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Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon discusses any and all sports issues, with a special focus on Hawaii’s athletes and teams.

About the blog host

Dave Reardon is a sports columnist for the Star-Advertiser. The Honolulu native and alumnus of Pearl City High, Northwestern University and the University of Hawaii started as a copyboy and prep football stringer at the Star-Bulletin in 1981 and has covered the island sports scene uninterrupted since, except for college and two years at the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. A former competitive runner, Dave now jogs and aims for the elusive 10-minute mile. Follow him on Twitter @dave_reardon

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Babers outtakes

By Dave Reardon on October 19, 2017

The 45 minutes I got to talk with Dino Babers on Tuesday morning resulted in some of the most enjoyable conversation I’ve had with anyone in a long time. The Syracuse football coach with the strong Hawaii ties is a breath of fresh air. Quite a bit of what we talked about didn’t make it into Wednesday’s column, so here are some of the leftovers. Our conversation was mostly about Babers’ connections to the islands. “Outside of game-day at Aloha […]

Oklahoma falls in poll after loss to Iowa State

By Dave Reardon on October 9, 2017

Here’s how I voted in this week’s Associated Press college football poll, with some additional information about who these teams have beaten and who they play this week. I really wanted to vote for Iowa State somewhere in the poll since the Cyclones knocked off Oklahoma. But how do you do that when Oklahoma beat Ohio State, which is getting into full gear now? Three voters — Kellis Robinett, Chris Murray and Gary Horowitz — did vote for ISU, 23rd […]

AP college football ballot, after Week 5

By Dave Reardon on October 2, 2017

For about five seconds on Saturday, I thought about putting Georgia at No. 1. Then I remembered what Oklahoma did to Ohio State, and saw Clemson and Alabama play in the late games. This week’s “OK, I was wrong:” Yes, Washington State took advantage of an overrated USC,and at home, but we’re now at a point where 5-0 with a win against a very talented but flawed team means quite a bit. This week’s “Maybe I am on to something:” […]

Shuffled O-line just one problem as UH dominated by CSU

By Dave Reardon on September 30, 2017

Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich‘s stated fear of his football team losing two games in Wyoming instead of just one came to fruition Saturday night. Lingering injuries contributed to Colorado State’s 51-21 trouncing of the Rainbow Warriors (2-3) in their home conference opener at Aloha Stadium. UH has lost three games in a row and is 0-2 in the Mountain West after starting the season 2-0. “That game was extremely physical and we did not have guys ready to play,” said […]

How I voted in the AP poll after Week 3, with comments

By Dave Reardon on September 18, 2017

Yes, I was “on” Mississippi State ahead of the crowd (because I like their quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald, and their defense). But I was also “on” Tulsa and Appalachian State in the preseason poll … and I was “on” LSU, which MSU trounced, ranking it higher than just about everyone else. And who knows? Georgia could crush the Bulldogs this week. For the full Associated Press Top 25, go here. 1. Alabama (3-0) The Tide’s SEC opener didn’t look very challenging […]

Associated Press college football poll, week two

By Dave Reardon on September 11, 2017

Here’s how I voted in the AP college football poll. Go here for the complete poll. 1. Alabama (2-0) Bama will be 48-6 under Saban against nonconference foes after it beats Colorado State. 2. Oklahoma (2-0) Tulane losing QB Jonathan Banks isn’t as bad as it would be if “Better Call Saul” lost its Jonathan Banks, but the Sooners should roll past the Green Wave regardless. 3. USC (2-0) The Trojans got over their week one sluggishness in a big […]

AP poll, after week one

By Dave Reardon on September 5, 2017

Here’s how I voted after the first full week of college football. For the complete AP poll, go here. 1. Alabama (1-0, beat Florida State 24-7) The Tide got off to a sluggish start against Florida State, but should have no problem with that other FSU visiting from California this week (the Bulldogs won 66-0, but it was against Incarnate Word. 2. Clemson (1-0, beat Kent State 56-3) The defending champs showed they can still score without DeShaun Watson. We […]

Another bittersweet win for UH football

By Dave Reardon on September 2, 2017

For the second week in a row, Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich was not overjoyed with some significant elements of his team’s performance, although the Rainbow Warriors won. UH dominated in its home opener 41-18 over Western Carolina on Saturday at Aloha Stadium, as Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 202 yards and the the Warriors benefited from three blocked field goal tries by the Catamounts. But this was a team the Rainbows should’ve put away early instead of allowing to […]