Monday's practice

Today at practice:

• While Bryant Moniz remains on personal leave, the quarterback order, according to Nick Rolovich, was this: 1) Shane Austin. 2) David Graves. 3) Brent Rausch. 4) Cayman Shutter. 5) Corey Nielsen. Things could change Wednesday, but expect Austin to remain at No. 1.

• Middle linebacker Brashton Satele and right tackle Laupepa Letuli went through modified position drills. While they are cleared to practice, there still is no word on whether they will be granted exemptions that will allow them to play as sixth-year seniors in 2010. A quick ruling would help both; the NFL draft is in two weeks, and both would need to know if they would be available to be signed as free agents. Meanwhile, both have been assigned to light duty.

• Right tackle Kainoa LaCount, Letuli’s immediate understudy, was inadvertently struck on the right knee during team drills today. He was taken to the trainers’ room. LaCount told the coaches that it was not a serious injury. Levi Legay replaced LaCount on the first team.

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According to my limited math skills, the way it’s looking is the Warrior volleyball team needs to sweep road matches against UC Santa Barbara this weekend to host an MPSF opening round playoff match. Top four finishers serve as first-round hosts.

UH owns the tie-breaker over Can State Northridge, Brigham Young and Pepperdine. But BYU and Northridge play each other twice this weekend, which means one or both will have seven losses — same number as UH if it sweeps Santa Barbara.

Standings (each team plays 22 regular-season matches):

Stanford — 15-5

CS Northridge — 14-6

Brigham Young — 14-6

Hawaii — 13-7

Pepperdine — 13-7

USC — 11-9

UCLA — 10-10

UC Irvine — 9-11

UC Santa Barbara — 8-12

Long Beach State — 8-12

UC San Diego — 5-15

Pacific — 0-20

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Jack Flash wins the T-shirt. Call or text me at 256-0223 and we’ll work out the delivery.

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Happy birthday to DPK.


  1. Stretch April 12, 2010 6:23 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    I am confident that the team can take care of business. They all know what is at stake with their upcoming games at UCSB.

    I am assuming Stanford will remain the number 1 seed for the tournament. That means that the MPSF Finals, if Stanford wins their 1st Rd match, and the Final Four will be at Stanford.

  2. Stephen Tsai April 12, 2010 6:26 am

    In other words, you’d like to see UH play while you’re on your wine trip

  3. chopsueyboy April 12, 2010 6:27 am


  4. Stretch April 12, 2010 6:36 am

    ST – EXACTLY!! Where else are WE going to go on April 30 with no games??

  5. Maverick April 12, 2010 6:37 am

    This unfortunate incident at QB creates competition.
    a natural instinct in any ball player.
    At least it’s now and not later.

    This will make the entire team stronger

  6. haka April 12, 2010 6:41 am

    Just win!
    Rope da Gauchos!
    Pound da coconut!
    Go Warriors!
    How ’bout dem Wahine!

  7. d1島 April 12, 2010 7:04 am

    Great Morning All!

    Good Luck VolleyBows!

  8. d1島 April 12, 2010 7:08 am

    Happy Birthday Da Punchbowl Kid!

  9. Slugger April 12, 2010 7:16 am

    Good morning!

    Good luck, play well, VolleyBows!

  10. Slugger April 12, 2010 7:17 am

    Hau’oli la hanau, DPK!!!

  11. jm2375 April 12, 2010 7:32 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Hippo birdie to ewe DPK!

  12. chopsueyboy April 12, 2010 7:39 am

    Washington Redskins offer interest free payment plans for season ticket purchases.

    Is this something UH might consider for all revenue sports?????

  13. mailepua April 12, 2010 7:40 am

    Isnt this current QB circumstance deja vu circa 2008?
    Coach GM’s first spring.

    Rather than Tyler G (coach suspension indefinitely), we have Moniz out (personal/indefinitely). Same uncertain drama.
    Rather than Funaki as the lone returning letterman at QB– we have Austin.
    Rather than a flock of JUCOs hoping to get a shot at the vacuum created by an impromptu vacated QB position situation we have a flock of Frosh hopefuls.
    The difference being the JUCO QBs generously exceeded 6’0″ and this RS Frosh class are generously listed at the marker.

    The out-of-conference schedule appears eerily simular too.
    Rather than opening w Florida and Oregon State on the road and Weber State and SJSU at Aloha, we open w USC at home and follow w Army and Colorado on the road and another USC ( as in Charleston) @ home.

    Most recall Rolo selecting Brent Rausch towards the end of camp as the starting QB through a system of aggregated points only to see Greg Alexander emerge as the starter against the Gators.
    This time Rolo has renamed the process, king-of-the-hill and camp is on the near horizon.

    Yes sir, in-conference, we played Fresno State and Boise State on the road too…we upset FSU at Bulldog Stadium. The conference home and away schedule is the same.

    To be sure, Im not as astute as some of you when it comes to Warrior football. And that is not my point. But, I keep thinking of that quote about “…being aware of history, lest we are doomed to repeat it”. Hopefully, that is not to say
    1-3 before the bell rings for conference play.

