By Stephen Tsai
The Warriors conclude spring training with the "Spring Fling" this evening at the Ching complex.
There will be a clinic beginning at 5:30 p.m., with an alumni flag football game at 6.
The Warrior Bowl begins at approximately 7 p.m.
Norm Chow said it will be a situational scrimmage. The defense will be awarded points for turnovers and where it stops the offense. For instance, a red-zone drive that forces a field goal gets more points than the offense stalling at its own 30. Offense gets its usual points for a touchdown or field goal.
Chow said there will be no points awarded for a first down or a sack, noting both units "are supposed to do that."
Chow had said he expected the event to end at about 8:30 p.m.
Not publicized, but there will be several high school juniors attending the event as part of unofficial visits.
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• Tavita Woodard, who has spent 10 practices as a tight end, returned to defensive end yesterday. Chow said the defense needed extra bodies for the Warrior Bowl. Defensive end Paipai Falemalu, for instance, will be used sparingly. Chow said a decision will be made this summer whether Woodard stays at defensive end or goes back to tight end.
• Calen Friel, who practiced as an offensive lineman on Tuesday, also went back to defense yesterday. No decision on whether Friel plays on offense or defense this fall. He's wanted on both sides.
• Want to impress your co-workers? Google the name Ryan Pasoquen. He was the Warriors' No. 1 nickelback yesterday. Quick bio: Pasoquen is a 2011 Leilehua High graduate who redshirted last year. Until recently, he was a safety. Pasoquen and Dante Johnson have been impressive at nickelback.
• Waylon Lolotai practiced at tight end yesterday, two days after moving to fullback. The coaches wanted to give more fullback reps to Justin Vele, a converted linebacker.
• Darius Bright finally got rid of the yellow jersey worn by limited-contact players. Bright, who is competing at tight end, made several nice catches.
• It's fun to watch tight end Craig Cofer block.
• Safety Brandon Leslie has what is described as a unique back injury that is preventing him from practicing.
• Mike Edwards is the No. 1 kickoff returner. Trevor Davis is Edwards' backup.
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This will be the final Warrior football event for student managers Jaki Falch and Kyle Kamau. Both have worked every practice and game the past five years. (Kyle actually graduated in December, but came back to volunteer this semester.)
They'll be missed.
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The Rainbow Wahine softball team will have an autograph session following tonight's game. Head coach Bob Coolen decided it would be better to do it at that time than in the emotional aftermath of tomorrow's Senior Day.
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One basic business rule is: Don't compete against yourself.
Or is it?
It was a scheduling coincidence, but I like the idea of the Warrior Bowl and the softball game being held at the same time.
There's the assumption that there's a fixed fan base; that attendance will be hurt because of simultaneous events. I'm not sure that's the case. I think more people will go to the Lower Campus this evening than if there were only one event. That will help concessions and parking. (Both sporting events are free.)
That's why I've always felt Oceanic should air two UH events at the same time on its two channels. In the end, Oceanic would get ad revenue from both telecasts.
That's also why Walmart doesn't care if somebody shops at Walmart or Sam's Club.
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In a game of chicken, sometimes it's better to keep the foot on the gas pedal.
The NFL considering dumping the Pro Bowl?
There's too much money involved. The game gets good ratings and it fills a void. Besides, every NFL player has a Pro Bowl-bonus clause. Sure, the bonus could go to making an All-Pro team. But with Super Bowl players unable to participate and several with mysterious owies, as many as 18 players could be added to the bowl, meaning more players can collect bonuses.
What the NFL doesn't want is flopping or half-okole efforts. I'm sure if the players promise — cross their hearts and hope to spit — that they'll give a more convincing effort, the game can survive.
OK, I'm mostly sure.