JC running back picks UH

Running back Chizzy Dimude of Laney College in Oakland has accepted a UH football scholarship.
Dimode can run 40 yards in 4.41 seconds.
Best of all, he comes highly recommended. Laney’s offensive coordinator, John Beam, was Davone Bess’ high school coach. Beam helped steer Bess and Dimude to UH.
Dimude has been compared to Daniel Libre.

* * *

These are the confirmed Warriors who will graduate next week:
Keith AhSoon
C.J. Allen-Jones
Jameel Dowling
Inoke Funaki
Tyson Kafentzis
Ryan Perry
Fale Laeli
Khevin Peoples
Desmond Thomas
David Veikune
Michael Washington
Guyton Galdeira
Alonzo Chopp
Dylan Linkner
Nathan McKay

* * *

There were two interesting tidbits from last night’s all-star game dinner. (SELF-PROMOTION ALERT): First, the Mayor reads our little blog. Second, they brought on stage Joey Iosefa of American Samoa and Carlo Calabrese of New Jersey. They live 7,000 miles apart, but are bonded by tonight’s all-star game. Here’s the kicker: Iosefa is going to UH, Calabrese is going to Notre Dame.


  1. SteveM December 12, 2008 12:28 am


  2. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 12:31 am

    Yep. You’re first.

  3. SteveM December 12, 2008 12:31 am

    ST — the video lists Chizzy Dimude as 5′-09″ and 195 lbs. Is that his height and weight now?

  4. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 12:32 am

    Not sure.

  5. Tunaluvr December 12, 2008 12:39 am

    Top five

  6. Ralph December 12, 2008 12:44 am

    5’9 i hope he plays slot cuz libre and pilares had difficulty blocking for the qb all year long. unless he gains lots of weight but then can he maintain speed and quickness….we need an Ilaona clone

  7. Ralph December 12, 2008 12:45 am

    15 of 35 graduating mid year…whoopee! I hope the other 20 make it in May…

  8. Ralph December 12, 2008 12:46 am

    so ST names the running back and AL is nowhere to be heard from…begging for two weeks for a name and he is nowhere to be found…..

  9. Ralph December 12, 2008 12:48 am


  10. djmitcho December 12, 2008 12:49 am

    Top 10! Wow I should go to sleep and continue this in the morning.
    I hope all the Tsaikos and their ohana survived the weather without too much damage. I think the RGM should get another shot at the NFL next year. Hopefully Jason Rivers does well enough with the Spokane Shock to get noticed and invited to a NFL camp.

  11. SteveM December 12, 2008 12:53 am

    I was just “daydreaming” of someone heavier with that kind of speed. Good video. 🙂

    Good to see around half of the seniors graduating next week. I hope the rest will graduate next May. Sad to see them leave, but new and great things await them!

  12. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 12, 2008 12:55 am

    Tunalvr- long time, no blog!
    You guys going to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl???

  13. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 12:55 am

    great pickup guyz. we need help in our running attack

  14. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 12, 2008 12:56 am

    ST- what about Jake Patek? Is he graduating soon?

  15. al December 12, 2008 1:00 am

    ralph…..i am here. it wasn’t too much news to me this time. you see a little birdie told me the other day……….mwahahahha.

  16. SteveM December 12, 2008 1:01 am

    Hi Tunaluvr — long time no “see”! Are you coming to the Hawaii Bowl?

  17. govfan December 12, 2008 1:02 am

    I saw Al Noga at a Farrington game several years ago and he shared with me that although he did not grad from UH, while playing for the Vikings, he took some classes at U of Minnesota. Being a former college athlete, I know how tough it is to balance your time with sports and academics. If you recall the UNLV basketball teams under tark, none of them ever graduated (correct me if I am wrong). On the otherside of the fence, I heard that the old Notre Dame football teams graduates 100% in 4 years as nobody redshirts.

  18. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 12, 2008 1:02 am

    Welcome to the Warriors, Chizzy! Love the way you stay on your feet!
    Sweet Dreams, all!

  19. al December 12, 2008 1:03 am

    some chizzy stats………..

    Chizzy Dimuke – Laney 9gms 91carries 546yds 5td 78long 60.67avg/gm 6.00 ave/carry

  20. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 12, 2008 1:05 am

    MAHALO to Kymry for giving me da scoops on WalMart. I was able to secure my GREEN Warrior car flags this morning! They come with wall mounts too – so I can put them on the wall in my office in the off-season.

    Nitey nite!

  21. govfan December 12, 2008 1:06 am

    reality is that only a few warriors make it to the NFL. Regardless, it is wise to get that diploma so you have something to fall back on. I hope that is the main reason why anyone would want to go to college.

  22. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 1:06 am

    Yea, welcome to Warrior Nation
    Chizzy Dimude!

    great article on Benson Ma’afala. maybe he can draw up
    some schemes fo offense. 😀

  23. SteveM December 12, 2008 1:07 am

    OK — Liz is here to greet Kauai resident Tunaluvr and I am running 6 minutes behind…

    …better than my usual 8 minutes, but time to go sleep 🙂

    Good night everyone!

  24. al December 12, 2008 1:08 am

    say ralph….who’s this new guy ilaona?

    and pilares is much taller at 5’11″/190 lbs
    libre on the other hand is but, ahem, 5’8″ with shoes.

    but, if chizzy can run 4.41 that is much faster than davonne and a former running back nate ilaoa.

  25. al December 12, 2008 1:12 am

    is it dimude or dimuke?

  26. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 1:19 am


    hiya. his name is Chizimuzo Dimude

    Chizzy to friends. das us!

  27. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 1:26 am

    gnite erryone.

    Go Warriors!!!

  28. al December 12, 2008 1:26 am

    chizimuzo? is that japanese?

    its funny because everyone was led to believe that we were after his teammate troy evans.

  29. al December 12, 2008 1:32 am

    what i like about this guy is……….he reminds me of one of those fresno state speedbacks only with power.

    you can tell that his time in the weight room pays off by has ability to shake a tackle due to his leg strength.

  30. las vegas December 12, 2008 1:37 am

    welcome Chizzy

  31. las vegas December 12, 2008 1:42 am

    You make me dizzy Mr Chizzy,
    The way you rock’n’roll.
    You make me dizzy Mr. Chizzy,
    When you do the stroll.
    Come on, big Chizzy,
    Show me ‘fore da song get old

  32. BigWave96744 December 12, 2008 1:42 am

    Isn’t Keala graduating, too?

  33. BigWave96744 December 12, 2008 1:45 am

    I remember mom Patek telling me they were coming down in May 2008 for his graduation..

  34. Kuma December 12, 2008 1:47 am

    How is Inoke Funaki graduating if he’s only a jr.?

  35. BigWave96744 December 12, 2008 1:55 am

    Inoke graduated from Kahuku in 2002, went on an LDS mission and returned to Manoa in 2005

  36. 99club December 12, 2008 2:14 am

    Good morning all…

    Welcome to the Ohana Chizzy! Looks like Chizzy’s got some decent hands for the screen passes too. And what a GREAT name. 🙂

  37. Shannon December 12, 2008 2:54 am

    Good to see the list of early graduates… however, kinda sad we never got to see Khevin Peoples or Ryan Perry get to display their talents… Also was wondering about Funaki’s status… if he graduates, is he still coming back next season?

  38. addahknowjoe December 12, 2008 3:02 am

    Good vid of Chizzy.

    He possesses the intangibles that can’t be taught-

    – Solid field vision
    – Excellent instincts.
    – Explodes to the holes
    – Great adlib skills on broken plays.

    – Does tend to let up at the end of plays.

    – Looks discipline and coachable.

  39. Momo December 12, 2008 3:32 am

    Good morning gang. Boy what a day it was yesterday with all the rain. I guess I will not be golfing today–waiting for some one to tell me it is rained out.With all the great number of graduates, I hope we have enough new boys to replace them.

  40. mctruck December 12, 2008 4:39 am

    My observation of Mr. Chizzy, is that he doesn’t seem to protect/cover-up the ball while he is running and especially when he is getting hit/tackled; unless he adjusts his carrying technique on the next level, I fear he will experience a bunch of fumbles.

  41. Irse December 12, 2008 5:21 am

    Inoke is a JR in athletic eligibility. He redshirted so this is his 4th year at UH. So depending on when he started school, don’t know if he grayshited, but he is graduating in 3.5 or 4 years. Pretty impressive.

  42. Garret December 12, 2008 6:01 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Chizzy Dimude!

  43. A-House December 12, 2008 6:26 am



  44. Stretch December 12, 2008 6:26 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Chizzy

    Congratulations to all the graduating Seniors!!

  45. d1島 December 12, 2008 6:34 am

    Great Morning All!

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana Chizzy Dimude!

    Way to go! to all the upcoming Graduates.

    Hoping those who were affected by the storm yesterday will have a much better day today…

  46. spike96822 December 12, 2008 6:35 am

    inoke is da man

  47. d1島 December 12, 2008 6:36 am


    Gee, Momo seems to be operating in your time zone!

  48. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 6:51 am

    Inoke will be back to play next season.

  49. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 6:52 am

    MIchael Washington graduates in 3.5 years.

  50. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:02 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Inoke, you one supah smaht bugga! and one team player 2! and one leader 3. and one Warrior 4. and one inspiration for alot of Hawaii people from all religions and backgrounds 5. and the kids by the tunnel just adore you 6. get samoa but my fingahz getting sowah. 😀

  51. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:04 am

    ahem ahem

    Dizzy da mule
    da girls going fo you!


  52. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:05 am

    he going make us look like dis


  53. Justin December 12, 2008 7:15 am

    This guy is much faster than Daniel Libre, and a little quicker.

  54. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:19 am

    Great article. how the irish see UH Warriors and themselves, from the South Ben Tribune.


  55. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:20 am

    Ben = Bend :mrgreen:

  56. Jun Tao December 12, 2008 7:22 am

    i’m not a big Graunke fan but when is he scheduled to graduate? or is he on schedule to graduate?

