Just a couple of Hawaii guys hanging out

It is one thing when a Punahou graduate introduces you to his wife as the best quarterback to ever come out of Hawaii. It’s quite another thing when the Punahou guy is the leader of the free world and his wife is First Lady Michele Obama. Here’s Colt Brennan at a recent visit at the White House.

Colt meets the Presi#254F94

E-mail me at sstsai@hawaii.edu if you want me to forward a larger image.

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Keep an eye on Kelly Majam,  a budding superstar for the Rainbow Wahine softball team. Majam  excels at hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding and throwing. The Rainbows open their season at 6 today against McNeese State. Admission is free.


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Head coach Bob Coolen gave each member of his staff a personalized padded storage container that doubles as a stool.


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Expect the Rainbows to hit more homers this year. Here’s their power source:


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Still, the softball program is run like a mom-and-pop entity. Everybody pitches in, including assistant coach Kaulana (Gould) Williams, who is painting the board where this weekend’s tournament standings will be posted.


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And, yes, that familiar-looking guy on campus is former UH men’s volleyball coach Mike Wilton. After retiring as UH head coach in May, Wilton served as an assistant coach at BYU in the fall. He then tried to help his friend at Northern Arizona. But plans to remain there fell through because Wilton’s wife, who works for the state, could not land a similar job in Arizona. Wilton and his wife still cheer for the Warriors, although they do it from home, watching the telecasts. Wilton said that’s a way to spend time with his young grandchildren while also enjoying the matches.



  1. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:28 am


  2. oldie February 11, 2010 5:28 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Nice pic of Colt and the Obamas.

  3. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:28 am


  4. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:28 am

    ok, the string is broken…thanks oldie, haha

  5. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:29 am

    who is the other woman in the photo ST?

  6. d1島 February 11, 2010 5:39 am

    Great Morning All!

    Top 100 again!

    Good luck Wahine!

  7. Jason February 11, 2010 5:40 am

    Bulla: Looks like Rep. Hirono to me.

  8. mauifarmdog February 11, 2010 5:41 am

    Cool pic of the Mr and Mrs Obama with Colt. What was Colt doing at the White House with Mazie?

  9. jm2375 February 11, 2010 5:45 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Great pic of Colt and the Obamas. Hawaii rules the free world! hehehe.

    Good luck to the Wahine.

    GO NA PUEO!!! DII state boys soccer championships start today at WSP. MPI is #1 seed.

  10. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:45 am

    Howzit Jason,

    mahalo for the 411, 10-4, 10-8, gotta skate

  11. Loa February 11, 2010 5:45 am

    morning gang!

    Bulla – i had to look again, but i think Jason is correct. funny how i recognized the athlete before the politician

  12. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:47 am

    seems like kalaepohaku is having a landslide right now, whew, i think our boyz got out at the right time…..too bad and too sad 🙁

    rumors and names are flying like termites on a muggy summer night at Hans L’Orange field…… time will tell, very challenging times on the hill.

    all da Tsaikos………..have a great Thursday!

  13. tom February 11, 2010 5:48 am

    Gee top ten! Or is it 15?

    Very slow internet service from Vietnam!

  14. Bulla February 11, 2010 5:49 am


    mahalo bro, all you political animals……why can’t we get a Tsaiko to run for office, that would be interesting, Takai doesn’t count, because he was ‘in’ office and became an ‘honorary’ member….is that an oxymoron to say ‘honorary’ when associated with an elected official? going to have to get a ruling from bhf2 today or WD,

    lucky we live hawaii, the only snow i want is a rainbow ‘snow cone’ or shave ice from Waiola…….auryte……….and awaaaaaaaaaaaaaay we go.

  15. d1島 February 11, 2010 5:53 am


    You got that right! Very frustrating for those who are still associated with the SLS Ohana.
    Sounds like confusion reigns. Like you said, very sad.

  16. d1島 February 11, 2010 5:54 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  17. Committed Road Warrior February 11, 2010 5:56 am

    mauifarmdog: That was also the question on my mind. Nice picture there, nonetheless.

    With the Wahine Softball season kicking off tonight, we’re closing in on the start of the Rainbow Baseball season. Is that season-opener next Friday (?)

  18. Committed Road Warrior February 11, 2010 5:59 am

    Blog clock is 20 minutes off. Regardless, off to chip away at the 3″ sheet of ice my car is entirely parked on.

    See you!

  19. Garret February 11, 2010 6:00 am

    It is nice for Jake Ingram to help out like this.

    Jake Ingram, a former UH long-snapper now with the New England Patriots, will be the featured instructor at Saturday’s Hawai’i Speed and Quickness clinic at the UH athletic complex.

  20. Garret February 11, 2010 6:01 am

    Nice photo of Colt with the Obamas.

  21. Garret February 11, 2010 6:02 am

    ESPN360.com will soon just be called ESPN3.com.

    “ESPN will rebrand its live sports centric Web property ESPN360.com as ESPN3.com starting on April 4,” Mike Shields writes, adding that, “Executives at the sports media giant said that the name change reflects the way the company increasingly views the site, as a full-fledged third network that complements ESPN and ESPN 2.”

  22. Garret February 11, 2010 6:06 am

    It sounds more and more like Utah and Colorado will be the first choices for the Pac-10…and that they Colorado and Utah when they discussed expansion in the 1990s.

    A former BYU athletics department official who had knowledge of the Pac-10’s expansion talks in the 1990s told The Tribune he believes that Utah and Colorado are at the top of the conference’s wish list (assuming Texas isn’t interested in leaving the Big 12).

    The source said that even 12-13 years ago, the Pac-10 was looking into expanding into new television markets, but did not want two schools from the same TV market, thus eliminating BYU and Utah as a package deal. When it became apparent Texas wasn’t interested, talks then were more focused on Colorado and BYU, until the league’s hangups with BYU’s faith-based nature emerged.

    Utah has played its way into the picture with its overall athletic success, led by football, he said.

  23. Bulla February 11, 2010 6:06 am

    ouch, have a safe day. watching the news i see the multi vehicle accidents, ouch and ouch again.

    take care, GO WARRIORS

  24. Garret February 11, 2010 6:07 am

    Pac-10 Athletic Directors apparently would want BYU.

    In the first 10 years of the MWC, BYU won 118 of the 296 conference championships (40 percent).

    Hale said that if the decision were solely up to Pac-10 athletic directors, BYU would be a shoo-in because of its large national following and ability to increase attendance at road venues.

    “Pac-10 ADs loved to schedule us because we put an extra 10,000 to 15,000 people in the seats for football and two or three thousand for basketball,” he said. “From a monetary standpoint, it makes a lot of sense to add BYU. But money might not be everything here. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

  25. Garret February 11, 2010 6:11 am

    The Fresno Bee points out that the next 2 yeas will determine the future of Fresno State athletics.

    If you’re keeping track — and as someone who cares about Fresno State sports, you certainly should be — there could soon be six openings at three different conferences. The Big Ten wants one more team to get to 12. The Pac-10 would need two to get to a dozen. And the Mountain West, which has been far more coy about possible expansion, would need either one more to get to 10, or three more to get to 12.

    What happens in the next two years will decide the future of Fresno State athletics, whether it’s headed in the direction of Cal, or UC Santa Barbara.

  26. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 6:14 am

    I know the Pac-10 will say things like BYU lacks the research-based prestige of the current members and things like that.
    But face it, it comes down to this: Nobody wants to play against 23-year-old sophomores, especially in football.
    Although I’m not sure why Pac-10 schools don’t mind playing against semi-pro athletes …

  27. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 6:15 am

    We have another pair of tickets available fo give away because we have tickets for both basketball games on February 20. Mei Ling took our February 19 volleyball tickets because we’ll be attending the opening game of the 2009 Rainbow baseball season. Hopefully, we can sneak in for the last set if it goes a full five.

    The next night is another basketball two-fer. The Wahine are playing LaTech at 5 pm and the Decimateds are playing Cal Poly in a bracketbuster at 8 pm. If you’d like a pair of tickets, please send me an e-mail – swood at hoku dot com and include your real name and a daytime or cell telephone number.

    Hope to see some familiar faces at the opening softball games(s) tonight.

  28. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 11, 2010 6:16 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Colt!!! yeeha!

  29. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 6:19 am

    I really think that the WAC needs to revisit its revenue-sharing policy. Best way to keep Boise State? Let it keep all of its BCS money. It’s always seemed a little odd that New Mexico State, Utah State and, even, Hawaii should benefit from Boise’s football success. And then we don’t have to read any more uncomfortable stories about how WAC schools are rooting for Boise.

  30. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 6:20 am

    Imagine if this were the old WAC, and UH fans had to root for BYU to make it to a BCS.

  31. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 6:25 am

    By the way, for all of that cheering for Boise State a few months ago, did it really help UH?
    I mean, coaches are still asked to take “voluntary” pay cuts and the accumulated deficit is expected to balloon to $6 million this fiscal year.
    If you can’t do 55, don’t get busted going 57. If you’re going to be broke, anyway, then cheer against conference opponents.

  32. lava February 11, 2010 6:33 am

    Wouldn’t things be even worse without Boise State’s money?

  33. Garret February 11, 2010 6:39 am


    UH got a little more than $100k for BSU getting into the BCS, right? That is nothing compared to the AD deficit.

