Friday’s winner is …

And the winner of Friday’s contest, as selected by Castle High grad Avis Yasmura, is … Kio.

He wins a pair of tickets to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

E-mail me at for pickup details.

Thanks again to Stretch for donating the tickets, Avis for making the selection, and for the readers who entered.

Another contest will be held Saturday.

* * * * *

From UH’s Derek Inouchi:

Thirty University of Hawai‘i student-athletes (will be) among the hundreds of graduates at the Mid-Year Commencement Exercises (tomorrow) at the Stan Sheriff Center. The list includes current and former student-athletes who represent 12 sports.

The football team led all sports with 13 graduates, 11 of which just completed their eligibility this past season. Women’s track and field had three graduates followed by women’s swimming and diving (2), women’s basketball (2), women’s water polo (2), men’s basketball (1), baseball (1), sailing (1), men’s swimming and diving (1), men’s tennis (1), and women’s tennis (1).

Each of the graduates will receive an H-logo stole courtesy of the UH Letterwinners Club and participate in a pre-graduation breakfast along with their families at the UHLC Clubhouse.

Aaron Bain
Victor Clore
John Estes
Jakeem Hawkins
Ray Hisatake
Raphael Ieru
Daniel Johnson
Aaron Kia
Chris Leatigaga
Viliami Nauahi
Brashton Satele
Tuika Tufaga
Leon Wright-Jackson

Men’s Basketball
Petras Balocka

Jayson Kramer

Women’s Basketball
Tara Hittle*
Ebony Jones

Rebecca Mabardy

Kelsie Look
Kori Lu

Women’s Swimming & Diving
Elliko Heimbach
Raquel Bartlow

Men’s Swimming & Diving
Magnus Frick

Track & Field
Ava Marie Cavaco
Joy Saleapaga
Emily Sheppard

Men’s Tennis
Jeff Fitch

Women’s Tennis
Melinda Wong

Water Polo
Meike De Nooy
Lisa Van Raalte

* also competed on women’s volleyball team

* * * * *

If you’re keeping score at home, there’s a site that charted all of the 2009 preseason football predictions from national publications.

Even the best had their misses. Phil Steele was largely correct in his predictions, and he essentially was on the mark with a predicted co-sixth-place finish for the Warriors. The Warriors finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the WAC.

But Steele predicted Oregon would finish sixth in the Pac-10, Cincinnati fifth in the Big East, BYU first in the Mountain West .and Alabama eighth nationally.

And that’s why  only long-time AARP members win state lotteries.

Here’s the  link:

* * * * *

Head coach Greg McMackin returns to the islands today after a 48-hour recruiting trip to the Mainland. He wanted to make it back in time for tomorrow’s graduation ceremony.


  1. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:46 am


  2. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:49 am


    again good cheer to all in Warrior Nation. here’s hoping and wishing you all a Merry Christmas, good wishes for the world, good wishes for
    the Warriors.

    everytime I hear this video, I think of team, the good music that can happen when we all pull together and give it our best.

  3. oldie December 18, 2009 6:50 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the Wahine for a great season!

  4. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 6:51 am


    want to wish you and Wena the very best for next year. your blog has been great for this old dog. met alotta nice peeps because of this spot.

    much mahalo.


    good one d1.

  5. Garret December 18, 2009 6:54 am

    I hope that Mack’s recruiting trip went well!

  6. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 7:00 am

    Yeee haaaa!

    Sapolu in da house. Maggitt in da house. Keep the good news coming, coaches! Work hard, like da Wahine princesses! 😀

    Go Warriors.

  7. dubs December 18, 2009 7:01 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  8. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 7:03 am

    bottom line,
    besides lifting, the Warriors gotta all practice da speed and quickness stuffs. so dat da execution is timely.

    thanks for the wonderful memories, Warriors.

  9. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 7:19 am

    have a nice day Tsaikos.

    esme wooooshhhhhh

  10. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 7:22 am

    charlotte north carolina, US Air begins daily service to Honolulu.

    direct connect fo some big buggaz. coaches gonna hafta lern how fo talk Appalachian. 😀

  11. bighilofan2 December 18, 2009 7:24 am

    da lady from Alaska is such a babooza.

    wear a blactout sun viza. McCain wannabe.

    is she prexy material? I don’t think so……

  12. Okole Maluna December 18, 2009 7:28 am

    Phil Steele has been the man for college football prediction.
    when he speaks everyone listening.

    Phil steele “You da man, Stretch.”

    Avis please choose a me tonight. I will buy you flowers!

  13. 4UHFAN December 18, 2009 7:29 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  14. Slugger December 18, 2009 7:32 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka! It’s Aloha Friday…

    You da man, Stretch.

    Congrats to the grads tomorrow!

  15. al December 18, 2009 7:41 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  16. koakane iphone December 18, 2009 7:43 am


  17. koakane iphone December 18, 2009 7:46 am

    Congrats to da wahines, valliant effort against the lionettes. Should be a good match with Texas.

    Anyone know when the vball team arrives back in the 808?

  18. cavewarrior December 18, 2009 7:47 am

    Mahalo and Cheers to the Wahine!
    Bottoms Up! well that was Penn St yesterday…:)

  19. koakane iphone December 18, 2009 7:48 am

    Oh yea good aloha Friday to everyone

  20. Bulla December 18, 2009 7:49 am

    you da man stretch

  21. tommui December 18, 2009 7:49 am

    G’day folks!

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  22. al December 18, 2009 7:49 am

    i guess mack went to la habra.
    i wonder if he also went to ventura?
    eh, he could have gone anywhere.

  23. Bulla December 18, 2009 7:49 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  24. koakane iphone December 18, 2009 7:50 am

    aloha Friday everyone have a good one

  25. chawan_cut December 18, 2009 7:50 am

    oh great, that’s all we need.
    Stretch Stretch’s head even bigger with all this flattery….
    j/k! no worries, i not gonna enter this contest and throw off the odds.

  26. koakane iphone December 18, 2009 7:52 am

    E Kala Mai for the double aloha Friday but no harm done

  27. al December 18, 2009 7:52 am

    hmmm. lionettes?

    all these years i’ve been calling elsa a lioness. no wonder she p-off with me.

  28. rog December 18, 2009 7:53 am

    Nixon did decommit and didn’t go to USC but instead UTEP. I never thought we would lose a recruiting battle with UTEP.

  29. al December 18, 2009 7:55 am

    hi there mr. bulla.
    what’s going on in makakilo?
    or is it now called kapolei heights?

  30. Justin December 18, 2009 8:01 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  31. Stephen Tsai December 18, 2009 8:01 am

    Actually, when it comes to accuracy, Sports Illustrated and Game Plan were better than Phil Steele.
    These are some of the things to think about when you’re at Borders in July.

  32. Da Punchbowl Kid December 18, 2009 8:01 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Yes, Stretch is the man.

    Great fight by the Wahine, but the math wasn’t on their side. 5’10” into 6’5″ won’t go. All the same, the Wahine are to be commended for their most excellent efforts. They will be back in the final four and Kanani Danielson will be leading the charge!

  33. al December 18, 2009 8:02 am

    i keep telling ahouse that the kid preferred desert sand vs the sands of waikiki.

    must have been the chili in el paso.

  34. Pride. December 18, 2009 8:07 am

    Thank you Wahine for a fine season.

  35. niho mano December 18, 2009 8:08 am

    Congratulations go out to coach shoji for national volleyball coach of the year and to the women volleyball team and their greatness in representing Hawaii in the final four tournament in florida…

  36. djmitcho December 18, 2009 8:14 am

    Good Morning All! Happy Aloha Friday to everyone.

  37. Pride. December 18, 2009 8:18 am

    Like Ho’ohiki said yesterday, how can Dave Shoji not be in the AVCA coaches hall of fame? I’m confident that he will be inducted later, however when reviewing the list of those that are already in, I don’t understand how most of them were more worthy of inclusion than Coach Dave.

    What a blatant omission.

  38. I Love Pecan Pie December 18, 2009 8:25 am

    Two ESPN football bowl games tomorrow, Saturday:
    11:30am New Mexico Bowl &
    3pm St. Petersburg Bowl.
    Who’s playing Who???

    You da man streeeeeeeetchhhh

  39. midori December 18, 2009 8:44 am

    You da man, Stretch

  40. PowderPuff December 18, 2009 8:48 am

    Happy Week Before Christmas, Tsaikos. Even though he’s heard it a million times before…

    You da man, Stretch.

  41. klo December 18, 2009 9:02 am

    You da man, Stretch.”

  42. guiltypleasure December 18, 2009 9:03 am

    You da man, Stretch

  43. Buffoman December 18, 2009 9:07 am

    I don’t know if it was Ferd’s article regarding the BCS and women’s volleyball, but he really hit it on the head and we saw it all played out yesterday. Big BCS schools that make big BCS dollars from their two Big revenue engines can go out and dominate where they choose by pushing dollars in that direction.

    We don’t have that luxury. That being said, one has to absolutely marvel at the unbelievable coaching ability we have in Dave Shoji. For all of those folks who have questioned his tactics and the like, please go back and have another slice of humble pie.

    What he has been able to do year in and year out with smallish players, with possibly one 2nd team all – American against those BCS fed schools is unbelivable. AND, he manages to have the nation’s highest attendance numbers on top of that.

    If anyone is out of place in the UH Athletic system, it’s coach Shoji. Just imagine what he could do with a budget like what they have at USC, Oklahoma or Alabama. Thank goodness he’s a Hawaii boy who loves the islands and loves the UH Wahine program. The rest have yet to rise to what he has been able to accomplish with what he has been dealt with in creating a competitive program year in and year out.

    Replacing him will be a task.

  44. Garret December 18, 2009 9:10 am

    I Love Pecan Pie,

    New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. Wyoming

    St. Pete: Central Florida vs. Rutgers

    The WAC *needs* a boost going into next season, so I’m cheering for all the WAC teams (aside from BSU) in their bowl games this year. It would be very good for the WAC for Fresno State to beat a MWC today. I think Nevada will beat SMU pretty badly, think that Idaho will win their bowl game in Boise, and don’t know if BSU or TCU will win.

    The BSU/TCU matchup is the only one where I might not mind if the WAC team lost…since BSU wants to join the MWC anyway and if BSU wins then they would be more attractive to the MWC.

  45. Garret December 18, 2009 9:11 am


    I agree with everything you said in #43. I cannot imagine UH without Coach Shoji.

  46. Pomai December 18, 2009 9:12 am

    Has anyone heard from UHfan808, haven’t seen or heard from her in awhile??

  47. koakane™ December 18, 2009 9:17 am

    al maybe a cc and discussion over a hot bowl of pho could clear it up

  48. Stephen Tsai December 18, 2009 9:31 am

    Are you entered? Because you didn’t use the secret phrase.

  49. JK December 18, 2009 9:31 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    Boy i sure wouldn’t mind struggling for a couple of years with recruiting and bringing the triple option back to hawaii and hiring kenny. I rather have the triple option and a rock solid defense like back in tomey’s days then what we have now. That might just be me though…..

  50. PONO December 18, 2009 9:34 am

    How did we get beat out by UTEP? I wonder what changed his mind in a week. USC would be completely understandable but UTEP?????

  51. PONO December 18, 2009 9:35 am


  52. Pride. December 18, 2009 9:35 am

    Congratulations to Bruce Allen who was hired yesterday as the new GM for the Washington Redskins. Allen has some good friends locally and is a frequent visitor to Honolulu. Will be interesting to see how Colt fits in with the future plans of the new regime.

  53. duffer (iPhone) December 18, 2009 9:36 am

    Stretch I no like da tickets but, you are DA MAN!!!!

  54. SteveM December 18, 2009 9:50 am

    Good morning everyone!

    I’m gonna start Christmas shopping any day now…

  55. Pride. December 18, 2009 9:51 am

    Stretch certainly is a man. He is even a good man. Sometimes he’s a sober man. At other times a bolo head man. Most days he’s a traveling man. A few days a week he’s a working man. More days a week he’s a marketing man. A few times a month he’s a delayed by mechanical errors man. One time he was a designated driver, wine tasting man. Five or six times a year he’s a Warrior road trip man. During the football off- season he’s a finance da Tsaiko social events man.

    For those reasons, “YOU DA MAN, STRETCH!”

  56. jojo ® December 18, 2009 9:53 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  57. Jack Flash December 18, 2009 9:58 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    Thanks in advance for my tix (hopefully…)

  58. Slugger December 18, 2009 10:03 am

    #55 ~ Pride.,

    AGREED! Stretch is da man!

    You da man, Stretch!

    Congrats & mahalo to the UH Wahine VB for making this a truly enjoyable year watching UH athletics.

  59. julia gulia December 18, 2009 10:04 am

    you da man, stretch

  60. madeinhawaii December 18, 2009 10:10 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    You, too, Coach Mack for coming back in 48 hours to see your players graduate.

  61. Kazz December 18, 2009 10:20 am

    (To add to Buffoman’s earlier post)

    Listening to Coach Shoji this morning on 1420 and BC brought up the eventual retirement of Shoji and what kind of sustainability the program will have in the eventual post-Shoji era.

    While some may believe it’s a topic that isn’t an issue, I think it is. Dave Shoji said he cannot see himself doing this for “5 more years”. Shoji ain’t going anywhere soon as he was quoted in looking forward to what next season brings and the promise of the 2011 squad, but the pressure lies directly with the athletic administration and unfortunately the Board of Regents.

    While we all agree the continued financial and athletic improvement of the real big money-maker that is UH football, WAHINE VOLLEYBALL IS A PROGRAM THAT MUST BE PROTECTED!!! What Dave Shoji has built and what the fans of Wahine volleyball have come to expect is something that CANNOT BE COMPROMISED!!! It would be a BIG blow to the athletic program in the eventual post-Shoji era if the expected success of the women’s volleyball team were to fade, even just a little bit (losing a WAC match here and there, not making it past a sub-regional, etc..). Ultimately the morale of the a lot of fans would waiver, not to mention the profit the women’s program brings in on an annual basis. If anything, eventually Dave Shoji SHOULD be part of the hiring process.

    We’ve see the collegiate powers of women’s volleyball shift away from the past West coast schools and move towards the BUDGET-HEAVY schools like a Penn State, Texas, Florida, etc… So far, we’ve been able to remain relevant through all of this and sad to say, it’s all been on Dave Shoji’s work with his assistants over the years acting as additional eyes and ears on recruiting and molding athletes into volleyball players. The budget has not increased significantly to keep up to date with the aforementioned schools so we’ve had to do it “Shoji-style”.

    Whenever that day comes when Coach Shoji decides he’s done, some SERIOUS SLACK will have to be picked up by the new coaching staff AND the “powers that be at lower campus and their superiors to ensure that the most successful and consistent athletic program in the history of the university continues to be exactly that.

    If they drop the ball on this, there may be no coming back. Bob Wagner once described the UH administration as having a “if it ain’t broken no need to invest more into it” philosophy. I think we all have our own thoughts on this… 😉

    Wahine volleyball already has that stigma about it. The casual fan may not know who the players are but will know that the team is good this year and the next and the next and so forth. That is great that the program has been able to create that kind of image for itself, however, I believe too many people take the success of the Wahine for granted or maybe they take Dave Shoji for granted and that he will always be here. If UH administration looks at the program in this similar light, then my biggest fears will come true.

    Improvements across the board for UH athletics is necessary and a good foundation for the future, but maintaining what already is successful on a consistent basis is vital to the foundation that is already in place.

  62. elum December 18, 2009 10:27 am

    You da man, Stretch.

  63. Pride. December 18, 2009 10:31 am

    Please do not enter me into the competition. I already have tickets to the game. I just wanted to make sure that Stretch was aware of my feelings for him.

  64. Derek December 18, 2009 10:31 am

    Congratulations to all the graduates. Great job. It’s not easy being a student-athlete with all the expectations to do well. It must be stressful.
    Not to mention that it’s diffecult to get the courses that they want sometimes. I graduated in 4 years and it was a lot of hard work too with no computers, printers, etc. Todays kids have the best of everything w/ technological advances.

  65. whitey December 18, 2009 10:33 am

    Merry Christmas Tsaikos!!!

  66. whitey December 18, 2009 10:34 am

    Stretch, thanks for the donation and hope the lucky tsaiko enjoys the game.

  67. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 18, 2009 10:35 am


    Best is yet to come as the Warriors take to the teraflex soon!!!!

    I smell a turn around season!

  68. SteveM December 18, 2009 10:39 am

    December 18th, 2009 at 9:51 am
    Stretch certainly is a man. He is even a good man. Sometimes he’s a sober man. At other times a bolo head man. Most days he’s a traveling man. A few days a week he’s a working man. More days a week he’s a marketing man. A few times a month he’s a delayed by mechanical errors man. One time he was a designated driver, wine tasting man. Five or six times a year he’s a Warrior road trip man. During the football off- season he’s a finance da Tsaiko social events man.

    For those reasons, “YOU DA MAN, STRETCH!”

    Well put, Pride. 😎

  69. Pride. December 18, 2009 10:39 am

    Congratulations to all of the winter graduates.

  70. Pride. December 18, 2009 10:49 am

    Participating in sports has given these athletes an opportunity to go to college and to graduate. Graduating from college will give some of these athletes an opportunity to change the lives of their children and grandchildren. When we support our athletes, we not only support them as athletes, but also as students. Some of these athletes would have never had the opportunity had it not been for sports. Of course we all love to see our athletes succeed on the field, courts, tracks, and in the pools. But more important than that, is to support the University’s mission to educate young people. It is that mission which should make us proud to be fans.

  71. Kekoa December 18, 2009 10:50 am

    Merry Christmas Whitey!

    I’ll be scanning the sky for your ‘fly-by’ on Christmas Eve…(eh! No detours to da dark side!) 😳

    Before I fogit…

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    I sincerely mean that. Lotta folks may not be aware of how much you and your mom contribute to the UH programs. Wishing you and your ohana have a happy holidays my friend.

  72. protector December 18, 2009 10:56 am

    You da man, Stretch.

  73. gomouton December 18, 2009 10:58 am

    Where did Mack go recruiting? Because Travaun Nixon signed with UTEP. Maybe something came up

  74. Da Punchbowl Kid December 18, 2009 11:09 am

    Whether I win or not, it just feels sooo right, soooo good to say it::

    “You da man, Stretch”

  75. whitey December 18, 2009 11:10 am

    Congratulations to Coach Shoji for being the national coach of the year and to the Wahines for a huge step forward to the ultimate level..

  76. whitey December 18, 2009 11:12 am

    Congrats to all the athletes and students who will graduate this semester. It is a great accomplishment in your life.

  77. Slugger December 18, 2009 11:12 am

    Yoda is graduating! Shoots, congrats to all of the grads! It takes a lot of time to get through college & play a sport (amazing playing in two sports like some women on the court). Here’s hoping for a bright & shiny future for those graduating tomorrow. Leon & DominiQue, love & good wishes to you & your baby girl; you might be able to catch up on some sleep now.

    Esme & out the door…

    You da man, Stretch.

  78. tommui December 18, 2009 11:16 am

    BUFFOMAN and KAZ – you are absolutely right about Coach Shoji! Amen to all you have written.

    STRETCH: all the accolades today for your and your mother are well deserved. Even without the tickets, I agree wholeheartedly You da man, Stretch

  79. fabulous fifties December 18, 2009 11:20 am

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    Avis please pick me.

    I will bring you ” radishes, octopus, rice and dried squid ”


  80. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 18, 2009 11:25 am


    At least Frazier won’t be here to destroy Wahine volleyball.

  81. T-Shirt Seeker December 18, 2009 11:26 am

    You da man, Stretch!

  82. Nalani December 18, 2009 11:26 am

    Oooh just read the blog! Thank you for picking me! I am so happy to be able to give these to my brother Kimo. He works so hard and it’s been a super tough year for him. So nice. Thx ST & fellow Tsaikos!

  83. LizKauai December 18, 2009 11:35 am


    Welcome home, Coach Mack!

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  84. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 18, 2009 12:04 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    Avis will choose a winner tonight better be da docs

  85. Dusting December 18, 2009 12:23 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    Thanks Stretch and Avis!

  86. Bowwar December 18, 2009 12:25 pm

    You da man, Stretch

  87. Pomai December 18, 2009 12:32 pm

    #80 Kazz

    An here I was having a nice day………….. YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Pomai December 18, 2009 12:34 pm

    Well how many of the tsaikos are going to be going to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, talking to Koakane he thinks only about twelve of us.

    I”m 1 so who is 2 and so on?????????

  89. LizKauai December 18, 2009 12:35 pm

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    Snowstorm hitting the East Coast… take cover!

  90. LizKauai December 18, 2009 12:36 pm

    Me three –
    I’m going to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl!

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  91. LizKauai December 18, 2009 12:37 pm

    oops- me TWO

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  92. al December 18, 2009 12:39 pm

    interestingly noted that no softball girls on the list nor any volleyball players at all. of course the roster sizes are fewer than football and baseball.

  93. al December 18, 2009 12:41 pm

    balocka is another example of why you like to have those europeans on the team. they not only work hard on the courts but equally so in the classroom. i’ll bet their graduation rate is way up there.

  94. Jason December 18, 2009 12:41 pm

    I go to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl every year! 🙂

  95. Kazz December 18, 2009 12:47 pm


    You should still be having a nice day. Frazier ISN’T around.

  96. Pomai December 18, 2009 12:54 pm

    #95 Kazz

    Sorry Kazz da mere mention of his name ruins my day………. I know a lot of people are down on JJ for leaving and the way he left, but I put the whole blame on the fumbler, I know “IF” is a wish word, but I feel that IF they had done what they should have done that he would still be here and we would be still at the top of the WAC and in a BCS bowl game. This is just my own opinion and please no need for any response.

  97. Kazz December 18, 2009 12:55 pm


    Don’t know if I ever told anyone this, but early last year there was this large gift basket sitting on the countertop at home. I just arrived from work and I didn’t eat lunch so I was kinda hungry. Since the basket was already opened I took a cheese and cracker snack pack thing out of it.

    Come to find out, Frazier originally sent the basket to a “supporter/business friend” of his as a thank you as this was around the time he got fired from UH.

    Long story short, the person it was intended for didn’t want it and gave it to us. 😆

  98. Pomai December 18, 2009 1:04 pm


    Kazz your lucky you didn’t come down with food poisoning. LOL

  99. LizKauai (iPhone) December 18, 2009 1:05 pm

    Wow Kazz.
    Well, all will work out. We do our best, embrace opportunity, love one another and serve humanity. And leave the fumblers to Ke Akua.

  100. wafan December 18, 2009 1:34 pm


  101. wafan December 18, 2009 1:35 pm

    Waiting to board. Then a 6+ hour flight. I hope I do not get a numb-butt.


  102. I Love Pecan Pie December 18, 2009 1:35 pm

    Garret, thanx for the tv info. I gotta go with Wyoming tho would luv
    to see Fresno State win. See what brown can do for you?
    But Boise should win this year. And Jun Jones will outfox Chris Ault
    and win…

  103. wafan December 18, 2009 1:36 pm

    Congratulations to the soon to be newly minted graduates.

    Now comes the difficult part — get a job! Some of us want to retire.

  104. Kazz December 18, 2009 1:38 pm

    Had some salami in the basket too. Was planning on making a sandwich with it, but it went missing the next day.

  105. Jack Flash December 18, 2009 1:46 pm

    maybe the rest of the seniors in UH sports graduate after spring semester?

  106. Koa-mahu December 18, 2009 1:52 pm

    stretchie – you are MY man!!!

    your woMAN

  107. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 1:54 pm

    Hunkering down for the impending snowstorm.

    This shouldn’t affect the Monday morning commute if all the snow falls by early Sunday morning. Just need the temps to get up to ~35-40 degrees on Sunday so the snow will start melting away post-storm.

  108. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 1:56 pm


    You flying Alaska or Northwest?

    If you’re flying Alaska, prepare to stop in Oakland for some extra fuel. Some folks were telling me that the headwinds across the Pacific are really strong today.

    If you’re flying Northwest, you’ll make it non-stop, but wouldn’t be surprised if your flight ended up being closer to 7 hours.

  109. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 1:57 pm

    Also wafan:

    Have a safe trip!

  110. Old Diver December 18, 2009 2:13 pm

    Regarding # 93

    What also helps the graduation rate for men’s BB is that Coach Nash is indeed serious about it. A coach checks every class for attendance by players, nipping problems in the bud.

  111. Kazz December 18, 2009 2:15 pm

    On the court:

    “Petras must EAT basket!”

    In the classroom:

    “Petras must EAT desk!”

  112. LizKauai December 18, 2009 2:18 pm

    CRW – Keep Warm! I had to laugh at Tandler’s tweet:
    “It’s snowing in Richmond. I would suggest that you ABANDON YOUR CARS NOW!”

    Safe journey, wafan!

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  113. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 2:21 pm


    The streets and sidewalks are already salted down in preparation. Certainly staying indoors tomorrow and most of Sunday.

    I have tickets to a 9:45pm movie, hopefully the heavy snowfall doesn’t start until AFTER I get home from that!

  114. HiFlyer December 18, 2009 2:36 pm

    Good Afternoon All

    You da man, Stretch

  115. LizKauai December 18, 2009 2:40 pm

    CRW- Avatar??

  116. Z-trail December 18, 2009 2:41 pm

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  117. d1島 December 18, 2009 2:43 pm

    Geez! Missed our chance to be in 12 inches of snow in WI last weekend and 5 inches this weekend in Salem…. 🙄


    Be safe!

  118. jm2375 December 18, 2009 2:48 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Congrats to the Wahine and Dave Shoji on a great season.

    Congrats to all those graduating tomorrow.

    CRW – is this your first DC snowstorm? Watch out, the place shuts down if there’s a half-inch on the ground! 🙄 😆

  119. jm2375 December 18, 2009 2:50 pm

    CRW – a newspaper columnist once characterized DC as “a city northern enough to get snow, but southern enough not to know what to do about it”.

  120. Kazz December 18, 2009 2:50 pm


    Don’t be mentioning “12 inches” when Koa-Mahu stay lurking!!! 😯

  121. d1島 December 18, 2009 2:50 pm

    Congratulations to all the graduates!

    Great job at finishing Job1! 🙂

    …now as wafan says, Good Luck with Job2. 🙁

  122. LizKauai December 18, 2009 2:50 pm

    jm2375- longtime, nosee! 😆

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  123. d1島 December 18, 2009 2:52 pm

    btw, Stretch really is da man!

  124. Buffoman December 18, 2009 2:56 pm

    Okay Kazz, since you got me thinking, I’m “sure” they already thought about this at both lower and upper campus.

    Why not take advantage of the fact that Dave has won 1000 games. They should have thought about it before but never too late to do it. Here’s the thought.

    Get 1000 friends to donate $1000 to start the endowment for the new Coach Shoji Wahine Volleyball floor. That $1 million endowment would help start the process to perpetually fund this program. Doing it while Dave is still in the game is a good move as he could actually be the catalyst to build that beyond the initial $1 million. He would feel very good leaving the program at that point knowing that he left a legacy that would have not allowed his work to have gone in vain.

    Make sense?

  125. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 2:57 pm


    Roger about the movie.

  126. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 2:58 pm


    Watching it in 3-D too. Should be interesting.

  127. Koa-mahu December 18, 2009 2:58 pm

    Kazzie – no worries. Today, Stretchie is DA MAN!!!

  128. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 3:02 pm


    Yes, first DC snowstorm. I was just thinking…this storm is estimated to drop 10-20 inches in the area. Isn’t that how much snow DC usually gets in one entire winter season?

    Funny you should characterize DC like that, because you can separate the ‘southerners’ from the ‘northerners’ just by conversing about the weather. Of course, my incessant moaning and groaning about the temps easily pigeonholes me into one of the above categories.

  129. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 18, 2009 3:06 pm


    Now that you mentioned it, thought Clare Warwick was to graduate fall 2009.

    As for the volleyball ladies, Kaufman still has some time and Brandt is to graduate Spring 2010. I think the other seniors are set to graduate next year.

  130. LizKauai December 18, 2009 3:17 pm

    Looking forward to a movie review!

    CRW- keep your pipes warm (run the water every now and then), put the car in the garage, have food and beverages stocked up, batteries, flashlights, candles and a good sense of humor.

    From my 14 winters in Wisconsin in a house with a long driveway…

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  131. LizKauai December 18, 2009 3:23 pm

    Yup… There’s a lotta snow comin’

  132. HiFlyer December 18, 2009 3:24 pm

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  133. Chooch December 18, 2009 3:33 pm

    “You da man, Stretch”

  134. Garret December 18, 2009 3:39 pm

    Another reason to cheer against Wyoming…that big OT that UH is after is choosing between Wyoming and UH. Hopefully Wyoming looks really bad tomorrow…

    “I got an offer from Hawaii,” he told Wednesday night. “It’s pretty much between them and Wyoming now. I think I’ll make my decision in a week.”

    The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Fleischman took in the sights and sounds of Honolulu this weekend, and came away impressed. “I loved the people there,” he said. “The coaching staff is great and it’s just a great environment for football.”

    The Warriors were hoping to seal the deal on a commitment for Fleischman, but he wasn’t prepared to make a decision. “But I do want to make a commitment before Christmas,” he added.

    Despite the massive differences in culture, geography and weather, there is one thread that binds Hawaii and Wyoming together. “I really like spread offenses,” Fleischman said.

    Down to two, there is one school that currently holds an advantage. “It’s Wyoming,” he said, adding that it’s about a 75-25 percent advantage. “But I’m not 100 percent decided on anyone yet.”

  135. Garret December 18, 2009 3:40 pm

    Congratulations to all of the graduates. I guess this means that Yoda is now a candidate for a GA spot…wasn’t he already working with the WRs during games this season, wearing a headset?

  136. d1島 December 18, 2009 3:44 pm

    the Griz

  137. Slugger December 18, 2009 3:46 pm

    I’m going to the Hawaii Bowl, five!


    If you have a car, make sure you have an emergency blanket, flashlight, water (take some with you when you leave the house), food, batteries, shovel. I’ve given out two wool Army surplus blankets to people in accidents when I lived in AZ. One was to a young boy who was in the back of a pickup w/ a camper shell that rolled over in snowy roads on the freeway. Scary! The kid came out of the back of the truck barefooted. Makes me cold thinking about it.

    Always wear a cap (woolen knit preferred). You lose 50% of your heat through the top of your head. Stay WARM, CRW!

    You da man, Stretch.

  138. Kekoa December 18, 2009 3:55 pm

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    You da Mammy, Powder Puff.”

    Pomai, you was da man yesterday…

    …and after Stretch has his turn today…

    …maybe you 3 can Junk ‘n Po for Saturday! 😎

  139. Garret December 18, 2009 4:00 pm

    Momo and Mrs. Momo are going to the Hawaii Bowl. They bought their tickets over the summer and will be sitting in the same seats they have Warrior season tickets for. Between the basketball tournament (they have season tickets for UH in that sport also and they bring their youngest grandchild) and football, next week is a busy sports time for them!

  140. tommui December 18, 2009 4:13 pm

    BUFFOMAN: Re your $1,000 for Coach Shoji’s 1000th win, there was a proposal to raise 1000 fans to contribute $100 for his 1000th victory.

    Whoever was suppose to spearhead it – the UH PR person or whoever – flubbed and never got off the ground. They should have struck while the iron was hot. Dummies!!!!!!!

    I sent mine in (UHF for WVB) and perhaps a couple of others did too but it never flew off the ground.

  141. d1島 December 18, 2009 4:17 pm

    St. Petersburg Bowl? Football in Russia?

  142. d1島 December 18, 2009 4:18 pm


  143. d1島 December 18, 2009 4:27 pm


    d1shima 56-14 You pick the team 😆

  144. d1島 December 18, 2009 4:30 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    If I win, give ’em to Koakane!

  145. duffer December 18, 2009 5:08 pm

    Whether I win the tickeys or not, Stretch you are

    DA MAN

    how about gibing coach
    shoji a 100 ProV 1’s

  146. duffer December 18, 2009 5:08 pm


    gibing – giving

  147. I Love Pecan Pie December 18, 2009 5:17 pm

    That 6 foot 7″ not only could play OT but how about
    WR? Hmmmmm??? That might make him change
    his mind. He’d get more NFL top offers in our run
    and shoot then. Meanwhile, show him tonight’s mainland weather news about MONSTER snow storms….

  148. Slugger December 18, 2009 6:40 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    I just don’t understand why a student-athlete won’t come to Paradise where it’s chilly at 67 degrees at night.

  149. I Love Pecan Pie December 18, 2009 6:46 pm

    6-foot 7-inch guys are a dime a dozen in Wyoming.
    He won’t stand out there.
    Probably the only thing they offer him there is extra
    long king size bed (rare in Hawaii, I heard)…
    Maybe Made-In-Hawaii could make him one
    out of curly koa?
    Isn’t that just a big picture frame—with legs?

  150. Pomai December 18, 2009 6:58 pm

    Lets see at 6′-7″ 280 LBS, he could put on another 40 LBS of muscle an be one heck of a DE.

  151. A-House December 18, 2009 7:13 pm

    Contratulations to ALL the UH graduates tomorrow and especially the student athletes who spend so much extra time in their respective sport!

    Contratulations also to Coach Shoiji and the 2009 Wahine VB team for that fantisatic ride to the final 4!!

  152. Kazz December 18, 2009 7:17 pm


    December 18th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    BUFFOMAN: Re your $1,000 for Coach Shoji’s 1000th win, there was a proposal to raise 1000 fans to contribute $100 for his 1000th victory.

    Whoever was suppose to spearhead it – the UH PR person or whoever – flubbed and never got off the ground. They should have struck while the iron was hot. Dummies!!!!!!!

    I sent mine in (UHF for WVB) and perhaps a couple of others did too but it never flew off the ground.


    Hey! Did you see your name up on the glass by Gate A? had to look for mine took me a while but mine is all the way the opposite end. They put up the names of the donors of the 1000 donations for 1000 wins on paper volleyballs up at Gate A.

    Anyway, it’s been sad really. I don’t think it was in the verbage of $100 per person, but just any size donation from anyone and the goal is 1000 people. There is a “meter” showing where they currently are with getting 1000 donations of any size and it’s not good… 🙁

  153. tommui December 18, 2009 7:39 pm

    KAZZ: re 152 – no, I did not. Thought it was going to be anon. or in my Greek/geek name but not in day-to-day name.

    I think the original intent was 1000 people at $100 which would have made recruiting trips easier.

  154. Kazz December 18, 2009 7:39 pm


    We just got a new BEAUTIFUL GREEN teraflex courtesy of the good people at Chevron. Since they paid for it, not sure how re-naming it would go over with them seeing as they are corporate sponsors of UH athletics.

    How about renaming Gym 2 in honor of Dave Shoji?

    I dunno. People like the late Dr. Donnis Thompson should have had things named after them, but don’t know what the critera is for that.

  155. tommui December 18, 2009 7:41 pm

    Did I win? Did I win? Did I win?

    If so, give them to Al’s no. 1 son who took care of me in Las Vegas.

  156. Kazz December 18, 2009 7:42 pm


    December 18th, 2009 at 6:58 pm
    Lets see at 6′-7″ 280 LBS, he could put on another 40 LBS of muscle an be one heck of a DE.

    On paper he would indeed! But in our defensive system and what Coach Mack prefers not sure he’d be an ideal choice, unless he’d be pretty damn quick with those vitals.

  157. Kazz December 18, 2009 7:43 pm

    Each of the graduates will receive an H-logo stole courtesy of the UH Letterwinners Club and participate in a pre-graduation breakfast along with their families at the UHLC Clubhouse.

    The portables?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Get room for that? 😯

  158. Kazz December 18, 2009 7:45 pm


    As of October 16, 2009 I believe $20,000.00 was raised for the “Serving Up 1000” Fundraiser.

    I’d like to hope it’s at LEAST around the 30k mark as of today.

  159. Slugger December 18, 2009 7:56 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    If I win, give them to wafan.

  160. Kazz December 18, 2009 8:22 pm


    Read that UH got the LOI from London Sapolu.

    It’s official!!!

    The ink and paper is mighter than the spoken word. 😎

    (I’m doing all my shopping at Times Supermarket from now on.)

  161. Slugger December 18, 2009 8:23 pm


    Great news!

  162. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 8:35 pm

    Just got home from the movie theatre.

    Firstly, Avatar is not that bad. A little lengthy, though, at 2 hrs and 40 minutes, but the special effects were really good.

    Now getting home from the theatre, the exit road out of the parking lot wasn’t even plowed. The conversation with my buddy sort of went like this:

    CRW: The road out of here isn’t even plowed.
    Buddy: Yeah, that sucks.
    (Makes way onto exit road)
    CRW: Looks like those two cars (ahead of us) are stuck.
    Buddy: Go around ’em.
    (My car proceeds to get stuck as well attempting to go around two stuck cars)
    CRW: Buddy, get out and start pushing.
    (Car eventually gets rolling, we make exit onto side street)

    Yeah, I admit to running a couple red-lights on the way home which I know I really shouldn’t have done, but the snow accumulation on the ground was enough to where I knew that if I stopped at the light I was gonna get stuck again.

    I drive a little Corolla with 14″ tires so I know that even a few inches of accumulation on the ground is gonna strand me.

    I’m just glad I’m home finally. Looks like I won’t be heading anywhere tomorrow.

  163. Garret December 18, 2009 8:54 pm

    Missouri’s governor just endorsed a move from the Big 12 to the Big 10

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon just gave a little more momentum to the Missouri-to-the-Big-Ten rumors.

    In an interview with the Associated Press, Nixon, a Missouri grad, endorsed the move and offered some interesting opinions of current Big 12 member institutions.

  164. Garret December 18, 2009 8:56 pm

    USC is in some trouble right now…bad timing considering the other investigations are ongoing while this news comes out.

    Joe McKnight, star tailback of USC’s football team, has been driving a sport utility vehicle owned by a Santa Monica businessman, an arrangement the school is investigating and which may be in violation of college rules.

    For several weeks, McKnight has been seen driving a well-kept 2006 Land Rover that, according to California Department of Motor Vehicles records, is registered to Scott Schenter.

    Trouble for McKnight, the Trojans’ leading rusher this season with 1,014 yards, would be another hit to a USC athletics program already under investigation by the NCAA and the Pacific 10 Conference regarding allegations that former football tailback Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo received improper benefits while playing for the Trojans. The NCAA combined the investigations to examine whether the school failed to exert proper institutional control.

    Tom Yeager, a former chairman of the NCAA infractions committee who is commissioner of the Colonial Athletic Assn., said universities are expected to be diligent regardless of whether they are repeat offenders or are dealing with infractions for the first time. He added, however, “The stakes go up just like someone making a return appearance in court. A judge is not going to be as sympathetic.”

    A DMV official said records show Schenter paid about $27,000 for the Land Rover and registered it in September. A Times reporter saw McKnight driving it several times in the last couple of weeks.

  165. Garret December 18, 2009 8:57 pm

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

    MAJOR breakthrough should enable cheap and effective vaccines to be developed for diseases like cancer and allergies!

  166. Garret December 18, 2009 8:58 pm

    I think that it is shameful that some retailers gouge US military personnel who are deployed overseas! Walmart charges *5x* more to ship to an APO address while Amazon did not charge any extra to ship to an APO address and Target charged *less* to ship to an APO address. All shipping to APO addresses goes to New York and then the US military pays for the rest of the shipping, so why is WalMart charging 5x more to our troops than they charge their non-military customers?

  167. Garret December 18, 2009 8:59 pm

    The Reaper UAV costs $12 million each…and insurgents use $26 off-the-shelf software to hack into it!

  168. Garret December 18, 2009 8:59 pm

    Japanese department store is selling a customized life-size robot (for $225k) that is designed to look like the identical twin of its owner. The robot even speaks using its owner’s recorded voice.

  169. Garret December 18, 2009 9:00 pm

    Arizona music teacher has been put on administrative leave after taking her high school choir to Hooters for lunch.

  170. Garret December 18, 2009 9:00 pm

    Free play links pau.

  171. LizKauai (iPhone) December 18, 2009 9:12 pm

    We’re working on the Rotary float for tomorrow’s Waimea Lighted Parade. Brrr. Cool out here!

    CRW thanks for the story! I guess Tandler was right! 😆
    You da man, Stretch.

  172. Slugger December 18, 2009 9:14 pm


    Looks like you’ll be having a white Christmas…Glad you’re home safe. Sounds like you might want to have some plastic chains for the car. Or, just stay home…

    You da man, Stretch.

  173. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 18, 2009 9:19 pm

    The list of donors for the SERVING UP ONE THOUSAND Fund Drive should include $35 from the Tsai-kos. I’ll check it out on Tuesday and if it isn’t there, I’ll make sure that it get listed.

    Here’s the challenge that we can make amongst ourselves. Let’s have a fund drive consisting of a pledge of $20 per month per person from January through August, 2010, when the next season begins. That would be $160 per person or $320 per couple. I believe that there are about 50 regulars in the Tsai-ko `Ohana. That means we could raise $8,000. I am willing to coordinate it if there’s any interest in doing so.

    We could also have a dedicated community-based HI-5 Drive. Since July we’ve raised over $27,000 in four different drives for four different organizations.

    Count DaDocs for attending the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl. We’re in Section JJ, Row 15.

    You da man, Stretch. Hope it isn’t too late.

  174. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 9:22 pm

    LizKauai and Slugger:

    I’m just gonna stay home. I’ll dig my car out of the snow when this storm clears (on Sunday afternoon).

    I bet wafan and djmitcho are laughing in my honor (in a friendly way, of course).

  175. Committed Road Warrior December 18, 2009 9:24 pm

    Anywho, it’s off to sleep for me. Didn’t even recognize (or feel like) it was past 2:30am.


  176. Slugger December 18, 2009 9:34 pm

    Night, CRW! SWD!

    I used to sit by my fireplace enjoying a cup of coffee with Bailey’s…

  177. madeinhawaii December 18, 2009 9:37 pm

    “You da man, Stretch.”

    I Love Pecan Pie:

    Whoa… Curly Koa bed stand… .. at $500 a board foot…… .. can do!

  178. madeinhawaii December 18, 2009 9:43 pm


    No wonder I’m not doing all that well financially.. I’ve been giving substantial discounts to active military personnel.

    And what’s this about a robot that is a clone of the buyer? Whoah.. now you can talk to yourself … answer yourself…and no one can call you crazy… well… for the price you’d have to pay.. maybe a little crazy..

    Anti-cancer vaccines… what a day of joy that will be.

  179. madeinhawaii December 18, 2009 9:47 pm

    Nice to know that London Sapolo submitted his LOI… the recruiting season has just gotten a great kick start!

  180. madeinhawaii December 18, 2009 9:47 pm

    Ooops Sapolu…

  181. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 18, 2009 10:30 pm

    Nitey nite CRW!

    Back from float building. Pretty awesome. Our club is very small this year and we have a huge-mongous float!

    “You da man, Stretch.”

  182. whitey December 18, 2009 10:34 pm

    You da man Stretch

    If i win, pls give to g’nalo or sleeze.

  183. whitey December 18, 2009 10:39 pm

    it is nice to know how the media gets so wrapped up on an issue, that they are used to spread false information. Global Warming, my arse!!!!

  184. Mrs. LTUHF December 18, 2009 10:41 pm

    Happy belated birthday wishes to Blaze Soares!

  185. whitey December 18, 2009 10:43 pm

    USC has another “Reggie Bush” scenerio. Will the NCAA have balls to punish them???? I doubt it!!! This violation is worse than UH’s infamous car commercial!!!

  186. whitey December 18, 2009 10:44 pm

    Mrs LTUH, hope LT is doing ok. My best to him and the family.

  187. whitey December 18, 2009 10:45 pm

    I guess everyone waiting to see who the winner of tonight’s contest.

  188. whitey December 18, 2009 10:47 pm

    wassupdoc, if you can get the plan organized and make it a tax deductible item for vb, count me in.

  189. whitey December 18, 2009 10:48 pm

    and slowly the climb is getting steeper, but will call it a night soon.

    You da man Stretch

  190. whitey December 18, 2009 10:49 pm

    looks like the Redskins going get a new hc at the end of the season. so where does cb fit into their plans?????

  191. whitey December 18, 2009 10:51 pm

    looks like the Browns going get a new hc at the end of the season, so will our lb from uh move up into the rotation????

  192. whitey December 18, 2009 10:52 pm

    it is starting to feel like winter is approaching, so my chubby old man is not too far off!!!

  193. whitey December 18, 2009 10:53 pm

    time to call it a night.

  194. koakane™ December 18, 2009 10:57 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

  195. Slugger December 18, 2009 11:07 pm

    You da man, Stretch.

    Vous est un homme.

  196. Slugger December 18, 2009 11:08 pm

    Pardon… Vous est un homme, Stretch.

  197. Slugger December 18, 2009 11:09 pm

    Bonne nuit, mes amis!

  198. Kekoa December 18, 2009 11:43 pm

    Slugger ~ Il suffit d’aller dormir femme!

    Missed winning those tickets by ….. that much!

    Try, try again.


  199. Committed Road Warrior December 19, 2009 4:51 am

    Is everyone in the clubhouse still sleeping?

  200. Committed Road Warrior December 19, 2009 5:09 am

    200 post milestone

  201. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 5:11 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Hiya CRW. is da snow coming down hard? is da outside looking white white, grewy white or dirty grey white? is it nice cold or cold cold?
    inquiring minds wanna know. 😉

  202. royvic December 19, 2009 5:18 am

    I’m looking at the list of the thirteen members of the football team set to graduate today and can only imagine how happy and satisfied they feel.

    Not everyone rises to the surface, or passes the challenges of both their work on the field and in the classroom, but they did. And it’s a testimonial to the type of persons they are. And to Coach Mack and his staff for emphasizing that his boys do well in their academics. It also should be noted that time to time the coach excuses his players from practices so that they can catch up on an important lecture or school work, which is an example of the coach having the player’s best interest at heart.

    With Coach Mack being an influence, overseer, and enforcer of his players doing well in the classroom it has paid dividends in his player’s futures.

    For these thirteen graduates they’ll take away fond memories of playing in some of the biggest games in UH history, like the Sugar Bowl. But there’s no fonder memory for them when they walk away from the stage today with a diploma in their hand because it’s real and long lived.

    Noticeably absent from this list may be a player. Or a few. But to those players ,hey, hang in there and keep plugging away because having your diploma in hand defines you better as a person.

    To the thirteen graduates, I join in with others in extending my best wishes.

  203. Committed Road Warrior December 19, 2009 5:48 am

    Hi bighilofan2!

    Outside is looking white white. It’s been falling since 9pm last night, and doesn’t look to let up until tomorrow morning. There are 20mph winds coming through as well as the snow. Makes it feel like its 10 degrees outside.

    Snow accumulation is too much for my little car, as I will get stuck almost instantly if I go off the main snow routes. Heck, I can’t even get out of the parking lot of my apartment complex!

    Will be home today. At least I have enough food to suffice.

  204. whitey December 19, 2009 6:02 am

    Good morning Tsaikos, bhf2, crw

  205. d1島 December 19, 2009 6:59 am

    Great Morning All!

    It’s a great day to be wakin’ up in Hawaii Nei; a terrible day to have woken up in Salem, VA to watch the Stagg Bowl. It’s been ppd for 5 hours because of the weather….not sure how much better it will be to play at 4pm over there. It’ll almost be dark!

