Mack: Salas will be used as two-way player

Football head coach Greg McMackin said that slotback Greg Salas will be used as a defensive back in certain situations this coming season. Salas played deep safety a few times in Hail Mary situations last year.

McMackin also reiterated what was reported here a couple of weeks ago: defensive end Paipai Falemalu will be used as a strong-side linebacker in the base 4-3 defense.

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From UH’s Kara Nishimura:

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Five University of Hawai`i softball players have been selected to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-West Region teams announced today. Hawai`i third baseman Melissa Gonzalez, utility/designated player Jenna Rodriguez and outfielder Kelly Majam were named to the first team, while pitcher Stephanie Ricketts and shortstop Jessica Iwata were second-team honorees.
The Rainbow Wahine’s five all-region players was the most selections in the WAC. It is the first all-region honor for Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Majam, and Iwata. Last season, Ricketts was named to the all-West Region first team.
Gonzalez, a junior from Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View HS), is currently hitting .399 (77-for-193) and is second on the team with 23 home runs and 55 RBI. She is tied for the team-high in multiple-hit games (23).

Rodriguez, a junior from Arcadia, Calif., hit .361 (65-for-180) with 12 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, 31 runs scored, and 47 RBI. She is tied for the team lead with 16 multiple hit games and is currently on a 13 game hitting streak. Last season, Rodriguez was voted to the NFCA Junior College All-American second team after leading Yavapai College to the 2009 national title.

Majam, the WAC’s Freshman of the Year, leads UH with a .409 average (76-for-186) and has set new school records with 28 home runs and 72 runs scored and is one walk short of tying the school record of 38 set by Stacey Porter in 2003. The Pine Valley, Calif. (Mountain Empire HS) native also leads the team with two triples, 58 RBI, and a slugging percentage of .957. She had a team-high, 18 game hitting streak earlier this season and is tied with Rodriguez with 16 multiple-R BI games. On defense, Majam has been stellar, with a 1.000 fielding percentage and six assists.

WAC Player of the Year, Iwata, is a freshman from Lihu`e, Kaua`i (Kaua`i HS), leads UH with a school record 21 doubles and is second on the team with 60 runs scored and a .404 average (72-for-178). Iwata also has 17 home runs this season and 53 RBI.

Ricketts, a sophomore from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS), led UH with a 24-7 record with a 2.37 ERA. The WAC Pitcher of the Year, Ricketts tossed 25 complete games this season in 32 starts and held opponents to a .224 average. She struck out 139 batters while walking 74. She went a perfect 13-0 in conference and won 12 straight starts in conference action. This is her second time she earned all-West region honors, last season she was selected to the first team.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration. A total of 256 players from 116 different institutions comprise this season’s 10 regional teams, including first and second teams for each region.
The five Rainbow Wahine selected were the most since 1998, when the ‘Bows had six players make th e All-West Region teams. Joyce Lum, Melissa McGie, Tia Morenz and Kelly Gentle were all named to the first team that year, while Kehau Cofran and Dana Degen made the second team.
The NFCA Division I All-American teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 2.

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Rainbow Wahine basketball coach Dana Takahara-Dias is today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show, which will start at about 11 a.m.

The originally scheduled guest, Chad Owens, cannot make it because of family responsibilities.

Questions may be posed on this blog or the show’s Cover It Live section.

You’re welcome to join us.

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Thanks again to our unheralded stars, Dayton Morinaga and Leila Wai, for hosting yesterday’s online chat with Gib Arnold. We learned:

• Plans are close to being finalized for a regular-season basketball game between UH and Chicago State on Maui.

• Benjy Tylor will work with the wing players, Walter Roese will mentor the post players, and Arnold will coach the point guards.

• The next assistant coach will not be hired until August.

• Looks like a version of Midnight Ohana, combining the men’s and women’s basketball programs, will be resurrected.

• A game is in the works between UH and UTEP, where Arnold’s mentor, Tim Floyd, is the head coach. Any meeting would be only in Hawaii.

• He may be e-mailed at

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Happy 17th birthday to Devon James Tsai.


  1. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 12:29 am

    Great morning everyone!

    Happy b-day to your son Mr. Tsai. Next thing you know, they’re off to college.

  2. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 12:30 am

    ooohhhh…uno and dos

  3. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 12:31 am


  4. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 12:32 am


  5. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 12:33 am


    ok, time to sleep.

    g’night and g’morning to all!

  6. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc May 20, 2010 1:04 am

    Carried over from yesterday’s post:

    Sorry to have missed the CattleCall, but I was busy getting some good, no, GREAT news about my eyeballs.

    BACK TO SPORTS: I know that most folks who hang out around here place football at the top of their lists, but we have six, possibly seven, “lesser” team sports which could keep UH at the top of the lists if we continue to recruit and support: Men’s & women’s volleyball; baseball; soccer; softball, men’s & women’s basketball. Yes, it’ll take three or four years in some instances and a lot of time & money, but we are not going to be hammered into obscurity by making UH a consistent winner in these sports.

    However, I do think that we have to be hard-headed about football’s future in Hawai`i and not just roll over. The state, along with a number of private funders, has already or will be investing well over $100 million in upgrades & improvements over the next four years.

    Furthermore, there is significant support in principle to re-think about how we should treat the entire Aloha Stadium property – everything from transit-oriented development to naming rights and a lot more.

    That means we have to have a winning football team which is why I like Garret’s proposed conference alignment.

    Off to bed – have a big public hearing tomorrow – errr today – so it’s off to bed.

  7. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc May 20, 2010 1:08 am

    Happy Birthday Devon James Tsai. How fast they grow up.

    Looking forward to the Midnight Ohana.

  8. LizKauai (iPad) May 20, 2010 1:27 am

    Hauoli Lahanau, Devin!

    Thanks for helping the kids, Chad,, you are one of our true football heroes!

  9. LizKauai (iPad) May 20, 2010 1:30 am

    #6- glad you got some great news about your eyez!

    Nitey nite and sweet softball dreams!

  10. LizKauai (iPad) May 20, 2010 1:52 am

    Dang Kekoa had to mention Hamura Saimin. I fell asleep at 9:30 and then woke up at midnight thirty and ate a nono cupanoodles with kimchee and can’t fall asleep. Where’s the carbo nap when you need it?

  11. SteveM May 20, 2010 2:04 am

    Happy Birthday Devon Tsai

    …only 17? Next year should get real exciting for he and dad… 😆

  12. wafan May 20, 2010 2:54 am

    A great happy birthday morning for everyone — especially Devon!!!


