Colt says he’s OK with IR designation

When asked about being placed on the injured reserve list, Colt Brennan told the Warrior Beat: “I’m good, buddy.”
Brennan will learn this week whether his torn labrum will require surgery. He said his MRI results have been sent to a specialist. He also has a hamstring injury.
By being on IR, Brennan is not allowed to play this season. But he remains on the roster, and receives $445,000, the minimum salary for a second-year player who entered the league in 2008.
“They could have easily cut me or given me an injury settlement,” Brennan told the WB. “But they told me they liked my potential. It gives me a chance to take a year to get better and to really learn the offense and improve.”
He said he will remain in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area during his rehabilitation. He expects to be 100 percent in November or December.
“They want me to get healthy, and they said they’ll judge me next year,” Brennan said.

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The Warriors went through conditioning drills this morning, less than 12 hours after they completed their 25-20 victory over Central Arkansas.
Couple of notes:
• Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga has a sore right ankle. He won’t miss the Washington State game.
• Cornerback Jeramy Bryant suffered a laceration on his right knee from sliding on the Aloha Stadium FieldTurf. He is expected to have a few stitches, but won’t miss any more practices.
• Defensive end Elliott Purcell, who was on crutches yesterday, also said he should be ready to play this week. He has a deep contusion of  his left quadriceps.

• Linebacker Blaze Soares said the Warriors did not perform the haka because they still are learning the words. But they have perfected the motions. Here’s Soares:


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Here’s running back Leon Wright-Jackson:


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The Warriors prepare for this morning’s workout:


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Here are Slotback Greg Salas and Soares (front):


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Sad to hear about the death of Jesse Mahelona.
Mahelona nearly became a Warrior several years ago.


  1. Matt September 5, 2009 1:09 am

    Sloppy game, but a win is a win.

  2. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 1:16 am

    UCA has a good football future in front of them… Provided they continue to play FBS teams that can help making them look good.

    -Alexander is running from the pocket too many times before attempting to finish his progressions.

    -Why did we wait until the 4th quarter to whip out plays that resulted in a drive like the one we had after UCA’s last TD? Yeah we fumbled at the 3, but moved the ball in typical UH fashion on that drive.

    -What’s the deal with having a successful tackle on the 3rd or 4th attempt??? What’s up with these slight “bumps” that DBs are giving opposing players as if they’re looking to get da “katoosh” of the night? FIRST GUY TO THE MAN WITH THE BALL SHOULD GET THAT TACKLE…

    I never won Pomai’s Picks, but I did say UCA would score 21 and we’d get 45… could of… could of…


  3. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 1:23 am

    With only one game pau this season, it’s too early to say much of anything is 100% definite.

    However, last season, the defense was keeping the team alive and Coach Mack, a defensive guy is the man, our head coach,

    This season, the offense was supposed to be ahead of the defense in which there are almost NO starters… YET tonight the defense saved this game.

    No doubt under Coach Mack our defenses will most likely be the backbone of each season… now… how does the offense emerge on it’s own under the guidance of a defensive-based head coach?

    I could be wrong, there are 12 more games left in the year and hopefully it’s 13, but if this season’s defense will have to keep covering for the offense like last season, then forget 9-4 and keep 6-7, 5-8, or 4-9 in the back of your minds.

  4. koakane™ September 5, 2009 1:31 am

    eha and dat is all I saying

    back from the cabana, full, tired and going sleep now

    nite nite

  5. ChinaDrew September 5, 2009 1:33 am

    Nice win Warriors!

  6. Darren September 5, 2009 1:38 am

    Purcell on crutches?? Are there any other DEs left with game experience? Well, at least Paipai and Liko got their feet wet tonight. They’re going to have to grow up fast, as we need to get some semblance of pressure from our front four.

  7. Darren September 5, 2009 1:38 am

    Was Aaron Brown ok?

  8. HiFlyer September 5, 2009 1:41 am

    Matt – agree not a pretty win, but a win for the opening game is good.

  9. G (China) September 5, 2009 1:52 am


    Are you able to pick up the language there? Good to see you posting.

  10. SojuNTaegu September 5, 2009 1:58 am

    Really sloppy game. The boys better pull it together or else the road is gonna kill em! IT was GREAT to see them again, even way over here in Korea.

    Go WARRIORS!!! I Believe!!!!!

  11. Diken Cider September 5, 2009 2:00 am

    Tsai Master,

    Good Job, HeadLine the POSITIVES, we Appreciate that………….

  12. Slugger September 5, 2009 2:20 am


    ST ~ They’re practicing this morning, Saturday? What time? Since LizK is here maybe we can go. With a late bed time tho, who knows when we’ll get rolling.

    I agree with what you’ve posted. I was wondering who was on the sidelines with crutches, not suited up.


  13. ckl22 September 5, 2009 3:10 am

    Kazz: Could not agree with you more! This season could get pretty ugly, and if its such a challenge to beat C.A…then how will we do against Nevada, New Mex. State, or SJSU? Yet again, Mac didn’t have the troops “read to play” and its quite frustrating seeing our players come out with no gameplan and/or motivation. One last point, but I also think we need to stop taking in so many JC players. Kansas State tried building their whole classes around JC kids and look how that turned out. Well, hopefully Mac gets things going on the right track, but I’ve got to say that he really needs to start producing now.

  14. 99club September 5, 2009 4:02 am

    Short blurb in the Washington Post saying that Colt may be put on IR for the season. Click on handle for link.

  15. Bulla September 5, 2009 4:13 am

    i’m sure everyone has a few ‘opinions’ about last nights game, but instead of whining and complaining about the obvious, we should focus on the good points. Green is mean, cannot wait to see him with the ball more, our Oline and tackles are making progress…..somewhat, LB corps brought the katooshes to the house, Salas and Pilares did good from the slot.

    too close for comfort, but CA played tough. they are ranked #11 in the FCS division which is exciting for Wildcat fans since we’re ranked either #7 or #9 depending on what poll you’re looking at 🙂

    long road trips coming up, just gotta get consistent when on the field……..

    aloha from laramie…..

  16. mctruck September 5, 2009 4:35 am

    Sorry Warriors, I could not hangin there with you’al last night/early morn.
    It was midnight here by the time the game started back home in Hawaii.
    You might say, I faded off into la-la land and the game was over when I woke up this morning…..sorry-eh.

    I think our Warriors needed to come away with this win even if it was by a mere point just for their psyche.

    I was surprised that the coaches by the stats I’m looking at this moring didn’t pull Alexander on the side for a couple of downs or so in order to refocus??,(correct me if I’m wrong). Anyways, I’m relieved with the, “W” and keeping my fingers crossed for many more.

  17. LizKauai (iPhone) September 5, 2009 4:43 am


    Colt is bummed.
    “An MRI exam revealed a tear of the hamstring. Brennan also has a hip injury. “He could be out for a while with his hamstring,” coach Jim Zorn tells me. “He’s a guy we need to get rehabbed. For us it’s an opportunity to not keep putting a Band-Aid on it.”

  18. July Jones September 5, 2009 4:54 am

    Brennan to IR List Is a Possibility
    Just got off the phone with a couple of sources who are telling me there’s a good chance quarterback Colt Brennan will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a hip injury he suffered earlier in the preseason. I’m still working the phones and, obviously, I’ll update this as I gather more information.

  19. LizKauai (iPhone) September 5, 2009 5:04 am

    Warriors need to be as one. The pieces are there but the spirit is in need of that ego- subduing Love for something higher.
    Greg Alexander is our QB and he needs to be loved and protected and synced up with everyone on O. That love flows both ways. Please remove any blocks that impede and SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!


  20. Garret September 5, 2009 5:11 am

    Liko Satele played very well in the game, especially considering his lack of experience and how he didn’t get first team reps until Fonoti’s injury. I was impressed and he should have an excellent Warrior career. Now I understand how he leapfrogged over others on the depth chart–he earned his playing time.

    I hope that Elliott Purcell is not hurt too badly. Having both Purcell and Fonoti hurt really takes away the experience and depth at the DE position.

  21. Garret September 5, 2009 5:13 am

    Didn’t Kia get a holding penalty but UCA declined it because the play had resulted in a 4th down? Just because UCA declined it doesn’t mean the penalty didn’t happen.

  22. Garret September 5, 2009 5:18 am

    One thing that should be pointed out is that UCA is a D-IAA team which means they have less depth due to scholarship limitations, which normally shows up as a game goes on. Also, the projected starter at QB, their top FB and their top WR all missed this game, and their starting RB came out of the game at times due to injury. However, their D was relatively healthy (though their All-America DE was out of the game at one point due to some injury problem) and I was impressed with how hard they battled.

    Before the game I posted how I was worried about turnovers and injuries. Without the turnovers UH would have blown out UCA…UH’s offense would have looked a lot better without the turnovers. Hopefully those turnovers will not happen on the road trip.

  23. NYUH September 5, 2009 5:27 am

    Hey mctruck:,. I’m looking forward to when the games will start at midnite. Managed to stay up and watch the game on my computer till the end and even caught most of the conversation by Bobby and Robert.

    I would have pulled GA too but luckily I’m not the coach. He’s a bit quick to run but he can do all he is asked.

  24. las vegas September 5, 2009 5:28 am

    My take on the game
    OT’s are 1/3 of a step too slow for this level of play
    which brings us to the DE’s,
    We thought they were super fast in camp…..but actually because the
    OTs are slow so Fonoti and pals just looked quick.
    What happened to the “GOLD” DTs? Where is that all important push?
    Absolutely no pressure from the inside.
    How many UCA rushes were through the 0 or 1 gap?

    What does Coach Mac say in his pre-game speech that brings the level of excitement/play of our boys down so low.
    Does he sing Kumbaya in the locker room?
    Seriously, the team came out flat against ND and never recovered, only just having better athletes saved us against UCA.

    Ron Lee, you’re a great coach, but lets make adjustments before the first half is done.

    GA, you’ll be drafted next year but not with your “happy feet” syndrome
    no need to get hurt, eyeball your reads once and throw

  25. Leverenz65 September 5, 2009 5:31 am

    it is going to be looooong season for all of us!!!!

  26. las vegas September 5, 2009 5:38 am

    Would it be not prudent to move Huen back to running back
    on obvious passing downs as GA’s protector?

  27. Lets go Bows September 5, 2009 5:40 am

    good luck to UH next week in WAZZU…..they are going to get romped!!!!

  28. Seattlezz September 5, 2009 6:06 am

    (sorry, in my haste i didn’t format this right)

    The Associated Press
    ASHBURN, Va. —

    The Washington Redskins say they’ve decided to put quarterback Colt Brennan on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ruling him out for the season.

    The team reported on its Web site Saturday that Brennan aggravated a nagging hamstring problem during Thursday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Brennan and Chase Daniel spent the preseason battling for the third-string job.

  29. expat September 5, 2009 6:17 am

    There is work to be done but there were major positives. Few penalties. Special teams were pretty good with only the botched kickoff being a real negative. Long snapping was great.

    Alexander worked his way through his problems and ended up making some key plays. The slots in paticular played well. Soares was rusty but you could tell that he was growing back into the action as things went along. Green did well. I thought LWJ did well too.

    It was ugly at times and our lines on both sides of the ball have some work to do, but at least the linemen stayed with it. 4 sacks agaist a FCS team is not going to cut it though.

  30. expat September 5, 2009 6:19 am

    Ironically I am currently sitting in an armchair. 🙂

  31. Ricky from Virginia September 5, 2009 6:19 am

    REDSKINS pick DANIELS….bummers….

