Erie tale

Cleveland’s best quarterback — at the moment — is not named Manziel.

Former UH quarterback Shane Austin is having a breakout season in the Arena Football League, leading the Cleveland Gladiators to a 7-0 record (including 5-0 in games he starts).

Austin told the Warrior Beat he’s having a blast — playing fast-break football, hanging out with teammates and, even, spreading things he learned in Hawaii. He  and former Warrior receiver Royce Pollard performed the haka for teammates. Austin also randomly speaks Samoan to strangers.

Austin has always been a good guy and better teammate. He never grumbled as a five-year understudy at UH. He led outings with the offensive line, including a training session at Camp Timberline. His parents were equally supportive, often coming to Hawaii to watch practices on the hill overlooking the grass practice field.

Cleveland, obviously, is in first place. Sometimes nice guys do end up there.

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Speaking of Austin — c’mon, let’s ride this segue — Austin, Texas, no longer is a destination for USC quarterback Max Wittek, who plans to transfer. USC completed its spring semester yesterday, and if Wittek met all the requirements for a degree, he is free to transfer without restrictions. Hawaii emerges as Wittek’s best option — if he earns a degree. UH has been holding open a couple of scholarships for possible transfers.

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Speaking of Max, the UH School of Architecture Alumni Association has not maxed out on the number of golfers and sponsors for its scholarship golf tournament.

Proceeds go to an endowment that awards an annual scholarship to a deserving high school graduate to attend UH’s School of Architecture.

The tournament is Friday, May 30, at the Ewa Beach Club.

Go to the UHSAAA page on Facebook — click here for link —  for details and an application.

Your participation/donation will make UHSAAA, a worthy student and JoJo very happy.



  1. el burro sabio May 15, 2014 7:35 am

    Ekahi Uno Ichi One

  2. jm2375 May 15, 2014 7:49 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to Shane Austin.

    Belated congratulations to Wahine softballers Leisha Liilii, Jazmine Zamora & Sarina Jaramillo on their All-Big West selections.


  3. Shoko May 15, 2014 7:58 am

    I wonder if Pitt is still in the picture. They look a little thin at that position and Paul Cryst runs that same type of offense, and offered graduate transfer Russel Wilson while he was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator.

  4. Warrior Dave May 15, 2014 7:58 am

    Wonder what’s taking Wittek so long to announce. Not a good quality in a QB. I don’t think he’s the answer but tune for all parties to move forward.

  5. Shoko May 15, 2014 7:59 am

    Anyway, its good to hear that Austin is having a successful career after Uh football.

  6. Luki May 15, 2014 7:59 am

    Top 10…maybe 5

  7. Luki May 15, 2014 8:00 am

    5 not so much

  8. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2014 8:01 am

    Oh, come on, “Erie tale” is punny.
    Tough audience.

  9. tommui May 15, 2014 8:03 am


    A pun my word!

    Good going SHANE!

  10. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2014 8:04 am

    My favorite pun:
    You think it’s rubber cement, but it’s not.

  11. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2014 8:08 am

    It’s not = it’s snot.
    Oh, c’mon people, let’s pep things up around here.

  12. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2014 8:13 am

    Re: On-campus stadium
    On-campus stadiums are great. Except there aren’t that many people living on campus to make much of a difference and I just don’t think UH can handle the parking/traffic.
    For now, UH should focus on finding ways to pay for the travel subsidies.

  13. rage777 May 15, 2014 8:19 am

    I see what you did there. Nice segue (not the two wheeler kind).

  14. rage777 May 15, 2014 8:21 am

    That reminds me of the SNL Jeopardy skits with Sean Connery.

    Sean: “I’ll take swords for $200, Alex”
    Alex: “That’s S-words, Sean”

    Sean: “I’ll take the rapists for $400, Alex”
    Alex: “That’s Therapists, Sean”

  15. Boolakanaka May 15, 2014 8:31 am

    True story, 4th grade at Alvah Scott I gave this 15 minute presentation on “child molesters”, about how children should beware, to tell parents and adults if you feel threatened, about how they can be everywhere. The teacher commended me on the presentation, but then took me to the side.

    Boola, “excellent presentation”, but “you know you mispronounced the name–it’s a child moles your” You see, being a local kid from Halawa, I did not hear child molester—I thought it is was one single person named–Charles Molestor…for many years Charles Molestor was my worse fear.

  16. Rodney May 15, 2014 8:42 am


  17. JustAsking May 15, 2014 8:43 am

    11- and think of all those Volvos sold by Jim’s Lemons….

  18. NorthShoreFan May 15, 2014 8:43 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Great news about Shane Austin. Met the man after the bowl game where he tossed a intercept and had the db jump over him on his way to a td.
    After the game, Shane and his family came over to the Tsaiko tailgate and I was able to get his autograph on a UH cap. We kidded him on the intercept and he was very gracious. His whole family was so cool.

