Seattle Hoo

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:

Phase Summaries: Offense

Posted on August 13, 2018, in Football by Seattle Hoo.


Over the course of four articles, Robert Elder, StLouHoo, Kendall and I broke down for you the four position groups of the offense.  Now it's time to tie it all together and evaluate the offense as a whole.  The offense last year was not good, but it had some very good games.  An upset of Boise State powered by an offensive explosion meant the difference between bowling or not.  The running game was last in the ACC, but even that phase

Schedule Reaction: Non-Conference

Posted on August 2, 2018, in Team by Seattle Hoo.

As you all certainly know by now, UVA released the non-conference schedule today.  Most of the release was somewhat anti-climactic, as we already knew all but two of the opponents.  Getting the dates of some of the games was the big reveal.  StLouHoo asked me what I thought of the schedule, and so I took a look at it.  The games fall into three baskets for me: I Like, Don't Like, Don't Care.

First, the slate:

Welcome to the first isntallment of our 2018 Football Season Preview. In this installment, we're tackling the Quarterback position group.

Did you see that?  "Quarterback position group."  Maybe it's just because I don't like the Marvel movies, or maybe it's because some jackass's car alarm has been going off behind me for the last half hour putting me in a bad mood, but I think the "Thorterback" thing is silly and lame, and TB means tailback...


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