Funaki is still the 1

Despite throwing five interceptions against Boise State, Inoke Funaki will remain as the No. 1 quarterback.
Head coach Greg McMackin said Funaki played well in the first half.

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Kealoha Pilares, who has a sprained right foot, was wearing a medical boot after the game. But he was walking without crutches after the game. The injury is on the sunny-side part of his foot. The Warriors really missed him in the final three quarters.

* * *

When was the last time the officials, on their own, used replays to determine the line of scrimmage? That would have been OK yesterday, except the officials asked for a review during a UH timeout and after the chains already had been moved. Isn’t that too late?

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The thing I respect the most was that the Warriors gave all of the credit to the Broncos. That’s a sign of good sportsmanship, as well as maturity. Also, the Boise State players are pretty classy. Kellen Moore thanked reporters for interviewing him. He then wished the Hawai‘i reporters a safe return. I don’t think some of my relatives do that.

* * *

Jon Nielsen offers this update on UH recruits Corey Nielsen and Deondre Powell of Gahr High:
“Opened up League last night. Beat Dominguez HS, first time in 25 years in our league. Corey was 13/25 317 yards and 4 TDs. Had 5 rushes for 40 yards 1TD. Deondre Powell had 5 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD, and also had 5 rushes for 30 yards.”


  1. Pomai October 18, 2008 12:41 am


  2. Chad October 18, 2008 12:53 am

    sad day for warrior fans 🙁

  3. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 1:01 am

    Warrior fans have much to look forward to.
    If the Warriors win four of their next six, they go to a bowl.
    Utah State, Idaho and Washington State are very winnable games.
    They need to steal one from Nevada, New Mexico State or Cincinnati.

  4. Mouthwash October 18, 2008 1:02 am


  5. Ralph October 18, 2008 1:05 am

    Sheraton bowl here we come…..let’s get a tsaiko section in front of the rainbow dancers….

  6. Mad Dog October 18, 2008 1:20 am

    Any loss hurts. This game was no different. On the other hand, I did not come away from this game with a frustrated feeling. I hate games with “stupid” penalties because they indicate a lack of mental strength. I don’t recall a personal foul penalty today.

    I think we did as good as we can expect with what we got. A few better thrown passes and catches by our recievers would have resulted in a closer, more exciting game.

  7. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 18, 2008 1:21 am

    heeeey top 10!!!!!!!!!!

    im going places =)

  8. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 18, 2008 1:21 am

    im goin to take 8 too….just in case i hit up a baccarat table! haha

  9. Esme October 18, 2008 1:25 am

    Whoa, when was the last time I was top 10? :mrgreen: Wheeeee …

  10. Mad Dog October 18, 2008 1:27 am

    And thank goodness Boise called off the dogs in the third quarter. Otherwise, the end result would have been embarrassing.

  11. Lopaka43 October 18, 2008 1:29 am

    Copying this over from the previous blog

    Aloha, Tsaiko Ohana!!

    Lots of negative venting on the blog tonight from lurkers who never blogged in a long time or never blogged before. Well, welcome out of the shadows. I spend a lot of time there myself. I agree with Kazz, however. You should share when it is good times and not just when it is bad.

    I think the coaches and the team are doing as well as they can, given all of the changes and challenges they have faced since last January. I believe in them and point to Fresno as an example of why. That was a great win in Fresno, and it should not be forgotten in the pain that this loss caused. And that first half tonight should have ended in a 10-10 tie, and was as good a half as we have ever had at Boise, in my memory. We also were playing against one of the best defenses in the nation.

    I think the problem is that we have coaches who believe in the run and shoot, fans who fell in love with Hawaii when we were good at the run and shoot, and a starting quarterback who should be running an option offense.

    This blend of limited run and shoot and option offense does not yet have the big play/quick strike ability that made it possible to overcome a three touchdown deficit last year. It has shown the ability to work itself up the field with short passes and short to medium runs. However, our defense, when it doesn’t have to start on our end of the field, has proven that it can stop good teams, and win the turn over battle.

    Unless we find that quick strike ability, to win games with this team, I think we must play the field position game, consistently putting the opponent in bad field position, and gradually gaining better and better field position, so that there is always the threat of a field goal and sometimes a touchdown.

    We need excellent punts to pin our opponents back as far as possible, and we cannot afford to ever throw long into double and triple coverage. We have seen way too many of those this season.

    Our run and shoot offense is designed to take what the defense gives us, and I think in the second half, Boise dared Ron Lee and Inoki to go long. When they bit, either Inoki and the receivers were not on the same page, or the ball was short. I felt that Ron Lee wants to believe that Inoki can execute that part of the playbook, but I don’t think that he can consistently pull off those plays.

    What was needed was what we got in the first half. A relatively conservative offense that could keep the ball away from BSU, move the ball up the field with a balanced attack, and not turn the ball over. I am not sure if BSU made adjustments at the half or if we got in trouble by switching our patterns. I’m interested in what some of the sharper football minds on this blog have to say about the difference between the two halves.

    And I can see why Alexander is not the #1 quarterback. It was painful watching him try to run. He can make that long pass, but has very limited mobility and no speed at all. He would need a much stronger O-line than we had by the end of the game tonight. BSU was crushing our guys backward towards the end.

    Colt set the standard for the kind of quarterback that is needed to be successful with the run and shoot offense, combining mobility with accuracy and zip. Neither Funaki or Alexander appear to be able to meet that standard. Graunke apparently still has injury problems.

    I support the team and the coaches, feel pride in what they were able to do in Boise, and look forward to seeing how they rise to the challenge against

  12. Lopaka43 October 18, 2008 1:33 am


    See you all at the Tsaikogate!! Go WARRIORS!!

  13. Hawaiianbod October 18, 2008 1:40 am

    top 20!

  14. Pomai October 18, 2008 1:41 am

    I will have to wait till I get my copy of the game, but one thing I think I saw was that a number of times when bosie ran their no huddle scheme, our D wasn’t set at the snap of the ball, they seemed to be still lining up and it cost us some big gains.

    One other thing that I feel is funny, is that when JJ was here we heard it all the time “HE NEEDS TO CALL MORE RUNNING PLAYS” and now with GM we hear “HE NEEDS TO CALL MORE PASSING PLAYS”. Can’t ever please everyone.

  15. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 18, 2008 2:50 am


    October 17th, 2008 at 10:58 pm
    Slightly off-topic – anyone going to da WAC vb tournament? I’m in, hopefully for the whole tournament. When do da tix go on sale? I can’t seem to find it on da uh website.

    Got the form in the mail yesterday. Season ticket holders have until Wednesday, October 29, to buy tickets. After that, uncommitted season ticketholder seats are up for grabs.

    The general public can buy the Tournament Package starting Monday, November 2 and individual tickets starting Monday, November 17.

    Matches start at 9:30 am Thursday, November 22 with five scheduled for the first day.

    1) Seeds 8 & 9 – 9:30 am
    2)Seeds 3 & 6 – 12 noon
    3) Seeds 2 & 7 – 2:30 pm
    4) Seeds 4 & 5 – 5 pm
    5) Seed 1 v.Winner Match 1 – 7:30 pm

    Hawai`i will play in the last match of Round 1 regardless of its seed, and the brackets will be adjusted accordingly.

    We’ll be attending. Big sports weekend November 20 -23.

    We’re doing a lot of DVD recording this weekend while we wrap up the remaining days at the Hawai’i International Film Festival. Does anyone want copies of Fresno State, LaTech or Boise games? Will be delivering or mailing them tomorrow, Monday and next Saturday.

    BTW – we saw two more amazing documentaries at the HIFF on Thursday night: Trouble the Water which is about Hurricane Katrina from the inside of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans – cinema verite with twist; and BOOGIE MAN: The Lee Atwater Story. Lee, who was Karl Rove’s mentor, died in 1991 of a brain tumor at the age of 40. The Atwater/Rove presence is still a powerful influence on GOP politics – very scary indeed.

    Good night all – have a board retreat in the morning for the Friends of Falls of Clyde and more flix to see in the afternoon and evening.

  16. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 18, 2008 4:15 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    It’s a brand new day!


  17. NYUH October 18, 2008 4:43 am

    Funaki should be no. 1 but at the start of the 4th quarter with 4 interceptions he should of been on the sidelines taking a break, gaining some perspective and recomposing himself. Do they keep a RB with 4 fumbles in the game?

  18. NYUH October 18, 2008 4:48 am

    Otherwise, some good performances and the defense had a lot of good stops.

  19. wafan October 18, 2008 5:16 am

    Good morning everyone!

    And yes, the sun did come up this morning. As I suspect it will also in Hawai’i in an hour or so.

  20. wafan October 18, 2008 5:22 am

    Has difficult a time as the Warriors are having this year it is still a light-years better year than the UW or WSU are having.

    A news article this morning showed UW students still supporting their team and coaches. 0 and 5 right now. And after facing OSU later today they will likely be 0 and 6. Those kids still fill the stands at every home game — cheering and supporting the Huskies.

    Would our fans do the same?

  21. Jay October 18, 2008 5:25 am

    morning Tsaikos.

    Sad day, but one snap and clear.

    1st half we looked real good. Had a chance to keep it close. Congrats to Boise.

    And how many times we gotta see the Statue of Liberty play in one night? on and on and on and on….

  22. wafan October 18, 2008 5:28 am

    For those of you who enjoy holiday craft fairs the Tacoma Dome craft fair will be 10/22-26. Makes the Made in Hawai’i (the festival not the blogger!) look anemic by comparison. So, if you are in the area . . .

  23. chawan_cut October 18, 2008 5:29 am

    thanks for the clarification on that weird moving the
    ball back that half yard. we were wondering what the hell was happening.
    we were also shocked that flags were actually thrown against boise.

  24. wafan October 18, 2008 5:31 am

    Safe travels to our Warriors and fans.

  25. wafan October 18, 2008 5:35 am

    From what conference were the officials? Or were they one of those mixed-bag crews?

  26. NYUH October 18, 2008 5:37 am

    Time to defend the Hawaii Bowl. Boise goes to the BCS and a nice pay day is had by all.

  27. wafan October 18, 2008 5:38 am

    Mack is sticking with Funaki. Hopefully the offensive unit improves.

  28. Committed Road Warrior October 18, 2008 5:55 am

    Morning folks!

    Safe travels for those leaving Boise today. I’ll be spending Saturday in the Park (has a ring to it, eh? Bwahahaha) hoping to get some papers out of the way before I fly back to the desert tomorrow. If not, I got tomorrow while en-route to do ’em.

    It was nice meeting Ronnie, djmitcho, chawan, and everyone else who came out to Boise. The fans here have been really hospitable. I’ll try to make it back out here in two years.


  29. thomtang October 18, 2008 6:00 am

    i’m sticking with funaki…..just needs to practice throws….He Will Get There

  30. Committed Road Warrior October 18, 2008 6:09 am

    Hotel is shutting down my floor for renovations. Got to move to another room. Unfortunately it won’t be ready until afternoon. Shucks!

  31. 99club October 18, 2008 6:18 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Hey, we’re going 5-0 in the next 5 games. The 6th game will be against a team that might be the Big East champion. Following that? The Hawaii Bowl. Not bad, not bad at all.

  32. Bulla October 18, 2008 6:24 am

    O line continues to have their challenges…besides the penalties and blown assignments, they did ok.

    Frustrating, IMHO, because through repetition and practice, we’re supposed to get better, at least to a level of proficiency or consistency.

    With that said, we still have an opportunity as ST said for going to the Sheraton Bowl. Before the season I felt that 7 wins would be a challenge, and 8 wins would be a GREAT season, not meaning to rain on anyone’s parade, but that was my perception.

    We had too many key ingredients leave for us to bake a championship cake, and we throw in a few wrenches like our ‘heir apparent’ QB going through his roller coaster season, constant shuffling of the O line, injuries here and there, and inconsistent WR’s…..that is the recipe for unpredictable performances.

