AhSoon to miss six weeks

Keith AhSoon received relatively good news when he was diagnosed with a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
AhSoon will miss six weeks of play. It was feared he would be lost for the rest of the season. With a bye this weekend, AhSoon might miss only five games. He will not need surgery.
AhSoon’s anterior cruciate ligament was not damaged.
“It is good news,” head coach Greg McMackin said. “I’m glad he’ll be able to come back (this season).”


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Quarterback Tyler Graunke attended practice, but said he still does not have flexibility in his right hand. He maintains he will be ready to resume practicing on Monday.

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Defensive back Richard Torres, who will be added to the kick-coverage unit, made an interesting find in his home: an old-school UH cap. Here it is:


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Greg McMackin has decided, for now, to keep open practices to the public.

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Look what Marvin Buenconsejo, communications director for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, sent:



  1. Maverick September 16, 2008 9:22 am

    I don’t have a good feeling about a starting QB that can’t practice full time because of injury. Tyler lost too much reps being out in the fall.
    Backups need to step up for the San Jose game.

  2. Garret September 16, 2008 9:25 am

    Bad news about AhSoon suffering ligament damage. I hope that he isn’t out too long, and hope that his health will be fine after his football career is over.

  3. Da Punchbowl Kid September 16, 2008 9:27 am


  4. Garret September 16, 2008 9:27 am

    I hope that Inoke, Alexander, and Rausch take advantage of the extra reps this week with Tyler out and show the coaches that they have progressed in the system. I also hope that Tyler (or whoever is the starting QB vs. SJSU if Tyler isn’t able to play) is able to get into sync with his WRs after taking a week off from practice.

  5. Garret September 16, 2008 9:29 am

    This showed up in my latest search for UH news.

    While growing up as the son of a championship roper on the professional rodeo circuit, Cody Pickett travelled throughout North America, including some stops in Calgary.

    As fate would have it, he’ll make his Canadian Football League debut as a starting quarterback this Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.

    Pickett is a 2004 draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers out of the University of Hawaii and he had some playing time in his rookie year.

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid September 16, 2008 9:30 am

    I’m just glad that Graunke will be able to play. I hope we see AhSoon back as quickly as his health allows him to safely return.

    FWIW- Coach Mack appreciates Emails of support and encouragement. I sent him one yesterday and he replied today.

  7. Garret September 16, 2008 9:31 am

    I’m glad that SJSU will have a new field before UH plays there next year!

    After the SJSU football team finishes its season, its field at Spartan Stadium will get a makeover.

    SJSU will replace the grass at the stadium with FieldTurf, said Tony Valenzuela, associate vice president of facility development and operations at SJSU.

    FieldTurf is an artificial grass made out of a rubber-like material and is designed to look more like grass than AstroTurf.

    The field surface at Spartan Stadium was criticized after the field was battered by rain before the SJSU-Hawaii football game last October.

    June Jones, then coach of University of Hawaii, referred to the field as “atrocious” and “an embarrassment for a Division I field,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

  8. midori7 September 16, 2008 9:33 am

    Morning Tsaikos.

    Ditto to Garret’s comments.

  9. Garret September 16, 2008 9:34 am

    Update on SJSU. They have a big game vs. Stanford this week so they won’t be looking ahead to UH.

    Defense shines vs. San Diego State: For the first time since 1992, a San Jose State defense limited its opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense when the Spartans yielded 146 yards to San Diego State in a 35-10 victory on September 13.

    Defense ranked in Top-20: After three games, the San Jose State defense is ranked in the top-20 in rushing defense (27th) and total defense (19th). The Spartans are one of 15 schools yielding less than 2.20 yards per carry rushing and are allowing 55.3 yards per game on the ground.

    Rushing to victory: San Jose State rushed for 293 yards in its win over San Diego State.

  10. Garret September 16, 2008 9:37 am

    Hi midori7!

    I think my parents and I saw your family friend at the UH Alumni Association tailgate on Saturday. They recognized each other from the Tsaiko-gate…funny how my parents were recognized for a Tsaiko-related thing and I was the one who she didn’t know!

  11. Garret September 16, 2008 9:41 am

    Bess update. I like the comparison to Wes Welker, that is the type of role that Bess is suited for in Miami’s offense.

    Davone Bess also impressed on the few offensive touches afforded him. He still has a long way to go to entrench himself as a legitimate pro slot receiver, but Bess appears to be a legitimate heir to the crown that Wes Welker left when the Dolphins shipped him to New England two offseasons ago.

  12. Garret September 16, 2008 9:45 am

    QB from Radford is now starting at Mississippi Valley State. I wish the reporter from Mississippi would have spelled Bess’ name correctly…

    “We didn’t have the money to go out and recruit him, so we just put out a lot of recruiting ads and his name came across the wire,” said Totten. “We called him, flew him in and him and his dad came to the campus. They liked it and we signed him.”

    Despite not actually visiting Hawaii to see Burciaga play, Totten gained a student-athlete who brought an unconquerable Hawaiian spirit with him. It also helped that Burciaga ran the same multiple, three-receiver set offense Totten planned to utilize at Valley.

    When Burciaga returned to Hawaii, he worked out with the University of Hawaii’s C.J. Hawthorne, a friend of Cotten’s and a Mississippi native.

    “I lifted with (Hawaii WR) Javon Bess, (WR Ryan) Grice-Mullin and C.J. Hawthorne,” said Burciaga. “It was a pretty good experience coming from a (Division) I-AA school.”

    Though the breath-taking scenery and ideal surfing conditions of Hawaii are miles away from Burciaga’s new home in Itta Bena, Ryan insists he would have ventured to remote corners of the country for the opportunity to play football.

    “It doesn’t matter if I go to Alaska or what-not, if there is an opportunity to play football, I’m coming,” said Burciaga.

  13. Garret September 16, 2008 9:47 am

    Feature article on RGM.

    To his dismay, he went undrafted, signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent, then got released after he injured his hamstring in mini-camp. He caught on with the Chicago Bears in July and was again released last month.

    “I didn’t want to wait around hoping to get picked up by another NFL team. I wanted to play ball,” Grice-Mullen said of his reasons for coming to Canada. “I did all I could do in college. My stats last year were good. Would it really make a difference if I went back for my senior year? It was just unfortunate I didn’t get drafted. It was a total shock.”

    “Ryan has the ability to take five-yard routes and turn them into 60-yardtouchdowns in a flash,” Brennan said of Grice-Mullen, who was timed at 4.3 for the 40-yard dash on Pro Day.

  14. midori7 September 16, 2008 9:48 am

    Hi Garret!

    Was really nice to see your parents at the Weber St tailgate!

    Good news about Davone! Thanks again for providing updates!

  15. Garret September 16, 2008 9:54 am


    I’m glad that you and others like the updates! I wish there was more to post, but aside from Bess none of the recent Warriors is getting much stuff in the press now. The Colt articles have cooled down now that Washington won a game and their offense did so well.

    I can’t even find San Jose articles about UH because SJSU faces Stanford this week.

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid September 16, 2008 9:59 am

    Hi Midori, Hi Garret.

    Kinda lonely in here this morning, eh?

  17. bb September 16, 2008 10:00 am

    Does the Bobby Curran show employ “shills?” Sometimes it seems its the same callers, same topics, same responses from Bobby. Some may be lurking here right now!

    Today Bobby sort of took a shot at this board saying how he never looks here or any board because “how can you meander the thought of believing what people say when they hide behind a screen name?” I await the day that a caller gets though the board man and says something controversial.

