Alama-Francis signs with Dolphins

Former UH d-end Ikaika Alama-Francis has signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.

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Bryant Moniz did not throw today — not atypical of a Tuesday practice for him — and  he remains hopeful of playing in Saturday’s game against Navy.

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Kamehameha-Hawai‘i athletic director Bob Wagner said he will attend Saturday’s game, his first UH football game in seven years.

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Special thanks to our show’s guests, Mana Silva and Lametrius Davis.


  1. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:33 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    yeee haaa. Navy’s coming. and day are going down!

  2. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:34 am


    great article on the triple option and talking about Mana’s history.
    and how the dbs and safeties are doing extra homework. 😀

  3. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:35 am

    I feel I could write a book waiting for the nite crew. 😆

  4. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:35 am


    could say alot right now and bang up da house. 😀

  5. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:36 am

    caught em all in da fridge.

    top 5 babeee. 😆

  6. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:36 am

    top 6

  7. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:37 am

    TOUCHDOWN! :mrgreen:

  8. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:37 am

    OCHOMOM :mrgreen:

  9. J November 24, 2009 2:38 am


  10. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:38 am


    i sure hope we get 3 FG and our D really comes to play!

  11. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:39 am

    hiya J. that was fun. 😆

  12. J November 24, 2009 2:40 am

    Sorry, decided to not respect your streak…

  13. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:44 am


    howzit. will call you this a.m. to try to hookup. your son in law, great pix in today’s HA. he’s putting everything into being a Warrior. I just know he loves his wife and child. on behalf of Warrior Nation, thank you!

  14. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:46 am


    you coming to the TGate? really nice people who love UH football.

  15. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:51 am


    what words of encouragement would you like to share with East side big island players who might aspire to be future Warriors?


  16. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:52 am


    do you have future plans to help you improve your speed, not saying you’re slow. 😆

  17. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 2:59 am


    good luck, and have a great game this Saturday. one game at a time.

  18. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:03 am

    going be super low tide Saturday 6pm. Navy gonna be stuck on da reefs. 😆

  19. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 24, 2009 3:06 am

    Guess I better get back to sleep then!
    I was dreaming about Chris Cooley and Colt and a saimin contest… wow!

  20. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 24, 2009 3:09 am

    MANA- Reading about the triple option just now. Have you had to defend against it in college yet?

  21. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:17 am

    i got this off the Navy academy site.

    Bob Socci (play-by-play), Omar Nelson (analyst), Pete Medhurst (sideline)

    Setting the Stage
    • Meeting for just the second time in series history, Navy (8-3) and Hawai’i (5-6) are set to square off on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Honolulu in a contest that will be televised by ESPNU.
    • Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Charles Arbuckle (analyst) will call the action from Aloha Stadium (50,000) beginning at 10:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm in Hawai’i.
    • The Navy Football Tailgate Show on 1430 WNAV (Annapolis) hosted by Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller and Wiley Baker will start immediately after the conclusion of Navy’s men’s basketball game against Mount St. Mary’s.
    • The Navy Football Pregame Show will get underway at 9:30 pm with Bob Socci and Omar Nelson setting the scene from Honolulu, followed by game action beginning at 10:30 pm on the Navy Radio Network. Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. TBA) will also carry the Navy broadcast.
    • Following the contest, Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller will recap the day’s events in a 60-minute postgame show live on 1430 WNAV.

    Niumatalolo Returns Home
    • Naval Academy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo will return home on Saturday, Nov. 28 when the Mids travel to Honolulu to take on the Warriors.
    • Niumatalolo is a native of Laie’, Hawai’i and a 1989 graduate of Hawai’i.
    • Niumatalolo earned three varsity letters at Hawai’i as a quarterback and was a member of their first bowl team in 1989.
    • He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the Hawai’i football staff (1990 and `91) and was a full-time assistant for three years (1992-94). Niumatalolo left Hawai’i after the `94 season with then-offensive coordinator Paul Johnson to coach at Navy.

    Niumatalolo Makes History
    • In his first season as head coach at the Naval Academy, Ken Niumatalolo not only directed the Midshipmen to an 8-5 record, he became the first coach in program history to lead Navy to a bowl game in his first campaign, as the Mids qualified for the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.
    • He is just the third coach since World War II to lead Navy to a winning record in his first year at the helm. He joins Wayne Hardin (5-4-1 in 1959) and Gary Tranquill (6-5 in 1982) on the exclusive list.
    • Niumatalolo’s eight wins in his first year are tied for the fourth most by a first-year coach in school history.
    • Meanwhile, his 16 wins are the second-most wins in school history by a Navy head coach in his first two seasons.
    • Niumatalolo became the first Navy coach to lead an unranked Navy squad over a ranked Notre Dame squad since 1936 (which was the first year of the polls) when Tom Hamilton led Navy to a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame.
    • Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in Division IA history (Larry Price, who was the head coach at Hawai’i from 1974-76 was the first).

    Anybody, bring a towel for dat man. cry cry cry. 😀

    nah, we’re in for a scrap, and i wouldn’t have it any odda way!

  22. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:21 am

    hiya LizK

    seen that article on UH Wahine in Las Vegas for the vb? in today’s HA. nice nice on Raceen Woolford. thought you’d like how she is talking. really really nice!

  23. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:27 am

    our coaches and players gotta remember, KN ain’t coming home for a breather. they’ve had a week off, after 11 consecutive weeks, and Navy has been getting ready to try pound us.

    don’t know the specifics, all i know is we gonna have a hell of a fight.
    and if i know that, then coaches gotta know that. and when the coaches say focus and discipline, i hope they’re also spending time in the film room with the players, showing them what to key on.

    and i hope our men upstairs are also watching lots and lots of film too. so they can read and react quickly to the men downstairs with the headsets.

    we say we’ve got great defense coaches. lets see it. bring it.

  24. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:39 am

    we’ve knocked off better teams before.

    Navy is a very good team.

    Our coaches need to focus, show discipline. its our house! they gotta know what it really means to represent Hawaii well. Johnson and Niumatalolo, they represent Hawaii well.

    Warriors, go kick some Navy butt!

  25. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:41 am


    how you feel about playing Navy at home this Saturday? dreaming you’ll get to 8 against Navy?

  26. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 3:43 am

    okay den.

    back to .. zzzzzzz see you in da morning.

  27. wafan November 24, 2009 4:11 am

    Good morning to all!

  28. wafan November 24, 2009 4:18 am

    Funny. This woman was whining and carrying on about how baristas in bikinis were immoral and corrupting her kids. So, she is trying to force her standards of morals by shutting down the business.

    I wonder why she continues to patronize the business.

    What makes her brand of morals more moral?

  29. wafan November 24, 2009 4:19 am

    TIme to hit the road.

    Wet and wild today.

  30. wafan November 24, 2009 4:19 am


  31. NYUH November 24, 2009 5:33 am

    I hate this crap:

    Finally, the Sugar Bowl needs someone to play with Alabama, and Boise State, come on down. I know, I know, we did the WAC vs. SEC thing with disastrous results (Georgia thumping Hawaii two years ago), but Boise State is different. This isn’t a fluky, one-year wonder thing against a miserable schedule; Boise State has proven it can handle itself on the highest of stages, and now it’s time to give it a shot against an SEC superstar.

  32. jm2375 November 24, 2009 5:36 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Wow, looks like da chickens in Keaau neva wake bhf2 up yet (again).

    Soooo, Navy had a bye last week and Wiscy has one this week? Wassup wit dat? Da trip too long for dem? No can prepare for da Warriors with only 1 week?

    Today, tomorrow, Turkey Day, Black Friday (which I avoid like da plague) & den GAME DAY!


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  34. d1島 November 24, 2009 5:55 am

    Great Morning All!