  57. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:22 am

    I wish I had a great name. Chizzy Dimude’s mom is a genius. Da mind is already dare from babytime. 😀

  58. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:35 am

    —- —- —-
    Thayer lays it on the line
    Former Irish player says zone blocking to blame

    Tribune Staff Writer

    SOUTH BEND — Tom Thayer doesn’t want to sound like a bitter ex-football player, and it pains him that he sometimes does.

    But watching Notre Dame’s offensive line torments the former Notre Dame and NFL standout lineman even more.

    The 47-year-old’s job is to analyze all things Chicago Bears on the radio these days. His temptation is to analyze all things Notre Dame.

    His next chance comes Christmas Eve, when the 6-6 Irish clash with Hawaii (7-6) in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.

    “I watch every Notre Dame game,” he said. “My brother-in-law, John Scully, was an All-America center. We’re both Notre Dame fans. In fact, the best decision I ever made in my life was going there. I have two nieces who are there now. So I’m not a bitter alumnus, but …”

    But he sees the numbers, just like everyone else does.

    Even if you threw out 2007’s school-record-low 75.2 rushing yards per game and NCAA-record 58 sacks as a once-in-a-lifetime confluence of inexperience at key offensive positions, the next two lowest rushing averages in ND history happen to be 2008 and 2006.

    ND did have prolific passing attacks in 2005 and 2006 to offset the pedestrian running numbers those seasons, but not in 2007 and 2008. And the lack of a running game did play a major role in Notre Dame’s inability to close out three games this season in which it held double-digit leads (North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Syracuse).

    “I see talent and strength in the Notre Dame offensive line, but no power,” Thayer said. “I see a lack of properly choreographed footwork, where they can play efficient up-front football and dictate the momentum of the offense.

    “If you don’t have a run game, you can’t have the deception of the play-action pass. If you don’t have the run game and you don’t have the deception and threat of the play-action pass, the ability to have the regular normal third-down passing game is going to be even more difficult.

    “The whole idea is these guys spend a lot of time in the weight room developing strength. And if you don’t let them use their strength in the most confident manner on the football field, there’s no reason to sit there and develop this strength.”

    The problem in Thayer’s eyes?

    Zone blocking.

    The solution?

    Nix it.

    “To me zone blocking is a bunch of crap,” he said. “Zone blocking is a lateral approach to offensive line play, and that’s not the way offensive line play is meant to be played. You’re supposed to attack coming off the ball. You watch zone-blocking teams, and they start by taking a lateral step first. You’re not coming off the ball and attacking defensive linemen. You’re not using the snap count as a weapon.

    “If you don’t give your linemen confident footwork to uphold their balance and power, no matter what the defensive linemen and linebackers do, you’re going to create offensive linemen with no power, strength or confidence.

    “Again what’s difficult is for me to sit here and spew about this, because it’s going to touch a lot of offensive line coaches the wrong way. But if I ever had the opportunity to debate them publicly with tape and with a blackboard, I would debate anybody.”

    Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was unavailable for comment, but he has stated improving the running game and learning how to close out games were top priorities for his team in 2009.

    Zone blocking has its roots in the NFL, coming in vogue to battle the oversized defensive tackles such as 340-pound Keith Traylor, 375-pound Ted Washington, 350-pound Sam Adams and 340-pound Tony Siragusa.

    And, perhaps coincidentally, more than half of the bottom 25 rushing teams in college football’s top division have coaches with résumés heavy with NFL influence and experience.

    Then again, Thayer’s guru, Dick Stanfel, has a résumé heavy with NFL influence and experience. Stanfel rose to become one of the best NFL offensive line coaches — probably in spite of rather than because of — playing for coach Joe Kuharich at the University of San Francisco and coaching under him at Notre Dame (1959-62).

    Kuharich, an ND alum who jumped from the NFL to coach his alma mater, is the only Irish coach to finish with a career winning percentage below .500 (.425).

    Stanfel, meanwhile, counts the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl run among his coaching career highlights. Former ND offensive line coaching icon Joe Moore came from the same school Stanfel did. Ironically, Irish fourth-year offensive line coach John Latina is a Moore disciple.

    “With all due respect to Charlie Weis, I know he knows offensive football, and I know he knows how to manipulate personnel to put them in confident positions to work an offense up and down the field,” Thayer said. “But he doesn’t know offensive line play like I know offensive line play. I study it every single day on both the pro and college levels.

    “I don’t think that’s his expertise. What he has to do is have faith that his offensive line coach is going to come in with a philosophy that works and then let him do it. I know times have changed and all this other stuff, but there’s still a right way and a wrong way to play offensive line. And it starts with being physical and attacking

    —- —- —-

    the guycoulda been talking to us! watcha think?

  59. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 12, 2008 7:37 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Mahalo for the future-view, bhf2!


  60. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:39 am

    the guy said “attacking.” I saw us “defending” the QB. our rushing numbers reflected our “attack” this year.

    geez, I’m comparing us with Notre Dame. We have arrived…. 😀

  61. koakoane™ December 12, 2008 7:39 am

    morning tsaikos much better morning today. 8) sun is out, a little chilly but no matter still better to be in the 808 state.

    congrats to all who will be graduating. bigger accomplishment in your young lives. mahalo for all that you did for the UH, da state and peeps of Hawaii nei.

    moa betta getting my kekei into school today. gotta run lattas esmeeeee

  62. lava December 12, 2008 7:39 am

    Those 15 graduates are each a great story. I’m really happy that they will all achieve an important milestone. Even though some of them didn’t see a lot of playing time, they still worked hard every day, on and off the field, and that will carry them far in life.

    Congrats guys!!!!!!!!

  63. expat December 12, 2008 7:43 am

    Congrats to all the graduates, but a special thanks to Inoke. That is what the team needs — leaders like that who take the academic opportunity given to them and make the most of it. There are lots of schools that have fifth year seniors who have graduated and are either taking a few easy credits and focusing more on football or are taking graduate credits. Either way it is good for the team.

  64. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:44 am

    someday between the day after Christmas, I hope Coach Mack and Coach Brian take alook at those 2 articles today outta South Bend Tribune Sports, the ones I posted above. Whatever it takes to get the click going off in the brains of those in whom we trust. and put our hopes…. 😀 :mrgreen:

    hiya LizK.

    hiho hiho. esme woooooshhh

  65. Kekoa December 12, 2008 7:47 am

    Mornin’ Liz, Mornin’ Tsaiko’s ~

    Big Hilo…what’s all da racket about da Mo Lepo Cons?

    Warriors Defense=Smash Mouth Football…period! Any questions?

  66. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:49 am

    I wonder what Inoke Funaki is considering, maybe becoming Dr. Funaki? UH Med School is great fo him. If he asked me to structure his future, that is what i’d recommend for him. all he gotta do is tell us what he’d like to do, and you watch da support come outta da woodwork for dat bradda. you know, the behind the scenes kind support but only it would be all up front!

    Go Warriors.

    And thank you Mr. Funaki!!! You make us proud of ourselves and each other. way to go….

  67. sjmacro December 12, 2008 7:50 am

    Good morning Tsaikos:
    Congrats to our hardworking December and upcoming May Warrior graduates. I admire you most your hard work and community involvement off the field. One case in point–Keala Watson “I will be the first in my family to graduate from college.” Go Warriors ❗

  68. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:51 am

    you are soooo right! all 15 get great stories! I wish I’d know a little more about them. I think tonight I’ll start googling them and see what I can learn.

    maybe you could tell us a little each day about their future aspirations.
    pretty please. :mrgreen:
    tanks eh!

  69. tunaluvr December 12, 2008 7:51 am

    Hi Liz,

    It’s been awhile. Wont be able to go the the bowl. Gotta work on that day, very busy day, unless santa comes one day early. But, you can bet I’ll be watching that game and giving my cheers at home.

  70. koakane iphone December 12, 2008 7:54 am

    sup kekoa

  71. Stretch December 12, 2008 7:58 am

    howzit tunaluvr – great to see you posting. I had the pumpkin/custard pie for Thanksgiving… it was very good. Hope to see you around

  72. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 7:58 am

    i feel a bond wit da braddaz. i graduated in 3.5 years. 😀

    and Mr. Watson, sir, I know anudda Watson who is a lawyer, my braddaz classmate at Kamehameha Kapalama, and he proudly told me he is family! 😀

    so unless yu onlycounting yo bradda.
    😆 just kiddin just kiddin

    thanks for the hard work and great memories Keala…. and thank your brother and your wife too. you doing juuusstttt GREAT!

  73. tunaluvr December 12, 2008 8:03 am

    Good morning stretch. Hows the projects with all this rain. Hopefully no damage.

  74. Kekoa December 12, 2008 8:14 am

    Koakane ~ Come by El Mariachi aftah school. Late lunch, early dinner, All Star games at the stadium to follow. D-1 and possibly his roomie coming to grub. Also – a starving sports Videographer will be there.

  75. (Jesse) James December 12, 2008 8:19 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes…

    Welcome to the Warrior family Chizzy Dimude….a good pick-up….especially if Libre doesn’t get another year….

    Just a quick reminder gang before I have to leave….busy busy again today…

    Its that Holiday time again…..

    2nd Annual Tsaiko Christmas Party
    6:30 p.m., December 18th, 2008
    Murphy’s Bar and Grill
    2 Merchant St
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    (808) 531-0422

    Parking is available in the Harbor Court building or in the pay lot next to Murphy’s.

    Party will be pupu style/order off menu and drinks. More details to follow.

    We will also be having games so we are asking everyone to bring $1 for the games and than, if we are amenable, we will be collecting the money for a donation to the Advertiser Christmas Fund. There will be prizes.

    Also, if anyone wants to just donate, they will be more than welcome.

    This one is important…cake will also be served Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

    Please RSVP me at jgo8464822@aol.com if you can so that I can figure out how many will be attending.

    See Steve M’s website for more information.


  76. (Jesse) James December 12, 2008 8:22 am

    Also a big congrats to all the graduates…after all, that is what they went to school for….to get an education to help them succeed in life….

    ST, what is the status of Libre anyhow???

