On the other hand …

Last week, a UH person told me that there was no way Mel deLaura, recently replaced as the head strength/conditioning coach for the Warrior football team, would go to SMU to reunite with June Jones. The person said SMU did not have any openings.

But then last night, I got a call from Jones, who said that, in fact, he has two openings for strength/conditioning coaches. He said there are a bunch of procedures that need to be done first.

So I stand corrected.

* * * * *

The past three days, every coach, administrator and athletic department staff worker was required to attend a four-hour session on diversity (with an emphasis on acceptance of others). Because of scheduling conflicts, there were a couple of noticeably absences. Not to fret. Every absentee is required to watch a video of the session.

* * * * *

Happy birthday to this fun-loving blogger:


Who grew up to be a well-respect graphic artist, mug designer, kill-’em-with-kindness heckler and lounge singer:


* * * * *

Who can turn the world on with a smile … ?

Here’s Powder in the Big Apple, experiencing falling snow for the time in her, uh, 21 years of life:



  1. Ralph January 28, 2010 12:00 am

    numero uno

  2. Ralph January 28, 2010 12:02 am

    Viloria got an 85K raise by going to Florida State opening the fb s/c coach position. His salary of 160K is more than some of the assistant fb coaches.

  3. Ralph January 28, 2010 12:03 am

    Does June read the blog, how did he know that you posted no way Mel goes to SMU

  4. al January 28, 2010 12:13 am

    he could

  5. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 12:23 am

    Yes. June Jones reads the blog.
    He said he reads it daily.
    He also reads The Advertiser online. He said we need to charge something โ€” anything โ€” for the content.

  6. al January 28, 2010 12:28 am

    is june still cruizing in kona?

  7. SteveM January 28, 2010 12:55 am

    Good luck to Mel deLaura, wherever he may go.

  8. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2010 12:58 am

    anymore recruiting news ?

  9. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:17 am

    Tsai-Ko Trivia

    Who is the first person to ever comment on the blog?

    Hint: Not Da Punchbowl Kid, Al or SteveM

  10. al January 28, 2010 1:18 am

    mel delaura

  11. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:18 am

    Answer: Mel deLaura

  12. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:19 am

    u good Al, very good

  13. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:20 am

    Actually DPK was “Timmy B. da punchbowl Kid”

  14. jeezy3 January 28, 2010 1:20 am

    darn no recruiting updates??? please tell me we are offering Allen Sampson. He is bigtime!!

  15. Shannon January 28, 2010 1:22 am

    I think JJ made a huge statement by blowing Nevada out of the water for his “Homecoming”. It was just a matter of time that Mel was bound to jump ship to SMU. I bet Coach Mac is jealous of DeLaura right about now…

  16. Shannon January 28, 2010 1:27 am

    Watching JJ hold that Hawaii Bowl trophy and celebrating with his players, after whipping Nevadas @$$ was like watching your Ex-Girlfriend at the dance with her new boyfriend… You wanna be happy for her but it hurts so much…

  17. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:27 am

    The new UNLV coach has hit the ground running, has a quality staff and recruiting like crazy.
    Same areas UH looks for kids (Central & South Cali) got some *** kids in just a few days.
    Don’t think the UNLV game will be an easy one in the future

  18. Shannon January 28, 2010 1:28 am

    No, I’m not depressed that JJ & SMU is doing better than Mac & Hawaii. LOL ; )

  19. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:31 am

    Watching JJ hold that Hawaii Bowl trophy and celebrating with his players, after whipping Nevadas @$$ was like watching your Ex-Girlfriend at the dance with her new boyfriend… You wanna be happy for her but it hurts so much…

    And her boyfriend is the stud QB from another school who transferred from your school because your school had a retard for a A.D. and no shower heads or soap in the locker room.

  20. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 1:36 am

    There is no comparison with SMU, its all about the money that SMU can raise, the real education they can provide and all those crazy football dads that hold their kids back a year in school so the kids are bigger and stronger

  21. Kekoa (iPhone) January 28, 2010 2:49 am

    Rasu Begasu ~

    I see that you were fortunate enuff to host the Slugger in playland. She’s a very busy person. Believe it wen she tells you she can mix a killer Sangria.. Funny thing is, she doesn’t drink!

  22. Kekoa (iPhone) January 28, 2010 2:54 am

    Note to myki & sj-macro:

    Please get hold of Grams and invite her to the CC.

    Ralph told me that it was you and sj that had her contact number. She had so much fun at the last one, I think she would enjoy this one.

  23. wafan January 28, 2010 3:47 am

    Good morning, everyone!

  24. wafan January 28, 2010 3:47 am

    Last day of the semester.


  25. wafan January 28, 2010 3:48 am

    Nice to see Rasu Begasu back.

  26. wafan January 28, 2010 3:50 am

    Mom Satele’s NCAA story would be a good one to hear.

