Warrior Beat: “A true team win”

True freshman Chevan Cordeiro threw the decisive scoring pass in the Warriors' 17-13 victory over Wyoming. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

When it was time to roll the credits on the Warriors’ 17-13 comeback victory over Wyoming, everyone’s name was called.

“It felt like a true team win,” wideout Marcus Armstrong-Brown said. “Usually before, you could point to one side of the ball, offense or defense, but we came together collectively.”

In particular:

> Nick Rolovich: The recent trend against the Warriors’ run-and-shoot/run-pass option hybrid is to place five in the tackle box — 3-2 or 4-1 front — and drop six into coverage. Or more specifically, double up on the slots. To avoid throwing into condensed coverage — and this takes patience, lots of patience — is to run dives or draws into the thin box (see: Dayton Furuta) or throw to the wideouts coming off slants. Rolovich, UH’s play-caller, took what the Cowboys conceded and went with a methodical ball-control attack.

> Chevan Cordeiro: In practices, Cordeiro is known for quick recognition, quick release and quick feet. He also has instant amnesia. In training camp, he threw a few interceptions, many run back for TDs, but came back firing the next play. In his NCAA debut, Cordeiro gave up a pick-6 to Wyoming defensive end Carl Granderson in the third quarter. At that point, he was 12-for-20 for 72 yards. After that, he was seven of nine for 76 yards. “He never gets too high, he never gets too low,” quarterback coach Craig Stutzmann said. The best thing about Cordeiro’s heroic night? It might not cost him a year. If he doesn’t play in more than four games this season, he gets to count it as a redshirt year.

> Defense: It seems the Warriors have seen every form of offense in the first six games. But now the Warriors are starting to find a defensive rhythm. Against run-oriented teams, rush end Kaimana Padello used to be pulled for a bigger end. But Padello is such a dual force as pass rusher and run defender, he now is an every-down lineman. He was credited with three tackles, but all were in the backfield, and his pressure steered Wyoming’s Tyler Vander Waal into bad throws.

> Gamesmanship: Through the week, the Warriors struggled with whether Cole McDonald, who had an undisclosed injury, would be ready for Saturday’s game. Apparently late Thursday or Friday, it was decided to start Cordeiro. McDonald, who provided guidance for Cordeiro, was co-creator of a plan in which backup quarterback Kolney Cassel would wear McDonald’s No. 13 jersey during warmups. Cassel, who is a graduate transfer from Sacramento State, said: “My master’s degree is in acting. I put it to use.”

COMMENTS

  1. seewhy October 7, 2018 2:25 am

    What a game!! The Paniolo trophy is back in Manoa! Marcus Armstrong-Brown said it best. This was truly a team win!! Not only did we get another W in the win column, but Kaimana continues his hot streak of sacks and TFL. Chevan gets his welcome to D1 college football! Just like at St. Louis, the kid is a baller. What a huge win to start his collegiate career. Dayton Furuta was an animal despite his costly fumble. Hope Cole can rest up and heal. On to BYU!!


  2. cappie the dog October 7, 2018 5:46 am

    Nice coaching job, sticking with Cordeiro.

    Like Meskell, the freshman handles pressure well after adversity.


  3. cappie the dog October 7, 2018 5:50 am

    Kolney Cassel can do the art thing and the sports thing, concurrently.

    Didn’t a Duke transfer quit the team to pursue a degree in theater?

    Tight end, I think.


  4. ballerz October 7, 2018 6:25 am

    halawa was rockin all the way to the end of regulation. our backup chevan cordeiro did a mans job last night and we have to tip our hats to his performance. it was the defense that kept us in this one and should make that paniolo trophy a little more sweeter. 6 am start next saturday at provo. byu still the team we love to hate. go warriors!


  5. Whats up October 7, 2018 6:57 am

    I agree this was a collective team victory, but the Defense led the Hawaii Warriors to the exciting win over Wyoming. This years Hawaii Warrior team are some hard-nose, disciplined, mentally tough, never give up “Warriors” that have swag and moxie.

    I watched the “Warriors” rotate depth from the sideline, I mean it was hard to tell the difference from the starters and the rotation. This is especially true on Hawaii Warrior Defense, I mean Wow!!!

    Talk about the next man up philosophy? This Warrior team actually lives it and opposing teams get frustrated and demoralized because when the clock strikes zero… The Hawaii “Warriors” are on top.

    I think the unsung hero of this game is 5’11” 210lbs kick/punt returner Justice Augafa, he is a smart fearless, slippery returner that grabs his lunch box and goes to work. Justice just shows up for work and consistently put the Hawaii Offense in great field position all season. Especially in this game Justice gave the first time starting true freshman QB Chevan Cordeiro great field position to operate.

