Honorary Citizens – The Hawai’i Warriors

January 2, 2008

First off – a special nod to the brilliant BCS Selection Committee. I’m totally piling on here – but they gave us 2 unpalatable appetizers yesterday on the way to The National Title Game. Another 2 are likely on the way tonight and tomorrow, barring Oklahoma pulling their perpetual Major Bowl Game Disappearing Act (they are winless in their last 3 trips to the BCS).

I thought healthy debate about who the best team was is one of the supposed beauties of Bowl Season? Would it have been that hard to put the aforementioned Sooners, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and Southern Cal in a hat and pull out 2 great match-ups? Couldn’t you then have another pool of West Virginia, Kansas, Hawai’i and Illinois, Missouri and, I don’t know, Appalachian State, to set up the other 2 games?

I’ve pretty much resigned myself that this system isn’t going anywhere, but at least we can improve the selection process to leave out participants-by-default like the 2 losers we saw yesterday.

Now, onto Hawai’i. They get Honorary Citizenship because, much like the FBS team here in Losersville, they looked really bad in losing to Georgia. In a rare moment of lucidity, everything I thought I knew about Hawai’i was proven correct. I thought Colt Brennan was a fraud, and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrel should have gotten way more play for the Heisman for putting up better numbers in a similar system. I was right. Get used to your name being preceded by this phrase, Colty – “Now entering the game for the Edmonton Eskimos…”

I thought Georgia’s D would give up a fair amount of completions, but very few yards. 22-39 is not a bad line – but having that only go for 169 yards, and 3 INTs, is. I thought the Dawgs would run the ball at will. I was right.

Don’t worry – I probably won’t be right in this way more than 20% of the time. Remember the name of the blog. Nonetheless, if we are forced to accept the bowl system as a way for determining the National Champion, I at least want to learn something from each bowl game. All I learned from the Sugar Bowl was that an elite SEC team could dominate a suspect WAC team at will. Not much of a newsflash there.

I sat up until 3 on the final night of the season, begging Washington to put the Warriors away, but as they are Washington, they could not. I knew this would doom Georgia to playing a game where they would get to toss the slight Brennan around like a ragdoll and submit us to 4 hours of Thom Brenneman’s continuous exhibition of idiocy.

Well, I didn’t know Brenneman was doing the game – but as soon as I found out, I wept. This is the guy who was amazed at all the Cubs fans who “travelled” to Atlanta to watch their beloved Cubbies in the 2003 NLDS. If, by travelled, he meant drove down from Alpharetta or Duluth. Must be nice having a Hall Of Fame broadcaster for a Dad. Apparently, that’s all you need to get a job at Fox Sports these days.

I want to personally welcome Hawai’i to the Losersville fold. You guys filled one of the most crucial components of citizenship here – getting so close to glory, only to be exposed as a fraud and fail spectacularly in the end (see: The ’94 Atlanta Hawks).