Top Vegas linebacker commits to UH

A highly regarded linebacker from Las Vegas has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
T.J. Alofipo gave his verbal commitment this morning.
“That’s where I want to be,” Alofipo told The Advertiser.
He is rated as Nevada’s top linebacker, and the state’s fourth-best player overall.  Alofipo is 6 feet 2 and 235 pounds.
He said he has been timed at 4.7 seconds over 40 yards. He can dunk a basketball.
Last season, Alofipo made 66 tackles, including 11.5 for sacks.
Although he played strongside linebacker, he also projects as a middle linebacker and defensive end.
He also received scholarship offers from Arizona, Fresno State, Colorado State, Brigham Young and UNLV.

Here’s his highlight video (with the link courtesy of Tombo Ahi):

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The players are supposed to be tapering this week in preparation for the weekend’s start of training camp. But defensive end John Fonoti and slotback Aaron Bain have not slowed down. Both have continued to participate in running and weightlifting sessions. Not surprisingly both will go on scholarship this weekend.

Here’s Bain trying to defend his girlfriend, UH soccer player Kristen Oshiro.



Bain then set up the JUGS, an electronic football-throwing machine.



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Here’s the new-look Daniel Otineru, who underwent jaw surgery to correct sleep apnea. Otineru, who won’t be medically cleared until November, has received a medical hardship for this season.


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Don’t forget Heather McMackin’s football clinic for women is set for Aug. 19 in the Stan Sheriff Center. (It was moved from Aug. 21 because of the Pigskin Pigout.) The clinic is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each attendee will receive a “playbook” of terms, diagrams and talking points. Light refreshments will be served. The fee is $10. For information, call 956-6508 or e-mail:

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Here’s a picture of Caryn Kunz and her fiance, Washington State football player Vaughn Lesuma. Not to worry Warrior fans: Kunz’s family is backing UH. Vaughn leaves Saturday for Pullman. The Cougars open training camp on Monday.




  1. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 7:12 am


  2. djmitcho July 31, 2008 7:14 am

    Good Morning Liz

  3. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 7:15 am

    Yea Bain and Yea bhf2- for the functional JUGS machines!

    Stephen, I really liked the article on Bain and am glad to see the pix!

    Except for totally writing off Colt as meaningless to the Redskins, here is a good primer for the rest of the team:

  4. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:15 am


  5. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 7:16 am

    Hey djmitcho!

    ‘kay gotta bocha and get ready to HIHO!

  6. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:17 am

    good morning Tsaikos,

    have a blessed and productive day. i am still protecting the natives from the tourists; it’s getting easier, not as many tourists 🙁

    paradigm shift…TOURISM affects everyone of us, don’t fool yourselves for a minute, the trickle down, the ripple, the you name it effect, will hit all of our families.

  7. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:18 am

    g’morning Liz and djmitcho,

    all the other Tsaikos getting much needed beauty rest, DPK, wake up, it won’t help 🙂

  8. addahknowjoe July 31, 2008 7:19 am

    ST- Nice shot of some JUGS.

    Rivals ranked UH 81.

    Really? Wow! Guess they’re too lazy to fly out here and find out.

  9. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:19 am


    Dizon family in Kauai must be sooooooooooooo proud of Jordan and his NFL contract. what an inspiration for all those young student athletes over there….

  10. djmitcho July 31, 2008 7:23 am

    Good morning Bulla and A-Joe,
    It’s easy to look like Im up early cause I’m 3 hours ahead.

  11. ブラキ July 31, 2008 7:25 am

    Soccer is great for improving footwork.

  12. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 7:31 am

    A few years ago, a UH quarterback was considering a move to defensive back. Natasha Kai decided to work out with the fellas during unsupervised drills. On a lark, she lined up as a receiver, defended by the quarterback. She zipped by him a couple of times. The quarterback decided to remain a quarterback.

  13. Maverick July 31, 2008 7:31 am

    Good Thursday gang.
    Thanks ST for the daily stories, as this is the perfect build up to fall camp and opening day kickoff.

    Why the heck is it becoming more difficult to locate Ferds column ?

  14. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:32 am


    what’s happening bro? long time no smell you rock n roll star…give my best to your bride 🙂

  15. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 7:34 am

    “Warriors rebuild offense for title defense
    By Dustin Lapray
    Imagine finishing the regular season undefeated, winning the Western Athletic Conference crown, going to the Sugar Bowl and then getting picked to finish fourth in the WAC a year later.

    You can’t invent that type of bulletin board fodder.”

    I was like, what is magic valley???? and why does this come up on a Google for Colt???

    Idaho. Aha.

    bulla- Jordon has his hands full as a Lion, and yes, very proud indeed! Unlike Colt’s situation where hes is seen as a project, Jordon is EXPECTED to run and deliver right out of the starting gate this season. (Plus I don’t feel that he is his normal self because of his antics just before the draft and the unko karma of keeping it quiet… dunno if he’s being advised by others but something is different…)

    He even got slammed for practicing in realtime instead of running the prepared patterns

    “— Rookie linebacker Jordon Dizon crushed Artose Pinner and bowled him over with a bullrush move. “I’d be thrilled if he did that in a game, but that’s not really what we’re working on,” said defensive coordinator Joe Barry. The one-on-one drill is designed for linebackers to work on pass-rush moves — like a club-and-rip or spin — not to bullrush. The drill is also designed for backs to keep their feet moving side to side to combat the pass-rush moves.”

  16. Bulla July 31, 2008 7:35 am


    last time i made a comment like yours, ‘nice shot of some JUGS’, i got a right hook to my chest by my bride…..all i can say is U DA MAN if you can say that and not get assaulted by your significant other…

  17. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 7:36 am

    for those of you that missed my “report” from Waimalu late last night, here it is:

    and no, i don’t even compare to ST, MT, PL or any HA reporter in writing. i don’t know how they do it. i found i was boring myself with my own writing. hope it didn’t put you guys to sleep.
    it turned out kinda long because i took a full 8.5 sheet of paper (both sides) of notes, and i filled in the gaps with whatever i could remember.

  18. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 7:36 am

    Hi ST!


  19. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 7:39 am

    The higher-ups are always tinkering, which makes it difficult to find things.
    We had a fairly good Web site. Then the higher-ups decided to go with the system-wide design, which also is why we got rid of the “red” that has been associated with our paper. Since then, they keep trying to find designs that fit the readers’ wants. It’s pretty simple, I imagine. Put the interesting stories at the top. But, hey, it’s like a car that never breaks down. If one is invented, a lot of higher-ups would need new things to do.

  20. tom mui July 31, 2008 7:47 am


    Thanks for the report!

  21. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 7:57 am

    good morning everyone

    good to see bain and fonoti being put on schollies. kinda anxious to see what da slots, mw, ab, and kp have got. regarding fonoti and veikune, our d was successful last year cuz these guyz provided the depth. who will be their backups this year? no one w/ experience probably, but we got any players at the d-end position? 30 days til da swamp, gonna fly by.

    huge national news day 2day, bball trade deadline, favre deadline maybe. did i read right, da pack’s actually considering moving him within the division?? yikes for any GB fans. have a good day y’all

  22. Garret July 31, 2008 7:57 am


    Thank you for your excellent report! I loved all of the details you were able to include.

  23. Garret July 31, 2008 8:00 am

    Nice that they are honoring our troops at the UH-Oregon State game.

    Oregon State University’s home football opener against Hawaii on Sept. 13 has been designated Military Day at Reser Stadium.

    The university is offering special $21 tickets for military members showing identification with a four-ticket maximum.

    Advance tickets are available at the OSU ticket office in Gill Coliseum or by calling (800) 462-3287.

  24. Garret July 31, 2008 8:02 am

    Colt wasn’t the only QB who gave up a lot of money to come back for his senior year. Brohm lost a ton of money…and their team didn’t do nearly as well as UH last season, so he doesn’t get a rewarding season like Colt to look back on.

    Now that training camps have started and contracts have been signed, we know how much the losses to Kentucky, Syracuse and others cost Brohm — an insane amount of cash. We know that in addition to giving his knee, thumb and shoulder to U of L, Brohm also gave a king-sized chunk of his initial contract.

    We know how much money he sacrificed because the Cardinals sagged from a preseason top-20 team to one that lost half of its 12 games and was ignored at bowl time.

    Minimum loss to Brohm: $7 million.

    Worst-case loss: $33 million.

    That’s worse than the hits Brohm took his senior season.

    Remember: If you can really play quarterback, you will get paid. Brohm will simply have to do more to earn his cash.

    Look at the NFL’s top 10 leaders in passing yards last season. Only three — Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler — were former first-round picks. Two of them, like Brohm, heard their names called in Round 2. And one was Brett Favre, the guy the Packers are pushing out of town to make room for Aaron Rodgers, Brohm and Matt Flynn.

  25. Garret July 31, 2008 8:04 am

    Another check of the Miami papers to see if anything new came out since late last night…

    Rookie quarterback Chad Henne had perhaps his best practice of camp, hitting Derek Hagan for a big play and also connecting with rookie Davone Bess.

  26. Garret July 31, 2008 8:06 am

    I think this is good for both Samson and Bess.

    The offensive line was opening up what appeared to be huge holes in the afternoon sessions, and the tailbacks got into the second tier of the secondary a couple of times…. WR Davone Bess is effective at slipping into soft spots of the Dolphins’ zone to make clutch catches.

  27. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 8:08 am

    oh and thanx for da excellent report C_C

  28. Garret July 31, 2008 8:08 am

    Another note about Bess. I think that this was against the *first-team* D, as Henne was against the 2nd-team D and Beck was against the 3rd team D.

    McCown owes WR Davone Bess for the 20-plus yard pass he caught over CB Joey Thomas, and a few short receptions from RB Ricky Williams for getting his unit in position for Jay Feely to kick a 46-yard field goal before time expired.

  29. Mouthwash July 31, 2008 8:08 am

    Still no Under Armour stuff. This is blasphemy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Garret July 31, 2008 8:09 am

    Update on the Reggie Bush court proceedings.

    A San Diego judge will decide Friday whether details of a civil suit involving former USC star Reggie Bush will remain private, which would make it more difficult for the NCAA to punish the school.

    Judge Joan A. Lewis will hear a motion from Bush’s attorneys that the case should be settled through arbitration — superseding a scheduled March 2009 trial that could give the NCAA ammunition to go after USC and even take away Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy. Bush, who is participating in training camp for the New Orleans Saints, is not planning to attend the hearing, said his attorney, David Cornwell.

    Sanctions of some sort are likely if the NCAA determines Bush received improper benefits from would-be sports marketers Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels. Bush has settled with Michaels, and that settlement “has a mandatory arbitration agreement in it” that also would apply to Lake, Cornwell said.

    Lake is suing Bush for approximately $300,000 – money Lake alleges he gave to Bush and his family while Bush was a student at USC.

    Lake’s attorney, Brian Watkins, said Bush and his family are seeking arbitration “because they don’t want anyone to know they took the money and what the terms of their paying the money back are.”

    Regarding Bush skipping the hearing, Watkins said: “He’s got to prove his case. It’s going to be hard without his testimony.”

  31. Pomai July 31, 2008 8:18 am

    bhf2 email me about da book !!

  32. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 8:19 am

    huh?? 🙁

  33. Pomai July 31, 2008 8:25 am

    Whoa got a little spam here!!!

  34. bonar July 31, 2008 8:26 am


  35. djmitcho July 31, 2008 8:27 am

    The powers that be need to delete comment #31

  36. Pomai July 31, 2008 8:31 am

    I am surprised the filters let it through.