    Playing BYU in Provo is no joke! BYU is a huge physical team and will try to out muscle Hawaii and after that embarrassing loss to Utah State. You better believe BYU is going to make it a point to bring everything they got to beat Hawaii for redemption.

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Work Grind/Play Swag/Earn Respect/Go Warriors!


  6. Boya_jr October 7, 2018 7:26 am

    Speaking of team win, our running backs Dale and Reed got us some crucial gains, coming in for Holly and Furuta. I think Dale’s tough short yardage run got us a first down.


  7. H-Man October 7, 2018 8:07 am

    Really fun game to watch with all cylinders popping. Surprised the announced attendance was only 20,706. Aloha Stadium was rocking so loud I thought there were at least 27,000 in attendance. The one play calling I wonder about is at the end when Warriors rushed only three. I like it better when the D goes after the quarterback. It was a hold-on-to-your-seats time, but ended as a great win for the Warriors with many players making plays. As Rolo said, a real team win. BYU up next. Wonder what Rolo will plan for that game. Can’t wait for the game which will be broadcast on ESPN2, 4:15 pm HT.


  8. Old School Dave October 7, 2018 8:10 am

    Great team win!! Can’t find fault with being 6-1. Keep finding ways to win! Hope Cole will recover soon, in time for conference play in two weeks.

    Mahalo to Marcus M. for bringing in those 1200 kids!

    Maybe building an on-campus stadium of 40,000 is not such a bad idea anymore!


  9. Stephen Tsai October 7, 2018 9:05 am

    I thought the crowd was LOUD.
    It seemed like it had an impact on the game.


  10. Music Man October 7, 2018 9:23 am

    As I mentioned in last weeks win in San Jose, If the defense improves 25% they will win their remaining regular season games. Well, they exceeded that and basically won the game with their much improved “DEFENSE.” Cory Batoone is doing an ourstanding job! The DB’s were much improved.
    (Not discounting freshman Chevan Cordeiro performance, He ia WINNER)

    Another 10% improvement on defense in Provo, the Warriors prevail. (7-1 Bowl eligibal)

    Warrior for Life…………………:)


  11. A-House October 7, 2018 9:50 am

    my honest observations:

    * great team effort and the “W”

    * was concerned about game plan, game management, play calling — reading the paper this am explains it all — including ST’s insights.

    * as usual, the ‘ zebras ‘ sucked!

    * Chevan has an unusual throwing motion — will watch replay today.

    * Zeno came up big with the QB sack

    * as the season enters into the ” tougher ” schedule, the OL has difficulty with the bigger, stronger, faster opponent DL — only goes to making them better in the future — any insight into other true freshman who can make significant contributions this year or next? — very young team!

    * while the “big name Hawaii players” move on to mainland schools, it’s the Zeno Choi’s who walk on and make significant contributions as true freshman and upper classmen

    current staff has done well in recruiting!


  12. burro sabio October 7, 2018 10:43 am

    The D can’t watch all 4 receivers. Marcus Armstrong-Brown stepped it up big time in the 2nd half.


  13. winning October 7, 2018 10:43 am

    BYU can be beat. They are big and strong and will score-just got to outscore them. D got to slow em down enough. Last night grade: Defense: A+ (good thing they don’t pass too well). Offense: Excusable* (asterisk for freshman QB). The QB coaches got to help with his delivery, looks like he is pitching, telegraphs and needs to get his passes up with a bit more touch.
    Also, he needs to build more upper body strength. We won the game though! 6-1, Yeah Baby!!


  14. winning October 7, 2018 10:51 am

    20,000+ fans is pathetic but we can thank our former coach for that contribution. Even McMackin’s years brought in more than 30k. Too bad BYU game is not here-maybe 40k. Marquee opponents always bring the fans in. Mountain West brought us down a notch in my opinion.


  15. iGrokSpock October 7, 2018 11:58 am

    Kick off strategy still has me scratching itches all ova da body. Pooch kick gives them the ball around the 35. Kick out of bounds gives them the ball out of bounds. Maybe Augafa can do kick offs too? Props to Chevan and the offensive adjustments for him, and to the defense – their best overall game yet.

    Really now. I’m not a robot. Why so many times?????


  16. iGrokSpock October 7, 2018 11:59 am

    Edit to my above post . . . Kick out of bounds gives them the ball at the 35.


