Hey, I’m a grandpa!

Mia Kimiko Tsai-Bechard is 21 inches and … hey, they kicked me out of the room before I could find out if I won the weigh-in pool.


  1. whitey August 16, 2009 3:55 pm

    Congratulations ST

  2. Glenn August 16, 2009 3:56 pm

    First. Congratulations, Grandpa!

  3. whitey August 16, 2009 3:57 pm

    OK, #1 Grandpa, now you can celebrate. I’ll hoist one for you and your grand daughter.

  4. cheepono August 16, 2009 4:01 pm

    top 5!

    congrats ST and the tsai ohana.

    cheepono out.

  5. Stephen Tsai August 16, 2009 4:06 pm

    The hospital apparently has a no blogging rule. LOL.

  6. Blackie August 16, 2009 4:11 pm

    Congratulations, Papa Tsai!!!

  7. al August 16, 2009 4:12 pm

    a new addition to the family always brings joy.
    love that name.

  8. curveball August 16, 2009 4:14 pm

    gotta come up with the babys blog name……..

  9. djmitcho August 16, 2009 4:17 pm

    Congrats Grandpa!

  10. Jason August 16, 2009 4:21 pm


  11. jm2375 August 16, 2009 4:22 pm

    Congrats to the Tsai ohana and welcome to the world, Mia!

    Methinks Grandpa and Grandma Tsai will spoil her rotten. 😀

  12. d1島 August 16, 2009 4:27 pm

    No blog rule? Like the NoFunLeague?

  13. Maverick August 16, 2009 4:30 pm

    Awesome Possum Tutu Kane-Tsai.
    Congrats to all.
    Your life pace just slowed down a notch with that status.

  14. Tombo Ahi August 16, 2009 4:32 pm

    Congrats, gramps!

  15. K. Mark Takai August 16, 2009 4:33 pm

    Congratulations Grandpa!!

  16. Expat August 16, 2009 4:39 pm


  17. d1島 August 16, 2009 4:43 pm

    Congratulations to the entire Ohana!

  18. G (China) August 16, 2009 4:47 pm


  19. Garret August 16, 2009 4:48 pm


  20. tommui August 16, 2009 4:50 pm

    Well, congratulations and best wishes.

    When do you and Wena start baby-sitting?

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid August 16, 2009 4:51 pm

    *wipes tears from his eyes*

    Good for you Grandpa Tsai! Congrats to your whole family from Sweety and I, especially to Mommy and Daddy! This was the news we were ALL waiting for! YEEHAW!!! GO G-POP!!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  22. Jack Flash August 16, 2009 4:51 pm

    Congrats to you and your ‘ohana ST!

  23. Cindy .. (cenn) .. August 16, 2009 4:51 pm

    Congratulations, Papa Tsai! A new baby always brings
    so much happiness into the home.
    Be prepared to see lots of “pink”!

  24. Slugger August 16, 2009 5:05 pm

    Congratulations, Gramps!

  25. Mad Dog August 16, 2009 5:06 pm

    Congratulations Grandpa. Do you still remember how to change daipers?

  26. BowsForever August 16, 2009 5:09 pm


    Hey, did you know that Y. E. Yang is the first Asian to win a major? (I guess ‘mix plate’ doesn’t count though it does other times…) Congrats to Yang, and it’s not like Woods is having a terrible year. IIRC, Woods has had putting issues from time to time and they caught up to him again today.

  27. BowsForever August 16, 2009 5:12 pm

    Note: In fairness, not everyone is getting that particular statistic wrong.

  28. Kaimuki Kid August 16, 2009 5:15 pm

    Hi! If I am not mistaken isn’t Tiger part-Asian (Thai)?

  29. Rob25 August 16, 2009 5:17 pm

    Congratulations to the Tsai family on their newest addition!!

  30. Slugger August 16, 2009 5:17 pm

    Tiger is more Asian than African-American, since his Mom is Asian & his Dad is part Chinese.

  31. Pomai August 16, 2009 5:25 pm

    Congratulations to the whole Tsai Ohana. Now the fun begins. ST can you even remember what it was like with a baby in the house??

  32. Pomai August 16, 2009 5:27 pm

    Baby’s blog name gotta go with “MamaMia”

  33. PowderPuff August 16, 2009 5:28 pm

    ST, Wena…congratulations to you and your entire family on Mia. Twenty-one inches…tall girl. Perhaps a future Wahine?

