Archive for September, 2007

Friday walk-through

September 28th, 2007
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LEWISTON, Idaho >> Practicing in the rain at a high school grass field isn’t the most ideal warm-up for a game under a dome the next day, but the Warriors seemed to come out of it unscathed.

Quarterback Colt Brennan looks ready to play, but receiver Jason Rivers did not suit up.

wac vb scores thursday etc

September 27th, 2007
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New Mexico State def. Boise State, 30-20, 30-18, 30-20
Idaho def. Louisiana Tech, 34-32, 30-25, 30-22
Nevada def. Fresno State, 30-20, 30-23, 30-28
Utah State def. San Jose State 30-25, 30-28, 30-28

elsewhere
#2 Stanford (H) def. #4 USC 3-0
#5 UCLA def. #10 California (H) 3-2
#21 Oregon def. Arizona State 3-1

Warriors arrive in Lewiston; Chance meetings in Pullman and downtown Honolulu

September 27th, 2007
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LEWISTON, Idaho >> The Hawaii flight was a little late; Ben Yee and I are sitting in the lobby of the Red Lion Hotel, and we’re told the bus is “right around the corner.”

And here they are, all accounted for. Colt Brennan is not limping.

A few minutes after the Warriors arrive, five young adult fans arrive — Jerel Hight, Michael Rux, Jason Rodger, Kayla Cervantes and Nick Simons.

“I live by the airport and saw them coming in,” Rux said.

They are all genuine fans, not just trying to get autographs to sell on ebay. Warrior Nation is indeed growing.

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PULLMAN, Wash. >> One of our more frequent posters, who goes by the crazy handle of “Kyle,” just walked into the Pullman Starbuck’s that I’m camping out at right now and introduced himself.

Kyle is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington State. He’s wearing his Cougars colors right now, but promises to be in green, including face paint, at the Kibbie Dome on Saturday. He says hello to his family and friends on Maui.
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Also forgot to mention earlier that I bumped into Derrick Low’s dad, Ken, while coming out of traffic court on Tuesday. Ken said Derrick will also trade Cougs red for Warrior green on Saturday night in Moscow.

Latest Heisman Odds

September 27th, 2007
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From Jimmy Shapiro of Riptown Media

Darren McFadden 3/1
Tim Tebow 7/2
John David Booty 5/1
Mike Hart 5/1
Colt Brennan 6/1
Steve Slaton 7/1
Brian Brohm 12/1
Ray Rice 12/1
Andre’ Woodson 15/1
DeSean Jackson 15/1
Chase Daniel 25/1
Pat White 25/1
Percy Harvin 35/1
Jonathan Stewart 40/1
Matt Grothe 40/1
Colt McCoy 50/1
Matthew Stafford 50/1
Stephen McGee 90/1
Tashard Choice 90/1
Anthony Morelli 100/1
Mike Goodson 100/1
Two or more share Heisman Award 15/1
Field (Any Other Player) 8/1

Statistical oddity

September 27th, 2007
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According to the individual stats, the biggest play of the University of Hawaii football season so far never happened.

I was doing some stat research last night when I saw that the space next to Gerard Lewis’ name for passes broken up was empty. Didn’t he bat one down in overtime to give UH a 45-44 win at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 8?

He certainly did of course, but it doesn’t count in the individual stats … the reason? Because the play was made on a point-after attempt.

Thanks to Derek Inouchi of the UH media relations department for the explanation.

And yes, I have nothing better to do than this right now. … It’s after midnight and I’m sitting at a gate at Honolulu Airport waiting to start a trip to Idaho that is already more than an hour behind schedule because of a flight delay.