Cattle call?

As part of his offseason program, running back Leon Wright-Jackson has been eating a lot of protein. His preference is steak — rare.
Growing up in Washington, Wright-Jackson said he had friends whose families owned ranches. One week, he’d see the cows in the pasture, the next on his plate.
Big things are expected of Wright-Jackson this season. It was difficult last season — his first full season after sitting out in 2006 after transferring from Nebraska. He was held out of a couple of practices last training camp while the NCAA verified his transcripts.
But Wright-Jackson competed in spring training, and he also has perfect attendance during unsupervised workouts. t-lwr.JPG


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And a reader sends this pic of Mr. Wright-Jackson:


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I’m hearing that right slotback Aaron Bain will go on scholarship in the fall. That’s great news for him at that time. Unfortunately, to pay for summer school and other expenses at the moment, Bain, like many walk-ons, has to work. He’s missed a few unsupervised workouts because of work. Still, Bain is far ahead of several others, and the missed time won’t be a factor.

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It’s also nice to see defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea doing well after missing the latter part of spring training because of a leg injury. The injury has healed, and the only markings on his right leg are his new tattoo.



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  1. Maverick June 14, 2008 7:42 am

    Cha – Ching!

    Whew, glad it’s the 14th today!

  2. oldie June 14, 2008 7:42 am

    Okay, when did Tsai sneak in this new blog entry?

    Good morning, all!

    Go, Leon!

  3. Maverick June 14, 2008 7:43 am

    Go Leon, GO!

    ’08 is his year!

  4. Maverick June 14, 2008 7:46 am

    ST – Is Leon the type of RB that could conquer with the I formation, with Huen blocking in front ?

  5. myki1 June 14, 2008 7:46 am

    Good morning Stephen and fellow Tsai-kos. Have a great weekend!!

  6. g-nalo June 14, 2008 7:57 am

    good morning Mav, Oldie, Myki1, and all lurkers (like myself).

    its a good day so lets all be happy.

    this is a great blog because its host is tolerant and open minded, plus its supported by so many terrific people.

  7. I Believe June 14, 2008 7:58 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka-

    Sorry to hear about Ryan G-Ms being cut- what are his options?

    Look forward to seeing Leon in ACTION! I am sure he will live up to the “big things expected” !

    Have a great day to all!

  8. koakane™ June 14, 2008 8:05 am

    morning morning and howzit to myki1, g, Ib, mav, oldie

    dont remem if know mav or oldie but welcome

    shout out to ST who is in america

  9. Long Time UH Fan June 14, 2008 8:12 am

    I loved Leon Wright Jackson’s TD run in the LA Tech game and thought he played well in the Fresno State game. I’m hoping he will have a breakout year this season…Go Leon!

  10. J-DOG June 14, 2008 8:19 am

    Leon is looking like a BEAST.

  11. bonar June 14, 2008 8:30 am


  12. bonar June 14, 2008 8:31 am

    Go LWJ!

  13. oldie June 14, 2008 8:34 am


    Thanks for the greeting. No, you haven’t met me. I don’t have the courage yet to show up at the Tsaiko events. Maybe one day.

    Been lurking since ST had the 5 blog hosts way way back and gigi was planning the first Tsaiko get together. Only post occasionally.

  14. GMA Honey June 14, 2008 8:35 am

    Whew, yesterday on the blog was weird. Hope everything is back to normal. Back to lurking….

    Go Warriors!

  15. FloridaTed June 14, 2008 8:36 am

    Good morning, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Leon looks great, if he plays half as well as he looks, he will have a super year. Could we get this season started already, the waiting is making me crazy this year. We sure have a great stable of thorough bread running backs.

  16. Garret June 14, 2008 8:37 am


    I do not think that Ron Lee’s offense uses an I formation, so I wouldn’t call for Huen to be a blocking back for LWJ. Plus, that means that you have to sit one of the WRs–who gets left out? And if you are talking about power running, you need a TE–which Ron Lee’s offense does not use.

    I look forward to seeing Ron Lee’s offense. I know others might want to see 2 RBs and a TE, but that is *very* different than the run-and-shoot that the team will be practicing. The one way to insure that an offense will fail is to try too many different things before the system is in place.

  17. koakane™ June 14, 2008 8:41 am


    well when you decide to come out just choose any of these meet and greet events. CC, UH tsaiko-gates, Pau Hana EIS, Karaoke Call, SB²C³

    its all da 5 F’s rolled into one

  18. Garret June 14, 2008 8:48 am

    This Hawaii recruit attended a camp at Baylor…and it sure sounds like he wants to go to a mainland school. He’s one of the top recruits in Hawaii and his Dad played for UH, so it would be sad if he got away.

    In one of the better one-on-one matchups of the day, Wade was paired against Chad Lopati, a 6-2, 235-pound defensive end from Kapolei, Hawaii, who’s rated the 48th-best strongside end in the country.

    “He was fast for a tackle,” Lopati said. “At home, on the islands, it’s rare to see an o-lineman that’s as fast as that.”

    Which is exactly why Lopati made the trip from Hawaii. Although he already holds offers from Arizona, Washington, Washington State and San Diego State, Lopati wanted to “evalute his talent and his skills with guys from Texas,” said Keith Lopati, his uncle and a coach at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Keith Lopati played at the University of Hawaii with Baylor defensive coordinator Brian Norwood and cornerbacks coach Kim the same time receivers coach Dino Babers was working with the Warriors as a graduate assistant coach.

    “To be honest with you, with the Coach Norwood here and the Hawaii connection, that helps tremendously,” Keith Lopati said. “I know that if he comes here, he’ll be taken care of and work hard.”

    Chad Lopati said he was keeping his “options open,” but said he feels at home at Baylor.

    “At home, it’s all about respect,” he said. “And I can see that here. They have a lot of respect here.”

  19. Garret June 14, 2008 8:50 am

    Colt update.

    It was a day the Washington Redskins had looked forward to since offseason conditioning workouts began March 17 – the end of organized team activities, the last day the players had to be at Redskin Park until training camp opens July 20.

    Rookie quarterback Colt Brennan, safety Vernon Fox, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and receiver Antwaan Randle El should return from knee surgery by July 20. Guard Randy Thomas, who was held out of team drills in minicamp and OTAs after missing most of last year with a torn triceps, will be ready for contact as will tackle Jon Jansen, whose 2007 season ended with a broken leg and dislocated ankle in the opener.

    “The first part of training camp is very difficult, so we need to really make sure we get those guys pushing through and get them coming out the back end healthy,” Zorn said.

    The coach also expects all 10 draft choices to sign by July 20. To stay at the 80-man roster limit, the Redskins will have to cut a player for each pick they sign. It helps that Washington selected its top choice, receiver Devin Thomas, with the 34th overall selection. Negotiations are usually smoother with players taken after the first round.

  20. Garret June 14, 2008 8:52 am

    Article about the guy trying to take Reagan’s job away in Miami. It does worry me that the new RB coach for Miami was the guy who made Grigsby change positions and made him into a FB.

    FB Boomer Grigsby’s hometown paper reports the Dolphins flooded his cell phone with messages as soon as the Chiefs let him become a free agent.

    “I had some two-year offers from some teams for more money. I’m kind of rolling the dice, hoping for the bigger payday down the road,” Grigsby told the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. “I’ve been a small-time player compared to the scope of things. I need to have that great year, a big year blocking to get my long-term contract so I’m set forever.”

    Grigsby still has some work to do to wrest the starting position from Reagan Mauia, but OTAs and mini-camp are not conducive proving grounds for the position. Once players are in full pads and knocking heads, that’s when Grigsby certainly will make the most noise. …

  21. Garret June 14, 2008 8:53 am

    Nice comment by a Miami fan about Bess.

    I think we’re all rooting for Bess to make the team, a la Welker…the undersized guy with a motor and a knack for making plays. Let’s hope Bess can find some room in the slot while Ginn and Wilford hold it down.

  22. Garret June 14, 2008 8:55 am

    This is the feature article on the FB that will be competing with Reagan. It is nice that they might keep both Reagan and Grigsby on the roster.

    Shortly after becoming a free agent, Boomer Grigsby woke up on a Friday morning to a crowded cell phone in box.

    “I had 10 missed calls from Miami, the GM (general manager), coaches, director of player personnel,” Grigsby said. “I like being wanted.”

    “I had some two-year offers from some teams for more money. I’m kind of rolling the dice hoping for the bigger payday down the road,” said the 5-foot-11, 249-pound Grigsby. “I’ve been a small-time player compared to the scope of things. I need to have that great year, a big year blocking to get my long-term contract so I’m set forever.”

    Grigsby believes that can happen with the Dolphins, who have brought in Bill Parcells as executive vice president of football operations and Tony Sparano as head coach.

    “They are installing a power offense. I think the fullback will be utilized a lot,” said Grigsby. “I think their scheme is to keep two fullbacks on the roster because they do so much thumping.”

    Another attraction of Miami was Dolphins’ running backs coach James Saxon, who was in Kansas City last season and helped Grigsby make the move to fullback.

  23. Garret June 14, 2008 8:56 am

    Bess is mentioned in this article.

    DT Anthony Toribio, CB Scorpio Babers, C Mike Byrne and WR Davone Bess were the four rookie free agents Sparano mentioned by name when talking about youngsters who have impressed him.

  24. Garret June 14, 2008 8:56 am

    More on Bess.

    On that note, the Dolphins currently have five rookies competing for a permanent receiver or practice squad position. Davone Bess, from Hawaii, has had an impressive offseason, and he’s an early favorite. Beyond that, there’s Jayson Foster, Justin Wynn, Selwyn Lymon and the recently signed John Dunlap, all of whom are undrafted rookies who haven’t had the time to prove themselves.

  25. Garret June 14, 2008 8:57 am

    Miami’s coach talked about Reagan’s competition.

    (On his impressions of FB Boomer Grigsby) — “Obviously Boomer has a history with James Saxon (running backs coach). Sax came to us from Kansas City, so there’s some history there. We knew a lot about the guy from that standpoint. But he’s physical. In Dallas we’ve done some of this conversion before where we’ve taken that linebacker type of guy and made him a fullback and he’s been a pretty physical guy going in there. Boomer comes to us already having made that transition, and he’s already done some of this. He’s been involved in the offensive meetings. Those type of things. It’s not the first time he’s heard offensive terminology. So that excited us. And he’s physically a strong guy. He has some ability to get out of the backfield and catch the ball a little bit, and even some run ability as we’ve seen right now. Although he might tell you it isn’t great, there’s some run ability there.”

