The recent success of quarterbacks who grew up in Hawaii has evoked descriptions of a “golden age.”
But a generation ago, in 2000, three Saint Louis School graduates were starting college quarterbacks — Darnell Arceneaux at Utah, Jason Gesser at Washington State, and Tim Chang at Hawaii. All three went on to become college coaches. (A year earlier, a fourth former Crusader quarterback, Joe Correia, was UH’s starting defensive end.)
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The debate over whether Central Florida should be No. 1 is fun. Of course, Alabama has better talent and would be heavily favored against UCF. But consider this:
> The College Football Playoffs is not an NCAA-sanctioned championship. It was created mostly by the TV networks and the conferences that dubbed themselves Power 5. (The real Division I champion is FCS winner North Dakota State.) So, if five conferences can nickname themselves Power 5 and set up a playoff that heavily favors their participation, what’s the harm in an undefeated team crowning itself national champion?
> Again, Alabama should easily beat anyone on its schedule, right? The thing is, the Tide does not book true non-conference road games. The last true road game out of the South was at Penn State in 2011. Playing on the road should not be a problem for Alabama. But it sure would be interesting to see the Tide play on a blue turf against a team wearing all-blue uniforms or at 7,200 feet above sea level or staying in a hotel where you have to wade past tourists and casinos to get to the team bus.
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A former colleague once expanded on the 15-minutes-of-fame theory, noting that every person has a moment. The moment could be winning a spelling contest in Ms. Lee’s third-grade class or scoring an AYSO goal. And sometimes that’s it. Even with the best returning talent, there are no assurances that a runner-up will win a championship or even make it back to the title game. I’ve lived long enough to see that being close is maybe the highlight.
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While pretending to clean, I inadvertently came across the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s 2013 All-State team. It turns out that seven of the 24 players on the first team are now Warriors, including the players of the year — Larry Tuileta and KK Padello.
> Larry Tuileta, QB, Punahou
> KK Padello DE, Mililani
> Kaiwi Chung, OL, Kamehameha
> Fred Ulu-Perry, OL, Saint Louis
> Devan Stubblefield, WR, Saint Louis
> Dayton Furuta, LB, Mililani
> Solomon Matautia, S, Campbell