Double downer for UH fans

Football fans lined up outside Aloha Stadium to get into the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. / Photo by Dave Reardon

The University of Hawaii went 0-for-2 today in nationally televised games. Hawaii led at halftime of both, but fell 73-59 to UNLV in basketball at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and then 31-14 tonight in football, at the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.

David and Teri Loui were among the dedicated UH fans who did the double dip and attended both games.

“It was fortunate that my friend had to set up (the tailgate) for the football game,” the man known online as “Warrior Dave” said. “He gave me his basketball ticket for Teri. It was just a matter of convincing her to come with me.”

David was joking, since his wife Teri is as big a fan of UH sports as he is.

“Actually, the timing of both games made it easier to do the double,” he said.

It wasn’t that easy, though, since they came all the way in to UH from Ewa Beach and then on to Halawa for the football game, the SoFi Hawaii Bowl against Louisiana Tech.

Also, Don Robbs told me about another double-dipper, Lauretta Sewake, 82.

“She is the No. 1 UH fan, bar none,” said Don, the retired radio voice of UH baseball. “She went with us (to basketball today) and (Don’s son, and also a UH broadcaster) Scott dropped her off at the stadium.”

Fans played in artificial snow outside the stadium. / Photo by Ferd Lewis

More than 3,000 fans at the Stan Sheriff center saw UH fall victim to a strong second half by UNLV. A UH fan on Twitter named “Dee” wished there’d been a bus to Aloha Stadium after the basketball game to alleviate parking concerns. Sounds like a great idea that might have helped attendance for both events. Still, it was a pretty good-sized crowd at Aloha Stadium: It was announced that 27,837 went through the turnstiles.

Today was the first time I saw the UH basketball team live this season. It was not a good first impression, as UNLV won 73-59. Hawaii (now 6-5) was outrebounded 44-29. The Warriors led 33-28 with 17:13 left to play, but UNLV then took control with a 23-3 run.

UNLV scored 18 second-chance points.

“There were some missed block-outs, but we didn’t help each other,” UH coach Eran Ganot said. “We missed some good looks. We missed free throws. At the end of the day the biggest difference was on the glass, and on offense our lack of execution.”

This was our last look at the 2018 football team, and taken by itself, also wasn’t pretty at all. But the Hawaii defense started strong, with lineman (and Hawaii MVP) Kendall Hune recovering a fumble and tipping an interception to himself.

“Maybe one of the best plays by a defensive lineman I’ve seen in a long time,” LaTech coach Skip Holtz said.

That’s saying something, since Holtz is the coach of defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, who became the NCAA all-time record holder in sacks with 2.5 of the Bulldogs’ nine (a Hawaii Bowl record, and it’s also believed to be a record for sacks against UH).

Another record in the 17-year history of the Hawaii Bowl was set with 21 penalties by the teams. LaTech was flagged nine times for 99 yards and Hawaii 12 times for 140 yards.

In the postgame press conference, UH coach Nick Rolovich apologized for the penalties, and also for most of the team inadvertently missing the playing of the school’s alma mater after the game.

As for the sacks, “I don’t see it as a negative on us as much as a positive on them,” Rolovich said.

“They’re really good. They can get home with three (rushers), they can get home with four. We tried to switch some things up at quarterback. Both (Cole McDonald and Chevan Cordeiro) took some shots.”

Slot receiver John Ursua, one of the top pass-catchers statistically in the nation, did not play for UH. It was reported minutes before kickoff that he had a hamstring injury.

Ursua hurt the hamstring in practice late in the week leading up to the game, said Rolovich, who described the injury as “minor.” Ursua “tried to warm up” before the game, the coach added. Rolovich also said Ursua sitting out had nothing to do with the trend in recent years of players with pro potential sitting out bowl games.

Ferguson, a likely mid-round or better 2019 NFL Draft pick, said he would never consider sitting out a game with his LaTech teammates.

“That’s the whole reason for coming back,” he said. “I never pass up a chance to be with these guys.”

It was the fifth bowl win in a row for LaTech, but the first time UH’s former WAC foe won at Aloha Stadium.

As for Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors finished 8-6. No objective analyst expected them to make it to a bowl game this year.

“When you take a step back and think about what this team has done you can take a lot of positives,” Rolovich said.


  1. Chicken Grease December 22, 2018 8:26 pm

    Man. This Double thing is starting to go down in UH sports history as its own Ishtar: [ ]

    How about a 30 for 30.

    Someone at the Diamond Head TCU vs. Charlotte last game of the first day of this year’s Diamond Head Classic just told me that Don’t Worry Be Happy is now playing on the Stan Sheriff house speakers. Hahahahah!

