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October 18, 2012

Think About It: Football Reality Check

New coaches, new system, new players; this year's edition of University of Hawaii football had all of the signs of a rebuilding year- months before opening day. And thus far, it has been a slow and often times painful experience for players, coaches and fans. And while everyone talks about giving the team, the program, and the coach's time, week after week we hear fair-weather fans (and reporters) complaining specifically about results. Because at the end of the day, while people applaud effort, lack of personal fouls and reduced hot-doggery, and classier attire on road trips, those same people really care most about scores and wins.

Such is the reality of being not only the biggest game in town and a major revenue source, but also a major component of some people's sense of pride, character, and self. Sad but true, as some people really do get too caught up in the weekly exploits of 19- and 20-year olds playing with an oddly-shaped ball that doesn't always bounce right in Halawa.

And while we all would love to see this year's version of Warrior football get to the required six-win total to help secure a berth in our own Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, you can't realistically talk about giving the seeds time to grow in this new football era, and then lament the results each week. "Getting better" will require more education, more depth, more recruits, and a comfort level among the new staff that can only occur with time- and that time means months or a couple of years, not days or weeks. In the meantime, suck it up, for we optimistically expect that better times are ahead, but let's not base our lives, attitudes, or moods on week to week results when applying logic and reality to the situation that is UH football in 2012. Think about it…


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