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

Weems leaves HNN, joins Communications Pacific

by Dave Reardon on November 23, 2015

Sportscaster Francesca Weems has left Hawaii News Now and started today as an account executive at Communications Pacific. “I’m looking forward to applying my skills in broadcast to this new venture,” Weems said. “There will be aspects including social media, marketing, media relations. A lot of working with clients on how they will market themselves […]


Buckner, Fairbairn among Poly college POY finalists

by Dave Reardon on November 19, 2015

Former Punahou School teammates DeForest Buckner and Ka’imi Fairbairn are among the five finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award. In addition to Buckner, a defensive end at Oregon, and Fairbairn, a kicker at UCLA, Su’a Cravens (linebacker, USC), Juju Smith-Schuster (receiver, USC) and Ronnie Stanley (offensive lineman, Notre Dame) are […]


I wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone in the world, except maybe Anthony Bourdain — and only for a year at the most. But this isn’t always fun, especially when you have to cover a struggling team. Saturdays are a little better than the previous couple of weeks since I don’t have to keep asking a […]


Opening night notes from the ‘Bows Show

by Dave Reardon on November 14, 2015

The first five minutes of Hawaii’s mens basketball season-opener last night against Montana State was close to a perfect blend of what the fans, the players and first-year head coach Eran Ganot all want to see out of the Rainbow Warriors this season. The best of both worlds. Excitement and discipline. And a 10-point lead. […]


More UH football alumni weigh in

by Dave Reardon on November 4, 2015

I believe players have the best perspective on coaches … especially after they’ve finished their careers and have been out in the world a bit. So I asked former UH football players for their opinions on who should be the next head coach at their alma mater. Also, see today’s column for the opinions of […]


If you know me, you know my language can be pretty salty. Over the years, though, I’ve learned for the most part to keep my cussing to the proper environments and for the proper audiences. And I apologize for any collateral damage the various F and other bombs I’ve dropped over the years have done […]


In a few days, Brian Ching is going to be a proud dad. For now, the retired world-class soccer player from Haleiwa and Kamehameha is a proud uncle, pulling for the New York Mets in the World Series. “I’d be there, but my wife is going to have a baby any day now. So I’m […]

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AP college football poll, Week 7

by Dave Reardon on October 18, 2015

In order of my ranking. Entire poll ranking in parentheses. 1. Baylor (2) 2. Utah (3) 3. LSU (5) 4. Clemson (6) 5. TCU (4) 6. Ohio State (1) 7. Alabama (8) 8. Stanford (10) 9. Michigan State (7) 10. Florida State (9) 11. Michigan (T15) 12. Iowa (12) 13. Notre Dame (11) 14. Florida […]

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It’s been 24 hours since I was stonewalled by the UH Manoa chancellor when asking questions about accountability for the ridiculous amount of money — $700,000 – given to the basketball coach the school fired for allegedly breaking NCAA rules. All told, the estimate for how much this latest astonishing error is costing us, the […]

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I like Baylor and its 400-pound Bear

by Dave Reardon on October 12, 2015

For the second week in a row I voted Baylor No. 1 in the AP poll, for the obvious reason that I think the Bears are the best team in college football right now. Other reasons: The Bears’ defense is better than people think, anyone with a really impressive win has also taken a loss […]

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