Baseball Rainbows in Arizona

The baseball Rainbows (33-26) will remain in Arizona, drawing San Diego (36-20) in the opener of NCAA Tournament Β Regional at Arizona State.

ASU plays Milwaukee in the other opening-round game in the Arizona State Regional.

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The Rainbow Wahine were scheduled to depart Tuscaloosa early this morning for the journey to Oklahoma City, site of the College World Series.

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Can you think of a more clutch play than Jenna Rodriguez’s two-run homer? The Rainbows had struck out 16 times in 6 2/3 innings, and were down to their last out when Rodriiguez blasted the strut-off homer.

There have been game winning shots in basketball. And, of course, the heroics of Colt Brennan and Dan Kelly to preserve the Warriors’ perfect season in 2007. But with so much on the line β€” nationally televised game against top-ranked team on the road β€” well, Rodriguez’s homer is difficult to top.


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ESPN picked Rodriguez’s homer No. 6 in the top 10 list of Plays of the Day.


  1. G (China) May 31, 2010 12:34 am

    Sounded like an amazing game. If you are a sports fan, you have to appreciate the drama. Many blessings to the Na Wahine Softball team!

  2. Slugger May 31, 2010 12:38 am

    This is the way they’ve played all year. Focus. Determination. Nothing gets them down.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  3. Ukuhead May 31, 2010 12:38 am

    SWEET!!!!! Good luck Wahine!!!

  4. Slugger May 31, 2010 12:39 am

    Good night all!!! I know we’ll all have sweet dreams.

  5. Ralph May 31, 2010 12:46 am

    Na Wahine has the offense to do it all in one swing. Kaia did a very good job keeping Bama off the base paths through 5 innings, only one made it to second in 5 innings.

  6. ai-eee-soos May 31, 2010 12:48 am

    Good Luck na Wahines.

    Bring home the TROPHY.

  7. Capitol ist/WassupDoc May 31, 2010 1:04 am

    Nearly 900 people erupted into raucus cheers Sunday morning when the annoucement was made about

    the Wahine’s come-from-behind win over Alabama. The place? Hilton Hawaiian Village. The occasion? TheState democratc party Convetion.

    Our Internet service isdown & Oceanic can’t come to repair the cable connections until Thursday night. Good time to learn how to text and post and send e-mails.

  8. PowderPuff May 31, 2010 1:06 am

    Agree with you, ST. AND to do it on the #1 seed’s home field with 3K fans going crazy sensing victory…….amazing grit and determination. Go Wahine!!! They need to start charging for admission…

  9. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:11 am

    Tes Whitlock’s BYU buzzer beater comes to mind as does Dan Kelly’s performance in 2007 up in Reno.

    If I were FORCED to rank them, Jenna “J-ROD” Rodriguez knocks ’em all down.

    Yes BYU was a rival, but it wasn’t on BYU’s home court to go to the “Elite 8”.

    Yes we hadn’t beaten Nevada in Reno and we needed to stay alive for the first BCS invited ever, but Nevada wasn’t ranked in the Top 5 in the nation in football.

    Alabama was it. Bama was #1 seed overall, on their field, no room for error situation, like the others I mentioned, but this was for the World Series and this had the highest of odds stacked against a Hawaii program in recent memory.

    This young lady wanted to come to Manoa two years ago, but it wasn’t meant to be back then, she found her way to UH eventually and it’s been one of those, “My Lord…” moments.

    Is it wrong that almost 24 hours have gone by and I still get choked up watching that clip?

  10. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:20 am


    I agree with Coolen when he said that the majority of the fans that showed up at the end of the season were “curious” and were in the “wait and see” mode.

    I felt awkward in that for the past 1.75 seasons I was used to the same faces in the sparse crowd at the softball stadium that I did wish for a larger crowd, but got more than what I bargained for when I had to ask Ralph and Pomai to save me a seat during the Friday game of the Fresno State series.

    I talked with Pomai in length today and I’m over those feelings and the bigger picture is that these ladies deserve that mass support.

    But as a father would say to the boy that is dating his daughter.

    “Treat her well, or else! I have no problem going back to prison!!!”

    Time and time again, I have seen and hear and READ about people that DUMP on these kids at UH when things aren’t all “SUGAR BOWLY” and “12 and 0-ish”. This program has done things in their respective sport of softball that if a bigger budget income-producing sport were to accomplish at UH on a regular basis, we wouldn’t be so worried about making bowl games or making WAC tourneys in basketball, etc… That’s the truth.

    I can see why Coolen is “skeptical” (MY WORD, NOT COOLEN’S) about the increase in fan attendance and he has every right to be as he’s seen it all in the past 19-20 years at UH.

    However, I am sure he has not seen this kind of team in all of his life. Hopefully those fans that came out at the end will keep showing up and will be happy to open their wallets too!

  11. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:21 am

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!



    So… I’ll keep on typing!

  12. Aaron May 31, 2010 1:29 am

    the only play that i can think of that compares is when Ashley Lelie caught that TD pass from Rolo to beat Fresno back in 2001. Throw in the forced fumble by Nate Jackson right before it and it’s about as unlikely a scenario you can think of… but in terms of national significance, that walkoff HR wins hands-down.

  13. addahknowjoe May 31, 2010 1:34 am

    It was the hit that was heard around the nation!

    If you wanted Na Wahine to get some recognition, well… everyone knows about them now.

    This game is being touted by the press as possibly the biggest upset ever in college softball history!

    Did you see that Crimson crowd stare in silence at that ball sail over left field? It was simply deafening! What an incredibly sick feeling they must’ve collectively had. And you know, it could have easily swung the other way.

    I’m sooooo proud of them.

    Onto OOOOOOOOKlahomaaa!

  14. 99club May 31, 2010 1:35 am

    Yup. Have to agree that yesterday’s was tops considering Alabama was #1 and at home. I’ve watched the video on youtube several times and the shot of the dugout going crazy behind Jenna as she watches the HR makes me laugh every time. Sheer joy.

  15. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:37 am

    You know, the thing about our opinions on how ESPN called the action is interesting.

    YES, Capuano was the more respectful of the two, often pointing out the Wahine’s qualites, but Smith was more critical and unjust.

    I caught a good earful of her rationale in trying to explain why the additional runs produced off a home run is “unearned”.

    To quote:

    if a team is going to score runs, they should have to earn it and not just crank it out of the park

    This comment occured after Smith was noticably agitated when Kanani Pu’u-Warren was HPB and Smith was trying to sell the pseudo fact that Nani was leaning over the plate. RIGHT.

    Then Michele Smith followed up with this comment while Amanda Taualii was at bat during the bottom of the 3rd inning:

    When you control a batter and get them to mis-hit a ball and it still goes over the fence, then something is not right with that.

    These comments followed consistantly when Smith seemed to be concerned that Alabama was not playing their speed game and “resorting” to playing “Hawaii’s Style”. So to Smith, “Hawaii’s Style” is not legitimate “softball”.

    I don’t care how anyone perceives this, this is my opinion, as is apparently MANY others her and elsewhere and spills over into local media folks.

    A fanatic fan should NEVER be questioned. Fanatic fans such as myself and the countless others here look at UH student athletes almost like family members in that we will back them up almost no matter what happens on the field of competition.

    Bob Coolen’s approach to the game of softball may not be the most “orthodox” but it has worked for him for 19-20 years. You want wins, he has them.

    But back to the point I’ve made before. It’s a futile attempt to make one’s self out to be some sort of pseudo-columnist that has no column and thinks they are doing a service to fanatic fans by “seeing both sides” when in reality, the ONLY side they are seeing is their own.

    However, that is where the similarites between those people and fanatics are. Both are strongly opinionated in their beliefs and in their passion.

    I do proudly state though, that for us fanatics, our opinions are for our student athletes we cheer on and support emotionally and financially. It’s not about proving ourselves as some sort of individual that seeks to speak above the rest in an attempt to sound off as if they were born on a higher plane.

    I’ve never apologized for anything I’ve ever said, unless it was something out of line that included muted profanity. πŸ˜‰

    I don’t expect anyone with a different opinion to apologize either.

  16. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:40 am


    The Wahine are getting what they deserve! :mrgreen:

  17. addahknowjoe May 31, 2010 1:41 am

    Of all the significant UH victories I’ve witnessed none have had such huge implications. This one wins hands down. Unreal!

    I do hope this incredible moment won’t be the last in our lifetime. Looking forward to many many more of these! =)

  18. Ralph May 31, 2010 1:41 am

    UH’s 8 runs on Saturday was the most scored on a number one seed in Regional or super regional play. In the past, the lower seed or unseeded team scored 2 or less. Alabama is the first number one seed not advancing out of the super regional. Na Wahine is setting the table the right way, lots of trivia records along with their hitting records.

  19. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:44 am

    Capitol ist/WassupDoc:

    May 31st, 2010 at 1:04 am
    Nearly 900 people erupted into raucus cheers Sunday morning when the annoucement was made about

    the Wahine’s come-from-behind win over Alabama. The place? Hilton Hawaiian Village. The occasion? TheState democratc party convention.

    If it were the Republican Convention would that have drawn mundane golf claps or would they ask what the Punahou score was? πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  20. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:46 am


    It might be the LAST in my lifetime.

    After Sunday morning, I don’t think I’ll survive the World Series.

    Mostly because my neighbors may get to me the next time I accidentally send them a wake up “YELL”! πŸ˜†

  21. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:49 am


    I hope Bobby Curran or the Sports Animals won’t use softball trivia for their radio give-aways.

    Bobby Curran tried it once when the Wahine were hosting LaTech earlier this year and it was SAD how long it took for someone to identify ONE name of the Wahine infield.

    I was about ready to punch my stereo.

  22. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 1:51 am


  23. bigwiezie May 31, 2010 2:00 am

    i must say, if i didnt have have to baby sit my 14 month old daughter, id be flying to OKC and cheering them on in person! i am really happy for the Wahine! with all the mainland haters, BAMA coach crying over every call or non call, and ESPN announcers taking for granted the Wahine! That was wonderful to watch something great happen to Hawaii for a change, especially a Wahine sport. Cause they alway get the shaft by the NCAA, whether it be volleyball, softball in previous years, or basketball during the Vince Goo era!

  24. Ralph May 31, 2010 2:10 am

    UH plays at 1 pm ET, noon CT, therefore 7 a.m. HST. the HA has the game time as 6 a.m., Robert Kekaula also reported it as 6 a.m. Isn’t OKC in CT zone, 5 hour difference from Hawaii.

  25. Not an Expert May 31, 2010 2:10 am

    Congratulations to the Wahine softball team. Now go and have a great experience at the World Series. Have fun and bring home that title.

    In regards to the game announcers they are given information about the teams and their stats and some of the things they’ve gone through to get to the super regionals. As a Hawaii fan, the announcer’s biased can be sensed by their tone of voice and their game remarks which gave Alabama the nod over Hawaii for whatever reasons they had. One cannot say it was not so.

    PERSONAL BIAS: The announcers may have been alumni of Alabama or have ties to the university or liked Alabama more than Hawaii. For ESPN they would want the number 1 seed to advance. BUSINESS BIAS.

    Going forward an Alabama fan would want Hawaii to take it all and go undefeated because that will give consolation to the Alabama team that they got beat by the best. (NO EXCUSES) For ESPN they can create that “cinderella” type of coverage and bring more viewers to the WCWS.

  26. 99club May 31, 2010 2:39 am

    Should be a good one against Missouri. They also beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa this season 2 out of 3. Missouri’s sophomore pitcher, Krisin Nottelmann, has a .87 ERA so far this season. Hey, the faster she throws the farther it goes!

  27. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 2:42 am

    Not an Expert,

    Go with your gut feelings! If you believed it was a bias then there you go!

    But yes sir, it is HARD to defend the tone and words of Michele Smith when Bama was reeling and still down by three runs.

    For anyone to say that ESPN gave the Wahine the props they deserved properly, is a slight on the Wahine softball players that worked so hard and believed in Coach Coolen’s philosophy of softball.

    Kelly Majam has said it countless times in referring to the style of softball they play when they are on top of their game. Majam and no doubt her teammates call it “Hawaii Ball”.

    But as you can see too, business of advancing and pushing the “favorites” while downplaying the capable underdogs is a clear sign that the “sports” in collegiate athletics is giving way to $$$$$ and keeping that $$$$$, the media attention, and the power of national exposure to keep recruits flowing into those power schools with deep pockets to keep the richer staying richer.

    However, Na Wahine have shown that big time softball can be played in Hawaii too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

  28. skycap May 31, 2010 2:47 am

    Check out this video Alabama Coach / Player…/Alabama-Softball

  29. 99club May 31, 2010 2:49 am

    Just looking at the video again. The time between the strikeout and the homerun landing beyond the fence? 32 seconds.

  30. skycap May 31, 2010 3:19 am

    Sorry Maybe this one will work
    video alabama coach / player…/Alabama-Softball…/Ey5qmxHl602DxQKu2al2ww.cspx

  31. LizKauai (iPhone) May 31, 2010 3:42 am

    ST- only the West Oahu Little League win even comes close to yesterday’s.
    Nitey Nite !

  32. Garret May 31, 2010 3:58 am

    Note on Bess and RGM.

    The easiest way to tell Davone Bess apart from Ryan Grice-Mullen, his former Hawaii teammate, is by looking at their legs. In the last two seasons Bess has developed tree trunks for calves. RGM’s calves look like little sticks. But honestly speaking, if your eye site isn’t good enough to see their numbers (15 for Bess and 17 for RGM) or RGM’s blonde tips on his dreads, it would be impossible to tell them apart on the field. They look and move just alike.

