We had a great time at the game last night despite the close loss. Aloha Stadium is a great venue and the UH fans we sat by were very nice which was a relief. We didn't have any problems, and everyone behaved well no matter what the score was. I like Hawaii, and I like their fans, and team. Congratulations Warriors on making it to the Sugar Bowl.
The UWAA tailgate before the game was pretty fun, and I had the opportunity to meet some of the people who read and comment here every week. I have some great pictures which I will upload when I get some more time.
We flew out of Honolulu this morning and are spending the rest of the trip in Kauai. Honolulu is good for a couple of days like Vegas, but it gets old pretty quick.
Some quick observations on the game. I thought the team fought hard as usual, and as usual the coaching had plenty to do with the final numbers on the scoreboard. We just don't seem to get up very well in the second half, and to blow a 21 point lead to these guys is pretty much a joke. Hawaii is a decent team, but if they played a Pac Ten schedule they would be struggling right now to be a .500 team. The level of the Pac Ten is simply higher than the WAC.
I thought the first quarter was amazing. We did everything right, and it looked like it would be a long night for the home team. For some reason we weren't able to keep the intensity and focus up. Hawaii kept flying around, and we kept trying not to lose. When you do that you more than often end up losing. I am sure the heat, and the long way to travel had an effect, but UW had a chance to put this one away if they had kept running time off the clock. The three and out early in the fourth quarter was a killer.
The officiating was bad as usual, but you expect it on the road, and I have seen it a lot worse over here in the islands. UW didn't lose because of officiating, they lost because they didn't finish off their opponent when they had the chance.
I have no idea what is going to happen when the team comes home. I discussed it with many insiders and got a lot of varied opinions. I say it is still around 50/50 that Ty returns. One thing is for sure, the verbals of Middleton, and Kearse helped him out quite a bit.
I will be back for more when I have time, but right now it is time to head out to a Luau and pound down some Killer Mai Tai's.
Mahalo Husky Fans!