Moniz practices

Bryant Moniz was able to throw during team drills today. If he remains healthy, he starts against Navy.

For Saturday’s game, the depth chart is: 1) Moniz. 2) Shane Austin. 3) Brent Rausch. Against San Jose State, the depth chart was 1) Austin. 2) Inoke Funaki. 3) Rausch.

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John Veneri and Kelly McGill — both members of the UH’s 1992 Holiday Bowl team — gave pointers on the triple-option offense after today’s practice. Here’s the linemen formerly known as McKill:


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Danny Kaleikini will sing the national anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i before the Navy game and God Bless America during halftime:


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Only the really cool guys have hand-written name plates:



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Here are some leftover shots from the San Jose trip:








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  1. wowlaulau November 25, 2009 6:56 am


  2. mctruck November 25, 2009 7:04 am

    I was very pleased with Austin’s QB stats in last weeks game. I guess it shows that the passing game works if all things fall in place.

    good morning gangeeez!!!

  3. lakesidegt November 25, 2009 7:06 am

    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    Also, belated Aloha and Mahalos to the Tsaikos at the San Jose game. We’re back after a fine time in the Bay area. Hana hou at Fresno, next year?

  4. tommui November 25, 2009 7:12 am

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

  5. Buffoman November 25, 2009 7:13 am

    Top 5!?!

  6. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:22 am

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all 2. 😀

  7. Buffoman November 25, 2009 7:22 am

    Shane did a good enough job against SJSU, and it should be noted that this effort was like 1 1/2 game opportunities. I believe the difference betwen his play and Bryant’s is that Bryant has competed against stronger opponents (those with winning records) and has been on the loosing side of those outing. Defenses of winning programs are usually quicker more chrisp and act and react better than those with loosing records. He faced that while Shane did not.

    Watching both pass to the flankers across the middle I noticed that Shane’s ball are thrown somewhat behind where the receiver is/will be while Bryant has started to get the passes to the receiver without htem having to reach back as much.

    On game experience and against winning programs increases the QB’s ability to judge those throws a bit more and get better. Bryant has that going for him

    That being said, going into a game aginst a wining program, you’d want the QB with that experience and game sense as you need every edge possible since we have not beaten a team with a winning record to date. If Bryant is ready to go in any way shape of form, even if he is hurting a bit but wants to play, play him. Colt played hurt and look at the results. With our backs to the wall, you need the best possible advantages as there is no tomorrow (bowl invite) if we loose this one.

  8. chopsueyboy November 25, 2009 7:25 am

    Top Ten!

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. d1島 November 25, 2009 7:30 am

    Top Ten!

    Must be Military Intelligence!

  10. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:32 am

    repost from last blog


    thanks. main thing, motivation and desire to be their best all comes together this week. This Navy game is a BIG deal.

    no doubt Tsaikos mean all Hawaii Warrior peeps well, whether they played yesterday or today. We cheer people who play for us now, and those who played for us yesterday. So I’m gonna be polite and grateful and cheer Ken and Navy when they come into the stadium.

    but I’m with Kazz. and I don’t mind riling up our Tsaiko Sailor Blue. But rather than say I’m cautiously optomistic, and then having riled him up I gotta wear da dummy outfit at Whisky game, I’m hedging and hawing.

    I’m pulling for the underdog Shane. But I’m also relying on Rolo. he knows what he’s got. I’m liking how he’s getting better, imo.

    like the story about the mother pig with 10 nipples, and get dozen little pigs.. you gotta fight for your food in life. :mrgreen:

    have a nice day gang.

    Go Warriors.

  11. Slugger November 25, 2009 7:33 am

    Good morning!

  12. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:35 am

    i say invite Ken down to da cabana for some nutrition. 😆

  13. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:37 am

    i wonder where da Navy peeps are staying? maybe invite them to Sam Sneads for some tutorialz on da fine ehteaket of drinking da suds with 2 hands. 😀 tellz em da remind me of Kirk Douglas. make em swell head. den bust da gut on Saturday. 😆

  14. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:40 am

    where is Navy staying? first to squeal gets 100 free tix to the SJSU game replay. 😆

    maybe we can get some signs made up, says “Navy go home.”


  15. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:41 am

    okay, gotta go work. laters gang.

    esme woosh

  16. postmanke November 25, 2009 7:47 am

    Atleast we know we have a formable back-up whom ever it is. Shane made some big time throws last week with some zippity zip on it. – gotta feel good about both QB’s going forward.

  17. koakane™ November 25, 2009 7:52 am

    checking in and out lattas

  18. postmanke November 25, 2009 7:58 am

    I dont think there is anything secretive about Navy football.. They are a pretty confident bunch “we are going to pound the ball against you, it will be physical, go ahead and stop us if you can” …Pretty simple consistent game plan game in game out.

  19. Kekoa November 25, 2009 8:01 am

    Bhf2 ~ Are you coming over to the t-gate early? The Cabana will be buzzing with predictions for the game, and surely you will have a chance to negotiate a deal with SailorBlue.

  20. Kekoa November 25, 2009 8:08 am

    Howzit pahtna! Eh…dat was good fun on Saturday! Nothing like getting rowdy with a bunch of Tsaiko’s while watching fb!

    Game on for Navy. I give da sailor man credit. He walks the walk, and stands ready to back up his swabbies!…(and he got Janice to watch his back!)

  21. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 8:10 am


    so, you gonna wait until after Whisky to tell me who in cahoots with who and whose on da outs? reading who is in da boot upstairs leaves little remaining options. 😀

    main thing, those buggaz know they gotta put all dat stuff down
    and spend all dare pent up energy and intelligencia and focus on
    this game. this game.


    hope you is talking to Aranda. Play Mahow 2 plays per qtr. Put down da Friday quiz. tell coaches use their gut. they’ve watched these guys long enough. Time to play ball. This one gotta be precision, 40 degree angle to their center instead of 39 degree angle, you know what I mean? precision. and every once in a while throw a big palooka in dare for just plain ole smash mouth on da center but trying to bus up da other side guard too.

    i will not feel good if Niumatalolo is looking all comfortable on the sidelines. I like see him reaching for the peptobismalz in da 1st qtr.



  22. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 8:14 am


    howzit howzit. haven’t made da flight connect yet, i’ll try to get there noonish. plenty time fo grumble with da swabbie. 😆

    first things first, i gotta feel mo betta about who gonna play Sat., don’t wanna be totally kool aid fan without any backup. 😆

    food is easy. wearing a tutu outfit if dats da bet, well, i’m still tinkin.

    see ya this evening friend.

  23. al November 25, 2009 8:15 am

    “Then again, UH kept its practices closed to the public all last week, then announced to a television reporter on Friday that Moniz would not play, giving San Jose State a day’s head’s up. The Spartans used that information to remain in pass coverage when Shane Austin had opportunities to scramble.”

    perhaps it is the coaches who need a gag order.

    (another scratch head moment)

  24. SteveM November 25, 2009 8:16 am

    Good morning everyone!

    …with today’s technologies, are secret practices possible unless you have an enclosed area with roof/dome?

  25. al November 25, 2009 8:17 am


    i see bighilofan2 has been quoting royvic a lot lately. you two have become awfully close these days.