  14. Kekoa (iPhone) April 12, 2010 7:41 am


    Keep a close eye on him Sweetie girl. Don’t let him play wit da candles. Make him wash his hands first..and for heavens sakes don’t let him sing too loud!

    Happy berfday Kid!

  15. djmitcho April 12, 2010 7:56 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Happy Birthday DPK!!!!

  16. Maverick April 12, 2010 7:57 am

    Yes Mailepua, many deja vu moments reflecting back to the ’08 season,
    but I see a stronger coaching staff that could offset those flashbacks.

    Just hoping there is no more waffling of decision making with who captains the ship.

    If so, the CU vs. Hawaii game will be nothing but QB rotations on both sides of the ball and a sloppy match

  17. Maverick April 12, 2010 7:59 am

    Yo, Mucho B-Day greetings to Da Punchowl Kid.

    The most Akamai & nicest guy on this blog.
    Hmmm plenty Birf-days these last several days.

  18. al April 12, 2010 7:59 am

    happy birthday kid?

    wow, what is he 12 years old now?
    kind of big for his age, no?

  19. Bulla April 12, 2010 8:00 am


    now we got that out of the way…..make it special, but every day is special because you have a Sweetie in your life……so blessed my brother…..have a piece of cake for me….

    QB Status: hmmmmmm, i agree with mailepua, but you gotta deal with the cards you got. In the year that UH played Weber State, it was 17-7 at Aloha Stadium, the crowd was quiet, and Funaki suffered a mysterious ‘concussion’ in the end of the 1st half that allowed Graunke to enter and ………… secure the victory. I remember an inside source saying, ‘…no matter what, Graunke will play because Mack cannot lose this game…’

    interesting stuff to kick around, but GO WARRIORS and prepare for battle…every day, every hour, every moment should be focused on preparation…….

    auryte, off to go take my meds……….sheeeesh…but Friday night….fireworks at UH Softball Stadium…….AURYTE!!!!!!

  20. al April 12, 2010 8:05 am

    volleyball warriors could also actually split and still get in if one of them sweeps (byu/csun) and if we lost both we could still get in if pepperdine also lose both of their final games (beach/sd).

    of course sweep and we are in is mo betta.

  21. Kendall April 12, 2010 8:08 am

    Does anyone know if a D1 basketball player decides to transfer out of that school and to another D1 school, does he need to sign a letter of intent?

    i.e. Leonard Washington if he decides to come here.

  22. Stretch April 12, 2010 8:13 am

    I am already “prepping” in the event UH can host the first round.

    Happy Birthday DPK!!

  23. mailepua April 12, 2010 8:14 am

    It will be interesting to note how much upward-mobility-movement our wahine softballers make in this weeks polls.

    Afterall, our Wahine unleashed a barrage of homeruns on the road that would humble the NY Yankees of 1927 lore.
    8-0 on a surendipitous journey through altitude, snow and Big Mac meals without rice, papaya or warm ramen.

    39 to-the-yard, 102 runs!
    Equally, Outstanding and Courageous (going without local moco breakfast) performances.
    Not to mention an 11-game winning streak and solid first place standing in conference.

    This week, there were losses in the top 25, in particular those annoited ones from the PAC 10 and SEC that seemingly have franchise to top 15 ranking.
    And for our Wahine…. hopefully some reward?
    If not in the polls, Kazz & Co will raucousily greet our Wahine Fri @ WSS–they deserve the rave n accolades!

    Hana Hou Wahine!

  24. mailepua April 12, 2010 8:25 am

    All this calculation over the fate of our men’s VB team, quickly brings to mind a famous battle cry, “just win baby!”

  25. Jack Flash April 12, 2010 8:27 am

    Mahalos for the shirt ST and Avis!
    Happy bday DPK my friend!

  26. ai-eee-soos April 12, 2010 8:31 am

    If this hasn’t been posted yet ….

    Hawaii shortstop Jessica Iwata has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 5-11.

    Iwata, a freshman from Lihue, Kauai, hit .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage as the Rainbow Wahine posted series sweeps of Utah State and Boise State on the road last week.

    She had 12 hits, six of which were home runs, two grand slams and 17 RBI in five games last week.

    Congrats to Jessica.

    …. where’s the Kazz ??? …

  27. mailepua April 12, 2010 8:45 am

    It cracks me up to hear all the buzz and gossip circulating throughout the sporting venues in Honolulu, the everpresent coconut wireless and Hawaii’s cyber sporting blogs over the drama unfolding in newly appointed Coach Gibs recruiting and coaching selections.

    Fans have been waiting for five years for the program to turn around. The last two with Rilley Wallace and the past three with Bob Nash. In another nine months, we will know if we have another five to wait or celebrate. Its worth the pause.

    Coach Arnold has a very limited budget at hand,
    exceeded only by an abundance of energy and his belief in a network of coaches whom are willing to participate in his rebuilding plan….considering the decline of this program and the consumption of time and frustration suffered by our fanbase–this is only a minor speedbump on the road to recovery.

    Go get ‘um Gib!