  34. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 6:44 am

    Had to get out the BIG magnifying glass to figure out who the two others were in the picture. Wow! Colt has really put on some weight!

    My big concern this fall – and this is not a joke – is which of the major candidates for governor and lt. governor will be a REAL supporter of public education from bottom to top and who will also be around long enough to put his – or her – values & principles into practice.

    Back to sports!! Yes!!! baseball here in Hawai`i is here!! and DABEEGs are also ready to start the 2010 spring training season.

    From time to time, DrDoc and I talk about the dream we had about taking a two-year mid-life mini-retirement once the kid went off to college by spending the first year with the American League and the second with the National League from spring training through the World Series at home and on the road. We’d travel from town to town in a mobile home and visit all the attractions and restaurants in every city.

    By the time we got to that point, we were too broke to take any time off. Alas, that situation hasn’t changed, but at least tv coverage has improved greatly.

    Pauoa Boy – read your comment about the men’s basketball team. Have you ever considered going into coaching as a career? I assume that both high school and college coaches these days are all college graduates. I know you’re a career Marine, but what would it take for you to go into paid full-time coaching?

    Off to get ready to go to work – since I’m cutting out early to go to the opening game of the softball season, I have to move my workday up a couple of hours. After that, we’ll head on down to the Y to work out.

    Everyone – have a good day.

  35. Garret February 11, 2010 6:44 am


    One reason why Colorado might leave the Big 12 is that their revenue sharing policy gives more money to the teams that the TV networks decide to show, so Texas gets a lot more than Colorado. I would actually like the WAC to do a similar type of model because UH would definitely be in the upper half of the WAC for TV appearances.

    The WAC on the other hand caps the BCS bowl money at $3 million, with expenses coming out of that. We remember how BCS bowls require the band, cheerleaders, and others to attend for a week or so and the huge expense involved…UH got over $4.5 million from the Sugar Bowl money but now the most BSU or any other WAC team can get is $3 million. So, making the Fiesta Bowl does not bring in the huge windfall that it did the last time for BSU.

    If even going to a BCS bowl cannot bring in the big dollars, BSU has a much bigger incentive to go to the MWC. They would have lower expenses and they would get a lot more money from the conference due to a bigger TV contract and MUCH more NCAA basketball money. The MWC has 3 ranked teams now and have had a lot more NCAA basketball success than the WAC so their share is much bigger.

  36. Bulla February 11, 2010 6:51 am

    lava and garret,

    kink of like putting a thumb in the hole of the Hoover Dam maybe? i dunno, but if you are watching the legislators, the gambling bill is moving very, very fast through the hoops down there.

    jj, any comments on the probabilities, since i know you’re a numbers kind of guy…. mahalo 🙂



  37. Garret February 11, 2010 6:54 am

    Frankly, with the blatant money BCS bowl grab by the WAC, it appears that the WAC figures that BSU is leaving anyway and they want to get as much money from BSU while it can. The problem with the new policy is that if UH makes another BCS bowl, it appears that UH might just break even due to the $3 million cap and higher travel costs from Hawaii.

    It would be a SHAME if the *other* WAC members would make a profit while UH would just break even if UH made a BCS bowl. But that is the reality today if UH would make another BCS bowl.

    If a WAC team makes a BCS bowl as is the highest-rated non-AQ team in a BCS bowl game, then the WAC team will get $3 million and the other WAC teams will split $3 million. However, the WAC team that goes to the BCS bowl will have huge expenses for the bowl game…which could come out to $3 million for a school like UH. So, every other WAC school would make more than $300k profit and UH would make $0.

  38. Garret February 11, 2010 6:58 am


    WassupDoc and the papers have been doing a great job updating us on the gambling bill discussion. That could be a HUGE revenue stream for Hawaii that would benefit UH if some of that money was specified for education. I’m sure that the Vegas casinos are spending a lot of money lobbying against it, just like they spend a lot to advertise every time a Native American casino plan is up for voting in California.

    The Texas state lottery earns $1 billion a year in profit and *all* of that money supports public education.

  39. Garret February 11, 2010 6:59 am

    Back to work for me…I was up at 6am working so I figured I deserved a break.

  40. Bulla February 11, 2010 7:06 am

    thanks Garret,

    interesting developments with the construction of that legislation. years ago the supporters tried to attach it to an education bill, it didn’t fly. now, they are trying to piggy back along the hawaiian homes commission and their financial plight……a study showed that having 2 casinos, 1 on north shore and 1 in waikiki would generate 4,000 jobs and $712 million in revenue…..annually.

    those are the numbers flying around, just sharing the 411……..



  41. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 7:07 am

    Thanks for the breakdown, Garret.

  42. Bulla February 11, 2010 7:15 am


    sent you an email with a site on it………. i check that weekly to see if any associates ‘pop up’ on it……………..whew, so far so good, but it’s only the 2nd month of the year

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  44. Garret February 11, 2010 7:53 am

    Let me break down the numbers in a different way:

    SEC gets $200 mil/year from TV, $16.7 million per team (more than some D-IA schools entire Athletic Budget!)

    Big 10 was reported to get something like $12 million per team from the Big 10 Network last year

    Pac-10 gets $43 million from its TV contract, $4.8 million per team

    Big 12 teams do not split the money evenly, so Colorado gets somewhere between $2 million and $3 million. The last numbers I saw was that Colorado got *less* than $2 million in TV money from the Big 12 in 2007.

    If a Pac-10 Network can make Big 10 money, Colorado could get $10 million more per year by switching conferences. Would anyone consider that a lateral move?

  45. Garret February 11, 2010 7:54 am

    Some info on how the Big 12 splits up their money:

    Schools also earn a greater share of funding for participating and advancing in the NCAA basketball tournaments.

    During the 2007 season, each Big 12 school received approximately $1.5 million from a common pool from its football television appearances. The Omaha World-Herald reported that for games on ABC, the participating school received $260,000 for a league game and $520,000 for a nonconference game. For FSN and ESPN games, the figures were $150,000 and $300,000. And for games on Versus, the sum was $50,000.

    Schools like Texas and Oklahoma, which have the majority of their games on television, receive bigger television checks than schools like Baylor and Iowa State, which are rarely televised.

  46. Garret February 11, 2010 7:56 am

    The funny thing is that the Big 12 commissioner who hated the unequal sharing of the revenue and predicted that it would cause problems for the Big 12 is now in charge of picking teams for Pac-10 expansion and might be able to get Colorado due to the Big 12 rules that he hated when he was commissioner.

    Former Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg expressed frustration when he left his job the summer of 2007, saying that the issue could potentially prove to be divisive for the league’s growth.

    But with the Big 12’s bylaws requiring a super majority of nine votes to overturn any league funding policy, it was difficult to imagine any scenario where the bloc of the “haves” that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas A&M would ever be outvoted.

  47. Pomai February 11, 2010 7:57 am

    On the subject of gambling, I wouldn’t want to see a full on “VEGAS” but think a Lottery/scratch off games with all profits going to the schools and only schools, would be a good idea. Would have to make it so the money grubbing politicians couldn’t get their sticky finger on any of it ever never ever.

  48. Pomai February 11, 2010 8:02 am

    Can the different conferences put some kind of penalty clause in their membership, leave the conference an pay xxx amount in fines or something like that? Or is that already done?

  49. Da Punchbowl Kid February 11, 2010 8:19 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Mr. Tsai-
    What a lovely Tshmorgasbord (yep, that’s a brand new word used here for the first time ever) of pics u have for us today!

    Love the pic of Colt with the Obamas. What’s your gut feeling about the Coltster’s immediate future, Stephen?

  50. Da Punchbowl Kid February 11, 2010 8:20 am


    I like the idea of a lottery too. I’ll never win, but it keeps hope alive. 😆

  51. Da Punchbowl Kid February 11, 2010 8:24 am

    No matter how ya slice it, SOMETHING has to be done to resuscitate Hawaii’s floundering economy and our shrinking tax revenues. I like the proposal that Herr Buller mentioned above, maybe with a larger share going to education.

  52. jm2375 February 11, 2010 8:27 am

    Pomai – #48 – I think that’s already done.

    BC was talking to someone from Denver this morning. She made some good points. CU might want to switch because they’re more successful in recruiting from CA than TX and they have a bigger fan base in the West. The thing with the TV market size is moot. Denver is a pro town and is Broncos, and to a lesser degree, Nuggets & Rockies, 24/7.

    Another thing about marketing in Asia – getting athletes into UH maybe problematic because of their TOEFL scores. When I was working at UH, a lot of the Japanese & Chinese students needed intensive ESL study before starting their regular course of study. Didn’t Jiang go to a prep school or something on the Mainland before coming to UH?

  53. (Jesse) James February 11, 2010 8:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all is well….busy busy busy so I have to esme and out…just stopping in to see what is going on….

  54. jm2375 February 11, 2010 8:30 am

    I love the idea of a lottery. Maryland’s lottery money is earmarked for education and emergency services. Never played when I lived there.

  55. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 8:30 am

    Cheer for conference opponents???


    For me, no sense to cheer for them. One reason is because how stupid they look everytime the come to our house and try to walk away right before “Hawaii Pono I” like they didn’t know it was coming after our national anthem… Right… Stupid!!!!!