  26. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 8:17 am

    i also know coaches gotta use some kinda benchmark to explain to one kid why the other kid is playing, when you getting 3000 suiting up. 😀

    so some guy in glasses comes up with a quizz. da quizz gonna get guys like King James to sit out da game. das not right i tellz you, das not right.

  27. postmanke November 25, 2009 8:29 am

    BHF2 – What?!? lol =)

    I love Kenny, but i doubt he will be comfortable. I love watching him on the sidelines working the ref’s – he’s known to have blown a gasket on a ref’s a few times this season.

    Still trying to figure out this line.. is Buddy Green’s pass defense that good? I know that have puka’s in the run D, but wow.. not too sure if it’s the smart money that is moving the line up. guess we have to wait if ST is going to say “hale, fale and peter pale” =)

  28. Tommy November 25, 2009 8:31 am

    Mr. Stephen. Do I sense some anger in you regarding the media leak?

  29. postmanke November 25, 2009 8:37 am


    Yes, you can sense a lil bit of an emotional tone as the season goes on.. =) But, I would say he is doing a damn good job at conveying the information clearly with exemplifying the tone of annoyance. Yet! =)

    ok, maybe not the “hale”

  30. Manoa Mist November 25, 2009 8:38 am

    I thought Austin did a pretty good job against SJSU. He throws a nice ball, had no interceptions, and he’s pretty fast on his feet. For a first start, kid looked good. Moniz is a nice QB, but if he’s going to be a running QB he’s going to need to bulk up a little. Hit that bench press in the weight room this summer. There was a reason Timmy used the chuck and duck. A skinny QB can get killed out there!

  31. postmanke November 25, 2009 8:39 am

    oops meant without exemplifying

  32. LOL® November 25, 2009 8:39 am

    November 24th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    My take on the game is quite simple. Don’t go crazy trying to out defense this triple option offense. Prepare do our best and just work hard, very hard.

    Exactly. If the Hawaii players let it get into their heads, that is where the mental mistakes come into play. The Navy guys will be focused and disciplined because that is what they are trained to do outside of football so I doubt they will be in the mindset to try and outthink their assignments. They’ll get chunks of yardage against our poor run defense. Dobbs is like Tebow and likes to run at/over defenders. UH D just needs to hunker down and stop them from getting into the end zone. The Nevada game is not a good example of us stopping a good running team since Nevada was FUBARing themselves that day.

    UH’s advantage is we have far more talent, size, and speed compared to Navy. The key lies in channeling that. Can our coaches really get the full potential out of these guys including the ones warming the bench eager for a shot to get in and show what they have?

    Despite UH’s problems, this is one game where I feel we do have a good chance and I said it before just as you said, get into the end zone quickly and often like there is no tomorrow so that it will make Kenny and Ivin’s head spin longer and faster than Linda Blair’s in the Exorcist. We need Moniz to play the entire game for this to happen because he has that added dimension of being able to make things happen with his feet. We need our best A game and take what their defense gives us. We need the entire team and coaching staff to feel that we can bring it on full for 4 quarters. To the coaching staff, I have a huge appetite for some crows and mynah birds so get them hibachi’s ready! And please, keep your traps shut to the media.Loose lips sinks ships!


  33. Manoa Mist November 25, 2009 8:39 am

    And regarding the “leak,” maybe sometimes you gotta be a cute girl to get the scoops. Whatever it takes…

  34. Kazz November 25, 2009 8:41 am


    Hope the afternoon rush hour ain’t too bad. Need to get home and watch our ladies capture ANOTHER WAC title!!! :mrgreen:

    Heard Coach Sealy on BC this morning and how some FSU snakes tried to talk some unwarrented “SMACK” against the Wahine and how we’re “over-rated” and how they dominated us in ONE SET earlier in the year. Apparently those jerks had no clue how many Wahine fans were in the hotel and some word got back to the team…

    You don’t tug on Superman’s cape!

  35. Kazz November 25, 2009 8:47 am

    Looks like Coach Ken and his squad will be greeted to some of the best weather this country has to offer during this time of the year!

  36. Kekoa November 25, 2009 8:52 am

    Al ~ You know what emotions you live with as a coach who has coached those skulls full of mush from the get go. Game day is frought with frustrations if things aren’t running as smoothly as you’d like. Adjustments are made on the fly! Things go awry.

    Big Hilo is just lookin’ for da hammah…before all that stuff happens! Trying to keep it all togetta.

  37. Kekoa November 25, 2009 8:56 am

    LOL® ~ Well stated.

  38. Go Navy! November 25, 2009 9:05 am

    We are going to spank UH! Yes! Navy 54, UH 6.

  39. Kazz November 25, 2009 9:15 am

    The Aloha Stadium’s “low” turf is sure gonna make running teams seem a lot faster…. But by that logic so should we.

  40. Kekoa November 25, 2009 9:26 am

    Go Navy is in the house! Welcome!

    Here’s an open invite to come to our t-gate and share the fun with our brave resident Naval Academy Grad, SailorBlue. He’s actually cooked up a wager for fun for this game. It is designed to carryover the payoff at the final t-gate of the season. Please come join us.


  41. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 9:29 am

    Moniz needs to start… get the ball rolling and take the team down to the end zone fast. BUT, Shane and Rausch gotta be ready on the sidelines. After a hard scramble, or two, it may be wise to get Shane in there for a down or two to let Moniz catch his breath.

    Going to be a long night of last man standing.


  42. ai-eee-soos November 25, 2009 9:42 am

    Larry Price – ask him how to stop the triple option.

    In his day, he coached against some good wish-bone,
    y-bone, triple option offenses.

    “Stop the bone inside – out”.

    1. Stop the fullback dive.
    2. Stop the QB keeper.
    3. Stop the pitch man.

    Hey, maybe one of you knowledgeable guys can call Larry
    for his insight, and report back here.

    t’anks eh.

  43. Slugger November 25, 2009 10:03 am

    Practice was closed today. Stood outside the far fence talking to Gary K. of the field & arena maintenance crew. The fire up on St. Louis Heights started going again just before 8:45, big billowing white cloud of smoke. Got my walk in for the morning, though.

  44. jojo ® November 25, 2009 10:03 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, America!!!

  45. jojo ® November 25, 2009 10:06 am

    I don’t understand why have closed practices. Might as well put everyone in quarantine.

  46. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 25, 2009 10:15 am


    This is a long weekend for UH sports fans – men’s volleyball, Wahine volleyball on tv, men’s & women’s basketball, and, of course, Warrior football. .

    Interesting comments today – and yesterday. Taking part would have been fun, but, under the circumstances ……


  47. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 25, 2009 10:15 am


    This is a long weekend for UH sports fans – men’s volleyball, Wahine volleyball on tv, men’s & women’s basketball, and, of course, Warrior football. .

    Interesting comments today – and yesterday. Taking part would have been fun, but, under the circumstances ……


  48. Slugger November 25, 2009 10:24 am

    GK thinks that Navy is practicing at Aloha Stadium, maybe in the afternoon or evening. Their practices are probably closed, too.


    On quizzes: These are student-athletes and they are in classes besides on the field. They are & should be used to listening to instruction and being able to remember what they heard, besides being able to put it into action. If the players are not paying attention and miss their assignment or block on the wrong side, do you think they should play? This is another way to reinforce learning: visual, aural, written, kinetic.

    That said I hope my homies are paying attention at practice and not causing distractions on the side. You wanna play, you gotta focus.

