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March 13, 2005

Am I dreaming?

Posted by at 7:29 PM

There is a phrase that was uttered by the immortal Jack Buck after Kirk Gibson hit his dramatic home run to win Game One of the 1988 World Series, and it pretty much describes what just happened.

ďI donít believe what I just saw.Ē

Thank you, Mr. Buck. I couldnít have said it better myself. I just finished watching the NCAA selection show, and I didnít have to wait long to find out where the Huskies would be.

Ladies and gentleman, a one seed. A ONE SEED. ONE OF THE TOP FOUR TEAMS IN AMERICA.

All season I have complained about Dick Vitale and ESPN not respecting the West and the ball we play out here. Apparently, it doesnít matter what those guys think, The only people who matter got it right today, and Iím talking about the NCAA selection committee. They saw that the Huskies had one of the most impressive resumes of any team, and they rewarded the Dawgs.

When I started to pay attention to sports some 20 years ago, I learned very quickly that UW was a football school. Even when the Bob Bender teams of the mid-í90s went to the NCAA tourney, they were still one of the last teams to get in with their 19-11 or 20-10 records. I never ever thought that in my lifetime I would see a Husky basketball team as a one seed in an NCAA tourney.

What is happening at Montlake right now is special, and it is a once-in-a-generation occurrence. This type of season doesnít happen all the time, even to traditional powerhouse teams. This type of team doesnít come along all the time, with this amount of heart and character.

I donít know how the NCAA tournament is going to play out, but as we get ready for one of the most exciting events in sports, I do know one thing. I have never ever been prouder of a Seattle area team, and I have never been more excited for what could lie ahead.

My friends, I hope you have your best dancing shoes on. Letís go cut a rug.