    The Warriors need to FOCUS, really FOCUS, on the task at hand. We were in the Boise game, but the 3rd quarter created the separation that the Smurfs needed to maintain a victory. Our defense was NAILS, c’mon, who thought that it’d be that close in the first half…..our DEFENSE was outplaying them…..



  33. maverick October 18, 2008 6:35 am

    That judgement review concerning the line of scrimmage during the time out even had the announcers baffled.

    overall, the referee situation this game was a vast improvement

  34. Bulla October 18, 2008 6:42 am

    hey guys,

    i didn’t mean to sound like a whiner, but I think Coach Mac is facing reality…..too much fluff is just that….too much fluff. no need to try and impress anyone, we all know you’re making BUKU Bucks, and personally, i’d feel a little guilty too, but that is me.


    FLEA…worked with my 12 year old baseball players years ago, and they still remember that acronym when i see them today… it


  35. maverick October 18, 2008 6:52 am

    Morning Bulla-
    Yes, Coach Mack needs to wear a Nasti shirt and engulf the wording.

    The Bronc board refer to him as Coach McLovin.

    btw, last time our warriors were on the Blue, Nasti Nate was the ultimate threat. How time flys bye bye.

  36. 3-Prong October 18, 2008 7:04 am

    Lopaka43: Good assessment . Inoke’s talents may work in some situations but over a long period of time, the fact that he is not a pure passer in a run and shoot offense limits the offense.

    ST: How is Graunke’s hand? I feel that he provides the best combination of passing and running ability we need at this time. If Inoke is still #1, where do we stand on the balance of the qb depth chart. Did Graunke’s injury drop him to the bottom. Shouldn’t a healthy hand move him back up given his proven experience level?

  37. las vegas October 18, 2008 7:05 am

    My look on things.
    Game went well until Funaki got the cr@p beat out of him.
    Our tackles are better suited to be guards
    The entire O=line were recruited for pass protection, running plays gas them out, resulting in slo-mo linemen (and QB on the ground)

  38. Bulla October 18, 2008 7:06 am


    whew, Nasti Nate, what a great memory, something we are sorely missing in the offense. love the 3 yard shovel pass that ends 60 yds downfield, bodies strewn left and right……those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end……………so the story goes.

    IMUA WARRIORS (you played yesterday, so Wildcats go on top :))

  39. las vegas October 18, 2008 7:06 am

    TG, is it just his hands, or something else again and again and again?

  40. lava October 18, 2008 7:07 am

    We lost to a better team. Big deal. I don’t understand the people who want to turn the world upside down when a team that lost so much talent lost to a team with BCS aspirations on the road.

    There is plenty to be optimistic about. The players didn’t quit, the coaches didn’t quit.

    Let’s move on.

    Go Warriors.

  41. Bulla October 18, 2008 7:11 am


    your perception regarding the O line sums it up…..they do look gassed running certain plays….ouch.

    need to look to Pride for some insightful words!

  42. Bulla October 18, 2008 7:22 am


    you’re right, Boise is on the upswing, nothing against our guys, we just got outplayed and lost to a better team.

    regroup, plan and execute; move on to the next battlefield!

  43. maverick October 18, 2008 7:24 am

    Bulla –
    Big Sky TV will be broadcasting the Weber St. game today against. N.Colo.
    Nice day in Utah, so “SnowFlake” will be referred to as “The Beast” today?

    GO Wildcats – One more step to the title!

  44. Buffoman October 18, 2008 7:24 am

    After watching the game and reading the paper this morning I have a few thoughts on the game.

    First maybe Coach can second guess himself on the kick, but you know, the game is also about emotion and that is what coaches do at time, go against even their better judgement. He’s human.

    Second, I think that our O-line is as good as it can be, at this point in the season, but our offensive game plan puts way, way too much pressure on them to do things that would make even a “Satele line” have difficulty with. The Boise State o-line is younger and more inexperienced than ours. They’re still attempting to find the right mix (as stated by their coach and commentators) but they lloked terrific. The qb is a freshman (a darn good one at that, but still a freshman) and he looked like a Jared Zabransky. Maybe our offensive coordinator should re-think the game plan and simplify the execution based on less complicated calls. If you watched Boise State, they did nothing fancy and the blocking schemes were not widely varied. They kept things simple with quick execution on what was given to them. They scouted our defense well and took what was give, from very simple sets. Notice they did not go long? They simply nickel and dimed us to a 27 – 7 victory and that is what counts.

    Finally, I believe we have a good team that has to maintain their collective positive attitude. Our offensive coaches need also to develop their identity and not think themselves as “JJ clones”. Look at JJ, he learned from Mouse but his system was different from his teacher’s enough so that what he ran was his. Ron Lee and staff have to take what they learned and create their own identity to meash with the talented folks they have. This may not be Colt and company, but Funaki is a good leader, a gamer and he needs to have a system that helps him to succeed. Nickels and dimes may not be super exciting, but Colt, Boise State and even Texas Tech do it and wins come along. Some of Funaki’s ints came when he forced things down field or the wideout and Funaki were operating on different pages. Simplify?

    Oh, the defense got better, but sometimes when they dropped just about everyone in what appeared to be obvious passing situations and did not pressure the qb, that never worked, the qb always found wide open receivers. If we choose to gamble in those situations, let our dbs do their job and lets apply pressure to the qb. Overall, I think we do better when pressure is applied.

  45. maverick October 18, 2008 7:28 am

    Heal up Warriors, Next weekend is already around the corner, knocking on the screen door.
    I hope Inoke can get some special treatment from all the battering yesterday. Can’t imagine how he feels this morning, and what makes it harder is having to sit on a plane for multi hours, allowing the body to get tighter.
    Coach Mack, Inoke deserves daily lomi lomi up till gameday.

  46. whitey October 18, 2008 7:28 am

    Good morning tsaikos. Not a game for memories, but one for lesson book. If you are going to play keep away ball (conservative), kick your field goal on 4th down. If you are going to show up the other team (liberal), get your 1st down inside the 5 yd line. Either way, you play the game to win, but either way can also prevent you from winning.

    lv, be in your town monday. will give you a call.

  47. whitey October 18, 2008 7:40 am

    tackling was one of the major problems, but it looks like the defense is learning how to tackle low (still got a way to go), but has improved from the earlier games. notice that when they tackle low, offensive player goes down quickly and it either hurts or makes them think. notice a bsu offensive back who caught one pass, got tackled around the knees, drop the ball on the next pass because he was thinking about the last hit, then drop another. good tackling is essential because it takes the wind out of the opposition and also makes the opposition think about the hurt when they try to run or catch the ball.

  48. duffer October 18, 2008 7:55 am


    RUSHING–Hawaii, Libre 7-27, Kealoha Pilares 7-15, Greg Alexander 5-6, David Farmer 2-11, Leon Wright-Jackson 1-1, Michael Washington 1-(minus-3), Inoke Funaki, 12-(minus-9). Boise State, Jeremy Avery 9-45, Ian Johnson 12-41, D.J. Harper 4-13, Moore 4-6, Doug Martin 1-4, Vinny Perretta 1-2.

    PASSING–Hawaii, Funaki 17-34-5-188, Alexander 3-4-0-44. Boise State, Moore 25-33-0-256, Tanyon Bissell 0-1-0-0.

    RECEIVING–Hawaii, Aaron Bain 6-47, Greg Salas 5-75, Washington 3-52, Malcolm Lane 2-21, Royce Pollard 1-29, Jon Medeiros 1-8, Wright-Jackson 1-0, Libre 1-0. Boise State, Perretta 6-82, Jeremy Childs 5-33, Hawkins 4-34, Pettis 3-42, Kyle Efaw 2-24, Richie Brockel 2-10, Johnson 2-4, Avery 1-27.

  49. addahknowjoe October 18, 2008 7:55 am

    In years past no matter what people thought our team should do, the main reasons for failure would always trace back to our lack of physical talent. That’s not the case anymore.

    The only adjustments needed to be made exist in the gray jello between the players and coaches ears.

    That’s usually harder than running, lifting weights and watching game films forever in the offseason.

    But, not impossible.

    Stick together.

    And together, we all can get through this.

  50. d1島: October 18, 2008 7:57 am

    Great Morning All!

    Up and at ’em real early this AM. Already in Portland and getting ready for the Wildcats’ game @ Lewis & Clark.
    Hope the team gets back safe and starts to get back at it real quick, too. Next Saturday will be here soon enough and they need to get ready to put a Whompin’ on da Wolfpack.

    Haven’t had a chance to read all the post-game comments here yet but just skimming a few seems to indicate some frustration.

    Hopefully, that all is coming from a place where people can still support the team because everyone they will still need it. As Stephen says there’s still several very winnable games and then about three where the team will need to “steal” one and this team will need the fans backing them big time to do that.
    Gotta get to 7 wins; it’s still a “can do”. Gotta believe!

    Well Go Wildcats! (X2) (like Bulla says, they go first since UH already played)
    Go Warriors!

  51. d1島: October 18, 2008 8:05 am

    And before I go Esme,

    I want to thank everyone who showed up at the Doubletree yesterday and a shout-out to Dennis, the bartender for opening 2 hours early for us and then keeping the food going past the posted time for us after the game as we “drowned our sorrows” the way Tsaikos do – by eating!
    If you find yourself in Boise, I gotta recommend the Doubletree Club Boise for the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.

    It was real nice to meet djmitcho, BNS and his wife, Committed Road Warrior, Ronnie’s sister, and the Estes’ and to see the other Tsaikos there, too. 😀 (sorry if I forgot anyone else I met…..sleep deprivation)

  52. oldwarrior October 18, 2008 8:06 am

    Defensive signals come into the game too late – our guys keep looking at the sidelines, like hurry up already!

  53. bighilofan2 October 18, 2008 8:14 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    cannot talk our way out of our situation, Warriors.
    we either show up, ready, or we don’t get taken seriously. Ready is the key. C’mon coaches.
    Psst… Mac… whoze your offensive go to guy?
    Let him go…. The Warriors have the talent…. Do what you do best… let everyone do what they do best…. even if that means changing hats….

    maybe you don’t wanna change hats, cuz its like in the middle of the season….

    but like someone else said, you don’t keep a runner in the game and hand him the ball if he’s already dropped 4 fumbles… same thing with any other part of the game, coaches, and players alike…. imho

    I’ll do my part and will be there Saturday nite for Nevada. I will continue to believe in all of you, because I believe you continue to believe in us.

    Good job Virginia. Keep backing the team. And Jim Donovan… hope you’re filling the holes with quality games… You both are doing great, getting the field fix going. And our recruiting is super top notch, getting some great local talent and some great away talent. gives me hope for the future….

    Go Warriors!!!

  54. Chris October 18, 2008 8:15 am

    Maybe if we did not have High School coaches calling the shots we would be a little more productive.

  55. whitey October 18, 2008 8:20 am

    oldwarrior, excellent observations about defense waiting too long for sideline decision. we have excellent captains on defense and if sideline is slow, have captains call plays. boise not going wait till they get set and that is another reason why they ran the no huddle. i think the coaches sometimes need to trust the players and let them play. they are not rookies, but seasoned veterans.

  56. whitey October 18, 2008 8:24 am

    bhf2, during this game, was thinking about you and the JUGS. it seems that the JUGS is just another equipment that the receivers do not use or take seriously. with the exception of salas, they have hands like roberto duran (and that ain’t good).

  57. whitey October 18, 2008 8:27 am

    bhf2, in a past blog, another tsaiko posted about bess using the JUGS regularly and while at UH stayed with the JUGS for 100 reps each day. Now know why he can catch and run.

  58. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 8:39 am

    It is true that Bess used the JUGS often.
    Another thing was that Bess and Jason Ferguson used to always call up Colt, asking to play catch.
    I remember that Brian Smith, who was UH’s center, and Nick Rolovich were roommates during their Warrior playing days. They used to practice in their house. No wonder both were successful players.

  59. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 8:42 am

    I give credit to everyone who takes their craft seriously.
    The radio and TV guys, for instance, spend hours putting together their boards, which are filled with info and stats of players.
    “Ferd” has a book filled with charts and stats spanning decades.
    I think Tim Grasso is amazing. He actually watches videos every day of opposing punt returners.

