Reporters were standing around yesterday, debating an uncertain future. Yes, we’re all concerned about finding replacements for Adam Leonard, Dan Kelly, Ryan Mouton, Keao Monteilh, Keala Watson, Fale Laeli and … Dylan Linkner?
Since 2005, when Colt Brennan opened our eyes and our notebooks, the Hawai‘i media have been blessed with some of the most camera-friendly speakers. Princess Leila’s Cribs-styled video with Leonard a few years was an indication of the personalities behind the facemasks.
The past four years have been the Golden Age of quotes, notes and anecdotes. There have been so many articulate characters with great observations. Most of all, these players have had a lot of fun.
They will be missed.
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We’re also going to miss the parents. Dan Kelly’s dad looks like Jon Lovitz, but is way funnier. Adam Leonard’s dad also has a great personality. Dane Porlas’ dad is Mr. Friendly. I’ve never met Solomon Elimimian’s dad in person, but we’ve had great telephone conversatons the past nine years. We’ll miss seeing Keao Monteilh’s dad at practic, and getting a daily joke from Dylan Linkner’s dad.
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Well, no blood donors, so if you want onarock’s extra ticket, say: “I want it,” and you’re entered in the drawing. We’ll pull a name in the 4 o’clock hour, as they say in the biz.
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Happy birthday to G-Nalo, ukuleleboi and Jim Leahey.