’Bows know how to bounce back
THE pattern for the Rainbows this season has been that they're great until they're not, as if they've won so many games in a row they need to get a loss out of their system, just to get it over with so they can move on. And go back to being great.
Hawaii lost two games in a row only twice this season. UH had win streaks of four games or more seven times. And yes, a few of those streak-breaking losses have been bad.
It didn't sound good, on the radio, yesterday. But they play again today, in the WAC baseball tournament. This is a team that does this. This is a team that has taken comfort on the road. This is a team that loses once, and moves on.
Then it hits the re-set button.
No need to panic, not yet. With very real hope in the air for the first regional since 1993, it would be the perfect time to start another streak.
» UH putting in a bid to host NCAA postseason baseball tournaments is completely insane. That said, in a good way. It doesn't hurt to get the suits in Indy at least thinking about the possibility (even if they're thinking, "That's completely insane"). Maybe it will pay off when it makes more sense, like volleyball season.
» My undeveloped brain can't quite comprehend all the complexities in the latest story at the Stadium Authority -- revenue bonds, the attorney general, a technicality, li-dat. It obviously isn't related, but still, it does make me chuckle that a few weeks after releasing UH from having to pay rent, there's a problem with a lack of funds.
» Leonard Peters seemed like a classic sixth-season exception if there ever was one. Nate Ilaoa, in my mind at least, seemed like more of a long shot when it came to NCAA standards. A "no" to Peters would have been a loss, but getting Ilaoa back for 2006 is a bonus, big-time. Now, three things have to happen: 1) He has to stay healthy; 2) He has to stay skinny; 3) UH has to actually run the ball.
» Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan: "It's almost as if Shane Victorino emerged from the collective wishful thinking of Phillies fans the way Joe Jackson walked out of that cornfield in 'Field of Dreams.' "
» How could the Gatorade commercial with kids wearing freakishly large video bobbleheads of their heroes, like Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter and Kevin Garnett, NOT include Barry Bonds? (Now that would be a commercial.)
» Three words: Brian. Ching. Gooooooaaaaallll!!!!!!
» Speaking of Mavs-Suns, the shot of Dirk Nowitzki fave David Hasselhoff in the crowd, shirt unbuttoned and open, gold cross, sleeves rolled up, is now in the lead as my favorite sports moment of 2006.