Game day: Boise State

BOISE — “Ferd” and I just took the tour of the Boise State press box. It’s an amazing facility. Each box is nicer than my hotel room. And bigger, too. We visited Jim Donovan and WAC commissioner Karl Benson. They smiled, let us steal cookies that were as big as Frisbees, then sort of hinted that we needed to beat it. Business talk, as they say. Benson, a Boise State graduate, is wearing a blue shirt, but insisted it’s not Boise blue. “Ferd” told him: “Back in Hawai‘i, folks think BCS stands for Benson State University.” Benson did not smile.Maybe it was “Ferd’s” delivery.

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The toughest Warrior might be 5-foot-7 Kelvin Lam. Two weeks ago, he waved a large “H” flag in front of the growling Fresno State crowd. His actions drew jeers from Bulldog fans — and prideful smiles from UH players. Lam and the rest of the UH cheerleaders are on this trip.

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Don’t forget to play The Twins’ contest of guessing the total rushing yards. Winner gets  a green jersey (donated by G-Nalo).

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With age comes … uh … let’s see … what was I talking about again?
Anyway, happy belated anniversary wishes to Stretch and Stretchette. Special thanks to Stretchette for allowing Stretch to make the Boise trip.
Also, since I’ll probably forget, advance happy birthday wishes to yet another brilliant and beautiful former Rough Rider classmate — Debbie Lim — who has been helping others as an RN the past 22 years. As I keep running into over-achieving classmates — take a bow, Debbie, Janet (Yoshida) Bullard, Diane Thomas and Dr. Hingson Chun — I realize that I should apologize for lowering the curve with my poor study habits. You folks make us proud to be Roosevelt grads.


  1. SteveM October 17, 2008 12:29 am

    Good morning ST!

  2. al October 17, 2008 12:36 am


  3. BG October 17, 2008 12:38 am

    Man! I gotta to a place with a funny time zone to make top 5!

  4. SteveM October 17, 2008 12:39 am

    4:30 AM in Boise? ST, no need to ask if you are up late or up early– send Rich and Stretch to their rooms and get a nap… 🙂

  5. al October 17, 2008 12:39 am

    have we adjusted to the climate, blue turf, etc?

    are the boys hungry???

    i like a team that comes in with a bit of confidence knowing full well that they have prepared themselves well, the coaches have instilled a game plan that they have bought into, and will come out fired up but under control. enough so that it becomes business like in their approach to the game.

  6. al October 17, 2008 12:43 am

    one of the greatest moments for a coach is when the opponents try something that you have spent hours on preparing for and teaching your players on. and then BAM!; your team executes exactly like you planned and BOOM! it blows up in their faces.

  7. Stephen Tsai October 17, 2008 12:47 am

    I can’t sleep. “Ferd” is borrowing the car, which is in my name.

  8. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 12:49 am

    Howzit BG, is it cooling down in Kadena?

  9. BG October 17, 2008 12:49 am


    The adult part of my brain knows that you’re 100% right…Betty has saved my a$$ many a time!!!

    Just like she helped out a young NG soldier from Kansas (WHAT!) yesterday. Guy is on the phone to JAL and trying to fix his flight…no way he was going to make the transfer from Haneda to Narita in the time allotted. His problem, the person for JAL has very limited English. Not good. Betty took the phone and fixed everything. I told him that the next time he has to see his girlfriend, he should fly to SeaTac and then catch the Patriot Express to Kadena via Yokota for $27.40 each way.

    Time to settle in for the night. Lataz…

  10. Kekoa (iPhone) October 17, 2008 12:51 am

    Top ten? Good game day ST!

  11. BG October 17, 2008 12:51 am


    In case you didn’t see it earlier…Liz asked to leave the pix off today so that the blog loads faster for those blogging from the stadium.

  12. Stephen Tsai October 17, 2008 12:56 am

    OK, I’ll give Kelvin Lam the boot at kickoff.

  13. BG October 17, 2008 1:01 am

    Hey TChahng!

    Rainy today, but still plenty warm. Interesting note…was talking to a front desk clerk at the Shogun Inn and I mentioned that I was interested in seeing the Goju-ryu dojo. She said her father was an instructor at a related style. Now, I’m itching to get back and spend some time here! BTW, I’m also enjoying the local sake and soba.

  14. Ralph October 17, 2008 1:04 am

    happy anniversary Stretch and Stretchette!

  15. BG October 17, 2008 1:05 am

    Mahalo’s, ST! But, how come you still got the peepers open?!! Gotta get you rested for game day! Go moi-moi…

  16. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 1:05 am

    BG, have you tried the aged Awamori. Smooth stuff.

  17. SteveM October 17, 2008 1:07 am

    So what is especially interesting in Boise at 4:00 AM? Never mind. 😕

  18. koakane™ October 17, 2008 1:08 am

    howzit al, kekoa, stevem, bg and tchahng how come everyone up so late or early what eva da case maybe?

    ST with da trouble you and instigator get into you not in jail by any chance eh? j/k

    ST what is your gut feeling about the atmosphere surrounding of the warriors so far before game time?

  19. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 1:11 am

    Howzit Koakane. It’s still Friday night 8pm in Seoul. I’m heading out to eat dinner right now. I going for some big bone kalbi down the street… 🙂

  20. koakane™ October 17, 2008 1:15 am

    al like in anything that comes from outside into hawaii the translation get termed into the Hawaiian vernacular. niko = five cents, hana = work …. so it translates into 😀 … all that work for only five cents or das all I going get for serving you drinkeee bhwaaaaaa j/k

  21. Stephen Tsai October 17, 2008 1:22 am

    Gut feeling?
    Actually, we haven’t run into any diehard Boise fans yet. Well, there were a few in the restaurant tonight, but they were cheering for the Red Sox. I don’t think that counts.

  22. koakane™ October 17, 2008 1:28 am

    TChahng have one beeg mandoo bowl of soup for me if can.

    ST not talking about your guys opu talking about the mood of the team; sideways, up, down, not can tell, nervous, anxious etc

  23. al October 17, 2008 1:42 am

    happy first anniversary stretch and stretchette.

    i hope stretch realizes he is the envy of all mankind. celebrating an anniversary apart watching the warriors play bs is beyond my comprehension.

    better buy her something really good.

    …nuff said.

  24. addahknowjoe October 17, 2008 1:47 am

    So ST,
    howz that bar where they pride themselves to having absolutely no line to their women restroom. Is it there where we can find Ferd at this ungodly hour of the morning?

  25. addahknowjoe October 17, 2008 1:52 am

    Happy Anniversary to the Stretch’s.

  26. jojo ® October 17, 2008 1:59 am

    Game Day!!!! Stretch and Wifey happy day!

  27. SteveM October 17, 2008 2:02 am

    Good night everyone! .. I need a nap before breakfast 😐

  28. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 2:32 am

    Get some sleep ST.

  29. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 2:34 am

    Happy Anniversary to the Stretchs!

  30. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 2:36 am

    Jason – thanks for “Yum Yum” review…and saving me some $$$.

  31. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 2:42 am

    Kelli girl – i pray that when you awake this morning that you feel a lot better and are ready to cheer, yell, scream and go nawtz for the WARRIORS!!!

  32. Kekoa (iPhone) October 17, 2008 2:46 am

    BG ~ ETA Hickam? Remember game time is at 1400 HST. Almost 12 hrs from now. Kin chana?

  33. Kekoa (iPhone) October 17, 2008 2:52 am

    Going back to bed. Neighbors dogs alerted to a stray cat. Cat is now minus all 10 lives. Mee-ouch!

  34. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 2:57 am

    *being proactive* Good morning Wafan! Hope your day goes by quickly and you will be able to go home and catch THE GAME!

  35. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 3:03 am

    Ms Midori7:

    rushes – 24
    leading rusher – Kealoha
    rushing yards – 88

  36. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 3:08 am

    g-nalo – mahalo for your generosity in donating the prize!

    Waimanalo=God’s Country

  37. wafan October 17, 2008 3:43 am

    A super game day morning all!


    It is another Hawai’i . . . WIN!!!

  38. ChinaDrew October 17, 2008 3:43 am

    Go Warriors!!


  39. wafan October 17, 2008 3:49 am

    Hi H-Bod!!!

    This is going to be a great day.

    Rob25 . . .

    When you are in Dallas, try the Butcher Block. Best steaks around. Think and juicy. You cook or they cook. Yum!!!

  40. d1shima(tilted) October 17, 2008 3:55 am

    Great Morning All!
    at the gate in PDX waiting to board the flt to BOI
    Got my WAC CHAMPS cap on-GAME ON!

  41. d1shima(tilted) October 17, 2008 4:00 am

    leading rusher-Funaki

  42. Pomai October 17, 2008 4:01 am

    Hawaiianbod – while in the Salt Lake area try Soons, it’s on the Salt Lake Blvd. side of the shopping center.

  43. brew808 October 17, 2008 4:02 am


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    😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆

  44. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 4:10 am

    Uncle Pomai – nahalo for the 411. I will check it out.

  45. Pomai October 17, 2008 4:11 am

    With this post as per ST’s mandate I now officially turn over the Weekly Tsaikos Score Predictions contest to the Twins:

    Well it’s time for the WAC Championship game
    14    –    10    Jay
    20    –    17    lab rat
    24    –    21    Pomai
    24    –    18    FloridaTed
    24    –    21    King Katonk X
    24    –    20    HiFlyer
    27    –    21    d1shima
    27    –    24    Hawaiianbod
    28    –    27    Glenn
    28    –    10    tommui
    30    –    28    LizKauai
    30    –    27    Hank
    31    –    27    Pauoa Boy
    31    –    28    Bulla
    31    –    24    Jason
    31    –    17    mp
    33    –    30    Unkanesson
    34    –    28    wafan
    35    –    24    Da Punchbowl Kid
    35    –    28    TChahng
    37    –    35    g-nalo X
    37    –    35    Kazz
    38    –    28    al
    48    –    24    Kekoa
    56    –    10    Mike Wedge
    63    –    12    homey

  46. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 4:18 am

    Eh Hawaiianbod,

    Funny how Na Ali’i tink alike:

    October 16th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Midori7, I like play too!

    Shoots, go run attempts: 24
    TB#1: Pilares
    TB#2: 88 yards
    TB#3: First BSU turnover: Fumble, recovered by RJ Kiesel-Kauhane.
    TB#4: First UH TD: run, Funaki.

    Now you have to turn in your tie breaka #3 and #4!

  47. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 4:29 am

    TChahng – LOL! if we win, i defer the jersey to my fellow Na Alii.

    We pledge to thee our loyalty
    To our colors green and white

  48. Committed Road Warrior October 17, 2008 4:59 am

    Game day!!!!!!!!!

  49. Hank October 17, 2008 5:01 am

    …i may be wrong but i’m feeling good about our chances because…

    – we have been winning the turnover battles with the defense making plays and the offense protecting the ball.

    – week 3 of the inoke run and shoot should only feel more comfortable for him.

    -bsu has not faced a running qb like inoke this season.

    -bs has suffered some injuries to their offensive line and our front seven are playing well. i don’t know if bsu can push us around…

    -our defensive backs led by ryan “shut down” mouton have improved every week…will boise’s freshman qb have success if their running game is controlled by our front 7?

    -adam leonard is back at full speed.

    -fale laeli returns and will be in the rotation.

    -we didn’t have to show too much against la tech (basically ran the clock out in the second half).

    -the iceman is back…

    -byu lost! (“upsets come in bunches”).

    -maka and galdeira should help on special teams…

    -bsu knows that a loss takes them out of the bcs, and with the game on espn – the pressure is on them.

    -we’ve been through florida, oregon state and fresno…the crowd at boise shouldn’t rattle us…

    can’t wait.


  50. brew808 October 17, 2008 5:06 am

    Dodgers lost. Rays blew a huge lead and lost. BYwho’s lost. BSU???… – not a good week for blue teams! 😀 😯 😆

    Go WARRIORS!!! 😀

  51. NEO October 17, 2008 5:07 am

    Good morning gang… it’s 450..

    Midori7-24 rushes for 97 yards and Funaki will be the leading rusher.

    Two very special songs for you guys…

    In green Manoa valley
    Our alma mater stands
    where mountain winds and showers
    refresh her fertile lands
    the flag of freedom beckons
    above her shining walls
    to larger truth and service
    our alma mater calls!

    Here’s to our dear Hawaii
    here’s to the green and white
    here’s to our alma mater
    here’s to the team with fight
    here’s to old WARRIORS calling
    here’s to old battles won
    here’s to Hawaii’s VICTORY
    here’s to each valiant son!!!


  52. Loa October 17, 2008 5:11 am

    morning gang! happy aloha friday!

    Happy Belated Paper Anniversary to the Stretch’s!

  53. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 5:24 am

    just saw my first 2 boise fans here at the airport. boo.
    i’ll soon be surrounded by them.
    got my UH-green polo and hat on. wearing it proud.
    gonna meet up with stretch and the others shortly.

  54. Hank October 17, 2008 5:33 am

    chawan….you go brudda!!!!! have a good time…..

  55. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 5:36 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Another mosquito alarm clock… argh.

    STEPHEN- just start a new log thread when it’s close to kickoff- then the morning pix are ok. OK? :mrgreen:

  56. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 5:37 am


  57. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 5:38 am

    Happu Anniversary Stretch and Stretchette and Hauoli Lahanau RR’s!!

  58. Garret October 17, 2008 5:39 am


    How many times will UH run the ball? 31
    Tie Breaker #1: Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Pilares
    Tie Breaker #2: How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 65

  59. Garret October 17, 2008 5:39 am

    Happy Anniversary Stretch and Stretchette!

  60. Garret October 17, 2008 5:40 am

    It is Game Day! Warriors in HD!

  61. Garret October 17, 2008 5:47 am

    I keep going back to the articles I posted on Monday and the discussion we had…BSU has problems on their OL and I’m sure that Mac and Cal Lee’s D will attack it! Confuse the young OL and things will go well today.

    BSU will be even tougher to beat in the future–wasn’t it something like 5 of the 7 or 6 of the 8 OL in their rotation are freshmen or sophomores? Plus, they have a freshman QB. So, they will be even better in the future…but their inexperience can be exploited by the excellent defensive strategists and the veteran players on the Warrior D!

  62. Stephen Tsai October 17, 2008 5:55 am

    OK, I went to bed at 5 a.m. and got up at 6 a.m. — because the previous hotel guest left the alarm-clock setting on.

  63. Blackie October 17, 2008 6:07 am

    Wow, it seems like the Tsaiko Nation never sleeps.

  64. jm2375 October 17, 2008 6:16 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy anniversary to Stretch and Stretchette!

    Blackie’s back! Hi Blackie!

    Hoping to catch at least some of the game. I know you guys will keep me updated. 😀

    Off to work. bbl.

  65. Kekoa (iPhone) October 17, 2008 6:25 am

    Is that horse meat I smell on the grill? Hehehe! Bronco burgers, fries and a tall frosty Tsaiko mug of *Stretch* beer!

  66. Loa October 17, 2008 6:47 am

    did i hear someone mention beer?

  67. A-House October 17, 2008 6:51 am

    Happy anni to Stretch and Stretchette and many more to come!!!

  68. King Katonk October 17, 2008 6:52 am


    # of rushes: 36
    leading rusher: Funaki
    yards: 62

    The Warrior defense will lay the hurt on the Smurfs.

  69. d1shima(tilted) October 17, 2008 6:53 am

    in BOI
    @ Denny’s 4 breakfast w/ Stretch & Stephen.
    Been in BOI for an hour and no kids have sworn @ me yet…..

  70. LizKauai (iPhone) October 17, 2008 7:09 am

    hi d1, ST and Stretch!
    Breakfast sounds good. Guess I better get rollin to work
    HI HO!

  71. Maverick October 17, 2008 7:11 am

    Toasting my morning coffee to our traveling fans in Boise land.

    mmmm. Hilo needs a Dennys. Kens Pancake house is always to busy.


  72. Cheyah! October 17, 2008 7:22 am

    How many times will UH run the ball? 29
    Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Pilares
    How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 72

    It’s Gameday! Go Warriors! Whoop dem horsies and pound em in da smurf turf! I BELIEVE!!!

  73. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 7:27 am


  74. mctruck October 17, 2008 7:29 am

    As much as I root against BYU when they play UH, I sure hate to see them lose to TCU. Well, one down and maybe another undefeated team goes down tonight against the Warriors….aw-right!!

