Among the many good things about Sunday night’s tribute to Dave Shoji were: 1) UH celebrated its accomplishments, and 2) a banner honoring Shoji was unfurled.
Those were significant moments for a school that often is muted in trumpeting the things it does well. Shoji was rightfully feted for all that he has done for the school and state, just as honoring Les Murakami was proper several years ago.
The next step is ditch that unwritten policy limiting the number of banners in the Stan Sheriff Center. Remember the banner commemorating the volleyball Warriors’ defeating Pepperdine in the 2002 national title game? It rests in a drawer in general manager Rich Sheriff’s office. That banner should be raised again — hey, the Warriors did win it that year — as well as banners honoring the team’s other appearances in NCAA tournaments. The same for all those NCAA tournament appearances and league titles by the basketball teams.
I know, I know. Locals are supposed to act humble and not grab that last malasada. But every now and then, when UH is privately grumbling about geographical isolation, lack of respect and those darn travel subsidies, it needs to remind others that it is a contributor to the athletic world. UH should hang banners — many banners — for the same reason doctors and lawyers hang diplomas on office walls. Sometimes UH needs to show its visitors it has won titles, been invited to dances and rub it in to Fresno State and San Diego State that it played in a BCS bowl. (By the way, did anybody realize the Aztecs played UH in something called the Pineapple Bowl in 1952?) It also would be wonderful if UH brought back those Warrior club helmet stickers. Nothing like a QB staring at a pass rusher whose helmet is covered with stickers.