  33. Garret May 31, 2010 4:19 am

    Remember the football stadium upgrade that BSU helped fund with the money from their first BCS game? It is generating a LOT of money for their school. UH’s Sugar Bowl money all went to “balance the budget”, which means that it all went to Upper Campus. BSU’s academic side even has gotten over a million dollars from events that are being held at their athletic facility.

    The Sky Center, which opened in August 2008, has produced $1.2 million for academics, about $700,000 for athletics and enough rental and catering income to cover the cost of operations, Boise State officials say.

    “It’s everything we had hoped for,” athletic director Gene Bleymaier said. “The number of events that are booked up there now in a 12-month period is phenomenal.”

    The Sky Center generated between $3.1 million and $3.2 million in lease revenues in each of its first two football seasons, said Curt Apsey, senior associate athletic director for advancement.

    The profit helps support the athletic department budget.

    The rest of the income – for rentals and food and beverage service – pays the cost of operating the facility. That’s about $375,000, including the expense of adding two full-time employees. Four full-timers and one part-timer staff the Sky Center.

  34. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:23 am

    I think it has to be in the top five. I say this because there has to be some games in the past before I was born.

  35. NYUH May 31, 2010 4:30 am

    Awesome HR!

    “Number one ranked Alabama, versus Number 16 Crimson Tide” and Wahine still got in!

  36. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:39 am

    Lesson learned:

    I was at an antique area in Shanghai and my friends and I were walking. An old Chinese lady was speaking to me in mandarin. I couldn’t understand what she was saying but I could understand her body language. She wanted to give me a shoe shine for 20 RMB ($3 USD). I told her “No” repeatedly. While I was pre-occupied by something, I noticed she snuck up on me. Low and behold, she squeezed her shoe paste on one of my shoes. I looked at her, then to my friends, and then back at her. She motioned ten fingers indicating 10 RMB ($1.50 USD). So, I finally gave in and said “Yes.” After polishing my shoes, she said “30 RMB.” I said “No” and motioned ten fingers. She said, “20 RMB.” I said, “No, 10 RMB.” And she finally nodded ok. So, I gave her 10 RMB but felt bad so I gave her 10 RMB in tip. She was happy. Lesson to learn from my experience is never take your eyes off your shoes when in China. πŸ˜†

  37. ct May 31, 2010 5:26 am

    #671 from last blog
    # Pomai:
    May 31st, 2010 at 3:10 am

    #666 ct

    I take one exception to your comment, I did notice some excitement from the announcers when Alabama hit their home run in the 6th, they both came across a giddy as heck.

    Pomai … with all due respect … please watch the HR by Alabama and compare the announcer reaction. “Larson are you kidding … waaaaaaaay gone … 3 run home run for Whitney Larson” … and “the fans are going wild … as they should” They were excited and let the crowd noise in. Noting that “Larsen just get her hands extended on” and doesn’t even follow through” and about the fans that “support his team no matter what the score is” And if you want giddy … listen to the announcers voices on the batter after the HR (Amanda Locke) … now that’s giddy .. the voice cracking with excitement describing the fans “new energy”

    In fact if you look at the batter before J Rod … Gonsales … the pitch clearly inside … they got more excited saying “Rings her up” than they did during the winning HR … after the initial HR announcing for J Rod … there was complete silence for a long time … that’s what I meant about it was like their best friend died. Then describing it as a “shocking turn of events in Tuscaloosa, Alabama” and later described J Rod’s “unique hitting style”

    Again … I could go on and on … sorry … will quit now … don’t get me wrong … I am still enjoying the win … and agree … this may be one of the best of all time


  38. mctruck May 31, 2010 5:44 am

    Holy schmollie!!!, what’s going on with anything baseball in Hawaii???, UH’s mens and womens baseball….HPU baseball, anything baseball is just burning the house down?!! I ain’t complaining, not me!!!

    Keep it going everybody…good luck ladat!!

  39. Maverick May 31, 2010 6:12 am

    Way down yonder in the Indian nation
    Ridin’ my pony on the reservation
    In the Oklahoma hills where I was born

    Way down yonder in the Indian nation
    A cowboy’s life is my occupation
    In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born

    But as I sit here today
    Many mile’s I am away
    From the place I rode my pony
    Through the draw

    Where the oak and black-jack trees
    Kiss the playful prairie breeze
    And I feel back in those hills
    Where I belong

    Now as I turn life a page
    To the land of the great Osage
    In those Oklahoma hills
    Where I was born

    Where the black oil rolls and flows
    And the snow white cotton grows
    And I feel like in those hills
    Where I belong

  40. Annoddah Dave May 31, 2010 6:12 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,
    Yesterday will be remembered as “Diamond Day” as 3 Hawaii teams advance on to the national stage. What a great feeling. Almost as good as the “birth of my kids”! to repeat a quote.

  41. azwarrior22 May 31, 2010 6:22 am

    Very impressive, Na Wahine win. I never watched Wahine sports, although I was a fan of the volleyball team. Watching it on ESPN, I can truly say I was excited and proud to be a Hawaii fan. That was a monumental win against the #1 team on their home field…the difficulty don’t get any harder than that, plus to do it in the bottom of the 7th, down to your last out, against their ace pitcher. Next up is the Mizzou Tigers…let’s lay a beating on them too to show the nation that Hawaii is a non-BCS player. And hope the Basebows play at the regionals hosted by ASU. ..if they do I can go see πŸ™‚ Congrats to both teams ! Go Rainbows and Warriors!!

  42. Kekoa (iPhone) May 31, 2010 6:22 am

    BG808 ~
    Re: Lessons learned in #37.

    Wear rubbah slippahs!

    Have a safe trip home.

  43. duffer May 31, 2010 6:30 am

    Off Topic……………….

    I’m looking to purchase a cd by Moe Keale. His album is Aloha Is A Part Of Me. Specifically the song Mapuna Ka Hala O Kailua.

    Don’t know where else to ask…….. πŸ™‚

  44. βρΡω808 May 31, 2010 6:41 am

    ~β€’~~~~β€’~ ❀ ❀ ❀ B E A U T I F U L β€’ Morning to everyone!!!❀ ❀ ❀ ~β€’~~~~β€’~

  45. βρΡω808 May 31, 2010 6:43 am

    Let us not forget this is Memorial Day. We honor all of the men and
    women (& their families) that have served and sacrificed for this Nation
    – for our freedom, liberty, and high quality of life that many of us too
    – often take for granted.

    Thank you – and God Bless America!

  46. βρΡω808 May 31, 2010 6:47 am

    Re: #38 – BG808, Kekoa – Don’t wear leather shoes in India! 😯

  47. koakane May 31, 2010 6:48 am

    glorious morning tsaiko country

    congrats to the warrior men bball team for making an incredible run and winning the WAC. you showed grit, determination and made many doubters (me included) believers again. mahalo and continued success at the regionals.

    ahhhhhhh the sball wahines what can one say that has not been said. beeeg congrats and also mahalo. yesterday was so sweeeeeet. nuff said.

    go get um wahines and warriors

  48. Ronnie May 31, 2010 6:55 am

    The University of Hawai’i will open against San Diego in a four-team regional hosted by overall No. 1 seed Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz

    Bummer… I was hoping the baseball team would be in the Cal State Fullerton regional so I could go…. but at least they don’t have to fly anywhere….

  49. βρΡω808 May 31, 2010 6:55 am

    Submitting my grades –

    Capuano = C
    Smith = F-
    Other ESPN “experts” = C‘s
    UH Wahine SB Team = A++
    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†


  50. Ronnie May 31, 2010 6:57 am

    HA! I should have refreshed first – since ST had already posted where the basebows were playing. πŸ™‚

  51. Kekoa (iPhone) May 31, 2010 7:04 am

    ct ~ You have nailed it…and this is why this particular sports event is the greatest moment in Hawaii’s history!

    ➑ The media bias set the stage.

    ➑ The freeze frame shot of the overwhelming number of bama fans in the stands stunned by one mighty swing of the bat.

    ➑ The reaction to this storybook ending will draw even more attention to the “The Little Engine
    That Could.”

    ➑ As Coach Bulla always reminds us…”make memories.” This one is indelible.

    ➑ Proud to be from Hawaii? Damn right we are!!. 😎

  52. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:08 am

    i know that the wahine broke the win streak, but when was the last time Alabama lost back to back games????

    when i blow up the photos i like looking at the faces of the Bama fans, that’s the real story……total disbelief…gotta love it.

    aaron i agree with you on the 2001 UH game with Nate Jackson and Lelie’s catch…..we were right there in the South End Zone on that pass into the end zone….UNREAL……

    and I had this little pudgy kid next to me telling me….’….dad, one day I am going to be a Warrior…’ say hello to the the future ‘Beast’….haha

  53. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:10 am


    i agree with you 1000%…..national stage, on their field, and they were already written off by everyone…..Bama had the ‘mo’ and were rolling….Dunne was doing her thing, but as we all know…

    ‘it ain’t Dunne until it’s DONE……’

  54. Stretch May 31, 2010 7:13 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    DAMN!! I wonder if the UH baseball team can take down another No 1 seed??

    Re: UH Softball Homeruns – we not talking about a “system offense”, right??!!??

  55. 99club May 31, 2010 7:17 am

    Man, I thought our Basebows had it tough playing San Diego for the opener. Arizona St. has to play the Brewers!

  56. Stephen Tsai May 31, 2010 7:19 am

    Folks, need to enjoy the moments.
    The dynamics of sports is fragile. There could be teams with better players in the future, but there might not be a better Rainbow Wahine team.

  57. whitey May 31, 2010 7:20 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. After reading many of the post about ESPN announcers, I checked with ESPN to see if there was any place to express our feelings about the announcers. There is, go to ESPN, on the top there is a title with the word COMMENTARY, get on it and up pops Ombudsman, Don Ohlmeyer. You can email him your thoughts.

  58. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:22 am


    it would be a system offense if our field was ‘regulation’ and we didn’t play at sea level…huh??? yeah, my thoughts exactly…haha

  59. whitey May 31, 2010 7:22 am

    porgot, the email address is close to his name. will be interesting to see if there is any response and if they do, what will they say to defend smith.

  60. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:25 am

    well said, this team would be hard to beat, the chemistry, the power, the tenacity…i agree with you.

    i think props should go to the off season training for these girls……it is nothing short of ‘mind blowing’ the HR numbers they are putting up… other roster has batters 1-9 in their order hitting double digit HR’s…….that is nutz. and the ESPN announcer was all excited about Locke (i think) who hit 17 HR’s) during the season…..oh wow………..

    CONGRATS TO THE WAHINE, just can’t get this smirk off of my face….call’em the Alabama Slammas, or the Bama Whammas….these girls are the bomb…………..

  61. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 7:28 am

    Great Morning All!

    Good that the BaseBows get to remain in AZ.

    Safe travels to the SoftBows.

    A truly memorable Sunday all around.

    Have a memorable Memorial Day erryboddy. Thank you to all who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for this greatest country….

  62. whitey May 31, 2010 7:29 am

    yesterday’s homerun brought back memories of the story about “Mighty Casey” at bat in the bottom of the 9th, game tied, 2 outs. And with a mighty swing etc. except this is what was expected of Casey and there was great joy in Mudville. dang bulla, memories do come back.

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 7:30 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Thanks to the Wahine and Basebows for making this such a memorable Memorial Day!

    In terms of a win with national ramifacations and with national TV exposure, Jenna’s pa’i might be number one.

    But Mamea’s slam in the LLWS is right up there too.

    So many great memories from the past which we Hawaii fans can savor, actually.

    I’m thinkin’ that next weekends games are going to provide a few more. πŸ˜‰

  64. Pomai May 31, 2010 7:32 am

    ct you got me all wrong, you said they didn’t show excitement, I was just joking that you missed saying except for Alabama.

    If you didn’t know better and where listening to the game you would have thought that it was a Alabama home game with their regular announcers.

    I really take exception to Smith’s comments:

    “Hawaii’s Style” is not legitimate “softball”.

    ‘if a team is going to score runs, they should have to earn it and not just crank it out of the park”.

    One reason she doesn’t like “Hawaii Style” is she was a pitcher in HS through the Japan Pro’s. But still if your going to be a Pro you have to act like it, this time she didn’t. Problem is she will be calling the World Series also.

  65. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:32 am

    Wishing all the best to ALL THE 808 TEAMS that are still playing….HPU girls, UH Baseball and UH Softball teams……

    we should have a parade for these 3 teams, no matter what happens here on out, they are WORTHY of a parade……in my opinion, but then again, who knows…..HISTORY is being made with each new step taken………….Let’s Do This……

  66. whitey May 31, 2010 7:32 am

    Yes, to all the families who lost loved ones in defending our country’s freedom, we honor, love, and pay our respects to you. I am truly humbled and bow my head to all of you. Arigato gozai mas, mucho gracious, Mahalo nui loa, and Many, Many, Many Thank Yous’.

  67. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 7:34 am


    Thanks for remembering to make Memorial Day memories the most memorable in my memory. I’m going to remember you for that. πŸ˜†

  68. Pride. May 31, 2010 7:36 am


    May 31st, 2010 at 7:25 am
    well said, this team would be hard to beat, the chemistry, the power, the tenacity…i agree with you.

    i think props should go to the off season training for these girls……it is nothing short of ‘mind blowing’ the HR numbers they are putting up… other roster has batters 1-9 in their order hitting double digit HR’s…….that is nutz. and the ESPN announcer was all excited about Locke (i think) who hit 17 HR’s) during the season…..oh wow………..

    CONGRATS TO THE WAHINE, just can’t get this smirk off of my face….call’em the Alabama Slammas, or the Bama Whammas….these girls are the bomb…………..

    C’mon gang, we need to remember that the Wahine homeruns were only against WAC pitching. The Crimson Tide hit their homers against elite SEC competition. Lets not get all excited about our accomplishments.

  69. Maverick May 31, 2010 7:37 am

    Just watched the post game press conference video for ‘bama with
    Coach and several key players.

