Warriors… come out and plaaaay – but don’t bring your haka

12 09 2007

University of Hawaii WarriorsThe Western Athletic Conference has basically banned the Haka. They haven’t come out & stated that, but last weekend’s assessing the Warriors as being guilty of ‘unsportsman-like behavior’ – before the game even started against Louisiana Tech – amounts to the same thing.The University of Hawaii Warriors didn’t even do the Haka on the field: it was performed in front of their locker area, facing a group of 200 of their supporters. Head Coach June Jones checked with the officiating crew prior to the start of the game as to what the ruling was on the Haka, and was told that as long as it wasn’t on-field, or facing the Louisiana Tech players then it would be fine. Coin tossed, the Bulldogs elected to receive, and the Warriors were immediately assessed the 15 yard penalty. Read the rest of this entry »


The WTF College Football rankings… week 2

7 09 2007

NCAA… ummmm… huh?Ok… my 20+1 for this week. Hell, I bet I was the closest blogger who had Michigan where they deserved to be (I had ’em at #15)… but let’s not be too sore at the Wolverines (I know there’s one certain X-Man pissed over the use of the name): Chuck Weis is certainly happy someone’s taken the heat off him.

Anyway… I figured that I better do something a lil’ more realistic than simply go on Helmets this week. So I figured I’d just draw names out of a hat (no AA teams… didn’t realise I wasn’t allowed to rank ’em!).

And awaaaaay we go! Read the rest of this entry »

The WTF College Football rankings… week 1

4 09 2007

NCAA… ummmm… huh?A lot of you realise that I also write from time-to-time over at the excellent conglomerative blog, Epic Carnival. Lotsa folks writing there, and I believe it’s really helped my writing… and general sports awareness.

I was asked to submit a 20+1 rankings for NCAA football. Are you kidding me? I literally have NFI (and I don’t mean the National Film Institute) on college football. Sure, heard of some of the teams before, but I lack the awareness that the general guy living in the US has. Totally lack. Like… a void.

I think it’s important for each & every one of you to realise that I’m an Australian guy, living in Japan. Whilst I enjoy watching the American game, I tend to lean more towards the professional game – where news/games are readily available, and my awareness of players/teams is pretty damn good on that (enough to hold my own in Fantasy Leagues et al). Add to that, I lack the sense of allegiance that actually attending a college/university gives.
Still, I know all the really ‘big’ teams: USC, LSU, UCLA, FBI… errr… anyway (yes, I know… awful, awful pun using acronyms), I thought I’d make my college 20+1 rankings based entirely on how cool the logo on their helmet looks. As I said, when it comes to College football, I have no idea. So… Read the rest of this entry »