    (On if it’s an easy transition from linebacker to fullback) — “I don’t think that’s an easy transition at all. In fact I think when you’re sitting there as a linebacker and you’re seeing it on the other side, I think anybody that knows when you stand somebody back there with their heels at four and a half yards and you tell them to run as fast as you can in to that guy over there, all of a sudden that takes a lot more courage. So I mean that’s not an easy transition whatsoever. I think Boomer makes it because he is a physical guy and not afraid to do those things. This is a guy who runs down the field on kickoff team and has gone through wedges. So I think that he’s used to doing some of those things and makes it a little bit easier.”

  26. Garret June 14, 2008 8:58 am

    Sad mention of RGM.

    Your Houston Texans continue to trim the roster, and even those with cool hyphenated surnames aren’t safe. First it was Quinn Gray and Jordan Black; now they can extend bids for membership in their exclusive club to Curome Cox and Ryan Grice-Mullen.

    Cox, as fans will recall, was signed back in November when Dunta went down; given the heated competition in the secondary, his departure is not a big surprise. Grice-Mullen was brought in as an undrafted rookie free agent. Although the kid has speed, an injury prevented him from seeing the field during OTAs. And you know how the old saying goes: You can’t make the club in the tub unless your name is Ahman Green. On second thought, I may have messed that quote up. I’m not good with words.

  27. Garret June 14, 2008 9:00 am

    Interesting that RGM was probably cut due to the new roster rules in the NFL. Under the old rules, he could have been left on the roster and had time to heal before a decision had to be made.

    Receiver has gotten to be a position of strength for us.
    I was pullin for the kid, but I had my doubts.
    With the new 80 man limit on Training Camp, alot of guys that would normally have gone to Camp are gonna be left off now. Not just with us, but league-wide.

    Another comment:

    Just read that Grice-Mullen had a leg injury and didn’t participate in OTA’s.
    No wonder they cut him..

  28. Kekoa June 14, 2008 9:02 am

    GMA Honey ~ Were you a teaching professor at Georgia Military Academy?

  29. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:04 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka Errybody

  30. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:09 am

    Howzit Unko Garret, yup we get one nice hale up there Temecula/Murrieta, about 30 minute or so commute to base but das okay, rather sacrifice living somewhere nice then one pilau place. Anyway, which zoo you was talking about, San Diego??? Once we get settled in we going start making the rounds all over, right now my boy like go six flags after he saw em when we was driving. I think kids get sixth sense when come to amusement parks and the such cause he already told me, eh dad aren’t we close to LegoLand, dayumit I wonder who wen tell him that gunfunnit!

  31. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:10 am

    Great Morning All.

    A beee-yoo-tiful day outside.
    Hope the inside forecast matches up today.

    I’m kinda in between about the UH-SMU matchup for ’09. Valid points about the recruiting angle. But from the viewpoint of fan interest and the ever-present BIS concern it makes sense to do it.
    I guess what tips it for me is with the travel cost issue now looming large, if JD can find a FBS opponent who is interested, he should go for it.
    Sign ’em up as fast as possible. Especially in light of the kind of payout that Navy is getting for their OSU date, the “price of poker” is going up quick.

  32. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:12 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    Sounds like your son is already one lurker here!
    He probably heard about Legoland from Unko Garret.


  33. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:13 am

    Leon Wright-Jackson should breakout this year I’m hoping. Sort of feel like he can be utilized like Nate Ilaoa and become a dual threat out the backfield. Maybe 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving could be a possibility, dunno maybe, just maybe?

  34. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:14 am


    I think that Reagan is gonna find that the best thing for his career at this point is the Tuna coming to Miami. His physicality is gonna be in demand for sure. Two FB’s on the roster sounds about right.

  35. Kekoa June 14, 2008 9:14 am

    Howzit Pauoa ~ Das a good sign he get direction findah…soon small man goin’ be lookin’ for da land of da ‘quick 6!’

  36. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:15 am

    I know that buggah, he know how for go on the internet I think he went mapquest LegoLand and was like chee hee close to the house

  37. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:18 am

    Hopefully LWJ gets more comfortable in the offense come fall camp. If he gets more intuitive about hitting the hole, watch out!
    I think going into camp that’s what is getting Libre the nod over LWJ.
    Needs a little more “Action” in his Jackson.

  38. Stretch June 14, 2008 9:19 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Ronnie – how many pounds have gained already in the couple days here?? hahaha, just kidding. hope you are enjoying your time here.

  39. koakane™ June 14, 2008 9:21 am

    howzit pb,kekoa and d1

  40. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:22 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    Ahhh, the next generation, eh? New and improved ways fo’ be kolohe! 😀

  41. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:22 am

    Howzit Koakane

  42. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:25 am

    Haha, kolohe for get lickens, already ackin and he onleh six, dayum keed 🙂

  43. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:25 am

    Wassup koakane. Good to see you still among da living today.

    Speaking of which….
    being dat there’s no reported westbound airplane incidents, I hope our beloved gigi is doing well in spending that bonus from hubby’s boss, Screwj.

  44. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:27 am


    Sent you e-mail las nite.

  45. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:29 am

    LWJ get perfect attendance at workouts.

    Who’s calling roll?

  46. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:30 am

    ST – Sent you an email with another LWJ picture

  47. bb June 14, 2008 9:33 am

    Why do I have a feeling that JJ is just jerking our chain….We are supposedly in these talks with SMU trying to fill an open date….We are going to get real close to making it happen and then for some strange reason, the rug is going to get pulled out from under us and JJ is going to be saying to himself “theres your 400K.” I dunno…i just feel some sort of bitterness on his part given the way things went down….

  48. al June 14, 2008 9:33 am

    good morning y’all.

    lwj was the guy who got us all excited two years ago as the recruiting started heating up. d1 is right he needs to improve his “vision” on the field and his lateral mobility.

    wow, its early isn’t it?

  49. Kekoa June 14, 2008 9:34 am

    LWJ ~ I’m still unsure of his ability to get to the hole quicker. Was real tenative in the past. Maybe if he can learn to explode THRU and then fly…as we so flashes of last year…then, breakout season happens!

  50. GRM June 14, 2008 9:35 am

    Very sorry that RGM got cut. Hope some other team gives him a chance. Go LWJ.

  51. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:36 am

    Hope not.


    Howzit. I would think you’d be used to the early starts by now. Aren’t the babies still there?

  52. koakane™ June 14, 2008 9:37 am

    stretch golf?

    pb wanted to send this out to you last time but fogot. e kala mai for not spending moa time wala au but dat day at nancy’s didn’t expect uku million tsaiko’s to be dea. hope your stay was good and definitely next time chat moa. take care da family before you know it dem get big and grow up fast.

    d1 yes had some sinister sauce minus essence of terror so Koakane has risen aghhh :mrgreen:

  53. Stretch June 14, 2008 9:40 am

    koakane – nope, no golf today. just waiting until it’s time for me to take my afternoon nap.

  54. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:40 am

    UH vs SMU – I like see this happen too, maybe not right away but once the dust settles. Eventhough I have bitterness about June, wouldn’t be too good for him come back to the islands too early. I can just imagine the home crowd booing him and ackin mento towards the SMU team causing pilikia. He did planny nuff for the program to get it where it is today, but I know choke people who have made him the enemy and locked the door with a sign that reads No one with the name June Jones allowed, or else you going catch cracks!

  55. koakane™ June 14, 2008 9:42 am

    bb not to be vindictive but let JJ and SMU come to play da Warriors and just minus da $ he owes and calls it even.

    anyway we going WINNNNNNNN da game and be up one. bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  56. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:44 am

    Koakane – No worries I’ll be at couple games this year for meet more of you and chit chat too if that’s allowed, sorry no like get scoldings. I would’ve stayed more long but the kids starting to head down the road and was cruising for a bruising ackin up.

  57. koakane™ June 14, 2008 9:45 am

    speaking of ronnie where you girl?

    must not have computa here in hawaii nei.

    stretch when is golf date with Rich and got 19th hole?

  58. Stretch June 14, 2008 9:47 am

    UH vs SMU – I agree with posts above that JJ will use it as a recruiting tool with the local kids. He knows the talent that we have here so why make it easier for him to get in our backyard??

    If it was a game only for the game, it would be great but there are other reasons why JJ wants to come here and play.

  59. koakane™ June 14, 2008 9:48 am

    gotta run back lattas

    play nice

  60. Stretch June 14, 2008 9:49 am

    June 14th, 2008 at 9:45 am
    stretch when is golf date with Rich and got 19th hole?

    working on it. EIther during the week on Oahu or Sat on Maui.

  61. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 9:51 am

    I tink da former coach already has mentioned a winner-take-all for the $400k to be settled on the field. Sounds good to me! The sooner the better for UH.

  62. bb June 14, 2008 9:57 am

    For some reason when I look at my signed copy of my book and read how June Jones “found his home” and now he is gone…and how he said TC was going to win the Heisman….and the sound byte of him saying that if he had the Oakland Raiders first pick that he would pick Colt Brennan…

    this game with SMU is smoke screen. Its like the girl that looks hot and attractive but is good from far but as you get close…far from good.

    i know im ranting…sorry.

  63. MeiLing June 14, 2008 9:58 am

    Lookin’ forward to seeing Leon on the field.

    Has anyone found out whether it’s allowable under NCAA rules if we fans can feed the players, take them on “field trips”, etc.? BHF2, you had some offers out to get them to Hilo, but is it kosher?

    Wouldn’t it help JJ with recruiting if SMU is scheduled to play here in a few years after he has had time to build a team, rather than coming in one year when his team will stil be in re-building mode & we can wup their arse? I’m jus’ a football “innocent” so I dunno. But makes more sense to me that we play them when our team is cohesive & SMU’s is still re-building. Correct my misconceptions, please.

  64. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:59 am

    k be back later I get one picture of LWJ on the NCAA 09 football game in my profile photos if anybody like check em out, pretty mean.

  65. Garret June 14, 2008 10:01 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    Sorry I didn’t answer you sooner but I had to put the kids down for their nap. I was talking about the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, which isn’t too far away from you. It is part of the San Diego Zoo, and a family membership is really cheap (and tax deductible). The animals are out in the wild instead of in cages and you can take a tram ride through them. Plus, my kids love to feed the deer, birds, and ducks and I think your boy would like that too.

    And there is no way to avoid him wanting to go to the theme parks. Southern California has so many of them! Disneyland is very expensive, unless you get a Southern California pass and have lots of blockout dates (and even then it is fairly expensive).

  66. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 10:01 am

    No matter if we play SMU now or later I guess cause we still going spank that arse and ride that pony, yee haw!!!

  67. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 10:04 am

    Garret – I can get tickets to those places way cheaper and save money. If you guys ever need tickets to those places let me know, I can get em supah cheaper than at the gate.

    Anyway gotta hele to my boys party with his Tee-Ball team catch you guys later this aftahnoon…be easy

  68. Garret June 14, 2008 10:04 am

    SMU is having a camp right now–70 high school recruits are on their field. I hope that UH has a similar type of camp for the local kids next year, it would be another step in keeping the players in Hawaii.

