Fair game

A local radio host declared the tiresome “Deflate-gate” will be put to rest, finally, because the officials did not mark the pre-game air pressures of New England’s 11 below-pressure footballs.

That’s the same logic I use when I tell the District Court judge I wasn’t speeding because the police officer didn’t fill all the blanks on my ticket. I’ll also argue that everybody else was going the same speed and, besides, the speed limit should never be that low for that area. The thing is, I heavy-pedal it enough to know how fast I’m driving. And Tom Brady has thrown enough footballs to know when one is under-inflated. Whether he or any other Patriot was responsible for the deflation does not negate the fact that he knew he was throwing footballs that were not up to standard.

In a morally ideal world, Brady would sorta-sorta ‘fess up: “I didn’t deflate the footballs, but I knew they were deflated,” just like I would sorta-sorta ‘fess up: “Your, Honor, I know the radar gun was malfunctioning, but, yeah, I was speeding.”

When you’re in seventh-grade PE, when you commit a foul, you raise your hand (presumably in the direction of the imaginary scorekeeper). But that’s not real sports. Runners on second steal catcher’s signals. NBA players flop. Volleyball players pretend they didn’t touch a spike by raising and wiggling their hands. Receivers pop up and signal for first downs after short-hopping passes.

Those tactics have been going for a while. The point of this loooong digression is that on this final recruiting weekend, all the tactics are used. One of the no-nos — a coach leaving a program and then re-directing his previous school’s recruits to his new school — is now common practice. Sports is not always about good manners.

One of the exceptions was in 1985 when UH was looking to hire a basketball coach. Mike Montgomery, who was 133-66 at Montana, was a leading candidate. But the salary was $58,000 and back-room politics ruled decisions in Hawaii in general and Manoa campus in particular. Stan Sheriff, who was UH’s athletic director at the time, just didn’t have the heart to place Montgomery and his family into that situation. Sheriff passed on the coach he knew was the best among the finalist, an act that he — correctly — hoped would preserve Montgomery’s career ascension. UH hired Frank Arnold, who lasted two years. Montgomery eventually would coach Stanford for 18 seasons before being hired by the Warriors — the Golden State Warriors.


  1. 3-Prong January 30, 2015 6:42 am

    Happy Aloha Friday Gang!

  2. 3-Prong January 30, 2015 6:46 am

    Welcome to Paradise Rainbow Warrior Recruits. Drink in the Aloha.

  3. A-House January 30, 2015 6:52 am


    my, oh my!

    no wonder you looked so busy/intent when I passed your house just before 6 am today

    great concentration to “key board” your entire intro into today’s post!!!

  4. A-House January 30, 2015 6:54 am

    me no sabe who comin or goin for football recruitin

    interesting post several days ago when he stated that 7 of the 25 2013 scholarship players were no longer with the team

    wonder how the 2015 class will “shake out?”

  5. Buffoman January 30, 2015 7:00 am

    Winning in the eyes of many in society today trumps doing what is morally and ethically right. Some see those traits as being old fashioned and thus a hindrance to one’s getting ahead.

  6. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2015 7:01 am

    I think it’s one thing to get a player from the East to commit; it’s another to get him to stay. Kirkwood really wanted to go back there. I thought Kwamane Bowens made a mistake in leaving. He didn’t get much of a shot in JC. He’s looking for a school now. He would have three to play three, but it’s still tougher to go the JC route.

  7. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2015 7:09 am

    I’ve known more than a few people who were undercharged at the register who didn’t say anything.
    When I was a little kid in New York, the early editions of the Sunday newspapers were available at about 10. I walked down to the newspaper stand, bought three papers, went home and handed the change to my father. He said the vendor forgot to charge me for one of the papers. I’m like, cool. My father says I have to go back. So I go back with my sister, tell the guy he forgot to charge me for one of the papers, and hand him some change. Then the vendor starts praising my sister for being honest and then starts yelling at me. And that’s when I finally understood the phrase: No good deed goes unpunished.

  8. Stephen Tsai January 30, 2015 7:12 am

    There was a time I broke my left pinkie, thus ending an undistinguished piano career. The piano teacher said: “This hurts me more than it hurts you.”
    That phrase I’ve never understood.

