Archive for January, 2011

Let’s fix the Pro Bowl

January 31st, 2011

Been trying to think of ideas to make the Pro Bowl, the game, more entertaining. The way it is now is ridiculous. Real tackle football just is not conducive to an all-star format.

1. Make it flag football, since no one wants to tackle anyway. You could have an old-timers game, too, if you played flag football.

2. Jay Glazer, a Fox reporter, called a play. Why not make a contest for kids to get to call plays? The more I think about it, the Pro Bowl is for kids (of all ages).

3. The obvious: Bring back the Super Bowl all-stars.


January 30th, 2011

I had a must-attend family gathering last night … and as feared, I missed something tremendous at the UH basketball game.

Even though I wasn’t there, I got that special feeling you only get once in a while from a very special sports events. Off the top of my head, the one other local sports story I can equate to Miah Ostrowski’s performance on the emotional Richter scale is the Radford football team’s state championship after the death of its coach, John Velasco, back in the early 1980s.

Kui Ostrowski, RIP

January 26th, 2011

I just received word that Damian “Kui” Ostrowski died early this morning. Kui was one of the most talented high school basketball players in Hawaii in the 1980s. He starred on the 1984 state championship team at Maryknoll. He suffered from epilepsy in recent years, and died as a result of a seizure overnight, according to his wife, Michele. Kui was just 43.

Kui and Michele are the parents of University of Hawaii basketball guard and football receiver Miah Ostrowski. Michele said Miah told her he plans on going to basketball practice today and being available to play in Saturday’s game against Utah State.

You may recall that Miah’s joining the basketball team last season was delayed by the death of his grandmother (Kui’s mother) on the last day of the 2009 football season.

Kui Ostrowski is also survived by two daughters, Raquel, 17, and Mia, 9. Services are pending.

Skip Akina, RIP

January 21st, 2011

The last time I saw Skip Akina, who died today, was several years ago as we bumped into each other at a supermarket. The conversation eventually got around to his brother, Duane, who was then the defensive backs coach at Texas. Skip related how proud he was of his brother, telling a story about how one of the players he coached had a copy of the trophy for the Jim Thorpe Award (for the country’s best defensive back) made for him because of how much he’d done to help him win the award.

His pride and love for his family also shone through via the Shawn Akina Classic, a benefit football series of games that matched some of the best high school teams in Hawaii with powerhouses from the mainland. It was named in honor of his brother, Shawn, who died while a quarterback at Utah.

Skip was a very positive person, a creative guy with a lot of energy and aloha in his heart. I always felt energized when around him; although we’d lost touch, I still considered him a friend. I’m very saddened by his death.

Big Waves

January 20th, 2011

headed to Waimea Bay for the Eddie. I’ll try  to update from there.