Kapolei's Brackenridge commits to UH

 Kapolei High cornerback Kalani Brackenridge told The Warrior Beat this afternoon that he has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
He is 5-11, 165 pounds, and is capable of running 40 yards in 4.5 seconds.
He also will play for the UH baseball team.
His father was in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Minnesota Twins’ system. His brother recently signed as a cornerback with the J-E-T-S.

* * *

Iuta Tepa and Kimo Makaula are gone.
Liloa Nobriga is split 50-50 between Colorado and UH.
But the Warriors still are expected to announce a recruiting class of about 30 Wednesday, the first day recruits may sign binding national letters of intent.
The rule is that a school can sign as many recruits as long as all of the offers are honored for academically eligible recruits and that no more than 25 new scholarships are given on the first day of school.
The Warriors will meet those requirements. Usually a couple of players are not ready academically at the start of school. There’s also the gray-shirt option, in which a freshman delays enrolling in school until the second semester.
The gray-shirt rule is an option that benefits developing players. Many freshmen redshirt the first year, anyway, to adjust to school and Division I football. After that, they have four years to play four seasons.
A gray shirt may take up to nine credits the first semester. He then joins the team the second semester, participating in the offseason conditioning program and competing in spring practice. After that, he has five years to play four seasons. In essence, he has a six-year window. Think a guy like Rocky Savaiigaea wouldn’t have liked to have gray-shirted? Instead of one year of eligibility remaining, he would have two.
Bob Wagner was the first UH coach to employ the gray-shirt option, using it on Kaulana Noa. Noa used the extra year to develop; he ended up as a four-year UH starter and a St. Louis Rams’ draft pick.

* * *

The Barefoot League is hosting an autograph party at its Kapahulu Avenue store Saturday. Some Pro Bowl players, as well as former UH players, are expected to attend. It’s tentatively set for 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  1. rylen February 1, 2009 10:31 am

    arizona cardinals!!!!!

  2. rylen February 1, 2009 10:32 am


  3. rog February 1, 2009 10:32 am

    Were there any recruits visiting this weekend?

  4. rylen February 1, 2009 10:33 am

    GO CARDS!!!

  5. rylen February 1, 2009 10:35 am

    i cant see any comments =(

  6. PIAA DS February 1, 2009 10:36 am

    Stephen, will you be at the Blaisdell on Wednesday morning, bright and early? Ill be the one walking around in my sleep.

  7. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:36 am

    There were a few.

  8. rog February 1, 2009 10:36 am

    Did any recruits visit this weekend?

  9. MeiLing February 1, 2009 10:37 am



  10. MeiLing February 1, 2009 10:38 am


    Morning! My 1st post no post… 🙁

  11. letsgowarriors February 1, 2009 10:38 am

    are we getting any suprise LOIs? im frickin depressed from the BJ Penn fight last night and i really need some good news. ive almost lost the will to live…

  12. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:38 am

    I see we’re on the 200-second delay again.
    I guess the heavy traffic on the Penn blog was slowing the system, so they put the system on delay. They’re going to remove it now.

  13. MeiLing February 1, 2009 10:39 am

    Suntingwong with posting on the blog 🙁


  14. SteveM February 1, 2009 10:42 am

    Good morning, ST!
    Good Super Sunday to everyone!

  15. Garret February 1, 2009 10:45 am

    It is too bad that UH lost out on this recruit…he will be starting in the Big 12 at offensive tackle this season.

    Butte Community College coach Jeff Jordan was amazed how quickly Watkins learned to play football, but he had to get used to the terminology.

    “We were in a close game during his first year, and our guys were yelling for our quarterback to spike the ball,” Jordan said. “Danny said, ‘What’s that?’ ”

    Watkins was stunned when he started getting attention from major college football coaches. He eventually chose Baylor over schools like Arkansas and Hawaii, and hopes to start at offensive tackle following the departures of seniors Jason Smith and Dan Gay.

  16. Garret February 1, 2009 10:47 am

    Article about Travis LaBoy’s Mom.

    Curley backed Travis when, as a 9-year-old who was big for his age, he was banned from Dixie Little League by parents who decided he was a physical threat to other players after a competitor’s leg was broken by a sliding LaBoy.

    “He was crushed – devastated,” Curley said. “I told him, ‘One day all those people are going to be calling your name.'”

    Who knew then that LaBoy would someday make the starting lineup of a Super Bowl team? It wasn’t easy. Travis was not a starter on the Marin Catholic High squad as a junior until his older brother, a defensive tackle, convinced his coach, Mark Haering, that Travis would do well if he lined him up next to him at defensive end. Travis was not a model student or a teacher’s pet either so, after he flunked out of Utah State, Curley literally marched him over to College of Marin to take summer classes to get his grades up so he could walk on and play football at the University of Hawaii.

    By his senior year at Hawaii, LaBoy was the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the year and was picked in the second round of the NFL draft in 2004. He joined the Tennessee Titans and his mom joined the NFL Moms on a Mission Squad with mothers of other NFL players. Curley still does charitable work for the squad and for her son’s foundation set up to combat autism.

    “She’s the ultimate cheerleader. That’s part of her personality,” said Art Curley, Angela’s husband. “She’s a get-it-done type person.”

    “No matter if Travis is on the field or not, she is trying to be the loudest, most obnoxious screamer in the stands,” CJ said. “She is nonstop, full tilt from the moment she gets to her seat to the second the game is over. It’s amazing how much energy she has on game days.”

  17. chawan_cut February 1, 2009 10:47 am


  18. Garret February 1, 2009 10:48 am

    Nice moment between Travis and his Mom after Arizona won the NFC Championship game two weeks ago.

    “You’re 27 years old and you’ve reached your dream. You did it,” Curley said to her son amidst the celebration on the field in Arizona.

    “Yeah, mom,” LaBoy replied, looking into his mother’s eyes. “We did it.”

  19. Garret February 1, 2009 10:50 am

    Article about Manti going on a mission after playing one season. It also mentions the 19-year-old rule, which is why he isn’t able to go on a mission right out of high school.

    Manti Te’o refrained from mincing words each time he met a college coach. Te’o, one of the nation’s highest ranked linebacker prospects, told every coach who recruited him that, after his freshman season, he might leave the country for two years.

    “I basically told them, ‘This is me,'” said Te’o, from Laie, Hawaii. “I’m LDS. I’m thinking of serving a mission, and I want that to be available to me. If that’s not in the cards for your university, I have to respect that, but I have to consider others.”

    Te’o is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — more commonly referred to as the Mormon church. When male members of the church turn 19, they are encouraged to embark on a two-year mission to proselytize in parts of the world that may not have been exposed to the 189-year-old faith. Te’o would like to serve that mission, even if it means leaving college for two years.

  20. kapakahi February 1, 2009 10:51 am


    Any others gone besides Tepa, Makaula, and Williams? Zach Masch? Carlos Savala (who never really was here to begin with) too?

    Any last-minute offers (as back-up plan for these decommits) in the works?


  21. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 10:52 am

    Stephen is the Barefoot League store still owned by Jackie Buder (older bro of the gorgeous Ericka Buder-Nakasone)?

  22. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:53 am

    That was an interesting column today.
    The columnist, with a UCLA slant, takes digs at the perception that UH recruits are wishy-washy. What the columnist failed to mention is that UCLA is guilty of aggressively poaching recruits who have made commitments to other schools.

  23. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:55 am

    Indeed it is. By the way, Buder-Nakasone is one of the originators of the Happy And You Know It dance.

  24. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:56 am

    There are contingency plans.
    As one coach said: When one leaves, it opens the way for another.

  25. Garret February 1, 2009 10:56 am

    Another note about Travis’ Mom shows just how much Travis overcame to make it to where he is now.

    She stood behind Travis and his older brother CJ when they were down on their luck and homeless for three weeks, living out of a van in Hawaii. They went to the drive-in theater for entertainment and parked at the beach to sleep. Curley vowed to her preschool-age boys that there would be better days ahead.

    “Without her, Travis and I would have had a completely different life,” CJ said.

  26. Garret February 1, 2009 10:57 am

    I also note from the article that Travis has a 17-year-old younger brother who is a Junior in high school…I wonder if he plays football?

  27. warriorfanny February 1, 2009 10:58 am

    Bottomline MAC n staff didnt let up and walked the talk…they were tough in the clinch.
    Cal Lee brought Nobriega to the threshold against a very formidable rush by Cabral & Co….I hope we get Liloa becz he will grow under Cal and if the NFL is his destiny, it will happen in Manoa as it would in Boulder…the difference is being a native son and playing in front of your own…Go warriors!

  28. kapakahi February 1, 2009 11:04 am


    Haven’t heard much about early summer commit SB Deondre Powell (Corey’s teammate from Gahr HS, Cerritos, CA.). Is Deondre still slated to become a Warrior with Corey?

    Any visitors to UH this weekend…besided CB Kalani Brakenridge & WR/CB Grigsby (from Crenshaw HS)?


  29. rog February 1, 2009 11:05 am

    how many more new commitments do you think you may get this week?

  30. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:06 am

    The best thing about this time is that it is assured that a lot of young people will be going to college.
    And, most important (and this is a father of three speaking), there will be a lot of families that won’t have to pay for the tuition.

  31. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:07 am

    I don’t think Powell is going to be able to make it.

  32. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:09 am

    I think we need Doris as a chat guest tomorrow.

  33. letsgowarriors February 1, 2009 11:14 am

    if sula is not looking good, i hope the coaches offer Eamon. no way Navy should be able to take Cyril Ontai and Derek Eamon!

  34. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 11:14 am

    Good morning errybody!

    Howzit Mr. Tsai. I’m gonna throw you a bone to help pique reader interest: Are there any really big time surprises lurking as LOI draws near?

  35. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:16 am

    JACKIE BUDER was the 1990 World Amateu r Champ in bodyboarding at Ni’ijima Island, Japan

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 11:16 am

    Is Sula looking iffy? Dang, I was looking forward to him.

  37. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:20 am

    previous World Champ in the World Amateur’s in any division (surfing, longboard, bodyboard, kneeboard) was Jimmy Blears (son of Lord Tally Ho) in the 70’s

  38. Garret February 1, 2009 11:20 am

    Powell might have academic issues? That really is too bad…

  39. roysan16 February 1, 2009 11:20 am


    are you guys like cat and dog, oil and water-that sort of thing

    i actually chuckle at the subtleties , really

  40. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:23 am

    Kalani Robb won the JrMens in 1994 and Joel Centeio won the JrMens in 2000 both at hostile Brazil

  41. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:26 am

    Kelly Slater, Andy and Bruce Irons, Freddy Patachia never placed in this event.

  42. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:28 am

    Tom Curren won the event twice

  43. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 11:33 am

    in the ISA record book, Jackie is listed as John Buder

  44. Garret February 1, 2009 11:42 am

    It is good that Mac wants the UH coaches to visit all the high schools in Hawaii. This article mentions how that makes a difference in another state.

    Davis insists that his assistants visit every high school in the state of North Carolina every year.

    “The first thing that all young coaches must do is build relationships with the high school coaches in your area,” Davis said. “You have to build credibility with them. They have to know you’re going to come there whether they have a player or not. Coaches will say, ‘School such-and-such, I’m not going to go out of my way to help them because they only show up when I have a superstar.’ … They may never have a player. We’re going to make sure the coaches feel like we’re there to help them.”

  45. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:43 am

    Sula has to take of stuff.

  46. Garret February 1, 2009 11:44 am

    Mack Brown talked about the values they look for in recruits they go after.

    “He has to have the ability to start at Texas and win the Big 12 championship,” Longhorn coach Mack Brown said. “Then you want a guy from a winning program. You want a guy from a family with values. We used to say with two parents. With families the way they are now, we say one really strong parent or two strong parents that don’t live together. We’d look for him to have a 3.0 [grade-point average] in the core [classes]. We want a leader on the team and in the school and in the community. And look for him to be a captain.

    “We’ve found in my 26 years that if you get the large majority of those values, he has a high-percentage chance to make it.

  47. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:46 am

    There will be announcements when there are commitments.

    BTW, not to further disagree with our columnist, but he advocates fewer visits. Wuh?
    A school is allowed something like 55 visits, right?
    OK, that’s 55 to sign 25.
    But each recruit is allowed five visits.
    So a school has to have a 50 percent success ratio even though it’s only 20 percent of a player’s options.

  48. Garret February 1, 2009 11:47 am

    D-IA schools (at least the ones with extra money) are increasingly using outside services to get their homework done in recruiting. To put things in perspective, North Carolina State (not one of the higher-budgeted BCS conference teams) spends more on recruiting subscriptions than UH used to have in their recruiting budget.

    Increasingly, college football programs are outsourcing their recruiting homework to private companies willing to provide game film, player evaluations and potential recruits’ contact information for a price. In the Carolinas alone, the five public Football Bowl Subdivision schools – North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Clemson and South Carolina – spent more than $172,000 combined in 2007-08 on outside recruiting assistance.

    That may not be a grand figure relative to overall athletic expenditures. The $53,593 N.C. State paid for recruiting subscriptions in the last fiscal year, for example, represented about 0.1 percent of the university’s total athletic expenditures. However, in terms of overall football recruiting expenditures, that represented 10.6 percent of what N.C. State spent.

    More importantly, they provide college coaches a legal end-around on NCAA restrictions, offering valuable recruiting information at times when coaches are prohibited from scouting the players themselves.

    “These people have unlimited access,” said N.C. State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie. “We have rules and regulations based on the NCAA of when we can go out physically It’s easier for them because they have 24/7, 12 months a year that they have access to the players and coaches.”

    In the spring of 2008, a new NCAA rule went into effect preventing college head coaches from visiting high schools for recruiting during the spring evaluation period. The regulation was an attempt to limit coaches’ contact with recruits in order to provide top high school players relief from the pressure of choosing a college.

    Meanwhile, some scouting services hold their own player combines, which allow them to freely evaluate athletes.

    The consultants can meet with coaches and players at any time, an issue that has not been raised on the NCAA’s agenda.

  49. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:47 am

    By the way, Erika is named after her dad.

  50. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 11:49 am

    On a lark, we once entered Erika in an Internet beauty contest.
    She ended up winning a bunch of prizes, including a tiara.

  51. Garret February 1, 2009 11:54 am


    I actually would prefer the number of visits to be dropped from 5 to 3 for recruits. That would prevent recruits from taking trips to schools they weren’t serious about (which happens every year), and it would reduce the chance of recruits being poached late in the process. All of that would save on the number of unsuccessful trips…which would save limited budgeted teams like UH money.

    At least that way when UH gets a recruit on a trip early, that recruit can’t take many more trips. It also would make scheduling a recruit’s trip easier, since with 5 trips to take and a limited number of weekends there is a lot of jockeying around for certain weekends.

    Reducing the number of trips would also make UH even more attractive to local recruits. They can’t go on many unofficial trips to the mainland without spending a lot of money on their own, and recruits are less likely to commit to schools that they haven’t visited. Mainland recruits might take unofficial visits to schools near them and save one of their official spots to UH…and official trips are more effective for recruiting than unofficial ones.

  52. Bulla February 1, 2009 11:55 am

    No Way BJ,

    that was painful to watch, mahalo for the info on the live feed…whew, long flight home for a lot of hawaiians.

    funny how they say, ‘the eyes have it’….anyone see his eyes when he was on his back…didn’t have it in him…..GSP fought a great match, was well prepared and he executed

    reminds me of the 7 P’s of Upper Management

    Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    maybe i can’t use that in my next motivational speech…..and then again, maybe i can 😎

  53. Garret February 1, 2009 11:57 am

    I hope that everyone has a great time at their Super Bowl parties! I’ll check the blog tonight…hopefully it will be working well then.

  54. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 12:09 pm

    I think Michael Phelps is learning about celebrityhood.

  55. Pride. February 1, 2009 12:13 pm

    Thanks Bulla.

    I notice an important word there, Prior PROPER Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

    Just like those who say that Practice Makes Perfect, It should actually be PERFECT Practice Makes Perefct.

  56. Kazz February 1, 2009 12:17 pm

    Just a test from the blackberry storm at a VZW store… Happy Super bowl Sunday!n

  57. Kekoa February 1, 2009 12:17 pm

    Greetings from the Ceded Lands!

    Aunty Diana sends her best to errybody. Had a slight adjustment to her meds, and fighting infection and that throbbing boom-shaka-lacka pain.

    She has her Steelers shirt on and is cheering for the Cards…Go Figure!

  58. lava February 1, 2009 12:21 pm

    Is Gary Nagy enrolled at UH?

  59. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 12:22 pm

    I want that Blackberry that Obama has.