    Very short week for many fans and it will seem like a very short week of prep for the Warriors, too.

    Much focus on how UH will defend the spread option; hope Hawaii’s offense creates as many problems for Navy’s defense.

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  35. chopsueyboy November 24, 2009 6:43 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    Time to bombs away on the midshipmen.
    Go Warriors!

  36. vballfan1 November 24, 2009 6:44 am

    Hey Stephen will you be at the UH stanford warrior volleyball scrimmage tomorrow?

    I won’t be able to attend and I’d love to hear some insight.

  37. Stephen Tsai November 24, 2009 6:53 am

    I’ll try to stop on by. Problem is Navy is holding practice tomorrow night.

  38. djmitcho November 24, 2009 6:56 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good day

  39. postmanke November 24, 2009 7:04 am

    Why is everyone so worried about this “boring offense” =)

  40. tommui November 24, 2009 7:04 am

    Top 50!

    Would have been top 40 except for BHF2!

    Howzit Gerard!

  41. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 24, 2009 7:09 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    CU at da lunchowah!


  42. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:11 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

  43. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:15 am

    Howzit Tom.

    Q: how do you stop a pulling guard?
    A: Mahoe, matey. 😆

  44. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:16 am


    which field is Navy gonna use? what time? can you tell us pretty please?

  45. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:17 am

    i’d like to give directions to our spy in training, Slugger. 😀

  46. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:23 am

    navy comikng to town and practicing on Wednesday. they must be having classes via internet video streaming. would be nice for UH peeps to go watch their classroom and studies technique, top of the line stuff, better prepare Warriors for next year travels. no reinvent the wheel. maybe get one tiny bitte thing we can take away from the “tour”

    send Slugger. She’d like that. can act like Lumpkin’s cousin 😀

  47. bighilofan2 November 24, 2009 7:24 am

    well well well

    chased all da Tsaikos away. snif snif

    gotta go work. hi ho.

  48. koakane™ November 24, 2009 7:35 am

    jm2375 if you look at Wisconsin schedule they also have a bye this week so did SJSU.

    morning everybody have a nice day

  49. postmanke November 24, 2009 7:57 am

    .. i dunno what all the fuss is about, this is football and often times, more than not, the bigger, stronger more talented team wins right? Even with all the injuries, we’re still bigger, stronger and a lot more talented than those “salty dogs”. Our coaching staff may not be as talented or as dedicated or better prepared as Navy.. but would the players believing in your coaches ever be the difference?

    How are we 9.5 underdogs @ home to a smaller, less talented team? ~ oh wait, if our coaches are so concerned about cut blocks and implementing new techniques trying to avoid them, then i can see why we are +9.5 dogs @ home. …are you kidding me!

  50. jm2375 November 24, 2009 8:09 am

    ummm, kk must not have had his kope yet this morning. Dat’s what I said…. Wisc has a bye this week.

  51. postmanke November 24, 2009 8:12 am

    psssst coaches, the last time Navy lost, the opposing team played physical, creamed the fullback and their freshman running back ran the ball +30 times for over 260 yards… Please dont let the players Mikhail Baryshnikov – tip toe away from cut blocks and out of a bowl game.. Dont give up on your players, they are talented and physical. Believe in your own system, if not get a new system to believe in..

  52. Da Punchbowl Kid November 24, 2009 8:16 am

    Good Morning Gamgeez! 🙂

    Nice to see the bhf2 show in full swing!

    All I can say to Mana is keep up the good work! Imua!

  53. postmanke November 24, 2009 8:18 am

    I wonder if this weeks motivational movie will be “White Nights”

    Damn it, let the boys play some football.. unleash Jake in the middle. – bout the only game it wont hurt us.

  54. LizKauai November 24, 2009 8:20 am

    From the Wahine article:

    “She also sees a new “synergy” on this team. Tsuji, now Director of Extension for New Hope church, sees it too. He calls it a comfort level and responsibility to and for each other.

    “They are at a point where they know how to counsel each other,” he says. “It’s not necessarily coming from the coaching staff. Players have taken that on and really tried to encourage each other.”

    Yes, bhf2, I liked it a lot. 😆

    No name and blame, no trash and bash…
    If it takes a kumu hula, it takes a kumu hula to create winners out of players.
    UNITY, UNITY, UNITY… an unbroken line of WARRIORS that has the WILL and “will not” self-destruct with fear.


  55. LizKauai November 24, 2009 8:25 am

    postmanke— bwahahaha!
    Mikhail Baryshnikov is about the toughest, most awesomely athletic and creative dancer to have escaped the Kirov and defected to Canada!
    He is actually a GOOD example for the Warriors!


  56. postmanke November 24, 2009 8:29 am


    =) he would have made an awesome wide receiver! he was tough!

  57. koakane™ November 24, 2009 8:29 am

    ummm, kk must not have had his kope yet this morning. Dat’s what I said…. Wisc has a bye this week.

    jm# posted that information about couple of weeks back when chawan put up the opposing team schedule 😀

  58. LizKauai November 24, 2009 8:36 am

    Mana Silva: What were your expectations for yourself at the beginning of the season? Did they change at some point? And if so, what was that point?

  59. LizKauai November 24, 2009 8:37 am

    Mana Silva- did you play both sides of the ball? Think you can do it now?

  60. LizKauai November 24, 2009 8:38 am

    Mana Silva: What are you interested in as a post-college career?

  61. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 9:00 am

    Bet in his heyday Mikhail Baryshnikov could have leapt over a cutting defender and still laid the lumber on the QB or FB.

    That guy was Batman in a tutu.

  62. Slugger November 24, 2009 9:05 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    No practice for me this morning.

  63. SteveM November 24, 2009 9:05 am

    Good morning everyone!

  64. LizKauai November 24, 2009 9:11 am

    Mana Silva: If you had to pick only ONE of the following which would it be?
    1. Physical Ability
    2. Will to Win

  65. LizKauai November 24, 2009 9:12 am

    Hi SteveM, Slugger, MIH 😉

  66. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 9:14 am

    Wow do a search for “how to stop the triple option” and you get lots of different answers. It’ll confuse you even more.

  67. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 9:15 am

    Q for Mana…

    Mana, are you still in touch with coach Wags? How’s he doing? Gonna ask him what you should be on the look out against the Triple Option?

  68. Slugger November 24, 2009 9:16 am

    Heard Lynn Swann speak at a conference & he talked about using all that you’ve learned to succeed. His Mom made him take dance classes when he was young. He used to be ashamed walking down the street to class in his dance clothes. In football, he was able to use the ability to jump and turn to make receptions & land on his feet. I hope our players do that, pull up all of their experiences and play inspired.


  69. LizKauai November 24, 2009 9:25 am

    Slugger- as a youth, I loved to watch pro wrestler Edouard Carpentier. WOW! Talk about dance and strength!

  70. LOL® November 24, 2009 9:27 am

    Many elsewhere are predicting that UH has little chance of beating Navy and/or that Navy will pound UH. Either will only be true IF this coaching staff does not craft a solid game plan, continues making boneheaded decisions on the sidelines, and are unable to motivate every single player to bring their A game this Saturday. Offense needs to execute and get it into the end zone fast and often to force Navy off their game plan. Plain and simple; assignment football, reduce the mental errors and stupid mistakes. That means you Leaning Tower of Kia; please try to not let the Aloha Stadium fieldturf tip you over flat on your face the way the Spartan Stadium turf did; I don’t need anymore sidesplitting LOL® moments like that this weekend at the stadium where I end up spraying the poor soul below me with soda.

    Coaches can earn their pay as well as gain the necessary respect from those who have been less than impressed with the often inept style of football over these first two seasons by putting up a fight for all 4 quarters. This includes making competent decisions on the sidelines. Assign someone who can at least count to eleven so they know they have the right amount of players on the field especially after a timeout.

