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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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Neil and Beil … Be there, aloha!

By Dave Reardon on August 2, 2016

Hawaii sports fans get a double dose of aloha this week as Larry Beil joins Neil Everett on SportsCenter Los Angeles, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Beil is taking a few days off from his duties as sports director at KGO-TV in San Francisco to team with Everett for the first time as a vacation reliever for Stan Verrett. Everett and Beil were both popular sportscasters in Hawaii who became nationally known as ESPN SportsCenter anchors. “I don’t think we ever did a show together in Bristol so this should be fun,” Beil said. “We are going to have lots of 808 references, li’dat!” The show airs at 7 p.m. Hawaii time, and repeats later in the evening. Both eventually rose […]

Emptying the notebook: Tua Tagovailoa

By Dave Reardon on July 31, 2016

Today’s column is on Tua Tagovailoa, the “It” guy of Hawaii high school football, and maybe even the nation. Here are a few outtakes from him and his quarterbacks coach at Saint Louis, Vince Passas: Tua only plays football. “I was playing tee-ball and I hated it. Too slow. Played basketball for fun, still do. I ran track one year.”  He said his religion and his family keep him grounded. “The reason I can do the things I do is God. I was born with ability, but I have to work hard to make the most of it. I believe God doesn’t reward people who don’t work hard. “When you come from a Samoan family, people look at you. How […]

Chalk talk: My MWC preseason poll

By Dave Reardon on July 27, 2016

MW PRESEASON FOOTBALL BALLOT Dave Reardon (Panel) QUARTERBACK 1 #4 Brett Rypien – QB – Boise State RUNNING BACK 1  #19 Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State 
 2  #13 Jeremy McNichols – RB – Boise State 
 1  #82 Thomas Sperbeck – WR – Boise State 
 2  #83 Devonte Boyd – WR – UNLV 
 1 #18 Billy Freeman – TE – San Jose State OFFENSIVE LINE 1  #54 Fred Zerblis – OL – Colorado State 
 2  #56 Nico Siragusa – OL – San Diego State 
 3  #59 Austin Stephens – OL – Utah State 
 4  #76 Jake Simonich – OL – Utah State 
 5  #73 Austin Corbett […]

Jordan and Ali is a matter of dollars and change

By Dave Reardon on June 4, 2016

Honolulu sportscasters Paul Guanzon and Joe Moore interviewed Muhammad Ali at the Kona airport in 1976. Photo courtesy of Mike Hildenbrand. In 1999 when ESPN counted down the top 50 athletes of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali was third to No. 2 Babe Ruth and No. 1 Michael Jordan. If we’re talking merely dominating a sport, Ali’s in the right spot. But if the panel had voted based on impact on the world in general, Ali would’ve or should’ve been No. 1 in a landslide. No athlete before or since transcended sports the way he did. I don’t like to use the word “important” when describing athletes. But he was. From what I understand, the panel was told to vote […]

Ben Jay lands in PacWest

By Dave Reardon on June 2, 2016

Former University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay will be announced Friday as athletic director at Academy of Art, a Division II school in San Francisco, according to sources. Academy of Art competes in the PacWest conference, which includes Hawaii Division II schools Brigham Young-Hawaii, Chaminade, Hawaii Pacific and Hawaii-Hilo. Jay was unavailable for comment Thursday. Here’s a column I wrote when he was forced to resign from UH.

Warriors coaches visit robbed shop owner

By Dave Reardon on May 23, 2016

The University of Hawaii football staff visited Ok Cha Kim, the 76-year-old Kalihi store owner who was robbed last Monday. Video of her being choked hit social media quickly and went viral. It resulted in two of her alleged attackers turning themselves in.

Janet Jackson and the decline of the Pro Bowl

By Dave Reardon on May 22, 2016

Some folks say it’s not a coincidence that Jim Steeg — the one person most credited with developing the Super Bowl into the extravaganza it is today — left his job as the NFL’s top exec in charge of special events shortly after the 2004 Patriots-Panthers game, which was most famous, or infamous, for its halftime show featuring the baring of Janet Jackson‘s breast by Justin Timberlake at the end of a duet. If that less-than-one-second incident did lead to Steeg’s departure it can also be at least partly blamed for the 12-year gradual decline of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. The NFL is expected to announce before the end of this month that the game is moving to Orlando, […]

Mililani grad Antolin makes big league debut

By Dave Reardon on May 16, 2016

Over the weekend Dustin Antolin became the first Mililani High School alumnus to be called up to the Major Leagues. The Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher made his first appearance Monday night. He relieved in the third inning of the Jays’ 13-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Antolin allowed three runs in two innings, including a home run among four hits. But he did notch a strikeout. Hopefully he gets a chance to redeem himself soon. On Sunday, Antolin talked to reporters about how he almost quit the game before this season after eight years in the minor leagues. He was drafted in the 11th round by Toronto in 2008.