  56. expat February 11, 2010 8:34 am

    I never gripe about paying taxes — but I have never been inclined to pay an optional tax, which is pretty much what a lottery is. I am all in favor though given that there are plenty of folks who do seem to be falling all over themselves to pay that optional tax — and if they want to there is less that I have to pay I suppose.

    I have heard lotteries characterized as “a tax on stupid people.” That might be trite and offensive but it isn’t that far off the mark.

    I just noticed the other day that the Oregon Lottery had opened a kiosk inside the C terminal at PDX — and there were folks sitting there and scratching tickets. I have to say that really surprised me.

  57. expat February 11, 2010 8:38 am

    Maybe a “a tax on hopelessly optimistic people” is a better characterization. I have a friend who buys lottery tickets religiously. She is an attorney and plenty smart. Hmm… come to think of it, maybe it is her religion.

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  59. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 8:51 am

    While waiting for the Wahine Basketball game to start I got glimpse of the softballers getting some cracks with live pitching from Coach Coolen.

    Hard to see from the 3rd level of the parking structure who’s who, but since Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu is one of the taller players, she was consistently pounding balls into the outfield netting. If that netting weren’t there they’d be into the middle of the tennis court complex. Since Tauali’i and Majam are lefties I only saw right handers from my vantage point. Hope to see both of them killin’ it at the plate tonight!!!

    Should be a good opener for the Wahine tonight.

    Ricketts should get the start tonight and we all know what she can do, so no surprises there. Looking to see if Tauali’i regains her form from early and midway through last season, looking to see Majam “car-jack” opposing pitchers, and looking to see the infield chemistry between Grimes and the unsettled infield positions outside of 1st and 2nd base.

    Was real windy at Manoa last night with winds thundering through the valley from a northern direction…

  60. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 8:54 am

    Shoji leaves for the Mainland today and will recruit with Kari Ambrozich, his other associate coach. He hopes to have Sealy’s position posted while he is gone so he can hire “as soon as possible” after he returns.

    YO!!!! UH ADMINS IN CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  61. Pomai February 11, 2010 9:00 am

    expat if you happen to win the lottery oh say for about 20 mil, would you still think the same way. LOL I sure wouldn’t.

  62. LizKauai m/ February 11, 2010 9:03 am

    Welcome home, Mike Wilton!



  63. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 9:05 am

    Just a couple of Hawaii guys hanging out
    February 11th, 2010 by Stephen Tsai

    …Still, the softball program is run like a mom-and-pop entity. Everybody pitches in…

    Hard to not appreciate and respect the purity in that. Appreciate the willingness and effort of all involved partially due to necessity (budget-wise) and mostly because of the passion for their sport and respect the fact that they love doing it for all involved.

    GO BOWS!!!

  64. postmanke February 11, 2010 9:07 am

    Great breakdown Garrett. But give me BCS bowl game + break even vs stay home make + $300k – year after year after year – sometimes you take a job to break even or even at a loss to get to the bigger fish / pond.

    The dynamics of participating in a BCS bowl game in terms of dollars is ludicrous! And is usually not looked upon as how much am I’m going to get paid that day. I bet the thing salivates the AD is the new marketability of the team down the road, the future ticket sales, the exposure and attention, the growing fan base nationally which all adds up to the bottom line for the program, Playing in a game that is designed for royalty attracts the best you can get for your program, Dollar or Talent. – so yeah, who cares about how much you can make playing the game, that nice – but show me real benefit of whats to come and somehow track that if you can. Ludicrous!

    Would have been nice to see the potential of what it could have done for UH if the wheels didn’t fall apart.

  65. postmanke February 11, 2010 9:19 am

    If Boise St gets through Sept, i know it’s far far away. but they are loaded beyond WAC years. they may have a legitimate shot at #1 in the nation and good fight to play in the national title game.

    I’ll be rooting because they are represent the WAC but good gawd will that separate the talent from the rest of the league even more not to mention the local talent that might want to contend for a national title. – yeah, better not root for them! =)

  66. koakane February 11, 2010 9:26 am

    good cloudy morning everyone have a good day. for some its aloha friday cause its a furlough day tomorrow.

    again good luck to the UH teams starting their season in a few days.

    listening to all the rumbling surrounding the saints athletic department changes. may this be cleared up soon and that no student athlete, sports program or alumni supporters be servilely affected.

  67. Slugger February 11, 2010 9:29 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Good to see that Coach Wilton is relaxing at ‘home’.

    Thanks to W-Doc for the MVB tix.

    Nice to see the Hawaii guys hanging out on the East Coast!

    ST ~ Be careful where you park for softball games…

    GO WAHINE!!!

  68. A-House February 11, 2010 9:34 am

    Profits from “gamblin” – I like Hong Kong’s distribution of 50% to medical; 30% to education; and 20% to government.

    The 1st 2 can be interchangable or different %s, but an excellent way to “balance” the State’s budget – any surplus goes into a special fund that the Legislature cannot touch – annually, the 4 mayors and Govenor select 5 needs (exclude education and medical) and residents vote on how the money to be used since we are the ones who will be enriching the State budget – majority rules.

    And, all monies that were alloted to education and medical can be used to support other needs.

  69. Garret February 11, 2010 9:48 am


    I agree 100% that the benefits of getting to go to a BCS far outweigh $300k. However, it does tell something about a conference when they take all the profit away from the school that goes to a BCS game.

  70. Garret February 11, 2010 9:51 am

    Apparently the Big 10 has selected its top choice for its 12th team, and it is NOT Notre Dame, Missouri, or Pitt…it is *Texas*. They are reportedly going to offer a huge ($10-15 million) bonus to Texas if it would join the Big 10. I do not think that Texas would leave, but they will use this for leverage to get an even bigger portion of the Big 12 TV money. That will make Colorado want to leave even more.

    A source with ties to the Big Ten said that while most people’s attention has been trained on the conference stealing Missouri, the Big Ten has engaged in “preliminary exchanges” with a much bigger fish from the Big 12.

    “There have been preliminary exchanges between the Big Ten and Texas,” the source told the Journal-World on Wednesday. “People will deny that, but it’s accurate.”

    Getting TV sets in the massive state of Texas tuned to the Big Ten Network would qualify as a home run for the Big Ten.

    Texas already receives the most TV money in the Big 12 because of its frequent national network appearances, but the source said Texas still thinks it can get a better deal for itself and is considering forming its own state-wide TV network.

  71. NorthShoreFan February 11, 2010 9:58 am

    Gambling $ for education and/or other necessities is great but we will need to put some restrictions in so that the powers that be cannot reduce the current allocations to these programs.
    Otherwise it’ll be like Oklahoma where they get gambling revenues but then reduce the education budget by the amount they take in from gambling.
    Makes no sense because the education budget allocation turns out to be the same. Instead of increasing the education budget it ended up the same as before the gambling revenues started pouring in. Got to make sure the politicos don’t divert the revenues.

  72. rage777 February 11, 2010 10:04 am

    FYI: The lottery is called “poor people’s tax”, because it usually the poor people that pay for it and since they are in an already low tax bracket. I have lived in California for 12 years and have yet to pay for a scratch or lottery ticket. I have received them as Christmas gifts or gift exchanges but that’s about it.

    As far as the lottery for only education, I think that is the law here but the politicians get around it by “borrowing” from it. Just like they “borrowed” from the teachers retirement fund but don’t intend to pay back.

    Maybe if UH didn’t take every person associated with UH football and their families, it might not cost $3 million to play a BCS bowl.

  73. BG February 11, 2010 10:10 am

    Good morning Bloggers!

    Nice to have a few showers for a thirsty aina.

    A-House #68. Yeah, sounds like a good set-up. Alaska has $33.7 BILLION “rainy day” fund from its natural resource royalties. I don’t believe there’s legislation preventing lawmakers from touching the money, but everyone knows that the first legislator who proposes to use it will be flushed out of office. I didn’t have time to recheck my memory (notoriously bad!), but I think 25% of yearly earnings from the Permanent Fund goes to fund the government, 25% is divided among the residents, and 50% goes back to the fund. I maintain that Alaska could get a good return on investment and fulfill a common good by lending money to needy states. If a state forfeits on a loan and is foreclosed on, Alaska would only get bigger when it forecloses. LOL They would pay lots to get Hawaii and make it an extension of the Aleutians. OK…time for my meds! hehehe

  74. Pauoa Boy February 11, 2010 10:15 am

    @ #34…
    That is honestly my ultimate goal, is to become a coach for the university of hawaii someday. I have looked in to this and there are actually programs at a couple schools that pertain directly towards coaching. I know west virginia has a program like that. So I’ve already looked into it.

  75. Manoa Mist February 11, 2010 10:31 am

    You know, I’ve always felt I could of been a devastating softball player for the UH Wahine. Hit for power, average, short fence could of got some homers. All I needed was an attorney to sue for gender discrimination.
    Great photo of Colt and the chief. Items like that are why I always come back, like a bad rash, to this blog.

  76. koakane February 11, 2010 10:31 am

    there is much discussion in various community organizations regarding the gambling proposal being presented in the legislature. before coming up with a solution, opinion, how or where these monies can be used check out their concerns.

    I know the economy needs a boost but caution on this issue is advised. as mentioned by north shore fan this touches a smaller part of a bigger picture.

  77. SteveM February 11, 2010 10:43 am

    Good morning everyone!

    ST — great pix of Colt and the Obama’s.

