Ma‘afala to join UH

Yep, it’s true. Mililani offensive lineman Benson Ma‘afala Jr. said he made a verbal commitment to the Warriors yesterday. Ma‘afala is capable of playing guard or center, but he is projected to compete at center at UH. He is 6 feet 3 and 310 pounds. He can bench press 185 pounds 36 times.

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My bad. It’s now just Damien Memorial School. It lost its “High” when it added an intermediate school, I’ve been told. Of course, in a few years, it probably will be Saint Damien School. Or maybe Pilares School.

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Outside the weather is frightful …
Which is why it’s nice the Warriors don’t practice this week.
Coach Mack said they resume workouts Monday.


  1. letsgowarriors December 11, 2008 12:12 am


  2. tom December 11, 2008 12:19 am

    People went to sleep early tonight? Number 2?

  3. Mad Dog December 11, 2008 12:29 am

    Number 3, but I’m ready to hit the sack.

  4. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2008 12:45 am

    I’m tired, too.

  5. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 12:49 am

    hiya Tsaikos everywhere!

    waddaya tink? Is Benson a tigah, oh is he like you, cuddly? 😯

    heh heh heh

    jus kidding.

    Benson Maafala,
    yeee haaa!!
    welcome to da Warriors! you make me feel great about our future.

    Go Warriors!!!!

  6. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 12:51 am


    prayers out to you and the lovely wife! Peace and faith my friend!

  7. SAWARRIOR December 11, 2008 12:53 am

    Nice pick-up!

  8. lavrat December 11, 2008 12:58 am

    Alright welcome Benson.

  9. J-Dog December 11, 2008 1:03 am

    Yes!! FINALLY!

  10. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:07 am

    nice article.

    the players notice the fan support.
    makes me feel like I’m contributing to our future success.

    sure am glad I found this website!

    Go Warriors!

  11. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:20 am

    sure do love our team! and the coaches. they really given me da impression they making a sincere effort to make this Hawaii’s team.

    and when the newly recruited, like Aaron Brown and Zach Masch, say they feel the team is making like family, that is a really really good thing.

    and our coachin will only get better. Mack’s been around. He wants Hawaii to be proud of his team. He knowz what he’s gotta do.

    Go Warriors!

  12. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:52 am

    Coach Mack,
    found this interesting article about June Jones.
    SMU coach June Jones said Thursday that the suspensions of three starters were among 17 suspensions handed down throughout the season, mainly for the “three strikes” policy. Several players involved were redshirts and reserves, but having three starters – receivers Emmanuel Sanders, and Aldrick Robinson and linebacker Justin Smart – reach “three strikes” magnified the situation. Actually, Jones preferred to call them three “compromising situations” instead of “strikes,” yet the message was the same. “They’re expected to go to class, be on time and not miss practice, meetings and study hall,” Jones said. It’s all a part of Jones’ plan to build a “culture of winning” at SMU. In 20 years, the Mustangs have had just one season above .500. During his last four years at Hawaii, Jones said he didn’t have any suspensions. The first two years, however, were a different story
    ok ok, i hate to admit it, but good job, Coach Jones. wish you success at SMU. I think you’ll get there.

    And also, Good job, Coach Mack. You’ve got a great bunch of young men on our team. The road to glory requires people doing their job. Keep after the slackers on the team, Coach Mack. Don’t let individual big heads get in the way of our team’s big goals. You’re doing them a favor, whether they or their families’ realize it, by disciplining them for not following your rules.

  13. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:54 am

    where is everybody?

  14. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:58 am

    i still wish we play SMU in 3 years. give coach Jones chance fo recruit and get one team ready so we can go up an up. still p.o.’d wit him fo digging out, and worse, for standing tall and not putting his hole head into da SB. 👿

    den again, if he neva leave, we wouldn’t have had this opportunity that we’re now getting. i guess its time for me to move on.

  15. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 1:59 am

    da Notre Dame bloggers think they going win. break their 9 game bowl losing streak.

    ha ha ha ha ha!

  16. HiFlyer December 11, 2008 1:59 am

    Benson, welcome to the Warriors.

    This is good news that we have another possible center to take over when Estes (sp.) leaves.

  17. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 2:00 am


    1 hour free play pau. nite nite zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  18. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 2:05 am


    howzit. a bird in da cage is better than 3 in da bush. my cuz says Benson is good and has potential to be great. yee haaa fo us!

  19. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 2:06 am

    nitey nite

  20. al December 11, 2008 2:06 am

    this is getting good.
    st, nice write.

    oh joy what tomw may bring pray tell?

  21. al December 11, 2008 2:08 am

    hiflyer….what are you doing up so late?

    i have an excuse i am in foreign territory.

  22. al December 11, 2008 2:14 am

    i was thinking (always dangerous) okay so we get the safety, the cb, the dtackle, and a olineman. the list is long and i am sure that creative placement will allow for all to be had.

    but, we want more. we lost 35, which means our numbers will want for more. we must remember that each player on the 105 is critical whether he is a scout team, third team, or starter each man has a role whether to help the starters practice the game skills and plays or provide depth and competition….yah, everyone is necessary!

    it will be a great year for a walk on…..2009 wil be.

  23. al December 11, 2008 2:16 am

    yah….what exciting news these days on the recruiting trail. unprecedented stuff here for the university.

    yup, “a change will do you good…..” sheryl crowe/dixie chicks

  24. al December 11, 2008 2:21 am

    and meanwhile……all is wondering who’s the surprise or was it already announced?

    where’s the running back?
    didn’t st mention that a qb may pop up and that it wasn’t cayman?
    then cayman is a surprise verbal, no one saw it coming.

  25. al December 11, 2008 2:24 am

    i am thinking (still)……

    hey maybe the surprise is a prized local boy?

    that’s the only conclusion i have.
    after all with this year’s recruits already in the book as the greatest local recruit class ever why not be a part of history?

    is that punahou boy listening or how about the large olineman of the west side?

    …nuff said


  26. sjmacro December 11, 2008 2:30 am

    al: only you and me up? bhf2 just missed you. Welcome on board Benson. Actually, got up because i heard “fireworks” and it’s not marathon day; could be arcing transformers? back to zzzzzzz

  27. al December 11, 2008 2:35 am


    i have a chance to beat garret’s 17 consecutive posts.

  28. al December 11, 2008 2:37 am

    sj… snapped the streak.
    nah, others are a lurking.
    trust me.

    gotta hit the sack now……zzzzzzzzz.

  29. HiFlyer December 11, 2008 2:54 am

    I’m always up late, I’m the official niteowl along with ralph. btw where is ralph tonight.

  30. 99club December 11, 2008 3:25 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…

    Great news about Benson Ma‘afala Jr. Hope he leaves enough on the training table for the rest of the Warriors! Why do I hear Isaac Hayes music in my head? Hmmmmm…..

  31. wafan December 11, 2008 4:03 am

    A fine Warrior morning everyone!

    Is Benson the first of an avalanche of OL commits?

    Things are looking up!

  32. wafan December 11, 2008 4:08 am

    Kids ignore the news.

    Yesterday one of my girls showed up for class — for the first time — on time! 3.5 months of tardies and absences. I was shocked. I told her it meant we were going to get some snow this week. She laughed, she has less than 5%. No way for her to pass.

    The forecast is for lowland snow Friday night into Saturday.

    Kids need to keep up with the news.


  33. wafan December 11, 2008 4:18 am

    About the state rankings for high schools. The problem is the Every Child Left Behind. I know you have heard my rants before. But, it does not set any definite national standard so states are left with various “interpretations”.

    Worse, what skews the results are the one or two states that told the feds where to put their money. Those states are so well off and so well funded they refused the federal money tied to the “standarized” testing.

    Hawai’i’s test is supposedly one of the more difficult ones to pass.

    Here in Washington we have a new superintendent who does not agree with the money and time spent on the test. I think we are going to see a huge change in the test from an essay exclusive to mostly multiple-choice — in Washington, anyhow.

    Remember the result of any state and school not meeting the federal annual yearly progress is a loss of funds. Rather punitive considering the population and socio-economic makeup of a particular region.

    I still believe it was Bush’s goal to break the teacher’s unions, privatize the education system, and allow federal money to be used via vouchers for private schools.

    ‘k den.

  34. las vegas December 11, 2008 4:20 am

    Welcome Benson!

    Hey wasn’t Benson Maafala the singing midget MCing the lolo
    telethon on Raps record?

  35. Jay December 11, 2008 4:29 am

    Goodmorning Tsaikos and welcome Benson!

  36. wafan December 11, 2008 4:32 am

    Off to school then a flight to LAS later this evening.

    Finally, a little vacation — Yahoo!!!

    Hi Las Vegas! Hope to meet you sometime this weekend.

  37. las vegas December 11, 2008 4:41 am

    Prob Saturday?

  38. Kekoa December 11, 2008 5:14 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko’s!

    Wafan ~ A little amusement at the tables, eh? Well, try not to win it all at one place. Spread yourself around and take your share from each casino and leave the rest for us po’ folks.

  39. Garret December 11, 2008 5:20 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Benson Ma‘afala Jr.!

  40. Garret December 11, 2008 5:22 am

    The local schools produce many great C/G recruits and they can form the backbone of UH’s OL when UH gets the top ones to stay home. It is harder to find tackles in Hawaii because people are shorter in Hawaii, but there still are a few.

