Thursday, December 27, 2007
My Hawai'i Dilemma
***Before you read this post, you must know that I have always referred, and will always refer to Hawai'i as "The Rainbow Warriors," even though they have recently dropped the rainbow descriptor. Their efforts to masculine-ize their school mascot won't work with me.***
To root for the Rainbow Warriors, or to root against them? That is the question I must face in the next few days.
Hawai'i is not one of my favorite teams, by any means. They have historically been at odds with BYU, and even though their rivalry has fizzled since BYU left the WAC, there are still some bitter feelings there.
Personally, I don't like Hawai'i because they have no class. They were always bitter about BYU's national respect and success, and they always did whatever they could to take the spotlight. Case in point, in 2004, Hawai'i QB Timmy Chang passed Ty Detmer to become the all-time leader in passing yards. He did it by running up the score, passing on every down and staying in late in blow-out games.
This year, Colt Brennan broke Detmer's all-time TD record in pretty much the same fashion. Hawai'i can't stand BYU's national respect, and so it has to play dirty games to take our records.
Plus, I don't like how Hawai'i got in the Sugar Bowl this year. Sure, they're the only undefeated FBS team, but they played most of their games in Aloha Stadium - where they are absolutely invincible - and two teams on their schedule were FCS (formerly D-1AA) teams. That is in addition to a WAC schedule that includes Idaho, Utah State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech who are barely D-1A as it is.
It's not right. They have the softest schedule in the league, and they get rewarded a huge bowl game for beating up on the little kids.
For that reason, I hope Georgia obliterates the Rainbow Warriors.
On the other hand, Hawai'i also represents something else: they are the little guy. In a way, Hawai'i is the flag bearer of every so-called "mid-major" school in the league. Much like Boise State last year, Hawai'i will go into New Orleans as the boy in a man's game, and I'm guessing no one will give them a real shot to win.
However, if they do win, that would mean non-BCS schools are perfect against their BCS bigger brothers. That would mean more credibility would be given to the argument that every team deserves an equal shot. A Hawai'i win would give more respect to teams like BYU, and they may even pave the way for a non-BCS team to win a national championship.
It could happen.
Plus, I would love to see the mighty SEC fall on national TV to a WAC team. Heaven knows I loved seeing Oklahoma get beat last year by Boise State.
So what say you, loyal readers? Should I root for the Rainbows?