Best case, worst case: A (fictional) tale of Washington's 2023 season
How good can it be? And how bad might it get?
Two years ago, I reached out to Ted Miller, the great former ESPN (and Seattle P-I) scribe who once covered the Pac-10/12 with gusto. I wanted to ask: would he mind if I took a crack at a fictional “Best Case, Worst Case” appraisal of Washington’s upcoming season, in the style of Ted’s signature series? Those columns were among my favorite recurring preseason items. I bet many of you feel similarly.
Where might the 2023 season land, relative to the fantastical details I’ve concocted below?
As Ted always reminded: these are works of fiction. None of the events or quotes are real. But there’s nothing wrong with a little creative exercise every now and then, no?
The ABC telecast begins with a close-up of Michael Penix Jr., the star quarterback warming up in his custom Simply Seattle t-shirt, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones covering his ears.
It’s a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at Husky Stadium. The air is warm, the skies are a bit cloudy, and a crowd of 68,000 shows to watch the nation’s No. 10-ranked team play Boise State. Boats pack Husky Harbor. It all feels a little like the good old days.