Satele: "I'm happy"

In what essentially became a swap of centers, a deal was finalized in which Samson Satele was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick.
The trade actually was finalized the past Friday, but was not announced until last night.
“I’m happy,” Satele told the Warrior Beat. “It’s close to home. It’s just a hop over the ocean.”
Negotiations between the teams initiated shortly after center Jake Grove, the Raiders’ starting center last year, signed a five-year, $29.5-million contract with the Dolphins. Of that, $14 million is guaranteed. Grove had met performance clauses that triggered an option allowing him to become a free agent.
That signing meant Satele, who has two years remaining on his first NFL contract, would have to move to guard.
Now, Satele will remain at his preferred position. He is the Raiders’ No. 1 center.
“Samson is excited about the trade,” agent Leo Goeas said. “He wanted to be some place where he would be appreciated. As soon as Jake Grove signed with the Dolphins, the Raiders wanted (Satele) at center.”
Satele started every regular-season game in 2008 despite a torn labrum in his right  (snapping) shoulder. During the postseason surgery, doctors discovered that there was a piece of bone that was broken off from the shoulder. A procedure was performed to correct that tear.
Goeas said the surgeries were successful, and Satele will be ready to play.
Satele will earn $460,000 in base salary this season, and $550,000 in 2010.
“When I got the call from the (Dolphins’) GM, I thanked him,” Satele said. “It’s a business. They went one way. I’m happy to go to the Raiders. It’s a fresh start.”

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Stephanie Ricketts, who pitched a no-hitter Saturday against Nevada, is the WAC’s Pitcher of the Week for softball.

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One of the most of intriguing players entering spring ball is defensive end Aaron Rink.
Rink is 6 feet 4, 210 pounds, and capable of running 40 yards in 4.6 seconds and the pro-agility shuttle in 4.21 seconds. He has a 36-inch vertical jump.
Thing is, Rink, who played at Scottsdale (Ariz) Community College in 2007, had only one year of football experience in high school.
“I always wanted to play football, but my mom wouldn’t let me until my senior year,” Rink said.
During agility drills, Rink has shown good footwork and technique.
He also has received top tutoring.
Shante Carver, who was the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick in 1994, coached Rink.
For part of this summer, Rink will train with Carver and NFL defensive end Simeon Rice.
“Coming out of the (Warriors’) Sugar Bowl year, I thought this would be the best place for me,” said Rink, who attended UH part-time in the fall. “Playing in the WAC, you have an opportunity to get some sacks.”
Here’s his highlight video:

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Word on the street is that a safety from Southern Oregon (who has a brother on the UH football team) is considering the possibility of transferring to Manoa.

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Another reason to thank a certain basketball coach. UH coaches today were required to attend an hour-long seminar on “Conflict Management.”

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From Kekoa:

Dear Friends

I was asked by curveball to invite all the friends of he & Kristin to attend breakfast with him at Nancy’s Restaurant next Sunday, the 29th of March at 0900 AM. After this gathering, he will invite those who wish to join him at White Plains beach, for the final scattering of Kristin’s ashes. He is making this final loving gesture to fulfill his promise to Kristin.


  1. lil's March 23, 2009 12:31 am


  2. Jason March 23, 2009 12:40 am


  3. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 23, 2009 12:40 am


  4. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 23, 2009 12:41 am

    Nitey Nite!

  5. Jason March 23, 2009 1:01 am

    Good night, Liz!

  6. HiFlyer March 23, 2009 1:28 am

    top ten

  7. al ™ March 23, 2009 2:03 am

    so parker paredes is transferring?
    he’d only have one season to play huh?
    since he redshirted his first year and played the past two seasons.

  8. HiFlyer March 23, 2009 2:16 am

    al – Is that who you think it is? According to the SOU roster he is listed as a LB.

  9. ken March 23, 2009 3:02 am

    Hey Stephen,

    Word on the street is that you know about a basketball recruit that is close to signing with UH. I heard that he is a “pretty good guard.” Could you tell me some details like possibly what other schools are we competing with for him, jc or hs, and anything else you might want to add (because I know you can’t disclose his name).

    Thanks in advance.

  10. wafan March 23, 2009 3:11 am

    Top 10!

    And a very good morning everyone!

  11. mctruck March 23, 2009 4:21 am

    I’m glad that Mr. Rink already has a taste of campus life at UH and that he has decided to be here to play fb, that makes for a determined young man who will contribute greatly to the program. He’s a fast one alright. I love the way he get’s around the corners to get to the qb.

  12. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 4:22 am

    Good Morning folks…

  13. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 4:32 am

    Could it be Parker Paredes, brother of Corey?

  14. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 4:33 am

    Ahhhh… Sorry Al… Didn’t see your post..

  15. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 4:34 am

    Too much Maka Pia in da eye this morning….

  16. Garret March 23, 2009 4:46 am

    I hope that Aaron Rink is able to contribute a lot this season! As a JC transfer, he doesn’t have time to waste…but at 210 pounds, he’ll really have to utilize his quickness to play DE.

  17. Garret March 23, 2009 4:56 am

    Utah State students already have a pretty big student fee and they may have to double it soon because Utah State’s Athletic Department cannot afford to stay in the WAC without the extra money. If UH’s Athletic Department had a $243 student fee, or even a $113 student fee, JD wouldn’t have to worry so much about the budget…

    Students at Utah State University could soon pay a lot more to support the school’s athletics department.

    Students will vote Monday and Tuesday whether to raise their annual athletics fees to $243, up from $113. The Utah State Board of Regents would also need to OK the increase.

    The proposal is intended to help pull the athletics department out of the red. It is currently operating with an annual $2.3 million deficit.

    Utah State Athletics Director Scott Barnes says all the school’s sports are in financial crisis because the school didn’t budget enough money for the transition to Western Athletic Conference membership four years ago.

  18. Garret March 23, 2009 4:57 am

    “As we talk about the plan, we continue to tell the students that we’re not asking them to do this by themselves,” he said. “We raised $1.1 million in private support for football salaries. … We increased our football gate revenue 100 percent last year.”

    Barnes added it is just not possible for USU to raise the kind of money that schools like Fresno State and the University of Utah can get with their larger venues, alumni bases and markets for tickets holders.

  19. Garret March 23, 2009 4:59 am

    Some of the Wonderlic scores from the NFL Combine have been released.

    With his pro day workout last week, Georgia’s Matthew Stafford showed himself to be in a class by himself, and he also was in a class by himself among the top quarterbacks with regards to the Wonderlic. He scored 38. USC’s Mark Sanchez scored 28 and Kansas State’s Josh Freeman 27.

    Three linebackers from USC could be chosen in the first round, but probably not in the order of their Wonderlic scores. Clay Matthews scored 27, Brian Cushing 23 and Rey Maualuga 15. Maualuga’s score is slightly troubling considering he likely will be a middle linebacker who is asked to call the defenses.

  20. Garret March 23, 2009 5:00 am

    ST’s Jets want Jay Cutler.

    Jay Cutler wants out of Denver and the Jets have told the Broncos they want him if they decide to trade him.

    Multiple sources told the Daily News Sunday at the opening of the NFL meetings that Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum contacted the Broncos to let them know the Jets are very interested in trading for Cutler.

  21. d1島 March 23, 2009 5:17 am

    Great Morning All!

    One more week until Spring Ball!
    One more week until Vegas, Baby!

    Sounds like a long week 😉

    Have a good day erryboddy!


  22. jm2375 March 23, 2009 6:04 am

    *banging on clubhouse door*

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    ST, dis is your wake-up call!!

    Short work week for me. hehehe. Off on Thursday to da Big Island for some fun, sun and of course, sis’s wedding. 🙂

    off to work. bbl

  23. Bulla March 23, 2009 6:34 am

    good morning gang,

    hope all is well, and that everyone has a GREAT Monday….spring ball around the corner…hmmmm, feel the natives getting restless, haha.

    have a great day!

  24. djmitcho March 23, 2009 6:44 am

    Good Morning everybody. Hope everyone has a good day and week. And Samson to the Raiders??? Not somewhere I want to see him play.

  25. Stretch March 23, 2009 6:54 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

  26. Hoohiki March 23, 2009 7:00 am


    At least Satele’s closer to home….

  27. Buffoman March 23, 2009 7:02 am

    Who will Samson be competing against for a starting job? Will it still be at center?

  28. bighilofan2 March 23, 2009 7:26 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    nice weather in Hilo today. have a great day everyone.

  29. koakane± March 23, 2009 7:27 am

    good morning everyone 8) suns out and a good looking day so far. spring recess babe

    so why am I up so early this am ❓ got to monitor the some duties on the reservation so please lord no distractions again dis year.

    reminder 😀 to look out for the little one so be careful while driving around da neighborhood.

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid March 23, 2009 7:29 am

    Good Morning All!

    Some day the ‘Phins are going to regret trading Samson.

    Would love to see Rink with 20 more pounds, but he sure has the quicks and the frame.

