Mouton, Titans agree on 4-year deal

Here’s the announcement from Kenny Zuckerman, Ryan Mouton’s agent:

Tennessee Titans 3rd round pick, Ryan Mouton agrees to terms on a four-year contract that is worth just over $2.4 million and can escalate to just over $3 million by hitting certain milestones.

“This just caps off a successful post-season by Ryan,” Zuckerman said. “He went from a projected free agent and a blip on the NFL radar to a top draft pick and it wasn’t easy.  He missed a couple of games during his senior season, pulled his hamstring at the East-West Shrine All-Star game, aggravated the same hamstring at the combine and did the same at Hawaii’s pro day.  In fact, he never completed a 40 yard dash healthy.  However, with his tremendous upside and great character he was able to overcome all of  these obstacles and still maintain to elevate his draft stock.  I’m really proud of him and he deserves it!”
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Big thanks to John Estes, also known as “J Easy,” for serving as our chat guest today.

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Estes and the other offensive and defensive linemen are enrolled in a thrice-weekly yoga class. Here’s Estes demonstrating his flexibility:



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Linebacker Josh Rice works on his breathing technique before going through his routine:


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Offensive lineman Austin Hansen does pre-workout stretching:


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Today is the last day on the UH job for Mike Wilton and Tino Reyes. We’ll miss them.

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Cmon. Who are we kidding?
We all think the new cell  phone ban is just another money-grabbing, fix-the-tax-revenue-shortfall scheme. Now, texting or reading a newspaper or doing the makapiapia-cleansing while driving isn’t such a good thing. But using the cell phone? Shucks, it probably saves lives. I know there are times I felt like falling asleep during the 3:30 p.m. gridlock on the H-1. And I guess this means the end of KSSK’s Posse.
So, in tribute to the final day of hands-on calling, today’s debate is: Which rules have irked you the most?
Here are mine:
1. Van cams.
2. Not allowing bottle caps at Aloha Stadium … including the media room. So much for the argument that the pen is mightier than the sword.
3. Ban on ThunderStix. Or, more precisely, the rule that limits offering fans more than one stick apiece. Yes, that is the answer to the riddle: What sound does a one-handed clap make?
4. Not allowing gum to be sold at the Honolulu International Airport. Yet, A-Joe was allowed to bring aboard a small scissor.
5. Van cams. Yes, it was such a stoo-pid idea it needs to be mentioned twice.


  1. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 6:42 am


  2. Garret June 30, 2009 6:42 am

    Yoga could be a good help for the OL.

  3. whitey June 30, 2009 6:44 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  4. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 6:44 am

    yoga – hope it helps.

  5. Garret June 30, 2009 6:46 am

    Sad to read that the WAC payout was down this year. I remember reading how several WAC teams lost money due to low bowl payouts not covering their expenses, and I guess all WAC teams have to pay for that. I do not think that UH can complain about this because I think it was reported that UH lost money on the Hawaii Bowl…so, the rest of the WAC would have to subsidize the Hawaii Bowl a little.

    The distribution would have been slightly higher this year, WAC officials said, had it not been for the necessity to use some of the funds to help defray expenses in bowl games where the conference had liabilities.

  6. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 6:46 am

    now the bad news – 2.58m in the puka, per JD.

  7. haka June 30, 2009 6:47 am

    As Yoga Bera used to say,
    Go Warriors!

  8. Garret June 30, 2009 6:48 am

    It was nice for BSU to get to play in the Poinsettia Bowl, and I’m sure that they enjoyed San Diego over Boise in the Winter. The WAC really worked hard to get BSU that spot and it gave the WAC another bowl spot.

    However, the downside of that is that BSU’s home bowl had much lower attendance without BSU there and the WAC probably has to subsidize the shortfall for the Poinsettia Bowl too.

  9. whitey June 30, 2009 6:49 am

    am glad to see that all the info about yoga usage by nfl linemen are being incorporated by the warriors. now a lesson by las vegas on anchoring their stance for leverage and speed would be very good.

  10. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 6:58 am

    where’s everyone

  11. oldie June 30, 2009 7:08 am

    Diogenes Sinope,

    #165 – Sorry, I missed your comment last night. I was off trying to get some things done. How do you know Peggy?

  12. whitey June 30, 2009 7:10 am

    question for John Estes: as the leader of o line and team, what will or can you do to help curb the number of personal foul penalties which always hurts the team?

  13. Garret June 30, 2009 7:12 am


    I’m depressed after reading the bad news about the budget deficit rise for UH Athletics. It looks like JD cut costs significantly but revenues were just way down. Ticket prices won’t go up because of the economy, so hopefully attendance will be higher this year..but the economy could be a problem there also.

  14. Garret June 30, 2009 7:14 am

    Lori and I are going to Best Buy this morning to get speakers for Momo’s computer…I found out yesterday that their speakers’ max volume is so soft that the Alexander interview segment in last week’s WB show could not be heard.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2009 7:19 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Yoga Bears? Good one, haka. Good for the o-line, Yoga is great stuff.

    Whitey- I want las vegas to share with us how he lost 50 pounds. I need some of that myself! 😆

    Oh yeah- Top twenny baybee!

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2009 7:22 am

    Garret and aieeesoos- Things are tough all over…

  17. lava June 30, 2009 7:23 am

    Garret, might try the Bose. I think they run $100. Very nice quality for the price.

    Go Warriors.

    RE budget, maybe cut a few sports and start a student fee.

  18. Da Punchbowl Kid June 30, 2009 7:24 am

    One comment on CO’s CFL gig-

    Mighty mouse will run amuck in the wide open Canadian game. I still believe Chad can be a superstar either there, Arena ball or the NFL.

  19. LizKauai (iPhone) June 30, 2009 7:29 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Arrived in HNL and headed for kope. And ran into M rC!!!
    Woo hoo!

  20. Diogenes Sinope June 30, 2009 7:32 am

    GARRET: I have Klipsch speakers that I got at BestBuy – not too happy with them as they seem to be bass-heavy.

    Top 20 today?

  21. Garret June 30, 2009 7:41 am

    lava and Diogenes Sinope,

    Thank you for the speaker advice. I’ll have that in mind when we’re at Best Buy.

  22. Garret June 30, 2009 7:45 am


    Unfortunately, cutting too many sports would result in UH dropping out of D-IA and kill the football program. Cutting a women’s sport would require 1 or 2 men’s sports to be cut and probably lose the D-IA status also.

    UH could cut 1, possibly 2 men’s sports…but I’m glad JD is saving that as a last resort. The revenue sports (including men’s volleyball, which hopefully can cover their expenses eventually under Coach Wade) won’t be cut and the other men’s sports really have their expenses to a minimum

  23. LizKauai (iPhone) June 30, 2009 7:49 am

    John Estes: what are some of the differences between last year’s oline and this year’s? Would you say that there is a “we believe” attitude or something different?

  24. labrat June 30, 2009 7:49 am

    John Estes

    What do you feel you need to do to become a better player?

    If you were not on the oline what position do you think you could be good at?

    How do the coaches grade the olinemen?

    Who do you think is the best olineman?

  25. Garret June 30, 2009 7:50 am

    I do agree on the need for the student fee! When all other WAC schools have a student fee, it is like UH is trying to compete with one hand tied behind their back. If you add up the revenue from the student fee over the past 5-7 years if they had instituted it when times were better, UH Athletics wouldn’t have this deficit problem.

    SDSU had the students vote on a student athletic fee increase 3 years ago and the students voted against it…and SDSU imposed the fee anyway. Last year SDSU students voted against a student athletic fee increase…and SDSU imposed the fee anyway. My point is that the power-that-be (the folks above JD in the org chart) have the power to start the Athletic fee, but they have refused to do so so far. They also don’t seem to be doing anything to convince the students about the benefits of the fee…everybody seems to be bending over backwards for ASUH.

  26. addahknowjoe June 30, 2009 8:04 am

    Aloha gang.

    Longtime original lurker and sometime poster, JP is going through some tough challenges with his family. Yesterday his father-in-law was in a terrible bike/car accident in Pearl City.

    Right now, everyone involved in this accident truly need all the prayers they can get. I would like to humbly ask all of you to share your Tsaiko prayers with them all. MNL.

  27. NYUH June 30, 2009 8:08 am

    Everybody was yo-ga fighting, those cats were flex as tight-knits

  28. koakane June 30, 2009 8:15 am

    hello hoooooooooooow’s everybody, morning gangie

    my prayers go out to all the tsaikos and tsaikette ohana needing akua’s help

    looking forward to returning to Oahu today for some needed rr, cc, and july 4th madness. thanks for the those of you who sent good thoughts our way it helped a lot, mahalo my extended ohana.

  29. roysan16 June 30, 2009 8:17 am

    Any Football Recruiting subscribers out there that can cockroach the rest of the article and post here…

    al? anybody?

    June 30, 2009
    Top prospects compete at Hawaii All-Poly Camp

    Barton Simmons Football Recruiting

    It was a unique and rare scene on Monday afternoon in Honolulu, Hawaii. Around 300 of the top Polynesian prospects from the islands of Hawaii, some from the mainland and even some visitors from American Samoa were gathered to compete in the inaugural Hawaii All-Poly Camp. V.J. Fohoko is part of a strong group of linebackers at the camp.

    …More… To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now for a FREE Trial

  30. MeiLing June 30, 2009 8:22 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Prayers out for JP’s father-in-law.

    I would think that yoga & stretching would help reduce those hammie strains. I’ve always thought that tai chi/push hands would help receivers build a better sense of people around them. Perhaps it was just my tai chi teacher, but we learned to ‘feel’ the energy from people around us, esp. during push hands, and then use your opponents energy to push them away.

  31. C rM June 30, 2009 8:23 am

    Good morning gangy.

    Good to see you.
    No delays at airport today.
    Good sign.

  32. d1島 June 30, 2009 8:37 am

    Can’t wait to get home this afternoon to try out Josh Rice’s “breathing technique”


  33. d1島 June 30, 2009 8:38 am


    Juliet is doing great….she’s on vacation this week.

  34. al June 30, 2009 8:41 am

    prayers to jp and family.
    that intersection is always heavy with traffic and people scurrying to make that light just down on moanalua hwy.

    our prayers can make a difference.

  35. lava June 30, 2009 8:43 am

    I am not clear on all the details on cutting a sport, but my gut tells me I don’t love the idea of a profitable program essentially subsidizing unprofitable programs so they can remain in existence. Leaving aside the recent government bail-outs, doesn’t that cut against the capitalistic principles that form the basis of our economy?

    I think a few college sports attract a paying crowd, but most others are better suited for club teams and intramural programs, and I don’t see anything wrong with letting the little sports drowning in red ink fail.

  36. djmitcho June 30, 2009 8:46 am

    prayers to JP and ohana

  37. homey ℞ June 30, 2009 8:54 am

    Prayers and messages have been sent…

    Now if only ST can get pics of the Rainbow Dancers in their flexibility positions.

  38. Jack Flash June 30, 2009 9:07 am

    lava- i agree with you, but i think Title IX would prohibit cutting any women’s sports at this point. Especially since Football offers so many scholarships.

  39. Kekoa June 30, 2009 9:26 am

    Good morning Sports fans (and you too, Homey).

    Prayers to all our Tsaiko Ohana on the mend. The list is getting to be longer than the CC listing!

    The camp roysan16 speaks of is working out in Kapiolani park this morning. Yesterday they started at 2 PM. One of my nephews attended with the same group of guys in an All Poly camp in Utah a few weeks back. He said that some were in attendance yesterday because their registration carried over to this one.

    Was too busy to really talk with him yesterday, but he’ll let me know how things are going at the camp.

    Homes ~ mebbe a little push-pull, Yoga class demonstrated by the Rainbow Dancers would by an extra incentive to motivate the boys at camp. It certainly couldn’t do any harm!

  40. BG June 30, 2009 9:39 am

    Rob25…still trying to talk to you…please check your cell.

  41. al June 30, 2009 9:51 am

    homey ℞
    it may be difficult to get the rbow dancers.
    would you settle for koa mahu instead?

  42. MeiLing June 30, 2009 9:53 am

    Sooooo…what are van cams? I nevah live here when van cams were in action. Cameras on vans driving around Honolulu? Like the Google street cams? Except you get a ticket in the mail? Does that cut down on stoopid drivers?

    Esme & whoosh…off to catch slugs w/ hashi!

  43. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 9:54 am

    I think the problem with the UH budget is that there’s no cause-and-effect aftermath.
    In a time when the government is a 13 figures in the red, we’re all quite jaded, especially since UH seems to operate as usual. I mean, if UH can’t land a top cornerback because of a lack of money, then maybe there might be some empathy.
    But what does $2.6 million in the hole really mean when a new men’s volleyball coach was signed to a five-year deal, 15-year-olds are offered scholarships and the Lower Campus is being painted in green?
    Sounds like UH is doing OK, doesn’t it?

  44. al June 30, 2009 9:54 am

    john estes

    when do you expect to graduate and what is your major?

    what are the most significant differences in teaching fundamentals and techniques with new oline coach gordy shaw?

    #2 son wants to know, are sweat pants the new fashion these days?

  45. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 9:57 am

    The best part of the van cams was the people’s revolt.
    Some people would get out of their cars, and drape a blanket in front of the camera, while other cars sped by, offering the one-finger salute.
    I think most were miffed that an outside company was used to hire speed trappers to sit in vans and monitor traffic.

  46. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 9:59 am

    Today also is the last day for Pat Charity, Dallas Bolla and Kevin Hashiro as UH employees.

  47. warriorfanny2 June 30, 2009 10:01 am

    S.A.M n others*, roger on the cyber text from bethesda….

  48. YpoWarrior June 30, 2009 10:06 am

    Hashiro should go to am1500.

  49. BG June 30, 2009 10:12 am

    For John Estes

    1. As a team captain, can you tell us who is in charge of the ha’a this year?

    2. What would you think if a whole section of fans at the UNLV game in September rose up and did the ha’a with the team?

  50. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 30, 2009 10:22 am

    Track & Field does not generate revenues while the student-athlete is in school; however, it’s the best way to develop an Olympic-level athlete. Look what Bryan Clay has done for Hawai’i.

    Student athletic fees are a must if there’s any intention of supporting a quality NCAA program. I don’t think that $25 a semester is out of line, especially if it includes free and discounted tickets.

    Off to a client meeting and then to the Municpal Library to do some research.

    Keep cool everyone.

  51. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 10:22 am

    UH’s Kolten Wong named to Baseball America’s Freshman All-America team

    … in HA Sports posted at 9:37.

  52. A-House June 30, 2009 10:24 am

    Van cams:

    I am very much in the minority, but I really wanted the van coms to stay as it was the only means to slow down drivers when all else failed – speed bumps, digital signs with your speed, $750 K Nuuanu signs, ocassional police with radar, people holding slow down signs, etc.

    Officer discretion to let VIPs, other police officers and their family, pretty women,and individuals with a certain calling card could no longer be protected from speeding.

    Individuals and certain radio stations advocated notifying others of the location of the van cams and I noticed that a certain radio station and Senator from the Windward side quickly toned down their rhetoric when they realized that they were contributing to speeding. This would have been a strong case to name them in any civil action as a 3rd party defendant should a person be severly injured or dies in an auto accident where speed was involved.

    The “slow lane” of Pali Hwy, after Waokanaka, heading Kaneohe is used by many as the speed/passing lane – usually exceeding 65 MPH.

    ah, my soap box broke – good bye!

  53. homey ℞ June 30, 2009 10:32 am

    al – nope.

    Season tickets are finalized…yeah babee!

  54. roysan16 June 30, 2009 10:38 am

    Question-To John Estes: Which Warrior coach recruited you? And did you have offers from other schools? And why did you decide on UH?

    2005 Warrior Recruit Class

    These are the familiar names I see (according to site). Very decent class, where 13/19 players have put their time into the program.

    Solomon Elimimian
    John Estes
    John Fonoti
    Raphael Ieru
    Dan Johnson
    Aaron Kia
    Adam Leonard
    Brashton Satele
    Siave Seti
    Blaze Soares
    Mike Washington
    Mario Cox
    Laupepa Letuli

  55. al June 30, 2009 10:39 am

    whew….blog host is on a rampage today.

    okay, here’s one of mine.

    boss schedules carpet cleaning on a day while boss is at work and doesn’t tell the other until the day before.

    solution is simple; other cancels carpet cleaner so can go tsukiji market.

  56. Shauna June 30, 2009 10:44 am

    Don’t forget to send in more of your questions for today’s Warrior Beat show at noon! I’m helping moderate comments for Stephen and Leila!

  57. lakesidegt June 30, 2009 10:51 am

    UH v. SJSU (Nov. 21) ticket information.

    I just got this email today:

    “Thank you for your inquiry. Individual Game Group tickets (25+) are on sale now. Individual Game Tickets (25-) will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 3, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. You can call (408) 924-SJTX or (877) SJSUTIX, log on to or directly, or visit our office at 1393 S. 7th Street, starting at 9:00 AM on or after that day.

    The cost per ticket is $35 Gold Zone reserved (advanced); $20 Adult General Admission (advanced); $10 Youth 12-and-under General Admission (advanced); and the Spartan 4-Pack, 4 General Admission tickets for $60 (advanced, all ages).

    The cost per ticket the day-of-game is $40 Gold Zone reserved; $25 Adult General Admission; $15 Youth 12-and-under General Admission; and the Spartan 4-Pack, 4 General Admission tickets for $80 (all ages).”

  58. madeinhawaii June 30, 2009 10:58 am

    RE: Stretching…

    Aren’t there recent studies that show that too much stretching before actively engaging in a sporting activity can be detrimental?

    RE: Foi Foi from Kapolei..

    Sportsbow reports that he got offered a scholarship from UH…Colorado, Oregon, Oregon St., UNLV, Utah, and Wyoming.

  59. LizKauai (iPhone) June 30, 2009 11:06 am

    JP ohana- prayers and blessings.


  60. Kaimuki Kid June 30, 2009 11:06 am

    Not just speeders but have notice how many people run the red light at intersections knowing they have a few seconds delay before opposing light turns green. Not running yellows but reds. I think it is time for traffic cams at least where there is a high incidence of accidents.
    Another pet peeve is the idiots that block the intersections @ Piikoi and Lunalilo, they should station a police officer there with a digital camera take a pictuere of the liscence plate and mail the driver a ticket, imagine how much revenue they could add to the State General Fund 3 tickets every 90 seconds = 120 tickets an hour x $100 an average ticket = $12,000 x 5-6 hours a day that it is a big problem = $72,000/ day x 365 = $26,280,000 a year just from that one intersection.

    By the way anyone can explain to me why when police write tickets the fines go to the State General Fund and not the city who pays the officers ???

  61. warriorfanny2 June 30, 2009 11:07 am

    la capa plz fwd on TW interview at congressional, 6/30 RE 2 MJs:

    Q. Tiger, questions about two of your buddies, first Michael Jordan going into the Hall of Fame this year.
    Can you reflect on his career and what inspiration he gave you with his talent and work ethic?

    TIGER WOODS: Yeah. Michael going into the Hall of Fame, that was a given. That was a no-brainer, wasn’t it? Greatest basketball player to ever live.

    You know, getting to know Michael over the years has been a lot of fun. I call him my big brother. To be able to call him and pick his brain on anything at any time and we’ve done that, you know, and he doesn’t sleep, like me. So he may give me a call or text and I may give him a call or text at odd hours and we’re both up and we’ll talk for a while, and that’s just something that it’s been very special to get to know him, especially when he was playing, see how hard he worked, you know, off the court, away from the cameras, away from the game time.

    You can’t believe how hard this guy worked. People think he just showed up and scored 45. That’s not what happened. It is what happened, but to get him to that point, I mean God, this guy worked hard, the countless hours in the gym, shooting and shooting and shooting. I’m like, Mike, it’s one in the morning. You know, “I’m not ready yet.” He kept shooting and shooting and shooting. I’d feed him the ball or watch him go over drill after drill after drill and watch him in game time, he made that look pretty easy. It was just like what he did in practice. He just rehearsed it again and again and again until he had it. And it was fun to watch, watch him dissect games. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know him over the years from a player but also from a person. He’s helped me a lot.

    Q. Tiger, few people have ever achieved worldwide recognition to the extent of you.
    Michael Jackson, I probably would put in that category. Were you a Michael Jackson fan and any thoughts on his passing so young?

    TIGER WOODS: You know…. I think everyone here was a Michael Jackson fan. One of, probably if not the greatest entertainer that’s ever lived. I think — I know my entire generation was influenced by his music, and you know, just the entertainer and just the songs, we listened to them — whatever. It was always happy. You always wanted to listen to his songs.