  2. RetroThrowback December 22, 2018 10:53 pm

    QBs played like our PGs. Not aggressive enough and didn’t pass to open teammates. Also coaches with some highly questionable substitutions at times

  3. cappie the dog December 23, 2018 4:09 am

    What the heck?

    3,000 people and MY CAR DID NOT MOVE FOR 5 TO 8 MINUTES in the Stan Sheriff Center. Back when I attended UH, there was no second parking garage. I used to walk from Bingham. Just cross the bridge.

    That would have been quicker, and healthier.

    The basketball game was a loss. The football game, however, I look at as a win before the game started. I had Hawaii down for 5 wins at best.

  4. iGrokSpock December 23, 2018 3:12 pm

    Kudos to any, and all Double Dippers. Double Disappointing Day.

  5. cappie the dog December 23, 2018 9:49 pm


    “Ishtar” being a bad movie is a bit overblown. It’s not going to be rehabilitated to the extent that Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” is now considered a misunderstood classic, but there are contrarians(French cineastes) who feel that critics were doubly harsh on the filmmaker because of her gender. I think Criterion understands this, which is why they’re releasing “Mikey and Nicky” on Blu-Ray. Then again, the French consider Jerry Lewis a genius. I remember you, I think it was you, making mention of “A Serbian Film”. I think you may enjoy Pier Paolo Passolini’s “Trilogy of Life”.

  6. Savich December 24, 2018 10:06 am

    Double deluxe day. Still too small of a burger by BK or burger king. That is the way it was with the Bows.

  7. Savich December 24, 2018 10:30 am

    It appeared that the fans at the game totaled to about 38,000 plus fans at the Hawai’i Bowl. Which is a pretty good size crowd. Too bad though, people started to leave just minutes into the 4th quarter. No come from behind to win on this night.

  8. Savich December 24, 2018 10:38 am

    Source from another forum, though I doubt the validity of this information. La Tech picked up $700,000 dollars for the win for the Hawai’i Bowl. While Hawai’i picked up $450,000 dollars. How is this for surprises.

    I also saw David Lassner at the game.

  9. Savich December 24, 2018 11:06 am

    Not all bloggers know who or why David Lassner was doing at the game. They can only deduce why he was at the game. Pay or the money.

  10. Savich December 24, 2018 11:27 am

    Why would David Lassner pick up a check for $450,000 dollars from SoFi? What did he actually do to earn this money? Did he direct the activities going into making the Hawai’i Bowl, and take charge of each necessary expenses? maybe. But how does that account for he getting the full amount for signing a check for those burgers and lights at the game? I don’t know.

  11. Savich December 24, 2018 11:44 am

    I always thought SoFi handed out checks to the head hanchos. Just for being David Lassner. And showing up at a game. He gets a check for $1,000 dollars. Wow, David…

    Not bad nights work.

  12. Savich December 24, 2018 12:23 pm

    Na Koa club.

    UH football fan club. No I am not with the club. But certain individuals I know at downtown are the club. They have a meeting every Monday night after a game. Talking about the club. UH football club.

  13. Savich December 24, 2018 1:18 pm

    Just curious, how many of you here are part of this Na Koa fan club?

  14. Savich December 24, 2018 1:28 pm

    I know Genta Ito is part of this club. And the family. How about you? UNLV game was this recognition award. He played in the Hawai’i Bowl. #29

  15. Savich December 24, 2018 4:28 pm

    Like I said, I graduated from Farrington High School, home of the Governors. But I mention some times KIF. I have relatives there.

    Like Big Save or Times supermarket in Waimea.

  16. Savich December 24, 2018 4:41 pm

    That is because you don’t know what you’re doing.

  17. Savich December 24, 2018 4:49 pm

    I never heard of a [ name ]. Then you associate me with [ name ]. And put me at Waimea HS or KIF. Get it?

    So I went to Farrington HS. Waimea theater

  18. Savich December 24, 2018 5:13 pm

    Our coach then in the 198x season was non other than skippa Diaz. He was a coach and an English teacher for us guys. He taught us guys how to write and read. Skippa Diaz will partly be known for his in class antics. A true teacher also.

  19. Savich December 24, 2018 5:17 pm

    skippa Diaz was my English Teacher my senior year. He taught us enough English to make it in life. It worked. Now I am giving it back to skippa. A true English Teacher. He had a passion for teaching kids English.

  20. Savich December 24, 2018 5:27 pm

    When I asked Skippa what he loved about football? He said going to college and getting my English degree. That is why I studied English. I knew football was the only avenue to a better education. Teaching English was it. And I taught my kids English.

  21. Savich December 24, 2018 5:38 pm

    Saying a fond “Mahalo” to my high senior year English Teacher, skippa Diaz. You gave me inspiration in life to go for my dreams and write a book one day. You were my inspiration.

    Skippa Diaz…

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