  69. Garret June 14, 2008 10:07 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    I’m glad that you have discounts–I hope that the military discount is a good one.

    We have lifetime passes to Legoland for my wife, kids, and me.

    We have the Southern California passes to Disneyland.

    We have a Zoo membership that works for the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park.

    We wouldn’t have tickets to Seaworld, but Lori won them on a radio contest so we go there too.

    One of our passes gives us free admission to a water park over the summer.

    So, we have tickets to pretty much everything we can go to. We are all prepared when we have visitors–and now that we moved to San Diego we get a lot of visitors!

  70. al June 14, 2008 10:19 am

    d1…yup, the “alarm” went off at 0445.

  71. what's wrong June 14, 2008 10:25 am


    What’s wrong wit SMU playing us?
    nothing wrong wit dat,
    and that new AD should also have one tribute to JJ for putting us back on the football map!

    and its kind of nice not having all these “what?” questions for awhile. Can you imagine all those Japanese going nuts wit da questions.

  72. A-House June 14, 2008 10:27 am


    your #68 -I thought this was a “dead” period where coaches cannot have contact with recruits and reason UH staff is not making contact with HS coaches and players.

    where did I go wrong?

  73. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 10:30 am

    A tale of two fullbacks…

    Firstly, regarding Reagan and his competitor. My guess is that having a year under his belt and a big back competitor in camp will bring out the best in him. I look for him to have a good year and I will enjoy checking out Miami’s “thumper” offense. Maybe we’ll see both of the big boys in the backfield when Miami’s power package is in. Go get ’em Reagan.

    Secondly, I think we are all still pretty excited about LWJ’s potential. He’s bigger and stronger and ready to live up to his promise. “Respect the fullback” is one of the cornerstone’s of Ron Lee’s brand of the RS, that’s going to be a boost to all of our backs including LWJ. We all saw flashes of LWJ’s potential, but like the rest of you, I can’t say I ever saw him find his rhythym. Running back by comittee may be a real boon to the offense as it looks like we will have three very different runners in LWJ, Jake Heun and Libre. Their styles should be very complimentary in game settings, and will set up the passing game as well by keeping the secondary honest.

    The use of photos to support his posts is workin’ out well for Mr. Tsai. Not only does it give us visual reference to the player being featured, it help’s the player and fan connection to grow as we track their progress.

  74. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 10:34 am


  75. MeiLing June 14, 2008 10:37 am


  76. Garret June 14, 2008 10:38 am


    Schools are allowed to have camps right now–a Hawaii recruit is attended a camp a Baylor yesterday also. Coaches cannot leave campus to visit recruits, but recruits can go to the schools.

    High school players work directly with the position coaches at these camps. For example, 20 of the 70 recruits are linemen who are working directly with Coach McKnight. That has to be a huge benefit for recruiting those linemen, several of which have offers from SMU and a lot of other schools.

    This is why I would *love* for UH to run a camp during this period next year. I’ll bet some potential recruits from the mainland would take a trip to Hawaii during the summer that coincided with the camp–you get the recruits working with UH coaches and their families enjoying Hawaii and you have a *huge* boost for recruiting. And it would make the local players better, which will help the high school level too.

    I know that there are camps like the one by Coach Derby for high school players. But UH having their own camp is what will be the biggest boost for recruiting.

  77. Garret June 14, 2008 10:40 am


    This is a “quiet” period for recruiting, not a “dead” period.

  78. Garret June 14, 2008 10:41 am

    The most important thing next year would be to show off Ching Field to potential recruits during the June quiet period!

  79. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 10:43 am

    MeiLing, 😉

  80. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 10:44 am

    Will the new Ching Complex be ready at that point?

  81. Garret June 14, 2008 10:47 am


    I thought that the field was going to be ready in October of this year? I doubt the Complex will be completed, but parts will be and the recruits will know that the rest will be coming in time for their playing careers.

  82. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 10:56 am

    You are right though, the field and the complex are going to be great for recruitment.

  83. Stretch June 14, 2008 10:59 am

    With the Hawaii recruits getting more attention from the bigger schools and Hawaii being able to keep some of them home, I would expect some of those schools willing to come to Hawaii and play here.

    Ex: Oregon State. On their roster, they have 14 players from Hawaii, 11 are Freshmen or Sophmore. I wonder if it has anything to do with them playing in Hawaii??

  84. conor June 14, 2008 11:04 am

    Garret, good post. If UH did have some sort of camp around now, I would think it’d be a major appeal to many recruits. Today in New Jersey, Rutgers is running a camp just for o-line recruits, invite only, and supposedly they’ve got great numbers. I’d like to see UH do something similar.

  85. momotaro June 14, 2008 11:20 am

    I am with d1, if a team is willing to play UH here, UH should sign them up as soon as possible, especially with the price of travel these days. The alternative is less appealing (i.e., opening with a I-AA school). Most I-A schools are already booked up for the next several years.

    As for JJ coming back to the islands and being able to recruit, I say bring it on. UH cannot be afraid of scheduling opponents who will use the game as a recruiting tool.

  86. brew808 June 14, 2008 11:20 am

    Re: Warriors playing SMU…. anytime:

    • Major publicity for the game. ESPN would probably eat it up!
    • Regional TV coverage, especially in TX. I don’t know if the recruiting connections w/ TX are pau with JJ, JR, and SMU staff leaving. We’ll have to see what Coach Mack can do w/ help from Aranda & Malloe. Maybe Jake Patek and Mr. Mouton have some connections….
    • Game vs. non-BCS, MWC team is better than any Div. IAA opponent
    • Dallas is a “big city” and an airline “hub” (unless AA pulls the plug!)

    • Major publicity for the game. But all the publicity may not favor UH. It’ll will be the “JJ Story” and how UH “messed up”…. as told by some brilliant ESPN expert….
    • Huge advantage for SMU and staff to recruit local market including 808, Samoa, West Coast.
    • Per bighilofan2’s post #340 from yesterday’s blog – recruiting trips to Samoa with Coach Mack and JJ allows SMU to “throw” gifts around and “buy” entrée into the market – UNFAIR Advantage!
    • UH gains more by playing BCS conference school, any/or establishing rivalries w/ West Coast MWC schools (BYU, SDSU, UNLV) or academies.
    • UH program is on the upswing and they need to improve their strength of schedule. The WAC needs this too. SMU will NOT be attractive until it is a consistent MWC leader or a top-40 school.
    • Schedule a quality opponent, and there will be no difference in the “gate”/take at Aloha especially with JD implementing akamai ticket pricing.
    • Other than JJ and past membership in old-WAC, there really is no natural rivalry to build on between UH and SMU, or Warrior Nation and Dallas. Nothing!

    Okay – I tried to be objective – but failed! Sorry….

    Personally, I see little to be gained in playing SMU! 😈 😯 😈

  87. Maverick June 14, 2008 11:24 am

    Garret – Thanks for answering my question earlier this am concerning Leon and having a blocking RB stream rolling in front.

    I was dreaming.
    Interesting how many opposing teams last season found the secret of keeping a game close with our Warriors, and that was ball & clock control. Ground game with being the ball hog, and running out the time.

    Could this be UH’s philosophy against Florida? They will be a scoring machine with Tebow & 2 top RB’s.
    Now Hawaii will need to reflect that same tatic of keeping the ball out of the Gators hands, run down the time, then put the ball in the end zone.

  88. Garret June 14, 2008 11:25 am


    Good post except that SMU is C-USA, not MWC. C-USA is less appealing than MWC for conference rankings.

  89. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 14, 2008 11:26 am


    Here is what I reported yesterday regarding Ching FIELD:

    “Received a phone call from Jeannie Lee in Jim Donovan’s office earlier today concerning the renovations of Ching Field. The Request For Proposals has been advertised and will be opened on July 7 in public – probably in the Procurement Office. More information on that to follow.

    The bids will evaluated and the winning bid will be announced before the end of July. All bidders are required to be able to start work immediately as part of the RFP conditions.

    The project is to be completed within 90 days – in other words, by October 31. If the weather remains good, then it will probaby be completed by mid-October.”


    Here’s the situation with respect to the entire Complex.

    All Hawai`i public projects go through three phases: Planning, Design and Construction. Bids can be called for separately for all three phases or for P & D or D & C, but no single company can be awarded all three phases. Although there may be some exceptions, planning firms usually do not do construction work.

    Requests for Proposals (RFPs) should be issued for the Planning Phase within the next six to nine months. (Please note the qualifying words “should be”)

    When that work is completed probably by the end of 2009, it will also include the details of costs.

    Earlier this year, $9 million was estimated for the entire Complex including the Field. Some people misunderstood that figure and that it applied to the Field only and got concerned about the variance in prices being tossed around.

    State money is available for the Field, but about $3 million in additional funds needs to be gotten from somehere such as private $$$ or in-kind donations or state revenues or funds from playing in a 2009 Bowl game. I suppose we could hold quarterly garage sales or car washes or Huli-Huli chicken sales to toss into the $$$ pot as well.

    Once the planning is completed and the additional funds are being solicited, then the project will move into the design phase which could take as long as six months. Once that’s completed, then the construction RFPs will be issued.

    The project could be sub-divided into phases as the additional funds are sought. However, assuming that the additional $3 million is raised in the next two years, it is safe to assume that that the entire Complex will be completed by June 30, 2012.

    Yes, waiting for up to four years is very frustrating, but the state of the economy coupled with huge demands for capital projects from both the UH System and the DOE really make it difficult to make things move more quickly if only public funds are used.

    Private funding could cut the wait time by as much as a year.

    Will track these issues and post updates as they become available.

    BTW – is this information and other posts I make concerning public policy matters which will impact UH athletics such as Board of Regents or Stadium Authority actions considered chit-chat?

    Mucho Mahalos to Garret for his posts from other publications.

  90. Maverick June 14, 2008 11:29 am

    I say bring on SMU. If it works out, then great. Our local newspapers will sell out that weekend just from all the photos on the front page and sports. June, Sungod, and McKnight playfully giving Stink eye across to our coaches, then the Mac Attack Crew sticking their tonques out for the return Rasberry effect. Haha

    No wait – There will be a seperate section dedicated to that game. Good for business, good for everybody.

  91. SteveM June 14, 2008 11:33 am

    Good morning-ish everyone!

    conor — welcome to the blog!

    Bighilofan2 — no “dress code” for June 19, although I suggest “Tsai-ko black” shirts/tops or casual attire. Casual can mean shorts, slippers , non Tsai-ko T-shirts and muumuus. 🙂

  92. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 11:33 am

    Thanks for the repost. I glanced at it the other day, but didn’t recall details. I don’t think you need to worry about being a chit-chatter, but if you were, all we can say is this is a FREE blog. 😉

  93. Maverick June 14, 2008 11:36 am

    BTW, who did June get as his Defense coordinator ?

