Field work


There was a large enough  turnout for today’s unsupervised workouts — more than 60 players — to run stations for offensive linmen, defensive linemen, linebackers and ball-handling players. The 90-minute workout concluded with 11-on-11 drills. Among the highlights:

• Freshman defensive end Beau Yap made a sack.

• Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and strong safety Spencer Smith had back-to-back interceptions.

• Facing a seven-blocker line, Meatoga, noting the offense was tipping off its plays, juked his way in for a sack.

• Even newcomer kicker Tyler Hadden was able to get in a lot of work.



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Rush end Travis LaBoy and nose tackle Isaako “Isaac” Sopoaga of  the San Francisco 49ers are working out at UH for  at least another week. Both, of course, are former Warriors.


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Linebacker Akoni Lasconia said he is on track to join the Warriors in August. The last hurdle is earning an associate’s degree, which he should receive after completing summer-session work. Leeward Community College’s Summer Session II ends Aug. 13 — nine days after the start of the Warriors’ training camp. Lasconia, who has been invited to camp, cannot participate in team activities until he earns his associate’s degree. Lasconia, an outside linebacker who last played at Saddleback Community College, is 6 feet 2 and 240 pounds.

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Several Warriors participated in the telephone campaign to encourage fans to renew their season-ticket orders.

t-bradleyRodney Bradley

chizzyChizzy Dimude, Jett Jasper

t-gravesDavid Graves


  1. Mark June 30, 2010 5:56 am

    Good morning!

  2. Shoko June 30, 2010 6:04 am

    Good..uh, morning.

  3. haka June 30, 2010 6:06 am

    Good Morning!
    Go Warriors!

  4. Annoddah Dave June 30, 2010 6:07 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    Is blog party still on track for August? Do the planning folks need any help? If so, willing to do my part. Have them drop me a line.

  5. djmitcho June 30, 2010 6:08 am

    WooHoo!! Top 5! Good Morning Tsaikos! Hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend coming up. I’ll be camping for the next five days so I hope no big UH news happens while I’m away.

  6. Bulla June 30, 2010 6:14 am



  7. jm2375 June 30, 2010 6:19 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Top 10!

    Annoddah Dave – due to ST’s unavailability, the Blog Bash has been cancelled for this year. This leaves us *plenty* of time to plan for next year’s bash!

    Welcome home to our former Warriors. Heard Travis yesterday on the Animals.

    Have fun dj!

    CRW – if you’re around – does the water in DC still taste really bad?

  8. haka June 30, 2010 6:28 am

    Warriors, work hard, hard and harder still!
    You gotta want it and want it bad!
    Push, push and push some more!
    Believe…you have to believe!

  9. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 30, 2010 6:50 am

    I really had fun at the Christmas Party back in 2008 – maybe we should plan another one at Murphy’s or at one of the places I wrote about the other day.

    Looking forward to today’s CC – a welcome break from listening to fulminations and ignorant blather.

  10. d1島 June 30, 2010 6:52 am

    Looking forward to today’s CC – a welcome break from listening to fulminations and ignorant blather.

    That may be setting the bar a little high… 😉

  11. chopsueyboy June 30, 2010 6:56 am

    Wow! Top Ten!

  12. Pomai June 30, 2010 6:56 am

    First I want to thank all of you who have gave to the Na Wahine bracelet fund, we have reached our goal in less than three weeks. Many of you donated online and emailed me to let me know, so thanks a lot. Those of you that sent in checks if you would send me an email I will be sure to let you know that it was received. A few I know but a lot I didn’t recognize the names. I will be taking the checks up to UH this morning. Will meet with Coach Dee to make sure we have all the girls names and sizes, so they can place the order ASAP. Will have more later when Coach Coolen returns on when and where they will be presented. Also if you have not sent in a donation an still wish to, go ahead because I am sure we will be doing this again next year. GO NA WAHINE

    Thanks to Kazz for his help.

  13. chopsueyboy June 30, 2010 6:57 am

    Guess I shouldn’t have read the blog first…
    Top Eleven is still an honor.

  14. Pomai June 30, 2010 6:59 am

    Go haka Go

  15. Pomai June 30, 2010 7:01 am

    Also for all those who donated for the last bracelet an never saw them I am getting a picture of Coach Dee’s and will post it on photobucket and post the link here, maybe I could send a copy to ST and he could post it here also.

  16. kama krab June 30, 2010 7:27 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    Pomai, thank very much for all your hard work in putting together another successful fund drive to recognize the wahine for there accomplishments. Mahalo Nui Loa

  17. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:31 am

    Warriors are getting on-the-job experience in telephone sales.

    Job well done, Guys.

  18. Slugger June 30, 2010 7:38 am

    Good morning!

    Yay, 49ers! Niner, niner…niner, niner…?

  19. Stretch June 30, 2010 7:42 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    I wonder if ST can get tickets for the 49ers game on Oct 10. It’s a day after the Fresno St game and since he’ll be in the area WITH HIS BESTEST FRIENDS…..

  20. Garret June 30, 2010 7:50 am

    Article in the Mercury News gives Tomey’s take on BSU’s departure from the WAC.

    “It takes away from the overall respect the WAC has nationally,” former SJSU coach Dick Tomey said. “But — and I’m not trying to be flippant about it — it gives somebody else a chance to win the conference.

    “For San Jose State, it’s one less game on the schedule that’s very difficult to win.”

    Boise State, which has won three of the past four WAC football titles, will spend one more season in the league before jumping to the Mountain West Conference, where the competition is stiffer but the rewards greater: The Broncos could earn $2.6 million more annually in the Mountain West than in the WAC, according to an analysis by the Idaho Statesman.

  21. Garret June 30, 2010 7:52 am

    Mention about the possible loss of TV and bowl money.

    WAC officials had anticipated Boise State’s move for months, but that doesn’t alleviate the pain of losing a team that reached the Bowl Championship Series two of the past four years.

    Each appearance generated millions for BSU and six-figure paychecks — income that had not been budgeted — for the other eight schools.

    BSU brought national exposure to the league in the same fashion that Gonzaga basketball draws attention to the West Coast Conference.

    BSU also was the driving force behind the WAC’s $4 million annual contract with ESPN, which has the option to renegotiate the deal when the Broncos depart.

    And it remains to be seen whether the WAC’s bowl partners will renew their contracts without Boise State involved.

  22. Garret June 30, 2010 7:56 am

    Colorado wants to join the Pac-10 for the 2011 season, but they don’t want to give up all the $10+ million that the Big 12 would give them for the 2010 season. Not wanting to leave that money behind might have them leave the Big 12 in 2012 instead.

    Colorado was at or near the bottom the the Big 12 and brought nothing to the table in terms of TV revenue or NCAA basketball money…and they still got over $10 million from their conference while UH is getting less than $1 million from the WAC this year.

    The Buffaloes would prefer to leave after next season like the University of Nebraska, which is joining the Big Ten in 2011.

    That could prove costlier for Colorado, but the Big 12 might also decide it’s better for the Buffaloes to leave after next school year and agree to a lower penalty fee.

    Big 12 bylaws require CU to forfeit half its Big 12 revenue distributions for the next two school years in order to leave the league. According to IRS tax records examined by The Associated Press, the Big 12 paid out $10,135,802 to Colorado in 2008-09.

    That would make the buyout around $10 million, although Bohn said the cost for leaving after one year is undefined.

  23. Shoko June 30, 2010 8:10 am

    Thought the B12 bylaw was clear. Abide by the 2-year exit clause and out fee would be reduced by 50% or 10 million. If not, Colorado pays double – 20 million. Clarification anyone?

  24. d1島 June 30, 2010 8:10 am

    I wonder if ST can get tickets for the 49ers game on Oct 10. It’s a day after the Fresno St game and since he’ll be in the area WITH HIS BESTEST FRIENDS…..


    He couldn’t even get near the gate for practice without Security showing up! 😆


  25. Shoko June 30, 2010 8:16 am

    How do you guys quote in that format (borders and bold font). I might want to contribute in the future.

  26. Stretch June 30, 2010 8:17 am

    #24 d1 – I think security showing up was due to the hooligans he was with

  27. Stretch June 30, 2010 8:21 am

    June 30th, 2010 at 8:16 am
    How do you guys quote in that format (borders and bold font). I might want to contribute in the future.

    See attached link provided by Jason

  28. Addahknowsports© June 30, 2010 8:23 am

    Can someone post the cc info please?

  29. d1島 June 30, 2010 8:28 am



    cc today at Maple Garden on Isenberg St. @ noon

    Show up
    Eat summoa

    Hope you folks can make it!

  30. d1島 June 30, 2010 8:30 am


    Well, that’s what happens when you do the wine-tasting tour first!

