Two days after UH capped an unprecedented season as the country's only undefeated team, en route to the Sugar Bowl, the Warriors yesterday also found themselves in new territory as the targets of taunts on a national scale.
Among the trash talk on blogs and other Web sites yesterday, Travis Fain, a columnist for The Telegraph newspaper in Macon, Ga., wrote "I want Colt Brennan's head on a stick. I want that pretty boy Hawaii quarterback driven through the Superdome turf. ... Destroy Hawaii."
(Hawaii associate athletic director of external affairs John) McNamara was hardly surprised.
"They only throw stones when you're on a pedestal," he said. "We've reached a plateau we've never been to before. There will be no shortage of critics."
McNamara welcomes "good-natured banter" and said UH officials "will certainly stay above the fray."
But McNamara hopes UH fans don't devolve into similar "mean-spirited" comments.
Seriously, folks, this is college football. There's no room for mean-spiritedness, particularly of the comment variety.
By the way, "columnist" is a bit generous. I'm basically a Georgia fan, who works at The Telegraph, who was asked to write a column this past Sunday. You can read it here.
And if John McNamara and the Hawaii faithful think that I'm a poor sport, they might want to stay away from Bourbon Street. I assure them, I'm a saint compared to some of the drunks we can throw their way.
Here's to a good game. And blitzing Colt Brennan until he's black and blue.