    He can probably get this team mopped up this year, then assembled for the ’09 season with some rigidy to be a top contender for the C-USA conference. ESPN would be all over this game, especially if we have a sucessful ’08 season.
    Dang, I can’t wait for Labor day weekend to come around.

  94. Garret June 14, 2008 11:36 am


    I do think that you have a good point, but UH can do it within the offense that Ron Lee will run, without needed two running backs. I believe that Ron Lee ran the option some with his offense, and UH has several mobile QBs (at least Inoke and Tyler). Remember when UH opened 2005 at USC they moved the ball with Tyler running the option…Inoke is even more mobile than Tyler.

    UH is *not* going to be bigger and more powerful than many of the teams Florida faces this season. Going to 2 RBs would play into Florida’s strengths, not UH’s. UH’s best chance is to spread the field on offense with their 4 WRs and then either run or complete short passes to control the clock.

  95. Garret June 14, 2008 11:38 am


    JJ got his defensive coordinator from Fresno State.

  96. Koauka June 14, 2008 11:39 am

    SMU in 2009? Better than WWE or mix-martial arts. Hottest ticket in town.

    Hey Jim D, the promotion possibilities are endless…….

    Please make it happen.

  97. Garret June 14, 2008 11:41 am

    Faith woke up so I have family time now…be back when the kids go to sleep.

  98. brew808 June 14, 2008 11:42 am

    Thanks Garret! I’ve made the mistake several times already. Yes, that makes SMU even less attractive…. IMHO 😳

  99. brew808 June 14, 2008 11:44 am

    IMHO – I would like to see a UH Warrior Football Schedule based on:

    • the eight WAC opponents
    • a PAC-10 school
    • a MWC opponent
    • an academy school (or a “middle” team from the Big East, ACC, or Big-12)
    • a quality IAA team from west of the Rockies
    • a “marquee” game against a second PAC-10, or SEC. I don’t mention any Big-10 schools as they’ve already shown their “true” colors….

    Of course, there would be 14th game due to the post-season Bowl Game…. I’d include a Conf. USA team if the Hawaii Bowl were to be “decoupled” from that conference, or in alternating years when the Conf. USA team would participate in the Hawaii Bowl. Again, the risk/reward (financial, good exposure for the Team, School, and State, and the overall need to develop lasting rivalries) must be carefully considered in formulating the schedules. IMHO…. 😀

  100. Maverick June 14, 2008 11:49 am

    Thanks Garret on your replies.

    Brew, when JJ mentioned about wanting to secure a Armed Forces team at least every other year, if not anually, that really made sense to me. Especially with the military influence here in the islands, it would compliment both teams.

  101. brew808 June 14, 2008 11:56 am

    Maverick –

    Yes! And you’d likely gain national (or at least regional) TV coverage due to the Academy School’s participation! I think the late Saturday night game time could also be used to market the game to the Armed Services TV network.

    Every other year seems about right. Alternate with a Cincinnati, Syracuse, Rutgers, Virginia, etc. 😀

  102. Stretch June 14, 2008 12:02 pm

    Re: Military Academies

    I would love to see them play an academy every year. I recall when Army came to town a few years ago, the UH Band started playing the alma mater, all the Army players stopped running off the field, turned to the band, helmet under then arm and waited. Talk about respect!! UHAD can have a Military Appreciation game, maybe give away free tickets to active personnel of that branch of service. All other military (other branches, retired, reserves, etc) can get a 2 for 1. Guarantee big crowd at the game.

  103. NYUH June 14, 2008 12:06 pm

    Noticed Lindy’s had Inoke as the Newcomer of the Year in the WAC. Strangely they had HI as no. 4 in the WAC. If Inoke is the NOTY, HI is going to be higher than 4.

    On another note, any economic analysis of whether UH should go independent? Hawaii has some advantages, including its own bowl game, and offering the 13th game to any one who comes. If Hawaii goes to the mainland, why not pick up a mil? Hawaii fans will get better games, and face it, kids want to visit Hawaii.

  104. Stretch June 14, 2008 12:23 pm

    I think Hawaii going independant is not an option. There are no teams that will come to Hawaii during their conference season to play a game. Being in a conference will guarantee home games, although sometimes not the most appealing, but home games nonetheless. UH has enough problems filling their current out of conference schedule already.

  105. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:26 pm


    I think that was Navy you were talking about in 102..
    Maybe not such a big deal to note the difference for civvies like us, but BEEG TING to those guys!

  106. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:34 pm

    The cat’s outta the bag on Hawaii as far as recruiting goes. Coaches as far away as the Big East are calling now. Plus with the help of PIAA DS and her org local high schoolers have way more opportunities available than even just a few years ago. Bottom line is like stated earlier, no scared book games because of recruiting concerns; if da kid like go, he going go anyway.
    Although brew808 comes down on the other side, I think he makes a couple of really good points for the pro side of the SMU thing:
    – Dallas is a good market for UH to be visible in so maybe a home and home series could actually be a good thing;
    – being a major travel hub would also make travel less of a headache for both schools

  107. Kekoa June 14, 2008 12:35 pm

    Another advantage of having the military teams in is their travel costs is not a problem for them, as it would be the other schools.

  108. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:36 pm

    Agree with Stretch that going independent should not even be considered.

  109. Maverick June 14, 2008 12:37 pm

    Army, Navy, or Air Force. They would not grunble about Air Fares to play here in the islands. Just fire up that C5 and bring em all!

    Would really like to see Air Force come out here, there program always present spoiler scenario’s.

  110. duffer June 14, 2008 12:38 pm

    Good Afternoon Tsai-kos!!!

    Blogging from work. How sad is that!

  111. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:40 pm

    You got mail. 🙂

    Howzit duffer. But then again, get some folks who would love to be working at all. Unfortunately, in these times, how sad is THAT!

  112. bonar June 14, 2008 12:42 pm

    Coach Lee will be working a lot of the R&S from under center. Thus, controlling the DEs is critical to the success. I personally hope that UH runs the offense much more from the shotgun the first game.

  113. bonar June 14, 2008 12:43 pm

    Elite XC this afternoon from the Blaisdell. Main event? KJ Noons v. Yves Edwards

  114. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:44 pm


    Dat’s it! Man, you one Genius.

    We gotta get “Dan” fo’ do one mo’ ting fo’ da state before he’s outta Washington…get us one of those C-5’s!!!
    (or we could settle for one of the smaller, newer ones even but they probably watching those pretty close still yet.)

  115. bonar June 14, 2008 12:44 pm

    Speaking of MMA, hope Niko Vitale’s non profit is going well.

  116. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:47 pm


    But didn’t Coach Mac suggest that bringing the QB under C and running a little more would force the D to pull the DE’s in more to help out the OT’s?

  117. bonar June 14, 2008 12:47 pm

    Going independent will be very difficult for UH. No revenue sharing, difficulty in scheduling, etc. The WAC’s lesser teams need to step it up in attendance, quality of play etc. for the sake of the entire conference.

  118. d1shima [sez:] June 14, 2008 12:50 pm

    One more grad party fo’ attend.
    Not going be like that last one, I’m sure but they all good fun.
    BBL 🙂

  119. duffer June 14, 2008 12:53 pm


    YEP, in that context……

    This is what I get for taking the whole week off…

  120. bonar June 14, 2008 12:58 pm

    #116, that makes a lot of sense to me, especially if Coach Mack feels that way. however, someone who seemed familiar with the development of the R&S and has a lot of coaching experience had told me he’s concerned that Coach Lee’s emphasis on running it from under center will be similar to the R&S run by Mouse at Portland-the traditional version of the R&S where the QB rolls out to either side and throws. The DE’s would need to be pulled in, but if you have athletic and strong DE’s like the Georgias and Floridas have now, the advantage of having them start inside more might be significant. I believe while Portland St. put up gaudy numbers last year, they also had a lot of sacks and injuries to QBs. According to this person, the more traditional R&S worked great before the advent of the athletic DE’s. In addition, not only is controlling the DE critical, but the back needs to be even better blocker than in JJ’s shotgun only offense.

  121. Kekoa June 14, 2008 1:04 pm

    Wedding!, then – party on the Windward side tonite. I Love these seasonal family events. Time to wala’au with the ohana and ask the important questions like, “so cuz, how we related again?” No kidding, I nevah know dat?

    Then someone will always ask me about UH and wat da team going be like. They have no clue!…I just tell dem to come watch the game and see for themselves! No doubt they will like what dey see…

    D1 ~ I got your chit…look for my chat inside yo E-box!

  122. Stephen Tsai June 14, 2008 1:13 pm

    Can you call me at 479-3396?

  123. 8 fingers June 14, 2008 1:17 pm

    “The Man” is present. Everyone on your best behavior!

    No chit!

  124. 8 fingers June 14, 2008 1:23 pm

    Kekoa . . .

    Enjoy the wedding!

    I believe our coaches are working hard to solve the problems exposed by Georgia earlier this year. The mix of plays will help to keep the ‘gators on their toes. All the guys have to do is keep their cool and execute like we know they are able.

  125. Ralph June 14, 2008 1:25 pm

    We need a 13th game for ’09..helps revenue, gives us another game to go if SMU is wiling, get it done..Remember HF, he waited and waited for the “Right” team and got us Charleston Southern and another loser…

  126. 8 fingers June 14, 2008 1:26 pm


    Fair warning!!!

    Tomorrow is Father’s Day.

    I am sure the guys do not want to hear, “You are not my father” any more than you wanted to hear, “You are not my mother”.

    Sure hope you have something EXTRA-NICE planned for tonight and all day tomorow!


  127. Stephen Tsai June 14, 2008 1:28 pm

    I’ve got news for you. Charleston Southern is not out of our lives yet. HF signed them a two-game package. There’s another matchup down the road.

  128. 8 fingers June 14, 2008 1:28 pm

    Ralph . . .

    That was redundant to say HF got us another loser.


  129. 8 fingers June 14, 2008 1:29 pm

    I thought you were on vacation?

  130. chawan_cut June 14, 2008 1:34 pm

    al, whitey, stretch, bulla, james, wreckin,

    i think i’ll stay away from the darkside for advice & training….

    maybe i’ll ask the tsaikettes for some advice instead…. lizk, esme, gigi, etc???

  131. wafan June 14, 2008 1:36 pm

    dj . . .

    Are you still on Lana’i or are you back in Spokane?

    Still on Lana’i — enjoy the time there.

    Back in Spokane — enjoy the weather!

    Here it finally cleared up. It is going to be a real scorcher today all the way up to around 67! And tomorrow it may even break the 70 mark! Whoo-hoo!

    I may need to invest in an air conditioner.


    Go chat. Or was no chat? Hmmmmm.

