Funaki, Alexander to share QB job

Greg McMackin said the Warriors will have a quarterback-platoon system with Inoke Funaki and Greg Alexander.
Last week, Alexander was the No. 3 quarterback, taking “mental reps” in practice while Funaki and Tyler Graunke split time with the No. 1 offense.
This week, Funaki and Alexander will split reps with the No. 1 team.
McMackin praised Alexander’s development, noting that he has improved his ability to read defenses and go through his progressions of offensive options.
Offensive coordinator Ron Lee said he liked the way Alexander remained focused during the first half, in which he spent on the sideline as an observer. Alexander entered in the third quarter and threw two scoring passes, the second with 20 seconds remaining.

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One of the unheralded stars was Tim Grasso, who placed three punts inside the 5.
His hands, in fact, deserved more credit than his right foot. It was difficult to keep the football dry because of the constant rain. Grasso’s palms were dark red from the  color bleeding from the wet footballs.


  1. happy fan October 26, 2008 2:36 am

    it was nice to see alexander actually grow DURING the game. started kind of slow. late on his reads, but he ended with a bang and confidence. i think UH answered several questions tonight.
    we have a qb
    we have a return guy
    we have a punt return guy
    lane is finally contributing
    our d is pretty good
    special teams is doing great
    we are close to making a bowl
    Warriors can finish
    our LB corp is terrific
    our team is starting to come together

  2. addahknowjoe October 26, 2008 2:56 am

    The euphoria of a win can cloud our judgment.

    Always remember gang-

    We lose together but, we also win together. Take the bad along with the good. That’s what makes us true Tsai-ko fans of UH.

    Gentlemen of Manoa- A collective job well done last night.

  3. HawaiianbodPride October 26, 2008 3:02 am


  4. she-fan October 26, 2008 3:11 am

    Great game! I stayed home where it was nice and dry, but to those that braved the rain, I’m sure it was worth getting drenched.

    Congratulations, Warriors!

  5. Pete Jek October 26, 2008 3:19 am

    Top 5? If not, Top 10. Great win UH.

  6. hilogreg October 26, 2008 3:21 am

    Kudos to the Warriors…..a job well done. Especially after the Wolfpack came back. I feel for Tyler, but congratulations to Greg for stepping up.

  7. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2008 3:28 am

    Pops braved the rain to lay claim to the most satisfying *win* he has seen yet from this ball club. We both were like two drunken sailors celebrating shore leave!

    Warriors ruled in Halawa valley last night. The Hale Koa was rockin’ with the true, and very loyal fans to witness it.

  8. Kekoa (iPhone) October 26, 2008 3:31 am

    Mahalo Pauoa Boy! The news was good, and continued to be even better!

  9. Pete Jek October 26, 2008 3:37 am

    I think there wouldn’t be a problem with Greg Alexander as UH’s starting QB. But, to allow for more flexibility, Inoke Funaki and Tyler Graunke/Brent Rausch should be given a significant-enough number of reps in practice for them to able to replace Alexander in the case that he is injured or underperforms in a game. Funaki should still get some time at QB, to keep defenses in-check and on-their-toes. I think–and have ever since–that Funaki is capable enough as a passer to win games for UH.

    In regards to the game, the defense played great (aside from the two long TD runs). I was impressed more with their run defense than I was with their pass defense. Nevada was able to move the ball through the air in the 2nd half, once they realized they had to pass more often b/c of how UH was stopping them their runs. Ryan Mouton is a very effective blitzer. I saw him on at least 2 occasions, forcing the QB to scramble out of the pocket, and thus disrupting Nevada’s offense. Kaepernick had impressive speed though.

    About the offense, O-Line again gave a mediocre performance. There were a few occasions where they held up pretty well, but they need to be more consistent. They can’t keep giving up that many sacks in a game. The impact of Kealoha Pilares’s absence was obvious, as UH practically had no running game to speak of. But that David Farmer TD run was well-executed, and was in my mind the best rushing play of the game. Passing opened up finally, and I guess that’s no coincidence, with Alexander playing. More should be done to free up and give opportunities to Greg Salas. He makes the hardest catches, and gains tough YAC. But Michael Washington played a very good game, and ran some good routes that separated him from his defenders. Ryan Mouton as a SB looks like a good idea, but shouldn’t be a permanent move. He’s a valuable asset on defense.

    Special teams played great. Tim Grasso kicked some well-placed balls, and JoPierre Davis did a good job of keeping them in-field. Kickoff team played well, and gave Malcolm Lane his space to run. Aaron Bain did a commendable job, too. Less east-to-west than Washington. Coverage was good too, for the most part.

  10. Bulla October 26, 2008 3:53 am


    From Phoenix AZ, we were cheering for the Warriors.

    Should be back on the ‘aina this afternoon.

    GO WILDCAS (X2) 🙂 🙂

  11. Garret October 26, 2008 4:45 am

    I agree that Alexander addressed many of the concerns about him in this game. In addition to the 2 that ST listed above, many of the people who went to camp said that Alexander just focused on one receiver all of the way and didn’t look off the D. Maybe because he knows the offense better now, he didn’t have that tunnel vision anymore.

    I think it would be a bad idea to try to get 4 QBs reps in practice. If Alexander is the #1 QB, he needs starters reps. Inoke needs to get the backup QB reps, maybe something like 1/3 the reps. I don’t know if that leaves any reps for the #3 QB, normally it does not but UH has been giving a 3rd QB a limited number of reps in practice…though that was before there was a clear #1.

  12. lava October 26, 2008 5:58 am

    Winning is nice. 🙂

  13. 99club October 26, 2008 6:25 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Three more wins to get the bowl bid!

  14. Maverick October 26, 2008 6:30 am

    Amazing how sweet my coffee taste this morning, and no sugar was added.
    This is all thanks to our Warriors!
    Right on guys! You played 4 quarter football and the results came back with VICTORY.
    I had watched the broadcast through the Nevada network, listening to their own announcers and Reno commercials. All I can say to that is, lucky we stay Hawaii. They get the blahhhs over there.

    Speaking of Victories, Weber St. pulls off the Big win at. N.Ariz. Watch them in the rankings today. Might be more interesting than what Boise is gonna do with the BCS.

  15. Maverick October 26, 2008 6:36 am

    Hey 99, pretty darn good prediction you had.

  16. Pomai October 26, 2008 6:40 am

    I can live with 10 – 4

  17. wafan October 26, 2008 6:45 am

    Pomai . . .

    My guess is 38 us and 28 them — again.

  18. wafan October 26, 2008 6:48 am

    Good morning to the happy Warrior fans! Oh, and to the band-wagoners, too.

    Once this morning fog burns off it will be a beaaaauuuutiful day on this side of the hills.

  19. wafan October 26, 2008 6:50 am

    Congratulations to Alexander for his reclamation of the #1 qb spot. Now lets get some stability and consistency on offense!!!

  20. Maverick October 26, 2008 6:51 am

    Wow Wafan, you won the predict the score! good job.
    First tix, then this.
    Bing -Botta- Boom

  21. wafan October 26, 2008 6:57 am

    If you are going to the wessai meeting this morning drive safely and definitely continue the celebration!

    Those stoic and faithful fans who went to the game last night the victory was made all the better for you because you lived some of the discomfort as our Warriors. Bravissimo to you!!!

  22. wafan October 26, 2008 7:00 am

    Maverick . . .

    I already checked on prices for Las Vegas air and hotel. What the heck! Might as well take advantage of the luck!


  23. wafan October 26, 2008 7:04 am

    Maverick . . .


    And a congratulations to you on the ticket win, too! Too bad you could not go. Maybe next time.

    I wonder if dj finally made it to the game. Geez, I sure hope so! She received those tickets in a particularly circuitous manner — you, me, Hoohiki, dj. Dang!

    I do not recall if it has ever been that difficult to “get rid” of a game tickets? HA!

  24. wafan October 26, 2008 7:11 am

    Time to rake and bag the leaves that have committed suicide. I dislike this time of year because of the leaves (leafs if you are a Canadian hockey team) that lose their grip and fall from the trees.

    It is beautiful, though. I just do not need the additional work. Tsigh.

  25. expat October 26, 2008 7:33 am

    I think Grasso was the player of the game. Or maybe just special teams in general. No real mistakes and they consistently gave the O short fields and the D long fields.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2008 7:36 am

    Great Victory! It was nice to see the *Shoot* back in our “Run and Shoot” Offense. Defense was magnificent. Special Teams looked much crisper. It was really nice to see Farmer back in the mix and running strong, too. Are we seeing the proverbial “light” go on in Alexander’s head regarding the RNS? The next few games should be very interesting.

    I loved the “angry farmer who’s just had his chickens stolen” expression on Coach Ault’s face at the end of the game. Credit to he and the Wolfpack for a hard fought game.


  27. Pomai October 26, 2008 7:43 am

    I loved the win no doubt, but boy I sure would have loved to see Dan Kelly win it with a FG, then look right over to Coach Ault and smile.

  28. Hilo Rain October 26, 2008 7:46 am

    What a game! When the TV showed closeups of the bench, one could see the coaches working constantly and the look of determination and pride of everyone (players, trainers, support staff). In the closing minutes before the last TD, I couldn’t sit and kept pacing and when I saw the “coolness” of the bench, I got calmed down enough to sit again, However, the insides were churning until the very last play.

    The Akua of the Ua must have bestowed his blessings on the (Rainbow) Warriors. Rain is good (most of the time) and we who live in Hilo are blessed and lucky, except for times when we need medical specialists and Rainbow football at Aloha Stadium … no mo money fo fly.

  29. Long Time UH Fan October 26, 2008 8:00 am



    October 26th, 2008 at 7:43 am
    I loved the win no doubt, but boy I sure would have loved to see Dan Kelly win it with a FG, then look right over to Coach Ault and smile.

    I was hoping for that to happen when the Warriors were driving for what I thought was going to be a FG attempt by Kelly.

    Then I was hoping for Stretch to write on his board and show the UNR coaches…. TIMEOUT? Ha ha, that would’ve been funny.

  30. 99club October 26, 2008 8:01 am


    Congrats on winning Pomai’s contest.

    I think I mentioned last week that we’d be playing a possible Big East Champ in our last game. After watching Cincy lose to UConn yesterday…not going to happen for the bearcats.

    UH wins next week 28-10

    And I agree…10-4 is good!

  31. Kona Girl October 26, 2008 8:04 am

    KUDOS to Mouton!!!! What a terrific game he had playing offense AND defense!!!!

    KUDOS too to Grasso!!! Great field position and no easy task, especially in the rain!!!


  32. Da Punchbowl Kid October 26, 2008 8:10 am

    Pomai 35-24

  33. Maverick October 26, 2008 8:11 am

    Yes, I concur too on the 10-4. It’s in the cards

    10 – 4 good buddy, affirmative that Rubber Duck.

