And the winner is ...

December 28th, 2008
By

Al.
He gets the two front-row seats to Monday's Rainbow Classic games.
Give me a call, and I'll have the tickets left at Will Call.

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The final episode of the best television show, "SportsNight," was entitled, "Quo Vadimus" — Latin for "where are we going?"
The English translation was asked (peppered with a little French) yesterday in, of all places, a church foyer. Two season-ticket holders who had a miserable Christmas Eve demanded answers.
Because I'm a sports reporter, with nearly unlimited access, I, of course, had no answers.
Coach Mack said what everybody else has said: UH needs to cut down on sacks.
That also was the emphasis after the Sugar Bowl, which is why the Warrior quarterbacks spent the entire spring working under center. It was why Jake Heun was recruited, and why Aaron Kia practiced as a tight end.
But then Heun and running back David Farmer were injured in training camp, and injuries led to a shuffling on the offensive line, and the run-and-shoot wasn't effective with the QB under center and ...
Quo vadimus.
Then somebody mentioned that defensive back Ryan Mouton left Hawai‘i yesterday, and all of sudden it hit how much he'll be missed — and not just as a player.
What made Mouton important was his ability to transcend cliques. The best Warrior team in years — the one in 2006 — also was one separated into a few groups. The alpha group was led by Samson Satele, and his willingness to include Colt Brennan into the fold solidified the offense. Brennan set the records that year, but it was Satele who led the team. Some claimed he was the offensive line coach that year.
Mouton also had that impact. Mouton and Keao Monteilh were the leaders of the secondary. Mouton also pushed his roommate, wideout Malcolm Lane, to become a more aggressive player. Everybody liked and respected Mouton.
More than anything, the Warriors need a leader next year, somebody who can interact with all groups. It should be John Estes. More likely, it will be Rocky Savaiigaea, if he can stay healthy. And if he's serious about it, JoPierre Davis also is ready to step up.
So maybe that's the answer. The Warriors will go as far as somebody will lead.

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The Advertiser sports gang had our Christmas lunch today (it actually might be for 2007, deadlines and all). It was at Tsukiji Fish Market.

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