I'm well aware that most of you are not college football fans. Honestly, I'm not so much either. But in case you end up watching the Sugar Bowl today, here are seven irrefutable reasons you should cheer for Hawaii and not the Georgia Bulldogs.
1. It's hard to get any more underdog than Hawaii. Not only is the school the lower-ranked projected-to-lose team for this game, as a school, they've only played once - ONCE! - in a bowl on the mainland in the entire school's history. And now they find themselves in the Sugar Bowl, a BCS Matchup. It's time for the little guy.
2. They are a fun team to watch, tossing the ball all over the field with 3 and 4 and 5 people running out to catch it. It's a blast.
3. We are the Rainbow Warriors; and use to just be the Rainbows. How many athletic teams do you know named after color displays?
4. A cheer for Hawaii is a cheer for me. And who wouldn't cheer for me? Besides, if you know anyone in Georgia, I'm nicer than them anyway, admit it. And if you disagree, I'll kick your ass.
5. This is the single most important sporting day in the history of the state. We have no professional teams, no NFL, NBA, MLS, etc. The U of H is it. UH as WAC Champion t-shirts have been flying off the rack; thousands of Hawaiians are flying to Nawlins for the game. While some schools are moping around, all depressed, because they were forced to go to the Citrus Bowl when they are sure they deserved the Orange, close to 10,000 people showed up at the stadium just to hear the announcement that we were going to the Sugar Bowl. It's hard to overstate how excited the island is.
6. Much of the team is Samoan. How often do you get to cheer for Samoans? Other than this one guy I remember in Mid-South Wrestling in 1982, never. Cheer for these guys.
7. And best of all, our guys do the Hawaiian Ha'a Dance. Yeah, the Grambling and Southern half-time shows are probably better, but this is done by the actual football players.
(and mumble, I get 32 points if they win, mumble, mumble)