  13. wafan May 20, 2010 2:56 am

    YAY for W-Doc, too!

    Good news about your great eyeball news!!! Hope you are well very soon.

  14. Garret May 20, 2010 3:26 am

    Happy Birthday Devon Tsai!

  15. Kekoa (iPhone) May 20, 2010 3:39 am

    Happy Birthday to the Jr. Tsai.

    Devon ~ Work on your auto maintenance skills young man. More opportunities for you to get your own car will be based on your ability to keep the family car(s) rolling.

  16. Kekoa (iPhone) May 20, 2010 3:46 am

    Wafan ~ How come you wen wake me up so early? Are the Nisqually Indians on the warpath this morning?…or did they re-open the Olympia brewing company for brewing beruinstead of bottled water?

  17. βρεω808 May 20, 2010 4:10 am

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  18. LizKauai (iPad) May 20, 2010 4:14 am

    Still awake. Sheesh.

  19. whitey May 20, 2010 4:20 am

    Good morning Tsaikos from the city that neva sleeps.

  20. NYUH May 20, 2010 4:54 am

    Chad, how do our current slots and wideouts measure up to those in the past?

  21. NYUH May 20, 2010 4:55 am

    btw, you are my wife’s all time favorite Warrior.

  22. Garret May 20, 2010 5:13 am


    What do you think Greg Salas needs to do to help his chances in the NFL next year?

  23. mctruck May 20, 2010 5:36 am

    Whoa-nellie!!!, you mean to tell me there’s another Tsai running around there??!!

    just joking of course….Happy B-Day, young Mr. Tsai.

  24. mctruck May 20, 2010 5:38 am

    oh, and forgot to say…couldn’t hookup with interview w/coach Gib…so anybody got the goods?

  25. mctruck May 20, 2010 5:44 am

    papajoe….ur #165 rundown yesterday,

    thanks for your report of coach/Gib’s interview summary…that’s what I was looking for.

  26. Annoddah Dave May 20, 2010 5:57 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    Any chance the Coach Gib interview will be on the replay menu?

  27. d1島 May 20, 2010 6:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    One final Mahalo for all the birthday wishes yesterday….

    …and a hearty Happy Birthday Devon James Tsai!

  28. King Katonk May 20, 2010 6:04 am


    No doubt, you are my favorite player ever to wear the Warrior uniform.

    Question: Do you intend to make a career in the CFL or do you plan to take another shot at the NFL? And what is your take on the newly formed UFL?

    No matter where you play, fans just want to see Mighty Mouse out on the field representing Hawaii.

  29. Bulla May 20, 2010 6:18 am

    good morning one and all,

    may everyone have a productive and blessed day 🙂

  30. Bulla May 20, 2010 6:24 am


    mahalo for the memories, i was sitting in the south end zone when you ‘went off’ against BYU as a freshman……unreal game, totally nutz. at that game, one of my sons looked up and said, ‘dad, i’m gonna be a Warrior one day…just watch’.

    fast forward the story, after making all state at st louis and being awarded a full scholarship to a mainland college, made all conference as a true freshman and as a sophomore……walked away to pursue his dream to wear the ‘green and black’ and represent the 808. His journey continues as he made the Spring Roster, and will be on the scout team in fall since he has to sit out a season to fulfil the NCAA Transfer Rules.

    God willing, next season if he is able to come out of that same tunnel in the South End Zone against Colorado……he will have realized his dream………and it all started when you had your ‘epic’ game against BYU.

    mahalo for inspiring the youth of Hawaii to never, never, never….give up. I thank you, and ‘the beast’ thanks you 🙂

  31. 808ike May 20, 2010 6:38 am

    Happy B-day young Tsai!!!!

  32. 808ike May 20, 2010 6:41 am

    Brew808 & Kazz,

    Thanks for the info on Wahine sb.

  33. Bulla May 20, 2010 6:53 am

    Happy Bday to Master Devon James Tsai,

    may your parents spoil you on this special day 🙂 blessings to you and your ohana, make memories, make memories, make memories…..

  34. duffer (iPhone) May 20, 2010 7:14 am


  35. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2010 8:12 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Tsuper Tsalutations To Tson of Tsai!

  36. Slugger May 20, 2010 8:34 am

    Happy birthday, Devon!

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  37. Garret May 20, 2010 8:44 am

    The MWC’s TV network (mtn) started a year *before* the Big 10’s TV network…but the Big 10’s network makes millions in profit while the mtn loses money each year. This shows what the market is with the general public. The MWC is lucky they got millions guaranteed from their TV deals so their network’s loss still results in them getting 3x the WAC.

    The Mountain West is the only other conference with a dedicated network, but The Mtn, which started a year before the Big Ten Network in 2006, hasn’t turned a profit.

  38. Garret May 20, 2010 8:46 am

    However, they probably get some recruiting advantage from their network since parents can see their kids play in much of the country, especially the areas of the country that they recruit. The Big 10 notes the recruiting advantage they get:

    But income is only half of the advantage. Last season, only two Big Ten football games weren’t televised.

    “Every one of our coaches can go anywhere in recruiting,” said Wisconsin athletic director and former football coach Barry Alvarez. “We can talk to parents and tell them they can see their kids.”

    Fitzgerald just smiles when he hears other coaches speak about their television appearances.

    “I’ve heard coaches in other conferences say how excited they are to have three, four, five of their games on national TV,” Fitzgerald said. “For those of us trying to recruit nationally, that’s important.”

  39. Garret May 20, 2010 8:48 am

    The Big 10 coaches want an early-signing period and the ability to have official recruiting visits in June. I would actually like both of those things because an early-signing period would help reduce poaching and reduce recruiting costs and the stress on the student-athletes. Plus, they could take recruiting visits in the summer instead of the fall during the school year.

    Two topics that were on the table were a June official visits for prospects and the possibility of an early-signing period.

    “I’d be in favor of that (June visits),” Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez said Wednesday. “I’d be in favor of early signing. I’m in favor or things that would help our sport, help football.”

  40. Garret May 20, 2010 8:49 am

    C-USA coaches are also in favor of an early signing period. I’m guessing that WAC coaches would also favor this…save money, reduce poaching worries, etc.

    During the past two years, the conference coaches could never agree on the benefits of adding an early signing day during the third week of December to coincide with the junior college signing period. Football players currently sign letters of intent during the first Wednesday in February.

    This year, the conference football coaches agreed it is time for C-USA to throw its full support for an early signing period.

  41. LizKauai (Chrome) May 20, 2010 8:53 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    whitey- last night… Waimea was da city of no sleep! sheesh!