  132. what's wrong June 14, 2008 1:46 pm

    d1….how you today?

    the offense this year will have many a snap with the qb under center. what this does is freezes the lb’s from constantly blitzing and having the de’s play honest instead of teeing off on the qb like in the past. this is all made possible by coming under center and running a few dives, sweeps, tosses, etc to the running back.

    in the ron lee days of st louis hs there rb’s perennially ripped of a 1000 yards from that position. i envision the same this year.

    if i recall our most successful offensive season was when ilaoa and co. went well over the 1k mark in rush yards. this gave the passing game more time and more diversity. we sort of abandoned that this past year which made it harder for the “new oline” to adjust/adapt.

    i look for a more efficient offense this year with the balance and the fresh legs at wr, sb, and rb’s.

  133. Ralph June 14, 2008 1:48 pm

    Congratulations to Kaufman, Sheppard, and Wichmann- named all American in out door track in this weeks NCAA championships

    ST did JD or loser HF extend Camryn James contract…my understanding is, her contract had expired or was expiring this season

  134. what's wrong June 14, 2008 1:50 pm

    we are all not used to the dark side.
    stretch and whitey for sure and perhaps james on occasion.

    and i don’t know how much good advice you will get from all of the list of female candidates that you name. then again you are rather new to the blog.


  135. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 14, 2008 1:52 pm

    SteveM: I am now doing some research back in the spring of 2007 starting March 1 and ending April 30. Unfortunately, it takes about an hour to backtrack and then to read two days’ posts. It’ll take forever – well, 30 days + or – to get through them all.

    KEKOA: Please call me at your convenience. You can get my phone number from Stephen or Jason. Mahalo.

    Have a good rest of the day, everyone.

  136. A-House June 14, 2008 1:54 pm

    military schools:

    best I know, they still have to pay for transportation to fly to Hawaii for a game – how much depends on those negotiating cost.

    savings would be that they would stay on “base” so no charge for room and board.

    when we flew to Japan for annual training, one of our biggest financial hit was air fare even when we used air force jets – actually, several times, it was cheaper to fly United or Northwest to Japan and back.

  137. smu pony June 14, 2008 1:55 pm

    Bring it on brother!

    Texas football reigns supreme!
    You all would get your butts in a ringer if we ever get to tangle with you pineapples.

    You will learn the difference between a Texas mustangs and a little old fat warrior.

    Come on schedule the game. We will play you for free!

    and then we will parade our Coach Mr. Jones in is Blue blazer and red tie all around the stadium if that is what you can call your rust bucket.

  138. politically correct June 14, 2008 2:00 pm

    cw doc,

    What goes on here?

    Why the secrecy of private phone calls?
    Aren’t you the one who put down some folks here for having BIO events?

    that would be hypocrisy on your part.

  139. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 2:09 pm

    Next year, this time, I hope we’re all cheering on the Warriors in the College World Series. That would be so awesome.

    Here! Here! Ralph! I second your acknowledgments.

  140. duffer June 14, 2008 2:16 pm

    Anybody know how Tiger’s doing?

    I’ve got a filter at work that doesn’t let me surf the Golf Channel.

  141. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:17 pm

    smu pony – you crackin me up with your jokes. C’mon bruddah you not that high now are you, shua you neva take couple hits of the pakalolo or maybe you stay messing with the batu pipe. You too funny my bruddah, but no worry I’m sure the future UH vs. SMU games will be good, it’s just that really don’t get anything out of playing lesser competition like you, so sorry, mwahaha!

  142. SteveM June 14, 2008 2:21 pm

    In updating the “survey” information for the June 19 party, I had to clear the previous responses in order to edit. I realized too late that I did not have a specific list of those NOT having the buffet.

    If your name is listed below and you are ARE having the buffet, please let me know.

    DPK and Sweety
    WassupDoc & Dr. Doc

    Conversely, if you are not listed above and did not request the buffet, please let me know (all others listed on the Events Calendar are counted in the buffet tally).


  143. brew808 June 14, 2008 2:22 pm


    1 T2 Rocco Mediate -3 8 -1 69 71 – – 140
    2 T5 Lee Westwood -1 11 E 70 71 – – 141
    3 T2 Tiger Woods E 8 +2 72 68 – – 140
    3 T5 Davis Love III E 11 +1 72 69 – – 141
    3 T9 Geoff Ogilvy E 13 E 69 73 – – 1426
    6 T5 Miguel Jimenez +1 11 +2 75 66 – – 141
    6 T5 D.J. Trahan +1 11 +2 72 69 – – 141

  144. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:22 pm

    Would be good to play the military schools I think. With much military in the islands, I’m sure there would be a big turn out if there was like military discount or something. Navy, Army, and Air Force all have good decent teams. I no think they would mind either being in the islands for a couple days or so as Hawaii is the best place to be stationed anyway.

  145. brew808 June 14, 2008 2:24 pm

    SteveM –

    I’m not listed and I’m not planning on having the buffet! 🙄 😀

  146. duffer June 14, 2008 2:33 pm

    Mahalo Brew!

  147. brew808 June 14, 2008 2:36 pm

    What happened to the idea/concept of playing “home” games at “away” venues? Isn’t this what the Cotton Bowl and other stadiums are doing to schedule “marquee” games during the season?

    • Would UH qualify and how would this impact the “extra game” exemption for Hawaii?
    • Would Lost_Wages or SoCal be an attractive venue for UH “home” games? Would UH draw well there? I’m thinking of potential games vs. Academies. Yeah, this may not be any appropriate time to be discussing these sorts of ventures with the poor economy and horrible airfare/fuel costs.
    • How does this apply for “International” games – say scheduled in Japan or Australia?

    …. just wondering….. 😕 😀 😯

  148. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:37 pm

    #132 – I feel the same way, that if LWJ or Libre can be utilized like Nate Ilaoa was garrans for get almost same production as Nate had. Almost 1,000 yards rushing and almost 700 yards receiving. Could envision LWJ or Libre reaching the 1,000 yard mark this year. I think the Oline would love to run the ball more anyway and pound some people and open up lanes bigger than the H-1.

  149. I Believe June 14, 2008 2:38 pm

    Just checking in – and am really behind in blog, so forgive me for being late to say:

    Glad you’re back to SteveM!

    Welcome Home to Ronnie! Wish I could join you at the CC!

    Aloha to duffer (at work)!

    Have a good trip over to Rich2176 (ditto CC msg above)!

    Aloha to wafan- hope the heat isn’t getting you down (tee hee)!

  150. AWH June 14, 2008 2:40 pm

    Please include myself and my cousin to the list attending but NOT having the buffet. I would like the opportunity to meet some of the clowns here.

  151. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:41 pm

    Granted though Nate Ilaoa was probably the most talented player on the team that year, I think even with Colt behind center, Ilaoa was more of an asset that made the offense run smoothly! Hope the backs can be as productive if not better, but who knows, let the season begin already!

  152. koakane™ June 14, 2008 2:41 pm

    2 pennies

    imho UH would not do good as an independent for many of the reasons given. UH is not like ND with tons of aluni money, tv revenue and overall national appeal. UH got out of being independent when it became a WAC member. no more scrambling to schedule games. and from what I remember back then it was a life saver. the only other way to improve is to belong to the PAC 10 conference.

    I even doubt the 13 game is as attractive to other D1 school now.

    finally tonight I second the motion to play all three military acadamies on a perminate rotation basis. it is just the rigtht thing to do. much of our military rotates here from asia and the middle east. this game benefits everyone. service men returning can catch a service vs UH game while on rr. what better way to reward our troops. Hawaii shows it appreciation to our service men da bestest.

    falling off the slippery box now. sorry for chiting or chatting or whatever it called but being hawaiian das my mana’o and being a tsaiko comes from the na’au.

  153. brew808 June 14, 2008 2:48 pm

    Duffer – Tiger is T4 after 12 –

    Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    Par: 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 35
    R3: 6 4 3 5 4 4 3 3 5 37

    Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 TOTAL
    Par: 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 71
    R3: 4 3 5 12 44

  154. Stretch June 14, 2008 2:48 pm

    Schedule a military academy yearly and also a Pac 10. Those are games will always have big crowds.

  155. Stretch June 14, 2008 2:49 pm

    brew808 – you watch Mickelson take a 9 on the par 5?? it took him 3 to get on from about 50 yards. I thought only hackers like me did that kind of stuff!!

  156. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:53 pm

    True, with all the ESPN and analyst bashing UH receives every year, the appeal is not there. Going independent would make matters worse. Trying to find teams to fill the schedule would be more headache than now and look how hard it’s been. I would love to see us in the PAC-10 conference but that is only a dream away to make that happen, sheesh.

    I’m sure with Coach Mack around, keeping the local boys on the island, continuing to build the Warrior program, we will soon become a powerhouse non-BCS contender year in and year out. Teams will fear playing us as we’ve shown already, (Michigan State Persians, I mean Spartans pssh…).

    I still believe with solid recruiting and the talent coming in we can be a top 25 team every year. Hard to believe we are deep enough that we are cutting really solid players, but at least it shows we’re moving on up…

  157. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:54 pm

    True, with all the ESPN and analyst bashing UH receives every year, the appeal is not there. Going independent would make matters worse. Trying to find teams to fill the schedule would be more headache than now and look how hard it’s been. I would love to see us in the PAC-10 conference but that is only a dream away to make that happen, sheesh.

    I’m sure with Coach Mack around, keeping the local boys on the island, continuing to build the Warrior program, we will soon become a powerhouse non-BCS contender year in and year out. Teams will fear playing us as we’ve shown already, (Michigan State Persians, I mean Spartans pssh…).

  158. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 2:55 pm

    Oops dayum mouse get poltergeist clicking away

  159. I Believe June 14, 2008 2:55 pm

    koakane- mahalo for the little shout out this a.m.-
    I agree with your two pennies (#152)!

    Ditto Stretch’s Pac 10 idea (#154)

    How come this isn’t done now?

    Lizk- great reviews for La Mancha- you go, girl!

  160. brew808 June 14, 2008 2:55 pm

    Stretch – Are you a lefty?

    Hmmmmmm…. I wonder what John L. Smith is doing….. NOT!!! 😈 😯 😆

  161. SteveM June 14, 2008 2:59 pm

    June 14th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
    Please include myself and my cousin to the list attending but NOT having the buffet. I would like the opportunity to meet some of the clowns here.

    OK — please locate and pay Al your $5 when you arrive. Find me and I will make introductions if you wish.

  162. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:00 pm

    Pauoa Boy – Okay, I’ll make a prediction like Florida_Ted sometimes does….

    2008 – We’ll see the return of the “end around” by the slotbacks – maybe a couple times a game! I can see Pilares and/or Washington taking it for big gains!

    Wow – magnificent putt by Tiger! (just like Stretch! 😀

  163. SteveM June 14, 2008 3:02 pm

    brew808 — I recall your non-RSVP now. We gotta correct that some time this year, no? 😉

  164. koakane™ June 14, 2008 3:05 pm

    You all would get your butts in a ringer if we ever get to tangle with you pineapples.

    You will learn the difference between a Texas mustangs and a little old fat warrior.

    and then we will parade our Coach Mr. Jones in is Blue blazer and red tie all around the stadium if that is what you can call your rust bucket.

    smu pony I don’t mind you coming into our blog to share your comments. but when you start insulting and name calling our people, facilities and UH then this just stirs my grits you prairie dust eating, saddle arse, horse dung sad excuse for a smu pony rep.

    if we were so bad and sorry then why did your AD and all dem booster entice JJ to you place? why come to lowly hawaii and get a savior? oh let me see nobody in their sane mind goes there.

    you like talk footbal and players fine. we welcome you. but leave dem insults at home or better yet keep um to yourself.

  165. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:06 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
    Schedule a military academy yearly and also a Pac 10. Those are games will always have big crowds.

    And BIG fights… j/k I keeeed I keeed… I hope I hope… 🙄

  166. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:06 pm


    I would like to order the kalbi, the shrimp tempura, and the Patron!

  167. koakane™ June 14, 2008 3:07 pm

    and sorry

  168. koakane™ June 14, 2008 3:12 pm

    pauoa boy – eh bruddah e kala mai again never see your reply to smu pony.

    mahalo for representing still one proud son of da aina

  169. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:12 pm

    Hey SMU guys….

    Word is that you may soon be looking for a new AD. May we humbly suggest H. Frazier. He is an awesome Olympic Gold Medal Winner and has an “outstanding” record at UH and other places. Plus, he already has worked with your head football coach JJ – heard they’re on such good terms that they just handle contracts w/ verbal agreements and such…. 😀 😯

  170. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:13 pm

    Speaking of Washington, how has he been progressing, would love to see him in the PR/KR game and take a couple to the house. Doesn’t he run like a sub 4.2 40 or something like that and has super quicks?

    I think Pilares is a smooth runner, he’ll be a good slot receiver in time.

  171. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:15 pm


    No use replying to people like that.

    In case they don’t come back to reply, let me do so for them.

    I believe the usual response will be for them to deny any sort of racial jokes or hate, then they will go on to talk and list how many minority friends they have and/or mention their other half having some kind of “minority” in their cultural background.

    Koakane, as they say, “Every thing is bigger in Texas”, well things like the post in the above and when TEXAS pulled out of playing us a few years back validate that there is truth in the old saying “everything is bigger in Texas”….

    You see, while every place has their fair share of a-holes, usually the a-holes from the Lone Star State are indeed REALLY BIG ONES.

  172. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:18 pm

    haha LMAO #169

    no worry koakane – those kine baboozes make my Hawaiian Blood boil, and then they wonder why they catch cracks sometimes…whew… Loose Favra…Loose Favra…Loose Favra…

  173. SteveM June 14, 2008 3:19 pm

    June 14th, 2008 at 3:06 pm
    SteveM –

    I would like to order the kalbi, the shrimp tempura, and the Patron!

    alright, brew808— my treat at Genji whenever you show up. Hmmmm…I promised that to las vegas last year and look what happened… 😆

  174. Stephen Tsai June 14, 2008 3:21 pm

    So, hey, nobody is going to say anything about Rocky, his good health and his new tattoo?

  175. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:24 pm

    Duffer – Leader board update for you (PS. Tiger tweaked his knee driving on 14 – he’s hurting and trying to walk it off….)

    1 T2 Rocco Mediate -4 13 -2 69 71 – – 140
    2 T5 Lee Westwood -2 15 -1 70 71 – – 141
    3 T2 Tiger Woods -1 13 +1 72 68 – – 140
    T4 T5 Miguel Angel Jimenez E 15 +1 75 66 – – 141
    T4 T5 D.J. Trahan E 14 +1 72 69 – – 141
    T6 T5 Davis Love III +1 14 +2 72 69 – – 141
    T6 T9 Geoff Ogilvy +1 17 +1 69 73 – – 142

  176. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:27 pm

    Why is Rocky still wearing Nike slippas?

    Is midori7 a fan of tattoos, tatts on forearms, or only tatts on forearms of her favorite players? 🙄 😀 😆

  177. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:28 pm

    Actually saw Rocky bouncing at D & B’s while I was home. Hope he can stay injury free as our Dline in the past has been hit with the injury bug. Expectations are high for him and the rest of the DLine. I’m sure he can’t wait to knock some heads. During spring training seemed like he would be inline to kill people. Would love to see him go Tee-Bowling as aunty Liz would say and knock him on his arse a few times.

  178. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:28 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 14th, 2008 at 3:21 pm
    So, hey, nobody is going to say anything about Rocky, his good health and his new tattoo?

    No offense to Rocky but actually we were in defense mode. Some imposter or flamer got the best of a few of us and had no choice but to throw a few clubbing blows.

    But yes, Mr. Savaiigaea looks to be in good health and is ready for a good 2008.

  179. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:29 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 3:27 pm
    Why is Rocky still wearing Nike slippas?

    It’s not July 1st yet. :mrgreen:

  180. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:31 pm

    brew808 – look like Rocky’s slippahs too small need moa biggah ones

  181. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:32 pm


    Just guessing…. you might have the biggest wardrobe of UA Warrior gear!?! 🙄 😆 😯

  182. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:36 pm

    That’s a “sideways” shaka sign that Rocky is showing in picture #2. I guess ST didn’t get the photo of the “other” hand-sign Rocky was giving to the SMU Pony troll…. 😈 😆 😯

  183. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:38 pm


    Hey you still watching the Open? How do they make the golf ball leave that red trail in the sky off the drive? Pretty cool…. 😀 😆 8)

  184. Stretch June 14, 2008 3:43 pm

    brew808 – the same way they have the guy run on the football field and paint the yellow line for the first down yardage.

  185. wafan June 14, 2008 3:44 pm

    Nah. Rocky’s slippahs got small from beating on people. Gotta practice for the first game with the ‘gators. Gotta be soah afta get a whack with those.

  186. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:44 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 3:32 pm
    Kazz –

    Just guessing…. you might have the biggest wardrobe of UA Warrior gear!?!

    Hmmm…. let’s see… 3 UH polos and two UH football hoodies… not exactly a collection, but there’s still more coming so we shall see!!!

    The funny thing is for my gym workouts and other things, I already had Under Armour stuff from way back, but since the deal was announced I am back to only buying Under Armour gear for the gym and even for casual wear as their golf polos are nice and of course comfortable.

    I think I just need to pick up the new gym bag and the new jerseys and I think I wil be set… Oh, who am I kidding I will never be “set”.

  187. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:45 pm


    It’s the same technology that they employ for the 1st and Ten yellow line across the football field.

    A few years ago they used that technology on hockey pucks to help viewers see where the puck was on the ice.

    NASCAR, Olympic Swimming, even Horse racing employ the same technology to track drivers, swimmers and athletes during broadcast competitions.

  188. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:45 pm

    Stretch – Yeah – but they’re tracking the trajectory of the ball – the guy with the red(yellow) paint has to fly!!! 😀 😆 😯

  189. Stretch June 14, 2008 3:46 pm

    Kazz – you have to get yourself the polo shirt with the “Hawaiian” UA logo

  190. Stretch June 14, 2008 3:47 pm

    A-Joe – WHAT?? they don’t have a guy run on the field and paint the yellow line??

  191. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:48 pm


    Here’s the company that does it.

  192. Stretch June 14, 2008 3:48 pm

    brew808 – maybe the golf balls has a small hole that allows the red chalk to come out of the ball while in flight.

  193. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:49 pm

    Stretch, actually there’s a guy in your living room painting it across your screen.

  194. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:49 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 3:43 pm
    brew808 – the same way they have the guy run on the football field and paint the yellow line for the first down yardage.

    Some should tell the people that paint the blue line for the line of scrimmage that they are a little off at times.

    They should also use a better water-based paint as sometimes when I am watching games that blue line fades in and out.

    I tell ya… 🙄

  195. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:50 pm

    Whooah – there’s blue line now!!! Cool – this is almost as good as watching fireworks on TV!!! 😀 😯 😆

    (Eh-Joe….. shhhhhh….. you know I know and you know and we’re just having fun but don’t tell Eh-Sports as she may think we’re lolo….) 😀

  196. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:50 pm

    This is how it works. (click above)

  197. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:50 pm

    Wow the technology these days

  198. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:51 pm


  199. Kekoa June 14, 2008 3:51 pm

    Heading out to the wedding ceremony, but before I leave could I get one volunteer Paniolo to rope that loose little small-minded smu pony and sweep him and his sh**t out of the Tsaiko Tstall.

    Damn JJ! Control those yahoos over there in cow pie country. I bet if you gave this clown a quarter, he’d prolly fall off the smu rocking horse in front of Foodland.

  200. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:52 pm

    Eh, a few years ago, these group of bay area programmers living in Honolulu came up with the same technology and pitched it the JJ for UH to use. Their company was called, Nalu Technologies. Super cool stuff.

  201. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:53 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    It’s the same technology that they employ for the 1st and Ten yellow line across the football field.

    A few years ago they used that technology on hockey pucks to help viewers see where the puck was on the ice.

    Speaking as a hockey fan, that was the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

    The sensors could never keep up with the actual speed of the puck so a lot of the times the glowing blue dot that was supposed to represent the puck was several feet off the mark making things MORE confusing for the casual fan.

  202. Stretch June 14, 2008 3:53 pm

    I hope that Mrs Mack knows how this technology works. During the women’s only football clinic, I bet that someone will ask the question how they “paint” the yellow line on the field

  203. Kekoa June 14, 2008 3:54 pm

    E Kala Mai Homey, I didn’t mean to make fun of your favorite ride!

  204. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:54 pm


    Since you’re here…. that photo that ST posted yesterday…. R U sure you weren’t the fair haired one in the back left? Maybe the TV “color” guy starting out “painting” old photographs too!!? 😯 😆 🙄

  205. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:55 pm


    June 14th, 2008 at 3:46 pm
    Kazz – you have to get yourself the polo shirt with the “Hawaiian” UA logo

    😯 😯 😯 Lead a horse to water and he shall drink all day long!!!!

  206. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 3:57 pm

    Brew- Hahaha!!!

    No no no… that’s me in the bottom left sporting the, “Obama Ears” well before it was ever in fashion!

  207. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:58 pm


    Celebrity Kristy Brinkley (sp?) once said that she would like to see football players wear lights on their helmets and when one team is on offense their lights would turn on so that the people watching would know who’s on D and who’s on O…

  208. Kazz June 14, 2008 3:59 pm

    Kekoa, preech brotha! PREECH!

  209. duffer June 14, 2008 3:59 pm


    thanks for the updates….

  210. brew808 June 14, 2008 3:59 pm

    Wow – did you guys see that!!?! Tiger magic!!! 😯 😀 😯

  211. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 3:59 pm

    All this time I taught Houdini was making the yellow line appear than disappear aiyah

  212. Kazz June 14, 2008 4:01 pm

    will lurk later…

    gotta get a late late lunch.. working on Saturdays is “bum-out”…..

  213. brew808 June 14, 2008 4:03 pm

    Duffer – When’s pau hana? Tiger hit a short wedge shot (not sure of the distance ~ 30 yds? – one bounce and into the cup for a birdee on 16! New leader….

    1 T5 Lee Westwood -2 F -1 70 71 70 – 211
    T2 T2 Rocco Mediate E 16 +2 69 71 – – 140
    T2 T2 Tiger Woods E 16 +2 72 68 – – 140
    T4 T5 D.J. Trahan +1 17 +2 72 69 – – 141
    T4 T9 Geoff Ogilvy +1 F +1 69 73 72 – 214

  214. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 4:08 pm


    Those guys I mentioned earlier, Nalu Technologies. They came up with a software that would edit video where players can be eliminated and only those of interest remain.

    So, say you wanted to see only Colt throwing a pass to RGM during a recorded game. Everyone on the field would be digitally removed and only Colt, RGM and say a defender would remain. And you’d be able to toggle and view it from four different angles.

    Fricken unreal!

  215. LizKauai June 14, 2008 4:11 pm

    No time to read the whole blog but I hope the lurkers who want this blog to look like other college football sports blogs are satisfied with #137.


  216. wafan June 14, 2008 4:12 pm

    A-Joe . . .

    I have heard of that company. I think they left or sold the technology?

    I guess the world just was not ready for it. Too bad. That would have been outrageous! I would be so much easier to understand the complexities of the various sporting events.

  217. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 4:13 pm

    Brew- your post at (147)

    Any insight as to how Hawaii could take advantage of that scenario?

    There have been mention in the past of Hawaii playing games in foreign markets against Fresno and Grambling.

    Foresee any major challenges or hurdles UH has to overcome?

  218. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 4:15 pm

    addahknowjoe – I know the guys name Nalu Technologies, sure not ran by some asians with big kahknowledge in the po’o. Frikk cannot even keep up with DVR and all that now they get this, ho too much fo comprehend.

  219. wafan June 14, 2008 4:15 pm

    LizK . . .

    HA! Never thought of it. But it is true that is how most other blogs look and read. Ugh. Disgusting and definitely uncivil. Obviously a most unrefined group.


  220. brew808 June 14, 2008 4:16 pm

    Wow – Eagle on 18!!?! Tiger magic!!! 😯 😀 😯

  221. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 4:17 pm

    Wafan- They had a major internal fallout. really sad. Their technology was unreal.

    Had they hung around long enough they would’ve revolutionize how sport teams film, edit and redistribute their digital video amongst teams. It had the potential actually breaking into mainstream movie editing.

  222. oldie June 14, 2008 4:18 pm

    Awesome finish by Tiger. Five shots back with six holes to go. Now he has the lead.

  223. Stretch June 14, 2008 4:19 pm

    Someone please tell Tiger stop making eagles. I had fallen asleep then the roar of the crowd woke me up. How can sleep with all the noise??

  224. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 4:20 pm

    Pauoa Boy- I know exactly what you mean. I can barely keep up with technology myself. UHfan808 can atest to that. =)

  225. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 4:23 pm

    Eh take it easy tigah no get nuts on the golf course, dea Stretch how’s that?

  226. brew808 June 14, 2008 4:24 pm

    Nalu Technologies.… can be eliminated and only those of interest remain….

    Hmmmmmmm….. just like:

    ST sometimes uses early form of this to “SMU” certain posts….
    • sometimes couples use this to “tune-out” the other spouse!
    • what happens often at Tsaiko CC’s … to the fuud!
    • what happens sometimes after many rounds of CR….
    • happens sometimes when UH Warrior WR’s catch the long fly routes and leave the DB in the dust….. 😀 🙄 😀

  227. Stretch June 14, 2008 4:24 pm

    mahalo Pauoa – now I can go back to my nap

  228. HiFlyer June 14, 2008 4:25 pm

    PB, Ajoe;

    No feel bad I stay more in the dark than you guys on the techno level.

  229. addahknowjoe June 14, 2008 4:29 pm


    People sometimes assume I can fix their computers just because I work on them all day. I usually tell them, “Uhh… just because I drive a car, doesn’t make me a mechanic.”

  230. duffer June 14, 2008 4:34 pm


    Going home right now 4:30…

    Thanks for the updates…

    A Hui Hou!

  231. koakane™ June 14, 2008 4:34 pm

    ok da volocano off lava cooling down.

    mahalo to kazz for being so eloquent ( sometimes I can but that time no can 😀 )

    re rocky’s – more impressive was bruddah’s bumbucha football shoulders and guns.

  232. Stretch June 14, 2008 4:37 pm

    uh oh, is it haiku time again??

  233. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 4:50 pm

    haha, Tiger is nawts but he went dog poop that one shot at the end

  234. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 4:55 pm

    HiFlyer – Nah, I stick to my CD’s and DVD’s cause das about as advanced I get. I still dunno how for use DVR, MP3, Ipod, and all the other gadgets out there. Barely know all the functions on one dayum cell phone…

  235. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 5:00 pm

    Just some thoughts with the new NCAA 09 Football Game coming out:

    Wonder who’s going to be the starting QB in the game?

    Wonder who’s going to be the starting RB in the game?

    Wonder who’s going to be the starting OL in the game?

    Wonder if they have Coach Lee’s R & S playbook changes in the game?

    Wonder if they going have Vili the mascot on the game?

    Wonder if they going have the team do the ha’a or haka?

    Wonder if the new uniforms with the green helmet is going to be in the game?

    Okay sorry I guess that’s nuff wondering for the moment…

  236. NYUH June 14, 2008 5:04 pm

    smu pony:

    I’ve read a lot of concerns about UH playing SMU. I don’t remember losing being one of them. JJ is a good coach though so with SMU’s tradition I’m sure you will be very competitive in a couple of years.

  237. Esme June 14, 2008 5:33 pm

    *cracks the door to the Tsaiko clubhouse just a bit to peek in sheepishly*

    Uh, hello?


    Hi, gang! Hi, ST! Sorry I’ve been MIA. Overworked and very sick for the past couple of weeks. I’m just starting to emerge from … the dead. Skimmed the past blogs briefly, but so much has happened and there are literally thousands of posts … Anyway, just wanted to say hello and, I am alive. Let me know if there’s anything major I missed, please, because I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to read it all.

    Also am wondering: Any of the Lady Tsaikos planning to go to Missus McMackin’s football clinic? I’m interested but don’t want to go alone ….

    And … cheers to SteveM! Good grief, can’t believe you were sick enough to require a hospital trip and then got well fast enough to make a cattle call only days later! Talk about a dedicated Tsaiko!


  238. Esme June 14, 2008 5:36 pm

    brew’s famous haiku
    eloquence, quintissential
    poet in motion


  239. brew808 June 14, 2008 5:42 pm

    ♪ ♫ 😀 Hi Esme! ♪ ♫ 😀

    Sorry to hear of your illness and your hectic work schedule…. Hmmmm, maybe they’re related? But it’s always a pleasure to have you visit! 😀

    Please check out SteveM‘s information-packed website. He has a list of all upcoming events including the “Hawaii Wahine Football Clinic” w/ a list of participating Tsaikettes!!!

  240. Esme June 14, 2008 5:45 pm

    I’m there! Thanks, brew! 😀

  241. al June 14, 2008 5:48 pm

    after thoughts……….

    so how come we never give david farmer some love?
    he’s a solid player who rarely makes a mistake and plays like no tomorrow.

    stretch your comment at #202
    no worry. that question will still be asked. just that she is in japan right now.

    smu pony. i like your style. keep it up please. this will rile the Hawaiians more than anything else. and i saw your mama last year at disneyland, she was that old gray mare on the carousel that no one wanted to ride cuz she was sooo fat they couldn’t wrap their legs around her. (mwahahahahahhaa1)

  242. al June 14, 2008 5:54 pm

    more after thoughts….

    well actually only one. cuz the best always come last.

    i am not an instigator but i do like to start things up…….so here goes.

    rocky savaiigaea has been waiting in the wings, frothing at the mouth, for years now. each time it is time some injury sets him back. the guy is a beast no doubt and will prove such this year.

    to help him celebrate his coming out party here’s what we do:

    every time rocky makes a tackle/sack or just blows up a guy.
    we all stand up and yell,


    whoa, stay get chicken skin already

  243. al June 14, 2008 5:57 pm

    who said tsaiko’s no more style?

  244. Ralph June 14, 2008 6:03 pm

    Hee signs with red sox, to play with Lowell Spinners…aren’t spinners dolphins

  245. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 6:06 pm

    Aiyah forgot about David Farmer, wow what a stable of backs…planny weapons for disguise and conpuse the gaytors

  246. Stephen Tsai June 14, 2008 6:25 pm

    Finally posted the illustration of Wright-Jackson.

  247. Wena June 14, 2008 6:28 pm

    Just checking in and checking out!
    Have a fun day everyone.

  248. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 6:33 pm

    Thanks ST

  249. wafan June 14, 2008 6:37 pm

    Awe-full graphic of LWJ! Whoo-hoo!!!

  250. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 6:38 pm

    Pauoa Boy,
    I forgot Farmer too in my earlier comment about the RBs. Add him to the mix and we have lots o’ fresh strong legs back there. Remember that formation where Mauia was almost like a tight end? Mebbe we’ll see more of that stuff, or even the option sets we’ve seen in the past.

  251. A-House June 14, 2008 6:40 pm


    Please add A-house and Mrs to your list having the buffet.

  252. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 6:41 pm

    Hiya Esme,
    I was wondering where ya been. Glad to see you’re feeling better and back here for more fun and games. You gonna be there on the 19th?

  253. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 6:42 pm

    DPK – Would be nuts to see more than one back on the field. Go back to the Bob Wagner days of the triple option with Funaki at QB. The Gaytors would garrans be like huh what the heo they doing? More conpusion por di gaytors!

  254. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 6:44 pm

    Wow errybody getting shmall kine sick yeah? Esme hope you feeling au’ryte.

  255. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 6:54 pm

    They have the backs for it. I remember when Funaki played at Kahuku and ran like a fullback. He runs with a lot of grit and heart, he and Muliwai were terrors at rushing.

  256. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 6:59 pm

    Yup, I hope Funaki starts this year…he seems more fitted for the job and I’d rather have him running the ball then Graunke. Plus I know he can throw after watching him at Kahuku years ago.

