Landing in Houston

HOUSTON — Ah, the heat … the humidity … it’s just another day in … Houston?

The Warriors, who arrived early this morning, should be used to the muggy conditions after the past few weeks’ weather in Hawaii. It is expected to be breezier — Southwest’s version of tradewinds? — tomorrow.

The Warriors will practice for about 90 minutes today, then head to a barbecue this evening.







  1. cocobean October 2, 2014 9:28 am

    Hi all.

  2. Andrew October 2, 2014 9:29 am

    What does the humidity feel like in comparison to Hawaii’s?

  3. Stephen Tsai October 2, 2014 9:36 am

    It makes me want to yell at the sky: “Rain!”

  4. jeezy33 October 2, 2014 9:43 am

    Any idea if the coaches plan on opening up the blinn or navarro pipeline during this trip?? Blinn has a OK.State transfer at qb putting up video game type numbers. Blinn always has good dbs too

  5. gigi-hawaii October 2, 2014 9:49 am

    Texas barbecue? Sounds great!
    Our tenant is from Houston and likes to grill his steaks in our patio.

    He also bought some jalapeno jelly beans from Amazon, because he can’t get them here in Hawaii.

  6. SteveM October 2, 2014 9:55 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Good afternoon to ST in the BBQ state!

  7. seewhy October 2, 2014 10:10 am

    Good morning everyone!

  8. SteveM October 2, 2014 10:15 am

    Texas BBQ’s reminded me of the this excerpt from ST’s September 6, 2007 blog entry from Houston. I think he wanted to name the restaurant “Hungry Cow BBQ”. 🙂

    …We’re at the hotel in Houston, where the rooms are $199 a night but gas is only $2.60 a gallon.
    Ferd and I just got back from Goode’s, the best BBQ restaurant in Houston — or so proclaimed by the Travel Channel. I’ve decided that DPK, Bulla, SteveM and I are opening up a BBQ place in Hawai‘i.
    But I digress.
    We entered the lobby, where we were met by coaches Rich Miano, Dennis McKnight and Mel deLaura. They’re looking for a 24-Hour Fitness. They don’t have a car.
    Flashback to last year: McKnight carjacks the rental.
    This time we’re in the clear. The valet has the car keys.
    The Advertiser bean counters can relax….

    Such fun back in those days…and the start of an undefeated season.

  9. cocobean October 2, 2014 10:24 am

    ST. Don’t know if I read it or saw it on TV about how the support staff for the traveling squad always pitches in to help each other. Like the SID helping the trainers with their supplies and the tutors helping the equipment manager with the luggage. The jest of it was being on the road brings people together to help each other.

    In that vain I know Chow won’t have his full complement of volunteers to handle the snacks. Were planing to pitching in with making the PBNJs ?

  10. pollypicador October 2, 2014 10:27 am

    Regarding Timmy Chang’s testament to wanting to coach at the NCAA level.

    Here’s a person that made the move to what ever door is open. He wasn’t choosy. He wasn’t fussy. He just wanted to coach. He even bided his time at the HS level.

    He just needed a break.

    After a stop at SMU (Chang’s first break courtesy of Coach Jones) where he got his feet wet in Texas country the local boy from Hawaii, who I fondly remember as a menace as a student-athlete riding his bike on the sidewalk (almost hitting me once) in the University area during his playing days for the Warriors, makes the coaching move to Mississippi and Jackson State. Who would have thought? Here’s Hawaii moving in with the Cosby’s, Jefferson’s, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, so to speak, as Chang takes the OC job at the historically black college and community. To give you another perspective: of the 10 coaches on the staff-8 are black. Of the roster of players-4 are white.

    Chang’s transition to Mississippi and Jackson State allows him to further his craft. It allows him to fill out his resume and get noticed. It also allows to exclusively absorb another culture, see how the other side works and communicates and it also allows him to bond/work with black players, coaches and community. If Chang is received, endorsed and applauded at Jackson State this is huge on his resume.

    A quick look at the 3-2 Jackson State, specifically Chang’s offense-a 59, 33, 30,22, 7 scoring outputs.

