Archive for January, 2012

How’s your Madden game?

January 27th, 2012
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Can you beat some of the best football players from Hawaii at their own game?
The video game, that is. Madden to be exact.
The Pacific Interscholastic Athletic Association is staging a 64 player head to head single elimination tournament for the title of Hawaii’s Top Madden 2012 Player and a $500 cash prize.

It will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at The Villa at Aloha Tower Market Place. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and competition at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is suggested, but as of Friday, Jan. 27, room for walk-ups was expected.

A $50 entry fee includes a limited edition T-shirt.

And don’t forget next Wednesday’s PIAA event, National Letter of Intent signing day. More on this to come.

Shane Brostek: “All options are open”

January 20th, 2012
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I spoke Friday afternoon with HPA offensive lineman Shane Brostek, one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the state this year. He is the son of ‘Iolani legend, Washington standout and L.A. and St. Louis Ram Bern Brostek.

Shane will visit Hawaii next week. He has already visited Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

He said people who claim he’s already decided on Oregon are just assuming.

“I don’t know why people think that,” he said. “I have no preference right now. All options are open.”

He said that includes Hawaii. New head coach Norm Chow, offensive line coach Keith Uperesa, quarterbacks coach Tommy Lee and tight ends coach Philip Rauscher visited Brostek on the Big Island earlier this week.

“It was cool,” he said. “They seem like they really want Hawaii players to play for UH.”

Brostek said Chow is the first UH coach to have offered him a scholarship.

Davone hosting Pro Bowl kickoff party

January 19th, 2012
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Miami Dolphins and former Hawaii receiver Davone Bess is hosting a party at Tiki’s in Waikiki, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each for a buffet and two drink tickets. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Bess Route Foundation, which helps underprivileged youngsters.

Invited guests include Colt Brennan, Chad Owens, Reggie Bush, Mike Pouncey, Vince Manuwai and Ryan Grice-Mullen.

There will be a memorabilia silent auction, as well as items for sale.

Homecoming: Cal Lee to join Ron at Kalani High

January 10th, 2012
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No big surprise here. Since Cal Lee was not retained by Norm Chow on the University of Hawaii football coaching staff, he will join his brother, Ron, on the staff at Kalani High School.

Cal graduated from Kalani in 1964, where he was an all-ILH linebacker (yes, Kalani and the rest of the town public schools were in the ILH then).

Cal will be defensive coordinator. Ron enters his third year as offensive coordinator. Greg Taguchi is the head coach.

“I’m excited about working with the kids,” Cal said.

In 2010, Ron Lee’s first year on staff, Kalani won its first game after 57 losses. Last season Kalani continued to improve, finishing 3-5. Ron started his coaching career as a Kalani JV assistant in 1967. One of his colleagues there was Mike Chow, brother of Norm.

Thirty years ago, Ron and Cal constructed Kaiser High football from the ground into a Prep Bowl team, then went on to build an unprecedented dynasty at Saint Louis School.

It will be fun to watch what they do now at Kalani.

Here’s a story about Cal Lee when he stepped down as Saint Louis coach 10 years ago.

Does everyone now believe it was the two best teams?

January 9th, 2012
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Alabama 21, LSU 0.

Alabama No. 1, LSU No. 2.

Alabama National Champion.

1. Does anyone still think Oklahoma State or a team other than one of these two belonged in the national championship game?

2. Was this game as much of a “bad watch” as the first?

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My final Associated Press poll:
1. Alabama. 2. LSU. 3. Oklahoma State. 4. Boise State. 5. Arkansas. 6. USC. 7. Oregon. 8. South Carolina. 9. Stanford. 10. Wisconsin. 11. Houston. 12. Michigan State. 13. Michigan. 14. Baylor. 15. TCU. 16. West Virginia. 17. Oklahoma. 18. Kansas State. 19. Virginia Tech. 20. Georgia. 21. Southern Miss. 22. Florida State. 23. Auburn. 24. Cincinnati. 25. Texas.