Let’s Talk Sports

Let’s Talk Sports

Sportscasters Kanoa Leahey and Jordan Helle “talk story” about the serious and not-so serious issues both in and around the world of sports. Check out new episodes every Monday and Thursday.


Jan. 14 – Joining the podcast as a guest is Alex Urban, Executive Director of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, to discuss the challenges faced to hold the event at Kapalua last week. Prior to that, Kanoa and Jordan give their opinions on the announcement that University of Hawaii Football home games will be played on campus for the foreseeable future. Plus, the fellas break down yet another national title for Nick Saban and Alabama, whether the massive James Harden trade makes the Brooklyn Nets the favorite in the NBA, and share their “Best and Worst” to close the show.



Jan. 10 – HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun joins the podcast to discuss the state of Hawaii prep sports. Jordan is joined by Brian McInnis and Billy Hull as they get into the recent cancellations of fall and winter sports seasons in the islands, the challenges facing University of Hawaii athletics, Max Holloway’s upcoming UFC Fight Island bout with Calvin Kattar on ABC, the NFL playoffs, and their “Best and Worst” to cap the show.



Dec. 23 – KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello joins the holiday edition of the podcast to discuss the big news regarding Aloha Stadium suspending the hosting of events, UH vs UH in the New Mexico Bowl, the challenge of covering local sports during the pandemic, and his thoughts on the imbalance in college football between the Power 5 and Group of 5 schools. Plus Jordan and Kanoa share their opinions of the stadium news and a possible Marcus vs Tua matchup in the NFL. And as always they end the show with the year’s final “Best and Worst”.



Dec. 16 – University of Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau is the guest for this episode. He reflects on his prolific season, his 1st Team All-Mountain West selection and what motivates him to perform on the field. Kanoa and Jordan start off the show discussing their preference for the new nickname for the Cleveland baseball team before getting into the surprise New Mexico Bowl bid for UH football, quarterback McKenzie Milton choosing to transfer to Florida State, the return of college hoops to the islands (including an all-time victory for Hawaii Pacific University), and the end of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane’s reign as champion in Bellator. Plus, as always, the fellas end the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Dec. 9 – Former Lahainaluna basketball standout Cameron Fernandez discusses how an on-court collision in her freshman year of college changed her life and led to a severe battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. After a harrowing recovery, Cameron now hopes to inspire others suffering from mental health challenges to to seek the necessary help. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan talk big picture about the Hawaii football team’s 3-4 record; the anticipated tip-off of the UH basketball season without senior leader Samuta Avea, who opted out; the World Surf League kicking off the 2021 men’s and women’s tours in Hawaii; and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



Dec. 3 – Billy Hull of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser serves as guest host with Jordan to discuss everything from UH football’s notable victory over Nevada, to the latest headlines regarding Hawaii’s top MMA fighters, to a recap of Mike Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr, as well as the surging dominance of former Pearl City standout Zion Tupuola-Fetui on the gridiron for the Washington Huskies. Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird makes guest appearance to talk about, among other things, this strange mainland iteration of the Maui Invitational and the challenges of the upcoming college basketball season. Jordan and Billy then end the show with their “Best and Worse”.



Nov. 26 – Sports/news writer and podcaster Brian “B-Mac” McInnis joins the show as a guest co-host along with Jordan Helle. The duo talk about the latest loss for the University of Hawaii Football team…the drama of the NBA draft and free agency..the outlook for the upcoming college basketball season…and they share their favorite memories of the Maui Invitational, which is set to be played this year in North Carolina. Plus, they close the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Nov. 4 – KHON2 News anchor/reporter Sam Spangler joins the podcast to reflect on his experience covering a record-breaking election night in Hawaii. He also recalls his days as a pitcher at the University of Hawaii where he won a WAC championship alongside teammate and 2-time Gold Glove winner Kolten Wong. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan share their questions regarding the UH football team after its loss at Wyoming, react to Tua Tagovailoa’s first career pro start for the Dolphins, the ramifications of Trevor Lawrence missing time due to a positive COVID test, and their “Best and Worst”.



