One of the few disappointments in Husky basketball's rise to respectability (and even occasional dominance) under the guidance of Lorenzo Romar has been the team's recent ducking of cross-state rivals, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs. After going 1-5 against the Zags from 2001 to 2006, UW dropped them from their annual schedule, preferring to go with a somewhat softer non-conference slate. The Zag-lessness continues this season, but now it appears the Huskies will face another GU, and another set of Bulldogs.
Jack the Bulldog (pictured above) is the mascot for the Georgetown University Hoyas, and since no one knows what a Hoya is, the Hoyas are--for all intents and purposes--essentially Bulldogs. And they will be UW's opponents in this year's preseason Wooden Classic, which, just to clarify, is named after the great basketball coach John Wooden, and not after Georgetown's stiff, awkward, byzantine half-court offense.
Nevertheless, despite their historical prowess (Georgetown is the alma mater of such ballers as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson), today's Hoyas are no match for the Zags, nor, likely, the Dawgs. (For example, Andy Katz's highly scientific pre-season rankings from last March put the Zags at 16, the Huskies at 17, and Georgetown nowhere to be found.) Which leads this Dawg fan to say, all well and good with the new match-up, and next year's Huskies should be very exciting, but please let them play the Zags. MR. ROMAR, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! Or at least schedule Gonzaga.