    Dunne was really the only one that gave proper Kudo’s to Hawaii.
    The coach had the least amount to say, or express.

  70. Maverick May 31, 2010 7:38 am

    On this Memorial Day.
    β€œIt is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

    It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

    It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

    It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

    It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

    It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

    It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.”

  71. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:38 am


    you are absolutely right, and that is why Dunne is a WINNER in my book, she is a class act…..the coach is classless….and i’m sticking with it.

  72. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:40 am

    #69 Pride,

    is that your tongue in your cheek or you still chewing that big wad of silly putty? haha…..

  73. Pride. May 31, 2010 7:46 am

    #73. You know that’s the way that the folks in the continental U.S. think.

  74. King Katonk May 31, 2010 7:46 am

    After watching the incredible Wahine game I set out to run some errands around town. Out of the blue a couple of softball dads came up to me, noticing my kapa β€œH” t-shirt, and asked if I saw Jenna’s homerun. Although these guys were USC grads they were going to follow UH throughout the WCWS. Even in my area of Southern California, Hawai’i is getting some positive recognition.

    Congratulations Jenna…Arcadia is definitely proud of you; way to represent the β€œAHS Lady Apaches.”

    Go Wahines!

  75. haka May 31, 2010 7:47 am

    High stakes playing for a berth in the College World Series
    Facing the number one seed
    On the road
    For three weeks
    National game on ESPN
    Playing on the opponents home field
    In front of a record setting crowd
    Your best pitcher is ill
    You’re Non-BCS
    You’re smaller
    You’re weaker
    Your team statistics are deceptive and inflated
    The opposing pitcher strikes you out sixteen times
    You lose the lead late in the game
    You are down to your last at bat
    You are down to your last out
    The crowd is on it’s feet in anticipation of your failure
    It all goes silent in your mind
    You are focused
    You are confident
    You are stoic
    You step in
    The drama
    The pitch
    The swing
    The pause
    The hope
    The dream
    The posture
    The reality
    The primal scream
    The intensity
    The pride
    The jubilation
    The joy
    The high
    The realization
    The impact
    The respect
    The love
    It was FANtastic!

  76. Pomai May 31, 2010 7:47 am

    In answer to ST question of the day. Fab five, Colt and the dreads, Wahine VB sorry they don’t come close. This one is the tops of all our sports programs. You can top this by doing it again in the CWS but please don’t my heart won’t take it, neither will Kazz’s, just win it “Hawaii Style” and as Ms Smith say’s “just crank it out of the park”.

    If you would look back a few blogs ago, I made the comment that I wanted to play Alabama in the regionals just for this reason, I knew we could beat them, what I didn’t know was that we could beat them at home.

    We will win the whole enchilada, I said this to Kazz on the evening of May 1st, after beating Fresno an walking out the stadium, and I am sticking to it.

  77. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 7:48 am

    Bulla –

    The enigmatic Pride speaks with in-cheek-tounge me thinks.

  78. duffer May 31, 2010 7:48 am

    As a kid playing baseball, I dreamt of hitting that walk off home run J-Rod hit. I think all kids (and adults too) have that dream. Only in my dream, it was the bases full, 3-2 count. And although I never hit that home run, I’ve had a few memorable moments, but not comparable to the magnitude of J-Rod’s. She’ll remember that moment for the rest of her life! πŸ™‚

  79. johnp May 31, 2010 7:48 am

    The Commentators made the win even sweeter! I wish they went to a shot of them in the booth during the home run. πŸ™‚

  80. duffer May 31, 2010 7:49 am


    Still looking for Moe Keale’s version of this song…………

  81. Pomai May 31, 2010 7:51 am

    Good one haka

  82. Bulla May 31, 2010 7:51 am

    make memories
    make memories
    make memories

    mahalo to the entire UH Women’s Softball Team for these memories…..

    although it may be #6 for ESPN Plays of the Day……

    it is #1 in my book……………..mahalo πŸ™‚

  83. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 7:51 am

    I really wish Haka would just come out and be truthful about how he really feels. πŸ˜†

    Just kiddin’ Haka – well said and I couldn’t agree more!

  84. Pomai May 31, 2010 7:52 am

    Pride is your middle name Smith?

    Na Na brah J/K’ing

  85. Pomai May 31, 2010 7:55 am

    OK girls an boys we only have about two more hours in the 24 hour rule, so girls enjoy it while you can, then get back to work, it’s just the begining of your road to your championship.

  86. Pride. May 31, 2010 7:57 am


    May 31st, 2010 at 7:52 am
    Pride is your middle name Smith?

    Na Na brah J/K’ing

    No, that’s my wife’s name, Michelle Smith.

  87. Pride. May 31, 2010 7:59 am

    Can the Tsaikos celebrate past 24 hrs?

  88. Bigislandkurt May 31, 2010 8:01 am

    J-rod. I love it.

    The Alabama folks were stunned indeed. Seems to me like a lot of them loss with class though. Good for them.


  89. Pomai May 31, 2010 8:06 am

    #88 Pride

    OK just this once.

  90. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:14 am

    If I were Kazz, I’d prolly say something wild and inflammatory like:
    Why doesn’t Michelle Smith pitch batting practice against the Wahine sometime?

    But I’m not Kazz and I don’t have the olos to suggest such a thing. πŸ˜†

  91. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:19 am

    A legend has passed away, most here will remember Timmy Leong and his famous gym:

  92. sjmacro May 31, 2010 8:19 am

    Great Morning and Weekend Tsaikos:

    We’ve all heard “The best salesman doesn’t make the best manager” and “The best student doesn’t make the best teacher”

    Corollary to that: “Medal winners and star athletes don’t always make the best “talking” heads or “headless” talkers”. Got that ESPN πŸ˜›

  93. Pomai May 31, 2010 8:20 am

    DPK because she may not be a pro at broadcasting but she’s not stupid, she know she’d get bombed and embarrassed.

  94. chopsueyboy May 31, 2010 8:22 am

    Congrats to our Hawaii teams!
    Enjoy the moment, then prepare for your destiny.

  95. Ronnie May 31, 2010 8:25 am

    HPU plays for the Div II national title in a little over 30 minutes. Here’s a link:

  96. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:28 am

    Okay alla youz softball junkies, time to back Hawaii’s other softball sensations. This from the HA article today:

    “HPU (49-8) will play for the title today against Georgia’s Valdosta State (50-8) at 9:07 a.m. Hawai’i time on CBS College Sports (Oceanic Digital Cable channel 247). It will also be broadcast on radio on AM 1500.”

  97. koakane May 31, 2010 8:29 am

    the tide died nuff said

  98. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:29 am

    How ya like that Ronnie Girl? Two great minds with the same thought! πŸ˜†

  99. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:30 am

    Good morning KK! Whats the bottle count up to now?

  100. Ronnie May 31, 2010 8:31 am

    You know it, DPK. That’s why I love you guys so much! We are all fans first!

  101. hilorain May 31, 2010 8:36 am

    I just thought of one event in UH history that may come close as far as unbelievable comebacks. Sometime back in the ’80s, UH football was playing Air Force with AFA driving for the game sealing TD. UH was behind and could not stop AFA option attack. Not sure who forced the fumble, but Robert Lam picked the fumble out of the air and ran for the game winning TD!! Not quite going to the WCWS, but at the time it was as improbable as J-Rod jack!!

  102. Matt May 31, 2010 8:36 am

    As I mentioned last night, the Alabama coach did congratulate the Wahine in his opening remarks. Just because it wasn’t in those articles or in that video, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Here are the postgame quotes from Alabama’s website.

    I’m guessing that the news station left that part off of their video. We need to just enjoy it for what it is, one of the greatest moments in UH sports history.

  103. Ronnie May 31, 2010 8:40 am

    Before I forget (again)… SteveM, I’ll be at the Fresno St. football game this October. πŸ˜€

  104. labrat May 31, 2010 8:41 am

    J Rod. It was like watching a boxer behind on points coming up with a knock out punch in the final round.

  105. Pomai May 31, 2010 8:46 am

    I have to admit that I am not that knowledgeable about womens softball as some of our fans, but why doesn’t the Wahine’s wear hats like baseball players do?

  106. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 8:48 am

    Thanks for that link, Matt. Tide Coach Murphy was very gracious in his remarks.

  107. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 8:50 am


    That’s kinda the analogy #1 son was making yesterday…maybe no mo’ the pedigree or contender status, but always a puncher’s chance.

    But with the kine wallop these gals get it’s a good chance!

  108. Pride. May 31, 2010 8:54 am

    Figured that Case was going to drop out. Maybe got pressure from the White House. I’m sure that the Democratic party will have a strategic plan to place Case somewhere to the benefit of the party.

  109. Pride. May 31, 2010 8:55 am

    Oops sorry, wrong blog. I was looking for Wes Nakama’s blog.

  110. Pride. May 31, 2010 8:55 am

    Oops sorry, wrong blog. I was looking for Wes Nakama’s blog.

  111. Matt May 31, 2010 8:59 am


    Jenna’s homer was #6 of the top ten plays of the weekend, not just the day. #5 (Kobe’s Game 6), #3 (Gross’ HR stealing catch), and #1 (Halladay’s perfect game) all took place on Saturday. ESPN’s broadcast also clearly stated “weekend’s top plays”.

  112. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 9:10 am

    LOL@ Pride.

    I’m glad Case did decide to drop out. It’ll be fun to see how Hanabusa vs. Djou plays out.

  113. J May 31, 2010 9:14 am


    For female players…caps, visors and headbands are optional. Some wear visors because it’s easier with ponytails. Not all pitchers like wearing headgear as it could interfere with their delivery.

    My team wore ball caps in college (non-fitted so people could still pull their hair through…and cheaper), but then we also wore pants when many teams that we played were still wearing shorts.

    The ball isn’t as easy to lose as a baseball in the sun or lights because of the size difference so having a bill to help block isn’t a necessity. The glove usually works for that.

  114. Slugger May 31, 2010 9:17 am

    Goood morning!

    Stopping by to say HI before I go out with flowers in hand.

    Have a great day!

    Esme & out…

  115. labrat May 31, 2010 9:20 am

    Dunne said what I have been saying all along. The Hawaii lineup will wear out pitchers. You might get one, two, or three but you can’t them get all. I thought Dunne was tiring a bit in the 6th but I give her credit. She was really giving it her all in the 7th. She was flapping so hard I thought she was going to fly.

  116. Lapaiki39 May 31, 2010 9:21 am

    It don’t matter if it’s an “elite” SEC pitcher or a WAC pitcher, the ball flies out of the park the same way when it’s hit squarely. Just ask the Alabama pitchers

  117. Lapaiki39 May 31, 2010 9:28 am

    The win over the #1 Ranked Tide on their home field is one of the greatest if not the greatest win in University of Hawaii sports history….
    Go Rainbow Wahine, you make us all proud!!

  118. ai-eee-soos May 31, 2010 9:44 am

    In USA Today

    “Florida, Hawaii clinch berths in softball College World Series”

    Will someone provide a link to that blurb? (I no sah be)

  119. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 9:48 am

    Here’s a list of biggest upsets from ESPN:

    It includes Chaminade’s defeat of Virgiinia

    Maybe they’ll add the Wahine’s victory over Alabama, the next time around, eh?

  120. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 9:55 am

    There is a HUGE misconception that while most of us are talking about Michele Smith’s comments and Capuano’s tones that leaned toward the Crimson Tide’s favor that we are also NOT enjoying the win.


    I can’t speak for others that I don’t know on the blog, but personally, it was about 24 hours ago that I was on my knees, after screaming like a man possessed, with my face buried in a chair crying my eyes out and laughing. Then Coach Coolen got emotional on TV and then I started crying again. Then saw Bama fans with their hands above their head and then I started laughing again. I watched that home run aka “THE DAGGER” over and over again and teared up every time.

    I haven’t been following this program for years and years like the handful of people here. 2008 was the first year for me and don’t get me wrong I enjoyed going to the games, sometimes having to do so by myself for part of 08 and most of 09, but this was SWEET!!!!!!!!

    For those of us that have been going on and on about the commentary from ESPN, believe it or not, we are able to feel multiple emotions and part of that is relishing the fact that WE ARE CORRECT in that we KNEW ALL ALONG that we would have to climb mountains to get the EQUAL respect teams that climb molehills do just because they carry a lot of money and a familiar name with them.

    Many here have posted EVIDENCE of such bias that occured yesterday on national TV and the truth is that people outside of Hawaii noticed it too and the only thing imaginary is trying to convince others that the broadcast was 100% unbiased.

    It’s been 24 hours since the “THE DAGGER INCIDENT” πŸ˜† , and I am still enjoying the moment whether people that haven’t been around me know it or not.

    Again, I am speaking for myself here and I believe others that have expressed their thoughts about how biased Capuano and Smith were are enjoying the BIG victory as much as I am too.

  121. al May 31, 2010 9:55 am

    pomai…in baseball, it is mandatory to wear a team cap on the field. softball does not have that rule, i think it is a girl thing, not so fashionable you see. it is their option to wear a visor, cap, or nothing at all on their head.

  122. al May 31, 2010 9:57 am

    hpu down 2-0 4th.

  123. expat May 31, 2010 9:58 am



    I grew up down the street from Djou (he lived on the cul de sac down from ST.). I played AYSO with him. Went to school with him.

    I wish him a happy and short stay in DC.

  124. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:00 am

    Da Punchbowl Kid:

    May 31st, 2010 at 8:14 am
    If I were Kazz, I’d prolly say something wild and inflammatory like:
    Why doesn’t Michelle Smith pitch batting practice against the Wahine sometime?

    DPK, what is that?

    You call that inflammatory? πŸ˜†

    THIS, is inflammatory:

    “I did not appreciate Michele Smith’s commentary.”

