For those old enough, there probably was a cringe-worthy moment when it was announced that the Downtown Athletic Club was being formed.
Besides the legal aspects of using a name that might be copyrighted by the folks that deliver the Heisman Trophy, “downtown” and “UH” are words associated with a time of back-room politics and power. It was the so-called “downtown hui” of the 1970s and early 1980s that stirred UH sports.
But times have changed, and yesterday’s inaugural Downtown Athletic Club showed that power has been restored to the people.
Evidence No. 1: In the Q&A session with Norm Chow, a man who admittedly is a UH supporter but not ticket-buyer was allowed to ask two non sequitur questions and, as it turned out, was the grand-prize winner.
Evidence No. 2: The event was open to the public, and broadcast live.
The premise is that a lot of people work downtown, so why not hold sport-related luncheons within walking distance? Power brokers will attend, but so will a guy asking — twice — about Chow’s thoughts on Tim Tebow. As club president Keith Amemiya said, the intent is to make it an “inclusive” organization.
The biggest problem, though, is finding a follow-up guest.