• Have a Midnight Ohana-like celebration for the Warriors’ first practice of training camp. The practice could be held at Cooke/Ching field. And it could open with the new Aussie kicker booming a punt from the athletic department roof. There could be giveaways, and Murphy’s could sell breakfast items. Who wouldn’t want pancakes and a little football at midnight?
• The Warriors should wear stickers of the Hawaiian flag on their helmets this season.
• UH should stage an American Idol-styled contest among UH students, with the winner getting to sing the national athem at the Boise State game. Elimination rounds could be held between the second and third sets of volleyball matches.
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Much is expected of Rodney Bradley, a wideout from the Lake Highlands area of Richardson, a city in Dallas County. Bradley, who has been impressive since transferring from Navarro College in January, is listed as the No. 1 left wideout entering training camp.
Anything happen on Friday nights in Texas?
“Football is intense down there. It hypes the whole town. Everybody knows everybody. They know all of the players’ stats. That’s how big it is. For me, it was pretty fun. I didn’t get really hyped like everybody else. I didn’t make it too big or too small. I didn’t want to amp it up too much.”
Before a game …
“I’ll listen to a little Gospel, maybe Smokie Norful. In J.C., I would go out on the field with the quarterback and throw a little bit. That’s how I would prepare. Hopefully, I can do the same thing with Greg (Alexander).”
A lifelong member.
“You’d probably get kicked out of Dallas if you’re not a Dallas fan.”
So, naturally, as a receiver and Cowboy fan, his favorite player is …
“Michael Irvin. And I liked Emmitt Smith when I was growing up. But definitely Michael Irvin. And then I became a big T.O. fan My top three (receivers) would be Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice and a tie between Chad Chad Johnson and T.O.”
The best thing about Hawai‘i is …
“The beach. It’s really fun. I’ve never been to a beach until I came out here. It’s hard to keep away from it. I haven’t been surfing, but that’s something I want to try. I like the beach in Waikiki, and I’ve been to Sandy’s and Ko Olina.”
Waiter, I said make it medium …
“On my (recruiting) visit, I had some (sashimi). I didn’t like it. I guess it’s an acquired taste.”
The best meals come from his grandmothers’ kitchens.
“It’s a tie between my two grandmothers — Viola and Thelma. (Viola’s speciality) is meatloaf. That’s one of the best things. My grandmother Thelma, I like her dressing. It’s like stuffing. She cooks it with, like, ham. I love dressing. She makes it pretty good. I could eat it by itself.”
“I’ve been called ‘Springs’ because of my jumping. And over here, ‘Lightning.’ Nothing that really stuck. Maybe ‘Rodney B.'”
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Congratulations to new groom Austin Hansen, who got married yesterday.
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Davone Bess is Tuesday’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show.