  34. gmahoney August 16, 2009 5:28 pm

    Congratulations! Grandchildren are the best thing about growing older. No pressure to try to raise them, this time it’s not your responsibility. You just get to love them and enjoy them. Take lots of pictures and enjoy the ride.

  35. SailorBlue August 16, 2009 5:32 pm

    ST ~ Congratulations Grandpa and hearty welcome to the newest Tsai-kette…

  36. Bulla August 16, 2009 5:51 pm

    congrats to ST and the entire Tsai ohana

    you’ll have to give me some pointers, just found out that i’m going to be a grandpa, my step son bryson is going to be a daddy in march 2010…..oh boy, maybe pride and a few other ‘mature’ tsaikos can give me some sage advice, haha

  37. NYUH August 16, 2009 5:52 pm

    Omedeto Steven!


    2. Nevada—Hopes are high for the Wolfpack. 9-3 Nevada will have a great year.

    3. Louisiana Tech—Coach Dooley has the Bulldogs looking good. 7-5 The Bulldogs go bowling again.

    4. Hawaii—Will take a step back this year. 6-7 for the Rainbow Warriors.

  38. Stephen Tsai August 16, 2009 5:55 pm

    Well, Bulla, what I’ve learned is that when the water breaks, you’ve got lots of time.
    I should have remembered that from the birth of my eldest daughter. But I was 24 then, and I could barely remember to pay my taxes.

  39. bighilofan2 August 16, 2009 5:57 pm

    Congrats ST and ohana! spoil the grandchild. often! 😀

  40. Stephen Tsai August 16, 2009 5:57 pm

    I was told UH feels it could not afford to lose three players on defense: John Fonoti, Vaughn Meatoga and Brashton Satele.
    It’s sad news about Satele.

  41. duffer August 16, 2009 6:02 pm

    Congrats to the Tsai and Bechard ohana! Her name sounds like a future soccer and/or golf star in the making! 🙂

  42. Bulla August 16, 2009 6:06 pm

    Satele is such a sad turn of events, looking back, would the surgery if done in December be fully recovered by now? we can only wish that it is not as serious as it appears. Fonoti, Meatoga, and Satele…..3 of the anchors for a SOLID D….just have to adjust and have the others step up….and quickly.

  43. LiLMermaid August 16, 2009 6:07 pm

    Congratulations to the Tsai Ohana!

  44. Slugger August 16, 2009 6:07 pm

    ST ~

    Your conclusion about having time after Jodie’s water breaking doesn’t apply to everyone. Opposite scenario for me.

    Advice for the new parents: Get sleep when you can.

    Photo Gallery of UH practice:

    There are players being mis-identified. Whoever is writing the captions for the pictures doesn’t have sjmacro’s color-coded list. I noticed this for the pictures of the quarterbacks yesterday, too.

  45. Slugger August 16, 2009 6:10 pm

    ST ~

    Do you have a weight for that little girl? 21″ is tall for a tiny tyke.

  46. Stretch August 16, 2009 6:12 pm

    Congratulations to the Tsai and Bechard Ohana!! I hope that the new mommie is doing well.

  47. βρεω808 August 16, 2009 6:13 pm


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    Jodie & Dad, Grandparents ST & Wena, Auntie Allie, Uncle DJ (Devon), & Uncle Mike, & and all the rest of the family!!!

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  48. Jason August 16, 2009 6:14 pm

    Slugger: According to Facebook, Mia is 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

  49. βρεω808 August 16, 2009 6:14 pm

    Jodie & Dad, Grandparents ST & Wena, Auntie Allie, Uncle DJ (Devon), & Uncle Mike, & all the rest of the family!!!

  50. βρεω808 August 16, 2009 6:16 pm

    Same b-day as Colt!!! 😀

  51. sjmacro August 16, 2009 6:17 pm

    Congrats Wena and ST and parents 😀 –sj & myki

  52. βρεω808 August 16, 2009 6:22 pm

    Did grandpa…. cry… (you know, tears of joy)??? 🙄
    …bills….? 😯

  53. Kazz August 16, 2009 6:23 pm


  54. Kazz August 16, 2009 6:27 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    August 16th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    I was told UH feels it could not afford to lose three players on defense: John Fonoti, Vaughn Meatoga and Brashton Satele.
    It’s sad news about Satele.

    I can agree with that with regards to Fonoti and Meatoga, however with all the respect in the world to Brashton as a leader on this team and a player, I like what I’ve been seeing from Mana Lolotai and as most recently as this past Saturday with Jake Huen.

  55. al August 16, 2009 6:27 pm

    tough break for satele.
    perhaps, now, mana lolotai’s time has really come of age.
    a few months ago he was already given the mlb position until a svelte brashton reported for summer camp.

  56. Kazz August 16, 2009 6:38 pm

    RE: This morning’s article about the defense.

    For me it was bittersweet.

    As a fan it was fun watching the D dish out their “katooshes” and picks on Saturday and it was great to see the burst of energy the front 7 units were showing us, BUT no matter how you look at it, it was at the expense of the offense.

    Sure it was pretty much like a 2 minute drill thing with Coach Mack laying out the scenario of the offense being down by 3 and such, but still, I didn’t see much from the offensive line as Greg Alexander was just throwing balls away more than I can remember during a practice (at least he ain’t taking sacks…).

    The receivers showed some grit though especially Jett Jasper and Greg Salas holding onto their receptions following monster tackles and hits.

    It was good to see the defense taking hold of Saturday’s practice, BUT with more experience on the offensive line (three seniors, or four depending) it leaves one to hope for continued improvement as the season is just around the corner and as of Saturday, it seems the defense easily is ahead of the offense.

    Oh and I agree with a fellow Tsaiko in that they need to REALLY grab some players but the “short and curlies” with regards to the pre-practice team stretching excercises. Too many guys joking around or doing their routines “half-heartedly”. Some guys with documented injuries I can understand, but some I wonder… It’s been this way for as long as I can remember attending practices, but lately I have been pondering it and hearing someone else say the same thing just makes me feel more “wary” of it.

    Here’s to the team having an “EPIC” last week of fall camp next week with BOTH sides of the ball vastly improving as much as possible!

  57. UKU@LA August 16, 2009 7:03 pm

    Go Warriors! Step-up PLEASE!
    Aloha from LA!

    MANEO !!!

  58. lava August 16, 2009 7:06 pm

    Brew 808 is on top of things — same b-day as Colt. Momma Mia!

    The world’s youngest Tsaiko. Hang a keyboard over her crib so she can type messages to us, but tell her to try and keep it to UH stuff. We don’t need to know how much you burp during grandpa’s story time.

  59. koakane™ August 16, 2009 7:06 pm

    Congrats to the Tsai ohana

  60. Kekoa August 16, 2009 7:13 pm

    Congratulations are in order from the Tsaiko Wessai Chaptah!

    What a terrific day for the arrival of your grandbaby girl – Papa Tsai! It just happened to be on the same birthday as Colt. How cool is that!

    Stephen, Wena and Ohana, here is a musical tribute to mark this special occasion:


  61. whitey August 16, 2009 7:14 pm

    welcome home Mark T and Frank C. Thank you for defending our country and helping people in other parts of the world. Much appreciation.

  62. Pomai August 16, 2009 7:24 pm

    Good one lava.

    Anyone else going to monday’s practice, curveball and I are.

  63. bighilofan2 August 16, 2009 7:32 pm

    Best wishes and biggest welcome back to the 29th and Rep. K. Mark Takai. You are a inspiration, sir. best wishes from this Tsaikos.

    you have taught me patience… more patience.

    now get back here, young man. your team and their coaches need your push. we’re backin you/ we’re backin the team.

    give our coach a push, sir. up his A game samoa! our tem needs you.


  64. madeinhawaii August 16, 2009 7:32 pm

    Congratulations To Grampa Tsai.. and the Tsai and Bechard family.

  65. koakane™ August 16, 2009 7:53 pm

    early shout out welcome back to Rep Takai, Frank and son adding my personal mahalo’s for their services protecting the freedom in which they provide us.

    good times with myki, jerry, sailor blue/mrs. (hope your foot get better soon), d1, juliet, rob25 and james while supporting pride in his tribute to his mom at the relay for life. KS campus has changed much since my last time up there.

  66. koakane™ August 16, 2009 7:58 pm

    beeeg e kala mai …… howzit to all the tsaiko’s and tsaikett’s reading or lurking tonight. hope you had a pleasant sunday in Hawaii Nei relaxing or doing whatever you do best.

    good time to rest up because tomorrow is monday and work for yu’all.

  67. protector August 16, 2009 8:00 pm

    Congratulations to grandpa & family. Re: Brashton’s injury, do you think he’ll be back starting by the 1st or 2nd game??

  68. Garret August 16, 2009 8:06 pm

    VJ Feheko named his top 5 schools–this scout.com article appears to be free to nonsubscribers. The only big surprise to me was that Utah State made the cut…he’s not kidding when he says that he’s choosing from the heart. He gives good reasons to pick UH.

    VJ’s top 5 include: University of Hawaii, Texas Tech, UCLA, University of Utah and Utah State. These are VJ’s reasons behind his choices. “Well, the University of Hawaii has known me since I was a child. Cal Lee told me when I was in 5th grade that he believed in me. That never left me. Also, Coach Rich Miano has taken the time to work with me in increasing my speed at Speed Camps. Most of all, I’d love to play in front of family.”

    Choosing Texas Tech is where VJ’s older brother Sam is playing at MLB. My brother Sam is kinda like my mentor, he helps me academically as well as athletically. Family friend, Norm Chow is familiar with the Fehoko Family. Coach Chow has known me since a sophomore and told me he was going to keep an eye on me. He believes in Polynesian Players. Fehoko’s cousin Kalani Sitake is the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Utah. “It would be great to have your cousin as the DC and position coach.” Kalani is a close cousin and he has known me since I was a baby. Last but not the least, why Utah State? “Yeah, I knew that people are going to ask that, so I say, why not? First of all Coach Chad (Utah State DL coach), coached me at camps since I was thrown in at the 8th grade in Moanalua. He and Coach Brian Derby always brought out the best in me at these camps. So, I am going to give them a fair shot.”

  69. Garret August 16, 2009 8:08 pm

    VJ wanted everyone to know that there will be another Feheko coming into the spotlight soon.

    But VJ wanted to end his interview by saying, “watch out for my baby brother Breiden, he is the best of all 4, and don’t say that I didn’t tell you.”

  70. koakane™ August 16, 2009 8:08 pm

    brashton look like he was hurting at the saturday practice. only the x-rays, medical staff along with his family will tell when or if he can return this season.

    best wishes to him and family. praying all goes well and we see him on the field this season.

  71. NYUH August 16, 2009 8:15 pm

    Very obedient granddaugther being born on a non-practice day.

  72. Garret August 16, 2009 8:17 pm

    I hope that Brashton is fine and that the X-rays and MRIs will find that he can return relatively quickly.

    This could well be Mana Lolotai time, and Mana would do really well if Brashton cannot play. However, I think that the reason the coaches told ST about the importance of Brashton to the D is that it will be hard to replace his experience and leadership…especially when you consider how inexperienced the rest of the D is.

  73. Garret August 16, 2009 8:23 pm

    My first daughter, Faith, was 21 inches tall and 9.00 pounds. I couldn’t believe that Lori was able to deliver her naturally. Faith was large at birth but quickly ended up in the average-to-low height/weight category…curse of her parents.

    6 pounds, 14 ounces for 21 inches seems kind of light…I’m sure that Mia will be quite hungry now.

  74. Derek August 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    Satele is just injury prone. I think he’s been hurt every year at UH. I hope his shoulder isn’t too bad, but it doesn’t sound good. If he needs surgery, he’s done for the season. If not, at best, he might be able to play half the season. It might be better to take a medical redshirt season and come back next year. We’re hoping for the best either way. Take care. Somebody’s got to step up. Who will it be????

  75. bighilofan2 August 16, 2009 8:44 pm

    The man who will step up for the rest of this season is….

    taaaa daaaaaaaaa

    Coach Greg McMackin!

    😀 😀 😀

    Up your game, Coach!

    Go Warriors!

  76. bighilofan2 August 16, 2009 8:46 pm

    el guapo

    we all can be learners!

    lookin forward to see it happen.

  77. royal crown August 16, 2009 8:55 pm

    As a parent or grandparent you’d want to see your little one growing up being blessed with great health, having a thirst for knowledge and a yearning for greatness. You’d always want to see them with the winds in their sails. And watching them looking out into the horizons with inquiring minds.

    You want to see huge, happy and sparkling eyes conveying the warmth and respect.

