Gutierrez: Pro Bowl Postcard (12811)

January 28, 2011, 6:56 pm
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Jan. 28, 2011

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comAloha, Big Kahuna! Sorry if that seems too forward, boss. Its just that Im really getting into the local Hang Loose flava here in Hawaii.Day 2 of Pro Bowl Week has come and gone and Im sitting here on myhotel balcony, 20 floors up. The hills of Oahu are on my left; DiamondHeads lords over the landscape in front of me; the gentle crashingwaves of the Pacific Ocean lapping on Waikiki Beach are to my right.And tiki torches burn in the distance as a ukulele playfully strumsaway down below. Wait, hes playing Bob Marley. I love me some Marleybut in this island paradise? I need some Bruddah Iz and his medley ofOver the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World. Brilliant and hauntingstuff.

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I know, bruddah. I know. You sent me here, to cover pigskins, notpineapples. And yet, for one glorious week, its all magnificentlyintertwined in the 81 degrees Fahrenheit and relief the trade windsprovided today.I sent in some Flipvids of crazed, sectioned-off fans waiting for a ProBowler, any Pro Bowler, to come and sign something, anything of theirs.My personal fav? The surfboard. I swear I saw Matt Cassel, the ChiefsQB, sizing that thing up to take it out and thrash, brah.I also made a run at NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, but he said he wasntdoing media today. Might have had something to do with AntonioCromartie lashing out at him for all of his were at war talk. Whoknows?WORD ON THE STREET: Twitter war: Cromartie vows to 'smash in' QB's face
It does seem, though, that there are a few Raiders fans at peace withSilver and Blackdom and are here for the game, some of my Tweeps thatfollow me on Twitter. Thinking of calling for a Tweet Up, Island-style.What do you think?Which reminds me, the fan wearing the LOS ANGELES Raiders cap andthrusting out a mini-Cal football helmet while yelling NNAMDI!!! wasalso a highlight. Especially since Nnamdi had already boarded the busand was not coming back out.Good thing, too, Because you know what happened next in the 45minutes it took me to drive back to my hotel, news broke that Nnamdiwas pulling out of the Pro Bowl. And just as I suspected, it was thatright ankle. Same one he sprained on Halloween.NEWS: Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces
Then later, another Cal guy, the Eagles DeSean Jacskson pulled outwith a bum knee. Funny, neither guy mentioned the possibility ofmissing the game when talking however briefly with reporters comingoff the practice field.Oh well, maybe the Pro Bowlers are simply taking this Hang Loose vibe seriously, too.Shaka, brah,-Paulo GPS, Paulo is Paul in Hawaiian!!!