    Oooooooooooo!!!!!! That will sting her!!! πŸ˜†

  125. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:04 am

    What’s been popular in women’s softball is that elastic hair band thing they wear to keep their hair out of their face even if they have ponytails.

    Ricketts and Parnaby have used visors before in the circle, moreso Parnaby though. Yesterday, she just had the headband thing.

  126. al May 31, 2010 10:17 am

    pardon her expressions…but, michelle smith spoke just as one would expect from a pitcher.

  127. al May 31, 2010 10:18 am

    hpu score first run.
    two women on one out top 5

    2-1 hpu chasing one.

  128. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 10:20 am

    Did you guys see this link? On a BELGIUM site.. the whole bottom of the seventh?

  129. Matt May 31, 2010 10:21 am

    HPU just took the lead 3-2. Top of the 5th.

  130. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:21 am

    I have never gotten bad reception from AM1500 before and I can barely get it now…

  131. al May 31, 2010 10:23 am

    the softball game today is evolving. hawaii is the new prototypical softball team with lots of power. small ball may become a thing of the past.

    i never did like the slap hitter who bounces one off the turf and beats it out. i thought that was taking advantage of the small diamond.

    now, moving the pitcher’s plate back a foot, new bats and proper training is changing the game. the bottom line still remains that you gotta have the talent to hit the ball.

  132. Matt May 31, 2010 10:23 am

    Now 4-2. Still one out. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

  133. al May 31, 2010 10:24 am

    hpu up 4-2 still in the 5th.
    singles, speed, and errors.
    valdosta is imploding defensively.

  134. Matt May 31, 2010 10:25 am

    bases loaded, two outs.

  135. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:26 am

    Wasn’t Michele Smith a hitting pitcher in her day?

    Michele Smith spoke as a pitcher when the Wahine got their hits.

    Michele Smith spoke like a batter when Alabama got their hits.

  136. Matt May 31, 2010 10:28 am

    Strikeout. 4-2 HPU heading into bottom of 5th. HPU is the visiting team.

  137. al May 31, 2010 10:28 am

    kazz….go here.

  138. al May 31, 2010 10:29 am

    matt…thanks for the link on the ‘bama quotes. that sounds more like what you would here. perhaps it too was edited to represent the university more appropriately.

  139. al May 31, 2010 10:30 am

    kazz….dat’s because she not hawaiian.

  140. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 10:30 am

    In the “Other News” category…

    Linfield rebounds with a win to advance to play for the D3 NC in baseball tomw.

    Go ‘Cats!

  141. al May 31, 2010 10:33 am

    kazz…interestingly, smith was a pitcher/position player as you mentioned. she led the nation twice in homeruns during her last two years at oklahoma state.

    go figga?

  142. GRM May 31, 2010 10:35 am

    GREAT ccomplishments by UH and HPU. But don’t forget Bryan Clay who was also victorious!

  143. bb May 31, 2010 10:36 am

    There’s some good reading in there.

    Start from around page 9-10 and read how things change….

  144. Matt May 31, 2010 10:38 am


    The editing was done by the Alabama news station and not the University. Those quotes have been up on the Alabama website since soon after the game as part of their post game coverage.

  145. al May 31, 2010 10:41 am

    the heat is getting to the defenses…

    hpu squanders a dp opportunity when failed to appeal when the runner didn’t tag up at first. then the baserunner realized that she didn’t and went back to third and then came home on a misthrown ball. still, the runner touched home the first trip down the line and needed to retouch homeplate on her journey back to third to properly tag up. hpu missed those base running errors (2) and could have gotten that third out had they made an appeal on that play twice.


  146. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 10:48 am

    So. Catcher Zack Kometani (Hon., HI) homered twice in the Toreros 8-6 loss to Hawaii on 3/29 in San Diego.

    USD shows two other players from HI on their roster:
    Kalei Hanawahine (OF, Fr., Honolulu)
    Reyn Nagamine (1B, Fr., Aiea)

  147. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:49 am


    I guess for Ms. Smith HER homers back then were “EARNED” yeah?

  148. Pomai May 31, 2010 10:50 am

    Boy I wish these announcers for the DII game would call the CWS games, they give props to both teams.

  149. al May 31, 2010 10:50 am

    i believe that college softball will become even more popular in the year’s to come as long as long ball continues.

    i admit, it used to be rather boring back in the day of 1-0 2-1, routines scores. where pitchers dominated all to often.

  150. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 10:55 am

    The Toreros stormed thru the WCC schedule with a 19-2 record.

    They held on to beat Fresno St, 10-7, on 3/14.

  151. al May 31, 2010 10:57 am

    bottom of the 7th.
    hpu 4-3.

  152. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:57 am


    May 31st, 2010 at 10:23 am
    small ball may become a thing of the past.

    There were no indications that certain people in positions of national attention are about to let that die out soon.

  153. al May 31, 2010 10:59 am

    yesterday i did see that espn did say that they had to go brush up on there hawaii team facts, etc. that had a quick comment to that effect along with some brief facts, majam, etc.

    it should be fun come thursday.

  154. al May 31, 2010 10:59 am

    first pitch groundout.
    one down.

  155. al May 31, 2010 11:00 am

    single to center.

  156. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 11:01 am

  157. al May 31, 2010 11:02 am

    bloop single.
    two on one out.

  158. Bulla May 31, 2010 11:02 am


  159. Bulla May 31, 2010 11:03 am

    double play and let’s get out of here !!!!

  160. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 11:05 am

  161. Matt May 31, 2010 11:06 am

    bases loaded 1 out.

  162. al May 31, 2010 11:06 am

    bases loaded
    still one out.

    under pressure.

  163. Matt May 31, 2010 11:07 am

    two outs on a line drive.

  164. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 11:07 am

    I was talking to a local ASA softball coach during the Fresno State series and asked him what he thought about the Wahine not playing small ball and relying on power for offense.

    He said simply, “if my girls could hit like that, why waste time slapping”?

  165. Matt May 31, 2010 11:08 am


  166. al May 31, 2010 11:08 am

    two out.

  167. Matt May 31, 2010 11:08 am


  168. al May 31, 2010 11:08 am

    bases juiced….

  169. Matt May 31, 2010 11:08 am


  170. al May 31, 2010 11:08 am

    1-2 count….

  171. Matt May 31, 2010 11:09 am

    pop up. HPU is national champs!

  172. haka May 31, 2010 11:09 am

    Alright HPU are DII Champions!

  173. Matt May 31, 2010 11:09 am

    Congrats to HPU.

  174. al May 31, 2010 11:10 am

    pop to the outfield….
    centerfielder makes a catch.

    hpu is the d2 national champ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  175. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 11:12 am

    Congrats to HPU women’s softball..

  176. Pomai May 31, 2010 11:12 am

    The first of three NC’s

  177. Pomai May 31, 2010 11:13 am

    These girls are almost as bad as Na Wahine’s in giving heart attack’s. LOL

  178. al May 31, 2010 11:13 am


    that is quite an accomplishment.

    congratulations to the lady seawarriors.

  179. Da Punchbowl Kid May 31, 2010 11:14 am


    Yet another darmatic win for Hawaii softball!

  180. al May 31, 2010 11:14 am

    so let’s make it two softball championships!

    that would be incredible, wouldn’t it??

    it could happen.

  181. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 11:15 am

    Too bad we can’t have an exhibition game between HPU and UH softball teams after it’s all over… some kind of fund raiser.. 60-40… winner/loser…

  182. al May 31, 2010 11:16 am

    more impressive i think is the fast flying fingers of matt.
    how do you do that?

    (ugh, maybe he is younger, huh?)

  183. al May 31, 2010 11:18 am

    okay guys….back to the honey do lists.

  184. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 11:20 am



  185. jm2375 May 31, 2010 11:26 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    1 NC down, 2 to GO!! πŸ˜€

  186. ct May 31, 2010 11:31 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos.

    Much mahalos to all those heroes that serve our nation past and present for your sacrifice to keep us free … will be heading out to Punchbowl this afternoon to honor some family and those at the same time …

  187. ct May 31, 2010 11:33 am

    Congratulations to the HPU team … you make Hawaii proud

  188. 99club May 31, 2010 11:34 am

    Two things I learned from that base running error that wound up scoring Valdosta State’s last run: she was supposed to tag home plate again before going back to third (never knew that!), and she’s fast!

    Congrats HPU!

  189. Not an Expert May 31, 2010 11:35 am

    Kazz you are quite intuitive. #556 Your comment on Dunne on her after game handshake.

    In my book she is a true competitor. Give my all and if I lost that game the better team won. No excuses. If she could have another game against Hawaii, I bet she would jump at the chance.

    As a competitive pitcher I think she purposely was trying to brush Majam on the inside. Plunking Majam on purpose only she knows.

    However, if she makes a comment taking away anything from our Hawaii girls than she is another of a ship load of sore losers who will go through life grumbling and grumbling and grumbling.

    For Parnaby and Ricketts, the team needs both of you at your best.
    Hitters be confident and continue to rock and roll. This is one of many great times in a young person’s life. Enjoy the experience and have fun.

  190. Matt May 31, 2010 11:39 am


    #186. I turn 32 in a few weeks. I guess that’s young compared to some people around here, LOL. I’m finishing up my last class of grad school this summer so I have lots of practice typing up papers at the last minute.

  191. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 11:47 am

    Going into the Super Regional against Alabama, I believe our Wahine were averaging 2.5 Homers per game… I believe they only got 5 in three games, 1.67 per game (2.5 in the second and third games after aclimating!), against the #1 Tide. But what a timely 5! It just goes to show you how tough the Tide pitching was, and still our batters were able to get the job done when it counted.

  192. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 11:48 am

    Not An Expert,

    Yup! Kelsi Dunne represented her university well yesterday.

  193. Jr. lurker May 31, 2010 11:58 am


    #7 Go with Hawaiian Telcom. They’ll get you going by tomorrow.
    Outstanding service by local company and management. Buy local!

  194. ct May 31, 2010 12:00 pm

    I’m still jazzed about the Wahine SB win … and still think this may be one of the greatest of all time for UH …

    Imagine your team being rung up 16 times … by a great pitcher on a roll … who’s not only getting calls on the outside corner … the ump seems to be giving both corners … that’s the reason they had to swing at some borderline pitches and got down in the count … very smart and tough pitcher … giving all she’s got … not giving Majam … the top home run hitter anything to hit … although walking Majam … was confident in going after Iwata and Gonsales …

    Then flash to J Rod … you’re facing the #1 team in the nation … on their home turf … who had a 28 game winning streak … and who knows when was the last time they lost 2 games in a row … there’s two outs in the bottom of the 7th … down to the last out … it’s now or never … go big or go home … and the crowd is roaring … almost deafening … in anticipation of going absolutely berserk … a mediocre player would have succumb to the pressure … and no one … no one … would have thought less of her … if she went down … but it takes guts … and sheer will to step into the box … to say to yourself … this is what it is all about … this is where I want to be … I need to be here … at this moment for my team … and bammmmmm … the shot heard all the way across the US and the Pacific … from Tuscaloosa to Hawaii … sheer joy and excitement … and the disbelief and the agony of defeat on the Bama side … the #1 team goes down … hard to beat that one …

    Gotta give all the credit to J Rod … I for one have become a fierce J Rod fan … that’s for sure … but then again … that’s the essence of this team … they all want to be there


  195. 99club May 31, 2010 12:01 pm


  196. ct May 31, 2010 12:05 pm


  197. SteveM May 31, 2010 12:10 pm

    May 31st, 2010 at 11:39 am

    #186. I turn 32 in a few weeks. I guess that’s young compared to some people around here, LOL. I’m finishing up my last class of grad school this summer so I have lots of practice typing up papers at the last minute.

    Matt — not that young at 32, but borderline and probably just inside the 2nd S.D. on the Tsai-ko ages.

    My estimate (based on the Tsai-kos I have met and those who posted their grad. years) is that the average age is around 50, with 1 S.D. encompassing 40-60 years. But I’m not a statistician–hmmm, do we know anyone like that? πŸ˜†

    There are several “Matt” on record here–are you the one who has been posting for 2 years?

  198. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 12:11 pm

    Jenna Rodriguez is a story herself.

    Wanting to come to UH out of high school, but needed to handle some academic business, went the JC route, won a JC National Championship as a pitcher, JC All-American, then arrives finally at UH.

    Coolen loved her from the start. He put her in OF, but did struggle with her fielding out there. However, Rodriguez’s ability to provide pitching assistance and her more consistant bat got her the DP position and my goodness…

    Not too many people have seen her pitch. In fact she was the ONLY pitcher I saw taking on Chaminade in the games I was able to go to during the fall. I saw that “presence” Coolen talked about. Just a REAL BULLDOG in the circle. Stoic, not a big girl at all, but just with the stone look and 30 grit sandpaper type expression.

    J-Rod has that quiet intensity.

    Rodriguez may not be Hawaii-born, but she is a GREAT example of how a student athlete had a goal, but needed to take detour, and came back to her school of choice to make a world of an impact.

    Not much else to say other than… and “boom” goes the dynamite.

  199. Pomai May 31, 2010 12:12 pm

    In listening to Coach Coolen after the game talk about how Jenna shows no emotions in the box I went back and watched the whole seventh again, an when you look at the faces of all the girls what he said was true. You could see it in their eye’s, and their facial expression. NO FEAR!!!!!!

  200. 99club May 31, 2010 12:13 pm

    #198 – nice one. Checked on AL’s site, they lost back-to- back games twice this season prior to the UH series. UCF, MI and then to FL (at home).

  201. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 12:14 pm

    I have a feeling that the Wahine aren’t counting the Ks that opposing pitchers have been dialing up on them.

