I remember when.
I remember when we last had the “perfect season,” in 1998. A perfect mess. Zero wins, twelve losses. 19 losses over two seasons.
And now, nine years later, I sit here having witnessed the absolute antipode of that season. Hawaii finishes with twelve wins, zero losses. Just plain perfection.
And I saw this regular season come to a close, like so many times this past season, in a cliffhanger. An underdog team, climbing the rankings, winning game after game and not getting the respect they deserve, playing in the most important game of their season. They find themselves down 21-0. It seems like the carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. But the team refused to say die. They fought the team to a standstill, brought it back even, then took the lead in the last two minutes of the game. Finally, their opponents bring it to their 3-yard line…and our heroes get an interception in the end zone.
An ending worth of an Academy Award best picture. Not even the best screenplay writers in Hollywood could come up with a better ending.
Actually, the story is not over yet. The best ending would be a BCS berth, and then, like Boise State before them, winning the game and capping off the season in major fashion.
This is an exciting time for the University of Hawaii, and the best is yet to come.