  27. Bulla January 28, 2010 4:32 am

    good morning tsaikos,

    good luck to mel, he is a good guy and will do well wherever he goes. mahalo for all of the hard work over the years at UH and with the Speed and Quickness camps ๐Ÿ™‚

    did someone say CC? ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. whitey January 28, 2010 4:45 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  29. whitey January 28, 2010 5:02 am

    morning bulla and wafan

  30. whitey January 28, 2010 5:03 am

    d1, still sleeping, but the ding ding goes off in 10 min.

  31. whitey January 28, 2010 5:04 am

    good morning duffer. is it raining in kahului????

  32. whitey January 28, 2010 5:04 am

    back to “undercover” work.

  33. NYUH January 28, 2010 5:07 am

    Coach, your word still carries weight!

    JJs plan to put it in the Ala Wai Golf Course!

  34. Garret January 28, 2010 5:09 am


    I do not understand why a UH person would tell you that SMU did not have any openings last week when well over a week ago their head strength and conditioning coach for football took the S/C job at Florida State for $160k. It isn’t like JJ fired him to open a space for Mel, Vic more than doubled his salary by going to Florida State. That UH person definitely gave you some bad information to pass along on Saturday…

  35. Garret January 28, 2010 5:14 am

    Florida State is a state school so they released the salary that Viloria got from them, 2 years at $160k per year.

  36. Garret January 28, 2010 5:17 am

    Published reports said that Viloria left SMU for Florida State on January 9. January 23 was when the report came out on the blog that Heffernan was replacing Mel. So, the UH person who told you that SMU didn’t have any openings was not correct–they had an opening for about 2 weeks already and they actually knew about the Florida State offer well before that…

  37. Pomai January 28, 2010 5:20 am

    So it’s a 99.999999% that Mel is going to get a good pay raise.

  38. NYUH January 28, 2010 5:36 am

    Lion Coffee founder James Delano recently died in India while volunteering his time to help a children’s aid organization. He was here this last year at NYU getting a masters degree so I used to see him at the swimming pool. We both missed our swims at Sans Souci. He is missed.

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  39. jm2375 January 28, 2010 5:53 am

    Good morning! Another wet morning. Be careful out there.

    Congrats to the Wahine on their win last night.

  40. bighilofan2 January 28, 2010 5:54 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.


    thanks for the information


    thanks for checking up with the NCAA and letting us know.

  41. Garret January 28, 2010 5:55 am

    Nevada coach Chris Ault has to win this season and do well in a bowl game to keep his job.

    Nevada football coach Chris Ault will be at risk of losing his job if the 2010 season is not an improvement on 2009, multiple sources have told the Reno Gazette-Journal in the last two weeks.

    According to the sources, Athletics Director Cary Groth told the 63-year-old Ault in the days following the 45-10 Hawaii Bowl loss to SMU that he must contend for a Western Athletic Conference championship and not have an embarrassing performance in a bowl game or his 26th season could be his last.

  42. jm2375 January 28, 2010 5:56 am

    Oh yeah…

    Happy birthday, a-joe!

  43. Bulla January 28, 2010 5:57 am

    Good luck to Mel,

    you never know when our paths will cross again ๐Ÿ™‚

    bhf2, how you bro, i think i sent you something, check your FB, haha

    mahalo to Garret for the info, mr. 411 himself

    have a productive day to ALL the Tsaikos out there, past, present and future

  44. Garret January 28, 2010 5:57 am

    Ault sure doesn’t make much for coaching a team that was 7-1 in the WAC last year.

    Several sources said Nevada canโ€™t afford to buy out Ault, a problem compounded by the recession. Ault is paid $385,000 per year, which ranks near 100th out of 120 FBS coaches and is about one-third what the coaches at Boise State, Fresno State and Hawaii make.

  45. jm2375 January 28, 2010 5:59 am

    Good morning Bulla. See ya tomorrow.

    Howzit Mr. Hilo. Long time no see.

  46. Garret January 28, 2010 6:01 am

    Happy Birthday A-Joe!

  47. bighilofan2 January 28, 2010 6:03 am

    Best of luck to Mel in his future.

    I personally felt good about Coach taking some action to try and change the vibe. Somebody has to take the hit if you’re trying to change the land scape, so why not look for a scape goat? But I would question the political acumen of the UH person who gave ST the bum steer, when we all can see the accuracy of the info given to ST.

    and thanks Granny, for clearing up the NCAA misinfo for us. hopefully we’ll see your grandson this coming season starting with USC.

  48. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 6:07 am

    I was actually surprised Vic Viloria was the head strength guy at SMU. I remember him when he was a feisty linebacker who used to joke that he had Hawaii ties.
    He came up to me at the Hawaii Bowl practice and started talking about a story I wrote about him years ago. I didn’t remember it, but pretended I did. Anyway, he’s a really nice guy.
    Well, this means there should be an opening on the UH staff. let’s think of the possibilities: Chris Brown? Kenny Patton?