  60. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 12:23 pm

    I’ll check.

  61. koakane± February 1, 2009 12:24 pm

    good mid day to all tsai-ko’s and also wishing everyone a good supa bowl shindig.

    whomever your team is good luck but the black and gold going winnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    was up early at Sam’s this am. saw some to the marines that tgated with us and they were all psyched up to party with the tsaikos at the pro bowl. I kinda of mentioned we are not attending. they were bummed so I told them about this sat night. some were interested and may make an attempt to show up.

    to bad for all the locals pulling for BJ but hafta agree with bulla man. he did not have the bruddah look and got beat. canada guy looked fit, cut and wanted it badder imho. hard luck 808 and good try BJ.

    well cutting from the computer and getting my seat for the game. check in lattas go STEELERS

  62. jm2375 February 1, 2009 12:25 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!! Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!

    Eagerly awaiting Wednesday with baited breath. Think I only have 1 meeting scheduled that day. 😀

    ST or Doris – anyone not projected to sign on Wednesday? There’s usually 1 or 2 that take their time every year.

  63. lava February 1, 2009 12:25 pm

    Thanks ST

  64. kymrykauai February 1, 2009 12:27 pm

    Happy super bowl Sunday everyone! I was wondering if any of the tsai-ko’s are going to be at the fundraiser Tuesday night at the willows? My youngest son and I will be there and was just wondering who else might be going?

  65. wafan February 1, 2009 12:28 pm

    jm524 . . .

    How much fish did you have to eat to have bait breath? Kind of stinky! nah, nah, nah, just kidding.


  66. jm2375 February 1, 2009 12:31 pm

    wafan – hardy har har. 👿 At least it’s in the 80’s here! So, how cold is it up there in the PNW?

  67. lava February 1, 2009 12:32 pm

    [quote/]if sula is not looking good, i hope the coaches offer Eamon.[quote]

    I agree. Sula could be really good in our offense, but there is a void if he doesn’t join, so I hope the coaches look to Eamon for some depth, unless of course they are really high on some of the guys invited from the walk-on tryouts. There look to be some good ones in that bunch.

  68. al™ February 1, 2009 12:36 pm

    agree that eamon is like a nasty nate ilaoa type back.

    cardinals plus 7!

  69. wafan February 1, 2009 12:51 pm


  70. wafan February 1, 2009 12:54 pm

    Hey! What happened?

    Anyway, jm41514 . . .

    Turned out to be a pretty day. High cloud cover with a searing high in the upper 30’s. Whoo-hoo!

    Here comes summer!

    That darn groundhog better not see his shadow tomorrow.

  71. FloridaTed February 1, 2009 12:59 pm

    Good Super Bowl afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Well, however this turns out on Feb. 4th, I will be happy with this class, From where I sit, we should land almost 50 % of the top 25 local recruits. I think that this is darned good, by any measure.

    O.K. now, go underdog Cardinals, give us a great game.

  72. jm2375 February 1, 2009 1:07 pm

    wafan – too cold for me. why do you think I came home from DC?

  73. BigWave96744 February 1, 2009 1:21 pm

    Heads or Tails?
    Who will score first?
    What kind of score will it be?


  74. FloridaTed February 1, 2009 1:29 pm

    Wow, Jennifer Hudson was powerful, it gave me chills, same with Faith Hill. You have to hand it to the NFL, they sure know how to put on a uniquely American show.

    Now, all I hope for is the game living up to the huge build-up.

    Have fun, everybody.

  75. Committed Road Warrior February 1, 2009 1:30 pm

    Was that one small-kine shaka from the former 49’er?

  76. SteveM February 1, 2009 1:31 pm

    January 31st, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    getting back to the goteborg musubi

    please info midori7 that …..

    also, al’s style is with a mini dollop of best foods mayo. i should trademark that one huh? goteborg musubi al’s style™

    January 31st, 2009 at 11:45 pm
    about now stevem is drooling.

    OK–so after so many Pavlovian Cattle Calls, I’m predictable… 😐

    All this goteborg recipe talk reminds me of the proposed PBS contests this past season. The talk was to hold a contest at a tailgate. I was thinking an indoor venue venue would be better (no charcoal and cooking aroma distractions). Now we have a large indoor gathering coming up on Feb. 7… good place for a Goteborg Musubi Contest?

    Since I have not had any, I will be one of the impartial judges… 🙄

  77. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 1:31 pm

    It did look like a shaka.

  78. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 1:32 pm

    How does Andrea smile and speak at the same time?
    I haven’t seen that since Heath Ledger.

  79. wafan February 1, 2009 1:40 pm

    Goooooooooooooo Steelers!

  80. Committed Road Warrior February 1, 2009 1:45 pm

    TD ruling overturned. Steelers settle for FG.

  81. Bulla February 1, 2009 1:46 pm


    smile and speak at the same time, don’t you remember Coach Larry Price when he was working at KITV4 as an investigative reporter….classic…..

    in a business class i was taking with Coach, he told us, ‘…i am hawaii’s biggest nightmare, a portagee with a phd….i am licensed to talk…’

    thought that was a good one……..

    BS degree = Bull S
    MA degree = More Again
    PHD degree = Piled Higher and Deeper

    so what about ‘higher’ education? haha

  82. Bulla February 1, 2009 1:54 pm


    dont’t lose my book, or i’ll have to have an ‘encore’ request 😎 😉

  83. al™ February 1, 2009 2:07 pm

    cannot make goteborg sausage musubi for kk. it will be too cold and soggy.