  17. kahuna October 7, 2018 12:13 pm

    I think we need to stop with all this whining about the crowd. Its something that UH and the school just cannot not control. The team have done their part. The University have done their part in trying to get students to the game but busing them there, free admissions and even throwing before game parties.

    If certain fans doesn’t or won’t come then this is where UH needs to make their adjustment. Build a smaller stadium, lower ticket prices, get rid of PPV, or do whatever they think will help their bottom line

    Insulting people is not going to get people to come. I would like Rolo and the university to continue to urge and invite people to come but they need to be very very very careful and not impugn those who don’t. The university and the coaches do not know many fan’s financial and family situation and if they insult those people, they will lose those fans forever.

    I have friends and neighbors who used to go but now their situation have changed. Some have family now. Some work two jobs. Some have elderly parents to take care of. Some have kids that have games on Saturdays and that takes priority.

    Yeah…many in other states face the same situation but they still draw. The difference is Hawaii is populated with so much different ethnic groups that consider football to be low on their priority list.

    The newer generation just doesn’t have the love for football like the past. They are more into video games, movies and playing with their phones.

    My answer to potentially getting the fans back….just continue to win and remain positive.


  18. clyde October 7, 2018 12:21 pm

    #15: Re: kickoffs. Meskell can’t kick consistently into the end zone to force a touchback, so to avoid long runbacks they occasionally pooch kick. Which is fine when executed properly.

    I believe what they want out of the pooch kick is for the up receiver to signal fair catch, thereby placing the ball at the 25. So the kick should be placed somewhere well inside the 25.

    The problem has been when Meskell’s pooch kick doesn’t even reach the 30, like last night when it only traveled to the 35. I think it’s in the execution, not the concept. My two cents.


  19. SteveM October 7, 2018 1:08 pm

    Great win last night when the defense stops a game winning drive to save the victory. Yes, it was loud in the stadium…and my throat was drier than usual at the end. I wasn’t just glad we won–we deserved to win with the effort!

    As for Chevan Cordeiro, my impression was that he has a very strong arm. I read comments about his throwing motion and remember how a former Pro head coach and quarterback tried to change Colt Brennan’s motion…the motion of one of the most accurate quarterbacks in Combine history. If any tinkering is needed, leave it to Rolo to decide and just let him throw.


  20. cappie the dog October 7, 2018 1:31 pm

    Pay-per-view is the reason for low attendance.

    This is why I don’t care about boxing.


  21. cappie the dog October 7, 2018 1:33 pm

    The last boxing match I remember watching on free TV was Randall “Tex” Cobb versus Larry Holmes.

    And then the heavyweight matches went the pay-per-view route.

    Out of sight, out of mind.


  22. clyde October 7, 2018 2:07 pm

    Just watched the final TD drive by Hawaii. Small-kine correction: It wasn’t NT Malauulu whom Cordeiro evaded in the backfield, it was DE Crall. I didn’t think it was interior pressure; it came from the left-side DE, a much more agile defender than the NT. So, Cordeiro made an exceptional play to avoid the sack.


  23. SteveM October 7, 2018 2:14 pm

    Looking the starting rosters in ST’s Matchup article in Saturday’s paper, noticed that there were only 3 seniors listed. Three seniors and a 6-1 record…I am starting to become more optimistic than cautious. 🙂


  24. Whitey October 7, 2018 2:39 pm

    Congratulations to the Warriors for winning an exciting game. Was close, but the Warriors pulled through.


  25. Whitey October 7, 2018 2:50 pm

    Kahuna , yes there probably be more fans if the interisland carrier has a more reasonable fare and schedule for the outer island fans. I use to be part of a group from Maui which attended one home game a year. Airfare, hotel, bus ride, tailgate, and game tickets was reasonable, and our seats were in the yellow section. Am sure a lot of outer islanders would love to attend a home game or two. Hopefully Southwest will be able to help when they start up service.


  26. Stephen Tsai October 7, 2018 3:22 pm

    20,000 might seem low but that’s 6,000 walk-ups atop 14,000 season tickets. The chore is to sell mote season tickets.


  27. suckkabooya October 7, 2018 3:55 pm

    Yep. Season tickets. Always going to get walk ups depending on winning or opponent or what have you. But season ticket sales is the problem. Start marketing as soon as possible. Have everything planned out for next season. Next year is the “pivotal” year for the program. Let’s Go! We can do it here.


  28. islandman October 7, 2018 4:29 pm

    Attendance was 23,907. Turnstile was 20,507, so 3,400 with tickets did not show up. Does that mean the walk-ups were more than the 6,000 ?
    Regarding the zebras, someone said UH had 12 men on the field for the last play of the game. That’s one way to improve your coverage.


