Talking Points: Congrats Brent Richards.

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Congratulations to Camas native Brent Richards.

For the fourth consecutive season, Richards led the Huskies in goals and earned all-conference recognition.

He is one of three Huskies chosen first-team all-Pac-12 by the league’s coaches, his second first-team honor.

One thing Richards missed out on was playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Despite finishing second in the conference with a 7-3 conference record and posting a 12-4-2 overall mark, Washington was not selected for the NCAA Tournament.

That’s a shame.

But it’s hard to imagine Richards doing any more as a Husky. This season he scored 10 goals, five of them game winners, and added five assists. He finishes his UW ninth on the school’s career goals list with 31.

We’re guessing he’ll soon join another list of Husky greats — those who have graduated to pro soccer.

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Why is the division that includes the Seahawks sometimes called the NFC Worst?

Well, consider this: Sunday was the first time that all four teams in the division have won on the same weekend since the Seahawks, 49ers, Rams and Cardinals became division rivals in 2002.

Is Sunday’s success a sign that the division is on the upswing?

Perhaps. There are some talented young players on each team. The 49ers, especially, have the look of an improving team with swagger.

But we’re not buying the NFC West as a rising power division.

Why the skepticism?

Well ... according to the number crunchers at Elias Sports Bureau, in its current alignment the NFC West has posted four losses on the same week eight times. The other five divisions have gone winless in the same week only 10 times combined in those nine-plus seasons.