  75. Stretch October 17, 2008 7:37 am

    thanks for all the anniversary wishes BUT to clarify, the anniversary was over one week ago. I am not that stupid to come on a trip if I want to keep half my possessions.

  76. Maverick October 17, 2008 7:41 am

    anything else believe that Rego has been held back in the shadows specifically for this game?

    Our secret 3rd down & short converter ?

  77. Bulla October 17, 2008 7:43 am


    always the strategist my boy….good job 🙂

    but congrats anyway, and GO WARRIORS 🙂

  78. Bulla October 17, 2008 7:44 am




  79. koakane™ October 17, 2008 8:05 am

    morning bulla man and best to beast this sat. noticed ala wai area quiet so figured you back.

    good day to d1 keep them two kepalos in line and best wishes to your son and his game on sat also.

    also aloha kakahiaka tsaiko country. GAME DAY BABE lets get ready to rumble. Warriors go out and take care of business. leave it out dea, trade blows, do what you must this is a battle go win da war.

    homey no worry about ordering 2 plates. just waiting I neva forget.

  80. bamboo mana October 17, 2008 8:12 am

    Just saw the pix of Coach and JD from yesterday’s post. I guess Coach finally got his shaka in good shape. He previously kept his thumb and pinky real tight, like he was somewhat shy. But now you can see that he got it spread out like a real brahdah. Guess he’s hangin’ loose now. IMUA WARRIORS!

  81. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 8:19 am

    here at the team hotel. gonna take a nap now.

  82. Stretch October 17, 2008 8:23 am

    walking around the mall right now trying to work off all the grease from breakfast. if there are any UH fans in Boise who need a hat or beanie, there is a store here selling UH logo stuff, amazing.

    ST is being a good family man and buying omiyage stuff. my thinking, why buy stuff from here, carry it back home, if you can buy the same thing in Hawaii?? unless you buy “local” stuff from the area BUT I don’t think anyone wants Boise St crap.

  83. midori7 October 17, 2008 8:25 am

    Morning Tsaikos! GAME DAY!

    Here’s the rules again:

    Blog Contest – UH at Boise St.

    prize: UH NIKE jersey

    How many times will UH run the ball?
    Tie Breaker #1: Who will be UH’s leading rusher? – yards not carries
    Tie Breaker #2: How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have?

    Deadline: Friday, 12pm


  84. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 8:26 am

    Morning all…

    Less than 6 hours to go. Gotta a lot of work to complete before then so I guess I won’t be online much until after the game. The best of the day to all of you.. wherever you are!


  85. Stretch October 17, 2008 8:26 am

    koakane – your boy is here in Boise telling us that you “almost” came but last minute you pulled out. I told him, you was ALL MOUTH and wouldn’t make the trip.

  86. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 8:30 am

    Hmm… regarding the graduations rates of UH athletes/football players. How do their graduation rates compare with the rest of the student body? Should the NCAA rules also reflect thost rates as well?

  87. Jason October 17, 2008 8:30 am

    Happy belated anniversary to Stretch and Stretchette!

    Hawaiianbod: All due respect to Pomai’s suggestion — I would not recommend Soon’s. Smells are free when you drive by on Salt Lake Blvd (and the smells are GOOD), but the food isn’t that great. Then again, I’m Korean, so I’m really picky … 😛

  88. al October 17, 2008 8:37 am

    stretch… coulda, woulda, shoulda have or had a pre-nuptial agreement prior to being weighted, tied, and anchored down.

    to ask for one now would be the death penalty.

  89. da princess' classmate October 17, 2008 8:37 am

    wow never realzied benson state got frosh at left guard and center and sophomore at right tackle and a merry go round situation on the line…

    outphysical these guyz keep hitting em in the mouth, beat em up. they do tap out eventually. keep to’s to one or none.

  90. Addahknowsports© October 17, 2008 8:38 am

    Good Game Day Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Happy Anniversary Stretch and Stretchette!

    To Our Warriors:
    Slice ’em and dice ’em and bring me back some chips and hash browns.


  91. Addahknowsports© October 17, 2008 8:43 am

    I meant to tell you that your (10/15, post #54) translation of Homey’s previous post about the computer programming stuff was funny. roflmao.

  92. Jack Flash October 17, 2008 8:47 am

    Game Day- Auryte! Social!!

  93. Keone October 17, 2008 8:51 am

    Anyone know if they will be streaming this game over the internet? Ill be working when the game is being shown.

  94. Uce5 October 17, 2008 8:52 am

    How many times will UH run the ball? 34
    Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Pilares
    How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 127

    How many passing yards will Funaki get?: 252

    We’re gonna move the ball today, baby! Yeah!! Go Warriors!!!

    UH 27, Other team 24

  95. Nalani October 17, 2008 8:59 am

    How many times will UH run the ball? 28
    Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Pilares
    How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 115

    How many passing yards will Funaki get?: 315

  96. g-nalo October 17, 2008 9:02 am

    g-nalo – mahalo for your generosity in donating the prize!

    Waimanalo=God’s Country

    its a really nice jersey and if anyone is wondering why i donated it, haven’t worn Medium since intermediate school. haaaaa

    good luck to all!

    when i was young – a LONG time ago – Waimanalo was one of those things you never fully appreciate??!!

  97. al October 17, 2008 9:07 am


    if i win i am asking for one pot of portuguese bean soup.

  98. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 9:21 am


    If you win.. give it to the wife.. give it to the kids… use it as a bribe… or frame it and pretend it was your Senior Prom attire when you were slim, trim and “in.”

    See? There are still lots of practical uses.

  99. rich2176 October 17, 2008 9:24 am


    Everyone (Boise residents) is wishing us lotsa luck tonight. I tell them the same…

    The team looks really relaxed today. Gotta go pick up Ronnie and her sister at the airport and then head off to our little tailgate….

  100. Da Punchbowl Kid October 17, 2008 9:24 am

    Greetings and Blessings, Warrior Nation!!! 🙂


    Congrats to the Stretches. May your union “stretch” into many more years of wedded bliss! Mrs. Stretch, you are a lucky woman.

    Stretch, just put my $5 in the mail… 😆

  101. tommui October 17, 2008 9:26 am

    Stretch and Stretchette: Belated anniversary wishes!

    Stretch: You always can bring home a bunch of Idaho potatoes!

  102. tommui October 17, 2008 9:28 am

    OK – crystal ball time:

    How many times will UH run the ball? 30
    Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Libre
    How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 67

    How many passing yards will Funaki get?: 246

  103. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 9:28 am


    Thank you.. but really … the credit goes to that male decoder ring that Homey mentioned. Anybody can get one. Just gotta send in two UPC labels from any Ipana toothpaste boxes.

  104. Hoohiki October 17, 2008 9:29 am

    “Rush” for the contest:

    1. # of times we rush: 35

    2. Leading rusher: Funaki

    3. # of yards: 97

  105. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 9:32 am


    Good job on that donation to Na Koa.

  106. Kelli October 17, 2008 9:33 am

    To Hawaiianbod, LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER, NEO, Mei Ling and all the other helpful peeps from yesterday:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I went to bed early, woke up cuz no can breathe, sat up and watched some K-drama online, sprayed my nose with Afrin… Woke up before 7 with a slightly less sore throat and much less congestion. Still drinking tea and gonna have some soup later. Maybe pick up some zinc lozenges, too. I’m starting to cough now, but that’s ok because maybe yelling will help. Ain’t no stopping me from enjoying this game. GO WARRIORS! And, happy Friday!

  107. d1島: October 17, 2008 9:38 am

    Checked in @ the Doubletree.
    The lounge area itself is small but it adjoins a larger meeting area – perfeck! 🙂

    One last shoutout to any UH fans (or even nice Boise fans) who are in the are of the Doubletree Club Boise, the tailgate starts at 2:30!

    btw, met a family who came in from Maui on the flight from Portland.
    They arrived at PDX at 12:00 midnite and stayed at the airport until our flight at 7:00 😯
    I asked them if they felt like Tom Hanks….
    anyway hopefully they show up at the Doubletree…

    OK, short kine powernap

  108. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 9:42 am

    Kelli-zinc is good. For variation- Emergen-C is an easy way to pump up the vitamin C.
    Chicken soup.
    Chicken soup.
    because chicken nut bread…
    (ask xs-homey for the translation)

    g-nalo, you are the MAN. MEDIUM is just right!!!


  109. J-Dog October 17, 2008 9:45 am


    you can listen online to the radio coverage on kkea’s website.

  110. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 9:47 am

    Colt Sighting:
    ” if it’s Friday, that means it’s time for Coach Zorn to warm up by tossing the ball around to the quarterbacks.”
    … picture of Colt with one-handed, left-hand,falling backwards reach…
    “Yes, Colt Brennan actually hauled that one in.”

  111. da princess' classmate October 17, 2008 9:51 am

    check out channelsurfing dot net they might have the espn broadcast if you can access it. about a minute or 2 delayed but that should be okay if you’re watching it by yourself.

  112. poi October 17, 2008 9:52 am


    How many times will UH run the ball? 32
    Tie Breaker #1: Who will be UH’s leading rusher? – Pilares
    Tie Breaker #2: How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 66

  113. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 9:55 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!


    What a beautiful day in Hawaii Nei!

    Warriors: Time to strap it up and kick some chitland ponies ARSE and send them back to the country fair!!!

    IT”S ON!



  114. addahknowjoe October 17, 2008 10:02 am

    Here’s to wishing Kelvin Lam’s entire 5′-7″ frame is brought to sheer exhaustion from running around Bronco Stadium waving the UH flag all night after every Warrior touchdown!

  115. Long Time UH Fan October 17, 2008 10:02 am

    Congratulations to Stretch and his wife on their anniversary!

  116. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 10:03 am

    Kelli girl – i’m glad you feel somewhat better. Keep drinking a lot of liquids to flush out all that flem. i hope by game time you will feel even better. Take care!

    When the Warriors win today, it will cure all your ailments.

  117. sjmacro October 17, 2008 10:07 am

    Stretch and Stretchette: Belated anniversary wishes ❗ 😀

    sjmacro & myki

  118. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 10:09 am

    Dunno if this is for real- but they are advertising free streaming ideo ofthe game:

  119. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 10:10 am

    Dang this wireless keyboard…
    ideo ofthe = video of the

  120. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 10:16 am

    Whoops- try this link at 2pm:

  121. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 10:25 am

    And the Redskins-Browns game will be here at 10:15AM Sunday:

  122. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 10:26 am

    Can someone check if this feed:

    is the same as ESPN that will be showing the UH game?

  123. Long Time UH Fan October 17, 2008 10:26 am

    Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to Ronnie!

  124. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 10:31 am

    Jason – thanks, again, for your honest evaluation.

  125. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 10:32 am

    off to the T-gate and game.
    cya guys after!

  126. las vegas October 17, 2008 10:37 am

    Happy Birthday to the Stretchers!

    I’ll be at work tonite but will DVR the game for 1 am viewing
    Go Hawaii! Knock out Boise! WAC Champs one more time!!!

  127. Bulla October 17, 2008 10:40 am

    mahalo koa for the howzit,

    let’s go get a Warrior Victory today. tomorrow we can worry about all da uddah guyz we cheer for….

    side note: Cameron Higgins, QB for Weber State has been placed on the Walter Payton Watchlist…equivalent of the Heisman…and Cameron is only a Sophomore….great stuff.


  128. Committed Road Warrior October 17, 2008 10:44 am

    For the folks going to the Boise Doubletree:

    Would you all like me to pick up some desert? There’s a little place near here…..I can go and check what they have? Any preferences?

  129. HeinekenHealer October 17, 2008 10:45 am


    Thanks for the link for the free streaming video.

    You are very resourceful!

    You are amazing!

    Where do you get all your energy from?

    Thanks again!

  130. Jay October 17, 2008 10:59 am

    where you guys going to watch the game locally. I think I might just bail work early! cheehooo!

  131. Bulla October 17, 2008 11:09 am


    i have to check with koakane, but i told him Femme Nu does not have a big screeen TV

    sometimes, i don’t know about my bruddah

  132. Rob25 October 17, 2008 11:10 am


    Thanks for the suggestion! Frank and I will have to try that place. Hope it’s not fancy as we aren’t taking any nice clothes. All I need is some Dallas Cowboys merchandise.

  133. Maverick October 17, 2008 11:14 am

    Bulla –

    Weber St. now # 20 and rising fast!
    Sneaking up on everyone and will take the Big Sky Title!

  134. Jay October 17, 2008 11:22 am

    The last time I was there, they did have a big screen. Just have to look past the poles. lol. I don’t even know what time they open *wink*.

  135. Rob25 October 17, 2008 11:24 am


    October 17th, 2008 at 8:26 am
    koakane – your boy is here in Boise telling us that you “almost” came but last minute you pulled out. I told him, you was ALL MOUTH and wouldn’t make the trip.

    Oh my, the innuendos…on a family blog and all. You really are rascal…and even more so when you are with ST!

  136. Jay October 17, 2008 11:29 am

    oh sheesh…I didn’t even read it that way. rofl.

  137. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 11:36 am


    Remember that old 99 Ranch supermarket in Mapunapuna? They have that eating plaza with all those local and ethnic food stands… There’s a huge flatscreen tv in the public seating area. They usually show ESPN on that screen. I’m thinking they’ll be showing Warrior Football today! Good cheap eats, free seating.. big screen.

  138. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 11:39 am

    Egads Rob25!!

    That imagery is bad enough.. the alternative is …. dang! Now I gotta go wash my brain out with soap! See what you did?

  139. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 11:40 am

    Okay BACK! Two cells.. quick wash and dry… What’s happened since I left?

  140. whitey October 17, 2008 11:42 am

    UH rushes 29 times
    #2 Pilares
    #3 91 yds

  141. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 11:53 am

    if any Tsaikos or lurkers are in Kona. I’ll be at Oceans Sports Bar. code name – “Calvin from Kona.” It just might get you a beer…

  142. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 11:53 am

    Good afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Well, everything has been said and, hopefully, done. The big day is here, the day our Warriors can put themselves back on the national map.

    ESPN will have an in depth look at the game on 6pm (EST) Sports Center, don’t know what exact time slot. But I’ll tape it, just in case, while I take a power nap before the game.

    Took my anxiety pills (lol) and I’m ready to go.

    I hope all us Warrior fans will have lots to celebrate tonight.

  143. al October 17, 2008 11:55 am

    yo whitey……stay away from darkside today. especially from 2pm to 5pm,

  144. King Richards October 17, 2008 11:55 am

    So I was referred from another blog ,,yours is so much to read Thanks!

  145. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 11:56 am

    I’ll be in my office working during the game…


  146. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 11:58 am

    Idaho Staesman (Boise newspaper) prediction. Boise 38 – Hawaii 14. Okay Tsaikos and Tsaikettes…we need your mana to prove this prediction wrong. Does everyone have on their lucky underwear?

  147. al October 17, 2008 11:59 am

    fla ted….watching a warrior football game is supposed to be entertaining and fun. one should not experience anxiety. in fact, that is what beer is for to take the edge off.

    relax, sit back, and enjoy. win or lose tomorrow you still gonna be a warrior fan and a tsaiko.

  148. Stretch October 17, 2008 11:59 am

    rob25 – only a dirty mind would think that my post was “dirty”

  149. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 12:00 pm

    Aloha King Richards…

    must be nice to have an office you can carry around… ClearWire, I suppose?

  150. Loa October 17, 2008 12:01 pm

    al – does that apply to honolulu as well?

    jay – i think some folks are headed to genji’s for the game


  151. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 12:03 pm

    Calvin from Kona…

    Who knows? Maybe they got the prediction right and they simply got the wrong team listed with the wrong points! Sort of like what that guy in Nebraska did with the Wahine’s Volleyball results– it happens.

  152. Jack Flash October 17, 2008 12:03 pm

    Jay/Bulla- the screens are nice in RockZa for gamewatching, plus mamasan brings you free pupus! At least that’s what i’ve heard..!

  153. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 12:03 pm

    or any underwear at all?

  154. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 12:04 pm


    I’ll do my best to help them win on my end

  155. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:05 pm


    i know your post was not ‘dirty’; Koa only goes to establishments with showers and relaxation spas, a hole new definition to sqeaky clean i guess….not for me

    last i heard is that Femme Nu had a special on ‘ox tail soup’, and i don’t want to even post that on this ‘family’ blog….


  156. SteveM October 17, 2008 12:05 pm

    Stretch — how’s the tailgate party going in Boise?

