Mourning after

If anything, the Warriors should be credited with being accountable.
After losses, they accept responsibility.
Tyler Graunke and Inoke Funaki each took the blame for last night’s second-half collapse.
Kicker Dan Kelly did not dodge questions about his missed field goal.
And linebacker Adam Leonard, peeved over the loss, still showed up for the K5/pay-per-view’s postgame news conference.
There is a sign outside the UH locker room: “Character is what you are in the dark.”
it also is evident under the spotlight.


  1. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:23 am


  2. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:23 am


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:24 am

    Yup, top three sweep by the ageless wonder!

  4. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:27 am

    I dragged this over from yesterblog. (Yes, that’s another brand new word coined here on the WB. Yesterblog.) 😉

    Greetings and Blessings Warrior Nation! 🙂

    I’m not the same caliber analyst as some of our more brillliant posters like say, Jason or Pride, but here’s my take on things:

    First and foremost, get Tyler healthy. He would not have the kind of night he had with a healthy hand and wrist. When he’s healthy, that missing component, the offense, will show up big time. With a little more consistency, Inoke can do the job too, but I think our world turns on a 100% healthy Graunke. IMHO.

    Defense. Now they know what they can do. They’ll have to keep playing with that same level of execution and intensity. We can all be proud of their play last night..

    Better play from special teams, but they still need to improve.

    As disappointed as we all may feel, our team can still become a much better one. All of the pieces aren’t in place yet, but the defense has set the standard. It’s hard to see at this point, but the offense CAN be as good as the defense was last night. Six sacks indicates that your offense is sputtering, and that sets up the turn overs.

    Lots of hard work ahead, but the Warriors can do it.

  5. WarriorMojo September 28, 2008 9:32 am

    Top Ten. Whoopee, I guess.

  6. GRM September 28, 2008 9:34 am

    Agree with you. It’s only the 1st WAC game, so we still have a chance. However Fresno State will be tough, but the Warriors can do it.

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:35 am

    Warrior Mojo,

    Because I like you, you may have the second spot as a gift from me. That makes you Top Two. Did I make your day? 🙂

  8. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:38 am


    To be honest, the Warriors need to get a lot better in a hurry or they will get their okoles handed to then at the pound. They can do it. Our defense can keep us in the game, it’s up to the offense to have their coming out party.

  9. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:39 am

    then = them 😳

  10. koakane™ September 28, 2008 9:41 am

    me trying for top ten

  11. koakane™ September 28, 2008 9:41 am


  12. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 9:46 am

    I’m glad you made it home safely, koakane.
    uh, you are home, right?

  13. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 9:48 am

    Good morning Warrior Football Fans…

    Tough game, Tough Loss, Whatevas…San Jose State ain’t that good! There DLine wasn’t nuttin special, our OLine just played dumb! Our Defense is the best in the WAC when they play like last night.

    I agree, it’s time to give Rausch and Alexander some game time experience. Funaki isn’t the QB for this offense, Graunke is not healed ainokea what he thinks…

    Love our Defense…Adam Leonard and Solomon Elimimian are awesome.
    Thougth Ryan Mouton and Jameel Dowling played a good game. DLine played tough again…

  14. koakane™ September 28, 2008 9:50 am

    next UH game tgate reminder.

    October 4 Saturday @ 4pm UH vs Fresno State. Murphy’s is the site. There will be seating for 35. Fuud will be ala carte from the men,au. If you planning to come please sign up. There might be a buffet but not definite yet. Murphy can accommodate an overflow but probably will be seating away from the main group. So let sjmacro or me know ASAP. So those attending are wdoc/drdoc, ralph, jason, ajoe/asports, bg/betty, julie, pride, sj/myki,kazz and koakane.

    Come and enjoy the game with us.

  15. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 9:50 am

    Mouton played a great game, especially since it appears he hurt his shoulder.

  16. koakane™ September 28, 2008 9:54 am

    steve actually faked leaveing and just moved my car. I now reside at cabana a, ford island marina

  17. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 9:55 am

    You have to give credit to the Spartans’ kicker. He was pretty horrific until last night.

  18. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 9:59 am

    I agree with everyone, that this team lacks discipline. Why jaw jack and talk smack, just let your play do the talking. Disrespecting the coaches…c’mon what the heo are you thinking! I would smoke check this team next practice until there hearts popped out. One thing that is my pet peeve is being disrespectful. The OLine needs a boot to the arse…John Estes, Aaron Kia…2 frikkin idiots! If I was Coach Mack, Monday’s practice would be a kill session…no need footballs, no need playbooks… Just make sure you hydrated and got good running shoes cause das all they would be doing all day until they puked. Why practice football when they obviously rather fight or act stupid then play the game. Need to put the egos aside, cause right now Warrior Boys you ain’t that good!!!

  19. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 10:00 am

    OMG…Can’t believe SJSU’s kicker, it was like a bad flash back of the OSU kicker…

  20. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 10:11 am

    Re: Strubeck.
    Gotta give credit to Dick Tomey. The guy misses a field to go 3-for-9 for the season, then Tomey goes back to him, for a 50-yarder.

  21. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 10:13 am

    Agree with PB’s assessment about self-discipline.
    Five personal fouls are too much. I know they felt that the game wasn’t called evenly, but if that’s the way the game is being called, you need to adjust.

  22. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 10:19 am

    Yous guys are right Tsai. Sometimes ya gotta beat the refs too. Just keep quiet, and keep workin.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 10:22 am


    September 28th, 2008 at 9:54 am
    steve actually faked leaveing and just moved my car. I now reside at cabana a, ford island marina


    And dat’s a nice hale you have! At least when you go live on da beach, you have a nice upscale spot. Location, location, location! :lol”

  24. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 10:23 am


  25. Maverick September 28, 2008 10:24 am

    I took all my breaths last night listening to the game. The goods and the bads.

    Our Warriors are learning. Keeping one eyed closed to the penalty and turnover stats, everything looked good with improvement.

    Can’t have everything at this stage. Whittle away.

  26. Maverick September 28, 2008 10:26 am

    I’m impressed with how our defense contained their running game. That’s the best yet this season. See improvement above.

  27. KonaGirl September 28, 2008 10:30 am

    OK, maybe the wrong day to ask this, but someone asked me about it last night and I couldn’t remember…was the June Jones contract dispute ever resolved? I remember in August there was some controversy of whether it was settled or not and now, I can’t remember…does anyone know?

  28. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 10:31 am

    Hey, who broke my blog?

  29. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 10:33 am

    OK, it’s fixed.
    Now it’s time to fix the Mets.
    And, uh, thanks, Cubs. Can you try at least?

  30. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 10:35 am

    Kona Girl:
    I don’t think the contract was ever resolved.

  31. Tombo Ahi September 28, 2008 10:42 am

    re: JJ, this ferd article is the last i heard about it

    Former University of Hawai’i football coach June Jones is expected to pay the school approximately $200,000 to settle a five-month-old dispute resulting from his departure to Southern Methodist University.

    An agreement in principle has been reached with some procedural issues remaining but an announcement on the terms could come next week, according to sources familiar with the case.

    Speculation has been that Jones wanted the money to be earmarked for the athletic department or the football program. That may be among the details to be resolved.

    UH President David McClain and the school’s attorneys briefed the Board of Regents Thursday.

    “We’re hopeful that a settlement will be reached in the near future,” Carolyn Tanaka, UH associate vice president for external affairs and university relations, said yesterday. “When and if a settlement is reached, the university believes that it should be made public, as state law requires.”

  32. WarriorMojo September 28, 2008 10:43 am

    You know, it’s funny, but I’m not nearly as upset after this came as I was against the beavs. The team played hard for sixty minutes, there was no quit. That is huge.

    The personal foul penalties are correctable. Were the personal fouls stoopid? Not sure, as I need to watch the re-broadcast. But even if they were, I would think they came about because the coaches were demanding the players to play harder and with more intensity. When you do that, there is usually a corresponding drop in self control. By definition playing with more emotion means playing with less control. It’s a very fine line to walk. Coaches just need to fine tune this.

  33. Rich2176 September 28, 2008 10:47 am

    ST – Any idea what JD was saying to Mack after the game as they walked off the field?

    I was pi$$ed at DirecTV last night since they didn’t carry the game on GamePlan. I called them and they said they don’t carry all GP games. Hmmmm….anyway, I called Ronnie and she got me on Oceanic in time to watch Q’s 2-4. I liked watching the post-game interviews. Mac was fit to be tied. Kind of scary when he was so flustered he had no idea how many games were left in the season.

    BTW – no problem with audio/video sync. Just a problem with papa calling out the wrong score a couple of times.

    On to Fresno….can’t wait to see some long-lost mainland Tsaikos…

  34. LizKauai (iPhone) September 28, 2008 10:49 am

    kaokane. Nice hale but wacchout for da centipeeeds and da midnight showas!

    Aloha kakahiaka! Had to sleep off a bad dream about a football game last night. Is it gameday yet?

  35. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 28, 2008 10:50 am

    Morning Tsaikos!


    yep its good to know that personal fouls are easily correctable….all those players who committed nonsense fouls like that should be crawling on the ground for hours come monday until they lose their breakfast.

    they were definetly playing with more emotion. just the wrong kind unfortunately.

    i have no clue why i am doing this to myself but is anyone else watching the rerun of the game?…..(o_O)

  36. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 28, 2008 10:55 am

    wut the heck?…the whole time last night i thought DIck Tomey’s assistant was one of those kids who won some kind of award to be “a coach for a day” or something….no hes actually a “little person”….pretty cool

  37. Manoa Mist September 28, 2008 10:56 am

    JD was saying “Turn out the lights, the party’s over. They say that all, good things must end…” At least the boys played hard and we got a couple guys with UFC potential. Thought Leonard’s elbow smash to the helmet as he fell on a San Jose guy was UFC quality. Of course, that was a foul…

  38. Maverick September 28, 2008 10:56 am

    << Pinching Liz to see if it wasn’t real, but we would have real problems if it was a blowout.

    A real bad dream is when your # 1 rankings and collapse .

  39. tommui September 28, 2008 11:03 am

    I’m not the coach but I do notice that most of the time Funaki looks directly at his (primary) receiver. And it maybe that the JC quarterbacks have to be given playing time.

    The O-line just have to be more disciplined but no question there is improvement in the special teams and defense.

  40. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 11:04 am

    True, this game was a huge improvement from the previous three. Defense played outstanding and prove to me they are the best in the WAC when they play like that! Special teams showed much improvement, Spencer Smith had a nice tackle. Offense actually moved the ball well (when Pilares was in), but then OLine started getting too punchy and then Inoke fell apart. Regardless, if the offense can somewhat come around and play well for 4qtrs. straight, we’ll be alright. Like I said leave the ego’s at the door, no need to play dumb. It’s good to play with emotion and get fired up…but no need talk just let your play talk for you. When pau game and you get the win then talk…

  41. KonaGirl September 28, 2008 11:05 am

    Thanks Stephen and Tombo…

  42. HiFlyer September 28, 2008 11:06 am

    Now with this loss behind them, does coach Mack keep practices open or closed to the public this week?