  49. bighilofan2 January 28, 2010 6:09 am

    hiya jm2375, bulla, all you guys.

    I’m trying to be positive, Warrior Mojo, I am really trying hard.
    notice, i never ask ST, who was the [NR*] that gave you the bum
    steers about SMU. or the bum steer about NCAA rule on Satele.
    no matter who is right, the 8 point print is awful to read from 3′ away.
    always going get excuses. hopefully, UH will look at the granny info positively and get the confirm in writing. winning is about results. imo

    Have a great day gangee.

  50. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:19 am

    Great Morning All!

    Happiest of Birthdays to one of the happiest Tsaikos you’ll ever meet…Addahknowjoe!

  51. Believer January 28, 2010 6:20 am

    all dis stuffs on Mel hoppin ovah to smu was known. I also heard dat Mel left UH not da udda way but who knows really lol

  52. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:21 am


    d1, still sleeping, but the ding ding goes off in 10 min.

    A little TMI there! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜€

  53. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 28, 2010 6:22 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


  54. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:22 am

    Good Luck to Mel deLaura!

  55. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:24 am

    Good to see Rasu posting again.

    …been awhile since da oddah “wascal” been seen here…

    Time for a “Brew”???

  56. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:24 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  57. Ronnie January 28, 2010 6:26 am

    Happy Birthday A-Joe!!!!!

  58. Bulla January 28, 2010 6:36 am


  59. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 6:40 am

    Higher-ups had a chat with me last night.
    After reading some exchanges from a couple of days ago, I was instructed to “pull the plug.” They had enough already.
    As a compromise, we’re settling on a timeout.
    Like I try to hint all of the time, it’s better to behave and let me monitor than to have Big Brother monitor.

  60. LizKauai [iMac] m/ January 28, 2010 6:52 am

    Hauoli Lahanau to A-Joe!!!

    Mahalo to the H-A for the plug warning… and Biggest Mahalo to the Tsai Meister for continuing to give peeps a chance to be civil and enjoy the blog!

    NOW HiHo silver!

    Have a GREAT DAY, Ka Kou!

  61. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 6:53 am

    Happy Birthday A-Joe, Always a big smile on your Mug

  62. rasu begasu January 28, 2010 7:00 am

    Tell me whats wrong, I’m wearing a fleece vest, a T shirt, socks and bibidees.
    Mrs LV says that I look stoopid and should wear pants.
    But my legs are not cold and besides that my legs are kinda like my charm point

  63. Bulla January 28, 2010 7:08 am

    higher ups…. you were talking to God last night??? as compared to

    ‘eh, hi-you’re -up’, thinking about baseball again….hmmmmmm

  64. whitey January 28, 2010 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday A Joe

  65. tommui January 28, 2010 7:20 am

    A-Joe – happy, happy birthday – with that voice and good looks – no wonder why the girls like to sing with you!

    Good morning Hawaii!

  66. 808Chef January 28, 2010 7:25 am

    i’m sure most of us aren’t surprised at the possiblity of mel ending up with jj. good for mel if that’s the case. opening or no opening at smu, jj would have made it happen. then again, jj’s the past to me so ON FORWARD!

    oh yeah…good morning peeps!

  67. Bulla January 28, 2010 7:27 am


    yep, good to hear, but one snap and clear………..

  68. 808Chef January 28, 2010 7:37 am


    you got that right. don’t know if i did yet but congrats on the beast making it on the team. i know you and the mrs are happy and excited as any warrior parent would be. now the real work begins ah?

  69. Bulla January 28, 2010 7:47 am


    he has the opportunity to participate in Spring ball with the goal of being invited to Fall Camp. he’s going through the process, compliance meeting, physical today…..start rolling on monday. someone once said if you find something to do that you love, it will never feel like work……it’s not the destination, but the journey that is the victory……… ๐Ÿ™‚


  70. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 28, 2010 7:56 am

    RE: JJ/ex-girlfriend comparison.

    I’ve never wanted to be happy for an “ex” before. ๐Ÿ˜†

  71. myki January 28, 2010 7:58 am

    Kekoa: check your email -myki

  72. myki January 28, 2010 8:00 am

    Happy Birthday A Joe โ—

  73. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 28, 2010 8:01 am

    A quick update on funds allocated for Aloha Stadium – however, at this point, I haven’t been able to confirm that any of the allocations include the turf replacement project.

    Hopefully, there is because, as of this writing, no additional funding is in the supplemental budget submitted by the Governor. However, the budget process has barely begun.

    NOTE: These figures do not indicate what was actually RELEASED by the Governor in the previous fiscal years as well as the current fiscal year.

