It's time for some football

So, it’s Christmas time in August.

If you are a football fan, that is. The NFL is underway with preseason games that allow your favorite players to throw, maybe, 10 passes. If you’re a college fan, there’s no such sampling, not for another few weeks.

But if you are a high school fan, tonight’s the night for a lot of you.And you can follow it, along with all of the other state sports in Hawaii, on this blog.

The nonconference football schedule kicks off with a bang. Farrington at Campbell. Mililani at Moanalua. Radford at Leilehua. Castle at Pearl City. Saint Louis at Waianae.

Saint Louis at Waianae? The last time the Saints played there, the Seariders won.

Then there are tomorrow’s games. Yes, you can see two games in one weekend, live football cheaper than a movie, plus good home cooking if your local concession stand has a great cook.

Of course, there have been scrimmages. I saw a couple last week: Mililani at Kamehameha and Kahuku at Mililani. For me, of course, that was better than watching your average NFL preseason game.

Plus, I did something completely football geeky. Without my little video camera (I still don’t have that wire that connects the camera to a TV or computer), I shot both scrimmages with my still-photo camera. I never took so many shots in my life, anywhere from three to seven clicks per play.

Yeah, thank God for digital footage. If this had been film, I’d be crying. But since it’s wonderful digital, I loaded the shots and watched both scrimmages in slideshow. I have to say, it worked out better than watching video in some ways. Going back and forth to check on formations and tendencies was fun.

I still have a plan to input data into the Teambuilder mode of NCAA Football 10.

Teambuilder is something anyone can use online, and it’s scary good. From the first day (in mid-July), fans were typing in college and prep teams. All in fun, naturally. My plan is to input this year’s top teams, some top D-II teams, and the top 2008 teams.

Geeky, yes. But it’s football season, technology is on my side, and I’m going to ride this crest. I like movies, too, but football is more fun. You don’t spend 10 bucks on a ticket and 20 bucks on food that will kill you for a movie that may or may not suck.

Enjoy the season, everybody. Santa just made his summer trip and the gift is here.

— Paul Honda, Star-Bulletin


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