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Kalani Simpson

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

‘Family zone’ a step in
the right direction

SCATTERED shots, scattered mind:

>> I was the loudest complainer on this subject, so now I give credit where credit is due: good move by UH in establishing a "Family Zone" section at Aloha Stadium for Hawaii football games.

Great move.

This is the kind of thing -- much like (duh!) having a spring game -- that pays positive dividends down the road.

The problem runs deeper than that, of course (and shouldn't there be more than one "zone" that doesn't challenge the opposing team to a fight?), but a positive step is a positive step. You should be able to bring your family to a UH game. Good work, athletic department. Good work, UH.

>> A week late, yes, but Larry Brown's post-Piston championship comments are still sticking with me. All this talk about having done things "the right way." At first, I thought I knew what he was talking about. At first, I thought I agreed with him.

I am a sucker for coaches who do things "the right way."

And anyone who vanquishes the Lakers is my kind of guy.

But more and more, over and over, "the right way," "the right way." How arrogant! Is he the last bastion of integrity in the game of basketball? Maybe. But let somebody else say it.

If he has always done things "the right way," then why is he just now winning his first NBA title? How is everyone else in the league doing things? The wrong way? It would seem that Phil Jackson has been doing something "right" all this time, wouldn't it?

Sorry. I just dislike it when people start to believe their own hype.

>> I have listened to the "Leahey and Leahey Show" on KKEA radio twice now (probably three times by the time you read this), and I must say something:

I am a fan of anything that results in the playing of "The Muppet Show" theme song.

>> A reader, on the Western Athletic Conference: "How many times does lightning have to strike before you realize there is a lightning rod on your roof?"

>> Have you heard that the United States Olympic contingent, instead of staying in hotels or in the Olympic Village, has booked a giant ship anchored off the Greek coast? Is this the coolest thing you've ever heard?

I know what you're thinking:

Looooove ...

Exciting and new!

Come aboard!

Weee're ex-pecting yooou!

Starring Herman Frazier as Captain Steubing.

>> Attention tennis fans: Kailua Racquet Club's 2004 Night Doubles tournament will feature a performance from the band "Squirrel Hunter." And you were going just for the tennis ...

>> Is this Mike Tyson thing real? Yes. Well, let me qualify that. As real as anything is involving Mike Tyson. Anything could happen between now and then, and probably will. This is boxing. This is Tyson. Stay tuned ...

>> A reader, on Evan Dobelle: "Using the 'half-glass' example: he doesn't see the glass half full or empty; he sees a glass three-quarters full whether it's empty or cracked and slowly seeping H2O. But then again, that's how I look at all my gambling!"

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