Aloha ball

Maybe volleyball coach Mike Wilton should be a speaker at today’s UH clinic for football coaches.
Wilton, who retires as a head coach after tonight’s match, has succeeded against the toughest competition.
In the process, he never compromised his beliefs — personal or pofessional. As a high priest in the Mormon church, Wilton never held a practice on a Sunday, a day in which he serves as a spiritual leader to 160 college-aged students at his church’s University Avenue branch.
As a coach, he used a meritocracy to award starting jobs. Do well in practices and matches —  every play is graded — and there’s a spot in the rotation.
He also took a no-pardon approach to academics. An unexcused absence from a class was deemed as great a violation as skipping a practice. This year, he benched a starter twice — each for two matches — for skipping a sole class.
He also withheld offering an All-America player a partial scholarship until he proved he would do well in school.
In the more-is-better atmosphere of college athletics, men’s volleyball — with about 45 Division I/II teams — is often sneered, even within the athletic department. But think about it: there are tens of thousands of club and high school programs across the country. With each Division I/II team limited to 4.5 scholarships, the concentration of talent is immense at the college level. Many of the Fab 50 players join college teams as walk-ons. There are no Idahos on the schedule.
The Warriors compete in a UH fan’s dream league: USC, UCLA, Stanford, BYU. And for all but two of Wilton’s 17 years here, the Warriors were among the best. This despite a dwindling budget in which pregame meals were eliminated, travel was shortened to do away with practicing in an opponent’s gym, and players sleep three to a room.
Wilton will be missed — even by those who wanted him to go away.


  1. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:32 am


  2. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:33 am

    Best wishes to Coach Wilton!

  3. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:34 am

    So how was the re-onion?

  4. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2009 9:35 am

    Not well attended.
    But those who were there had a great time.

  5. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:37 am

    Hope the clinic this morning is well-attended….the Tsaikos-in-attendence gotta blend in 😉

  6. truegreen April 18, 2009 9:39 am

    Good luck to Coach Wilton! Thanks for the memories!

  7. d1島[flea and tick-free] April 18, 2009 9:41 am


    So did anyone ask you, “What did you end up doing?”

  8. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:42 am

    Sorry about the Hartz commercial….

  9. WarriorMojo April 18, 2009 9:46 am

    Top Ten, Baby!

  10. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2009 9:47 am

    Female classmate: What’s your name?
    Not-so-humble blogger: Stephen … Stephen Tsai.
    FC: Stephen what?
    NSHB: Tsai … Stephen Tsai.
    FC: Were you in our class?
    NSHB: Yes.
    FC: Never heard of you.

  11. brew808 April 18, 2009 9:50 am

    W_I_L_T_O_N!!! 😀

  12. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2009 9:52 am

    OK, Brew, you must have started working on that last night.

  13. WarriorMojo April 18, 2009 9:52 am

    Sorry, was off trying to buy tickets for Eddie Vedder. The Hawaii Theatre computer system will never be confused with Ticketmaster.

    Anyway, Brew, good to hear that thre will be a family reunion of sorts at Qwest Field. I don’t have tickets to Wazzu yet. Tickets go on sale June 1, right? My parents and my brother’s family are going on the trip, but some of them may not go to the game. They haven’t decided yet.

  14. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:56 am

    Which field will they be practicing on today?

  15. brew808 April 18, 2009 9:57 am

    W-Mojo – cool! Let’s see if we can hook up as a group. I need four tix! Anybody else? 😯

    ST – Yes/No…. but as for your ’78…. could have been “Oh yeah… I remember you… Steven Sigh… Oh look! Who’s that over there! (Then woosh…. she’s gone esme style! 😆

  16. d1島 April 18, 2009 9:58 am

    btw, gotta kick up the tweet count if you wanna catch Tanya 😉

  17. madeinhawaii April 18, 2009 10:00 am

    As fans, we all gotta look at coaches as a sum of all that they have done and endured for their program during the course of their tenure. UH has been very fortunate in their share of exceptional coaches.

    Thank you Coach Wilton.

  18. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:00 am

    Oak 2, jays 2, now headed to the 11th…. Let’s go A’s!!! 😆 😯 😆

  19. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:02 am


    Is Brandon League pitching for the Jays?

  20. duffer April 18, 2009 10:03 am


    What name?

  21. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:03 am

    Wahine SB – 6, 3 over SJSU in 5th. 1st game of DH. Let’s go Wahine!!! 😆

  22. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:04 am


    Often times, though, we fans never find out about all that is “done and endured” 😐

  23. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2009 10:06 am

    Are you getting nostaligic?
    I was actually getting that way in the weeks leading to the reunion. Now I’m like: time to move on.

  24. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:11 am

    nostaligic? – Sometimes a cold compress and some aspirin works…. 🙄 😆

  25. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:12 am

    Nostalgic? No.
    It’s fun to see those who subscribe to, “The older I get, the better I was.”

  26. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:13 am

    ….at re-onions and on blogs! 😈

  27. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:14 am

    No Brandon League yet…. Suzuki is 0-4. Awesome defensive plays. Cabrera is an amazing SS!

    Oak 2, jays 2, now headed to the 12th…. Let’s go A’s!!! 😆

  28. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:17 am

    Did you know that HF and ebolla never attended a reunion – EVER? 😯

    …. No Class!!! That’s why! 😈 😯 😈

  29. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:23 am

    Aiyaahhh….. Ricketts was in trouble and yielded 2 runs. It could have been much worse.

    Wahine 6, oda team 5, entering the 7th. Let’s Go Wahine!!! 😆

  30. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:24 am

    al-ski – No TV coverage so please no get huhu at me for posting updates and scores….. 😯

  31. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:26 am

    General question – Re: iTouch

    I have a line to get an iTouch. I’d use it for WB, scores, travel info and not for music or video. Would 8GB be sufficient? Your thoughts please…. 😀

  32. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:26 am

    I think al DVR’s ESPN so he can catch up by reading the bottom crawl when he get time… 😆

  33. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:28 am

    Not that familier with iTouch but familiar with Tsaikos….you bettah get unlimited bites!


  34. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:28 am

    Rats…. game over as Lyle Overbay goes yard in the 12th. jays beat the A’s, 4-2. 🙁

  35. Kekoa April 18, 2009 10:29 am

    FYI – my bro found airfare for Wazzu game (Th-Mon) for under $315 R/T from Hnl.