    And you want to see them intertwining with their siblings.

    And mingling with their peers.

    And like a blossoming flower you want them to grow beautifully and be receptive to the elements. And someday pollinate themselves.

    I extend my congratulation to ST on being a grandpa. And I can feel how happy and proud he is. And this makes me happy, too.

  78. Garret August 16, 2009 9:05 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want to read the off-topic stuff.

    Study found that women are getting more beautiful with each generation while men are not improving their appearance. Beautiful women have 16% more children than their plainer counterparts and beautiful women have more female children than male children (study of 15,000 Americans found that attractive parents are 26% less likely to have sons!). So, the pattern results in women becoming more attractive over time. The study found that handsome men have the same number of kids as plain men.

  79. Garret August 16, 2009 9:06 pm

    The Chinese research breakthrough in growing healthy living mice from mouse skin cells brings scientists significantly closer to human cloning. All you need is a piece of skin from a person and you can create a child of theirs!

  80. Garret August 16, 2009 9:06 pm

    The toco toucan has the largest bill relative to body size of any bird and researchers have tried to figure out why it has such a long bill. A new study seems to indicate that the toucan’s bill acts like a radiator and regulates the toucan’s body temperature.

  81. Garret August 16, 2009 9:07 pm

    This year is the first time US rental car companies bought more foreign cars than domestic cars. This is a major change, especially considering just last year 2/3 of the cars they bought were made in the US. Three years ago 80% of the cars rental companies bought were made in the US.

  82. Garret August 16, 2009 9:07 pm

    Astronomers were surprised to discover a tropical storm on Saturn’s moon Titan–Titan has a methane cycle like Earth has a water cycle. I looked this up after brew808’s comment in yesterday’s blog.

  83. Garret August 16, 2009 9:08 pm

    Free play links pau.

  84. chawan_cut August 16, 2009 9:16 pm


  85. Stretch August 16, 2009 9:17 pm

    Eh CC – I saw you being a Lego Nerd on the K5 news.

  86. Jason August 16, 2009 9:21 pm

    That reminds me, PDX had a Lego Statue of Liberty on display. If I hadn’t lost my camera, I would have taken a picture of it for chawan_cut. Saw a few kids playing around at Lego stands.

  87. chawan_cut August 16, 2009 9:39 pm

    that was some other lame person.

    tonight’s news

  88. Committed Road Warrior August 16, 2009 9:44 pm

    What’s the difference between a Lego Geek and a Lego Nerd?

  89. al August 16, 2009 9:53 pm

    my gut says…

    satele should go through the surgery and get it fixed. having suffered for years with a lame shoulder, i know the recurring problems.
    your arm is held up by a handful of tendons and ligaments.

    and if he has deposits or spurs, even worse. however, removing those problems and repairing the strings could be the better long term solution.

    if history repeats itself, he should have no problem petitioning for his sixth year. and if he has pro aspirations, he’ll have to play through a whole year injury free before anyone gives him a look.

  90. Ralph August 16, 2009 10:20 pm

    Satele as a fifth year, red shirt senior would need a favorable NCAA ruling for a sixth year and we all know how that goes with the NCAA when it comes to UH. I think if he goes through surgery this year, the compliance office needs to work on his medical appeal as soon as possible. I think Garret can confirm that Texas fb players got their medical appeal early to start either spring practice or at least the start of summer practice.

  91. Jason August 16, 2009 10:53 pm

    PDX = Portland International Airport.

  92. al August 16, 2009 11:14 pm

    i thought that medical hardship requests are submitted after the fact. i don’t think that is the function of the compliance person.

    anyway, we have had some good results with medical hardships that had justifiable reasons. peters and ilaoa are two very recent cases. i also believe that francis maka also got an extended stay.

  93. al August 16, 2009 11:15 pm

    oh, and jovonte taylor is another med-rs.

  94. Ralph August 16, 2009 11:29 pm

    I would think the NCAA would want the compliance officer to check the 6 year candidate’s academic progress, the player needs to be on track to graduate, especially if he is going to school for 6 years. In addition, the medical staff would need to show that an injury was season ending.

  95. Ralph August 17, 2009 12:25 am

    i’m wondering if coach dana has been successful in getting teams to play here. She mentioned that she was surprised the schedule wasn’t complete for the non conference games, especially since her hire was after recruiting season and late in the year and administration should have considered that scheduling late in the year would be difficult for a program that ended a million dollars in the red.