    I don’t know too much of the specifics on what’s below the surface to Chang’s coaching (i.e., type of offense he runs, numbers, feedback) but I do know that he’s covered the terrain in Canada (as a CFL player), Hawaii (HS, college), Texas (with Jones)…and now Mississippi. If anything Chang has lived an enriching existence (I envy him), where he is seeing more than the football nature of life- coexisting with different people, and coaching. Chang is taking the right steps. Credit to his self drive and perhaps his parents upbringing.

  11. cocobean October 2, 2014 10:35 am

    polly. man love?

  12. DaveLetterMan October 2, 2014 10:45 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Speaking of man love, what’s up with BC & Andrew Luck? Every morning this week on my way to work I listen to him rave about Luck. Have to change the channel already. Ready to barf.
    Good luck Warriors! Any rice being served at the BBQ?

  13. Kanak October 2, 2014 10:48 am

    Make sure the boys get all the bbq sauce off the fingers, our problem with drops is bad enough already… GO BOWS!!!

  14. nutmegger October 2, 2014 10:56 am

    Maybe sticky BBQ sauce on the fingers will help.

  15. champ October 2, 2014 11:00 am

    The solution is quite simple to reduce brain injuries. Limit all players weight to 225 lbs. No height restrictions. And u could limit weight training to anaerobics and endurance training-high reps very low weights. No need spend too much money on training table. Low carbs, high protein. I mean didnt they play football with smaller people in the early days? Speed would reign supreme and could be just as good to watch an offensive lineman run a 4.6 and skill players 4.3 4.5. On another front, bring back the Paul Johnson spread attack. I think Woolsley would do well in that venue. Of course, HC wont have any of that cause that’s not his mentality. Hawaii 21 Rice 20 if they stop the option.

  16. TChahng October 2, 2014 11:00 am


    TChahng 49 – 28


  17. nutmegger October 2, 2014 11:18 am

    I think everyone is concerned about brain injuries, but drastic changes would be required to significantly reduce them.

    Is the sport that has so much tradition and physical superiority able to change?

    I think there will be small changes to rules that over time will help, but as long as men/teams are willing to compete it will always be a controlled violent sport with the associated injuries.

  18. Andrew October 2, 2014 11:21 am


    Yeah he sure is mancrushing on him. I also didn’t like his viewpoint on the trainer tackling the fan down at that cfb game. I thought the force used was warranted considering how close the fan was getting to the players on the field. Bobby thinks that just because the fan was scrawny that he is harmless. I mean he may look harmless, but you never know. It doesn’t take a huge muscled out guy to handle a gun, knife, or even bomb. I think when people start becoming complacent and “judging a book by its cover” is when something serious can happen.

  19. DaveLetterMan October 2, 2014 11:34 am

    Andrew, didn’t hear what he said (must’ve changed the station cuz of his man crush). But I did hear about it on SportsAnimals. Agree with those that are against BC. Never know what someone will pull out of their pocket. Too many crazies out there.

  20. gigi-hawaii October 2, 2014 11:47 am

    I thought BC was a husband and father.
    What’s this about barfing over his man love for that QB Luck?
    You must be exaggerating.
    Of course, I don’t listen to the radio that much…

  21. Boolakanaka October 2, 2014 11:48 am

    Bottom line:

    Watching incredibly large athletic men run into each other full-speed- good!

    Large men running full force into each other for a living and its effect on their bodies -bad!

    Just like folks who don’t want to watch a slower version of the Indy 500, no one wants to watch a scaled down football game….at some point something gives. At the end of the day, either the doctors and/lawyers will have the last say on this debate.

  22. DaveLetterMan October 2, 2014 11:52 am

    Gigi, I’m not exaggerating. It’s really annoying. He even replayed an interview with someone that he was gushing over Luck with. I thought I was going crazy cuz I knew I heard the interview before. I like BC but this Luck man crush is sickening.

  23. DaveLetterMan October 2, 2014 11:55 am

    Hey Boo, your analogies make me laugh. Thanks for making my day. Yesterday’s one was really funny.

