Archive for May, 2010

Baseball Rainbows in Arizona

May 31st, 2010

The baseball Rainbows (33-26) will remain in Arizona, drawing San Diego (36-20) in the opener of NCAA Tournament  Regional at Arizona State.

ASU plays Milwaukee in the other opening-round game in the Arizona State Regional.

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The Rainbow Wahine were scheduled to depart Tuscaloosa early this morning for the journey to Oklahoma City, site of the College World Series.

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Can you think of a more clutch play than Jenna Rodriguez's two-run homer? The Rainbows had struck out 16 times in 6 2/3 innings, and were down to their last out when Rodriiguez blasted the strut-off homer.

There have been game winning shots in basketball. And, of course, the heroics of Colt Brennan and Dan Kelly to preserve the Warriors' perfect season in 2007. But with so much on the line — nationally televised game against top-ranked team on the road — well, Rodriguez's homer is difficult to top.


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ESPN picked Rodriguez's homer No. 6 in the top 10 list of Plays of the Day.


May 30th, 2010

Jenna Rodriguez blasts a walk-off, two-run homer to send the Rainbow Wahine to the College World Series.

Sixteen of the Rainbows' 20 outs were strikeouts. But then Rodriguez drives a pitch just barely fair in left, driving in Kelly Majam, to deliver the 5-4 victory over top-ranked Alabama.

And the Rainbow baseball team beats Fresno State to win the WAC Tournament and advance to the Regionals. I think Coach Trapasso has just earned himself a multi-year contract.

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Again, credit goes to UH media relations director Kara Nishimura, whose winning call on the coin flip — tails — enabled the Rainbow Wahine to be the home team today.

UH, Alabama split to force decisive third game

May 29th, 2010

The Rainbow Wahine hold on for an 8-7 victory in the second game to force a winner-take-all third game tomorrow in the Super Regionals.

Alabama won the first game, 8-0, in five innings, and then scored six runs in the fifth inning of the second game to tie it at 7. But a sacrifice fly gave the Rainbows the lead, and Stephanie Ricketts worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

Super Regional postponed

May 28th, 2010

The Super Regional between UH and Alabama has been postponed until tomorrow because of today's thunderstorm.

Game are scheduled for 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Hawaii time), and will air on ESPNU.

If necessary, Game 3 will be Sunday.

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ESPN did something about building a fantasy NFL team. I'm bored, I figured I'd give it a shot using UH players from the past 11 years.

Rules are this: 53-player roster. Players have to be relatively in shape, so that includes guys in the pros, recently retired, recent UH graduates. That last item is known as the Nick Rolovich Rule. I asked sportscaster Robert Kekaula for suggestions. He mentioned Rolo. So I called Rolo, asked him if he could throw the rock. "Of course," Rolo said, mentioning that he does 200 push-ups a day. (Not certain if they're consecutive.) So Rolo's in.

So here's my team:

QB: Colt Brennan,
QB: Nick Rolovich.
QB: Shawn Withy-Allen.

RB: Nate Ilaoa,
RB: West Keliikipi
RB: Chad Kapanui
RB: Daniel Libre

WO: Jason Rivers
WO: Ashley Lelie
WO/SB: Greg Salas
WO: C.J. Hawthorne
SB: Davone Bess
SB: Chad Owens
SB: Ryan Grice-Mullins

T: Wayne Hunter
T/G Tala Esera
T/G: Laupepa Letuli
T/G: Aaron Kia
C: Samson Satele
C/G: John Estes
G: Kynan Forney
G: Vince Manuwai
G/C: Hercules Satele

NT: Lawrence Wilson
NT Isa‘ako Sopoaga
NT/DT: Vaughn Meatoga

DE: Melila Purcell III
DE: Ikaika Alama-Francis
DE: Keala Watson
DE: Michael Lafaele

OLB: Travis LaBoy
OLB: David Veikune
OLB: Pisa Tinoisamoa
OLB: Adam Leonard
OLB: Francis Maka
OLB: Fetaiagogo Fonoti

ILB: Solomon Elimimian
ILB: Baze Soares
ILB: Jeff Ulbrich
ILB: R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane
ILB:  Timo Paepule

CB: Kenny Patton
CB: Jeramy Bryant
CB/NB: Ryan Mouton
CB: Ryan Keomaka
NB: Richard Torres
SS:  Jake Patek
SS: Spencer Smith
FS: Leonard Peters
FS: Keao Monteilh

PK: Dan Kelly
P: Mat McBriar
LS: Tanuvasa Moe

Explanation: Where's Tim Chang? Of course, he's one of the top three. But it just wouldn't be right to let him run the scout team. The NFL trend is the 3-4 ,so that's this team's defense. I know Keala Watson was an inside guy, but in the 3-4, it's better to have DT-like guys on the outside. Michael Lafaele sometimes played too upright. He's perfect at DE.  David Veikune and Travis LaBoy will be used as stand-up rushers, like Jason Taylor. There also is an emphasis on special teams, which is why Francis Maka, Fetaiagogo Fonoti, Timo  Paeipule, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Richard Torres, Spencer Smith and Ryan Keomaka secured roster spots. Jake Ingram is the school's greatest long-snapper, but Tanuvasa Moe is a great tackler (and McBriar is not) and he also can play linebacker.

Your arguments?

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Happy birthday to Brie Adams.

Rolo's still the one

May 27th, 2010

If Mouse Davis were to join the UH football staff, as anticipated, it would not change the current dynamics.

Nick Rolovich is the offensive coordinator, and he will call the plays, whether Davis or Mike Martz is at his side. The way it would shape up is Davis, well respected as the designer of the modern run-and-shoot offense, would serve as a mentor, much like how head coach Greg McMackin is a mentor to newly promoted defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Davis, if hired, would provide a comfortable support staff for Rolovich. Running backs coach Brian Smith was Rolovich's college housemate. Ashley Lelie, who will join as a student manager, was Rolovich's favorite target in 2001 and, a couple of years later, Rolo's landlord. Offensive line coach Gordy Shaw also will be helpful in creating an offensive game plan.

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Always willing to try something new, Rolovich is distributing the half-football to his quarterbacks.

One end of the football is flat-sided, enabling quarterbacks to work out alone. They can throw the football off walls or floors. The intent is to work on the grip and wrist flexibility. Consider it the quarterback's equivalent of the JUGS machine.


Leila Wai, our hand model, also notes the football can be used by receivers to train.

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Here's Leila:


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Erika Buder-Nakasone also had a farewell at UH. She's going to work at Punahou School. Here she is posing with Rolovich at yesterday's party:


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This is a so-called smart board. While a video is shown on the board, a coach can then use a marker to draw plays on the projected image.


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With a touch of a switch, a shade descends from the ceiling. The conference room also has descending video screens.


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Coach Mack's office:


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And the reception area:


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In an ode to Ally McBeal, there's a unisex bathroom. I suppose you also could have mail sent to Room 341.


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Wena: "I'll take a size 6."

Me: "Wuh?"


Me: "Heeeey. Foot Locker's stripes are vertical."