    Eek out a win and I will gladly chow on several plates of crows and mynah birds…. meaning I will kiss McMackin’s and Ron Lee’s rotund butts on this blog after the game by showering them with so much sugary suckup praise that it will make even the most positive Tsaiko here absolutely puke their guts out.


  71. LizKauai November 24, 2009 9:34 am

    LOL – You are ON!!! 😆

  72. LizKauai November 24, 2009 9:36 am

    I am bringing my barf bag to the blog after the game 😎


  73. Pomai November 24, 2009 9:46 am

    Ok first defensive of the game, line up all 11 of our guys right on the line, then have everyone of them blitz the QB while he is under the pile beat the poop out of him. LOL nah sailor blue just joking NOT…..

  74. SteveM November 24, 2009 9:56 am

    Hi Liz! I’m at work today. Will be back at lunch time. 🙂

  75. al November 24, 2009 9:58 am

    mana silva

    you seem to be in the right place at the right time, what with all those interceptions.

    you were recruited out of high school to oregon state and spent your first year there.

    what was the one thing that made you go to corvallis, oregon?

    then, you returned to hawaii.

    what was the motivating factor for you to return home?

  76. al November 24, 2009 10:01 am

    more mana questions

    so if a local boy being pursued by both a pac10 school and the university of hawaii asks you for his opinion on the pro’s and con’s, what would you tell him?

    what to you will leave a lasting impression about your warrior experience here?

  77. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 10:04 am

    Some insight on defending against the Triple Option here…

    Does not bode well for a Mack defense that likes to Blitz. This guy’s analysys is that blitzing is the one thing you do NOT want to do.

  78. Stretch November 24, 2009 10:04 am

    Howzit Mana –

    How come one local boy had a hard time jumping off the platform??

  79. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 10:10 am


    When the Warriors went in with 10 men … I believed that followed one of the most inspiring moments of this team. Didn’t Coach Mack call the team over to discuss a play and unexpectedly have ALL of the team gather around, offense/defense, including the bench and injured? They ALL wanted to hear and be part of the play. They ALL responded as ‘one team’. Gotta love a coaching staff that can instill that kind of Ohana in our players. One player forgot his assignment, the coaches caught it in time.. they won. Credit them that.

    It’s that kind of team spirit and togetherness that the Warriors will need to defend against Navy’s triple option. It’s going to take everything they have individually and as a unit.

  80. al November 24, 2009 10:15 am


    the defense has risen to the occasion. as a spectator it appears to me that you guys are trusting in each other a lot more now than ever before including last year and that several leaders have emerged.

    what in your opinion are the most significant factors in the return of the stout defense we were always known for?

    …beat navy!

  81. postmanke November 24, 2009 10:26 am

    some other insights on the triple option..

    The triple option contracting stars will align and once again the WAC Universe will be ours.. =)

  82. Kekoa November 24, 2009 10:33 am


  83. A-House November 24, 2009 10:34 am

    Mana, as a safety, how much do you trust your instincts/intuition?

  84. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:34 am


    How was practice yesterday afternoon?

  85. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:38 am


    Is there a chance the team can walk a little further to the left and be in front of the student section when doing the haka during the coin-toss? I don’t sit there, but I think it would be great as many teams usually head over to where the students are to perform their traditional pre or post game routines.

  86. RainbowCliff November 24, 2009 10:43 am

    Why Do I Play ?

    I play for the simple reason as SPORT is in my blood and to compete against the foe or competition is my QUEST to advance and survive with better athletic skill level, a superior mind set and MENTAL TOUGHNESS that responds to pressure situations as if I dont respond I will LOSE.

    I play for the enjoyment of health and fitness as the stakes are not so high as my 51 year old body can recover quicker in a hot tub then preparing for TWO A DAYS that afternoon with wind sprints and mile runs being the teams scheduled drill because of the mental mistakes and lack of execution that was made prior to last competition.

    I play for the LOVE of the game as there is no better arena to perform in as to push the body to it’s highest point and to test records and statistics with your athletic ability is pure joy and satisfaction for SELF ACCOMPLISHMENT !

    I play because I want to WIN with all my strength and heart as the name that is written on that uniform I represent the school, state, fans and former athletes that expects me to play with skill, sportsmanship and pride.

    Finally I play because of HAWAII in which it gave me a forum to display my superior skills and show me admiration and respect by applauding my efforts through through thick and thin in front of a die hard fan groups of people who supports and LOVE U of H in which I am proud to be a “Rainbow Warrior” Forever !

    Have a GREAT day Tsaiko Nation and MAHALO for your GREATNESS !

  87. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:43 am


    In today’s paper I saw that the players have already watched some tapes on Navy, as a safety what sticks out to you in terms of Navy’s passing threat?

  88. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:52 am

    Nice article in today’s Advertiser regarding the importance and the tradition of our WAC dominance in women’s volleyball.

    The difference in sheer talent alone is enough for us to win again, but how our ladies go about it in their minds will be important heading into the NCAA tourney. It’s still a C-R-I-M-E how Hawaii cannot even host a regional. In 808ike’s words, if the NCAA is concerned with the cost of flying teams to Hawaii, then they STILL have no clue of the drawing power volleyball has in Hawaii at the college level. I guess they are content with losing money by selling 750 tickets on the mainland as opposed to 7,500 at the Stan Sheriff Center…. 🙄

  89. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:53 am


    Dey u go! :mrgreen:

  90. Kazz November 24, 2009 10:56 am


    Do you think you guys have found your identity as a team yet or will a new identity reveal itself this Saturday night?

  91. Slugger November 24, 2009 10:56 am


    I don’t know much in football detail or terminology. I just watch the guys running around & trying to catch the ball. Sorry, I can’t describe much. I got to practice about 20 mins into it & then spent 10 mins. talking to Uncle Danny Kaleikini while watching at the fence. Didn’t see the kickers practicing FGs or punts. They may have practiced on the field after most of the players left for the showers. When I left, the band was still on the grass field where they normally practice kicking while the rest of the team is on Ching Field. It felt like you were at the game listening to the band playing while the guys were practicing. Sow-wee…(as UHFan808 would say)

  92. Stretch November 24, 2009 11:03 am

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:56 am
    I don’t know much in football detail or terminology. I just watch the guys running around & trying to catch the ball. Sorry, I can’t describe much.

    I wonder if the “MIA” blogger could give you a crash course on football and teach you what you are watching??

  93. Stretch November 24, 2009 11:03 am

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:56 am
    I don’t know much in football detail or terminology. I just watch the guys running around & trying to catch the ball. Sorry, I can’t describe much.

    I wonder if the “MIA” blogger could give you a crash course on football and teach you what you are watching??

  94. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 11:18 am


    Next season.. gotta sign up for Mrs McMackin’s football clinic, eh?

  95. Slugger November 24, 2009 11:19 am


    MIA = Missing In Action? Gigi?

  96. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:20 am

    Uh- Stretch- some observations are for repeating and others are not – til AFTER the game 😈

    My fave description of the Warriors scheme is still “We do what we do”…


  97. Slugger November 24, 2009 11:21 am


    I did go, but I need someone to point out what I’m seeing. That’s why I like going to the Na Koa luncheons. The coaches explain the plays and even rerun the film. Reading about stuff on paper just doesn’t do it for football in my mind. Gotta see it.

  98. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:22 am

    MIH- #94 – that clinic is worth seeing some concerned Tsai-kos showing up in drag just to get da scoops. Really. 😉

  99. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:22 am

    ninety nine

  100. A-House November 24, 2009 11:22 am

    Rainbow Cliff:

    Thanks for your post.

    We will see MasaBoy on 12/6/09 and will deliver package if we receive before 12/5/09.

