By Stephen Tsai
Yep, the sun rose again.
That's the thing. The world is on a strict schedule. Whether a football team from Hawaii wins or loses, the sun rises the next day.
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• Last night's effort was more along the lines of UH's offensive philosophy: Run to set up the pass; run to set up more runs. The Warriors have enough good backs. They also have rugged linemen. Right guard Dave Lefotu just might be the next Vince Manuwai.
• Nose tackle Moses Samia is set to undergo an MRI on his right knee today. That's never a good thing.
• Darius Bright is expected to miss at least two games because of a separated AC joint. Bright had a good week of practice, earning the start last night, and showed what a threat he is with post-up moves on slants. That he will be missed is a good sign because it means he was a contributor. For quite a while, he wasn't in the conversation. The Warriors have enough depth at X receiver with Trevor Davis, Chris Gant, Justin Clapp and Corey Paclebar. If they're in a pinch, Charles Clay, who is doing a terrific job at safety/nickelback could play there.
• Chris "Demo" Demarest deserves a game ball for directing UH's special teams and for recruiting cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips.
• The turnstile total of under 30,000 was disappointing. But put into context, it was not that gloomy. First, few ever heard of Lamar before last week. (Two people actually came up to me to do Redd Foxx impersonations until they realized Demond Wilson's character on Sanford and Son was named "Lamont.") Nevada and the return of Nick Rolovich should increase ticket sales this week. UH had a tough starting point. New season ticket sales started the same week as the revelation of the Wonder blunder. Let's just say, there were a few distractions that week. Walk-ups accounted for about a third of the crowd, including the return of the students.
• Time to start selling mini-packs — ticket packages for two or four games, at discounted prices.
• For some road games, there is a UH tailgate, where food and beverages are sold, and memories are retold. Why not do that for home games? UH doesn't get a cut of the concessions inside Aloha Stadium, but what about a giant tailgate where plate lunches and refreshments can be sold? There could be bands and giveaways. Local fans should experience the fun that occurs on the road.
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There were problems with the music during the introduction walk yesterday. This is how it was supposed to go:
Introduction walk video: Click here.