Oct. 26 – The great Kristi Yamaguchi joins the show to discuss her memories of Olympic figure skating triumph, her affinity for the islands and the work of her Always Dream Foundation, which focuses on children’s literacy. Prior to that, the fellas reflect on the Rainbow Warrior football team’s season opening win at Fresno State…the tumultuous debut of Taulia Tagovailoa at Maryland…redemption for Clayton Kershaw…does Khabib Nurmagomedov go down as the GOAT…and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



Oct. 20 – Gold glove candidate Isiah Kiner-Falefa joins the show to reflect on his breakthrough season with the Texas Rangers. The Mid-Pacific Institute alum also shares his thoughts on the evolution of the game and who might hold the advantage in the World Series matchup between the Rays and Dodgers. Plus…Kanoa and Jordan discuss “Tua Time” as the Miami Dolphins elect to make Tua Tagovailoa the starting quarterback going forward. They also react to no fans being allowed at Aloha Stadium for University of Hawaii home football games this season. And as always…they close the show with their “Best and Worst”.


Oct. 14 – ESPN college basketball analyst Mark Adams joins the show to discuss, among other things, his recent article calling for changes he feels are needed in the coaching profession in light of the recent allegations of misconduct and abuse by Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. Kanoa and Jordan also engage in LeBron legacy talk, the reaction to the Day Prescott injury, the national TV schedule for UH football, and as always…their “Best and Worst” to close the episode.



Oct. 7 – Travis Chock, co-founder and CEO of nationally-renowned baseball lifestyle brand, Baseballism, joins the podcast to discuss going from an aspiring ballplayer growing up in Makiki to a man running a multi-million dollar business. He shares how Baseballism has coped with the pandemic and his plans to grow the business even further. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan talk about whether or not an asterisk is necessary for the soon-to-be crowned NBA champ…the impact of Todd Graham’s public vote of confidence for quarterback Chevan Cordeiro…what the NFL should do in response to a series of positive Covid tests around the league…and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



Sept. 30 – With University of Hawaii alums Phil Handy and Anthony “A.C.” Carter matching up as assistant coaches in the NBA Finals, we talk with the guy who recruited each of them to Manoa, Jackson Wheeler. The longtime UH assistant discusses their impact on the Hawaii hoops program and shares memories of some of the classic and most competitive years in Rainbow basketball history. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan talk about the return of UH football, the most surprising upset in college football last week, which 3-0 NFL team is the most/least legit, the Lakers vs Heat, and the start of the MLB playoffs. And, as always, they’ll conclude the episode with their “Best and Worst”.



Sept. 21 – Fresh off his second straight TKO victory in the UFC, veteran MMA fighter Tyson Nam joins the show to talk about the reason for his recent surge and what he hopes comes next. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan talk about the possible return of Mountain West and Hawaii football…the Maui Invitational relocating to the mainland for 2020…AD’s late game heroics for the Lakers and the potential UH alum matchup in the NBA Finals…takeaways from week 2 in the NFL…and concluding the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Sept. 16 – Professional volleyball player Erik Shoji joins the show from Russia, where he’s embarking on another season of competition. The U.S. national team libero from Hawaii discusses his journey in the sport, and his concern over his alma mater, Stanford, eliminating its men’s volleyball program. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan talk about the Nuggets’ incredible upset of the Clippers in the NBA Playoffs, the top storylines from the first week of the NFL season, Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo taking on the Pentagon, the Diamond Head Classic being reportedly relocated to Orlando, and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



Sept. 8 – Quarterback Guru Vince Passas talks about the long list of successful QB’s he’s worked with including Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa, and what motivates him to cultivate such young, aspiring talent. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss Tua being named the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami…the historic nature of the BYU vs Navy matchup on Labor Day…the University of Hawaii extending its television rights deal with Spectrum…and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



Sept. 3 – Former Arizona basketball standout and ESPN analyst Corey Williams describes what made the late Lute Olson such a legendary coach, and shares his thoughts on what the upcoming college hoops season might look like. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss the latest the NBA playoffs and the trend of Hawaii prep football athletes playing on the mainland amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And as always, they share their “Best and Worst” to end the show.