    April 18th, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Brew ~ Did your bro use the money he saved from GEICO Google eyes?

  36. d1島 April 18, 2009 10:29 am

    …off to do errands!


  37. SteveM April 18, 2009 10:32 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Stephen Tsai:
    April 18th, 2009 at 10:06 am
    Are you getting nostaligic?
    I was actually getting that way in the weeks leading to the reunion. Now I’m like: time to move on.

    ST — at least you didn’t skip the 40th reunion (yet) because some people still weren’t speaking to you at the 35th… 🙄

    …and I might be in denial. Turns out our 41st (age 60) reunion is in Vegas on the same weekend as the UH-UNLV game. Not a hard choice–I choose Tsai-kos, football. and cruise ship. 😀

  38. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:35 am

    Oh…. I thought they’d only play 7 in a DH.

    Still Wahine 6, oda team 5, in the 8th. Go Wahine!!! 😆

  39. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:36 am

    I WAS right! They only play 7 innings!

    Wahine win! 6-5. Yeah Wahine!!! 😆 😀 😆

  40. 99club April 18, 2009 10:37 am

    Nice writeup on Wilton, ST. I like the part about his suspending players for missed classes on par with missed practices.

  41. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:38 am

    Hey SteveM – I thought you WOULD be at a class reunion in LV. Got at least one classmate there…. right? 😯

  42. duffer April 18, 2009 10:39 am

    General question – Re: iTouch

    This seems like a darkside question, better wait for whitey for an answer! 🙂

  43. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:40 am

    Was that a joke? duffer made a joke? Heeheheheheh!!! 😆

  44. SteveM April 18, 2009 10:41 am

    brew808 — I think an 8 GB iPod is plenty. Even Peaches hasn’t filled up mine hers with music and photos yet.

    By the time you fill that up (with music & photos and some video) , it’s time to get a new model anyway. 🙂

  45. jm2375 April 18, 2009 10:45 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Hope to see some of you at tonight’s vball game to say Aloha to Coach Wilton and the seniors.

    Jason – you going vball game tonight?

    I may go to the KK but I will NOT sing.

  46. duffer April 18, 2009 10:45 am

    Off to Kapalua for MIL golf………

    Behave everybody……..on second thought don’t!

  47. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:45 am

    Thanks SteveM! I’m just looking for weekend play as we’re not allowed any PDA’s, even cell phones on campus.

    BTW – beautiful day yesterday. Maybe mid-70’s. (Allergies were bad!) I decided to walk to my next meeting. Sun shining. Blue skies. Geese protecting the new goslings. Automatic gunfire. Aloha Friday…. 🙄 😀

  48. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:47 am

    Some sing. Some no can sing. Hey…. how did they come up with Sing Sing, the prison? 🙄 😀 😯

  49. Kekoa April 18, 2009 10:47 am

    Brew ~ No worries, Al likes you to think he’s taping it for later. Thing is, the bb game wasn’t even broadcast last night!

  50. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:49 am

    Yeah …. the bugga got too much white hair already! 😆

  51. madeinhawaii April 18, 2009 10:49 am


    Thank goodness for that, eh?

    For a moment I was a little concerned as to what part of Whitey’s anatomy would be his.. erm.. ah.. ‘darkside’ that duffer seems to be keen about.

  52. SteveM April 18, 2009 10:50 am

    brew — got two Tsai-ko classmates… one who is only 49 because he missed both the 35th and 40th. The other plots stuff in conjunction with the LoCal chapter… 🙂

  53. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:51 am

    MIH – The funny part was – duffer was recently asking about Asus!!! Heheheheh!!! 😆 😯 😆

  54. Kekoa April 18, 2009 10:52 am

    Duffer ~ Tell ‘da kid’ our entire Tsaiko portfolio is riding on her. Tell her to pull out all the stops and go for the gold. She got game!

  55. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:55 am

    SteveM – I haven’t updated my travel info (on your site) as…. I’m still working on plans. It does look like there will be 4 for Wazzu with my SIL not attending. Will be staying at private residence. I don’t know if they will be attend any Tsaiko function. I hear they want to visit some “reservation” though….. 🙄 😀 8)

  56. brew808 April 18, 2009 10:59 am

    I wonder if Sweetie uses twitter. Then there would be Sweetie Tweets!!! 😆 🙄 😆

  57. SteveM April 18, 2009 11:04 am

    OK brew808 — will update for Wazzu. Got ETA (yours) for SEA? If you LAS plans have firmed up, please email me. Thanks.

  58. madeinhawaii April 18, 2009 11:05 am


    ASUS! Sounds like an Ilocano motherboard with a Visayan BDO chip, eh? What will they think of next… Giga-Byte?

  59. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 18, 2009 11:07 am

    Here at the coaches clinic and Coach Tormey just got done with his special teams segment.

    Seems like we are in store for that “attacking” special teams play that Coach Mack has been clamouring for since last season.

    Coach Gordy Shaw up soon.

  60. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2009 11:12 am

    I was watching the Alabama Crimson-White game, and I think what makes it work is the band.
    And the large crowd.
    But if you can’t have a large crowd, hey, have a band.

  61. Garret April 18, 2009 11:16 am


    You might want to wait a little while before buying an iTouch because rumors are that the new iPhone is coming out this summer and the next version of the iTouch would be expected to come out at the same time. I would hate for you to buy an iTouch and then find out that the new model was out right afterwards!

    Plus, when a new model comes out they start dropping the price to get rid of the current stock…

  62. Garret April 18, 2009 11:17 am


    I wish I could be there at the Coaches Clinic! I’m sure the talks from Coach Tormey and Coach Shaw will be of great interest to all Warrior fans.

  63. Garret April 18, 2009 11:20 am

    This articles lists David Veikune as one of the possibilities for Miami’s first round pick! I hadn’t seen Veikune on a first-round list before, but the theory is that Parcells wants a DE to convert to pass-rushing OLB in the 3-4 D.

    It will be interesting to see if the Dolphins go after another quick, strong, athletic college end, especially considering the Dolphins didn’t select one in last year’s draft. Can Parcells go two straight years without trying to find the next L.T, especially when he knows Joey Porter needs some help, and isn’t getting any younger?