  60. Kazz October 18, 2008 8:45 am


    Shake ’em off my braddah. We still have your back!!!


    Prayers to you for a speedy and full recovery.

    So it seems like Keala Watson is ok?

  61. koakane™ October 18, 2008 8:48 am

    good morning and yes a safe journey to all returning to the greatest state in the middle of the pacific.

    go luck to dem Wildcats (X2) (200X) and d1 enjoy the memories w/son

    keep your head up warrior fans, go thru your 48 grief period. snap and clear what ever you need to and refocus on the next game. we still have chances and as I view it the warriors have made good improvements each game. the team is not all on the same page yet but getting there. I too am frustrated but not a badly as before. I have noticed the area of concern are being addressed. just needs to work it out each time, each practice and each game. some of the pieces are falling into place.

    my one disappointment yesterday was missed assignment. as ajoe pointed it out rather eloquently its all grey matter. believe departed oline coach cavenaugh (?) put it best … trust in you techniques. it appears we did not stick to or stay within the game scheme during certain plays. the player responsible for their coverage, area, man seem to blank out and boise had free areas to roam in. no can dis way.

    so with this said I still believe and look forward to next game. it will be interesting. lattas.

  62. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 8:50 am

    I’m also impressed with the encyclopedic knowledge of our bloggers. And not just about UH football. I learn so much every day from your posts. That’s why I look forward to free play, although, I’m required, by blog rules, to always pretend to want to get back on topic.

  63. Kekoa (iPhone) October 18, 2008 8:50 am

    Chris ~ Some peeps don’t really know the difference. Are you sure you do?

  64. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 8:51 am

    I think Keala Watson is OK. He looked fine when I saw him standing in line, trying to decide between turkey-bacon sandwich and chicken sandwich.

  65. Kazz October 18, 2008 8:51 am


    October 18th, 2008 at 7:55 am
    In years past no matter what people thought our team should do, the main reasons for failure would always trace back to our lack of physical talent. That’s not the case anymore.

    The only adjustments needed to be made exist in the gray jello between the players and coaches ears.

    That’s usually harder than running, lifting weights and watching game films forever in the offseason.

    But, not impossible.

    Stick together.

    And together, we all can get through this.

    I nominate Addahknowjoe for “MORALE OFFICER” of the blog!

    One other thing we can do to help ourselves as fans and true supporters of the program is to always remember that no matter how upset or sad we feel about a loss, the players feel it 808xs harder than we do.

    They are proud athletes and our coaches are QUALIFIED individuals that take what they do seriously.

  66. bighilofan2 October 18, 2008 8:51 am

    howzit whitey….

    regarding the JUGS, I sure hope Coach Ron is reading these last 5 posts. imho you and i got more hope in those that use the JUGS.

    to get the most beneficial use from the JUGS, the top coaches gotta project a belief in the JUGS. what you project is what you get.

    you know, the players have great reflexes. we had 2 receptions yesterday off misthrown ballz. no doubt our receivers got talent.

    so my suggestion to coach Ron, and its only a suggestion, is this: project the intensity that lies within you. project that intensity to the younger coaches. you have the capacity to be way better than your brothers. I also think Coach Mac should let you be the offensive coordinator, all the way!!! He’s a defensive guy. you can’t get away from your natural instinks, and neither can he. And if you see a runner thats running standing tall, show him his videos. No can, even I can see dat.

    c’mon Ron, lets see da receivers bust da JUGS, wear out da rubbahz. 😀 repetition repetition repetition, repetition….

  67. Kazz October 18, 2008 8:54 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    October 18th, 2008 at 8:51 am
    I think Keala Watson is OK. He looked fine when I saw him standing in line, trying to decide between turkey-bacon sandwich and chicken sandwich.

    I usually don’t like turkey, but with bacon… oh yeah!

    Can’t beat the Market Fresh Turkey Bacon sandwich at Arby’s.

  68. maverick October 18, 2008 8:54 am

    Speaking of all the homework that announcers put in-
    I woke up this morning thinking the same thing. These guys on ESPN especially who don’t get to follow Hawaii games that often, when on air, there doing a pretty darn good job with current and past facts. Stats, past game moments, etc.

    So I was wondering how full each day each with prepping for that game day production to accurately call a game with two teams?

  69. duffer October 18, 2008 8:56 am

    Hey Chris,

    Send in your resume……………

  70. maverick October 18, 2008 9:01 am

    My question still looms to our coaches.
    Why have we not seen Rego in the backfield lately?

  71. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 9:02 am

    On Thursday, the ESPN crew had extensive interviews with several UH players, including Funaki and Elimimian. Funaki actually went through, step by step, the read progressions of some plays. The ESPN guys compile a book thick with information. Then Derek Inouchi, UH’s sports info guy, goes over the names with the announcers. ESPN gets a lot of access, but so do all of the local reporters.

  72. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 9:04 am

    Not sure about why Rego doesn’t play more.
    But he is vital on punts. He actually has a title of PP — personal protector.

  73. tommui October 18, 2008 9:09 am

    I remember Larry Price saying that physical superiority outweighs all theory.

    We learn and we move on.

    Go Warriors!

  74. Chris October 18, 2008 9:12 am

    Duffer-My profession is not in football so my resume will not be superior to Ron Lee’s. What I’m trying to say is that our offense is boring and unimaginative, similar to a high school’s offense. Maybe that is not Ron’s fault though… Mack could be calling the shots on O

  75. Kazz October 18, 2008 9:20 am

    ***A little off-topic***

    I went to check out the first practice of the Rainbow Warrior Basketball 2008 season and I was able to catch the last hour and a half.

    When I got there, they were all working out on their free-throws and then went to some half court drills where one team would have several possessions and the other practiced defense.

    Saw Roderick Flemmings, can’t miss as he’s sportin’ #23.

    Kareem Nitoto looks like the most conditioned player on the team as he has running real well during the ladder drill.

    Lasha Parghalava looked like a fireball of energy.

    Hiram Thompson is indeed back and looks like he kept himself in good shape throughout his church mission.

    Look for Bill Amis to be a BIG leader on this team. He even thanked the fans in attendance for coming out to their first practice.

    Not too many people there, maybe about 15, but when I heard practice was at the Stanley I too wondered how it could be open to the public, but the security entrance was open.

    Oh and “drunken ticket scalper guy” tried to talk to me after practice about how he thought the team (basketball) was going to be awesome. Then he started slurring his speech about the football team’s loss and started playing couch potato coach giving his worthless $0.02 about what the team needs to do and blah blah blah… I just slowly walked away as he yelled something to the effect of “your’re rude”. I yelled back, “you’re an idiot”.

    If anyone is wondering, he’s the guy you always see at the bottom of the escalators and the stairs at the SSC in the area right before you see one of the lecture halls and the ramp to the box office. He wears thick glasses, looks to be about in his 50’s, wears a tucked in UH tee shirt with shorts and he always carries a plastic bag.

  76. whitey October 18, 2008 9:23 am

    kazz posted some great thoughts by sun tzu’s art of war. did small research on it and it is amazing, but kazz’s excerpts from art of war is a great way for uh to prepare for the season and individual games. if you evaluate our team before going into a game with the next opponent like it is described in art of war, you will probably know who will win and who will lose. most interesting. thanks kazz.

  77. duffer October 18, 2008 9:30 am


    No offense or pun intended… 🙂

    Send the OC some advice and/or plays. I think Coach Mac’s a D person. I’m not so sure I’d wnat him to get involved in the offense. Now JJ was an offensive guru. Wouldn’t want him to call D plays…. 🙂

    What’s difficult to grasp to most fans is, prior to Coach Mac, the pass was number one. Now the pass is passe’ and the run game is more prominent.

    But what the hell do I know, I’m a golfer!

  78. Kazz October 18, 2008 9:32 am

    ***Off topic***

    Chili Naples??? WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!?!?!

  79. whitey October 18, 2008 9:35 am

    knowing stats and how to interpet will help tremendously too.

  80. Rob25 October 18, 2008 9:37 am

    Safe travels to all Tsaikos and Warriors making their way home throughout the weekend.


    True fans never give up on their team and Tsaikos will always be there for you. The fans at Therapy were cheering the team on until the last play. I’m proud that they never gave up!

  81. Hank October 18, 2008 9:38 am


    We are going to need you next week against Nevada

    Go Warriors!

  82. Rob25 October 18, 2008 9:42 am


    Is that the guy that wears a fanny pack?

    I think that he is the same one that I see at the stadium when I go to my family tailgate in the lower Halawa lot.

    One time he sat behind me at VB. He was loud and obnoxious too.

    Good for you, walking away from that idiot!

  83. Kazz October 18, 2008 9:47 am


    October 18th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Is that the guy that wears a fanny pack?

    I think that he is the same one that I see at the stadium when I go to my family tailgate in the lower Halawa lot.

    One time he sat behind me at VB. He was loud and obnoxious too.

    Good for you, walking away from that idiot!

    Rob, YESSSS!!!!

    That’s the guy! He slurs all of his words and sounds intoxicated, but when I was thinking about it I think he’s a bit damaged in the head more than anything.

    He sat behind me at the basketball games last year and while he was dogging the referees, his inaudible comments started turning from funny, to irritiating, to just plain sad.

  84. bighilofan2 October 18, 2008 9:48 am


    wtf, you got it white! 😀

    chili nipples would be a smoking hot cross route across da middle,

    da oboyz would be fo dat one. 😀 if da ocoach would name a crossing pattern play ‘chili nipples’ dat page on da playbook would be all worn out. 😀


  85. bighilofan2 October 18, 2008 9:55 am

    i wuz just funnin.

    but i’d also like to say that football is a game of momentum and intensity.

    watching the players, watching Inoke, you know he’s giving it his all. all of them are, really.

    keep at em, coaches. and keep at yourselves 2!
    btw, i notice summa you is lookin fit.. the young athletes see that you’re committed to yourselves too. i like that about you 2. thats like you wit us, good separation!! 😀

    Go Warriors!!!

  86. whitey October 18, 2008 10:02 am

    thanks to kazz, from sun tzu:
    1. which of the 2 teams is in harmony with morale?
    2. which of the 2 coaches has the most ability?
    3. with whom live the advantages derived from heaven and earth?
    4. on which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?
    5. which team is tronger? mentally and physically.
    6. on which side are coaches and players more highly trained?
    7. on which team is there the most certainty that merit will be properly rewarded and mistakes summarily punished?
    this may help you understand our next game with nevada from a different point of view. you need to look at nevada’s previous games, roster, etc to get the necessary info, but preparing for games is not easy and in actuality, uh needs a strategist who can prepare the coaches for each upcoming game. now that i think about it, maybe this is how the bookies set the line.

  87. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 10:03 am

    Good morning all…
    1 snap and clear…1 snap and clear…1 snap and clear…1 snap and clear…

    Slightly off topic: the Leahy show yesterday restated BSU ADs desire to change their conference to the Mountain West. The MWC, too, has a situation like the WAC, a few strong teams, with more less competitive ones. I was thinking, given the secret meeting the MWC teams had to plan their bolt from the WAC, how likely is it that they instigate one again — form another new conference, with BSU, FSU, BYU, TCU, Utah, Air Force, Nevada, and maybe San Jose or SDSU. The intent would be to from a “stronger” conference and seek long-term TV revenue.
    If the BCS rules remain the same, I think it’s a wash for the new conference since only one team would still make it to a BCS game. But it would make it even harder for the remaining WAC-MWC schools (combined?) to make the BCS rankings with its much lower ‘strength of schedule’ (an assumption on my part).
    The HUGE negative of course, is we, UH, are left out in the mid-pacific ocean again, and with Wyoming, UNLV, Idaho, Utah St, NMSU, etc.

    Anyone know if this hypothetical case has already been discussed?

    GO Warriors!!!
    and still Back’n McMackin, Lee, Lee, Smith, Rolo, Stutz, DeLaura, Miano, Lumpkin, Inoke, & everyone else!!!

  88. whitey October 18, 2008 10:12 am

    time to go to Costco to pick up some omiyage for my friends in vegas. you all have a very nice day and know that the sunshine will bring you good health and a smile on your face.

  89. A-House October 18, 2008 10:12 am

    Hi Gang:

    Posting from Kauai.

    Life will go on and so will the Warriors.

    “If I am not for me, then who will be for me.

    “If I am not for you, what purpose do I serve?”

    Golda Mier

  90. addahknowjoe October 18, 2008 10:22 am


    Have a wonderful time on Kauai!

    Give plenny aloha to all the family friends!

  91. whitey October 18, 2008 10:22 am

    cavewarrior, sometimes the grass (MWC) looks greener, but when you look at it from the historical side, the MWC is not green, but more like brown. true this year the MWC is doing great, but the WAC still commands more respect if you are looking from a BCS point of view. if boise wants to go, let um go and don’t look back. the WAC offered boise to join, but if they want to leave, let um go. somewhere in the near future, doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons will get you the bachis’.

  92. Kazz October 18, 2008 10:32 am


    October 18th, 2008 at 10:22 am
    cavewarrior, sometimes the grass (MWC) looks greener, but when you look at it from the historical side, the MWC is not green, but more like brown. true this year the MWC is doing great, but the WAC still commands more respect if you are looking from a BCS point of view. if boise wants to go, let um go and don’t look back. the WAC offered boise to join, but if they want to leave, let um go. somewhere in the near future, doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons will get you the bachis’.

    Well said!

  93. Kazz October 18, 2008 10:34 am

    Hey! There’s Rainbow Baseball today.. well sort of. The alumni game is today at 1pm!!!

    I’m gonna have to check out the new green seats in person!

    And when the heck is Howard Dashefsky(sp?) gonna step up and play for the alumni?!?!?!?!?!

  94. cocobean October 18, 2008 10:43 am

    In the 2nd half BSU did a good job of stopping our “safe” plays(runs, option plays and shovel passes) from making any meaningful yds. They didn’t let Inoke get outside of their contain to hurt them scrambling. Give BSU credit for imposing their will upon us. It was painful to watch but they got us out of our game management approach(which is Inoke’s comfort zone) and into a must throw kind of game.
    I can see why some fans feel Graunke gives us the best chance to win. He is the QB best suited to run JJ’s run and shoot. He’s the fastest reader with the quickest release. He has the gunslinger mentality that a QB needs in this type of offense. He’s cocky enough not to let a bad play or desicion affect how he does on the next. One snap and clear.
    The thing to question about him is his standing with the team and coaches. Maybe his decision making and accuracy.
    We can also win with Inoke, he’s already done it – FSU, LaTech. He’s not the ideal R and S QB but he can manage a well thought out game plan. The short work week hindered implementing new plays. In this game we ran things that were already on film. We couldn’t surprise BSU with anything new.
    I got no real opinion on the QB situation as to who should start or what the coaches should do. I just give my observations(right or wrong) because I’m a retired armchair QB.

  95. madeinhawaii October 18, 2008 10:47 am

    Morning all…

    Give credit to Boise. Kudos. They did exactly what they had to do and that was to force Hawaii into the passing game — Stayed in Inoke’s face so the he couldn’t see all the way down field and made him throw up the errant passes. Hawaii needed to force Boise into the running game, which they couldn’t do.

    Too many injuries.. too little depth in the so called offensive ‘skill’ departments. QB, RB, W-outs, Slots. We have Pilares, Bain and Salas emerging. Libre’s not 100% but I’m expecting bigger things from him. After Pilares got injured the offense started to stall, then when Keala went down, a lot of air got knocked out of the entire team.

    Inoke just looks plumb worn out by the end of the second quarter. Way too many hits. Too much running without relief. We don’t leave our RBs, WRs, Slots in for the full game, but we do our QB who runs just as much or more. Once a player is totally out of breath, it takes much longer than a few minutes to get him recharged. The players need to take a break before they are completely spent.

    So maybe what we need is a combination of relief packages. Sort of like a two-minute NO-HUDDLE offense packages, but with the reserve QBs. It would give them valuable game time experience and give Inoke a much needed breather during the game. They could play conservatively till they have more game time experience, but I think several short breaks for Funaki, especially after long scrambles or big hits would make him a lot more consistent throughout the game. Sort of like a ten count.

    I see Funaki’s as a gamer, he’s not going to admit he’s exhausted, he’s going to go back in till he can’t walk out anymore and if we lose, take the blame, himself. The Coaches will have to use their better judgement and pull him every so often so that he can rejuvenate and be at his best whenever he is in the game.

    There are a number of offensive players that I’m still hoping to see emerge as big time ‘players’ before this season is over, otherwise they might see the red-shirt freshmen on the field occupying their coveted positions in their senior years.

    I sense that the talent is there, but maybe, individual desire to be the best in their position isn’t in some of the key positions. I don’t mean team best, but simply THE best. Colt, Bess and Mullen wanted to be the best in the league. The best around and they worked at it constantly.

    I said earlier in the season that this is the year in which we should take joy in the emergence of talent in our players as the season went along. We are seeing such players emerge. We see glimses in our relievers as well as in Pollard’s catch. The core is being formed. The Warriors just need a little more time and methods to keep all of our players at their best whenever they are on the field.

    Regardless of the score, I love this game of football. It is a game of character and endurance – of sheer will power of individual against individual, team against team, coaches against coaches and sometimes even fans against fans. In the end you have two teams of winners. One with the higher score, one with lessons to learn from and much more to gain towards becoming better players and human beings.

    Our Warriors fought hard against a very good Boise team and I am proud of them. The played much better against Boise than they did against Florida or Oregon. They have improved and that’s good.

    Keep improving… keep moving forward … WARRIORS!

  96. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 10:48 am

    whitey: agreed…bachi is something I believe in too in our local culture…
    But college football is big business and mainland culture no believe in bachi. Financial gains, especially for program survivability, drive decisions. I’d like our AD to understand the various “threat scenarios” that could impact our program in the long term. It may be so unpredictable, however, that our only focus should be to control what we can. That is, improve our program to be strong, competitive, entertaining, desirable.

    Thanks for the comments!

    GO Warriors!!!

  97. Hawaiianbod October 18, 2008 10:59 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!


    Safe travels to the Warriors, ST and and all the traveling Tsaikos,

    Good luck to the Tsaiko sons (bulla and d1), Please keep us updated. Go Wildcats!

    Kelli girl – good morning. Hopefully you had a restful sleep and are feeling a little better today. Stay away from the gym until you get well. Take care!

    Midori7 – so, who won the contest?

  98. iwonderwhythehateme October 18, 2008 11:12 am


    i had to carry this post over from previous….you ask me why point in Coach Smiths direction for O-line failures since he wasnt playing…ok fair enough. So instead who do we point our fingers at? Kia etc etc…the players?

    if you dont think the coaches are responsible I am open to a suggestion to who really is responsible.

    btw if your answer is that the players lack the necessary talent, that to me is honestly a fair answer.

  99. Garret October 18, 2008 11:15 am

    One thing that pride said after the SJSU game and I repeated after the La Tech game bears repeating once again: a team is never as good as you think it is after a win and never as bad as you think it is after a loss. So, after the two wins in a row maybe people that the Warriors were ahead of where they really were in the development process and maybe now some of the criticism is overboard because of the shock of the loss.

    The Nevada game is crucial, as we discussed yesterday. With that win, the Warriors are set up for a run and qualifying for the Hawaii Bowl should not be a big problem. A loss to Nevada would make things very difficult, and would be tough for the morale of the team and for the fans. So, I hope that there is a great crowd at the stadium and that we don’t have the same old thing were the crowd doesn’t show up after a loss!

  100. Garret October 18, 2008 11:17 am


    I think that one of the problems with the OL is that they have had so many injuries! The starting OL hasn’t really been set all season and the OL needs to be a cohesive unit…that is hard when players are shuffling around and being in and out of the lineup due to injuries.

  101. Garret October 18, 2008 11:19 am

    That is actually one of the reasons why BSU’s success is even more impressive–they haven’t set their OL yet and don’t know who should be starting at what position. Plus, they are starting 3 freshmen/sophomores with 2 freshmen as key reserves (one started their first 5 games at center).

    However, there is one key difference for the BSU OL: they are using a much more conservative offensive game plan than in past years. This year they are actually relying on their D to shut the other team down and are not trying to rack up a lot of points. Part of that is their unsettled and inexperienced OL, and part of that is because they don’t want to overload their freshman QB.

  102. Garret October 18, 2008 11:25 am

    This article goes into detail about how BSU wants to join the MWC, which they have been extremely open about for a couple of years now. One very important thing to consider is that a conferences BCS status is based on the accomplishment of their teams, and if BSU gets to a BCS game this season, winning 5 of 6 WAC titles, then that would be a big push for the MWC to get closer to BCS conference status.

    In other words, the MWC will be guaranteed they their conference will have a champion. If they add the WAC champion who has appeared in 1 or 2 BCS games by next season, then they might get close to BCS status. That would be great for the MWC and really, really bad for the WAC. For those who point to the WAC’s TV deal with ESPN, the MWC makes something like 4x from their TV deal…and since they own a sports network they would make a lot more money if they added BSU.

    So, yes, it’s true that for the first time since adding TCU, some people in the Mountain West are talking about expansion. But don’t read too much into it — at least at this point. I would not get too excited about the possibility of Boise State making the jump from the WAC to the Mountain West anytime soon.

    Over-expansion in the WAC is what led to the formation of the Mountain West. I don’t expect the league to rush into a possible repeat of that mistake.

    It is my understanding that conferences get credit for the teams currently in their leagues when it comes time to crunch numbers for automatic invites into the BCS. The MWC can basically get credit for Boise State’s WAC past if the league invites the Broncos.

  103. KonaGirl October 18, 2008 11:57 am

    A big MAHALO to the Tsaikos and fans who were in Boise…we could hear your cheers all the way to the Big Island. Thank you Virginia for sending the cheerleaders too!!!

    I’m sure the Warriors are feeling about like the Broncos did last year when we beat them on our home turf for the WAC title. BUT, let’s not forget that SJSU is still leading the WAC. I know the payday would be better if BSU wins out and is a BCS buster, but I’m rooting for SJSU to take it now that we’re out of the running. I think it might be better for the WAC in the long run if BSU doesn’t go unbeaten and has to play in their own Humanitarian Bowl instead. At least it will prevent them from going to the MWC. So, I’m rooting for SJSU and Tomey…I just can’t bring myself to root for BSU to win the WAC.

    Let’s go Warriors and win the rest…Hawaii Bowl, here we come!!!

  104. Kazz October 18, 2008 12:02 pm


    I like seeing the cheerleaders on the field. Man I couldn’t describe how proud I felt seeing the green and white waved on that blue field.

  105. KonaGirl October 18, 2008 12:11 pm


    That blue fiels is SO irritating! It looks horrible at night and HD doesn’t even help!!!

    Wish we could have been there to see our flag flying high!!!

  106. KonaGirl October 18, 2008 12:16 pm


  107. Committed Road Warrior October 18, 2008 12:45 pm

    So USC pitches another shutout and beats Washington State 69-0. You can’t help but feel for the Cougars, even though we play them the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

  108. madeinhawaii October 18, 2008 12:46 pm

    UH 34 – Nevada 13

    There! Make it SO!

  109. g-nalo October 18, 2008 12:49 pm

    Warrior fans have much to look forward to.
    If the Warriors win four of their next six, they go to a bowl.
    Utah State, Idaho and Washington State are very winnable games.
    They need to steal one from Nevada, New Mexico State or Cincinnati.

    With that said, we still have an opportunity as ST said for going to the Sheraton Bowl. Before the season I felt that 7 wins would be a challenge, and 8 wins would be a GREAT season, not meaning to rain on anyone’s parade, but that was my perception.

