The wonder years

December 31st, 2009

While I was pretending to work yesterday, I noticed my cohorts working on end-of -decade stories.

Decade is ending?

This is what happens when your cell phone is your watch. It seemed like only yesterday we assigned a business writer to exclusively report on Y2K. The world was supposed to go into chaos when the calendar struck '00 and our computers were to read it as "1900." Of course, I never understood why on New Year's 1999 the computers didn't read it as 1899. But I digress. Then again, it was a decade ago when our entire sports department had only  one computer that connected to the Internet.

As my cohorts tell me, it was quite a decade. Jessica Simpson said: "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says, 'Chicken of the Sea.'" Later in the decade, Tara Reid said: "I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist."

And, yes, my cohorts tell me the decade brought us American Idol, Project Runway, Survivor, Lost, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and the hanging chad. (I wonder what ever happened to Friendster, MySpace's predecessor?) Oh, and blogs.

But it also had to be the most entertaining — and successful — decade in UH football history, right? June Jones. Rolo the quarterback. Tim Chang.  H. The Warriors, and  The Warrior. The Hawaii Bowl. Ashley Lelie. Travis LaBoy. Vince Manuwai. The 220s. Chad Owens. The King (Samson Satele), Nasti and the Heisman Trophy finalist (Colt Brennan). Davone and Ryan. Grice-Mullins and Grice Mullen. Colt mania. Eo Na Toa. The Iceman. The haka. The ha‘a. The haka again. "I've never known a Texan to back down from a fight before. I guess their coach isn't from Texas." "I decided to come back for my senior year." "We wanted it badder." "Balls to the walls." The Sugar Bowl. Hawai‘i Pono‘i. Coach Mack.  Rolo the coach. Princess Leila. Princess Leila's videos. Adam and Solly. Blaze. Estacio. Salas ...

Enjoy the moments. You don't have to be a rock scientist to know they pass quickly.

Then again, you always can relive them on Youtube, like these:

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