  49. postmanke November 25, 2009 10:29 am

    Off to UNLV to root for the Wahine!

  50. Kazz November 25, 2009 10:35 am


    DEY U GO! :mrgreen:

  51. jm2375 November 25, 2009 10:39 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Anyone going to watch the vb game at a commercial establishment this afternoon? I forgot to set the dvr and don’t see that it’s going to be replayed. Not sure I can stay for the whole game, gotta pick up keed at 6:30.


  52. Derek November 25, 2009 10:41 am

    The keys to winning this week against Navy.
    1) We need to score w/ big plays. I figure in order to win this game we needs to score at least 35 points, because we won’t stop Navy. We just have to slow them down.
    2) Discipline – Navy will be disciplined. Our players have to work their assignments correctly to prevent Navy from long gainers. The key is holding down QB Dobbs.
    3) It would help if UH can score a defensive touchdown, but that’s a big if.
    4) Win or break even the turnover battle.
    5) The kicking game – it might come down to a field goal. Eh, Enos?
    Show confidence in yourself. You kicked a 47 yarder against UNLV so you can do it. You gotta believe.
    6) Time of Possession – if we’re even close to 50/50, UH has a good shot. I figure Navy will win the possession battle, thus the big plays are so important.
    7) Prediction – UH – 38, Navy 37.

  53. LizKauai November 25, 2009 10:44 am

    postmanke- CHEER FOR US!!!

    GO WAHINE!!!

  54. mctruck November 25, 2009 11:07 am

    My hunch is that Navy, as good a team as it has proven this year will be a step too slow to stop UH, perhaps because they’ve already sewnup a bowl invite already and thus the urgency/motivation which they normally have exibited will be a might off skilter this time round???, that’s my hope anyways. GO WARRIORS!!

  55. postmanke - mobile November 25, 2009 11:11 am

    Oops too early and wrong arena!! =)

  56. LizKauai November 25, 2009 11:18 am

    mctruck- The Warriors will “Do what we do” and get the W.


  57. d1島 November 25, 2009 11:24 am

    Good news about Moniz.

    Veneri and McGill are good resources for the team to draw on; esp. regarding the blocking for the spread option.

  58. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 11:29 am

    Of course, I’m ticked. We’re all ticked.
    The deal we all have is we’re not supposed to report on Friday’s practices. That’s when they run secret plays, finalize injury reports. Main reason we all agreed to it was because we don’t have equal access to the other team’s injury/strategy situations. So, from a competitive standpoint, it’s not right that if UH closes practices all week to hide Moniz’s availability, and then it comes out the day before the game.
    It was no secret that Moniz wasn’t going to play. Both papers knew that; so did the all of theTV and radio stations. But UH said it wanted to keep it secret, so we’re all like, OK. One station didn’t live up to the agreement.

  59. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 11:34 am

    By the way, we’re not ticked that it came out, so much as that now UH places further restrictions.
    Next week is senior week. We’ll probably write: “Because of time constraints, we’ll have profiles on seniors whose last names are A through G …”

  60. Slugger November 25, 2009 11:41 am

    My Aunty, and cousin & her hubby from Maui, are in LV and went to the WAC game last night. My Aunty slept through the whole second set; she was up till 7am yesterday morning on the machines. She had jackpots of $4000, $1200, $1300, plus little ones. I would have been up all night, too, with that kind of luck.

  61. Slugger November 25, 2009 11:44 am

    ST ~

    John Veneri and Kelly McGill — both members of the UH’s 1992 Holiday Bowl team — gave pointers on the triple-option offense after today’s practice.

    But who did they give them to?

  62. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 11:46 am

    In the games I’ve seen Austin play, it seems that every time he gets to within 25 yards of the end zone, he can no longer see the yards in between. Unless a running play is called, it seems like he is always throwing into the end zone in double and sometimes triple coverage. Meanwhile, another man is completely open somewhere in between. While I like his determination and desire to get a TD, a little more patience with working the yards and first down markers that close to the end zone might do him well in future outings. Maybe it’s just the adrenalin flowing and lack of game experience. OR, for all that I know, maybe it’s the play calling.

  63. A-House November 25, 2009 11:46 am

    On this day before Thanksgiving, I am blessed with what I have and do not have as there are millions of others who have less than I.

    Win or lose, I am blessed that I have seen UH football games this season with my family and Tsaiko friends.

  64. J-Dog November 25, 2009 11:47 am

    blame it on the reporter with the huge you-know-whats.

  65. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 25, 2009 12:06 pm

    Wow… Who’s da wahine wit da tat?

    I like dat sir!!! :mrgreen:

    Hand-written nameplates at a D1 program…

    I no like dat sir… 🙁

  66. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 12:21 pm

    The woman with the tat was our waitress at the Hukilau.
    The tat actually runs down to her leg.
    It’s real … and spectacular.

  67. Ace November 25, 2009 12:26 pm

    Great performance by St Louis grad Masoli last week. Good for him he went to the mainland instead of playing here. If he played for UH, he would be sitting on the bench. That’s how messed up UH is.

  68. bstunna2002 November 25, 2009 12:38 pm

    D gotta be on their toes this week linebackers need to make plays and kill the pitch man…I remember when we ran the triple option the way a d would stop us would be to kill the pitch man….by the end of the game he won’t be running as hard or as fast….

  69. Ralph November 25, 2009 12:38 pm

    do you have a picture of her full body tat?

  70. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 12:42 pm

    Now now.. Ralph… I’m sure some parts are hidden from view except to the most privy party. AND if ST had those piccies.. I’d bet he’d be in a lot of hot water at home.

  71. chawan_cut November 25, 2009 12:45 pm

    Welcome back Rep. Takai!

  72. bstunna2002 November 25, 2009 12:53 pm

    Hit the running backs on every play wether they get the ball or not be physical but play smart. Coach Mack and Coach Cal let the dogs loose Soares,Paredes and Huen.

  73. James November 25, 2009 12:54 pm

    In the SJ game, the short rest when Inoke came in and when the offensive lineman made two off-sides and Inoke threw an errant pass that was blocked was just the boost QB Shane Austin needed to come back in the game and recharge the Warriors. These are the kind of things the coaches should look for to spark the team.

    I think this will be a high scoring game because the Warriors won’t be able to stop Navy’s triple option. I don’t think Navy’s defense will be able to stop the Warriors offense and QBs Moniz and Austin either. Moniz is sharp in the first half and productive. In the third quarter he starts out flat and doesn’t make the passes or the receivers keep dropping the ball unlike what was happening in the first half. Whatever the reason, that is the time to bring in Austin to keep the offense going. And then bring back Moniz when he gets juiced up again. With these two quarterbacks spelling each other the Warriors should be in the game. And Rausch is available too. The Warriors haven’t seen Rausch in too much action yet. He should be ready too.

    And the game may come down to the wire and determined by a field goal. Hope Scot Enos is ready mentally. Another thing, Green should protect the ball and hold it close to his body when running with the ball. His arm is flailing and that’s why the ball gets easily popped loose. He was lucky two times in the SJ game. Seen it happen in previous games too. Can’t make that kind silly mistakes and win over Navy.

    This is gotta win game. The Warriors are hot! Go Warriors!

  74. Kazz November 25, 2009 12:54 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    The woman with the tat was our waitress at the Hukilau.
    The tat actually runs down to her leg.
    It’s real … and spectacular.