    It certainly didn’t mean anything yesterday! πŸ˜†

  202. Pomai May 31, 2010 12:17 pm

    Kazz she came in one time that I can remember it was late innings and I forget who it was against, but I know we saw her once late in the season.

  203. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 12:23 pm

    I hope the NCAA has some lofty accomodations for the Women’s World Series.

  204. 99club May 31, 2010 12:26 pm

    OK, gotta go BBQ. Two racks of baby backs (one sweet, one spicy), corn on the cob buttered and wrapped in foil, olive oil and soy sauce asparagus, and grilled tomato halves with roasted garlic and cheese topping.

  205. madeinhawaii May 31, 2010 12:27 pm

    You guys bring up an excellent point… Alabama, the #1 seed, went down two games in-a-row following a 28-game winning streak. That’s huge and speaks volumes for the Wahine!

  206. 808ike May 31, 2010 12:44 pm

    Congrats to HPU.


    2 more teams in the running.

  207. 808ike May 31, 2010 12:48 pm

    Kazz ($1000.00 after CWS),

    re: your neighbors

    Tsaiko can ante up BAIL money for you this weekend!!!!!!! LOL.

  208. BG May 31, 2010 12:52 pm

    Great posts on the Wahine. I will never forget sitting resignedly in my chair as Iwata and MiGi came up and sat down. And then jumping high in the air (relatively speaking lol) with my arms raised and shouting “Homerun! Hawaii wins!!!”

    Oldie, gotta get a dvd copy. Make it two…my bro will be dying to get one!
    Send me an email, please.

  209. BG May 31, 2010 12:59 pm

    Anyone headed to Mililani cemetary…

    At 9:30am, a slow moving line of cars stretched from the gates of the cemetary to H2. At 10:30, the line went beyond Costco and all the way down the off ramp from H2. Hopefully not as bad now.

    Three flower vendors were selling their wares between H2 and the cemetary.

  210. Drema Suprenant May 31, 2010 1:01 pm

    Hi, colleague! I like your blog, it’s so interesting! I think it’s pretty popular, isn’t it? I would like to invite you to review my onw blog

  211. Trisha May 31, 2010 1:16 pm

    Did anyone see Heidi Montag/Pratt from the Hills rocking a UH hat?

  212. ct May 31, 2010 1:25 pm

    Not to diminish the other players in giving props to J Rod … you gotta love the intensity of all the Wahine up and down the line up … I mean they all had some good swings … Taualii comes to mind … talk about intensity … and a killer swing … I mean … talk about getting your moneys worth … and that 1st base stretch … awesome effort … a flash of Yoshikawa who also had some absolutely tough at bats … making Dunne work and work … the unflappable Iwata … I mean … she got some bad calls for strikes on the inside … did not take a moment to even think of complaining … just stepped back in … and took some vicious swings … talk about maturity for a freshman … the calmness of Katie Grimes and Puu-Warren holding it all together … and the hustle by Aguirre and Majam … keeping everyone in the game … they were all on the verge of being … da one to do the damage … and of course Parnaby … not giving in … and kept on battling such determination and grit …it was a true team effort …

  213. 808ike May 31, 2010 1:33 pm


    Thanks for the info. Nice pics.

  214. chawan_cut May 31, 2010 1:38 pm

    thank you to those we honor today

  215. A-House May 31, 2010 1:42 pm

    Very busy day, but finally got to read the blog.

    St: will agree that the HR was the “BEST” of all the exciting/trilling finishes, ever, in UH history – because of what it meant to the players, coaches, and Hawaii – being on the road, at the park of the #1 seeded team in the “super regionals”, going against one of the best pitchers in 2010 collegite softball, and the na Wahine first trip to the SBWS!!

    And I say this not because you are our neighbor, origniator of this blog, or our favorite “beat writer” for Warrior football. I say this because I believe this to be true!!!

  216. A-House May 31, 2010 2:59 pm

    Pride & DPK:

    my first reaction when I heard Ed Case was the wrong one is throwing the towel, it should be Hanabusa because Case has the “most” seniority in the House of Rep, including Mazie, as I believe he has over 5 years and Hawaii needs to get some one in with seniority as many from both parties are calling it quits or not on the November ticket – for what ever reason.

    then, I thought it was a good move by the HDP shuld they chose to make Case their choice when Akaka and/or Inoyue decides to call it quits or if one should pass away.

    primary concern is to get some one in to start building senority ASAP in both houses of Congress!!

  217. Matt May 31, 2010 3:01 pm


    I’ve been around the blog for awhile although my screen name has changed a few times. Originally, I posted with the screen name “far away” when I was deployed over to the Middle East (06-07). Once I returned to the states, I changed that to “not far away anymore”. I think it was a little more than a year ago when I changed my screen name for a second time to “Matt”. I guess I was tired of typing “not far away anymore’ or didn’t want to change my screen name to “sorta far away” after I was transferred from Hawaii to the mainland to attend grad school.

    I still remember reading your bio on the blog many moons ago and I just reread it on your website to refresh my memory. I actually have a background with some similarities to yours. I am on active duty in the same service that you served (though I am on the “O” side and I have spent most of my career on cutters). I am also finishing up my Master’s degree in Educational Technology this Summer.

    I grew up in Hawaii and have been a UH fan since I was a little kid. I really don’t post too much, but I lurk here almost everyday.

  218. ct May 31, 2010 3:14 pm

    Matt – Thank you for your service to our country. And thanks for your contributions to this blog.


  219. Bowbooze May 31, 2010 3:36 pm

    # 146
    May 31st, 2010 at 10:36 am
    There’s some good reading in there.

    Start from around page 9-10 and read how things change….
    Mahalo for the link bb. Reading from page 10 and already knowing the outcome was almost as good as reading this blog yesterday (after the game) to see how people felt as the game was in progress, and after it ended.
    Give credit to the Bama fans who had many good things so say about Hawaii even after feeling like s—after the game.
    A lot of the fans in Bama have class.

  220. SteveM May 31, 2010 3:43 pm

    Matt — thanks for the SITREP! I recall listing you in the middle east back then and had your last reported position as the Big Island (Hawaii) when you became “not far away any more”. What city are you based in now?

    Be sure to let us know the next time you are in Honolulu . I’m surrounded by Army Tsai-kos here and only SailorBlue understands me (I wore an anchor with a couple little stars)… πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  221. lookatthat332 May 31, 2010 3:49 pm

    How does this relate to one of the other stories? Maybe I’m slow… because I could’ve been on a differnet blog. lol Nevermind. At any rate, it was a solid post. Thanks

    F. Wilson
    Back scrubber

  222. jm2375 May 31, 2010 3:49 pm

    Anyone know what the tv schedule will be?

    Wahine on ESPN Thurs 7am. If When they win, they’ll play at 1pm Fri on ESPN. BaseBows play at 11am on Fri, so the game won’t be pau before the Wahine start. Oh, what to do, what to do. Guess the dvr will be working OT. πŸ˜€

  223. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 3:56 pm

    Yay, congratulations to the HPU softball team!

  224. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 4:00 pm


    The University of Hawaii softball team (49-14, 19-1 WAC) is headed to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in school history after defeating the University of Alabama, 5-4 on a three-run home run by former Roughrider softball player Jenna Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh. Earlier in the game, Rodriguez hit her 16th home run of the season to put the Rainbows up 3-1 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rodriguez connected for her 17th dinger of the year and catapult the Hawaiin team into the national spotlight. Yavapai Head Coach Stacy Iveson commented, β€œIt brought tears to my eyes to see one of our kids perform so well on the big stage. I could not be more proud of Jenna and how she has represented YC at the next level!”

  225. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:10 pm

    Kekoa and Brew808–

    I should add to that post, I didn’t realize I had dirty shoes until she pointed it out to me. The day prior to the event, it was raining all day.

    I brought sandals on this trip and wore it the second day I was here and was drawing many wandering eyes. I realized after that day that the only people wearing sandals or rubber slippers were the foreigners. Plus, we were walking so much that it got too uncomfortable.

    This place is starting to grow on me. Very easy to get around, cheap, modern, beautiful scenery, and rich in culture.

    Cab drivers don’t speak much English at all but have the hotel employees write all the places you want to visit in Chinese. We learned that was the most efficient way to get around town. BTW, Shanghai has a newspaper written purely in English. The other day, Hawaii was on it because of the shark fin soup ban.

  226. jm2375 May 31, 2010 4:14 pm

    From Cat’s blog today:

    I’ll be honest: It took me a little longer to write today’s blog.

    We were notified last week that some of us could continue blogging for the new Star-Advertiser β€” and some of us could not. (I was asked, just in case you’re wondering.)

    That makes this the last week for all bloggers; The Advertiser Web site will shut down on Sunday.

    There were six of us who started blogging for The Advertiser four years ago: Stephen Tsai, Treena Shapiro, Jerry Burris, Dave Shapiro, Dan Nakaso and me. …

    And it’s been quite a journey. Tsai’s blog hit astronomical heights, even supporting massive blog get-togethers, one at the Stan Sheriff Center.

    :mrgreen: 😎 πŸ˜†

  227. 99club May 31, 2010 4:20 pm


    Mahalo for your continued service and you postings, especially on this thread. Good perspective.

    RE: “though I am on the “O” side,” I’m sure my fellow retired SNCO’s won’t hold it against you! OK, at least until you’ve bought the next round. πŸ˜‰

  228. chopsueyboy May 31, 2010 4:20 pm


    Mahalo for your service to our country.

  229. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:22 pm


    That is why I am not too concerned about Mr. Tsai not being retained as an employee because of what he brings to the table to the new company. I don’t know the inside details and only Mr. Tsai and the new company knows that, but I am confident he will be one of the many employees retained. My hope is that all employees will be retained from both paper.

  230. 99club May 31, 2010 4:28 pm

    you=your. Sheesh.

  231. jm2375 May 31, 2010 4:35 pm

    BG808 – I, too, am not worried about ST, but am just a little worried about any new blog policies they will institute. Apparently, because they have a union contract, all the SB staff are being retained (unless, of course, they choose to leave)

    BTW, keed’s friend (da odda screecher) once told ST that she reads ALL his stories about UH mvb. Made his day. πŸ˜€

    Since, ST et al will be moving down to Restaurant Row, what will happen to the HA bldg on Kapiolani?

  232. just when it was getting fun May 31, 2010 4:37 pm

    re-230 blog days are numbered

    it’s over. in a way it’s good. some of you need to smell the roses. pay more attention to your families. or even start families, instead of being compulsive bloggers.

  233. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:42 pm


    Union contract for the SB staff plus retainment? That’s news to me. What about the HA? I hope HA is, also, unionized.

  234. jm2375 May 31, 2010 4:44 pm

    Garret – #34 – couple of problems translating that to UH:
    1) UH doesn’t control the stadium
    2) UH can’t hold functions at SSC without prior approval of the CITY.
    Such is life in the land of bureaucracy. 😈

  235. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 4:45 pm



  236. jm2375 May 31, 2010 4:52 pm

    bg808 –

    Dunno all the specifics, but current HA staff is under the “transition” company at the moment and “can be fired at will”. SB staff is currently under a union contract which I guess says they will be retained.

    Have found it interesting that, for the most part, the HA has not covered the merger.

  237. 99club May 31, 2010 4:52 pm

    RE: #236
    “or even start families, instead of being compulsive bloggers.” Yeehawww! Thanks, ‘just when it was gettting fun.’ Time to get busy.

  238. jm2375 May 31, 2010 4:57 pm

    Just noticed that yesterday’s story on the Wahine win is listed as one of “Most Sent Stories on” πŸ˜€

  239. Matt May 31, 2010 5:05 pm


    I’m in San Diego now attending San Diego State, but I’ll be moving to Petaluma (Northern California) in the next few months.


    OK, if we should ever meet, the first round is on me. πŸ˜€

  240. jm2375 May 31, 2010 5:05 pm

    Just checked ESPN’s Baseball schedule. As of right now, only 2 regionals are listed as being televised – Fullerton & Coral Gables. WTH?

  241. BleedGreen808 May 31, 2010 5:07 pm


    mahalo for the info!

  242. LizKauai (iPad) May 31, 2010 5:15 pm


    From a bama blog:

    Posted by wboarmlad
    May 31, 2010, 9:15PM
    Keith in ala, if a team loses two out of 3 games, it pretty much means that the better team won. I am a true ‘Bama fan, however, the girls lost. And to be honest, if you can’t defend your home field, especially 2 out of three trys, you need to lost. I give the Hawaiian team lots of props because they played much harder bracket to get here, where as ‘bama, had it super easy playing cream teams. Alabama was well rested and they was playing at home There is no excuse for Alabama losing. In my opinion, the better team won. Alabama got out coached and out played. I suppose they was thinking that Hawaii flew over 6 hours to get to Alabama just to lose: they came to play. And Alabama should have been just as ready if not more so. Especially being a number one seed. They should have known that Hawaii came to play. They didn’t know, but they are at home just like me, they know now because Hawaii is still playing softball.”

  243. 99club May 31, 2010 5:22 pm


    Deal! But if you make it to the CO game, that first one’s on me at the Avery Brewing Co.’s pub.

  244. labrat May 31, 2010 5:59 pm

    congrats to HPU.

  245. SteveM May 31, 2010 6:13 pm

    RE: #243
    Thanks, Matt. Let me know when you reach Petaluma. Knowing this and a little about 99club, I think you two will have a lot to talk about in the Ed.Tech and training arena. BTW, 99club is retired Air Force residing in Texas.

  246. bowsfan May 31, 2010 6:17 pm

    With the great pitchers we have, had my thought about Justine Smethurst. Wonder what she’s thinking.

