Couple of minutes with … Blaze Soares


Outside linebacker Blaze Soares’ comeback is nearly complete. More than 10 months after suffering a career-threatening torn ligament at the base of his left calf, Soares runs 100-yard sprints every other day at Cooke/Ching Field.
Under the guidance of strength coach Mel deLaura, Soares undergoes an intense strength and conditioning program.
He has lost 23 pounds, and now weighs 236.
Taking a couple of minutes from his training schedule, Soares talked story with the Warrior Beat.
How’s the calf?
“You see me running. I’m doing good. I’m doing coach Mel’s workouts every day. He’s been getting me right. That’s all I can ask for: a good strength coach. I’m working on getting my leg 100 percent.”
Soares suffered the injury on the second day of training camp.
“It was a typical hitting drill. It was a freak accident. The Lord has a plan for us. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. Only the man upstairs knows.”
On missing the entire 2008 season:
“It was very frustrating. It was hard to go to every game, and having to sit out. That’s life. I’m sad to say I’m injury prone. I talked to (former UH running back) Nate Ilaoa. He said, ‘Bro, you’ve just go to deal with it.’ He was in the same situation as me. He knows what I’m going through.”
“I love to hit. But, to me, I’m just another player trying to make my family and the state proud.”
If the NFL dream doesn’t pan out …
“I’m glad I’m getting a college education. Coach Mack is giving me an opportunity to finish school. If I can’t play (pro) football, I want to be an entrepreneur.”
And away he goes …
“I go to the Neighbor Islands (frequently) to get away from all of this craziness on Oβ€˜ahu. When you go to Maui or the Big Island or to Lanai, it’s very peaceful. You can enjoy the country lifestyle. That’s why I go all of the time. I visit a lot of family, go to the beach. I try to enjoy life. You only live it once. You never know when it’s your last day. You have to live every day to the fullest.”
He also can be found at the Tiki Entertainment studios.
“They have a new CD coming out. It’s hybrid music. It’s rap and reggae. I go into the studio and just cruise. I love music. I love making music. My friend Spooks is a rapper. Spooks Kahuna. Just call him Spooks. My friend Doug Farrar introduced me to his music. That’s what I’ve been up to when I’m not training. Just cruising.”

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Kicker Scott Enos, who is enrolled in Summer Session I, practiced his placekicks yesterday:




  1. addahknowjoe June 24, 2009 6:36 am

    No way! Get outta here!

  2. Maverick June 24, 2009 6:37 am

    Where everybody stay?

  3. Maverick June 24, 2009 6:37 am

    Where everybody stay?
    Hey Joe

  4. addahknowjoe June 24, 2009 6:41 am

    Howzit Maverick! Good Lord! Longtime no chat, yeah?

    Howz the Big Island surf reports and weather holding out on this hump day?

  5. haka June 24, 2009 6:41 am


  6. haka June 24, 2009 6:42 am


  7. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 24, 2009 6:42 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  8. haka June 24, 2009 6:42 am

    seven den

  9. haka June 24, 2009 6:42 am

    ok top ten?

  10. Stretch June 24, 2009 6:43 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Wow… Blaze was up to around 260?? Sounds like he would have moved to DE at that size. Good to hear that he is back down to a more ideal LB weight.

  11. haka June 24, 2009 6:43 am


  12. addahknowjoe June 24, 2009 6:44 am

    ST- Kindly tell Enos he looking up too early. He tryna see wea the ball going. Tell um fo keep his head down and eyes focused on the point of contact.

  13. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! June 24, 2009 6:45 am

    Blaze! = KATOOSH!

  14. whitey June 24, 2009 6:48 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  15. ai-eee-soos June 24, 2009 6:49 am

    Blaze looks like he ready for CRRUSH em.

  16. ai-eee-soos June 24, 2009 6:50 am

    Welcome aboard Scott Enos.

  17. Stretch June 24, 2009 6:50 am

    June 24th, 2009 at 6:44 am
    ST- Kindly tell Enos he looking up too early. He tryna see wea the ball going. Tell um fo keep his head down and eyes focused on the point of contact.

    I get the same problem when I “golf”, no wonder the ball goes crooked

  18. NYUH June 24, 2009 6:54 am

    So this question of whether speed can really be increased was never really answered definitely. You either have it or you don’t? Apparently Taylor has it.

  19. haka June 24, 2009 6:59 am

    I hope the special teams kicks it up a notch this season. If the punter kicks like the thunder from down under and the place kicking is upright down the middle, it will be the difference between a good season and a great season. An extra point to make is just that, albeit without the “hold your breath” drama we have come to gasp with!

    Go Special Teams!
    Go Warriors!

  20. haka June 24, 2009 7:05 am

    I’m golfing and hit a bad shot. Bummed, I go to my cart, sit down, put my feet up on the dash, lean back, throw my head back in disgust trying to figure out what went wrong and I look up at the cart ceiling and it says, “that’s your problem…you keep looking up!”. πŸ™

  21. MeiLing June 24, 2009 7:12 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Have a great day, everyone.

  22. PowderPuff June 24, 2009 7:19 am

    Good morning! Nice mini-I/V (and photos!) with Blaze…hope he can stay healthy. Hard work does pay off.

  23. lava June 24, 2009 7:23 am

    I’m not happy about Ferd’s article. I think he’s losing it.

  24. koakane™ June 24, 2009 7:38 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid June 24, 2009 7:51 am

    Top Twenny Five!

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚

  26. jm2375 June 24, 2009 7:52 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Good to see Blaze back healthy. Hopefully he can stay that way for the entire season. Any hopes of getting a medical redshirt?

    Busy day today, broken up by a luncheon at Buffet 100, home of some Tsai-ko CCs. πŸ˜€

    esme and out.

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid June 24, 2009 7:54 am

    I think Blaze’s weight loss is really gonna help him to stay healthy.

  28. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 8:04 am

    ferd makes a point but his daniel smith analogy is off the mark. comparing mac’s organized system of recruiting to jj’s is the proverbial apple n orange….let it go at that.

    early verbs has always had its pro n cons. a top west coast recruiter told me several years ago when speaking of drawbacks to early verbin that some kids let up once they verb and get lazy and there is always the injury risk….he also said, an early commit becomes a target for poachers in your area. nothing is a done deal until the athlete signs on the bottomline….personally, imo, mac is doing the right thing and doing it well–there will be lemons of course but the potential harvest with early verbs can truly reap a great recruiting crop.
    today d1a football is driven by high octane programs and hawaii’s high schools have an oil-field of talent.
    most d1a programs have summer camps for highschoolers and use it to recruit and sign. ditto for hawaii. i believe xtian vasconcellos was the first to commit out of miano’s camp which has since evolved into hawaii’s warrior summer camp.
    mac is on course with his system in play and has taken his recruiting to a level where it has to be to compete.
    keep it kickin!
    ….and leave ferd alone–he still writes from an air-conditioned office.

  29. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 8:20 am

    electronic times will always be slower bcuz the timer is set to command while the hand-held is set to the the first movement out of the start…..even then it depends what movement–most hand-held timers look for the first flinch of the runners hand….. there is a predictable lag betw command and movement. as i mentioned in a previous post, most programs use a coefficient factor for lagtime and turf surface…’s all relevant stuff.
    If u have a bonafide athlete running a 4.74 at a site and everyone else is running 4.96 and 5.0’s, what does that say? I actually saw that in boulder. The kid had been consistently timed below 4.38 in other venues.

    look at the field and comparative times. if the field is loaded and the athlete has the best time–bingo!

