By Brian McInnis
Some nickname consistency would be nice, wouldn't it? This has long been a hot topic about UH sports, and it's been coming up more and more lately, it seems.
Do you — and should you — call the UH men's sports teams Warriors, Rainbow Warriors, or Rainbows? The UH men's basketball team finds itself at a sort of unique crossroad as far as this goes, being that it incorporates both names.
There's been an unspoken movement going to phase out the "Rainbow" from the team for the past couple of years, as evidenced by the team's road jerseys, coach Gib Arnold's word choice (except one recent home game when he said, "Good win for the Rainbows") and websites such as WarriorInsider.com.
At the same time, nothing has officially changed. Every UH basketball press release goes by "Rainbow Warriors." Fans still chant "RAIN ... BOWS" with the cheerleaders at home games, then start up the "Let's Go Bows!" rallying cry.
In my relatively short time as a UH basketball writer (fourth year) I've referred to the team as the "Rainbow Warriors" on first reference in a story and then, generally speaking, either the "Rainbows" or " 'Bows" each time after that. I don't write the headlines for my stories (nor does any other writer for theirs), where just "Rainbows" often appears to refer to the hoops team. Generally, I'm OK with that.
On the other hand, many of the freelancers we employ on road games simply call the team the "Warriors," and we've gone with that, too, in their stories. Hard to blame the freelancers for the inconsistency with the "Warriors" jerseys staring them in the face.
For me personally, I'd be fine with calling them the Warriors, and only Warriors, IF there's an official shift in policy from UH. Until that happens, sorry to those of you in favor of dropping the Rainbow. It's there, so I'm obligated to use it.
Hopefully that clarifies a little bit where I stand on that. Feel free to post your thoughts on the matter.
Miah Ostrowski (20 assists on the Fresno State-Nevada road trip) was held out of practice for the second straight day on Tuesday with a possible staph infection. Will have more on his status for Thursday vs. Louisiana Tech when more's known.