    And his legacy is one as the greatest entertainer, one, I think that his draw, his appeal and his influence and all the artists following him. You watch these guys in how they pay attribute, how they perform, how they dance and how they sing, their mannerisms, look at Usher, Justin Timberlake, their moves, they’re Michael’s moves.

  62. Ralph June 30, 2009 11:08 am

    MIH i think BG mentioned that the athlete normally stretches after a strenuous activity not before…a good warm up without stretching vigorously

  63. mih June 30, 2009 11:23 am


    Yep, some studies have shown that a muscle that’s over stretched has a harder time contracting quickly. Also, for athletes, overly flexible joints (like knees) can lead to injuries…there needs to be a certain amount of support when running. Problem lies in defining what’s “too much” flexibility.

  64. BG June 30, 2009 11:24 am

    Whoops…wrong handle!!!

  65. Kazz June 30, 2009 11:25 am

    John Estes,

    Many point out to the personal fouls committed by the offensive line last year and the hope this season is that those issues have been dealt with during the off-season in preparation for the 2009 campaign.

    After being a starter for UH for all of your college career, what is the difference you feel within yourself this season as opposed to last season with regards to being an effective leader for, not just the offensive line, but the entire team?

  66. BG June 30, 2009 11:43 am

    For John Estes

    John, drawing on your starting experience these past years, who do you anticipate will have the top two opposing defensive lines?

  67. BG June 30, 2009 11:49 am

    For John Estes

    Last year, the shuffle pass didn’t do very well. At the spring game, it went for some good gains. Is there a difference this year?

  68. Kazz June 30, 2009 11:52 am


    Thank you for the memories and the victorie!!! :mrgreen:

  69. BG June 30, 2009 11:52 am

    For John Estes

    If God asked you to construct the perfect center, what would it look like? What kind of skills would that center need?

  70. Kazz June 30, 2009 11:53 am


  71. hoohiki June 30, 2009 11:59 am

    John Estes,

    How is Coach Shaw different from all your previous O-line coaches? Teaching approach on techniques, footwork, philosophy, attitude?

  72. Kazz June 30, 2009 12:04 pm

    Speaking of rules, there was a proposed one about taxing drivers on the mileage they accumulate.

    That I don’t agree with and I rarely disagree with a lot of rules or I just don’t care… For example, I am a smoker and the smoking ban set into place a while ago never bothered me and still doesn’t to this day.

  73. will-i-am June 30, 2009 12:12 pm

    I just drove by the stadium and they are painting it green! Are they going to change the whole color scheme?

  74. Kazz June 30, 2009 12:29 pm


    June 30th, 2009 at 12:12 pm
    I just drove by the stadium and they are painting it green! Are they going to change the whole color scheme?

    I too drive by it everyday to and from work and honestly I heard the color green you see is the primer. Not sure how much they will finish before the start of the season as looks like they’ll be content with only half of the mauka sideline roof and the whole North end zone roof.

    The rest is still in that stale rust brown color and it will look WORSE should they leave it as is unless they’ll either finish the ENTIRE roof before September or they’ll finish it next summer. I don’t know.

    Even if the entire roof were to be that dark green, the rest of the stadium would need an over-haul as well to match otherwise you’d have two different colors (i.e. one new and one OLD).

  75. cavewarrior June 30, 2009 12:32 pm

    irked today!…because our legislature passed law to tax internet sales (eff tomorrow), Amazon has stopped doing business in this state. ?@&+’$*

  76. Your Dad June 30, 2009 12:35 pm

    John, FYI, your brother has been cleaning up your room . . . . he needed a back-hoe . . . . . . hopefully, we didn’t throw away anything you wanted. . . . . see you Friday Night. Dad

  77. MeiLing June 30, 2009 12:54 pm

    ST ~

    So what was the difference with today’s video of the WB show? It didn’t have the fits & starts that the others do. I tried to watch the WB interview w/ Greg A. last week in the middle of the night last night and it was so bad I never got past Greg’s answer to the first question. So, I’ve still not been able to view the entire show. TODAY was a different story. Can you guys figure out what works & continue using those techniques, please. It’s not because it was on the UH campus, is it?

  78. MeiLing June 30, 2009 12:57 pm

    BTW, great interview with John Estes. Hope he does go to a Bay Area team!

  79. FloridaTed June 30, 2009 1:05 pm

    Hi, Gang, back in action again. Had a little bit of a bad spot, but all is copathetic again. Lots of catching up to do. I’m ready for Football already. 10 wins minimum this year, for sure.

  80. lava June 30, 2009 1:06 pm

    I think the UH receivers, as a group, are the most athletic UH has ever had. Time will tell whether that translates into less drops, more YAC, more first downs, and more TDs, but no doubt the potential is there. I hope the coaches platoon the guys to keep a fresh four on the field as much as possible. Since I doubt few of our opponents can go two deep in their secondary, we could have a huge advantage here.

  81. BIGWAVE96744 June 30, 2009 1:08 pm

    1) No ILH games on TV
    2) No backpacks at No Aloha Stadium
    3) No Balloon Brigade at Stan Sherrif Center
    4) Swap Meet on UH game days
    All the unnecessary no parking signs on the North Shore because all the Rich, Non-Kama’aina grumble grumble grumble…They first put up walls to keep the locals out then force the DOT to put up no parking signs to keep the locals away… AUWE!!!

  82. roysan16 June 30, 2009 1:28 pm

    Great show with John. Enjoyed watching. One think comes to mind when I see John is that without pads on he scares me. Take this as a compliment, John. Wow, your scary looking. Thanks for picking my question, Leila. I had no clue as to who recruited John and I was thinking to myself whomever it was must have been a genius ( Coach Cav in turns out to be).

    Have a good season, John.

  83. chawan_cut June 30, 2009 1:48 pm

    ban on “noisemakers” at the SSC.

  84. Jason June 30, 2009 1:53 pm

    Yeah, how can they take away the balloons. I know the NCAA prohibits noisemakers, but these are balloons for goodness sakes. Next thing you know, everyone is going to have to wear padded gloves because clapping is noise. And we all need to put duct tape over our mouths, because yelling is noise.

  85. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 2:20 pm

    Maybe it was the connection all along.
    We used UH’s Internet connection and it went much better than the shared one we use at the office. Maybe it’s because we have too many users at the Tizer.

  86. Kazz June 30, 2009 2:25 pm

    A big “Aloha” to John Estes’ father!

    Welcome to the blog sir!

    Your son has represented UH and Hawai’i very well! :mrgreen:

  87. Kazz June 30, 2009 2:26 pm


    Don’t give Mr. Benson any ideas. I think ST said once that he reads this blog.

  88. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 2:37 pm

    An NFL player got into trouble for burning an already dead cow.
    Isn’t that was Sizzlers does every day?|main|dl4|link5|

  89. Committed Road Warrior June 30, 2009 3:00 pm

    Re: Van Cams

    Cameras are all over the roads here in Arizona, especially in Metro Phoenix. Not only are there van cams, but fixed speed cameras on the freeways, fixed speed cameras on side streets, and red-light cameras on side streets.

    I believe AZ is the only state in the country that has speed cameras on the freeways. The only caveat here is that state law mandates that there must be a sign at least 300 ft. away signalling an upcoming photo enforcement camera. The distaste for photo enforcement cameras is so great that a camera maintenance worker was shot and killed a couple months back by a disgruntled passing driver.

    State legislators have been trying to ram legislation to deactivate the photo enforcement program once the contract with the third-party vendor expires next year, but what they should be doing is focusing on the state budget.

    Speaking of which, the Arizona fiscal year ends in…..oh…..about six hours. No ‘mo budget for upcoming fiscal year. State government shutdown inevitable unless the legislators get their heads out of their collective rear-ends and get something together… least try to pass a continuing resolution to buy some time.

  90. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 3:04 pm

    I’m glad we don’t have intersection cameras.
    Say, you want to make a left turn. You go halfway through the intersection, wait and wait and wait. Then you make the left. Usually on the yellow.
    The camera doesn’t know this and, lookie-lookie, you’re in the intersection on a red.

  91. Diogenes Sinope June 30, 2009 3:04 pm

    KAMUKI KID: Re your #60.

    RIGHT ON!!!!

  92. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 3:05 pm

    Or how about that rule that you have to wait for somebody to completely cross the street, even if that person is no longer on your side of the road.

  93. Committed Road Warrior June 30, 2009 3:09 pm

    My stance on van and photo enforcement cameras:

    You like speed? Go ahead. Just no complain when you get caught.

  94. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 3:10 pm

    A few years ago there was a motion to have Piikoi and Pensacola switch directions. That would make a lot of sense. That way the mauka-bound drivers can make a quick left onto the freeway instead of having to go an extra block.
    Too bad the idea didn’t pass.

  95. Committed Road Warrior June 30, 2009 3:14 pm

    ST #90:

    Yep. The most buzzing thing about those is that you never know when they’re actively monitoring. The cameras may be there (with all the cursory warning signs), but they might not have them on.

  96. Kazz June 30, 2009 3:18 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 30th, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    Or how about that rule that you have to wait for somebody to completely cross the street, even if that person is no longer on your side of the road.

    DEY U GO!

    I was racking my brain all day trying to think of something that REALLY truly irks me and that rule is the one!

    I try to adhere to it as much as possible, but around here at the corner of Mahukona St. and Kapiolani I see people getting tagged by HPD quite often for that violation and we’re talking about the last person crossing the street with like a yard left to go before the sidewalk and people are getting pulled over for it.

  97. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 3:19 pm

    re: noisemakers.
    Isn’t clapping making noise?
    Or yelling?
    I mean, Powderpuff should be declared illegal by the NCAA.

  98. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 3:21 pm

    I like how commercial truckers are still allowed to use walkie-talkie-like equipment while driving.
    And the difference between using your cell in a Honda as opposed to steering a semi with one hand is … ?

  99. al June 30, 2009 3:24 pm

    99 more reasons to purchase a semi.

  100. Diogenes Sinope June 30, 2009 3:25 pm

    ST: Re #92 – I believe (and don’t quote me) that the law requires you to yield the right of way to a pedestrian only on your side of the road.

    Re: your #90. You probably never use Piikoi/Lunalilo unless you are one of those blocking that intersection making a left from Piikoi into Lunalilo.

  101. al June 30, 2009 3:26 pm

    i wonder if nfa made those rules?
    thunder stix, cell ph, xwalking, white boards, and the like…

    pretty soon pom poms will be eliminated at games because the ruffling or rustling of the crepe paper is too loud.

    (hey, do they still make those out of crepe paper? come to think of it do any of you young-ens know what that is?)

  102. Kazz June 30, 2009 3:26 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 30th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    I like how commercial truckers are still allowed to use walkie-talkie-like equipment while driving.
    And the difference between using your cell in a Honda as opposed to steering a semi with one hand is … ?

    They get a “pass” because it’s for their job, but then again a lot of people conduct “business” calls over the phone too. Probably not the same exact thing, but whatever…

    I bought a bluetooth a long time ago and that’s when I realized I don’t make too many calls while driving. That was a waste of 69.99…

  103. al June 30, 2009 3:32 pm

    kazz… reporters should be allowed to use a communication device as it pertains to their job. same with firefighters, police, semi truckers, taxi cab drivers, et al.

    ok, don’t get st started again.

  104. Kazz June 30, 2009 3:33 pm

    I just wish I could bring in a flagpole at Aloha Stadium.

    Now I understand that they can construe that as a weapon and it can be (see UH vs University of Houston brawl in the 2003 Hawaii Bowl 😎 )

    But still, it would be so cool to wave that thing proudly at home games! I’d be running up and down the stairs in the orange after every TD!!!! :mrgreen:

  105. SteveM June 30, 2009 3:34 pm

    Interesting discussion about the disdain for van cams for ticketing and CB radios in semis is taken for granted. Many of us grew up in the era of “Smokey & the Bandit”… 😛

  106. Faux Officer homey June 30, 2009 3:34 pm

    The law now says that the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right of way to pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

  107. Kazz June 30, 2009 3:38 pm


    I guess yeah?

    Since I personally don’t talk too much on my cell while I am driving, I never paid attention to the details of the new law.

  108. Committed Road Warrior June 30, 2009 3:40 pm

    Is anyone else watching the U.S.-Dutch Men’s Volleyball replay on ESPN2?

  109. chawan_cut June 30, 2009 3:44 pm

    i have one too that i’d like to bring into either stadium or arena.

  110. Garret June 30, 2009 4:01 pm

    Two more former college football players are suing Electronic Arts over their likenesses in the NCAA Football game. If either lawsuit is successful, players might need to be randomized in the game instead of having stats and appearances based on the actual players.

    A former Rutgers quarterback has filed suit against a leading video game manufacturer for using his likeness in a football simulation game without his permission.

    Ryan Hart, who quarterbacked the Scarlet Knights from 2002 to 2005, has filed suit in the Civil Division of state Superior Court in Somerville against Electronic Arts for using his likeness in its NCAA Football game.

    Joining Hart, of South Bound Brook, in the lawsuit is Troy Taylor, who played college football at the University of California and played quarterback with the New York Jets 1990 to 1991. Taylor, who lives in Fair Oaks, Calif., is a radio analyst for University of California football games.

    Sam Keller, who played quarterback for Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska, filed suit in May against Electronic Arts with the same claims as Hart and Taylor.

  111. al June 30, 2009 4:03 pm

    brain fart for kazz….

    how about you bring one telescopic pole?

  112. Garret June 30, 2009 4:04 pm

    Online betting service is taking best on the next school to commit a major NCAA violation.

    An online sports betting service, Sportsbook, posted odds last week on the schools most likely to commit the next NCAA violation.

    Ohio State came in at No. 2 on the list with 9-1 odds to commit the next big crime, followed by Florida, Memphis, and Ole Miss at 10-1; North Carolina, UConn, Michigan State and Florida State at 12-1; and Alabama rounding out the top 10 at 13-1 odds.

  113. Garret June 30, 2009 4:07 pm

    BYU has really put together an impressive recruiting class if their commits sign on NLI day.

    Brigham Young University football coaches have picked up their 17th and 18th commitments from members of the class of 2010, landing Granger High lineman Manu Mulitalo and Lone Peak linebacker Sae Tautu.

    Both players pledged to sign with BYU next February after coach Bronco Mendenhall wrapped up his summer camps for high school players last week.

    Mulitalo was an all-region performer for the Lancers as a junior and turned heads nationally last month when he was named the most valuable offensive lineman at a Nike camp at USC.

    Tautu is a former youth football quarterback who switched to linebacker because of his size (6-3, 215).

    He earned a scholarship offer from BYU after being named most outstanding linebacker at BYU’s padded camp and a defensive all-star at the All-Poly Camp in Bountiful.

  114. Garret June 30, 2009 4:09 pm

    Mrs. Momo is happily watching the WB show now…sound is coming in great. The video and sound quality seems to be better than *any* WB show I can remember! I’m guessing that the internet connection does make a huge difference–Universities have a lot of bandwidth (especially during the summer when the students aren’t there).

  115. Kazz June 30, 2009 4:21 pm


    Yeah but once I “unfold” it they’ll easily see it and take it away.

    HPD could care less unless there is a fight at the stadium, it’s the ushers that act all pilau and try fo make big body all the time.

    Take the infamous beach ball for example.

    Everyone has a great time playing “crowd volleyball” with that thing so much so that the HPD officers are busy laughing at the ushers running up and down the stairs losing a game of “keep away” with the crowd! 😆

  116. MeiLing June 30, 2009 4:22 pm

    Yup, I’ll bet it was the congested connection at the Advertiser. Since the Warrior Beat show IS about UH sports, why not do the weekly shows at UH? Could you guys cut out the crawl at the bottom of the screen? Bet that adds to the traffic.

  117. Garret June 30, 2009 4:31 pm

    I had the good fortune to talk story with John Estes’ father and brother at the Warriors Rally event before the Sugar Bowl and to talk with John’s mom on the phone for a couple of different reasons. He has a good family and you can see the positive influences and good examples that they set for him.

  118. chawan_cut June 30, 2009 4:34 pm

    yes, noisemakers. we’d all be disallowed from games if that were the case.
    and i always thought the piikoi/pensacola switch would’ve made sense but of course, it didn’t to some. kinda like the superferry.

  119. Garret June 30, 2009 4:34 pm


    I would think that getting guests would also be easier if they did the shows on the UH campus. However, I think that ST mentioned that they are doing the show for free, so traveling to UH each week for the show could be a lot to ask. Also, the film and tech crew might not be available each week.

    Maybe the biggest problem is that during the school year the rooms on campus might all be taken during the middle of the day. There are much less students on campus in the summer and probably a lot more availability for rooms now.

  120. Jason June 30, 2009 4:36 pm

    I think they were doing the show from the Stan Sheriff Center, so there probably wouldn’t be any concern with regards to studio space.

  121. Kazz June 30, 2009 5:32 pm

    RE: Ferd Lewis’ article today.

    Hmmm.. Am I the only one wishing Chancellor Hinshaw wouldn’t have used the weather as one of the probable reasons leading to the decline in football ticket revenue last season?

  122. Diogenes Sinope June 30, 2009 5:33 pm

    GARRET: Re your #110 and the law suits against Electronic Arts.

    As the statistics are public records, I suppose EA could use them, have a bunch of stand-ins to represent the respective players and false names.

    Sort of like the old Jack Benny routine interviewing a South of the Border type -“Your name is Jose?” “Si” and goes into the routine “You have a sister?”, “Si” “What is her name?”, “Sue”, “Sue?” “Si” – and ends up with the question “Are you Mexican?” “No, Senior, I am Swiss – we do not wish to offend anyone”.

    So we can have a presumed Rutgers QB in the EA football game, who is Swiss, named Rudolf Reindeer or something like that.

  123. ai-eee-soos June 30, 2009 5:41 pm

    Ryan Mouton agrees to Titans offer.

    2.5m, 4-yr.; could reach 3m.


    (don’t know if this was posted)

  124. chawan_cut June 30, 2009 5:49 pm

    I think the bobble heads were “in the likeness” of Timmy, Lily and Kim. they didn’t have any names on them. I think thats how schools can sell jersey’s with the popular numbers on them and not get in trouble.
    if there’s any reference to the actual player, then its illegal.
    thats why the EA Sports NCAA football game can only use the numbers for players and you have to type the full rosters out to give them names. its also cool that they program into the game the pronunciation of certain players to give it a more real life like game experience.

  125. jm2375 June 30, 2009 5:52 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!!

    Congrats to Ryan Mouton on his contract.

    Busy day today. Hopefully tomorrow won’t be as busy so I can make the cc.

  126. Ralph June 30, 2009 5:56 pm

    how come not much comment on UH’s 2.58 million deficit in athletics? HA has a poll, are we at the NCAA minimum of 7 teams or can we cut a men and/or women sport. JD doesn’t want to cut any program, but reality should overcome emotions, he needs to make the tough call to balance the budget or reduce the deficit markedly. add 2.58 to the outstanding 5 million outstanding, deep kim chee for the UHAD.

  127. Stretch June 30, 2009 5:57 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    June 30th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    re: noisemakers.
    Isn’t clapping making noise?
    Or yelling?
    I mean, Powderpuff should be declared illegal by the NCAA.
    damn.. you not kidding!!

  128. Stephen Tsai June 30, 2009 5:57 pm

    Of Mouton’s deal, $985,000 is guranateed.

  129. Ralph June 30, 2009 6:01 pm

    I say drop a program, men first, if can, women..collect a student fee, don’t ask ASUH, just do it..energize and mandate wbb, mbb, baseball and mvb to increase revenue- set revenue levels rather than wins and losses, why, we win, fans will won and played exciting early in the season and the fans came out in droves. Coaches can’t put fans in the seats because of team performance, find new coaches…don’t blame the economy, the attendance was down before the economy tanked…

  130. Ralph June 30, 2009 6:07 pm

    it’s been a while since UH had a DB drafted and make the nfl…good luck to Mouton, I hope your hammy is all good and you remain injury free…

  131. protector June 30, 2009 6:15 pm

    Congrats to Ryan–hope he stays healthy so a national audience can get a glimpse of the type of play we were fortunate to observe in his 2 years here!

  132. curveball June 30, 2009 6:15 pm


    June 30th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    Stephen Tsai:
    June 30th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    re: noisemakers.
    Isn’t clapping making noise?
    Or yelling?
    I mean, Powderpuff should be declared illegal by the NCAA.
    damn.. you not kidding!!

    now thats funny………………………..

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  134. Ralph June 30, 2009 6:31 pm

    slow day on the blog, the Russians are coming again, we need to pick up the blog pace so the Russians can refocus on Palin

  135. OldDiver June 30, 2009 6:42 pm

    I might have missed it, but did the athletic fee proposal get pass Hinshaw’s office? In other words, who killed it.