  37. Maverick July 31, 2008 8:33 am

    Uh ST ????

    What Djmitcho sez above.

    Little help?

  38. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 8:34 am

    yikes 20 minutes and its still here, oh my

  39. Manoa Mist July 31, 2008 8:37 am

    Whoa, I gotta read these comments more often…wake you up on a Thursday morning, eh? Did Jackbowan attend the blog bashes?

  40. d1島 July 31, 2008 8:38 am

    Great Morning All! (#31 excepted)

    Great reporting Chawan_cut! Mucho Mahalo!

    Great to see some JUGS pics. (Bulla, no tell my Mrs. I said that!) Mahalo bhf2; catch you at the KKall.

  41. sjmacro July 31, 2008 8:41 am

    ST: You must have been to the field just after we left yesterday. Great recognition for Aaron Bain. Note from chawan_cut at last night’s town meeting.

    And coincidence? Waimalu’s mascot is the Warrior.

    And two alumni of the school are current UH Warriors, Aaron Bain and Rocky Savaiigaea, both of which GM had nice things to say about.

  42. sjmacro July 31, 2008 8:44 am

    homey: check your email. sjmacro

  43. S Malai July 31, 2008 8:48 am

    Does anyone know which other players will receive scholarships this weekend?

  44. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 8:52 am

    Just a reminder that if there is a delete-able post, just let me know. But avoid making comments on it, or using the number. For instance, if No. 31 is delete-able, and I get rid of No. 31, then No. 32 becomes No. 31 and …
    Well, you get the picture.

  45. Da Punchbowl Kid July 31, 2008 8:52 am

    ForddyFor!! 🙂

  46. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 8:55 am

    That’s it for now, as I understand it.
    Jameel Dowling was put on scholarship in the spring.
    Tim Grasso goes on scholarship this weekend, but he was promised one last year.
    There’s a two-year rule, as I understand it, that prevents Mana Silva from going on scholarship this semester.

  47. Da Punchbowl Kid July 31, 2008 8:55 am

    We understand that Mr. Tsai. That’s why my above post is truly #44 because I knew all of that! Yeeeeaaaahhhhh…. That’s right! I knew all of that! 😆

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid July 31, 2008 8:55 am

    We understand that Mr. Tsai. That’s why my above post is truly #44 because I knew all of that! Yeeeeaaaahhhhh…. That’s right! That’s the ticket!! I knew all of that! 😆

  49. Da Punchbowl Kid July 31, 2008 8:58 am

    Sorry for the double post. 😳

  50. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 8:59 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…

    Gotta say, those are some nice JUGS. Thanks to BHF2 for having the work done on them….

    Great to see the dedication of Bain and Fonoti…

    Thanks for the report Chawan….I can use it for work now…MWAHAHAHAHA

  51. MeiLing July 31, 2008 9:07 am

    Bionic man, Daniel O.

    BHF2, thanks for the info off the old UH guide. I nevah go UH, so I don’t know anykine songs.

    Way to go, Bain & Fonoti! JUG-gernauts!

  52. d1島 July 31, 2008 9:14 am

    OK, thanks for the clarification Stephen.

    Pomai, I nevah mean you in #40; unless dat one get deleted in which case nevah mine wat I saying hea, but eef dis post get deleted den you not going know I wuz sorry so…..

    ….wat we was talking about??? 😕

  53. ブラキ July 31, 2008 9:16 am

    Wow, I come back from a meeting and it seemed like everyone doesn’t like Pomai’s post at #31, including Pomai. Not to worry though, I read through everything and I get it now.

  54. djmitcho July 31, 2008 9:27 am

    Okie Dokie. Will remember not to use #’s

  55. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 9:37 am

    dj… I do have a 3XL shirt….

  56. Pride. July 31, 2008 9:40 am

    Da Punchbowl Kid:

    July 31st, 2008 at 8:58 am
    Sorry for the double post.

    No problem dawg. How’s it hangin’?

  57. S Malai July 31, 2008 9:41 am

    Thanks ST!

  58. Rob25 July 31, 2008 9:59 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

    Where is everyone today? Not too many posts…gives me a chance to read last night’s posts.

    Everyone recovered from the CC yesterday? I couldn’t even eat dinner last night because I was so full…had to work hard to keep from trying to take a nap.

  59. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:06 am

    Good morning all creatures.

    Bulla – I would go for the mojito and if you still demand to be the mixmaster then I shall bring the lime, mint leaves, sugar?, and H2CO3.

    sjmacro – got the email.

    Rob25 – Last night I had Costco chicken with Mcdonald’s fries topped off with a dessert of dark chocolate covered macnuts. YUM! Only thing missing was the mashed potatoes and peas!

  60. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:18 am

    I heard Wie is even par! Of course she hasn’t teed off yet though.

    Those soccer Wahine can school many guys, awesome athletes. Shoutout to Chelsea Deptula! GO CHELSEA!

    Saw recent UH Softball recruit Dara Pagaduan the other day…GO DARA!

    ST – Would you happen to know the status of Josh Andrews?

  61. d1島 July 31, 2008 10:22 am

    Pride=Tongue Fu Master 🙂

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  63. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:27 am

    Another recruit! I wonder who influenced him to come to UH?

    Now if UH can get Manti…

  64. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:28 am

    8 square

  65. d1島 July 31, 2008 10:29 am


    Is Alofipo a High Schooler? Senior?
    At 235# sounds like a MLB?

  66. SteveM July 31, 2008 10:30 am

    Good morning everyone.

    homey — H2CO3? … I guess bulla is bring the C2H6O gasoline additive mixtures 😕

  67. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:30 am

    ST – I noticed you have 2 different spellings for the new recruit’s name.

  68. d1島 July 31, 2008 10:31 am


    2 to the 6th?

  69. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:34 am

    SteveM – Carbonated water…iirc.

  70. d1島 July 31, 2008 10:34 am

    ST – I noticed you have 2 different spellings for the new recruit’s name.

    Maybe he hit so hahd, you fo’get how spell?

  71. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 10:37 am

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Good story on Bain, I’m happy for him. Just goes to show you, winners are all alike, they all keep fighting against any odds until the goal is reached, willing to pay the price for success. Many of us don’t reach our goals, because we are not willing to pay the price and anything worthwhile in life always has a price tag attached.


    Many thanks for your great report. It is especially appreciated by us Mainlanders, myself in particular. From 5,000 miles you brought us close to home, much mahalo.

    I like the whole attitude from the program leaders that clearly came through, we will be great this year, regardless what any clueless pundit proclaimes in their little articles, comprised of old knowledge, assumptions and guess work, we all know better.

    Wow, Monday is right around the corner, I can’t wait to get this Championship Train rolling. GO, WARRIORS !!!!

  72. homey ® July 31, 2008 10:40 am

    d1 – cube root of 262144?

    chawan – Thanks for the report! Now get back on the bike and exercise!

  73. Pee J July 31, 2008 10:44 am

    I thought I read here awhile back that UH was unveiling a new web site and I thought it was suppose to take place on July 18th. I drink a lot so
    did I just imagine it or did I just get the dates wrong ?

    Also did Kari Ambrozich have her baby yet and who is taking her place while she is gone this year ? Thanks in advance most knowledgeable Hawaii fans.

  74. d1島 July 31, 2008 10:45 am


    I’ll take your word for it…I could only find 6 oddah guys around fo’ figure out da las’ one!


  75. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 10:45 am

    #62, CCSB – too funny

  76. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 10:45 am

    ST…does Alofipo have any familial ties to Hawaii??

  77. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 10:48 am

    Man, I feel like I’m back in Chem class….ewwwwwww

  78. letsgowarriors July 31, 2008 10:53 am

    alofipo has ties to kahuku if i remember correctly. not sure if he’ll be playing his senior year in tacoma or vegas.

  79. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 10:54 am

    great news on da vegas LB, tuioti paying dividends already. hopefully he can bring his teammate too, brainfart 4got his name though.

  80. Tombo Ahi July 31, 2008 11:00 am

    great news! here’s alofipo’s high school highlight video.

  81. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 11:00 am

    keenan graham

  82. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 11:02 am

    or maybe they aren’t teammates, just playing in da same city – LV

  83. ブラキ July 31, 2008 11:17 am

    Some news on Vince Manuwai

  84. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 11:18 am

    Quote of the day from ST’s main Bain article in the Sports section, from Bain’s gf, Wahine soccer player, Kristen Oshiro.

    “We were good friends before we went out,” Oshiro said. “He’s a very nice guy. He’s my best friend. … He didn’t really ask me out. We started hanging out and he never left.”

  85. Rob25 July 31, 2008 11:19 am

    Homey – I thought it was fried chicken that was your comfort food. Good thing we not eating that at a CC or those peas might come shooting out from….well you get the picture.

    BTW, that’s a lot of hardware on Daniel’s teeth! I sure hope that he sleeps good now!

  86. 拉斯维加斯 July 31, 2008 11:24 am

    I was watching the video on Alofipo, someone should take a look at #13, the kid spent most of the game in the opponents backfield.

  87. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:26 am

    Rob25 – Costco was on the way home. I even bought a frozen bag of edamame to keep the ice cream bars I was going to buy at the snack bar but when I went to get the ice cream bars the worker told me they ran out of the chocolate dip and the nuts. Now I have a fricken 5# bag of edamame in the freezer.

  88. ブラキ July 31, 2008 11:29 am

    LV, you name is getting harder to read.

  89. ブラキ July 31, 2008 11:30 am

    oops, you=your

  90. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:30 am

    Wie update – 1 over after 2 holes.

  91. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:33 am

    拉斯维加斯 means Las Vegas? Damn, I gotta brush up on my Chinese.

  92. 라스베가스 July 31, 2008 11:36 am

    ブラキ is that “Buraki”



  93. Garret July 31, 2008 11:41 am

    The Dodgers got Manny?

    The Red Sox traded embattled slugger Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers late Thursday afternoon, has learned.

    Jason Bay is headed to Boston as part of the deal, has learned. Pittsburgh gets pitcher Craig Hansen and outfielder Brandon Moss, both from Boston, as well as third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-handed pitcher Bryan Morris from the Dodgers.

  94. Rob25 July 31, 2008 11:41 am

    Homey-*giggle* You could always make spicy edamame for the KK!

    Thanks for the Wie update…trying to get my reports out before lunch.

  95. Z July 31, 2008 11:41 am

    I found this page that I think you guys will like – it has Warriors football news fed in from the top sites all on to one page:

  96. ブラキ July 31, 2008 11:42 am

    Blackie. I tried to do a phonetic translation and this was the closest I could come. Maybe I should have paid attention in Japanese class.

  97. Garret July 31, 2008 11:42 am

    Green Bay wants to pay Favre $20 mil to stay retired?

    Though NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is waiting at least one more day to reinstate Brett Favre, neither that extra time nor a $20 million offer from the team to stay retired will resolve the Green Bay Packers’ impasse with their record-setting quarterback or prevent him from reporting to training camp.

  98. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:42 am

    I have no time to learn Korean…language.

  99. las vegas July 31, 2008 11:45 am

    Copy and paste this, who needs Japanese class?

  100. Garret July 31, 2008 11:47 am

    Amazing to read the details of how recruiting budgets are increasing significantly. To most schools, it is the “cost of doing business”…I’m glad that UH had JD now instead of HF to set the recruiting budget. Even D-IAA recruiting budgets are increasing rapidly!

