Booing a team that’s never trailed in 3 games? Really?

Hawaii defensive lineman Zeno Choi bore down on Rice quarterback Shawn Stankavage at Aloha Stadium on Saturday. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Can’t say I’m surprised, since this is the stadium where fans booed during a game when the home team beat Alabama.

This time it was due to displeasure with playcalling in Hawaii’s 43-29 victory over Rice tonight at Aloha Stadium. Yes, you read that correctly … a 43-29 VICTORY.

Yes — UH, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2010 — was booed by its home fans in a game in which it never trailed, during a season in which it has never trailed. It wasn’t as pretty as the score indicated, but Hawaii is now 3-0.

Playcalling is not an exact science, and sure, it might seem to make sense that when you’re having success passing the ball you should keep passing the ball. But if you lose your mind over a couple of running plays that don’t work maybe you’re forgetting that the object is to win the game — and protecting a lead doesn’t always mean calling a high-risk, high-yield play on every down.

Although there are times when the run-and-shoot offense can succeed with nearly all passing plays, those times are rare and becoming rarer. Sometime you do have to run to set up the pass, just like sometimes you have to pass to set up the run. When a play doesn’t succeed it doesn’t always mean it was a horrible call.

Hawaii linebacker Solomon Matautia (27) tries to stop Rice tight end Jordan Myers (7) on a fourth down in the first half. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

There are strategic reasons for running when you are ahead in a game. The more clock you burn, the less time your opponent has to mount a comeback. If you are fortunate enough to have a retirement plan, you are advised to take fewer risks with it the closer you get to cashing it in. Same when you are leading in a football game.

“I know there’s some grumbling out there,” coach Nick Rolovich said. “I only wear (a headset) on one side. They don’t like a run play, I get it. But that’s the thing we think is (the right call) to win the game.”

Perhaps some of this displeasure is not just from what Twitter commenter John Martinez termed “PTSD from NC” (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Norm Chow‘s run-run-play-action-pass predictability). This is something completely different. This is playing with a lead, late in a game. And this is having confidence in a defense that for the most part proved it deserved it tonight.

“We’re winning football games … if we’re 3-0 and people are going to be upset about things, I don’t know,” Rolovich said. “I’d love to win 100-0.

“We knew the defense would come up and make some stops. We knew they’d do that for the offense,” Rolovich added. “I’m proud of how the defense came up and made plays when we got a little stale on offense.”

Before you voice displeasure with the yield of 446 yards, consider the huge fumble-force and recovery by Penei Pavihi and Zeno Choi that led to the score putting Hawaii up 28-13 in the third quarter.

That was followed by a Hawaii goal-line stand to start the fourth quarter. The Warriors tried to run up the middle and Fred Holly was stopped for a safety.

Don’t forget, though, that this is the same Fred Holly who rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns tonight.

Cole McDonald has now thrown 111 passes this season and 120 in his college career without an interception. Four more touchdown passes tonight gives him 13 on the season, and 14 including his backup duty as a freshman last season. He completed 22 in 33 attempts against Rice.

Hawaii had no turnovers, compared to two for Rice. (Zach Wilson intercepted a pass in the final minute.)

Overall, it was a pretty decent offensive showing although Rolovich and McDonald both admitted to lapses in execution.

“We need to execute more and come back strong (next week at Army),” McDonald said. “The defense stepped up big time. I think this game was a defense win.”

Solomon Matautia led UH with 14 tackles.

“We know what our offense can do. We try to get stops and turnovers,” the linebacker said. “All we do is try to get the offense back on the field.”

Hawaii wide receiver Cedric Byrd (6) hauled in a pass in the end zone for a touchdown ahead of Rice safety Houston Robert (29) in the first half Saturday. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser


  1. Boo-urns September 8, 2018 10:07 pm

    I’d boo too

  2. JR September 8, 2018 10:31 pm

    Affronts to the form football from the June Jones era are not tolerated by discerning supporters who paid hard-earned coin to invest in watching the Rainbow Warriors live at Hawaii’s national stadium. There was some playcalling and tactics that was viewed as a clear affront to how the run-and-shoot is run when executed correctly. Last season’s shambolic campaign also remains fresh. Four more wins, and the healing process will go into full swing.

  3. Warbow September 8, 2018 11:13 pm

    They booed the play calling, not the players. I also booed.

  4. H-Man September 8, 2018 11:26 pm

    Congrats to the Warriors for tonight’s win and going 3-0. First time since 2007. I wasn’t able to attend tonight’s game, but It sounded like it could have gone either way in the 3rd quarter (listening on radio). So the boo birds came out when the play calling went conservative. Cannot help. We still suffering Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the Chow years. Need time to heal.

  5. kaimuki-C September 8, 2018 11:40 pm

    People booing cause they bet on hawaii to cover. when youre 17+ point favorites, thats when they dont like the run. come on, you already know this.

  6. oneseason September 8, 2018 11:43 pm

    I didn’t boo, but the fan base is definitely sensitized to Chow-like play calling … repeatedly calling runs up the middle that get no positive yardage; but the fans also used to boo very bad clock management by the prior coach. And just like under NC, I am certain the boos were not directed at the players. But naturally, we all love the runs up the middle that result in first downs and touchdowns. Hopefully attendance will grow for homecoming and conference games.

  7. khole September 9, 2018 4:15 am

    Well all I can say is this NOT the old team and you say you are not booing the players… please… who do you think gets their energy from you.. good or bad… it’s those guys on the field. Booing your home team when they are winning games for you and doing things they haven’t sone in years? Try filling the seats … the boys are doing their part! Let’s do ours.

  8. ballerz September 9, 2018 6:44 am

    Not needed in a game where young student athletes and coaches are proud to serve as representatives in our home state. Would not blame anyone but there was some questionable calls with the officiating but even that rolled out even in the end. We celebrated our 10-11 year old world champions prior to the start of the game. Our football team and coaches need our support. Lets do this. Go Warriors!

  9. my 02 cents September 9, 2018 6:54 am

    I was at the game – did not boo. I also don’t think the boos were directed at the players themselves, but I dont think it was appropriate, and especially not for your 3-0 team that shows the most promise since 2007

    I still thought the playcalling during the second half was horrible. Yes you want to burn clock, but we were still doing 3 and outs when we were up by only 6 points… At least run twice, throw once or something. You can still throw shorter safer passes, getting your 1st downs and still burn the clock. Just stay inbounds.

    On the 1 yard line, and they’re still in run run run mentality? That was dumb, to say the least. The playcalling the 2nd time around was a lot better.

    A fair catch on the 10 yard line is much better than getting pinned on the 1.
    I think what is frustrating people is that hawaii has been bad so long that seeing these 3 and outs and potentially blowing big leads is bringing back bad memories. To me, seeing the mistakes hawaii is making on offense and defense is a good thing. If they clean it up, they have A LOT of potential. Especially seeing as how the offense is young, with most of the starters being sophomores/juniors.

  10. my 02 cents again September 9, 2018 7:02 am

    And what’s with the rice kicker warming up and booting the ball everywhere before getting the stand taken away by his trainer. what a pr*ck…. he was doing that stuff standing in the middle of the band’s performance, and during the little league champions getting honored. Show a little respect.

  11. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 8:21 am


    September 8, 2018 11:13 pm
    They booed the play calling, not the players. I also booed.

    Why? Because you know better? Maybe THAT’s YOU’RE not coaching Hawaii!

    ANYBODY who booed the Warriors (yes, ONE team. NOT just the coaching staff. NOT just the players. Because they ALL hear it. They’re not gonna think, “oh THAT’s just for the coaches) last night should their miles. They might’ve gotten 1,000+ ignoramous points added.

    Let the MAINLAND fans boo their teams! Go LIVE their if you wanna boo your favorite team. Here we got AloHa!!!!

  12. AdmrVT September 9, 2018 8:34 am

    Boo 🦅 birds should stay home, or stay away from the beer. After 6 losing seasons, and you are winning, you boo?

    And, how do the players know you are Only booing the coaches, and not them? Because you say so after the fact? Good way to convince recruits to go elsewhere.

    You support the Team (players & coaches) through thick and thin.

  13. Tim Pelton September 9, 2018 8:46 am

    Some folks don’t get it. The object every week is to win. This program has improved so fast (recruits, coaches) in such a short time. Still has along way to go, with our support!
    It’s time we, the fan base improves too. As fans, supporters of this program, we owe it to the efforts we are witnessing to improve as fans every week too. Why don’t we give the opponent some respect when they succeed and in those moments choose to support our boys when they struggle during a game, rather than boo. Those are the moments they need us most! Get real, let’s give our boys love the ENTIRE game! Lol we’re all still learning how to appriciate the winning.

  14. Kahuna September 9, 2018 9:17 am

    There is nothing wrong with booing the coaches. They are paid professionals and if they cannot take the bad that comes with the good then maybe they should find another line of work. We give Rolo tons of credit when things go great. The boing is the way fans show displeasure of how things are going at the moment.

    Get real. The players know it’s not them we booing. You don’t hear the fans boo when Ursua dropped the ball. You didn’t here boos when a defender missed tackle. You don’t hear boos when McDonald overthrew his receivers. You hear boos when UH continued to run the same play over and over without much success. The players are smart enough to know why the fans are booing.

    I know some here wants everybody to be angels and be quiet when things don’t go right but that is fantasy.

    We cheer good plays and show our displeasure when things go bad. That’s reality.

  15. Boolakanaka September 9, 2018 9:37 am

    Hmmmn, for the most part Monday morning QBS and folks who never played college ball that revel in second guessing rather than providing earnest support. The record speaks for itself, and as Herm Edward once emphatically and profoundly said: “you play to win”.

    That’s exactly what they are doing…..

  16. ohaibill September 9, 2018 9:48 am

    We love the high octane offense. Love the rush, it’s addicting. when we don’t get what we want, we Boo.
    Your stab at perspective and understanding just might help.

  17. kalua pig September 9, 2018 10:07 am

    the conservative play calling almost lost the game.booooo.

  18. AdmrVT September 9, 2018 10:18 am

    Yup. Boo the coaches, create negativity & doubt, and limit this team’s potential to be better. Evaporate the trust – be negative 👎.

    Wait till next year, right? 👀

  19. ohaibill September 9, 2018 10:21 am

    Remember Dave Aranda? There were armchair coaches here who didn’t think much of his coaching while he was Hawaii D/C. Gee, I wonder how he’s doing now?

  20. Kahuna September 9, 2018 10:38 am

    Brah…some of you need to learn to differentiate between booing the team and booing the coach at that moment. Like I mentioned above, I don’t recall hearing booing when players bust their assignments or missed a play. It was that stretch where coaches were calling the same play over and over with no success.

    Kind of disingenuous to say fans booing the team when there was no such thing.

  21. Boolakanaka September 9, 2018 10:38 am

    Almost lost the game is NOT losing the game. I know many think that they are smarter than the coaches, so let me make this easy for you—you are not.

    Having played during the game during its hey day, the early/mid 80s, one could take today’s rather effete and dubious questioning and apply it Tomey’s dive, dive, toss sweep, basic offense…..but that’s not the point. There are many elements to the game—too many to mention, situation, personnel, game plan, and that hindsight is always perfectly clairvoyant, etc…so at the end of the day, he won much more than he lost. Summarily, last I looked we are 3-0, and there are NO stats for almost losing.

    How about you keep your putative and basically indolent football thoughts to yourself, and save them until the time you have obtained your own head coaching gig…..Go Bows!

  22. Fish 1 September 9, 2018 10:49 am

    The offensive play callings is the least of our worries! Our inability to tackle in space is a problem! especially from our free safety who must have missed 10 tackles.We have to get someone who at least can make a sure tackle out there.Hopefully, the coaches can see that and make a adjustment.

  23. kalua pig September 9, 2018 10:50 am

    booing conservative play calling during the game has nothing to do with hindsight.go back and read your post are

  24. NorthShoreFan September 9, 2018 11:02 am

    I wish there were more peeps like Boolakanaka. I always look forward to his insightful observations and analysis.
    People who boo, …How do you know if the coaching staff or player/s know who it’s intended for? Think, you on the field and the boos come down, what does it do to your concentration? Childish behavior.

  25. Kahuna September 9, 2018 11:08 am

    #16…..I hope you realise that over 90% of the fans who attend the games does not have your knowledge. If you insist that us illiterate football fans keep to ourselves and just let all the professional make the decisions, good or bad without questioning their decision, then what fun is there attending the game.

    Over 90 % of the people know little about movie making, we still critique movies. Over 90% of the people don’t know anything about building homes, we can give an opinion on whether it’s a nice looking home or not. Over 90% of the people never ever built a car but still can call it a lemon.

    I guess since we don’t have football knowledge like yourself we should just shut up and say nothing.

    Do you apply that to attitude to other parts of your life too or you only rip football fans cause you played the sport?

    Maybe you should recommend that UH close the stadium for fans with limited knowledge and only allow those who played the game so everybody in the stand can enjoy themselves by comparing schemes.

  26. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 11:20 am

    Who’s booing? The Naeole lovers? He’s gone. Will not come back. Go to the CC or high school he might be lucky to coach at, if you like him so much.

    3-0. Hardly any penalties. Hawaii has not yet trailed in a game so far this season.

    Can we make the case that a Naeole might have been a disruptor? Yes. So keep booing ignorantly.

  27. Boolakanaka September 9, 2018 11:23 am

    16, as to your comment, I will leave it to the ike of my Tutu, who I’m pretty sure borrowed the words of Mark Twain, but to say, eh boy, mo betta you stay silent den everbody tinkin you one damn fool than to speak and to prove everybody right.

    I’m am not talking about gossiping in the supermarket or in your backyard or in the office, which everybody does, and should have an opinion regardless of experience or expertise. Im speaking specifically to a situation, where a team, that has not lost, nor trailed, which has exceeded all reasonable expectations, including my own, gets into a funk and has a period of a stalled offense. That makes absolutely no sense at all, and certainly does not convey or cultivate an environment that says we support you. Rather, it says, I demand absolutely success, 24/7 and I know better.

    I watched the Patriots today,and half their drives stalled, should we take to throwing rotten ulu at Bill Belichick—that’s what I thought.

  28. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 11:30 am

    September 9, 2018 10:38 am
    Brah…some of you need to learn to differentiate between booing the team and booing the coach at that moment.

    Oh, brah, yourself. Bet you the first thing the players would say to this is, “booing the coaching staff means you boo us.”

    And vice-versa.

  29. Kahuna September 9, 2018 11:37 am be fair…..Belichick is a multiple Super Bowl winner so my attitude toward him is different. Until Rolo becomes a Super Bowl chamipon or win some kind of conference title, he is just going to have deal with criticism for illiterate fans.

    Not a good comparison. Belichick(Hall of Fame coach, one of the best coaches in all of football, a legend). Rolovich( no season with a winning record, overall losing record, no conference championship yet).

  30. AdmrVT September 9, 2018 11:38 am

    #19: As Toney said, you are comparing apples 🍎 & oranges 🍊. So, when you critique a movie – bad film or acting, do you boo in the theater?

  31. Boolakanaka September 9, 2018 11:42 am

    And Chicken Grease is rajah on dat, when you are getting booed, boos don’t have formal name tags on them, so whether you are a player, coach , staff, trainer, etc…all you know is that you are getting booed. It’s the reason this is called a team sport.

  32. Kahuna September 9, 2018 11:49 am

    #22….if that is the case, then the players need to change their thinking. That is such a silly statement to make. Where does that come from? If I form an opinion on somebody….let’s just for this discussion …David Ige…..I am in no way thinking about his family, his staff, his wife , nor anything else. It’s about David Ige I am commenting on.

    That is quite the leap to make to assume any boo directed one person is also directed at other. If you apply that situation to politic, then I guess you can say I was insutling Mr. Ige’s wife/staff/cohorts when I questioned his fitness to be governor during the false missile alert. Far from the truth.

  33. Kahuna September 9, 2018 11:54 am

    I am willing to bet my house that 100% of the people who booed did not boo Fred Holly. They see the play being called by the coaches and were unhappy.

  34. Egan Kawamoto September 9, 2018 12:01 pm

    I’m sorry but cheering and booing do not exist exclusively apart. To have one you must have the other. Instead of looking objectively at the existence of booing, you should look at it subjectively measuring loudness and length.
    The booing that raised my attention level was the booing of the Rice kickers while the band was on the field.

  35. Nomu1001 September 9, 2018 12:33 pm

    These players are earning it. Fans, get on your feet, yell “fight”.

  36. pakipark September 9, 2018 12:34 pm

    Expectation is UofHawaii scores, via the shoot (pass), every time they get the ball. The hype that the run and shoot adjusts on the fly and that there is no defense for it feeds the frenzy. Play “regular” offense is not what the fans want and expect. I take the win any day. 3-0 baby! Go ‘Bows!

  37. kalua pig September 9, 2018 1:31 pm

    the problem is no rice on the training table and shoyu packets in the lockers after the game.

  38. Snicks833 September 9, 2018 1:31 pm

    I BOO every time a politician is on TV, I BOO even louder when it’s Caldwell but I did not boo at the football game last night.

  39. haka September 9, 2018 1:43 pm

    The boo birds are an embarrassment. Our section was yelling STFU! They are idiots. Yeah right, you say you booed the play call. BS! You booed because the play didn’t gain yards. I didn’t hear any boos on run plays that gained yardage. I didn’t hear any boos when Freddy took it to the house. The boo basterds boo always in hindsight. And please, don’t give me that “I paid good money for my tickets” BS. Save it. Stay home. Boo your a** at home. We don’t need your ignorant BS at the games.

  40. Old School Dave September 9, 2018 1:49 pm

    Eh!! I not swearing at your wife and kids in da car! Just you cause you drive like one donkey!! Your family should be able for differentiate!!

    Then again, its the same folks who booed Timmy Chang. Remember that?

    Coach Rolo and his staff could pull off a 10 win season. If another school comes calling, offering him, say, 4 times his current salary, it’ll be “Aloha.” Coach has done a lot to get more okoles into Aloha Stadium and given a lot to UH. And locals going still be complaining and grumbling.

    Best quote I recently heard: “Times is hard now! I can only go Vegas twice a year for gamble, instead of 3-4 times like in da past!”

  41. Boolakanaka September 9, 2018 1:52 pm

    Go give-um Haka!! If you have never been down on the carpet in Aloha Stadium, the boos have no specific P.O. Box, all you know is the team is getting booed—period. You boo the coach, you boo the team.

    Again, we are in the midst of the renaissance of Hawai’i football, and the team is on gigantic rise….this is not Chow, circa 2015, so there is really no reason for such boorish behavior.

  42. Nelekona September 9, 2018 1:53 pm

    It’s PTSD from the Chow years. We all need to relearn how it feels to have a winning team. I felt the bad vibes myself last night. When the team made a mistake, all I could think of was the team falling apart like during the Chow years. This team is different. It’s a college football generational gap (4years). These kids/coaches are finding themselves as players and as brother on the field. Adversity is when this team gets better. They proved to me last night that I don’t have to flinch or get down when things go badly. Call me emotional, but last night’s game helped my “Chow Ball” PTSD. Hopefully this season will get rid of it FOREVER! 🙂

  43. Warbow September 9, 2018 1:59 pm

    Boo to all you sensitive fans, next time stay home in your “shelter” if you don’t like to hear fans expressions their opinions on the play calling. When a coach is about to blow the game with his play calling, he should hear about it before it’s to late. The play call on that safety was inexcusable and was probably a 9 point swing on the scoreboard.

    When the game is on the line, you go to your play makers, not away from them. You say you don’t have a pass play to combat that type defense, make one and use your player maker.

  44. haka September 9, 2018 2:23 pm

    Sensitive? Get a grip brah. Your self righteous entitlement is juvenile and ignorant. It’s YOUR emotional sensitivity that makes you boo. Nothing in last night’s game warranted booing except for the Rice kicker. Nothing! YOU stay home brah. BTW, the call in the end zone was a miscommunication per Rolo and Cole…but you knew that…you know better…you are smarter than that…right?

  45. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 2:27 pm

    You boo the coaches, you boo the entire team.

    It is a team effort. So stop booing. If you have to stop drinking beer or other alch’ to prevent you from booing, then stop drinking beer or other alch’.

  46. No Gamble No Drink September 9, 2018 2:35 pm

    Too much beer, too many gamblers, many armchair QB’s who knows little of the game. It’s headshaking that these numb nuts start questioning the strategy and boo. They should stay home and drink their beers where they can monitor their point spreads. Enough about Norm Chow, here is a guy who coached at BYU in their glory years, North Carolina, Titans, coached all the BYU great QB’s, Phillip Rivers, etc.

  47. Kahuna September 9, 2018 2:40 pm

    Haka….maybe that is why the attendance Is down. They ARE staying home. Some grumble there is no fans and then some grumble when fans offend them.

    Maybe fans and coaches should learn the value of business. You guys sound like you just want to hang with people of like mind. Intolerant of other people regardless if they offend you or not.

    That wise ass’ who booed the coaches money is just as valuable as your money. As a business, you accept the money as long as that person is not profane nor a criminal. If you start telling folks to stay home, then people will stay home. How is that going to help UH? It may make you feel better but it’s not going to help UH’s bottom line.

    Why can’t you guy just let fans be? This is a gathering of all different people. You cannot control other people so why not just let jerks be jerks and just find a way to enjoy the game?

    Let me ask those of you who want the boo birds to stay home. If UH was to get 40,000 fans and a large # of them are boo birds, would UH take that figure or UH would rather the boo birds stay home and screw the additional money coming in? Asking for 40,000 and everybody behaving is a pipe dream. With young fans and alcohol, you will always get bad apples.

  48. haka September 9, 2018 2:49 pm

    Oh yeah, let’s bring money into it to justify booing the team last night. Geez…C’mon….Really?

  49. buffalo September 9, 2018 2:54 pm

    I was distraught with the draw from the end zone no doubt, and all the mishaps from the special teams kick off returns not needed the downing on the 1 yard line shanked, punt, catching the punt
    at the 5 yard line. and then not catching the punt at the 11 yard line which ended up at the 1, uh started 3 drives at there 1, 1 ended up safety, 1 ended up 99 yd td, 1 ended punt, then whats up with the pouch punts at the end of the 4th quarter give rice great field position to score again this had to make you scratch your head? still great win but make a lot harder on themselves , rice even kicked a field goal with 22 seconds left in the half on 3rd down faked out spectrum even tv changed the down to 4 and 1 when it was still 3rd down. not perfect but this team is great to watch and will clean it up next week on national TV go bows no scared go get um!

  50. haka September 9, 2018 2:57 pm

    If I’m an athlete and your fan base is known for booing the home team, I would probably go where they have better facilities. Or maybe a sellout of drunks and punks that cause fights is worth the bottom line.

  51. Kahuna September 9, 2018 3:16 pm

    Money is what make the world go around . If you don’t think money is important then you don’t know business.

    You actually think for one second that UH will take your advice and tell those fans booing to stay home???

    If anybody who is overly emotional and off the rail, it’s you. Not sure why a simple boo or two make you crack? It’s just noise, Nobody threw anything on the field, nobody insulted a player, nobody asked Rolo to be fired. They booed the couple of plays.

    Good Grief.

  52. iGrokSpock September 9, 2018 3:20 pm

    To boo, or not to boo. That is the question.

    I groaned.

  53. haka September 9, 2018 3:27 pm

    It wasn’t advice brah, it was my opinion…good grief indeed.

  54. haka September 9, 2018 3:30 pm

    Hey, boo all you like people…boo all you like…and feel good about it…feel good….feel good. Pau.

  55. Cheap Seats September 9, 2018 3:39 pm

    Respect and common sense is important. Players on the field do not know who is or is not the intended target of the boos. They are focused on the game, playing at HOME, and hope to receive the support of their fans. When the crowd starts to boo, they hear the sounds. And it affects them. I am sure that the fans at the US Open were not booing Naomi Osaka for her performance in the Finals. But on the podium, listening to the jeers and boos directed at the USTA officials, she was affected. Everyone told her that she was not the target, but she was affected. The BooBirds lacked respect for her and the moment. Boola, you have nailed the issue. Mahalo.

  56. oldtimer808 September 9, 2018 4:24 pm

    This is really simple. Be considerate and don’t boo the home team. Only jerks use that phrase that I paid money to attend the game and have the right to voice my displeasure. If the game is a microcosm reflecting our human condition when we allow inconsideration and thoughtlessness to validate judgement..auwe poho. Unfortunately there will always be individuals who only see beyond themselves. GO RAINBOW WARRIORS!

  57. m tanabe September 9, 2018 5:01 pm

    Coach Rolo, learn how to put your opponent away when possible. It appears the last 3 games with a 2 to 3 score lead, it is obvious conservative play calling is done – run, run, pass. Learn to knock out your opponent, not always easy unless you are overly dominant. Don’t be so obvious. You can still attack on a conservative play calling bases, calling pass on first down and run on 2nd and 3rd, if you are trying to run the clock down.