  157. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:08 pm

    Jack Flash,

    i don’t know about that place, last time a friend ordered fresh sashimi, he had 3 energetic young asians surrounding him……he was confused, but like i told him……..’ass why big boi!’ haha

    nah, one for all and all for one…..GO WARRIORS

  158. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:10 pm


    yeah, Wildcats creeping up, check out this ranking system, interesting. just cut and paste!

  159. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 12:10 pm


    know your post was not ‘dirty’; Koa only goes to establishments with showers and relaxation spas, a hole new definition to sqeaky clean i guess….not for me

    PLEASE tell me you didn’t say that on purpose! LOL

  160. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:11 pm


    sorry, i meant ‘arse why’ in my other post….i’ll defer my slaps to either Rich or Stretch, they’re closer haha

  161. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:12 pm


    wow, i didn’t meen to missppell that wurd lyke that, pleease forjive mee, down’t knowe whut gut into mee.

  162. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 12:14 pm

    Is it too early to start drinking…oh well, too late…I’m starting in my Kona office already

  163. Bulla October 17, 2008 12:14 pm


    maybe that’s where they get the phrase, ‘…tongue in cheek…?’, or is that just a figure of speech, and if so, i want to know who’s speech or who’s talking, worse yet, it could be who’s tunging, and that sounds like a new dish at that new restaurant, Pho Mi Not U…..wat you think?

  164. Pete Jek October 17, 2008 12:14 pm

    UH Total Runs/Rushes: 35
    Leading Rusher: Leon Wright-Jackson
    Wright Jackson’s Yds: 58

  165. Loa October 17, 2008 12:18 pm

    Stretch – see what you started 😆
    nah, all kidding aside have a fun and safe time in potato land
    oh yeah, can i use your name as a reference this afternoon?


  166. koakane™ October 17, 2008 12:28 pm

    stretch ok sometimes no work out but “all mouth”

    yes rob25 stretch is very dirty minded added to that instigator can imagine what else he has going dah he neva pulls out 😳

    game getting closer so strap up, psych up and deliver the first punch to da face and keep pounding um till the end .. WAR babe

    alojahs to the maui chaptas…I like your style but only one beeru?

    tsaiko enjoy the game where ever your at. remember to cheer hard, drink responsibly ( how dat Mrs A), eat plenty, make memories, have fun and most of all play nicely.


    to my buddy ajoe exit stage left whooooooooooooosh wea dat buggah wen go?

  167. Mrs. A-House October 17, 2008 12:34 pm

    Koakane –

    Right on! Mahalo!

  168. koakane™ October 17, 2008 12:34 pm

    bulla mahalo for the vote of confidence

    koawho said see you lattas and no forget the bubbles, scented oils and candles 😆

  169. Mrs. A-House October 17, 2008 12:35 pm

    TChahng –

    Everything is pono…I’m very happy. Now I can focus ALL my energy on DA GAME! GO WARRIORS! JUST DO IT!!

  170. Calvin from Kona October 17, 2008 12:36 pm

    Okay…Good luck Warrioirs. Be safe Tsaikos…gotta sign out and go to the bar. They’ll only hold my table until 1:00.

  171. Mrs. A-House October 17, 2008 12:39 pm

    Calvin from Kona –

    Howzit my boy! The “code” to your Oceans Sports Bar t-gate threw me for a loop. Why did you make it so complicated?! …I’m writing it down as we speak… 😛

  172. Nalani October 17, 2008 12:41 pm

    I’m steaming the laulau, chillin’ the poke, mixing the poi, choppin the roast pork, cracking open the guinness….just about the most perfect Friday I can think of. A win will make it most perfect!!

    Go Warriors!!

  173. Mrs. A-House October 17, 2008 12:43 pm

    Hank –

    Post #49 = RIGHT ON! Ditto x a million = mission accomplished for the Warriors!

  174. Mrs. A-House October 17, 2008 12:49 pm

    Stretchette –

    Hope you’re lurking. Stretch is SOOOO lucky to have married you…why? You are one of the most loving, forgiving, selfless (not to mention lovely and intelligent) young ladies I have ever met. Mahalo for “sharing” your husband with all of us…his Tsaiko buddies. Happy belated anniversary wishes to you and Stretch. 🙂

  175. Jay October 17, 2008 12:54 pm

    hoo da recession spam musubi ono today.

  176. whitey October 17, 2008 12:59 pm

    al, going meet the gang at 2 pm. what can i say, but GO WARRIORS!!

    stretch, congrats on your 1st and may there be plenty more.

    to the rest of the tsaikos, good afternoon, game face and equipment is all ready, get ready to cheer loud, and hope ESPN no screw up the program like PPV. i am ready!!!!!!!!

  177. al October 17, 2008 1:11 pm

    nalani at #172…………….all’s missing are some tsaikos.

  178. whitey October 17, 2008 1:13 pm

    ok, time to get my spacecraft started and head to the “other world” to meet up with the rest of my warrior friendly aliens. have a good one and make lots of noise as the warriors will be rockin in boise.

  179. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 1:37 pm

    Ya know? If you had some brownie mix.. you could add the eggs, water and oil… stick in a pan.. put em in an oven and just when the oven goes.. Ka-CHING! the ball would be soaring on kickoff!

  180. Kazz October 17, 2008 1:47 pm

    Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards… Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.

    – Sun Tzu

  181. Kazz October 17, 2008 1:48 pm

    Should the enemy strengthen his van, he will weaken his rear; should he strengthen his rear, he will weaken his van; should he strengthen his left, he will weaken his right; should he strengthen his right, he will weaken his left. If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.

    – Sun Tzu

  182. Pauoa Boy October 17, 2008 1:48 pm




  183. Nalani October 17, 2008 1:50 pm

    Al #177 – You are here in my heart….Just like I’m in Boise w da team.

    Mmmm the laulau was ono. Pre-game snack.

    And MIH #179 – When Aulani gets home from school I’m gonna have her make some Butter Mochi. Her specialty.

  184. Kazz October 17, 2008 1:50 pm

    Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.

    – Sun Tzu

  185. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 1:51 pm

    Kazz has warrior philosophy- Today I am calling on the Force:

    “Do or do not… there is no try.”

    So the Broncos hate us? Good!
    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    “Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”

    “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

    “[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”

    ❗ ❗ ❗ WARRIORS- BELIEVE ❗ ❗ ❗
    ❗ ❗ ❗ And Fail, You Will Not ❗ ❗ ❗

  186. curveball October 17, 2008 1:52 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    I’m steaming the laulau, chillin’ the poke, mixing the poi, choppin the roast pork, cracking open the guinness….just about the most perfect Friday I can think of. A win will make it most perfect!!

    Almost sounds like the beginnings of a song (-;

  187. Esme October 17, 2008 1:52 pm

    Hey, gangies! How is everyone doing?

    I’ve been a bad Tsaiko for being absent so much … *slaps wrist … bad! very bad!* …

    But I swear I have an excuse (you can decide if it’s a good one).

    Up to now I’ve been hesitating to talk on the blog about it much, but I’ve decided now that since it’s for a good cause, I’ll just post this public service announcement, and hopefully ST won’t hate or smu me for it. *waving madly to ST*

    My excuse is I’ve been deep in rehearsals for the …

    Gridiron !!!

    The Gridiron is a play put on each year by people in local media — personalities from TV, newspaper, radio, magazines and public relations — as a fundraiser for scholarships and internships sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. The show is a hilariously cockeyed, satirical musical that lampoons local news events from the past year. (I won’t spoil all the surprises, but I WILL say that there is one number in there that takes a pretty good jab at … JJ.) (Oops!)(Oh, and I get to be a UH cheerleader in that one. Haha. As if. Remember: This is ACTING.)

    Right off the top of my head, some personalities you might easily recognize who are performing or emceeing in the show include Jody Leong, Keoki Kerr, Justin Cruz, Mahealani Richardson, Ben Guiterrez, Cathy Foy, Howard Dicus, Gina Mangieri, Minna Sugimoto, Paul Drewes and others.

    The reason I finally decided to talk a little bit about this project is … it IS a good cause — the money supports the next generation of journalists (the new wave of Stephens — yay!) (And, uh, Esmes … yikes).

    The other reason is that we’ve got one show that still has a lot of tickets left, so I hope if you’ve got time, you can swing by and support the program. I promise you will laugh and laugh and laugh!

    • The schedule:

    8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 (mostly sold out; a few tickets left)
    3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 (ample tickets left)
    8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 (mostly sold out; a few tickets left)
    Diamond Head Theatre

    “Super good tickets” – $65
    “Really good tickets” – $45

    (If you’ve been in DHT before, you know the house is actually small enough that almost any seat is a good one.)

    Also, on Thursday, Oct. 23, there is a 7 p.m. “preview” showing that is sort of like a glorified dress rehearsal/dry run, where the public is invited. Tickets are at the door only on a first-come, first-served basis for $25 apiece. (Warning: People usually start lining up from 6 p.m. for preview night, since it’s a cheaper night, so come early.)

    Regular ticket sales are being handled by Honolulu Box Office, 550-8457. Email at

    I hope at least some Tsaikos can come. As I said, I promise you will laugh your behind off. Also, you will get to see me in some really humiliating costumes. And it’s all for a good cause.

    OK, I’m out! E-mail me at enii at honoluluadvertiser .com if you’ve got questions.

    Tsaiko Nation! Arrrooooo! :mrgreen:

    (OK, I had too much coffee today.)

  188. Kazz October 17, 2008 1:53 pm

    If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I should say: “Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.” Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.

    – Sun Tzu

  189. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 1:53 pm

    ST- Thanks for taking off the picture….
    “BCS stands for Benson State University.”

  190. warriorsanddolphins October 17, 2008 1:53 pm

    Hawaii total rushing yards is 137.

  191. curveball October 17, 2008 1:54 pm

    I just went to Zippys and got a bucket of chilli and pupu’ lazy to cook and I cant cut into my watching time….

  192. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 1:57 pm

    Pauoa Boy,

    In Vili’s voice, “It’s Warrior time, baby!”

  193. Nalani October 17, 2008 1:58 pm

    Eh Curveball – Zippys chili sounds good too. You know I was thinking about all the local boys playing football in Idaho who would love some Zippy’s Chili right now.

    I’m so glad my son’s playing for the Warriors and I know he is too. There are some things you just can’t get anywhere else in the world.

  194. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 1:59 pm

    I just had a chiropractic adjustment, mini fried chcken bento and a V8.

    Now back to WORK!


  195. Uce5 October 17, 2008 2:07 pm

    “You quietly assume the position from which to initiate the attack and then swiftly make the attack with no hesitation.”

    Miyamoto Musashi

  196. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:19 pm

    Game time!

    Is it just me or is Michael Washington really not doing the job at punt returner?

  197. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 2:20 pm

    This is NOT streaming:


  198. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 2:24 pm

    try here.

  199. Da Punchbowl Kid October 17, 2008 2:26 pm

    Check yer email, Mr. Flash. 😉

  200. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 2:29 pm

    MIH- MAHALO!!!

  201. bb October 17, 2008 2:30 pm

    thank you madeinhawaii!

  202. Chris October 17, 2008 2:31 pm

    So far, so good!

  203. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:32 pm

    Cold, calm, methodical offense plus stifling, opportunistic defense sounds like a very good recipe. Let’s hope Hawaii can stay this consistent all game.

  204. Chris October 17, 2008 2:32 pm

    We look pretty good so far, usually we melt down in the first few minutes at Boise. Not too bad.

  205. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 2:34 pm

    ESPN Game Plan International isn’t streaming either.

  206. Chris October 17, 2008 2:35 pm

    should’ve been play action

  207. curveball October 17, 2008 2:36 pm

    Sorry, but you got to put the points up …..this early..wrong call

  208. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:37 pm

    4th and 1…and…option pitch. Hmm. Why not an under center run or QB sneak or something?

    I’ll chalk this up to keeping Boise State on its toes, which IMHO should work as long as Hawaii can keep Boise from scoring this drive.

  209. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 2:37 pm

    hmmm…no FG? interesting

  210. Chris October 17, 2008 2:38 pm

    if you’d like, I can describe what’s happening. we just went for it on 4th and 1 at the Boise 15, option to pilares, stopped way short.

  211. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:38 pm

    Agreed curveball. If Boise does 3 or better this drive, that may come back to hurt Hawaii. And hey, Kekaula agrees with us!

  212. Ralph October 17, 2008 2:38 pm

    pilares slowed down to read defense, he just got to run to the edge and just hele on and steinhoff missed his block forcing funaki to pitch earlier than he needed to

  213. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:39 pm

    To me, if you go for it, you gotta at least put in a play that doesn’t start off the RB with a several-yard disadvantage.

  214. Chris October 17, 2008 2:40 pm

    with the issues we’ve had with our kicking game, i don’t necessarily disagree with the call to go for it, I just don’t like the play call.

  215. Chris October 17, 2008 2:41 pm

    Man, we’re drilling their QB – this bodes well for us.

  216. Chris October 17, 2008 2:42 pm

    Our D has been so fiery the last 3-4 games. I love it.

  217. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:43 pm

    Boise State will likely score. Game on, Hawaii. This is battle. Will you respond?

  218. Chris October 17, 2008 2:43 pm

    good play call on the screen. I still love the intensity of the D, the playcalling has been excellent on defense so far.

  219. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:43 pm

    Boise rolling…..blitz picked up and big play…..

  220. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:44 pm

    D is doing their job, but gotta stay home on the assignments

  221. Chris October 17, 2008 2:45 pm

    good drive for our D.

  222. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:45 pm

    Watson is going off….like kekaula said, he’s having a great season in this 1st quarter……

  223. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:45 pm

    field goal, red zone D, give up 3 but not he TD

  224. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:46 pm

    We held ’em to 3, not too bad. Short of compensating TDs by the offense, the D will eventually have to start going for turnovers.

  225. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:46 pm

    1st quarter almost over…we can handle 3-0

  226. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 2:47 pm

    I’m meeting some lurkers on the stream

  227. Chris October 17, 2008 2:47 pm

    I’m way more confident now than when the game started. We might actually pull this off. Our offense isn’t taking any risks, we’re going to have to go down field at some point.

  228. Chris October 17, 2008 2:48 pm

    I can’t help but thinking that Leon Wright-Jackson would be hitting the hole a lot faster.

  229. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:48 pm

    we got more run than shoot…..if we can’t keep the D honest, our offense is going to have a long day

  230. Bulla October 17, 2008 2:49 pm

    we need a bruising FB to keep the middle honest….or they’ll collapse on us…keep fighting, GO WARRIORS

  231. Ralph October 17, 2008 2:51 pm

    we need a sustained drive, put some points on the board while giving the D some rest

  232. Ralph October 17, 2008 2:51 pm

    I guess the twins mojo works when they are together, more mana….

  233. Chris October 17, 2008 2:51 pm

    The story of that first half:

    Hawaii is trying to slow down the game, taking their time. Boise is trying to speed it up with numerous substitutions, and a modified hurry-up offense. So far, Hawaii’s D has handled the chaos pretty well. If we can avoid giving up big plays, we’ll be in this one.

    Hawaii’s D is hitting Boise’s playmakers hard, this should pay dividends later in the game.

  234. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 2:52 pm

    We need points on this drive. They made two gutsy plays on the last drive, failed on the last, but this time let’s get some points. Get the crowd out of the game..

  235. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:53 pm

    Get with the program, Mr. Washington!

  236. Chris October 17, 2008 2:53 pm

    That play showed Boise’s DBs are susceptible to a pump fake.

    Man…Funaki hasn’t learned…get rid of the ball!

  237. Ralph October 17, 2008 2:54 pm

    libre and kia missed their blocks, funaki sandwich not to pretty

  238. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:55 pm

    Oh great…Grasso makes a beautiful 24-yard punt. Special teams breakdown redux?

  239. Chris October 17, 2008 2:55 pm

    Mouton, nice tackle.

  240. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 2:56 pm

    Tell the Tsai-kos we can hear Hawaii fans cheering!

  241. Chris October 17, 2008 2:56 pm

    Elimimian got destroyed on that play.

  242. BowsForever October 17, 2008 2:56 pm

    Need a TD to wake the team up? Well, one’s coming your way, Hawaii!

  243. Chris October 17, 2008 2:57 pm

    Our corners are playing very well.

  244. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 2:58 pm

    Hope Funaki’s okay.

    Warriors need to make a stop here.

  245. Chris October 17, 2008 2:59 pm

    what the hell was that play?

  246. Chris October 17, 2008 3:00 pm’s third and goal from the 3.5 yard line…let’s run a QB sneak!

  247. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:01 pm

    Watson down.. NOT good!