  30. lava June 24, 2009 8:26 am

    Re Ferd, technically every recruit is an early recruit prior to LOI day because it is too early per NCAA rules for any recruit to accept an offer and make it mutually binding. It is precisely because nothing is binding prior to LOI day that the Smith lawsuit is absurd. Smith could not have accepted the UH offer when it was made, and until it was accepted, UH was free to withdraw it. Since Smith’s offer was withdrawn before LOI day, there was no offer to ever accept. There is no NCAA rule prohibiting rules from withdrawing offers. Smith’s case should be booted out.

    So Ferd thinks UH should change recruiting to prevent another Smith incident? Anyone can sue anyone else for anything — you can’t stop ridiculous lawsuits. The nature of the NCAA recruiting system is that everything is verbal and non-binding until LOI day — that is the nature of the system, and the rules by which every team plays. It is precisely for that reason that Smith’s case should be thrown out.

    On a different note, Smith wasn’t ever going to be a football player. He was slow, weak, soft, and injury prone, and every statistic used to entice UH was probably a misrepresentation on his part, making his recruitment a fraud.

  31. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 8:26 am

    btw–10.3 in the 100 meters, hand-held is awesome (unless the timer was fudgin).
    Brian Clay wasnt that fast at this stage.

  32. Manoa Mist June 24, 2009 8:38 am

    All the best to Blaze Soares. He’s the kind of player Hawaii fans love. He Hit You. Keep that leg stretched good and loose.

  33. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 8:43 am

    I think our guy missed the point.
    Mack said he will honor a scholarship offer to anyone who meets the academic requirements in a timely fashion. He has done that, even with a guy like LaCount, who had a reserved scholarship for two semesters).
    Sometimes you recruit knowing that a player 1) probably won’t make it academically, 2) will grayshirt.
    A team also has to figure that another school will poach a recruit.
    That’s part of the business.
    Thing is, football recruiting has changed a lot since my colleague was the beat writer (in 1990). You have to recruit earlier, and you have to make offers earlier, if you want to remain competitive. Remember how many folks griped that JJ went after recruits too late?
    It’s a whole new world.
    (By the way, it’s not a Twitter world, since coaches do not have unlimited Twitter communication with prospects.)

  34. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 8:47 am

    I think you hit on it. It’s all comparative times. It’s like home runs in a dead-ball era and a live-ball era. You’re measured against your contemporaries.

  35. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 8:48 am

    the old-timers tell the story of kalani’s wayne soares.
    i believe he played on the first falcon team in the old ilh. anyways, as the stories go, he was a bulldozer at fb and from what i have been told it took a team effort to bring this brut down….even then he broke away….. blaze apparently is a carbon copy of his dad… wishes blaze and stay healthy–u have already made us proud by comin back!

  36. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 8:49 am

    I always see Luke Ingram around. He’s starting to get a little bigger. The kicking game probably won’t take shape until training camp. But because of the later start to the opening of the season, I think there will be more than enough time to get the kicking game figured out.

  37. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 8:54 am

    Morning Tsai-ko ohana!

    *waving* to Powderpuff!

  38. koakaneβ„’ June 24, 2009 8:59 am

    cohana helllllooooooo how youuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  39. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 9:00 am

    yeah, u got it ST.
    Now, let’s revisit my 2001 scenario @ boulder where u challenged me on the clockin of athletes among other things. lol.
    it was a summer camp open to all hs players, like hawaii’s, and clocking is allowed as part of the camp format….ok, apologies accepted in advance.

  40. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 9:04 am

    koakane!! Hello….how youuu………

    howz da mrs???

  41. COPO June 24, 2009 9:05 am

    Nice interview with Blaze Soares – I like his outlook on life and his football playing situation, best of luck.

  42. PowderPuff June 24, 2009 9:07 am

    Big C — BIG wave to you. I promise you (and ST), I will be more energetic next time I see you!!!

  43. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 9:09 am

    Sad to hear about Ed Thomas, Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach, who was shot dead by a former student/player.

  44. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 9:10 am

    Ah, no worries, girl….I know how that wesside sunshine and heat can be!! hahahahaa….I get you next time!

  45. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 9:11 am

    the longsnapper has one mission–flawless snap, under a prescribed time. luke’s bro was among the best so was kale ane–both were not huge. Practice perfect luke, just like jake and kale–the rest will come.

  46. Garret June 24, 2009 9:17 am

    Great Q&A with Blaze! I’m glad that he lost the 23 pounds, as that shows he’s healthy enough to work out hard and get ready for the season.

  47. Garret June 24, 2009 9:17 am

    The CFL season starts in about a week and RGM sat out the most recent preseason game.

    Rufus Skillern had the longest reception, a 51-yarder from Lulay, a much-needed boost for his chances with import Ryan Grice-Mullen sitting out.

  48. Garret June 24, 2009 9:22 am

    Washington State has had 6 players arrested since the end of last season. They recently had 3 players arrested for burglarizing a teammate’s dorm room! That cannot be good for team unity…

    This could really show up on the field when UH plays Washington State early in the season because one player (now not on the team) led Washington State last season in INTs, the second player arrested is their starting CB, and the third player arrested in a backup CB. So, they could have lost three key players from their secondary, all of whom might have been used in their dime packages against UH.

    Three Washington State Cougar Football players have been charged with felonies for attempting to burglarize a teammate’s dorm room.

    Former Junior cornerback Romeo Pellum, former red shirt freshman cornerback Kevin Frank, and current sophomore cornerback Tyrone Justin and have all been charged in Whitman County Superior Court.

    Pellum faces the most counts for allegedly burglarizing the dorm room twice this last February. Justin and Frank reportedly took part in one of the burglarizes in which electronics were taken.

    Justin and Pellum are scheduled to stand trial in August while Frank is scheduled to enter a plea on Friday.

    Pellum led the Cougars last season in interceptions while Justin is listed as WSU’s starting right corner and Frank was a backup cornerback.

  49. Garret June 24, 2009 9:23 am

    Bob Hogue tried to come up with his top 10 list of UH players.

    I took a look at UH football letter-winners over the years, and my personal top 10 included 15 names – and I probably missed a few (maybe several). In no particular order, I had Al Noga, Colt Brennan, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Tommy Kaulukukui, Chad Owens, Gary Allen, Timmy Chang, Jason Elam, Garrett Gabriel, Blaine Gaison, Ashley Lelie, Michael Carter, Jeff Sydner, Joe Onosai, and Jesse Sapolu. How are you going to pick a No. 1 from that elite list?

  50. SteveM June 24, 2009 9:25 am

    Good morning everyone!

    ST — good interview and perspectives from Blaze.

  51. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 9:32 am

    Im still stuck on Kevin Spain but believe he may be a diamond-in-the-rough. According to reports he doesnt play in a pass oriented O and in fact takes the direct snap with a three-step drop, thus, doesnt post the numbers or the opportunity to showcase his athletic abilities from the spread.
    Scouts say most of Spain’s throws are screens and short variety but the ball comes out of his hands quickly, firm and accurate. They also like his footwork in the pocket and his athleticism to create and scoot. havent seen his innate ability to throw deep or test his arm strength bc of the system he plays under, but still, reports speak highly bc of Spain’s overall athletic ability.