    Hope to see you and Rhonda during your upcoming visit to Hawaii.

  101. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:23 am


  102. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:23 am

    dang “you are posting too quickly” bites.

  103. Slugger November 24, 2009 11:24 am


    Were you up in the parking garage yesterday afternoon?

  104. Shauna November 24, 2009 11:28 am

    Still got time to send in more questions if you have any! 😀

  105. Stretch November 24, 2009 11:31 am

    Sluggo – Nope, that would be against the rules of the coaching staff.

  106. A-House November 24, 2009 11:32 am

    NCAA WVB selection committee, IMHO, discriminates against Hawaii when it selects “hosts” for tourney sites.

    They use 9/11 as an EXCUSE to limit travel for teams, yet have no problem in sending Hawaii to the Mid-West or East Coast for regionals or sending teams from the West to East coast and vice versa.

    Besides, a terrorist would be plan STUPID to target any WVB site because it is not a STRATEGIC target and so FEW ATTEND!!!!!! Perhaps the only exception is at Hawaii or Nebraska for large attendance.

    Wonder what information circulates in their minds?

  107. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:33 am

    Mana Silva- what is your favorite pastime?

  108. A-House November 24, 2009 11:34 am

    plan stupid = plain stupid

  109. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:37 am

    Kazz and A-House – perhaps some creative financial planning would make Hawaii more attractive for the the WVB schools.
    I can see the fear of the Stanley when it comes to teams having to play the Wahine, but they just HAVE to know that Hawaii crowds are KNOWLEDGEABLE VB fans and appreciate good play wherever it comes from!

  110. LizKauai November 24, 2009 11:38 am

    Mana Silva- if you got the opportunity to be drafted into the NFL- what team would you like it to be?

  111. Old Diver November 24, 2009 11:43 am


    “How are we 9.5 underdogs @ home to a smaller, less talented team? ~ oh wait, if our coaches are so concerned about cut blocks and implementing new techniques trying to avoid them, then i can see why we are +9.5 dogs @ home. …are you kidding me!”

    The cut block is used to get a larger opponent off his feet and out of the play. Of course our coaches should prepare the players for this tactic. This is no different than preparing for what Wisconsin will do. It would be irresponsible for the coaches not to prepare our team to win. It is clear you are not fond of our coaches, but even so let’s keep the comments sensible.

  112. Bulla November 24, 2009 11:43 am


    have you heard of the rumblings up ‘on the hill’? once an avalanche starts it goes all downhill…..right? send me a note

  113. jm2375 November 24, 2009 11:48 am

    Kekoa-sensei – it’s pho time!!

  114. Slugger November 24, 2009 11:49 am


    I like the cap your Dad has for you with your number & name on the back!

    You’ve intercepted 6 balls now. How do you do it? Watching the QBs eyes? What else? Is there anything from your playing time at QB help you read the plays?

  115. postmanke November 24, 2009 12:15 pm

    111 Old Diver,

    sorry the post does seem insensible. =)
    I have been in the office since early AM working with the government to pay a silly invoices and it is like pulling teeth. so I take it out in this blog and the coaches. =) …and hey, i adore some of the coaches.

    However, the cut block is part of football. it has been around forever, every team uses it in one way or another. some better than others – so it seems illegal. objective: you get the player to the ground – been around forever… teaching techniques at this stage to prepare for it to WIN will not work.
    I think the coaches are teaching the techniques to limit the injuries against the cut blocks more than anything. – thats the way i interpreted it. it is setting us up to fail. hence the frustrated post =) I apologize for posting and seeing things differently I just want to see the team do well. … just ignore my posts, i’m usually venting through my work.. lol

    You have to be in control defensively against the option, but I would love to see us “blow blocks” up at the start of the game to set the tone.. Cheers!

  116. Buffoman November 24, 2009 12:16 pm

    My take on the game is quite simple. Don’t go crazy trying to out defense this triple option offense. Prepare do our best and just work hard, very hard.

    Now on offense, they (Navy) are probably thinking hard on how to stop our equally confusing offense. That being said, we should just pour it on when we have the ball. Score everytime we have the ball, especially TDs. Make that offense hum along as we did in the first half against WSU, but do it for all 4 quarters.

    At the end of the game, we’ll see who had the more efficient offense and who had the defense that made that one of two key stops.

    Simple really, think like JJ: just outscore them.

  117. postmanke November 24, 2009 12:24 pm


    that’s right. usually against the option it’s all about the stops.

  118. LizKauai November 24, 2009 12:28 pm

    The best defense will be a GREAT OFFENSE!


  119. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 24, 2009 12:43 pm

    The best defense is a good luau and a visit to Club 939 for the visiting team the night before the game!

  120. Dan-O November 24, 2009 12:52 pm

    Amen Liz……

    The key to the game is our OFFENSE. Need to score touchdowns in the red zone. Get the early lead….and keep it. Force Navy to alter their game plan and put in the air a bit more than they would like.

    Let’s be real…..our defense is NOT going to stop Navy. No one has stopped them all year. Defense just needs a few key stops. Navy will get their yards and points….we just need ONE more point for victory!

    This puts all the pressure on our offense. They basically need to put up points on every possession.

  121. Stretch November 24, 2009 1:04 pm

    One of my friends mentioned that Ikaika Alama-Francis has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Trying to verify.

  122. Stretch November 24, 2009 1:12 pm

    it was put out on twitter by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter

  123. Garret November 24, 2009 1:19 pm

    The key to beating Navy is having UH’s offense control the game. Long drives that keep Navy’s offense on the sideline are CRUCIAL because the Warriors’ D will need the rest. And UH has to score *TDs*, not FGs or the game could get ugly.

    UH has an advantage in that they can review the film of how Navy tried to defend SMU. One of the two interesting stats is that the time of possession in that game only had Navy with 3 more minutes on offense due to some long drives by SMU that relied on the run. The other big stat is that they were in the red zone 4 times and scored 4 TDs…if they had scored at the NCAA average rate in the red zone then they would have been blown out instead of going to OT. UH’s coaches should look at the play sequences used against Navy in the SMU game…I’m glad that UH is finally using the option in the red zone after going 1.5 seasons without using it much and having trouble.

    At least some of UH’s receivers should have a size and quickness advantage against the DBs of Navy. Taking advantage of that with crossing routes and other plays that give a chance for YAC would be important. Regularly running the ball could take advantage of Navy’s smaller DL and could wear them down, plus it would take time off the clock to reduce Navy’s chances on offense.

  124. Garret November 24, 2009 1:22 pm

    Two things I worry about is that Navy has had an extra week to prepare for UH’s offense and they had experience facing a similar offense in SMU. But if UH can run the ball against Navy then UH’s offense should have success no matter how long Navy had to prepare.

  125. Stephen Tsai November 24, 2009 1:24 pm

    The problem with a cut block isn’t when you sort of trip a defender. The problem is when you aim for the ankles, miss high and strike a guy’s knees.
    Then again, I’m wondering why a cut block is OK, but tripping is illegal.
    Lametrius Davis had a funny line about a 6-2 guy trying to cut a cornerback.

  126. Stephen Tsai November 24, 2009 1:28 pm

    In volleyball, there’s a step-out move, when the set goes to the pin, and the middle blocker steps out to crush it.
    That move is popular in the women’s game.
    But it is tsk-tsk’d in the men’s game as not being very macho. It’s legal, like it’s OK for Albert Pujols to bunt, but not well respected. In men’s volleyball, the step-out is referred to as the “chick step.”
    Cut blocks might be legal, but football purists prefer blocks be straight-up, not tripping.