  9. orioles4eva January 30, 2015 7:15 am

    Wow, interesting reading about Mike Montgomery and Stan Sheriff. Back then I wondered why Montgomery was not the coach selected to lead the rainbow men.

  10. graham January 30, 2015 7:36 am

    The suspense about who the DC is killing me. I really wish we could get a actual list of targets and candidates instead of just fans spectating

  11. Makani January 30, 2015 8:18 am

    Enough already, about the Deflate Gate. I am really shocked about how the sports world and national media has freaked out about the PSI in the footballs used in a football game. In my lifetime, I do not recall if there has been a more moronic sports story in the national sports media. I am stunned that anyone even cares about this. Because sports fans have been forced to listen to this stupid story, I think the Patriots should be ruthlessly punished. Does the sports media know that the biggest football game of the year will be played this coming Sunday? Who knew that the NFL could capture the national attention just by deflating a few footballs?

  12. Turfwar January 30, 2015 8:27 am

    Read recently where Bowens was a Texas State commit. I’m not convinced he would have gotten any more playing time here anyway. Don’t know who Texas State is but maybe he finds his nitch at that school. Good luck to him.

  13. seewhy January 30, 2015 8:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.
    Great read, ST!

  14. graham January 30, 2015 8:35 am

    Bowens is indeed a Texas State commit

  15. gigi-hawaii January 30, 2015 8:41 am

    Good grief! Actually, I am laughing.
    Makes me wonder if honesty is the best policy.
    As an atheist, I truly wonder.
    After all, there is no god and there is no hell.

  16. Pete Jek January 30, 2015 8:45 am

    Don’t be a hater, Stephen…

  17. Pete Jek January 30, 2015 8:45 am

    …Jets fan.

  18. al January 30, 2015 8:47 am

    Texas State…a WAC member?

  19. Marleysdad January 30, 2015 8:47 am

    gigi, truer words have never been spoken.

  20. al January 30, 2015 8:48 am


  21. seewhy January 30, 2015 8:50 am

    Sun Belt Conference. WAC football was dropped in 2012.

  22. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 9:03 am

    19. Seriously. Wtf…

  23. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 9:05 am

    Thought this was a warrior football blog

  24. Darren January 30, 2015 9:07 am

    That a subliminal message?? Daronte steering recruits to the Badgers…wth??!! Cuz there’s no way in hell we’d be losing recruits to Utah State. Not Utah “WAC whipping boy” State. Oh wait…

  25. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2015 9:11 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    ..back in 1985?…I guess things change but still stay the same.

  26. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2015 9:13 am

    waiting on the list of new WARRIORS! can’t wait..

  27. letsgowarriors January 30, 2015 9:15 am

    is the headcount for this weekend still 11? or has it dropped?

  28. pollypicador January 30, 2015 9:38 am

    Re-Does the lay off from football hurts players returning from missions.

    I don’t know.

    Has there been any studies? The reason I bring this up is because some of the posters here assume that a 2 year lay off saps the ability of a returning player and therefore why is Chow taking a chance on these players.

    Does the LDS tie in with BYU hurt the team with respect to the many of their players going on 2 year missions? I don’t think so. Historically BYU has done well.

    Give Chow credit. He has seen first hand (4 decades at BYU) the impact that returning mission players contribute to his teams. As a head coach now at Hawaii do you think if he saw that returning mission players to his (then) BYU teams were turning out ineffective he would take this knowledge and open the door to LDS players returning from missions to his Hawaii team? No. I don’t this so. Read line one of this paragraph (again).

    Wouldn’t having older, more (life) experienced, more mature players, be a plus, not hurts Hawaii?

    Two LDS players currently are mid-year transfers.

    The signees are wide receiver Dylan Collie (5-10, 173) and defensive lineman Sione Kauhi (6-6, 245). Both had multiple PAC-12 offers. Their upsides are great.
    Collie has the pedigree (2 brothers played at BYU; his father played in the NFL) and Kuahi had scholarship offers as early as his sophomore year in high school.