    Forty-eight percent of NCAA Division I athletics departments at least doubled their recruiting budgets from 1997 to 2007, according to a Chronicle analysis of financial data reported to the U.S. Department of Education. Of the 300 Division I institutions for which data were available, 21 each spent more than $1-million chasing talented players in the 2007 academic year.

    On the whole, the 65 biggest spenders shelled out a total of more than $61-million in 2007, an 86-percent increase from 10 years before. That amount does not include salaries for recruiting coordinators or construction and operating costs of the gleaming multimillion-dollar facilities that help lure prospects.

    Institutions in the six most competitive conferences, and in Division I-A more broadly, spend by far the most on recruiting. But expenses grew even more significantly at Division I-AA and I-AAA institutions, which are a competitive notch below Division I-A and historically have tended to recruit more regionally.

    Among the 65 biggest football programs — the nation’s largest spenders — the University of Maryland at College Park showed the greatest percentage change in its recruiting budget. In the 1997 academic year, it spent $242,000 on recruiting. Ten years later, it spent $912,100.

  101. Garret July 31, 2008 11:48 am

    Great news about Alofipo! Congratulations to the UH coaching staff and special congratulations to Tony Tuioti!

  102. midori7 July 31, 2008 11:49 am

    Great news about Alofipo’s verbal to UH.

    Since Tony Tuioti was the DC for Silverado High School, maybe we get chance on their highly touted DE also!

  103. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:50 am

    Wie – 1 over after 3.

  104. las vegas July 31, 2008 11:51 am

    Thanks Z

  105. ブラッキ (Blackie) July 31, 2008 11:51 am

    Thanks, LV.
    Homey, I know enough Korean to say, “meat jun.” Wait, that’s not Korean…

  106. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:53 am

    Rob25 – I can always give you the bag and you can make the spicy edamame!

  107. homey ® July 31, 2008 11:55 am

    From a live blog on

    Wie hits a poor drive on No. 3, chips out and then hits the pin on her shot to green. But it bangs off the flagstick and ricochets to 25 feet. The crowd goes nuts! Then she drains the long par putt. The crowd roars!

    BBL, time to get some bones for the dogs.

  108. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 11:57 am

    guess they are teammates, hopefully they’ll continue to be teammates for their collegiate careers as well 🙂

    IIRC, da coaches offered 3 guyz from this same school that tuioti came from. – TJ Alofipo, Keenan Graham, and a 6-1 DB. hopefully they can get da package deal

  109. Loa July 31, 2008 11:58 am

    wow another early commit, thank you Tony!

    homey – only korean words i know is “ton opso”

  110. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 11:59 am

    Alafipo is big time. He’s rated as the No. 1 linebacker in Vegas, and Nevada’s fourth-best player overall.

  111. las vegas July 31, 2008 11:59 am

    Regarding M.Wie (team wie),
    Is her dad still managing her?
    Is he still working at his old job?
    Or are the parents living off of Michelle’s money?
    Anybody know?

  112. Loa July 31, 2008 12:03 pm

    re: Alafipo – i’m sure Kazz will be happy he chose Hawaii over that red team

  113. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 12:05 pm

    I’m getting tired of this unko but here’s one more … that’s turning ever so slightly positive…

    “Brennan is facing pretty long odds, but who knows, if Collins continues to struggle, maybe Brennan wins the job. I don’t see it happening, but, honestly, who had Mark Brunell as an NFL starting quarterback two years ago? Exactly.”

  114. Rob25 July 31, 2008 12:06 pm

    Homey – Let’s get Myki! She’ll try anything…right?! Oh wait, that was A-sports.

  115. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:07 pm


    Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation Conference?

  116. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 12:09 pm

    Michelle is doing her job- regardless of her golf- she is drawing the crowd to the tournament and her gallery is growing – and is very supportive!

    She’sbeing covered by a blogger:

  117. A-House July 31, 2008 12:09 pm

    Contrats to UH coaching staff and Tony Tuioti for their success in securing “early” commitments from high school players – it’s a great team effort!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hopefully, more Hawaii players will decide that UH is good place to play football and “showcase” their talents as NFL scouts, now, always look at Hawaii as a tremendous source of good players.

  118. las vegas July 31, 2008 12:10 pm

    All times eastern

    6:01 p.m. — Believe it or not, not all members of the sports media are in great shape. Including yours truly. But I just walked by a couple of reporters who are going to seriously struggle to finish this nine. They are stopping for breaks! It’s only funny until there’s a health issue, so for now, it’s funny.

    Michelle hit a great approach on this hole, but her birdie putt slides by. She’s still 1 over after four holes, and eight shots behind clubhouse leader Jeff Overton, who posted a 65.

    5:49 p.m. — The size of the security detail has gone up to five. The crowd is starting to show signs of fatigue from all the hills on this course. But they still scramble to get a view everytime she approaches. I have a new appreciation for her ability to grow the game. Tons of young girls are in the crowd. They will remember this forever.

  119. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:10 pm

    Copy and paste this, who needs Japanese class?

    Now you tell me!
    It’s been so hard writing the kanji with this mouse all this time!

  120. 99club July 31, 2008 12:10 pm

    Tombo Ahi-

    Mahalo for the great video. Alofipo’s pick off of the pitch out for a TD is pretty funny. Not something he’ll ever forget, I’m sure.

  121. SteveM July 31, 2008 12:12 pm

    IDK what IIRC means. 🙂
    better google…

  122. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:15 pm

    …plus da little buggah’s fur keep blurring the lines 😆

  123. 99club July 31, 2008 12:15 pm


    LOL at #119 🙂

  124. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:17 pm


    …or click on my name at 115
    gtdi (go try dat instead 😉 )

  125. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 12:17 pm

    IIRC, seriously?? 🙂 🙂

  126. las vegas July 31, 2008 12:18 pm

    the “island” was hard enough, but da “bag” is killas


  127. Eagle July 31, 2008 12:20 pm

    Can’t ask for much more so far with this recruiting class. The #1 LB in Nevada, the top passer in California, the best WR in Hawaii (Class of 2009, I think Taz is slightly better overall), and one of the best athletes in the state (Makaula). Not a bad first 4 to get started with.

    Great job by the UH staff!

  128. Garret July 31, 2008 12:20 pm

    This site picked the top up-and-coming players on D and a Florida DT made the list, with 2 other Florida DL making honorable mention. These guys will be great motivation for the UH OL, probably the best test they will get all season!

    DT: Torrey Davis Florida
    Along with Dunlap, Justin Trattou and John Brown, Davis was one of the gems of Florida’s absurdly rich defensive line class last year, and though Trattou played the most of that quartet, Davis got on the field enough to drag down a couple quarterbacks (including Chad Henne in the bowl game) and has the higher ceiling. The only way he doesn’t break out if healthy is if fellow VHTs Brown, Trattou, Javier Estopinan or incoming Omar Hunter and/or Troy Epps also force their way onto the field. You can’t double team them all.

  129. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:21 pm


    That play reminds me of a TD Scott Smith had for SLS.
    Literally batted a pass, caught it and ran in for the score. Think I got it on video someplace…
    think also I have no clue how to put it online. Sowwy.

  130. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 12:25 pm

    eagle, you got dat right, and there;s so much potential for this class to just be ridiculous w/ all da offers and local products out there (even if we don’t get the top 2 or 3).

    top passer – maybe one of the top passers, but da top qb gotta be Matt Berkeley (sp?), colt’s old HS’s qb bound for ‘sc

  131. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 12:26 pm

    YEA! Finally!
    A redskins fan has created a Brennan Video!

  132. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:29 pm


    Yep, da mouse saw dat one and tried fo’ runaway. haha

  133. Loa July 31, 2008 12:30 pm

    d1 – mahalo for 115, gotta bookmark that bugga so can understand the lingo

  134. Rob25 July 31, 2008 12:32 pm

    Thanks Liz…that was awesome. Love seeing Colt getting some love!

  135. Eagle July 31, 2008 12:32 pm

    Obviously he’s not the top QB, but stat-wise he’s the top passer. That’s what I meant. Barkley is the clear #1. But CA has tons of great QBs so leading them ALL in yardage, regardless of competition-level, is still worth noting.

    From what I hear UH is probably not going to get the local boys (Manti, Hasiak) with all those BCS offers as they are leaning towards Pac-10 schools, so getting these other top guys early is nice.

  136. curveball July 31, 2008 12:33 pm

    Wie 2 over thru 5

  137. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 12:34 pm

    “I actually ran into Colt at a local bar near my house. He was really nice, as he was leaving I was like whats up Colt and he stops to shake my hand. I told him congratulations on making the skins and he said thank you. I told him this was my favorite bar and he said you will see me up here all the time. Just an extremely nice guy. He was drinking on a a couple pints of guinness up at the bar.

    There was also a charity fund raiser going on that night and I think he donated some money and signed autographs for people. He doesnt seem to mind the attention and will gladly give anyone the time of day. Really cool guy.”

  138. BG July 31, 2008 12:40 pm


    Sent you email

  139. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:41 pm

    Nice pick-ups.
    Sounds like Colt got the Guinness habit from the Former Coach.

  140. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 12:41 pm

    sorry bout da misunderstanding eagle, dat’s right, his stats were unreal, perfect qb for our type offense. getting a bunch of recruits this highly rated b4 summa’s even out is a definite change going in da right direction, especially on da local front. would be nice if one of these years we get the consensus #1 local recruit, (although it could be argued paipai was 1a last year)

    go warriors, and keep bringin in dem awesome recruits

  141. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:43 pm


    Mebbe we gotta start one fo’ us…

    mbfl (mo’ bettah fo’ look)


  142. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:49 pm

    btw, never heard of DIAAA.
    I guess it’s only non-football schools but interesting that their recruiting budgets would expand like that, too.

  143. homey ® July 31, 2008 12:49 pm

    Wie – 1 over after 7

  144. homey ® July 31, 2008 12:51 pm

    Sorry about the acronym but I’m trying to fit in with the Generation Y (Millenials) bunch.

  145. d1島: July 31, 2008 12:52 pm


    Ackchally no mo time fo’ make one website li’ dat.

    (das y hard)


    NauPauLunChauWah (nplcw) 😉

  146. Loa July 31, 2008 12:55 pm

    d1 – yep, hard for keep up
    lets see there’s doing an esme, too much koakane, hiho, rotflmfao …..

  147. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 12:56 pm

    JJ did colt and the other UH players right by letting them be men and adults and have to face the local media on their own. all these other big schools are scared to let their guys talk to anyone. you can see how sheltered and priveledged that these players think they are. also they might be protecting their schools image as well. when i watched the ESPN college football challenge that colt participated in, i couldn’t believe the interviews with some of the other players. how did they even get into school with english like that? even more so, what’s their major and how did they pass any classes?
    colt is a normal guy and that grows on the common non-player folk like us.

  148. homey ® July 31, 2008 12:57 pm

    I’m looking at the picture of Bain with the JUGS and was wondering how does one practice with it if you are the only one there? How far can the JUGS “throw” a football? Why is it called JUGS? Where is gigi?

  149. homey ® July 31, 2008 1:00 pm

    Caryn’s future hubby is tall! Congrats again to Caryn!

  150. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 1:02 pm

    are there jugs machines specifically different for football and baseball or is it all da same?

  151. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 1:03 pm

    the questions should now be,
    what color will Caryn be wearing at the tailgate on 11/29???? and will she now be blogging and writing for the Pullman Daily News???

  152. homey ® July 31, 2008 1:04 pm

    chawan – even Einstein had speech difficulties as a student… 😆

  153. homey ® July 31, 2008 1:05 pm

    dpc – looks sport specific to me.

  154. A-House July 31, 2008 1:07 pm

    Hope the “BCS” lure does not sway any of our top football palyers.

    BCS schools, such as USC, got talented players from across the nation and being the “best” in Hawaii may put a player way down the depth chart. Some may get to start their Junior or Senior year. Maui LB found out SC had tons of better line backers and each year better line backers committed, a further slide down the chart.

    Be like Sol and Adam, come in and start as a Freshman!!!!!!

  155. homey ® July 31, 2008 1:09 pm

    chawan – the question should be “is Caryn gonna show up for the tailgate on 11/29?” She may pull a jojo.

  156. 99club July 31, 2008 1:10 pm

    RE: your post about OR St. game honoring veterans…the NM St. game is the week of Veterans’ Day and they are also having some kind of special promotion.

  157. MeiLing July 31, 2008 1:11 pm


    Great find on the video from D.C. Music matches Colt, too. I’m sure he’ll have a following of fans in the D.C. area like Hawai’i. He’s so personable. From the video & the game films, I think Colt scrambles better than Leinart. I’ll have to keep my eye on Matt this Saturday at practice.

  158. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 1:12 pm

    i’m still dyslexic. you don’t even want to how know times i edited last night’s report from Waimaul.

  159. homey ® July 31, 2008 1:13 pm

    A-House – I hope you are not implying that Hawaii has inferior talent in that they can’t start as a freshman in BCS schools but can in Hawaii.

    Where’s my A-House decoder manual?

  160. sjmacro July 31, 2008 1:15 pm

    homey: etymology of JUGS while Jason is away. 😀

    This device was named the JUGS Curveball Pitching Machine, from the old-time baseball expression “jug handle curve.”


  161. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 1:19 pm

    poor kaluka maiava – da only starting lb’er for ‘sc not gonna get drafted in ’09 1st round. wonder how our backers will do in ’09 and ’10 drafts

  162. Loa July 31, 2008 1:20 pm

    hey chawan – thanks for the report from last nights meeting.
    i think all our student athletes do well with the media because we have a great media corp in hawaii

    homey – i was thinking the same thing about the jugs, the baseball ones require someone to feed the balls

  163. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 1:27 pm

    even if you’re a BCS player, no guarans you’ll survive. look at ex-all everything WR from USC, Mike Williams. released because he was overweight and out of shape. those BCSers take things for granted. they probably don’t work as hard as the smaller schools like us to go out and prove their worth and skill and continually work at it. from the article, it seems like he woke up this offseason and tried to tone down, but it was just too late.
    i bet all the $$$ he made was spent on frivolous things and not saved or invested wisely. you and i would love to make a sliver of their salary, but we need it and use it smartly.

  164. sjmacro July 31, 2008 1:32 pm

    BTW JUGS can be used for punt coverage practice and returns. You could be the operator and change the angle for a sky “punt” , run and catch your own ball. Machine can probably launch 60 yards. Maybe put one on either end of the field and do modified “220s” 😈 sjmacro

  165. curveball July 31, 2008 1:33 pm

    Wie even thru 9

  166. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 1:33 pm

    edit…. *
    but we need use it and would use it smartly.

  167. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 1:34 pm

    edit #2…. ** see homey, i told you! **
    but we need it and would use it smartly.

  168. Izzy July 31, 2008 1:35 pm

    On this day in musical history:
    1960: Decca Records in England decided not to release Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her” on the grounds that it was “too tasteless and vulgar,” and destroyed about twenty thousand copies that had already been pressed.

    Undaunted (some 18 years later), Rap Reiplinger released this now Hawaiian pop/comedy classic:

  169. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 1:36 pm

    Michelle is even par after 9 holes and the full leaderboard server is not to be found so cannot see how Parker is doing… arrgh…

  170. Rob25 July 31, 2008 1:45 pm

    Liz here is the Leaderboard!

    Or just click on my name.

  171. ブラッキ (Blackie) July 31, 2008 1:45 pm

    Tell Fate Yanagi I love her…

  172. Rob25 July 31, 2008 1:47 pm

    Parker is at 3 under after 17 and tied for 17th

    Michelle is Even par after 10 and tied for 59th

  173. Rob25 July 31, 2008 1:57 pm

    Wow where is Gigi today?

  174. WreckinEyez July 31, 2008 2:01 pm

    Tell Fate Yanagi I need her…

  175. A-House July 31, 2008 2:13 pm


    No, Hawaii has great talent, but when compared to the mainland types, they are bigger, stronger, and faster.

    I am thinking really hard to recall any Hawaii football player who went to a BCS school and started as a Freshman. Nada.

  176. Rob25 July 31, 2008 2:25 pm

    Chawan_cut – Thanks so much for all the hard work. It was very informative.

  177. Blackie (ブラッキ) July 31, 2008 2:31 pm

    Tell Fate Yanagi no go cry…And no go out wit Stephen Tsai.

    Wait, I tink I get da wrong words…

  178. homey ® July 31, 2008 2:39 pm

    sjmacro – that must be some old time baseball slang because I never heard of it.

  179. homey ® July 31, 2008 2:42 pm

    A-House – Dominic Raiola comes to mind.

  180. LizKauai [Believer] July 31, 2008 2:44 pm

    Thanks, Rob25! The link to the full leaderboard from Michelle’ blog was broken…
    Busy day at work.. can hardly see whassup odda places!

  181. Izzy July 31, 2008 2:44 pm

    Has anyone seen my good friend Glenn Miyashiro?

  182. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 2:44 pm

    I went to one of Rap’s shows. We sat in the front row. He did the Fate Yanagi gargle, only I think he got a little on us.

  183. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 2:45 pm

    OK, Google-ites, why is it called JUGS? I always thought that was speed gun.

  184. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 2:50 pm

    There’s a Glenn Miyashiro who is in the Society of Seven. He’s a funny guy. He used to be a waiter at Sam Choy”s on Nimitz.

  185. Blackie (ブラッキ) July 31, 2008 2:52 pm

    Gross! But that can’t be worse than this one time I went to see Siegfried and Roy. That elephant the used started relieving him(her)self on stage. I swear that the people in front got splashed! I was grateful that I couldn’t afford the close up seats.

  186. A-House July 31, 2008 2:52 pm


    did Raiola start as a true freshman at Nebraska?

    anyone else comes to mind?

    how about the line backer from St Louis who was #1 Parade All American and came back with Arizona St to play Hawaii at Aloha Stadiium and they lost. he kinda disappeared after that game.

  187. BigWave96744 July 31, 2008 2:54 pm

    homey ®:

    July 31st, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    Caryn’s future hubby is tall! Congrats again to Caryn!

    Hey Homey,
    Caryn is “JUST A LITTLE” taller than you and I, therefore here future hubby must be what…… 6’10”??????

  188. Blackie (ブラッキ) July 31, 2008 2:56 pm

    I always assumed that JUGS refered to the manufacturer.

  189. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 2:57 pm

    I think Caryn is like 5-5 or 5-6.
    I can’t really tell.
    But don’t forget she’s going to join us for karaoke on Aug. 16.
    (I think she’s a backup singer in a local group.)

  190. homey ® July 31, 2008 2:57 pm

    A-House – Oh my memory…I remember talking with Raiola’s uncle and he mentioned that Dominic started as a freshman on the o-line and later moved to center. Sheesh, now I can’t even remember the uncle’s name…it’ll come to me.

    Rob25 – I think gigi is at Costco buying a new microwave oven.

  191. homey ® July 31, 2008 2:58 pm

    Oh yeah, the uncle’s name was Wally.

  192. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 2:59 pm

    You’re right. It is the name. I saw that little trademark symbol on its Web site.
    They’ve got a JUGS pitching machine that throws curveballs. I’m not sure how that’s possible.

  193. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:00 pm

    Bigwave – Hey, I’m the same height as Caryn!

  194. Rob25 July 31, 2008 3:00 pm

    Someone answered earlier but here is link to company’s FAQ

    I think that Legends leaderboard is down or something haven’t been able to get on since I last posted results.

  195. Blackie (ブラッキ) July 31, 2008 3:01 pm

    Where did the term “JUGS” originate?
    The original JUGS Curveball Machine was named from an old-time baseball expression for a curveball, “jug handle curve”. The name stuck and has been part of baseball ever since.

  196. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:02 pm

    So, UH is putting out those irritating rules.
    Something about no live blogging at practices. Fans won’t be allowed to take pictures or videos.

  197. Rob25 July 31, 2008 3:03 pm

    homey – Did you put your kids in her micro?

  198. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:03 pm

    And yet Homey and Caryn are so not similar . . .

  199. Rob25 July 31, 2008 3:05 pm

    ST – Are they going to pay someone to make sure that we aren’t taking any pics at the practices? I find it hard to believe that they are going to be able to enforce that rule. Does that mean you can’t take any pics of Daniel Libre for us?

  200. da princess' classmate July 31, 2008 3:07 pm

    was jason gesser a frosh when he started against us in ’99? although he didn’t start til the last quarter of the year or so, IIRC

  201. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:07 pm

    A-House…you do have a point about the physicality of Hawaii’s players. I mean, even when I played, I was small compared to my mainland counterparts. That’s why we have to have heart to play the game. Sometimes, heart plays a larger role in a teams success than their physical attributes, or lack thereof.

    You’re right though, Hawaii does have a lot of talent.

  202. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:09 pm

    A-House – Joe Siofele? Wayne Apuna? IDK…

  203. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:10 pm

    Wreck/blackie…one of da favorite lines from that song…

    “I was deaf ear, I never like listen
    Now I stay Queens, in critical condition.
    My friend Bernard came in and said,
    Waste time I came, I t’ought you was dead.”

  204. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:12 pm

    Oh, I’ll take pictures, although, you know, the players do practice with jerseys. No more shirtless photos of Libre and Spencer Smith.
    Steele Jantz doesn’t report until Aug. 25.

  205. Blackie (ブラッキ) July 31, 2008 3:12 pm

    (J)J, I think Chad Owens is a perfect example of what you are saying. Of course, in the NFL, it is a case where you need heart AND physical attributes to be successful.

  206. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:13 pm

    It would be funny if they had Rap’s stuff at karaoke places.
    Well, as long as nobody spits on me while doing the Fate Yanagi yell.

  207. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:15 pm

    Wie – 1 over after 14

  208. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:15 pm

    I think Frank DeLima’s “Abdullah Fataai” should be a karaoke song.

  209. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:16 pm

    ST – If it wasn’t for Caryn I wouldn’t have gotten in trouble stalking Esme.

  210. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:18 pm

    OK, I have to go to the bank.
    We get paid every Thursday. But the way things are, you have to sprint to the bank.

    Anyway, I’ll blog when I get back home. But can somebody remind me to wish Aaron a happy birthday tomorrow? He’s my daughter’s boyfriend. He thinks I don’t like him. Well, he did “accidently” hit my car with his mo-ped. But he’s a good guy.

  211. Rob25 July 31, 2008 3:19 pm


    OK, sorry about that scream…no more shirtless pics…come on, just gotta stalk them on the way to the locker room…in all the heat, they are gonna want to pull them jerseys off.

    Better idea…locker room pics. *Did I say that out loud?*

  212. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:20 pm

    Rob25 – What kind of dad would put their kids in the microwave oven!?!? Where did you get that idea? You’ve been hanging around myki and A-Sports too much!

  213. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:21 pm

    Blackie…I always thought that JUGS referred to something else…. 😮

  214. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:21 pm

    Esme should be stalking you. You’re the one with the computer skills. That’s like a good mechanic. They should be valued in society.