    Good luck to Kelly Majam and the Rainbow Wahine softball team throughout the season!

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  79. Pomai February 11, 2010 11:04 am

    Any form of gambling really needs to be thought out before anything is done. There is just too much money involved, people (sorry but thoses in the Gov’t) see all those $$$$ signs an the first thing they think of how they can get there hands on it. There are ways to make it work, but they need to set in concrete, so that the funds go to the places that they where intended to. North shore is right about them not cutting existing funds

    But heck where just dreaming until spring practice anyway. LOL

  80. Bulla February 11, 2010 11:35 am

    mm,kk, and Pomai,

    all good points, there are unrealized social costs that we as a state will bear with the influx of legalized gambling…..some are obvious and others are yet to be seen.

    much thought and discussion needs to take place before ANYTHING happens, this is not a ‘quick fix’ and could be the last straw in the dismantling of our local economy.

    just my 2 sense…..

  81. JK February 11, 2010 11:49 am

    Hawaii will never ever be in the Mountain West or Pac 10. Never!!! We are stuck in the WAC forever and will soon have our biggest rival be Idaho. That is reality. We are geographically challenged and that is the biggest problem. They don’t was us guys. UH is the ugly girl at the dance.

  82. Old Diver February 11, 2010 11:55 am

    Regarding # 37


    I’m going to play devil advocate on this one. The problem is not the sharing of revenue by WAC teams that did not make a BCS Bowl. The problem is the unequal sharing of BCS Bowl participation money by non-BCS teams who play in a BCS Bowl game. If Boise received the same money Cincinnati did for playing in a BCS Bowl game then this discussion would not be taking place. Just thought I’d throw that out there for further discussion.

  83. Old Diver February 11, 2010 12:08 pm

    Regarding # 34

    One measure of determining which candidate supports public education from top to bottom is their position on the middle class. Candidates who favor a strong middle class (which includes all of us here) will be strong supporter of public education from 1 to the university level. I don’t want to get any more political than that on this blog.

  84. al February 11, 2010 12:17 pm

    just realized that its maizie in the pix.

  85. Old School Dave February 11, 2010 12:20 pm

    I don’t really agree with BC on a lot of things, but I have to say that he’s right on saying that simply doing nothing and hoping something good will happen or get better is never a good way of doing business. Too many people in Hawaii have a defeatist attitude of “why bother” and things never change. Look at fmr Gov Burns who pushed for Aloha Stadium, Div-1 status, and WAC Membership. Everyone thought he was pupule. Same goes for when plans were drawn up for the new UH arena in the lower campus and initial seating capacity was something like 6.000. Stan Sheriff set them straight.

  86. al February 11, 2010 12:26 pm

    say it isn’t so….

    our 2010 schedule has a remarkable six home games in a row!
    and we end with four road games!?


    thank you karl benson.

  87. Bulla February 11, 2010 12:27 pm


    the definition of insanity is: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results….

  88. al February 11, 2010 12:29 pm

    tell me that this is a mistake….


    see the sidebar.

  89. Old Diver February 11, 2010 12:36 pm


    I don’t see dates. Could this just be a list that someone from the HA put together?

  90. expat February 11, 2010 12:37 pm

    One thing that irks me about the Oregon Lottery is how much money they seem to spend on advertising. They must have data that shows that they get this much return for so much they spend in advertising, but for some reason it seem wrong. All that money could be going to the schools rather than the media outlets (no offense ST & the HA).

    I have a hard time believing that there are hordes of people over here that don’t know about the lottery — or are sitting at home on the couch, see a commercial, and think, “oh, my. Look at all the fun those folks are having scratching silver stuff off those little cards. That could be me! Off to the convenience store…”

  91. postmanke February 11, 2010 12:42 pm

    I agree with 81

    Too many obstacles and looking at the dirty side of college athletics -“the bizness side” along with academics compared to other schools that are on the potential list, we’re more than a long shot. might be easier just to win the national championship. Good thought, but we better find a way to get the balance sheet in order before anything else. – Cook it! jk

    When you really look at it, If I’m the Pac 10, I want the best of the best, I’m looking to keep up with the SEC’s, Big Ten’s, Big 12.. I am asking Texas to join at a minimum.. Interesting to see the shake up, but I’d rather get excite about the preferred walk-on’s kranking it in spring practice!

  92. eBook Reviews February 11, 2010 12:52 pm

    Well spoken. I have to research more on this as it seems quite interesting.

  93. Stretch February 11, 2010 12:53 pm

    al – TBA

  94. Stretch February 11, 2010 12:54 pm

    there is no way Benson has the football schedule complete already.

  95. Ronnie February 11, 2010 12:56 pm


    We close the 2010 against UNLV at home. I think they just listed the home WAC games and then the away WAC games. I did notice, though, that we don’t even start our WAC schedule until October!

  96. Committed Road Warrior February 11, 2010 1:00 pm

    The 2010 football schedule, like the schedules in previous years, will likely be swayed by which games the ESPN networks pick up. Once most of those are established, and the OOC games accounted for, than the WAC offices can go ahead and assemble the rest of the conference schedules.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to wait until late March or early April for the full WAC schedules to come out.

  97. al February 11, 2010 1:01 pm

    i just reacted i guess.

    guess i’ll head on out to fujioka’s or tamura’s for some soothing beverages.

  98. Old Diver February 11, 2010 1:02 pm

    I agree about the football schedule not being ready yet. It’s gonna take Benson a while to come up with the most favorable schedule for Boise. You know gotta get Boise’s OK and everything.

  99. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 1:02 pm

    Below is my response to Jerry Burris’s blog – see below – which has been held up for moderation – whatever that means

    Gambling is not just done in a casino. Why not a lottery? Or horse-racing? Or bingo and raffles for non-profits to raise funds? I strongly support legalized gambling and would love to be able to spend some money supporting schools, churches, and public education this way. At keast, I’d know they got the money rather than having it sit in the General Fund through tax collections and allocated years down the road.

    The fact is that people will spend money on stuff they want – have you driven by the parking lots and streets surrounding youth sporting events recently? The comgined value of the vehicles bringing 35 or 40 kids to play a baseball game has to be upwards of $5 million.

    We need the tax revenues as well as the direct income from a lottery to support state programs.

    I am closely tracking all the gambling bills and will report on those which survite the first round so that those of you who would like to have the state examine some aspect of gambling as a revenue source can contact legislaators. Also, Las Vegas casino operators are not opposed out of hand – they see this as a way to provide consulting as well as management services.

    As for social ills caused by LEGALgambling – let’s compare them to the ones caused by ILLEGAL gambling.

  100. A-House February 11, 2010 1:21 pm


    a lunch to discuss WAC football schedule? I say that Bosie St will have an open date before UH visits.

    just like in 2009, they had an open date before traveling to Hawaii. Would the outcome be different if they played a road game before coming to Hawaii?

    maybe, if Bosie St goes to the MWC, Benson will tag along as the sanitation engineer.

  101. Old Diver February 11, 2010 1:21 pm

    {As for social ills caused by LEGALgambling – let’s compare them to the ones caused by ILLEGAL gambling.}

    Great point, never thought of it in that way. Just one more thing to think about.

  102. d1島 February 11, 2010 1:28 pm

    Legalized gambling will quickly become the 800-pound gorilla in the room…gotta make sure you know who is gonna handle that and how before you invite it in.

  103. al February 11, 2010 1:42 pm

    ahouse….first of all, fujioka’s and tamura’s sell wines, imported beers, etc.

    since we are the road team for the boise st game, i’d bet that we have a road game the week before the boise st game.

  104. A-House February 11, 2010 2:09 pm


    I cannot accept that challenge because that’s what I expect to happen.

  105. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 2:09 pm


    February 11th, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    Legalized gambling will quickly become the 800-pound gorilla in the room…gotta make sure you know who is gonna handle that and how before you invite it in.

    I am sure the State of Hawaii has no shortage of committee names and selection ideas to find out who “DA HUI” will be. 🙄

  106. Stephen Tsai February 11, 2010 2:18 pm

    I’d rather have 220 people each win $1 million than one person winning $220 million.

  107. jm2375 February 11, 2010 2:29 pm

    ST – # 106 – that can be done. The $220M is usually those multi-state powerball-like lotteries.

  108. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 2:30 pm



  109. NorthShoreFan February 11, 2010 2:33 pm

    Probably would be a progressive pot kind of thing…keep the pot growing until someone wins it all.
    Anyhoo, how many of you guys participated in a “office pool” or pool at the super bowl party or put some cash down in Vegas or with the local bookie?

  110. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 2:33 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    I’d rather have 220 people each win $1 million than one person winning $220 million.

    Imagine who many ling hi mui sour patch kids I could buy!!! :mrgreen:

  111. Pomai February 11, 2010 2:59 pm

    What needs to be done to keep Boise in the Wac —— every other team beat the crap out them!