  28. bluefintuna April 12, 2010 8:47 am

    The reports I’ve read on this blog indicate that in last Saturday’s scrimmage on Kauai it seemed like the offensive line is more than a question mark, which was expected since there are a lot of new inexperienced players vying for positions. But at this stage it also a might be a dollar sign for opposing defenses, including UH’s, in that the defense was licking it’s chops and cashing in on a lot of sacks.

    From the reports I’ve read on this blog it seemed like the UH’s defense had a sack party against the offensive line.

    Hopefully this isn’t the precedence to come for the offensive line. Or the team. Because if it is it’ll only be another ugly year on the field for the UH team…and on the message boards and in the back of the minds of the supporters and fans.

    The QB can’t be under constant pressure and duress, like they were in Saturday’s scrimmage. And like in the Wisconsin game. The coaches know this.The fans know this, too.

    From this point on the offensive line has to move forward and hopefully get better.

    Although I bet if the head coach could turn back the clock he’d wished he would have given his bench players on the offensive line some valuable playing time last year, which begs the question of why didn’t he, especially when he left his starters in the game in blow out loses. Dumb? Yep.

    Anyway there’s the spring game to look forward to. And I bet all eyes will be on the offensive line because when it comes down to it the team’s success is predicated, really, on how well the offensive line performs…I, mean, the QB needs time to pass the ball, right?

  29. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 12, 2010 9:06 am

    Mahalo Aieessooss for the heads up on Jessics Iwata!!!

    Tough Kauai girl who’s becoming a helluva a player for us. As a freshman go, Majam is a phenom and Iwata won’t be “outdone” so easily!!! Hehehehehe… 😎

  30. A-House April 12, 2010 9:11 am

    Hey, Kid, Happy birfday 2 U!!! Sweetie, you lucky wahine or is it other way around?

  31. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 12, 2010 9:12 am

    Set the alarm for 5 this morning… 5pm instead of 5am. So I missed practice and proceeded to have a weird dream where Donald Sutherland was my logic professor but I couldn’t understand him because he had buck teeth and spoke with a heavy southern accent.

  32. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2010 9:14 am

    bluefintuna…U make a really cirtical observation…the sacks given up was without the backers blitzing. If they were allowed to do much more sacks?…Oline needs to recognize the urgency and step up to the plate. Being the line is mostly newbies, coach has a lot of work to do.
    USC won’t be holding back and after this spring, it’ll be back tp prepping for the 2010 season opener.
    Oline questions, qb questions, special teams questions. If the Oline isn’t giving the defense a good look at the schemes and personnel slated to start, how will the D perform against USC?
    Makes for an exciting summer!

  33. NorthShoreFan April 12, 2010 9:16 am

    Kazz…layoff da Skittles!…nuff already..U getting some hilarious dreams!…

  34. Bulla April 12, 2010 9:17 am


    that was a Freudian moment, not Donald Sutherland, instead DPK aka Donald Duck with a flat bill ‘thaying thuckhin thuccotath’ to you, haha

    j/k, if you’d like a wake up call, please call our front desk so we arrange that for you……….mr frogtree…………..he-he-he-hello…….are you there……

  35. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 9:29 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka! Out on a stroll with Lilu and her KPaw. Near a cell signal!

  36. koakane April 12, 2010 9:31 am

    morning tsaiko country, you all have a pleasant and uneventful work week

    thanks to sj for the sat update of jr day and spring practice. shout out to pb who is on isles for a few days. must be excited to be at a practice and see the new warriors.

    eh jm# stealing my birthday mantra jk and lol. so to DPK have a supa kine day.

    congrats to the warrior bball team. see ball, swing bat, hit ball and win babe

    finally thanks to those who sent their best thoughts out on sunday for my uncle and bro-in-law. mahalo much again. you guys are truly the bestest

  37. Pomai April 12, 2010 9:57 am

    Will we be seeing koakane on Friday night at the softball game?

  38. uhwarriors April 12, 2010 10:10 am

    Jim Donovan is chatting live on Sports Hawaii:

  39. duffer (iPhone) April 12, 2010 10:20 am


  40. sjmacro April 12, 2010 10:31 am

    Aloha morning Tsaikos. Good to see Loa, Pauoa Boy and son at practice.
    Again PB thank you for your service.


  41. mctruck April 12, 2010 10:37 am

    What!!??…DPK, your birthday again!?….nah!…..just joking…..many more my friend. Enjoy, and be safe.

    Too bad you not ova-hea, I’d break open this here bottle of Royal Crown Reserve and celebrate.

  42. mctruck April 12, 2010 10:39 am

    Come to think of it!?, I think I’ll break it open and celebrate on your behalf.

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  44. Slugger April 12, 2010 10:47 am

    Congrats to Jessica Iwata!

  45. Rob25 April 12, 2010 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday DPK!!

    Have a great one and when are you coming out to join the Tsaikos again?

  46. tommui April 12, 2010 11:24 am

    DPK – Happy birthday!!!

    Book going well?

  47. papajoe2 April 12, 2010 11:27 am

    All is talk about the o line might be deserved. Hopefully, they will jell before the 1st game. It does take awhile for them to get it. That’s why I think we should have a good runner/blocker in the backfield to keep the other team off balance. I still like the idea of throwing the ball alot, but if we had a running back that has the potential to break one every time he carries the ball, then the defense cannot just tee off on our qb. Short, quick passes also is a way to prevent the “D” from just blitzing and stunting and from linemen to linebackers and defensive backs creaming the Q. It’s just that I like to have a good rb that can break one, again keeping the D honest. In our system, the rb also has to be a good blocker, and hopefully, catch some passes too. Am I asking too much?

  48. d1島 April 12, 2010 11:34 am

    Maybe the Dline is just that good?
    (how’s that βρεω? 😆 )

  49. bluefintuna April 12, 2010 11:45 am

    Re-From now until the beginning of June it will be really telling in which direction the UH football team is moving in.

    In the next six weeks or so, what we’ll learn about the UH football team, ending with the culmination of spring practices and the spring game, is what areas of the team is the weakest, which part of the team is the strongest and which players surfaced in the lineup and on the depth chart.

    Also we should learn more about the Moniz situation. Of which how I interpreted one sport’s writers take on this is that it’s a technical situation, albeit complicated, that needs to iron it self out. Hopefully.

    That’s the easy part to figure out.

    The part that’s not easy to figure out, is the part, and it happens every year, is which players decide to leave the program and which of the incoming recruits are ineligible.

    Last year, in Coach Mack’s second year, UH saw it’s share of players transferring out. And a least 5-6 recruits that signed LOI ruled academically ineligible.

    The year before, in Coach Mack’s first year, much of the same.

    So this year, again, will see what happens. All eyes will be on the program and press releases in the next six weeks or so.

    It’ll be either cheer,cry or laugh time.

    The best scenario is that all the returning players stay, and all the incoming recruits make their way to UH. And that the spring game shows the air in the balloon being filled with optimism with both the offense and defense showing sparks of good play.

    The worst scenario is that the spring game exposes a lot of weakness. Some players end up departing. And some noted recruits not having the grades and having to go the JC route. Then the air in the balloon will fizzle.

    Making the transition from the spring ball to fall camp UH would want to do this on a good note one would think. And with the least amount of distractions and impediments on the way. Hopefully this happens. We’ll see.

  50. sjmacro April 12, 2010 11:47 am

    Kazz: make sure you don’t have a “Groundhog Day” 😀

  51. Derek April 12, 2010 11:51 am

    Stanford, BYU, Cal-Northridge, and Pepperdine. Forget about them. The Warriors have no control over those teams why wasting time about them! The only thing that matters is what the Warriors do against Santa Barbara, period. Face it. The men’s VB team has to play well on the road or they will get beat. Every MPSF team is very good and on any given night anybody can win. So, the entire focus should be on the Gauchos, nothing else. If we win 2, we host. Win 1, maybe host.. Either way it’s been a very good season already and it could be great yet. I’m not losing sleep over it.

  52. Kazz (blkberry_storm) April 12, 2010 11:53 am

    Watching the replay of the ASU and UCLA softball game and its amazing… The pitcher’s lane is still visible after hald an inning!!!! 😆

  53. SteveM April 12, 2010 11:55 am


  54. BigIslandkurt April 12, 2010 12:16 pm

    Happy B-Day to DPK!

    The Moniz-Graunke comparisons only make sense through the fan’s lens and the Fans lens only. Mainly because of what fans read in the media and how these same fans interpret the term “personal issues”. Some fans in the blogosphere have been brutal, automatically assuming the worst for “the season,” without ever fully realizing that Mo might be facing some tremendous challenges right now that have absolutely nothing to do with football. Some have even stooped low enough to actually lay some blame on MO for whatever happened. That is insane. We as fans will never truly know what is going on with Mo nor will we truly ever know what went on with Graunke. With that being said, mo betta just support MO and hope that he and his family are ok. All the gossip and speculation in the world won’t resolve things. I’m hoping for the best for Mo….and Graunke for that matter.


  55. ai-eee-soos April 12, 2010 12:16 pm

    Pisa resigns with Da Bears – HA sports news.

  56. jm2375 April 12, 2010 12:22 pm

    Congrats to Jessica Iwata!

    BIK – #55 – well said.

    Speaking of the Big Island, we need to send out a search party for our resident Keaau counselor, bhf2. He’s been awol waaaaaaaaaaayyyyy toooooo long.

    Congrats to Pisa. Hope he stays healthy.

  57. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc April 12, 2010 12:22 pm

    I am still waiting on one more call with respect to the differences between the State House and the State Senate’s versions of the two budget bills concerning the appropriations for Aloha Stadium & the UH-Manoa Athletics Complex. However, as of this writing, it looks as if there will be HUGE battles over which version will win out.

    Please be prepared to contact your state legislators. Remember, these are construction projects so that the big arguments here have to be economic stimulus in the short run which will lead to long-term investments in the future which will generate significant revenues to the state as well as to the University of Hawai`i.

    These projects are paid for by bonds, not out of our tax dollars, so they will not take away money to provide services for the elderly or our schools or our environment.

    Back very, very late tonight.

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  59. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 12:24 pm

    Saw a wild bald eagle on our walk today. Cool. Enjoying the calm times before the storm of my grandson’s arrival. Moopuna Lilu is starting to warm up to me 🙂

    (((hugs))) KK!

  60. jm2375 April 12, 2010 12:30 pm

    Congrats to Stephanie Kono & Kim Kim on making the USA Curtis Cup team. Represent!!

  61. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 12:30 pm

    As for the Warriors. I leave the hard work to the players and coaches and send only good vibes of support to make their jobs smoother.
    My concerns have more to do with how to afford tickets and coming to games when the cost of flying is more than double. THAT will seriously cramp my style this season and I may have to pick and choose which games to see. 🙁

    Congrats to Jack Flash

  62. al April 12, 2010 12:52 pm


    don’t hold your breath. there are a few casualties again this year.

    btw, you must like sashimi.

  63. jm2375 April 12, 2010 1:08 pm

    Liz – #62 – my picks for your fb games (if you really have to choose) – USC, Homecoming, UNLV and another game weekend when the Wahine are also at home. 🙂

  64. (Jesse)James April 12, 2010 1:09 pm

    DPK…Happy Birthday to you…one of the original Tsaikos…and Psycho…LOL Have a good one my friend. Godspeed on your birthday adventures.

    Good afternoon to all the Tsaikos out there…have a good one…

  65. jm2375 April 12, 2010 1:11 pm

    Ahhh, glacial pace of the NCAA. 😈 Make up your mind already! sheeesh.

  66. mailepua April 12, 2010 1:13 pm

    Many fans have long tentacles that reach into the warrior ohana. Perhaps a brother, cousin, friend or neighbor. Whatever the case may be– dont sell the coconut wireless short. Neither Graunke nor Moniz were/are immune.
    To say the fan’s lens are speculative at best may be true most of the time (when reading newspaper accounts or the like), but not all of the time. Not if you live in Hawaii–where everything is circular and what goes around keeps travelling until it laps itself.

  67. Jack Flash April 12, 2010 1:38 pm

    #67. mailepua-
    So true! I wish some posters to the various blogs and message boards would use some restraint though. We’re all in this together, and need to support our Warriors through good and bad times. Negativity often breeds more negativity in these situations.
    Mo- take care!!!

  68. J-Dog April 12, 2010 1:45 pm

    What about Rocky?

  69. BigIslandkurt April 12, 2010 1:46 pm

    I actually will sell the coconut wireless short because 8 out of 10 times, the coconut wireless is wrong. You ever did that one exercise where everyone gets in a circle and someone whispers a message in the person’s ear who is right next to them. It could be a rather simple message like, “Colt Brennan is a football player in the run and shoot.” By the time the message comes back around that circle, it is always something very different from what it started as. It could come back as “Colt Brennan shoots a football player and runs.”

    Whatever is going on has been tough on Moniz. Let’s lift up this bradduh, not break him down.


  70. wafan April 12, 2010 1:57 pm


  71. wafan April 12, 2010 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday and many more, DPK!!!

  72. haka April 12, 2010 2:04 pm

    RE: #52
    wasting time? or just discussing the possibilities? face it? hmmm…maybe get some sleep?

  73. wafan April 12, 2010 2:04 pm

    Looks like Liz brought some nice weather with her from Hawai’i!


    Thanks, Liz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. wafan April 12, 2010 2:08 pm

    Good luck to the QB “backups”. You are not the backups any more!

    Go get ’em!!!

  75. wafan April 12, 2010 2:11 pm

    Still do not understand why it takes the NCAA so long to make a decision. Do they send out an investigator or make the contacts to verify the claims?

    I sure hope they do not mess up the guys who have to make a decision soon. Go with the draft and then find out they were eligible? Or, decline the draft and find out they are not eligible?

    Just seems odd to treat their constituents and member organizations like this.

  76. haroldwah April 12, 2010 2:16 pm

    I’ve been lurking for over 1 year now and have finaly decided to come out of my cocoon. Although there are disagreements this blog shows just how passionate we are for our FB WARRIORS! To BIK-I couldn’t agree with you more on your post #55. I think negativity is a waste of time. Mo betta just support the TEAM and Coaches!

  77. jm2375 April 12, 2010 2:40 pm

    Congrats to Rob DeMello on his new job!

    haroldwah – welcome to the blog. you are now a Tsai-ko.

  78. jm2375 April 12, 2010 2:41 pm

    Hi wafan! How was your 1st day back at work?

  79. Pauoa Boy April 12, 2010 2:41 pm

    Mahalos koakane, sjmacro…

    Nice to see you and myki again. Practice was good today, boys was working hard.

  80. A-House April 12, 2010 2:49 pm


    any “non-qualifers” means Coach Mack can dole out some scholarships to some hard working walk-ons!!!

  81. warriorfan44 April 12, 2010 2:58 pm

    watching Austin in practice and at the scrimmage – he’s been money with his arm, patience and poise – was #2 coming out of last spring, and expect him to be a solid #1 from this point forward.

  82. Huey Manong April 12, 2010 3:06 pm

    You telling me that our scholarship players cannot beat a former walk on for the #2 and now #1 spot. Oh my goodness.

    ayeee non tis lede. so nong pao non puti nam.