    One thing that can be said is that amongst any speculation in regards to returning LDS players is that why knock them down before they even have a chance. I would think every case is different just like any recruit in general-some pan out, some don’t. Personally I like what Chow is doing by opening the door to LDS players returning from mission. This is all new. These are seeds that he planted… where imo the rewards are greater than the risk (look at BYU’s model).

  29. A-House January 30, 2015 9:41 am


    your #23 – I cannot see any UH DB recruits being accepted at Wisconsin – 2 wholly different levels in talent

    however, if they are, then UH must be happy or Wisconsin has lowered its standards

    yet, no matta as Daronte is gone!

  30. letsgowarriors January 30, 2015 9:43 am


  31. traitmanz January 30, 2015 9:46 am


    Kwamane Bowens committed to Texas State

  32. A-House January 30, 2015 9:47 am


    I was told by a Bishop of the LDS that a person going on a mission has to dedicate 100% of his effort to the mission

    thus, there is NO time to train or keep in shape – yet, Zwahlen said he spent the last year taking time to improve his “physical” status

    with BYU, they had so many coming off mission that it did not really affect the team as those ahead of them allowed them 2 years to train and get in shape

    like you said, this will be a first for UH – time will tell

  33. Darren January 30, 2015 9:51 am

    Col A-House, there was meant to be sarcasm there…cuz I know it’s Utah State and not Wisconsin. I now dislike our former DC.

    Who’s next? More subliminal indications that there’s someone in mind, and that person will operate out of a 4-3 base. That seems more suited for our personnel…kinda excited to see what Shawley and Castro can do off the edge.

  34. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 9:52 am

    Sione kauhi had multiple pac 12 offers??? Hmmmmmmmm that’s news to me… or someone just making crap up

  35. kev-1 January 30, 2015 9:56 am

    ST . . . are you suggesting that we are losing more recruits to former coaches than the two defensive backs previously mentioned? I think the name was Woo and Hensley? Not sure if those are the correct names that switched to Utah St.

  36. graham January 30, 2015 10:01 am

    33- Agreed, I don’t know about that

  37. pollypicador January 30, 2015 10:02 am


    How does one respond to a person that knows everything, shoot others down and for the most part is ignorant?

    You don’t. It’s not important.

    Make him happy…yes I’m making up crap.

  38. BigFan January 30, 2015 10:03 am

    Tommy Woo is DL and Christian Cronk is OL that defected to Utah St.

  39. pollypicador January 30, 2015 10:05 am

    6 paragraph in.

    Kauhi pursued the recruiting route until the beginning of his senior year to test the waters and establish relationships with coaches. Though he received more offers from Oregon State, Washington State and Utah State, he never had the intention of inking a letter of intent

  40. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 10:11 am

    So you site an article and that validates a offer?? You know how many articles site Hawaii has offered a kid and it doesn’t mean fact…
    Mission kids still sign with schools.. he didn’t.. that might speak more to the truth.
    I could site 100s of articles that site Hawaii offered a kid. But they didn’t..

    I could probably site 10 right now that say lausii sewell has multiple d1 offers.. when reality is he’s scrambling to find a school less than a week left

  41. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 10:27 am

    Offers are only valid with documented official visits, in home visits, to go with later quotes.. u have 1 source that can or can not be credible with nothing else validating…
    I should pull up the 100 players that claim a Hawaii offer this year..

  42. hitman January 30, 2015 10:32 am

    aloha and good morning everyone !! to me should be the best player out there on the field that you can get !! should not be a 3 year starter before a new guy !! who better plays more !! if you want to win try to do it with the best players you can put out on the field! not by what church or religion or 2 two mission you came from or went too.

  43. A-House January 30, 2015 10:51 am

    perhaps, if football, there is a degree on “seniority” to which I do not subscribe to

    hey, do we have an “unofficial” union status at UH football and elsewhere?

  44. Derek January 30, 2015 11:17 am

    The strength of any good football team starts with:
    1) Effective and stable QB
    2) The Offensive Line
    3) The Defensive Line

    Therein lies the main reasons why Hawaii has not been successful in winning more games. There are other reasons too, but the core is in the 2 forward walls and the leader, the QB. So, who is going to be the leader this coming fall?

  45. kev-1 January 30, 2015 11:35 am

    Thanks BigFan.

  46. Whats Up January 30, 2015 11:56 am

    Derek #43

    You speak the Truth!

