Quick Reads

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

Hadden gets a boost in thin air

by Dave Reardon on September 17, 2014

I’m not specializing in specialists … it just kind of worked out that way this week. (Also, isn’t “specialist” not a very good title for Scott Harding, since he punts, returns punts, plays receiver and used to be the holder, too? … I’d say that’s more in the “generalist” category). I chatted briefly with kicker […]

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I’ve always been a big fan of special teams play. More games are won and lost with the kicking game than people realize. Hawaii beat Northern Iowa largely due to Scott Harding‘s punting, and his punt-returning factored in, too. Tyler Hadden is 6-for-7 on field goals and perfect on extra points so far this season. […]


In its first two games, the University of Hawaii football team’s offense has started well and the defense has finished strong. Against Washington and Oregon State, the offense used a nice mix of scripted plays to move the ball crisply on the first drive after taking the opening kickoff (against the Huskies the drive ended […]


One third of the game

by Dave Reardon on September 12, 2014

That’s how coaches often refer to special teams … one third of the game. While the number of plays involving kicking are normally way less than one third of plays from scrimmage in a game, the yardage covered by these plays and the fact that field goals and PAT kicks directly lead to points make […]


June Jones is coming home to Hawaii

by Dave Reardon on September 9, 2014

He has a home on the Big Island. The stated reason for his resignation as SMU head coach is “personal reasons.” From most I’ve read and heard, it sounds like he needs a break, for now. What about the future? Norm Chow isn’t going to coach UH football forever (and his tenure could end quickly […]


Was the Oregon State loss a step back?

by Dave Reardon on September 7, 2014

The University of Hawaii football team is 0-2 to start the season, and that’s not a surprise. What may have been unexpected for some is that UH was still in the game late in the fourth quarter against both Washington and Oregon State before falling 17-16 and 38-30. The frustrating thing for many fans is […]


Today’s biggest matchup: It’s on the line

by Dave Reardon on September 6, 2014

As I look at today’s Hawaii-Oregon State football matchup 6 1/2 hours before kickoff, one key to the outcome stands out above all others: The Beavers offensive front against Hawaii’s defense. OSU’s O-line, coached by Mike Cavanaugh the former UH assistant, is young. And in OSU’s 29-14 season-opening victory over Portland State last week, it […]


Aloha to Bill O’Rear, an expert with a big heart

by Dave Reardon on September 5, 2014

Over the decades I would only see Bill O’Rear in person once every year or two, usually when he came to Oahu for the state high school basketball championships. But I’m going to miss him a lot anyway as he leaves Hawaii today for San Diego to rejoin his family. So will many sports fans, […]

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Now that “We Get ‘Em,” let’s feed ‘em

by Dave Reardon on September 3, 2014

The “We Get ‘Em” grassroots fundraising effort for University of Hawaii athletics is off to a fine start, with contributions coming in at wegetemhawaii.com to the tune of 46 donations for a total of $2,406 after less than one day. It is a noble effort, spearheaded by honest, ardent UH supporters like Chris Hart, Don […]


Mother-daughter, Husky-Warrior disagreement

by Dave Reardon on August 30, 2014

Trudy Gage was born in Hawaii, but she’s all purple and gold today at Aloha Stadium. “My middle name is Kai. Dad was military and I lived in the islands my first four years” said Gage, who ended up in Seattle and is now a UW alum and die-hard Washington Huskies fan. “My brother, Guy […]