Going back to Cali

The baseball ‘Bows are heading to the Golden State for the third time in advance of this weekend’s non-conference series against Fresno State.

The visiting baseball locker room should be familiar. That’s where the UH football team used to get ready before games at Bulldog Stadium.

Logan Pouelsen has been cleared to pitch, and Neil Uskali is expected to receive clearance.

First baseman Eric Ramirez
Closer Dylan Thomas
Shortstop Maaki Yamazaki

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In 1998, Fred vonAppen was the head football coach, kids were playing with their GameBoy, and a stamp cost 32 cents. (Actually, I’m not sure what a stamp costs now. All mine say, “Forever.”)

And it was the year Jeannie Lee started working full-time at the UH athletic department.

Congrats on 20 wonderful years.


  1. Da Punchbowl Kid May 9, 2018 1:06 pm

    Hahaaaaa! Foist again! Go Bows!

  2. SteveM May 9, 2018 1:19 pm

    Congrats to Jeannie Lee!


  3. islandman May 9, 2018 1:39 pm

    Postage rate is 50 cents, per internet.

  4. suckkabooya May 9, 2018 5:35 pm

    R.J. Hollis just did a nice extended segment interview with the Sports Animals. Touched on a lot of topics that I see addressed on this blog. Very insightful view from a first hand perspective. Frank opinions on Chow and other coaches and also on the players transferring. Hopefully they rebroadcast it so everybody can dissect the information here. Interesting stuff.

  5. tommui May 9, 2018 5:52 pm

    #4 suckkabooya

    “R.J. Hollis just did a nice extended segment interview with the Sports Animals. Frank opinions on Chow and other coaches and also on the players transferring … Interesting stuff.”

    Just in case, why don’t you pass on what he had to say?

  6. burro sabio May 9, 2018 7:46 pm

    People always try to re-package or re-invent themselves, but they can’t hide who they are.

  7. Stephen Tsai May 9, 2018 7:54 pm

    Whack …

  8. Stephen Tsai May 9, 2018 7:55 pm

    … A …

  9. Stephen Tsai May 9, 2018 7:55 pm

    … Mole!

  10. Stephen Tsai May 9, 2018 7:56 pm

    Call me the dermatologist because I got rid of a mole

  11. burro sabio May 9, 2018 8:16 pm

    Excellent dermatologist

  12. suckkabooya May 10, 2018 12:47 am

    #5 Lots to cover, that’s why I hoped there was a rebroadcast.

    Gary Dickman asked a lot of questions during the segment. Hollis has a good character about him and answered most of the questions with a slight pause as he reflected his opinions. He appreciated the recruiting trip here when he was hosted by Koloamatangi (Leo I think) and Lakalaka. They drove him to Tantalus (blindfolded) then let him take in the view, He was sold on becoming a Warrior.

    He stated that the toughest road crowd was not at the Big 10 Stadiums, it was Boise (for him) because the crowd made so much noise “you could see it” (the shaking of the field). He was also impressed and appreciated the Hawaii fans, especially the amount that would travel and support the program on road games.

    As for his opinion when asked about Coach Chow he related an account in where the entire team (and coaches) walked off to the locker room directly after a home game leaving he and walk on (Ex Serviceman) Jeremy McClam to stand for the alma mater by themselves with the band. He felt it was odd to allow that to happen and that was the probable starting point to when Chow lost the team (Coaches and players). As for the Halloween game against Air Force He stated that in game bickering among players go on in every game so the on field stuff that was going on wasn’t that big of a deal, but when the coaches got into it, it didn’t surprise him. He knew this would happen at some point of that season. He felt it (all the turmoil) helped him to become a better leader. That would later benefit the 2016 team,

    His thoughts on Coach Rolovich was that when he was first introduced to him, he thought he was a “weird guy”. But he stated that every UH fan should be “so appreciative” as to the creative ways he has laid the foundation for the program. He also stated the bowl game vs. Middle Tennessee was the best game preparation he’d ever been a part of. From game plan to pre game speech to play calling, everything was “perfect”.

    His thoughts about the transfers in his opinion was all based on “fear”. He felt they were all scared away by the fear that there would be failure and that it takes a special person to trust in your (and your teams) abilities when times get rough. He relayed a story of his conversation with Nick Nelson when Nelson’s transfer was signed and sealed. Nelson thought that he wouldn’t get the necessary exposure in Hawaii to raise is draft status. Hollis told him that “if you have it, they will find you anywhere”, and at Wisconsin it might be a risky move because it would make it easier to see if you “don’t have it”. He also felt that last years team lacked Senior leadership. They had a more talent than 2016’s team but leadership makes a difference.

    Hollis is an intern (at KHON?) with Spangler as his mentor and DeMello as his super mentor. He has an easiness about him that makes him entertaining. The interview lasted my whole drive home so it was a long, special segment. There is a lot of stuff I’m probably forgetting and some stuff I just couldn’t get to so sorry for that. If anyone else heard the broadcast and can elaborate (or correct any misrecollections) more please do.

  13. HawaiiMongoose May 10, 2018 6:46 am

    #12. Thank you for the great recap booya!

  14. tommui May 10, 2018 8:22 am



  15. H-Man May 10, 2018 8:52 am

    Agree with most of what RJ said on the show. Very insightful and left listener with a lot of hope with the current coaching staff. But I do disagree with RJ about Nelson’s transfer. I think he would not have been drafted in the 4th round, had he remained with UH. He would have gone in a lower round, but most likely would have ended up with a free agent contract like Trayvon Henderson.

  16. haka May 10, 2018 9:01 am

    Nice job on the whack job!
    Good luck to the BaseBows!
    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid May 10, 2018 9:39 am

    Those of us who have the pleasure of knowing RJ Hollis personally can tell you what an outstanding young man he is. His intellect, loyalty and passion will take him far. I know he has an interest in coaching and I pray he is successful, especially here at his Alma Mater. He’s got the right stuff, and it will be fun to follow his progress. Excellent recap suckkabooya. Mahalo!

  18. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2018 10:47 am

    I don’t know what Nelson’s motivations for transferring were, or how some things were related, but these were some things that preceded his departure:
    > He was from Maryland. His parents made as many mainland trips as possible. But it was costly and there was the hope they could see their son play more.
    > One of his best games was against Wisconsin.
    > Daronte’ Jones, who recruited Nelson to Hawaii, coached at Wisconsin. Although by the time Nelson transferred there, Jones was coaching with the MIami Dolphins.
    > In granting a release, UH stipulated he could not transfer to certain places, such as other Mountain West schools and Wisconsin. An independent council upheld those restrictions. In the end, UH figured if a player wanted to leave, he wanted to leave, and Nelson was permitted to join Wisconsin.
    > After gaining his release and not participating in spring ball, Nelson attended UH’s spring game.
    I think Nelson would have really helped UH. He’s a good guy, and his parents are fantastic, extremely likable. And like Trevor Davis — also a good guy, great dad — we still count Nelson as a Warrior.
    Nelson worked hard, and he is deserving of all the success he can get in the NFL — well, except when he goes against the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

  19. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2018 10:49 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45891

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