A fulale ia i’i…
“You disappoint me…”
Notes: Back in 2000, the Raiders selected Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th pick in the NFL Draft—the earliest a placekicker had ever been drafted. He’s been pretty good, for the most part, and is currently the highest paid placekicker in league history.
On Sunday, he missed a 32 yard field goal which would have given the Raiders the win. A 32 yard field goal! That’s the equivalent of a two foot putt in golf, or a penalty kick against a goalie with one leg and no arms in soccer. Now, instead of being a respectable 2-1, the Raiders are a despicable 1-2, and any hope of their reaching the playoffs is gone. GONE!
As for my predictions, they didn’t go so well. Here’s a summary:
- New England 35 Buffalo 16
- New Orleans 29 Atlanta 19
- Houston 37 Dallas 33
- New York Jets 21 Miami 17
- Green Bay 27 Chicago 24
That’s 2-3, which brings me to 9-6 overall. That’s still above .500, but it’s no picnic (and, man, that Saints’ loss was just inexcusable). Here are my predictions for this week (should be a tough one):
- Green Bay 49 Detroit 20
- Baltimore 12 Pittsburgh 11
- Philadelphia 29 Washington 24
- New York Giants 24 Chicago 23
- New England 39 Miami 27
You may recall seeing a Kamakawi word for “disappoint”. That was fula. Fula has a curious argument structure, with the notional “subject” in English being rendered by the preposition ti. By adding the causative, the argument structure looks like English, with the disappointer being the subject, and the disappointee being the object. This, though, is the marked structure, and this word is used when one wishes to emphasize the role of the disappointer.
I mean, I don’t want Janikowski’s confidence to be shaken—that’s everything for a kicker—but man, did the Raiders need the win… The 49ers could’ve used an Arizona loss, too. Dang.