  24. Andrew October 2, 2014 11:58 am


    During that segment, a caller chimed in and said pretty much the same viewpoint I have that the use of force was warranted and that now days really don’t know what people are capable of. BC got pretty worked up about that and pretty much talked over the guy the entire time and didn’t let him talk very much at all. I was pretty much ready to change the channel at that point. It’s okay to differ in viewpoints but on the BC show I notice it’s difficult to be able to voice a different opinion without getting talked over. Because of that I like listening to the Sports Animals a lot more.

  25. islandman October 2, 2014 12:03 pm

    No hard hits, that’s the only way to reduce injuries. On the other hand, soccer has head injuries too.
    Is the hit, at about 1:47 below, on the Michigan QB a legal hit ?

  26. Kanak October 2, 2014 12:14 pm

    nutmegger – Sticky bbq sauce is ok!

    Just don’t think football goes away because of the unfortunate deaths and tons of lawsuits… The sport generates enough money on all levels that it can easily absorb the hit. Only way is if the participants themselves choose to quit, and that isn’t happening.

  27. JTW October 2, 2014 12:36 pm

    Arrived in Houston at 3 pm CT. Weather is hot and muggy 91, but schedule for Saturday is sunny skies with high of 78 and and low of 60 so perfect for game time.

  28. gigi-hawaii October 2, 2014 12:45 pm

    Well, hubby and I will be tuned to 1420 radio for the game at 1 pm on Saturday.
    The weather forecast sounds great.
    Hope we win for a change.

  29. nutmegger October 2, 2014 1:15 pm

    Ialandman #25 – Soccer does have head injuries too. I think next to football, women’s soccer is the next sport that has the highest per capita instances of concussion.

  30. cocobean October 2, 2014 1:19 pm

    The most devastating hit I saw in person was Colt being flattened by a Fresno State player in ’07. Fresno had the poor taste to show the replay several times during Hawaii’s game there to jack up their fans.

  31. kawika49 October 2, 2014 1:24 pm

    This conference, seems to emphasize penalties for celebration and sideline intrusion. If true; please guys, after a good play, pretend you have been there before. Coaches and sideline players, look at your feet; if its white, it ain’t right. Step back. End of Sermon.

  32. Pomaikaikeolahou October 2, 2014 1:24 pm

    I would like to see a comparison between football and rugby as far as the head injury’s are concerned.

  33. kawika49 October 2, 2014 1:28 pm

    If you, eliminate helmets and current shoulder pads (maybe soft pads)….no problema.

  34. kawika49 October 2, 2014 1:30 pm

    Thinking of looking for a coach slither, and Coach Momi lomilomi.

  35. Imua808 October 2, 2014 1:44 pm

    First time posting here but I have to call out Jeezy33. For too long he has been posting like he knows it all and is quick to chastise those who don’t agree with him. He has brought his WSN (dabowman) opala here and has basically ruined the blog for many.

    Last year he said Ewaliko should be the starting QB. I guess he abandoned that one.

    A few weeks ago he goes on and on about Norm Chow not recruiting QB’s and relies too much on transfers. He goes on to say that D1 QB transfers do so because they just can’t cut it and he would never recruit one.

    But now he wants to know if Norm is recruiting Blinn’s QB who is a former Oklahoma St QB. What gives Jeezy, you changing your mind, or like other post, are you smarter than everyone else?

    What is your football background, former player or coach? Oh wait none, you just tell it like it is, right?

    Come up to Kunuiakea Field, sometime, and share you brilliant wisdom to us. We enjoy reading how obnoxious and ridiculous your post a

  36. bowwar October 2, 2014 1:51 pm

    ST: Don’t wish too hard for rain, as Houston is known for it’s “sheet rain”…I experienced “sheet rain” there and I didn’t believe that rain fell like that. We surely don’t have it here in the islands…

  37. islandman October 2, 2014 2:14 pm

    Houston, … the eagle has landed.

  38. Tempmanoa October 2, 2014 2:15 pm

    Timmy Chang is not the only ex-Hawaii player earning his stripes in coaching. Craig Stutzman is the offensive coordinator at Emory and Henry College in Virginia (Southern school, but mixed). He has accumulated quite a background for his resume.

    As to the risk of brain injury, the game of football is and will change considerably– not stop, but change. Mothers play a role in this and many are holding their kids out of football– even in places like Texas. As evidence mounts– like it did with smoking–the pressure for change will be greater. Even some NFL players and retirees say they would not let their sons play football as it currently is. Football can still be exciting and be safe by eliminating certain types of play.