  42. Slugger May 20, 2010 8:58 am


    Hope your eyeballs get fixed soon! Has to be hard to deal with.

  43. al May 20, 2010 9:06 am

    happy birthday devon.

    17 already?
    i thought you were still in 8th grade.

  44. Kazz May 20, 2010 9:19 am


    I remember when I was 17… (pauses)

    Oh, I have no stories, just that I remember when I was 17… 🙁

  45. jm2375 May 20, 2010 9:37 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy Birthday Dev!! Hope you have great day today!

  46. SteveM May 20, 2010 10:10 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Following up on #11 above… and seeing things in the morning light… if I knew then what I know now…

    …it wouldn’t have been any fun. 😐

    Make memories Devon!

  47. Addahknowsports© May 20, 2010 10:11 am


  48. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 10:18 am

    congrats on the softbows that made the all regional team and second team. WAC POY only made second team. must be some great player ahead of her.

  49. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 10:21 am

    forgot to mention names on the regional team. Gonzales, Rodrigues, and Majam on 1st team. Rickets and Iwata on second team.

  50. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 10:36 am

    i asked this question on a previous blog. with the softbows playing in the NCAA tournament and all the TV coverage, does UH get compensated? if they do how much? the longer they play, do get more compensation? any answers? Garret?

  51. A-House May 20, 2010 10:41 am

    Coach Dana:

    Seems like “outside island” wahine players are coming to the fore front.

    Any “local” prospect(s) intrigue you for 2011 and 2012?

  52. Pomai May 20, 2010 10:46 am

    papajoe2 not sure but I think it is all for love of the game and a trophy.

  53. Garret May 20, 2010 10:47 am


    There is *no* money made in the softball tournament compared to things like basketball tournaments. Schools like UH might actually lose money the further their teams go because they have to cover per diem and other things.

  54. Kazz May 20, 2010 10:50 am


    Interesting that Ricketts and Iwata are on the second team. Still another “feather in the cap” for Iwata in this great debut season.

    I haven’t seen the list but since you said it’s all region, I assume ONLY players from UC Davis, Texas Tech, and Stanford are considered. Also, since I haven’t seen the list I assume that Ricketts falls to the second team only behind Teagan Gerhart. I am not sure who makes up the pitching staff for the Red Raiders or the Aggies though.

  55. d1島 May 20, 2010 10:50 am

    Coach Dana,

    Congratulations on the positive results from this past season.

    What are your thoughts regarding a student activity fee and how it should be implemented?

  56. Kazz May 20, 2010 10:55 am


    About the compensation for the NCAA regionals, I have no clue sir and I would like to know too!!!

    All I know is that when the numbers are turned in at the end of every fiscal year, UH softball does end up with around 100,000.00 worth of “income”. Where that income comes from I have no clue.

  57. d1島 May 20, 2010 10:56 am

    Coach Dana,

    Do you have any fears/concerns regarding any of the possible conference realignment scenarios that are being floated?

  58. Kazz May 20, 2010 10:56 am

    Aloha Coach Dana,

    Could you share with us the reasons behind Patrick Knapp’s resignation? If not, could you discuss with us your plans to find his replacement?

  59. Uncle Mike May 20, 2010 10:57 am

    Happy Birthday Dev!

    You folks should have seen the boy roll ’em last night. (Bowling, people, bowling!)

  60. d1島 May 20, 2010 10:57 am

    Coach Dana,

    What are your key “selling points” used when recruiting for your program?

  61. Kazz May 20, 2010 11:02 am

    Coach Dana,

    The increase in attendance this past season truly indicates an interest in the public for this program to succeed. Will you be looking at offering package discounts to youth girls basketball teams/leagues so that they may attend Wahine basketball as a group much like how many youth baseball and softball teams attend their UH counterparts?

  62. Kazz May 20, 2010 11:12 am




    (I’m being sarcastic 😎 )

  63. Kazz May 20, 2010 11:15 am

    Coach Dana,

    How do you feel about the recent financial situation with UH athletics and the university as a whole and what has been the biggest impact it has had on your basketball program?

  64. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 11:15 am

    Kazz, look into the “breaking news” of the HA. a local girl playing for new mexico also made something on the regional team. regional team, i believe, is from the western region not just the teams playing in the regionals.

  65. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 11:20 am

    coach Dana, i forget how many wins you got this season, but, i do know it was an improvement from last season. what is your forecast in terms of wins next year?

  66. Garret May 20, 2010 11:20 am

    Traveling expenses for *any* postseason tournament is something that any school happily pays. The pride they bring to their fans, the recognition they bring to the school, and the prestige they bring to their team far outweighs monetary considerations.

    I just answered papajoe2’s question because I’m guessing that he had been hoping that UH would get money from their softball team’s postseason run…too bad that things aren’t like the men’s basketball tournament. When you think about it, TV networks just finished bidding billions of dollars to show the men’s basketball tournament while softball fans have to look all around for a way to follow their team on TV or radio.

    Winning the title should be the #1 athletic goal for all teams (my opinion is that the #1 goal overall should be graduating all players). UH fans should take pride in following the softball team but if they expect this (hopefully long) tournament run to bring money to the school they will be disappointed.

  67. LizKauai (Chrome) May 20, 2010 11:21 am

    I didn’t see Shauna loading the Cover It Live so I am reposting your comments…

  68. SteveM May 20, 2010 11:21 am

    Hi Uncle Mike. I hear there’s a certain traditional event involving you happening soon. I’m available as a designated driver…. 🙄

  69. Kazz May 20, 2010 11:23 am

    Coach Dana,

    How are Mai Ayabe, Shawna Kuehu, and Megan Tinin coming along in preparation for next season?

  70. Kazz May 20, 2010 11:26 am


    What is a “Chrome” and why is there no lower case “i” before it? 😆

  71. A-House May 20, 2010 11:27 am

    May seem off-topic, but relevant anyho.

    Dressing after my workout at 24hr Fitness, tv was on Fox channel a lady was interviewing Paul Stosel who has his own show.

    Topic of discussion was civil rights comments made by Dr. Paul who had just won the “tea party/republican” nomination for a senate seat from Kentucky. Dr Paul basically said that IHHO, the civil rights law of 1964 violated the “first amendment” right of all US citizens.

    Stosel, in trying to justify his support of Paul, said that civil rights is a shining example of US Govt infringing on the rights of US citizens. He went on to say that it was the Federal Govt who created the “black” and “white” water fountains, restrooms, lunch counters, seating in buses, etc.

    The lady, who is very pro-Republican, was getting livid at his remarks.

