Huskies vs. UCLA

Before the current UW football season, scheduling a game during Thursday night rush hour seemed like a pretty neat idea. Quarterback Jake Locker was billed as a Heisman favorite and appeared ready to lead the embattled Dawgs back into the Pac-10’s better half. The younger players, lacking experience in a surprisingly competitive 2009 campaign, had more seasoning, and newish coach Steve Sarkisian was held in universally high esteem. Perhaps best of all, the visiting team on that fateful Thursday would be the UCLA Bruins, coached by hated ex-Husky coach Rick Neuheisel, blamed by many for the demise of UW’s once-dominant program. Today, however, with the Huskies reeling from three straight conference losses by 30 or more points (a lamentable first in the school’s history), Locker is banged up, Sarkisian’s honeymoon is over, and the Huskies, now 3-6, will need to win three straight games to be eligible for a bowl game. Hence, the prevailing sentiment now is that it was a really dumb fucking idea to schedule a Husky home game during Thursday night rush hour. Fortunately, you can also watch it on ESPN—assuming you’re not stuck in traffic. MIKE SEELY

Thu., Nov. 18, 5 p.m., 2010

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