  43. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 11:06 am

    K back to watching NFL…ST how’s the J-E-T-S today ah???

  44. LizKauai (iPhone) September 28, 2008 11:08 am

    I think yesterday’s T-Gate was the very best ever. It was really family day! Jack Flash brought a huge gang- mom, keiki, errybody. Lopaka43 Ohana including hanai daughter from Japan were fan-tastic! I expect we will see Mrs. Lopaka43 posting under her own handle soon!
    And the Choi Ohana-what a treat to see errybody and how much fun da keeds was having!

  45. Garret September 28, 2008 11:12 am

    Post from BigWave on SportsHawaii:

    Coaches and players leaving the field before the Alma Matter….
    June brought back team pride…
    Win or lose the team stayed for the Alma Mater…
    I was SHOCKED to see certain staff walking to the locker room immediate after the game, followed by many players….

  46. Garret September 28, 2008 11:17 am

    We are having another meeting for my company today, but two other people are taking care of paying taxes…so they don’t notice that I’ve been catching up with the blog and SH.

  47. bighilofan2 September 28, 2008 11:31 am


    read #45. Good point!!!


    read Tom Mui’s #39. I see that too. Other’s have commented about that too, beforetimes.


    700,000,000,000 apologies. 😀 $hit happenz.
    blame it on bad fiscal planning. 😀 trying fo spend time on capturing revenue 😀 raddah dan increasing credit. 😀

  48. Kelli September 28, 2008 11:31 am


    Well, I still had fun yesterday. It was nice to be in the student section with my thundersticks.

    BTW, does anyone know anything about the leaking pipe above section SS blue? It was dripping on a few seats and sometimes splashed on people. Then, there were the lolos above that kept throwing things (beer? mouthwash?). I thought a fight was going to break out. Aigoo…

  49. wafan September 28, 2008 11:33 am

    Man. Leaving before/during the playing of the alma mater? Serious lack of respect. People better get a handle on that before it really gets out of control.

    If you do not respect yourself why should others respect you?

  50. Kelli September 28, 2008 11:36 am

    Jason: I share in your frustration about getting the fans to quiet down when we’re on offense, too. I noticed that they start doing group cheers, banging the thundersticks and even Vili was trying to get them energized. We definitely need to get those tips you wrote in Ka Leo for the next home game.

  51. mcarter September 28, 2008 11:37 am

    We have a SERIOUS problem. Not only are we losing, but we are doing it using junior and senior qb’s. We have NO ONE to groom.
    the reason UH is not using anyone else is cause there is NO talent behind what we have , which is very little talent!

    We better get some h.s. qb ‘s or we are toast for a long time!

  52. wafan September 28, 2008 11:37 am

    Those “drainage” pipes still leaking at the stadium? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  53. Hoohiki September 28, 2008 11:39 am


    My brother ( the Damien grad) and I may be able to join you guys at Murphy’s next Saturday. How do I confirm this?

  54. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 28, 2008 11:42 am


    beer and mouthwash?…nasty….im in the blue section and it seemed like someone from the top was throwing peanut shells at people a couple rows below me….no class

  55. FloridaTed September 28, 2008 11:53 am

    Even though the penalties were stupid and damaging, they did NOT lose us the game, but five turnovers in the second half, very close to our own end zone, did us in. Those interceptions and fumbles were total killers. The defense played their guts out, but SJS already started in field goal range. It is a tremendous credit to our D that they held them to field goals only.

    What irks me the most about the interceptions is that wide open receivers were running around, but the throws went right into triple coverage or directly at defenders. I hope Graunkes excuse is his still bad hand, but Funaki, this is sad but very clear, has no business running this offense. They have to find him another spot on the team, he’s a great athlete. He may practice well, but come game time, he plays decent for one series and the wheels come off.

    If I don’t see some playing time for the JC’s very soon, I’m going nuts. What are we waiting for? Graunke is still hurt and Funaki won’t cut it. Give them some playing time, what the hell do we have to lose?

  56. FloridaTed September 28, 2008 11:59 am

    Our offensive coaches are little in panic mode. It seems they’re afraid to make decisions and stick with it and that is not a confidence builder. If they stick too long with Graunke and he won’t come around, we have no one ready to step in. What kind of planning is that?

  57. Koa-mahu September 28, 2008 12:03 pm

    cheer up guys. come give aunty a great, big hug.

  58. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2008 12:09 pm

    Re: Closed practices.
    I think the coaches felt, somewhere along the line, that Graunke was not gong to be 100 percent.
    So they tailored the offense for Funaki’s rollout skills.
    Because there’s such a difference in both QBs styles, they wanted to close the practices to not tip off the strategy.
    If you notice in the game, when Funaki’s in there, the safeties are 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. When Graunke’s in there, they drop back.
    Anyway, now that there are no surprises, I’m sure they’ll open the practices again.
    Of course, folks should be grateful. I don’t believe any other school has open practices. Most don’t open it to the media, either.

  59. pomai September 28, 2008 12:11 pm

    Didn’t see the game just followed it here on the blog. But from what others have been saying, IMHO the number one thing that has to be corrected ASAP is the attitude of the team. If you don’t have respect for yourself or your teammates I don’t care how good you are, your going to lose. Everyone including me talks about playing with heart, well the first thing that means is respect for yourself, teammates, coaches and everyone else, without that in your heart then it’s all for nothing.

    Now is this an easy thing to instill in the players, takes a lot of hard work from the coaches but can be, we all saw it in the 06 & 07 teams we can see again in 08 I believe.

  60. wafan September 28, 2008 12:18 pm

    Looks like a bailout deal will be approved. So, depending on what you believe, either we are headed for a glorious resurgence in the market or we are headed for a really bad depression and complete collapse of the financial world as we know it.

  61. chawan_cut September 28, 2008 12:20 pm

    here’s how the rest of our opponents did

  62. wafan September 28, 2008 12:26 pm

    Mr. Tsai . . .

    So are the offensive problems (no pun intended) the result of a lack of practice time, repetition, skills, or other issues to which we are not privy?

    Other have already queried, is it time to give the jc transfers more game time to help prepare them? Or, is Funaki thought to be the guy next year?

  63. WarriorMojo September 28, 2008 12:37 pm

    ST, what is the deal with Ray Hisatake? Do the coaches just feel he isn’t ready? He’s no doubt green, but from what I saw I would have ranked him above Ginlack and Ieru.

  64. pomai September 28, 2008 12:43 pm

    As much as I like Funaki he is not the QB that this offense has been shaped into for the last five years. I believe he is an outstanding player, but maybe he should be in the slot. I think that Mack should bite the bullet and go with Brent as the starter for the rest of the season (sorry Tyler, I would think differently if you had started in the spring and not messed up) with either Tyler or Greg as the number two, red shirt Steel, then bring him in next year as the number two guy so that by his junior year he’ll be ready to take over, that is if we still plan to use the R&S.

  65. FloridaTed September 28, 2008 12:43 pm

    wafan, (62),

    If Funaki is the guy next year I’m really worried. He’s in the system for three years and hasn’t gotten any better during games. We must find him another position.

    Our Nr.1 problem is QB, the receivers are getting open most of the time and are starting to catch balls well, but the QB’s don’t find them or throw to the opposition.

    So right now we have one QB with a bad hand and wrist, not giving the JC’s some playing time would be extremely stupid.

  66. curveball September 28, 2008 12:50 pm

    How about using Funaki at RB.. he is a very smart runner. Also adds a real threat of the half back pass…. plus we seem to be a bit short a RB with injuries..just a thought

  67. jm2375 September 28, 2008 12:50 pm

    Go Redskins! Beat da horsies in their stable!


  68. koakane iphone September 28, 2008 1:12 pm

    hoohiki no problem consider it done. you guys are in. need any info were murphy’s is? welcome to fellow monarch grads.

    email me at koakane at hawaiiantel dot net. mahalo plenty

  69. koakane iphone September 28, 2008 1:17 pm

    curveball how can I get in touch with you?

    hey LizK heard you staying lattas have a fun time on the wssai!

  70. Garret September 28, 2008 1:22 pm

    Meeting is over now…I thought this info was interesting but it seems to have been ignored and buried on SH after it was posted. I did see that there were a lot of players who were not doing the ha’a when I went to the Oregon State game.

    the pre game ha’a…

    they were in a circle shape at mid field, but there were like 20-30 guys on a knee not participating

    i know in previous years there were always a few not doing it, but tonight there were so many more???

    isn’t this about team unity and everyone should be doing it?

  71. Garret September 28, 2008 1:25 pm

    Wow, it looks like Washington is going to beat Dallas. That means that Jason Campbell’s and Jim Zorn’s jobs are safe for awhile, which is good for Colt. The Redskins need enough success to keep Zorn’s job safe and give Colt time to adjust to the NFL and their offensive system.

  72. Frank25 September 28, 2008 1:28 pm

    Hey Tsaikos & Tsaikettes

    Bummers for the Warriors, dont know what happened? they need to improvise, overcome, and adapt too what is going on the football field?
    march on and carry on with the next game at hand.Re-group, focus! on Fresno st! not going to be easy? But what is easy in Life?

    Aloha Everyone!!!!

  73. A-House September 28, 2008 1:29 pm


    UH has a QB for the future and being red shirted – Steele Jantz, who IMHO, will be a good one.

    I would continue to groom him and allow him to complete for the starting position next spring. This will allow Corey Neilson (sp) to red shirt next year and be ready to step in as a red shirt Sophmore.

  74. roadster99 September 28, 2008 1:30 pm

    Hi guys! New to the blog! Thanks Steven Tsai for offering great insight into the world of the Warriors.

    Anyways, I just think that the offense just has no identity. You can’t go through a season juggling quarterbacks. Due to the fact that each quarterback is different & incorporates different playing styles, how is the offense supposed to get into any kind of rhythm? Especially the O-line. Each quarterback has a different “cadence.” How are they to respond to switching styles mid-game? With mid-week practices so important, how can you jump from one guy to the other and expect the offense to play with any kind of consistency? I understand one guy is hurt. But the other guy struggles with making reads. He just holds on to the ball too long and tries to do too much with his feet. This is the “run & shoot” not the “option.” I agree with a few of the other posters. Put in one of the other JC qb’s to get some experience. They are our future. Chalk this season up to rebuilding and let them learn. I just feel that if there was any kind of consistency at quarterback, this offense would make strides in improvement. Like I said earlier. It’s just my opinion.

  75. A-House September 28, 2008 1:30 pm


    We too were surprised that the coaches and players started for the locker room before the UH alma mater.

    Showed, IMHO, poor lack of respect for the school.

