Sports to Ponder

Tid-bits from the world of sportsn This is a small attempt to make a

column look like an internet web page.

– It’s fun. It’s colorful. And

you can try clicking on the boxes (but it won’t work). Anyway, what you’ll see

below are brief little tid-bits from the recent world of sports.

– How

many of you went to the NFL Quarterback Challenge last week? Got burnt? Funny

how the sun comes out just in time for big events like the challenge and the

PGA Grand Slam. Must be some kind of Aloha thing.

– NFL Quarterback

Challenge winner Jake Plummer seemed like a regular-enough-guy during the

post-event meeting with the press. He didn’t have a chip on his shoulder like

some big-name NFL players. As a matter of fact, all of the eight quarterbacks

who competed were on the regular-guy side. Brad Johnson of the Washington

Redskins, in particular, was quite personable.

– Moving on to soccer,

how about the end of the KIF varsity boys regular season. It’s hard to picture

another three-way tie for first place in the near future. All three teams were

so evenly matched. What’s more, all three teams relied on different types of

skills to be successful. The Waimea Menehunes were veteran-oriented and tough.

The Kapa’a Warriors were quick and highly skilled. And the champion Kaua’i Red

Raiders were fast, fast and more fast, with top-notch teamwork and


– Kapa’a High School soccer player Tyler Wakuta had an

interesting season. He finished as the leading scorer in junior varsity boys

with six goals, but he only played some of the games before being moved up to

the varsity where he finished among the league-leaders with five


– It’s almost impossible to say enough about the season Kaua’i

High School’s Brad Lum-Tucker had. He’s been a starter since he was a

sophomore, and it was interesting to see him go from a steady defensive

performer two years ago to a capable veteran as a junior to a leader and

got-to-guy as a senior. He blocked shots, he made three-pointers, he made

clutch shots, he passed for many assists, he played defense doggedly. And, if

anyone has the name of somebody else who has averaged 20 points a game in KIF

basketball, please send it to us. Lum-Tucker scored exactly 20 points per


– Michael Jordan went to Washington, so does this mean he’ll be

running for President in 2004 or 2008? Maybe he’ll be running against Jesse

Ventura. Or maybe they’ll be on the same tag-team ticket. Why else would Mr.

Jordan Pick Washington (sounds like a movie title)?

– Remember the

Washington Bullets? A politically incorrect nickname if ever there was one. But

it’s not the only nickname having to do with weapons. Anyone remember the

Houston Colt .45s?


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