  39. Inyoface October 2, 2014 2:19 pm

    Fresno stadium feels like a penitentiary. I’ll go the the last game if we’re good, if not, I’ll pass.

  40. A-House October 2, 2014 2:21 pm

    go back from Goode’s about an hour ago – visited Gallaria Mall – very “high end” shops

    returned to our hotel for “fee” drinks and snacks – called “happy hour” where selected drinks, soda, snacks are FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Houston reminds me a lot about summer in Kentucky and Georgia – hot, humid with very little or no wind – except, wind is blowing, but just moving the heat and humidity around

    weather forecast says 100% chance of thunder showers to night

  41. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:29 pm

    A house, buy another and put it on my tab. Promise I send you the fare on Paypal.

  42. Inyoface October 2, 2014 2:32 pm

    That 4’9″ player on Rice has to be the shortest player ever on D1 football team.

  43. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:35 pm

    We need a fast Menehune; maybe we can make the Menehune our mascot!

  44. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:36 pm

    Why not; Menehune for mascot?
    Small but mighty.

  45. Ipu Man October 2, 2014 2:43 pm

    …maybe that was Stephen in disguise trying to get an inside scoop…:)

  46. Ipu Man October 2, 2014 2:43 pm


  47. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:44 pm

    We can have a wahine menehune for the wahine sports and a kane menehune for men. the menehune can’t be over 4′.

  48. Inyoface October 2, 2014 2:46 pm

    Menehune is like the Irish leprechaun Notre Dame uses.

  49. Stephen Tsai October 2, 2014 2:49 pm

    Ryan Mouton, who played at Blinn, will be at practice tomorrow. Maybe that’s a start.

  50. Stephen Tsai October 2, 2014 2:51 pm

    Wasn’t the Ohio State strength/enforcer a former Jet?

  51. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:52 pm

    #47 Why not?

  52. Stephen Tsai October 2, 2014 2:52 pm

    All I know is that on a week that two intruders were able to elude security at the White House, including one who was armed, body-slamming a field trespasser might be a deterrent.

  53. kawika49 October 2, 2014 2:57 pm

    Please BJ, hold an audition for Menehune.

  54. kawika49 October 2, 2014 3:00 pm

    And seat them next to family friendly section. With young Hula Halau!

  55. kawika49 October 2, 2014 3:05 pm

    et us bring back the Menehune.

  56. Boolakanaka October 2, 2014 3:12 pm

    Excellent article on football, rugby brain injuries and equipment.

  57. kawika49 October 2, 2014 3:27 pm

    Boola, I said that already, let’s move on ; and have Menehune as our mascot.

  58. kawika49 October 2, 2014 3:28 pm

    Menehune: small in stature, great in spirit.

  59. nutmegger October 2, 2014 3:56 pm

    Nice photos.

    Is that pecan pie? What no BBQ?

  60. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 4:31 pm

    Boola: the author of the forbes article is unaware of the fact that football helmets were invented because there were spikes in head fractures back in the early day of football (and there were a BUNCH of rule changes because football was almost banned for being too violent back then). the helmets greatly reduced the occurrences of skull fractures, but as the game evolved, concussions became the issue.

    Removing helmets may substitute concussion issues for skull fracture issues again.

  61. kawika49 October 2, 2014 4:42 pm

    Get rid of the rigid helmets. Bring back the menehune.

  62. What??? October 2, 2014 5:04 pm

    Get rid of the rigid helmets, use the jabon skin like small-kid time

  63. kawika49 October 2, 2014 5:09 pm

    #61. If you tough enuogh go bare skin.

  64. islandman October 2, 2014 6:23 pm

    #52 — On TV today, they said the secret service agent that the intruder initially eluded was a female.

  65. Hilo-Warrior October 2, 2014 6:41 pm

    Do we know what the spread for this weeks game is?

  66. Fei Jai October 2, 2014 6:57 pm

    @35. Take it easy, brah.

  67. Fei Jai October 2, 2014 6:58 pm


    Let the pigeons eat the rice.

