Archive for January, 2010

Will Husky Stadium Capacity Ever Hit 80,000?

Since its inception in 1920, Husky Stadium has increased its size on average every 17 years. It’s now been 23 years since the stadium increased its capacity to over 72,000 fans with no plans in sight to boost its size. Currently, the talk is how to keep the stadium from falling down as opposed to making it bigger. What’s keeping the stadium from growing – or rather what is keeping the fans away? Let’s take a look at the size progression over the years.

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There have been four major seat additions in the past 90 years. In 1935, 16 years after the stadium was built, capacity grew 33% from 30,000 to 40,000. Then in 1950 15,000 seats were added. In 1968 another 4,500 seats were added. And finally, in 1987 after in addition of 13,000 seats, the stadium capacity reached 72,500 where it remains today.

Perhaps the problem is the surrounding population. Is the population of Seattle growing enough to support a stadium with over 80,000 seats? Surprisingly, the population of Seattle has been roughly constant for the past 50 years as it has stayed between 500,000 and 600,000.

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But this alone does not tell the entire story. The population of the surrounding suburbs has increased dramatically. Since 1960, the suburbs of Seattle have added over one million residents bringing the total population of King County to two million.

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The problem we find is the capacity of Husky Stadium is not growing in tune with the population of King County. Over 500,000 residents have moved to the surrounding suburbs in the past 25 years without the stadium growing by one seat. In other words we have a phenomenon where the ratio King County resident per seat is ever increasing (see chart below).

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For its first 40 years, the people per seat ratio (hereafter P/S ratio) stayed roughly constant at 15 – going so high as 17 and as low as 13. Since 1960, the P/S ratio has increased from 17 to 26.

Plenty of factors could be contributing here. There was the introduction of other major sports teams, the Mariners, the Sounders, the Sonics, and the competing local NFL franchise – the Seahawks dividing the Husky fan base between pro and college sports. Also much of the growth of the area has come from immigration from other states as well as overseas. Transplants are often less likely to become loyal to local college teams than the professionals. I’ve noticed many of the new residents are not fans of American football to begin with but prefer soccer and cricket.

Will we ever see an 80,000 seat stadium? It’s possible. With a little math and the assumption both the population of King County and the P/S ratio continue to increase at their present rate, Husky Stadium will grow to be 80,000 seats in 15 years. Of course, this assumes the football team shakes off the past decade and rises to the upper echelons of the Pac-10 as order is restored to West Coast college football.

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Fun Size? Yeah, Right…

I just had myself a “fun size” peanut m&m bag. There were only eight m&m’s in this “fun” sized little yellow bag. Let me tell you something, getting only eight m&m’s is no fun.

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Did Seattle dismantle the Empire of Troy?

usclosers First the Huskies hired their offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Then USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt jumped ship to join the fledgling football program as well. Now a year later the Seattle Seahawks are close to a deal that would bring current USC head coach Pete Carroll to the Hawks as their head coach. Throw in a monumental win over the Trojans in Husky Stadium and it looks like the city of Seattle has knocked out all four legs of the table.

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2010 Rose Bowl Halftime Entertainment

Here are the halftime shows from the Oregon marching band and Ohio State’s marching band.

 

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Remember The Apple Cup!

Apple-Cup-logo The tant “oh and twelve” will continue to be uttered by Coug fans for years to come. If you feel the need to respond, don’t be afraid to shout back “oh and thirty”, the score of this year’s Apple Cup. And while you’re doing that, here are some other phrases you can use to puzzle WSU fans:

  • “461 – 163” – The total number of yards the Huskies rolled up vs the Cougs offensive output.
  • “6.6 – 1.7” – Washington’s yards per carry vs. Washington State’s.
  • “1964” – The year of the last Apple Cup shutout.
  • “3” – The number of QBs WSU had to rotate throughout the game due to the relentless attack of Washington’s defense.
  • 0” – The number of times WSU has won three Apple Cups in a row.
  • “65-31” – The current Apple Cup record (UW has 65 wins, WSU 31).
  • “3-22” – The Cougars record the last two years.

And finally:

  • “1916” – The last time WSU won the Rose Bowl.