  29. SteveM October 7, 2018 4:52 pm

    Late last decade I had season tickets on the 35 yard line on the mauka sideline. Then the U.H. AD allowed games to start at 5:00 pm with several 1:00 -2:00 pm starts for national TV (can’t help that). Problem was the afternoon sun at 4:30 pm in August, September, and early October.

    Every year I got tickets closer to the mauna 50 yard line as many of the older season ticket holders gave up their seats. Finally, as I sat on the 50 yard line, there were no old people around me and season ticket sales dropped. Losing half of the old fans (mauna exposed to the sun), aunty, uncle, and grandkids caused 2 generations to stop going to Aloha stadium. I think this void is what we are seeing now.

    I now sit on the makai side. The aged season ticket holders who are more worried about skin cancer than enhancing their tans have gone to PPV heaven, so why should the kids and grandkids go the the stadium?

    Remember, no umbrellas or parasols are allowed in the stadium. Even 6:00 pm kickoffs are uncomfortable until mid-October if you want to get to your seats earlier.

    Parking, conce$$ion costs, and tailgating rules and times affect the appeal of attendance. But so does start time. The sold out stadium of the 1980’s started at 7:00 pm or 7:30. This is the easiest no-cost change that could be made, especially when we are paying for the charter flights of our MWC opponents.


  30. Aiea 7 October 7, 2018 5:02 pm

    while it was great the chevan help win the game, I was not particularly with his arm strength on long passes, did not see the zip and accuracy, it floated and honestly the TD pass as a lucky shot. yes, he was trying to hit the receiver but it was by far a perfect pass. and his throwing motion seems a little bit awkward, he seems to be forcing the throw, even on short passes and on several occasions he threw the ball too low. some say he has a quick release but watch Milton, he has a very quick release and fairly accurate. when he spots an open receiver he can get the ball there quickly because of the quick release and arm strength. chevan is not there yet.


  31. SteveM October 7, 2018 5:04 pm

    “mauka” not “mauna” — darned autocorrect!

    The 7:00 to 7:30 pm starts were dark (no sun) and when we entered the stadium, it was a carnival-like atmosphere of lights and music. Can’t help earlier starts for national television $$$.

    Main thing was no ones mauka season tickets were made undesirable by heat and glare.


  32. haka October 7, 2018 5:57 pm

    It looked like only eleven on the field to me. The replay shows the count…ref not included!

    Chevan’s pass to JoJo was a beautiful pass. Not only was it tight, it could not have been placed any better. JoJo made a big time catch too.

    Not sure why Chevan’s throwing motion is being viewed negatively. He was accurate for the most part and threw some darts in some tight windows.

    Their is no quarterback controversy. Cole is number one and will get the start when he heals up. Everyone knew what Chevan had in waiting for his chance. He proved, as in high school, that there is no moment too big for him. Awesome. Just plain awesome. Moving forward, it is more than comforting to know that he is there if needed.


  33. Captain Ron October 7, 2018 6:10 pm

    Island man #28 – Kekaula counted 12, but one of my friends noted he probably included the official who stands in the defensive backfield. I think my friend was right because it wasn’t brought up again.

    Well, Chevan got his start and played a complete game, and we won. Having said that, I can now say I think Rolo made the right choice in making Cole the starter. It seems Chevan will grow and get much better, but Cole was/is the right choice.


  34. islandman October 7, 2018 7:13 pm

    32 and 33. Thanks, i have more faith in the zebras now.


  35. H-Man October 7, 2018 8:04 pm

    Game was good fun. Had a carnival-like atmosphere. Crowd was into the game doing the wave and making big noise. I made it to my seat 5 minutes before kick-off because I was waiting 20 minutes in line to get the $6 corn. This is new tradition for me. Corn on the cob at every game. Gone are the days of boiled peanuts. I miss that.


  36. jm2375 October 7, 2018 8:28 pm

    Another okole-squeezing, heart attack game. Defense won the game.

    If there’s one thing that’s true, UH fans can get loud, no matter the venue. 3000 fans in the SSC can make it seem like it’s a sold-out game. (See last season’s Senior Night MVB game vs LBSU).

    H-Man – come visit the Tsaiko t-gate. No need buy over-priced Stadium fuud.


  37. Aaron October 7, 2018 10:16 pm

    I bet single-game ppv buys are up this year…


  38. NotNasti October 7, 2018 10:52 pm

    Chevan got better as the game went on. His pass to JoJo was right on the money. This is after nearly being sacked, trying to regain his balance, and throwing with an LB bearing down on him. Lucky? Maybe. But the pass was right there. Hoping for more fans next time.


