, the UW Alumni Association’s timeline is a neat tool. I showed my wife and she had no idea a few of these people had UW connections. A lot of the information is out there but has never been gathered in one space…until now. Just a few minutes with the timeline and you’ll learn something new. Plus, you can plot yourself in the timeline and join the UW’s history alongside Ann Rule, Dale Chihuly and the NASA spacesuit. I added my favorite story from covering the football team for The Daily.
  • Football vs. Oregon State—This is what it’s all about, right Husky fans? Jake Locker and the Dawgs suffered a setback last weekend against Arizona State but will be looking to even their overall record Saturday, Oct. 16 against the Oregon State Beavers. Find everything you need to know about the game on The Seattle Times’ Husky Football Blog. And pick up a “Beaver Unbeliever” button at any University Book Store location.
  • Great Parties—There are plenty of events and celebrations happening this weekend, including the Class of 1960 50-year reunion, MAP Breakfast honoring diversity at the UW, and the popular Purple & Gold Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 17. See the complete schedule here.
  • Dawg Dash—Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Dawg Dash is the UW Alumni Association’s 10K run and 5K walk/run through the beautiful UW campus. It’s on every local runner’s itinerary and is one of the only races around that allows dogs on the course. I ran with a pup a few years ago and it was too much fun. Help raise money for student scholarships and take part in the Dawg Dash on Sunday, Oct. 24. Rally your friends (and pups!) and register here.

We hope to see you on campus. Go Huskies!

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Harry the Husky gets a stylin’ new makeover

Meet the new Harry. Same as the old Harry.

Well, not exactly.

Did you know there is a new Harry the Husky on campus? The UW’s most visible mascot (sorry Dubs) has retired and in his place steps a brand new Harry. The new guy is sleeker and far more ferocious. I just had to say that.

The torch has been passed and the transition is complete. Say hello to the University of Washington’s new Harry the Husky. I wonder what Dubs thinks…

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Governor Gregoire issues “Purple and Gold Day” proclamation for Oct. 15

Today, I arrived at the office to find a package in my mailbox. In that package was a proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire that Friday, Oct. 15 is ”Purple and Gold Day” in the state of Washington. That’s the Friday before the Homecoming football game against Oregon State.

And once again, it’s an excuse to tell your boss, “I just have to wear purple!”

Click this image to enlarge the scan of the official proclamation, which states the University of Washington has a “rich history of academic excellence, groundbreaking research, winning athletics, and life-changing innovation.” Governor Gregoire, a 1969 and 1971 UW alum, has issued a “Purple and Gold Day” proclamation each of the last four years. She urges “all citizens to don purple and gold in honor of the University’s positive impact on our local, state, national and world communities.”

We’re gearing up for Homecoming at the UW with a complete list of events on the Homecoming 2010 site. The game is Saturday, Oct. 16 and the 25th anniversary Dawg Dash is the following Sunday, Oct. 24. Be sure to check out the UW Alumni Association’s new Interactive Timeline to learn more about the history of the UW. Coming soon: alumni can plot themselves in the timeline and be a part of the history.

So remember, Friday, Oct. 15 is “Purple and Gold Day” in our state. Go Huskies!

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