  215. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:22 pm

    i think they don’t want pictures of formations or lineups, etc. i’m pretty sure you could take pictures after practice of the shirtless guys for the ladies.

  216. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:23 pm

    Rob25 – Some of the players do wear those skintight under armor shirts. The kind that Stretch uses.

  217. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:23 pm

    how come nobody stalks me?

  218. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:24 pm

    ST – I think I’m a better auto mechanic than a computer mechanic. Anybody, need an oil change?

  219. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:25 pm

    Wie – 1 over after 15

  220. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:25 pm

    You know I’d do almost anything for you, but I think reporters who take photos in locker rooms don’t have lengthy lives. Just a hunch, I think.

  221. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:25 pm

    what if we brought a CD/mp3 player with both Rap and DeLima’s songs? i’m sure we all know the words. we’d just need to get it played on the speakers.

  222. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:25 pm

    chawan – you can go hang out with someone and then don’t leave.

  223. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:26 pm

    At my age, oil change has many meanings.
    Or as I used to say to Ferd Borsch: “At a certain age, scope isn’t a mouthwash.”

  224. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:27 pm

    (J)J – Being raised in Texas I only knew one meaning of JUGS.

  225. Stephen Tsai July 31, 2008 3:29 pm

    OK, I’m leaving, for real.
    Brother Mike is watching.

  226. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:29 pm

    Well I did say oil change and not radiator flush.

  227. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:30 pm

    brother mike!
    never get the special kami yet. i hope it didn’t get lost!

  228. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:31 pm

    FWIW, Wie has a par 3, 5, and 4 left. Her best chance is to eagle the par 5 and birdie the par 4 and she’ll be in the clubhouse at 2 under. And don’t forget to sign the card!

  229. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:31 pm

    homey…raised in Texas??? You must have been like an oompah loompa compared to those guys….MWAHAHAHHAHA

    Hey, ST, I’m a good backyard mechanic…How come I’m not valued (or stalked)….???? MWAHAHAHAHHAA

  230. Stretch July 31, 2008 3:37 pm

    Good Afternoon All… Too lazy to read through all the posts through today but wanted to say What’s up. I need a nap before heading to SSC for the Game On dinner. See everyone later.

  231. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:37 pm

    (J)J – Hey, we should do oil changes for the Tsaikos and the proceeds over cost can be donated to Stretch for his distribution to UH athletics.

  232. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:39 pm

    Arrghhh! Wie just bogeyed the par 3 and is now 2 over after 16

  233. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:41 pm

    there’s a difference if my company is invited and desired vs if its not. then it would be considered something else and would involve lots of flashy blue lights.

  234. Mike July 31, 2008 3:47 pm

    Hi Chawan,

    I popped it in the office mail last week. Sometimes there’s a short delay as it works its way out of the building, but you should have received it by now. I’ll check and see if it was held up for some reason.

  235. homey ® July 31, 2008 3:47 pm

    chawan – There you go, choose your company wisely.

  236. Rob25 July 31, 2008 3:47 pm

    (J)J – Are you hiding pecs like Libre?

    ST – OK, then I will follow you around and make like I’m your intern or something to that effect. You take the pics for the blog with your old camera…I’ll take the pics for the Tsaikettes with your new one.

    Deal or no deal?

    Or as Rob and Russ would play…meal or no meal? hehehe

  237. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:49 pm

    Homey…that’s an idea…if we do it when there’s a sale on oil at Checkers…we could charge reasonable rates..

  238. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 3:49 pm

    Howzit howzit

    Fight Hawaii Fight
    Fight Hawaii Fight

    Fight Hawaii
    Fight Hawaii

    Fight Fight Fight

    an da name ah da cheer is
    Fight Hawaii Fight 😀

  239. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:51 pm

    Rob…not hiding pecs…I don’t think I am…but I can do the pec dance…just ask Mrs. A-House…see July 14th blog and picture from 2nd Anniversary Blog Bash…MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  240. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 3:54 pm

    Howz about dis one from ole ’51 Hawaii.
    Da name is Cheer Cheer

    “Cheer cheer for dear Green and White
    Sons of Hawaii, come on and fight

    Forward, forward, down the field
    Fight on, and fight to victory
    Break through that line and smash them up
    Pile on the score till victory’s won
    Fight and Fight and fight fight fight
    For the dear Green and White, fight fight.”


  241. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:56 pm

    thanks. thats what i thought. our office mail is slow to get out too.
    thanks for keeping it safe all this time.

  242. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:57 pm

    LizK, (#131)
    saw the vid. cool! to have a wash fan to already get on the colt bandwagon.
    what was cool was that i saw some of the clips i had in my vids in his vid.

  243. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 3:58 pm

    LizK, just saw your Colt video, great fun, thanks for keeping us up to date on the Colster. He seems to slowly but surely win over the Skins fans. His pre-season game chances will be vital for him, if he shines or even just plays decent, the sky is the limit.

    The change at UH in the entire recruiting style is mind boggling. It will bare tremendous fruits in a couple of years, if not sooner. JJ’s leaving may yet to turn out to be Hawaiis greatest blessing.

  244. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 3:58 pm

    Brother Mike…so how goes the HOG???

  245. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 3:59 pm

    is it the chooser or the choosee?

  246. (Jesse) James July 31, 2008 4:00 pm

    Okay gang…I, like ST, have to go and run some errands…and than head off to a meeting tonight….hope everyone has fun at the SSC dinner….

    Talk to everyone laterz….

  247. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 4:02 pm


    i went to lower campus today. i spied da 2 JUGS. I TOUCHED da buggas, gave me da trills. 😀 talked to Kyle Tengan, da maintenance guy. he said everyting is alright now, he’ll call if anyting needs fixin.

    so on behalf ah all uh us to all uh us, THANK YOU TSAIKOS! WE GOT IT DONE. AND WE’RE STILL GETTING IT DONE!

    btw, let a bunch ah UH peeps gaze at da ’51 Cheer and Song book today. gave da ole timers like Mr. Yee, Ron Lee, chicken skin. Marilyn made a copy, i meet da bandlady tomorrow so she can deal with authentic old cheers and songs. things are moving.

    i meet up wit Roger Hill in da morning, take care ah tings.

  248. Rob25 July 31, 2008 4:04 pm

    (J)J – Yes I did see where she was touching you!

    BTW – Who’s hiding Gigi and WD? Homey?

  249. WreckinEyez July 31, 2008 4:05 pm

    “I eat green banana, tree and all…
    My favorite game, is tackle football…
    I got one tooth, but you bettah not laugh…
    or else you gators… I going break you in half!”

  250. WreckinEyez July 31, 2008 4:07 pm

    I remember listening to Freddy Shaka… Not so much his jokes but he did a really good “Deck of Cards”… I have been searching for that recording ever since…. Never found it yet…

  251. Rob25 July 31, 2008 4:07 pm

    Wie back to 1 over thru 17

    Parker is tied for 6th with -4…good news for him today.

  252. WreckinEyez July 31, 2008 4:09 pm

    “Glory Glory Cawabungus!
    My Brain Is Really Made of Fungus
    And My Piko is Humungous!
    The Punch Bowl Kid Marches On!!!”

  253. WreckinEyez July 31, 2008 4:11 pm

    okay nuff…

  254. d1島: July 31, 2008 4:28 pm


    brother mike!
    never get the special kami yet. i hope it didn’t get lost!

    You ARE lame! 🙂

  255. MeiLing July 31, 2008 4:30 pm

    Caryn & Vaughn, you make a great looking couple. Congratulations on your engagement!

  256. d1島: July 31, 2008 4:32 pm

    Man, it really seems like trying to matchup with the TE’s is gonna be crucial come Aug. 30.
    Cornelius Ingram is on the watchlist for the Mackey Award.

    With Andre Caldwell gone, Ingram is UF’s second-best receiver behind Percy Harvin in what should be an offense that thrives off two-tight-end sets. Ingram averaged 14.9 yards per catch last year, so if he ups his reception total from 34 to 45, he could approach 800 yards. The only thing holding back Ingram’s stats could be sophomore Aaron Hernandez, who could blossom into an integral part of the offense in 2008.

    Hernandez figures to be the other TE.

  257. d1島: July 31, 2008 4:38 pm

    Hawaii mentioned as a winning program with one of the smallest recruiting budgets. Boise St. is also in that category.

    What’s even more interesting is that the teams that are consistently winning — Boise State ($228,172 for men’s sports), Hawaii ($190,387) and Troy ($133,297) — work on some of the smallest men’s recruiting budgets in Division I-A.

  258. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 5:55 pm

    I think the key to winning Florida will be rotating alot of players, kuka pile ice water, lots ah smash mouth football for 60 minutes, an da O playin dah best game ah day lives, right on dis side ah da edges.

    Lets go Warriors. Go Go Go.

    Go Warriors!

  259. Maverick July 31, 2008 6:25 pm

    Isn’t this the PERFECT time to replay last seasons games that were broadcast on K5 ?
    Do it in Prime time. not 10 pm. and keep looping the games.
    This gets everyone pumped up and purchase season tix.

  260. Maverick July 31, 2008 6:26 pm

    …And ask permission nicely from ESPN for the rights of our other games, and re-broadcast.


  261. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 6:29 pm


    I agree with you, that’s exactly why I give the Warriors a real chance to pull out a win. For the first time we seem to have real depth in all positions, on par with the bigger programs. I remember the past well, when so often we hung with the big boys, but then got steamrolled in the fourth quarters, after our starters ran out of gas. In addition, regardless of how Florida will talk before the game, they’ll think of this game as no more than a good warm up. If we get on top of them, they may start pressing and then, if our defense plays as good as advertised, we may force them into some mistakes and then our O catches fire and……….

  262. Mike July 31, 2008 6:34 pm

    Yo James! Big Red is good but getting fed up with midday bumper-to-bumper traffic from UH to downtown. Lemme know when you get your wheels rolling so we can hit the road for a real ride.

  263. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 6:34 pm

    Hi, Maverick,

    Did you see my post from yesterday? I’ve got your e-mail,(great looking family) and replied. Did you get it?

  264. Maverick July 31, 2008 6:43 pm

    Aloha Ted,
    Sorry I missed yestereday. No email came through. I have been having server problems lately with my incoming mail. Might want to try again.
    Thanks for the compliment. The Ohana is buzzing as high as I am for the season to begin. Our boy might be able to attend the Fresno game with his Warrior fans cousins. The drive from S.F. is not far when there are 4 eligible drivers in the van wearing UH gear!

  265. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 6:44 pm

    Just finished watching the tape of Michelles round from Tahoe. I must say her game has vastly improved and seems to begin to round back into shape. She’s putting great today and hit some unbelievable shots from the bunker and rough. Also some very good second and third shots from fairways. One drive she belted 316 yards right down the middle. She needs a few more of those and she’ll make the cut. She used the driver only twice, so a 73 on a 7,500 y course? Not bad, but she needs to get to one under to be save.

  266. Addahknowsports© July 31, 2008 6:46 pm

    July 31st, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    how come nobody stalks me?

    you’re a spontaneous-picture-taking-with-girls-coming-out-of-bowling-alleys kind of guy. Don’t sweat it. I can’t imagine it being any fun. But if you want, I can send Homey over with his paper bag.

  267. FloridaTed July 31, 2008 6:49 pm

    O.k., Maverick,

    I’ll reply again. Looks like you’re as excited as I am for the new season, heck, we’re all buzzing, throughout Hawaii any many parts of the Mainland and the world even.

  268. Pauoa Boy July 31, 2008 6:58 pm

    Great to see the early commits from big time players, just hope they stick and sign the dotted line on LOI day. That’s a nice size LB core coming in…PaiPai, Alema, Art, and now T.J. hmmm…wonder when that Te’o guy is going to join the bunch?


  269. Pauoa Boy July 31, 2008 7:02 pm

    Nice write on Bain. Nice to have a receiver built like a LB. Hope to see him running over a few DB’s this year. Them Gatahs is in trouble!

  270. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 7:12 pm

    Historical footnote.

    In 1951 UH Rainbows played
    Town Team, Sub Pac Raiders of San Diego,
    Idaho College, Shrine Game, Pendleton Marines, U of Arizona, Pineapple Bowl, and the Elk’s Milk Bowl against “Mainland college AllStars”

    The team members were:
    Harry Ono QB 5’7″ 145
    George Mamiya, RH 5’8″ 150
    Donald Pacheco, LH 5’7″ 165
    Francis Shon RH 5’7″ 150

    Edmund Toma C 5’8″180
    John San Diego E 5’11″160
    Wade Ah You
    Spencer Lum T 5’9″175
    David Takushi FB 5″8″ 175
    Donald Ho LH 5’8″ 170
    Robert Schutte E 5’10” 150
    Sam Nahoopii T 5’9″175
    Frank Kahoohanohano C 5’11” 185
    Joseph Ah New RH 5’8″ 170
    Walter Kato RH 5’7″ 170
    Richard Souza RH 5’9″ 165
    Melvin Alencastre T 5’10” 190
    Moses Marino T 5’10” 180
    Thomas Lau C 5’6″ 175
    Edwin Paaluhi E 5’11” 170
    Ellsworth Bush 6’2″ 180
    Arnold Naumu
    Sadao Matsukawa QB 5’10” 165
    James Asato LH 5’8″ 160
    Richard Carpenter E 6′ 180
    Albert Vierra E 5’9″ 160
    William Cross LH 6′ 165
    Arthur Sullivan RH 5’10” 170
    Warren Chibana G 5”4″ 165
    Elmo Kahalekai T 6’2″ 225
    Gilbert Koga T 5’10” 220
    Phillip Kim, Jr C 5’4″ 165
    David Mendez E 5’6″ 162
    Terry Plunkett T 5’7″ 180
    Yoshiji Asami G 5’7″165
    Abe Chu QB 5’9″ 180
    Stanford Takeshita
    James Miyasato FB 5’8″ 210
    Raymond Chung T 6′ 200
    Mamoru Oka T 5’8″ 205
    Eric Watanabe G 5’8″ 185
    George Fujiwara FB 5’8″ 170
    Roy Inouye
    Richard Nelson LH 5’7″ 155
    Darwin Cjamg C-QB 5’9″ 190

    Go Warriors!!!

  271. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 7:13 pm


    Darwin Chang C-QB 5’9″ 190

  272. koakane™ July 31, 2008 7:29 pm

    evening tsaiko nation quiet time to relax and read da blog

    good to see bhf2 last night. he called me this morning and wanted to know if anyone is planning a friday pau hana. so here goes;

    New Violets Grill
    1210 Dillingham Blvd.
    Hon. Hi.
    gathering between 5:30-6:00 pm
    Kapalama shopping ctr.
    Across from old Kapalama Gems now the satelite city hall
    Resturant/Bar atmosphere similar to old Kuhio Grill or Flamingo’s

    If you can make it come and enjoy the company of other Tsaiko’s.
    Reservation made for 10 +

  273. koakane™ July 31, 2008 7:31 pm

    bhf2 call me

  274. jm2375 July 31, 2008 7:34 pm

    Good evening,

    Finally got a chance to watch the vid LizK linked to. YouTube is blocked at work. Good vid. Soon, the world will see what we saw for 3 years. Go Skins!!

    Congrats to Caryn. As a fellow Lostie, please post more in the Lost blog, pretty please?

    Hey, HA tekkies, you fixed it once, fix it again. Da right side stuff is all the way below this box. Stop tinkering already. Sheesh.

    Back to watching more Shark Week shows.

  275. jm2375 July 31, 2008 8:33 pm

    Hellooooo. Did me and the sharks scare everyone away?

  276. Garret July 31, 2008 8:39 pm

    Hi jm2375!

    I have some time so I’m going to do my nightly search through the Miami papers for news on Samson, Reagan, and Bess.

  277. d1島: July 31, 2008 8:40 pm

    Man, in Gainesville it’s already August.
    You hear dat- it’s Game Month!

    Warriors, baby.

  278. Garret July 31, 2008 8:40 pm

    REALLY bad report on Reagan.

    Finding ANOTHER fullback to compete with Boomer Grigsby might be a real good idea because I’m expecting Reagan Mauia to be cut any day now if he doesn’t pick it up.

  279. Garret July 31, 2008 8:42 pm

    Bess did well in Miami’s redzone drill in practice today.

    Henne had 7 plays in their redzone drills.

    3. Davone Bess caught a bullet on a 15-yard out.

    McCown had 5 plays in their redzone drills.

    2. End-around to Bess for decent gain.

    3. Comeback to Bess for short gain.

  280. Garret July 31, 2008 8:47 pm

    I forgot to note about that Miami practiced in helmets and full pads for the first time in several days.

    Some notes from practice:

    Beck starts off 1-for-5 and finishes 4-for-10. He has some nice throws, but also throws an interception to Renaldo Hill. Not sure if that was a nice play by Hill, bad route running by Reagan Mauia, or a bad throw from Beck.

    Henne’s up

    Completes a nice short one to Davone Bess, a short out to David Martin (nice catch), a square-in to Ginn and a dump-off to Sean Ryan. 4-for-4, with one coverage sack.

  281. Garret July 31, 2008 8:50 pm

    Foster and Bess are returning punts and earlier reports said that Foster had a chance to make the team ahead of Bess because of his special teams skills. So, I thought this report was good news for Bess.

    By the way, Davone Bess looked good catching punts and was generally efficient in team drills. Jayson Foster dropped a punt despite a two-minute tutorial from Bill Parcells in the middle of the field.

  282. Garret July 31, 2008 8:55 pm

    Some interesting notes from Miami Herald’s beat writer for the Dolphins. Putting Bess at 6th on the depth chart at WR (7th after Miami signs Glenn) puts Bess in some danger of getting cut. I had thought that Foster was quite a bit below Bess on the depth chart!

    Tin: I believe your question was which receivers will make the team.

    First off, I don’t know for sure because they haven’t played a preseason game yet and if I don’t say that, someone will take what I write out of context and use it for their purposes.

    Having said that, I think we all know three guys are pretty solid — Wilford, Ginn, Hagan, who is lately looking better than all of them.

    The next level is led, in order of likelihood to make it: Camarillo, Foster, Bess and Armstrong, which is a surprise because he just joined the group.

    Kircus has been hot and cold while Dunlap hasn’t really flashed in my opinion

    When I spoke with Bill Parcells, he brought up the fact Foster has a good chance as a returner. Given his dual role ability, that increases his chances with this team.

  283. Garret July 31, 2008 8:57 pm

    LA Times says that BYU has the best chance to be this year’s BCS-buster.

    BYU. It makes sense. The Cougars return the important pieces of the team that capped last year’s 11-2 season with a win over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.

    BYU should get a better running start in the polls than Hawaii, which last year began No. 24 in the preseason coaches’ index.

    BYU has a tough enough non-conference schedule to satisfy the power-ranking police — Northern Iowa, at Washington, UCLA — and a reasonable chance to win all its games.

  284. Garret July 31, 2008 8:58 pm

    LA Times has Fresno State as the 4th most likely BCS-buster.

    Fresno State. Probably the best the WAC has to offer this year. The issue, as it is most years for Pat Hill’s Bulldogs, is the schedule. Fresno State opens the season at Rutgers, comes home for Wisconsin and Toledo before a possible roadblock at UCLA. A 4-0 start against that schedule probably puts the Bulldogs in the top 10, and then it’s only a matter of whacking everyone in the WAC.

  285. d1島: July 31, 2008 9:01 pm

    Seems like a bunch of Tsaikos may have gone back to the SSC tonight.

  286. Garret July 31, 2008 9:01 pm

    Hard to imagine that NMSU hasn’t been in a bowl game since before I was born!

    In just two seasons as New Mexico State’s starting quarterback, senior-to-be Chase Holbrook has already sketched his name on 36 different offensive school records. The one thing Holbrook is looking to do in his final campaign as an Aggie is to become just the third quarterback in school history to lead NMSU to a bowl game.

    The Aggies have not been to a bowl game since 1960

    The only thing on the mind of the QB is registering NMSU’s first winning season since 2002 and recroding a postseason berth.

  287. lakerj32 aka "lefty" July 31, 2008 9:04 pm

    Hey Tsaikos,
    Thought everyone would be at the fundraiser…esp u stretch…Chawan keeps sending me stupid pics of the food, wasting my pic texts again…

  288. Garret July 31, 2008 9:14 pm

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

    MIT reports that the key to storing solar energy efficiently lies in splitting water. This new technique is supposed to enable solar power to be provided 24/7.

    Another link for this info:

  289. Garret July 31, 2008 9:15 pm

    Drugs found to enable exercise endurance? This could be great for people who need to lose weight…but I bet the first people who will look at using it are athletes. They won’t be able to test for these performance-enhancing drugs at the Olympics (it is a good idea to announce that so that athletes know they can get away with it?), but they will need a test for it soon or a lot of athletes will be using this.

  290. Garret July 31, 2008 9:16 pm

    This drug can actually build significantly more high-efficiency muscle fibers in a short period of time.

  291. Garret July 31, 2008 9:16 pm

    Dell released a new line of computers today that looks VERY different and significantly reduces electricity usage.

  292. Garret July 31, 2008 9:17 pm

    Japanese parents are playing matchmaker for their children, especially since 71.5% of men age 25-29 are unmarried, a huge jump from how 47.1% were unmarried in 1990. 32% of women age 30-34 are single now, where only 16% were single in 1990.

  293. Garret July 31, 2008 9:17 pm

    Free play links pau.

  294. d1島: July 31, 2008 9:27 pm


    Stretch has one “r” and two “t”s

    This one is the rocket scientist who’s posting now… 😀

  295. Garret July 31, 2008 9:47 pm


    I didn’t realize that the comments were directed towards me! It is funny when Stretch and I e-mail each other because I use his real name and not his blog name.

  296. bighilofan2inHnl July 31, 2008 10:19 pm


    roger that for tomorrow nite. i’ll be there…

    i was at the Duc’s on MaunaKea St this evening. great comopany, great food.

  297. jm2375 July 31, 2008 10:42 pm

    Hi Garret,

    Thanks for all your interesting links.

    Still doing research on the parasailing. Typical, they all state the details in a slightly different way, making it difficult to compare. 🙄

    Hope everyone else is having a good time at the fundraiser.

  298. Pomai July 31, 2008 10:48 pm

    Well it’s here game month. So here is this years first Tsaiko weekly pik’s. For those who are new these are the rules.