Sept. 1 – Polynesian Football Hall of Famer Vai Sikahema joins the show to discuss the impact of island culture on the sport of football and the legacy being established by the Polynesian Bowl. He also shares his thoughts about what’s next for him following his impending retirement from NBC10 in Philadelphia after working over 25 years as a sports and news anchor. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan break down the NBA playoffs, the Miami Dolphins latest QB situation, the Jaguars waiving Leonard Fournette, and their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 28 – Editor for the Vegas Stats & Information Network and ESPN contributor Matt Youmans joins the show to talk about the impact this unique year has had on sports gambling in Las Vegas and the chances of the Raiders turning to Marcus Mariota at some point this season. He also delivers a few NFL betting nuggets for the listeners. Kanoa and Jordan discuss the NBA’s boycott in the name of social justice. Could we see pro rugby in Hawaii? And as always, the fellas share their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 20 – Fresh off his victorious UFC debut, Kai Kamaka III joins the show to discuss the fight, his incredible approach to conditioning, and the MMA family legacy from which he comes. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan react to the Tennessee Titans waiving former UH quarterback Cole McDonald, whether the LA teams are in real danger in the NBA bubble, the health issues mounting in college football, and their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 18 – Punahou alum and former PGA Tour winner Parker McLachlin joins the show to talk about making his commentating debut on PGA Tour Live last week. He also gives his opinion of the state of golf and the tour, while hinting at his newly invented wedge tool that he says will help amateur golfers. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss Jon Gruden’s comments lauding the play of Marcus Mariota…Kai Kamaka III’s impressive UFC victory…whether Fernando Tatis Jr. needed to apologize for violating an unwritten rule of baseball…and their favorites in the NBA Playoffs. As always, they cap the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 14 – ILH Executive Director Blane Gaison joins the podcast to discuss the postponement of most fall prep sports in Hawaii and when he thinks we might be able to see a return to action. He also talks about being the presumed answer to a classic Hawaii sports trivia question. Kanoa and Jordan also address the fractured state of college football and whether a national championship under these circumstances would be considered tainted. Plus, they name the NBA bubble MVP, and as always end the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 11 – Kanoa and Jordan discuss the announcement by the Mountain West Conference, effectively cancelling football in the fall. This episode also features reaction from UH President David Lassner, Athletics Director David Matlin, and head football coach, Todd Graham. The fellas celebrate Collin Morikawa’s win at the PGA Championship and his family ties to the islands. Plus, another MLB scrap, Draymond Green says Kevin Durant is the best scorer ever, and the guys end the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 6 – Beach volleyball pro Tri Bourne joins the show, fresh off his cathartic victory with teammate and fellow Hawaii boy Trevor Crabb at the AVP Porsche Cup. He talks about their Olympic hopes and how he overcame an autoimmune disease that threatened his career. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan react to the HHSAA’s decision to postpone several fall sports, including prep football and girls volleyball, to 2021. They set the over-under on how many of the Mountain West-approved 10-game schedule the Hawaii football team will actually play. And, as always, the fellas wrap up the show with their “Best and Worst”.



Aug. 3 – The fellas talk hoops with LA Times writer and Clippers reporter, Andrew Greif, from inside the NBA bubble. Greif updates the status of the Clippers-Lakers rivalry, and gives his opinion on what makes Kawhi Leonard one of the best players in the world. Kanoa and Jordan discuss the optics of Nick Rolovich’s recorded phone call with one of his WSU Cougars, in which he takes issue with the “Unity” movement among a collection of Pac12 players. Plus, reaction to the victory by Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb on the AVP tour. And, as always, they cap the show with their “Best and Worst”.



July 30 – Rainbow Warriors associate head coach and defensive coordinator, Victor Santa Cruz, joins the show to talk about the scheduled opening of training camp, and his memories of playing on one of the greatest teams in UH football history. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan break down the Big West Conference’s announced postponement of fall sports…the Dodgers-Astros fireworks…the opening of the NBA season…and as always, they’ll end the show with their “Best and Worst”.



July 27 – Toronto Raptors GM Bobby Webster talks to the guys from inside the NBA “bubble”. The Kailua native and Iolani alum reflects on his time as a general manager and what he likes about his Raptors squad going into the NBA restart. Plus, the guys discuss their Sunday dodging Hurricane Douglas, the PacWest Conference announcement about the postponement of fall sports, the challenges already facing the MLB season, Tyson vs Jones Jr., and as always they end the show with their “Best and Worst”.



July 16 – World Surf League CEO Erik Logan joins the show to discuss the huge announcement about the cancellation of the 2020 season, as well as a revamped tour schedule for the 2021 season, which includes the men’s and women’s tours now opening in Hawaii. In addition, the Oklahoma City native talks about how he fell in love with surfing, his relationship with Oprah, and his connection to several island surf legends. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan break down former UH offensive lineman JR Hensley’s call for the NCAA to cancel the college football season, and Dan Ige’s unanimous decision loss on UFC Fight Night. And, as always…they’ll share their “Best and Worst”.



July 13 – Mike Onzuka, a jiu jitsu black belt, instructor and veteran MMA judge, gets into the intricacies of judging on the heels of what many have deemed a controversial decision in Max Holloway’s loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 251. You might be surprised by what he says about the result of that fight. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan give their takes on UFC 251…the University of Hawaii football schedule being hammered by cancellations…and as always, their “Best and Worst”.