    Put the pedal to the medal, and get this rig to the Hawaii bowl. Don’t forget to stop at your favorite “Choke-n-Puke” for some carbo loading for the next VICTORY.

    Now that was a flashback moment.

  34. jm2375 October 26, 2008 8:36 am

    Morning Tsai-kos!

    Great win last night. I have the vcr set to record the game since I have to go out today. grrrrr. I hope it works.

    Weather today is looking like yesterday. WET!!! At least I won’t have to do yard work. hehehehe.

  35. Jon October 26, 2008 8:36 am

    Great win last night!

    I give all the credit to the win to the coaches for game planning and more importantly adjusting the personnel in the game to get this important win.

  36. 99club October 26, 2008 8:44 am


    A C.W. McCall ref from the first week of 1976, now that really is a flashback!

  37. d1島 October 26, 2008 8:44 am

    Great Morning All!
    Great Win Warriors!

    Heading out to Nancy’s for the Post Game Celebratory Breakfast.

    For those who wanna join us on da Wessai, see you at 9:00! 🙂

  38. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2008 8:55 am

    Aside from the outcome, it actually was a fun game to watch from both sides. Kaepernick was entertaining, and I think UH’s new offense has a lot of promise. Change is sometimes good.

  39. d1島 October 26, 2008 8:55 am

    LizKauai at d1’s hale…
    3/3 parts showed up for the game last night.
    Woo Hoo!
    Congrats COACHES!!!


  40. jm2375 October 26, 2008 8:56 am

    Hey guys! Good article by Mark Platte on the new blog policy.

    BTW – I voted yesterday. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!

  41. not far away anymore October 26, 2008 8:59 am

    Who makes the footballs that were bleeding color all over the hands of the QBs and punters?

  42. jm2375 October 26, 2008 9:41 am

    So, everybody is either at the cc or they’re sleeping in after staying up late celebrating?

  43. Pauoa Boy October 26, 2008 10:06 am

    Alojah Kakahiakaz Gang…

    I agree Kaepernick and Vai Taua make a great combo for Nevada’s ground game. No wonder there rushing offense is tops in the WAC and in the nation. Looks like the WAC will be tough the next couple years… Figure Boise State got Kellen Moore – Freshman, Nevada got Kaepernick – Sophomore, they will be tough to play against. Kaepernick was surprising to see, what a big improvement from last years game in Reno. I remember watching that game thinking he was decent but nothing special, but after this game I gotta give him credit, he’s dangerous! Regardless, I’m glad our boys won…our defense is awesome, our linebackers are all studs…and we still got more waiting too!

  44. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 26, 2008 10:06 am

    Don’t have time to read yesterday’s posts after the 6 pm kickoff. After chores around here, it’s time to do some politicking before heading off to the Wahine volleyball game at 5pm.

    Will be making DVDs of last night’s gamefor people starting at 10am. Does anyone want one? Please send me your real name and mailing address to swood at hokodotcom.

    Finally, did anyone besides us have trouble accessing the Advertiser website this morning? Had to skip reading the paper as well as the blog.

    Is anyone going to be putting together a T-Gate before the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl game on December 24? Our next three home dates are November 22, November 29, and December 6.

  45. cocobean October 26, 2008 10:09 am

    Anyone else surprised that Alexander was able to escape the rush several times. Boise he was like a statue in the pocket. This game he showed more awareness of the rush and was strong enough to break the grasp of would be sackers. He’s not Inoke when it comes to running but in this offense you need a little escapability. With more game reps he’ll only get better.
    The game will slow down for him, he’ll process what he sees quicker, then react quicker. This game was a confidence booster for him.

  46. dj October 26, 2008 10:11 am

    made it to the game about 30 min before kickoff. sat next to jojo and her daughter and enjoyed the warriors’ victory. thanks again to maverick, wafan, and hoohiki for letting me & the bf witness it in person (and while staying dry)!

  47. dj October 26, 2008 10:15 am

    and thanks also to ST for personally delivering the tix 🙂

  48. will-I-am October 26, 2008 10:45 am

    That was the best game of the year!

    With Nevada having such a good rush defense. Hawaii did not have any luck with the run. Why were we still doing two running plays in a row, both gaining less than a yard, in the fourth quarter?

    It looked like they didn’t have faith in the pass.

  49. BowsForever October 26, 2008 10:51 am

    Well for some second-guessing the coaching or play-calling treads on sacred ground, but here’s another way to look at it: the running back depends on the O-line to open running lanes. Our O-line is weak in places at times, and that limits the RB’s options. Pilares being out doesn’t hurt nearly as much when you have Libre, LWJ, Farmer (beware the TD threat, woohoo!), and Rego in reserve. At least three of ’em are credible run threats, we just need the O-line to do more than defend the QB.

  50. BowsForever October 26, 2008 10:54 am

    From the last thread — if Coach Mack really _did_ toss and break that laptop, I hope the data’s still recoverable. Also, I think a Gatorade toss would be a much more environmentally friendly and less expensive way to get one’s point across. Eh, but knowing the stand-up guy Coach Mack is, I’m sure he’ll make good on paying for the replacement (and keeping what could be school property destruction to a relative minimum). 😉

  51. wafan October 26, 2008 11:06 am

    CRW . . .

    How does the iPTV perform? Are the pictures and sound clear? Do they run into any bandwidth problems like 1420 or some of the other video sites?

  52. Long Time UH Fan October 26, 2008 11:07 am


    According to the post game interview, Coach Mack said it was a rumor probably spread by some famous sports color analyst….(he wouldn’t do such a thing, would he? )…

  53. duffer October 26, 2008 11:09 am

    Hey ST, next time there’s a ticket giveaway and a neighbor island Tsai-ko wins, I’m offering my Friendship Travel Pass (FTP) to the winna. It cost $65 for a roundtrip, STANDBY! You may not get on the flight you want, but it’s a lot cheaper than $250 R/T. Plus we have a few conduct codes and dress policies.

  54. Long Time UH Fan October 26, 2008 11:09 am


    Congrats on winning the score prediction…you are on a roll, you also posted at 7:11 a.m. Good luck numbers in Sin City… Go for it!

  55. duffer October 26, 2008 11:12 am

    And BTW talking to Nalani and Kaipo were like talking to friends I’ve know all my life! Kaipo and I know quite a few people know to both of us! I’ll be cheering for the Kamehameha Maui girls basketball team!


  56. Long Time UH Fan October 26, 2008 11:12 am

    Howzit Duffer..

    No can play golf today, yah…

    Good game last night..of course you had exceptional company in cheering on the Warriors—Nalani and Whitey!

  57. Justin October 26, 2008 11:12 am

    So who was the 3-star prospect from the mainland at last nights game?

  58. Long Time UH Fan October 26, 2008 11:16 am


    ** and Kaipo…sorry missed his name

  59. duffer October 26, 2008 11:19 am


    Nope just pau! Had a 6:00 am time. I was going to see Nalani in concert, but that was only for Kaiser members, not HMSA! 🙂

  60. wafan October 26, 2008 11:30 am

    duffer . . .

    You could have gone in as a member of the performing party — a groupie!

    LTUHF . . .

    I did not even notice the 7:11 time stamp. HA!

  61. Pomai October 26, 2008 11:49 am

    Trip to Utah for the next one, will we have a road win?
    28    –    21    Pomai
    28    –    10    99club
    35    –    24    Da Punchbowl Kid
    38    –    28    wafan

  62. Shyloh October 26, 2008 11:52 am

    If Alexander was from Kahuku, and Funaki was from California, would there be any question who would be our starting quarterback for the Utah State game? We all love our local boys, but the best must play. Coach Mac said “this is not PE football”. I hope both will play, with Funaki coming in anytime and at any position to get the ball or be a decoy to make Utah St. think twice on defense.

  63. djmitcho October 26, 2008 12:01 pm


    41-35 warriors of course

  64. A-House October 26, 2008 12:08 pm

    Some observations for last night:

    1) GREAT WIN

  65. Stretch October 26, 2008 12:10 pm

    djmitcho – keep the head warm & keep the body warm with a CR shot

  66. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 12:11 pm

    Mahalo to the d1shima family for their kind hospitality, social planning and limo services! What a great yesterday and today so far!

    ‘Skins won today too so my burgandy and gold jersey is especially sweet attire here in the Go! Departure area!

  67. BowsForever October 26, 2008 12:12 pm

    Shyloh — if Alexander had “grown up” in this system and was currently a junior, we’d have a big-time player on our hands. It’s come to a evaluation based on experience, performance during practice, and game-time results. Things are finally starting to sort themselves out now, and the two-QB system (or at the very least, having a second QB come in right off the bench when it’s clear the first is udnerperforming) could be a very workable strategy for the rest of the season. Funaki gives defenses that “other look” and when he’s on his game and sticking to short-to-mid-range passes he’s very dangerous. That 35-yarder to Washington in the 2nd quarter, for example, was a beauty of a throw.

  68. HiFlyer October 26, 2008 12:12 pm


    35 UH – 10 Utah

  69. Stretch October 26, 2008 12:14 pm

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

  70. BowsForever October 26, 2008 12:15 pm

    Redskins aren’t running up the score like the Patriots last season, but you can’t argue with their record. Portis is tearing it up with 100+ yard rushing games week after week, and while Campbell isn’t a TD machine, he _still_ hasn’t thrown an INT yet! I hope Colt’s taking notes…while he’s much more of a gunslinger than Campbell, he can learn a lot from playing efficient and playing smart, even if you have to throw the ball away once in a while (which I don’t _ever_ remember Colt doing).

  71. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 12:16 pm

    38-35 LizKauai

  72. FloridaTed October 26, 2008 12:17 pm

    Hi, Gang.

    The sun always shines so much brighter after a great win like last night. Nevada is a very good team and better than their record. This win was huge.

    Looking back at the game, I must say I was truly impressed by Alexanders performance, even more so, after I’ve found out that he hardly got any reps during last weeks practices, coming in virtually cold.

    That tells me a few very important things about him : He is very smart to have grasped the Offense without a ton of practice. He is capable of putting past performances behind him and move forward. He’s a fighter who can find in his gut the right thing to do at the right time. He’s big and strong and can actually break tackles. Despite being so new, he’s capable of making great decisions. Now all he needs to do is to validate his performance in the next game and we have ourselves a starter.

    What does all this add up to? Just one word : WINNER !

    Like I’ve said all along, if we ever get our REAL offense to click, we’ll go undefeated the rest of the season. Well, we really started to click last night and we’ll get better every game from here on out.

    But danger lurks ahead, Utah State is suddenly dangerous and so is Idaho. No let downs please, we must bring full effort every game.


    UH – 35, Utah St – 17

  73. A-House October 26, 2008 12:24 pm

    there I go again, not hitting the correct “key” or tab, but any way to continue my “observtions”:

    2) noticed, for the second consecutive game, 3 same players on a dead run for the locker room as soon as the game ended – WHAT’S UP WITH THAT???????

    3) noticed that many more players chose NOT to participate in the Ha’a before the game – thought Coach Mack said he wanted all the players to do it – Ha’a has nothing to do with religion, but a means to bring the team together and prepare for battle!!!!!!!!

    4) If Nevada is dead last in passing defense, why the strategy to run the ball so often which netted very few yards for Hawaii – noticed that the Nevada LBers were almost never engaged by the Hawaii O-line, stayed in their assignments, and were able to hit our runners.

    5) Many, many kudos to the “special teams” which did a heck of a job on put returns, kick off returns ( couple break down for 40 – 50 yards ) – but one huge effort – yea, this should move the Warriors out of last place.

    6) O-line still struggling with keeping the D-ends from getting into the face our Funaki, Grunke, and Alexander.

    6) Last, but the best saved for the outstanding food and fellowship at the Tsaiko tailgate!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 12:25 pm

    oh yeah Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Nancy’s was fun this AM! Kudos to Ukuleleboi who is spending a lot of time in waiting rooms. His flt home was at 10:30 and he has to wait for me to get home at 2pm.

    Yup. Colt is really in the best of rookie worlds. Zorn is putting the polish on Campbell and you can see that fine young man turning into a gamer. Colt, the fine young gamer, will have a chance to mature into the great franchise NFL QB that we all believe he can be.

    IMHO, the Warriors will be peaking at the right speed for the season. And our schedule is becoming our friend.

  75. djmitcho October 26, 2008 12:26 pm

    CR not something I keep in my place. I’ll have to take the glass with me somewhere to “earn” it. Probably this friday at my friend’s halloween party. She always has a bottle of CR around.

  76. NorthShoreFan October 26, 2008 12:26 pm

    Exciting game. Anyone hear the screams coming from the NorthShore?
    Hope the neighbors didn’t call the pupule house on me.
    Well Coach Mac got some decisions to make. 48 hours and back to the game plan for the next one.
    I hope we can gets some quick O Line guys for next year.
    If you the coach who do you pick?
    Remember the offense is not and easy one to run. Timing and reads and runs. All needs split seconds to make.
    All you coaches, put your game plan down. We can check it out after the game. Like fantasy UH Footbal!

  77. mctruck October 26, 2008 12:31 pm

    All I want to know is what exactly, truely, for-sure-for-sure; how tall is Alexander??, before the start of the season, he was 6’5″ and x-amount of lbs., as the season progressed, he has been announced anywhere between, 6’2″-6’3″??? how come he grew shorter over the season?

  78. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 12:35 pm

    MAHALO to Ronnie for the awesome tickets! Mr and Mrs Curveball – who attended their first game together last night- and I felt like we had the best dry seats in the house. ESP. when the Warriors would score right in front of us!

    Oh, and the most entertaining kicks of the night came from the Nevada coach who was punting and drop kicking some objects around his sideline in frustration. I guess he missed calling a TO on the Iceman.


  79. A-House October 26, 2008 12:35 pm


    Good neighbor, any more really great news on the recruiting front? Have a feeling that you know of O-line commits but keeping us in suspense.

    Hope the 2 recruits are going home happy and decide to join the Warriors with a commit this week!

    How many more offers are out there to Hawaii seniors, mainland seniors, and any more offers to sophmores and juniors? Still confident Hawaii will be pau the 2009 recruiting class by 12/31/08?

    Hope the coaching staff is still keeping open “commo” with the verbal commits to solidfy their signatures in February. Several mainland commits are saying that other schools are still talking and making offers.

  80. A-House October 26, 2008 12:40 pm

    2 or 3 or 4 or 5 stars:

    Only thing that counts is the student athletes performance when his/her playing collegiate career is over.

    0 or 1 star can be the best ever if he/she dedicates time to academics, training, learning, and performance on the field/court.

    The coaching staff is the key to taking a rock and creating a diamond.

    Hey, what happened to the blog time disclaimer?

  81. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 12:41 pm

    glad Nalani and Kaipo got a chance to hook up with the Maui Tsai-kos! Games are better with great company!

    Mahalo to HeinekinHealer who demonstrated his powers last night. And it was fun watching Mrs. HH and Betty having fun together at the T-gate afterhours!

  82. Stretch October 26, 2008 12:42 pm

    Althought it was a hard fought win, there are a few concerns from last night

    – the o-line is still struggling as a unit, on the pass and run
    – there seemed to be some conservative play calling again in the 4th Q about 9 min left when the game was not put away yet, it almost came back to haunt us
    – poor use of timeouts on the last drive. if the clocks went to zero without a FG attempt, Mack would be hearing about it today, won or lose
    – malcolm lane was VERY close to getting an unsportsmanlike penalty after catching the TD. the referee had to chase him down when he ran towards the UH band. It could have made a difference on the kick off with 20 seconds left

  83. XxFaithxX October 26, 2008 12:50 pm

    *Steps on the Soapbox*

    Heard that Mana Rosa committed to OSU last night. Don’t you all remember Maui peeps crying that UH does not offer scholies to their FB players and such. Now when one comes along, they wait and wait for a Pac-10 – BCS offer and say Thanks, but no thanks to UH when they get a offer…Just no act up like Perry or else you going to get cracks…and please don’t be a Kaluka and bad mouth UH and the state.

    I know peeps will now say its their decision yada yada, but there better not be any chirping that UH does not offer neighbor island players….

    Good luck to him and out of sight, out of mind. Buh Bye../wave

    Ok, off my soap box..

    BTW, GREAT, GREAT win lastnight. Me and the woman were STOKED that UH pulled it off. =)

  84. jm2375 (21) October 26, 2008 1:11 pm

    Costco gas $2.69. line out to Dillingham. so when was the last time gas was below $3?

  85. d1島: October 26, 2008 1:14 pm

    reset your DVR’s!

  86. Stretch October 26, 2008 1:23 pm

    how come nobody posting?? I guess everyone watching the replay and winning TD??

  87. d1島: October 26, 2008 1:30 pm


    Agree with you on your first point. I’ve mentioned this to a few Tsaikos already…IDK who the top 20 DE’s are in CFB; I just know that if you only watch UH games, you’d think 16 of ’em play for the eight teams we’ve played so far! 😯
    …and yeah I was watching that last TD!

  88. d1島: October 26, 2008 1:38 pm

    From the last thread — if Coach Mack really _did_ toss and break that laptop, I hope the data’s still recoverable

    Heard that a GA wasn’t so “Happy” about that…

  89. whitey October 26, 2008 1:56 pm

    xxFaith, you may have a point about chirping from Maui, but no tell me that your Oahu group don’t chirp all the time. In tact, your chirping reminds me of those who come to Maui and think you know it all and expect us to follow you.

  90. Stretch October 26, 2008 2:07 pm

    For entertainment purposes only…. UH is 7.5 point favorties at Utah St. I hope they keep their streak of covering spreads alive!!!

  91. A-House October 26, 2008 2:11 pm

    We do not know why UH was “slow” in offering Mana Rosa a scholarship, but hopefully it was for a good reason; is, not enough scholarships to go around; they already had enough commitments for his position; they were waiting for other players to commit or reject UH’s offer making a scholarship available, etc. The coaches have their list, by position, of players they want in the program and I have no idea where Rosa was.

    I have no idea who he is, what position he plays, academic standing, etc, but I’m sure he was an outstanding player on Maui.

    Let’s us hope that it does not came back to bite as it did for the Waianae line backer who went to the mainland and played several years at the Pro-level.

    These are the “hard” choices coaches have to make and stick to it.

    All the best to Mana Rosa at Oregon St!!!

  92. whitey October 26, 2008 2:14 pm

    xxFaith, sorry about the tirade. we are all in this togther supporting the team and sometimes lose track of why we are here. supporting the team and meeting other Tsaikos is #1.

  93. not far away anymore October 26, 2008 2:16 pm

    Utah #10, Boise #11 in latest BCS poll.

  94. Stretch October 26, 2008 2:23 pm

    There have been some inquiries since the Tsaikos attended last year.

    Na Koa Football Banquet
    December 7, 2008
    Sheraton Waikiki Hotel – Hawaii Ballroom
    Cocktails 5:00 pm Dinner at 6:00 pm
    $75/person – 10 to a table

    For those who are interested, email me at stretch6592 at yahoo. Please email me ASAP so I know how many tables we will fill. Last people to email me will be cut off if there are not enough for a full table. Deadline to email me is Friday Nov 7.

  95. Mei Ling October 26, 2008 2:31 pm

    WooHoo! Ho’omaikai to the team & coaches for a great game last night. Good to see that Greg Alexander is a viable QB now.

    As always, it was wonderful to hang out with the Tsaikos. Glad to hear Pops thoroughly enjoyed himself.

    Esme & out…

  96. Stretch October 26, 2008 2:37 pm

    Props to the officials who were transparent most of the game last night. A few small “clarification” required calls and non-calls but nothing major.

  97. tommui October 26, 2008 2:44 pm


    Utah State-13

  98. d1島: October 26, 2008 2:44 pm

    To continue the discussion from pre-game about no mo’ Aloha anymore in the once-friendly skies…
    I note that HA has already “adjusted” its pricing for next September during the week leading up to the UNLV game 🙄
    $900 r/t! in and outta Vegas 😯

  99. Committed Road Warrior October 26, 2008 2:51 pm

    Hi wafan! About the iPTV service:

    There are two components: The web-player and the television set-top box.

    1.) The web-player is an actual live feed of the game that is accessible starting at 9pm Pacific. Video and sound are clear, and there are no bandwidth problems I’ve noticed unless you happen to be doing something on your end that is sucking up most of it. Overall, the feed isn’t that bad. I would compare it to last year’s Hawaiian Telcom game casts.

    2.) The set-top box feed is much different. The video quality is EXCELLENT, but in almost all the football games it took a little while (usually a couple minutes or so into the game) for the sound to match up with the video. The volleyball games were just fine in this regard! Access to this feed usually isn’t available until well AFTER the game, so with last night’s game I had to wait until ~1:30am to watch it.

    Overall, I’m very satisfied with the service despite laying $300+ for the box and 1-year prepaid service. With them showing the UH sporting events live, I feel I’ll be getting more than my money’s worth when it’s all said and done.

  100. 99club October 26, 2008 2:53 pm


  101. duffer October 26, 2008 2:56 pm


    You think with the oil prices declining, they must have a crystal ball… 🙂

  102. d1島: October 26, 2008 3:03 pm


    Somebody makin’ a killing….and I feelin’ medium rare 🙁

  103. Committed Road Warrior October 26, 2008 3:04 pm

    Back to lurking……

  104. whitey October 26, 2008 3:08 pm

    d1, as a loyal HA customer, I am very concerned about the direction HA is going. they moved their reservations to the phillipines to save money, but cut the local job market. they raise the airfares, then add on baggage charges. they make mucho money from Mesa group and no say how they going spend the money. not long ago, another airlines (begins with U) advertised about their special corner in the world and was the largest carrier to HI, then had the employees strike and put all of us in HI in deep pilikia. Lucky, in the meantime, other airlines started to increase service to HI and now that airline is no longer the largest or most dominant in HI. looking at the future, HA is on the same track as U and if the other airlines start to promote HI, HA not going have it easy. you remember how a lot of people did not support GO! because Aloha was having problems, then Aloha puts the screws to us after all the support from the people. baically what i am saying is that if you forget about the people who helped make you successful, it going come back to bite you big time.

  105. whitey October 26, 2008 3:14 pm

    d1, forgot to tell you that if you or anyone else living on the outer island wins another Tsaiko contest which involves going to HNL, please let duffer know cause he has offered to get you a special pass, currently $65 r/t, from your island to HNL and back.

  106. A-House October 26, 2008 3:15 pm

    With all the “protection” given to the “zebras”, I wonder who started this and why?

    They, the zebras, at least in the WAC, have total immunity from all criticism and know they will not be “penalized” for closing an eye at the right time or making a call jsut because.

    As much as I dislike the PAC-10, they, at least do something when the zebras do something that is a total embrassement to the conference. Benson will blink, continue blinking, and continue blinking. What’s he afraid of? That the zebras going quit? hell no, they got no place to go.

    Any one know “how” they travel on airlines and what hotel accommodations they receive? Why, cause I don’t think they deserve anything but coach class and in the very last row with no meals and liquids.

    I think it’s a farce that they believe that a combination of conference refs will make a difference – ha, just look at the calls for all games! If they don’t like Hawaii, they will find every opportunity to drop the yellow flag and not do the same for the other team when there are obvious infractions.

    If you no like the heat, then quit being a ref; just like if you don’t like your job, quit and find something else. I know that there may be extinuing circumstances, but the zebras are doing this for “love of the game”.

  107. Will-I-Am October 26, 2008 3:16 pm

    Great game.

    It will be interesting to see who is our QB and if he plays the whole game.

    I don’t understand why we were doing running plays on first and second down in the fourth quarter when we were averaging 1.5 yards per carry.
    Nevada has one of the best run defenses and worst pass defense. Why not just throw the ball.

  108. FloridaTed October 26, 2008 3:20 pm

    whitey (104).

    Everybody always forgets that we’ll meet the same people, we’ve kicked on the way up, on the way down again.

  109. Pomai October 26, 2008 3:21 pm

    Trip to Utah for the next one, will we have a road win?
    28    –    21    Pomai
    28    –    10    99club
    30    –    13    tommui
    35    –    24    Da Punchbowl Kid
    35    –    10    HiFlyer
    35    –    17    FloridaTed
    38    –    28    wafan
    38    –    35    LizKauai
    41    –    35    djmitcho

  110. XxFaithxX October 26, 2008 3:21 pm

    whitney: No sweat it and my post in no way whatsoever meant the fans of UH and reg maui people, but directed towards former athletes that said a few things about UH recruiting…esp the JJ years. So, yes, I am sorry if I offended anyone.

    Its just hard for me at times to see why all the fuss about not getting looked at and then even when UH offers WAY before any other major D1 college, it still bites them in the arse. UH offered Mana like a few months ago and he still didn’t set up a trip?? Writing was on the wall IMHO.

    Coming from the Big Island, where many players have been over looked and then starred on America “Major” [sorry for that, LOL just hearing many mainlanders ignorant comments about the “States” and how some think we are different here, at work gets to me] D1 programs, I feel for the Maui players and their plight. Hopefully, as we have all have been witness to Macks recruiting for next year {early and often, offers}, things change and having an offer to play for THE University of HAWAI`I will trump all other offers.


  111. al October 26, 2008 3:21 pm

    game night observation…………….

    alexander scrambling about,

    giraffe being terrorized by a pride of lions.
    (clarification: a thick legged giraffe)

  112. d1島: October 26, 2008 3:22 pm

    Appreciate that but I already live on Oahu. Would the pass work the other way, too?

  113. Garret October 26, 2008 3:28 pm

    Did Inoke suffer a concussion in the game? I know that having a concussion (like Inoke had in the Weber State game) makes a player much more vulnerable to future concussions, and Ron Lee’s quote makes me wonder if Inoke had another one. If he did, that might force Inoke to not play in the next game or two and would change the backup QB plans…

    ST’s article was the only one from the game that had this mention about Inoke:

    “Inoke was seeing stars. He might have got his bell rung again. … We tried Greg Alexander. For the amount of reps he got, he competes. It wasn’t pretty, but we got what we needed.”

  114. d1島: October 26, 2008 3:29 pm


    Mahalo for the 2nd CD! (couldn’t resist, but I did wait ’til others had a chance first)
    Haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet because for some reason it has mysteriously disappeared since Mrs. d1島 left for a luncheon. 😆

    Also mahalo to Shelton for stopping by with the delivery…

  115. al October 26, 2008 3:30 pm

    so where are all the pundits from last week?

    ah, they are having their sunday dinner no doubt.
    stewed crow.

  116. A-House October 26, 2008 3:30 pm


    Looking at the replay, on sideline shoots, it sure looked like Inoke was “out of it” to some degree.

    Hope it’s not serious to keep him out of future games, but his health is the most important issue.

  117. A-House October 26, 2008 3:31 pm

    sorry, shoots = shots

  118. d1島: October 26, 2008 3:31 pm


    We commented on that at breakfast this morning. Definitely a concern; have to place the young man’s future well-being as a top consideration

  119. whitey October 26, 2008 3:31 pm

    ok, time to get on the space craft cause friends called to come watch the Phillies play in “Wailuku”. hoooooooohaaaaaaaa!!!!

    d1, might work if you tell duffer you want to come to Maui for a golf game and a muu call after that. hahahahahaaaaaa!!!!! try ask him, i like see what he going say. mooooooooooohhhhhhhaaaaaaaa!.

    ok, bye.

  120. Kaimuki Kid October 26, 2008 3:32 pm

    I was at the game last nght and noticed on the last TD by Nevada, Nevada’s coach and two players ( probably the back up quarterbacks ) were on the field as the ball was snapped. Did anybody else see this. Wouldn’t this be illegal participation? My brother said the coach was on the field most of the game as the ball was being snapped. Not even a sideline warning??? Also the alleged late hit on the Nevada QB didn’t look late to me. Oh By the way, it is easy to run by someone when that someone’s jersey is wrapped up in an offensive lineman’s meaty paws, I can’t remember if it was the first or second long run for a TD by Nevada….

  121. d1島: October 26, 2008 3:33 pm

    Uh-oh…I sense a spell check coming soon 🙂
    Sorry, Garret (and Garett)

  122. Garret October 26, 2008 3:36 pm

    Props to the officials who were transparent most of the game last night. A few small “clarification” required calls and non-calls but nothing major.


    I am a homer for UH…but I actually thought during the game (no matter what the outcome was going to be) that Nevada’s coaches had a strong case to ask for “clarification” with some of the calls. I have no idea why A-House is complaining about the refs in the game because I thought that the calls favored UH and could have actually tipped the balance of a close game like this. In addition to the lack of holding calls against UH’s OL (the Nevada DL were getting past UH’s OL, which led to some holds that thankfully weren’t called), there was at least one personal foul that was committed right in front of a ref that was not called.

    This game wasn’t as blatant as the Michigan State game (yes, I have a copy of the game and the refs *did* favor UH in that game)…and it was nowhere near as bad as some of the basketball games I remember watching at the NBC. But it does take a lot for me to think that UH is getting the benefit of the doubt from the refs, as normally I think that the refs are against UH (like in the Fresno State game).

  123. Jerrod October 26, 2008 3:36 pm


    October 26th, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    d1, as a loyal HA customer, I am very concerned about the direction HA is going. they moved their reservations to the phillipines to save money, but cut the local job market. they raise the airfares, then add on baggage charges. they make mucho money from Mesa group and no say how they going spend the money. not long ago, another airlines (begins with U) advertised about their special corner in the world and was the largest carrier to HI, then had the employees strike and put all of us in HI in deep pilikia. Lucky, in the meantime, other airlines started to increase service to HI and now that airline is no longer the largest or most dominant in HI. looking at the future, HA is on the same track as U and if the other airlines start to promote HI, HA not going have it easy. you remember how a lot of people did not support GO! because Aloha was having problems, then Aloha puts the screws to us after all the support from the people. baically what i am saying is that if you forget about the people who helped make you successful, it going come back to bite you big time.

    Whitey- have question maybe you might know or not? here goes….
    Did you or anyone you know, ever have to cancel an interisland flight that you reserved online via Hawaiianair website? reason i am asking is that rules say non-refundable and non-transferrable. Apparently, flight can be cancelled but not refundable and billing will be made to credit card nonetheless. my question is what if I booked flight along with a friend, canceled flight, was told that have 1 year using Hawaiianair eticket numbers to reschedule, but am not sure my friend can get vacation next year to use ticket. I know, non-transferrable, but do you have any idea how strict they are on these rules? Stupid question on my part but since you seem to fly Hawaiianair and have knowledge about their procedures, i thought I would ask? thanks.

  124. Garret October 26, 2008 3:40 pm

    Looking at the replay, on sideline shoots, it sure looked like Inoke was “out of it” to some degree.

    Hope it’s not serious to keep him out of future games, but his health is the most important issue.

    I noticed during the game that Inoke didn’t seem to be himself on the sidelines. He’s normally the one leading the cheers for the other QBs when he’s not in the game, so I thought something was really wrong with him to have that look on his face in the 4th quarter.

    A rule being debated right now would force NCAA players to sit out *4* games after having a concussion. I am concerned for Inoke’s health, especially since I know he’d do anything for the team and he won’t hold himself out of games despite any health risk.

  125. Kekoa October 26, 2008 3:41 pm

    Stretch ~ Check your yahootie mail box.

  126. Garret October 26, 2008 3:43 pm

    I was at the game last nght and noticed on the last TD by Nevada, Nevada’s coach and two players ( probably the back up quarterbacks ) were on the field as the ball was snapped. Did anybody else see this. Wouldn’t this be illegal participation? My brother said the coach was on the field most of the game as the ball was being snapped. Not even a sideline warning??? Also the alleged late hit on the Nevada QB didn’t look late to me. Oh By the way, it is easy to run by someone when that someone’s jersey is wrapped up in an offensive lineman’s meaty paws, I can’t remember if it was the first or second long run for a TD by Nevada

    Kaimuki Kid,

    Three excellent points! That should have been a penalty if the Nevada coach and players were on the field! I can’t understand why their team wouldn’t have gotten a sideline warning…except for the fact that these were WAC refs.

    I thought that the late hit might not have been called if the hit wasn’t to the upper half of body. However, the hit wasn’t to the head so the call was a borderline one. It was pretty late though…probably 2 steps were taken after the ball was released.

    I agree that the refs missed some holding calls on Nevada…I just think that they missed more on UH. Maybe the refs were being consistent (WAC refs consistent?) and not calling many holding calls on either team.

  127. Garret October 26, 2008 3:44 pm

    Dinner time…be back later. At least we got the hit count up with talk on the game.

  128. A-House October 26, 2008 3:46 pm


    My rant was not at last night’s game, but the overall situation with the WAC refs.

    Yes, I did notice that some holding calls against Hawaii was not made, but Nevada sure did their share of holding and NADA was called against them.

    Kaimuki Kid: yep, yep – Nevada’s coach was on the field many times, but no call. Guess the ref had to blink a lot of times last night. Therefore, one can conclude that he will continue to do this until a ref throws the yellow flag.

  129. Kaimuki Kid October 26, 2008 3:49 pm

    The referee’s did look the other way when Lane made the TD catch at the end of the game. I thought for sure that we were going to get penalty for excessve celebraton….

  130. Stretch October 26, 2008 4:11 pm

    Mad Dog – reminder you won the volleyball tickets to the 5pm game. Please email be at stretch6592 at yahoo ASAP so we can arrange to pick up the tickets from ST. If you can’t make it, please let me know too.

  131. al October 26, 2008 4:12 pm

    okay….let’s leave hawaiian air alone. a family member is employed there. i must say though that the employees are pleasant.

  132. Ralph October 26, 2008 4:13 pm

    Garret ST mentioned the possibility that Inoke got a concussion last night, reason he was held out of the game…considering the Warriors gave up 7 sacks at Boise, followed by 6 last night, it’s a wonder all of our QB’s aren’t feeling the effects of a concussion…maybe our QB’s forgot to buy the oline pizzas, on second thought, CB got them for a job well done and it hasn’t been the case over the last two years.

  133. al October 26, 2008 4:16 pm

    okay time to get the family dinner going.

    the boss is making some miso soup with a boatload of clams and some fried chicken. we are hoping for some musubi, too.

    oh, and something to do with some head on shrimp she bought.

    but, before i disappear. here’s one the ’tiser missed out on.

    why didn’t they have shane victorino do a daily blog or diary during the world series?

  134. d1島: October 26, 2008 4:17 pm

    Like I said about the NWA employees, I feel sorry for them because they gotta take “gas” from the customers when the bosses make junk policy

  135. Billythekid October 26, 2008 4:23 pm

    I’m not sure but I think I read that Alexander and Grasso were roommates…what an awesome room!

  136. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 26, 2008 4:34 pm

    Just got back and checked the DVDs I recorded earlier today. Despite the fact that I went 20 minutes longer than the 10 – 1 pm block on the television schedule, I cut off the last set of plays immediately following Hawai`i’s final TD. Does anyone here on O`ahu have a full recordinng of the last 20 seconds of the game who can make me a copy.- starting with the lineup for the kickoff after the PAT. If so, please e-mail me at swood at hokudotcome so I can edit it onto my master disk to make additional copies. Mahalo.

    Time for volleyball. Back here in about three hours.

  137. Hoohiki October 26, 2008 4:51 pm

    “Last year, the theme was ‘believe’; this year, ‘trust'”. (Malcolm Lane)
    I like that….

    Wow, Duffer, a generous offer no one can resist. (Not to be greedy, but I hope I win

    Go, Navy!! Reasons: 1. They beat up on SMU and JJ. 2. They have alot of local connections especially from my hometown of Kapolei. 3. Can’t help it, I’m a military brat.

    Good afternoon, folks!!!

  138. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2008 4:54 pm

    All referee crews are now a hybrid of WAC-MWC-Big 12.
    They work the circuit.
    (The Pac-10 declined to participate in this arrangement.)
    So, no, there’s no such thing as a pure WAC crew anymore. And the quality of officiating for UH home games is equal to what is used for the Mountain West and Big 12.

  139. duffer October 26, 2008 5:04 pm


    You should have joined us at Tiffanys last night!

  140. Hoohiki October 26, 2008 5:09 pm

    duffer, are you guys gonna be there again next week for the game? Let me know…

  141. Maverick October 26, 2008 5:09 pm

    Wac Refs-
    Sort of a mild chop suey,
    but without the shoyu

  142. chawan_cut October 26, 2008 5:11 pm

    5 more days!

  143. duffer October 26, 2008 5:18 pm

    They play on the road at Utah St, and the game starts at 1:00 PM MST. I don’t think they’re open that early.

    Nalani and her brother Kaipo were fun last night.

    Probably the Idaho game…….We’ll keep you posted.

  144. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 5:28 pm

    Did anyone notice the error in ST’s story?

    Alexander lifts Warriors past Nevada, 38-31

    By Stephen Tsai
    Advertiser Staff Writer

    Malcolm Lane pulled in a 24-yard scoring pass from Greg Alexander with 20 seconds to lift Hawai’i to a pulsating 38-31 victory over Nevada tonight at Aloha Stadium.

    After Nevada tied it at 34 with 1:31 to play, Alexander drove the Warriors to the Wolf Pack 24.

  145. d1島: October 26, 2008 5:38 pm


    Ah, he was probably rushing to get to the cabana… 😉

  146. wafan October 26, 2008 5:39 pm

    CRW . . .

    THANK YOU for the information about iPTV. I was looking at the service and considered it for this season. But at $300 for the yearly subscription and box I thought it was a bit expensive especially since I did not know if it actually worked without any problems. I did contact iPTV in Hawai’i and was told there would not be any problems.

    It is not that I do not trust people but it is a company out to make money. So, I decided to wait to get credible consumer feedback.

    Having games come on after they are completed is not a problem as I could always set my DVR and watch it the next day. I guess it will definitely be an option for me next year! Something to seriously consider!!!

    Curious, though, that you report it takes several minutes for the video and audio a few minutes to get in sync. Does it do that for all of the programs?

  147. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 5:45 pm

    d1 – I forgot he joins in the post-game activities…lol.

  148. Stretch October 26, 2008 5:58 pm

    October 26th, 2008 at 5:28 pm
    Did anyone notice the error in ST’s story?
    Alexander lifts Warriors past Nevada, 38-31
    By Stephen Tsai
    Advertiser Staff Writer
    Malcolm Lane pulled in a 24-yard scoring pass from Greg Alexander with 20 seconds to lift Hawai’i to a pulsating 38-31 victory over Nevada tonight at Aloha Stadium.

    After Nevada tied it at 34 with 1:31 to play, Alexander drove the Warriors to the Wolf Pack 24.

    Only an accountant would catch that error in numbers…..

  149. Stretch October 26, 2008 5:58 pm

    and homey catches the errors in grammar

  150. LizKauai (iPhone) October 26, 2008 6:03 pm

    Hiya! Inquiring minds are wondering:
    Did ST come to the cabana afters?
    Did Jojo’s seatmate ever show?

    Just wondering.

  151. d1島: October 26, 2008 6:08 pm


    October 26th, 2008 at 10:11 am
    made it to the game about 30 min before kickoff. sat next to jojo and her daughter and enjoyed the warriors’ victory. thanks again to maverick, wafan, and hoohiki for letting me & the bf witness it in person (and while staying dry)

  152. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 6:30 pm

    Stretch – Margo always says I’m a numbers guy. Leave the humor to others. Great advice.

  153. d1島: October 26, 2008 6:41 pm

    Time fo’ dinnah…and wondering about the wondrous spread that some people with clean carpets and newly repaired refrig, washer/dryer are having tonight 🙄

  154. Committed Road Warrior October 26, 2008 6:44 pm

    wafan: Glad I could be of help to you.

    The video/audio synchronization issues appear to only come up with the football games for some reason. Nonetheless, things are getting better in that regard. The broadcasts of the local newscasts are just fine. IIRC, this is the first year they’re carrying live UH sporting events, so some of the twists and turns, IMO, were to be expected.

    For me, the value comes not only in the amount of UH sporting events that they will be showing (Football, Basketball, Volleyball, TBD w/r/t Baseball), but all of the games are archived in the set-top box so you don’t have to set your regular DVR for anything. This bodes well for me because most of the time my schedule precludes me from watching the games live so I usually sit down over the weekend and try to watch some of the sporting events I missed.

    If they are going to be airing UH sporting events next year, then I think getting the service might be of worth…..compared to how much getting all of those games would cost if we lived on the island…..

  155. BowsForever October 26, 2008 6:46 pm

    I feel bad for Graunke apparently still not fully healthy yet, but what Greg Alexander said after the game seems to confirm what I’d originally thought — that Graunke’s still the team player and supports his fellow QBs. We’ll probably need him sometime down the road this season, and hopefully, he’ll be 100% when that time comes.

    Really liking the idea of a one-two Funaki-Alexander punch. Alexander brings more passing options and the ability to score more points, Funaki brings run versatility. Who says the two-QB approach doesn’t work?

  156. BowsForever October 26, 2008 6:47 pm

    Oh yeah, I wonder how Blaze is coming along. Hope he at least travels with the team even if he’s not fully healed in time for the Utah State game.

  157. Garret October 26, 2008 6:54 pm


    I understand your frustration, but as ST pointed out there is no such thing as WAC refs being the full crew at WAC games anymore. And the refs at the BSU and Nevada games I thought did a decent job. I’ve seen *much* worse with Pac-10 games.

    In my opinion (and I haven’t seen every game of course unless you are talking about UH), over the past 10 years or so I’ve thought that the SEC refs were the best. The Big 12 refs were the second best in my opinion. The MWC conference refs were next best. And the Pac-10 refs were better than the WAC refs. I did not see enough games for the Big 10, Big East, and the other conferences to judge their refs.

    That was why I was happy that the Big 12 and MWC refs would be working WAC games…that is an upgrade in my opinion. I hope that there is some type of sharing agreement for basketball…at least in time for the next game UH plays in Reno.

  158. Garret October 26, 2008 6:56 pm


    There is probably a very good reason why the techs and management don’t tell you anymore about the number of hits you are getting with this blog.

    Blogs with 100,000 or more unique visitors a month earn an average of $75,000 annually—though that figure is skewed by the small percentage of blogs that make more than $200,000 a year.

  159. not far away anymore October 26, 2008 7:16 pm

    Wahine VB won tonight’s match 3-1 over Fresno.

  160. Garret October 26, 2008 7:20 pm


    I’m sorry if I came off as a little grumpy in my earlier post–I did not mean to be too negative towards your post. And I do agree that the WAC officials in the past were bad–there were times that it benefited UH (we tend to forget those games or consider it makeup for the times UH was gypped), but there were a lot of times where it significantly hurt UH in a game or even cost UH a game.

    I’m probably a little grumpy because the prognosis for my dog is that it appears that if we get an expensive surgery for her, in the best case she could live up to 2 more years. And my kids have been bringing up the subject of death because of that…it broke my heart when my 3-year-old asked me today, “Daddy, when are you going to die?” and she followed up the question with “Daddy, when am I going to die?”.

    Uncle Harry’s funeral on Thursday was nice, and the burial is on Monday on Maui. One bad thing about being the 18th out of 19 kids is that my Dad has had to go to a lot of funerals for his family…

  161. alnbama October 26, 2008 7:37 pm

    Hi Liz, just got through watching the Wahines beat Fresno on iptv, well worth the money paid. Hey Pomai, Hawaii 35, Utah St 21

  162. Hoohiki October 26, 2008 7:38 pm

    I guess no “breakfast at Tiffany’s”…

    Mana Rosa to OSU? Couldn’t he have picked another university, if not UH? Nonetheless, congratulations. Still have time to come to the “green” side.

    I would understand if Jeremy Perry or Kaluka seem resentful because they wanted to come to UH and were slighted, so they had no choice but to choose another school, but I don’t think UH was even considered one of their top choices. So why the attitude? (Did JJ give them some mixed signals?) Hopefully, our local recruits going elsewhere this year will have a more respectable and healthy competitive attitude towards UH, especially since Coach Mac seems to have the best interest of all the local talents.

  163. madeinhawaii October 26, 2008 7:47 pm

    rumor says that Liloa Nobriga formerly from Iolani now at some high school in Las Vegas… committed to Hawaii. Is that true?

  164. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 7:59 pm

    MIH – This guy is a beast – 2007 – 13 games, 121 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 int.

    Click my name for link to 2008 stats

    6’3″, 235 lbs. Sr.
    Rivals has him at 6’1″, 211 lbs. He’s still growing!!

  165. A-House October 26, 2008 8:00 pm


    Apology accepted, but unnecessary. It’s all part of sharing our thoughts about UH football and the many facets to it and learning.

    During the mid-sixties, I watched many Big 10 games while stationed at Fort Knox and the refs were awful just like the old and new WAC. The better refs were asked to move to the MWC and we got the left overs.


    I understand that the refs we now see at Warrior games are a hybrid, but some of the non-calls and/or flags are awful. Maybe, I need to study more film and see what I am missing.

    My biggest gripe is the “protection” afforded to them from criticism and penalties. Yes, we all make mistakes, but some of theirs are so glaring it makes one wonder if there is an agenda. Much like Benson’s setting up Fresno St and Boise St game before the season began for the WAC championship. Now the possiblity exist of a 3-way tie if Fresno St beats Boise St in late November and they plus San Jose St win out or beat up on each other allowing a 2-loss team to share in the crown. Just like the National Chamapionship game with team having 2 losses in 2008.

    Changing gears, it appears that there is greater parity amongst football teams nationwide making unheard of upsets more common each year. And the Warriors are getting their share of it. With better athletes, the Warriors will become a significant factor.

    I like the idea of more super conferences across the country with the best team from each playing for the national championship. This idea,IMHO, is slowly spreading and some day may become a reality. Maybe Hawaii, Boise St, Nevada, and Fresno St joining the PAC-10 “north” with Washington, Washington St, Oregon and Oregon St making a nice 8-team conference. Hopefully, air fare will not be a major factor especially for the PAC 10 members who get plenty $ or is this reserved only for the “southern” teams in the conference.

    It’s like the executives of major corporations who know that if they screw up, they may get busted, but they keep the millions they get paid while the company they ran goes belly up because of many bad managment decisions and the common folks suffer. To bad Congress, in passing the “bail out/rescue”, did not include specific penalties such as voiding Board of Directors decisions on pay, pensions, etc that the “bad” guys walk off with. Thus, like refs, they know there will NOT be the significant loss of $. A slap of the hand and walking to their bank laaughing all the way.

  166. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 8:05 pm

    Mac to continue platooning QBs – Inoke & Greg. How’d you like to be the opposing DC preparing for the Warriors for the rest of the season? Nice job Mac & staff.

  167. koakane™ October 26, 2008 8:10 pm

    good evening taikos, hope everyone enjoyed their dinna tonight because today was just glorious.

    wondaful tgate with mucho friends, fuuuuud, gift from Choy clan (mahalo-music so ono), den the victory staged by an outstanding Warrior performance and lastly topped out with good conversations back at cabana.

    sorry d1 for missing the coffee hour but sleep won out ova kofe. when finally got up it was after 12. know you all had a good time.

    finally to top off my day was the Phillies taking another game in the NLWS. go shane boy and the rest of the Phillies team. one more to go den NLWS champs.

    back to catch up reading

  168. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:13 pm

    alnbama- I was JUST thinking of you today!!! Great to see you again! Howzit going?

    I am uploading videos from the game. Of course the first one is the winning TD!
    Again- MAHALO to Ronnie for the AWESOME dry seats!

  169. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:16 pm

    Hi Rich! :mrgreen:

    Hi Koakane! Glad you got some rest. Missed ya but sleep is good too! I zzzzd on the plane home.

  170. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:21 pm

    Watching the game now. Wow- Kaepernick is such a good handoff faker and so lanky! Looks like a giraffe running for his TD.

  171. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:25 pm

    Warriors and Wolfpack take the field.

  172. Rich2176 October 26, 2008 8:27 pm

    Hi Liz – sounds like you had a blast last night. Did the battery in your iPhone die? Seemed like you just kept posting and posting then nada.

    Okay, time for some sleep. Busy week ahead…

  173. OldDiver October 26, 2008 8:32 pm

    I still remember the Hawaii, Alabama game a few year ago in Alabama. It was one of the worst officiated games I ever saw. The SEC refs were homer’s with the best of them. Seemed like the only honest guys there were in the replay booth. Even the home town play by play guys were stinking up the place causing Russell Yamanoha ( who called the game with them ) to sarcastically mention there was a lot of home cooking there.

  174. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:32 pm

    Kaepernick gets sacked near game’s end. I love the way the kids in our section cheer. They are GREAT fans!

  175. jm2375 October 26, 2008 8:32 pm

    As we sat down to dinner tonight, kid says, “Do we have to watch volleyball?” Hubby says “Yeah, why do we?”

    Uh, who are these people and what are they doing in my house? 🙄

  176. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:34 pm

    Rich- Battery did good- I was taking videos (uploading now) and putting iPhone stills on my blogsite.

  177. al October 26, 2008 8:36 pm

    well if it is true that nobriga committed, he did have us high on his list, and i think he was there last night.

    then, we have an incredible athlete coming in. its a matter of where he will play. remember that at iolani his soph year i believe he was first team all-ilh and 2nd team all state in basketball! which tells you what kind of athlete he is. he could stay at lb, play dline, or even become a great offensive tackle with his good feet. nah, who we kidding, make em a running back at 6’3″/235 lbs 4.73 speed and hands of a basketball player.


  178. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:37 pm

    jm2375- it’s because you didn’t bring your family to the T-Gate. They must be “corrected” 😈

  179. Kekoa October 26, 2008 8:37 pm

    Nalani & Family ~ I know I speak for all of our Tsaiko Village people when I say thank you for your gift of music to us and to the world. It is indeed an honor and a prilviledge to have met you, and your very loving family.

    I know you’ve heard it from all of us, but we have been your fans for many years prior to our meeting you. May Ke Akua allow you to continue spreading your uplifting sounds of our culture far and wide. We love your vocal style, and can’t wait to have you back in our midst at the next t-gate.

  180. Kekoa October 26, 2008 8:40 pm

    Just wanted to jump back in here to thank BG/Koakane/James/Homey/Kazz and the rest of the early T-gate crew for making the smooth ‘eviction’ transition from Cabana A to Pavillion #7. Mucho Mahalo Compadres!

  181. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:45 pm

    And I would like to thank the “boss” in charge of cabanas for helping us make that move. He even moved our fire and gave us an electric line!!!

  182. al October 26, 2008 8:46 pm

    kekoa…..and mahalo for the best lomi salmon…EVER!

    sorry, but the boy and i made pigs out of ourselves last night. we had two bowls. was good with the italian beers.


  183. A-House October 26, 2008 8:46 pm


    Gotta agree with you on a D coaches nightmare in preparing for a “dual-QB” situation and having the right personnel in there for Funaki or Alexander at game time.

    Like the way Coach Mack and his staff are evolving and maturing as the season goes by.

  184. Kekoa October 26, 2008 8:46 pm

    jm2375 & Family ~ It sounds like we have a small mutiny brewing at 2375 Hacienda Loop. I say we put the prisoners on half rations for the rest of this week. Maybe a few lashes with the cat-o-nine tails to start each day will make them think twice of speaking out of turn. Hehehe!

  185. A-House October 26, 2008 8:48 pm


    Mucho, mucho thanks for the CDs and thanks to Shelton for delievering the goods!!

    See you and family in 4 weeks!!!

  186. A-House October 26, 2008 8:49 pm

    delievering = delivering

    damn these short, stubby fingers – no can keyboard!!

  187. Kekoa October 26, 2008 8:49 pm

    A-House ~ I’m so glad I have the easy job of just being a rabid fan. No headaches about Defensive alignments or Offensive shortcomings. I just have to yell, and scream (at the officials of course) at the top of my lungs.

    Duck Soup!

    Go Warriors!

  188. Garret October 26, 2008 8:49 pm

    Notes from the article on the game in the Reno paper.

    The Nevada football team came to the islands and found yet another strange, frustrating and unbelievable way to lose.

    The Wolf Pack, which is beginning to make a habit of losing close games, had two 100-yard rushers, piled up nearly 500 yards of offense, limited the Hawaii Warriors to 28 rushing yards, intercepted two passes and had six quarterback sacks.

  189. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 8:52 pm
    Greg Alexander refuses to go down and makes a pass.

  190. Garret October 26, 2008 8:53 pm

    Pack punt returners Antoine Thompson and Jonathon Amaya fielded just one punt, for zero yards, and let four of them bounce and roll deep into Nevada territory. Of those four, three of the ensuing drives began inside the Pack 5.

    Tied at 7, the Warriors punted on back-to-back possessions to the Nevada 5 and 2, and the Pack went three-and-out on both.

  191. Hoohiki October 26, 2008 8:53 pm

    jm2375…RE #176: Sounds like my household! I hear you sister!
    How’s this…I spent more than $400 last year when I dragged my husband and 2 boys to watch the Maui Invitational championship game with Duke vs Marquette, just to have ALL of them keep saying, is it done yet? Is it done now? To top it off, they were wrestling, including my husband in the corner of the gym while I sat with the Duke booster section (not very friendly) by myself.

  192. Garret October 26, 2008 8:53 pm

    In the second half, the kick-coverage team took over. Nevada’s first three kickoffs of the second half – the latter two after the Pack had climbed back from that 31-17 deficit – were returned to the Hawaii 36 and to the Nevada 49 twice.

    Each one seemed to kill the momentum the Pack hard worked hard to gain.
    “The kickoff coverage, I don’t know how many returns they had that put them in great field position,” Ault said. “There’s just no excuse for that.”

  193. Kekoa October 26, 2008 8:54 pm

    Mrs. A-House ~ Thank you for sharing your personal post card photo album and memorabilia stuff with those of us who are mere mortals. You do such a creative job of making memories, I forgot to remember I was there with you and your Ohana at the Sugar Bowl!

    I don’t care what Homey says about you, you still our best playhouse mama!

  194. al October 26, 2008 8:57 pm

    d1… still up???

    okay, i will oblige you with our sunday dinner.

    salmon poke
    aku poke

    you eat natto?
    da boss makes miso soup. more like stew cuz no can find the shiru. loads of clams, tofu, wakame, daikon, egg drog with green onion.
    den she made this baked mayo basted bread crumb crusted island thighs.

    so she brought home this whole, head on shrimp cuz the lady at marukai says, “eh, dis bugga so sweet you gotta buy some. on sale for around 5 bucks one pound.”

    so she brings home two package and does the “honey can you make something with this” trick.

    so here’s the on the spot concoction;

    lightly salt the whole shrimp and dredge with flour.
    heat large saute pan on high add couple ounces of extra virgin olive oil and an eight stick of butter.
    saute shrimp (about a dozen) on one side until seared and browned.
    turn the shrimp and lower the fire to med high.
    add in 5-6 cloves of garlic, run through the garlic press.
    add in chili pepper flakes and chopped green onions.
    flip the shrimp a couple of tosses.
    then add in ounce and half of chardonnay.
    flip the shrimp a couple of times.
    remove from the heat.
    place in a dish right away so the shrimp no burn or over cook.

    lastly, grind em. make sure you chew the head and eat em.
    down with a bottle of peroni.

    no like brag but was gooood.

  195. jm2375 October 26, 2008 8:58 pm

    Kekoa – Yeah, especially since he messed up my tape of the replay of last night’s game, since I was out between 10 and 1!!! grrrr.

    Liz – I prefer to go to games with those who are actually fans – usually, my sis and brother-in-law. I think we’re looking to go to da Wazzou game, since she doesn’t have to work that day. Somehow even execs in the retail biz still gotta work weekends.

  196. Garret October 26, 2008 9:01 pm

    It’s like the executives of major corporations who know that if they screw up, they may get busted, but they keep the millions they get paid while the company they ran goes belly up because of many bad managment decisions and the common folks suffer.


    The CEO of Lehman Brothers made $480 million while driving the company into bankruptcy and blaming everyone but himself…one employee at the company gym punched him in the face after the company filed for bankruptcy.

  197. Kekoa October 26, 2008 9:01 pm

    Today, Liz and I compared our sideline notes when we had watched Jake and Grasso practice their complete kick routine over and over. It felt extremely good to see it all come to fruition in such a tremendous way last night. What a feeling that must be for them to be able to ‘kick-back’ and watch film of their exploits today.

  198. Garret October 26, 2008 9:03 pm


    It would be *great* news if Liloa Nobriga did commit! I suppose ST would know if it happened and we’ll read about it tomorrow or Tuesday.

  199. al October 26, 2008 9:03 pm

    okay grasso has the nevada punt returner to thank for those great stats.

    i thought the guy let go punts that he should have run up to. i am sure his coach was not pleased with him all night.

  200. Garret October 26, 2008 9:04 pm

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

    It amazes me how much money the music industry makes on Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Aerosmith has made more from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith than they made on any of their albums!

  201. Garret October 26, 2008 9:04 pm

    Three teenagers grabbed a 68-year-old woman’s handbag…and even though she was wearing sandals, she ran after them and caught up with the 15-year-old boy who had her handbag. When she grabbed him by the collar, he dropped her bag and begged to be let go.

  202. lab rat October 26, 2008 9:04 pm

    Nice videos Liz.

    About refs. I was watching an SEC game this week and they let players dive into the endzone like superman without making any calls.

  203. Garret October 26, 2008 9:04 pm

    36% of the police academy graduates in Atlanta have criminal records.

  204. Garret October 26, 2008 9:05 pm

    This is really sad–90% of US high school students say that they have cheated in school. That was 3x the percentage in a 1963 survey.

  205. Garret October 26, 2008 9:05 pm

    I love this story about a man and his aging dog…especially since Katie is officially a senior dog now and I can relate to what this man says about his dog.

  206. Garret October 26, 2008 9:06 pm

    Those links were from yesterday. Now for a few from today.

    This Massachusetts church is having “woof ‘n’ worship” services to encourage their worshipers to bring dogs to the service.

  207. Garret October 26, 2008 9:06 pm

    A Chicago woman won an eBay auction for a home in Michigan $1.75, which she plans to turn around and sell.

  208. Garret October 26, 2008 9:06 pm

    Ford will have a feature on 2010 cars that will let parents limit the speed of their teenage drivers, inform them in the teen does not wear a seatbelt, and limit the volume on the stereo.

  209. Garret October 26, 2008 9:07 pm

    I don’t want any recipes from here to show up in the Tsaiko cookbook!

  210. Garret October 26, 2008 9:07 pm

    Study found that AIDS has actually been around for a long time–traced back to around 1884!

  211. Garret October 26, 2008 9:08 pm

    Free play links pau.

  212. al October 26, 2008 9:09 pm

    used to be called kool-aids.

  213. Garret October 26, 2008 9:10 pm

    I like the idea of a platoon system with Alexander and Inoke…unless Inoke suffered his second concussion of the season in yesterday’s game. If Inoke has had 2 or more concussions this season, I really hope that the trainers and coaches hold him out of the next 2 games. With the bye week after that, Inoke would have 4 weeks between games.

  214. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 9:10 pm

    Here is the victory fight song with the W-A-R-R-I-O-R-S interlude in the middle. Very cool!

  215. al October 26, 2008 9:10 pm

    garret….please go try that recipe. but, gotta be whole head on shrimps that have not been cooked yet.

    and don’t overcook it either.

    gurantee dat one.

  216. Kekoa October 26, 2008 9:12 pm

    jm2375 ~ Keep the keiki on an extremely short leash this week. Any requests for ANYTHING should immediately be DENIED! Breathing will be allowed as required, but no more than necessary.

  217. Kekoa October 26, 2008 9:14 pm

    Al ~ We who are about to dine on left overs, are envious.

  218. Garret October 26, 2008 9:15 pm


    Your recipes always sound great and I hope we have that at my home someday!

  219. Kekoa October 26, 2008 9:18 pm

    Ok…ok…so I held back a personal stash of Lomi Salmon and poi for serious late eve munchies…still, I think your shrimp slathered and sauteed in heavy butter and wine concoction trumped my leftovers!

  220. jm2375 October 26, 2008 9:22 pm

    Kekoa – so you tink I should deny her Halloween? Boy, you one mean S***B!! j/k.

  221. jm2375 October 26, 2008 9:23 pm

    Kekoa – you were supposed leave some lomi salmon in da fridge for me!!! grrrrr.

  222. al October 26, 2008 9:26 pm

    kekoa…..lets see…when is the next home game???

    my portable burner is too weak the wok is too big. maybe, just for you, i make em jus before i leave the house.

  223. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 9:27 pm

    You cant really see this very well but near the end of the game a Nevada coach was punting objects around his sideline. Prolly cheaper than a laptop and less effective on the team.

  224. Jason October 26, 2008 9:27 pm

    Erovic is such a fitting name for that chef. 😛

    A platoon doesn’t surprise me, although I am worried about whether Inoke had a concussion. If he’s healthy, though, I like the idea. As much as Alexander did some really good things last night, he’s still got some things to improve upon. If he happens to struggle, it’s good that Inoke will be there to watch his back and run the offense. And obviously, it goes the other way around as well. And I hope Tyler and Brent are going through their mental reps, too, you never know who we will need to step up.

  225. al October 26, 2008 9:28 pm

    jm2375…..tsaiko tailgate rule of food number 12 (in honor of mr. alexander)

    snooze you lose.
    you shoulda come down yesterday.

  226. Jason October 26, 2008 9:31 pm

    I’m getting hungry now. I’m going to pop some popcorn.

  227. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 9:32 pm

    jm2375…one of thing you really missed was Kekoa’s unbelievable lomi salmon with poi. It was good beyond belief. OMG. Other lomi salmons tastes like tomato, onion and salmon flavoring “cooked” in salt. Kekoa’s one is HUGE chunks of freshly-salted uncooked salmon. Gourmet to da MAX!

  228. happy fan October 26, 2008 9:32 pm

    liloa nobriga commit? this is one of the top def players in the west!!

    this is crazy good news folks! all poly MVP with Teo. recruited by arizona, arizona state, colorado, ucla, utah, byu etc…etc…etc…. WOW!


  229. al October 26, 2008 9:38 pm

    a few weeks ago i was asking for a hero to emerge. one to come in on his white horse and his steel armor to save the day.

    could it be????

    i remember colt had a rather inauspicious start too.

  230. Garret October 26, 2008 9:39 pm

    It is so weird to see the first sentence of this article…and then read the second sentence.

    First sentence is something we all read zillions of times already.

    In Colt we trust.

    The second sentence is a little different…

  231. Garret October 26, 2008 9:40 pm

    Oops, here is the second sentence:

    That’s the motto of the Texas Longhorns.

  232. al October 26, 2008 9:42 pm

    anyway, be that as it may. what a fun season huh? one can see the progression slowly unfolding. each game another warrior rises to the occasion. this past game had many of those types.

    the obvious; malcolm lane, mike washington, alexander, mouton, fonoti, et al.

    the not so obvious yet very significant; letuli settling in at right guard and by the fourth quarter was steel, rj kiesel-kauhane arriving, satele shrugging off the pain and inflicting the same, jameel-dowling playing more responsibly,

    and how about “little richard” torres who put to bed all those who questioned him being on scholarship. i think little richard proved pound for pound, inch for inch, he is the toughest warrior out there.

    …nuff said

  233. al October 26, 2008 9:43 pm

    jason…..erovic to cook with balls as in testicles?
    what are you thinking?

  234. al October 26, 2008 9:51 pm

    we need to secure a good running back or two. one who can jump right in and play next year. that should be one of our priorities at this point.

    of course we need olinemen and dtackles.

    what am i saying we need a couple of cornerbacks with size and speed, and lots of it, speed that is.

    those two long runs have been our achilles heel for some time now. i love our safeties, but, they can’t keep up with the truly fast guys.

  235. d1島: October 26, 2008 10:00 pm


    Tailgate leftovers du jour: pulled pork on potato rolls and Progresso soup.

    Nobriga was a stud at Iolani; in football and basketball.

  236. al October 26, 2008 10:02 pm

    in fact wasn’t he all ilh basketball as a freshman?

  237. al October 26, 2008 10:02 pm

    in fact wasn’t he all ilh basketball as a freshman?

  238. al October 26, 2008 10:03 pm

    sorry for the hiccups.

  239. d1島: October 26, 2008 10:03 pm

    Am I seeing the replay right? A little concerned that ERob got beat back-to-back on Nevada’s last scoring drive – on the TD and the play before.

  240. lab rat October 26, 2008 10:05 pm

    i thought that John Fonoti played one hell of a game.

  241. madeinhawaii October 26, 2008 10:05 pm

    I like how the coaching staff are going after the players early in the season and really building a raport… Things are looking good for the future of Warrior football.

  242. lab rat October 26, 2008 10:08 pm

    I agree need to get some corners. Next year they will have to rebuild the secondary.

  243. al October 26, 2008 10:10 pm

    sometimes we are charging down the field and forget to breakdown just prior to making the hit. i saw that a couple of times last night and a slight juke step left them sprawling on the floor grabbing the atmosphere.

    i am sure that the coaches saw that too and will address those things.

    i want our team to play with a lot smarts and discipline. those things are always the intangibles that can make or break a team.

  244. al October 26, 2008 10:12 pm

    i think we will go after jc corners for the next two years.

    i hear that jeramy bryant, redshirting, is a player.

  245. Jason October 26, 2008 10:14 pm

    Don’t forget about Lewis Walker and Steve Christian at cornerback. I like their potential a lot, their athleticism really stood out during fall camp. Let them grow into their bodies, get stronger and faster, and I think they can really help us in the defensive backfield.

  246. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 10:18 pm

    Question- did yesterday’s twins jersey contest winner get announced?

  247. d1島: October 26, 2008 10:23 pm

    Sorry, actually maybe it was Desmond Thomas covering on those plays. (?)

  248. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 10:28 pm

    Still watching the game. Kudos to the 12th man too! The fans are really loud!

  249. madeinhawaii October 26, 2008 10:31 pm

    They say that Nobriga committed during the recruit dinner tonight. If so, wow.. what a get!

    Yesterday, Malcolm Lane..
    Today… catch of the day… Nobriga…!

  250. d1島: October 26, 2008 10:42 pm

    Coach Mack show up next den…


  251. al October 26, 2008 10:44 pm

    i am sure that st knows for sure.
    something tells me that the coaches will tell a recruit that since the ncaa prohibits a staff member from making a formal announcement. the recruit should call st with the verbal commit so that he can be given the proper headline in the advertiser.

    you know get your name in the “bright lights”. some kids like that and it also serves notice to other schools that we got em already.

  252. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 10:58 pm

    The Ha’a – and then Nevada tries to get amped by… jumping up and down???

  253. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 10:59 pm

    al- you are sooo sly 😉

  254. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 11:04 pm

    We gotta get a teaching video of this cadence dance and DO IT IN THE STANDS!

  255. Ralph October 26, 2008 11:08 pm

    I notice Keao did not make a single tackle, solo or assisted…Nevada had about 500 total yards and two were long runs for TD-where are you Keao?

  256. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 26, 2008 11:16 pm

    Nitey Nite!!!

  257. Jason October 26, 2008 11:17 pm

    Nice story on fellow math major Francis Maka. Geez, taking PDEs. I stopped after the first semester of ODEs! 😀

  258. Stretch October 26, 2008 11:18 pm

    Watching the Coach Mack Show and they were doing the spotlight on Francis Maka. Didn’t know he was a math major. They showed him in his math class but I didn’t see Jason. Maybe Francis can tutor Jason.

  259. Pomai October 26, 2008 11:26 pm

    Was just looking around and we are losing quite a few Seniors next year.
    Calvin Roberts       DB
    Dane Porlas       DB
    Desmond Thomas       DB
    Erik Robinson       DB
    Guyton Galdeira       DB
    Jameel Dowling       DB
    Keao Monteilh       DB
    Ryan Mouton       DB
    Ryan Perry       DB
    C.J. Allen-Jones       DL
    David Veikune       DL
    Fale Laeli       DL
    Francis Maka       DL
    Joshua Leonard       DL
    Keala Watson       DL
    Adam Leonard       LB
    Solomon Elimimian       LB
    Tyson Kafentzis       LB
    Jake Ingram       LS
    Keith AhSoon       OL
    Keoni Steinhoff       OL
    Lafu Tuioti-Mariner       OL
    Nathan McKay       OL
    Tim Grasso       P
    Dan Kelly       PK
    Jake Santos       QB
    Tyler Graunke       QB
    Alonzo Chopp III       RB
    Daniel Libre       RB
    David Farmer       RB
    Khevin Peoples       RB
    Aaron Bain       WR
    Dylan Linkner       WR
    Michael Washington       WR
    Nathaniel Nasca       WR

  260. Jason October 26, 2008 11:28 pm

    Should I need a tutor, Francis will be the second person I call. Of course, Stretch would be the first.

    Oh wait. I’m mixing up my Rs and Ts again. 😉

  261. cmsns October 26, 2008 11:29 pm

    Wouldn’t it be something if we saw Alexander at QB and Funaki at either RB and WR? I could definately see some trick play possibilities.

  262. Stretch October 26, 2008 11:30 pm

    Jason – very impressed with that come back. Now get back to studying

  263. al October 26, 2008 11:43 pm

    jason…..leave the engineer alone.

    did you hear that after getting his math degree he was then going to get an engineer’s degree?

    but, engineer’s have short term memory, because jason did tell us last year that maka was a math major as they had a class together.

  264. chawan_cut October 26, 2008 11:43 pm

    tonight’s news

  265. Pomai October 26, 2008 11:49 pm

    I know that during the spring and summer there are times that the coaches can not coach the players, but is there anything saying that during the season that they can’t advise the players what they should do during the spring and summer to help themselves?

  266. Long Time UH Fan October 27, 2008 12:07 am

    Francis Maka must be smart; Partial Differential Equations is an upper division math course and it’s a tough subject.

    I’m glad he’s back with the team even though he missed almost half of the season.

  267. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 27, 2008 12:17 am

    Life makes changes without asking permission.

    Yesterday, after getting some really bad news from our veterinarian about Saturn The Dog probably suffering from lymphoma, DrDoc and I used the time as we drove back to the T-Gate to talk about our options. As part of the conversation, we discussed the issues revolving around euthanasia and how it’s too bad that it’s not an option for our human loved ones.

    It’s not just Saturn who is only five and change, We’re also dealing with Hercules, our 16-year-old cat, as he comes closer to his final days as well. So far, diet & medication are working well, but he is not the same playful, loving cat that he was just a few months ago. We take him in every six or eight weeks to be checked over, but we have accepted the inevitable; we just don’t know when that will be.

    Yesterday’s conversation turned out to be prescient. As we were getting into the car earlier this afternoon to go to the Wahine volleyball game, DrDoc passed out and I didn’t even bother to call 911 for an ambulance but drove him straight to the emergency room just in time for him to go into cardiac arrest. It’s still touch ‘n go as to what the long-lasting impacts will be. He’s going through a variety of tests overnight as well as first thing in the morning so we should have some news later tomorrow.

    Cross your fingers for all three of my guys. Mahalo.

    Please cross

    Oh, well, at least the UH won last night and the Wahine did so tonight although not without a struggle in the second set according to the story in the Advertiser.

  268. al October 27, 2008 12:21 am

    pomai….during the off season the players are given to-do-lists. they have training regimes and other stuff. the players will also have self organized workouts for every position. typically, the seniors are the ones who organize the efforts and keep them all in tune with what needs to be done.

    no worry, they aren’t lounging around.

  269. al October 27, 2008 12:38 am

    wdoc…..i will pray for dr doc.

  270. Pomai October 27, 2008 12:49 am

    WassupDoc, will keep you and Doc in my prayers. Please keep us informed.

  271. Pomai October 27, 2008 1:07 am

    al I know that, but my line of thought was for next year and the year after, seeing how we are losing quite a few starters. What I was thinking was that if I was coach Rolo, I would call all of the redshirt freshmen and freshmen into my office and the conversation would go like this:

    Rolo: So you guys think that you should start?
    Group: A collective yes(and if they don’t say yes then they shouldn’t be playing)
    Rolo: Ok here is our playbook and If I was you guys this is what I would do, I would get together as a group(in other words all of you) everyday from now till you graduate and run these plays over and over till you can run them without thinking, with them just coming natural as if it is a part of you. I know you all have a busy life but if you want to be a winner you make the sacrifice’s that need to be made.

    One of the things that made Colt and the boys so good is that they had this mental telepathy, they knew each other so well that if was just reaction rather than a thought process, and the only way you can get that is by doing it over and over. Can you imagine how these guys could be if they would do this for the next two years, come their Jr. year they would be awesome.

    On paper our Freshmen look really good, then add the rest of the team WOW.

  272. Kekoa (iPhone) October 27, 2008 1:13 am

    What hospital is Doc at? You both need to slow down and take care of each other. We will pray for his complete recovery.

  273. MissesTeixeira October 27, 2008 1:30 am

    Go Warriors!

  274. Ralph October 27, 2008 1:36 am

    wishing dr. doc a full and healthful recovery….as a warrior he will respond and be home with you soon….well wishes for your animals too.

  275. Ralph October 27, 2008 1:37 am

    Iosefa and Nobriega commits to UH warriors! welcome aboard, you won’t be disappointed with your choice.

  276. HawaiianbodPride October 27, 2008 2:26 am

    W-Doc – my thoughts and prayers are with DrDoc. Get well soon DrDoc!

    W-Doc – may God give you strength, peace and comfort during these time of need.

    Also, God Bless your family pets.

  277. Da Menehune October 27, 2008 3:39 am

    WassupDoc. Got my fingers crossed.

  278. Kekoa (iPhone) October 27, 2008 5:10 am

    Welcome aboard the blog ship Misses Teixeira.

    Do you reside on Oahu? I could be your next door neighbor. Lucky you. Happy Halloween!

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