    Some say that the “tea party” movement is for white America to hold/regain its rights as the number of non-white citizens are slowy eroding their “majority”.

  72. jm2375 May 20, 2010 11:27 am

    Congrats to the Wahine!

    Congrats to MMK on her award.

    Go Dana! from a fellow Jr. Bow. 😀

  73. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 11:29 am

    #70 – 🙄

  74. A-House May 20, 2010 11:32 am

    How does my #71 relate to UH?

    in 1959, when UH went to play Tennessee, score was 66 – 0, a Samoan player was told to sit in the back of the bus because he looked “black”.

    Samson explained that he was from Hawaii, Samoan, but the bus driver could care less. Hmmm, sounds like the new immigration law in Arizona?

    Will the NCAA still allow the Fiesta Bowl to be held in Glendale as one of the 5 big BCS bowls? If yes, bring proof of citizenship!!!!!!!!

  75. A-House May 20, 2010 11:39 am

    Another interesting side lite to the Tennesse trip was that our center, a guy named Price, was relentlessly teased by teammates upon the return to our dorm of how he cried like a baby after the loss.

  76. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 11:41 am

    Final show next Wed. with Leila…
    ST is there something you are not telling us?

    …where’s the theme song and credits???

  77. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2010 11:41 am

    Coach Diaz-

    Congrats on a good first season.

    Care to give us a breakdown on your new recruits and what your plans are for them?

  78. SteveM May 20, 2010 11:43 am

    Great show with Coach Dana!

  79. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2010 11:44 am

    Dang! Got here too late! 🙁

  80. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 11:46 am

    Short show but great energy!

  81. jm2375 May 20, 2010 11:47 am

    #59 – heard he got 4 Xs in a row. The boy has been kicking Dad’s okole lately in bowling. 😆 Of course, Dev’s dad might do better if his bowling technique was better… 🙄

  82. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 11:50 am

    There is a bowling alley on Kauai.
    Next to a popular Pho Restaurant…
    Near a very popular saimin stand…

    just sayin…

  83. Manoa May 20, 2010 11:57 am

    Several years ago, some college students from Hawaii were travelling through Arizona and stopped at a small motel. They were denied a room even though there were clearly openings with the classic “Rooms Available” sign for drivers to see. As they left, clearly upset by the treatment, a white janitor told them– “don’t feel bad, they just want you to stay on the reservation.”

  84. chopsueyboy May 20, 2010 12:01 pm

    non-sport related but

    I need one of these…anybody else?

  85. chopsueyboy May 20, 2010 12:02 pm

    Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Device
    Imagine showing a recruit around the campus using a mobility device

  86. NCAA May 20, 2010 12:07 pm

    All West Region 1st Team

    P Samantha Beasley San Diego State University
    P Kenzie Fowler University of Arizona
    C Stacie Chambers University of Arizona
    1B Hoku Nohara New Mexico State University
    2B GiOnna DiSalvatore University of California, Los Angeles
    3B Melissa Gonzalez University of Hawai’i
    SS Katelyn Boyd Arizona State University
    UT/P Megan Langenfeld University of California, Los Angeles
    UT/DP Jenna Rodriquez University of Hawai’i
    OF Alissa Haber Stanford University
    OF Brittany Lastrapes University of Arizona
    OF Kelly Majam University of Hawai’i

  87. Slugger May 20, 2010 12:18 pm


    In the early 80’s, I went to apply for a job in AZ and waited 10 mins. before someone came up to the front office to help me. They could see me standing there from the back office. I realized years later that they thought I was a Native American, because I would be stopped on the street by Native Americans asking what tribe I was from.

    That’s the problem with the AZ law. It’s all in the perception, and that perception can be wrong.

  88. Slugger May 20, 2010 12:20 pm

    Congratulations to the Wahine making the All West Regional Softball teams!


    That personal mobility device might be handy for some of the Wounded Warriors.

  89. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 12:29 pm

    #83 – I graduated from HS in Phoenix. One of the reasons I chose to live in Hawaii was the overt racial prejudice practiced there. Mixed-race anything was penalized. I remember being with 2 white people and a Jewish boy and being refused service at Bob’s Big Boy. I remember my caucasian friend and his Chinese gf being refused entry at the Cinerama theater even after he had purchased tickets well in advance.
    I remember my friends in Paradise Valley (like Kahala) opening up their HOME for an inner city high school’s PROM after the school cancelled the even in fear of racial disturbances.
    I remember my Jewish friends were unable to attend our Senior Playday because it was held at a country club that refused entry to Jews. A bunch of us chose not to participate…

    But all of this serves to remind us not to take the principle of the oneness of humanity for granted and that there are many artificial barriers between human beings that yet remain.


  90. club penguin money May 20, 2010 12:31 pm

    hey, I added ur site to my RSS reader. the posts are awesome! 🙂

  91. SteveM May 20, 2010 12:31 pm

    May 20th, 2010 at 11:47 am
    #59 – heard he got 4 Xs in a row. The boy has been kicking Dad’s okole lately in bowling. Of course, Dev’s dad might do better if his bowling technique was better…

    …or if he threw a 16-lb ball 🙂 I have a soft rubber Brunswick LT-48 in storage that coincidentally has his name on it already. It’s his if he picks it up.

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  93. Kazz May 20, 2010 1:05 pm

    I guess after next week we’ll find out how dedicated the Star Advertiser will be in their coverage of UH athletics.

    Shows like the Warrior Beat and the coverage and articles about the individuals that make up our favorite local teams are priceless and can only be presented to the public by a few talented and WELL CONNECTED media personalities.

    It is my hope, and the hope of MANY READERS, that the Star Advertiser take a serious look at their personnel that will be in charge of covering UH athletics PROPERLY as not everything can be a scandal no matter how one spins it!

  94. jm2375 May 20, 2010 1:18 pm

    SteveM – #91 – 🙄

  95. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 1:25 pm

    Kazz- #93 – AMEN.

  96. A-House May 20, 2010 1:39 pm

    Not related, but I just called the Acctg Dept of the Honolulu Advertising inquiring what would happen to my “weekend” delivery after 6/7/10 –

    response, it will be honored, but paper would read Honolulu Star Advertiser!

    little positive news has made my day!!!!!!!!!

  97. Kazz May 20, 2010 1:54 pm


    That’s good to hear about your subscriptions. I hope that the QUALITY of the CONTENT remains the same as to what made the Advertiser so appealing to OPI in the first place.

