An open invitation

Tentative plans call for coach Greg McMackin to announce the 2009 recruiting class Feb. 4 at Murphy’s Bar & Grill.
That’s the first day recruits may sign binding national letters of intent.
The event, which is tentatively set for 6 p.m., is open to the public.
McMackin will comment on each recruit, as well as show highlight videos of the prospects.

* * *

Aaron Bain is going to chase his dream β€” one that does not involve football.
Bain has decided not to attend to UH’s Pro Day, an audition for NFL scouts, and instead will focus on school. He is on schedule to earn a bachelor’s degree this summer.
Because Bain did not redshirt, he is eligible to receive a fifth-year scholarship. If accepted, he would use the money to attend graduate school.
Bain aspires to have a career in firefighting.

* * *

Jake Heun is optimistic about competing in spring ball despite lingering discomfort in his left calf. The ailment is a result of the disc injury he suffered the past summer.
When he is healthy, he faces another challenge: Remain at running back or move to outside linebacker.

* * *

This is Rocky Savaiigaea’s way of saying his left arm is fine:


* * *

Inoke Funaki said he’s proud of his new bike. He points out that “it’s red β€” Kahuku’s color.”



  1. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:13 am


  2. Nalani January 21, 2009 10:13 am


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:13 am


  4. Nalani January 21, 2009 10:14 am

    Eh DPK, you moa quick den me!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:14 am

    Sorry ’bout that Nalani! πŸ˜‰

  6. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:15 am

    Sometime us makule swim a lil more fast…

  7. Committed Road Warrior January 21, 2009 10:15 am

    Top 10 for the first time since who knows when…..

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:16 am

    Hows you today, anyway?

  9. BNS January 21, 2009 10:17 am

    Top 10

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 10:19 am

    I dragged this over from yesterdays post:

    As far as the recruitment β€œWafflers” who are de-commiting last minute, my attitude is: β€œSome will, some won’t, so what? Move on…” To the guys who are jumping ship, aloha and good luck. To the ones who are staying, even more aloha and the best of luck. We can only use the ones who want to be here.

    Aloha to Coach Malloe, best wishes for you. Now is the time to follow your dreams.

  11. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:20 am

    please tell me that we don’t have any more de-commits.
    rumors abound.

  12. duffer January 21, 2009 10:22 am


    I think whitey de-committed! πŸ™‚

  13. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 10:24 am

    Top 20!

    Mmmmm….Gaelic Steak! πŸ˜›

    Go for it, Aaron Bain…Smell smoke? Yodel fo’ Yoda!

    Good luck to Jake Heun

  14. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 10:25 am


    Long time li’ dat!

    Hope you are well! πŸ™‚

  15. warriorfanny January 21, 2009 10:28 am

    Jake Huen is a tough puzzle to solve.
    Assuming he rehabs 100%, overall I like him at OLB, becz of his experience, athletic assests and Cal Lee as his mentor.
    At RB, he is raw, yet not without potential to be a productive powerback…however, I cannot point to a proven mentor to develop Jake’s latent RB skills.

    Hopefully, Coach Cal, will make the call….the kid can contribute somewhere.

  16. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 10:29 am

    tsai, seems like heun’s back problems are recurring. ive had back problems since i was a freshman in high school. i tried everything up until surgery to get it fixed. nothing worked. after 3 months of pain, missing out on my whole summer, my hard head finally listened to my dad. i checked out Charley Relief (then called Marty and Charley). Works wonders. People don’t really believe in it, but I’ve sent multiple friends there and theyve all come back with great results.

    Who would have thought that massaging the pressure points in your feet would relieve your back pain!

  17. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 10:31 am

    Hey, Nalani, I saw your son after workouts today.
    He looks a lot stronger than he did several months ago.

  18. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 10:41 am

    Little update on Nobriga:


    Post #19688
    Add Buddy
    Just spoke to Liloa Nobriga
    The three-star linebacker prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde raved about his time in Boulder. He has developed a very strong relationship with Coach Cabral. B.J. Beatty served as his player host. Nobriga said he already knows where he will play his college ball, he just has to talk it over with his paretns. Utah and Hawaii are the other finalists for his signature. Nobriga said he plans to announce his college decision in the next few days. I would be surprised if he is not a Buff.

    This post was edited on 1/18 8:48 PM by Adam Munsterteiger

  19. Uce2 January 21, 2009 10:43 am

    UH coaches do not recruit young men like Maiava and Tatupu because UH coaches are not winners. Until UH hires coaches who are not afraid of dominant Samoans and Tongans, the UH will continue to lose the best that Hawaii has to offer.

    Is it any mystery to anyone here why the president of SHOPO (a male dominated, macho organization) is Samoan, why the mayor of Honolulu is Samoan, why so many command sergeant majors in the military are Samoan, why so many drill sergeants in the military are Samoan, why football in the islands is dominated by Samoans?

    All dogs, and most human males, are pack animals. Nothing makes a dog more uncomfortable than not knowing where it stands relative to all the other dogs in the pack. Dogs in a pack want order, they want to establish early who is the Alpha Male. Once this issue is decided, the pack settles in and starts to follow the lead of the Alpha. The problem with the UH is that the UH does not have an Alpha Male. The rest of the pack – coaches and players – understand this. This is why the coaching staff and the team has not gelled behind the appointed Alpha Male placeholder know as Mack.

    David Tanuvasa, the winningest coach in McKinley High School football history and a current vice principal some where in Hawaii, is the kind of Alpha Male the UH needs to lead the team. He is bright and talented, is highly educated, has a winning record after 10 seasons as head coach of McKinley, and would be the kind of person the UH needs to have at the head of the pack.

  20. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 10:45 am


    (responding from yesterday)

    I expect Mack to come out of his funk and return to his place of integrity and honor the commitment he made to his GA last year.

  21. lava January 21, 2009 10:45 am

    We could use a few positive surprises in the recruiting wars.

  22. Garret January 21, 2009 10:46 am

    I hope that Jake Heun is healthy in time for Spring Practice! He’ll have a learning curve at either position, but the key is for him to be healthy so that he can get reps. If his back can’t get in decent shape before the fall, it will be a shame because he can help the Warriors.

  23. lava January 21, 2009 10:47 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble Uce2, but the Mayor is an idiot and a wimp, regardless of his ancestry. He’s a joke.

  24. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 10:48 am

    Re# 23 hahaa, tru dat.

  25. Uce2 January 21, 2009 10:51 am

    lava and faith,
    You should go tell him yourself, tough guy. I can arrange that for you if you like. Let me know.

  26. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 10:53 am

    Why would I want to talk to him. He does not care about his “minions” bwahaha…harvard? so what.

    BTW, you da original “Tough Guy” yeah?

  27. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:54 am

    well, jake heun played linebacker all his life and excelled at san fran cc’s ntl champs his second year. he did tote the ball some in hs and he practiced at rb this past year.

    i don’t think it would take him much to pick it up on either side of the ball. the biggest deal for him is dealing with his bad back.

  28. Just Saying January 21, 2009 10:54 am

    #23, Well said Lava.

  29. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:55 am

    bad back…..i do agree with some other comments earlier today about alternative healing methods. after all, back in the days long before you or i existed, these were the methods that were practiced and it still works. its almost as if we need to “get back in the box” rather than “to think outside of the box.”

  30. Uce2 Be a Man January 21, 2009 10:55 am

    howzit baddahs.

  31. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 10:56 am

    You should tell Mack about Tanuvasa.

  32. moon January 21, 2009 10:56 am


    are you hpd?

  33. (Jesse) James January 21, 2009 10:58 am

    Good morning all ….hope everyone has a good day…

    Hope Jake Heun remains healthy…I, too, think he can contribute a bunch to the Warriors….

    Hope we get some good news soon…..and often….

  34. Uce2 January 21, 2009 10:58 am

    I’m still waiting for UH to return my calls about being a waterboy next year.

  35. Uce3 January 21, 2009 10:58 am

    Uce2 is correct. In fact, once Obama is done in office, we need a Samoan as President. If that happens, watch all the other countries in the world bend to our every demand!

  36. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:01 am

    My bad, earlier post about Nobriga was from a message board, this is the full article…please remember that its a Buff writer…

    January 19, 2009
    Nobriga about ready to make the call

    Adam Munsterteiger

    Talk about it in Football Recruiting Board
    Liloa Nobriga originally committed to Hawaii but after taking an official visit to Utah in December, the Utes became the leader for his signature.

    The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker from Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde took a final visit out to Colorado this past weekend. And the Buffaloes also made quite an impression.

    Nobriga was named the Northwest Division Defensive POTY in 2008.
    “It was awesome. Everything I thought it was going to be, it was,” Nobriga said of his trip to Boulder. “I liked the coaches, the players, the people, the environment. Colorado is a great place. It was a great trip.

    “The thing that stood out the most about Colorado is Coach Brian Cabral, their linebackers coach. He is a great coach. He has been at Colorado for more than 20 years and he played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. He has put so many linebackers into the NFL, most recently Jordon Dizon. I don’t know, there is just a mystic about him. I really enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him and his family.”

    Nobriga is almost ready to announce where he will play his college football.

    “I plan on making it fairly soon, within the next couple days,” he explained. “It is between either Colorado, Utah or Hawaii. I pretty much know who I’m going to go with. I just have to talk it over with my family and I’ll announce my decision in a couple days. I am going to be very excited when I commit.”

    What are Nobriga’s impressions of Utah and Hawaii?

    “Utah had a great season,” he said. “I like the coaches there. [Tight ends] coach Jay Hill is great, [inside linebackers] coach Kalani Sitake is great, [head] coach Kyle Whittingham is great. I enjoyed meeting and talking with all of them. On my visit there, I was hosted by Koa Misi and he is just a great guy. I couldn’t ask for anybody better to show me Utah and what is going on there. I had a great time there.

    “With Hawaii, I am originally from there so it was great going back and seeing my old home team play. Hawaii also has great tradition. They play for everyone on the Islands.

    “My final decision is going to come down to what is best for me.”

    Nobriga proved that he has a nose for the football during his high school career. A two-time all-state selection, he recorded an eye-opening 306 tackles as a junior and senior.

    “I have a quick first step, I get blockers off me real fast and I fill the hole,” Nobriga said. “I fly around to the ball. I have good sideline-to-sideline speed. I think I am a complete player because I am versatile. I can play middle linebacker or outside linebacker. I know my reads. I feel like I pretty much just have good football instincts. It kind of just comes natural to me. But I also work hard.” ranks Nobriga among the nation’s top 90 outside linebacker prospects this cycle.


    Sure sounds that Utah is on his mind more then UH…….

  37. Uce2Buce January 21, 2009 11:02 am

    Yo cuz Uce, u tink das bad

    I still waiting for my call back from da rainbow dancaz.

  38. what's wrong January 21, 2009 11:03 am


    I used to respect your opinion. However, lately you have been an embarassment to the rest of us, those of the Samoan nations.

    We were raised to respect our elders, teachers, chiefs, and God. You obviously do not represent the majority of us.

  39. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:03 am

    I think the phrase is student manager.

  40. (Jesse) James January 21, 2009 11:03 am

    Hey, where is homey today???

  41. Garret January 21, 2009 11:04 am

    Update on McKay.

    UCLA picked up a commitment from Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Stanjarivus McKay. McKay said he actually committed last Saturday while on his official visit but wanted to tell the other coaches before going public.

  42. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:04 am

    quoting Faith “He does not care about his β€œminions”

    I wouldn’t know anything about that because I do not work for him and am therefore not one of his minions. It seems, however, based on your comment, that he might have treated you, as a minion, harshly in the recent past, otherwise, how would you have known that he treats his minions harshly.

    I am sorry the mayor treated you harshly. Next time I speak with him, I will remind him to be a little more gentle with his workers and helpers. Hope that helps.

  43. Garret January 21, 2009 11:04 am

    Utah State got a player from HPU.

    Like Jefferson, Mika Nickel is positive Andersen and his staff can turn things around in a hurry.

    The 6-2, 245-pound defensive end from the Hawaii Preparatory School committed to USU over the weekend.

    β€œI selected Utah State because I’m very interested in their football program and the new coaching this year,” Nickel said. β€œI have really high hopes for the program this upcoming year.”

    Nickel chose the Aggies over Portland State and Saint Francis University.

  44. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 11:06 am

    every school nobriga visits is his favorite.

  45. SteveM January 21, 2009 11:06 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I commend Aaron Bain for having a clear vision of his goals and pursuing his education. As a bonus, football might still be an option as he gets his degrees.

  46. Garret January 21, 2009 11:06 am

    Scout says that Conrad Scheidt is still solid with his Idaho commit despite having an offer from UH. Could this be one of the surprises ST mentioned?

    With just two weeks left before high school seniors throughout America sign Letters of Intent to play football at the collegiate level, caught up with hard-hitting defensive standout CONRAD SCHEIDT (6-1, 225) out of Kamehameha High (HI). He’s ranked the No. 81 middle ‘backer prospect in the country, has received numerous offers, and has been one of Idaho’s top targets for the ’09 class.

    One of Idaho’s top targets in the 2009 class, Scheidt has hauled in offers from numerous programs, including Hawaii, Army, Idaho, Arizona and Washington

  47. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 11:08 am


    I think it’s commonly abbreviated HPA.
    Hawaii Prep Academy

  48. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:10 am

    Dude, you got issues haha. Here’s the number for Kahi Mohala (808) 671-8511

    If you live and work on Oahu, then yes, you are his “minion” too ’cause you would be PAYING him to rule over you. So, since you are not what you say I am, then you are not living on Oahu or even Hawai`i for that matter?

    Talk sum more den we can get more info about you =)

  49. BigWave96744 January 21, 2009 11:11 am

    Stephen is BrianK still putting together videos including the highlights of the incoming recruits?

  50. bstunna2002 January 21, 2009 11:12 am

    geez ST I know you said there were a few surprises but you could at least prepared us for the loss of a recruit and coach…j/k… Aloha Kimo hope U-dub turns out to be the place you expect it to be I know Sarkasian told you TE in his offense=NFL so do what you gotta do we’ll be alright. Coach Malloe good luck in the Ivy league congrats on being one step closer to your dream of being a HC. Coach Mack I know you got a plan b so I’m not worried about this cause if one goes there 10 more ready to replace them. And finally to ST MAHALO you do such a great job at keeping us TSAIKO’S in the loop and hope to get a few good surprises in the next few weeks.

  51. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:13 am

    what’s wrong-
    If you really are Samoan, you would understand there are no Samoan “nations”. There is only one Samoa. The fact you do not know this suggests you are not the person you pretend to be. If you are, it would make no difference to me, as it is clear you are an apologist.

    You are the reporter. You meet with Mack more often than most. You know about David. Tell the AD about David, then tell Mack. Thank you.

  52. Garret January 21, 2009 11:13 am


    My mistake. I didn’t even realize I had made that mistake…isn’t HPU=Hawaii Pacific University?

  53. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:13 am

    Recruiting is not an exact science.
    JJ waited for the last three weeks in January to bring in recruits. His reasoning was he wanted UH to be the last visit for a recruit. That’s how he lands Manuwai, Brennan, Mouton, etc. But then JJ was criticized for waiting too long.
    Mack believes in starting early, building relationships. He gets more early commitments. Trouble is, it opens the way for Washington, Colorado and UCLA to swoop in.
    It’s the art of dating. Do you want Betty Cooper, the one who’s always loved you? Or Veronica Lodge, the more glamorous one?
    And, no, you can’t be like that TV special where Betty was glamorous.
    Hey: Mary Ann or Ginger?
    Donovan or HF?

  54. addahknowjoe January 21, 2009 11:15 am

    We can only accept those who want to be here, play for and represent Hawai’i. Those who’s hearts and minds will be here as they make a difference for our program, our state and especially for themselves.

    It’s tough for any kid to make a profound decision that will affect their entire course through life.

    Let them take all the time they need.

    Choose wisely.

  55. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:16 am

    Ryan the video guy puts together all of the DVDs now.

  56. addahknowjoe January 21, 2009 11:17 am

    ST- Which technique was used to corral HF?

  57. lava January 21, 2009 11:19 am

    Uce2, I’ll need immunity to tell the idiot Mayor what I really think of him, so you arrange that and I’m there. No offense to whatever nations claim his as their native son, but he’s a boob.

  58. lava January 21, 2009 11:21 am

    Re recruiting, have we duped ourselves into thinking Hawaii really is paradise?

    The mainland guys say paradise is too far away.

    The local guys say I need a break from paraside.

    Based on this, it doesn’t sound like paradise to me. What are we doing wrong?

  59. lava January 21, 2009 11:22 am

    Paradise, not paraside, you idiot. πŸ™‚

  60. what's wrong January 21, 2009 11:22 am

    so, i am still pulling for aulola tonga. his potential is just amazing in my opinion. while many see him as a safety or olb. his final position will be predicated by how much he grows over the next few years.

  61. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:23 am


    Minion is defined as:

       /ˈmΙͺnyΙ™n/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [min-yuhn]
    1. a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
    2. a favored or highly regarded person.
    3. a minor official.
    4. Printing. a 7-point type.
    5. dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.

    Merely living and working on Oahu, as you can see from the definition above, hardly qualifies a person to be a minion.

    Guys like you crack me up.

  62. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:23 am

    I read somewhere that verbal commitments are not binding.
    Actually …
    When UH makes an offer, it does so in writing, promising a recruit a scholarship if certain conditions are met. Those conditions include academics, timeliness, etc.
    With many recruits, they’ll say that the offer is good for a certain period. That enables the coaches to keep track of the scholarship count.
    So, yes, a recruit can commit and change his mind. But UH won’t yank an offer if, say, a recruit has a lousy senior season, so long as the recruit verbals in timely fashion. But if an offer is made in, say, July and no acceptance has been made yet, the offer isn’t on the table anymore.
    I heard one story about a prospect who opted to decided to go away. UH inadvertently left his name off the pass list for a game. The prospect got all hu-hu. It was an honest mistake. On the other hand, even if it weren’t, the prospect wasn’t coming to UH, anyway.

  63. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:24 am

    Does he not make laws that we have to live by?…read definition #1

  64. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 11:26 am


    Yep, I’m more familiar with HPU being the abbr. for Hawaii Pac. Univ.

  65. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:26 am

    Re# 62

    Player that was “hu-hu” gotta be Te’o…heard a similar story.

  66. Pride. January 21, 2009 11:30 am

    Mary Ann

  67. BigWave96744 January 21, 2009 11:32 am

    ST any chance that Sun God would return to Hawaii?

  68. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:33 am

    (just back from a lunch run….trying this grace’s special today. hot n spicy mochiko chicken. only one scoop rice of course.)

    st, i guess sometimes we just need to hear the truth from the truthful resources. thanks for clarifying those issues.

    another thing, young men (17-18 yrs) are typically not yet well versed in the art of being interviewed. a cagey reporter can steer the interview in his direction all the time. therefore, i don’t read in to all that you hear/read all the time.

  69. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:33 am

    There were two problems with the HF hire.
    First, as I understand it, he wasn’t named as one of the five finalists by the majority of the search committee. But Dobelle saw gold …
    Second, and this probably hindered Dobelle, too, is HF didn’t have someone to help him navigate the political landscape. A lot of folks come to Hawaiβ€˜i, think it’s the same as anywhere else, and then they learn β€” the hard way β€” that it’s not. So nobody helped guide him, and he didn’t trust many people, and, well, people sort of got out of the way. HF is a bright guy. And he’s a great public speaker. He just needed help here. He also needed to ask for help, and he needed to meet deadlines.

  70. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:34 am

    I am neither a follower of nor subordinate to our mayor. You, on the other hand, must fall into one of these categories, based on your conclusions as to yourself and your standing relative to the mayor.

    Again, no need for any more words on this. As stated previously, I will tell him next time we speak to ease up on people like you, people who fall into the above categories.

    Am not in a position to secure immunity of the type you speak.

  71. Willie January 21, 2009 11:34 am

    “Leave Maiava and Tatupu alone. Maiava will be taking over for Rey β€œThe Beast” Maualuga (top 5 pick in this years NFL draft) come next year, and nothing more needs to be said about Tatupu and who he is – his record, not sissy words, speak volumes about who he is and what he can do. Maiava is still a young man and he is speaking as young do at this age.”

    Above is Uce2’s comments from the prior blog. How smart is this person anyway if he does not know that Maiava is pau at USC. He waited 4 years to start and just played in the East West Shrine game, which you have to be a senior to play. Before you comment on something you profess to be an “expert” in, get your facts correct. . .duuuhhh!

  72. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:38 am

    If memory serves me correct, the AD and David might have played together at UH. Memory is a bit faulty these days.

  73. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:38 am

    okay….betty cooper because i am partial to blondes.
    mary ann because ginger is a flooze.
    donovan because he speaks the truth.

  74. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:38 am

    Uce2 = Owned bwahahhaa~

  75. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:39 am

    Most of all, the problem with HF is that he found out about the Hawaii opening through a headhunter, which is like finding a date through a matchmaking service. The most important thing about a match is the emotional commitment; a computer can’t measure the heart.
    And that’s the same thing for coaches, players, journalists, and any other person. You have to want to be at a place β€” and for many reasons.
    A recruit needs to find a school that fits all of his needs β€” academically, socially and, lastly, athletically. Every recruit is a high school all-star. Not every recruit will be a college all-star.

  76. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:41 am

    You are correct. I erred. Maiava is a senior and won’t be taking over for Maualuga. He will be playing in the NFL though. Some team will pick him up. He is very good. Wish you all the best Maiava!

  77. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 11:42 am

    Actually, I’m not too familiar with David Tanuvasa, although I did speak to him a few times about recruits. Seems like a sharp guy.
    I think if he’s truly interested, he needs to apply, and he needs to be aggressive in stating his qualifications. But it mostly has to come from him. I think third-party recommendations can only go so far.

  78. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:46 am

    Re# Tanuvasa

    From this from 2003…………:

    “After leading his team a game away from the state championship, David Tanuvasa has resigned as varsity football coach at McKinley High.

    “There are some personal and professional things I need to take care of,” Tanuvasa said.

    Tanuvasa said he will return to the University of Hawai’i to pick up additional credits so he can qualify for pay increases. Although he said he enjoys coaching, he said he would like to consider getting into the administrative side of education, which would not allow him to coach. Department of Education rules prohibit education officers from coaching…..”

    Looks like he wanted to be Admin. rather then a coach in the end game.

  79. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:49 am

    OT: So whos gonna watch LOST tonight? Sneak peak on the network website if so interested.

    My old lady is going nuts wanting to watch this season…..should be good.

  80. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:51 am

    At city level, city council (legislative branch) “makes” laws. Mayor (executive branch) executes laws.

  81. Uce2 January 21, 2009 11:54 am

    Gotta run. Say hi to some friends at the legislature.

  82. XxFaithxX January 21, 2009 11:55 am

    Splitting hairs…/sign

    Don’t you have anything else better to do then nag on people?


  83. RichfromOC January 21, 2009 12:00 pm

    I think Uce2 is actually a real nice fellow. Don’t know about the alpha male theory but if it works, go for it.

  84. RichfromOC January 21, 2009 12:00 pm

    I think Uce2 is actually a real nice fellow. Don’t know about the alpha male theory but if it works, go for it.

  85. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:01 pm


    what a great show we could make….Ass The Recruits Turn….could be a blockbuster hit, maybe DPK could put the manuscript together, we have more than enough material i think.

  86. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:05 pm

    sorry for the typo, should be As… bad as comes out again… 😎

  87. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:06 pm


    you always did like pigtails huh? could be traced back to maybe one or two of your ‘visits’ in the day?

    oh my

  88. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:17 pm

    Big Wave,

    Sun God back to Hawaii, that is an interesting scenario, i don’t know if he could handle the pay cut to move the family back here. would be interesting to say the least.

  89. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:18 pm


    is everyone at a CC that i didn’t know about? where’s the love boyz and gurlz? tired of riding this merry go round by myself πŸ™

  90. Bulla January 21, 2009 12:19 pm

    tummmm de dum, tum de dum………hide and go seek? haha

  91. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 12:22 pm

    ST – any news on Colt and the Inauguration?

  92. koakane iphone January 21, 2009 12:23 pm

    Ajoe my feet my feet

    Good day tsai-ko kane’s and wahine’s. Wishing 09 is still fine for yu’all.

    Small break to check in and also to wish all Kung Hee Fut Choy. Red year to the Ox peeps out there.

  93. koakane iphone January 21, 2009 12:27 pm

    holla bulla como esta?

  94. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2009 12:27 pm

    Aloha Tsai-ko’s….nuff Tsai-ko analysis already.
    Time fo lunch, feed da brain.
    Menu right now is:
    Fried Noodles
    Shrimp Tempura
    Shoyu Pork
    Miso Soup
    Tofu Salad
    BBQ Chicken
    Pot Stickers
    So go grab lunch now. Analyze lattas

  95. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2009 12:30 pm

    Wow Rocky’s arm mo big dan my leg!

  96. owen-16 January 21, 2009 12:32 pm

    i tought da sungod’s wife was still at queen’s…must be my old age comin back to bite me again, sorry…

  97. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 12:34 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    January 21st, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Recruiting is not an exact science.
    JJ waited for the last three weeks in January to bring in recruits. His reasoning was he wanted UH to be the last visit for a recruit. That’s how he lands Manuwai, Brennan, Mouton, etc. But then JJ was criticized for waiting too long.
    Mack believes in starting early, building relationships. He gets more early commitments. Trouble is, it opens the way for Washington, Colorado and UCLA to swoop in.


    Thanks for the history Tsai. I sort of figured that it was that way. I imagine both philosophies have their merit. It would be interesting to see which style nets the biggest recruits. I think some of the “wafflers” can thank UH for putting them on the Pac 10 radar.

    Myself, I would say “Ginger” all the way…

  98. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 12:38 pm

    Howdy Herr Buller. The natives must be very safe today…

  99. (Jesse) James January 21, 2009 12:52 pm

    Whoa…NSF, where you eating????

  100. (Jesse) James January 21, 2009 12:53 pm

    DPK….we all know you like Maryann(e)

  101. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 12:56 pm

    Depends on which one you’re talkin’ bout.

    Now get back to work!

  102. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2009 12:57 pm

    At the office…going away party and welcome party at the same time…anyhoo, buuurrrppp!….ZZzzzzzzzzzzz

  103. al β„’ January 21, 2009 1:15 pm

    okay i’ll start this off….

    well no one has discussed the blog title topic of the day, but, i will. don’t get me wrong i like murphy and i like murphy’s. i have been known to patronize this place on occasion. and while murphy does support uh athletics as evidenced by his generosity and leadership role with the na koa program.

    i just think that this sends the wrong message out to some of our current recruits, future recruits, and boosters. i would rather see this open to the public press conference held at the ssc or the wong hospitality room sans any alcoholic beverages. after all we do recruit many who by personal or religious choices abstain from alcohol. (it won’t offend those who do indulge.)

    just my opinion on doing it the right way.

    …nuff said.

  104. Bruddah Cuz January 21, 2009 1:24 pm

    Where is da aloha? Dave Tanuvasa is a great example of a Rainbow (Warrior) gone right. He gave back to the kids, he is following his path, nothing wrong with dat. If the hoku align…whatever. No worry about what no can worry about. All I know is no dog a Warrior. Das why a recruit should commit. No place else can say they got what we got. They talk facilities, we talk aloha. We get plenty aloha for all da bruddahs, no matter how they get here. If you want to go somewhere else, go and good luck. I know who we are, I know what we got, I know we are Warriors. Soon we gonna rock Aloha Stadium and it ain’t going to matter who commited or de-commited. Green shirts, white shirts, black shirts, whatever. We are Warriors. L.V. Baby!

  105. A-House January 21, 2009 1:25 pm

    Colt was interviewed by Grace Lee, channel 7, last night at the Hawaii Inaugural Ball.

    He had his full facial hair and looked really filled out along the chest; like hitting the weights; made the suit look gooooooooooood.

  106. A-House January 21, 2009 1:29 pm


    Is it true that McKnight is coming back as an O-line coach? In what capacity? Assistant to Smith?

    Any word from Coach Mack on Malloe’s slot? Has it been advertised already? Any drum beats on who’s interested?

  107. Irse January 21, 2009 1:33 pm

    As far as Sun God coming back, aren’t the two positions for a OL coach and GA? I think that is what was posted as the job openings.

  108. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 1:34 pm

    Thanks, A-House!

    um… what is channel 7?

  109. al β„’ January 21, 2009 1:38 pm

    ahouse(#105)…..almost sounds like you have a man crush on colt.

    lizk….we already know about your crush.

  110. Bulla January 21, 2009 1:44 pm


    natives are safe, only called Shore Patrol 3 times last night at various locations….not Dawn Patrol, but Shore Patrol….they do such a great job of brining our young men in the armed services into alignment….

    little chilly today, little brisk…..but a nice change

    i know Wyoming is still in town, thought I saw a few UW coaches yesterday, but you never know…… look like poachers at Parker Ranch…don’t we have Poacher Patrols? guess not


    howzit to you also, you crack me up in the mornings, mahalo 😎

  111. mctruck January 21, 2009 1:55 pm

    Watching the 3rd workouts for the senior bowl on NFLHD and Viekune is looking pretty good with his speed rushing.

  112. BowsForever January 21, 2009 2:03 pm

    Hopefully Heun can _get_ healthy. That’s step one.

    Speaking of the injured — hope Rocky’s getting along well with his recovery. (And what about Blaze?)

  113. YpoWarrior January 21, 2009 2:16 pm


    Totally agree w/you on holding this press conference somewhere on campus vs. at Murphy’s. I think the admin/coaches should rethink this decision.

  114. SteveM January 21, 2009 2:22 pm

    Bad news from our aerial corps: Mrs. Bulla will be off-island on Feb. 7, so we lose our lead Bomber, her flight wing, and the official Jager Bomber Event certification. πŸ™ Lost HiFlyer to a work sked change.

    But we still have Bulla and his surprises in the corner and the excellent Tsai-ko Tsingers! Lots of room to meet and party with your favorite Tsai-kos…

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM. Note we are capped at 55 people.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required, but there will be a lot of it. πŸ™‚ But very good! Click here to see photos and video of earlier large Karaoke Calls, and scroll down to mid-August to see more.

    β€’ $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    β€’ BYOB
    β€’ Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

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    Continually updated Karaoke Call info in the Events Calendar section at:

    Current count = 38

  115. Nalani January 21, 2009 2:26 pm

    DPK – sorry for going AWOL. I had to attend what qualifies for work for me: a luncheon mtg downtown. Back now for a little while.

  116. Scott January 21, 2009 2:28 pm

    Good luck to coach Malloe. At least he’ll only have to win one game a year for it to be considered a successful year.

  117. Nalani January 21, 2009 2:28 pm

    …what qualifies AS work FOR me….whew my English Teacher would be rapping my knuckles right about now.

  118. Garret January 21, 2009 2:32 pm

    U-Dub might have committed an NCAA recruiting violation when it hosted 13 recruits last weekend. It would be nice for U-Dub to get into some trouble now that they are going after UH recruits…

    A UW spokesman has confirmed that the Washington athletic department is looking into whether the football program may have committed a secondary violation while hosting recurits over the weekend.

    Specifically, the athletic department is investigating whether a violation occurred when the school set up a mock “game-day entrance” for recruits, simulating running out of the tunnel at Husky Stadium that included smoke and noise.

    The spokesman said it was then brought to UW’s attention that the entrances may have violated an NCAA rule that prohibits recruits from participating in any “game-day simulations.” The matter was apparently brought to UW’s attention after there was message-board discussion on about whether it may have been a violation.

    It would apparently be a secondary violation and the Huskies would report it to the Pac-10 office along with a possible self-imposed penalty.

  119. Garret January 21, 2009 2:34 pm

    Detailed practice notes for each day at the Senior Bowl. I’m just going to post the Warrior stuff, but click on the link if you want the full article.

    David Veikune:

    Monday Practice Notes: Showed very good speed and quickness with good lateral pursuit, but had trouble shedding blocks when he got locked up.

    Tuesday Practice Notes: Best day of the bunch. Started the practice by really being a hard assignment against the run. He read his keys and fought hard against pressure. His pass rush was impressive today, even making top rated left tackle Michael Oher look bad on an occasion or two. Plus he worked hard on every down, just a tenacious defender.

    Wednesday Practice Notes: Not quite the performance seen yesterday, but still solid. Veikune excelled rushing the passer but was not as effective against the run. The end definitely had troubles holding his ground against the likes of Mississippi’s Michael Oher on this day. He did display a nice speed rush off the edge against some of the heavier tackles in drills.

  120. Garret January 21, 2009 2:36 pm

    The section for Jake Ingram is empty for every day of the Senior Bowl practice notes! I guess the writer doesn’t pay attention to the long snappers.

    Here is my guess of what the report on Ingram would read:

    Monday Practice Notes: 100 perfect snaps out of 100 attempts.

    Tuesday Practice Notes: 100 perfect snaps out of 100 attempts.

    Wednesday Practice Notes: See Tuesday.

  121. Garret January 21, 2009 2:39 pm

    Article about how Utah cannot afford to pay their assistant coaches enough to keep them away from BCS schools. It is hard for me to believe that Utah’s offensive coordinator made $178k and their defensive coordinator made $193k during the season where they beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Tennessee’s DL coach makes $600k and several BCS coordinators make $1 million now.

    The thing is, the BCS dollars is not the big difference…the big difference is the TV contracts each conference has for the regular season.

    Keeping his talented staff here at Utah is definitely going to be a challenge for coach Kyle Whittingham. Take Roderick, for instance. He was making $92,000 here and I heard was offered $140,000 to stay. The Utes may have gone up even more in a last effort to keep him, but no way could they match Washington’s offer.

    For a little perspective, Utah’s new defensive line coach John Pease was hired for $120,000 while former defensive coordinator Gary Andersen made $193,000, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig made $177,500 and offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, who followed Ludwig to Kansas State, made $154,000.

    I just don’t see how the Utes could have matched Washington’s offer for Roderick, particularly if the initial agreement was to give Schramm and Roderick the same salaries as co-coordinators.

    Who can blame Roderick for leaving for that kind of money?

  122. Garret January 21, 2009 2:42 pm

    Another article about all the coaches Utah has lost this offseason.

    Everyone can understand why former defensive coordinator Gary Andersen left for Utah State, because he bounced to become a head coach, an ambition he never covered up before it became a reality.

    Former offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig leaving for the same position at Kansas State is a bit iffy. K-State is a Big 12 school and all that, but hasn’t Utah proved itself to be a better football program in recent years than the outfit in Manhattan? The ‘Cats were 5-7 this season, 2-6 in league.

    Former offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, who did a fantastic job at Utah, bolted alongside Ludwig and took the same position at K-State.

    Former receivers coach Aaron Roderick’s departure for Washington is a big blow to Utah for a couple of reasons. First, Roderick was an effective recruiter for the Utes, getting great gains in Southern California’s prep and J.C. circles. In that regard alone, he will be missed. Second, the Utes offered him a share of their offensive coordinator position to replace Ludwig, and he turned away from that, after initially accepting it, even though the Huskies hired him as nothing more than their receivers coach.

    That’s a tire iron to the Utes’ head.

    It can’t be easy for Utah to accept that a potential offensive coordinator in its camp leaves the program hanging to take a job coaching receivers in Seattle. Isn’t Ute football bigger than that?

  123. jm2375 January 21, 2009 2:49 pm

    Liz – channel 7 is the Oceanic channel # for da channel where dat female sportscaster resides that most male Tsai-kos have a crush on. πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  124. owen-16 January 21, 2009 2:59 pm

    huh, since when did malika dudley move to sports πŸ™‚

  125. jeezy January 21, 2009 3:06 pm

    Stephen, does hawaii have a legit shot at getting jray galeai???? he will be visiting this weekend

  126. Manoa Mist January 21, 2009 3:30 pm

    Used to pick up the old Archie’s and Jughead’s just to check out Veronica and Betty. I was young, and thought I was in love. If you had to choose, how could you not go with the blonde, all things considered?
    Then, I met Marcia Brady and found out what real love was all about. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Blonde, too.
    Those were the days.
    This recruiting thing is wearing. First they coming, then they ain’t. Smartest posts are the ones where folks say wait till LOI day, and don’t bother me before that!
    I trust in Mack. He was recruiter of the year for a reason.

  127. A-House January 21, 2009 3:36 pm


    Channel 7 = KGMB

  128. al β„’ January 21, 2009 3:40 pm

    lemme guess. kgmb channel 7 is channel 9 in kauai.

  129. al β„’ January 21, 2009 3:48 pm

    i guess jray’s visit didn’t go so well in provo.

    would be really nice to have him, alo, and tonga strapping it up for the warriors.

    really nice.

  130. labrat January 21, 2009 3:51 pm

    Come back Sun God.

  131. Garret January 21, 2009 3:56 pm

    It would be nice to get Jray Galea’i this weekend! He’s currently a soft commit to BYU and visited there 2 weekends ago I think. This is another example of UH bringing in a recruit that has given his commit to another school…though he’s a soft commit and a local player, so UH should have a good chance.

    Smart to bring in his Kahuku teammate Aulola Tonga during the same weekend. He’s apparently a commit for UCLA right now, but they want to grey-shirt him and UH might have room in this recruiting class.

  132. Garret January 21, 2009 3:57 pm

    Previous update on Tonga.

    I’m hearing safety Aulola Tonga of Kahuku (Hawaii) High committed to UCLA over the weekend, but as a grey shirt, meaning he will enroll in January 2010. He was recruited as a linebacker.

    Also, there is a chance Tonga will go on a two-year church mission after he grey shirts, according to one of my sources.

  133. jm2375 (21) January 21, 2009 3:58 pm

    al – Liz (and me) has DishNetwork, where the channel #s are what they’re supposed to be!!

  134. Garret January 21, 2009 4:01 pm

    Out of all the commits that Utah and BYU had, this article rates Jray the 6th best commit for both schools combined. So, UH’s gain could be a big loss for BYU.

  135. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:15 pm

    jm411….most of us don’t have a crush on that ch 7 sportscaster.

    we do agree with owen-16 and homey likes amber lyn.

  136. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:16 pm

    jray galeai could also play point guard for nash. i think he is that good.

  137. (Jesse) James January 21, 2009 4:23 pm

    al….you know who I miss is Kuualoha Taylor…..

  138. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:27 pm

    (j)j……i must say you have good taste.

    now, how about olena rubin???

  139. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:28 pm

    (j)j……ms. taylor is now married to a surgeon in san diego, however, she still does tv stuff.

  140. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:29 pm

    so, pride. must be busy with all those employee issues.

  141. al β„’ January 21, 2009 4:38 pm

    so, i am guessing…..

    a surprise will be a surprise safety. i think that may be our top priority right now.

    its nearly two weeks and i won’t call the recent turnaround news exactly good surprises.

    so, ever the optimist will keep praying along here.

  142. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 4:39 pm

    Mahalo, tv aficionados! Shucks, I missed that one.

    Thanks for the Sr. Bowl reports!

    Bac to verk…

  143. J-Dog January 21, 2009 4:39 pm

    UH could have a chance. Wasn’t Viliami Nauahi verbaled to BYU, then signed with UH? We also managed to get Paipai Falemalu and Alema Tachibana last year on such short notice. C’mon boys, let’s keep the Kahuku pipeline going to UH!

  144. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2009 4:48 pm

    Marisol Boromeo? πŸ˜†

  145. Bulla January 21, 2009 4:55 pm

    anyone know what is going on with Tachibana? also sad story on Benji Keomeatu…..Silata is at Snow College in Utah doing well…….academics, academics, academics…..broken record i sound like

  146. Mike January 21, 2009 5:01 pm

    Will never understand the Betty/Mary Ann attraction. Veronica and Ginger, by far. Woof. Maybe Midge, too.

  147. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 5:08 pm

    Sun God will not be asked back.
    He wasn’t retained when this staff was assembled, so there’s no chance he’ll be asked back.
    McKnight is indeed an applicant. It’s an iffy thing with him. His specialty is special teams, but that’s not the job he’s up for.

  148. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2009 5:10 pm

    Tachibana is enrolled in school.
    He’s actually been enrolled since August. He’s on scholarship now.

  149. J-Dog January 21, 2009 5:10 pm

    What’s going on with Tachibana?

  150. jeezy January 21, 2009 5:13 pm

    how big is tachibana right now? HE was sort of a tweener coming in…

  151. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 5:24 pm

    getting galeai would be siiiiiiick! i think he is good enough to play as a true fresh. one of the few HS guys that is ready.

  152. whitey January 21, 2009 5:26 pm

    the warriors started their conditioning program today????? need to see report by our scout team, kekoa, nalani, stretch, cc, jason, al, etc

  153. kolomona January 21, 2009 5:33 pm

    I would love to see Heun move to running back. The linebacker position is pretty loaded with Satele, Soares, and Kauhane should be starting next season. It would be good for the scheme and a good change since the offense would like to use more emphasis on the running game. He would be like another Nate Ilaoa.

  154. Garret January 21, 2009 5:34 pm

    This 6’7″ 310-pound offensive tackle would be awesome for UH to land! He says he’ll decide by Sunday and UH, USF, and Kansas are his final 3. Check out Sportsbow’s post on SportsHawaii for the details.

  155. Bulla January 21, 2009 5:35 pm


    thanks for the info on tachibana, that is really good news :ccol: happy for him that it is working out.

    are there other gray shirts that are not enrolled in school right now?

  156. whitey January 21, 2009 5:40 pm

    looking ahead to spring training. headline for one day “The Moose Is Loose”. it is see that headline, no need read the rest of the story because that means the moose is blocking and running over the d.

  157. whitey January 21, 2009 5:41 pm

    it = if i

  158. whitey January 21, 2009 5:43 pm

    super bowl on feb 1st and cheering for the cardinals, after that feb 4th is S Day in Hawaii. whooooooooheeeeeeee!!!!!

  159. whitey January 21, 2009 5:44 pm

    bulla you included on the scout team, so where’s the report?????

  160. whitey January 21, 2009 5:50 pm

    hope that our hs athletes in any sport is able to secure some kind of scholarship or financial aid to help further their education. it will be a big help for their families, but also it will give them an opportunity to expand their horizons and dreams. uh may not be in your plans upon graduation, but remember your growing up years in hawaii and all the people you met. that is priceless!!!!!!!

  161. whitey January 21, 2009 5:52 pm

    ok, whitey on roll, so going for the 5:40 pm to 5:50 pm record (if get one)

  162. whitey January 21, 2009 5:56 pm

    dang, try for record and computer goes beserk. see you lata.

  163. Uce2 January 21, 2009 6:03 pm

    Congratulations to Yoda! Great kid. Knew when he played at St Louis he would turn out to be a good kid. Best of luck with firefighting.

  164. d1ε³Ά January 21, 2009 6:14 pm

    Uh-oh….bad lau lau 😯

  165. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the #147 info, ST.

  166. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 6:37 pm

    So it shall be written, so it shall be done.

    Hire McKnight to coach special teams could be a great idea of Coach thinks thats a great idea.

    UH coaches do not recruit young men like Maiava and Tatupu because UH coaches are not winners. Until UH hires coaches who are not afraid of dominant Samoans and Tongans, the UH will continue to lose the best that Hawaii has to offer.

    So go get an alpha male, Coach. maybe yes David Tanuvasa, maybe no. don’t make him ask; you don’t wait for players, you go after them.
    make the best of these opportunities for Warrior Nation, Coach! You got an open spot. Make the most of it! Bend things. We’re not a stepping stone. UH Warriors represents the State. Us, alpha males included.

    Go Warriors!!!!

  167. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:38 pm

    I’m taking an “om” approach to recruits and prospects. Last year I was amped about Heun- but even though he became a Warrior, he was hurt before he could get some traction with the team πŸ˜₯

    So I’ll just say “om” and my prayers and wait til the season starts before I get REALLY excited!

  168. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:40 pm

    hf2- I was totally in love with Yul Brynner when I was a kid… what a MAN! Now THERE is an alpha male!

  169. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:40 pm


  170. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:41 pm

    how many posts are we going for?

  171. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 6:44 pm


    I made 2 posts and nothing. lets see if this is a third.
    I was shooting for 180, LizK. πŸ˜€

  172. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:46 pm

    Batch Posting, i betcha

  173. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 6:47 pm

    us alpha males gotta stick togedda. don’t be talkin smack about the big Mutt. πŸ˜€

  174. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:47 pm

    I just discovered there is a huge skimboarding online community…

  175. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 6:48 pm


    Mutt = Muff. πŸ˜†

  176. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:48 pm

    I was accused of being an alpha female once on this board.

  177. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:49 pm

    Where’s m-homey?

  178. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:50 pm

    Where’s Wreck?

  179. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:51 pm

    We’re going to to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday on my b-day – on Kauai- family gathering, so you all are invited. March 28.

  180. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:52 pm


  181. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 6:53 pm

    heh heh heh

    thats funny.

    Pride, the early morning hour is when deze fingers take on a life of their own.. πŸ˜€

  182. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 6:58 pm

    ok. pau work. latahs!

  183. roysan16 January 21, 2009 7:04 pm


    i remember. nothing gets by me.

  184. LizKauai [Believer] January 21, 2009 7:12 pm

    haha, roysan16… bingo!

  185. brew808 January 21, 2009 7:16 pm

    Gold star for roysan16! πŸ˜€

    ~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’~ ❀ πŸ˜€ Happy..Birthday..(al’s)..Boss!!! πŸ˜€ ❀ ~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’~

  186. brew808 January 21, 2009 7:26 pm

    Liz_K has been called plenty of things…. most recently…. “mosquito bait”! πŸ˜†

    My 2 cents regarding reneging verbal commits? Heck, that’s part of the “test”. If you don’t keep your “word”, then you’re not Warrior material!

    As for those Warriors that did initially commit to other programs? Sometimes…. it takes a little time to “see the light” and make the right decision!

    Yeah, it is a circular argument, but it is only 2 cents worth of thought…. 😯 πŸ˜€ πŸ™„

  187. whitey January 21, 2009 7:33 pm

    how you doing bhf2, lizk, and brewski. going to 200 and it is break time

  188. whitey January 21, 2009 7:36 pm

    i know mrs al not going see this because mr al suppose to take her out to dinnah.

    looking at the commit list, it is shaping up and coach mc will achieve his recruiting goals, plus have 1 or 2 scholies left for emergency.

  189. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:36 pm


    as far as i know, it was wet on the outside and dry on the inside, that’s the weather report not the scouting report.

    off season is where you lay the foundation for in season…there is no such thing as off……your workouts are harder and more intense because all you have to do is train and study.

    i know some ballers who are training at 6 am in the morning in 30 degree weather before classes, then 4 pm lifting, and study hall from 7 to 9 pm, mandatory, and that is monday to thursday. friday is a 4 hour study hall from 3 to 7 pm. saturday is only training at 8 am, rest of the day and sunday is off.

    if you want to be a champion, you have to train like a champion. you have to go til you blow, master the mental techniques to break through pain barriers, develop self control and mental toughness, focus on execution and being explosive at will, upon command. like one UH coach told the beast at SL, can you ‘snap’ at will………and the beast replied ‘oh yeah, don’t worry coach’, and the rest is history.

    train, train, train, study, study, study, rest, rest, rest…and everything will fall into place.

  190. whitey January 21, 2009 7:38 pm

    if the visiting oline recruit signs on, what an oline the warriors will have. going be bigger than any oline in uh history.

  191. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:38 pm

    happy bday to mrs al,

    may God continue to give you the patience and perseverance to live with our bestest friend, uncle al.

    i hope it was a nice dinner…….. πŸ˜‰

  192. whitey January 21, 2009 7:40 pm

    bulla, now you see why you on the scout team for us tsaikos. you get good eyes, not to mention one shiny head. hahahahaaaaaa

  193. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:41 pm


    got to keep our fingers, toes, legs, and anything else crossed

  194. whitey January 21, 2009 7:42 pm

    bulla, i neva know that you also one reverend. just what we need, one scout who can hover over the practice field. thanks bro

  195. whitey January 21, 2009 7:45 pm

    bulla, nah, no worry. the commits we have left are ones who believe that their word is good and actually no need paper to sign. that is only formality. i like that because i know that they are willing to become warriors and set their priorities in life at uh.

  196. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:45 pm


    now that i know Liz used to love yule brenner, i going shine my head every night, but will have to lose about 200 lbs, ouch πŸ™

  197. whitey January 21, 2009 7:49 pm

    maybe i too simple, but growing up and living in the country, life values are simple and you believe in people doing the right thing. maybe that is why i sometimes have a hard time coping with the ha—– who come here and think that they know everything instead of just learning how we live in hawaii.

  198. NorthShoreFan January 21, 2009 7:51 pm

    brew808…I agree with your assessment..
    Kid don’t know how to keep his word, not Warrior material.

    Think a lot of kids just want to “trip” Hawaii. Good vacation for them.
    Hard to know which kids are wanting to be a Warrior and which ones just want to “trip”.
    Come LOI day we find out if they keep their commit or not.

  199. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:52 pm


    it’s like chinese food, the preparation is the most important thing. you can spend two hours getting ready to cook for five minutes, but if you nevah do it right in prepping, then instead of having one awesome meal…you goin eat soup, and das alright too.

    so if the players, not playahs, do not dedicate themselves to excellence, and to do whatever it takes to be a champion….the results will speak for themselves.

    drastic results need drastic changes

    if you keep doing what you doing, how does the end result differ?


  200. MIke January 21, 2009 7:52 pm


    Um, you might have to die, too. Prolly not worth it.

  201. whitey January 21, 2009 7:52 pm

    that is why i like coach mc, he is trying his best to learn about life and people here. he has learned simple things like saying please and thank you makes plenty of friends.

  202. Bulla January 21, 2009 7:57 pm


    i agree, Hawaii is the last bastion of civilization, where your word is all you got. i remember when my dad was a contractor, building homes and subdivisions in the 60’s and 70’s…all on a handshake. attorneys come along and start asking for the ‘paperwork’, and contracts became standard.

    like growing up small kid time, when a neighbor had to pour concrete, build a wall, cut down the big mango tree, all of the men would go and help, no questions asked, you just went because that is the way we lived. you know they not going ask for help, but you going help because that is the right thing to do.

    they can take anything, but they cannot take your integrity…unless you let them.

    whew, getting all heated up here in Moillili……calm down

  203. brew808 January 21, 2009 7:58 pm

    Bulla – I like your cooking analogy! Preparation is a key component. But so are good ingredients, a good recipe, good kitchen and tools, and of course, presentation and ambiance. πŸ˜€ Of course that’s what I hear cause there’s little of that at the fast fuud place I dine at! πŸ˜† 😯 πŸ˜€

  204. whitey January 21, 2009 7:59 pm

    good evening mike.

    Um, you might have to die, too. Prolly not worth it

    that is exactly what bulla is saying, how much is it worth to you to train. if it is not worthy, then suggest you find another sport or quit. you are not training for the sake of training, you are training because you made a committment to excel in fb at uh. same can be said of the military, if you afraid of dying, no join, but if you care about your country and want to make sure your family, friends, and others enjoy their lifestyle, dying is worth it. that is why i say i am simple. i no expect nothing for what i do, but i do what is right.

  205. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:00 pm

    If you can’t keep your word, you’re not Warrior material.

    So it was written, so it shall be done.

    hoboy, I can’t wait for 2/4. I wanna see da new Warriors!
    Make us proud, Warriors! Work hard. Train hard. Study hard.

    Go Warriors!!!

  206. whitey January 21, 2009 8:02 pm

    braddah bulla, somehow 204 neva come out right, but i think you know what i am driving at, so need not explain. right???

  207. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:02 pm

    Eh whitey. You and A-house (& d1?) still thinking of heading East in April? Which weekend? 😯

  208. chawan_cut January 21, 2009 8:03 pm

    Lost in 6 minutes!!!

  209. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:05 pm

    Darn – I keep forgetting to show my slime-lawyer brudda some pictures of BHF2 for ID and background info….. 😈 😯 πŸ˜€

  210. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:06 pm


    you got me all worked up too, an i not like dat! πŸ˜€

    so if the players, not playahs, do not dedicate themselves to excellence, and to do whatever it takes to be a champion….the results will speak for themselves.

    drastic results need drastic changes

    if you keep doing what you doing, how does the end result differ?


    I agree 808%

  211. whitey January 21, 2009 8:06 pm

    brewski, open for suggestions. in the meantime, going try go west in march to manila for some cultural lesson. never to old to learn about different cultures and i not going try to change them, but just go with the flow. my friend who goes there regularly says i only need slippahs, shorts, t shirt, and one bag to carry my personal stuff. now that is what i call traveling light.

  212. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:07 pm

    chawan_cut – a “wise” ‘okole might claim you were LOST a long time ago…. 😈 😯 πŸ˜†

  213. whitey January 21, 2009 8:08 pm

    ok, when puka 200, time for break.

  214. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:12 pm

    Huh? What is “puka 200”? πŸ™„

  215. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:13 pm

    you sly bulla. πŸ˜€

    aren’t the Warriors training/working hard in this off season? are the trainers upping their levels of expertise, so that we can compete with the BCS schools even if their salaries are pittance next to da big boyz. When you’re having fun, it ain’t about da $$$. its about da smackdown, glory, Hawaii!

  216. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:14 pm

    I mean…. What is “puka 200”? I didn’t get up to high level math like Jason! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  217. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:20 pm


    i get’em

    the problem we have in our society today is that ….we know what to do but we don’t do what we know…..why is that. is it because we have drifted so far to the left that the norm is not even close to what we grew up with….how come its like that…….

  218. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:24 pm

    Are those JUGS machines getting full usage? πŸ™„

    Generation gap:
    Geevum generation –> “Give-me” generation….
    😯 πŸ™„ πŸ˜€

  219. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:29 pm


    go get ’em big boy, i get your back

    we have knowledge, but are we wise
    we have resources, but are we resourceful
    we have ideas, but are we thoughtful
    we have passion, but are we compassionate
    we have love, but are we loveable
    we have leadership skills, but are we leaders
    we have ability, but are we able
    we have commitments, but are we committed

    we live by fear and not by faith. if we were to walk by faith we would receive the impossible.

    our only job is to believe God can do his job

    you have to change from the inside, to change on the outside

    do YOUR best and God will do the rest

    you cant’ find peace if you don’t find all the pieces

    Know God, Know Peace
    No God, No Peace

    we should ALL examine our DNA…. our Distinct Notable Attributes

    stop trying to be like everyone else, and be yourself as God wants you to be

    now chew on that boyz and girlz………AMEN

  220. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:31 pm


    i hear you

  221. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:31 pm


    ho guy, no blame da left. blame us. blame da guyz dat say one thing and do something different.

    me, I’m fo world peace! πŸ˜€ an get sum great ideas for improve our economy, medical care, yada yada.

    I say give Obama da call, lift da embargo to Cuba. πŸ˜€ get Matson πŸ˜€ to get da big cars to Cuba, take all da ole junks πŸ˜€ from Manila and Waipahu πŸ˜€ give Pride extra jobs so he can keep employed all da Matsons πŸ˜€ and get Cubans fo fix da old cars, keep em running and day get jobs outsourcing πŸ˜€ recycle da rust, plus we can all get cheaper medical treatment, surgery in Cuba, no need go Thailand, can go smoke da cigars, close trip to Disneyworld πŸ˜€

    dare, dis lefty feels better. πŸ˜€

  222. al β„’ January 21, 2009 8:32 pm

    bulla….mahalo for bday wishes.

    tonight we had gone to jose’s for some mexican grub and margaritas. cam back and had the aiea bowl lemon crunch cake (possibly the best on island). the boss’ favorite local eatery. so that was celebration #1.

    the kids are taking her (us) to ruth chris’ on saturday.

    diet? umm, errrr. okay i’ll fast tomw. not.

    okay sorry for sounding like that double lettered lady of the past.

  223. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:36 pm


    we almost went to jose’s tonight, but lyn and da kids are watching the movie eagle eye via blue ray…from what i see, blue ray is the bomb…

    aiea lemon crunch, hmmmmmmmmmgotta check it out…..mahalo

    bhf2, you lefty…, nevah realize that but das ok, won’t hold it against you, haha.

  224. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:38 pm


    if you want to feel good, put your left hand in your left pants pocket, if you want to feel great, put both hands in your pockets, haha

  225. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:40 pm

    just joking about the pocket pool,

    shoot, the way you get all jacked up on this blog site you need some rest and relaxation i think.

  226. chawan_cut January 21, 2009 8:45 pm

    lost in emotion?

  227. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:49 pm



    actually, fyi the truth is I’m a lefty and a righty. everybody is always asking the lefty for handouts. πŸ˜€ but like the tide, there is good in both. I believe in trying to walk the walk. Idiology sometimes fuzzes the view, and we end up trying to justify our action when, if we could do things again, we would have done/do it differently, but we’re afraid to admit publicly. .

    I’m hoping good things for Coach Mack. Whatever happens, life will go on… I am also hoping for a renewal of energy at UH in all the programs. Jimmy D; invigorate us; make da Bolla move!

  228. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:49 pm

    πŸ˜€ …must be a commercial break…. 😯

  229. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:50 pm


    how’s Lost? if they got found, how do they get lost again?

  230. lava January 21, 2009 8:50 pm

    Hopefully we get some good news tomorrow. We’ve been on a bad roll here where everyday we are losing someone.

  231. jm2375 January 21, 2009 8:50 pm

    howzit tsai-kos!!

    c_c – why aren’t you watching “Lost”? I got it dvr’d and will watch it later. hehehehe.

  232. brew808 January 21, 2009 8:53 pm

    Oh oh…. someone’s bragging about their toys again! “Lost”, even dvr’d, isn’t as good on a twelve year old, 19″ clunker TV…. 😈

  233. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 8:53 pm


    in case recruits/commits are watching us here, i’d like them all to know, whether they are this or that, there is room in Warrior Nation for them. main thing is that they play for US, and they know US is backing them up and won’t back down on anything in our support for them. We’re all a part of Warrior Nation; I am proud to be a small part in this community.

  234. Bulla January 21, 2009 8:59 pm


    did Bolla’s wife get hired as his assistant? or was that a vicious rumor flying around my spacious cavern called my head?

    if she did get hired, i will get real sick, real quick….i am so sick of Bolla, one reason is his name is so close to mine……. that’s ok.

  235. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:02 pm

    No worry Bulla! We know u not one ‘okole like the other guy! πŸ˜†

  236. al β„’ January 21, 2009 9:03 pm

    lava….my guess is that the good news comes by sunday night.

    a couple of kahuku boys would be great!
    a former teammate of rausch would be great!

    remember, now we got some more room to recruit some real men.
    this recruit list of 2009 could set the table for the new era!!!!!

    suspense. i just love this suspense.

  237. al β„’ January 21, 2009 9:04 pm

    okay. so big bulla you just got sick.

  238. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:04 pm

    And yes, there are now two Bolla’s on the payroll. That’s why I had to modify my earlier statement:

    Go! Bolla GO! Go! Bolla GO!!! 😯 😈 😯

  239. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:08 pm


    i agree with you. if there are any recruits checking in, what you have here are some DIE HARD SUPPORTERS, that you don’t find just anywhere on this Earth. we are true black/green Warriors, and want only the best for our team. if you are so lucky to put on a UH uniform, know that it is not just a shirt with a number… is a Uniform that allows you to represent your team, your school, the state of Hawaii, and all of the former players that wore the uniform, and all of the players that are yet to have the honor of wearing the uniform.

    it is not a right that you have garnered because you are an athlete, it is a privilege that coaches have blessed you with.

    you may call us nuts, maybe even TSAIKO, haha, but we are the ones that support and cheer for you when it’s pouring buckets of water from the sky, we are the ones that support and cheer for you when ND is handing you your proverbial arse to you, we are the ones who support and cheer for you when Cincinatti mounts an incredible comeback to victory, we are the ones who support and cheer for you in the Sugar Bowl Debacle……

    call us nuts, call us crazy…..i’ll just call us loyal………….

  240. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 9:09 pm


    al got yo back! πŸ˜€ wit a double bollo. πŸ˜†

  241. whitey January 21, 2009 9:11 pm

    brew, puka get many meanings, puka puka pants means hole in your pants and usually you no can see, but others can. puka is hole, puka is zero like one puka puka (most famous infantry battalion or regiment). puka head is when blood comes out from your head when you get one whack with one stone, mudball, etc. in this case, puka is to go thru the hole and the hole was 200. get plenty more meanings, but ass one major word in the pigen language.

  242. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 9:11 pm

    Amen big bradda.

    I tinkin ah going ballahead… yu speak fo me too! πŸ˜€

  243. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:11 pm


    now that’s a bolla c–p wouldn’t you say?

  244. jm2375 January 21, 2009 9:13 pm

    brew – what can i say? it’s my new toy. πŸ˜€

  245. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:14 pm

    Eh! I not STOOPID! (most of the time…) πŸ˜† I know puka! I just didn’t understand the phrase “puka 200”! 😯 😈 πŸ˜€

  246. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:15 pm

    that give a whole new meaning to bolla-head,

    i think i am going to grow my hair back as a protest to having 2 bolla’s on payroll, wow, with his record and the current trend for this year’s team, maybe he has a nephew or niece we can bring on board next year.

  247. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 9:15 pm

    okay, gotta take a break. back in a few. nite nite. πŸ˜€

  248. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:15 pm

    And that’s not ST(puka)(puka)pid!!! 😯 😈 πŸ™„

  249. OldDiver January 21, 2009 9:16 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    January 21st, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Recruiting is not an exact science.
    JJ waited for the last three weeks in January to bring in recruits. His reasoning was he wanted UH to be the last visit for a recruit. That’s how he lands Manuwai, Brennan, Mouton, etc. But then JJ was criticized for waiting too long.
    Mack believes in starting early, building relationships. He gets more early commitments. Trouble is, it opens the way for Washington, Colorado and UCLA to swoop in.

    If waiting till the last three weeks worked USC, Florida, Penn State etc. would wait till the last three weeks of recruiting to bring in players. Fact is that many teams lose recruits before LOI, but most of the recruits honor their commitment. JJ has changed his tune since moving to SMU and is recruiting early along with holding football camps to create relationships. Mack is doing the right thing and is doing it the right way. Go Warriors.

  250. whitey January 21, 2009 9:17 pm

    bhf2, you have any major connection at camp pohakuloa?? now that is a place the warriors could go for 10 days of training. can spock them running the “little hills and dales”, tip toeing thru the “tulips”, and enjoying the peace and quiet. me, if i went there, stay puking from the 1st day and probably fall down within the first half hour. excellent training place.

  251. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 9:18 pm

    I’m listening to the President speak and all I can say is WOW!

    C’mon Coach Mack, I wanna hear you speak and say WOW!

  252. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:20 pm

    IMHO, if you don’t care…. you don’t make the effort! That’s much of the problem with recruiting in the past. 😐

  253. whitey January 21, 2009 9:21 pm

    may the pukas be with you!!!

  254. Garret January 21, 2009 9:21 pm

    A lot of people today have discussed players who decommited from UH, many saying that was going back on their word. Of course, those that decommit from other schools to join UH are fine (brew worded it like how many others have justified it).

    There is another unfortunate side of recruiting that we haven’t discussed here much, when a school pulls a scholarship offer (like in the Daniel Smith case, but Daniel Smith never got the written offer that most recruits get). However, even worse in my opinion is when a school pulls a grayshirt offer…because the player is giving up a lot of time waiting for a scholarship and placed his trust in the coaches. And if one grayshirt offer gets pulled, that could make future players who get grayshirt offers less trusting.

    This thread on SportsHawaii discussed the Kalua Noa situation…and it doesn’t sound great to me for UH’s part. I think that this part of one of the posts summarizes the situation, but if you want to read more about it you should read the thread on SH.

    yes its a business, but this business has alot to do with relationships and trust. why should one recruit choses one school over another. we all know players dont choses UH for the facilities and nice weather only goes so far. not sure what causes this to happen, but it makes me very uneasy.

    if i remember correctly, Kalua Noa was originally going to attend PSU on a scholie, then UH stepped in and offered him a greyshirt. he chose UH. then when he is ready to start school, he finds out theres no scholie after all.

  255. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:22 pm

    I wonder if there’s a “training/boot camp” for the “dark side”….? 😯 πŸ™„ πŸ˜€

  256. Jason January 21, 2009 9:25 pm

    al: Ruth’s Chris, eh? If I weren’t watching my diet, I’d insist that I’m part of the family and that you bring me along. Instead, I will eat something from one of the few concessions stands open at the SSC. Either that, or finally check out Hanamaru for an early dinner. I’ve been meaning to go there for a while, now …

  257. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:27 pm

    I bet even the puppies get some scraps….Poor Jason….. πŸ˜₯ πŸ™ πŸ˜•

  258. bighilofan2 January 21, 2009 9:27 pm

    Obama’s first day in office is all front burner stuff. πŸ˜€ yeah!

    Coach Mack,
    You thinking about winning the WAC? pfttt. Go see Gran Torino. Bryan Clay won the decathalon. Barack Obama won the Pres. Don’t set your sights so low…. πŸ˜€

  259. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:28 pm

    old diver,

    you are right, it’s all about relationships…during JJ years, it amazed local recruits that guys from the West Coast would come and do a house visit, talk story, call them weekly, and stay in touch. by the time JJ jumped in, they were like, who are you? oh, yeah, june jones, ah oh wow, yeah, but hmmm, i think, well, maybe, im not sure…….and we lost some recruits that we should have gotten.

    in comes coach mac, with one of the biggest pay raises ever seen in this state bar none…and he’s recruiting like one crazy mofo……if i were getting paid over $3,000 per day, that’s right, i would be shaking every hand, kissing every baby, going to every party, and shaking and baking all over town, because I WOULD FEEL guilty of getting that kind of compensation. remember now, JJ was only $400k on payroll, and the other money was from ‘supporters’, but would never be calculated for retirement purposes by the state, only the first $400k.

    so now, we got recruits coming and going, don’t forget the redshirts, the gray shirts, and shoot, let’s look for the tank tops, haha…..just joking.

    bottom line…..can the relationships Coach Mac created withstand the difference in money, facilities, fan base, and unspoken opportunities that come with going to the mainland? we’ll have to wait and see.

  260. Garret January 21, 2009 9:30 pm

    The whole recruiting process has changed and everybody recruits early now. I remember when Texas A&M used to bring *all* of their recruits in for the final recruiting weekend–the theory was that they would bond and decide to commit all together. It worked great all the way through the 90s…until Mack Brown came to Texas and offered juniors scholarships. After awhile the rest of the schools in the south had to adjust. Similar things happened all around the country with Junior Days, camps, early offers, etc. That is why I was so vocal about how UH needed to do those things for some time…I’m glad that Mac is doing them at UH.

    One other factor to consider is that making early offers means that you might fly a lot of players on official recruiting trips that you might not have a great chance to get or who might be wooed away by other schools. That is fine and that is what most schools do anyway…but it takes a *much* bigger recruiting budget to do things that way. Waiting until later in the process reduces the number of recruits to fly in which fits with a limited budget. When most schools weren’t doing many early offers that could work…but now teams have to offer early.

    I always thought that was why JJ had the policy of not flying in recruits that were committed to other places–he didn’t want to waste any of the limited recruiting budget. However, with an increased recruiting budget I hope that Mac flies in all the recruits he wants even if they are committed elsewhere–it may not have worked with McKay, but it sure worked with Graves.

    The 3 players we discussed earlier today (Tonga, Jray, Savala) would be *huge* for this recruiting class. Hopefully ST will have good news to report after the weekend.

  261. Garret January 21, 2009 9:32 pm


    Mac is doing a great job forming the relationships. Holding camps, home visits, events at the schools, etc. You summarized the challenge he has and how he’s gone all-out to overcome them.

  262. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:33 pm


    the Noa situation is a classic example, however, there were other logistics involved. but i do know that he fulfilled ALL of his requirements as needed by UH…soooooo, now, what gives? sounds fishy to me, but the kid is an athlete, and i know that some schools are very interested in him as we speak…….and there might be some breaking news by friday morning.

  263. Garret January 21, 2009 9:33 pm

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

    Used coffee grounds could be used to create fuel for cars instead of being sent to landfills…this could turn this waste product into 340 million gallons of biodiesel!

  264. Garret January 21, 2009 9:34 pm

    This solar-powered LED works with just about any used plastic bottle.

  265. whitey January 21, 2009 9:34 pm

    brew, there is no training camp for the “dark side”. once you enter, you have to depend on your training in the outside world. so before going to the dark side, get yourself in top shape both mentally and physically cause you going need it. the word “apso” is mandatory, but the dark side wants you to learn how to say “nei”. from there you on your own.

  266. Garret January 21, 2009 9:34 pm

    Report released by the US Joint Forces Command warns that the Mexican government is in danger of collapsing.

  267. Garret January 21, 2009 9:35 pm

    Fisherman pled guilty to throwing pipe bombs at dolpins to get them away from fishing lines.

  268. Garret January 21, 2009 9:35 pm

    Heartland Payment Systems might have had the largest data breach in history…payroll and credit card payments for 250,000 businesses might have been compromised!

  269. Garret January 21, 2009 9:35 pm

    Free play links pau.

  270. Garret January 21, 2009 9:36 pm

    This one is Obama-related and sports-related so I figure it wasn’t a free play link.

    Some people are upset that Obama plans to replace the White House bowling alley with a basketball court. I love how the bowling lobby says that replacing the bowling alley will hurt his political prospects. A lot of people are already trying to request to play basketball with Obama. I know that Magic Johnson already started a public lobbying campaign and others are mentioned in this article.

  271. whitey January 21, 2009 9:38 pm

    eh, now 3 puka puka is starting to show on the horizon and not even 9:30.

    ok, 808ike, where you stay????

  272. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:38 pm

    So are flashlights allowed on(in) the “dark”-side? πŸ™„

    And, can Bulla really grow hair on that dome? πŸ˜†

    And can BHF2 (and A-House) really “take a break” and BBL? 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  273. Garret January 21, 2009 9:39 pm


    I thought that Noa took the PSU scholarship after UH didn’t have one for him? After that happened I figure there wouldn’t be any breaking news…UH is lucky that Noa isn’t like Daniel Smith, because he has a much stronger case and could make UH look horrible.

    I’ve heard of pulling scholarship offers, that happens all the time. Oklahoma State pulled 7 or so last year right before NLI day. However, I’ve never heard of pulling a grayshirt offer. Never.

  274. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:40 pm


    i agree, whatever Mac did would have been considered a VAST improvement over JJ. JJ was a pro coach in a college environment. he ran the team like that, treated the players like that, and it was more of a business relationship than a nurturing relationship. did he win, well, look at the record….but that managerial style cannot withstand the storms of indecision. hire the best asst. coaches you can afford and let them do their job, or don’t hire them.

    i’d rather see us lose convincingly with an obvious culprit or reason, than to keep going wishy washy the whole season. gotta have some big balls, step up, and pee on the trees and say, MY WAY OR HIT THE HIGHWAY, and LEAD them into battle……right? or am on crack again….let’s take a vote.

  275. whitey January 21, 2009 9:40 pm

    al, know dinner was excellent and good to hear that #1 and 2 are planning something special.

  276. brew808 January 21, 2009 9:43 pm

    Some may say “on crack…”, but most will say Tsaiko! πŸ˜†

  277. whitey January 21, 2009 9:44 pm

    flashlights not allowed, only your 1, 2, or 6 senses. unfortunately when i walk in and they say they know me and if i remember them, i don’t. i am blind and deaf on the darkside, so depend only on touch to see who i am talking to.

  278. whitey January 21, 2009 9:46 pm

    i going make like bulla and make bolo head. what am i saying, i already am bald. st puka puka pid!!!!!

  279. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:46 pm


    it’s aint over til it’s over…..just know that there is ‘activity’ going on even at this hour of the night.

    about 2 years ago, i heard of Oregon rescinding an offer from a top Utah linemen after they chased him all junior year. their comment was, ‘the recruiting climate has changed and we have to rescind our offer, we wish you the best’

    how is that? well, it’s business as usual……interesting though, i mean all we’re tlaking about is the future of these student atheltes, that’s all.

  280. whitey January 21, 2009 9:48 pm

    ok, break time. no forget, look at the horizon

  281. al β„’ January 21, 2009 9:48 pm

    tks whitey….but, no forget also get the #1 girl too. she’s the second boss, hahahahaha.

  282. Kekoa January 21, 2009 9:49 pm

    Short wrap on the 2009 opening session of the ‘Leg’ today. IMHO It was no surprise that Rep. Takai’s office served up da most bestest broke da mouwt fuud today!

    Ran into JD prowling the halls of the Capital building, and again at Rep. Takai’s. I believe that the AD was on a serious mission to thank all those politicos that helped UH. He is the man!

    Of course W/Doc was there also, she’s become a permanent fixture there I think. (J)James, is that her special project under the tent in the Rotunda? Or is that part of the new ‘LOST’ episode?

  283. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:50 pm


    touche, good one i guess.

    whitey, no worry, God made perfect heads, the rest have hair…..just look

  284. roysan16 January 21, 2009 9:52 pm

    If i were overseeing athletes the first communication i would make with them before assigning what off season workouts to do, what running to do, where to study and how to study is to see what mentoring the athlete has. Or needs. Or wants.I would want to know what, and who needs to be shepherded and guided. Before training starts I’d take stock of my athletes and see who are the ones that need guidance, academically, spiritually, athletically and personally. I think this is important. The prelude to doing the first rep and lap, let me first get the mind, spirit and body in the right alignment. I think this makes a big difference. Many times you just see them lift, lift, lift and run, run, run and their minds, spirits, souls and bodies are not in alignment and they are never as successful as the ones that are in alignment. In fact the way I see it athletes that have a mentor or father figure that can councel them academically, spiritually, athletically and personally will go a lot further in their football, academic and personal life.What would be a good idea is for the coaches to assign or make available mentors to the players, which would come from a pool of volunteers and perferable alumni that have gone through the program.

  285. Bulla January 21, 2009 9:53 pm


    it’s been fun, i have to go to waikiki to make sure my crew is protecting the natives from the tourists………..last night only a few incidents, but the Shore Patrol are so efficient.

    let’s wake up to a beautiful sunrise and a calm morning with no more upsetting news…..that would be very, very nice

  286. Kekoa January 21, 2009 9:58 pm

    Whitey ~ I need to get on the stick and get a full fb report out to you! Dang, I been so slack lately in that area.

    I did get a chance to admire Rep. Takai’s excellent collection of autographed footballs, and other noteworthy UH parafanelia in his office today. Does that count?

  287. Bulla January 21, 2009 10:01 pm


    email me at 808bulla@gmail dot com, and i’ll share some good info with you

  288. Kekoa January 21, 2009 10:06 pm

    Loa ~ I knew you were missing the morning fb practices…I just never realized how much! Seems like you were breaking some wind on somebody earlier today bro! Hehehe…careful, you’ll get that wild wahine all hu hu witchu!

  289. whitey January 21, 2009 10:07 pm

    good evening roysan and kekoa. thanks for the scouting report. tomorrow’s report should have more nuts and bolts.

    al, i neva forget about #1 girl cause i might meet her on my flight to manila.

  290. whitey January 21, 2009 10:12 pm

    few more days and going be feb 4th and we going have a whole bunch of warrior recruits. for them to know the ropes and bond going take time, but if they start thinking about the team and not themselves, they going become warriors cause you no can win individually, but as a team you are superior.

    ok, col A House, what else to add????

  291. whitey January 21, 2009 10:14 pm

    must have had good fuud at the opening cause (j)j, stretch, el gaupo, ralph, and others are not here.

  292. whitey January 21, 2009 10:16 pm

    a few more steps and going cross the 300 level, but need to take break.

  293. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:18 pm

    hey, whitey.

    i forgot that ha flies to manila. i should consider a trip in march, too.

  294. brew808 January 21, 2009 10:20 pm

    Where’s “one-finger” ike? 😯 πŸ˜€

  295. roysan16 January 21, 2009 10:23 pm

    i’ll help you along whitey

    i was reading wafan asking bf2 a few mornings back if he had “caught any fresh fish yesterday”. and i thought it was sooo fuunnny because what other fish would bh…aahh never mind. to me it was funny.
    classic moment.

  296. jm2375 January 21, 2009 10:25 pm


    hi brew!!!

  297. brew808 January 21, 2009 10:30 pm

    In Manila, do you have to worry about currency exchange, or are $ welcome? πŸ˜•

  298. SteveM January 21, 2009 10:30 pm

    Repost of today’s setback, but the hits keep playin’… good chance for those sitting on fence to jump in and meet everyone.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Bad news from our aerial corps: Mrs. Bulla will be off-island on Feb. 7, so we lose our lead Bomber, her flight wing, and the official Jager Bomber Event certification. πŸ™ Lost HiFlyer to a work sked change.

    But we still have Bulla and his surprises in the corner and the excellent Tsai-ko Tsingers! Lots of room to meet and party with your favorite Tsai-kos…

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM. Note we are capped at 55 people.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required, but there will be a lot of it. But very good! Click here to see photos and video of earlier large Karaoke Calls, and scroll down to mid-August to see more.

    β€’ $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    β€’ BYOB
    β€’ Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Continually updated Karaoke Call info in the Events Calendar section at:

    Current count = 38

  299. roysan16 January 21, 2009 10:31 pm

    what else.

    on the BC show heard coach mack say he likes to keep the sponsors in mind. for example, when the team goes to las vegas this year he mentioned (and is still awaiting jd approval) of staying in a sam boyd hotel
    if i heard correctly the one in summerlin(?) and practice at the hs nearby of one of the lv recruits.
    also keeping the sponsor in mind–
    this might explain why murphys was selected as a gathering place to celebrate the signing of recruits, although what al said about the on campus would be better ( and I agree)

  300. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:32 pm


  301. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 10:34 pm

    i wonder if UW is going to lose any scholarships…

  302. SteveM January 21, 2009 10:35 pm


    Didn’t the team stay at Sam’s Town in 2007?

  303. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 10:36 pm

    303 is the area code of denver.

  304. SteveM January 21, 2009 10:38 pm

    letsgowarriors — do you reside in Hawaii? If not, what city/state?

  305. brew808 January 21, 2009 10:40 pm

    The Orleans is a Sam Boyd Property, PLUS it’s near In&Out! Somebody I know recently hopped on the cab from the hotel to In&Out to order 10 to go, with ONE order of fries. Got back to the hotel to share. Then went out for pho! 😯 πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  306. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 10:44 pm

    i just moved to denver less than a month ago. but i lived on oahu my whole life.

  307. whitey January 21, 2009 10:49 pm

    all of you are too good!!! congratulations you have won a one way trip to the dark side on my spacecraft. i only going drop you off cause i going change my ways for 09.

  308. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:49 pm

    roysan16….i guess i am glad now that i am not alone in that train of thought.

    btw, what does the 16 stand for????? kids?

  309. SteveM January 21, 2009 10:52 pm

    letsgowarriors— I’ll add you to the Colorado Tsai-ko listing. I was wondering how we could have missed you as being on the mainland since you’ve been with us almost 2 years. Good luck in your new pursuits!

    The listing is at:

  310. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 10:56 pm

    i dont post often.

  311. al β„’ January 21, 2009 10:57 pm

    i am pretty sure that makaula was going to switch over. it was just a matter of time. i think the coaches knew that too. there was talk nearly two months ago. it was just a matter of time.

    but, hey. one door closes (wham!) then another one opens (creek…).
    i’ll take the two other kahuku safeties; galeai and tonga.

    and if more leave the roost(sounds like that more will do so), not a problem. i’ll take a savala.

    this, the new decommits, may actually do us good because we were a bit heavy in certain positions. now perhaps, we fill the needs that we really needed to fill.

    okay, wait until sunday night.

  312. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 11:03 pm

    seriously? more will leave? with what we are left with, im quite happy with our class. i was hoping no one else would leave. i just hope all of our local OL and DL stay committed.

  313. roysan16 January 21, 2009 11:05 pm


    no kids, no pets

    16 makes me happy and young and innocent…rah

    50 would remind me of my real age…ugh

  314. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:13 pm

    letsgo…..i was just speculating. but, upon careful examination of the numbers it looks like we lost the punahou kid, maybe the lbpoly de, two grayshirts are not coming in january (its almost february), an academic casualty here and there. all of a sudden we are six recruits light.

    so yes we do have some openings don’t we?

  315. SteveM January 21, 2009 11:15 pm

    roysan16 — you can use 50. Two years ago, I guessed the average Tsai-ko age was 48. 50 now…and we are still happy, young, and kinda innocent. Just look at Al and whitey… πŸ™„

  316. letsgowarriors January 21, 2009 11:16 pm

    ill take savala, tepa, galeai and preston king.

  317. whitey January 21, 2009 11:26 pm

    stevem, i resemble that remark. al is a squirt next to me, just like stretch is my grandson.

  318. whitey January 21, 2009 11:27 pm

    time for bed. night and good luck to the night shift crew.

  319. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:42 pm

    i’m a squirt?

  320. SteveM January 21, 2009 11:45 pm

    Good night squirt.


    Work day tomorrow… Good night everyone!

  321. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:46 pm

    letsgo….i really like preston king. although his primary position at tesoro was as a dback. like his potential at slotback and as a kick returner. i think his forte is carrying the ball in open spaces. i would offer him a full ride.

  322. al β„’ January 21, 2009 11:49 pm

    okay stevem…..i guess i am lighter than you.

  323. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:24 am

    Lotsa interesting talk on recruiting today… Very informative. Coach Mac is doin’ it right though, goin early and often. As posted above, it looks like there will be some openings left in case a Brennan or Manuwai comes blowing in outta the recruitin’ wind. I kind of have Liz’s attitude in some respects; I just wait to see who’s on the field on game days and see what they do. Sh*t happens, but I have faith in the Warrior program. Jacob Heun needs at least a look at RB, I pray his back is completely better.

    I agree with everybody else, this recruiting drama is good fun…

    Sorry to hear about Kalua Noa, though. His Dad is one cool braddah, too…

  324. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:25 am

    cue da crickets…

  325. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:26 am

    or da coquis… πŸ˜†

  326. Pride. January 22, 2009 12:30 am

    1. Expect to have a great recruiting season.
    2. Expect to be in a dogfight for recruits.
    3. Expect that at sometime during the recruiting process, having a great recruiting season will appear to be impossible.
    4. Expect to go down to the wire for a few recruits on NLI day, but for us to end up with the best recruiting class ever.

  327. i once was a warrior January 22, 2009 12:42 am

    i read your post……………………………
    i know what you are talking about.

    MAC, KEEP YOUR PROMISE TO STUTZ OR YOU LOSE CREDIBILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  328. Pride. January 22, 2009 12:43 am

    The great thing about this recruiting season is that we keep hearing about our recruits or verbals changing their mind and committing to Pac-10 schools. That tells us that we are now competing for a higher caliber recruit than we have in the past. Losing recruits is not bad thing, it is a good thing. Our coaches have finally stepped up to the plate and we are now in the ballgame. Every program expects there to be a few decommits and plans for them. It’s never a shock, we’re dealing with 17 and 18 year old kids. You don’t want a kid to come to Hawaii and not be happy, neither party benefits. Recruits need to find the right fit, and the coaches need to find the right kids that will fit in with our future plans. t’s a process and the process really never ends. For every kid that decommits, I think that it is great, because it means that we weren’t the right fit. Better to find out now rather than later.

  329. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:46 am

    Once again, Pride nails it. I figured that even with the “de-commits” we’d still be good, but if Pride sez best ever, I believe him.

    Hows you tonight, Pride?

  330. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:55 am


  331. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:58 am

    Oh yeah, two last things.

    Col. Ahouse, this Tsaiko salutes you!

    You too, Greg Alexander!


  332. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 1:24 am

    HI Pride.
    Mahalo for your wisdom.
    Nitey nite and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  333. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 1:32 am

    ha ha.

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere! hi Squirt! πŸ˜†

    you talking for real about PTA? I don'[t know anybody up there except the help, but I could make the effort if I knew what, when, how long. they get day long things, i guess they could make overnite things too.
    you want fire for effect? πŸ˜€ make things interesting? πŸ˜€

  334. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 1:51 am

    okay, so Mack keeps his promise to Stutz. Thats a good thing anyway.

    But this coaching thing is a team thing. Coach can make room at the top. whats good for the team is what counts. say something about the team, coach!

  335. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 2:03 am

    I’m wondering what Coach Mack is thinking about his asst coaches now. Lumpkin, great guy, been at UH for over 33 years, got longevity and can retire if he wants. i dunno if him stepping down would be good now but there is a season for everyone. same for the other coaches. main thing, go with dignity and the goodwill of the people when you go.

    Good luck Coach Malloe.

  336. i once was a warrior January 22, 2009 2:11 am

    at a dig at murphy’s he told me and my wife of 35 years that stutz is an awsome coach and “he has the next spot”
    i am not saying what is right or wrong, i am just saying that he told that to me and my wife and another couple… me and my pal are st. louis grads….

    if he does not do this HE IS NOT THE REAL DEAL….sorry@@@

  337. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 2:18 am


    you did good by Mr. Gerke. You did good by us. You’re doing good. You know you can do better. you gotta do better. the ND bashing hurt.

    Go Warriors!

  338. i once was a warrior January 22, 2009 2:23 am

    lol big island……

    i am in kapolei and it is freezing. you cold out there?

  339. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 2:26 am

    the thing that hurt me the most about the ND game was watching the ND receiver break for the corner while our defender was standing by the goal post with his arms outstretched and looking for a break from the ref, and the ball had just left the qb’s hands. he was trying to talk his way out of a situation that resulted from his play. that no can. and that is the result of 2 things: the player, his coach.

    we need to instill fire in more players, coach.

  340. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 2:36 am

    howzit warrior!

    i got all the windows buttoned up, curtains drawn, hot tea going.

    i’m counting the days till I come to Honolulu, go ni’ele Ron.

  341. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 2:37 am

    okay, back in a few.


  342. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 3:02 am

    The rujmor about Dennis McKnight coming back this year, any more info/truth on that? very cool by me, whatever reason/outcome.

    it would be cool if SMU bunched up its britches and made a series with us πŸ˜€ now is the time to arrange the mete, SMU has fuzzy feelings about us. πŸ˜€ we can take out our belated ND aggression on dem. πŸ˜€

  343. i once was a warrior January 22, 2009 3:13 am

    i am so out of the loop….played back in the 70s

  344. Pomai January 22, 2009 3:26 am

    i once was a warrior

    Could you email me pomai at tsai-kos dot com

  345. wafan January 22, 2009 4:47 am

    Good morning all!

    A bit chilly at 31 — a whole lot warmer than the past few days — and very foggy, again.

  346. Kekoa (iPhone) January 22, 2009 5:02 am

    I once was a warrior ~
    You and the wife should stop in for a coffee call with da Wessai chaptah Tsai-ko’s. Or come to the next Karaoke event. Lissen to bhf2 & Dpk sing a duet.

    It’s good for whatever ails you! Plus we can make it sound just like the song...”tells us ’bout da good ole days!”

    I live here in Kaupe’a, next to Kapolei HS…on da ceded lands. Come to the next Kapolei homeowners Association mtg next Wed. 7 PM – At the rec center.

  347. bstunna2002 January 22, 2009 5:37 am

    With that Kalua Noa situation there could be more to it than not having enough schollies or pulling his gray shirt offer. I remember some people saying Noa had some academic things to take care of this could be one of the reasons maybe there was something on his end he was supposed to take care of.

  348. Matthew32 January 25, 2009 9:06 pm

    I’m so bummed I missed all the fun teasing Uce2. Whatta wannabee…

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