July 8 – MLB veteran/analyst/writer Doug Glanville expounds on what big league baseball and its players can do to confront the issue of systemic racism, and which teams may have the competitive advantage when the abbreviated season opens later this month. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss the latest cancellation on the Hawaii football schedule….the viability of a spring college football season…how deserving is Pat Mahomes of his massive contract extension…and their “Best and Worst”.



July 3 – Damien football head coach Eddie Klaneski reflects on a tumultuous week at the school which saw him fired and re-hired in a matter of days. He also shares his thoughts and concerns about the upcoming sports season, and explains what defines having a “Damien Mentality”. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss some of their favorite random, mind-blowing sports stats…the cancellation of the Iolani Classic…the Redskins’ name-change debate…and their “Best and Worst”.



June 30 – As many acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues this week, Hawaii hoops analyst Artie Wilson shares a host of stories about his father, Artie Wilson, a baseball legend of that era. Among the achievements of the elder Artie…hitting over .400% one season, playing against Jackie Robinson and mentoring a young Willie Mays. His stats and importance to the story of the Negro Leagues will blow your mind. Kanoa and Jordan also talk about the latest news and questions regarding the prep football season, Cam Newton to the Patriots, the greatest dunkers of all-time, and their “Best and Worst”.


June 25 – Maui native and Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki discusses the return of Major League Baseball with an abbreviated 60-game schedule and reveals what has motivated him as he prepares for his 14th MLB season. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan address the latest in the noose controversy in Nascar…the highlights of the newly released UH men’s non-conference basketball schedule…nickname ideas for former Hawaii now Titans QB Cole McDonald…and as always, they cap the show with their “Best and Worst”.


June 22 – Iolani alum and sports writer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Marcus Fuller, discusses his journey from Big Island boy to the realization of his dream job covering college hoops. He also reflects on how the murder of George Floyd, which occurred in his city, and the ensuing worldwide demonstrations have impacted him and his family. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan break down some of the the latest headlines, including the decline in UH football and volleyball season ticket sales, the impasse in MLB talks between the owners and players, a UFC fighter quits on the stool against the urging of his corner, and their “Best and Worst”.


June18 – DeForest Buckner talks about going from an aspiring college hoopster at Punahou to one of the highest paid defensive linemen in the NFL. The fellas also ask him about getting traded from the Super Bowl runner-up 49ers to the Colts, and his becoming a new dad. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan break down the recent NCAA announcement potentially clearing the way for the start of UH football….two more players with island ties sign deals with MLB clubs…Mike Gundy in hot water at OSU…and as always, their “Best and Worst”.


June 15 – The fellas chat with University of Hawaii lefty fireballer, Jeremy Wu-Yelland, fresh of his being selected in the 4th round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss the latest ESPN 30 For 30 documentary, “Long Gone Summer”…the mixed response from players regarding the return of the NBA…Zeke Elliott testing positive for the coronavirus….and their “Best and Worst”.


June 11 – Now that Kanoa’s laptop is fixed, the guys get back to it with Alex Urban, executive director of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the return of the PGA. Plus, the paradigm shift taking place in our country with regard to the greater social and racial discourse, with prominent sports figures helping too lead the way. A hana hou UFC title fight for Wai’anae’s Max Holloway. The awful optics of the MLB labor dispute. And our “Best and Worst”.


June 2 – With protests against racially charged police brutality taking place all over the country, Kanoa and Jordan talk with Kawika Hallums, former Hawaii Basketball guard and current sergeant in the Honolulu Police Department, about his reaction to the killing of George Floyd, the role and responsibility of law enforcement within the community, and how his experiences in sports helped to inform his approach to interacting with people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


May 29 – Kanoa chats with Rainbow shortstop Kole Kaler, named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He shares his reactions to the honor, as well as his thoughts on the pandemic and its impact on athletes’ mental health. Plus, Kanoa and Jordan discuss UH’s Bonham Award winners, whether artificial fan presence at sporting events is a good idea, and their “Best and Worst”.


May 26 – Reaction to “The Match” with Tiger, Peyton, Phil and Tom..and who should be included in the next installment. Former Baldwin baseball coach and MLB scout Shane Dudoit on the implications of the upcoming draft. Volleyball coaching legend Dave Shoji unveils plans for a new professional women’s league in the United States. And Iron Mike going bare-knuckled? Plus our “Best and Worst”.