LaCount will grayshirt this year

Offensive lineman Kainoa LaCount said he will grayshirt this season and join the Warriors in January.
LaCount had fallen behind, missing the Warriors’ first week of training camp while he took classes at College of the Canyons.
LaCount has a redshirt year available, so he still have two seasons to play for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, receiver Dustin Blount is scheduled to arrive in town this afternoon.
Cornerback Chris Black arrived last night. He attended today’s three-hour practice but must observe the mandatory waiting period before being allowed to participate in team drills.

* * *

Give credit to coach Greg McMackin for living up to his pledge of emphasizing academics.
During last night’s team meeting, he awarded scholarships to cornerback Ryan Perry, wideout Royce Pollard and safety Mana Silva. All were based on their strong performances in the classroom.
What’s more, McMackin chose not to give a scholarship to a potential starter because his GPA was too low.
From these scholarship awards to benching a top quarterback, McMackin is indeed serious about academics.

* * *

Hurry up!
Practice has been moved up an hour. It will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

* * *

Happy birthday to Midnight.

* * *

It’s also offensive line coach Brian Smith’s birthday today. His girlfriend’s birthday was yesterday.

* * *

Every other day or so, for the past two decades, I would pass a woman in the hallway who always offered a smile and a shy “hello.”
I never gave that much thought. I never gave her much thought.
Yesterday, she wore a lei — the same type presented to the other 53 Advertiser workers whose jobs were terminated. Their last work day was yesterday.
Either I was too busy or too into myself, but I never learned this woman’s name until yesterday.
It’s Irene.
When I went upstairs to the office, I found a bento on my desk. There was a short note of thanks for the memories and friendship. One of the names on the note was Irene’s.
These days, our newspaper appears to have a deficiency of aloha. People tow motorcycles off our lot for no apparent reason. Some who are programmed to use catchphrases such as “ohana” and “talk story” still believe that our printing press is in CAP-oh-lay. They simply don’t care about the correct pronunciation.
And that’s why I’m saddened that Irene won’t be around. She brought grace and kindness in an increasingly impolite world. And on what should have been one of her saddest days, she thought of others.
Best wishes to the 54.
And I’m sorry it took so long to say thanks for a job well done.


  1. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 2:47 am

    WOW! 1st!!!

  2. lmfboy01 August 9, 2008 2:47 am


  3. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 2:48 am

    Good Morning ST!

  4. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 2:51 am

    Howzit lmfboy01! Wea you from?

  5. Stephen Tsai August 9, 2008 2:53 am

    Well, the blog clock says you’re both first.

  6. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 2:59 am

    Gotta LOVE Coach Mack! He’s true to his word.

    Congrads Mana, Ryan and Royce! Way to REPRESENT!!! You earned it! Now go out there and kick ARSE!!!

  7. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 3:04 am

    Oh, BTW, Ryan’s dad (Rod Perry – LA Rams All-Pro) was one of my coaches at Fresno City College. Nice guy.

  8. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 3:09 am

    Hope everyone notices the time change for today’s a.m. practice.

  9. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 3:13 am

    Happy Birthday Midnight! Haven’t seen you around in the hale.

  10. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 3:20 am

    God Bless and Best Wishes to Irene and the 53 other HA employees! Thank You for your services!

  11. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 3:33 am

    From yesterday’s post:

    LTUHF – Good to see you blogging again. Don’t stress over the diet. Gotta enjoy life.

    Aunty Liz – Hiya back! Keep taking your meds, eat, and rest. Get better!

    Mike – hit em’ where it hurts (the pocketbook).

    Homey – hope you found your two girls.

    Koakane – hawaiianbods at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

  12. HiFlyer August 9, 2008 3:47 am

    Kazz will appreciate the earlier times that way he can stay for the whole practice.

  13. 99club August 9, 2008 4:28 am

    A subdued ‘good morning’ today. That’s sad news about the layoffs in these tough times. I echo Hawaiibod’s wish of blessings and best wishes to the affected employees.

  14. 99club August 9, 2008 4:32 am

    That was a very eloquent and touching post concerning Irene and the 53 employees.

  15. brew808 August 9, 2008 4:36 am

    ~•~ 😯 8) 😀 ~•~ Good Morning Tsaikos and Warrior Nation!!! ~•~ 😀 8) 😯 ~•~

    Congratulations to student-athletes: Ryan Perry, Royce Pollard, & Mana Silva!!! AWESOME!!!

    This is another fine example of Coach Mack‘s clear communications and leadership on/off the field.

    Mahalo (again) to ST, Princess Leila, Ferd, et al. for your excellent reporting. The visual picture your reports paint are vivid. The background/human-interest information is priceless! It’s kind of hard to see the practice field from here, so those photos are greatly appreciated too!

    ST – Again, we commend you on you compassion and leadership for your fellow work ‘ohana, … and really everyone you touch on a daily basis. I certainly would want you in my corner…. Have you been able to scrap brother Mike off the ceiling?

    TSAIKOs – everyone have a great day!!! 😀 🙄 😆

  16. Pomai August 9, 2008 4:36 am

    From da last post –

    August 9th, 2008 at 4:18 am

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    Izzy thanks for the link, good info at that site, learned some new things. Recommend all of you visit it.

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  18. Pomai August 9, 2008 4:38 am

    ST great comment on the 54, sad that $$ is the bottom line now a days.

  19. Pomai August 9, 2008 4:41 am

    AH crap the sun is out and it’s going to be a nice day – why ah crap? cause I gotta finish painting the house. picking up da brush en walking out da door kicking and screaming all da way. BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  20. NYUH August 9, 2008 4:41 am

    Any sign of Graunke?

    Wonder if Obama will show up at practice today? Probably not if he wants to take Florida.

  21. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 4:44 am

    Off Topic – Wow! Sad news – I just read that actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away today from complications of pneumonia. He was only 50 years old. REST IN PEACE.

    Aunty Liz – please take care of yourself.

  22. Stretch August 9, 2008 4:51 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Don’t have much time but wanted to say thanks to ST & Andrew Shimabuku for putting up some nice photos of practice yesterday.

  23. Hawaiianbod August 9, 2008 5:05 am

    I love Viliami’s comment in ST’s article “Blaze is tough. His middle name is IMPACT.

  24. brew808 August 9, 2008 5:11 am

    Those UA uniforms look sharp! And those are just the practice ones too!

    Hey – an 8th grader found a shiny stone in the river near Colfax (north/east of Sacramento) – it contains 6 ounces of gold – worth $5500!

    UH hiring Coach MaMackin seems to be just as fortunate a fine – … gold…. maybe diamond! 😀

  25. djmitcho August 9, 2008 6:09 am

    Good morning Tsaikoland! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

  26. sjmacro August 9, 2008 6:19 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Thanks ST for the TC reminder, we were up later than 9:30. 😀 Best wishes to your 54 compatriots. Look for new doors and windows to open for fresh air in your lives. Happy Birthday Midnight ❗ See you all at practice. sjmacro & myki

  27. koakane™ August 9, 2008 6:21 am

    morning gangie,

    st thanks for the heads up will be heading down soon.

    anyone else going to da practice. if so will be at burger king to grab some quick bfast.

    or else see you’s dea.

    emse whoooooooooooooosh

  28. oldie August 9, 2008 6:34 am


    Thanks for the story about Irene and the 53 others. You really have a way of making us readers understand the impact of the layoffs. Hope those laid off find a way to survive this mess.

    Also, great story about Coach Mack and academics. He may still have no victories (or losses) to his name, but he’ll surely be a very successful coach with his emphasis on the right things.

  29. ChinaDrew August 9, 2008 6:40 am

    Do other Football programs get plagued with hammies?

    seems to be a problem every year.

  30. d1島: August 9, 2008 6:54 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congratulations Mana, Royce and Ryan. Make good on Coach Mac’s trust in you and follow thru til the end!

    Happy Birthday Midnight!

    Very touching tribute to Irene and the others. Best wishes to them all.

    I’ll be on the other side of the ridge doing film for #1 son’s team but you Tsaikos at UH practice…
    call me wen pau so we can kaukau. ( I thought of dat myself 😉 )

    Have a great weekend erryboddy!
    No forget da sunscreen; you know who I mean! (I made dat one, too. Quit while I’m ahead 😆 )

  31. d1島: August 9, 2008 6:59 am

    Sad to hear of Bernie Mac’s passing this morning.

  32. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 7:14 am

    Hauoli Lahanau, MIDNIGHT!

    Aloha Kakahiaka Ka Kou!

    In the spirit of ‘skins writer/blogger OM’s warning:
    (east coast respect of “bachi”),
    I am rooting for CJ Hawthorne today!

    GO, CJ!

  33. tom mui August 9, 2008 7:17 am

    ST: Nice tribute to your fellow-workers!

    0715 – and guys are already on the practice field!

  34. GMA Honey August 9, 2008 7:28 am

    Morning all.

    Channel 8 has the US women’s volleyball vs Japan on now. Former wahine Heather Bown, Robyn Ah-Mow and Kim Willoughby are playing. Up by 5 points now. Way to represent UH and USA. GO USA!

    Sorry to hear that the mens volleyball coach’s family was attacked and the father in law was killed. Appears to be a random act. Prayers and best wishes go out to the family.

  35. Dennis Halloran August 9, 2008 7:32 am

    obtw Rod Perry was a Mater Dei Monarch also!

  36. whitey August 9, 2008 7:40 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. It is always sad to bid farewell to fellow workers, but it is worse when they are terminated because of cost cutting. Basically, this trend will continue with companies that are being bought out by mainland groups and the Advertiser is no exception. Look at Dole, Maui Pine, Amfac, Advertiser, Aloha Airlines, etc. Like ST said, the words like ohana and family mean nothing to them.

    Coach Mc truly understands what he needs to do in his job. He is unique in his profession cause it is not often that you see a major university head coach attending parties or functions without being compensated and taking time to meet people for the first time. Along this line, I think the other UH head coaches should take advantage of this connection and attend functions which are open to anyone. This way, their programs will get needed support.

  37. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 7:43 am

    Which rookie will you be watching in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Bills?

    Colt Brennan, QB
    Chris Horton, S
    Fred Davis, TE
    J.T. Tryon, CB
    Kareem Moore, S
    Chad Rinehart, OL

    Total Votes: 1569

  38. gettingbye August 9, 2008 7:51 am

    Is the Skins game televised? Gotta set my DVR!

  39. mctruck August 9, 2008 7:56 am


    Sometimes, we all take things for granted, as in the case of thinking that people will be around sorta like forever, although in the back of our minds we know it ain’t so. Then one day, in an instant, it hits us like a bolt of lightning and we wonder, “what happened?”
    I think that’s why you have a very special place,(blog), where we all can try to make each moment count by staying connected and sharing all the varied kinds of emotions, whether it be harsh words, compassionate words, words of encouragement, laughter, sorrow, etc.
    Of course, we are blessed when you share your reflections of life’s experiences and believe me, I feel truely appreciative on yours and others insights. Mahalo

  40. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 7:57 am

    Jordon’s first preseason game- probably more typical than Colt’s last week (nothing on Ikaika here) :

    There were a lot of rookie debuts for the Lions on Thursday night – one of which was linebacker Jordon Dizon who played for the majority of the second half.

    “In my effort, I gave it what I got – I got an A,” said Dizon. “As far as my mental mistakes and that kind of stuff, I’ve got to give myself about a C. I had a couple mental breakdowns there a little bit. But at the end the game I played my heart out. But, I’ve got to clean it up – that’s what I think these preseason games are for: (so) the rookies can clean stuff up and fine-tune things.”

  41. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 7:58 am

    gettingbye- it’s at 1pm on NFL Network if you have a satellite feed.

  42. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:00 am

    mctruck- amen. You never know when a radical change will occur. Which is why I am enjoying the season this year – opportunity arose and opportunity is taken. No more “tomorrows”.

  43. mctruck August 9, 2008 8:02 am



  44. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:03 am



  45. oldie August 9, 2008 8:05 am


    I hope you’ll be doing a play by play for those of us without NFL Network.

    Go Redskins! Go Colt!

  46. whitey August 9, 2008 8:08 am

    Another great day in paradise and stretch is playing golf at Makena. He should do well as there is no wind and plenty of sun. But, then again, get plenty of keawe trees, gulches, and lava rocks. Duffer jr is playing the same course after stretch, so am going to check the scores. Later tonight the last of the Jedi (stretch) is going to straighten out the dark side merchants. Me, I just going watch and learn.

    ST is at practice already. He is like the everready bunny, just keeps on going. Am impressed.

  47. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 8:12 am

    Hiya LizK,

    just a few more days and one of your “tomorrows” will come true. 😀

  48. whitey August 9, 2008 8:13 am

    LizK. Hope you feeling better today and whatever ails you is going away.

  49. lava1 August 9, 2008 8:14 am

    Anyone know how to hear the Redskins game on the radio for free? Please tell me “can!”

  50. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:16 am,0,672942.story
    “Catch them
    Will any receiver actually create separation and make a catch? The Dolphins’ pass catchers have been woeful so far in camp, drawing Coach Tony Sparano’s ire on more than one occasion. Keep an eye on rookie WR Davone Bess in the slot. He’s the short one with the dreads.”

  51. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 8:19 am


    wen i come on wit dis laptop, i first gotta go ATT Connections Manager, and it says Connect and then a timer starts going….

    question, am I paying “extra” if i leave the computer on wit da ting connected to WB? anybody know? jus curious.

  52. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:20 am


    oldie- okeydokey!

    whitey/bhf2 – getting better and getting stoked!

  53. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:20 am

    bhf2- I think the clock is still ticking…

  54. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 8:21 am

    ST, touching blog entry. Usually, it’s the other way around. The people leaving are given a farewell lunch.

  55. whitey August 9, 2008 8:21 am

    BigHiloFan2. How you doing braddah? Saw your post about the State Championship and how they DQed some teams. I used to ref canoe racing on Maui and it is not easy, but we no do the “homer” theory. I noticed that this is prevalent whenever a head official is from the home team. Amazing how many manini rules can be found. Anyway, when you going to Florida, I going back to the north country on my annual migration. That’s why no can go Florida.

  56. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 8:22 am

    Whitey – howzit. today i go make like Pomai, make wit da paintbrush, kicking and screaming all day way! Baaaaaaahh!

    have a nice day everybody…

  57. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 8:24 am

    Last night’s Olympic specatacle was shocking. I didn’t know Beijing was so modern. Did you see their cloverleaf freeways? Wow.

    Now I want to visit Beijing, but we are planning a trip to Hong Kong next summer.