  68. Naks8 October 2, 2014 7:43 pm

    Gotta try gatlins bbq in Houston and eat at taste of Texas steakhouse. Both were soild when I went to seahawks vs Texans game

  69. Andrew October 2, 2014 7:49 pm

    Say goodbye to the heisman Marcus. So disappointing. That Oregon player is gonna get a lot of heat for that dumb bow he did to get that penalty. He might have just cost them a chance for the national championship.

  70. oneseason October 2, 2014 8:06 pm

    Bowing respectfully is now a celebration but pushing the runner, giving Arizona the first down, is never ever called … Rule 9, Section 3 Article 2a (p. FR-90) Penalty 5 yds

    Loved UH’s post TD handshakes of a few years ago … those were classic … and would probably be flagged by these refs

  71. oneseason October 2, 2014 8:11 pm

    Salas caught it … nice catch … respectful handshake … “This is what Hawaii does, they throw the ball” … Watch and remember …

  72. Andrew October 2, 2014 8:11 pm


    Yeah I’d agree that bowing shouldnt be a big deal but that’s a penalty the refs really look at so to give them a chance to even consider calling it is stupid. Even if its an emotional game he should have jus refrained from doing that no matter how minor it seems

  73. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 8:15 pm

    Oneseason: bowing after a play has been a penalty since the NCAA instituted excessive celebration penalties targeting university of miami during the jimmy johnson years. i dont’ necessarily agree with those rules, but it is what it is.

    and come on. The intent of that bow wasn’t “respectful.” it was an extremely dumb thing to do on the part of that player. extremely dumb.

  74. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 8:18 pm

    also, the post-td handshakes wouldn’t be considered a flag. let’s settle down, here. oregon just wasn’t that good (because their line is flat out bad). It’s been a recurring issue for the whole season.

  75. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 8:22 pm

    well, let me amend my last statement. oregon is still a very good football team, but they’ve had issues on their offensive line for the whole season (see: washington state), and for whatever reason, rich rodriguez and arizona seems to be having oregon’s number right now.

  76. Former UH Athlete October 2, 2014 9:24 pm


    Take down that picture of the gas prices…. It makes me sick.

    Also, I request (demand) a review of good ole Texas BBQ. Texas has the best brisket and beef ribs.

    Tried Guava Smoked the other day and was underwhelmed. Was disappointed they didn’t have smoked brisket on the menu. The smoked pork was good but nothing special.

  77. Former UH Athlete October 2, 2014 9:31 pm

    Oregon going undefeated was a big stretch this year based on their line play, however, I didn’t think UA would give the Ducks that much problems. I guess I should have known better after WSU was consistently getting to Mariota the other week.

  78. HawaiiMongoose October 2, 2014 9:32 pm

    “This is what Hawaii does, they throw the ball.” What is our identity now? Oh yeah, we’re the team with the great punter. SMH.

  79. Z October 2, 2014 10:01 pm

    Saw Ducks last game. They got oline problems. Their qb is getting hit.

  80. oneseason October 2, 2014 10:07 pm

    4-Prong (#73-75): When I compare the single Oregon bow (link below) with the multiple handshakes (Salas video from #71), it seems very clear that the handshakes are much more celebratory. I don’t think either are inappropriate. Perhaps, the one point in favor of the flag is made in the sbnation article: “It’s worth noting Arizona got a similar penalty earlier in the game.” However, I missed the Arizona penalty.

  81. pollypicaodr October 2, 2014 10:13 pm

    Let’s hope the power of positive thinking works.

    Hawaii makes sushi out of Rice

    Warriors rice ball Rice

    Warriors take out the starch in Rice

    Warriors steam Rice

    Warriors fill up on Rice

    Warriors take out Rice to go

    A side of Rice is what the doctor ordered

    Warriors dish Rice for a loss

    Rice has no answer to the Warrior’s pressure

    Warrior’s sate their hunger with a big win over Rice

    Rice: Houston we have a problem with the Warriors

    A scoop of Rice ends the Warriors road woes

    Warriors pour gravy all over Rice

    Warriors romp and the showering of Rice never felt so good

    Warrior too much for Rice to digest

  82. pollypicador October 2, 2014 10:14 pm

    Let’s hope the power of positive thinking works.