  96. Ralph August 17, 2009 12:33 am

    so who is covering wahine bb for the HA? Mike’s at the City Desk, so got the plum assignment?

  97. Mililani55 August 17, 2009 12:39 am

    Aloha Stephen,
    Congratulations to the Tsai ohana—!!

    It’s sad news about Brashton.
    I hope that his shoulder isn’t too bad.
    Please take care…

  98. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc August 17, 2009 12:39 am

    Congratulations Tutu Kane or Zaydah or Gumpy – all names for grandfather..

    I thought some of the folks around here were joking that anything as important as this was on its way.

    Actually, about 15% of all children here in Hawai`i are being raised by other than their birth parents – mostly their grandparents.

    Nuff of the stats. We can get them from football. Actually, the sport for statistics geeks is baseball.

  99. Ralph August 17, 2009 12:54 am

    June Jones is going hip hop. He hired young Jeezy to write a piece for the Mustangs when the team enters the field. He tried a country singer last season. June always looking for ways to brand the team, i’d hope coach mac adds to what June started 9 years ago. Branding helps sell the school and more merchandise, just ask Kazz.

  100. 99club August 17, 2009 1:24 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congratulations ST! Love NYUH’s #71. Spoil her rotten Gramps!


    Good call on having the surgery now…it’s on the UH’s dime, isn’t it? Those things tend to show up later, as you mentioned.
    Off to work.

  101. Swing Down Bike Rack August 17, 2009 1:40 am

    R U kidding me? No way…

  102. Congrats gungun and popo!

    Ralph- Coach Mack would like Hawaii 5-0 to be our theme song and wants the whole stadium to rise and “paddle” when it is played. I LOVE that idea!

    14 on the right, 14 on the left!

  103. COLT WATCH:


    “Last Thursday was a rough night for the Washington Redskins’ offense. The team was shut out by an aggressive Baltimore defense. For Colt Brennan, it was especially bad. Brennan had his worst night as a professional, going 4-for-12 for 43 yards with an interception and a 10.1 passer rating.

    We caught up with Brennan after he watched game film. He shared his thoughts on his overall performance, the interception, the pressure defense of the Ravens, and why he did not look as sharp as last preseason….”

  104. Garret August 17, 2009 4:32 am


    Regarding your #90, Jason Shipley was granted his 6th season by the NCAA before Spring Practice began this year. The application was sent on the first day possible and all information was gathered as early as possible. Since it was submitted so much earlier than most 6th year requests, the NCAA folks had more time to review it right away.

    Of course, they have 10 full-time people in their Compliance department and a huge amount of support staff (clerical, secretarial, student help), so they can be proactive about things. UH has one person to handle Compliance and I’ll bet she doesn’t have multiple full-time secretaries to help her with paperwork…so it is like comparing the job 1 person can do with the job 10+ people can do.

  105. Loa August 17, 2009 4:41 am

    morning gang!

    welcome to the world Mia Kimiko!
    what a beautiful name

    congrats to the Tsai and Bechard Ohana’s

  106. Garret August 17, 2009 4:44 am

    Update on Jake Ingram–it makes sense that Jake did all the long-snapping in their first preseason game since Hodel is a vet and Jake needs the reps more.

    Veteran Nathan Hodel didn’t play Thursday as rookie Jake Ingram handled all the long-snapping duties. Hodel was at practice yesterday.

    The Patriots could have a tough decision in naming Lonie Paxton’s replacement.

    “I think both players are capable of doing the job,’’ said coach Bill Belichick. “Who would be better at it? That may depend on what you’re talking about because you’re talking about punt snapping and protection, coverage, field goal snapping and protection.

    “So depending on which one of those areas you want to talk about there may be a different ranking of the players and those rankings could change over the next few days, few weeks. But I think it’s competitive, and I think we’re working with players that are capable of doing it.’’

  107. Irse August 17, 2009 5:06 am


  108. Pomai August 17, 2009 5:10 am

    Here’s one for Garret and others, new battery for the house.

  109. mctruck August 17, 2009 5:21 am

    Houston’s Rex Grossman is expected to miss about a month with a hamstring injury and the Texans are looking to sign another QB to fill in until he’s healthy. Coach Gary Kubiak says he doesn’t feel comfortable finishing the preseason with only Matt Schaub and backup Dan Orlovsky; might this be a good time for the Texans to shop for CB???