  76. Garret September 28, 2008 1:41 pm


    Several of the new coaches used to play for UH, so I’m guessing that they wouldn’t be leaving before the alma mater. With all of the seniors and returning coaches/former players returning as coaches, I would think that everyone would know to stay for the alma mater. And this wasn’t the first home game!

    Maybe the policy changed under Mack. Before JJ came to UH, the team and coaches apparently did not stay for the alma mater…I don’t know if that was just Von Appen’s policy or if that went further back than that.

  77. Garret September 28, 2008 1:48 pm

    Regarding ST’s post above, I agree that many of the leaders of the team were setting the right tone for the team.

    Sol and Adam Leonard (two of the captains) addressed the team after the game and told them to stick together and not point fingers at others.

    No pointing fingers. Unless you played a perfect game, don’t dare look at anyone else’s performance. We’ve all got to evaluate ourselves.

    Adam elaborated further:

    We talked about not pointing a finger at anyone. Nobody played a perfect game, we all win together and lose together. We are going to learn from this game, we can’t sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We have to get prepared for Fresno State.

    Inoke blamed himself, not others:

    I take responsibility for it. The ball slipped out of my hand (on the fumble). The picks, so many. It doesn’t matter who you play, you turn the ball over that many times, and then you give your defense no rest … it was a tough loss.

    Tyler did not blame anyone this time:

    I couldn’t get it done. I got put in a situation to get it done, to win the game, and I didn’t. My hand had nothing to do with it. I felt fine.

    Sol didn’t get upset at the offense for giving SJSU a short field so many times.

    We have no excuses. That’s our motto. We love the challenge.

    Dan Kelly blamed himself for his missed FG:

    It was a 100 percent shank. It was just a bad kick on my part. I over-thought the kick. I came in too fast.

  78. chawan_cut September 28, 2008 1:52 pm

    i heard your hero got delivered. hope its what you expected.
    also hope you didn’t have to do anything special for the twins to get your hero.

  79. lab rat September 28, 2008 1:52 pm

    I used to wonder why June used to bring in soooo many quarterbacks. I guess it takes a special talent to run this offense. Still I thought that good ole Dick Tomey and staff prepared well for this game. When you see defenders where the ball is thrown it is not by accident. As in past games UH qbs stare down the receivers they are going to and you can see the safety rotating or breaking to the spot where the ball is going to.

    What happened to Pilares. I thought he was the weapon in the 1st half then he disappeared.

    Special teams defense has improved a lot. Special teams offense need a lot of work. I don’t know about Washington. Why does he still run backwards??? I like Mouton but sometimes you got to take the knee in the endzone.

    Defense came to play what happened to everyone else????

    Still I will not give up on this team until the players give up on themselves. They need to strap it up and get back to work.

  80. Pride. September 28, 2008 1:54 pm

    If San Jose missed that last field goal, and Dan Kelly made the fifty-five yarder, what would be the tone of our posts?

  81. Garret September 28, 2008 1:54 pm

    1-on-1 interview with Bess. I think that Tombo might have posted this yesterday, or maybe that was some other video interview.

    It takes a great deal of resiliency to never give up on yourself when hurdles keep getting placed in your way. Dolphins receiver Davone Bess never let any of his roadblocks deter him from his dream of playing in the NFL.

    Bess is finally here, contributing as an undrafted rookie for the Miami Dolphins, and it doesn’t appear he’s going anywhere for a little while considering coach Tony Sparano labeled him one of training camp’s most pleasant surprises.

    Quarterback Chad Pennington has even gone as far as naming Bess one of his favorite Dolphins receivers because of the rookies savvy ability to find open zones and create separation.

    During this unfiltered interview Bess talks about his road back from legal troubles as a teenager, his career at Hawaii, detailing how June Jones’ offense prepared him to make an impact as an NFL receiver, and talks about why he’s rocking the dreads.

  82. Pride. September 28, 2008 1:56 pm

    Very good intensity in last night’s game. Much improved from the two games prior. Very bright spot.

  83. Garret September 28, 2008 1:57 pm

    It is NO surprise to me that Bess is contributing more than all of the WRs who were drafted in the 5th round or later…those teams will regret passing over Bess to take those players.

    Only five rookie receivers drafted in the fifth round or lower are presently on a 53-man roster, and let it be noted that Bess, who wasn’t drafted, has contributed more than Steve Johnson (Bills), Pierre Garcon (Colts), Josh Morgan (49ers), Matt Slater (Patriots) and Chaz Schilens (Raiders) so far this season.

  84. lab rat September 28, 2008 1:57 pm

    When I saw Dan’s plant foot I knew that there was no way he would make that fieldgoal. His problem is like that of a lot of the players. Mental.

  85. Garret September 28, 2008 2:01 pm


    I also think that the special teams cover units were a lot better, which improved *significantly* from the first 3 games. That was a very important improvement, because teams centered on defense and field position cannot afford to give up huge gains on special teams.

    Injuries are a big worry to me. Losing Rocky for a long time, possibly for the season, really hurts the depth on the DL and that could be a big factor late in games. Losing Pilares, Lane, and having so many OL out with injury or playing hurt cannot help either. A lot of people have been critical of Steinhoff in different forums, but he’s playing hurt and was facing an excellent DE.

  86. Pride. September 28, 2008 2:03 pm

    Defense held SJSU to 3.5 yards per play, very good. Defense held SJSU to 2.2 yards per carry and 85 total rushing yards, that’s outstanding. A couple of things to feel good about.

  87. Garret September 28, 2008 2:04 pm

    Just in case this was lost in the 753 or so posts from the last blog, I posted what I felt after the game.

    Don’t give up on the team! Don’t stop supporting the team! I hope that there is a good crowd for the next game at Aloha Stadium…the team needs the fans more than ever.

    I don’t have much to comment on the game–instead of the 48 hour rule, I think I’m going to have the 30 minute rule and try to purge the game from my mind. A few things:

    Lots of injuries. I’m guessing Pilares was hurt. Lots of other players definitely are hurt. Tyler doesn’t seem ready to play.

    The coaches did a great job with fixing up the special teams. That was a huge improvement from the previous 3 games–if the special teams had been like they were against Florida, Oregon State, or even Weber State, then SJSU would have won much easier.

    The OL has problems. However, remember that SJSU has an *excellent* DL! They rushed the passer well against excellent competition, so part of the problem with the protection was that SJSU was really good.

    Penalties killed the team and it can be argued that penalties cost UH the game. That is sad, especially if emotions get out of control and the opponent gets free yardage that changes the game.

  88. Manoa September 28, 2008 2:16 pm

    I think there is a problem brewing here– those fouls were terrible and two of them contributed to SJSU scores. The third down kept alive the SJSU drive that led to a score. That is a total lack of discipline. And when the coaches tried to talk to them about it, they totally dissed the coaches. In fact, watching the sidelines, you see a few examples of coaches trying to get attention and the guys walking away or looking away– it wasn’t just the Oline coach who was dissed that way. Why is that happening? Keep in mind that there were more fouls not called where guys were looking to get in the cheap shot– it is not emotion of the moment when you are looking to sneak in a foul.

  89. mctruck September 28, 2008 2:17 pm

    A loss is a loss, I’m just looking for the team to show improvement and not get stuck in neutral. Let’s get going fellas!!!
    I am also in agreement with the suggestions of giving the JC transfers more game experience, planning for next year as well.

  90. Garret September 28, 2008 2:19 pm


    I agree that the defense played well in the game. Given how SJSU was able to run the ball in their earlier games, their performance was even better than the stats would suggest…and the stats are very good on their own. Mack talked many, many times before the season about how he wanted the D to play good “sudden-change” defense, and they definitely responded to the turnovers well.

  91. Garret September 28, 2008 2:22 pm

    It is pretty crazy to see how SJSU and Utah State are currently the top 2 teams in the WAC standings…both are 1-0.

  92. lab rat September 28, 2008 2:23 pm

    Manoa you got to bench em.

  93. Garret September 28, 2008 2:26 pm


    If you think that the tone if negative here, many on SH are way more negative! And I’ve never actually gone to the WSN forum, but others were saying that forum was extremely negative even before this game.

  94. lab rat September 28, 2008 2:27 pm

    The tone is always negative after an ugly loss.

  95. curveball September 28, 2008 2:29 pm

    koakane iphone:

    September 28th, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    curveball how can I get in touch with you?


  96. mctruck September 28, 2008 2:37 pm

    I was pleased to read in the Dallas Morning News this morning where stats showed that Fresno State (17), and Hawaii (15), had players on NFL rosters. That’s puts these two schools in pretty good company.
    About Fresno State, this article said: Fresno State has more players on NFL rosters than Ole Miss, Pitt, Syracuse or Washington-all with (14).

    About Hawaii, this article said: Hawaii has more players on NFL rosters than Clemson (13)., and of those previously mentioned with, (14).

    The school with the most was Miami with, (44).

  97. fyi September 28, 2008 2:39 pm

    in the latest Coaches Poll – ieams of interest:

    #1 – Oklahoma

    #7 – B-Y-Who

    #8 – USC (University of Spoiled Children)

    #10 – Ugla

    #13 – Gay-tors

    #18 – Blue Turf Smurfs

    #21 – Raisin Heads

  98. Pride. September 28, 2008 2:41 pm

    Garret, I have no problem with the negativity. I read the other forums and know what is posted there.

    I just have been involved in so many games as a player and a coach that I know that football is a game of inches. That’s why I say you’re never really as good as you think you are when you win. And of course the opposite is true also.

    One turnover, one penalty, kicker being able to plant properly, one mental bust on pass protection, all add up to a win. If we win the game, what’s the tone of the posts?
    Positive? Win or lose, same issues exist. Turnovers, penalties, sacks, attitude of a few bowzos.

    There is enough positive things happening on the field by a good majority of the members of the team for us to be upbeat and positive about the season.

  99. curveball September 28, 2008 2:42 pm

    From the great seat that Liz provided me,mid field, we were able to see that Funaki missed seeing several open receivers. On his interceptions almost every time there was an open man else where. Also he was almost intercepted on 2 other plays.It really seems he makes up his mind before the play and throws there no matter what, even into double or triple coverage. When the coaches look at the film of this game expect some QB changes.

  100. Garret September 28, 2008 2:42 pm

    I finally had a chance to watch the video of ESPN’s story on Brian K.

    Great to hear how Brian spent the night making the scouting report for the coaches since the team’s plane was delayed and the coaches couldn’t work on it. This was before he was a GA or anything formal with the team.

    Brian talked about how his whole notion of disability was changed when players started to call him “coach” last year.

    Mack’s quote, “He’s never been a coach for us”, probably could have been worded better…

  101. fyi September 28, 2008 2:43 pm


  102. Garret September 28, 2008 2:48 pm


    I agree with everything you wrote. Unfortunately, football has such a short season that these high/low extremes seem pretty common. There are so many seasons where a few plays can be pointed to that make/break a season, and luck also determines many close games.

    And I’m worried about the injuries because I thought that would affect the rest of the season no matter who won the game…

  103. Stretch September 28, 2008 2:52 pm

    Carry over from previous blog to clarify….

    September 28th, 2008 at 8:31 am
    Next time “someone” wants to know name of a certain Tsaiko who is holding a dry erase board, tell ‘em fo’ watch the scroll of Ali’i level sponsors on the scoreboard. It doesn’t take long for that name to appear!

    The reason why the white board holder made it to the Alii Level is because of the donation made on behalf of the Tsaikos from the Anniversary Party. With that level of sponsorship, it comes with 2 field passes for a game which was won by Liz. She will be on the field for the La Tech game, check her out.

  104. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 2:59 pm

    Re alma mater… Not only did our guys not come together for the alma mater, the SJSU guys and fans were celebrating loudly and ignoring it all together.

    The spirit of the team does not feel unified and selfless. It takes less energy when all cylinders are clicking in unity. One soul in many bodies… That’s what I believe we need.

    Hail, Redskins!

  105. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:00 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody !

    …with an emphasis on “good”. I agree with WarriorMojo’s post above. Football is a team sport, and we lost as a team…battling, battling, battling with guts and courage, through blood and pain. Like a proud parent, I witnessed what they call “playing through pain”, and I was impressed. I wish I could give each and every one of the Warrior f/b players a huge hug and kiss…like loving aunties always do…win or lose. I prefer not to demean individual players, nor do I wish to single out individual players as exceptional performers last night. I hope the team felt the raw emotions/energy of the fans as we did our best to channel to the Warriors only positive vibes. This morning, the sun came up bright and shining on a new day. I said a short prayer for the bloodied/battered/bruised Warriors…that your healing will continue…both physically and psychologically. I even gave A-House a pep talk. Our ohana will never stop supporting the Warriors…no matter what !

  106. Jason September 28, 2008 3:10 pm

    I didn’t even notice the alma mater thing — I saw the team gathering, then I turned to the Jumbotron to read the words while singing. I think one of us will bring that and the ha‘a up during the Nā Koa lunch tomorrow. I know Mack said he wants the whole team doing the ha‘a for team unity, so I think the alma mater thing might be something to talk about too.

    And yeah, while it was a tough loss last night, there were some good things to come out of it. We have to play with controlled aggression, and limit the penalties and personal fouls. Those things kill our drives and give life to theirs. A few first downs here and there could mean the difference between a loss and a win. And definitely, we need to play smart and cut down on the turnovers, while forcing more from our side. I have never seen such a horrible turnover count before. I give our guys credit for keeping it close despite 6 turnovers.

  107. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 3:12 pm

    Mahalo to Stretch and ST for the contests last month! Kekoa and I are looking forward to playing “dodge the trucks and cables” in the sidelines for the La Tech game – where Willie K will be SINGING!!! How cool is that!!!?!!! And Homecoming to boot!

    Yesterday’s FAMILY NIGHT promotion was really fantastic and I’m so happy that so many Tsai-ko families brought their ohana. Attending a live game as a child is such a great experience – even when you’re a BIG kid, eh, Curveball???


  108. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:15 pm

    Kekoa, Diana & Papa –

    Huge mahalo to all of you for the plump and tasty oysters. We knew we had to get to the T-gate early…before Homey got in line too many times. Did all three of you go into the stadium to watch the game? Please let Papa know how much the Tsaikos appreciated his stamina and endurance as he patiently and expertly wielded his screwdriver and shelled two cases of oysters. Mahalo Papa, love ya !

  109. curveball September 28, 2008 3:19 pm

    LizKauai (in da ceded lands):
    Felt like I was 10 years old again.hahahhahhah

  110. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:21 pm

    Vili –

    Please, please get your head in the game and be a lot more aware of what’s happening on the field before you start chants/yells/cheers. Could not believe my eyes or my ears when extraneous noise came from sections in the North endzone as Inoke was desperately trying to run an offensive series. I don’t question your zest for firing up the fans, BUT better timing would be appreciated by the Warriors on the field.

  111. cocobean September 28, 2008 3:22 pm

    Two constants this season, turnovers and the starting QB not finishing. You mix in penalties and injuries and you have a recipe for a disjointed offense. If the offense starts to roll this team will be able to play with anyone on the schedule, home or on the road.

  112. Jason September 28, 2008 3:22 pm

    And about Pomai’s game: Yeah, HiFlyer won. It goes closest to UH score first, then closest to opponent score, both without going over. So as HiFlyer was the only one to get UH’s total exactly correct, and his guess of 10 pts for SJSU was less than the 20 they actually scored, he won.

    If this were my game, I’d set the rules as follows: (1) you need to pick the winner correctly, and (2) the judging criteria should be the absolute value of the difference of both point totals (i.e., the absolute value of the total of the actual score minus the total of the predicted score). In that sense, wafan and Ralph were closer than HiFlyer (1 pt away vs. 10), but neither won since they picked UH to win. So SAWARRIOR would have won, in that regards. But this is Pomai’s game, and it’s his rules.

  113. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:24 pm

    Curveball –

    Nice to finally meet you. Although you chatted with A-House about yourself and family, you mentioned only to me how you came to choose “Curveball” as your moniker. Wish I could have seen you in action on the mound in your heyday. Hope to see you at future T-gates.

  114. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:34 pm

    Nalani & Family –

    What a thrill and honor to rub elbows at the T-gate with a talented celebrity that you are. We will follow your son’s UH Warrior football career with personal interest knowing he is the son of a Tsaiko. Beautiful mom + handsome dad = some good-looking keikis. You are blessed, indeed.

  115. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:38 pm

    Duffer –

    Hi Duffer, Keyton and Whitey. Can’t forget the Maui ohana. Duffer, sorry you missed a fun T-gate. Kekoa ran interference for you, big time. He has something special to give you next time you’re in town.

  116. Oh well September 28, 2008 3:46 pm

    I’m glad to see that the special teams showed up, along with the defense.

    Some of the most entertaining parts of the game was watching the headhunters break the wedge on kickoffs.

    The personal foul penalties were killing us and so did Inoke Funaki. I really like Inoke and really wanted to see him succeed. But it’s pretty clear to see that he has some mental block that doesn’t allow him to step up. He’s got awesome physical skills though, maybe they could figure out a way to get him into the offense as a running back or something.

    Our O-Line is still kind of bleh, with the stupid personal fouls and missed blocks (dunno who let their man go untouched to sack Graunke and knock UH out of field goal range in that 4th quarter), they need to start showing up, especially Steinhoff.

  117. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:48 pm

    L10PC & Craig-
    Lopaka43 –
    Jack Flash –
    Kaina “Checkraze” –

    What a coup I scored…nice to meet you all !…Mahalo for signing my book. Means a lot to me. Hope I didn’t intimidate you. Jason says I’m a scarey person. Perhaps my persona as a senior citizen with martial arts training can strike fear into the uninitiated. It’s all a facade. Hope we can be good friends.

  118. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 3:54 pm

    Pride. –

    You continue to be my mentor as I study your posts and try to learn as much as I can from one of the best who has “been there” and “done that”. BTW, if you persist in lifting me off my feet with your loving bear hugs, I may have to insist that you sign a disclaimer…”Mrs. A-House shall not be held accountable for any injury to my nether region…”

  119. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:11 pm

    Homey –

    I understand that you do not lurk/post on weekends, so I feel it is the opportune time to post a question to Mrs. Homey…

    Mrs. Homey –

    If you are lurking, FYI only… Your beloved hubby fearlessly consumed plenty oysters and casually bragged to admiring Tsaikettes; i.e., LizK, Nalani, Mrs. Kekoa and myself, that he was just “re-charging after yesterday morning.” I am in awe of this man’s enduring charm, quick wit and physical attributes…whether real or imagined.

  120. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:14 pm

    D1Shima & Mrs. D1 –

    Hope Linfield pulled out a victory and that #2 son did well. Are there adequate lights at Koakane’s cabana hale?

  121. jm2375 September 28, 2008 4:21 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!

    Sitting here watching “True Lies” and savoring the Redskins win over da cowpokes in Dallas!!!

    To da Cowboy fans on dis blog, excuse me while I say, HAH!


    😀 😎 😆

  122. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:21 pm

    I’m only human. Truth is I power walked on the treadmill for an hour this morning, channeling my thoughts and prayers to the Warrior wounded and hoping that they re-group, continue to work hard and prepare for Fresno…then I ate some of UHFan808’s birthday cake for breakfast and finished off the Lay’s potato chips (only little bit left). I’m looking ahead to the next battle on the Fresno gridiron. Go Warriors! Continue to work hard, keep the faith, play for and support one another…only positives will await.

    Wishing all of you a good week…Esme & out !

  123. jm2375 September 28, 2008 4:32 pm

    Hi Mrs A-House! Looks like you and I are the only ones in da clubhouse.

  124. koakane iPhone September 28, 2008 4:38 pm

    good afta noon Tsai-ko country

    yesterdays disappointment has finally subsided so feeling semi ok.

    this fball season just have to look harder for bright spots like the intense play of the defence amd improving special teams.

  125. koakane iPhone September 28, 2008 4:41 pm

    sorry to intrude on the joy luck club only passing thru

    esme out

  126. FloridaTed September 28, 2008 4:44 pm

    Hi, Mrs. A-House,

    Hope all’s well with you and the family. When you get going, you sure are on a roll. Aloha.

  127. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 4:50 pm


  128. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 4:51 pm

    Watching the Bears kicking the Eagles around. Wishing RGM was still around…

  129. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:53 pm

    Was it my imagination that nearly or more than 75% of UH passes last night was to the “left side”?

    After a while, it’s easy to read where the ball will be thrown.

  130. Kekoa September 28, 2008 4:54 pm

    Hi Mrs. A-House!

    Thanks for the props to Pops, he sure deserves it! Today he is paying for it tho – he’s been in bed most of the day ‘recuperating.’

  131. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:57 pm

    Disclaimer! Post #129 is by MR. A-House. I had left the building, but returned since Florida Ted said Hi !

  132. Kekoa September 28, 2008 4:59 pm

    Jm2375 ~

    The cocopuffs were deeelicioso, and the chocolate cake was nothing short of outstanding. Too bad we didn’t want to save any for you. (Actually we took a vote on it and I decided to make the final vote as the tie breaker. You lost by that 1 vote).

    Come next time.

  133. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 4:59 pm

    JM2375 –

    Hi there! Come eat with us at the next T-gate. Would you also please sign my book? Looking forward to meeting you. Enjoy reading your posts. I love your enthusiasm.