  31. Addahknowsports© June 30, 2010 8:32 am

    Thanks d1! I may be dea to represent. Been a while…..

  32. Buffoman June 30, 2010 8:49 am

    A thought.

    I believe we all agree and hope JD and others are on the same page. UH football team has to win. I am not of the belief as others are that a slim winning record is sufficient. I believe it has to be a convincing one to have people perceive that the tide has indeed turned. In other words, no less than 9 wins.

    Second, staying with Garret’s comments and research regarding UH’s weak BCS rated non-conference schedule. Here’s the thought. If you don’t get anything from this in BCS points, it damn well has to do two things, make us a ton of money and we have to win. Not separate, but both need to happen. If not, then why not do the big payday, “body bag” games. You get recruits, exposure (even if we get smoked) and we get dollars.

    Third, as a contingency plan, I am hoping that JD and Hinshaw are quietly about town looking for dollars. What I’m referencing is dollars pledged “IF” we fall flat in the season (football). These dollars would be used to buy out Mac. Given what it would take to do it, I don’t believe JD can muster up the dollars as quickly as he did for Nash. Better start early.

    Fourth, I agree with Tomey. Have all along. So, my thought is, why are the ADs and presidents just sitting and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I don’t get it. Can’t these people go beyond what is there. Pool the money, fire Benson and hire Uberoth (sp?), go talk to that billionaire who owns Oracle in Silicon valley. Convince him to buy the conference and incent some BCSers to jump over. Do something different, as it is getting embarrassing when folks like Tomey and others are willing to go public and diss the conference. Which, by the way, is the truth.

  33. al June 30, 2010 8:58 am

    asports…see you there.

  34. SteveM June 30, 2010 9:01 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Hope season ticket sales are good–especially on the mauka side of the stadium.

  35. Shoko June 30, 2010 9:02 am

    As much as I am disillusioned by Karl Benson, I would think that firing him would require an act of God or, realistically, a unanimous decision by university presidents.

    If only UH had benefactors such as Oregon’s Knight and Killkenny.

  36. Watch Godgifu June 30, 2010 9:07 am

    AL: my friend at UHF has the stomach flu and won’t be there. Just me – unless wife has other plans. So I’m hen-pecked…

  37. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 9:09 am

    I don’t know about you, but my husband and I feel optimistic about the coming season. Greg Salas and Alex Green are coming back. BEAT USC!!! Yay!

  38. Hilo Moon June 30, 2010 9:20 am

    Pomai –

    Thanks for all you do for UH and especially, Wahine softball. If we want confirmation of your receiving of the checks we are to send you an e mail. The problem is I don’t know your e address. Not to worry because I think that the UH Foundation will send acknowledgements to the donors and if they don’t, they SHOULD.

  39. Old Diver June 30, 2010 9:23 am

    Great job Pomai.

  40. Okole Maluna June 30, 2010 9:23 am

    Couldn’t BSU hold out longer to join Big 12 instead of MWC? They surely can beat any one of them and earn more than $2.6 Million plus by joing Big 12, I would think. Plus it will boost BIG 12 ranking for BCS rating, and more than replace low standing Colorado leaving… No?

  41. al June 30, 2010 9:42 am

    WG…bring her along. i’d rather talk to her than you, plus, she is waayyy better looking than you, too.


  42. al June 30, 2010 9:49 am

    bsu has a great team and has shown it can compete with the best on the field.

    however, their tv market is one of the smallest and that’s what holds them back from the pac10, big12, etc.

  43. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 9:49 am

    Looks like Japan has a pretty tough softball team in the World Championship Games… Maybe Coach Coolen should head off to Japan for a spell, too.

  44. Kazz June 30, 2010 10:02 am

    I think what was really amazing about this bracelet drive was the response from out of state fans.

    Most of which were lurkers that have never posted, but still read to this very day.

  45. NorthShoreFan June 30, 2010 10:04 am

    Guud Morning All

    Mahalo Pomai for all the work…

    Envious of all who are attending the cc…sounds ono and interesting

    Great that the players are helping out with the ticket renewals..Gives them ownership to the attendance record.

  46. NorthShoreFan June 30, 2010 10:05 am

    Wow!…it works…learn soming new erryday on dis blog

  47. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:14 am


    Is BG still around? I wonder who will reserve Richardson Field for the tailgates.

  48. Kazz June 30, 2010 10:14 am


    A team from Japan was supposed to come down to Hawaii to play in last season’s Pepsi Malahini Aloha Kipa Tournament, but cancelled.

  49. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:15 am

    Gee, I was gone from the WB for almost 2 years, and, wow, there are some new names here. I have seen just a handful of the old regulars — where are they now?

  50. Kazz June 30, 2010 10:16 am


    BG is still around. Lately BG has had the assistance of Kekoa and “SailorBlue” as they have flexed their military muscles in securing Richardson field sites for us last season and this season.

  51. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 10:18 am

    I know its early but TIME FOR UH FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS. Prizes galore.
    1ST PRIZE: 10 round trips to anywhere Aloha Airlines flies.
    2nd prize: Round trip for 10 on the Super Ferry.
    3rd prize: Lifetime subscription to the Honolulu Advertiser.
    4th prize: 2 nights stay at your choice, Sand Island, Rabbit Island or Crab Island.

    1. Post your predictions of the Warrior 2010 football record on the Tsaiko Blog.

    2. Only 1 prediction per blogger.

    3. All predictions are final. No changes can be made.

    4. Drawings will be held in case of ties.

    5. 1 winner per prize.

    6. Deadline for entries on the Taiko Blog for prizes is June 29, 2010.

    7. All entries posted after June 29, 2010 is for amusement only.

    8. Entries will be confirmed only if SteveM records entries. Other post will be deemed invalid.

    9. MUST HAVE FUN posting predictions.

  52. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:18 am


    OK. That’s good to know. David and I will probably swing by before the game and bring a Ted’s pie. LOL.

  53. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:19 am

    Here’s a copy of the tailgating schedule that was posted the last time..

    SailorBlue Says: June 18th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Calling all Tsai-kos and Tsai-kettes,

    Mark you calendars…the reservations have been made for the tailgaters:

    September 2nd – USC – Cabana A
    September 25th – Charleston Southern – Richardson 5
    October 2nd – Louisiana Tech – Cabana B
    October 16th – Nevada – Richardson 5
    October 30th – Idaho – Richardson 5
    November 20th – Cabana B
    December 4th – UNLV – Cabana B

    See you all there.

  54. al June 30, 2010 10:20 am

    gigi…new rules for the tailgaters prohibit store bought goods. must be cooked at home or at site.

  55. al June 30, 2010 10:21 am

    papajoe2…i wouldn’t mind winning the fourth prize since i’ve never been to crab island.

  56. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:22 am


    Where are the cabanas and Richardson 5 located?

    Are the cabanas located near the main parking lot on the left?

    Richardson 5 is near the street — the grassy field?

  57. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 10:22 am

    I predict a 7-6 record. I hope I win something. I feel lucky.

  58. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:23 am


    Trust me, you do NOT want to taste my cooking!

  59. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:23 am

    I think you got it correct Gigi…

  60. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 10:24 am

    #55 al, Make your predicition. Cannot win if you don’t play. Crab Island is overrated. Only get crabs and birds.

  61. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 10:24 am


    Are the potlucks for lunch time? What time? 1 pm?

  62. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 10:34 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Busy busy day! No CC for me!

    Back to hi ho. 🙁

  63. Ralph June 30, 2010 10:35 am

    Colorado Fireworks tournament:
    SD Legacy 8-1 over NY Hudson Valley, Kliebenstein and Lemay on the Legacy; Pearls split, losing 8-1 to GA Fire Gold, then coming back to beat CA Capital City 10-2; Kamikaze and Kaikamahine play at noon.

  64. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:38 am

    Gigi.. sorry that’s all the info I have on the Tailgates for now…

  65. d1島 June 30, 2010 10:42 am


    The setup crew shows up shortly after daybreak at the TsaikoGates now.
    Once Koakane is done with the air blower (hmmm…how will the new law affect THAT!) it’s “Party On” for whoever shows up….

  66. SteveM June 30, 2010 10:43 am

    gigi — I’ll email you the URL with the tailgate info and some links to photos at the Cabanas and Patio #5. The tailgate URL is not posted publicly.

    BTW, Patio #5 would be great for a kanikapila set up… 🙂

  67. d1島 June 30, 2010 10:44 am


    Feeling better?

    Can cc?

    You, too, gigi….