  32. expat September 5, 2009 6:31 am

    BTW, for the Wazzu game does anyone know if there is an age cutoff for needing a ticket? I am trying to figure out if the two one year olds in our party need their own tix. Thanks.

  33. Pomai September 5, 2009 6:43 am

    Koakane/BG did the jar get enough to cover?

  34. Bandit September 5, 2009 6:48 am

    ST, Do you know why Funaki didn’t play? I thought Green was behind Leon and Inoke.

  35. chawan_cut September 5, 2009 7:31 am
    from tiser’s game gallery.
    Welcome back Blaze!!!!

  36. Maverick September 5, 2009 7:41 am

    The BIG “W” feels great the next morning, especially while watching the opening season. Streeeeetch it out this am Warriors. ALL You guys are awesome!!!

    Whew baby.

    That one snap clear philosophy is now intact. Get ready for the Wazzy guys in the Seattle dome. Big time feel for our Warriors in the stadium.

  37. Hoohiki September 5, 2009 7:42 am

    From this article, looks like Chase Daniels may be cut –

  38. djmitcho September 5, 2009 7:46 am

    Good Morning All! Wow what a close game last night. I want to thank LizK for all the twitter updates to keep me informed of what was going on with the game.

  39. buffoman September 5, 2009 7:57 am

    I guess we can give the coaches a “hall pass” in this first game. But here are the question marks:

    1. I thought they said the team would run more on offense. The o-line coach came from a run oriented team. Maybe he had to get the pass blocking down fist since we are a throw first team. That’s the hall pass. We still need to pass protect better and maybe when we get that down, do a better job to open holes for the run. Right now both don’t look very good.
    2. I’m assuming that we did not want to show our packages on defense in this game choosing to display the usual stuff. We did not want to tip our hand for the upcoming road games. Hall pass #2. we did not want to show the speed of our teaqm in blitz packages to keep WSU and others off balance.
    3. Clock management was an issue. Hall pass #3. Coach has not assigned someone to do that at this time as he’s busy with a very new, inexperienced team.

    I am not completely sold on GA. I don’t know if it’s him or the coaches not helping him with the read mechanics. He appears to be slow in finding option 2,3 or 4. Seems that our other QBs of the past did that a bit better. So, the sacks or scrambles may be a function of this mechanical problem and not necessarily their total inaboility to block.

    I am a fan, have been since the old honolulu stadium times. I’ve seen highs and lows and just get a sense that this coaching staff just does not appear to be in as much sync as those of the past successful coahing staffs (Holmes, Tomey, Wagner, Jones). There’s just that something missing.

    Whatever “it” is, it has to come or I believe the team will be a middle of the pack team at best. Sitting through Coach Price and Von Oppen and late Wagner years, I’ll sit through this one and will continue to be a fan.

  40. Da Punchbowl Kid September 5, 2009 8:07 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Great to see the gang at the TG, my brother had a wonderful time, coming away very impressed with the Tsaikos. Braddah Al’s delicious Phil-Mex pulled pork more than lived up to the hype! 😛

    My take on things: Yep, there were concerns and problems with aspects of the game, but more importantly, the team showed resilience, heart and perseverance. Adjustments were made and the Warriors did what they needed to do in order to win. You could pretty much see the “kinks” being ironed out as the game progressed, and both the offense and the defense
    looked much better in the second half.

    While it wasn’t ideal to see Alexander scrambling so often, it did show that he is willing to do what he needs to in order to move the team down the field. His scrambling showed his leadership and determination, and quite frankly, kept things rolling at a few points. The offense will get better with more reps. And yes, you can see that Green has the potential to be an electrifying runner.

    Defense was our big question mark going in, and I see those questions being slowly answered. It won’t be long before this defense, with continued improvement in its learning curve will be a very good unit.

    While the “stars” of the game were Alexander, Salas and Soares this time out, let’s not forget the other players on this team who can also be game breakers, and while we didn’t hear from them last night, I am certain we will, and when we do, look out.

    It might be early, but I really like what I saw of this team’s “chemistry”. I sensed a determination and cohesiveness that good teams always seem to have. I hope we see an upward learning curve this aspect of the game.

    CAU has a very fine program, well coached with some tremendous athletes. They were the perfect first opponent for the Warriors, and the Golden Bears will beat a lot teams this year.


  41. jm2375 September 5, 2009 8:07 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    It’s the day after and time for the armchair coaches to analyze the game. I look for them to improve next week. First game is always shaky in any sport.

    Watched the MPI girls JV VB game vs SHA yesterday. Na Pueo pulled it out in 3 and looked good. I haven’t seen a game at this level in a long time. Safe to say there’s a big difference between HS JV and elite college-level vb.

    OK, off to do the 6th F, probably for the last time at the Nuuanu Reservoir.

    Have a great Saturday.

  42. chawan_cut September 5, 2009 8:15 am


  43. Da Punchbowl Kid September 5, 2009 8:15 am

    One more thing.

    Nalani: Your baby girl and her friends were awesome on the field at half time!

  44. Da Punchbowl Kid September 5, 2009 8:19 am

    “in this aspect of the game” it should read above.

  45. bb September 5, 2009 8:31 am

    I like the 7pm start time.

  46. bighilofan2 from the hotel lobby internet September 5, 2009 8:34 am

    Golod morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Got to hang at the Marriot this morning. met to UCA assistant coaches.
    so i asked them, if you could give me your opinion and share with a UH fan, what would you say about last nite’s game, straight talk.

    and the wize bugga tells me: UH made major and successful adjutments at the half. they figured out we were sweeping to the outside and they took that away from us. UH got better as the night wore on. they disguised they defenses better in the second half, especially the last two plays where they sacked us. it looked like they were in cover 2 but they rushed from the deep and got to us. I thought your quarterback got better as time went on.

    There you have it folks. direct from the enemy. 😀

    as reported by :mrgreen:

  47. d1島 September 5, 2009 8:42 am

    Great Morning All!

    A win is a win is a win….

    Yet, there are questions that arise from that game.

    Who is coaching the receivers on the sidelines?
    Because of his expertise, the Former Coach would call for specific routes and adjustments in the huddle. We know that is not happening now because the coaches have stated they’ve gone back to sight-adjusted routes. I noticed the receivers talking “amongst themselves” for the most part last night between possessions.

    How much has QB1 advanced this off-season esp. with regard to pre-snap reads?
    17 carries for the QB in this offense? 😯 Gotta get better at recognizing coverages and synching with receivers (see first question).

    How much improvement will there be in execution this coming week?
    UCA did a much better job with their bubble route than UH did. The blocking in space was way more effective. (Hmmmm…see the first question.)

  48. d1島 September 5, 2009 8:42 am

    Sailor Blue

    Go Middies!

  49. bighilo leaving Waikiki September 5, 2009 8:43 am

    I too am concerned about the visible vibes from the coaching staff.

    but I just LOVE the Warriors.
    see summa you in Vegas. and tonight on the net.
    1-0 baby.

    Go Warriors.

  50. d1島 September 5, 2009 8:48 am

    Well, Navy scored in one play earlier.

  51. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 8:51 am


    September 5th, 2009 at 5:13 am
    Didn’t Kia get a holding penalty but UCA declined it because the play had resulted in a 4th down? Just because UCA declined it doesn’t mean the penalty didn’t happen.

    That was one of the only two penalties on us last night and it was late in the game. I believe the second one was a “block in the back” penalty when we punted which was also late in the game… 3rd quarter I believe.

  52. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 8:58 am


    Of the 17 rushes by Alexander, from my seats it felt like less than a handful of them were actually necessary as a result of defensive penetration.

    Quite a bit seemed unnecessary.

  53. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 9:02 am

    the other penalty was kia’s false start. the holding was declined so its not counted in the 2 penalties.

  54. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 9:04 am


    September 5th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Who is coaching the receivers on the sidelines?
    Because of his expertise, the Former Coach would call for specific routes and adjustments in the huddle. We know that is not happening now because the coaches have stated they’ve gone back to sight-adjusted routes. I noticed the receivers talking “amongst themselves” for the most part last night between possessions.

    Then Coach Rolo is going to have to do that as well. At the highest level of college football the best players still need guidance from their coaches. Coach Rolo is on the sidelines and he’ll need to get them (QB and receivers) together between possessions.

  55. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 9:07 am

    StephenTsai: The mood was more of relief than celebration in the UH locker room. I think they feel fortunate.
    September 05, 2009 06:45:23 am

    They’d be the first to realize this.

    Funny thing is the crowd didn’t seem to look at it this way too. They were just to busy celebrating the moment. Which is good… I think more people realize the challege we have this season and they’re not ready to act like 9-4 or 8-5 is a given or a “gimmeee”.

  56. Committed Road Warrior September 5, 2009 9:08 am

    I expect the armchair analysis to continue until about Tuesday or Wednesday. Maybe it’s just me but I’m not gonna try to judge a book by its cover. Sure last night’s game wasn’t as expected but moaning and groaning about it isn’t very productive, and in one respect it’s like throwing away the book before getting through the first chapter.

    How do you guys think the Iowa Hawkeye fans are feeling right now?

  57. SteveM September 5, 2009 9:09 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Very mixed emotions for an hour after the game, but the positives started to emerge around midnight. Great improvements in many phases from last year…and the team discipline and lack of penalties was noticed.

    If the greatest improvements is between games 1 and 2 in a season, there is much to be optimistic about. Peaches and I are!

  58. Hank September 5, 2009 9:15 am

    Things that I liked –

    …the team showed resilience in coming back and taking the game – they believed!
    …the team showed discipline and smarts as evidenced by the number of penalties.
    …Greg Alexander threw the ball away for once! and showed the guts to make a perfect pass to win the game. He improved as the game went on.
    …Blaze Soares picked up where he left off and is the defensive leader we need.
    …Liko Satele showed the potential to be a good one.
    …Our O-Line showed more discipline with fewer holds and false starts.
    (they shut done their star DE in the fourth quarter).
    …Ryan Henry looks like he’s going to break a few punts this year and averaged 10-yards a return (didn’t we average like 2-yards/return last year?).
    …Scott Enos had a solid kicking game.
    …Alex Green – see comments above.
    …Good things happen when we get the ball to Salas and Pilares.
    …a win is a WIN and we’re 1-0 Undefeated. Half of everyone won’t be able to say that after today.

    Have a smooth day Tsaikos….

  59. Harry September 5, 2009 9:24 am

    A win is a win but you can only win ugly so many times and then you start losing pretty.

  60. Justin September 5, 2009 9:27 am

    Dustin Blount was not suited up for the game. What was the reasoning for that? He looked great in the spring game.

  61. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 9:29 am


    September 5th, 2009 at 8:31 am
    I like the 7pm start time.

    Other than trying to race from Aina Haina to Halawa on a Friday afternoon, the 7pm start time is nice… ON A SATURDAY! 😆

  62. Willie September 5, 2009 9:29 am

    Wow, cardiac arrest time, way to pull it out.

    Clutch – Greg Salas

    Welcome Back – Blaze Soares with some awesome katooshes

    Coaching – Great 2nd half adjustments on both sides of the ball

    Team – Composure and NO PERSONAL FOULS!

    Disappointment – LWJ #23, 3 times in the 1st quarter the blocker(s) sealed the inside and he ran inside right into the pursuit, he can’t be color blind as CA wore white. Even worst he did not block AT ALL, stood around with a couple of Mexican bullfighter oles, check out the replay when they replay on K5 tomorrow., it was real bad. Solution is to start AG #25, now this is what I call a running back!

  63. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 9:31 am

    AG wasnt pickng up the blitz either. i hate to say it, but we need baba rego in at RB as an extra blocker. i dont see how David Farmer was used specifically for this, but Rego isnt!!!???

  64. FloridaTed September 5, 2009 9:31 am

    Hey, Tsaikos,

    What is all this hand wringing about? SteveM posted the old adage about the biggest inprovement being from game 1 to game 2, right there is a lot of hope.

    But most of all, take away the fumbles and silly turnovers and have TD’s instead, would we have the same conversations?

    The team was overconfident, regardless of what they proclaim, but we all knew that UCA was a good team with good players.

    The most important aspect I took away from this game, was a most familiar and welcome echo of not so long ago, we will not lose this game!!!!

    That, my friends, was more important than anything else. It can’t be taught, it can only come from the players themselves. It was a sloppy first game (over confidence does that), 4 dangerous turnovers. We could have become Michigan and panic, but we didn’t, take solace.

    I was as frustrated as the next guy, but now, the morning after(lol), I’m not too worried yet. Wazzu and Las Vegas will tell the tale.

  65. A-House September 5, 2009 9:32 am

    Ho man, good thing UH won last night or this would have been a loooong, moody and unpleasant weekend in the A-House home.

    We are such poor loosers when it comes to Warrior football!!

  66. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 9:32 am


    I think we surpassed our entire punt return yardage for ALL of 2008 last night in one game!

    Looked like had some tweeks with the personnel in kick return as at one point saw Inoke and Pilares back there instead of Green and J. Taylor.

  67. al September 5, 2009 9:33 am

    not to mention that elliot purcell also played very well.

  68. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 9:38 am

    the players will get better, with maybe the exception of GA making his reads quicker….but god damn when are coaches gonna get control of the game??? going for 1 early in the game almost costed us. and then they almost make the same mistake again and need to burn a TO!!!? KILLING ME!

  69. Slugger September 5, 2009 9:41 am


    Thanks for the report from da oddah side.

    Esme & out…

  70. warriorfanny2 September 5, 2009 9:54 am

    Im suppossed to be the ultimate cynic on this blogsite and I stated that Pilares and Sallas would lead the way on O as it is given Greg Alexander would go to his bread n butter in the clutch….he did and Bradley opened up when it counted most and Alexander found him….i was hoping for 15 receptions betw Sallas and Kealoha and they came close.
    I also stated that the first game would be key no matter how, just get the W–and we did. Central Arkansas is well coached and fundamentally sound. We didnt beat a FBS team, we beat a competent coaching program. PERIOD!

    Look for progress, the biggest improvements will come between weeks 2 and 3 in the season.
    Last night our warriors found a way to win as a team.
    More importantly, they dealt with early jitters and mistakes and looked straight down the barrel of adversity and didnt blink.
    That’s a solid start.
    Yeah, I have problems with MAC BUT I also said team 2009 has a personality and chemistry about it so hopefully teacher can learn from his students–go for it and do it early.

    great job warriors n keep it kickin!

  71. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 9:57 am

    Hmmm… I don’t think there is going to be a K-5 replay…

    Wahine Volleyball’s replay of tonight’s Texas game is on tomorrow at 10am and the replay of Sunday’s volleyball game against Cal is on Monday morning at 10am also.

    Thinking that maybe it would be this morning at 10am I tune in to watch 15 seconds of some arts and crafts show…

  72. Willie September 5, 2009 9:58 am

    Good point letsgowarriors about having Rego, he can block, good technique and he’s not scared.

    CA was collapsing the pocket consistently while rushing only 4 most of the game. You really can understand the impact Regan Mauia had as a devastating blocker now, he was like a right & left guard in the backfield.

  73. Darren September 5, 2009 10:00 am

    Silva and Smith…great play from our safety spots. No long TDs, wrap up with sure tackles.

    Ryan Henry…now that’s a punt returner.

  74. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 10:03 am

    i hope fonoti comes back soon, our DEs get no pressure. all day to throw. we need to get ahead early so we can bring blaze on the blitz to provide some sort of pressure.

  75. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 10:04 am

    and yes, how come blount was not suited up? and how many snaps did rocky savaiigaea play? my stream wasnt clear, but it looked like vaughn and tuika played majority of the snaps w/ haku getting in there some.

  76. Garret September 5, 2009 10:05 am

    Cleveland cut Mel Purcell.

    The Cleveland Browns have brokered an injury settlement with defensive end Melila Purcell, according to a league source.

    Purcell was removed from the reserve-injured list and is now a free agent.

  77. Garret September 5, 2009 10:08 am

    Like I do after every game, I’m trying to archive all the quotes from the game that I can find. If anyone sees that I’m missing any quotes, please let me know.

  78. Garret September 5, 2009 10:10 am

    Nice feature on the nuns watching the UH game.

    Sister Joan of Arc Souza subscribes to pay-per-view telecasts of the game.

    “I love football. I love the University of Hawaii. I studied at University of Hawaii — many of the sisters, many of our graduates are at the University of Hawaii. So they’re neighbors. There’s an affinity between us and University of Hawaii,” said Souza.

    The projector was a big hit.

    “The screen is larger. Once you see it on a larger screen you don’t want to see it on a regular TV screen,” said Sister Mary Edward Sugioka.

  79. Garret September 5, 2009 10:12 am

    The Arkansas Business website has a couple of quotes that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. For example, here is Mac talking about talking with the team during halftime.

    “We had a lot of wide eyes, quite honestly, in the first half. At halftime, I had to raise my voice a little bit,” said Hawaii coach Greg McMackin. “I’m really proud of how we finished, not how we started, but how we finished.”

  80. Da Punchbowl Kid September 5, 2009 10:12 am

    Good news for Brennan. This article makes it appear as though the ‘Skins are committed to Colt. Question: Does being on IR affect a players pay?

  81. Garret September 5, 2009 10:13 am

    Pilares talked about how they adjusted their offense at halftime and stopped forcing things that weren’t open.

    “We were trying to force a lot of deep passes when they were playing deep,” Pilares said. “We knew we were much better than this and we just had to keep focusing on what we had to do.”

  82. Garret September 5, 2009 10:15 am

    UCA’s website has a quote from their coach about how that penalty on 3rd-and-2 really cost them…and he’s correct, the way they were running (and apparently they predicted UH’s defensive formation when they made their play call) they could have picked up the first down and the mood here could be very different.

    “Make no mistake about it, we came over here to win a football game,’said UCA head coach Clint Conque. “There are no moral victories. We competed hard and did some good things, they just finished better than we did. Give Hawaii credit, they came out and made more plays down the stretch to win the game than we did.

    “If we had converted that third down instead of gotten the penalty, that would have been the ballgame. That penalty was huge.’

  83. expat September 5, 2009 10:17 am

    Yeah, Spencer and Mana played really well. I saw both Alex Green and LWJ put on some good blocks. Alex picked up one blitz perfectly, and a major reason the line was able to contain their great rush end the 2nd half was the double teams that both LWJ and AG were providing on the guy.

  84. bb September 5, 2009 10:17 am

    #61…Traffic was pretty bad on the surface streets getting out of the Ala Moana area but once on the freeway it was at least bearable. It was torture being stuck trying to figure out how to get to the freeway, then dealing with morons getting stuck in intersections so nobody can advance…. its like know the destination is there but unless you are in a helicopter you’re stuck. I can only imagine driving from Aina Haina…

    Even the people i was with like the 7pm start time. It can get blazing hot in the parking lot in the afternoon….the later start provided a little “cooler” (temp wise) atmosphere.

  85. curveball September 5, 2009 10:20 am

    NEVADA: welcome to our world against ND…21-0 2nd quarter

  86. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 5, 2009 10:22 am

    Okay folks – now comes the REALLLLLLY BIG GAME tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center when the Wahine take on the Longhorns. The outcome of the match will set the tone for the rest of the season.

    A quick note to remind folks who are traveling to Seattle & Las Vegas over the next couple of weeks: Get your regular flu shot and keep your ears & eyes open about the release of the swiine flu vaccine. Most of the folks here are not in the high risk group for the latter, but you are for the former.

    Evidently, Washington State University has really be hit upside with the swine flu. Just because you’re an Old Fut doesn’t mean you’re safe if you’re in large crowds of people who are carrying the boogers.

    I also heard yesterday that a disburbing anomoly is showing up in a few places in the Southeast – people hit by fairly mild episodes of swine flu are at much higher risk for coming down with the seasonal flu. Whether the latter is mild or severe depends upon the age and the general medical condition of the patient – but evidently the impact is likely to be quite significant.

    Carry some baby wipes & hand sanitizer, exchange air kisses, and don’t share food or drink. Remember the size of those airline toilets.

  87. Garret September 5, 2009 10:24 am


    Players on IR get their *full* salary. Players on the practice squad get a much lower salary.

  88. Garret September 5, 2009 10:26 am


    I thought I saw a few plays in the second half where UCA’s stud DE wasn’t on the field and they were working on his leg or something that he was having some injury problem with? I could be mistaken, but that is what I thought I saw.

  89. labrat September 5, 2009 10:29 am

    I thought Purcell did some good things too. Blaze is really playing fast out there. I thought coach Mack brought in Hafoka to be the run stopper.

  90. Garret September 5, 2009 10:30 am

    The annoying thing is that even if the wounds to any players on injured reserve heal — Simms might recover in as little as a few weeks — they can’t return, because being placed on injured reserve means you’re done for the season. Those on injured reserve receive full pay for the season, but are forbidden to dress again that season regardless of whether they recover. Which raises the musical question: Why does injured reserve exist at all?

    Injured reserve seems to have two functions: to force owners to pay players to do nothing, and to prevent fans from seeing players who sustained injuries, then recovered. Gentlemen on injured reserve still count against the salary cap, so teams get no financial benefit from moving them to the IR list.

  91. Garret September 5, 2009 10:31 am

    If Washington cuts Chase and puts Colt on IR, they will pickup another QB to be their #3 QB…who they get could be important for Colt’s future.

  92. el guapo September 5, 2009 10:35 am

    From my armchair watching Dick lead 3-0 over USC:

    out of 60 plays, 16 were runs by Alexander, although a few were on sneaks trying to get out from the 1 foot line. 16 touches by Salas, Pilares, and Bradley – need to get more touches by the playmakers.

    After all the hype about the Noke package and he didn’t get in the game? Then they must be saving this for Wazzou next weekend.

    Definitely an encouraging sign that only one false-start penalty for a first game.

    But a win from behind is a win

    Batchi – USC takes a 7-3 lead over Dick.

  93. chawan_cut September 5, 2009 10:39 am

    its on at 1pm

  94. labrat September 5, 2009 10:41 am

    On one play Estes and Hisatake were slapping the side of their left thighs. Alexander handed the ball off to the runningback who ran to the center guard gap and the play got stuffed. What was up with that? Did Estes see something in the defenses alignment and call that play?

  95. labrat September 5, 2009 10:52 am

    Saw Inoke in on special teams.

  96. Warrior23 September 5, 2009 10:52 am

    Ok that was probably one of the worst games ive ever seen. Losing to a 1-aa team almost the whole game. Greg running because of no protection. If we cant handle this team what about the top teams in the WAC. Yes a win is a win but still the team we played last night should have been an easy win.

    Another thing Why is it $12 to watch USC on tv when they dont play on espn or other tv stations. But it cost $50 to watch UH play some lousy 1-aa team. This is terrible. My relatives live in southern cal. This isnt right.

  97. el guapo September 5, 2009 11:04 am


    I mean on offense, I don’t recall seeing him line up in the backfield. I am hoping to see some well-timed fake FG and XP during the year.

    Seems like they were determined to save him for next week and not show the formation, and probably some other things on the game film.

  98. royvic September 5, 2009 11:04 am

    Greg running because of no protection maybe half true, but it’s usually because Greg is running because the receivers are all covered.

  99. 53 is back September 5, 2009 11:08 am

    I’ll stay positive and say that as frustrated as I was at various times during the game, seeing Blaze back out on the field and lighting people up really made my night.

  100. d1shima(Fuze'd) September 5, 2009 11:19 am

    In the pressbox at the stadium.

    The Blog Host left nothing behind to eat

  101. royvic September 5, 2009 11:23 am

    On UH eventual game winning drive I noticed Coach Mack and Coach Tormey on the sidelines in deep conversation. This occurred right before Salas made that long catch. I wonder if Coach Tormey, the special team’s coach, passed on some good advice to the HC on the game winning drive..

  102. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 11:26 am

    Offensively, our team outplayed UCA.

    Defensively, I think UCA outplayed Hawaii. 3 fumbles and an interception…for whatever reason they happened, you need to credit the defense of UCA for the heads-up sudden change recovery of three.

    Like El Guapo said, a win from behind is a win… not just once, but twice, UH had to come from behind to take the lead. This is a good sign. The team didn’t beat themselves up, the didn’t lose it on the field, they just went back to work and got the job done. That attitude will pay big dividends against teams that start to relax against Hawaii once they get ahead.

    The team knows that they have much work to do with a lot of little things to correct. That’s a good thing. Going on the road they won’t be distracted by where they are going, or where they are, knowing ahead of time that they have a lot to focus on. Had they won big, they might have headed out preparing for Washington like they did for Georgia and ND.

    300 yards passing is a good start. We’re back to the RnS. That winning touchdown pass was pretty risky. Didn’t look conservative to me.

    76 yds rushing by the QB is not good. Maybe they need to run more quick patterns/screens for Alexander to get the ball out sooner and keep the opposing defense from rushing too often.

    Unfortunately, I think Hawaii needed to establish the running game last night to give Washington more to worry about.

    Will we see the ‘noke’ next week?

  103. Derek September 5, 2009 11:27 am

    The good: Greg Salas, Blaze Soares, few penalties.
    The bad: 4 bad turnovers, pass protection
    The ugly: 4 sacks given up, not enough pass rush by the front 4.

    Hard to tell if Central Arkansas is a decent to good football team and if UH isn’t very good against a FCS team. But as Mac said, it’s something to build on. A good sign is that they overcame the turnovers and came back to win. Yes, a win is a win, but people will say that they were supposed to win anyway by a wider margin. Needing work: better kickoffs, punting, kick return blocking, running game by the backs. Question: What happened to Funaki? Did the coaches hold some of the playbook for future games, i.e. wildcat formation, special plays, etc?
    Seems they kept to the same typical plays and not much imagination.
    We’re going to the next two games on the road. I hope the team continues to improse as the season progresses. Let’s pray!

  104. expat September 5, 2009 11:35 am


    That rush end was out briefly– he was back in though.

  105. PIAA DS September 5, 2009 11:48 am

    not sure if anyone mentioned this above, but Jesse Mahelona died in a car accident last night in Kona. His wife Brandi is pregnant with their second child. Say a prayer. He was a good guy. Only 26 yrs old.

  106. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 5, 2009 11:49 am

    afternoon ya’ll

    ugly but we won…so good job.

    no personal fouls and not many penalties at all…great improvement.

    i think we will be getting better over the season…^_^

    the not as great: your leading rusher is your QB in run/shoot offense. lol. i dunno if that’s a good or bad thing honestly. haha

    and wouldnt it be nice if we had O-line that gave our QB some time after like 3 seasons of being offensive haha?

  107. royvic September 5, 2009 11:50 am

    Also I never seen a game in all the years I’ve been watching football in which so many player’s helmets were popping out after the katooshes. There seemed to be quite a few. And it may be indicative of how hard the hitting was during the game by both teams.

  108. Pride. September 5, 2009 11:52 am

    Prayers for the Mahelona family.

  109. LizKauai (iPhone) September 5, 2009 12:08 pm

    Sorabol. Lunch. Right now! Getting that post nasal drip feeling. Gimchi jigae coming up!!!
    Come join us!

  110. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 12:21 pm

    I think last year’s Sheraton Hawaii Bowl woke up the sleeping Irish.. 35-zip against Nevada right now… 4th quarter… Aigooooo…

  111. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 12:23 pm


    September 5th, 2009 at 10:39 am
    its on at 1pm


  112. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 12:23 pm

    49-3 USC over San Jose…. 11 minutes remaining

    Hmm.. San Jose isn’t doing much better. These two games don’t say much for the WAC, eh?

    Auwe.. auwe…

  113. TYaiea September 5, 2009 12:31 pm

    Up to game time I felt this game was gonna be a test for the Warriors and it was. We all knew that UC was a good team even though they were FCS. Had plenty doubts in the first qtr, :”oh no, not again!!!” But Warriors persevered and made adjustments to win. What a wondrful feeling. I still believe that Warriors will get better. Mr. A-house was that you with the khaki shorts and minus Mrs. A?

  114. Kekoa September 5, 2009 12:36 pm

    Small man Abe (#50) in at center for USC as they just pushed in another TD against the Toejams of San Jose.

  115. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 12:37 pm

    56-3 USC…. whoa… I feel for San Jose’s players right now.

  116. Ralph September 5, 2009 12:56 pm

    for those waiting all these months, the wahine basketball schedule is out. Marquee teams-UCLA, Arizona State and Kansas State. two recruits, Shawna and a european-Bungaite from JC.

  117. Ralph September 5, 2009 1:23 pm

    with San Jose State and Nevada getting beat badly and their preseason rating in the WAC a notch above UH, it bodes well for the coaches to make adjustments today with 3 games on the road waiting for them.

  118. Ralph September 5, 2009 1:25 pm

    slugger, myki and SJ will be there for the wbb, nine more and there’ll be an even dozen in the SSC.

  119. BG September 5, 2009 1:27 pm

    Good mornin’ all. Wanted to get my impressions in before the game starts up at 1pm and I can recheck what I thought I saw.

    I am genuinely surprised and happy to say that I agree with the comments from WF2 and Royvic…added balance and perspective.

    I reminded myself in the 1st half that the RnS has historically struggled in the first third of the season…even Colt…relatively speaking. Could be, but doesn’t necessarily mean the team and coaches weren’t prepared or motivated.

    Defensive line and lb’s started strong, but the db’s were having problems as evidenced by the 3rd down pass completions by UCA. On one, the safety was very late getting over when the corner was expecting “over” help. The same safety missed a critical tackle on a bubble screen that went for 14 yds and a 1st down. I agree that the pass rush by the front 4 was lacking…couldn’t tell if it was the UCA O-line. From what little I know, their O-line appeared to work together well and ran some nice traps to pop their running back free. But, they were out-muscled by the Warrior most of the game.

    O-line started off shakey (bit slow and missed assignments), but got better as the game progressed. Over-all, I didn’t think Alexander was taking off too early. I thought he was going through his progressions OK, but UCA was dropping players really deep and opened up a lot of running room for GA. A couple of times in the 2nd half, you could see him go through his options on one side and come back to the backside to make a completion.

    Looking at Ohio State and Iowa this morning…lots of mistakes in the season opener. To be expected, I think.

  120. BG September 5, 2009 1:31 pm

    Prayers for the Mahelona family…how heart-breaking!

  121. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 5, 2009 1:50 pm


    Good point about Neveda and San Jose hype in the WAC ranked above UH and then getting murdered in their opener……..But they did play USC at the Col and ND at S.B…….not a real fair match up hahaha.

    But hey I give Neveda, San Jose, and La Tech A LOT of props for opening up away at those teams like we did last year at Florida.

    I dunno how much they go into those games thinking we can realistically beat them or if its more about lets put out a good showing and keep it as close as possible.

    And for my second fav team in the country Florida….chicken $hit opening with CSU. =(

  122. Kekoa September 5, 2009 1:52 pm

    Heartfelt Condolences to the Mahelona family on their loss.

  123. Kekoa September 5, 2009 2:07 pm

    Mahalo to BG, Koakane, James, Homey, Ralph, Hi-Flyer. This is my special grill team starters. My depth chart includes returners from last season, Betty, Slugger, Myki, sj-macro. Honorable mention goes to Pomai for being our outstanding transfer in from America.

    Very happy to see so many smiling faces at the opening t-gate. Our post game gathering at the Cabana was high-lighted by a special treat from D-1 & Juliet. Their offering of ‘Oodles of Noodles’ that just hit the spot! The core group of Grill Team members helped clean and lock things down just after 1 AM this morning.

  124. BG September 5, 2009 2:16 pm

    Finally walked out to my car and got the donation jar out of the trunk. I suspected that the Tsaikos would be too generous and that is again confirmed. We covered this week’s fee AND the next game! I do believe that we’re going to have to come up with some guidelines on donations like $5 for singles and a dollar or two for each addn’l family member (kids exempt). I have to discuss it with my reservations pahtnah (Kekoa) and the ad hoc t-gate committee.

    Big mahalos to W-Doc and D-Doc for their recycling efforts…it’s not easy!

  125. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 2:19 pm


    September 5th, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    56-3 USC…. whoa… I feel for San Jose’s players right now.</blockquote?

    Why? 😆

  126. BG September 5, 2009 2:26 pm

    Gotta exclude me from the highly trained advance team. They’re there early to clean up and set up. I come in around noon to inspect the dining facility and make sure the grill is burning some meat and sausages! Kudos to the early crew!

  127. G (China) September 5, 2009 2:27 pm

    LA Tech doing a good job.

  128. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 2:28 pm


    Did I say “how” I felt…?

    So… without further delay… the question on everybody’s mind… the one that begs to be asked…

    what did everyone think about the unis?

  129. BG September 5, 2009 2:32 pm

    Besides having top notch representation from the Big Island and Kauai, we were blessed to have Frank25 and Mark Takai back from Kuwait. Just a few of the many awesome people who showed up!

  130. Jason September 5, 2009 2:35 pm

    Aww … Tombo Ahi reports a bunch of UH guys were cut by their NFL teams. I already heard about Reagan Mauia and Jameel Dowling (Cardinals), but didn’t anticipate Kynan Forney (Chargers) being cut loose. Also, Ashley Lelie was cut by the Chiefs, Josh Leonard by the Texans, and C.J. Hawthorne by the Bills.

  131. G (China) September 5, 2009 2:38 pm

    Just had a thought, from a marketing standpoint the WAC has some nice features. Outside of ID and NMS, I think the WAC is doing better in becoming a formidable conference. Strategic priorities are being fulfilled. I think both ID and USU will look much better in the coming seasons starting from this year. I don’t think they’ll be the bottom of the Div I schools again.

    * HI – RnS, longest standing history, crack BCS
    * BS – BCS contender every year
    * FS – Anywhere anytime anyplace, ranked 5th in the polls once
    * LAT – Dooley name, investing in facilities
    * NEV – Pistol
    * SJS – Steady D (even though wasn’t shown today)
    * USU – Coach recognition

  132. djmitcho September 5, 2009 2:52 pm

    Well, UH’s DBs will need to shut down #84 for WSU next week. He was a big part of their offense today. WSU getting crushed by Stanford right now. Idaho is up on NMSU 14-0 right now in the 2nd

  133. djmitcho September 5, 2009 2:56 pm

    Hardin-Simmons definitely beatable. Linfield should have a good game on their hands next week. Whitworth lost 41-31 and got out scored in the 2nd half 35-7

  134. djmitcho September 5, 2009 3:03 pm

    looks like Idaho is using Kama Bailey as a rec this year

  135. Colomaohana September 5, 2009 3:22 pm

    Howzit, Tsai-ko ohana!

    Big mahalo to everyone for a fun time last night! C rM and I arrived later than we thought we would, but eh….at least my sari sari was hot! hahaha..

    BG: I’m glad everyone’s generosity was able to cover this tgate and the next one!

    Nice to meet a few Tsai-ko’s for the first time. Look forward to the next!

  136. Jason September 5, 2009 3:23 pm

    Colomaohana: I think you guys still have my black tote bag! You thieves! 🙂

  137. Kona Girl September 5, 2009 3:24 pm

    Hi everyone…it’s been a while and I’m so happy football season is here!

    I wasn’t at the game last night, but watched it via the internet and I’m not going to comment on the game…just thank goodness for the win…

    What I would like to comment on are the fans…for the first time, everyone seemed to cheer at the appropriate times…loud for defense and supportive for offense…GREAT JOB…FINALLY!!!!

    I don’t know if we have any band members reading, but if we do, I would like to make a suggestion. Could someone come up with some more songs to play? Hearing the same one’s over and over and over again gets really old. I get the fight song and Hawaii 5-0, but some of the others are getting old. How about thinking of some songs to play when players make a great play or signature move? For instance, play “Blaze of Glory” when Blaze creams someone or the theme from Rocky ONLY when Savaiigaea makes a play, not every two minutes of the night. Let’s get original with things like that and get the crowd going even more!

    Wish I could have been there to enjoy!

  138. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 5, 2009 3:28 pm

    DaDocs will be at the Stan Sheriff Center tonight as well. Will be picking up DrDoc at work in about 45 minutes – gulldurn the IRS for changing tax filing deadlines to just after a three-day weekend.

    BG – Mahalo for the recycling mention. I estimate that we’ll be handing Don Weir a check for around $40 on Monday at the Na Koa luncheon.

    After the game, we could have picked up over two dozen bottles three seats in either direction and the rows directly in front and behind us but had no way to carry them back to car. Next game, we’re going to bring a medium sized plastic sack and clear out three or four rows above & below us. Why the Stadium Authority throws away $3000+ a game in redemption fees is beyond me – and yes, I’ve spoken to the management staff there on half dozen occasions over the past two years.

    Remember, next game’s HI-5 redemption recipient is the Hawaii High School Athletic Association SAVE OUR SPORTS Fund.

    All nickelbacks are valuable in today’s world.

  139. Pomai September 5, 2009 3:44 pm

    Why the Stadium Authority throws away $3000+ a game in redemption fees is beyond me – and yes, I’ve spoken to the management staff there on half dozen occasions over the past two years.

    Because they have the same people working there as they do at UH????????? Can not think outside the box.

  140. Matt September 5, 2009 4:02 pm

    BYU up on #3 Oklahoma 14-13 with two minutes left. Oklahoma is driving.

  141. OldDiver September 5, 2009 4:03 pm

    First thing I thought Central Arkansas was better than Weber State, San Jose State and New Mexico State last year, and last year we would have lost this game. The offense is beginning the year more in sync so I have hope for this team. As in the past few years our defense is soft in the middle with our defensive tackles and middle linebackers getting handled at times. Our secondary is faster this year, but need to mold into one unit. The way Blaze tackles is different from anyone else on the field, almost like stepping off the curb and getting hit by a bus. Last guy I saw hit like that was Pisa.

  142. Matt September 5, 2009 4:11 pm

    Oklahoma misses a 54 yd field goal and BYU has the ball. BY-who may upset the #3 team in the country. 1:23 left.

  143. Matt September 5, 2009 4:14 pm

    BYU in victory formation. Oklahoma out of timeouts. BYU defeats #3 Oklahoma 14-13.

  144. TChahng [서울] September 5, 2009 4:19 pm


  145. HiFlyer September 5, 2009 4:20 pm

    Matt – OU losing their starting QB Bradford, definitely made a big difference in the game. BYU’s defense looked real good.

  146. Matt September 5, 2009 4:33 pm

    FCS team Stephen F. Austin giving June Jones and SMU all they can handle at SMU. SFA leads 16-14 late in the third quarter.

  147. Matt September 5, 2009 4:34 pm

    Bradford going down was key, but BYU played pretty well too.

  148. Konaboy September 5, 2009 5:02 pm

    JJ is starting a shootout with SFA

  149. LizKauai (iPhone) September 5, 2009 5:07 pm

    On the way home. Thanks for the scoop on Colt, ST.

    Prayers for the Mahelona family.

    Mahalo to SJ and Myki for schlepping me to HNL and Slugger for gracious hospitality.

    Found out lots of cool things from curveball, my seatmate in blue. He’s a football wiz and kicked my game experience up a notch!

    GO WAHINE!!!!

  150. Konaboy September 5, 2009 5:31 pm

    JJ got a win

  151. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 5, 2009 5:35 pm


    So Aaron Brown is a-ok?

  152. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 6:16 pm


    Surprisingly, SFA had 100 more yards in the air than JJ and 1 more touchdown via passing. Fortunately for JJ, SMU won.

    Idaho beat NMSU… 21-6… the WAC season has officially started.

    Fresno is decimating UC Davis.. 40+ zip

  153. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 6:29 pm

    Wow this was the Vandals first win on the road since 2006 and better still, their first opening victory since 1999!! NSMU must be wondering if they hired and fired the right coach.

  154. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 6:42 pm

    howzit Tsaikos.

    lets recognize the coaches for their contributions during the game, helping create the win.

    Coach Mac for his locker room speech at the half. That was big. The team came out more focused after the half. I hope he not going wait till da half before he makes da next big speech.

    Coach Tormey for his special teams plays. This can get better. Good job coach.

    Coach Shaw for his steady OLine coaching throughout the game. Big big big big improvement over last year, and this was only the 1st game.

    Coach Miano in disguising his defense covers, especially at the end of the game when we needed to bust UCA’s QB in the chops.

    Coach Rolo for giving GA the confidence to keep it going when I was sitting on my thumbs.

    Coach BSmith for getting the running backs into the mix to block for GA. You can do it, coach!

  155. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 6:44 pm

    the part i didn’t like was watching the coaches standing around with their hands folded over their chests while UCA was moving and I had my 2 thumbs concealed from the nuckles up in dat hard to reach spot. 😆

  156. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 6:52 pm

    but the players put action to the coaching tips. Blaze did a supa job wackin sumbuddy right in front or me. Mana did too. But my favorite hit was from da Oline. At the end, they moved the D around and gave GA time to through that pass. Good job Oline! I couldn’t see who it was, i just saw black and green holding their own. Good good job. honest.

  157. labrat September 5, 2009 6:55 pm

    I couldn’t wait so I went into the staduim at 3:30. I saw the band practicing in street clothes. After the band left the whole coaching staff from CA was hanging around their bench area and on the field. Coach Conc spent a real long time talking to one of the referees. The other coaches were watching. Alexander and Salas practicing on their own. Later I was happy to see some special teamers(kicker,punter, long snapper) come out with coach Tormey to work on some stuff.

  158. Colomaohana September 5, 2009 7:05 pm


    Yes, we do!! hahahaha…. How much you want for it??

  159. C rM September 5, 2009 7:15 pm

    Sorry, we had to leave and get the keiki’s.
    Call or text my cell, then we can meet up.

  160. Cindy Cee September 5, 2009 7:27 pm

    My condolences to the Mahelona Family.

  161. warriorfanny2 September 5, 2009 7:42 pm

    wazzu was drubbed by stanford 39-3 and managed 350 total yards, 1 TD and 2 FGs inside the 25.
    The Cougars are #10 in the PAC and the Cardinal seen as a second tier team.

  162. duffer September 5, 2009 8:01 pm

    How are the Wahines doing against Texas?

  163. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 8:03 pm

    good night Warrior Nation.

    sweet sweet sweet dreams. life is good! 😀

  164. royvic September 5, 2009 8:05 pm

    This just donned on me: When Coach Jones was here and a QB came to the sideline for a timeout or a change of possession you would see Coach Jones huddling with the QB for some real on the field coaching.

    Often times you’d see the former head coach instructing by voice command or drawing up plays and defensive formations on his clip board. What this does is so that the QB is better prepared in leading the offense when he goes back into the game.

    In the Jones era a QB coming to the sideline would have to process the information quickly, as Jones squeezed as much information during the time QB comes to the sideline.

    For a QB this is important. One it helps him with his progressions. So that his reads are better in spotting the open receiver.

    And it helps mitigates mistakes the QB is doing.

    It’s a huge difference of how the QB is being coached in the Coach Jones era and how they are being coached now with Coach Mack.

    During this last game I watched Alexander come to the sideline during a timeout and in the presence of Coach Mack and the Coach Rolo they may have exchanged 10 words. Not once have I seen them drawing up plays on a clipboard. In fact, I’m not sure if they have a clipboard.

    Alexander, or any other UH QB would make better improvement if they had better mentoring, especially during the games.

  165. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 8:05 pm

    I’m counting on Tormey to keep the ST game going great.

    And I’m counting on Rich to get the coverage more aggressive. Our defense can be reallly great!

    you seen dat picture of Mana? 220# of awesome!

  166. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 8:10 pm


    i agree with you 10000000000%.

    but try to tell dat to the young coach. self defense.

    gotta trust in Mac’s instincts and ability to get Rolo to do his job well.

    I trust Mac. But you know what they say about nice guys…

    Still yet, we got young Katina. people, includling me, are putting their trust in da midgit coach. 😆

  167. protector September 5, 2009 8:11 pm

    Congrats to the Warriors for pulling the game out because things were pretty grim with 4 minutes left & UCA driving. I hope the team won’t be causing the fans to have this much stress in the remaining games. There were some flashes of brilliance & improved play as well as some depressing deja vu with tentative & questionable QB play as well as some dismaying depression with the inability of the D to stop UCA on some key drives. I give them credit for hanging tough & getting the ball back in time. I bought into the hype of GA being a more improved product, but I think the jury’s still out on that one. He showed a lot of tentativeness
    and totally missed wide open receivers. He did throw some nice ones though & some of his runs were amazing. I guess we do have to give the other team their due as their execution was terrific most of the time.
    I half-way wished that we could’ve seen what Moniz could’ve done in the 2nd half, but I knew that wouldn’t happen. Go Warriors!

  168. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 8:12 pm

    and his ha.aa. :mrgreen:

  169. bighilofan2 September 5, 2009 8:13 pm

    na na na. j/k


    nite folks. LIFE IS GOOD.


  170. letsgowarriors September 5, 2009 8:15 pm

    im excited to see wat kind improvements we’ll see between game 1 and game 2.

    btw, dustin blount is academically ineligible?