  248. wafan October 17, 2008 3:01 pm

    Dang. Watson is down?

  249. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:02 pm

    Could be a long night for the team. Things aren’t desperate yet, but there’s little room for error when you play a game like this! Minus Keala Watson…that’s bad news.

  250. 99club October 17, 2008 3:02 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Big stop coming up. Or are they going for the field goal?

  251. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:03 pm

    Meatoga time to step up

  252. Chris October 17, 2008 3:03 pm

    That was a shame.

  253. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:04 pm

    number 24 db to slow to read the play,

  254. Chris October 17, 2008 3:05 pm

    We’re playing well, they’re just better physically. We’re going to need a big play out of our D or Special teams like with the Fresno game.

  255. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:05 pm

    Hey home come the commercials stream so well but not the game on ?

  256. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:07 pm

    MIH the game is on espn, just watch it locally on tv

  257. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:07 pm

    I’m confident Mac will make the necessary adjustments after halftime to shut down Boise, but our Offense need to make an impact soon! C’mon WARRIORS!

  258. rayboyjr October 17, 2008 3:08 pm

    Go Warriors!

  259. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:09 pm

    we need a north south running back, no time to pause at the line to read the defense

  260. Chris October 17, 2008 3:09 pm

    Ticky-tack? He practically groped him. If he did that on the street that would be 5-10.

  261. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:09 pm

    Ralph.. watching on my laptop outside while I’m working…

  262. Chris October 17, 2008 3:10 pm


  263. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 3:10 pm

    Pilares and Watson are hurt…sheesh

    Warriors gotta step up!

  264. Chris October 17, 2008 3:10 pm

    Geez Funaki…

  265. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:11 pm

    steinhoff misses another block

  266. curveball October 17, 2008 3:12 pm

    Our oline tackles are getting killed

  267. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 3:13 pm

    ok…I’m not going to watch for a few minutes and see if that HELPS…Bwahahaha!

  268. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:15 pm

    ESPN stats show we are very competitive except in the score which is most important…we got to make things happen on D and special teams…

  269. Chris October 17, 2008 3:16 pm


  270. Chris October 17, 2008 3:16 pm

    Defense Big Play #1

  271. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:16 pm

    Aloha kakou!
    Whew, rough going so far — flashes of success, but not good enough yet.
    Funaki isn’t getting the protection he needs. LWJ lets his man knock down a pass, then Steinhoff whiffs on a block. C’mon guys!! Defense needs to gail out the Offense again!
    Okay, we need to take advantage and SCORE!!

  272. Chris October 17, 2008 3:17 pm


  273. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:17 pm

    big hit by dowling, fumble recovery…..lane misses a ball in his hands

  274. Chris October 17, 2008 3:17 pm

    They’ve been setting up the deep ball all game..crud

  275. Chris October 17, 2008 3:17 pm

    Defensive offsides

  276. Chris October 17, 2008 3:18 pm

    The first quarter conservative playcalling is paying dividends.

  277. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:19 pm

    Our O tackles are missing blocks left and right.

    Flags on the play, offsides D, oh yeah. GO WARRIORS

  278. Chris October 17, 2008 3:19 pm

    Nice catch. Outside of that drop by Lane, the receivers have been playing perfectly.

  279. Chris October 17, 2008 3:20 pm

    Sweet! Now…we need to step up on our kick coverage.

  280. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:20 pm


  281. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 3:21 pm

    7 pts off a fumble. all is good in warrior country.

  282. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:21 pm


  283. Chris October 17, 2008 3:22 pm

    good good

  284. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:23 pm

    OH MY! TWO turnovers!

  285. Chris October 17, 2008 3:23 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Boise is looking like 2004 Hawaii!

  286. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:23 pm


  287. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:23 pm


    Liz… stay away… !!! LOL BwahhahahahahahahahHHHHHHAAAAA

  288. 99club October 17, 2008 3:23 pm


  289. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:24 pm

    Well, go for the TD, or move it up 5 yards to tie up the game.

  290. addahknowjoe October 17, 2008 3:24 pm

    After fumble just saw ChawanCut on TV!

  291. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:24 pm

    go warriors…..c’mon funaki….let’s go….execute

  292. Chris October 17, 2008 3:25 pm


  293. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:25 pm

    second penalty on steinhoff plus 2 sacks given up….no other lineman available

  294. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:25 pm

    Or…a penalty! That works too. Not exactly.

  295. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:27 pm

    Better yet…throw to where there aren’t any Hawaii receivers!

  296. Chris October 17, 2008 3:27 pm

    It would’ve been a 50-yard FG attempt, just think of it as an awesome punt.

  297. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:27 pm

    arghh… misread.. interception! C’mon Warriors… get on the same page… !!!

    Okay.. Defense… DEFENSE!!!

  298. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:29 pm

    C’mon Hawaii.. HIT em HARD!

    Gotta slow em down.. gotta get Inoke back in for retribution…

  299. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:29 pm

    Defense wins games….


    every game?

  300. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:30 pm


    You was Peeking, huh?

  301. Chris October 17, 2008 3:30 pm

    thank god

  302. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:30 pm

    trick play would have worked, our #24 was late getting over to the right side

  303. BowsForever October 17, 2008 3:31 pm

    The flea-flicker. AGAIN. Hawaii dodged a bullet here.

  304. Chris October 17, 2008 3:31 pm

    Boise is playing like they’re the road team.

  305. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 3:33 pm

    We get the ball back to start the 2nd half. If we can score here it will be huge!!!

  306. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:34 pm

    AARRRRRGGGHHH!! Washington’s just got to take off on those punt returns, never mind dancing around!!

  307. Chris October 17, 2008 3:35 pm

    Keep the ball on the ground, don’t do anything stupid.

  308. Kazz October 17, 2008 3:37 pm


  309. J-Dog October 17, 2008 3:37 pm

    to be honest, i kinda expected more from Mike Wash this season returning punts. Although maybe the blocking is not as good up front either.

  310. 99club October 17, 2008 3:39 pm

    Boise up 10-7 halftime.

  311. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:41 pm

    Aw-ryte, 10-7 Halftime. Pretty well played by the Warriors.
    Okay, time to relax for awhile.

  312. 99club October 17, 2008 3:42 pm

    All that orange in the stands tonight…they’ll also wear it while hunting over the weekend and then while picking up trash during the week. 🙂

  313. HiFlyer October 17, 2008 3:43 pm

    Ok, only down by 3 at the half.

    Boises alignment for the punt looked like they had three or four guys on the left side.

  314. curveball October 17, 2008 3:44 pm

    Liz..we will let you know when you can come out….(-;

  315. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:44 pm

    washington has 2 punt returns for -6 yds…to much dancing, go north south michael..

  316. Kazz October 17, 2008 3:44 pm

    If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only HALFWAY towards victory. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have gone only HALFWAY towards victory. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the nature of the ground makes fighting impracticable, we have still gone only HALFWAY towards victory.

    – Sun Tzu

    PREPARE TO WIN 808%!!!!


  317. 99club October 17, 2008 3:44 pm

    I like how Inoke takes the sack rather than throwing a forced/bad pass. Smart, conservative.

  318. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:45 pm

    we have only 3 penalties to bsu 2….I believe Steinhoff has two of them for us..

  319. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:47 pm

    i forgot to watch our right guard, I think pepa should be there for ginlack, the interior o line doing well, our tackles esp steinhoff got to protect funaki better than they have been doing

  320. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 3:48 pm

    Wow this is a game of defense… Hawaii can move the ball.. Pilares is injured but, we can still move the ball… receivers gotta hang on to that ball… and gotta avoid those bad reads.. .but Hawaii has to go to the air more to give Libre and Wright-Jackson better run opportunities.

  321. Da Punchbowl Kid October 17, 2008 3:48 pm

    So far, so good. Nuff said.

  322. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 3:50 pm

    The offense not quite in sync yet, but are showing flashes.

    If somebody would have offered me 7-10 at the half yesterday, I would’ve taken it in a heart beat. We could be ahead 17-10.

    This is anybodies game, come out battling, brave Warriors, bust them Broncs.

  323. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:51 pm

    Pilares out? not good

    Steinhoff in? not good

    Washington returning kicks? not good

    Defense? all good

    Offense? pretty good

    Coaching Decisions? not good

    1/2 Time Score? ALL GOOD

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!

  324. Ralph October 17, 2008 3:51 pm

    anyone notice if mac is rotating the o line and d line like he said he would…I seem to see the same people only except when someone goes out with an injury

  325. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 3:52 pm

    Let’s make those halftime adjustments and come out ready to play in the second half. Hopefully it starts with a Mouton return for TD ; -).

  326. duffer October 17, 2008 3:52 pm

    Is it too late to enter the contest?

    Rushes 42
    101 yds

    Is there a prize for second?


  327. Bulla October 17, 2008 3:55 pm


    2nd place = free lunch from Al at Tiffanys, haha

  328. al October 17, 2008 3:56 pm

    dline is rotating. starters play 2 or 3. reserves in for one or two.

    steinoff getting juked bad.

    inoke looks more comfortable. not sure why pilares is out. lane will have a tough time sleeping tonight.

  329. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 3:57 pm

    In a game this close at the half, the team that makes the best halftime adjustments usually wins. That means the onus is on the coaches — it’s your game to win!

  330. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 3:57 pm

    99club – LMAO @ 312!!!

  331. jayz October 17, 2008 3:57 pm

    Good quote by Sun Tzu. We Hawaiians have an analogy more succinct:

    “If can, can…if no can, no can.”

    Go Warriors!

  332. al October 17, 2008 3:58 pm


    paradise mkt
    pig feet adobo
    steak n onions n peppers

  333. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 3:58 pm

    MIH- ok… that does it… I’m going to watch the game on dvr tonight and get some more regular work done. Who needs streaming video when we have Excel spreadsheets to look at!

    Remember- I sacrificed for THE TEAM!!!


  334. J-Dog October 17, 2008 3:59 pm

    wow Duffer, talk about cherry picking it.

  335. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 4:00 pm

    RK just mentioned that the receivers ran the wrong route on the interception.

  336. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 4:01 pm

    And no porget my contest guess for the MEDIUM (my size) JERSEY! :mrgreen:



  337. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 4:02 pm

    Nakani – butter mochi=my favorite. YUMMMMMY!!!!

  338. Hawaiianbod October 17, 2008 4:03 pm

    Nakani=Nalani. grrr….too excited

  339. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 4:04 pm

    The refs have been calling a pretty fair game so far.

  340. Chris October 17, 2008 4:06 pm

    Funaki takes way too long to get rid of the ball. I think this on every passing play.

  341. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 4:06 pm

    That is exactly what we did not need.

  342. Bulla October 17, 2008 4:08 pm

    that sucks

  343. duffer October 17, 2008 4:08 pm


    Since I can’t fit in a medium, I’ll settle for the lunch!


    Don’t worry, I NEVER win!

  344. Bulla October 17, 2008 4:08 pm

    Boise marching….

  345. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:08 pm

    D’Oh!! Funaki waited just a little too long to throw that pass! Pressure got to him just as he threw, and he underthrew. Interception.
    Okay, Defense — bail us out again!!

  346. Ralph October 17, 2008 4:09 pm

    on the interception, we had a wr wide open on the right sidelines, got to make his reads…Estes got beat up the middle putting pressure on funaki

  347. Bulla October 17, 2008 4:09 pm


  348. Ralph October 17, 2008 4:10 pm

    that td was to easy, qb watched his wr all the way and #7 was very slow to pick it up and react

  349. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:12 pm

    Yeah they score.. whatever… WE GET THE BALL BACK!

  350. Bulla October 17, 2008 4:13 pm

    Where’s the DB’s……Red Zone….let’s go……ouch

  351. Chris October 17, 2008 4:13 pm

    we keep using that shovel pass…even though it hasn’t worked since 2006.

  352. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 4:14 pm

    Funaki is too mild mannered, he needs to get more fire in his belly. Yell at your O-Line, come on.

  353. Bulla October 17, 2008 4:15 pm

    shovel pass needs to get shoveled….not working, get rid of it, wasted down

  354. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:16 pm

    Malcolm Lane has jumped unnecessarily twice now, dropped the ball twice. Keep your feet on the ground, Malcolm!!

  355. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 4:18 pm

    Come on offense. We need a score on this drive.

  356. NEO October 17, 2008 4:18 pm

    Come on guys… WE BELIEVE!!!

  357. Chris October 17, 2008 4:20 pm

    So, is Graunke still injured?

  358. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:23 pm

    We’ve lost the momentum. C’mon Defense, we need another take-away!!

  359. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:25 pm

    This is turning ugga-lee!!

  360. 99club October 17, 2008 4:26 pm

    Borrowed that one from Lou Holtz. He was talking about TX fans at the time. I couldn’t believe he said that. Damn funny.

    We can come back. Keep passing to the sidelines or straight downfield.

  361. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:26 pm

    Yeah they score.. WHATEVER!


    If we have the ball we always have a chance to score.



  362. HiFlyer October 17, 2008 4:27 pm

    the D-line is looking tired no pressure on the QB.

  363. TChahng [태한민국] October 17, 2008 4:27 pm

    DBs look confused! Cannot play zone in the Red Zone! Gotta man-up and knock em’ off the line of scrimmage!!!

  364. Ralph October 17, 2008 4:30 pm

    we have no red zone defense….bsu receivers are wide open, no db in sight

  365. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:33 pm

    Wonder what happened to Libre? He was playing pretty well.

  366. 99club October 17, 2008 4:33 pm

    I like the look in Inoke’s eyes right now…

  367. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:37 pm

    Okay, Libre’s back, but Funaki is off-target with his passes! Now he fails to get rid of the ball and takes a sack! Grooaannn…
    Good punt by Grasso.
    Okay, Defense, 3 and out. Pleease!

  368. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 4:37 pm

    Whatever happened to David Farmer? We need his blocking skills right now.

  369. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:38 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    I like the look in Inoke’s eyes right now…

    That’s better. Good post. I don’t care right now what we don’t have, I wanna hear about the good things WE DO HAVE!


  370. 99club October 17, 2008 4:38 pm

    Dang. Nice turn around pass on the screen.

  371. 99club October 17, 2008 4:42 pm

    Make that two misses. 🙂

  372. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 4:43 pm

    Funaki has to come out now or he’s mentally finished for the season. He’s beat up and looks defeated. He’s lost all his confidence and he’s hanging his head. Put somebody else in right now, I don’t care who, in order to save Funaki.

  373. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 4:46 pm

    The Warrior fans are representing well on ESPN. Hearing the block the kick chant was awesome. There have been a lot of D-fense chants while Boise was on offense as well. Farmer is in the game. Come on offense, let’s put one in the end zone and not give up. Fight for the guy next to you.

  374. jayz October 17, 2008 4:47 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    I like the look in Inoke’s eyes right now…

    What, the glassy-eyed look?!

  375. al October 17, 2008 4:48 pm


    no one hears you.

  376. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:49 pm

    Sorry Kazz, but Inoke’s inaccuracy is killing us!!

  377. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:51 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    October 17th, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    I like the look in Inoke’s eyes right now…

    What, the glassy-eyed look?!

    Hahahahahaha.. NOT. Yeah that’s real cute. 🙄

  378. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 4:53 pm

    Looks like Inoke’s second guessing his every move. I have to agree with FloridaTed, they need to pull him out of the game.

  379. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:54 pm

    I don’t care. It ain’t over until that clock reads “4th Quarter 0:00” and one team has more points than the other.

    I said our team needed to be defiant in the face of adversity so I REMAIN defiant to defeat until there is no time left on the clock in which to defend.



  380. 99club October 17, 2008 4:54 pm


    That was a 1/2 hour ago before the last two interceptions.

    I agree with Ted. Time to have him call it a night.

  381. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 4:54 pm

    Throw in Jake… if need be. let’s mix things up… try to confuse Boise and get some momentum back.

  382. Kazz October 17, 2008 4:55 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    no one hears you.

    Well, as a Warrior fan, I feel sorry for them.

  383. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 4:55 pm

    Okay, Defense held them to a FG.
    Offense needs to respond, starting with a good KO return.

  384. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 4:56 pm

    The offense lost the San Jose game and now this one. I don’t care if people get mad at me, but I’m beginning to doubt if our coaches really know how to develop QB’s and if they are, now would be a good time for some playing time, it can’t get any worse.

    Our defense and ST is the reason we won 3 games. Damned, it’s hard to win without an offense. Come on, Warriors, keep on fighting.

