Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day — to all fathers, uncles, older brothers and the single mothers who serve both parental roles.

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As always, “Ferd” did an excellent job in recapping UH’s tenure in the WAC.

We all have memories of the WAC. Here are mine:

• With a few minutes before tipoff, the music blared, old people in red shirts started clapping in rhythm and Chris Herren led his Fresno State basketball teammates in a jog-skip around the court. That red sea of fans was the loudest and most passionate I’ve ever experienced — and I’ve been to games at Alabama and Florida. And this was before the introductions even started.

• It was a WAC news conference, and commissioner Karl Benson was wearing an eye patch following a recent medical procedure. Neal Farmer of the Houston Chronicle asked the first question: “Where’s your parrot?”

• The flight attendant awakened the blog host by talking really loud and slowly. The blog host was in an exit-row seat. “Ferd” told the flight attendant the blog host was a foreigner who didn’t speak English. Later, somewhere over California, our small plane — the aptly nicknamed “Vomit Comet” — began to shake. Really hard. Robert Kekaula started singing, “La Bamba.”

• New Mexico officials decided to implement security measures to check bags for explosive items. Of course, it was noted that the arena, The Pit, was actually in a pit, where players descended to reach the court. Yes, The Pit was its own bomb shelter.

• It was WAC Media Day, and San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk walked into the room. That silence was awe.

• Tulsa’s Rib Crib.


• Albuquerque’s Quarters:


• San Diego’s Kansas City Barbeque Restaurant:


• Fresno’s Silver Dollar Haubrau:


• Salt Lake City’s Market Street Grill:


• El Paso’s Carlos & Mickey’s:


• Laramie’s Buckhorn Bar:


• Entering the visiting locker room at Colorado State’s Hughes Stadium, the walls were covered with newspapers. The walls were colored pink, which was supposed to create a passive feeling.

• The El Paso Times described a UH basketball player as being a “statue of limitations.”

• Fresno State’s Red Mile, the path that visiting teams take from the locker room to the field. Bulldog fans, wearing red shirts, heckle the visitors.

• There was a light shining on a seat in BYU’s Marriott Center. Riley Wallace said the seat was reserved for Joseph Smith, the late founder of the LDS movement. Then somebody closed an arena door, and the sun ray no longer was on the seat. “Had you going, huh?” Wallace said.

• Colorado State’s band, which performs the best version of “Rock and Roll, Part 2.”

• Rice’s MOB (Marching Owl Band): MOB video.

• San Jose State media relations director Lawrence Fan. For basketball games, Fan bakes a cake for the media. And that was the WAC: You can have your cake and eat it, too.

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Congratulations to The Kid — Kyeton Littel-Kamimoto (Duffer’s son) — on winning a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying tournament. He will compete in the national tournament at Soldier Hallow in Midway, Utah. Here’s Kyeton and his caddie (Whitey):


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Happy birthday to SJMacro.



  1. d1shima June 17, 2012 8:41 am

    Goodbye WAC…

  2. gmahoney June 17, 2012 8:42 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, and to others who fill that role in a young person’s life.

  3. gmahoney June 17, 2012 8:44 am

  4. Matt June 17, 2012 8:45 am

    The WAC served us well, but this isn’t the WAC of the 80s or 90s.

  5. RedZone June 17, 2012 8:50 am


  6. RedZone June 17, 2012 8:51 am


  7. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 8:52 am

    Hi ST ~ it’s about time you posted. HAPPY DAD’S DAY!

  8. Slugger June 17, 2012 8:57 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Happy Father’s Day to the Dads & to people like me who are both. 🙂

    Fun recollections of the WAC, ST. Nice fuud pics.

  9. truegreen June 17, 2012 8:58 am

    Along with Fresno’s Red Mile, gotta add San Diego St.’s Ragger’s Rail in baseball. Hey we might get that one back. Wonder if it’s still the same?

  10. LizKauai (iPad) June 17, 2012 9:00 am

    Happy Day to the Father of the Blog and all Tsai-ko dads and moms with dad duties!

  11. LizKauai (iPad) June 17, 2012 9:01 am

    Ah, the red mile… Would that be the screwdriver experience?

  12. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:01 am

    Actually, the WAC just became the MWC.

    This is like those fitness clubs that change names and then charge the same members new lifetime memberships.

    All of that posturing and fighting and it’s the same gang back together again.

  13. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:02 am


    Great point on Ragger’s Rail. I never covered a baseball game, but I did go there when the stadium was empty. Very intimidating, or so I’ve heard.