  18. Garret September 16, 2008 10:04 am

    Hi DPK! I think that a *long* time ago we talked about UH playing a game in Asia and going after the Asian market. I know I talked about that with A-joe too. HF seemed to delay all of those plans and it looks like Oregon is trying to get a game in Asia first! And their opponent could be BSU! Thankfully, Oregon is bogged down in bureaucracy now.

    Since it’s Boise State week, and the first word we ever heard about a planned UO game to be played in China was against the Broncos in 2009, I asked UO director of football operations Jeff Hawkins today about the status of those plans.

    “It’s still out there, yeah,” Hawkins said … but the “when” and the opponent are anybody’s guess.

    Hawkins took a trip to China last fall, to do some fact-finding on facilities and such.

  19. Garret September 16, 2008 10:07 am

    Paul Johnson had an interesting response to the criticism he got from the TV announcers on Saturday.

    Johnson was asked on his Sunday teleconference about his decision to go for it on 4th-and-7 from the Georgia Tech 34 with 2:24 left.

    He said that while watching a replay of the game, he heard the TV announcers questioning the move, too.

    “I think you’ve got to try to win the game,” he said.

    “The guys who do the game, they’re morons…I don’t worry about what they say.”

    Josh Nesbitt was sacked, and Virginia Tech took over.

  20. bb September 16, 2008 10:07 am

    Did anybody catch Natasha Kai at Wall Street yesterday ? Wall Street took the biggest hit since 9/11 and Kai and a few teammates closed yesterdays session. It looked kinda strange with all of her tatoos and dropping the gavel closing what was a pretty bad day economically for this country.

  21. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 16, 2008 10:14 am

    morning tsaikos,

    hi garret and midori7!


    you dont have to wait. you should go down to call the coach at willows. they give preference to people in the audience to comment/question etc. you should bring it up hahaha.

    hey Jesse,

    i missed a good Ige’s-gate on saturday. couldnt make it, was feeling sheety, felt worse after hearing the game on the radio…..

    go warriors!

  22. harry September 16, 2008 10:17 am

    I think most of knew that it wouldn’t be surprising if UH was 1-2 at this point of the season. What is surprising is how they have lost (and won).

  23. J-Dog September 16, 2008 10:18 am


    Cody Pickett played for the University of Washington.

  24. Jason September 16, 2008 10:26 am

    I wonder, who steps up at LT if Kia’s tendinitis acts up again? I hope it doesn’t, but it’s a concern of mine …

    And Cody Pickett, haha. Yes, from Washington. I actually thought he had the talent to be an NFL QB, but the 49ers rushed him too soon.

  25. Kekoa September 16, 2008 10:32 am

    bb ~ Negative perceptions are sometimes automatically assumed along with that picture worth a thousand words. Unfortunately, that’s the impression she leaves conservative market investors with her tatoos and pierced parts.

  26. Kazz September 16, 2008 10:40 am


    Did you e-mail Coach Mack to his addy off the athletics website?

  27. Kekoa September 16, 2008 10:43 am

    Thought this would be worth dragging over from the old post:

    September 16th, 2008 at 9:08 am
    Good Morning Hawaii!

    Off to a late start this AM. My eyez getting all crossed trying to decipher my Big Hilo Braddah’s post toasties! Hehehe…gotta admit, da buggah get more pure ‘Passion’ den da fruit!

    So, as a result, I been thinkin’ and dats not always good. For whatevah it’s wurt, here’s my contribution to BHF2’s new *slowdistic* bananah for Sadowski:

    Pitcha one giant slippah on one half da bannah. Write “UH Field repairs” on dah bizniz end of dah slippah.

    On the other half of the bannah, have a caricature of Sadowski, (only we use his cartoon name, “Slowdowski.”) Project his image bent at the waist, and receiving a giant WAC from dah slippah. The one who will be pitcha’d delivering da fatal blow…why BHF2…of course! The text balloon coming from his mouth could read something like, “Eh!…Babooz! – Why you wen delay da repair?”..or..”Next time I goin’ use one golf shoe!”

    😎 -Kekoa

  28. A-House September 16, 2008 10:47 am

    Is it my perception only that the current Warrior receivers are having great difficulty creating separation from defensive backs the past 3 games?

    Seems the DBs are all over our receivers from near the line of scrimmage thus giving their front 7 more time to hunt the QBs.

  29. Garret September 16, 2008 10:49 am


    Thank you for that clarification! I thought I was getting senile since I couldn’t remember him playing for UH! I didn’t know what school he played for…I wonder how they mixed up U-Dub and UH.

  30. ryan September 16, 2008 10:50 am

    A-House, I think you are right on with the wideouts. They seem to slow and not physical enough to get open.

  31. Garret September 16, 2008 10:54 am


    The current WRs do not seem to be creating separation as quickly as last year’s WRs did, but last year’s group was exceptional. However, I have seen open receivers who didn’t get balls thrown at them or had passes over- or under-thrown towards them. Part of that could be due to the OL, part due to QBs not being as good as Colt (who would be?), and part due to the offense not being in sync.

    The margin for error is smaller this year, but I do think that at least one WR has been able to get open on most plays. The D seems to give room to the WR on the shortest pattern, with the run-after-catch unfortunately way down this year.

  32. duffer September 16, 2008 10:56 am


    What’s coache’s email addy? I have “surf control” at work and am unable to access any sports related website. Thanks!

  33. Bulla September 16, 2008 10:56 am

    aloha to everyone,

    hope we all have a blessed day! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. XxFaithxX September 16, 2008 10:58 am

    AhSoon will probably be out for the year. Rehab alone will take at least 2 months….IF he does not have to go under the knife.

    Graunke, if he can’t even grip a football, mid-season at the earliest.

    Just my guesstimations.

    Oh, BTW, hello peoples lol…back to work..

  35. djmitcho September 16, 2008 11:02 am

    Ok, here are the results of last weeks fantasy games.
    Jason’s Mathletes came up short against my Spam Musubi 86-93.
    Pauoa Boy’s Warrior Green Blood broke the century mark again, this time beating Hawaii HI Rollers108-56. Backyardigans Rule, coached by checkraze was 30 better than gorg915, 113-83. Homey’s scrubs scored the weeks highest total, defeating dchungs allbizness 137-85. And J shot down hawaiianbod’s da flyin’ hawaiian’s 61-60.
    So Pauoa Boy, Homey and J are 2-0.
    Checkraze, Jason, dchung and myself are 1-1.
    Gorg, Hawaiianbod and Hawaiiroller are 0-2.
    Lots of games left before we hit the playoffs. It’s still anybody’s game!

  36. al September 16, 2008 11:30 am

    okay…..all kidding aside. i think we need a hero.


  37. Big N September 16, 2008 11:52 am

    Ray Hisatake must really be way, way down in somebody’s dog house.
    With all the OL injuries and position shuffling, you never hear his name mentioned.

  38. Koauka September 16, 2008 11:52 am

    When he first started, Bobby Curran seemed to be a stand-up guy. The show was really good. He welcomed a diverse group of opinion and made discussion live.

    But things changed when the new ownership entered the scene. KKEA ESPN 1420 became an infomercial for Hawaii Athletics. And we saw a lot of that during Hermie’s reign. The diverse voices were edited for opinion or content, sort of speak.

    But, BC must read this. Chris Hart reads ST’s WB. He uses info for the Sports Animal show.

    Scott Robbs, not that’s a good talk-show host. Honest, fair, and welcomes all.

  39. Koauka September 16, 2008 11:55 am

    bb: I wanted Natasha Kai to break that bell. Maybe more money will float into my 401k account. Stalled since November 2007.

  40. Loa September 16, 2008 11:56 am

    howzit gang!

    Greg McMackin has decided, for now, to keep open practices to the public.

