Archive for July, 2011

Viloria’s Five-0 connection

July 15th, 2011
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Did you know boxing star Brian Viloria is buddies with Scott Caan, who plays Dano on Hawaii Five-0? Their friendship goes back nearly 10 years. They met when both worked out regularly at the Wild Card gym in L.A.

“We haven’t seen each other in a while, but we’re still good friends,” said Viloria, who fights Julio Cesar Miranda for the WBO world championship Saturday at the Blaisdell. “I made sure to invite Scott and his crew to the fight. Hopefully Alex (O’Laughlin, who plays McGarrett) can come too.”

If the 5-0 producers are smart, they’ll audition Viloria for a part in a future episode, maybe even a recurring character. Anyone who knows the Waipahu alum knows he’s polished and charismatic. He’s also got some TV experience. Ellen Gittelsohn, wife of Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn, is a big-time Hollywood producer and director whose credits include episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “The Closer.” She’s helped Viloria land a couple of small roles.

“Maybe they’ll give me a chance,” Viloria said with a laugh. “I promote their show by entering the ring with their song.”

Bobby’s near-miss with baseball history

July 10th, 2011
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Bobby Curran, the radio voice of University of Hawaii sports, just returned from a great vacation in New York, where he is from.

One thing could’ve made it better, though.

Bobby and his sons Max and Finn had tickets to the Rays-Yankees game Friday night at Yankee Stadium. But, after hours heading to the stadium, they were turned away because the game was rained out.

Bobby had hoped he and his boys might see Derek Jeter get two hits that night, which would put him at 3,000 for his career. Instead, the Currans were on a plane to Los Angeles while Jeter was getting five hits on Saturday, including a home run for No. 3,000.

“I’m not surprised he did it in such style,” Bobby told me while sitting in the plane at LAX, waiting for maintenance issues to be addressed before the final leg home. “For all the people who think he’s overrated, hey, what about THAT!”

If you listen to his daily sports-talk show, you know Bobby is an unabashed Jeter fan — even though he was raised as a fan of New York’s other Major League team.

“A lot of Mets fans hate the Yankees and Jeter, but some have come around,” Curran said.

Although it was a disappointing end to his vacation, Bobby and I once again repeated something we’ve long agreed upon: No matter what happens on a road trip or vacation, living in Hawaii means you have the best place in the world to return to afterward.

Here’s my take on Derek Jeter and what he means to baseball.

Thumb down: Injury knocks Shane out of All-Star Game

July 8th, 2011
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Maui’s Shane Victorino was voted into next Tuesday’s Major League All-Star Game, but the Phillies centerfielder is out with a thumb injury that puts him on the disabled list.

Victorino, who was voted into the game for the second time in three years in the Final Vote phase, will be replaced by Andre Ethier of the Dodgers. Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are also recent scratches from the All-Star Game.

Hawaii is still represented by Mariners closer Brandon League, a Saint Louis School graduate.

Reports, tweets say Forcier to make official visit to UH

July 7th, 2011
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Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier will make an official visit to the University of Hawaii campus, according to posts on a social networking site and reports by ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad and, locally, 1420-AM’s Josh Pacheco.

Several posts today addressed to Pacheco on the Twitter account @TForcier4, believed to be Forcier’s, discuss an upcoming visit. One refers to interaction with UH offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich.

Schad also reported on Twitter that Forcier, a former high-school All-American, is also considering transferring to Nevada or San Jose State.

The Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai reported last month that Forcier was interested in transferring to UH.

Fetters named to Pepperdine Hall, other notes

July 6th, 2011
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>> Former ‘Iolani star and longtime Major League pitcher Mike Fetters has been announced as a member of the Pepperdine Hall of Fame’s class of 2011.

>> University of Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award. He’s also on the Heisman watch list.

>> Waipio won’t repeat as United States champions in the Little League World Series … it was knocked out of contention in the District tournament last week.