  127. Kazz November 24, 2009 1:28 pm

    With all the respect in the world for what Shane Austin did for us when we needed him, Bryant Moniz has to be ready to go. Navy’s run D is obviously going to be better than that of Utah State and San Jose State. We saw the limitations of our offense in SJSU as Austin just doesn’t have the game reps or the practice reps needed to run the passing attack as smoothly as Moniz, not to mention the scrambling ability Moniz brings to the table.

    Offensively-speaking, no need for “new wrinkles” in our offense. Just perfect the things we have been known to do within our system.

    Well, maybe we need to re-think whatever the hell it is we’re NOT doing in the 3rd quarters of all of our games… 😈

  128. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 24, 2009 1:30 pm

    Brought over from yesterday’s blog

    Just found the flyer for the December 6 Football Banquet on SteveM’s website when I went looking for information about Saturday’s T-Gate. The Alex Waterhouse Memorial Football Awards Banquet is at the Sheraton Hawaii Ballroom us Sunday, December 6, starting at 1 pm with no-host cocktails and food service at 2 pm. Tickets are $75 each, but unfortunately, the reservation deadline was Monday, November 9 – two weeks ago.

    What Tsai-kos will be attending and who’ll be willing to report back to the rest of us who missed the reservations deadline?



    Don’t forget to bring your Hi-5 containers from home or the office this Saturday.

  129. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 1:41 pm

    Looks like we need Warrior sized knee pads!

  130. postmanke November 24, 2009 1:49 pm

    119 kazz, lol that’s good defense! But it wont work against Kenny. =) another key factor on their winning ways is nutrition before games. I wonder what he feeds those guys??

  131. will-i-am November 24, 2009 1:57 pm


    What do you think of suggesting a full fledged rivalry. I posted it two days ago (#103) but I didn’t see you blogging.

    I think the UNLV rivalry with Riley Wallace presenting the winning team the Sam Boyd “Bucket of Sand” trophy was a great idea.

  132. LizKauai November 24, 2009 1:58 pm

    Alrighty then!
    Ikaika- Uncle Tracy is proud of you!

    Get Well soon, BRYANT!


  133. d1島 November 24, 2009 1:59 pm

    Missed the WB Show. 🙁

    Good news for Alama-Francis.

    Wondrin’ if Wags contacted JD for a ticket to Saturday’s game? Did JD ask him, “You wanna make it a two-fer?” 😈

  134. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:04 pm


    Yeah I know… 🙁 … Those service academy kids are quite the disciplined bunch.

    One can hope though!

    Someone tell Coach Ken to relax and enjoy home, they’re already going to a bowl game! 😆

  135. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:07 pm


    November 24th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Wondrin’ if Wags contacted JD for a ticket to Saturday’s game? Did JD ask him, “You wanna make it a two-fer?”

    What? Riley Wallace wants a ticket too? 😆

  136. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 24, 2009 2:08 pm


    So the line is Navy (- 8.5/9) at the moment. I think that line might be just about right but also feel that a line of – 11/12 might still be OK if you are betting against Hawaii.

    Looking at Navy’s squeeze over SMU was probably a big factor in how people perceive Navy as being able to defend the RnS. However, it’s hard to compare our RnS to JJ’s RnS….disciple vs. master….

    Very hard to say whether this line might be a tad bit conservative.

    Our record has shown that we are a 1st Half Team. So, if we are leading going into halftime we will probably clinch the W. If we are trailing…its more than likely Auf Wiedersehen…..and the L. Navy having the lead in the 1st half and the ball control they can execute in the 2nd will only mean hard times.

    Where Tomey would say “I want a chance to win it in the 4th quarter.” Hawaii needs to think “Win it in the 1st half.”

  137. Slugger November 24, 2009 2:10 pm

    Congrats to Alama-Francis!

  138. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:10 pm

    Not gonna be able to catch the Warrior Beat Show replay tonight, BUT if anyone saw the show, can you tell me Mana’s response to my haka/student section suggestion? 🙂

  139. Dan-O November 24, 2009 2:11 pm

    Bad news for Jason Elam…….Falcons are bringing in four kickers this week. Elam missed a 35 yarder in OT Sunday…..and is just 10 of 16 on the season….and 3 of 9 from 30-39 yards.

  140. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:15 pm

    Just a thought, BUT…

    I know we all “boo” the visiting teams when the step out onto our field.

    This time, I hope as many UH fans will refrain from this on Saturday. I always participate in the booing of the visiting “enemies”, but for the respect of our armed forces and the fact that my uncle retired from the Navy and went as high as E-9, I will give a good standing ovation for our honored guests this Saturday!

    But damn… after kickoff, the “gloves” come off!!!! 😉

  141. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:23 pm


    Well, we’ve led teams with SUB .500 records going into the half… Against Navy, all past statistics in that regard might as well not count. The stigma against the Triple Option tends to be that if behind, it’s difficult to catch up.

    Hopefully we can place Navy in that scenario and put that cliché to the test!!!

  142. postmanke November 24, 2009 2:31 pm

    Rolo, better give em new looks…

    Navy’s DC Buddy Green + instant video access = CIA like Monitoring

    “If Buddy Green wants to find out what types of plays an opponent tends to run on third-and-short, he can type that into a computer and get the entire inventory within seconds.”

  143. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:31 pm

    Ok all this Navy talk is scaring me a bit, I’m a little uptight…

    Need a few laughs?

    A man receives a voicemail on his cellphone, upon checking the message he finds out his wife was involved in a car accident and he needed to get to the hospital ASAP. Upon arriving, the doctor tells him the situation:

    Doctor: I have good news and bad news

    Man: What’s the bad news?

    Doctor: Well, your wife is paralyzed from the neck down. She will no longer be able to care for herself. You will need to be at her side 24/7/365 or at least get someone to assist you. She cannot feed herself, you will have to change her as she cannot control her bowl movements, and she cannot even communicate other than a loud shrilling scream. Your life as you know it is about to change and is headed down a difficult path.

    Man: Oh my GOD!!! What the hell is the good news?!?!?!?!?!?!
    Doctor: Ah! I’m just messing with you, she’s dead.

  144. postmanke November 24, 2009 2:32 pm

    Navy i think is 4-0 this season when leading @ half. They are a solid 3Q team!

  145. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 2:35 pm

    Some plays we’ll see this weekend from Navy.

  146. Kazz November 24, 2009 2:39 pm

    A man is out hunting with his friend when he spots a man and a woman getting intimate in the woods. He tells his buddy, “wow, take a look at that”. With his binoculars his friend tells him, “I think that’s your wife and brother”. The man is in disbelief. He asks to take a look for himself. No doubt it was his brother and his wife. He is so distraught and full of rage he asks his friend to kill them both with his rifle as he cannot do the deed himself. His friend agrees, but before firing the shots, the man requests his friend to only shoot his brother in the *****als and to shoot his wife in the face.

    His friend says, “no problem, I can do all that in one shot”.

  147. Garret November 24, 2009 2:59 pm


    I do *not* think that the spread is too low on the game. One big factor to consider is that UH has a much bigger home field advantage than SMU. UH has more fans and a louder stadium, a longer travel distance, and a greater time zone difference. I think that the crowd helps inspire the Warriors much more than SMU’s crowd, and hope that will be a huge factor in the game.

  148. Garret November 24, 2009 3:01 pm

    Excellent news for Ikaika! That gives me another reason to read those 3 South Florida papers that I check every day.

  149. Garret November 24, 2009 3:02 pm

    Congratulations to RGM for winning the CFL Player of the Week award. It is great that he set a CFL record for his punt return.

    The Canadian Football League announced today that BC Lions kick returner Ryan Grice-Mullen is the unanimous selection as the Gibson’s Finest Special Teams Player of the Week following his record-setting performance in the East Final.

    The speedy return man silenced the crowd at Olympic Stadium, returning a punt 106 yards for a touchdown – the longest punt return for a TD in CFL playoff history.

