Mele Kalikimaka: Hawaii’s Holiday Spot on the Bowl Calendar

Mele Kalikimaka: Hawaii’s Holiday Spot on the Bowl Calendar

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you. Hawaii's other way of wishing America a Merry Christmas is through college football, a tradition going strong since 1937. I have a special affinity for Hawaii at the holidays. My one visit to the Islands was my honeymoon, one week before Christmas. There was…

Kalen Ballage Gets An Accidental Nickname

Kalen Ballage Gets An Accidental Nickname

I have previously used this space to address the all-too-frequent gaffes when it comes to Arizona and Arizona State references. After ASU running back Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record with eight touchdowns, however, another Grand Canyon-sized blunder seems avoidable. Right? Not exactly, as you'll note from the headline image. Add ESPN's reference to "Kalen…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: The Hangover

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: The Hangover

Week 1, college football binged on a loaded docket freely dubbed The Best Opening Weekend Ever. Week 2 brings the unavoidable hangover. Despite taking an inevitable dip in top-to-bottom intrigue, the Week 2 slate is not completely lacking for quality football. A trio of dormant series revived headline Week 2: BYU and Utah in the…

A New Crew of Quarterbacks Will Shape Pac-12 in 2016

A New Crew of Quarterbacks Will Shape Pac-12 in 2016

Quarterback play has long defined the identity of the Pac-12, dating back well before the conference had 12 or even 10 members. The 1960s had Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker and Gary Beban; the '70s produced Dan Fouts, Jim Plunkett, Sonny Sixkiller and Warren Moon. Troy Aikman, John Elway and Rodney Peete did their thing…

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Nearly Became An Arizona Wildcat

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Nearly Became An Arizona Wildcat

I recently interviewed Ted DiBiase for another story (considering this the official teaser), and the former professional wrestling star shared interesting details of his football recruitment in the early 1970s. Predating his time as the villainous Million Dollar Man or selling out the Superdome with wrestling rival (and the best man in his wedding) Junkyard…

Brad Kaaya, Baseball and The U Swagger

Brad Kaaya, Baseball and The U Swagger

College World Series-bound Miami baseball renewed the exhausting debate on celebrations, prompting reactions from all corners of Sports Twitter -- including from Hurricane quarterback Brad Kaaya. I don't get all this outrage with the bat flips...if you think it's disrespectful then don't let him hit it out of the park.— Brad Kaaya (@BradleyKaaya) June 15,…

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Tulane unveiled sharp, new throwback helmets Tuesday, with make use of a classic Green Wave logo. Though it's a look that's been done before, the buzz generated around college football social media and websites demonstrates the love fans have for a good, old-school look. The following programs should follow Tulane's lead with a regular throwback…

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

Twelve years ago today -- April 22, 2004 -- Pat Tillman died in Sperah, Afghanistan, while in service to the United States Army. The Silver Star recipient famously left a career in the NFL to join the military shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tillman's actions away from football have made him one…

5 For Friday: Harbaugh Not The First to Bring Hate to Rivalries

5 For Friday: Harbaugh Not The First to Bring Hate to Rivalries

Jim Harbaugh's latest target of Twitter derision surpassed the barbs lobbed when SEC coaches criticized Michigan's satellite camps. But when Harbaugh responded to misinterpreted comments Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith made regarding the Wolverines' spring break trip to Florida, the head Michigan Man's retort went beyond playful pot-stirring. Harbaugh got personal and mean when…

Desert Heat: The Territorial Cup’s Underrated Animus

Desert Heat: The Territorial Cup’s Underrated Animus

Unless you've lived in Arizona, attended one of the state's two universities or experienced a Territorial Cup game live, you don't understand just how much animus runs in the Arizona-Arizona State rivalry. "Just about every school has a rivalry," said Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. "We just happen to have one of the most intense…