    Hopefully, that all is coming from a place where people can still support the team because everyone they will still need it. As Stephen says there’s still several very winnable games and then about three where the team will need to “steal” one and this team will need the fans backing them big time to do that.
    Gotta get to 7 wins; it’s still a “can do”. Gotta believe!

    was thinking along these lines as i was “logging in”, so just wanted to take my number and agree with Bulla and D1. we know its one game at a time but allowing ourselves to peek ahead, ST is on track.

    enjoy the weekend everyone, winds gonna blow……………

  110. lab rat October 18, 2008 12:51 pm

    ST have a nice return trip.

    It was tough to see Pilares go out early in the game. I hope the coaches will allow the players to recover completely before letting them play again.

    I have always thought that Boise was the measure of how good UHs teams were every year. Barring turnovers I think UH did okay. I thought Boise’s defense won the game. Colt used to say that the
    WAC teams were tougher to play because they knew UH so well.

    I can’t wait to see Boise next year. The turf will be green and it will be one hell of game.

  111. Hawaiianbod October 18, 2008 1:09 pm

    Pomai – Warriors 27 little wolves – 17

  112. madeinhawaii October 18, 2008 1:09 pm

    Time to take all of our losses… look at our weaknesses and strengths, put a check mark against all the weaknesses that can be addressed by our redshirts, grayshirts, JC transfers, and recruits, and make sure we recruit the right athletes to fill in the remaining holes with what’s left in our scholies.

    Next season Boise might be tougher to beat as their QB will have another year under his belt. Obviously, their BCS bowl year paid dividends for them. Let’s hope ours will also in the next season and more.

  113. mctruck October 18, 2008 1:13 pm

    Was it BSU shutting down Funaki from running, or was it UH coaches trying to make him pass more which in my opinion created those INT’s?
    Anyway….keep plugging away Mr. Funaki.

  114. madeinhawaii October 18, 2008 1:23 pm


    I think it was a combination of both.. When Pilares left, they shut Funaki down on the ground which forced the Warriors to take to the air. They hit him hard, kept in his face so it would be nearly impossible for him to see downfield and make all his reads. Ultimately a number of critical passing errors put Funaki in a hole too deep for him to climb out of and that may have unhinged him even more.

  115. Stretch October 18, 2008 1:26 pm

    sitting in LAX waiting the the flight home. some thoughts from the game.
    – there was not enough pressure on the QB. he had time to pick us apart.
    – the 3 BSU touchdown drives were no more 48 yards. the D was put on short fields and at best allowed FGs.
    – the O allowed 7 sacks. that can’t happen if we want the QB to stay alive. I have a feeling hat Funaki had his bell rung before halftime and wasn’t all there after that.

    it was a disappointment as I thought we had a great chance to take care of boise. after next weeks home game against Nevada, UH does not play at home until Nov 22 against Idaho. We NEED to come out and support the boys!!

  116. chawan_cut October 18, 2008 1:31 pm

    yes, it was nice meeting committedroadwarrior, rich2176 and djmitcho, and ronnie(again) and her sister. also forgot the other people’s names. thanks ronnie for letting me sit by you guys in the stands. strength in numbers.
    i’ll put my pictures up later. gonna take a nap now that i’m “home”.

  117. lab rat October 18, 2008 1:32 pm

    UH coaches I would like to see more of David Farmer please. Thankyou.

  118. lab rat October 18, 2008 2:10 pm

    Am I wrong or did Mack say that the quarterback would be under center more this year?

  119. Buffoman October 18, 2008 2:37 pm

    BSU would besort of crazy to go to the MWC for the simple reason that their road to a possible BCS invite would be that much harder. BYU, Utah and TCU will not roll over. At least in the WAC BSU know their opponents that can give them trouble and still have a winning record against them (UH, FSU and maybe Nevada). Grass may look greener on the other side but got to look out ofr the crab grass.

    I think Garret said somewhat the same thing with regard to the o-lines of the UH and BSU. BSU has an unsettled line, but they have worked an offense that realizes this problem spot. We haven’t and that’s what shows up. The UH o-line is called on to do things for a Colt type QB who has a quick read and a quick elease. We don’t have that and as such we have the problems we face in these Big games.

    The offense has to adapt to the personnel or we just have to undertsand and accept the outcome.

  120. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 2:52 pm

    I’m watching the Missouri- Texas game…Mizz O-line splits are wide, to keep the D-ends farther from the QB…Is this something UH should do?…I don’t know enough to know pros and cons….

  121. Not an Expert October 18, 2008 2:55 pm

    Could’ve, Would’ve & Should’ve

    This is crying over what is not. We had top tier coaches in charge of offense and defense when you know who was here. Definitely If JJ was running the offense it would no doubt be scoring more. With coach Mack only having to be responsible for the defense imagine what could’ve been.

    Short synopsis is if the offense scored and not having these many turnovers the defense would not have to play with a deflated feeling and definitely the other team wouldn’t have scored as many points, meaning Hawaii could’ve been at least 4&2. Bottom line our defense would be in the top 25 in many categories if our offense could average at least 36 points a game.

    It should’ve been the beginning of Hawaii being a top 20 team each year.

    By the way most of the time when a defensive oriented coach becomes head coach the offense scoring average is much lower.

    Also can someone explain to me why not many of our Junior college recruits are not seeing much playing time? From the reports when they 1st were recruited it appeared many of them would be starting and contributing right away.

    We are fortunate to have Coach Mack, however if the offensive firepower does not come back like before we will be experiencing years similar to the Price and Von Oppen years. We have been spoiled by the exciting passing and scoring attack of years past and although we lost at times with both sides scoring a total of 100 points it was fun to watch. Having fun watching oh yeah winning is more important.

    I do hope the best for Hawaii football and coach Mack. He finally was given financial compensation that makes it a whole lot better for him and his family. Even if we are not as successful anyone who knocks coach Mack is full of “it”.

  122. GGma October 18, 2008 2:56 pm

    I believe Lava,s Blog says it all.We hoped and I prayed for a big upset and we all know it would have been an upset. So lets get on with Nevada, anew week and a new game .We love our team.

  123. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 3:24 pm

    Texas line is dominating Mizzou line on both sides…reminiscent of Georgia over us in the Sugar Bowl…28-0 Texas in 1st Q.

  124. kama krab October 18, 2008 3:34 pm

    Howzit Everyboby,

    Not an Expert I agree with you. If any body wants to question or knock Coach Mac, I say to you get a grip. If you all think that you can Coach the team any better than you go Coach.

    I’ve Coach many a losing team, but every losing team that I have Coached always had a silver lining. Sometimes it’s not always about how many games you when but what happens outside of the realm of sports.

    We need to realize that the team is playing as hard as they can. You could see that after every int, Inoke looked discouraged and down. It is not only because he throw the int, but it was because he knew he let his team and us fans down.

    So once again I say back the team.

    Go Warriors and continue to progress.

  125. curveball October 18, 2008 3:35 pm

    Boy am I glad we dont have to play Texas…what are they feeding those boys..

  126. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 3:38 pm

    curveball: all the prime ribeye they want!

  127. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 3:40 pm

    On that Mizzou TD that got reveresed…his toe, the narrowest part of the shoe, hit the ground inbounds first, before the widest part of his shoe rolled on the white line…that’s how I saw the replay. should have been a TD.

  128. Mad Dog October 18, 2008 3:44 pm

    I’m watching Texas cream Mizzu with their run and shoot. Now that looks efficient with the other Colt as QB.

  129. Rick HS October 18, 2008 3:45 pm

    Before the BSU game I was telling someone, I dunno how UH can beat them….they have a better QB, better RB, better offense, better defense, better special teams, better team, better coaches, better program, better potatoes…Then I saw how tough UH played in the first half, showing how good they can be if they don’t make mistakes. I think the loss of Pilares and Watson really hurt, and UH just didn’t seem to adjust as well as BSU did the second half. This was an expected loss, but the first half showed the potential this team has.

  130. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 3:51 pm

    Not-an-expert: re JCs
    With only three weeks to recruit, the Warriors tried to plug holes with JC players. It was a scramble to get bodies to fill immediate needs. UH had heavy losses not only last year, but the past two years. One of the problems is that after 2005, it was difficult to get top-notch slots and QBs to sign up. Nobody wanted to sit behind Bess and Grice-Mullins for three years (it ended up being two, since they left early) and Brennan for two years.
    Well, when the dust settled, there was the realization that UH would lose more than 30 seniors from this year’s team.
    The coaches decided to redshirt many of the JC players to help build the numbers for the next two years. Ryan Henry and Dustin Blount would be helpful this year, but if UH could get by without them, then those two would have two full seasons to play.
    The JC corners were redshirted for the same reason.

  131. wafan October 18, 2008 3:56 pm

    Good to see Neilsen and Powell had good games at Gahr HS. Maybe they can have an immediate impact in the next couple of years. That will be awesome having a qb and one of his targets come in. They will already be on the same wave length. Just need to get them up to speed on the Warriors’ offense.

    Yeah. Things will improve.

  132. Stephen Tsai October 18, 2008 3:56 pm

    Re: Saviors.
    I think there’s a perception that the coaches are missing something, and that, if a reserve would get his chance, the team’s fortunes would change.
    That’s just not so.
    It is what it is, as they say.
    The players who aren’t playing are the ones who are not ready yet.
    Now I know some want the inexperienced guys to go out there and lead. But 1) it’s going to take a lot of games for that to happen. 2) would fans be that patient? People already expect the Warriors to beat a 15th-ranked team on the road before a stadium-record-high crowd.
    Just a thought.

  133. cavewarrior October 18, 2008 3:58 pm

    thanks for that insight on the helps me understand quite a bit..but I feel there’s a story behind Tyler’s MIA that is way to personnel to make public…just doesn’t smell right…anyway, we get Foise back at Aloha Stadium next year…It will be fun!

    GO Warriors!!!

  134. lab rat October 18, 2008 3:59 pm

    I did not want to bring this up this early in the season but since ST brought it up I was more worried about next years team than this years.

  135. ewagirl October 18, 2008 4:08 pm

    My 2 cents. I thought Hawaii played pretty good against Boise State.
    We were right there with them in the first half. Our defense was awesome. I am looking forward to next weeks game at Aloha stadium

  136. Maverick October 18, 2008 4:09 pm

    The coaches are as much in a developing stage with decisions along with trying to work together, just as the players are trying to mold together.
    It’s not one sided

  137. Maverick October 18, 2008 4:10 pm

    They boast about how much Depth we have, then express it and let it out of the gates.

  138. Rick HS October 18, 2008 4:19 pm

    There must be something better to do than to watch college football all day while blogging….can’t think of what it is, though.

  139. Pauoa Boy October 18, 2008 4:23 pm

    Howzit Gang…

    Kazz…thanks for the UH BBall practice update, get high hopes for Roderick Flemings, sources say he is legit! My only concern with the team is the Frontline looks week and no depth.

    Not much to say about Boise game except they are the better team this year plain and simple. I felt our Warriors played a good first half then I had flashbacks of the Sugar Bowl and turned the TV off and did not watch the rest of the game. Regardless I saw the outcome but didn’t want my blood to start boiling and things around me to start flying.

    Inoke Funaki in my opinion looked as if he gave up in the second half and sort of lost himself. I almost thought it was Timmy Chang throwing those floaters for interceptions, what da heo?

    Anyway, this team is frustrating at times to watch…we play a great first half and then go into the locker room and come out like we don’t know how to play anymore, WTF!

    I dunno what the deal is but something is missing on this team…HEART!!!
    Where’s it at, I don’t know?

  140. Maverick October 18, 2008 4:33 pm

    Sure looked like Inoke took too much lickens’ by the end of the 1st half, and his quick thinking and reflexes were not 100% for the 2nd half.
    He is gaining stamina with each week, but this is new territory for him to acclimate.
    Coaches should of saw the first signs of this fatique at the beginning of the second half. We all saw it on the t.v. Why couldn’t they?

  141. Maverick October 18, 2008 4:34 pm

    …This is why we have backups that are trusted to do the job. If not, it’s not a team sport

  142. spike96822 October 18, 2008 4:39 pm

    The first half showed the potential this team has.

