The Warrior Beat

The world according to AARP

March 3rd, 2012

The beauty of old age — and I just received my AARP card — is diminished panic.

It would be easy to believe there is a sense of hopelessness as the basketball Rainbow Warriors and volleyball Warriors continue their losing streaks. But sports is about second chances, and regardless of how both teams do this weekend, their league's postseason tournaments offer renewed optimism. Odd as it may seem, both teams still are in contention for national titles.

Maybe both teams conjure miracles runs to extend their seasons. Probably not. But the formats offer each a chance.

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It makes sense for the Warriors to return to Honolulu between back-to-back road games. Not only did the Warriors lose the back end of back-to-back games each of the past three years after remaining on the mainland, they missed 19 school days.

What is interesting is UH's new approach to traveling. The Warriors will practice Thursday morning, then travel to the West Coast, where they will stay overnight. On Friday, they will travel to the site of the game. Former UH coach Bob Wagner used the same approach for parts of his tenure.

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