  58. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 8:26 am

    so sorry you no can go florida, whitey. garanz dis bradda gonna make enuff noise fo da boat ah us.

    btw, keep lookin an learnin da new tricks frum da darkside. i’m a novice myself.. 😎

  59. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:28 am

    bhf2- I think the clock is still ticking…

    whitey- good luck in da north country!

  60. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:28 am

    ‘k moving over to da laptop…

  61. Esme August 9, 2008 8:39 am

    ST … good grief, do you not ever sleep these days?! Wow!

    Good morning, gang! :mrgreen:

  62. Esme August 9, 2008 8:43 am

    Hi, Liz, gigi, bhf2 and everyone else online! *waving*

    Reeeeaaaally wish I could see the practices. Geev um my aloha, OK?

    Glad to hear about Mack’s commitment to academics.The boys may not always like it, but they will thank him later.

    And on the 54 … you said it, ST. I’m so upset about it, I can barely articulate anything coherent about it all … thanks for putting heart to words. 🙁

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid August 9, 2008 8:44 am

    God morning all!

    Howzit bhf2, whitey and gigi! Glad to see you’re feeling better Aunty Liz.

    Very sad stuff regarding the layoffs at the ‘Tizer. The remark about the pronunciation of Kapolei speaks volumes. whitey, your post #36 is a sad but true reality for those in Hawaii, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  64. A-House August 9, 2008 8:45 am

    Hi there good neighbor:

    we like your new mini-blinds!!!!!!!!!11

  65. whitey August 9, 2008 8:45 am

    OK gang, going back to lurk mode.

  66. lava1 August 9, 2008 8:47 am

    Thanks LizKauai.

  67. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 8:48 am

    haha ST has mini-blinds, now? Movin’ up!

  68. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 8:49 am

    Esme, I am so glad you weren’t cut from the Advertiser. You are too valuable.

  69. Rabidfanman August 9, 2008 8:49 am

    Rainbow Wahine win!!! Wait a sec…err, U.S. Women’s Volleyball wins!

  70. lmfboy01 August 9, 2008 8:49 am

    Willouby & Bown stuff block for the win for USA VB!!!

  71. Da Punchbowl Kid August 9, 2008 8:50 am

    Coach Mack is the big daddy! The guy personifies the concept of ‘ohana. His stance on academics shows just how deeply he cares about the program and the players. This is the type of guy you want for head coach.

  72. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 8:53 am

    I plan to watch just the Olympics highlights tonight.

  73. Esme August 9, 2008 9:00 am

    Awww, gigi! That is nice of you to say. But really, lots of equally valuable people were cut this week. It’s tragic and heartbreaking and horrible.

  74. tom mui August 9, 2008 9:02 am

    GIGI: If your budget can take it, you might consider going on a Viking riveer cruise in China – goes to Beijing, Xian (terra cotta soldiers), down the Yangtze and ends up in Shanghai (or vice-versa). They also have an extension to Hong Kong and Guiling.

    Waiting patiently for the Redskins game – go Colt!

  75. jm2375 August 9, 2008 9:08 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Good luck to the newly “retired” HA employees.

    Anyone watching Team Handball (MSNBC)? I still don’t understand it, but I was in Spain during the first week of the last Olympics and that’s pretty much all they had on TV!

    I need detailed reports from practice!! 😀 How’s Heun doing?

    Back to lurking.

  76. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 9:12 am

    Happy/tragic moments for US volleyball.

    Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minnesota, were attacked at the Drum Tower, an ancient monument in downtown Beijing, the IOC and Chinese authorities said.

    Barbara Bachman’s injuries are “serious and life-threatening,” an IOC statement said. The tour guide’s condition was not immediately clear.

    Todd Bachman was the father-in-law of U.S. Olympic men’s indoor volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon. McCutcheon’s wife, 2004 U.S. Olympic women’s indoor volleyball player Elisabeth Bachman McCutcheon, was with her parents when they were attacked, but she was not hurt, the IOC said.

  77. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 9:14 am

    Congrats to the American Womens Sabre Fencing team for their sweep!

  78. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 9:19 am

    Cycling is on – very interesting. 2 have broken away from the pack early – Chile and Bolivia.

  79. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 9:19 am

    6 more hours of riding!

  80. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 9:23 am

    Gonna take a nap. Wake me up for da game, eh? :mrgreen:

  81. Kekoa August 9, 2008 9:24 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Ohana!

    ~ Trying to recover from most unfortunate day yesterday. 08-08-08 was not very lucky for the Kekoa Klan.

    ~ Good to see Esme using the front door to the playhouse today. Tired of closing the back window after her.

    ~ Mahalo ST! – for getting on those who mispronounce Hawaiian names, and places from “CAP-io-lah-nay to CAP-oh-lay.” That shows a lot of respect for the culture. Respect seems to be in short supply now days in the upper echelon of your newspaper.

    ~ Shout out to BHF2, Whitey, Duffer, Liz, and all the others from the neighbor islands for their loyal support of all things UH. God love ’em! Wish they could get the H-4 built between all the islands so we could just drive forth and back to visit each other and enjoy all the Tsaiko events togetter!

  82. BG August 9, 2008 9:38 am


    I was very appreciative of your note on your co-workers who became ex-workers… so sobering and sad. It’s sad about the event, but it was heart warming to hear about a wonderful lady with such grace and consideration. We’re all glad you learned her name and shared it with us. Irene, if not now, I hope you find your way to the Tsaiko Ohana. You will find friends just like you.

  83. whitey August 9, 2008 9:51 am

    DPK, thanks, but just look back (not too far) when an airline use to say “our special corner in the world” and they dominated the market. What do they do to us? Have employees strike and cut off passengers to and from Hawaii. What followed is what we call bachi. They have never recovered what they lost in the market to “our special corner in the world”. Another airline who calls Hawaii home is on the same course if they keep up with their present attitude of trying to sell us their mainland ideas, raise the airfares, charge for baggage, limit bag weight, etc. Aloha went aloha because they forgot what the word meant. My brother worked for them, put his heart and soul into them, but hated the CEO because he never gave a rat’s arse about the employees. My brother was also the first employee of the year at the Maui station.

  84. B August 9, 2008 10:01 am

    I second whitey’s comment. many mainland companies and ceo’s coming to the islands need to take a coach mck class on how to assimilate.

  85. WarriorMojo August 9, 2008 10:06 am


    NO worries, man. That was a serious offer. This kind of stuff is right up my alley. I’d be glad to help.

  86. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 10:13 am

    I woke up to the National Anthem for the Swordsters 😉

    Beach volleyball…
    they call Elaine Branagh a “stud”… not a “studette”? I guess these announcers are trying to tell us something.

  87. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 10:15 am

    ((((hugs)))) Kekoa Ohana!

  88. Ohana808 August 9, 2008 10:17 am

    Coming out of luker mode to say …
    Colt up next on 🙂

  89. whitey August 9, 2008 10:17 am

    Kekoa. When you coming to the valley isle? No forget, we going take you and your family out for fuud and talk story about the old days.

  90. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 10:23 am

    recording Colt.

  91. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 10:34 am

    gigi- Favre is going to start the Jets’ preseason game against the ‘Skins!

  92. Esme August 9, 2008 11:00 am

    Ohana808, Liz … any report on what Colt said? 😀

    Kekoa … I guess I missed something. You and your ohana OK?

  93. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 11:04 am

    Liz, yeah, I know. Hubby told me. Now I don’t know which QB to cheer for. I love both Favre and Colt.

  94. Esme August 9, 2008 11:04 am

    Also, one fas-kine hijack for those who might have missed my initial announcement:

    Heather McMackin will do a live chat on at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Props to ST for helping me make that happen! She’ll talk about the clinic as well as her life around football, in general.

    Had a nice conversation with Heather the other day and have since written a little pre-chat intro on the site, which you can find by clicking on my name.

    Hope the Tsaikos will drop by Monday and show her some aloha! And thanks again, ST!

    OK, returning you to your regularly scheduled blog-a-go-go. :mrgreen:

  95. Esme August 9, 2008 11:07 am

    Forgot to add: The originating post has more straightforward press-release type info, but if you scroll to about the third post, it contains the background after talking with Heather a bit. 😀

  96. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 11:07 am

    Mack sure has one heck of a wife. Glad to see she is rubbing elbows with the wahine of Hawaii. Way to go!

  97. BG August 9, 2008 11:10 am

    I’m going to take full advantage of a rare opportunity to post!!!

    Good morning to all the Ohana in the hale!

    The Bay Area Tsaikos are probably wrapping up their luncheon…hope to hear some reports soon.

  98. FloridaTed August 9, 2008 11:14 am

    The sense of community used to be common in many parts of the world. Working your whole life for one company gave people a feeling of belonging and security, fostering loyalty that went both ways.

    Those days have passed us by quite awhile ago, giving way to the God of mammon, better known as profit. Instead of loyalty, this God has fostered greed and the reduction of people to mere numbers.

    The stock market crash fiasco of 29 has been repeated many times since then, not as severe, but nevertheless rooted in the same folly, pure greed. If you look back, it seems to repeat itself just about every decade. It doesn’t matter if you either look at the stock market or real estate, greed as the underlying force is prevalent in both.

    In addition, executives now are always looking for the quick fix, the easy solution and what is easier than to lay of a bunch of people, mere numbers on a balance sheet? It is much harder to come up with creative fixes for any market woes.

    Profit and stock market pressures are enemies of bulding long term values and people in this equation have become pawns on a chessboard, played with by CPA’s.

    In the world of today, actually throughout history, the only thing that was always assured was change. In the distant past change was much more subtle and was much easier to adapt to, but the last century has turned everything upside down. It has created tremendous insecurities among people.

    For that reason alone, it has become extremely vital to hold on, wherever you can, to what’s left of Ohana, the last cell in existance where we can protect each other against the inevitable foibles of life.

    This is why the Warrior beat is such an Oasis for all of us who frequent this community.

  99. SteveM August 9, 2008 11:21 am

    Add hwnstln to the OSU and Fresno game list.

    I think Stretch is still looking for people interested in riding a charter bus to and from Corvallis from Portland. No personal driving for hours, searching for parking, and driving back. But I think he only has around half a bus load now and needs more to lower the average cost. Contact him if you are interested — stretch6592 (at) yahoo dot com

    Updated Tsai-ko Road Game listing at;

  100. Nelson from DC August 9, 2008 11:24 am

    Before anyone gets any ideas that I am a Johnny-come-lately from one of the Redskins blogs, I have been a Hawaii football fan since I moved to Hawaii in 1991. I lived in Ewa Beach for 13 years before I moved back to DC and have been following the team for 17 years (wow, how time flies).
    Having said that, to those fans who have found their way to the Redskins blog (, please stop making Colt sound like Jasmine Trias. You can’t blog him into a starting job as much as you try. I have seen some down-right offensive posts that I would never see on this blog.
    Have some faith in Colt’s talent. The people in DC already love him but all the undue adulation is starting to wear thin on some people. Colt (bless him) has stayed humble through it all, which took away any backlash for upstaging the most beloved players in Redskins history during HOF week (which really is the press’ fault, not Colt).
    Well, I have the TIVO set for 7pm Eastern Time… Let’s go Warriors… I mean Redskins!

  101. FloridaTed August 9, 2008 11:28 am

    Looking around at all those “Big Time” football programs and all their numerous problems and troubles they have with their so called star players, it warms my heart to read about our Warriors. Win or lose, we have the exact right coach in place. Big Macks integrity and steadfast refusal to compromise his principals will rub of big time on all our players for years to come and we can truly be proud of our program.

    With the kind of character displayed on an almost daily basis, many wins will come and I have not the slightest doubt in my mind about that.

  102. whitey August 9, 2008 11:34 am

    Well gang, time to go. Have a great weekend and may the sunshine make you happy and healthy.

    P.S. i wonder what going happen when stretch takes me to the dark side. Hahahahahaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

  103. SteveM August 9, 2008 11:41 am

    Nelson from DC has been with us here for many months and a considerate poster. Oddly, I do not have an exact date but he did enable me to add “District of Columbia” to my poster list. Nelson — do you have a town/city I could add?

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –


    If you are currently residing outside the State of Hawaii, and not listed on the web page below, please post a message to say “Hi” to your host, Stephen Tsai, and tell us your City and State/Country…or just mention your city and state in your next post.

    To see those who we have met so far, go to…

  104. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 11:45 am

    I had to set up a whole dang website just to post an audio file!

  105. BG August 9, 2008 11:47 am

    Great to see some handles that I haven’t seen before/haven’t seen for awhile.

    “gettingbye” gotta meet up with “Kinda Shy” and then get Kazz to do some prose! LOL

    Hi “ChinaDrew”….but, what happened to “G”? Sure miss him. Bet he could give us some reports on the Olympics.

    “B” – you not only hit it on the head (#84), but drove that nail clean through the board!

    LizK and Ohana808 – mahalos for the links to check out Colt

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 Midnight !!!!

  106. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 11:51 am

    Nelson from DC- no worries. Most of the HI ones doing that are not Tsai-kos. I have tried not to sound that way and even posted a thread about Jason Campbell to get some momentum going for the starting QB.
    Unfortunately, there is not much personal support for JC and not much information coming from those fans.

  107. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 12:02 pm

    Uploading another pregame interview for the Skins game.

  108. WarriorMojo August 9, 2008 12:10 pm

    Okay, was hoping to get to practice today, but it obviously didn’t happen so here’s some observations from yesterday.

    I got to the field after practice was about half finished, BUT I was just in time for the O-line vs. D-line gladiator matches. Let me tell you, these matches were awesome! They linemen were positioned perpendicular to the field with the O-line facing makai and the D-line (obviously) mauka. This provided those of us on the hill, with essentially an endzone view of the jousting from a distance of about ten to fifteen yards. Bottomline: you can’t get better seats than this. This is was ringside for BJ Penn. Front row at Led Zeppelin. No safety net. Nothing sanitized for your protection.

    And let me tell you, the guys knew it. They put on a show. Nobody loafed through this drill. With so many people watching, it was all about Pride. There was no place to hide if you messed up. No hole to crawl down. Your shame was was there for everyone to see until you could wipe it away on the next rotation.

    The drill was strictly a series of one on one slugfests. They started with the right OT going against the left DE, then proceeded to the right G against the left DT, and so forth, all the way around to the other side and then back again. For the D the object of the drill was to sack the QB, which was represented by a twenty pound haunch of USDA-certified Prime meat tied to a tree branch. Or was that a tackling dummy set up about where a QB would be in a shotgun set? Anyway, the O line guys tried to keep the beef, I mean, the QB alive.

    Players would rotate reps within their positions, so Kia would go, then Letuli, then back to Kia. Same thing for the defense. This drill is brutal, but revealing. Guys who are ready to play will shine in this drill. Guys who aren’t ready will be exposed.