  31. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 23, 2009 7:39 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    I had to make the call.
    Regardless of Ukuleleboi’s Band Champ situation, we are going to celebrate granddaughter Lilu’s first birthday this Saturday at Poipu Beach from noon to 4pm. Come early and enjoy the beach!
    It’s technically a “potluck” so no worry, gonna get plenty food all day long.

    Yes, I ordered the kulolo.


  32. djmitcho March 23, 2009 7:40 am

    I would think that Samson would be competing for the starting position at center since the dolphins signed the Raider’s center in the offseason

  33. COPO March 23, 2009 7:49 am

    Rink looks quick off the edge and plays with a good motor, ideal weight for him would be 240, looks good for 3-4 OLB and pass down edge rusher in 4-3.

  34. COPO March 23, 2009 7:51 am

    Samson Satele, just win baby!

  35. COPO March 23, 2009 8:00 am

    Waveriders in the House – good luck to the former Kealakehe Waveriders’, Levy Legay (OL), Bo Montormery (DE) and Tai Papali’i (SS). Warrior spring ball 09. “West Side” Big, Big island Dynasty – 04, 05, 06, 07 BIIF Div. 1 champs!

  36. Kekoa (iPhone) March 23, 2009 8:08 am

    Ralph ~ If the Raiders acquire Samson to rebuild the O-line, things could be looking up for the Silver & Black. Next thing you know Al Davis retires, John Madden becomes the new owner and brings Colt in from the cold. Was that a pig I just saw fly by my window?!

  37. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 8:29 am

    From the pictures of Rink I thought he looked in the 220-225 lb. range.

    Good luck to Satele.

    Good morning posters and lurkers.

  38. djmitcho March 23, 2009 8:30 am

    Wow Kekoa…dream big eh?

  39. Da Punchbowl Kid March 23, 2009 8:31 am

    I like that dream, Kekoa.

  40. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 8:33 am

    MLiz – Happy pre first Birthday to Lilu! Good luck to Ukuleleboi’s group as the voting gets tabulated Wednesday. It is a phone in vote isn’t it?

  41. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 8:34 am

    Who said Kekoa was dreaming?

  42. Garret March 23, 2009 8:36 am


    djmitcho is correct, Oakland’s starting center was signed by Miami to replace Samson, so Oakland traded for Samson probably to be their starting center. It is important for Samson to be able to play instead of sitting on the bench in Miami because his rookie contract is almost up and he needs to show how he can play before he becomes a free agent.

    The normal pattern for draft picks that play well is to have their contract renegotiated after their 3rd season (this season in Oakland for Samson). If Oakland doesn’t give him a big contract extension after this season, he’ll be a free agent after the 2010 season. If he was stuck in Miami and didn’t get to play because he didn’t fit their system, then his negotiating power would be gone when he hit the free agent market.

  43. al ™ March 23, 2009 8:36 am

    good place for samson to be.
    a chance to compete for the starting center’s job.
    5.5 hours away from rainbow drive inn.

  44. Garret March 23, 2009 8:38 am

    Oops, while I was typing that up ST updated his entry! Great info ST, I’m glad that Leo Goeas returned your call because the Miami papers didn’t have quotes from him when the trade news broke.

  45. Garret March 23, 2009 8:41 am

    It looks like Oakland got a GREAT deal on the trade!

    The Dolphins have confirmed the trade. is reporting the pick is a sixth-rounder, which seems kind of low to me considering Satele has started 32 games and could have been a good option as a backup center or guard.

  46. al ™ March 23, 2009 8:41 am

    homey…..remember the days when you would take off during spring break to spend time with the kids? whether it was for some kind of sports tournament or something like that…..

  47. Garret March 23, 2009 8:43 am

    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has the full trade details. I can’t believe all Oakland had to give up was a 6th round pick and swapping 4th round spots.

    By trading center Samson Satele to Oakland late Sunday, the Dolphins picked up a sixth-round draft pick and also will get a higher pick in the fourth round by swapping spots with the Raiders.

    The Dolphins will move from the 26th to the eighth spot in the fourth round, and will get Oakland’s eighth pick in the sixth round, a source familiar with the details of the trade said.

  48. roysan16 March 23, 2009 8:47 am

    re: What should be the theme for this year’s football season?

    Some ideas. With this year marking the hundred years of UH football, I’d think something with the word hundredth year included in the theme should be fitting.

    My ideas-

    Have no fear in this one hundredth year

    Compete with pride in this one hundredth year

    Huddle together in this one hundredth year

    Any others?

    I was thinking something with the word centennial in the theme would be good, too. But can’t think of any right now. Have to whhooosh.

  49. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 8:48 am

    Al does this mean we can expect to see Sam with Willy Brown & the Raiderettes in your tent at the next Pro Bowl experience?

  50. Garret March 23, 2009 8:52 am

    The Sporting News has projected the draft prospects for the top players available for the draft. They aren’t too high on Jake Ingram or the Michigan guy that was the other long-snapper at the combine. Their conclusion is that neither long snapper will be drafted.

    Sean Griffin, LS, 6’2″ 242, Michigan = Accurate with his placement, and makes no mistakes. Won’t provide much in tackling on punts because he lacks speed and athleticism. Will get a look in someones camp after the draft.

    Jake Ingram, LS, 6’2″ 234, Hawaii = Best at snapping the ball to the punter. Gets it off quick, fast, and accurate. Needs to work on his snaps on place kicks, where he is erratic. Not very athletic. Should get a look in a camp after the draft.

  51. Garret March 23, 2009 8:53 am

    Sporting News is more positive about David Veikune, but they don’t think that he’ll be drafted in the first two rounds (first day is 2 rounds).

    David Veikune, DE, 6’2″ 257, Hawaii = Smallish player who has a huge desire. Good character and excellent strength. Does not have upper echelon athleticism, and can get worn down by bigger blockers. Never quits. Might make it as a rotation type who adds depth. Will get looked at on the second day.

  52. Garret March 23, 2009 8:56 am

    Sporting News also discussed Ryan Mouton.

    Ryan Mouton, CB, 5’9″ 187, Hawaii = Has experience at WR and KR, Excellent athlete who can jump high and has soft hands. Good at blitzing, so might work as an extra DB. Not a great tackler, but willing. Good with the ball in his hands. Will have to stick as a returner and special teams player. Might get drafted on the second day.

  53. al ™ March 23, 2009 8:57 am

    bg…..that would be cool and a great experience. but, why crowd the tent with willie brown?

  54. Garret March 23, 2009 9:10 am

    Oakland’s Grove was their starting center last season, but he was hurt and missed a lot of games. They had someone else start at center for a number of games last season…so there will be some competition there. However, Oakland clearly wasn’t happy with the backup center because they were scouting all the centers in the draft and traded for Samson.

  55. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 9:13 am

    al – Spring break, winter break, summer, Thanksgiving weekend…yep took off from work all those times.

  56. Garret March 23, 2009 9:21 am

    Could this be a way for the Advertiser to make more money? There is such a base of experts in news and sports that they could attract an audience…and the writers participating would earn some extra money. ST and the Princess already do a video show, maybe that could be simulcast on Hawaii radio?

    The Washington Times is headed for radio. In a partnership announced Monday (March 23) with Talk Radio Network, the paper plans to launch later this spring a nationally syndicated, three-hour, morning-drive radio show (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET) aimed at showcasing the paper’s investigative reporting and accountability journalism.

  57. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 9:44 am

    Congratulations to Stephanie Ricketts. Plus she threw a one-hitter on Sunday.

  58. COPO March 23, 2009 9:44 am

    waveriders’ add 08 title also, 5 straight. Satele, sounds like his shoulder injury prevented him from being as strong against huge Noseguards in the League, hopefully his repaired shoulder will allow Sam to play up to his capability and stay injury free. Good luck Sam!

  59. LizKauai [Believer] March 23, 2009 9:45 am

    Kekoa- I LOVE that dream!!!
    Good luck to SAMSON… mo bettah mo closah to home, eh?
    I can think of some Raider fans that just got re-energized…

    M-homey- yes. Band Champ will be determined by popular vote. Text and call-in – as much as you want.
    Please tune in Wednesday at 9pm on KHON Fox2 and vote for your favorite band. They are all good. Of course, I hope Second Nature will win your affection and your VOTE!

    The winner will be announced on the KHON 6pm news Thursday.


  60. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 9:48 am

    AL because Willie is with you every year. Can’t just toss out a Hall of famer… And since you can’t even think of tossing out a Raiderette, the solution is simple… EITHER get a bigger tent or you have to limit you CC.

  61. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 9:51 am

    oops… Previous post: you CC = your CCs…. Didn’t want you to start ignoring Chawan_Cut

  62. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 9:51 am

    BigWave96744 – Can always stand in the sun…or in a couple of situations last season, stand in the rain. Hmmmm, Raiderette in wet clothes.

  63. al ™ March 23, 2009 9:54 am

    bgw……toss out a raiderette? getting older but not that old.

    btw….have you watched that channel 1000? every now and then they show clips of those monster waves at “jaws”. just watching them boys ride those things gives you a rush!

  64. Kazz March 23, 2009 9:55 am


    Looks like Coach Coolen has got a good one on his hands for the long haul.

