The Warriors arrived safely in town this morning. They have two destinations: Beach or bed. It’s been a long 12 days.

* * * * *

So, after three games, including a tough loss to UNLV, what have we learned?

• UNLV really needs this series. The crowd was under 30,000, and it appeared at least a third were wearing green. In this down economy, the Hawai‘i visitors provided a lift.

• The Warriors miss defensive ends David Veikune (now a Cleveland Browns linebacker) and Fetaiagogo Fonoti, who has not appeared in a game this season because of a kneecap injury. More precisely, their pass-rushing abilities are missed.

• And not having Paipai Falemalu hurt, too. The Warriors spent 2 1/2 practices implementing a new scheme featuring a three-man front. Falemalu has emerged as their best pass-rushing end out of a three-man front. The break before the Louisiana Tech should be helpful for Falemalu, who has a high-ankle sprain.

• Cornerback Tank Hopkins was upset about UNLV’s winning play. But there was little more he could have done. He played tight coverage on Phillip Payne, who had a 6-inch height advantage. It was a nice lob pass.

• Kicker Scott Enos said he felt hurried on his field-goal attempt that sailed wide right. Indeed, UH did take  few seconds too long to send in the field-goal team. But later, Enos proved he is a clutch kicker when he connected on the 47-yarder as time expired in first half.

• Give credit to slotback Kealoha Pilares, who played despite suffering from flu-like-symptoms earlier in the day. He received an IV treatment before the game and at halftime. He played on guts, so to speak.

• Departing on the 2:30 a.m. flight out of Las Vegas is a good idea for all road trips.

* * * * *

During the game, the fire sirens went on in the Sam Boyd Stadium press box. It turned out that the Sterno triggered the smoke detector in the booth occupied by UH athletic director Jim Donovan and Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.


  1. HiFlyer September 20, 2009 6:00 am

    Good morning everyone


  2. expat September 20, 2009 6:12 am

    Tough loss. Gotta hand it to UNLV for controlling the clock and giving themselves a chance to win the game. Sitting in PDX on my way to the islands for a quick business trip.

  3. TYaiea September 20, 2009 6:21 am

    g’morning tsaikos and warriors worldwide. what a game!!! our young men played their hearts out for Hawaii Nei. Good job! Loss was tough, but we will do good in the Wac. Aloha All. IMUA NA KOA. Finaly got to meet bighilofan2, beautiful man….My voice box is a wreck this morning.

  4. kymrykauai September 20, 2009 6:23 am

    It was great seeing everyone at the game. Safe travels home to all!

  5. Maverick September 20, 2009 6:39 am

    Our Warriors played GREAT! Big improvements with each game on both offense, defense, and special teams. This is a bigger posistive for the upcoming WAC play.
    That 3rd quarter is what hampered any progress for the team.
    Hail, hail to the Warriors. There is no other program that endures what they just accomplished on the road.

  6. Garret September 20, 2009 6:43 am

    I finished the quotes from the game while Lori read a book to the kids:


  7. Momo September 20, 2009 6:49 am

    Wow top 5 ….Good game and a tought lost…Team played well but the third quarter killed us..Hope all who made the trip came home with most of their money…

  8. Maverick September 20, 2009 6:54 am

    I have a gut feeling the USC, BYU, and Utah fans are feeling their loss harder than Hawaii fans.

  9. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 7:15 am

    Love all you guys! Thanks for a wonderful Tsai-ko experience despite the loss. Wafan and Izzy were unexpected entertainment and wonderful companions.
    Boarding in Phx. now and heading home. Cheer for the Redskins for me if you are so inclined!

  10. Pomai September 20, 2009 7:15 am

    UH vs La Tech
    24    –    14    99club
    35    –    10    jm2375
    35    –    21    LizKauai
    35    –    28    Pomai
    38    –    35    Kazz
    38    –    35    HiFlyer
    44    –    28    jojo
    48    –    21    TChahng
    56    –    14    d1shima
    63    –    12    homey

  11. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 7:20 am

    Mav- you got a point there.

  12. mctruck September 20, 2009 7:21 am

    Atleast BCS talk will be put to rest for another year for the MWC now that BYU and UTAH lost their respective games. TCU and Colorado St. looks like the teams to beat in the MWC now.

    Congrats to our WAC bretherin, BSU for moving up in the AP poll,(#8).
    I thought FSU was going to give BSU a better game actually. Speed, kills.

    USC has got to get more capable play callers,(qb’s)…..I wouldn’t be surprised if they come-a-callin for, Manely.

  13. NYUH September 20, 2009 7:21 am

    Our defense has exceeded expectations this season and I’m looking forward to them crushing LT!

    The two most important plays of this game involved pass interference. One obvious one that wasn’t called in the beginning of the game and one that should have happened on the last play.

  14. mctruck September 20, 2009 7:25 am

    Isn’t LaTech more of a running team??? being that coach Dooley’s genes come from SEC roots thereabouts???

  15. Hitman 24 September 20, 2009 7:28 am

    Rankings of UH players according to the stats on ESPN.com:

    Greg Alexander:

    QB Rating 4
    Percentage 22
    Yards 6
    Touchdowns T12
    Yards/Attempt 3


    Rodney Bradley:
    Yards 8

    Kealoha Pilares:
    Receptions 12

    Greg Salas (counting stats from last night’s game)
    Yards 3
    TDs T2
    Receptions T19

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 7:31 am

    Goog Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Tough loss.
    The thing which will carry these Warriors far is the fact that they don’t quit.
    There is a tangible sense of growth from week to week, this week they had one bad quarter. When they put a whole game together, they will play with anybody.

    Keep your heads up and your noses to the grindstone, Warriors! There’s lots of football to be played yet and you guys are going to do great!

  17. mctruck September 20, 2009 7:36 am

    Alexander, getting better and better with each game….you guys noticed the broadcasters compare him to another Rothlisberger,(sorry for any missed spelling). “bigger than most lb’s.,hard to take down one-on-one.”
    I would like to see GA give Bradley a bigger lead on long routes because it seems like Bradely being so fast, out runs GA’s passes.(not in synch).

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 7:38 am

    The only thing worse than the last minute loss was having to once again endure the incredibly bad Mountain West feed for our live TV coverage. The MW broadcast and crew stank the last time we saw them, and were just as bad this time. Bad camera work, decidedly slanted commentary and unbelievably poor technical standards currently define a Mountain West broadcast product. We realize that we have to take a hit for the team and actually pay to watch such a poorly produced road game, but it would be nice if we could at least have a local crew in the booth using the MW feed.

    BTW- OC16 does a better job at televising football games then the Mountain West does. The MW still had the same old crappy cameras they had a couple of years ago, and in their tower shots, the players and field looked almost like shots from a blimp.

  19. gmahoney September 20, 2009 7:44 am

    I agree with you, DPK, but at least the commentators were better than the ones at Wazoo. They were horrible. And at least the video was not glitchy like last week.

  20. NYUH September 20, 2009 7:55 am

    Hitman 24: I don’t think ESPN stats are current. Check out UH stats

    I think GA is second in total passing yardage and Salas is still no 1 with 479 receiving yards.

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 8:01 am


    Yes the announcers were somewhat better than the Wazoo guys, but for me the last quarter was nearly unbearable, hearing the MW announcers’ voices choking with excitement every time UNLV had a big play. Grrrr! 😆

  22. NYUH September 20, 2009 8:01 am

    Da Punchbowl Kid: Agree on TV tech. Also on the this team – they are not quitters. If we had another minute I’m sure we would have won. Actually, with two timeouts…..

    The coaches need to be coached-up on time management. They were bailed out at half-time by Enos’ great kick.

  23. gmahoney September 20, 2009 8:08 am

    What was with the UNLV coach handshake after the game? Missed it, have the game DVR’d, but I don’t want to fast forward to see what Slugger was referring to.

  24. westsidesview September 20, 2009 8:24 am

    Tough loss, but the 3Q sums it up–Rebs controlled the ball, 9 seconds short of 13 minutes….and we didnt score with only one possession and possessd the ball for 3 plays, minus 4 yards and exactly 100 seconds….btw, that missed FG, wide right, in mid-1Q by Enos on the UNLV 14 was huge, he wasnt ready for the snap–im not sure if Luke snapped it too early or if he snapped it because the clock was near expiration–either way, Enos looked rushed and surprised when the snap arrived….need confirmation….otherwise Luke has been flawless on all snaps.
    Look, our O is performing way beyond expectation in all categories, ALEXANDER & CO continue to be nationally ranked in O. and cut down on its turnovers with only one (int) and our D is scrappy but with the team we have, we need to put points on the board like in 2006–ask USC, BYU and Arkansas–they too fell short….da donks scored when they needed to against a good fresneck team and won….how about those Vandals and Utah State–dont sell them short in 2009….on the otherhand, wazzup w NEV?
    Weber State gave the Rams from Ft Collins a better game….SJSU and LaT have loud barks but dont bite.

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 8:25 am

    35-14 UH continues to improve.

  26. kush September 20, 2009 8:28 am


    when the coaches crossed the field to thank eachother Mac had his hand out to shake UNLV’s Stafford. Stafford slapped Mac’s hand away and then ran away like a wahine.

  27. (Jesse)James September 20, 2009 8:32 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Tough loss last night but there is still a lot of football left this season.

    In my opinion, the offense showed it can score but as some have mentioned, there are some instances of timing issues that need to be and can be improved with more practice. As mctruck pointed out on #17, I think GA has to lead the receiver more. If he hits some of those passes in stride they are TDs. Also, from my vantage point, it didn’t seem like they were sending the receivers deep down the middle much to stretch the field North/South…..again these things are correctable and we should be fine.

    The defense needs to step it up. Yes, there are hurt players but the second and third guys need to be able to make a difference. One player does not a defense make. I don’t know the reason or what the thinking was but it seemed that UNLV had the middle open all night and our LBs couldn’t cover that area or didn’t recognize that that was happening. One stop last night and the game would have been ours. But you know what they say, woulda coulda shoulda.

    Lastly, and I don’t want to second guess coaching as I am not a coach and can’t speak for what their thinking was, but the coaches seem to be out of synch at times. They need to be thinking what to do three plays down the road. At times it seemed that they were unsure of how to manage the clock, what package they were going to put in, and whether they needed to go for 2. I mean, and I could be wrong, but on that one long pass play by UNLV near the end of the game (I think the TD before the last TD), UNLV was already lining up and the D was standing on the field looking towards the sidelines as if they were waiting for the play to come in and they weren’t ready.

    Again, these things are all correctable and if the corrections are made, we will be fine.


  28. FloridaTed September 20, 2009 8:33 am

    It hurts, it stings, but it will make the team better.

    UNLV is not a bad team at all, but the Warriors take care of business in the first half, this game would be ours.

    No matter, I said 10+ wins and I’m sticking to it. This is still a young team and will get better every week.

  29. westsidesview September 20, 2009 8:34 am

    The TV coverage was raw–I agree, but who cares if they are slanted? The game is played on the field not in the tv BOOTH. Whinning about it wont impact the outcome even if they were rooting for Hawaii. Anyways from the club I watched, the din was so loud they turned on rap music and we just followed the visual, which was agonizingly pathetic…..

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 8:36 am

    “No matter, I said 10+ wins and I’m sticking to it. This is still a young team and will get better every week.”

    I’m with you all the way, Ted-meister. 😉

  31. Slugger September 20, 2009 8:38 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Good game, guys! MsLiz too a pic of an inspirational placque at the airport that hits the nail on the head.

    “Every struggle whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come.”


    ST ~ When is the next practice?

  32. westsidesview September 20, 2009 8:43 am

    If Enos wasnt ready than the HOLDER should have waited until he was….again im sure about the time on the playclock. If there was mis-communication, it cost us but that can be easily corrected.

  33. FloridaTed September 20, 2009 8:51 am

    I didn’t see any flaws in our team that can not be easily corrected.

    Now comes the real test, all the way to LA Tech, we must win this game.

  34. Pomai September 20, 2009 8:52 am

    I only have one thing to say to coach Mack, When you get to Ruston

  35. royvic September 20, 2009 8:54 am

    4th 11:34 UH Greg Salas 23 yd pass from Greg Alexander (Scott Enos kick)
    8 plays, 78 yards, TOP 3:49 27 – 21

    Here’s another coaching blunder.

    With 11:34 left in the game UH scores a TD going up 26-21

    UH elects to kick the PAT, making the score 27-21

    Before taking the attempt at the PAT if the coach had looked at his chart it would surely say try for a two point conversion instead .As a successful 2 pt. conversion would put UH up by seven and forcing UNLV to tie the score with a TD and 1 pt. PAT.

    An unsuccessful 2 pt. conversion would still have seen UH with a 5 point advantage. Which still forces UNLV to score a TD.

    Therefore going for a 6 point advantage and the 1 pt. PAT didn’t make any sense.(especially with less than a quarter to play in the game.)

    The coaches response to this in a post game interview: “Could’a, would’a, should’a”.

    Just like he’s in complete denial.

    And it’ll be interesting to see how he brushes this off in the talk shows this coming week.

    This call is so erroneous, and it comes on the heels of the Central Arkansas mix up in which the HC was hesitate in either going for 1 or 2 point conversion late in that game, too, before calling a timeout to figure out the right move.

    What’s ironic is that in the aftermath of that game the HC assured the fans he’ll have a chart on the sidelines spelling out what to do after scoring TDs, either going for 1 or 2 points.

    So if that’s the case what happened here in the UNLV game?

    Because surely the chart would have said go for the 2 point try..

    I don’t know. But I do know if the NCAA had Wonderlick Test for it’s football coaches, like the NFL has for it’s players, I’d venture to say Coach Mack would score low.

  36. FloridaTed September 20, 2009 8:57 am

    Hi, DPK and all my fellow and disappointed Tsaikos, have a nice day everybody.

  37. westsidesview September 20, 2009 8:57 am

    This O is eating up more passing yards than our 2006 team, except our running game is absent. Alex Green should be starting or at least playing in more packages consistently. He is a game breaker.
    We havent faced the heart of our schedule yet that includes at least six teams with bonafide running games.
    BTW, I picked HAW to beat the spread but lose the game…..im not rejoicing just saying if you are going to bet dont depend on our D. IMO, John Fonoti is a 6th year hardship application. Tough to rebound w 100% effectiveness given his injury……one thing about our secondary–these players hit hard and leave it all out on the field. Big diff from last year!

  38. Hilo Rain September 20, 2009 9:04 am

    The TV coverage was lousy and the commentators were biased. I think that happens at all games with the tv talkers “pulling” for their respective conferences. However, the players and refs determine the outcome of the game not the talkers in the up in the booth. Nobody wins or loses a game by the broadcast commentary in the booth, UNLESS get some nefarious da kine goin’ on.

  39. Slugger September 20, 2009 9:06 am

    Oops… “too a pic” = “took a pic” ~ but you know what I meant.

