Now about that Pro Bowl money ...

April 9th, 2014
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... How about helping out the University of Hawaii athletic department?

The Hawaii Tourism Authority gives the NFL $4 million a year for the rights to the Pro Bowl. With the Pro Bowl going to Arizona for next year, surely the HTA can now allocate a sizable portion of that to UH, as well as the other college athletic departments.

How about some kokua for Brigham Young-Hawaii, too? Maybe help save the Seasiders, who announced they plan to shutdown intercollegiate athletics in three years.

Rising star

April 5th, 2014
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I don't normally write about anything having to do with intermediate school or JV sports, but when someone breaks a 31-year-old record in track and field it catches my attention.

Madison Moku broke a record set in 1983 at the ILH championships.

Moku, an eighth-grader at Hawaii Baptist, ran 200 meters in 26.13 in the finals Saturday at Punahou. Amy Hallett of St. Andrew's Priory ran 26.7 (hand-timed) in 1983. Moku had run 26.71 in the trials.

Al Chase to be honored at UH baseball game

April 3rd, 2014
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A member of Al Chase's family will throw out the first pitch at the University of Hawaii baseball game Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium, when the Rainbow Warriors host UC-Irvine in the first of a three-game series.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m.

There will also be a moment of silence for Chase, the retired Star-Bulletin sportswriter who died last week of natural causes days short of his 72nd birthday.

"Everybody got along with Al," said UH baseball coach Mike Trapasso, whose team was covered by Chase for five years at the end of the writer's career. "He always had that pleasant disposition whether we won or lost. I was a new, young head coach. If we'd be struggling he'd come up and say things will get better. He never put his arm around me but it felt like he did."

Al's 7-year-old grandson, Noah, is tentatively scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

Al's wife, Lee, daughter, Lisha, and granddaughter, Maya, are among other family members scheduled to attend.

"I remember going to the games as a little girl with my mom while my dad worked up in the press box," Lisha said. "The stadium always felt like a second home to me and I loved watching my dad talk with the coaches and athletes down on the field after the games."

Services for Al Chase are Saturday, April 12 at Central Union Church, starting at 1 p.m. with visitation to follow.

 

Perspective

February 22nd, 2014
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This is from Nanci Kreidman of the Domestic Violence Action Center (stoptheviolence.org), in response to Monday's column about Al Noga's induction to the University of Hawaii Sports Circle of Honor. Most of you already "get it," but I encourage all to read her take on this:

Aloha Dave,

These are always very interesting escapades …. selecting individuals for recognition, celebration and appreciation for their talent.

We have a ragged history with these selections. Heroes can be hard to find. The qualities that establish hero status are sometimes, in my view, totally off. Our political, faith based and celebrity landscape as well as our marketplace illustrate many examples of poor selections. The role models we hold up aren’t always what we make them out to be.

I can certainly understand why Al Noga hasn’t been selected for this honor before. It is said he has been held accountable, through the sentencing, or so we assume.

I am watching Leahey and Leahey right now. They were talking about your column and the talent displayed by Al Noga. The magic he displayed on the football field. Kanoa pondered whether he believes in a life sentence. Meaning, I assume, that he served his time, and so it may not be necessary to withhold the Honor.

Seems we are missing the point. Al Noga was not selected then for the honor, because he committed crimes, and violated one of, what I would consider a key rule. Number 5. It is pretty clear:

The nominee must exhibit strong moral character and discipline.

It is a good thing he has been working to get his life back in shape, and changing his behavior, while building his character. But does he deserve an honor for resuming a non-criminal lifestyle, and becoming a responsible member of his community?  We want to lift people, recognize people who possess strong moral character and live a crime-free lifestyle. Not those who rebuild themselves to reverse failings of character. The celebration of that is a much more personal one. He can take pride in his personal accomplishments.

Our communities need good role models. Let’s find them. Let’s define what a good role model is. Our children need them. It is good for the community and it is a principle for building a safe future.

Thank you for contributing to the community discourse on this issue.

Love, nanci

Letters: Al Noga, "Unconferencing" NFL

February 17th, 2014
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Dave,

Thank you for placing such a terrific perspective in print for all to ponder!

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Al Noga was an amazing athlete; no question. I can hear the arguments about him serving time for his crimes of domestic violence but that doesn't erase those crimes. It just means that he served his time for them.

The victims of domestic violence live with those memories every single day. Just because the sentence is served by the perpetrator doesn't mean the crime never happened. The victims serve a "life sentence".

So kudos to Al Noga for his athletic accomplishments but we shouldn't pretend that he exhibits "strong moral character and discipline".

Thanks for your commentary!
Libby Char

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Hi Dave,
Can you guarantee that a San Francisco vs. Seattle Super Bowl would not be a blowout?  Did you predict a blowout?  I live in Las Vegas and I did not see any of the sharps or oddsmakers predicting a blowout.  I enjoy your articles but this one is way off-base unless you can tell the future.
No matter the participants or seedings, there will always be lopsided games once in a while.  To suggest that the NFL change their playoff method makes sense only if you can tell the future.  I’m aware that this is your opinion but it is one that is unfounded and you are judging by the outcome of one game.  Had there have been a seeding process, the 49ers would have possibly have been the 3rd or 4th seed with Seattle begin either 1st or 2nd.  It wouldn’t have guaranteed your matchup.  Until you start predicting the future accurately, stay away from such nonsensical topics.
James Hasegawa