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.

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The summer of 2017 was not one of the high marks of Virginia Basketball.  We watched in horror as a string of players in whom Tony Bennett had invested a lot of time, energy and belief committed to other programs, some of them after having given Tony a verbal commitment while on a visit.  Players from Virginia cool-played Tony then went out of state.  The only visitors who came to Grounds and stuck around Charlottesville were a bunch of...

Key Waiver Approved!

Posted on October 22, 2018, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

At long last, the wait is over for Braxton Key and Wahoo Nation.  The basketball office announced today that the NCAA has granted Key's waiver and he will be eligible to play this season.  Key will be a junior this year, slated to graduate with Mamadi Diakite, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy.  He gives the Cavaliers another experienced option, having played 30 minutes per game as a freshman and 25 as a sophomore (he missed 10 games of his sophomore season with a leg injury).  At 6-8, 225 pounds, Key is a powerfully-built combo forward with plus athleticism.  He entered college at Alabama as a consensus top-60 recruit at #59 in 247Sports' composite ranking and #56 in the R...

With five minutes left in the epic invasion of Mordor, De'Andre Hunter came down on the ankle of a balrog and rolled it.  The injury ruled Hunter out of the next game, a Wednesday night home game with Louisville, creating a void in the rotation.  True freshman Marco Anthony was tabbed to step in.  Marco made the most of the opportunity, stepping in and throwing himself into the action with the same lack of fear he showed in the Blue-White Scrimmage the preceding October.