An Honest
Day’s Word

By Joe Edwards

Wednesday, September 8, 1999

’Bows lost, but fans
got in their barbs

THIS and that to chew on over lunch:


I guess that solves the traffic problem.

I saw on television last night that the UH athletic department was going to meet with Aloha Stadium folks to see how they could iron out the gridlock nightmare fans faced as they drove to the game Saturday night.

So, why bother now?

That fifty-five point loss will thin the herd some, don't you think?

On a lighter note, during the blowout by USC, I got in on what might have been one of the night's funnier moments.

It was either 48-7 or 55-7 -- the scoreboard was changing so fast, I can't remember which -- when a USC fan sitting near me stood up and hollered out to receiver R. Jay Soward.

Soward looked around with a smile on his face and the fan, clad in his Trojan red aloha-print shirt, bellowed "R. Jay, you da man!"

Soward grinned even wider.

Sitting a few seats over from Trojan man were a couple local girls, one of whom piped up loud enough for most everyone in the section to hear, "Yeah, too bad you wasn't good looking!"

Laughs all around.

I had to crack up, too. If you can't beat 'em, dis 'em, I guess.

Outside of that, though, things were darn grim.

You know you're getting your lunch handed to you when the loudest cheer of the first half for the home team was when the Rainbows downed a kickoff in the end zone.

Will things get better? They need to. Lose to Weather Vane State or whoever the Rainbows are playing Saturday and they could chalk up an 0-for-30.


Joe Igber, the former Iolani running back who went to Cal, not only gained 35 yards on his first carry against Rutgers, he ended the game with 57 yards on seven carries.

The San Francisco papers both raved about him.

Chronicle columnist Glenn Dickey says Igber has "Barry Sanders-like moves."

I don't know about that. So far as I know he hasn't left his coaching staff in the dark for months on end, disappeared to Europe without so much as a phone call or left his teammates holding the bag for their upcoming season.

With moves like that, you can have Barry Sanders. For all his talent, the Lions stunk, year after sorry year. Good riddance.

But I digress.

Igber should feel right at home this weekend. Cal plays at Nebraska, so Igber will get to play against St. Louis alums Dominic Raiola and Tony Tata and Kahuku High's Toniu Fonoti.

St. Louis grad Junior Tagoai likely will redshirt this season, according to local boy Kalani Simpson, who is editor of Nebraska Sports, a magazine devoted to all things sporting in the Cornhusker state.

And right now, that means Big Red football.


So, it's possible Tiger Woods won't play in the Grand Slam of Golf because he's already committed to play in the World Cup, which is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the same time.

I say, forget him.

Unfortunately, the formula used to determine Grand Slam alternates takes into account only players who have won a major in their careers and how they fared in majors this year.

Right now, the top-rated player under that formula is Davis Love III, not exactly Mr. Personality, albeit a fine man and talented golfer.

Too bad they couldn't just throw in Sergio Garcia and call it good.

Joe Edwards is sports editor of the Star-Bulletin.

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