  77. Stretch December 12, 2008 8:27 am

    Speaking of the Advertiser Christmas Fund… How hard is it to get info on how to “adopt” a family and provide presents?? I sent out emails to the people running the program and still have not received a response. I guess they have all the families covered??

  78. Kekoa December 12, 2008 8:27 am

    E Kala Mai ~ Anyone who wants to join us at El Mariachi in Aiea before the All Star games at the stadium are welcome.

    We will begin dippin’ tortilla chips at about two-ish this PM…followed by the full blown Lobstah Chile Rellenos, Aiiieeeyahaha!

    Remember, you can BYOB at this place for your pau hana enjoyment for Aloha Friday.

  79. weisgipper December 12, 2008 8:27 am


    No I’m not affiliated with the South Bend Tribune, and thanks for posting my link to my blog: Irish Band of Brothers.

    I’ll have plenty of stuff to read up about before the Irish face the Warriors on Christmas Eve.

    Should be a fun game, and best of luck to Hawaii!

  80. Bigwave96744 December 12, 2008 8:36 am

    Inoke’s dad is Dr. Inoke Funaki & was (or still is) a prof at BYUH, so academics is key in their family.

    E-Rob and Iceman are scheduled to grad in the spring
    Maka should be getting his BS in Math in the spring
    Alonzo Chopp III is pursuing his Masters so will be at Manoa a few more years

  81. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 8:42 am

    LIbre is applying for another year. He believes he has a case. He might, if he can prove that it was a non-football-related hardship that deprived him of a season.

  82. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 8:43 am

    I heard Isi Sofele is going to visit SMU. JJ envisions him as a slotback.
    Now the battle begins.

  83. whitey December 12, 2008 8:47 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. ok, back to lurking.

  84. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 8:47 am

    I thought it was cool that The Mayor said to say hi to the Tsai-kos.

  85. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 8:50 am

    I think Solomon Elimimian can graduate in the spring (he’s done with courses in his major), but he will take off the next semester to train for the draft. I suppose he could take the two classes he needs online.

  86. W December 12, 2008 8:55 am

    Is B Maafala a firm or soft commitment? Mentioned that he is being recruited by at least 3 Pac 10 teams and may still take recruiting visits.

    Other UH commitments have indicated they have cancelled schduled visits after giving verbals to the Warriors.

    Was strategy to announce and have big article to exert leverage to UH to firm up the commitment? I know its not official until LOI signed in February 2009, just wondering with the intel about him still considering Pac 10 trips.

  87. Bulla December 12, 2008 8:59 am

    aloha and good morning to all the drenched and quenched Tsaikos,

    what a difference a day makes…. sun shining, and the BIG cleanup begins for some families. the West side always gets dumped on, whether it’s a hurricane or a tropical storm, whew, feel bad for the people on that side of the island.

    today is a happy day for our ohana, The Beast returns tonight! man, always good to have the keiki around for the holidays, a time of gratitude for all of the blessings.

    have a blessed day to all the Tsaiko ohana, remember when you have a chance to be kind or to be right, let us choose to be kind 🙂

  88. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 9:13 am

    Ma‘afala is a firm commitment.

  89. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 9:14 am

    I heard Washington is making a move on some UH commitments.

  90. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 9:17 am

    UH is still waiting on a couple of offensive linemen.
    And there’s an off-the-radar recruit coming in, too.
    Of course, I have to be careful what I say. I’ve announced, what, 20-plus commitments in the past month and everyone keeps writing on other sites: Hey, where’s the guy Stephen promised?
    I’m pretty sure I’ve named all there is to be named.

  91. Willie December 12, 2008 9:21 am

    Appreciate the clarification ST.

    Did UDub name a coach already, must have missed the announcement.

  92. oxymoron December 12, 2008 9:25 am

    wha?? you mean Tyler Graunke isn’t on track to graduate? now there’s a shocker. NOT.

  93. 3-Prong December 12, 2008 9:31 am

    That Chizzy looks like he has great field vision and feel for the openings, plus the speed to outrun people……..Oh yah.

  94. takoboy December 12, 2008 9:31 am

    Udub – sarkisian – OC from ‘sc

  95. takoboy December 12, 2008 9:35 am

    hope chizzy can block, have no doubt he can do the ‘running’ aspect of this offense, but he won’t see the field much if he can’t block or can’t pick up the blocking schemes

    so i guess that means the surprise has already been named…

  96. Jay December 12, 2008 9:43 am

    Morning Tsaikos. Prayers go out to all that were affected by the storm.

  97. Uce2 December 12, 2008 9:45 am

    Good to learn the mayor reads the blog. My question to the mayor: why hasn’t he appointed at least one Samoan American to a cabinet level post in his administration? No qualified Samoan Americans?

    Now, back to football. Congratulations to Rey Maualuga on his winning the Bednarick Award: http://www.kansascity.com/467/story/933185.html . The Bednarick Award is presented annually to college football’s top defensive player. http://usc.scout.com/2/820591.html .

    Amazing. The best linebacker in high school football, Manti Teo, and the best linebacker in college football, Rey Maualuga, are both Samoan. The best linebackers in NFL football, arguably, are also Samoan. Mac, are you paying attention. Take notes while I am speaking, and, as the mayor is fond of saying, “Save your drama for your mama”.

    UH needs to get itself some Samoan American coaches, including at the HC position. If it did, more players like Maualuga and Teo would then likely come to UH. Until then, the Teo’s and Maualuga’s of the world will go to USC, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nebraska.

  98. d1島 December 12, 2008 9:46 am


    Howzit! (dat means Howdy, in case you’re not familiar 🙂 )

    Welcome to the Warrior Beat. Read your stuff and left a comment. Keep it up!
    Are you coming over for the game? If so, it looks like you’ll have lots of company!

  99. d1島 December 12, 2008 9:50 am

    I heard Washington is making a move on some UH commitments

    Hmmm…I wonder who’s opening that door?

  100. FloridaTed December 12, 2008 9:51 am

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    I won’t allow myself to get overly excited until all recruits are signed, sealed and delivered.

    Recruiting is a tough and sometimes dirty business with fierce competition.

    Looks like Big Mack is well on his way to his goal of 100 % graduation.

  101. LizKauai [Believer] December 12, 2008 10:04 am

    weisgipper- enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more!

    The red and orange doppler clouds are heading for Kauai again. No marketing for Stretch today!

    Hail Tunalvr- hardest-working guy on Kauai… bringing joy to tummies everywhere!

  102. LizKauai [Believer] December 12, 2008 10:04 am

    ST- hiya back to Mr. Mayor!

  103. Da Punchbowl Kid December 12, 2008 10:08 am

    Congrats Grads! Best of luck in all future endeavors.

    Welcome Chizzy!

    Howzit Mufi!

    Ya gotta love them names. Mufi. Chizzy.

  104. A-House December 12, 2008 10:08 am

    First, congratulations to all Warriors taking that walk on Saturday to receive their well deserved diploma.

    Second, to the second half who will take the same walk in May 2009, keep plugging away to secure that diploma.

    Third, to all underclassmen, look to the seniors as role models for you to follow in their academic footsteps and your journey will be successful.

  105. MeiLing December 12, 2008 10:16 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Welcome to Chizzy! Looks like a great replacement for Libre’s position.

    Ho’omaikai to the students graduating this December! Big milestone & big goal achieved. Good luck in future endeavors.

    I think Tyler is supposed to graduate next Spring. Stay on track, Tyler.

    Esme & out….

  106. Uce2 December 12, 2008 10:17 am

    When it comes to activities where discipline, smarts, and violence are a major part of what the participants engage in or must do to excel (e.g., military, rugby, or football), Samoan Americans have fared well. For example, in the past 20 years, the Samoan American community has produced more than 24 command sergeant majors (CSGM). Also, on a per capita basis, there are more Samoans playing in the NFL than any other group. Additionally, in international Rugby, a very rugged and violent sport, the top players are all Samoan.

    Mufi, are you paying attention? Mac, put that cheeseburger down and pay attention.

  107. Aaron December 12, 2008 10:25 am

    Mike Bass and Michael Brewster were both smaller (height-wise, at least) than Daniel Libre but both were effective backfield blockers. Technique > size.

  108. d1shima(tilted) December 12, 2008 10:38 am

    Wen da oddah guy get good technique, too, size helps.

  109. Ralph December 12, 2008 10:42 am

    mike bass kept on tripping over the hash marks, finally called it quits and transferred…his brother followed, then quit… the youngest at HS is believed to be the most talented…Brewster didn’t play much, but when he did he was a fine contributor…

  110. A-House December 12, 2008 10:48 am

    OK, gangie, here is my Hawaii Bowl contribution ( tune=auld lang syme ):

    For all the points UH will score
    And win the game today
    Let’s all rejoice on Christmas Eve
    And praise Coach Mack’s team

    So Notre Dame your praises ring
    And hold your heads up high
    Next year your team will win 12 games
    And Bowls will seek your Name

  111. Kekoa December 12, 2008 10:58 am

    Wow A-House I’m touched! Those green guys will love the fact that you are paying homage to their team.

    Me?…I just what to kick their little green okole! 😈

  112. Kekoa December 12, 2008 10:59 am


  113. mookmook December 12, 2008 11:22 am


    All I know is pisa was one of my fav lb outta uh
    and tackling nate Illaoa was like tackling a fire hydrant

  114. jm2375 December 12, 2008 11:37 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos! Happy Aloha Friday!!

    Finally able to catch up with da blog. Wanted to lurk this morning before I left the house but we had a small centipede problem that actually didn’t get solved. Da buggah is fast! Got to work around 9:45 and then had a meeting at 10.

    Congrats to the Warriors graduating next Sat.
    Welcome to the Warrior ohana Mr. Dimunde.

    Time to get back to work. BBL this afternoon.

  115. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:44 am


    Howzit, you recovered from the Govs’ loss and the Warriors give away?