    “Plans, design and construction for the mitigation/elimination of conditions that may become hazardous to health and safety, including rrepairs, alterations and improvements to the Aloha Stadium to meet civil, safety and/or operational requirements.”

    July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008: $12,430,000

    July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009: $25,950,000

    July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010: $15,000, 000

    July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011: $12,100,000


    More research to do. And, mahalo, Stephen & others, for the unexpected compliments yesterday.

  74. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 28, 2010 8:02 am


  75. Pomai January 28, 2010 8:04 am

    Oh my only 217 days and a wake up till we kickoff an give USC the lickens they so rightly deserve, an yes I just love my special brand of WARRIOR KOOL-AID……….

  76. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2010 8:16 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday to Addahknowjoe!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    You da bestest, Hawaiian, da bestest!!!

  77. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2010 8:19 am


    Go to “view” on your toolbar and select “text size” and click on “largest”. It makes da text nice and big for us “seasoned” guys.

  78. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2010 8:20 am

    Good luck to Mel, and thanks for everything!

  79. SteveM January 28, 2010 8:28 am

    Good morning everyone!


  80. al January 28, 2010 8:29 am

    happy birthday, a-joe!

  81. NYUH January 28, 2010 8:33 am

    This part fo the JJ interview was interesting and should be taken to heart. Hawaii is lucky and recruits should know we play to the nation’s attention.

    Q: How important was it for the team to not just make a bowl game, but win it?

    A: Winning it was critical because of the unique time slot that game had on ESPN [Christmas Eve and the only bowl game on at the time]. Every player that played professional football, college or high school was watching that game. To have that type of game on that day, really you can’t pay for that kind of marketing for your team and what you do.


  82. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 28, 2010 8:35 am

    Harpy Burfday AJ – be sure to eat a second piece of cake for me.

  83. (Jesse) James January 28, 2010 8:54 am

    Happy BIrthday Bruddah…woo hoo…still looking good after all these years…must be the vog in Ka’u that kept you looking like you never aged…MWAHAHAHAHHAHA

  84. Stretch January 28, 2010 9:05 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Happy Birthday AJoe!!
    This is a song that will bring a tear to your eye…

  85. SailorBlue January 28, 2010 9:07 am

    Happy birthday A-Joe…you one heck of a big brudda and friend…

  86. expat January 28, 2010 9:16 am

    I still can’t believe that there is someone who thinks they are higher up than ST. I guess some people will always delude themselves.


    Coach Jones had a better year this year for sure and it seems like his players are getting the hang of his system…. nonetheless he is 9 – 16 (6 – 10 conf) in two years with SMU. Coach Mac is 13 – 14 (8 – 8 conf)

    Of those 14 losses 5 were to BCS teams and 2 were to a ranked Boise State. Wins included two against (the same) BCS school and a road win against a ranked (conference) opponent.

    Of SMU’s losses, 2 were to BCS teams and 2 were to ranked non-BCS schools. There were no wins against ranked opponents or BCS schools.

    In terms of head to heads, SMU beat Nevada, which beat Hawaii, but lost to both Navy and Washington State, both of whom lost to Hawaii.

    I think it is hard to look at that and say that SMU is doing better than Hawaii. Sure, they each went to one bowl game and SMU won while Hawaii lost — but that only tells one part of the story.

    I think it is hard to look beyond the prism of what Hawaii did the last two years JJ was here and the expectations that he set. Objectively though both JJ and Mac had to rebuild programs and while JJ is doing a great job the evidence doesn’t support that he is doing a better job than Mac.

  87. koakane™ January 28, 2010 9:21 am

    good morning, howzit everyone

    adding my happy birthday to A-Joe on this sunny morning in paradise.

  88. curveball January 28, 2010 9:24 am

    A-joe….Happy B-day..we have narrowed the new babies blog name to Fastball or Change-up..since you named Slider we think on you b-day you should pick the new one…………

  89. A-House January 28, 2010 9:31 am

    Ajoe, Ajoe, Ajoe, can it be? Really? aurite, Happy Birfday and enjou it!!!

  90. kapakahi January 28, 2010 9:36 am

    Now that Kaelin Clay committed to Cal last weekend, just wondering whatever happened with UH’s recruiting efforts for OL/DL Wilson Edwards….???
    http://warriorbeat.honadvblogs.com/2009 … /#comments

  91. kapakahi January 28, 2010 9:39 am

    Sorry….wrong ST blog link for Long Beach Poly OL/DL prospect Wilson Edwards. Let’s try again….


  92. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2010 9:49 am

    ST: re #59

    I agree, pull the plug, as necessary.

  93. NorthShoreFan January 28, 2010 9:50 am

    The Beast spring training starts with a Feast?..watch out Camelia’s..