Can’t wait ‘till next year!

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The Best Vampire Movies

Capture2 Like so many, I can’t get enough of Vampire / Werewolf / Zombie movies. I’ve already ranked the werewolf movies I’ve seen. Now it’s time to do so with vampire flicks! There are countless movies and TV shows I have missed. As always, you’re more than welcome to leave your suggestions in the comments.

The Best Ones

  • Nosferatu – one of the most frightening vampires I’ve ever seen on the screen. And all done without modern special effects.
  • Bram Stoker’s Drakula (1992) – This movie was brilliantly done. Gary Oldman played the part of Dracula perfectly. I still watch this film at least once a year to the chagrin of my girlfriend.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn – I never thought I would see George Clooney and Harvey Keitel in a vampire movie – but with Quentin Tarantino as the director you never know what to expect.
  • Let the Right One In – Another unique and fresh vampire movie.
  • The Lost Boys – Kiefer Sutherland plays a fantastic lead vampire in this 80s classic. And you get the two Corey’s on top of that!
  • The Night Flier – This is a rare Stephen King movie that few have seen. But it’s unique and a lot of fun.
  • Interview with a Vampire – Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star in this adoption of an Anne Rice novel.
  • Daybreakers – Fantastic movie with a unique premise – “What happens when everyone on Earth is a vampire and they begin to run out of blood?”

The Good Ones

  • 30 Days of Night – Based on a comic book this movie delivers well done vampires in a unique setting – a remote Alaskan Town.
  • Fright Night – as a child of the eighty’s, I can’t help but enjoy horror films with a touch of 80s cheese. I love seeing Prince Humperdink (ala The Princess Bride) as the vampire.
  • Once Bitten – Kind of a silly eighties High School comedy starring Jim Carrey before he was Jim Carrey.
  • Twilight – I know you purists will be outraged I’m including this movie, but what the heck; I like vampires and I like teenage high school angst movies.
  • Underworld (I, II, & III) – A solid vampire vs. werewolf series.
  • Vamp (1986) – A fun vampire flick with more 80s cheese.
  • Vampires – A fun movie with James Woods as a vampire hunter.
  • Dark Shadows (TV Series) – I have only seen the 1991 remake of this classic series. It’s easy to get hooked on the DVD set – unfortunately there are only 12 episodes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Again, any child of the 80s enjoyed this movie while growing up. Every fan of 90210 watched just to see Luke Perry. And what ever happened to Kristy Swanson? Oh, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) plays the main vampire henchmen. How can you beat that?

The Okay Ones

  • Fright Night 2 – The sequel to the original Fright Night, if this movie wasn’t quite as good as the first but I still enjoyed it.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn 3 – I debated whether to put this under the good or the okay – in the end it landed here. Still an enjoyable movie though.
  • The Lost Boys II
  • Embrace of the Vampire – I debated whether or not to put this one in the bad category but in the end I rounded up. This film stars Alyssa Milano. I liked her in “Who’s the Boss”, so I’ll give the movie at least a few points.
  • Mr. Vampire – Vampire enthusiasts are going to disagree with me on this one. I’ve seen the first part of this movie but just couldn’t get into it. Perhaps the fact that there were no English subtitles has something to do with it. If I could find a version with subtitles, pop some popcorn and open a can of coke, I might try and sit back and enjoy this fan favorite.
  • Vampires: The Turning – This movie is fine/okay/all right. The acting was so-so – but who cares, it’s a vampire flick. Oh, apparently the vampires in Thailand know Kung fu.
  • Blade – I know a lot of guys who enjoyed this flick. I’ve just never been into the whole Chuck Norris / Steven Segal / Jean-Claude Van Damme cheesy Kung fu material.

The Bad Ones

  • Bloodrayne – Ugh. Never played the game either.
  • Vampire’s Kiss – This stars Nicolas Cage and that’s all I could figure out about it
  • Queen of the Damned – Meh, it was so-so. All I remember about it was meh.

Movies Still In My Queue

  • From Dusk Till Dawn 2
  • Vampires – Los Muertos
  • Dracula 2000

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