    Wonder if they had Rolo calling the plays in this game? It seemed as if this game was different than the one w/ Wazzu in terms of play progression. But, I don’t know much. Maybe it’s in the adjustment to the better play of UNLV. Can anyone speculate on what the difference was?

    Gotta go water slugs…laters…esme & whoosh…

  40. westsidesview September 20, 2009 9:19 am

    The goal remains to make our own Bowl game–7 wins!
    Yes, UNLV was suppossed to be in the win column to get to seven…. that means the pressure is on to win 3 of the next 4 on the road against LaT, Idaho, NEV and SJSU…..at home we should be favored against a hapless NMSU and a gritty USU team, while being decided underdogs to FSU, BSU, NAVY and WISC.
    Keep it real….our D plays hard but they are still speed bumps on a fast track….we cant take conference or even fantasize about a double-digit W season without a strong DL that can stop a running game or put pressure on a passing QB.

  41. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 9:35 am

    RE: Mountain West Coverage

    I dunno, but to me, it looked a lot like K-5’s UH coverage except without Jim Leahey and Russell Yamanoha.

    Missed and off-cue replays and such.

    But the commentators remained to be douches nonetheless. 😆

  42. labrat September 20, 2009 9:39 am

    UH 31 – 17

  43. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 9:40 am

    Whatever!!! 🙄

    Had execution been better in the first half, having to expel afterthoughts about what could of happened in the last moments of a game is pointless.

    It’s like waking up late for work and then blaming the last two or three stoplights before you office for making you late.

    Bottom line to me is our issues last night can be fixed.

    LaTech = NEXT!

  44. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 9:42 am

    38 – 35 Kazz
    38 – 35 HiFlyer


    I gotta change my score.

    UH 42
    LaTech 24

  45. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 9:45 am


    Is Vaughn Meatoga ok?

    Royce Pollard pretty much played the entire game huh? Where was Jovonte Taylor?

  46. whitey September 20, 2009 9:45 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Just returned home from Vegas along with the Warriors. It was a good college game. Had a chance to thank Coach Mc and was a little down in Vegas, but saw him again in HNL and he was more upbeat.

  47. plenty chikara September 20, 2009 9:47 am


    UH 34; La-LaTech 31.

  48. whitey September 20, 2009 9:49 am

    The game film will be something that the entire team will be working on to correct against LaT, but also improve the good plays. So easy to criticize Coach and the team, but it seems like they missed the good parts, like Salas catch for td, RB for a beauty in the middle td, the flattening of the qb by Moose Huen, etc. I am not saying there weren’t weaknesses for the Warriors, but hopefully they can see their errors and correct it within the next 10 days.

  49. westsidesview September 20, 2009 9:50 am

    43–“Bottom line to me is our issues last night can be fixed”.

    How did we prevent giving up 34 points and allowing a team to dominate 1Q of possession and limiting ur O to 100 seconds and 3 plays for minus 4 yards…..keep sipping the koolaid.

  50. Hitman 24 September 20, 2009 9:51 am

    NYUH – it looks like ESPN took out the Central Arkansas stats for UH which is interesting because they counted it last week.

  51. Kekoa September 20, 2009 9:52 am

    Tsaiko’s coming over for Splash Gate – come up to the 3rd floor Bldg #1. We are in room 1307. Door’s open…E Komo Mai!

  52. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 9:53 am

    (carried over from last night’s blog)


    September 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I don’t know what is up on all of the guys on the Advertiser website bashing our team and coaches. UNLV was favored in this game and just barely pulled it out. Our guys played a good game for the most part and we came up just short to a team that is supposed to be one of the best in UNLV history and should have beaten an Oregon State team that many pick to finish in the top half of the Pac 10. I say Warriors, hold your heads up high, heal up, and get back to work since we have the WAC schedule coming up. Let’s get ready for our second straight nationally televised game at LA Tech. That game is a must win if we are to go bowling this year. Go Warriors.


    People lost money last night. UNLV never covered the spread.

    That’s their problem.

  53. Hitman 24 September 20, 2009 9:54 am

    If you count the Central Arkansas stats, Alexander is 2nd in total passing yards; Salas is leading in receiving yards – Bradley is 4th; and Pilares is 4th in receptions.

  54. whitey September 20, 2009 9:56 am

    I didn’t play fb, but as a spectator and fan, the errors I could observe was (1) the receiving corp needs to know how to run routes and not have 3 receivers in the same spot (2) RB is a deep threat, no if and or buts about it, and may be more effective if he ran deep in the middle. this would really open the rest of the receivers. (3) clock managament needs to be worked on cause a field goal would have won the game (4) let L Davis play man on their best receivers (5) GA needs to speed his read and release.

  55. Hitman 24 September 20, 2009 9:57 am

    UH is just two points shy of an undefeated season.

  56. huh September 20, 2009 9:59 am


    People lost money last night. UNLV never covered the spread.

    That’s their problem.

    kazz, what are you talking about? absolutely stu..

  57. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 10:04 am


    September 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am
    43–“Bottom line to me is our issues last night can be fixed”.

    How did we prevent giving up 34 points and allowing a team to dominate 1Q of possession and limiting ur O to 100 seconds and 3 plays for minus 4 yards…..keep sipping the koolaid.

    Final score could have been. 44-34 UH.

    Could have been 31-14 going into the half.

    Execution was an issue in the first half and if UNLV wanted to run the ball on us like they did in the 3rd then they can eat their own clock like WSU did. Of course they would have been more than happy to throw the ball in the 3rd IF the 34-14 lead by us would have been a reality, but if anyone wants to predict how that scenario would have happened then you may.

    I just know what I saw last night and use that as the facts because that’s all I have in front of me.

    One nice read to Bradley in the first that Rodney dropped and on that first offensive possession that saw us “FORCE” a few passes to Salas in double coverage.

    BTW, in this economy, glad you won money last night.

  58. Kazz (SEVEN more for Coach Shoji) September 20, 2009 10:06 am


    September 20th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    People lost money last night. UNLV never covered the spread.

    That’s their problem.

    kazz, what are you talking about? absolutely stu..

    Truth hurts huh?

  59. whitey September 20, 2009 10:08 am

    this year’s team has many bright spots and they overshadow the “bad” . they players were not upbeat after the game, but when i told them good game, all of them said thanks and truly appreciated our support. the personal fouls by the warriors are questionable, but they almost played a penalty free game. the dl push was very good except they are missing an outside speed rusher. would have liked to see all the receivers get their hands on the ball. this team is very disciplined and i did not see one players step out of line. the ol was good and their footwork is really improving. unlv uses the chop block by the backs and i think some of the warriors got dinged from it. it was very obvious, but i guess it is legal in ncaa.

  60. westsidesview September 20, 2009 10:09 am

    I can hardly find fault with an O that is nationally ranked and putting up more mileage than our 2006 team….it’s our D, more specifically our DL. The players are making effort, that’s not the problem….and yes, the issue can be resolved–with three good recruiting classes and recruits who can actually read and academically Q.

  61. whitey September 20, 2009 10:16 am

    wassupdoc, i got to totally disagree with you when it comes to whether gambling should be allowed in Hawaii. You said don’t blame the legislators, but blame the church groups. I say the legislators are totally to blame for being gutless for not bringing this issue to all the people and letting them decide. Most of us are not catholics, mormons etc like you say. We are the people of Hawaii and whatever the religious groups want to oppose, I have no objections, but put it to a vote.

    You also have some stupid legislators, and I use the word STUUUUPID, for wanting to tax legal gambling earning in another state by the people of Hawaii. They oppose gambling, but want their earnings???? STUUUUUUUUPPPPPIIIIIIIIIDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

  62. Kekoa September 20, 2009 10:17 am

    First thing – No whining! Let’s just move on w/o all the grumblings. Let the coaches work it out with their players…sheesh!

  63. Maverick September 20, 2009 10:32 am

    I like that name “Moose Huen” Hope it sticks like mango juice.

    and 2nd. Your spot on about the Church stronghold with our current laws and influence.

  64. BowsForever September 20, 2009 10:35 am

    48-hour rule still in effect, heck, so is the 24-hour rule. There’s legitimate criticisms and I think people have a right to state ’em on this board.

    Me personally, the way I’m feeling, I’ll sit back and take the “Gordy Shaw” approach (he was interviewed for last week’s Coach Mack Show). The players and coaches know what they have to do.

  65. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 10:36 am


    Hawaii is currently in 1st place and needs your vote to get 50,000 votes for our keikis. Please vote today and everyday till the voting is over.


    mahalo nui loa!

  66. whitey September 20, 2009 10:38 am

    however you feel about the game, i think it would be great to email Coach McMackin to let him know your thoughts. I already did!

  67. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 10:39 am

    Please vote forr Greg Alexander for the Davey O’Brian Award. Let’s show our support for our QB. We lost last night but he still threw for a career high 477 yards.

    http://www.voteobrien.org/ –if you never registered before
    http://www.voteobrien.org/login.asp –if you’ve voted before

  68. BowsForever September 20, 2009 10:42 am

    TV/game watchers, I kept hearing on the radio about UNLV QB Clayton being hurried, hit as he threw, etc. but then a nice play fpr UNLV (often a first down or more) happening what seemed like way over half of the time. What were you guys seeing, far as effectiveness of QB pressure and the non-rushing D trying to shut down opportunities?

  69. huh September 20, 2009 10:50 am



    if you don’t like go somewhere else

    the purpose of this forum is to vent and speak out

    not to listen to people like you that say stop ur whinning

  70. huh September 20, 2009 10:52 am

    whitneys cool, he just speaks his mind. others, too

  71. Pomai September 20, 2009 10:54 am

    #68 No doubt they had their moments but there was never a consistent pass rush or pressure on their QB

  72. mctruck September 20, 2009 11:03 am


    As I watched the game late on, I kept saying…blitz! blitz! blitz!!! That UNLV qb had too much time to throw. You could tell we were hurting in the DE rush dept. That’s why coach Mac said UH had to go with a 3/4 formation a lot.

  73. Aki'ilea September 20, 2009 11:04 am

    What’s up with all the ankle sprains/ foot injuries? Is it the UnderArmor cleats or something..

  74. whitey September 20, 2009 11:06 am

    Just one last observation, there are a lot of “dinged” players for various reason, but hopefully this 10 days will give most of them a chance to rehab and get back in the game.

  75. Maverick September 20, 2009 11:07 am

    All Kekoa did was vent and speak out.

    Can’t we all just get along?
    btw, nobody is whinning, just providing a valid view point. If this started with DPK’s opinion on the tv coverage with last nights game, this has credible evidence to back up his point.

    The FSN networks are fairly new and trying, but is amateur’ish compared to the network and ESPN coverages. If they want to compete on a professional scale, improvement with live talent, cameras and support teams needs to be addressed.
    But this takes time.

  76. whitey September 20, 2009 11:08 am

    Aki, some of the problems was from the chop blocks, cut blocks, and leg whip by UNLV

  77. whitey September 20, 2009 11:12 am

    Aki, and you may be right about the cleats for the game. the field is covered by fine dust from the parking lot traffic, plus the cops was chasing someone which created more dust, the hot air (90+) at game time, and the dryness. I don’t know if UH was able to change cleats, but they were sliding and falling and giving UNLV open receivers. Maybe someone should test the field prior to game and correct the cleats to fit the field.

  78. tom September 20, 2009 11:16 am



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    In the future, I think that away-games, the Tsaikos ALL should concentrate in being in one spot. Maybe the people on Vacations Hawaii/Panda (like me) missed out on Tsaiko events though SteveM did his best in his listings.

    The Tailgatre for the VH/Panda group was well attended but too damn hot!!!

    Actuallyt the UH pass rush was somewhat decent. The problem was that whiile the LBs got to the QB, it was always a split second late and he was accurate to boot. The absence of a faster rush from the DEs did not help,

    Best wishes to all from the furnace!

  79. whitey September 20, 2009 11:19 am

    As a spectator at the game, I am amazed at our fan’s perception of the game especially on defense. They knew that the qb was going to keep the ball and run it in and he did and all of them knew the alley oop was going to be their last ditch pass. Does that make them good coaches, not really, they are very good students of the game and are able to observe trends of the opposition. I was impressed.

  80. whitey September 20, 2009 11:21 am

    tom, didn’t see you at tailgate, but you absolutely right about hot. actually that not the right word, dang the devil was there with his heat. ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!!!!!!!!!

  81. Glenn September 20, 2009 11:22 am


    UH 42, La Tech 31

    Go Warriors!

  82. whitey September 20, 2009 11:22 am

    saw all tsaikos in the end zone and you all looked good.

  83. whitey September 20, 2009 11:34 am

    before our next game with UNLV at Vegas, I going make a suggestion to Boyd Gaming that they should load all the buses in one place, then have a police escort with lights flashing, going to Sam Boyd Stadium Just imagine 53 buses of Warrior fans on the freeway, then entering the stadium parking lot and marching to their seats. The UNLV tailgaters would have to pick up their jaws from the dirt parking lot.. WOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!

  84. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 11:35 am

    September 20th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    All Kekoa did was vent and speak out.

    Can’t we all just get along?
    btw, nobody is whinning, just providing a valid view point. If this started with DPK’s opinion on the tv coverage with last nights game, this has credible evidence to back up his point.


    Thanks Maverick-

    Neither Kekoa nor myself are “whinning” (sic), just making observations. I like how some posters comment on me and my take on the announcers, though they admitted that they didn’t even listen to the announcers. Besides, all you have to do is read some comments here and you realize: New day, new nic and same old B.S. from certain posters. We know who they are, they know who they are… *yawn*

  85. whitey September 20, 2009 11:48 am

    You got to love the enthusiasm of youth. Watching them brought back memories of a long time ago, but somehow with age, no can sustain that kind of enthusiasm for the game.

  86. kam alum September 20, 2009 11:49 am


    the two mother hens come out-Kekoa and DPK

    and scares all the posters away

    the blog was flowing w/ opinions even from witney

    then they have to announce to the posters stop whining about the game

    and now watch nobody will post

  87. whitey September 20, 2009 11:50 am

    one small souvenir from the game, get dust on me and my clothes compliments of the dirt parking lot. imagine a dirt parking lot with thousands of cars and buses.

  88. whitey September 20, 2009 11:53 am

    was reminded that there is a fine for washing your cars, so all those who brought their cars to the game, have a different color car. hahahahahaaa

  89. whitey September 20, 2009 11:55 am

    to all the tsaikos in vegas, no miss your flgiht home cause almost all the flights are overbooked.

  90. whitey September 20, 2009 11:57 am

    and as whitey sneaks in 4 in row, everyone is looking at the sky.

  91. whitey September 20, 2009 11:59 am

    even tho we lost, I think that the future recruits who were at the game can see the potential for playing for the warriors in the future. we had just as much fans as them.

