Now that wasn't awkward …

We had a meeting today to discuss our high school reunion.
It was at 7:30 a.m.
As  Stretch, SJmacro and Myki know, I have a hard time making football practice at that time. (My son had to serve detention Wednesday because we had four tardies in a row.)
But I made it.
And I saw the gang.  As I approached, I could see through the window they were greeting each other with hugs.
It’s been a while, and I wasn’t sure what our leader looked like. But I went up to the group and said, “Hey, everybody. Long time no see.” Then I started hugging people.
One person said to me: “Uh, who are you?”
Me: “Stephen … Stephen Tsai. Roosevelt ’78. Rough Riders forever. This is the reunion meeting, right?”
The guy: “Uh, no. It’s not.”
I guess I need to read my e-mails.

* * *

OK, we’re giving away two more tickets, this time to Monday’s late game. These are just general admission seats. Anyway, everyone who posts through 5 p.m. today is automatically entered in the drawing. Winning name will be announced this evening.

* * *

The UH coaches have completed their evaluations of every top prospect in the state. Expect most of the recruiting to be finished in a couple of weeks. (A spot or two will be saved.)

* * *

Things are heating up in the negotiations between UH and SMU. They’re looking at a game on Sept. 25, 2010. UH has some flexibility. A school from a BCS conference is interested in playing UH that year or in the near future.

* * *

After watching the Scout Bowl, I think Dustin Blount’s future might be as a running back. He’s extremely quick, and very difficult for a defender to find. He draws comparisons to Oregon State running back Jaquizz Rodgers.

* * *

According to a UH official, there have been a rash of burglaries in the athletic department facilities. About six iPods have been stolen from student-athletes.


  1. azwarrior22 November 15, 2008 6:35 am


  2. Cheyah! November 15, 2008 6:38 am


  3. Cheyah! November 15, 2008 6:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing Blount next year. I hope he plays rb so that Pilares can focus at sb. Having another playmaker on the field will open up the offense even more.

    Go Warriors!

  4. Garret November 15, 2008 6:57 am

    I was wondering about Blount at RB after hearing about how well he did in the Scout Bowl. Blount as a quick RB and Heun as a power RB means that the recruiting needs at RB aren’t as big as might have been thought.

  5. Garret November 15, 2008 6:58 am

    The coaches are doing such an excellent job of recruiting. Saving a spot or two for players that might be available at the end is a good thing.

  6. duffer November 15, 2008 6:59 am

    Hope I win the tickets… 🙂

    Off to my club champioship today, 54 holes in two days!

  7. las vegas November 15, 2008 7:01 am

    curse on ye thieves

  8. Garret November 15, 2008 7:02 am

    The blog software is still having big problems…I’ll check back much, much later to post articles.

  9. Garret November 15, 2008 7:02 am

    It is horrible that people are stealing iPods from the Warriors!

  10. Kekoa November 15, 2008 7:03 am

    Good Saturday morning ST. Did you check the Police blotter? The Tsaiko’s were out in full force with the twins leading the way!

    In breaking news, Curveball’s been presented with our youngest blogger to date. A-joe has blessed him with a blog handle already. Pending affirmation from the proud parents, he just may grow up to wear the name *Slider* with pride!

  11. duffer November 15, 2008 7:07 am

    I wonder if I used my eligibilty for golf. I’d like to play for UH. 🙂

  12. wafan November 15, 2008 7:24 am

    Wow! More tickets!!!

    Mmmmm. Bacon, eggs and hot rice for breakfast. Yum! Maybe some waffles with a side of Vienna sausages for dinner.

    Hey, have to plan ahead — for food.

  13. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 7:25 am

    Not to give away any secrets, but there will be some surprises heading UH’s way, if what our people tell us is true.

  14. wafan November 15, 2008 7:37 am

    This boy is a warrior —

    His story has captivated many here in We(s)tern Washington from school kids collecting food to the Seahawks paying for his funeral.

    As we approach the holidays please work to keep his wish alive.

  15. Hoohiki November 15, 2008 7:39 am

    ST, you’re killing me with all these secrecies and cliff hangers!

    The blog is addicting as it is…

  16. Maverick November 15, 2008 7:45 am

    The future schedule is showing UNLV on Sept. 25, 2010. Was this changed?

  17. Hoohiki November 15, 2008 7:46 am

    Wafan, great article. Funny (ironic, not haha), how sometimes, it seems, the good die young…

  18. Bulla November 15, 2008 7:52 am

    TOP 20!!! 🙂

  19. Bulla November 15, 2008 7:57 am

    Good morning Tsaikos,

    once an for all, it’s all i am going to say about last night…

    Congratulations to Punahou, they beat St Louis straight up. They were the better team last night, and they made the plays they needed to. Good luck in your quest for the state championship.

    One irritating tidbit though, if every time a player makes a big play and turns to the crowd and waves his hands to encourage more cheering, would that be considered tacky? It looked like a WWF match the way ‘some’ athletes kept trying to ‘play’ to the crowd…..I expected better from such highly acclaimed players….


  20. wafan November 15, 2008 8:03 am

    Mr. Tsai, you tease.

  21. Stretch November 15, 2008 8:22 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Last night’s bball game was not a good start to the season. It appeared that the team is not able to execute the offense effectively. We’ll see how long it takes them to get the offense clicking since almost everyone in the lineup is new to the program.

    See everyone later, time for me to get a refresher on how to handle Hazardous Waste. What an exciting Saturday I have ahead of me!!

  22. addahknowjoe November 15, 2008 8:23 am


    Cough it up, my friend. Tell us these secrets you harbor that seek to bear fruit amongst the fertile lands of Manoa?

    No hold back. You are amongst family and friends. Think of it as merely revealing to us, “possibilities.” Not actual facts that it’ll happen. If the surprises never bear fruit, then that’s all they were- possibilities.

    No harm done.

  23. addahknowjoe November 15, 2008 8:28 am


    Now… since when did you need a refresher course on drinking? Who in the world puts on such a class? And, on a Saturday morning no doubt.

    I gots to acquire me some Hazardous Waste Handlin’ Skillz.

  24. whitey November 15, 2008 8:33 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Good bb game last night. even tho they lost, i like the way they play, speed and hustle. they have got to work on their ball handling and 3 pt shots. they will do good this year and will probably finish above expectations.

    duffer, good rock. no wind, cool, and no excuses.

  25. letsgowarriors November 15, 2008 8:53 am

    so what, are the coaches going to finally offer roby toma???

    and please dont compare blount to jacquizz rodgers. just bc they are the same height, u gotta be kidding me. there is no way blount is even close to having the strength rodgers has. but the RB switch might work, ive seen postings by al mentioning that blount needs to work on his hands. we have to get blount the ball bc he is a playmaker, so if hes having a hard time catching it, i guess RB would be a better option.

  26. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:03 am

    Blount had problems with his pass-catching early in the season. He still was learning the routes. But he is pretty quick.
    They also used Ryan Henry as a running back, but he’s better suited for the slot.
    Jake Ingram and Tyson Kafentzis keep telling me that Matt Kiel is going to be very good. He’s fast, and he’s got good hands.

  27. Stretch November 15, 2008 9:05 am

    ajoe – hazardous materials can be considered the waste that is produced the next morning after a night of drinking.

  28. letsgowarriors November 15, 2008 9:08 am

    good to hear. isnt kiel like 6’2″, and we snagged him as a walkon.

    so are these surprises heading our way a good thing?

  29. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 9:14 am

    Morning all.

    Basketball is back! Not bad for a team that has played a game together for the first time. No assists by Nitoto. Not good. Given time, this team has the potential to do well, they just need to start playing as a team and believe in each other.

  30. Stretch November 15, 2008 9:14 am

    ST – I’ll let Wena know that you had a secret rendevous so you could give out some hugs

  31. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:17 am

    surprises are always a good thing.
    it’s going to be at least 10 days, though.

  32. Stretch November 15, 2008 9:18 am

    BTW – if there is a hazardous material spill, please don’t call me.

  33. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:22 am

    It’s cooling down, I can finally use that windshirt you sent me.
    If I still fit.
    There may be a problem in the mid section area, I think the windshirt shrunk.

  34. A-House November 15, 2008 9:24 am


    there you go again, good neighbor, “teasing” us with little tid-bits of generalized info so we all go into this frenzy about “what surprises are in store for fans now”. who? stats? – how is this going to help my bleeding ulcers???

    yes Wafan, there is our leader working his magic again!!!

    BTW, if Washington St moves the game to Seattle, where will it be held? Trying to plan for trip which may include this one and then on to Vegas.

  35. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 9:30 am

    Good morning y’all.

    Howzit Stretch and las vegas.

    Curses on thieves indeed, las vegas.

