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UW Husky Hoops Fans: Welcome to Montlake Madness!

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Welcome to Montlake Madness, the only fan-run site devoted 100% to University of Washington Husky basketball. Since we’re just getting started, here are some answers to questions that no one is asking me.

Why start a Washington Husky basketball fan blog?

Like any big fan who wants more information, analysis, and chatter with other fans about his team, I’m trying to be the change I’d like to see in my small part of the world.

In my opinion, there’s really only one good source of Husky hoops content for us more-than-casual fans out there: Bob Condotta’s Husky Men’s Basketball Blog for The Seattle Times. During the season, I want more than any one blog can supply. And, while I’m sure Bob is a fan of the team, covering the team as a professional journalist is his job. He and the rest of the team at The Seattle Times do an awesome job giving us the basics about the team and the news surrounding the Huskies in a straightforward way. I’m the anti-professional.

What are you planning to write about at Montlake Madness?

You’ll get posts about whatever’s happening in the world of Husky basketball from an average, run-of-the-mill fan. When I’m lucky enough to be at Hec Ed for the game, you’ll get that perspective. If I catch a game at the pub, you’ll get my beer-fueled rantings afterward. And if I’m watching from my couch, I’ll probably have a lot to say about the FSN coverage, or the fact that my wife thinks Cal’s point guard looks like Frida Kahlo (right?). So, that’s the perspective you’ll get here.

I’m also going to do my best to fill in the gaps as far as what’s being talked about in the discussion. I’ll give you my perspective on the games, the players, the stats, the recruiting, and give you a chance to make your perspective heard in the comments section. Bring up an interesting point, and maybe I’ll feature it in a post. Let’s start a discussion between the fans.

What year did you graduate UW, and how long have you been rooting for the Huskies?

Funny I should ask. I actually spent my early life in Brooklyn, NY, and went to a small D-III school just outside the city. I sort of rooted for St. John’s as a kid, but didn’t really have a college hoops team growing up. But, I was a huge fan of the game.

A friend took me to my first Husky game three seasons ago (the Spencer Hawes season) — my first year living in Seattle. We beat Cal that night, and ever since I’ve been a pretty intense fan. I haven’t missed watching a game, and what I lack in historical precedence, I make up for with passion and research. Sure, I didn’t watch Detlef or MacCulloch, and I only saw Nate and B-Roy play from afar. But, when it comes to understanding the Huskies in the here and now, I’m your guy. Or, at least, I’m the guy taking the time to write about the team.

So, what now?

I guess it’s time to start blogging the Huskies. I hope you enjoy Montlake Madness.

And, hey, thanks for stopping by.