The last thing the University of Hawaii wants to do is follow up the Wonder Blunder with the Temple of Doom. So when the Owls came a-hootin' around again recently about playing a football game here, the Warriors brass was rightfully cautious.
It's time. It's actually past time. Some would say way overdue. But even those of us who know it is important to give Norm Chow plenty of latitude to build a program his way from the bottom up see it clearly.
We start with the obvious disclaimer. The opponent was Hawaii-Hilo. Division II. Significantly less-talented. Much smaller. So the Division I big sisters from Manoa did what they were supposed to do Friday when the Wahine hoopsters took care of the visiting Vulcans by 25 points in a preseason exhibition.
Nothing like a little quarterback controversy to deflect the heat off a coach, who may or may not be unwillingly nearing the end of his term, eh? Actually, the two issues are intermeshed in the University of Hawaii football team's current situation.
This wasn't how it was supposed to end for Bryant Moniz, but it almost seemed inevitable. With all the injuries depleting his offensive line and receivers, it's a testament to Moniz's elusiveness and toughness that he didn't get badly hurt sooner than Saturday, in UH's 10th game of the season.
RENO, NEV. » Thankfully, for all concerned, that was quite possibly the shortest eve-of-the-game walk-through in football history. It was a mere 30 minutes of moving around the Mackay Stadium field for the University of Hawaii team in preparation for tonight's game against Nevada’s Wolf Pack.
Never fear, University of Hawaii football fans. The Punahou Mafia is here. The hui that saved Rainbow Warriors basketball by bringing you the son of a coach who failed miserably at UH is ready for more bold covert action.
You can talk about flukey plays and maybe a bad official’s call here and there that went the other way. Because there were some. To the credit of University of Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin and his players, they didn’t do that. They didn’t make excuses; they accepted accountability.
So what'd ole Santa leave in your stocking? Nah, I'm not five months ahead of schedule, or seven months late. You know what I'm talking about if you're a fan of an NFL or MLB team, especially if that team happens to be based in Philadelphia.
Last year was supposed to be Kahuku's year. This year is supposed to be Kahuku's year. Remember when every year was Kahuku's year? Now, things are on hold again, this time because of turmoil at the top.
In a perfect world the schedule wouldn't matter in college football. But there it is, and that's why Nevada — despite losing a couple of superstars to the NFL — is in a great position to win at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference football championship, as it did last year, tying with Hawaii and Boise State.
"Perhaps there was room for an interloper, a haole, a redneck Jew-boy such as myself, under this beautiful Hebrew rainbow." Aaron Pribble came up with that passage from Israel in 2007. Four years later at the Ward Starbucks he has a seemingly unrelated trivia question for me.
Here's a new one: Ownership requesting formation of a union. Yes, technically it's re-formation of the NFL Players Association, but it's still an example of how complicated, crazy and turned-around things can get in labor negotiations -- especially when you're talking about highly-specialized laborers like the best football players in the world.
He went to every meet. He was extremely involved, knew everything about the athletes and followed all levels of competition. Then his kid graduated, completing her high school track and field career. And superfan was never seen again.
He's given everything. Now he's even bled on some who were at ringside Saturday night. When that right eye swelled up and started to drip crimson midway through Saturday's fight at the Blaisdell, it looked like Brian Viloria's chance at a third world championship might fall by the wayside.
The end of the road on Sept. 16, 1998, was Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., 150 miles from home at the time in Gainesville. Prone on the backseat of my friend Mark Cooper's car, stricken by food poisoning, it seemed we crossed three time zones, not just three counties.
Tate Forcier became more than just a subject of idle offseason chatter Thursday with the not-so-surprising revelation that the former Michigan quarterback will make an official visit to the University of Hawaii next week.
Shane Victorino has a banged-up thumb right now. So the Phillies center fielder from Maui might have a hard time voting for himself a few thousand times to help ensure making the National League All-Star team as the last man in.
For Larry Beil this week, aloha means welcome home.
But the former KGMB sports director, University of Hawaii radio play-by-play voice and ESPN SportsCenter anchor can never completely escape his current San Francisco viewer base — even while on vacation home in Hawaii.
The nonconference schedule is very big for Hawaii this football season: Sept. 1, at Wisconsin; Sept. 3, against Georgia in Atlanta; Sept. 10, at Arkansas; Sept. 17, Colorado; Sept. 24, Nebraska AND at Michigan.
As human beings and sports fans, we tend to remember what happens last. That's too bad for the University of Hawaii athletic department. Overall, UH had a fine 2010-11 sports year. But even some of the best UH teams didn't leave the best final impression.
A group of University of Hawaii athletes watched from the side as their school hosted the Western Athletic Conference track and field championships this week, wondering why they can't be in the competition.
Bern Brostek was robbed. He never got the respect he deserved as an NFL offensive lineman. We're not talking All-Pro, although I suppose you could make a case for that if you wanted. No, something even more select ... All-Madden.
"So, does she hit one out now to win it?" It was the bottom of the seventh. The PA guy, Mark Carpenter, wanted to know if he could start packing up, or if we were headed for extra innings at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
You work hard all through college to prepare. At the career fair, you prove you can handle the heavy lifting and complete all required tasks quickly. At the interviews, you answer all the questions, even the stupid ones, the right way.
The University of Hawaii should be embarrassed. Apparently dots for the i’s and crosses for the t’s are in such short supply on campus that there aren’t enough to complete contracts for UH coaches in a timely manner.
