BY Seth Kolloen 07:49AM 01/07/2011

Exit 164, Jan. 7, 2011: It’s Hasselbeck

Quarterback named, Ducks destroyed, Kemp cooks

Isaiah Thomas reacts after making the first dunk of his career / (Drew McKenzie photo)

Matt Hasselbeck starts for the Seahawks on Saturday. Damn, had my money on J.P. Losman.

If this is the Huskies without Abdul Gaddy? I can deal! With Isaiah Thomas distributing (9 assists) and Terrence Ross doing everything else (25 pts., 4 boards, 4 steals, 2 blocks) the Dawgs bark and bite are intact.

Former Sonic Shawn Kemp has opened a restaurant on Queen Anne, and I am going to let you make your own jokes about Father’s Day Specials.

Walter Jones will raise the 12th Man flag on Saturday, although it would be way cooler if he could just come back…for One. Last. Game.

What they’re saying…

“He’s been our starter all year long and that’s it.” — Pete Carroll

“In terms of just his talent alone, (Terrence Ross is) right up there with Brandon Roy.” — Lorenzo Romar

“T-Ross the Boss with a stellar performance capped with @Isaiah_Thomas2 dunk! Didn’t know you had it in you!” — @DrewMcM

“Hopefully Hasselbeck plays well and hopefully Whitehurst can save the day if he doesn’t.” — @manicpop

“Hasselbeck is awful in every facet of the game and why he’s getting a chance to lose a game in the playoffs is beyond me.” — Nate Dogg, on Field Gulls

In other news…

David Aardsma’s hip surgery didn’t go that well–he’ll need a couple more weeks to get ready than the M’s thought. He could still be ready for Opening Day. Problem is, the M’s won’t be able to showcase him in spring training.

There were three other Pac-10 games last night: Wazzu beat Oregon State, Stanford beat Arizona State, and Arizona snuck by Cal.

Isaiah Thomas made the 30-man midseason Wooden Award watch list.

The Pac-12 football championship game will be televised on FOX. It’ll be a doubleheader with the Big 10 championship…so you’re not going to want to plan anything on December 3, 2011.

Isaiah Thomas had his first dunk as a Husky. “I’ve been too scared to miss. But this time I said, ‘Well, oh well. I’m just going to try.’”

Nobody will see it, because UW/Oregon State is at the same time as Seahawks/Saints, but the Dawgs will miss Gaddy’s patience and game management skills against the 1-3-1 zone of Oregon State.

Today in SPNW…

Doug Farrar on what help Hasselbeck will need from his teammates.

Did the 2010 Huskies progress? Todd Dybas has the answer.

Dybas reviews the 2010 Huskies LBs.

Stanley Holmes has Sounders technical director Chris Henderson assess the MLS draft.

This weekend’s action…

Friday
NCAA FCS Championship: Eastern Washington vs. Delaware, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. LSU, 5 p.m. (FOX-13)

Saturday
Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
Pac-10 Hoops: Cal @ Arizona St., 11:30 a.m. (FSN)
NFL Wild Card: Seahawks vs. New Orleans, 1:30 p.m. (KING-5)
Pac-10 Hoops: Huskies vs. Oregon St., 3:30 p.m. (FSN)

NFL Wild Card: N.Y. Jets @ Indianapolis, 5 p.m. (KING-5)
WCC Hoops: Portland @ Gonzaga, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
NCAA Hoops: Seattle U vs. Cal St. Northridge, 7:10 p.m. (710-AM)
Pac-10 Hoops: Oregon @ Washington St., 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

Sunday
NFL Wild Card: Baltimore @ Kansas City, 10 a.m. (CBS-7)
NFL Wild Card: Green Bay @ Philadelphia, 1:30 p.m. (FOX-13)
Fight Hunger Bowl (really?): Boston College vs. Nevada, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Pac-10 Hoops: UCLA @ USC, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

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YourThoughts

  • Frank

    “The Pac-12 football championship game will be televised on FOX. It’ll be a doubleheader with the Big 10 championship…”

    WOOHOO Rose Bowl Semi-Final game!!!

  • John

    I hope they have a season this year, a full one. They must have pretty good confidence in Charlie to play this year, and no to Pryor, he is a perfect example of a project quarterback. He is a poor man’s version of Cam Newton, and I hope the Seahawks are not interested in him; this is serious football here with a team and a city that wants to win, not coddle and babysit a project who might be ready in 3 years if he ever grows up. Matt may be highly involved with the workouts, but nobody really knows if is actually going to be on the team this year. He already refused at least one offer.

  • Anonymous

    Rankings mean nothing.                          http://bit.ly/qR7Pkx

    • cruddly

      While the rankings might not be the most accurate way of determining the order of greatness in college football, it does have its advantages for those teams that manage to hang around the top 10 year in and year out.  It gives these schools recognition on a national level as  their names are constantly mentioned on shows such as “SportsCenter” —  and this can be nothing but helpful when recruiting high school athletes and getting rich alumni to empty their deep pockets.  Just look what it has done for the Ducks.  Basically, being ranked means something because it is a combination of recognition and free publicity.  

  • B.

    You write that “Washington hasn’t beaten the Ducks since 2003, three UW head coaches ago (Tyrone Willingham, Keith Gilberton and Rick Neuheisel).” While 2003 is the last year that I remember us beating Oregon, I seem to recall that 2003 was Gilbertson’s first year as coach and that Neuheisel only coached from 1999-2002.

  • Moparpeetie

    hafta agree with John… he’s a project at best. Bring back Matt for 2 years. with an o-line he is perfectly capable. with that comes relief for the defense… NO defense can be on the field as much as ours can be expected to perform… 3 & outs just don’t help the D. neither will a spoiled little brat like Pryor!!!!!!!!!!