    Thanks Coach

    now those interested can check out the scout bowl and do their own eye test

  41. J-Dog September 16, 2008 11:56 am

    Boy, with all the injuries on the OL, we really could have used LaCount after all.

  42. Koauka September 16, 2008 11:57 am

    Sorry, should read “Scott Robbs, NOW that’s a good talk-show host…..”

    My appologies to Scott, you da Man!

  43. Jason September 16, 2008 11:57 am

    If only I started Rodgers, like I was going to. 🙁

    At least with regards to Oregon State, I thought their corners did a great job of shutting down our wideouts. Both corners and Afalava could get drafted, I think.

  44. Loa September 16, 2008 12:00 pm

    agree on #38 & 42, i saw Tasha Kai’s bell ringing too, good for her

  45. Bulla September 16, 2008 12:01 pm


    LaCount was academic issues i think…Hisitake, hmmmm good question

  46. kama krab September 16, 2008 12:03 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Continued prayers for braddah Keith AhSoon, Tyler, and the rest of the injured players.

  47. bb September 16, 2008 12:03 pm

    Koauka: I was always wondering that since ESPN1420 is the official station of UH athletics that the personalities would in no way “bite the hand that feeds them” The term “infomercial” is quite fitting. Another example was the party in New Orleans. Bobby had Murph talk about the food numerous times and even a culinary expert from New Orleans on his show promote this party. The party that Murphy sponsored was over crowded and ran out of food early into the night. “The other party” which was a lot cheaper I have been told was better. Nothing was brought up on the 1420 even though many many fans in New Orleans I KNOW were pissed.

    Does anybody know why Scott Robbs stopped doing the “The Sports Bar?” I missed the simplicity of his show, not a lot of bells and whistles, and he took on all callers and comments. I notice that when Scott subs for BC in the morning the show takes on a whole new light. Its quite refreshing then just hearing “fire it up.”

  48. J-Dog September 16, 2008 12:07 pm


    Bell, Blount, Henry, Taylor, Tinoco. Any of these guys other than Taylor getting a serious look this season?

  49. Rex Johnson September 16, 2008 12:10 pm

    Best linebacker in college football: Rey Maualuga.

    Best linebacker in high school football: Manti Teo.

    Best linebackers in NFL: Troy Polamalu, Junior Seau, Lofa Tatupu

    Starting QB’s in Pac 10: Tavita Pritchard (Stanford), Lyle Moevao (Oregon), Willie Tuitama (Arizona).

    Backup QB’s in Pac 10: Jeremiah Masoli (Oregon St), others.

    What do all these people have in common? Why doesn’t UH get the message?

  50. Pride. September 16, 2008 12:14 pm

    Rex, good to see you on the blog. Stay here and stay away from those other sites that you have been visiting.

  51. Pride. September 16, 2008 12:15 pm

    Troy is small for a linebacker.

  52. al September 16, 2008 12:17 pm

    rex johnson

    you mean we don’t have any Polynesians on our team?
    these young men with Polynesian last names were all adopted?
    not to mention who don’t have Polynesian surnames?
    what’s in your coffee?

    btw, better get an email filter don’t you think?

  53. Pride. September 16, 2008 12:17 pm

    So what do all those guys have in common Rex?

  54. A-House September 16, 2008 12:17 pm


    we were at the “other” cheaper function and it was great.

    other Tsaikos at Murphy’s function migrated to ours and we had loads of food and fun – met Mayor Mufi among others at the Sugar Mill.

  55. al September 16, 2008 12:19 pm

    howzit mr. pride.

    you need to check your email too. there’s a request for help in one of them.

  56. A-House September 16, 2008 12:20 pm


    I believe all the players you mentioned chose to attend ohter schools instead of UH.

    But, you are correct that they are good college players.

    Hoping that Manti Teo opts to stay home.

    OK, Coaches, do your magic and keep the best for UH!!!!!!!!!

  57. al September 16, 2008 12:22 pm

    yup, troy is small for a linebacker.
    but, he does excel at safety.

    i didn’t know that one could enroll at one school and transfer mid stream to another school in the same state and conference?

  58. al September 16, 2008 12:23 pm

    actually i count five on rex’s list that UH had a go with but they chose to go elsewhere.

  59. A-House September 16, 2008 12:23 pm

    OK, you armchair coaches – how do you teach a receiver “separation” besides instinct and watching what your opponent does on pass routes?

    “he goes left, I go right” – doesn’t that sound like a song from way back – Perry Como, I beleive.

  60. al September 16, 2008 12:32 pm

    perry who?

  61. Da Punchbowl Kid September 16, 2008 12:39 pm

    Kazz, Duffer,

    mcmackin at HAWAII.EDU was the email I used to send support to Coach.

  62. Rex Johnson September 16, 2008 12:43 pm

    UH has a lot of excellent players on its roster. The problem is not that UH doesnt have a lot of good players. The problem here is the good players are not playing regularly or in some other cases playing at all. This, of course, raises a more important concern and issue – why are they not playing if they are the best?

    As soon as UH coaches put their egos and racist tendencies aside, and begin selecting starters based purely on who is most likely to help the team win, UH will be okay. UH will then start to win. Until then, as has been amply demonstrated by the current coaching staff, UH will continue to suffer.

    When other talented high school players from Hawaii and abroad see this, and when their parents see this, these players, and their parents, opt for schools elsewhere, schools where their sons will be given the fair chance they deserve to compete and to play, free from the biases and stereotypes perpetuated by the local culture and by the UH coaches.

  63. d1島 September 16, 2008 12:47 pm

    …anyone hear an axe grinding?

  64. d1島 September 16, 2008 12:49 pm


    IMHO it’s easier to get separation from No. Colorado and Charleston Southern DB’s than Florida and OSU ones.

  65. d1島 September 16, 2008 12:53 pm


    Didn’t the OC and DC create a dynasty with a lot of guys like the ones on that list?

  66. Rex Johnson September 16, 2008 12:53 pm

    Final comment: UH will finish the season with no more than three (3) wins, unless it subscribes to the Jimmy The Greek model for coaching football and selecting starters and backups.

  67. lab rat September 16, 2008 1:03 pm

    Rex Johnson what Warriors do you think should be starting???? Personally I prefer excellent over good but I think the coaches are in twho should play.he best position to determine

  68. Kazz September 16, 2008 1:03 pm


    September 16th, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    …anyone hear an axe grinding?

    Yeah I hear it. Now how do I take it and throw it at someone’s head?

  69. bb September 16, 2008 1:05 pm

    Rex Johnson: do you have any good jokes? Email them to me. lol

  70. lab rat September 16, 2008 1:05 pm

    wow sentence got twisted. must be the spy.

    I think the coaches are in the best position to determine who should play.

  71. Jason September 16, 2008 1:06 pm

    Was it just me, or was the blog down for a few minutes?

  72. Kazz September 16, 2008 1:08 pm

    People should really stop gambling on collegiate sports.

  73. Kazz September 16, 2008 1:09 pm


    September 16th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    Was it just me, or was the blog down for a few minutes?

    No, but we did have some trash come by a few posts ago.

  74. d1島 September 16, 2008 1:09 pm


    C’mon the economy is doing bad enough already.


  75. BowsForever September 16, 2008 1:10 pm

    People can have disagreements about JJ’s local recruiting, but Mack hasn’t yet really had the chance to show what he can do, since he’s a new coach and had a run the two-minute drill just to get the current year’s crop of new recruits — and there’s some good talent to be found there. Until Mack can establish the football program in his “own image” within 1-2 years, we can’t really say how well he’s recruited locally. Sure seems to me like he wants to keep the best Hawaii players in Hawaii whenever possible.

