Augie Tulba, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, was today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show. The show will replay throughout the week. It’s available at the sports section of this site.
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But yesterday, it was the slow-motion drills — power lunges — that were killing Dustin “Da Bizzness” Blount.
“My legs are burning,” said Blount, who was being tutored by Anthony Pollard, father of UH wideout Royce Pollard.
Blount will enter training camp as a challenger for playing time at slotback. He took a couple of minutes to answer questions from the Warrior Beat.
Going for the blue.
“In (elementary) school, we used to race for little blue slips that you can trade in for prizes. I was always first.”
His last name is pronounced Blunt.
“That’s what it is.”
The story behind the goatee:
“When I take off my helmet, the girls can go, “oooh.”
The story behind his tattoo of a crown on a football accompanied by the words, “King of the Field.”
“I always wanted a tattoo with a crown. My brother had a tattoo of a basketball with a crown. His tattoo said, ‘King of the Court.’ I said, ‘My thing is the field.’ This is my first one. It was sore. There was pain, but it got better. After I got it, I thought, ‘Why did I get this tattoo first?’ I should have gotten ‘Jesus’ or ‘Lord.’ That will be my next one. Jesus is the king of the field.”
He answers to Da Bizzness and Agent 6.
“That’s my jersey number. They gave me 28 when I got out here (last summer). I went with it. I wasn’t going to say anything. I was a newcomer, and (quarterback) Tyler Graunke was here longer than me. He deserved it. He was a senior. I didn’t play that year, so I wasn’t really trippin’. When the season ended, I went to coach’s office and asked for No. 6.”
He was born in Compton, moved to San Bernardino, and then, at age 18, moved back to Compton.
“It was hard (in Compton). You see people out there bangin’. I stayed in the house most of the time. The first day I got back (to Compton), there was a shooting across the street. The dude didn’t get shot. But someone was 15 yards away and shot at him. He missed, I guess. It was pretty rough.”
Why so happy lately?
“I’m a Laker fan. I’ve been a Laker fan since I was little. … I once took a picture of Kobe doing a windmill dunk (during warmups). They were playing against the Spurs. I was in the stands. It was right before the game. He couldn’t hear me, but he was looking at me, and I did this (made a windmill motion).”
If he could change the Lakers’ purple-and-gold color scheme …
“I would go with green and black.”
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Upon further review, UH is retracting yesterday’s edict and is now allowing reporters and scouts to attend this week’s football camps.
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Today’s sports-bar debate:
If you could choose another nickname for the UH football besides Warriors (and Rainbows), what would you pick?
• Poi Pounders
• The Lava
• Rough Riders
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Had lunch yesterday with my favorite Kaiser Permanente nurses — Avis, Pohai, Deb and Sylvia — and guess who also was there? Yep, PowderPuff is everywhere.
Here’s some of the food: