Ah, the best plans …
If things went according to the blueprint, the Honolulu-L.A.-Utah schedule would have had me in Salt Lake City this morning. Instead, because of an hour delay out of Honolulu because of a light problem that turned out not to be a problem at all, I missed the connector out of L.A. and was sent on a detour to San Francisco, where I was told: “We think we found your luggage.”
To which I asked: My luggage is missing?
Then again, nothing is easy when it comes to the WAC Football Media Preview.
Which brings me to this: Yesterday, a “friend” called me “Jack.”
Yes, she said. After watching my commercial for the Star-Advertiser, she noticed my head was rather large, like the Jack In The Box guy.
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Special thanks to George Gusman, who yesterday served as host of an informational meeting on the new NCAA football rules. Gusman, along with three other fellow referees, puts on an annual seminar for reporters and sportscasters.
The key rule change is the elimination of the wedge on kick returns. Teams will be penalized if three or more players form a wedge (defined as being shoulder-to-shoulder). The exception is on obvious onside kicks. (In one video, the Warriors had a five-player wedge.)
Also, instead of being combined with referees from other conferences, this year there will be designated WAC-only crews. It is hoped that in the near future, the WAC and Pac-10 officials will form combined crews. Both groups currently undergo training sessions together.
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Wena used to joke about my “imaginary friends” on the blog. I mean, really, an ‘ohana of Warrior football (and food) fans being formed from the comments section of a newspaper blog? But you couldn’t dream up the unique, brilliant, amusing and caring folks who hang out here (and at Cattle Calls, tailgates, karaoke rooms, etc.)
I never met Florida Ted in person, but in this technological age, that did not limit our friendship. He was a wonderful man with meaningful opinions who also was enough of a gentleman to respect other voices, whether he agreed or not. He found inspiration from the football Warriors, and many of us found inspiration from him during his medical battles.
I’ll miss him, although I know he’ll always be a part of our family.
Our deepest sympathy to Patti.
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Happy 21st birthday to Jodie Tsai.