The Warrior Beat

One for the money . . .

June 27th, 2012

Another fund-raiser, another big haul.

Last night's Na Koa dinner raised about $70,000, of which $30,000 came from the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the UH football program.

Next up: Murphy's Pigskin Pigout on Aug. 23.

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Na Koa should be targeting either the guy who bought Lanai (Larry Ellison) or the guy who received $600 million from the sale (David Murdock). Or both.

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Former UH slotbacks Greg Salas (St. Louis Rams) and Kealoha Pilares (Carolina Panthers) are back in town.

"We're hanging out, working out and enjoying some vacation," Salas said.

On the itinerary is another run up Koko Head.

"We'll hit that up, for sure," Salas said.

Salas said he is fully healed from a broken bone in his leg suffered in November. He participated in the Rams' OTAs and mini-camp. He also is happy to be back at his second home.

"I love it out here," Salas said. "Whenever I get a chance to come back, I do."

Salas will be attending Joey Lipp's wedding on July 9 in Hawaii. Salas and Lipp were teammates in high school and UH.

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It was near the end of The Greatest's career, and Muhammad Ali could no longer float like a butterfly or sting like a bee. He continued to fight, but he was no longer Muhammad Ali. It was like Journey without Steve Perry, "American Idol" without Simon.

Which brings us to the Rainbow Classic.

Eight-team tournaments, with the winners' bracket played in Hawaii's prime time, are no longer feasible between Christmas and New Year's Eve. And, yes, it is understandable if there is some cushion to a schedule, especially with a young team. Not every game needs to be like an NBA playoff. But to call a four-team tournament in November the Rainbow Classic — especially when it includes the redundantly named Maryland Eastern Shore — is just wrong.

Yes, it's sad that the once prestigious holiday format is gone. But it's also sad that gas is no longer $2.50 a gallon. Time change. Things end. And if the Rainbow Classic couldn't be brought back to its former glory, then it would have been OK if it remained a fond memory.

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