I think it’s better for a state lottery to have 200 people each win $1 million than have one $200-million winner. I think popular movies and songs should win more Oscars and Grammys. And I’d rather see more die-hard fans than tsk-tsk snooty critics.
Which brings us to the much-scoffed topic of postseason college basketball. Seems there are a lot of folks agitated that so many teams can qualify for so many tournaments. To which I say: So what. I think more is better. It’s all about entertainment, and more entertainment is, well, more entertaining. Does it matter if, say, the Collegeinsider.com Tournament will crown the country’s 101st best team? Not if you’re a fan of that team. The thing is, these extra tournaments and extra postseason spots give opportunities for more teams to play. And where’s the harm in that? It’s good to have more choices. That’s why there are, like, seven different ESPN channels. That’s why the Cinerama Theater no longer exists. Just remember: If it matters to you, that’s all that matters.
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One of the good things about former UH lineman Jesse Sapolu, who won four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers, is he never put pressure on his sons to be, well, Jesse Sapolu. Perhaps there was a high expectation when London Sapolu signed with his father’s alma mater.
“I’m sure people looked at me like that,” London said. “It’s been like that since I was little. But my dad doesn’t make me feel like I have to live up to something. He wants me to live my own path.”
It was an adjustment for London, who transferred from a junior college that ran a run-oriented offense. He also had to get used to the Warriors’ half-slide blocking schemes.
“It was confusing to me at first,” London said. But with repetitions and advice from teammates, especially Brett Leonard, London has improved in his his reads and techniques. He now is the No. 2 center.
“I’m feeling better about everything,” London said. “The more reps I’m getting, the better I’m getting at it.”