By Stephen Tsai
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.