You can call them the ultimate reality shows. hey meet the criteria of not having anything to do with OUR reality. One is about guys most of us will never meet getting their first jobs out of college. The other is about a couple none of us know, getting married in a faraway land.
At least they made it interesting, sort of. That's about all you can say regarding the University of Hawaii baseball team's 3-0 loss yesterday at the hands of Louisiana Tech and the left arm of its starting pitcher, Mike Jefferson.
My original plan for yesterday had nothing to do with the Masters, except to periodically check on how my fantasy golf lineup was doing. Generally, I view watching golf on TV the same way George Carlin did, including a sentiment that can't be printed here.
Since everything's about budgets and expenses these days, let's get right to the first question Tommy Taxpayer will have about the University of Hawaii football team's day trip to the Big Island yesterday.
Secrets to Garrett Champion’s success? One is home cookin’. What’s on the plate at dinner time helps Champion in his work behind it at gametime. The University of Hawaii junior catcher prepares his own healthy meals.
Dwight Toyama deserves a happy, peaceful retirement. After all, here is a man who literally gave of himself to a stranger. In 2002, Toyama donated a kidney ... not to a family member or friend, but to the person needing it most.
Kaniela Tuipulotu wincing in pain, pulling off his pads, receiving treatment. Vaughn Meatoga limping around the field, also out of the action. Relax, University of Hawaii football fans, no one's trying to scare you. Neither of the stellar starting defensive tackles is seriously injured or expected to be out of spring practice for long.
It was a classic college baseball series — meaning plenty of runs, 54 in four games to be exact. And since many more of them were scored by Hawaii than Wichita State, the Rainbows can head into the start of conference play next week with a full tank of confidence.
It didn't take long. Just 1 second from utter frustration to sincere appreciation. Quickly after the realization that it was over — the final opportunity frittered, the dream extinguished — the Brigham Young-Hawaii fans broke into long, steady clapping.
Hawaii baseball finally got over the .500 hump with its 5-0 win over Centenary yesterday. A victory today for a four-game sweep would be huge as the Rainbows (10-9) prepare to host No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (11-7) and No. 26 Wichita State (13-6) in back-to-back series before the WAC schedule starts.
With about 5 minutes left in last night’s game, I started to really think about how much I’d miss watching Bill Amis play basketball. Sure, Hawaii was up by seven, and then by nine when the senior forward scored with 4:11 left.
My March Madness brackets have been so bad in recent years I figured it was time to lower expectations. So I picked a bunch of underdogs in the office pool with the idea that my chance of winning it all anyway was the same as Alabama State's: slim and none. And Slim left town Wednesday, town being Dayton, Ohio, home of what they now call the First Four.
University of Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso greeted me with a smile after yesterday's game. Not a happy smile. "You'll have fun with this one," he said. I tried to explain I take no joy in documenting his team losing, especially an implosion like the one yesterday.
Come closer, because I have to whisper this. Go ahead and make your plans to be at the Stan Sheriff Center next Tuesday. But do it quietly, please. Don't distract the University of Hawaii men's basketball team. If the Rainbows even know that they're a lock to play in the postseason (that is, if the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament counts), they aren't talking about it.
When Lenn Sakata watched the San Francisco Giants win the World Series last fall it was with mixed emotions. A lot of the Giants were his guys, players he'd helped to the major leagues when he managed the high Class A San Jose Giants.
There's no threat of a lockout here. It's early March, and this year that means it's football season in Manoa. Fall camp is in the summer, so there's no reason why University of Hawaii spring practice can't start in winter, right?
A key figure from the 1980 College World Series was recently voted into the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame. However, in what has to be disappointing for University of Hawaii fans, it's not Les Murakami, who coached the Rainbows to a runner-up finish in Omaha that year.
Americans hated him for being Japanese and Japanese hated him for being American. Death threats from the yakuza and rocks from the stands were an exotic and dangerous twist. Lonely status as an unwanted outsider was nothing new; if anything, it was a recurring theme of the early years for Wally Yonamine, who died Monday at 85.
It's one of those confounding things about baseball. In the short term, it would have been better if Conner George did anything other than what he did with the bases loaded and one out. Even if he'd struck out.
All fans of the NFL certainly agree it's a big positive that representatives of the owners and players have finally found themselves in the same room the past few days, negotiating to avoid a lockout, work stoppage or whatever you want to call it.
The chants came from the students behind the Kamehameha bench as Micah Christenson went to the free-throw line. Warriors leading by more than enough, 22 seconds left to a state basketball championship.
A sleeker Kolten Wong than the one who hit 18 home runs in his first two seasons at the University of Hawaii greeted us before practice at Les Murakami Stadium this week, as the preseason All-American and his fellow Rainbows completed preparations for tonight's season opener against Oregon.
Two days ago we weren't even sure Hawaii would make it to the men's basketball conference tournament. After the stirring overtime win against Nevada on Monday it still hasn't technically punched its ticket to Las Vegas.
Those bye weeks in football can cut either way. A hot team can cool off and lose its sharpness. But, generally, especially late in the season as injuries and other stresses pile up, extra time between games is considered heaven-sent.
The doubters had to love that first time around the lineup. The Michele Smiths of the world and all the other softball traditionalists who want to go back to the 11-inning, 1-0 snoozefests would have been overjoyed.