UH football begins anew, D-Lo’s heroics

Bobby Curran
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Friday - March 28, 2008
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UH spring football begins Monday at the grass practice field on lower campus. Every coach I talk to can’t wait to get on the field. Filling the skill positions will be a priority, and practice should be fun to watch. As always, practices are open to the public.

So much for the NCAA tournament that would have no upsets! Many of the top prognosticators believed this was a “straight-through” year, where all the top seeds would advance and where a major upset was unlikely. Tell that to Coach K at Duke or John Thompson III at Georgetown. Their No. 2-seeded teams will watch the Sweet 16 from the couch. And while all of the No. 1 seeds are still alive, UCLA had its hands full with Texas A&M, and Memphis survived a close call with Mississippi State. There’s been lots of drama and some phenomenal individual performances already.

Hawaii sports fans are thoroughly enjoying the ride that former Iolani star Derrick Low and his Washington State teammates are on in the East regional. The Cougars exploded in the second half to rout Winthrop, and then completely took Notre Dame out of rhythm in a 20-point win last Saturday. For that, WSU gets the reward of playing the top-seeded team in the entire tournament on Thursday. Yup, North Carolina in Charlotte, no less. Low won’t be intimidated; he is one of the most composed players you’ll ever see. At 6-foot-2, Low usually is assigned a bigger player, but great anticipatory instincts have turned him into an outstanding defender, and the ball skills and shooting ability that made Low the best-ever player to emerge from Hawaii have only improved during his college career. North Carolina’s athleticism and depth will be challenging for the Cougars, but couldn’t you just see D-Lo lofting a three over Wayne Ellington for the win at the buzzer?

One of the great stories in this year’s field has to be the Davidson Wildcats. Last Friday they got their first tournament win since Lefty Dreisell was the coach in 1969. On Sunday, they knocked off Georgetown. Their veteran coach Bob McKillop is no secret in college basketball circles, but is getting his first national acclaim. His star player, Stephen Curry, is the son of 16-year NBA veteran Dell Curry. Curry the younger scored 40 points against Gonzaga and 30 more against Georgetown. And can you believe that no big-time program could find a scholarship for him, not even his dad’s Virginia Tech program? Talk about recruiting not being an exact science!

Hard to believe, especially for Barry Bonds, but baseball season has begun and nobody wants the former Giants slugger. It seems nobody wants to shell out big bucks for baseball’s home run leader and his major baggage. Few doubt that Bonds can still hit, and I wonder how long it will be before someone decides that he’s just what they need to compete for a World Series title. Here’s a prediction: By the All-Star break, Bonds’ phone will be ringing.

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