    Grice-Mullen rounded out Sunday’s game with 208 return yards, including 104 yards on six kick returns and 104 yards on two punt returns. The second-year Lion also added three receptions for 45 yards.

  150. duffer (iPhone) November 24, 2009 3:03 pm


    Yep, Coach is a “sandbagger”! I practically paid for his new driver! 🙂

  151. Bulla November 24, 2009 3:54 pm

    good to hear Wags will be there. he was a victim of some political crossfire at the time, but has done well on the Big Island 🙂

  152. chawan_cut November 24, 2009 4:14 pm

    thanks koakane,
    here’s the schedules of schedules that i guess only you read on sundays.

  153. RainbowCliff November 24, 2009 4:17 pm

    Mr. A House, got your post and will get the items out to you. Included will be special gifts for you, Mrs. A House and Midori 7. Massa will enjoy drinking his favorite juice from the UNIQUE Warrior water bottle as it is the ONLY one that is around of Hawaii items ! Enjoy and have a safe trip.

  154. Kekoa November 24, 2009 4:28 pm

    RGM is on Fi-yah!

    Come on NFL teams get your trading cards out.

  155. Pride. November 24, 2009 4:31 pm

    Georgia Southern AD has former Warrior QB Ivin Jasper on the early interest list for the opening as head coach for their football program.

    Sam Houston State has former Warrior DB Brian Norwood on their early interest list for the opening as head coach for their football program.

    San Jose State AD has former Warrior assistant coach Mark Banker on his short list of candidates for the head coaching position with the Spartans.

    Don’t know if any of the three are interested in the jobs, but good to see Warriors getting respect in the coaching community. Once a Warrior always a Warrior. Once a Rainbow, always a Rainbow.

  156. wafan November 24, 2009 4:35 pm

    Cool, Pride!

    Makes future games a lot more interesting with the Hawai’i tie. And, helps gives more Hawai’i kids an opportunity for a college education.

  157. wafan November 24, 2009 4:39 pm

    Some people just never learn. I told my kids about a national essay contest. They wanted to enter and I agreed. Stupid.

    Now I have a stack of essays to proof-read/grade over the weekend. Extra stupid.

    But, the dumbest part? I agreed to do it knowing the deadlines. Dumb and stupid.

    When will I learn?

  158. curveball November 24, 2009 4:41 pm

    Being the father of 2 teachers all I can say is…GOOD JOB

  159. wafan November 24, 2009 4:43 pm

    Good luck to the Wildcats (2x) on both coasts!

    Safe travels to the Bulla clan, too.

  160. koakane™ November 24, 2009 4:43 pm

    wafan got the winter blend today. will come in useful this thursday and at tgate on sat. thanks much. essay, students, proof-read, grades what are these foreign words you talking about bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  161. wafan November 24, 2009 4:44 pm

    Curveball . . .


    Ummmm, you want part of this stack?

  162. koakane™ November 24, 2009 4:46 pm

    no worry chawan I not the only one know you not lame

  163. wafan November 24, 2009 4:48 pm

    Koakane . . .

    Enjoy the blend. It sure smelled good at the demo! Of course, you will have to try some at home to best figure out the measurements. Definitely do not want to make it too strong or might grow hair on the chest. If it were the head . . . sign me up!


  164. wafan November 24, 2009 4:57 pm


    Back to the stack. Maybe I can finish by game-time on Saturday.

    Will the game be viewable on the ‘net? Or will it be strictly 1420?

    See you on Hump Day morning!

  165. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 5:36 pm

    Against Navy.. maybe we should do somewhat the same thing they do… Run a play… see how it was defended. Then run the same play adjusting for the defense, then and there.

  166. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 5:37 pm

    Wafan… whether the game is viewable on the net or not.. will probably be a game time decision 🙂

    I think every game this season has been available on the “net”… somebody picks it up and shares it online.

  167. d1島 November 24, 2009 6:09 pm


    listings say ESPN-U

  168. Kazz November 24, 2009 6:37 pm


  169. RainbowCliff November 24, 2009 6:38 pm

    I Wonder Why They Hate Me and Garret: Both of you gentlemen makes valid points on what Hawaii has to do to have a shot in this ANTICIPATED game BUT what can be said and done when your kicking game is suspect as to WIN any BIG game you must get 3 if you can’t get 7. Right now 4th down is a HUGHE call and our kicker has been questioned, maligned and embarressed as try outs has been called on him by his Coach and Staff. My question to both of you “does he have any confidence or can he put the past behind and kick the game winning kick ?

    Navy beat Notre Dame and started the Charlie Weiss firing rumors and defeated JJ SMU Mustangs SO the midshipman can play with the triple option and give fits as our DEFENSE has to step up as all 11 securing tackles, containment against the run and don’t get caught inside or trapped.

    Throw in the Hawaiian Coach who is making his STATEMENT MARK against Hawaii as this game here will make or break the season as a HUGHE win will lift the State and it’s loyal fans morale sky high blue Hawaii with ONE game left for destiny with JJ and SMU a it could happen IF we can get Navy and that is a BIG IF as odds maker don’t think so.

    Hope Hawaii Fans come out as what can we expect the crowd to be 30,000 or possibly 50,000 and MORE !

    Will be ready with the Kona Shell blowing the horn for the Warriors call to battle as I will be ready here in LA loud and clear. Can We Do IT ?

  170. Kazz November 24, 2009 6:39 pm



    business as usual. 😎

  171. A-House November 24, 2009 6:39 pm


    Does it mean that the Wahine won in straight sets? Hope so!

  172. A-House November 24, 2009 6:40 pm


    always on the “slow side”.

  173. Kazz November 24, 2009 6:41 pm

    2009 WAC Women’s Volleyball Championship Game

    Tomorrow Wednesday 4:30pm ESPNU (HST)

    Rainbow Wahine #3
    New Mexico State Aggies

  174. A-House November 24, 2009 6:42 pm


    reading your statements made me think of the movie Dumb and Dummer!

    maybe extra work, but great teachers welcome the challenge! yes?

  175. RedZone November 24, 2009 7:13 pm

    I say go 3-4. Take your 2 most explosive tackles and put em nose up on the Navy center. Have play the snap of the ball. Just pop that guy and try to drive him back into the qb on the snap. Rotate the tackles and keep pounding that center. Force him into the qb and throw off their timing and change their line of attack. Do not allow them to run between the tackles. Force them to go wide.

  176. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 24, 2009 7:17 pm


    I have to disagree with you on this one. I think when it comes down to it the proof is in the pudding as we have had difficulties to score even at home and the difficulties in the second half.

    You and I are not odds makers so I guess in that sense I have to defer to the experts. I just feel that Navy’s play against SMU and maybe more so the long flight plays a more significant role than home field advantage. The question I keep asking myself (as a realist) is “can Navy put 2 touchdowns or 1 TD and 1 FG over us and keep it that way?…” Hence my suggestion that 10-12 points may not be that far off.

    I will admit that Navy hasn’t put a lot of points up on the board period. I think they smashed Rice but that was probably the only one.

    I am hoping that the spread is a non-issue because “covering” doesn’t keep our bowl dreams alive. 🙂

  177. Hitman 24 November 24, 2009 7:26 pm

    MidWeek is featuring Ken Niumatalolo this week. Nice story on him and Aloha Stadium – he sold newspapers as a kid, played at Radford and UH there and is now returning as a Head Coach. Good humanistic story. Hopefully, it will bring more awareness to the game and get more people in the stands.

  178. RedZone November 24, 2009 7:32 pm

    Coach Mack said they have 17 commitments and have reached a point where they will be focussing on certain positions.