  143. g-nalo October 18, 2008 5:05 pm

    The coaches decided to redshirt many of the JC players to help build the numbers for the next two years. Ryan Henry and Dustin Blount would be helpful this year, but if UH could get by without them, then those two would have two full seasons to play.
    The JC corners were redshirted for the same reason.

    if we go back PRIOR to the season, this still makes sense to me. it didn’t appear our returning receivers were THAT bad? even at CB, how much help would they be with Mouton and Roberts around?

    potential future starters for an entire season beats ‘helpful’ this season.

  144. Not an Expert October 18, 2008 5:27 pm

    Thank you Steven Tsai for the information on the JC recruits.

  145. LizKauai (iPhone) October 18, 2008 5:31 pm

    Hiya! Had a great Rotary Day today. No better way to have a break from FB. Tomorrow I’ll be wearing my XXL CB5 jersey for the trip home 🙂

  146. Bulla October 18, 2008 5:37 pm

    wildcats win 17-10, beast had a good game. Offense had almost 550 yds offense, but 4 turnovers inside the 5 yd line. Higgins passed for 430 yards, whew.

    Mahalo to pride, Koa, and DPK for dropping by ‘wildcat central’. GO WILDCATS X 2

  147. Da Punchbowl Kid October 18, 2008 5:40 pm

    Mr. Tsai,

    I agree with your post above regarding “Saviors”. I think we can all agree that a win would have been nice, but it’s only right to keep things in perspective; there are reasons why Boise is ranked number 15 and is undefeated. We saw some of those reasons last night. To beat TWO ranked teams on the ROAD is a tall order for ANY team.

    I’m not making excuses for the team. The worst of our schedule is behind us, we need to move forward.

    Lastly, since the coaches are the ones at practice, and on the field for the games and studying film etc., I would have hard time second guessing them. I have my opinions about things, but as a fan I think it’s most important to stay behind the team and let the players play and the coaches coach. I’m not saying that those who comment on the coaches are wrong for doing so, I personally don’t feel qualified to. JMHO

  148. Bulla October 18, 2008 5:40 pm

    You da bomb, info for the troops. Like being penny wise and dollar foolish…cannot shoot the wad one time…..

  149. Committed Road Warrior October 18, 2008 5:40 pm

    Coming out of Conference USA:

    Tulsa defeats UTEP 77-35!!!!!!
    Tulsa outgains UTEP in total yardage 806-338!!!!!!
    This game was defense optional, I suppose…..

    Houston scores the game-winning TD with 0:24 left to give them a 44-38 victory over SMU.

  150. Bulla October 18, 2008 5:43 pm

    no need to use all your ammo for one battle, gotta have one battle plan

  151. Jason October 18, 2008 5:45 pm

    Slowly, I am getting through my tape of yesterday’s game. One quarter down, three to go …

    Just wanted to post this e-mail I got from UH Campus Security:

    A 13-year-old girl not connected with UH has reported to Honolulu Police that on Oct. 8 she was sexually assaulted in a room of the Stan Sheriff Center by a man she met at a party downtown.

    Asian male in his late 20s
    5’4″ tall, 200 lbs
    Brown eyes
    Black beard and moustache
    Wire-framed glasses with clear lenses
    Gray t-shirt, faded jeans shorts and slippers

    Suspect’s vehicle:
    Dark blue or black, four-door SUV
    Possibly a Nissan Pathfinder
    Oakland Raiders license plate holder and Oakland Raiders stickers

    If you have information on the suspect, vehicle or incident, please call the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911, or Campus Security at 956-6911.

    IDK if there was a sporting event that night (nothing on the UH Web site that I see), but maybe the description of the suspect or his car might ring some bells.

  152. Da Punchbowl Kid October 18, 2008 5:45 pm

    Howdy Bulla!

    What a ko-een-kee-deenk! That was a nice win for El Beast and company. It looks like playing under blues skies in nice weather threw them off a little, but fortunately they were able to “overcome” that and pull out a win. 😉

  153. wafan October 18, 2008 5:53 pm

    Congratulations to the Beast!

    How #2 son do in his game?

  154. Mei Ling October 18, 2008 5:53 pm


    Imua Warriors! We will win more games. GO WARRIORS!

    Get well guys.

  155. LizKauai (iPhone) October 18, 2008 5:56 pm

    congratz to the Beasts! Whom did they play?

  156. not far away anymore October 18, 2008 5:57 pm

    Wahine VB swept UNR tonight.

  157. Mei Ling October 18, 2008 6:18 pm

    “The Beast” will be playing in Flagstaff on October 25th, NAU’s Homecoming. You can watch the game online free:

    Bulla & Lyn, if you go, look for the Hawaii kids tailgating in the parking lot of the Skydome. They’ll probably be flying the Hawaiian flag.

  158. Bulla October 18, 2008 6:24 pm

    time to regroup gangeeeeeee

    Support our WARRIORS!!!

  159. Bulla October 18, 2008 6:30 pm

    Mahalo for the kind words,

    The Beast and company played Northern Colorado Mei Ling. We are headed to Flagstaff and arrive lunchtime on Friday 🙂

    It is going to be a great game


  160. SteveM October 18, 2008 6:35 pm

    Good evening everyone!
    Peaches and I are astir…we’re late, we’re late, for a real 70’s date…

    Bulla — if you are home now, remember–no naps yet! 🙂
    Congrats to the Beast!

  161. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 6:46 pm


    Thanks for the clarifications, that sheds light on quite a few things that makes sense now. Now, if we could only find out what’s really going on with this Graunke mystery, we could all relax and ride out the season with our team, wherever it will take us.

    One thing gives me solace, we certainly did not get embarrassed in Boise, we actually put a scare into them in the first half. It bugs me a little though, that the coaches didn’t see how beat up Funaki was and didn’t do him any favors by letting him stay in that long. Are they trying to lose him? If you’re hit that many times and tiered, it’s very easy to get seriously injured.

    San Jose looks pretty good now and we could /should have beaten them.

    Nevada will be tough, but we can do it.

    All the remaining games are winnable, including Cincinnati, they are not as good as the pre-season hype made them, so let’s roll. I’m over yesterday, lots of season still left.

  162. jm2375 (21) October 18, 2008 6:51 pm

    Evening Tsaikos!
    Sitting here freezing my arse off @ ice palace, chaperoning a bunch of 12 & 13 year olds. question – am i being too overprotective insisting on an adult presence? the kids were going alone till i said something. wasn’t going to let da kid go otherwise and didn’t really want to go but decided to be nice since she made president’s list.

    hope you’re all having a great weekend.

  163. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 6:51 pm

    Corey Nielson dad reporting for us, I think that’s just great, thanks, Warrior dad.

    Looks like we’re getting two great ones. Will they be here for spring?

  164. bighilofan2 October 18, 2008 7:16 pm

    Hi everyone.

    Thanks ST for the scoops on the JCs. feel better already.

    maybe the UH Info guy could give us a short speil on da redshirts.

  165. Garret October 18, 2008 7:21 pm

    Thank you to Jon Nielsen for the update on Corey and Deondre! Those are excellent recruits for the Warriors and are the type of players that UH needs to build a solid foundation.

  166. Da Punchbowl Kid October 18, 2008 7:24 pm

    jm 2375 –

    At that age, supervision is always a good idea, better to err on the side of caution. 😉

  167. Garret October 18, 2008 7:31 pm

    Last season I was open about how I hoped that UH would face a Big 12 team or Illinois in the BCS game instead of one of the SEC options (LSU or Georgia), as I watch a LOT of Big 12 games and I thought the Warriors could handle the Texas/Oklahoma/Missouri/Kansas much better than either LSU or Georgia. I thought that the Big 12 teams, especially Texas, were overrated last year because of youth and poor defenses against the pass.

    However, this year Texas is *not* overrated and they are much better than last season–Colt McCoy is much better this year and the D got a lot better under their new defensive coordinator. Demoting Duane Akina even had the benefit of improving the special teams since he took over special teams duties after he no longer was the defensive coordinator. Plus, Coach Akina is an *excellent* DB coach and he can focus more on that area.

    Texas always used a TE, sometimes 2 TEs together in their regular offense. However, their starting TE left for the NFL early after last season and their top 2 receiving TEs got hurt…so they went to a 4 WR offense with slants, screens, purely out of the shotgun, that looks quite familiar. The funny thing is that they have a QB named Colt who is using the slogan “Believe”.

  168. Garret October 18, 2008 7:36 pm

    By the way, I know that Round Table Pizza is in Hawaii also, but don’t know if they have family night buffets like they have here. We tried it out for the first time on Tuesday night and it was $6.99 per adult and $3.99 for Faith (Mika was free). Games, face painting, balloons, and the pizza and salad bar were awesome. I think I ate like a Tsaiko–15 slices of pizza (way more than 1 large pizza), plus breadsticks, etc.

    Wii Fit and running around with my kids helped me lose the weight from the cruise, but that buffet set me back a little…

  169. lab rat October 18, 2008 7:39 pm

    Watching Chauncy Winchester-Makainai on OC 16 right now.

  170. Garret October 18, 2008 7:53 pm

    Seeing signs in Austin that have the words “Colt” and “Believe” really seems odd to me after the last 3 years with UH’s Colt…especially since the offense that Texas is running now is much more like UH last year than UH is now.

    Think that the current UH QBs have a hard job in replacing Colt? Colt McCoy took over as a freshman QB after Vince Young led the team to a national title with one of the most dominating QB performances ever.

    The other thing is that Colt McCoy was *not* one of the 5-star or 4-star QBs that was considered an elite recruit. He went to a small school in Texas (2A level, where the best competition is 5A) and was rated a 3-star recruit. He didn’t mind getting treated as a “safety recruit”, as Texas went after bigger-name QB recruits after he committed. They got a big-time recruit to commit (Ryan Perrilloux) the same year as Colt, but he broke his commitment on signing day and went to LSU.

    In fact, Texas had a HARD time recruiting QBs for several years because they didn’t want to sit behind Vince Young–kind of like how UH couldn’t recruit some QBs and WRs because of Colt/Bess/RGM/etc. Because he wasn’t highly rated and because he honestly worried about even getting a scholarship offer from anyone, Colt McCoy committed early and didn’t mind if nobody ever expected him to even get to play…funny how things work out.

    I guess the moral is that the coaches are the best judges of talent and sometimes they discover a diamond in the rough that rivals and scout overlook. In Colt McCoy’s case, it was because he played in a lower level of competition…in Corey Nielsen’s case it might be because he isn’t an inch or two taller (anyone notice that Chase Daniel is listed as 6 feet tall and is actually shorter than that?).

  171. jm2375 (21) October 18, 2008 7:56 pm

    thanks dpk for da validation. of course, da keed no tink so.

  172. Garret October 18, 2008 8:03 pm

    University of North Texas students are really serious about supporting their football team! If UH students would go for something like this, UH could get their own football stadium…trouble is, past votes have shown this would never happen. And the students voted for a $10 per semester hour fee even though the football team was 0-6!

    University of North Texas students approved a new $10 per-semester hour athletic fee to help fund a proposed $60 million stadium that would not be completed before 2011, the university announced Saturday.

    Opposition to the fee, those who didn’t want any student-funding component to building a new stadium, gained momentum over the last month, in part due to the football team’s 0-6 start before Monday’s first day at the polls.

  173. lab rat October 18, 2008 8:14 pm

    Special teams killing Kailua.

  174. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 8:53 pm

    After today, Colt McCoy should be the clear front runner for the Heisman.

  175. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 8:57 pm

    By the way, the Boise game was the first game where I had zero gripes about the officials. That was a well called game. Since we’re always griping, we have to give them the positive.

  176. Garret October 18, 2008 9:01 pm


    I agree with you–the refs did a good job, which was amazing for a road game for UH. I think that the key was that the crew was mostly Big 12 and MWC officials…WAC officials are bad and I think that Pac-10 officials are just as bad, but I have less of a gripe with Big 12 and MWC officials.

  177. Garret October 18, 2008 9:02 pm

    Colt McCoy’s stats are crazy.