  247. J May 31, 2010 6:18 pm


    You should check out the Beer & Sake Festival (Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana) on June 25 at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

  248. jm2375 May 31, 2010 6:24 pm

    WAC Commissioner’s Cup standings not updated for bb yet.
    Just a thought, but shouldn’t teams get more points for how well they do AFTER the conference tournaments? πŸ˜€

  249. papajoe2 May 31, 2010 6:25 pm

    Hilorain #102,i was going to mention the UH/Air Force game too. the details slip my mind though. at that time it was SWEET!

    Al #156, i did write to ESPN during the game telling them that our field was 200 down the lines and all around. our Manoa air is heavy with all the moisture from the rains, and we are at sea level or just a few feet above. easy homeruns? NOT! the soft

  250. papajoe2 May 31, 2010 6:27 pm

    Hilorain #102,i was going to mention the UH/Air Force game too. the details slip my mind though. at that time it was SWEET!

    Al #156, i did write to ESPN during the game telling them that our field was 200 down the lines and all around. our Manoa air is heavy with all the moisture from the rains, and we are at sea level or just a few feet above. easy homeruns? NOT! the softbows made it look easy. btw, any body know how many home runs did our opponents hit against us? Kazz?

  251. papajoe2 May 31, 2010 6:28 pm

    sorry, i blogged twice
    sorry, i blogged twice

  252. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 6:31 pm

    The Missouri Tigers are quite an impressive team. They come into the World Series short of the press and attention of Alabama, but they pose a similar threat. As a team they are:

    Hitting: .299
    On Base %: .403
    Slugging .484
    61 Home Runs
    340 RBI
    Stolen 126 bases.

    This team can hit AND run and steal the best of them and they bring in the Big 12’s leading offensive player in Rhea Taylor.

    Taylor is hitting .422 with an on-base percentage of .480 and is slugging .702 with 47 stolen bases. Not far behind is Ashley Fleming who is hitting .375, on base % .491, and slugging .645. Both Taylor and Fleming lead the Lady Tigers in homers with 7 for Taylor and 9 for Fleming. Ok, so that is NOT as impressive as that DT gal from Alabama and no other Tiger is in the BIG 12 top home run hitters, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t do damage by keeping it in the park either.

    Missouri’s list of victims this season is also VERY impressive:

    2 wins against Alabama 2-1 and 9-0 in February.
    A win against Arizons 10-5 in February.
    A win against Michigan 2-1 in February also.
    A win against Oklahoma 11-5.

    KEY to the Wahine:
    I expect Missouri to stick with their gameplan of what looks to be a mixture of hitting the alleys and slapping and stealing to keep the pressure on the Wahine through 7 innings. In looking back at Alabama, I was surprised they didn’t revert to their game plan of getting people on base to start using their speed against the Wahine. Coach Coolen may start wanting to use Parnaby and Ricketts BOTH in single game situations as well. Ricketts hopefully should start feeling better soon.

    Now… PITCHING.

    This has been the word of the post season, especially for a power team like us. Kelsi Dunne ain’t no Danielle Lawrie, but she was excellent and that is one monkey off our back. It’s already been documented that Missouri’s ACE Chelsea Thomas (out with stress fracture) is pretty much done for the year, but sophomore Kristin Nottelmann has filled in nicely for the Lady Tigers.

    Here is a “scouting report” I found online written on Sunday, unfortunately, for those that haven’t watched her pitch, it doesn’t speak of her style or preferred pitches:

    Kristin Nottelmann: Anatomy of a Sudden Ace
    by “Bill C.”

    May has been kind to Kristin Nottelmann and Mizzou (via The Missourian).

    It is almost unfair to zero in on one player’s performance as the reason for Mizzou’s advancement to their second consecutive Women’s College World Series. Lisa Simmons went 3-for-4 this weekend and scored the game’s only run on Saturday. With Mizzou up just 3-2 yesterday, Nicole Hudson hit a bomb that still hasn’t landed. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th against Creighton, Cat Lee delivered the game-winning 2-run double. Numerous players made outstanding defensive plays. It’s cliche to call something a team victory, but clearly so many members of the Mizzou softball team were required to make plays for Mizzou to go 5-0 in NCAA play the last two weekends.

    That said … clearly one player has stolen the spotlight. The offense has come up with timely hits but little sustained offense, having scored more than four runs just once in the last six games. A pitching staff that lost its ace a couple of months ago has had to come up huge … and one pitcher in particular has done just that.

    After Saturday’s shutout win over Oregon, Ehren Earleywine (a.k.a. Coach Stubble) expressed amazement over the development of sophomore Kristin Nottelmann over the last month or so.

    “Two months ago, Kristin couldn’t have done that,” Earleywine said. “She just did not have the confidence, didn’t have the courage, she didn’t have the toughness, she hadn’t put the time in in the bullpen. She’s just really developed into such a special kid.

    “If you’d have told me she was going to shut out Oregon today, seriously, I just don’t know what to say. I’m so proud of her.

    “I would have never predicted it. It’s not a knock on her, it’s just the amount of distance she’s come in such a short amount of time.

    “It’s been like, ‘Kristin, when are you gonna dig in? When are you gonna care as much as we care?’ Now, she’s the best player we’ve got.”

    It’s safe to say … she dug in.

    I thought it would be interesting to check out how Nottelmann’s season has progressed, from getting shelled by Alabama, to struggling after Chelsea Thomas’ injury, to this dominant run in the NCAAs.

    Obviously your ERA has nowhere to go but down when it’s at 25.20 after one appearance, and her ERA has clearly improved all season. But as or more importantly, the WHIP (Wins and Hits per Inning Pitched) and K-BB ratio. Quite simply, Nottelmann was nibbling too much, not trusting her stuff, and walking too many batters. Of her first 11 appearances against real teams, six of them (at Alabama, vs Va. Tech, at Oklahoma #2, Oklahoma State #1, at Texas #1, at Texas #2) could be considered questionable at best. At that point, she had a 5.66 ERA against real teams.

    In her last 14 appearances, on the other hand, things have fallen into place. She’s had only two really questionable appearances (her two games at the Big 12 Tournament … which happened to be in Oklahoma City, home of the WCWS, for what that’s worth), and her ERA for each given game has been at 1.50 or lower ten times.

    Even with two mediocre showings at the Big 12 Tournament two weeks ago, Nottelmann’s May numbers are just staggering. She is giving up basically two fewer hits and two fewer walks per seven innings and striking out players at a slightly higher rate. I’m obviously a big stat nerd, and I love all the advanced baseball metrics that have given me a better understanding of the game … but sometimes you don’t need a boatload of stats to figure something out. This one is pretty simple: Kristin Nottelmann has grown more confident, has learned both how to trust her stuff and how to challenge hitters, and has become the ace Mizzou lost in Thomas. Mizzou will go as far as she takes them next week.

    Again, it’s easy to see that Missouri doesn’t possess the intimidation factor of stats and press releases as Alabama did, and the Wahine will NOT be going into the “Tiger’s Lair” as they did last weekend. This is a neutral field, but the lights have never shined brighter for the Rainbow Wahine.

    Katie Grimes was visibly on Cloud 9, as with her teammates, but Grimes reminisced about the summers when she’d watch the World Series and dreamed of actually being in it. Well, she is now and she and her fellow seniors need to pull everything into perspective more than ever.
    They got what they wanted and what we fans dreamed of as well. Dreams can turn into nightmares, but for this group, a mixture of hungry freshmen and sophomores with experienced and determined juniors and seniors, the chemistry is there. Bob Coolen seems like a new man starting all over again. They’ve gone too far to let it slip away with contention. I think we can safely say that Coolen’s philosophy has gotten the Wahine to believe so much that California-born Kelly Majam is referring to long ball power hits as “Hawaii Style” softball, but the simple philosophy of what to do at the plate has evolved into a team belief and concept beyond the bat. These players love each other and they love the life they are living at this moment.

    If Bob Coolen thought Sunday May 31st 2010 was one of the happiest days of his life, the best is still yet to be realized.

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  254. whitey May 31, 2010 6:40 pm

    bowsfan, isn’t she eligible to return to UH cause she left to play for her national team??? but, I don’t think she will return. same case as wilkens.

  255. papajoe2 May 31, 2010 6:51 pm

    Kelsie Dunne can transfer to Hawaii. she got class. we take em.

  256. labrat May 31, 2010 7:01 pm

    Just saw video at UH website with Majam and Grimes. Wahine at Oklahoma. Majam said they are the best. I agree.

  257. A-House May 31, 2010 7:07 pm


    your #238 quote should have read, “Such is the life in the land of strong unionism”.

    furlough Fridays is a great example as all systems are go EXCEPT the DOE/BOE now has to “negotiate” with 2 unions before furlough Fridays are truly history.

  258. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:09 pm

    “Excited to be here with the best and we are the best” – Kelly Majam

  259. A-House May 31, 2010 7:09 pm

    SteveM, 99 club, Matt:

    I was an EM until I graduated from OCS at Ft Benning.

    Does this mean that I get 2 free drinks? nah, just joking as I no longer drink.

    Have a great day/evening!!!

  260. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:15 pm


    May 31st, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    With the great pitchers we have, had my thought about Justine Smethurst. Wonder what she’s thinking.

    I think Smethurst would have been a senior this season if she returned to Manoa in the 2009 season.

  261. A-House May 31, 2010 7:18 pm

    Lest I forget, much hearty congratulations to the HPU Div II national champs!!!!!!!!

    Well done, ladies!

  262. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:27 pm


    WAC opponents have scored 22 home runs against the Wahine both home and away.

    Non conference oppoents scored 28 home runs against the Wahine again both home and away.

    We’ve had 32 home games, 17 away, and 14 at neutral sites.

    Honestly I don’t know what the exact number is but to have 50 homers scored against you with half of the games played at home, you can get an inkling that our home field dimensions of 200 feet all the way around do NOT play a factor favoring opposing teams cranking it over the fence.

  263. sports for fun May 31, 2010 7:28 pm

    labrat, what’s the link for that video of the Wahine at Oklahoma?

    Congratulations to the Hawaii Pacific Lady Sea Warrior Softball team? YOU ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

  264. Ralph May 31, 2010 7:32 pm

    Wilkens couldn’t return to Hawaii because she accepted money from the Aussies to stay home and concentrate on the Australian National team. Not sure if Smethurst went the same route. Sallings and Lawrie of Washington and Jen Lee of Ga Tech took a year off to play for the Canadians.

  265. ct May 31, 2010 7:33 pm

    Kazz – Thanks for the info but didn’t you know that playing at home is a distraction … and that home runs are actually rally killers … according to ESPN

  266. d1ε³Ά May 31, 2010 7:38 pm

    ….nor are HR’s a part of real softball!

  267. duffer May 31, 2010 7:48 pm


  268. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:51 pm


    All the videos are available at You’ll see them on the front page.

    Also I didn’t notice it, but they included a video of the post game press conference.


  269. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:54 pm


    Lets talk! Have you been able to watch Missouri much? What is their pitcher’s pitch of choice?

    If a riser is in there, I wouldn’t be too worried yeah? A REAL riser seems difficult to execute properly. Pridemore of SJSU had one that worked well enough, but not good enough. Girls we faced like Lawrie and Dunne show how it’s done.

    Can Nottelmann do the same? Seems like we should be more concerned with their offense more than anything.

  270. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:56 pm

    CT and D1,

    Now c’mon, Michele Smith was 100% unbiased and gave the Wahine the right amount of respect they deserved….


  271. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 7:56 pm


    I was being sarcastic. πŸ˜†

  272. ct May 31, 2010 8:01 pm

    Kazz – Cmon now … moving the mound back a foot … a harder softball core … and high tech bats … give an unfair advantage to the offense … when is enough … enough … geez … maybe women’s sports should go back to skirts and wooden golf clubs and tennis racquets …

  273. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 8:08 pm


    Michele Smith came off as if she didn’t know what to make of the Wahine’s power.

    Yeah Easton bats are great, but put those awesome bats in the hands of some well-trained athletes that work their hearts out to be the best and what do you get???

    A new home run record and a berth to the Women’s World Series!!!! :mrgreen:

    I think the WORST thing about the whole broadcast was how they didn’t do their homework on how the Wahine work on themselves in the weightroom and on the field conditioning themselves to be able to generate that appropriate power within themselves.

    Smith said it herself while trying to slight the Wahine in that she said when a pitcher is controlling the batter and a mis-hit ball still goes for a homer then something is wrong.

    Yes Michele, something is wrong. Your perception!

  274. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 8:11 pm


    Apparently accepting money wasn’t the case for Smethurst. I only read that it was her choice to focus on softball back home.

    So I am pretty sure she didn’t get her degree at UH.

  275. A-House May 31, 2010 8:17 pm

    Does the transfer rule for D1 apply to all sports, including women of having to sit out 1 year?

    Not true if going from DI to DII or DI to NAIA.

  276. A-House May 31, 2010 8:20 pm

    Count down has begun as only 6 more days for me to log on to! so sad, so sad!

    on the other hand, I will be able to get more work done quickly and leave the office as though as I am “semi-retired” – boy oh boy, Vegas here I come!!!

  277. ct May 31, 2010 8:26 pm

    Kazz – Since you brought that up … I thought that comment was bizarre … because I don’t know what the context was. How many cheap wind blown pop up type home runs were there in Tuscaloosa … or in fact in all the super regionals … don’t think there were any. So why bring it up … hmmmmm … maybe to discredit the Wahine … and that goes hand in hand with the smaller field comment … I guarantee you all of the Wahine HR’s were legit anytime anywhere … that’s for sure …

  278. Slugger May 31, 2010 8:48 pm

    duffer, says the Moe Keale CD you are looking for is “No Longer Available”. I don’t think I have that CD. Sorry.

    You might put a post up on asking if anyone has it for sale.

  279. NorthShoreFan May 31, 2010 8:56 pm

    This has been a pretty mixed bag weekend for me.
    I had a lot of proto do and was not able to listen or watch this history making weekend. Three teams from Hawaii? Now dat is Nutz!