    I need to lay down.. getting a bit “light-headed” right now… 😳

  75. LizKauai November 25, 2009 12:57 pm

    GO WAHINE!!!

  76. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 12:59 pm

    After extensive pouting and arguing, and them more pouting and arguing, Mack said it was OK for me to interview Moniz today.
    And that, my friends, is what 27 years of marriage has taught me.

  77. (Jesse) James November 25, 2009 1:04 pm

    ST…#76….Are you sure Wena agrees with that statement???

    Good afternoon Tsaikos…hope everyone has a great, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving….

  78. Kazz November 25, 2009 1:05 pm

    I’d like to see Enos be the difference maker in Saturday’s game. I personally still feel throwing him in at least in that early 4th and 5 conversion attempt instead of going for the 1st down would have been a better percentage of getting something on the scoreboard and avoiding an OT situation. Heck, throwing him in on 4th and 16 ALSO would have been a better percentage for 3 on the board instead of another 1st down or TD…

    We shall see. I am beating a dead horse…

    Well, now that I think about it, I’d rather NOT have ANY game come down to a field goal from ANY kicker, but can’t control fate… 🙁

  79. Kazz November 25, 2009 1:07 pm

    ***Off topic***

    Got this in my morning message off my PC at work today:

    If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? ~ Steven Wright

    discuss… 😆

  80. al November 25, 2009 1:10 pm

    you know its been four weeks since our last verbal commit.

  81. duh November 25, 2009 1:13 pm

    you get a grilled cat sandwitch

  82. chawan_cut November 25, 2009 1:13 pm

    i gotta go rewatch my friday news now to see who didn’t hold up to the agreement not to report it….

  83. duffer (iPhone) November 25, 2009 1:22 pm


    Checkout Abby on NCIS. 🙂

  84. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 1:29 pm

    You get one heck of a teed off cat.

  85. wafan November 25, 2009 1:37 pm


  86. d1島 November 25, 2009 1:39 pm


  87. Manoa Mist November 25, 2009 1:41 pm

    # Kazz:
    November 25th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    79. Kazz

    ***Off topic***

    Got this in my morning message off my PC at work today:

    If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? ~ Steven Wright

    discuss… 😆

    If you strap buttered toast on the back of a cat, that’s easy. You got manapua.

  88. d1島 November 25, 2009 1:44 pm

    Geez, There’s Something About “Mary”….

    Beast and his Wildcats playing William and Mary in Round 1 of FCS (formerly known as Div IAA) Playoffs.

    #2 son and his Wildcats face Mary Hardin-Baylor in Rd 2 of DivIII Playoffs.


  89. d1島 November 25, 2009 1:50 pm



    Is it possible that if the Middies get up by a sizable amount that the HC:

    1) gets overcome with the Aloha Spirit for his Alma Mater and,
    2) starts thinking about The Game on his schedule next week

    so he takes his foot off the gas and allows the host team back within the “margin”?

  90. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 25, 2009 2:01 pm

    Good morning everyone!

    Anyone going to watch the vb game at a commercial establishment this afternoon? I forgot to set the dvr and don’t see that it’s going to be replayed. Not sure I can stay for the whole game, gotta pick up keed at 6:30.


    Today’s game is at 4:30 Hawai`i Time so, given the Wahine’s superior skills, I suspect that everything will be pau by 5:45 pm.

    Try stopping by Murphy’s downtown – there’ll definitely be a crew willing to shout out although I’m not sure if any of them are Tsai-kos.

    There are also some decent sports bars in town where women are welcome. Try the one directly opposite the Honolulu Advertiser at the top of Kapi`olani Blvd.Cannot remember its name.

    As for me, I’m fighting off a seriously major cold and can barely breathe, let alone stay awake. Hope I wake up in time to drive over to Boardrider’s to watch the champtionship match.

  91. Kazz November 25, 2009 2:02 pm


    I don’t watch those detective/cop show dramas, but I shall heed your suggestion! 😛

  92. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 2:09 pm


    you never, anything is possible :). the spirit of the holidays and Aloha may embrace everyone on that field come Saturday. Ken N. doesn’t gain anything from running up the score nor would he be inclined to against his alma mater i believe.

    honestly it may very well come down to a OT or single TD/FG if our offense really clicks and Moniz is back 100%….

    My “entertainment monopoly money” would be on Hawaii for this game…

  93. Committed Road Warrior November 25, 2009 2:10 pm

    The WAC Volleyball Championship isn’t on ESPN360 as I thought it might be. Looks like I’ll have to sift out a link or something just prior to game time.

    Ditto with Saturday’s UH-Navy game, to my recollection.

  94. PowderPuff November 25, 2009 2:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Tsaikos. Nice to see Reps. Nishimoto and Takai at the SJSU game. I think of the Village People when I think of Navy. 🙂 Go Wahine and Warriors!

  95. kolomona November 25, 2009 2:20 pm

    Why was Rausch behind Funaki last week? He was Alexander’s backup not too long ago. Did his finger mess up his throwing that bad?

  96. Nob Bash November 25, 2009 2:23 pm

    Al, isn’t RB joshua quezada supposed to make a decision soon? I read somewhere that he enjoyed his trip to UH. I believe he plans on graduating early to enroll in college in january in time for spring drills, so we should be hearing about him real soon.

  97. d1島 November 25, 2009 2:32 pm


    It’s on ESPN-U at 9:30 ET

  98. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 2:34 pm

    Re: Rausch
    He had a setback with his finger a couple of weeks ago. That kept him from practicing, which deprived him of reps.

  99. kama krab November 25, 2009 2:38 pm

    If I was a betting man Enos will be a part of the final outcome whether win or lose.

    Hopefully it will be in a win.

    Navy is going to pound it down our throat we just need to get a couple of stops and just keep the throttle up on offense. We do that and we win. We start being complacent and we get killed

    Bottom Line.

    There’s no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.

  100. just a lurker November 25, 2009 2:41 pm

    to steve tsai,

    on the page, there is a question as to if craig stutman is coming back to coach at UH. any truth to this?

    thank you,


  101. Committed Road Warrior November 25, 2009 2:45 pm


    I don’t have cable TV! Just rabbit-ears.

  102. kama krab November 25, 2009 2:49 pm

    I have asked this question before but,

    Who is the 17th recruit? So far we have only heard of 16.

    St or anybody else know.

    Just wondering.

  103. d1島 November 25, 2009 2:56 pm



  104. kama krab November 25, 2009 2:57 pm

    Couple weeks ago during the Call the Coach, Mack did say that we have 5 offensive line recruits committed and two are JC’s.

    So far we have heard of

    David Lefotu
    Frank Loyd
    Sean Shigematsu
    London Sapolu

    Who could be the second JCer? Could it be Big John Cullen or someone we have not yet heard or read about.

  105. Committed Road Warrior November 25, 2009 3:04 pm


    That was why I was asking if it was gonna be on, or if I’d have to find something on or

    It’s funny about me just having rabbit-ears. When I arrived out east, I did it mostly as a stop-gap until the Feds started paying me and then I’d get cable. Now, I’m just used to it…..and the $80/month savings I’m reaping. 🙂

  106. djmitcho November 25, 2009 3:04 pm

    Usually the game is also on espn360

  107. djmitcho November 25, 2009 3:07 pm

    I looked at the 360 schedule and the game isn’t on the list. I’m sure you could find it online somewhere.