  36. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 9:30 am

    so what was the meeting actually for?
    i’m still enthusiastic after watching last night’s game. there’s a glimpse of what we could be. when flemings and adams really get into the groove, it’ll be nice to see.
    wow, its snowing at the michigan vs northwestern game.
    navy is down to notre dame 10-7. this is a big game for mr. “offensive genius” who never played football ever charlie weiss. won’t be too good if he loses to navy 2 years in a row. Go Midshipmen!

  37. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:34 am

    Mr A House,
    Just go visit down the street with a pitcher of apple martinis tonite
    Garens to get da 411.

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 9:35 am

    Breakfast: Egg Beaters, turkey bacon, and brown rice. Healthful and delicious.

  39. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 9:37 am

    And I can cook that breakfast in the time it takes my comments to post. 🙂

  40. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 9:37 am

    I dunno about stealing from “athletes.” These guys and gals form one big Ohana that can rearrange faces without surgery. I hope they catch the culprit before an “athlete” does.

  41. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:37 am

    Yes Curses!
    Ohiyo Mr DPK

  42. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 9:40 am

    Hmm.. taking a long time to see what I posted. Is it something in the vocabulary?

  43. A-House November 15, 2008 9:41 am

    las vegas:

    I’m sure that your strategy will work, but I don’t know if Wena will approve of our method!

    hope everything goes well with you and Mrs.

  44. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:42 am

    I feel that UH will take a roundabout way to get to 5-5 but will make the Hawaii bowl

  45. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:44 am

    I posted the comment right above in August, the blog is really slow today!!!

  46. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:44 am

    Great Morning All!

    Put ’em where they can help the most.

    No problem.

    IIRC the talk was for the game to be played at Qwest Field

  47. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:45 am

    I hope my posts show up before 5:00!

  48. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:46 am

    The Washington State game would be played in the Seahawks’ stadium.
    Anyway, as i understand it, the team would stay in Vegas between road games.
    Could be dangersous … for the casinos. I’m confident Rich2176 is going to hit it big.

    As for the delay, that’s a leftover from yesterday. I guess every time there’s a contest, the blog crashes. So they put us on something like a 20-second delay. I’ll talk to a tech.
    From now on, we’ll go with drawings for prizes instead of the first to reach a specific number.
    Then I won’t get scolded so much by the editors.

  49. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:47 am

    Did anyone else see the two “I’s” high in the EZ at Illinois’ stadium? 😎

  50. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:49 am

    a pox on the iPod thieves; may your mp3’s all be converted to “I’m Just a Bill” files!

  51. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:50 am

    At least we’re on a short delay.
    On some other blogs, the host actually has to post the comments.

  52. Stretch November 15, 2008 9:51 am

    ST – tell the editors that they are just jealous since they can’t crash a server like you

  53. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:51 am

    Mr A House,
    Mrs LV has not beaten me for several weeks now.
    The verbal abuse continues daily as the bruises slowly heal
    Guns are locked away and the Katana’s and samurai sword’s are
    packed too high for her to reach.

    Yes, she is a Roosevelt grad.

  54. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:51 am

    Do you get one entry per post for the ticket drawing?

  55. d1島 November 15, 2008 9:52 am

    Do you?

  56. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:53 am

    I haven’t figured out all of the drawing rules yet.
    Although, as I understand it, it’s weighted toward those who bring apple martinis to my doorstep.

  57. las vegas November 15, 2008 9:55 am

    do you remember a Ken Yonamine from high school?
    if you do, he says hi!

  58. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 9:55 am

    Re: iPod thefts.
    As I understand it, it’s mostly affected a women’s team.

  59. Kazz November 15, 2008 9:56 am

    According to a UH official, there have been a rash of burglaries in the athletic department facilities. About six iPods have been stolen from student-athletes.

    May nothing but bad things happen to those that steal from Warriors, Bows, and the Wahine.

  60. al November 15, 2008 9:57 am

    good mornng folks.


    —gomer pyle, uscm circa 60’s. (so i been told)

  61. al November 15, 2008 9:59 am

    in ten days?
    my what a tease.

  62. al November 15, 2008 10:00 am

    hey my comment got lost in the mail?

  63. Kazz November 15, 2008 10:00 am

    C’MON NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Maverick November 15, 2008 10:00 am

    Re: iPod thefts.
    As I understand it, it’s mostly affected a women’s team.

    Guys take those I-pods ‘cuz women stuffed them in their bikini’s. :>

  65. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:00 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    November 15th, 2008 at 9:55 am
    Re: iPod thefts.
    As I understand it, it’s mostly affected a women’s team.


    Maybe some of our more fearless Tsaikos can go undercover as female athletes and help to blow this case wide open. We’d people who can think qucikly on their feet and can pass as women. Hmmm… Stretch and las vegas, are you guys busy? 😆

  66. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:01 am

    We’d “need” people I meant to say…

  67. al November 15, 2008 10:03 am

    maverick……….what are you saying???

  68. Stretch November 15, 2008 10:05 am

    dpk – maybe koamahu can go undercover

  69. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 10:07 am

    {Hmmm… now how would Maverick be privy to such details.. we never let it out… }

    So tell us Maverick.. just what part of the bikini would that be?

  70. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:07 am

    Hmmm maybe
    Maryann(e) can help

  71. Kekoa November 15, 2008 10:08 am

    Gaaaahhhhlee Sgt. Al…you DO remember me! -Gomer Pyle, Pvt. USMC

  72. addahknowjoe November 15, 2008 10:10 am

    Hey, check dis out….
    I recently saw a friend of mine from elementary school. She now has an eleven year old son who loves baseball. So I asked him, “Bruddah, what position you play?” He replies, “Any position that puts me on the field.” You gotta love dat.

  73. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:11 am

    Mr Dpk,
    Wait, wait, wait! ! !
    “can pass as women” Is that a compliment or we gotta beef when I get there in Feb?

    now Stretch,…I can kinda see it, yup

  74. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 10:11 am

    When koamahu goes undercover.. you just better hope you aren’t under the same covers!

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:14 am

    Those are good suggestions, Stretch and vegas, but can KM and Maryanne think quickly on their feet and would they look as good as you two would in women’s volleyball shorts?

  76. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 10:14 am

    Tech says instant messaging will be back.

  77. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:18 am

    Mr DPK,
    you got me there, I DO look good in VB shorts.
    but gonna need plenny duct tape to keep it all inside.

  78. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:18 am

    las vegas-

    LMAO! Not everybody looks good as women athletes, and that rules me out instantly. I reference my appearance as Mr. Incredible. I barely look human, let alone like a woman athlete! 😆

  79. Maverick November 15, 2008 10:22 am

    Hey Hey Hey, it’s Gameday opening the season. Let’s go kick some Northern Colorado Okole !

  80. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:22 am

    ROTFLMAO@ Stretch!!

    The only thing that would look more hilarious is me and vegas “beefing”! 😆 😆

  81. Maverick November 15, 2008 10:23 am

    Oh Wow, talk about Blog delay

  82. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 10:25 am

    michigan gonna lose. so sad. too bad. kinda impressive though that this will be michigan’s first 8 loss season in 129 years.
    notre dame is gonna win. dangit. sad though that they’re worried about losing to navy.

  83. d1島 November 15, 2008 10:32 am


    sad though that they’re worried about losing to navy.

    Hope none of Coach Niumatalolo’s family reads the blog 😯

  84. jm2375 November 15, 2008 10:41 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Fine Saturday to everyone!

    Just stopping by to say howzit!

  85. d1島 November 15, 2008 10:43 am


    “Not so fast, my friend!”

  86. SteveM November 15, 2008 10:44 am

    Da Punchbowl Kid:
    November 15th, 2008 at 10:18 am
    las vegas-

    LMAO! Not everybody looks good as women athletes, and that rules me out instantly. I reference my appearance as Mr. Incredible. I barely look human, let alone like a woman athlete!

    Don’t be modest, Kid — people should remember that you are the master of diguises, although you’ve been doing the Invisible Man too much lately 🙁 Your 5-10″ 150-lb beachboy disguise is great, but your Carmen Miranda one needs a little work yet… 😐

  87. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:48 am

    mebbe DPK’s monkey eats all the fruits off his Carmen hats

    that’s why no look original,.

  88. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:51 am

    DPK as “Carmen”

  89. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:55 am


    I have been super busy working on the project with Rich. A few high pressure deadlines in there. This week was a VERY good week though. 🙂 Thass why I haven’t been posting much lately.

    That and the fact that somedays, it takes forever to post a gawl durned comment around here. 😆

  90. d1島 November 15, 2008 10:56 am

    Middies go down fighting…

  91. las vegas November 15, 2008 10:56 am

    oshigoto desu

  92. SteveM November 15, 2008 10:59 am

    las vegas:
    November 15th, 2008 at 10:48 am
    mebbe DPK’s monkey eats all the fruits off his Carmen hats

    las vegas, I think the problem with the disguise was that the hips were too small. But DPK is a master!

  93. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 10:59 am

    las vegas-
    Now we GOTTA beef in February! You wear your old sumo duds, I’m gonna break out my Carmen. And no fair grabbing my one of my several hernia trusses and trying to do a sumo throw with it!

