Archive for July, 2010

Questions and answers

July 30th, 2010

Q. “Akuman” asked on Friday, “Who beat Alabama?”, in reference to the week after the 2003 Hawaii-vs.-Army game.

A. Hawaii beat Alabama, 37-29, at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 29.

Q. “BlueHawaii” asked on Friday, “why the heck are we playing Charleston Southern again?”

A. Yes, when this game was booked a couple of years ago the question was “Why?” And Charleston Southern got a better guarantee than most FCS visitors to Hawaii. But UH may need a team it can handle upon return from a 2-game roadtrip at Army and Colorado.

More Q and A to come later today. Ask away.

“The Assassin” was a gentleman

July 28th, 2010

I met Jack Tatum about five years ago. My friend, Wynn Silberman, was the agent for the retired Oakland Raiders great who died Tuesday at age 61 from complications due to diabetes.

Wynn and Jack were in Hawaii, and they joined my brother, Joe, and me for lunch. This was a huge thrill for Joe, because he has always been a Raiders fan.

Jack was friendly, polite and low-key during lunch, but often flashed a mischievous grin, and spoke proudly and with good humor about most of his NFL career. He even let Joe try on his Super Bowl ring.

We talked about all kinds of things, from Al Davis, John Madden and his Raiders teammates, to the possibility of his daughter coming to Hawaii to play college basketball, to the diabetes which had already caused amputation of one of his legs near the knee.

We also discussed how Wynn and Jack felt he was ambushed in a recent ESPN interview, where the reporter had indicated the focus would not be on the most infamous play of his career, but rather, on Tatum’s campaign to increase awareness about diabetes.

Even though I was a Patriots fan, I always admired Tatum’s aggressive style of play. I never “hated” Tatum for the hit on Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley that broke two vertabrae and paralyzed Stingley, who died in 2007 confined to a wheelchair.

We talked a bit about the unfortunate hit, with Jack displaying sympathy for Stingley; he was sorry for what happened, but not for the hit specifically, which was within NFL rules at the time. He had tried to visit Stingley in the hospital, but was turned away by his family.

After lunch I drove Wynn and Jack back to their hotel.

Jack gave me a gray diabetes awareness wristband. He also gave my brother and me memories that day of a friendly gentleman to go with those we already had from our childhood — those of one of the hardest hitters in the history of the game.

In addition to being his agent, Wynn became Jack’s good friend.

“Jack Tatum was such a complex man, I think the biggest tragedy of this man’s life rests in the distinct schism between the media’s portrayal of him and who he really was,” Wynn said. “He was a man of great depth, he loved his wife, his children and those close to him, he also loved the game but also knew the difference between the two. He will be dearly missed.”

-By Dave Reardon

Ron Lee to Kalani

July 27th, 2010

One year ago Ron Lee was the offensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii.

Today, Kalani High School head coach Greg Taguchi told me  Lee is helping run the offense for the downtrodden Falcons.

Some will see it as a big step down. I see it as Lee doing a great thing for the community, lending his expertise to a public school team that really needs it.

Carry my pads, Rook

July 26th, 2010

Veteran Cowboys receiver  Roy Williams told rookie Dez Bryant to carry his pads. Bryant said no.

Good for Bryant?

Good for the Cowboys?

Will this change how veteran players treat rookies?

With all his talent and off-field drama, is Bryant the new T.O. or Ocho Cinco?

Hawaii Bowl tickets on sale Monday

July 25th, 2010

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday at  -, 548-BOWL, University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center, and Rainbowtique (Ward and Downtown).
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