  39. suckkabooya October 8, 2018 2:13 am

    We seen a lot of Dakota Torres (I thought they gave up on the TE position). He was in the “red zone” package as a slot in space (he had a mean second level block first quarter). He was even lined as the inside receiver on the “trips” side of a no back set. A “No back” set! The play before that Byrd went in motion, (it was a near side screen to Furuta) we hardly ever see motion…. Furuta missed (not whiffed but seemed off on his reads) a lot of blocks (even on the touchdown pass to Ward) . Maybe because Chevan uses the pocket in a different way than Cole does. He blocked the second level guy on the 4th down wildcat play. Could have blocked the LB who made the play (Dayton ran by him). Might have been touchdown….. And BTW, Chevan was “zipping” that ball first quarter. Some kind of adjustment (my guess) by Wyoming might have caused the perceived loss of velocity. Lost some trust in his “pocket” here and there but he has fast, “happy” feet. Once he develops some savvy he can be just like Mackenzie (identical?)…..Armstrong-Brown needs to play like that every possession, he used his body well and was a reliable “rangy” target. His reliability is the ‘missing piece”. Good for him….. And lastly Coach Stutz needs to scheme for Miles Reed and get him into the open field somehow. He had a three foot jump cut. Once he gets some savvy (him too) my gosh, will be so “slippery”….. So good now (and future) UH Football. Go offense! and Go Warriors!


  40. Jhc October 8, 2018 8:19 am

    Only two penalties for twenty-five yards (according to the UH website)! That’s as encouraging as all the other improvements.


  41. Tim Haehnlen October 8, 2018 9:22 am

    Utah State is a better team than BYU, that’s why they won. So, I am more afraid of playing them here than BYU there.


  42. Mytake October 8, 2018 10:19 am

    PPV is probably killing attendance but a close second is the stadium itself with the crappy “stadium experience”. People are tired of going to this dump and having to deal with unnecessary rules like no bottle caps, parking, umbrellas, bag searches… etc. Build a new state of the art stadium and people will check it out just like back in the 70’s


  43. kev-1 October 8, 2018 10:36 am

    Cordeiro known for his quick release? That’s not what we saw on Sat. Don’t get me wrong, I totally want him to be the future of UH football, but his release and throwing motion was slow and labored. It looks like he tries to hard to go over the top. At times, he was throwing off one foot. A lot of his passes were darts to the ground. Not sure if nerves got the best of his mechanics or not. But that deep ball? Thing of beauty.


  44. kev-1 October 8, 2018 10:38 am

    And just to clarify … I’m not trying to be critical. Just observations. Much props to a true freshman making his first start and gutting out a winning drive.


  45. Maddog50 October 8, 2018 10:51 am

    I’ve seen all of the BYU games, all of Fresno and all of Nevada. All three are winnable with the all out effort. BYU appeared to be having a narcoleptic seizure for over two quarters-too late to come back. Right now depending on team health, not. Single game is plain out of reach. That’s not to say that some of the past game performances would be sufficient. This team has the ability to compete in every remaining game and is nowhere near optimal performance. No predictions but I think 2-4 wins is not out of the question with the remaining 6. GoWarriors!!!!


  46. iGrokSpock October 8, 2018 10:58 am

    Used to go to the stadium years ago, but as SteveM said, sitting on the mauka side when the sun is out is a killer with the no umbrella rule. When the elders had to stop going, just because of age and mobility, the youngers stopped going too. The stadium Nazis and their no bottle cap policy (how do you carry four bottles of water with no caps without spilling on somebody? Using ponchos during the occasional rain showers don’t help too much – soaked to the bone. Horrible PA system – can’t understand a word that buggah is saying – like talking with two manapuas in his mouth. Welcome to the world of pay per view. Comfortable chair, clean bathroom, only steps away, drinks with bottle caps, etc. Eliminating pay per view is not going to bring back the fans to the stadium.


  47. NotNasti October 8, 2018 11:16 am

    The “no cap” policy went out went out years ago. This past Saturday, I bought 4 bottles of water and two plates of nachos. Three bottles went into the cardboard box, fourth bottle in my pocket, one plate on the box, and the other plate in my other hand. I agree, the food and fan experience could be better, but at least the rescinded the “no cap” rule.


  48. NotNasti October 8, 2018 11:17 am

    *they


  49. burro sabio October 8, 2018 11:17 am

    Back in the day, high school bands would perform certain half-time shows. For reasons I cannot comprehend because I’m not a band parent, family and friends want to watch their kids perform at halftime. That would give at least a 500 bump in paid attendance every few games, not to mention the band members are also counted as attending the game. Not much but every bit helps.