  47. st. anthony trojan January 30, 2015 12:22 pm

    DEREK…. maybe ur right… but if you think maybe more logical…if you jump on a ship or place…you are thinking that the captain in charge of that vessel…is qualified..etc to take u to ur destination…same with bus..taxi…etc…maybe except for train…but still should be qualified…

    Hence…for all or most professional modes of transportation..there is a license process or qualifications….n more training in ones lifetime in that particular endeavor…

    Me thinks the Captain in charge…should be charges with the brunt of responsibility…

    For the first year…as coach you inherit what is there… but inheriting a losing record or winning record in later years..is your responsibility…

    JJ inherited a losing team..n made it a winner…big time
    NC inherited a so so team…n made it a loser…big time….

  48. truegreen January 30, 2015 12:33 pm

    #39 jeezy: the word you’re looking for is “cite.” Site is a location.

  49. Warbow January 30, 2015 12:43 pm

    39 Jeezy…Forgive my lack of knowledge but is a received signed official offer letter still valid without an official visit or in house visit?

  50. Inyoface January 30, 2015 12:46 pm

    We don’t need a DC, the offense will keep scoring and then we can recover onside kicks the whole game.

  51. WarriorMojo January 30, 2015 1:28 pm

    Wow, everyone’s kind of jumpy today, huh?

  52. hitman January 30, 2015 1:54 pm

    take it E Z its aloha friday no work till monday !! so who is visiting UH this weekend >?

  53. jimmy the lock January 30, 2015 2:05 pm

    N den, who steh googling how many offers Kauhi got?

    TGIF! Thank GOD it’s Friday!

  54. NotNasti January 30, 2015 2:09 pm

    Errybody’s been jumpy for a while. After Sunday, it’s withdrawals until fall.

  55. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 2:13 pm

    49. Only in some last minute cases such as Donyeh Patterson last year. I believe he filled a scholarship spot on signing day without taking a visit. Other than that, most official offers made do involve a home visit and/or an official recruiting visit to the campus. During the summer, 100s of unofficial offers are made that get yanked at some point.

    Example: Utah St: press will say Cronk decommitted to Hawaii and signs with Utah St.
    Hawaii: press will say Hawaii went another direction and didn’t offer a visit and although was offered early on, decided to part ways.

    Depending who you want to believe, offers that are claimed are false more times than not.

  56. jimmy the lock January 30, 2015 2:18 pm

    Hug a loved one.

    They should’ve brought Bruno back for a hana hou halftime show.

  57. kev-1 January 30, 2015 2:19 pm

    #53 … tGif

    Nice touch sir!

  58. Tempmanoa January 30, 2015 2:21 pm

    BYU allowing missions is not doen for football advantages or reasons. They do it because they are an LDS school. One of their head coaches pointed this out saying he would not allow church missions if he could, but he had to at BYU (this was when the church had an older age requirement so players entered school before their missions). I think religon plays a role in this for Chow since he is LDS. But recruits have about a 50% chance to contribute during their 4 years, so maybe if 50% of returning mission kids contribute, then we come out even.

  59. Maddog50 January 30, 2015 2:26 pm

    Interesting somewhat—comments in some cases. What is important is what happens on Wednesday and the days that follow. I for one think when the dust settles the Warriors will be in a better place. Will it be enough for 7 or more wins? I gotta think so. Go Warriors!!!!

  60. oldyobo January 30, 2015 2:27 pm

    So much yapping here about potential recruits when all you need to know is the FACT that Chow is only capable of securing commitments from marginal JC players, transfers who were riding the bench at other D1 schools with only a year or two of eligibility left, and returning missionaries passed over by the Utah schools. No athleticism and no speed, just like the last 3 years under Chow. Why do some think it’ll somehow magically get better?

  61. Warbow January 30, 2015 2:31 pm

    55, I’m not talking about an LOI, I’m talking about a offer letter. Not sure Hawaii issues out those but I know of relatives who have received Official Offer Letters.


  62. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 2:34 pm

    61. Every recruit with an official offer gets a LOI.

  63. kawika49 January 30, 2015 2:47 pm

    Where is a “Buzzy Thompson”, when you need him.

