As any poker player will tell you, it usually takes more than an ace to win a big hand. Sometimes it can even contribute to you losing a bundle. And you can go on tilt and lose your rhythm after something good happening as easily as something bad.
”Just handle what’s in front of you now, and the future will take care of itself.” — Dan Millman, “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior” That’s good advice for any golfer, but it was especially true Saturday as most of the Champions Tour pillaged windless and hence defenseless Kapolei Golf Course.
It's a nondescript little building at Kapolei Golf Course. But for many of the players at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship this weekend, time spent there will be as important as that at the practice areas.
It was a good week for University of Hawaii offensive line coach Chris Naeole. Thursday he was named one of 25 finalists for the next induction class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Saturday the Rainbow Warriors got their first win of the season, 27-24 over Northern Iowa.
It wasn't a masterpiece by any means. But the Rainbow Warriors will take it. The University of Hawaii football team did what it needed to do to win a game, its first of the season and second in 15 including all of 2013.
Only a few of the 30,000 sets of eyes at Aloha Stadium were focused on him. Josh Donovan was just doing his job in the fourth quarter of the University of Hawaii football game against Oregon State last Saturday.
It's been a hot topic of pau hana discussion from Waialae to Waianae for years now ... almost since he left seven years ago. But now that June Jones has resigned from SMU the speculation that he will return to the University of Hawaii, where he worked miracles with the football program as head coach, is rampant.
Things went from bad to worse for University of Hawaii football as news spread that running back Joey Iosefa will miss a big chunk of the season due to injury. It was the worst fear of what might happen in the first two games against Pac-12 teams.
Could it be that orange is the new blue? Or the new red? Or the new … well, the new orange? If familiarity does indeed breed contempt, Oregon State is an opponent that should fire up Hawaii the way BYU, Fresno State and Boise State have in the past.
The University of Hawaii volleyball faithful finally got to see a bona fide Rainbow Wahine go-to terminator Sunday night, three matches into the season. But she was sitting on the opponents' bench, and her eligibility was expended long ago.
Everybody knows in football the defense's job is to stop the other team's offense. Kevin Clune takes the simplicity a step further. "Let them score less than we score," the new University of Hawaii defensive coordinator said when asked for the basic goal of his unit, after Tuesday's practice, four days before the season opener against Washington.
Gray clouds hovered over Manoa valley Friday morning. But University of Hawaii soccer coach Michele "Bud" Nagamine and her Rainbow Wahine can find the sunny side of a hard-boiled egg. Maybe even a rotten one.
Maybe I'm too optimistic for the University of Hawaii football season that begins a week from Saturday against Washington at Aloha Stadium. If the Rainbow Warriors don't close out games better than they did while winning just one last year, there's no way they'll go 4-9 this fall, like I think they can.
Hawaii high school football has never been better. Unfortunately, it has also never been worse. The individual talent continues to improve. As does the coaching. This senior class of football players is considered among the state's best by college recruiters; some say it will be the finest crop ever.
When Saint Louis dominated Hawaii high school football for a decade and a half, people paid attention. It would take a while, but there were enough energetic young coaches eager to learn and enough talented kids, spread throughout the islands, to eventually change the paradigm.
Trivia hasn't been the same since the advent of the Internet. Librarians, bartenders, sports editors and radio producers rejoice that answers to questions like, "Who won the Triple Crown in 1967?" can now be found with a few easy keystrokes instead of a telephone call to an "expert."
We always know the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team is going to be good. The question year after year is how good, and the standards are higher than they are for any other team on campus, except perhaps the sailing squad.
Yes, it's hot in Cleveland. Actually, warm and fairly pleasant this time of year. "Kind of like Hawaii, about 75, 80 degrees," Tony Tuioti says in a phone call from the shores of Lake Erie. "Beautiful weather. But it can change quickly."
Moses Samia has the right mind-set about riding out the storm. "I'm not too concerned because the weather is out of our control," the University of Hawaii defensive tackle said after practice Thursday morning.
Pretty good isn't good enough for Ikaika Woolsey, and that makes Jordan Wynn very happy. To most observers -- including Wynn, Hawaii's quarterbacks coach -- Woolsey did nothing during Tuesday's practice to lose his tentative spot at the front of the UH starting QB race.