  98. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 1:59 pm

    A-House do you know if being a one paper town, the price of the paper will increase? if so, by how much? maybe in the beginning they won’t increase the price, but i’m sure, without any competition they probably will increase the price of the monthly subscription as well as the price to advertise.

  99. Garret May 20, 2010 2:03 pm

    Rockne Freitas was just promoted to a vice president in the UH system.

    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents today approved the appointment of a new chancellor at UH-Hilo and the promotion of Hawaii Community College Chancellor Rockne Freitas to a vice president in the UH system.

    Freitas would be paid $225,000 a year in the position but this year his salary is reduced to $209,256 because of UH salary restrictions.

    A former National Football League player and coach, Freitas previously served as vice president of university relations for the UH system and associate athletic director for UH Manoa. He also held leadership positions at Kamehameha Schools.

  100. Garret May 20, 2010 2:05 pm

    Kazz and others,

    I think it would be best *not* to bash OPI and the coverage at the other Honolulu paper. The people running the other paper are basically the ones making the decisions on this blog’s fate and ST’s job status. Making this blog unfriendly to those people could be really bad for the blog and for ST.

  101. jm2375 May 20, 2010 2:11 pm

    A-house – wondered the same thing as I was at Costco yesterday and saw the discount cards for Advertiser subscriptions. Wonder if they’ll be honoring those?

  102. NorthShoreFan May 20, 2010 2:12 pm

    Currently, we have a whole bunch of opinions on this blog. They range from some very insightful and thoughtful comments/observations to some very ridiculous and comical thoughts. It’s all good because this blog spans the globe. Now that we will end up with one Honolulu Star Advertiser, do we think this is good for our community?
    Already we are all worried about the demise of certain features of the dailies we like to read. One publication cannot possibly satisfy the vast span of information we require or want. When we get no competition in the media, we get edited, redacted and manipulated information. Case in point, the situation with the $1b investment fund the state “mishandled”. The story was out there well before it hit the press. Some editor decided it was not an item of interest and until it blew up, it never made the press.
    Some good reporter was not allowed to publish the story.
    So like Mr. Fink says…Think about it….

  103. Kazz May 20, 2010 2:13 pm

    I’m not bashing OPI today. I’m simply saying, “if you want to purchase a Ferrari, then it would be in your best interest to retain the engine that makes it a Ferarri”.

  104. NorthShoreFan May 20, 2010 2:20 pm

    Garret… I just hope the last media standing will be able to see the value of interactive blogs and community participation. This particular site is populated with some really great, responsible bloggers. Definitely not like some other sites that seem to be “immature”. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments and observations and passion this site has. I may not agree with some but at the same time find a lot of common grounds and just love it.

  105. LizKauai (iChrome) May 20, 2010 2:22 pm

    Dang… sorry about the url…

  106. Pomai May 20, 2010 2:38 pm

    From what I have read, Black bought the Honolulu Advertiser, printing plant an other operations, but did not get the site with the deal, It appears that the is a part of the package. It would be MHO that this blog an all others that have been part of the will not continue, unless Black works out a deal with Gannett to lease the .com sites.

    Now I could be mistaken but I don’t think so. ST if hired by the new company could start a new blog on the new site that is now parked.

  107. Garret May 20, 2010 2:51 pm


    Food for thought–Esme’s site is going away (Gannett owns the Moms Like Me sites around the country and the rights were not purchased when OPI bought the Advertiser), but OPI is looking at creating another Hawaii Mom’s site that Esme could be involved in. They already know that they will not be able to post anymore to that site after the June 6 change.

    If this blog was not part of the purchase, it could go away and something else could be started on the site like you mentioned. Part of that would depend on how much money this blog actually makes–there are a few ads on this blog but the web ad market really doesn’t bring in the money it used to.

  108. Garret May 20, 2010 2:56 pm


    Go back and read what you wrote today (and many other days you’ve said even stronger things). You are putting things in terms like an “us vs. them” situation, where the paper you like covers things well and the other paper does not. Well, the *other* paper is the one who decides if this blog will exist in some form and if ST will be employed after June 6. Getting them upset, or making them thing that this blog is not friendly to the reporters from the other paper, will not help things!

    Tabloid, scandal, those types of words do not help. Saying that only the Advertiser reporters can cover things properly does not help. The facts are that both papers have their connections and they both have broken stories. If you want to just put down the other paper’s reporters…they may be the ones determining the future employment of many excellent Advertiser reporters that I’m worried about–ST, Leila, Mike, Esme, and a lot of others who I enjoy reading articles from.

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  110. Pomai May 20, 2010 3:02 pm

    Garret your right, and if you look at Esme’s site they have a ton of advertising directed to the type of people who frequent the site, mainly mom’s and a few tsaikos but we won’t mention your name (J)J.

    For me it would be interesting to see how many unique hits that this site gets over a months period. I do know that it is world wide, but I have a feeling that it is a lot bigger than most think, as far as visitors.

  111. Kazz May 20, 2010 3:02 pm

    You know what’s cool to read for the UH fans in Hawaii?

    Online “diaries” from our student athletes on the road keeping us in tune with their experiences and thoughts about a past game or the upcoming one.

    It’s nice when a publication provides their readers with this kind of insight and access.

  112. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 3:04 pm

    something is bothering me……. i don’t want to pretend i know but i don’t…. i’ll never know if i don’t ask…. what is Esme?

  113. Pride. May 20, 2010 3:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Devon Tsai.

  114. Pomai May 20, 2010 3:12 pm

    More thought’s on this site. Most of the member of the tsaikos reside here on the islands, but what alot of you don’t realize the importance of this blog for those who don’t. While I lived in WV this site was my only connection to UH sports so it became very important to me, an a lot of others back on the mainland and in other countries. It made a lot of us feel like we where still here and at some of the tailgates that we missed so much, yelling an screaming at the computer screen as the game was called on the blog. So it will be missed if in fact it goes away, but the connection that has been made all over the world will last forever.

    TSAIKOS will live on no matter what, where and how.

  115. NCAA May 20, 2010 3:17 pm

    One person can upset an entire organization? That fellow Kazz can make OPI feel the blog is against them. Now that is fantasy.

    We are the NCAA.

  116. Pomai May 20, 2010 3:17 pm

    papjoe2 go here

  117. Pride. May 20, 2010 3:20 pm

    Four guys.

    All with different lines when they approach attractive women.

    Koakane, “Hi, I’m Koakane, and I like drink beer from green bottles in my spare time.”

    Steve M, “Hi, I’m Steve M, and I like to take cruises in my spare time.”

    Duffer, “Hi, I’m Duffer, and I like to golf in my spare time.”

