Back in the saddle

July 1st, 2013

I'm back after nearly a month on vacation and a lot has changed, a lot has stayed the same. Curious for your thoughts on the following topics and whatever else:

>> Starting today, July 1, all University of Hawaii men's sports teams are named Rainbow Warriors. I think we'll still call the football team Warriors and the baseball team Rainbows a lot. Basketball? Around 50-50, but trending toward Warriors.

>> Yasiel Puig was called up by the Dodgers and the Cuban right fielder exploded. He picked up where he left off in spring training and is hitting over .400 with power and speed. He also has size and has drawn comparisons to Bo Jackson for all-around athleticism. Puig's arm is big-time, too.

But does he belong in the All-Star Game after just one month in the bigs?

>> Aaron Hernandez, one of the NFL's best offensive players, is in a jail awaiting trial for murder. The former Patriots tight end has had a checkered past going back to his college career at Florida.

>> The favorites are getting knocked off early at Wimbledon.

>> The Pittsburgh Pirates look like they've finally gotten over the hump.

>> Making the cut an impossibility, Michelle Wie didn't show up the next day to finish up her final hole of the second round after a rain delay in last week's tourney. Does that make her a quitter? Depends how you define it, I guess. In my book, it makes her at the least disrespectful to her sport and fellow competitors.

>> Where's Dwight Howard going to go? Where should he go? Is he worth all the money and attention, considering his high maintenance and poor free-throw shooting?

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