  94. Stretch November 15, 2008 11:02 am

    I wish I was at home either sleeping or watching college football.

  95. Jason November 15, 2008 11:03 am

    People stealing iPods. Geez, how despicable.

    Can’t stay long — the family is celebrating my Mom’s birthday today with lunch at Todai. I’m sure all of you wish you could be there too. 😛

  96. Jason November 15, 2008 11:06 am

    Now, now, Stretch. Marketing for hazardous waste, it’s a good trade-off.

  97. Stretch November 15, 2008 11:09 am

    jason – both are hard work and long days

  98. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday Jason’s Mom!!

  99. Ryan November 15, 2008 11:11 am

    its the weekend. but no game today. looks like its a boring weekend!

  100. Stretch November 15, 2008 11:15 am

    anyone going to the game Monday night?? I am pretty sure I will be there. hope we have a decent crowd so it looks okay on ESPN

  101. protector November 15, 2008 11:18 am

    Dustin Blount at running back? Sounds intriguing; it’s amazing how many versatile athletes UH posseses even though detractors constantly down-play the talent level. This next recruiting class is teeming with athleticism, character, versatility & best of all…enthusiasm about becoming Warriors. It don’t get much better than this!!! All the naysayers will be eating crow next year when the Offense starts rolling again.

  102. Stretch November 15, 2008 11:29 am

    the one thing that I noticed about OSU’s Rodgers is that right when he is about to get hit, he would dip down to get lower than the tackler and get a few extra yards. it’s all about leverage and if you can get lower than the other guy, you can drive him back. I liked the way he ran

  103. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 11:44 am

    Wow.. just got through reading yesterday’s blog and saw Ralph’s comment about teen suicides in Hawaii … it was a rude awakening so I had to read the article.

    • 12 percent of public high school students in Hawai’i attempted suicide last year, compared with 6.9 percent of high school students nationwide.

    • 75 percent of those who attempted suicide have mental problems.

    That means that at least 9% of our kids have mental problems?? I mean, some don’t contemplate or try to kill themselves, right?

    Why all the angst?

  104. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 11:46 am

    what i meant was, notre dame has fallen on such hard times that previously they were so “good” that they were always the favorites and didn’t have to worry about any team.
    not taking anything away from navy. i wanted them to win too. i love it when the mighty “power teams” suck it.

  105. Mei Ling November 15, 2008 11:48 am

    Aloha kakahiaka!

    Happy birthday Jason’s mom!

    The game last night wasn’t too bad. They held the scoring pretty close. I’m happy since my alma mater won. Both teams are pretty young. Hope they do better on Sunday.

    Spoke to Mrs. MACK before the game last night. High praise for the Tsaikos since we are supportive of the team no matter what. We no talk stink about the players & coaches. That is what I liked about this blog when I was living on the mainland. Instant ‘ohana, caring people.


  106. Stretch November 15, 2008 11:51 am

    hooray lunchtime – $5 footlong!!

  107. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 12:03 pm

    Interesting how President elect, Obama is using the utube to rally support for his appeal to congress to pass an initial financial package ASAP to help kick start this economy.

  108. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:04 pm


    Those fires in SoCal spread pretty quickly. Here’s hoping that Ronnie & ‘ohana are okay in Yorba Linda. Also hope that all of our SoCal Tsaiko friends are A-OK! 😯 😀 😯

  109. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:10 pm

    Dogs! Rats – no upsets this Football Saturday! I usually cheer for the underdogs…. 😀 😯 😆

  110. expat November 15, 2008 12:16 pm


    That is disappointing that some players weren’t as respectful as they should have been. It is fine to get amped up but you have to act like you have been there before. Even if you haven’t.

    I was wondering something. In one of the articles about Te’o it sounded like he played JV at Kahuku as a frosh but was pulled up to varsity for the playoffs. That would have been in 2005 — so did Manti play against Punahou in the State championship game that year?

  111. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:17 pm

    Okay – not wanting to upset Mei Ling and the rest of the Kool-aid drinking Tsaikos – I’ll behave and withhold my comments about last night’s UH B-ball game(s). I’ll just ask – “When does V-ball and Baseball season start?” 🙄

    In the second half, the cameras often panned the crowd, and there were lots of “ol-time” fans sitting with arms crossed and serious frowns on their faces. The Rainbow Dancers and band performed well. 😀 😯 😆

  112. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:23 pm

    They just showed the parking lot at Reser (OSU) Stadium. There were lots of fans there – just like back in September. I suppose they’re having “waste(d)” disposal training, just like Stretch! I still can’t get over that so-called “no-alcohol” policy in the stadium, but free-flowing tailgates with unlimited reentry into the stadium… 😀 😯 😆

  113. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:30 pm

    Okay, my break is over. Back to racking up (this week’s) 0.5 cu-yard of my neighbor’s darn Oak leaves… Gggrrrrrrr!!!! 😈 😡 😈

  114. brew808 November 15, 2008 12:30 pm

    …raking… 😈

  115. Stretch November 15, 2008 12:36 pm

    brew – I think you would appreciate the autographed dancer posters that were being sold

  116. d1島 November 15, 2008 12:44 pm

    Idaho bombs BS-You on the 1st play of the game. 81 yd TD (sound familiar, Bulla?)
    7-0, 14:36 1st

  117. d1島 November 15, 2008 12:48 pm

    Just saw the highlight.
    It was a throw short, and kinda run long…the guy rolls off the BS-You defender’s back and runs about 60 yds for the TD 🙄

  118. Kazz November 15, 2008 12:53 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 11:11 am
    its the weekend. but no game today. looks like its a boring weekend!


    Tonight – 7pm
    Rainbow Wahine Volleyball VS. Utah Valley State

    Tomorrow – 5pm
    Rainbow Warrior Basketball VS Cal State Fullerton

    Boring? I think not…

  119. Kazz November 15, 2008 12:54 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 10:05 am
    dpk – maybe koamahu can go undercover

    I just threw up a little in my mouth .. 🙁

  120. d1島 November 15, 2008 12:55 pm

    “click” goes the sound of the light going on….

    I still can’t get over that so-called “no-alcohol” policy in the stadium, but free-flowing tailgates with unlimited reentry into the stadium

    Now I understand why Aloha Stadium will never have a no-alcohol policy…

  121. Kazz November 15, 2008 12:55 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 10:05 am
    dpk – maybe koamahu can go undercover

    Does anyone wanna go down to Pali Longs to go find him?… her?…. it?

  122. Mei Ling November 15, 2008 12:56 pm

    Congratulations, curveball & Mrs. curveball on the new addition to the family!

    I think I’ll go to the game on Monday night. Just need kope…

    Anyone going to the B-ball game on Sunday?

    Anyone need a ticket for the women’s VB game tonight? Email me:
    meiling (period) chun at hotmail Compliments of my mama.

    Hope DrDoc is doing OK & W-Doc, too.
    Take it easy,
    take it slow,
    watch the games (on TV)
    when no can go…

  123. jm2375 November 15, 2008 1:25 pm

    Afternoon gangees!

    Navy put up a good fight. Only saw a few minutes. Was Kaipo-Noa injured?

    Took kid and friend to Rai Rai Ramen in Kailua. Had their miso soup for the first time. Biggest bowl of miso soup I’ve ever had. Was in a small ramen bowl. Slightly spicy with sesame seeds, lots of tofu, onions and wakame. Ono. I think it was $2.50.

    Ok gotta go do some yard work and then take kids to movie, etc. bbl.

  124. koakane™ November 15, 2008 1:30 pm

    good morn eh afternoon tsaiko kanes and wahines

    bball game last night was so so. obvious problems with offense as stated by many. no movement, big guy needs to establish his bulk in the paint, passing needs to improve and players gotta start playing together.

    congrats to buff and blue on winning the ILH. hope this team shows up in the states playoff.

    over and out got to do errands whooooosh esmeeeeeeee

  125. d1島 November 15, 2008 1:31 pm


    Not one to personally imbibe (Hmmm…I can buy one six-pack for that much!) while in the stadium but I’d really like to see something done to curb unruly behavior resulting from over indulging.

  126. d1島 November 15, 2008 1:37 pm

    Linfield over PLU, 28-0, 3rd Q.


  127. curveball November 15, 2008 1:42 pm

    Anybody watching Cal ..OState..good game

  128. d1島 November 15, 2008 1:47 pm

    Yeah. Kinda crazy, too!

  129. d1島 November 15, 2008 1:56 pm

    Idaho playing BS-You tough.
    BS-You kicks a FG, 17-10, 1:17, 2nd Q.

  130. Kazz November 15, 2008 2:21 pm


    I think cutting off beer sales before the start of the 3rd and maintaining the no double fisting policy (i.e. only one beer per purchase) should be able to somewhat curb drunken behavior while trying to compromise with those that can drink and handle themselves.

  131. Kazz November 15, 2008 2:22 pm

    Eh…. BSU is gonna pull away from Utah State in the second half.

