The Warrior Beat

Guest host: Dopaco24

August 30th, 2010

As promised, Dopaco24 is blog host for a day. Meet him:

My name is Patrick Collins.  I'm a 27 year old Army veteran who is originally from Alabama. I am out of the Army now.  Currently I'm enrolled at KCC.   Everyone in my family, with the exception of myself, is an Alabama fan.  My parents even have a Big Al statue in their front yard.

I first became a fan of UH while watching the 2001 Hawai'i-BYU game, although my favorite team at the time was still Florida State.  I joined the Army in 2002 and was sent to Schofield Barracks in 2003.  I was able to see my first live college football game at Aloha Stadium in 2003 with Hawai'i hosting the Rice Owls in a WAC conference game.  After a few more 2003 games, I found myself talking only about UH and nothing about FSU.  So, with the Bama game coming up, I had to tell my dad the news.  I was worried about what he would say, so I was hesitant over the phone.  My dad said, "What is it son?  Just tell me."  So I then proceeded to tell him that I was a Hawai'i fan.  My dad then replied,"That's it?  I thought you were going to tell me you got some girl pregnant out of wedlock, killed someone, or worse, that you were an Auburn fan.  I don't know if I could ever talk to you again if you were an Auburn fan."  I know he was joking, of course.  Or was he?  Anyway, we ended up making a $20 bet about who was going to win.  My dad lost and never paid up.  So in 2006, I purchased tickets and a Hawai'i t-shirt for the Alabama game and had my father wear a University of Hawai'i  t-shirt at Bryant Denny Stadium. 🙂
With the exception of the 2004 and 2008 seasons(I was deployed), I have attended every home game since the Rice game.  I also attend Women's and Men's Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Baseball, and Softball game/matches, just not everyone of them.  I even volunteer with the Hawai'i Bowl.

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