  41. Stretch December 11, 2008 5:23 am

    good morning tsaikos!!

    welcome to the warrior ohana Benson.

    looking forward to a smooth plane ride to kauai this morning…. NOT!! good thing I didn’t drink (too much) last night.

    everyone have a great day

  42. myki December 11, 2008 5:26 am

    Good morning Kekoa, wafan,lv,Jay,HiFlyer,99club and all early rising Tsai-kos. I’ve been lurking since 3:30. The blustery wind and rain woke me up and I couldn’t get back to sleep. It’s beginning to feel like Christmas with the little nip in the air. It feels like a good day to do some baking. Can’t wait will next week when practice starts up again. Saw Mack at Murphys last night and he said 7am Monday. Hopefully the weather will be better by then.

    Have a great Thursday. BBL

  43. d1島 December 11, 2008 5:29 am

    Great Morning All!

    Good pick-up. Welcome Benson Ma’afala.
    Hopefully this storm passes in time so I can watch him and the other HI/Poly boys tomorrow night.
    Anyone else interested in watching? Several UH commits in the game.

  44. Garret December 11, 2008 5:29 am


    I knew that you would respond to that particular free play link on schools, and I wish that we had a Cattle Call sometime where we could discuss this in depth. You are correct about how some of the schools in California do not test all of their students, which is shameful when they are compared to states that test all of their students.

    However, the list I posted was not about testing, it was about *college readiness*. And they were only listing the *top* schools, not going over all schools. Hawaii was one of the few states that did not have a top school in terms of preparing their high school graduates for college. All students at each high school counted for this measurement.

    I know when I graduated from Castle there were about 550 in my graduating class. Two students (I was one of them) went to the mainland for college (the other person transferred back to UH within a year), less than half of my graduating class went to UH or a community college, and the rest did other things (go to work right away, join the military, etc.). The rating system also takes into account the students that drop out or don’t graduate…we had those also.

  45. d1島 December 11, 2008 5:31 am


    I got my fill of steak. I think the comment was from A-house?

  46. Loa December 11, 2008 5:37 am

    morning gang!

    continued thoughts and prayers for Kristin and Curveball ohana

  47. Loa December 11, 2008 5:39 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Benson

    did he also play defensive line?
    thought i saw him terrorizing Manley on OC16

  48. Loa December 11, 2008 5:41 am

    myki – good morning, thanks for the practice schedule

    btw – was on campus this past weekend and looks like Cooke field was about 80 yds completed

  49. Loa December 11, 2008 5:43 am

    Stephen – great article on the newest Warrior, i didn’t realize Big Nick passed away, so young

  50. duffer December 11, 2008 5:47 am

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!

  51. Loa December 11, 2008 5:54 am

    duffer – howzit, how’s the weather?
    coming down pretty hard over hea

  52. Kekoa December 11, 2008 5:56 am

    Hiya myki ~ Mmmm…baked goodies! The aroma from the kitchen should give sj-mac a jolt to the ‘smell good’ senses. I’ll bet you could bake a great blueberry muffin from scratch. I have to cheat a little and make it from the Pillsbury mix. Still…taste so good, you hate to put it down.

    ‘Kapu’ our last really akamai G-shep was good at making things disappear from the table because it was right at nose level for him. After he was a year-old, we finally broke him of that habit, but the sad eyes were so penetrating from afar. The Chow Chow’s we had after him were too rowdy to be house dogs. They would have been excellent for guarding the playhouse, they were bad to the bone!

    That brings me to the subject of guarding our QB. Our resident O-line Mentor, Pride and I had an excellent conversation on protection. I wish that coach Mack would invite former O-linemen like Pride to come in and lecture these fine young men as part of their initial orientation. So much of what they need to form good training disciplines could be built from day one.

    The most important point that Pride made was for them to develop the mentality of cementing that bond with “their” QB. The Mantra must be repeated in their words and deeds 24/7 that “Nobody Touches My QB” not ever…NEVER!

    If a D-linemen on our own team even accidently brushes him during practice, a head slap would remind him…“Eh! No touch, no belong!” We don’t see that happening with this year’s crew. I remember seeing it happen with the Satele’s. Especially when it came to protecting Colt.

  53. Loa December 11, 2008 6:01 am

    Kekoa – reminds me of small kid time “see but no touch”

  54. Garret December 11, 2008 6:07 am


    That is an excellent idea, as QBs and OL need to form that bond! Gestures like Colt buying pizza for the OL also help, but most important is for the QBs to show their appreciation and give credit to the OL, and for the OL to take their QBs protection personally.

    One problem with the QB-OL bond this past season was that until half the season was over the OL didn’t know who their starting QB was going to be! They can’t form equal bonds to 4 QBs, but this offseason at least they know who the starter will be.

  55. Kekoa December 11, 2008 6:17 am

    D-1 ~ I’m having a late lunch at El Mariachi in Aiea after 2 PM on Friday with a known Tsaiko. We will be attending the game after we’ve had our fill of lobster & crab chile rellenos. Come join us!

    Shout out to Curveball. This is the place I told you about, just around the corner and down the street from the hospital. Come take a break and enjoy some lunch on me my friend. I know you love eating Mexican, c’mon…it’ll help you download.

  56. d1島 December 11, 2008 6:18 am

    Great point Kekoa/Pride.!

    Time for HiHo…. (hope I no get wet. Yeah, RIGHT!)

  57. Kekoa December 11, 2008 6:29 am

    Yep Garret it is almost like a body guard attitude, on and off the field. And yes, it should involve Alexander hanging out with them as much as possible. It’s important to establish their natural tendencies to react to situations. Also, learning each others idiosyncrasies will tell an O-lineman/QB what to expect sometimes.

  58. Garret December 11, 2008 6:31 am

    Article about how they might not suspend the AFL next season.

    Against a backdrop of a weakened economy and mounting financial losses — and belt-tightening even by the NFL and other professional sports leagues — the AFL is considering suspending its 2009 season.

    It hasn’t happened yet, however.

    Hours after Los Angeles Avengers owner Casey Wasserman said he expected the season to be called off, the league’s board of directors voted via conference call not to suspend the season “at this time.”

    Wasserman said the option of suspending play for a year, with the blessing of their players and sponsorship partners, would allow the AFL “to get the perspective to try and make the decisions that are in the best interest of the long-term viability of the league.”

  59. Garret December 11, 2008 6:33 am


    I agree with you completely. This past offseason must have been confusing to the OL because in the Spring Tyler and Inoke were tied for the top and during camp and in the first few games all 4 QBs were at the top…and each had very different idiosyncrasies and strengths.

  60. Garret December 11, 2008 6:36 am

    Feature story on George Daily-Lyles. Amazing how he walked around and tried to play in last year’s championship game despite having a broken leg.

    And after notching 85 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks as a junior, he has come back with a staggering 140 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery this season.

    Daily-Lyles is not what one would call big for a middle linebacker. He stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 222 pounds. But Jackrabbits coach Raul Lara said Daily-Lyles’ intangibles more than make up for that.

    “Tenacity, and he’s a real smart football player,” Lara said, when asked to assess Daily-Lyles. “He really does his homework. He likes to execute the game plan and he’s really on top of things. He is kind of like a Mike Singletary (former Chicago Bears linebacker) kind of guy, where they really study a lot of film.

    “They know they are undersized and they use the other tactics to their advantage. For instance, George, when he sees something that is going on on the field, he anticipates what is happening and he goes out there and makes the play.”

    Add up everything Daily-Lyles has going for him, and it should amount to a Division I college scholarship. He is currently weighing offers from several schools – including Arizona and Hawaii – and Poly defensive coordinator Jeff Turley believes Daily-Lyles will be successful at the next level.

  61. Kekoa December 11, 2008 6:36 am

    Howzit Loa! See you at practice next week.

  62. Kekoa December 11, 2008 6:48 am

    Duffer ~ Hope to see you and Whitey at the Hawaii Bowl T-gate. We going be set up earlier than usual because of the 3 PM start time. Eh! No need bring anyting! We get ‘um! It’s such a hassle traveling inter-island with the restrictions on carry-on and watnot.

    No be like MSLiz and try bring half of Kauai’s pastrey products for the year ovah heah. Kmrey’s cookies have priority #1 on all HAL flights from what I’ve heard. The plane doesn’t leave until the cookies are on board.

    Wow!…the wind and rain has really kicked up a fuss here on the ceded lands! Just saw one inflatable Santa fly by my front window heading towards the High School.

  63. MeiLing December 11, 2008 7:05 am

    Great news about Benson Ma’afala, Jr. joining the Warriors.

    Congratulations, Benson!

    Aloha kakahiaka, this wet morning. Be careful out there!

  64. Stretch December 11, 2008 7:11 am

    WHAT??!!?? Loa goes to practices but expects me to give the reports??!!??

  65. Pomai December 11, 2008 7:17 am

    I wish that coach Mack would invite former O-linemen like Pride to come in and lecture these fine young men as part of their initial orientation. So much of what they need to form good training disciplines could be built from day one.

    I think that is an excellent idea, but why not have a few of UH past great come in, split it up to positions. One I would like to see is the “Da Samoan SackMan” and there are a lot of others who could give of their experience. Maybe someone should talk to Mack about it, he can’t think of everything.

  66. Garret December 11, 2008 7:18 am

    Time to do the daily sweep with Google. The LA times mentions Corey Nielsen and UH.

    A team of 40 mainland players will take on a Hawaii team comprising 38 players from across the state, three players from American Samoa and nine mainland players with Hawaii ties.

