Going long

The Oscar-winning movie, “Titanic,” was beautifully designed and filmed and … freakin’ long.

But at 3 hours, 15 minutes, Titanic is still 13 minutes shorter than the average UH football game this year.

It was not supposed to be this way after the NCAA decided to enforce time limits this season. Last year, an average FBS game took a record 3 hours, 24 minutes. This year, officials started the 20-minute halftime clock as soon as the players began to leave the field. That also meant UH’s halftime show, which usually was granted an extra 5 minutes, needed to be squeezed into 20 minutes, along with the big-check presentation.

And yet, last week’s homecoming game ran 3 hours, 35 minutes. Sure, there was that 6-minute review. But that still was a long event for a game in which there were 87 running plays and the quarterbacks completed 60 percent of their passes.

By the way, the average UH game this year — 3:28 — matches last year’s average. The heart, like a UH game, will go on and on …


  1. Maddog50 October 18, 2017 8:20 am

    Stephen…..tell me about it. The game comes on @11:10 pm cst. I dragged myself to bed at about 3am! I did sleep better!!! GoWarriors!!!!!!

  2. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2017 8:22 am

    Sleeping is not the problem. Waking up is.

  3. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2017 8:24 am

    I’m glad the next two road games have early starts.
    1. It’ll make it easier to drive over The Pass in Utah.
    2. It’ll leave a little more free time Saturday night in Vegas. Oh, what can one do in Vegas with free time …?

  4. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 8:28 am

    I hate it when sports announcers on tv
    complain the game is taking too long…
    Why do they think people are watching?
    They love football…and get enough of it.
    It is not football for the announcers…
    It is football for the football nuts.
    Your kid is going to cry when they stop
    the merry-go-round too soon.

  5. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 8:29 am

    “CAN’T get enough of it.”

  6. Obake-san October 18, 2017 8:30 am


    Can you find out how much time was spent getting the officiating calls correct (reviews)? That can contribute to the length of the game (how much impact? Might not be much). Plus you have injury timeouts that may or may not take some time.

    And don’t forget the sponsors. There are a lot of TV timeouts too.

    Anyway, hope everyone gets healthy and lets beat San Diego State. Go Bows!!!

  7. Lowtone123 October 18, 2017 9:09 am

    Win and no one cares how long the game is, lose and well…

  8. Maddog50 October 18, 2017 9:27 am

    Soooo easy when the game ends at 10pm——I really have no issues at all regarding length of game. A lot goes better after a win. Stephen I can’t sleep past 7am no matter what!

  9. Inyoface October 18, 2017 9:46 am

    I wish Hawaii games were a little earlier when playing at home. It’s so late even for Cali fans to watch a game that starts at almost 9pm and can almost end at 1am. I fell asleep half way through last weeks game.

  10. islandman October 18, 2017 10:13 am

    Stephen got up early today, his post was at 8:11 am.

  11. UH Fan for Life October 18, 2017 10:39 am

    #6 – I was at the SJSU game and we noticed the officials were meeting at least 5 or 6 times for at least a minute to discuss a penalty or no call (e.g. no pass interference on Tavai’s interception play) which adds to the length of the game, plus there were several replays (Collie’s TD catch, SJSU QB’s end zone fumble) which must have added at least 10 minutes to the game. The crowd went wild when the replay officials reversing the incompletion into a TD catch for Collie, so it’s a balance of getting the call right vs keeping the game moving.

    This game also had more injury timeouts than past games including key starters Ursua, Tavai and Posa. Best wishes to Ursua on his surgery and a full recovery, and hopefully everyone else can use the bye to get healed up to full strength.

  12. Maddog50 October 18, 2017 10:45 am

    Honestly when there is no college football especially Warrior football…. I experience frequent narcoleptic seizures…GoWarriors!!!!

  13. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2017 11:32 am

    I usually wake up at 5 every morning during the season. My problem is I forget to post or I don’t know what to write. It sucks to be old.

  14. Manoa Mist October 18, 2017 11:48 am

    Don’t have a problem with the long games. Here’s what we do.
    1. Bust out a bottle of wine along with pupus at the start of the game.
    2. Drink all the wine.
    3. Sleep through one quarter of play. Wake up refreshed at halftime, and you end up watching only three-fourths of the game.
    The key to this theory: the wine has to be good, and it has to be strong enough to knock you out. Better living, and football watching, through chemistry.