  132. RainboWarrior November 15, 2008 2:26 pm

    Our recruiting has been very exciting this year. I just hope that all the verbal commitments sign on the line and that we can sneak in some Colt Brennan or Pisa Tinoisamoa prospects at the end.

    Feel free to pull my name for the tickets, that would be great. Mahalo

  133. HiFlyer November 15, 2008 2:27 pm

    Mei Ling

    sent u e-mail

  134. HiFlyer November 15, 2008 2:39 pm

    BSU moving ahead in the third qtr. up by 14

  135. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 2:40 pm

    My son was forced to be in the school choir.
    They had a performance today. Of course, he stood there, and did not sing. He did not even pretend to do an Ashlee Simpson.
    And, so, I give him grief. And he says: What? When was the last time YOU ever sang in public?
    To which, I said: “In the jungle, the mighty jungle …”

  136. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 2:41 pm

    I can’t believe I ordered this Boise-Idaho game.
    I mean, was it shot on MyTV?

  137. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 2:47 pm

    That shouldn’t be a fumble.
    The QB should have been called for a sack. His progress was stopped. You can’t stand up a QB and then start beating on him.
    Benson State U.

  138. Jason November 15, 2008 2:49 pm

    I ate too much. 😀

    Speaking of the school choir, my oldest niece asked me what elective I took in the 7th grade. I said I took the least of the four evils: chorus, band, orchestra, and art. I didn’t want to play an instrument, and I never did like art. Then my sister said, “You were in chorus?” I forgot, she was in California at the time. 😀

  139. d1島 November 15, 2008 2:50 pm

    So is anyone in the Kibbie Dome voicing their displeasure?

    Is there anyone in the Kibbie Dome?

  140. d1島 November 15, 2008 2:53 pm

    Wildcats win, 45-0.

    They finish the season 6-3.

    #2 son will be home in 10 days 😀 (gobble gobble)

  141. Jason November 15, 2008 3:01 pm

    I would love to visit the Kibbie Dome once, just so I could get a good laugh out of it. Then again, it’s cheaper to see it on TV, and you get the same laugh. 😛

  142. Ronnie November 15, 2008 3:03 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko Family!

    We are under voluntary evacuation from the Yorba Linda Fire (now called the Freeway Complex Fire). We went to a friend’s house in Orange. One of the evacuation centers is my son’s high school. Yikes!

  143. Ronnie November 15, 2008 3:06 pm

    The nearest fire is about 2 miles from our complex.

  144. HiFlyer November 15, 2008 3:08 pm

    Ronnie – hope everything works out and they can control the fire before it gets near your house.

    Another reason to move back to Hawaii.

  145. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 3:09 pm

    jason, if you go on the 2 game road trip with stretch next year to Wazzu and UNLV, you could maybe take a side trip to Moscow.
    although if ST is right, the game will be in Seattle and not Pullman. Moscow is really close to Pullman.

  146. Kekoa November 15, 2008 3:10 pm

    All the more reason for the D-1 Ohana to have a fine family Thansgiving Dinner together. Big Bird will not be pleased as many of his cousins will be consumed by the Tsaiko Nation with nary a second thought of offering reprieve.

  147. Kekoa November 15, 2008 3:13 pm

    Ronnie ~ Please take care. We’re all pulling for you and your family. I hope you will be spared from any harm.

  148. Kekoa November 15, 2008 3:16 pm

    Garret & PB ~ Hope you guys are doing ok. Is there anyway you can hook up with Ronnie? Are there any other SoCal Tsaiko’s who live in the area of the fire?

  149. brew808 November 15, 2008 3:17 pm

    Take good care Ronnie of yourself, and the boys! 😯 😕 😀

  150. Kazz November 15, 2008 3:19 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 3:06 pm
    The nearest fire is about 2 miles from our complex.

    When I was in high school there was a massive brushfire that originated in the Mililani/Wapio area that eventually found it’s way to one of the uninhabited ridges next to where I live in Pacific Palisades. We could see the fires just a short “leap” away. Thankfully HFD took care of it.

    Ronnie, stay safe, but I’m sure all will be well.

  151. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 3:25 pm

    good luck with the fires.
    good thing there’s no UH game tonight that you’d have to miss.

  152. Mei Ling November 15, 2008 3:29 pm


    Check your email. Call me to get the ticket.

  153. d1島 November 15, 2008 3:30 pm


    Please take care and wishing you and your family all the best.

  154. wafan November 15, 2008 3:32 pm

    Okay back from moving a ton of canned food for Brenden Wish. It is amazing how many people are starting to realize how lucky they are even in these tough economic times.

    As usual, the one’s who probably least afford to do so were exceedingly generous. A few families brought in their donations then stayed to help because we were short-handed.

    You know those Matson containers? Filled 1.5 of them today.

    I sure hope Brenden understands how much good he is doing in his last days.

  155. wafan November 15, 2008 3:35 pm

    Ronnie and family . . .

    Keep safe!!!

    What a great opportunity for your son to get caught up with his school work. HA!

  156. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 3:42 pm

    Maybe I missed a post upstream, but is it confirmed that next year’s UH-Wazzu matchup is gonna be held in Seattle instead of Pullman?

    This might just sway my mind in deciding to go to this one…..not that I have a problem with Pullman, it’s just that Seattle is easier to get to.

  157. Stretch November 15, 2008 3:42 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    November 15th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
    And, so, I give him grief. And he says: What? When was the last time YOU ever sang in public?
    To which, I said: “In the jungle, the mighty jungle …”

    and what was his response?? “That’s exactly why I didn’t sing”

  158. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 3:42 pm

    Ronnie and family,

    Stay safe!

  159. wafan November 15, 2008 3:43 pm

    Watching the ‘Zags bb game.

    Dang. They have a guy, Foster, 7’5″ tall. That is correct — seven feet five inches.

    He can dunk without jumping. Looks very awkward but gets the rebounds!

    Oh my. When he dribbles it takes forever. Amazing

  160. Stretch November 15, 2008 3:45 pm

    CRW – nothing is set yet. I was just mentioned it was a possibility.

  161. wafan November 15, 2008 3:46 pm

    The UH/WSU game is not confirmed for Qwest Field — yet. It will probably be there since Wazzu plays one of their “home” games in Seattle each year. It helps when the owner of Qwest Field and the Seahawks is a Wazzu alum.

    Hopefully, the announcement will be made soon.

  162. Stretch November 15, 2008 3:48 pm

    Ronnie – stay safe

  163. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 3:49 pm

    Thanks Stretch and wafan. Just wondering.

  164. kapakahi November 15, 2008 3:53 pm


    My curious mind craves more UH football recruiting information….

    How many more local prospects is UH still actively recruiting? Any hints on which player position(s) and/or school(s)?

    How many more uncommitted scholarship offers UH left with?

    Any hints at which prospects (mainland or local) might be taking their official recruiting visit to Hawaii for the Idaho game?


  165. Kekoa November 15, 2008 3:54 pm

    Wafan ~

    What a great opportunity for your son to get caught up with his school work. HA!

    Always the optimistic educator huh, wafan?

    I would be using my homework to fuel the fire!…Wait!…that’s why I flunked Home Economics! I set fire to the kitchen, by leaving my book bag near the stove.

  166. Kazz November 15, 2008 3:54 pm

    It’s a bye-week so what the heck…

    I think if Greg Alexander, Kealoha Pilares, and David Veikune got a free-style rap session together I think this is what it would sound like. (With some help from the Beastie Boys of course)

    Now my name is G.A. I’ve got a story to tell
    When I rock the crowd the crowd they all yell
    And when I get the feeling I feel the feel swell
    And when I start to throw well I throw the ball well

    Oh you didn’t know I got the flow
    I could swim, run, juke in just one show
    With the 1st down stuffin’ with the 2pt conversion
    Mother f**kers’ you’ll see we’re Hawaii Bowl playin’
    Hey could you please pass me the peas
    And let me get a tissue if you think you’re gonna sneeze
    I’m the player not a coach and I’m no roach
    I bought Rolo a brand new broach!!!

    Well I’m Pi-la-res with a story to tell
    When I rock the crowd I rock the crowd well
    And when I get the feeling I feel the feel swell
    ‘Cause when I start to run well I run the draw well

    ‘Cause I’m a craftsman, more than fastin’
    I’ll take you to task everyone of ya’ll linemen
    I’m rehearsin’ and ain’t maskin’
    Bringin’ the run back and keepin’ it lastin’
    Keepin’ it top notch, beyond passing
    Simmer in the pan ’cause, I ain’t flashin’
    I’m party crashin’ so you better batten
    Down those hatches stop procrastin’

    Well I’m Vei-kune with a story to tell
    And when I rock the crowd the crowd they all yell
    And when I get the feeling I feel the feel swell
    ‘Cause when I start to rush well I rush the pocket well

    Went to the top and never went pop and
    Came back down but still not stopping
    I’m not even asking, “Yo what’s cracking?”
    Serving QB’s on a platter like baked Alaskan
    So start packing because I’m back in
    The game of football representing the Hawaiians
    Now push the pause button then start ducking

    Shhhhh you heard me like I’m H.F. Herman,
    Herman shhhhhhhh, Herman shhh, Herman shhhhhhh,
    Herman SHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  167. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 4:09 pm

    • The WSU game in Seattle is all but a done deal.
    • I think some Mainland recruits will be here for the Idaho game.