  68. al June 30, 2010 10:44 am


    June 30th, 2010 at 10:24 am
    #55 al, Make your predicition. Cannot win if you don’t play. Crab Island is overrated. Only get crabs and birds.

    we used to eat those……

  69. (Jesse) James June 30, 2010 10:44 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all have a great day…Still hoping I can attend the CC….

    Gigi…we are usually there by 930….in the morning….LOL

  70. SteveM June 30, 2010 10:47 am

    Re: #65
    Geee…Koakane got air blower and NorthShoreFan get flame thrower for the charcoal… serious tailgating. 🙂

    …Got amps?

  71. al June 30, 2010 10:51 am

    dpk…what u get one deadline or something???
    i guess you’ll never know who diogenes sinope or watch godifu really are then…..after all what’s said at the cc stays at the cc.

  72. d1島 June 30, 2010 10:52 am

    A few errands to run before “Gardening” 😉

    C U cc…

  73. Garret June 30, 2010 10:54 am

    Couldn’t BSU hold out longer to join Big 12 instead of MWC? They surely can beat any one of them and earn more than $2.6 Million plus by joing Big 12, I would think. Plus it will boost BIG 12 ranking for BCS rating, and more than replace low standing Colorado leaving… No?

    Okole Maluna,

    The Big 12 doesn’t need to add any teams to boost their BCS rating. Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, etc., have earned much more BCS points than are required to keep AQ status.

    There is no need for BSU to wait to join the MWC. If BSU gets an offer for the Pac-10 or Big 12, they would be out the door right away. The MWC has *no* exit fee. So, BSU would gain nothing by staying in the WAC and in the meantime they can enjoy the millions more the MWC will get them.

  74. SteveM June 30, 2010 10:55 am

    d1島 — thanks. Yes, feeling better and would seem all right except for the coughing fits from a sensitive throat. I think people would feel more comfortable if I stayed home. I should be OK in a couple days.

  75. Garret June 30, 2010 10:57 am

    A bidding war is already starting over the Pac-10’s next TV contract. The disturbing development here is that ESPN is expected to big aggressively to take the Pac-10 rights away from Fox. Sports Business Journal says that ESPN wants the Pac-10 for their late night time slot…that would mean they would be showing Pac-10 games instead of WAC games and the WAC would lose that late night time slot.

    In fact, the bidding war over the Pac-10’s TV rights already is developing, leading some industry executives to predict that the conference’s windfall could hit ACC-type numbers. In May, ESPN agreed to pay $1.86 billion over 12 years for the ACC’s rights. That deal hasn’t been finalized.

    The Pac-10’s current deals with ESPN and Fox Sports Net end in 2012, and sources say that the two networks already are informally making their interest known via several events that have been set up with Pac-10 coaches in New York, Los Angeles and Bristol, Conn.

    I’d be shocked if ESPN didn’t make a strong bid. ESPN loves college sports. It has extensive deals with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12 and could use the Pac-10’s later windows to round out its schedule.

    ESPN recently sent word to the conference that it is interested in discussing a possible channel partnership, sources say. The move is a significant one for ESPN, which in the past has tried to keep conferences like the SEC from launching such a channel, and it shows that ESPN will be a serious bidder.

    But ESPN isn’t alone. I expect Fox will also make a significant bid for the broadcast and cable rights. Since Chase Carey returned to Fox last summer, the broadcaster has become more aggressive about adding sports to its programming lineup. Just last month, for example, Fox nearly stole the ACC’s rights from ESPN. I can’t see the broadcaster passing on a conference that’s in its own backyard.

    Fox has had preliminary conversations with the conference about a partnership on a channel that would be similar to the Big Ten Network, which, in the college world, is considered a runaway success. Fox owns slightly less than half of the channel.

  76. Bulla June 30, 2010 10:59 am


    Awesome job my brother, awesome 🙂

    have fun at CC everyone, stuck in Waikiki for another event….grrrrrrr…….

  77. NorthShoreFan June 30, 2010 11:04 am

    Flame thrower can flame odda things besides charcoal…..LOL!

  78. A-House June 30, 2010 11:05 am

    Don’t remember if someone posted if the WC has an “exit fee”. This is the 1st thing the WAC should do while they are sitting on their collective rear-ends waiting for the sky to fall!!

    Just like UH hs no “exit fee” for Coach Mack who will continue to receive his $1.1 million in year #4 and #5 IF he should get canned in 2010. My, my what a life to “make” that amount and not having to work.

    Thrusts the ineptness of the General Counsel’s office at UH into the arena of public info. But, give Coach Macks’ attorney credit for securing the contract they did.

  79. Garret June 30, 2010 11:14 am


    The WAC doesn’t have an exit fee, though BSU will be leaving behind the $1 million or so that they WAC would have given them for the 2010-2011 school year.

    People in the media that talk about Colorado’s “exit fee” should point out that their exit fee is just that the Big 12 won’t give them the $10 million they would have gotten from 2011 (for the 2010-2011 school year), or they will give up $5 million in 2011 and $5 million in 2012. Colorado isn’t actually paying any money to the Big 12 if they leave after 2 years, they are just going to get “only” $5 million instead of $10 million each year.

  80. Garret June 30, 2010 11:16 am


    When Karl Benson asked for WAC schools to pledge loyalty and make the exit something like $6 million, *UH* was one of the first schools to reject that. When he asked WAC schools again last year to sign a loyalty pledge, UH rejected that again. So, UH has made it clear that they want out of the WAC.

  81. Watch Godgifu June 30, 2010 11:17 am

    DPK – what evil lurks in the heart of men …
    (re: AL #71)

    Besides, I don’t think I seen you since the Buffet 100 and a cc at Camelia’s.

  82. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 11:39 am

    Nice to hear that 60 somewhat players showed up for unsupervised practice… but TWO interceptions? who threw the ball? And WHO or whom on the offense was tipping off the plays?

  83. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 11:45 am

    Re #71 and #81 –

    Grrrrr… I wish I could, but I’m on a serious deadline. A buffet at the Garden would be great right about now. 🙁

  84. Slugger June 30, 2010 11:50 am


    Can’t say I’ll eat for you, but I’ll think of you…

    Better walk across the street. Esme & out…

  85. Shoko June 30, 2010 11:51 am

    I have nothing to quote at this time.

    Mahalo Stretch!

  86. Shoko June 30, 2010 11:57 am

    Yikes, six million exit fee? I can’t see other WAC member schools accepting that loyalty pledge. Guess that’s reasonable for the WAC an other non-aq conferences. Wonder how much the MWC exit fee is, if there is one.

  87. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 12:04 pm

    They should have voted for the exit fee… 6 million is nothing compared to what you could get at the next level. You’d make it up in a year. But at least the 8 remaining teams would have been getting something or could have used some of that money as a signing bonus for a new member.

  88. Garret June 30, 2010 12:05 pm


    MWC exit fee is $0.

  89. Garret June 30, 2010 12:07 pm

    I’m glad that there was a good turnout for unsupervised workouts today.

  90. Last Call June 30, 2010 12:08 pm

    Amber Kaufman wins WAC’s 2009-10 Joe Kearney Award

    Kaufman, a senior from San Jose, Calif, was named an All-American in two sports this past year. She began the season by helping to lead the volleyball team to the Final Four in 2009 and was ranked fourth in the country in hitting percentage (.431).

    In March, she was the runner-up in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship and then captured the national title in the event at the Outdoor Championship earlier this month. She has earned All-American honors in track and field five times during her career and also earned academic all-WAC honors all four years at Hawai‘i.

    “Amber is an exceptional athlete who has world-class ability,” said Senior Woman Administrator Marilyn Moniz-Kaho‘ohanohano. “She has also performed well in the classroom and continues to succeed on both the volleyball court and in track and field. Her enthusiasm and motivation allowed her teammates to feed off of her on the volleyball court and her determination and exceptional leaping ability made her a national champion in track and field.”


  91. chopsueyboy June 30, 2010 12:08 pm


    predict 16 – 0
    includes winning bowl game and BCS playoff games
    and winning national championship game against SMU

    How soon can I book my flights after you confirm my winning entries?
    Need time to apply for visas and get necessary shots.

  92. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 12:13 pm

    Did I hear right that Amber has another year left at UH for track and field?

  93. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 12:15 pm


    No need shots.. get pills.. look like rabbit droppings.. smell like rabbit droppings.. taste like rabbit droppings… but they’re free! (FDA unapproved)

  94. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 12:27 pm


    How do you know they TASTE like rabbit droppings? You speak from experience? LOL

  95. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 12:29 pm

    Too bad nobody is posting from the CC. Dying to know who Watch Godgifu really is.

  96. haka June 30, 2010 12:30 pm

    Yes. Amber has one more year of track eligibility!
    Go Amber!