  385. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:00 pm

    Our O-line is really porous. Can’t have a run-n-shoot with a porous O-line. I thought our blocking was better than this. Hoo boy… Funaki is taking beating. It ain’t pretty.

  386. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:01 pm

    Hey ! All of a sudden my fonts are really tiny!
    What happened?

  387. jayz October 17, 2008 5:02 pm

    I hate to say it, but I think a lot of the hits Funaki is taking are self-inflicted. He has to get rid of the ball a lot quicker. That look and hesitation before he releases just gives the dbs a chance to jump the route and the rushers to get to the QB. Now, they are just teeing off on him because they know he has to pass. It’s getting ugly now.

  388. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:02 pm

    Everything’s cenered…

  389. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:03 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    The offense lost the San Jose game and now this one.

    True, but THIS game is NOT over yet.


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t care if people get mad at me, but I’m beginning to doubt if our coaches really know how to develop QB’s and if they are, now would be a good time for some playing time, it can’t get any worse.

    I respectfully decline to agree with you on this one.


    October 17th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Damned, it’s hard to win without an offense.


  390. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 5:03 pm

    It’s your computer. Everything still looks the same to me.

  391. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:05 pm

    Character is what you are in the dark.

    It’s getting dim right now, but no sense in hanging our heads.

  392. Just Saying October 17, 2008 5:06 pm

    so kazz, if we were down by 5 touchdowns with 10 seconds left…then is it “over”?

  393. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 5:06 pm

    I don’t like the way the whole offense seems to have given up, they’re crumbling like a week old cake, Look at the defense, they’re fighting their guts out, that’s all I want to see. We’re only three scores down and the offense is not fighting. That’s what bugs me, not the score.

    Put in a back-up and at least TRY to win, help the defense out a little.

  394. Bulla October 17, 2008 5:06 pm

    Long flight home for our boyz….need to execute the offense.


  395. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 5:06 pm

    I have a feeling the ESPN commentators have a valid point — Inoke has taken a beating, and that, with credit due to Boise’s defense, may be the cause for his poor play in the 2nd half. His bod’s got to be aching. Give him the rest of the night off already. Give another QB some game time.

  396. Just Saying October 17, 2008 5:08 pm

    Funaki running around all willy nilly is just a sign that we cannot even run our base passing offense.

  397. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:10 pm

    After Funaki took that big hit in the second quarter and came up holding his hips, his play started getting really irratic.

  398. 99club October 17, 2008 5:10 pm

    I’m thinking Utah’s the BCS buster this season, not Boise. They still have to play BYU and TCU but both those games are at home. And I’ve got a feeling that SJSU will be tough next week for Boise.

    Unreal stat I saw about TCU though was that they were only giving up an average of .8 yds per rush on D before last night’s beat down of BYU.

  399. J-Dog October 17, 2008 5:12 pm

    Keep supporting the team. Let’s get to that bowl game. If we do, i’d say it was a pretty good 1st season for coach mack.

  400. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:13 pm

    Just Saying:

    October 17th, 2008 at 5:06 pm
    so kazz, if we were down by 5 touchdowns with 10 seconds left…then is it “over”?

    Thats 10 seconds left to show something. So no.

    Thanks for playing.

    P.S. BSU did not make the spread yet, so I’m just asking how much money do you stand to win or lose at this point?

  401. KRISK October 17, 2008 5:14 pm

    Brandyn Thompson is going to name the apple tree in his yard FUNAKI.

    So he can pick him in the off season as well.

    And Kazz, if you believed in HCW just as much there would still be pro wrestling in Hawaii.

  402. jayz October 17, 2008 5:16 pm

    Okay, sit Funaki down already. He’s had enough beating. Put in Alexander if we get the ball back.

  403. 99club October 17, 2008 5:18 pm

    Just checked…spread was 24. I’m sure there are some Boise backers that are cursing them running the ball and now punting. 🙂

  404. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 5:22 pm

    I understand where you’re coming from. There’s a difference between giving up on the game and giving up on the team. I will NEVER give up on the team, but this game is a goner. We need to get what we can out of it, and that means give Alexander and some of the other backups some valuable game experience. It will pay off in the future, and let Funaki get a hard-earned rest.

  405. XxFaithxX October 17, 2008 5:24 pm

    Man…..saddened that we are losing the way we are…i’m not on Inokes jock, but I feel that it does not fall on him fully. The O-Line needs help…BIG TIME. After the 1st half I thought that we had a chance..but the O could not do anything. IDK if it is the play calling and the QB we have in at the time, but too much runs I thought and we did run, we tried to outside and that was not working. IF has occasions where he could run, but decided to stay in the pocket to try and pass…don’t know if that if the plan (Maturation progress) of making IF run more of a R&S offense, but he should have the green light to just take off. Whats the deal with LWJ?? He cant even get off the LOS fast. If they are going to stay with IF, we should do the Pistol formation. Easier to run from that and the RBs have a more of a running start. With Pilares out, where was Rego?? Well, its the final minutes..logging off and poping another beer…/sigh….

  406. Bulla October 17, 2008 5:25 pm

    sadly enough, Coach Mac has to evaluate where they are as a team with a QB position that has yet to be filled.

    Funaki is a great kid, humble, team player and all the things that make you proud. Hawaii has a run and shoot offense, throwing for 180 yds in the air with 5 INT’s and negative yardage running does not qualify as a run and shoot…..IMHO

    i don’t have the answers, i am not the coach, just a fan that keeps hoping only for the best for our Warriors and their coaches.

    the season is not over, but we have to regroup and get some level of consistency out there!!!!


  407. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:26 pm

    Hey! Alexander showed good patience then ran for the first down.. he’s improved!

  408. 99club October 17, 2008 5:27 pm

    Wow. Nice catch.

  409. XxFaithxX October 17, 2008 5:28 pm

    back…lol. In addition. The team played their hearts out and I still believe in them. Pick yourself up and work harder to get better. The coaches have another week to get the team better and they should and I am positive that will win next week. GO WARRIORS!!

  410. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:28 pm

    Game over…. our Warriors put up a good fight… Boise was one step ahead. Next season.. our house! We’ll be ready!

    Funaki… no sweat.. still get next season!!

  411. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 5:32 pm

    Our O-line needs to get a little stronger. They can hold their own against most defenders but against Boise, Florida, Georgia they look porous. No matter how good our QB might be, without the time they need to perform, you can’t get a full performance from them.

    Let’s hope they can all heal before the next game, mentally, spiritually, and physically. They put up a good fight.. kept Boise from making the spread and kept fighting till the end. Makes me proud.

  412. curveball October 17, 2008 5:33 pm

    For me the bottom line….Our oline is bad..our d pass coverage is way inconsistent….our QB situation is pitiful…sorry..I need a shot of CR

  413. jayz October 17, 2008 5:34 pm

    Alexander has a strong arm. Funaki will be licking his wounds. I feel for him, he tried his best, he’ll get better. I don’t know if I like this offensive scheme. Looks like we need more than one running QB if we continue this run, run, shoot offense. I like some of the catches by our receivers. I don’t remember seeing any crossing patterns by the receivers. The only positive is Hawaii made the spread.

  414. chee October 17, 2008 5:35 pm

    I cannot believe the amount of INTs. Rolo seems like he’s not talking to Funaki about correcting his reads. Last INT was into triple coverage, you’re telling me that nobody else was open?

    But good luck to Boise, hope they can make the BCS dream come true again.

  415. Unkanesson October 17, 2008 5:37 pm

    Yes, their defense bested our offense.
    Our special teams did nothing special.
    Our defense did all they could to keep us in the game, but couldn’t keep up with our offense in the turnover department.
    And, going back to my earlier comment, the Boise coaches made better halftime adjustments than ours did.
    Sigh…okay, clear.
    Next up: Nevada at Aloha Stadium.
    Signing off — gotta go work.
    A hui hou kakou!

  416. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:38 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 5:22 pm
    I understand where you’re coming from. There’s a difference between giving up on the game and giving up on the team. I will NEVER give up on the team, but this game is a goner. We need to get what we can out of it, and that means give Alexander and some of the other backups some valuable game experience. It will pay off in the future, and let Funaki get a hard-earned rest.

    Funaki is a Warrior and a good leader for this team I know the boys will rally behind him.

    There is just so much one man can take.

  417. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 5:38 pm

    Oh well, guess I shoulda left da building sooner.
    Well, at least the was ONE TD while I was gone!
    Of course, as soon as I peeked in after halftime there was an INT.
    Talk about getting a complex!

    Jes’ leave Inoke alone and put the blame on me 🙁

  418. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:39 pm


    Ha! I just hope that those that put money on BSU LOST A LOT OF MONEY TONIGHT!!! 😆

  419. 99club October 17, 2008 5:42 pm

    Looking at the bright side: We’re about to start a 5-0 run before hosting a team that has a good shot at winning the Big East. I can’t wait.

    10/25/2008 Nevada
    11/1/2008 at Utah State
    11/8/2008 at New Mexico State
    11/22/2008 Idaho
    11/29/2008 Washington State
    12/6/2008 Cincinnati

  420. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 5:43 pm

    The good news is that I learned something about – for future reference- and made friends with Dragon in England who was streaming the game to us!

  421. curveball October 17, 2008 5:43 pm

    LizKauai [Believer]:
    Well this one is over …next week..watermellon and pie. 😉

  422. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 5:48 pm

    On the plus side, Salas sealed his spot as the new possession receiver. I thought he had a pretty good game. The ESPN announcers were pretty impressed as well.

    Not sure why Mouton wasn’t back returning kicks for most of the second half. I hope he isn’t hurt. He is a big time player and we need him if we are going to make a bowl game.

  423. Ralph October 17, 2008 5:49 pm

    liz you should have stayed in the bathroom, next week we’re feeding you a box of prunes and we’ll see if you’re right

  424. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:50 pm


    Since I didn’t get to see the game, were Funaki’s picks from throws he attempted in the pocket or off the bootleg or off the run?

  425. Pomai October 17, 2008 5:50 pm

    Got to watch the game on espn, and now I’ve got a mean headache from trying to watch the game on that damm blue turf. They need to get rid of that rug.

  426. Nalani October 17, 2008 5:51 pm

    Kazz – I believe they were from the pocket

    I have to say on behalf of the OL that some sacks were earned by BSU, but on a few, we held the ball way too long

  427. Pomai October 17, 2008 5:54 pm

    I would say if I had to pick the biggest thing that cost us the game it would be the play of the O-line, sorry they just didn’t git the job done, not for run blocking nor for pass blocking.

  428. bighilofan2 October 17, 2008 5:55 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere.

    Well, I gotta say that I was yellin like heck in the first half, and then was all muted most of the second half, especially when the picks started piling up, and especially when I could see Inoke looking the ball down the field. ouch.

    he’s a great great person. I’m glad he’s on the team and is a team leader.

    but Coach Rolo, you gotta bite the bullet sooner, imho. The team mission is to win! Thats the mission for the team. You gotta look at your players as pieces of the team. when the QB is getting hit that many times, and he starts getting INT that many times, you could have saved him a INT…

    just saying…… cuz I don’t qualify as a coach. But I would like to end my statement on a very positive note.


  429. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:55 pm

    Salas is indeed awesome.

    Throughout the spring and fall practices he stood out as one of, if not, the most consistent receiver.

    Just to think, he’s only a sophomore too!

  430. Kazz October 17, 2008 5:57 pm


    If that is the case, would be safe to say that BSU was able to cut off the bootleg/option pass plays or did we deviate from the new plan of the modified R&S?

  431. Pomai October 17, 2008 5:57 pm

    Nalani you are also right BSU out hustled our O-line quite a few times, the problem is that I know our boys are better than what they showed tonight.

  432. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 5:59 pm

    Hey Ralph- it’s the AWAY games, not the HOME games that I may be jinxing… prune diet at a T-Gate? yikes! 😆

  433. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 6:00 pm

    Ahem, even though I did not watch MOST of the game, gotta credit the smurfs on the turf for getting it done, eh? Still wanna see a WAC team crack that BCS barrier!!!

  434. curveball October 17, 2008 6:00 pm

    As a tackle you cant just back up a few steps hit the rusher and let him have to back up hit him.. and then stay with him to the outside..we are hitting them and then releasing.. this is basic football..I am not sure why our tackles do not stay with their blocks..Pride. advise

  435. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 6:02 pm

    Also- I think Inoke got hurt during that first sandwich- even though he sucked it up and acted all brave. While the announcers were talking about his hip, it could be he got his bell rung – which would explain the ensuing INTs… yes??? maybe???

  436. Pomai October 17, 2008 6:03 pm

    I think they should have pulled Funaki right after he took the hit on his hip, it seemed his play kind of went down after that hit, but you have to give it to him he is one heck of a player with a lot of heart.

  437. cavewarrior October 17, 2008 6:03 pm

    Another tough loss. We had opportunities to make the handful of plays that result in scores. It was frustrating that Inoke didn’t have the arm strength to throw over the receivers shoulders on the post patterns 30-40 yds down the field. He under-threw and got intercepted. His zip on the shorter passes was good in the first half, but got weaker in the second half. The O-line also needs to improve, locking out pressure from a 4-man rush! I think UH’s future opponents will follow Boise’s defensive scheme – contain the running game and Inoke’s running, and make UH throw. I hope we can make big improvements in these areas this week!

    GO Warriors!!!

  438. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 6:03 pm

    And doggone, before the negative yards, I called him pretty close in rushing!

  439. curveball October 17, 2008 6:04 pm

    If he was hurt the coaches should have picked it up and handled it..

  440. not far away anymore October 17, 2008 6:06 pm

    The stats for midori7’s contest (from ESPN):
    How many times will UH run the ball? 35
    Tie Breaker #1: Who will be UH’s leading rusher? Libre
    Tie Breaker #2: How many yards will UH’s leading rusher have? 27

  441. Kazz October 17, 2008 6:08 pm

    Well, another hard loss in the books, BUT we must remember that no matter how bad we fans, parents of players, boosters, and supporters feel, NOTHING compares to what our team must be feeling.

    They are our team and they are WARRIORS that take pride in what they do. They are the BIGGEST critics of themselves right now and that’s how it has always been.

    Let’s give them an awesome reception back at Aloha Stadium in a week against a very good Nevada team.


    (…Off to check out the 2008 Rainbow Warrior Basketball team at practice until 8pm now (they started at 5pm). Bob Nash said practice is open to the public at the SSC tonight.)

  442. bb October 17, 2008 6:09 pm

    To go to the Hawaii Bowl how many more wins do we need?

  443. Pomai October 17, 2008 6:09 pm

    1 hour rule for me, bring on Nevada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Night folks..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  444. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 6:15 pm

    I hope a lot of people betting on the spread lost money tonight.

    Our defense played their guts out and ST played Boise about even, like I’ve set before, we are two thirds a great team now, but looking at it realistically and after the anguish has subsided somewhat, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the hell kind of offense we’re running. The system? seems to be all over the place, everything appears to work a little and then it sputters.

    What the heck happened to our quick slants and crossing patterns? They have disappeared. You can’t run 60 yard patterns, if you can only throw fifty, that’s a sure interception. Seven games into the season and I have not seen a recognizable “system” of any kind. What’s up with that?

    We have talent on offense, but what are we doing?

    Alexander in for 3 1/2 minutes? What good is that? Should have been a quarter. He has a cannon and I didn’t know he actually can run, but still a little slow in his release.

    We are not really a running team, not without a true power back and we are not a throwing team, so what are we? This can still be a great season, but we have to get that offense cranking somehow.

    Where do we go from here? Any ideas from other armchair coaches?

    Sorry for the rambling, but I feel much better now. On to the next game.

  445. Postmanke October 17, 2008 6:18 pm

    I liked the play calling early in the game, it had the look and feel of a JJ offense. It seems when we fall behind, Ron Lee seems lose his concentration and pushes the issue a little bit. There is a reason why JJ would run a draw after an incomplete first down pass. …to avoid 3rd and longs. Why are we not paying attention to our second down plays? we should not be going 15 yard down field on second and long.. This is where Ron Lee is putting too much pressure on Funaki. I think he can improve on his play calling when we are behind and not be so impatient. This would put lots of pressure off of everyone.

  446. LizKauai [Believer] October 17, 2008 6:22 pm

    Before I leave for home- did anyone else wonder why we didn’t put the IceMan out there to score on that first drive? That was a long way to march to have no points to show for it.
    Tsai…. 🙄

  447. curveball October 17, 2008 6:23 pm

    This is the only time I am going to say this…We do not have a QB…we do not have a O line..and I really question some of the coaching..I will only blog about fun stuff from now on..