    Im sure you guyz know who the last heralded QB we recruited from arizona….or do u?

  52. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 9:36 am

    actually, hawaii has had 2 recent QBs from arizona, can anyone name them?

  53. Committed Road Warrior June 24, 2009 9:37 am

    Despite some kinks in the service, I was considering renewing my IPTV subscription for the upcoming UH sports season, until I got this:


    It is with great regret that we inform you that Hawaii IPTV will be ending services to all of our customers effective July 1, 2009.

    The UH sportscasts through these guys were inconsistent at best, but I liked having them archived on my TV box for later viewing. The UH-Weber State game doesn’t get picked up until about half way through the 1st quarter and there were many instances of the video and sound not being in sync. Much of this was corrected come men’s basketball season and the spring sports.

    I was one of those who subscribed mainly to catch the UH sports action. I don’t want to speculate, but I suspect rebroadcasting the UH sporting events did them in…..that and the 5, 6, and 10 o’clock news every night was the only “real” product offering they had. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they spent more on the rights for UH sports than they did for all of their archived programming combined.

  54. mauiwarrior June 24, 2009 9:38 am

    was he really considered a “heralded QB”? Come on……..

  55. Committed Road Warrior June 24, 2009 9:42 am


    I believe Graunke was from Tucson.

    If the other one was a semi-recent (read: JJ era) player, I can’t think of ’em. Probably some semi-obscure backup like Whieldon or one who didn’t exactly see much playing time.

  56. lava June 24, 2009 9:45 am

    Thanks for the news Garrett re Washington State. That is pretty alarming. Scout ranked WSU as having the 43rd best recruiting class last year. Difficult to tell which direction that team is headed. Based on the team’s record you’d think they can only go up, but then with this news you have to wonder.

  57. Committed Road Warrior June 24, 2009 9:45 am

    I wouldn’t exactly call them heralded, either. Good players, perhaps, but not exactly the most publicized folks around, at least not compared to Colt, Davone, Timmy, etc.

  58. WarriorBasketball June 24, 2009 9:45 am

    Re: Warriorfanny’s #32 Comment

    According to an August 5, 2007 article from Brand X, Wayne Soares played his HS football at Campbell, not Kalani. Blaze was named after his father’s highschool teammate, Blaisden Barnes.

  59. koakaneβ„’ June 24, 2009 9:54 am

    cohana sorry to get back to you so late but had to help mrs with rehab stretching, ice knee then fix her breakfast. today we go back to doc and remove the 17 stables. she seems to move a little better now, moan and groan less. pt says he flexability is 80% she wanted 100% by the weekend but neva made it. thanks for asking

  60. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 10:14 am

    It’ll take rush her, bumbay, when she all “g”, she going kick YOU in da “g”….


  61. g-nalo June 24, 2009 10:20 am

    good morning everyone.

    good news Koakane.

    #33 – good one, thanks ST for clarifying.

    Thing is, football recruiting has changed a lot since my colleague was the beat writer (in 1990). You have to recruit earlier, and you have to make offers earlier, if you want to remain competitive. Remember how many folks griped that JJ went after recruits too late?
    It’s a whole new world.

    yep recruiting will never be perfect but they gotta do what the “new world” calls for.

  62. koakaneβ„’ June 24, 2009 10:21 am

    eh she walk like frankenstein so just have to dash left and right to avoid dem kicks bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  63. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 10:29 am

    Nicer pic of Kevin Spain..

    Don’t know why this one isn’t used over the other.

  64. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 10:30 am

    Heh… he’s growing taller by the minute.. from 6’1″ to 6’2″.. now 6’3″ at that link above.

    Maybe it’s his projected height come graduation.

  65. Rob25 June 24, 2009 10:31 am

    Hey there’s a bunch of girls here today!!

    Happy Birthday to Lily Kahumoku Olteanu!!

    Well, this kicker is bigger than Symonds, but for a little guy Symonds can kick the ball.

  66. al June 24, 2009 10:34 am

    mih….according to the latest combine in arizona he is a legit 6’2″.
    no get jealous.

  67. al June 24, 2009 10:35 am

    hey there robbie.

    how’s the frank doing these days?

  68. AddahknowsportsΒ© June 24, 2009 10:35 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!


    Mahalos for the Blaze interview! He looks good. Hopefully he doesn’t get re-injured and we can see him in upcoming season.
    I understand what he means about getting away to the neighbor islands for R&R. He should try Kauai. Hehehe.

  69. Kazz June 24, 2009 10:48 am

    Blaze Soares doesn’t get injured.

    It’s God’s way of giving the other teams in the WAC a break.

  70. Bulla June 24, 2009 10:49 am

    aloha Tsaikos,

    long time no see…whew. summer is here, training 2x a day for all the football players, all is good.

    The Beast will be home in late July for some R&R before returning to make a run for the FCS Championship. Pre season polls have the Wildcats at 7th, not bad for a little ‘ol Div I-AA team……

    Stay tuned for a CC in late July…….

  71. al June 24, 2009 10:49 am

    asports…..inquiring minds want to know?

    how long do you keep your head down when giving ajoe the boot?
    do you look up to see the expression/grimace on his face upon contact?

  72. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 10:50 am


    by “break” you mean?

  73. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 10:50 am

    Howzit, Rob25 and A-sports!’re right!

    Howzit, braddah Kazz….

  74. BigIslandkurt June 24, 2009 10:50 am

    ST— kindly let Enos know that Addowknowjoe knows what he talking about. That bugguh was one mean kickah. And he could also boot it old style too….straight toe action.

    Right on for Blaze. May he stay healthy. You can just tell that bradduh loves him some beers and poke.


  75. wafan June 24, 2009 10:51 am

    Good mini-interview with Blaze.

  76. wafan June 24, 2009 10:56 am

    I would venture to guess that A-Sports keeps her head down unless she is feeling particularly evil. That is shen she looks up to watch A-Joe’s look of terror in anticipation of the kick. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    Just kidding A-Sports . . . please do not kick me!

  77. Kazz June 24, 2009 10:57 am


    June 24th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    by “break” you mean?

    As in all other WAC teams get a break until 2009. πŸ˜‰

  78. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 10:58 am

    Kevin Spain didn’t do too well in his sophmore year at Horizon.

    But if that’s how quickly he can pick up a new system at a new school and correct his mechanics, that bodes well for the Warriors.

  79. Kazz June 24, 2009 11:01 am


    Howzit… the countdown continues… :mrgreen:

  80. Kazz June 24, 2009 11:04 am

    Rausch, Moniz, Austin, Nielsen, Shutter, Graves, and now Spain.


    (It’s like a movie trailer yeah? πŸ˜† )

  81. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 11:08 am

    Hawaii’s top 25 highschool football prospects..

  82. Rob25 June 24, 2009 11:10 am

    Hiya al…sorry got distracted for a little while.

    Frank is doing good. They are starting their prep work for returning home. It should be mid-August…did I hear something about a party….nah, nah…gotta get ready for some football by then.

  83. C rM June 24, 2009 11:11 am

    Hello tsaikos
    In a psycho class today.
    Have a good day everyone.

