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Rainbow track & field athlete, Amber Kaufman, receives National Recognition

Kaufman sets UH high jump record

  • Amber Kaufman is a two-sport athlete, as well as an Academic All-American in the WAC in both volleyball and track and field. In 2009 she finished with a bronze medal in the high jump and became the first UH medalist at the national level in more than 25 years. This past season she helped lead the UH Rainbow Wahine team to the NCAA national semi-finals.

Kaufman placed third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump and became the first UH athlete to medal at the event in 25 years…named USTFCCCA All-American during both indoor and outdoor seasons…smashed the school high jump record and posted the nation’s second-best jump of 6-4 (1.93m) at the WAC Outdoor Championship, where she won gold and was named co-Field Athlete of the Meet…became the first UH athlete to win an NCAA Regional event with a jump of 6-1.5…placed sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships…captured the WAC Indoor Championship high jump gold medal…named to USTFCCCA and WAC all-academic teams.

First UH athlete in 25 years to earn national medal

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McMackin new Judge on “So you think you can Dance?”

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

UH won the dance contest vs. Notre Dame but lost the game 49-21

So how many extra points did Hawaii get for doing the “Haka” in their home Bowl game versus Notre Dame? 

    According to Coach McMackin the Warriors have a more superior dance called the Haka which they perform prior to all their football games.

   McMackin Warriors were trounced by the mediocre Fighting Irish 49-21 at Aloha Stadium yet they had the more masculine dance routine, according to our head coach.

   I guess McMackin $1.1 million salary is more about being a dance critic than it is about being a good football coach.

   You lose the game and you call the team that humbled you on the playing field gay slurs.  Perhaps McMackin would better serve himself and the people of Hawaii by taking a job as the new judge of “So you think you can dance?”

But at least we have better dancers!
But at least we have better dancers!

According to Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal, McMackin said Notre Dame players performed “this little faggot dance” during a banquet prior to last year’s Hawaii Bowl.

This from Hinxman’s report:

McMackin, speaking at the Western Athletic Conference’s annual football media preview on Thursday morning (July 30), said the teams gathered the night before the game for a banquet when Irish coach Charlie Weis introduced the players and a ritual they do.

“I know most of the coaches in the country are rooting for us to beat Notre Dame,” McMackin said. “Charlie gives this talk, ‘We do something special at Notre Dame,’ and (the players) get up and they do this little cheer … this little faggot dance.”

McMackin said he felt he made a mistake by then having the Hawaii players do a Ha’a (Haka), a ritual Polynesian dance that McMackin believed made the Irish players take notice and get them to play at a higher level the following day. Notre Dame won, 49-21.

After describing the dances, McMackin asked reporters not to write about it and made a reference to Karl Benson, the WAC commissioner who was in the room.

“Don’t write that ‘faggot’ down. I was misquoted,” he said. “Just please … cover for me,” McMackin said Thursday. “Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that, too — right Karl? I’ll deny it. Anything else?”

According to the report, McMackin returned to the room 15 minutes later and apologized.

Fight Irish can't dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21
Fight Irish can’t dance, but beat Hawaii 49-21

I’ve been a big fan of Rainbow sports for more than four decades.  I’ve gone to many basketball, baseball and volleyball games and have attended a few football games.

    As a graduate of UH I love my ‘Bows.  But a word of advice for our football coach, concentrate more on teaching football skills and positive life lessons and less on dance routines.


August 7, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments