Hilo lineman to join UH; Monday's practice

The Warriors are continuing to look to the future, this time adding offensive tackle Jordan Loeffler of Hilo High. Loeffler, who is 6 feet 5 and 265 pounds, said he will sign his letter of intent in February. Because he is only 16, he has a lot of upside — and a frame to fill out.

• Defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea (partially torn left triceps) competed in drills today. He is optimistic he will play this week

• Defensive end Victor Clore said he will not play this week because of an injury to his right knee. He will undergo an MRI today. He was on crutches.

• Quarterback Tyler Graunke was excused from practice today to attend a meeting.

• And in the really big news, work started today on Cooke Field … and then is stopped because of heavy rain. It’s just like the day you wash your car …

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Today’s announcement of a new holiday basketball tournament means the relocation and downsizing of a past holiday tradition, the Rainbow Classic. We all have our favorite memories. I’m sure UH’s victory over Kansas tops the list. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but after one game, I had a one-on-one interview for a few minutes with a star wing player for the opposing team. The guy was really polite, even using a towel to wipe down the seat for me. His name? Michael Jordan. What’s your favorite Classic memory?

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Thanks again to The Twins for running the contests. They are handling the distribution of prizes, too.
Also, special thanks to Ultimate Hawai‘i Gear Enteprises (and its president, Steven Hironaka) for donating the T-shirts and the visors (with the bottle openers). They also donated two extra T-shirts, which allowed us to give two prizes in the attendance category.

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Help needed! One of our readers wants to know if anybody has a DVD copy of the UH-Fresno State game. He said his recorder broke. If you can help, give me a call at 525-8051, and I’ll give you the guy’s phone number. Thanks.

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Happy birthday to a true gentleman, Kekoa.


  1. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 6:47 am

    Top 5?

  2. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 6:48 am

    Oh Shnap Numero Uno…

    I think that’s my second time so far…

  3. 808Chef October 13, 2008 6:49 am

    no really..top 5?? Seriously though…let’s hope Mack has a 24-hour rule too when the game in on Fridays. Time to tighten up the reigns fellas….big time week with a big time game!! Bring on the mules!!!

  4. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 6:49 am

    From other blog…

    Happy Birthday Uncle Kekoa…

    So I heard you got one early gift from the Rainbow Dancers ah? Hope Aunty no find out or else slippah damage

  5. Loa October 13, 2008 6:49 am

    morning again gang!

    welcome to the Warriors Jordan

  6. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 6:50 am

    Welcome to Warrior Nation Jordan Loeffler…good job Coach with recruiting so far…nice to see a young developmental, big body guy, who can move…a project I’m sure that will reep benefits in the future. 16yrs old…Senior, bruddah may be raw but can have choke upside since he may not have developed too many bad habits at his age. Plus he gotta have good head on his shoulders for Graduate at 16. Good luck Jordan, work hard, get biggah, dominate!

    Recruiting is solid so far…I give Coach Mack and Tony Tuioti a C+ grade so far. Still got holes to fill and a few more lineman to commit…but wow, we probably will be done recruiting in December…when has that ever happened???

  7. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 6:51 am

    Sorry had to bring this over…

    My Little Pony Smurf Turfers…

    I would like to apologize in advance for the disheartening loss you will receive from the Warrior Boys. We hate to spoil your BCS run and outright WAC Championship hopes as we did to another WAC foe, the Fresno State Puppy Dogs. Sorry, although we would love to have more WAC teams in the Top-25 we cannot allow you to think you are the team to beat. Sorry Pony Boys but the trophy is still in our house and looks like it has been permanately settled into the trophy case. If you would like do everything in your power to try and get it back I have a suggestion for you. Please contact Mr. Benson and have him pay off the refs a huge sum to call the game in your favor. Have him expect no less than 15 penalties totaling at the least a 100-150 yds. against the Warriors. Ensure there is at least a running into the kicker penalty, a couple past interference calls, numerous holding penalties, a few offsides/false starts, and maybe a couple of personal fouls just to make things perfect. After all this, hopefully you will win but I doubt it. Good luck and sorry for your loss… GO WARRIORS!!! CHEE HUU

  8. 808Chef October 13, 2008 6:52 am

    Let see…fav classic memory. Gotta be the win against then #2 Kansas. Nobody gave us the time of day and we went nuts. Biggest memory from that game? Galloway’s shot block where he went up 20-25 feet. Awesome. That’s when the dynamic duo got us noticed to the rest of the NCAA basketball world.

  9. Loa October 13, 2008 6:52 am

    PB – sheesh at this rate maybe pau by thanksgiving

  10. NYUH October 13, 2008 6:59 am

    While I think Funaki is doing a great job, did Graunke lose his 1st string status due to his injury?

  11. FloridaTed October 13, 2008 7:03 am

    Morning, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    First, Happy Birthday, as ST so aptly put it, a true gentleman.

    I see only upside for Hawaii with this new BB tournament. Affiliation with ESPN is always good, in addition to Hawaii Bowl Week. I can only see good things for our State.

    The Rainbow Classic is fading, like an old favorite aunt, who lost her youthful luster, still very much loved, but no longer the center of attention.

    Right now fear and hope reside in my chest at the same time. The fear is that the coaches will be as conservative as against LaTech, that will kill us against Boise, they will be relentless.

    My hope is that the coaches wil have a nice creative package ready for them, one we have not seen yet.

    UH 24 – BSU 18.

  12. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 7:04 am

    I think Graunke initially lost the job because he was not fully healthy. And then UH went 2-0 with Funaki as quarterback.
    I’m assuming Greg Alexander has had better practices because he clearly was the No. 2 quarterback the past two games, even though Funaki went all the way.

  13. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 7:05 am

    …like an old favorite aunt, who lost her youthful luster, still very much loved, but no longer the center of attention.

    Wait, are we still talking about the Rainbow Classic …

  14. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 7:13 am

    Holiday Basketball Tournament

    I have mixed feelings because the Rainbow Classic is just that a classic basketball tournament. I don’t know why we’d need the change. Instead of changing it why not just have ESPN cover it for exposure?

    Anyway, my greatest moment was that UH vs. Kansas game too…back in 97-98 season. I remember Erin “Helicopter” Galloway leaping like 5 ft. into the air and swatting the crap out of 7ft Eric Chenowith. I went nawts during that game. That had to be one of the greatest wins for UH basketball and the biggest upset that year. That team was awesome, this is who I can remember…

    Anthony Carter
    Alika Smith
    Micah Kroeger
    Eric Ambrozich
    Mike Robinson
    Erin Galloway
    Casey Cartwright
    Chad Hook
    Bryan Moeller
    Ales Zivanovic
    Greg Miller

  15. djmitcho October 13, 2008 7:13 am

    I can’t remember when it was, but one memory from the Rainbow Classic was watching Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway set the record, at the time, for 3 point shots.

  16. Stretch October 13, 2008 7:13 am

    ST – looks like I can attend a practice live today. You don’t have to call me after to give me the updates.

  17. Stretch October 13, 2008 7:15 am

    I think the name “Rainbow Classic” is owned by UH and ESPN will only put on a tournament if it receives a big cut from everything. I mentioned last night that the new owners & ESPN should “buy” the name from UH and bring life back to the tournament.

  18. Loa October 13, 2008 7:16 am

    i kinda remember a young MJ at the rainbow classic thinking to myself who the heck is this guy, was kind of unusual cause Coach Smith would normally spread the wealth amongst all their talent but MJ stuck out and the rest is history

    ST on L&L now talking hoops

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid October 13, 2008 7:16 am

    Greetings and Blessings Warrior Nation!

    First things first:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    Yes al, I’m shouting…

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid October 13, 2008 7:18 am

    The Kansas win, definitely.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid October 13, 2008 7:19 am

    Is this the big Hilo kid that everyone has been talking about?

    Sound like a great get

  22. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 7:19 am

    I would like to think at this point in the season, Funaki is clearly numero uno…

    Graunke will rotate with Alexander and Rausch will be saved for now although his situation is kind of jacked up going from #1 to Casper the friendly ghost, what da heo?

    Wassup with Graunke though? I know he injured but dayum I would think he has the upperhand on Alexander. Regardless I have totally forgot about that first game in Florida and would like to see what Alexander can really do against more manageable competition.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid October 13, 2008 7:20 am


  24. koakane™ October 13, 2008 7:20 am

    good morning tsaiko country

    fearless leader on 1500 radio

  25. Warrior Clan October 13, 2008 7:22 am

    my most memorable Rainbow Classic was the championship game between Michigan and North Carolina, which were playing each other for the National Championship 3 months later. Just being able to watch Weber and Montross, future NBA players, playing each other was sooo exciting. The game went back and forth with Michigan winning out at the end. The crowd was cheering like crazy as Michigan pulled out the victory and was coming off the court.

  26. Addahknowsports© October 13, 2008 7:27 am

    carried over from other side…

    Thanks for the confirmation on Kekoa’s birthday! This was before I knew it was really Kekoa’s birthday.

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Is it really Kekoa’s birthday?
    Or it it like Mrs. d1shima’s birthday last week….merry un-birthday?
    If it really is Kekoa’s b-day…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEKOA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    See everyone at practice.

  27. oldie (iPhone) October 13, 2008 7:28 am

    As I said in the other blog, I think KFVE has the rights to the Rainbow Classic for the next few years. I’m sure they won’t give it up.

    Classic moment has got to be Bob Nash and his monster rebounding game

  28. jm2375 October 13, 2008 7:30 am

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Tsai-ko Kekoa! Hope you have a great day! I promise to behave today. 🙄 *fingers crossed behind back*

  29. FloridaTed October 13, 2008 7:36 am

    Didn’t I read somewhere that the Classic was owned by another company? Didn’t you write that, ST?

    I’m getting this funny feeling that Graunke has given up a little, I hope I’m wrong, but he’s been through a lot in his time here, self inflicted or not. I hope he stays in the fight, you just never know what will happen.

  30. Jay October 13, 2008 7:39 am

    mornin’ Tsaikos

    beautiful sunrise this am.

  31. ClintN October 13, 2008 7:43 am

    My favorite memory has got to be in the final when UH played Butler. I believe we were down 18 going into half time and Michael Keubler sparked the comeback.

  32. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 7:49 am

    jm ~ I’m on *holiday* today, so you can relax. Game on at midnight!

  33. tommui October 13, 2008 7:53 am

    KEKOA: Best wishes!

  34. oxymoron October 13, 2008 7:54 am

    my fave Rainbow Classic was shmall-kid time, my brother took me to it because I caught the basketball “bug”, playing any chance I could. I still remember NC State, with Lorenzo Charles, Derrick Whittenburg, a tall but useless Chuck Nevitt, Sidney Lowe and Thurl Bailey. Coached by none other than Jimmy Valvano. That same tournament also had Wichita State, featuring Aubrey Sherrod, Xavier McDaniel, Cliff Levingston, and Antoine Carr. I can’t remember all the other teams, maybe Bradley was there too. But just NC State and Wichita alone had some serious star power, with many of the named players going onto the NBA. Naturally this was back when all games were at the Blaisdell!!

  35. Loa October 13, 2008 8:03 am

    Kekoa (iPhone) – Happy Birthday Sir!

  36. tommui October 13, 2008 8:05 am

    CHAWAN_CUT: Got this e-mail this AM addressed to me.

    ” I’m just a bit confused but that may be normal. The card you gave me said “Keith Takeda” with a different email address but my sister wrote and said that you had written that we had met at SAFECO Field yesterday. Thus assume you are the young man in the green Hawaii SweatShirt. Hope this gets to the right person.
    Enjoyed meeting you and hope you enjoyed the Seattle-GreenBay football game more than I did. Was disappointed at how the Seahawks are playing thus far this year but the only way they can go is up so that’s the good side of the coin. Had a difficult time trying to explain what was going on to the Japanese visitors but he at least enjoyed looking at the ‘Sea-Gals’ – they call them the “Cheer-Girls”.
    It is truly a small world and always nice to hear good things about my sister. You stated you are going to the Hawaii-Boise St. football game and asked if my sister would be going. More than likely she and her husband will go since they support all aspects of the University. Of course I do wish they would take some time and drop by here for a few days but she is one committed individual who at times puts her job in front of pleasure time which I do understand.
    It was a real pleasure to meet you and if you see my sister please tell her in person that you have now met her best looking brother. The tour of SAFECO Field was more enjoyable than I had imagined it would be and the friends from Japan really enjoyed it as maybe you could tell from their reaction. He must have taken 200 pictures with Ichiro being his main interest.
    Take care and nice to meet you.”

    Will try to locate your e-mail address to pass it along should you fail to be going through the Blog today.

  37. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:06 am

    wat time is the practice today ❓

    8) finally recovering from such a grand saturday and nite. 😀 mahalos to first time attendee’s mr/mrs heinehealer her fuud was supa but the “presentation” mao outstanding, meiling who returning home after spend much year off island. Then there Al boss, daughter and son in law nice meeting you’all. Son made sure dad brought tics this time. mrs curve ball who came to keep curve ball staight.

    apologies to my kamau patnah next time, if he no boot me out, we get um 😕 . notice diane bringing in dem new heavy hitter from week to week. and a hippo birdie two ewe’s kekoa the big kahuna on da kapolei plains.

  38. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 8:09 am

    Tks Tom…will you be attending the Cooke Field ceremony?

  39. Loa October 13, 2008 8:12 am

    koakane – howzit, i think ST metioned today’s practice was 8-9
    institution day today? no wonda traffic was light, all the nice rides off the road, hehe

  40. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 8:24 am

    Tank “ewe” my EIS pahtna…from da ceded land lord. Bwahahaha!

  41. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 8:28 am


    **Carrying this comment over from yesterday**

    basically, do y’all feel that it benefits us or hurts us to schedule home,away or home/home (anytime & anyplace) with big hitter teams i.e. USC, LSU, Oklahoma etc etc even if its not reasonably possible for us to beat them??? Maybe like 2 or 3 of the non conference games going to schools in the Top 15 or 20. Would this be reasonable?


    responding to your comment yesterday. Very true we have thrown the invitation to other big teams to play us and they have all been pretty chicken. But what I am wondering is do we take the challenge to play a road game (like Florida)…NOT neccesarily a home & home series?…a real “ANYTIME & ANYPLACE” mentality….

    Go Warriors!

  42. midori7 October 13, 2008 8:30 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Wooohooo! Another O-lineman! Welcome Jordan!

    Happy Birthday Kekoa!

    Fave Rainbow Classic games:
    UH vs Kansas – AC, Alika & the gang
    UH vs Butler – English, Campbell, Martin, Shimonovich, Kuebler
    (I think Butler made it to the Elite 8 that season)


  43. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 8:31 am

    Loa & Stretch ~ Must be standing room only at practice today!

  44. Maverick October 13, 2008 8:35 am

    OK, I’m still within the 48 hour rule from the laTech game.

    After watching it yesterday morning, and getting to see the outrage tantrum coach Dooley displayed on his QB, here is my thought.

    He will not suceed as a head coach on driving a program to the top, unless he can control his anger issues.
    It all started with last years Haka befuddle against UH. Now after seeing this, that QB will not perform to his capability for the remainder of the season. He will have that moment locked in his memory for a very long time.
    Then add in some other players that witnessed his out of control actions.
    There is a threshold that all coaches need to recognize when it comes to voicing your concerns over a players negative output.

    Dooleys negative output exceeded the QB’s in my opinion, and just hampered that team even more. The verbal abuse can be just as damaging.
    Congrats Dooley( sarcasm) on showing your true colors as a human being and coach.
    Count our blessings on who we all have running our program(s).

  45. tommui October 13, 2008 8:35 am

    KEKOA: I had planned to attend. See you then!

  46. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 8:36 am

    Stephen Tsai,

    What is the deal with Graunke, is the injury he sustained really that bad? When it does heal up does Coach Mac have any intention to start him again (you cannot lose your starting position due to an injury).

  47. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:37 am

    Happiest of Birthdays to Kekoa!!!

    You relax and enjoy the signed poster of the Rainbow Dancers!

  48. bb October 13, 2008 8:38 am

    Does this new basketball tournament mean games at 9:00 in the morning?

  49. da princess' classmate October 13, 2008 8:39 am

    well this new lineman recruit looks to be a perfect guy to greyshirt, gl to him and another guy that wants to play for the home school, great news.

  50. Jason October 13, 2008 8:39 am

    Happy birthday Kekoa!

    Ah, Rainbow Classic memories. For me, it’s the high of the Kansas game, and the low of the struggles that followed.

    The Butler game was great, too.

  51. Pauoa Boy October 13, 2008 8:40 am


    Funny too that he can’t fire himself…Dooley is a Douche!!!

  52. truegreen October 13, 2008 8:40 am

    My favorite Rainbow Classic memory is when UH beat Purdue in 1988, Riley Wallace’s second season. Until that point, Hawaii still hadn’t recovered from NCAA probation and that game was the turning point that first marked the return of Rainbow Basketball, launching them back into postseason play for the first time in nearly 20 years.

    I remember the beautiful roar of a full crowd at the Blaisdell, the sight of Purdue coach Gene Keady’s veins popping as he argued with the officials, and Reggie Cross pumping his fist after completing a crucial three-point play late in the game as the fans erupted.

    But the most beautiful part was watching Riley Wallace walking off the court and being caught and congratulated by AD Stan Sheriff as if to say, “This is why I brought you back here.” Of all the clips that K5 shows of memorable moments in UH sports, I think that’s my all time favorite.

  53. Loa October 13, 2008 8:40 am

    Kekoa (iPhone) – yep, i hope Stretch wore his steel toe shoes

    btw, when is the Cooke Field ground breaking?

  54. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:42 am

    short break to sip kofe.

    continued tgate mahalo’s to bhf2 foa appearing good seeing you and the mrs big guy. d1 for bring his studio equip and setting it up made for the concert atmosphere. wdoc and drdoc for getting the chocolate kake for the Oct babes. the soup laddies UH808 and Rob25 (former patnah) neva tasted but many say it was ono. finally mahalo to the tsaikos who came back afta continued fun and good converstion gangie.

    adding the name tent city to tgate. dem guys must have made mucho monies from da tsaikos. counted at least 5 with the latest being Ahouses dey also busted out new chairs which I heard was in storage all dat time. also new was the tsaiko concert which drew attentions from da neighbors. homey and I will be door bouncers and start collecting a cover charges at next tgate. all tsaikos free but bring ID. music was so ono btw.

    finally congrats to UH warriors for such a solid overall game. all phases playing well but more impressive is their improvement from game to game. look supa solid on d, special teams playing with desire and fire. da offense playing smart, patient and at times error free. keep up striving to be better and continue to peak during the season. shout out to coaches who are showing improvement because could see adjustments being made during the game. on an oddah not pride and I sat one row in front of sateles who are really nice people. both still look like dey can play ball today.

  55. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:43 am

    Happy Birthday Kekoa!!! May you have many, many blessings on this day!

  56. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:45 am

    opps oddah not= iddah note

  57. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 8:45 am

    Iwonderwhytheyhateme ~

    I’m certain that with JD at the helm, UH will be playing the best he can muster. I for one would love to see a mix bag of teams sprinkled in. As far as establishing a series?…nah, deh not going like.

  58. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:46 am


    October 13th, 2008 at 8:36 am
    Stephen Tsai,

    What is the deal with Graunke, is the injury he sustained really that bad? When it does heal up does Coach Mac have any intention to start him again (you cannot lose your starting position due to an injury).

    Didn’t Tyler replace Inoke because of the concussion he got in the Weber St. game?

  59. g-nalo October 13, 2008 8:46 am

    good morning Tsaiko’s here, there, and at practice.

    happy birthday ‘gentlemen’ Kekoa.

    sheesh, today is the ONE holiday State workers don’t have??!! 🙂

  60. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:46 am

    shoot need moa supa thermo kofe

    iddah = oddah

    ahhhhhhh forget it already you know what I mean

  61. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:47 am

    Koakane…hey I am not your patnah…it’s me and UHFan808! You are my mentor, I am your grasshopper. You beat me twice as you were molding me into the dart player that I became! hahaha That’s why UHFan808 and I had to take everyone out….mwahahahaha!

    Thanks eh, for showing me the ropes! Or should I say darts?

  62. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:49 am

    Happy Belated birthday Ronnie!

    Jason reminded me that it was Friday! Sorry I thought that it was later in the month. Good thing that he checks his Facebook regularly.

    Hope you had a great day! Hey, even the football team gave you a present.

  63. Garret October 13, 2008 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday Kekoa!

  64. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:51 am

    Thanks Rob – but it is this thursday…

  65. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:52 am

    mahalo loa but guess going miss dat …… late for me already.

  66. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:52 am

    Ronnie you are correct, which means that Inoke just got his job back…he shouldn’t have lost it to injury.

    Just trying to rationalize the situation.

    There really isn’t any rule that says you can’t lose your job to injury anyways. I don’t remember Mack saying anything like that. I know that it is a good policy, but then again ask Tom Brady where he would be at now if every team stuck to that.

  67. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:52 am

    My parents are giving me a brand new green UH sweatshirt to wear to Boise. And I even talked Ann into coming with me!

  68. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:52 am

    g-nalo get back to work nuff said

  69. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:53 am

    Your facebook says October 10th…I thought that it was later in the month. Must be a typo then!

  70. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:55 am

    Rob: 😆

  71. Garret October 13, 2008 8:55 am

    My favorite memory was the Kansas game…mainly because that was the loudest I remember the crowd ever getting and I’ve never seen my Dad (Mom let me use her season ticket to attend the game with him) so animated at a game like that.

    I went to all 4 days of the Rainbow Classic during the Michigan/North Carolina year. Normally we would skip the 2nd night when UH didn’t play, but we went to both games every night that year because the competition was so amazing to watch. That was great to see, but nothing is like seeing a big UH win. I saw plenty of top rated teams when I went to Texas…

    I remember going to games for years hoping that the upper levels will be filled and that all the season ticket holders in the lower seats would show up. The turnout for the AC/Alika years was great!

  72. Ronnie October 13, 2008 8:56 am

    I guess I have to check my profile on my facebook. I wonder how that happened…

  73. Kazz October 13, 2008 8:57 am


  74. Rob25 October 13, 2008 8:59 am

    Ronnie – WOW, you can work magic. I’m surprised that you could get Anne to come with you to Boise. You make sure that she joins you in the first down taunt…I mean…cheer.

    It’s another Hawaii…first down!

  75. Garret October 13, 2008 8:59 am

    Looks like BSU’s freshman QB struggled at times in their last game. Hopefully the UH D can get to him early and rattle him…he hasn’t experienced a Mouton blitz yet or the UH DL crashing over him…

    quarterback Kellen Moore played the worst game of his young career with an interception on a bad decision, a fumble, several bad center-quarterback exchanges and off-target throws.

    Also interesting to read that BSU is having problems with their OL…that is probably why the freshman QB struggled.

    The offensive line remains a work in progress – and that’s the kindest thing that can be said about the unit. Chris Petersen was not satisfied with the offense, and it will be a tough week of practice for that side of the ball.

  76. Ronnie October 13, 2008 9:00 am

    I’m not too good with the Facebook stuff, so:

    Jason – thank you for the birthday wishes! I’m sorry I threw you off with the day.

  77. Rob25 October 13, 2008 9:02 am

    For sure we are going to have to bust out the Cristal!

    Who needs a Fresno beat down when it’s Tsaiko Ronnie’s birthday!

  78. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 9:02 am


    Ok so when Graunke hurt his hand to begin with, was he not the starter? I am assuming that game against SJSU Funaki game in because Graunke wasnt ready with his hand and was a “wait and see” basis (at least thats what Coach Mac said on 1420 in the pre game). I mean thats the way I am reading it and thats why I still see Graunke as the starter who was taken out by injury. I know there is no official rule like that but assuming Coach Mac/Ron Lee is taking on JJ’s philosophy on it then it makes a whole lotta sense. That is why I am thinking Graunke’s injuries are a lot worse than we may all think.

    Stephen, could you clarify for us if you have any additional info?

  79. madeinhawaii October 13, 2008 9:06 am

    Kekoa… Happy Birthday. How’s it feel to be a year wiser?

  80. Garret October 13, 2008 9:06 am

    Info on BSU’s OL shuffling. Looks like they had a new person LT, LG, C, RG and RT at different parts of their last game. Interesting that when the backup C came in they had two fumbled snaps.

    With 6 of their top 9 OL either a freshman or sophomore, I figure that Mack and Cal Lee will do all they can to confuse BSU’s OL. Blitzes, stunts, everything will get thrown at BSU! Mack did a great job last year against a veteran BSU OL, so I look forward to what the D will do on Friday.

    Left tackle has not been a position that merited much concern for Boise State this decade.

    Daryn Colledge and Ryan Clady, both high NFL draft picks, manned the position for the last six years.

    Eager for that kind of anchor – and more production – on the line, the Broncos moved left guard Andrew Woodruff, the team’s most experienced lineman, to left tackle for Saturday’s game at Southern Mississippi.

    The move produced a domino effect on the line. Woodruff replaced Nate Potter. Freshman Cory Yriarte took Woodruff’s spot at left guard. Matt Slater earned the start at right tackle, replacing Kevin Sapien.

    Potter and Sapien played several series in the game at right tackle and right guard, respectively. Late in the game, Yriarte replaced center Thomas Byrd after Byrd and quarterback Kellen Moore had two fumbled snaps.

    “We’re playing a lot of guys, which is good,” Huff said. “They’re young, so they’re learning on the run a little bit. We’re just getting a lot of guys in and trying to figure out who the best guys are.”

    Only Woodruff and right guard Jon Gott are upperclassmen. The Broncos have six freshmen and sophomores among their top nine linemen.

  81. Maverick October 13, 2008 9:10 am

    After watching 3 Boise games this year, Kellen Moore is the main factor of that team being undefeated right now. Not to take anything away from that fine program overall, but this guy is going to be a star in the nations eye real soon.
    Not the most physical, but he has the mental aspect and accuracy to score when needed. He is so far ahead of the game when it comes to managing that offense, it’s spooky for his age to have that credit.
    Though there should never be another Colt Brennen when it comes to the whole picture, but Kellen has the makings of another Colt type of QB.

  82. d1島: October 13, 2008 9:11 am


    Throw one down for me, too!

  83. Maverick October 13, 2008 9:15 am

    I don’t think were gonna see Graunke start a game for the remainder of the season. He has lost too much valuable time not being on the field.

    Funaki is running downhill at an incredible rate of speed for taking the helm of this team.
    Something else might be a miss of why were not getting much info with graunke’s status. But like many injuries, it takes time, and re-stressing occurs.

  84. al October 13, 2008 9:17 am

    happy birthday big guy!

  85. Rob25 October 13, 2008 9:17 am


    I’m not sure about Graunke’s injury status right now. I just know that he came in to the Weber State game because of the concussion that Funaki suffered. Subsequently, he was named the starter for the OSU game, but Funaki was a starter before Graunke ever was (at least for this season).

    Like you, I have been wondering how much the injury is playing a part of his not even being the backup.

    My take on the whole starter thing is that the player that gives the team the best chance to win is going to start. Mack was still trying to find the QB with the right chemistry…looks like it is starting to come together since they are designing plays that fit Funaki better. Funaki is a good leader, too!

  86. FloridaTed October 13, 2008 9:22 am

    The Offense is almost there. I really hope they’ll practice their third down conversions. That is their main weakness right now and the reason too many drives are stalled. Once they get that going, watch out.

    I would love to see a real nice surprise package for Boise, cooked up by the coaches and once we get a lead, keep the petal to the metal. This will be another hold my breath kind of game, just like Fresniks.

    I can’t wait and on national T.V. to boot, yessss!!!

  87. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 13, 2008 9:23 am

    As the birthdat cake brought to Saturday’s T-Gate said: LIBRA TSAIKOS RULE!!! If you were born between September 22 and October 21, then that’s you. Happy Birthday Kekoa and Ronnie. Anyone else??

    The Tsaiko Nation is invited to attend the official groundbreaking celebration for the Ching/Cooke Field renovations project to be held on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008, at 10 am. There will be a blessing and, of course, the requisite speeches/acknowledgements by/of people who played a key role in making sure that the project happened.

    The estimated date for the project’s completion is still not known, but since one of us will continue to track its progress, we’ll post updates at least once a week.

    The two key variables are when the turf will arrive in Hawai`i – all site prep work will be done by then – and how much of an impact the weather will have. Dry = better; wetter = not.

  88. Garret October 13, 2008 9:23 am


    I agree that Kellen Moore will be good. However, if his OL is having problems due to injury and inexperience, that will give him a lot of problems as the season goes on…until their injured players get healthy and their young players get settled in. No QB, no matter how good they are, can perform to his potential if there are OL problems…and the problem (in my opinion) gets worse when the QB is a freshman.

  89. Maverick October 13, 2008 9:24 am

    From the Libra club-

    Hau’oli la hanau Kekoa

    It’s another Libra for Hawaii!

    reminds me of this. It’s another FIRST DOWN for Hawaii….!

  90. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 9:24 am


    I agree. I think Funaki was the starter even before Graunke but that at OSU Graunke was named starter because Graunke outplayed him (possibly even at practice and not injury related). That is something that would indeed make sense.

    Go Warriors

  91. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 13, 2008 9:25 am

    Whoops!! birthdat = birthday

  92. Pomai October 13, 2008 9:25 am

    Well it’s time for the WAC Championship game
    24    –    21    Pomai
    27    –    21    d1shima
    35    –    28    TChahng
    31    –    27    Pauoa Boy
    34    –    28    wafan
    30    –    27    Hank
    27    –    24    Hawaiianbod
    30    –    28    LizKauai
    24    –    21    HiFlyer
    35    –    24    Da Punchbowl Kid
    33    –    30    Unkanesson
    37    –    35    Kazz
    20    –    17    lab rat
    31    –    28    Bulla
    24    –    18    FloridaTed

  93. Maverick October 13, 2008 9:31 am

    Ted –

    3rd and 1 and Hawaii is still go into the shotgun with no RB’s in the backfield to pass. They didn’t convert.
    This needs to be put in the closet.

    We can pound the ball for short yardage when needed. and the records show lack of 3rd down conversions. wonder why

  94. Maverick October 13, 2008 9:33 am

    Garret- your right, football starts at the O-line. Boise does have some decent depth right now, and the current guys are not as good as the previous years, but there making it up with a finer QB and good receivers. This guy knows how to get the ball of quick and straight, and has good pocket confidence. He has better vision than Zabransky or Tharp.

  95. XxFaithxX October 13, 2008 9:33 am

    Man oh man. Can you all feel it? Its the showdown in boise and I really really want Da Warriors to win. All things point to a Boise win, but in my dreams of dreams, I see UH in Victory!. I am very superstitious when it comes to sports and I don’t want to jinx Da Warriors with any type of prediction. Just play hard, limit the mistakes, and above else, “Play with Class, Kick their A$$”

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!

  96. Jack Flash October 13, 2008 9:35 am

    Happy BDAY Kekoa!
    That was a great win over a talented LaTech team on Saturday. Personally, I love how the coaches are tweaking the offense to suit it’s inherant strengths. And, I was pissed this morning to hear people complaining on the BC show that the offense was boring at times. WTF! We won right?! I still remember in JJ’s days of it being 1st and goal, 3 incomplete passes and then missing the field goal to come up empty. I for one am extremely happy to have a run game to round out the passing attack. The coaches are kicking a$$ and will prove it by beating up on the blue sh!tland ponies this friday. GO WARRIORS!!!

  97. koakane™ October 13, 2008 9:37 am

    enjoy the day everybody check back lattas

    esme whooooooooooooooooosh btw who is esme now ❓

  98. lab rat October 13, 2008 9:40 am

    Rainbow Classic??

    Grasshopper Smith. First time I have ever seen a grasshopper play basketball.

    Left guard has been a position of concern since Keith went down. How is Ginlack???? Who comes in after Ieru????

  99. Garret October 13, 2008 9:42 am


    I do *not* disagree with you about BSU’s skill position players on offense. However, if they have problems on the OL (and possibly having different people at each OL position compared to how they started the season would indicate they aren’t happy with their OL) then UH might have a weakness to exploit. If UH doesn’t put pressure on the freshman QB, BSU will move the ball all day…so I expect the D to attack. The success of the D’s aggressiveness will determine whether or not UH can stop BSU.

    I have great respect for BSU’s coaches, so I figure they will get their OL straightened out soon. Hopefully for UH, it won’t be until next week. Replacing their starting LT with a guy that has been playing LG for a long time is not a minor change…

  100. Kazz October 13, 2008 9:43 am

    A lot of BSU fans seem to have the opinion that OUR defensive strength in our front seven is going to be the glaring advantage over their weakness in their offensive line.

    Just by this alone, we must attack, attack, and CRIPPLE (figuratively speaking).

    They appear to be more a passing team this season and we all know where the pass begins… the backfield aka where our defense likes to play! 😉

    If their young o-line is having the slightest of doubts or feeling the smallest inkling of hesitation we must seek and destroy.

    In the other aspects of the game, they have an advantage with the seasoned RBs and WRs and their defense appears to have an edge over our offense, which IS improving, but still not yet up to maximum potential.

    HOWEVER, our more balanced attack gives us one thing we didn’t have in previous years… TIME OF POSSESSION! We ate clock (and dog) on Saturday and we need to do it again on Friday.

    Keep the ball away from BSU’s offense, go cleat-to-cleat with their special teams, force turnovers, DON’T COMMIT turnovers, and limit STUPID false start and offside penalties and we can win the day and piss Karl Benson off.

  101. A-House October 13, 2008 9:46 am

    Am I in line is thanking “eagle-eye” spotter Bighilofan2 for alerting the Warrior coaches about Jordan?

    Welcome, Jordan to UH and the Warrior Ohana. We look forward to seeing you on the field in a few years.

  102. Kazz October 13, 2008 9:47 am


    EVERYTHING is against us on Friday. The weather, the crowd, the WAC, the referees, and a real damn good team…

    As Keala Watson said, no one is going to help us, we gotta do it ourselves.

    Again, it’s not a conspiracy, it’s just good for business that another WAC team makes a BCS-bowl game.

    But in all honesty the odds of BSU making it in even if they beat us on Friday and finish the season undefeated is almost impossible unless BYU or UTAH implode in the next few weeks.


  103. A-House October 13, 2008 9:47 am


    Happy birthday and many, many more to come!!!!

  104. tommui October 13, 2008 9:50 am



  105. Maverick October 13, 2008 10:07 am

    Yes, it’s in our favor with their OL situation, and our Defense has already had the opportunity to go up against stronger lines this season, thanks to a good OOC schedule.
    They have not racked up the usual 50 pts. plus in all of their games so far.
    Our safety’s and linebackers need to be the sharpest tool on the field for this game

  106. Kekoa (iPhone) October 13, 2008 10:08 am

    Many thanks to all for your well wishes. The CR shots in my coffee are bringing back memories of many sports moments locked in my time capsule. The best is yet to come!

    Go Warriors!

  107. jojo ® October 13, 2008 10:14 am

    Kekoa! Happy Birthday! We hope to get your PBS assessment soon.

    and CR brings memories? I thought it was to forget?

  108. da princess' classmate October 13, 2008 10:15 am

    any chance francis maka gets pt this game. would be nice to have him for depth on the dline.

  109. Aaron October 13, 2008 10:23 am

    Re: Graunke

    bringing Graunke back into the picture at this time of the season would be a big mistake. having him come back in the first place is kind of how we got into that QB mess in the first quarter of the season, as the lack of reps and the “looking over my shoulder” factor more than likely had a big negative impact on the developments of Alexander and Rausch, and probably the offense as a whole.

    I know that he worked hard to make his way back onto the team, but i really feel like he did more harm than good by being thrown back into the QB mix.

  110. Jay October 13, 2008 10:32 am


    Warriors14 Ponys 10

  111. not far away anymore October 13, 2008 10:47 am

    Happy Birthday Kekoa!

  112. expat October 13, 2008 10:50 am

    I didn’t get to watch the last Boise State game, but I watched at least parts of most of the others. I agree that they are having O-Line issues. As I mentioned earlier something is not in sync with their running game and O-line seems to be the most likely culprit since their “skill” guys are mostly back.

    That being said their overall execution has still been great and the QB has all the tools. Their “skill” guys like Avery and Johnson can still burn you if they do get free. Their receivers are still solid and they have active and athletic TEs. The key will certainly be whether Keala, Josh and the guys can beat up the O line and pressure Moore.

    So far the warrrior D has given up some yards on the ground and if BSU can figure out how to shake their guys free it will free up the play action stuff that they used to befuddle Oregon. BSU is still getting good yards on the ground and they still have great balance, it just *seems* when I have watched them that they aren’t in sync.

    This could be a defensive struggle. Who would have thought? Boise’s defense has been playing well… and our offense, while showing some sparks, has morphed into something that is more akin to the Tomey era than more recent years. ONLY OREGON HAS SCORED MORE THAN ONCE ON BSU THIS YEAR.

    So, La Tech had 358 yards total and we had 401. La Tech had 24 first downs to 21 for the Warriors.

    La Tech had 320 against Boise and gave up 464. BSU had 26 first downs against 13 for La Tech. Boise also kept them out of the end zone.

    Strangely, halfway through the season La Tech is the only team that Boise and Hawaii have in common.

    On another note, it is looking like a tough year for JJ. No chance to beat or meet the greatest turnaround ever. I am not sure but even if they won-out I don’t think they would be bowl eligible at this point as their only victory is a FCS team. They will probably better last year’s 1-11 record and they played Tulsa close, but it isn’t looking good.

  113. Mike October 13, 2008 11:04 am

    Happy birthday, Big K!

    Fave Classic moment: I tried to interview Bobby Knight when UH beat Indiana (the same year as the Kansas win, I believe). I asked him for his take on his team’s performance. The conversation went something like this:
    Knight: You saw the effin game, you tell me.
    Me: You’re the coach…
    Knight: And don’t you ever effin forget it, you effin eff.

    Ah, good times…

  114. Pomai October 13, 2008 11:05 am

    You know this whole QB thing is just a little unsettling too me, here we are going into the 6th game of the season and there is still questions about who the starting QB is going to be, to me that is not good. As much as I don’t feel that IF is the right QB for the run and shoot, he is at this time the best shot we have, my feeling is that we leave him in there as the starter for the rest of the season, just rearrange the play book to suite him. We need the consistency, and not the distractions. No turnovers and no penalties and we will come out with a “W”

    I still believe
    We still believe
    They still believe

  115. SteveM October 13, 2008 11:07 am

    Happy Birthday Kekoa !!!

  116. Rich2176 October 13, 2008 11:11 am


    Honored to meet you in NOLA and again this past June at the bash for Ronnie and I. As ST said, a TRUE GENTLEMAN, indeed. Enjoy your special day!

  117. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 11:13 am

    Nice sizable recruit for the Warriors.

    Happy Discovers’ Day. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

    Happy Birthday Kekoa!

    A-Joe – Us Rockers’ don’t need to sing in key!!! 😆

    Nice meeting jm###, rascal as ever! She messed up the cabana and the tent city. Shout out to Heineken and his wife (sorry forgot her name) for bringing some authentic Nihon noodles! Oishi desu ne!

    Good to see Stretch and Mom Stretch make it across the Highway. g-nalo (but no tripe) too.

    Next time I gotta bring more belly pork! Curveball and A-Sports went whack em! Ralph was playing the innocent bystander…

    Nalani – Your daughter sooooo cute! First time I see someone stick a dart in a tree…with a plastic tip! I never like sing after she sang…Now I gotta find out what the key of C sound like. But then again I think A-Hoe and uku-lice-boy wen go change the keys on me. I wasn’t about to disrespect John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. 😆 Oh and thanks for sharing.

    Koakane – Looking forward to our collaboration next t-gate!

    BTW, who ate my oysters?

  118. Rich2176 October 13, 2008 11:14 am

    Dang fires here in the valley are about 10 miles away and the air is so bad. I’m in the office and my eyes are burning. In case anyone wants to see live video…


  119. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 11:19 am

    Pomai – There is no questions on who the starting back is going to be. Or did I not read something that was posted earlier?

  120. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 11:20 am

    Re: Graunke.
    He had to attend a meeting today, so he was not at today’s practice.
    His injury hurt his place on the depth chart, and now he’s also behind the others in terms of running the offense. Remember, he didn’t participate at all in training camp.

  121. Kazz October 13, 2008 11:22 am


    Wow. That was awfully classy of Mr. Knight eh? 🙄

  122. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 11:24 am

    I can’t recall any Rainbow Classic moments.

  123. Kazz October 13, 2008 11:24 am


  124. Kazz October 13, 2008 11:26 am

    homey ⑪:

    October 13th, 2008 at 11:24 am
    I can’t recall any Rainbow Classic moments.

    How about some classic Rainbow Warrior moments instead?

    I remember a bunch of guys sitting in our section dancing around and they were pretty bad, but they all had “Papakolea Fight Club” sweatshirts on so me and my friends made sure not to laugh too hard.

  125. Nalani October 13, 2008 11:36 am

    Happy BDay Kekoa!

    Thanks to everyone for a fun and again memorable tailgate. Thanks for making my bro Kimo feel welcome. He loved it. Thanks to Duffer for the cookbook!! I love to cook, so I’m definitely gonna check it out.

    Ref: CDs, I will be gigging on Maui during the next home tailgate, but I will send CDs w Shelton.

    Lastly, anyone see the Dow today?! Yippee. We are praying for our country.

  126. Kevin October 13, 2008 11:38 am

    Watching my first Rainbow Classic small kid time in ’75, with Indiana winning the final. They would go on to win the National Championship that year, with Quinn Buckner, Kent Benson, and Scott May leading the way. Numerous big name players came through during the late 70s & 80s. Isaiah Thomas, Sam Perkins, James Worthy, MJ, Byron Scott, Kevin Johnson, Johnny Dawkins, Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Mark Price, Vernon Maxwell, Dennis Scott, Marcus Camby, The Michigan Fab 5 and more. That Kansas team in ’97 was led by Paul Pierce – Raef Lafrentz was injured that night.

    Huge difference back in the day when players would STAY in college before heading to the NBA.

    I know memories can get a little fuzzy 🙂 I believe Penny Hardaway set the 3point record in the ’92 Maui Classic, and UH beat Indiana in a regular season game prior to the Kansas win.

    I know I may be thinking of some players who came for the Postseason Aloha Classic.

  127. cocobean October 13, 2008 11:40 am

    Was a student at UH when the Fab Five won the school’s first Rainbow Classic Title against…BYU.

  128. Ronnie October 13, 2008 11:43 am

    Oh oh, poor Rob25:

    Romo broke the pinky of his throwing hand and will be out up to 4 weeks.

  129. Nalani October 13, 2008 11:51 am

    Homey – no let ’em tell you you sing flat. They were just playing sharp.

  130. FloridaTed October 13, 2008 11:53 am

    It appears we have a consensus on this blog about BoiseStates only weakness, their O-Line. This should play right into our strength, our front seven. We have lock down corners who can handle their pretty good receivers. If we can bring the house and manage to rattle their O-Line, we’ll have more than a real chance to win this game. We handled them last year with a much better O-Line.

    But we MUST improve our third down efficiency, or we’re in trouble. I hope the coaches get that fixed.

    Really hoping for some nice surprises.

  131. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 11:54 am

    Rainbow Warrior? hmmmm, why are most of my moments hazy?

    Good for the Dow, NASDAQ, and the S&P but I wanna see how it does the rest of the year. Not to mention the Asian and European markets…

    But hey gas is cheap! Went to Costco this weekend and it was $3.249 a gallon for regular!!! Now I can take the Lamborghini Murcielago for a spin around the island! 😆

  132. Ronnie October 13, 2008 11:54 am

    Yeah, homey, what Nalani said!

  133. HeinekenHealer October 13, 2008 11:57 am

    Re: Graunke

    Wrist injuries in my experience take a long time to heal. Graunke could possibly have a scaphoid fracture which account for 60% of wrist fractures. The scaphoid bone is one of 8 carpal bones in the wrist. Wrist fractures can be difficult to diagnose. If it is a scaphoid fracture, it has a hard time to heal due to the anatomy of the blood supply to the bone. The blood supply is what keeps the bone alive and allows it to heal. I hope its not a wrist fracture.
    The best case scenario would be a moderate to severe wrist sprain with a healing prognosis of 6-10 weeks.

  134. Bulla October 13, 2008 11:59 am

    happy bday kekoa,

    take your time blowing out the candles, no need for a brush fire on the west side, haha

    moving into the land of smurfs to play on the smurf field, what a joy. our Defense should more than hold their own, collapse the pocket, cut the angles off, and have a sack party. haha


  135. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 12:02 pm

    FT and others – Boise must be thinking the same about the Warriors o-line. We’ll see who has the bigger heart and who will come to play.

    The shetland ponies will take advantage of the Warriors aggressiveness and blitzes with receiver and RB screens. They’ll bring their speed sweeps and play action roll outs. Misdirection is their game. The Warriors D just gotta stay disciplined and attack the skilled players. WOOHOO is it Friday yet?

    ESPN = HD telecast!!!


  136. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 12:03 pm


    HAUOLI LA HANAU, KEKOA… sneaky buggah, nevah give me one hint even!

    Been spending my whole morning in the jazz world after getting an email from my spiritual mom about Russ Garcia (see today’s blog post if you are curious).

    Still working on the videos and images.

    The Tsa-ko world is so all-encompassing and so much fun! Now I gotta brush teeth and do morning ablutions before noon!
    Back laters with sidelines observations.

  137. da princess' classmate October 13, 2008 12:04 pm

    wow rocky is really persistant. good to see he might have a chance to play this week. gonna need all those big boyz up front to step up and have the game of their lives.

    is it okay to talk about hte baseball game going on now or are people dvr’ing it…

  138. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 12:11 pm

    Ronnie & Nalani – Thanks! I think… Next time if get audio, me and Mrs. A-House going do the Tina Turner version of “Proud Mary”. Just for clarification, Mrs. A-House is going to sing and dance.

  139. mctruck October 13, 2008 12:12 pm

    Bradah Maverick,

    word out on the street is that CNN like interview you….deh want to question you bout your connection wit McCain/Palin? bwaaaahahaha!!

  140. BowsForever October 13, 2008 12:13 pm

    Rocky seems to have had some really bad luck with injuries lately. I’d love to see him back on D, but the doctors should really think things over before clearing him to play. Better he get fully healed than mortgage his playing future.

  141. Rich2176 October 13, 2008 12:16 pm

    RE: Boise

    Don’t know how I want to refer to them this week:

    A. Spud Stuffers
    B. Potato Peelers

    Regardless, I’m on record telling ST last night that the WARRIORS will win. I told him they’d beat Fresno and they did. I think one thing that helped in Fresno were the amount of WARRIOR fans. There will be less in Boise, but they’ll have many fans watching the game on ESPN yelling loudly. They’ve turned the corner and are improving with each game. They just need dicipline and commitment to victory.

  142. madeinhawaii October 13, 2008 12:27 pm

    I suppose we can thank Sadowski for delaying the planting of synthetic turf in Cooke field until the rainy season.

    While I agree that Boise’s offensive line is suspect, I also believe that they are vulnerable against a solid passing offense. Even with their suspect O-line, they are still putting up the points. Our Warriors. however, will have many opportunities to take this game if they can connect consistently on their passing game. If ever we needed the “shoot:” part of the run-n-shoot, it is in this upcoming game.

  143. Nalani October 13, 2008 12:29 pm

    Eh Tsaikos:

    Until I get you guys the CDs, here’s a website you can go to and get a free download of music or music videos.


    Compliments of my label, OneHawaii Music. Enjoy! You can send to friends/family too if you like.

  144. Long Time UH Fan October 13, 2008 12:31 pm


    Happy Birthday to You and many more to come!…raises “Stretch’s” jigger with shot of CR …a toast to you, Sir….SALUT!

  145. expat October 13, 2008 12:32 pm

    The two worst stats for the Warriors are the third down percentage – worst in the WAC by a long shot (even worse than Idaho) – and the penalties – also worst in the WAC by a significant margin. The penalty thing has got to improve. Sure the officiating has been bad. There is a big difference between “bad” and “biased” though.

    The third down percentage is really poor and if you are converting less than 25% of third downs that pretty much tells you how well your team is doing at sustaining drives — which is something that we need to do now that we don’t have the same kind of quick strike offense.

  146. lab rat October 13, 2008 12:42 pm

    Rocky is back? What a Warrior.

  147. BowsForever October 13, 2008 12:45 pm

    How about a classic: Baked potatoes. 🙂

  148. lab rat October 13, 2008 12:50 pm

    Blue-Bottomed Fillies.

  149. BowsForever October 13, 2008 12:50 pm

    Seriously though, to paraphrase what a certain sportswriter at the “other paper” said — even though there’s still some naysayers out there, a LaTech effort from the Warriors will just not be enough at Boise. If the Warriors are lucky enough to get turnovers, they’ll have to really try for the TD. Penalties are still a big concern, and the D won’t have the luxury of playing inconsistently against a team like Boise. And you can never count out the misdirection element of the Boise offense. Hawaii can win, but they’ll have to be crisp and sharp, and it’d be a great time to kick the offense into overdrive. I’d love to see some two running back plays this game to balance out the empty set, Funaki’s been taking some serious hits lately.

  150. Pocho October 13, 2008 1:06 pm

    Mr. Tsai,

    I hope you got MJ’s autograph and maybe a pic just the two of you.

  151. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:08 pm

    Checking in – Hi Everybody !

    Raining REALLY hard in Maunawili on this dreary overcast Columbus Day holiday. What brings tons of rays of sunshine to the Tsaiko Nation regardless of whether or not the sun is actually shining ? Having the opportunity to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to really special Tsaikos.

    To our revered Leader of Hawaiian Ceded Lands – KEKOA –
    best wishes for a happy, happy birthday!…and many, many more. O O O X X X o o o x x x (translation…Nacho Libre’s expressions of love: “O” = Big Hug…”X” + Big Kiss…”o” = lil hug…”x” = lil kiss.)

  152. Rob25 October 13, 2008 1:13 pm


    October 13th, 2008 at 11:43 am
    Oh oh, poor Rob25:

    Romo broke the pinky of his throwing hand and will be out up to 4 weeks.

    I’m not a Romo fan anyways!

  153. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:15 pm

    Ronnie –

    Hi Ronnie! Can’t say enough about you and Rob25 representing so well at the Fresno game. Talked with Rob25 and she described how you fired up the Hawaii senior citizens sitting around you with your feisty…”It’s annoddah Warrior – FIRST DOWN!”

    Birthday greetings will be coming your way in a few days, but holy moly, get so “much” special Libra Tsaikos. A-House and myself are proud to be part of them!

  154. lab rat October 13, 2008 1:17 pm

    Romo got pounded and I think more than his pinky hurts right now.

    It was weird how LaBoy was penalized since he was injured.

  155. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 1:29 pm

    Thank you Mrs. A-House for providing us with that decoder bracelet information or I would have never guessed what O O O X X X o o o x x x was! 😆

  156. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:30 pm

    Maverick –
    Koakane –
    Florida Ted –
    Pauoa Boy –
    Garret –
    and all others who posted this morning –

    May I add my “ditto” to your well thought-out, well-expressed comments re the T-gate prior to and the LaTech game itself on Saturday. What a hard-fought victory…and this time, YES, the better team won the game! I was NOT pleased to read earlier that some fans complained that it was not exciting enough in the closing minutes of the game. I just deleted the harsh words I had for them…

  157. Rob25 October 13, 2008 1:31 pm

    homey – you gonna feel the wrath of Mrs. A-House! 😯

  158. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 1:33 pm

    So if your tricep is partially torn does that prevent you from pushing with your arm(s)? Any doctor or physical therapist in the house?

  159. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:34 pm

    Homey –

    Doggone you! Look for another message from me in your email. What’s written in your off-line email MUST stay in your off-line email.

    On a light note…Homey, you have a delightful singing voice, but that was early on. Perhaps the later alcoholic indulgences put a damper on your Proud Mary rendition. I thoroughly enjoyed it, no matter what. Thanks for trying.

  160. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:37 pm

    HeinekenHealer –

    Mahalo for your medical expertise in assessing Tyler’s possible injury and the prognosis of his recovery. Homey, your wish has been granted. HeinekenHealer’s earlier post is based on medical facts. He has a degree to back up his statements.

  161. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:40 pm

    Mrs. HeinekenHealer (Noriko) –

    Domo arigato go zai masu! Your tempura somen dish was tot-temo-oi-shii ! Midori7 commented that a whole lot of time and effort went into preparing that dish and also the mochi rice dish you brought. Very nice to meet you and Dr. HH. Hope to see you again.

  162. Maverick October 13, 2008 1:41 pm

    McTruck –
    RE: word out on the street is that CNN like interview you….deh want to question you bout your connection wit McCain/Palin? bwaaaahahaha!!

    You gettin’ “all Maverick’y” on me? lol

  163. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:46 pm

    Al –

    All is forgiven. Meeting your wonderful family at the T-gate was really special. Seeing all of you seated together was so nice. You have a REALLY good-looking family…including yourself. Sorry for not clearing with you beforehand, but you stopped me before I could convey to your family what nice posts you provide the blog…you have a really nice family, and I can see why you’re so proud of them.

  164. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 1:48 pm

    Mrs. A-House – Ummmmm, last anatomy class I took I recall the triceps is not in the wrist area… 😆

    I got this from your decoder bracelet: delightful singing voice = booooooo, get off the stage!

  165. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:51 pm

    Inoke Funaki –

    You continue to make your hanai auntie very proud. Read the article about the heckling you endured at the Fresno game…how they chanted “gnocchi, gnocchi, gnocchi…” and you graciously acknowledged their attention. That’s my boy! I know you’ll keep working hard, focus, never give up. Kudos to your wonderful parents for nurturing you into such a fine young man.


  166. curveball October 13, 2008 1:52 pm

    Mrs. A-House:

    October 13th, 2008 at 1:40 pm
    Mrs. HeinekenHealer (Noriko) –

    Domo arigato go zai masu! Your tempura somen dish was tot-temo-oi-shii ! Midori7 commented that a whole lot of time and effort went into preparing that dish and also the mochi rice dish you brought. Very nice to meet you and Dr. HH. Hope to see you again.

    I am just haole guy and dont know what most of Mrs A House just said but I am preety sure I agree with it all..that was good food..

  167. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 1:58 pm

    Mike –

    Enjoyed reading about your attempted interview with Bobby Knight. Maybe he is considered a “coach to play for”, but my opinion of him cannot be printed on this polite blog. It took courage to approach him and even more courage to ask him that question that you did. I know you probably were prepared to be blasted by his reply, but you retorted superbly. I’m proud of you!

  168. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 1:59 pm

    curveball – She’s just saying thank you very much and that is was very delicious and that Noriko worked hard in making the food and it was good to meet them and wish to see them again… 😆

  169. Rich2176 October 13, 2008 2:00 pm

    Wow, Mrs. A-House – A Nacho Libre reference. Now, if you ever reference The Big Lebowski….

  170. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:00 pm

    Thank goodness I sent in my 3 proofs-of-purchase so I could get the free women-to-men speech decoder ring.

  171. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:01 pm

    Most of the time my ring just says, “blah blah blah…”


  172. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:02 pm

    Curveball –

    Hi Curveball! It was great to see you again and nice that you brought Mrs. Curveball too. Very nice to meet her…lovely lady she is. My simple compliments to Noriko expressed my appreciation for her marvelous dish. I described it as being “oh, so delicious!” and I “thanked her very much”.

  173. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:03 pm

    Nalani – Thank you for the link!!!

  174. curveball October 13, 2008 2:04 pm

    Mrs. A-House:

    See,I knew I was right in agreeing with you…Homey is cracking me up today..

  175. da princess classmate October 13, 2008 2:04 pm

    not to be 2 critical… but can someone tell bruddah vili da warrior not to lead cheers when we’re on offense, espeically when we’re deep in our own territory on the same side of the field as he’s trying to lead cheers. maybe it wasn’t too noticeable in previous years with the experience we had at all positions along the o, but now with our improving but not well oiled machine offense, we could use some help from our own mascot i’d think

  176. oxymoron October 13, 2008 2:05 pm

    Oops. That reminds me, Rice was part of that Rainbow Classic field, and featured a sharpshooter named Ricky Pierce…another NBA-bound baller. Those were the days when the Rainbow Classic was relevant, before the Maui Classic stole the thunder. Pierce lit everyone up…and if I’m not mistaken, that was the year before NC State won the national championship….Wichita State got put on probation for recruiting stuff the year after too…I think. Does anyone remember Tom Chambers and Danny Vranes lighting up Hawaii?

  177. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:06 pm

    Rich2176 –

    Hi Rich! Give my best to Margo and a XXOOxxoo to you both, too! “The Big Lebowski”??? Sorry, I need a little feedback on that one. Remember, you’re talking to a senior citizen from the good ole’ days when life was simpler. It’s been a revelation to me to add all the neat acronyms that the Tsaikos use. The profane one that’s my favorite gets me in trouble, so I’ll save it for a REALLY special post. 😉

  178. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:07 pm

    dpc – your #175 post was mentioned quite a few times this and last season. Yep, someone really needs to clue him in.

  179. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 2:09 pm

    HeinekenHealer –

    thanks for the medical run down. gosh so if it is one of those bad fractures its possible we will not be seeing him the rest of the season?…well actually anymore?…that kinda sucks =(…

  180. da princess classmate October 13, 2008 2:11 pm

    ooh sorry for the tardiness on that one… just got 2 a boiling point i guess this weekend,

  181. curveball October 13, 2008 2:11 pm

    Mrs. A-House:

    Mrs C had a great time at her first T-gate..she says it is the best bunch of goofy people she has hung out with. I had to go buy her a Na Leo Cd.I don’t think she will miss any future activities

  182. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:11 pm

    da Princess Classmate –

    Is Vili still at it?! I posted a while ago that he needs to get his head in the game. He appears to be clueless as to when to make a lot of noise. The fans who follow his cues are just as clueless, I think. C’mon fans…when the Warriors are on offense, just zip it! Make any kine noise, as much as you like when the Warriors are on defense. Mahalo.

  183. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 2:12 pm

    re: BOISE TV-GATE @ Club Genji-sama

    ok so for those of you interested I have a table down at Genji-san. Those of you who would like to join let me know or can go to SteveM webpage for details.


  184. al October 13, 2008 2:16 pm

    oh happy day.

    i am back in good graces with the gracious mrs. ahouse.

    the sixth member of the house was working a double overtime shift next door at the shipyard. one fo these days #1 son will make an appearance. of course he has his own group to play with in the parking lot.

  185. Nalani October 13, 2008 2:17 pm

    I will mention to Vili. I hadn’t noticed it, and I sit in that end zone. But I’m not doubting the validity. Doesn’t hurt to mention.

  186. da princess classmate October 13, 2008 2:19 pm

    yeah fans can be a little bad too.. but they just like us pay money to get in so they can do what they like.. plus they might be drunk or just plain ignorant as it comes to football, so that’s excuseable to me. when a “mascot” encourages them to make noise at wrong times, oh now that gets on my nerves. do we still pay him. if we pay him, that makes it worse. now if he’s a volunteer, then i’ll shut my mouth, but i don’t remember him being a volunteer.

    as was mentioned earlier, i guess this subject’s been discuseed previously so i’ve said my peace and now it’s dropped. SYAR OG and go warriors

  187. WarriorMojo October 13, 2008 2:19 pm

    I’m cracking up at the Tsaiko group pics from LizK’s page. It looks like Homey asked everyone else to squat down or hunch over so they would remain in his vertical plane of reference. And THEN he made sure all the kids were standing next to him. Bwahaha!

  188. wafan October 13, 2008 2:20 pm

    A very happy birthday to Kekoa! How does it feel to finally make it to 32?!?!?!?!

  189. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:20 pm

    WassupDoc and Dr. Doc –

    Want to thank you again for the really special “Tsaiko Libras Rule” birthday cake. Wow! so many Tsaikos qualified to stand together to be feted by the ohana. Nice to rub shoulders with the rich, famous, talented and good-looking Libras; i.e., Kekoa, Nalani, you both, A-Sports, A-House and one more handsome guy in the green t-shirt.

  190. al October 13, 2008 2:21 pm

    of course “the truth” is not or will not disclose the reason for “the meeting”.

    are those fellows in #183 the same person?

    too bad we can’t get camellia to bring their food and gear down to cabana A.

  191. SteveM October 13, 2008 2:22 pm

    homey — for the record, your singing was very good. I was surprised, but I am usually too distracted watching your dance moves at Karaoke Call to hear your singing without a mic… 🙂

    I would match you with Esme to do a duet….ahhh, early in the evening… next big Karaoke Call!

    …and Mrs. A-House sure looked natural behind the microphones …sounds great too, as we saw her at Blog Party 4. 🙂

  192. HiFlyer October 13, 2008 2:23 pm

    Kekoa – A very Happy Birthday to you.

    Pomai – you forgot to change my score, we still have the same numbers. 24 – 20 UH.

  193. wafan October 13, 2008 2:25 pm

    Vili is in trouble and I do not think he knows it. I hope Nalani does not borrow A-Sports’ slippah.

    But, if she does then I sure hope the TV cameras get the shot of Nalani chasing Vili across the field — leaves, and bits of costume flying in all directions. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  194. wafan October 13, 2008 2:27 pm

    Good to see another OL recruit! Welcome home Loeffler!!!

    With the SF your family will be able to come over for each game. Yahoooooooo!

  195. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 2:27 pm

    Hey, we’ve got two more prizes — a big autographed picture of Jason Elam and a green UH jersey from a couple of years ago. I’ll tell The Twins to get a contest going.

  196. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:28 pm

    HiFlyer –

    You sneaky buggah, you. I tried to help Jack Flash get some of UHFan808’s awesome PBS in the small styrofoam bowl. Only then did you buss out your blue JUMBO-size sturdy plastic soup bowls. Ho man, shock me! That’s ok that you didn’t offer to give me one. Just for that, I might recruit you to sing/dance with me and Homey.

  197. wafan October 13, 2008 2:29 pm

    Good to hear Cooke Field is finally being torn apart. Yay!

    A hearty thank you to WUDoc, Tommui, BHF2 and everyone else who was involved. Bravissimo!!!

  198. Rob25 October 13, 2008 2:29 pm

    Yes, I was thinking the same thing. It’s great that he is there to get the crowd pumped up, but it was going on while Hawaii was deep in the endzone.

    There was another group of fans that were leading some sort of cheer also and I was thinking that they need to be quiet when we are on offense. Fresno fans do the same thing though.

    After Fresno, I think the boys can handle the noise. When they were in the endzone nearest us Hawaii fans, the band is there on the field and they play constantly so that it is probably hard to hear when they are in the huddle. The Fresno band surrounds the side of the field that the visiting team is warming up and plays towards the field the whole time. In addition they have loud boom box type music playing before the game. We felt so sorry for the elderly fans behind us.

  199. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:31 pm

    SteveM – Nice try, you not getting me to sing…

    WM – Hey hey hey!!! The kids followed me ok!

  200. addahknowjoe October 13, 2008 2:31 pm

    Waaaaaait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait…



    Homey, who you callin’ A-Hoe?

  201. Albert October 13, 2008 2:34 pm


    you seem to be suggesting that we should remove the guy who is winning games for us (funaki) and that we should replace him with a guy (graunke) who is: (1) undisciplined; (2) immature; (3) selfish; (4) does not have a winning record; (5) claims to be unable to play because of a “boo boo”; does not have leadership ability and skills.

    are you from boise?

  202. wafan October 13, 2008 2:35 pm

    A-Joe . . .

    Noticed that earlier. I thought it wiser to figure it was a “new” blogger.


  203. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 2:36 pm

    Nalani- THANKS for the free tunes!!!
    You actually fulfilled one of my dearest wishes on Saturday. Back in the 70’s we had a group called “East of Midnight” – acoustic sounds with close harmonies and lots of spirit. I never pushed forward musically after we went separate ways because I was always the one who stood on the side and sang the harmonies.
    When I first heard Na Leo, it was like a deja-vu for me. “Wow, cool! Now people LIKE that kind of music! Wish I could sing with them!”
    For my next wish- backup singer for Sting.

    OK- back to the pix…

  204. HeinekenHealer October 13, 2008 2:36 pm

    Mrs A-House

    Thank you for the compliments. Its make Noriko very happy when someone enjoys her cooking.
    We cannot take the credit for the delicious mochi. We did not bring the mochi.

  205. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:36 pm

    JM2375 –

    It was nice to meet you. Sorry, but I don’t qualify to be your “twin”. The similarities end with “vertically challenged” and “buddhahead”. You are much too young and attractive to be my twin. I concede…but I’d love it if you would call me “auntie”. 😀

  206. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:39 pm

    A-Joe – typos happen…I hit the submit as I was re-reading my post and thought OH SHIATSU!…too late. my bad… 😳 😉 😉

    Got home with the stickers and my daughter says, can I have some? Thanks again for the stickers. Now I get one new logo for the longboard.

  207. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:40 pm

    Oops! Sorry…

    To the great cook who brought the mochi rice dish…BIG MAHALO!

  208. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 2:42 pm

    xs-homey – you have a beautiful voice and you can sing in whatever key you want. It’s up to the musicians to follow your lead.

    Rich2176- stay away from the smoke- where there’s smoke, there’s, well, you know… and “That rug really tied the room together”.

  209. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:46 pm

    Nalani –

    You sing like an angel…truly. Thanks so much for granting what must have been every one of the Tsaikos wish…that you would sing for us. And to your daughter, Aulani, is it…hope so, you are a chip off of your beautiful Mom. So adorable and so talented. Didn’t notice the “audience” that gathered to enjoy the show. You are so kind and giving that I know you didn’t mind sharing your gift of song.

  210. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 2:47 pm

    XLiz – Just translated your post in my decoder ring…bwahahahaha!!!

  211. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 2:48 pm


    yes i am from Boise in Moanalua, i just so happen to have gone to UH graduated and now in grad school, had season tickets since I was 5, lived through and supported the team through Vonappon years, spent $10K to go watch the warriors at the Sugar Bowl and convinced my family to hold their season tickets for over 30 years even before I was born, a Na Koa member and inviting everyone to a Tv-Gate at Genji’s with the help of the tsaikos.

    yup i am from boise…but the real question should be…where are you from?

    Go Warriors!

  212. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 2:49 pm

    “(1) undisciplined; (2) immature; (3) selfish; (4) does not have a winning record; (5) claims to be unable to play because of a “boo boo”; does not have leadership ability and skills.”

    sounds like a Warrior fan to me =)

  213. Kazz October 13, 2008 2:49 pm

    RE: Vili THE Warrior.

    I have been a big fan of Vili since he came along and he is a GREAT mascot for our team.

    However I for one do NOT believe that Vili has no idea as to when to get the crowd going at the right times. To me, it doesn’t make sense.

    The man has children playing this very sport and he has been around it for a while to not know to be quiet on offense and to be loud on D.

    My assumption is that he’s getting cues from someone on the field or maybe he’s on some kind of “schedule”. Yes he is being paid to do what he does and we all know that when you are getting paid, you do have to answer to someone.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s being told to pump up the crowd NO MATTER WHAT when they return from a TV timeout or something.

    Again, I am a Vili homer and I DO get nervous/irritated when the crowd starts making noise when we are on offense, but I’m just throwing out my assumptions.

    Still, can’t take away a live person looking the part of the team’s “look” as opposed to some big foam thing walking the sidelines with NO personality at all as if it was some Toys R Us promotion for a new stuffed animal.

  214. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 2:50 pm

    xs-homey… you can call me XXL-iz now- after my Colt Brennan #5 jersey. The NFL official white jersey comes only in XXL. (I actually wore the M maroon knockoff one to Nancy’s on Sunday morning and on the plane home.)

  215. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:52 pm

    Addaknowjoe –

    Can’t overlook your singing and accompanyment talents. Mahalo…you look so confident and natural behind the microphone. Also mahalo to you and A-Sports who are continually giving and sharing.

  216. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 2:58 pm

    Midori7 –

    You worked very hard and was extremely conscientious about making sure every person’s guess was screened properly. You gently brushed me off when I asked you a couple of time if I had won. I did not, and that folks is a testament to the remarkable honesty and integrity of this young lady.

  217. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 3:00 pm

    Mrs. A-House – you talking about the rice that had soybeans inside?

  218. Ralph October 13, 2008 3:04 pm

    On a day ST announces a recruit from the big Island BigHilo is a no show on the blog….he must have gotten to excited and in his excitement he passed out

  219. addahknowjoe October 13, 2008 3:09 pm

    Mrs. A-House-

    You are most welcome. =)

    (found out that the acronym means something else so I have to spell it out)

    But, I was simply background noise. Nalani, her daughter, Ukuleleboi, aunty from the sovereign lands of Kapolei and Journey’s “Pinoy Idol” back up lead singer did all the hard work.

    Can I first thank you for simply being you? But, can I also hold you to your word that you’ll be singing at the next T-gate with Homey?

    You da bestest!

  220. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 3:10 pm

    Haha Ralph- I thought you were going to yell at me for letting Jett Jasper get called on a foul at the end of the game!

  221. addahknowjoe October 13, 2008 3:11 pm

    Mrs. A-House – you talking about the rice that had soybeans inside?


  222. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 3:12 pm

    Homey –

    Yes, the rice with the beans. I didn’t get to taste it, and I regret that so much. Looked so ono, but I just couldn’t get to it.

  223. HiFlyer October 13, 2008 3:13 pm

    Ralph – either that or his puter stay smokin again and no can post.

  224. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 3:13 pm

    Addahknowjoe –

    You’ve got mail…

  225. Rob25 October 13, 2008 3:13 pm


    I know that you were making some kind of negative story out of it. It was legitimate to look at why Graunke isn’t considered a starter, but ST clarified for us.

    I used to live in Boise…in my youth. It’s nothing to be ashamed of…show your pride!

  226. Kazz October 13, 2008 3:16 pm


    October 13th, 2008 at 3:04 pm
    On a day ST announces a recruit from the big Island BigHilo is a no show on the blog….he must have gotten to excited and in his excitement he passed out.


    Gotta remember it’s a double-whammy for BigHiloFan2 with Ching Field finally getting started too!

  227. jm2375 October 13, 2008 3:16 pm

    Hi Mrs. A-house and all other Tsai-kos!

    Stuck at work today, grrr…

    Mrs. A-house – I no can call you auntie. You too young. Da only people I call auntie/uncle these days are around my mom’s age (>75) and older. Can we be cousins then? I’m older than most people think – good oriental genes. hehehehe. Didn’t you see all my white hair? 🙁

    Good news about Cooke Field. While we need rain, let’s hope for a relatively dry fall till the field is installed!!

    OK back to work.

  228. addahknowjoe October 13, 2008 3:17 pm

    Mrs. A-House

    Sent an email to you.

  229. Rob25 October 13, 2008 3:18 pm



    I meant to say that I know you weren’t trying to make a negative story out of it.

  230. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 3:19 pm

    Mrs. A-House. Remember that it is YOU who wrote the Tsai-ko alma mater. Sorry I was out of position to catch you at the T-Gate. But here is your debut:

  231. BowsForever October 13, 2008 3:20 pm

    All the best to Graunke, but given the twisting and turning circumstances and Graunke’s unfortunately-timed injury, it’s Funaki who gives us the best chance to win right now. I don’t think Graunke has any problems with that.

  232. madeinhawaii October 13, 2008 3:22 pm

    Boise has an incredible history of quality football from their JV years (pre-1967) in which they took the JV National Championship in 1958 and had strings of 22 and 31 wins in the 60’s before becoming a 4-year college. They have won nearly 70% of their football games over the years and 81% since becoming an D-1 team 10 years ago. Beating Boise is something to take real pride in. Losing to Boise means you got beat by a pretty darn good team.

    BTW… I’ve never been to Boise.

  233. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 3:23 pm


    haha i am not from Boise. =P. and yeah I was not trying to make a negative story out of anything…as far as Funaki, the proof is in the pudding and he is making Hawaii proud. I just dont think we need to bad mouth Graunke i.e. poor leadership, no winning record (tread lightly with this one) etc etc. No one can argue that from a pure Run and Shoot standpoint….stressing JJ’s offense and to a great extent Ron’s offense that Graunke was most adept to it.

    and yes ST clarified, if Graunke was put back in line because of injury and depth and coaches decision then fine…but thats all i wanted…was more information and clarification.

    Go Warriors!

  234. madeinhawaii October 13, 2008 3:25 pm

    OOPS not JV… but JC years.. Junior College National Champions in 1958…


  235. BowsForever October 13, 2008 3:27 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Graunke is still training up ALL of the QBs in the offense as an kind of unofficial assistant to Rolo. He’s had his ups and downs, but those few times I see him on the sidelines, I never see him moping or keeping to himself. He’s imperfect like the rest of us, but he’s a team player. Maybe he hasn’t always been, but just remember Nevada — he paid back his scholarship and then some with that game.

  236. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 3:34 pm

    I think that was just an edamame rice recipe that people make for tailgates or potlucks at the relatives house.

  237. Mrs. A-House October 13, 2008 3:34 pm

    LizKauai –

    Much mahalos for re-posting my “debut”. It was so fun to watch it again. Can’t thank you enough for all you do for me and the Tsaikos in photo-documenting ALL our activities and memorializing in pictures what we will treasure for the rest of our lives.


  238. Rob25 October 13, 2008 3:38 pm


    My bad, you were being facetious. See how slow I am sometimes.

    Wait a minute….BOO Moanalua! You beat Kaiser this weekend!

    My daughter says it was a blue team with an M. Don’t know where she came from…her mother wouldn’t have let the opponents name go unnoticed.

    That’s right Jason….BOOOOOO! Moanalua! j/k

  239. da princess classmate October 13, 2008 3:40 pm

    not to make light, but wsu lost another qb, 3 on the year and probably counting w/ that makeshift oline. hope nobody gets hurt this week against ‘sc. #1 qb who got hurt they hope comes back this week, does he want to against da trojans. the end of their season at aloha can’t come soon enough. wonder if they ever play that guy they got from the tryout.

  240. da princess classmate October 13, 2008 3:44 pm

    ooh did i see kaiser… 🙂

    go cougs, no not byu

  241. HeinekenHealer October 13, 2008 3:45 pm

    Mrs. A-House

    I want to make sure everyone understand my assessment on Graunke is only my hunch. I did not examine Tyler nor am I qualified to make this diagnosis. UH has an excellent Medical Staff and they are doing their best for the team. An accurate diagnosis is much more difficult than people think. Because of a law in patient confidentialty we are not always hearing the condition of the players. In my opinion, a wrist injury to his throwing hand is one of the worst injuries you can have for a quarterback. A strong healthy wrist is very important in the mechanics of throwing a football. Its very difficult to compensate using other muscles and throwing an accurate pass with an injured wrist.

  242. homey ⑪ October 13, 2008 3:45 pm

    I wonder what other school has blue and white???

  243. SteveM October 13, 2008 3:46 pm

    FWIW, a note on Iwonderwhytheyhateme. He’s been posting here since last November and is one on the heroes of the Sugar Bowl ticket fiasco–giving 4 tickets to Tsai-kos who he’s never met. He attended our Christmas party and season opener TV-gate.

    He is an ardent UH fan — even puts out a TV-Gate invite this Friday at Genji’s for a game that’s going to be on ESPN at 2:00 in the afternoon. I must admit that even I do not plan to go to Genji on Friday. I sat next to him throughout the Fresno game.

    Knowing this, I read his comments with curiousity. I concluded he is probing for something. I should not add my speculation on this but it did evoke my recollection that “you do not lose a starting positon due to injury” originated with June Jones (and no one every listed the many ways you could lose the start….) 😕

  244. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 3:47 pm

    Some videos are public on YouTube- but some are private.
    Here is Aulani and her Kaukau song!

    (sorry- the uploads are taking a long time)

    The Halftime show performances are here:

  245. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 3:54 pm

    Hey SteveM,

    mahalo. yeah it was just based on curiosity. i will repeat to everyone. I have no problem with going who will allow us the best chance to win. Funaki is the man now and i support him, no problem. i just had some geniune concern as to why all the sudden graunke was almost no where to be found (figuratively). Steve, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with what I was thinking about.


    BOO moanalua all you want haha. i actually went to private school =P.

    and thats right Jason went to Moanalua i forgot about that.

  246. curveball October 13, 2008 3:54 pm

    Mrs. A-House:
    The song writer..so many talents..I had not seen that video before…interesting..i wonder if the people that hired HF ever saw it..guess not

  247. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 13, 2008 3:58 pm

    oh and fyi, i went to a school who is a member of Pac-5…not Damian. speaking of football, i remember we werent so hot when i was in high school. to be honest i dont remember us winning a single game…my good friend who was 5’5 125 lbs wet was a tackle…man he took some beatings…

    hahahah oh the memories.

  248. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:01 pm

    Here is some sideline ambience- starting with the defense when they come home from work:

  249. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:04 pm

    Hard-working ST gets some quotes from Inoke after the game:

  250. Nalani October 13, 2008 4:05 pm

    Liz – thx for the video. Aulani and I just watched it together. So fun.

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  252. HeinekenHealer October 13, 2008 4:09 pm


    The triceps muscle is responsible for straightening of the arm. So pushing with his injured arm will be difficult but he can still play by compensate utilizing other muscle in the body and limiting the use of the tricep muscle. I believe a torn tricep muscle is very painful. If Rocky is going to play…..he is a true Warrior!

  253. Jason October 13, 2008 4:10 pm

    Saw this post by Jim Donovan on SportsHawaii.com:


    Ditto! We are very honored and grateful that Mr. James Bolte has chosen UH Athletics for his very generous contribution. He is a Heritage Society and Founders Club member. He was born in California to parents from Hawaii. He received a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in Business Administration and worked in the insurance business for many years in Hawaii before retiring to Nevada to play golf.

    I’d also like to give a big shout out to Tom Mui, a “Tsaiko”, who handled all the legal aspects of this gift on behalf of Mr. Bolte. In fact, he was the one that suggested Mr. Bolte make a donation to UH football instead of the University of Nevada-Reno because Mr. Bolte had made most of his money in Hawaii (and not Nevada). The last person I’d like to thank is Kelvin Shoji, our Director of Planned Giving, who worked very closely with Mr. Mui and the Bolte Family to make the donation and last Saturday’s presentation a reality.

  254. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:13 pm

    Re Graunke- from the sideline, when we sat near the offense section, the obvious interaction and warmups were happening with Jake Santos, Shane Austin and Greg Alexander. Shane Austin is a character, btw…

    And Jake Santos’s mom has been known to read this blog!!!

    Here’s what it looks like when we score:

  255. Jason October 13, 2008 4:16 pm

    LizKauai: Thanks for that video of Tuba Tinikling up close! I was telling some people about that at church, where mostly everyone is Filipino. I just forwarded your video and Kelli’s video to everyone. 🙂

    Rob25: Ahem, I’m going to pretend you didn’t say anything about the mighty Moanalua Nā Menehune. By the way, your watercress soup was awful! Bland, no taste! No way did I want seconds, or thirds, or fourths! Boo! 😉

  256. Nalani October 13, 2008 4:19 pm

    Kazz, good comments. I want to take the opportunity to say something about Vili since these comment have come up.

    Vili is the most sincere, humble, soft spoken person I’ve ever met. His persona as “Vili the Warrior” is just a character, and one he plays very, very well. The first time I met him, he was at a football camp, and I didn’t recognize him because he was so low key and didn’t have his face paint on. Ever since then, he has been a good friend to us, and his wife and sons likewise. They are very good people.

    Everything he does, he does for his love of the game, and his love for UH. His family, my boys, and others come and support because we love the team.

    We also supported Coach Jones and now support Coach Mac. They are different personalities, but good men who have a very difficult job and are subject to public srutiny all the time. It comes with the job, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy.

    I realize the controversy that has in the past surrounded Vili the Warrior. It’s undeserved and over-stated. Some people are jealous and they love to gossip and start rumors. Not here on the Tsaikos, but mainly elsewhere.

    So with that said, I will ask him why there’s cheering during the offensive plays. But I can tell you – He’s a very smart guy, who knows a lot about football. Don’t let the mascot routine fool you. He knows its his job to entertain the crowds, but Vili has played on the field with the best of them, and could teach some coaches a thing or two himself. He has been a wonderful mentor to my sons and a loyal friend to our family.

    I for one, think we are very lucky to have such a unique performer cheering for the Warriors. It’s just another reason by UH football is SO COOL!!!

  257. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:20 pm

    Here are our QB’s warming up Greg Alexander as a camera crew hustles by.

  258. Rob25 October 13, 2008 4:20 pm

    I went to a school that wears blue. Nobody said anything about white, but now I’m scared of homey because I think that Steph might have mentioned white. 😯

    IMUA Kamehameha!

    Wait ’til Jason reads my taunt…he won’t be very happy! 🙄

  259. jojo ® October 13, 2008 4:26 pm

    @ Moanalua, the tennis courts are blue! Joje had a hard time playing on a blue tennis court. Tennis courts are not blue!!! AND neither are football fields!!!

  260. Jason October 13, 2008 4:26 pm

    Nalani: Yes, please talk to Vili about that. I meant to bring it up with you on Saturday when you said you were going to see him. It is very frustrating to see Vili pumping up the crowd at the wrong time. Both fans in the stands (myself included) and the cheerleaders try hard to get the crowd pumped up at the right times, but as Vili is such a beloved, noticed person amongst the fan base, everyone cheers along with him when he asks for it. If you pay attention to our part of the stadium, you will see the cheerleaders and others imploring people to quiet down, but it’s of no use. Instead, it would be so much better of Vili to use his fame to quiet down the crowd at the proper times, just as he excites them at the proper times.

    Hmm, did I just hear Rob25 say something? Nah, I guess not.

  261. Jason October 13, 2008 4:28 pm

    We have blue tennis courts?

    (I think they were re-done after I graduated. Seriously, they are blue?)

  262. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:28 pm

    It is all business on the sidelines. Here is Coach Rolo working with Inoke after a score and during the PAT:

  263. jojo ® October 13, 2008 4:31 pm

    Jason, they are blue, and the screen surrounding the courts are blue. And the team Joje played against wore blue. Moanalua=little Boise? j/k

  264. Committed Road Warrior October 13, 2008 4:32 pm

    Liz, thanks for posting the videos! They’re great to watch on a slow Monday night like tonight.

  265. Jason October 13, 2008 4:33 pm

    This is not a week to be touting a school with a blue athletic playing surface.

  266. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:33 pm

    Here is Coach Stutzmann at work.

  267. Kazz October 13, 2008 4:33 pm


    No doubt one of the many great things about this blog is the fact that there are people on here CLOSE to a lot of the people in and around the football program that they can come here and give their opinions on things that people elsewhere can only assume about.

    Vili is a great part of this program and the fans love him and just like you mentioned, I agree that the man KNOWS football, including all the little things on and off the field.

    I too remember the first time I met him in person and it was also off the field. He was with his family I believe in town and I kinda looked in his direction and I had to do a double take.

    The second time I looked he kinda smiled and that’s when I knew it was Vili. I just went up to him and shook his hand and told him “I love your work”.

    He is a quiet and humble guy and he just seems so grateful for getting to be a part of UH football.

    So yeah, the assumptions I made earlier about Vili possibly getting his cues from someone (K-5 maybe???) as to when to pump up the crowd (i.e. coming back from a TV timeout) were made with the belief that Vili does know what is going on and would NEVER do anything to put our team at a disadvantage.

  268. Bulla October 13, 2008 4:34 pm

    i agree with nalani regarding vili. he has always been supportive of local football players. this is more obvious when during summer football camps in the mainland you would hear his low rumbling voice, ‘….das da way, show’em how…c’mon, let’s go boyz!…’

    he was very supportive of the beast, and told his son VJ to follow the ‘participation’ technique that ryan used time and time again, haha.

    kahai choy is a fierce competitor and loves the game. many battles between ryan and kahai, and they both have an unbridled passion for this game. leave it on the field, every time and all the time.


  269. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:35 pm

    Waimea’s colors are blue and white… and I got a blue Prius to match 😉

  270. Kazz October 13, 2008 4:37 pm


    If anything, if Vili starts telling people to be quiet, I can guarantee you people will shut up… if they value their physical well-being. HA! 😆

  271. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 4:39 pm

    Hauoli La Hanau Uncle Kekoa!

    Okole Maluna!!!

  272. BowsForever October 13, 2008 4:39 pm

    For what it’s worth, I only really noticed one instance during the LaTech game when the crowd was inappropriately cheering while Hawaii was on offense. As for newspaper confetti and paper airplanes, well…that’s a very different story.

  273. da princess' classmate October 13, 2008 4:39 pm

    bad dayy all around for the cowboyz, romo, felix jones, mcbriar, sam hurd all hurt, hurt and mccbriar probably for the year.

  274. chawan_cut October 13, 2008 4:40 pm

    thanks for the email!

  275. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:40 pm

    Dan Kelly and Tim Grasso warming up:

  276. Jason October 13, 2008 4:43 pm

    BowsForever: Some students were still rowdy while on offense. There was a bunch of guys a few rows below me that were going crazy with their ThunderStix before every offensive play.

  277. Nalani October 13, 2008 4:45 pm

    Kazz – you are right again! Batting 1.0000 today. What you said is funny and true. I will use that as a positive way to ask Vili to get the crowd quieter during UH’s offensive series.

    Bulla – nice to know that our two boys are still getting to do what they love. I told Kahai just last night to never take it for granted because most players finish in High School. He has 5 years to enjoy this experience and it will go fast, so take it all in, work hard, and have a blast. It’s good to see Ryan doing well up at Weber. He deserves it. Hard worker too.

    And the best thing about this week, football comes one day earlier. Go Warriors!!

  278. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 4:49 pm

    Mahalo Aunty Liz for all the videos! Much appreciated!!

  279. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 4:51 pm

    Ingram and Grasso are always on the move and always staying ready to work.

  280. BowsForever October 13, 2008 4:53 pm

    Jason — no offense to you of course, but, er, certain students will be students. Probably will always be a few hundred fans, students or otherwise, who won’t get it even if, as is apparently the case with the Redskins, they get visual directions from the Jumbotron to pipe the heck down (per the official Redskins Blog, pre-recorded LaRon Landry is the “get loud” guy while pre-recorded Jason Campbell is the “quiet down” guy). To me, that’s just part of the game and the crowd.

  281. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 4:55 pm

    Jason – any tidbits from today’s Na Koa luncheon that you can share?

    did they have chocolate cake?mmmmm

  282. chawan_cut October 13, 2008 4:59 pm

    thanks Lizk for the videos!

  283. Jason October 13, 2008 5:01 pm

    BowsForever: I know. Doesn’t mean I’m happy about it.

    Hawaiianbod: Had salad, tako poke, pasta salad, teriyaki karaage chicken, beef stew, pork chow mein, and here’s a twist — some type of coconut white cake. After that was gone, they brought out some type of guava chiffon or something like that. No chocolate cake today, I was sad. But the coconut and guava cakes were good, so no can complain.

    I wish I had grabbed more of that chow mein, it was good. So was the stew, although the carrots were undercooked.

  284. Jason October 13, 2008 5:03 pm

    Oh yeah, the actual talk. Today’s speaker was coach Lumpkin. He quickly went through an intro, then covered the film. We actually finished early, he went through it all so fast. I’ll wait on mentioning things until uhwarriors gets his recap on the Nā Koa Web site. Usually, he gets about everything.

    There was a large contingent of Tsai-kos today, as it was a holiday for many (not me!). And today, I found out it was sj-macro’s chair that I broke; but he assured me that it was in its last days. 😳

  285. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 5:05 pm

    Here’s a view of the game from the Offense sideline.
    Note Blaze and Dan, Rolo coaching… and the forever-practicing Ingram (did I mention he’s a hunk?)

  286. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 5:07 pm

    Aloha Nalani! Awesome vdeo with you and your daughter. Is Aulani also a student at Kamehameha? Thank you for sharing your gift with the Tsaikos.

    I still remember Na Leo’s performance for New Hope. Did you hear about Pastor Wayne?

  287. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 5:07 pm

    Back to the hardworking ST- catching up with Satele while he waits for Funake:

  288. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 5:16 pm

    Ok- gotta work on stills again. Here is the last video for now.
    UH gets a turnover!

  289. Kekoa October 13, 2008 5:23 pm

    Re: Birthday Sentiments

    I’m so deeply humbled by the Tsaiko’s who have taken the time to wish me and the other Libra youngsters a *Happy Birthday.* You are all the best people I have ever had the pleasure to call my friends. I mean that sincerely.

    Each of you have a spirit about you that has attracted me to you and your passion for life. The plus side of that is the love we share for UH football. I will never forget the generosity and friendly banter that we have exchanged over this medium. It has indeed been a heart warming ride this past year.

    Thank you for allowing me, Pops, Mrs. K and Kimana into your circle of life. I pray that we can continue down this path of Football, Fun, Food, Family, Fellowship and Fishing.

    What a great group of fans to share a Birthday Month with! Mahalo once again to all of you.

    Now let’s all focus on rounding up the little pony horsies and send them to the blue glue factory.

    Go Warriors!

  290. Garret October 13, 2008 5:26 pm

    Another example of how bad things are now for Washington State.

    Naturally, what followed was a 42-0 run by Oregon State, launched by a kickoff that went out of bounds and a personal-foul penalty on the same play. How you can get a personal-foul penalty on an out-of-bounds kickoff is as mystifying as this 1-6 season.

    I understand the need for patience and that most of the Cougs’ problems stem from having players who aren’t very good. But when you rack up 170 yards in penalties, it also indicates that these players are being poorly coached.

  291. Nalani October 13, 2008 5:28 pm

    Hawaiianbod – yes Aulani is a 5th grader at Kamehameha and sings in the KS kids choir.

    What about Pastor Wayne?

  292. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 5:45 pm

    Nalani- hang on- I got some pix of the boys drumming… will post URL in a while…

  293. chawan_cut October 13, 2008 5:51 pm

    wow, the giants lost.

  294. Ronnie October 13, 2008 5:52 pm

    The giants lost?! Yikes, the NFL was very NCAA-like this week!

  295. Jason October 13, 2008 5:54 pm

    Someone tell al not to look at the blog tonight. 😀

  296. whitey October 13, 2008 5:54 pm

    Kekoa, Happiest of Birthdays and may there be many more. A true gentleman and hope your family makes something special for dinnah!!!

  297. curveball October 13, 2008 6:00 pm


    It is almost 6:00 and you can still write that eloquently..you have not been eating enough or drinking enough CR for a man who is having a B-Day..get with it.

  298. chawan_cut October 13, 2008 6:01 pm

    yes, happy birthday to Mr. Kekoa. happy day!

  299. Bulla October 13, 2008 6:02 pm


    i heard he had an operation, but unconfirmed, check with pride maybe or al, they’d know.

    esme out………………….

  300. d1島: October 13, 2008 6:04 pm

    no look at the blog!

    How’s dat, Jason?

  301. Ralph October 13, 2008 6:10 pm

    ditto D1, yeah Al no look at the blog because Ronnie said the Giants loss tonight

  302. Ralph October 13, 2008 6:11 pm

    Al I hope you look at your DVR before you blog

  303. Ronnie October 13, 2008 6:25 pm

    Hey, hey, hey…. Ronnie repeated what she saw from chawan_cut.

    But if I had seen it first, I would have still posted it 😉

    So, Al, no look at the blog 😀

  304. chawan_cut October 13, 2008 6:26 pm

    my fault. yes.
    bad me.

  305. Ronnie October 13, 2008 6:28 pm

    chawan_cut – no one’s fault. I just didn’t care much about the game tonight. And I can’t stand listening to jaws and his peeps…

  306. koakane iPhone October 13, 2008 6:30 pm

    wot phillies won in LaLa land. someone talking about tasting fuuu mmmmmmmm

    ditto comments about Villi made by nalani, kazz and bulla. I like da man very supportive of UH fball program. he gets the fans cheering and this pumps up da team.

  307. Nalani October 13, 2008 6:30 pm

    Yeah and that comb-over on Tony Cornhusker is SO BAD!

  308. Ronnie October 13, 2008 6:40 pm

    Yikes! I thought the California fire season was in March…

    2 fires in L.A. County (over 7,000 acres burned)
    1 fire in Orange County (“only” 35 acres burned – fire put out)
    2 fires at Camp Pendleton (over 2,000 acres burned)

  309. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 6:42 pm

    Nalani – sorry, i was watching the evening news. Pastor Wayne had a 3 1/2 hour surgery at Standford Medical Center due to blocked arteries and an enlarged heart (one of his artey was 99 percent blocked). Without the surgery, he would have had a stoke/heart attack. He is now recovering in Oregon with his children.

  310. Jason October 13, 2008 6:42 pm

    Shane Victorino being interviewed in the post-game press conference on ESPNEWS.

  311. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 6:44 pm


  312. Ronnie October 13, 2008 6:46 pm

    Nalani – I agree!

  313. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 6:48 pm


  314. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 13, 2008 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the news about Pastor Wayne- my boss likes him very much…

    ok. Gotta shower and go to the airport to pick up “da uku-boi”.
    Here are more pix in da private album. Sorry some are very soft-

  315. Nalani October 13, 2008 7:13 pm

    Nice pix Liz. Pono is in the lime green lava lava on the left.

  316. addahknowjoe October 13, 2008 7:14 pm

    Shane “Like I Said” Victorino!

    He’s simply done an awesome job to date in postseason play.

  317. Mei Ling October 13, 2008 7:29 pm

    Hau’oli la hanau, Kekoa!!! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

    Go, Shane! One more game …

  318. jm2375 October 13, 2008 7:32 pm

    As seen on Rivals.com. I assume “one is good…” means UH. 😀 BTW, this idiot has UH ranked 96 right above LaTech. WTH?? 🙄

    17. BOISE STATE (5-0)
    THE BUZZ: Friday’s game matches the past two BCS “interlopers.” This season, one is good and the other isn’t. NEXT: Friday, vs. Hawaii.

  319. Hawaianbod October 13, 2008 7:42 pm

    kk – it aint over until the “momona lady” sings.

  320. koakane™ October 13, 2008 7:54 pm

    jm2375 don’t even look at rankings mostly because UH get no respect 👿

    no matter warriors just play your game and win dem games

    bhf2 still on island ❓

    interesting note at Na Koa luncheon…..glumpkin pretty funny speaker 😮

    myki and jerry besides your container did you bring a bright red/pink beach towel? it was on the chair that jason broke. other miscellaneous item long thongs (2) short thongs (1), medium thongs (1), Knife (1)

  321. al October 13, 2008 8:01 pm

    so is jordan loeffler the younger brother of one time uh recruit ronnie loeffler from waiakea hs??

  322. curveball October 13, 2008 8:06 pm

    How about we hit practice on Wed. then I go buy you Bday waffles at the pancake house…maybe corn beef hash..maybe crepes..maybe what ever you want..

  323. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:09 pm

    # Hawaiianbod: October 12th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Eh Koakane – <DODGERS – 6 phillies – 1 2nd

    CHEE HOO!!! I can already taste my *free* meal.

    philly’s 3 daga’s 1 say no moa

  324. jm2375 October 13, 2008 8:10 pm

    Koakane – thongs? 😆 you mean tongs right? :mrgreen:

  325. Ralph October 13, 2008 8:10 pm

    happy birthday Kekoa…..

  326. al October 13, 2008 8:10 pm

    who’s blabbing scores?
    we got a lot of gigi’s out here today don’t we?

  327. Ralph October 13, 2008 8:14 pm

    Kekoa you seem to be the only tailgater with an autographed rainbow dancers poster, it would be a neat prize for the Boise Game-what you say!

  328. al October 13, 2008 8:15 pm


    pastor wayne has recently been run aground for awhile. he successfully had three stents place in three arteries which were described as being 95%, 80%, and another 80% closed.

    he is still on the mainland where the procedures were performed. he should be returning in a week or two. as a result of this he will scale back his appearances as well as the number of services that he well preside over. for the most part in the future, he will send vidograph messages to the congregation from time to time.

    a little prayer would be nice.

    click my name for a link to newhope.

  329. al October 13, 2008 8:19 pm


    i guess you haven’t known koakane too long. yup, he did indeed mean “thongs”.

  330. A-House October 13, 2008 8:19 pm


    We bought 2 Rainbow dancer poster for MasaBoy on Saturday. One for his soon to be co-worker who will be come a Sous Chef at another restaurant the Bellagio.

    Nice poster for his wall.

  331. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:19 pm

    jm2375 thanks for catching my mistake still up high cause of shane’s hr and win. he battles till the end.

  332. Rich2176 October 13, 2008 8:19 pm

    Hi A-House. You’re mellow tonight…

  333. al October 13, 2008 8:21 pm

    don’t you just love it when the quiet one gets peeved?

    a-house is in da house!!!

    scatter you zebras.

  334. al October 13, 2008 8:22 pm

    i am sure that stevem knows the answer to this one………….

    so where was bg and bettty on saturday??

  335. al October 13, 2008 8:24 pm

    ahouse…..but, that will keep him up at night.

  336. koakane™ October 13, 2008 8:25 pm

    al only if we talking about brazil or fish lips 8)


    A-House: Hell, they drop their pants to take a shit like all of us!!

  337. al October 13, 2008 8:29 pm

    talk about getting no respect………..

    boise state is favored by 25 1/2 points.

    did you boys see that las vegas line?

    i am posting this so you boys can get a little bit more intense out there on friday. any more points and it would have been off the board.

    what are you boys gonna do about it?
    i know that you warriors read this stuff.

  338. brew808 October 13, 2008 8:43 pm

    ~•~•~•~ 🙄 😀 😆 Happy Birthday Kekoa!!! 😆 😀 🙄 ~•~•~•~


    204 BG:
    September 28th, 2008 at 10:14 pm


    The excitement of the T-gate and game had me more senile than usual. Please remove Betty and my names from the Fresno tv-gate list. We hope to be in Japan as early as tomorrow (found out this afternoon that there’s a possible flight tomorrow morning. Taking our laptop so we can keep up with the blog from time to time (internet connections permitting).