  84. Bulla February 1, 2009 2:10 pm

    joke time

    in the days of the spanish armada and epic battles on the high seas, listen to the exchange one day…

    Spotter: Captain, 2 enemy ships on the horizon.
    Capt: Lt., get me my red shirt for this battle

    He puts on his red shirt, they win the battle and are victorious. As they share in the spoils of their victory,

    Lt.: Captain, why did you ask for your red shirt?
    Capt: Lt., in the heat of battle, if i were to be wounded, our sailors would not know, and they would continue to fight to the death or victory!

    Next day….

    Spotter: Captain, 20 enemy ships on the horizon….
    Capt: Lt., get me my brown pants……………..

  85. Bulla February 1, 2009 2:13 pm


    sausage….cold….soggy……what a combination

    maybe you need some ‘blue’ vitamins to ‘kick it up a notch’? just helping, trying to be positive

  86. Bulla February 1, 2009 2:30 pm


    j/k you know….all quiet on the Tsaiko front, going to protect some natives from the tourists…..aloha til later

  87. niho mano February 1, 2009 2:35 pm

    garret good article #44, i hope uh coaches do the same thing with the hs on oahu and the outside islands…

  88. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 2:45 pm

    I do remember the Coach saying: “He had an MIR.”
    A Russian space station? Ouch. Sounds painful.
    And, of course: “Drugs is a terrible four-letter word.”

  89. Miranda V February 1, 2009 2:48 pm

    Wow, i never thought about it like that 🙂

  90. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 2:56 pm

    That’s a momentum changer.

  91. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 3:04 pm

    Anybody else feel ridiculous standing in front of the TV wearing 3-D glasses?

  92. Bulla February 1, 2009 3:06 pm


    ahhhh, coach was classic, even in the days of the Hula T offense, oh boy…you were far too young then to remember the likes of Alex Kaloi, Golden Richards, Levi Stanley, Harrison Matsushima….not sure on him…but Golden Years from the Termite Palace…..wow

  93. Bulla February 1, 2009 3:09 pm

    3D glasses….wheres Rap when we need him…

    DeDeDeDeDeDeDeDeDearly BebeBebeBebeBebeBebeBebe loved….

    We are gagath gagath gagath gagath gagathered here to to to to to to to to to to to today……..

  94. A-House February 1, 2009 3:16 pm

    Goteberg is spelled with 2 ts or one? like,Gotterberg?

    Perfect: just saw something, paper or tv ad or ….. which said, “there is no perfect person, only perfect intentions”. How would you judge an intention to be perfect if one cannot read the mind of the person?

    Just like, it’s not the intent that matters, only the “perception”.

    Com’on Cardinals!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. A-House February 1, 2009 3:20 pm

    Did Coach Mack and crew hold out that Tepa would sing their NLI if he was truly a strong, silent commit to UCLA? He should have been up front with Coach Mack.

    Terrible waste of effort, but let’s hope that that scholarship will be awarded to a player who will make an even BIGGER contribution to the Warrior program than Tepa would or could have.

  96. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 3:24 pm

    Not to worry, dear neighbor.

    By the way, anyone else notice the Bull lookalike playing the trumpet for the E Street Band?

  97. Committed Road Warrior February 1, 2009 3:26 pm

    Opinions about the halftime show?

  98. roysan16 February 1, 2009 3:27 pm

    i got to hand it to these coaches

    i know i couldn’t

    a side line reporter runs up to the arizona coach at the end of the half

    the lady side line reporter asks the arizona coach what he thinks about the play on the goal line, the one where his qb threw a 100 yrd interception on the goal line..14 pt. swing at the end of the half. instead of leading by 4 they’re down by 10


    how do you think he feels?

    he feels sick –the fans feels sick–the players feel sick–i feel sick

    why even ask the question…sshhesh

    same reporter would probably ask alex rodrigues how he feels when he strikes out with the bases loaded.

    laugh up pitt fans.. at the cards…and the lady reporter…pppffftt.

  99. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 3:31 pm

    Harrison Matsushima’s daughter played softball for the Wahine.

  100. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 3:33 pm

    Speaking of whom, they open the season this week.
    Wrong time to talk about softball?

  101. el guapo February 1, 2009 3:41 pm

    Other suggestions where to get goteberg sausage? Went to Times Beretania and McCully, did not have and can’t remember the other places mentioned. That was a staple growing up but have not thought about it for years.

  102. roysan16 February 1, 2009 3:46 pm

    another bud commercial…boring…Clydesdale…the horses are getting old

    something to think about budweiser

  103. roysan16 February 1, 2009 3:49 pm

    ppsssttt…budweiser get the lady reporter asking how the arizona coach felt at the end of the half…after seeing that interview would drive people to drink

  104. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 4:01 pm

    OK. Careerbuilder.com had the most irritating commercial.

  105. roysan16 February 1, 2009 4:13 pm

    if the objective of an ad is to induce the buyer into buying the product then the doritos commercial did.+the hyundai commercial

    one’s that didn’t –coke, frosted flakes commercial

  106. roysan16 February 1, 2009 4:27 pm

    commercial that sends the wrong message and therefore a bad commercial is the one where pittsburghs troy p. (polynesian) chases after the white man tackles and rips the man’s shirt off and throws it to the kid– is distasteful and ridiculous

  107. FloridaTed February 1, 2009 4:28 pm

    Come on, Cardinals, my visor is calling you.

    Darn, one interception the difference in this game. The Reds are playing good, too many stupid penalities. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

  108. Bulla February 1, 2009 4:36 pm


    What do you mean lookalike? I was ‘transported’ there……by aliens of course…..now Homey don’t get offended, i am talking about the outer space aliens, not the green card wannabe’s from South of the border….ok, that’s enough

  109. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 4:50 pm


  110. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 4:53 pm

    Can the Birds pull UPSET??????
    2mins. 37 sec. left……. DEFENSE!