  134. Mrs. A-House September 28, 2008 5:04 pm

    Florida Ted –

    A big hug and HI! to my good buddy, Florida Ted… We are licking our wounds and preparing to go to battle again. Hope all is well with you and your family. A-House surmises that Merv and Tim Tebow are not happy campers as we speak. Can’t win ’em all…

  135. Pauoa Boy September 28, 2008 5:05 pm

    Oh well,

    That missed block was guess who…Steinhoff! Like I said before stop giving San Jose DLine props, they really aren’t that good. Our OLine was just playing stupid. I didn’t understand the OLine blocking scheme to the inside when SJSU showed outside rush on that play…??? I dunno to me our Tackles need to get better, they seem to always get blown up by athletic DLineman. Need to start recruiting some big, athletic lineman for the future and stop recruiting turtles, short or slow! I know this is a team game but I will call out certain individuals because those guys are bringing down this team!!! Especially guys who are in leadership positions…offensive captain, is no excuse! Offense needs to get it together…I know Adam and Solly stick up for the team regardless and love the challenges of the game…but keep it real boys, I know you’d want to give your offense a kick in the arse!!!

  136. curveball September 28, 2008 5:16 pm

    I am kinda like Pops..tired all day..that was a long 12 hours of fun….

  137. jm2375 September 28, 2008 5:20 pm

    Kekoa – where’s da lead slippah?! Next time, watch out! grrrrr.

  138. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 5:25 pm

    Mr/Mrs A-House… re #129- at one point, I was so frustrated I yelled “STOP TELEGRAPHING!!!” from JJ yellow.

  139. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 5:26 pm

    jm2375- not to mention the yummy lilikoi chiffon pie.

    OMG- Eagles are redefining “marching”…!

  140. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 5:28 pm

    One good thing last night- from where we were sitting, the 12th man DEE support was awesome! I know I was hoarse today and I normally am not!

    Bears are holding on the goal line so far!

  141. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 5:29 pm

    oh, and Mrs. LTUHF is a FIERCE 12th Man!

  142. Kekoa September 28, 2008 5:36 pm

    Jm – My pahtna made me do it. Koakane said, “eh! she da wahine always leaving her tent and stuffs all around the furniture inside daplayroom?” WatcuudIsay!

    LZ is here ontop da ceded lands, so she making me behave and find my center. I’m under constant supervision by her and Mrs. K 😎

  143. pomai September 28, 2008 5:45 pm

    Sorry Jason but we’re not all math majors, en to figure dat way out you’d need to be. HO sore da brain trying for figure it out. En not my game just some fun for da Tsaikos.

  144. oldie (iPhone) September 28, 2008 5:51 pm

    I’m curious to know if anyone thought that there was holding by San Jose a couple of plays before the last field goal. I didn’t see it myself, but there were a bunch of fans around me screaming at the officials to to call a hold. That would have taken them out of field goal range.

  145. curveball September 28, 2008 5:54 pm

    I can confirm that Liz is probably hoarse today…she definitely loves her football..

    how about the 2 high five guys in front of us..they were funny..boy did they drink some beer….

  146. curveball September 28, 2008 5:57 pm

    oldie (iPhone):
    we thought it was a personal foul..illegal block to the back..Mac was furious..I did not actually see it but somebody else that mentioned it…

  147. she-fan September 28, 2008 6:03 pm

    It was a disappointing evening, but no matter what, I’m still a strong supporter of UH football. I can understand this to be a rebuilding year, so I don’t want to be harsh on any particular player. Interceptions, dropped catches . . . sometimes those cannot be avoided. Yet when it comes to personal fouls, there are no excuses, and I hope that those players involved will see how it hurts their team. Cool heads prevail! There are areas of improvement and I hope the team will work on them. Good luck, guys! The season is still early and you will improve. I know it!

  148. oldie (iPhone) September 28, 2008 6:04 pm


    Too bad. That one no call made a big difference.

    I was very surprised that San Jose didn’t call all running plays.

  149. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 6:16 pm

    oldie- I saw a block in the back during that play- and I don’t see much technical stuff most of the time. But that was obvious even to me! A bunch of us jumped up and then noticed Coach Mack yelling on the field too. Nada from da officials.
    And then…ahem… I said BOO!
    sorry… it was too much…

  150. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 6:22 pm

    curveball, you are a great spotter and helper! And the high-fivers are season tix holders. They are lots of fun! (High five their neighbors on every 1st down and great play!)

  151. oldie (iPhone) September 28, 2008 6:30 pm

    I hope the players keep their composure. Referees know who is supposed to win. The ranked teams are going to get the breaks. Just one more obstacle to overcome.

  152. Kazz September 28, 2008 6:48 pm

    Alma Mater

    From my seat in the North end zone, I turned to look at what the team was doing WHILE the alma mater was playing and I saw them kneeling in their post game prayer.

    If there were coaches and SOME players that left during this I find it hard to believe.

  153. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 6:52 pm

    ok- so.

    Moving forward from here.
    Work the technical problems.
    Build unity.
    Concentrate on the strengths.
    Build unity.
    Find love and feel the power!
    Build unity.
    Let the spirit overcome the ego.

    Be unified and be WARRIORS!

  154. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 7:02 pm

    Kazz- right. They were kneeling in prayer but some peeps had left the field.

  155. Stretch September 28, 2008 7:16 pm

    I look forward to the Coach Mac show tonight and the Na Koa lunch tomorrow. I am still trying to understand what’s going on the offensive side of the ball.

  156. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 7:17 pm

    What time is thew Coach Mack Show on? Channel?

  157. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 28, 2008 7:19 pm

    ok- I see it- 10:30pm on channel 9

  158. Kazz September 28, 2008 7:22 pm

    LizKauai (in da ceded lands):

    September 28th, 2008 at 7:02 pm
    Kazz- right. They were kneeling in prayer but some peeps had left the field.


    Some people need “da slippah” den!

  159. curveball September 28, 2008 7:28 pm


  160. Kazz September 28, 2008 7:30 pm



    I’m sorry but for the past couple of seasons I have been pissed off that the opposing team’s kicker is on OUR field while the marching band is on before and during halftime performances.


    If not no one is enforcing it and I can EASILY find some people to get on the field and REMOVE them.





  161. Kazz September 28, 2008 7:34 pm

    In reference to the above post I entered above:

    SJSU’s kicker was still “practicing” his kicks up until UH ran onto the field, THIS caused the verbal jousting at the beginning and I was screaming for “MURDER” upon seeing this.

    Now this was after the fact that I was YELLING at that damn kicker and for someone to get him off after he kept kicking balls and the band and rainbow dancers almost got hit about three times!!!


  162. curveball September 28, 2008 7:35 pm


    What did you think about the way SJSU came onto the field when our team came out?

  163. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:22 pm


    You sing the National Anthem and Hawaii Ponoi so beautifully! Yeah those two Hawaii guys in front of us were great fans…high five everybody! What ever happened to those two San Jose State fans in front of me? …they left at halftime. Yeah Mrs LTUHFan..loves to cheer and yell…makes up for me …haha..


    Nice to meet you…Yeah you saw the same things on the field as I did but if the officials don’t call it….

    And like Pride (.) says…it’s all about execution …100% in all phases of the game…we all saw the same things so no need repeat…

    Gotta get ready for Fresno State…

    Go Warriors!

  164. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:26 pm


    #162 …I’ve never seen that before; seems like they were trying to intimidate our players ?

  165. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:29 pm


    Before the end of the game, I went to the restroom. I came back and stood by the loges. Heard stuff like …looks like we’re going to be 1-12 this year and looks like a long season…Wow these guys already gave up on the team!

    Re: Alma Mater….Yeah, I saw some players and others heading to the locker room at the end of the game…

  166. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:31 pm

    Hi Jam and Brie,

    Nice to see you folks at the game…

  167. Garret September 28, 2008 8:33 pm

    Long Time UH Fan,

    I heard those comments in Corvallis from the UH section of fans. I mentioned when I posted about the game out how the fans gave up on the game and team as early as the second quarter when the score was just 21-7! I couldn’t believe how negative those people were…but they were doing such a good job at constantly complaining that they never tried to make noise like I was when UH was on defense.

  168. las vegas September 28, 2008 8:34 pm

    Long Time!!!

  169. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:34 pm

    Hi SteveM,

    Mahalo for the tickets; those were good seats..30 yard line. Had a tough time making it up the spiral, but caught my breath and made it OK. Going down was no problem. Hope Peaches and rest of your family had a great time in D. C.

  170. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:34 pm

    Hi Las Vegas…

    Long time no chat. How you and the wife been?

  171. las vegas September 28, 2008 8:37 pm

    Pretty good, Mrs LV will easily make it to a hundred

  172. Garret September 28, 2008 8:39 pm

    It is good to read that Fresno State has been having a lot of problems with their special teams. With the improvement that the Warriors had on special teams during the bye week, this could be a big factor in favor of the Warriors on Saturday!

    “Had the outcome been different and we lost, you could say special teams would have cost us that game,” Bulldogs senior Sharrod Davis said. “It wasn’t our best day on special teams. UCLA came up with big plays. But we wouldn’t go down.”

    Bulldogs fans had to be holding their breath each time UCLA return man Terrence Austin touched the ball.

    Austin, who entered Saturday 62nd in the nation in kick returns and 70th in punt returns, set a school record with 206 kick-return yards to provide a short field on four of 12 drives for a UCLA offense that hadn’t generated a touchdown in its previous two games.

    Austin had a 76-yard kick return that set up a touchdown and a 53-yarder that led to a field goal.

    He also ran back two punts, a 22-yarder and a 21-yarder, that gave UCLA starting field position inside Bulldogs territory.

    And if not for a holding penalty, Austin would have been credited with a 100-plus yard touchdown on the opening kickoff. UCLA’s wedge scheme allowed the 5-foot-11, 161-pounder to regularly find holes in Fresno State’s once-vaunted special-teams coverage.

  173. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:39 pm

    Hi Garret,

    Yeah kind of made me P.O’ed hearing that but that’s their opinion so…

    Also, you should’ve heard this SJS fan talking loud at the end of the game…Hey how come everybody’s so quiet…Most of the Hawaii fans walking down the spiral wanted to throw him over …but …haha..nah j/k. Some huge UH fan told him to shut up…his GF told him he better hush up ..he turned around and saw the big dude and shut up right away.. Was funny…

  174. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:41 pm

    Las Vegas,

    I know Mrs LTUHFan will..her mom made 100 this May and her dad missed making 100 by 45 days…Too bad, she will have our daughter for her caregiver….LOL…

  175. Garret September 28, 2008 8:41 pm

    Interesting that UCLA avoided kicking to Fresno State’s return people all game except for one punt–and Fresno returned that punt for a TD. Good to know that Fresno State will kick to UH…I hope that they kick it to Mouton!

    the Bruins avoided the Bulldogs’ top return men — A.J. Jefferson on kickoffs and Marlon Moore on punts — the whole day other than on UCLA’s first punt, which Moore returned for a 63-yard touchdown.

