Softball pitcher Brooke Wilkins was long overdue for inclusion in UH’s sports Circle of Honor, so it’s great to see she’s been voted in. Soccer star Natasha Kai is deserving, too, though maybe it’s a little soon after her UH career considering some of the other athletes who should also be in. Gender equity pioneer Patsy Mink Takemoto — who never played college sports — is also being inducted this year. But where is Nani Cockett, the best all-around player in the history of the women’s basketball program more than a decade after the end of her career? Still not in the Circle of Honor.
I also agree wholeheartedly with Stephen Tsai, who points out the glaring omission of so many great football players. Even if “honor” is a large part of the criteria, many of those excluded have proven over the course of time they are just as good as people as they were as athletes at UH (Michael Carter, Ashley Lelie and Chad Owens quickly come to mind) and should be in.
If a goal of UH’s Circle of Honor is to acknowledge and spread the legacy of its athletes’ greatest achievements, perhaps it needs to revisit its criteria and process for enshrinement. And maybe there should be two circles: One strictly for the athletes (take the word honor out if that would help) and one for the coaches, administrators, boosters, etc.
Pal Eldredge called to get the word out about the Variety School’s fundraising golf tournament. It’s set for Thursday, Nov. 10, at Ewa Beach Golf Club. Cost: $450 for team of 3, or $150 individual, buffet dinner to follow. Call 732-2835 for more info.
Of course, if you talk to Pal Eldredge the day the World Series starts, you gotta get his take, right?
“I’m an American League guy, so I’m leaning to the Rangers. They’ve been tough all year. Even though the starting pitchers haven’t been good in the playoffs, the depth of their bullpen is very good. If Josh Hamilton isn’t the best player in the game, he’s very close.”
Today’s column is about UH basketball player Zane Johnson and leading by example.