    Cerritos Gahr quarterback Corey Nielsen will suit up for the Hawaii team (he is headed for the University of Hawaii next fall), while wide receivers Jemari Roberts (Long Beach Wilson), Randall Carroll (L.A. Cathedral), and Shaquelle Evans (Inglewood) and offensive lineman Chris Jimenez (Cathedral) are listed on the Mainland roster. Cathedral assistant coach Chris Flores is on the coaching staff for the Mainland squad.

  67. Garret December 11, 2008 7:20 am

    This member of the Notre Dame band is upset that the band will not go to the Hawaii Bowl.

    I would like to start by saying how honored I am to be a part of the Notre Dame Marching Band Tradition. I have faithfully practiced, performed and cheered on the Irish for four years. Not everyone makes the band, so I understand I am entitled to nothing. Being part of a tradition larger than myself is enough.

    The most amazing part of this year was our storied trip to USC. It took a lot of donations and a lot of manpower in planning the trip, and I am forever in debt to all those who put effort into it. It was awesome. The band lived up to expectations and beyond: we out-performed and out-classed the USC band without question. After a long weekend, we were exhausted. And the Irish fans, in a foreign stadium, appreciated it.

    What, then, am I upset about? How classless our team was. I was embarrassed about the fight before the game even started, and even more embarrassed by the lack of cohesiveness our players demonstrated on the field. But yet, the band never quit. We kept on cheering. The worst part is that I didn’t even know this was going to be my last time in uniform; after all, we were bowl eligible, and if the band means so much to Notre Dame Tradition, as I’m constantly told by alumni, I imagine we could scrape some money together to send us to cheer the team.

    But we’re not going to go. It is the first time in the band’s history that it will not follow the team to a bowl game.

  68. Garret December 11, 2008 7:21 am

    Baseball article mentions UH.

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman locked up the top winter pitching prize in Carsten Charles Sabathia yesterday for a seven-year, $161-million US deal.

    Sabathia had signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Hawaii before the Indians made him their first round pick — 20th overall — in 1998.

  69. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:23 am

    g’morning Kekoa, Duffer, Al, sjmacro.

    Curveball, my best wishes to you and Kristin.

    supposedly, da secret recruit is still here fo da pluckin. no like bachi stuff cuz i wuz sworn to secrecy! 😀 my lips are sealed even tho i like spill da beans. 😀

    nope nope nope, my lips are sealed.

    yuk yuk 😆 yuk yuk

  70. Garret December 11, 2008 7:23 am

    The San Francisco Chronicle mentions Bess.

    Dolphins receiver Davone Bess is from Hayward and might take the key to the city away from soon-to-be-ex-Jaguars-coach Jack Del Rio. Bess has 20 catches for 245 yards the last three weeks.

  71. Garret December 11, 2008 7:24 am

    The 49ers website discusses Bess.

    Rookie Davone Bess, an undrafted free agent out of Hawaii, has also seen an increased role as of late, lining up out wide and in the slot. Bess is small, but very quick, and has drawn some comparisons to the Dolphins former player, Wes Welker, who has since gone on to find fame in New England. He is third on the team in catches with 39 receptions for 433 yards and a touchdown.

    Bess and Ginn have contributed at both punt and kickoff returns, although Bess handles the majority of the punt returns and has a long 25, with Ginn taking the bulk of the kickoff returns where he holds a long of 41.

  72. Garret December 11, 2008 7:25 am

    Off to work now…be back this afternoon after I finish writing 2 more pages of my document.

  73. duffer December 11, 2008 7:27 am


    The rain is almost upon us.

    No golf today!

  74. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:28 am


    thanks for the news. and to that Notre Dame cheerleader in the band,

    snf snf, bwaaaaaaaaaaaaa! 🙁


  75. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 11, 2008 7:29 am

    oops- quick one…

    I think we should help the ND Band come to the Hawaii Bowl. Now, a battle of the bands at halftime… YOWZA!!!!

    I put up our UH Marching band against any band, any day!


  76. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:32 am

    Notre Dame

    akshally too bad yo band not coming. but bring a few of the little green guyz. 😀 and coupla big boom boxes. 8:

  77. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:32 am


  78. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:33 am

    aww shucks.

    ok gotta work.

    hi ho. esme. woooooooooooshhhhhhhh

  79. Mclovin December 11, 2008 7:36 am

    Did’nt Ben Maafala jr’s dad play for UH back in the 80s? I remember going to the games and I remember Ben Maafala sometimes doing punting duties. I remember he used to like punting barefoot and you could tell if it was going to be a fake when he had both his shoes on. Anyone remember that?

  80. Stretch December 11, 2008 7:39 am

    The past players need to get more involved with the current team. It creates an extended Ohana and brings additional pride to being a Warrior, past and present.

    I think this past season UH is trying to do things to start this. They had a party at the start of the season with past players and last week held a tailgate. It’s a good start and I hope that more players participate. The homecoming game would be a great opportunity to have past players come back from the mainland.

  81. whitey December 11, 2008 7:56 am

    Good morning Tsaikos here and around the world. Looks like we are going to be in a blow.

    Got home from LAS late last night and am truly sorry that I wasn’t able to see Las Vegas and 702 Warrior. Did watch game, cheered like a madman, and cursed like the devil. I would like to congratulate the team for doing a very good job. If Cincy did not have “homer” zebras, it would have been a different game, but the major killers for UH was the undisciplined players (personal fouls) and the offensive play calling. One of the personal foul was so stupid, after play was completely over, Coach Mc should have sent the player to the showers. Playing with intensity and my home mentality is accepted, but playing stupid because you want to hit somebody is not needed on the team.

    Las Vegas and 702, I apologize for not calling. No excuses.

  82. Maverick December 11, 2008 7:59 am

    Awesome report on Ma’afala!

    Here is an interesting p.o.v. from Woody Paige, sports columnist in Denver, answering a readers question on the Run-n-Shoot.

    Woody – Why not bring the run-and-shoot system to Denver? Worked well for Houston with a gunslinger named Warren Moon. Don’t we have a slight resemblance of it in Denver?
    — Joe Smith, Arizona

    Joe – As you may remember, Houston never went to the Super Bowl (Tennessee did, but without Moon and the run-and-shoot), and the Broncos beat them once, I think, in the playoffs. The run-and-shoot was originated by Mouse Davis, who coached in Denver in the USFL. And June Jones was his main assistant. Jones tried a version of it in the pros with Atlanta, and it didn’t work. You have more speed at the ends and linebacker in the NFL, and it doesn’t work in the pros, I’m sorry to say.

    Mike Shanahan will never do it, except he does use an empty backfield, and Jay Cutler does get outside some to throw. As Cutler is here, Shanahan will be more comfortable to do more things. I’d personally like to see the Broncos do like the Colts’ no-huddle, hurry-up, check-down offense, but Cutler isn’t experienced enough, and I think the Broncos’ coaching staff still has to help him a lot with defenses and coverages.

    If you were to notice, Cutler rarely changes a play at the line. I don’t recall the last time. The run-and-shoot worked for Jones in Hawaii, and it worked at Portland State, but it’s not a pro offense, sadly. I’d like to see it succeed. Won’t happen here or in Arizona or anywhere.

  83. whitey December 11, 2008 8:17 am

    What a morning!! Thunder and lightning, plus heavy rain. YIKES!!! Don’t know if it has reached Oahu, but this is one big buggah.

  84. myki December 11, 2008 8:24 am

    morning Whitey

    No lightning yet but lots of rain and some thunder. Really weather for the ducks.

  85. tom December 11, 2008 8:24 am

    AL: re your #23

    yup, “a change will do you good…..” sheryl crowe/dixie chicks

    “Change you can believe in…” some Punahou graduate

  86. Kekoa December 11, 2008 8:26 am

    Whitey ~ Welcome home!…Read the thread from the start. There are various references to our nasty weather today. Liz is not kidding when she says Whooosh after each post. They are catching the brunt.

  87. d1島 December 11, 2008 8:27 am

    Did I wonder if I’d stay dry on the way to work?

    Try: Can I stay dry on my way to my car?
    I walked out of my house (in the dark) and stepped off the curb into a foot-and-a-half of water! So much for Gore-tex boots!
    Even though I was using an umbrella, by the time I closed the door to my car, my pants were soaked! I had to back my car up to my house and run in and change!

    Be careful out there!

    btw, whitey. Yes, it’s raining here, too! 🙂

  88. tom December 11, 2008 8:27 am

    WHITEY: Ducks is right.
    I live by Iolani School. From my window, I cannot see Diamond Head or Manoa Valley (yep, ordinarily the view is OK) so it is pouring

  89. d1島 December 11, 2008 8:28 am


    That “change” was good. 😉

  90. d1島 December 11, 2008 8:30 am


    Dat’s da one. Stephen mentions his Dad punting for UH in the article.

  91. (Jesse) James December 11, 2008 8:40 am

    Good morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes…

    Welcome to the Warrior family Benson….a good pick-up….

    Just a quick reminder gang before I have to leave….busy busy again today…

    Its that Holiday time again…..

    2nd Annual Tsaiko Christmas Party
    6:30 p.m., December 18th, 2008
    Murphy’s Bar and Grill
    2 Merchant St
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    (808) 531-0422

    Parking is available in the Harbor Court building or in the pay lot next to Murphy’s.

    Party will be pupu style/order off menu and drinks. More details to follow.

    Please RSVP me at if you can so that I can figure out how many will be attending. Thanks.