  168. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 4:17 pm

    cool. QWest field.
    hopefully i’ll get more than a $70 standing room only spot like I did at the junk seahawks vs packers game the other month.

    if Wazzu is this junk this year, i don’t know why they’re moving it to QWest. we’ll probably have a good hawaii showing but not enough to fill that stadium. can’t imagine that may cougar fans going to support their new coach and team.

  169. Stretch November 15, 2008 4:17 pm

    I am glad that I made my flight straight to Seattle and not Portland.

  170. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 4:17 pm

    Some interesting evening game scores so far:

    USC and Stanford tied at 17 early in the 3rd.
    Miss. St. ahead of Alabama 7-5 in the 2nd. Surely this one will change.
    LSU trailing Troy 14-3 early in the 2nd.
    Utah rolling against SDSU 21-0 early in the 2nd.
    Tulsa behind Houston 14-3 in the 2nd.

  171. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 4:18 pm

    Thanks for the info, ST.

  172. Stephen Tsai November 15, 2008 4:20 pm

    I think they’re allowed one game in Seattle each year. It’s for their Seattle alum.

  173. kapakahi November 15, 2008 4:22 pm


    I’m hoping that Coach Mack was able to convince Long Beach Poly head coach Raul Lara (during his campus visit earlier this week) to allow Tepa, Daily-Lyles & McKay to take their official recruiting visit to Hawaii for Saturday’s Idaho game….to give Warriors the best opportunity to land these players.

    The main logistical hurdle is that Long Beach Poly plays a CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section Pac-5 opening (quarterfinal) play-off game next Friday (Nov. 20) night. If Long Beach Poly keeps winning, they could be playing every weekend through Dec. 19 -20 for the CIF D1 California State championship….which would make it more difficult for the Long Beach Poly players to take their official recruiting trip to Hawaii this year.

  174. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 4:24 pm

    Today’s wins by Fresno, Nevada, and Louisiana Tech have earned each of them bowl eligibility status. If you include Boise and San Jose, we are talking 5 WAC teams who are eligible. Can UH make it #6?

    I wonder if the bowl scenarios work out at the end so that all of the bowl-eligible WAC teams can get into a game. We’ll see.

  175. Mei Ling November 15, 2008 4:28 pm


    Hope all is safe for your family. Hope the fire bypasses y’all.

    Esme & whooosh…

  176. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 5:04 pm

    Why is no one making a big deal out Boise’s horribly weak schedule this year????
    Its almost worse than ours last year.
    Its giving them a false sense of them actually being good. They only beat Oregon before the Ducks figured out who they were.
    I say Nevada will upset them next week.

  177. HiFlyer November 15, 2008 5:08 pm

    LSU losing to Troy 24 – 3 after 2 Qtrs.

  178. al November 15, 2008 5:08 pm

    an anomaly of sorts………

    cheerleaders are typically short and athletic. oh and on the light side yah. usc has a cheerleader who must be at least 6’2″, yah, it is a she who is pretty and all but she sticks out like a sore tall thumb.

  179. JaM November 15, 2008 5:12 pm

    Good afternoon all.

    Ronnie: Hope all is well..

    My daughter in Long Beach called and said it was raining ash this afternoon.

    ST: so who’s meeting did you end up at?

    10 days for more news?!?

    Go Warriors!

  180. Hawaiianbod November 15, 2008 5:17 pm

    Ronnie – please keep safe. May the Good Lord put His Armour over your home.

  181. Manoa Mist November 15, 2008 5:23 pm

    That is a funny story Stephen Tsai. Most people hug trees, but nothing wrong with spreading a little aloha, even to strangers.

  182. wafan November 15, 2008 5:26 pm

    Watching Paula’s Kitchen on the Food Channel. She just named the 5-F’s!!! Dang. She stole that from the Tsai-ko’s. Should have registered the 5-F’s.


  183. chawan_cut November 15, 2008 5:33 pm

    usc’s cheerleaders are old school. those “song girls”. i don’t think they do any of the flips and jumps that the competitive cheerleaders like UH do.

  184. hawnstln November 15, 2008 5:55 pm

    Ronnie, hope all is alright. The winds are down so I hope you’re on your way back to your complex. Call if you need any help.

  185. al November 15, 2008 5:56 pm

    i see that i am not the only one observing the cheerleaders.

    hey, why not make a video clip or two. sometimes we get tired of listening to the warriors interviews.


  186. wafan November 15, 2008 5:57 pm

    LizK . . .

    re: your son’s like of the Twilight series. I believe the story is set in Forks, WA. You might want to visit Forks. Beautiful little town out on the Western coast of the Washington peninsula.

    re: Cabela’s. We have, I think, the 2nd or 3rd largest store in the US. It is very interesting to visit that store: live trout, stuffed and mounted animals, everything you can imagine for the outdoors, buffalo burgers, and I do not know what else.

    The last time I was there three policemen were looking at the flashlights. Each of them were smacking the palms of their hands with the various flashlights. I overheard one say, “Hey, this one feels solid, has a powerful beam, and should stop just about anybody cold.” I look over and it is our Resource Officer for the high school. He is a retired sniper for the USMC.

  187. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:13 pm

    Re: Resource Officer at Cabelas – “anybody” = ornery, rowdy teacher… 😀 😯 😆

  188. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:18 pm

    Huskies and Bruins look like pretty good football teams… playing against each other! 😯 🙄 😆

  189. Ronnie November 15, 2008 6:19 pm

    So far so good. The fire is above our complex. The good news is that a lot of the brush on the hillside was cleared away to build new homes and the new high school.

    Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts. We really appreciate them.

    I think it is very interesting that when we evacuated, but I thought we would be able to come back tonight, I didn’t really think about things I couldn’t take. Now that I may not have a house to come home to, there are so many other things I wish I could have taken…. But my boys are with me and we are staying with friends (and not in a hotel) so I know God is watching over us.

  190. Jason November 15, 2008 6:26 pm

    Whoa, I must really be getting old — finished my Bible study, then took a nap that was almost three hours. I never take naps, only when I have a cold. Oh wait, I do have a cold. But not a bad one. Unless it’s a delayed kanak attack. Anwways …

    Stay safe, Ronnie! Keep in touch with Rob25 or someone, so we know you’re okay.

  191. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:31 pm

    Ronnie – Seems like you have your computer. Did the boys take their books and homework? We’re all praying for you and hope your home is safe and the only outcome is an interesting tale for you and your family. 😕 🙂 😯

  192. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:33 pm

    Jason – it’s the massive quantities of fuud you stuffed yourself with today! Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom! 😀 😯 😆

  193. Jason November 15, 2008 6:33 pm

    I need to refresh before I send comments. Yeah, looks like you still have access to a computer, Ronnie. Please keep in touch, so we know that you and the boys are all okay.

  194. Jason November 15, 2008 6:34 pm

    brew808: I gotta stop hanging around with the Tsai-kos, they are a bad influence. 😀

  195. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:37 pm

    Jason – You and your 3 hr. nap after lunch sounds just like your Uncle SteveM! You know what’s next…. 3XL!!! 😯 😆 😯

  196. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 6:41 pm

    Hmm.. how much excitement would a Hawaii – Stanford match up generate for the Sheraton Hawai`i bowl?

  197. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 6:48 pm

    Ronnie Girl-
    Our prayers are with you folks today. Saw the reports about the fire on the national news and it looks like a bad one. Glad to read that you folks are safe. Take care!

  198. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 6:49 pm

    Troy had a 28 point lead against LSU and just squandered it all. They’re now trailing by 2 with four minutes left in the game. 33-31 LSU.

  199. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:51 pm

    Stanford Trees would have to beat the Bears in Berkeley next Saturday to go 6-6. UC already whacked their own hundred year old oak trees in Berkeley (for their new athletic complex). They will likely whack the visiting trees from Palo Alto too. IMHO – 😯 😀 😆

  200. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 6:52 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 5:08 pm
    an anomaly of sorts………

    cheerleaders are typically short and athletic. oh and on the light side yah. usc has a cheerleader who must be at least 6′2″, yah, it is a she who is pretty and all but she sticks out like a sore tall thumb.

    She not tall… you short! 😆 😆 😆

    I didn’t think that any schools even had “song leaders” anymore.

  201. Ronnie November 15, 2008 6:53 pm

    Yep, I have my computer – gotta make sure I can work on Monday 🙂

    The boys, however, left their school books at home… It’s a good thing they can get duplicates.