  83. wafan April 12, 2010 3:20 pm

    jm . . .

    Crazy day. Good thing the kids are trained on my lab expectations.

    Contracted by the state organization to organize and run the leadership contests for the state conference — gratis, of course. Lots of writing and organization done last week. Today was for printing, reformatting if necessary, and re-connecting with my kids.

    Two more days of planning then the event this weekend.

    Much easier to do this event than to plan and run the national leadership event.

  84. warriorfan44 April 12, 2010 3:20 pm

    No worries…Colt was a walk on too…as were many other former UH players who went on to the NFL. JJ did what he had to do with the limited # of scholarships. Austin’s scholarship was delayed because Colt came back to play his 5th year. It’s all good…

  85. Da Punchbowl Kid April 12, 2010 3:21 pm

    Thanks for all the Birthday wishes errybody! Fo’ real kine, you guys da bestest! 🙂

    Sweety took the day off and we went to our favorite beach and had some yummy Nuuanu Okazu-ya! 😉

    Lucky live Hawaii and have friends like da Tsaikos! 😆

  86. wafan April 12, 2010 3:22 pm

    And, huzzah for Jack Flash and his new shirt!


  87. Bulla April 12, 2010 3:23 pm

    sorry, CONGRATS to Rob Demello, cannot believe you’re a daddy, and i can’t believe who your daddy is, haha, great guy….shipyard’s living legend, i think….

    how is vaughn? heard he was limping after Saturday’s Kauai episode….don’t want that high ankle sprain to hinder him, he’s a force on the field that we need healthy for every game!


  88. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 3:30 pm

    Welcome haroldwah! Thanks for stepping into the light of posting and sharing such positive thoughts!

  89. Tombo Ahi April 12, 2010 3:37 pm


  90. Maverick April 12, 2010 3:49 pm

    10 – 4 Huey Manong

    Let the Scholies step up to the plate and Show why they got what they got.

    Good sey.

  91. mailepua April 12, 2010 4:09 pm

    BIK, let’s face it–only Moniz can lift himself up.
    Ditto for Malcolm Lane.
    Im not being negative nor wish him ill-will, but football players are no different than anyone else attending college that are confronted every day with decisions and choices.
    Most times, we are rewarded for good choices and become vulnerable to setbacks when our choices are not well reasoned. This is a formula for life, not only college.

  92. downtownwarrior April 12, 2010 4:11 pm

    Good luck to Shane Austin he is doing very well at Qb also hope Vaughn gets better and how is that Mahoe kid I miss today football pratice I hope the coaches is putting mahoe in first and second rotation to give Mahoe some reps .

  93. konaboy3 April 12, 2010 4:17 pm

    happy birthday to my friend denise goodluck to uh warriors football team in 2010

  94. Garret April 12, 2010 4:26 pm

    BSU already spent all of their Fiesta Bowl money. At least they kept their expenses down on the bowl game–the $1.1 million in expenses for the bowl game is much less than what UH or Alabama spent on their BCS bowl games.

    All $2.8 million Boise State’s football team earned from its Fiesta Bowl appearance has been divided up and athletic director Gene Bleymaier says it went quickly.

    Bleymaier says $1.1 million paid for travel, hotel and food for 500 people – mostly the team, band, dancers and cheerleaders.

    Another $600,000 went to coach’s bonuses and incentives that are promised in contracts for championship and bowl game appearances.

    And $500,000 went back to the athletic department.

    Bleymaier says the remaining $600,000 went to BSU’s Academic Capital Projects fund, which pays for new buildings and projects.

  95. Bulla April 12, 2010 4:26 pm


    i like mahoe also, he’s a scrapper and does a good job. he knows his assignment, and he can definitely move some O linemen. usually, he and ryan end up taking their reps together, and they do some nice damage together….can anyone say leverage??? looking forward to wednesday’s practice!

  96. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 4:27 pm

    jm2375- those are good ones. Glad you mentioned home games. I started out thinking about Army. 😈

    Wafan- glad you had good weather! We are having a lively selection of weather from hot sun to misty rain. Waiting to see snow and hail.

  97. Garret April 12, 2010 4:27 pm

    I like how Shawn Withy-Allen’s former backup QB referred to Shawn. Withy-Allen retired after last season and now his former backup is the starting QB.

    He signed with the Fayetteville Guard of the American Indoor Football Association last season and served as the backup quarterback behind Shawn Withy-Allen.

    “He was like the Brett Favre of arena football,’’ Gildersleeve said. “When he was in college, he was the backup to (Timmy) Chang at Hawaii. I learned a lot from him.’’

  98. Garret April 12, 2010 4:30 pm

    I’m still in Florida but I finally caught up on the blog. I hope that Moniz is back with the team quickly and that the extra reps helps the other QBs prepare. But I don’t think this can be considered a positive…when I tried to convince myself this could help the team I realized I could not spin myself that much.

  99. Garret April 12, 2010 4:30 pm

    Happy Birthday DPK!