    I personally feel Parcells wants to ride off into the sunset (and I suspect he’ll departing in a season or two) leaving the game with his next great discovery; that one player who lights the game on fire by giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares.

    I know Parcells is comfortable with his talent assessment skills for all positions, but I’m told this former linebackers coach is THE MOST comfortable in his ability to spot that dynamic hybrid type.

    I suspect that’s where he’ll invest the No. 25 pick IF the right player is there. But who is this right player?

    Northern Illinois’ Larry English, USC’s Clay Matthews, Cincinnati’s Connor Barwin, Penn State’s Aaron Maybin, FSU’s Everette Brown, Utah’s Paul Kruger, UConn’s Cody Brown, Georgia Tech’s Michael Johnson, Virginia’s Clint Sintim, Hawaii’s David Veikune and Richmond’s Lawrence Sidberry are all the top rated hybrid linebacker prospects.

  64. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 11:20 am

    Surprise, LaT (2-7) bulldogs rally for 6 in 9th against dawgs in come-from-behind 11-9 victory.
    It was the first game in a scheduled DH today.
    Fresno State falls below .500 at (2-3).

    At Peccole park, NMSU (6-4) is holding on to a 4-3 lead against NEV (6-3) in the 7th.

  65. chawan_cut April 18, 2009 11:27 am

    imagine if i had to make that lame heart with this blog format?

  66. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 11:54 am

    Hail to warriors in the fall
    hail to warriors makin Springs’ call.

    Our mighty D needs to be nas-tee
    they r looking for a hammer to play safe-tee.
    The coconut has been sayin Aaron Brown
    cant make Spring cuz he’s out-of-town.
    So for fans that seemed to be mythed
    dont forget a Georgian named Smith.

    It is said that Rodney Bradley has jets
    that’s kool so long as he can also catch
    But if he can soar and snag in a crowd
    Rodney will make warriorfans proud.

    Cav was short who hated punks
    and he kept his OL in the hunt
    Now, Gordie Shaw he aint no jive
    You bet he wants a OL Fab-Five.

    OK, our running backs they puzzle me
    Until they called out for Inok-Funakee.

    Hail warriors makin Springs call!
    Hail warriors in the Fall!

  67. d1島 April 18, 2009 12:16 pm

    still nevah resolve that “orange” rhyme, eh?

  68. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 12:21 pm

    Bowzboyz can B #1 tonight.

    NMSU (7-4) beat NEV (6-4) this afternoon at Peccole Park, 5-3. LOL.
    The aggies and wolfpack will end their 4-game series tomorrow.

    If Haw (5-3) wins tonight they will be 6-3 (.666) and take over first from NMSU 7-4 (.636).
    The bows conclude w a single game against SAC State on SUN.

  69. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 12:26 pm

    Belated Congrats to the BaseBows for their victory last night over Sac. State. Announced attendance was 3,669, so the place was probably rockin! Get chance for anodda sellout today?

    Mahalo to Coach Wilton for his time with UH Men’s Volleyball and best of luck at BYU and in your future endeavors. Looks like his successor will have large shoes to fill…..

  70. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 12:26 pm

    yep, i did.
    I didnt copy the stanza’s, just was rippin-but here is the missing line…

    “if you see a hansome-gentle monster wearin an orange jersey,
    he is the dude-animal and his handlers show no mercy.”

  71. duffer (iPhone) April 18, 2009 12:30 pm

    Sitting by the 9th hole watching the kids come in, listening to Na Leo’s rendition of Just My Imagination, whales breeching… is GOOD!

  72. d1島 April 18, 2009 12:36 pm

    wf2 – 😐

    duffer – 😀

  73. d1島 April 18, 2009 12:51 pm

    ….so I wonder if any Tsaikos had to do grass drills or shoulder rolls yet?

  74. Garret April 18, 2009 12:52 pm

    The NCAA expects Universities to prevent recruiting violations on Facebook…that is tough for schools since fans putting up a Facebook page encouraging a recruit to pick their school is an NCAA violation. The NCAA will blame the schools for not finding Facebook violations, but it seems like you would need a whole compliance staff to search Facebook and websites all over the Internet!

    s the NCAA bigger than Facebook?

    The all-powerful institution governing college sports expects universities to step up and help it enforce recruiting rules in the decidedly unruly online world.

    The Associated Press reported last week that N.C. State freshman Taylor Moseley felt the ire of the NCAA after starting a Facebook group called “John Wall PLEASE come to NC STATE!!!!” Nearly 1,000 fans joined the group expressing its admiration of one of the top high school basketball prospects in the country.

    The NCAA views the routine practice of launching new Facebook pages and groups during the heart of recruiting season as out of bounds and a violation of recruiting rules. The NCAA refers to fans creating and posting on these Facebook pages as boosters attempting to influence the choice of a recruit.

    Even if the same rules regulating fans’ contact with recruits apply to the online world, the NCAA at least has to acknowledge there are millions of Facebook groups and schools have a heavy burden trying to police them online.

    Shouldn’t compliance officers be more worried about potential academic fraud than a funny Facebook post that a recruit may not ever see? At a time when a lot of schools are putting athletics department staff on furloughs and eliminating jobs to save scholarships, it seems wasteful to worry about Facebook groups.

    Shouldn’t compliance officers be more worried about potential academic fraud than a funny Facebook post that a recruit may not ever see? At a time when a lot of schools are putting athletics department staff on furloughs and eliminating jobs to save scholarships, it seems wasteful to worry about Facebook groups.

    There also is prickly little question about free speech.

    The NCAA can regulate its members, but can it really ask colleges to police what fans say online?

  75. Garret April 18, 2009 12:54 pm

    This Idaho high school sure has a well-qualified QB coach!

    Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer will be the quarterbacks coach at Sandpoint High School this season, head coach Mike Mitchell said.

    Plummer, who lives in the resort town, will be paid as a normal assistant high school coach, Mitchell said.

    Plummer retired to Sandpoint, an outdoor mecca in the Rocky Mountains along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. His brother, Eric, already lived in the town.

    “He wants to help out as much as he can and help the kids of the community,” Mitchell said. “He’s a great guy.”

  76. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 12:59 pm

    For those who care, below is the first release of the official NCAA Baseball RPI for this season:

    The Top 10 has some notable faces:

    1…………..Cal St. Fullerton…..Big West………………22-9
    2…………..Rice……………………Conference USA…..25-8
    3…………..Georgia Tech……..Atlantic Coast………..21-8
    4…………..North Carolina…….Atlantic Coast……….27-9
    5…………..Miami (FL)………….Atlantic Coast……….25-10
    7…………..UC Irvine…………….Big West……………….22-9
    8…………..Coastal Caro……..Big South………………29-7
    9…………..TCU…………………..Mountain West……….22-10
    10…………Hawaii………………Western Athletic……..21-12

  77. d1島 April 18, 2009 1:04 pm


    Very interesting.
    BaseBows are 3-3 versus the other Top 10 teams faced so far.

  78. d1島 April 18, 2009 1:07 pm

    Oh my! Defending NC Fresno is 179th!

  79. d1島 April 18, 2009 1:10 pm

    Boy if the BaseBows keep it up they are going to make the NCAA work overtime to screw ’em come tourney time… 🙄

  80. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 1:11 pm


    Yeah regarding Fresno.

    Unless they can pick up some steam and assemble some good winning streaks, I think they’ll be staying home this postseason unless they either win the WAC Tournament (in our house) or if the NCAA gives some charity bid to the defending champs (doubt it).

  81. d1島 April 18, 2009 1:16 pm

    Thanks for posting that, CRW.

    Time to get out to the practice field (or is it Ching Field?)…

  82. Piper's son April 18, 2009 1:17 pm

    Tadd hit a 66 today and is six strokes ahead of Monahan and eight strokes ahead of the 3rd/4th golfers.

  83. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 1:21 pm


    Garanz if the BaseBows keep it up and head into the postseason they’ll probably put them in some excruciatingly tough regional (Fullerton, Tempe) if they end up with a #2 or #3 seed. I think the ‘Bows are out of contention for a #1 seed now, but it’d be interesting to see how the NCAA handles UH if they do receive a #1 seed.

    Those teams appointed #1 seeds typically host the first-round games at their house (or a neutral site of that institution’s choice). I wonder if the NCAA would let the ‘Bows host at the Les, or make them a “traveling #1” in exchange for a less difficult regional (San Diego).

  84. Garret April 18, 2009 1:34 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about what would happen if UH earns a #1 seed and how the NCAA would treat UH badly. It is awesome that UH is #10 in the RPI right now (thank you to CRW for posting that!), but that is *far* from earning a #1 seed. UH’s RPI normally drops as WAC play goes on because the conference isn’t what would be considered a power conference…playing all of those struggling teams will not boost the RPI.

    I scanned the rankings and didn’t see very many WAC teams high on the list…that means even if UH wins out other teams can pass them because of the competition they will play.

  85. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 18, 2009 1:39 pm

    Lunch at the coaches clinic just concluded… Gordy Shaw’s presentation will leave one to have confidence that the oline will do nothing but IMPROVE this season.

    Me and Koakane had the pleasure of sharing a table with Coach Shaw during lunch. I listened to Koakane and Coach Shaw discuss oline techniques and Coach Shaw gave his brief thoughts on some of our oline personel that was encouraging but continued strides in improvement remain on-going.

    Nice guy with a lot of knowledge to share.

    On the seniors with the oline Coach Shaw says, “too bad I only have one year with these kids”. During the discussion, I take this as a compliment to their want and desire to be better.

  86. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 1:41 pm


    Agreed. That’s why I posted that I think UH is out of contention for a #1 seed. They would literally have to win out, and even then a #1 isn’t certain. Essentially all the ‘Bows have to do is not collapse and I think they’re in as an at-large. As I’ve said previously, split on the road and take 3 of 4 at home and they’ll be cruising into a postseason berth even if they don’t win the WAC Tournament.

  87. madeinhawaii April 18, 2009 1:43 pm


    So… if we don’t like a university we can just go on Facebook and start dozens of pages posing as die-hard fans and entreat would be recruits to join?

  88. Garret April 18, 2009 1:49 pm


    The University would need to track down who owns the Facebook page. I think that the NCAA has rules about “fake-recruiting”, so if a fan of another team was found to make a Facebook page to get a school in trouble, I think that the school the fan likes might get into trouble. And the school or the NCAA could go after the fan.

    However, this is a big mess because it isn’t hard to be anonymous on the Internet.

  89. madeinhawaii April 18, 2009 1:50 pm

    Wait? Doesn’t that infringe on my 1st amendment rights, as a fan?

  90. Garret April 18, 2009 1:52 pm


    I think that the best part of the RPI is that UH should make the NCAA tournament even if it doesn’t win the WAC tournament. Winning the tournament would improve the seeding, but the good play so far has rewards. Given the state of some of the WAC (what happened to Fresno State?), making the tournament should be the goal and a #1 seed is almost impossible.

  91. Garret April 18, 2009 1:52 pm


    How many people are at the coaches clinic?

  92. Garret April 18, 2009 1:53 pm

    My kids actually turned down going to Disneyland so that they could play Monopoly Jr. with Lori. We’re going to try to convince them to go after the game is over, so I’ll be offline starting now.

  93. Piper's son April 18, 2009 2:04 pm

    When I was up in Manoa Valley this morning, just outside MPI, there were a bunch of picketers alleging that the baseball coaches at another private school were “unfair” and should be fired.

    What was that all about? Any substance to that or is this another of these over-competitive parent thing?

  94. Bulla April 18, 2009 2:06 pm

    Congrats and mahalo to coach Wilton for his years of service….big shoes to fill, but fillable no less

    Back home tomorrow afternoon, hope all is well back in the land of aloha, blue skies and 60 degrees in Ogden today, booooootiful weather 🙂

  95. Bulla April 18, 2009 2:09 pm


    that’s gotta be SL and i saw those signs a few games ago when they were playing at ala wai field. d1 has more info on this one than i do, but i know that the coaches have been under the microscope and lack consistency…….all is not well at Kalaepohaku.. 🙁

  96. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 18, 2009 2:17 pm


    Surprisingly much less than I thought would show up. Last year there were around 400. Today about 250 showed up.

    There were about four coaches from Japan, two from Korea, and four from American Samoa.

  97. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 2:58 pm

    pre-game chat with Coach Trapasso.

    From a pitching stand-point CT hates DHs.
    said, SAC is a great hitting team and Tim Wheeler,
    he feels, he is the best in the WAC and Crosby not far behind.
    Mat Sisto and Nate Klein are slated to start in today’s DH.

    JOBU got da cigar, rum n chiken blud.
    Bowz can hit da curveball.
    Bigball comin up!

  98. NYUH April 18, 2009 2:59 pm

    Funny, I thought UH had a scrimmage today.

  99. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:01 pm

    Still in the 6th at Ruston, LaT pouring it on da dawgs from Fresno, 14-5. Yikes!
    Lat (2-7) won the first game against a mortified FSU (2-3).

  100. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:05 pm

    Matt Sisto on the mound.
    three up n down.
    1 KO on Tim Wheeler!
    top 1, no runs, no hs, no errors.
    0-0, heading to the home-half.

  101. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:15 pm

    Matt Sisto, second on UH staff in IP–45, 3.80 era, 4-2.
    Sisto lookin sharp–3 up n down, 1 KO.
    0-0, bottom 2.

  102. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:19 pm

    SAC pitcher, Darrah Jesse, 49 IP, 5.88 era, 6-2.

    Good Bye! McDonald to yard in LF.
    2nd HR in 2 days.
    HAW 1-0.

    Lat (3-7) humbles Fresno State (2-4), 17-5.

  103. letsgowarriors April 18, 2009 3:21 pm

    too much today

    ufc 97
    spring practice
    baseball dh
    wilton’s last game
    mayhem vs. kala
    nba playoffs

  104. (Jesse)James April 18, 2009 3:21 pm

    Good afternoon Tsaikos..hope all is well at the Bball game….

  105. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 3:26 pm


    Sensory overload.

  106. JaM April 18, 2009 3:28 pm

    Good afternoon to all..

    Will be at MVB tonight & maybe KK..

    Bulla/Piper Son: Saw the same picketers(?sp) at the Ala Wai field a few weeks ago. My first reaction was “How embarassing! Should take it back on campus. Poor athletes, don’t deserve this.”

    Go Warriors!

  107. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:29 pm

    Losses are goin to weigh-in heavily this year cuz of the rain-outs w no make-ups. Final standings may be determined by percentages taken from W-L records.

    Thus far NEV and HAW will play one less game than other WAC conference teams.

  108. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 3:35 pm

    lgw – Merrie Monarch

  109. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:36 pm

    Matt hittin the dark and mixin-it up good.
    1 KO.
    3 up n down…A-gain.
    UH 1-0, we are goin to the bottom 3.

  110. letsgowarriors April 18, 2009 3:39 pm

    dont really follow merrie monarch too closely, but as a fan of sig zane, i guess i better add that to the list.

  111. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:45 pm

    Sean Montplaisir has been flying out alot.
    evidentially, he is cutting under the ball–dunno—coach Koemeiji may make some adjustments?
    Sean was flip-flopped in the batter order with Ryan Morford.
    #2 hitter is not only contact hitter but must put it in play.

  112. warriorfanny2 April 18, 2009 3:51 pm

    hornets scratch back with 3 consecutive singles from the meat of the order, wheeler (scored), crosby and roth (rbi).
    One run, 3 hits.
    1-1 goin to bottom 4.
    McD, Wong, hernandez due up.

  113. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 18, 2009 4:17 pm

    Mayhem and kala?

    Money and madness don’t mix… 😆

  114. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 5:00 pm

    ***for entertainment purposes only***

    mayhem – 525
    kala +325

  115. (Jesse)James April 18, 2009 5:17 pm

    blog slow…must be da game…

  116. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 5:19 pm

    lgw – almost forgot da Villoria fight.

  117. chawan_cut April 18, 2009 5:19 pm

    james, you right.

  118. d1島 April 18, 2009 5:38 pm

    OL looking better today.

    GA seems to be making better reads.

    Jovonte Taylor made a nice catch on a long ball; good speed.

    B. Satele looks good.

    Soares, Heun sat out.

    Sat w/ sj, myki, Ralph, HiFlyer, MeiLing, WarrioiMojo, Grandma Pestana. Koakane joined us halfway thru. Saw BG and Stretch watching from the parking structure.
    Musta been about a thousand watching at Ching Field.

    Gotta go dinner party now, talk more later….

  119. chawan_cut April 18, 2009 5:38 pm

    is that you?

  120. d1島 April 18, 2009 5:39 pm

    Tough one for BaseBows.

    Hope the bats come back for the 2nd game…


  121. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 5:45 pm

    shogun rua drops chuck liddell in the first round. GAME OVER.

  122. (Jesse)James April 18, 2009 5:46 pm

    What’s the report from the game????

  123. letsgowarriors April 18, 2009 6:14 pm

    forgot about viloria too! geezus.

    liddell is done. glass jaw!

  124. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:16 pm

    cc – is that you?

  125. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:21 pm

    CHEE HOO!!!

    Villoria WINS! TKO 11th rd.

    da new IBF Flyweight Champion.


  126. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:25 pm

    rainbows lose 1st game 2-1

    lead 2nd 2-0 2nd inn

  127. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:48 pm


    ➡ Bulls upsets Celtics. Bwhahahahaha ;smile:

    ➡ Cavs rout Pistons

    ➡ Mavs beat Spurs

    ➡ Rockets are blitzing the Jailblazers by more than 30 in the 4th qtr

  128. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:51 pm

    Rainbows 3-1 bottom 3rd

  129. letsgowarriors April 18, 2009 6:52 pm

    heard the spider wins by decision. not a very good fight.

  130. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 6:55 pm

    now it’s 4-1

  131. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 7:11 pm

    UH 5-1 4th

  132. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:15 pm

    At the Ssc with jm2375 woohoo! 10-4 Bows

  133. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2009 7:17 pm

    Very poignant moment watching the pre-game ceremony for Coach Wilton.

    A fond aloha to you Coach, mahalo for your many years of excellent service. We will miss you.

  134. djmitcho (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:35 pm

    Yes, the main event for ufc 97 was a sleeper. One of the worst main events I’ve seen. Wish I could be at the blaisdell for mayhem and kala

  135. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:40 pm

    Love seeing V. Hinshaw in her Warrior paniola hat by PL and ST

  136. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:42 pm

    I’m not going to have a voice left for Genji. 30-30

  137. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:43 pm

    Omg. USC up 1-0

  138. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:47 pm

    BB score?

  139. brew808 April 18, 2009 7:54 pm

    5-2, ‘bows, bot 6th, bases loaded, 1 out

  140. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 7:56 pm

    Celebrating 50 years of UH volleyball. The mini band sings the Fight Song with tuba and tambourine.

  141. wafan April 18, 2009 7:58 pm

    Yay for the Wahine SB team!

  142. wafan April 18, 2009 8:00 pm

    Good luck to the baseBows and vbWarriors!

    Thanks to Wilton for your dedication!

    See you all tomorrow!!!

  143. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:03 pm

    Rubberbandman dances!

  144. d1shima(tilted) April 18, 2009 8:06 pm

    NOT Chinese fuud!
    Crab legs!
    On to dessert….kunkanin…mmmm

  145. Da Instagata April 18, 2009 8:10 pm

    Woo Hoo!!

    Rainbows win 7-2 and split the doubleheader.

    win tomorrow and take the series. 🙂

  146. djmitcho (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:12 pm

    So, how was the scrimmage today? Or is everyone attending other UH functions tonight

  147. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 8:17 pm

    Good rebounding by the BaseBows to take the second game of the doubleheader.

    I felt for Matt Sisto in the first game when we went the distance and ended up with the L. Things went better in the second game.

    How was the crowd for today’s matches? There was quite a bit going on down in the quarry today.

  148. djmitcho (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:21 pm

    Neva mind, just seen d1’s report above

  149. (Jesse)James April 18, 2009 8:37 pm

    yo dj…how’s the weather up in your neck o’ da woods???

  150. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:37 pm

    HiFlyer has joined us at SSC. Tied 1-1

  151. d1shima(tilted) April 18, 2009 8:43 pm

    found da buttah mochi!

  152. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:44 pm

    12th man is pretty involved here. 12-10 UH

  153. COPO April 18, 2009 8:55 pm

    Enjoyed the UH Spring Football Clinic, speakers were informative and insightful, Punahou coach, Kale Ane did a nice job ofsharing how his football program evolved from a bad football team to winning a first state title in school history, gave credit to phenom – Manti Te’o and his other talented teammates. KA forcast tough times in the land of “buffanblu.” Chris Tormey, new Special Teams coach and Safeties coach did a great job of outlining how the 2009 version of Special Teams will be coached and the expectations of each ST phase, coach Tormey outlined each team and showed national, WAC and UH performances from 08 and elaborated on improvements or adjustments needed in order to perform at a winning level for 09, very thorough and professional presentation, when I go to a Clinic to hear a division 1A coach talk about a topic, I expect to get a presentation such as coach Tormey gave today, I hope coach Tormey and UH staff can “communicate and teach their knowledge / schemes to the Warriors” for 09 success! Coach Miano did a great job on the field explaining and demonstration defensive back fundamentals, along with Safeties coach Tormey. Tony Tuioti did a great job with his presentation of “College Bound Essentials” SAT / ACT test information, Core class needs from 9 to 12 grade, the sliding scale of testing and grade point average of Core classes. I personally know of several all-state and definite division 1A talent going to Junior College because of deficient Core class needed to attain D1 college admission. The information and resources explained by TT and UH football program will definitely help coaches, parents and young student-athletes be better informed and prevent lack of needed Core courses by the end of their HS years. Lastly, coach Gordie Shaw lectured and demonstrated his run blocking fundamentals in the morning portion and talked about pass protection during his afternoon breakout session in auditorium. Practice and Scrimmage was give and take by both O and D, several big pass plays for TD’s and yards and 4 picks by the defense.

  154. d1shima(tilted) April 18, 2009 8:58 pm

    Rausch looked pretty good today, too.
    Young’uns got some reps and did OK. Hanohano might contribute at DL…Stutz2 looking good on short routes but it ain’t HS so can’t blow by CB’s YET…

  155. djmitcho (iPhone) April 18, 2009 8:58 pm

    J(J), it was sunny all day with a high of about 60. Tomorrow more sun and a high I’m the upper 60’s. By Tuesday it supposed to get to 77

  156. roysan16 April 18, 2009 8:59 pm

    Went to the Warrior’s practice and scrimmage this afternoon. And I focused most of my attention on QB Greg Alexander. And from what I can see the picture doesn’t look pretty.

    If I’m the opposition what I’d do is scout the films and look at GA tendencies and how he checks offs his progressions. From what I see this afternoon , in the short time, he checks to his right (waste a lot of time), looks somewhere to the left and then to the middle. So if Greg’s progressions are the same all the time then if your the opposition just put your best defender on Greg’s first check off, which usually is the WR or SB on the right. The reason being is that he waste so much time on his first progression. If I’m the Warriors I would certainly try to vary his progressions and checkoffs so they wouldn’t make it so easy for the defense.

    I mean, if a spectator, like me, can see this don’t you think the opposition can see this and subsequently will be eating the Warriors up alive, especially Greg. Stop telegraphing the pass plays–this is too easy for the defense.

    The receivers running the post pattern down the middle, I’m watching, have decent separation from the defenders, but Gregs spending too much time on his other progressions and checkoffs that he doesn’t see the one open in the middle. How many times did I see that today? Quite a few. Come on coaches let his first progressions and check offs go to middle on the deep post, too. Gees.

    Gregs transition from looking to his right and then going to his left takes too long. Most good QB can do this with their eyes, and not so much with all of their bodies, like Greg. Austin does this a lot better, with a lot quicker release and a better spiral.

    A lot of my observation of Greg is that I even see him in simple drills where the QB’s are throwing passes to the receivers running pass patterns, like simple flares to the flats or passes across the middle and, still, he’s not hitting the receiver in stride. How many times did I see the receivers breaking stride and coming back for the ball? A lot. And this is against no pass rush or lineman blocking his vision. Not meaning to sound like a Greg hater but wanting to sound like a fan that wants to win with the best available players…in all truthfulness the QB that hits his receivers more often where they’re in stride and not having to come back for the pass was Austin.

    7-7 drills much of the same observation of Greg. And even into the scrimmage .Sure, a couple of passes were on the money. But IDK , I’m not impressed and I’m not feeling it for Greg right now after observing today’s practice. Right now he still looks awkward, sorry.. Although that’s not to say with summer workouts and fall camp he can polish up and be game ready for the season. I surely hope so. On another note now I’m beginning to realize the value of having a great QB coach from the past, like Dan Morrison, and how he molded the QBs, even the reserves to becoming decent QB’s..

  157. COPO April 18, 2009 9:00 pm

    Mana Lolotai – # 50 at Middle linebacker is a “BEAST” he is everywhere, he is instinctive, he is always around the football and very physical! Need to find a way to get the “BEAST” on the field!

  158. curveball April 18, 2009 9:01 pm

    Saw improvement in all areas today at the scrimmage..A lot of is starting to appear that we have a really good,deep group of receivers. Chris Black is still not playing and it looked like Otineru did something bad to his left arm or shoulder…. Raush defianetly looked like he is the #2 today….2nd game of baseball was fun..lots of Tsikos in attendance

  159. Committed Road Warrior April 18, 2009 10:08 pm

    Everyone must be livin’ it up at the CC.

    See you all tomorrow! Whooooooosh!!!!!!

  160. eli boy April 18, 2009 10:16 pm

    h i coach mac the defense and the offense looked pretty good today .coach dave your d line looking okay i think ikaika mahoe, gordan hanohano and haku correa should help rocky and d line boys this season.

  161. Garret April 18, 2009 10:17 pm

    Thank you for all the reports from the scrimmage!

  162. Garret April 18, 2009 10:20 pm

    This article talks about how the Browns will be looking for a pass-rushing LB for their 3-4 D…that sure is a high-demand position in this draft! That is great for David Veikune, though there is a lot of competition for draft position.

    Of the 10 teams that used the 3-4 system as its base defense last season, the Browns had by far the weakest pass rush. They were tied for 30th overall with 17 sacks and were 30th in sacks per pass attempt.

    The selection of Florida State defensive end Kamerion Wimbley in 2006 was seen as the first installment of the Browns’ bookend pass rushers. After an 11-sack season in his rookie year, Wimbley dropped to five sacks in 2007 and four in 2008. Some of the fall-off has been ascribed to the lack of a complementary player on the other side of the defense.

    “This draft has the deepest group of 3-4 outside linebackers I’ve seen in the last five or six years,” Mayock said.

    The bad news is more teams are after the same type of players — as many as 13 teams will use the 3-4 in 2009. Only a handful of college teams play the 3-4.

    “When I came to New England in 2000,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick, “it was pretty much us and Pittsburgh playing the 3-4. Now you have teams in our division, many teams in the AFC, a couple in the NFC. That’s made those positions, the outside linebacker position and the nose tackle, very competitive and very unique.”

    Because of the scarcity of college linebackers schooled in the 3-4, NFL scouts and coaches are forced to “project” a defensive end, who is used to lining up on every play with his hand on the ground and rushing the passer, into the varied roles of the 3-4 linebacker.

  163. Garret April 18, 2009 10:21 pm

    This year there are more players who project to the 3-4 outside linebacker role than in recent drafts. Here is a partial list, by likely draft round. Some players lined up as defensive ends in college.

    First round: Brian Orakpo, Texas; Everette Brown, Florida State.
    Late first-second: Clay Matthews III, Southern California; Aaron Maybin, Penn State; Larry English, Northern Illinois.
    Second: Clint Sintim, Virginia; Connor Barwin, Cincinnati.
    Second-third: Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech.
    Third: Cody Brown, Connecticut; Paul Kruger, Louisiana State.
    Third-fourth: Jason Williams, Western Illinois.
    Fourth: David Veikune, Hawaii; Brandon Williams, Texas Tech.

  164. Garret April 18, 2009 10:22 pm

    Another article mentioning that Miami is interested in Mouton.

    Among others cornerbacks, Miami expressed an interest in Oregon’s Jairus Byrd and Cincinnati’s DeAngelo Smith, and privately worked out others including Troy’s Sherrod Martin, Cincinnati’s Mike Mickens, USC’s Cary Harris, Oregon State’s Brandon Hughes, UM’s Bruce Johnson, Hawaii’s Ryan Mouton and Maryland’s Kevin Barnes.

  165. Garret April 18, 2009 10:23 pm

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

    This lipstick-size device let users satisfy their cravings by filling their mouth with a calorie-free chocolate mist that tastes good (it is chocolate, after all!). It costs about $2 for four puffs and they plan to do this for other foods besides chocolate:

  166. Garret April 18, 2009 10:24 pm

    A bill will be introduced next week that would nearly eliminate tax-free shopping on the Internet. With Malls dying out and shoppers increasing purchasing online, state and local governments are really losing out…but I hate the idea of paying taxes on my Amazon purchases!

  167. Garret April 18, 2009 10:24 pm

    Man lost his Olympus digital camera in Scotland a year ago and had forgotten about it…until he got a call from the person who found the camera and traced it back to him. The camera contained no personal information, so Flickr’s Scottish discussion forums went through the 600 photos on the camera to figure out who it belonged to.

  168. Garret April 18, 2009 10:25 pm

    Family thought they had lost their dog when the dog fell overboard in choppy waters off the coast of Australia. The dog managed to swim 5 nautical miles and lived for four months on a tiny island on a diet of baby goats and whatever else she could find. The dog reverted to a feral state on the island, snarling at strangers and refusing to take food from people, but immediately recognized her owner and happily went back to her home.

    Here is another article in addition to the one when you click on my name:

  169. Garret April 18, 2009 10:25 pm

    North Carolina State PhD student came up with a way to use a *long* tether and ballast system to deflect asteriods that are headed towards a collision with the Earth. That 100,000 kilometer tether sure won’t be easy to make and deploy, though.

  170. Garret April 18, 2009 10:26 pm

    Free play links pau.

  171. Garret April 18, 2009 10:28 pm

    Oops, #169 was a repeat. Here is a replacement one:

    For the first time in many years, H-IB demand is well below supply.

  172. LizKauai (iPhone) April 18, 2009 10:30 pm

    Awesome VB game!!! Wow!!! Heading to Genji.

  173. Hawaiianbod April 18, 2009 10:34 pm

    Mayham wins with a rear naked choke hold.

  174. Hawaiianbod April 18, 2009 10:36 pm


  175. jm2375 April 19, 2009 12:14 am

    Howzit everybody!!

    Congrats to the vb, bb and sb teams on their wins today!

    The vb game was unbelievable. Best one of the season with the biggest crowd. Nice to see Alan Hackbarth doing his dances in the SSC again. Had a great time with Liz.

    Left the gang at Genji still going strong.