  112. Okole Maluna February 11, 2010 3:12 pm

    Not long ago there was a talk of bring in horse racing track to Ala Wai Golf course. That would have surely turned Hawaii econmy around very quickly today.
    Imagine all the tax revenue it will bring in and keep raising those taxes and no one would complain.
    Imagine all the tourist crossing the Ala Wai bridge daily to spend that extra dollar.
    Imagine all the Kentucky and Asian race farm moving to Maui and Big island hiring island poniolo’s to run and train horse on way to Asian races and vis verse.
    Japan features wold’s riches turf race ‘The Japan Cup’ and their triple crown.
    Australia have nearly 400 racecourses.
    British left Hong Kong racing tradition is now part of China.
    Financial tycoons, from Western expats to Taipei high rollers, the electric addiction of horseracing has made this territory of just 6.5 million people home to a world record-setting betting turnover of over US$11.7 billion a year.
    Dubai, UAE hold Dubai World Cup boasting puse of $6 million.
    The List goes on. Nothing comparing to our triple crown.
    Plus we in Hawaii get to see not only beatiful women but all the beatiful horses.
    Plus there will be no furlough for State workers and the DOE teachers.
    I don’t know about the students but parents, unions and everyone else will be happy.
    Plus we will be able to boost having fast women and beautiful horses. Or was that the other way around.
    Come on Bring On the race track… to Ala Wai Golf Course.
    I’m a golfer but I have never golfed at Ala Wai. Comparing golf revenue at Ala Wai to horse is peanuts.
    So who’s taking over Mayor in Honolulu… Are you listening?

  113. Slugger February 11, 2010 3:18 pm


    The light rains seemed to have gone away, just dark clouds at the very back behind the mountains. There is a rainbow over the valley.

  114. Kirsten Danna February 11, 2010 3:32 pm

    First, thanks for your insightful post. I like your blog and find it especially instructive. I like your ability of pointing out (by blogging) small things that other blogger will not take any time to mention. I discovered it by doing a quest on Bing and I for certain will come back here when I

  115. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 3:43 pm


    A rainbow over da valley?

    Ke Akua knows today is GAMEDAY!!! :mrgreen:

  116. NorthShoreFan February 11, 2010 3:44 pm

    Okole Maluna..imagine we will have a lot of beautiful horses and fast women around Hawaii nei..

  117. NorthShoreFan February 11, 2010 3:45 pm

    My bad…fast horses and beautiful women…#$#!!@#?

  118. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 4:49 pm

    Dark clouds loom in the back of Manoa Valley but looks like it hasn’t really rained here today.

    Interesting… Looks like McNeese will wear their dark blue tops and Na Wahine will sport all black tonight.

    Ralph… I know I know… All black…

  119. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 5:01 pm

    Cheebus!!! Smoking is dangerous for your health!!! Was having a smoke under the tree just outside the softball stadium and almost got dropped by two foul balls!!! 😆

  120. Da Punchbowl Kid February 11, 2010 5:09 pm

    If you think real estate prices are horrendous now, just imagine what full blown gambling would do to it? Do you want your kids to be able to own a home here?

    A lottery and couple of casinos nuff.

  121. wafan February 11, 2010 5:28 pm

    Our lottery was supposed to support education. Politicians moved the money to the General Fund. Of course, schools are not funded fully — a state responsibility. Better make sure they cannot touch the money for anything else except for education!

  122. wafan February 11, 2010 5:30 pm

    Great photo of the President, First Lady, Colt and another woman.

  123. SteveM February 11, 2010 5:31 pm

    Kazz (blkberry_storm):
    February 11th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    Cheebus!!! Smoking is dangerous for your health!!! Was having a smoke under the tree just outside the softball stadium and almost got dropped by two foul balls!!!

    Kazz — a couple decades ago, I was having a smoke break on the steps next to the COE computer lab having a cigarette. It was windy and raining and the entry overhang was small. I had to shield my lit cigarette with my body and cupped hands to protect it from the rain and wind. I was getting wet in the process…can you relate to this scene? But foul balls probably would have made me quit sooner. 😐

  124. RedZone February 11, 2010 5:41 pm

    go Wahine.




  125. RedZone February 11, 2010 5:44 pm

    At first I thought was a nice couple. Then I recognized Colt. Then I saw Barry. Then it was oh its his wife. Then who the odda one? Look like one politician I saw campaigning at the stadium.

  126. jm2375 February 11, 2010 6:12 pm

    Go Na Pueo!! MPI beats Christian Liberty 2-0. Just where is Christian Liberty? I know they’re from the BIIF, but never heard of them before!

  127. mauifarmdog February 11, 2010 6:20 pm

    Davone Bess sighting at Baldwin High today.

  128. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 6:27 pm

    Lots of student athletes here tonight. Sitting right next to Ryan Henry and Lewis Walker and Josh Walker, Brennon Dyer, and Gus Tuaniga taking shelter behind home plate.

  129. Scorpion February 11, 2010 7:02 pm

    Nice pic of President Obama, Michelle, Colt Brennan, and Mazie Hirono.

  130. bighilofan2 February 11, 2010 7:47 pm

    howzit hmxxxx…

    CL is in Keaau, about 300 yards from the old Olaa mil.l. on the bypass road to the dopound, on the way to Pahoa. right on thge by the new credit union office. 😆

  131. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 7:50 pm

    Ricketts getting better as game goes along but the batting is frustrating to watch.

    Looks like Iwata is locking onto the SS position.

    Rodriguez seems uncomfortable with the positioning of the outfield fence as she took her eyes off the two high balls that came in her direction.

    First game of the season so nothing to really sweat about yet, but the hitting has got to come alive.

  132. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 8:00 pm

    Defensively Rodriguez, Majam, and Iwata look like a group of “sure hands” that can cover a good amount of ground.

    Here we go… Last crack and Ricketts is up to bat.

  133. Slugger February 11, 2010 8:02 pm

    Back from the homeowners meeting & watching Na Wahine on TV.


    Tell my homie Lewis Walker I said, Yo! Howzit! ~ if he’s still there…

  134. Kekoa February 11, 2010 8:23 pm

    Kazz ~ Frosh pitcher had the girls chasing high risers all nite. She outpitched ‘Rickety’ Ricketts. Something like 10 strikeouts! Yikes!

    Do you think Coolen should have pulled Rickettsr and gave the Aussie some work?

  135. Ralph February 11, 2010 8:25 pm

    UH batters got to support Ricketts! She kept McNeese at 2 runs on a bad outing, lots of walks but she hung in there and toughed it out. Eleven or more UH strikeouts is unacceptable, play small ball and put the ball in play, make the defense work. As ST reported, a lot more power this year, but the Na Wahine got to have better bat control and make contact and not swing for the power hit.

  136. RedZone February 11, 2010 8:28 pm

    I don’t know about Majam. But I think the wahine got themselves a pretty good shortstop. Good range and arm. So far looks like Rodrigues, Grimes and Gonzalez has the better bats. If Tauali’i can contact the ball watch out. So much power. Just needs to work on contacting the ball. First game against a McNeese St pitcher who was having a good outing. A lot of confidence for a freshman. I give her the game ball.

  137. Ralph February 11, 2010 8:33 pm

    Kekoa unlike baseball, not a lot of changing of pitchers and bringing in relievers. Good teams with an ace and that’s it, unless both pitchers are about even. At the softball world series, nearly every team threw their ace over and over again, rarely giving anyone else a chance. Any team coming thru the losers bracket plays 2 additional games, then they go to number 2.

  138. old warrior February 11, 2010 8:36 pm

    Nice picture of Colt.

  139. Ralph February 11, 2010 8:42 pm

    Danielle Lawrie, UDub, National POY last season for the 51-12 Huskies finished with a 42-8 record with 521 Ks. Three other Husky pitchers shared the other 13 decisions.

  140. Garret February 11, 2010 8:43 pm

    A top recruit from Samoa signed with Arizona today.

    The University of Arizona football program added a noted 21st newcomer to its class of 2010 today with the arrival of a National Letter of Intent from Aiulua Fanene of American Samoa.

    Fanene, 6-feet-4 and 280 pounds, played defensive tackle and offensive guard for Tafuna High School on the island, garnering notoriety that earned him a spot in the Samoa-Hawaii All-Star Bowl and a later USA Football event in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in connection with the NFL’s Pro Bowl.

  141. Garret February 11, 2010 8:46 pm

    The NCAA proposed new rules, including one interesting rule that would REALLY punish players who taunted on their way to score a TD. The penalty would be from the spot of the taunt and the points would come off the board!

    If passed, players who draw flags for taunting gestures on their way to a touchdown would have the penalty assessed from the spot of the foul, taking away the score. Penalties that occur in the end zone would continue to be assessed on the extra-point attempt, 2-point conversion try or ensuing kickoff.

    The change would take effect in 2011 and on the NCAA’s web site, a release said the proposal received near-unanimous support.

    Concussion prevention and treatment has also been a hot topic in recent years.

    With that in mind, committee members also supported more stringent standards to keep players healthy.

    If approved, injured players — including those with concussion symptoms — would have to be cleared by a doctor before returning to competition.

    Requiring players who wear “eye black” to use solid black with no words, logos, numbers or other symbols. That will be effective next season.

    Eliminating the intentional “wedge” on kickoffs and punts, a rule the NFL adopted last season.

  142. el guapo February 11, 2010 8:46 pm

    Who’s Mazie Hirono? What does she do?

    Why do so many people go into debt betting on sports locally? Because they don’t have to put up anything up front like in Las Vegas. If they had to pay up front they would think twice. I know it makes me think three or four times before I place a bet up there.

    If casino gambling is legalized here, charge $1,000 to get in, then give back $1,000 in chips upon admittance. That should keep some of the people who can’t afford to gamble out of the place.

