By BRIAN LESTER
I remember talking to legendary University of Findlay football coach Dick Strahm over the summer about his 1997 NAIA championship team. Those Oilers enjoyed a perfect season --- the first and only one in school history.
Strahm obviously had a great deal of talent on that team, but he noted that not only do you need to be good to be perfect, but you have to be lucky as well.
The New England Patriots just made history with their perfect regular season, and like the Oilers, they were both good and lucky.
You can hate on the Pats all you want, but you have to admire their ability to go through a regular season without a loss. It's an amazing accomplishment, and if they go on to win the Super Bowl, you have to consider labeling the 2007 Patriots as the greatest of all-time.
The funny thing, though, is that as tough as it is to go unbeaten in sports, very few people are giving credit to Hawaii for what it did this year. The Rainbow Warriors were the only Division I team in the nation to get through a season without a loss, and yet, people shrugged off their perfect record, pointing to their soft schedule and weak conference.
But the way I see it, to get through a season without losing is not easy, regardless of the schedule. Hawaii could have lost its focus against a weaker team or just played poorly. Instead, it took care of business every single week, which is something LSU and Ohio State can't say about themselves.
But the two-loss Tigers and one-loss Buckeyes will play for the national title while Hawaii will battle Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
Hawaii is getting a raw deal. It's run of perfection is made out to be no big deal.
Going perfect is a big deal, though, and if the Rainbow Warriors top Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, the BCS will end up looking anything but perfect.