  97. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 12:33 pm


    Do you still play the Wii? I still have the one you sent us. Most recently, David bought the Tiger Woods Golf Wii. It was very difficult for him and he worked up a sweat playing the game.

  98. Kazz June 30, 2010 12:39 pm


  99. haka June 30, 2010 12:41 pm

    Mahalo Pomai!
    Amazing things can happen when people come together.

  100. haka June 30, 2010 12:41 pm

    Mahalo Kazz too!!

  101. Kazz June 30, 2010 12:49 pm


    Pomai stay doing all the leg work. He is up at Manoa chatting it up with the big wigs while I stay stuck in da office!!!



  102. Shoko June 30, 2010 12:54 pm

    Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was kicked off the team after repeated run-ins with the law, visited Louisiana Tech, a Monroe, La., TV station is reporting. Masoli, a native of Hawaii, visited La. Tech last weekend and is also going to visit Mississippi State, according to the report by KNOE-TV.

    There was also a report couple of weeks ago about Utah State expressing interest, but that rumour couldn’t be substantiated.

  103. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 1:08 pm

    Quarterbacks are supposed to be looked up to as they are considered leaders of the team. How can anybody respect Masoli after repeated arrests by the police? I think he is damaged goods already and should not be considered by other teams.

  104. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 1:12 pm

    #91 Chopsueyboy, You crack me up. 16 games? Does that include winning vs. the Super Bowl Champions too?

  105. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 1:15 pm

    #103 gigi-Hawaii, I hope we don’t have problems here with our QBs considered leaders of the team.

  106. Shoko June 30, 2010 1:15 pm

    Very true, but I find it interesting that teams are still willing to consider signing him even when he only has one more year of college eligibility.

  107. Old School Dave June 30, 2010 1:15 pm

    Can’t wait to see what Beau Yap can do come this fall. He seems to have a motor that doesn’t stop. Need to recruit more like him.

  108. GRM June 30, 2010 1:17 pm


  109. haka June 30, 2010 1:18 pm

    We all have to pick our battles, but we all have to support any way we can. Support it or you may lose it. It’s not funny that you find that the loudest critics and biggest cry babies are the one’s that give the least of anything. They always want something for nothing it seems.

    If you want a winning program, you have to support that program…through thick and thin. That’s how you build character. That’s how you build leadership. That’s how you build loyalty. That’s how you build tradition.

    You build a winning program through the commitment of the people.

  110. Seawalker June 30, 2010 1:21 pm

    If Mac wants to keep his job, he should consider Masoli. Even if it’s for 1 year, he’s worth the hassles!

  111. SteveM June 30, 2010 1:23 pm

    Watch Godgifu had me stumped for a while– especially with his references to living in New Jersey near N.Y.C. Then I realized he stopped there often, once enroute to the direct opposite side of the world from us*. This week’s comments really gave him away. 🙂

    * now the Tsai-ko cruisers know who he is, but many are at the CC anyway.

  112. GRM June 30, 2010 1:25 pm

    Mac would LOSE his job if he picked up Masoli. We really don’t need a troubled young man at this point.

  113. jm2375 June 30, 2010 1:25 pm

    I hope this means there won’t be another Cooke/Ching Field debacle. But I’m not gonna hold my breath.

    University of Hawaii regents have approved new procedures that will enable university administrators to more efficiently procure goods and services.

    The interim policies, endorsed at the regents’ meeting Monday, also will allow the university to more quickly award and issue contracts for capital improvement, and repair and maintenance projects.

  114. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 1:27 pm

    I doubt Mack would invite Masoli to even be a walk on. I agree with GRM — who needs a troubled young man on the team?

  115. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 1:30 pm

    Steve — it really was disconcerting to me that Watch Godgifu knew me when I did not know him!!! LOL. How long has he been a Tsaiko? Was he here at the beginning of the WB?

  116. RedZone June 30, 2010 1:32 pm

    I thought Masoli was going pro?

  117. RedZone June 30, 2010 1:32 pm

    UH could use more athletes like Amber Kaufman.

  118. jm2375 June 30, 2010 1:33 pm

    SteveM – #111 – I wuz wondering if he was off on another cruise. Haven’t heard from him in a while. 😀

  119. jm2375 June 30, 2010 1:34 pm

    when’s the next cruiser call?

  120. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 1:44 pm


    If you mean Watch Godgifu, he is at today’s CC at Maple Garden. You know him, too?

  121. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 1:51 pm


    Your kidding about Masoli, right? Masoli isn’t a RnS QB… he doesn’t do the reads and can’t master it in a few weeks. Considering his supporting cast members, I don’t know if I’d even put him above Inoke Funaki, QB wise… certainly not character wise.

    We got enough QBs… just gotta develop them and find the right mix for the rest of the offense. BUT we have a good group of young athletes that have every potential to be the team we want them to be in the next two -three years.

  122. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 1:57 pm


    Wasn’t Masoli a student at St. Louis? Don’t they still use the R n S system that the Lee brothers established way back when? Just wondering.

  123. OH NO - NO START June 30, 2010 2:00 pm

    gigi, please don’t start having discussions about the quarterback situation. We all know what happened the last time you got into that conversation.

  124. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 2:01 pm

    I don’t think it’s quite the same brand of the RnS that the Warriors are developing… otherwise, I would think that Ron Lee would still be calling the plays.

  125. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 2:03 pm

    #123 — No I don’t remember that quarterback situation of which you speak. Anyway, I wasn’t the one who broached the subject of Masoli. Scroll back and you will see.

  126. papajoe2 June 30, 2010 2:11 pm

    Watching former Wahine Natasha Kai in the WPS all star soccer game on HSFPT Oc CHANNEL 1228. She’s not starting so is not playing yet, but with all star games I’m sure she’ll get into the game

  127. A-House June 30, 2010 2:13 pm

    Was not Masoli a LB at St Louis? Did he play QB, too?

  128. Bulla June 30, 2010 2:15 pm


    you are correct but Masoli was a QB, that was Cameron Higgins Senior season

  129. SteveM June 30, 2010 2:16 pm

    June 30th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    when’s the next cruiser call?

    jm2375 — I was hoping early July, but with my cough and myki heading out to Northern Europe next week already (and my cruise/neice’s wedding departure on the 14th), we might have to postpone until August.

    Then we can debrief myki (or what she’ll admit) 🙂 and we can compare notes on the Norwegian Pearl as a possible Tsai-ko Alaska cruise venue (you can challenge ST to bowl). Maybe we can get Calvin from Kona too, if he wants some Alaska cruise tips for his September sailing.

  130. Old Diver June 30, 2010 2:16 pm

    Masoli a native of Hawaii? I thought he transferred to St. Louis from the mainland and was second string to Mamiya.

  131. Last Call June 30, 2010 2:19 pm

    Just realized that the girl on the AKA TV commercial is Wahine volleyball’er Brittany Hewitt anyone know who the young man is ?

  132. Dennis Halloran June 30, 2010 2:19 pm

    Boise would never be considered by Pac or Big conferences because of academics. In our lifetime they were a JC and they have progressed mightily but way short of the Research level of the Schools in those conferences.
    Emulate them on the field and we can look up to MWC at least, but I still like Garrett,s idea of a super conference USA that covers the entire country in three divisions

  133. Kazz June 30, 2010 2:22 pm

    Last Call,

    In the AKA commercial it was Mana Silva next to Brittany Hewitt.

  134. protector June 30, 2010 2:23 pm

    papajoe2 and SteveM,

    Hope it’s not too late for this prediction:

    Warriors 49 Condoms 24

  135. Kazz June 30, 2010 2:24 pm

    Speaking of that AKA commercial…

    I had to see it about two more times before I realized what it was for. Ms. Hewitt can be a… um… distraction… 😉 😎

  136. homey ︻╦╤─ anteater June 30, 2010 2:26 pm

    Pau lunch.

  137. Kazz June 30, 2010 2:27 pm


  138. SteveM June 30, 2010 2:27 pm

    protector — hmmm, I think papajoe2 was kidding. 😕

  139. maui warrior June 30, 2010 2:28 pm

    no he was the kicker

  140. Kazz June 30, 2010 2:28 pm

    HA! It worked!!! 😆

  141. RedZone June 30, 2010 2:29 pm

    UH 20 – SC 17

  142. al June 30, 2010 2:33 pm


    sorry gigi and others. you know the rules.
    what’s said at the cc stays at the cc.
    this is rule #1 of all cc rules/regs.
    it was tsai himself who stated rule #1 at the first cc.