  448. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 6:23 pm

    dang. tough loss. just hanging out with everyone here discussing the game.
    at least boise fans are nice.
    can’t win with 5 ints.
    boise was worried in the first half though when we were playing smart and consistant.
    ronnie was leading the cheers for “another Hawaii first down!” again.
    ok cya for now.

  449. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 6:24 pm

    Salas was a real bright spot, he’s a star in the making.

  450. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 6:28 pm

    Right now our offense has a split personality, who’s two sides have not been introduced to each other.

  451. Stretch October 17, 2008 6:32 pm

    back from the game and hanging with other tsaikos drowning the sorrows.

    thanks JD for an awesome experience in the box. as ST said above, it was very nice and we had some pupu food and refreshments.

  452. Stretch October 17, 2008 6:35 pm

    florida ted – I think you are right about the offense having split personalities. it is split between the first and second halves….

  453. maverick October 17, 2008 6:38 pm

    On a good note:
    Penalties are way down. Only 30 yds.

    Posistives for next week against Nevada will get us a win.

    Hawaii had chance into halftime, but playing Boise is ALWAYS a 4 quarter game.

  454. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 6:40 pm

    So, what have we learned from today’s game?

    We have a first class defense.
    Our special teams were okay against the very formidable Boise special teams.

    Our Offense?

    Like FloridaTed said…we are NOT a running/rushing Offense, yet our passing game hasn’t improved all that much, if any. 5 interceptions is 5 too many, 4 too generous, 3 way over the limit. I really like Inoke, but if they intend to keep him as the starter, they need to make him practice his passes and practice concealing his intention. Just as they need to make the other quarterbacks practice scrambling under this new offense, they need Inoke to really practice his passing game. Do our receivers still practice catching 100 balls from the throwing machine every day?

    Who or what is missing in our O-line insofar as giving the quarterback better protection? Other teams will watch these tapes and attack our Offense the same way. Our Warriors need to identify the weaknesses and rectify them as soon as possible.

    The team played their hearts out. Funaki looked lost out there from about the middle of the 3rd quarter. Pilares got hurt early. Keala Watson going down made me swallow my gum. And I wasn’t chewing any. Still looking for my teeth.

    I don’t enjoy watching our Warriors get beat. They have worked hard and I wish things had turned our differently today. We need to find answers so that they can all feel like winners day in and day out.

    They fought the good fight… they need to come home, lick their wounds and come out hungrier next week.

  455. BG October 17, 2008 6:55 pm

    NOW is the time the team really needs home town support…everything’s easy when the wins are coming, but the real bonding and character building comes when the challenges are upon us. I know this is a repeat of a repeat…but, I needed to hear myself say it again.

    The Warriors fought hard against a very good team. Now, work on getting better next week. IMUA

  456. al October 17, 2008 6:56 pm

    easy, easy, easy….
    hey, lets be easy on our team. the reality is that we need to realize that this year’s team is not reloading.

    it is rebuilding.

    the harsh truth of the matter is that we are not as talented as we were the past two years. in fact, it will be a long time coming for us to witness those teams of the two years past.

    that is reality folks. so, please don’t jump on the players or coaches. trust me, they are trying as hard as they can. have you ever been in situation albeit at work, at the playground, or on a team where someone is just physically superior??? i am sure we all have. put yourself in their shoes. hey you were there before, too.

    i keep saying, we have not had great recruiting the past 3-4 years and it shows. oh we have some talented guys now. but, we lack depth.

    the good news is it will get better. if we keep recruiting like we are this year, it will happen in two-three years. meanwhile, if you truly are a warrior fan, they don’t be a fair weathered fan, be a fan for life.

    you all got to make a commitment too!

    …nuff said!

  457. al October 17, 2008 6:58 pm

    for the record…..

    i have been following the warriors when they were rainbows in moilili at the old honolulu stadium. when only a few hundred would attend. thats four decades worth btw.

  458. al October 17, 2008 7:00 pm

    on a positive note……

    we did cover the spread!

    that i$ a good thing. for amu$ement purpo$e$ only.


  459. Postmanke October 17, 2008 7:01 pm


    Playing Nevada is no sure win. They have a QB that is hard to stop and he is the real deal as a running QB with an arm. We have a real solid chance of losing this game if Ron Lee continues to have his way on offense.

  460. pissed October 17, 2008 7:04 pm

    the bottom line is we got out coached tonight..

  461. Da Punchbowl Kid October 17, 2008 7:13 pm

    Tough loss. That’s why Boise is unbeaten. They have a great defense and their offense has a lot of ways to beat you.

    We’ll have to do better next game.

    Nuff said.

  462. el October 17, 2008 7:15 pm

    Where’s Graunke? it is obvious that Funaki is a terrible passer. We should have yanked him after 2 ints. Why does everybody get it except the coaches. Funaki is 3rd and short qb, and that is all he is

  463. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 17, 2008 7:20 pm

    hello tsaikos,

    disappointing but not surprising loss. i am no expert but it really seems like our offense (possibly) QB have no consistency. the O-line…whats up with the outside? It looked like the Sugar Bowl allll over again =(.

    ok, was it just me or did Funaki pass into triple and sometimes QUADRUPLE coverage sometimes?….Now unless Boise is playing with 20 men on the field, shouldnt the other 2 or 3 receivers been somewhat open somewhere?/???????????? that was pretty frustrating. i noticed that the interceptions he threw didnt require Boise to make a play on….kinda fell into their hands….=(

    i dont want to second guess any coach or player…but Bobby Curran said that he is very sure that Graunke will not see primetime this season…..PLEASE TELL ME WHY THE HE11 this is ok? I will repeat like i have been repeating all the past 2 weeks….something is fishy with the QB situation and with Graunke that we are not being told. Maybe we as fans are not privy but if so I wish someone wud just say so.

    GO Warriors. still go your back!

  464. Postmanke October 17, 2008 7:24 pm

    I liked the no huddle – hurry up offense Boise played. There seems to be a trend in this style of offense that I wish we would adopt. It would promote rhythm on offense, unity and players will play harder with a sense of urgency. All this equals to more first downs which will enable us to get more touchdowns. We need to do something to improve on our 3rd down conversions. Ron Lee stop being silly!

  465. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 17, 2008 7:26 pm

    ok i dont want to sound like a coach from the bedroom…BUT

    Mr. Ron Lee, please be a little creative, run some reverses, use LWJ with Farmer in a power-I, play actions and the like.

    Are we in desperate times? if so, well you know the saying…..

  466. what? October 17, 2008 7:33 pm

    Okay, Is everyone ready to realize that Funaki is not a D1 quarter back?
    He can’t throw. How many pics does he have now?
    Yes he managed to win the last two games for us, but that was more a factor of the D getting a lot of picks than Funaki winning the game.
    Even in those two games, there were 3-4 passes that were really close to being picked off.
    He can’t lead our offense down the field on a scoring drive.
    Yes, he is a great runner and does great when the play breaks down, but do you want your QB to be at his best when things are going bad?
    How often will things actually turn out positive if you follow that pattern.
    We need some one who can play in the system that our whole team was built for. We we want to go back to the option, that is fine, but we have to recruit and build and option team.
    We don’t have an option team.
    We have or should I say, had a run and shoot team.
    As far as I can tell, everyone on the team is made for the run and shoot… except for Funaki. He was made for and played great in a Kahuku like option offense.
    I’m sorry but Funaki is the wrong guy for this offense.
    I am also sorry to see that our coaches have no vision. The best part of having JJ here was that he had a vision, an offense, he knew that it would work, he believed in it, he knew how to make it work.
    Our coaches now have no vision, no offense, no idea what they are doing. You can tell because even though they say they are still running the “run and shoot,” it is pretty obvious that they have abandoned it.
    Once they went to Funaki, who is not a passer, switched to running the ball more than passing it, even though we are not built for that, it was pretty obvious that they have no vision. They don’t believe in the system anymore. They are just flying by the seat of their pants.
    Our team can still grow and get better, but they have to go back to our vision. What is it? Putting Funaki in, is just putting a band aid on a broken arm. It might make you feel a little better, but it won’t fix it.
    We have to go through the pains of watching a true throwing QB learn the system and get better in the system. Or abandon the run and shoot and switch to an offense that Funaki can work in. Only problem is that we don’t have the other parts for that kind of offense.
    With Funaki, we are just throwing out the system.
    Sorry Funaki, I love you, but you weren’t meant for this system.
    I hope the coaches realize this sooner, instead of later.
    Sorry, I had to make my peace.
    I still love UH and support them 100%. I just don’t want to see things go down hill so fast.

  467. pissed October 17, 2008 7:36 pm


    the problem is WHO IS BETTER

  468. Garret October 17, 2008 7:38 pm

    That was a hard game to watch…or, I should say that was a hard second half to watch. And then I had to process the game and watch a few things over to check what I had been thinking. After that, catching up with the blog was painful because I knew what would be happening and how things would turn ugly.

  469. Long Time UH Fan October 17, 2008 7:40 pm


    The Warriors played well enough in the first half to stay within 3 points of the Broncos; which in fact should’ve been 10 up at halftime. You always go for points after marching downfield for 68 yards in a 15-play drive; never come away empty as it’s still early in the 1st quarter.

    Second half—one snap and clear.

    Focus on next week’s game…Nevada is not a guarantee win.

    Go Warriors!

  470. Garret October 17, 2008 7:42 pm

    Positive: D played pretty well, except for some quick or tricky plays by BSU–like that screen pass where the QB looked one direction up until he spun around to throw it the other direction.

    Positive: Salas played well once again. He’s proven that he will be a valuable contributor throughout his Warrior career and he really was a bright spot. Great concentration, great hands!

    Positive: The refs called a fair game and the Warriors were careful to pull up at the sideline to not get any personal fouls. That impressed me, especially as the time started to run out since lots of other teams let them get out of control in those situations.

    Positive: The offense did a great job with 3rd and 4th down conversions, especially on that long first drive. Too bad it didn’t result in points.

    Positive: The D got back-to-back turnovers and the offense turned the first turnover into a TD.

  471. what? October 17, 2008 7:43 pm

    Anyone who watched last year knows that Graunke can run the offense.
    I have no idea why they are not talking about him anymore. Obviously there is something the coaches don’t like about him.
    But if not him, put in Alexander or Raush. I would rather have a true passer be in there learning and throwing picks than someone who isn’t a true passer. You can’t take an option QB and turn them into a pocket passer.
    But Alexander and Raush are pocket passer, so they just need experience in the system to get better.
    Things are not going to get better with Funaki, unless we change everything. Are we really ready for that?

  472. what? October 17, 2008 7:45 pm

    hi Pissed:
    Anyone who watched last year knows that Graunke can run the offense.
    I have no idea why they are not talking about him anymore. Obviously there is something the coaches don’t like about him.
    But if not him, put in Alexander or Raush. I would rather have a true passer be in there learning and throwing picks than someone who isn’t a true passer. You can’t take an option QB and turn them into a pocket passer.
    But Alexander and Raush are pocket passer, so they just need experience in the system to get better.
    Things are not going to get better with Funaki, unless we change everything. Are we really ready for that?

  473. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 7:46 pm

    Hawaii needs something to get it into rhythm, to pull up its briches and go running at times.

    Maybe a number of 2-minute offenses is what we need to get kick started. No huddle offense packages designed to get the team back into the groove. They could employ three different quartebacks. Each quarterback would learn a different 2-minute no huddle offense. The next week they would switch and learn each other’s offense. After two cycles they would learn still another.

    We need to hear the coach’s review on the players. Was it a bad pass or was did our receiver go the wrong route? Is Inoke forcing the pass, not really seeing the receiver and throwing by memory?

    When our defense started creating turnovers, I really got excited and thought we were going to win, but our own turnovers shot us in the foot. And it’s not the fumbles, it’s those darn interceptions. The Coaches need to figure out why those are happening and do what it takes to rectify it. I do not mean to give up passing. I mean to change the running patterns so that the QB and receivers can make the proper reads, see if the player will be in the clear and throw the ball where it needs to be. If it means throwing a hundred 3 yard passes, so be it. 3+ yards are still better than a turnover.

    Oh well… NEVADA… KILL!!!!

  474. pissed October 17, 2008 7:49 pm

    I have been lurking for a long time are you all afraid of making coaching criticisms…come on there is talent on this team ..coaches are really blowing it..o tackles don’t have a clue,,going on 4th when you can get points.. play calling..what a joke ..don’t just jump on the band yourself..

  475. Garret October 17, 2008 7:50 pm

    Negative: Injuries REALLY made a difference in the game–the Warriors weren’t the same after the losses of Pilares and Watson. And wasn’t Mouton hurt also?

    Negative: BSU’s DL and blitzes really were effective in rushing the QB today. The pressure, especially from the outside, really caused problems. I think that directly led to a couple of INTs and indirectly caused several others.

    Negative: Lots of drops, especially one huge drop by Lane that could have changed the game around–especially for what it would have done for Inoke’s confidence.

    Negative: Punt returns were NOT effective, and I think 2 punts rolled really far after they were not fielded. However, BSU did not have any big returns and there were no big plays in special teams–unless you count the loss of 15-20 yards in field position by punts rolling a big play, which I do.

  476. Postmanke October 17, 2008 7:50 pm

    I dont think Ron Lee is meant for this system either. Would it be too much of a stretch to make halftime (season) adjustments and put Rolo upstairs to handle the play calling?

    Just wondering??

  477. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 7:51 pm

    The only real difference in this game was at the QB position and an actual offensive plan that was executed fairly well. We handed them the victory, in overall talent, we’re as good as Boise.

    The rebuilding seems to be on the offensive coaching side.

    As much as it pains me to say, but we won’t go to a bowl game with Funaki at the helm. If we would have developed Alex or Rausch the way the coaches are supposed to (is Graunke really still injured?), the growing pains might be almost over by now.

    With a half way consistent offense, we could have beaten Boise and should have beaten San Jose. With five interceptions or whatever, you can’t beat anybody.

    I love the Warriors, but we have to be able to call it as we see it.

    Their Freshman QB was very impressive. I’ve never seen a young kid with that much poise in his first year. Maybe Cory Nielson will be the one for our future.

    Well, 6 games left to make it to a bowl, what are we going to do?

  478. what? October 17, 2008 7:54 pm

    Would it be too late to get Norm Chow to call the plays?
    We need someone who believes in their system. They guys we have now are just making it up as they go along.

  479. what? October 17, 2008 7:57 pm

    I second that, we should have gone through the growing pains earlier and developed Alex or Rausch. Now we are just stuck with not much of anywhere to go. I hope the coaches are willing to make the switch and stick with it.

  480. Garret October 17, 2008 8:02 pm

    A couple of days ago I talked about how BSU would try to punish Inoke all game, hoping that it would have an effect on him or get him out of the game. And they DID punish Inoke all game and it did have an effect. Their rush hit Inoke time after time, not only for the sacks but also for countless incompletions and interceptions.

    One *big* downside of running a run-and-shoot offense while adding a lot of running plays for the QB is that the QB takes hits in both the passing game and the running game. That can have a cumulative effect and reduce the passing effectiveness of the QB (no matter who that QB is)…and I think it has happened in a couple of games this season. Inoke was NOT the same QB in the second half than he was in the first half, and I think others already pointed out that he didn’t pass as well ever since the sack where the rush sandwitched him.

    Maybe this is why true run-and-shoot systems try to limit the use of the QB in the running game. Smaller-sized QBs (I saw Vince Young getting a lot of hits, but he didn’t pass that often and he was a huge guy) getting lots of hits in the running game and while in the pocket trying to throw can have a cumulative effect…

  481. what? October 17, 2008 8:03 pm

    Well, whatever happens, I’ll still be at the next game supporting them. No matter what we gotta support the team. That is the only way we can ever really be big time.
    Go warriors!

  482. hilogreg October 17, 2008 8:06 pm

    I am working overseas so I am not up on the Warriors day to day as much as I would like…..but what is going on with Tyler Grunke. Is he still recovering from his thumb injury. Is he in the doghouse somehow, can someone please enlighten me. I think Funake is a gamer but erractic.
    It is Tyler with the experience and accuracy that will get us through the tough games. I don’t see us getting past the the BCS schools at the end of season without Tyler, without those wins say good bye to the Hawaii Bowl.

  483. pissed October 17, 2008 8:10 pm

    so what is the bottom line???