    How good was McCoy? He didn’t hurt his Heisman ranking any, completing a mind-boggling 29 of 32 passes for 337 yards, a pair of touchdowns passing and two more rushing.

    How good has McCoy been inside Royal-Memorial Stadium? He’s thrown almost as many touchdowns this season (12) as incompletions (14). In four games in Austin, he’s completed 86 percent of his passes.

  178. Garret October 18, 2008 9:04 pm

    Texas Tech really doesn’t like Texas A&M, but this action by their coach seems over the top to me! And why is the starting QB in the game for the final play?

    Mike Sherman, Texas A&M’s first-year coach, will probably remember his first game against rival Texas Tech for years to come.

    That’s because the undefeated and seventh-ranked Red Raiders not only handed Sherman and his host Aggies a 43-25 defeat Saturday, Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach added fuel to the rivalry by calling a timeout late in the game.

    With Texas Tech leading, 36-25, Leach stopped the game with 24 seconds left and asked referees to review a run by Shannon Woods to the one-yard line.

    Quarterback Graham Harrell scored a meaningless touchdown on the next play to give him five — three passing, two running — in the game.

  179. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 9:12 pm


    TT seems to pull this kind of crap quite frequently, they’ll always ruts any chance they get.

    Is Colt McCoy a junior or what year is he in?

  180. Jason October 18, 2008 9:13 pm

    Well, just about finished watching yesterday’s game. And considering the tone of the recaps and posts from yesterday, I’m pleasantly surprised with the way we played; it wasn’t as bad a loss as some portrayed. (A loss is never as bad as you think it is, right?) Sorry if you’re not quite over yesterday’s loss; just skip this post, then. 😛

    We did very well on defense, despite not having Brashton Satele for most of the game. I thought we actually struggled small kine early, as Boise was doing a good job of getting their FB to the second level, sealing off Solly and opening up holes for the RBs. But adjustments were made, and we did a decent job of defending the run.

    When Boise had big plays, it was usually because they did a good job of manipulating our aggressive nature (e.g., the screen to Perretta that ended with the horse collar). All you can do is tip your hat to them; when you play risky defense, you risk getting burned, and we did at times. We got good pressure — not enough to make sacks, but enough to force some bad throws at times. Moore showed he’s pretty smart, and his quick release helped to neutralize our pass rush. And those two second-half TD passes were just good plays for Boise — one when the play was breaking down and the receiver found the hole in the zone (though you can argue why the defenders were peeking in the backfield), and the other when the receiver was matched up against E-Rob and took advantage of the mismatch (again, you take risks and you get burned, that happens).

    When we were on offense, I thought Boise beat us well. Inoke started off 7-10, but once he hit his hip, the Broncos smelled blood, and they played good aggressive defense. Once they started really hitting Inoke, he lost composure under subsequent pressure, his mechanics regressed, and that led to the interceptions. I’m not surprised by that — he’s still learning how to be a passing QB. Think back to last week, with LaTech’s QB. He started at Georgia Tech, yet our pressure forced him to lose his composure. If he could get rattled like that, it’s only natural that the same risk is in play for Inoke. What we need to do now is fix the protection issues that can be fixed (some of it is just talent — this line is not the 2006 line), and continue to work on plays that help to neutralize the rush. (And don’t forget, he played well when he had time. Made some really good throws, and there were some really good catches. Just when pressure was in his face, he panicked. Not good, but not surprising.)

    People talk about scrapping the shovel pass — I don’t think we scrap it, because it is a good play to neutralize the upfield rush of those DEs. The problem with the shovel pass is that teams with disciplined tackles and linebackers are able to disrupt the play; when teams are caught off-guard, it’s a great play. But I would mix in more of one of my favorite plays, the WR screen. They tried to do a few slot swing-outs, get the receiver one-on-one on the sideline, but I’d like to see more where the wideouts slip inside underneath the slots, make the catch and read the wall that’s being set up. Jason Rivers was great at that play, and I think Lane and Salas are perfect for it.

    * * *

    One big gripe. Todd McShay — IDK why ESPN loves him. Mel Kiper’s not that bad, but McShay is hilarious. If you didn’t notice, his top 32 draft prospects (including underclassmen) scrolled on the bottom of the screen throughout the game. And Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford is his #1! Are you kidding me, he’s a redshirt sophomore! Yes, that means he’s draft eligible, but no one in their right mind would take a redshirt sophomore as the #1 pick. He’s got good ability, and I think he could be a solid pick in 2010 or 2011, but not in next year’s draft! Glad to see he had Stafford #5, though. I think he might be the third QB I’ve ever given a #1 overall grade, after Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer. Eh to Mark Sanchez in the top 20.

  181. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 9:16 pm

    They had 2 WAC officials, the rest was Big-12 and MWC. What I liked best was that they let them play and stayed away from ticky-tack calls.

  182. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 9:23 pm


    Good summary. Do you know what grade McCoy is in? Soph, Junior or Senior?

  183. Garret October 18, 2008 9:25 pm


    Colt McCoy is a junior. The Texas team is fairly young this year (two freshmen starters at safety, youth at OL and RB, etc.) and they weren’t supposed to be good until next year, McCoy’s senior year. That was why almost everyone had Oklahoma winning the Big 12 in the preseason picks.

  184. Garret October 18, 2008 9:31 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off topic stuff. I actually stopped doing the free play stuff for 4 or 5 nights because of the BSU game, so I’m way behind…I might do 10 posts to catch up.

    Teenage girl wanted to protest animal dissection in schools so she changed her name to!

  185. Garret October 18, 2008 9:31 pm

    73-year-old man died in a swimming pool when his wife prevented him from exiting the pool 43 times. The few times he was able to get out, his 40-year-old wife forced him back in the pool to swim some more. And the wife was actually born a man and had gender surgery in 1993.

  186. Garret October 18, 2008 9:31 pm

    Pretty funny that the owner of the New York Jets accidentally called his ex-girlfriend and left a 10-minute voicemail…from the delivery room where his current girlfriend was delivering his baby!

  187. Garret October 18, 2008 9:32 pm

    The stock prices for US newspapers took a huge dive and an analyst says that it may take 5 years for the online revenue to make up for the decline in print revenue. At least the projections are for the online newspaper revenue to eventually replace the print newspaper revenue, so this drop in newspaper revenue might just be temporary.

  188. Garret October 18, 2008 9:33 pm

    The Air Force had planned to cut 40,000 people from the service in order to be able to afford more planes…but now they are trying to *add* 13,000 pilots and are retiring 300 fighter jets early. The key here is that pilots are needed for each UAV and UAVs are *much* cheaper than fighter jets.

  189. Garret October 18, 2008 9:33 pm

    An experimental device enables monkeys to use once-paralyzed muscles by just controlling the activity of a single brain cell! If there are currently unused brain cells that would allow paralyzed people to use their limbs again…this would be a HUGE development!

  190. Garret October 18, 2008 9:34 pm

    It is hard for me to believe that the Sacramento Republican party could be so idiotic as to compare Obama to Bin Laden and urge people on their website to “Waterboard Barrack Obama”! No matter how badly that you might like your candidate to win, there are lines not to cross no matter who you support–otherwise the backlash will be more painful than any political benefit the website wished to achieve.

  191. Garret October 18, 2008 9:34 pm

    Study found that surfing the web is good for the brains of seniors.

  192. Garret October 18, 2008 9:35 pm

    The global financial crisis is hurting just about everyone…except for al-Qaida, who are not able to use banks and thus are immune to the money woes in banking. Also, their drug trade from Afghanistan has apparently been making a lot of money for them despite the global financial problems.

  193. Garret October 18, 2008 9:35 pm

    One nice benefit for running for President: The McCains had no cellular coverage on their ranch in a remote area in Arizona, so Verizon and AT&T delivered free portable cellular towers to cover their 15-acre ranch.

  194. Garret October 18, 2008 9:36 pm

    Free play links pau. I’m still a couple of days behind, but 10 is a lot to post at one time.

  195. madeinhawaii October 18, 2008 9:57 pm

    The question is… Will Colt McCoy stay for his senior year or will he go for the $$$, eh?

  196. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 10:09 pm


    That’s the same question I have. I think if he wins the national championship, he’s a goner, a sure Nr.1 pick.

  197. Ralph October 18, 2008 10:09 pm

    veni manu of mililani is a warrior recruit…has 6 tackles tonight…looks like MHS will beat Kailua.

  198. FloridaTed October 18, 2008 10:10 pm

    Well, good night, gang, see you manana.

  199. Ralph October 18, 2008 10:12 pm

    Oh Oh Mililani’s next game is against Kahuku…..

  200. lab rat October 18, 2008 10:21 pm

    Veni Manu also had a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery. Looks like a real good get for UH.

    I was laughing earlier in the game because every time Makainai ran into a defender he knocked them over. I think he fell on a couple and squished them. At 6’4 , 329 lbs and still growing.

  201. al October 18, 2008 11:06 pm


  202. al October 18, 2008 11:07 pm


  203. al October 18, 2008 11:17 pm


  204. las vegas October 18, 2008 11:32 pm

    Just a thot,
    If I was the MWC and BSU wanted in, I’d make them take out the blue rug and put in a normal green one.

  205. jm2375 October 18, 2008 11:40 pm

    As someone pointed out the other day, if BSU had joined the MWC instead of the WAC, they wouldn’t have had all the exposure they’ve had because of the MWC’s crappy TV deal with Versus. They owe all to ESPN. BSU should be careful what the wish for. :mrgreen:

  206. duffer October 18, 2008 11:52 pm


  207. duffer October 18, 2008 11:52 pm

    hello al

  208. duffer October 18, 2008 11:53 pm

    goodnight al! 🙂

  209. al October 18, 2008 11:57 pm


  210. al October 18, 2008 11:58 pm

    you rang this am?

  211. al October 18, 2008 11:58 pm

    i rang back.

  212. duffer October 18, 2008 11:58 pm

    yeah! I forgot why….

  213. jm2375 October 19, 2008 12:00 am

    Am I the only one around? OK, play time! Shhhhh, must be berry berry quiet.

    *Raid da fridge* hey, get some of Homey’s pork left. yummmm. *Feed some to da poodles to keep em happy and quiet.*

    *leave “gift” for Kekoa*
    *slip out da back door*

  214. al October 19, 2008 12:08 am


    its like this….warriors lose to arch rival bs. tsaikos in general are deveasted. they seek refuge by eating.

    thanks for reminding me. i’ll try that homey recipe tomw.

    btw, did i tell you that i seen you somewhere before.

  215. jm2375 October 19, 2008 12:14 am

    al – where? I seem to get that all da time. It’s like I have an evil twin (no not Mrs A-house!) somewhere around town.

  216. duffer October 19, 2008 12:15 am

    Oh al, I have training in HNL next month. a two hour class on the 17th. Can I get a ride to and fro…………

  217. al October 19, 2008 12:18 am

    another set of twins on the blog.
    it’ll come to me.

  218. al October 19, 2008 12:22 am

    duffer….that would work. i might be on the “big island” the week before tho. remind me okay.

  219. duffer October 19, 2008 12:22 am


    Plus are you here on the 12th of Nov? Got a party to go to………

  220. al October 19, 2008 12:34 am

    that is the day after departure.

  221. duffer October 19, 2008 12:36 am

    Maybe the 11th then, it that’s a tuesday…Maui Beach

  222. LizKauai (iPhone) October 19, 2008 1:08 am


  223. LizKauai (iPhone) October 19, 2008 1:10 am

    Ukuboi, are you there?

  224. wafan October 19, 2008 4:59 am

    Good morning all!

    Interesting exchange of posts late last night and early this morning. HA!

    Kind of looked like a comedy sketch. The door opens and someone says hi but no one is in the room. Another door opens and someone else says hi back but the first person already closed the door so seeing no one in the room the second one leaves. The first one comes back to check and no one is there again.

    Really kind of funny.

    I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday!