  14. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:03 am

    They said the Nevada and Fresno State fans were pretty brutal to Tyleen Tausaga. But she did answer back with some big homers.

  15. LizKauai (iPad) June 17, 2012 9:04 am

    Happy Dad’s Day to Duffer! Mahalo, Ke Akua. well done Kyeton! Just beware when whitey starts mumbling something about the dark side… 🙂

  16. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:07 am

    I need to do some research. Where the heck is Midway?

    Although I do remember I once got lost on the way to BYU. I went north instead of south. Came to a place called Brigham. I figured, Brigham, Brigham Young. Uh, nope.

  17. duffer June 17, 2012 9:12 am

    Thanks ST for posting the picture.

    Thanks Stretch!

  18. duffer June 17, 2012 9:17 am

    That’s what I asked. I thought Midway was in the Pacific Ocean somewhere.

  19. tommui June 17, 2012 9:19 am


    Nice picture of The Kid and his Duffer Dad!

  20. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:19 am

    The opposing WAC coaches who used to drive UH coaches crazy:

    1. San Diego State’s Jim Dietz

    2. TCU’s Dennis Franchione.

    3. TCU’s Billy Tubbs.

    4. Fresno State’s Margie Wright

    5. Fresno State’s Pat Hill

  21. jm2375 June 17, 2012 9:22 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Tsaiko fathers!

    ST – interesting how most of your WAC memories are of teams we will still see in the MWC. So no good memories from da latecomers?

  22. Wes'side Warrior June 17, 2012 9:26 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Happy Father’s Day, all you Daddy-o’s!

    We all have memories of the WAC… Then someone closed an arena door, and it was all over. (I liked that one, and “Where’s your parrot?”)

    So, the Dean of WAC Media will have to retire his plaque and take up (a) new league(s).

    Sure it wasn’t, “Midway? Hoooo-taahhhhhh!!!”

    Gratz to The Kid!

  23. papajoe2 June 17, 2012 9:26 am

    Happy Father’s day to all!

    Congrats to da Kid! Represent! Win or lose, we’re proud of you. Like your Uncle Bulla says, “Make memories, make memories , make menories.”

  24. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 9:36 am

    I have no memory of Moscow except people were really impressed when they thought UH was going to play in Russia.

  25. bleedgreen June 17, 2012 9:43 am

    The weather at the U.S. Open is really overcast, cold and blustery. Guys are wearing sweaters. Hoping Tiger makes a run to make it interesting.

  26. SteveM June 17, 2012 9:46 am

    Good morning and Happy Father’s Day!

    Congrats to Kyeton!

  27. koakane June 17, 2012 9:48 am

    howzit 808

    Happy Father’s Day guys

    wow ST fuud pics is a great lead in cause all dad’s love to eat, nice menu

  28. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 9:54 am

    ST: not enuff vegetables in those pics. All that meat will make a dad constipated.

  29. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 9:56 am

    $1.4 million ~ someone actually paid that amt for a house about a block from us. Can’t get over the shock!

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 17, 2012 10:01 am

    Happy Fahter’s Day! Congratz to the Kid and proud Papa! Nice pic.

    You need to publish a sports writers’ food guide, Stephen. Those pics got me foamin’ at the mouth! Maybe somethin’ about your sports writer memories with all the food pics. A great coffee table book for every man cave!

    Happy Father’s Day All!

    Happy papa’s day pj2!

  31. duffer June 17, 2012 10:09 am

    Just for the record, that ain’t me in the picture. Rumor has it I’m younger and better looking!

    Thanks for all the well wishes!

  32. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 10:16 am

    Whitey can’t wear that getup in a bank.

  33. rat c June 17, 2012 10:28 am

    a blind caddy is da best kind to have.

  34. d1shima June 17, 2012 10:48 am

    Dietz! 👿

    That clown would bring in a reliever to pitch to one guy then another after just one pitch! 👿

  35. iwonderwhytheyhateme June 17, 2012 10:53 am

    BigHiloFan2 Wrote:

    June 17th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    “i can feel it in my bones. DUI is the worst kind of charge. but i’m saying

    Tachibana can make a deal deal, convert the charge into a more manageable charge,

    say Reckless Driving with a deferred acceptance component, so his record can be cleaned up and the insurance impact and long term impact minimized.”

    It doesn’t work that way…It’ll be the DUI charge. This prosecutor does not plea bargain and there is no reason to.

  36. NYUH June 17, 2012 10:58 am

    I miss http://uhfootball.blogspot.com/

  37. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 11:24 am

    Corrected the spelling of “Littel.”

    I’m fairly certain I spelled Kyeton correctly. Maybe.

