The Warriors moved up to No. 24 in today’s Associated Press poll, and entered at No. 25 in the USA Today coaches’ rankings.
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Soon after his college career ended, Nelson Maeda walked around the Aloha Stadium field. It was an act of spontaneity that was echoed the following year, then popularized, and then becoming what is now known as the Senior Walk.
But times have changed, and despite good intentions, it just takes too long for the ceremony honoring the seniors to begin. A half-hour after last night’s game, to near-empty stands, the seniors were introduced.
And while this could be a case of commercialism and too many organizers dousing the spirit of a tradition, a spontaneous thing happened. The Warriors actually came up with a new way to honor their seniors. Allowing each senior starting ball-handler to walk off the field, one by one, to an ovation — an act taken from basketball — became the new classic. And getting the ball to receiver Mike Tinoco and running back/linebacker Jake Heun on the final drive were nice gestures to two loyal players. The best part is those actions came when fans were in the stands.
Kudos to the coaching staff for coming up with a meaningful audible.