  108. Ralph November 25, 2009 3:34 pm

    CRW women volleyball championship live on ESPNU today, 4:30 pm HST

  109. Ralph November 25, 2009 3:37 pm

    you don’t have cable, only rabbit ears, but them ears were in the analog era, everything has gone digital.

  110. jojo ® November 25, 2009 3:38 pm

    no internet link for volleyball?

  111. chawan_cut November 25, 2009 3:41 pm

    In ’07, while in lv for the unlv game, i checked the odds for the BCS and hawaii was actually listed, 80 to 1 or something. we had better odds than ND. i wish i could find that listing.

  112. MikeY November 25, 2009 3:42 pm

    CRW don’t have cable so no ESPNU but I do admire him for saving $80. with free rabbit ears. But I cannot go without my DirecTV and get every NFL games or 30 college Basketball games including most WAC or any major confence games. I saved over $400 on ppv and watched most UH games from west coast on DirecTV. I also have OC16 so I can watch local Hi school games too.

  113. jm2375 November 25, 2009 3:42 pm

    I sure hope the announcers for the vb game aren’t the same idiots who did the FSU game.

    BTW, I would prefer going to an establishment between Ala Moana & Manoa. So, I guess that means Genjis or my mom’s :mrgreen: with all the other senior citizens.

  114. MikeY November 25, 2009 3:45 pm

    Oh, that’s 30 college BB games per week.

  115. Derek November 25, 2009 3:58 pm

    We can’t get too excited that we won the last 3 ball games. They’re
    at the bottom of the WAC standings. We have short memories. We are what we are still…a struggling offense that has a hard time scoring in the red zone and a porous defense that is one of the worst in FBS (Division IA). I’d like to think that the team has gotten better, but you have to factor the opponents that we have been playing.

    This week, we are stepping up in class quite a bit, an 8-3 team that has beaten Air Force, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame just a few. And Wake Forest beat Stanford. I hope the home field advantage helps. If anything, I would hope that the UH players are not over confident just because they won their last 3 games, because if they are they will get a rude awakening.

    Just my opinion. Quezada and Fehoko are not committing to UH. When a guy says the disadvantage for Hawaii is the distance then you already know he’s not coming. Fehoko, there’s nothing to indicate he’s serious
    about UH. I think he’s going to Texas Tech w/ his brother or Utah St.
    And that would be too bad, because these guys could help the program.
    Good for UH to make sure the recruits can be eligible to play as a freshman, otherwise they look for somebody else.

  116. Pride. November 25, 2009 4:12 pm

    What evidence is their that leads us to the conclusion that the Warriors are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than the Middies. I understand how we can be called bigger. However, I do not have enough information that tells me that we are stronger, faster, and more athletic. Can someone please enlighten me? I’m not a hardcore football fanatic so wouldn’t know where to get the information that would help me to conclude the aforementioned.

  117. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 4:24 pm


    I have yet to find any information of the “stronger, faster, and athletic,” that would lead to such conclusions. You are right that we can be called “bigger” by pure comparison of rosters.

  118. (Jesse) James November 25, 2009 4:30 pm

    LV had 100 to 1 odds that year that UH would go undefeated.

  119. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 4:38 pm

    One can argue that Notre Dame is “bigger, faster, stronger” than UH (watching last years Bowl game and you could make an educated guess)…

    Navy took on the “bigger, faster, and stronger” team at Notre Dame…and well what was the result?

    i wont buy into the fact that just because we “might” size up better than the incoming team that we automatically have a great chance of winning this game. it may be a PLUS, but since we are struggling we could be in the same theoretic boat as Notre Dame. I thought we had better “talent” than Idaho but since Idaho was playing good football and we were struggling we lost.

    Notre Dame arguably has some of the best talent in college ball but all fingers point to the coaches and their inability to utilize it…See ya Charlie.

    Come the week after when we really play a “big” team in Wisconsin they will have the size advantage and all those goodies like talent….but they are also a really really good football team.

    The answers to winning this game are close to home…

  120. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 4:40 pm

    “…we don’t have to be the best team in the country, just the best team in the stadium.”

    -Lou Holtz

  121. jm2375 November 25, 2009 4:48 pm

    OK, still at work, with no access to the game. Would appreciate updates.


  122. kama krab November 25, 2009 5:07 pm

    Derek #115,

    I agree with you that no one should get too excited about this recent three game winning streak that we are on because of the opponents that we had played. I had said this for a couple of weeks now that this would be our best chances to win all season and look we won all three. Now where this helps the team is in the confidence deparment. Yeah they might have thought that these where winnable games but theres a difference between thinking you can win and actually winning. This three game winning streak will also help in the momentum of this team. Like they say winning can be contagious. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    And on the subject of recruiting Quezada and Fehoko.

    First off Fehoko. No one really thought we would land Fehoko in the first place. It would have been nice but no one would really be surprised if he decided to go away for school. There was no sence even bringing Fehoko up.

    Oh and by the way Utah St. has just as much a chance as we do to get Fehoko. I think you where trying to say Utah. Texas Tech does have the upper hand but watch out for Sark. He is on the hunt and has been recruiting Fehoko personally.

    Quezada on the other hand is still up in the air. Yes he has stated that we are kind far away but is he really wants to be here in the end that will not make a difference. If I where a betting man though I would think he would end up at Utah but betting men don’t always win. We will just have to wait and see on this. He should be making his decision after his trip to Utah, which will be his second trip there. One was an unoficial.

  123. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:07 pm


    25-12, 25-17 so far.

    …and now we get to watch a feature on Penn St. 🙄

  124. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:09 pm

    Karch Kiraly looks kinda spooky 😯

  125. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:10 pm

    …crowd shot looks like SSC!

  126. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:11 pm

    …Boyd properties have shut down and casino workers are taking a break while the match is going on. 😆

  127. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:13 pm

    17 UH pts off NaMaSU errors.

    (OK, I got that off the announcers since I did actually doze off between Sets 1 and 2)

  128. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:15 pm

    UH hitting .408 to .224 for NaMaSU

  129. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:16 pm

    Set 3 on…
    Mafua misses a dink

  130. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:17 pm

    Woods kill.
    UH hits long

    NaMaSU back from break…3-0

  131. koakane™ November 25, 2009 5:18 pm

    :mrgreen: wishing happy turkey day to tsaiko country and warrior fans. may your day be a good one. blessing to your family and love ones. be good and play nice now.

    go wahines.

  132. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:19 pm

    Wahine went moemoe?
    5-1, NaMaSU.

    Shoji calls TO.

  133. chawan_cut November 25, 2009 5:20 pm

    where’d all this rain come from?

  134. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:21 pm

    Touch and out.

    Net violation.


  135. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:22 pm

    Woods hits long.

    Net violation, UH.

    NaMASU block.

    Ferrell finds back line.


  136. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:23 pm

    Kill them.

    Kanani kill.

  137. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:24 pm

    Danielson kill, they dig. Back to Kanani.


    They block Kanani

  138. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:25 pm

    They beat UH block.


  139. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:25 pm

    Kanani kill.


  140. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:26 pm

    Ace UH

  141. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:27 pm

    Kanani into the net.

    Back to Kanani.

    She goes out.


  142. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:27 pm

    Kauffman block.

