CSU vs. Hawaii: Day Two Recap September 21, 2007
By Senior kicker Nick Ellis
Below is the second entry sent in by senior kicker Nick Ellis about the football team's trip to paradise to play the University of Hawaii. Updates will be posted daily on CSUSPORTS.COM.
Today we woke up at 7:15 for an early morning practice at Aloha Stadium. But before practice we had breakfast, I know usually breakfast is not that big of a deal, but in Hawaii it is. The fruit we had tasted like it had just been picked. It was the freshest watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries I have ever eaten. The muffins were excellent as well. Our practice got off to a rocky start, but after a quick team talk lead by CJ Hirschman, Sidney Bryant and Dennis “Wally” Justiniani it soon became a focused and successful practice. After the practice we headed back to the hotel to get ready for our trip to Pearl Harbor. Once we arrived back to the hotel we had about an hour to go swimming in the Pacific. It was beautiful, and the water was so clear. There is something indescribable about walking down a row of palm trees and ending up in crystal clear water with mountains in the background.
Our trip to Pearl Harbor was a great experience for the team. It brought us to a place where so many men and women lost their lives so that we could continue to live in freedom, let alone play the game of football. The team paid tribute to the fallen, and got a new perspective of that “day of infamy”. It was a great experience and one that we will share for the rest of our lives. After the Pearl Harbor tour, we went to an authentic Luau. The pig was cooked in the ground, and was ceremonially brought to the tables for eating. It was great food and great fun. During our Luau we had some interesting times. A few of our players showed their hula moves and danced with many of the beautiful hula girls. Jaques Bazille and Phillip Ashley showed their moves and starred in the show’s dancing competitions. It was an exciting time and a time where we grew closer as a team. The ocean was right beside us, with the moon high in the sky and a nice breeze. It was a great night for an authentic Luau and a fun experience with the team.
Tomorrow we prepare to BEAT HAWAII!!!!