    Hawaii makes sushi out of Rice

    Warriors rice ball Rice

    Warriors take out the starch in Rice

    Warriors steam Rice

    Warriors fill up on Rice

    Warriors take out Rice to go

    A side of Rice is what the doctor ordered

    Warriors dish Rice for a loss

    Rice has no answer to the Warrior’s pressure

    Warrior’s sate their hunger with a big win over Rice

    Rice: Houston we have a problem with the Warriors

    A scoop of Rice ends the Warriors road woes

    Warriors pour gravy all over Rice

    Warriors romp and the showering of Rice never felt so good

    Warrior too much for Rice to digest

  83. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 10:19 pm

    oneseason: the difference is, handshakes with teammates aren’t illegal. jumping up and down with teammates and high fiving and chest bumping isn’t illegal. bowing is.

  84. oneseason October 2, 2014 10:29 pm

    4-Prong: I stand corrected. It seems dumber than dirt, but it is explicitly in the rules.
    SECTION 2. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls
    Unsportsmanlike Acts
    “(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the
    waist after a good play.”

  85. kapakahi October 2, 2014 10:33 pm

    #49. ST,

    FYI……Ryan Mouton phoned in on BC’s Call the Coach last week and asked Coach Chow what the reason was for the “dropoff in recruiting”. Couldn’t quite figure out whether Mouton was questioning Coach Chow about an overall dropoff in the talent that UH has been recruiting and/or a dropoff in recruiting efforts……or whether related to recruiting efforts in Texas. In any case, Ryan didn’t press when Coach Chow responded that he didn’t think there was any dropoff in recruiting. Hopefully Mouton can give Coach Chow some leads on some recruiting prospects in Texas that interested in leaving the Lone Star State for the island experience.

  86. cocobean October 2, 2014 10:50 pm

    What I took away from watching the AZ/OR game was AZ had a well crafted game plan. Rich Rod used a 4 wide formation for a majority of the plays with the receivers aligned in various ways. They ran the ball 55 times for 208 yds, 3 tds. Passing was 20-31 for 287 yd, 1td. Of the 20 completions 15 went to players listed on their roster at running backs. Undoubtedly some of those RBs were aligned as H backs or possibly in the slot.

    Rich Rod had the OR D spread all over the field. Most of the game OR had 6 men or less in the box. When they used an H back they passed to him off of play action or they hit the RB who leaked out to the opposite flat. Seemed like the wides were used to run long to stretch the D then hand off or hit the RB leaking out. This was especially effective when they stacked the wides near each side line.

    What we haven’t seen is what you’ll call a well crafted game plan from our team. They have not done a good job of spreading the opposing D nor have they done a good job of involving the TE, Hback or RB in the passing game. Our play calling sequence doesn’t seem to set up the next play. Our game plan is simplistic based on execution. Execute and steady move the chains. We have shown the ability to get to the red zone on some drives but not the ability to score TDs when the D is packed in with less field to defend.

    Chow is known to be a master craftsman of offenses and a grandmaster of play calling moves. It’s too bad he’s delegated a large part of game planning and play calling to others.

  87. 4-Prong October 2, 2014 11:06 pm

    well, rich rodriguez is the father of the spread option, no huddle offense. that’s what they do and what they do well. norm chow hasn’t been successful as an offensive coordinator since his BYU and USC days. who knows what UH does well aside from punting or what their identity is.

  88. pollypicador October 2, 2014 11:37 pm

    I was looking at the pictures in the blog entry, specifically that of the player wearing #5. Cross referencing I can see he is listed at 6’2″ and 220(weight is disputable). Before going on further, I write, not to criticize, but for the player to raise the bar. There is a reason. Of all the great receivers going thru the program the one commonality that I see is that those players that spend a lot of time in the weight room perform a lot better on the field. Salas, Rivers, Bess they all had impressive physiques that were sculptured with muscle, and it reflected well in how they performed on the field. The SC needs to put some beef on some of his players.

    Cont. with #81.

    Warriors chow down on Rice

    Winner (?).

  89. kawika49 October 2, 2014 11:42 pm

    One more time, Please, please, please. After a good play, please just put the ball on the ground or hand it to the ref. No jump up and down, don’t do the hula don’t do anything stupid.

