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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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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 […]

Booing a team that’s never trailed in 3 games? Really?

By Dave Reardon on September 8, 2018

Can’t say I’m surprised, since this is the stadium where fans booed during a game when the home team beat Alabama. This time it was due to displeasure with playcalling in Hawaii’s 43-29 victory over Rice tonight at Aloha Stadium. Yes, you read that correctly … a 43-29 VICTORY. Yes — UH, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2010 — was booed by its home fans in a game in which it never trailed, during a season in which […]

McDonald, Warriors serve up happy meal for Hawaii fans

By Dave Reardon on September 1, 2018

After two games, Hawaii’s offense has generated 1,139 yards and UH has scored 102 total points in victories at Colorado State and, tonight, its home-opener against Navy, 59-41. Those are some numbers that might even spin the head of business major Cole McDonald, who says, “I like accounting.” McDonald is also the UH quarterback who completed 30-of-41 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns tonight. It was a sweet encore for McDonald and the Warriors after their season-opening conference road […]