According to Hawaii Football Coach… hold on, I have to look this up… Greg McMackin, the night before the Hawaii Bowl last season, the ND and Hawaii squads took part in a ceremony during which the Hawaii squad did the completely bad-ass Haka, of which you can see a performance by the “All Blacks” in the video below.
Not wanting to be outdone, Charlie Weis explained that at Notre Dame, the players “do something special.”
Um, now, we don’t have any video or any idea of what that “something special” might be. We don’t believe we’ve seen it. But the ND players and coaches must think it’s pretty awesome if they’re willing to put it up against The Haka. Greg McMackin, on the other hand, did not think it was “awesome.” No. He thought (and said) something else entirely.
They get up and do this little cheer. Like this … little fa**ot dance. You remember, Jason and Steven. The guys were all looking and trying not to laugh. I gave them the …
Those ellipses are a direct quote of McMackin trailing off of his line of thought and remembering, moments too late, that he doesn’t live in 1950s South Carolina, but 2009 Hawaii, complete with all the furnishings of Twitter, the Internets, and modern society. Before he could even get this next line out to the 12 reporters attending WAC Media Day, we all knew what he’d said…
don’t write that ‘fa**ot’ down. I was misquoted. Anyway, I give them the shaka. So our guys get up, and it was the best haka I’ve ever seen. They’re on their chairs. They had beads on, they’re ripping the beads off. It was a little scary. I think Notre Dame watched that and said ‘we better have ourselves ready.’
Such a shame, really. Because in all likelihood, whatever “something special” is, it probably is pretty lame compared to The Haka, and probably deserves some derision so that it’ll be replaced by Manti T’eo this season with an Irish Haka set to something by Flogging Molly. But there’s appropriate derision, and there’s homosexual utterances by clueless, uncivilized morons. Now we find ourselves in some awkward position where we probably have to dutifully defend whatever lame, likely-set-to-a-Bon-Jovi-tune cheer the Irish had performed.
*Note: We can only assume the ND Football Players are not still doing the “Blood! Blood! Blood makes the grass grow!” thing.