  65. BigWave96744 March 23, 2009 9:58 am

    HOMEY true story: 1994 LA awaiting a layover to Brazil. The Hawaiian team cruising at a hotel when the late Paul Cheplic comes running.. “TENS all over the lobby!” We run down and over 150 babes trying out to be a Raiderette.. Reid Inouye grabs a shot of a 14 year old Bruce Irons surrounded by a group of real life Barbie’s.. Classic momment for the Hawaiians.

  66. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 10:10 am

    BigWave96744 – Where’s the pics? 😆

    Anyone ever tried throwing a softball like a softball pitcher? It’s amazing the velocity those pitchers can get throwing under arm. Effortless…no wonder they can throw doubleheaders.

  67. d1島 March 23, 2009 10:19 am


    I tried…I get the puka in my ceiling to prove it! 😆

  68. d1島 March 23, 2009 10:21 am


    Which side of the pond you stay?

  69. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 10:23 am

    d1 – Either you got some mean velocity or you have a thatched roof.

  70. d1島 March 23, 2009 10:25 am


    …or poor timing!

  71. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 10:33 am

    d1 – Guess I’ll have to bring a softball to the next t-gate. A wiffle ball and bat sounds good too!

  72. Kekoa March 23, 2009 10:46 am

    D-1 ~ Word on the street is that you are back on the diamond. Is that why the indoor pitching practice resulted in the hole in your ceiling?

  73. Kekoa March 23, 2009 10:53 am

    BG ~ Tsaiko injury update of softball seniors has you listed as a doubtful starter for your next game. Can you explain the rash of injuries you have suffered since coming out of retirement?

    Also, is it true that an opposing pitcher is bringing assault charges against Betty for *roughing* him up after he beaned you?

  74. Wayne O. March 23, 2009 11:00 am

    Ring looks like he has some good speed and of course height. That’s good for blocking pases on the line. But from what I saw almost all of rushers were to the outside. I would have wanted to see some moves to the inside and also some snaps on run defense too. It might be that he’ll be a situational pass rusher and get into a rotation and not an every down player. But, that’s o.k. As long as he’s making a positive contribution to the team is o.k. with me. Guys on the team has to accept their roles. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the spring. Good luck.

  75. d1島 March 23, 2009 11:04 am


    Only word on my street is, “STOP”….so I did!

  76. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 11:04 am

    Wayne O. – Do you plan to attend the spring practices?

  77. Kazz March 23, 2009 11:11 am


    I always believed that if you take a person that has zero athletic ability and has NEVER thrown a softball or baseball ever that they would have a better chance of getting the ball into the strike zone with the baseball pitch rather than the softball underhand pitch.

    For me it would take about 100 pitches with a baseball and about 500 with a softball. 😆

  78. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 11:19 am

    Kazz – I would think the underhand throw is easier…as witnessed by that bean bag toss game your friend brought to one t-gate.

  79. SteveM March 23, 2009 11:21 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Back at work today.

    Kekoa — softball is a rough game, my last one I come home with stitches on my forehead…I suppose I should have used a glove 🙁 Is your league the one where you have to chug a pint of beer on your way to first? If so, any guesses who the “number of runs scored” leader would be. 😐 🙂

  80. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 11:29 am

    Hey SteveM, was the stitches from a suture or was it an imprint of the softball on your forehead. The softball imprint would be funnier. If I got real stitches I would make up a story of how I got them instead of saying my glove failed at a softball game. 😆

  81. Kekoa March 23, 2009 11:36 am

    SteveM ~ Actually, in the Makule league the rule is you must reach first safely before you can chug the predetermined amount of adult beverage before advancing to 2nd base. Thus, if you rip a shot to the gap that would ordinarily become a stand-up double, it makes for a closer play at the bag. However, if you arrive safely, you reap the reward of yet another chug to clear the trail dust!

  82. Kekoa March 23, 2009 11:43 am

    D-1 ~ So it’s safe to say that you will not be running the base paths this spring season. Has Juliet been as supportive of your efforts in the past as much as Betty has been for BG?…There’s even been talk of an outright ban imposed on her attendance by the other wives!

  83. al ™ March 23, 2009 11:44 am

    d1….back on this side of the pond now.
    you hungry?

  84. al ™ March 23, 2009 11:46 am

    for stevem’s sake perhaps a nerf softball would be a lot more forgiving.

  85. SteveM March 23, 2009 11:53 am

    homey — sutures…OK, from a bat in my younger Coastie days on the mainland 😳 The funny part is it was a July 4 picnic and they carried me to sick bay. The duty doc (civilian) arrives carrying the largest stein I’ve ever seen and squints and frowns at me. The young duty corpsman kept asking the doc if he could try doing the stitches….

    Then we had the bowling matches…

  86. Kazz March 23, 2009 11:55 am


    Maybe underhand is easier in that context with the target pretty much at the same level as the ground.


    Speaking of stitches, didn’t Katie Grimes have some stitches last season when a ball deflected off her swing and up into her chin? “Softball” is certainly NOT what describes what a softball feels like.

  87. Garret March 23, 2009 12:03 pm

    Tombo found an interesting article about Alex Dunnachie! It looks like that punting school in Australia has immediately shown results, as three of their punters got scholarships to US teams (including one from Glanville at Portland State).

    For those who don’t know, Tombo’s blog is at:

    “It was a bit wet the morning of the try-outs and I just wanted to stay in bed,” says Dunnachie, who had never touched an American football and knew nothing about the game. Dragging himself out from under the doona has paid off — barely eight months later, Dunnachie has a full, four-year scholarship at the University of Hawaii, and a realistic shot at following Darren Bennett, Ben Graham, Sav Rocca and former Brighton Grammarian Mat McBriar (now a Dallas Cowboy) in diving headlong into the NFL money pit. “Everyone’s still just trying to wrap their heads around it, like it doesn’t exist,” he said yesterday. “You don’t even think about something like this, so how can it be happening?”

    DUNNACHIE readily admits he knew nothing about American football a year ago (“I’m still learning the rules now, trying to anyway”), and went ahead with applying for and being accepted into a health science degree at Latrobe, still thinking this mad adventure couldn’t last. It was only when Chapman took the trio to America last month — Dunnachie’s first time out of Australia — that he started to believe the possibilities. Flown to Hawaii to meet Warriors’ staff, he was asked to give an insight into club-level footy Down Under. “They asked what the biggest crowd was I’d played in front of. I said, ‘Maybe 150.’ They’re like, ‘That’s 150,000?’ I said, ‘No, that’s 150 people.”‘ When the college season starts in September, he will play in front of 60,000. “It’s a bit daunting when you look at it like that.”

  88. Garret March 23, 2009 12:05 pm

    Also from Tombo’s site: Shawn Withy-Allen’s team won their first game 39-18, with Withy-Allen throwing 3 TD passes.

  89. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 12:53 pm

    Katie Grimes is my favorite softball player.
    She’s smart and tough.

  90. Kekoa March 23, 2009 1:02 pm

    Dear Friends

    I was asked by curveball to invite all the friends of he & Kristin to attend breakfast with him at Nancy’s Restaurant next Sunday, the 29th of March at 0900 AM. After this gathering, he will invite those who wish to join him at White Plains beach, for the final scattering of Kristin’s ashes. He is making this final loving gesture to fulfill his promise to Kristin.


  91. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 23, 2009 1:06 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Katie Grimes is my favorite softball player.
    She’s smart and tough

    I’m starting to watch Dara Pagaduan closely. For such a small player she’s got some power.

  92. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 1:13 pm

    Just spoke with Satele. He’s a happy dude.

  93. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 1:14 pm

    She’s a pretty good fielder, too.
    Nothing gets by her.
    Watch Amanda Tauali‘i. She’s really starting to hit.

  94. jojo ® March 23, 2009 1:17 pm

    Thanks Barry, I thought that you were going to send the pic to Kekoa…I might have to tell about your secret work area.

    And good to know that a-sports sits in the VIP area at Sorabol!

  95. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 23, 2009 1:22 pm

    I can see the fans in the BLACK HOLE endearing themselves to a big nasty player like Samson Satele.

  96. duffer March 23, 2009 1:22 pm


    FWIW……As I was reading your post, this song popped up on my ipod

    “You Raise Me Up”

    When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
    When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
    Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
    Until you come and sit awhile with me.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    There is no life – no life without its hunger;
    Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
    But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
    Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

  97. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 23, 2009 1:26 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    She’s a pretty good fielder, too.
    Nothing gets by her.
    Watch Amanda Tauali‘i. She’s really starting to hit.

    Will do. Their hitting needs to keep coming through with WAC play starting.

    Can’t wait until this weekend when they play Nevada at home. Its time for some revenge!!!

  98. d1島 March 23, 2009 1:29 pm


    Thanks for the 411. I should be able to make it.


    So will you be testing the re-newed “conflict management” skills of any coaches anytime soon?

  99. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 1:30 pm

    So I saw a coach, who was grumbling about having to attend.
    I’m like: “You mean, you can’t just kick a player when you’re mad anymore?”
    No laugh.
    Not even a smile.