  92. djmitcho December 11, 2008 8:57 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Village! Everyone in Hawaii, be safe and try to stay dry today. Starting tomorrow, we are supposed to get our first big winter storm of the season. Lots of snow and then wind and then single digit temps. I’m actually kinda excited for the snow, but not the lolo drivers.

  93. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2008 9:00 am

    Re: Woody Paige.
    The run-and-shoot is really the four-wide offense, and everybody is doing that. Whether a tight end who runs pass routes is substituted for a slotback, it’s still the four-wide offense.
    The Colts run it.
    The Patriots run it.
    Every NFL team has the package.

  94. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2008 9:01 am

    Wasn’t hurricane season supposed to have ended Nov. 30?

  95. d1島 December 11, 2008 9:14 am

    I would think that the argument against the R&S in the NFL wouldn’t be with the speed of the LB’s and DE’s because, after all, don’t you have premier pass pro OT’s at that level?
    But instead, I might think that with more sophisticated and deceptive coverages, the argument could be that sight-adjusted routes would be harder to work with than at a lower level. I remember Mack saying at Na Koa he gave his defense a pro-style coverage package that worked well against Cincy because they weren’t used to seeing it in college play.

  96. jm2375 December 11, 2008 9:26 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Hope you’re all staying dry and safe.

    Eventful morning, all due to rain. No power this am in Kailua, so got dressed in the dark. At least there weren’t any accidents on the way into work. Fire alarm just went off in the building, but it was a false alarm, probably triggered by the weather. I was not looking forward to walking 2 blocks to the evac area in the rain!

    Welcome to the Warrior Ohana, Mr. Maafala!

  97. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 9:29 am

    Morning, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Seemingly every day we get more good recruiting news. If this will not be the best recruiting class ever in UH history, I don’t know which is.

    What surprises are still lurking in the back ground? I’m still waiting for the big one, nobody expects.

  98. J-Dog December 11, 2008 9:29 am

    Stephen Tsai:

    December 11th, 2008 at 9:01 am
    Wasn’t hurricane season supposed to have ended Nov. 30?

    That’s what I was saying . I think Guy Hagi also referenced this storm to a “mini hurricane”.

    So i’m guessing the Warriors will be at Saint Louis school again? Cooke Field should have been done already!

  99. whitey December 11, 2008 9:30 am

    I not sure, but it seems that the lightning and thunder has passed, but I not going trust the weather cause looking south, it looks like more is coming. Hope everyone in Hawaii is safe and stay away from the streams and rivers.

    I guess sometimes this weather is not as bad as Appleton, WI. I met this guy at the bar and he said it was -8 when he left and then they had 12 inches of snow. He no like go back, but he going home. And me, I think I am on the short end. Not so smart.

  100. XxFaithxX December 11, 2008 9:38 am

    Alojas peeps,

    Stay dry in this weather….don’t catch a cold before the BIG holidays ok?

    Very crazy morning as I came to work and the whole hotel didn’t have power…haha…

    Anyways, someone asked about the HS players here for the POLY-Mainland match up. here is a clip that I found on WSN:;_ylt=AhuOcFujg9Ywfnzs1j74N6Yh7qB4


  101. lava December 11, 2008 9:46 am

    I count 14 open scholarship offers, and with the class filling up, the guys who jump on the offers may leave the others in the dark. I wonder if these 14 guys appreciate how important it is to act fast if they have dreams of paradise.

  102. SteveM December 11, 2008 9:51 am

    Good morning everyone… who has electricity!

    This kind of day I miss my small boat. Could almost launch it down my street with a few more inches of water. Keep dry and safe today!

    Great news about Benson Ma‘afala Jr. at center! 🙂

  103. Maverick December 11, 2008 10:02 am

    Referring back to Woody Paiges answer to why the Broncos won’t adapt to the Run-n-shoot.
    My theory is offenses have evolved with more complex schemes since Mouse Davis created the R & S. Defenses are now figuring out how to guard against an effiecient run & shoot, like what Hawaii had in ’06 and ’07 with colt and crew.
    The big difference maker was we had a steam roller in the backfield named Ilaoa that could counter punch the defense with the run that had to double up on the receivers.
    Shows that being one dimensional with just a heavy passing game and no running game will get you caught behind the line of scrimmage at some point.
    Georgia found that out.
    Hawaii needs to work towards another ’06 team

  104. Bulla December 11, 2008 10:08 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    be safe out there, it is UGLY right now…….

  105. jm2375 December 11, 2008 10:10 am

    Morning Bulla! When does da Beast come home?

  106. takoboy December 11, 2008 10:10 am

    who’s gonna be da first to bust out da famous chris berman line das one baaaaad ma’afala

  107. wena December 11, 2008 10:11 am

    Our preschool has electricity but the school is closed due to flooding. I know we don’t have electricity at home, so if I have to come warm up my sandwich…I’m coming to the preschool. At least there is lights!! We even heard thunder and saw lightning.

  108. wena December 11, 2008 10:14 am

    Be safe everybody. Flash Flood warning notice on the radio.

    Gotta go now. I’m going home from work.

  109. Stretch December 11, 2008 10:15 am

    wena – so your school is up and running?? jumped through all the hoops and over the hurdles??

  110. d1島 December 11, 2008 10:15 am

    intermediate school?
    or is it middle school?

  111. al December 11, 2008 10:17 am

    what rain?
    well, at least on the west side of the big isle.

    whitey, were you too busy at the ranch that you couldn’t break sushi with las vegas and all?

  112. Stretch December 11, 2008 10:17 am

    December 11th, 2008 at 10:08 am
    good morning Tsaikos,
    be safe out there, it is UGLY right now…….

    If you stopped looking in the mirror, everything would be okay…… Oh, you are talking about the weather

  113. d1島 December 11, 2008 10:18 am

    I get the feeling Stretch didn’t get the standard evaluation from his pre-school teacher: “Works and plays well with others.”

  114. Stretch December 11, 2008 10:28 am

    d1 – lucky I never flunk preschool.

  115. Manoa Mist December 11, 2008 10:31 am


    December 11th, 2008 at 2:21 am
    and meanwhile……all is wondering who’s the surprise or was it already announced?

    where’s the running back?
    didn’t st mention that a qb may pop up and that it wasn’t cayman?
    then cayman is a surprise verbal, no one saw it coming.

    Agreed. I think Stephen Tsai is a master of marketing. Hints at surprises, and then has us all keep checking the blog for the latest scoops. Hey, as long as the surprises are good for UH, I’ll keep on checking in!

  116. whitey December 11, 2008 10:31 am

    Most interesting about the 09 recruiting class. UH already has 24 verbal committments and 1 soft. It will be very interesting come Feb 09 to see how many sign on. I am sure there will be more between then and it is going to be fun to see the 09 class.

    Still raining, but lighning and thunder has ceased for now.

  117. d1島 December 11, 2008 10:35 am


    d1 – lucky I never flunk preschool.

    Who would have thought that doing “marketing” back then could have been so objectionable?

  118. whitey December 11, 2008 10:38 am

    al, no excuses from me. did ok and sometimes it is better not to say anything. hahahahahaaaaaaaaa. by the way, wynn’s encore sent me an excuse to go there next month. more hahahahaaaaaaaaa. lucky you neva come maui today.

  119. addahknowjoe December 11, 2008 10:45 am

    Any word on how Chase Nakamura doing? That braddah should’ve been running routes in Halawa for UH.

  120. A-House December 11, 2008 11:01 am



  121. Rob25 December 11, 2008 11:08 am

    For those of you who went to NOLA and remember how cold it was…just take a look at these photos. I remember being at many of the places and thinking it was cold enough to have snow. We thought last year was bad…guess they outdid themselves…must be sad because Hawaii fans aren’t returning to their town! 😀

  122. Kelli December 11, 2008 11:13 am

    Outside the weather is frightful …
    Which is why it’s nice the Warriors don’t practice this week.
    Coach Mack said they resume workouts Monday.

    Oh geez… Was I the only one who tried to sing this to the tune of “Let it Snow.” I must be studying too much, so I can’t think straight anymore.

  123. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:13 am

    Welcome Benson Ma’afala!

    Everyone back on the island stay safe. Hopefully the weather will let up sooner rather than later. Luckily the team isn’t practicing this week.

  124. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:16 am

    If anyone remembers the article I posted yesterday about the Texas congressman proposing the legislation tackling the BCS, here’s the resolution as presented by Rep. Barton in the THOMAS database:

    Fairly short reading. The story made its way onto the national sports headlines as yesterday rolled on.

  125. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:21 am

    In reference to above post (#126), this link should work:

    (PDF file)

  126. whitey December 11, 2008 11:22 am

    kelii, thanks for reminding me about that song. it was stuck in my lower brain and somehow i couldn’t transfer it to my upper brain. YES, LET IT SNOW!!! Yeehaw.

  127. (Jesse) James December 11, 2008 11:23 am

    ST…yeah, it was DMHS when I was there….a loooooonnnngg time ago…LOL…sort of like how it was Saint Louis School when they had K – 12…then it went to SLHS when they eliminated grades and only had 9 – 12…then went back to SLS when they added grade school levels again in 1981.

    Also, there are already talks on how to go about changing the name to St. Damien School…since he will be annointed a saint next year… least that’s my understanding….

  128. Kelli December 11, 2008 11:24 am

    whitey: I can’t believe I was trying to sing it to that tune. I kept wondering how come it didn’t sound right. But I do like that song.

  129. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:26 am

    Text of legislation for those without PDF reader:

    H.R. 7330 has a spiffy title: the College Football Playoff Act of 2008

    As much as I applaud the congressmen for tackling the issue, I can’t help but think that this bill will die in committee in pretty much the same fashion as Rep. Abercrombie’s bill did earlier this year.

    I hope not.

  130. JackFlash December 11, 2008 11:29 am

    DMS, DMHS, St. DMS? Whatevahs! We just called it “those buggahs down da hill.” hehehe!

  131. addahknowjoe December 11, 2008 11:33 am

    Pua ting all our tourist. What a time to be in Hawai’i, eh?

    Hopefully, under these gray skies, our visitors will find sunshine within our braddahz and sistahz working hard in the front lines of our tourist industry.

    Bulla- kindly shed some aloha on our visitors for us, please.

  132. 99club December 11, 2008 11:36 am

    I saw the Texas rep on ESPN earlier going back and forth with the ACC commish. It was a good discussion, actually.

  133. Kazz December 11, 2008 11:38 am

    The skies are angry.

    However there is more than enough water to wash away the foul smell of what was 12/06/2008.

    By the time the sun rises over Manoa again on 12/15/2008, there will be a new light over the new focus and the new duty ahead.

  134. las vegas December 11, 2008 11:39 am

    12-24-song for UH

    Oh the weather outside is frightful,
    But the opo-nent is delightful,
    And since we’ve got a bowl ,
    kick some O(kole) kick some O kick some O

  135. las vegas December 11, 2008 11:44 am

    As the Irish are slowly dying,
    But, my dear, our boys will still be flying,
    And as long as long as Greg runs the O,
    Kick some O, kick someO, kick some O

  136. Kekoa December 11, 2008 11:45 am

    Rob25 ~ My Condo is located on St. Charles Ave. That photo gave me the chills. I just poured a cup of kope and put another log on the fire.

  137. Mad Dog December 11, 2008 11:54 am

    Rob25: Thanks for sharing the pictures of snowy NOLA. I remember it was cold on the morning following the game. I wish I could be sitting in the Cafe DuMonde with a cup of coffee and a beignet right now.

  138. takoboy December 11, 2008 11:54 am

    must be marathon time, or was it punahou carnival time hope it clears up for all dem tourists

  139. Kekoa December 11, 2008 11:55 am

    Breaking news just in from Curveball. Kristin is out of ICU and was able to eat some real food this morning. “Things are looking up!” sez ‘Slider’s’ Grandpaw.

  140. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:56 am


    I wonder if someone out there has a video, or at least a transcript of it. I’d be interested in listening/reading that discussion.

  141. Mad Dog December 11, 2008 11:58 am

    Great news curveball. Best wishes to you and Kristin.

  142. Loa December 11, 2008 11:59 am

    Kekoa – that’s great news

  143. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 11:59 am

    Good news, Kekoa!

    Best wishes to Curveball, Kristin, and family.

  144. Loa December 11, 2008 12:00 pm

    takoboy – #108 – 😆

  145. duffer December 11, 2008 12:03 pm


    I think Chase is grayshirting. He should be enrolling in January At Utah.

  146. Loa December 11, 2008 12:05 pm

    CRW – thanks for the links on 7330, was it similar to last years?

  147. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 12:09 pm


    H.R. 1120 was last year’s one (the one by Rep. Abercrombie). Linky below:

  148. Loa December 11, 2008 12:10 pm

    # duffer:
    December 11th, 2008 at 7:27 am


    The rain is almost upon us.

    No golf today!

    as ok just skip the 18 and go straight to 19

  149. takoboy December 11, 2008 12:10 pm

    brett fav-ra leading qb vote getter in the afc, what a f’n joke, and it’s criminal if 2007 Hawaii bowl mvp chris johnson ain’t starting for the afc

  150. 99club December 11, 2008 12:11 pm

    Mahalo for the encouraging update on Kristin!

    I’m sure it’ll be replayed today or at least have a part of it shown on Sportscenter. PTI in 20 minutes…

  151. Loa December 11, 2008 12:15 pm

    CRW – thanks

  152. Koakane iphone December 11, 2008 12:15 pm

    howzit tsai-ko country kind da wet, dark and cold. glad the kope is hot and office is warm

    reminda to play nice this week

    listening to stories by parents stuck in our place. seems freeway is backet up for miles in both directions

  153. Committed Road Warrior December 11, 2008 12:17 pm


    In my opinion, 7330 has a little bit more “teeth” than 1120.

    Whereas 7330 would look to punish entities who market or promote a “championship” football game that did not come as a result of a playoff, 1120 would have simply required the Dept. of Justice to investigate the BCS so as to render the system illegal. 1120 would have also put Congress on record of supporting a playoff.

    Despite this, I doubt 7330 will get out of committee much like 1120 (which has been stuck in committee since April, essentially dead).

    I hope not, but we’ll see.

  154. Loa December 11, 2008 12:22 pm

    CRW – agree, although i liked the historical info in 1120

  155. HiFlyer December 11, 2008 12:26 pm


    thanks for the update.

    Curveball and Kristin keep up the faith as we are all praying for your recovery.

  156. A-House December 11, 2008 12:32 pm

    I still beleive that the BIGGEST news for the 2009 recruiting class was my dream of several weeks ago.

    I heard him say, on TV last night, how it feels good to put on the uni and represent the State of Hawaii and its culture against the mainland players. I take that as a confirmation of my dream.

    OTOH (on the other hand), didn’t JJ move guards to tackles and tackles to guards to maximize their strengths and abilities – ie, speed and quickness of the guards to fend off DEs and size/strength of tackles to “hold the line of scrimmage” in the middle? Would this create the “pocket” for Warrior QB’s to go thru their progressions?

    I especially like the idea of Ma’afla at center – big, strong, smart – can he snap the ball effectively to the QB? Only watched him playing the “guard” position on TV.

  157. Mei Ling December 11, 2008 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the good news, Kekoa!

    curveball, give our ((HUGS)) to Kristen.

  158. djmitcho December 11, 2008 12:45 pm

    Continued prayers to Curveball and Kristen.

    My diploma says Damien Memorial High School, so I guess that’s what I’ll always call it. I wonder if they will give you a new one with the new name on it. When Whitworth changed from College to University, you could get your diploma changed to Whitworth University if you graduated when it was still Whitworth College

  159. Kekoa December 11, 2008 12:57 pm

    Sunshine breaking thru the clouds over Kalaeloa! The ceded lands are clear of rain and the wind has stopped blowing.

    Time to put out the fire and save the Yule log for Christmas Eve when we torch the Moe Lepo Cons at the Cabana.

  160. Kekoa December 11, 2008 1:00 pm

    Just had a flashback of my mom yelling at me to get in that shower because I came home looking Moe Lepo after mud sliding on days like this.

  161. Bulla December 11, 2008 1:04 pm


    the beast arrives back home around 10pm tomorrow night; he is excited to get home, he left 6 months ago…. lots of r&r for him with a dr. appt monday to fix the boo boos.

    make memories, make memories, make memories

  162. A-House December 11, 2008 1:06 pm


    Absolutely great news that Kristin is out of ICU and starting to eat – thanks Kekoa!

    Continued prayers for Kristin’s full and speedy recovery and, Curveball, to your continued good health to care for Kristin.

    Blessed be the day when we see both of you at our tailgates.

  163. Bulla December 11, 2008 1:07 pm


    chase was gray shirting this year at Utah, ran into him and dad at a few weber games in ogden…..

  164. Big mac December 11, 2008 1:15 pm

    Will the Cooke-Ching field be ready for practice next week? I haven’t been to UH for a while so I was wondering about the progress. I think they said it would be ready in December.

  165. 808ike December 11, 2008 1:24 pm

    (Welcome to the virtual T-gate)

    Gave you a ticket to Sat game. Met BG(introduction to first Tsaiko via
    cellphone),Mrs. A-House,others and you. Another hint:can’t type
    worth—–beans. SURPRISE! Remember?

  166. Kekoa December 11, 2008 1:26 pm

    Big Mac ~ Loa reported that Cooke-Ching field looks to be about 80 yards complete asof this past weekend. I know about 2 weeks ago the Diamond Head endzone to about the 20 yard line looked complete. It won’t be long.

    Watch, about the time the Hawaii Bowl is over, it’ll be complete. We can thank that Sandowski Bozo for the delay that cost our boys from having a practice field when it rains.

  167. bstunna2002 December 11, 2008 1:40 pm

    Hey ST so has the suprise recruit verballed and already been named or is there more Great News on the horizon for our Warrior football team.

  168. A-House December 11, 2008 1:55 pm

    Aloha to all the Tsaikettes and Tsaikos in never, never land – sun has broken through in “downtown” Honolulu, sky still dark and couldy.

    OK, ST, good neighbor, let the recruiting news flow like a broken dam!!!

  169. Nalani December 11, 2008 1:55 pm

    If you’re playing hookie like me, or just unmotivated to do anything on this rainy day, go check out this YouTube a friend made for our Hula Christmas Shows. Too funny!

  170. Stretch December 11, 2008 2:05 pm

    Nalani – seen the add in the paper this morning for your show. Looks like a lot of great performers. Might have to check it out.

  171. Stretch December 11, 2008 2:06 pm

    oops, need to correct before Jason does … ad

  172. whitey December 11, 2008 2:08 pm

    great news curveball and kristin. my best.

  173. d1島 December 11, 2008 2:13 pm

    Fantastic news about Kristin! 🙂
    curveball, please know that the Tsaikos are still here to support both of you.

    Hope that the rest of the island chain comes out OK as the storm passes.