    Back in the day..I was 5’7′”- 160 # (I know…no laugh; not 160# anymore) I blocked a guy 6’1″ 215/220# by chopping him…next play…boom, I was lying on my back looking at the stars in the clear Tucson skies….He got me good in the solar plexus… I was down for over five minutes before I could get up and walk off the field….Yup, Technique, Size and Speed Kills! 🙂

  116. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:49 am


    Great news to hear Kirstin is OK…Here’s wishing her a full and speedy recovery…

  117. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:53 am

    Congratulations to the 15 seniors who are graduating this month; you guys really worked hard to earn that degree; it’s hard enough to earn a degree but being a scholar -athlete is even more challenging…wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors…

  118. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:55 am

    Everyday there’s breaking news..another recruit has joined the Warrior ohana…keep ’em coming!

  119. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:56 am

    Kekoa, etal

    I’ve eaten at the El Mariachi in Kaneohe; it’s good Mexcian fuud..I think you will enjoy today’s CC…

  120. Long Time UH Fan December 12, 2008 11:59 am


    Howzit cuzn…was hoping you would post your views re: oline blocking…Mahalo for your comments!

  121. lavrat December 12, 2008 12:05 pm

    Great job graduating Warriors.

    Keith AhSoon
    C.J. Allen-Jones
    Jameel Dowling
    Inoke Funaki
    Tyson Kafentzis
    Ryan Perry
    Fale Laeli
    Khevin Peoples
    Desmond Thomas
    David Veikune
    Michael Washington
    Guyton Galdeira
    Alonzo Chopp
    Dylan Linkner
    Nathan McKay

    Thanks for all your hard work.

  122. lavrat December 12, 2008 12:05 pm

    I am dizzy for Chizzy.

  123. Stretch December 12, 2008 12:09 pm

    i wonder if izzy is dizzy for chizzy??

  124. matto December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    Chizzy’s reel looks great – you can tell he’s got that field vision. Super fast, plus he can spot the holes. Plus, did you see how many tackles he broke free from? Keeps his legs going.

    I can see what his current coach meant about telling chizzy to “trust his speed”…feels like he has a tendency to put moves on when he should just flat our sprint. I get a sense there’s another gear somewhere in there waiting to get out…

  125. takoboy December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    good gosh yanks, 240M just like that…

  126. Jay December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    fo’ chizzy!

  127. matto December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    And congrats to all the graduating seniors! Well done!

  128. lavrat December 12, 2008 12:31 pm

    ST nice clip of Chizzy Dimude. I thought I was watching Gale Sayers.

  129. Pomai December 12, 2008 12:38 pm

    Boy what 30 years does to you!!

    Papa Leahey

  130. Kazz December 12, 2008 12:52 pm

    I’m in the mood to sing!!!

    Jeer, jeer for “NEW” Notre Dame
    I’m tired of hearing their song, it’s so lame,
    Send the Warriors to pound them hard,
    Ole’ Charlie chances with Manti is a shot in the dark…
    What though the odds be great or small
    “NEW” Notre Dame has failed over all,
    While her loyal sons are marching
    Onward to Club 939.


  131. Aaron December 12, 2008 12:58 pm

    Mike Bass started his whole freshman season and while undersized and without a year of college strength training, was the best backfield blocker they had and led the team in rushing. his footing problems did not start until he bulked up and had trouble keeping his balance with the added weight.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “Brewster didn’t play that much”. Michael Brewster had 113 carries for 722 yards and 6 TDs in 2004 (only 18 less carries than Nate Ilaoa had in 2006).

  132. Stretch December 12, 2008 12:59 pm

    Leahey looks like Chris Berman or is it Chris Berman looks like Leahey??

  133. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:02 pm


    Wow! 😯
    Remind me not to give you any of my old pix! 😆

  134. Ralph December 12, 2008 1:05 pm

    thanks Aaron, my bad on Brewster, but I don’t remember him playing that much. I know that after his playing days he worked as the video guy at the practice field helping Lopaka…what years did Brewster play besides 2004 and who else played Rb for the warriors in those years…

  135. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:07 pm


    I hope you took your umbrella with you again today!

  136. Aaron December 12, 2008 1:07 pm

    size may help, but it shouldn’t scare us off of a good recruit. also, when the passing game is working the way it is supposed to the RB does not have to be able to de-cleat a pass rusher. giving the QB an extra second to find the open guy should be enough. granted, we’ll have jake heun to lay down the law in the backfield for a couple years, so bring on the speed guys!

  137. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:15 pm


    Understood. Just saying that all other things being equal…

    I’m anxious to see what Heun will do next season as well. He was very impressive in practice prior to his injury. He seems to bring the LB-mentality to his pass pro and from what I saw is definitely a North-South kinda runner.

  138. Pomai December 12, 2008 1:18 pm

    d1 if you had played for UH – too late! There are more of these type coming.

  139. Pomai December 12, 2008 1:21 pm

    I started this website (click on da name) with the 78 team, I remember seeing Duva sling da ball an thought boy this guys is the best there is, and now 30 years later Colt just boggles my mind.

  140. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:24 pm


    Whew…I safe den! 😉
    (unless you get pics of tailgaters from back then, too!)

  141. Pomai December 12, 2008 1:29 pm

    Wow I neva wen think of dat, good idea d1!!!!!

  142. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:29 pm


    Heard something on 1420 this morning about college coaches being prohibited from watching the games today. This would be a serious gaffe by somebody.
    Any info?

  143. Pomai December 12, 2008 1:33 pm

    Well I think I need a pick-me up so I guess I’ll watch Colt an da gang beat LA Tech down in lala land, I neva going to forget coach DODO crying about us doin da Haka en having the ref’s throw da flag even before da game wen start.

  144. BillB December 12, 2008 1:42 pm

    Rich Miano was on 1420 yesterday afternoon and said NCAA mandate prohibits college coaches from attending the Cal-Poly game and any of the practices.

  145. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:44 pm

    Did the mainland players know that before they committed to playing?

  146. d1島 December 12, 2008 1:46 pm

    On a side note, it’s amazing how little the Voice of the Warriors seems to know about the program and the things related to it.

  147. LizKauai [Believer] December 12, 2008 1:58 pm



  148. BillB December 12, 2008 2:03 pm

    d1, RM did not mention anything about the players. But from his conversation it sounded like this NCCA restriction pertains to all high school all-star games and may have started with this year.

    Maybe ST can find out.

  149. al December 12, 2008 2:05 pm

    d1…thats because he don’t go to the practices nor rub noses with the coaches. i agree he should do more homework.

  150. Stretch December 12, 2008 2:07 pm

    d1 – no umbrella with me. I just run fast and avoid all the drops.

  151. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 2:15 pm

    So I’m asked to be on a South Bend-based radio show.
    I open with, basically, our sucky weather is still better than your weather. Then we talk football.
    Then I get cut off.
    Then they call me back, and put me on hold. Only they have me plugged into the off-the-mic conversation. I hear them ripping on me: “Oh, I thought he was above talking about the weather. Blah, blah, blah.”
    Then I go back on the air. And I’m like, “You know, maybe I should be above talking about the weather but …”

  152. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 2:17 pm

    This might be a dead time. I’m not familiar with all of the rules. But Mack was told he couldn’t attend practices or the game.

  153. bstunna2002 December 12, 2008 2:24 pm

    ST I know this is beating a dead horse but I was just wondering if the suprise recruit has been announced or is it someone yet to be… Thanks for doing a great job of keeping us in the loop about our warriors and future warriors… Is it true that Mageo decommitted or is he still a solid verbal. Mahalo

  154. LizKauai [Believer] December 12, 2008 2:25 pm

    No playbyplay announcers for the Wahine but I just heard the Fight Song- and the arena announcer is doing ok.

    The score is close but can’t tell exactly as Gametracker is behind the live lay 17-14 Purdue

  155. LizKauai [Believer] December 12, 2008 2:27 pm

    Haha, ST- go get dem butt-freezers 😉

    About the weather….


    btw- it’s dark and rainy on Kauai

  156. al December 12, 2008 2:32 pm

    well tell mack the game is being broadcast on ch 246 some fox sports network channel. yeah, its a fee based channel but like 5-7 bucks per month.

    cost you one plate lunch

  157. Committed Road Warrior December 12, 2008 2:35 pm


    Thanks for the link!
    I assumed that’s taped fight song music they playing…..

  158. letsgowarriors December 12, 2008 2:43 pm

    tell mack i going watch the game so email me if he has any questions.

  159. Committed Road Warrior December 12, 2008 2:51 pm

    Wahine bouncing back after a bad start to the second set.
    Purdue leads 17-15.

  160. Committed Road Warrior December 12, 2008 3:00 pm

    Wahine win second set, 25-22.

  161. kama krab December 12, 2008 3:01 pm

    Hawaii wins 25-22 second set

    Game tied at 1-1 into intermission

  162. Committed Road Warrior December 12, 2008 3:05 pm

    The winner of this match faces off against the winner of the Florida-Stanford match to be played after this one.

  163. d1島 December 12, 2008 3:12 pm

    Despite this week’s storm, we’re generally blessed with the weather we have here.
    Whenever I come across less-than-friendly fans at the stadium, I think to myself (and sometimes out loud), “My next ‘humpday’ I’ll be waking up in Hawaii; how about you?”

  164. d1島 December 12, 2008 3:15 pm


    It seems that whenever BC does make it to a practice, he’s spending all his time chasing one of his kids around.
    Not knocking a guy for “having a life” but ever since those “Sports Cafe” (or whatever it was called) days on the radio, there’s been very little “inside info” coming from him.

  165. Kazz December 12, 2008 3:17 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    December 12th, 2008 at 2:15 pm
    So I’m asked to be on a South Bend-based radio show.
    I open with, basically, our sucky weather is still better than your weather. Then we talk football.
    Then I get cut off.
    Then they call me back, and put me on hold. Only they have me plugged into the off-the-mic conversation. I hear them ripping on me: “Oh, I thought he was above talking about the weather. Blah, blah, blah.”
    Then I go back on the air. And I’m like, “You know, maybe I should be above talking about the weather but …”

    ST, I think you’re above talking to people like that period.