You know why people bet the over, as in how many points will be scored in a football game? Couple reasons. One is it's more fun to cheer for offense. The other is you can hit it during the game and then stop worrying about it.
The fallout of reassigning the University of Hawaii-Manoa chancellor includes these questions: Is the position is even necessary? Can the UH president can just assume those duties? As a state taxpayer, it sounds like a good idea.
It was two years ago this month when Tom Apple — during his first week on the job as University of Hawaii Manoa chancellor — was trotted out in front of reporters to talk about something that had gone terribly awry.
OK, everybody. Spread out. Norm Chow says that's what the University of Hawaii football team's offense will do this fall. The initial reaction is to rant and rave and say he never should have bunched up and tried to play smashmouth in the first place.
Like a typical grandparent, George Gusman watched with joy as 12-year-old Dominic played baseball last week in a tournament. As an experienced high school coach, he also took interest in the way the youth team coach moved the players around the field.
So what happens if you start a Hall of Fame and it's obvious to all that you belong in it? That appeared to be a challenging dilemma for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, which otherwise enjoyed a wildly successful and smooth debut with its inaugural enshrinement activities in January.
It's all H logos and Warriors, just a couple of shirts with Rainbow Warriors. The only rainbow logo I saw on the first day of business at the new Ward Centre store Tuesday was on the shirt of 1420-AM radio producer Alan Miya.
At least it's finally out there for real discussion. It only cost $250,000 of state money to have a mainland company tell us to make the next stadium on Oahu smaller ... which is basically what our "stakeholders" told them to tell us.
Michelle Wie has come a long way, and probably has a long way to go. If she remains healthy and motivated, the 24-year-old winner of the U.S. Women's Open could continue winning golf tournaments, including majors, for at least another 15 years.
In 2003, when Michelle Wie was already becoming famous and playing in her first major, Kurt Suzuki was a walk-on at Cal State Fullerton, no one in Hawaii had heard of Colt Brennan and only a few in the islands remembered an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama.
If we had to pick a theme song for the early going of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" would be a good choice. Not just in the figurative sense that in the first week of matches goal scoring was higher in Brazil than it was four years ago in South Africa.
Quick, someone call Child Protective Services. There's an 11-year-old being abused. She's playing golf and eating ice cream. She's hanging out with her idols. She's being ruined for life. Lucy Li, who is younger than my car, played her way into the U.S. Women's Open. Fair and square.
Hang in there, U.S. soccer fans. Your national team will dominate the world someday. That's been the message for around 40 years now, going back to when Kyle Rote Jr. was a superstar in the North American Soccer League.
The Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association has brought together an impressive array of speakers for its annual conference this week, including former Moanalua basketball player Angela Perez Baraquio-Grey -- who also happened to be Miss America in 2001.
When I pose the wildly hypothetical question of Donald Sterling as University of Hawaii sports financial savior, UH athletic director Ben Jay laughs and replies with the proper two-letter answer: "No."
Regardless of how the NCAA investigation of the University of Hawaii basketball program pans out, if UH tries to punish head coach Gib Arnold — especially with termination — the school can expect a fight.
One of the best things about high school sports is that the wins and losses matter less than they do in college and the pros. Yes, of course the players try as hard, in some cases harder. And sometimes the defeats are more difficult to take.
Today is the final signing day for college basketball recruits, but for the University of Hawaii it's more like sighing day and reflecting on what might have been — while remaining nervous about what might come to be.
One of my siblings and I never cheated in Monopoly. The other three did, constantly (full disclosure: if I were not the eldest, I might have too). Who won? Nobody. I don't think we ever actually finished a game.
The NCAA probe of the University of Hawaii men's basketball program has expanded beyond UH staff and players, according to a man who describes himself as a "fan." He told the Star-Advertiser he was interviewed by an NCAA investigator Saturday.
Another offseason and surprise, surprise, surprise: Another drama for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team and coach Gib Arnold. This latest one makes the others seem like the "absolutely nothing" that Arnold claimed this would be.
You had to be an accountant to figure out the scoring system for the University of Hawaii spring football finale. But it doesn't take much expertise at all to know if Joey Iosefa was let loose, the defense wouldn't have had its way with the offense as much as it did Saturday at Ching Field.
Moments following the greatest bogey of her career, Michelle Wie was doused with champagne. As she walked off the 18th green toward the scorer's tent, it was hard to tell if she was wiping a tear or a drop of bubbly from under her eye.
