Archive for October, 2010

Idaho at Hawaii

October 30th, 2010
By dreardon



I’m saying Hawaii beats Idaho handily tonight, as long as the UH special teams hold up their end of the bargain and don’t allow any huge momentum-changing plays.

Score: 45-24.

Let’s see yours.

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People keep telling me Hawaii will get ranked with a win today because No. 22 Miami lost.

But …

No. 16 Florida State lost to unranked North Carolina State. Those teams are both 6-2 now and Hawaii will be 7-2 with a win. There’s a chance NC-State and FSU both get voted in ahead of Hawaii.

Also …

Syracuse is now 6-2 with its 31-7 win over Cincinnati.

Maryland is 6-2 with a 62-14 trouncing of Wake.

Michigan’s lurking, too. They’re 5-2 and play Penn State (4-3) today.

So even if UH wins tonight, it’s not a lock for the Top 25 … although I think some voters would take into account a 6-game winning streak and, at least subconsciously, want Boise State to play a ranked Hawaii team next week.

Excited about the World Series

October 27th, 2010
By dreardon



The Giants and the Rangers. For people who don’t care that much about baseball and aren’t a fan of either team, a big shrug, right?

But if you like really good baseball and the multi-layered aspect of the game, this is a series for you. What these teams lack in star power outside of big names Josh Hamilton, Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee, they make up for in gumption and baseball smarts.

There’s a cliche that baseball isn’t a team game, but rather a bunch of individuals doing their own thing who are on the same team. That may be true to some extent, but it’s also been said often that the 2010 Giants and Rangers are both collections of players that put it on the line for their teammates, and that’s why they’re the final  two teams standing.

It will be fun to watch. I’m saying the Giants take it in 6 or 7 games, only because they have more pitching depth.

Fresno, Nevada, WAC exit deal near?

October 26th, 2010
By dreardon



If you step back and take the emotion out of it, is the reported deal between the WAC and Fresno State and Nevada fair?

According to the report from ESPN 1430 in Fresno, the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack will play football in the WAC for one more season, but the schools’ other sports teams will leave for the Mountain West after this school year. And instead of the $5 million exit fee, each school will pay the WAC $1 million.

I spoke with WAC commissioner Karl Benson and UH athletic director Jim Donovan after the report, as did Ferd Lewis and Stephen Tsai.

Benson said the report is “inaccurate” and a settlement had not been reached as of today (Tuesday). Donovan said the WAC board will meet tomorrow (Wednesday) and hopefully come to a resolution.

It does appear that Fresno and Nevada will at least remain in the WAC for football next year. We’re not sure about the other sports yet, or what the negotiated amount of the exit fee will be when all is said and done.

The best that can be hoped for is something to be done tomorrow. This will just be a big mess if it ends up in court.

Nevada ahead of Hawaii in football polls

October 23rd, 2010
By dreardon



Neither is ranked in the AP or coaches polls, but Nevada got more voting points in both than Hawaii. Also the Wolf Pack is No. 24 in the Harris poll while UH is among those receiving votes.

The Warriors went wild Saturday for their fifth win in a row, 45-7 at Utah State. They’re now 6-2 including 4-0 in the WAC and 3-1 on the road. Alex Green rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns. Corey Paredes intercepted two passes. Big day for Moniz, Salas and Bradley, the defense, and David Graves scores a special teams touchdown.

Meanwhile, Nevada was idle. It just has one loss … but it’s against Hawaii.

Go figure.

(NOTE: THIS ENTRY WAS UPDATED AT 12:30 P.M., SUNDAY, WHICH MAY MAKE SOME OF THE FIRST 18 COMMENTS SEEM OUT OF CONTEXT)

Predict the score // A good cause

October 22nd, 2010
By dreardon



Hawaii 31, Utah State 21 … if the weather’s good. That’s my prediction for Saturday’s game in Logan, Utah. Bad weather helps the Aggies and the Warriors’ four-game winning streak would be in jeopardy.

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