Polyclinic Blog
January 6, 2017 | by The Polyclinic

It was a remarkable year for the UW Husky football team and we congratulate their ‘dawgged’ determination this past season. Many Polyclinic providers and staff—alumni and fans, alike—were cheering them on throughout the year and especially at the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Alabama on December 31. While they lost out on this year’s chance at the national championship, the Huskies appear poised for another impressive year in 2017.

Polyclinic employees wear purple and goldPolyclinic staff and physicians donned purple and gold in a show of support on Friday, December 30.

Several Polyclinic doctors shared a few of their favorite memories of Husky football and cheering on the dawgs over the years:

Dr. Kim Abson: “Joined by my sister and sitting in the faculty section of the old Husky Stadium, we remember this great comeback by the Huskies in 2003 to pull off the upset over WSU. Not only did the Huskies take down the No. 8 Cougars in this Apple Cup thriller, the 27-19 win salvaged a 6-6 season for the Huskies — continuing a streak of 27-straight seasons without a losing record. As for WSU, this one stung. The Cougars finished 9-3, but were denied a third-straight, 10-win season, suffering a sixth consecutive Apple Cup loss to their cross-state rivals.

The game itself was an all-timer. Trailing 19-14 with four minutes to play, the Huskies battled back behind the arm of Cody Pickett to take a 20-19 lead. With 1:10 left, Pickett iced the game, heaving a 21-yard strike to wide receiver Corey Williams, and moments later elated fans stormed the field, climbing the goal posts to celebrate the upset. We didn’t storm the field but laughed, cried, and jumped for joy.”

Dr. Michelle Matin (Class of 1988, 1993, 2015): “I will never forget attending my first Apple Cup as a UW student in 1985. There was snow everywhere and it still holds the record for the coldest Apple Cup ever played in Seattle (20 degrees). A large crowd of us in the student section kept singing, ‘We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave!’ trying to convince ourselves that we were not freezing to death. That was such a fond memory for me that I did not remember the fact that we lost that year to the Cougs by one point.

My fondest memory was 31 seasons later, blowing out Stanford at home with the sold-out crowd of 70,000 and going out with some of those same friends from 1985 and celebrating at The College Inn Pub well into the wee hours. GO DAWGS!!!”

Dr. Daniel Flugstad: “I am a UW alumnus x 3. Undergraduate, Medical School and Orthopedic Surgery Residency for a total of 13 years on the UW campus. As a result, I bleed PURPLE.

I have many memories of UW football games dating back to 1972 - 1976 as an undergraduate when a season ticket was $20 dollars and the wave was invented during one of the games. Courting my wife (of now 40 years) in the pouring rain with umbrellas going inside out in the wind, sealed the deal with her; not only with me but with our beloved Huskies. She is a UW alumnus too.

My fondest memory is taking my 12-year-old son (who is now a dentist in Edmonds) to the 1990 Rose Bowl game when Mark Brunell was a sophomore. It was a beautiful warm day in the 70’s. We had 50-yard line seats. The Huskies were up by 20 plus points by half time blowing out Iowa by the final gun. Eighty percent of the stadium was wearing purple. This was the first of three back-to-back Rose Bowls under Don James, climaxed by the 1991 Rose Bowl when we won our last national championship.

Currently our annual ritual is to take 10 or more of my buddies by boat from our dock on Lake Washington to a September game. Prior to or after, depending on the time of game, my friends are treated to an unbelievable meal hosted by my wife. Weather has only foiled us once by choosing a September game.

It has been 25 years since the last National Championship and we are ravenously awaiting the next one. GO HUSKIES!!!”