A long, long time ago, former UH football center Ed Riewerts was Giancarlo Stanton. During a softball game between the media and UH workers, Riewerts had four memorable at-bats: Four pitches, four towering home runs onto the tennis courts.
As a Michigan State football player, Kirk Gibson was a tall and sturdy wide receiver who made tough catches but was not particularly imposing. As a baseball player, Gibson appeared to be Ruthian — fitting because Gibson and Babe Ruth each weighed 215 in their primes.
During an offseason basketball game, UH slotback Dustin Blount, who was maybe 5-7 when he inhaled, looked like Dwyane Wade on the court.
The point is that sometimes comparisons are needed as a reminder that football players are bigger and stronger than most of the population. Former Mets catcher John Stearns was nicknamed “Bad Dude” because of his strength and toughness. As a Colorado defensive back, he was 5-11 and 197 pounds. UH slotback Quinton Pedroza, at 6-2 and 215, is built like Gibson in his prime. Marcus Kemp, who is perceived as a thin wideout, is like LaMarcus Aldridge in pick-up basketball games at the Warrior Rec Center.
This realization came about when I stopped at Gym II to watch my son play in an intramural basketball game. Several Warriors were playing, too. Tight end Harold Moleni, with his hair pulled up, was Joakim Noah. Linebacker Lance Williams’ uniform was pasted on like static cling. Quarterback Beau Reilly was called for goal-tending. Here are some not-quite-in-focus shots:
Safety/long-snapper Kawika Borden:
Tight end Tui Unga:
Tight end Harold Moleni and linebacker Tevita Lataimua:
Simon Poti, Tevarua Eldridge and Lance Williams: