Bowl day: Notre Dame

There was some drama yesterday when it appeared that a starting receiver was short the minimum credits the past semester to play in today’s bowl. After checking, it was discovered the grades were not inputted. The player, who is a good student, actually received straight Bs. The situation was corrected.
Every UH player is academically eligible to participate.
Give credit to Upper Campus and the UH academic advisers who were able to track grades quickly. The last final exams were administered the past Friday, yet the athletic department was able to verify grades immediately.

* * *

When you do recruiting stories, you learn of a player’s background and reason for choosing UH.
But it takes a while, sometimes years, to learn about his personality.
I remember my first interview with Keala Watson, when he confirmed he was committing to UH, and how shy he seemed. And five years later, Watson is knocking over chairs and service carts while leading a haβ€˜a that he co-wrote.
Or how Solomon Elimimian had such a difficult time deciding whether to choose UH. Four years later, he’s the school’s career leader in tackles. He also became the spiritual leader of the Warriors.
Or how Keao Monteilh just seemed to appear one day. He had the Bobby Brown-My-Prerogative haircut. When asked what he ran in the 40, he joked: “Four … ever.” Now he’s a team leader, husband and father, and still a good jokester.
As this chapter ends, it will be interesting to see how the coming recruiting class will turn out.

* * *


UH considered having a White-Out Day. But then, officials reasoned, that it was important for other schools to know that this is not supposed to be another UH home game.


* * *

As the “visiting” team, the Warriors will wear their white jerseys today.

COMMENTS

  1. wafan December 24, 2008 9:51 am

    1st!!!

    Time to finish packing and get out of here.


  2. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 9:56 am

    second…dang


  3. pakegolf December 24, 2008 9:57 am

    Go Warriors!


  4. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 9:58 am

    Great to hear those back stories ST….cool how these guys have grown into fine young men…


  5. jus'Lrkn December 24, 2008 9:59 am

    #2 !!!

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!!


  6. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 9:59 am

    Top 5!?!?!


  7. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 10:00 am

    OK…10 den!


  8. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 10:01 am

    It seems like your bond is strong with this class, Stephen. Or is it just a “numbers” thing?


  9. jm2375 December 24, 2008 10:01 am

    Happy Travels wafan! You going visit your twin, da birthday boy? πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas Tsai-kos!!

    Almost time for the bb game replay. Is it in HD? ❓


  10. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:02 am

    How’s the weather?


  11. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:04 am

    As we were trying to plan out high school reunion, I realized that Roosevelt was a three-year school back then. So I think I’ve spent more time around the football team than I did with my Roosevelt classmates.
    Princess Leila said she’ll miss Adam Leonard the most. He’s a really funny guy.


  12. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 10:04 am

    It’s interesting how there is story after story popping up this past year about staff and others in and around the UH Athletic Dept. seemingly stepping up and extending themselves to help out and get things done.

    Hmmm…. πŸ™„


  13. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:06 am

    Like I said before, I’m going to miss the parents, like Leonard’s, Kelly’s, Monteilh’s.


  14. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:06 am

    I’m still in withdrawal from not having Terry Brennan around.


  15. J December 24, 2008 10:12 am

    Made it home yesterday. Someone just offered me tickets to the game today, hmm…


  16. Jason December 24, 2008 10:14 am

    I wish I could get my grades immediately. Then I wouldn’t have to wait until today. Okay, I actually checked last night. πŸ˜€

    Okay, it’s game day! And it’s time to run pretty soon. See everyone at the tailgate; for those of you who can’t make it, have a great Christmas Eve wherever you are. Go Warriors!


  17. SAWARRIOR December 24, 2008 10:15 am

    GOOD LUCK WARRIORS!!!


  18. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:17 am

    OK, Jason, here are your grades: A, A, A, A …


  19. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 10:18 am

    The weather looks like the kind that makes a certain news anchor complain about the need for “meteorological journalists”


  20. d1ε³Ά December 24, 2008 10:19 am

    Time for me to get ready for game day as well…

    GO WARRIORS!!!

    …WANT IT BADDER!!!


  21. brew808 December 24, 2008 10:20 am

    Hey – Congratulations to all the UH Warriors – Student-Athletes for “making the grade”, and to all the UH faculty and support staff for expediting the grading process! Mahalo from the fans and TEAM supporters! πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†

    And….

    ~~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’~ πŸ˜€ ★ ★ ★ πŸ˜† Go WARRIORS!!! πŸ˜† ★ ★ ★ πŸ˜€ ~β€’~~~~β€’~~~~β€’~~


  22. brew808 December 24, 2008 10:24 am

    Good morning ST! Any word on the latest ticket count? 😯 πŸ˜€ πŸ™„


  23. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 10:27 am

    So, ST, are you saying Jason is a “Grade A” egg????


  24. brew808 December 24, 2008 10:30 am

    Jason should have majored in Journalism…. πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†


  25. JR December 24, 2008 10:34 am

    any update on how many tickets issued???


  26. Stephen Tsai December 24, 2008 10:41 am

    Tickets were over 45,000 yesterday.


  27. djmitcho December 24, 2008 10:56 am

    I hope everyone has a good time at the t-gate and the game. I hope I can get out of work in time for kick-off.


  28. lava December 24, 2008 10:57 am

    Let’s win one for the anti-Gipper.


  29. SteveM December 24, 2008 10:58 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. LAS VEGAS !!!

    …yup, previous notes indicate or super enka vocalist, toast master, emcee, karaoke singer, Indy driver, sumotori and our Las Vegas Cattle Call host was born on December 24…

    GO WARRIORS!


  30. Kama Krab December 24, 2008 11:11 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    Stay home right now watching baby and ho bra no can stay still over hea. Stay jumping off the wall. Me and baby stay practicing football drills.

    To the boyz, go out there and have fun. Play for each other and make Hawaii proud to be Warrior fans. Hit them in mouth and make them feel the aloha spirit.

    To the fans, go out there and get nutz. Make the boyz feel the mana of there people. Give them chicken skin. Give them the inspiration. Jump up and down and rock this mother.

    Can not wait baby. I know the Tsaiko’s going ready and pump to get nutz.

    One more thing. Braddah Kazz I going be right with you. We going get nutz together my braddah.


  31. Da Punchbowl Kid December 24, 2008 11:15 am

    GO WARRIORS!!!

    YEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWW!!!


  32. Da Punchbowl Kid December 24, 2008 11:17 am

    # (Jesse) James:
    December 24th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    So, ST, are you saying Jason is a β€œGrade A” egg????

    ___________________________________________________

    Nope. He’s sayin’ that Jason made “A”. πŸ˜†


  33. oldie (iPhone) December 24, 2008 11:17 am

    Warriors,

    Best gift you can give to the fans in Hawaii and all over the world is to play today’s game with passion, pride, and Aloha.

    Play with class, but leave it all out on the field. Proud of you no matter what the outcome.

    Go Warriors!!!


  34. Cheyah! December 24, 2008 11:32 am

    I need some help! I lost my tickets and the stadium manager said I can’t replace them unless I’m a season ticket holder. I bought for 7 of my family members and now we probably won’t be able to watch the game. Please help if you can or advise me on what to do. I checked all over my house. This sucks.


  35. Pauoa Boy December 24, 2008 12:13 pm

    Au’ryte, pau shop, presents wrapped, grill started, food in preparation, drinks on ice, flag waving, jersey on, helmet on, face-paint on, Notre Dame Voo Doo doll ready…Tee Huu!!! Lets Go Baby!!!

    Jason – If you get anything less than an “A” on your report card, no Meleeee Chlistmas for you, you would have let down all us Asians of the world haha j/k πŸ™‚


  36. mctruck December 24, 2008 12:32 pm

    ST,

    whea-da-starting line ups for UH and ND????


  37. madeinhawaii December 24, 2008 12:39 pm

    Wow… season’s ending already… today… how fast.. how soon.. how sad.

    Go out with a bang WARRIORS!

    W I N !

    So we can really celebrate and enjoy a Merry Xmas to all!


  38. shark December 24, 2008 1:11 pm

    Warriors (play the game right) and be madder and badder!!!! with no penalties. Go Warriors!!!! win…..


  39. roysan16 December 24, 2008 1:11 pm

    Good Afternoon.

    During Monday’s news conference, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said: “When I’m sitting here on Christmas Eve after the game with my wife and kid, waiting for Santa and the sleigh to pull up, I want to have a smile on my face. And I won’t be the happiest camper if it goes the other way.”

    This is a quote that appears in an ST article written today.

    Well I’m sorry Coach Weis the Warriors do want to rain on your parade. And following his theme of wanting to leave here a “happy camper” here’s
    the one of many Warrior fans wishfully channeling an influx of picnic ants coming his way. Grrr. Ouch.

    Go Warriors.


  40. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 1:22 pm

    Cheyah! Did you get your fix thru the Taai-kos? What section?

    we have one ticket available as Duffer’s son is not here. Call me 808 482 0133.


  41. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 1:22 pm

    Cheyah! Did you get your tix thru the Taai-kos? What section?

    we have one ticket available as Duffer’s son is not here. Call me 808 482 0133.


  42. Garret December 24, 2008 1:29 pm

    I’m sure that the tailgate has an awesome spread right now and that everyone is having fun! That new buffet we tried out was awesome and Lori and the kids are asleep now…

    Beat Notre Dame!


  43. roysan16 December 24, 2008 1:30 pm

    Cheyah

    Best I can think of is maybe there misplaced in the car. Check the visor, glove box etc.In the house in a drawer, inside a book, magazine.

    Sorry for your bad luck.

    Maybe if you explained to the stadium mgr. you can attenticate your purchases with charge card receipts that might help.(at least I’m thinking it should).


  44. Bulla December 24, 2008 2:23 pm

    GO WARRIORS!!!

    BEAT NOTRE DAME


  45. curveball December 24, 2008 2:38 pm

    Garret:
    Just got home from the tailgate and met your parents for the first time..I ate your portion of the pan Lau Lau..must of been a lot of fun at your house for dinner time..yum


  46. 702WarriorNation December 24, 2008 2:49 pm

    Merry Christmas Tsai-kos and Warriors~
    Happy Birthday- Las Vegas
    Warriors- represent Hawaii and the WAC with a WIN!


  47. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 2:52 pm

    T-minus 15 minutes!

    Gotta represent the State and the WAC with a win tonight!


  48. roysan16 December 24, 2008 3:10 pm

    Good afternoon.

    I’m excited to see how our D-line does against the Notre Dame offensive line, where the shortest player is 6’4″ and the tallest is 6’8″. This is key that our guys get penetration.

    What intrigues me is the change as mentioned by Coach Mack that Aaron Bain is going back to return punts. I have a hunch something good is going to happen with a return.

    Listening to the guys on the radio they’ve said the coaches have watched film on Notre Dame every single night. And I hoping that all there homework and preparation pays off today. I hope they find a weakness. On our side of the ball I hope we play smart and disciplined football.

    Just in a few minutes the game begins. Go Warriors.


  49. 99club December 24, 2008 3:33 pm

    Merry Christmas Tsaikos!

    Hold ’em D!


  50. hawnstln December 24, 2008 3:41 pm

    Alexander is starting poorly. Taking sacks that he should not and making a few poor passes.


  51. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 3:46 pm

    C’mon D…hold them…let’s get the ball back and start better on the next drive….C’mon….


  52. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 3:49 pm

    Good stop D!!!


  53. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 3:52 pm

    C’mon Offense…give Greg some protection….awwwwwwwww


  54. hawnstln December 24, 2008 3:54 pm

    Last series: 2 QB hurries = one sack and a QB run and a blocked pass. 3 and out again! Oline or play calling needs help. which one!???


  55. hawnstln December 24, 2008 3:59 pm

    Clausen looks like a Heisman candidate. Dowling just gave up on that play.


  56. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 4:00 pm

    hawnstln…agreed…what was Jameel thinking….c’mon guys….


  57. BowsForever December 24, 2008 4:01 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on, but Coach Mack can’t start throwing things around soon enough. ND is no Cincy.


  58. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 4:03 pm

    good runback….now the O has to give us something….C’mon guys…let’s get this thing going….


  59. BowsForever December 24, 2008 4:03 pm

    Don’t give up on yourselves, Warriors! Like the ESPN guy said, wake up!


  60. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 4:04 pm

    We are holding up a card sign at the end of the quarter.


  61. (Jesse) James December 24, 2008 4:05 pm

    Man…there is no protection right now….ND is simply blitzing on every down….


  62. 99club December 24, 2008 4:08 pm

    Yeeeehaaaaw!!!!!


  63. 702WarriorNation December 24, 2008 4:12 pm

    Bain came to play- the rest of the Warriors, time is NOW and show what our D and O can do.


  64. hawnstln December 24, 2008 4:18 pm

    If I had a vote for Heisman, Clausen sure deserves consideration. 14 for 16, 2 TDs. and the half is not over yet. We need some D. Fast, before it is too late.


  65. BowsForever December 24, 2008 4:18 pm

    No pressure, weakness in the secondary…gift-wrapped win for ND that they really shouldn’t have. Or maybe they should. This game will define the team.


  66. 99club December 24, 2008 4:19 pm

    Nice run.


  67. BowsForever December 24, 2008 4:30 pm

    So, should we be happy that Hawaii’s helping Charlie Weis keep his job? Don’t let this game turn into a disgrace.


  68. BowsForever December 24, 2008 4:33 pm

    May be too late for that.


  69. 99club December 24, 2008 4:38 pm

    *sigh* Only 254 days ’til Central Arkansas.


  70. jp December 24, 2008 4:40 pm

    Maybe they will add us to their schedule in the future.


  71. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 4:47 pm

    I guess UH didn’t want the ball back with the few seconds that could have been left on the clock had we started using our timeouts on 1st/2nd and Goal. Instead we took all 3 of our timeouts to the locker room.

    D is getting little pressure on Clausen and are giving up the big plays. O is sporadic at best. Both sides appear to be overmatched physically and talents wise.

    Oh well. I hope and pray for a 3 TD comeback, but I just don’t think it’s gonna happen. They can try and prove me wrong, but I’ll reside in what lies ahead for next season…..


  72. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 4:52 pm

    Makana and hula dancers performing at halftime.


  73. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 4:53 pm

    Now. They are playing Esme’s song. Fire. Actually the Hendrix song. With fireknife dancers.


  74. conor December 24, 2008 4:54 pm

    Really our D-Line and LB’s are playing very good, its just our D-backs are SO over matched physically. Our offense is VERY inconsistent. They’ll get a couple first downs, then just totally break down. Plus Greg Alexander is just not a very good QB ladies and gents. The guy cannot throw the passes that are necessary in the run n’ shoot system and he refuses to throw the ball away.


  75. conor December 24, 2008 5:09 pm

    2 screen passes go for 80 yards on one drive…thats not only on the players giving up but a lack of adjustments by coach Mac.


  76. 702WarriorNation December 24, 2008 5:16 pm

    #62- first time seeing Coach talking to Ah Soong after the penalty!


  77. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 5:18 pm

    Haha. W-Doc just told me to go to the ladies room. I forgot. We are the visiting team. I musts been the Jonah!


  78. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 5:22 pm

    Haha. W-Doc just told me to go to the ladies room. I forgot. We are the visiting team. I musts been the Jonah!
    Come on Warriors. Pull together.


  79. conor December 24, 2008 5:23 pm

    Second time Dowling has gotten beat for a touchdown…God this is painful


  80. jm2375 December 24, 2008 5:32 pm

    I give up. Not watching anymore. Too painful.

    Merry Christmas everyone!! Don’t let this ruin your Christmas.


  81. jm2375 December 24, 2008 5:33 pm

    I give up. Not watching anymore. Too painful.

    Merry Christmas everyone!! Don’t let this ruin your Christmas. πŸ™


  82. conor December 24, 2008 5:39 pm

    Coach Mac is gonna have to answer lots of questions


  83. jm2375 December 24, 2008 5:40 pm

    😳 sorry for the double post.


  84. BowsForever December 24, 2008 5:41 pm

    Congrats to the Fighting Irish on a great game. Kudos to the Warriors for making it this far, but it’s clear that there’s a lot left for them to work on. All the best to the departing Warrior seniors.


  85. kymrykauai December 24, 2008 5:46 pm

    This hurts!!! Come on warriors you are so much better than you are playing right now…let’s go!!!!!


  86. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 5:46 pm

    The stands are emptying. Fans are going to miss the greatest comeback in Warrior FB history!


  87. kymrykauai December 24, 2008 5:49 pm

    I’m with you lizk!! Those fair weather fans will be sorry! Have to cheer louder now that they are leaving but keep on! Whoo hoo…we believe…still!


  88. Postmanke December 24, 2008 5:58 pm

    Fan loyalty no to be confused with entertainment value.


  89. las vegas December 24, 2008 6:13 pm

    not enjoying the game, so here I am.
    but still DVRing the game so I can watch it all over again tonite.
    on the plus side UH was not expected to make a bowl game this year, so this is gravy.
    great chance for the underclassmen to get reps last week.
    time for coaches to realign game-plans and reset the roster.


  90. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:13 pm

    Put in the seniors!


  91. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:14 pm

    The fireworks are booming!


  92. las vegas December 24, 2008 6:21 pm

    i guess it came down to two things
    our inability to get to the ND QB
    and
    our inability to protect our QB


  93. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:25 pm

    Funaki!


  94. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:30 pm

    It’s another Funaki- TOUCH DOWN!
    The stadium is rocking with the Fight Song!


  95. XxFaithxX December 24, 2008 6:34 pm

    WOw


  96. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:34 pm

    It’s another Funaki- TOUCH DOWN!
    The stadium is rocking with the Fight Song!

    Knees are taken and the game is pau. 49-21 Notre Dame.


  97. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 6:38 pm

    To be honest, I stopped watching part way through the 3rd quarter. About as painful as last year’s Sugar Bowl. It was nice to see Bain and Washington get ~100 yds receiving, but the offensive statistics do not show how much ND was able to control the line-of-scrimmage almost from the start.


  98. Buffoman December 24, 2008 6:43 pm

    Let’s see how Coach mac handles this mess. There was no discipline with those ever present stupid penalities, lack of effort by Malcolm Lane, that defeated look by the offensive leader, our Q-back, the torching of our defensive backs. Is there more, oh yes I forgot, an absolutely inept special team effort? At this point in the season a team really should not be performing at this level….and I don’t care what people may say about this message but it does come down to leadership. If I ran a company this poorly I’d be called on the carpet by the board and would demand specific changes in performance.

    At $1 m a year, we should expect more than feel good. This was a simply awful display on a national stage which is absolutely unforgivable.

    As a taxpaying, stakeholder and fan, I was embarrassed. This is inexcusable.

    Notre Dame beat us and would have probably beaten us on a good UH day, but to perform as we did before a national audience in this manner is shameful.


  99. NYupstate December 24, 2008 6:43 pm

    And so the QB debate reignites.

    McMackin, careful what you wish for. You wanted ND, and you got it.

    Actually you got to hand it to the Irish, they were HOT!


  100. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 6:53 pm

    Credit to the Irish for winning and putting up as many points as they did against us, but from what I saw, Clausen comes off as a cocky and arrogant SOB. Just my opinion.

    Alexander looked beat up. There is a ton of work to do in the off-season for those who will be around next year, and with a more manageable schedule a bowl game should be within easy reach. We exceeded most expectations by getting to a bowl game, and in retrospect, going .500 in a major rebuilding year isn’t that bad once you think about it.

    Sure things could have been better, but our offense isn’t the type that can be learned and mastered quickly so some of the quirks and mistakes were bound to happen. I’ll start questioning things if the same mistakes that we’ve seen this year on offense continue into next season.


  101. jus'Lrkn December 24, 2008 6:54 pm

    UH got their @$$ handed to them. The Defense was porous, offense was enemic w/ no QB protection. Outclassed//Outplayed – What can you say???


  102. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 6:55 pm

    Oh, and BTW…..those personal fouls are inexcusable regardless. Discipline must be restored and maintained.


  103. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 6:55 pm

    Happy Holidays everyone!


  104. longboarder December 24, 2008 6:56 pm

    We lost to a Notre Dame team that hasn’t won a bowl game in YEARS

    We lost to a Notre Dame team on NATIONAL TELEVISION

    Stupid penalties once again.

    Our secondary=burnt toast…gosh guys, you made Claussen seem like a Heisman canidate..

    Our boys just saved Charlie Weis from some off season grief…

    Let’s face it. We played Florida, Oregon State, and Notre Dame..all BCS schools and we got our a$$es dealt to us

    But hey…we got Rod Flemings!


  105. conor December 24, 2008 6:57 pm

    Buffoman completely agree. Look, ND was SUPPOSED to win this game, even though they were ‘dogs. However, the way we played tonight was pitiful. At least with JJ our team would come out on FIRE and PHYSCED up. With Mac’s teams their just seems to be absolutely no fire whatsoever, except one defense.
    We also should have put Funaki in earlier. Alexander really was not on tonight and Funaki would not have done any worse really. Alexander was getting hit waaaaay to much and it was showing when he was about to throw thus why he was so hesitant the majority of the time. Funaki doesn’t hesitate, because he knows that if he doesn’t see anyone open he can rely on his legs, which he did. With Funaki having more patience in the pocket, he allows his receivers to get open and it in turn allows him more time to throw.


  106. las vegas December 24, 2008 7:01 pm

    2009 is coming!
    Get ready for LOI day and spring ball!!

    We had a rough year under Coach Mac, I hope he becomes more of a coach than a buddy next year.
    I really would like to see him pull a player from the game when he commits a stupid personal foul.
    I hope the underclassmen carry a chip (cincy/nd)on their collective shoulders until next year.


  107. 702WarriorNation December 24, 2008 7:07 pm

    Changing Coach Mac’s 48hrs rule to 12hrs. or less for this game.
    Thank you seniors for your dedication especially those who graduated this past weekend.
    To the seniors that didn’t graduate(yet), look forward to seeing your names during spring graduation.
    Hope tonight persuaded our recruits that they have an opportunity to start next season if they put their signature to their verbal commitment to UH and compete with returnees.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

    Curveball- good to see Mrs doing well at home and she’ll be able to spend time with ‘Slider’


  108. TOM December 24, 2008 7:10 pm

    Horrible, horrible, horrible.

    To add to the confusion, I went to Richardson Field and no Tsaikos! I knew I should have asked KAZZ for directions but — never assume things!

    Merry Christmas one and all!


  109. 702WarriorNation December 24, 2008 7:15 pm

    las vegas, hope you got your DL today!
    Happy Birthday, not bad looking for 30 yr old kid.


  110. jus'Lrkn December 24, 2008 7:31 pm

    UH – Outclassed/Outplayed.

    ND Had the better team. Season over


  111. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 24, 2008 7:41 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I dont feel like sugar coating anything. I was relatively positive throughout the season but now I am going to speak my mind.

    what can i say?

    our offensive line…if you can even call it that…is well pretty offensive. Truly truly pathetic. Brian Smith, in these tough economic times, my personal opinion is that you got one more shot next year, and I think thats pretty generous. Produce, or pack it up.

    speed kills…and thats why notre dame is still alive and breathing. DB have no speed to keep up with these kinds of blue chip receivers. Taking a quote from tonights “Fan Phones”…..”if you dont got speed, go find some.”

    I dunno how everyone else feels, but I was discussing this with some people and they seemed to believe (and i agree) that this lost coupled with loss against Georgia all on Nat’l TV and primetime set back our program for many years. In terms of national attention, respect, ranking, and BCS potential.

    I hate to see the impact on our highly touted recruits. This might have been a very deciding factor in which schools some of these kids will go to.

    Coach Mac, I feel for you. Tough times. I can only hope we get better and hope that our coaching staff knows what the he11 they are doing.

    Go Warriors.


  112. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 24, 2008 7:43 pm

    re: PERSONAL FOULS

    I for one am sick and freaking tired of hearing “ohhh we need to address this and we will” from the coaches. That has been recording nearly after every game. If this is their results “addressing” the personal foul penalties then we are up $h!t creek right now.


  113. Buffoman December 24, 2008 8:12 pm

    On a brighter note…

    If I am a QB recruit, an o-line recruit, a wide receiver or a DB, I’d be jumping at the chance to come to Hawaii.

    The commentator asked why Alexander was not more heavily recruited. Answer is simple, you can have the greatest gun of an arm but if you have the “R.Leaf” personality as a leader, you simply cannot lead especially when a team needs you most.

    Funaki may not have had a gun of an arm, but he could rally a team.

    Colt had “IT”. So, if I were a QB prospect, I’d come as that QB position is wide open. If it isn’t, I don’t know what games Rolo has been watching and if he understands leadership on the field.

    Wide recievers. By all means, when our guys Lane quit running their routes, I know I have a chance to push that guy out and get a spot.

    D-backs. Anyone with any kind of speed who know’s he is going to be sitting behind a USC, Georgia, of Florida guy, come to Hawaii as you will play here.

    O-line, come, we’ll be replacing a few folks and its a real possibility we may have a new o-line coach. Discipline, technique and stamina were not evident with a few of the folks. Off season may not have been as rigerous so that may change.

    Special teams guys, we could use a new coach who went more for basic coverage and less stress on chest pounding everytime a tackle, which is what is supposed to happen, happens occurs.

    Sorry, I tried to keep it positive but I believe that the comment about being put back a few steps did occur with the last two games and the WAC losses (which we could not control) we’ve been handed.

    On another note, if I were Manti, I’d go to ND as they appear to be a young team that can rise. he could be a part of the building of a new dynasty and not a part of one already made (USC). And, he’d get one heck of an education. If we showed better, I’d want him to come to UH, but I am not confident that we are up to that standard at the moment. Way too much “theatrics”, too much, dancing, chest pounding, bumping butts, etc, on stuff that should be standard: blocking and tackling. All that energy could be better directed at just being good at playing football.

    Finally, I know there’s a love fest with what JJ did with the run and shoot. Maybe it’s time to modify it and building in a tight end or two, especially if we are going to balance it and run. I’m not saying go away from the 4 or 5 wides, but let’s face it, we’ve become so predictable and that offense was tuned to JJ’s brain, which is now in Texas. Time to do something that a hybrid that may be more in tuen with what we have here, not dreaming of or hoping for from Texas. next chapter needs to also be written in the offensive scheme.


  114. conor December 24, 2008 8:27 pm

    Lets face it, Rolo was a great QB at UH, but can he COACH?
    P.S. Manti is most likely going to BYU


  115. labrat December 24, 2008 8:30 pm

    Like coach Mack says recruiting is the life blood of the program. Time to go out and get some playmakers. There are a lot of holes that need to be filled. That alone should be an attraction for recruits. The chance to actually play. We need to get enough depth on the team so that coach Mack can bench the players who keep making the same mental errors. It seems like I was watching an instant replay of all the bad things that have happened on the field during the season. I hope that the new leaders on the team will keep the younger players focused. The new season begins tomorrow.


  116. NYuhpstate December 24, 2008 8:54 pm

    I had a bad feeling about this game. I knew it was a tall order to compete one-on-one with a Notre Dame team and I expected they were ready to jell. But they had a magical quality about them that just put them over the top.

    Unfortunately this feeds into the general inferiority complex around the Warriors, when at 7-6 they were extremely lucky just to be in a bowl, not to mention having a quality opponent like Notre Dame.

    Learn, regroup, move on.


  117. Jaysson December 24, 2008 8:56 pm

    note to Aaron Bain. Thanks for bringing a few reasons to stand up and cheer tonight. You were the only one showing signs of life on the Warrior team and your highlights on ESPN were deserved.

    Mele Kalikimaka Tsaikos!


  118. Committed Road Warrior December 24, 2008 9:01 pm

    Turnstile count for the game was 43,487, a bowl record IIRC.

    …unfortunately most of them probably left half way through the third quarter.

    Signing off for the night. Merry Christmas!


  119. chawan_cut December 24, 2008 9:28 pm

    I wrote this on SH, but I also wanted to share this with you. It’s a thank you to this year’s team. Not sure how many of them read this.

    Thank you for spilling your guts for us.
    Thank you for waking up at the crack of dawn all those mornings to strap it on and string it up to practice play after play.
    Thank you for your sacrifice to play for your teammates, for us, and the state of Hawaii.
    No matter what people think with their opinions and judgements, you are the ones out there playing your butts off wearing the H on your helmet and jersey, against another team who is also practicing and playing with all their might.
    Sometimes the ball bounces our way, sometimes it bounces theirs. Thats the game you play.
    Thank you to your families for sharing your time with us.
    Thank you to the coaches, staff and their families for giving all that they could day after day, night after night.

    Not sure how many of you read this, but I just wanted to express my thanks.

    Merry Christmas

    and have a safe and

    Happy Holidays.

    c_c


  120. las vegas December 24, 2008 9:44 pm

    702WN,
    Thank you, actually I’m 29
    Got my DL renewed, took 15 mins total! no line today!
    woo hoo!


  121. las vegas December 24, 2008 9:46 pm

    Ok!
    Who do we play in the first game next year?
    Gotta get ready!


  122. las vegas December 24, 2008 9:52 pm

    oh, Central Arkansas 10-2 this year


  123. jus'Lrkn December 24, 2008 9:56 pm

    Auryte! Warriors, squash it!! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year too! Thank you for your blood, sweat, and dedication.


  124. Montana16 December 24, 2008 10:09 pm

    # roysan16:
    December 24th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Good Afternoon.

    During Monday’s news conference, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said: β€œWhen I’m sitting here on Christmas Eve after the game with my wife and kid, waiting for Santa and the sleigh to pull up, I want to have a smile on my face. And I won’t be the happiest camper if it goes the other way.”

    This is a quote that appears in an ST article written today.

    Well I’m sorry Coach Weis the Warriors do want to rain on your parade. And following his theme of wanting to leave here a β€œhappy camper” here’s
    the one of many Warrior fans wishfully channeling an influx of picnic ants coming his way. Grrr. Ouch.

    Go Warriors.

    WARRIORS GOT SPANKED BABY!!!!!!!!!! who’s laughing now, y’all got spanked like a bad rash, ND is back like cooked crack.

    The only good thing about miami is the ham, weather, and hula ladies.


  125. LizKauai (iPhone) December 24, 2008 10:18 pm

    Huh?

    hey, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy New Year!


  126. BigLou December 24, 2008 10:25 pm

    time for hawaii to hire an african-american head coach that can energize the state, recruit top african-american/ hispanic athletes that would go to pac-10 schools and convince them to play on the islands, they need a coach that can get the kids outta south central, the los angeles ghettos, and also get the speedy athletes outta western states such as arizona, washington, nevada, etc.


  127. Uce2 December 24, 2008 10:44 pm

    re:post 126 After a afro-am coach, how about an afro-am AD?
    hahahaha we know how well that worked out.
    We need a Samoan or Tongan , Right?


  128. Uce2 B STR8 December 24, 2008 10:51 pm

    funny


  129. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 24, 2008 10:55 pm

    Mahalo to the organizers who put together a great T-Gate. The proceeds from the HI-5 recycling will go to Doris Sullivan and her PIAA program.

    After the game, BHF2 and I briefly discussed what needs to be done over the next 5 – 10 years to build a powerful athletic presence at UH in all six women’s & men’s sports led by football and wahine volleyball.

    For starters, there will be a new UH president within a year so a strong voice for student athletes must be on the selection committee. Make that statement loudly and clearly to the committee members.

    Next, nine new regents will be selected over the next two years who will need to make a similar commitment to building our athletic programs.

    Don’t get me wrong – I fully understand and support the idea that UH is an academic community, but athletics can and should be a full partner in developing it.

    According to first-hand sources at a major PAC-10 school, for every $1 spent by state taxpayers on supporting athletic programs, another $44 comes in from other sources to benefit teaching and research in fields as diverse as Children’s Theatre to Civil Engineering to its School of Medicine.

    Anyhow, there’s a lot of work which needs to be done OFF the field by those of us who will not be working with athletes. I hope that there are blog post-ers and lurkers who will step up and make a commitment to make some changes in How We Do Things Around Here.

    Change is Coming, folks, and we can either drive the engine or ride in the caboose.

    All aboard!!!


  130. Mad Dog December 24, 2008 11:23 pm

    A few weeks ago, I mentioned that both Notre Dame and Hawaii have a lot to lose by losing. What June Jones and the Hawaii teams over the past nine years have built has come crashing down with the Sugar Bowl and Hawaii Bowl games.

    We just have to pick ourselves up, dust off the criticism, and start climbing the ladder of respectability once again. Hey, we aren’t at the bottom of the ladder. It just feels that way.

    The team has come a long way since our first game, but there is a lot more to be done before we can feel good about ourselves.

    Hey, when is the next game? Let the new season begin. Let’s begin the new season this Friday.

    Merry Christmas to all the Tsaiko’s. Enjoy the day.


  131. duffer December 24, 2008 11:37 pm

    uhfan808

    This is the article I was talking about at the t-gate,

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081224/SPORTS03/812240375/1032

    How can you not like this guy even if he’s not going to UH.


  132. jm2375 December 25, 2008 12:02 am

    Merry Christmas everyone!! Have a great day tomorrow (today?) !!

    According to noradsanta.org, Santa is over Aliamanu right now. πŸ™‚


  133. LizKauai (iPhone) December 25, 2008 12:08 am

    There is a dog.
    So we check in- cautiously eyeing a queue of people winding around the building who were diverted from Maui and having to be put up here tonight. The tv in the lobby just got to halftime in the Game replay.

    We get to our room, settle in and.
    The tv does not work. I guess we’ll have to go to sleep then.

    SWEET WARRIOR DREAMS!


  134. PC fan December 25, 2008 12:19 am

    Notre Dame beat two teams this year that had winning records. They barely beat Navy and now they blew out Hawaii.

    I wonder if Miano should stick to recruiting and have someone else coach the secondary. They were torched time and time again.

    It’s one thing to say that Hawaii has played in bowl games on a regular basis. It’s quite another when you realize without the Hawaii Bowl, it would have been slim pickin’s with the exception of last year.

    Onward to next year. . .


  135. al December 25, 2008 12:26 am

    duffer…glad to see that you and whitey have made it home safely.


  136. Ralph December 25, 2008 12:38 am

    Al only duffer checked in, whitey is somewhere on the darkside staring at his beer, wondering, did we really get our butts kicked?


  137. Pomai December 25, 2008 12:45 am

    Well the season’s over, we still had a winning season but maybe not to some’s liking. But then will they ever be satisfied? I am. Win Lose or Draw they are my WARRIORS and I will ride the highs and go down in flames supporting my TEAM. Can things be improved on, of course they can and they will be, on to next season.

    GO WARRIORS


  138. SteveM December 25, 2008 12:46 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


  139. al December 25, 2008 12:47 am

    due to Christmas…this loss needs a special ruling. discard the 48 hour rule and invoke a 12 hour rule so that come morning, approx 0700, all should act normally. life goes on.


  140. Ralph December 25, 2008 1:24 am

    Merry Christmas everyone!


  141. las vegas December 25, 2008 1:30 am

    Mele Kalikimaka People of Hawaii


  142. Kekoa December 25, 2008 2:10 am

    Can’t relax and sleep. This game really wrinkled my shorts! Like the Sugar Bowl, I will never watch replays of this game again.

    It made me sick to my stomach that we allowed them to do what they did with no resistance! Surely there must be a behind-the-scene story to excuse what happened out there.


  143. protector December 25, 2008 2:35 am

    I think a lot of it had to do with the inability to put pressure on Clausen because of that mammoth-sized O-Line. Jameel Dowling was utterly burned for 2 touchdowns. One looked like he just quit on the play, but he actually stooped to whine about being pushed by the receiver. The guy behind me put it succinctly: “finish the play…complain later”. Tim Grasso (our so-called punter) had another mediocre, lackadaisical effort and again I hope Coach Mack is recruiting a “real” punter for next year because this year was painful. Those things along with break-downs in kick-off coverage inflated the score again. Sort of in-line with the Oregon State & Florida losses. Thsi loss was not as “disheartening” or as dis-spiriting (is that a word?) as the San Jose State & Cincinatti games to me because we weren’t really “in” this one. We just have to chalk it off & hope the coaches can address the concerns: O-Line, better & more consistent play from the QBs, replacing Solly & Adam & getting the secondary up to scratch after losing Ryan & a number of others.


  144. Jay December 25, 2008 4:39 am

    Morning Tsaikos,

    10 minutes I’ve been staring at this comment box trying to come up with something worthwhile to say. Frustration mixed in with lack of sleep will do that. The section I was in was very…lackadaisical. I expected alot more from Hawaii fans in my section. I yelled my throat dry anyway and I’ll do it again next year.


  145. mctruck December 25, 2008 5:51 am

    PC fan,

    I agree with your (12:19am) comment re: coach Miano’s lackluster db’s.
    He’s been around for years and pass coverage is a consistant weakness as far as I can see. Also, why can’t the coaches teach the qb’s to get rid of the ball when trapped in the back field? The tv commentators made the obvious observation right-off. Why take the loss in yardage when it’s obvious UH will take a loss in downs?, throw the ball at somebody’s feet at least, or uncatchable out of bounds where there’s a reciever or UH player in the area?…oh well!!!???


  146. 99club December 25, 2008 5:57 am

    Merry Christmas!

    Mahalo to our Warriors for a fun season. Looking forward to road trips to La Tech and, of course, Las Vegas next year!


  147. kymrykauai December 25, 2008 6:55 am

    MELE KALIKIMAKA!


  148. Postmanke December 25, 2008 7:55 am

    I’ll say it again, the 48 hour rule is silly.


  149. brew808 December 25, 2008 7:56 am

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  150. Nalani December 25, 2008 8:06 am

    The game was boring, but I really enjoyed all the fun things that led up to the game. Got to spend some quality time w family/friends.

    That had to be one of the worst half time shows I’ve ever seen. At half time, we entertained ourselves by cheering for the Hawaii fans who wouldn’t give back ND’s footballs after they kicked 3 into the stands during halftime warmups. Ha. Was funny.

    My son is home again after being in the hotel for a week, and we will enjoy Christmas morning with the family all together. I can’t wait for Spring Ball!

    God’s blessings to all the Tsaikos, Stephen, and all our family/friends.


  151. bighilofan2 December 25, 2008 8:20 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!

    Mele Kalikimaka too all!

    I stayed until the very very end. Some things jumped out at me as I rewound the events in my mind. I saw Coach Mack get cheered by a small group of well wishers, and he acknowledged them. I saw each player and coach go off the field; some did not look up even while fans were clapping and showing their appreciation for the hard work, sacrifice and endless effort put out by all. And I came away with these impressions. Inoke is one super class act! Coach Mack gotta make a change early in his offensive scheme. Starting with his coaches. My prediction is he is not going to change anyone. Like Jimmy Donovan, these are two nice guys.

    Let me analogize the situation. My prediction is that Coach Bolla is gonna stay another year. 75 in attendance this past Monday And they won. Monday nite, but had lost Friday nite. The people who are losing are his young ladies. He can’t fire them up because in the back of their minds they remember him of last year. NO CREDIBILITY. that is Bolla’s problem.
    75 at the SSC! and a win!

    And that, NO CREDIBILITY, is going to be Coach Mack’s problem if he doesn’t ask at least one to step down. i’m not saying release, i’m saying shake up.
    You cannot have the 2 Lees on both sides of the ball.
    Put em on the same side of the ball so there is accountability on both sides of the ball.

    Coach Mack, your oline players do not show confidence in Coach Brian Smith. I know everyone’s got to start somewhere, but to start here?

    The best tip I heard tonight was from a woman. She said that right away the Coach should be talking to the current players in the NFL and find out who are bright, hard working, 36-40 year old guyz whom they think could make a positive impact on UH football coaching.

    I agree 10,000%. Don’t get me wrong coaches, I want you all. I want UH badder.

    Think of it this way coach. If you had the top 10 recruits in the nation this year on the o side of the ball, linemen, would you honestly feel confident in the coaching they’d be getting if they came to UH? Your answer would be
    telling to you.

    Since its the end of the season, and we’re into the Christmas spirit, the HA article this morning SEASON’S BEATING, reeeeeeeee ally tightens my jaws.

    Looking forward to Arkansas and UNLV. I would really like to look forward to another Notre Dame game.

    Lets face it gang. Notre Dame came to play.
    Ask yourself, do you feel our coaches brought our guys to play? Really? ATTITUDE. ours suckkkkkktttt!


  152. LizKauai (iPhone) December 25, 2008 8:21 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!

    What a blessing to have been brought together by our love for the Warriors. A love that carried everyone safely through the seemingly bottomless abyss that opened before us at the beginning of this year.
    All the goals were met, as I see it, and the eun shines brightly on the future.
    The whole world is now faced with a global opportunity for change that resembles an abyss of sorts. We can confidently point to our microcosmic experience and say “be united in love, do the best you can and rely on The Maker to show the way. And then Make Memories! (homage to Coach Bulla).

    Thanks be to Ke Akua for the many blessings we enjoy. And Thank You for being part of this Tsai-ko Ohana!


  153. Tombo Ahi December 25, 2008 8:41 am

    Happy Birthday Las Vegas!

    Happy Birthday Chawan Cut!

    Happy Birthday Jesus!

    Coincidence? OR THE HOLY TRINITY??????


  154. brew808 December 25, 2008 8:44 am

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  155. bighilofan2 December 25, 2008 8:51 am

    My cuz Kakanui is really tightening my jaws. He put tings in perspective. The word is out. On national television, we were Out coached. Out played. Out muscled. Out classed. Out of our league.

    Georgia, Notre Dame. Oh well, there goes our national rankings for the next 5 years. We were disgraced on national television. Again…. Last year, we had an excuse. June Jones knew he was leaving and on national television he looked like he wasn’t coaching.
    Whats our excuse this time?

    Jameel was whining to da ref when the ND guy pushed off on his cut to da ball fo da tv. JD neva finish da play.
    dats wat I saw….

    And it all starts with intensity from the coach! jmo


  156. d1ε³Ά December 25, 2008 8:56 am

    Great Christmas Morning All!

    The sun still rose this morning…Hawaii is still a great place to be on Christmas Day.

    Enjoy the day with your loved ones and remember what the day is about…

    Merry Christmas Tsaikos!


  157. Frank25 December 25, 2008 9:00 am

    Hi there Tsaikos@ Tsaikettes
    Just wanted to say Merry Christmas from Kuwait,I hope everyone is enjoying there Holidays back in Hawaii.Dont everyone get down becouse of the outcome of the football game, i was lucky to have watched the game 200 AM this morning. Even if our warriors lost, we where cooking our bar-b-que in the cold at 200 AM in the morning having our own taligate?most people where sleeping, but not us hard core warrior fans ,oh yeah and one fighting irish fan.And even if the out come of the game was not what we all wanted it too be,i am still proud of Coach Mack and all his warriors and I will be looking forward to next season when I will be back from my duty here in the middle east.And I will be there at all the games cheering on the warriors.So from all of us to all of you back there in Hawaii Merry Christmas and a Happy new year

    LOVE AND ALOHA


  158. bighilofan2 December 25, 2008 9:07 am

    to add furrda insult, kanaks reminded me dat da refs, towards da end, wuz tryin fo slo da game down so UH woodin look too embarasst.

    How wuz that heat in Florida? We got lucky in that one, the weather wasn’t too bad. How wuz the heat yesterday? Wasn’t too bad either, the shade.

    Yup, my cuz is really tightenin my jaws! πŸ˜€


  159. Stretch December 25, 2008 9:08 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Merry Christmas Tsaikos!!

    Happy Birthday Chawan_Cut!!

    Happy Birthday SteveM!!

    Happy Birthday Las Vegas!!


  160. bighilofan2 December 25, 2008 9:12 am

    Q: how do you make intensity??????

    A: you start with a flame!


  161. brew808 December 25, 2008 9:12 am

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  162. brew808 December 25, 2008 9:14 am

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  163. Dennis Halloran December 25, 2008 9:18 am

    As John McKay used to say,”Football is played by people. The team with the best people wins.” Yesterday was an example of being outpeopled!
    Our recruiting looks like we are getting more people, so I look for improvement next year.
    Mele, Mele!


  164. Julie Clyde December 25, 2008 9:19 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    I’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to all celebrating today especially my to my better half Stephen Minoru Murashige.

    Have a great day.

    Peaches


  165. Stretch December 25, 2008 9:21 am

    Julie Clyde:
    December 25th, 2008 at 9:19 am
    I’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to all celebrating today especially my to my better half Stephen Minoru Murashige.

    better half??!!?? you are being toooooooo kind to him.


  166. brew808 December 25, 2008 9:26 am

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  167. Stretch December 25, 2008 9:31 am

    I wonder if duffer and whitey were able to make it home last night?? I am reading a report that the airport runway lights on Maui were out.


  168. addahknowjoe December 25, 2008 9:33 am

    Frank25!

    Aloha my braddah! Mahalo for sharing your mana’o from half way around the world! It truly puts into perspective what we should appreciate in life.

    Awesome to hear get hardcore Warrior faithful found the time to come together in the middle of the desert and support the braddahs back in the islands.

    You’re right, the outcome may not have been to our liking but there is so much to be proud of and to forward to next season.