  171. gmahoney September 5, 2009 8:40 pm


    Wahine are down 2 games against #2 Texas, played poorly in game one, many overpasses. Lost game 2 but led for awhile. Now leading by 2 in game 3. Let’s go Wahine!

  172. gmahoney September 5, 2009 8:41 pm

    Wahine win game 3, whew! Up by 5 points, Texas got within 2, then Wahine won the set 25-22.

  173. gmahoney September 5, 2009 9:07 pm

    Wahine lose game 3, Texas keying on Kanani, who looks spent. Rest up, Kanani, and ice that ankle, Cal tomorrow night.

  174. CouchP September 5, 2009 9:39 pm

    Questions following close call:
    Running game concerns – Funaki no playing time under the lights as a RB, pass blocking, shovel passes, screens etc.

    OL run blocking needs to improve for upcoming D1 competition, pass protection concerns still exist.

    QB continues to think he is a running back! make your reads and “pass” the ball!

    Defensive front not coming off blocks, DT’s not showing up on inside runs versus a D1AA line, no inside pass rush!

  175. d1島 September 5, 2009 9:39 pm


    Thanks for the heads-up. Too bad the Pirates weren’t able to hang on. No doubt the HSU coaches “raised their voices” at halftime like Mac!
    Sounds like another good one on 10/10 is in the making.

  176. d1島 September 5, 2009 9:46 pm

    ….btw, Bearcats lost on the road.

  177. d1島 September 5, 2009 9:50 pm

    Condolences to the Mahelona Ohana

  178. chawan_cut September 5, 2009 9:57 pm

    here’s tonight’s news
    recap of last night’s win
    also nfl news of colt and other warriors that got cut (boooo nfl!)

  179. madeinhawaii September 5, 2009 10:23 pm

    William and Mary defeated Virginia today. They are #14 in the FCS for football this season. Just goes to show you, a ranked FCS team isn’t something you snub your nose at.

    BTW… the school that gave SMU a run for their money tonight and actually out threw SMU in passing yards was another school from the same conference UCA… Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks. UC Davis is from this conference as well. Both SFA and UC Davis lost to UCA last season.

    On the otherhand, Fresno creamed UC Davis today. Big numbers. Fresno may finally live up to its rep and be the big spoiler of the WAC this season.

  180. btw September 5, 2009 10:35 pm

    UC Davis is in the Great West Conference.

  181. wafan September 5, 2009 10:38 pm

    Greetings from the PNW!

    Bumpy flight but got here in a bit over 4 hours!!!


  182. wafan September 5, 2009 10:39 pm

    Did anyone record the replay? I would like a copy if possible.

  183. Slugger September 5, 2009 10:44 pm

    Condolences to Jesse Mahelona’s ‘ohana.

    Tsaikos spotted at the WVB game tonight: sj-macro, myki, ralph, W-Doc, Stretch, PP, I think I saw Kazz across the way.

    FB players spotted: Tua Mahaley, Rocky Savaiigaea (w/ Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole), Tank Hopkins. Good luck & blessings to the team in their road games. GO WARRIORS!!!

    Mahalo to the brew crew yesterday morning for getting the T-Gate fires stoked and animals smokin’. As always everyone shared ono grinds. My tummy & tastebuds says ‘Mahalo nui loa’. Thanks to the cleanup crew!!!

  184. d1島 September 5, 2009 10:56 pm


    I’ll bring it to Vegas for you.

  185. Committed Road Warrior September 5, 2009 11:32 pm


    Are there any plans for a Saturday morning/early afternoon get-together prior to the Wazzu game or are the official Tsaiko activities taking place post-game at Snoqualmie?

    I ask because I might just sleep in on Saturday morning if nothing’s going down until gametime. That, and/or I’ll hold off on picking up my rental car until around lunchtime.

  186. al September 5, 2009 11:52 pm

    was good to see malcolm lane on the sidelines, albeit in street clothes.

  187. al September 6, 2009 12:00 am

    oline did a decent job, i thought.

    if you have ever played on the oline you would know that it is easier to run block that it is to pass block. when you pass 40-50x per game and the opponent is just teeing off to get to the qb, things will happen.

    it appeared that often times the receivers were in the wrong place at the wrong times. it appeared that ga needed to decifer the coverage sooner.

    d1 is absolutely correct in that, “where is our receivers coach?”. i know ron is doubling up but hey, when you have over one third of the offensive positions in one category, receivers, shouldn’t there be a dedicated coach for the position?

  188. al September 6, 2009 12:02 am

    prayers to the young family of jesse mahelona.

  189. al September 6, 2009 12:04 am

    overall a very entertaining game. lost our voices in the end.

    i was actually feeling it. i just had this calm that we would march down the field. i had just said to #2. hey all we needed was 60 yards to get into a comfortable fg range to win it.

    then, BAM!

  190. al September 6, 2009 12:05 am

    …greg salas makes the most incredible YAC of the season.

  191. al September 6, 2009 12:11 am

    much mahalo to koakane, host extraordinaire, of the first tailgate of the season. and to the brew, er setup crew as well.

    the food, fun, football, and friends was awesome. heck, as one tsaiko mused that afternoon. we got folks from hilo and kona all the way to waimea, kauai.

  192. warriorbg September 6, 2009 12:12 am

    Hey guys. I’m a long time reader, but first time poster on this blog. Can anyone tell me how to respond to someone else’s post or how to cite text from another source in one’s own post as Kazz does in #51 or Garet does in #76?

  193. Jason September 6, 2009 12:18 am

    warriorbg: Check out my XHTML tutorial, in particular page 8:

  194. al September 6, 2009 12:19 am

    would you believe……….

    with 2:26 left in the game, yah, that is when we took over possession for that final drive.

    i counted six, yes, that is 6 elder couples, who separately started to exit our section. while the game was on the line.

    for what to beat the crowd?


  195. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:21 am

    Welcome warriorbg.

  196. al September 6, 2009 12:22 am


    welcome aboard.

  197. al September 6, 2009 12:29 am

    i thought for sure that we would see the wildcat for that two pt conversion attempt.

  198. Ralph September 6, 2009 12:30 am

    Al elderly people go to the bathroom more often then you realize. In a couple of seasons you’ll be like them heading for the john and hear the foot stomping and roar of the crowd but can’t turn back cuz you got to go. Before you say it, I don’t have the problem, I’m in my seat until the alma mater is sung and the Rainbow Dancers walk off the field.

  199. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:31 am


    So wacchu tink?

    Was the plan to “hold back” for the opener since the opponent was “lesser than”?

  200. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:35 am

    YMI up so late?

    Must be that Kona Coffee I started drinking recently. 😉

  201. Jason September 6, 2009 12:37 am

    Ralph: Adult diaper or catheter? Err, maybe I don’t want to know.

  202. HiFlyer September 6, 2009 12:44 am

    d1 – because it’s Saturday night and you are practicing for the late night after game T-gate.

  203. al September 6, 2009 12:45 am

    ralph…a used beer cup, a blanket or jacket over the lap. know one will know except the clean up crew.

  204. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:46 am



  205. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:47 am


    Also ’cause I haven’t had any beeru tonight…

  206. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:48 am

    Note to self:

    Never sit one row below al! 😈

  207. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:51 am

    Wow….just saw the final on the shocker from the stadium tonight!

    Seabisquit rides again!

  208. al September 6, 2009 12:53 am

    d1… to be honest. i don’t think that it has anything to do with underestimating the opponent.

    uca is a solid fcs team and they came to play.

    we have a ways to go in particular offensively. as you stated earlier, we need more help on the sidelines with the offense.

    in the past we had jj running the offense. ron or stutz working the wr’s. an oline coach, a rb coach and qb coach. now we have ron running the offense, an oline coach, a rb coach, and a qb coach. therefore, we are short one offensive coach.

    we need a wr coach. you called it and i agree.

  209. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:54 am

    I bet the “ringing” in Kalihi is so loud, you can’t “Stant” it! 🙄

  210. al September 6, 2009 12:58 am

    wow…i was thinking that kapalama school would take the ilh this year. i guess the qb politics has caught up to them.

  211. d1島 September 6, 2009 12:58 am


    Well, you make your bed…..

    the team has two O-line coaches and two Head Coaches.

    I’m sure it’ll work itself out. 🙄

  212. al September 6, 2009 1:01 am

    i was only offering our senior member a suggestion.

  213. al September 6, 2009 1:02 am

    or was it two rb coaches?
    two db coaches?

  214. d1島 September 6, 2009 1:03 am


    Why do I think you may be one of those who make it hard on the Highway Dept. people on the mainland? No one wants the detail of picking up plastic bottles along the highways!

  215. warriorbg September 6, 2009 1:06 am

    I don’t know if we have any band members reading, but if we do, I would like to make a suggestion. Could someone come up with some more songs to play? Hearing the same one’s over and over and over again gets really old. I get the fight song and Hawaii 5-0, but some of the others are getting old. How about thinking of some songs to play when players make a great play or signature move? For instance, play “Blaze of Glory” when Blaze creams someone or the theme from Rocky ONLY when Savaiigaea makes a play, not every two minutes of the night. Let’s get original with things like that and get the crowd going even more!

    Kona Girl,

    I hope you’ll get a chance to read this, I know its late, and people will soon be going to sleep or posting on the next day’s blog. I happen to be a member of the UH marching/pep band. Those are some pretty creative ideas you got there. We actually have about 15 offensive tags and 8 defensive tags that are played for good offensive or defensive plays by our team. These “tags” are about 30 seconds to a minute long and played in between plays. These tags are generally kept the same year to year with a few being added or removed each season. However, during the early part of the season, few of these tags have been rehearsed well enough to perform as most of our rehearsal time is spent on the halftime show. Usually, as the year progresses, more music comes out.

    While I like the idea of having player-specific tags, it would be expensive/time consuming to either purchase new music each season or recruit the help of composers from the department. It would also be difficult to perform, as from the band’s location in the endzone, it is often difficult to recognize players who participate in any given play. It would also be difficult to play on such short notice. Tags (with the exception of first down tags/touchdowns etc.) are normally called well before a play starts or even several plays ahead in order to notify the entire band to get ready. Since time between plays is limited, timing is key and the director has no time to wait for the whole band to get out any given piece of music.

    I do like your ideas, and the band certainly welcomes any feedback from the fans/public. We are constantly looking for ways to better pump up the crowd or ideas for new music to add to our repertoire. If you or any other tsaikos have suggestions for the band please don’t hesitate to email our assistant director Gwen Nakamura at She is always accepting/receiving comments and feedback from fans and is very open to suggestion.

    Thanks for the welcome guys. I hope to be posting here more often this season.

  216. d1島 September 6, 2009 1:13 am

    The Former GA had a rough day at the office.

    Portland State got treated to The Rodgers Brothers show today losing 34-7 to Oregon State. Someday Stutz is gonna find a team to tag along to Corvallis with that will come away with at least a close game!

    PSU is really young this year.

    the Vikings played a remarkable 14 true freshmen and four redshirt freshmen in the game

  217. Jason September 6, 2009 1:14 am

    In my mind, the ideal situation would be where Rolo grows to the point where he could take over as the OC (or at least be upstairs calling plays) and Ron could go back to being the WR coach. IDK if Ron would agree to that, but that would be best from a completely team-centric view. It would keep Ron on the field and in a better position to work with the WRs; at the same time, he has the expertise to be able to take aside any player on the offense and coach them if needed, included the QBs.