    I got to watch the replay and am in agreement with MOST posters here that that Smith lady is full of …..! (family blog so will not say it)


    The lady played the game. She should have the insight and knowledge about the game Thats why they gave her a job to call the game. ESPN would do well to review all their announcers games and make the assignments for the CWS accordingly. The kind of comments coming from her was far from professional. Her bias was showing like a white flag!
    Earn it? Like that fan from Bama said, when you take 2 out of three, you earned it. I don’t know what Smith has in mind if what the Wahines did was not softball. If Smith was a coach, I’m pretty sure if her team did what the Wahine did, she woud be “giddy” as hell and would have no apologies.
    The thing I like about this Wahine team is that no matter how down they are, because of the long ball they can come back. How many strikeouts?
    Didn’t matter all that was needed was one pitch.
    Wahine will continue on this journey adn each game will be a record setter.

    ST…There have been so many “special” plays throughout the UH history that I cannot pick one that stands as the best.
    Because of that, whenever UH is playing, no matter how down they are, I always have confidence that they can come back.

    This week will be another strange one for me. I will not be able to post on the last day since I will be off island. I pray that we will be able to find some way of continuing this great site. Mainly UH Tsaiko’s but at the some time we do have our share of trolls. The great thing is that even trolls are allowed. Now that is a big tent!

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  281. Ralph May 31, 2010 9:01 pm

    Kristin Nottelmann isn’t in the same level as Dunne and Lawrie, she is a soph. who is pitching because the Missouri ace is out for the season. Oregon lost because they are dead last in every defensive category in the pac 10 and they had to depend on a freshman pitcher. Had Oregon hitting continued from the regional the games would have been much closer. Oregon loss the first game on a bunt to third, throw way off the line scoring the only run of the game. In the second game, hitting and pitching tanked for oregon. Missouri has gamers, they have been to the world series, they play a tough non season and conference schedule.

  282. NorthShoreFan May 31, 2010 9:05 pm

    Kazz…maybe before this series is over you might have to trade in your “bath tub” for a Love Boat!..

  283. Ralph May 31, 2010 9:06 pm

    Our team will definitely hit Nottelmann, but Ricketts got to keep Missouri off the bases, they can create runs, they won’t bang a lot of home runs for the big inning, but a big inning can occur with walks, defensive lapses and timely hits. Missouri can put the ball in play, and Rhea Taylor is like Kayla Braud, lots, and lots of speed.

  284. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 9:16 pm


    What did you mean by Donovan has to pay for World Series rings?

    Does the team get rings just for making it or will UH have to pay for national championship rings if we get that far?

    I thought the NCAA pays for national championship rings only?

  285. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 9:20 pm


    Any idea on what Nottelmann’s key pitches are?

  286. duffer May 31, 2010 9:30 pm

    The Wahine HAVE to be more disciplined in their hitting. While they did beat Alabama with 16 strikeouts, sooner or later, it will come back to haunt you.


    Thanks, I did visit a few sites with no results.

  287. uh_fan May 31, 2010 9:36 pm

    It’s fun reading what outsiders team of the wahine softball team

  288. Ralph May 31, 2010 9:42 pm

    Nottelmann didn’t throw that hard, and she doesn’t have the change like Dunne. Her location isn’t as good as Dunne. So UH can sit on her riser and wait for their pitch. She is not a strike out pitcher which benefits Hawaii, if Hawaii batters are patient and not swing at high risers and ankle high drops, they’ll hit her.

  289. jm2375 May 31, 2010 10:00 pm

    A-house – #261 – I don’t think it’s the unions, it’s the politicians and dept heads. 😈

  290. al May 31, 2010 10:44 pm

    looking ahead…

    first of all, kaia parnaby was the real most valuable player in the super regionals. she may not have registered the wins, but, she came through when she was called upon. this true freshman may have given up some runs both games, but, she kept us in it for the most part when our “ace” was under the weather and really needed the rest. we would not have gotten to the dance without her.

    now comes the csws. parnaby is no longer a rookie. great. ricketts got some well deserved rest. this righty-lefty two women staff will again play a big part in our success.

    the top of the lineup will continue its success, i have no doubt about it.

    the key to the csws will be our 5-6-7 batters. aguirre, pu’u-warren, and tauali’i must contribute at the plate for us to succeed.

    the secondary key will be defense. we must play error free ball. no second opportunities for our opponents.

    finally, the team must not be overcome with just being there at the csws. they must continue to practice, lift weights, and do all the little things it took for them to get there in the first place. they must not be starstruck with the csws aura that suurounds them.

    they gotta believe that not only do they belong there, but rather, that they can win this thing.

    …nuff said.

  291. Kazz ($230.00) May 31, 2010 10:55 pm


    I think that if the Wahine were to be eliminated from the World Series, it will only be because the other team was simply better.

    After they survived Alabama, that crowd and that first taste of the national spotlight, I have a hard time believing that they will be intimidated by the attention or hooplah in Oklahoma City.

    As long as media obligations do NOT interfere with their training routine or free time, they should be ok mentally to play.

  292. Slugger May 31, 2010 11:09 pm

    I’m watching the recording of the OR-Mizzou game on Sunday. Mizzou has a player, Nicole Hudson, who is fast on the bases like Braud. My niece who just graduated from HS yesterday is Nicole Hudson. Makes me do a double-take every time I hear that name. Don’t know if I can stay up to watch this game; I continued recording this game after the UH-Alabama game. Can’t make errors with the Mizzou team on base.

    I think our girls need to work on picking up some speed in running…or just hit homers in order to give them lots of time to run the bases.

  293. Ralph May 31, 2010 11:50 pm

    Hudson and Marston are freshmen, play the left side of the infield. Hudson has about 8 errors, Marston about 17. Marston bats third, tells you something about the freshman.

  294. Ralph May 31, 2010 11:58 pm

    last year Missouri eliminated UCLA in the super regional. In 2007 UH eliminated UCLA in the regional.

  295. 99club June 1, 2010 12:11 am


  296. Kekoa June 1, 2010 12:19 am

    Slugger ~ Tell your niece to go to OKC and claim that the other ‘Nicole’ is a fraud! Stir up some chet. With the media hounding their AD for some answers, it’ll cause a distraction for the Misery team.

    Meanwhile we continue to crank ’em outta da park, while we keep their slap happy batters from getting on base.

    Seriously tho…if any of you noticed, our defense has improved on picking up grounders and getting the ball to 1st base quicker.

  297. al June 1, 2010 2:02 am

    kazz…i am not referring to intimidation. i was thinking more along the lines of losing focus due to the hooplah.

    something i think that the sugar bowl warriors experienced in 07.

  298. Kekoa (iPhone) June 1, 2010 2:03 am

    Ok…TreeHunert ‘n wun!

  299. Kekoa (iPhone) June 1, 2010 2:13 am

    What?! Al slides in again @ 301!

  300. al June 1, 2010 2:33 am

    sorry kekoa.
    took a long nap and got up.

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  305. just when it was getting fun June 1, 2010 5:05 am

    the lights went out
    the air went out of the balloon
    it began to rain
    the red ants came to the picnic
    somebody else stepped in
    the rally ended
    she changed her mind
    seven out
    the mother in law showed up
    the bell rang, recess was over
    the dream ended

    as ST mentioned a few months ago, we’re in like stoppage play . so with the last ticks of the clock remaining ( i guess) you look back of all the good that came from this blog..and really, truthfully regret that it’s coming to an end.

  306. Garret June 1, 2010 5:07 am

    Idaho’s Athletic Director seems to believe that BSU will go to the MWC and says that the WAC should add Montana. He also says that La Tech is looking to leave the WAC, so the WAC will need to add at least one team if BSU leaves.

    On what he thinks the Mountain West will do:

    “Look at the Mountain West adding Boise State. Does that make their conference better? Absolutely. We’ve been pretty close with the Mountain West and probably last year they pulled ahead. The separation between the Mountain West and the other four coalition conferences, with the addition of Boise State, widens tremendously. Does that position them, with that separation, to convince somebody to take them into the BCS? If it does, then I think Boise State does bring a lot of value.”

    On what happens to the WAC if Boise State leaves:

    “Having an eight-team league would be doable. But you have to be very aware of having Louisiana Tech out there and if they have an opportunity to move, it makes geographic sense for them to do so.”

    On whether the WAC should pursue Montana as a new member:

    “I think they’d be a nice addition to our league.”

  307. Loa June 1, 2010 5:56 am

    morning gang!

    what a great long weekend!
    honored our veterans
    celebrated the Kapalama Warriors graduation
    HPU Ladies National Champs
    Basebows WAC Champs
    and of course the Softbows on the way to the world series

  308. mctruck June 1, 2010 5:57 am

    I still think that the WAC should merge with the WCC, even if they don’t have fb participation cause they offer solid basketball/baseball programs.

  309. Loa June 1, 2010 6:02 am

    coach coolen did a heck of a job preparing the ladies

  310. d1ε³Ά June 1, 2010 6:02 am

    Great Morning All!

    I guess the theme song for the WCWS might be this blast from the past…

  311. Garret June 1, 2010 6:08 am


    I worked for a WCC school for 7 years and even attended one of their big annual multiple-day retreats for the Jesuits (and invited lay people). There are 2 things that are common for all WCC schools:

    1. All WCC schools are in California, Oregon, or Washington. That helps keep their travel costs down. They wouldn’t want NMSU, La Tech, Utah State, Idaho, or even UH due to travel concerns.

    2. All WCC schools are private, religiously-affiliated Universities, with 7 of the 8 with the Catholic Church. Their school sizes and focus are very different than the WAC schools.

  312. whitey June 1, 2010 6:19 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  313. d1ε³Ά June 1, 2010 6:24 am

    Short work week leading up to another big weekend on the diamonds for UH.

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  314. Pomai June 1, 2010 6:25 am

    IMHO the area Na Wahine need to work on is their fielding, granted that they have made some great great plays but they also have made some big error’s, which in this caliber of play can mean a lost. With both Parnaby an Ricketts in good health we should be ok.

  315. troll June 1, 2010 6:52 am

    listening to 1420, bc show, this morning

    “what a weekend, UH baseball and wahine softball”
    then for the first 15 minutes he devotes his show talking to one caller, and dave r., ..what do they talk about? of course the impartial espn announcers…gees talk about girls, smell the roses, but nope..they want to talk about the important things to them i’m guessing

    the coach trap comes on

    then in the fifty minute he acknowledges HPU national championship..ok

    as im writing now he’s back to talking about the wahine homerun hitting, sea level, slights, etc, blah, blah

    HPU so far has gotton 5 seconds airtime. ok

  316. TK June 1, 2010 7:08 am

    troll- why not call in and say something. Make a difference.

  317. whitey June 1, 2010 7:28 am

    troll, call bc and let him know of your dissatisfaction with this morning’s broadcast.

  318. whitey June 1, 2010 7:31 am

    bc’s show is his show, this is the Tsaikos, not the bc show.

  319. Kazz ($230.00) June 1, 2010 7:38 am

    Bob Coolen on 1420 in a few minutes!!! 😎

  320. Slugger June 1, 2010 7:39 am

    Good morning, gangeez!

    #300 – Kekoa,

    My niece, Nicole Hudson, played in the outfield (bench player) for St. Francis’ softball team. I’m sure she’d enjoy going to OKC to stir it up.

  321. Kazz ($230.00) June 1, 2010 7:43 am


    I am enjoying Bobby Curran’s show today. :mrgreen:

  322. Slugger June 1, 2010 7:44 am

    I watched the last inning of the OR-Mizzou game that I had recorded from Sunday. I think we can hit Nottlemann.

    Listening to Coach Coolen…

  323. Kazz ($230.00) June 1, 2010 7:54 am

    I think Coach Coolen would be a pretty good poker player. 😎

  324. Maverick June 1, 2010 8:03 am

    Good point(s)

    This is why professional talk show hosts in radio work with prep sheets.

    Keeps them to a format time table, and that’s why the best have the top ratings.

  325. Pomai June 1, 2010 8:03 am

    Well the first game is this Thursday at 7 am Hawaii time, are any of you up to an early morning cc to watch the game or are most of you going to watch it at home?

  326. Pomai June 1, 2010 8:05 am

    #326 Slugger

    Na Wahine can and will hit Nottlemann.

  327. Pomai June 1, 2010 8:07 am

    I perdict that after game one it will be Kazz ($280.00):

  328. djmitcho June 1, 2010 8:09 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. Watching J-Rod’s homer was definitely sweet. Have a good week everybody!

  329. jm2375 June 1, 2010 8:16 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Pomai – #331 – only $280? I would hope it’s at least $300. πŸ˜€

  330. troll June 1, 2010 8:16 am


    If I did call I say to BC why not invite the espn announcers on the show

    makes sense, no?

    personally he’s harping on the espn announcers where it coming to nauseating

  331. mctruck June 1, 2010 8:20 am


    yeh, I thought afterward that travel expenses might be a problem. I wasn’t aware about their religious affiliation(s). Just a thought.

  332. mctruck June 1, 2010 8:24 am

    I wonder if President Obama called to congratulate HPU on their bb win??

  333. bb June 1, 2010 8:43 am

    BC show today…

    yeah, IMHO there is a lot of harping on the ESPN announcers..
    not much on HPU
    not much about baseball
    got a little bit of NBA finals

    i always wondered if 1420 employs shills. There are certain callers who always get on, bring up some common topic, for the most part keep it vanilla, and provide the impetus for the conversation….and some just talk way too much…

    same goes for artie’s show too on fridays

  334. Pomai June 1, 2010 8:44 am

    #333 jm2375

    My bad I forgot that he raised the stakes = Kazz ($280.00): = Kazz ($380.00)

  335. duffer (iPhone) June 1, 2010 8:47 am

    There goes my new set of Taylor Made R9 TP irons.