  76. Jason September 16, 2008 1:15 pm

    Coach Mack talked about recruiting yesterday, too. Without giving away too many details: he is committed to recruiting as the lifeblood of the program. He wants to keep as many local kids here as possible. He wants to work on getting at least one player from each position every year, so that there is a nice balance between seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.

  77. Jason September 16, 2008 1:16 pm

    Gotta go to class now, see everyone laters.

  78. d1島 September 16, 2008 1:16 pm

    Hopefully Stephen can get more “optimistic” photos as the week goes on.
    Tough to see “Bear” on crutches.


  79. al September 16, 2008 1:17 pm

    somewhat off the wall…..

    but, why not give jake santos a shot?

    let’s get the best athletes out there on special teams especially on kick coverage…..mouton, roberts, etc.

    end of dilemna….when soares returns lets put elimimian back to middle, we need his speed, and have satele rotate at de and lets give lolotai more reps.

    and since it appears that we don’t need him on the oline….lets give hisatake some PT at dt.

  80. al September 16, 2008 1:29 pm

    a year ago meatoga was a rare early commitment. during jj’s regime that never happened because he never went at it during the early periods.

    we’ve already seen a change in the many early commits as it is with manu, makaula, stutzmann, aussie williams, along with mainlanders alifipo, nielsen, and powell.

    next year we will also welcome some grayshirts and others like lacount,
    w. lolotai, noa, laurel, sione, tachibana, manu-olevao, vasconcellos, along with the many redshirts from this year such as christian, henry, walker, et al.

    there’s a good corp recruits that will enter the fold next year.

    hopefully we land at least half of the local kids and compliment the rest with west coast talent then we will be fine.

  81. kama krab September 16, 2008 1:35 pm

    Eh al you took the words right out of mouth.

    You remember the second Tsaiko get together at Ryan’s when Coach Reinbold was going over a bunch of the recruits that Hawaii had picked up for that year. You remember the name that came out of Reinbold’s mouth with a lot of potential. Wasn’t it Hisatake. I agree with you, if they can’t get on the field as on O-lineman then give him PT at DT. It is a position he played at San Mateo, so why not give him a chance. We need the depth at that position also.

  82. al September 16, 2008 1:45 pm

    good memory kama.
    but, yah its time if he has difficulty transitioning over to the o side, no problem, let’s use his size and aggression on the dline.

    isn’t it harder to go from dline to oline? than vice versa especially without any experience. i’d like to hear pride.’s take on this.

    i could never figure out that move since he only two years play.

  83. lab rat September 16, 2008 1:49 pm

    I thought JJ said that he likes to go after highschool olinemen because it gives them the time that they need to develop in his system.

  84. al September 16, 2008 1:50 pm


  85. J-Dog September 16, 2008 2:01 pm

    great post al. I am also excited about the local boys we recruited at OL/DL (Correa, Tuiasosopo, Hanohano, etc.).

  86. Ralph September 16, 2008 2:24 pm

    a few posters in the past, like rex johnson, plays the race card and always harp that the best players (maybe a family member, or friend) should be playing ahead of the players picked by the coaches. I would like to know who is considered best and not playing and who should he be playing in place of! it’s okay to hide behind your blog name and make these accusations, but how about naming names of players not playing and why you think they should be starting.

  87. Ralph September 16, 2008 2:28 pm

    hisatake and leatigaga where are they on the depth chart. I haven’t heard their names during the broadcast nor mentioned in the media as challenging for playing time…

  88. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:29 pm

    Sweet hat there Mr. Torres. Evidence that there were UH fans on the North Shore “back in the day”.

    btw, I’ve got #1 son’s old school Rainbow ba-su-bo-lu jacket somewhere at home, too.

  89. SteveM September 16, 2008 2:31 pm

    As Jason noted, there was trouble between 1215 and 1300 today. Looked like server problems and my lunch time comment never posted.

    Anyway, speaking of other player possibilities…is the Scout Bowl on Thursday partially for that?

  90. lab rat September 16, 2008 2:32 pm

    I thought that Hisatake backedup Lafu. I have asked ST for a depth chart but got no response. I am invisible here.

  91. chawan_cut September 16, 2008 2:32 pm

    are there any Tsai-ko events for this bye week?

    wahine vball?

    need something fun and positive to do.

  92. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:32 pm

    Hmmm….a little birdie told me that there’s a couple of happy Tsaikos (and their buddy who tagged along) that just returned from Seattle via PDX.

  93. Ralph September 16, 2008 2:34 pm

    we’ve got to be patient with coach Mac, he has a young coaching staff. They are the ones who are the teachers and organizers and they are getting their feet wet at the D1 level at new responsibilities. Coordinator to head coach, position coaches to coordinators, a rookie coach (Rolo), and a coach’s aide (Smith) to full time position coach…the coaches are the foundation of the program with a new face, they will build the warrior ohana from the bottom up.

  94. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:34 pm


    Go on a date! 🙄

  95. Pride. September 16, 2008 2:35 pm

    lab rat are you there? I can hear you but I can’t see you. Hello, lab rat?

  96. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 2:35 pm

    Not sure about the local bias. With Letuli, AhSoon and Graunke as starters, that means there are Hawai‘i-raised starters at six of the 22 positions, or 27 percent. Factoring the placekicker and punter, the figure drops to 25 percent.
    That means Mainland- or foreign-raised players account for 75 percent of the starting jobs.

  97. Pride. September 16, 2008 2:35 pm

    I guess lab rat is invisible?

  98. lab rat September 16, 2008 2:37 pm


  99. Pride. September 16, 2008 2:37 pm

    Don’t fprget Ralph, a h.s. school JV coach to a graduate assistant(wink, wink).

  100. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 2:39 pm

    Hisatake is one of the backups at guard.
    Raphael Ieru is more of the backup at both guard spots.
    No doubt Hisatake is a talented player. But it is difficult playing a position without extensive experience. But be patient. He’s only a junior. There’s a lot of season left.

  101. chawan_cut September 16, 2008 2:39 pm


    i think a tsaiko event would be more likely to happen than a date.

  102. lab rat September 16, 2008 2:39 pm

    Soon to be invisible I just got a pop up screen on my laptop. Battery dies in 30 minutes.

  103. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:41 pm

    Buy your Hawaiian plates this week before the price goes up.

    They are asking for 500,000 ti leaves to re-roof one of Kamehameha I’s houses.

  104. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:43 pm

    That’s a 2-time championship JV coach. 😉

  105. d1島 September 16, 2008 2:45 pm

    Well, there’s always fishing.

  106. Stretch September 16, 2008 2:46 pm

    Good Afternoon Tsaikos!!

    It’s good to be back home. Taking the afternoon off then back to work tomorrow. I wasn’t able to check the blog too much the past few days while I was away, I hope everyone was behaving themselves.

  107. al September 16, 2008 2:48 pm

    isn’t leatigaga still a bit gimpy from his previous injuries/surgery?

  108. al September 16, 2008 2:49 pm

    btw, ralph what year was it that you graduated from lanai hs?

  109. al September 16, 2008 2:50 pm

    must have been one mean experiment that made him invisible. did you drink white out?

  110. Manoa September 16, 2008 2:50 pm

    Garrett, Paul Johnson is a pretty hornery guy with the press and fans. He does not suffer what he considers fools.

    At Hawaii, he was constantly criticized for not using tight ends and asked about why he wouldn’t use them (he still does not use a tight end). A fan asked him this question again and said Air Force’s option used tight ends. He stood up glared and yelled at the fan– “Do you ever go to the games? Do you know what a tight end is? Do you see any tight ends out there? We don’t have tight ends and we have any use for them.”

  111. chawan_cut September 16, 2008 2:52 pm

    a fishing date would be fun.