    Best of Luck Shane and ….IMUA WARRIORS!

  19. Ipu Man May 15, 2014 8:48 am

    Cleveland is on Lake Erie?

  20. NotNasti May 15, 2014 9:14 am

    I remember this car lot on Nimitz many years ago with a bunch of old junks on it. The sign read,”Portagee Used Cars – Short Term Auto Lease.”

  21. al May 15, 2014 9:17 am

    awesome for shane.
    great parents, too!

  22. al May 15, 2014 9:18 am

    21…thats random.

  23. al May 15, 2014 9:21 am

    warrior dave…he doesn’t want announce until he has the parchment in hand.
    the final finals were yesterday. commencement exercises are tomorrow.

  24. NotNasti May 15, 2014 9:24 am

    Al: I couldn’t think of a good pun off the top of my head. For some reason that’s what rolled off of it.

  25. Lowtone123 May 15, 2014 9:27 am

    Hope that Wittek comes here. Competition is good.

  26. Lowtone123 May 15, 2014 9:32 am

    Is rubber cement an oxymoron?

  27. al May 15, 2014 9:34 am

    notnasti…okay, i think.

    by the way you seem to be a person who does not become your blog handle.

  28. al May 15, 2014 9:37 am

    and to all those who wanted to bet lunch that wittek would or would not become a warrior.
    you can be thankful that i didn’t want to take all of tou guys’ lunch money.

  29. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 9:37 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 😉

    Happy to read about Shane… makes me wonder if he could play in the NFL.

    With all this delay and uncertainty, Wittek looks like he’d be a perfect fit… for the Upper Campus or UH construction overseers. I kid, I kid.

    The more the merrier I guess, we’ll see how it shakes out.

  30. Stephen Tsai May 15, 2014 9:38 am

    I met NotNasti.
    Nice guy.

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 9:38 am

    If you think it’s butter but it’s snot… it’s hana buttah! 😆

  32. i will buy you all glasses May 15, 2014 9:47 am

    If you think that Max would have to compete for a job here. He was in competition at USC…not the same level of talent here at QB. At the spring game the last quarter was a guy who was like 5’5….Reily is 6-4 and like 80 Lbs….The army transfer is short, Higgans if he didn’t go to school here would never be on the message boards and Woosley…Well you all saw them play last year and the talent would have shown. It does for other Freshman QB’s…And Graham should be renamed Glassman.

    So let’s all pray he likes the beach and being called a Haole. It’s our only hope for the season

  33. Former UH Athlete May 15, 2014 9:47 am

    Segue machine

  34. jm2375 May 15, 2014 9:48 am

    DPK – #32 – dat’s so lame…

  35. jm2375 May 15, 2014 9:49 am

    and it’s hanabata. 🙄

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 9:51 am

    Nobody like my pun? Too snotty?

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 9:52 am

    Oh! At least the snot police noticed…

  38. gobows May 15, 2014 9:53 am


    not to be confused with puna buddah

  39. oldtimer808 May 15, 2014 10:03 am

    #33 Well I was going to write a rebuttal but it would be a waste of time.

  40. gobows May 15, 2014 10:05 am

    i could use some glasses

  41. mo808 May 15, 2014 10:06 am

    Lol @37 wut snot to like? 🙂

    Good morning folks!
    Good news about Shane!

    Go Warriors!

  42. TheDeep May 15, 2014 10:16 am

    We need Wittek!

  43. al May 15, 2014 10:20 am

    notnasti…i apologize. i meant that you seem to be not nasty.
    i better go drink my coffee.

  44. al May 15, 2014 10:23 am

    36…jm411, thanks for correcting the haole boy.

  45. al May 15, 2014 10:26 am

    so, i am guessing that if wittek goes to the university of the ozarks instead, the next man on the list accepts.

  46. al May 15, 2014 10:29 am

    while many wait upon aaron zwhalen to arrive, myself believes that john ursua and gus lavaka could make a quicker impact upon returning from missions.

  47. d1shima May 15, 2014 10:32 am

    Great Morning All!

    Go Shane Austin!

    …speaking of Austin, Wittek not so much into Strong?

    …speaking of Max, Good Luck JoJo, et al widda tournament.

    …speaking of tournament, terrific showdown in the 808 Hi Skool BBall quarterfinals last night. Go Saints!

    …going back to al, you wen tell ma lately?

    nuff said!

  48. 808WarriorFan May 15, 2014 10:40 am

    Just read on that Texas is “backing away” from Max Wittek. Apparently there is some type of “off field circumstance” that could impact getting his degree and immediate eligibility.

  49. SteveM May 15, 2014 10:43 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats to Shane Austin!
    Well deserved accolades.
    His parents and family attended a Tsai-ko tailgate or three. Very gracious people.

  50. Pukalani boy May 15, 2014 11:00 am

    Congrats Mr. Austin…….

  51. whitey May 15, 2014 11:16 am

    congratulations to da keed and uh vulcans golf team.

