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UH Football Games against Navy & Wisconsin Live on ESPN

Rainbow Defensive Line

I’ve been a really big fan of UH football for at least five decades.  I watch all the games on tape delay (I won’t waste my money on pay for view) and on occasion when they are aired live, I’m there.

 So it’s really good news when I learned that the UH Rainbow game against Wisconsin will be televised live!

 ESPN has announced the kickoff time for the University of Hawai‘i and Wisconsin football game, Saturday, Dec. 5, at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. HT and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

 The game marks the regular season finale for both teams and the third nationally televised contest for the Rainbows this season. UH’s game at Louisiana Tech, Sept. 30 was aired on ESPN2 while next week’s home game against Navy will be carried on ESPNU.

 This year also marks the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the last nine years that UH’s regular season finale will be televised on the ESPN network of stations.



November 22, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , | Leave a comment

Caster Semenya Male/Female Controversy Continues

South African Caster Semenya

This past Wednesday, the IAAF announced that Caster Semenya is “still undergoing gender tests,” which means that one of the most talked-about stories in all of sport, since it first made headlines at the World Championships in Berlin, is still without an ending, happy or otherwise. That it is taking months to come up with a solution is a vivid illustration of the complexity of a controversy that, in the end, will have no winners.

According to Jill Geer, if the calls for sex-testing Semenya were due to something beyond just how she looks or sounds, to include knowledge of events or discussions that went on prior to Berlin, that’s another circumstance entirely.

Semenya’s gender questioned

Semenya is almost universally, and rightly, considered to be an innocent in this who has been wronged by those around her, most of whom, it must be noted, seem to have external male genitalia. But an obvious mistake that Semenya did make came in Berlin. After winning the 800 in impressive fashion, she crossed the finish line and flexed her muscles. Maybe it was an act of defiance and of wanting to explode gender codes. But if it was her hope that people would focus on her running and not the headlines, it was a colossal error in judgment, according to Geer.

South Africa’s 800m sensation, Caster Semenya, has been under scrutiny due to amazing victory in Berlin World Championships, on the grounds that the IAAF had conducted tests on her to establish her sex, and that she might be male.

Four months later the IAAF has not established any firm proof that Semenya is a male, although she has gone through numerous test.

There have been rumors that she will be allowed to keep her gold medal from Berlin, but that she will be banned from future competition because she test unusually high for testosterone.

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , | 3 Comments