    Okay, enough hype already. Who won? Well, starting with the defense, I gotta say Elliot Purcell is going to be a stud. He got the main reps at right DE since Fonoti was out. He is very, very quick with a sweet swim move. On one play he faked hard inside and got Kia to lean, then went hard outside, leaving Kia grasping at air and screaming out profanities as Purcell wolfed down huge chunks of meat.

    Also gotta say that our DTs were awesome. Josh Leonard is a stone cold killer. I actually don’t remember him being blocked. Fale “House” Laeli may be having difficulties with after-practice conditioning, but he over-powered his man at least two times for what would have been sacks. Vaughn Meatoga is a high motor guy, never quits. On one play he did a 360 spin one way, but when his man stayed with him he did a 360 the other way to shake free for a sack. He will definitely contribute this year. Rocky was very quick and showed a lot of power, getting through to the bag at least once. On one play Keala Watson overpowered his blocker and pushed him all the way back to the bag, where the blocker fell backwards onto the bag with Keala on top of him.

    All five of these guys can play. Pick any two of them for your starters and you’d be fine. If I had to pick right now, I’d probably go with Josh and Fale, but the sky’s the limit for Meatoga.

    II didn’t really notice who was playing left DE aside from Veikune and Tua Mahaley. Veikune is Veikune. Quick, strong, relentless, but I don’t recall him making any outstanding plays yesterday. No worries, we know what he’s all about. Mahaley got through for one play, but was otherwise relatively quiet.

    As for my O-line guys, for me this drill really crystalized certain impressions that I had previously. First, Letuli HAS to be our starter at LT. Kia did well and needs to be in the starting group as well, but Letuli “is special” as someone used to say. The guy has it all, great balance, great feet, excellent lateral movement, and the muscle to stone bull rushers. Just keep those hammies stretched, Pepa.

    Another great sign: Hisatake has found a home at guard. As I’ve said before, I wish he had another redshirt year because I think he could be a good tackle, but playing in space is making him too tentative right now. He wants to lock his guy up right away and then mash him to death with his power. That spells G for now. But, geez, it would sure be nice to take advantage of his athleticism at T.

    Estes, no comment really necessary. I thought he was better at RG two years ago than he was at C last year, but he sure looked good yesterday. I don’t think he got beat. Austin Hansen and Silla Lefiti are both battlers, but are clearly not at Estes’ level yet. If, heaven help us, Estes were unavailable, there would be a noticable drop off at C. Kahai Choy did well on one rotation, but was overpowered on another. My guess is he redshirts this year.

    With Lafu out, the reps at G were split between Hisatake, Ginlack, Ieru, and Joey Lipp. Don’t really remember too much about Ginlack’s reps, (which might be a good thing). Ieru did okay on most of his reps, but was overpowered by Leonard(?) on another. Joey Lipp looks like he is too light and was overpowered a couple times.

    At RT Steiny was fine. Don’t recall him being beaten by an outside rush. Adrian Thomas also did pretty well. He looks a bit awkward and unorthodox in his movements and I wouldn’t say that he his the lightest of foot. BUT, he gets the job done. As he continues to improve, I can see him helping us a lot his junior and senior years.

    So after all this my choice for starters are Letuli, Hisatake, Estes, AhSoon, Steiny/Kia. Reasoning: Hisatake looks like he will be our best G by mid-season, but either he or AhSoon needs to move. I pick AhSoon to move because Hisatake is still a toddler in learning O-line and would probably be the more disrupted by the move. Plus, Bear was slated to play RT last year before Steiny asked to switch sides so I’m guessing he could adapt more quickly than Ray. Finally, Steiny is fine, but let’s give him some competition. We know Kia can play so let them battle it out for the starting slot. Kia is still option #1 at LT should Letuli get hurt again.

    Okay, I’m done now. Mojo boogie.

  109. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:13 pm

    Wow, that was an awesome Cattle Call! We unfortunately couldn’t all sit together, so my wife, kids, and sister-in-law sat at one table and brew, A-joe, A-sports, and I sat at another table. We ate very, very well (thanks to “grill-master” brew!) and had a great time talking story. The time went very fast and the time to go (about 2 hours after we started) came so quickly. The restaurant was packed and they really needed us to vacate our two tables…

    I can’t wait until the next time I get to see (and eat with!) them and the other Tsaikos again. At least I’ll get to see brew and a lot of others that are going to the Oregon State game.

  110. Bill August 9, 2008 12:19 pm

    Great recap WarriorMojo, next best thing to ringside seats.

    What are your thoughts on Kainoa LaCount when he reports. 6′ 7″ @ 300+ is a load.

  111. BG August 9, 2008 12:19 pm

    Nelson from DC

    I understand what you’re saying…one of the reasons that I decline to post there (except for a couple of early comments).

    Have you gone to the other Hawaii sports sites? I think you probably have. Reading the comments from the Hawaii residents, I don’t recognize handles or writing styles from this board except for Liz and maybe two others who, like me, only posted a couple of innoculous comments.

    What really gets hilarious sometimes are the comments about having too many Colt threads. One evening, I counted the threads on the first page (5). Out of the five only one was by a person in Hawaii! 😯

    Nelson…hope you reach the audience you want and get some results from your message.

  112. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:19 pm


    Thank you very much for that detailed report! I know that you have been solidly behind Letuli for well over a year now, and I agree with you on what he could do for the team. Letuli’s health could be a key for the Warriors this season, both for his play on the field and for the depth and flexibility that having a great player at tackle would provide for the team.

  113. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:21 pm

    My deepest condolences to Irene and the other 53 Advertiser workers. I hope that they find another job soon and that this transition period is short and as painless as possible. Thank you to ST for his eloquent words in his blog entry.

  114. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:23 pm

    Congratulations to Perry, Pollard, and Silva! All are deserving of the scholarships, as are so many other walk-ons. One key thing to note is that Mack *needs* to emphasize academics and make sure that each walk-on he gives a scholarship to is in good academic standing because of the APR.

  115. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:25 pm

    Here is some Miami stuff from the past few days from the Sun-Sentinel. Could BOTH Reagan and Grigsby get cut?

    Fullback – Boomer Grigsby, Reagan Mauia

    How many kept: Likely one

    Summary: Mauia struggles to catch passes, but he’s the better lead blocker right now. This battle will likely come down to the top special teams contributor, and an educated guess says it’ll be Grigsby. But this position might receive an upgrade from the waiver wire. The Dolphins want a fullback who will be effective in the I-formation.

    Receiver – Derek Hagan, Ted Ginn Jr., Davone Bess, David Kircus, Greg Camarillo, Ernest Wilford, Selwyn Lymon, Jayson Foster, John Dunlap, Anthony Armstrong

    How many kept: Likely five, with one or two on the practice squad

    Summary: I CALL IT like I see them, and yes Wilford has looked like the Dolphins fifth best receiver in the practices I’ve witnessed. It’s a bad sign when the traditionally inconsistent Derek Hagan has turned into your team’s most consistent receiver. Not that Hagan can’t turn over a new leaf, but this unit is going to be in TROUBLE if there isn’t a talent upgrade. Wilford, a projected starter, has been invisible all training camp. And Ginn Jr. isn’t far behind. Kircus represents the best deep threat, so he’s close to locking up a spot on the 53-man roster if he doesn’t tank it over the next month. Bess is a rookie worth developing, and it appears he’s pushing Camarillo for the final spot. Everyone else is practice squad material. There will be plenty of decent receivers on the waiver wire in a month and the Dolphins will likely explore many of them, so NO ONE IS SAFE.

    Centers – Samson Satele, Steve McKinney, Mike Byrne, Matt Spanos

    How many kept: Likely two, maybe an extra one on the practice squad

    Summary: Satele’s a solid center, but is he Pro Bowl material? There is plenty of room for growth here. Considering he’s the most athletic of the interior guys I’m assuming Satele will be the primary puller on running plays. McKinney can play guard and center, and that versatility is a plus. But he needs to show he’s healthy and efficient during the exhibition season to stay employed. Byrne and Spanos are likely duking it out for a practice squad spot.

  116. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 12:25 pm

    Yeah, Mojo!

    Go Vaughn (Kauai guy… gotta say that)

  117. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:26 pm

    This reporter thinks that Bess outdoing the other Miami WRs is a *bad* sign for Miami.

    The top free agent addition, Ernest Wilford, has done squat so far in camp. An undrafted rookie free agent named Davone Bess has made as many plays as Ted Ginn Jr., last year’s first-round pick. As thrilled as Hawaii fans might be to hear that, it’s not a good sign for Dolphins fans. And worse, the chronically inconsistent Derek Hagan has been your most consistent receiver in camp. That just doesn’t add up to a good passing game.

  118. Kekoa August 9, 2008 12:29 pm

    The coaching staff would do well in reading your assessment. There is a certain historical perspective that you add to your observation that the new coaches should appreciate.

    Since I haven’t been able to get to further practice sessions – like a lot of your Tsaiko bretheren, I appreciate the inside feel you pass on to us from your ringside seat. Isn’t it tres cool to have Tsaiko’s to the left and right, front and rear? 😎

  119. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 12:30 pm

    Nelson from DC- some of the Hawaii ExtremeSkins peeps are coming from :

    And funny thing- I got a private mail from a guy from Oahu that I “met” when we were both breeding Betta splendens!

  120. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:31 pm

    Feature article on the Reagan vs. Grigsby battle for the FB spot. It is pretty sad that they know that the primary job for their FBs is to block, but they will judge the Reagan vs. Grigsby battle by who catches passes better and how plays special teams better…both of those things are Reagan’s weaknesses and Grigsby’s strengths.

    “I have the utmost faith in Reagan’s toughness, but I refuse to back down,” said Grigsby, who at 5 feet 11, 250 pounds is an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than Mauia, a sixth-round pick last year.

    Although opening holes for running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams is the primary function for fullbacks in offensive coordinator Dan Henning’s offense, the survivor will probably be determined by special-teams and pass-catching skills.

    Grigsby made 49 special-teams tackles over the past three seasons in Kansas City, while Mauia was rarely used on those units.

    Despite breaking his wrist in the preseason last year, Mauia’s blocks helped pave the way for early-season running success by Brown and Jesse Chatman. However, he had just two catches for five yards in ’07 and has been dropping balls throughout practice.

    “I’m working on my technique, but I still have a habit of catching like there’s a cast there,” Mauia said. “After all year of doing that, it’s kind of hard to break it. I’m still trying to fix it.”

    Running backs coach James Saxon, a former fullback for Miami from 1992-94, recommended Grigsby to the current regime. He wants his fullbacks to have a “controlled rage.”

    “You’re talking about two guys [linebacker and fullback] standing 10 yards apart that have to run full speed into each other 20 to 25 times a game,” Saxon said. “It’s not a fun job that everybody jumps in front of the line to sign up for.”

    Sparano said he rarely keeps two fullbacks, and prefers for one of his tight ends to fill in as an H-back (pseudo fullback).

  121. Kekoa August 9, 2008 12:32 pm

    Oops! Forgot to address the props in post #118 to Warrior Mojo! Thanks again for your keen insight.

  122. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:34 pm

    Now for some stuff from the Palm Beach Post:

    11-on-11 passing drills.

    Beck up first. The first play is a sweep left to Ronnie Brown. Great job by Reagan Mauia getting out in front and sealing off Chris Roberson to allow Ronnie to scoot up the sideline.

    Great pass by Beck on a square-in to Davone Bess. Led him perfectly.

  123. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 12:37 pm

    Hi Garret!
    I’m suddenly ready for some Korean BBQ. I must be getting better!

    Thanks for the info on Bess and guys.

  124. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:37 pm

    This isn’t exactly Warriors-related, but it is interesting to see how much it can cost a University when things aren’t handled in a friendly manner like the UH-JJ mediation situation.

    Lawyers racked up more than $442,400 in billable hours and expenses representing West Virginia University in its successful $4 million lawsuit against former football coach Rich Rodriguez, but they plan to donate at least a quarter of their fees to the school.

    Flaherty noted Wednesday that his firm, a regular WVU contributor, discounted its hourly rates in the case. The fee equals about 8 percent of the $4 million settlement. Flaherty contrasted that with those charged in other cases handled by private lawyers for state agencies, which can reach a third or more of the resulting judgment.

  125. SteveM August 9, 2008 12:39 pm

    Garret –thanks for the report (#109) from the bay area.

    This Cattle Call marked the inauguration of the Northern CA (No-Cal) Tsai-ko Chapter…or maybe the BATs (Bay Area Tsai-kos) Chapter. brew808, President.

    Since the No-Cal Chapter could not form by weight of numbers (pun intended), the designated chapter affiliate is Addahknowsports!

    Congratulations! The Bay area is gonna be even more interesting when brew808 and 808chef meet and team up!

  126. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:39 pm

    Hi Liz!

    I’m glad that you are feeling better! The Korean BBQ was so ono…but the company was even better than the food!

    Thank you for all of your notes on Colt, I really appreciate them. I just don’t have time to read through the Washington forums, so it is good that you and others post so much of the info here!

  127. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:43 pm


    808chef would have loved to be there, but I guess his work schedule didn’t allow it. He was trying to adjust things, but next time we’ll plan things further in advance so that he has a week or so to fix his work schedule.

    I had 7 meetings during this trip for business (hence my company paid for the drive to/from the Bay Area), and if things work out like a couple of people here and I have planned, I might be able to come up here on a regular basis (3x or 4x per year). If that happens, I’ll try to help the Bay Area Tsaikos get together more!

  128. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:44 pm

    It is good that Kainoa LaCount has a redshirt year. He’s missed so much time already that it would be best for him to have a year with the team, go through spring ball, and then go for it next season. The bad thing is that reduces the number of options that UH has at tackle.

  129. Committed Lurker August 9, 2008 12:51 pm

    Just dropping in for a minute:

    SteveM, or anyone else keeping track, you tink you can add me to the list for the Oregon State, Boise, and NM State games? I’ll try to shoot an e-mail later today if get time.


  130. Stephen Tsai August 9, 2008 12:52 pm

    What’s disappointing about the terminations is that the paper is the most profitable media outlet in Hawai‘i. By a lot. The cuts weren’t made for survival. They were made because somebody decided the workforce could be cut by 10 percent. That’s the difference today. Newspapers used to be about being watchdogs of society. Now they’re businesses, with shareholders who want profits to pay for rising gas prices.
    Also, the 54 positions were deemed no longer essential. So loyalty, hard work, heck, even seniority mean nothing. When somebody determines that locally drawn political cartoons are no longer essential, a 30-year, award-winning employee is out of a job.
    I’m fortunate, and I know it. UH sports are important to our society. Who knows how essential I’ll be considered after the Florida game.

  131. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:56 pm


    Your job is safe…but I am truly sad for what happened to those 54. it is sad that a paper is profitable and still the workforce gets cut so significantly!

  132. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 12:56 pm
    This works with IE and needs plugins. Redskin fans think the game will be streamed here but it is not yet on the play list.

  133. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 12:58 pm

    I’ve got to wake up my kids and get them ready for the wedding reception. I’ll check back around midnight to see how Colt did and if there are any more practice reports.

    By the way, A-sports and A-joe are going to the Giants game tonight and brew is driving them, so they won’t be giving their reports on the Cattle Call for quite some time.

  134. BG August 9, 2008 1:03 pm

    Hmmm…no posts from practice yet. Here’s a filler post for the time being.

    Earlier ChinaDrew commented about pulled hamstrings. JMO…there are lots of reasons for hammies…stepping in a depression, slipping while making a cut or while accelerating suddenly, or trying to put the throttle to the firewall. While there’s no one reason, I do believe the underlying reason for many hammies is muscle fatigue. With the heavy workload every day, the muscles don’t have the opportunity to fully recover and are suseptible to injury. According to “the book”, muscles take 24-36 hrs to recover from a heavy workout. If muscles are put under unaccustomed stresses, the body has to break it down to build it up stronger and that takes longer. Anyone remember feeling worse the SECOND day after doing something foolish? Often called DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness…or something like that).

    Of course it’s the same across the nation. So, what can be done to minimize the problem? Being in shape certainly helps. But, pulling a hamstring doesn’t mean that a player is out of shape. A player can be well conditioned, but so intense that he’s pushing the physical envelope all the time.

    From my tiny perch, I can offer one little suggestion. While doing a lot of stretching BEFORE practice is OK, static stretching does nothing for warming up. Easy dynamic movement would be better. Warming up a muscle decreases the internal resistance and make the muscle more efficient.

    What I would suggest is stretching AFTER practice. Track runners do this as standard practice. Why? All the running and jumping shortens and tightens muscles…muscles tighten to protect themselves. However, a denser muscle makes it harder for the blood flow to get around and nourish the muscle cells. Result…takes longer for muscles to recover. Stretching elongates the muscles and allows better blood flow.

    I’m surprise that this research hasn’t crossed over into other sports. I read this stuff back in the 90’s…as well as what to eat for better recovery.

  135. Koauka August 9, 2008 1:06 pm

    Its ironic you talk about those who use catchphrases such as “ohana” and “talk story.” These are companies who use these words really have no soul, simply they don’t live it at all.

    I worked for a major tour company that used these words,but never seemed to apply it to there employees. As an employee, you are required to share your aloha and mana’o to all our visitors, but I never could understand the bosses (sitting in their California offices), if the understood what Hawaii is?

    Hawaii is our people, yep the peeps who share with their fellow man.
    And yes, some of them live around the world, still sharing what we learned from our Hawaii Ohana.

    If you can’t live it each day, please, don’t even mention it.

    And this blog, the Aloha still grows and grows each day.

    Mahalo ST and everyone who participates……the Aloha here is REAL!

  136. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:09 pm

    HI ST- the Redskins game is about to start. OK to blog some details?

  137. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:12 pm

    Game starting. Skins will receive.
    Fumble and Bills start at the Redskin 30!

  138. Da Punchbowl Kid August 9, 2008 1:14 pm

    How are you getting the game? Can we access it too?

  139. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:15 pm

    Skins dee is holding and Bills finally make a long pass for 1st down.

  140. BG August 9, 2008 1:17 pm


    Fantastic report…mahalos from the bottom of my heart!!!! 😀

  141. Kekoa August 9, 2008 1:17 pm

    ST ~ They had better be careful. You are a vital part of the sports community in Hawaii. A lot of key people would be upset. I’m not saying anything more, they read too much into things I say anyway.

  142. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:18 pm

    DPK- I have Dish Network. If the game is awesome for our guys, I can make a dvd.

  143. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:18 pm

    Bills kick a FG

    3-0 Buffalo

  144. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:19 pm

    DPK- you can hear the game online:

  145. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:21 pm

    Skins start on their 20

  146. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:26 pm

    JC is QB

    3rd play – Santana Moss catches a danger throw like Colt threw last week!
    Another good pass to Randel El

    Portis crosses the 50 yd. line. They look GOOD!

  147. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:27 pm

    JC throws- inc and they punt

  148. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:29 pm

    HI ST- how was practice?

  149. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:30 pm

    YIKES! 150K fans on the waitlist for season tickets!

    Bills run the ball. People are watching Jason (dancing) Taylor who is in the dee.

  150. g-nalo August 9, 2008 1:32 pm

    Another great day in paradise and stretch is playing golf at Makena. He should do well as there is no wind and plenty of sun. But, then again, get plenty of keawe trees, gulches, and lava rocks. Duffer jr is playing the same course after stretch, so am going to check the scores. Later tonight the last of the Jedi (stretch) is going to straighten out the dark side merchants. Me, I just going watch and learn.

    “straighten out the dark side merchants”??? oh oh

    “me, i just going watch and learn”??? double oh oh


  151. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:39 pm

    Skins have the ball again.
    JC is looking good.

  152. Izzy August 9, 2008 1:39 pm


    You can “watch” the game here: GAME

    It’s ahead of the audio stream.
    Nice graphics.

  153. SteveM August 9, 2008 1:41 pm

    “Just going watch and learn” is whitey being modest… and after 40 years he knows that alibi is not going to hold up tomorrow morning 🙂

    I never understood how they find the golf courses that have so many 19th holes… 😕

    LizKauai — Thanks for the live updates!

    Going out shopping now…

  154. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:46 pm

    Zorn offense is beautiful.
    Throws, runs, marching to the 20 yd. line. oops holding penalty.

  155. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:49 pm

    JC is really looking good. Looking like a student of Zorn and a starting QB!

  156. conor August 9, 2008 1:51 pm

    R. Mauia just caught a pass for 9 yrds. from John Beck

  157. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:53 pm

    3rd and feet to go.
    Portis is held.
    4th and goal. Oline challenge.
    Portis gets in.

  158. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:54 pm

    Alright, Reagan!!!

  159. Da Punchbowl Kid August 9, 2008 1:56 pm

    Thanks Izzy!

  160. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 1:56 pm

    Bills are starting to put in other players.
    End of the 1Q

  161. conor August 9, 2008 1:59 pm

    Colt Brennan will be going in next, Bills on “O” right now with 14:20 to go in the 2nd

  162. conor August 9, 2008 2:02 pm

    wow…nvm Todd Collins is in sorry about that

  163. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:02 pm

    Bills punt
    Todd Collins is in at QB

  164. Stretch August 9, 2008 2:04 pm

    whitey, gnalo – FYI – I am reading all your comments while hacking it up on the course

  165. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:06 pm

    TC throws a “danger” pass Good Job! Ball is at midfield.
    Skins are marching

  166. FloridaTed August 9, 2008 2:07 pm

    ST, Koauka,

    Couldn’t agree more with either of you. See my post (98).


    Thanks man, great synopsis.


    Please keep going, thank you.

  167. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:07 pm

    Haha Stretch! Shhh… you guys!

  168. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:08 pm

    Betts is running some great routes and the Oline is great!

  169. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:09 pm

    conor- is the other game over?

  170. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:10 pm

    K Ted!

  171. conor August 9, 2008 2:10 pm

    Liz- which game are u talking about? the Miami one?

  172. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:11 pm

    Collins does a beautiful screen to Betts who runs into the endzone while his oline blocks everyone within a mile from him!

  173. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:12 pm

    Zorn has no nore timeouts – gave his challenge flag to another coach – lest he be tempted :mrgreen:

  174. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:13 pm

    conor- yeah- miami

  175. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:14 pm

    Bills get a nice runback on the KO

    There are a zillion commercials.

  176. conor August 9, 2008 2:15 pm

    Liz- 1:25 left in the 1st quarter…hopefully Bess will be in soon!

  177. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:18 pm

    Hard to see what is going on… interviewing Portis while the Bills offense is on the field.
    They had a good 30 yd pass and a good rush.

  178. Vanessa August 9, 2008 2:18 pm

    Hi Liz! Mahalos for the Stooge TV link. I’m watching the Skins game online now. You are awesome! Thanks again!

  179. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:19 pm

    Bills are 4th and feet.
    Go for it and get it.

  180. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:24 pm

    Skins defenders are getting hurt while the Bills make a nice march down into the red zones.

  181. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:26 pm

    ST- how long is the mandatory waiting period?

    Vanessa- AWRIGHT!

  182. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:28 pm

    Wow- great effort for the Bills but the Skins Dee holds.
    Bills kick a FG.

    14 to 6 Skins

  183. Vanessa August 9, 2008 2:30 pm

    Unlike you Liz, I can’t type & watch the game at the same time. Plus, i got one baby in my arm & the other screaming for food. So gotta go for now. Good luck Redskins! Go Colt!

  184. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:30 pm

    Colt is still sipping water hatless on the sidelines while a helmeted Collins is warming up.

  185. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 2:32 pm

    dang. collins is in.

  186. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:33 pm

    Collins throws one away when a safety comes up on his intended. The a nice little play for a good run.

    You have to be EXCITED about this team. I don’t care if it is preseason. There is a lot of great stuff here!
    2 minute warning.

  187. conor August 9, 2008 2:34 pm

    Todd Collins throws INT with a 28 yrd. return by the Bills

  188. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:35 pm

    Hahah. Vanessa, we gotcher back! Kids first!


    Collins INT.

  189. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:36 pm

    Nice bomb to the endzone and the Bills score!

  190. conor August 9, 2008 2:37 pm

    TD Bills…James Hardy (Rookie from Indiana Univ.) just made a GREAT catch in the endzone for a Buffalo TD

  191. Stephen Tsai August 9, 2008 2:37 pm

    Mandatory waiting period:’
    Something like two days.

    People, people, I throw out clues: Brian Smith’s b-day is today. His girlfriend’s b-day was yesterday. Who’s his girlfriend?

  192. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:38 pm

    Hardy makes a case for the 6’5″ receiver.

    Bills going for 2
    GOT IT

    14 14

  193. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:39 pm

    Thanks, ST. Weekends count?


  194. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 2:40 pm

    lizk, where are you watching the dolphins games?

  195. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:40 pm

    Collins is back in.
    Draw play to Betts.
    Short throw fir a 1st. down.
    26 secs left in the 1/2

  196. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:41 pm

    conor was watching

  197. FloridaTed August 9, 2008 2:43 pm

    Well, happy birthday Brian and (unknown) girlfriend.

  198. conor August 9, 2008 2:44 pm

    Bess has GOT to get some playing time the 3rd/4th quarter…he did too good in training camp from what I heard.

  199. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 2:49 pm

    how are you watching the dolphins?

  200. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:49 pm

    conor- where are you watching that game?

  201. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:50 pm

    hi5 chawan 😉

  202. Maverick August 9, 2008 2:53 pm

    Good Saturday Afternoon gang –
    Our NFL rookies are keeping us in check with heavy monitering. GO UH Alum!

    So, Speculation that Percy Harvin could be OUT for 3 weeks. Aggravated heel injury.
    Add in the TE, and two major players are gone for the season opener.

    We want Florida to be full tilt with all the stud athletes,so when our Warriors win at the swamp, no excuses will be spilling from the gators mouths.

  203. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:56 pm

    Bills start the 3rd Q with the ball. Mix is down… yikes for the Skins!

  204. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 2:58 pm

    oowww. Mix took a hit on his hip from the helmet of his own guy… owwww

  205. conor August 9, 2008 2:58 pm

    Chawan & Liz: Just using the NFL Game Center…its actually pretty good.

  206. conor August 9, 2008 3:02 pm

    Bills fumble and Colts in!

  207. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:03 pm

    Colt is in

  208. conor August 9, 2008 3:05 pm

    CB pass for 6 yrds. Redskins kick FG – Good…he’s 1 for 2

  209. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:05 pm

    Has a couple of plays and shoots a FG.

  210. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:07 pm

    Colt has his student face on. Zorn is teaching him on the sideline.

  211. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:11 pm

    Hamdan is in to QB for the Bills.
    Keeping eyes out for #18 (CJ) and hope he gets in sometime.

  212. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:12 pm

    Bills are 3 and out.

  213. hebsan August 9, 2008 3:16 pm


  214. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:17 pm

    Colt is up again.
    Holding penalty.
    Big pass rush, hits Colt’s arm on the screen.

  215. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:18 pm

    Nice run on 2nd and 10.

  216. conor August 9, 2008 3:18 pm

    Nice pass by Colt for 13 yards on 3rd and 7

  217. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:19 pm

    Colt hits McMullen for a 1st down and the crowd explodes.

  218. HiFlyer August 9, 2008 3:19 pm

    ST – is it the one you posted yesterday?

  219. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:19 pm

    Whoops- inc.

  220. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:20 pm

    Nice pass by Colt, Skins are marching.

  221. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:20 pm

    Another inc.
    Skins must punt.

  222. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 3:22 pm

    that was the WR’s fault for dropping it.
    on the incomplete on the screen, that was the d-line that sniffed out the play and put pressure on colt.

  223. conor August 9, 2008 3:23 pm

    i’d say so far Colt has 1 bad pass which was on 3rd and 2…other than that hes playing just fine

  224. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:25 pm

    Radio guys pretend they are Zorn to Colt- “I called the right play, you just threw it wrong” :mrgreen:

  225. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:25 pm

    Bills are 3 and out

  226. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:28 pm

    Skins will start with good position at the Bills 45.

  227. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:29 pm

    Colt hands off and Mason is tackled for a loss.

  228. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:29 pm

    Colt get sacked.

  229. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 3:30 pm

    line didn’t pick up the blitz

  230. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:30 pm

    Completes a pass to the sideline. Back to the line of scrimmage.

  231. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:31 pm

    Obviously, Jason Taylor is not protecting the QB

  232. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:32 pm

    I mean – is not in the game to protect the QB 😆

  233. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:35 pm

    Bills have a TALL receiver and are marching while the Skins dee looks tired. End of Q3

  234. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 3:39 pm

    gotta wonder if zorn is purposely calling the plays more conservatively this game for colt.

  235. Koauka August 9, 2008 3:39 pm


    Sounds like a hard luck day for Colt. Darn.

  236. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:40 pm

    Long bomb is a bit outside.
    Next pass is good.
    Hamdan is marching the Bills down the field.
    Endzone pass is inc.
    Another inc bomb
    3rd and 10

  237. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:42 pm

    Skins show blitz.