  52. Lowtone123 May 15, 2014 11:17 am

    I need glasses…I hate drinking beer from the bottle.

  53. jm2375 May 15, 2014 11:18 am

    Congrats to Leisha Li’ili’i on her All-West Region honors!

  54. RB May 15, 2014 11:57 am

    Another USC player to transfer. Would be nice to see this 6-foot-3, 225 pound tailback transfer to UH but we only can wish right?

  55. Rodney May 15, 2014 12:12 pm

    We need Wittek and he needs Hawaii
    Just think no LA media pressure.
    Surround himself with Aloha!
    Just ball out!!!!!!
    We could use more positive news!!

  56. NotNasti May 15, 2014 12:12 pm

    For today, I’m S.NotNasti.

  57. TheDeep May 15, 2014 12:31 pm

    56. Raja Dat!

  58. Otto May 15, 2014 1:35 pm

    Cayman Shutter was NOT drafted in the CFL draft earlier this week. He’ll have to try and get a free agent deal…

  59. bowwar May 15, 2014 1:37 pm

    #49: They are alluding to the possibility that Wittek may not be able to graduate…

  60. whitey May 15, 2014 1:56 pm

    hoping for the best for those living in the san diego wildfires area. hard to believe mother nature can be so destructive, but hope everyone is safe.

  61. jalansky May 15, 2014 2:08 pm

    #16 Boola, that was cute. Speaking of local lingo, I used to hear this growing up: “Eh, you like tango, o wat?” So, for the longest time, I used to think the phrase was “It takes two to tangle.”

  62. d1shima May 15, 2014 2:15 pm

    shave ice = shaved ice

  63. d1shima May 15, 2014 2:15 pm

    skahinee = sky inning

  64. d1shima May 15, 2014 2:15 pm

    gunfunnit = confounded

  65. d1shima May 15, 2014 2:17 pm

    wot = (various)

  66. jojo May 15, 2014 2:26 pm

    Hey everyone! I need golfers for UHSAAA!! It’ll be a lot of fun! May 30, make it a 3 day work week and another 3 day weekend!

  67. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 2:36 pm

    DPK sees jojo and faints… wakes up and says “Hi jojo, long time no see!” 🙂

  68. jojo May 15, 2014 2:43 pm

    Hey now DPK!! Howsit?? It stay one nice kine day, yeah?

  69. nutmegger May 15, 2014 3:01 pm

    Jojo, are you a UH School of Architecture grad? What year? 1983 +/-?

  70. NotNasti May 15, 2014 3:12 pm

    ice cake = hard ice (Kaua’i style)

    shave ice = ice shave (Big Island)

    Big Island (old) = Hawai’i Island (new)

  71. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 3:15 pm

    Yes it is, jojo! Sorry that I don’t golf. 🙁

  72. jojo May 15, 2014 3:38 pm

    nutmegger, I graduated in 2005. Almost 10 years ago.

  73. jojo May 15, 2014 3:38 pm

    It’s ok DPK. I’m also looking for donations! Donations always welcome!!

  74. Giversgain May 15, 2014 4:03 pm

    Local people like to shorten their phrases.

    Wassup my Braddah> Sup Brah

    and my favorite “chowt” was once known as “watch out”.

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid May 15, 2014 4:33 pm

    jojo – got a link? 😉

  76. nutmegger May 15, 2014 4:45 pm

    Jojo, I was at UH from ’78 to ’83. Worked in a bunch of offices around town, a few that no longer exist. Good luck with the fund raising. I don’t golf, but I’ll pass on the link to a few that do.

  77. Andrew May 15, 2014 5:15 pm


    ’05? where did you grad from?

  78. al May 15, 2014 5:54 pm

    d1…been too busy to wander out to tell ma’s lately.
    but, funny thing is, its been on my mind.

  79. al May 15, 2014 5:55 pm

    whitey…how the kid do?

  80. al May 15, 2014 5:56 pm

    jojo…i am a retired golfer.

  81. al May 15, 2014 5:59 pm

    dpk…i know you want this info.

    hana = nose
    bata = butter

  82. orioles fo eva May 15, 2014 9:01 pm

    #16 Boola, I attended Alvah Scott in the 50’s and early 60’s, my confused name story happened when my teacher talked about the revolutionary heroes Eth and Allen, and the green mountain boys. That stayed with me for a longtime.

  83. Da Punchbowl Kid May 16, 2014 1:30 am

    Thank you al, for 82. I’ll sleep much better thank you.

  84. whitey May 16, 2014 6:17 am

    top 100

  85. duffer May 16, 2014 6:40 am


    Da kid enroute to Grand Rapids………

  86. duffer May 16, 2014 6:40 am

    Good Morning TSAIKOS!!!!!!

  87. NorthShoreFan May 16, 2014 7:34 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    busy day…get ready to make hulihuli chicken and sushi….thousands of em….tsai….

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