  111. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 4:54 pm

    I must say, this is the best videod game.
    Very detailed.
    Great production.

  112. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 4:58 pm

    Do we see O/T?

  113. wafan February 1, 2009 5:02 pm

    No O/T!


  114. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 5:04 pm


  115. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 5:05 pm

    ST not wow – but

  116. wafan February 1, 2009 5:06 pm


  117. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 5:07 pm

    Hey, let’s have a WOW WOW

  118. Ralph February 1, 2009 5:08 pm

    three cardinals defending one receiver but only the receiver goes hard after the ball….francisco can a little to late

  119. wafan February 1, 2009 5:09 pm

    How about a whoo-hoo!

  120. wafan February 1, 2009 5:12 pm



  121. wafan February 1, 2009 5:15 pm

    Unbelieveable game. What an end!

    Both teams deserved to win. Well played.

    I hope the Warriors were watching so they learn how to fight until the end and win.

  122. roysan16 February 1, 2009 5:15 pm

    the pittsburgh qb rotttensburger- 5 yrs in the league -after todays 4th quarter comeback- 18 total now

    mvp should be the qb.

  123. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 5:17 pm

    Gotta be the best super bowl ending in a long time.

  124. 702WarriorNation February 1, 2009 5:19 pm

    Can we expect to see great finish on 04Feb too?

  125. wafan February 1, 2009 5:26 pm

    Getting close to the time to check for cracks.

  126. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 5:30 pm

    Wadda Game! Wadda half time! Wadda sport! Wadda country! Wadda blog!

  127. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 5:31 pm

    Now the countdown begins … for the J-E-T-S to blow another draft.

  128. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 5:31 pm

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  129. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 5:35 pm

    I think I woulda had the Clydesdales playin’ a “green” theme. I mean like, don’t they eat grass, hay and oats? Sounds like environmentally friendly beer transport to me. The immigrant Clydesdale was pretty funny.

  130. FloridaTed February 1, 2009 5:40 pm

    Exactly the kind of game I was hoping for, too bad there had to be a loser.

    The DC of the Cardinals can be blamed for this loss, once again the prevent defense prevented victory.

    I feel bad for Warner, he did everything he could to get them ahead, but too much time left on the clock and then….

    A great heavy weight fight, Steelers by split decision.

  131. Ralph February 1, 2009 5:40 pm

    the Jets will probably draft fresno’s qb Brandenstater and sink into the abyss…you got to hope the Favre returns, old man is better than having no quality qb….

  132. Ralph February 1, 2009 5:45 pm

    give the steelers OL credit, so many times it looked as though the cardinals blitz got to the qb but no sack…I hope our UH OL guys were looking for ways to improve their game

  133. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 6:04 pm

    Young Rothelsboigah has already had a stellar career just a few years in. He also won the SB in two cliffhangers

    Laboy looked pretty ferocious at times.

    Some folks in our house are from Pennsylvania, so they love the Steelers. I didn’t have any favorites but thought that was as entertaining a game as you could want. That goal line pick by Pittsburgh six was just amazing.

  134. kama krab February 1, 2009 6:05 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    All I gotta say is it was the Cardinals game to win and they blew it. I would have loved to see Travis in there for the final drive. The drive before this Travis was dominating the tackle on his side and was causing a lot of havoc in the backfield. If they Laboy in on that final drive I feel the Cardinals might have had a better chance to win. JMO

  135. A-House February 1, 2009 6:51 pm

    ST, good neighbor:

    Wonder what surprise(s) Coach Mack has in store for us on 2/4/09?

    For all you Warriors training hard in the off-season, keep up the intensity, work on your weakness, strengthen your strong points, and the WAC will be yours. All the other top teams are doing the same. It is never easy to train in silence, but your individual contributions to the team will be the magic ingredient to a successful 2009 season!

    One star, two, three, four or five or no star, it’s what inside that matters most.

  136. al™ February 1, 2009 6:54 pm

    ahouse….its goteborg sausage.

    el guapo….marukai was selling some today at the ala moana store. i hear that star markets also carry it.

  137. al™ February 1, 2009 7:04 pm

    okay…..i am ready for a surprise!

  138. al™ February 1, 2009 7:05 pm

    bulla…..no need blue pills in my medicine cabinet. what is that for anyway?

  139. al™ February 1, 2009 7:06 pm

    okay the cardinals didn’t win. but, those seven points surely came in handy.

  140. chawan_cut February 1, 2009 7:17 pm

    how can you not review that fumble/inc pass play at the end of the game? that was such a controversial call. and the cardinals are not allowed to challenge plays within the final 2 minutes. its all up to the booth. how can the booth not deem that play worth reviewing? its like they just wanted to end the game. i had no care who won, but to end the game like that after all it had gone through. you never know what arizona could’ve done.

    and the 3-d commercials weren’t so 3-d for me. only the paddle ball was 3-d. hopefully the shows tomorrow are better.

  141. koakane± February 1, 2009 7:58 pm

    checking in and yeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa for the black and gold. steelers supa bowl winnnas babeeeeeeeee.

    re Harrison Matsushima’s does he have a son name Ried who went to punahou. If das his son, plays with my boy in AJA and this past thursday he hit one grand salami over right field fence at ala wai. he big like his faddah and can put away the pizza.

    did I mention about the steelers winning da supa bowl hooooootahhhhhhhhhhh.

  142. el guapo February 1, 2009 8:07 pm

    Thanks for the info Al!

