Im not a honda hater. I dislike most typical honda owners.. I've owned quite a few honda products, of which most would wipe up your SI like a mop to water.
But I've also owned VWs, too. So yes, I know both sides of this conversation. The GLI is no rocket, by any means, but the Si isn't the Godsend that you make it out to be, either.
I know this is an opinionated thread, and we all have our own opinions, and you are definitely entitled to yours. But your opinion doesn't make everyone else's opinion "wrong"..
edit: to add to the fact that honda products are, indeed, quick, in support of your opinion.. When my WRX was Stg2, I played around with a friend of mine, in his 2002 RSX-S. He cleaned my clock, after I killed him from a dig. 3rd gear, and I was looking at his taillights..