  84. C rM June 24, 2009 11:12 am

    Party back room.

  85. Rob25 June 24, 2009 11:13 am

    Colomaohana; Got Vegas?

    Kazz: Got issues? (No worry I do too)

    Blaze: Got aggression?

    A-sports: Got to go get those darts while they are still on sale!

  86. Rob25 June 24, 2009 11:16 am

    C rM: Yup…he will like that.

    What, you in one class with Kazz? How come I wasn’t included…better yet, where’s the wife? We are a bunch of psychos…and Tsaikos…it’s double your pleasure.

  87. C rM June 24, 2009 11:18 am

    How to deal with real psychos.
    Show us the money we go vegas.

  88. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 11:20 am

    Rob25: Got kala? (for Vegas) hahaha…

    Kazz: Yay! Cheee-hooo!! Got gas? (for the drive….)

    C rM: Get back to class….if you can even call it that….Psssht!

  89. jojo ® June 24, 2009 11:23 am

    Is it football season yet?

  90. labrat June 24, 2009 11:25 am

    Wow ST you are a mind reader. I was going to ask when you were going to get John Estes to chat.

    Goodluck to Blaze.

  91. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 11:26 am

    jojo: almost…

    where’s our countdown person???


  92. Derek June 24, 2009 11:30 am

    My two cents for the top 10 of UH Football, in order:
    1. Colt Brennan – there is no doubt. Hawaii’s Heisman. Most accurate passer. A cult hero to all of us. His story is still being written.
    2. Jason Elam – he was the best kicker in college when he was in school, and he’s a candidate when he’s finished for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Holds the NFL record for longest kick.
    3. Ashley Lelie – from walk-on to first round draft pick. Holds TD pass receptions in one season. I will always remember his catch in the corner of the endzone against Fresno State. Still the highest draft pick in the NFL by a UH player. 4.3 speed.
    4. Tim Chang – his records speak for himself. NCAA career passing yards.
    5. Gary Allen – holds UH records for must rushing yards. He was also a dangerous pass receiver and also returned kicks too. Ran the muddle huddle.
    6. Jesse Sapolu – he was a starter for 4 years and his Super Bowl rings
    attest to his ability and a winner.
    7. Niko Noga/Al Noga – hey, same family. Niko was the first, Al an All-American. Hard to seperate them. I couldn’t both put them in the top 10 so together seemed appropriate.
    8. Maa Tanuvasa – was the leader on defense for 92 WAC championship. All WAC. Super Bowl Champion.
    9. Garret Gabriel – the ultimate BYU buster; became a better runner in the triple option under Paul Johnson.
    10. Michael Carter – led UH to win over Illinois in 92 Holiday Bowl; what
    a runner. Tough as nails. He played hurt and didn’t complain.
    10 plus one. Devone Bess – if he stayed for his senior season nobody would break his records. Was a starter in his freshman year. Coming from his background, I give him a lot of credit.
    Honorable Mention. Bobby Ahu – 3 punt retuns for TD in one game, albiet by against Linfield was exciting and still a UH record if not an NCAA record. I was at that game at old Honolulu Stadium.

  93. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 12:01 pm

    UH isn’t clocking players. It’s not allowed to record the performances of student-athletes during the summer.
    There are a couple of people not affiliated with the program who are clocking the athletes. I just happen to be standing next to them.

  94. lava June 24, 2009 12:01 pm

    Good list Derek. I think a lot of people will have Colt and Jason as their top 2. You might get some argument on Timmy Chang at #4. TC did some great things, but he wouldn’t be in my top 10.

  95. Rob25 June 24, 2009 12:01 pm

    Colomaohana: I think that we could do a fishnet brigade at various locations throughout the island and oh, yeah, you would be Vegas-bound. The monies are to support UH athletics…you going there to support the football program…hahahaha

  96. BIGWAVE96744 June 24, 2009 12:06 pm

    Derek.. No Tommy Kaulukukui??
    Only player to “officially” have his number retired??

  97. BIGWAVE96744 June 24, 2009 12:09 pm

    no Levi Stanley (formerly held the career tackle record from his DT position)

  98. AddahknowsportsΒ© June 24, 2009 12:22 pm

    Hi, I’m back.

    al, et al-

    To put all the speculating minds at ease…when giving anyone the boot, I pick my spot and keep my eye on the target until I make full contact. If you get it right, the look of anguish will last long enough for you to look up and see the damage. NAH……of course not! What kind of monster do you think I am? Bwahahahaha.


    I need new flights. Will probably make a trip to the store that is not in the town it is named for.

    I can’t wait to hit the board. I also can’t wait to hit the driving range in July. Gotta get a new glove too. Can’t find mine.

  99. wafan June 24, 2009 12:46 pm

    A-Sports . . .

    At least you do not seem to take pleasure in watching the look of wide-eyed terror prior to contact. I guess the screams are enough for you.



  100. wafan June 24, 2009 12:47 pm

    Finally, 100!!!

  101. al June 24, 2009 12:59 pm

    i think that some where when talking about uh’s finest one has to include the heroics of that team that went to lincoln, nebraska on sept. 17, 1955 and beat the cornhuskers 6-0.

    one guy, ed “soupy” kawawaki, was the example to all that day. pulled into emergency quarterbacking duties when both 1st teamers went down, left halfback kawawaki was drawn in to the fire that day. with knees knocking, the fumbling kawawaki mustered enough heart to pull it off driving them to the winning score. after which he turned to his 27 teammates, all but two from hawaii, and said in typical local boy fashion, “we got ’em already!”

    they held on to beat a nationally heralded nebraska team who had previously beat them 50 – 0 the year before at the termite palace.

  102. AddahknowsportsΒ© June 24, 2009 1:01 pm

    Don’t worry Wafan-

    Undeserving souls don’t get the foot. And believe me, koakane screamed long and loud. Bwahahaha.

  103. Cindy C June 24, 2009 1:02 pm

    Good day, gang! And what a nice interview with Blaze.

    KK, will keep your wife in my thoughts.

    A-Sports….is that WRS store? If so, I love that place!

  104. J June 24, 2009 1:06 pm

    For those few that remember my friend Aya from when we were at the May 09 Karaoke Kall…or who are in San Diego tomorrow night…

  105. AddahknowsportsΒ© June 24, 2009 1:10 pm

    Cindy C-

    Yup. Never been in there, but I have a feeling I will start writing out my wish list once I walk in.

  106. hitman58 June 24, 2009 1:22 pm

    good job blaze have a great 2009 football season and hats off to ikaika mahoe of been chosen for the june jones scholar award .

  107. Kazz (blkberry_storm) June 24, 2009 1:26 pm

    Hmmm.. Kinda weird how I can see the photos on the blog and the captions on my phone but not the text of the Blaze interview.

  108. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 1:28 pm

    hmmm none of these guys, eh?

    Daniel James Audick, Ed.D., (born November 15, 1954 in San Bernardino, California) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League from 1977 through 1984. Audick was a scholarship student-athlete for the University of Hawaii Warrior football team from 1972 to 1977 and a team captain in the 1976 football season. Under the pioneering leadership of Coach Larry Price, he was one of the few former Warriors who made the transition from Division II Independent to Division IA Independent and who would go on to NFL careers and coaching careers. Notable Warrior pioneers that joined Audick in the transition of the Hawaii Warriors football team to Division IA football and who played at the old Honolulu Stadium and Aloha Stadium include Charles Aiu, Arnold Morgado, John Woodcock, and Rich Ellerson.