  238. conor August 9, 2008 3:42 pm

    Koauka: Colt is playing fine…not good, not bad but better then mediocre. He threw the ball away on one play (which was a good choice and what Zorn likes to see), on a screen pass his line didn’t do a very good job so he threw that away, his only bad choice was when he didnt convert a pass on 3rd and 2. Oh and the sack on him was completely the RB’s fault, he tried going for the knee’s and the rusher jumped right over the RB.

    Again, Zorn doesn’t care about the stats as much as he is looking for Colt to make the right plays at the right time, and so far Colt is doing just that.

  239. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:44 pm

    Dee hold and FG is no good.

    conor- thanks for the descriptions – agreed. Colt is playing solid – non- razzle-dazzle football.

  240. Esme August 9, 2008 3:44 pm

    Liz, thanks for keeping us all in the game, so to speak! I’m working … but I’m watching your blog-Twitter here. 😀

  241. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:46 pm

    Devine gets into the game as QB

  242. conor August 9, 2008 3:47 pm

    Colt is out and Devine is in…he ends the day 4/8 for 37 yards…i’ll see him next week in NY with Favre (my first time ever seeing Colt live as an east-coaster).

  243. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:51 pm

    Devine’s turn to throw the danger pass. Inc.

    Punt. LONG runback to the Skins 39

  244. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 3:52 pm

    yeah, I am reading the blog comments while working on my next book…

    the game looks like fun. Go Redskins!

  245. Koauka August 9, 2008 3:52 pm

    So Colt is doing what Zorn wants.

  246. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:52 pm

    conor – lucky dawg!!!

  247. conor August 9, 2008 3:53 pm

    Devine throws a risky slant pass on 3rd and 6

    In addition I’d just like to say that Colt is doing fine…if I had to grade him so far just on pre-season games alone I’d give him an A-. The speed of the NFL is so much different to college, and lets not forget he has to learn a whole new playbook. This year, the best thing for Colt is to hold the clipboard and learn, and get as many mental reps as he can. Next year, he can then be prepared to push Collins for the #2 spot, and I am totally confident that he will succeed in doing so.

  248. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:54 pm

    Interesting- the first half of the game was Skins announcers. Now there are Bills announcers.


  249. conor August 9, 2008 3:55 pm

    Devone Bess in now for Miami. Just returned a kickoff for 18 yards but got called back for holding

  250. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:56 pm

    Koauka- we will know when we hear coach’s press conference after the game. My guess is the play is going pretty much as planned- except for an inc.

  251. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:57 pm

    Go DAVONE!!!!

  252. conor August 9, 2008 3:57 pm

    Bess 2 catches for 11 yards!

  253. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 3:57 pm

    Somehow, I want the Jets to win because it will mean so much more to Favre, being that it will be his 1st game with them. I want him to stick it to the Packers.

    But I’ll also cheer for Colt when he plays.

  254. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:57 pm

    Devine is handing off and the Skins are running.

  255. conor August 9, 2008 3:58 pm

    Scratch that 3 catches for 17 yards…hes caught the last 3 passes!

  256. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 3:58 pm

    so if it indeed is the play calling this week, what will zorn say? he played it conservative. what do we get? a fg. last week was too dangerous and risky, and we get 2 tds. what’s more exciting?.
    sure its different circumstances and a different defense and probably even the players colt is playing with.
    wonder how the grades will be for colt this time. i bet zorn still won’t be happy.

  257. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 3:58 pm

    Devine makes a nice play action pass.

  258. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 3:59 pm

    no sign of cj yet too, although he’s new to the team and probably way deep on the depth chart.

  259. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:01 pm

    Nice draw play.
    And another run.
    On the Bills 36

    Another great run!
    Mason 1st and 10

  260. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:02 pm

    Fullback runs up the middle.
    Announcers are talking fatigue on the defense.

  261. g-nalo August 9, 2008 4:03 pm

    whitey, gnalo – FYI – I am reading all your comments while hacking it up on the course

    don’t rub it in……………….that goes for you too Whitey……………………….:-)

  262. Koauka August 9, 2008 4:06 pm

    Thanks Liz. After this game pau, the little leaguers of Waipahu are in the West Region Championship on ESPN. Winner goes to the LL World Series in Williamsport.

  263. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:06 pm

    Strange TO / non TO situation. Zorn protests. Announcers mention that Zorn never raises his voice or swears.
    If he raises his voice at home, his kids get a buck and his wife gets $20 !

    gigi is writing that down 😉

    Skins are still running out the clock and marching into the redzone.

  264. lava1 August 9, 2008 4:08 pm

    Before people criticize Colt for this game, I hope they consider:

    1. Zorn called a poor game.

    2. Collins had to unnecessarily use up 2 time-outs and threw a pick.

    3. Devine had to use a time-out and has done nothing but hand the ball off to the backs.

    By the way, where is CJ???

  265. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:08 pm

    chawan- CJ and the Bills offense are chilling on the bench!

  266. Maverick August 9, 2008 4:08 pm

    This is when they need Colt. Beef up the lead by another TD.

    Colt would Go!

  267. g-nalo August 9, 2008 4:09 pm

    People, people, I throw out clues: Brian Smith’s b-day is today. His girlfriend’s b-day was yesterday. Who’s his girlfriend?

    Brian Smith’ette?

  268. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:11 pm

    Man, being sick… bummers.

    Miss work.
    Miss La Mancha cast party.
    Miss Baha’i teacher training.
    Miss invite to go fishing with #1son

    Get to watch Colt… :mrgreen:

  269. Koauka August 9, 2008 4:11 pm

    conor – thank you sir. Yes you are a lucky dude.

  270. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:13 pm

    So where did Liane and BSmith go to celebrate their birthdays.
    Hopefully somewhere a little more intimate than BCD. 😉

  271. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:14 pm

    4th and goal, 27 secs left.

  272. Maverick August 9, 2008 4:15 pm

    A very boring, conservative game by Zorn. Kick up the dust on midfield, and get a close win. I know it’s preseason, but the fans want action, give them some boost for the price of the ticket.

    Snooze Alert. Colt Wants to throw.

  273. conor August 9, 2008 4:15 pm

    Koauka – No prob.

    Also to anyone who reads this, I could sure use some advice. Next week I will be traveling to the Big Island and will be staying in the Kona (at the Mauna Lani) area to do some killer marlin fishing! Besides that if anyone has any suggestions or places I must go, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

  274. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:16 pm

    Devine didn’t get a good throw into the endzone.
    Bills get chance. 23 secs on their 1.

  275. Maverick August 9, 2008 4:17 pm

    Liz – have the meds kicked in yet?

    wishing you a healthy day.
    If Colt would of had another spectacular game day, you might went back into remmision from anxiety! :>

  276. Mike August 9, 2008 4:18 pm

    Re: LizK post from yesterday … Liz, actually I’ve been told that reporters don’t have access to the company vehicles, although photographers do. So, I guess they’d like me to cover the water polo matches by telepathy. Should be interesting reading.

    Of course, thanks again to our benevolent employers, there are 54 hard-working folks with much bigger problems today.

  277. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:18 pm

    so what’s the score for the Skins-Bills game?

  278. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:18 pm

    Bills make a pass but the clock runs out.

  279. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:18 pm

    Liane’s bio

  280. Koauka August 9, 2008 4:19 pm

    Waipahu vs Henderson West region LL Championship is tomorrow.

    Gotta wait till then

  281. lava1 August 9, 2008 4:20 pm

    I agree Maverick.

  282. conor August 9, 2008 4:20 pm

    gigi: Wash wins 17-14…a rather conservative game called by Zorn

  283. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:21 pm

    hey a win is a win is a win! I’ll take that score. woo-hoo

  284. conor August 9, 2008 4:23 pm

    Penalty on Bess false start…whoops, 10 sec’s left looks like Tampa’s gonna win 17-6

  285. FloridaTed August 9, 2008 4:23 pm

    Nice girlfrind you’ve got there, Brian Smith. Congrats.

  286. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:24 pm

    ditch the expensive restaurants in the resorts at least once and try Cafe Pesto in the shopping center at Kawaihae Harbor

  287. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:25 pm

    LLWS- in the 11th inning tied 4 to 4! Normal game is 6 innings… Indiana vs Ohio.

  288. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:25 pm

    sorry- LL regionals

  289. conor August 9, 2008 4:26 pm

    d1, thanks bro!

  290. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:26 pm

    conor- after fishing- get a hibachi and rice cooker 😆

  291. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:26 pm

    hi Mike! Do you have a car? You really should accept Mojo’s legal services. It would be great if you got compensated for the damage to your motorcycle as well as got punitive damages! Go for it.

  292. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:27 pm

    dat only works if you actually CATCH something!

  293. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:28 pm

    further clarification…catch something you’d WANT to eat.

  294. Maverick August 9, 2008 4:29 pm


    After you hook up with the marlin, please bring some of the smoked meat over to Hilo.
    I’ll meet ya there.

    Hana pa’a !

  295. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:29 pm

    My friend Jim Rizzuto writes books and articles about Kona deep sea fishing. Maybe, if you catch a nice big marlin, he’ll write about you.

  296. conor August 9, 2008 4:30 pm

    will do liz! Last year, I was actually just on Kauai as I hiked through the “Z-trail” I think it was called on the Na Pali coast, absolutely stunning! Hopefully I can move there one day.

  297. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:30 pm

    Cafe Pesto.
    Same owner as the one in Hilo but much different feel. Dis one is quiet and laid back.

  298. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:32 pm

    I saw the Z trail from a helicopter! Isn’t that where the Bachelor was filmed?

  299. conor August 9, 2008 4:32 pm

    Mav: We’ll see hopefully we get lucky out there man.
    Gigi: That’d be sweet if that actually happened haha

  300. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:34 pm

    gigi was in a helicopter?


    Thanks for the report. Good stuff.

    Was talking to Koakane after today’s practice.
    He had some “good shares” (dats for all the seminar junkies indahouse 😉 )

  301. conor August 9, 2008 4:34 pm

    Gigi: I think so (not sure)…As a 16 yr. old I almost died lol its a pretty intense hike man, but at the same time awesome

  302. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 4:36 pm

    i agree with you. zorn should explain to everyone why he was so conservative for the play calling all game long. not only for colt.

  303. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:37 pm

    yeah, we rode in a Heli-USA copter over Na Pali last year. Was fun.

    Interesting that we were seated according to weight, which had to be evenly distributed so the copter wouldn’t be lopsided and crash!

  304. chawan_cut August 9, 2008 4:39 pm

    we definitely need you to show that picture that was towed away….

  305. conor August 9, 2008 4:41 pm

    hmm, When I was on Maui a few years ago we rode on Blue Hawaii Helicopters and they didnt make us do that…wierd. I’m thinking about using Blue Hawaii again and doing a trip over Kilauea Vol. however that costs a lot and not sure if its worth it or not.

  306. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:42 pm

    was it towed away by a picture of a tow truck?

  307. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:45 pm

    Conor, didn’t you have to step on a scale at time of paying for the trip?

  308. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:45 pm


    maybe you should see what gigi and hubby look like first.
    (speaking as one who has been asked to fly next to the pilot on Air Molokai)

  309. d1島: August 9, 2008 4:47 pm


    I think those procedures are for “special” folks like us!

  310. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 4:51 pm

    no, everybody had to step on the scale when they checked in. And with shoes on, too!

  311. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:54 pm

    Zorn press conference is starting.

  312. Maverick August 9, 2008 4:54 pm

    Zorn is just getting his reps in that will make the owners happy.
    See what they get, achieve the W, though it doesn’t really matter, it something to boast about. He is a new head coach, and they don’t know what to expect. It’s a business, just like a CEO that makes decisions to create positive returns. Well, the redskins just achieved that one more game.

    Colt is a completely different type of player than what thier trying to achieve at this point.
    Will he need to be tamed down to conform for the preseason. Possibly. The upper management would be very pleased to come out with a perfect preseason record with a new HC.

  313. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 4:58 pm

    hmmm. campbell said something and then it stopped. mebbe I missed it…

  314. Nelson from DC August 9, 2008 5:00 pm

    Wow, thanks for the interest on my post. I was venting a little bit. I was also “off the grid” as I went to a friend’s house to watch the game – except that he managed to miss every one of Colt’s offensive drives because he wanted to watch Olympic women’s beach volleyball (he is no longer in my five).

    SteveM, I actually live in Upper Marlboro, MD but work in “the district” as we say around these parts.

    From reading the stats on my Blackberry while my friend was watching women in bikinis, I would say that Colt did what he had to do: take care of the ball and manage the offense.

    I am watching “Redskins Overtime”, one of the post-game shows. They just interviewed Jason Campbell. They interviewed coach Zorn earlier. No mention of Colt (good or bad). It’s all about JC this week. That and Clinton Portis hating pre-season football. For those of you who don’t know, Clinton Portis is quite a character. He dresses up in one of his various “personalities” on game days, etc. So he is always a good interview.

  315. conor August 9, 2008 5:08 pm

    gigi: Dont believe so, infact i got the seat right next to the pilot 🙂

  316. not far away anymore August 9, 2008 5:21 pm

    Some of the charters in Kona won’t let you keep any of the fish that you catch. May want to ask before you go. If you want local grinds in Kona, try Big Island Grill. I’m not sure what kind of stuff you like to do, but you can take a boat ride down from Kona to Kealakekua Bay and go snorkeling at the Captain Cook monument. That is some of the best snorkeling in the state. If you are more adventurous and have a car you can even rent a kayak and kayak across the bay yourself. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau/Place of Refuge is another place you may want to check out.

  317. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 5:23 pm

    I’m just loving you, LizK! Thank you!!!! I’m listening to ESPN Radio right now, listening to the Skin’s post game show and typing away at the same time. This is the best!!!
    okay, back to painting and making a cabinet. 😀

  318. SteveM August 9, 2008 5:43 pm

    Just got back from shopping with Peaches…bottle of Jagermeilter, Monster & Red Bull packs, spare smaller shot glass, luggable 20 qt cooler… Must be getting closer to the

    Saturday – August 16, 2008
    Krazy Karaoke 8:00 PM – 12:00 midnight (minimum)

    The large room at the Young Street Krazy Karaoke holds at least 55 persons. STRETCH has made the reservation and put down the deposits.

    Same arrangement as last April 19’s Krazy Karaoke Call

    • bring your own drinks (this room has a lot more cooler space)
    • bring snacks and pupu’s (optional)
    • $15 per person to cover room rental/karaoke
    • pay Stretch or designee at the door that night

    Current RSVP Count = 47

    RSVP on blog or email SteveM — stevem.hnl (at)
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    Updates will be posted in the Events Calendar section
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    I will be listing the meal/pupu/goody potluck items that attendees might voluntarily bring to the Karaoke Call so everyone can see the overall “menu”. Not everyone should bring food, otherwise we will have too much–so don’t feel you must bring something.