  110. mctruck August 17, 2009 5:23 am

    Ooooops!?….sorry, forgot to say, congrats to my friend…ST, on your spanking-brand-new grandaughter!!! Happy 1st year birthday, in-advance.

  111. Pomai August 17, 2009 5:35 am

    Wow our woes are now over, I just learned that I have inherited 30 million dollars from a distant cousin who lives in Germany. ALL RIGHT!

  112. rage777 August 17, 2009 5:36 am

    Congratulations Stephen and Wena!! Are you guys in the denial stage like my mom was? She kept saying she was too young to be a grandparent.

  113. rage777 August 17, 2009 5:37 am

    Ashley Lelie signs with KC Chiefs.

  114. d1島 August 17, 2009 5:54 am

    Great Morning All!

    Warriors back on the practice field this morning and afternoon. Fewer meetings, more football this week.
    One last night in the Manoa Hilton for the frosh; dorm check-in tomw.

  115. d1島 August 17, 2009 5:57 am

    Have a terrific Monday erryboddy!


  116. jm2375 August 17, 2009 6:03 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Happy Monday. Start of a new week. Got traffic alert email from UH. Dorm check-in starts tomorrow at 9am and more move-ins on Friday and Saturday.

    Next week starts the big traffic headache – warning you now, Bulla…

  117. djmitcho August 17, 2009 6:29 am

    Good Morning All! Back to da grind this morning. Hope everyone has a good one.

  118. bighilofan2 August 17, 2009 6:33 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Garrett’s #105. maybe our compliance gal should send a shoutout to sum really smart Tsaikos, get a team togedda to help Brashton get his 6th year request all set up to send in at da moment’s notice, somebody to get da medical report b4 an afta, somebody to get da school transcripts, somebody to write the cover page and put da binda togedda, somebody to grab a past binda from 1st thru da supplements, somebody to get da okay from a past one to see how its done.

    can do, compliance guy! get on it.

  119. Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Thanks for #109, Pomai! My new pv system is the last net-metering system for Kauai until they change the rules…

    Have a great day, everyone!


  120. NYUH August 17, 2009 6:44 am

    Good news about Lelie signing with the Chiefs.

    Waiting anxiously for the test results on Brashton.

  121. Slugger August 17, 2009 6:45 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka kakou!

    Might be able to get to practice this morning.


    Still trying to put together logistics to spend some time ovah deah. My friends tell me to go spend some time in Kona with them. Might hang out for a few days. Will let you know. Gotta get to Pepe’ekeo again.

  122. C rM August 17, 2009 6:57 am

    Good Morning everyone.

    Congrats to your entire ohana.
    What a bundle of joy to have, just before the football season.

    C U L8R.

  123. addahknowjoe August 17, 2009 7:03 am

    ST- your first of many Mo’opuna to come. Congratulations!

    Welcome back Frank!

  124. Nalani August 17, 2009 7:07 am

    Hi Tsaiko’s I’m off to Japan! I’ll check the blogs everyday so if anyone has a craving for something, let me know and I’ll try to locate it and bring it back! I’ll be in Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo

    I hear the KS v Kailua game this Friday is televised on OC16. If so, look for Pono #25 @ SS.

    Also thx for the Kahai updates everyone! Season opener soon!

  125. Slugger August 17, 2009 7:14 am


    Safe travels! Have fun!

    Esme & out…

  126. C rM August 17, 2009 7:16 am

    A Joe
    What up. Drive safe out there. No talk, text and drive.
    ha ha ha.

    Welcome back home.

  127. Pride. August 17, 2009 7:18 am

    Safe travels Nalani.

  128. Pride. August 17, 2009 7:20 am

    Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Tsai.

  129. Garret August 17, 2009 7:22 am


    Unfortunately, having boosters (which Tsaikos would be classified as I believe) help out with compliance issues would be a red flag to the NCAA…anyone who donated to UH and who was not employed by UH who was involved in eligibility of players should probably not help out with paperwork with compliance issues. If boosters were directly responsible for the eligibility of a player and something went wrong, I could see the “lack of institutional control” tag being used by the NCAA and a *big* penalty issued.

