Here are two safe bets to place on tonight's Holiday Bowl. One, the Huskies will at least cover the fourteen point spread, slightly redeeming themselves for the 56-21 annihilation they suffered at the hands of Nebraska earlier this season. Two, the guys calling the game for ESPN will inevitably trot out the same soggy set of Seattle clichés that announcers always use to describe the city. For a reminder of just how much the national media loves its Seattle stereotypes, look no further than today's New York Times piece on Jake Locker and the Pacific Northwest.
To be fair, William Yardley paints a more complete picture than most. He gives a brief history lesson about UW's humble beginnings, contrasts the "boarded up hotels" of Aurora with the glossy new developments downtown, and casts Seattle as, "a crossroads, energized by friction between rural and urban, union machinist and transplant techie, immigrant and entrenched."
But, in the same breath, he references our supposed reputation for "precision composting" (WTF?) and refers to the region as "the complicated corner of America" (double WTF?) where Locker was raised.
Fortunately, there's no mention of constant precipitation, coffee, flannel shirts or frayed jeans. The metaphorical downpour, as colleague Rick Anderson once called the sports media's fascination with Seattle rain clichés, will probably have to wait until tonight's game, when ESPN's Erin Andrews chimes in with her first sideline report about the torrential downpours San Diego has had recently.