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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.


Kolten Wong’s walk-off homer Sunday to give the St. Louis Cardinals a win to tie the NLCS at a game apiece is a golden sports moment. Is it the greatest ever for a former University of Hawaii athlete? I submit Glenn Braggs’ catch to propel the Cincinnati Reds into the 1990 World Series as just […]

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Defense, emotion dictate a Hawaii win tonight

by Dave Reardon on October 11, 2014

So far my preseason picks (as well as those of many other prognosticators) have been on the money for which games the University of Hawaii football team would win this season. To this point, I had the Rainbow Warriors at 1-4, with the lone win against Northern Iowa. The next win I had UH picked […]

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If final details can be worked out, a truly big-time quarterback will visit the University of Hawaii football facilities next spring. Unfortunately, Russell Wilson’s college eligibility is expired. But Scott Pickett, the director of the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, has exchanged emails and had a phone conversation with UH athletic director Ben Jay about the […]

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Jesse Sapolu and Mark Tuinei — two of the greatest players in University of Hawaii football history — were announced today as members of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s second class, which will be inducted in January. In addition to shining at UH, Sapolu (San Francisco 49ers) and Tuinei (Dallas Cowboys) were important offensive […]

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From the editing room floor

by Dave Reardon on October 8, 2014

Some more thoughts regarding UH football’s quarterback change that didn’t make today’s column due to space considerations. Regarding the issue of the seven sacks against Rice: Those who have watched the game tape closely say most of them, if not all, were not the fault of the offensive line. Regardless of who is to blame […]

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Rainbow Warriors open as favorites against Wyoming

by Dave Reardon on October 5, 2014

Despite everything that has gone wrong for University of Hawaii football, the Rainbow Warriors (1-4) are favored to win their Mountain West Conference opener against Wyoming this Saturday at Aloha Stadium. UH is giving 3 points against the Cowboys, who are 3-2 including a win over Air Force that puts them in first place in […]

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Steeper playing field?

by Dave Reardon on October 3, 2014

I’m back from vacation, but still on the road, here in Houston to cover the UH football team’s game at Rice. It was interesting to get insights from Rice president David Leebron about the changes coming in big-time college sports having to do with autonomy for the most powerful conferences (the SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, […]

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Now what at quarterback?

by Dave Reardon on September 20, 2014

Hawaii’s defense did a very credible job and didn’t wear down at altitude in the 21-12 loss at Colorado today — in fact, it got better after intermission and shut out the Buffaloes following the break. It was the UH offense’s failure to get the ball into the end zone that cost it the game. […]

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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. […]

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