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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.

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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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Crunching Numbers: 6-2 still looks good

By Dave Reardon on October 14, 2018

Since the University of Hawaii started playing football in 1909, it has started the season with a 6-2 record 15 times, including the current team. In 1920 and 1962, UH also finished at 6-2, since it only played eight games. Incidentally, in ’62, opponents included teams such as the Kaimuki Spartans and Tantalus Rangers. In ’20, one loss was to Outrigger Canoe Club, which hasn’t been on the schedule in a very long time. But the other team Hawaii lost […]

Cougars maul Warriors

By Dave Reardon on October 13, 2018

It was an intriguing matchup going in: A slumping Brigham Young team hosting an overachieving Hawaii squad. But the Cougars took the mystery out of it early, scoring the game’s first four touchdowns on the way to a 49-23 rout after two disappointing losses. UH (6-2) is now 0-10 on the road against BYU (4-3), and will have to wait until at least next week’s home game against Nevada to clinch a bowl game spot. Six-foot-nine defender Corbin Kaufusi was […]

Warriors find a way to win

By Dave Reardon on October 6, 2018

A football game can be ugly for 59 minutes and just one pretty play can turn it into a thing of beauty. And so it was for the University of Hawaii tonight at Aloha Stadium, when true freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro stepped out of a sack, kept his balance and then found JoJo Ward in the end zone with 1:26 left for a 38-yard touchdown pass. It was Hawaii’s first lead of the game, and the only one it needed […]

Remembering Mike McIntyre

By Dave Reardon on October 5, 2018

As I reflect on the news of the death of Mike McIntyre in a horrific traffic accident, I remember him as one of the most underrated athletes I’ve been around in 30-plus years of covering University of Hawaii sports. The 2000-01 UH men’s basketball team had players from all over the world. Coach Riley Wallace was ahead of most in coming to realize how players from Europe and other parts of the globe had vastly improved, and he had an […]

Crunching numbers: OT success a good omen for UH

By Dave Reardon on October 1, 2018

Perhaps you think it is a cliche when it is talked about how good teams “know how to win” or “find a way to win” close games. But if we take a look at the University of Hawaii football team’s history when it comes to the closest of close games — those that go to overtime, there may be something to be said for that. Since overtime was instituted at the beginning of the 1996 season, UH is 9-5 in […]

Criticism comes with territory for secondary

By Dave Reardon on September 26, 2018

In the days since Hawaii beat Duquesne 42-21 last Saturday at Aloha Stadium, several people have told me that UH’s defense “sucks,” or described it in some other non-complimentary manner. Maybe that’s a somewhat understandable sentiment considering UH (now 4-1) was playing against a team from a lower division and favored by around 30 points. Still, I reminded them that the Warriors allowed just one score after the first quarter — the first quarter during which Duquesne jumped to a […]

Rolo, Warriors take slow start as learning experience

By Dave Reardon on September 22, 2018

The University of Hawaii played ugly early tonight, but turned on the juice in time to beat FCS opponent Duquesne 42-21 and improve to 4-1. In 2007, when UH plastered FCS team Northern Colorado 63-6 to start the season, the Warriors led 42-0 at halftime, and Colt Brennan and some of the other starters came out for halftime in street clothes, their work for the night done. Tonight, you wouldn’t have blamed coach Nick Rolovich if he had some of […]

Even after loss, Big Mac’s bagel on picks still impressive

By Dave Reardon on September 16, 2018

Yes, a loss is a loss. But even after the frustrating 28-21 defeat at West Point, this is still the University of Hawaii football team’s best four-game start to a season in 16 years — with the notable exception of 2007. Other than that Sugar Bowl season, you have to go back to 2002 for the last time the Warriors started at 3-1 or better. Like now, the Warriors had a third-year sophomore at quarterback. But Timmy Chang had a lot […]