  179. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 24, 2009 7:35 pm

    #170 Mr. Rainbowcliff,

    Good sir thanks for the question! 🙂

    You know its a hard one to answer. Only Enos knows if Enos has confidence in his kicking game.

    It is apparent by actions (maybe not intent but definitely by actions) that the coaches lack confidence in Enos. Especially when a 30-something yard field goal is “not in his comfort zone” according to the coaches.

    I think 99% of Hawaii Fans and probably 100% of people outside of Hawaii football would not have confidence in him to kick a 40 yard field goal let alone a game winning one from 50 yards or something.

    Now is this the right attitude to have? As most things in life…it depends.

    As a famous golf coach once said…you can drive the ball 300 yards, hit the pin on all your pitch shots, and sink every putt during practice…but until you can do it on the course where it counts, you are a “driving range pro.” Prove you talent on the field, on the course, when you are taking score.

    Now I have heard different things about Enos during practice. Some have said he is “good and accurate” and on the “Post game show” with Bobby and Robert they said in practice prior to the SJSU game that Enos was barely…BARELY getting the ball up high enough to get over the bar from 30-something yards out. That is truly truly sad news to hear.

    I don’t know what to do to get him to play back to his potential. He is a scholarship player and with that an “elite” member of our team. Off course it doesn’t seem that way right now. Can he do it?….sure anything is possible. How do we get him to?….beats me to be honest. All I know is that we CANNOT be giving up 3 pts, then going for the TD on 4th instead of going for a 1st down over and over again….One day its gonna bite us in the @ss and last Saturday it almost did.

    Do we have chance?…you bet.
    Are we going to win?…i dunno.
    How confident am I about this weekend?…I have never been so unsure of what our team can or cannot do in a very long time. That in it speaks for itself and probably for a lot of people.

    Go Warriors.

  180. RedZone November 24, 2009 7:36 pm

    Navy could only score one touchdown against Air Force who also plays the option. They both ran similar defenses against each other. I think UH has a lot more talent than Air Force so it will be a matter of playing smart and doing their assignments.

  181. OldDiver November 24, 2009 9:03 pm

    Regarding #176

    I like the idea of punishing the center. While we are at it let’s punish the QB, FB and RB on every play. Of course with legal Blaze Soares type hits.

  182. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 9:05 pm

    If our defense can do a better job than SMU’s defense did, then I think we have a very good chance against Navy. Navy will probably have a large contingent of fans here so it will be a loud and raucous game. Possibly as hostile a game to the Warriors in their home field as has ever been and even more hostile for Navy with the Bowl game on the line.

    Watch the rust snow down from the balconies.

    We are …we are.. Warriors…
    We are …we are.. Warriors…

  183. Garret November 24, 2009 9:05 pm

    David Matlin going to SMU’s final game of the season kind of ends any questions of whether or not SMU will be in the Hawaii Bowl…

    David A.K. Matlin, the executive director of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, confirmed that he will be in attendance for Saturday’s SMU game against Tulane.

  184. Kekoa November 24, 2009 9:06 pm

    RedZone ~ #176 & 181 Great 💡

    Wearing out the center is the worm hole we should focus on. Sound strategy. So, how do we get coach Mack to consider this? Perhaps he already has. Either way…


  185. Garret November 24, 2009 9:08 pm

    Commentary on how the Internet will be the end of college sports as we know it. Very interesting position taken in this article…the University of Phoenix is making a LOT more money than I thought they were!

    Enjoy betting on college sports while you can because within 10 to 20 years, entities such as the Florida State Seminoles, Penn State Nittany Lions and Washington Huskies will have gone the way of newspapers.

    Higher education as we know it is poised to undergo a transformation that will render the brick-and-mortar university a thing of the past. With it will go sports teams.

    The force behind this change, of course, is the Internet.

    Online universities such as the previously disregarded University of Phoenix are making the business of selling information more affordable. This is happening while universities appear to be as unaware and unprepared for this revolution as the music, travel and newspaper industries were before being crippled by the Internet age.

    Over four million college students — one-fifth of the total nationwide — took at least one online course in 2008, yet within the past week, the Board of Regents for California system brazenly approved a 32 percent increase in undergraduate fees.

    What fools these mortals be.

    The non-traditional method of learning online is starting to soar in popularity. A decade ago, few sports fans had heard of the University of Phoenix. It didn’t have a football team, but it 2006, it bought the naming rights to the Arizona Cardinals’ new stadium in Glendale. The 20-year deal cost $154.5 million, mere pocket change to Apollo Group, Inc., the university’s parent company. Apollo, a publicly traded company, reported revenues of $2.7 billion in 2008.

  186. SteveM November 24, 2009 9:24 pm

    To those living in the East Honolulu area…

    Peaches and I are very sad…devastated. Our good friend and my colleague of 19 years, DOE workshop partner, and cruisemate…Candace Foster, librarian of Aina Haina school, is in home hospice. She was thinking of retiring next year.

    Her illness was sudden and known only to a few, but this latest news was a shock to us. She touched many lives in the east Honolulu area over the past 25 years. Husband Jerry is allowing visitors.

  187. Kazz November 24, 2009 9:25 pm


    November 24th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Watch the rust snow down from the balconies.

    I’d actually be concerned if I saw that. I sit in the orange. 😯 … 😆

  188. Jason November 24, 2009 9:33 pm

    Garret: I saw that article. As a former professor, I was wondering what your take is on that!

  189. chawan_cut November 24, 2009 9:38 pm

    thanks kazz

  190. Kazz November 24, 2009 9:44 pm


    Fo what?

  191. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 24, 2009 9:53 pm

    Here’s a hypothetical…

    Given the ultimate in resources like money, talents, soft/hardware, etc….

    What do you think is the best offense a program could run? (ex: RnS, Option etc) and off course why?

  192. Garret November 24, 2009 10:16 pm


    My feeling is that the schools that are highly respected and produce excellent graduates that go out and are successful will remain strong. However, many mid-level or lower-tier schools will be squeezed by the availability or cheap Internet education options. If some of those schools that are squeezed have Athletic Departments that are losing money, they will need to seriously think about cutting them…and once a few do, others will follow like dominoes.

    The reduction in available college students due to an increase in Internet education options will make it difficult for some Universities to compete. It definitely will make it hard for Universities to keep increasing tuition and fees, which will force cost-cutting. Money-losing Universities without good sports programs could end up cutting sports.

    On the other hand, some Universities could see sports as a way to boost the image of their schools. Internet education does not allow for school pride in a football team, and name recognition could become even more important as a marketing tool when the pool of students is reduced.

    So, schools need to be excellent at educating their students or excellent in sports and adequate at educating their students. Being poor at both could lead to a big drop in enrollment and major problems…

  193. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 10:47 pm


    Assuming that the coaching staff is par excellence… and they can recruit top tier players?

    I’d go with RnS or another Spread Offense.. maybe like Nevada’s Pistol.

    As long as the defense can give you equal or one better opportunity to march down the field than the opposition, you got a good chance of winning with a passing game. The passing game gives you the ability to catch up in a hurry or to build an insurmountable lead quickly.

    But it’s all about the talent… players and coaches.

    I guess we’ll find out over the next few years as we watch JJ at SMU, eh? Not quite top tier players, but he has all the money and facilities to go after them and get some of the better players for a non-BCS team.

  194. madeinhawaii November 24, 2009 10:53 pm


    I gotta agree with you on sports being the glue that holds it all together – Pride, Recognition, camaraderie, and social networking.

    Online may take the place of many courses but not the hands on subjects like art (ceramics, oils, watercolor, etc), drama, dance, etc. For these, there will always be classroom hours. Online may be a better alternatives for many of the “core requirements,” though.

    Will online schools ever be able to sponsor team sports?

