It’s been a very positive three-week stretch for Eran Ganot and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ever since a disappointing opening matchup in the Diamond Head Classic just before Christmas. Since losing to UNLV in the first round, Hawaii has pulled off four straight victories including a win in the conference opener.
The page has officially turned to 2019, so Happy New Year, Kauai!
It would be naive to think that this one wasn’t personal. Players and coaches may have said the right things (while a few still hinted at the additional motivation), claiming it wasn’t Tua vs. Kyler and instead just another step on the championship road. Yet the tenor in the building, on the field and on the sidelines from the very first snap seemed to indicate otherwise.
The season finale may have created more questions than it answered as the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors hosted the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday. After an 8-5 regular season that featured plenty of highs along with some intermittent lulls, the ‘Bows fell 31-14 to Louisiana Tech.
It was a frantic season across the board for the WSL. The start of the year featured some of the newest members of the Championship Tour acclimating themselves very quickly, but it finished with a few of the biggest names reclaiming their spots atop the leaderboards for both men’s and women’s supremacy. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments as 2018 winds down.
By any measurable standard, the last five years have belonged completely to Gabriel Medina. Since breaking through with his first world title in 2014, the Brazilian phenom has been the only consistently great competitor at every event, year in, year out. There’s a debate to be had about whether he or John John is the best in the world, but from a purely analytical standpoint, it’s not even close.
If you saw Stephen A. Smith on Thursday trying to give his analysis and predictions for the ensuing Chiefs-Chargers game that night, you know that sports reporters, pundits, commentators and talk show hosts are very often full of hot air and shouldn’t really speak on things they don’t know much about. Smith predicted that a key matchup in that night’s game would be Chargers tight end Hunter Henry going up against Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.
For the vast majority of this college football season, the Heisman Trophy race seemed to be all but a formality. Coming off of his stellar and unprecedented showing off the bench in last season’s national championship game, Tua Tagovailoa picked up where he left off and catapulted further into the collective consciousness by leading Alabama to an undefeated season.
There’s a lot at stake during the year’s final event, which is ideally the way it should always be. The Billabong Pipe Masters opened its waiting period Saturday to determine the 2018 world champion and a Triple Crown champion, as well as the completion of the qualification puzzle. Three men still have world title aspirations, more than that are alive in the Triple Crown hunt and a few nervous surfers need some specific results to hop back on the world tour in 2019.