    “If you noticed, we kicked to their guy every single time, and if I had 100 more kickoffs, we’d have kicked it to him 100 more times,” Baxter said. “It’s football. We’re not going to avoid anyone.

    “We’re bred to play. They’re bred to flinch. Anytime they want to play, the number in the office is 278-3015 and the ground rules are: You gotta kick it to our guy.”

  176. Garret September 28, 2008 8:43 pm

    Long Time UH Fan,

    Hi! That was a funny story about the SJSU fan! There were a lot of Georgia fans like at the Sugar Bowl, and unfortunately all the Georgia fans and Hawaii fans had to walk together out of the Superdome.

  177. Garret September 28, 2008 8:46 pm

    Interesting that Fresno State’s team is tired right now…I hope that they take it easy in their preparation this week! They have had a tough travel schedule and some emotional games early in the season, so hopefully they will take a look at UH’s record and let down this week.

    But fatigue has started to set in as the Bulldogs begin preparation this week for Western Athletic Conference play.

    “This team is playing very hard through heavy legs and playing through a lot of travel,” said Hill, whose Bulldogs concluded nonconference play Saturday with a 36-31 win at UCLA.

    “That stuff takes its toll on a team. It’s been a long four games. A lot of travel. But we’ve played through it. I think we’ve played really well, especially under the conditions.”

  178. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:48 pm


    I recorded the Georgia-Alabama game…I watched it today…Man, those GA fans were shell shocked…31 zip at halftime…. I guess they now know how we felt at the Sugar Bowl…What goes around comes around…

  179. Garret September 28, 2008 8:48 pm

    Looks like Fresno State finished the game in good shape regarding injuries.

    Fresno State appeared to survive its first game without major injury.

    Receiver Marlon Moore sprained his ankle in the third quarter. He wore a boot and did not participate in Sunday night’s light workout, but said he would be able to go Saturday when Hawaii visits Bulldog Stadium.

    “Just precaution,” Moore said. “I’ll be fine.”

    The Bulldogs still are missing their top two linemen, with defensive tackle Jon Monga (knee) out at least the next two games and guard Cole Popovich (knee) done for the year.

    And it remains unclear when slot receiver Devon Wylie (foot) will return after missing the past two games. Backup center Richard Pacheco aggravated a hamstring injury that has been bothering him since the summer.

  180. Garret September 28, 2008 8:50 pm

    Long Time UH Fan,

    I agree, everyone eventually knows the pain of watching their team lose. Bachi…

  181. Long Time UH Fan September 28, 2008 8:59 pm

    Garret/Las Vegas,

    I’m going to watch the Leilehua-Waianae game which I recorded. You guys take care …

  182. Garret September 28, 2008 9:05 pm

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

    Study found that there are no real gender differences anymore between girls and boys for math.

  183. Garret September 28, 2008 9:05 pm

    Interesting analysis of the study that found that kids in day-care gained more weight than kids at home with a parent.

  184. Garret September 28, 2008 9:06 pm

    This 9-year-old New Zealand girl was so embarrassed by the name she was given that she sued and the court ruled her favor. The girl’s parents named her “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii”.

  185. al September 28, 2008 9:06 pm

    the good news is that the defense had their best game of the year. take away that the first play trick play which coverd 77 yards and the defense gave up an average 2.4 yards per play.

  186. madeinhawaii September 28, 2008 9:07 pm

    Win or lose… I take it that curveball enjoyed watching the game live, eh?

    Sad loss, bitter pill, only thing that will make it go down easier with the players is for them to play like a team, limit those penalties, recover their own fumbles, create more turnovers, and stop throwing interceptions. Defense stepped up, special teams showed more improvement than the Offense, offense… I don’t know what combination will work.

    Seems like both Inoke and Graunke had problems seeing down field, possible height issues? I really like both players and think they are worthy quarterbacks, but I sense the real future of Warrior football might be best in one of the other QBs. Inoke and Tyler both have demonstrated that they can come off the bench and deliver, so they could always be used to run special plays and give the game quarterback a breather as well as time to confer with the coaches.

  187. las vegas September 28, 2008 9:07 pm

    Just before 9/11, a pal and I drove down to San Diego for the ‘Skins-Chargers game.
    The Bolts won pretty easily that day, while heading to the parking lot, wearing our Redskin jerseys, someone started to heckle us.

    Not wanting a fight, we ignored the loudmouth until that person came directly behind us and screamed “Redskins S*ck” several times.

    Having had enough, I turned to confront the loudmouth, only to find a Downs Syndrome guy, about 5’, a little heavy set and in his thirties(?)
    He was walking with his mom and dad, a couple that looked to be in their sixties, both were watching him like a hawk.

    Good thing that I never slap the poor bugga, he had enough issues.

    He then looked me in the eye and said “Haha haha Fatso haha”!

    Good thing for him that his parents stay watching, otherwise…..

  188. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 28, 2008 9:08 pm

    I realize that everyone is still focused on what happened last night, but let’s remember that the Wahine won another match yesterday and are scheduled to take on San Jose State tomorrow afternoon. Let’s take revenge, WonderWahine!!!

    Mahalo to all of those who helped make Coach Alan Inaba, his wife Lisa and his first two students welcome at yesterday’s T-Gate. More on how they got there later on. NOTE: Alan’s brother Randy played baseball for UH during Les Murakami’s golden years.

    We haven’t sorted the HI-5 stuff yet, but it looks as if there’ll be another $25 going to his after-school program.

    Mahalo for those of you who’ve taken the time to write comments and observations about last night’s game which added to my knowledge base. Jason: Am looking forward to your in-depth analysis soon.

    It’ll be interesting to hear what Coach Mack has to say at the Na Koa luncheon tomorrow. We won’t be at the Call The Coach show on Tuesday because of the following:


    After several weeks of negotiations. the Bishop Museum’s Board of Directors has agreed to sell the classic sailing ship Falls of Clyde to the Friends of Falls of Clyde for a nominal sum.

    To mark this important moment in the ship’s 130-year history, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008, at 5 pm Tim Johns, president of the Bishop Museum, and Bruce McEwan, president of the Friends of Falls of Clyde, will sign the transfer documents in a special ceremony to be held at the Hawaii Maritime Center at Pier 7 where the ship has been berthed for the past two-plus decades.

    Registration & Talk Story time starts at 4:30 pm.

    In addition, the FoFOC will announce the launch of the BOB KRAUS S MILLION QUARTERS DRIVE to raise funds to start the preservation work. The BOB KRAUSS MILLION QUARTER DRIVE is based upon the original fundraiser put together back in 1958 by the late Honolulu Advertiser columnist Bob Krauss in which he challenged Hawai`i school children to collect a million pennies to help underwrite the costs to bring the ship back to Honolulu.

    His daughter Ginger Krauss will attend the ceremony and share her recollections about her father’s support the Falls of Clyde which continued right up to his death at the age of 82 in 2006.

    Afterwards, attendees are invited to attend a heavy pupu reception ($10 donation + no-host bar) from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant in the Aloha Tower Marketplace. In order to get a reasonably accurate headcount, RSVP acceptances only to

  189. Garret September 28, 2008 9:08 pm

    When US troops were fighting the Taliban last year, Pakistan military helicopters repeatedly flew into Pakistan to bring supplies to the Taliban according to U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel Chris Nash! I thought that Pakistan was supposed to be on our side? We paid for those helicopters that they used to help the Taliban fight us!

  190. Garret September 28, 2008 9:09 pm

    Very interesting to find out that some people who are “just not good at math” actually may have “math dyslexia”, a syndrome called “dyscalculia” that is similar to dyslexia.

  191. Garret September 28, 2008 9:09 pm

    Free play links pau.

  192. madeinhawaii September 28, 2008 9:13 pm


    Did the article mention the probability of having both? Dyslexia and Dyscalculia?

  193. las vegas September 28, 2008 9:21 pm

    As a child, I could not learn
    Several years ago, tests were developed to
    see if adults suffered from both Dyslexia and Dyscalculia.
    Being a prime candidate, I was chosen for a series of tests.
    After a full week and a battery of tests, the results came.
    Sadly, I was just stoopid.

  194. al September 28, 2008 9:21 pm

    anyone else watch wade keliikipi on friday against leilehua?
    he sure looks like a d1 defensive tackle, all 6’4″/280lbs of him. in fact, he had happy feet and could make an ot switch in college.

    the warriors are hot after him…..i wonder if he would continue the family tradition?

  195. al September 28, 2008 9:22 pm

    nah. no way. i found las vegas to be one pretty akamai guy.

  196. Mrs.las vegas September 28, 2008 9:24 pm

    I forget, does “akamai” mean morbidly obese?

  197. Garret September 28, 2008 9:27 pm


    The article doesn’t mention the link between the two and I don’t think they have studied that yet…Dyscalculia is a pretty new area of study and a lot isn’t known.

  198. Garret September 28, 2008 9:28 pm


    I know that UH offered Wade early…I hope that he continues the family tradition!

  199. Jason September 28, 2008 9:49 pm

    Garret: I saw that article on dyscalculia the other day on your links blog. Reading it, I thought, “That makes a LOT of sense.”

  200. al September 28, 2008 9:53 pm

    mrs. lv…..i guess that would be me, too.

    another pigout sunday….
    son in law back from aussie land with a crate load of wines to sample.

    daughter buys wine tasting pupus:
    camembert cheese
    smoky cheddar
    smoked salmon(excellent)
    smoked scallops(excellent)
    crackers, wafers, bagette.
    (all of the above from whole foods, inc)

    a little oriental, too
    aku sashimi
    ogo namasu
    deep fried shishamo w/roe

    ny steaks
    kahuku corn

    no can lose weight.

  201. Da Punchbowl Kid September 28, 2008 9:57 pm


    I watched the Waianae game against Leileihua. That Keliikipi kid is awesome. Big, strong and very quick. He would make a great Warrior. Seeing how light on his feet he was, I have to wonder what an RB with his frame would do in this offense.

  202. Stretch September 28, 2008 9:59 pm

    al – dat’s why you “akamai” too…. haha, no worry I belong to that club

  203. SteveM September 28, 2008 10:01 pm

    Long Time UH Fan — glad that you and the Mrs. could make it to the game! You can have my ticket if something happens to me again…but don’t get ideas 🙁

    I missed meeting curveball, but it sounds like we’ll see him again soon 🙂

  204. BG September 28, 2008 10:14 pm


    The excitement of the T-gate and game had me more senile than usual. Please remove Betty and my names from the Fresno tv-gate list. We hope to be in Japan as early as tomorrow (found out this afternoon that there’s a possible flight tomorrow morning. Taking our laptop so we can keep up with the blog from time to time (internet connections permitting).

