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McMackin new Judge on “So you think you can Dance?”

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

So how many extra points did Hawaii get for doing the “Haka” in their home Bowl game versus Notre Dame? 

    According to Coach McMackin the Warriors have a more superior dance called the Haka which they perform prior to all their football games.

   McMackin Warriors were trounced by the mediocre Fighting Irish 49-21 at Aloha Stadium yet they had the more masculine dance routine, according to our head coach.

   I guess McMackin $1.1 million salary is more about being a dance critic than it is about being a good football coach.

   You lose the game and you call the team that humbled you on the playing field gay slurs.  Perhaps McMackin would better serve himself and the people of Hawaii by taking a job as the new judge of “So you think you can dance?”

But at least we have better dancers!
But at least we have better dancers!

According to Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal, McMackin said Notre Dame players performed “this little faggot dance” during a banquet prior to last year’s Hawaii Bowl.

This from Hinxman’s report:

McMackin, speaking at the Western Athletic Conference’s annual football media preview on Thursday morning (July 30), said the teams gathered the night before the game for a banquet when Irish coach Charlie Weis introduced the players and a ritual they do.

“I know most of the coaches in the country are rooting for us to beat Notre Dame,” McMackin said. “Charlie gives this talk, ‘We do something special at Notre Dame,’ and (the players) get up and they do this little cheer … this little faggot dance.”

McMackin said he felt he made a mistake by then having the Hawaii players do a Ha’a (Haka), a ritual Polynesian dance that McMackin believed made the Irish players take notice and get them to play at a higher level the following day. Notre Dame won, 49-21.

After describing the dances, McMackin asked reporters not to write about it and made a reference to Karl Benson, the WAC commissioner who was in the room.

“Don’t write that ‘faggot’ down. I was misquoted,” he said. “Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that, too — right Karl? I’ll deny it. Anything else?”

According to the report, McMackin returned to the room 15 minutes later and apologized.

Fight Irish can't dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21
Fight Irish can’t dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21

I’ve been a big fan of Rainbow sports for more than four decades.  I’ve gone to many basketball, baseball and volleyball games and have attended a few football games.

    As a graduate of UH I love my ‘Bows.  But a word of advice for our football coach, concentrate more on teaching football skills and positive life lessons and less on dance routines.

  

August 7, 2009 - Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. At least Notre Dame’s “dance” isn’t a rip off of another teams dance.

    ie; the Haka derives from the “All Black’s Maori” Dance and was brought to UH.

    Comment by Damon Tucker | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wow, Damon, good detective work!!!

    On a side note, these guys are WAY cuter than the UH team.

    Comment by Jaclynn Joseph | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. NO NO NO, the haka is not derived from the “all blacks maori dance!”

    The all blacks perform one of two versions of their haka, with many islands (new zealand, tonga, hawaii and samao the best known)also performing it in various guises. Its a south island thing

    Infact most would find this comment offensive, but then other peoples’ cultures have never been a strong point have they?

    Comment by damian | November 21, 2009 | Reply


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