  339. whitey October 13, 2008 8:43 pm

    WOW!! Braddah A House is on fire tonight. I can see him in his colonel suit and giving the zebras a lesson on truthfulness or honesty. Heeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!!

  340. sjmacro October 13, 2008 8:45 pm

    Koakane: yes to the towel and container. Thongs not mine–I wear Crocs 🙂

  341. whitey October 13, 2008 8:49 pm

    something very noticeable is that as the warriors keep improving, the injuiries become minimal. imho, playing with intensity and purpose is good for the body and soul. the tackling has improved and notice that the defense is trying to tackle low which is excellent.

  342. brew808 October 13, 2008 8:54 pm


    Hell, they drop their pants to take a s— like all of us!!…

    Are you sure? Maybe they don’t….

    …Now, they act like they s— gold! ….

    I think you’re on to something…. could be the reason for their tight missed calls…. Maybe that’s Benson’s scheme for making money for the WAC! 😀

  343. brew808 October 13, 2008 8:57 pm

    Thongs, tongs, and now “crocs”…. Today’s “topic” is quite disturbing…. 😀 😯 😆

  344. brew808 October 13, 2008 9:00 pm

    whitey – Any Maui prospects lining up to be future Warriors??? BHF2 and the Big Isle now has the lead in recruiting…. 😯 😀

  345. whitey October 13, 2008 9:15 pm

    brew808, checked with my baseball guru and he said get some excellent players that could help UH. duffer following up on the fb players.

  346. Nalani October 13, 2008 9:17 pm

    We should all pray for Pastor Wayne. Sorry to hear about his medical issues. Could be any of us.

  347. Stretch October 13, 2008 9:19 pm

    whitey – any other “prospects” from Maui that can help out Honolulu??

  348. Bulla October 13, 2008 9:27 pm

    thanks for the link al, i just dropped wayne and anna a note. he is a great guy, and i remember very well when the church was just starting at nuuanu elementary….whew, had to pray for money for chairs, it was SRO back then, haha.

    he is so competitive, we all played softball in the 4 square league, with anna, aaron, abby with us…..wonderful times, wonderful memories. then he was into golf, then racquetball, then paddling….such a gifted individual. i called him the ‘portuguese billy graham,’ but he was vertically challenged, haha.

    last tidbit of information, he baptized ‘the beast’ the same day he baptized me…and the amazing thing….at Magic Island when i went under, the waters did not recede back to California, haha. it was myself, Nate Tai, and another guy who was ‘supah sized’.

    thanks again Al……make memories, make memories, make memories…..

  349. Garret October 13, 2008 9:29 pm

    Interesting website that judges how much blogs are worth.

    warriorbeat.honadvblogs.com, is worth $16,936.20

    According to the site, Tombo’s blog is worth:

    uhfootball.blogspot.com, is worth $14,113.50

    Lori’s blog is worth a little less…unless you are one of the grandparents of our kids!

    blori.blogspot.com, is worth $2,258.16

  350. Garret October 13, 2008 9:35 pm

    Free play link time. Please ignore my next 5 posts if you do not want the off-topic stuff. I do not plan to do these links after today in honor of BSU week…instead, I’ll try to do something BSU-related tomorrow.

    Collars on Kenya’s elephants send text messages to rangers.

  351. Garret October 13, 2008 9:35 pm

    66-year-old Florida mailman was bitten by a poisonous snake when he was putting the mail in a mailbox…and he kept delivering mail for another 30 minutes before he went to get help!

  352. Garret October 13, 2008 9:35 pm

    Simon Cowell will make $36 mil for this season’s American Idol, way more than the other judges.

  353. Garret October 13, 2008 9:36 pm

    Quantas is blaming someone using electronic equipment for a plunge that injured 74 people. Interesting that a 3-degree bank last year was blamed on someone using a wireless mouse.

  354. Garret October 13, 2008 9:36 pm

    A 15-year-old girl was arrested for child porn because she sent nude photos of *herself*. The classmates that she sent her photos to also might be arrested for child porn. Apparently the Licking Valley (that is the city name) prosecutor warned students that they could be sent to prison for 20 years if they send nude photos with their cell phone, and it appears that they could also have to register as a sex offender for 20 years. I cannot imagine a high school student who was sent a nude photo by a classmate having to register as a sex offender for 20 years!

  355. Garret October 13, 2008 9:36 pm

    Free play links pau.

  356. Stretch October 13, 2008 9:40 pm

    October 13th, 2008 at 9:35 pm
    Simon Cowell will make $36 mil for this season’s American Idol, way more than the other judges.

    I wonder if this can be confirmed… Rich??

  357. tommui October 13, 2008 9:41 pm


    Thank you for your #253 post. Didn’t know anything about the JD comments until you mentioned it.

  358. Ralph October 13, 2008 9:52 pm

    tommui how come you don’t join us at the tailgate?

  359. al October 13, 2008 9:53 pm

    hey whitey.

    i have always wondered. if there is a darkside that what is opposite of that side???

    i asked duffer about mana rosa, still researching this.

  360. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 9:56 pm

    Hey, Liz, thanks for the video evidence.
    Our beef with UH is it won’t let us talk to players before the news conference. UH comes after us, but the video shows that the reporter for Brand X also is talking to players.
    Hey, it’s like the H-1. If we’re all speeding, then why should one person get a ticket?

  361. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 10:05 pm

    I dropped off the jersey and Elam picture with Midori7, so The Twins will be in charge of our next contest. Again, kudos to them for their great work.

  362. SteveM October 13, 2008 10:23 pm

    Re: comment #350

    Garret — the warriorbeat.honadvblogs.com blog is worth only $16,936.20?
    Any data on what it was worth before this format in March 2008? 🙁

    Back to work tomorrow…good night everyone!

  363. Pomai October 13, 2008 10:37 pm

    A-House 🙂 now tell us how you really feel about the zebras 🙂

  364. Mei Ling October 13, 2008 10:55 pm

    LizK, Mahalo for the videos!

    Nalani & Aulani, Mahalo nui for the gift of song & music. My Mom said she remembers hearing Aulani sing when she was about 3 y.o. Thanks for the link, Nalani.

    Time to go moe moe. Esme & out…

  365. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 11:03 pm

    I think my cut is 20 cents.

  366. tommui October 13, 2008 11:05 pm

    RALPH: WOuld like to join you at the tailgate but I don’t have tickets to the game. Besides, I don’t have Stretch around all the time to catch me as I stumble on those _*(*^&&%(_ steps!

  367. Stephen Tsai October 13, 2008 11:05 pm

    And of my 20 cents, half goes to The Twins for running the contests. The other half goes to Stretch, Myki and SJMacro for attending practices for me.

  368. jm2375 October 13, 2008 11:12 pm

    tommui – no need tix to game to go t-gate. just stop by for da 5 fs. dat’s what i did Sat. I stopped by for a couple of hours and finally met many of the esteemed tsai-kos. thanks again to all who welcomed me and made me feel at home. 🙂

  369. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 13, 2008 11:19 pm

    The Tsaiko Nation is invited to attend the official groundbreaking celebration for the Ching/Cooke Field renovations project to be held on tomorrow, OCTOBER 14, 2008, at 10 am. There will be a blessing and, of course, the requisite speeches/acknowledgements by/of people who played a key role in making sure that the project happened.

    The estimated date for the project’s completion is still not known, but since one of us will continue to track its progress, we’ll post updates at least once a week.

    The two key variables are when the turf will arrive in Hawai`i – all site prep work will be done by then – and how much of an impact the weather will have. Dry = better; wetter = not.

    Go Tampa Bay!! Remember back in late March when the ESPN Pundits were all predicting that the Rays’d be the bottom barrel scrapings once again?

  370. Kekoa October 13, 2008 11:57 pm

    Ralph ~ Give up my autographed Rainbow Wahine Poster? Are you insane? You may as well rip my heart out! I’d rather let the entire North Korean Army goose step across my tongue!

  371. Kekoa October 13, 2008 11:59 pm

    Pride ~ Any way possible for you to be at lot selection on Wednesday?

  372. Kekoa October 14, 2008 12:00 am

    …add to that #371 post, “with their dirty socks on!”

  373. jm2375 October 14, 2008 12:02 am

    Howzit birthday boy! How wuz your day? Wanna play with da supa soakers?

  374. Kekoa October 14, 2008 12:04 am

    Curveball ~ That particular bottle of Crown Royal was 41 years old. I am rated for super high octane. It was like soda water in my Tsaiko Tstupor.

  375. Kekoa October 14, 2008 12:22 am

    ST ~ Thank you so much for your birthday shoutout. I appreciate yoiur acknowledgement!


  376. Kekoa October 14, 2008 12:24 am

    jm2375 ~ I gotta little sumting extra in my supah soaker gun. It’s – Boise blue indelible blue ink!

  377. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 14, 2008 12:52 am

    oops- ST- any videos you want me to remove??? They are not on a public site- except for the links here on the blog….bwahahaha!

    So- I got a big surprise from Ukuleleboi tonight. He not only brought home some numnums from the Kekoa clan but also bought me a present. (faint!) A big Washington Redskins souvenir football with a signing pen included!
    Hmmm, now I have to figure out how to get some signatures- like CB5 and CC47… Any suggestions? Is it true that if I mail it to the team address with a request, it may actually come back signed???

  378. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 14, 2008 12:57 am

    Speaking of U-boi… now he wants to come to more home games. Pls. let me know if any of you have an extra ticket (another Fan has been created!).

  379. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 14, 2008 2:44 am

    Colt Sightings:

    * Chris Cooley’s newest pregame activity: Lobbing passes from the 5- and 10-yard lines and trying to hit the cross bar. Also taking part were Colt Brennan and regular Cooley sidekick Todd Yoder. Brennan connected with a 25-yard pass.

    There are plenty of Redskins fans who look at this upcoming three game stretch – against teams who have exactly one win between them so far this season – and see an all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet. I look at it and see sub-par banquet food that’s been sitting under heat lamps for maybe a little too long. In other words, likely to upset. Like many fans, I suspect, I fear the worst, especially in games like this where there’s little to gain and much to lose. Others may be confident, but I won’t feel safe until Colt Brennan is in the game handing off to Rock Cartwright. Of course, the mere act of writing those words implies that I’ve visually imagined a victory – something I consider quite the jinx just to think about, much less declare publicly.

  380. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 14, 2008 2:47 am

    Here’s the Boise scout take on us this Friday:

    Nitey nite and sweet Warrior Dreams!

  381. Kekoa (iPhone) October 14, 2008 4:00 am

    Liz ~ Happy to see you enjoyed the goodies. That boy has raw talent yet to be unleashed. Needs encouragment and constant attention. Nothing but upside potential noted. Aunty Diana never had to use slippah on him. As for me…I was not as fortunate because (whack!)…I nevah (whack)…like listen (whack-whack!). Aiiieeegoo…black ‘n blue!

  382. Stretch October 14, 2008 4:28 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    The team has to step it up today and tomorrow as it’s their only remaining days of practices with the game on Friday.

    I was getting worried with the snow last week in Boise but the forecast looks pretty good, high in low 60’s and low is the 40’s. I can live with that, as long as it’s not windy.

    Time for me to head over to the Garden Isle. See everyone later.

  383. Garret October 14, 2008 5:13 am


    I think that the old blog was worth a LOT more than warriorbeat.honadvblogs.com. Part of the value calculation is how long the blog has been around, plus I think that the old blog had more comments and the blog lost some posters when the blog changed formats.

  384. Garret October 14, 2008 5:21 am

    We had some good news that cheered up my parents a little on the day that my Uncle passed. Lori found us tickets to Hawaii that came out to $375 per ticket after all taxes and fees, including a mid-size rental car being thrown in! So, we’ll be in Hawaii for Thanksgiving and the grandparents are very happy. We’ll be in Hawaii from Sunday Nov. 23 to Friday Nov. 28. I know that is a Holiday time, but if there are any Cattle Calls that week then I’ll be there.

    The prices for Christmas/New Years were coming out to $1300 per ticket, so we were shocked that Thanksgiving prices dropped so much for the package. It actually was cheaper to take the rental car than it was to just get tickets.

  385. d1島: October 14, 2008 6:15 am

    Great Morning All!

    Cyooooot da video of Aulani! 🙂 Too bad I wasn’t able to be there in person then. I guess the PA held up OK. Everybody I talked to since has said they want to keep da Kanikapila going so I guess I bettah find some solder and solder iron and make da connections all permanent.

  386. d1島: October 14, 2008 6:17 am


    I was getting worried with the snow last week in Boise but the forecast looks pretty good, high in low 60’s and low is the 40’s. I can live with that, as long as it’s not windy.

    Wat??? You worried about the wind slamming the door closed in that luxury box you going be sitting in? 👿


  387. d1島: October 14, 2008 6:21 am

    Have a great day erryboddy!


  388. Maverick October 14, 2008 6:21 am

    Morning gang-

    Garret –
    That is a deal from the heavans above, and during the holidays too! Is that from San Diego, and which Airlines if you don’t mind me asking.

    Too bad your right inbetween the two home games.

  389. Garret October 14, 2008 6:25 am


    We are flying on United Airlines and have an Alamo rental car. We are flying out of LAX instead of San Diego, since the deal was only available out of the bigger airport. However, going to LAX doesn’t bother me and I’ll get to see some people (including Ronnie!) the day before we fly to Hawaii.

  390. Garret October 14, 2008 6:29 am


    I really, really wanted to go to a home game. But the difference between $1400 for 4 people and $5600 for 4 people was something that I could not ignore. My company has to save as much money as possible so I took a pretty sizeable cut in pay from what I used to earn, so I simply could not afford to get to a game at Aloha Stadium. Also, my kids would either have had to miss school or be worn out with travel the day before school begins if we flew out on Sunday.

    Next year I will be able to make UNLV, SJSU, and maybe another game or two. I keep telling myself that when games happen this season that I cannot go to…

  391. Maverick October 14, 2008 6:38 am

    Not a bad deal overall Garret. Your in a nice place to exercise options for travel.
    We were ready to fly over to the LaTech game from here in Hilo, and with the cost on Hawaiian and limited flights, plus add on it was the Molokai Hoe crossing, everything was adding up in the wrong direction for us. It’s crazy over here without that 3rd airline helping out in many ways.
    The UNLV game should be exciting next year, plus the SJSU.

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