Former UH running back Ryan Tuiasoa still has pro dreams. His current one will be narrated in Finnish.
Tuiasoa said he has signed a contract to play for the Hameenlinna Huskies of Finland’s Maple League.
Tuiasoa participated in UH’s pro day last week, but decided “I needed more film if I was going to make a real run at it.”
At the suggestion of former Warriors Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea and Makoa Camanse-Stevens — both of whom played in Germany last year — Tuiasoa enrolled in what is essentially a head hunter’s program for European teams. Tuiasoa received several responses, then decided to accept an offer from Jeremy Brigham, a former tight end for the Oakland Raiders who coached in Italy last year.
“Jeremy Brigham is bringing me over there so I Can get more film and have that overseas experience,” Tuiasoa said.
Tuiasoa said the Maple League season opens in two weeks.
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Marie Kondo wrote a series of inspirational books encouraging readers to pursue things that spark joy.
Which brings us to UH baseball.
Is there a more joyous player than Logan Pouelsen, who had three extra base hits — including a triple — and pitched three hitless innings of relief in UH’s 4-3 victory over UC Irvine yesterday? From the full mustache to the arms-first slides to the strongman poses, Pouelsen is a fan favorite who seems to really enjoy the sport. You’d have to go back to former ‘Bow Billy Blanchette — a pitcher, hitter, Whiffle Ball enthusiast — who thoroughly loved baseball.
Pouelsen also conjures memories of:
> La‘anui Correa, who, as legend has it, used to sleep with a helmet on in the days leading to the start of training camp.
> Anthony Carter, who was discovered playing in a midnight basketball league in Atlanta. Carter, who was a high-school dropout, eventually attended Saddleback Community College and then UH before embarking on an NBA career than spanned 14 seasons. He is now a coach.
> Alan Hackbarth, who made volleyball and basketball fans root for timeouts. Nicknamed “Rubberband Man,” he energized crowds with his Gumby-like dance moves. The thing is, Hackbarth was just as enthusiastic as a seldom-used UH defensive back. But he worked hard and earned teammates’ respect. He won a UH letter in 1998.