Happy birthday to my neighbor, A-House.
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So, the media was told to keep some changes under wraps until Saturday. We all agreed. But then it slipped out. So I blamed “Ferd” and then I called our boss to scold “Ferd.” And then at practice, I got scolded, and the other reporters gave me the tsk-tsk look because it looked like I gave the info to “Ferd.” And then … we learned that coach Greg McMackin actually made the announcement on his coach’s show on Tuesday.
So I had to do what guys really hate to do. I had to apologize. And I felt like the Fonz: “Sss…sss…..orry.”
Anyway, “Ferd,” I’m sorry.
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• It appears that Kealoha Pilares will either start at left wideout or, at the least, get extensive playing time there.
• That means Jon Medeiros will start or get extensive playing time at slotback.
• But that also means that Joe Avery still will be in the rotation at left wideout. He’s had a good week of practice.
• Adrian Thomas has been bothered by lower-back pain, but he expects to be ready for Saturday’s game against Boise State. Austin Hansen has been taking reps at right tackle.
• Matagisila Lefiti has been practicing this week at right guard in place of Raphael Ieru, who has a nagging injury. Ieru is expected to start against Boise State.
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You get to be a certain age — and I’m a 49er — and you start thinking more and more about the good (not-so) ol’ days. Like when all of your garbage went into actual garbage cans. Like when having a Friday off from school was a good thing. Like when we had four local news stations. (Whoops. That’s next week’s bitch session.)
So this is what I miss about UH football:
• The introduction of the defense. That’s when we first found out Adam Leonard could dance. We’re all missing out not seeing Tuika Tufaga do an introduction dance.
• Big Bag.
• The lineups that used to be wrapped around the newspapers. It used to be like a guessing game. Which paper did I buy?
• The kids selling the lineups. Now they distribute programs like the Costco worker hands out coupons.
• Kids selling newspapers. It used to be kind of cool to slip a kid a $5 or $10 tip.
• The streamers. Thrown from the red section that somehow defied gravity and made it to the turf.
• Confetti-strewn turf in the fourth quarter. Like when the QB does the leg kick, to motion a receiver, while a piece of paper clings to his cleat.
• Jerseys with numbers that I can see. (Yes, I woke up one day and became Leahey.)
• The big back. Tufaga as a power back near the goal line?
• Vendors walking the stands.