    The T-gate yesterday was another great event! People make it what it is and we have a bunch of great ones! Hey, Kazz! Don’t worry about arrangements for Oct 11th. I’ll call in to the officer there and make sure the restrooms are open. Just in case, tho’, bring a 5 gal pail for A-Sports. j/k

  205. d1島: September 28, 2008 10:18 pm


    Good job with the pics from the tailgate.

    Had planned to make the Na Koa lunch tomorrow but the exterminators won’t be coming until after 12:30 so gotta be home ’til then.
    Gotta talk to the crew tomorrow to find out what the schedule for Tuesday going be for tent removal. Hopefully it will allow for a nice lunch somewhere…

  206. Esme September 28, 2008 10:20 pm

    Hey, gang. Hi, ST.

    Hope everyone is well. Frankly, I haven’t posted since last night’s game because … I haven’t really known what to say or what to think of the season so far. No, I haven’t given up on our Warriors … I’d never do that. The UH flag is still flying high and proudly from the front of our hale. I’m just … processing last night’s game still. I’m liking all the analyses I’ve been reading from my fellow Tsaikos. But … I guess I’m in more of a reflective mood than an expressive one … *sigh*

  207. Esme September 28, 2008 10:24 pm

    And btw … Man, I am so bummed I’m missing all the Tsaikogates, TV-gates, etc. The reason is that I am in rehearsals through the end of October. Bummahz! So you guys grind extra in my place, OK?

    Yeah, as if anyone needed an extra excuse. *snort* 😀

  208. momotaro September 28, 2008 10:24 pm

    Funaki has a bad game and suddenly everyone wants to turn him into a running back. This isn’t a video game, Funaki is not able to just step in and be a running back. There is more to being a running back than being athletic, otherwise LWJ would have started at RB the moment he arrived on the UH campus.

    Funaki is actually the best suited QB to start next week against Fresno. Fresno has had a hard time defending the run all season.

  209. Kazz September 28, 2008 11:06 pm

    Ok…. The Coach Mack Show is going all over the place!!!

    First no Ron and Cal Lee segment… then the closing Mack Minute Segment…. then…. BACK again to the closing Mack Minute Segment again after a 2 minute black out….

  210. BowsForever September 28, 2008 11:13 pm

    Random thought — more important than a win-loss record and any bowl game, to me, is the Warriors playing in the manner they did last season. By that I mean playing for each other, believing, and executing the game plan to the best of their ability. I’m not really seeing that yet across the board (though special teams did well and defense was pretty solid), and what I’ve read from other Tsaiko posters (especially that post about seeing Brian Smith trying to talk to a player without success) worries me a little. Funaki had a horrible game, true, but without the truckload of personal fouls (!) and lack of player discipline that you can imply from that, we could’ve been in a much better spot and could well have had the win, for example.

    I have total confidence that Coach Mack can handle this problem, I just don’t know how long it’ll take. What really gets me is knowing how hard this has to be for the players. The Warriors are a much better team than this, and certain players with possible futures in the NFL could have much dimmer prospects if the issues can’t get addressed soon. Everyone has the right attitude in defeat, but IMHO what they really need is a _winning_ attitude to turn this thing around.

  211. BowsForever September 28, 2008 11:16 pm

    I mean, look at the Redskins. To me, there’s definitely some parallels there. No one’s a mega-superstar, but they’re a very disciplined bunch overall and are having a lot of success because of it thus far.

  212. al September 28, 2008 11:18 pm

    d1….two things

    one, so how did the linfield wildcats do? and more importantly how did number two son do?

    two, tents are removed in the morning so they can use that tent to cover the day’s job. plus, you can’t go back in right away until the gas levels are tolerable. so you should go “get parts in town”.

  213. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 28, 2008 11:31 pm


    yeah fresno has had difficulties at stopping the run…but didnt they do one hell of a job at stopping wisconsin?….i mean they looked pretty tough.

    Go Warriors!

  214. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 28, 2008 11:32 pm

    didnt get see the mack show…anyone wanna recap it for me? =)

  215. Kaleki September 28, 2008 11:33 pm

    Not completely Offense fault, folks! We did outplay them in STATS, offense and defense! It was obvious that Funaki just doesn’t have the arm strength Tyler does, but it looked like he had difficulty gripping the ball toward the end…

    But the beside the 6 turnovers, the low trajectory FG, and the ELEVEN PENALTIES FOR MINUS 115 YARDS. I think we made out pretty good.

    Hopefully Fresno will let their guard down, and we’ll sneak a win. But they do have a bone to pick with us… remember two years ago? 68-something??? This will be the first time we will beat a ranked team on the road? Gotta believe….

  216. al September 29, 2008 12:07 am

    i kind of sense that mack is ready to do something drastic with the qb situation. he seemed to say without saying that the qb situation has not been conducive for the team’s productivity and that they have had one qb after another so to speak and this has been detrimental to the offensive development. he went further by saying that they could not have another game with six qb turnovers (altho one was attributed to a wr).

    translation in coach talk: with tyler still out (unless he seeks some kiatsu treatments as someone suggested) a new qb may emerge by tuesday methinks. hey, why not give jake “the snake” santos a shot? farfetched? hey we need a hero!

    (is steele jantz a candidate?)

  217. Kekoa September 29, 2008 12:39 am

    SteveM ~ This is a very musical evening on the ceded lands. I’m sitting here in the hale, as one of the Karaoke judges, (the other being the machine) judging a contest between Liz and Mrs. Kekoa.

    Can you imagine the beautiful music these 2 women are putting forth. Absolutely the best!

  218. LizKauai (in da ceded lands) September 29, 2008 12:43 am

    BowsForever- I also have been looking at Redskins and Warriors parallels. Coach Zorn is a first time head coach; Struggles in preseason games; QB is struggling to master a new system; fans are waffling all over the place- some willing to throw the team under the bus and leave games before the alma mater; team confidence, unity and solidarity needs to be built.

    Well, today the ‘Skins came together against their well-favored nemesis, the Cowboys, and pulled off the victory.

    I am praying the Warriors pull it off in Fresno next week.
    and their chances are very good- I will be yelling at my TV!!!!


  219. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 29, 2008 12:58 am


    yeah i hope something is done re: qb situation. i have to be a jerk and ask where the hell is Rolovich in all of this…he has got to shoulder some of the responsiblity…makes me wonder about his decision making. oh wells.

    go warriors!

  220. al September 29, 2008 1:47 am


    something will be done, but, only time will tell. a healthy graunke would be the starter. however, he is obviously not healthy. by his 3rd or 4th pass you could tell that he had no zip on his ball. but he battled.

    qb situation is something that happened. nothing could have been done about it by way of any coach. don’t hang this one on rolo.

    first, graunke is suspended for academics, etc.

    two, the jc guys were given a shot. one gets hurt and the other has a tough time with the new offense. eventually they both struggle. they still have a tough time grasping the nuances of this offense.

    three, enter funaki. who comes out and does a good job to finish the florida game. he opens the weber state game only to end up with a concussion by half time.

    four, enter graunke on a few days of practice. he gets the win and the save. he goes to corvallis and starts. before the game’s end he can’t even use a pair of chopsticks to eat his zippy’s bento, its so swollen and banged up.

    five, re-enter funaki who does a credible job by half time. then stuff happens and re-enter graunke who is less than 75% he really shouldn’t have continued but an injured graunke was probably better than a deer in headlights.

    so graunke is out and funaki, well. he’s had his chances. so you look on the bench and what do you have? two guys who can sling the ball but, are having difficulties (in practice) learning the system still.

    a coach can coach up a player up to the potential that lays dormant. but, he can’t do anything about someone not catching on.

    so you look at the bench and realize it takes a qb a bit too learn our system. only two qb’s were actually recruited by JJ, funaki and graunke after whom the rest were walk-ons, not counting the two jc’ers. there should have been more, but, JJ whiffed and here we are.

    i’d give jake santos a long look on monday, who knows?

    …nuff said

  221. pomai September 29, 2008 2:48 am

    Boy I hope they don’t think of using Steel and not red shirt him, just like I don’t want Colt thrown into the fire to soon and not learning the system, Steel needs to learn the system. I can’t tell you why but I just have this gut feeling that he will turn out to be a very good QB at UH.

  222. pomai September 29, 2008 2:50 am

    To my above post — that is if he puts his mind, heart and soul into it, just like the last one.

  223. wafan September 29, 2008 3:52 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Time to shake it off and begin preparations for the dawgs. Mack will figure things out and the players must and will perform.

    I believe everything happens for a reason. We just do not know what those reasons may be most of the time. Maybe we needed to be reminded these are just 19-21 year old guys. Or we needed to be reminded how magical last season really was for each of us. Perhaps we need to examine our lives and expectations and put things in context — we have the right and ability to complain about a game.

    All things considered do we really have much about which to complain?

  224. anklebiters (Cub fan) September 29, 2008 4:16 am


    Now it’s time to fix the Mets.
    And, uh, thanks, Cubs. Can you try at least?

    Hey, it’s payback for 1969 😆

    Now if only the Whitesox can win today and a then against the Twins Tuesday.

  225. anklebiters (Cub fan) September 29, 2008 4:24 am

    I followed the game on ESPN’s Gamecast…this was a game UH should have won but hard to say since I didn’t see it live….and the Gamecast crapped out a few times and missed the last two minutes. One thing that really stuck out was the penalties – 11 for 115 yds. There must have been a lot of yapping going back and forth. How was the special teams play…..there weren’t any TDs during runbacks? Funaki still having ‘happy feet’?

  226. mctruck September 29, 2008 4:36 am

    Well, both the WAC,(Boise State/Fresno State), and MWC,(BYU/Utah), has two(2) teams apiece ranked in the latest AP top 25 poll; they are by the way the only four teams in the AP top 25 who are not BCS teams.

  227. mctruck September 29, 2008 4:39 am

    I really look foward to the challenges UH has with Boise and Fresno. One never knows the outcome with conference play. Go Warriors!!

  228. bighilofan2 September 29, 2008 5:13 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Rise and shine Warriors!

    C’mon coaches. You can do it!!!

    Teaching and leading. Leading and teaching.
    You’re the leaders. Be the leaders you are capable of being.

    Go Warriors!

  229. duffer September 29, 2008 5:52 am

    Aloha & Good Morning Tsai-kos!

    The sun is about to rise again in Hawaii, as it’s done countless of times before and many more times in the future!

    We lost a football game……so what! Let’s not losing a football game distort our perspective of life and friends and what’s really important in our lives.

    This blog has re-connected me with a few people I’ve lost touch over the years (whitey and the Viela’s), met a journalism icon (ST, but not Ferd or Leila yet). Met a lot of really, really beautiful people over the course of the year (too numerous to mention). Hoping to meet many more in the years to come.

    Ran a vote for a blog name for a Na Hoku winner, albeit a short one. Made friends (although we’ve never met) with a person connected with American Idol, sumo stars, football stars, famous laywers, coaches, AD’s, but no golfers, well if you count Stretch…..