  218. al September 6, 2009 1:14 am

    d1…how did the wildcats do?

  219. d1島 September 6, 2009 1:16 am



    OK, so I guess you’re not a General either!

    Always appreciate the band and really look forward to the Homecoming Show.

    Mahalo! 🙂

  220. al September 6, 2009 1:20 am

    jason….i think ron is more comfortable observing from the booth.

  221. d1島 September 6, 2009 1:21 am


    It was more of “what did they do?” today.

    Inter-squad scrimmage.

    Their season kicks-off next Saturday @ home against that team djmitcho mentioned at #133.

    The hammy injury set him back. He’s hoping to still make the traveling squad by the time they hit the road the following week.

  222. btw September 6, 2009 1:23 am

    Jeff Garcia released by Raiduz ?

    What u tink – Redskins pick him up ?

  223. d1島 September 6, 2009 1:25 am

    I can smell the fire kicking up again across the freeway. There was a little rain earlier this evening that probably helped a little but that buggah was beeg this afternoon.

    Hopefully a little more rain tonight….

    We’ll see in the morning.


  224. Ralph September 6, 2009 1:29 am

    Al make sure #2 not inebriated wants another drink, he might reach for your cup

  225. Jason September 6, 2009 1:33 am

    al: You need some sleep, you missed my point. Ron would be on the field because Rolo would be in the booth, calling the plays. Of course, if Ron is calling the plays, he should be in the booth—it’s the best vantage point, and not everyone can see the field from ground level like June did.

    Another idea would be when Lumpkin retires, have Aranda take over the entire DL, and get a WR coach who can stay on the field. Maybe Stutz would be willing to return?

  226. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 6, 2009 2:12 am


    Since you are in the band, I just wanna say, I truly enjoy the enthusiasm you guys and gals bring to all UH home games.

    BTW, I LOVE the whole “dance” routine you guys pull off during that drum line sequence that involves you guys jumping up and down, then waving one arm in the air, then back to hopping up and down while making the “chopping” motion with your arms followed by the little dance thing side to side.


  227. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 6, 2009 2:15 am

    #6 at Jack In The Box with onion rings and a Dr. Pepper is the way to go before passing out! 😎

  228. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 6, 2009 2:18 am


    September 5th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    On the otherhand, Fresno creamed UC Davis today. Big numbers. Fresno may finally live up to its rep and be the big spoiler of the WAC this season.

    October 10th is one day. October 11th is another…

    We shall see about Fresneck State’s WAC championship dreams… 🙄

  229. Hi warriorbg- welcome to the blog!

    I am a band fan- my kids went to the Rose and Macy parades in 2005. Our seats in PP give us a great place to enjoy the UH band, cheer and dancers too.

    Nitey nite and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  230. curveball September 6, 2009 4:50 am

    Good Morning all from the waters off Oahu..all looks calm from out here..beautiful moon

  231. royvic September 6, 2009 5:41 am


    Good point. The Warriors are in need of someone better suited on the side line communicating to the QB and WR of game time adjustments. When Coach Jones was here his motto was “why wait to half time to make adjustments when you could make them during the game on the sidelines, too” makes perfect sense since it can make a big difference in winning the game.

    The absence of coaching communication amongst the QB and WR with this UH team is apparent and I’m glad others are noticing this, too, like jason.

    When the UH coaching staff breaks down the film of the last game they’ll identify the mistakes the QB, WR and other players had made during the game. And this is fine and dandy. Then, I guess, Coach Rolo albeit belatedly can help Alexander…

    But whom do you think has the savviest coaching staffs…that’s right… ones in which coaches on the sidelines are identifying the mistakes as they are happening, making the tweaking and adjustment and relaying and communicating this info to the players on the sidelines, especially the QBs.

    And I wish the Warriors would do it this way, too, because it can make a huge difference in the outcome of the game.

  232. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 5:43 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    welcome welcome.

    suggest Gwen go hookup with da jumbotron guy. play ‘Jose, u can c’ when GA throws TD. dat goin happen. plan fo it. no need ‘by da dawn’s early lite’ da tag goes fo 4 seconds. 😆 no need sheet music.

    no need al’s cup eeda. 😛

  233. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 5:52 am


    you right about dat. 100000%. progressive, innovative coaching.
    talking to the UCA coaches, they were really respectful of UH, total, players and coaches. but i could just feel that they were a caliber ahead of us in da game time adjustments.

    good thing we had da fan base fo take it all up a notch at da end. 4th quarter, 4 minutes to play, it was us. no doubt about it. us and the players. until Miano or whoever disguised those cover 2s and brought the blitz using the deep back. that was awesome. the way the UCA told the story, that was respect.

    He did say that our QB got better as the game went on though. Meaning, GA got better. maybe our QB coaching got better too. I mean, they’re pulling it off, don’t you think?

    then again, maybe we get enough coaches, but not enough coachin. no what i mean?!

    still yet, our Warriors looked MEAN! phrick, our D looked goood fo no returners. da 5oline guyz did look like a nickel. I’m glad Shaw came to da rescue. now somebody gotta stand up an be in charge of da hole package.

    ahem ahem. 😀

  234. royvic September 6, 2009 5:53 am

    Does this make sense? It just donned on me. The reason why UH is possibly waiting this long in getting another G.A ( for the WR) is that maybe it’s coinciding with whom they maybe looking at that didn’t make it on a NFL roster yesterday?

  235. royvic September 6, 2009 5:59 am

    #233 bh2

    I agree Shaw came to the rescue. But when I was watching the game, especially during UH eventual game winning drive the coach that stepped up, and was on Coach Mack’s side in conversation was Coach Tormey. So I would give, also, props to Coach Tormey, too, for coming to the rescue.

  236. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 6:06 am

    i new it i new it.

    Doze 2 buggaz, Tormey and Shaw, are coming to our rescue!

    yeeee haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    as my fren clem would say

    “step aside shallow water,

    let the big sea roll in.” 😀

  237. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 6:27 am

    just my wat of telling we ain’t gonna be a 8-5 team this year, no siree!

    got big plans, big plans. 😀

    plus, i no like da stress caused by last minute uncertainty. no like sit one row below al, cuz yu neva no, yu neva no.

  238. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 6:43 am


    I’m still laughin. any suggestions about when you’re cookin at Tgate, having lota fun but you gotta go like right now? 😆 marinate?


  239. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 6:44 am

    or whose pocket?

  240. royvic September 6, 2009 6:44 am

    During the 1420 post game show BC was going over the head coaches error of sending out the kicking team in kicking an extra point with UH leading by 25-20 with around a minute left in the game. It was only after the kicking team was lined up to kick the point-after that the coaching staff realized their mistake and called a timeout. BC didn’t go short in saying this was a blatant coaching error and I agree.

    The point is is that when Coach Mack signaled for the kicking team onto the field he or some other coach on the sideline should have seen that kicking an extra point instead of trying for a two point conversion would have been a big mistake.

    The point BC made is that UH should be better organized and managed, meaning some coach on the sideline should have a chart that tells you exactly what to do in every scenario–whether to go for one or two pts. after a TD–and relay this info to the head coach.

    For Coach Mack to have sent the kicking team out there is an egregious error. And where any other seasoned coach would have been cognizant of what to do in this instance leading 25-20 with a minute left in the game.

    Listening to the telecast the fans were booing when they saw what was about to happen when the kicking team came out there. And it’s a credit to them that they know the game…and are in the game…something more of which Coach Mack should be, too, imo.

  241. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 7:00 am

    During the 1420 post game show BC was going over the head coaches error of sending out the kicking team in kicking an extra point with UH leading by 25-20 with around a minute left in the game. It was only after the kicking team was lined up to kick the point-after that the coaching staff realized their mistake and called a timeout. BC didn’t go short in saying this was a blatant coaching error and I agree.

    The point is is that when Coach Mack signaled for the kicking team onto the field he or some other coach on the sideline should have seen that kicking an extra point instead of trying for a two point conversion would have been a big mistake.

    The point BC made is that UH should be better organized and managed, meaning some coach on the sideline should have a chart that tells you exactly what to do in every scenario–whether to go for one or two pts. after a TD–and relay this info to the head coach.

    For Coach Mack to have sent the kicking team out there is an egregious error. And where any other seasoned coach would have been cognizant of what to do in this instance leading 25-20 with a minute left in the game.

    Listening to the telecast the fans were booing when they saw what was about to happen when the kicking team came out there. And it’s a credit to them that they know the game…and are in the game…something more of which Coach Mack should be, too, imo.

    ditto @ #233 above. “good thing we had da fan base fo take it all up a notch at da end. 4th quarter, 4 minutes to play, it was us. no doubt about it. us and the players.”

  242. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 7:03 am

    wish I was going Wassu. hope the boyz will hang on till day get to Vegas.

    come on coaches. do your job. you can do it.

  243. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 7:06 am

    I like all our coaches.

    jgotta light a fire under dem, dats all.

    get on da job!!! 😀

    rip off dem DEPENDS and ENAMIZE dem buggas. 😆

    consult Al fo tips. :mrgreen:

  244. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 7:08 am

    okay, gotta make hay
    have a great day.

    hi ho esme wooshhhhh.>>>>>>>>>>>>

  245. Slugger September 6, 2009 7:17 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Still catching up on all the news & blog logs. It was a day of women’s volleyball yesterday, Maryknoll-St. Francis, UH-Texas & St. Louis-Cal.

    Have a great day everyone.

  246. buffoman September 6, 2009 7:56 am

    The question to Jason is, is Rolo the right person to be the offensive coordinator? I ask as I am not happy with what Alexander has done as QB. His ability to read does not appear to have improved. Lets face it, he was going to run again and , oops, I (GA) see Salas and tossed the ball his way. It was not a read, but an chance glance that occurred. Had GA taken off again, the outcome may have been different.

    In my opinion, the jury is still out on Rolo as a coordinator with that much responsibility. If anything, bring back Morrison as he seemed to have been able to work the QBs in the past. Let’s not go too far as JJ was the MAN.

  247. Aloha Kakahiaka!

    from Garret’s blog:

    About how the Aloha Stadium crowd caused problems for them, Conque said:
    “It was so loud we had communications problems several times.” (LCD)

    Yes it was!!!

  248. d1島 September 6, 2009 8:02 am

    Great Morning All!

    Hope the Wahine bounce back by burying Bears before belated bemoaning beset by Bovine beatdown becomes browbeating!

  249. Boy! braddah’s boomin!

  250. d1島 September 6, 2009 8:20 am

    Bwaaahaaahaaa! 😀

  251. mctruck September 6, 2009 8:22 am

    I was surprised that when Oklahoma’s starting qb,(Bradford) got injured, the best backup for the cowboys, was a 1st year freshman who really looked like the typical 1st yr. freshman. A program like Oklahoma ranked #3???….surprise, surprise!!!!

  252. kokane™ September 6, 2009 8:32 am

    good and beautiful morning to all the tsaiko’s in the 808 😀

    giving a shout out call to anyone wanting to make a prayer discussion kope hour. if interested give me a shout back.

    no worry about dem wahines they going come back

  253. Jason September 6, 2009 8:35 am

    buffoman: I’m not saying do it now. I don’t think Rolo is ready. And this is based on Ron Lee’s own comments during a Nā Koa lunch last year. But I think that would be the ideal situation. Having listened to Rolo break down game film at another Nā Koa lunch, I think he knows the offense well enough where he could eventually be OC, or at least take over play calling. But I understood Ron’s concern to be Rolo’s ability to read what the defense was doing, chart its tendencies, and adjust play calling to attack the weaknesses on the fly. I’m not sure if I got that right, but it wouldn’t surprise me for such a young coach. If he works those weaknesses into strengths, then maybe he’ll be ready later.