    Joust @ net to them.


  143. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:28 pm

    Kauffman kill.

    Kill them.


  144. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:30 pm

    Ferrell kill.

    Kanani back in.

    They score.

    NaMaSU wins a wicked rally.

    Shoji TO.

  145. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:31 pm

    The Hawaii people look up from their Keno tickets and realize they need to start cheering.

  146. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:32 pm

    Cubi-Otineru scores.

    Danielson scores.


  147. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:33 pm

    Kanani blocked.



  148. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:35 pm

    Hewitt kill.

    Danielson dug, they send it long.

    Service error, UH.


  149. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:36 pm

    UH blocks, out.

    Net violation, NaMaSU.


  150. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:37 pm

    Danielson blocks.

    They come back with kill.


  151. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:38 pm

    Kanani dug, back to her. Point!

    Hana Hou!


    TO, NaMaSU

  152. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:40 pm



  153. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:40 pm

    NaMaSuU kill.

  154. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:41 pm

    Back set Kauffman.

    Tied at 22

  155. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:41 pm

    Ferrell give UH the lead!

    TO NaMaSU.

  156. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:43 pm

    NaMaSU hits wide.

    Match Pt

  157. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:44 pm

    They stay alive w/ a kill

  158. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:44 pm

    Cubi-Otineru ends it!


  159. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 25, 2009 5:45 pm

    Wahine wins 3 sets – the last one was the closest, but Na Wahine came through when it counts.

  160. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:45 pm

    Kanani Danielson is Tourney MVP

  161. d1島 November 25, 2009 5:46 pm


    Thanks for the update.

  162. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 25, 2009 5:49 pm



    How fitting…


    Congrats to our ladies aka The PRIDE of Hawaii!!!

  163. Slugger November 25, 2009 5:52 pm

    Ho’omaika’i Wahine!!!

  164. wafan November 25, 2009 5:53 pm

    Bravissimo to the Wahine!!!

    An even dozen straight.


  165. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 25, 2009 5:58 pm


    😉 … 😆

  166. wafan November 25, 2009 6:00 pm

    d1 . . .

    Thank you for the Wahine updates. Exciting game!

  167. d1島 November 25, 2009 6:04 pm


    I hope no one was hurt in the stampede from the Orleans Arena to the casino! 😆

  168. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 6:04 pm


    i have to say this. i’ve only read to 60 so there is probably more to say, and i’ll go look but i’m so ticked dat i gotta say this anyway.

    if you wuz a cute wahine reporter, you’d get all da scoops. 😳 if you had boobs insteada cajones, you’d get all da inside scoops 😳

    my pick is, da coaches talk alot and don’t back it up with solid solid solid coaching. brush it off with saying ole anxiety. 😀

    thats an honest feeling. and which is why i haven’t just jumped on Sailor Blue and his raggedy challenge.

    andif summa you odda peeps really wanna back up da no holes barred Warriors till the end challenge, then take on Sailor Blue..

    i’m waiting till i get da word from free online fortune teller crystal ball. 😀

  169. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 6:18 pm

    bang bang BANG!

    we’re comiin Friday nite. my cuz gonna pick us up at da airport, and i’m gonna go find cuz if he’s still up at 10i30ish.

    gonna join da early crew at cabana C.

    okay Sailor Blue, you’re on. Whisky dress for Whisky dress. 😆

  170. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 25, 2009 6:18 pm


    168- so, uh, bhf2, you are no longer a Warrior fan? Just a Winner fan?


  171. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 25, 2009 6:20 pm

    Have FUN at the Cabana! I am on the late-save-me-a-plate-flight again on Saturday… tsigh…

  172. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 6:21 pm

    c’mon coaches. I’m counting on YOU to uphold my honor. I’m putting my dress from Salvation Army on da line. 😯

  173. Stephen Tsai November 25, 2009 6:25 pm

    We’re off to Navy’s practice, which, by the way is open.

  174. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 6:28 pm

    yup, i admits it. i’m a winner fan! :mrgreen:

    and just tell me dat warm and fuzzies is da only way to go.
    tell dat to Notre Dame. 😆

    the Redskins play like that too. 😆 right.

    thats why i changed the channel. 😯


  175. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 6:33 pm

    Isn’t it raining in Aiea? Was raining like crazy in Kalihi just a few minutes back

  176. d1島 November 25, 2009 6:45 pm

    Mahalo Stephen.

    Will look forward to the 411!

  177. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 6:45 pm

    Whatever happened to Ball State? Weren’t the Cardinals undefeated till something like the last week of the season last year?

  178. Slugger November 25, 2009 6:46 pm

    Raining in town…is it raining at the stadium?

  179. Slugger November 25, 2009 6:51 pm

    Cincy & the Zags tied in Maui ~ overtime…

  180. curveball November 25, 2009 7:08 pm

    somebody pissed off mother nature in upper Kalihi Valley as it has been pouring here all day long and really getting with it now..maps show the stadium is getting it also…

  181. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 7:19 pm

    I blame it on Guy Hagi. “Nothing out of the ordinary. Just a few light showers on the Windward side…” …sumpting like dat.

  182. chopsueyboy November 25, 2009 7:20 pm

    it was raining earlier on Ala Moana Bl, but it’s been dry for over an hour

  183. Jason November 25, 2009 7:25 pm

    It’s raining in Salt Lake right now …

  184. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 7:28 pm

    Hawai’i 48, Navy 41 Nov. 20, 1999 | Aloha Stadium | Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Hawai’i outscored Navy, 48-41, in front of 41,895 fans at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game was a see-saw affair with no team leading by more than 14 points. The Mids played without starting quarterback Brian Madden for the entire third quarter and the first five minutes of the fourth quarter because of severe cramping. Madden carried the ball 29 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns and completed four of his 11 pass attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Raheem Lambert rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

    Das what we need… 41,895 fans to start… cramp Navy’s style, go tit for tat and in the end, simply out score them by one TD or more. If the 1999 team could do it… so can our 2009 team.

    Wow… a whole decade and another coaching change.

  185. kama krab November 25, 2009 7:28 pm

    It is raining pretty good here in Waipahu.

  186. curveball November 25, 2009 7:33 pm

    Welcome to Aloha Stadium Navy…sorry about the weather..

  187. jm2375 November 25, 2009 7:36 pm

    Congrats to the Wahine!!!

    Thanks for the updates d1! u da bes’.

    Rain. Rain. and more rain on da windward side. (So what else is new?) Much fun driving over the Pali in the driving rain in the dark. 👿

  188. kama krab November 25, 2009 7:40 pm

    Congrats to the Wahine for another WAC Championship.

  189. Garret November 25, 2009 7:46 pm

    Whatever happened to Ball State? Weren’t the Cardinals undefeated till something like the last week of the season last year?


    Ball State’s head coach and some of their assistant coaches left Ball State after the season and went to San Diego State. SDSU chose Hoke over DeWayne Walker, then Walker settled for the NMSU job.

    SDSU *significantly* improved under Hoke and Ball State significantly dropped without him. Still, SDSU is just 4-7, but they were 2-10 last year and were worse than their record. With a good recruiting class this year, Hoke could have SDSU in a bowl game next year.

  190. Garret November 25, 2009 7:52 pm

    Nice article on Ken Niumatalolo in the Annapolis Capital-Gazette.

