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Husky Smacktalk Primer

You're at your local bar Friday night, kickin' back with some suds (do the kids call them that?) and getting ready for the Syracuse-Washington game. All of a sudden, a group of nine people dressed head-to-toe in purple and gold enter the bar and sit down in the booth right beside you. One of them notices your navy blue hat with a giant orange S on it. They start to boo and snicker. One of them calls out Syracuse's recent football misery. Another calls Greg Robinson a lame duck coach. Another says the Orange about to get slaughtered.

What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?!?!?

Any good sports fan knows that when they take their game to a neutral location, you're going to run the risk of smack talking with your opponent. At the very least, you may find yourself in conversation with others about the deficiencies of said opponent and you need to be ready to flaunt and expose them.

My hope is that these nuggets of Husky hate will help you this Friday eve in some way.
  • Before being called the Huskies, Washington's mascot was the "Sun Dodger," an abstract reference to the local weather. It was dropped in favor of something that, I don't know, actually made sense.
  • The name of their mascot is Harry the Husky. If that doesn't sound like a Furry you'd see walking around the local Sheraton at 2am arm-in-arm with another guy dressed like a panda, I don't know what would...
  • The school colors of purple and gold were adopted in 1892 by student vote. The choice was purportedly inspired by the first stanza of Lord Byron's The Destruction of Sennacherib. Gaaaaaaaaay.
  • "From 1907 to 1917, Washington football teams were unbeaten." Interesting sidenote, Washington football teams didn't actually play anyone from 1907 to 1917.
  • From 1993 to 1998, Washington's starting quarterback's last name was Huard (Damon and Brock). No joke here...that's just kinda interesting.
  • Syracuse defeated Washington 22-20 in 1977, the year the Huskies defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl behind Warren Moon's arm. (Don't mention the 1973 game...we lost that one)
  • Another university with the colors purple and gold? James Madison University. James Madison owned slaves. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Washington plays Washington State for the Apple Cup every year and the State of Washington proudly boasts its apples as the best. Interesting, considering the malic acid contained within apples is capable of eroding tooth enamel over time, and through excess consumption. Great product you've got there Washington...keep those teeth rotters coming!
(Thanks Wikipedia, CFBW)