One Great Season
+ I've written before about how ESPN and others should show more gestures of sportsmanship during their game broadcasts. The postgame handshake line in college basketball is an easy target, and especially considering the NCAA has a weak ad campaign promoting the importance of sportsmanlike behavior, you'd think there would be a clause drawn into those billion-dollar television contracts. I bring this up because near the end of Jon Gruden's segment with Jake Locker the other day, I watched outstanding video of Locker and his teammates sharing emotional embraces after Washington won its bowl game a few months ago. No one was miked up, but the photographer was close enough to pick up neat bits of audio from Locker's mammoth offensive linemen who told him how much they appreciated that he came back for his senior year, how proud they were of him for reaching his goal of a bowl win. One even wished him luck at the next level. These weren't your typical "nice-game" postgame hugs. These were real, human moments, the kind that need to be shown as often as possible. For Locker, this postgame was a simultaneous culmination and coronation. He led a Washington team back from the dead, a squad that went 0-12 in 2008, won five games with a new coach in 2009, then welcomed the NFL-ready Locker back for one more season. Those hugs, those friendships, that bowl win made it all worth it for Locker. At least that's my guess from the video I watched.