    “I could stand here and tell you it’s just another game, but it’s more than just another game. I’ve tried to hold back the emotions and excitement, but it’s going to be hard once I finally walk into that stadium,” Niumatalolo said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of emotion, a few tears.”

    “That stadium holds a lot of great memories for me. In high school, my team won the state championship there. I played and coach there when I was at Hawaii,” Niumatalolo said. “As a young boy, I used to sell newspapers there. I remember rooting for the Warriors and hanging out by the locker room hoping someone would throw you up a wristband.”

  191. A-House November 25, 2009 7:53 pm

    Just back from dinner with a very special boyhood friend who now lives in Indiana and just heard the good news that the Wahine swept NMS in LV.

    YES! Congrats to Coach Shoji and the players. Keep the dream alive as another NCAA championship banner hanging in the SC would be worhty of a grand celebration!

  192. Garret November 25, 2009 7:53 pm

    “As excited as I am about this game, I also know how long a flight it is. I don’t want to come back a loser. That would really spoil the entire trip,” Niumatalolo said.

  193. Garret November 25, 2009 7:56 pm

    Amazing that Niumatalolo at one point had to take a sales job because he couldn’t even get a high school coaching job…and now he’s the first Samoan head football coach at any level in college.

    That stint ended abruptly after just two seasons when head coach Charlie Weatherbie fired Niumatalolo due to ongoing professional and personality conflicts.

    Niumatalolo failed to land a high school coaching job and tried his hand at sales before latching on as an assistant at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and resurrecting his career in 1999. A decade later, he is only the second Polynesian head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the first collegiate head coach on any level of Samoan descent.

  194. Garret November 25, 2009 7:56 pm

    Tuika Tufaga, a starting defensive tackle for the Warriors, is Niumatalolo’s nephew.

  195. kama krab November 25, 2009 7:57 pm

    So to follow up on #122.

    I think it would be great to one day get guys like a Manti Teo, Shaydon Akuna, V.J. Fehoko, and the like but as of right now, for most of us we know that it will not happen any time soon. We can always hope and dream but kids at this level will always want to move on to bigger and better things. This is just the facts.

    What we can do as fans is just congratulate them and hope they do well at whatever school they go to. We do this as fans because it may not work out for the player in the mainland and the player might want to come back. When this does happen we can celebrate and welcome them back with open arms.

    We have already seen evidence of this with the return of guys like Kaniela Tuipolotu (sp?), Gary Nagy, and Josh Manupuna (sp?). These guys will be big time contributors at Hawaii next year and we are just happy that they have decided to come back.

    I hope that one day we will get guys at the caliber of the above stated but for know I am definitely happy with the guys that we have gotten so far. As you might call them “daimonds in the ruff”.

  196. Garret November 25, 2009 8:00 pm

    Ken Miumatalolo’s father is a retired Chief Petty Officer who will get to see his son coach Navy against UH…with his older brother serving in the Navy flying to Hawaii to be at the game and with his three sisters who still live in Hawaii there also…

    Simi and Lamala Niumatalolo will be in attendance at Aloha Stadium to see their son coach Navy against his alma mater. Older brother Jim, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Navy now stationed at the Pentagon in D.C., is traveling back for the game. Three sisters who still live in Hawaii are also going to the game along with their children.

    “We’re very, very excited and looking forward to seeing Kenneth. This is a day we would never dream of,” said 75-year-old Simi Niumatalolo, retired after serving 23 years as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. “We’re very proud of Kenneth and what he has accomplished.”

  197. Garret November 25, 2009 8:20 pm

    The start of #196 should be “Ken Niumatalolo”. I also should make it clear that it is Ken’s older brother and sisters attending the UH game, since my sentence could make it seem like it was his Dad’s siblings.

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  201. wafan November 25, 2009 8:39 pm

    3rd century.

    Good night and yummy turkey dreams!

  202. Garret November 25, 2009 8:40 pm

    Article about how BSU needs Oklahoma to beat Oklahoma State in order to get a BCS Bowl spot.

    Three years after Boise State shocked — some would say embarrassed — the Sooners in a 2007 Fiesta Bowl for the ages, Boise now needs Norman’s help.

    It needs Oklahoma to beat Oklahoma State.

    An Oklahoma victory in Norman almost assures Boise State will not get left out of a major bowl game if it finishes 13-0.

    An Oklahoma State victory, though, would make the Cowboys Bowl Championship Series eligible at 10-2 and probably knock Boise State out.

  203. RainbowCliff November 25, 2009 8:59 pm

    Good evening Mr. A House, glad to hear you had an enjoyable dinner with good friend of Indiana fame. Mailed off your family gift n kind box to your home address as you should have it by Saturday.

    All items for the A House family is posted individually with YOURS being used at ANY time you become frustrated with the team, coaches, University, fans or players. Squeeze the Hawaii tension ball as it will ease your frustrations and gradually you will gain a calm of prescence. Masa Hawaii Warrior Water Bottle is unique and attractive as my gift to him for his GREATNSS !

    Mrs. A House and Midori 7 will enjoy shopping in her H green bag and Midori 7 can now jout any information down with her erasble / marker Hawaii board. At the bottom of box is our group picture together framed in Kona wood. Have my 17th year Wooten ceremony dvd included as I hope you and your family will re-live a GREAT day for me in which I turned South Central Los Angeles into Hawaii green with little “WARRIORS” all around me.

    Have a HAPPY thanksgiving and enjoy the mail service Hawaii goodies that you and your family RICHLY deserve !

  204. madeinhawaii November 25, 2009 9:05 pm

    One of the posters on SH suggested that the reason Boise didn’t have too many players making it to the next level year after year, wasn’t because their athletes weren’t as good or better than the Warriors, but because the players are platooned fequently, no player really gets to shine or establish himself firmly into the minds of the scouts. Meanwhile, players in Hawaii who become starters can rack up the sacks, tackles, moments under the lights and show their stuff time and time again. They are battle tested and have demonstrated their durability.

    I thought this was an interesting perspective.

    What do you guys think?

  205. d1島 November 25, 2009 9:34 pm

    It seems we have come far from the original purpose of the setting aside of a day for our nation to give thanks as our first President proclaimed.

    Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a Day Of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

    Happy Thanksgiving All.

  206. RainbowCliff November 25, 2009 9:49 pm

    ST: Mahalo kind sir for the San Jose photo shots. Love that poster of ALL the Primo bottles Hawaii made as you captured my happiness owning this picturesque of Hawaii lager history.

    Rainbow Menehuene looks GOOD as my back and lats really bring out the boldness of this Hawaii retro logo which is still TODAY popular among the loca faithful as I had a Female Warrior fan after the game ask me where she can get my sweatshirt as I replied Janet Useyda of “Hawaii Styles” will fill the answer.

  207. tommui November 25, 2009 9:49 pm

    GARRET: No biggie but there is no rank of Lt. Col in the Navy.

    He could be a Marine or if in the Navy and if he is wearing silver oak leafs, it would be a Commander.

    Trivia and has nothing to do with the story.

  208. RainbowCliff November 25, 2009 9:54 pm

    Good Night Tsaiko Nation.

  209. Garret November 25, 2009 10:00 pm

    Tom Mui,

    Weird, you would think that the Annapolis paper would know the ranks in the Navy!

  210. Garret November 25, 2009 10:01 pm

    By the way, has some of their Black Friday deals available on their website right now…free shipping to Hawaii.