  484. Garret October 17, 2008 8:13 pm

    One thing that I’ve noticed in several games is that the offense gets much less effective in the 2nd half after the other teams makes their adjustments. Ron Lee even referred to this after a previous game. It seems to me that the coaches have done a good job of preparing the offense to start the game, and the offense moves the ball early in the game, but then after the defense adjusts then UH’s counter-adjustments aren’t that effective.

  485. bighilofan2 October 17, 2008 8:15 pm

    okay okay, nuff already.

    inoke got his noodles rung a few times. the d hit his arm and contributed to an INT. the Oline neva give him enuff time sumtimez. the coaches gambles and lost.

    the bottom line is we’re in this together. we got a great coach, great motivational guy, i think we gotta prepare for next year now, as well as do well the rest of this year. i can see in his eyes that Rolo get headlite fever too. So does Brian. But Mack’s got their back, and thats good enough for me.

    I agree, the coachesing didn’t appear great today. But I don’t know the inside scoops, so I’m not gonna judge right now. But I’ll admit to being p.o’d. grrrrrr…

    Go Warriors!!!!

  486. Postmanke October 17, 2008 8:16 pm

    Psst, Coach Mac, Mike Sanford will be available as OC next year. Make him an offer he cant refuse. If not for the state do it for your committed recruits.

    Just wondering, someone did get a copy of JJ’s playbook before he cleaned out his offices right?

  487. pissed October 17, 2008 8:17 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 8:10 pm
    so what is the bottom line???

    again ..

  488. Garret October 17, 2008 8:17 pm


    I’m not sure which bottom line you are referring to. I know that the team will need the fans to show up and be LOUD against Nevada. That is a crucial game because the schedule gets a little lighter for several games after that, but Nevada can be a tough team. I’ve seen a lot of times where people don’t show up at Aloha Stadium after a loss…but the team needs then and I hope that there are 40,000+ loud Warrior fans in the stadium next week.

    If UH beats Nevada, the record will be 4-4 and the Hawaii Bowl will be a reasonable goal. This will be a huge game! I saw a post above looking for a 5-0 run before Cincinnati comes to Aloha Stadium, and that would be great…but it has to start with the Nevada game.

  489. Garret October 17, 2008 8:20 pm


    I don’t know what post you are referring to, so I don’t know what bottom line you are talking about.

  490. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 8:20 pm

    Off course we’ll keep supporting our Warriors, that’s not the issue. The issue is our offensive “system”, which doesn’t exist right now.

    We don’t have the big bodies to power run on anybody. We’re a passing team first, we have the players and several passers on our team, let’s pick one and let him grow with it. It can not be worse than what’s going on now. Many times our offense looks like a Keystone Cops fire drill. Sorry, but that is coaching.

    McMackin needs to get more involved in the offense,or should it be less? I’m not sure which is which anymore. I’m confused and so is the offense.

    We had some bad luck with the QB’s in the beginning and ever since, the coaches seem to be insecure about that position.

  491. Garret October 17, 2008 8:25 pm

    I wouldn’t give up on Ron Lee, Rolo and Brian Smith! They have had to deal with a lot of problems this season that were out of their control–lots of injuries on the OL, Tyler’s problems that caused him to miss lots of practice time before the season, injuries to all of the top 4 QBs, lots of inexperience with the WRs.

    People are frustrated now and want to vent, I understand that. They sure weren’t expressing that frustration after the previous 2 games.

  492. hilogreg October 17, 2008 8:45 pm

    Because of work I haven’t been able to go to or even watch a Warrior game this season, but I am Warrior green through and through even if they don’t make to a bowl game. I have been following the Warrior beat and the Advertiser stories, I am just having a hard time hearing about the turnovers and the fact that for a R&S offense we haven’t managed a 300yd passing game this year.
    It would be nice to know the inside scoop, or any scoop regarding TG.

  493. Kazz October 17, 2008 8:46 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t know what post you are referring to, so I don’t know what bottom line you are talking about.

    Garret, you can almost set your clock as to when all the trash come out and start ragging on the team.

    People can either live their life choosing to be misreable or people can choose to look at the positives.

    While we find ourselves with a loss, you have to look at how it happened.

    Simple… turnovers.

    The defense did it’s job and we were able to sustain some drives but just couldn’t finish.

    Things will be fixed.

    So for all you “johnny-come-latelys” to this blog, you may now return to the toilet you came from.

  494. Postmanke October 17, 2008 8:47 pm

    I’ve been frustrated ever since Rausch lost his starting job because of tightness in his arm. Is it still tight? Something is going on with this team that lots of us dont know.. I do know that Rausch is the best QB we have and he is not playing. Let him atleast take the reps in the game he’ll be able to make the reads with experience, he def can make all the throws.

    JJ’s playing a freshmen that is learning the system. The team is not winning but they are so much fun to watch. They are making the commitment now which is already paying off.

    Coach Mac, stop being silly end the behind the scenes drama

  495. Kazz October 17, 2008 8:49 pm


    October 17th, 2008 at 6:56 pm
    easy, easy, easy….
    hey, lets be easy on our team. the reality is that we need to realize that this year’s team is not reloading.

    it is rebuilding.

    the harsh truth of the matter is that we are not as talented as we were the past two years. in fact, it will be a long time coming for us to witness those teams of the two years past.

    that is reality folks. so, please don’t jump on the players or coaches. trust me, they are trying as hard as they can. have you ever been in situation albeit at work, at the playground, or on a team where someone is just physically superior??? i am sure we all have. put yourself in their shoes. hey you were there before, too.

    i keep saying, we have not had great recruiting the past 3-4 years and it shows. oh we have some talented guys now. but, we lack depth.

    the good news is it will get better. if we keep recruiting like we are this year, it will happen in two-three years. meanwhile, if you truly are a warrior fan, they don’t be a fair weathered fan, be a fan for life.

    you all got to make a commitment too!

    …nuff said!

    Spoken like a true fan that has seen it all!

  496. what? October 17, 2008 8:52 pm

    Were you really satisfied with our previous two games? Our team needs a lot of work, but Ron Lee and Mac want to put on the breaks any time we have a lead.

  497. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 8:53 pm

    Our offense started to sputter after Pilares got injured and got totally off track after Inoke took that hit and apparently hurt his hip.


    I agree that Boise set out to punish Inoke and they succeeded. They did what we couldn’t do. Pilares’s injury compounded the number of hits Inoke was getting.

    Florida Ted,
    I believe we do have an offense, BUT only when everyone is 100% — Pilares, Libre, Inoke, Bain, Lane and Salas. But Lane has that injured hand, Libre isn’t 100%, Pilares got thumped early, and as a result Inoke got twice the punishment. The rest of our Offensive weapons are still too inconsistent. I agree that we don’t have a pure run-and-shoot quarterback, but I also don’t see how a pocket passer can succeed without more consistent blocking from our O-line and RB. Too many weak links and we know that a team is only as strong as it’s weakest link.

    Our warriors can improve. Our second and third team Oline players need to step up and take command.

  498. Garret October 17, 2008 8:57 pm

    By the way, I think it was Kazz who asked about the rollouts and bootlegs with Inoke. UH did *not* use that part of the offense much in this game, probably because BSU’s defensive game plan took it away.

    BSU had a LB ready when UH tried a bootleg and Inoke was tackled on a very good 1-on-1 stop by the LB. I was impressed by the discipline by the defender and by his athletic ability, but that type of coaching and execution is why BSU’s D is so good.

    We have to remember that UH cannot do anything that they want…the defense will take some of that away. BSU gave the short stuff to the outside on passes, but it seemed that they made it hard for the short stuff in the middle of the field–I’m guessing that is why we didn’t see more slants and other routes.

  499. Kelli October 17, 2008 9:00 pm

    LizKauai [Believer] and Hawaiianbod: Thank you!

    Shucks, too bad we didn’t get a W. I had to eat some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream to make myself happy again. Fatter, but happier. Hehe!

  500. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 9:01 pm


    I’m not giving up on anything or anybody, but when I watch the games, it just becomes real frustrating. Funaki is a Warrior, but he’s an infantry officer, when special ops is required. I know, kind of a silly analogy, but if you take todays game and just exchange the QB’s, we win by thirty points.

    We have lots of talent, there were some great catches today, but Funaki seems to lose his concentration as soon as things go south.

    Something needs to be done and fast, I’m not ready to write off the season by a long shot. Boises O-Line is young and inexperienced, but they’re getting better every game, we have regressed. Sorry, but to me that’s coaching.

    The coaches need to get together and re-assess everything and if that means going back to the drawing board, so be it.

  501. Postmanke October 17, 2008 9:04 pm

    A taller more accurate pocket passer will have more options other than to make the hardest throw in football – out patterns. Why is he throwing out patterns? he is not tall enough to throw over the D line. How many balls were batted down tonight? season? how many plays did we make down the middle of the field? we cant, too short. We are too one dimensional and have become too predictable. Even when we slide out of the pocket he cant make the throw down the lane…

  502. Garret October 17, 2008 9:06 pm


    I do not think anyone was completely satisfied with the offense in the La Tech game, especially the coaches. I was pretty satisfied after the Fresno State game because of the efficiency and zero turnovers. Plus, winning in Fresno is very, very difficult! However, we did NOT hear this type of criticism of the coaches after those games!

    What you are referring to as “putting on the breaks” is quite possibly a difference between having an offensive-minded head coach vs. a defensive-minded head coach. Mac talks about time of possession, thinks about field position, and takes into account trying to keep the other team’s offense off the field. JJ (probably to an extreme more than almost any other coach) never seemed to think about those things. Mac isn’t as conservative as Coach Tomey, but I don’t think anyone should expect him to be as aggressive on offense as JJ was.

    JJ is gone, Mac is the coach, and things will be different. No sense wishing things were the same as before, because forcing Mac to coach differently would go against what he believes in and would not be as effective for him. Being conservative with the lead (which doesn’t apply to this game) is something that Mac might believe him and UH won both of those games.

  503. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:08 pm

    The reason this loss was so hard to take was because we beat Fresno and had our hopes very high for this game. But realistically, no one in the WAC has beat Boise at home, including all the years under previous coaching staffs. So let’s call it what it is – a tough loss to a very strong team with a HUGE home field advantage. Maybe the next time we play them at home will be ‘our game’. Who knows.

    But to say that this loss means that Inoke can’t be our QB or Ron Lee can’t run our offense is just venting. It’s OK to vent though. We’re fans. But gotta take the good w the bad and just keep moving forward.

  504. Kazz October 17, 2008 9:13 pm

    Any word on Pilares and K. Watson?

    (If anyone else was injured I wasn’t able to find out about it.)

  505. jm2375 October 17, 2008 9:14 pm

    To what? and pissed:

    Funny how you naysayers show up only when we lose. Where were you when we were winning? I’ve said before and I’ll keep saying it, “EITHER GET ON AND STAY ON OR GET OFF AND STAY OFF!!!”

    I’m tired of all the negativity. Remember IT’S ONLY A GAME, NOT LIFE OR DEATH.

    Kazz, Garret & al, very eloquent as usual.

  506. Garret October 17, 2008 9:14 pm

    We have lots of talent, there were some great catches today, but Funaki seems to lose his concentration as soon as things go south.


    One of the games (the Weber State game) that you criticized Inoke for “losing his concentration” actually had a good reason–he suffered a concussion. I think that his struggles in that game (after an excellent start) were understandable.

    I think that *any* QB will lose effectiveness when he’s hit hard all game. Remember, our defensive coordinator used to preach the number of hits they wanted to put on a QB and he was correct on the effects that seems to have…and in Inoke’s case, the adjustments in the offense just give him *more* hits. The ideal answer would be for Inoke to not take any hits while he’s in the pocket, but that obviously isn’t going to happen to any QB.

    Maybe the answer is to use another QB for a few plays or for a series here or there to give Inoke a break and some extra time to recover. BSU had a RB and a WR take snaps from center today, and having Pilares or Alexander or Tyler take a few snaps from center for specific plays could be useful. The Dolphins have a package they use with their RB taking snaps, 10+ college teams have similar packages already…maybe reducing the number of hits Inoke has to absorb will make him more effective late in games. That is Mac’s philosophy at so many other positions…

  507. Postmanke October 17, 2008 9:14 pm


    JJ maybe gone be we are still running his offense. We should not be making any variations to it. Just run it..

    I would say Coach Mac thus far is way more conservative than Tomey. At least Tomey had the Muddle Huddle.. We dont even have a receivers in motion…

  508. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 9:15 pm

    i was on tv? was i happy or sad?

  509. Garret October 17, 2008 9:18 pm


    I heard much worse in the Hawaii section at the Oregon State game. And those people didn’t have money on the game like in Kazz’s theory, they were just frustrated fans. Venting is normal and I’m not going to come down on others for doing so…but it is too bad that there is an extra day we have to wait before the next game can put this behind us!

  510. Kekoa October 17, 2008 9:19 pm

    I refuse to say anything negative about our boys. They played hard and tuff against the true #15 team in the nation. They all have my undying support this year because it is a painful transition period for all of them.

    There were many positive plays made that I’d rather remember about today’s scuffle. The Katoosh of the game that caused Boise’s #80 to cough up the football was a highlight reel for the ages!

    So we move on to play Nevada, and sell Wolf tickets at the door. Let’s go Warriors!

  511. chawan_cut October 17, 2008 9:23 pm

    here’s one positive,
    mike washington’s diving deep catch was the #4 play on sportscenter’s top 10.
    but they did mention we lost too.

  512. Garret October 17, 2008 9:25 pm


    UH throws a LOT more now than I remember during the Tomey years. I think that Mac is an aggressive coach and UH will be more aggressive in their base offense than during the Tomey years. However, you are correct that Tomey had some awesome trick plays–besides the muddle huddle (and its variations that UH used), I remember crazy plays like the time the WR ran to the sideline but didn’t go out of play and then was wide open for a bomb.

  513. what? October 17, 2008 9:26 pm

    Funny how you think you own the team.
    I have been going to UH games since I was 10 years old.
    I’m not jumping on or off the bandwagon. I have always been a fan and I always will.
    I was just stating my observations. If you think my observations are wrong, you are more than welcome to tell me.

  514. Garret October 17, 2008 9:26 pm

    Long Beach Poly won today and this article mentions a Warrior commit.

    After taking the opening kickoff, Poly needed just seven plays to take the lead on a 1-yard run by Melvin Richardson, and the Jackrabbits made it 9-0 on the first play of the second quarter when Matauaina Iosia and George Daily-Lyles sacked Rams QB Jake Holtz in the end zone for a safety.

  515. Garret October 17, 2008 9:29 pm

    If you thinks things are bad, just be glad you aren’t a Washington State fan! And be glad that they come to Aloha Stadium this year!

    The Cougars, who play USC Saturday, aren’t just 0-4 in Pac-10 play, they’ve been outscored 223-33 in those games. Some are wondering if they might be the worst team in conference history.

    At this stage, it seems reasonable to ask: Are they the worst team in the history of the Pacific 10 Conference?

    “The program has hit some hard times,” first-year Coach Paul Wulff said. “It’s just an overall culture that kind of went sideways.”

    Subpar recruiting by the previous regime left Washington State with scant talent, and injuries have further thinned the ranks. The offense could be missing as many as five starters for today’s game, including leading rusher Dwight Tardy.

    So many quarterbacks have gone down that Wulff recently invited students to an open audition, looking for a warm body to run the scout team.

  516. Garret October 17, 2008 9:32 pm

    Well, I’ve got to go to sleep now since this has been a long day and I’m drained from watching the game (and re-watching some parts of it). I do *not* look forward to reading the stuff in the local papers, AP, and Idaho Statesman, but I figure I have to collect the quotes for my archive so I have to do it…

  517. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:32 pm

    Kekoa #510 – Right on Brah! These players are fine young men who work so hard to be good players and good students. I see it every day and I’m always impressed with how hard it is to be a D1 student athlete.

    And my favorite play was in the last minute when Salas blind sided that Boise guy (LB? DB? not sure) and he was seeing stars on the sidelines. The game was way out of reach by that time, but the boys kept playing hard and fighting the whole time. Gotta love that.

    Next week is another game. An opportunity to redeem themselves.

  518. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 9:34 pm

    Hi Kelli- just logged back in. I hope you are feeling better!

    Last year Colt was put down as a “system” QB.
    This year Inoke is put down as a “QB with no system”.
    Can’t please all the people all the time. But my naive observation is- last year JJ was an offensive visionary and was fully engaged in its execution. While he was doing that, Coach Mack was giving his all to building the defensive “system”. They complimented each other beautifully. Coach Mack had time to build his Dee because our O-system was effective.

