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UW 1991 Football: Best Team in Pac-10 History?

The Arizona Daily Star is writing about the end of the Pac-10. The conference stayed unchanged for over 30 years (1978-2010) and during that time produced roughly 7,000 sports teams across all ten schools.  Which team was voted best overall?  The 1991 Washington Football team:

The league’s standard for championship football had been John McKay’s unbeaten USC teams of 1962, 1969 and 1972. But when the ’91 Huskies stomped Michigan 34-14 in the 1992 Rose Bowl, commissioner Tom Hansen said, "This is as good a team as I’ve ever seen, and that goes back to all of those USC teams."
Don James’ team, 12-0, was so dominant that it averaged 41.9 points, the most in the league since 1973, and allowed a bare 9.2 points per game, the league’s lowest figure since 1967.
The Huskies beat Arizona 54-0, the UA’s worst loss in more than 30 years, its first shutout in 210 regular-season games.
"This Washington defense is more suffocating than those USC defenses of Junior Seau," said UA coach Dick Tomey. "It doesn’t give you a chance to breathe."
The ’91 Huskies shared the national championship with Miami; eight Huskies were first-team All-Pac-10, including nose guard Steve Emtman, who finished fourth in the Heisman Award balloting, the highest finish ever for a Pac-10 defensive player.

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Ted Miller of ESPN also realizes the Huskies as the best team since 1978:

1. 1991 Washington: The Huskies finished 12-0 and split the national title with Miami.
Best player: Defensive tackle Steve Emtman won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.
Point differential: Washington outscored its foes 495-115.
Best win: Whipped Michigan 34-14 in Rose Bowl. Wolverines finished ranked sixth.
Comment: Four wins over teams that finished ranked in the final top-25, including road victories at No. 15 Nebraska and at No. 8 California. Featured one of the great defenses in college football history, yielding just 9.2 points and 67.1 rushing yards per game. Eight Huskies earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors.

ESPN also calls the ‘91 team one of the most underrated teams in history:

The Huskies shared the national title with Miami, clouding their legacy as one of the best teams in college football history. Nothing against the ’91 ‘Canes, who were a great team, but this Washington team — led by future No. 1 overall pick Steve Emtman, WR Mario Bailey (17 TD catches and future NFL QBs Billy Joe Hobert and Mark Brunell — outscored its opponents 495-115 (Miami outscored a much easier slate of opponents 386-100, and beat Florida State only due to FSU’s infamous "Wide Right"). The Huskies also won their toughest games on the road (at No. 9 Nebraska, at No. 7 California) and then dominated No. 4 Michigan, 34-14, in the Rose Bowl.

Don’t forget that Greg Hansen calls Don James the best football coach of the Pac-10 era:

Don James, Washington, football. James has coached Pac-10 teams in more Rose Bowl games, six, than any other man. His 97 conference victories (including three years in the old Pac-8) trail only UCLA’s Terry Donahue, 98, who coached three more seasons. James had two superb bursts at the UW: His teams went 58-14 over six years from 1979 to 1984, and he finished on top, retiring in 1993 after going 31-5 in his final three UW seasons.

To add to that, here is a clip from the last time UW and Oregon met:

1991 Huskies. Best sports team in Pac-10 History?

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Husky 2011 Spring Football Game

Washington-Huskies-HelmetThe weather cooperated today so I headed to the 2011 spring football game at Husky Stadium.  This will be the final spring game hosted in the 91 year old bowl.  Afterwards, I got up close with Keith Price, ASJ, Nick Montana, Nick Holt, and Chris Polk.  Despite scouring the field after the game, I could not locate Sark. Get a load of the lost fan from Eugene:


2011 Spring Game


And a nice panoramic of the final spring game in Husky Stadium:

Husky Stadium spring game 2011

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Husky Fans No Like Subway?

Apparently not.This stunt brought out a lot of boos on Thursday nights ESPN game.

Eat Fresh? Not at Husky Stadium.