    We needed a new printer and a new scanner…Best Buy has an HP printer/scanner with WiFi for about half price (about $65).

  211. J November 25, 2009 10:05 pm

    There is a Lt. Col James Niumatalolo, US Army. Maybe the Annapolis paper can’t mention that branch of service…

  212. Garret November 25, 2009 10:10 pm


    Changing the branch of service would be an even bigger error by that Annapolis paper!

  213. Garret November 25, 2009 10:13 pm


    I really do not think that your #204 post is the explanation for BSU’s low draft numbers. The NFL really cares about combine numbers and physical stats. and it just doesn’t appear that BSU has the type of athletes on paper than the drafted Warriors.

    If that theory was correct, then a player like RGM or Adam Leonard or Sol Elimimian would have been drafted. They played a LOT and shined on the field…and they were not drafted.

  214. Garret November 25, 2009 10:19 pm

    Bess put up HUGE stats and ran a slow 40 time (even though he ran a great shuttle time and shuttle time is more important for a slot receiver), and he wasn’t drafted.

    Every year many college players put up a great 40 time or bench a high number or reps and they get drafted way above what their college playing career would suggest. I do not understand the reliance on the stopwatch and measurements by NFL scouts…I would think they should put greater weight on on-field performance in college, but I guess the stopwatch gives them an excuse if a player does not pan out.

  215. Kekoa November 25, 2009 10:51 pm

    Just back in da hale from an early Turkey dinner with my Cuz ‘n Buddy. Nice tuneup for tomorrow’s feast, despite the soggy weather.

    Just before the heavy showers hit, we noticed the black clouds heading in from Kunia. Tents go up and not a minute too soon. Whoosh…Guy Hagi is now officially off our Christmas list!

  216. Kekoa November 25, 2009 10:53 pm

    D-1 ~ Tank Q for da Wahine vb news. More reason to get da Bannahs flying from the rafters of SSC!

  217. Kekoa November 25, 2009 11:05 pm

    BHF2 ~ Ok…So it sounds like you’re prepared to take your favorite party dress out of moth balls and make a fashion statement.

    I say save it for SailorBlue to wear…


  218. Slugger November 25, 2009 11:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Tsaikos!!! Have a wonderful day with family & friends. Don’t eat too much…remember we have Saturday to do. Just got some beautiful avocados for the salad. Ummmm….

    Night all!


  219. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 11:59 pm

    so i said to free online fortune teller crystal ball:

    Navy Academy Midshipmen football team loses to Hawaii Warriors on Saturday, yes or no

    and lickety split da computer says

    It hurts to hear it, but the answer is no.


  220. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:00 am

    good thing free online fortune teller crystal ball has been WRONG
    alot this season.


  221. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:08 am

    congratulations Wahine on a very fine WAC championship!

    continue the journey!

  222. Kekoa (iPhone) November 26, 2009 12:08 am

    Ok Bhf2..if da teller is correct, you need to get da Minnie Pearl hat w/price tag to match your ensemble.

  223. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:15 am

    Good thing Niumatalolo get Coast Guard family. they can rescue him Saturday nite after the game.


  224. al November 26, 2009 12:16 am

    Nob Bash

    the running back is going to take a visit to utah. a decision would be forthcoming soon after. currently, they (he and early commit dominck sierra) are involved in the state championships.

  225. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:16 am

    if i gots to, can i borrow yours? mine no mo.

    don’t expect to be needin it dough. 😆

  226. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:19 am

    what an awesome way to finish this season.

    focus Warriors. get the minds and feet and arms all on da same page!

  227. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:21 am

    wait till you see the T shirt I’m gonna get today. gonna drive over to Ymea and get my early XMas present, if still get da Tshirt. 😀
    Please. Pretty Please.

  228. al November 26, 2009 12:21 am

    derek….quezada has to choose between the hills of the rockies or the beach at waikiki.

    that other guy, is he the legend with the 28 sacks? i think he will now end up on the mainland he is a “tweener” so not sure where he will fit in.

    hmmm. 28 sacks, eh?

  229. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 26, 2009 12:24 am

    What goes around, comes around. Why not go for it?

  230. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:25 am


    interesting the recruiting scenario. looking like Warriors gonna get some good recruits next year. I’m guessing that coach focusing on Offensive and defensive line in this class?

  231. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:27 am

    of course you’re right. howzit Doc.

  232. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:31 am

    Ken Niumatalolo’s story is a really great feel good story. i’m gonna be truly sorry dat his siblings gonna bereave fo dat boy when Tuika goes and busses up Navy, becomes da star container of the QB option.

    Coaches, you just gotta know that MOST of the running option gonna be away from Tuika’s side. i say play him hard, play him often, give him spells, and let our Warrior SHINE. plan for it.

  233. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:34 am

    Tuika got my back! yes sir! he ain’t gonna let dis uncle wear no frilly dress with minnie pearl necklace wit da price tag. Not gonna let no Commander put da dress on a Warrior, NO SIR! 👿

  234. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:39 am

    Navy fans gotta be feeling good about themselves. 8-3. they’ll still feel good about themselves when they leave Hawaii 8-4.


  235. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:41 am

    they had their highs at Notre Dame. They’re going to some Eaglebus bowl. yup, coaching gonna play a MAJOR part of this game. gotta focus, George!

    this is THE game!

  236. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:43 am

    as far as I’m concerned, this is THE game. everybody been practicing up and getting ready for THIS game.

  237. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 12:50 am


    i counted 16 recruits and 4 transfers. that what you got?

  238. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 1:09 am

    thank you thank you Chawan_cut

    hope to see you Sat at cabana c. 😀

  239. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 1:10 am

    Warriors can beat Navy. hold onto da ball! FOCUS

  240. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 1:16 am

    catching the ball.

    Moniz looking for the passing game

    wrapping up when tackling

    das wat da Warriors gots to do Sat and I’ll be one supah happy campa!

  241. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 1:17 am

    okay, see ya in da a.m.
    nite nite.

  242. bighilofan2 November 26, 2009 1:30 am


    looking at Navy’s roster, and our roster,

    i’d say we’re bigger.

  243. Loa November 26, 2009 1:34 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Gang!

  244. Ralph November 26, 2009 3:27 am

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Go Raider Nation, beat the Cowboys!

    Remember Friday doubleheader, Na Wahine vs Arizona State at 5 pm, followed by UH vs New Mexico in bb. Only the Na Wahine game on K5 unless the TV listing is in error.

  245. G (China) November 26, 2009 3:38 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Tsaikos!

  246. G (China) November 26, 2009 3:41 am

    Many things to be thankful for…one is being able to catch up with the Warriors from across the Pacific. Truly a nice break for an island boy who misses home.

  247. Committed Road Warrior November 26, 2009 4:18 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Plenty to be thankful for. Thankful that a co-worker has welcomed me into their circle for this day knowing that I’d otherwise probably be sifting out some ratty restaurant in Chinatown.

    Stay safe and enjoy the day, for tomorrow brings more new and exciting challenges.

  248. wafan November 26, 2009 4:30 am

    A very Merry Thanksgiving to all!

  249. wafan November 26, 2009 4:32 am

    While you are busy eating, drinking, and enjoying your friends and family remember the real reasons for the holiday.

    Have a most enjoyable day!!!

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