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Getting A Leg Up On Man Cred

As I lay anxiously awaiting the siren call of surgery, I came upon a universal truth: Injuries can give a guy some serious man cred. They also can destroy reputations if the wrong ones occur. Back injuries are never good. One can hit a retaining wall at 180 mph and it still doesn’t matter – […]

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Ichiro’s Legacy Not Hits, But Impact

Pete Rose is correct. Ichiro Suzuki cannot surpass him as the Major League’s all-time hit king because his 1,278 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball don’t count toward the U.S. big league record. Sadaharu Oh suffers the same fate in regard to besting Barry Bonds as the game’s best home-run hitter. But records aren’t the point. […]

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PGA Putter Ban Is Bad Business

It is often possible to ruin something in the effort to make it better. This seems to be a regular occurrence in technology where 2.0 is invariably worse than 1.0, and the intended improvements for the consumer do not appear until 2.2 arrives. This is, in effect, what the PGA Tour has done in adopting […]

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Violence A Major Problem For NFL

Commissioner Roger Goodell may not want to talk about it, but the NFL has an image problem. Since 2013 became official, 34 active roster members have been arrested, and not just on minor marijuana offenses. Players have been involved in high-speed police chases, physical assaults on women, gun crimes, burglary, driving under the influence, child […]

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A For Apple In Debt Payoff Approach

A month ago University of Hawaii chancellor Tom Apple announced he would ask the Board of Regents to forgive the athletic depart-ment’s $13 million debt as part of a plan to fix the department’s financial woes. Last week he delivered on that promise and presented the board with a plan to write off what was […]

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Apple’s Dire Warning Has Merit

The University of Hawaii has an identity problem. Regardless of the strides made in research and the increased enrollment of Native Hawaiians into the system, the state’s flagship university is seen as a quagmire of self-interest and financial incompetence. After decades of questionable decision-making, it’s an assessment not without merit. Let’s be honest, UH is […]

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Collins Not A Gay Man, Just A Man

Phillip Parker was 14 a year ago when he hung himself in the bathroom of his foster parents’ home. After years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his classmates, the high-schooler killed himself rather than face the continued torment that comes with being an openly gay male. His final cry for help […]

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The Five ‘Majors’ Of Hawaii Golf

Hawaii boasts a billion-dollar golf industry that includes 90 courses, millions of local and visiting participants and junior programs equal to more populous and well-heeled areas. What it doesn’t have is an appreciation of its history or a unifying theme around which the various courses and tournaments can rally. The Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame […]

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Time To Make Peace With Fab Five

It was more than a bit strange, the speculation whether Chris Webber would attend the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final. He did, but in an atypical way. If not for CBS cameras staking out the parking structure, the viewing public may never have known for sure. Webber was there, with his wife, Erika, and wearing a […]

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Te’o’s Handlers Failed Their Client

Whether Manti Te’o was the innocent yet naive victim of an elaborate hoax or had purposely taken advantage of the situation for his own benefit is now irrelevant. Chapter two in the life of Hawaii’s most-decorated collegiate athlete is set to begin, and regardless of impressions, has done nothing to warrant any further embarrassment. And […]