By Braddah Lance
As a new football season approaches - both college and pro - the mark of the beginning is not actually "spring ball" but the white vs green game (for UH football) and the NFL draft, both which happened this past weekend.
The white vs green game on Saturday had a lot of fan support - which is very encouraging - but I really wonder how many will "jump off the bandwagon" if the team (UH) happens to struggle? C'mon, you know I'm talking about all those "wanna be's" and not the loyal kama'aina who stuck with the team during the "he who must not be named" era.
While the first game is more than four months away, the excitement builds with every new press release and "gossip" begins to grow. We will now see, hear and read everyone's new position as a backseat coach, GM, trainer, whatevahs now that we have expectations of success - or at least our opinions of what should have been done to be successful.
ESPN was doing a run through of what to expect from the top 25 teams and if/how they were reloading their NFL bound pool. I was surprised they mentioned Hawaii's own Inoki Funaki as a "sleeper" to watch out for this season...and they pronounced his name correctly on top of that!
Probably cause nevah have much connecting vowels and syllables.
The NFL draft was also on ESPN this weekend and that must be one of the most nervewracking process to go through as players wait for "the call" and teams scramble hoping not to pick a "bust". The Draft is almost as big as the Super Bowl and it's pupule to even think that people would sit in front of a tv just waiting to hear the next draft pick for their favorite team and their sworn rivals team. For, me just knowing the first ten picks was good enough and I just looked that up yesterday.
As players are picked, you hear either hear boo's or cheers - depending on the position/player selected - and that must be the most humbling experience a player has to go through on national tv. On the field it's different, but as all-star college players in their respective positions not even having played a single NFL down and already they're getting boo'd?
Wassap Wit Dat?
Take the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. I would say in the past decade and a half, maybe only twice has the fans ever cheered on national tv supporting the pick - and the second was this past Saturday. Wow, if the fans can't even support you then how you going play?
Well I am glad to hear our boy Colt Brennan was selected in the sixth round! Chee-hoo! Sure we all wished he was picked higher but at least he'll get paid just to sign his name in the upcoming weeks. The rest...well, is up to him. Most of us know Colt's story and how he battled adversity through his college career so him being drafted in the very late rounds should be nothing new to us.
Hopefull Colt will be the "sleeper" pick of the NFL...and I'm not talking Z's.