The Hawaii Rainbow football team could be playing in the Hawaii Bowl.
In and of itself, that is a remarkable statement.
Granted, the team didn't end up with a winning record. It was one game short. But given where it came from – and the rebuilding job that is still underway – Hawaii deserves that bowl game.
And not just for the good of the team, but for the good of the Hawaii Bowl itself and the larger community.
It was specifically designed to provide strong Hawaii teams a chance for post-season play and for the community to have the opportunity to see live post-season competition.
It's also important to keep in mind that a bowl bid for Hawaii would not be due to some kind of hometown favoritism for the 'Bows. The Football Bowl Association uses objective standards to pick the teams. The fact that there were not enough teams with winning records to fill 80 bowl slots is a symptom of the modern era of college football. Hawaii earned this opportunity fair and square.
Then let's root for a win – that would give Hawaii a respectable 7-7 record, and a great foundation to continue to a real winning season next year.