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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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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 […]

McDonald’s starting debut best by a UH run-and-shoot QB

By Dave Reardon on August 26, 2018

Before Cole McDonald on Saturday at Colorado State, only three other University of Hawaii quarterbacks were on the winning side in their first start in the run-and-shoot offense. And Jason Whieldon is the only besides McDonald to achieve that in UH’s first game of the season. The other two — debut winners in midseason — were Shane Austin and David Graves. Austin is the only besides McDonald to win on the road in his first chance to start. In the […]

All UH sports events for Thursday 8/22 and Friday 8/23 canceled

By Dave Reardon on August 22, 2018

All UH Manoa athletic events scheduled for Thursday and Friday are canceled due to the approaching storm, according to a press release from the school in an email form UH athletic director David Matlin. A decision on athletic events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will be made depending upon weather conditions and facility availability, also according to the release.

More run-and-shoot: Mouse’s offense clicked

By Dave Reardon on August 19, 2018

Warning: This “Quick Reads” entry is not a quick read, it’s pretty long. Our three-day inspection of the run-and-shoot starts in today’s Star-Advertiser, and in researching it, I found an incredible amount of interesting stuff that we couldn’t fit into the print stories. Here’s more background about Mouse Davis’ role in changing football — in Hawaii and everywhere else — from Mouse himself, and one of his high school players in Oregon 50 years ago who without the run-and-shoot would […]