  38. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 11:25 am

    Or Whitey would make an excellent poker player.

  39. Stephen Tsai June 17, 2012 11:25 am

    How come that site no longer posts? Is it because of the paywall?

  40. UHfan808 June 17, 2012 11:27 am

    Happy day Tsaikos and Tsaikettes, Lurkers and Lurkettes!

    Happy Father’s Day to all TsaikoFather figures!

    Congratulations to Duffer and son Kyeton! Trrriific job!!

    Duffer – is there story how whitey to agree to caddy??

    ST- love the referral to blog host 😉 and pics of all the fuud – ho wow yumyum!

  41. A-House June 17, 2012 11:54 am

    former WAC members now in the MWC are salavating cause UH must give them $$$ to trip to Hawaii for football – hope Thompson will dash that ASAP – however, I do not hold any hope because he told the CUSA commissioner that UH must pay for all football trips to Hawaii.

    btw, is Thompson still in? thought I say a post that he was in trouble with the MWC or he was applying for another position with a BCS conf.

  42. A-House June 17, 2012 11:55 am

    darn new computer screen is 21″ and shaped like our 55″ TV – will take a while to get some adjustment

  43. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 11:57 am

    our screen is 27 inches. Love it!

  44. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 11:57 am

    zoomed it to 125 inches.

  45. SteveM June 17, 2012 12:10 pm

    Re: #36 & #39

    yes, haven’t seen Tombo Ahi post here for a long time. Maybe his partner, chawan_cut can give us the scoops… 😕

  46. gigi-hawaii June 17, 2012 12:13 pm

    sorry 125%

  47. BigHiloFan2 June 17, 2012 1:34 pm

    35 IWWTHM

    time will tell. I used to say the same thing.

    hoping the best for all of us, including UH. I trust our coach.

    just giving the young guy a heads up as to how I’d do it. of course,

    its all based on intuition right now, from my seat. my seat looks green.


  48. BigHiloFan2 June 17, 2012 1:34 pm

    ok. maybe kinda blue. 😀

  49. whitey June 17, 2012 1:44 pm

    this was Kyeton’s 3rd try for USGA Publinks Qualifying on Maui. He was in the top 10 his first year, finished tied for 2nd and lost in the playoff because his caddy made big boo-boo, and won this yer. Kyeton deserves all the accolades cause he is the one who is playing. His caddy is just along for the ride and is blind, deaf, and old. My best to Kyeton cause he has grown up and is now ready to take his golf game to the next level.

  50. BigHiloFan2 June 17, 2012 1:45 pm


    you look like a dad. 😀

    old. real old. 😆

  51. whitey June 17, 2012 1:46 pm

    for Kyeton’s dad, Duffer, Happy Father’s day and I told you so. hahahahahaa

  52. whitey June 17, 2012 1:47 pm

    bhf2, thanks braddah. You have a great Faddah’s Day!!!!!

  53. PowderPuff June 17, 2012 2:20 pm

    Fantastic Father’s Day post, ST. Happy Father’s Day to you and all the Tsaiko Dads, especially duffer. Wow! Congratulations on Kyeton…awesome! I can only dream of shooting 67 – over 13 holes. 🙂

  54. jm2375 June 17, 2012 3:21 pm


  55. Slugger June 17, 2012 3:50 pm

    Congrats, The Kid Kyeton! Whoohoo!

    Watching some of the US Open in SF. Mainly watching it for the scenery. Love that (Bay) area. A couple of my buddies are there in the galleries.

    Back to reading…

  56. wafan June 17, 2012 3:57 pm

    Congratulations to da kid (the younger)!


  57. wafan June 17, 2012 3:59 pm

    3 more wake ups — an eternity to go . . .

  58. wafan June 17, 2012 3:59 pm


  59. chawan_cut June 17, 2012 4:33 pm

    happy birthday and father’s day!!

  60. SteveM June 17, 2012 4:41 pm


  61. al June 17, 2012 4:43 pm

    happy father’s day y’all!

  62. al June 17, 2012 4:45 pm

    congratulations to the kid. what a great father’s day gift!!!

    the modest and unassuming duffer must be bursting with pride.

    and uncle whitey who transcends confidence for the kid out there on the course.

    we gotta go celebrate later this week.

  63. al June 17, 2012 4:47 pm

    oh btw…duffer is also the kid’s golf coach.

  64. BigHiloFan2 June 17, 2012 5:16 pm

    dats great news.

    Happy Birthday SJ-Macro

  65. Da Punchbowl Kid June 17, 2012 5:17 pm

    Happy Birthday sjmacro!