  202. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:56 pm

    CRW – Wow! Big turn-around for lucky LSU. Tough loss for Troy State! 😮

    Ronnie – Can’t blame the boys for trying…. 😀 😯 😆

  203. 1surfahoutahwata November 15, 2008 6:58 pm

    wassup!I think i got it ryte with dis blog thing. well of course i am new but anway i like to read all of your blogs and its kind of like reading a sports page but a little more info.Ok,brb shower time

  204. brew808 November 15, 2008 6:59 pm

    Good! BC defeats #17 FSU, 27-17. Some of FSU’s players are real head-cases! 😈 🙄 😆

  205. brew808 November 15, 2008 7:01 pm

    Oops – #19 FSU…. but probably not anymore…. 😀 😯 😆

    Howzit 1surfahoutahwata! Welcome to the WB! 😀

  206. Ralph November 15, 2008 7:15 pm

    well wishes to ronnie and her family…..I hope the cleared area serves as a good buffer for your home….should have taken your warrior helmet with you

  207. Ralph November 15, 2008 7:19 pm

    three ACC ranked teams loss today, north carolina, florida State and wake forest…might not have any in the top 25 next week…

  208. Ronnie November 15, 2008 7:19 pm


    We took our mini helmets with us (so we have something to get signed at the banquet) 😉

  209. 1surfahoutahwata November 15, 2008 7:46 pm

    ok pau shower! put soap on the feet,rubm together,rinse,bam feel! speaking on cheerleaders,the camera guy/girl for the usc/stanford game keep zooming on the usc cheerleaders but always singled out the one with big round eyes(the ones on her face)with so much makeup,she looks like shes wearing a mask. I think the camera guy knows her,stalking her,or just nothing else to zoom in but the cheerleaders

  210. 1surfahoutahwata November 15, 2008 7:52 pm

    ok i have to go.keep on blogn .ill check in later when i can. aloha.

  211. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER November 15, 2008 7:57 pm

    Wow… keep safe, Ronnie and family!

    wafan- cool re Twilight @ Forks. Wonder if they filmed there or just in Oregon.

    Did housework today… and watched OSU stomp Cal.
    Now watching the Godfather marathon and working on pix from last night’s get-together with the Tournament of Roses President and his wife.

  212. jm2375 November 15, 2008 8:05 pm

    Ronnie, keep safe.

    Finally finished a book that took me like 6 months to read. On to the next one.

  213. jm2375 November 15, 2008 8:18 pm

    is it just me or is the blog still taking a long to refresh?

  214. curveball November 15, 2008 8:26 pm


    did you get a look at Slider?

  215. Garret November 15, 2008 8:37 pm


    So sorry to hear that you were evacuated! Please let me know if you need a place to stay–we have 2 empty bedrooms that you and your boys can use anytime. I hope that you can get back to your home soon…I know how it feels to evacuate since I had to do it for last year’s fires.

  216. mike November 15, 2008 8:38 pm

    Sheesh, and my brother isn’t even a huggy guy. Rules 1 and 2 in the Tsai Family Charter are “Don’t touch me.” My copy, at least.

    Those iPod thefts are pretty low, but it’s happening everywhere on and around campus. Several of my students have had bags, laptops, iPods etc stolen this semester.

  217. Garret November 15, 2008 8:39 pm

    Both BSU and Idaho are recruiting much less in Idaho and instead getting their players from states like California and Washington.

    According to preseason rosters since 1995, the number of Idaho players in the rivalry is dwindling. In 1999, 48 players from the state dotted the rosters. This year, just 24 players are from the state. Population numbers and pressure to compete in the WAC means the schools are expanding their recruiting bases.

    It is a numbers game, one the players understand even if they feel that some of Idaho’s high school players are overlooked in the equation.

    “In a state like California, you can go on a recruiting trip and watch 15 guys. You come to Idaho to watch one guy,” said Boise State senior linebacker Tim Brady, a walk-on from Bishop Kelly High. “It’s kind of tough and it’s hard for coaches to rationalize coming here to watch one guy when they can go watch a bunch.”

    By comparison, Boise State has 42 players from California. Idaho has31 from the Golden State and 27 from Washington, which has many schools closer to Moscow than the Treasure Valley. The reality is that coaches – who must win to keep their jobs – have to go where the talent is. And Idaho, at least right now, doesn’t have enough players.

  218. Garret November 15, 2008 8:40 pm


    I’m sorry to hear that there are so many iPod and other things stolen this year!

  219. curveball November 15, 2008 8:46 pm

    This is one of the reasons Sac State is so weak..The good talent wants to go out of town..they do not agressivly recruit and they pretty much just get the left academics are not the greatest..Davis recruits better than Sac way to the WAC

  220. NYUH November 15, 2008 8:46 pm

    I hate bye weeks. Does UH get the Hawaii Bowl automatically if they become eligible? Lots of WAC teams are eligible although the standings are tight

    My final projections for the year. Hoping I’m wrong with a few.

    Boise State #7 8-0 12-0
    Louisiana Tech 5-3 7-5
    Nevada 5-3 7-5
    Hawaii 5-3 7-6
    Fresno State 4-4 7-5
    San Jose State 4-4 6-6
    Utah State 3-5 3-9
    New Mexico State 1-5 3-9
    Idaho 1-5 2-10

  221. Garret November 15, 2008 8:52 pm


    Yes, UH gets the Hawaii Bowl if they are eligible no matter if other WAC teams have better records and are left out of bowls.

  222. Garret November 15, 2008 8:53 pm


    Congratulations to the new Grandpa!

  223. Garret November 15, 2008 9:51 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff.

    Boy was deaf in his right ear from 2 years old until he was 11…when a cotton bud popped out of his ear!

  224. Garret November 15, 2008 9:52 pm

    I know that Lori and I lost one of the gift cards we got as a wedding gift, but I didn’t realize the problem was this big. About $8 billion of the $97 billion in gift cards that were purchased in 2007 have gone unused! Some states claim that money, other states let the stores keep the money, and some split the money with retailers.

  225. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER November 15, 2008 9:52 pm

    curveball- I can’t see any link or pic on your email… 🙁

  226. Garret November 15, 2008 9:52 pm

    Pregnant women who get the caffeine equivalent of 2 cups of coffee double their risk of miscarriage. It apparently doesn’t matter if the caffeine comes from coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or soda.

  227. Garret November 15, 2008 9:52 pm

    Talking on a cell phone before going to bed can lead to insomnia and headaches.

  228. Garret November 15, 2008 9:53 pm

    There were nearly 250 thefts of nuclear or radioactive material last year, which the International Atomic Energy Agency calls alarming…I agree and hate to think of who is buying that nuclear material on the black market!

  229. Garret November 15, 2008 9:54 pm

    Free play links pau.

  230. Jason November 15, 2008 9:57 pm

    Mike: Which is why I never leave my stuff alone. If I step away from my stuff, I always entrust it with a friend. I’m paranoid like that. 😛

  231. Da Punchbowl Kid November 15, 2008 9:57 pm

    Does anybody know what it would cost to replace the iPods?

    How are they being stolen and where? In the locker rooms?

    You guys are right though, thievery is getting out of hand. It truly is sad that these athletes are being victimized too.

  232. Garret November 15, 2008 10:01 pm


    Sadly, having fans replace the stolen iPods would probably be considered an NCAA violation. In fact, if UH gave them replacement iPods that would also be an NCAA violation.

  233. Jason November 15, 2008 10:02 pm

    This is why I never take naps — I always get a headache later on, or my head starts feeling very fuzzy.

    And … now I forgot what I was going to say.

    Oh wait, no, I remember now. Um, it’s evening. Who won the contest? (Not that I need tickets. BTW, students, let’s go to the game. C’mon, it’s free, and it gives us an excuse to skip Tuesday … not that I’m advocating that. And there’s pizza and soda if you wear your Mānoa Maniacs T-shirt.)

    Speaking of Monday’s game, anyone want to grab a late dinner before we head over? Just asking out loud, to see if anyone is interested. If so, suggest a place.

  234. Jason November 15, 2008 10:04 pm

    Of course, to ask requires that it be out loud. I guess I was thinking about “thinking out loud.” But I’m more than thinking, I’m asking. Geez, I really need to stop taking naps. My head is a mess right now.

  235. Jason November 15, 2008 10:08 pm

    I know Garret mentioned some smaller schools doing this, but what the heck: a free iPod touch for every UH student! 😀

    It’s actually pretty handy in my Probability class, cause when my prof starts talking about problems from this PDF online, I just log on and access it directly. And in-between classes and at lunch, I check the blog. 🙂

  236. jm2375 November 15, 2008 10:09 pm

    Jason – #235 – so what’s so unusual about that? 😆

  237. Garret November 15, 2008 10:11 pm

    Katie update:

    The vet talked with several of the surgeons at the different animal hospitals in San Diego and they downgraded the chance of success for the surgery. The old estimate was 60% but the new estimate was for less than 50%…I told Lori 50% but it was actually lower than that. That estimate assumed that they knew where the tumor was…but they actually do not even after 2 days of searching.