  225. 99club October 19, 2008 5:04 am

    Good Sunday morning Tsaikos

    Just read Ferd’s article online concerning Bowl economics and the WAC. Based on my interpretation of info in the article, it looks like UH stands to net just over $1M if Boise gets to the BCS and Hawaii makes it to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl ($750K Hawaii Bowl cash plus $300K BCS Bowl share). Am I figuring that right?

    Some serious “style” points put up by USC and undefeated Tulsa yesterday, eh?

  226. 99club October 19, 2008 5:07 am


    I’m guessing you’ve left ‘da room. 🙂

  227. Warrior in Georgia October 19, 2008 5:34 am

    Hey, Stephen:
    Can you find out what the deal with Tyler is? Let’s face it people, Tyler’s the only quarterback that can get us to a bowl game this year. I believe that is hand would be better by this week, but Coach Mac won’t play him. When a head coach is making a decision on the health of a player and not the training staff, something else is going on. If he’s not going to play, Mac just needs to come out and say it.

    And for the person that said Colt with through the same stuff that Funaki’s going through his first year, check the stats. We were scoring and he ended up with 38 touchdowns after his first year and only 13 interceptions. Funaki’s almost already there and just halfway through the season.

    Stephen, please bring this up with Coach Mac and see if you can get a clear, straight answer.

    Go Warriors

  228. oldwarrior October 19, 2008 5:46 am

    You’re an idiot. Keep your politics off an athletic blog.

  229. wafan October 19, 2008 5:54 am

    99club . . .

    You there?

  230. BNS October 19, 2008 6:07 am

    Good morning gang
    All my bags are pack I’m ready to go
    Leaving Double Tree Club Boise in about 1hour

  231. wafan October 19, 2008 6:09 am

    Hey BNS!

    You flew up to southern Spudsville? Hope you had a good time! Was the GPS programmed correctly this time?


  232. d1島: October 19, 2008 6:12 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hiding from the cold (41 deg) in the hotel room while I wait for flight time outta PDX early this afternoon.

    So overall, it’s a split on this trip. Not so good result in Boise but better yesterday in Portland.

    Wildcats romped at Lewis & Clark yesterday. #2 son and his 3 claasmates from HS all saw PT. 1 solo and 1 assist tackle for the boy; waited for the stadium announcer to say his name on the PA but after a long pause I guess the guy decided not to even try 👿
    Any way final score was 55-7. That kicker they have is legit! After breaking the school FG record at home two weeks ago with a 54-yarder, yesterday he kicked a 52-yarder then set a new school record with a 56-yarder! 😯 His kicks are the kind the pros like – lots of elevation and obviously lots of power. I look for Scott Birkhofer to at least be in a NFL camp next season.

  233. d1島: October 19, 2008 6:14 am

    Hope you and the wife have a safe trip home.
    Again, it was a pleasure to meet both of you. 🙂

  234. Garret October 19, 2008 6:29 am


    Reflecting on it, you are probably correct and I was an idiot for posting the link you are referring to. However, if you read what I wrote, my point wasn’t that one candidate should be supported over another, but that lines shouldn’t be crossed by either side. If the sports blog I was reading (I get many football-related things from that blog to post here) had a link with the other side doing the same thing, I would have posted that instead.

    For the record, when you refer to “your politics”, I should inform you that I’ve voted for both political parties at almost all levels of political office (including President). I admire Sen. McCain and even attended an event for him during the primary campaign 8 years ago (things would probably be much different now if he won the nomination instead of Pres. Bush). No matter all the mudslinging that tries to tear down the candidates, I think that either candidate this year will do well for our country.

    And that is the last politics-related post I shall make…

  235. Garret October 19, 2008 6:34 am

    BCS Guru projects the BCS standings…he has Boise State at #12 in the his BCS projection!

    Despite the complete-game victory that was played mostly by scrubs (such as it is) in the second half, the Guru projects that USC will drop to No. 6 in the first official BCS standings. The top three spots will be occupied by three unbeaten teams – Texas, Alabama and Penn State, in that order – followed by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    The Guru expects the Trojans to drop to No. 6 because simply playing the woeful Cougars hurt USC’s computer rankings. In addition, some voters will drop USC in the polls because either they consider other teams played tougher opponents (particularly Oklahoma, against a ranked Kansas team) or they perceive that the Trojans ran up the score, despite all evidence to the contrary.

    The Guru’s projections for the first official BCS standings, with clusters indicated:

    1. Texas, 2. Alabama, 3. Penn State, 4. Oklahoma, (5. Oklahoma State, 6. USC, 7. Texas Tech), (8. Utah, 9. Georgia, 10. Florida), 11. Ohio State, 12. Boise State, 13. LSU, 14. South Florida, 15. Texas Christian.

  236. dave from ny October 19, 2008 6:36 am

    ok, so funaki stays as the starter, but after those interceptions he should have been outta there! his scouting treport was that he wasn’t an accurate passer. well, he sure proved it! he may have won the la tech game, he surely lost this one.

  237. Committed Road Warrior October 19, 2008 6:45 am


    I’m sitting in PDX Airport right now waiting for my connecting flight…..which leaves at 2:00pm!!!!!!!!

    What time does your flight leave Portland?

  238. d1島: October 19, 2008 7:00 am


    NWA217 @ 12:40.
    I’ll be on the 11:00 shuttle from my hotel.

  239. Maverick October 19, 2008 7:04 am

    Morning all-
    Garret –
    Texas showed the nation yesterday who is boss, ya?

    Well, Boise should move up handsomely also in all polls. TCU jumped 10 slots in the coaches poll, now sitting on Boise’s okole, pushing the limits for the non-BCS’ers. TCU sure played a hard, fast game against BYU.
    I’m more impressed with TCU over our WAC foe.

  240. Committed Road Warrior October 19, 2008 7:18 am

    BNS, have a safe trip home from Boise. It was nice to see you again!

    It was the usual 40 degrees this morning when I left Boise. It’s pretty overcast here in Portland. Luckily get free wi-fi here at the airport so I can pass the time catching up on the NFL games as well as perusing the blog.

  241. d1島: October 19, 2008 7:36 am


    You have a safe trip home as well.

    Gonna head out real soon for PDX so spok you all when I’m back on da aina! 😀

  242. bighilofan2 October 19, 2008 7:40 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Great analysis at 130, `132, 136.

    my 2 cents. Warriors have come along way since Jan 7. we hired a new coach. he hired additional coaches. we recruited the first group in 3 weeks. we’re recruitng more now. we’re feeling kinda good about ourselves. the coaches are feeling each other out. the coaches are feeling the team members out. the team members are feeling each other out. the coaches are listening to us. the coaches are talking to each other.

    I’m not sayingl any coach he’s doing a junk job. one coach I’d like to say can use a little etiquette training in Samoa, not because I say so, but because the word on one part of the street says so. but overall, it takes a team, and we got a team. and as a team, it is a very very young team. because all the parts, coaches, players, gotta jell.

    what I wish for is that the seniors feel that their brothers in arms are pulling for them to have a great season and great memories of this year as well as year(s) past.

    and I wish that ALL the coaches realize that the University Administration is backing them up big time. From Hinshaw to the BOR and Donovan, from the fans, we’re all backing our Warriors. and I thank Coach Mack for giving the local boyz so much opportunity to man up at the D1 level.

    and my wish is that Rolo don’t take so long in making the call. I say we showed we got some receivers who made some great plays at the BSU game. They just gotta get better communications with the QB so that their separation timing and reading is spot on. but some of those communications and athleticism led to INTs. and don’t get me started about the oline.

    the hardest job on this year’s team is the QB coach. sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and make the call. not for the players. for the team. not just for this year. for the future. you can say we’re green this year, but how about next year? we got … how many QBs? we got… how many more coming in? sometimes you just gotta know what to do, rather than wishing and hoping…. you gotta make a plan and stick to it, and if something else bubbles to the surface, great. but meanwhile, project a plan.

    I’m sticking with Rolo… he’s got a uphill battle. when you look at all the coaches, and all of their backgrounds (how many are defense oriented?) you know why he’s having a hard time trying to jell into the D mindset. i’m thinking he’s pushing, while others are pulling….

    I could be wrong, could be because I ain’t getting the full scoop, so if the coaches are worried that fans like me won’t be going to the games if they were more candid, for me I say that ain’t me. I’ll be there. And I expect UH fans will back UH. I’d just like to gauge where we’re going… I expect my team to win.. always have…. Warrior Nation’s team is UH.

    I am so proud to be a Warrior fan. My living room’s got my bannah and my green fuzzy helmet hanging ovah da TV! 😀

    okay, 2 snaps and clear. lets go buss up Nevada!

    Go Warriors.

  243. Kekoa (iPhone) October 19, 2008 7:48 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka Tsaiko Traveling All Stars! Safety first on your back home.

    ~ If you are driving, make sure you have a car.

    ~ If you are flying, make sure you have a Bento lunch box, ’cause dey not goin’ feed you!

    Now get your okole home RIGHT NOW!

  244. bighilofan2 October 19, 2008 7:50 am

    howzit. 😀

    have a great trip back, stretch and D1.

    bulla, you traveling so much i not sure if you heah or dayah. kudos on the great job and memories your kids are doing right now!

    i telling my grand daughter at NAU about snowflake so she can yell at em. 😀

  245. wafan October 19, 2008 8:02 am

    At the risk of being boo’d, flamed or lectured . . .

    Assuming Tyler’s hand is completely healed — is it better, in the long run, for Tyler, if Mack plays him or not?

    If Tyler has truly learned that his right to play is a direct result of him fulfilling his responsibilities then why is he not playing? Is he that rusty from his time off?

    On the other hand, if Tyler has not completely learned that his right to play is a direct result of not fulfilling his responsibilities then Mack is right.

    In the long run, is it more important for a young man to realize he has and must meet his responsibilities? Or is it better to let him slide and “get-by” only to have to learn and experience responsibilities later in life with a job, house, wife and kids?
    We see too many people who have not the faintest clue about their responsibilities. They only know and want their rights. What about their responsibilities?

    As fans of these student-athletes should we be more concerned about their education and future successes in life, or the current win-loss record? What is more important?

    Anyhow, I have been thinking about this for quite some time and these are just my thoughts on this particular situation. There must be more to it than meets the eye — more than what anyone associated with the situation is willing or allowed to say.

  246. chawan_cut October 19, 2008 8:07 am

    here’s last night’s news

  247. 99club October 19, 2008 8:20 am


    Good to see TCU at #15. A little insurance for non-BCS conferences if TCU beats Utah and Boise loses along the way.

    BTW, there’s a Cadillac here in San Angelo painted TX burnt orange with longhorns on the hood. Hmmm…I wonder how much a custom paint job with an “H” ornament would cost on my ’88 toyota wagon? 🙂

  248. Maverick October 19, 2008 8:23 am

    Seems that Tyler might not of been giving the 100% effort as expected, especially when operating on a scholorship?
    He didn’t seem to enthused on the sidelines lately to root on the team as support, plus all that time lost. He might not be in the physical shape needed to run the show.
    We might not really find out, but it doesn’t matter at this point. What does matter, is our current operating QB’s and how they step up to the plate.

  249. Maverick October 19, 2008 8:29 am

    Howdy 99-
    Funny you mention the caddy with the steer longhorns on the hood.

    Either that belongs to a die hard fan, or Big Enos & Little Enos Burdette still trying to run down the Bandit.

  250. bighilofan2 October 19, 2008 8:36 am


    paint job for the Grand Cherokee….. 😀

    hood ornament….. 😀

    I always thought I’d put sumtin else on da hood. 😀

    in fact, i did put sumtin else on da hood, once . 😆

    would look nicer to put da supah H on da driver and passenger doors. for the Sunday drivebys. 😀

  251. bighilofan2 October 19, 2008 8:38 am

    A Joe,

    howzit howzit.

    wat, you make those big magnetic decal stickers for put on da side of the cars, like realtor signs an such? you make H warrior stickers for sale? da big kind, 18″ kine?

  252. bighilofan2 October 19, 2008 8:41 am

    A Joe,

    if you make da kine stickers, where you can also put one name wit so many letters and so many #s, I like buy 4. ii’ll catch up with you this weekend Tgate.

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