  112. Long Time UH Fan September 16, 2008 2:58 pm

    Nice write up in the Windward Midweek about a future Warrior, Kimo Makaula, a verbal commit from Punahou. Makaula plays at four positions–QB, DE, TE, and punter. He is 6′ 3″, 230 pounds and wants to get to 255-260 pounds so that he can play DE.

  113. Stretch September 16, 2008 2:59 pm

    Does anyone know what time the scrimmage will be on Thursday??

  114. Long Time UH Fan September 16, 2008 3:01 pm

    Isn’t Lab Rat AKA Red Zone? Hi there buddy…

  115. (Jesse) James September 16, 2008 3:02 pm

    chawan..I think we are trying to plan an event for Saturday….perhaps a pau hana type thing at Mai Tai or Champions…or something….

  116. Pride. September 16, 2008 3:05 pm

    Wow, so both Paul and Rex are both horny guys, it must have something to do with the last name.

    Maybe they might also both be ornery guys.

  117. chawan_cut September 16, 2008 3:17 pm

    any date would be fun.

  118. whitey September 16, 2008 3:19 pm

    my haiku for the day

    tackling is an art
    when done correctly
    ends in a thud.

  119. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 3:20 pm

    Scrimmage starts at approximately 8 a.m.

  120. Kazz September 16, 2008 3:21 pm

    Keith AhSoon has the right state of mind.

    This guy obviously has character. No doubt we are all worried as fans of his condition and the condition of all the injured Warriors as well as being worried (while hopeful) of the team’s woes but he is in the middle of everything that is happening and he still keeps his head up.

    Mr. AhSoon, you are no doubt a leader on this team and with your experience and knowledge you will be a vital part of the success of this team in the up coming critical weeks. Whether you are on the field in pads or not, the team will feed off of your attitude and will only become better!


  121. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 3:22 pm

    Re: Paul Johnson.
    At Kekaula’s wedding, Paul Johnson pointed to a group of reporters and told his kid: See those guys? They’re trying to get your Dad fired.

  122. Stretch September 16, 2008 3:24 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    September 16th, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    Re: Paul Johnson.
    At Kekaula’s wedding, Paul Johnson pointed to a group of reporters and told his kid: See those guys? They’re trying to get your Dad fired.

    and you were one of those reporters??

  123. (Jesse) James September 16, 2008 3:32 pm

    Stretch…cannot be, ST was too young way back then….MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  124. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 3:55 pm

    Oh, not I, said Tsai.
    Besides, Johnson was amusing. Once he got mad at the beat writer for Brand X. He came down to the news building. He chased the sucker up the steps.

  125. Ogre September 16, 2008 4:06 pm

    Wow, heated spots on the blog today. Rex J. claiming UH athletics implements racist practices in choosing who plays. Yet, he then endorses Jimmy the Greek who was fired for making racist statements. I don’t know about an axe being ground. He seems a little too blunt headed to be an axe.

  126. d1島 September 16, 2008 4:13 pm

    Once he got mad at the beat writer for Brand X. He came down to the news building. He chased the sucker up the steps.

    Aaaahhh….the good ol’ days of “one big family”

  127. d1島 September 16, 2008 4:14 pm

    Were you quick to point out the different “editorial viewpoint”?

  128. wafan September 16, 2008 4:14 pm

    Good article about Damien’s Furtado. Men have to run to class or suffer the wrath of the brothers/dean/teachers. Who wants that?

  129. Hoohiki September 16, 2008 4:15 pm

    Sorry for the delayed answers…

    KEKOA……. I didn’t get to peruse through the previous posts so if your question was already answered, I apologize…Brenan Furtado is the current Monarch RB who rushed 23 times for 200 yards and 5 TDs against Pac-5 last Saturday for a 45 -33 win. He was 1 TD short of breaking Iolani’s Igber’s ILH record.

    KAZZ…..I do not reside in Pearl City, although I know the area well. I’m from Ewa Beach but currently living on Maui. (Otherwise I would’ve made it a point to attend one of your gatherings already and meet all you.)

  130. wafan September 16, 2008 4:17 pm

    It was a good thing no one was there to accidently trip or impede the progress of Brand X’s reporter up the stairs. That might have turned out to be an ugly mess.

  131. lab rat September 16, 2008 4:21 pm

    Ohhhhh noooo tell me it isn’t so. Tsai-Master you are the reason Paul Johnson left??????

    Battery charging at 12% now.

  132. Pride. September 16, 2008 4:34 pm

    The Bear is the next offensive lineman that Hawaii will put into the NFL. After him will be Estes and Letuli. Of course Letuli has to get on the field first. Once he does though, he will make a big enough impact to get looks from NFL scouts.

  133. Koawahine September 16, 2008 4:39 pm

    Kekaula’s married? Shucks.

  134. duffer September 16, 2008 4:39 pm

    Two Maui golfers and who happen to be Baldwin graduates are in the hunt…


  135. diesel September 16, 2008 4:40 pm

    welcome back football fan 🙂

  136. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 5:00 pm

    Not me, I like Paul Johnson.
    But it was a tough deal for Wagner.
    He didn’t really have anybody used to the offense to call the plays. I remember that Michael Carter, as a graduate assistant, was forced into the role midway through a season. Carter did a nice job.

  137. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 5:01 pm

    Kekaula is divorced.

  138. duffer September 16, 2008 5:05 pm

    ST, is the guest chat thing still a go?

  139. d1島 September 16, 2008 5:16 pm

    the things you can find out here.
    Kids….oh wait! dat was somewhere else


  140. Jason September 16, 2008 5:20 pm

    I have finally solved the Mystery of the Tapa UA Sticker.

    Remember I mentioned that there’s a car in my building’s lot that has a tapa UA sticker on the back. The other day, I saw a lady driving away just as I got home, so I didn’t get to ask her. But just as I was getting off the bus, I saw her driving into her stall. So I went up to her and asked her how she got it. Ends up she’s Keala and Keahi Watson’s sister. And if I’m not mistaken, my brother-in-law is neighbors with the Watsons in Nānākuli (although she didn’t know them). Small world, eh.

    Pride: I’m hoping you’re right about AhSoon. But right now, there’s very little buzz about him as an NFL prospect. And if he’s hurt for a while, then that really hurts his chances. But the draftable crop for interior linemen is pretty small every year anyways, so the main thing is to try and get a shot as a free agent. So in that sense, he’s still got a chance.

    Best prospect, bar none for this class of seniors, is Jake Ingram. NFL Draft Scout has him as their top rated long snapper. And having watched an excellent long snapper in Brian Jennings with the 49ers, I think Ingram is just as good. Don’t be surprised to hear his name in the 6th or 7th round. The casual fan will probably think, “Who’s that?”

  141. Stretch September 16, 2008 5:26 pm

    Re: UA

    Their motto is “Protect the House” but they should change it to change it to “Protect the Hale” with the tapa logo.

  142. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 5:27 pm

    Sure, we can have it this Friday, no?

  143. Jason September 16, 2008 5:29 pm

    That should read, “My brother-in-law’s parents are neighbors with the Watsons.” My sister and her family live in Mililani Mauka.

    Good to see you’re back, Stretch. We missed you and the gang at the Nā Koa lunch yesterday. Be sure to fly up to every 49ers game now, cause your presence was obviously the reason why we won. 😀

  144. Kazz September 16, 2008 5:30 pm

    I know it’s really nothing to celebrate but considering what seemed to be the outcome, this is good news for the big guy and UH fans.

    Keep with the rehab and listen to the doctors and everything will be well!


  145. d1島 September 16, 2008 5:30 pm

    In January, I took #2 son to Vegas for a kicking camp. It was also a camp for long-snappers.
    On the last day they were doing exhibitions.
    Obviously for a snapper how fast you get the ball back is important. Also accuracy counts.
    Chris Rubio went a step further by showing how to help the holder by placing the laces in the top position when it reaches his hand. Amazing.
    There’s always another level.

  146. Kazz September 16, 2008 5:32 pm


    September 16th, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    Re: UA

    Their motto is “Protect the House” but they should change it to change it to “Protect the Hale” with the tapa logo.

    Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending Patent Pending :mrgreen:

  147. Kazz September 16, 2008 5:34 pm


    Lord knows we can’t afford to have Dan Kelly “FINKLE” up a big field goal situation now do we? 😉

    LACES OUT!!! LACES OUT!!! 😆 😆

  148. al September 16, 2008 5:36 pm

    is it just me or is there a resemblance between pride. and keith ah soon?
    check ah soon’s photo in the breaking news.

    in fact, do i recall pride. saying that they were related?

    at any rate that is some very good news regarding ah soon.

  149. Jason September 16, 2008 5:36 pm

    d1: Oh yeah, I’ve seen guys where they know exactly how many revolutions the ball needs to make from snap to catch. It’s crazy. I believe Ingram is NFL ready. He’s accurate, fast, holds his point well, and has great range in coverage.

  150. d1島 September 16, 2008 5:36 pm

    We’ll take it.
    Although he’ll miss @ Fresno, @ Boise, and Nevada, it’ll be good that he comes back for the stretch run starting with USU on 11/1.

  151. Jason September 16, 2008 5:37 pm

    And great news for AhSoon. Third degree sprain ain’t great, but at least there’s no ACL tear.

  152. Kazz September 16, 2008 5:47 pm

    Knee Braces

    I can’t remember who mentioned o-linemen wearing those large (expensive) preventative knee braces and they asked if any of our guys wear them.

    Thinking about it I believe I saw Kia wearing them but that’s all I remember and AhSoon also wears them, but as we’ve seen, even only they can do so much to prevent things like this from happening.

  153. lab rat September 16, 2008 6:02 pm

    I did. All of the USC and OSU olinemen wore the knee braces.

  154. d1島 September 16, 2008 6:02 pm

    Actually, a closer look at the schedule shows that it’s important that Ah Soon does make it back within 6 weeks.
    IIRC the plan is to stay on the mainland between USU and NaMaSu.
    If he no go on the trip, can’t play ’til Idaho on 11/22. (bye on 11/15).

  155. whitey September 16, 2008 6:13 pm

    lab rat, have you any idea how much one pr of those knee braces cost? I have no idea and would be curios to know. Thanks.

  156. whitey September 16, 2008 6:14 pm

    curios = curious

  157. lab rat September 16, 2008 6:15 pm

    I have no idea.

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  159. koakane™ September 16, 2008 6:17 pm

    aloha everyone call the coach is on 1420 at Willows

    cmac talking a little about Ostate beating 808 in all three phases of game

    mentioned it was disappointing but had great practice. mention WAC is pretty tough this year. talking about winning out but needs to get better. practice is spirited. meet with everyone on da team. need fans more now than ever before. fans is outstanding. need everyone at SJSU game since its at home.

    two factors must get better A. 3rd down factors one hour on third down situations in all phases 7 on 7, mid field, red zone etc…. B. special team spent one hour with new personel. Don’t feel good about loss needs to work harder. much enthusiasm today needs to be consistent. Mac feels lost to OState may be what will win UH the WAC championship. bellieves goal is still attainable. schedule is hard and challenging but no excuses I am responsible. still meeting and going out to do hs recruiting.

  160. SteveM September 16, 2008 6:18 pm

    s/b “UH-UNLV game” … no UN team 🙂

  161. Kazz September 16, 2008 6:27 pm

    Knee Braces


    Prophylactic Knee Braces
    After prophylactic knee braces were successfully tested in the National Football League, many athletes wanted access to similar products for use during contact activities. The prophylactic knee brace had been intended to protect the medial collateral ligament (MCL) during a valgus knee stress and to support the cruciate ligaments during a rotational stress.3 Their initial popularity has waned as increasing evidence has questioned their effectiveness, particularly considering the high cost of universal application.

    Now.. For pricing:


    The cost to provide custom fitted prophylactic knee braces to offensive linemen for this project totaled $16,200 (30 braces at $540 each). Though a significant expenditure (the prefabricated braces had cost $75 each), the staff felt the investment was very prudent-especially in terms of injury prevention, quality of life for student athletes, and further prevention of time lost from activity.

  162. Kazz September 16, 2008 6:31 pm

    Whitey and Lab Rat,

    In the two articles I posted you can see where the thin line between effectiveness and personal preference meets in regards to the use of those knee braces with the athletes.

    I’m more than positive Na Koa has the resources to provide our athletes with them, but perhaps with research showing that they MAY not be as effective in the long run perhaps our guys are opting not to have them, unless they had prior issues with past injuries.

  163. koakane™ September 16, 2008 6:34 pm

    back from break

    keith ahsoon will be back after 8 week and tg has a sprain not broken cmak feels that is good news

    libre was good because trainers work him out and felt he was ready to go. had the ok from the medical people. cmak watched him and went with their recommendations.

    he felt special team had better players but this is not panning out. disappointed in special teams player poor responsibilities and contain. personnel changed with some starters. kicking deep not happening. but feels defense still has to play within that situation. mentioned working one hour each practice on sp teams.

    watching SJSU film and feels qb tansfer is oustanding. agrees with tomey this might be his best team so far. its going be a challenge need to have the fans out. talking about playing warrior ball again. they have 2 dlinemen that maybe better than some Notre Dame lineman.

    cmak had great respect for rlee and his knowledge of run and shoot. believes in an attacking offense. the three running plays called …. cmak had full confidence in the calls based on what Ostate was doing. if never loss qb and tackle game plan would have worked.

    he felt this is going be a challenged because of all the replacements and truly starting from scratch. but will be fine.

  164. Kelli September 16, 2008 6:36 pm

    Taking a study break to write something…

    Hope everybody makes a full and speedy recovery! ST wrote a comment about McKinley’s gentle giant. Go Ralph!

    K, that’s all. I have a paper due tomorrow. Surprisingly, I don’t have much DUE, but I have a lot TO DO. *sigh*

  165. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 6:38 pm

    The important thing is that it’s an MCL injury, which can heal without surgery.

    By the way, the vog was pretty bad this morning. My eyes were getting teary. Don’t listen to Wena, who thinks they were teary because my eldest daughter left for California today. No, that wasn’t it.

  166. Stephen Tsai September 16, 2008 6:39 pm

    Uh, ahem, why are you not working at UH anymore?

  167. whitey September 16, 2008 6:40 pm

    lab rat, thanks. Wonder if any Tsaikos know the cost of the knee brace for the oline.

  168. Kekoa September 16, 2008 6:40 pm

    Hoohiki ~
    Much Mahalo for the information about RB numbers posted by Furtado of DHS. I guess I better start looking at Prep Sports a little closer…especially those pesky Monarchs…right Jamie?

  169. ryan September 16, 2008 6:41 pm

    ST, do you know what time the Scout Bowl starts on thursday?

  170. koakane™ September 16, 2008 6:43 pm

    part three

    scout bowl is this thursday after one hour practice. 118 players in a full scrimage.

    shovel pass not working well is it because no nate. cmak says when farmer comes back should take care of problem. rego will be used more along with pilares. shovel pass is being defended so working it to weak side more.

    much fans calling in to show support. one question about facilities and mac praises JD and Hinsaw. monies there but mac is concentrating on season. talking about being peed off because he felt he let down hawaii and freind in oregon. failing his own 48 hour rule bwhaaaaaaaaa

  171. A-House September 16, 2008 6:47 pm


    If purchased, are the devices constructed in a way that it can be changed for the next player?

