Seattle Hoo
Seattle Hoo is the 'nom de net' of Frederick Polli

Who am I? HOO am I. Seattle Hoo is the moniker I go by now. I have been a fan of University of Virginia men's basketball since fall of 1980, when at the age of 14 I had been moved to southeastern Virginia by the whims of my parents, and the UNCheat fans in the neighborhood reminded me far too much of the Dallas Cowboys fans in my neighborhood in Connecticut. Having been a Giants fan in Connecticut, my visceral revulsion of those little bastards pushed me to adopt the home team. This push was aided by my being a huge Thomas Jefferson fan, and by having read a Sports Illustrated article on Ralph Sampson in March. I wasn't really a basketball fan before moving to Virginia, but it being the Golden Age of ACC Hoops, I was quickly sucked in by the quality and grace of the game, and the passion of the fans.

Being a law student who chose to stay local upon graduation, I took in all the home games in the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. I believe I was the first online content provider to obtain press access to UVA Basketball, when I started HOOpS Online and Rich Murray of the SID was kind enough to extend me credentials. HOOpS Online succumbed after a couple of years to the need to make a living for my family, but the passion for publishing and for UVA hoops has never subsided.

My personal perspective on sports tends to be from the head coach point of view. As a kid, I clued in very early that I would never be a player (small and slow with poor manual dexterity and agility is not a good combination for athletics), but loved sports and gravitated toward the strategic, tactical and player management aspects of the games. As an adult, I wound up coaching kids for fourteen years - first basketball, then soccer. My first coaching experience was in the Charlottesville City rec league’s 13-15 age group, where we won the championship by second year and advanced to the championship game my last. Coaching that group of kids was one of the highlights of my adulthood. Coaching U-12 premier soccer and U-14 advanced rec soccer in Hampton Roads, Virginia, was another. The psychology of coaching is my particular interest. To be a guru is my goal.

Seattle Hoo's Articles:

Venting Seattle

Posted on December 8, 2018, in Our Blog by Seattle Hoo.

WARNING!  F-Bomb Alert!

Things that are pissing me off when I see them on video:

1) Mamadi Diakite shooting mid-range jumpers.  I would yank his ass from the game the second he took one. I want to see him either post up, back his man down, get the ball, and make a move. Quick jump hook or drop step.  I showed you the video before the ...

Pre-Game Jitters

Posted on November 28, 2018, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

StLouHoo is very confident about a Hoos victory tonight, and with good reasons that he lays out in his game preview. I am not as sanguine.  I see Maryland as presenting more of a threat.  I watched much of the Marshall game and from that viewing, a few things come to mind:

If Anthony Cowan can get into the lane consistently, we're going to have to win the game on the offensive end. Cowan is very quick and got into the lane at will against Marshall. Onc...


Posted on November 23, 2018, in Football by Seattle Hoo.

This is my first attempt at working with football footage.  I hope it adds to the enjoyment of the day.  Thank you to Karl Hess for helping me pick out clips to use.