  100. Garret April 12, 2010 4:34 pm

    Some highlights of USC’s first spring scrimmage…that freshman RB (who graduated early like Billy Ray so he normally would still be in high school) really looks good…

  101. Maverick April 12, 2010 4:37 pm

    Thank you Mailepua for stating in the above post about a formula.

    Let the keikis know there is an equation to every action and response.

    Think it through first with all the tangeables before making a decision.

  102. UKU@LA April 12, 2010 4:41 pm

    Let’s go Warriors! Go Austin n back-ups! Haku u still there?
    Rob DeMello good luck!
    Aloha from LA!

    MANEO !!!

  103. Maverick April 12, 2010 4:44 pm

    RE: Garrets USC observation.

    They all look good.

    Tommy the Trojan will experience very little hiccups with the new regime

  104. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 12, 2010 5:01 pm

    Hi Uku@LA!
    How ya doin?

    Congrats to Rob DeMello!

  105. BG April 12, 2010 5:10 pm


  106. wafan April 12, 2010 5:20 pm


    Long day tomorrow. Tsigh.

  107. d1島 April 12, 2010 5:40 pm


    Thanks for the vid. Looks like a Son of a Tsaiko filling in at OG.

  108. Bulla April 12, 2010 6:33 pm

    Happy Bday DPK, I know it’ll be special because you’re a special guy….

  109. RainbowCliff April 12, 2010 6:42 pm

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation, I don’t like being bearer of bad news but the

  110. Don Weir April 12, 2010 6:56 pm

    Think Colorado at Boulder. Easy to get into Denver and game weekend is Colorado’s Aloha Fest. They expect 35,00 in town.
    Information on activities may be found at

    Ho’ike sells out I’m told and tickets may be purchased via the site. Hotel rooms all reserved by Tammie’s halau and available via the website for $59@ night.
    UHAA tailgate
    UH game tickets will be available with information posted on this blog.
    Post game FB Alum and Warrior Football supporter reception at the St. Julien 2 blocks from the stadium

    A complete list of road game events and ticket options will be posted asap.

    Just to whet the appetities of the readers: UH Football Alum and past UH coach now Head Coach of Army Rich Ellerson will be speaking to the Black Knights Quarterback Club on UH vs Army Game Week Thursday (09.09.2010) at West Point.

  111. βρεω808 April 12, 2010 7:51 pm

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the reports and opinions. 😀

  112. βρεω808 April 12, 2010 7:52 pm

    Hmmmmm….. Kekoa has guava cake with frosting for breakfast, and the berfday boy probably just has salad…. 🙁 😥 🙄

  113. βρεω808 April 12, 2010 7:54 pm

    Okay…. just a quick encore for little Timmy 🙂

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  114. βρεω808 April 12, 2010 7:59 pm

    Who will be the guest on tomorrow’s Wai&Tsai show that we won’t be able to watch because of the impossibly choppy video “replay”? 😐

  115. βρεω808 April 12, 2010 8:02 pm

    Don Weir – Thanks for the 411…. hard to plan my Sept. since I don’t even know what I’ll do…. next! 😳

    …. still waiting for Cliff to finish his post…. 🙄

    Hi Liz-K! 😀

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  119. bluefintuna April 12, 2010 9:00 pm

    There has a lot to be said about coaches that nip things at the bud. And don’t allow it to fester.

    Coach Nash was like this. So was Coach Jones.

    Both straight shooters.

    Not once can I think of a situation where both of those coaches didn’t say things like how they were. If a player lost their marbles they said so. if they violated team rules they said so.

    In all due respect they would either collaborate and contradict an incident instead of remaining in the middle.

    In the cases of Travis and Nate, Coach Jones left his teeth marks, especially of how he laid it on in the media for Nate being fat and Travis having a bad attitude.

    Coach Nash also laid it on Dwain for missing classes.

    For the public looking on they appreciate coaches that don’t beat around the bush. For the players looking on it keeps them in place.

    The antithesis of Coach Jones and Coach Nash has to be Coach Mack, specifically in the sense that the other coaches would describe whats wrong, meet the public square in the eye and not dodge the issue.

    In the cases of Coach Jones and Coach Nash in their vaults of scratch your head moments had some deposits, but far less than Coach Mack’s.

    I’m not saying that the current situation involving Moniz should be exposed, especially if it borders on a really personal matter. But if it borders on infringement of team rules, school rules or school work I don’t see why it should be hidden under the guise of personal reasons by the coach.What’s wrong with the straight forward approach?

    With so many eyes on the Moniz situation there are certainly are reasons of why it should be obscured, especially if it’s a private matter. But there’s also the school of thought that it shouldn’t fester, either, with speculation.

    From my perspective I admire coaches, like Nash and Jones, that cut to the chase. Isolate the situation. Identify it. Remedy it. And move on. Real men with business like approaches that don’t allow incidents to fester .

    And then there’s other coaches, like Mack, that pussy foot through the meadow and not wanting to step on any flowers. But that’s his nature.(it seems). It remains to be seen if the Moniz situation falls in this category. The irony is that the public will eventually find out as to the reasons as to why Moniz is away. At that time the picture will be clearer.