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Do You Remember? Washington vs USC 2009

Tomorow is the first of August, and with teams returning to the field in the next few weeks, College Football is here!  Let’s take a look back at last years historic Husky win over the Trojans:

Some journalists understood how difficult Husky Stadium can be for visiting teams: 


Mark May and Lou Holtz predict a USC victory:


Here is my view from the last play of the game:


Damon Huard at Husky Stadium after the game:


Here is ESPN’s take the following week:

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Washington Football Pac-10 Losing Streaks


Pac-10 Team Last UW Win Losing Streak (games) Last Away Win
ASU 2001 6 2001
Oregon State 2003 6 2003
Oregon 2003 6 2002
UCLA 2006 3 1995
Stanford 2007 2 2007
Cal 2009 0 2001
USC 2009 0 1996
Arizona 2009 0 2006
WSU 2009 0 2006


Non-Conf Team Last UW Win Losing Streak Last Away Win
Nebraska 1992 2 1991
BYU 1998 2 1997
Syracuse 2007 0 2007

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How much will Husky Stadium renovation cost you?


As we enter 2010 the University of Washington will again ask the state legislature permission to use existing tax revenue for the Husky Stadium renovation. The current tax break down is as follows:


Revenue Source


Estimated Amount


0.5% food and beverage tax

Currently used to pay Safeco field bonds

$65 million


2% car rental tax

Currently used to pay Safeco field bonds

$15 million


1% car rental tax

Mainly used towards Kingdome bonds

$13 million


2% hotel tax

Currently used for the Kingdome and Qwest field

$37 million

Sales tax deferral

Sales tax is deferred during renovation.  This will be repaid after completion.

$20 million

If these “tourism taxes” as they are known are directed towards the renovation of the 90 year old facility, how much will the typical King County resident pay?

Food and beverage tax

I’m not the best cook in the world so I eat out often, perhaps three times a week. A typical restaurant for me is Red Robin, Coho café, Claim Jumper, etc. So I can spend $20.00 per sitting. At 60 bucks a week I’m easily spending $3,000 a year at restaurants. My tax would then be $15.00 (0.5% of $3,000) each year for three years. Total payment: $45.

2% car rental tax

How often do people rent cars where they live? Not very often, but I have done it on occasion to use on long driving vacations. Renting a Ford sedan for a week could be $300. My 2% contribution comes out to be: $6

1% car rental tax

From 2015 to 2028 we will see a 1% car rental tax (down from the 2% tax). For the sake of argument that’s again assume I rent a couple of cars for a week each during this timeframe. That’s two cars at $300 each. A 1% tax makes my total payment: $6

2% hotel tax

How often do I stay in hotels in King County? Let me think…mmm… never. Well okay, that’s not really true. My insurance company put me up in a couple hotels when my condo was being renovated – but I didn’t have to foot that bill. But let’s just say I rent a hotel for a couple nights during this timeframe that cost me $200. 2% of that: $4.

Total Cost

So how much will the Husky Stadium renovation cost me? $45+$6+$6+$4 = $61. A year? No, $61 TOTAL. That’s paying $61 over 16 years, or under $4 a year – roughly a quarter a month if you like.

How does this compare to my other costs? Here is a chart that spells out my monthly, yearly, and 16-year costs of common monthly payments (gasoline, iPhone, cable TV, Starbucks).


Monthly cost

Yearly cost

16-year cost









Comcast cable TV




Starbucks (once/wk)




Starbucks change

$1.45 ($.37 x 4)



Husky Stadium Renovation




Plotted as a Histogram it’s easy to see how minimal these taxes really are for the residents of King County:

Stadium Cost Histogram 2

Where will the residence of this county find this money? How about ordering water instead of a soda a few times a year? Or ordering a tall instead of the grande when you visit Starbucks? Or try the matinee instead of an evening movie every now and then. These are insignificant things to give up.

For the opportunity to renovate the oldest stadium west of the Mississippi – to help the football team who has faithfully entertained Western Washington for over a century – to assist the team with two national championships, seven rose bowl titles and owner of the nation’s longest unbeaten streak – to lend a hand to a team that won’t abandon the faithful fans of this state for another city – $4 is the deal of the century.

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