Safe and sound

Assistant media relations director Kara Nishimura texted that the Rainbow Wahine softball team arrived safely in El Paso after a three-flight journey. They were set to check into the hotel early Tuesday Mountain time.

At 4:30 this morning, the Rainbows departed UH for the Honolulu International Airport. The scheduled 6:30 flight was the first leg of a journey to Las Cruces, N.M., site of this week’s WAC tournament.

This also is finals week. The Rainbows brought along academic adviser Denise Abara, who will administer about 30 final exams. Katie Grimes, who must take two finals, is scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree Saturday. The Rainbows, who are the top seed, expect to remain on the road after the WAC tournament. The Rainbows appear to be a lock for an NCAA Regional berth.

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Best part of the trip for the Rainbows? Head coach Bob Coolen gave each player what is known as the “mystery envelope.” It contains the players’ per diem for the trip. Nothing indicates trust as much as handing players, in advance, their meal money for the week.

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Here’s Denise Abara. And, no, fellas, she does not tutor non-students:


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UH football video coordinator Chris Williams says goodbye to his wife, Kaulana Gould Williams, an assistant softball coach.


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Tanisha Milca, who served as graduate assistant this year, said aloha to the players this morning. Milca earns her bachelor’s degree Saturday. After that, she is off to play professionally in Italy, joining Kate Robinson, Tyleen Tausaga and Clare Warwick.


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And, of course, a farewell is nothing without food. Doughnuts are part of the food pyramid, right?


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The volleyball Warriors had their team banquet last night at the Outrigger Reef Hotel. Jim Leahey was the host.

Two memorable moments: Charlie Wade spoke of his family (the Wades are expecting their third child in September); and Wade thanked Red Bull’s North American Division.

vb teamThe 2010 Warriors …

vb pictures … and their fans

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Middle blocker Matt “Dragon” Rawson, who has a term paper due today, leaves tonight. Later this week, he will begin training with the U.S. national team in Anaheim. Next month, he will compete in a tournament in Puerto Rico.

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Avis has selected Paul M as winner of  two tickets to Thursday’s baseball game.

Please text me at 256-0223 with the name you want left at Will Call.

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For those who haven’t read it, our pal Glendalyn Junio sends us this link to a story on Colt Brennan: “I’m Excited About The Whole Thing”

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Happy birthday to the lovely Allison Masuda Kawakami, and  former Rough Rider classmate Ken Kitamura.


  1. Loa May 10, 2010 4:54 am

    morning gang!

    good luck to the wahine on the tournament and final exams!

  2. protector May 10, 2010 5:25 am

    Good luck to the Wahine SoftBows!!

  3. mano1 May 10, 2010 5:26 am

    Go Wahine !

    One Day Late but..Happy Mother’s Day all you mothers ! (hmm…that did not come out the way I wanted (;-)

  4. oscar meyer May 10, 2010 5:42 am


  5. Annoddah Dave May 10, 2010 5:42 am

    ST and Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    Guud luck to Kool en da gang!

  6. Garret May 10, 2010 5:47 am

    UH is *very* familiar with Arizona Western, with several UH recruits there. An offensive tackle who was a freshman All-American is transferring there from Tennessee…he could be a difference maker for the team that gets him out of Arizona Western.

    An All-America at OT would probably start from Day 1 at UH…and since UH coaches already regularly visit Arizona Western I’m sure they will check if Douglas is interested in UH.

    Douglas, the promising offensive tackle who quit the University of Tennessee squad March 25, will enroll at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.

    Douglas, a coverted tight end, was starting by his fourth game last fall. He earned second-team Freshman All-America honors and was to be the only returning starter on the offensive line in 2010.

    From Arizona Western, Douglas can transfer to a four-year school and have two years of eligibility remaining in 2011 and 2012.

  7. koakane iPhone May 10, 2010 5:49 am

    Good luck to the Wahine SoftBall Team

    Morning everyone

  8. Garret May 10, 2010 5:52 am

    There have been a *lot* of articles about Missouri lately that seem to be openly lobbying for Missouri to be picked by the Big 10. With their HUGE TV markets and geographical match, I’m guessing they will be invited.

    Having all football games televised nationally (all available in HD) is definitely a recruiting tool, but having nonvenue sports also get nationally televised will insure that those sports get an even bigger recruiting boost. Sports like softball know that their games will be nationally televised regularly…that must be nice.

    The BTN is a joint venture between the Big Ten, the 51-percent majority owner, and Fox Cable Networks, a division of News Corporation. Their 25-year agreement is estimated to be worth $2.8 billion by industry experts.

    The BTN airs 35 to 40 Big Ten football games every season, ensuring that every home conference game is televised either on the network or by broadcast partners ABC/ESPN. In 2008, all but two of the Big Ten’s 88 football games were televised nationally. No other conference had more than 70 percent of its games covered nationally.

    The BTN features 105 men’s basketball games annually — plus approximately 55 women’s games — and offers Web streaming for games that aren’t televised.

    Nonrevenue sports have a place on the BTN, too, giving Big Ten coaches in sports like volleyball, softball and baseball a valuable recruiting pitch.

    “Our softball team has been a top-10 or top-15 program the last five years, but until the network came along, the amount of coverage we got was limited to the postseason,” said Northwestern Senior Associate Athletic Director John Mack. “This year, we’ll have 10 to 15 regular-season games played on the Big Ten Network.”

    “Penn State is a women’s volleyball dynasty right now,” Hall said. “And they can tell recruits, ‘Great, go to UCLA. But how many games can you see on TV? Probably none outside the Final Four. But if you’re in the Big Ten, you can watch games on the network or on the network’s website.’ ”

  9. whitey May 10, 2010 5:53 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  10. Garret May 10, 2010 5:54 am

    This report examines how Big 10 expansion could end the Big East as a football conference and worries about what will happen to the ACC.

    Here are the facts, folks, and I hope my friends in the ACC are reading this down in Amelia Island. If the Big Ten goes to 16 teams, the Big East is going to be out of the football business. The SEC and the Big Ten dominate the marketplace. They will get their money while the Pac-10, Big 12, and ACC are going to be scrambling for what’s left.

    Because once the Big Ten makes its move, this thing is going to move very quickly. It’s going to be like a high-stakes game of musical chairs and somebody may get left without a quality seat, financially speaking, at the college football’s Big Boy table. And that could be our friends at the ACC.

  11. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 5:59 am

    It will be a mistake to expand.
    But that’s what happens when school presidents who won’t be around in three years try to make get-rich-quck decisions.
    Think about it: concentration of TV games in the Midwest and South? College football becomes the NASCAR of the NCAA. Not that anything is wrong with NASCAR, but college football is healthier when the wealth is spread, financially and geographically.

  12. jm2375 May 10, 2010 6:07 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Happy Birthday to Ken Kitamura! One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Never thought he’d be friends with ST. nah j/k

    Good luck to the Wahine!!

    Good luck to all the UH students as Finals Week begins…

  13. Bulla May 10, 2010 6:10 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    good luck to the softball wahines….. 5-2-5….Leave No Doubt…in the stands when watching ‘the beast’ i could flash on my hands 5-2-5 to remind him just that….. good luck, and may the bats continue launching the long balls……….

    hope everyone had an enjoyable mother’s day…………here’s a secret…..make mom feel ‘special’ every day, and your life will be sweeter……..because we all know that ‘if momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy’, haha

    a hui hou………………..

  14. Dennis Halloran May 10, 2010 6:18 am

    Make all the conferences either 16 team, two division or 8 team only. You could schedule 5 Non Conference FB games Pac 10 and Big 12 would revert to 8 team conferences and align just like it is a 16 team conference with a championship game with winner going to BCS bowl. Same with WAC and MWC
    This would make the SEC and ACC to schedule up and out to get National rankings

  15. eonatoa May 10, 2010 6:20 am

    I dont want to pay for a ticket,

    so hook me up ST!

  16. whitey May 10, 2010 6:21 am

    college fb is starting to smell like the pre nfl – afl days, but you can see how the schools east of the mississippi are thumbing their nose to schools west of the river. east coast mentality vs the west.

  17. whitey May 10, 2010 6:22 am

    aloha to the wahine sb team and “go for broke”.

  18. protector May 10, 2010 6:33 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  19. Buffoman May 10, 2010 6:35 am

    Dennis has a great idea. Really too bad there is not a governing body who could arrange and enforce such a level headed approach to the mess we now have.

  20. LizKauai [iMac] m/ May 10, 2010 6:39 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Hauoli Lahanau Allison and Ken!


  21. Garret May 10, 2010 6:52 am

    Make all the conferences either 16 team, two division or 8 team only. You could schedule 5 Non Conference FB games Pac 10 and Big 12 would revert to 8 team conferences and align just like it is a 16 team conference with a championship game with winner going to BCS bowl. Same with WAC and MWC

    This would make the SEC and ACC to schedule up and out to get National rankings


    But the big problem is that the difference in revenue generation is due to *regular season* games. If both the Big 10 and SEC expand, BCS bowl revenue will end up being only about 1% to 2% of their revenue.

    Right now the Big 10 and SEC could give ALL the BCS bowl money to the other conferences and still dwarf everybody else with the funds they have. The problem will get *worse* if both of them expand to 16 as you suggest.

    With the difference in resources, the gap between the Floridas and Hawaiis of D-IA will just get bigger if they go to 16 team conferences.

  22. Dan-O May 10, 2010 7:13 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid May 10, 2010 7:55 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Twenny Tree!

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid May 10, 2010 7:57 am

    Good luck to the Softball Wahine, time to show some folks on the mainland what’s really up!

    Thanks for that great link about Colt, Stephen.

  25. ty1hawaii May 10, 2010 8:35 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.
    Aloha, TY

  26. Pomai May 10, 2010 8:38 am

    OK Garret now what would be your solution to the problem an make it fair to all schools

  27. tommui May 10, 2010 8:41 am

    Hi Guys!

    Good luck Wahines – do well in your tests (exams and SB)!

  28. al May 10, 2010 8:59 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  29. Big N May 10, 2010 9:01 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket!

  30. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 9:02 am

    Not sure how the NCAA lost power over its football members, but somebody needs to step in. Just from a marketing standpoint, it’s never good to turn a sport into a regional activity. Probably the best thing for women’s volleyball is that it’s coast-to-coast sport. And in men’s volleyball, Penn State is keeping the sport national.
    Then again, I blame NBC. That Notre Dame deal is just wrong. But what can you expect from a network that thought it was a good idea to do the hokey-pokey and move Leno into prime time, and then back to his original slot?

  31. Slugger May 10, 2010 9:03 am

    Good morning!

    Happy birthday to Ken and Barb…no, Allison!

    Safe travels and GOOD LUCK to the Wahine in NM! and beyond!

    Hope everyone gets through finals ok.

  32. Slugger May 10, 2010 9:04 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  33. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 9:06 am

    I always thought that the best solution for NCAA basketball is to divide the tournament money evenly among every school. The worst school and Duke get the same money.
    So what’s the ultimate goal?
    How about a championship trophy from the NCAA, same as it now.
    Equal distribution eliminates the escalating salaries, and it should ease on the accompanying recruiting pressure.

  34. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 9:12 am

    I mean, the reality is the bubble is going to burst.
    California schools are dramatically increasing tuition. Services are down. Realignment is just a short-term boost. But eventually the schools added to the new Big Ten and Big 12, etc., will have to build bigger and bigger stadiums, and pay coaches more and more.

  35. Paul M May 10, 2010 9:13 am

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  36. Kekoa May 10, 2010 9:35 am

    Paul M ~ Why didn’t you tell us that you don’t want to pay for a ticket? Are you sure about that? 😎

  37. Garret May 10, 2010 9:36 am

    Report says that the Big 10 has extended invitations to 4 schools! It is not a coincidence that all 4 schools are in states with no current Big 10 teams.

    According to a story on the Web site for Kansas City radio station WHB am810 citing “multiple sources close to the negotiations,” the Big Ten has made offers to Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Big Ten is looking to expand, but conference officials have not said how many teams might be added.

    Missouri and Nebraska would have to pay a penalty to leave the Big 12, with a move costing the schools 50 to 100 percent of the shared annual revenue from the league, the radio station reported. The University of Missouri Board of Regents would have to approve the move.

    The report said the Big Ten officials have told Missouri representatives that the conference would like to have the expansion process completed this summer and make an announcement by the end of July. Big Ten officials are set to meet the first week of June in Chicago.

  38. Garret May 10, 2010 9:38 am

    Nebraska’s Chancellor denied the report…but I’ll bet that something happens soon since they want to have things to discuss at the Big 10 meeting in early June.

    Asked whether the report has any validity as it applies to Nebraska, UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman said, “None whatsoever.”

  39. Kekoa May 10, 2010 9:39 am

    ST ~ Very clever choice of words…

    ” Nothing indicates trust as much as handing players, in advance, their meal money for the weak.

  40. Garret May 10, 2010 9:43 am


    The NCAA lost power over football conferences when they told every conference to negotiate their own TV deals…but they were forced to do that when they lost in court.

    The Pac-10 is missing out right now because their old TV deal has a little longer to go. After they create their own TV network (maybe with the Big 12), they will get much, much more money than before. They will expand to 12 teams if they get the teams they want (Colorado and Utah), but they will NOT expand if it will cost them money. They have been very open about not expanding to lose money.

    So, I don’t know why you are talking about college football becoming a regional sport, since Pac-12 schools will probably be just as rich as SEC schools (unless the SEC gets Texas). The gap between the Pac-12 schools and the rest of the West will be *huge*, which is unfortunate for the MWC and WAC.

  41. Garret May 10, 2010 9:51 am

    I always thought that the best solution for NCAA basketball is to divide the tournament money evenly among every school. The worst school and Duke get the same money.
    So what’s the ultimate goal?
    How about a championship trophy from the NCAA, same as it now.
    Equal distribution eliminates the escalating salaries, and it should ease on the accompanying recruiting pressure.


    They *do* put a portion of the money into a pot and divide that equally. However, they also have a significant portion going to schools that advance in the tournament, which I think is the RIGHT thing to do.

    The money is coming from TV. TV is paying for ratings. Why should Duke get the same amount of money as SJSU when SJSU gives *zero* benefit to the men’s tournament because they never go? Why shouldn’t the schools who actually are shown on TV earn money for their conferences? Why shouldn’t there be an incentive to improve and compete in basketball?

    It isn’t like it costs a lot of money to fund a basketball team, the expenses are MUCH less than football. Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, etc., are small budget schools that have earned FAR more money from the NCAA tournament that WAC schools have recently.

    Splitting the money equally would result in a MUCH lesser incentive for smaller budget schools to improve themselves…they could just cash their checks and be happy. The schools that TV cares about wouldn’t be happy about this either. We could even see teams declining NCAA bids like they used to decline NIT bids…all of this disincentive to succeed could result in the pot of money getting smaller.

    Several conferences (Big East, Big 10, SEC, Big 12, Pac-10) could decide to skip the NCAA men’s tournament and hold their own postseason conference. TV would give *them* all the money and UH would get nothing.

  42. uhwarriors May 10, 2010 9:55 am

    Jim Donovan is now answering question on a live chat on Sports Hawaii.

  43. (Jesse)James May 10, 2010 9:57 am

    Good morning Tsaikos….and a belated Happy Mommas Day to all the Tsaiko mothers….hope you had a good one yesterday…

    UH V-Ball is on the rise….

    Softball Wahine…Kick some butt…..and make us proud. Did Kazz travel with the team??? MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  44. Garret May 10, 2010 10:04 am

    OK Garret now what would be your solution to the problem an make it fair to all schools


    Define what you mean as “fair”? I *fail* to understand why the media and fans are focused on the BCS bowl system, because in the end it means NOTHING in the funding disparity. Texas’ Athletic Department brought in something like $130 million last year and they made about $2 million for playing in the National Championship game for football. They could donate that entire $2 million to the WAC and *nothing* would change in the funding disparity. Instead, they gave $5 million or so to their University since the state cut the University’s funding.

    TV pays for *viewers*, the US public decides what everything is worth for TV contracts. Are you saying that TV should give the same money to the WAC as it gives to the SEC even though SEC games will get *far* more viewers than WAC games? Should we blame the public for not caring about the WAC or look at the *facts* of the TV viewership?

    Let us say we blow up the BCS system and go back to the old system. Since everybody here seems to complain about the BCS, I’d bet that a lot of people would like that. What would UH’s chances be of playing in the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl or Orange Bowl be? We have decades of historical data to conclude that the chance would be ZERO. The Rose Bowl would take the champions of the Pac-10 and Big 10, the Fiesta Bowl would take the Big 12, the Sugar Bowl would take the SEC, etc.

    Under the current system, UH and the WAC gets millions from the TV revenue from the Rose Bowl, etc. What did the WAC get under the previous system? ZERO from those bowls. We had a completely free market, for decades run by the NCAA exactly how ST and others would like, and the WAC teams had *zero* chance at the big bowls. When BYU played for the national title, did they go to the Rose Bowl or to a 3rd-tier bowl (Holiday) that paid far, far less? Why did the bigger bowls pay more money? Because they got more money due to TV ratings being bigger and attendance being greater. Now, the TV money is far more important than attendance, but the bigger bowls still make far more than smaller bowls in both.

    Is it “fair” that people will pay more for a Rose Bowl ticket than a Hawaii Bowl ticket? That a sponsorship for a top-tier bowl will bring in 10x or more than the sponsorship for the Hawaii Bowl or Humanitarian Bowl? That the TV ratings for the bowls with bigger conferences bring in far more viewers than bowls without a team from a big conference? ALL of the bowl games with WAC or MWC teams are in the bottom 10 all-time for BCS TV viewers…put more teams from the MWC, WAC, C-USA, or Sun Belt in BCS bowls and you’d see the BCS bowl money drop quickly.

  45. Garret May 10, 2010 10:07 am

    Like I said the other day, the WAC and the MWC could create their own TV network if they could work together. ESPN needs at least one of the conferences to fill their time slots, but the WAC was happy to basically give ESPN those rights for free when the MWC turned down a bigger offer from ESPN.

    The MWC and WAC won’t work together for a variety of reasons (which I discussed earlier), which is too bad. If the MWC loses enough teams, maybe UH will be part of the new MWC or maybe the MWC will then be okay with working with the WAC…but the WAC would probably say no to be able to brag that they have the ESPN exclusive deal even if it means getting less money like how the WAC gets a lot less now than the MWC.

  46. A-House May 10, 2010 10:08 am


    What would be the plusses/minuses for all D-1A football conferences West of the Mississippi, excluding the Big 10, to work their own “net work” deal with a TV network?

    Most of them recruit within their region anyways and cutting deals with 1 or 2 airlines to reduce travel expenses may be a major factor in profit. For example, Hawaiian Air has direct flights to Phoenix, LV, LA, and Seattle and this could be the “hub” for all teams traveling to Hawaii. Further, Alaska Air is expanding its flights to Hawaii from several new airports along the West Coast. The airlines could use a % as “donations” for tax purposes.

    What to do with LaTech? How about the WAC and MWC swap schools – La Tech for San Diego ST.

  47. Old Diver May 10, 2010 10:16 am


    ST, you are now venturing into the polarized political arena. The ” me ” society versus the ” we ” society. Every man for himself, or are we all in this together. Great example of the “me ” society is the investment bankers who orchestrated the bankruptcy of Greece to make a buck. Greece is in debt for sixty billion dollars. Two thousand wall street investment bankers earned nearly one hundred and twenty billion dollars on bonuses over the past two years nearly twice Greece’s debt. I believe like you that when just a few benefit, in the long run it’s not healthy even for the wealthy.

  48. A-House May 10, 2010 10:21 am


    Your #44 and #45 – “working together” reminds me of the current Democratic party situation in Hawaii with 2 primary candidates for the vacant 1st congressional disctrict and a republican rounding out the top 3.

    Many realize that the Democrats will lose the position vacated by Neil Abercrombie should democratic candidate split the votes allowing the republican to garner the most votes. While this may last for only 6 months until the “mid-term” elections when 1 democrat will face off with 1 republican ins ot the point. What matters is the “national perception” that President Obama’s party lost in his “congressional district” to a republican. Just like Mass!

    Problem started because Ed Case decided to run against Akaka for the Senate seat which I thought was a good idea to give Hawaii more time to build “seniority” within the US Senate. When Inouye and Akaka both depart, Hawaii will be at the absolute bottom of the Senate barrel and many senior Senators are gleefully rubbing their hands waiting to move up.

    So, it comes down to WHAT IS BEST for the State of Hawaii? or what is best for the survival of the MWC and WAC? Tunnel vision is not what is needed now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 10:25 am

    Not sure what the results would be by splitting the monies. If there was no financial incentive, would that mean the power conferences would not keep running the kind of programs they run now? Would they stop recuiting big time talent? Would the smaller conferences be able to get more talented athletes?
    IMHO…the monies is what drives the programs. Do we need super conferences that will impact smaller programs? Someone opined that some schools would give up sports if they would not be able to compete.
    Someone asked if there is a body that can ensure “fairness” …scary… but there could be congressional legislation. There was a hint of that this pass session with the BCS issue.
    Smaller programs could take the “sit back and collect” posture but if bigger programs aren’t going to keep running the kinds of programs they run now, it might free up some talent for smaller programs to recruit. I don’t think smaller financial incentives would keep the big programs from doing what they are doing. They just want to win…

  50. Jack Flash May 10, 2010 10:40 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  51. Pomai May 10, 2010 10:53 am

    Garret I wasn’t talking bout the bowls I was talking about the conference realignment. I just am afraid that after all this moving around that UH is going to be left-out of the whole deal, then we’re screwed.

  52. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 10:58 am

    I think by rewarding teams for playing — and advancing — in the NCAA tournament, it puts into question the selection process. A team from a larger conference has a greater chance to make the tournament. In addition, each school is giving units for their duration in a tournament, and those are rollover units used for multiple years.
    That’s why I favor expanding the tournament. That was the bubble teams, and those usually come from the mid-majors, have a chance to earn more money.
    Or else: just share the wealth equally.

  53. Pomai May 10, 2010 10:59 am

    #48 A-House
    The problem is that papa Dan is pissed because ED didn’t do what papa Dan told him to do, that why he is backing the wahine. Kind of cut off the nose to spite your face.

    But I am afraid that with any major realignment that we will be left hold our ala’s

  54. Garret May 10, 2010 11:02 am


    Bad football and basketball record over the past 2 years + high travel costs + low TV ratings = less than ideal situation for this round of conference realignment.

    If (not likely, but possible), everybody waits until next summer to expand, then UH has one last season to do well in both money sports. With the record over the past 2 years, the simple fact is that any conference UH wants to be in would have to be happy with getting *less* money for their conference schools in order to add UH.

  55. Ueomuite May 10, 2010 11:06 am

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket

  56. Garret May 10, 2010 11:07 am


    The tournament *did* expand a little in the recent CBS/Turner deal. It will be interesting to see which bubble teams get in because of that.

    I don’t buy the argument about how bigger conference teams have a better chance to make the tournament because when you look at nonconference records, the bigger conferences just *kill* the mid-majors. If you look at success for teams in the tournament, what is the WAC’s win percentage compared to the Big 10 or Big East? The WAC even got multiple teams in this year, for all the good that did for the win percentage.

    The WAC’s win percentage in the tournament looks really bad compared to the MWC or even the WCC. Gonzaga can get into the tournament without winning their conference because they had success already in the tournament and that brought them better recruits and national respect.

  57. Garret May 10, 2010 11:19 am

    Article about Bess.

    Caught up with wide receiver Davone Bess at the “Do the Right Thing Challenge” luncheon for Palm Beach County middle-school students at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Monday and asked what he’s hearing about his role this season now that Brandon Marshall is on board as the No. 1 receiver.

    “I don’t know,” he replied. “That’s the thing about this coaching staff. We just do what we’re asked, and the rest will take care of itself.”

    It’s still up in the air just how the Dolphins will line up offensively. If they carry on with two running backs and a tight end, as was the case for the most part last year, that leaves only one slot receiver opposite Marshall, with Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline all in contention. It wouldn’t be surprising to see more of a one-back offense to get two of those three on the field, at least in passing situations.

  58. A-House May 10, 2010 11:21 am


    Cody Clements is the QB I watched last season and thought he would be an excellent recruit for his size, arm strength, grades, and athletic abilities. He reminded me a lot of Colt in his mannerisms – 3/4th motion; side-arm gunslinger!

    La Habra was playing one of the other power houses, whom ever uses the Oakland Raiders color scheme, in their conference and won.

    Maybe a “red shirt” for 2011?

  59. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:31 am


    Perhaps you could suggest the Monster brand of energy drinks to Coach Wade. They taste MUCH better than Red Bull. 😎

    And no I do not work for Monster or know anyone affiliated with that company.

  60. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:33 am

    Amazing. When I was still in school not too long ago, 4:30am did not exist as a “waking” time.

  61. Stephen Tsai May 10, 2010 11:36 am

    Apparently Wade has an agreement with Red Bull. His wife used to work for that company before they moved to Paci

  62. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:39 am

    Doughnuts are indeed essential to the food pyramid.

    They are the adhesive that keeps all the blocks together.

  63. Ralph May 10, 2010 11:40 am

    I agree with Garret’s statement in #54, nobody wants a loser. To be attractive to any conference, our teams, revenue and non revenue sports, got to be better on the field/arena and attract fans. Only wvb, water polo and men tennis have been consistent winners and contenders for WAC/MPSF titles. Attendance at football, men and women basketball have been lower than expected, not an attractive selling point to conferences wanting to expand market share on TV. A new conference would have to carry UH rather than UH adding market value.

  64. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:40 am


    Is Kate Robinson still playing for the Akron Racers?

  65. Ralph May 10, 2010 11:44 am

    Kazz you don’t need Monster or Red Bull drinks!

  66. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:45 am

    Sweet! Does Coach Wade get to drive that car with the giant Red Bull can on top? 😆

  67. chawan_cut May 10, 2010 11:47 am

    hey, i can finally enter a contest
    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  68. Ralph May 10, 2010 11:47 am

    she is listed on the roster, Liane Horiuchi, Purdue, is a 2010 draft choice. Stephanie Ricketts older sister, Samantha out of Oklahoma, is also on the team.

  69. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 11:50 am

    Wow, ST…Do you ever go to sleep? Getting up at say 3:30 in the morning to be at UH by 4:30 to do a story. Much kudos to you and everything you do. Mahalo nui loa!

  70. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 11:58 am

    Good luck to Coach Coolen and the wahine softball team as they continue to embark on a wonderful season thus far.

    Also, good luck to Milca on her future endavours!

  71. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 11:58 am

    Great news from the redskins about Colt! Go get’em Colt!

  72. Kazz May 10, 2010 11:59 am


    I don’t drink them as much as I used to. Besides the 5 Hour Energy shots work better for me.

    FYI, the “Rockstar” brand tastes terrible. I remember resorting to drinking that during that odd doubleheader against Troy earlier this season.

  73. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:00 pm

    Dennis Abara…woof woof

    I don’t mind going back to school to be nurtured by her. I mean tutored by her. haha

  74. jm2375 May 10, 2010 12:06 pm

    Congrats to the mvb Warriors! Final poll has them 4th, *ABOVE* Penn State and Pepperdine. Stanford #1, BYWho #2, Northridge #3. 😀

  75. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:09 pm


    Did you see the latest debate. DJou’s closing statement made a lasting impression on me. He said he was given a t-shirt that wrote I’m only three years old and I already owe the federal government $43,000.

  76. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:15 pm

    Just in case no one has read this yet from sportshawaii. Here’s what JD said about the non DI team we’re playing in the future

    I appreciate your thoughts and opinions on our football schedule. That said, it is getting more and more difficult to schedule home football games against out-of-conference opponents. This is primarily because the SEC, Conference USA, Big 12 and ACC all have season-ending conference championship games on the first Saturday of December. That really only leaves the Pac 10, Mountain West and Big 10 available for what you suggest. On top of that, the Pac 10 and Big 10 schools are more interested in having us or another non-BCS football program play them at their place versus them travelling on the road — even to Hawaii. We have been fortunate, and maybe even downright lucky, to have BCS programs like USC, Washington and Oregon State agree to play us in home-and-home series — this is not true for almost every other non-BCS program (most of them at best have been able to get a 2 for 1 deal, where they have to travel twice and the BCS program will come to their place only once). As I said before, my goal is to try and schedule two BCS teams per year, two mid-major teams per year and one FCS team per year — along with our WAC Conference schedule. I believe this gives us the best chance to participate in a BCS Bowl if we’re able to go undefeated, while at the same time, if we don’t go undefeated, it can be an attractive schedule for our fans and give us a real shot at participating in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. Bottom line the days of us finishing the season with a Bowl-like opponent (i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, etc.) is just less and less feasible.

  77. SteveM May 10, 2010 12:15 pm

    Good lunch time everyone!

    Wishing smooth travels to the Wahine on the road to Las Cruces!

  78. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:16 pm

    And here’s what he said about the admission fee for Softball

    This is a concept that we are discussing and exploring. One line of thinking is that we could charge for attendance and bring in some much needed revenue for the Athletic Department. In fact at one time, we did charge admission for Wahine softball, and unfortunately, the average attendance dropped off to approximately 150-200 fans per game. At that point, it became uneconomical for us to continue charging attendance because the cost of ticket sellers and security became equal to or greater than the revenue that was being generated. On the other hand, by not charging for admission, the average attendance has risen to approximately 1,000 fans per game this season. This has created a great atmosphere for our student-athletes — the large crowds certainly create a “friendly” environment for the Wahine and a “not-so-friendly” environment for their opponents — which I believe has helped us win at least a few games this season that might’ve gone either way if we didn’t have such large, vocal and supportive crowds. Therein lies the dilemma — do we start charging admission again and possibly driving down attendance and therefore diminishing the “friendly” environment that’s helping our team or do we keep it free and forego the net revenue that charging for admission would create? As I said, this will continue to be discussed and debated…

  79. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:18 pm

    And one last one…Here’s what he said about those empty seats occupied by season ticket holders.

    We currently have a program that’s available for football, women’s volleyball and baseball, but after discussing this post with the ticket manager, we will “turn on” this program — called UH Ticket Marketplace — for men’s basketball this upcoming season. Essentially, the way it works is the season-ticket holder will log onto the system and be able to select the seats they would like to sell — they receive a 60% credit of the face value of the ticket towards the cost of their season-tickets the following year. Purchasers can look to see what tickets have been made available by season-ticket holders and can purchase that ticket for 125% of face value. Essentially, most of the 25% premium goes to the software provider that allows us to do this ticket re-sale concept, and the University keeps the difference from what the season-ticket holder is credited and the original face value of the ticket. Bottom line is this software allows season-ticket holders who can’t attend an event to at least monetize their tickets to some degree (versus losing the total value of the ticket), while allowing individual game attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets in areas that usually aren’t available to the general public.
    More information can be found at: … 80821.aspx

  80. Ken May 10, 2010 12:20 pm

    Hey ST and Liz,

    Thanks for the b-day mention. I feel special.

  81. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 12:25 pm

    Good luck to Mr. Dragon himself!

  82. Kazz May 10, 2010 12:30 pm

    This is the “3rd” season for the Wahine. Before the WAC regular season, they called it their “2nd season” of sorts. They got off to hot start in the WAC as everyone knows and haven’t looked back all regular season long.

    Time to wipe the slate clean again. The pitchers in the WAC know the Wahine by now, some pitchers are more capable than others in attempting to continue pitching around the Wahine. The playing field is a little more “leveled” now, everyone has seen each other.

  83. jm2375 May 10, 2010 12:36 pm

    Hi Ken!! Welcome to the blog. Now that you’ve posted here, you are now officially a Tsaiko! 😀

  84. al May 10, 2010 12:42 pm

    so who were the recipients of any awards given out to the men’s volleyball team?

  85. al May 10, 2010 12:49 pm

    the 2011 edition of wade’s warriors will be full of hope, expectations, and question marks.

    hope starts with three fab 50 new guys. first time ever, i believe.
    expectations come with umlauft, walker, nejc, hunt.
    question marks start with libero and end with the three fab 50 newbies.

    if the shaners, shane welch and shane popelka can step in and deliver at the middles there will be a lot of expectations.

    hopefully, either a walkon libero or development of someone on the bench will answer the final question mark.

    and then it will be full steam ahead.

    i have a feeling that 2010-2011 will be one of our athletic programs’ greatest years. overall, all sports could improve over this past year and have a chance to compete at the high level.

  86. mctruck May 10, 2010 12:54 pm

    Four teams will be extended an invitation to join the BIG TEN, (Missouri/Nebreska/Notre Dame/Rutgers), according to ESPN just a few minutes ago.

  87. jm2375 May 10, 2010 12:56 pm

    al – #85 – Gus is supposed to move over to the libero spot, according to ST. I’m still worried about the MB positions.

  88. al May 10, 2010 1:07 pm

    brennon dyer returns and could find himself permanently there at undersized mb.

    shane welch and shane popelka two incoming freshmen stand 6’8″-6’9″. hopelfully they will be the longterm answer.

    i often wondered how 6’5″ steve hunt would do at middle in a pinch. since the other fab50 recruit is a 6’5″ oh.

  89. A-House May 10, 2010 1:09 pm

    Jim D:

    Can the UH computer science class or an individual student in a class create a similar program with the ownership rights belonging to UH? or,

    can an alumni do the same and sell the ownership rights to UH for $1?

    Implying here to make use of as many UH friendly sources as possible to save or reduce expenses associated with new ideas to help the UHAD and UH system statewide.

    Same idea as the “green mice”.

  90. Sats May 10, 2010 1:13 pm

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket. Really : )

  91. A-House May 10, 2010 1:19 pm


    maybe the new 6’5″ OH will grow like David Robinson who entered the Naval Academy at 6’5″ and left at 7’2″.

    either way, the 2010 UH vb team will be exciting and be more productive than 2009. i’m thinking MPFS final 4 and national final 4 with a National VB thophy and banner!!!! can you imagine the noise factor when the banner is raised in the SSC?

    what’s da scoup on the mbb recruit who visited over the weekend?

    what school is Tafalo(sp) transferring from? is he already on campus? class of 2011 OL is shaping up nicely!!! hope Coach Shaw can convience some of the “haystackers” to enjoy warmth and sunshine during winters in Hawaii.

    what is your prediciton for mbb preseason seeding and actual finish?

  92. jm2375 May 10, 2010 1:25 pm

    al – hoping that the new middles will be able to handle it next year. still think Lofy is a “project”.

    wonder if they’ll redshirt that new OH and eventually move him into Walker’s spot after next year.

  93. haka May 10, 2010 1:31 pm

    didn’t charlie wade say that one of the shanes may play outside? could have a pretty big lineup if it works. four 6’8-6’9’s with hunt, walker and tuaniga passing. lofy needs to get better though.

  94. duffer (iPhone) May 10, 2010 1:36 pm

    @ 89


    What kind of program? If it’s in Excel I can help.

  95. al May 10, 2010 1:56 pm

    lofy is slow afoot.
    typically the bluechip recruits don’t redshirt in vb.

    if shane welch stays outside, then we will have one too many. with umlauft, walker, and hunt. unless as i mentioned hunt goes to mb.

    dyer probably starts the season at mb with one of the shanes in the middle as well.

  96. al May 10, 2010 1:57 pm

    i haven’t heard if the mbb recruit came in to town. perhaps being mother’s day and all…it could be delayed a week or two.

  97. Kekoa May 10, 2010 1:58 pm

    A-House ~ Your neighbor is checking on the status of Vince Tafolo.

    Al is correct in listing him as a 2008 Punahou grad. I believe he is transferring in from NAU, and now is listed as being 6’4″ @ 310# O-lineman. He rotated at guard with AbeM during Abe’s Senior year at Punahou.

  98. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 10, 2010 1:59 pm

    Winning breeds attention.

    The 1000+ fans attending softball had nothing to do with free admission. Well… mostly…

    Its hard to come across a team doing what the softball team has done this year. So much so that I truly believe that even if the Wahine had the same record without the HRs I still believe the crowds may not have been as big.

    Truth be told. Extraordinary play brings out the bandwagoners and maybe and consistent play will keep them.

    But hopefully WHEN attendance us charged for softball, sign me up for season tickets!!! 😎

  99. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 2:02 pm

    Am watching Bizzare Foods on the food channel…Kind of ironic how Mr. Zimmerman is able to eat goat testicles and say that he doesn’t mind eating it but when given spam musubi, he dislikes it. On the other hand, Mr. A. Bourdain loves spam musubi. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Hmmmm…

  100. Dennis Halloran May 10, 2010 2:05 pm

    It appears the pirates just fired a shot across the bow of NCAA FB.
    After reading all the well thought out posts, I lean towards limiting conferences to 8 teams ONLY, If you want more make it a subdivision
    Revenue generation discrepancies in MLBaseball were resolved by Big Boys writing checks and I think it was fear of the courts that caused that to happen
    Beware College Football Fans!

  101. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 2:11 pm


    What happens when the NCAA catches up after all this realignment is done? Will the NCAA grand father what it already is or will they force conferences to tailor to the new NCAA rules?

  102. Ralph May 10, 2010 2:19 pm

    #78 JD wants a friendly environment for the Na Wahine softball team, great, Coolen is grateful, but bottom line, how long can the UHAD carry the red line from softball, soccer, etc. Football and men basketball can ease the burden if they win and put butts in the seat, increase advertising revenue, tv revenue, etc. Winning in the low 50 percentile won’t generate a surge in ticket sales, fb at 7-7 or 6-7 just won’t appeal to the masses. Advertisers won’t ante up more money for the same level of performance, the pressure is on coach mac and coach gib to produce winners sooner than later.

  103. Ralph May 10, 2010 2:26 pm

    Kazz it took the fans nearly the entire season before they came to the stadium, no one expected the performance of the team in wins and home runs. Now they need to finish, won the WAC regular season, now its time to make a statement, win the WAC tournament, earn an NCAA selection and a high seed. Finish the year strong and next year, they can not falter like they did after Robinson, Tausaga, Peiler, etc. graduated. They got to do it again next season, sans home runs okay, but they got to win and be a consistent winner to make Na Wahine a softball power with the likes of the Pac 10 teams. The Pac 10 is a good benchmark, every year 5 or 6 are in the top 25, a few of them in the top ten.

  104. Ralph May 10, 2010 2:28 pm

    UDUB drew 1600+ friday, 2000+ saturday and sunday when Stanford came to their park.

    Fresno state charges $240 season tickets for lower deck seats, $15 for single game tickets. there is a lower fee for general admission.

  105. Garret May 10, 2010 2:32 pm


    What NCAA rules are you talking about? You do realize that the BCS AQ conferences are the *majority* of D-IA, so they have have a lot of control over any new rules. With the MWC expected to get raided and the ACC or Big East possibly raiding the C-USA and the Big 12 maybe taking non-AQ teams also, the BCS AQ conferences will be in the significant majority of D-IA football schools.

    The NCAA tried to stop conferences from having a football championship game. How did that work out for the NCAA? So many conferences have one now, even non-AQ conferences like C-USA.

  106. Old Diver May 10, 2010 2:34 pm

    Regarding #75

    {Did you see the latest debate. DJou’s closing statement made a lasting impression on me. He said he was given a t-shirt that wrote I’m only three years old and I already owe the federal government $43,000.}

    Djou did mention of course 80% of that $43,000 was accumulated under Presidents Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2. Nope didn’t think so.

  107. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 2:35 pm

    I wonder why UH can’t continue to have the donation box on every home game. It requires less man power than to have securities and ticket people around. Plus, I think UH would make more money than what it would charge per person. People are generous in giving $10 or more per person or family.

  108. Garret May 10, 2010 2:36 pm

    It appears the pirates just fired a shot across the bow of NCAA FB.
    After reading all the well thought out posts, I lean towards limiting conferences to 8 teams ONLY, If you want more make it a subdivision

    How do you pass those rules when all conferences want more than 8 teams? Scheduling is hard, especially for lower budget schools, if you only have 7 conference games. The big-budget schools would just get their checkbook out and pay non-AQ teams $1 million each to play in their stadiums…they would win 99% of those games and the lower budget schools would never get enough home games and would never get ranked.

    Revenue generation discrepancies in MLBaseball were resolved by Big Boys writing checks and I think it was fear of the courts that caused that to happen
    Beware College Football Fans!

    In MLB, you have a *small* minority of teams that have a real chance to win. In D-IA football, you will end up having 70% of the teams in one of the big conferences sharing the big money. Do 70% (or even 30%) of MLB teams have a real shot at the championship?

  109. Garret May 10, 2010 2:38 pm

    Nice article about Bess–I’m glad he continues to give back and positively influence today’s youth.

    When Dolphins receiver Davone Bess talked to nearly 200 middle-school students from Palm Beach County about avoiding violence in their lives, he had a horrific tale from his own childhood to relate.

    When Bess was 10, he was at a family party in his hometown of Oakland when he witnessed the murder of his uncle.

    “I remember it vividly,” he said Monday at the Kravis Center. “My dad was throwing my uncle a big barbecue at my grandmother’s house and a gunman came out of nowhere and shot him in the chest a couple of times.

    “I remember my uncle falling to the ground, gagging, spitting up blood, gasping for air. That’s when my dad came and grabbed my brother and I and we all started running.”

    A graduate assistant with the University of Hawaii knew Bess’ high school coach and encouraged Rainbows coach June Jones to watch Bess work out after his release.

    Jones obviously was impressed.

    “Next thing I know they offered me a scholarship and I never looked back,” Bess said.

  110. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 2:40 pm


    NCAA should arm muscle the BCS conferences to make an even playing field. Sort like the salary cap per teams in the pro. Of course, you and I would not be having this conversation if UH was part of the big conference.

  111. Kazz May 10, 2010 2:57 pm

    Last season was the “off year”, still a winning record when it was all said and done. The Wahine started out real slow though 3-11 but then went on to win all their WAC regular season series, except for one (Nevada), but did fall in the WAC tourney.

    This season, well, yeah… 😎

    So after Robinson and Tausaga graduated the drop off was evident, but not “severe”. If it was “severe” last season would have been worse and this season wouldn’t have been filled with highlights.

    The skeptical side of me thinks that the homeruns made the people come out, combined with the wins of course, but I still do truly believe that even if the Wahine racked up the wins, but had signficantly less home runs, that the crowds wouldn’t have been as huge. That’s more of a jab against the “non-regular fans” than the team because quite honestly speaking, women’s softball doesn’t hold that nation-wide/mainstream appeal as the other spectator sports.

    So I do believe that at UH the Wahine softball team will ALWAYS have to work harder than football, basketball, and volleyball to attract standing room only crowds for the time being. The constant winning over time will work, but will take longer to produce more loyal fans.

  112. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 2:57 pm

    Old Diver–

    I wonder how much I owe the government at this stage in life

  113. Kazz May 10, 2010 2:59 pm

    Breaking records are hard and sometimes they require all the pieces to come together at the right time.

    On paper, in compairison, should be easier.

    Coolen had a down year last year, but had some guns waiting in the wings. Majam, Iwata, and Parnaby represent the youth of this team and hopefully the beginning of a good stretch of years for the program to continue reloading every season as opposed to rebuilding.

  114. Ralph May 10, 2010 3:01 pm

    well Coolen has now won his third, UH’s 4th, WAC crown in 19 years. Do it more often then the crowd will come, look at Na Wahine VB, winning against good competition since the Klum gym

  115. Kazz May 10, 2010 3:03 pm


    One thing softball has in common with ALL sports at UH, is that everyone waits until the END to show up. The biggest testiment to the epic failure of the faith of the masses apart from the truly faithful is again that 2007 year in football when only the BSU and UW games were sold out.

    That’s just sad.

  116. BleedGreen808 May 10, 2010 3:04 pm


    Thanks to you along with Ralph, Pomai and the rest for the continued updates. I certainly would not have noticed the softball team this much if it weren’t for guys like you. Mucho mahalos. You tsaikos deserves every bit of commendation from your fellow tsaikos and UH. Again, mahalo with a shaka!

  117. wafan May 10, 2010 3:37 pm


  118. wafan May 10, 2010 3:38 pm

    Kind of a cool and partly cloudy day. But the week should begin turning into a scorcher tomorrow! Expect temps up in the mid-70’s this Friday!!!

    Dang, it is going to be like a sweatbox.

  119. wafan May 10, 2010 3:39 pm

    Good luck to the Wahine SoftBows!

    Be the tita!!!

  120. wafan May 10, 2010 3:40 pm

    And, do well on your finals. No luck involved here! Just good old-fashioned knowledge and application.

  121. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc May 10, 2010 3:41 pm

    Let’s do away with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the military, & Homeland Security.Those five items alone would reduce the government’s expenditures by an estimated 75%. All the other government agencies that “waste our money” such as Transportation, EPA, NASA, NOAA, Education, Health & Human Services, Justice Department COMBINED scarf up the rest of the money.

    Why not make getting all of these services voluntary – want to make sure that the planes you fly meet minimum standards, then subscribe to a private sector service. Want to protect the Northwest Hawaiian Islands from turning into a dumping ground, then drop your spare change into the donation jar next to the cash register at Safeway to pay for sending volunteers like me to clean it up. Want to make sure your parents or grandparents can pay their (un)regulated utility bills along with their jacked-up mortgage rates, then pay an annual fee to a Wall Street bank to protect their interests.

    This is not a political blog, but each of us here will be impacted by what happens over the next two & half years in one very critical way. For those of you who don’t like the idea of football and basketball supporting non-revenue-generating sports such as softball, swimming & soccer, then you’re on the right track to doing away with Title IX by voting for Charles Djou. Having tracked him for a decade now, I know that he does not support it nor any other mandated programs to balance out either gender or racial inequities.

    Old Diver is right – and let’s be honest here. We haven’t being pouring money down a hole and getting nothing in return. How much would it cost you personally to get all these government services you use on a daily basis from the private sector?

    There are a lot of things I don’t like to pay for, but I am willing to do so because of the greater good to all of society – not just the beneficiaries – by having such programs exist.

    Back to bed – am now moving into my 10th day of being sick.

  122. wafan May 10, 2010 3:42 pm

    Nice job for the VolleyBows, too! 4th is not too shabby.

    Next year just need to take the big step forward to #1. Whoo-hoo!!!

  123. Dennis Halloran May 10, 2010 3:44 pm

    Garret, I think over 50% of MLB have a shot, but back to football.
    Maybe a solution( I’m only trying to see forward) is a system like division one soccer, where to maintain a first division schedule and budget you have to win a certain amount. This would still leave most of the power in the top but place the fear of dropping down in class(Temple is an example) to conference also rans.
    Specifically, UH is between a rock and a hard place because of conference membership needs for the whole athletic program.
    I’ll call NBC, as a former employee, and ask that ND’s contract be assumed by UH.
    I can just see the fans in Baton Rouge, after a bottle of Jack, watching surf backdrops at 1:00 AM

  124. wafan May 10, 2010 3:45 pm

    Get well soon W-Doc!

    Geez, nothing worse than dripping snot all over the keyboard.

  125. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 10, 2010 3:49 pm

    Graham something from ESPN questions if Wahine softball should be a #1 seed if they lose the WAC tourney.

    Ummm, well it will be hard to say so even if the Wahine carry a nice RPI of 15 over 290 and a Top 25 ranking.

    Gotta win the tourney!!!

  126. Pomai May 10, 2010 3:52 pm

    I have a question, why do the fans that follow baseball not follow softball? It’s basically the same game? I have to agree with Kazz I feel the HR derby that the Na Wahine put on this year put more fans in the seats.

    Also I think they need to keep it free and continue with the donation jar, I really liked seeing the kids softball teams at the last few games although a lot of them didn’t watch the game as much as I would have liked but then they are kids.

  127. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 10, 2010 3:55 pm


    What threat can Djou or others like him pose to Title 9?

    I think it would be close to political suicide to distance yourself from female voters.

  128. Bulla May 10, 2010 4:18 pm


    be a tita
    be a hittah

  129. Pomai May 10, 2010 4:24 pm

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc don’t get me stated with the Gov’t and Social Security, It’s not the Gov’t money it’s mine, I loaned my money into the dang thing for over 45 years an now I want it back with interest, and if it takes my great grandkids to pay for it I don’t care, I want my money back. If I had put the same amount into a good investment I would be a mulit-millionaire now. (hanging my head with tears in my eyes) LOL.

  130. Kazz May 10, 2010 4:35 pm


    Big fans of both baseball and softball won’t have any problems with the differences between the two sports. The differences are obvious but subtle too. Softball is faster and has the ability to provide more action than baseball due to the “faster” dirt infield and the smaller distances all around.

    But I’ll tell you what the biggest difference is and it’s staring at us in the face. One sport get kane one sport get wahine. It’s as simple as that. I’m just being honest.

    The second you say “softball” it’s disregarded by a lot of people as a recreational sport or a secondary sport. Gender biases will stand the test of time no matter what society, country, etc…

    For those of us that are blind to it I say, more power to us. The ladies work just as hard as the guys do and with little to no recognition, let alone the financial support.

    Is there a difference in the game of basketball in which the men and women play? No. In fact the differences in the game are even smaller than softball yet look at the attendance numbers nation-wide. Uconn is an exception though.. 😎 Many of us have been to both men and women’s basketball this past season and most of us have been to way more Wahine bball games this past season for um.. Various reasons.. Plus it’s easier to spend 7.00 on a ticket than 26.00.

    But yes, I’m just being honest here and saying stuff others may not want to admit.

    Bottom line, regardless of how some may feel about women’s softball, the FACT is a lot of those girls would put a major ____ KICKING on most of these slow pitch men teams and mountain ball teams. Heh, I’d like to see 40+ year old John Doe with the beer gut try to hit a riser or an off-speed pitch from a D1 NCAA women’s softball pitcher!!!!

  131. LizKauai m/ May 10, 2010 4:42 pm

    Hey, Ken! Glad to see you on the blog! Hope you will come around often and will be ready for the inevitable Barbie jokes…

    Re: SoftBows, free admission and winning.
    History has proven that Hawaii loves a winning tradition- for men or women’s sports. It make us feel proud. It makes us feel happy. It is fun to watch those who represent our state display excellence in their athletic discipline and it makes us feel like we helped contribute to their success when we show up to cheer in front of our TV’s or in person at the venue.
    It gives us an endorphin rush and happiness for a win and for the kids contributes to our own health and sense of well-being.
    Most of all, it unites the people of Hawaii in a positive way.

    How many other schools have fans who show up in droves for a women’s volleyball match? How did that happen? How did that start?

    When I think about Warrior – I think about Football.

    When I think about Wahine- NOW I am thinking about Volleyball AND Softball.
    Win it, and they will come.
    And so will all the other good stuff.


  132. Kazz May 10, 2010 4:44 pm

    Someone PM’d me on another forum why I keep mentioning non-revenue sports and not giving any “love” to the tennis teams.

    Well, mens and women’s tennis is not for me, the sport itself is not for me. Not a fan of watching something in a “library-like” setting.

  133. Momo May 10, 2010 4:53 pm

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket…..

    Had a great time3 in vegas, won a few bucks, had two great round of golf and bowled wellwith the class mates and to top it off won the slot tournament with the class mate.

  134. LizKauai m/ May 10, 2010 4:54 pm

    Kazz- I loved to watch swimming when my son was swimming and flights were cheap. Mark and Nadine Takai were our heroes.


  135. LizKauai m/ May 10, 2010 4:54 pm

    Yea, Momo!!! Welcome home, cheeken dinnah!

  136. Ralph May 10, 2010 4:59 pm

    Can UH Na Wahine become a #1 seed, very difficult. 16 regional sites, only two were on the west coast (Pac 10), next closest sites were Waco, Texas, Norman, Oklahoma and Tempe, Arizona. There are too many pac 10 and Big 12 schools ranked ahead of UH. Eleven sites were on the east coast, south or mid east-ACC (2), SEC (4), Big East (1), Big 12 (3), big 10 (2)

  137. wafan May 10, 2010 5:04 pm


  138. jm2375 May 10, 2010 5:04 pm

    Good afternoon/evening Tsaikos!

    Kazz – problem with some of the other non-revenue sports, tennis in particular, is that they are hard to watch. There are no bleachers around the UH tennis courts and fans are forced to watch hanging on to the fence like little kids looking through the window at the toy store.

    I like watching softball better than baseball because it’s faster and in a more intimate setting.

  139. Ralph May 10, 2010 5:05 pm

    Tennis seems like a quiet sport for fans, similar to golf. I was surprised to read that the SMU tennis coach wants fans to show up at matches with cow bells, horns, whatever it takes to get the crowd involved. Is this only with the C USA. I didn’t hear any noise coming from the UH tennis courts during their last match.

  140. Kazz May 10, 2010 5:12 pm


    No doubt, even if Na Wahine win the WAC tournament I doubt they’ll be awarded with a #1 seed.

    Maybe #12 yeah? 🙄

    Yup, I am still bent out of shape from the Wahine volleyball team getting shafted last season.

    Not gonna get over it anytime soon. I find it best to let it build up inside me. 😆

  141. al May 10, 2010 5:13 pm


    i have coached both bb and sb. however, my preference is for baseball.

    i guess that in softball one dominant pitcher can control the game more so than a baseball pitcher. it seems that there are more dominant sb pitchers than baseball. perhaps moving the pitcher’s plate 3-4 feet back would help.

    i think the game of sb should evolve to 65 foot basepaths. as it is infielders must rush every play to get an out. the extra 5 feet would make it more real in perspective to a typical baseball diamond which is 90 feet.

  142. al May 10, 2010 5:15 pm

    pomai…and the govt broke its own president’s (fdr) promise of never having to be taxed on ss income.

  143. Kazz May 10, 2010 5:16 pm

    I’ve heard some noise from the tennis complex.

    All I’ve heard was “c’mon!!!” or “what the heck?!?!?!?!” and “OUCH!!!”.

    Oddly enough it was when the softball team had a game also. 😆

  144. Kazz May 10, 2010 5:17 pm


    No doubt the pitching motion for both sports makes a big difference right?

  145. papajoe2 May 10, 2010 5:22 pm

    Pomai #129, I like my hurricane insurance back too. if we get enough money in it, then at least suspend my payments so that i can attend UH sports again.

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  147. Pomai May 10, 2010 5:32 pm

    #130 Kazz
    I still like my idea of the Na Wahine taking on the basebows in a head to head softball game, I think if done correctly it would be a big seller. The only problem is that the Basebows coach wouldn’t want to do it due to the fact that his boys would lose big time.

  148. Pomai May 10, 2010 5:38 pm

    #142 al
    They also where not to touch the fund for anything other than what it was set up for, but they got around that, they have stole, yeah thats right stole one he!! of a lot of money from the fund an they won’t pay it back, so much for poli’tics.

  149. Pomai May 10, 2010 5:41 pm

    #145 papajoe2, crap I would like all the money they stole from us, I really did do some research on it, and it was true about, being a multi=millionaire, and would have been really rich had I invested in some intel when it came out. lol

  150. Kazz May 10, 2010 5:49 pm


    I think a softball player would have a better chance of hitting or at least making good contact off a baseball pitch than a baseball player successfully making contact with a softball pitch without it going foul.

  151. Pomai May 10, 2010 6:00 pm

    Kazz no doubt the Na Wahine would win, might even be a mercy win at that. LOL

  152. papajoe2 May 10, 2010 6:07 pm

    actual after golf quote while looking at the menu in the clubhouse:
    golfer #1 to waitress,”what’s the difference between the ahi and opakapaka.”
    golfer #2 quickly, “one has salmonella the other has cigutera (sp?).” bwhahaha.

  153. Kazz May 10, 2010 6:12 pm


    For fun or tie breakers we can have Stephanie Ricketts go up against Jesse Moore in an arm-wrestling contest.

    (You know what I am thinking already… 😎 )

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  156. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 6:48 pm

    Pomai..I was kicking around an idea that if people don’t want to be in the social security system, then maybe we should allow them to opt out.
    If they get into trouble, ie.. disability or other unforseen financial/health bog, then they fend for themselves or turn to charities.
    It would be great if we all could have foeseen the Intels and Microsofts of the world. Then we would all be millionaires.
    I wonder how it would look like if we had voluntary social security participation. I know my next door neighbor would be on welfare now if he had no social security coverage. He has a permanent disability that makes it hard for him to work/walk. thnks I got one ahi belly today that had both of them things…my tounge went tingle like crazy after one bite…had to throw it away..

  157. whitey May 10, 2010 6:50 pm

    LizK, were your kids in a swim program when Mark and Nadine were swimming???? If so, what club????

  158. A-House May 10, 2010 6:53 pm

    furlough Fridays supposedly created to “lessen” the State deficit for 2010 and 2011; who decided to make the furlough day on Friday? Why? why could they not used “holidays” for the non-paid furlough day? what role did the HSTA play in selecting Friday?

    yet, the legislature now allocates money from the Hurricane Relief fund to suspend furlough fridays. take money for one to feed the other. make sense?

    how will the legislature restore funds to the Hurricane Fund? those excess funds exist because the State deemed in necessary to “over charge” participants because the Fund had no $$$ to start with and the high premiums (some 3 -4 times more than we were paying) continued until it “went out of business” – the $$$ in the Hurricane Fund are from premiums that most of us paid – it is not a tax or fees collected. Yet, as I understand, the legislature made sure, within the law, that any excess funds would belong to the State – they knew, actuarily, that if no hurricane hit, the Fund would have millions of surplus dollars – thus, giving them security and a safe haven to “use funds as they see fit”.

    all the parties involved made a “mockery” of the current financial situation for the State govt – although not yet signed by Lingle, it will probably pass.

    too bad, HSTA nixed the 5% pay cut which would have prevented furlough Fridays and all state employees affected would not be faced with un-paid days off. which way will the union members lose the most $$$ over 2 years – 5% pay cut or furlough Fridays?

  159. A-House May 10, 2010 6:58 pm

    Sending positive vibes to the UH sofball team for the WAC tourney and regionals!!!!

  160. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 6:58 pm

    Put the softball challenge out to Coach Trap…fundraiser game…gotta find one fast pitch pitcher for them though…not sure basebows pitchers can make the adjustment to fast pitch..

  161. whitey May 10, 2010 7:00 pm

    looking back now, maybe UH wsb should have bid for a regional 1st round. Look at HPU, they are the host for the 1st round with 2 Cali teams. But then again, our nfa is responsible for these things, but, but, but

  162. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 7:09 pm

    A-House..the furloughs come out to about a 8-9% pay reduction..the 5% paycuts won’t give the state enough savings. Paycuts would have to be about 8 -10% to equal the furloughs. Then again, we could just cut them enough to take care of the deficit. Simple soulution for a complex problem huh?

  163. whitey May 10, 2010 7:12 pm

    watching the HHSAA baseball on Maui, there are enough seniors this year that could play for UH and a whole bunch in years after this. wonder if coach trap or any of his asst were watching the games. I think the schools in Hawaii have a better crop of players than a lot of states and hope that many of them don the green and white (plus orange) in the future.

  164. Pomai May 10, 2010 7:12 pm

    #160 NSF
    Yeah but that would be half the fun, watching the basebows try for switch to the fast underhand pitch. But even more fun would be seeing the boys swinging away at air. LOL

  165. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:13 pm

    I wonder… Ms. MMK has been ABSENT from Wahine softball senior night festivites for at least the last two seasons…

  166. whitey May 10, 2010 7:13 pm

    A House, the best way was to eleiminate the management level. Only in Hawaii do we have 70% management and 30% teachers.

  167. Pomai May 10, 2010 7:14 pm

    Also just for those who don’t know, it’s been proven that a baseball player can’t hit a fastpitch pitcher.

  168. whitey May 10, 2010 7:15 pm

    kazzy, you one good observer. maybe should be cia agent.

  169. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:16 pm


    Actually Coach Coolen made it clear why he didn’t request for UH to place a bid to host a regional.

    Basically he believed, and KNEW, that the NCAA would NEVER afford us that opportunity based on “cost”. (WE KNOW THE REAL REASON) Coolen said that they’d be on the US mainland anyway and the NCAA would not pay to fly out three more teams to Hawaii.

    Sounds pessimistic, but realistic.

  170. whitey May 10, 2010 7:16 pm

    dang, no wonder i no can play fastpitch softball.

  171. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:18 pm


    It’s hard not to see who’s not on field. I like to look into the stands as well at various UH venues to see who’s there to show face, who’s there to actually support, and who’s there to ‘observe’.

    MMK was at Wahine basketball all year long though so I am sure she must know my voice by now. 😎

  172. whitey May 10, 2010 7:19 pm

    kazz, probably true, but like the old axiom, if you no ask, then you not going know the answer. and if you don’t know the answer, you made the wrong decision because you will never know what was decided. but with the nfa in charge, what can we expect?????

  173. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 7:19 pm

    Pomai, I’ve seen baseball players on the slow softball field and they just can’t hit…in the begining…then once they get the timing down…watch out! Same thing for mountainball.
    On the other hand pro basball players can’t hit olympic caliber fast pitch pitchers. It was proven on ESPN…

  174. whitey May 10, 2010 7:22 pm

    but if you or i are in charge of women athletics at UH, both of us would go out of the way to make sure we are at each game or contest. or if two games were being played at different location, we would at least try to catch portion of each game. buy most important, we would call the coaches before the game to let them know we wish them the best and will be cheering very loudly for them.

  175. whitey May 10, 2010 7:24 pm

    pomai and northshore, thanks for the info. now i know why i no play softball. i assume age has nothing to do with hitting. hahahahhahaaa

  176. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:27 pm


    I saw that episode of “Sports Science” but really, I think its what you’re used to I think.

    Anyone can attempt to throw a baseball overhand and make it look ok. Not everyone can attempt to throw a softball fastpitch style and make it look ok. Fastpitch pitches are awkward and are like an “aquired taste” i.e. not for everyone.

    Fastpitch pitchers can throw a variety of pitchers all off the same motion which can handcuff batters acustomed to what a baseball pitcher will do.

    Plus the simple fact of a ball coming at you in an upward motion requires different timing and I can imagine, and a baseball player told me this, that it’s just more “natural” the way a baseball gets pitched that it can get hit a little easier.

  177. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:31 pm


    Can play, just adjust the hitting basics.

    Instead of hips before hands, it’s opu, den hips, den wince a little, den if still standing upright, den hands. 😆

  178. jm2375 May 10, 2010 7:36 pm

    Kazz – so, what the Wahine are doing to the HR record is even more remarkable? 😀

  179. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:38 pm


    May 10th, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    but if you or i are in charge of women athletics at UH, both of us would go out of the way to make sure we are at each game or contest. or if two games were being played at different location, we would at least try to catch portion of each game. buy most important, we would call the coaches before the game to let them know we wish them the best and will be cheering very loudly for them.

    Getting to earn a living being part of something you must be proud of, in this case UH athletics, is a great opportunity. If you take pride in your job, you’d want to surround yourself in it.

  180. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 7:39 pm

    Kazz…yup it is a more natural way to deliver a ball easier on the arm.
    That being said, you looking at a 90 mile + ball given the distance and time it takes to get to the plate. The ball breaks a different way. Remember the King and his Court? I forget his name but he played with only three or four players and he was awesome! Full teams had a hard time beating them. age has nothing to do with hitting the ball. We have the makule league and some of them guys are really good. Hawaii used to send a team up to Vegas for the senior tournament and they had a lot of success. Some of those guys are in their 70’s and still have the passion for the game.

  181. whitey May 10, 2010 7:39 pm

    kazz, thanks for the lesson, but after watching my makule friends hobble around with aches, pains, crutches, etc, i think i just going stick to the beer drinking part of the game. much safer for health. hahahahahaaa

  182. Kazz May 10, 2010 7:39 pm


    What the Wahine are doing this season with the homers is remarkable.

  183. whitey May 10, 2010 7:43 pm

    northshore, you right about the las vegas makule games, but my friends from maui combined with some players from Oahu won their division 2 or 3 yrs in a row and got banned from playing in one of the vegas tourneys. still get some others from maui who play in the real makule league and they go to arizona and vegas.

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  185. whitey May 10, 2010 7:45 pm

    and i was on a hawaiian flight with the 80 and over makule team going to vegas.

  186. NorthShoreFan May 10, 2010 7:56 pm

    whitey,,,now dat is ball players!…they did Hawaii proud!
    I cannot think of running to first base let alone chasing down a fly ball in the outfield! I get winded walking up three flights of stairs now days!..

  187. jm2375 May 10, 2010 8:12 pm

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  189. Momona May 10, 2010 8:27 pm

    A good softball pitcher with a good riser would give baseball players fits. A good softball pitcher with gas but no riser would get blasted. Jennie Finch has an excellent riser which is one of the reasons the baseball players couldn’t hit her. In watching Ricketts, I don’t think she has an effective riser (although I could be wrong). Thus, I think the BaseBows would have a chance against the SoftBows.
    If Brooke Wilkins was throwing, they got no chance.

  190. bluefintuna May 10, 2010 8:50 pm

    Re-Per Diem

    Question to compliance people are athletes allowed to receive mystery envelopes containing a lump sum of their per diem monies before the trip?

  191. Slugger May 10, 2010 9:00 pm

    I wouldn’t pay for a doughnut, might pay for a malasadas, but

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket.

  192. d1島 May 10, 2010 9:03 pm

    I don’t want to pay for a ticket…..just wanna hit the BIG ONE!

    (But if I do win the contest, give the tickets to Pomai;
    if I hit the BIG ONE, don’t call me Pomai! 😆 )

  193. d1島 May 10, 2010 9:06 pm

    Good Luck to the SoftBows in Las Cruces!

    Man, if the wind is blowing there when they play like it is here in Vegas now, things could get interesting. I checked the weather forecast for southern N.M. and it’s supposed to be quite windy this week.
    I’m in my room and my ears are reacting to the pressure of the wind slamming the hotel windows!

  194. whitey May 10, 2010 9:08 pm

    you can get your advance per diem if you put in your request early and i am sure coach coolen did that knowing that they would be on a long road trip.

  195. bluefintuna May 10, 2010 9:09 pm

    Time frames when breakfast, lunch and dinner meal money can be provided:
    Before 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
    Between 12:00 Noon & 1:30 p.m. – Lunch
    After 5:00 p.m. – Dinner

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  196. whitey May 10, 2010 9:09 pm

    d1, my man, are you in lv??? come on hit the big one, so i can help you drink some of the money at tg this upcoming season.

  197. d1島 May 10, 2010 9:10 pm

    I’ll mention it again for any Tsaikos in Vegas who may want to get together for a CC this week, post something here and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

    ….long day of meetings tomorrow.


  198. whitey May 10, 2010 9:11 pm

    state guidelines for per diem are similar, so no problem.

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    You got it! 🙂

  200. The Piper's Son May 10, 2010 9:11 pm

    NorthShore re: 156. If I were working still and the difference of getting, say $40.00 more in my paycheck, than being forced to pay Social Security taxes, most people (if not all) would opt for the increased money in the paycheck.

    Then we will have the grasshopper vs. the ant – one who has not prepared for old age and one who has. And of course all the charities in the world will be overwhelmed by people who will need help. All one has to do is look around Hawaii today – charities and government can’t tackle the problem of the homeless.

    Of course I think it was Jonathan Swift whose modest proposal was let the unworthy poor to die off – thus solving the problem of the homeless, the hungry, the starving.

    So WassupDoc’s mantra of “the greater good” has to be what we must strive for – the brother’s keeper.

    Nuff said.

  201. whitey May 10, 2010 9:12 pm

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  205. el guapo May 10, 2010 9:49 pm

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    Are those doughnuts in compliance with an official NCAA mandated vendor? 🙄

  207. Mrs. Long Time UH Fan May 10, 2010 10:18 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Thank you very much for the birthday wishes expressed by you two days ago. The year goes too fast!! My goodness gracious; so sorry (not to make excuses) my computer is so slow that it gets exasperating so I haven’t been on for months. But I haven’t forgotten you folks at all.

  208. LizKauai (iPad) May 10, 2010 10:28 pm

    hi Mrs LTUHF!!!
    How nice to see you!

  209. LizKauai (iPad) May 10, 2010 10:37 pm

    Whitey- my son swam as an independent One summer when he and future Rainbow Corey Carroll got to practice long course with Kaneohe ( Kauai finally got a 50 meter pool a couple of years ago.) I believe it was around 1986.
    We became friends with the Hawaii Swimming folks, I got my deck certifications for timing and finish judging but spent most of my time as an announcer on Kauai.

    Corey is with Ke Akua. God Bless.

  210. whitey May 10, 2010 10:37 pm

    Good to see our long time friends tonight on the blog. Take care and have a great evening.

  211. Mrs. Long Time UH Fan May 10, 2010 10:44 pm

    Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Moms!

  212. whitey May 10, 2010 10:44 pm

    LizK, just missed you cause I think i retired from swimming around 1988 after putting 17 yrs into it. We neva did do a trip to Kauai, but I took the kids Hilo and Oahu about 8-10 times a year, twice a year to the mainland, and once every other yr to Japan. Those were fun times.

  213. LizKauai (iPad) May 10, 2010 11:00 pm

    Lessee. We started about 83 or 84. MidPac sky pass was the best. Unlimited flying for about 600-800 $ a year.
    My son still holds the Kauai 100yd breaststroke record. His IM record was broken in 2004 right as I walked past the pool at Kauai High on the way to Rose Parade Band practice!

  214. LizKauai (iPad) May 10, 2010 11:03 pm

    Glad to hear the SoftBows are safely landed. Time to go nigh nigh. TSWEET TSOFTBOW DREAMS!

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  216. Rep. K. Mark Takai May 10, 2010 11:23 pm

    Liz and Whitey: Your blogs bring back really great memories. I knew Cory. In fact, I was “assigned” to him when he was a senior. High School States were at UH that year and afterwards he did a recruiting trip to our school, which including spending time with us swimmers. Needless to say, he decided to swim for UH. He was such a great sprinter. I remember his huge hands and arm span. Looked kinda like Michael Phelps. His life was way too short. I don’t know if you keep in touch with his parents, but if you do, please let them know that I said “HI.” Thanks.

  217. LizKauai (iPad) May 10, 2010 11:29 pm

    Will do, Mark. I see them at least once a year. They usually come back to Kauai around Waimea Town Celebration time in Feb.

  218. al May 11, 2010 12:57 am

    kazz…different way to throw is true.

    however, i still contend that trying to hit a major leaguer’s fast ball at 95mph and one that moves a couple of inches from its original flight path as well as the one located on the inside or outside corner is still the single most difficult task in all of sports. if things are relevant to money, it is why the average major league pitcher gets paid more than any other position in baseball.

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  220. Ralph May 11, 2010 2:01 am

    Kazz Campbell HS list a player that will play sb at UH next season-Gerika Pantohan, 3rd base.

  221. wafan May 11, 2010 2:38 am

    A great Tuesday to everyone!

  222. wafan May 11, 2010 2:41 am

    #184 might be a good “read” for some.


    The anti-Christ. Sheesh.

  223. wafan May 11, 2010 2:43 am

    Go SoftBows!

    And, per Bulla . . .

    Be at hitta, tita!!!

  224. d1島 May 11, 2010 2:49 am

    Great Morning All!

    Glad the SoftBows made a soft landing.


    The Orleans….gotta work on loosening up the cr4ps table! 🙄

  225. d1島 May 11, 2010 2:49 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  226. wafan May 11, 2010 2:57 am

    Hope the Tsai-ko Volunteers have a lot of fun at the PIAA Golf Tournament!

  227. wafan May 11, 2010 2:58 am

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  228. Ralph May 11, 2010 3:23 am

    It took the Na Wahine 17 hours to get to their destination in Las Cruces, maybe next year the WAC needs to pick a neutral site that is destination friendly. A major hub with hotels and playing field close by would be nice.

  229. Garret May 11, 2010 4:47 am

    BSU’s head coach has a new contract…after their undefeated season and chance for a national title this season, he agreed to a PAY CUT. Pay cut!

    Under the contract, Petersen will make $1.28 million this year and an additional $200,000 if he is still head coach of the Broncos in February of next year.

    Under his old contract, Petersen would have made $1.30 million this year and an additional $250,000 if he still holds his position in Feb. 2011.

    According to Chadd Cripe of when quoting athletic director Gene Bleymaier, “Pete was very understanding and cooperative” about the cut in pay.

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    New Mexico State has had only three winning seasons (1992, 1999, 2002) over the last 30 years, a stretch of incompetence rivaled only by Kent State and Vanderbilt, each of whom have a pair of winning campaigns over the same span. Temple also had three winning seasons heading into 2009, but the Owls broke out with a nine-win finish a year ago.

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  231. protector May 11, 2010 6:10 am

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    That BS AD Bleymaier is a real piece of work, isn’t he? Perhaps it would be considered a relatively modest paycut ( possibly $70,000?) by most, but it shows a real lack of class & gratitude for what Petersen has accomplished. Though he has a good situation there, I wouldn’t blame Petersen for taking a more serious look at future overtures from other schools. about chintzy

  232. LizKauai (iPhone) May 11, 2010 6:14 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Congrats to Rep. Mark Takai for his National Guard honor! I cannot copy from fb from iPhone so perhaps ST or another fb friend could snag it for a repost.

    Have a great Tuesday and hiho!

  233. whitey May 11, 2010 6:37 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. LizK, thanks for the info. Kauai swimming has produced some great sprinters, Donald Coleman (his younger brothers went to Aiea and Punahou) and Dane Kane, ex Maui coumcilman. And Corky carried on the tradition.

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