    DPK, “Hi, I’m DPK, and I like to write stories in my spare time.”

    Whitey, “Hi, I’m Whitey, and I like to fish in Alaska in my spare time.”

    Pride., “Hi, I’m Pride. and I like to sing Karaoke in my spare time.”

    Devon Tsai, “Hi, I’m Devon Tsai, and I’m a fire knife dancer in a Polynesian show. Would you like to come and watch me dance. I can get you two tickets in the first row. It’ll be so close to the stage that you will feel like your eye brows are going to literally be burned right off of your head.”

    I wonder which approach would work best with the women.

  118. Pride. May 20, 2010 3:25 pm

    Hi, I’m Pride. and I’m going to spend next semester learning how to count. One, two, three, four, five, six. Seven guys.

  119. Pomai May 20, 2010 3:26 pm

    Dang Pride seven guys not four. Ai”yah………

  120. Ralph May 20, 2010 3:32 pm

    Esme Infante-Nii blog host for moms like me. She whooshes in and out of the WB, reason for the term Emse and out…

  121. Kazz May 20, 2010 3:32 pm

    I’m not employed by OPI or Gannett. I never have been.

    It’s one thing if an employee is making the comments I and others are making during this time when OPI is making the decision on who to retain and whatnot. It’s completely a different thing when a blogger in a public forum is saying those things.

    You’re right, OPI is the one deciding, not us, not the public.

    This is still a public forum and I can still say what I want and IF my comments or others like it are going to have ANY weight in the decisions OPI is going to make, then I think there are BIGGER problems in store for the Star-Advertiser.

  122. Kazz May 20, 2010 3:36 pm

    “NCAA” has a point.

    I can’t believe I agree with the NCAA on something. 😯


  123. NorthShoreFan May 20, 2010 3:38 pm

    Me thinks if money is the engine that drives everything, then we may find ourselves having to pay a blog subscription…problem is then we may not be able to eliminate the trolls who occasionally pop in and make waruza….

  124. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 3:45 pm

    thanks Ralph, i saw that a lot on this blog and just couldn’t figure it out. Edith Bunker would say: ooooo…….. OOooooooo………

  125. papajoe2 May 20, 2010 3:49 pm

    #117 Pomai that’s a good blog for women. i’m not interested in how long their labor was or such but its still good for women. i’m a daddy…. a big daddy.. at least now i know about Esme.

  126. Kazz May 20, 2010 3:57 pm

    If Stephen and this blog is retained, I will be MORE than happy to pay a subscription fee to use the blog and access multimedia.

  127. SteveM May 20, 2010 4:03 pm

    papajoe2 — Go to the following web page and do a “find” on Esme. This is part of her legacy in Tsai-ko lore.

    BTW, I have your 8 cruises listed on the Tsai-ko Cruiser page. A lot of exotic Caribbean. I’m envious.

  128. al May 20, 2010 4:10 pm


  129. SteveM May 20, 2010 4:16 pm

    RE: #118
    pride. — The line you gave me works only on cruise ships. But you and your line on a ship is the winnah!

  130. Pomai May 20, 2010 4:30 pm

    Well it started today. BYwho over East Carolina 1-0 and Texas over Iona 6-0. Only games played today.

  131. SteveM May 20, 2010 4:43 pm

    OK…being serious a moment (always a dangerous thing) here’s my outlook.

    ST will be retained, or at least offered a prominent role. His footprint on UH sports is too considerable to ignore. But, I would not make the assumption he wants that role or position. But I know nothing more… only he can tell us.

    Anyone can put up a blog… ST and The Warrior Beat does not necessarily belong to Gannet…well, maybe the “Warrior Beat” title…but not the person and certainly not a new blog he may make. He can have a blog on the existing SB site…but…

    We might see a change in rules on a new blog– like the micromanaging and restricted comments that almost sank the blogship in April 2007. Then, you must consider whether ST wants to make a new blog under those circumstances.

    So, only ST knows or will know.

    All I know is that the Tsai-kos will continue to exist as a group of real or virtual friends no matter what. LizKauai’s Tsai-ko “Lifeboat” is standing by just in case, while things sort themselves out.

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  133. wafan May 20, 2010 4:56 pm

    Where ever the blog goes I sure hope there is a filter for the spam.

    Either that or we will all have to bring a lot of rice and nori.

  134. BleedGreen808 May 20, 2010 5:11 pm

    Finally some time to read the blog after a week of running around.

    All this talk about bowling and softball made me think… Why won’t the tsaikos have an annual tournament in bowling and softball? Should be an interesting event which will include fuud and biru.

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  136. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 5:48 pm

    Steve M: Got the life boat already added to my favorite site as good thinking by you good folks and Liz Kauai to have it ready !

    I for one really enjoy this blog as the support for Hawaii athletics is ‘WONDEFFUL’ to read BUT the thing I enjoy most is the intelligent writers who voice their opinions personal or professional is truly interesting to read as I hold everyone here in the highest regards !

    Coming to your blog has been a GREAT experience as I had no ideal that 29 years being away from Hawaii as a former student athlete that I will have an opportunity to speak to you folks in one word “MAHALO” as I have met MANY of you along the way and have shared GREAT laughter and joy of your prescence gracing my pride and respect for you !

    Finally to Mr. Stephen Tsai the blog host who has made all this possible as I join “ALL” of you in your respect and appreciation to this “GREAT” writer as his foresite that he created this warrior beat it took off and “CAPTIVATED” Hawaii fans around the globe and gave all of us a time and place to share our personal feelings, professional opinion and a “LOVE” and “RESPECT” that you good folks have for one another !

    Simply The Best, Better Then All The Rest !

    Tsaiko Nation “Thank You” for your GREATNESS !

  137. d1島 May 20, 2010 5:49 pm

    Congratulations to the All-Region Selectees!

    Go SoftBows!

  138. d1島 May 20, 2010 5:51 pm


    It’s always good to read your perspective on things.

    Hope things are well with you and yours!

  139. chawan_cut May 20, 2010 6:06 pm

    happy birthday!

  140. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 6:09 pm

    d1 kind sir the PLEASURE is all mines as just to have the opportunity to read your kind remarks and acknowledgement is a “BEAUTIFUL” feeling that we reveal as human beings for sharing and caring goes a LONG way in life BUT nothing is better then the “ALOHA SPIRIT” that only “da kind” Hawaii has and you of Hawaii stature and fame is all of that and more !

    Things here are good in Los Angeles for me and my love ones are there with me as I “CONTINUE” to strive for excellence and always have Hawaii in my heart !

