- Oregon baseball begins their journey towards Omaha this weekend as PK Park plays host to Rice, USF and South Dakota State in the open round of postseason play. The Autzen Zoo gives us a nice preview of the double-elimination regional. The Washington Post also discusses the quality of coaching in the Oregon regional with George Horton and Rice's Wayne Graham.
- ESPN gives an interesting poll, asking which PAC-12 leading team has the fewest issues between Oregon, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and Arizona State. I think you have to go with Oregon in that list. There are question marks around linebackers and how the coaching staff will adapt to their new positions but there is a ton of depth and talent all over the field. Not having Chip Kelly is going to take some getting used to. It will be interesting to see what weaknesses the Helfrich regime will display.
- Washington Huskies wide receiver James Johnson is retiring from football because of a wrist injury. Johnson was expected to compete for a starting position in 2013. WR Jamaal Jones, DB Darien Washington, RB Erich Wilson II, and Evan Zeger have all been granted releases from the football program.
- Friend of the blog, and Pittsburgh Penguins superfan, Rob Moseley notes that we should finally get an answer from the NCAA regarding potential sanctions stemming from recruiting violations sometime in the next 2 weeks. There is an appeal process that could last another 4 months but thankfully, finally, this process is coming to a close.
And finally, everyone knows about our soft spot for the OI Foundation and what they do for families and children everywhere. Many of us have little ones (or much bigger, older little ones) running around the house saying and doing all sorts of weird and interesting things. For your Friday Video of the Week, we actually have a double feature. We bring to you Conversations With My 2 Year Old, Episodes 1 and Episode 2. Enjoy.