The Warrior Beat

Kidding aside

October 31st, 2012

Face it, it's fun to make fun of people in charge.

And the leadership at UH, particularly on the Lower Campus, is an easy target. Have we run out of Wonder puns yet?

But at some point, we have to realize we are joking, that UH doesn't really need more input from state lawmakers, right? Right?

According to a recent online poll, 43 percent of those participating believe that lawmakers should have more oversight into UH matters. OK, I get the chain:  Comedians want to be serious actors, actors want to be athletes, athletes want to be rappers, rappers want to be athletes or actors ... and, yes, state lawmakers apparently want to be university presidents and athletic directors.

All there is to say to that is: Shaq as an actor. Or as a rapper.

Or to the point: People should stick to their expertise.

There is an entire advertising industry portraying the warts of elected officials. Now we are to believe lawmakers can schedule games, create a long-term plan for Aloha Stadium or, more importantly, solve the Warriors' red-zone problems? People who live in glass capitols shouldn't throw footballs.

Pick here, pick there. UH has a lot of problems. But overall, it's a solid university whose value-to-price ratio is good. And if lawmakers want to help, write a check. But just remember who hired the Regents who hired the president who hired the chancellor who hired the athletic director.

There is a chain.

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The Warriors are at that point of the season where the toll of practices and games is wearing on bodies. While some are returning from the injury list, such as Chris Gant, there still are others inactive. And that is how a double-check player — "wait, who is this guy?" — such as Elijah Langley gets to work with the first-team offense. Will he play this weekend? Highly unlikely. But it's fun to see how a scout player performs in a limited opportunity. Langley did well.

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Too bad the 13th game won't materialize. It sounded like a unique out-of-the-box idea.

Of the demise, a UH official said: "Too many crabs in the bucket."

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