    Please email me with your tentative food item or speciality dish (hint, hint). I will list it in the Events calendar section above.

  319. conor August 9, 2008 5:55 pm

    notfarawayanymore: Thanks man, Cpt. Cook’s Monument looks great for snorkeling! I am aware that some boats don’t allow you to bring in fish, thanks for the heads up though. Are there any good hiking trails nearby? My family is in fairly good shape so we can handle most trails.

  320. al August 9, 2008 5:59 pm

    wow….took a long to breeze through the blog.
    i can’t believe it took so long to wish liane and brian back to back birthday wishes.

    btw, that happened real quick didn’t it? i mean liane and brian.

    good to see all the pieces of the puzzle (jc recruits) coming to town. it is good that many will redshirt or even had a redshirt year to spare.

    now, excluding alexander the great who only has 2 for 2, that is a good thing. now, i wonder if atg having only 2 years will alter some of the decision making by the coaches.

  321. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 6:13 pm

    conor- ASK THE CAPTAIN FIRST. Sometimes they will let you have a filet or a couple of steaks if you should catch something.

  322. mike August 9, 2008 6:19 pm

    Happy birthdays L&B!

    Seem ironic to anybody that Colt is being asked to be more disciplined in his decision making? Just a thought. The jump to facing NFL defenses is a huge one.

  323. onarock August 9, 2008 6:27 pm

    Conor, LizKauai, and WarriorMojo,

    Thank you for the play by play’s and color – really appreciate it.

    If you like to hike, I’d recommend you drive up to North Kohala, drive through Hawi town, Kapaau, Hala’ula,……just keep driving until the road ends (probably about a 1 to 1-1/2 drive total) from your hotel (Mauna Lani, right?), you will be at destination: Polulu Valley lookout. You can hike down to the black sand beach and explore, but don’t go too deep into the forest, maybe get pakalolo patches with angry farmers you don’t want to have to ‘talk story’ with!

  324. conor August 9, 2008 6:33 pm

    onarock: Thats sounds pretty intense haha but I think my family is very much up to the challenge! This is my 4th time i’ve been to the islands and each time I feel more and more comfortable there. Theirs just this magical feeling whenever I visit there, almost like a constant happiness…hopefully one day I can call it home!

  325. conor August 9, 2008 6:36 pm

    LizKauai, I will def. check with them before I head on out. Dont want anything bad to happen!

  326. Jason August 9, 2008 6:39 pm

    Took a while to get through all those posts! Okay, here’s my recap from practice today:

    I wish I had known that practice started early. I left the house at 7:15! Despite the bus breaking down outside Star Market, I still got to the practice field at 8:15, my 7-11 breakfast in tow.

    All the reports I have read so far from people who have attended practices have said that it’s a two-man race for the starting QB position between Funaki and Alexander. I don’t want to be too hard on the QBs, but I was personally disappointed. Funaki was not as sharp as I would have liked, and I am not a fan of Alexander’s throwing motion. (Contrast that to NelsonO of Sports Hawai‘i, who called Alexander’s delivery “smooth.” I say it resembles a shot put heave.) Then again, the last UH QB who disappointed me because of his throwing motion was some dude who wore #15 against USC in 2005. I left that game absolutely hating on him because of that sidearm thing. But it grew on me … 😀

    Neither impressed me much at the time, but upon reflection, I do have to say that both Funaki and Alexander were pretty decent with their reads. Rausch looked pretty good too, and I know I’ve been tooting his horn for a while, but he might want to hit the weights this year. Right now, he’s my #3, with Alexander and Funaki co-#1s. But that can change, as all three continue to improve. Based on what I saw today, which was the only time I’ve seen all three, I would say it’s still an open competition.

    I honestly can’t say much else for the other players, since I watched the QBs most of the time. Libre looked solid, and I definitely noted what someone else said, that he finishes each and every one of his runs solidly. Washington showed a few flashes of his amazing speed in 7-on-7s, and Bain showed some solid consistency. Avery still needs to gain 20 pounds, and work on his catching.

    I was really impressed with how in-shape some of the players were. A guy I IDed as Steven Christian was really in shape and showed good quickness, but that might have been Lewis Walker, cause I remember noticing that he’s from Salt Lake City. But I may have read my roster wrong either way, so one of the two guys. sj-macro and myki kept on pointing out Aaron Bain as one of the well-conditioned guys, although I couldn’t recognize him by face. I think one of the guys I was really impressed with was Tim Grasso, but I’m not positive on that ID. Inoke made the end-of-practice conditioning drill look easy.

    And now, to supplement (repeat?) what WarriorMojo said in post #108. The one-on-ones between the offensive and defensive linemen were amazing. I have always been a fan of Letuli, and I know Mojo’s been touting him too. Well, after today, I was even more impressed. He and John Estes, IMO, were the two top O-linemen in the drills. I can’t remember Letuli really getting beat, and there was one play where he shuffled quite a bit to his right to recover from a move the defender made. Estes was very solid as well, although there was one time he got bull rushed. Kia did well, too, though not as good as Letuli. I didn’t see much of Steinhoff in the drill, which was intriguing. Adrian Thomas did pretty good, too. If Letuli locks down the LT position, I think it would be an intriguing battle for RT between Steiny, Kia, and Thomas. In the end, I think it would be between Steiny and Kia, and I wouldn’t have a problem with either guy. Still no Lafu, so the backup guys got some time. I wasn’t really impressed with them. Hisatake showed some ability while lining up inside. I too don’t think he’s all that comfortable yet playing in space as a tackle. He could be a solid guard, though, and if Lafu’s injury lingers, I think he could take that starting position away.

    That said, the offensive line was still a step behind the defensive line in head-to-head unit battles. I think once camp progresses, we’ll see guys solidifiy their starting positions, and hopefully the O-line as a unit will mesh together. Individually, the parts are there …

    On the defensive side, I really liked Purcell, as he matched up well against Letuli. And Josh Leonard was a man among boys; I see he bulked up to 305, but he looks as quick off the ball as he did last year as a 270 guy. He could be this year’s Veikune, an All-WAC player coming of the bench. He was an absolute stud today.

  327. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 6:42 pm

    Sup Peeps…

    So frikk I had to sacrifice today watching Colt Brennan, missing my fantasy football draft, and Olympic volleyball to take the fam to Legoland again. I must say someone is sleeping on the couch tonight and it ain’t me!!!

    Although I was already super agitated, what made things worst was what happened at Legoland today. So my son says to me dad, who’s that guy standing over there he looks like Marbury from the NBA 2K8 game. I turn to look and sure enough Stephon Marbury and his wife and kid and mom are there walking. Nobody seemed to notice or care but I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to say wassup and maybe get an autograph go. So my wife and son take off to catch him and get an autograph. Once they get to him and ask for an autograph, he simply turns his back and walks away and I think his mom turned to my wife and was like, can’t you see he’s with his family!!! Okay I can see if he was being heckled all day and had papparattzi and all that around but nobody even cared or knew who he was. Plus it’s not like we were trying to bum rush him like some groupie. All my wife said was, Hi Stephon Marbury I don’t mean to bother you but my son noticed who you were cause you’re one of his favorite players and was wondering if it’s okay to get your autograph. F-ckin Pri-k just turned and walked away. Then his mom with a sassy voice said can’t you see he’s with his family. Okay I respect any star who would like to be left alone but that was uncalled for and rude. So to Stephon Marbury, my son happily says F–K YOU!!!

  328. conor August 9, 2008 6:45 pm

    Pauoa Boy: I live in NY and used to go to many Knick games. From what you said about Marbury I am NOT suprised…the guy is a total jerk. When I was little I’d ask for autographs after the game and he’d basically walk past every young girl/boy pleading for his signature. Needless to say he’s a total jerk.

  329. Jason August 9, 2008 6:51 pm

    BG: I forgot to mention, they did stretch after practice. 😀

  330. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 6:53 pm

    Jason and WarriorMojo,
    Thanks for the practice coverage on the OLine as that will be critical to the success of this years offense. From what I’ve seen and heard myself, I can see the left side of the line solidifying already with Letuli and Bear…the right side is still shaky to me. I think that Estes can actually move back to G and be the starting RG and move Lafu back to C, as it seems he has most of his experience there. Estes is probably our most solid lineman and moving back to G wouldn’t be that hard. I’m still iffy about Steiny though and think Kia could maybe start at RT after camp. Either way, they need to solidify this group quick.

  331. Jason August 9, 2008 6:59 pm

    I like having Estes at center just because he’ll probably be starting there next year. Hansen and Lefiti did not impress me much during the one-on-ones, although they still have a full year to challenge for the starting center spot next year. I wouldn’t want to have Estes go G-C-G-C in his four years, but that’s just me.

  332. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:01 pm

    After today I no longer respect Marbury. I would have like to punch his face for doing that to my wife and son. My son was bummed and asked how come he didn’t want to sign an autograph. I didn’t know what to say and just told him Stephon Marbury is a prick. I don’t like my son saying bad words but I allowed him to tell Stephon Marbury F–K YOU!!!

  333. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:02 pm

    taylor takata up now
    golden point

  334. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:04 pm

    Taylor Takata WINS!
    Preliminary round win over Greece
    Golden Point. Yuko.

  335. sjmacro August 9, 2008 7:05 pm

    PB: from wikipedia– sjmacro

    Towards the end of the 2005-2006 season, the Knicks’ poor performance combined with Marbury’s public spats with his coach led to a severe decline in Marbury’s popularity, with Frank Isola and Michael O’Keefe of the New York Daily News stating that Marbury is “the most reviled athlete in New York.”

  336. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 7:05 pm

    go check out “hawaii volcano update” online for viewing and current information. . the eruption is still going off and you can see it from the Kalapana side. go early in the morning, pretend like you know where you’re going, drive right past the end of the road, keep going to the last parking area and walk over to the uperption. take plenty film if you go when its dark, take flashlights. its a really short walk at the present time.

    if you’re into hiking, the top of Mauna Kea is a cool place to visit in the early morrning. when you get to the Kecks, look in the Hilo direction and there is the summit hill a short walk (1/2 mile, down, up) away.

    if you wanna see really pretty, on the Saddle Road right after the Girl Scout’s camp as you drive from Mauna Lani direction towards Hilo, there is the hunter’s drive around the lower summits of Mauna Kea. great driving. there are maps of the mountain i can send you if i get your hard address.

    actually, next to mauna lani is the sheraton waikoloa and the anaehoomalu bay. having a good time there depends on how old your children are.

    if you wanted to go nonstop fishing, Truk or the Solomons. 😀

    If you like skin diving and have the training, i can hook you up with friends at SkinDivers Hawaii Tanya or Jennifer. Stunning, & good aim 2.

  337. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 7:08 pm

    haha makes me wonder if those religious advocates get mad at me for shutting the door on them.

    And those Radford students asking for donations to their football team.

    It’s gotten so I peek thru the peephole and if they are people soliciting stuff or want to proselytize, I simply don’t open the door.

    I am like Marbury. I just don’t wanna be bothered.

  338. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:08 pm

    I hear you on that, but I think Estes has already solidified himself as the next UH lineman to make it to the NFL. I know he’s excellent at C, but Lafu at RG I dunno…he’s very strong and all but he still seems small for the position and I haven’t seen enough of him to get a good warm and fuzzy. I know though that he can play C and is probably better suited there and Estes can play G. Either way, I think the NFL scouts already know Estes can play either positions regardless just like Samson did… Hmmm…I dunno I hope Lafu puts his strength to good use and can become a force at RG. I know we have the talent on the OLine but somethings just don’t feel right yet…

  339. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:11 pm

    I am like Marbury. I just don’t wanna be bothered.

    Pauoa Boy,
    Have your son “talk to” gigi.

  340. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:12 pm

    gigi – please don’t ever say you’re like Marbury I really don’t want to put you on the same page as he…

    sjmacro – hmmm…why can’t everyone be like bruddah Colt?

  341. bighilofan2 August 9, 2008 7:13 pm

    the eruption stay pew for now, but prolly by next week she going off again.

  342. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:13 pm

    d1 – lmao I know but he need to respect his elders bwahaha!!!

  343. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:20 pm

    Re: Dustin Blount and Jovonte Taylor

    I can’t wait to see these two guys in action. After watching highlight videos and googling for some inside scoops, I’m excited to see both on the field against D1 level guys. Seems like two big time playmakers at the slots and KR/PR. I hope they are as good as advertised or better, so when I say so long Davone and Ryan and hello Dustin and Jovonte I don’t look mento. 🙂

  344. not far away anymore August 9, 2008 7:23 pm

    There are some great hiking trails on the Big Island. Some of the best hiking is actually in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Near the Maunalani is the Malama Trail which is a short (15 minute each way), easy hike that takes you to the Puako Petroglyphs. There is a fairly difficult 2 mile trail that will take you down to the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay. The trail is fairly steep at parts and often takes some people up to an hour each way. If you have a car, Waipio Valley on the Hamakua Coast is absolutely awesome. You can drive down into Waipio Valley with a 4WD, but none of the rental agencies on the island will “allow” you to. You can hike in from the lookout to the black sand beach below. You can also hike into Pololu Valley in North Kohala. A 15-20 minute hike will take you down to a black sand beach. There is an awesome secluded non-crowded beach in the Kona area called Makalawena. Easily one of the best beaches on the island since most tourist don’t know about it. Problem is that you need 4WD or a 20 minute hike to get there. You can hike to the beach following a trail from Kekaha Kai State Park. Be careful though…Since Makalawena is so secluded some people decide to leave their bathing suits at home. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau has a trail that is called the 1871 trail. It takes you past a heiau. If you want to see waterfalls, they are all on the Windward side of the island. There are a couple waterfalls in Waipio Valley, but they take some hiking to get to. A couple more accessible waterfalls are Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls near Hilo. Then again if you are coming all the way over towards Hilo you can bring some fish over to Hilo for bhf2, Maverick, and I after you catch that 100 lb ahi. How long are you going to be on the Big Island?

  345. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:24 pm

    Another thing, congrats to Mana, Royce, and Ryan for earning there scholarships. Mana seems very impressive…high GPA as a pre-med student and also slated to start at safety, think he needs to room with Graunke and kick his arse into gear!

    I wonder though who the so called starter is that didn’t get his schollie?

  346. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 7:29 pm

    Pauoa Boy, WOW!

    Well, if it will make you feel any better, the game was ok but for Colt “parents” or fans, would have been happier with last week’s game 😉 So you didn’t miss THAT much.

    And as for autograph “celebs”, I remember taking my kids to McDonalds once to get the Green Ranger’s autograph when Power Rangers was popular. I got JJ’s signature at Borders once. After that, pfffft.
    Living on Kauai, we can see celebs in the store sometimes but mostly we leave them alone to be regular people. (I am grateful for a Tsai-ko that got me Colt’s autographs, tho) 😉

    Promise aunty, no more letting your kids talk potty mouth to jerks, ok???