    Looks like fun! Will check da calendah widda Mrs.


    El Mariachi, eh? Hmmm….

  174. Jahloha December 11, 2008 3:00 pm

    Great pickup. Hopfully one or two more will verbal, one being a JC guy. Still cant wait to hear the rest of the news. RB? Surprise recruit. It really is Christmas time.

  175. kama krab December 11, 2008 3:13 pm

    ST will Hawaii be looking at Danny Kistler out of Washington (I think) or the Bowens kid out of the JC’s to fill some OT positions.

  176. Ronnie December 11, 2008 3:33 pm

    Great news about Kristin! We will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Condolences to ST’s family and Hawaiianbod’s family.

  177. Ronnie December 11, 2008 3:35 pm

    Great mention of Davone:

    By Matt Sohn
    Dec. 11, 2008

    To the casual observer, WR Davone Bess’ emergence as a critical component of the offense came out of nowhere. An undrafted rookie out of Hawaii, Bess has come on like gangbusters the past three weeks, catching 20 passes for 245 yards with Greg Camarillo lost for the season to a torn ACL. Those close to the team, however, view Bess’ rise to prominence as the natural evolution of a player who showed tremendous potential from his first days in the offseason program, when his polish had him looking like the best receiver the Dolphins had. The idea that Bess has surpassed all others in the WR corps, including the more-publicized Ted Ginn Jr., is a view that we hear is accepted as truth to those inside the organization. Certainly, his new-found role as the No. 1 wideout also has been aided by Ginn’s slow development. Ginn’s lack of toughness has been particularly disappointing.

  178. Big mac December 11, 2008 3:41 pm

    Thanks for the update Kekoa. Maybe the last 20 yards can be done by next Friday. Blessed on Saturday. UH can practice on it for a couple of days to get pumped up for ND.

  179. addahknowjoe December 11, 2008 3:41 pm

    Duffer/Bulla- Mahalo for the update

    We not letting up. Prayers and good thoughts still abound for Sliders’ Grammy!

  180. addahknowjoe December 11, 2008 3:43 pm


    Das too funny! As the “One Dollah” braddah from Kona, eh?

    That braddah get good skits and mock commercials! He crack me up!

  181. Pride. December 11, 2008 4:01 pm

    Thanks Ronnie for all of the feel good news out of South Florida about Davone Bess. I just don’t understand how all of the experts can be soooo surprised at Bess’ success. Either the NFL scouts and ewxperts were very deaf and blind, or they just don’t have any respect for WAC competition.

    How can Davone Bess be such a surprise when he had 293 catches for 3,610 yards and 41 touchdowns in three years at Hawaii. That’s why I couldn’t believe that no one wanted to take a chance and draft him on the second day. How can you not take a chance on someone who scored 41 touchdowns? The NFL experts spend too much time at the combine and at pro days and not enough time sitting down in a dark room watching film. What a bunch of idiots.

  182. al December 11, 2008 4:05 pm

    so wouldn’t that send a signal to others that perhaps rgm, cj, and rivers deserves another look?

  183. al December 11, 2008 4:08 pm

    surprise, surprise,…..surprise.

    wouldn’t you know it?
    before long we will all be surprised.
    for my surprise, i’d like to see the following;
    an isi
    an sh and a pt for the oline

    das all folks!

  184. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 4:16 pm


    It certainly should, but one can only shake a head at many of those overpaid decision makers.

  185. al December 11, 2008 4:21 pm

    …and now the fun begins!
    with only 3-4 more recruits to be announced one of the toughest hurdles for the staff is to ward off the wolves and vultures who will try to pluck away some of our verbals. yeah, its begun already. with several head coaching changes particularly in the west region you can bet this is happening and will happen

    ah, the nature of beast that is recruiting. so for the next 8 weeks we are all welcome to sweat alongside with mack and staff.

  186. al December 11, 2008 4:22 pm

    ted…or as my dog would, shake a leg.

  187. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 11, 2008 4:24 pm

    Have been trying to return Logan Hamocon’s phone call for almost a full day now, but I can’t get through. Will report here what the Ching/Cooke Field status is as soon as possible.

  188. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 11, 2008 4:29 pm

    Told you so about El Mariachi – we’ll be at the Aiea restaurant on Saturday. Be sure to leave enough room for dessert.

  189. cheepono December 11, 2008 4:41 pm

    is there a legit shot at landing sh, pt, and is?

  190. Nalani December 11, 2008 4:48 pm

    Addahknowjoe – yup das him. Surprised me when I saw it this morning. Can’t take ourselves too seriously. Good to laugh.

    Hope everyone’s staying as dry as possible. My backyard is flooded.

  191. Ralph December 11, 2008 4:51 pm

    two polys from the Mililani Trojans!

  192. bstunna2002 December 11, 2008 4:57 pm

    al who’s pt & sh I know who ISI is I think I know who of is if he’s the ol from Utah.

  193. bstunna2002 December 11, 2008 5:01 pm

    My Xmas wish consist of certain hs recievers from the mainland coming here and falling in love with Hawaii thus they decide to verbal and committ to Hawaii and let the Trojans be on their way. A guy can wish can’t he?

  194. Garret December 11, 2008 5:16 pm

    Great news about Kristen!

  195. Garret December 11, 2008 5:18 pm

    Recruiting tidbit for Arizona.

    Montana to Rice, Part II?

    It could happen at the University of Arizona in a few years.

    Arizona may have wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. lining up on the outside next year, and the Wildcats are hoping to lure Nick Montana, a high school junior, to Arizona for 2010.

    Rice Jr. can catch passes, return punts and kickoffs and line up at tailback. He also can play in the secondary and even took over at quarterback for one game.

    He completed all nine of his passes for 108 yards, rushed for 178 yards and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in that game. His 31-yard scoring run on a third-and-8 in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning touchdown.

    “It was silly. He was running in one direction, juked out five guys, cut back and then ran past four more,” Menlo coach Mark Newton told the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Nick Montana is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, highly regarded QB from Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif. UA has already offered him a scholarship.

  196. Garret December 11, 2008 5:22 pm

    The bookies think that USC would win an 8-team football playoff link what has been proposed.

    The experts confidently say USC should be favored to win college football’s national championship.

    This, despite the fact the Trojans won’t have a chance to actually play for the title. assembled an eight-team tournament and had USC beating Alabama and Oklahoma en route to a finals matchup against Florida. They then posted the Trojans as two-point favorites over the Gators.

    “The fact that USC is the favorite to win a BCS title it won’t even have a shot at this season really sheds light on one of the many flaws the current BCS structure presents,” odds maker T.J. Kendrick said. “The best team may not win the national title because of a computer.”

  197. Garret December 11, 2008 5:23 pm

    I agree with Al that other teams will be going after the commits UH has…hopefully GDL and the rest stay firm with their commits.

  198. koakoane™ December 11, 2008 5:48 pm

    🙁 rain just completely caused havoc with classes and students today. closed the compound and praying the sun arises tomorrow.

    just got home and man 😐 the roadways is just horrendous. all day long was thinking of wor gau gee mien or sari sari but will the roads so crowded guess its campbell soup tonight.

    good day tsai-ko country hope everyone’s day was good and no property damaged happened to anyone.

    much being made about recruits especially the oline. all seem to posses some type of athletic abilities and talents. time will tell if they pan out, plug the gaps, contribute immediately and provide serious competition while learning their craft. welcome and best wishes on their future with UH.

  199. koakoane™ December 11, 2008 5:53 pm


  200. Jason December 11, 2008 6:12 pm

    Wow, the weather was absolutely atrocious today. Thank goodness school is pau; just finals next week.

    Speaking of finals, interesting to see how that affects UH and Notre Dame’s practice schedules. I understand ND won’t be using its full allotment of practices. Hmm …

  201. d1島 December 11, 2008 6:14 pm

    Watching the news reports of all the havoc from the storm this morning….
    hoping that those affected are able to find comfort and relief quickly.

  202. Jason December 11, 2008 6:21 pm

    Thankfully, although UH was pretty wet, I didn’t see any signs of flooding. In particular, Hamilton Library seemed fine (from the outside). After what happened before, I think they took a lot of steps to make sure no more damage could be done.

  203. Pride. December 11, 2008 6:48 pm


    December 11th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    so wouldn’t that send a signal to others that perhaps rgm, cj, and rivers deserves another look?

    Yes, indeed Al. Especially RGM. RGM played in Bess’ shadow for threee years, but actuallyhad comparable numbers.

    Bess 293 / 3,610 / 41
    RGM 237 / 3,370 / 36


  204. Dennis Halloran December 11, 2008 6:49 pm

    I note that Gabe Tuata did not play in Mt Sac JC’s win last week to gain the State JC title game with Butte JC this saturday. Anybody know if he is still hurt and still being recruited>

  205. jm2375 December 11, 2008 7:00 pm

    Good evening Tsai-kos!

    Hope everyone is staying dry and safe. Still pouring here on the Windward side.

    Walked down to the Ala Moana post office at lunch today. Didn’t get too wet and there was no line. Had to go cuz today was the last day for international mail to make it to its destination by Christmas. Then got saimin at the Chinese/plate lunch place across the street from the office. Hit da spot. Then had 2 malasadas. Yummm.

    Great news about Kristen!! Keeping Curveball and Kristen in my thoughts.

  206. las vegas December 11, 2008 7:04 pm


  207. las vegas December 11, 2008 7:06 pm

    Continued well wishes for Kristen, keep fighting!