  336. LizKauai m/ June 1, 2010 9:24 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    HiHo and GOOOOO UH!!!

  337. Slugger June 1, 2010 9:34 am

    Good luck to the BaseBows this week!

    Read Kaneshiro’s article about the upcoming game w/ San Diego. I remember going to see the Bows play in the Coca Cola Classic in 2008 at one of the stadiums NW of Phoenix in Surprise, AZ, where the Rangers & KC Royals play in the spring. They were actually playing on one of the smaller practice fields. Landon Hernandez was catching; got to meet his Mom & Dad. That was the first UH baseball game I attended. Making memories.

  338. Da Punchbowl Kid June 1, 2010 9:46 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    Β» Missouri (51-11) vs. Hawaii (49-14), 7 a.m. (ESPN)
    Β» UCLA (45-11) vs. Florida (48-8), 9:30 a.m.
    Β» Arizona (48-11) vs. Tennessee (47-13), 1 p.m.
    Β» Georgia (48-11) vs. Washington (50-7), 3:30 p.m.

    Β» Hawaii vs. UCLA/Florida winner, 1 p.m. Friday (ESPN)

    Β» Hawaii vs. UCLA/Florida loser, 6 a.m., Saturday (ESPN2)

  339. Da Punchbowl Kid June 1, 2010 10:36 am


  340. Da Punchbowl Kid June 1, 2010 10:36 am

    Whew! Da blog still works! πŸ™‚

  341. jm2375 June 1, 2010 10:37 am

    Gee DPK, you have nothing to say? That’s a first! πŸ˜†

    Where’s the new post?

  342. chopsueyboy June 1, 2010 10:39 am

    I was wondering about the blog too.
    Almost an hour without any comments,
    not natural for our gang

    Where’s our fearless leader’s comments for the first day of June?

  343. anklebiters June 1, 2010 10:39 am

    I’ll be home in time to attend the SD-UH game on campus. It’ll be tough if ASU-UH meets in the final….I suppose I could wear a UH jersey and a Sun Devil cap πŸ˜†

  344. Da Punchbowl Kid June 1, 2010 10:39 am


    The silence was deafening!

    Kinda like how it was for 5 seconds after J-Rod cranked that last shot! πŸ˜†

  345. Da Punchbowl Kid June 1, 2010 10:44 am

    Re: #345

    That should read that I usually have nothing intelligent to say. πŸ™‚

  346. papajoe2 June 1, 2010 10:44 am

    ST- i hope you are on your way to Oklahomer. i was wondering why this blog is still on yesterdays. OH oh. i hope everything is alright with you.

  347. NorthShoreFan June 1, 2010 10:48 am

    I wonder what coach cool would have done if Stephanie was not sick? Would he have started Kaia? Daia is the unsung hero of the weekend series. She really stepped up and gave the Wahine a great chance to do what they did. All in all it turned out to be a great team effort.
    The silence after the walk off hr ws great!…You could hear the wheels turning. Was that for real? How could that be? Theyshould have lost this game. They were outplayed!…
    Excuse me…..but you just saw a game of Hawaii Softball…Never quit… cool confidence…adaptability…they make it happen…
    Got to get my buddies in OK to go out and support our Wahines. Might have to send them some T’s and caps..

  348. A-House June 1, 2010 10:48 am


    and, who do you think is behind those administators and dept heads?

    matter of factly, when is the union NOT behind anything?

    what role did they play in not allowing UH to have “outside” events at the SSC and no $$$ to UH at Aloha Stadium on game day?

    if the State and/or CC of Honolulu will allow events, that will certainly help the financial situation at UH – upper and lower campus!!! Hope upper campus realizes that the stronger the athletic programs, the greater its chances of being better off financially!

  349. A-House June 1, 2010 10:50 am

    “time warp” =s 5 days and counting till the world stands still!!!

  350. jm2375 June 1, 2010 10:51 am

    Looks like they’re tinkering with the main website. Tried to read the Breaking News story on Wazzou in the DH Classic. Takes you to the Site Map page…

  351. jm2375 June 1, 2010 10:54 am

    ok, nvm. looks like they were updating the story…

    a-house – as a former (and unwilling) union member, we had no say in anything. many times i wasn’t even notified of a ratification vote…

  352. LizKauai m/ June 1, 2010 11:14 am

    Yup – hope ST is going to Okie City..
    Anyone got a pic of that Teddy Bear???


  353. Ronnie June 1, 2010 11:20 am

    Davone Bess was giving a phone interview this morning, when he cut it short to call 911 for an accident he witnessed:

    Today’s most unusual NFL media item comes from Miami, where Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess was on the phone in his car giving a radio interview, and he had to cut it short when he witnessed an accident.

    “I’m sorry, I have to call 911,” a nervous-sounding Bess said on The Jorge Sedano Show on 790 The Ticket (audio here). “Can I call you guys in like five minutes? I apologize. I’ll call you right back. I have to call 911 for this man. I’ll call you right back.”

    Bess later explained that while he was on the road, he saw the truck in front of him swerving and then saw it flip over three times.

    Bess stopped to make sure the driver was OK, and when he saw that others had come to the aid of the man (who was able to get out of the truck and walk away), he got back into his car and continued both his commute to the Dolphins’ facility and his radio interview.

  354. madeinhawaii June 1, 2010 11:37 am

    That’s our Davonne Bess… from the words of Colt we paraphrase and can say… “We like the person he’s become.” .. yeah..

  355. labrat June 1, 2010 11:42 am

    If it takes a village to raise a child maybe now is the time for the village to offer some assistance?

  356. LizKauai (iPad) June 1, 2010 11:59 am

    Wahine and fans- take a lesson and stay humble and work hard. I think this is how you spell B-A-C-H-I:

  357. Garret June 1, 2010 11:59 am

    Cal’s Chancellor says that they will have an announcement after the Pac-10 meets on June 6 that will “revolutionize” college athletics. This is expected to be the announcement of the Pac-10 Network, possibly a collaboration with the Big 12.

    The Big 12 and SEC are having their meetings this week and the MWC and Pac-10 are meeting next week, so there will be a lot of news coming out in the next 10 days. It is sad that the Advertiser will stop publishing on June 6 when the biggest announcements are expected between June 6 and 10.

    Birgeneau confirmed that the chancellors and presidents of the Pac-10 member schools will be holding a conference meeting on June 6 in San Francisco, and said that he would be “surprised if something did not happen that revolutionized college athletics.”

    Birgeneau said that expansion is a real possibility in the near future, and that the Pac-10 is seriously considering “a couple of schools, at least one of which meets the academic standards of the rest of the Pac-10.”

    The Chancellor cited the fact that Illinois makes $13 million per year alone from its participation in the Big Ten Network, a “model we’re really looking to, going forward.”

    BearTerritory’s sources also said that it would not come as a surprise if the formation of a Pac-10 Network were announced as early as this weekend.

  358. NYUH June 1, 2010 12:00 pm

    Timmy Chang inducted in a College Football Hall of Fame?

  359. madeinhawaii June 1, 2010 12:08 pm


    What’s wrong with that? It just says.. “Join the #1 Seed as we host Hawaii on the way to a National Championship.” It will be correct if Hawaii wins the National Championship… just gotta keep our fingers crossed.

  360. Garret June 1, 2010 12:10 pm

    If the SEC is able to add Texas and Texas A&M, they will have succeeded in doing what they tried to do in 1991.

    Vince Dooley, Georgia’s athletic director from 1979-2004 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, told Florida Today recently that the conference almost added Texas and Texas A&M in 1991. That’s when the league added Arkansas and South Carolina to create the first conference championship game for BCS schools.

    “You had to have both of them,” Dooley said. “I think A&M, of the two, showed the most interest and it was a good possibility, had Texas been able to do it. But at that particular time, probably politics more than anything else (stopped it).”

    That political maneuvering, Dooley said, came from the state of Texas – not the SEC. He felt like Texas A&M was ready to make the jump.

    “It was a goal (of SEC officials) anyway, let’s put it that way,” Dooley said of trying Texas and Texas A&M. “It worked out fine. A&M was more interested but you had to have both and they had to have both to go.”

  361. NorthShoreFan June 1, 2010 12:12 pm

    Made…like you observed..depends on how you read it huh?…Hawaii on the way to a National Championship…no to be humble cause got some great teams ova deya..LOL!

  362. madeinhawaii June 1, 2010 12:15 pm


    Yep.. gotta stay humble..stay hungry.. stay focused… feet on the ground and hope the other guy’s heads get in their own way. … GO WAHINE!

  363. Garret June 1, 2010 12:45 pm

    Bess and RGM are 2 of the 5 finalists for the returner job for Miami.

    (On what guys have caught his eye while returning kicks thus far) – “Returners, yeah I mean those people all have done a nice job. You know, (Ryan) Grice-Mullen and Kory (Sheets), and a couple of these other guys have done a nice job. I like, obviously what (Davone) Bess has done back there as well. We got (Julius) Pruitt working back there. We’ve got four or five guys working back there that we’ve kind of narrowed this, this thing down to, at least for now as we go into this. I like what they’ve done right now. Today we had a couple deals where we didn’t use good judgment and we have to use good judgment back there.”

  364. Garret June 1, 2010 12:46 pm

    Bess and RGM notes from practice.

    Dolphins WR Davone Bess said he lined up more outside than he did at slot during today’s OTA session.

    If I had to guess, Kory Sheets and Ryan Grice-Mullen are the team’s fastest KOR options. Both can move, but can they elude.

    Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline continue to work as the Dolphins’ starting receivers with Davone Bess and Julius Pruitt as their backups.

  365. troll June 1, 2010 12:47 pm

    Last year Alabama’s one out away from going into the championship game of the World Series and lightening struck then, too.

    A batter who was hitless in nine appearances stuns the Alabama team.

    For this to happen to Alabama team in successive years is stunning especially to the fans, coaches and players.

    Read the article. Note whom the pitcher.

    Note for the most part how gracious their fans were after Hawaii shocked them after enduring what happened to the team last year.

  366. Garret June 1, 2010 12:51 pm

    Wyoming’s commit today is looking forward to playing in a conference with Utah, TCU, and *BSU*. The Texas high school that he’s from now has at least 3 D-IA recruits in their secondary.

    He’s going to be one of at least three Division One recruits in the Red Raiders secondary and is excited about Lee’s upcoming 2010 schedule, “Man, we’ve got some of the best to play, starting with Euless Trinity,” Reese continued, “And, I’ll be playing against some great competition while at Wyoming in an up and coming conference against Utah, T.C.U., Boise State and others.”

    Teammate Cortland Browning has already committed to Missouri and Marvin Gray is looking seriously at several Division One schools, including Illinois, “We were told the secondary was going to be the strength of our defense and we’re up to the challenge and ready to do some great things next season, and now–none of us will have to worry about where we’re going to play in college.”

  367. Garret June 1, 2010 12:54 pm

    Texas’ AD says that it is not disloyal to listen to other conferences talk about expansion. It does seem like the Big 12 Commissioner is being proactive…unlike some other conference commissioners I can think of.

    Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds doesn’t figure Missouri and Nebraska are being disloyal to the Big 12 Conference for considering possible options with the Big Ten. Texas will listen to the same sort of offers that come its way in this emerging era of possible realignment in major college conferences.

    He also said Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe was simply doing his job when he issued his who’s-on-the plane statement about trying to gain commitments – possibly at these meetings in Kansas City – on which schools planned to remain in the Big 12.

    β€œHe’s commissioner of the Big 12 and he’s being proactive and I like that,” Dodds said. β€œThat’s what he’s paid to do. He’s paid to keep the conference together, keep it viable. Move it forward. I see him doing those things and I like that.

  368. NorthShoreFan June 1, 2010 12:59 pm

    troll…good article. das y i like sports…everyone has a chance to win and sometimes the ‘david’s” of the sport do win…
    Bama has nothing to be ashamed of.. i know this tournament will increase their resolve for a better season next year. They do have the resources to do it.. Choke freshmen on the team and some good returning players and lots of resources.
    Dunne is a class act. super competive and intense but respectful of the game after its over.

  369. jm2375 June 1, 2010 1:07 pm

    OK, it’s past 1pm. Where’s the new post?

  370. jm2375 June 1, 2010 1:09 pm

    New post up

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  372. Mrs. A-House June 1, 2010 2:35 pm

    Aloha Everybody!

    I post today, after an extended absence from posting, with mixed emotions.

    I’m part of the absolutely exhilarated host of UH fans who whooped it up in unbridled, unrestrained joy at the unbelievable success of the HPU softballers’ National Championship, the UH Wahine softballers’ two-in-a-row victories over #1 seeded Alabama, and the Baseball Bows’ long-overdue victory of nemesis Fresno.


    I’m deeply saddened, however, at the impending demise of The Advertiser and the end of what has become such an important part of the lives of not only the A-House ohana, but for hundreds of others as well…not having Stephen Tsai’s Warrior Beat Blog to peruse daily.

    I wanted to be sure I had the opportunity to express my thoughts as the final days of this beloved blog approach. I wish to express my sincere thanks to Stephen, Leila, Ferd, Mike and the countless other hard-working, dedicated, excellent professionals who made the Honolulu Advertiser Hawaii’s #1 newspaper…hands down.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every day of the existence of The Honolulu Advertiser and the Warrior Beat Blog. I sincerely wish all the employees good luck in whatever future endeavors they may wish to pursue.

    LOL = Lots of love from Mrs. A-House

  373. Tennis streamer June 2, 2010 11:28 am

    You should add some social bookmark buttons to your website site? At least add one for Digg so we can digg you up!

  374. al June 3, 2010 10:57 am

    mrs. ahouse….but, but, the warrior beat blog will live on at the new star-advertiser.

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