By Stephen Tsai
The Warriors' sweet dreams were interrupted with the BAM!-BAM!!-BAM! pounding on their doors this morning.
It was 5:30 a.m.
With physical-training captains at full volume and rage, the Warriors were out of their room, in full training wear, and ready for a morning workout that would make an officer and a gentleman wince.
They met outside their dormitory-styled barracks, in two straight lines. But some were sent back to their rooms for failing to wear socks. Others were berated, then sent back to put on their workout shoes.
After push-ups on the dew-moistened lawn, they marched to a field where they spent the next hour doing military-styled exercises.
When a player made a pained look, Chief Nixon Galon yelled: "You're only doing this one day. We do this every day."
The PT leaders said the exercises were a way to instill the physical and mental discipline needed in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Norm Chow said it was a lesson in appreciating the sacrifices made by those who serve the country.
"I told our guys, we get to go home this weekend," Chow said. "Some of these guys are going off to war. Their family and loved ones don't even know if they're coming back or not. We know we're going back to a comfortable life, a privileged life to play football. We want to think about others who are making sacrifices."
After the session, the players marched to the PacAF building, a concrete facility that once housed 3,200 military personnel. It was on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese attackers, who had run out of bombs, sprayed the building with bullets. The holes still remain.
The Warriors then thanked the leaders in their own style. They performed a rousing haka.