  143. Not an Expert June 30, 2010 2:33 pm

    A Thought:

    Why not all these great Tsaiko people start contacting all the billionaires over the world who might want to help out the situation at UH. I’m pretty sure an emotional plea and the plight we are in being in the middle of the Pacific might stir a billionaire or 10, who may have an affection for the University and its state. In doing so memoralizing their name etc. etc.

    You guys did it on a small scale with the bracelets for the softball team and the donation box at their games. If anyone think this may bear fruit start running with it. If not wishful dreaming again on my part.

  144. al June 30, 2010 2:34 pm

    thought it was a rottweiler on a diet?

  145. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 2:36 pm

    Hello, homey. Anteater, huh? I was right, then. LOL

  146. Last Call June 30, 2010 2:37 pm

    I have Hewitt’s pink game jersey unfortunately she wasn’t in it when it came in the mail,all a got with it was a letter from some guy named Dave. 🙂

  147. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 2:38 pm

    Hey Maui Warrior!

    Long time no see! How are you my friend! You gonna be here for the opener?

  148. protector June 30, 2010 2:39 pm

    Seawalker on # 110,

    Have to disagree with you about Coach Mack taking in Masoli. Taking someone of questionable / dubious character is never a good thing. Also, Masoli couldn’t run UH’s Offense if they gave him ALL the reps from now until game-time. He’s an option QB whose favorite plays are the QB-keeper and bootlegs. Are you trying to sabotage the team?

  149. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 2:40 pm

    Do you disguise the gun as an anteater to get it through security at airports and MMA events?

  150. Garret June 30, 2010 2:42 pm


    My family still uses our Wii fairly regularly. I mainly use it for EA Sports Active (the second one gives a better workout than the first) and NCAA Football, my wife has gotten into challenging me in Big Brain Academy, and my kids get to do Big Brain Academy or EA Sports Active once per week.

  151. Garret June 30, 2010 2:43 pm

    Molokai is starting up their football program after 50 years without football!

    Get your cleats ready, Molokai, because the streak is over. After a 50 year hiatus, Molokai High School football is back in the lineup and will take to the field this fall.

    The 1960-61 Farmers were the last high school football team on Molokai.The 1960-61 Farmers were the last high school football team on Molokai.“It’s going to be big,” said Mike Kahale, a physical education teacher at Molokai Middle School. “Our kids have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.”

  152. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 2:44 pm


    That’s better than us. We don’t use the Wii that often.

  153. jm2375 June 30, 2010 2:44 pm

    SteveM – August is better for me. I’m off to Redskin country 7/19-8/1.

  154. Garret June 30, 2010 2:44 pm

    Molokai will be with the smaller schools in Maui in an 8-man football league.

    Although securing the funds for a traditional 11-man team was a stretch, it didn’t mean the sport couldn’t exist at all. This past year, smaller schools in Maui County began looking into an eight-man football league – which was recently sanctioned by the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) this fall to include Molokai, Seabury Hall and St. Anthony high schools.

    Eight-man football has gained popularity in many rural areas on the mainland and allows small schools with small budgets a chance to play football.

    Since the league doesn’t have the finances to cover tackle football off the bat, it will start small and slowly expand. The first year will be a passing league with full padding incorporated the second year, and full MIL sanctioning expected in the third year.

    “It’s the only way to make it financially feasible,” Kahale said. “It’s a great way to introduce football fundamentals and to actually start. Why wait until next year?”

  155. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 2:47 pm

    That’s wonderful news, Garret. I am all for establishing a football program on Molokai.

  156. NorthShoreFan June 30, 2010 2:48 pm

    Homey,Kazz…#136..#137…Too Cool!

  157. Garret June 30, 2010 2:56 pm


    If you want an update on my company, you can read this:

  158. Slugger June 30, 2010 3:08 pm


    I had an extra bite at lunch for you.

  159. Jeff June 30, 2010 3:08 pm

    Karl Benson discussing WAC expansion on 1420 right now

  160. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 3:10 pm

    Slugger –
    Who bit you? Was it homey’s anteater? 😆

  161. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 3:14 pm

    #157 Garret,

    That is simply splendid.

    I wonder how your system would withstand the heat inside a burning house, though. You said that firefighters could use the robots for the purpose of finding safe areas inside such a building for themselves.

    Good luck in finding ways to block interference. I think that is the biggest problem facing you right now.

  162. wafan June 30, 2010 3:14 pm

    Benson is working hard to create a positive spin.

  163. Matt June 30, 2010 3:16 pm

    Congrats to Amber Kaufman for being named the WAC’s best female athlete for the 2009-2010 season.

  164. Seawalker June 30, 2010 3:29 pm

    Regarding Masoli, I look at what he did for Oregon ON THE FIELD. Hell, if we had as talented QB as Masoli, we would be giving BS a run for their money. Yes, I agree, he is a troubled kid. But I also see an upside to this. The kid got talent. He needs a playing field to use that talent. If he’s available, we should get ’em. We just need one winner and the rest of the QBs will up their game. Let the team keep Masoli in check. Remember, no body said the Sugar was a one time deal!

  165. homey ︻╦╤─ bang June 30, 2010 3:33 pm

    Watch God was at the cc???

  166. haka June 30, 2010 3:41 pm

    Masoli? On UH? To make them better? Uh……I don’t think so.

  167. tom mui June 30, 2010 3:51 pm



    Al knew who Watch Godgifu was – it was the name that was the puzzler but he figured it out.

    Godgifu is Old English for Godiva. You recall that Lady Godiva told her husband that the taxes were too high for the people of the shire. He said that the moment she would ride to the town naked on a horse, he would reduce the taxes.

    She did and everyone avoided looking except one person named Tom. (“peeping Tom”).

    Now I got to figure out a new name in case I want to talk stink on the blog!

    (Incidentally 20 people or so showed up for the CC)

  168. duffer (iPhone) June 30, 2010 4:01 pm


    trying to email you with a project. Still at work, so I don’t have your email

  169. gigi-hawaii June 30, 2010 4:03 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Who would’ve thought Watch Godgifu was ole Tom Mui!!!!! I can’t believe the lengths you went to disguise yourself, Tom. Wow!

    And, yes, folks, Tom Mui has been a Tsaiko for eons!

  170. A-House June 30, 2010 4:06 pm

    Homey’s weapon is an “automatic rifle” not a gun, alibit very 2 dimensional! One could say it resembles an AR 15 (AirForce) or M16(Army) — same smell or, if yuou were a WWII buff, it looks like a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle).

  171. A-House June 30, 2010 4:07 pm


    at home – use our email – will try my best to assist.

  172. duffer (iPhone) June 30, 2010 4:18 pm


    You have mail.

  173. Buffoman June 30, 2010 4:23 pm

    Remember Attrice Brooks or whatever his last name is? The guy was a talented troubled wide receiver. If he had his head screwed on properly we could have had another Ashley Lelie (sp?)

    I agree, Masoli by his actions just does seem to have his head screwed on properly. Not a rsik reward situation that favors the risk taker. Like many, too bad for the kid, really. Ultimately, it’s not the schools but the young man who stands to lose the most.

  174. koakane™ June 30, 2010 4:26 pm

    good afternoon tsaiko country

    congrats to akaufman being named WAC 2009-10 Joe Kearney Award Winner, and best wishes to molokai hs for starting up the fball program again. also beeg mahalo to pomai and kazz for their diligent work securing the $ to get bracelets to the sball wahines.

    sad couldn’t make the cc but will be there next time. know everyone did a lot of damage to the buffet. there is always next week eh al 😉

  175. koakane™ June 30, 2010 4:30 pm

    agree with all who favor not to seeking masoli out.

    enough qb’s, spend time developing the one’s we got now, no need any more drama focus on winning games, WAC and making a bowl.

  176. chawan_cut June 30, 2010 4:42 pm

    masoli can go hang out with mike vick.

  177. MichiganWarrior June 30, 2010 4:56 pm

    #8 haka
    #17 ai-eee-soos
    #18 Slugger
    #82 madeinhawaii

    The only 4, out of 174 posts, to have actually made a comment about the original Blog topic. I thought it was quite amusing. Don’t get me wrong… I especially love reading Garret’s conversational bits of information. it helps all of us to get a view of the bigger picture. I just thought it was funny that the majority went straight to the Comments without actually commenting on the original topic.
    I am happy to learn of developments like this. To me, it shows that the team is aware of the circumstances it faces, following this round of realignments. Everyone has to get serious and up their game for us to even have a chance at disproving the experts on our upcoming season. We have no choice but to overachieve. We have to be vicious, but in control. Play crazy, but smart. Let’s not have tons of personal foul penalties this year, please?
    I hope our line on both sides comes together sooner, rather than later (preferably by the end of this summer!) And please work on wrapping up and playing disciplined ball!!! Please???