  100. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 1:32 pm

    Kazz – Dara P. played baseball with my son in the youth leagues. She was better than a lot of the boys back then! She played infield and also pitched a few games.

    jojo – Thanks for bringing up Sorabol. We ate there last Friday and per onarocks recommendation I had the butterfish stew. It was pretty good. However, my preference is the spicy squid (on fire hot).

  101. Kazz (blkberry_storm) March 23, 2009 1:41 pm

    Ouch ST… Too soon sir… Too soon… 😆

  102. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 1:44 pm

    Kekoa – I may be able to meet you guys at White Plains. Anyone need to borrow a surfboard? Let me know later around what time you’ll be at the beach.

  103. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 1:46 pm

    Anybody see “Bully Beatdown” on MTV last night?

  104. d1島 March 23, 2009 1:47 pm

    I’m guessing we won’t be seeing any of those “fingers tangled in the facemask, up close and personal-type teaching moments” any time soon.

  105. d1島 March 23, 2009 1:49 pm


    Wow…glad that first word ended with a “y” instead of an “a” 😯

  106. d1島 March 23, 2009 1:50 pm


    No, not Anybod-a!

  107. cheepono March 23, 2009 1:52 pm


    i saw it last night. mayhem is hilarious! most definitely setting the dvr to record that show.

  108. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:01 pm


    March 23rd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    I’m guessing we won’t be seeing any of those “fingers tangled in the facemask, up close and personal-type teaching moments” any time soon.


    No more time anymore. The long deep emotional conversations between a coach and a player along side “The Quarry Lake” as they feed the ducks take enough time as it is. 😆

  109. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:04 pm

    cheepono – It was funny to see someone talk smack and then get the same smack get kicked out of them! Yep, can’t wait for next weeks one!

  110. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:20 pm

    Softball Concludes Roadtrip With 4-0 Win Over Grambling State

    3/23/2009 1:34:43 PM

    Freshman pitcher Stephanie Ricketts fired her third shut-out of the roadtrip, blanking Grambling State, 4-0.

    GRAMBLING, La. – The University of Hawai‘i softball team (14-17, 2-1 WAC) concluded its roadtrip with a 4-0 win over Grambling State. Hawai‘i’s Stephanie Ricketts fired her third complete-game shut-out on the road scattering five hits and striking out seven, while Julie Franklin hit her second home run of the season.

    The ‘Bows posted a single run to start the game. Clare Warwick hit a single to deep short with one out to start the rally. Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu followed with a single to left. On the play, a fielding error by the leftfielder allowed Warwick to hustle home for the game’s first run.
    In the third, Tanisha Milca drilled a double to leftfield with one out. Warwick then hit a grounder to third, but a fielding error allowed Milca to score home as the ball rolled in leftfield. Warwick moved to second on a groundout to short by Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu. Then Warwick scored on an RBI single to right by Amanda Tauali‘i , increasing UH’s lead to 3-0.

    Franklin led the fourth inning off with a bang, launching a solo home run over the left-centerfield fence. It was her fourth career home run.

    Grambling State’s Brandi Payne took the loss in a complete game effort. She gave up four runs on seven hits with no walks and four strike outs.
    Hawai‘i’s Ricketts (9-5, 2-0 WAC), the reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week, tossed her 12th complete game and seventh shut-out of the season. She ended the roadtrip throwing a total of 24 innings without giving up an earned run.

    The Rainbow Wahine return home to host the defending WAC regular season champions, Nevada this weekend in a three-game conference series. Friday’s first pitch is at 6:00 pm and Saturday’s double header begins at 2:00 pm at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

    Ricketts is on FIRE!!! I am still a little uneasy with the depth at pitching with two freshmen that will eventually get better and a Courtney Baughman that may or may not be 100% yet.

  111. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 2:20 pm

    It’s interesting that Satele played the entire season with one healthy shoulder.
    Jake Grove missed four games because of a leg injury.
    And yet Grove is deemed to be more physical.

  112. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 2:22 pm

    I think Kazz Coloma is now really into softball.

  113. Committed Road Warrior March 23, 2009 2:26 pm

    BaseBows finally underway in Corvallis!

  114. BananaFysh March 23, 2009 2:27 pm


    #100 is waiting for you at O&E!!

  115. Esme March 23, 2009 2:31 pm


  116. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:34 pm

    BaseBOWS win the first Rose City Invitational 3-1.

    The Rainbow Wahine finish their road trip 3-1. Start 2-1 in the WAC.

    Awesome weekend for the softball and baseball BOWS!

    Now, let’s POUND DEM BEAVERS!!! GO BOWS!!!!!

  117. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 2:35 pm

    Did I mention that Esme is filling in for the Princess tomorrow?
    Of course, she can’t pull “an Esme.” Needs to stay until the closing credits.

  118. d1島 March 23, 2009 2:36 pm


    a little birdie says that a certain coach has let it be known that any one-on-one conversations, whether they be by the lake or on the field, between himself and a player are “Verboden”. Questions are to be addressed only in the presence of all those position’s players.

  119. d1島 March 23, 2009 2:37 pm

    Will she be in charge of the set design?

  120. Committed Road Warrior March 23, 2009 2:37 pm

    Hola Esme!

    ST: Bwahahaha!!! True ‘dat.

    Beavers go down 1-2-3 in the 1st. Pitching by committee today.

  121. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:38 pm

    Thanks BananaFysh!!!

  122. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:39 pm

    Esme is only on here because her site is broken.

  123. Jason March 23, 2009 2:39 pm

    I can just see homey making all kine trouble on the pink side in the span of a certain half hour …

  124. BananaFysh March 23, 2009 2:39 pm

    @homey – my pleasure! 🙂

    Enjoy the tickets! 😀

  125. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:41 pm

    d1 – post #118 huh?

  126. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:42 pm

    Hey, BananaFysh, are you by chance “Russian”?

  127. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:42 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    It’s interesting that Satele played the entire season with one healthy shoulder.
    Jake Grove missed four games because of a leg injury.
    And yet Grove is deemed to be more physical.


    This morning on L&L, Papa Leahey went off on the same thing. They talk about Satele’s durability and then they bring in this other center who has like one single solitary inch on Satele who recently has had injury issues…

    “Okee” is right. 🙄

  128. d1島 March 23, 2009 2:46 pm


    #118 was supposed to be answer back to Kazz, not homey. Was re: Kazz’ #108

  129. Esme March 23, 2009 2:47 pm

    homey, just fo’dat, I am not reading any of your questions on air tmrw.

    Unless I get stuck. Then we are friends again. 😆

  130. kimo no sab be March 23, 2009 2:49 pm


    Didn’t Samson Satele start 33 games for the Dolphins?


  131. LizKauai [Believer] March 23, 2009 2:50 pm

    Hey, Esme!!! Happy “live, on camera” tomorrow! That will be a nice interview!

  132. Esme March 23, 2009 2:53 pm

    Liz, thanks! I am a bundle of nerves about it! You guys post planny good questions so that I can just read ’em and don’t have to ad lib too much, OK? *wiping brow*

  133. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 2:53 pm

    Esme – I’m going to be chawan-cut tomorrow. I’ll say something like, “Esme looks beautiful today!”

    ST – Will there be a studio audience tomorrow?

  134. Garret March 23, 2009 2:54 pm

    The SF Chronicle points out that Samson has to be used at center, the Raiders are set at guard but need a starting center. That works for Samson, as it sounds like he wants to play center.

    Yes, all of Cable’s eyeballing of Cal center Alex Mack last week seems to have been for nothing. As for Satele moving to guard, a position he played in college, that won’t likely happen next season — not with Robert Gallery entrenched at left guard and Cooper Carlisle just signed to a five-year deal on the right side.

  135. BananaFysh March 23, 2009 2:54 pm

    @homey – “Russian?” 😕

    You mean my last name?

    I’ve been asked that before.

    “nyet.” 😉

  136. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:54 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    I think Kazz Coloma is now really into softball.

    After three unsuccessful years of me trying to attend a live home game I finally did so this year.

    I liken it to those that have never been to church before and then once they go, they “see the light”. There is something about the “casual-ness” of the whole thing, while at the same time there is a damn good program on the field that has had it’s share of national and regional success while have a minimal budget to work with. Then you’ve got a head coach that does a lot for his program and his players. It’s hard not to respect our softball program with the kind of players, parents, and coaches they continue to have.

    I still wish they’d avoid scheduling softball and baseball games so close together, but no can help I guess…

  137. Esme March 23, 2009 2:55 pm

    homey also is here only because the Pink Side is broken. Bwaaaaa hahaha…


  138. Esme March 23, 2009 2:56 pm

    *checking stopwatch, waiting for chawan’s comeback to homey’s dig* 😆

  139. Kazz March 23, 2009 2:57 pm


    What is “verboden”? Is that like “verbatim”?

  140. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:06 pm

    Esme – I wrote a long post regarding the first bio and then the site froze. Hit the submit button and nada…no post. DARNIT!