  109. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 1:30 pm


    Wha? Whyz dat? Seeing blaze half nekid and healthy got you all teary-eyed and your glasses all fogged up?

  110. homey capo June 24, 2009 1:35 pm

    Good afternoon gangee!

    A-Sports doesn’t use darts, she throws a jackhammer.

  111. Kekoa June 24, 2009 1:59 pm

    Wafan ~ As you can see from the Tsaikette posts above, they are sharpening their talons for some future dart tourneys and golf challenges. I would suggest you spend time doing a little un-supervised training before returning home.

  112. Kazz June 24, 2009 2:03 pm


    I’ll be teary-eyed, when Soares is on the field on gameday putting opposing QBs and HBs to “sleep”. 😎

  113. Kazz June 24, 2009 2:13 pm

    Wooo hoooo!!!

    Transformers 2 is out!!!

    It’s days like this were fandango is necessary.

  114. Piper's Son June 24, 2009 2:13 pm

    AL: ed “soupy” kawawaki – if I recall, he played for Kaimuki and could throw the football down the field 60 yards+. He was a QB at Kaimuki. I forgot who played QB for the Bows when he was pressed into service from his HB position.

  115. Rob25 June 24, 2009 2:20 pm

    homey capo *snickering*:

    You should see Pride’s mean through. The dart machine like run away…something like A-sports’ throw.

  116. tom mui June 24, 2009 2:20 pm

    RICH2176: Would you drop me a line at tommui(at) Like to get more information about your ticket adventures with the UH box office.

  117. Rob25 June 24, 2009 2:22 pm

    I’m gonna have to bring my son’s clubs to practice on July 4th. 😯

    Kaneohe better watch out!!

    Kazz: I’m with you…can’t wait to see Blaze “on fire” and roasting QB’s in the WAC and beyond. Those RB’s better watch out too. πŸ‘Ώ

  118. homey capo June 24, 2009 2:23 pm

    Rob25 – I guess in their case the shortest distance to the target is a straight line. (J)J can throw pretty good because he get limp wrist action. BWAHA!

  119. tom mui June 24, 2009 2:25 pm


    Would you please drop me a line at tommui(at) re: your experience dealing with a donation to Koa Anuenue. Thanks!

  120. WarriorBasketball June 24, 2009 2:32 pm

    MIH: Regarding Comment #108

    Mention was made of Charles Aiu. He was the first and so far only player from Damien to play in the NFL. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago. He was very proud to represent Damien, the Univ of Hawaii, and this State while playing professionally.

  121. BG June 24, 2009 2:38 pm


    Might have been Mrs A-House’s handle, but I think it was Mr A-House in drag….AGAIN LOL

  122. Kazz June 24, 2009 2:40 pm

    Oh boy.

    Koa Anuenue and the UH ticket office people have been put on notice by Tom Mui!


  123. Kazz June 24, 2009 2:44 pm


    You’re right, it was Mr. A-House that posted his unfortunate incident.

  124. al June 24, 2009 2:57 pm

    piper’s son…..the qb’s on the roster were dick hadama (who already was injured) and fred nagata (who was taken out running back a punt). kawawaki said it was his fault as he missed his block.

    kawawaki was my pe teacher at washington inter. today, he has been treating the family members for sports injuries and old age injuries (in my case) with his ki-atsu therapy.

  125. Loa June 24, 2009 3:23 pm

    afternoon gang!

    nice talk story w/ Blaze

    Stephen – at least he give you the salute last time πŸ˜†

  126. Loa June 24, 2009 3:26 pm

    auwe, should be at least he neva give you the salute like last time

  127. Loa June 24, 2009 3:27 pm

    i think i need a beverage

  128. whitey June 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    al, what year did uh play kentucky?? was it the same as when they played nebraska.?????

  129. Loa June 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    hmmm, no sport’s bar question today?

  130. whitey June 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    sane year???

  131. whitey June 24, 2009 3:35 pm

    my good friend is a cornhusker through and through and to this day, he says that nebraska’s day of infamy is when uh beat them at home with these small hadashi keeds.

  132. wafan June 24, 2009 3:39 pm

    Geez, those UH people got the wrong people rankled — A-House, Rich, and now TomMui.

    Early fireworks?

  133. Kazz June 24, 2009 3:44 pm


    UH should never p*** off fans, but in this case, they REALLY shouldn’t be getting on the bad side of Tsaikos…

  134. Loa June 24, 2009 3:44 pm

    howzit whitey & wafan

    according to the media guide nebraska win – 1955, kentucky -1958

  135. wafan June 24, 2009 3:45 pm

    Hi Kazz and Loa!

    Looks to be a slow day today.

  136. homey capo June 24, 2009 3:47 pm

    Loa – toke a doobie…

  137. Loa June 24, 2009 3:48 pm

    homey capo – bumbai com more wors

  138. wafan June 24, 2009 3:51 pm

    Kazz . . .

    The thing is the are in the business of CUSTOMER SERVICE. It does not matter if it was a bad day for the employee. The customer really does not care.

    There have been times where I have received poor service and have worked to have the staff re-educated or the offending lout fired.

  139. Loa June 24, 2009 3:57 pm

    wow in other futbol news, congrats to team usa over spain, 2-0

  140. Loa June 24, 2009 3:58 pm

    CWS – LSU up on Texas, 9-4, bot 7

  141. Handcrank Drill June 24, 2009 4:00 pm

    No kidding! That’s something, ain’t it…

  142. Kazz June 24, 2009 4:05 pm


    It’s one thing when it’s customer service for goods and services the customer is paying for and it’s a whole different animal when you are a non-profit organization looking to receive donations and then end up being an a$$ to those looking to donate their money.

    There is stupid and then there is a whole new breed of stupid.

  143. Rob25 June 24, 2009 4:07 pm

    Kazz: Word!

  144. whitey June 24, 2009 4:10 pm

    lsu is looking good in the 8th inning, up 9-4, man on 1st and 3rd, no outs.

  145. whitey June 24, 2009 4:12 pm

    loa, mahalo. my cuz played aginst kentucky and got runned over by lou groza. ouch!!!! he may have played at nebraska too.

  146. al June 24, 2009 4:14 pm

    whitey… zit?

    you read about that iowa coach?
    sheesh. senseless.

  147. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 4:35 pm

    Re: Kevin Spain.
    I think people are focusing on the Paradise Valley offense. But what I failed to mention was that Spain actually transferred from another school. At his first school, he threw well β€” and often.

  148. al June 24, 2009 4:37 pm

    you mean paradise valley.

  149. wafan June 24, 2009 4:39 pm

    Kazz . . .

    Nah. It is all the same. If you tick off people they go away and so does their money. For-profit or non-profit — they need the money!

    But, it really is stupid to be a snot when people are trying to give you money.

  150. chawan_cut June 24, 2009 4:50 pm

    two words
    megan fox

  151. whitey June 24, 2009 4:54 pm

    al, it is very sad day in parkersburg. it is a farming community and i am sure eveyone knew each other like most small towns. hopefully, the community will pull together and help each other get over this tragic event.