  92. GA Warrior September 20, 2009 12:00 pm

    Offense is looking good, got to do a better job finishing in the red zone, but when you put 33 points on the board, your defense has got to hole up. Our defense is not good at all, and especially in the second half it was awful. I just “love” McMakin’s quote “well what are you going to do” when asked about the last second td, well how about realize that they did it before in the game and that your corners are overmatched and put a safety over to help, that is your job!!! They made no adjustments to the UNLV offense and were consistently beat on the same plays in the 2nd half. Frustrating because that is one we should have one. If the O keeps it up, I still feel good about the season. GO WARRIORS

  93. whitey September 20, 2009 12:00 pm

    for those of you who were at the boyd tailgate, amy h was great and was most entertaining.

  94. whitey September 20, 2009 12:03 pm

    GA, right on about assisting Tank. I not real sure, but the same receiver also burned 2 defenders for a td in the south end zone by outjumping them. maybe needed tui to play safety for one play cause he can jump and he tall enough to beat the receiver.

  95. whitey September 20, 2009 12:04 pm

    and even intercepted by GA, whitey tries to start another streak. heh, heh, heh

  96. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 12:05 pm

    Needed a stronger pass rush. With pressure there’s a good chance those passes won’t be delivered so accurately giving our defenders an opportunity to pick, deflect, or knock down.

  97. whitey September 20, 2009 12:05 pm

    this is one game where last one standing with the ball did not win.

  98. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 12:06 pm

    [thinking…] Need to get Whitey some meds… seems like he’s been talking to himself a lot lately… hmm….

  99. whitey September 20, 2009 12:06 pm

    dang, these tsaikos are getting good at interceptions

  100. whitey September 20, 2009 12:06 pm


  101. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 12:07 pm

    lol… dang.. set you up for that, eh?

  102. whitey September 20, 2009 12:07 pm

    YESHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Ok, now i going rest from my trip.

  103. SailorBlue September 20, 2009 12:08 pm

    kam alum ~ you think anybody else having other things to do on Sunday besides post on the blog might have something to do with the drop off in posts… I know I do and am headed that way…

    nice nic…as was mentioned earlier…different day, different nic but same old BS…nice try…

    Go ahead an bash away…I have pretty thick skin…notice I don’t change my nic at all since I started to post last fall…

    whoosh and out…

  104. whitey September 20, 2009 12:09 pm

    mih, been a long september for me so far. was in alaska from 3rd to 10th and vegas from 12th to today.

  105. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 12:14 pm

    As any real graduate knows, you don’t call it “Kam”.

    Nice try, different day, different nic, same old BS… *yawn*

  106. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 12:16 pm

    Fish nic names in five…four… three….

  107. warriorTojo September 20, 2009 12:16 pm

    too many censor cops on this site…..seeez…..learn to tolerate different opinions.

  108. sean September 20, 2009 12:18 pm

    Great game last night, just fell short…. lot of things to work on!! But all things can be corrected….learn from this…and move on!!!! ONE PLAY AND DONE!!! I think this will be a great team and expect to see them achieve their goals!!! Good job team!!!!! GO WARRIORS!!!!

  109. blog patrol September 20, 2009 12:18 pm

    DPK who are you?

  110. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 12:27 pm

    Well.. rest up… make sure you take something to keep your immune system up.. usually following a trip or an extended tour, the body goes through a bit of a let down…

  111. el guapo September 20, 2009 12:30 pm

    Immediately after a touchdown, Bob Wagner usually held up one finger. Occasionally he had two fingers up in the air.

    Of course he did have Rich Ellerson and Chris Smeland as a DC.

  112. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 12:31 pm


    Thanks for sharing your living room with my wife and I. Really enjoyed our time there. Too bad our Warriors didn’t win though.

    Don’t be too jealous okay? Also met your sister, too. You have a nice family. Good Kalua pig and turkey.. and the topshell (abalone) snack and salmon dip …. what can I say? Broke da mouth.

  113. Unkanesson September 20, 2009 12:55 pm

    Howzit Tsaiko Nation!
    I’m still feeling deflated about the outcome of the game. I still can’t believe we didn’t win, but gotta get over it and move on. Focus on the positive — we almost won one we weren’t supposed to. WAC season up next. Everything so far just the precursor for that.
    The offense has been pretty good. They fixed the turnover problem. Now they gotta work on finishing in the red zone. I thought the defense played pretty well at times. Too many pass completions over the middle caused by having to deploy a LB to make up for the absence of pass rush from the DE’s (although Purcell had a good game). About the alley oop pass — hard to say ‘cuz if they gave Hopkins some help it might have opened up another receiver. UNLV just executed when they had to. And gotta give credit to their QB — we DID pressure him and he still made plays. Time/Clock management does seem to be a recurring problem. The coaching staff needs to address that.
    To warriorTojo, kam alum, and huh (and others whom the shoe fits) — I don’t think the purpose of this forum is to “vent and speak out not to listen to people like you that say stop ur whinning” and to take cheap personal shots at other posters. Your posts have a negative, bitter tone that is annoying, and they serve no worthwhile purpose. There are other blogs and comment boards where that type of post seems acceptable. What sets The Warrior Beat apart from those is the respectful, supportive tone of the contributors, even when their comments are critical in nature, and that’s what keeps me coming back. If you can’t state your opinions in a thoughtful, constructive way, I encourage you to find another forum. You won’t be tolerated here, and I for one will simply ignore you.

  114. WarriorTojo September 20, 2009 1:20 pm

    #113, promise?

    “I for one will simply ignore you”.

  115. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2009 1:46 pm

    One more thing before I let the flamers flame…

    “I can hardly find fault with an O that is nationally ranked and putting up more mileage than our 2006 team….it’s our D, more specifically our DL. The players are making effort, that’s not the problem….and yes, the issue can be resolved–with three good recruiting classes and recruits who can actually read and academically Q.”

    I dare you to tell any defensive coaches or players or parents or relatives of defensive players that to their face! Is that your idea of simply expressing a different point of view?

    Its straight up bullsh*t to make a statement like that. Don’t call yourself a supporter if you don’t have a basic respect for the program, the players or their coaches.

    You and all of your nics have a good day, ya hear?!

  116. FloridaTed September 20, 2009 2:01 pm

    We lost by one point to a fairly good team on the road, a game we should have won, just bad luck.

    It will even itself out during the season, winning one that we shouldn’t.

    We’ve lost all our starters on defense this year, then we have numerous injuries to top it of. They will all come around soon.

    Our offense looks dangerous again, getting better with each game.

    I don’t know about anybody else, but to me the glass looks WAY more than half full.

  117. mctruck September 20, 2009 2:36 pm


    about the poor telecast reception issue; I had tuned into CBSCS and also, MTN channels and I selected the CBSCS channel because like you mentioned earlier, the MTN was not very good. CBSCS was cristal clear and the sportscasters where not biased as mentioned earlier.

    So, I see the LaTech/UH game is supposed to be telecast on Sept.30th via ESPN2. Looking foward to the game.

    Well, have a pleasant evening folks…..laters.

  118. Unkanesson September 20, 2009 2:38 pm

    FloridaTed — I completely agree.
    One thing I’m wondering about is the choice to play LWJ ahead of Alex Green. It seems Green has been more productive when he’s had the opportunity. But there may be other aspects of the game (blocking? shovel pass receiving?I don’t know what else…?) where Leon is ahead of the new guy. Any thoughts anyone?

  119. labrat September 20, 2009 2:39 pm

    I am with you Florida Ted. Time to get ready for the Woof Woofs.

    Go Warriors.

  120. westsidesview September 20, 2009 2:44 pm

    dpk, you are intellectually challenged, what a dummy wanting attention.
    My comment you quote in 115 above was not directed at members on the team but rather at the recruits who didnt Q cuz of bad grades. Grow up and quit being so damn defensive, you really are so tightly wound up you squeak when you post. Quit calling posters names and being so freeking condescending.

  121. mctruck September 20, 2009 2:45 pm


    My memory fails me, but seems last year UH had better success with smaller running backs. Looking at other teams with smaller backs, if it works, might be the way to go. They hide in formations very well and before you know it, these guys are busting through the line for sizeable gains.

  122. blog patrol September 20, 2009 2:48 pm

    DPK shame on you.

  123. Dennis Halloran September 20, 2009 2:49 pm

    Fabulous game to cap off a full day on the tube. Tough loss but UNLV will prove to be a good team by years end as we will. 9-10 wins still reasonable

  124. postmanke - mobile September 20, 2009 3:03 pm

    This was a great loss. Not that losing is great but man i love this team!
    Good stuff out on the field, warrior sidelines. We can tighten up here and there, but we are fine heading into the WAC.

    College @ the corner positon – what are you going to do??
    I guess so much to be said for taller receivers.

  125. Unkanesson September 20, 2009 3:05 pm

    McTruck — My memory is notoriously untrustworthy, but as I recall, last year, we had LWJ (part-time due to injury) and Pilares. Who else?
    Seems to me our lack in the running game has more (but not everything) to do with problems with scheme and execution than the attributes of the ball carriers. We’ve had scat backs in the past (Mike Bass comes to mind), and I never felt satisfied. I think LWJ and AG both have the combination of size and speed that I like to see. Maybe we haven’t utilized the running game in these 3 “pre-season” games enough to develop the execution we need from the other 10 guys, the way we have with the passing.

  126. labrat September 20, 2009 3:06 pm

    Hard to recover and make changes when you have soooo many road games. One more long roadie then I get to see them again at home. I can’t wait.

  127. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 3:19 pm

    Hiya. At HNL waiting for my last leg home.

    Vaughn is on crutches. We missed him when he had to go out. Hopefully he will be match fit for LaTech.

    Hugs to the folks still in LAS. Big shout out to alnbama who made the trek to LAS and will hopefully REPRESENT at LaTech!

  128. Ronnie September 20, 2009 3:21 pm

    Back home in LoCal. It was a tough loss, but a good game. My voice should be back by Tuesday 🙂

    I wish I could make all of the road games, but at least I’ll be there for the SJS game!

  129. labrat September 20, 2009 3:25 pm

    I was wondering about Vaughn. Dline needs to regoup.

  130. Unkanesson September 20, 2009 3:43 pm

    I was likewise wondering about Vaughn. Hope it’s not serious!! We’re going to need the extra few days (half-bye week) just to heal up the D-Line.
    LaTech is going to be tough, especially playing in Ruston. We need everybody in top shape, prepared and motivated to bring home a win.

  131. Committed Road Warrior September 20, 2009 3:46 pm

    Back in AZ for the night. Packing up the car then starting the three-day drive out east to Virginia in the morning (via Oklahoma City and Knoxville).

    Tough loss, but it’s not the end of the world. I think we’ll be fine w/r/t reaching 7 wins and a Hawai’i Bowl berth. It also wouldn’t surprise me if UNLV makes a bowl game this year.

  132. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 3:51 pm

    Wow. Got to see the Thunderbirds from the waiting area at HNL. Impressive!

  133. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 3:53 pm

    Stephen Tsai Friends United

  134. LizKauai (iPhone) September 20, 2009 3:55 pm

    Yea- plane is pulling up. Almost home!

  135. Slugger September 20, 2009 4:13 pm

    Safe travels, y’all! Looks like Warrior Jack is back home w/ Stretch.

  136. Bulla September 20, 2009 4:31 pm


    safe travels back to kauai :0) you are a die hard Warrior fan!!!

  137. Bulla September 20, 2009 4:33 pm

    safe travels through America, i still can’t believe we did the Reno to Ft. Collins CO 980+ miles in one day the other week,…..am i nuts? ok, don’t answer.

    bucket list…yeah, check that one off, haha

  138. Bulla September 20, 2009 4:34 pm


    I agree, we need to try and get AG the ball and ‘open’ things up for the passing game. but i don’t know much, just thought he appears to have some potential for getting positive yards on the field for the Warriors.

  139. konagold September 20, 2009 4:50 pm


    September 20th, 2009 at 10:09 am
    I can hardly find fault with an O that is nationally ranked and putting up more mileage than our 2006 team….it’s our D, more specifically our DL. The players are making effort, that’s not the problem….and yes, the issue can be resolved–with three good recruiting classes and recruits who can actually read and academically Q.

    We might be nationally ranked in mileage more than the ’06 team, BUT we aren’t scoring points like the ’06 team. With the type of statistical numbers that our offense have been putting up, we should be averaging 45-50 points a game. Botttom line, when we get in the red zone, we need to score points. In between the twenties our offense seem to be unstoppable, but when we get into the red zone too many scoring opportunities are wasted and until they can correct that, they are just a mediocre offense.

  140. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 5:25 pm

    Howz It Tsaiko Nation, made it back from Vegas with GREAT memories of meeting old and new Tsaikos. The game was TOUGH with both sides batteling back and forth. Hawaii had many chances to put up some early points on the board, but due to competitive play from a GOOD team in Vegas we lost a TOUGH match.

    The end part was difficult to swallow BUT a new team with exceptional offensive talent and a DEFENSE that needs it’s quality players to come back from their nagging injuries and reunite their DOMINATE prescence.

    Fans from both sides showed admiration and respect to one another. I was so please to see this as before with Hawaii / Vegas games MAJOR fights breaking out all over Sam Boyd Stadium especially in 2007 when Colt and the Warriors put up a whooping on the Rebels.

    Calf Call at CiCi’s was TREMENDOUS ! seeing once again Liz Kauai, Ronnie and the GREAT gentlemen of All Time Mr. Kokua as I was overwealm with happiness. Reuniting with Warrior Nation 702 and wife was priceless as hugs and tears came when REUNITING with the A House Family !

    Finally met Tsaiko Webmaster Steve M, Big Hilo Fan 2 with the funniest Hawaii helmet that I have everseen. Distinguish Brothers Izzy & Dishima 1. Hilarious Jessie James Gomes who pidgen is unique and Hawaii football IQ OUTSTANDING !

    The most MEMORABLE evening was meeting Addaknowjoe, a truely wonderful gentlemen with an ALOHA spirit of Gold. Hugged him forever with GREAT appreciation for his sincerity, loyalty and kindness. Sharing pleasentries with Las Vegas the “Pipeline” who makes it all happen for TSAIKOS to really enjoy themselves before and after the game with the restaurant good food, vip transportation and CARING heart that he shows as a WONDERFUL host and intelligent gentlemen. Much Mahalo to you kind sir !

    Last of all Rich2176 who made it ALL happen to reunite once again with you good folks “THANK YOU” always as I was in “Tsaiko Wonderland” with my Main Man Garret enriching me with his sport knowledge and BRILLANT mind by giving him a ride back to Circus Circus so he can be with his beautiful wife Lori and precious girls Faith and Mika. We may have lost the game but reuniting with ALL you good folks of Tsaiko Nation and sharing food, conversation, laughter, visible and vocal support to our Warrior football team ” A unique and WONDERFUL experience ! Mahalo to ALL of you as you are ” Simply The Best, Better then All the Rest ! Tsaiko Nation “Forever” !

  141. Unkanesson September 20, 2009 5:40 pm

    Awryte, Rainbow Cliff! We have never met or communicated, but I remember your posts in the past. Nice to see you back on the blog again! You have a great heart and unique way of expressing your aloha. I recall some great projects you’ve headed up for the SoCal youth that you told us about. I hope they have met with the success they deserve. Take care and keep in touch!

  142. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 5:46 pm

    Kokua, stopped by for your Bar B Q Splash Gate Party after 12:00 but know one could find you or pools that it was going to happen. I, Garret and lost Hawaiian were first to arrive. I stayed until 1:30 but beating the Vegas traffic back on the 15 had to put the “pedal to the medal” as it got packed several times in Baker and Barstow. I hope you had it ?

  143. SteveM September 20, 2009 5:57 pm

    Hello everyone! Am posting this from sea aboard the Norwegian Sun somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Probably higher up as the fog is still thick and visibility around 200 yards.

    Shipboard internet connect time (probably via satellite) is somewhat expensive so will be downloading the blog and pasting prepared comments–which will put me half a day behind. Connect time is around 50 cents per minute so I can do this in under 5 minutes if lucky.

    Our suitcases made it to SFO. Found a less expensive way to the pier (BTW, thanks to those who made suggestions). An oriental shuttle driver got us to the ship–only problem was that while he understood getting people to hotels this pier drop-off thing was strange because there was only a large ship there… 😐 I told him the ship was my hotel…that worked, but I don’t think he believed me. 😆

    The fog bank moving into the Bay was so thick that the afternoon sun could not burn it off and all we could see was the tops of the Golden Gate bridge and the bottom half of Alcatraz. We did pass under the bridge with around 10 feet to spare and we got some pix even in the fog.

    The ship larger activities today were promotions and contests entries for the casino (Monte Carlo night) and the bar(s) promo was a bucket of beer–buy 5, get one free.

    Haven’t slept since Saturday so and going to crash now–but we are feeling comfortable and well fed in a familiar venue. Next stop: Topolobampo, Mexico in the Sea of Cortez in a few days.

  144. warrioryobo September 20, 2009 6:11 pm

    where are the pictures of the bike?

  145. kaimiloa September 20, 2009 6:15 pm

    I thought it was a good game from our team which is in another major rebuilding year. That combined with the injuries on D and having to come up with a new scheme in one week’s time made the loss bearable. Great effort all around. The offense looked like it was in fast forward during the first half. Our receivers are fast.

    But… is it just me or does it seem that Alexander gets overwhelmed and down when things look bad for the team? I’ve seen a couple of games where he’s hanging his head and looking depressed when we need a big drive for the comeback win. He might have been tired or sick last night, but it looked like he had the spirit knocked out of him. What do you think?

    Overall, a tough loss but a very respectable effort.

  146. jm2375 September 20, 2009 6:17 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    SteveM – those infamous beer buckets!! The men in my family had many of those on our cruise! Remember to get your $5 deposit back.

    48 hr rule in effect, and of course, 1 snap and clear. On to a pounding of the puppies!

  147. jm2375 September 20, 2009 6:18 pm

    #144 – at last check, the bike wasn’t shipped yet.

  148. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 6:21 pm

    Unkanesson, thank you sir for your kind remarks. Yes, it has been a LONG time blogging with you good folks as circumstances in life can be difficult and dissapointing BUT through it all you GREAT folks of Tsaiko Nation kept praying, encouraging and inspiring me through my darkest times.

    If I have a “Great Heart” it is because I experienced it from you good folks of Hawaii who shows time and time again the beautiful word of COMPASSION !

    I felt it ALL, reuniting in Vegas as you folks of Tsaiko Nation expressed it to me with warmth, love and effection. Unkanesson your words of admiration I thank you but truely ALL the accolades go to you and your BEAUTIFUL people who make up Tsaiko Nation. I hope to meet you one day and share the true meaning of friendship and appreciation as “Life will continue on BUT Tsaiko Nation will live FOREVER !

    Mahalo Always Kind Sir ! Sincerely, RainbowCliff

  149. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 6:40 pm

    SteveM, have a GREAT cruise with you and your Mrs. Meeting you for the first time was AWESOME as I truely admire what you do in making this blog happen ! You are informative, creative and just a GENIUS in keeping pertinent and important information in an organized and precise manner.

    Travel safe but come back soon as the blog is empty without the “WebsiteMaster” leading the way and helping us ALWAYS navigate to one another with just a keyboard tap of his fingers and a keen mind set for organizing and solving problems.

  150. lava September 20, 2009 6:43 pm

    I know there are still a lot of JJ fans out there, so I’ll toss this out.

    In comparing Rolo v. JJ in diagnosing an attack against WSU, Rolo did the far better job.

    In comparing JJ’s offensive scheme against WSU against Mack’s defensive scheme against UNLV, Mack did much better. Both head coaches are to blame for their team’s losses, but what JJ did is almost unforgivable. Had JJ run the ball 3 times late in the game from around the 20 yard line, his kicker would have had an relatively easy kick (for him) to seal the game, all while the clock continued to run.

  151. Pomai September 20, 2009 6:49 pm

    Rainbowcliff glad you made the trip, hope you had some fun and relaxed. Just wished I could have joined you. To all who have never met Rainbowcliff he is one heck of guy nothing but heart, and he’s not to bad with the basketball…..

  152. whitey September 20, 2009 7:01 pm

    ST, most interesting when you bring up about how this game helps the Vegas economy. We were discussing this while there and using just estimated figures, the money flow is incredible. Using Boyd tailgate party as base, 2,000+. If the estimated spending per day is $500 per person, Vegas is making over a million a day. If $1000, over 2 mil. In the 5 day period, they will contribute from 5-10+ mil to their economy. That much from 2,000+, that is unbelievable.

  153. Kekoa September 20, 2009 7:03 pm

    Rainbow Cliff, Garret, and LH…We were upstairs grilling the meats, when we had a slight electrical problem. I had left a note on the blog giving the room #1307. Kama and his family were down at the pool after stopping in upstairs to check-in.

    Garret, we had a birthday cake all ready for you and the kids to enjoy. A-Sports decorated it for you. She’s sending you a pic. E kala mai, we’ll see you good people again I’m certain.

    It was sad having to say goodbye later this eve to Midnite & Barbra. They are heading on to Arlington, TX on a mission of mercy. Maybe they can help heal the Cowboys while they’re at it!

  154. whitey September 20, 2009 7:05 pm

    Instead of playing home and home with UNLV, they should have made it every year in Vegas and the payment to UH would be 1 mil per game each year. When UNLV plays here, lucky if they bring 500 people and their spending will be very limited. Plus this team does not have a draw here like other schools.

  155. whitey September 20, 2009 7:10 pm

    The Warriors are making a great move by taking the early am flight home. They can make that connection from any of the WAC cities and save big time expenses.

  156. chawan_cut September 20, 2009 7:14 pm

    unlv recap news from tonight

  157. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 7:15 pm

    Bruddah Pomai ! so WONDERFUL to read your words once again ! Had a GREAT time kind sir and IF you were there it would of been a REUNION that would of went down in Las Vegas History !

    Your consistent messages of staying with me and caring for my whereabouts I can’t thank you enough. You kept encouraging me and when I saw and felt your TSAIKO NATION in Vegas ALL the emotions were let out as it was the 4th quarter in Blaisdel and the loyal Hawaii fans were ALL applauding. Mahalo Pomai for staying with me ! Your a BEAUTIFUL person who I admire greatly ! THANK YOU for believing in me when I had doubt in believing myself.

  158. NYUH September 20, 2009 7:31 pm

    Player Team Yds
    1. G. Salas Hawaii 479
    2. V. Brown San Diego State 424
    3. E. Decker Minnesota 415
    4. E. Sanders Southern Methodist 392
    5. R. Bradley Hawaii 381

  159. NYUH September 20, 2009 7:34 pm

    Individual Receiving Leaders
    1 Freddie Barnes Bowling Green 42 336 8.0 2 31 2
    2 Emmanuel Sanders Southern Methodist 35 392 11.2 1 45 2
    3 Jock Sanders West Virginia 29 309 10.7 1 38 1
    4 Eric Decker Minnesota 27 415 15.4 2 53 3
    5 Kealoha Pilares Hawaii 27 257 9.5 1 32 1

  160. NYUH September 20, 2009 7:37 pm


    1 Kansas 1613 537.7 735 245.0 878 292.7 127 42.3
    2 Florida 1610 536.7 868 289.3 742 247.3 141 47.0
    3 Cincinnati 1550 516.7 471 157.0 1079 359.7 145 48.3
    4 Hawaii 1546 515.3 276 92.0 1270 423.3 96 32.0

  161. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 7:47 pm

    Kekoa, I am so SORRY as I had no internet available to see your message that I now see at #51. We were all by the poolside and Lost Hawaiian checked all 4 pool areas as we had no idea of thinking to go to the blog for information.

    I feel bad as I know Mika and Faith would of love the cake as they were ready for some pool fun with Uncle Cliff ready to play surf time USA with them. To be honest we thought you had a late night and the party would of been later then noon time that was posted. I apologized for not critically thinking.

    Lastly Kekoa, thank you so much for allowing I and Rhonda to share camraderie with you and your BEAUTIFUL wife. I didnot get enough time to share quality time with you and this is the 3rd time I missed out on your personal invites ( New Orleans, Calf Call in Hawaii and now Vegas)

    I truely wanted to make this one and had all intentions BUT somehow got blindsided as I,Garret and Lost Hawaiian couldn’t put 2 and 2 together. I had a GREAT time reuniting with you folks and your efforts to secure tickets for me was AWESOME !

    Enjoy the hug with you and Las Vegas in the parking lot as you two ESTEEM gentlemen I will always remember for what you do to help others to keep living and making it day by day. Bregado !

  162. Kekoa September 20, 2009 7:50 pm

    To all my good friends on the blog, I know you’ve shared your thoughts with me about the team in private conversations I treasure your opinions the most because they are usually very insightful.

    For all those who hide behind their contrived blog names and are too cowardly to say it to my face, come on out to the T-gate.

    I told several friends after we left our seats, this game would give the flame throwers the excuse they needed to ‘flame on!’ Sure enuff they could not wait to jump on out there and stir up some chet.

    To huh…and the rest of those naysayers, I Thank you for taking the opportuniity to show us all how knowledgeable you are. Gosh we never would have known what the problems were without you pointing it out for us!

    Like coach Mack said, “When you get your own team, then you can do what you want!”

  163. blog patrol September 20, 2009 7:57 pm


    stop being the crybaby. posters were giving their inputs on the game..nobody needs you to tell us otherwise

  164. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 8:12 pm

    chawancut, thanks for posting the unlv recap news from Hawaii sports channel. Don’t get no tv recap of the Warriros here in LA yet alone Hawaii television. Enjoyed all the highlights with today knowledgable Hawaii sportscaster informative. Keep posting for us mainland fans. Mahalo.

  165. chawan_cut September 20, 2009 8:13 pm

    here’s an updated schedule of our opponent’s schedules and records

  166. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 8:23 pm

    chawancut, thank you for the detail scheduling of all Hawaii opponent teams. Question the ranking of the Wac Teams below the bottom of page is that the prediction of order that the teams will finish ? Boise 1, IDAHO 2, Hawaii 3 and FRESNO 8TH ?

  167. buffoman September 20, 2009 8:30 pm

    Could the problem with time management and decision making (not going for 2 when the opportunity presented itself as Coach Mack was talking to his defense) be attributed to management of the coaching staff? If the head coach trusted the offensive and defensive coordinators to game plan the game and allow them to manage their respective staffs, the head coach could add input on what he may see in the flow of the game know the time elements and overall strategy. BUT, at this point when he is controlling one element, his defense, he may actually be hurting the entire team with that focus.

    The fist few games (non=conference) could have been experiments where coach Cal was given free rein to scheme the entire game, free coach Mac to oversee the entire flow.

    That may have cut down on some of the problems. BTW not picking on Coach Mac, but JJ also had this problem as he controlled the offense. It’s style but in this particular case it may not be to our advantage to manage this way. Just a thought.

  168. chawan_cut September 20, 2009 8:34 pm

    no, thats the current wac standings. only 4 teams have played wac conference games, so its ordered first by wac record then their overall record.

  169. blog patrol September 20, 2009 8:37 pm

    buffoman and others

    beware of kekoa. he thinks people that make opinions on the game that are critical of the coaches are flamethrowers.

  170. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 8:42 pm

    Buffoman, you make very good points. Being at the game I and the Hawaii fans were screaming to go for to 2 points when we just scored to go up 26 to 21. When the decesion was made for the extra point, the look of wonderment from the section I was sitting was bewildered and confused.

    Reading many posts on the blog to time managment being a problem and who is DIRECTLY responsible for this IMPORTANT decesion making seems to be an on going problem from JJ era to Coach Mac. Will it and can it be resolve as a history is forming of this matter over the years ? Your reply will be appreciated ?

  171. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 8:53 pm

    Mahalo, Chawan_cut for the clarification. I knew something was wrong when I read IDAHO 2 as they must of recruited Internet football player THOROUHBREADS to recieve a high ranking of that ! Appreciate.

  172. el guapo September 20, 2009 8:58 pm

    It seems like going for 2 with 11 minutes left sends the message that you don’t think you can stop the other team, or you can’t answer if they do score.

  173. royvic September 20, 2009 9:09 pm


    going for 2 would have given UH a safety net 28-21

    going for 1 and making the score 27-21 doesn’t preserve anything and makes UH vulnerable to losing if the other team scores with a td and 1 pat making the score 28-27 in favor other team–and that’s exactly what happened.

  174. el guapo September 20, 2009 9:14 pm

    That feels like playing not to lose. If you don’t get the 2 then the other team just needs the 6 to go ahead. I’d rather tell my team that we’re going to stop them, get the ball back, and score again.

  175. royvic September 20, 2009 9:14 pm

    # are off i know



  176. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 9:18 pm

    royvic, you couldn’t explain it any better as we lost by that ONE point. If an expalnation comes from ANY of the Coaches on this matter a post on the blog will be appreciated as of this time, day and night I could not believe no ATTEMPT for the 2 point conversion at that 26-21 score.

  177. el guapo September 20, 2009 9:20 pm

    For me it’s just the preference that If I’m a coach I’d want to show my team that I have confidence in them. I would go for 2 if I didn’t have confidence in them.

  178. el guapo September 20, 2009 9:24 pm

    Cliff, it’s like in the days before the shot clock. Do you stall when you have a lead or do you just keep running your offense? I would stall if I didn’t have confidence in my team.

  179. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 9:24 pm

    Well Tsaiko Nation it’s 30 minutes after midnight and this Vegas Road Warrior needs to shut it down and get some sleep. Drove ALL the way up and back with Hawaii Helmet Attenna Jack leading the way ! Good nite Tsaiko Nation and THANK YOU for your GREATNESS !

  180. al September 20, 2009 9:26 pm

    i still think going for one early in the fourth qtr was the right call.

    first of all, what are the odds of converting on a two pt try? less than 50-50?

    so faced with the likely possibility of being down by five with that much time doesn’t make sense, because now you could get beat by not only a td but two fg’s. at least being up by six gives you a better shot at winning or tieing the game late.

  181. postmanke - mobile September 20, 2009 9:28 pm

    I remember Larry Little had a player hold the ball for like 6+ minutes at mid court once in a game.

  182. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 9:35 pm

    El guapo what a GREAT name ! I will ALWAYS be your 3 Amigos. We will never know kind sir as decesions in athletics on this level will remain hush hush for fear of MAJOR criticism and the good old reply of “close game but came up short as we had MANY other opportunities to score so that 2 point conversion did not lose the game”. Good Night El Guapo as I look forward in conversing with you in the near future.

  183. royvic September 20, 2009 9:42 pm


    Two-Point Conversion Chart

  184. madeinhawaii September 20, 2009 9:43 pm

    Like al, I think going for one when we did was the right call. It was still early and the Warriors had been successful moving the chains and getting points. I don’t think anyone on the team, coaches and players thought they would stall in the third and fourth the way they did.

    Ah well… it was a very hard fought game. Sort of reminiscent of those losses in 2006. The ones that got away because of a last second dropped pass or the clock just running out. Ahhhhh…. the prelude then of what was to come…


  185. whitey September 20, 2009 9:44 pm

    al, missed you and #1 at game. fans perception on how the game was progressing is truly amazing. just looking around those sitting by me, they all thought we would go for 2 at that point. like i said earlier, out fans are great students of the game and in obvious situation, they know what is coming.

  186. whitey September 20, 2009 9:44 pm

    out = our

  187. el guapo September 20, 2009 9:44 pm

    G’night Cliff, it’s really good to see you back on the blog.

  188. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 9:46 pm

    Postmanke-mobile, your ABSOLUTELY correct it was against BYU with Danny Ainge and Company. His thought was to not let BYU who was scoring over 80 points a game by playing 3 out with his guards holding the ball and spreading the court he will keep the game respectable by penetrating and kicking out to spread players for a layup only !

    It was boring and Hawaii fans booing mercifully from the stands. We still lost 36 to 31 and it was at the time the lowest scoring game in NCAA history. It was depressing with a Coach who COACHED scared !

  189. whitey September 20, 2009 9:52 pm

    Just wonderin, if i was a coach, would i be able to call a better game from upstairs or downstairs???? right now, my feelings is upstairs, but i could be totally wong.

  190. al September 20, 2009 9:52 pm

    hey, whitey.
    rest up…isn’t your next trek in another week?
    i hope the fish are biting in manilla.
    keep an eye on that youngster that is going with you, he could get into trouble straying away from the others.

  191. whitey September 20, 2009 9:54 pm

    what i meant was, to call either offensive or defensive plays, which is easier to see and call. from up or down?????

  192. al September 20, 2009 9:54 pm

    upstairs may be too far away for you, huh?

  193. el guapo September 20, 2009 9:54 pm


    September 20th, 2009 at 9:52 pm
    Just wonderin, if i was a coach, would i be able to call a better game from upstairs or downstairs???? right now, my feelings is upstairs, but i could be totally wong.

    I wouldn’t want to do either for a million bucks. Or even for $1.1 million 😉

  194. whitey September 20, 2009 9:55 pm

    al, naah, not yet. going back to lv to meet with another group first.

  195. RainbowCliff September 20, 2009 9:58 pm

    Whitey, you are SO right about the Hawaiian fans knowledge of their team. I had the PLEASURE of sitting next to one ALL the way from Huntsville, Alabama as we had TREMENDOUS conversation during the ENTIRE game on strategies and decesions. GREAT knowledge even the LOYAL Wahine elderly ladies were thoughtful and HIGHLY knowledgable!

    EL GUAPO! The pleasure is all MINES in talking to a loyal fan as yourself and ALL the Tsaikos who post on this blog. I am TRUELY honor of the respect and admiration that you good folks show me. Good Nite if I can ever leave you WONDERFUL people !

  196. whitey September 20, 2009 9:59 pm

    at the UNLV stadium, could see plays easily and saw RB was going to score if GA could throw. that was awesome for me, cause i said, he’s wide open, hit em and sure enough he scored too easy. now if one old fart like me can see this, wonder what the young ones can do.

  197. al September 20, 2009 10:00 pm

    back to the fremont?
    tell john sou to keep my deposits in a safe place okay.

  198. whitey September 20, 2009 10:06 pm

    also was thinking that today’s players are in excellent shape and very strong which is good, but somehow for for our dl, it is difficult to tackle low, so in a lot of instances, instead of dropping the runner right on the spot, the runner keeps his legs moving and gets extra yards. i was impressed with the strength of the dl in driving the unlv ol backwards to the qb and their footspeed in chasing the qb or runner.

  199. al September 20, 2009 10:06 pm

    we obviously need to develpe our ground game a lot more.

    i thought that the oline did a great job.
    i thought that the noke package was designed for the two pt play.

    i thought that one of keys to the game was contain their qb, which we didn’t as he was quite an adept escape artist and boy did he make some plays.

  200. whitey September 20, 2009 10:07 pm


  201. koakane™ September 20, 2009 10:08 pm

    good evening tsaiko country just got up from a much needed power nap. made it back today and really needed the time to refresh.

    first mahalo to all the tsaiko’s who made the treck to Seattle and LV. the time, parties and camaraderie was supa. you all made the trip a good experience looking forward to many more in the years to come. mahalo again!!!!!!! plenty stuff to tell but have been reminded what happens stays happens.

    many highs and a low this past 10 day with the road warriors. much has been said on the positive and negative side. these are my thought after seeing both games. offensively, I feel, they are improving, pulling together as a unit and a pleasant surprise scoring 25+ points a game. the o has keep us in the games. the special team also looking good. I didn’t think they would be this advance after watching the practices. good job and congrats to them. I know the defense is banged up but once the players get back into the line up they will be brilliant as they showed in practice. my concern has to do with game management. a few thing, I has seen, should have been worked out way before the season. at times they seem out of sink during parts of the games. I hope in their meeting they review their parts also. thats my opinion.

    well dats it for now cause want to catch Cmak show. again mahalo to all the tsaiko’s for sharing their time with me. safe journey making your return home and if still on the mainland continue to having a good time.

  202. al September 20, 2009 10:08 pm

    didn’t mack say that they are teaching the defense to hold the man up so the pursuit can strip the ball?

  203. whitey September 20, 2009 10:08 pm

    on a roll today, got #100 and #200.

  204. Kekoa September 20, 2009 10:09 pm

    blog patrol:

    September 20th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    stop being the crybaby. posters were giving their inputs on the game..nobody needs you to tell us otherwise

    Oh so now I have my own troll. How cool is that! 😎

  205. al September 20, 2009 10:09 pm

    we better teach whitey how to count.

  206. whitey September 20, 2009 10:11 pm

    holding up and stripping is ok, but in this game, there was no fumbles on the line of scrimmage and what is the purpose of tackling high if the runner can go an extra 2-5 yds. me, i rather see them drop em right there. the other plus also to dropping them is that it can cause owies and doubts to the runners.

  207. Old Diver September 20, 2009 10:14 pm

    Being at the game on Saturday was a great experience. As far as going for one or two, well quick decisions seem to be a problem for Coach Mack at this point. That as well as other problems led to the loss. Personal fouls, dropped passes, confusion among the receivers during the two minute drill etc. Alexander still is learning of offense hence he is not anticipating open receivers which is a problem when going for a two point conversion. On the failed two point conversion the receivers were open for a split second which at this point is just not enough time for Alexander to anticipate. The good news is that this is still early in the season an I still expect to see the Warriors in the Hawaii Bowl.

    Go Warriors…..

  208. whitey September 20, 2009 10:15 pm

    i don’t know what other teams will be using chop blocks, but am glad to see the warriors stick to basic blocking and good sportsmanship.

  209. whitey September 20, 2009 10:17 pm

    old diver, you get good eyes and your observations are right on.

  210. whitey September 20, 2009 10:20 pm

    calling it a night. thanks to all and good to be home where no can hear bells ringing, songs playing, coins falling, etc. only thing is that still warm, but not hot like vegas. g’nite.

  211. Slugger September 20, 2009 10:27 pm

    Coach Mack Show on KGMB.

  212. royvic September 20, 2009 10:34 pm


    Watched him throughout the UNLV game. What impresses me is that he is really blocking his man well. On the TD pass to Bradley, Kia’s defender was just about getting around him and had a direct shot on Alexander. But at the last second Kia chopped the defender thus thwarting the pass rush, which gave enough time for Alexander to hit Bradley for the TD.

    Even on the line of scrimmage I’ve seen him in the UNLV game utilizing the chop block. This technique I’ve haven’t seen Kia using before. And it seems to be effective for him.

    Doing the eyeball test, Kia seems to be the best conditioned linemen, and has less of a sack around his belly than the others.

    So far I’d say watching him perform well has been a pleasant surprise. Even as I watched him last year there was never a question of Kia playing with a lack of athleticism, heart and passion for he always gave it a great effort. But it seems this year he’s seems like his feet are moving quicker, having better technique, having better confidence and he’s reacting a lot faster to the defenders moves and countering better.

    In other words, Kia seems to be more fluid in his play. And this is my favorite UH player that I’m pulling for and rooting for.

  213. duffer (iPhone) September 20, 2009 11:12 pm

    On my way home with the twins and M/M A-House

  214. Matt September 20, 2009 11:19 pm

    I said it on yesterday’s blog. The coaches were trying to call a timeout again after the second to last touchdown to go for two points. We just kicked the extra point before they could get a player’s attention to do so. I was sitting in row 20 behind the UH bench and had a good view of the sideline. Whether Coach Mack was focusing on the defense or not, I don’t know, but I watched two coaches trying to get a player’s attention to call a timeout. UNLV showed they had the capability to produce long drives that ate up a lot of clock in the third quarter. IMHO, it was not too early to go for two. On the missed field goal, we snapped the ball before Enos was ready because the play clock was down to 1 second. On Garrett’s quote page, Coach Tormey even acknowledges the coaches should have called timeout there instead of rushing the kick.

    The coaches know what the mistakes were and will correct them. I was at the game and I saw a lot of Hawaii fans cheering on our team. While they were disappointed with the outcome, I don’t recall anyone hanging their head or embarrassed by our team’s effort. Our guys played hard all game, I was proud of them. I for one expected a close game and not the blowout that some predicted on both sides. We will continue to improve and when we put together a complete game on all three sides of the ball, the opponent better look out.

  215. Matt September 20, 2009 11:29 pm

    Our offensive line did a good job of protecting Greg Alexander. Of the two sacks they gave up, at least one was a coverage sack. Our receivers played really well. Rodney Bradley had a great game and for Kealoha Pilares to lead all receivers while suffering from the flu showed some guts. Salas was his normal awesome self. Yes there were some drops, but Jerry Rice and Randy Moss drop passes too. After scoring TDs in his first three D-I games and leading all receivers in yardage last night while still learning a new offensive system, Bradley has shown me he is a very good receiver. In his first year in D-I ball he is fifth in the nation in nation in receiving yardage. Not bad for a guy that didn’t catch many balls in JC because he was in a running offense. Plus some guy named Salas is leading the nation in yardage and “taking away” yardage from Bradley.

    We have ten days to heal and learn the lessons of this last road trip. If we allow the loss to consume us, we will struggle the rest of the season. If we renew our focus, continue to work hard, and improve, we will take our frustrations out on LA Tech and after that Bulldog Beatdown, the next set of Bulldogs (Fresno St.) will be looking at a confident Warrior team ready to Protect our House.

  216. al September 20, 2009 11:35 pm

    sunday after thoughts….

    i am sure tsai is pleased that the jets are 2-0 having beat the patriots.

  217. Ralph September 20, 2009 11:41 pm

    Al don’t forget- the Raiders won too! 🙂

  218. al September 21, 2009 12:53 am

    okay, ralph.
    go raiders…
    btw, just how old is al davis???

  219. wafan September 21, 2009 3:30 am

    Good Monday morning, everyone!

    Great to see and meet so many Tsai-kos who actually exist.

    Dang, gotta get to school.

  220. Pomai September 21, 2009 3:53 am

    IMHO going for one or two did not lose this game for us, what lost this game was not scoring a TD with the first two possessions . Need to improve our red zone scoring. If and I know if is a big word, but if we had scored TD’s instead of the FG the score would have been 41-34

  221. Pomai September 21, 2009 4:13 am

    And again I say to Coach Mack “TAKE THE FIFTEEN”

  222. buger September 21, 2009 4:53 am

    Royvic, regarding the 2 point conversion chart, most coaches feel it’s only relevant late in the game. If Hawaii converted the 2pt, they would have been up by 7 and UNLV would need a TD or 3FG to win. If Hawaii didn’t, they would have been only up by 5 and a TD or 2 FGs win.

    With 5 minutes left, it’s common sense to go for the 2pt conversion as there probably isn’t enough time to have to worry about the 2 FGs beating you and Hawaii did this. With 11 minutes left, the decision isn’t really clear cut. A coach who goes for 2 with that much time then loses by 1 after 2 FGs by the opponent will have know-it-alls questioning his intelligence also.

    JJ was more aggressive and would go for 2pts earlier than usual (typically based on the chart) but a defensive oriented head coach like Tomey would almost never go for 2 unless there were only a few minutes left in the game.

    Mack is more of a defensive coach so probably isn’t into using the chart until later in games than perhaps you would. You’re free to call any coach who doesn’t go by your xbox chart an idiot but know that it really isn’t a black and white kind of deal.

  223. buger September 21, 2009 5:14 am

    Re #214, I didn’t see your post the other day but that makes sense. The speed of some of the coaching decisions and communication of such has proved to be an issue which is hopefully being addressed also. I agree that our guys played hard the whole game and think they will get better as the season goes by also.

  224. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 5:17 am

    sorry royvic, i have to disagree with you for once. going for 1 was the right call. it was too early in the game to go for 2 and had we not converted (like we didnt on the next TD), we would have been chasing points. in the end it was the right call bc we ended up scoring again, we just didn’t convert on the 2pt attempt. we lost by 1 bc UNLV also went for 2 to make it a 3pt game.

    the major coaching blunder was the clock mismanagement at the end of the first half. burning valuable time before finally calling a TO. however, it was nice to see coach shaw in the right place to call the final TO. all the other coaches were way behind the play making T signs with their hands, hard to get the refs attention that way. Shaw was right there next to the side ref to call the TO right after the catch.

  225. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 5:21 am

    oh yeah and i also forgot about mack taking too long to send the FG unit out on the one Enos missed bc he was rushed. it was a chip shot, so like everyone else said, take the 5 yard delay of game penalty.

    cmon mack, clean it up.

  226. Garret September 21, 2009 5:22 am


    The one big point that you and the others who feel that it was good to go for 1pt when it was 26-21 is that the UH coaches wanted to go for 2! That is why the UH coaches were trying to call timeout. This could be seen by the people at the game (I’m not sure if the TV cameras showed this) and Mac himself confirmed that they were trying to call timeout. The *only* reason why Mac wanted the timeout would have been to get the offense on the field to go for 2.

    Unfortunately, the coaches realized that they wanted to go for 2 very late. In the UCA game they were able to call a timeout at the last second so that the team could go for two, but they decided so late in the UNLV game that they were unable to get the timeout.

    So, the whole argument in favor of going for 1 point is really hurt by the fact that the UH coaching staff wanted to go for 2.

  227. Garret September 21, 2009 5:27 am


    I do not think that it was the correct decision to go for 1 because the UH coaches actually wanted to go for 2…but they made the decision too late to do so.

    The other clock management problem was not calling timeout at the end of UNLV’s drive when it was clear they were trying to run time off the clock before scoring. UH did call one timeout to after a UNLV play, but the other 2 timeouts (that went unused in the game) could have resulted in UH’s offense to have a lot more time when they got the ball back.

  228. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 5:28 am

    i cant believe the coach mack wanted to go for 2 with 11+ minutes left. on top of that, they decide 30 seconds late that they want to go for 2. besides the fact that going for 2 with that much time left is questionable, mack continues to not know what he really wants to do till its too late. i can almost understand that they want to go for 2 in that situation bc UNLV ate up 9 minutes in the prior quarter, but at least have the decision ready like a coach is supposed to.

  229. Garret September 21, 2009 5:37 am


    I am very, very sorry that my family was unable to join you and everybody else yesterday! I feel horribly, especially after finding out that there was a cake there also!

    I was *very* tired yesterday, which probably wasn’t a shock because of how much trouble I had falling asleep after the game. I think I stopped posting around 4:05am and I ended up going to bed after 4:30am. My kids woke up with a lot of energy and we got the things done in the morning that we had promised them, so I was physically tired after all that walking in addition to being sleepy.

    Unfortunately, my kids were giving signs that they were tired and in need of a nap when we got to WorldMark around noon. All the sleep disruptions they had during our trip (getting to Vegas really late on Friday, etc.) caught up with them I guess. So, Lori and I were very concerned because we didn’t want to have them detract from the gathering and we also were worried about getting them home at a decent hour so that they would be okay for school Monday morning.

    I did check the blog via my phone, but it must have been before the message you posted. I think that Lori and I decided we had to leave for home around 12:45 because we had no idea what was going on and we needed to get our kids some food and then get on the freeway.

    The drive home took 6.5 hours or so, and the later we stayed the longer the drive would have taken (in my experience traffic tends to get worse as the afternoon goes on). If we had stayed until 3, my kids wouldn’t have been asleep until well after their 7:30pm to 8pm bed time.

  230. Garret September 21, 2009 5:39 am


    Direct quote from Mac in ST’s article in the Advertiser:

    “I was trying to get our defense corrected. We were gonna call a timeout.”

  231. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 5:43 am

    wow, i just dont know what to think anymore. im trying so hard to believe in mack, but the mistakes continue to pile up. how many times are we going to hear: “we were” “i was trying to” “we should have”

  232. Garret September 21, 2009 5:46 am

    I would like to publicly apologize to (J)J, A-joe, and A-sports about not being very social as we were leaving Worldmark yesterday. They were headed out with (J)J driving while Lori and I were loading the car. I was so tired that I didn’t talk story very long with them…I was just focused on how I was going to drive for the next 7 hours while basically not sleeping the night before.

    In fact, Lori pointed out to me that A-Joe and A-sports were waving “Hi” to us from the car and I never even realized they were there! So, I didn’t acknowledge them because I never even saw them…I really hope that I didn’t hurt their feelings. I get so few times to talk story with the Hawaii Tsaikos that I’m really sad to have missed the chance yesterday.

    The other thing we were dealing with as we were leaving were sleepy children who were disappointed because they had thought they were going to get to play in the pool yesterday. Still, that is no excuse for my rudeness and I sincerely apologize again.

  233. Garret September 21, 2009 5:51 am


    I still believe in Mac and the UH coaching staff. I look at how much the OL has improved, how effective three receivers are now for UH, how much quicker Alexander’s decision process is this year, how well the LBs are playing (R.J. is a real stud, Blaze is so versatile, and Paredes is another great walk-on story), and how well the coaching staff adjusted to the injuries on the DL.

  234. whitey September 21, 2009 5:54 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. hope duffer made the flight with A house family, otherwise got to call in to explain “delay of work” penalty.

  235. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! September 21, 2009 5:55 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Still tired- fell asleep uploading a few pix.


  236. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 5:57 am

    we, still, have yet to see improvement in the overall game management dating back to last season and basically that all falls on mack. i just hope we are able to keep Shaw and Tormey on staff.

  237. Garret September 21, 2009 6:18 am


    I’m not jealous, though I winced when you mentioned the kalua pig! However, I had a good time in Vegas so I didn’t feel as sad as I normally would about missing my Mom’s cooking and Hawaii food in general. I’m glad that you got to watch the game with my parents, I just wish the game had ended better.

    I still don’t have my voice back. It is pretty funny to hear me talk today…glad I don’t have any business calls today!

  238. d1島 September 21, 2009 6:22 am

    Great Morning All!

    Whew! Made it back home late last night. Our flight was delayed outta LAX because as we were taxiing out to take-off the co-pilot got nauseous and felt like he had flu symptoms. Two hours later we left with a different co-pilot and finally rolled into our driveway around midnite.

    No time to read all the posts but the few I have read seem to indicate that there were correctable errors. While that’s true in many cases, just overall inexperience on the Defensive side of the ball will need be a work-in-progress for the rest of at least the first half of the season.
    Good to see the O-line improve the way they did in Vegas.

    The Offense is gonna need to carry the team for at least a few more games. The Rebel game plan coming out of halftime is something of keeping the ball away from our offense is only effective if our offense doesn’t score when UH gets the ball back; if the O scores in 1:00 after the other team has the ball for 8:00 it makes the TOP stat “over-rated” as the Former Coach was so fond of saying.

    Anyway, will try to catch up on the rest of the posts later and maybe have more to say after that.

  239. d1島 September 21, 2009 6:28 am

    Geez, sleep deprivation no good for commenting….

    strike, “is something” after “halftime” from that last comment of mine.

    Anyway, again a GIANT MAHALO to all those Tsaikos involved in planning and pulling off the events in Vegas. It was a terrific weekend! Of course, the only thing that could have made it better was…..

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!

    HiHo….. (yawn)

  240. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:31 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!


    thank you for making Las Vegas happen for all of us. it was a great experience for me. thank you thank you thank you!

  241. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:32 am


    great pix of everyone.

    Las Vegas

    thanks for putting on a great event. good good fun.

  242. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:36 am

    September 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am
    I didn’t play fb, but as a spectator and fan, the errors I could observe was (1) the receiving corp needs to know how to run routes and not have 3 receivers in the same spot (2) RB is a deep threat, no if and or buts about it, and may be more effective if he ran deep in the middle. this would really open the rest of the receivers. (3) clock managament needs to be worked on cause a field goal would have won the game (4) let L Davis play man on their best receivers (5) GA needs to speed his read and release

    September 21st, 2009 at 5:57 am
    we, still, have yet to see improvement in the overall game management dating back to last season and basically that all falls on mack. i just hope we are able to keep Shaw and Tormey on staff.

    September 21st, 2009 at 5:51 am
    I still believe in Mac and the UH coaching staff. I look at how much the OL has improved, how effective three receivers are now for UH, how much quicker Alexander’s decision process is this year, how well the LBs are playing (R.J. is a real stud, Blaze is so versatile, and Paredes is another great walk-on story), and how well the coaching staff adjusted to the injuries on the DL.

    I agree with you geniuses.

  243. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:37 am


    I stay lookin fo yu. 😆

  244. Kekoa September 21, 2009 6:41 am

    Garret ~ We completely understand your situation. Brew was disappointed that some of the others who said that they would stop in, didn’t, but called in their regrets. He bought lots of ‘brew’ for each of the 3 game buses, and we still had plenty *greenies* left.

    The Rib Eye steaks were very tender and there was enuff to serve a hearty steak & eggs breakfast this morning. James was able to work his grill magic under close supervision from Rob25.

    Several of the casino dealers spotted the UH gear we sported. They gave their sincere apologies to us for having come all this way to lose by such a close margin. One gal said maybe next time we can have our boys score more “baskets!” Bwahahahaha!

  245. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:42 am


    we are very proud of our young Warriors. in life, comes da ups an downs. our Warriors can handle. so can do coaches! keep identifying what you can do mo betta. everybody got dare job. to da coaches, i say do your job. for me, da biggest suggestion is fo figah out a system for speed up game management.

    cards, charts, ti leaf, one pretty chick whisperin in da ear, wateva it takes. 😆

    Go Warriors!

  246. Bulla September 21, 2009 6:43 am


  247. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:44 am


    good morning. regrets. son in law’s car tble, true story caused change of plans.

  248. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:46 am


    good morning. met AzWarrior and friend Davis. great people, good fun.

  249. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 6:49 am

    Committed Road Warrior,
    702Warrior Nation

    and da odda Tsaikos I know an if i put down all yo names would no mo space. job gang! we showed up, and da Warriors knowd we showed up. i still habut so gots to lay down an control da pressha.

  250. Slugger September 21, 2009 6:56 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

  251. (Jesse)James September 21, 2009 7:18 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…well, leaving Vegas today. Glad everyone made it home safe and sound. Thanks to all for making it a great week in Sin City.

  252. Buffoman September 21, 2009 7:19 am

    I believe that we have terrific athletes. I also believe we have terrific coaches. I also believe that the problem we face is in the level of trust and the HC’s method of leadership. Some successful coaches have the ability to do both play calling and head coaching. I believe that comes when he trusts the other coaches ability to teach, plan (scheme) and execute. Others like Mac Brown and Joe Pa lead by bringing a philosophy and expectation to the team and operate in that manner. Thus, when Joe Pa was hurt, Penn State still functioned well or Texas just appears to win with ease.

    I just don’t know if we’ve had that at UH for a while. I believe the last person to operate in that manner was Coach Tomey. While many of us did not agree with his offensive philosophy, he was successful and all three elements of the game functioned without many “fits and starts” as we’ve experienced.

    I remain a fan, have been one since Coach Holmes days back in Moiliili.

  253. haka September 21, 2009 7:20 am

    The Warriors played good.
    UNLV played better.
    Heartach yes, but we gave a great effort.

    If the coaches managed the clock better does it mean we win the game?
    If the coaches called a different defense on the game winning play would UNLV not have scored?
    If we score early would it have made a difference?
    If we don’t snap prematurely do we make the field goal?
    If we make the pick at the end…
    If we make the play at the end…
    If the coaches…
    If the players…

    If we armchair and second guess in hindsight will we always win the game? Sure.

    Critical analysis of each game is good. Critiquing performance by the coaches, players and fans is all part of the game. What gets me is how some fans take losing. Some fans need to point fingers. Some fans need to find blame. If players and coaches were to take losing the same way it would be chemistry chaos. Some people need to make themselves feel better by holding others responsible for their disappointment. That is ok, but in my opinion, they take themselves way too seriously.

    Coaches make mistakes in every game…college or pro.
    We made mistakes.
    Players make mistakes in every game…college or pro.
    We made mistakes.
    Fans make mistakes in every game, but never after.

    One Snap and Clear!
    Go Warriors!

  254. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! September 21, 2009 7:23 am

    Put some game experiences up on my blog.
    Have a HAPPY DAY!


  255. tom September 21, 2009 7:29 am

    10:30 here in Las Vegas. No new blog up yet – so reminder for Tsaikos to vote for books for the keikis at http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/whatbook/voteconfirmation.php

    Sorry I missed all of you that were here in Vegas. And specially Kekoa’s pool party!

    Only one observation today: we have four – sometimes five receivers. While three of them played a good game, the other does not seem to be utilized other than as a decoy.

    Aloha from the furnace.

  256. Bulla September 21, 2009 7:32 am

    whew, what a game huh? sooooo close….9 out of 10 times, they’re going to throw to the mismatch…….and the guy made 2 KEY catches against us….

    one snap and clear……gotta keep moving forward, the game is over, time to focus on the next game……………let’s wreck LA Tech……

  257. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! September 21, 2009 7:33 am

    Another observation… if we had had a taller person defending #4, we would not be having these conversations. And THAT is just one of those things.


  258. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 7:35 am

    we do have lametrius davis who is 6′ vs. 5’8 tank.

  259. jm2375 September 21, 2009 7:46 am

    Good morning tsai-kos!

    Welcome home to the team and those who cheered them on in person.

    haka – #253 – well said.

    OK, it’s Monday. Have a great day.

    esme and out. whooosh.

  260. EH NO MAKE ! September 21, 2009 7:50 am

    Whew, just back late last night from “Sin-City”, had a GREAT time.

    You know, losing is never a good thing, but I honestly don’t feel “sick” our Warriors lodt to UNLV. Why ? Well, I like what I saw from the “home-team”.

    I mean take a step back and THEN re-think how good Omar Clayton was. Rebels quarterback is “physically gifted”, UH brought the house, he looked them in the eye, got away all night and made completions. Can’t hit what you can’t catch. Hawaii didn’t sack him until Jake, late in the 4th.

    Hawaii had chances and came up a little short, like Tank Hopkins. Feel for the kid, right place, as designed, had Payne pinned near the sideline, he’s guilty of being 5’8″ or 5’9″. I mean it wasn’t like he made bone-headed decisions….

    Would’ve been nice to go 3-0, but I at least like the effort and the game planning so far.

  261. EH NO MAKE ! September 21, 2009 7:52 am

    Welcome home all, glad to hear of everybody’s safe travels.

    Whew, just back late last night from “Sin-City”, had a GREAT time.

    You know, losing is never a good thing, but I honestly don’t feel “sick” our Warriors lodt to UNLV. Why ? Well, I like what I saw from the “home-team”.

    I mean take a step back and THEN re-think how good Omar Clayton was. Rebels quarterback is “physically gifted”, UH brought the house, he looked them in the eye, got away all night and made completions. Can’t hit what you can’t catch. Hawaii didn’t sack him until Jake, late in the 4th.