  141. Esme March 23, 2009 3:07 pm

    homey, the Pink Side is up again. You can go now. 😆

  142. Esme March 23, 2009 3:07 pm

    homes, so sorry about that. The server went down for a bit. 🙁

  143. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:10 pm

    Esme – re #137…ROTFLMFAO!

  144. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 3:10 pm

    You’re welcome to attend. We enter the room at 11:50.

  145. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:17 pm

    ST – For real? Where?

  146. Esme March 23, 2009 3:18 pm

    ST, wh-what? What are you talking about?! There is a live audience? No… right? *faints*

  147. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:23 pm

    Live audience as opposed to mannequin audience?

  148. Kazz March 23, 2009 3:25 pm

    I can see it now. Homey, Esme, and ST interviewing David Veikune…

    Homey eyes Veikune up and down and says “I can bench you”.

  149. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:27 pm

    Kazz – Correction, I can bench Esme. She must be no more than 105 lbs.

  150. Colomaohana March 23, 2009 3:28 pm

    Es: You’re doing WHAT tomorrow?? WTH??? HAHAHAHAHA…

    I’m sooooo on it……

    Yes, homey: what you did on da pink side that made the server go down???

  151. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:33 pm

    Hey there Big C! Long time no post to you! I was just doing my normal hacking and I guess I put in the wrong code and next thing you know…address not found, oops!

  152. Kekoa March 23, 2009 3:35 pm

    If we attend the *live* showing of the Whoosh & Tsai Sports Spec-tac-kalah will we receive beautiful parting gifts?

  153. wafan March 23, 2009 3:35 pm

    Well, if Esme will only answer questions from the rest of us and ignore Homey, I suggest we e-mail all of our questions to Homey so he can post them at the appropriate time.

    I can see Esme with the deer-in-the-headlights look.


    Remember, Esme, no naughty words on the air!!!

  154. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:36 pm

    Big C – I think the problem started in the server that holds the userfiles (user info, photos, etc.,) and just escalated from there. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  155. Colomaohana March 23, 2009 3:40 pm

    hahaah homey: I KNEW IT! You buggah!

    BTW: Wassssup Kazz…..

    Kekoa: Sorry, only mommies on the pink side get those types of gifts! hehehe…

    wafan: Bwuahahahaha…we go try….

    And what kine “photos” you was tryin’ fo upload to da pink side, homey??? Esme told you already…PG13 stuff, k! Ugh!….

  156. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 3:44 pm

    I hear my dogs calling me…it’s that time of the day again.

    Big C – I’m not the one with the photos. Stretch has the incriminating photos.

  157. Colomaohana March 23, 2009 3:49 pm

    See, homey: you scared everyone away….now I no mo’ nobody fo’ talk to….

  158. Kazz March 23, 2009 3:53 pm


    Howzit! … Oops sorry, I forgot. 509. hehehehehehe..

  159. Kekoa March 23, 2009 3:59 pm

    Mama C ~
    Re: #155 gifts

    Did I mention to you that the ACLU is working on a discrimination case for me even as we speak? I could very easily have them add one more case about the reputed leader of the Pink Side Mafia Moms showing favoritism to Moms only. Heheheh!

  160. wafan March 23, 2009 4:01 pm

    Hey, Colomaohana!

    You have not had the displeasure of meeting me, yet.

    Rest assured, though, I am quiet and reserved — not given to kolohe kinds of things. Well, except for every once in a great while.

    Okay, I need to stop. I cannot type while laughing.

  161. wafan March 23, 2009 4:05 pm

    Kekoa . . .

    Thank you for the heads up from Curveball. Wish I could be there. I will be thinking of all of you and Kristin.

  162. Colomaohana March 23, 2009 4:12 pm

    Kekoa: OMG!! I LOVE that name: Pink Side Mafia Moms….hmmm…where’s Es??? hahaha…


    wafan: Uh, sure…..Uh huh. I believe you. Just like how I believe that I will switch from fully-loaded green bottles to the light version of the green bottles cause I’m overweight….. OMG! NOT! Whoever said it “taste’s the same” is high! hahahaha…

    K, I’m outta hea!

  163. Ralph March 23, 2009 4:15 pm

    K State Na Wahine on ESPN2 playing Vandy…great ball movement on both sides, tight defense and both teams hitting over 50%. both teams aren’t tall but team defense and rebounding helps both sides…

  164. wafan March 23, 2009 4:17 pm

    C . . .

    No, I am serious! Just ask anyone.

    Nah, better not. I would rather they not lie.


  165. Kazz March 23, 2009 4:25 pm

    At last check Bows down by two runs in the 5th as OSU leads 5-3.

    Not sure how much our boys have left in the tank physically and emotionally after the long game yesterday and the long weekend in general.

  166. Kazz March 23, 2009 4:33 pm

    Ok OSU up 7-3 in the 8th. 🙁

  167. Kekoa March 23, 2009 4:42 pm

    8 to 4 in the bottom of the 8th. Beaver Pelts still on top, UH going to bat in the top of the ninth.

  168. Kekoa March 23, 2009 4:47 pm

    Double play! UH down to last out….

  169. Kekoa March 23, 2009 4:49 pm

    High fly to left for a double, UH still alive!

  170. Kekoa March 23, 2009 4:52 pm

    Strike 3 called…game over…pesky frickin Beavers prevail 8-4. Time for a tall cool one!

  171. Kazz March 23, 2009 4:56 pm

    (throws a shaka to Coach Trap and da boyz)

    Dey u go…

    Keep fighting!

  172. Kazz March 23, 2009 5:04 pm

    HA! What did the Beavers do all weekend?

    Yeah whatever, they just beat a team that played 6 games in 5 days on their home field.


  173. Kazz March 23, 2009 5:15 pm


    March 23rd, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    HA! What did the Beavers do all weekend?

    Yeah whatever, they just beat a team that played 6 games in 5 days on their home field.


    I stand corrected. 5 games in four days, 3-2 with a tournament championship.

    STILL A GOOD WEEKEND!!! :mrgreen:

  174. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 5:16 pm

    What kind of a shaka.
    Not the one with the pinkie fully extended, right?

  175. d1島 March 23, 2009 5:29 pm


    Therein lies the delineation between “local” and “Not!”

    da real Bruddahs can trow da shaka wit jus’ right amount of “pinkie” 😉

  176. Ralph March 23, 2009 5:39 pm

    Samson’s Raider buds!

  177. Kazz March 23, 2009 5:40 pm


    Let me explain the throwing of shakas.

    I got this from my friend who is in the Air National Guard over at Hickam. This is where the “throwing” of shakas originated and then evolved into it’s own culture.

    He and his co-workers (all local boys) used to greet each other by throwing up their arms up in such a way that it would be at a 90 degree angle, then make a shaka then flick the wrist downward with a slight forward motion added to it so it looks like one is “throwing” it at someone.

    Over time the shaka itself got lazy to where it is really just a fist. No thumb and no pinky involved.

    The “dey u go” is said in unison with this movement, usually in a deeper speaking tone than one’s normal voice. You can add in a slight head nod also or a slight wavering of the head as if you are listening to “What Do I Do” by Kalapana with one green bottle in your hand. All depends on the situation.

    ST, if you turned around after each UH kill at the volleyball game on Saturday night, you would have seen in person what I am describing as I was doing it all night.

  178. Kazz March 23, 2009 5:42 pm

    So to answer your question ST, it’s the relaxed hybrid shaka that looks more like a fist.

  179. chawan_cut March 23, 2009 5:44 pm

    esme, homey,
    my ears just got itchy. maybe they slow like the rest of me.
    wait a minute. i’m gonna ask what question tomorrow?
    i’m always nice on the live chats. i ask real questions. somehow they turn against me…

  180. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 5:45 pm

    I’ve got a better left-handed shaka than a right-handed one.
    When I was 6, my finger got caught in a door slam. The tip is permanently crooked, like a Reach toothbrush. As I’ve said before, that’s why I have difficulty hitting the “Q” key.

  181. Kazz March 23, 2009 5:52 pm

    Don’t forget, for more of a twist and validation of one’s “locality”, you can throw (tro) the (da) shaka as mentioned above, throw in the head-bob as mentioned above, AND da killa is when you tro in da wide stance.

    Da wide stance – stand with both feet outside of the width of your shoulders, lock both your knees, most of one’s weight on your lower back, heels, and the inside of your feet, and with your big toes falling off your slippers and almost touching the ground.

    If properly done, one can achieve ultimate mokeness and people will come up to you and start talking about MMA without hesitation.

    This ultimate display of “locality” can also be used as a deterant to opposing football fans at Aloha Stadium.

  182. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2009 5:53 pm

    By the way, credit to Garret for breaking the Samson trade last night.

  183. chawan_cut March 23, 2009 5:56 pm

    i hate mosquitoes (but they love me) and when i was a kid, i heard a mosquito was in the house, so i ran to my bedroom to slam the door. in the rush, i smashed my right middle finger tip. the nail got smashed, bleeding underneath. the dr told us to heat up a paperclip and melt a hole in the nail where the blood was and to use warm water. yes, thats what i said. the blood all came out. kinda gross. eventually the bleeding stopped, and a new nail grew from under the old nail and the old one fell off. amazing the human body.
    anyways, long story short, thats why i only give the bird to refs with my left hand.

    haha. only joke.