  178. duffer (iPhone) June 30, 2010 5:03 pm

    When you purchase a season ticket, how does that money get distributed? Does all the money stay with that particular sport/team or does it go into a “general” fund?

  179. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 5:23 pm

    re # 176.

    June 30th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    masoli can go hang out with mike vick.

    c_c: you hit the nail right on the head.

    Let me add that masoli is NOT an RnS QB. He is a rich rodriguez type QB, like he had at

    W Va, and now at Mich. masoli would NOT be of help to our Warriors, in more than one way.

  180. Matt June 30, 2010 5:24 pm

    Is current 49er Sopoaga wearing Oakland Raiders gear?

  181. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2010 5:34 pm

    Nope. At first, I thought that. But it’s actually generic NFL gear.

  182. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2010 5:35 pm

    I thought I heard a report that Masoli was going to apply for the supplemental draft.
    It would be tough to get picked, since the team would have to forfeit a corresponding pick in the 2011 draft. You know how protective teams are of draft picks, even late-round picks.

  183. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2010 5:39 pm

    I would have posted something on the WAC deciding not to expand except, basically, the WAC voted to do nothing. So, basically, that means there’s been no progress since Boise opted to leave three weeks ago.
    I know the WAC would love to poach San Diego State or UNLV, but they want to keep their intentions a secret. That’s amusing since the MWC doesn’t keep secrets.

  184. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 5:41 pm

    I really feel bad for Greg Alexander. No one really will ever know how he would have done had he not gotten injured. Any word on what he’s been up to?

  185. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2010 5:41 pm

    Spain and Shutter were intercepted.

  186. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2010 5:43 pm

    Greg Alexander suffered several post-surgery infections that required hospitalization. He lost a lot of weight. He wants to try out for NFL teams next year. We’ll see how that goes.

  187. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 5:50 pm

    “several” … whoa.. I thought he only had the one incidence… Too bad. Hope he’s able to rehab in time for next year’s pro day and combines. Hopefully he gets an invite.

  188. Ralph June 30, 2010 5:53 pm

    Colorado Fireworks tournament: Kaikamahine beat Tx American Freedom 7-1; Kamikaze lost to Tx Cobras 7-2. SD Legacy finished the day 2-0, Pearls 1-1; and the Pearls 16U play later tonight.

  189. RainbowCliff June 30, 2010 6:27 pm

    Pomai #12 Post: Kind sir when the donation from myself and Father skywalker arrives PLEASE let me know that the foundation has received it as you have my home e-mail address.

    Your volleyball assistant coach Kari Ambrozich has met and talked to skywalker at the Phoenix Volleyball Festival. Coach e-mailed me June 29th and thank me on the info to her and stated “She is a very nice player with a lot of potential” as sky walker called her Father and gleem with happiness of meeting Hawaii !

    Her stock is continue to rise as a prominent Pac 10 school and Big Ten school has confirm a full volleyball scholarship to her as she and Father ponder pro & con decesions together for this exciting moment !

    I will be involve as an advisor to her evaluations of all interested schools as Father has requested that we sit down for dinner and go over everybody offer and team situation with academic standards, cultural enviroment and playing time status.

    Mahalo for all the posters that responded “POSITIVE” to my introduction of lady sky walker as one thing I do very well is “know and recruit talent” as I have had the experience as a former athlete and I do it everyday here in LA on many different levels !

    Just imagine what I could do for you in your men’s athletics BUT I am not mad or disappointed as I find other means and areas to use my talent !

    Have a good evening Tsaiko Nation !

  190. d1島 June 30, 2010 6:46 pm



    just got up from my nap after the cc! Great 5F’s!

    ︻╦╤─ —— 😯 👿 😉

    Good to hear so many participating in UW’s…

  191. lefty June 30, 2010 6:46 pm

    don’t you mean i hit the leg with a bullet?

  192. chawan_cut June 30, 2010 6:48 pm

    oops, using lefty’s computer.
    that was me.

  193. Slugger June 30, 2010 6:50 pm

    I thought Greg Alexander’s intention was to work out here, gain weight, and get ready for an NFL invite. Is he in Hawaii, or is he planning to train on the mainland? Having such a rough post-surgery rehab period, I hope he heals before training. I’m glad he got his degree.

  194. Jeff June 30, 2010 6:51 pm

    Re: Benson interview.

    He was really spinning it, wonder how much he really believes it himself, says WAC remains strong, no sense of panic etc.

    According to Benson there were teams ready to accept WAC membership right now, including Div IA teams, but they decided it would be in their best interest to remain at 8 teams. Take that FWIW.

  195. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:02 pm

    re # 176, 191 & 192.

    Yeah, you could look at it that way.

    Somehow trouble finds him, or is it the other way around?

    I wonder if vick is gonna be suspended again.

  196. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:03 pm

    where’s wafan ?

  197. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:04 pm

    won’t let me post the same words.

  198. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:04 pm

    so where’s wafan

  199. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:05 pm


  200. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:05 pm

    well. where are you

  201. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2010 7:05 pm

    you missed 200.

  202. Lopaka43 June 30, 2010 7:11 pm

    Aloha, Tsaiko Ohana!

    Welcome back, Gigi! I enjoy the Gracie Allen taste you bring to the blog.

    Thanks for organizing the bracelet drive, Pomai and Kazz. You are an illustration of what we all have to do to make the UH a great place for sports, for learning, and for research. We should settle for nothing less than world class in all of those things. And beyond a certain point it isn’t about money; it is about a critical mass of committment, consensus, and solidarity. If we know who we are and what we want and are determined, every day, to go after it, to get better, to learn, to build, to unite, we will get there.

    Go Warriors!! Go Bows!!

  203. A-House June 30, 2010 7:24 pm

    Duffer: u have mail!!!

  204. Slugger June 30, 2010 7:25 pm


    I bit a gau gee for you and extra vegies. Gotta be healthy, guy.

    I hope Masoli gets his life together and figures out what he needs to do to succeed. He’s definitely not a QB for our team. Plus we have a lot of QBs in the wings.

  205. Slugger June 30, 2010 7:28 pm

    wafan is supposed to be home tomorrow. Maybe he went to bed early or is on a red-eye. Don’t know, but he’ll be here soon!

  206. wafan June 30, 2010 7:29 pm

    Long day tomorrow.

  207. wafan June 30, 2010 7:30 pm

    3rd Century.

  208. wafan June 30, 2010 7:30 pm

    Up at 3:30. Out of the house by 4:30.


  209. d1島 June 30, 2010 7:31 pm

    the same words

  210. d1島 June 30, 2010 7:31 pm

    the same words

  211. d1島 June 30, 2010 7:31 pm

    the same words

  212. wafan June 30, 2010 7:31 pm

    Hmmm. SeaTac is one of the airports with free wifi. Maybe I will see you folks tomorrow morning. If not, then hope to see most of you in Hawai’i!!

  213. d1島 June 30, 2010 7:32 pm

  214. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 7:32 pm


    Benson must have attended Communication Skills classes with Herman Frazier. I have to wonder if they’re the same ones that Frazier had in his back pocket, eh?

  215. d1島 June 30, 2010 7:32 pm

    Safe trip wafan!

  216. Curt June 30, 2010 7:36 pm

    Wow. 60 players for the work outs–that’s great. Any players standing out?

  217. haka June 30, 2010 7:37 pm

    It’s very impressive that a Wahine has claimed the WAC Joe Kearney Award 6 of the last 8 years!

    Rainbow Wahine ROCK!

    UH’s Joe Kearney Award Recipients
    2009-10 Amber Kaufman, Volleyball/Track & Field
    2007-08 Emma Friesen, Diving
    2006-07 Colt Brennan, Football
    Kanoe Kamana’o, Volleyball
    2005-06 Kanoe Kamana’o, Volleyball
    2003-04 Kim Willoughby, Volleyball
    2002-03 Kim Willoughby, Volleyball/Basketball

    Oh, and that other guy is a rock star too. 🙂

  218. Slugger June 30, 2010 7:45 pm

    I remember days like that, wafan. Have a safe trip!

  219. EH NO MAKE ! June 30, 2010 7:52 pm


    I think it’s GREAT to see the +60 or so Warriors Mr. Tsai reports on doing off-season “voluntary” work outs.

    AWESOME fellas, GREAT commitment!

    Go Warriors!

  220. RedZone June 30, 2010 8:09 pm

    What’s up with the VC weapons?

  221. Kazz June 30, 2010 8:28 pm


    Our Rainbow Wahine are awesome aren’t they?

    Right Chawan? 😎

  222. Kazz June 30, 2010 8:29 pm

    ︻╦╤─ Benson.