  208. las vegas December 11, 2008 7:23 pm

    Department Store Santa Peeves

    Kids who refuse to believe that it’s fruitcake on your breath and not gin.

    Even with the costume, people recognizing you from “America’s Most Wanted”

    Parents who get all uptight when you offer their kids a swig from your hip flask

    Enduring the taunts of your old buddies from Drama School

    Those dorks in the Power Rangers costumes get all the babes

    Kids who don’t understand that Santa’s been a little jittery since he got back from ‘Nam

    When the last guy to use the beard leaves bits of his lunch in it.

  209. Ralph December 11, 2008 7:24 pm

    malasadas and saimin….what a combo….sweet and salty…..are you properly color coordinated dressing in the dark….

  210. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:24 pm

    Curveball, lovely wife Kristen,
    just loved the good news. keep that stuff coming, friends!

    Greg McMackin,
    go for the win, friend. and don’t be afraid to lose. we’re behind you because you’ve proved you are for us, Warrior Nation.. You’ve earned our respect, Coach. Truly! And get the team to know its all right, this is part of the journey.

    So now just go out there and kick Notre Dame’s @$$! 😀

  211. lavrat December 11, 2008 7:25 pm

    Holy poo. I am watching Hawaii 5-0 right now and just saw myself in it. I had forgotten all about it. They were doing a shoot at the airport stopped a group of us then told us to just walk normally in the background. This was back in the early 70’s. Amazing.

  212. bighilofan2 December 11, 2008 7:26 pm

    I can just see the Jumbotron going

    “Das one baaaD Maafala.” 😀

    Thanks Takoboy, that was a good one.

  213. A-House December 11, 2008 7:44 pm


    You got me – I can not decipher sh, pt and isi – I believe they are initials of players who have not yet or already commited, but you want them to change their commitment to UH.


    I just told Midori7 what a kick it would be for a mainland player who loves the Hawaii atmosphere/culture, decommits, and commits to UH after the game tomorrow night. If this occurs, the mainland coaches would go wild and really bad mouth UH. I like the WRs who have committed to USC and Notre Dame. Also, the MLB from Penn who committed to Ohio State.

    That could also apply to a Hawaii player who has commited to a mainland school or who has not yet commited but did not UH in mind and choses to attend UH because of the “bonding” with other players who have commited to the Warriors.

    How is Coach Mack and Tuioti going to handle this situation?

  214. A-House December 11, 2008 7:46 pm


    meant to include “have” after did not

  215. Jason December 11, 2008 7:50 pm

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  216. Pride. December 11, 2008 7:59 pm

    A-House. You are on the money. When blue-chippers take their 48 hr. visits, they sometimes build close bonds with other players and decide that they will attend the same school. With one week to spend together in Hawaii, these bonds will have even more time to develop. Your theory of players decommiting and going to another school is real possibility. This could definitely be an advantage for the Hawaii football team, if a few of the Polynesia players all of sudden develop a deep sense of culture and pride in their race and decide that Hawaii is where they belong.

  217. Garret December 11, 2008 8:09 pm

    Yes, indeed Al. Especially RGM. RGM played in Bess’ shadow for threee years, but actuallyhad comparable numbers.

    Bess 293 / 3,610 / 41
    RGM 237 / 3,370 / 36

    Pride and Al,

    Two NFL GMs thought highly enough of RGM to bring them into their camps. The coach with the Texans had indicated during camp training camp that RGM would make their team because of how impressive he was in the preseason training and early in camp…unfortunately, RGM then got hurt and they waited for some time but not long enough for him to get healthy.

    Then the Bears signed RGM…but he still wasn’t healthy and couldn’t show them what he can do. The NFL is a heartless business and they cut RGM instead of waiting for him to get healthy, they just went on the the next guy who was healthy.

    RGM sat out for awhile, got healthy, then got a shot with the CFL. He rapidly moved up the depth chart and put up great numbers, and was one of the few players praised after their playoff game loss.

    I don’t think that the NFL forgot about RGM and discounted his awesome numbers. RGM was injured during Pro Day (just like Bess and Rivers), which hurt his draft stock. RGM got injured during training camp (he might not have fully recovered from the Pro Day injury, but he pushed through the injury trying to make the team), which ended his NFL chances this year. I believe that if RGM is healthy and chooses the right team (Bess chose VERY well) he’ll stick in the NFL next season.

  218. Pride. December 11, 2008 8:09 pm

    Joe Flacco is a good example of an athlete who is a big-time blue chipper in high school who ends up playing at a lower tier school and ends up getting drafted on the first day. What most people don’t understand is if you are a 3,4, or 5 star player, and you go to a lower tier BCS or non BCS school, your chances of getting drafted are better than the same star atletes who go to your top tier BCS schools. When you go to a top tier school you are not guaranteed to ever start when you get there. Usually that type of athlete will not only start at a non-BCS school but will also end up starting pretty early in your carreer giving you a ver good chance to develop as a player, put up good stats, and set yourself up for post season honors due to the fact that you will start for three or more years. You also will most likely get to develop your leadership skills due to the fact that you will be forced into leadership being one of the better players at an earlier age.

    There are advantages to turning down the USC’s, Noter Dame’s, and UCLA’s, in favor of a lower tier program.

  219. Pride. December 11, 2008 8:12 pm

    Of course I am not calling non BCS schools lower tier. I am merely stating that from the viewpoint of most BCS fans. I believe that a team like Hawaii can compete with anyone. Especially if they adhere to the four expectations.

  220. Pride. December 11, 2008 8:13 pm

    E kala mai. Noter Dame schould be Notre Dame.

  221. Pride. December 11, 2008 8:15 pm

    1 – Expect to Win.
    2 – Expect to be in a Dogfight.
    3 – Expect that at sometime during the game, winning will appear to be impossible.
    4 – Expect to win the game late in the fourth quarter.

  222. curveball December 11, 2008 8:22 pm

    Aloha my blog Ohana..Kristin has come through an incredible 2 weeks of fighting to stay alive..your thoughts ,prayer and notes were incredibly helpful to her and I. I read all of them to her and she was amazed at your concern and response. A luau is in order down the road..cabana A…she still has many battles ahead of her but I truly believe after winning this one we can win them all. She is an amazing lady for being so small. She truly has the heart of a Warrior and she now knows she is a TSIKO..I cannot think you all enough for your support..Curveball and KRISTIN

  223. Curt December 11, 2008 8:25 pm

    I was wondering about RGM and Jason Rivers myself. With Bess doing so well, you would think that they’d get another look. Hopefully, they’ll make it in next year. I believe CJ is on someone’s practice squad in the Northeast.

  224. brew808 December 11, 2008 8:29 pm

    Curveball –> (((((((((~Kristen~))))))))) <– Tsaikos 😀

  225. Garret December 11, 2008 8:31 pm


    RGM got hurt during camp, but at least he had a stretch where he impressed the Texans and got good enough buzz to be picked up by the Bears after Houston cut him.

    There were *major* concerns about Jason Rivers’ health–I’m guessing his back, which he had problems with at UH. Remember, the NFL teams sent him for full testing with doctors, well beyond what the other players were asked to do. I’m not convinced that he was ever healthy while he was trying to make the Titans roster, as they needed WRs and he never got to show anything.

  226. Garret December 11, 2008 8:32 pm


    It was so great to hear the good news about Kristin today!

  227. Kama Krab December 11, 2008 8:33 pm

    That is great news Curveball. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. I totally understand what this kind of thing can do to both you and your wife. I would just like to tell you take one day at a time and just continue to believe.

    To those that are still sick or have lost family members, may the grace of god be with all of you. Our prayers are all with you.

  228. brew808 December 11, 2008 8:33 pm

    Curveball –> (((((((((~Kristin~))))))))) <– Tsaikos 😀

  229. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 8:34 pm

    Kristin and Curveball,

    There is much joy in Tsaiko-Land today. Keep us posted about your great Warrior lady. Aloha.

  230. Kama Krab December 11, 2008 8:36 pm

    Eh and by the way A-House,

    Who was that dream about? MT

  231. brew808 December 11, 2008 8:38 pm

    Garret Re: #199 –

    I would have no problem with USC being declared National Champs if there was a playoff system and they had to defeat ‘bama, OU, and Florida! No problem at all…. 😀 😯 😆

  232. Curt December 11, 2008 8:40 pm

    Thanks Garret for the info. Hope things turn out for the best for RGM and Rivers. In the mean time, gotta run and do some Christmas shopping at Macy’s.

  233. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 8:42 pm

    RGM, CJ and JR will make it, sooner or later, just look at RGM, uninjured, and his quick rise to the top in the CFL. CJ is still on a practice squad and JR hooked up with some kind of arena team? where he can get into football shape.

    To climb a mountain there are often sharp serpentine curves and even cliffs, but hand over hand, step by step, never giving up, you can get there.

    Even mighty mouse has become a star in the AFL, it’s not over.

  234. Jahloha December 11, 2008 8:43 pm


    That would be something if some of those guys decommited and ended up commiting to Hawaii b/c of the atmosphere and culture. Those fast recievers featured in the paper would do wonders in this offense. Just imagine how much catches they’d have in this offense as opposed to going to USC or Notre Dame where they’re run first pass second offenses. Sure its a storied program, but dont you want the ball in your hands as much as possible? With the Warriors style offense, that happens.

    And I think his abbreviations for SH and PH meant Stan Hasiak, and Percy Taemeolu (excuse my spelling).

  235. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 8:48 pm

    Those dread heads sure were special, not only because of talent, but also for having a lot of grit and chemistry. I hope we’ll find another crew with that kind of chemistry. It can be done, but it won’t be easy.