  166. Rob25 December 12, 2008 3:20 pm


    That was my point a long time ago. It was the reason that I originally came to this blog…a search to find more useful information. BC spends more time with his kids and talking about his kids…which is a good thing, but he doesn’t do very much in regards to being in touch with the program anymore. If it wasn’t part of his job, I don’t think that we would see him very often at sporting events.

    Luckily, I have all of you very knowledgable fans to turn to for my sports fix. Thanks to all of you for making me a better informed fan!

  167. Ralph December 12, 2008 3:20 pm

    Houston needs to get off her slump, 8 kills, 7 errors….Aneli and Kanani also struggling..but they will get it done…the need to warm up better in the cold air, light air, and just play their game…

  168. d1島 December 12, 2008 3:22 pm

    That should be “less-than-friendly” visiting fans.

  169. Rob25 December 12, 2008 3:23 pm

    Any guy that says “lovely” as much as he does…and I don’t remember him saying that before Jo…shouldn’t be hosting a sports show. The other day someone called in and he just wouldn’t let them express their thoughts. It wasn’t that they were necessarily disagreeing with him, he just had to talk over them! It seemed rude.

    Sorry, just my opinion…

  170. Rob25 December 12, 2008 3:26 pm

    Houston is very inconsistent!

    Sometimes, I think that when they are struggling, Mafua sets Houston which makes their offense predictable. She abandons the middle. I don’t know if this is a coaching decision or just her fail-safe option.

    Houston also needs a perfect set and she struggles with Mafua’s faster set but likes Brandt’s higher, slower sets. That’s why she hits into the net a lot, set is not high enough to her liking.

  171. d1島 December 12, 2008 3:28 pm


    Well, you’re right about getting good “411” here although most of it comes from Stephen.
    As far as escaping people talking about their kids….
    let’s see, get:
    😉 ……

  172. takoboy December 12, 2008 3:34 pm

    BC is too much about advertising for saturn and Harley’s and other stuff besides UH sports for my liking. 1420 overall is a little too homerism for my taste, i’ll never 4get what they did to i think it was hogue or maybe portnoy after they badmouthed HF one afternoon, they never returned the next.

  173. takoboy December 12, 2008 3:36 pm

    miraculous comeback the last 2 games by da wahine,

  174. LizKauai (iPhone) December 12, 2008 3:36 pm

    I’m sitting in the car at Costco waiting for a little letup in the rain so I can dash in. Sure is dark out!

  175. lava December 12, 2008 3:39 pm

    Wasn’t Tyler Graunke supposed to be on that list of graduates?

  176. J-Dog December 12, 2008 3:41 pm

    Another wave of rain is heading our way. Be safe tonight.

  177. Koranto December 12, 2008 3:43 pm


    Long time lurker, but i found this on Fox sports…

  178. d1島 December 12, 2008 3:48 pm

    Condolences to the Ohana of Ah Quon McElrath.

  179. takoboy December 12, 2008 4:02 pm

    wahine to da elite eight, congrats girlz

  180. d1島 December 12, 2008 4:04 pm

    Yea Wahine!

  181. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:04 pm

    Congratulations on the win by Wahine VB team!

  182. bb December 12, 2008 4:07 pm

    Remember when Scott Robbs had the Sports Bar in the afternoon?

    Now we got Chris and Gary…

    BC not even knowing this morning that Cayman Shutter was offered a scholarship was pretty lame…and then it was call after call that told him otherwise….I know he was in Illinois for bball but still very lame by the official radio voice of UH sports

  183. lavrat December 12, 2008 4:12 pm

    ST you should have told them how happy their players will be over here. There is no snow for their fans to snowbals at them.

  184. d1島 December 12, 2008 4:20 pm



  185. Ralph December 12, 2008 4:23 pm

    Rob mafua was chosen because she can set a quicker, faster, lower set to help our shorter OH (Kanani and Aneli) beat the big blocks, whereas with Brandt, the block is able to set itself waiting for them…unfortunately, low, fast sets makes it tougher on Houston, Thomas at 6’3, Farrell?, and Kaufman who needs a little higher set to maximize their leap and full arm swing.

  186. Ralph December 12, 2008 4:27 pm

    mafua’s safety net is houston to the left, houston to the right, and from the middle back of the 3 meter line…when she’s not up front, its Kanani on the left or aneli on the left…occasional back set to the right or middle…Kaufman and Thomas are above 30 per cent, set them more often…

  187. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:32 pm

    Hey d1…

    We don’t get paid to talk about sports and then talk about our kids, Saturn, Harley Davidson and other advertisers. I know that he has to do it, but it gets old really fast. I’d rather hear a regular commercial.

    How about last year when he said that no team in the country was going to be undefeated…”in my opinion”…guess he was wrong about that…he kept saying it at every possible opportunity. If I recall correctly, he also said not to worry about the football schedule, Herman says he has it in hand and he trusts him. 🙄

  188. djmitcho December 12, 2008 4:33 pm

    I’m happy I get to watch the Hawaii v. Mainland all-star game tonight on tv. Wish I could be in Hawaii even though the weather may not be good.
    It’s better than snow! The schedule on the Fox channel doesn’t show the HUB game being shown. I guess I better be happy with at least one of the games

  189. Ralph December 12, 2008 4:34 pm

    Donovan needs to monitor the stations broadcasting UH sports and if these stations contracted with UH can not put out a good, informed product, he should be able to offer and critique and ask that changes be made…BC is too obnoxious, been around a long time and probably thinks he is a lock as an announcer no matter what he says…

  190. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:39 pm


    My point was that Houston has more difficulty handling the less than perfect set. And Mafua’s sets are oftentimes not where the middles can hit them because they are too low. I like her quickness, but then you become too reliant on Houstin and teams are able to beat her when they know that she is your first option in panic mode.

    I’m glad that they were able to get beyond the problems in the beginning of the match. Hope they get a better start tomorrow.

    Oh, and I didn’t know that BC had no clue that Cayman Shutter was offered a scholarship. What planet is he on? He should just make it a habit to check out the blog. I think I heard him comment that it’s not reliable information on the blogs. Pfffttt!

  191. whitey December 12, 2008 4:40 pm

    thanks to all the tsaikos for the vb update. it seems that coach is back in his old form. trying to make houston look good when she should be sitting on the bench. this is a team sport and not a one dimensional game. i missed the past weekend games, but reading about it made me think that coach had changed his 2 major weakness, not being predictable and hanging loose. what is being posted seems like he went back to his old ways, predictable and whining.

  192. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:42 pm

    OK, thanks for the thoughts Ralph. I know you have very good observations when it comes to UH sports. Will I see you on Thursday?

    Gotta head for the Eastside!

  193. Kekoa December 12, 2008 4:44 pm

    D-1 ~ Still nuha over missing lunch…here’s something everyone should take note of:

    Stephen, surely this doesn’t apply to the bonafide Tsaiko’s, aren’t we considered media members too?!

    Below is the University of Hawai‘i’s football practice schedule in preparation for the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. All practices, except Saturday, Dec. 20, will be held at the UH Grass Practice Field and will be CLOSED to the public. Due to UH graduation, UH’s practice on Saturday, Dec. 20 will be held at St. Louis School and is also CLOSED to the public.

    All practices will be OPEN to the media from 7-9 a.m. with media availability after practice.

    Practice Schedule for Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl

    Date Time Where

    Monday, Dec. 15 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Tuesday, Dec. 16 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Wednesday, Dec. 17 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Thursday, Dec. 18 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Friday, Dec. 19 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Saturday, Dec. 20 7-9 a.m. St. Louis School Practice Field

    Sunday, Dec. 21 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Monday, Dec. 22 7-9 a.m. UH Grass Practice Field

    Tuesday, Dec. 23 CLOSED

    Derek Inouchi

    Media Relations Director

    University of Hawai’i Athletics

    1337 Lower Campus Road

  194. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:44 pm

    Thanks Liz for the link!

  195. Rob25 December 12, 2008 4:46 pm


    Guess that means no autographs for Ronnie! That sucks!

  196. Kekoa December 12, 2008 4:56 pm

    Rob25 ~ Nah!…We just show up dressed as Filipino yard workers and walk in with a bucket to ‘water’ our fave tree…Hehehehe!

  197. Kekoa December 12, 2008 4:57 pm

    So how many Tsaiko’s does it take to water a tree?

  198. Kekoa December 12, 2008 5:06 pm

    Rob25 ~ Actually the guys are very good about signing stuff after practice. Some gather by the picnic table near the pond. Others just outside the main gate. Still others hang out by the AD office/SSC area.

  199. Stretch December 12, 2008 5:23 pm

    December 12th, 2008 at 4:57 pm
    So how many Tsaiko’s does it take to water a tree?

    Koakane can handle that by himself after a night of drinking….

  200. Ralph December 12, 2008 5:30 pm

    kekoa are you at the fb game

  201. Kazz December 12, 2008 5:37 pm

    If I sacrifice myself by dressing as a live leprechaun tackling dummy can I attend the Sunday Dec 21st 7am practice??????

  202. Aaron December 12, 2008 5:43 pm

    just for the heck of it, here are Warrior RBs who made an impact in the post-VonAppen era:

    1999 – Avion Weaver, Afatia Thompson (each would play a half. i could not find their stats)
    2000 – James Fenderson (651) – became the starter after weaver and thompson went down with injury
    2001 – Mike Bass (558), Thero Mitchell (378) – Mike Bass’s freshman season. Thero Mitchell was a walk-on.
    2002 – John West (451), Thero Mitchell (352), Mike Bass (311) – West’s 70 yard TD run helps UH win @ Fresno.
    2003 – John West (422), Michael Brewster (405),Mike Bass (307), West Keli’ikipi (247) – Keli’ikipi is best known for the stiff-arm vs USC, but West and Brewster had the most yards.
    2004 – Michael Brewster (722), West Keli’ikipi (336) – Keli’ikipi was injured for much of the season. Brewster’s YPC was over 6 yards.
    2005 – Nate Ilaoa (643) – Ilaoa’s first season at RB, Colt Brennan had 300 rushing yards as well.
    2006 – Nate Ilaoa (990) – Ilaoa has 837 receiving yards as well.
    2007 – Kealoha Pilares (388), Daniel Libre (190)
    2008 – Kealoha Pilares, Daniel Libre

  203. Stretch December 12, 2008 5:44 pm

    Looks like it will a special game for the Shoji’s tomorrow. Stanford is up 2 sets against Florida

  204. Ralph December 12, 2008 5:52 pm

    thanks Aaron….that’s what I remembered about Brewster years, rotation of rbs, that’s why I didn’t realize he carried alot…2003 4 rbs, and 04, Wes played a lot but mostly to block and very short yardage (goal line area) situation and Brewster was brought in for longer yardage situation as a runner, receiver and not primarily as a blocker…thanks again for the stats…this is one reason I hope they post stats and rosters of players of yesteryear on the warrior site.