    And here’s the thing about Alexander to me. Some of his weaknesses are his own, in particular physically. Let’s face it, the guy is not the most mechanically sound of QBs. And part of it is on the receivers; Ron Lee is stretched thin, and with the complexity of the offense running more sight-adjusted routes, I get the feeling they are working more on mastering reads than precision route running. And the O-line needs to get better, although they did get better as the game went on. Maybe there are things Rolo should be doing better too. But we’re not in those meetings, and we’re not on the field next to him. Not to mention, I know how it is to be a young teacher/coach, and how there are challenges involved when you are so inexperienced. So I might be willing to cut the guy some slack. In this case, I’m looking more at long-term potential than short-term results. While I’d love for us to get 10+ wins now, I also acknowledge we might take some lumps this year.

    And yes, I agree, JJ was the man. In a perfect world, he’d come back and be OC. But we have what we have right now.

    Okay, gotta get ready for church.

  254. warriorfanny2 September 6, 2009 8:37 am

    Look, you guyz want to talk about coaches goin and in the same vein suggest Dan Morrison is the solution? Must be the same koolaid groupies that observed practices and were spoon-fed MAC propaganda and said the team looked great. puke!
    How many times did MAC and others on staff say the OL was great over the last two years?
    There are 3 coaches under the MAC regime that are not D1A coaches. Period. Figure it out and start with Mr Union, Jim Donovan, who is highly motivated politically (witness his wahine BB coach hire among others). Then you will understand Y MAC hires coaches, he can easily toss under the bus when fans start to critcize his abilities.

    It’s not the players.
    It’s the program.
    Starting with the two off-season training periods Spring and Summer. Then there are all the verbals that hype recruiting when many of these recruits are not academically qualified.
    Shibai–you bet–and it resonates most clearly on this site.

  255. Da Punchbowl Kid September 6, 2009 8:43 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    U bet big boy! Browbeating bad! Bows best brutally batter Bears!

  256. mctruck September 6, 2009 8:45 am

    I was surprised to see Neveda held to zero points by ND. Even Mark May of ESPN predicted a better game from Neveda.
    Which just goes to show…..I underestimated ND’s DEFENSE!!!

  257. Pomai September 6, 2009 9:01 am

    I wish for one moment that you could take BC and make him the head coach under that situation, you would see how well he doesn’t know squat and if it wasn’t for 20/20 hindsight none of you armchair coaches would know either.

    It’s always easy to point out mistake when you are sitting on the sideline, if all the critics are so great then why don’t you step up to the plate and show the world how good you are??? LOL

  258. “Must be the same koolaid groupies that observed practices and were spoon-fed MAC propaganda and said the team looked great. puke!”
    “Shibai–you bet–and it resonates most clearly on this site.”

    Gollum- Stephen Tsai Followers United.

  259. pssst… it’s ST’s birthday tomorrow….
    pssst, pssst… It’s Wena’s birthday tomorrow too….

    😆 😎

  260. d1島 September 6, 2009 9:36 am

    Speaking of Na Koa luncheon.

    Who’s in?

  261. kokane™ September 6, 2009 10:01 am

    kden no takers for today prayer meeting kope hour. we close um den. have a good day aloha

  262. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 10:08 am

    koakane- you wen change your name?

  263. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 10:09 am

    I am having kope and a warmed up (toasted, not micro’d) scone with #2 son. Does that count?

  264. AWP September 6, 2009 10:15 am

    The ability for a QB to see, feel and accept reads can be developed over time with game experience. Some like CB were quicker to assimilate than others. In our offense, it took all of our QB’s e.g. Robinson, Rolo, Chang and Brennan time to digest everything. Alexander is improving and we’ll see how far he can take the Warriors. The offense remains the same with or without JJ. We as fans have been really spoiled. This is not the team of ’06-’07. So far I see improvement in Special Teams, O-Line, RB’s,Receivers and Defense. It is said that a team improves the most between its 1st and 2nd game. I hope so, because WSU on the road will be a big challenge. We fans must keep the faith. Go Warriors! Believe.

  265. labrat September 6, 2009 10:24 am

    I guess it is just me but I liked Alexander running the ball. Why not? There was a lot of green in front of him. He is a battler. He made the plays when the team needed him to do so. He never gave up. I like Alexander.

  266. Kazz (12 more for Coach Shoji) September 6, 2009 10:28 am


    September 6th, 2009 at 9:36 am
    Speaking of Na Koa luncheon.

    Who’s in?

    99.5% chance I’m in for tomorrow.

  267. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 10:28 am

    Me too. I like Alex the Greg…

  268. royvic September 6, 2009 10:31 am


    You really don’t know what you’re talking about. It has nothing to do with being an armchair quarterback. When BC was alluding to the mistake the Coach Mack made in his post game show it was such recognizable mistake that there was nothing to second guess. The coaches mistake was stupid.

    In fact the less you say would be better.

  269. royvic September 6, 2009 10:50 am


    Plus you don’t have to be an armchair QB to recognize which coaching staffs are composed of bambis and which ones aren’t.

  270. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 10:51 am

    AWP- also remember that Colt spent a lot of “fun” time with his receivers. They became brothers off the field- Colt even changed his hair to dreds…

    All of them went more than 1/2 way to get in sync and it manifested as art on the playing field.

    While Greg is not Colt, I feel very comfortable with his qualities and spirit and hope he will find his own magic as a leader on and off the field. Besides, doesn’t he sound a little like Rocky in interviews???



  271. madeinhawaii September 6, 2009 10:55 am


    Problem with Alexander running too often can be summed up with what happened to Inoke… concussion … exhaustion … dehydration … Too much is at risk.

  272. labrat September 6, 2009 10:58 am

    Liz I went into the stadium real early and after the band stopped their practice I saw 2 Warriors working out on their own. Greg Alexander was throwing the ball to Greg Salas who was running routes. To think that that combination would account for one of the biggest plays of the game. I guess it was meant to be.

  273. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 10:59 am

    Hey royvic- what’s the point of putting down Pomai?
    Conflicting opinions are fine but personal attacks are pretty self-defeating.

  274. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 11:00 am

    labrat- SWEET!

  275. labrat September 6, 2009 11:04 am

    mih that is all a part of playing the game. Other teams have qbs who run the ball all the time. If in a game the opportunity presents itself you take it. It will make the other team adjust to it. Open up more holes for the slots. Make the opponents dline think more. As for risk that is why you have backups. They need to prepare themselves and be ready to play.

    I saw Greg practicing early before the game without the pads and he looked to be in real good condition.

  276. royvic September 6, 2009 11:06 am


    He makes the argument, first that BC doesn’t know squat, then he makes the assumption that the observers don’t know anything. I mean does that sound right to you? No it doesn’t. All I said is that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about–which is true. And the less he says is true and isn’t suppose to be construed as a personal attack.

  277. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 11:09 am

    vic vic vic

    tsk tsk tic. 😀

    rememba, Pomai was eatin wit me, tryin for keep up all aftanoon long.

    an den he, like all of us, made da game time adjustment and started yellin at da coaches for wanting to kick da stupid ball when we up by 5, going fo 6. any fool of a coach woulda gotten his head outta his behind and gone for da 2 if he’da taut about it.

    good ting we wuz odaya fo get him to tink about it.

    but i guess your question, and my question, wuz how come it took us highly paid professionals to get dem baboozaaz off day fat watchamacalits and send in da right play, right? :mrgreen:

    ok i like get off my chess what i really like get off my chess.
    like talk about Alex. da bradda get da language right. uses da hyperverb phrick like me. bradda no scaid like me. bradda is dense like ….


    but da bradda like lead us to VICTORY!

    Go Warriors.

  278. LizKauai [iMac] We are FAMILY- GO WARRIORS! September 6, 2009 11:14 am

    COLT WATCH (sorta)

    RT @mortreport: Redskins will sign Andre Woodson as practice squad QB; that’s who they have targeted. Like his 6-5 size, upside.

  279. bighilofan2 September 6, 2009 11:17 am

    good fun yellin at each odda wen we stay winning.

    not gonna be good fun yellin when we stay whining.

    I like to see Greg run. I don’t like to see Greg run. I no like see him run off ten. i like see him run when hafta. and i love that this bradda no scared wack back.

    what i no like see is Greg dropping the ball. Or anybody on our team dropping the ball.

    For me, I was happy with Greg pulling out da big toss and da braddaz hookin up. Get chance thi season for …. wait, wait…. no like bachi nuttin.


  280. madeinhawaii September 6, 2009 11:24 am


    It’s all part of the game when you don’t depend on pass accuracy and reads as much as the Run and Shoot does. BUT when your primary QB gets 75% of the snaps in practice, your backup 25% and the third gets mental reps only, it’s too big of a risk. An injured arm, fatigue, etc can all lead to poor judgment and inaccurate throws.

    In the RnS, the QB never looks to make an open field run and break tackles. If by necessity he runs, it’s to get the 1st down and slide.

    Greg was holding onto the ball too long hoping to find an open man way down field. He got in trouble so he ran. In any case, that’s not a good situation.

  281. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc September 6, 2009 11:34 am

    With respect to the PAT issue late in the th quarter – if this novice football fan can raise the issue prior to the lineup, then it should be obvious to the people actually down on the field.

    Also, the defense stepped up very impressively – now if only the offensive line could do the same, then we’ll be able to watch some good plays. And this novice fan was quite impressed with Alexander’s ability to change tactics about throwing v. running right the go.

    Question: Are Greg Alexander and Jared Alexander related? I don’t have access to an old baseball program to check out the latter’s high school.

    Re the Old Futs leaving the game before it’s over: it happens at all the games no matter which sport and whether UH is winning or losing. At the on-campus games/matches, people leave to get a head start on traffic which usually clears out in 16 or 20 minutes no matter what. The Aloha Stadium crowds are hoping that the same thing will happen there, but usually it doesn’t make any difference whether you leave five minutes into the 4th quarter or stay around to sing the Fostering Mother.

    When we left the after-game T-Gate at 11:30 pm the other night heading towards H-3, the Blue Lights were still directing traffic out of the Stadium parking lot.

    UPDATE PLEASE ON MY NICKELBACK! I’m hearing two very different injuries.

    Who is the person referred to in #234?

    Time to go count bottles & cans and then head into town for the last two volleyball matches.

    Will be dropping off a check at the Na Koa luncheon tomorrow.

  282. ai-eee-soos September 6, 2009 11:38 am

    sssst – new post up.

  283. Kapahulu September 6, 2009 11:38 am

    new blog up

  284. Kona Girl September 6, 2009 1:00 pm

    warriorbg – MAHALO for the insight!!! Love you guys and how much the crowd is getting into the spirit of it all. Would love to see it capitalized upon even more. As I watch other bands across the country, I’ll forward the ideas as they come…thanks for being a willing listener! Keep up the good work…we all enjoy it!

  285. chawan_cut September 7, 2009 9:28 am

    here’s what they look like. i gots a set.

  286. spanaway September 9, 2009 4:54 pm

    to my warriors bring your sofa and your bed ,make your self at home cause brada ironworker help build qwestfield p.s dont forget da poki

  287. Davide October 3, 2009 3:20 am

    needed here

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