  66. papajoe2 June 17, 2012 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday SJ!

  67. LK June 17, 2012 5:44 pm

    Happy Birthday SJ,

    Focus fast and shoot well!

  68. koakane June 17, 2012 6:19 pm

    happy bday sj

  69. jm2375 (Infuse) June 17, 2012 6:23 pm

    Happy birthday sj!

  70. A-joe June 17, 2012 6:23 pm

    Whitey is an awesome caddie. He coached me through Maui CC to keep up with Stretch, Sleeze, Whitey and the kids. With only three clubs!! Proud of you, Duffer. Congratulations Kyeton!

    Hau’oli La Hanau sjmacro!! May you never run out of digital exposure!

    And a BIG Happy Father’s Day to all our moms out there. For without you, today would have been called, “Happy Pet Owner’s Day.”

  71. A-joe June 17, 2012 6:29 pm

    36: NYUH-

    Yeah! What happen to Tombo Ahi. He neva update his stuff kinda long time.

    In the early days that braddah steered allot of his readers to ST’s blog.

    Somebody hit him up on Twitter!

  72. al June 17, 2012 7:02 pm

    happy birthday sjmacro!

  73. tommui June 17, 2012 7:31 pm

    Yes – happy birthday to my photo buddy!

  74. BG June 17, 2012 7:41 pm

    Sorry I didn’t get to the blog earlier to wish SJ a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!. He and myki are the incredible friends and Tsaikos!

  75. whitey June 17, 2012 7:50 pm

    Happy Birthday sjmacro. notice the good luck shirt that i got from you and myki. thanks.

  76. myki June 17, 2012 7:56 pm

    Congratulations to Kyeton and Duffer! What an awesome Fathers day present! Hope you all had a great weekend.

    Miss seeing and talking with you all Maybe it’s time for a cc or something.

  77. papajoe2 June 17, 2012 8:14 pm

    myki, Tsaiko cruiser call on June 21, at noon, Club Genji.

  78. bigislandkurt June 17, 2012 8:22 pm

    Fatherhood: My greatest song yet.


  79. myki June 17, 2012 8:23 pm

    papajoe2, will try to make it. My cruise was just a bit too long for me. Can’t wait to compare experiences.

  80. wafan June 18, 2012 1:41 am

    Good morning!

  81. wafan June 18, 2012 1:44 am

    A belated very happy birthday to sj.


  82. Loa June 18, 2012 4:51 am

    morning gang!

    happy belated birthday sj!

    congrats to kyeton, duffer, and whitey!

  83. d1shima June 18, 2012 5:48 am

    Great Morning All!

    Belated Birthday Wishes to sj-macro!

  84. Slugger June 18, 2012 5:50 am

    Happy belated birthday, SJ-macro! Miss seeing you guys.

    Good morning, gang!

  85. sjmacro June 18, 2012 6:07 am

    Good morning Tsaiko gang: Mr MIA checking in. “s” in the sj not only means shaky but also slower :). Belated thanks to all for Father’s day and birthday wishes. Who psd’ed my picture? 🙂

  86. Kekoa June 18, 2012 6:22 am

    Shoots! I wuz so bizzy enjoying my happy pappy day, I wen fogit to send birtday wishes to my friend sjmacro!

    Hope you and myki had a fabalas time counting candles and trying to find for all you camera supplies. I think you and LK combined, get more den Mistah Kazoo Tanaka.!

  87. LizKauai (iPad) June 18, 2012 6:23 am

    Happy Birthday, sjmacro!!!

  88. BG June 18, 2012 6:27 am

    Good morning all! sj, there are times when “slower” is better! 😀

    In another senior moment I forgot to congratulate Kyeton on his incredible achievement! Great stuff! And Duffer and Whitey should be popping buttons with pride…they’ve supported Kyeton every step of the way.

  89. mo808 June 18, 2012 7:16 am

    Morning! Hope all had a great Sunday and enjoyable Father’s Day! Congratulations to Duffer’s son Kyeton! Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to sjmacro! Have an awesome Monday!

  90. tommui June 18, 2012 7:41 am


    Eyesight not so good. Nice picture of Kyeton – but I misidentified Whitey for Duffer!

  91. duffer June 18, 2012 7:43 am

    Hey tommui

    I’m younger and better looking! 🙂

  92. duffer June 18, 2012 7:46 am

    Happy BIRTHDAY Jerry!

  93. Last Call June 18, 2012 7:58 am

    Based on photo only Tulsa’s Rib Crib get my vote !

  94. A-joe June 18, 2012 8:01 am

    Father’s Day must’ve been good to ST. He still sleeping his best…

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