    All of us here are pulling for all the braddahs an sistahs who unselfishly don our country colors and defend this great nation.

    As always- Be safe. Look out for one another. Stick together. Do what you gotta do and come home my friend. We miss you guys!

    Please pass on one huge Shaka Kalikimaka to all our Warriors in the desert from us Tsai-kos!

    Malama pono


  169. el guapo December 25, 2008 9:34 am

    Be patient everyone.

    JJ had a whole mess of suspensions at SMU this year. He said that he went through the same thing in his first year here. Give the Mac a chance to get the kind of student athletes that he wants.

    Some want Rolo to call plays because he was a decent QB. Some don’t like Smith’s job with the O-Line. But both played in this offense. What’s the difference between the two? Don’t equate talent and playing success with coaching ability.

    Give Ron his kind of running back before you say he is too predictable. You would be too without the personnel you want. Give Cal a chance to do *something* (what does he get to do?).

    A lot of the coaches are being questioned. I’ll question the one that has rarely if ever been questioned – George Lumpkin. I interpreted an early explanation from Mac to mean that George is handling a lot of administrative matters so Mac can focus on coaching. But while we’re throwing money around, why not hire a decent administrative person so George can either coach or ride off into the sunset?

    And while we’re throwing money around, remember what we may have to give up in academics if additional money goes to the athletic department. Would we lose out on teachers like Steve M? Or brilliant minds like Jason? Santa is only bringing in so much this year, let’s use it wisely. We all want a great team but we also need great academics.

    Otherwise I hope Santa brought all of you whatever else you wanted. Merry Christmas to all Tsaikos and non-Tsaikos everywhere!


  170. addahknowjoe December 25, 2008 9:35 am

    Dennis H-

    I dig that outlook!

    Mahalo!


  171. Postmanke December 25, 2008 9:39 am

    somewhere in DC and Dallas there’s a few guys shaking their heads saying – “what have they done to our offense”

    I think we need to realize thats it’s not “ours” anymore it’s coach Lee’s


  172. addahknowjoe December 25, 2008 9:47 am

    Nalani-

    Was that all the hullabaloo going on in the stands right by the tunnel?

    We were wondering how come all the ND trainers were getting all bent out of shape on the field. Had security, stadium ushers and cops all congregating by the tunnel entry, conversing with ND officials looking and pointing into the stands. The crowd look like they were going off!

    We thought had beef.

    Too funny.


  173. LizKauai (iPhone) December 25, 2008 9:55 am

    Hauoli Lahanau! to all celebrants.
    El Guapo. I bow to your wise perspective.

    This morning we met a very nice young man whose devotion to ND brought him to Hawaii. Chk my blog.

    Stretch, our abode last night was filled with people who thought their Christmas morning would be on Maui.


  174. NorthShoreFan December 25, 2008 9:59 am

    Aloha and Merry Christmas to all the Tsaiko’s around the world!
    There was a lot of stress on the NorthShore yesterday. Watching the game was full of ups and downs. Mostly downs but then when I think about what this team went through this year, a rebuilding year. I feel somewhat satisfied that they accomplished what they did.
    A lot of them are getting their degrees first and foremost and the season was not a wash out for me.
    Today, they met a team that was well disciplined and executed thier script for the game perfectly.
    I also watched the game to the end to see who the true Warriors are. We do have a good foundation for next year.

    I want to thank all the great Tsaikos me and my wife have met and we look forward to seeing you guys again next season.

    So now lets all start “Tsaiko Analyzing” the situation and come with great expectations for next year.

    To all Have A Safe and Merry Christmas!
    O&O..


  175. Buffoman December 25, 2008 10:00 am

    BHF2 #151

    Sadly, I agree with your assessment of the coaches. While it may seem like a knee jerk reaction to change the staff, it was pretty evident that the initial selection and placement of some of the coaching staff was incorrect. I’m all for giving people second chances, but if they all stay and the staff is left intact, that would be a third chance as the staff did have a season to adjust.

    It really is not about the winning as much as it is about showing improvement in technique, ATTITUDE and a stepped up level of a more professional, public image. if we talk about these folks representing Hawaii, I sure would not want us to appear like a bunch of ill manner, chest thumping hooligans that really have little to show for that kind of public behavior.

    As a commentaror once said during a game (not UH), I wonder why players today act as they do when they score touchdowns or make tackles, isn’t that what they’re supposed to do? If you really want to show up someone, act as though you do this all of the time, nothing new and if you’re going to show an emotion, simply smile and hand the ball to the ref or pick up the opponent you just pancaked.

    I totally agree with this. If you really want to make a impression, be the best on the field and the rest of the story will be told for you.

    I love the team, and as a fan and alumni, I do expect better and expect that leadership will lead.


  176. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 25, 2008 10:18 am

    Mele Kalikemaka Kakou:

    My general take on the situation:

    First of all, there is the Rule Of Three. Every new leader who comes into an existing organization – business, academia, sports, education, ministry – has to deal with this.

    Year One is essentially dealing with the Former Leader’s stuff – and trying to patch the holes, mend fences, and take care of bidness while making change. Watch how Obama handles Year One.

    Year Two is the transition or the bridge year. By now, a lot of things have been changed in terms of policies, but there’s still a lot of stuff left to do and people to replace or shift around. In the case of a sports team, there is also a need to recruit to replace people who are moving on.

    The Second Year is the critical year – look at the difference Bob Nash has made so far this season compared to his first.

    Year Three is the litmus test year. The Boss has been on the job for two full years, the major gaps have been addressed, and lesser priorities have moved up to the top of the list. If, by the time Hawai`i football wraps up its season in December 2010, we haven’t moved along in significant & substantive ways, then it’s time to move McMackin along instead.

    There is a lot to be said about studying organizational management styles so this coming transitional year is when we need to stay on course and make sure that hard decisions are made.

    Turning now to yesterday’s game – this neophyte analyst was truly disappointed at the coaching as well as the playing. I was embarrassed for the fans, the sponsors, and especially for the players.

    That’s it – off to work in the yard before the weather tunrs bad again. We’re recording the Celtics/Lakers game so we can take Saturn The Dog for his final Christmas hike along the Maunawili Trail this afternoon. Last year, I was still not recovered from my accident & the year before that DrDoc was visiting his family in Tennessee. I know Saturn doesn’t understand how important the tradition is for us, but for our first three Christmases together, taking the holiday hike really made us feel good.

    Hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration. With only two of us, it doesn’t make any sense to put up with all the hassles of cooking and then cleaning up. Any suggestions for where to go out for dinner?

    Remember to support the Rainbow Warriors baskeball team – look forward to seeing Jason and the Orange Traffic Cone.


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