    This year, Coach Mack is picking up where he left off and is taking the Dee to a higher level. But there is no JJ working a vision with the Offense. A creative coach with time can have a vision and develop the talent to insert into his schemes. Or, he can build an offense designed around the talent he has to work with.

    Had Tyler been on board from day one, we might be looking at a different outcome. But the heir-apparent was not ready to step up
    and the potential system players (JC transfers) did not have time to learn the system in a gametime scenario.

    So it fell to Inoke and his ability to escape when he is healthy. The fact is that there was no solid backup for him when he was obviously struggling. Greg is still a bit green and Jake hasn’t had the reps either.

    I hope our Offensive Coaches can pull something together for Nevada and the rest of the season. Even if, for now, we have a knee-jerk Offense, the other two parts of the team will be able to put them in position to score.

    Next year, I hope we have a clear offensive vision to pursue. The seeds can be sown this year by learning from our mistakes and playing each game just “a little bit better” than the one before.


  519. Postmanke October 17, 2008 9:41 pm


    Just because we throw the ball more does not make us less conservative. With Tomey we had 1000 yard rushers and his offense scored more than we are right now. But he had athletes at QB – Lyons, Quarles, Cherry. I dont know if he would ever play Funaki at QB. He may be more aggressive in regards to choosing his starters.

    Playing Funaki at QB I would think would be a conservative choice…

  520. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:42 pm

    Hi Liz. Maybe only you and me still here. Most are gone I think.

    I’m going moe moe pretty soon too.

    See you online. I won’t be there next week’s game (got a gig on Maui) but am sending CDs w Shelton for everyone who was there for the LaTech win.

  521. haka October 17, 2008 9:43 pm

    Singing always makes me feel better…so let’s all sing! 🙂

    Cluck cluck cluck! Bagawk! The sky is falling, the sky is falling…

    Put your clenched fist here and your backhand there. Point your index finger here and your middle finger there. Do the aku poke and shake it all about…

    Old McMackin had some backin, E I E I O.

    There, there, do all the kids feel better now?

    Awwwwright…Go Warriors!


  522. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:45 pm

    Oh maybe LizK wen moemoe too.

  523. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 9:46 pm

    One thing that really impresses me though is that we turned over the ball 5 times and still kept Boise below their scoring average. 17 points came from turnovers that gave Boise good field position and obviously, the momentum.

  524. Kekoa October 17, 2008 9:46 pm

    Curveball ~ I had you listed as ‘MIA’ or Missing In Action. Here we were at a Sportsbar that knows how to treat it’s customer’s.

    They served steaming hotdogs, buns and all the condiments. Chips, dips and puppy dog flips. Yep, it was all…Manuwahi!

    There was free parking, lots of elbow room, plenty of viewing space and the Pupu’s really were tasty. Oh the Kalbi was to die for!

    When it was all said and done…Curveball…they told us we were gonna be famous! We gonna be on the cover of the Rolling Stone!

    Yup…jez like this:

  525. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 9:46 pm

    Hi Nalani!

  526. FloridaTed October 17, 2008 9:48 pm


    very well said, we’re basically thinking the same things, except you said it so much nicer.

    With that thought, good night everybody, the sun will rise tomorrow and the next game is to be played.

    Go, Warriors!!!

  527. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:49 pm

    OK madeinhawaii. I goin’ talk to you since nobody else listening….

    I think you’re right. The Boise coaches know they got lucky on certain counts this game. It was very close at halftime and they made enough mistakes to cost them the game, if UH hadn’t made their own share of them. I think they’re licking their wounds and walking away happy they dodged the bullet (the same bullet that Fresno wasn’t able to dodge.)

  528. expat October 17, 2008 9:49 pm

    That was pretty tough. It was going to take a very good game from all units to beat Boise State. There is a reason they lose so few games, and we will have to wait two years to get another crack at them on the smurf turf. There is a good chance that they will not have lost a WAC home game until then, too.

    I continue to be impressed by the defense. There is a bright future there. The offense is quite frankly a mess. Hey, we held Boise to 27 pts, same as last year. The difference was that last year we hung 39 points on them and this year we could only come up with a touchdown. 288 yards of total offense isn’t going to win many games in the this conference.

    On a brighter note (for me) I was able to figure out how to use VideoLan to record the OC16 stream of the Punahou – Iolani game and I just finished watching the saved stream. Charlie Weis was there and Vinton did a halftime interview with him. Punahou put a serious hurt on Iolani. Manti Te’o didn’t disappoint Charlie. One TD reception, one blocked punt return for a TD, and two or three touchdown runs. I lost count. He didn’t even play that many offensive downs. Iolani had real trouble with Punahou’s defense and really had no answers at all for the offense. I was surprised given how they played St Louis and Kamehameha. No doubt they were banged up a bit but given that they beat St Louis and played Kamehameha to a draw for most of that game I didn’t expect them to get physically dominated the way they did. Great camera work by the OC16 staff.

    Nevada will be a VERY tough game. They had a tough loss to NM State last week, but their only other losses have been to Texas Tech and Mizzou. No WAC team has played Boise State tougher on the blue turf than Nevada did last year. On the other hand Nevada also doesn’t have any quality wins yet this year. One thing that is almost certain is that there won’t be over 1,000 yards of combined offense like they had with NM State.

  529. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 9:50 pm

    I have to catch a 6am plane for HNL and a Rotary Prez meeting out at Turtles…
    Then a little relaxing fun and back to Kauai Sunday AM while the Redskins are on the field with the Browns.

    So, I’m going to look for Tsai-kos in the game film later… must moemoe soon!

    Sweet Warrior- Healing Dreams, Ka Kou!

  530. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:51 pm

    Oh there you are Liz. Maybe the internet is slow on Kauai?

  531. Addahknowsports© October 17, 2008 9:51 pm

    I like your assessment of the bigger picture. I’m very hopeful that our team will improve and I’m looking forward to seeing the next game.

  532. madeinhawaii October 17, 2008 9:53 pm


    So true. We knew that for Hawaii to win they would have to play an error-free game. That didn’t happen. With 5 interceptions against Boise, who’d stand a chance of winning? Oh well,…. Hawaii Bowl!….. Gotta get 4 more wins!! We start with NEVADA!

  533. Nalani October 17, 2008 9:54 pm

    OK. I’ll check you guys tomorrow. Many of us will feel better tomorrow.

    This article was funny – about very dumb TV shows. For your reading pleasure,

  534. Kekoa October 17, 2008 9:56 pm

    Good Night Nalani ~ As I said earlier, nothing but positive things to say about the boys tonight. They fought hard against a 15th ranked team. Even beat the spread! We’ll get on Nevada next week and post another ‘W’

  535. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 9:56 pm

    Haha, Nalani… just like real life. I no can hear you when I stay talking so much… I no can read you when I stay typing so much 😆

    Hi Sports!
    See you for something here next week!!!

  536. Kekoa October 17, 2008 10:00 pm

    Hope you all enjoyed a little light-hearted “Dr. Hook” at # 524. I wanted to end the day on a happy note!

  537. what? October 17, 2008 10:01 pm

    I think we had a system and a vision, but the coaches threw it out the window the first time Alexander threw an interception.
    If we continue on at this like this, with Inoki and a knee-jerk Offense, maybe we will win half of our games and finish 6 and 7 or maybe even 7 and 6.
    If we go to one of the JCs and stick with our offense and let them learn it, maybe we will finish 4 and 9 or 5 and 8, but I think in the long run, that will help us a lot more then just being a knee-jerk offense with no real direction.
    If we continue on with our Knee-jerk offense, not only do we put next year’s offense back, we also scare away any potential recruits who wanted to play for our run and shoot offense. Who is going to come to Hawaii when they have no idea what kind of offense we are running? Do you think Colt would have come here if he had watched our offense this year?
    He saw what Timmy Chang was doing, got excited about it and decided to come. I’m not sure how many people will be excited to come after watching this years offense.
    I hope they get back to what they said they were going to do and run the run and shoot.
    If not, they need to find a new identity and fast.

  538. Addahknowsports© October 17, 2008 10:13 pm

    Oki doki Liz. See you next week. BTW, are Redskins going to be on tv on Sunday?

  539. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 10:18 pm

    what? – yeah. Rocks and hard places. Here’s where character counts- from bottom to top.
    Will the UH ivory tower understand what is means to rebuild and let the coaches do it “right”?
    Will the fans believe in Coach Mack and continue to support his salary while he rebuilds?

    I (and I am nobody but a fan) believe that everyone from the bottom to the top truly believed we could sustain the momentum of last year’s perfect regular season and our team and coaches decided to fulfill that expectation.

    The character part will show when the UH continues to back Mack and his coaching team and not throw everyone under the bus if they start concentrating on building offensive game experience rather than game winning…

    Does that make sense?

  540. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 10:19 pm

    Sports- on gameplan at 10:15AM at JJ’s and Rob’s. I get in around noon. Wanna have lunch?

  541. jm2375 October 17, 2008 10:20 pm

    Hi Liz, Kekoa, a-sports, Nalani & mih! It was a disappointing but not unexpected loss.

    one last comment to what? and then I will never comment again about these….these…
    what? – I’m not questioning your view. I’m questioning your timing. This is the first time you post on the blog and all you had to say were negative things. Remember what they say about 1st impressions.
    I do NOT think I own this team. Ask any of the regular posters. I am a clueless wahine. I just have hit my tolerance level for naysayers.

    The sun will rise tomorrow and the world will still be around. Remember the 48 hour rule.

  542. haka October 17, 2008 10:23 pm

    Liz, you rock!

  543. what? October 17, 2008 10:24 pm

    Very true. People want wins. Hard to sit through a 4 and 9 season even if you are “rebuilding.”
    But if we are going to get back to where we were last year, I think we have to.
    Maybe I am wrong about Funaki, but to me it seems like using him is just a “win as many as you can now” plan, with very little thought of the future.
    They say he can “manage the game.” I don’t think we need some one who can “manage.” we need someone who can run the offense and it sure hasn’t been running this year. Even when JJ was here and we had rebuilding years, we still put up big numbers on offense, but this year, that is all gone.

  544. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 10:26 pm

    And- my last thought-
    The greater the crises, the greater the victories.

    With fire, the gold is tested.
    With gold, the souls are tested.

    The UH football program is more solid than ever it was when JJ was here. New recruits need to know that we have a solid program with the visible support of our Chancellor, our AD and our Coaches, who are determined to graduate successful student-athletes. And the FAN SUPPORT with make them proud!

    Auntie Virginia- THANKS for providing the Cheer Squad! They sounded fantastic on ESPN streaming video from England!

  545. Kekoa October 17, 2008 10:27 pm

    Valiently said jm2375. Gotta stay positive! These are every mother’s sons. (Nalani’s for instance). They leave it out there on the field every week. Give them credit where the credit is due…please.

  546. what? October 17, 2008 10:28 pm

    Sorry you don’t like my timing, but actually I was here writing comments last year too, when we were doing great too.
    sorry i just don’t have enough time to be here all the time, but i do read and watch.
    didn’t mean to offend you. my apologies.

  547. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 10:29 pm


  548. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 17, 2008 10:31 pm

    Let’s just give each other time to vent and nod our heads in understanding. Tsai-kos can handle. No trolls here… 😉
    Nitey nite!

  549. Addahknowsports© October 17, 2008 10:36 pm

    Oki doki, again Liz. I should be ready for a break around then. You still have my cell number, yeah? Maybe call me just before you board the plane. Where is Robs? And where are we meeting?

  550. Kekoa October 17, 2008 10:37 pm

    what? I know your comments are meant to be analytical and not anti-Warrior, but it’s not easy to move an offense that is not quite ready for prime time.

    The previous administration had 3 years to ‘gel’ and work their magic. This group had about 3 months! Colt never won at Boise. How many teams have? Give Inoke some credit, he gave it his best shot. That’s why I refuse to get negative with this work in progress.

  551. what? October 17, 2008 10:47 pm

    I know it is, and I know we haven’t even won there. I think that is why is so frustrating. Our Defense played so good, if we had any offense to speak of, we really could have made it a good game.
    I know Inoke is doing his best. I do give him a lot of credit. But at the same time, I can’t remember any offense that we have had within the past 9 years that had such a hard time moving the ball as this one does. That was in the good years and the rebuilding years. With June Jones here, we were always able to move the ball. That is why I really think two things, one that Inoke is not the right guy for this system and two, our new coaches have given up on the system too soon.

  552. al October 17, 2008 10:48 pm

    here’s a thought….

    lt letuli
    lg steiny
    c estes
    rg lafu
    rt kia

  553. al October 17, 2008 10:49 pm

    so what happened to pilares?

    did he have the flu?

  554. what? October 17, 2008 10:52 pm

    I thought they said he tweaked his ankle or foot. But I never heard anything after that.

  555. al October 17, 2008 10:53 pm

    on a brighter note…..

    kaimuki beat waipahu in the first round oia playoffs, 21-13.

    (sorry homey and lyn)

    i can’t recall when it was the last time that they were back in the red and won a playoff game. congrats to the boys and what a story for darren johnson. he seems to have them playing disciplined ball and doing the stuff in the classroom. these were always the achilles heel for the bulldogs.

    woof, woof.

  556. jm2375 October 17, 2008 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.

  557. al October 17, 2008 11:09 pm


    call the ssc on monday for info.


    tks eh.

  558. what? October 17, 2008 11:12 pm

    im out. cant wait til next week.

  559. al October 17, 2008 11:16 pm

    so alexander was rather composed out there. he moves a lot quicker than i first suspected.

  560. al October 17, 2008 11:20 pm

    so i am watching iolane v punahou…

    manti te’o, is an athlete. he made an unreal spinning grab for a td.
    dalton hilliard runs like a panther. smooth, cat like with power. and he get hands
    cayman schutter could be a great qb for the warriors. quick release, happy feet, strong armed.
    robbie toma a sleeper. will make some d1 coach happy.
    makaula looks like a great pick up.

  561. Kekoa October 17, 2008 11:24 pm

    G’nite Errybody!

    Coach Bulla…oh nevah mine. Too late to call on da Beast.

    Al – you going miss ’em, but we gotcha covered. Little Tim will be there to stand-in.

    Beat Nevada!

  562. jm2375 October 17, 2008 11:39 pm

    Night Kekoa! I promise to be good! *fingers crossed behind back*

  563. iwonderwhythehateme October 18, 2008 12:00 am


    It wasnt just turnovers that made lose the game….quite frankly our tackles on the O-line are….well i am going to be very very nice…they are not *ahem* IDEAL.

    sooner than later we need to get big, quick footed, long armed tackles to keep the pressure off.

    The pressure from the outside kills us and will continue to kill us day in and day out….

    Mr. Brian Smith, what the heck are you doing to address these problems that we had since LAST YEAR?

  564. iwonderwhythehateme October 18, 2008 12:05 am


    How many of you realized that Funaki was making passes into TRIPLE AND QUADRUPLE COVERAGE?

    Like i said earlier, one of the other receivers should have been open unless Boise was playing with 20 men on the field….What is up with that? Not going through progressions maybe?

  565. iwonderwhythehateme October 18, 2008 12:20 am


    I agree with you on mixing up our plays, direct snaps etc. How much do you think the playbook from Norm Chow or Urban Meyer will go for? haha.

    wellz better get to bed. gnite

    Go Warriors!

  566. Mad Dog October 18, 2008 1:12 am

    A good quarterback begins with the heart of the offense, those five guys on the O-line. Even Colt would have had a difficult time today.

    Our defense performed well. They seemed prepared for Boise’s tricky offense. In past years, Boise’s offense left our defense flatfooted and looking quite stupid. Today’s performance was a welcomed relief.

    Give credit to Boise’s coaches and players. They certainly outplayed the Warriors this afternoon.

  567. Lopaka43 October 18, 2008 1:22 am

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

  568. McLovin October 18, 2008 8:35 am

    Inoke did his best. Got hit way too many times. Wonder why he rarely ran with the ball. Was it due to coaches play calling? Maybe they figured Boises D-line was way too fast. UH’s Defense was awesome.

  569. al October 18, 2008 10:11 am


    ahem. why point in coach smith’s direction? he is not the one playing.

  570. iwonderwhythehateme October 18, 2008 11:08 am


    i point in that direction because i really really hate to point fingers at a player (even though i kinda did)………If i give you the benefit that the Boise line and LB’s were good, then fine…but what about previous games where the O-line tackles collapsed?……..

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