  90. cocobean October 2, 2014 11:44 pm

    4-P. checkout highlights of the 2011 season for Utah. Chow did a good job varying his formations and play calling. Though mainly a power offense he caught the defenses guessing wrong numerous times as to where the point of attack was on the run and who the pass was going to.

    Rich Rod did a good job of using passing formations to run the ball and a hint of a run with the H back to set up a pass or play action to set up a pass. He disguised his run first game plan with passing formations. It was amazing that play action passes were effective from a 4 wide formation.

  91. kawika49 October 3, 2014 12:57 am

    No disrespect to the Pinoy and Pinay out there.

  92. sofaking_blk October 3, 2014 4:24 am

    Chow is known as the master of the “Run & Punt” Offense.

  93. sofaking_blk October 3, 2014 4:29 am

    When your punter is your best player then you know your team is screwed. Your punter should NEVER win “Player of the Week”.

  94. Shoko October 3, 2014 6:06 am

    Have to say Zona’s quarterback is improving and playing a lot better compared to his first few games. Still making rookie mistakes but it just proves having a Heisman quarterback doesn’t make for a championship team. Need a good supporting cast and a little luck to get to the finish line and that’s what the Wildcats did last night.

  95. UHfan808 October 3, 2014 6:22 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!


    Glad to see everyone up there is fine 🙂 Thanks for the photos!

    How are things progressing up there?

  96. UHfan808 October 3, 2014 6:24 am

    94 sofaking:

    Are you really a sofa king?

    Well at least we won something 🙂

    One has to admit that Harding is more than pretty darn amazing.

  97. Shoko October 3, 2014 6:49 am

    Pretty interesting story about how the homeless are migrating to Honolulu Airport and finding shelter there. The fact that some are using outlets to charge their personal devices might indicate Hawaii is dealing with a whole new demographic of homeless folks compared to other parts of the country.

    “One airline employee captured video on her cell phone of a recent evening in which you can see several people are asleep on benches — some even charging their devices at outlets — and clearly settling in for the night.”

    Anyway, back to your regular scheduling.

  98. kawika49 October 3, 2014 6:56 am

    Texas was never my choice of station, armpit would not meet, the description. the people however, were eclectic. And once they knew you were a “Pineapple” the shades would open and the doors would part….lol.
    Make the Menehune our ascot!

  99. Tempmanoa October 3, 2014 6:57 am

    Rich Rodriguez the AZ coach is another disciple of Mouse Davis. He changed his offense to the four wide and no tight end using videos and ideas he got from Mouse and from June. He and June watched each other’s games when June was here. Rich Rod wanted to run more so he eventually adopted the use of the big slot and Hback which June used in the pros. June was a big fan of Rich Rod’s offense at West Virginia– he praised Rich Rod’s innovations that built a powerful run game around the four wide spread and shotgun.

  100. pollypicador October 3, 2014 7:15 am

    It’s great to see the other side lose.

    The Oregon faithful became the Oregon mournful, which kind of reminds me how Hawaii message boards light up after every mounting Warrior loss.

    One of their poster wrote: All aboard for 5 years and now when the train stops everyone is scurrying towards the exits. I can actually visualize this happening.

    Oregon has lost it’s mojo and their columnists and some of their fans are doing a lot of finger pointing at the coaches, which is familiar territory for some Hawaii fans.

    Oregon fans are taking this loss viscerally…whining, crying…yet for that team it’s just a small dent in the door. Their team will probably end up in a big bowl game. Other teams at the bottom, which are riding on wheels that are ready to fall off, can only smile (I do) at how their fans are reacting.

    Regarding the Arizona QB-Bishop Gormon HS, LV-four star in HS; redshirt freshmen–Born in Hawaii

  101. kawika49 October 3, 2014 7:15 am

    It’s Aloha Friday, not spread and run day. OOoO oooo oo. Make the Menehune you Mascot or ascot!

  102. islandman October 3, 2014 7:16 am

    Oregon doesn’t have that good a defense too, although it held Arizona to 3 points in the first half.

    Can UH use the throws to the backs like Arizona did ? When we try those, they don’t work.

