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Huskies fans say Saturday's win against USC was greatest upset in team's history

A Seattle Times Internet poll has 43 percent of respondents voting the 16-13 Washington win as the greatest, beating out the Huskies 1994 victory against then-No. 5 Miami and its 1961 Rose Bowl win.

September 21, 2009|Mike Penner

Memories are exceedingly short in sports, so it should come as no surprise that Washington Huskies fans are calling Saturday's 16-13 victory against USC the greatest upset in the school's history.

In an Internet poll done by the Seattle Times, 43% of respondents voted Saturday's triumph as the school's biggest upset, far outdistancing the runner-up -- Washington's 38-20 victory against No. 5 Miami in 1994 (31%).

The Huskies' 1961 Rose Bowl upset of No. 1 Minnesota garnered only 8% of the vote.

Times columnist Jerry Brewer assessed the mood in Seattle, writing: "We can debate for hours whether this victory truly means the Huskies are back. We can talk about the team needing to prove its might again. We can talk about USC having to play without quarterback Matt Barkley and safety Taylor Mays and with limping running back Joe McKnight. But here's one undeniable truth that this win illuminates: Wherever you think the Huskies are, they're on an awe-inspiring ascent. And it doesn't feel like they'll stop rising for a while."

Trivia time

Bob Schloredt, who quarterbacked Washington to that 1961 upset of Minnesota, is one of four players to be named Rose Bowl most valuable player twice. Who are the other three?

Too many aces

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic has stumbled across a possible new formula for tennis success: Stop breaking aces records.

In a Davis Cup semifinal match on Friday, Karlovic shattered the record for aces in a tour-level match with 78. He still lost the match, which lasted nearly six hours, to Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 16-14.

Previously, Karlovic equaled the tour record for aces in a singles match with 51 at Wimbledon in 2005 -- and lost the match.

Earlier this year, he broke that record with 55 aces in a French Open match -- and lost that one too.

Unkindest cut

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa, on having basketball coaches John Beilein and Bruce Weber and former coaches Eddie Sutton and Bob Knight at a recent game: "That's three coaches and one media. When you're a college basketball coach and you're retired, you're still a coach. When you're a coach and you go to ESPN [as Knight did], you're media. You're not a coach anymore."

Hungry for the job

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, on what former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling would bring to the U.S. Senate if he is elected to fill the seat previously held by the late Edward M. Kennedy: "A big appetite."

Trivia answer

Ron Dayne, Charles White and Vince Young.

And finally

Boog Powell has become a fixture at his Camden Yards barbecue place at every Baltimore Orioles home game. Kent Hrbek promises he won't match that record when "Hrbek's" bar in the Minnesota Twins' new ballpark opens next season.

As Hrbek told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "[Powell] doesn't have 10,000 lakes he needs to fish."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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