  205. Ralph December 12, 2008 5:55 pm

    lots of thunder out in Mililani

  206. Ralph December 12, 2008 5:57 pm

    but only drizzling….keep off the roads unless you really got to

  207. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 6:13 pm

    Tell Ronnie to give me a call. I’ll make sure her son can meet the players at a special place.

  208. Koakane iphone December 12, 2008 6:24 pm

    Wow watching the lightning show from da blue section row 43 mauka sidelines.

  209. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 6:45 pm

    ‘sup Tsaikos.

    howzit big bradda. had to jam outta here this morning or i’d have stuck around and played with you. main thing, we both agree that the
    Warriors will pound da lil green guyz. :mrgreen:

  210. Garret December 12, 2008 6:45 pm

    Debate over the WAC vs. MWC in the Fresno Bee.

    The same question is tossed about among the five non-BCS conferences. This season, just like the previous two, the answer is the Mountain West Conference. No. 2? The Western Athletic Conference.

    That came from WAC commissioner Karl Benson, who said Thursday the rankings were determined by the six computer polls the Bowl Championship Series uses. The other non-BCS conferences are the Sun Belt, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.

    Fresno State and Boise State will have an opportunity to make a case for the WAC against Mountain West foes this bowl season. The Broncos (12-0) will play Texas Christian (10-2) in the Poinsettia Bowl and Fresno State (7-5) takes on Colorado State (6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl.

    Benson said the Mountain West has had an “outstanding season” but still thinks the WAC leads as the more recognizable conference on the West Coast.

    Nevada coach Chris Ault took it to another level.

    “I’ve always felt the WAC is a better football conference than the Mountain West,” Ault said. “I think it’s been proven the last three years in terms of the teams that have gone on to the bowl games and the success we’ve had.”

    Utah again broke into the BCS this season with a Sugar Bowl berth.

    The Mountain West has a 9-5 record against BCS conference teams this season while the WAC was 5-12 against BCS teams, with two of those wins coming from Fresno State. The WAC, which has one ranked team in the AP poll (No. 9 Boise State), is 2-5 this season against the Mountain West, which has three ranked teams in the poll (No. 7 Utah, No. 11 Texas Christian and No. 17 Brigham Young).

  211. hilobilly December 12, 2008 7:02 pm

    Geez, we used to think Hilo had a lot of rain…now we may need to go to HNL to see it! Hope all of you are OK & that the weather changes for the better & things settle down.

    When we lived in the LA area in the ’60s & ’70s, Notre Dame was one of those teams (like the Dallas Cowboys) that you either loved or hated; I always sided w/ the West Coast teams. Sounds like you HNL guys are in for a real treat w/ UH vs ND, especially if things hold true to form like in past games. Go Warriors, make yourself & all of us proud!

    One last thing…it just sounds like everyone’s just plain given up on signing Manti Te’o. I must be outta touch…until he signs, we should be doing whatever needs to be done to secure him (can we assume it’s happening?). Oh well, just my opinion. Before I forget, gotta say hello to my husky (‘Mr. Abs’) friend, DPK…#3 son has a year & a half daughter, #1 son’s wife expects in March, #2’s getting married January ’09. Loving every moment as a Tutu Pa! Hope to see you all someday, still trying to figure who Kekoa ’64 is!

  212. al December 12, 2008 8:26 pm

    i believe that still get chance.

  213. djmitcho December 12, 2008 8:41 pm

    I guess fox prime west is screwing me over cause it’s not showing the Hawaii v. mainland game. It’s showing stupid pac 10 basketball previews.
    WHo cares about that crap. Don’t put something on the schedule if you’re not gonna show it!

  214. Ralph December 12, 2008 8:52 pm

    koakane how about a report of the all star game, how’s our recruits doing and how do they compare to the rest

  215. FloridaTed December 12, 2008 8:55 pm


    I have the game in my schedule in Tampa Bay also. Isn’t it a double header? Kick-off might be delayed because of that. I’ll TiVo it, just in case and check again in fifteen minutes.

    Any Tsaiko’s know if the game is a little delayed?

  216. Ralph December 12, 2008 8:59 pm

    tonights HS fb game is on tomorrow morning at 9 at on Fox 228 cable. tape it and watch our future players after NLI date- when we will know who are recruits really are.

  217. Jason December 12, 2008 8:59 pm

    Game can be heard on AM 1500 or online:


    That’s about a 25-second delay, though. (No kidding, that’s 25 seconds.)

  218. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 12, 2008 9:47 pm


    Mahalo for the great picture post. A decade ago – more or less – I heard Jim Leahey speak at a Kailua Chamber of Commerce luncheon as he was recovering from leukemia. He must have weighted a good 125 lbs less then than he does now – and looked fantastic even while recovering. One of these days someone really needs to take the time to answer The Big Question – why are so many local sports people (not all of them) so rotund?

    Winter Weather – It’s a major humbug trying to deal with the aftermath of the rain. A barely operable vehicle because of the rust holes shorting out the wiring, the need to go to the laundromat – the closest one is about three miles away – to dry the laundry, and a blown-out hot water heater (cool showers are so much fun!) because of yesterday’s power surges sure add a little stress to one’s life. And that’s in addition to dealing with two beloved pets – Hercules The Cat and Saturn The Dog – who are not at all well. Both will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge shortly – however that may be defined.

    However, DrDoc is doing well so there is a little bit of sunshine out there.

    Congratulations to Na Wahine – tomorrow will be well worth the wait. Although it was easy to follow the general pattern of the match, not having access to seeing them in person or on tv makes it difficult to comment on what happened today.

    Does anyone know who the other six teams are that will be playing tomorrow in the regionals? I’ve tried searching several sports sites and cannot find any updates.

    Will the Chancellor and the Athletic Director be at tomorrow’s match? Or is there any travel money in the budget – remember LaLinda has said no traveling for state employees. If not, and if we win tomorrow, I hope that some generous donor will step forward to pay Hinshaw and Donovan’s way to Omaha.

    BTW – what’s with Omaha? How come they get the College World Series AND the Final Four Women’s Volleyball?

    Where are people watching tomorrow’s match? Now that the Eastside Grill is no moa, where should we go that isn’t too far from the Men’s basketball game at 7 pm? Murphy’s? Champions? Any suggestions?

    Back to the December 21 event: We’re looking for really great food at a locally-owned non-chain full-service restaurant for the Sunday December 21 get-together with Kamali’o NYC. Your recommendations would be most appreciated – Hawai`i Kai to Pearl City would work best. No ethnic preferences as long as DrDoc can find something relatively low-sodium on the menu.

    Time to watch a leetle tellywishion. Hope everyone is drying out and having a good weekend.

  219. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 9:51 pm

    Weisgipper #79

    howzit. well, i found you through South Bend Tribune Sports. like I said, great read. good insight into how you guyz see your team, and see us. also, that Thayer article was just fabulous. like i said, he coulda been talking to us too.

  220. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 9:56 pm


    whatcha think of that Chicago Notre Dame guy. Thayer. and that
    article I put up at 58, his thoughts on the oline. you think it applies to us? just curious.

    but you gotta be careful. some notre dame guyz stay lurking. 😀

    they look like this. :mrgreen: they’re everywhere. :mrgreen:

  221. bighilofan2 December 12, 2008 9:57 pm


    you gotta talk code. :mrgreen:

    heh heh

  222. Koakane iphone December 12, 2008 10:00 pm

    Starting of 2nd half. Hawaii receiving. Mainland defense mucho speed and keeping Hi in check. Nothing else really to get excited about.

    Mainland 16 Hawaii 0. Defence hanging tough/

  223. Ralph December 12, 2008 10:17 pm

    news show a lot of rain at the stadium…..i’m glad i decided not to go to the game….so Kekoa, did you venture to the game or are you blobbing in comfort at home…

  224. Garret December 12, 2008 10:29 pm

    Feature story on Bess!

    If the times have you down, if you need a little spark, here’s some advice: Go see Davone Bess play football this weekend. That’s it. Just watch him line up at receiver for the Dolphins.

    Because no matter what kind of holiday story the Dolphins write in the next few games, it won’t be better than the one Bess already has. Eight months ago, when Bess clicked off the television at the end of the NFL Draft, his named hadn’t been called over two days, seven rounds and 252 picks,

    “I said, ‘I guess I’ll have to do what I always have,'” he said.

    Which is?

    “Overcome some things,” he said.

    But he didn’t stay down, forming a 7-on-7 team in prison and getting a tape of his workout in the hands of Hawaii coach June Jones.

    “That’s the chance I needed,” he said.

    When Jones showed up an hour early for 7 a.m. practices, Bess already would be catching footballs off a machine in the dark. When others left to shower after practice, Bess would be running sprints.

  225. Garret December 12, 2008 10:30 pm

    Bess talked about how he was a high draft pick candidate until he ran at the combine.

    When he finished his junior season, Bess had a Western Athletic Conference record of 293 catches and 41 touchdowns. Jones said he was ready for the pros. The NFL’s advisory board agreed, saying he’d be a late second- or definite third-round pick.

    “Then I ran at the [NFL] combine,” he said.