  223. Kazz June 30, 2010 8:32 pm


    I know we all rag on Karl Benson a lot, but he ain’t stupid enough to believe the words that came out of his mouth on the radio today.

    Perfect “Coach Speak”.

  224. d1島 June 30, 2010 8:34 pm

    “anteater” Benson?

  225. Slugger June 30, 2010 8:44 pm


    You need to take your toy back to FB world. Now, if you could make a football appear, I’ll bet it’d get tossed around.

  226. kiddingme June 30, 2010 8:45 pm

    # koakane™:
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    agree with all who favor not to seeking masoli out.

    enough qb’s, spend time developing the one’s we got now, no need any more drama focus on winning games, WAC and making a bowl.

    I guarantee you cousin Masoli can beat out your quarterbacks. He showed great poise playing big games in front of thousands of fans. He was the star of the Rose Bowl. Even if he doesn’t start, he would make a difference as a back-up. Your offense is not that complicated. You just need a good athlete to run it. If you think outside the box, you could also move Masoli to running back. He would excel there.

    I’ll bet you Masoli would be good for 1 or 2 wins. What would have happened last season with one more win?

  227. RedZone June 30, 2010 8:59 pm

    1 or 2 wins won’t get you to a bowl game.

  228. Pomai June 30, 2010 9:05 pm

    If I could I would like to ask all of you that sent a check to bracelet fund to send an email to me letting me know your email address, we would like to use it to keep all of you abreast of what is going on with the softball program.

  229. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 9:07 pm

    Stephen –

    Does the turn out for summer work outs seem to be bigger than usual this year? Are all of the players working hard Tommy H?

  230. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 9:08 pm

    “working hard for Tommy H” that should read.

  231. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 9:10 pm

    See what OG homey started… all o’ these guns in the blog “hood” now.

  232. RedZone June 30, 2010 9:11 pm

    DPK I think you were right the first time. Need to ask Tommy H that question.

  233. Kazz June 30, 2010 9:11 pm


    I thought you were going to wait to reveal that the softball team will be changing in to UH’s first Wahine Rugby team?????!!!!????


    GREAT!!! The cat is out of the bag!!! Coolen is not going to be happy! 😆 hahahahahahahaha!!!

  234. cocbean June 30, 2010 9:14 pm

    BSU is always way ahead of the curve. They’ve had 100% participation in off season workouts for years. It’s part of their football culture. New recruits must buy into this before signing on the dotted line. They’re always the best prepared team heading into a season. Their record reflects this. Hawkin’s success at BSU can be largely attributed to this. His so-soness at Colorado might because he could’nt establish the same culture there.
    I hope the Warrior have a 100% participation by their olinemen. From scholarshippers to walk ons. Everyone knows this group holds the key to the offense. Play well, we’ll score. Give up too many sacks, the blogs will light up calling for Mack’s head. Now is the time for the leaders of this group(if there are any) to step up and ask everyone to give it their all, and a little more.

  235. Kazz June 30, 2010 9:14 pm

    But seriously…


    pomai (at)

    No ack, bumbai u lern.

  236. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2010 9:15 pm

    RedZone –

    Ummm… er… uh…. Yah!!!
    You’re right! I meant to say that didn’t I?! 😆

    Love reading Bea Yap’s name so early on.

  237. cocobean June 30, 2010 9:16 pm

    #234 from Cocobean

  238. Kazz June 30, 2010 9:18 pm

    Da Punchbowl Kid:
    June 30th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    See what OG homey started… all o’ these guns in the blog “hood” now.

    Blood in, blood out. 😎

  239. Kazz June 30, 2010 9:22 pm

    All the Masoli believers will get a chance to smile soon enough.. Apparently…

    LaTech comes to Aloha Stadium this season. 😎

  240. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 9:30 pm

    Masoli would be a good fit for La Tech… as QB or RB.. not UH

  241. haka June 30, 2010 9:36 pm

    Masoli would be a good misfit…

  242. Curt June 30, 2010 9:51 pm


    I agree. Masoli is talented but not a good fit for UH…not enough time to learn the R&S.

  243. Curt June 30, 2010 9:56 pm

    I was looking at the passing stats and noticed that SMU QB Kyle Padron had a completion rate of 67.2% and QB rating of 159. Not bad considering in his first yr. June Jones might be developing a QB with almost Colt-like #s.

  244. d1島 June 30, 2010 9:59 pm

    Your offense is not that complicated. You just need a good athlete to run it.

    Got Jeff George?

  245. Curt June 30, 2010 10:03 pm

    Bryant Moniz comp % = 57.1, QB rating = 128.4

    Greg Alexander comp % = 65.3, QB rating = 160.0

    Too bad we didn’t have Greg for the whole season. Good news is that we have plenty of QBs to choose from. It could be Bryant, maybe Graves, maybe Rausch, maybe Gigi. 🙂

  246. Curt June 30, 2010 10:07 pm


    I don’t like the comment “Your offense is not that complicated.” It implies that it’s not difficult to pick up. As we all know, June says it takes at least a year to get the hang of it. I think I’ll go with June’s assessment.

  247. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:12 pm

    Got to agree.. Greg Alexander probably would have led the team to a bowl game. Even without Bradley.. The loss of Greg was bad enough but to lose your deep man, too? Then having to shift a RB converted to Slot to WR? Ouch! That was like having a six-shooter with 4 blanks and 2 bullets.

  248. Jason June 30, 2010 10:16 pm

    I’m not supporting that Masoli come here, but wouldn’t he have to sit out a year anyways? Unless I’m understanding this wrong, he would have to sit out this year because of FBS transfer rules, just like Amani Purcell (and I think Travis LaBoy) had to sit out a year. He has two years to play one, so he would redshirt with UH (or LaTech, or Mississippi State, or whatever), then be eligible to play in 2011. Unless Garret (or someone else) can correct me on that …

  249. chawan_cut June 30, 2010 10:17 pm

    why would we want masoli anyways? he didn’t fare any better against boise the last 2 years than we did… playing against the thousands(oooh 30k) at boise blue field… oh wait, he lost to them at your dreaded autzen field too.
    hope he can handle the 20k that show up for la tech games.

  250. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:17 pm


    D1 was quoting someone else.. someone who was plugging for Masoli.

  251. Curt June 30, 2010 10:18 pm


    I’ll project that our record this year will be 8-5. And we meet SMU in the Hawaii Bowl. And Tom Mui comes up with a new name/handle that confounds us all again.

  252. Curt June 30, 2010 10:23 pm


    Thanks. I reviewed my post and it did look like I was not happy with d1’s post. Not the case d1. Sorry about that. I knew it was someone else’s post.

  253. Garret June 30, 2010 10:23 pm


    They already are working to get robots to go into burning buildings and map things out for the firefighters, saving firefighter lives and locating people in the building that need to be rescued. The problem is that the communications can fail and then the robots aren’t any use to the firefighters. Fixing that will save lives.

  254. Garret June 30, 2010 10:25 pm


    You are correct that Masoli won’t be able to play for anyone this season and will have to wait until 2011 to play for whatever team he transfers to.

  255. Garret June 30, 2010 10:25 pm

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

    The first experimental evidence has been found about how zapping a Titan-like atmosphere could create hints of life. This finding indicates what organic molecules might be found on Titan, the moon of Saturn that scientists think is a model for the chemistry of pre-life Earth.

  256. Garret June 30, 2010 10:25 pm

    Cornell researchers discovered how a simple process that uses molecules typically found in blue jeans and ink dyes can build cheaper, more efficient solar cells.

  257. Curt June 30, 2010 10:26 pm


    I would think you’re right that Masoli would have to sit out a year. Seems like he has to go down a level or hopes he gets picked up in the supplemental draft.

  258. Garret June 30, 2010 10:26 pm

    Chinese companies “rent” white people to pretend that they are employees or business partners. This is related to the Chinese concept of “face”, where having a few foreigners around means that a company has prestige, money, and connections to businesses overseas. A lot of actors take these jobs because the requirements are just to be white, not speak any Chinese, and pretend that you just got off of an airplane yesterday.

  259. Garret June 30, 2010 10:26 pm

    Finland is the first country in the world to mandate broadband access as a basic right. Every Finn must be provided with access to an Internet connection with a reasonably priced and high quality minimum downstream speed of at least 1 Mbps.

  260. Garret June 30, 2010 10:27 pm

    Swarms of tiny flying robots are being designed with an innovative perching mechanism that allows them to fly head-first into an object, such as a tree, without being destroyed and attach to almost any type of surface. These robots may be used to fly into forest fires, cling to undamaged trees, and deploy crucial sensors and tools to help firefighters track the fire.