    Take care D1 and may God bless you “RICHLY” !

  141. Esme May 20, 2010 6:27 pm

    *waves to RainbowCliff above and sends a hug*

    *turns to crack the Tsaiko clubhouse door open, peeks around inside, jumps in*

    Hey, gang! Hi, ST!

    My ear was small-kine itchy … I had to swing by and see what was going on. ;D

    THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of my Tsaiko brothers and sisters who have expressed concern for the folks at the Advertiser. It is indeed a rather unnerving time.

    But it has helped that some of you have posted good thoughts for us here on the WB blog, and some of you have even come over to the Pink Side to give your aloha and even help out with our page-view count! And several of you have taken the time to send me, my discussion leaders and/or my Tiser colleagues your personal notes of concern and support.

    Please know how deeply all these gestures are appreciated.

    I don’t know what the future holds, but the fact that we still have our bonds of friendship steadies us all.

    *Whooshing out … for now … *


  142. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 6:35 pm

    #115 Pomai as I concurred every syllable you stated !

    You sir have been so LOYAL and dedicated for the causes you stand for as meeting you in New Orleans and the ‘WEALTH’ of kindness that you represent makes “ANYONE” around you feel good with smiles of being in your prescence !

    West Virginia will have good memories for you BUT Hawaii is your true home as you are the “RICHEST” man on eartrh as you are respected and love by your peers and local Tsaikos around you who treasure time spent !

    Take care Pomai and keep the “opu” filled with joy and laughter !

  143. koakane May 20, 2010 6:36 pm

    hello how you, Koakane keia, I really enjoy the company of tsaiko’s at all cc, tgates, karaokes and UH games while drinking beer from green bottles. au’wyte das good!!!!!!!

    pride just clarifying your statement a little better

    congrats to the five sball wahine nominee for all-region honors. well deserved

    positive vibes to the warrior kane’s and wahine’s in their battles this weekend. IMUA

    have a nice night, lattas

  144. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 6:49 pm

    Aloha Esme as all I an say to you and the staff of Honolulu Advertiser is thank you for the amendment to “freedom of speech” as I really appreciate my writing skills getting a “good work out” with “ALL” of these pulitzer prize winners who moon lights as Tsaiko Bloggers during the day and night !

    Got my black Honolulu Advertiser shirt own with black cap over bald head as “HONOR” goes a long way and “TRUTH” will always set us free !

    A classy wahine you will “ALWAYS” be BUT the impression you leave to your readers and writers will stay in the heart as the heart is home and home will always be the “OHANA” !

    Esme and out for good old times !

  145. al May 20, 2010 6:50 pm

    kk….i thought it was brown bottles.

  146. NYUH May 20, 2010 6:56 pm

    Any idea of where the Hawaii people will be at Michie Stadium vs, Army Black Knights at West Point. I see tix being sold online although not by Panda yet.

  147. chawan_cut May 20, 2010 7:01 pm

    High Quality H20 on tv!

  148. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 7:12 pm

    Mr. al, I have read a lot of your toughtful comments as you and kazz really show your respect and love to UH !

    I never met the both of you BUT reading your words of how much you care for Hawaii as over the course of time one can only imagine what you are like at a game in person cheering your Warriors On !

    Fans like the both of you are truly “AWESOME” as being a former athlete I would like to thank both of you for your “LOYAL” support as it is refreshing to read and feel your “PASSION” for Hawaii, good or bad as that what makes the human spirit grow fonder !

    Keep bleeding Hawaii Warrior Green !

  149. koakane May 20, 2010 7:20 pm

    al no matta now

  150. A-House May 20, 2010 7:26 pm

    All you Tsaikos going to the Army game and listening at home, we were told that all Army games start at 12 noon!!!! No exception for the Warriors.

    Thus, leaving the hotel early in NY, messing up the UH tailgate(s), hopefully watching the “Long Grey Line” as they pass in formation, etc.

  151. RainbowCliff May 20, 2010 7:32 pm

    Good Night Tsaiko Nation as LA sleep time is approaching the midnight hour and a full day of morning and sunshine awaits !

    Sleep nice dreams good folks and share warm camraderie to friends and foes as they too live on this green earth and what better way to greet and acknowledge with a kind gesture and warm smile !

    Vaya Con Dios and may he bless each and everyone of you “GREATLY” !

  152. SteveM May 20, 2010 7:34 pm

    Is anyone else besides the A-Houses and Committed Road Warrior attending the UH-Army game? NYUH? So far, the only info for Tsai-kos at the away games are at:

    Please let know if you have plans fo rthe games.

  153. Kazz May 20, 2010 7:53 pm

    I had to refresh my memory of our earlier meeting against UC Davis. This was part of a difficult Cathedral City Classic Tournament where UC Davis was the only success the Wahine saw. The Wahine dropped games to the likes of Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Arizona in this tournament.

    At that time:
    -We were 9-4
    -Our batting order wasn’t truly defined yet.
    -Stephanie Ricketts was still finding herself.
    -Infield play was inconsistent, young, and uncohesive too often to be comfortable.

    UC Davis is “new to the game” and amazingly are sub .500 by one game entering this regional. This is their first NCAA regional and our 9th under Bob Coolen and the third for seniors Katie Grimes, Amanda Taualii, Traci Yoshikawa, and Kanani Pu’u-Warren. New to this game are Kelly Majam, Stephanie Ricketts, Kaia Parnaby, Jessica Iwata, and Alex Aguirre. The “tweeners” are Melissa Gonzalez, who saw what it was like in some form or another in 2008 and Jenna Rodriguez, who won a National Title, but at the JUCO level.

    Senior leadership is more important than ever. This relatively young team relied on the seniors to keep them steady during the regular season, the WAC tourney, and now it will be more of a team effort than ever before to send off the seniors in style.

    First lesson the seniors must teach is FOCUS.

    Without sounding and coming off as arrogant, the Wahine are a superior team over the Aggies of UC Davis. Focus can get lost easily as most recently evident by our 4-3 loss in Las Cruces against Fresno State with a chance to win the WAC tourney in one game. Katie Grimes openly admitted that pre-game warm-ups were “somber” and that she felt they showed up just to play a game and not to win. AUWE!!! NO CAN!!! Every game is a lesson and there is always a new lesson to be learned. The focus needs to be there from the time they wake up on Friday morning and all the way through and as we’ve seen, once this team has a fire lit under them, LOOK OUT. 14-3 says it all.