    Off topic stuff but yoga for the brain. Interesting report..
    chack it ..http://pranichealing.com/video/superbrain-yoga-workout-improve-brain

    Seems to work according to the testimonials but like anything else, you got to buy the book…

  94. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 9:57 am

    Hey, all:
    I don’t like to pull plugs.
    And if anybody knows me, I really don’t like authority, which is why the situation ticks me off.
    The point isn’t about making points. I think the person in timeout makes excellent points.
    But there has to be some sort of tact. I mean you might suggest to an overweight person some health tips or offer encouragement when the person does something healthful
    But you wouldn’t say: “You’re fat. And you know you’re fat .And we all know you’re fat.”
    And then say that every day.
    And then when others try to be encouraging of the person, to say: “Well, I don’t know what color the sky is in your world, but he’s fat in my mine.”
    The point is taken. But after a while, it’s time to call a cab.
    While I hate to see any guest leave, it’s better to say “take a break” to one than to see 25 go.
    And it’s worse when the higher-ups tell you it’s pau-hana time.

  95. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 9:59 am

    That said, it’s not looking hopeful for UH (or BYU) fans that Kona Schwenke is being hosted by Manti Teo at Notre Dame.

  96. koakaneโ„ข January 28, 2010 10:05 am

    e kala mai but wishing fellow monarch and team mate mel delaura good luck in his future endeavors. great person ๐Ÿ˜€

  97. kapakahi January 28, 2010 10:06 am


    BTW, did Kona Schwenke ever trip to UH?


  98. 808Chef January 28, 2010 10:10 am

    wow..i’m honored stephen. very well put but to be used in your explanation to make a point for a certain situation. i’m truly truly honored and now i’m motivated.

    i’m fat. i know i’m fat. my kids know i’m fat and they tell me everyday.

    hence the reason i loved the last show with Coach Tommy. big ups to you stephen and princess for the show. thank you both and much thanks to Coach Tommy. maybe now i can do a before and after picture and send it to you guys. hehehehe…

  99. Pomai January 28, 2010 10:23 am

    808Chef man I hate to burst your bubble but he could be talking about 3/4 of us, it’s not that I have a weight problem it’s just there is too much food that will go to waste if I don’t eat it.

  100. (Jesse) James January 28, 2010 10:24 am

    PP…again with the mouth…hmmmm, just can’t keep it closed huh my cousin…??? MWAHAHAHAHAHAA

    Oh, and good morning fellow Tsaikos.

  101. SteveM January 28, 2010 10:26 am

    Relating to comments #9-11 today, the very first blog comment by Mel deLaura, while tongue in cheek, became prophetic…

    Comment from: Mel DeLaura [Visitor]
    How can we attend your feed and thickness camp?
    07/18/06 @ 17:37

    Feed and Thickness camp (a.k.a. Cattle Call) tryouts will be held tomorrow at Camellia (McCully). Noon. All invited. No size minimum. Bulla and the Beast presiding.

    RSVP on the blog, so Al knows how may people he’ll have to apologize for… ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not going early and have to explain that 15 people are going to need seating space for 25… ๐Ÿ˜

  102. cheepono January 28, 2010 10:28 am

    kapakahi ~~ dang it looks like we struck out more than once with the prospects on that list. ๐Ÿ™ 0/6

  103. Dan-O January 28, 2010 10:34 am

    Just a thought…..

    I think one difficult aspect of UH recruiting the state’s top players (or any local player for that matter), is that the recruits know/see UH as a safety net. Meaning…..they know that if things dont work out at another school, there is always the possibility of returning home and playing for UH.

    That being said…..it would be difficult to turn down offers from bigger schools/conferences, as that might be the only chance these recruits get at playing/experiencing the mainland.

    You only get ONE chance to sign with Notre Dame, USC, Oregon, etc…..but you can ALWAYS come home, with UH as the last option.

  104. djmitcho January 28, 2010 10:36 am

    Happy Birthday A-Joe!

  105. djmitcho January 28, 2010 10:37 am

    Pomai, I like your the reasoning behind post 100!

  106. buger January 28, 2010 10:49 am

    Maybe I missed it but did either of the Dingle brothers try out? I remember there was an article about them awhile back.

  107. madeinhawaii January 28, 2010 10:51 am


    Yep.. and I think while all of us would like to see our blue-chippers stay and play for the home crowd, we know that many will be lured away by the “brand name” of certain schools.

    For me, that’s all well and good and the way life is and I wish them well. In four to five years I will forget who they are, not because I’m dissing them, but because I am a UH Warrior fan and not a fan of another Uni or College. It’s a simple case of “out of sight, out of mind.”

    What bothers me most, though, is when a prospective recruit doesn’t even have Hawaii on their top 5 list going into their final year. So I have to ask myself. Did we (the fans) fail? How has UH’s reputation in academics and/or athletics gotten that bad in the mind of the athlete? If that is the case, why? What do we need to do to change this so that every top high school athlete in Hawaii will at least rate the UH program as one of their top 5 choices. Cause then, and only then will our home grown programs enjoy the success that the best from our islands can offer.

  108. lava January 28, 2010 10:52 am

    My understanding is Kona has not been offered as of yet. Regardless, he’s a project due to his tweener size/speed. He’s not going to wow anyone as a frosh. A red shirt candidate all the way, at best. No disrespect to him, just thinking people need to look realistically at these kids.

  109. lava January 28, 2010 10:54 am

    I should have said, Kona had not yet been offer by Notre Dame.

    Keep in mind, ND is scrambling, and has a ton of visitors this weekend.

  110. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2010 11:09 am

    So Coach Jones reads here every day?

    Okay… Well if you’re reading this Coach Jones, I just gotta say, ya broke muh heart when you left, but I am truly happy you are doing so well where you are. God be with you. And of you’re ever back in town, you should allow the Tsaikos to host you at a cattle call. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  111. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2010 11:10 am

    “Feed and Thickness” MMMMMmmmmmMMMM… ๐Ÿ˜†

  112. A-House January 28, 2010 11:11 am

    Curiosity question:

    Anyone know if UH offer letter has a clause or disclaimer that the student athlete will notify UH “before” accepting a scholarship to another school allowing UH to use it for another student athlete?

    Seems like we are seeing a number of commits decommit just before signing day and going another school. Most troublesome are those who made an early commitment only now to diss UH.

    Or, is this a “matter of fact” fact dealing with college football recruiting only. Just don’t see this in other sports.

    It must be awfullying frustrating to coaches.

  113. BG January 28, 2010 11:13 am

    Ducked in the clubhouse to wish one of the good guys a happy birthday!


  114. A-House January 28, 2010 11:14 am

    Did someone post earlier that Coach Mack is on the mainland now?

    Is this an indication that he has completed his recruiting of the remaining local players and now concentrating on securing new recruits and/or attempting to keep those commitments solid?

  115. 808Chef January 28, 2010 11:26 am

    Aw…pomai. now why say that. i suddenly have the urge for spam.

  116. Kekoa (iPhone) January 28, 2010 11:32 am

    Berfday wishes from da Kekoa Klan to the former Bass player of the Tsaiko AllStar Band.

    A-Joe ~ If it wasn’t for your artistry, the Tsaiko logo would not exist. Mahalo Hawaiian and do have an awesome day!

  117. BigIslandkurt January 28, 2010 11:35 am


    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    you come from Ka’u
    I come from dea too!

    Haouli la hanau to one really good bradduh.
    Love you bro!


  118. sportsbow January 28, 2010 11:39 am

    Re: #110. lava

    Notre Dame offered Kona Schwenke a scholarship yesterday.

    LINK: http://notredame.scout.com/2/941589.html

    Irish Offer Kona
    By Jeff Baumhower

    Posted Jan 27, 2010

    Notre Dame made its interest in Kona Schwenke from Kahuku High School (Hawaii) official today as the Notre Dame coaching staff informed Schwenke that he had a scholarship to play at Notre Dame.

    Despite the Irish getting involved late in the game, it would appear that Notre Dame has a chance to sign Kona Schwenke (6-foo-4, 230-pounds). After inviting Kona on an official visit earlier in the week, the Notre Dame coaching staff followed up today with a scholarship offer. IrishEyes spoke with Konaโ€™s father shortly after he spoke with the Notre Dame coaches.

    โ€œI just got a call back from Notre Dame and they confirmed that the offer was made, so weโ€™re going to fly up there tomorrow afternoon,โ€ Mr. Schwenke said. โ€œWeโ€™re excited. I know Kona is also excited. Weโ€™re absolutely excited about the events over the past couple days and weโ€™re looking forward to coming over there and seeing the school, meeting the coaches, as well as some of the faculty members.

    โ€œThe history of Notre Dame, and everything about the school, being a parent has us excited. I remember watching some of the old Notre Dame games from way, way back and to get the opportunity to get an offer from Notre Dame is something that is beyond words for myself, and I know I can speak for my wide as well. Weโ€™re just excited to come up there and visit and check out the campus and check out the school. I know Kona is very excited as well.โ€

    โ€œBased on the conversations that weโ€™ve had with the coaches, theyโ€™re very gracious and very accommodating to us, and it will be very exciting to meet them face to face,โ€ the Mr. Schwenke explained. โ€œI donโ€™t doubt there is a lot of sincerity in their voices and that theyโ€™re caring people that want the best for our son. Thereโ€™s nothing that I sense from our conversations that would make me feel otherwise. I felt really god about the conversations Iโ€™ve had with the coaches thus far.โ€

  119. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2010 11:41 am

    ST: re #59.

    Meant to say “smu” or “86” as necessary.

    Delete those “da kine” posts.