  152. whitey June 24, 2009 4:55 pm

    congrats to lsu on a very good win.

  153. whitey June 24, 2009 4:57 pm

    heard that lsu has new stadium and ave attendance is over 9,000. if that is true, that is big time college ball.

  154. Kazz June 24, 2009 5:05 pm


    What has happened to the simple beloved Transformers action figures when I was a kid?

    When the first Transformers movie came out in 2007, I took my little cousin to see it and she loved it, she was 5 at the time. She loved the Optimus Prime character and I wanted to get her the 12 inch tall movie version toy. Forgetting how popular toys from movies can get, I couldn’t find one on the island and everywhere on the internet was either sold out or asking for insane prices (80.00-200.00+). Long story short, after months of trying to find one, I gave up after it seemed her fascination decreased so I bought her some basic figures and the DVD.

    Now, with Transformers 2 coming out tonight, Ill be taking her again to see it this weekend and I’ve learned from my mistake and already ordered her the version two of this same Optimus Prime figure from Hasbro’s website. Not bad 44.00 USD.

    Then I start looking at the figure closely. It says ages 5 and up. NOT! Looking at how this character is supposed to change into a semi truck is impossible. Either I have been WAY out of touch, but there is no way my seven year old cousin is going to be able to enjoy this thing.

    So I looked up a video on YouTube where people do toy reviews and there is this grown man showing how to transform the toy from robot to truck and it takes him 15 minutes!!!!! What doesn’t help is the fact that the instructions in the box is nothing but a diagram with dozens of arrows pointing aimlessly in various directions.

    Well it’s too late now, they’ve shipped out the toy and it’s on it’s way here. I guess I’ll find out how durable that thing is when she throws it against the wall in frustration. πŸ˜†

    So, for all you Tsaikos out there that are parents of little ones, I don’t know how you folks deal with the stock of toys that will eventually be forgotten… I don’t have kids, but I guess that’s the perks of being the uncle. You get to spoil them and not have to deal with their tantrums! πŸ˜†

  155. Kazz June 24, 2009 5:08 pm


    June 24th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Kazz . .

    But, it really is stupid to be a snot when people are trying to give you money.


    Yes it is the same in that most will NEVER come back with the wallets open after poor treatment, but in this case, one has to be a complete idiot when working for a non-profit group trying to raise money.

    I hope the offending individuals will be dealt with as they are doing the athletic department and the student athletes a dis-service with their attitudes.

  156. Kazz June 24, 2009 5:09 pm

    Speaking of high school offenses…

    Is it true the fabled “A-11 Offense” got banned?

  157. Da Punchbowl Kid June 24, 2009 5:13 pm


    At least at the collegiate level.

  158. Kazz June 24, 2009 5:17 pm


    That thing made it to the college level???!?!?!?!?!?! 😯

    Or was it to prevent it from ever unfolding at the college level?

    Either way, kinda harsh when an offensive style/system get’s banned. I mean that HS on the mainland wasn’t exactly going undefeated and racking up offensive stats while using it.

    Was kinda hoping to see it for a full game as opposed to the few clips floating around online last year.

  159. al June 24, 2009 5:30 pm

    i think kevin spain has tons of potential. 100 yds per game in a run offense is good for a hs program.

    what i like are his numbers.
    12 tds from 100 completions is a very good ratio. in our offense at that clip we talking 3+ td’s per game.

    59 % completion while on the sprint is awesome. i see a 65% ratio at this level.

    2 int’s out of 170 tosses is something timmy chang would be envious of.

    looks like he has happy feet so bailing from the pocket is second nature for him.

  160. Jason June 24, 2009 5:36 pm

    Looks like Coach Dana’s got some new assistant coaches and a new director of basketball operations:

  161. ai-eee-soos June 24, 2009 5:42 pm

    Yep, Da Houl and Serenda Valdez were named by Coach Dana.

  162. Kazz June 24, 2009 5:56 pm

    All wahine staff for the Rainbow Wahine.

  163. Ralph June 24, 2009 6:00 pm

    well the vince goo clones are here to lead Na Wahine once again…Dana has one more coaching slot to fill if JD allows her the same number of coaches e bolla had under his reign of terror. I quess Hashiro is looking for a new job…..

  164. Ralph June 24, 2009 6:04 pm

    I hope the third coach is a post coach who is familiar with recruiting Southern California..

  165. ai-eee-soos June 24, 2009 6:04 pm

    Hawai’i’s Kolten Wong is one of 22 players selected for the 2009 USA

    Baseball national team, USA Baseball announced yesterday.

  166. warriorfanny2 June 24, 2009 6:06 pm

    Spain threw from the pocket mostly screen stuff and run action plays. short passes with higher completion rates.
    In my view it is difficult to transpose any of his numbers or lack thereof into any d1a projections….59% is mediocre and doesnot translate to 65% at the d1a level which was higher than Tim Chang who was a bonafide passing QB out of high school.
    Most reports speak of spain’s good overall athletic ability and instincts.
    He is a hidden prospect…..meaning he has assests but he is no slam dunk.
    Further, im not as focused on his chances of success as i am on Mac’s decision to recruit him.
    By recruiting one QB, the message is clear–spain is the best we can get.

  167. ai-eee-soos June 24, 2009 6:06 pm

    more on Kolten Wong ….

    The selection caps Wong’s outstanding freshman season, which he was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, as all-WAC first-team honors in the outfield. He also earn freshman all-America honors on various levels from Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Ping! and the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.

    Wong started all 58 games for UH, batting .341 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles, two triples, 52 RBI, 46 runs and 11 stolen bases. He also led the team with seven outfield assists.

  168. Kazz June 24, 2009 6:35 pm


    As the Director of Operations, Kevin Hashiro didn’t get much time (1 season), but then someone had to go all postal and thought it was ok to kick his players and POOF… innocent people lost their jobs undeservingly.

  169. Ralph June 24, 2009 6:41 pm

    the new DOR for coach Dana is a Mufi worker…keeping things in the political comfort zone, but its a good opportunity for Ajifu….

  170. Kazz June 24, 2009 6:50 pm


    June 24th, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    the new DOR for coach Dana is a Mufi worker…keeping things in the political comfort zone, but its a good opportunity for Ajifu….

    Ajifu, a recent graduate from the University of the Pacific, worked for the Mayor Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree and had been a summer girls basketball coach at Mid-Pacific Institute.

    Well depends on what a “Mufi-Worker” is. Yes she did work for the basketball jamboree, but I cannot find anything about Ajifu being a C&C employee in the sense Coach Dana was/is.

    But no kidding about the opportunity she is getting. She’s quite young… very young, to be in the position she will be in.

    Damnit, the best I got is that my friend is GM for Pizza Hut! 😑

  171. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 7:38 pm


    On that transformer.. Optimus Prime to Truck transformation… my son was three when he pulled apart a 184 piece Gundum Warrior and stuck him back together again. I thought it was a fluke, so I switched the arms and moved a few pieces around and he looked at it.. looked at me like I was stoopid or something and fixed it.

    So, I wouldn’t be surprised if your now 7 y/o niece doesn’t tranform it in record time. For kids today.. all that stuff from a-to-z… is but a straight line.