    Coolen is right in saying both teams are different today than they were earlier this year. Looking back at the statistics from our first meeting against UC Davis, it wasn’t pretty. We ran through all of our pitchers as Ricketts, Parnaby, and Rodriguez saw about 2 innings worth of work each, and the Aggies out hit the Wahine 10-7.

    The Aggies have not beaten a Top 25 team thus far and weren’t even close. They have been dismantled by the likes of Texas, UW, CAL, and Stanford. Granted, the Aggies have come “roaring” back in their conference to claim their title, but again, we look back to talent, and the Wahine will be the only ones responsible if they lose this game.

    Now that we have entered the NCAA tournament, it all comes down to pitching. For us, how do we hit others and how we work around the bats of our opponents will be the sotry as with any other team in the country. Overall team speed doesn’t seem like too much of a concern in this particular game against this team as “small ball” doesn’t look like an effective factor for the Aggies’ success. They are 38-52 on stolen base attempts to successful steals. The Aggies are batting .264 as a team and their team ERA is at 3.63, which can be deceiving as they have two relief pitchers who’s numbers are inflated at 10.00+, but their primary pitchers are 2.94 and 3.56 respectively.

    Again, there is nothing on paper that says we should lose this game. This is completely a game that the Wahine will have to lose on their own if they are not FOCUSED.


    Wahine: 11
    UC Davis: 5

  154. Slugger May 20, 2010 8:02 pm


    I don’t see anything on the UH Ticket page for Football Away games for this upcoming season, only info for the 2009 season. One way to get some priority on your ticket purchases outside of being a season ticket holder is through the Koa ‘Anuenue Sports Package or Road Warrior Package patron status.

    Don Weir might be able to provide some information, but his responsibility is to handle the away game activities, outside of the tailgate being organized by the Alumni Association.

    A-House, that noon game time is going to cause a scramble in event planning.

  155. al May 20, 2010 8:18 pm

    rainbowcliff…thks. it is true, i have been following the er, rainbows for many decades i believe i was 8 years old back then.

    i was there during the fab five days and was classmates with a few.

    i remember you on the court as well. back then with those short shorts, ahahaha.

    i am looking forward to watching our young rainbow warrior basketball team this winter. we’ll have some growing pains at first and it could take a year for us to jell. but, along the way it will be fun to watch this year’s class develop and pull off an upset or two along the way.

  156. al May 20, 2010 8:19 pm

    whooosh. i missed the esme sighting.
    best wishes to a wonderful gal.

  157. Slugger May 20, 2010 8:47 pm


    I hope you’re watching PBS channel 10!

  158. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2010 9:14 pm


    Ditto your 158.

  159. Da Punchbowl Kid May 20, 2010 9:15 pm


    You can sing karaoke? One word.

  160. NorthShoreFan May 20, 2010 9:27 pm

    Was lurkiing and saw my Tsaiko name tag on my desk…then the one for my patnah…noticed it was really well done…now I forget who made this … I know I got it at the Na Wahine Softball game when we did the collection…

  161. Slugger May 20, 2010 9:43 pm

    Versatile players, Salas & Falemalu!

  162. Slugger May 20, 2010 9:44 pm


    Lance makes the nametags. Thanks, LK!

  163. NorthShoreFan May 20, 2010 10:33 pm


  164. Hitman 24 May 20, 2010 10:43 pm

    Gannett owns MomsLikeMe and Metromix. There are substantial fees associated with these sites and with the current lack of advertising, it’s not a wise business decision to keep them. This site is part of the deal to OPI.
    Advertising pays the salaries of the workers, not unique visitors to a site. Look at the amount of local advertising on That’s right, there’s none. Advertisers don’t see you as a market that will bring them a return. Thus, this site brings in no revenue and doesn’t pay for itself. So if you keep the blog and there is no money coming in, what do you do – cut expense.
    Many of you are passionate of this blog. Talk to your employers and have them support the site by buying ads. If you own your own company or control ad dollars, put some ads here. Companies buy ads based upon results. So whenever you see a “local” ad on this site, do your best to patronize them. Have your cattle calls at restaurants that advertise in the newspaper. Buy your tailgate supplies from Foodland and Times, not Costco.
    Then we don’t have to worry if this blog will continue.

  165. al May 20, 2010 10:52 pm

    salas to be used of defense…says a lot to the current db’s.
    weren’t they laying down the accolades during spring training on the very same db’s.

    risking the best receiver you have on the team for a third and long situation…is that good?

  166. al May 20, 2010 10:56 pm

    i don’t get it…wasn’t paipai proclaimed as our best de at a position where we are thin in numbers???

  167. Ralph May 20, 2010 11:12 pm

    Al those were just Coach Mac’s talking points, he didn’t mean what he said.

  168. protector May 20, 2010 11:20 pm

    al on 167,

    I’ve always been squeamish about using key players too. It seems though that Salas himself has said he hinted to coaches he’d like to do it. I know when he came here, it was 50-50 (?) about which side he’d play on as he was supposed to be pretty good at both. If it prevents another team from stealing the victory from us, I’m for having Darius Bright playing safety too (with Salas)..

  169. SteveM May 21, 2010 12:05 am

    Re: #166
    Hitman 24 — Your analysis is generally sound, but stirred me to write the following OPINION comment:

    I’m getting old, but dealt with the emerging consumer internet in the education arena from the early 90’s. We learned HTML and made web pages–no HTML editors and “canned” web page-making services widely available today. We used DOE servers or set up our own Mac servers for web and email back then.

    We can do that today–and serve up a blog simultaneously. Need a server, and a fixed IP address such as those available from RoadRunner and other ISPs. Choose your platform: Mac OS X, UNIX, Microsoft. Under $4,000 for the hardware and RR’s monthly internet connection charge.

    Anyone can put up a blog or web page server and get it on the internet. Relatively cheap. Many do now. The tech aspect is easy. What is not cheap is the time to create and post the content (text, photos, videos, ads, etc)…that takes people and tech support staff to maintain the equipment.

    So, if a newspaper is to have an online presence, the servers and connectivity for the web (news) pages is an assumed cost. Putting on a few blogs will not break the system–and has the benefit of drawing people and hits to your site. Draw the people (hits), and you draw the advertisers… hit count is the unseen currency of the internet.

    This brings me to guess that ST’s blog will not be shut down for “economic” reasons. If it is does, the reasons would be human (meddling, micro-managing, etc.).

    The above is just my guess and opinion.

  170. papajoe2 May 21, 2010 12:15 am

    #171, good morning SteveM. i hope you’re right. it does make sense as we comment a lot about news articles that we read in the paper too, thus reading the paper and its advertisements.

  171. papajoe2 May 21, 2010 12:16 am

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