But finally the wait is over as the Dawgs travel into the heart of the midwest on Saturday to take on the Fighting Illini at Chicago's Soldier Field. It would be disrespectful to mention the hallowed ground of the Chicago Bears without tipping the cap to the Great One:
Who'd you expect? Butkus?
After Illinois went 2-10 last year and just slipped by Southern Illinois of the FCS in their opener, it appeared UW would roll right through Chicago on their way to an easy win. That changed a bit when Illinois stepped up and punched Cincinnati in the mouth in a 45-17 blowout last weekend. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois' four-year starter at quarterback, is playing the best football of his career and has already exceeded the number of touchdown passes he threw last year. Here he is in mid-sentence:
"Blah blah blah, my name is hard to pronounce."
Even though a new offensive coordinator has injected life into Illinois' offense, I still expect the Huskies to dominate using their superior talent on both sides of the ball. It's not quite the cakewalk it appeared to be, but the Dawgs should force the Illini faithful to spend most of the game looking like this:
Now I could be wrong, but I'm just not 100% convinced the guy on the right is a chief. Furthermore, I have my doubts about this guy as well:
"Whatever dude, this definitely is a good idea."
Though I do have to admit I was impressed with this Illinois crew's look:
Now before I start getting hate mail about posting a plum-smuggling pic, here are some other Illini photos to help balance it out:
Now I'm going to take some heat from the female readership. To be fair, that last shot is pretty porn-y and quite frankly, I'm less than thrilled with her grip technique (get on the laces! c'mon!)
Onto the Bold Prediction for the week. Keith Price throws darts all over the field. Whether it's hitting Kasen on deep routes, Mickens/Ross in the flat, or ASJ over the middle, KP just can't miss. He ends up with 332 yards and 6 touchdowns. After the game, the mayor of Chicago presents him with a key to the city and Bears QB Jay Cutler asks him for advice on how to play quarterback as well as how not to be a douchebag.
This is how Jay Cutler walks. 24/7.
SIDE BAR: What's your preferred "fuck you" technique? The thumb-out version, like Jay is rocking above, is very comfortable, but in my humble opinion, distracts a bit from the "fuck you" message as that thumb just dangles out to the side like a lost child. Thumb-in might not feel as natural, but I think it does a better job in really getting that "fuck you" point across. Here is Mister Rogers demonstrating the double thumb-in varietal:
"Get the FUCK out of my neighborhood."
There's also the passive aggressive sneak attack "fuck you" that is much less common than the other two, but can be perfect for scenarios that call for a more subtle fuck you-ing. Here is the Leader of the Free World modeling that style:
"Hey Putin, I got something for ya."
Back to the game. ASJ is simply unstoppable posting up on smaller linebackers and safeties. After being abused by ASJ for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns through three quarters, the humiliated Illini defenders refuse to take the field if Seferian-Jenkins continues to play. After Illinois head coach Tim Beckman threatens to "take the ball and go home,"ASJ cites the scoreboard (56-3) and politely excuses himself from the game. Not long after, Mike Ditka calls him his "personal hero."
Anyway, the Huskies win 63-3.
Oh, and here's a reader-submitted photo of a Dawg Dude named Desmond rocking a pair of TDD shades:
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