  257. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 7:14 pm

    DPK – Whatever happened to Mulivai Pula? I thought he was going to BYU out of high school, and then heard he never had grades and went the JC route. Haven’t heard about him in long time, wonder if he still playing somewhere?

  258. Addahknowsports June 14, 2008 7:15 pm

    Hi Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!


    We all missed ya! I hope you can make it to the football clinic.

  259. Esme June 14, 2008 7:55 pm

    Hi, DPK, Pauoa Boy, A-sports, al and everyone! *waving madly* Thanks for the well wishes!

    DPK, I really, really wish I could attend on the 19th. Sounds like it’s gonna be EPIC! But I am on keiki duty that night. *sniff* You guys will have to sing some extra karaoke in my stead. DPK, better start practicing some Pat Benatar and “Black Velvet”! 😆

    A-sports, I do hope to make the clinic. Gonna e-mail you about it later tonight, OK?

    Good to “see” everyone. Back in a little while, I hope.

  260. jm2375 June 14, 2008 8:01 pm

    Hi Esme! Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Missed ya.

    Hi Liz! Long time no hear from you.

    I missed Tiger’s comeback 🙁 Took kid to see Kung Fu Panda. Good movie. WIll have to watch golf tomorrow.

  261. tom mui June 14, 2008 8:08 pm

    I don’t see what the concern would be playing SMU. Certainly is better than playing a Northern Colorado or Charleston Southern.

  262. SteveM June 14, 2008 8:09 pm

    😳 😳 😳
    In updating the “survey” information for the June 19 party, I had to clear the previous responses in order to edit. I realized too late that I did not keep a specific list of those NOT having the buffet.

    The below list is from memory…If your name is listed below and you are ARE having the buffet, please let me know.

    DPK and Sweety
    WassupDoc & Dr. Doc

    If your name should be listed above as not having the buffet, please let me know. Everyone else listed on the Events Calendar are counted in the buffet tally.


  263. duffer June 14, 2008 8:26 pm

    EH Stretch…

    One of the first golf lessons I learned was;

    When you get to the first tee to make your bets, if you don’t see any pidgeons/suckers around the tee box, ………you’re IT!!!! 🙂

  264. midori7 June 14, 2008 8:33 pm

    SteveM: put me down for buffet

    early reminder:
    re-telecast of UH sporting event tonight at 10:30pm. Football? Women’s volleyball? Won’t know for sure until it airs. Gotta go sleep & try to get rid of this cold.

    night all.

  265. HiFlyer June 14, 2008 8:33 pm

    SteveM, Sent you an email

  266. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 8:36 pm

    Pauoa Boy,
    I haven’t heard anything about Mulivai lately. Does anyone else here know what happened with him? He would likely be pau school already unless he went on a mission like Inoke.

    I will be attending but am not having dinner.

  267. Jason June 14, 2008 8:54 pm

    midori7: I predict it will be a women’s volleyball match between NMSU and UH. 😉

  268. Garret June 14, 2008 8:57 pm

    I remember some of the comments that Craig James made about UH and Colt over the past couple of years. He has a platform on ESPN and has taken some shots at UH.

    Last week there was a 7-on-7 tournament held on SMU’s campus. Apparently James coached the high school team that made the finals and qualified for the Texas State Tournament. I didn’t realize that James coached high school kids.

    Last week the Sherman 7-on-7 football team took the field for the SMU Regional Qualifier, this week it was Celina’s turn. The reigning state champions began pool play Saturday morning at the Arlington-Bowie Qualifier in hopes to make it to the 7-on-7 State Tournament in College Station.

    Former college football star and current commentator Craig James took on coaching duties for Celina. He helped the Bobcats roll through pool play, beating Lake Worth and Palmer along the way. They would move on to the semifinals to face Prosper High School.

    Celina beat Prosper and earned an automatic bid to the 1A-3A State 7-on-7 Tournament.

  269. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2008 9:04 pm

    I wonder what Mr. James will do the first time he has to interview Coach JJ next year. Awkward. 😳

  270. Garret June 14, 2008 9:07 pm

    Apparently JJ and Dan Morrison met with each of the QBs who attended SMU’s camp today. After seeing each of them practice and go through drills and getting a chance to talk to each recruit individually, they will decide which QB to make a scholarship offer to. I learned this from a post from a family member of a QB from Colorado who attended the camp today and is hoping to be the one selected for an offer.

    Texas does the same thing for some recruits, though lately many of the recruits actually get the offer *before* they attend a Junior Day. Some of the players will obviously get the offer anyway, so they tend to get the offer the day before the Junior Day. Texas and most other Big 12 schools actually have *two* Junior Days so that they can have more time with each individual recruit.

    I really hope UH has a Junior Day and camp next year. Show off the new Cooke Field, have the recruits meet the coaches and see how great they are, and have the local recruits bond and decide they want to stay in Hawaii to play together. That bonding is key, and UCLA’s recruiting class ended up keeping their commitments solid even during the long period when they had no coach because of that bond.

  271. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:15 pm

    DPK – My fren from Kahuku said Mulivai went play JC at couple places ended up at Dixie College and supposedly had scholarship offer from BYU in 2003. After that he hasn’t heard about him either.

  272. Garret June 14, 2008 9:17 pm

    Matt Barkley lost his starting WRs to graduation but his team still won the 7-on-7 competition today.

    The first major seven-on-seven passing competition of the summer Saturday at Dana Hills High was an opportunity to see whether Santa Ana Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley, the Gatorade national player of the year, would be able to prosper despite the loss of his receiving corps to graduation.

    “This is what it’s about, baby!” Barkley said moments after throwing the winning touchdown in the Monarchs’ 28-26 victory over Los Alamitos in the championship game.

    Barkley’s charisma, leadership and competitiveness seems to rub off on teammates. The USC-bound senior refuses to rest on last season’s accomplishments, and he understands it’s up to him to get his new group of receivers on the same page.

  273. Garret June 14, 2008 9:19 pm

    Maybe this QB recruit has been overlooked…I wonder if UH would be interested?

    There’s much debate about who ranks behind Barkley among the top quarterbacks in Orange County, and Tesoro supporters believe senior Robbie Picazo deserves consideration.

    The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Picazo will be a three-year starter this fall and is a three-sport standout, also excelling in basketball and baseball.

    “He’s definitely an under-the-radar guy,” Brian Barnes said.

    Tesoro was beaten by Mater Dei in the semifinals.

  274. Pauoa Boy June 14, 2008 9:23 pm

    Well time for tapout get ready for faddahs day tommorrow. Check you guys manyanaz…

    Oh and Happy Faddahs Day to All…Au’ryte Be Easy Tsaiko Gangeh

  275. Hoohiki June 14, 2008 9:26 pm

    There’s alot of lurkers out there, supporters and non-supporters of UH. Including myself, a supporter, of course. I learn alot of information on this blog about the individual players, team, coaches tendencies, injuries, problems, successes etc., that opponents can use to their advantage. For example, K. Jones no longer being on the team was mentioned here before any breaking news came out. I wonder how we can get around it? It’s scouting masked as lurking. Don’t want to do a Geraldo and announce to the world where the “op” was going down and disclose the location of the US military.

  276. Garret June 14, 2008 9:37 pm

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

    Some carbon nanotubes could cause cancer, similar effects to asbestos. Considering how many things are now made with carbon nanotubes, this is quite disturbing but could explain any increases in cancer now over the past.

  277. Garret June 14, 2008 9:37 pm

    This 19-year-old New Jersey girl got upset that a boy she liked asked someone else to his Senior Prom. So, she burned his house down! The boy’s parents and 7 siblings were in the house at the time and now they have no home to live in!

  278. Garret June 14, 2008 9:37 pm

    Teenager was bitten in the face by a shark…in his own bedroom! He was sleepwalking and it took over 15 minutes to get the shark off of his cheek!

  279. Garret June 14, 2008 9:38 pm

    This woman’s heart stopped for the third time and she was taken off of life support. TEN minutes later, she started talking and she is apparently fine today!

  280. Garret June 14, 2008 9:38 pm

    Romanian hiker sacrificed his life to save his wife and their friend.

  281. Garret June 14, 2008 9:38 pm

    Free play links pau.

  282. Jason June 14, 2008 10:09 pm

    Re: #281. That reminds me of House season 3’s finale.

  283. Stretch June 14, 2008 10:20 pm

    Looking forward to watching the UH Celebration game at 1030pm. At least one thing I know for sure is that whatever sports they show, Hawaii will win!!

  284. chawan_cut June 14, 2008 10:36 pm

    Oh, since its already Sunday here in Guam,


    to all you Tsaiko fathers out there.

  285. Pomai June 14, 2008 10:44 pm

    Garret #281 – This lady is a member of the church the wife and I attend here in WV, have met her a number of times, also talked to her after, miracles do happen.

  286. Stretch June 14, 2008 10:56 pm

    June 14th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
    midori7: I predict it will be a women’s volleyball match between NMSU and UH.

    WOW, Jason is Tsai-kik

  287. Kekoa June 14, 2008 11:05 pm

    There is a whispering wind gathering the clouds over Kaupe’a, my ceded lands. A message is forthcoming.

    The Anniversary celebration of the Tsaiko Blog is about to be announced. There will be several different ways that the word will be delivered. Be sure to read the blog daily to find out what it is all about.

  288. Kekoa June 14, 2008 11:07 pm

    Wow! about Technicor?

  289. chawan_cut June 14, 2008 11:11 pm

    just watching the us open highlights now. wow, tiger is unreal. i’m not a golf person, but geez…

  290. al June 14, 2008 11:13 pm

    homey is on vacation. haven’t seen him in hours.
    put him down for the buffet, i’ll certify his partaking.

  291. Kekoa June 14, 2008 11:15 pm

    Esme Dahling…sorry I missed your outing tonite. Maybe when you are not doing your duty as, you’ll have time for your Hanai guys like me. We miss you this much X————————————–X…well maybe not that much!…but close.

  292. Kekoa June 14, 2008 11:20 pm

    Al – Homey confirmed for Tuesday CC with Ronnie. Abe can handle Homey, but I better warn Ronnie!

  293. LizKauai June 15, 2008 2:37 am

    Had the best La Mancha performance ever. Had pro videotapers in the audience tonight so there’s a good chance of having a great memento!

    Nitey nite and have a great Fathers Day!!!

  294. MeiLing June 15, 2008 4:41 am

    Happy Father’s Day!!! Kekoa, give your Dad a hug from us. *hugs* out to all the Dads.

    Hope Tiger’s knee holds out. He’s amazing!

    LizK, I’ll have to check out pics of you on your site. Glad to hear you are having “Great Performances” in La Mancha. I was in “The King & I” chorus with my son, but performing takes too much time in rehearsals. It is a wonderful memory to have been on stage together with my son, tho.

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