  172. Derek June 24, 2009 7:58 pm

    No offense to Tommy Kaulukukui, but I never saw him play. I’m sure he was good. I doubt he played against an all Division IA schedule in those days. I saw all of Levi Stanley’s home games and he’s a good one for sure. Again, in those days they played some good teams, but most of them were again people like Linfield, Humboldt State, New Mexico Highlands, Pacific, Long Beach State and the like. Not exactly the toughest schedule. But I gotta say Terry Metcalf, Leon Burns, Don Williams, Mike Merriweather, etc. were pretty darn good in those days and were NFL caliber players and some were All Pro. Definitely, I would have Tommy and Levi in the top 20 and that’s no respect. I’m glad Darrick Branch made the list. I think he was very, very underrated.
    Dana McLemore should be in there some place.

  173. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 8:03 pm

    I always like the idea of a “favorite” list instead of “best” rankings.
    Without a time machine, there’s no way to compare talent from different generations. And then we have to figure in lifestyle, nutrition, coaching, etc.
    For instance, would Babe Ruth succeed today? Well, growing up in inner-city Baltimore in say the 1990s, he probably wouldn’t have had many chances to play baseball as a youth.

  174. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 8:06 pm

    I Google’d Ajifu and her nickname is “Just Joke Moke.”
    I’d love to know the story behind that.

  175. rich2176(Blackberry) June 24, 2009 8:10 pm

    Tom Mui – at KOA heading back to LA. Will try to reply tomorrow

  176. Derekp June 24, 2009 8:10 pm

    I think i’ve seen this somewhere before…but it’s not bad at all

  177. rich2176(Blackberry) June 24, 2009 8:16 pm

    Nice read about Blaze. Showed last weeks pics of him to Sungod. His reply can’t be written on a family blog. However one of the words was had a biblcal tone- HOLY…

  178. rich2176(Blackberry) June 24, 2009 8:17 pm

    Nice read about Blaze. Showed last weeks pics of him to Sungod. His reply can’t be written on a family blog. However one of the words had a biblcal tone- HOLY…

  179. BG June 24, 2009 8:40 pm

    Need some help. Edited the Washington vs Wahine volleyball game for Frank and friends, but couldn’t copy it to dvd. Got a message saying it would not copy a copy protected program. Anything I could do to work around it?

    Last resort is to call K5. Back in 2004, I received permission from the UH athletic dept and K5 to copy games and make dvd’s for our troops overseas. So, I’m sure that I’ll be able to make dvd’s eventually. I’m just concerned about making it in time to get them to Rob25 before she sends the last shipment to Frank at the end of this month.

    Tech folks….HAAALP

  180. Kekoa June 24, 2009 8:42 pm

    Mahalo again for the tickets Rich. Godspeed my friend and safe travels.

  181. rich2176(Blackberry) June 24, 2009 8:47 pm

    Good seeing you Kekoa. Thanks for the many kind words at Genji’s. Next post from across the Pacific Pond.

  182. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 8:48 pm

    Evening, gang!

  183. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 9:07 pm


    Did you try saving/burning it first to an image file? *.iso or *.img

  184. al June 24, 2009 9:09 pm


  185. al June 24, 2009 9:09 pm

    pisa named the starting strongside linebacker.

  186. al June 24, 2009 9:10 pm

    ok no problem

  187. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2009 9:20 pm

    Midnight, Al.

  188. BG June 24, 2009 9:21 pm


    My Panasonic recorder saves the program to a hard drive. I edit the game on the harddrive and then save the result to a dvd.

    Way to go Pisa!!!

  189. al June 24, 2009 9:22 pm

    got it.

  190. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 9:23 pm


    Ah… so there’s no way to transfer what’s on the harddrive directly to your pc?

  191. Garret June 24, 2009 9:26 pm


    Thank you for the news about Pisa! I’m not surprised, as he’s a perfect fit in that defensive system…which he showed under the Bears current coaching staff when he was a rookie with the Rams. I just hope he can have similar success as that year…when he led the team in tackles. With the other two starting LBs being All-Pro level players, Chicago will have an excellent LB corps.

    Since Pisa signed just a 1-year contract, if he puts up big numbers this year after leading the Rams in tackles last year, he really will be up for a nice raise after the season.

  192. Garret June 24, 2009 9:28 pm

    Article about USC’s camp that is going on this week.

    The talent is off the charts, and there were lots of players from outside California also in attendance.

    These camps run by schools and their coaching staffs have become critical components in the recruiting process, allowing coaches to measure heights and weights, get 40-yard dash times and meet players up-close before deciding whether to offer a scholarship.

    And the players and their parents understand what is at stake. Walking around the practice fields listening and observing, I could sense the tension and pressure.

    “If I don’t get a good time, then they judge you on that,” one player was telling someone on a cellphone.

  193. Garret June 24, 2009 9:29 pm

    JJ was one of the first to offer this QB a scholarship…but so many school have offered now and he’ll probably end up at USC or Florida.

    The big story this week will be whether the Trojans offer a scholarship to Lakewood quarterback Jesse Scroggins. When Scroggins was seen talking to Carroll, the cameras of the Internet recruiting services went into immediate shooting mode.

    Scroggins already has offers from Tennessee and Florida.

  194. Garret June 24, 2009 9:33 pm

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

    Experiments at Sandia unexpectedly found that salt blocks can actually stretch under certain conditions.

  195. Garret June 24, 2009 9:34 pm

    US company has shipped the first batch (100,000 doses) of swine flu vaccine. They use caterpillar cells instead of needing a seed strain, which makes their vaccine creation process faster.

  196. Garret June 24, 2009 9:34 pm

    Article about the decline of MySpace, which is laying off 30% of its US workforce and 66% of its non-US workforce.

  197. Garret June 24, 2009 9:35 pm

    The parallel structure and computing power of graphics processing units in video game systems may be more efficient than a general-purposed CPU for a range of calculations important to defense applications.

  198. Garret June 24, 2009 9:35 pm

    The Oscars are doubling their best-picture nominees to 10.

  199. Garret June 24, 2009 9:36 pm

    Free play links pau.

  200. Garret June 24, 2009 9:37 pm

    Is there any wonder why I’m going to gain 10+ pounds during this Hawaii trip? Lori’s Mom is a chef and my Mom is an awesome cook who seems to be determined to prepare all of my favorites. Today’s dinner:

    pan lau lau
    chicken and mushroom sticks (my favorite!)
    some other stuff that I ignored because of the top 4 things on that list

  201. el guapo June 24, 2009 9:46 pm

    For some reason I’m hungry

  202. Ralph June 24, 2009 9:46 pm

    loss my feed from oceanic for about 2 hours, no tv or computer so I’m watching ND vs Warriors, Dowling and Roberts where were you guys, we made ND Clausen and Tate look like Montana to Rice all day long…

  203. BG June 24, 2009 9:48 pm


    Recorder has usual plug in connectors for two audio and one video and also for s video. Don’t see anything on the pc that I could plug it into.

  204. Ralph June 24, 2009 9:48 pm

    Momo’s pan lau lau is the best…

  205. al β„’ June 24, 2009 9:48 pm

    okamoto’s pan lau lau
    one of the all time tailgate culinary memories.