  64. Maddog50 January 30, 2015 3:31 pm

    Some do a lot of yapping under different names. Where I am from we call them pimps. Pusillanimous as they yap and spew

  65. What??? January 30, 2015 3:32 pm

    BS oldyobo, that’s OPINION not fact. You are indeed entitled to your own opinion but that’s all it is.

  66. Warbo January 30, 2015 4:08 pm

    62… Okay, so you can get an offer without an official visit or in house visit?

  67. oldyobo January 30, 2015 4:51 pm

    #65, check the list of new recruits to see the facts.

  68. Derek January 30, 2015 5:23 pm

    It is sad to watch Tiger play golf. I don’t know if he will ever recapture his magic. I was horrified to see him chip the ball. I never thought I would chip better than him, ever, but right now I don’t know. I hope he’s not playing golf like Ian Baker Finch. A former British Open, Finch soon after lost his game and after that he couldn’t break par. He eventually quit the tour, washed up, and is now a commentator. Tiger is still too young, and he looks fine physically, but mentally as it pertains to hitting the golf ball all kinds of shots he’s a lost soul. But, I give him a lot of credit. As frustrated as he is, he still have a sense of humor. He said he showed up to his post interview after shooting 82 because he didn’t want to get fined. I hope he gets it together soon. Golf and the PGA needs Tiger to do well.

  69. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 5:43 pm

    Ratings wise, Borden isn’t even rated….

    But I have a feeling he might be the gem if/when he comes back from his mission. I hope Naeole can convince him not to go on his mission. I think he is one of those really good athletes that once he fills out, has NFL upside. I may be getting way ahead of myself but I do think the only thing keeping him from being a big time recruit was that he is a late bloomer as far as mass goes. Once he gets close to 300 pounds, skies the limit.

  70. BigFan January 30, 2015 6:49 pm

    Letter of violations received by UH!!!

  71. Tazer January 30, 2015 6:50 pm

    Break in news Men Basketball

  72. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 6:54 pm

    70. article doesn’t really state anything we don’t know….

  73. Andrew January 30, 2015 7:18 pm


    True but at least they finally got the letter.

  74. Andrew January 30, 2015 7:24 pm

    Soon we will see how quickly the public will turn on Gib Arnold.

  75. jeezy33 January 30, 2015 7:32 pm

    I’ve known since year 1 Gib was dirty… you hear enough stories, is hard to believe all.are wrong

  76. ArcumFortis January 30, 2015 7:37 pm

    What I find tiresome about Oldyobo are not his opinions. He is entitled to his opinions. I don’t think there are many here who think we have a good football team or that coach Chow has been a good coach. It’s that Oldyobo never says anything new. It is the same tiresome tripe. Anyone who visits the blog will recognize his ridiculous habit of changing his screen name and pretending to be someone else. Then he just says the same tired things over and over again. It is just boring most of the time, annoying some of the time, but quite childish all of the time.

  77. ArcumFortis January 30, 2015 7:38 pm

    What I find tiresome about Oldyobo are not his opinions. He is entitled to his opinions. I don’t think there are many here who think we have a good football team or that coach Chow has been a good coach. It’s that Oldyobo never says anything new. It is the same tiresome tripe. Anyone who visits the blog will recognize his ridiculous habit of changing his screen name and pretending to be someone else. Then he just says the same tired things over and over again. It is just boring most of the time, annoying some of the time, but quite childish all of the time.

  78. Andrew January 30, 2015 7:43 pm


    Agreed. I was surprised majority of the public was behind him when he was let go.

  79. hitman January 30, 2015 7:44 pm

    wow so sad for the UH basketball mans team ! 1st was the dad with bb team know the son !! UH really need to watch who they bring in . this last couple of some people that been hired making it look really bad poltics that goin on at the UH

  80. NotNasti January 30, 2015 7:47 pm

    Arcum Fortis: Amen!

