On this Memorial Day, I thought about Pat Tillman. Remember him? He was the former Arizona Cardinal safety who turned down a multi-million dollar NFL contract to enlist in the US Army. He would be killed in action in 2004 in Afghanistan.
What comes to mind is not merely what he gave up to enlist in the military. That alone carries enough credibility to the character of this young man. But I was additionally impressed with the fact that this guy didn’t just do things. He challenged himself and bulldozed through all obstacles. He was a 5′ 11″ linebacker at Arizona St. That is too small for big time college football. He earned a scholarship, became the PAC 10 Defensive Player of the Year, maintained a 3.8 GPA, and got drafted.
He also graduated in 3 1/2 years.
Think about this. It is one thing to decide to enlist in the Army. It is another thing to want to be a part of the elite Ranger unit. Tillman never just did things – who wanted to dominate. His legacy motivates me in my life to try to do a lot more and to challenge my self, and dominate.
It is with the utmost respect and appreciation to all the military servicemen past and present, that I say “Thank you”.
Isn’t it always the case when it comes down to post season play. Hawaii was the team last year that got hot when the time was right in the WAC Tournament. This season, again, it was Fresno St. That was an offensive buzzsaw. And of course Kitamura and Alamadova had to get food poisoning on the last day when they had a potential double header. For all those who have gone through that hell of everything coming out at both ends, you know that they were down and out. I give credit to Piikea for playing that second game.
The team played above themselves for the most part and that they were able to do this well in the WAC season i s quite a feat. The offense was not consistent and Kolten Wong was at the mercy of the opposing pitchers as he did not have the hitting support around him in the lineup. It was great watching all their fantastic finishes.
This Week 5-18-11
Congratulations to the University of Hawaii Baseball Rainbows for winning the WAC regular season and embarking on their road to defending their WAC Tournament title from last year. They start play today against San Jose St over in Temp, AZ and you can hear it live on ESPN 1420 AM in Honolulu, or online at http://www.espn1420am.com.
On my radio show last week (This Week aired May 18, 2011 on ESPN 1420 AM) I wanted to see what are the changes in the game of baseball when you hit post season play. Obviously there is the mental pressure and added preparation. But unlike football or basketball where the physical intensity picks up, baseball is void of that. They don’t come in contact with each other. It is still basically the pitcher versus the batter, catch the ball, throw the ball. So I talked with Howard Dashefsky, former UH baseball player and member of the infamous 1980 College World Series runner up team, and former TV news anchor and current OC 16 broadcaster, and asked this question.
Also on the show:
- The “Hawaii 5-0” season finale cliffhanger
- Marketing survey – what makes you go to a game?
Go to link above for podcast.