  15. Derek October 18, 2017 11:55 am

    Here’s some thoughts for this weekend, and predictions.
    1. Central Florida over Navy. McKenzie Milton vs Ken Niumatalolo. One plays, one coaches. I’ll go with the player. Milton is the surprise of the year to me. UCF seems like a scoring machine leading the country in scoring. Navy runs the ball so well. But, UCF has more explosive plays. And UCFs defense is underrated. Should be a good game at Navy, but I think UCFs wins by 10-14 points.
    2. Tua Tagovailoa will get some playing time against Tenn. as the game will be a blowout. He’s been doing well when he’s got a chance to play. Unfortunately, with Hurts only a sophomore, Tua’s playing time is very limited this years and the next 2 more years. I don’t think Hurts is going to leave early for the NFL.
    3. I think Fresno State will give San Diego St. a good game this weekend. It will be a very close game, within 7 points either way. Fresno St. is much improved and I was so disappointed in the Aztec performance against Boise St. last Saturday.
    4. Wyoming has a chance to win at Boise State. Broncos at home can be had, after Chris Peterson left. And they make more mistakes and the talent level is down. I believe in Coach Bohl.

    More takes later.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid October 18, 2017 12:14 pm

    Short, long, beautiful or ugly – ainokea as long as they win! Pulsating wins are the best. Geev ‘um Warriors!!!

    Main ting is to wake up. Dat’s a good way to start any day! 😉

  17. islandman October 18, 2017 12:54 pm

    14. You bring the wine from outside ?
    13. I think you said you wake up early, previously on this blog. Figuratively speaking then, you woke up early today too.
    Older people wake early to drink coffee at McDonald’s but not me most times.

  18. H-Man October 18, 2017 1:37 pm

    I’m with Lowtone and others. Winning takes away weariness. But to lose badly, then…. I-Formation. Others mentioned this on previous blog. I like the idea of inserting this formation so maybe our offense can take advantage of defenses that may not be ready to defend having a fullback running at them. Would be more interesting if the Warriors show an option. I mean, if we have a good running game, let’s capitalize on it.

  19. Kapahulu October 18, 2017 1:49 pm

    I was at the Call The Coach last night at Ruby Tuesdays Moanalua and got my copy of Coach Dick Tomey’s new book, Rise of The Rainbow Warrior. Coach Tomey was nice enough to autograph my copy with some nice personal comments.
    Looking forward to reading the book as I’ve been a UH Football season ticket holder since Dick Tomey’s first year as UH Head Football Coach. Lots of great memories.
    He said that they interviewed a lot of former players for the book.
    Rich Miano called in last night and he some interesting comments.
    Former UH Running Back Nuu Faaola was there in person.

  20. Maddog50 October 18, 2017 1:50 pm

    So it’s a bye week. Here’s what I want. No radical changes to offense at all just a sharper more focused start and continuation. Defense make the necessary adjustments NIU AF and BSU all gave them all they could handle. Finally-there must be a player or two who currently is on the scout squad of buried on the depth chart who can finally step forward and take a roll. This team has more talent than has been displayed, it’s time for a bunch to step forward and make an impact. The week off should serve them well. Losing games should be a harsh painful experience if you are a player. Time to truly play “Warrior” football. I’m nuts but I still believe they can run the table-GoWarriors!!!!!

  21. A-House October 18, 2017 1:59 pm

    take advantage of your opponent and run various looks to keep them off-guard

    that’s good strategy — running the I formation several times should not hurt the OL — maybe, make it more fun for them!

  22. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 3:16 pm

    Tsai, when wondering what to write about,
    try interview a player or two who have yet
    to see playing time. In other words, give
    them playing time and feeling part of the
    UH family on your blog. Just a thought.

  23. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 3:19 pm

    As for shorter halves, how does the team
    get off the field, hear what the coaches
    strategize and then run off to the potty,
    and then, puff-puff, get back on the field
    …in twenty minutes?

    Same for the fans.

  24. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 3:20 pm

    I would imagine the lines at the women’s
    rest rooms would be pretty long…

  25. Ipu Man October 18, 2017 3:21 pm

    The men can always do a DPK pee somewhere
    quick I suppose.

  26. z October 18, 2017 3:29 pm

    Some say go long. Some say go short. Some say go wide. Some say go up the middle.

    For me if they stop the long, stop the short, stop the wide, stop the up the middle the next game I will be happy.

    I will be elated if they cut down on the penalties and stop the huge negative plays.

