Quarterback Inoke Funaki said he was born in Hawai‘i. He said he was raised in Hawai‘i. And that is why, he said, he is observing Kamehameha Day today.
And although the usual unsupervised workouts will not be conducted today, the Warriors still will keep in shape. They’re going to play basketball today.
Here’s Funaki, who is serving as a coach-player during the summer, throwing a pass during yesterday’s workouts:
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The other co-No. 1 quarterback, Tyler Graunke, also has been guiding the newcomers. Graunke has been balancing school (he had an excellent spring semester in the classroom) with workouts:
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Greg Alexander, one of the two JC quarterback transfers, is another one of the players with perfect workout attendance.
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On another Web site, there was a debate to the actual height of players — a discussion fueled by this host’s photos. Well, first of all, I’m a lousy photographer. And it also is a matter of angles. So I hope this shot proves that Brent Rausch is 6 feet 4:
And here’s Rausch in action:
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And here’s Steele Jantz lauching a pass:
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Greg McMackin and our boss went out to lunch. And that can only mean one thing: Food pictures!
Here is Curtis’ meal:
A while back, I ordered the chicken meatball plate at Paesano’s. The next time I went, the waiter said: “Do you want your usual?” I think I’d like to try some other stuff on the menu. But that’s the only place where I have a “usual.” So when the waiter asks, I say, “Yep, the usual.” (OK, OK, I have a “usual” at Taco Bell, although the guy on the speaker box never asks.)
And here’s a pic of the friendliest coach in the world. Almost everyone in the restaurant came up to say hi.
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It’s Wednesday, which means we bust out the new feature: Lurker Bios. Here’s one of our loyal, but silent-until-now readers:
Well, my name’s Chad Yazawa. I’m a 19-year-old, about-to-be sophomore at UH Manoa. I went to school from Pre-K to 1st at Playmate School. Then did 1st again all the way to 8th at Hawaiian Mission Elementary. Then moved on to Hawaiian Mission Academy for 9th-12th. Played on the JV basketball team during my freshman year. Then played Varsity basketball and volleyball after that. Moved to UH-Manoa, where I am currently majoring in Travel Industry Management.
An interesting fact is that during my 1st semester, I took 15 credits and thought I wasn’t going to have time to lift weights. So I added weight training late and apparently Bobby Nash did, too. We were paired as weight-lifting partners. It was awesome lifting with him even though at the time, he was much stronger and he had to take off weights constantly for me to lift. He told me all his stories about when he played with LeBron, and
‘Melo at the ABCD camps. I’m definitely a Kobe fan. I’ve loved watching him play ever since he made the jump from high school to the NBA. So I’m pretty happy that they won yesterday even though I didn’t get to see the game because of work. I like to lift weights, play basketball, read the ‘Warrior Beat’ daily, and play softball in a Micronesian
league. Recently, lifting has been more of an obsession rather than hobby. Seeing results from hard work is one of the best things one can experience.
I would say I’ve been a UH fan since A.C, Alika Smith, and Helicopter were playing ball. I can always remember the nights where my dad and I would be watching a game at home and I would get excited because Alika would be dropping the 3s everywhere. I think I can credit him for my love of bombing the 3s. A.C would be doing his normal fancy crossover
moves and Helicopter would be dunking all the time. Well, games went by and slowly and surely, I stopped watching basketball and began to watch football instead. I don’t remember much of the vonAppen era other than probably my dad yelling at the T.V (which I would later find out why). But I definitely got hooked when Timmy Chang and Chad Owens started to play. I loved the style of just bombing it down the field. Whenever
Chad would get the ball I would always think he was going to run it back for a TD, and a lot of the time, he did. I remember staying up, making a bag of popcorn, and watching the games Saturday night at 9 on K5 “The Home Team” back when it was FREE.
I definitely enjoyed staying home and watching the games upstairs in my dad’s room with him rather than going to the games itself. To me, it was a better place when father and son could enjoy the game together in the comfort of one’s own home without having to worry about one’s actions and words. But I did enjoy the times when my dad and I went to the stadium to catch a game. I think almost every time we went there was a fight between the teams or a fight between the opposing team and fans. I will always remember the one Fresno game where fans near and above the Fresno tunnel dumped beer, popcorn, and many other things on them. Those fights were always amusing. Then Colt-fever ravaged among everyone. These past 2 years of UH football, in my opinion, had certified me as a die-hard UH fan. I watched every game watchable at home and at the stadium, looked up players’ stats and bios, argued with other ‘posters’ on ESPN and FOXSPORTS blogs, read this blog daily, and reading the recaps in the next day’s paper. Watching Colt, Nate Ilaoa, Bess, Rivers, and Grice-Mullens play really was amazing.
Watching Ilaoa bowl through people gave me the happiest feelings any UH football fan could have. It was great! Haha.
Right now, I work at my parent’s restaurant. It’s called Gourmet Express and we have another right across called Panini Grill. Both are at Kahala Mall, right by the big fountain. Oh, you all should really come by because honestly, the food is pretty good. True story. Before my parents bought the place(s), I had never noticed or tried the food
there. However, after working there and trying ALL the food, one at a time, day by day, I was amazed because all of the food was incredible. So stop by, say hi, and if you see me, tell me that you read the “all about me” and I’ll give you a little discount on some food you won’t regret trying. I didn’t.
Besides working, lifting, basketball, and softball, I spend the other time with my girlfriend and her family who is pretty much half Pohnpeian and half Japanese. Pohnpei is a island in the Micronesian chain for those who don’t know. I have been dating her for a great 2 years, 6 months, and 6 days. On the 18th, I’ll be going with their family to Pohnpei to experience a truly “island” lifestyle. So, sadly, I won’t be able to read this blog for 2 months but when I get back I’ll be sure to read up on the archives to catch up.
Here’s a picture of the Yazawa family. That’s Chad on the left.
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