    NFL teams are slaves to a chart. If receivers stand 5 feet 9, they need to run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds. If they’re 6 feet, the time is 4.4 seconds. At 6-2, it’s 4.6 seconds.

    Bess is nearly 5-10. His fastest time at the combine was 4.67. That meant he wasn’t just too small to be considered a prime prospect. He was too slow, too.

    “All these scouts said they loved him but that they couldn’t take him because of the chart,” said Kenny Zuckerman, Bess’ agent. “I said, ‘What about Wes Welker?’ They said it didn’t matter.”

  226. Garret December 12, 2008 10:31 pm

    Congratulations again to Davone and Rachel for their daughter Kyrah!

    On election night, his wife, Rachel Mulleitner, gave birth to their daughter, Kyrah Imani Bess.

    “I’m not sleeping as much,” he said.

    There he will be again Sunday, still too small, still too slow, still from a world of trouble and still making a career for himself. Sometimes a good football story like the Dolphins this year delivers a better human one like Bess.

  227. Garret December 12, 2008 10:33 pm

    TCU’s coach is apparently a candidate for the Auburn job. This *has* to distract their team as they prepare for BSU, plus TCU has an awesome recruiting class (probably better than half of the Big 12 teams) and some of his recruits might be looking to switch if he leaves.

    A source confirmed Friday that Gary Patterson met with Auburn officials Thursday about the Tigers’ head coaching vacancy, but the TCU football coach is still not commenting on the situation.

    Patterson did not return repeated phone calls Friday, but said through TCU media relations director Mark Cohen that he would not comment on anything because he’s focused on this weekend, which includes his team’s Poinsettia Bowl preparations with recruits attending practice.

  228. Kekoa December 12, 2008 10:35 pm

    Ralph ~ I actually had to do some w-o-r-k today, and it ruined my plans for La Cuca Racha food & football. However, having said that, it worked out in my favor as the traffic around the ceded lands was and still is at a standstill!

    Been lurking as I finish some paperwork to help support a Bill I’m working on. James knows about the Resolution I was advancing last year, but this year we decided to upgrade it to a Bill.

    Meeting with Senator Gabbard in the morning here in Kapolei to help us by co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Har from the House. Politics…a necessary evil.

  229. Garret December 12, 2008 10:36 pm

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

    Waste coffee grounds can be processed into fuel that cars use at the game pump? Amazing that something that just fills landfills now could be efficiently turned into fuel…and that the gas smells like java!

  230. Garret December 12, 2008 10:37 pm

    Finally they are bundling laptops/netbooks with cellular service like they are doing in Europe. This netbook will be just $99 at Radioshack for AT&T customers.

  231. Garret December 12, 2008 10:37 pm

    Wii sales are really amazing this year, especially since it is the 3rd Christmas season for the game console. I’m surprised that eBay is still going strong for the Wii since I know that the local stores have been getting a LOT of Wiis this year. More than 125,000 Wiis sold on eBay in 90 days?

    Wii sales were almost triple XBox 360 sales in November, nearly 6x PS3 sales:

  232. Jason December 12, 2008 10:37 pm

    ▌ “All these scouts said they loved him but that they couldn’t
    ▌ take him because of the chart,” said Kenny Zuckerman,
    ▌ Bess’ agent. “I said, ‘What about Wes Welker?’ They said it
    ▌ didn’t matter.”

    Dummies. I’m all for using barometers like 40 times as tools, but you can’t depend on just that. Even after his 40 time, I only knocked Davone from a 2nd-3rd grade to a 4th-5th, knowing that he would still be a steal that late.

    You gotta give credit to Parcells and his coaching tree — those guys evaluate talent as well as anyone since Bill Walsh.

  233. Garret December 12, 2008 10:38 pm

    These pizza thieves thought they made their getaway…but police just followed their tracks in the snow!

  234. Garret December 12, 2008 10:38 pm

    DC TV station found out that the McCain/Palin campaign was having a yard sale, so they bought some Blackberries at the bargain price of $20 each. They were SHOCKED to find out that one of the Blackberries still had the contacts and e-mails on it from one of the campaign insiders. I can’t believe that the campaign didn’t wipe the phones and computer hard drives before the yard sale!

  235. Garret December 12, 2008 10:38 pm

    Free play links pau.

  236. Garret December 12, 2008 10:41 pm

    I was gone from the blog for almost all of the day…because today was a very, very good day for my company. I have an early morning telecon on Monday to continue the talks from today, but things seem to be going quite well.

  237. Garret December 12, 2008 10:44 pm


    I agree with you on the section you highlighted from the article. I can’t believe that every NFL team passed on drafting Bess because of his 40-yard time.

    I agree that Bill Walsh was an amazing talent evaluator, but I would argue that the job Bill Parcells did this year is more impressive than any of the years Walsh had with the 49ers.

  238. Jason December 12, 2008 11:00 pm

    Hey, watch it, I’m a die-hard 49ers fan. Never did like Parcells during his days with the Giants. 😀

    Nah, nah. I’ve always had all the respect in the world for Bill Parcells, and he has done an amazing job this year. Granted, Walsh didn’t have free agency to take advantage of in 1979, so it took a few years to really develop that team. But each was/is great in their own way.

  239. Kekoa December 12, 2008 11:19 pm

    Ralph ~ My answer to your #223 got buried in the middle of Garret’s news of the world in #228.

    Are you sitting high and dry in Mililani Town?

  240. Kekoa December 12, 2008 11:28 pm

    btw Ralph ~ I spoke with Francis at Oceanic Cable about why there was no FOX feed for the game scheduled on Ch 246 @ 8 PM. They were wondering the same thing! After 2 hours of her calling me with updates, she finally said she gave up and was going home! So I guess we can watch the re-play in the morning…maaaybe.

  241. jm2375 December 12, 2008 11:32 pm

    Howzit Kekoa, Jason, Ralph, Garret and all other Tsai-kos still up this evening.

    Saw the rain on the news. Don’t think the rain got to the Windward side. 😀

    Got DishNetwork installed today. Learning how to use it. Gotta get used to the new channel placements (KGMB is 9 not 7)

    What time is the Wahine game on tomorrow?

  242. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 12:07 am

    Howzit Koranto: ! Thanks for the Colt link and welcome to the virtual t-gate!

    Congrats, jm2375- hope you enjoy Dish as much as we do! It had held up well during this storm with only a few signal losses during the worst of the rain/lightning – which, by the way, has started up again.

  243. Ralph December 13, 2008 12:25 am

    jmxxxx game on at 4 pm espnu….all four regional finals on espnu tomorrow…starting in the am by time zone…set your dvr…hawaii is the third game….west coast at 6:30 pm.

  244. Ralph December 13, 2008 12:26 am

    listening to pua hone by the cazimeros

  245. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 13, 2008 1:05 am


    Again – who are the other six teams in the volleyball regionals?

    Also, what sports bars close to UH carry ESPNU? We’re going to the men’s basketball game tomorrow evening so that lets out a Windward location.


    After reading Kekoa’s comments about his political adventures, I realized that I hadn’t re-posted something written a couple of weeks about suggestions for capital improvement projects at UH. The two most critical areas are replacing the light standards – they are the originals and have gotten way beyond their lifecycle – in Murakami Stadium and providing the next increment in the financing for the Ching Complex.

    There are legislators who want to hear your thoughts which I’ll pass along. Please post them here or contact me directly.

    Remember – operating budgets are going to take a serious hit all across state government; however, capital projects are financed differently and are considered economic stimuli.

    If there are other issues not connect to money but involve changing policies, please those along as well.

  246. Ralph December 13, 2008 1:08 am

    texas vs Iowa state, hawaii vs stanford, nebraska vs washington, and california vs penn state

  247. Ralph December 13, 2008 1:08 am

    go to eastside grill in manoa

  248. yesterday's news December 13, 2008 1:50 am

    fyi – eastside grill closed down more than two weeks ago.

  249. al December 13, 2008 2:43 am

    hey you gotta drink if you go to a bar.

  250. Pomai December 13, 2008 2:44 am

    Here is another new page.

    1978 Outlook

  251. addahknowjoe December 13, 2008 2:46 am

    It remains to be seen what Parcels draft picks this year will develop into in the years to come. But, this class would be hard pressed to even come remotely close to the draft class Bill Walsh assembled in 1986. Amongst the many hall of fame players Walsh has selected over the years, that hallmark ’86 draft garnered eight starters that included Charles Haley, fullback Tom Rathman, wide receiver John Taylor and offensive tackle Steve Wallace. It was made possible by eight trades that turned six picks and two veterans into 16 players, including two veterans. Not bad for starting that first draft day at 19th.

    Walsh popularized the once unheard of technique to “trade down” to get a player.

    BTW, Walsh gave up and left Phil Simms for the Giants and Ray Perkins and instead plucked a lanky undersized skinny kid out of South Bend in the third round to which he somehow, managed to squeeze four Super Bowls out of him.

    The one thing I respect about Parcels is his amazing ability to turn any downtrodden program around. But, in there lies Parcels fault for his lack of interest to remain and maintain. He loses all interest after he succeeds.

    Just comes with the territory.

  252. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 13, 2008 2:53 am

    Thunder and rain woke me up… wow! Cats and dogs!

    Espnu… yea- Dish Network shows that!

  253. BigWave96744 December 13, 2008 3:35 am

    I hope there’s no more dam break up in Kauai.
    This rain storm was pretty nasty…

    BTW, is the Lawa’i Store still open and selling the famous Mochiko Chicken and Manju? Sorry… Just some late night cravings

  254. Pride. December 13, 2008 4:40 am

    Pomai, Hawaii was 6 and 5 in 1978, and were not in the WAC yet, They started WAC play in the 1979 season. The offensive coordinator was Mike Flores, the defensive coordinator was Bob Burt. Rip Scherer actually left before the season started for Wm & Mary. Rip Scherer ended up being a head coach at Memphis U. and I believe may still be the QB’s coach for the Cleveland Browns.

  255. Pride. December 13, 2008 4:45 am

    I apologize Pomai. Rip left Hawaii for U. of Virginia for one year, then off to Georgia Tech.