  143. koakane± February 1, 2009 8:10 pm

    btw besides trying to figure out the 3d glasses, this years commercial was crappy.

    only good on was the coke commercial in which polamalu rips off the guys dress shirt and throws it to the kid

  144. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 8:18 pm

    Harrison Matsushima was a hella wrestler for St. Louis in the day. He was in the heavyweight division, or at 200 lbs. IIRC. He was a big buggah.

  145. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 8:42 pm

    al –

    What does your little birdie on the street say, are we in for any big surprises?

  146. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 8:43 pm

    I always thought he went as Harris Matsushima.

  147. al ™ February 1, 2009 8:54 pm

    koakane….i don’t think they are related.

    how old is your boy? what the first name?’
    which aja team is he with?

  148. rog February 1, 2009 9:01 pm

    Doris just said Kalani Brackenridge is going to be a Warrior.

  149. A-House February 1, 2009 9:03 pm


    what surprise are you waiting for?

    Harris Matsushima played D-line for UH after Levi Stanley and Paul “zumo” Lee.

    Lee, I believe, became a dentist.

  150. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:05 pm

    well dpk…..its logical.

    today was the last time coaches could make face to face contact.

    monday thru thursday is the dead period. limited to correspondence and one phone call. not sure about the text messaging i thought it was addressed this past year, but, not sure of the outcome.

    tsai says surprises will be announced upon discovery.

    for example, liloa nobriga one of our top recruits is sitting on the fence as of today. nobriga has been quoted as saying that monday (tomw) is his self imposed deadline to announce once and for all if its colorado or hawaii.

    just keep your ear close to the ground or your eyes peeled to this blog.

  151. roysan16 February 1, 2009 9:08 pm

    rog-your good

  152. momotaro February 1, 2009 9:12 pm

    Hey ST, was the blogs going down yesterday due to the traffic on the BJ Penn blog?

  153. A-House February 1, 2009 9:13 pm

    Anybody, just keep up the good recruiting news for the Warriors!!!!! Thank you, Doris!!

    Why can’t Tony Tuioti recruit and go on home visits? Is this because of a NCAA “guideline” for the position or is it UH’s? If UH, they should change portion(s) of his job/position description.

    If, just if, Coach Mack cannot fill all the scholarships, how long will he/staff keep recruiting for 2009? Is there a “drop dead” clause for the NCAA.

    NCAA, I like to beat dead horses, but any new information on the Reggie Bush situation? If real serious, it may affect USC in bowl consideration (past/present/future) or may even lose their most recent National Championship. Com ‘on NCAA, show all of college sports that you have balls!

  154. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:13 pm

    ahouse….perhaps there’s one surprise as you speak.

    i’ll bet stephen was going to break that out tomw.

  155. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:20 pm

    its an ncaa rule. he must be a coach i think.

  156. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 9:23 pm

    I was trying to hide Kalani Brackenridge until tomorrow, but it slipped out. I spoke with him just before the Super Bowl. He’s going to play football and baseball at UH.

  157. glenn February 1, 2009 9:23 pm

    FYI… scout.com reports that Nobriga committed to Colorado on Jan. 23.

  158. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:23 pm

    so i count 30 recruits of which 5 are already enrolled this spring plus billy ray.

    that leaves 25. some are to greyshirt i am sure. typically the greyshirt candidates are chosen because of their need to get better physically developed.

    so we still have room to fill some of our needs.

  159. momotaro February 1, 2009 9:23 pm

    Why can’t Tony Tuioti recruit and go on home visits? Is this because of a NCAA “guideline” for the position or is it UH’s? If UH, they should change portion(s) of his job/position description.

    A-House, I’m not sure but the two things that I can think of are (1) he is not a coach, like al has mentioned (he is Director of Football Player Personnel) and (2) a coach needs to pass an NCAA test on recruiting, and I’m not sure that Tony has taken that test.

  160. chawan_cut February 1, 2009 9:27 pm

    Oh, here’s how the hamdog turned out.


    i’m not dead yet, but i think i should run around the island tomorrow to make up for today.

  161. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:31 pm

    ahouse…..no, i am not psychic. just have learned how to be intuitive and read between the lines.

    i’ll bet trapasso is happy that he doesn’t have to fork out a scholie for kalani. on second thought, i think in the case of baseball scholarships, it would be more like “carve out” a scholarship since most players only get a partial. one of the last full rides in baseball may have been lavon largusa.

  162. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:37 pm

    glenn…..nobriga has since stated that it was 50-50 as to where he would go as reported by tsai on several occasions.

    50 % hawaii (mom, gf, frens)
    50 % colorado (dad)

    a lot of pressure in making a decision. perhaps some broken hearts no matter what he does. he needs to follow his heart and then no turning back.

    who knows he may choose another school altogether?

  163. chawan_cut February 1, 2009 9:38 pm

    the goose!
    until he got hurt and never really recovered.

  164. lava February 1, 2009 9:39 pm

    Nobriga’s is one of the more bizarre situations. Somehow choosing between schools means choosing between mom and girlfriend or pops. Seems like a no win situation to me. I hope he gets his life straightened out, regardless of where he goes.

  165. d1島 February 1, 2009 9:39 pm

    Terrific game today…nice way to end football season. 🙁

    Oh well, what can you say but…

    Hang in there Jack!


  166. chawan_cut February 1, 2009 9:40 pm

    oh, that sentence wasn’t complete.
    he was great until…

  167. COPO February 1, 2009 9:43 pm

    ST, Pride.

    Fesootai “Tai” Papalii, WO DB this spring is oldest son of long time collegiate assistant coach, Sam (De Anza College, UH, Arizona, Utah, Iowa St., UNLV) and most recently head football coach at Kealakehe H.S. (2001 to 2005) in Kona – Hawaii Island. Tai is trying out as a defensive back, attended Kamehameha-Kapalama as a freshman (2002) transferred to play for his dad at Kealakehe H.S., 3 year starter, All-State 2nd team (Advertiser-2005), All-BIIF DB (2004-2005) also 1st team All-BIIF QB 2005. 5-10, 210.