    The point being, it’s only a football game and whether they win or lose, this blog and all it’s paricipants are WINNAS! For that matter so are the football players, because the Tsai-kos have their collective backs!

    We can grumble about the team, but this is when they need our support the most.

    A Hui Hou….Malama Pono

  230. Pauoa Boy September 29, 2008 6:26 am

    A thought…

    When someone screws up, let em know about it so they can fix it. Don’t be Mr. Nice Guy and say it’s okay Johnny, better luck next time. Hell No!!! Help them get where they need to be. You don’t point out there flaws, it won’t get fixed. Most guys won’t say anything and go about there business thinking everything is alright when in fact it is not. When that happens, you have problems cause the situation will be ongoing and screw ups will continue. I’m a firm believer in face to face with an individual who is lacking the productivity that you need from him in order for the whole team to succeed. I weed em out and let them know there goods and bads, so they understand clearly what is expected of them. If they still don’t perform, then they don’t belong plain and simple, and you handle it accordingly. There is always someone else who will take your place. This isn’t high school football…these are college kids yes, but they need to learn real life situations aren’t always going to be milk and cookies and there aren’t too many nice guys out there willing to give them a break. Need to put in the work, stay focused, stay driven, stay motivated, yet humble, and it will breed success! What I’m trying to say is that we need to give tough love where it is due, nice guys finish last…GO WARRIORS!!!

  231. Pauoa Boy September 29, 2008 6:36 am

    Aunty Ronnie,

    Unfortunately I not going make it to Fresno this weekend. Found out this morning my wife’s grandfather went pass, and the funeral is this weekend…so I going be in Idaho. Anyway, cheer loud for me…I think I might drop by Boise State and turn that Smurf field green if I gotta go pee…haha! 🙂

  232. Ronnie September 29, 2008 6:39 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    Don’t worry about Fresno. You’re right that family always comes first. Please let your wife know that our prayers are with you.

  233. Pauoa Boy September 29, 2008 6:58 am

    Aunty Ronnie,


  234. Stretch September 29, 2008 7:30 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    duffer – thanks for your post… i think

    One thing that I had a question on that I noticed Saturday night.

    There were 2 occasions that I seen that the punt return team, prior to the snap, called for a “fair catch”. The guys on the line, made a token rush then didn’t run back to block anybody knowing that the returner, Washington, would fair catch the ball. How come the guys don’t get back there to keep the defenders away from Washington so he can make the fair catch with space around him?? Is Washington that good that he will never drop a ball?? If he drops the ball, wouldn’t it be better to have guys around with a chance to recover it??

  235. pomai September 29, 2008 7:47 am

    Good article by Ferd, must read for all.

  236. bighilofan2 September 29, 2008 7:54 am

    Tom Mui,

    good morning. did UH Procurement Office ink the deal with Logan?

  237. chawan_cut September 29, 2008 8:22 am

    Did the sun rise there in Hawaii?
    Just checking.
    All is not lost.

  238. Kelli September 29, 2008 8:23 am

    iwonderwhytheyhateme: A little late, but yes, no class is right.

  239. Kekoa September 29, 2008 8:25 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko City!

    I’m feelin’ mighty fine on this brand new Monday. Got the pep talk from Duffer tucked in under my hat, and ready to bounce back up (7down…..8 up!).

  240. Kekoa September 29, 2008 8:35 am

    Pauoa Boy ~ My condolences to you, your wife, and her family. Reality has a way of reminding us of our true responsibilities.

    Mai Poina,

  241. LizKauai (iPhone) September 29, 2008 8:35 am

    aloha kakahiaka!
    Made it to Jack in the Box!
    Hi Ho!

  242. Kekoa September 29, 2008 9:00 am

    We were just wondering if you were still out playing in traffic. Was about to send our rookie emergency responder out!

    Mahalo for the vids! Enjoying it right now.

  243. curveball September 29, 2008 9:01 am

    The House defeated the bailout………….

  244. Da Punchbowl Kid September 29, 2008 9:03 am

    Greetings and Blessings Warrior Nation! 🙂

    duffer-san –
    Yours was a mighty nice post to read to start my day with. Tanks. And you are right, these are the times when fans need to stand strongest.

    al-san –
    I too have wondered about Santos and how he might do.

    I predict that the team is going to blow up a game soon and will be rolling thereafter. They have everything they need to a good team. They just need to put it together.

    Yah, the Coach Mac show was a lil drunk last night. The show as, not the coach. 😉

  245. Da Punchbowl Kid September 29, 2008 9:04 am

    The show “was”, not the coach. 😳

  246. Da Punchbowl Kid September 29, 2008 9:10 am

    Hi Liz! Howdy Kekoa!

  247. tommui September 29, 2008 9:21 am

    BHF2 re:236

    I don’t know. I assume that the deal was inked and then the objections filed. Maybe SHANNON would know.

    Heard rumors about an end-run by Ching but I suspect that its attorney does not understand collateral estoppel.

  248. FloridaTed September 29, 2008 9:21 am

    Hi, Tsaiko Gang,

    So I hear Coach Mack is hanging on to Funaki at QB. I just don’t understand this. If he played that bad at home, what does he think he will do under the Fresno pressure in Fresno? As far as QB’s are concerned there seems to be no rational thinking by the coaches.

    How can the JC’s possibly do any worse than Funaki? How are they supposed to get better with no reps? What’s going on here?

  249. Pride. September 29, 2008 9:23 am


    September 29th, 2008 at 9:01 am
    The House defeated the bailout………….

    Whoah! Thanks for the info curveball.

  250. SteveM September 29, 2008 9:27 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Another work day for me.

    September 29th, 2008 at 12:39 am
    SteveM ~ This is a very musical evening on the ceded lands. I’m sitting here in the hale, as one of the Karaoke judges, (the other being the machine) judging a contest between Liz and Mrs. Kekoa.

    Can you imagine the beautiful music these 2 women are putting forth. Absolutely the best!

    Kekoa — I’m envious–sure would have liked to hear them on Saturday night to lift the spirit…all afternoon Sunday would have been good too. Tough call to make as a judge– I hope it ended in a draw. 🙂

  251. Believe 808 September 29, 2008 9:32 am

    I agree with Pauoa Boy. Play the game and stop the jawing and the after play “extra” push or slap. The players that can’t do that shouldn’t be playing as they only hurt their team. And yes, this is a “TEAM” sport and they should look like a team. Part of that is having the team cut their hair. Some of them have it so long, you can’t see their names or numbers. It just looks sloppy. IMHO. I’m all into the cultural aspect of the “long hair” thing and can appreciate it but not in a team sport.

  252. al September 29, 2008 9:38 am

    rather than taunting an opponent after a big play, i would instead be helping them up and say, “oh, sorry brother (for putting you on your ………”)

  253. Da Punchbowl Kid September 29, 2008 10:03 am

    Kind of off topic, but does anybody know why the J – E – T – S were dressed in different uniforms this week?

  254. UnKoS September 29, 2008 10:10 am

    Hi Tsiko nation.

    it was very nice to meet all of you at the Tsai-Ko’s tailgate. thank you Kazz for the invite. after the great encouragement of Mrs. A house to blog. this is my first ever Blog of any kind. Da Wife is the Tsai-Ko blogger in process. I am not sure what Blog name she will be using in the future, she had lots of input. i guess you will see soon enough.

    Thanks to everyone making my Ohana feel welcome, the Kids could not stop talking about bean-bag game and how they want to play again.

    IMHO the Warriors made mistakes in the worst times we need to convert third downs and getting a penalties, not converting is a huge momentum killer. QB’s loss the game 6 turnovers makes it almost impossible to win.

    Fans Booing the players is just not Cool. these young men are trying to do there best. and need all the support from the Fans. maybe the boos were for the Coaches? A Seasoned Coach will tell you the “Mistakes in the game are on the Coaches but the Effort is on the Players” Attitude Reflects leadership and with the many personal fouls the Coaching staff will need to control the players

    sorry so long

  255. Jack Flash September 29, 2008 10:11 am

    DPK- the Jets had a throwback day to when they were the New York Titans. Sorry for not posting, but i’m still sour after our loss Saturday. We basically had ’em until 2 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. Should’ve just ran the option for the rest of the night (armchair qb at its finest!)

  256. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 29, 2008 10:18 am


    thanks for the insight. so i gather we cant put this on rolovich because the qb’s cant catch on. if thats the case we are truly truly truly in the weeds. id almost pray it was a junk coach who we could change rather than players who in the long run wouldnt be able to catch on…im sure this is neither the case though.

    anyway we’ll see come saturday

    go warriors!

  257. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 29, 2008 10:22 am

    hey FloridaTed..

    what the heck, that doesnt sound too appetizing? (o_O)…where did you hear that Funaki is the captain of the ship? I thought I remember Graunke saying “my hand is fine” or something to that effect. did Mack make comments as to why he would keep Funaki? Something else is wrong with Graunke?

  258. al September 29, 2008 10:37 am


    what i was trying to say more importantly is that due to suspensions, injuries, suspensions, and then more injuries we haven’t been able to put one qb back there for any length of time since spring training.

    the lack of practice together shows as it turns up in inconsistency.

    remember that last year was the third year together for colt and company. that alone is such a huge plus coupled with the fact that these guys were also rather exceptionally talented young men.

    what we need now is a qb who will minimize the turnovers. we don’t have to be flashy. we need to move the chains however slowly but with consistency. 5 yards here, 5 yards there. move the chains and score when in the red zone. we should be playing field position football for now until the offense starts kicking in. short game offense would suit us well at this time.

  259. al September 29, 2008 10:39 am

    unko s…..
    howzit bull?
    nice meeting you.
    i had to look twice at your name cuz, ahem, i thought you were referring to the other kine “unko”. know what i mean?

    har, har.

  260. A-House September 29, 2008 10:47 am


    Mrs and I agree that Jake Santos sould be given a loooong look today at starting QB.

    He is in his senior year and appears to be the only healthy QB now and also seems to know the plays. Further, he had 2 years at Mizzo before transferring to UH.

  261. Stephen Tsai September 29, 2008 10:51 am

    Hey, new post is up.

  262. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 29, 2008 10:56 am

    hey al, thanks again. i agree with what you say. but i still am not totally nor was i ever sold on rolovich as qb coach…we shaaaalll seeeeee.

    but yeah, as to Ferd’s column, i think he is right. no booing period. if you are upset at the coaches thats fine but the players may have difficulties distinguishing the boos babooze. people should come out to those coaches show or call in to radio, write to athletics etc etc. to critcize. thats a better forumn IMHO. I have always and will always defend people criticizing UH coaches (even if i dont agree)…not because im an a-hole but as public servants paid for by taxes they are accountable and serve at the pleasure of…thats right, you and me…bottom line, you calling for the coaches head and not the player? thats fine, but do it where the players cant confuse the two.

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