Every Friday we give you three stories and ask you to pick which two are true and which one we made up. Can you guess which item about the University of Hawaii’s football team isn’t real? (The answer is at the end of the post.)
The team first took in the field in 1909 as the College of Hawaii Fighting Deans. In 1923, the team upset Oregon State at home and a rainbow appeared over the field—reporters and fans started calling the team the Rainbows, and it was made official soon thereafter as the “Rainbow Warriors.” The “Rainbows” was dropped in the 2000s in favor of just Warriors, after the football program decided that the name wasn’t very intimidating to opponents.
The NFL holds its annual all-star Pro Bowl at the Rainbow Warriors’ Aloha Stadium, generally in early February the weekend after the Super Bowl. The arrangement usually works out, as the college football season wraps up in December. But Hawaii was so battered by severe tropical storms in the winter of 2009-10 that five Rainbow Warriors home games were delayed. The final one had to be held in Aloha Stadium on February 9, 2010 and went into overtime, wrapping up just 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the Pro Bowl.
The University of Hawaii has cancelled more seasons than any other major college team. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, no teams took the field until after World War II was over. In 1961, the season was cancelled due to a lack of finances. Now, the entire program is in jeopardy again. The school’s athletic director recently asked the state of Hawaii for $3 million to keep the program open. Since Hawaii is so remote from the North American mainland, the football program’s funds are eaten up by exorbitant travel costs to go play other teams.
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