    Stay warm CRW!

  206. Slugger December 19, 2009 7:14 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Congrats to the grads walking today!

    Mahalo to Coach Mack, the other coaches & tutors for getting these students through school.


    Making me feel cold with all those pictures of the snow. Stay warm!

    Off to the Farmer’s Market…Esme & whoosh…..

  207. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:19 am

    Good morning again.

    M ahalo coaches for getting the grads. Good job. keepa going.

  208. Committed Road Warrior December 19, 2009 7:21 am

    People are already trying to come up with names for this storm. Some of the one’s I’ve heard:

    “Capital Crippler”
    “Beltway Blizzard”

    Already at a foot of snow with projections for another foot before this storm passes. The heaviest of the snow is still expected to fall for another 3-4 hours before things start to lighten up a little bit.

    Glad to be staying home. The Metro (subway) has stopped running service to all of its above-ground stations (which is almost half of the entire system) and all the local bus services have called it quits for the day. Reagan National Airport is a ghost-town w/r/t incoming or outgoing flights. Complete standstill.

  209. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:22 am

    I wanna help Ke Akua.


    December 18th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Don’t know if I ever told anyone this, but early last year there was this large gift basket sitting on the countertop at home. I just arrived from work and I didn’t eat lunch so I was kinda hungry. Since the basket was already opened I took a cheese and cracker snack pack thing out of it.

    Come to find out, Frazier originally sent the basket to a “supporter/business friend” of his as a thank you as this was around the time he got fired from UH.

    Long story short, the person it was intended for didn’t want it and gave it to us.


    December 18th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Kazz your lucky you didn’t come down with food poisoning. LOL

    LizKauai (iPhone):

    December 18th, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    Wow Kazz.
    Well, all will work out. We do our best, embrace opportunity, love one another and serve humanity. And leave the fumblers to Ke Akua.

    yup, Ke Akua can use some help. 😳 😆

  210. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:42 am

    players in the mainland every once in a while, or maybe plenny times, get to see snow up close. Hawaii boys neva see snow, good fun.

    players in Hawaii get chance fo go snorkeling Hanauma Bay. some neva been. get excuse like no can swim no like da water, yada yada.

    summa da coaches no like take off the shirt, go swimming. neva been 39 years, like dat.

    would be nice one time da whole team goes Hanauma Bay, excursion. 30 at a time wit masks. a lifetime memory for all, a lifetime awesome memory for some.

    gotta think outside the box for Travaunn and Daniel. some of our players give off da vibes…. gotta give off the right vibes, so we get these kinda
    recruits. no can leave it all on coaches’ lips. day can only talk so much. Hawaii has become a show me state. Its not about begging. Its about showing these guys what they’ve never experienced before, that a good fun atmosphere exists alongside hard nosed football. Good fun atmosphere. Thats where we come into da picture. Ke Akua’s helpers.

    😀 😀 😀 😀 :mrgreen:

    Go Warriors.

  211. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:46 am

    Good luck Coach Mack on your recruiting adventure. Remember the magic words:






    GIVE UP!

    show your coches what you mean by hard work.

  212. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:47 am

    and your desire to succeed. show your players too. and us.

  213. bighilofan2 December 19, 2009 7:48 am


    gotta go bury a friend in the rain. a great man. good friend.

    hi ho exme woooshhh >>>>>>>>>>

  214. Hoohiki December 19, 2009 8:04 am

    Wow, royvic (#202). Your post made me teary eyed. Well said.

    I, too, admire all the athletes who are able to see the importance of getting their degrees even if they are seeking a professional sports opportunity first. Congratulations to all our UH athletes who have accomplished this.

    (That Stanford RB, who was valedictorian of his HS class and is currently carrying 21 credits at Stanford…impressive.)

  215. I Love Pecan Pie December 19, 2009 8:08 am

    $20 a month can do, too…
    Where do we send it???

  216. tommui December 19, 2009 8:14 am

    KAZZ: If it is $20+, it’s more than was at first anticipated … but who’s complaining?!!!


  217. tommui December 19, 2009 8:15 am

    ROYVIC: Your 202 – well said!

  218. koakane™ December 19, 2009 8:19 am

    Congrats to the grads

    good morning to tsaiko country and all warrior/wahine fans. sunny but chilly one so enjoy it and be good to each other while shopping.


  219. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 19, 2009 8:41 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Lifeguard bbq this noon and Waimea Lighted Parade tonight.

    Busy day!

  220. protector December 19, 2009 8:49 am

    Congratulations to ‘kio’ and all of the UH Graduates!

    To ‘whitey’ on # 190,

    I also was wondering what Colt Brennan’s prospects would be in the coming year (with the Redskins). I heard one “expert” the other night that said (in his opinion), that Colt was as good as gone, since Zorn & Cerrato (Serrato?) are pretty much gone. That same guy promoted them keeping Jason Campbell, whether he’s the “guy” or whether they keep him until a newly drafted QB could be broken in. Even suggested they put the franchise label on him to keep him. My rebuttal to that crappola is that Jason Campbell is decent at best. They’d probably have to triple his salary to give him what a franchise player would make.

    Because most prognosticators say Mike Shanahan will be the next Head Coach who will work with Bruce Allen (GM), I don’t think either of those guys is stupid. Why should they ship Colt out when they only have to pay him something like 400 thou for this upcoming year? If Shanahan implements a West Coast Offense, I honestly think a healthy Colt Brennan can go rings around Campbell in a West Coast Offense competition. Hopefully, Shanahan would give Colt a legitimate shot, something that that jerk Zorn never did. And Zorn used to be one of my favorite QBs when he played and as I said before, it was truly hypocritical of him (in terms of philosophy) to have been a ‘gunslinging” roll-out lefty QB, only to become a constipated play-calling & footwork obsessed drop-back QB proponent. If the guy could jump into a time machine and go back, he’d see that CB was very similar (in being a play-maker) to young Jim Zorn, except ironically, Colt is even more of a pocket passer than Zorn EVER was.

    Screw Zorn, Go Mike Shanahan! Give Colt the reins to the Offense (IMHO Colt is BETTER than Cutler) and give him a chance to make you look like a genius!

  221. Kekoa December 19, 2009 8:54 am

    CRW ~ Good time to get out and build a Tsaiko Igloo.

    Our Tsaiko Cabana is a single wall structure without central heating, and open air on one side! It would be like a walk-in freezer at your Apt. complex. Brrrrr!

    “It’s Saturday,ST – did I win yet?”

  222. Kazz December 19, 2009 8:57 am

    NCAA is gonna be real careful when attempting to investigate and sanction powerful programs like USC. They have all the KALA in the world and would be ready to fight off any allegations in court.

    I can’t remember what case it was or what school was involved, but the NCAA lost that lawsuit and shelled out quite a bit of money. So they’re gonna take their time.

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    Who ended up winning the tickets?

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