Football hiccups and 2009 schedule

Yesterday, David and I spent the afternoon watching the University of Hawaii football team beat Washington State 38-20 in Seattle.  Although we have HDTV, the satellite feed was in low definition and jerky.  Lots of hiccups, which were extremely irritating.  We paid Oceanic $380 for pay per view and expect better service than that!  Grrr.  We wish ESPN would broadcast all of our road games, instead, because then the games would be in high definition.  Oh, well, at least our alma mater won.  Can’t complain about that!

Friends who knew me before I married David are always amazed that I enjoy watching football, because I used to hate it.  Through osmosis, I have absorbed my husband’s love of the sport and become an addict, too.  How about you?  Are you a sports enthusiast?  Have you always been that way, or has your significant other converted you?

2009 University of Hawaii football schedule:

Sept. 4         CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Sept. 12       at Washington State
Sept. 19       at UNLV
Sept. 30       at Louisiana Tech*
Oct. 10         FRESNO STATE*
Oct. 17         at Idaho*
Oct. 24         BOISE STATE*
Oct. 31         at Nevada*
Nov. 7          UTAH STATE*
Nov. 14        NEW MEXICO STATE*
Nov. 21        at San Jose State*
Nov. 28        NAVY
Dec. 5          WISCONSIN

* WAC team

13 Responses to “Football hiccups and 2009 schedule”

  1. DrumMajor Says:

    Growing up in Oklahoma, (“OU – Big Red – Boomer Sooner football,”) I lived through enough football to last a lifetime. Okies didn’t have any other professional sports, so the whole state freaks about OU football. I didn’t even like football in high school. Hovering as Drum Major over our top band in the state, I couldn’t even tell you the final score sometimes!

    Even before my dying mother expired, friends wanted to gain custody of their coveted 4 OU football seats that my parents had since 1942! An entire booklet describes how such tickets have the right to be passed one time to a family member. Some people designate who gets them in their will! My mom physically went to games until she was 82!

    Football is sloooooow. I like hockey, in person! But Kansas City doesn’t have a pro hockey team anymore.

    When the Kansas City Chiefs (football) are playing, that’s a good time to go to the store….no crowds. A UH player signed with the Chiefs this year. Hope he likes to shovel snow!

    DrumMajor

  2. gigihawaii Says:

    UH receiver Ashley Lelie signed but got cut by the Chiefs recently. Is that who you mean?

  3. DrumMajor Says:

    Yep, so you can see how well I keep up with the local football news. The Chiefs are losing to the Ravens right now. Hope Ashley can find a better team. DrumMajor

  4. Dobbs Ferry Dude Says:

    I am a fair weather fan, frankly. I listen to the games on the radio because I can then read a book at the same time. I must admit that life becomes a little more interesting around here when football season starts.

  5. gigihawaii Says:

    DM: Who inherited your parents’ seats after their death?

    Dude: You must have a 2 track mind. Reading a book and listening to the game are mutually exclusive endeavors for me!!!

  6. DrumMajor Says:

    Gigi — So funny….my 2 brothers went to OU; I went to Kansas U, originally for music therapy.
    The oldest brother is a rabid, but diplomatic OU fan, who lives on the east coast.
    My Mom had given the required “donation” each year to OU, and then sold, at cost, the tickets to another doctor widow friend. So her friend, ever so gently was inquiring about their private “deal” as my Mom was expiring, because, oh gosh, darn it, the deadlines for actually declaring the “right” to buy the tickets was occuring. (It was the one thing that tickled my funny as I was fighting my Mom’s doc for her right to die: that OU fans can’t even start dying without people being worried about the tickets!)

    We even joked about offering her poopy doctor a set of tickets in exchange for following her wishes…..or auctioning them off in the church auction for years on end to embellish the grandkids’ education funds…..but it’s big business there. Over the years, my parent’s tickets improved, pre-determined by “donation” amount and years of activity. 50-yard seats are rare when held so long. They can pass one time to a family member, not again to subsequent decendents. The annual donation must be kept up in order just to have the “right” to those seats.

    So, after much research and several meetings with the OU Alumni Association, since my Mom had just mailed her annual donation the week before her massive stroke, my oldest brother first purchased from the family trust, “the right” via the annual donation to keep 2 of the 4 seats, and then exercised the option to buy this year’s tickets. He has honored my Mom’s agreement with her friend, giving her first dibs on any tickets my brother doesn’t want. But he IS planning to travel from Georgia to Oklahoma for some of the games, as he’s retired, and can stay at his old fraternity.

    The OU Association said families have given lawyers such coveted seats in exchange for lifetime legal services!

    OU items, including a tabletop OU “Sooner Schooner” covered wagon were at her memorial service. The fans literally live and die OU football!

    I’d rather see a football game in Honolulu, where I can see the ocean from my seat while watching the game….

    Cheers, DrumMajor

  7. gigihawaii Says:

    DM: Interesting bio. I can’t say the same for me as far as UH football goes. As you know, I prefer to watch the games on my 52 inch HDTV in the comfort of my reclining sofa. And if it’s hot, I just turn on the A/C.

  8. Dobbs Ferry Dude Says:

    Remember now–I said LISTENING to the game on the radio to Bobby Curren. I can get station 1420 AM on my cable, so I actually listen to the TV. I don’t subscribe to the TV package. However, if I WATCH a game with a picture, like the Ohio State vs. USC game I looked at for about ten minutes, I find it hard to read a book. To sum up, I listen to the radio on the TV and the reception is perfect. But I don’t think many would find this method very much to their liking.

  9. gigihawaii Says:

    Dude: I know what you mean. We, too, get cable radio on our TV. In fact, when I was a Hawaii Public Radio commentator, I would record my radio (TV ch 864) speeches on a video tape!!! Weird, eh? So, now, if I want to listen to old commentaries, I simply play the tape on my VCR and listen to the audio while staring at a blank screen.

    Still, I could never keep track of a football game and the plot of a book at the same time. I am good at some things, but not that.

  10. kavita Says:

    OK…so we have many football lovers here…its strange that even after paying so much a good service is not given…i liked the way you mentioned that you absorbed FB through osmosis from David.

  11. LizKauai Says:

    I enjoy football and the camaraderie of fans who are drawn together to support their favorite teams. Thus I met gigi!

    Thanks to football!

  12. musings Says:

    David must have stronger sports vibes than Art. Both my husband and son are sports nuts but I’m still not interested. Unless my son is competing, I’m afraid I’m happier just blogging.

  13. Marilee K. Shigematsu Says:

    I wish I could ‘afford’ sincere excitement about football again. It used to be great to escape routines while watching the intense physical talent and great planning of the game, all the while munching chips with sour cream and guacamole, and loving deviled eggs.

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