    Hawaii had chances and came up a little short, like Tank Hopkins. Feel for the kid, right place, as designed, had Payne pinned near the sideline, he’s guilty of being 5’8″ or 5’9″. I mean it wasn’t like he made bone-headed decisions….

    Would’ve been nice to go 3-0, but I at least like the effort and the game planning so far.

  262. postmanke September 21, 2009 8:00 am

    I love watching this team play their hearts out- no matter what, this will be a good year going forward. We are now going in the right direction!

    Kudo’s to UNLV picking on our weak spots on D to squeeze out the win. The trio of UNLV receivers will probably be the best we face all year. We did good!

  263. postmanke September 21, 2009 8:03 am

    You just know that Mack and company picked up some great recruits on this trip…

  264. djmitcho September 21, 2009 8:05 am

    Good Morning All! I hope everyone had safe travels and to those still traveling be safe. Heartbreaker game over the weekend. Wish I could have been in LV. Another big road game coming up, at least the team has some time to heal up and game plan for LaTech.
    Hope everyone makes it through Monday.

  265. Pride. September 21, 2009 8:20 am

    Kept the ball off of the carpet.

    Kept the ball off of the carpet.

    Kept the ball off of the carpet.

    Good job Warriors.

    Gave ourselves a chance to win the ballgame.

  266. mctruck September 21, 2009 8:22 am

    I was thinking???…that wr from unlv jumped so high, what if Hopkins made a wild swing trying to swat the ball away and actually hit the wr in the crouch????…but would look obvious two times in a row???…hmmmm???, forget it.

  267. postmanke September 21, 2009 8:23 am

    I am sure the coaches wanted to go for 2 @ 20-21. I would like to think that the coaches got caught. We weren’t quite in the red zone on that TD play. I believe if we had 1 or 2 plays in the red zone their mind would have caught up to the game, and an instinctual raising of the arm with a “victory” going for 2 sign would have popped up right after the touchdown, like some at the game. ~ In disbelief, mine was up all the way through the extra point. =)

  268. westsidesview September 21, 2009 8:25 am

    261–warrior schedule gets tougher as it gets deeper….we blew it in vegas, this one we were suppossed to win for a post season bow, especially the chip shot FG inside the redzone in the first Q–poor time management as enos wasnt ready. We need to win 3 of 4 on the road to finish w 7 wins–laT, wolfpac, vandals (surprise team) or sparts….our secondary has heart, agreed, but our DL falls short of stopping a legit run game–what is your take?

  269. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 21, 2009 8:51 am

    There are no rewind buttons in life, folks. The only reason to raise the IF-ONLYs is to provide a base for learning from the mistakes of omission or commission.

    Again, from my novice fan’s perspective, the single biggest correctable mistake is to improve communications between the coaches and the players.

    Whitey: Perhaps we can persuade the Honolulu Advertiser to let us set up a blog dedicated to gambling.

    I’ve been tracking the gambling issue since the 1978 Constitutional Convention. The opposition to legalized gambling has gotten significantly stronger over the years – especially during the past decade or so as the strength of the evangelical Christian churches has grown as well. If a poll were conducted today, the antis would win by a 2-1 margin.

    Hawai`i does not have either initiative or referendum written into the State Constitution. Therefore, neither the Legislature nor the public can use these two law-making tools. The public can initiate changes by proposing a Constitutional amendment establishing initiative and referendum either through a Constitutional Convention – the call for which was turned down by the voters in 2008 – or by proposing stand-alone amendments, but that really takes a huge amount of time & money.

    I strongly urge you to talk to legislators as well as supporters on both sides of the gambling issue to find out why the antis are so strong. In fact, one of the most prolific bloggers here has a good relationship on other issues with one of the anti-gambling leaders. I can also put you in touch with a couple of lobbyists who tried to get gambling on the books on several occasions over the past 15 years or so.

    Again, I’m not comfortable discussing gambling on a sports blog. Please ask Stephen for my phone number. I’ll leave him a message to pass it along to you if you’d like to talk about these issues off-line.

  270. RainbowCliff September 21, 2009 9:11 am

    Garret, had a GREAT time riding you back to circus circus after the game. Always enjoy your thoughts on UH win or lose ! I am bummed out that we could not figure out Kekoas splash party as I knew deep down he was going to have it BUT we had no clue where else it could be only by the pool sites.

    Glad that you, Lori and the girls made it home safely. Pleasure to see you my friend and spend the QUALITY time that we share. Back on the blog for good as I get ready to head into the office. Be well kind sir and THANK YOU for always enlightening us with your sports objectivty. You are “The Human Sports Wire” !

  271. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 9:28 am

    Having a taller player than Tank Hopkins doesn’t mean that that player would be in the right position to make a play. Tank Hopkins was in the right position.

    Credit their execution. The QB threw a perfect ball … the receiver made sure that Hopkins’ outstretched hands could not knock the ball out of his.

    We lost on a number of other plays. A personal penalty that led to a touchdown and momentum shift, two or three plays later. Giving up too many first downs. Giving up way too many short passes up the middle. Missed field goal. The list goes on. Having Fonoti and Paipai would have helped against UNLV. BUT, we’ll need more against Fresno, Boise, Navy, and Wisconsin.

    Whoo boy… lots of homework for the Coaches and players. But they can do it… I believe!

  272. al September 21, 2009 9:29 am

    we need to be quicker and on our toes.

    we need to be thinking 4-5 steps ahead of ourselves on offense even when we are on defense.

    we need to be thinking 4-5 steps ahead of ourselves on defense even when we are on offense.

    to prepare for the aforementioned, we need to play out situations in our head during the week of practices.

    yes, with experience some of these things will come naturally. can we be patient enough? or will we be patient enough?

  273. d1島 September 21, 2009 10:06 am

    Tough spot for an inexperienced unit to find itself in on Saturday night.

    Need safety help for an over-matched (size-wise) CB but at the same time getting sliced and diced over the middle by Wulff.

    As others have said and is always true, a QB can’t hurt you throwing with his back on the ground (Jake Heun proved that one). But depleted DL couldn’t come thru with that answer either other. Hurries are good but Omar Clayton has enough athleticism to handle it. Hopefully if the injuries get healed the 4-man rush gets just that much better to get home more than hurry-ing the QB.

  274. al September 21, 2009 10:13 am

    i was looking for a bit of gamblin’ on that td. i was hoping we’d bring the kitchen sink n jam that guy coming off the line.

  275. al September 21, 2009 10:15 am

    lastly…. where was aaron brown?

  276. d1島 September 21, 2009 10:17 am


    Didn’t get a chance to watch my recording yet but didn’t they do that on the play before? (Heun sack) Woulda been real gutsy to do that twice in a row.

  277. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 10:21 am

    Another thing… usually we get a number of tipped balls…not so much this past Saturday, did our defensive linemen get their hands up when the QB was passing?

  278. protector September 21, 2009 10:21 am

    Reply to ‘westsideview’ on post 120 yesterday: “dpk’ seemed justified in questioning your dissing of UH players. You said that we need recruits that “can actually read..” Then you go further by calling dpk “intellectually challenged” , call him a dummy & accuse him of being condescending. I don’t know where YOU are coming from. You say your comments weren’t toward players but rather recruits. But the recruits are now players right? Not just the illiterate & non-Q recruits who didn’t make the team (or there would be no problems right?). Who’s the dummy? It seems like you are! I agree with ‘dpk’ that you were disrespectful to UH players/recruits. Also you wrote we need players who can read and ‘academically Q”? On one hand you compliment the “O” & bash the “D”. If the problem was players & recruits that couldn’t read,are you saying only the players on O are educated while the players on “D” are ignorant?? DPK’s criticism of your disrespectful statement is valid in my mind & it’s YOU that needs to stop being so “freeking condescending” in your own misspelled words

  279. J-Dog September 21, 2009 10:23 am

    Not sure if this was posted. 2011 Wahine Basketball scholarship commit, and possible walk-on for volleyball.


  280. ai-eee-soos September 21, 2009 10:31 am

    Congratulations …..

    University of Hawai’i senior outside hitter Aneli Cubi-Otineru was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, today.

    She had 18 kills, 20 digs, five blocks and three service aces in back-to-back sweeps of Pepperdine last week. It is her first WAC weekly honor.

  281. protector September 21, 2009 10:35 am

    Query to ST: Knowing that # 4 (Payne) could probably outjump Tank Hopkins 9 times out of 10 (though Hopkins was 6 inches shorter, he was getting outjumped by at least a foot everytime-meaning the other guy was just flat out more athletic) wouldn’t it have been more logical to tell Hopkins, Davis & others to NOT leave their feet (in endzone plays) & to wait until Payne was coming down, then strip the ball or punch the ball out (to cause an incompletion)?? Wouldn’t our sharp DBs be able to do that??

  282. kokua September 21, 2009 10:37 am

    drama queens on this site

  283. d1島 September 21, 2009 10:38 am

    Wildcat Weekend Update

    Weber State rolls Idaho State, 44-17 in their home and conference opener.

    Linfield fights back from 6-14 halftime deficit to pick up a road win at Occidental (CA), 31-27.


  284. Slugger September 21, 2009 10:43 am

    Instead of second guessing the Coach(es), you should go to the Na Koa luncheon today at the Willows to ask the Coach in person.

    Heading there now. Laters. Esme & whoosh….

  285. huh September 21, 2009 10:43 am

    protector, you need to increase your daily doses.

  286. d1島 September 21, 2009 10:44 am

    Not sure if anyone mentioned it here yet…

    Speaking of Chancellor Hinshaw, it was great to see her making her way thru the Hawaii sections at Sam Boyd Stadium urging the UH fans on to cheering for the team.

    Great job Chancellor Hinshaw!

  287. blog patrol September 21, 2009 10:46 am

    too many phsaikos

  288. The Atitude Adjuster September 21, 2009 10:48 am

    Blog Patrol needs to go on a long, long, long, long, walkabout trip.

  289. las vegas September 21, 2009 10:49 am

    Just thinking, what are the odds of timing it so perfectly that the WR is allowed to catch the ball and the DB is able to strip the ball before the WR touches the ground?
    Not very good .

    Besides that, isn’t it counter intuitive for a DB to not go for a int or knockdown?

  290. Ronnie September 21, 2009 10:49 am

    We saw Chancellor Hinshaw outside as we were leaving as well. I even saw Riley Wallace – boy, is he TALL.

  291. d1島 September 21, 2009 10:52 am


    Enjoy Na Koa lunch today.
    Will look forward to the reports.
    Too much driving yesterday to make it out to Willows today. 🙁

  292. las vegas September 21, 2009 10:53 am

    Kinda neat moment, Chancellor Hinshaw yelling “Go Tsai-Ko’s” in section 116/115.

  293. las vegas September 21, 2009 10:58 am

    K-call (Japanese style) at Kiku Hana tonite.
    Gotta show face to thank Uehara and K-couple Alan & Chudy.

  294. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:01 am

    Q: What do you call a drug ring in Dallas?
    A: A huddle.

    Q: Four Dallas Cowboys in a car, who’s driving?
    A: The police.

    Q: Why can’t Michael Irvin get into a huddle on the field anymore?
    A: It is a parole violation for him to associate with known felons.

    The Dallas newspapers reported yesterday that Texas Stadium is going to take out the artificial turf because the cowboys play better on “grass.”

    The Dallas Cowboys adopted a new “Honor System”, Yes your Honor, No your Honor.

    The Cowboys will have a 12 and 5 season this year, 12 arrests, 5 convictions.

    Q: How do the Dallas Cowboys spend their first week at spring training?
    A: Studying their Miranda Rights.

  295. protector September 21, 2009 11:03 am

    Replying to ‘las vegas’ on #289– I didn’t mean that the guy had to make the play BEFORE the receiver landed–he could wait for the guy to land, but the DB who is solidly on the ground & waiting for the receiver to land would only be looking to pull or punch the ball out rather than trying to make an extremely athletic play (up in the air) on the way down against a superior athlete. It was only a suggestion for this game against this specific receiver-not a strategy to be used in the regular playbook. It was merely brainstorming, but something that our DBs probably could’ve executed, rather than just saying “that’s the way it goes” and accept that anytime we face a tall, gifted receiver we jsut throw in the towel.

  296. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:05 am

    The seven dwarves are down in the mines when there is a cave-in.
    Snow White runs to the entrance and yells down to them.
    In the distance a voice shouts out “Cowboys will win the Super Bowl!” Snow White says “Well at least Dopey’s alive!”

  297. protector September 21, 2009 11:07 am

    Hey ‘las vegas’- – your Q & A on #294 about the Dallas Cowboys is truly hilarious!! Good stuff!

  298. Manoa September 21, 2009 11:08 am

    You would think since UNLV scored once on a similar play in the game that UH would have the fade to the WR covered in the endzone…bad coaching as there was no help for the safety who had a 5 inch disadvantage on the WR! The safety did not even turn his head around to see when the ball was coming…usually CBs and Safety’s are taught to turn their head so they can make a play on the ball…bad coaching again on UH’s part.

  299. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:09 am

    Re 295.
    Ummm, once the WR touches the ground with the ball in his hands,
    its a catch, and if in the endzone its a TD.
    Stripping the ball has to be in the air.

  300. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:12 am

    You know you’re getting older when…

    Everything that works hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.

    You feel like the morning after, and you haven’t been anywhere.

    Your little black book only contains names ending in M.D.

    Your children are beginning to look wrinkled.

    You look forward to a dull evening.

    Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.

    Your back goes out more than you do.

    You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.

    You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions.

  301. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:17 am

    Three old men are sitting on the porch of a retirement home. The first says, “Fellas, I got real problems. I’m seventy years old. Every morning at seven o’clock I get up and I try to pee. All day long I try to pee. They give me all kinds of medicine but nothing helps.”

    The second old man says, “You think you have problems. I’m eighty years old. Every morning at 8:00 I get up and try to move my bowels. I try all day long. They give me all kinds of stuff but nothing helps.”

    Finally the third old man speaks up, “Fellas: I’m ninety years old. Every morning at 7:00 sharp I pee. Every morning at 8:00 I move my bowels.

    First old man says “whats the problem?”

    The third old man says “I wake up at 9:00am!”

  302. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:21 am

    The President is running down the street one day, and he sees a little girl who is giving away puppies that her dog just had.

    He goes up to the girl and says, “Little girl, I think that it’s wonderful that you’re doing such a good thing.”

    The little girl says, “Thank you, Mr. Obama. Would you like a puppy? They’re Democrats.”

    Obama declines and jogs onward. The next day Hussein jogs past the same girl and decides to talk to her again. “You know what, little girl? I think I’ll take one of those puppies after all, seeing as how they’re Democrats.”

    The girl says, “I’m sorry Mr. Obama, but they’re not Democrats any more. They’re Republican now.”

    Obama says, “They are? How do you know? As a matter of fact, how did you know that they were Democrats at first to begin with?”