  50. Boolakanaka October 8, 2018 11:32 am

    I go back to my idea of public school night —alternating between west-east side, town and country, could even be a free senior night activity. Now, mix that in with our community colleges and UH west, and a plus one free ticket and you would adding 5k easily, per game. Think about it, what better way to market UH and a young person’s potential attendance?

    Behavior is always dependent on trying it a first time and repetition….let’s go marketing department!


  51. haka October 8, 2018 11:36 am

    Personally, I don’t have an issue with the rules. Every stadium across the country and even internationally have their own set of entry rules. These rules are intended for the safety of everyone. Some may make more sense than others and some are defined by the regional weather but today’s world is a bit different than yesteryear.

    I buy water at every game and the caps are never removed. I think umbrellas should be allowed already, especially in Hawaii as long as they are of the compact variety. I once sat behind someone many years ago that used a full sized golf type umbrella and I had to move seats because I got tired off trying to view the game around it. As far as bags go, at least they allow you to take a backpack sized bag if you wish. Many stadiums regulate the size and many require the bags to be clear. It’s a trade off between bags getting inspected or not.


  52. NotNasti October 8, 2018 11:40 am

    Just throwing this out there. Brainstorming right? The legislature approves a lottery. Buy one UH home game football ticket, you get one lottery ticket. Season ticket holders included, and UH students get one free entry upon entering the stadium. You can purchase additional lottery tickets for $XX amount. The catch is, you must be present to win, and the winner is announced at the start of the 4th quarter. Six or seven home games? Six or seven lotteries. How badly do we want butts in the seats?


  53. NotNasti October 8, 2018 11:46 am

    Stephen, we haven’t had a prize giveaway all season. It’s time. Having been the recipient of a few prizes over the years, I would like to reciprocate. I have what I think is a decent prize to donate to the blog. It has an “H” on one side and some “islands” on the other. Maybe you can get it autographed. How can I get it too you? FYI, I changed jobs and am no longer at Nimitz Center. My office is now in Topa Financial.


  54. N October 8, 2018 11:53 am

    His mechanics are terrible and needs alot of work! It will show when teams gets tougher. Uahinui #11 has the best mechanics by far, don’t know why he’s overlooked.


  55. haka October 8, 2018 12:01 pm

    NotNasti, at the very least, they should have a bunch of quality school related voucher giveaways for the students! To keep them there! Ha!


  56. bobbob October 8, 2018 12:17 pm

    RE: low attendance

    There’s various reasons for lower attendance in recent years. But as far as specifically this game:

    – there were some good high school games saturday night (HS games on saturday nights in general have been taking their toll on UH games)
    – there was the mcgregor fight at the same time UH kicked off.
    – i think there was a blaisdell event

    long story short, there’s tons of distractions on oahu. This aint a mainland school in boonesville, where college football (and drinking) is all there is. All of this take a heavy toll on would-be attendance. The steady upward creep in prices on the “cheap” tickets dont help as well. I think after all the fees and whatnot, it’s close to $30/game. Combine that with $8 parking and stadium food pricing, and you’re looking at $50/head. Expensive if you’re not a die hard fan, and you have alternatives.


  57. A-House October 8, 2018 12:36 pm

    not being cheap, but [ OK, cheap ] we bring in empty bottles w/ cap — ask for ice at food vendors and fill up with water

    if I’m not mistaken/heard right, past Saturday was “junior/senior” nite for the band — high school band Jr. & Sr. who wanted to attend UH were dressed in a t-shirt with a big H logo — wondered who they were cause there were plenty of them — maybe 75 – 100 — on their own time, they learned the songs to be played and joined the UH band for most of the half=time performance

    novel idea outside of the box, but a good one! Mariota Foundation contributed with 1,200 tickets with a tailgate party

    like others here who make out of the box suggestions — keep it up — positive ideas to boost attendance.

    like other super senior citizens, I too will join their club soon with PPV cause I will not be able to climb the spiral stair case to our seats — next year will be 50 years as a season ticket holder

    how a bout a special ” walk-up ” only promotion of selling the north end for $7 each and south end zone for $10 each – for children 10 and younger — accompanying adults pay the same — no consumption of alcohol — first come, first served


  58. burro sabio October 8, 2018 1:07 pm

    Mr. A-House, ask to use the elevator in the north end zone. Bring a cane for show too.


