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July 29, 2008 12:10 PM

Tuesday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few links found while wondering why defeat is always snatched from the jaws of victory, and vice versa? Why is it never the "tightly-clenched hands'' of victory that defeat is snatched from? Maybe that would make it harder to pry away.

Anyway. ...

--- Ted Miller rates the Pac-10's five most bitter rivalries and has UW included in two --- the UW-Oregon rivalry is No. 3 and UW-WSU is No. 5. A good list --- he's right on about the UA-ASU thing something I wrote about once when working at a different paper. And having attended a USC-UCLA game, I can't argue with that call, either. Still, I find it hard to believe anything right now is really much nastier than the UW-Oregon rivalry based on the correspondance I get.

--- The perpetually typing Miller also rates the Pac-10 schools in order of most-to-least hated and has UW at No. 5. That's something that is truly in the eye of the beholder --- I'm sure Cal fans would rate Stanford a lot higher. I know some longtime UW fans who hate Stanford quite a bit, as well, dating to the Bill Walsh comments in the early '90s.

--- A Bleacher Report writer wonders if it's fair to call Jake Locker the Tim Tebow of the West. Sounds like one person who would say no is Locker, who judging by some of the comments he made at Pac-10 media day isn't embracing those comparisons.

--- A writer for the Cascade Times, a weekly newspaper covering the Ellensburg-Snoqualmie Pass area, rates the coaches in the Pac-10 and puts Tyrone Willingham eighth. Considering the debate on here the other day about Mike Stoops and Willingham, the author makes an interesting point about the conference records of the two coaches --- Stoops is 12-22 in four years at Arizona while Willingham is 6-20 at UW. As the author notes, Willingham would have to win six games this year to match Stoops' four-year record.

--- One Dallas writer wonders if Isaiah Stanback can add an extra dimension this season while another notes that Stanback has had a couple of drops early and needs to fight for the ball more.

--- Marcel Reece has been working out with Oakland's running backs, but also has been slowed at times with a hamstring injury.

--- Former Husky Joe Lobendahn had a nice game in his first start for Winnipeg last week, making six tackles at middle linebacker.

All for now.

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