  120. Ralph January 28, 2010 11:44 am

    Expat Difficult to compare SMU and UH at this point in time, unfair to both coaches. JJ took over a team that had one winning season in 25 years, and their last bowl game was 25 years ago. To look at SMU 2 year record and assess JJ success is asking too much, but SMU got a winning season at 8-5 and a bowl win. Mac took over a team that just appeared in a BCS bowl game, a UH team that JJ took to several Hawaii bowls, the expectations were high, but the OL and DL were lacking due to graduation and depth issues. I think we should expect an improvement in Mac’s third year and definitely the coaching staff’s 4th year together with 3 recruiting classes to build their depth.

  121. LOLยฎ January 28, 2010 11:53 am

    Objectively though both JJ and Mac had to rebuild programs and while JJ is doing a great job the evidence doesn’t support that he is doing a better job than Mac.

    JJ had a far tougher challenge at SMU though. 25 years of an absolute losing mentality even which he had to convince the players first, many of whom were not his recruits to believe in what he was trying to sell them. Some fell off the bus quickly and I think JJ had a short leash with players who did not follow his policies in that first year. So that first season, he not only had to deal with implementing a new system, he also had to start at the absolute lowest common denominator in changing the mindset of those players already within the system. The lightbulb went off when SMU won a tough game against UAB at the start of the ’09 season as the players saw for themselves what the coaches were saying.

    Contrast this to what McMackin took over. A winning program. While we lost a great deal of key starters, we also had returning players who were part of a winning program. Many of the holdover coaches were also a part of the recruiting process for years so the level of continuity was there compared to the wholesale changes at SMU. No sane rational person expected another undefeated season but when you look back in retrospect at how up and down that 2008 season was including many scratch your head moments watching the sidelines, the coaching comes into play. How about the amount of time they spent during spring ball practicing from under center only to end up scrapping all that once it became apparent that the QB’s weren’t up to it at game speed. That was precious wasted time. Instead of keeping things simple, the staff from an offensive perspective decided to throw in way too many changes. This doesn’t even touch upon the QB carousel and the tweaks implemented which resulted in a hodge-podge offense very far from what they had practiced in spring/summer.

    The payoff year in terms of comparisons will be year 3. For JJ and SMU, sure, on paper, it looked like 2008 was a repeat of 2007 (both 1-11 seasons). However, one has to look at the improvement in attitude and swagger. 2009, they actually won those tight games amidst the usual injuries which required inexperienced players to step it up. As a result, it looks like they will be hitting their stride in 2010. They really had a young squad which gained valuable experience on the field this past season. With McMackin and Hawaii, who the heck knows. There have been times where the team seems to have lost its swagger to the point where our home field advantage was not as huge as an advantage. The results will speak for themselves once the 2010 season comes and the weeks go by. What should be of noteworthy interest is that in an interview done sometime later in the 2009 season, JJ said that he thinks his team was around 2 years away from being at around the same level as his 2006-2007 UH squads. Contrast this with something which McMackin said (probably can be found on Garret’s quotes blog) is that he expects it to take 3-4 years to get things ironed out here. And like WassupDoc said, Mack isn’t going anywhere until the money is there to foot the bill for the remaining time on his contract.

    Personally, I’m at the point where this whole thing needs to just be allowed to play out. Either McMackin turns this around pronto and gets us back to being competitive in the upper levels of the WAC as well as in OOC play or we continue playing this game of chicken where it will take whomever ends up taking over after his contract is up, another half decade to fix at which point, will we even be relevant in whatever changed football/athletic landscape will exist at that time.

    How has UH’s reputation in academics and/or athletics gotten that bad in the mind of the athlete?

    UH was never known for its academics. I started there as an undergraduate and didn’t know better until I transferred to UC Irvine after 2.5 years. This was during the 80’s and I had trouble getting into some ICS classes and would have to wait the next semester. Ridiculous. At Irvine, not only were the courses available but there was also a finer granular level of curriculum compared to what UHM had to offer. As for athletics, it depends. One cannot deny the appeal of prestigious programs steeped in traditions.

    UHM’s demographic is also interesting. Part commuter, part local, part international (Asia-Pacific). The commuter part AND international students who have virtually zero interest in the sports programs results in a campus environment that is how should we say, lacking in a bigtime student driven atmosphere. While some bigger mainland college campuses have a similar demographic makeup (like UCLA), there is still a sembelance of student life on campus that is lacking at Manoa. Prospective recruits are keenly aware of this when making their visits but in the case of a local athlete, they are pretty much already aware of that as well as the numerous pitfalls of playing for the hometeam. This is just one small example of why it becomes attractive to go away. It isn’t always about the academics, the athletic programs. Sometimes it is just the surroundings and cultural change. This isn’t much different than a mainland recruit having substantial interest in coming to UH because the lifestyle and culture is so drastically different from where they came from.