  59. Shaka808 October 8, 2018 1:26 pm

    I’ve been to every home game since i was 4 yrs old 32 yrs ago. Weve had between 4-16 season tickets through those years (currently have 12) in the south endzone right above the UH dugout. I’ve seen all the trends. Watched long time parking and seat neighbors come and go.

    Norm chow crushed us emotionally there was no excitment to any of those teams saw many old friends just give up when you combined that with the increasing cost of everything. Ppv for away games is just dumb its not like we could go if we wanted too day of the game. Im ok with home game ppvs with next day free (hell my mom watches the game again the next day). Concessions are absolutely out of control, 4$ waters with no means of obtaining drinking water in a locked in for 4+ hours should be criminal. If i drink 2 beers, 3 waters and eat a french fries im looking at 30$ just for food and drinks and thats just for me. Multiple that by 4 if your a fam of 4 many if not most families can afford that on top of tickets.

    Then you look at the outside factors of no parking, awful traffic, crazy long walk from bus stops. Aging fan base with the university doing nothing to bring in new fans (though i believe the stadium is more to blame for their refusal to lower ticket prices or offer package discounts to decent seats). Every year the stadium going experience has gotten worse and worse. Awful security standing in front of your seats you cant see, a scoreboard with more advertisements than a nascar racer. Ratty broken seats and drains that are never cleaned. I totally understand why only the most diehard fans still buy season tickets.


  60. SteveM October 8, 2018 1:26 pm

    A-House — with a doctor’s note or Hawaii handicap ID card, you can get an elevator pass from the First Aid office just outside the elevator. It may take a while to get on the elevator and you’d have to walk the length of the stadium to get to your seats though.

    Kekoa sits on the end zone concourse between orange and blue levels. The stadium has a limited number of spaces there that they sell. I think there might be some sideline spaces too. You can bring your own walker or wheelchair.


  61. A-House October 8, 2018 2:30 pm

    burro & Steve M:

    getting a doctor’s certificate and walking with a cane may be my saving grace to keep buying season tickets — yep, only elevator in the south end zone — long walk to our north end zone seats

    special seats for the medically impaired is limited and only one(1) person can seat with you – got family of 5 — cannot blame the ones who went with PPV

    the young guns seated below us have given up their seats — one always came in “drunk” and kept drinking

    Stadium authority must come up with ideas to “fill in” activities during the non-football season to manage their budget — State wants stadium to be self-sufficient — kinda crazy with its limited use


  62. bobbob October 8, 2018 2:31 pm

    The aging fan base is a big problem for future attendance. While I do appreciate the baby boomers turning out to games reliably and filling the blue section of the stadium, they aren’t very vocal during the games, and when they get too old and stop attending, there’s nobody to replace them.

    All across UH sports, there’s the same problem, volleyball, basketball, baseball, etc. You have a lot of lifelong fans that probably have been going games from the 60s or 70s, and once they’re gone, good luck replacing them.

    And the combination of von appen 2.0 (norm chow), high ticket prices and inconvenience of going games, PPV for away games, isn’t helping to build a dedicated younger fan base.

    I hate to say it, but “eventually” one thing that might help drive some viewership to UH is the rail. It can make it a lot more convenient to attend the games


  63. SteveM October 8, 2018 3:06 pm

    A-House — as 50 year season ticket holders, I wonder if A.D. Matlin might offer you a suite in the A.D. section in order to keep the streak going? Same level you have now but different end zone. 😉

    Maybe there should be a program to reward the aging long -time season ticket holders.


  64. jm2375 October 8, 2018 3:38 pm

    boola – #48 – Nice thinking outta the box, but gotta check with Compliance. There’s always a gray area when it comes to allowing HS age students in for free, since some might (will) be prospective athletes. Not sure how it works when it comes to groups, like club and school teams. I’ve been told that’s why there’s no club like the Keiki club for high schoolers.


  65. suckkabooya October 8, 2018 3:50 pm

    So many good ideas for the Marketing department at least consider. Keep em’ coming. Awesome.


  66. Stephen Tsai October 8, 2018 3:51 pm

    Not Nasti:
    Sounds good. Email me at sighdude@gmail.com


  67. H-Man October 8, 2018 4:13 pm

    The fan base is dwindling anyway with the aging Baby Boomers, so plan on a smaller stadium for around 30K. I like the idea of an on-campus stadium and expanded athletic complex. The coaches really need new offices and there is a definite need for a new weight and locker room. I also like the idea of including an on-campus motel/hotel for visiting teams. Should be cheaper than Waikiki and can’t beat the convenience and location. Managing the facility would be a plus for TIM majors. Plus an on-campus stadium and expanded athletic facility would open a lot of job opportunities for students and source of revenue for the Athletic Department.