    This game many lessons can be learn as mentioned by one poster. Many mistakes made on plays and no booing were made to those players. Think about it.

  58. HawaiiMongoose September 9, 2018 5:28 pm

    I groan. I face palm. I shake my head. I complain to my friend sitting next to me. I sometimes swear out loud before I catch myself. But whatever my frustration I don’t boo the home team.

    Having said that, I think the PTSD-NC theory is accurate and there are quite a few fans who haven’t recovered yet from the Norm Chow disaster and consequently overreact when things don’t go well. Repeated run plays that don’t gain yards are a powerful trigger of those painful memories. My advice to players, coaches and newspaper columnists is don’t overreact to the overreactors. Continued solid, competitive performances by the team will gradually cure the PTSD-NC sufferers of their affliction.

  59. Casual Observer September 9, 2018 6:00 pm

    Interesting debate. The booing represented what many fans thought: the run game wasn’t working and it seemed we were straying away from the dynamic offense that seems unstoppable. Having said that, fans have the right to boo if it was only to relieve their frustration because the Warriors seemed to be bogged down offensively. I think everyone was looking forward to another evening of fireworks like the Navy game. And it did happen with Jojo Ward and Fred Holly. Just that fans want more and hopefully nothing disrespectful. The offense might have been bogged down because of Rice’s adjustments or misreads by the O. Of course, main thing is they won otherwise …more negative comments? On a positive note, seems like Cole McDonald has NFL potential.

  60. kalua pig September 9, 2018 6:02 pm

    the players know the boo’s are for coaches.the only ones that don’t know are a few ignorant fans.

  61. kalua pig September 9, 2018 6:16 pm

    this isn’t post norm chow syndrome,this is post last season’s play calling syndrome.this is what got us to 3-9.the real fans booed for a reason.

  62. dreamcitymike September 9, 2018 7:16 pm

    Have trust in the coaching staff, after a small sample size thus far it’s safe to say this is not of the NC ilk, make no mistake! We may have not won that battle(run plays up the middle that were stuffed) we certainly won the war!! No huhu no need boo!! No be negative, have restraint keep the faith! Live aloha we are warriors…

  63. dreamcitymike September 9, 2018 7:24 pm

    New offense different mind set …like I said last week we may be 6-0 by the end of the month! On the road to West Point we have our work cut out for us this week….one game at a time!

  64. Mario O September 9, 2018 8:18 pm

    The booing is all about point spread. I lost my bet too but I can’t complain at 3 – 0

  65. AdmrVT September 9, 2018 8:42 pm

    #60: Which players – the ones on the team or the recruits we are trying to convince to come or stay home?

    “Come play for us, we don’t boo you – just the coaches who stink.” “Gee, why should I come to UH? If you boo the coaches, there must be something wrong? So, why come”

  66. amela September 9, 2018 9:44 pm

    As President Bush would say “It’s strategery”.

  67. NoTimeForCrying September 9, 2018 10:25 pm

    3 and 0! It’s better than most UH fans openly believed possible. Booing doesn’t belong in amateur sports. These are young people trying their best to achieve some positive for themselves, team, university, community and State. I played HS football and baseball and if someone said anything negative about my teammate or coach, I took as if was said about my brother or family. There was no difference between me and us. You boo my coach you boo me. Bloggers who state that the players differentiate between the two either has never played true organized sports or they were the ones disrupting the team. They didn’t care about the team/family. They didn’t understand team chemistry and about building a culture, just more into their own gain and glory. I believe that the UH team has built a chemistry and trying to build a winning culture. The booing in essence is disrupting the chemistry and trying to build this culture.

    What I see are young men fighting to make positive plays to help their team. That 4th and goal that was stuffed is difficult to do. Pavihi knifed down from outside the DE and took out the 1st of 2 lead blockers and caused a traffic jam that allowed Tavai and Mautatia to stuff that 235 lb RB that is one of the leading rushers in the country. Not easy to do on the field.