  136. labrat June 30, 2009 6:54 pm

    How can they ban thunder sticks but allow thunder thighs???

  137. postmanke June 30, 2009 7:01 pm

    my wife says post 133 translates to:

    furniture salon, sofa furniture, bedrooms and guest rooms. “Baltic House” LLC. We are offering high quality solid and soft furniture and most of all bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs and guest room furniture from the leading Lithuanian manufactures.

    incase you were wondering…

  138. AWP June 30, 2009 7:05 pm

    I think the legislature is trying to raise revenue the wrong way. They should raise criminal fines tenfold. Cell phone violations @ $67 shud be $670. That should stop them. Jaywalking $820. Littering $1,000. Prostitution & DUI $10,000. Drug trafficking $100,000. They’d fill the state coffers pronto and reduce the stupidity out there. Who could complain? Wouldn’t have to charge fees, gas tax, bus fare etc. etc. etc.

  139. Rich2176 June 30, 2009 7:29 pm

    Nice chat w/ J. Estes. A real class act. I’ve had the pleasure of spending plenty of time with his parents on road trips. They came to our little pre-game party before the Boise game. Very down to earth folks!!! Looking forward to seeing them again on the road this year.

  140. el guapo June 30, 2009 7:36 pm

    thanks for the info A-Joe. haven’t heard from JP in a few days.

  141. Rich2176 June 30, 2009 7:37 pm


    Please send me your payment by July 15, otherwise the tickets will be made available to anyone who wants them. I can be reached at rich2176 at yahoo for other arrangements. I don’t want to wait for payment until September as I’ve put all of the costs on my credit card. My address can be found on SteveM’s website.

    Thanks again to everyone who contributed to my travel expenses and for the certified mailing costs (upon request – extra $5.10 per envelope.) Don’t forget to send a SASE with your check.

  142. Cindy C. June 30, 2009 7:38 pm

    JP… your father in law is in my thoughts.

    Ryan Mouton, congrats!

  143. el guapo June 30, 2009 7:44 pm

    Rules that irked me:

    1) Kim Jong Il rules N Korea
    2) W rules USA
    3) NCAA rules college sports
    4) Lingle rules Hawaii
    5) Karl Benson rules WAC

  144. Pauoa Boy June 30, 2009 9:00 pm

    Congrats Bruddah Ryan, good luck this season with the Titans…

    John Estes, good luck this season, ensure our Senior heavy Oline makes it happen captain…

    Rules that suck: Needing a permit to purchase fireworks…

  145. Garret June 30, 2009 9:03 pm

    Congratulations to Ryan Mouton on his excellent contract. He earned his draft position and received a fair contract for that draft pick. Hopefully he can earn a starting spot by next season so that his next contract will be even bigger.

  146. Garret June 30, 2009 9:04 pm

    Nice Q&A with Colt!

    Q: What are your goals this season?

    A: “My goal is to get better in practice, understand the offense more and act more like a starting quarterback. I have to have an attitude that, if I’m called upon, I can do the job. It takes a lot of work. You’ve got to put in the time in learning the playbook and you’ve got to be a leader.

    “When it comes time for preseason, I want to have four great games and I want everybody to step back and say, ‘Wow, look how much the kid has grown from last year.’

    “When it comes time for the regular season, I just need to be ready because you can never predict anything. I want to be ready so that, if I’m called upon, we’re not going to be taking a step back.

    “It’s going to be, ‘Let’s go have fun with this new kid under center.’”

  147. Garret June 30, 2009 9:17 pm

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

    Terrorists and insurgent groups around the world are apparently using smuggled cigarettes to finance their organizations and their missions. It costs just $100k to produce 10 million cigarettes in China, and they can get $2 million for the cigarettes in the US. It only cost al Qaeda about $500k to do 9/11, so huge cigarette profit margins are attractive to terrorist and militant groups.

  148. Garret June 30, 2009 9:18 pm

    I think that it is great that TerreStar Networks’ satellite is so powerful that they can use regular cell phone form factors instead of the large antennas traditionally found on satellite phones. By the end of this year AT&T customers should be able to buy an HSPA phone that also uses the TerreStar satellite when out of range of AT&Ts network.

  149. Garret June 30, 2009 9:18 pm

    Comcast will be the first major cable TV company to launch mobile WiMAX service. I would LOVE for this service to be available to me–for $49.99 per month (less than what I pay right now for my cable modem), they give 12 Mbps home internet access (faster than I get!), a free WiFi router, and mobile WiMAX service that provides up to 4 Mbps download speed. Portland is the first test market for the service.

  150. Garret June 30, 2009 9:19 pm

    Burglars in Florida stole from 9 cars and then asked a Sheriff deputy for a ride home at 4am…all 9 cars were left unlocked overnight, so the burglars didn’t exactly have to be skilled to break into the cars.

  151. Garret June 30, 2009 9:19 pm

    Couple got into an argument and started throwing Cheetos at each other…and BOTH of them are now charged with domestic assault.

  152. Garret June 30, 2009 9:20 pm

    Free play links pau.

  153. Garret June 30, 2009 9:22 pm

    Simon Cowell apparently has been offered up to $144 million per year (really just 4 to 5 months!) to be a judge on American Idol. He also judges Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor (he’s a producer/owner of both shows), and American Idol is the only show he doesn’t have an ownership interest of. I’ve read that he doesn’t even get a cut of the record sales from Idol…but at that salary who cares!

  154. Garret June 30, 2009 9:31 pm

    how come not much comment on UH’s 2.58 million deficit in athletics? HA has a poll, are we at the NCAA minimum of 7 teams or can we cut a men and/or women sport. JD doesn’t want to cut any program, but reality should overcome emotions, he needs to make the tough call to balance the budget or reduce the deficit markedly. add 2.58 to the outstanding 5 million outstanding, deep kim chee for the UHAD.


    I made some comments at the top of the blog, but have been really busy almost all of the day or I would have commented further. I really wish we had some time to talk about this in depth–maybe next CC I get to attend I’ll make sure to sit right across from you so we can talk about these issues and some other things you bring up.

    Let me do some research on this issue…

  155. Garret June 30, 2009 9:35 pm

    According to a February 20, 2009 entry on my blog, a quote from an Advertiser article mentions that UH has 7 men’s sports. The NCAA requires (click on my name for the link) that a D-IA school have a minimum of 16 varsity sports, with a minimum of 6 men’s or mixed gender teams.

    Sorry lava, that means that one or two revenue sports (normally just football and basketball) subsidize all the rest of the sports…and if you don’t subsidize those sports then you are kicked out of D-IA and end up bringing in almost nothing for football!

  156. Garret June 30, 2009 9:40 pm

    UH has 11 women’s sports, 1 co-ed team (sailing), and 7 men’s sports. Cutting a women’s team would require cutting at least 1, possibly 2 men’s teams to equalize the scholarships. That would make things really close to being kicked out of D-IA.

    Actually, I just read an Advertiser article from February that said that UH cannot cut a women’s sport until it comes into compliance with Title IX. So, forget the possibility of cutting a women’s sport.

