Agent Max Hannemann reports that Tala Esera has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.
Hannemann also said that Reagan Mauia received an injury buyout from the Cincinnati Bengals. Mauia, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will seek other opportunities as soon as he is healthy.
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Rain washed out this morning’s scheduled practice.
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It is Greg McMackin’s plan that at the end of Saturday’s regular-season finale, the 35 or so seniors gather at midfield and, with their names scrolling on the JumboTron, take group bows to the four sides of Aloha Stadium.
That means no individual introductions.
No cluster near the inflatable helmet fronting the UH locker room.
No early lei giving by the folks with field passes.
And no drawn-out commercial for the credit union featuring the whisper-whisper pep talk.
McMackin’s approach makes sense.
The long goodbyes in recent years ruined what had made the Senior Walk fun and unique. Also lost, in recent years, was the original intent of the Senior Walk — grateful players connecting with appreciative fans. When the seniors were out of view for a prolonged period, fans did what fans do: They left.
We know the plaques distributed on Senior Night are bought with the intent of a promotional tradeoff. Thing is, unlike the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team’s senior farewell the other night, Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN. With SportsCenter on deck, ESPN cuts away after the final whistle, thus voiding the plaques-for-promotions concept.
And we can all appreciate that.
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I remember the first time I went to a Hula Bowl. Know those kids who yell for the exiting players to toss them a souvenir? That was me. An offensive lineman threw me his chinstrap. I thought that was pretty cool. But, hey, I was a kid. What did I know?
The other night, my co-worker Stacy Kaneshiro noticed a UH player tossed his mouthpiece to a young fan.
Times have changed.
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The word on the street is about 10 prospects will be visiting UH this weekend. Some, like running back Jack Sula, already have committed.
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Because of the cleanup work at UH this week, sports administrators and their staff have relocated to the second floor of the UH athletic complex or to the Stan Sheriff Center.