    1. Closes to the actual score without going over is the winner
    2. No ties the first one with the pik gets the score.
    There’s more rules but I wen forget’em

    UH vs FL – Aug 30th in the romp in da swamp

    24    – 21    Pocho
    31    – 17    Pomai
    35    – 32    longdistance808
    44    – 38    d1shima
    45    – 35    Ronnie

  299. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 10:56 pm

    here’s a bunch of pics from tonight’s Game On! fundraiser. i can only post 3 links at a time, so there’ll be a bunch of separate posts.
    when you first walked down the stairs, you got to the warrior wearhouse, which was a BIG sale on all sorts of Hawaii clothes, like this colt brennan t-shirt.

    there were 54 tables. so you can do the math as too much was raised.

    here’s some of the tsaikos enjoying some of the F’s

  300. chawan_cut July 31, 2008 11:02 pm

    and more food from some of the top restaurants around the island like Roy’s, Hiroshi, Alan Wong’s 12th Ave grill, Sansei

    scallops with a sauce thing

    duck thing, mini unagi/steak/quail egg loco moco like thing, sansei sushi thing

    and more things i don’t remember either.

    take that lakerj32/lefty! you were just jealous you weren’t there eating all of that great food!

    ok pau making you guys all hungry. sorry.

  301. koakane™ July 31, 2008 11:20 pm

    # Kekoa:
    July 31st, 2008 at 7:20 am

    koakane, how come CC had to chug it up the hill? Why nevah you pack his bike inside your SUV?

    Go put one check mark in the unsatisfactory block for – “Works well with others” on your report card…go.

    # chawan_cut:
    July 31st, 2008 at 7:31 am

    koakane offered, but i needed the exercise. now that i sit here with pains, maybe i should’ve taken him up on it. nah, i still needed the exercise.

    # Kekoa:
    July 31st, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Chawan_cut ~ Ok…got it! Koakane is official off da detention list and put on the “Good Citizen” Bumper Sticker list.

    kekoa starting to sound like the parents when dey hear their child crying about teacher no like me, the odda student when strart it first or my favorite from parents ……… oh sorry I neva know dat, was it stated some where. Um yea at the pta meeting which you don’t attend, in the weekly bulletin we send home with your child or on your telephone home recorder which if you ask your son/daughter probably erased because they neva like get busted by you.

    could go on but nuff said.

    have a good one, tired now, so going beddie bye play nice and whomever can come you will get to see bhf2 do his UH cheer against gators.

  302. koakane™ July 31, 2008 11:23 pm

    chawan can make it tomorrow? email me with your phone #. esme whooooshhhhhhhhhhhhh

  303. Pride. July 31, 2008 11:29 pm

    # homey ®:
    July 31st, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    A-House – Joe Siofele? Wayne Apuna? IDK…

    Wayne Apuna.

  304. Pomai July 31, 2008 11:50 pm

    Been MIA for awhile due to the fact that I had to rebuild da porch, mow da grass, paint da house, mow da grass, install new electric service, mow da grass, hard for get dis stuff done when I work for 15 minutes den take 30 minutes break.

    Below is a list of the members of the Warrior beat blog that I have reserved an email account for, I figured that this would make life a little easier for us if we all had the same email account name, that way all you would have to do is remember the user name if you wanted to send an email to someone. If you would like to have your email account activated just let me know, it’s free no cost anything.

  305. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 11:54 pm

    mmmm. thanks for the fuud pix chawan!

    Hi Pride.!

  306. Pride. July 31, 2008 11:57 pm

    # A-House:
    July 31st, 2008 at 2:13 pm


    No, Hawaii has great talent, but when compared to the mainland types, they are bigger, stronger, and faster.

    I am thinking really hard to recall any Hawaii football player who went to a BCS school and started as a Freshman. Nada.

    Actually A-House there have been quite a bit of local players that started as freshmen at BCS schools, although not a lot. Like you said earlier Wayne Apuna was one of them at ASU. More recently, Micah Kia, Kai Maiava, Al Afalava, Jordan Dizon, and JT Mapu. Quite a bit of guys started as redshirt freshmen like Max Unger and Jeremy Perry. I believe that Olin Kreutz and Bern Brostek started as a frehman also. The most impressive player as a freshman would probably have been Jordan Dizon, who was the starting inside backer from his second day of practice as a true-freshman..

    I agree with you that for most local players, it would be a benefit to play at home where your chances of starting is probably better than if you did go to a BCS school. Not because the mainland players are better. But simply because the BCS have bigger budgets, long-time traditions, and long football histories. They usually have more depth than Hawaii has. Local players benefit from starting for a number of years which I think prepares them well for the NFL, as opposed to sitting down at a BCS school , and then starting for only one or two years.

    Although I must also say that starting at Hawaii has become harder and harder over the last ten years due to the increase in talent and depth. If guys like Jeremy Perry, Max Unger, Shawn Lauvao,

  307. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 31, 2008 11:57 pm

    Pomai (seems like old times!)

    28 – 27

  308. Pride. July 31, 2008 11:59 pm

    # A-House:
    July 31st, 2008 at 2:13 pm


    No, Hawaii has great talent, but when compared to the mainland types, they are bigger, stronger, and faster.

    I am thinking really hard to recall any Hawaii football player who went to a BCS school and started as a Freshman. Nada.

    Actually A-House there have been quite a bit of local players that started as freshmen at BCS schools, although not a lot. Like you said earlier Wayne Apuna was one of them at ASU. More recently, Micah Kia, Kai Maiava, Al Afalava, Jordan Dizon, and JT Mapu. Quite a bit of guys started as redshirt freshmen like Max Unger and Jeremy Perry. I believe that Olin Kreutz and Bern Brostek started as a frehman also. The most impressive player as a freshman would probably have been Jordan Dizon, who was the starting inside backer from his second day of practice as a true-freshman..

    I agree with you that for most local players, it would be a benefit to play at home where your chances of starting is probably better than if you did go to a BCS school. Not because the mainland players are better. But simply because the BCS have bigger budgets, long-time traditions, and long football histories. They usually have more depth than Hawaii has. Local players benefit from starting for a number of years which I think prepares them well for the NFL, as opposed to sitting down at a BCS school , and then starting for only one or two years.

    Although I must also say that starting at Hawaii has become harder and harder over the last ten years due to the increase in talent and depth. If guys like Jeremy Perry, Max Unger, Shawn Lauvao, Tavita Thompson, Micah KIa, Sione Tau, and Mike Matamua were at Hawaii….one or more of them wouldn’t start. But all are slated to start at their respective schools.

  309. Pride. August 1, 2008 12:01 am

    Hi Liz.

    Sorry for the double post.

  310. Pride. August 1, 2008 12:11 am

    By the way, when I first saw Max Unger play as a freshman at Oregon, he reminded me of Gary Zimmerman, who became a hall-famer with the Vikings and Broncos. The Ducks have moved Unger from Tackle to Center. I hope has continued success at his new position.

    I apologize to those on the beat who would be offended by my posting about a non-Hawaii football player. Although I am a Hawaii fan, I still celebrate the opportunity that our local athletes have to get an education and to experience their sport at the D-1 level, whether at Hawaii or any other school.

  311. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 12:12 am

    Pride. Pretty impressive list there! I really know nothing about football except what I have learned as a fan. It certainly doesn’t compare to the experience perspective one gets as a player.

    Each person must make his way with what he has been given- in talent, volition and circumstance. We all seem to get what we need to grow and become better, huh?

    Here’s Colt- screwed up early and found redemption and a chance to live his dreams.

    Here’s Jordon- sat out his Sr. year to prep for college, had an amazing CU career and screwed up at the end just before the NFL draft.

    Both now have something to prove to themselves to make it at this level.

    But hey, they are both great guys and we (I) love ’em and want to see them be great human beings no matter what.

    Life is interesting. One size does not fit all (my latest litany). Whether people stay near the place they grew up or head out into a bigger world, it’s all about the journey and coming through it a better person.

    Nitey nite and sweet dreams!

  312. Koauka August 1, 2008 1:23 am

    Wayne Apuna woulda been I unreal baseball player. But on the diamond, Wayne is pretty intense. One of the few I feared when barreling from third to home.

    But after the game, another cool guy. After all I must say good people come from Waipahu.

    Right, Homey!

  313. Koauka August 1, 2008 1:45 am


    Good analysis of the D1 local bruddahs. Wherever these bruddahs go, we should be proud of their opportunity to play D1 football and get that degree.

  314. Ralph August 1, 2008 1:56 am

    Jones settles but mediation is confidential….ok Ferd, go get’um, freedom of information act needs to be put into action…

  315. Pomai August 1, 2008 2:17 am

    Ralph I bet UH comes out on the short end of the stick.

  316. Pomai August 1, 2008 2:22 am

    Well the second annual TSAI-KOS pik’s begin, first up is da geko’s
    in da swamp.
    24    – 21    Pocho
    28    – 27    LizKauai
    31    – 17    Pomai
    35    – 32    longdistance808
    44    – 38    d1shima
    45    – 35    Ronnie

  317. Pomai August 1, 2008 2:47 am

    Just looking at the commit list at a scout site, and noticed that JJ has recruited a tightend, has he change his thinking??

    Also Bosie got the number 14 in the country WLB, three of the WAC schools do not have any commits at this time, Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah State.

    Quite a few big time schools have only a couple of commits so I guess that we are not doing to bad with the five we’ve got so far, and three out of the five are rated as 3 star(but I don’t put to much in the rateings)

  318. Hoohiki August 1, 2008 4:04 am

    Pomai…can anyone play? If I’m able, here’s my pick:

    UH 7 – Florida 21

    Of coarse, I’m hoping Hawaii wins.

  319. Koauka August 1, 2008 4:19 am

    BELIEVE! – Go Warriors!

    Hawaii 37 Tebow in lots of pain 34.

  320. Merv August 1, 2008 4:38 am

    Aloha Tsaikos!
    Only 29 days, 1 hour and 54 mins til kickoff!

    Go Warriors, Gig those Gators!

  321. Hawaiianbod August 1, 2008 4:58 am

    Aloha Merv! Hope all is well with you.

    When does UG begin fall camp?

  322. Hawaiianbod August 1, 2008 5:01 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Happy Aloha Friday!!

  323. Merv August 1, 2008 5:09 am

    I think that UGA reports to camp next week, but I am not sure. They usually start three weeks before kickoff.

    My pick for UH vs uf is Warriors 35, lizards 31.

  324. Hawaiianbod August 1, 2008 5:17 am

    Merv – Mahalo for visiting!

    Have a blessed weekend.

  325. brew808 August 1, 2008 5:20 am

    ~•~ 😯 8) 😀 ~•~ Good Morning Tsaikos and Warrior Nation!!! ~•~ 😀 8) 😯 ~•~
    ~•~•~•~•~•~•~ Happy Aloha Friday! ~•~•~•~•~•~•~

    Aloha Merv! Nov. 1, geckos-20, Dawgs-35!!! 😀

  326. Pomai August 1, 2008 5:22 am

    Well the second annual TSAI-KOS pik’s begin, first up is da geko’s
    in da swamp.
    7    – 21    Hoohiki
    24    – 21    Pocho
    28    – 27    LizKauai
    31    – 17    Pomai
    35    – 32    longdistance808
    35    – 31    Merv
    37    – 34    Koauka
    44    – 38    d1shima
    45    – 35    Ronnie

  327. Loa August 1, 2008 5:23 am

    morning gang! howzit brew, merv, hawaiianbod, koauka, hoohiki

    merv – congrats, just heard bulldogs no. 1 in coaches poll

    have a safe aloha friday!

  328. Pomai August 1, 2008 5:24 am

    August 1st, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I think that UGA reports to camp next week, but I am not sure. They usually start three weeks before kickoff.

    My pick for UH vs uf is Warriors 35, lizards 31.