  68. tom-warriornation October 8, 2018 5:31 pm

    Who need tix for the Fresno St road game on Oct 27 sitting with me & Cole McDonald’s parents & friends on the 40 yard line behind our Warrior bench (Sect 32); so close you can almost touch the players–can’t beat this road game experience! $55 each. Or $30 for sideline near the endzone (Sect 35)! Text me 415-324-0585. Also for SDSU on Nov 24 @$35 sitting with 200 Hawaii fans!


  69. ai-eee-soos October 8, 2018 6:34 pm

    On another board, a frequent poster on this blog, posted:

    Kaimana Padello made

    Week 6 National Team of the Week on defense,

    by profootballfocus(dot)com.


  70. burro sabio October 8, 2018 7:54 pm

    If I were a coach I would never stay at another school’s on-campus hotel. You need FBI or CIA types to sweep for bugs everywhere.


  71. Kahuna October 8, 2018 8:30 pm

    Nah….schools would not dare bug rooms. It’s not only an NCAA violation but also a crime.

    You would have to be brain dead to try and bug a room. Not only will the school get death penalty but if the coaches knew and ignore it, he would forever lose his coaching job.

    The place would be run like any business so you should be no likely get bugged than you would if you stayed at a Holiday Inn.


  72. warrior fan October 8, 2018 10:42 pm

    #69 savich you a troubled person yeah ?
    get off the blog !!


  73. cappie the dog October 9, 2018 4:54 am

    Say you’re a child of nine.

    You’re allowed to stay up late on Saturday night.

    All night long, you tell your father to keep the radio down because the delayed broadcast comes on at 10:30.

    It’s Nebraska.

    Just before the game starts, your mother says, “Don’t be disappointed if they lose now.”

    You block out what your mother says.

    Hawaii is up 16-7.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Tom Osbourne brings in Turner Gill.

    Finally, the memory of your mother’s words come rushing forward.

    Point is.

    That was the first game I saw on television.

    And I went to see Oklahoma at Aloha Stadium the next year.

    There is a correlation between free television and butt in seat.

    Walter Murray, I remember, had a great game.

    Keep the pay-per-view.

    But bring back the same day rebroadcast.


  74. cappie the dog October 9, 2018 5:03 am

    Devo and Roxy Music are first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    “Beautiful World” is the reason why.

    The call and response at the end of the 1981 Devo song perfectly encapsulates the times we live in.

    After the vocoder enhanced line, “It’s a beautiful world”, the second singer answers, “For you,” a couple times, before he says, “Not me.”

    Go to YouTube and be awed.


  75. LizKauai October 9, 2018 7:37 am

    There is a lot of EEEE! in Teeeeam! What a game! What a way to stay united in effort! And Auntie Liz is so happy to see depth in all positions. Mahalo, coaches. Your unity is the most important element too. Unity, Lokahi, is life! :mrgreen:


  76. Whitey October 9, 2018 9:36 am

    Maybe new post with prizes.


  77. suckkabooya October 9, 2018 11:10 am

    Next year, on the week of the “Big” game, Hawaii News Now (the morning show), Augie and Hagi could do a “tailgate” edition of Cheap Eats. They could highlight a different restaurant/caterer in different districts (Leeward, Windward, Honolulu, etc.) during the week on each (whole week) different day. And on the Friday show, showcase the “pot luck” at an actual tailgate (KGMB Party?). just an idea for marketing. Have everything “in your back pocket” ready to go for whenever you may need it for next year.


  78. bobbob October 9, 2018 11:46 am

    Perhaps hawaii should do more experimentation to drive ticket sales.

    someone brought up the high school band and free ticket for high schoolers. Hows about selling combo tickets? All general admission individually bought tickets are good for 1 adult + 1 keiki. It will help offset the cost of the game for the adults parents, potentially drive a lot more viewership to the games, increase concession sales (ALL kids want their hot dogs, snacks, etc) and hopefully build the next generation of adult regular season holders.

    Go to any old timer seated in the blue section at a UH game and ask them how long they’ve been going. It will likely be “since they were a kid” or since they were going to school at UH.

    I might catch some flak for this suggestion, but double the student fee at UH manoa from $50 to $100. Attendance of a UH football game results in a $20 credit to the student fee, up to 5 games maximum. Attendance of volleyball, basketball, etc results in $10 credit, up to 10 games maximum. The increased student fee for students not attending UH athletic games will offset the cost of those going to the games.


  79. Stephen Tsai October 9, 2018 11:46 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47092


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