  176. MeiLing April 19, 2009 12:43 am

    Hula is pau.

    Good luck to Coach Wilton at BYU.

    Glad the men’s VB whupped USC!

    Don’t know if I have the energy to go to Genji’s now… Hmmm…

  177. LizKauai (iPhone) April 19, 2009 2:45 am

    It was a wonderful day capped with nabeyaki udon at Genjis and a room full of Tsai-los in song!
    Nitery nite ka kou

  178. wafan April 19, 2009 3:37 am

    Super-duper morning everyone!

  179. wafan April 19, 2009 3:38 am

    Very happy for the mvg, bb and sb teams!

    Whoo-hoo! Way to go!!!

  180. wafan April 19, 2009 3:41 am

    I wonder if the chocolate spray will come in the Costco size? Maybe $10.87 for 300 spritzes.

  181. wafan April 19, 2009 3:42 am

    Genji’s must have been rocking last night.

  182. wafan April 19, 2009 3:43 am

    Thank you for the scrimmage reports! Very much appreciated.

  183. wafan April 19, 2009 3:45 am

    Low 70’s today, mid-70’s tomorrow, then back to low 70’s for Tuesday.

    The bottom drops out Wednesday through Friday with the return of rain, clouds and temperatures in the 50’s.

  184. wafan April 19, 2009 3:57 am

    Great win for the Indians last night! 14 runs in an inning. YAY!

  185. NYUH April 19, 2009 6:32 am

    Thanks D1 and roysan16 for the reports on the scrimmage. So do we have a better team this year?

    So Texas wants to leave the union. Does that mean their college football teams can still play in the NCAA?

  186. wafan April 19, 2009 7:38 am

    Where is everyone? They must be drained from all of those sport activities yesterday and the Genji celebration last night.

    Maybe some just got home an hour or so ago.

  187. wafan April 19, 2009 7:44 am

    I wonder if the Lion roamed or slept last night. And, did Liz Miz?

  188. d1島 April 19, 2009 8:03 am

    Great Morning All!

    Of course we’ll never know until it’s live action and this is only spring ball but there are some favorable signs in key areas, esp. on offense: OL looks to have better fundamentals; QB’s making better, quicker decisions.

    …and then the flip side….

    does the OL look better because the DL hasn’t quite replaced what it lost from last year? True Frosh Hano and Correa look like they could be in the mix for PT at this point. Is that good or bad?
    At RB, many reps given to other than LWJ. Good or bad? No one looks to erase the memory of Nasti Nate just yet….

    So, to answer your question….

    ….aiduhno 🙄

  189. d1島 April 19, 2009 8:08 am

    Howzit wafan!

    The Lion showed up! We left before closing so not sure what the song selection was after we left…

    Miz from Liz will have to wait until KK next month…Genji doesn’t have quite so broad a selection.

    Great fun though, as always….

  190. warriorfanny2 April 19, 2009 8:18 am

    its no secret our receiving unit will have signature speed and talent in the fall and moving go-to-guy greg salas to slot is a boost to our QBs as well as introducing greater speed at wide out and providing more opportunity for burners such bradley and taylor to strut their stuff….if salas is comfortable, this spring experiment may take-off in camp….good thinkin by M&Staff.
    we not only have speed but Tinoco is annada salas-type receiver with slippery routes, velcro hands the ability to catch in a crowd. dont mean to leave anyone out, but as coach stuzz said, we got hops in the aircorps and plenty to spare.

  191. warriorfanny2 April 19, 2009 8:32 am

    It is interesting how Mac identifies a problem on the OL (holding penalties) and turns to Gordie for resolution.

    He said, “We had 28 holding penalties last year. (Offensive line coach) Gordy Shaw is doing a good job, making sure our hands are in when we block.”

    Now, for flokz not schooled in coaching jargon–this comment is a luxury reserved for Corporate CEOs and a President with a SEAL commander at the helm.

    Good to see our Maestro-Coach brimming with confidence, a sign that portends winds-of-change.

  192. roysan16 April 19, 2009 8:41 am

    Looking at the Warrior’s defense, I like how the defenders swarm to the ball. For it seemed like there were a lot of defenders near the action.

    What the coaches will see in the film and like about the defense is that on a lot of pass completions the pass defenders were right in the face of the receivers.

    Corner back play and the secondary look to be the strongest on defense. I was particularly watching the left CB-#22 Septer and say you’ll be hearing his name a lot in the future (he’s a freshmen). From what I saw he wasn’t exposed by the receivers. He has all the tools.Another one, #4 M Hopkins CB JR, should be playing a lot–seemed to cover the WR well.

    #90-E. Purcell, Left DE, has the potential to do a lot of good things on the field. Another one that has all the tools. A junior he seemed to be taller than his listed 6’3″. Has long arms. Should be hearing his name a lot this coming season.

    The weakness, I see, is in the pass coverage from the LB position. Watching the linebackers covering the receivers, right now, it’s easy to see this is the one area the opposition will probably expose.

    Overall impressions of the defense is that even though last years team graduated 9 (?) starters the replacements coming in are not that big of a drop off, especially in the DL and secondary. Right now I still concerned of the LB play.

  193. warriorfanny2 April 19, 2009 9:02 am

    When browsing at Coach Gordie’s resume, the first thing that jumps out is his 30 years of college coaching under his belt.

    His versatility stands out too.

    12 years at MInn OLC, 4 years at MINN as a DL coach, was a DC at Idaho, an OC at N Colorado and S Dakota…wherever he went–success followed by the numbers.
    He is cross-trained in all phases of football-grid, trench warfare.
    Like a special forces green beret who is cross-trained in 12 specialties–CGS has experience in OL, DL and served as an OC as well as DC.

    Take JJ, our former offensive-minded guru.
    Most thought that he was pass-n-route guy.
    JJ was a genuis at pass blockin and setting up blocking schemes and he was smart enuff not to write anything on paper, less it show up on under a different
    It makes sense, to be good at one position and defeat your opposition–you must be schooled in counter insurgency–and know what your opposition is doing or how they will try to do it.

    That is the knack of Coach Shaw.
    His template for our OL is based on schemes that counters the D.
    Naturally, we need to focus first and learn count-discipline as well as hand-to-hand-technique.
    Dont forget the conditioning part too.

    I have hunch these problems will be addressed and resolved–sooner than later 🙂

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