  172. koakane™ September 16, 2008 6:59 pm

    numba 4

    still more fans calling in to support his goals.

    lepepa might return to boost oline. ray from mainland may move back to dline but need to evaluate left side and keep him there.

    player on spec tms has an assignment. punt and kickoff is really defensive plays. best snapper in country gets ball back to tim and he kick crap on ball. coverage not getting down, containing poor. dan needs to kick ball and have fun with it but some time penalties hurt. like golf swing needs to find his rhythm again.

    morale on team is good. meet with staff and captains but he feels the 4 guys are leaders. no complaints except need to be more enthusiastic.

    scout bowl is open and mac says come to practice anytime.


  173. koakane™ September 16, 2008 7:03 pm

    whew hope I got the most of the important stuff covered. going to have dinna now catch yu’all l8tr on in the evening.

  174. whitey September 16, 2008 7:03 pm

    kazz, thanks for the info. Somewhere I saw an article about Peyton Manning wearing a knee brace after surgery and look how fast he is back playing. I think you are correct about na koa having the money, but will check with tommui. I can see where some might not want to wear it, but if it prevents knee or ankle damage, why not use it if it is provided. QB’s have special flack jackets, LB have special neck braces, RB have special back protectors, linemen have braces. Do they work? That is an excellent question and would be nice to have an opinion from an orthopedic surgeion who specializes in football injuries.

  175. Kazz September 16, 2008 7:13 pm

    A-House and Whitey,

    In the articles I posted above, the figure of 16,500.00 was for 30 of them so that’s about 15 linemen.

    These are indeed hard items, I believe the high end ones are made of titanium, but the article did mention pre-fabricated ones.

    However check this out:


    So of course the price is for ONE brace so we’re looking at over a grand per player.

    When it comes to sizing… this where it’s hard for us to try to estimate what sizes are needed in this case they could be used after a player has graduated or left so they can be reused, but considering they are important pieces of medical equipment one has to take into consideration how much “punishment” these things can handle and for how long even though the brace in the link is specified for contact sports.

  176. Kazz September 16, 2008 7:18 pm

    Scout Bowl-

    118 players? No way we have 118 scout team athletes…

    Since it’s FULL contact I’m glad that this is restricted to redshirt and scout team players only.

    I saw last season’s Scout Bowl and it looked like a good morale booster for the entire team and the starters were enjoying themselves.

    This could be a valuable tool in regaining unity.

  177. tommui September 16, 2008 7:18 pm

    WHITEY: Not sure what you want to check out with me. (Your #174).

    I’m not sure whether the knee brace is going to be useful at this stage of AhSoon’s injury – perhaps in a couple of weeks from now. I believe that the USC/UCLA brace is a preventative measure. Nicky THomas is playing with a brace but that’s because of her prior surgeries. Maybe the UH medical people can get a second/third opinion from guys like Dr. Morris Mitsunaga or some other sports medicine MDs.

  178. cocobean September 16, 2008 7:18 pm

    The Warrior’s problems go deeper than X’s and Os, injuries, blocking , tackling , catching or whatever flaws the bloggers have astutely pointed out. The 100 or so players have yet to come together as one team, one mind set. They haven’t developed that foxhole mentality, where you fight for the guy next to you. You win together, you lose together, you got each others back.
    The O, the D and special teams have yet to gel as one entity. Last year each unit suffered breakdowns but they never lost trust in each other. As a team they believed if the D needed to make a stop to win they would. They believed if the O needed to score to win they would. They believed if the special teams needed to make a long field goal they would.
    Once this year’s Warriors start believing and trusting each other, they can move forward in making the physical improvements needed to play better. The coaches seem to recognize this and will send the bye period in correcting the physical aspects and also spend time in team building.
    Cliche time – United we stand, divided we fall.

  179. lab rat September 16, 2008 7:19 pm

    I read an article where St Johns bought custom made braces for 8 of their olinemen at $500 each. So that would be $1000 per lineman.

  180. lab rat September 16, 2008 7:24 pm

    And if our backs should ever be against the wall. We’ll be together.
    Together you and I.

  181. Kazz September 16, 2008 7:24 pm

    Tom Mui,

    I believe Thomas’ knee brace is different as you mentioned her prior ACL problems.

    I do know that there are quite a bit of Warriors that wear knee braces and they look like the one I linked above for preventative measures.

  182. lab rat September 16, 2008 7:29 pm

    United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man


  183. Kekoa September 16, 2008 7:33 pm

    Marvin who? Director of communication for the C-woman?…Hmmm. Nice photo he sent of Colt & Mazie.

    Remember the expression “Olo-olo” pants from back in the day? Yep, that’s what the Colt-skin looked like he was bringing back into fashion.

    Mazie did look like she was a bit over dressed. She needs to learn to relax and distinguish the difference of holding high office, and get down low in da ‘Skins house.

  184. lab rat September 16, 2008 8:00 pm

    Marvin aka MarvDog

  185. whitey September 16, 2008 8:18 pm

    tommui, thanks. as one of the counsel for na koa, it the knee and ankle braces do work and the cost is known, would one be able to donate to na koa a specific amount to be used to purchase these braces and fit them for the players? would this be permissable?

  186. Garret September 16, 2008 8:27 pm

    We’ve had several posts about Chris Cooley’s blog because he has had a lot of Colt news…I didn’t see this blog post of his but I’m sure that he got a lot of hits while this was on his blog!

    Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley apologized Monday for posting an explicit photo of himself on his Web site.

    Cooley accidentally revealed more of himself than he wanted when he took a picture Sunday morning while preparing for the game against the New Orleans Saints. Cooley wanted to show the readers of his popular blog some of the study materials the players were given by coach Jim Zorn.

    Cooley, however, was studying in the nude, and he didn’t examine his photo closely before posting it.

  187. Garret September 16, 2008 8:29 pm

    I’m very, very happy to hear that it was the MCL, not the ACL, for AhSoon. There is a big difference in the rehab time and severity of the injury!

  188. whitey September 16, 2008 8:30 pm

    kekoa, i am not sure, but i think his dad, marvin buenconsejo, lives on maui. next time i see him, i going ask.

    hoohiki, next time we get small muu call, come on down.

  189. Garret September 16, 2008 8:32 pm

    Interesting to read about how the new rules seem to have resulted in some teams having a LOT more plays and some teams having a lot less plays!

    The new 40-25 play clock has had an interesting impact on the number of plays gained and lost by certain teams, according to Marty Couvillon of cfbstats.com. Above are the teams gaining the most plays by percentage, led by Duke, which is averaging 16.7 more plays a game compared to 2007, an increase of 26.5%. Middle Tennessee State is squeezing out 10 more plays (15.3%), Nevada 10.5 (14.3%), Oklahoma 9.4 (13.4%) and Pittsburgh 7.9 (11.7%).

    As for plays lost, Toledo is down 21.7 (28.6%), followed by Clemson at 18.1 (24.4%), Southern Methodist at 16.1 (21.4%), Wyoming at 15 (20.4%) and West Virginia at 13.7 (19.9%).

  190. Garret September 16, 2008 8:34 pm

    I can’t believe that this has been my first full day back in San Diego and this time next week I’ll be in DC. Sadly, I’ll be in meetings all day when I’m in DC so I’ll be off blog for 4 days.

  191. Garret September 16, 2008 8:37 pm

    Heisman Pundit found that its poll of Heisman voters showed that Tebow has dropped another place in the Heisman rankings. Tebow is now #3, and USC’s Sanchez is now #2.