  157. Colomaohana June 30, 2009 9:47 pm

    Dang Garret!!! Only you for about 45 minutes now??!!


    The pink side has been up and down lately, so I wanted to catch up here…Been busy at work…

  158. Garret June 30, 2009 9:54 pm

    So, cutting a men’s team is possible. The men’s sports are football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, swimming & diving, and golf.

    I agree with el guapo’s post #89 in the 4/19 WB blog where he said that the likely candidates would be tennis or swimming. Trouble is, like I said in post #22 today I think that those sports have their expenses at a minimum and cutting them really isn’t going to make a dent in the $2.58 mil deficit.

    Plus, if a few mainland schools have to cut men’s volleyball due to their budget crisis (which is hitting California especially hard this year due to budget cuts, and a large portion of men’s volleyball programs are in California), then men’s volleyball probably will lose their D-IA status. If that happens, UH may not be able to cut any other sport and keep the D-IA status.

  159. Garret June 30, 2009 9:58 pm


    Hi! I finished all my work that I needed to get done before my flight tomorrow and I’m just doing laundry now, so I have a lot of free time to do some research. I wish I could remember where I stored the list of revenues vs. expenses for all sports from last year’s audit, which would show exactly how much each of the non-revenue sports lost last year.

    People like brew808 or Jason are much better at looking that stuff up. Maybe I would have better luck finding those numbers if I wasn’t so tired!

  160. Colomaohana June 30, 2009 10:06 pm

    You going back already? I thought you guys were here for the weekend too?

  161. Garret June 30, 2009 10:12 pm


    Unfortunately, we are leaving tomorrow. I cannot even go to Jason’s lunch because we’re leaving my parents home around 9:30am tomorrow.

  162. Colomaohana June 30, 2009 10:13 pm

    Have a safe one back home! See you next time!!!

  163. Ralph June 30, 2009 10:13 pm

    Brew I know you got the info Garret is referring to, if you’re up, please post for us to see the revenues and expenses for all sports at UH. Doesn’t Kinda Shy and JD read this blog, if so, please post the info, thank you.

  164. el guapo June 30, 2009 10:19 pm

    Did I really say that?

  165. Garret June 30, 2009 10:19 pm

    Many of the top QB recruits in the country will be on Maui this week. Manley made the cut.

    Steve Clarkson is saying “aloha” to Santa Barbara.

    The famed quarterbacks guru has moved his Super Seven retreat from Southern California to Maui, where Oaks Christian’s Nick Montana and San Clemente’s Chase Rettig will have the opportunity to impress Thursday through Saturday.

    The quarterbacks will also get the chance to receive some tutoring they might otherwise never have afforded from an impressive lineup of mentors that includes Clarkson, NHL Hall of Famer Joe Montana and Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart.

    Other high school quarterbacks scheduled to attend are Andrew Manley of Wahiawa (Hawaii) Leileua, Blake Bell of Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll Catholic, Phillip Sims of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar F. Smight, Barry Brunetti of Memphis (Tenn.) University and Austin Hinder of Steamboat Springs (Colo.) High.

    The players will stay at the posh Grand Wailea Resort, which is often overrun by celebrities. Of course, with Montana and Gretzky in the fold, the Super Seven camp counselors will generate plenty of double takes themselves.

  166. Garret June 30, 2009 10:20 pm


    At least we took a photo together, even though we didn’t actually meet or even know we were in the same photo!

  167. Garret June 30, 2009 10:24 pm

    el guapo,

    We had an interesting discussion that day…you can click on my name on #158 to see our discussion. Your analysis is probably correct about which sport would be cut first.

    However, cutting a men’s sport really won’t make much of a dent in that huge deficit. UH is either going to get a huge revenue stream somewhere new, or they will have to get money from the school (not likely!), state (not that likely), or via a student fee. Some cuts will have to be made to show progress…if I had to guess I’d guess that the hotel stays before home football games would be cut (BSU never did that and some conferences are lobbying to make that a nationwide rule) and maybe a sport would need to be cut before certain powers-that-be got really serious about helping athletics.

  168. Garret June 30, 2009 10:25 pm

    I actually get to see Rich this weekend. He was nice enough to let me pick up my ticket and pay him this weekend when my wife and kids get to spend some time with him.

  169. LizKauai [hnl] Asus June 30, 2009 10:27 pm

    Nitey nite and Sweet Mouton Dreams Come True!

  170. el guapo June 30, 2009 10:50 pm


    Maybe that was someone impersonating me?

    Last week sometime you said something about using a new stadium in LA for a neutral site for a football game. That’s an even better idea than the one that day about using Las Vegas (the city, not the famous rikishi) as a home-away-from-home. LV is already an established base for UH fans, LA is a whole new world to build upon, and football games make more money. I was thinking about something like that but for the smaller sports instead, and for the athletes to keep up with their classes via internet or webcam or something.

  171. Garret July 1, 2009 12:21 am

    el guapo,

    Good point in #170, but we need for the new stadium in LA to be built first. Once that is built (and that could be fairly soon), they will be looking for teams to play in it…the Cowboys new stadium is giving HUGE amounts of money for college teams to play there. The Dallas-area teams aren’t available to their stadium, so they have to look for outside teams.

    A similar thing could work with UH playing a neutral site game in a new LA stadium. USC and UCLA already have their home stadiums, so the LA stadium would need to look outside of LA for teams. It would have to be an appealing game–say, UH vs. BSU or UH vs. Fresno State…though it would be even better if it was a nonconference game (UH vs. Navy or UH vs. BYU?).

  172. Garret July 1, 2009 12:23 am

    Article about one of the QBs that will be at the Maui QB camp.

    Steamboat Springs star Austin Hinder is getting a lot more exposure than your normal Class 3A quarterback in Colorado.

    The senior-to-be, who in May committed to attend the University of California and play for the Golden Bears in 2010, is headed to Hawaii for a select quarterback camp.

    At the Steve Clarkson Academy, Hinder will be one of the “Super Seven” competing Thursday through Saturday, along with other top-flight high school quarterbacks including Montana’s son, Nick, who has pledged to attend the University of Washington.

    The drills will be filmed for a potential reality series that will search for the next great quarterback.

  173. roysan16 July 1, 2009 5:07 am

    Good Morning,

    Re-UH Develops Marketing Campaigns For 2009-10 Men’s & Women’s Sports

    Looking at the UH athletic site I see that the school has started a marketing campaign. This is fine. They even adopted the idea that the school is playing for you. Again, fine. What doesn’t grab me is the corresponding picture or logo (?). It doesn’t captivate me at all.And to me it doesn’t make sense. If the school is trying to convey the message of “we play for you” a compilation of students in action in the various sports would have been a lot better presentation as picture or logo . Having the greater impact to the viewer is when you can feel the personality, excitement and the esprit de corp of a message–looking into the athletes eyes you certainly could have a feel for that. This type of picture would be more gravitating and beckoning to than the one they currently have. JMO.

  174. whitey July 1, 2009 5:30 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

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