  195. al November 24, 2009 11:17 pm

    how about that….?

    three former warriors/coaches now head coaches elsewhere will be in bowl games this year.

    june jones
    paul johnson
    kenny niumatolo

  196. Slugger November 24, 2009 11:30 pm

    After looking at the videos & reading some of the article about the Navy option plays that MIH posted, our players had better pay attention during practice. Their Friday quizzes are going to be much harder & if they want to play, they need to listen up whether they are on the field practicing or just standing on the side.

  197. tommui November 24, 2009 11:34 pm


    Here’s a hypothetical…
    Given the ultimate in resources like money, talents, soft/hardware, etc….
    What do you think is the best offense a program could run? (ex: RnS, Option etc) and off course why?

    If we had the ultimate in resources like money, talent etc., we could run the single wing, the double wing, the various “T” formations, Veer, RnS etc etc

    I assume that we would have unlimited 5 star or very talented players that could fit into any formation that we would choose.

    Undoubtedly if we had a great OL and DL, a QB like Colt and receivers like we had and do have, a spread offense would probably be the best as we could march up and down the field rapidly and at will.

    Just my 2-cents

  198. Kazz November 24, 2009 11:46 pm


    November 24th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Here’s a hypothetical…

    Given the ultimate in resources like money, talents, soft/hardware, etc….

    What do you think is the best offense a program could run? (ex: RnS, Option etc) and off course why?

    Easy. Whatever Florida is doing.

    They got the ultimate in money and the talent surrounding a QB that ultimately makes him look better. 🙄

  199. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 12:21 am

    great responses guys. thanks.

    i don’t know if any of you noticed this with SJSU but they had that “Pro-Set” formation they ran a few times. was it just me or was it REALLY successful whenever they did it?

    I kept wondering when it game closer to the games end why they didn’t continue with that formation or at least use it a little more.

    do any of you think we could utilize a 3 WR set with 2 RB in a “Pro-set” and maybe a little more “West-Coast” type play (kinda like we already do with the short outs) here and there when we need short yardage? That could really confuse the defense as our running game has picked up.

  200. al November 25, 2009 12:21 am

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

  201. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 12:23 am

    ok here i was thinking that i was some genius inventing a “new” formation. apparently the seattle seahawks employ a 2 split back with 3 WR…they replace the TE in a traditional Pro-set in favor of a speedier WR/Slot

    there goes my dream of making it into the coaches hall of fame with paterno and bowden.

  202. protector November 25, 2009 12:37 am

    I totally agree with: Kazz on # 88
    A-House on # 106
    LizKauai on # 109
    Dan-O on # 120
    Garret on # 124,125 and many others. Kudos to you.

    My suggestion on fieldgoals:
    1) If kicking from left-to-right (short-range) : Enos
    2) If kicking right-to-left (short-range): Back-up kicker
    3) If kicking from 30 – 45 Yard fielgoals: Dunnachie drop-kicks.

  203. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 25, 2009 12:54 am

    howzit going? did you sing a lot? haha.

    anything goes for the field goals. we got nothing to lose so your idea might be a good way to work things out until we can get some consistency back from enos.

    out of curiosity who is the back-up kicker?

  204. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 1:48 am

    hiya Tsaikos.

    Redzone. Sounds good to me.

    Postmanke. you sound good to me too.

    LOL. i’m hoping we’ll both eat alotta crow chowda at da post game tailgate. you coming to dat?

    you know, after listening to RedZone, i got this itchy spot dat maybe our coaches are getting riled up and becoming more focused and disciplined. inlcuding Mack. and transferring their knowledge and an excellent game plan to the Warriors.

    sure hope Postmanke was wrong, that we’re not sinking. after all, we are bigger than Navy. we are stronger than Navy. we are faster than Navy. i know they’ve beat some really good teams. but we’re supposed to pound da crap outta dem.

    i definitely agree with this: if you play not to get hurt, you’re not playing to win. you gotta take off da gloves and pound pound pound.

    everybody gotta step up. SHANE. ROLO. RON. BRIAN. CHRIS. GORDY. KIA. HANOHANO. you all gotta step up, no ifs anz or buts.

  205. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 2:00 am

    nice story on Jon Medeiros in today’s HA.



  206. Kekoa (iPhone) November 25, 2009 3:19 am

    Bhf2 ~ Wachutink? SailorBlue wants to put a freindly fire wager down on the Naval Operation.

    I prefer the food challenge over the Halloween costume. What say you?

  207. Kekoa (iPhone) November 25, 2009 3:34 am

    Bhf2 ~ I know you have your reasons for ‘encouraging’ coach Mack & crew by going Postal on da blog. I know they read it.

    You do manage to throw a few kind words their way sometimes. Have you ever emailed him with your concerns? Coach Mack answers his own mail ya know. As busy as he is, he will answer you within 36 hrs! Email gives them a chance to respond to you, one-on-one. Geef ’em!

  208. Kekoa (iPhone) November 25, 2009 3:40 am

    Ok, I got that off my chest at 03:30 AM. Now I can go back and dream about the greatest Naval victory UH will score since getting rid of the former AD!

  209. wafan November 25, 2009 3:50 am

    Good morning it is going to be a great Hump Day and Thanksgiving Eve!!!

  210. royvic November 25, 2009 4:25 am

    bh2 okay in my book.
    from the first chapter to the last
    from his first post to his current post
    his entries tell a story
    and I can follow it
    and I’m sure the coaches can follow and see
    that his entries aren’t bemoaning exclusively on them
    his entries aren’t venomous
    but in a lot of instances his entries are remedial to them
    and it lights a fire under them in a good way
    and I’m sure they’re are smart enough to see this
    and i don’t think the coaches are offended
    so I say to bh2 and others to write freely
    and not be suppressive on this blog
    but instead instead impress upon the current coaches the preservation of good warrior football
    so trust me they need a push
    and a written message conveyed privately doesn’t have the effectiveness as one that is conveyed publically.
    so this is my take on bh2.
    we need more morphs like bh2 in real life

  211. NYUH November 25, 2009 6:09 am

    Has UH ever won in HD? First time for everything. ESPNUHD

  212. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 25, 2009 6:13 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    “going postal” – not a good thing. Getting angry and losing self-control does not work the problem whether on the field, on the sidelines or even in the stands.

    The players say it clearly. They are motivated effectively by love, not fear.
    I would like to see the team and coaches acting in a “professional manner”, finding solutions, inspiring confidence, managing the game and producing the desired outcome AS ONE HEART IN MANY BODIES.


  213. d1島 November 25, 2009 6:27 am

    Great Morning All!

    Awesome day to not be a turkey!

    Hope to hear good things from practice today.

    Safe travels to all brave enuf to venture forth today.


  214. d1島 November 25, 2009 6:28 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  215. djmitcho (iPhone) November 25, 2009 6:40 am

    Good morning all. Hope everyone has a good one today. Wow short week
    this week. Excited to see if Alama-Francis gets any pt with my ‘phins.

  216. djmitcho (iPhone) November 25, 2009 6:43 am

    Wondering how long I actually have to wait to see the doctor. The clock is ticking.

  217. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 6:48 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.


    good morning good morning. Sailor Blue is gonna need mighty fine Navy doctors come Sunday. A podiatrist and a ENT 😆

    and we’re gonna need a Queen to help us with the dress selection for the Whisky game.. :mrgreen: A green dress is not enough. 😆 Green wig is not enough. 😆 i’m thinking sumtin suitable for a HA pix, like da criminals who get caught and da judge on tv hangs a sign on dare chest, make em walk from the cabana to the stadium, the sign reading: NAVY

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    of course, we could catch a coupla mynah birds and turn em over to Kazz’s gang DTC for bbq. 😆

  218. bighilofan2 November 25, 2009 7:21 am


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

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

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

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