  184. Kazz March 23, 2009 6:00 pm


    No be shame, the refs sometimes deserve to be told what we think of them in “stereo”.

  185. PIAA DS March 23, 2009 6:00 pm

    Thank you Stephen. Liane contacted me and we’re getting it done. Appreciate it very much.

  186. d1島 March 23, 2009 6:04 pm


    You guys both too funny!


  187. Kazz March 23, 2009 6:07 pm

    Actually now that Chawan is here, this reminds me…

    While the acoustics at Les Murakami Stadium are pretty good. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the officials can hear you. Well, me at least. I think I’m loud but I have issues with projecting it like how Chawan or some of my friends can.

    Which bring me back to softball. How great would it be…. To get on the game officials at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. I mean, they are RIGHT THERE… But alas, it’s not exactly the kind of environment that nourishes those deep hateful emotions… 🙁

  188. al ™ March 23, 2009 6:15 pm


    when, where, and what time will the pro day workouts go down?

  189. jm2375 March 23, 2009 6:38 pm

    Good evening Tsai-kos!!

    Segment on Jamie Dixon on “Real Sports” on HBO, now… No mention of his time at UH, though.

  190. chawan_cut March 23, 2009 6:40 pm

    yes. the time and setting need to be right to let them know what we think. also, at some sporting events, its not kosher to do such things even though it is warranted.

  191. Kazz March 23, 2009 6:54 pm


    March 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    yes. the time and setting need to be right to let them know what we think. also, at some sporting events, its not kosher to do such things even though it is warranted.

    Yes. Last softball game I went to, I thought I was going to have a seizure while I had to hold in the “Hey ref! The game is not your boyfriend, so stop b**wing it!” (patent pending… patent pending..) remark. 😈

  192. madeinhawaii March 23, 2009 7:08 pm

    Wow.. and here I thought the “Shaka” was Lippy Espinda’s trademark greeting.

  193. chawan_cut March 23, 2009 7:14 pm

    you guys should turn it to the World Baseball Classic on ESPN.
    great game in the 10th.
    they’re showing america how fun baseball can be.

  194. Mauiboy March 23, 2009 7:15 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko’s,

    Just returned after having spent the weekend on Kauai. Took the Mrs. to visit
    her family ( Makaweli) and of course enjoy some Hamura saimin. Stayed at the Marriot at Kalapaki Bay. Ran into an old friend’s brother who said that his
    brother’s son ( last name Yasay) who played RB at Kauai High has been getting a lot of college offers. Maybe UH can look at him. Wasn’t sure if he
    is a Sr. or Jr. Maybe Tsaiko’s on Kauai can input.

  195. madeinhawaii March 23, 2009 7:16 pm

    Here’s an Advertiser link to an article about the birth of the Shaka sign… published in September 2005.

  196. chawan_cut March 23, 2009 7:32 pm

    what sort of japanese name is Darvish….

  197. SteveM March 23, 2009 7:36 pm

    Al — ST posted some early info at

  198. J March 23, 2009 8:06 pm

    Darvish is shortened from Darvishsefad. His father is Iranian.

  199. BG March 23, 2009 8:31 pm

    Kekoa (re #73)

    C’mon…oy vey! It sucks getting old…mind says “Hhoosh” and the body goes “clunk”. Hahahahaha The thing that’s so galling is that the makule (60 and over) league is kicking my okole like no boot camp ever did!!!

    Of course you’re not insinuating that sweet, gentle Betty has ever had a violent bone in her body…NOT!!! I will admit that there’s no doubt in my mind that a person will hostile intentions towards me would end up with an aluminum bat across his knees. I bet she swings it just like a katana! Would have loved to have seen her when she fenced in college.

    OK, time to go over to SteveM’s site to update my LV info.

  200. koakane± March 23, 2009 8:35 pm

    good evening folks anything interesting going down?

  201. Kekoa March 23, 2009 8:35 pm

    mih ~ Thanks for the article. I grew up around Primo beer drinkers so that explanation was right on the “Kinney po-po” for me. I remember my Uncles doin exactly as described at pau hana time throwin’ da shaka meaning ‘suck ’em up’ time. Good food, good friends, good music, and it all meant they were all having a good night!

  202. Kekoa March 23, 2009 8:40 pm

    BG ~ Thanks for the heads up! I didn’t realize she had special ops training in swords. I never went beyond bayonet training. She could slice me and dice me before I could even get the bat off my shoulder!…yikes!

  203. Garret March 23, 2009 8:43 pm


    I was just worried about Samson’s status with Miami, and kind of saw this coming 5 months ago when Miami management started talking to the press about how they wanted a more physical center and they didn’t care if he was less mobile. When Miami gave that $30 mil contract to another center, I think that they were preparing to trade Samson. Part of the problem is that Samson is not one of “Parcells guys”, he was drafted by the past management.

    I was constantly checked my google newsreader for Samson News and checking Miami news websites 10x per day (Google can take a little while to pick up the news). I’m glad that the trade is done, as I’m sure Samson and Leo Goeas were waiting to know where he would end up.

    The sad thing is that I’m not sure if I should cheer for Oakland now…I was a long time Chargers and Rams (before they moved) fan and don’t know how I could cheer for the Raiders.

  204. koakane± March 23, 2009 8:44 pm

    tru dat to the person who said the Japan/Korea bball game was the bomb. greatly played and very strategical down to the end. watching the game was very entertaining.

    the road warrior bball tour was a success. hitters came around with long ball (me think) 4 or 6 over da fence dingers. plus found some reliable pitchers that may make a difference when conference games roll around. very important during pre-season finding who trap can call upon to give the team some add umph.

  205. Garret March 23, 2009 8:44 pm

    By the way, the first Monday Night football game of the regular season is San Diego vs. Oakland!

  206. Garret March 23, 2009 8:45 pm

    This is what Miami’s GM told the Palm Beach Post.

    “We signed another center and feel like we had to get better in that area,” Ireland said Monday. “It’s pretty critical that we did.

    “We saw there was some value out there with Samson. We felt like if we kept Samson we would have moved him to guard and let him compete.

    “But we found out there was significant value for Samson.”

  207. Garret March 23, 2009 8:47 pm

    This article points out that Parcells is quickly getting rid of all the Miami players that were there before the new management took over.

    It didn’t help Satele, a second-round pick in 2007, that Parcells didn’t bring him to South Florida.

    Sunday’s move continued the turnover of Dolphins’ personnel since Parcells was hired in December of 2007. Of the 65 players on the roster, 21 were with the team when Parcells arrived.

    “His quote was always, if you’re going to cook the meal, they ought to let you pick the groceries out,” said New York Giants owner John Mara, whose father, Wellington, hired Parcells in 1982 to coach the New York Giants. “He obviously does a pretty good job picking the groceries.

    “He obviously has an eye for talent and knows how to put a winning program together.”

  208. Garret March 23, 2009 8:48 pm

    This article points out that Samson would probably still be with Miami if the old management was there.

    Would he still be here if Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller had survived? My guess is yes. Satele showed promise as a rookie. But he wasn’t a Parcells prototype, and he didn’t help himself with uneven (I’m being generous) play in 2008.

  209. Garret March 23, 2009 8:49 pm

    Leo Goeas talked about Samson’s shoulder injury to this South Florida paper.

    Satele’s agent, Leo Goeas, said his client played much of last season with a shoulder injury, and that could explain his problem in handling his position.

    “I didn’t know how bad it was until he had an MRI taken. I don’t know how he played with it. There was a chunk of bone that had broken loose and taken part of his labrum with it,” Goeas said.

    Satele had surgery about a week after the end of the season, Goeas said, and is going through rehabilitation now and should be ready for the start of the season.

  210. Garret March 23, 2009 8:49 pm

    I agree with Leo Goeas.

    “If he is healthy, he can go up against any nose tackle,” Goeas said.

  211. koakane± March 23, 2009 8:50 pm


    adding to the shaka mystic many a time had to go down to Lee’s Pohaku on Nimitz (friday’s pau hana for Butumals gang) and grab uncles pay check so aunty no rap him when he come home pilute. dey always shaking when going for another round.

  212. Garret March 23, 2009 8:50 pm

    I guess Goeas and Samson expected the trade…

    Goeas said Satele was not surprised by the trade, since the Dolphins had made it clear by acquiring Grove that Satele was not part of their future plans at center.

    “There are no hard feelings. He enjoyed his time with the Dolphins and now is glad to be in a place where he is wanted and will be appreciated,” Goeas said.

    Goeas said Satele was also pleased with the deal since he has relatives in the Oakland area and it is closer to Hawaii, where he was born, grew up and went to college.

  213. Garret March 23, 2009 8:54 pm

    Here is a Bay Area article about the trade.

    Satele would be the third new face to join the offensive line, joining tackles Erik Pears and Khalif Barnes. He was essentially swapped out for Jake Grove, who signed a free agent contract with Miami that will pay him $14 million guaranteed.