  103. cocobean October 3, 2014 7:23 am

    k49. Good video. Should’ve checked it out last night.

  104. kawika49 October 3, 2014 7:25 am

    #103 You gotsa catch it first. Need hands like magnets.

  105. cocobean October 3, 2014 7:37 am

    #103. How often have we tried? AZ disguised their pass plays well. We try to hit the tailback on swings and screens. AZ was hitting the backs and TE off of play action and by formations that left the flats open.

    Do you remember Vele’s catch against NIU on our last drive? Play action. AZ was doing that and using their formations to open those short flares. They even had the RB run wheel routes and delayed verticle routes when OR rushed four or less.

  106. Kanak October 3, 2014 7:45 am

    Loved last night’s game and seeing 2 “local” QB’s excelling. Also nice to watch well designed offenses. Still don’t understand why Chow doesn’t use more spread schemes… These offenses create the space we need (i.e. no speed guys, iffy QB accuracy).

  107. Kanak October 3, 2014 7:47 am

    BTW Buckner plays a lot too. Not overwhelming performance but does a decent job as a 3-4 end holding the edge.

  108. Lawaia October 3, 2014 8:13 am

    Anu Solomon quarterback for Arizona is the grandson of Billy Morn and excellent
    athlete from Damien Memorial High School. Imua Na Koa Anuenue.

  109. islandman October 3, 2014 8:15 am

    I noticed that Mariota and the Solomon have backs and receivers who have glue on their hands. Anything thrown close is usually caught. Do they use stickum ?

  110. islandman October 3, 2014 8:17 am

    We had Gant and Stutzman last year who had some glue.

  111. Tempmanoa October 3, 2014 8:21 am

    Anu Solomon in an interview in says that he was inspired by meeting Mariota at a clinic at St. Louis High School when he was in high school– Mariota counseled humility and focus. Anu said he hopes that one day he will mean as much to Hawaii as Marcus does– this was shortly before the Oregon AZ game.

  112. sofaking_blk October 3, 2014 8:28 am

    You totally miss the whole point. Ok follow me here, if your punter is winning awards that means he’s on the field too often and that means your Offense isn’t moving the ball. Go back and count how many times Harding punted the ball in the Colorado game. In fact go back and count how many times he’s punted this year, that is means you have no Offense whch is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE concidering this year 3 of Chow’s tenure.

  113. Lawaia October 3, 2014 8:37 am

    Anu Solomon quarterback of Arizona is the grandson of Billy Morn an excellent athlete from Damien Memorial High School. Imua Na Koa Anuenue

  114. kawika49 October 3, 2014 8:54 am

    Mister obvious. Please come back to the blog on Sunday.

  115. gigi-hawaii October 3, 2014 9:02 am

    I wonder what happened to ST?
    No new post?

  116. Andrew October 3, 2014 9:04 am

    I think they’re at NASA right now right?

  117. tom October 3, 2014 9:04 am


    Hope I can catch the game tomorrow

    Anchored at Cabos San Lucas

  118. kawika49 October 3, 2014 9:06 am

    Coccobean …this is for u

  119. kawika49 October 3, 2014 9:07 am

    GIGI don’t bother the meister, while he’s whileing his ribs.

  120. gigi-hawaii October 3, 2014 9:11 am

    5 hour difference?
    It’s 2:10 pm Houston time.

    Where is the blog guru???

  121. cocobean October 3, 2014 9:12 am

    I like vanilla ice cream but don’t care for vanilla offenses. I feel UH should add more flavor to the offense they’re serving up. After the first couple of drives they seem to my untrained eye, to settle into bland formations. Usually 2 wides, 1 slot and a TE. They’re always balanced in this formation wide and slot on one side with the TE and one wide on the other. They hardly ever have 3 receivers on one side. The other formation they use a lot is 2 wides, TE and a H back split opposite the RB. Even is this formation they balance the receivers 2 on each side of the QB.
    Once they’re lined up there’s no resetting of positions or motion of any kind. They just run the play.

    The offense is based on execution whether it’s a run or pass. UH is playing with a sense of you might have an idea of what plays we’re going to run but can you stop them if we execute.

  122. gigi-hawaii October 3, 2014 9:16 am

    Maybe you should apply for the job of OC.

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