    The vet kind of suggested we do the medical treatment (a steroid that fights the insulin-generating tumor), especially since just feeding her special food got her blood sugar to improve so well. Katie started on her medication today and it helped her a LOT. She actually ran around and played today, something she didn’t have energy for in months.

    We would do the surgery if the vet thought it had a good chance to help. We don’t want to put her through a surgery if it doesn’t help and she has to start on this drug anyway. Katie is 10 now and beat cancer once already…I hope we have our dog for many, many more years.

  238. Garret November 15, 2008 10:13 pm

    If I won the tickets I hope that they redraw so that someone else who can go to the game gets them. The team needs the fan support!

  239. Garret November 15, 2008 10:18 pm

    BCS Guru predicts the BCS standings after what happened today.

    Not a SINGLE team in last week’s top 15 lost. Not one. I figured it was going to be ho-hum this Saturday, but not comatose.

    So, not to waste any more of your, or my time, here’s the projected top 15, with just one change from last week: I expect BYU to move up from No. 17 to No. 15, thus assuring that a non-BCS conference team will be invited to a BCS bowl, no matter what happens.

    The Guru’s projected BCS standings for Week 12:

    1. Alabama, 2. Texas Tech, 3. Texas, 4. Florida, 5. Oklahoma, 6. USC, 7. Utah, 8. Penn State, 9. Boise State, 10. Georgia, 11. Ohio State, 12. Missouri, 13. Oklahoma State, 14. Ball State, 15. Brigham Young.

  240. Jason November 15, 2008 10:18 pm

    jm2375: Obviously, I meant more of a mess than usual. 😀

  241. Garret November 15, 2008 10:19 pm

    BCS Guru analyzed the top teams and found that Alabama has played by far the easiest schedule so far for those teams.

    As you can see, aside from being undefeated, Alabama may have the weakest resume of the group, yet it is ranked No. 1. And every other team has some strong arguments and some holes in its presentation as well. Let’s review them one by one:

    No.1 Alabama – The Tide played the softest schedule of the group. One of its two best wins – over then-No. 9 Clemson – has been thoroughly discredited as the Tigers are 4-5 and just fired their coach. Basically, Alabama is living off its one great half against Georgia. If the Tide go on and finish the season 13-0, with a win over Florida in the SEC championship game, fine, send them to the BCS title game. But one loss anywhere should immediately eliminate ‘Bama from this discussion.

  242. Garret November 15, 2008 10:21 pm

    BCS Guru predicts Texas Tech vs. *Florida* in the national title game. He predicts that Utah will be in the Sugar Bowl and no other BCS buster will make it (no BSU, Ball State, etc.).

    As a bonus, here’s the Guru’s latest BCS bowl projections –


    BCS Championship – Florida vs. Texas Tech

    Rose Bowl – USC vs. Penn State

    Fiesta Bowl – Texas vs. Ohio State

    Sugar Bowl – Alabama vs. Utah

    Orange Bowl – ACC champion vs. Big East champion

  243. Lucky November 15, 2008 10:42 pm


    November 15th, 2008 at 10:11 pm
    Katie update:

    We would do the surgery if the vet thought it had a good chance to help. We don’t want to put her through a surgery if it doesn’t help and she has to start on this drug anyway. Katie is 10 now and beat cancer once already…I hope we have our dog for many, many more years.

    Garret, because of Katie’s age, I think the vet gave you a realistic
    scenario…and you must trust your own judgement. I hope Katie
    enjoys many more happy birthdays and continues to live a full life.
    Good luck.

  244. madeinhawaii November 15, 2008 10:46 pm

    Anybody besides me find it hard to follow the UH Wahine baskteball team? I used look forward to all the games when Vince Goo was coaching. But after Goo retired, I find myself just looking at the scores, if I remember to, that is. It isn’t just about the wins and losses…it’s something else. I can’t put my finger on it, but I no longer feel the need or any real desire to watch.

    Men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, I still thoroughly enjoy — although women’s volleyball is missing some of that exhuberance that the Ah Mow teams and predecessors had. UH Baseball, I like to listen to on the radio when I’m working. Men’s basketball is still a promise in making. I’m still looking forward to seeing what Nash’s thumbprint on the program will look like.

    Football, win or lose… I follow.

  245. Committed Road Warrior November 15, 2008 10:46 pm

    Hmm. So going by what Garret referenced from the “BCS Guru” 🙄 , then next week’s rivalry matchup between BYU and Utah is essentially a play-in game to the BCS?

  246. jm2375 November 15, 2008 11:19 pm

    OK, blog is refreshing much faster now.

    Hey ST, it’s almost 11pm. So, who won the tickets?

    To da baboozes who think stealing is OK, may you have bachi every day for the rest of your life. No, I’m not bitter…. 😡

  247. al November 15, 2008 11:31 pm

    ronnie…..i pray that all’s well with your ohana. keep safe, none more important than a life. isn’t it amazing how He places you and your boys exactly where you need to be!

    look forward to seeing you guys later this year.

  248. not far away anymore November 15, 2008 11:39 pm

    I think what the “BCS Guru” meant was that having BYU up at #15 would ensure a mid major made the BCS not specifically Utah or BYU. For BYU to get in, they would need to be ranked higher than Utah, Boise State and Ball State. That is unlikely unless they beat Utah and both Boise and Ball State lose. BYU being #15 and being ranked higher than a BCS conference champion would get them in even if Utah, Boise and Ball State all lost and fell out of the top 16. Using last week’s rankings, if Utah, Boise, and Ball State all lost and all fell below #16, there wouldn’t be any mid major that meet automatic qualifier status.

  249. al November 15, 2008 11:41 pm

    mih…..could it be the rather stoic and emotionless attitude displayed by the coach starts to wear on you???

  250. jm2375 November 16, 2008 12:12 am

    anybody home?

  251. jm2375 November 16, 2008 12:15 am

    Gee, karaoke must be going into late night. Forgot that’s where ST was. Is the lion sleeping tonight? 😆

  252. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER November 16, 2008 12:18 am

    nighty night and happy party/singing/dancing to Lyn!

  253. Ralph November 16, 2008 12:45 am

    I hope ST brought his son to the karaoke to listen to him sing…son needs a little inspiration to sing in chorus…

  254. jm2375 November 16, 2008 12:46 am

    Hmmm, nobody around. Time for a clubhouse visit!!

    *disable alarm, sneak in back window*
    *give Homey’s poodles a couple of kibbles and a good tummy scratch*
    *clean out fridge and leave some triple chocolate cake for Sensei Kekoa. Turn Jason-specific alarm on*
    *sneak out back window, turn alarm back on*

  255. jm2375 November 16, 2008 1:12 am


    OK, I’m out. nitey night. Hasta manana. Oyasumina-tsai. See ya in da morning.

  256. SteveM November 16, 2008 2:52 am

    Just closed Genji’s again with Russ, Pam, and HiFlyer. They turned off the lights–after turning off the strobe light used during the dancing. Didn’t know they had one…

    Nutz… positively nutz! I’m not sure I should post the pix I took. Going to crash now and decide in the morning. We certainly found new Tsingers tonight!

    Happy Birthday Mrs. Bulla!

  257. las vegas November 16, 2008 5:53 am


    DPK, bring on da beef, I no can lose to one guy named “Timmy”
    (I hope)
    Make sure you wear one cup, in the front, the front!!
    Make sure you get mangos on da head.

    Happy birthday Jason’s mom

    Stay safe Ronnie and family

    Another curse to the UH thieves

    Miss the karaoke

    Laters, gotta go work in a half hour

  258. Garret November 16, 2008 6:19 am

    Happy Birthday Mrs. Bulla! I’m glad that another karaoke night went so well.

  259. Garret November 16, 2008 6:28 am

    I guess these thefts are everywhere…Colorado football players had things stolen from their lockers DURING their game yesterday!

    University Police are investigating multiple reports from Colorado football players of items being taken from their lockers during Saturday night’s game against Oklahoma State at Folsom Field.

    Entry to the locker room requires a key code and the doors to the locker room are usually manned by stadium security throughout games. It is unclear how someone unfamiliar to the program could have gained entry.

    Sophomore place-kicker Aric Goodman said his cell phone was taken from his locker during the Buffs’ 30-17 loss the No. 11 Cowboys.

  260. Garret November 16, 2008 6:32 am

    I don’t think that the Warriors will get upset when Cincy does their pregame prayer at Aloha Stadium….

    This time it was Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe and several of his players who were offended because the Bearcats gathered at midfield, held hands in a circle around the logo and said a pre-game prayer, as they do at midfield before every road game.

    Brian Kelly said today that Kragthorpe “confronted” him about it before the game.

    “It turned into a situation where a couple of their players came down onto the field and had to be restrained by some of their players,” Kelly said. “Steve and I talked about it before the game. We disagreed about the manner in which it was handled but kept it professional and moved on.