  236. d1島 December 11, 2008 9:25 pm

    You get mail.

  237. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2008 9:26 pm

    Well, I think Manti is going to BYU.

  238. Garret December 11, 2008 9:28 pm

    Wow, BYU won out…that isn’t that surprising I guess.

  239. Garret December 11, 2008 9:29 pm

    Warning to all IE users! Chinese researchers accidentally released the code to attack IE7…they thought Microsoft’s last patch closed the vulnerability so they released the code, but Microsoft hasn’t closed that hole yet!

  240. Garret December 11, 2008 9:30 pm

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

    Students from Asian countries are the tops in the world in both math and science at both the 4th and 8th grade levels. For math, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan are *far* above the next highest group of countries (which includes the US). For science, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea are above the next group…at the 8th grade level, the US was not in the top 10.

  241. Garret December 11, 2008 9:30 pm

    The Air Force is now using “battlefield acupuncture” to treat troops suffering from severe or chronic pain. They even trained the Army Rangers in it.

  242. Garret December 11, 2008 9:30 pm

    DARPA gave UAV maker General Atomics $20 mil to research algae-based jet fuel.

  243. Garret December 11, 2008 9:31 pm

    I wonder when this will show up on CSI…fingerprints can reveal past drug use, medical history, and whether or not someone has fired a gun or handled explosives.

  244. Garret December 11, 2008 9:31 pm

    Three KFC workers in California have been suspended because they bathed in a deep sink that is used to wash dishes and one of them posted photos of that on a social networking site.

  245. Garret December 11, 2008 9:31 pm

    Free play links pau. Good night everybody.

  246. Stephen Tsai December 11, 2008 9:36 pm

    It’s not official, but at the dinner tonight, everyone said Manti was going to BYU.
    By the way, Manti gave the invocation.

  247. d1島 December 11, 2008 9:37 pm

    Andre Rison is one of the coaches for the mainland all-stars in tomorrow night’s game.
    He was asked about two of the receivers on the mainland squad:
    Randall Carroll has verbally committed to USC; Shaquelle Evans says he’s committed to Notre Dame.

    Rison said Carroll and Evans also are technicians who “take the time to do the little things to get better.” He said they have been known to catch 500 passes a day in private workouts.

  248. d1島 December 11, 2008 9:41 pm

    Oh, and btw, they are fast, too…

    Carroll, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior who has made a verbal commitment to play for Southern California, said he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds. His coach at Cathedral, Chris Flores, said Carroll is only the fifth boy in California history to win state championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

    His times: 10.42 in the 100, 20.91 in the 200.

    Did Manti say anything about covering this guy in the invocation?

  249. d1島 December 11, 2008 9:56 pm

    It will be interesting to see Hawaii’s top recruit take the field with Dorian Bell, the Pennsylvania LB who committed to the Ohio State Univ.

  250. roysan16 December 11, 2008 9:56 pm

    When the Warriors are on offense, hopefully in the ND game the team does a better job of this. And that is choreographing plays where the ND defense has a harder and difficult time sniffing out our team’s plays. All year long the Warriors have problems masking their plays. A simple draw. Or wide receiver screen. Or any screen. Or shuffle pass are plays designed to keep the opposing defenses on their heals. And yet not have the other teams DL continuing teeing off on the OL line. And QB. And the Warriors haven’t looked good at times. For the Warriors this year they’ve had a harder time of deceiving the opponent’s defense, namely because they couldn’t execute the aforementioned plays designed to keep the other team’s defense honest. Some of this has to do with the QB not selling the play and the opposition’s defenses making easy reads. Also the Warriors are lacking in drawing up the big plays…and or executing at key times to have the other team’s defense having something to guard against and worry about. And have the opposing defenders reasons to worry of either the pass or run. And consequently, the defense has less of a burden of worrying about the Warriors offensive package. For there are no subtleties. No finesse. And up to now not polished, for there is no masking of the play. Which means the opposing defenses don’t have to hesitate when rushing the QB. And they can play with the reckless abandon and rush the QB. And not worry so much of misdirection plays or sweeps…and, or, the QB calling timelier audibles (I’m guessing) because the Warriors very rarely run them. And when they do they don’t execute right. And opposing defenses have sniffed out the Warrior plays far too often. To be successful in the ND game they have to turn this around. Forget that at this point of the year the offense has averaged a paltry 325 yrds. a game. And fans have been unkind of the remarks of the offensive play calling by the OC. The key to beating ND is how the QB and the Warrior offense masks their plays. For the ND defensive coordinator will tell his defenders to watch the QB eyes and body language because he tips off his plays. For the Warrior between now and game time they have to work on this, mainly having the QB not so telegraphing of the play. The Warriors offense keeping the ND defense off balance, and guessing is paramount to victory. No sputtering. No backfiring. All out for 60 minutes,we’re hoping, with a renewed interests of executing the offensive plays for this game with added stealth-like precision.

    Offensive play I like to see. From the shotgun the QB hands it off to the RB. A simple generic looking play in the Warrior package…but as soon as the RB reaches the line he pitches it back to the QB who then takes it and passes down field for a TD. Rah,rah, rah.

  251. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 10:00 pm

    Garret (246),

    They already did. I watched a CSI last week (or was it ‘Numbers’?), where they could analyze a whole spectrum of substances from finger prints, even particles from air, determining what area of town the perp moved around in, lol. It seemed a little far fetched when I saw it, but now I see your post….

    Well, Captain Kirks phone is pretty old fashioned now, lol.

  252. FloridaTed December 11, 2008 10:07 pm

    Well, good night, gang, way too late, time for zzzzzzzzzzz.

  253. d1島 December 11, 2008 10:10 pm

    So the only question then is if he leaves on his mission before BYU plays here?

  254. Jason December 11, 2008 10:11 pm

    Yeah, that was NUMB3RS. Speaking of which, I thought it was Friday, so I tuned in … whoops. 😛

  255. bstunna2002 December 11, 2008 10:14 pm

    We should have had Keala Watson teach the Team Poly the Ha’a talk about a cultural experience that would give some of these kids chicken skin and help bring out that pride that every Polynesian person has we’ll see tommorow maybe they are one step ahead.

  256. jm2375 December 11, 2008 10:15 pm

    OK time to make the triple chocolate cake for a farewell potluck tomorrow. bbl. 😀

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  258. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 11, 2008 10:40 pm

    Wow, what great news today!
    curveball and Kristin- we’re still here for you!

    Rob25- wow – NOLA is brrrrrrr! What memories!

    808ike: CONGRATS! Way to type 😆
    Mahalo so much for your ticket. Hope you and your ohana will join us in our ADA-friendly t-gates before the Bowl game and next season! You are a living testimony of the many roads to Tsaiko-dom!

    Nalani- what a funny video! Sorry to miss your fantastic Holiday Extravaganza!

  259. jm2375 December 11, 2008 11:05 pm

    Did you see how even the St Louis field was under water today? Good thing neva have practice this morning.

  260. Kazz December 11, 2008 11:14 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    December 11th, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    It’s not official, but at the dinner tonight, everyone said Manti was going to BYU.
    By the way, Manti gave the invocation.

    This may:

    -Get Charlie Weiss and his staff to actually focus on the Hawaii Bowl game.


    -Cause Notre Dame to pull out of the Hawaii Bowl.



  261. al December 11, 2008 11:17 pm

    off topic… hawaiian airlines for serving our hawaiian skies. today, as you all know the skies were not so friendly making visibility nil and the runways hazardous.

    but, ha kept on and never shut down a flight. towards the end of the night the backlog mounted as my flt was late 34 minutes. but, the entire kona staff did all that they could to ensure us the the show must go on and expedited things in so many subtle ways that may have gone unnoticed.

    mahalo folks.

  262. Kazz December 11, 2008 11:17 pm


    December 11th, 2008 at 10:10 pm
    So the only question then is if he leaves on his mission before BYU plays here?

    Last I heard, Te’o was planning on leaving for his mission as soon as he graduates from high school.

    Hmmm. if BYU is his destination then he’ll still be there when we play them in 2012…. or was that 2013? I can’t remember…

  263. al December 11, 2008 11:21 pm

    ahouse, bstunna2002:

    isi, sh, and pt??? sorry i have been busy, gulp, working all day and just got in after stopping by sanoya’s ramen for some seafood ramen and 6-pc gyoza and a side of kim chee.

    ahhhhh. urp.

  264. al December 11, 2008 11:51 pm

    kazz….i do hope that mr. manti goes on his 2 yr mission first. perhaps, he will become homesick after two years and decide to play at home.

  265. al December 11, 2008 11:54 pm


    on top of the comparable numbers, didn’t rgm miss a bunch of games?

  266. al December 12, 2008 12:02 am

    want to watch george daily-lyles and iuta tepa in action?

    cif southern section Pac-5 championship crespi vs long beach poly at 1:00 am ch 246

  267. al December 12, 2008 12:06 am

    want to watch 10-12 uh warriors of the future.

    hawaii prep classic live at 8 pm also on ch 246.

    unfortunately, one must subscribe to this channel.

  268. jm2375 December 12, 2008 12:09 am

    OK, cake cooling, kitchen cleaned and I’m headed off to bed. Nitey nite.


  269. al December 12, 2008 12:15 am

    wait jm1111.
    what kind of cake?

  270. Stephen Tsai December 12, 2008 12:25 am

    Another post, another … well, you know the scenario.

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