  347. PIAA DS August 9, 2008 7:34 pm

    Mana Rosa (6’2.5″ DT/DE) Baldwin 2009 received an offer from UH today. He also holds offers from UNLV and Utah.

  348. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:38 pm

    Follow-up to another comment about Percy Harvin’s status.
    Sounding less likely by the day that he will be ready to go by Aug. 30

    Gators coach Urban Meyer said the junior wide receiver has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from offseason heel surgery, and his status for the rest of preseason practice is uncertain.

    “There’s still some pain there [in the heel],” Meyer said Friday at UF’s annual media day. “He had a great three weeks prior to showing up. His last two days were so-so. It’s a concern.”

    Harvin has been rehabbing his heel every day, including spending time running in a pool. However, receivers coach Billy Gonzales said Harvin might not be ready until the Gators’ Aug. 30 season opener against Hawaii at Florida Field.

  349. LizKauai [Believer] August 9, 2008 7:40 pm

    Doris- did he use to live on Kauai? I know someone by that name…

  350. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:42 pm

    If Harvin can’t be ready, it looks like last year’s #3 receiver, Louis Murphy, will have to step up.

    Meyer and several players, including quarterback Tim Tebow, said Murphy, who was third on the team with 37 catches for 547 yards last season, has always been a big-time player as far as they’re concerned, but this season should be his biggest yet.

    “You’ve got Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow, two of the finest players in college football, but Louis Murphy is going to be the go-to guy,” Meyer said. “He’s got to have a good year.”

  351. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:45 pm

    IMHO…I love how our Warrior program is shaping up under the command of Coach Mack. Seems to have put all the right pieces into place and the proper emphasis where needed! Academics is something all student athletes should focus on more so then the actual sport they play. Cause if your grades ain’t straight, then you ain’t playing! I love how everyone is treated failry and no one gets any slack. To me that is the correct way to do business, no special treatment for anyone! A couple of big name guys in the past have fell into that trap of not doing what they’re supposed to and ended up in the doghouse, whether it be academics, working out, or whatevers. I just can’t understand it…why would you not try to be the best at everything you do and give the same effort in the classroom as you would on the field? Not pointing fingers (Graunke), but get your chit together! Anyway, I love what Coach Mack is doing and the way he is continuing to get the Warrior program where it needs to be…TOP 25 all the way!!!

  352. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:52 pm

    Aunty Liz – I caught some of the highlights and good thing my friend recorded the game so I can watch it. Regardless of how Colt does or did I still want to see him play. He is by far my favorite QB ever!

    LOL, sorry I don’t teach my son to say bad words but I was so irate from the way Marbury came off that I couldn’t help it. I will always respect someone who would like to be left alone but the way he did it just rubbed me the wrong way. Besides anyone who disrepects my family will always be an enemy, regardless who it is!

  353. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:53 pm

    Promise aunty, no more letting your kids talk potty mouth to jerks, ok???

    Speaking of “potty mouth”
    Koakane tells me that he was kinda surprised at the “French” that Mac was using today 😯
    I guess it’s just a matter of crankin’ up the intensity.

  354. PIAA DS August 9, 2008 7:53 pm

    Liz, as far as I know he’s always been on Maui. Seems his whole family except for one uncle in Ewa are in Maui.
    Great kid!

  355. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:57 pm

    PIAA DS scoops Stephen this time! 😀

  356. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:57 pm

    Aunty Doris – thanks for the updates on Mana Rosa, glad to see Coach Mack fulfilling his promise to reach out to the local boys and try to keep them home.

  357. d1島: August 9, 2008 7:59 pm

    Speaking of Maui…

    I wonder how things are going on the Dark Side? 😕

  358. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 7:59 pm

    WHAAAAT???…Coach Mack speaks French??? Unreal this guy, talk about talented…not only a great coach, who’s very humble, and such a nice guy, but he can speak French too…gotta love em, haha 🙂

  359. conor August 9, 2008 7:59 pm

    bighilofan: Thanks so much for the info bro…thats a lot to take in, hopefully we’ll get to as much of it as we can!
    notfarawayanymore: Could not thank you and bighilofan enough! I’ll def. share this info with the rest of my family and we’ll def. make the most of our time while on the island. To answer you’re question we’ll be there for 7 days. One day we already got booked up for my father and I (fishing on the Marlin Magic boat).

  360. PIAA DS August 9, 2008 8:01 pm

    You guys are too funny.

    I’d put money on this one staying home……UNLV?blah blah blah Utah? nah

  361. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 8:05 pm

    Aunty Doris – Realleh? That would be very nice… Not going get the hopes up just yet, LOI day is always a frightening day, you never know what may happen. Just pray that on that day some awesomestest LB from Punahou named Manti Te’o signs a LOI with the home team…

  362. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:05 pm

    Mike- re company cars. I guess you just need to attach yourself to a photog. Carpooling makes sense. (grrrr.)

    Thanks, Doris! Go Mana! (to UH, that is)

  363. d1島: August 9, 2008 8:06 pm

    Gotta go practice…


  364. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 8:08 pm

    d1 – practice??? 5:00???

  365. PIAA DS August 9, 2008 8:08 pm

    by the way, Anyone work for a car rental company? if so, email me need a car for the AFCA conference and I wanted to see if we can do an exchange for sponsorship/vehicle in January. Need to try to get the budget down! Mahalo.

  366. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 8:12 pm

    Aunty Doris – I dunno about rental company, but I know some peeps in Waianae can get one car in a lickety, splickety for you if need be, only thing is I dunno if going be legal 🙂

  367. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 8:22 pm

    Speaking of recruiting, here are some names considering playing for Hawaii…

    Hunter Blackmore OC 6-3 250 Kentwood H.S. (WA)
    Marcel Seely OLB 6-1 185 Kamiak H.S. (WA)
    Drake Anthony CB 5-7 147 Dunbar H.S. (DC)
    E.J. Cherry RB 5-5 155 Mallard Creek H.S. (NC)
    Talia Crichton DE 6-4 245 Lakewood H.S. (CA)
    Hasani Cromwell RB 6-0 210 Hereford H.S. (MD)
    Curen Devlin ILB 6-0 223 Trabuco Hills H.S. (CA)
    Andrew Doetsch K 6-1 196 Grosse Pointe North H.S. (MI)
    Paul Ena OLB 6-1 195 Inglemoor H.S. (WA)
    Ketwaun Frank CB 5-7 160 Elk Grove H.S. (CA)
    Jamarcus Goodall DT 5-11 290 Cedar Hill H.S. (TX)
    Nate Holloway DT 6-3 332 Spring Valley (NV)
    Kaiser Iuta ILB 5-11 190 Kamehameha Schools (HI)
    Stefphon Jefferson RB 6-0 190 El Diamante H.S. (CA)
    Wade Keliikipi DT 6-4 280 Mililani H.S. (HI)
    Emir Lopez QB 6-0 200 Las Vegas H.S. (NV)
    Chris Loveless OLB 6-4 225 South Houston H.S. (TX)
    Veni Manu DE 6-4 227 Mililani H.S. (HI)
    Antonio Parker CB 5-9 170 Destrehan H.S. (LA)
    Jason Perry CB 5-10 169 East Lincoln H.S. (NC)
    Jeff Poe OLB 5-11 204 Northwest H.S. (KS)
    Jordan Pu’u-Robinson TE 6-4 235 Kamehameha Schools (HI)
    Shawn Reed ILB 6-1 210 Kalaheo H.S. (HI)
    Jamil Thorne WR 6-1 180 Roy J. Wasson H.S. (CO)
    Walter Woods ILB 6-0 275 Palmdale H.S. (CA)
    Lester Hundley WR 6-2 195 Yuba College (CA) JC
    Robert Johnson RB 6-1 235 Laney College (CA) JC
    J.P. Oliver ILB 5-11 220 Feather River College (CA) JC
    Andrew Trudnowski QB 6-3 220 Los Angeles Harbor College (CA) JC

  368. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 8:47 pm

    Re: Kainoa LaCount

    Hmmm…hope he doesn’t become and academic issue! I guess having him develop and observe for a year could be a blessing in disguise. They say the bigger they are the harded the fall…I hope he gets stronger and learns great technique and leverage, big things expected from this big dude!

  369. Unkanesson August 9, 2008 8:53 pm

    Conor —
    Sorry for chiming in late on this. Hope it’s not too late to catch you.
    You’re going to be in my neck of the woods (South Kohala area of Big Island). If you’d like some help sorting out all the good info from the other guys, feel free to email me at jgchbph at
    There are many excellent places to eat in this area. Perhaps we can get together for a mini Tsaiko-style “cattle call”. Any other Big Island Tsaikos interested in getting together in the South or North Kohala area next week?

  370. duffer August 9, 2008 8:59 pm

    Speaking of Maui…

    I wonder how things are going on the Dark Side?

    Saw Stretch at Makena. Tried calling whitey a few minutes ago, but I guess the darkside has consumed them both! 🙂

  371. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 8:59 pm

    Some audio before and after game.

  372. Pauoa Boy August 9, 2008 9:10 pm

    Re: Recruiting

    There are a chit load of offers out there that I’ve researched that UH has sent out. Just about everyone of our top local prospects have been offered just in case you were wondering. Plus a lot of guys from CA, WA, TX, NV, have been offered too. Many of them are guys with speed as I’ve looked up there attributes and stats. Most in the 4.3 – 4.6 range. Hope some of them offers turn into commits soon and LOI’s get signed!

  373. duffer August 9, 2008 9:13 pm

    Whitey and Stretch just called, going to Diane’s. If I’m not mistaken, that’s way over on the darkside! Glad Stretch is here to watch Whitey. They sounded like they love the darkside….

  374. al August 9, 2008 9:14 pm

    duffer….nah, they only having some conversation and a karaoke song or two.

  375. al August 9, 2008 9:16 pm

    duffer….i know. they took me there once.

  376. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 9:38 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday Liane and Brian!

  377. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 9:40 pm

    Notes in the Sun-Sentinel on the game. Bess’ productive game is used to put down the highest-paid Miami WRs.

    The good: David Kircus and Davone Bess, two of training camp’s more productive receivers, each caught three passes against Tampa Bay. Kircus finally showed Dolphins fans the playmaking ability I’d been talking about for weeks.

    The bad: Kircus and Bess each individually tripled the output of Ernest Wilford, Derek Hagan and Ted Ginn Jr., who each caught one pass.

  378. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 9:41 pm

    It is good to know that Miami had a designed pass for Reagan and that he caught it. The other interesting thing is that Miami had a designed pass to Grigsby on the play after they threw a pass to Reagan.

    The good: John Beck completed 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards, and was only sacked once, on a cornerback blitz.

    The bad: His completions were a designed pass to fullback Reagan Mauia in the flat, another designed dump down to Boomer Grigsby, and then two short completions to Ginn Jr. and Wilford. I didn’t once seem him read the field in his first two series unlike Chad Henne.

  379. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 9:42 pm

    Note on undrafted free agent WR Foster, who is competing with Bess for a slotback and returner spot. This game was NOT a positive one for his battle with Bess for a roster spot.

    Undrafted free agent Jayson Foster took punt return duties Saturday night. Instead of showing the darting moves and speed he had in college and practice, Foster muffed the first punt to him.

  380. Garret (San Jose) August 9, 2008 9:44 pm

    Pauoa Boy,

    Sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience after seeing Marbury at Legoland. I’m lucky that nobody has done that to me or anyone in my family…but Hawaii athletes and celebrities are much nicer than people like Marbury!

  381. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 9:46 pm

    More excerpts on Coach McMackin from the August 2008 issue of “Generations Hawaii”…

    Mack’s dad worked as a house mover and mill worker until he lost two fingers in an accident. The family had a huge walnut tree in the backyard and during the winter they would gather, crack and dry walnuts to sell. “That’s how we could have presents for Christmas,” explained Coach Mack.

    “We didn’t have a lot of money . If you had a sweater, shirt and a pair of pants you were pretty well dressed in those days. But our family was very close. My father was my best friend, and my mom did everything she could to help me grow up the right way. I had a good childhood.”

  382. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 9:48 pm

    He met his wife, Heather, when they were both teenagers growing up in Springfield, OR. “I was a ninth grader and she was a seventh grader,” Mack says. “The guys always used to go down the park, and we would play touch football and beat each other up. And then we’d go to the pool and watch the girls dive in the water. I’ll never forget this: Heather dove into the pool and didn’t even make a splash. I’d never seen that before! I didn’t even know who she was. I thought, “Who’s that? She’s beautiful.”

    Three years later, the two wound up in the same algebra class at Springfield High School–”I was a senior and she was a sophomore, so she was a lot smarter than me,” he says laughing —and began a courtship that continues to this day.

    “We’ve been married for 40 years,” says Mack. “We’re best friends . I’ve got the greatest wife in the world.”

  383. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 9:50 pm

    Mack knew right away that he would be a better coach than a he was a player.

    “I think you see that a lot of the better coaches weren’t such great players,” he reasons. “I’ve had coaches with me who were great players, but they just weren’t patient with the kids because they expect them to be able to do things the way they could. Me, I was an average athlete who played small college football. I had to learn the techniques and other things that maybe other people had gifted to them. Everything I was able to do, I had to work for, and I think that makes you a good teacher. You also have to care about people. You have to have a passion for teaching and helping them.”

  384. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 9:53 pm

    The eager young coach embarked on a resume-building career path that took him to Western Oregon State to Idaho to San Jose State to Stanford. In 1985, Mack joined the Denver Gold of the now-defunct U.S. Football League, where he met a young but brilliant offensive coach named June Jones.

    A year later, Mack landed his first head coaching job at the college level. At Oregon Tech, in fact, he was both head coach and assistant athletic director. Under his guidance, the football team posted four winning seasons and advanced to the national playoffs, establishing 48 school and 18 national records along the way.

    In 1990, he left Oregon Tech to become the defensive coordinator at the U. of Utah, then coached by Ron McBride. He almost left Utah to join a New York franchise in the fledging World League of American Football, but Heather would have none of it.

    “Heather is the best football wife,“ says Mack. “What makes her so good is her understanding. She loves what I do and understands what I do. Heather only said ‘No’ one time: Mouse Davis got the head job in New York, and the new league was going to be the next USFL. Heather said ‘You really need to think about this.’ She talked me into not taking that job, which hurt Mouse’s feelings, but it turned out to be the right move because the league went down.”