  81. Frankie January 30, 2015 8:25 pm

    Ben Jay is the one who self reported to NCAA about the doc (this was minor & no issue). Look at Carolina B-ball, when is the NCAA hammer going to drop on them for the academic fraud. He should just leave already, dissing UH athletics at AD convention, breaking news about Marijuana incident. He is a “plant” to screw UH athletics, never hire anyone with no connection to the islands or west coast. “Big Ten”, “the Ohio St”, yeh right….also changing UH game vs. Colorado to Thursday so he can go to Ohio couple days earlier, never heard of having to prepare extra days to travel…like if it’s going to help…

  82. cappie the dog January 30, 2015 8:44 pm

    Last time I checked, Hawaii’s RPI is around 196. They weren’t going to be an at-large selection for the NCAA or NIT anyway. We can only hope that if there is a post-season ban, it’s only for this season.

    I would rather have the post-season ban instead of a reduction in scholarships.

  83. cappie the dog January 30, 2015 8:49 pm


    Are you saying that “The Marijuana Incident” was retribution for him not being retained?

  84. beans January 30, 2015 8:52 pm

    June Jones “”Scum”, Gib Arnold “Dirty”. Although you might have some knowledge of football and maybe some inside knowledge of the people you slander. I don’t respect your style. Anyone can throw stones from afar. Too much venom. These are people you are defaming.

  85. oldyobo January 30, 2015 8:56 pm

    #75- yep, facts can be boring but it sure beats lalaland fantasy world people like you create and live in. That’s the real tripe.

  86. oldyobo January 30, 2015 9:03 pm

    Here’ the BIG question. How clean is Benji Taylor?

  87. HiloBilly January 30, 2015 9:20 pm

    I miss the old blog…informative, entertaining, thought-provoking, argumentative, BUT ALWAYS CIVIL. We’ve sure lost something along the way. Have a nice Super Bowl weekend, GO SEAHAWKS!

  88. PONO January 30, 2015 9:23 pm

    Never was a fan of Fib Arnold. His middle name should be “no integrity”.

  89. BigFan January 30, 2015 9:28 pm

    At least spell his name correctly. It’s Benjy.
    As the saying goes and I’m paraphrasing, “let he with no sins cast the first stone”.

  90. champ January 30, 2015 9:44 pm

    This blog is becoming nasty. Lets keep to the facts before blasting someone.

  91. Arcumfortis January 30, 2015 10:00 pm

    #85 I am really not sure which lalaland fantasy you think I live in. I have no illusions about the performance of our team over these last years. It has been bad. I have no illusions about coach Chow’s performance. It has been bad. I have not made any commentary about our current recruiting class. So I don’t see the factual basis of your allegation. But then your definition of facts may be different from mine. I like mine to be based in reality. Perhaps someone who changes his identity over and over again and says the same things over and over again is truly the one in a fantasy land.

  92. cappie the dog January 30, 2015 10:47 pm

    81. not 79.

    Sorry 79.

    No matter what comes out in the report, I get the sense that Gib Arnold is fundamentally a good man. And do we have to throw Benjy Taylor under the bus before we learn anything about the report?

    No Arnold. No Akana. No Fotu.

    Isn’t that adequate enough self-policing to counteract the comeuppance?

    What always worried me was the APR. I, to this day, cannot understand how we complied with the APR with all those transferring players.

  93. Tazer January 30, 2015 11:17 pm

    We should know the fine details in a day or 2. And who has done the wrong doing.
    Just wait for more to come out. BJ has to have read the report. And let other know about it.

  94. jeezy33 January 31, 2015 12:54 am

    84. Oh well, everyone titled to their opinion… But when Jones is getting run off and accused for same crap over and over, common sense for me kicks in. And I was actually open to the Gib stories until everything came out… Kind of just validated that what I heard was probably true…

    So both are innocent by court standards… But guilty in my opinion based on what I’ve heard.

  95. Andrew January 31, 2015 7:29 am


    Sure he may be a great guy and all but that wouldn’t change the fact that he’s screwing the program to the ground. Of course we haven’t heard everything but it really does not look good.

  96. Shoko January 31, 2015 8:30 am

    I think what will happen is Taylor will be released, sanctions will be levied, followed by a mass exodus of players that will eventually result in a poor APR rating.

    Got to sympathize with the new coaching staff, players and existing fans because it may take years to get the program back on track and headed in the right direction.

    My only advice when that time comes is patience.

  97. Stephen Tsai January 31, 2015 8:35 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=27435

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