This Alabama Fan Doesn’t Realize Hawaii Isn’t A Foreign Country
As a general rule, forums devoted to college sports teams are some of the worst places on the planet. What you have is a collection of people with far too much time on their hands spending all day overanalyzing the performance of 20-year-old amateur athletes and arguing that their post count qualifies them as an expert on virtually every topic. As Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
These forums are filled with some of the hottest takes you’ll ever encounter, but one recent thread started on BamaOnline is an immediate contender for the Cold Take Hall of Fame. It involves Alabama’s freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who hails from Honolulu. I’ll let you figure out the issue here.
For those of you who are just as confused as the guy who posted this, the reason he hasn’t heard it mentioned is because a language barrier doesn’t exist. As you may or may not know, Hawaii became a state in 1959, and while Hawaiian is certainly a language, the vast majority of people on the islands speaks English— including Tagovailoa.
The last thing I want to do is make a blanket generalization of Alabama fans, but they certainly aren’t doing themselves any favors. Roll Tide— or should I say ‘”Ōwili Kai” (I honestly don’t know if I should say that. Google told me that’s how you say “Roll Tide” in Hawaiian so I’m just going to go with that).