    3 and 0! The other 2 teams that UH beat this year won on Saturday. CSU and Navy beat teams that maybe they weren’t expected to? UH maybe better than we were thinking on Friday. Rice was amped to play the Warriors. That is how its going to be from now on for the next month or two if UH can keep winning. Rice was ready to play. They adjusted their defense and dropped 8 for the pass. UH may not have seen this before and it bogged the offense down. However, the defense stepped up BIG this time around and they won as a team. The team and coaching staff are young and they will learn and grow from this experience.

    3 and 0! If you ain’t winnin’, you ain’t tryin’! This team is winning. I know they are fighting! Jump on the band wagon! Go Warriors!

    PS. If you boo your children and or your family, then go ahead and boo the home team. We understand its in your DNA. Go Warriors!

  68. Boolakanaka September 10, 2018 3:46 am

    Again, if you ever actually played and have been down on the carpet, or you are a fan that is knowledgeable and stays through thick and thin, there is NO such thing as the surgical or curated boo. Even if the boos were aimed at specific individual, as a team, you receive those boos, and as a team you deal with them…,big difference.

  69. Big Island Lava September 10, 2018 6:06 am

    After the Chowball years, fans were used to booing a lackluster offense. I believe that when the offense sputtered, the fans seen glimpses of Chowball and reacted accordingly. We were all so used to losing and booing and not so used to winning again. We need to learn how to win again and get rid of the tendency to boos every time our offense scores only one yard on a delayed handoff. The boos were only a symptom form a Post Traumatic Stress Chowball Disorder.

  70. burro sabio September 10, 2018 7:17 am

    Saying that you are booing the coaches is a bunch of CRAP. If you no like the coaches I’m sure Matlin can arrange for Chow to come back so you really have something to complain about.

  71. Warbow September 10, 2018 10:42 am

    So sensitive all you guys. They were booing the PLAY CALLING nothing else and everyone with any type of football knowledge knew that except for a few sensitive individuals here and this writer. We wasn’t booing the players. We wasn’t booing the coaches, we was booing the PLAY CALLING. Azz their right as a paying fan. As if the safety didn’t teach the coaches anything. Just wasn’t going to let the coaches blow this game for the players with their play calling which they almost did on that safety and kick-offs. To have this writer imply that the players were being booed is irresponsible writing. More Troll like…

  72. haka September 10, 2018 10:48 am

    You just don’t get it do you? Oh, thank you so much for saving the game…yeah right.

  73. Boolakanaka September 10, 2018 10:56 am

    Hmmmn, so by this putative (look it up) critique, your booing and great football insight and exegesis saved the coaches from themeselves and thus ultimately saved the game?! Bruddha, let me know your zip code because I would love to smoke whatever you are smoking—fo realz, must be from ganja himself.

  74. SILVER BULLET September 10, 2018 10:58 am


  75. iGrokSpock September 10, 2018 11:00 am

    Fans who booed have a right to boo. Freedom of speech. Or at least freedom of uttering an interjection. Better that they were engaged in the game rather than not. Better that they were in attendance at the game rather than not.

  76. haka September 10, 2018 11:33 am

    Nobody is saying that the fans or anyone else doesn’t have the right to boo. They do. It is important to note though, that although the team encourages fan involvement, they do so with the desire that it is with positive energy. Booing a play call, even in it’s most positive intent, is neither positive nor encouraged by the team in my opinion. I just don’t see how booing anything related to the team in its present state can be construed as positive.

  77. booo September 10, 2018 12:18 pm

    RPO from our 1 foot line?

    that’s a boo

  78. kalua pig September 10, 2018 3:20 pm

    i booed norm chow out of the state of hawaii.mahaloz.

  79. H-Man September 10, 2018 4:26 pm

    Fans were afraid/are afraid the bubble would burst with the conservative play calling. The booing was just an emotional reaction to being afraid.

  80. iGrokSpock September 11, 2018 10:43 am

    I too, booed Norm Chow.

    How many times do I have to verify that I am not a robot? I am Grok!

  81. H-Man September 12, 2018 6:43 pm

    Been thinking about this; to Boo or not to Boo. I have a suggestion. Complete silence. The fans should keep absolutely quiet for 5-10 minutes. Not a sound in the stadium. That should get the message across. And another thought – I would take 50,000 booing fans than the 20K fans or so that we have seen the past season. The Rice game drew about 21K fans. That’s for a team that beat a good Colorado St on the road, and a good Navy team at home. 21,000 fans. Boo.

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