    Given the Raiders’ movement toward youth, Satele would seemingly have an edge over veteran John Wade to be the center, with Morris hoping to stick around another year as a reserve center and guard. Satele can also play guard, but where the Raiders have two established starters in Gallery and Carlisle.

    Left to be determined is whether the acquisition means the Raiders are not in play for Cal center Alex Mack, whose Pro Day workout was watched closely by Cable, line coach Jim Michaelczik and line assistant Chris Morgan last week.

  214. Garret March 23, 2009 8:56 pm

    The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice interview with Samson.

    Center Samson Satele knows 3-4 defenses. He faced one every day in practice in Miami, and faced the scheme twice a year against the Patriots and Jets.

    So, with the rest of the AFC West turning to the 3-4 defense, Satele knows exactly what to expect now that he’s been traded from the Dolphins to the Raiders for a sixth-round draft pick.

    “I practiced on it and played against it all the time, so I know a lot about it,” Satele said in a phone interview Monday. “It’ll help a lot.”

    Satele said he’s never played in a zone-blocking scheme, which requires lesser-sized linemen to be on the move instead of dropping anchor in a power scheme.

    “I’ve watched it before, so I think it’ll be a good fit for me because I’m athletic,” Satele said. “I’m fired up.”

  215. Kekoa March 23, 2009 9:02 pm

    Samson will make them wish they paid him the big bucks and got rid of that other clown.

    No matter, he’s in a good place now, happy healthy (almost) and going to prove his worth. Important part is his family can watch him play, and we have the residual benefit of that as well.

    Now if we could just make Al Davis disappear like Jimmy Hoffa did….

  216. Garret March 23, 2009 9:08 pm

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

    Disease-detecting gel works like Jell-O and could detect diseases like lung cancer and TB just from our breath.

  217. Garret March 23, 2009 9:09 pm

    The bankruptcy court has approved Nortel’s plan to give $7.3 million in retention bonuses for executives…even though Nortel hasn’t paid its fired workers their severance pay.

  218. Garret March 23, 2009 9:09 pm

    Nissan will be selling an electric car in San Diego next year. Their partnership with SDG&E gives them a customer and a partner that can put charging stations all around San Diego.

  219. Garret March 23, 2009 9:09 pm

    Cyber security experts say that the US should slow down its rush towards the “Smart Grid” (which would give the US more efficient and reliable electricity) because there are no Smart Grid cybersecurity standards and tests have found that hackers with $500 in equipment and a basic understanding of electronics and software could cause huge blackouts.

  220. Garret March 23, 2009 9:10 pm

    Article about how the Honda Insight poses a big threat to the Prius, possibly forcing Toyota to cut the price tag of the Prius and introduce a cheaper hybrid car.

  221. Garret March 23, 2009 9:10 pm

    Free play links pau.

  222. Ralph March 23, 2009 9:12 pm

    just finished watching hawaiian grown (food show)..didn’t realize the alley restaurant is a local favorite at Aiea Bowl…their menu is a lot more than hamburgers, saimin, and sandwiches..

  223. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:12 pm

    Hi Garret! Thanks for all the Samson news…. I have to agree w/ you – hard to “pull” for the Raiders…. 😐

    Following up on Garret’s #205 post –

    The Raiders will play on Thanksgiving for the first time in almost four decades when they face the host Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

    The NFL … also announced the Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers in the second game of a Monday night doubleheader on the season’s opening week. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 14.

    There you go Stretch! Oakland. Monday 9/14. Bring your waders! 😯 😆 🙄

  224. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:14 pm

    Maybe Ralph will go to that Raiders game too! 😯 😆 🙄

  225. Garret March 23, 2009 9:15 pm

    Writing two proposals and negotiating a contract, with 5 different companies involved, is kind of like playing tag. I finish my part and send it off, and that company is “it”. Right now I’ve sent everything out and I guess the other people have crashed for the night (many of them are in the East Coast), so they are all “it” and I think I went overboard on the Samson posts. Sorry about that.

    Unfortunately, in the morning I’m guessing 8 or more people will have sent me stuff and I’ll be “it”. I’ll be glad when we finish everything off later this week!

  226. Garret March 23, 2009 9:16 pm

    Hi brew808! Yes, I saw that article about Oakland’s schedule…at least Samson will be on TV a lot. I should have mentioned what day that opening Monday Night game was on–I forgot that could be convenient for those attending UH road games.

  227. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    Kekoa – You find a way to get Big Al to leave, and the Raider get chance…. plus I can then cheer for them…. maybe. 🙄 😈 😯

  228. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:20 pm

    OK…Reservations have been made and a deposit is down for a “Welcome Home Frank (R & R) Karaoke Kall”

    Krazy Karaoke
    May 9, 2009
    7 p.m. – Midnight
    Potluck…so bring your favorite pupus/dessert/dish

    $15 per person at the door

    Clear your calendars and start thinking about what you are going to sing 😯

    Since there are also quite a few birthdays in the month of May, it would be nice to celebrate them while we have a big group together.

    SO let’s call this the “Welcome Home Frank and Happy Birthday May Babies KK”…okay maybe that’s too long. “May KK”? Gosh that sounds sort of like a hula instruction. 🙄

    Frank vs May Babies…no that sounds like a fight card

    Just Another Reason To Get Tsaikos Together Karaoke Kall

    Yup that works for me…

    Just letting everyone know so that plans can be made. All are invited, including mommies, and info to be provided for you to RSVP. Hope to see many of you there as Frank would like to party with the Tsaikos!

  229. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:20 pm

    Yup…. Stretch hasn’t replied yet but we had a brief discussion the other evening about this very topic! Wazzu (in SEA), Raiders (in OAK), UNLV (in LAS). I think that might be a popular itinerary in Sept. 😆 😯 😀

  230. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:22 pm

    OMG…thanks for the info Brew…might have to scrap the Sedona plans and take Frank to see those Raiders. He would love that! And I would love to see my ‘Boys beat them.

    Wait then we are going to have to sit on different sides of the stadium!

  231. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:24 pm

    Hi rob25! No…. Raiders at ‘boys for turkey day. Chargers at Raiders on 9/14. 😆 😯 😀

  232. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:26 pm

    Stretch should be cutting logs now…he heads out awful early in the morning.

    Thanks for the heads up Brew…now my plans are going to have to change.

    OK I didn’t read well. I won’t make the Dallas game…but I’m all for watching them play the Chargers. My youngest will be cheering on the bolts…hubby is all about Raider Nation…

  233. tom March 23, 2009 9:27 pm

    ST: I assume the conflict management lecture/seminar was a command performance for ALL coaches. If they did not attend, are they in violation of their contract?

    Did your certain basketball coach attend?

  234. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:29 pm

    Yup, that’s well known in Tsaikoville…. but I’m sure Frank is still a pretty cool guy! 😀

  235. tom March 23, 2009 9:29 pm

    RALPH: the kal-bi at Aiea Bowl is outstanding!

  236. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:32 pm

    OK, it’s possible that I could make the Dallas game…but highly doubtful at the end of UH FB season and with a game against BSU at home…NOT!

    Gotta love my ‘Boys though!

  237. brew808 March 23, 2009 9:33 pm

    😀 😯 😆 CU4KKNR&RMAY9w/FRANK!!! 😆 😯 😀

  238. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:35 pm

    Now I gotta start planning the Raider leg of my autumn trip. I guess we’ll be making the drive from LV to Oakland…but at least I can stay at my sister’s in Stockton…

    Now to get those tickets…

  239. Garret March 23, 2009 9:38 pm


    I attended one Raider home game in my life. It was at the Coliseum and I went with a pretty blond woman who got the tickets for us. Everywhere around us (lower level end zone) were screaming Raider fans…and she happened to be a very, very loud *Cowboys* fan who cheered loudly for her team. We got a lot of looks during that game, but nobody did anything. If she was a regular guy instead of a pretty woman, I’ll bet that whole day would have been quite different for me.

    That was the only Cowboys game I attended, but it was from a very different environment than a game in Dallas…

  240. Garret March 23, 2009 9:39 pm

    The funny thing is that I wasn’t a Cowboys or Raiders fan, I was just going to watch a game and didn’t realize that the woman I went with was going to cheer so loudly for the visiting team!

  241. Garret March 23, 2009 9:40 pm

    Well, I guess the other companies are really not going to get back to me tonight, so I should go to sleep. Those guys on the East Coast get up early and I have a phone call in the morning their time.

  242. Garret March 23, 2009 9:43 pm

    Before I sleep, here is some news about local players playing for mainland schools.

    Futi Tavana, a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman middle blocker from Kalaheo, Hawaii, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week after leading BYU to back-to-back five-game wins over then-No. 5 Long Beach State.

    In the first match-up with the 49ers, Tavana hit .500 with 11 kills in 20 attempts and one error and had 11 blocks and an ace. In the second match, Tavana had 14 kills and 13 blocks.

  243. Garret March 23, 2009 9:44 pm

    This one is for Mississippi State softball.