    I do agree that it would be nice if the paperwork was prepared as early as possible and everything submitted on the first possible day–that would be much better than waiting for an athlete to complete the season and then starting on gathering the paperwork. Finding out before Spring Practice would be much nicer than finding out during Fall camp or even during the season (wasn’t that when Maka found out?).[

    Maybe one of the associate ADs could be assigned to help out on compliance issues?

  130. Garret August 17, 2009 7:23 am


    Have a great trip to Japan!


    Great article find.


    Thank you for the Lelie news

  131. Pride. August 17, 2009 7:25 am

    Mahalo to all of the Tsai-kos who gave their support with my participation in the American Cancer Societies’ Relay for Life this past Saturday night. Your involvement and kokua was very much appreciated. The Tsai-kos are indeed a very special group of people and I definitely consider all us family. Thanks again and I should probably stop before I start crying.

  132. jm2375 August 17, 2009 7:35 am

    pride. – you bolohead yet? 😆

  133. tommui August 17, 2009 7:41 am

    Pride – we are proud of you and THANK YOU. Answer jm2375’s question #132. Got a camera ready to go. Any CCs coming up?

  134. LiL Mermaid August 17, 2009 7:41 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Does anyone know what time the practices are for this week? I’ve been searching online but can’t find them posted anywhere. Help! Mahalo..

  135. Loa August 17, 2009 8:00 am

    Lil Mermaid – from one of Stephen’s old posts

    Monday, Aug. 17 — 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 a.m.
    Tuesday, Aug. 18 — 8:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
    Wednesday, Aug. 19 — 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; 3 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    Thursday, Aug. 20 — 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
    Friday, Aug. 21 — 8:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
    Saturday, Aug. 22 — 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  136. al August 17, 2009 8:20 am

    have a good, safe trip nalani.

    btw, are we wagering lunch on friday’s game?

  137. al August 17, 2009 8:22 am

    way to go big guy.
    and yes we wouldn’t want to see you in that uncontrollable state of crying once again.

  138. al August 17, 2009 8:26 am

    jake ingraham…obviously, if all things are equal then jake gets the job. easier on the payroll.

    now you know why his agent was adamant about a bigger guranteed bonus knowing that the vet was picked up to compete.

    the pats were in a position to select the best guy in the draft and yet pick up the best guy on the free agent market. nice insurance policy in either case.

  139. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc August 17, 2009 8:28 am

    Unfortunately, as with all other state agencies and departments, the Athletic Department has been hit with serious budgetary cutbacks. Amanda Paterson, the Compliance Officer, currently has no staff whereas the previous officer had two full-time employees and a student helper if I remember correctly.

    I’m assuming that these staffers are not going to be replaced in order to address fiscal shortfalls; however, a quick phone call to Jim Donovan can confirm that

    Although Garret is correct in his analysis of donating services or money directly to the Compliance Office to hire additional staff to help prepare the paperwork, it might worth investigating to see if designated donations for the office can be made through Koa Anuenue. Since the the Compliance Office handles all sports, then all student athletes will beneift.

    Perhaps there might be a third-year law student interested in becoming a sports agent might be available to be hired on a part-time basis .

  140. BigIslandkurt August 17, 2009 8:29 am

    congrachooomalations Papa Tsai!


  141. Garret August 17, 2009 8:37 am


    Thank you very much for the information about the resources the previous compliance person had. Amanda is really doing a lot with so little resources.

    Student volunteers in UH’s law school would be excellent sources of help–I never thought about that.

  142. GRM August 17, 2009 8:46 am

    CONGRATS!! Grandapa and Grandma Tsai. Welcome to the ‘ole futs club.

  143. GRM August 17, 2009 8:48 am

    My grandaughter’s name is similar – Miya.

  144. Buffoman August 17, 2009 12:02 pm


    Did they at one time appear to express an interest in CB? That would be a good thing if they were at one time interested and did decide to chat with the ‘skins regarding a possible movement of players.

    Maybe I’m reading it wrong but Zorn seems a bit fickled or he’s just not wanting to show his hand. He’s also on the hot seat so he may be approaching this year with extreme caution. In both cases, it may not be in the best interest of CB. New digs may not be a bad thing.

  145. Ralph August 17, 2009 3:16 pm

    Garret what’s your email

  146. konagold August 17, 2009 6:11 pm

    Congratulations from the Big Island…S.T.

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