Letter for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Suggesting the end of UH football

I have always wondered what the numbers are on University of Hawai‘i and their football program and how much it impacts Hawai‘i.

Now that they are doing away with Aloha Stadium and are in the process of finding a new stadium, it will take some time to find a permanent home for UH football.

Honestly speaking, I am for the businessmen who could care less about the football program but instead takes a neutral stand on the topic only because their customers seem to enjoy watching it.

They are playing at Ching Field on UH-Manoa campus this fall.

Like myself, many people have expressed their opinions on it, but never got a chance to publicize it. I would like very much if they would just close down UH football at UH-Manoa and turn the program over to the engineering department or medical department and turn this school into one of the two, to make it into a major school of choice. There would be no more UH football in the future.

I also believe that many people in the community would agree with me when I say that this doing away of football would generate more funds to needed areas, like the pandemic and the coronavirus research. This research would make UH into a national magnet in medicine and set the way for further education, all the while canceling out athletics, football, more specific at UH.

There would be other sports, but the main contributor of the university would be on education and not football. If you feel this can be the case, please comment on the article and do say a few thoughts on it.

Just a resident who is tired of voting for UH football and want it to be done away with.

Dean Sabado, Honolulu

  1. mark June 8, 2021 6:29 am Reply

    Interesting thought… I just want UH to be a place our children can have a successful college experience and graduate with a bachelors and not have a huge student loan. A few years back UH allowed a teacher to take a semester off and failed to replace this teacher so our son was unable to complete his senior year as planned and would of needed to spend a 5th year there. When you go from Kauai- housing at UH is a major cost in addition to tuition- unfortunately he left college and did not return… so very sad. We feel UH Manoa does not prioritize students needs and graduation.

  2. USAF Brat June 8, 2021 7:31 am Reply

    ON-point, your comments and awesome advisory. I would add that public charter schools on-line be embraced after elementary school. Think about it! Thousands of families who scramble every day to travel their keiki to school and then to punch someone elses corporate time clock. What happened to the “sole proprietor”?

  3. James Kuroiwa, Jr. June 8, 2021 8:12 am Reply

    Dean, former Mayor Carvalho of Kauai was a full scholarship football player on the UH team. So is current Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi. We can go through many leaders in all professional fields in Hawaii and around the County who were involved in UH football and other sports. Yes, now the UH football team will be playing their home games on Campus and will be for a number of years, which I believe is great. We are living the dreams of Governor Burns from the ’60’s and will work. Yes, I’m from watching UH Football in the Old Honolulu Stadium.

  4. I saw a Vampire once June 8, 2021 9:44 am Reply

    Hey Dean, I am from West Virginia. My mom still lives on Kauai. Well my team was West Virginia Mountaineers. 1983. #15 Jeff Hostedler. I always liked West Virginia. So safe to say UH was never my team. I can see your problem of public funds. I would want to go through that too. Sad to see Hawaii go.

  5. Connie Cussion June 9, 2021 8:31 am Reply

    Typical tackle, or American football, results in many, and very often, unseen, unreported, and even unfelt injuries, by the players.

    Common head injuries, or trauma, are concussions, medically referred to as CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; and even multiple concussions to the same player, season after season, with later in life suffering and mental manifestations, requiring treatment, and/or emotional suffering to family and friends due to the mental problems the football player, and even players who only played Little League have.

    Besides concussion, The other common injury is neuro-spinal structural displacement where the head joins the neck, and where the first 2 vertebrae have no intervertebral disc (the cushion between 2 vertebrae that allows omni-directional movement, maintenance of spinal height, and maintenance of the opening where nerves pass out from the spinal cord on into the very minuscule parts of the body needing neuronal organization and regulation, much less coordinating the body systems, for example, like musculoskeletal, vascular, and immune systems, to name a few.

    Structural displacement of the upper neck and head, occipital-atlanto-axial (occipital or base of skull, and C1, and C2, the first 2 cervical vertebrae), causes significant disturbance to the brain stem and upper spinal cord.

    This disturbance causes malfunction, either too little or too much activity, that results in accumulation of dysfunction, and in later years into serious malfunctions and/or diseases necessitating a further lifetime of prescription drug treatment or surgery for body systems and organs, much less the joints of the spine, and the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.

    While pain is the signal of joint injury, dysfunction to body organs and systems is “silent”, meaning the person with these conditions does not feel the problem for decades of time until the disease is well advanced. We see this in cancer patients who experience no signs or symptoms of cancer until it is diagnosed as Stage 4.

    Studies done at Boston University School of Medicine show that more than 99% of professional football players studied had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, caused by multiple concussions accumulated over all their years devoted to football.

    Further study of CTE, concussions, showed that 90% of college football players had CTE, and 20% of high school football players had CTE.

    Interestingly, a study at Stanford University School of Medicine, was done using head sensors, wherein if the offensive and defensive lineman were made to be standing only, and not bending over “resting”on their hand(s), there was a large reduction in head trauma in players who remained standing at the onset of each play, instead of being bent over and charging the mutual opponent head-on using their heads as battering rams.

    The thought of a USA wide disruption of football as a sport, with fans of all ages and players as well, not to mention the $Billions in commerce from team T-shirts to salaries, attendance, TV GAMES and advertising and gambling, as well as college scholarships, and Súper Bowl, you’d think football is here to stay, like cigarettes smoking in spite of those casualties as well.

    Oh well, the Romans sacrificed their GLADiaters as well, all in the name of Sports and Cezar. Is that spelled Kezar?

  6. I saw a Vampire once June 10, 2021 2:38 pm Reply

    Thanks for the info. Connie. It helped to figure out some few other areas of study. Much appreciated !

  7. I saw Vampire once June 12, 2021 11:32 am Reply

    This is to Dean’s article. 1986 Hekoti Fakava, Moanalua high school played fullback for UH. He died years later of a defective liver. Blood condition. He lived in California and died at age 46. He was a police officer for San Mateo California.

    This may relate to Connie’s explanation. Health issues of players going silent until it is wide spread.

    You may gooogle at if you want to.

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