  168. roysan16 February 1, 2009 9:44 pm

    last years gray shirts count towards the 25 scholarship count for this year. Is this correct?

    lot of gray shirts last year

    and a lot of recruits signed for this year

    in fact, too many

    not unless 10-15 are going to be grayshirted this year

    with a 85 max cap it’ll be interesting to see what happens

  169. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 9:48 pm

    # Stephen Tsai:
    February 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I always thought he went as Harris Matsushima.


    That’s correct. My error. He was one of a few excellent St. Louis wrestlers who were in the upper weight divisions during his era. And yah, he was great
    at football too.

  170. al ™ February 1, 2009 9:56 pm

    grayshirts may count for last year or this year. dependent upon how many scholies were available for each year. one would have to know the numbers for each year all subject to the 25/85 limitations.

    i think that the mid year jcs will probably count for last year. we had some projected grayshirts not make it through from last year.

  171. FloridaTed February 1, 2009 9:59 pm

    Can’t wait ’till Wednesday and see how this ever changing recruiting puzzle finally shakes out.

    Well, good night, Gang, has been a fun day.

  172. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:03 pm

    Re: Nobriga.
    After that scout.com report, UH sent a coach to visit with him. That makes two (at least) home visits, as well as his recruiting trip.
    That’s a fairly large investment.

  173. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:13 pm

    Off topic, some very unsettling news on the TV tonight. Six stabbings reported across Oahu in the last 24 hours. Yikes!

  174. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:15 pm

    I hope we can get Nobriga. Thanks for that info, Stephen.

  175. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:17 pm

    Those are some complicated options for Nobriga’s choices. Here’s wishing him the best.

  176. al ™ February 1, 2009 10:18 pm

    is hawaiian air still comping the coaches’ air costs?

  177. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:21 pm

    BTW Tsai-

    That piece your brother wrote about the fight yesterday was excellent, IMHO. Some mighty fine writin’!

  178. al ™ February 1, 2009 10:23 pm

    so this kalani brackenridge looks like a good athlete. heard he’s also a shortstop according to kapoleiwarrior.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm93XfIXIMA

  179. al ™ February 1, 2009 10:25 pm

    hey steve…..at least the jets got some air time today. joe willie namath the dapper one, looked good presenting the trophy.

  180. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:42 pm

    Where is everybody? You there al?

  181. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:42 pm

    I was waiting for Broadway Joe to say: “I want to kiss you …”

  182. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:44 pm

    And the video:


  183. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2009 10:44 pm

    Ok, cold meds are closing my eyes.

    Good night all.

  184. Stephen Tsai February 1, 2009 10:53 pm

    Don’t leave, DPK.
    Things might be heating up.

  185. koakane± February 1, 2009 11:04 pm

    al ™: February 1st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    koakane….i don’t think they are related.

    how old is your boy? what the first name?’
    which aja team is he with?

    reid matsushima

    Stephen Tsai: February 1st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I was trying to hide Kalani Brackenridge until tomorrow, but it slipped out. I spoke with him just before the Super Bowl. He’s going to play football and baseball at UH.

    this boy’s name is currently on the waipahu aja roster. don’t know if he plays. will check out and report back on wednesday

  186. SteveM February 1, 2009 11:08 pm

    Peaches and I are just back after dinner and watching the 4th quarter at Genji’s with Mei Ling. Good game. Then some karaoke with Mei Ling’s mother, brothers, and sisters (which included Pam and Russ). Wow–some mighty fine singers in that family!

    …and we have the BIG Tsai-ko Karaoke Call next Saturday.

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

  187. al ™ February 1, 2009 11:15 pm

    i was waiting for broadway joe to pull down his pants to display the pantyhose.

  188. al ™ February 1, 2009 11:17 pm

    i’ll stick around for the heat.

  189. MeiLing February 1, 2009 11:26 pm


    Thanks for the compliment. I think my Mom & sister Pam took voice lessons once.

    Congrats to Kalani Brackenridge!


    Mahalo for the edumacation on what grey-shirting means.

    My Mom was wondering why your article on the Men’s VB team wasn’t swapped with the story about the basketball team’s loss. The VB team won their game, but there were no associated pictures. Just wondering…

  190. Pride. February 1, 2009 11:28 pm

    COPO. Thanks for the info on Sam Papali’i’s son.

  191. Pride. February 1, 2009 11:32 pm

    Thanks for the good news about Brackenridge ST. As a baseball player, he’s probably a great athlete with pretty good smarts. Sounds like the makings of a very good free safety. Remember how Mack likes to move Corners to Safety, Safeties to OLB, so on and so forth.

  192. KapoleiWarrior February 1, 2009 11:53 pm

    At this point in his career, I still think Kalani is more dominant in baseball than he is in football.

  193. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 12:35 am

    New post, new recruits.

  194. Kauaichick February 5, 2009 9:38 am

    Please, Let me Play !!

  195. […] The Warrior Beat | UH football, University of Hawaii athletics … […]

  196. Power Shack February 13, 2009 6:14 am

    Power Shack…

    Animals that are sick or injured that you think that can helped, get them out of the pound and get them to the vet and fundraise from your community, your website, your myspace, your facebook. Trust me people will give you money if you saved a diabetic…

  197. […] The Warrior Beat | UH football, University of Hawaii athletics … […]

  198. Piaa wrestling March 5, 2009 5:03 pm

    Nice information, but I need further information about that. .

Comments are closed.