  385. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 9:54 pm

    OK, timeout for these arthritic fingers and time to watch the news..BBL …

  386. Addahknowsports (definitely frozen in SF) August 9, 2008 10:17 pm

    Hi Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Just a quick report of today’s Cattle Call at Palace BBQ. It was fantastic. We ate and ate and talked and ate and talked and talked. Did I mention that we ate. Those little baby octopus were delicious and they move like they are alive when they hit the grill. Brew did an awesome job as grill master and he didn’t even spank my hand when it started roaming. Garret and Lori and sis and their two cute kids were there. The conversation and company was terrific as always.

    Went to see a Giants game tonight. It was great! One extra inning. I couldn’t handle it more so because had to go bathroom…was sooooo cooooold. They also brought out all the great players from the past since it is 50th anniversary. A-joe and I had a wonderful time.

    Will catch up on blog later. Have a great weekend everyone!

  387. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 10:34 pm

    LTUHF- Those stories are GEMS! Thanks for sacrificing your fingers!

    Hi Sports! Glad you’re having FUN!

  388. Hawaiiroller August 9, 2008 10:34 pm

    My best wishes goes out to the ’54.’ Very poignant words Stephen.

    How can someone that can’t pronounce Kapolei even dare talk about o’hana.

  389. NYUH August 9, 2008 10:55 pm

    Mahalo again to WarriorMojo and others for reporting on the UH practices. Interesting developments on the O-line and glad to hear the D-line looks awesome. 

  390. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 11:02 pm

    Clay Stanley and team (prayers for their coach and his family) playing Venezuela now. Looking good!
    Time for meds and nigh nigh soon.

  391. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 11:15 pm

    Another excerpt on Coach Mack:

    Mack put in a brief stint at the U.S. Naval Academy before being hired as the defensive coordinator for national powerhouse University of Miami. With future standouts like Ray Lewis and Warren Sapp, (as well as future pro wrestling star and Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the Hurricanes’ defense ranked first in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. Miami advanced to the national championship game, the 1995 Orange Bowl, falling to Nebraska 24-17.

    When head coach Dennis Erickson left Miami after the Orange Bowl to the head coaching position with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Mack was a candidate for the Miami vacancy but elected to follow Erickson to Seattle.
    As the team’s defensive coordinator, he was the mastermind behind an aggressive Seahawks defense that set a league record for most defensive touchdowns in a season (14 in 1998). In those three seasons with Seattle, the Seahawks defense jumped from 30th to eighth overall in the NFL.

    Returning to the Northwest had an extra advantage: Frank and Elise McMackin were able to ride the train from Oregon to Seattle. “They would come, stay with us and go out to the games, “ Mack says. “And every summer, my dad and I took a trip to Reno and went fishing together. That was great.”

    Frank McMackin died in 1998.

  392. jm2375 August 9, 2008 11:17 pm

    Hi Liz! Feeling better? Don’t try to do too much too soon, OK?

    Thanks guys for the reports from practice. Da team looking good.

  393. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 11:22 pm

    Final excerpt on Coach Mack:

    In 1999, Mack accepted an offer by June Jones to join the new coaching staff at UH. The school was coming off a nightmarish 0-12 season under Fred Von Appen. With Jones overseeing the offense and Mack spearheading the defense, the Warriors put together a remarkable turnaround season, going 9-4 and beating Oregon State in the Jeep Oahu Bowl.

    Mack had been to Hawaii twice before: in 1978 when he was an assistant with Idaho (Hawaii prevailed 45-26, to give Dick Tomey his first victory as UH head coach), and in 1991 as the defensive coordinator for Utah (Hawaii won 52-26).

    “June taught me a lot about Hawaii and the culture and people of the Islands” says Mack. “He was really an influence on me falling in love with Hawaii.”

    After the 1999 season, Texas Tech came calling. Mack didn’t want to leave, but the money the Red Raiders offered nearly rivaled Jones’ salary. Jones himself told his friend, “You gotta leave.”

    Mack had brought his mother to stay with him in Hawaii, and he brought her to Lubbock, TX as well. When he moved on to take an associate coach/linebackers coach position with the SF 49ers, Elise McMackin stayed
    behind in Lubbock, where she passed away in September 2004 at age 84.

    In 2007, Mack returned to Hawaii to once again take the reins of the Warriors’ defense. The result was a spotless 12-0 regular season record and a first- ever invitation to play in a BCS bowl game, the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

    Today, more than forty years since his doctor’s prediction that football would never mean anything to his future, Mack is gearing up for his first season as the head coach of an NCAA Division I program. The Warriors open the 2008 season with an August 30 road game against Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.

    “Our goals are to graduate our players, win the WAC championship every year and got to a bowl game every year,” he says. “We’re Hawaii’s team, and I want to do as much for Hawaii as I possibly can. Hawaii is such a beautiful place, but the people are even more beautiful. I’ve been to a lot of places, and it’s not like this anywhere else. We’re the Warrior ohana.”

    Anything else, coach?

    “Yeah” , he says breaking into a smile. “The doctor was wrong.” 🙂

    That was a great interview Coach Mack.

    The article was written by Len Takushi.

  394. Long Time UH Fan August 9, 2008 11:25 pm

    Hi LizKauai,

    Glad you enjoyed the article. Hope you are feeling much better…

  395. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 9, 2008 11:32 pm

    LTUHF- you are worse than me… type-a-holic!

    Can’t wait to finish the VB game… must get some sleep…

    jm2375- Howzit! Actually, my right wrist is sore from “mousing”.

    okok…Sweet Dreams, Ka Kou!

  396. lmfboy01 August 9, 2008 11:34 pm

    Stanley hitting 9 for 10, 900%!

  397. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 11:36 pm


    Great article! Especially liked the part about how he and Heather met, became best friends, and fell in love. 40 years of marriage! wow!

  398. gigi-hawaii © August 9, 2008 11:40 pm

    G’nite, folks!

  399. J August 10, 2008 12:16 am


  400. Long Time UH Fan August 10, 2008 12:22 am

    Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

  401. Long Time UH Fan August 10, 2008 12:25 am

    In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
    When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase……… “goodnight, sleep tight.”
    It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
    In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them “Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.”
    It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”

  402. Long Time UH Fan August 10, 2008 12:26 am

    Good night All…

    Good morning J…

    Gotta make an esme…. 😉

  403. jm2375 August 10, 2008 12:58 am

    USA wins in 5. Clay Stanley hits match ending kill.

  404. jm2375 August 10, 2008 1:03 am

    Good night everyone.

    *turns off da lights and closes the door to the Tsaiko clubhouse*

  405. Ralph August 10, 2008 2:18 am

    not a lot of posting because everyone else must be experiencing the same problem I’m having, long refresh time for the blog or any of the HA online articles….server must be overloaded

  406. Kalfred Wong August 10, 2008 2:50 am

    Thank you to ST especially, for your kind birthday wish. And also to Hawaiianbod, LizKauai, and BG. Somehow I have forgotten to remember it because I feel like I am 39.

    I love the Tsaikos so I lurk and read all your contributions whenever I have the opportunity. I am in Texas now, visiting with my ailing brother. In a few days I will be in Canada in boony country… Manitoulin Island, Ontario….internet hard to come by. I will be helping my prospective bride to close her affairs there. Then we will go to Alabama to visit another brother, back to Texas again, then Las Vegas to get married. Hopefully we will be in the islands before the football season closes, so we can tailgate with you all, and get to see a home game.

    When I read about the get-togethers, it makes me miss you all, especially LizKauai. I am hopeful that you are better now…..seems to be since I get to read all your postings!!

    LTUHFAN – I enjoyed reading your vinettes about Coach.

    Aloha!!! Go Warriors!!! Beat Florida!!!


  407. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:16 am

    Hi Midnight.

    And Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!

    Is it really the 10th? 20 days to go?!!!


  408. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:26 am


    howzit bradda. i get visitor and stuff fo do dis week but next Sunday I can drive ova, my favorite eatin spot in Waimea is that food place at the opposite end, by the chinese place, but not the restaurant. great local korean grinz. also can eat anykine place, but da local experience is prolly wat conor lookin fo.

    course we could jus go by his hotel and shoot one goat wit a bow and arrow (no make noise, scare da tourists) and pulehu da bugga on da greenz, 12 pack steiny, we good to go. 😀

  409. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:29 am

    i meant the opposite end of the KTA shopping center area. course we could go Micky D 😀 or we could go Orchid why no we jus go
    Curt’s house… hey Curt…. 😀


  410. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:33 am

    great articles on Coach. thanks to your fingers…. 😀


    great comments on your observations of practice. you guyz as good as sjmacro. 😀 so WMojo, you coming o wat? I stay feel yu coming…. 😀

  411. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:41 am

    dat didn’t sound right…. 😀

    better watch out befo da Tree Police or AHouse
    wack my hands, take me back to 8th grade for
    mo discipline… 😀

    speakin ah witch, i wuz at my elementary school Friday, talkin to Sista, had 3 Hilo ladies who became Nuns. One is now da elem kahuna, only much beta lookin da Koakane. 😀 nah nah, j/k
    anyway, i wuz walkin by the old 8th grade class an peeked in, and saw da closet door, an da memories jus gave me da shivers giggles…. 😀

  412. nostradamus in Hilo August 10, 2008 3:52 am

    After carful obsavayshun of da slow server for all my posts this early am, with so little traffic at this late hour, an lookin at da planets.. 😀
    i am now able to write a quatrain for the 2008 season

    ST in da HA house he dwells
    the termination ah da 54, it smells,
    The blog server is slow, it doesn’t make sense
    Fo dis reason da blog won’t register 1K comments.

  413. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 3:55 am

    hi ho hi ho
    got stuff fo doo….
    back laters

    esme wooosssshhh!!


  414. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 4:16 am

    Belated Happy Birthday Coach Smith!

    To both you and your girlfriend. Have a great year sir.

  415. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 4:22 am

    Lets do the math.

    24 hours in a day. 60 minutes in a hour. 1440 minutes in a day.
    2 minutes waiting for fo refresh.
    1440 divided by 2 equals 720. time for p break, coffee break, check odda channels…. yep

    nostradamus wuz right…. no make 1000 per day. not going no matta we beat Florida an OSU. still no can da serva….

  416. NYUH August 10, 2008 5:03 am

    Lotta talk Tom Brandstater at FS being the next Colt, but I don:t see it. Colt had a NCAA record of 186 passing eff as a Jr. TB was 140 with 2654 yards and 15 TDs. zzz…

  417. NYUH August 10, 2008 5:14 am;_ylt=AlxlUZ7U5VZQxsKUMdv6PiJ11LYF?slug=ap-hawaii-graunke&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Graunke came to Hawaii the same year as Brennan following a heralded prep career in Tucson, Ariz., where he set the state’s single-season passing record with 3,372 yards. He was listed ahead of Brennan and started his first game at Hawaii against No. 1 Southern California, led by Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.

  418. Garret (San Jose) August 10, 2008 5:37 am

    Happy (belated) Birthday midnight! I hope that your brother gets well soon! Congratulations to you and your fiancee for your upcoming wedding!

  419. Garret (San Jose) August 10, 2008 5:39 am

    Graunke came to Hawaii the same year as Brennan following a heralded prep career in Tucson, Ariz.,


    Didn’t Tyler redshirt the year before Colt came to UH? I remember him redshirting and having a year in the system before Colt, which is why he was ahead of Colt at the start of camp and at the start of the season. Either my memory is wrong or the Yahoo writer messed up.

  420. brew808 August 10, 2008 7:19 am

    Belated b-day wishes to midnight and to Coach Brian Smith!!!

    Garret & family – Hava a safe drive home today!

    Hey – so what are the rest of you Tsaikos up to today? Anymore b-days, anniversaries, planning meetings, karaoke practices, etc.? 😯 😀

  421. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 7:53 am

    whitey, howzit bradda.

    wish LizK would get up an link me up to CB stuff.
    maybe da game yestaday took its toll on da lady.
    i loved da battle ah da hans, her an conor.

    😯 😳 😆 😀 🙄 :mrgreen:

    good stuff.

  422. bighilofan2 August 10, 2008 7:56 am

    i feel edumacated now. can listen to espn radio on da computa an blog away at da same time. i wuz wonderin how da pros like LizK could do dat stuff dat fas. i wonda wat i goin lurn today.

  423. Jason August 10, 2008 7:57 am

    Garret: That’s the first thing I noticed when reading that excerpt posted by NYUH. Yes, Graunke was here in 2004 as a redshirt.

  424. mctruck August 10, 2008 7:59 am

    I wish those cross pattern passes which CB threw would have been caught…..and the one which was thrown just a smidgin off to the right of the reciever……clearly, qb and recievers not quite in sinc but hard when you don’t get enough reps. Was good to see CB handle under center though.

  425. Mauimon August 10, 2008 8:13 am

    Good to see that Mana Rosa finally got an offer from UH.
    Jordan Puu Robinson is no longer at Kamehamah-Maui
    he is now at Baldwin High playing TE and DE.

  426. d1島: August 10, 2008 8:19 am

    Great Morning All.

    Thanks for braving the blow back from the Dark Side for the sake of updating us last night. As the sun rises, I guess it’s just a matter of tallying the damage, eh? 🙂

    Best wishes to you and your bride-to-be and hopes for a quick recovery for your brother. We’ll miss you this Saturday; hope someone can do a good job representing Mack the Knife 😉

    Hope you didn’t doze off b4 the end of the Mens’ VBall. Too close for comfort; but we’ll take the win!

  427. d1島: August 10, 2008 8:22 am

    Sounds like a great time for all at the CC.
    Look forward to the pics! (maybe can sneak in one of “you-know-who”)

  428. d1島: August 10, 2008 8:24 am


    Mahalo for relating the article on Coach Mac. Excellent job by L. Takushi

  429. d1島: August 10, 2008 8:27 am

    Nostradamus in Hilo?!?!

    ….must have snuck in behind the Pun for Prez Guy

  430. d1島: August 10, 2008 8:37 am

    Watching the US play China BBall on TV?
    Here’s a tip:
    No check the Breaking News anywhere until da game pau on TV 👿

  431. myki August 10, 2008 8:52 am

    New post up!

  432. brew808 August 10, 2008 8:59 am

    August 10th, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Sounds like a great time for all at the CC.
    Look forward to the pics! (maybe can sneak in one of “you-know-who”)

    Eh – who you talking about……? :mrgreen: 😯 🙄

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    Places to go and have dinner in Kona: Teshima’s in Kainaliu; Manago Hotel in Capt. Cook. Bento lunch Capt. Cook Drive in Capt. Cook; Kona Coast Macadamia Nut Factory for Mac nut candies.

  434. conor August 10, 2008 12:27 pm

    jgchbph: Thanks a lot bro, your info certainly helps
    GRM: Thanks a lot, we’ll def. try out those restaurants you suggested!

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