  27. Sangamon Keith October 18, 2017 5:41 pm

    Maddog50 … I’m a fellow Illinois resident who is up until 3:00 AM and feel your pain. I would sleep in until 10:00 but my wife is up at 7:00 AM and that means everyone is up at 7:00. So afternoon naps during the NFL games revives me. Of course, that means that I’m then stuck with an irregular sleeping schedule at least until Wednesday. Just wish UH would get CBS Sports or Fox Sports MW to run replays of the UH games every Sunday morning … nobody east of Colorado would have any idea what the score had been since most papers would list the UH games as “late”. Maybe

  28. SteveM October 18, 2017 6:23 pm

    RE: #13
    ST — if you didn’t have so much discretion you would have a lot to write about. But that’s OK, your Tsai-kos understand… but keep good notes for your book when you retire.

    I thought about the I formation because it was supposed to give the tailback a better look at the holes and which way to cut. In the last game, I heard a lot of people say DSJ should have cut the other way (usually left). But would that extra second for him to hit the line help or would the holes close up and give the LBs more time to react? I dunno. But a bull fullback should help…

  29. tom-warriornation October 18, 2017 7:05 pm

    Not too late:

    Come join over 525 Hawaii fans at the 50 yard line (Sections 106, 107 & 108) 10-21 rows behind our Warrior bench, for Hawaii fans ONLY!

    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text 415-324-0585

  30. BigWave96744 October 18, 2017 7:10 pm

    That must be the reason why the San Jose State kicker decided to kick a practice field goal while the band was still on the field and in the North End Zone. There was no net up so the ball probably hit some of the band members

  31. islandman October 18, 2017 8:28 pm

    Blue Ribbon Basketball picks UH 2nd in the Big West, per Hoopstalk show.

  32. cappie the dog October 18, 2017 8:36 pm


    I recall Nuu Faaola scoring two touchdown for the Jets on a Monday night; his time has arrived I thought, and then the strike happened.

  33. cappie the dog October 18, 2017 8:41 pm

    I am alone on this.

    But I think sports was better before instant replay.

    Women’s volleyball was the final holdout.

    And then they had to ruin that, too.

    WITH INSTANT REPLAY, we don’t secure the Aloha Bowl bid against Oregon State.

    I miss the two hour basketball game.

  34. cappie the dog October 18, 2017 8:49 pm


    You were at the game, too.

    It’s not the equal of Wichita State’s Ben Christensen throwing at an Evansville player timing his pitches while on deck, but nobody wants to get hit in the head with any sort of projectile.

  35. Maddog50 October 19, 2017 12:51 am

    Sangamon Keith-I’d stay up all night for a win!!!

  36. cappie the dog October 19, 2017 4:53 am

    “He knew what he signed up for.”

    Larry Little knew.
    Frank Arnold didn’t.

    Little’s ’81-’82 and ’82-’83 teams probably could have qualified for the NIT if the NCAA Tournament was a field of 64.

  37. tom-warriornation October 19, 2017 7:27 am

    from Sportshawaii:
    by quikfeat » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:30 pm

    Dick Tomey was the one who put University of Hawaii Football on the map – he was a master motivator which his teams ALWAYS played the nationally ranked teams close and sometimes winning. I recall Coach Tomey was mentioned in Anthony Robbins’ book regarding the time he had the team walk on hot coals thinking “Cool Moss”. Some part of the athletics complex should be named after Dick Tomey since UH had portables when Coach Tomey arrived here and then since he was winning, UH got to building the Athletics complex before the Clarence TC Ching one was built. Coach Tomey had an exciting brand of football playing Great Defense and Special Teams while having some of the best offensive players in Hawaii History with Gary Allen, David Toloumu and Raphel Cherry to name a few. Not to mention one of the Greatest Trick Plays in College Football History, the Muddle Huddle.
    You could actually say, Dick Tomey built the UH Football Program, then Bob Wagner was able to take it to new heights playing Tomey’s Great Defense/Special Teams and installing Paul Johnson’s triple option offense which they were able to finally beat BYU and get that Holiday Bowl win in San Diego against Illinois which has to be to this day the Greatest Victory in University of Hawaii Football history since it was won on the mainland and they finished nationally ranked for the first time in program history.
    So I guess you could say Dick Tomey had laid the foundation for all of the future success of University of Hawaii Football. It was a Magical Time in University of Hawaii Football History those ten years Coach Tomey was here.


  38. tom October 19, 2017 8:24 am


    #36 tom-warriornation: Great post.
    And thank you for all you do boosting UH in the Mainland.

  39. Stephen Tsai October 19, 2017 11:10 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44889

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