    Freshman Ka’ili Smith put together another stellar weekend at the plate against No. 20 LSU to raise her season average to .321. The Kapolei, Hawaii, native has hit a team-leading seven doubles and SEC-best four triples while driving in 17 runs and scoring 10 times.

  244. Rob25 March 23, 2009 9:51 pm

    Great story about your Cowboy and Raider experience Garret!

    I’m sure that things would have been different…I think that Frank would be mortified if I screamed loudly for the ‘Boys in the Raider Nation house… 😯 👿 😳

  245. addahknowjoe March 23, 2009 11:01 pm


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  246. Kekoa March 23, 2009 11:03 pm

    Brew ~ That’s why I dropped the hint about Al Davis disappearing like Jimmy Hoffa. He won’t ever go away, so I think an arranged one way vacation to the deep blue would be a great diversion.

    I have cousins who work for CC Myers Construction. They can insure he be given a cement overcoat and become a part of the cornerstone of the new stadium for the 49ers in Santa Clara.

    Like you I could accept the Raiders for entertainment purposes only. It’s just that I can never forget how mad I was when Al packed up in the dead of night and moved the team to L.A. I have a problem with that as long as Al is in power.

  247. koakane± March 23, 2009 11:14 pm

    wow went break and much stuff happening. raider nation add one bruddah and families splitting into camps already. rob25 doing her instigator imitation setting up a KK for frank25 return. you go sista. what can bring stuff above the shoulder and below the waist for pupu 😀

    one just gotta luv these peeps whotaaaaaaaahhhhhh ❗

  248. homey ℞ March 23, 2009 11:17 pm

    Time to stare at the ceiling.

    Rob25 – May 9th sounds like a good one. Early indicators say I’ll be there.

  249. koakane± March 23, 2009 11:26 pm

    eh patnah kekoa how you tonight?

  250. koakane± March 23, 2009 11:28 pm

    homey no can back down now and how you figgah hbod can dd that night?

  251. Kekoa March 23, 2009 11:30 pm

    All these plans for KK at Genji’s. Just asked Steve if we could squeeze one in for Ronnie in July. Maybe change da scenery lila bit for Windward Chaptah Tsaiko’s and hold it at Bay View. Dat way we can WAC da golf ball, sing our KK tunes, drink adult beverages and eat their delicious kau kau.

  252. koakane± March 23, 2009 11:33 pm

    sounds like a winna winna chicken dinna. the week of july 4 weekend looking supas. that saturday should be fine for 09 da kine.

  253. Ralph March 23, 2009 11:41 pm

    Rob25 I’ll mark my calender for the May 9 karaoke call..

  254. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 23, 2009 11:45 pm

    Woo hoo! Karaoke!

    Nitey nite and
    Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  255. Rob25 March 24, 2009 12:02 am

    Hey now…the original supah instigator gave me a helping hand with this one. Gotta find a way to get everyone together when Frank25 comes home for some relaxation…not better way than to ask everyone to come and sing!!!

    Tsaikos can’t turn down the opportunity to sing their hearts out…and everyones special pupus and desserts…nothing comes close.

    Hope that everyone can make it…I want it to be special for Frank.

    Now I just have to figure out a way to coordinate the Oakland game! 😯 Imagine me at a Raider football game. At least I have a former Warrior or two to cheer on!

  256. Ralph March 24, 2009 12:19 am

    Rob25 Romo nomo talent, just face the inevitable, become a Raider. Who is worse, Al Davis or Jerry Jones, tough choice…I loss interest when the Raiders moved to LA but got that feeling back again when they moved north…

  257. Ralph March 24, 2009 12:28 am

    as the raiders build their middle with Satele, Russell and McFadden, the 49’ers faithful are wonder who will be their qb and what offense will be installed as their ship sinks deeper in the bay…

  258. Ralph March 24, 2009 12:31 am

    I wished the Raiders had the 49’ers on their schedule, we need a win for JaMarcus to gain least we got the jets, browns, texans, bengals and chiefs to pick on…

  259. UNDERFLOOR HEATING March 24, 2009 1:50 am

    A procedure was performed to correct that tear.
    Goeas said the surgeries were successful, and Satele will be ready to play.
    Satele will earn $460,000 in base salary this season, and $550,000 in 2010.

  260. Kekoa (iPhone) March 24, 2009 3:24 am

    Undah da floor heater ~ Did you peek at da headlines Stephen Tsai put on top? Tanks for da remindah about Samson anywayz. TMI bettah den none at all!

  261. bighilofan2 March 24, 2009 4:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.


  262. J March 24, 2009 4:33 am


  263. warriorfanny March 24, 2009 5:04 am

    I would agree that Aaron Rink certainly is intriguing.
    Lots of upsides in height, speed, quickness off the ball and gifted athleticism.
    He can outquick the DT at the snap, inside-out…his game film illustrates that quickly.

    Didnt see too much on film on him when they run directly at him. That prolly wasnt a good highlight.

    His downsides are experience and weight.
    Does Rink have 3 to play 3 (2007-2011)?

    I can see him making an immediate impact on STs especially on KO D and blocking punts from the inside (iiF Tormey is bolden).

    Knowing MAC, iif the kid measures up to ability, he can be play in a DE package designed for pass rush situations.
    he is light at 210 and realistically, at least 225 would give him more opportunity to play in pass situations.

    I guess you folkz know George Lumpkin is handling the DEs this year….for what it’s worth.

  264. whitey March 24, 2009 5:40 am

    good morning tsaikos, bhf2, j, and warriorfanny.

  265. jm2375 March 24, 2009 5:57 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    ST, wake up!! I know it’s Spring Break and you don’t have to worry about getting your keed to school, but we Tsaikos are waiting for Warrior fb news and your wisdom.

    Morning bhf2. See you’re back to waking up da Keaau chikkens again. hehehe.

  266. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER March 24, 2009 6:04 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  267. whitey March 24, 2009 6:20 am

    morning liz and jm

  268. jm2375 March 24, 2009 6:21 am

    Morning whitey.

    ok off to work. bbl.

  269. d1島 March 24, 2009 6:23 am

    Great Morning All!

    Lots of 5F’s opportunities coming up. 🙂

    Looking forward to the Tsai and Mama Show today. Hope the studio audience behaves!


    Have a good day erryboddy!


  270. whitey March 24, 2009 6:25 am

    watching last night’s wbc, one thing really stood out. it wasn’t the players or the game, but the enthusiasm of the fans. why shouldn’t the uh fans be like them at games???? that is what makes the game interesting and keeps fans coming to the game. their cheering, drums, thundersticks, etc made the game what it should be. somewhere along the way, americans have lost that enthusiasm.

  271. whitey March 24, 2009 6:29 am

    with all that cheering by both sides, the players responded by making this game a very competitive one. even when they get beaned big time, the players don’t act stupid like major league players in the us. they just get on with the game. major league owners should take note of how this game was played and how can they make their games like this.

  272. whitey March 24, 2009 6:33 am

    hopefully this year coach mc will teach the team that you play the game and no stupid individual will hurt the team. fb is violent, but at the same time it teaches students how to overcome adversities and accomplish goals.

  273. Stretch March 24, 2009 7:04 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Thanks for the info on the Oakland & Dallas games. Will definately look into it. I also sent that info to two co-workers. One a HUGE Oakland fan w/ GOR8RS license plates and the other a HUGE Dallas fan who named his first daughter Dallas. I am trying to egg them on to watch the two teams go head to head.

  274. Rob25 March 24, 2009 7:06 am

    So what Stretch…you planning to go to Oakland game on September 14th?

  275. Rob25 March 24, 2009 7:13 am


    March 24th, 2009 at 7:04 am
    I am trying to egg them on to watch the two teams go head to head.

    There you go…always the instigator!!

    Watch, excuse coming up!

  276. Stretch March 24, 2009 7:15 am

    rob25 – I will see what other games there are that weekend. I would rather watch a Seattle game then no need fly to Oakland or another city. We’ll see, I’ll let you know.

  277. djmitcho March 24, 2009 7:20 am

    Good Morning Tsaikoville! Hope everyone has a good day.

  278. Buffoman March 24, 2009 7:53 am

    Correct on all calls. When the US was loosing to Japan on the weekend, the commentators were making excuses for their demise. The players need to do this or that for spring and the league start, etc… yeah, yeah. What about the Japanese who play in the majors, or the Dominicans, the major league guys went out for their country’s teams.

    Difference, pride in country in the US takes a backseat to dollars. The other so called, “lesser” countries still have national pride which allows a great display of selflessness as opposed to US selfishness. Really, this is what continues to get the US into trouble (Madoff, AIG, CITI, etc..).

    That was a great game and the fans were simply terrific. Either team could have won and either would have rightfully been able to claim that they were the best in the world, no excuses. If America wanted to be the best, as the folks on 1500 claimed they are or could be if the “right folks” showed up to play, they had that opportunity. They instead chose not to, choosing instead to protect their own wallets. No excuses, please, the right teams competed for the championship and the right team won. Let’s see if selfishness makes way for selflessness in two years for the Americans.

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