Can you say deja vu? Earlier this month former UA football player Joe Salave'a made a reappearance in two senior all-star games, the East-West Shrine Bowl at Stanford January 10 and the Hula Bowl in Honolulu January 18.
The defensive tackle also played in both games last year as a senior. Two days after the 1997 Hula Bowl, Salave'a found out that the NCAA had granted him an extra year eligibility thanks to a new rule that rewards partial academic qualifiers for earning a college degree within four years.
He walked away that season with a win at the Hula Bowl and a loss at the East-West Shrine Game.
This year he won both games and finished with a combined 3 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles.
Salave'a is the lone senior to have played in two consecutive all-star games. He explained his story numerous times to the other seniors on his teams when they questioned his two-time appearance at the games.
They were a little confused about the fact that "I'm the only guy who is 2-0 in the Hula Bowl."
Seniors Rashee Johnson and Jose Portilla joined Salave'a at the Hula Bowl, which, like the East-West Shrine, was full of pro football scouts. Johnson intercepted a pass during the game.
San Antonio Spurs and former UA player Sean Elliott and his wife Akiko are expecting their first child this spring.
Elliott played for the UA basketball team from 1986-89 and his wife is a former member of the UA pom line.
Speaking of babies, former UA baseball player J.T. Snow and his wife recently welcomed a baby boy into the world. Snow, who was drafted to the New York Yankees in 1989, currently plays for the San Francisco Giants. This too is the couple's first child.
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver vs. Green Bay
When: Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
Where: Qualcomm Stadium/Jack Murphy Field
TV/Radio: The game will be televised by NBC (Channel 4) and broadcast live on CBS Radio (840AM).
By the Numbers
The number of years since the Oregon State basketball team has won a game in Tucson. The last time the Beavers won at McKale was in 1983 by the count of 72-54.