    She says, “Well, just after they were born they were Democrats, but now their eyes are open.”

  303. haka September 21, 2009 11:21 am

    manoa #298
    it was the corner on the play. the safety was doubling on #88.
    bad viewing. 🙂

  304. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:25 am

    Wife was mad at me
    Two deaf men were in a coffee shop discussing their wives.

    One signs to the other, boy was my wife mad at me last night!

    She went on and on and wouldn’t stop!

    The other Buddy says when my wife goes off on me I just don’t listen.

    How do you do that? Says the other.

    It’s easy! I turn off the light!

  305. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 11:29 am

    I’d like to make a super positive suggestion to the coaches for all away games from now on.

    First, remember my perspective is that I sit right above the tunnel at Aloha Stadium. I am used to the players coming through the tunnel at the end of the game, and cheering them on, win or lose. I’m used to other Hawaii faithful cheering on the Warriors, win or lose. The Warriors play for us. Us. Us. Us.

    My biggest complaint about the game at UNLV is that our boys went off into the far away corner by themselves. They didn’t get to hear the many of us who wanted them to know we really appreciated their play.

    We never got the chance, and we feel we’re supporting Hawaii too.
    So my biggest disappointment was not being able to express to them, to each of the Warriors, that I was/we were grateful to them.

    I wanted to sing to them, like we did in NoLa. How we stuck around for them after the UF game. Win or lose, we’re in this together.

    That was my biggest disappointment, that our boys didn’t really get to feel that we’re in this together, that they never heard from us when they were feeling down, when we were feeling down.

    Coach Mack, I blame that all on you! So make it up to us, because we, you and us, are in this together! We came from Hawaii. Some of us sold our [souls] to come. Some of us don’t earn the big bucks. But we feel like we are trying to contribute the big bucks. To help us. To help you. We feel like Blaze Soares talks about us. So suck it up, and join the Warrior Bandwagon. Its bigger than you think!

    Go Warriors!

  306. Hoohiki September 21, 2009 11:37 am

    I am so glad that the climate of the blog after this past game, even though it was a loss, is more positive with a hint of hope compared to the mean-spirited attitude expressed after the Central Arkansas game, even though it was a win.
    I love to read the posts that critiques rather than accuse; suggests solutions rather than condemn. People who like to point out the mistakes of others usually are not able to laught at themselves lest they acknowledge their own weaknes. I guess we all have security issues, but how you cope with it, separate the men from the boys.

    The Warriors work and play hard for the school, their community, the state, their family, for themselves, and even for those who are harsh critiques. Be proud. They are the only team we have.

  307. The Atitude Adjuster September 21, 2009 11:40 am

    hi ya,
    truly hilarious!! Good stuff!
    Esme & whoosh.
    Take a long walkabout like me.

  308. haka September 21, 2009 11:41 am

    big hilo fan2 #305
    so what’s your point/suggestion?

  309. Sifspainru September 21, 2009 11:42 am

    There proektik (completely Russian-speaking) on the domain. Net.

    All search engines normally eaten, except Yasha. Even his hands already have entered it in webmaster and any success.

    Perhaps this is due to the fact that domain. Net???

    Покупка, Фото и Предложение. [url=http://sif-spain.ru]Недвижимость Испании[/url]

  310. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 11:43 am


    let me make a super positive suggestion to you.

    1. change your blog name

    2. come to a TGate.

    3. make comments. interact with those who act like they support UH
    Warrior football.

    4. We got great coaches. They can get better. We all can.

    Go Warriors!

  311. las vegas September 21, 2009 11:44 am


  312. Pride. September 21, 2009 11:46 am

    Yeah Las Vegas, that’s what I’m talking about.

  313. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 11:47 am


    my point suggestion is that after the game, the coaches make sure the players come down toward us, our corner, wherever that corner is in the stadium, and let us shower them with applause and thanks.

    the south corner, on the same side as they came in but the opposite end, was covered by green on the left and in the corner end zone.

    the crowd there was 90% Hawaii. the Warriors came in from the nobody spot, came to the side lines, sat there all through the game, and walked out the same way they came in. People around me were waiting to sing and shout out praise to our Warriors. Nada. No chances. Nothing. They just left the same way they came in. If was me, i would have made sure I would have walked to that corner, waved to the crowd, thanked them for coming, and walked away I tell you this much, our Warriors would have felt great hearing from us how much we appreciated them showing up for us.

    Thats my point.

  314. d1島 September 21, 2009 11:52 am


    Had a chance to sneak a peek at the recording.

    On the GW TD, Mana Silva is late coming over to help Hopkins; QB freezes him on the hash by staring at the trips side until the last moment before he releases the ball.

  315. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 11:53 am

    Las Vegas

    back at ya! 😀

    still in Cal, head home tomorrow. still salty about lettin dat one get away.

  316. postmanke - mobile September 21, 2009 11:55 am

    Did we abandon the shuffle pass? I dont recall seeing that play called

  317. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 11:55 am


    saw that too. know the predicament that Mana was staring at.

    but didn’t you have the feeling that the play was going to da big guy?
    thats whats great about Monday morning, you can call anykine you like afta da fak!

  318. letsgowarriors September 21, 2009 11:57 am

    we ran a shovel pass on the 1st possession in the second half for 0 yards.

  319. The Atitude Adjuster: September 21, 2009 11:57 am

    haka needs to go on a long, long, long, long, walkabout trip.

  320. WarriorTojo September 21, 2009 11:59 am

    oh dear, what’s a shovel pass?

  321. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 12:01 pm

    We need two more years of solid recruiting so that we have greater and more consistent depth in each position. So that injuries to players like Satele and Fonoti.. along with Paipai won’t affect the overall performance of the team.

  322. haka September 21, 2009 12:01 pm

    big hilo fan2,
    Thanks. I understand. I would want them to come over too. I guess Coach Mack should have made them do it out of respect and appreciation for the Warrior Nation. It would have been nice.

    When I watch the home games, the opposing team usually does just that. One thing though, those players do it on their own. I see a few start running over and then a few more, and if they won the game, they are joined by the whole team. I don’t know if our Warriors didn’t do it because the coach didn’t tell them to or not, but I do think that they can do it on their own if they choose to. Let’s hope Coach Mack and the players hear your suggestion and take it to heart.

  323. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 12:02 pm

    It’s in that depth of each position that I think teams like Boise and Utah produce year after year.

    It all comes down to recruiting.

  324. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 12:02 pm


    Boise State RB DJ Harper is out for the 2009 season with an injury.

  325. d1島 September 21, 2009 12:04 pm

    btw, I know the focus now moves to LaTech but did anyone else notice that Idaho beat SDSU by 2 TD’s?

  326. Coqui poke September 21, 2009 12:05 pm

    I was very surprised at bhf2 #305. I agreed with it 99 and 94/100% but ..I wondered why he would say such a thing. He who is turning green and black because of the color of his blood. …that he blames the coach.
    His #313 clarified his point. YES, YES, Yes, Definately! That is what Hawaii is about. That would have made it pono.

  327. Sifspainru September 21, 2009 12:07 pm

    Shovel pass=Покупка, Coach MAC Фото и Предложение.
    Недвижимость Испании

    (A post game comment by Coach MAC when he blows it)

  328. huh September 21, 2009 12:10 pm

    bhf2, blog cops are on you, they eat their own.

  329. haka September 21, 2009 12:12 pm

    mahalo for the adjustment…i going walking now…….yeah right. 🙂

  330. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 12:24 pm

    BHF2- yah- that was a little sad to see the boys go to the other side of the field while we were belting out Hawaii Pono’i as loudly as we could in the opposite endzone. But that’s just us. The green sideline was starting to empty out along with the home fans.
    I guess next time, we sit on the side/end where the team enters the field. That would work.

  331. Ronnie September 21, 2009 12:26 pm

    Liz – or all the seats in the other endzone. It would be great if that “little” section was filled with Tsaikos!

  332. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 12:27 pm

    las vegas – “K-call (Japanese style) at Kiku Hana tonite. Gotta show face to thank Uehara and K-couple Alan & Chudy.”

    Please tell them MAHALO for making us feel so much at home and for the great SOUNDS and DELICIOUS FOOD!

  333. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 12:30 pm

    Ronnie- THAT would be cool – except the team scored the most on our endzone 😆 But- with the kind of turnout we had- and as news gets out about the first class, low-price, air-conditioned FFFFF activities, I can see the Tsai-ko count increasing substantially the next time!

  334. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 12:32 pm

    Ooops- I can also see Rich2167 and las vegas fainting now…


  335. SteveM September 21, 2009 12:36 pm

    [Monday. At sea somewhere off N. Mexico]

    Hello everyone, especially fellow Tsai-ko Cruisers!

    Got up at 0930 after 12 hours sleep, had a great buffet breakfast and spent some time in the casino…almost like in Vegas. Spent a while in the Sports Bar (next to the buffet) with a group of elder Chinese cruisers who all live in the Bay area. This San Francisco departure port is convenient for them, and many other oriental residents. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the mah jong game on the pool deck.

    At noon we were 33 miles off Santa Rosa (?) island–around the latitude of LA-San Diego and gliding through almost imperceptible 2-3 foot seas at 17+ knots (20 MPH). Next port in Topolobampo, around 1,000 nautical miles away. Temperature there is 90+ degrees (SFO was 60).

    Tonight’s activities are the typically high energy singing & dance stage productions of Jean Ann Ryan Company in the theatre (much like Hawaii theatre), a “Not-so-Newlywed game show with passengers, and a 70’s theme Disco party in the nightclub. There is a “Singles Travelers Meet & Dinner Signup” at the Windjammer bar at 1815.

    Peaches is taking her afternoon nap as I write and post this. For the alcoholic beverage crowd (this ship has 11 bars) the 0800-1100 specials are Bloody Mary/Caesar, screwdriver, Mimosa and Kir Royale @ $4.25. Regular price brown bottles are $4.25-4.95 and the football helmet 6-pack for 5 is still in effect. Of course, all food/pupus is free if you can find any…

    Actually saw people using the large fitness center and equipment as I passed by. Time to check out the pool and hot tub soons. Getting warmer as we head south. The listing of known Tsai-ko cruisers is at:

  336. Ronnie September 21, 2009 12:59 pm

    Liz, 😀 Just think of the things we could wave and shout to distract the other team when they are trying to score in OUR endzone! 👿

  337. big hilo fan2 September 21, 2009 1:06 pm

    so what happened at da show today?

  338. Pomai September 21, 2009 1:49 pm

    After the gun sounded at the UCA game the whole team rushed to the corner where the few fans that made the trip where sitting to let the fans know they appreciated them. At the time both Kekoa and I said Damm that is great to see. I hoped that the Warriors would do the same thing, but at last they did not. Hope that changes.

  339. wafan September 21, 2009 2:06 pm

    Hey there!

    Long day today.

  340. wafan September 21, 2009 2:09 pm

    Yeah, it was a loss. But, it was a good game because the guys never gave up. There are a few things that can be improved. That is just it, though. Things can be improved!

  341. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:10 pm

    Was there a press conference today?

  342. wafan September 21, 2009 2:11 pm

    Liz . . .

    Great pix of the festivities in Las Vegas.


    Do we really have to wait two years?

  343. wafan September 21, 2009 2:13 pm

    Las Vegas . . .

    Thank you for coordinating events in your city! Lots of fun with Tsai-kos.

    And, thank you for the jokes! They were appreciated. Nice to have you back.

  344. Kazz (blkberry_storm) September 21, 2009 2:15 pm

    A shovel pass was called ONCE.

    Only thing is there was no blitz and our HB was stopped on the LOS.

  345. wafan September 21, 2009 2:24 pm

    RainbowCliff . . .

    Good to see you back home with your blog family.

    Cannot let the children of dubious male parental lineage get you down.

    And, it was super to finally get to meet you and your beautiful wife.

  346. Slugger September 21, 2009 2:26 pm


    Nice lunch at the Willows. Coach Mack went over the WSU & UNLV game highlights. Can’t give you a full report because what do I know? … “I hear nothing… I know nothing…” (dang! still can’t remember the movie or maybe it was a Three Stooges episode where I heard that line.) I’m just learning. You had to have been there.

    RK was there so I’m sure he’ll give you a synopsis on tonight’s news. I was the only Tsaiko there. Didn’t have Jason’s luck, nevah win nothing. Got to ask Chris Williams my & W-Doc’s questions, though.

  347. wafan September 21, 2009 2:30 pm

    Still no new post.

    I guess Mr. Tsai is either not yet fully recovered from the trip or bout of food poisoning, or he is catching up with the love of his life — Mia.

    Oh, and Wena, too.

  348. madeinhawaii September 21, 2009 2:30 pm


    I believe it was from “Hogan’s Heros”… Sargent Shultz

  349. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:30 pm



    btw, how was the get-together at Genji?

  350. wafan September 21, 2009 2:32 pm

    Slugger . . .

    Sgt. Schultz of Hogan’s Heros.

    Might have been in the movie Stalag 13, too. Not sure about that one, though.

  351. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:32 pm



    It was a long trip for him….

  352. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 2:32 pm

    Sargent Shultz – eye no nussink!

  353. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 2:34 pm

    Stalag 13 was HH, Stalag 17 was a movie with William Holden.

  354. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:37 pm

    ….looking back, maybe Schultz was a little too fond of LeBeau 🙄

  355. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:41 pm

    not to mention Col. Hogan!

  356. d1島 September 21, 2009 2:42 pm

    Oy….need a new post.

  357. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 2:45 pm

    Ah, SteveM… the joys of a cruise after an away game… 😆

    Don’t mind us… we’re just WORKING HERE…. 😈 Bwahahaha!

    Have fun for us too!

  358. Da Punchbowl Kid September 21, 2009 2:46 pm

    new post

  359. Da Punchbowl Kid September 21, 2009 2:47 pm

    isn’t up yet! (made ya look!) 😆

  360. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 2:55 pm

    You did… 😆

  361. whitey September 21, 2009 3:07 pm

    Congratulations to Aneli C-O for being named the WAC player of the week.

  362. wafan September 21, 2009 3:07 pm

    HA! 13. 17.

    At least it was an odd number.

  363. whitey September 21, 2009 3:09 pm

    bhf2, mahalo for the “tip”. hooooo haaaaaa!!!!

  364. wafan September 21, 2009 3:11 pm

    Read #358.

    It is true.

  365. whitey September 21, 2009 3:15 pm

    how many pilares were playing for the warriors at the unlv game????

  366. whitey September 21, 2009 3:16 pm

    i heard the on field announcer say, Kealoha, Kalani, Kahala, and a few more, but gave up paying attention because stomach hurt.

  367. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) September 21, 2009 3:17 pm

    New Post

    whitey- not as bad as the TV announcer’s name for our stadium in Honolulu…

  368. Rhoihan October 16, 2009 9:58 pm

    Great site. Keep doing.

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