Quick Reads

Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.


Goodell unhappy with Pro Bowl again

by Dave Reardon on February 5, 2016

If it seems we’ve been down this road before it’s because we have. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters today assembled for Sunday’s Super Bowl that he is “disappointed” with what he saw in last Sunday’s Pro Bowl and that he is “open to new ideas” about how the league will “celebrate our great players” […]

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Yes you can go home, Poly Hall, flag football

by Dave Reardon on January 30, 2016

I get a lot of resistance from some corners when I say guys who are from here should be given preference for coaching and other jobs. The reaction is often something like, “You need to get the best person for the job.” Well, I agree with that. The thing is, the best person for the […]

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Report: Hawaii’s new OC hired by Boise State

by Dave Reardon on January 27, 2016

I’ve never known Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman to get a story wrong. So, unless I hear something to the contrary, this is true, and Zak Hill is leaving the University of Hawaii football coaching staff and headed for Boise State without having coached a down as UH’s offensive coordinator. We don’t know how […]

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It’s never too early

by Dave Reardon on January 19, 2016

Odds to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy, from Bovada Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 9/2 Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) 5/1 Christian McCaffrey (RB Stanford) 5/1 JT Barrett (QB Ohio State) 10/1 Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma) 10/1 Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) 12/1 Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) 12/1 Royce Freeman (RB Oregon) 12/1 Chad Kelly (QB Mississippi) […]

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Iyomasa was an unsung hero

by Dave Reardon on January 12, 2016

Saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Iyomasa, one of the unsung heroes on the local sports and broadcast scene. He had a major hand in the production of UH sports telecasts for decades. A great professional, and a witty and caring guy leaving us way too soon. I would normally only get a […]

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Mariota to present award at Poly Hall event

by Dave Reardon on January 10, 2016

Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner from Honolulu and Saint Louis School, will appear at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner on Jan. 29 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Mariota, the former Oregon star who just completed his rookie season as the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback, will present the Polynesian College Player […]

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Chow’s career change

by Dave Reardon on January 4, 2016

If you haven’t seen it yet, you probably will soon. The other day while I was watching college football on TV, I was surprised to see former Hawaii coach Norm Chow show up on a commercial. And it’s hilarious. Intentionally hilarious. In it, Chow thanks ALTRES Staffing for helping him to “job search smarter, not […]

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Missed Opportunity

by Dave Reardon on January 3, 2016

A scheduling anomaly had the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team playing at 8 p.m. on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, after the men played at 5:30 p.m. The men routed Howard 94-59 in front of a crowd announced at 4,288, which was invited to stay at no additional cost to watch the […]

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Heisman hindsight

by Dave Reardon on January 1, 2016

Maybe the craziest thing about Christian McCaffrey’s 368-yard all-purpose yardage performance as Stanford beat Iowa 45-16 in the Rose Bowl today was that it wasn’t even his best game. The Stanford sophomore piled up 461 yards to lead the Cardinal over USC 41-22 in the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 5. I thought that might […]

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Bad News ‘Bows prevail with defense, unity, maturity

by Dave Reardon on December 22, 2015

Sanctions, schmanctions. Anyone who watched this team last year put negative off-court news and drama aside and just play winning basketball is not surprised Hawaii handled giant killer Northern Iowa 68-52 on Tuesday in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic. Remember, the core of this group lost its head coach just days before […]

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