    The pre-game prayer is a ritual that UC has been following for two years. After the team bus pulls up to the stadium, the players and coaches get off the bus, walk onto the field and the players say a prayer at mid-field.

    “Everything that we do, every day we talk about respecting our opponent,” Kelly said. “We’re not going to taunt. I’m not going to tolerate that kind of behavior from our football team. It’s talked about every day. It’s just unfortunate the way it was perceived.”

  261. d1島 November 16, 2008 6:35 am

    Great Morning All!

    Missed the Karaoke Kall last night due to late wrap at prior enagement 🙁
    Hope you all had fun.
    Look forward to the pics, SteveM. No scade post ’em! 🙂

  262. Garret November 16, 2008 6:37 am

    Looks like if Utah beats BYU, Utah will get a BCS spot and BYU will get the Las Vegas Bowl. It seems that if BYU beats Utah, BYU will get the Las Vegas Bowl and Utah will get the Poinsettia Bowl.

    A win over the Cougars is pretty much all that stands in the way of the Utes’ second BCS berth since 2004.

    A loss, however, would alter the landscape significantly — and probably bring the Utes back to Qualcomm Stadium for a second straight appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl. They defeated Navy, 35-32 in last year’s game.

    Larry Baber, president of the Holiday Bowl committee which oversees the game, said such a scenario is possible because he believes the Las Vegas Bowl would take BYU with the first pick it has of Mountain West Conference teams. The Poinsettia Bowl has the second selection.

  263. d1島 November 16, 2008 6:39 am


    Gee, I don’t see what the problem is (or was) with that pre-game prayer. If they are, in fact, doing it immediately after arriving at the stadium, very few fans or opposing players should even be around.

  264. Garret November 16, 2008 6:40 am

    The Poinsettia Bowl is trying to arrange a game with Boise State vs. BYU or TCU! If Utah gets the only non-BCS spot, that is their plan…that would be a great game, but BSU fans would be upset to have the home team miss their home bowl two years in a row.

    The most likely opponent? A team from the Western Athletic Conference because the Pac-10 likely won’t have enough bowl-eligible teams to meet its contractual obligation to the Poinsettia Bowl.

    Boise State tops the list, but would likely go to the BCS if Utah loses to BYU.

    If the Utes prevail, the Poinsettia Bowl has hopes of pitting the Broncos against BYU or TCU.

  265. d1島 November 16, 2008 6:43 am

    I can’t imagine why the LV Bowl people are really thrilled about BY-Who coming to town.
    As Bobby Curran likes to poke fun at them about: there’s two things that their fans show up with- a Bible and a hundred dollar bill. And they don’t let go of either of them! 😆

  266. Garret November 16, 2008 6:45 am



    Years ago under their previous coach, Cincy players stomped on the logo at midfield. Because of that, Louisville’s coach didn’t like Cincy going to the logo to pray. Louisville’s own fans are not upset at Cincy and they don’t seem to understand their coach’s objection, if the comments I read from them are representative.

    So, we should expect Cincy players to pray at midfield when they get to Aloha Stadium. I doubt that anyone will get upset…

  267. wafan November 16, 2008 6:46 am

    Good morning Warriors!

    Had the chance to sleep in today. Heck, after yesterday my body hurt and I was beat.

    Looks like everyone had a wonderful time at karaoke last night. Yahoo!

  268. d1島 November 16, 2008 6:48 am

    Wassup wafan! (like the alliteration? Ooo, I did it again! 😆 )

    No problem about the game yesterday, what you ended up doing was much more worthy. Congratulations!

  269. Garret November 16, 2008 6:49 am


    The Bowl folks like that the BYU fans will buy tickets and BYU games get good TV ratings. I would think that the city of Las Vegas would prefer some other team…but aren’t Utah fans similar in their non-gambling to BYU fans?

  270. Garret November 16, 2008 6:51 am

    Another note on the problem for SDSU when the city tears down Qualcomm Stadium.

    SDSU’s football future is a concern, however, because there are no other facilities in the area large enough to host games.

  271. d1島 November 16, 2008 6:54 am


    Not sure. Although if I had to guess, I’d say the likelihood is that there would be less church influence at UofU.
    I was checking room rates in LV and noticed that $20-30 range rates are available in abundance so I guess they’d want any team that travels well to be invited.

  272. wafan November 16, 2008 6:56 am

    I really do not understand why they got so upset over the prayer at mid-field. It is not as if they were showing disrespect to the team, school or, heaven forbid, the logo/mascot. Geez. People need to keep things in perspective. It is just a game!

  273. d1島 November 16, 2008 7:02 am

    I think you posted something about such a humdrum day yesterday with no upsets in the BCS top 15.
    My Pigskin Picks were so easy that I’m sitting with a perfect sheet thru yesterday. Hence, my interest in all-thngs Vegas. 😀
    We’ll see how it goes today in the NFL. I’m sure there are a lot of other perfect sheets out there. (probably including your folks)
    But for now, at least, I can hope….Vegas, baby!

  274. d1島 November 16, 2008 7:04 am


    Yeah and as Garret says, it was years ago under a different Coach that the stomping stuff occurred. I’m not so sure that Kragthorpe wasn’t still at Tulsa when that was going on.

  275. wafan November 16, 2008 7:06 am

    d1 . . .

    Like the alliteration.

    Glad to hear Linfield did so well! How did #2 son do in the game?

  276. Garret November 16, 2008 7:09 am


    By the way, thank you very much for your analogy suggestions! For a lot of reasons why I cannot explain in this e-mail, your analogy of the change from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs was highly relevant for the article!

    There were so many great suggestions by everyone…but the light bulb analogy was perfect. Now I hope that the reporter’s editors do not cut the article too much due to space constraints.

  277. Garret November 16, 2008 7:12 am


    Good luck with your Pigskin picks! My folks normally pick an upset or two, so they probably are out of the running now. They had a great time with their free Vegas trip last year, and I’m pulling for you to win this time!

  278. d1島 November 16, 2008 7:15 am


    He got PT and even showed up in the stats with an unassisted tackle.
    This time they got it right and credited him properly. In previous games they listed the other guy with the same jersey #.
    An easy mistake since physically they are so similar…NOT! 👿

  279. wafan November 16, 2008 7:20 am

    Garret . . .

    No problem. So what did I win? HA!

  280. wafan November 16, 2008 7:21 am

    d1 . . .

    You know footballers. Once they get the uniform on they all look similar!

    Is that why they call it a uniform?


  281. d1島 November 16, 2008 7:25 am


    9 inches taller and 54 pounds heavier is stretching the similarities!

  282. d1島 November 16, 2008 7:26 am

    Time to look for breakfast and then hoping for my picks!

    See you laters…..

  283. dave from ny November 16, 2008 7:34 am

    if hawaii bloggers get free tix to different UH sporting events, what do mainland bloggers get? especially, here in new york!

  284. koakane™ November 16, 2008 8:16 am

    aloha and lovely sunday morning to the early uppers d1, wafan, d from ny and garret.

    kinda chilly this am so now can’t get back into the sleep mode so turned on the comput to see whats up. was looking for da winna but guess fearless leader still sleeping.

    if the season end and garret’s predictions holds up then things really suck for bs and wac. here’s hoping byu beats utah, gotta pull for the wac now. 11/22 is the day both battle for mw championship. hating myself for saying this but timidly saying go cougars.

  285. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER November 16, 2008 8:25 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Today is Madden day- for the Redskins. Still basking in the Madden-love Colt received in preseason! And for the gamers in the audience- here is a great interview he did with Matt Terl on his video game!

    Kaukau time!

  286. koakane™ November 16, 2008 8:40 am

    just got my hot kope and rechecking in

    so lizk how you this morning and what you eating?

  287. chawan_cut November 16, 2008 8:52 am

    did THE Princess go to DC this weekend to watch Dallas play at Washington?
    so lucky!!!

  288. koakane™ November 16, 2008 8:53 am

    interesting side take so what is your thoughts on this.

    last night attended a good friends party. he planned to celebrate finally paying off his mortgage. was a great party with fuuuud, fun, family just like tgate. but one part of the evening came around where he gathered everyone to witness the burning of his mortage. was funny but latter the conversation turned to where this tradition began and was it smart to do it. did he need it as proof or certification for someting? anyway its done but I was curious what the tsaiko know about this tradition? something to chat about over kofe.

  289. koakane™ November 16, 2008 8:57 am


    eh good seat you guy get with all the rainbow cheerleaders in front you. hey you done finish school already how come you dea? 😕 opps sorry to have spilled da beans

  290. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER November 16, 2008 9:00 am

    koakane- I gotta go get me some 1/2 n 1/2. 2 days w/o kope is a literal headache.
    Bacon and omelettes and maybe Coach pancakes again.

    Go Redskins!

  291. koakane™ November 16, 2008 9:03 am

    new post up

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