  261. Garret June 30, 2010 10:27 pm

    Free play links pau. I’ve got to get back to work now. Long day and night…

  262. Curt June 30, 2010 10:29 pm


    I’ve always wondered why coaches have contracts that run for x years. Why can’t coaches be like regular employees where their job continues until they leave or get fired? What say you my friend?

  263. chawan_cut June 30, 2010 10:30 pm

    speaking of robots, masoli’s robot passing motion won’t work here either. i’m pretty sure he didn’t have to make the on the fly reads and quick decisions that match the WRs in the UO offense like would be required here. and he was always given the green light to freak out and scramble when he didn’t make the right read. kinda like tebow but definitely not the same in character. we’ll see how tebow does on THE real broncos team in Denver. he’ll have to prove whether mr. meyer’s teachings will transfer over to the nfl. so far not so good. alex smith, chris leak….

  264. Curt June 30, 2010 10:44 pm

    G’nite all.

  265. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:50 pm

    Of course, hopefully, no one is confused between Masoli and former BYU running back-turned-linebacker Malosi who may be walking on at UH.

    Malosi Te’o is welcome to walk on and earn a spot.

  266. madeinhawaii June 30, 2010 10:51 pm

    g’night all.

  267. al June 30, 2010 11:00 pm

    16 tsaikos today at maple garden including late arriving don weir.
    good food, good talk story.

  268. J-FORCE June 30, 2010 11:19 pm

    Is it football season yet? Oh well, July, August, (45 days and counting).

  269. SteveM June 30, 2010 11:19 pm

    Al — what was on the buffet menu?

  270. al June 30, 2010 11:47 pm

    food…lots of it.
    chinese chicken salad
    veg chow mein
    s/s pork
    and twenty more stuff.

  271. MichiganWarrior July 1, 2010 3:10 am

    #183 ST
    Remember the MWC announced on a Monday that they were not going to expand this year. Then I think it was Thursday of the same week, they invited and BSU accepted. I don’t trust those clowns at all. They were the ones who bolted from us to begin with.
    Today’s article on the subject reveals what many of us have known for some time. Karl Benson does have his ideas. Unfortunately for us, most times when he’s made suggestions, our Presidents, Chancellors, etc. have usually shot him down. Most of us will recall these events, but it’s good to see them listed in the article so that others will realize it’s not just up to him. It really makes you wonder about the (almost) power-tripping, shortsightedness of those in the WAC’s Ivory Towers. If we had taken some of his previous suggestions, prior to the defection of the MWC schools, would we be THE Mid-Major, awaiting AQ status into the BCS? Who knows?
    At any rate, I just hope our Warriors continue to have a great, productive summer. We need to come out hot and cohesive from the first whistle, and not wait until we are four games into the season.
    My wish list: Every WAC v. MWC game from here on out… we win!!! I mean, it would be nice to pull out the upset over those BCS schools once in a while, but let’s keep the MWC down where they belong!!! Please, bottom dwellers, pull out your Hail Mary Playbooks!

  272. MichiganWarrior July 1, 2010 3:15 am

    #258 Garret
    I’m up for being rented too, if anyone needs. I look good in a suit and can handle walking around, acting official, while having cute Chinese girls translating everything into English for me. But, I’m not white. Aww, man… sounds like there’s a Haiku in there somewhere… Rap Replinger style.

  273. Pomai July 1, 2010 3:46 am

    #272 Michigan Warrior, wow that job is almost as good as the one I have, which is watching the grass grow, pay is probably better to.

  274. Pride. July 1, 2010 5:13 am

    With APR rules nowadays, programs need to be careful with transfers. We need to make sure that transfers are not just free agent athletes, but that they are also commtted to academic excellence. Of course we want the best athletes, but we must not lose scholarships because of athletes that aren’t serious about working towards graduating. It’s great that Mack has emphasized having former athletes come back to Manoa to finish what they started academically. It’s definitely a win-win situation for all.

  275. Pride. July 1, 2010 5:15 am

    With academics in mind, Mr. Tsai. Knowing that Laupepa Letuli graduated from school this spring, what kind of courses will he be taking this fall? Will he get started on a master’s program?

  276. d1島 July 1, 2010 6:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    “ace up his sleeve”? We shall see what “anteater” Benson is planning…

  277. d1島 July 1, 2010 6:13 am

    # gigi-hawaii:
    June 30th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


    Do you still play the Wii? I still have the one you sent us. Most recently, David bought the Tiger Woods Golf Wii. It was very difficult for him and he worked up a sweat playing the game.

    😯 😉 😆
    Thankfully, it didn’t cost him $750M to “play the game” like Tiger!

  278. d1島 July 1, 2010 6:14 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  279. jm2375 July 1, 2010 6:24 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Happy Birthday to K. Mark Takai!! Hope your ankle is getting better.

    It’s a little wet here in Kailua. Everybody stay dry and have a great day!

  280. jm2375 July 1, 2010 6:32 am

    Richard Torres calling the defensive plays yesterday in the 11-on-11s? Future UH DC? 😀

  281. Last Call July 1, 2010 6:37 am

    276 -The only thing Benson has up his sleeve is arm pit odor.

  282. Buffoman July 1, 2010 7:03 am

    I’ll give benson the benefit of the doubt.

    My hope would be that he has sway with SDSU and UNLV and would convince them back to the WAC. That being said, if that should happen, we should all sit at the table and enjoy eating crow. I’ll be the first to eat my piece as I have not been one who has thought Benson has been a good leader. Then again, from the article this morning, our college presidents should also be dinged for being so out of it in the process.

  283. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 7:23 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy Birthday Mr. Takai!

  284. chopsueyboy July 1, 2010 7:33 am

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!

  285. Garret July 1, 2010 7:36 am


    I’ve always wondered why coaches have contracts that run for x years. Why can’t coaches be like regular employees where their job continues until they leave or get fired? What say you my friend?


    Assistant coaches have year-to-year contracts, but head coaches have multi-year contracts all around D-IA. There are several reasons for this:

    1. Recruits would NOT commit to a school if they thought that the head coach might not be there when they were there. A coach with a 1-year contract would be recruiting a player that wouldn’t even join the school until his contract was over!

    2. Coaches need time to implement their systems and recruit players for their systems. That is why you hear coaches talking about a 3-year plan, since a system cannot be effective until it has players that fit the system and the team understands the system.

    3. Every other D-IA school gives a multi-year contract so the market *requires* every school to give a new coach a multi-year contract. The same thing happens in industry…you CANNOT compare coaches to regular employees, you have to compare coaches to people in leadership or key positions at companies. Those types of people *do* have multi-year contracts or significant buy-out clauses if they are fired early. I know executives in the wireless industry that were hired at the VP or higher level and fired a few months later…the “golden handshake” they received to leave the company is FAR more than Mack’s entire 5-year contract.

    You also have weird contracts in industry that are given because that is what the market requires. For example, I had a contract once that would pay me a bonus of $200k or more if I just stayed with the company for 4 years. This is in addition to my regular salary, stock options, annual bonuses, and so on. If I quit I left that behind, but if they fired me (even if they had a cause to fire like incompetence or sexual harassment!) they had to immediately give me $200k. All “key” people were given similar contracts at the same time, and many of them immediately stopped working (wanting to be fired for incompetence) or did things on purpose that they *hoped* would get them fired. One guy had me convinced that he was dangerous and needed to be put into a mental institution. That made the company so crazy to work for that I quit and left the money and big salary behind.

  286. Garret July 1, 2010 7:40 am

    Benson must be hoping that the MWC gets raided and he can snag a few of the MWC teams left behind. It was already reported over a month ago that he contacted SDSU and UNLV.

    The flaw in that plan is that SDSU and UNLV have major budgetary problems and could be force to drop out of D-IA if they lose $3 million per year by going from the MWC to the WAC.

  287. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 7:45 am

    good to see so many guys training hard for this upcoming season.

  288. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2010 8:12 am

    Beau Yap weighs 250, per ST’ sports article. good read.

  289. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 8:40 am

    Yep, football’s in the air. Great article on Sopoaga too!

    I’d still like yesterday’s question answered:
    Are there more players than usual participating in summer drills?

  290. Slugger July 1, 2010 8:45 am

    Good morning!

    Rain over Manoa this morning. Good thing they’re not out on the practice field running around. Beautiful to see though. Have a good day, Tsaiko-people!

  291. Curt July 1, 2010 9:22 am

    thanks Garret. Interesting stuff regarding contracts.

  292. A-House July 1, 2010 9:51 am

    Ho, Ho, HO, it’s Christmas! Nope, you fool, it’s K Mark Takai’s birthday! Have a good one!!!

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