    For the second week in a row, Missouri senior quarterback Chase Daniel leads the Heismanpundit.com/Orlando Sentinel Heisman Poll , a weekly straw poll consisting of 10 Heisman-voting members of the college football media.

    Daniel, coming off a 405-yard, 4-touchdown performance in a 69-17 win over Nevada, collected 4 first-place votes and 44 points to move comfortably ahead of USC junior quarterback Mark Sanche z, who surged into second place (3 first-place votes, 30 points) on the strength of his 4 touchdown passes in the Trojans’ 35-3 win over Ohio State.

  192. Garret September 16, 2008 8:39 pm

    Michelle Wie shot a 70 in Q-school. Best of luck to her tomorrow!

    Wie shot a 2-under-par 70 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. That’s the same course where as a 13- year-old she played in the final group of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA’s first major of the golf season.

    She trails Sun-Ju Ahn, who shot 6-under 66. Six others shot 3-under 69s in this four-round competition.

    The top 30 players from this sectional and another beginning Sept. 30 will advance to the final 90-hole stage at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Dec. 3-7. The top 40 finishers there earn playing cards, with the top 20 getting priority status, which allows them to enter a greater number of tournaments.

  193. al September 16, 2008 9:02 pm

    whitey….how about tomw night????

  194. al September 16, 2008 9:04 pm

    i don’t think that braces etc are a direct cost to the player. i am sure that they have some kind of medical insurance.

  195. Garret September 16, 2008 9:27 pm

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

    Chevy unveiled their 2011 Volt plug-in hybrid. It can go 40 miles on its plug-in charge before it has to rely on its gas engine. Chevy says it will cost just 2 cents per mile to drive the Volt for its first 40 miles!

  196. Garret September 16, 2008 9:28 pm

    The University of Colorado was awarded the $485 mil Mars mission. Unfortunately, the 9-month delay in selecting a winner (due to a conflict of interest) raised the cost by $10 mil, delayed the mission by 2 years, and instead of getting 2 years of science-gathering now we just get 1 year. As A-joe an I had discussed on the blog (and in a Cattle Call), I wish UH could win one of these types of contracts!

  197. Garret September 16, 2008 9:28 pm

    It is CRAZY that 31,500 cell phones were lost in NY cabs over the past 6 months! People also forgot kids, dogs, cats, and even a sawn-off shotgun.

  198. Garret September 16, 2008 9:28 pm

    I would REALLY worry about baby milk from China. A probe found that 20% of China’s dairy farms produce melamine-tainted formula. Infants should not be getting kidney stones and kidney illnesses from baby formula! Melamine was what caused the pet food contamination in the US last year.

  199. Garret September 16, 2008 9:29 pm

    The government of Pakistan has ordered their troops to *fire at US soldiers* if US troops launch attacks across the Afghanistan border. So, the Pakistani Army has basically been ordered to shoot at US troops that are pursuing Taliban or Al Qaeda targets like Bin Laden!

  200. Garret September 16, 2008 9:29 pm

    Free play links pau.

  201. Garret September 16, 2008 9:31 pm

    I normally keep the defense-related stuff away from the free play links that I post. However, I cannot believe that our “ally” against terror has instructed their army to shoot at our soldiers who are trying to do their jobs.

  202. whitey September 16, 2008 9:35 pm

    al, you’re on. let me know place and time.

  203. test September 17, 2008 6:39 am

    good morning

  204. Loa September 17, 2008 6:41 am

    good morning test

    what happened to the blog?
    i posted something this am but neva show up

  205. Ronnie September 17, 2008 6:42 am

    It’s fixed?

  206. Ronnie September 17, 2008 6:43 am

    Yee Haw!!!

    Good morning Tsaiko family!

  207. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER September 17, 2008 6:44 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Wow, the blog was down a long time last night.
    Good to be home again and time to HI HO!

  208. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER September 17, 2008 6:48 am

    New post is up- LAST!

  209. bighilofan2 September 17, 2008 6:55 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    I found 2 interesting posts here yesterday, both saying UH was going be okay. But look how they said it:

    First there was Rex:

    …As soon as UH coaches put their egos and racist tendencies aside, and begin selecting starters based purely on who is most likely to help the team win, UH will be okay. UH will then start to win. Until then, as has been amply demonstrated by the current coaching staff, UH will continue to suffer.

    then there was Ralph

    we’ve got to be patient with coach Mac, he has a young coaching staff. They are the ones who are the teachers and organizers and they are getting their feet wet at the D1 level at new responsibilities. Coordinator to head coach, position coaches to coordinators, a rookie coach (Rolo), and a coach’s aide (Smith) to full time position coach…the coaches are the foundation of the program with a new face, they will build the warrior ohana from the bottom up.

    I agree with Ralph. We gotta give the team more time. This is a new team. Brand new.

  210. chawan_cut September 17, 2008 6:55 am

    last night’s news

  211. Eagle September 17, 2008 7:54 am

    Brand new team? How so? These guys have been in the program for a long time…some seemingly forever. It’s not a brand new coaching staff or system (i.e. Michigan).

    If by new team you mean different starters from last year, then every team every year around the country is a new team, that’s college football. Players graduate. The excuses need to stop, these guys should be playing better then they have. These are not freshmen out here, this is a team of returning starters or guys who have said they wanted their shot to play…well now they have it and they need to do something with it.

  212. Jason September 17, 2008 8:23 am

    Wow, what happened last night …

  213. chawan_cut September 17, 2008 8:42 am

    what do you mean what happened? no one could get on. so NOTHING happened!

  214. (Jesse) James September 17, 2008 8:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos/Tsaikettes….

    Wow, chawan…you go…take it to Jason!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  215. NEO September 17, 2008 2:01 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos and Tsaikettes-

    There has been a lot of talk lately about Hawaii football needing to “find a rhythm, or “give the team more time” or “the team is brand new” or “quit making excuses” and all that… I’m not here to criticize anyone or any way of thinking, all I’m here to do is to live out the premise of WHY we started this blog and the Tsaikos in the first place… MAKE MEMORIES was the slogan, and if we allow a few bad games, or missed steps or even a “BAD” season to preclude us from MAKING MEMORIES, then my friends, we are not Tsaikos at all, we are not fans of Hawaii Football at all, sure, the lurkers will come out of the woodwork when the team is faltering, struggling or whatever you wish to call it, but those of us/you who have been here through the start know what it’s all about. It’s those of us who stop blogging and stop writing the minute the team loses, are the ones who need to step back and step up. I ask them, where do your true loyalties lie? are you more intent on sunbathing on the deck of the lifeboat when the seas are calm, and will you jump ship when the waves get rough? or will you take up a line, and heave your weight to right the ship even through the harshest maelstrom? This is the question that all Hawaii football fans, Tsaiko or not, need to ask themselves. We’re in the midst of a 1-2 season right now, we’re not 3-0 like we were last season, but this, this is the test of not only the team, but of it’s fans as well. Can we still support a team that equaled in 3 games it’s loss total from the past 2 years? Can we still support a team that lost it’s darling quarterback, and beloved head coach? Can we still support a team that has truthfully done nothing this season other than come BACK from a deficit against a 1-AA team to clinch it’s only victory of the young season? These are the questions that must be answered by the fans before any questions can be answered by the players.

    My two cents.

  216. Jason September 17, 2008 5:28 pm

    FYI, there’s a new post. It doesn’t appear on the HA blogs page, which is why I was here this morning (and why I was confused about Liz saying there’s a new post). But if you look at the top, or go to the Warrior Beat home page, the new entry is there.

    NEO, I hope you don’t mind but I took the liberty of copying your post there. Well said!

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