    Garret, deficits do not appear overnight. $100,000 is still $100,000. Think of what that would mean to one of the UH teams with the small budgets. One of the smaller sports could do a lot with it. A-Sports could do a lot with it. I could do a lot with it. A lot of gambling too.

  143. Garret February 11, 2010 8:49 pm

    Texas makes by far the most TV money of any school in the Big 12 (teams get money based on network TV appearances and NCAA basketball tournament success, since that brings money to the conference), but they get only about half of what any SEC team gets. This means that Colorado gets only around $5 million to $6 million compared to how each Big 10 team gets over $17 million.

    The SEC and Big Ten drove the latest round of potential conference expansions with their most recent media deals. In July, the SEC finalized a 15-year, $3 billion deal with ESPN and CBS. The 2½-year-old Big Ten Network was part of a 25-year, $2.8 million deal in partnership with DirecTV and FOX. There is another 10-year deal with ESPN for $1 billion.

    The most lucrative deal in college sports history puts the SEC in a dominant position, both financially and athletically. As the TV contracts now stand, annual SEC football doormat Vanderbilt makes $7 million more a year than Big 12 power Texas ($7 million-$10 million).

  144. Garret February 11, 2010 8:51 pm

    The Big 10 Network started off earning about $6 million per team (according to many published reports), but now that they are carried on more cable systems they are up to more than $17 million per team each year! So, each Big 10 team gets 2x and in some cases 3x what a Big 12 team makes.

    Big Ten Network and ESPN that together will earn each of its 11 schools more than $17 million a year.

  145. el guapo February 11, 2010 8:53 pm

    #141 – they once had that rule for HS here, to enforce from the spot and take away the score. Is that rule still in effect?

  146. Garret February 11, 2010 8:58 pm

    Note that the estimates I had earlier in the day were off since I was using 2007 numbers for the Big 12 and 2008 numbers for the Big 10. Thankfully there are a number of articles published *today* that give the numbers.

    SEC gets $200 mil/year from TV, $16.7 million per team.

    Big 10 was reported to get something like $12 million per team from the Big 10 Network in 2008, but this year the TV revenue will be over $17 million per team.

    Pac-10 gets $43 million from its TV contract, $4.8 million per team. That comparable to what the Big 10 made *before* they started their own network…you can see why the Pac-10 wants a network!

    Big 12 teams do not split the money evenly, so Colorado gets somewhere between $2 million and $3 million. The last numbers I saw was that Colorado got *less* than $2 million in TV money from the Big 12 in 2007. This number might be higher now…or the revenue distribution is VERY unfair if Texas gets $10 million and Colorado gets less than $2 million. Of course, the contract is based on network TV appearances and Colorado doesn’t get nationwide broadcasts.

    If a Pac-10 Network can make Big 10 money, Colorado could get $15 million more per year by switching conferences. And if the Big 10 Network could go from $12 million per year to $17 million per year in just a year (during a bad economy), you can see why Colorado might want to switch.

  147. Garret February 11, 2010 9:00 pm

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

    950 whole-body scanners will be installed at US airports within the next 2 years, raising concerns because they are a lot bigger than the metal detectors they replace and they take at least 5x longer to scan a single passenger…with half of the airports using those scanner, and each scanner taking at least 5x longer per person, the lines at the airport will be horrible!

  148. Garret February 11, 2010 9:01 pm

    Two ex-employees say that Blackwater fraudulently billed the government on their contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Louisiana after Katrina. They say that the government was billed for prostitutes, spa trips, and alcohol.

  149. Garret February 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    Every hour there are 228 cell phones stolen in the UK, so their Government sponsored a challenge for solutions to the cell phone theft problem. The winning design has the cell phone sounding an alarm and locking the handset if it is too far away from its owner and provides automated backup of important data via Bluetooth.

  150. Garret February 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    Man gave a tattoo to a 1-year-old child visiting his home without parental consent.

  151. Garret February 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    It costs $15.80 to watch Avatar in *4D* in South Korea.

  152. Garret February 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    Free play links pau.

  153. Garret February 11, 2010 9:13 pm

    I’m going to play devil advocate on this one. The problem is not the sharing of revenue by WAC teams that did not make a BCS Bowl. The problem is the unequal sharing of BCS Bowl participation money by non-BCS teams who play in a BCS Bowl game. If Boise received the same money Cincinnati did for playing in a BCS Bowl game then this discussion would not be taking place. Just thought I’d throw that out there for further discussion.

    Old Diver,

    You do bring up a good point. However, I know of at least a few AQ conferences that share all bowl money equally. Let me give an example:

    When UH played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, the SEC got $17 million and the non-AQ conferences got $17 million (if you could the automatic portion that goes to the non-AQ conferences even if no team makes a BCS bowl).

    However, Georgia’s money was split among all conferences members. So, Georgia got $17 million/12 = $1.4 million. Actually, they subtract the expenses from the $17 million, so Georgia’s profit for going to the Sugar Bowl was a little more than $1 million.

    UH got BCS money in 2 ways. UH’s portion from the automatic portion of the BCS payout was $200k or so. The non-AQ conferences have a complicated formula for how they split that $8 million. The other $9 million UH earned for making the Sugar Bowl was split also–the WAC got $6 million and the other non-AQ conferences got $3 million. Out of the $6 million the WAC got, UH got $4.5 million. Ferd and ST covered all of this very well back then.

    So, Georgia made about $1 million for going to the Sugar Bowl and UH got $4.7 million before expenses. So, UH made a bigger profit than Georgia for the Sugar Bowl.

    After UH got that $4.5 million payout, the WAC decided to cap future payouts to $3 million. So, WAC teams going to a BCS bowl game will make much, much less than MWC teams. That gives BSU an even bigger incentive to go to the MWC.

  154. Garret February 11, 2010 9:14 pm

    el guapo,

    I don’t watch high school football games anymore, but I’m sure many others here will know what the taunting penalty is in Hawaii high schools

  155. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 11, 2010 9:17 pm

    Arrrgh!!! both of my TV lines are taken up by recordings of Family Guy or the Office or somesuch for my kids…. grrrr.

  156. OldDiver February 11, 2010 9:18 pm


    I’m thinking it would be in Hawaii’s interest if Texas goes to the Big Ten. That could be the first move to fracture the MWC, ending with the WAC absorbing some MWC teams. What do you think?

  157. Curt February 11, 2010 9:19 pm


    Thanks for all the info on conference realignment. “Berry interesting!”

  158. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 9:20 pm

    Tough loss tonight for Na Wahine softball. Outplayed McNeese St defensively but just couldn’t get runners on base or move them when it mattered.

    Felt bad for Majam as we all know how much she waited for this night for a long time but Majam is a baller, she rebound and she did her job in the outfield snagging and stealing a hit away from McNeese St.

    Defensively Iwata can play and Rodriguez had a better night towards the end. Rodriguez has only been here for a short while so once she is familiar with her positioning and trusting her instincts as to where the fence is behind her, we’ll see her snagging more outs back there at left field.

    Tomorrow is Texas A&M CC first. Stanford is Stanford. They are the beast of this tourney and they showed it, so hard to tell how “bad” A&M is or how good Stanford is from what I saw even though the box score showed that Stanford is great … on paper.

    Ricketts had a tough night overall, but again, her team backed her up keeping McNeese to a minimum 2 runs all night long. Not sure what was the problem, but there is no way I can see Ricketts having the same issues going forward.

    I’ve learned my lesson as a fan and the home opener does NOT define the rest of the season. So much talent this year, young talent, but it is there.

    I think they might have benefitted if the calls from the coaching staff were more “aggressive” (i.e. stealing bases or calling for timely bunts). Coach Coolen said he did want to do more of that this season with the added “jets” of Majam, Iwata, and pinch runner Buchanan this year so we shall see…

  159. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 9:23 pm


    We have to play Stanford tomorrow at 7pm. So regardless of how Ricketts did, I think Coolen wants her to be fresh against them. Tomorrow Parnaby will get the start against Texas A&M CC.

  160. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 9:32 pm


    February 11th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    I don’t know about Majam. But I think the wahine got themselves a pretty good shortstop. Good range and arm. So far looks like Rodrigues, Grimes and Gonzalez has the better bats. If Tauali’i can contact the ball watch out. So much power. Just needs to work on contacting the ball.

    -Majam is going to do fine. Hard to count out a player that averaged .600+ in her high school career and finshed batting .750+ in her senior year and was her club’s most recruited player. Coolen says she is a “stud” and Coach Coolen doesn’t really play the hype game with the media. Tonight was her first night under the lights. Spending one season on the IR and having major surgery, twice I believe, as her official “welcome” to Division 1 collegiate softball is a crappy way to start.

    -Some had doubts about Iwata coming in with a schollie. Some pointed out her playing D2 ball for Kauai, but tonight she won the SS position. She seems to handle to ground outs well and doesn’t seem phased at all.

    -Tauali’i tapered off towards the end of last season and going into the WAC tourney. Hopefully “senioritis” doesn’t kick in too soon. Last season pre-season WAC player of the year Clare Warwick had her “hardest” year of her entire UH career statistically and she wasn’t hitting as well. Not sure what it is, but seems like overall the batting is still an issue and it’s carrying over from last season.

    Tomorrow is going to be a challenge. Stanford is a good team (with annoying fans and annoying team cheers, typical PAC 10 arrogance type crap 🙄 ). But first Texas A&M CC needs to be handled.

  161. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 11, 2010 9:38 pm

    Funny story tonight. I was sitting right next to Lewis Walker and Ryan Henry of the football team and the trainer for the men’s basketball team sits next to them. He starts talking about having to jump on a plane later tonight. So Walker and Henry ask him where are they headed off to. He says, “the crappy trip” to LaTech then Las Cruces. Walker and Henry both laugh and agree the trip to Ruston SUCKS.

    This is something we all know from what we hear, but for me I had to smirk actually hearing it from the players themselves and staff members.

    Man, that trip must SUCK!!! 😆

  162. chawan_cut February 11, 2010 9:41 pm

    been to las cruces. that place sucks too. trust me.

  163. Garret February 11, 2010 9:44 pm


    Texas going to the Big 10 would change everything in ways that are not really understood now…which could be good for UH. But I think that the chance of that happening is about 0% since it is a public institution and the politicians in Texas would not allow it. Plus, it has everything it wants now–low travel costs, great in-state recruiting (tiny recruiting budget compared to SEC schools), rivalries, etc.

  164. Curt February 11, 2010 9:44 pm


    Was the final score 2-1 for McNeese?

  165. jm2375 February 11, 2010 9:49 pm

    Too bad for the Wahine. Better luck tomorrow.

  166. Kazz February 11, 2010 9:56 pm


    Yup. Final was 2-1 McNeese State. 🙁

  167. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:00 pm


    Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow too. On-going sprinkles throughout the night plus the wind was whipping from a N/NE direction all night. The rain wasn’t heavy, but it was a decent amount at times and wouldn’t stop and it was irritating.

    Sat outside the roof all night at 3rd base regardless as I cannot stand to watch the game from behind the net.

  168. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:04 pm

    re: Softball Practices

    Ok so occasionally in the past I have seen the girls softball team practicing. One thing I see them do is line up around a pole with rubber tires affixed to it. They take bats and repeatedly hit them…over and over.

    Can anyone tell me what the purpose of that exercise is.

  169. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:05 pm


    Your wish may very well come true…..and I mean it…I really really do. email me for more info if you want to know. 😉

  170. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 10:13 pm

    Saw Kazz off in the distance in the first game today and later sitting in the rain on the third base side. We moved under cover when it started to rain harder than a spritzle and invited him to join us, but he declined.

    Defensively, as others have reported, Na Wahine are going to do just fine, but they really need to work on moving runners from first base to home. I don’t have the line score in front of me, but I think that about eight runners were left on base.

    No matter what – it was a good game to watch Na Wahine in person. Hope some of you folks will spend some time at their stadium. .If you do come, bring your own food or snacks since the refreshment stand has a very limited menu – hot dogs, chili, ersatz cheese and chips, some candy bars, sodas, and hot coffee or tea.

  171. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 10:13 pm

    Saw Kazz off in the distance in the first game today and later sitting in the rain on the third base side. We moved under cover when it started to rain harder than a spritzle and invited him to join us, but he declined.

    Defensively, as others have reported, Na Wahine are going to do just fine, but they really need to work on moving runners from first base to home. I don’t have the line score in front of me, but I think that about eight runners were left on base.

    No matter what – it was a good game to watch Na Wahine in person. Hope some of you folks will spend some time at their stadium. .If you do come, bring your own food or snacks since the refreshment stand has a very limited menu – hot dogs, chili, ersatz cheese and chips, some candy bars, sodas, and hot coffee or tea.

  172. Ralph February 11, 2010 10:14 pm

    hitting the tires offer resistence training-hitting and driving through the ball on impact. Helps to strength the hands and arms-grip. Most top line pitchers are pitching at high 60’s which is equivalent by distance to baseball high 90’s. Weak hands, the ball will ping off the bat and most likely slice off as a foul ball.

  173. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 11, 2010 10:15 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate – I swear I did not hit the button twice!

  174. jm2375 February 11, 2010 10:16 pm

    Go Parker!

  175. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:19 pm

    el guapo,

    Mazie Hirono was the former LG of Hawaii and the current US Congresswoman to the 2nd District.

  176. jm2375 February 11, 2010 10:21 pm

    BTW, my cuz is the bat girl for the Wahine.

  177. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:23 pm


    Thanks. Do baseball players do the same thing?

  178. Ralph February 11, 2010 10:32 pm

    coach Les did, don’t know about Trap. It’s not portable, so it has to be a HS team with a homefield to keep in storage or near the batting cage. I’m sure a lot of parents made their own for the sons and daughters. I did for my daughter.

  179. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:33 pm

    Hitting tires with bats sounds like a better thing to do than responding to trolls.

    You can just vision their faces on the tires and SWING AWAY!!!

    (not you IDKWTHM, but just talking about it in general since you asked about the tires) 😎

  180. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:36 pm


    Yes definitely a way to get ones aggression out haha.

  181. Kekoa February 11, 2010 10:37 pm

    Kazz/Ralph ~

    Not wanting to get down on the women tonite. Just disappointed that the bats were so quiet. I’m hoping they shake off the opening game blues and jump on Texas A&M.

    With the number of pitchers we have on staff this year, I’m anticipating some smoke and fire coming out of the circle! It was obvious that Ricketts was not having a good outing.

    IMHO, It would have sat her down, and gone to another pitcher. Give her a little more rest before her next go round. Also, why let Ricketts bat?…pressure was on her already. Bring in a pinch hitter. Sometimes you gotta make things happen. That’s just me, I wanna win this game and worry about the next one aftah.

    IWWTHM ~ Answer to your question about the rubber tires. It helps build strength in your wrist and forearms. Golfers do their thing with an old tire on the ground. With a special made, weighted golf iron, you WAC the tire for the same reason.

  182. Ralph February 11, 2010 10:40 pm

    I hope it doesn’t drizzle tomorrow, I don’t want to watch a softball game in the rain.

  183. iwonderwhytheyhateme February 11, 2010 10:40 pm


    Interesting. I never knew golfers did the rubber tire on the ground. Ive played since 9 yo and haven’t done that exercise. That might be why I was never good enough to play in college hahaha.

    The weighted golf club “o-ring” I use once in a while. Also my former coach Kalua Makalena used to make me do these forearm exercises to strengthen the area.

  184. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:43 pm


    February 11th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Yes definitely a way to get ones aggression out haha.

    Yup, because buying a handgun is too hard and expensive.

  185. Ralph February 11, 2010 10:49 pm

    Kazz what happened to your bolo knife?

  186. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:52 pm


    February 11th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Kazz/Ralph ~

    Not wanting to get down on the women tonite. Just disappointed that the bats were so quiet. I’m hoping they shake off the opening game blues and jump on Texas A&M.

    With the number of pitchers we have on staff this year, I’m anticipating some smoke and fire coming out of the circle! It was obvious that Ricketts was not having a good outing.

    IMHO, It would have sat her down, and gone to another pitcher. Give her a little more rest before her next go round. Also, why let Ricketts bat?…pressure was on her already. Bring in a pinch hitter. Sometimes you gotta make things happen. That’s just me, I wanna win this game and worry about the next one aftah.

    I too was expecting Coolen to throw in Parnaby, but I guess with it being the opener, it probably wasn’t the kind of situation that would have drastically hurt Ricketts mentally.

    Also, my guess as to why Ricketts replaced Pagaduan at the end of the batting order was probably because Coolen knew that the team as a whole already knew amongst themselves that Ricketts was keeping them in the game despite the lackluster offense and that IF Ricketts got a decent hit or a homer that would have really ignited the other batters to get it going too.

    Plus I saw the look of da TYGAH on Ricketts’ face, no one has to tell her she had a hard time tonight, as a team they all did. They all know it. Even newcomer Jenna Rodriguez had the “Amber Kaufman” glaze on her face at times. When you get frustrated you revert to your basic instinct sometimes. Na Wahine knew they were better than McNeese State (BTW Ryan Henry asked me where is McNeese State is located and I told him “good question, dunno”?) but opening game jitters can do this to you too.

    If they make some adjustments on offense, like playing the power game when necessary and not all the time as Ralph mentioned, Texas A&M CC could be in for a long night tomorrow.

    There are some unhappy and still hungry ladies trying to sleep tonight… I take no pity on Texas A&M CC.

  187. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:53 pm


    February 11th, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    Kazz what happened to your bolo knife?

    HOW DARE YOU!?!?!?!?!?!?! THAT SIR IS RACIST!!!

    (I lost it somewhere…)

  188. expat February 11, 2010 10:55 pm


    Thanks for posting all the numbers and doing the research. The one thing that is clear no matter what happens with conference shake-ups is that the whole system is completely out of whack. Too much money spread too unevenly.

  189. Ralph February 11, 2010 10:56 pm

    Kazz how was the food, DH, do I chance it and eat there or filler up before the 5 oclock Texas game. But if Mililani is raining, good chance I’m staying home- Manoa rains a lot more

  190. Kazz February 11, 2010 10:58 pm

    I don’t even wanna watch the replay as there is no use.

    Won’t see the team in black that played tonight ever again going forward.

    The REAL Rainbow Wahine team of 2010 will show up. Tomorrow? Hopefully, but they WILL show up. 😎

    Oh but yeah… If you wanna increase wrist and forearm strength for golf the solution and answer is easy:

    Play a real sport.



  191. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 11, 2010 10:59 pm

    Ok… Nitey nite and SWEET WAHINE WILL WIN DREAMS!

  192. Kazz February 11, 2010 11:02 pm


    Food at the softball stadium is the same stuff as always. Lots of chili sold tonight I think. It was real “nippy” out there.

    Thing is it was raining all day in PC and the clouds over Central Oahu and in town were dark, but as I got closer to Manoa, the clouds weren’t as dark and the REAL rain got blown away.

    I’m sorry but if it rains, I’ll have to choice but to sit outside the roof. I CANNOT stand to watch softball or baseball behind that net. Besides, the two steel beams holding up the roof at the softball stadium obstructs your view of 1st and 3rd base depending on which side you sit. In general I have always like 1st or 3rd base seats for softball or baseball. It’s easier to see everything. Can’t see how bad the home plate umpire’s calls are, but everything else is easier to see.

  193. Ralph February 11, 2010 11:15 pm

    McNeese State is located in Lake Charles, La.

  194. Kekoa February 11, 2010 11:45 pm

    Kazz ~ I gotta defend the round ball sport of golf. It is for real because every weekend somewhere in the world, the best players of this sport walk off the course with millions of dollars in prize money. Like all professionals, it’s all about the money.

    Two words, ball control. If you let the ball have it’s way with you, your game is over. Swinging the right iron or wood in the right arc with the right speed and making solid contact, is key to ball control.

    One day, I want to get you out to bay view and let you give it a WAC on the driving range. I think you’re afraid you might get hooked on it. Next thing you know, you’ll want to gun down Tad Fujikawa!

    No worries! The Bay View range has been stress tested by the Tsaiko’s twice already, and it’s still in operation.

  195. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc February 12, 2010 1:15 am

    Agree with Kazz about sitting behind the screen. We almost always sit third base side and away from the screens, but today I had no choice but to move under cover.

    Ralph: As I wrote above – if you do come, bring your own food or snacks since the refreshment stand has a very limited menu – hot dogs, chili, ersatz cheese and chips, some candy bars, sodas, and hot coffee or tea.

  196. wafan February 12, 2010 3:07 am

    Happy Aloha Friday!

  197. wafan February 12, 2010 3:09 am

    Go get ’em tonight, Wahine!!!

  198. wafan February 12, 2010 3:13 am

    Need to find my receipe for Chinese Almond Cookies. Have not had those in ages! Yum!!!

  199. wafan February 12, 2010 3:15 am

    With all of the money being earned, taken, spent, hoarded, saved, . . . conference realignment is going to get interesting. I just hope Hawai’i is not left out in the cold.

  200. wafan February 12, 2010 3:16 am


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  202. wafan February 12, 2010 4:04 am

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    And, Go Warriors/’Bows!

  203. Bulla February 12, 2010 5:10 am

    have a warmer day wafan

  204. bighilofan2 February 12, 2010 5:27 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhree.

    Go USA!

    Go Warriors!

  205. Pauoa Boy February 12, 2010 5:30 am

    If Colt is 6’3″ Michelle Obama is pretty tall… Man I hope Colt gets his chance with Mike Shanahan, if not I hope he gets traded to the Phins and hooks back up with Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullen, and Ikaika Alama-Francis

  206. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 12, 2010 5:35 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  207. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 12, 2010 5:40 am

    PB- the First Lady is around 5’11” AND she like to wear heels… and has a high coiffure.

  208. bighilofan2 February 12, 2010 5:44 am

    Its Aloha Friday,

    not so much workee on Monday,

    too doo dee do, de doo de dooo doooo dooooo….


    have a nice day everybody….

  209. LizKauai [iMac] m/ February 12, 2010 5:46 am

    AND Colt is bending down a little.

    He’s tall. Compare him to Jason and Slugger in this pic. (I’m standing closer to the camera and look taller than I am).


  210. d1島 February 12, 2010 5:49 am

    Great Morning All!


    For you….

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  211. Bulla February 12, 2010 6:05 am

    d1, liz, bhf2, wafan, PB,

    have a good friday, remember valentines day is sunday…..


  212. Garret February 12, 2010 6:54 am

    Apparently, if there was a *true* free market for TV networks in college football, the networks would like to pay HUGE amounts for 30 or so teams and not bother to televise the others. By making deals with conferences, the networks are forced to pay for teams like Vanderbilt and Iowa State when all they want are teams like USC, Texas, Florda, etc.

    People keep saying that the BCS is greedy when the facts are that the BCS bowl system distributes money to UH and all non-AQ teams *much* more evenly than the TV networks pay in the regular season. If they completely eliminated the BCS system, the TV networks would keep on giving the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac-10 huge money and ignore the bowls that had just the other conferences.

    This is why the SEC gets a $3 billion TV contract and the WAC gets around $1 million per year. The Big 10 formed its own network and gets *more* than the SEC. The MWC formed its network before the Big 10, but the TV ratings and market size was too small to get anything close to what the Big 10 gets from its network…though they get 3x or more what the WAC gets.

    “There is a finite number that the networks can pay for college football,” Pilson said. “Frankly, television can probably do a nice television package with 30 BCS schools, not 60.

    “I think the magic number is probably 30 or 40. The colleges better be careful that they don’t get what they’re asking for, [which] is complete freedom to make TV deals because TV is basically interested in the big schools. I’m talking about the bigger schools within the big conferences.”

  213. el guapo February 12, 2010 6:58 am

    IWWTHM, #175

    Please understand I am a very sarcastic person

  214. Kekoa (iPhone) February 12, 2010 7:22 am

    Bulla ~

    Drove around in circles yesterday while testing out the new North – South Rd. Very impressive. Saves me about 5 min. drive time getting off that exit instead of your Makakilo Madness one.

    Only problem is…H-1 in either direction is still a parking lot during the commute hrs. So now I get to the *jam* quicker from da ceded lands.

  215. Pomai February 12, 2010 7:54 am

    #212 Garret

    I think that most people when saying get rid of the BCS, really mean replace the BCS, at least I do. It needs to be replaced with something that takes care of all the D1 schools not just a few. I do believe that if done right (and it can) a new system can be put in place an be fair to all schools. The problem is that as seen in the past these type of organization get to big for their own good where the organization is more important than the people who they represent.

  216. Pomai February 12, 2010 7:57 am

    #214 Kekoa

    After all your years in the military why should anything be different “hurry up an wait”

  217. Pride. February 12, 2010 8:03 am

    Garret, thanks for all of the info.

  218. Kekoa February 12, 2010 8:05 am

    Pomai ~ Good Morning Sunshine! Are you going to the Wahine softball game today? That’s a 15 min. commute from your hale if you drive it a 02:00 AM…

  219. Pride. February 12, 2010 8:06 am


    February 12th, 2010 at 7:57 am
    #214 Kekoa

    After all your years in the military why should anything be different “hurry up an wait”

    Thought that the film industry owned that line.

  220. Kekoa February 12, 2010 8:06 am

    ‘cuse me…@ 2:00 AM.

  221. Kekoa February 12, 2010 8:09 am

    Pride ~ The new road would’ve brought you to the front door of your hale in mere minutes!…It’s just dealing with da H-1 that’s nutz!

  222. Old Diver February 12, 2010 8:16 am

    Regarding # 212

    Problem though is without the rest of the 90 or so odd teams, college football would not be the draw it is. Thirty teams making money and 90 teams losing money is like living in a third world country. What separates a developed nation from a third world nation is a strong middle class. Without the University of Hawaii’s of the world the only one’s participating in the American dream will be the elite.

  223. Bulla February 12, 2010 9:01 am


    the new road looks very nice, will have to test it out this weekend 🙂

    ok, so how dedicated is aunty lyn? everything has to be in order, and now that we’re Warriors with ‘the beast’ joining the team,…… she had to have a new black automobile…..so out with the old and in with the new.

    A sleek black Honda Element SC to get her to and from aloha stadium, manoa practice fields, from the burbs of Makakilo to the shores of Waikiki……in the new ‘official Warrior-mobile’, haha 🙂

  224. 702WarriorFan February 12, 2010 9:08 am

    Yr # 222
    Wall St. vs Main St. analogy eh?
    Wonder who the elite Wall St. teams will be able to schedule for ‘wins’ if main st. teams eliminate FB?

  225. Kekoa February 12, 2010 9:12 am

    Aunty Lyn is cruising in a sleek “Black on Black in Black” Warrior-mobile? I’m pulling off to the side of the road if I see her coming up in my rear view mirror!

  226. Kazz February 12, 2010 9:16 am

    I haven’t checked the headlines, but was there a fire at UH? Passing by the campus on the way to work and there was a ton of smoke and it seemed to come from lower campus or somewhere near the lower portion of upper campus.

  227. A-House February 12, 2010 9:48 am

    I know it’s Friday and no work till Monday, but where is my good neighbor? Did he over sleep? or, busy at UH with the voluntary off-season training?

    No new post yet?

  228. A-House February 12, 2010 9:55 am

    I am doing my “super brain yoga” every morning and night, but it does not seem to be making a difference within my brain as I keep not remembering old and new stuff.

    Well, I’m going to notify that doctor/nurse/hospital that there are exceptions to their position that it can help anyone.

    What has this to do with football, hell I can’t remember what I was going to post!!

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