  256. Jay December 13, 2008 4:50 am

    Morning Tsaikos. Big Tunda and Lightnin’ last nite. Had the flashlights ready to go just in case.

    A late welcome for the Irish fans on the blog.

  257. bighilofan2 December 13, 2008 4:55 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    thanks very much for putting together that 1978 Rainbow Warrior stuff.

    thanks for reminding bradda Pomai of the facts.

    All I remember in the 1977 and 1978 season was sitting up in CC Yellow
    with the place all to ourselves except maybe 4 odda peeps in the whole section, and the kids, my friend Glenn and I yelling our butts off. good fun days. 😀

  258. bighilofan2 December 13, 2008 5:32 am

    Look what I found at South Bend Tribune Sports
    — — —
    Smith healed to haka
    Tribune Staff Writer

    SOUTH BEND — It jumped off the tape at Brian Smith.

    More than the simpler offensive schemes the University of Hawaii football team runs in the post-Colt Brennan Era. More than the physicality and passion with which the Warriors (7-6) play.

    Nope, the most intriguing aspect of Notre Dame’s Sheraton Hawaii Bowl opponent in Smith’s eyes came courtesy of YouTube — the haka or ha’a pregame ritual dance the Warriors perform regularly and that once cost them a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Ruston, La., last season.

    “When I first saw it, I was like, ‘Man, that’s tight, I want to be part of that,'” the Notre Dame sophomore linebacker said. “‘Teach me the moves. I’ll do it before the game.'”

    Up until Friday, it appeared that might be all Smith would be cleared to do Dec. 24, when the Irish (6-6) play in their first bowl game in Hawaii since Smith’s father, Chris, did so for coach Gerry Faust’s 1984 team in the Aloha Bowl.

    But Notre Dame’s emotional leader, and perhaps dance mentor as well, participated in limited work in practice Friday for the first time since suffering a knee sprain Nov. 15 against Navy. He is expected to get his first contact work Thursday, the last practice before the team makes the 10-hour plane trip after exams on the afternoon of Dec. 19.

    “It killed me, not playing,” Smith said. “It hurt more than the injury itself.”

    Freshman wide receiver Michael Floyd, who suffered the same injury in the same opening quarter of the same game, is on the same timetable to return. Irish coach Charlie Weis may not be so fortunate.

    Weis suffered three torn ligaments in his left knee in a sideline collision with Irish defensive end John Ryan on Sept. 13 but has put off reconstructive surgery until late February. On Friday he had an MRI done and it revealed the coach had a torn lateral meniscus and bone damage in his good knee. He is considering having surgery on the right knee next week.

    Smith actually had his mending knee rolled up Friday on the sidelines in a collision not too unlike the one that took out Weis.

    “I didn’t feel any pain at all,” he said. “That was a good thing. I never saw them coming. Somebody asked me if I was trying to pull a ‘Coach Weis.’ ”

    Smith did point out that Ryan was not involved this time.

    When the players voted on which bowl game they wanted to attend out of the five that were available, Smith initially did not vote for the Hawaii Bowl. His pick was to play an undefeated Ball State team.

    “I kept hearing they were the best team in Indiana, so I wanted to play them,” Smith said. “But when they got eliminated from that (upset by Buffalo in the MAC championship game), Hawaii was the place I wanted to go.

    “My parents have gone twice and left me at home both times,” he said. “So this time I told them, ‘I’m going and doing my thing in Hawaii and leaving you behind.’ “Aloha.”

    Youth is served

    Notre Dame freshman tight end Kyle Rudolph was named Friday to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America first team. Classmates Floyd and offensive guard Trevor Robinson were named to the second team.

    Wide receiver Golden Tate was named honorable mention on the Web site’s all-sophomore team.
    —- —— ——
    okay, so da lill fella likes to dance. :mrgreen:
    I’ll suggest da hula hula on the message boards at http://www.IrishFanNetwork.com
    👿 😀

    Go Warriors!!!

  259. Garret December 13, 2008 5:36 am

    addahknowjoe and Jason,

    I would agree that Walsh drafted better than Parcells. However, because of free agency and the salary cap, the draft is less important now than it was back then. So, I guess we should just credit each man (and his support staff) for their excellence in their eras.

    Because of the rules back then, a one-year turnaround like this year’s Miami team would not have been possible for Walsh. I do agree that Walsh stayed with a team to keep it on top while Parcells seems to lose interest after awhile…though there are factors that caused Parcells to leave the various teams. Parcells had owners meddling and dictating football decisions while Walsh had a very coach-friendly owner!

    A player like Bess wouldn’t have been an undrafted free agent back when Walsh was drafting because draft had many more rounds.

  260. Garret December 13, 2008 5:38 am

    Congratulations to the Rainbow Wahine…one game from the Final Four!

  261. Garret December 13, 2008 5:43 am

    Amazing that Utah backed out of their *home* game against Texas that would have been played this season. That would have been an awesome game to see, and the winner would have had a boost in the polls and the BCS computer rankings.

    One major reason (probably the biggest reason) that Texas didn’t play in the Big 12 title game (and hence be able to play for the national championship) is that their SOS was too low in nonconference games this season. Playing Utah would have solved that.

    If Utah beat Texas, we’d be talking about Utah having a real shot at the national title…and that game was going to be at Utah!

    Just something to ponder on your afternoon ride home. I’ve mentioned it before, but remember, Utah had Texas on its schedule for this season in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The series was cancelled at then coach Urban Meyer’s urging because he thought it made Utah’s schedule too difficult.
    Can you imagine, if the Utes had kept Texas on the schedule and had beaten the Longhorns, they would have had a very good chance of being in the national title game. I know a lot of folks don’t think a non-BCS team will ever get that opportunity, but an undefeated Utah team with a win over the Longhorns could have made that jump, particularly with all the one-loss teams out there.
    How odd would it have been if the Utes made it to the national title game, only to play Meyer and the Florida Gators?

  262. Garret December 13, 2008 5:44 am

    If Texas beat Utah, BSU would be in the Hawaii Bowl and UH would have the extra BCS money.

    Course, if Utah had lost to Texas, like TCU lost to Oklahoma, it probably wouldn’t have been in the BCS and Boise State would be. That loss could have effectively cost the Utes $4.5 million, which is what they hope their BCS participation nets them.

  263. Dave LetterMan December 13, 2008 5:49 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    A friend sent this to me and I just wanted to share it with you all. Thought it would be a good community service project for all.

    If you go to this web site, http://www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a
    thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier
    that is currently serving in Iraq . You can’t pick out who
    gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
    How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
    This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say
    thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for
    others to do. We can never say enough thank you’s.
     Thanks for taking to time to support our military!

  264. Pomai December 13, 2008 6:37 am

    Pride your right we where 6-5 da fingers wen get to fast for da brain, an yes it was 79 that we joined the WAC. As far as the coach’s go I did this from the end of 77 season, will go back and change some info.

    Pride please email me at pomai at tsai-kos.com

  265. Garret December 13, 2008 6:39 am

    Typo on #262…BSU would be in a BCS Bowl (probably vs. Alabama).

  266. Garret December 13, 2008 6:40 am

    Dave LetterMan,

    Thank you for that info! I’m going to do that right now before I have to take my girls to their gymnastics class.

  267. SteveM December 13, 2008 9:15 am

    Weird — I woke up late today and see that there are no posts for the last 2.7 hours!

    Good morning to whoever is out there!

  268. SteveM December 13, 2008 9:21 am

    Shucks…maybe I shouldn’t have posted. Broke the longest “silence” on The Warrior Beat that I can remember… 😐

    …and there is no new blog entry by ST showing yet. I even went back out and came in through the HA home page.

  269. SteveM December 13, 2008 9:25 am

    Was the HA server/bogware broken again this morning?
    Do I make an unusual 3 posts in a row? 🙂

  270. A-House December 13, 2008 9:32 am

    Good morning, Steve:

    Like you, I thought something was busted and maybe a new “post” was up, but nothing.

    At work trying to clean up many things before the Holidays.

    Have a great one and best to Peaches!!

  271. BG December 13, 2008 9:42 am

    Good morning Tsaiko’s…g’morning SteveM!

    Garret…there are many here who are happy to hear that your company is making great progress during these economic times. More importantly, what you do for our folks who are there where the tire meets the road (hehe pretty good double meaning, huh?)

    Belated condolences on Katie. How are the kids doing with that? I know it’s difficult enough for the adults.

  272. d1島 December 13, 2008 9:47 am

    Great Morning All!


    No problem about lunch yesterday. Turns out I had to cover for somebody at work anyway. Ran into “someone” who did have lunch there and reported that the fuud was great despite our absence. Next time!

    Regarding the game last night, Corey Brown from the Mainland team hit it on the head in the HA article. Their DLine was too strong and quick and got a lot of penetration and pressure on the HI QB’s. Their LB’s and DB’s covered well as well and that, as the saying goes, “was all she wrote…”

    Game is on Oceanic 228 right now.
    Good job by the announcers with their game prep; pronounciations seem to be right so far and their background info is interesting.

    Hmmm….maybe a certain local radio personality should take note 👿

  273. BG December 13, 2008 9:51 am

    Great to see some infrequent posters are still around and lurkers starting to post. Having a diversity of opinion and expertise sure adds to the blog. Hadn’t seen Irse in awhile. He’s been around the Hawaii blog scene for a long time and is always a great resource.

  274. WarriorMojo December 13, 2008 10:18 am

    The Hawaii – Mainland game is showing on Oceanic Digital 228 now.

  275. govfan December 13, 2008 5:00 pm

    I am still amazed as to why UH told Kama Bailey to walk on and not offer him a scholarship. He ran wild in HS and may run wild over UH someday.

  276. uhwarriors December 13, 2008 10:43 pm

    Irse is on the SportsHawaii.com board.

  277. uhwarriors December 13, 2008 10:43 pm

    Irse is on the SportsHawaii.com board.

  278. cavewarrior December 13, 2008 10:44 pm

    Is this thing working? What timezone is it in!

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