  120. d1島 April 12, 2010 9:22 pm


    I would think chawan_cut would be more likely to be associated with that video! 😉

  121. d1島 April 12, 2010 9:48 pm

    Were all the LB’s at practice today?

  122. BleedGreen808 April 12, 2010 10:06 pm

    Re: Moniz

    Speculation after speculation after speculation after speculation after speculation after speculation after speculation.

    Could we just give him his space and wish him nothing but positive for whatever is going on with him. Speculation just adds more fuel to the fire. Last I checked, there is a law called “privacy.” I, for one, would like to know what happened. But, if he decides that he doesn’t want the public to know, then we should honor that. He is a student athlete and not a professional athlete. Put yourself in his situation. Would you want the whole world to know about your private issues?

    I have more admiration to Coach Mack since he protects his players from the many negativities that circulates the internet. Coach Mack is not to blame. He is merely honoring his players’ wishes.

    Moving on…Here’s to the team in GREEN! Go Warriors!

  123. BleedGreen808 April 12, 2010 10:13 pm

    Happy B-Day to Da Punchbowl Kid!

  124. OldDiver April 12, 2010 10:16 pm

    Regarding # 120

    Can’t agree with the straight shooting thing. Lack of discipline by football players was rampant under Jones. This led to poor graduation rates, treating starting players differently, poor player moral, clicks that split the team down the middle etc. Coach Mack’s first responsibility is to his players, the fans come second. You may not like this but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  125. BG April 12, 2010 10:41 pm


    Sorry, but I had a hard time getting my understanding around your post. After peeling all the fluff, this is what I hear you saying:
    1. ” I’m not saying that the current situation involving Moniz should be exposed, especially if it borders on a really personal matter. But if it borders on infringement of team rules, school rules or school work I don’t see why it should be hidden under the guise of personal reasons by the coach.What’s wrong with the straight forward approach?”

    2. “With so many eyes on the Moniz situation there are certainly are reasons of why it should be obscured, especially if it’s a private matter. But there’s also the school of thought that it shouldn’t fester, either, with speculation..And then there’s other coaches, like Mack, that pussy foot through the meadow and not wanting to step on any flowers.”

    Perhaps my confusion comes from your comments playing both sides of the fence but with a definite leaning towards believing that it shouldn’t be a private matter. Which is it? I don’t care what side you take, please take a side and don’t confuse me. BTW, JJ was known to have some favorites (who got away with more than they should). Did that make him a bad coach? I don’t think so, it made him human. I liked him because of what he did to bond the team along certain principles that I agreed with…and with the team, the school and the state. Whatever your response, I’ll respect your opinion. Clarity will make it better, imo.

  126. protector April 12, 2010 10:53 pm

    Like Jack Flash, BIK , haroldwah (welcome!) & others, I hope for a positive resolution (for Bryant Moniz) for his situation for his sake & the team’s. I dislike too much speculation, innuendo and admonishment for an unknown, unclarified, and unverified happenstance. I hope for the best and this crop of QBs gives me more reason for optimism than in previous years, although many are still speculating we’ll be in the same situation as before. I doubt it. Even the freshman QBs we have are capable of running the offense and we have lead QBs that have a couple of years w/ this offense.

    As for the D seeming to be ahead of the O, isn’t that fairly normal, considering the O-Line is still developing as a unit & have limited experience? We should know midway through the Fall practice how they’re shaping up. I happen to think that the D’s pass-rush will be very good & if so, it’ll go a long way toward easing concerns about this team

  127. al April 12, 2010 11:08 pm

    d1…ha,haha, ha. yup, could be chawan_cut’s long lost chinese brother.

  128. al April 12, 2010 11:11 pm

    i always felt that st should incorporate this number in his karaoke reportoire.

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  130. al April 13, 2010 12:28 am

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    i believe he was as high as #3 in the past.

  131. wafan April 13, 2010 1:30 am

    Good morning!

  132. wafan April 13, 2010 1:55 am

    Have to disagree with those who feel it is their right, so to speak, to know what is going on in a student-athlete’s personal life. There are laws addressing this issue. If they chose to or not to publically speak on the issue that is something the rest of us have to respect.

  133. wafan April 13, 2010 1:56 am

    Long day ahead.

    Hoping for good news from the ‘Bows/Warriors!


  134. Bulla April 13, 2010 3:26 am

    BG808, Wafan,

    I agree, focus on the positive and what is in front of us….no need for speculation, it is what it is, move on and work with what we got. let him resolve his situation in peace and quiet.


  135. LizKauai (iPhone PDX) April 13, 2010 4:46 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Mahalo, Don Weir. I forgot tomention that I have to stay home this season because my vacation time for the next two years is being eaten up by this trip to greet my new grandson and my dream choir concert tour of India this summer.
    Away games are not possible.

    Re player privacy and team success: one of the greatest evils of our society is gossip and backbiting. So many boards and blogs thrive on negative speculation. I’m glad that the Warrior Beat focuses on SUPPORT for UH and it’s athletes. It is a welcome relief for this fan!

    Love you guys.
    Have a great day!

  136. d1島 April 13, 2010 5:30 am

    Great Morning All!

    Film evaluations continue today…who will be the “King of the Hill”?

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


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