    Good one Merv LOL

  329. Pomai August 1, 2008 5:28 am

    Sorry Merv I forgot all about you being a TSAIKO, will now include you on the email account list, if you would like to use the email account just let me know. Your email address would be like this – Merv at tsai-kos dot com

  330. brew808 August 1, 2008 5:37 am

    Okay – I’ve been AWOL, but always lurking. Please forgive these tardy acknowledgments….

    Happy Birthday (today?) to Aaron!

    A belated Happy Birthday to Mike!

    Happy 7th Anniversary to Garret & Lori! (Isn’t it weird that the two UH Warrior football helmets are again linked together – Garret’s, and Mike’s friend’s?)

    Jason – hope you’re having fun in WI – home of Spotted Cow brewskis! Be safe!

    Thanks to Chawan for the reports and photos, and other funnies.

    Congrats to Jim Donovan, and to UH and all of it’s faithful fans!

    Coach Mack – great signings; solid moves in being straight with the players on PT and rewarding deserving players scholarships. You continue to demonstrate great leadership and judgement as a Coach, manager, mentor, and Tsaiko!

    ST and Tsaikos rule!!! 😆 😯 🙄 😆

  331. brew808 August 1, 2008 5:41 am

    bruddah wreck – 😯 . . 😀

  332. bighilofan2inHnl August 1, 2008 5:49 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!

    Hi LizK,
    I get to see your lovely face in
    29 days, 1 hour and counting!

    startin da journey in 27 days. yee haaaa!
    talked to the Panda peeps yestaday. day tole me
    day sole about 200. dat means we about 2%. 😀

    howzit howzit. day oddas stay wong wong wong.

    yu showing yo age. had da 60s crew.
    Tatupu, Kinney, Wedemeyer.

    howzit hogzit.
    i stay on da ridge below da hill wit da red bones.
    you see da twin pine tree on da lower right side ridge, looking up from town? dats da spot. i stay luvin dis place!

    Chawan cut,
    fabulous your pix and reports

  333. brew808 August 1, 2008 5:56 am

    Oh yeah – congratulations to the WSU guy and to Caryn! Hey – a Cougar scored…big time…. but they’re still going to get spanked by the WARRIORS on November 29!!! 😀

  334. bighilofan2inHnl August 1, 2008 5:58 am

    ho boy,

    tomorrow States Keehi Lagoon. Puna’s 12 boyz get lane 1. yee haa!
    mamane stay pumped. i tellz him always get chance if yu in da race, jus gotta work hard work hard work hard! playing hard comes from hard work. Same thing football, same thing ho’e wa’a.

    Go Warriors!!!!

  335. brew808 August 1, 2008 6:04 am

    July 30th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Wreck, I was going for the pan fryers and not necessarily the twenny pound ulua. (You should see the giant crabs that UHFan caught)

    HUH!!!! 😯 😯 😯 😆

    Did A-sports catch more fishies than whitey??? 🙄 😀

  336. bighilofan2inHnl August 1, 2008 6:04 am

    big time around da corner.

    step it up samoa, guyz!


  337. koakane™ August 1, 2008 6:08 am

    morning to all

    guess the dinner at UH for JD and coach Mac was a success. can’t wait to read about what happened last night unless “what happen” is the rule again 😕

    no forget about EIS pau hana tonight, reminda below again

    New Violets Grill
    1210 Dillingham Blvd.
    Hon. Hi.
    gathering between 5:30-6:00 pm
    Kapalama shopping ctr.
    Across from old Kapalama Gems now the satelite city hall
    Restaurant/Bar atmosphere similar to old Kuhio Grill or Flamingo’s

    If you can make it come and enjoy the company of other Tsaiko’s.
    Reservation made for 10 +

    btw anyone need DD I can do dat now so take up the offer while it last 😀
    I wil check on blog all day or call me.

  338. koakane™ August 1, 2008 6:10 am

    of forgot esme out whoooooooooooooooooooooosh

    play nice and have a good day

  339. jm2375 August 1, 2008 6:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!! Happy Friday! 😀

    Hope you all had a great time last night at the fundraiser. How much money was raised?

    My nephew played on the line (both ways) with Max Unger at HPA. For such a small team (in size & number), they held their own against their BIIF competition. Got spanked by Castle at the state tournament (before they had DII). Didn’t know who he was at the time and I was focused on my nephew, so … Plus, I know nothing about the nuances of playing each position.

    Time for my daily trip over the mountain. Back to school (clothes) shopping and laundry tomorrow. We’ll see about Sunday. Hubby leaves tomorrow nite for SD.

    Have a great weekend.

    PS Pomai – UH 35 FL 38. Still hoping Warriors win. Just being a tad realistic.

  340. djmitcho August 1, 2008 6:42 am

    Good Morning to da Village!

  341. whitey August 1, 2008 6:43 am

    Goooooood mornining Tsaikos here and around the world. Went to the north country for a week and all kinds of things are happening. Super!!! A House caught all the fishes in the north country, so had to settle for CRABS!!

    Pride, got to add one guy named Rockne and another name, Sam Harris.

  342. Jack Flash August 1, 2008 6:51 am

    Aloha Tsaikos!
    POMAI- UH 41 FL 38. The gators will run out of gas in the 4th quarter. That’s my story and i’m sticking to it!
    What’s this I hear about JJ and UH settling their dispute?
    ST- what’s da skoops???

  343. brew808 August 1, 2008 6:52 am

    What!??!! whitey AND uhfan808 both got CRABS!!!??? 😯 😯 😯 😆

    BTW – Suzuki and Victorino are still playing well and hitting too! 😀

  344. whitey August 1, 2008 6:52 am

    brew808, i think i neva wash my hands after going to the toilet cause neva catch one salmon, but caught plenty pohaku fish, including alyeska. my other theory is that A House caught all the fish.

  345. Stretch August 1, 2008 6:56 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    August 1st, 2008 at 6:52 am
    What!??!! whitey AND uhfan808 both got CRABS!!!???

    I wonder who gave it to who

  346. Stretch August 1, 2008 6:57 am

    welcome back whitey!!

  347. brew808 August 1, 2008 6:59 am

    whitey – My buddies are catching plenty of 15-30# halibut in the SF bay. Supposedly, they don’t eat in the bay – so they should be safe to saute’! They use to go for salmon – but that’s banned. I wish they’d go back to diving for abs! 😀

  348. Pomai August 1, 2008 7:01 am

    Well the second annual TSAI-KOS pik’s begin, first up is da geko’s
    in da swamp.
    7    – 21    Hoohiki
    24    – 17    bighilofan2
    24    – 21    Pocho
    28    – 27    LizKauai
    31    – 17    Pomai
    35    – 32    longdistance808
    35    – 38    jm2375
    35    – 31    Merv
    37    – 34    Koauka
    41    – 38    Jack Flash
    44    – 38    d1shima
    45    – 35    Ronnie

  349. brew808 August 1, 2008 7:03 am

    I heard that sometimes whitey straddles the “dark-side” (Stretch would know…..), but I thought uhfan808 was pure as fresh fallen snow…. 😀

  350. Pomai August 1, 2008 7:05 am

    August 1st, 2008 at 6:52 am

    brew808, i think i neva wash my hands after going to the toilet cause neva catch one salmon,

    whitey I think that must be a first!!!! amazing neva catch.

  351. whitey August 1, 2008 7:12 am

    if any tsaikos are looking for another option to get to the Seattle area, try Alaska Airlines. plane is similar to aloha, but has more seats. the flight time is about 5 1/2 hours and the brew (808????) is very good. they serve both alaska and kona made beers. our flight attendent home was nappy napoleon, one good braddah.

  352. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:21 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


    Who’s in your five? Intriguing rookies
    “3. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii (Washington): The most prolific passer in college history went 186th in the draft. There are knocks on his size, recent injuries and mostly the fact that he was in a run and shoot system that many believe inflated his numbers. But his numbers were so eye-popping (he accounted for 31 NCAA records and more than 14,000 yards of offense) that you have to take notice. He is not expected to get much playing time but what happens in his career will be worth watching.”

  353. whitey August 1, 2008 7:24 am

    brew, no get me in trouble with uhfan808 cause she is one nice young lady. you right about she is fresh snow. me, i go places where i not suppose to go, but the “sound of music” affects my brain. funny thing you should say mentions abs. be something if a group of people start protesting that the abs are threatened or may become history in the bay area because no one controls the sea otters. that would be a kick in the rear.

    pomai, not the first time, but i always have more fun and memories from each trip. with that said, i going back to the north country next month, but going to one different place. this place i going to get BIG CRABS, but i got to worry about the BIGGER CRABS who have moved into my BIG CRAB country.

    ok, got to go to meet my breakfast gang at jacks.

  354. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:25 am
    “*Zorn broke down what he expects his quarterback rotation to be Sunday. Jason Campbell will play the first series or two and Todd Collins will finish the first half. Colt Brennan will start the second half and is likely to give way to Derek Divine, but Zorn said he could leave Brennan in if things are going well and let Devine be the No. 3 guy next week.”

  355. Merv August 1, 2008 7:26 am

    Mahalo everyone! I am proud that the Dawgs beat out some good teams for the pre-season top ranking. But time will tell.

    Pomai, I’ll check out the tsaikos site more often. I am starting to get excited about football. We are already planning the first tailgate party.

  356. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:27 am

    whitey- I love to eat crabs!!! Deadliest Catch is one of my fave shows too! Hope you brought some home!
    I agree about Alaska Air. Has a “dakine” feel about it too.

  357. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:29 am

    Colt has a video interview… people are shouting at him from the peanut gallery!

  358. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:31 am
    Colt’s Blog is updated.
    “I’m excited to go out there and play. I don’t feel too nervous. Right now, my focus is on trying to get the play formations memorized–that’s something we’re responsible for during the game.

    Coming up on my first preseason game, I thought I’d be a lot more nervous. But I don’t really feel that. I think that’s a good thing.

    I’m buckling down these next couple days [before Sunday] to memorize everything. That’s the key for me. If I have everything memorized, I’ll feel comfortable out there. If I’m comfortable, I’ll be confident and I’ll have fun. “

  359. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:32 am

    Hiya Merv!

  360. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER August 1, 2008 7:41 am

    On his video, Colt makes a comment about hearing the plays coming through… shades of the Senior Bowl.

    Zorn has a video up too and it is clear that he is giving his rookies as much playing time as possible to get them used to the pace of an NFL game.

    He talks a bit about Colt – and how he has improved.

    My thought is- Colt wiil throw (before the game). And then he will be AWRIGHT!

  361. Stretch August 1, 2008 7:41 am

    Re: Colt being nervous

    Wouldn’t it be CLASSIC if Colt takes the field for his first play and right before heading into the huddle to give out the play, he lifts his helmet and throws up!!!

  362. brew808 August 1, 2008 7:49 am

    Eh….. @ 7:41a – did Stretch and Liz say the same thing??? – You guys have been hanging out too much together…… 🙄 😆 🙄

  363. jm2375 August 1, 2008 7:53 am

    Hi Stretch! – Just out of curiosity, how long were you a JrBow? I wen start in 4th grade and was in orchestra, so spent almost everyday at the Elem School building. sniffle sniffle. 😥

  364. rage777 August 1, 2008 8:02 am


    You probably saw that Georgia is ranked number 1 in the USA Today coaches poll, but thought I would post it anyway. Florida is 5th.

  365. 702WarriorNation August 1, 2008 8:29 am


    UH 38 /UF 35

  366. 702WarriorNation August 1, 2008 8:30 am

    Belated Happy Anniversary Garret & Lori

  367. Ralph August 1, 2008 12:11 pm

    Pomai UH 21 Florida 17

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