It will be a big challenge for Michelle Wie to seal the deal Saturday. But her station near the top of the LPGA Lotte Championship leaderboard may have already helped complete a big one for the tournament itself.
It's not a novelty flavor of the day kind of thing that kim chee is available at the players' lunch buffet here at the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club. It's a staple for a large portion of the field.
Some University of Hawaii baseball fans have understandably lost their sense of humor with the home team dropping six consecutive conference games in its own park the past two weekends. The catcalls were scattered but loud toward the end of the latest defeat Sunday.
Back in the 1990s I spent a surreal and enjoyable afternoon at a friend's home playing a college basketball video game with some Rainbow Warriors players ... with the student-athletes often manipulating representations of themselves and their teammates on the screen.
Today we look at one from the Be Careful What You Ask For Department. Basketball coach Gib Arnold has made the only public statements regarding the NCAA's investigation of his University of Hawaii program.
One of those old-fashioned rock'em sock'em, backyard brawl, end-of-the-series college baseball games broke out Sunday at Murakami Stadium. It was the kind you saw a lot more often when the balls and the bats weren't so pitcher-friendly.
After the incident at University of Hawaii football practice Tuesday morning, I was asked by UH sports media relations director Derek Inouchi if I'd be willing to meet with coach Norm Chow to "clear the air."
See you at practice, Coach Chow. You don't have to talk to me, that's your choice. But you can't bar me from watching your University of Hawaii football team practice and from writing about the Rainbow Warriors the good things and the bad.
Ken Wagner is a man of faith, but he lives in the real world. So, with Brigham Young-Hawaii's intercollegiate athletic program slated for extinction in three years he hopes for the best and ... well you know the rest.
It’s March 26. Do you know where your 2015 Pro Bowl is? Unless the NFL pulls a surprise flea-flicker in the final minutes Wednesday, its annual meetings will have ended without a decision of where its all-star game will be played after the upcoming season.
Two keys when analyzing University of Hawaii baseball as it heads into Big West competition are SOS and TBA. They staggered into port at 16-35, with just four more wins than UH has now less than halfway through the 2014 campaign.
Some University of Hawaii basketball fans are embarrassed that the conference its team plays in, the Big West, was represented in the NCAA Tournament by Cal Poly, a team with an overall losing record, finishing at 14-20.
The NCAA is coming to town. No, not for a convention. To investigate. In person. And you don't have to be old enough to remember The Cutter Four and Bruce O'Neil and Rick Pitino (yeah, that guy) and Paul Durham and a bunch of banned boosters to realize that this is at best not a good thing and at worst a very bad thing for University of Hawaii basketball.
After what happened Friday and Saturday, Hawaii needed a complete game to beat Nevada on Sunday. That usually means a starting pitcher going the distance, pitching all nine innings or however many is needed to finish the job.
There’s no contract extension for the Rainbow Warriors seniors, but the gritty 81-77 win Saturday that nearly slipped away twice refuels hope for at least some UH fans that their team can heat up and make a run through this week’s Big West tournament.
Reggie Torres is no longer the head football coach at Kahuku High School. And the prep sports scene in Hawaii is the worse for it. The Red Raiders don't just lose a fine coach, we all lose the lasting impact of a leader who develops character and discipline in youth.
Don't let anyone tell you assistant basketball coach Brandyn Akana's absence from the University of Hawaii bench is "nothing," as head coach Gib Arnold has said even though that is exactly what UH officials can tell us about why Akana is gone zilch.
That new scoreboard can't get to Les Murakami Stadium soon enough. The old one had the University of Hawaii leading Albany 26-5 Sunday. It was an error (and we've seen enough of those already, haven't we?).
Anyone who watched him play was in awe of what Al Noga produced on the football field while competing for the University of Hawaii in the 1980s. He dominated thoroughly, and there is no doubt Noga was one of the five greatest players in UH history.
Instead of Rice — a perennial power that swept UH last year on the way to an NCAA Super Regional appearance — Hawaii gets to host Albany next week. The Great Danes went 23-25-1 in 2013, and are expected to be about the same this season.
Don and Scott Robbs have partnered for University of Hawaii baseball broadcasts in the past, but they’ll be a team on a nightly basis now.
They feel fortunate to work together — and both feel lucky to be alive.
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