May 7th, 2012

>> Regarding Monday’s column on the logjam of high school state championships, Matt Hogland suggests moving the boys volleyball tournament from spring back to fall. I think that’s a good idea, but the tournament used to be in the fall. It was moved to the spring to be in line with the college men’s volleyball season.

>> A friend who wants to remain anonymous had this to say about mid-major conferences: Man, more and more it seems like the MWC, CUSA et al are like Ross Dress For Less ‹ the bargain bin of discontinued lines and slightly damaged merchandise.

>> This is from Steve Somers, a Boise State fans, on if the Broncos might buck back to the Mountain West:

Good article, except that you left out one little item. Boise State may return to the MWC, but the reason would be due to the other sports at Boise State has very little options to go to.

Conference Why Not!

West Coast Conference Too public and not religious enough
Big West Conference Boise is not part of California (really)!
Sun Belt Conference Too far to travel
Big Sky Realistically the only option.

If the money from the TV contract is not high enough, you may see Boise State back in the MWC! But compare them to a female who cheated on her husband to date you, and now wants to marry you. What would stop her from cheating on you? Boise will wait for the Big 12 to invite them for all sports! 12Pac conference … No way!
Thanks for a good article.

>> James Hasegawa likes the idea of UH football games starting early in the day:
What is so wrong with an earlier start on Saturdays? Don’t think that teams such as Florida, Georgia and USC, don’t know the advantage they have in September when the opposing team is melting in the noon heat. Most of the colleges in the country have a start time from 12:00 – 4:00p. Don’t those people have jobs? Don’t they all over other things to do? I don’t understand this argument. Hawaii should start their games earlier for the national exposure and to get their score out to the East Coast before Sunday. Also, playing during that time in Hawaii can only be an advantage for the home team that is conditioned to the heat. You put a winning team on the field, as well as bring in noteworthy opponents, the fans will pack the stadium, Explain to me why Hawaii should be an exception when the rest of the country plays during the day? Even UNLV, as crappy as they are, play some day games and their fans (few as they may be), don’t complain. How spoiled are UH fans if they all feel that way, including you? I have said for years that UH should move some of their games up. It’s a Saturday, whether you play the game at 2:00, or at 6:00, there will always be someone that has to go to work? It doesn’t matter and this point about game times doesn’t hold water.

8 Responses to “Feedback”

  1. hosssana:

    I concur with Hasegawa’s argument that some of the UH football games should be moved up earlier. People will always complain but if the team is any good, fans will come. Geezus, this is a Saturday and why shouldn’t the game be moved up. I don’t buy this argument that parents have to go to soccer games or pop warner or other extracurricular activities for their kids because mainland fans have the same predicament and every Saturday during the early afternoon, their games are packed to capacity. If you have the product, THEY WILL COME NO MATTER WHAT TIME.

  2. Paco:

    I have been a big proponent of UH starting its games in the afternoon. College football on the mainland is primarily an afternoon event. I went to USC and we had noon games in the Coliseum. There is not one shady spot in that stadium at noon and the games are packed. James and hosssana are correct. If you put a winning team on the field fans will come. The arguments that fans have other things to do on Saturdays are valid, but when the team is winning people will find a way. Plus, you might attract more fans who find that time more kid-friendly. One of the drawbacks to the night games is I never wanted to take my daughter because I didn’t want to get home too late and have her sit in the cold and wind for 4 hours. And the swap meet argument is ridiculous. I understand how much money the swap meet makes for the stadium and a lot of people’s livelihoods depend on the Saturday swap meet, but seriously, its only 8-9 Saturdays a year. Throw in a swap meet on Friday on game weeks. Let people start a new tradition with tailgating and football on Saturday afternoons.

  3. Manoa Mist:

    I as well am buying from the Hasegawa General Store. Always wondered why UH didn’t play like 1 or 2 o’clock games. People will adapt, and the players are young. It might get hot, but they’ll live. Most of ‘em anyways.

  4. nkvball:

    Boys high school volleyball was moved to the Spring because girls basketball was moved from Spring to Fall because of Title IX concerns to make the girls basketball season in line with Women’s college basketball season. Michigan and Hawaii were the only 2 states that played girls basketball in the Spring and when Michigan had a court ruling to move basketball to the fall, Hawaii made the change.

  5. royboy808:

    Mid-afternoon games might bring more of a “college” atmosphere. I’d think the home team would move to the makai side, to put the visiting team out in the sun on the mauka side. Other logistics may not be so simple. Issues I’d anticipate is relocation of some fans/sections. Band would need to relocate, as well as student sections. Fans/season ticket holders currently on the “home” team side may be a little irritated. Television may not look as good, shooting towards the visitors. I haven’t seen them, but also wonder whether there’s a difference between the home/visitors locker rooms.

  6. Warrior Dave:

    “college atmosphere” like at basketball? Don’t make me laugh. The students want the prime seating sections is all major sports but don’t show up and scream sat having to pay a $50 fee per semester. Sorry kiddies. Old farts like me who can afford to pay seat premiums and donate to UH are keeping the wheels on the bus and deserve priority searing.

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