  206. Ralph June 24, 2009 9:50 pm

    all during the first half, andre ware is mentioning that Alexander just got to get rid of the ball and not take a sack…He now understands why Hawaii has 49 sacks to date.. little did he know that UH will break ND’s record by games end… πŸ™

  207. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 9:51 pm


    That’s the same area of contention I have going into this new season. We have Satele… Fonoti.. Soares… Heun… Lolotai…Kiesel-Kauahane up front… but the backfield… corners and safeties are all untested. Got my fingers crossed.

  208. Colomaohana June 24, 2009 9:52 pm


    Brah, where you stay…my keiki are sleeping…I’m cover over with my ziploc and foil……

    Bwuahahaha…I AM filipino, you know??!! hehehehe…

  209. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 9:54 pm


    Then sorry… the only way I can see you duplicating that is to get “rights” for it. UNLESS you’re willing to get a video/tv-in card for your PC with an s video cable. Outside of that, you’d have to remove the harddrive from your recorder and hook it up to your pc either internally or using an external hd case. I know guys who used to do that and upgrade their hd at the same time increasing their recording capability.

  210. madeinhawaii June 24, 2009 9:57 pm

    I forgot to include Meatoga and Savaiigaea.

    Defensively we are solid up front. Hopefully the new speed guys can break up the passes and take some away.

  211. MeiLing June 24, 2009 9:59 pm

    ST ~

    Re: Kevin Spain’s schools: He initially went to Horizon High which is near Paradise Valley High, but PV is in a more wealthy area. It’s not really a prep school. I liked shopping in the Paradise Valley malls. There’s a great bakery in that area, too.

  212. al β„’ June 24, 2009 10:02 pm

    btw, that was a great chat w/ alexander the greg.
    good to hear from the qb.

    be good to have him back just before the first game.

    one of these days i’d really like to have hot rod bradley as chat guest.

  213. MeiLing June 24, 2009 10:14 pm

    Tried viewing the replay of the chat w/ GA, but it stopped too much. Gave up.

    But I second that motion, al, Rodney Bradley would be an interesting guest.

  214. jm2375 June 24, 2009 10:15 pm

    mmmmm…. mrs momo’s pan laulau

  215. MeiLing June 24, 2009 10:17 pm

    …or is it, second that notion…or, second that emotion?

    more wealthy = wealthier

    Time to turn in, buckaroos.

  216. BG June 24, 2009 10:18 pm


    Strained the brain a little, but I followed what you sed. Thanks for the help…at least I know what I can and can’t do.

    Now, I’m hungry…what the hay????

  217. Ralph June 24, 2009 10:22 pm

    soledad o’brien tweets that a pillow on jet blue rents for $7..she was heading from P.R. to N.Y.C. for the weary travelers, bring your own pillow, water and bento… πŸ™‚

  218. al β„’ June 24, 2009 10:25 pm

    mei ling….did you know that a slug is a shell-less snail?

    i wonder how they would taste w/garlic n butter?

  219. Jason June 24, 2009 10:28 pm

    Can’t bring your own waterβ€”restriction on liquids.

  220. Jason June 24, 2009 10:29 pm

    But you can buy in the airport. Even then, expensive.

  221. al β„’ June 24, 2009 10:31 pm

    i was surprised a bit that coach dana took both da houl and serenda valdez. i was thinking one of them but not two.

    oh well. what do i know.

    i was thinking that a recruit or two would be announced by today.

    oh well. what do i know.

  222. Ralph June 24, 2009 10:35 pm

    Tsai will surprise us at 12:05 am….be patient Al

  223. al β„’ June 24, 2009 10:41 pm

    i know ralph.
    i know.
    i know what it will be ralph.
    i know.

    but my post #222 has to do with wbb’s recruits.

  224. MeiLing June 24, 2009 10:44 pm



    k, I’m gonna be a slug-a-bug an’ go to bed. Youse guys can wait up for Tsai. Night all!

  225. Garret June 24, 2009 11:16 pm

    Ralph, Al, and jm2375,

    I’ve read posts and e-mails about people who got to eat my Mom’s pan lau lau at tailgates while I was stuck in San Diego…it was bad enough that I had to miss the games at Aloha Stadium, but the past 2 seasons I missed awesome tailgates! So, I just loved that we had pan lau lau and I didn’t have to share with the Tsaikos…

    I know I’m going to miss a lot of tailgating this season and the pan lau lau will be enjoyed by the Tsaikos. At least we have a pot luck tomorrow during Day 1 of the family reunion activities, so there will be great BBQ, Momo’s chicken hekka, and lots of other stuff. 39 of us are going on a 1-mile hike before the dinner, so everyone should be hungry…Mrs. Momo made the rule that the others here for the family reunion who don’t go on the hike (20+ people are skipping it) won’t get to come to the pot luck.

  226. Garret June 24, 2009 11:19 pm


    I’m glad that you don’t know where my parents live! I know all about those zip lock bags…anyway, the pan lau lau is all gone but I did save some poke for lunch tomorrow.

  227. Garret June 24, 2009 11:20 pm


    Thank you for that find on Pisa. For some reason, my Google Reader and normal searches didn’t find that article, so I wouldn’t have seen that news for awhile.

  228. Garret June 24, 2009 11:23 pm


    We always check in the car seats for my kids, but this trip Delta charged us $5.40 for the bag that went around the car seats! We never got charged before and we’ll bring our own garbage bag to save the money next time.

    The worst part about it is that they had to run my credit card and then have me sign it before they could give me the bag. Their credit card machine was really slow, which meant that we really spent a long time at the check-in counter and the long line of people behind us must have been really unhappy.

  229. tom mui June 24, 2009 11:32 pm

    AL: Thanks for reminding me about the QBs I thought it was Joe Matsukawa or the guy from Kauai _ I think he eventually got a DDS

  230. al β„’ June 24, 2009 11:41 pm

    hey there tom…..joe matsukawa was the qb in 1954.

  231. al β„’ June 24, 2009 11:47 pm

    some things i’d like to know about……..

    are kimo alo and kamalani alo brothers?

    is lametrius davis a cb or a safety?

  232. Garret June 24, 2009 11:56 pm

    Samson returned to practice in Oakland.

    And C Samson Satele is finally on the field. Expected to start eventually, Satele has been recovering from shoulder surgery since the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Miami.

  233. Garret June 24, 2009 11:59 pm

    Ryan Mouton has a shot at the returner role for the Titans, but it looks like a couple of players are ahead of him right now. One free agent they signed in March is apparently was given the first shot at both returner jobs.

    There are long lists of applicants to join Lowry’s kickoff return unit, which ranked first in the NFL last season with an average of 25.4 yards per play, and the punt return team, which averaged 9.7 yards.

    Carr handled both duties in his one season with the Titans before signing with the Ravens in March. Lowry said Mark Jones, a free agent signed by the Titans in March, will “get the first shot” at the jobs.

    “I knew coming in here that it’s my job to lose,” said Jones, a former Tennessee Volunteers player.

    Rookies Ryan Mouton and Jason McCourty, both cornerbacks, had return experience in college. Mouton averaged 21.4 yards on kickoff returns last season at Hawaii, including a 90-yard score at No. 22 Fresno State. At Blinn Junior College in Texas, he returned both.

    “It doesn’t matter,” Mouton said. “Whichever I can come in and help and contribute.”

  234. Maggie June 28, 2009 8:43 am

    Lets try this again…CONGRATS! to Former UH Volleyball Player, Raeceen Wolford….our new 2009 MISS HAWAII! Way to go!

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