    What do we need to do to change this so that every top high school athlete in Hawaii will at least rate the UH program as one of their top 5 choices.

    This is not just a UH problem. This is a state of Hawaii problem where we do not know how to invest in our future. Decisions made by the powers that WE, the people consistently elect into office, tend to make decisions which mortgage the future. Look at this whole furlough Friday thing for example. Why the hell are we mortgaging our best and brightest assets, our children’s education? Prior administrations are just as at fault as the current one. Current elected officials and union leaders should all be ousted for this fiasco. Another example; we build things and then fail to have at least a scheduled plan to maintain them which allows that infrastructure to fall apart before action is taken at which point, the costs in both time and economic factors are much higher than if done proactively from the start. Or the money is mismanaged in some way like how the former mayor decided to spend the bulk of tax revenues for beautification purposes first as opposed to prioritizing the aging physical infrastructure (eg. sewer). What you are asking for is changing the mindset of an entire culture which tends to be apathetic at best or does not like speaking up ahead of time so as to not “rock the boat” because such talk might be construed as being negative. Someone has to play the role of devils advocate every now and then to keep some sense of objectivity.

  122. Manoa Mist January 28, 2010 11:58 am

    Guess I missed all the action of someone being given the dreaded “timeout.” Don’t read the blog everyday, but most days, and mostly seems civil to me. Must just be out of the loop.
    Wes Nakama’s blog seems a lot more scary to me – people seem to threaten the dude more than I’d like to see.
    But anyways, very happy to hear The Beast is in the house. Not just because he’s Bulla’s son, but because he can play, he plays hard and he wants to be here and play for us.
    Life is short, and you gotta “Follow the direction of your dreams.”
    Peace out.

  123. labrat January 28, 2010 12:07 pm

    Hi June.

  124. Manoa January 28, 2010 12:31 pm

    Wow another Kahuku player at Notre Dame– that makes it 3!!!
    Toma and Teo via Punahou, and now Schwenke direct from Kahuku.

    Be proud, Kahuku.

  125. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 12:38 pm

    There you go.
    A thoughtful point of view stated in an eloquent yet less-smarmy tone.
    It’s much easier to read the message when we’re not put off by the messenger.
    You may join the rest of us in the playroom again.

  126. Bulla January 28, 2010 12:38 pm

    another happy burfday to A-Joe, aka Indiana Gomes….wit da hat ๐Ÿ™‚

  127. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 12:39 pm

    Now go wish A-Joe a happy birthday or we’ll tell your parents to pick you up.

  128. Stephen Tsai January 28, 2010 12:42 pm

    Doc called to say that it will cost $2 million to replace the Aloha Stadium turf.
    The good news, she said, is the stadium had the money, which was earned through concessions, parking and advertising sales. It won’t cost the public any money if the project gets the go-ahead.

  129. Loa January 28, 2010 12:44 pm

    afternoon gang!

    happy birthday A-Joe !

  130. Mauimon January 28, 2010 12:44 pm

    friend fom Oregon said the Akuna kid from Kapolei verb to the Ducks.
    anyone know if this is true.

  131. Bulla January 28, 2010 12:45 pm

    Thought you’d get a kick out of this:

    Later this evening ‘The Beast’ and I will be speaking to a group of young men from a private school who are on a 2 day retreat at Kamehame Ridge. We are honored to have been invited, but you’ll love this….Ryan has a lot to share with these 10th graders, but he wanted to grab their attention quickly.

    our family has been very blessed, so we decided that we will be offering them, all of them, a brand new plan for their cel phones, doesn’t have any start up or registration costs, and NO MONTHLY payments. it’s the latest 3G network….. and it’s catching on, slowly but surely.

    i mean, who wouldn’t want a cellular plan with no registration fees, no long term contract, and no monthly charges…..HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE

    the 3G Network from ‘The Beast’………


    and thats…………….the rest of the story ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Bulla January 28, 2010 12:47 pm

    I give the new turf project the ‘go ahead’ approval.

    anything else?

  133. Mrs. A-House January 28, 2010 1:00 pm

    Aloha Everybody!

    Addaknowjoe –

    Lucky I checked in…can’t miss the opportunity to wish A-Joe a very Happy Birthday!…any many, many more!! The “before” and “now” pictures are precious. Ladies (and guys too), if you are fortunate enough to be enveloped/embraced/bear hugged by this awesome gentleman, you will experience what it feels like to be warmly loved/welcomed. You will not regret it…even if you have to wait your turn in line.

    Rasu Begasu –

    For some strange reason, I am not “turned off” by the description of you strutting around your house in your bibidees, t-shirt, vest and socks. Perhaps it is because you are not the only samurai-san who rules his castle with supreme confidence and the classic “eh, no bodda me” attitude. More power to you guy…I’ve said enough.

    Coach June Jones who reads the WB blog everyday –

    Job well done as evidenced by the Hawaii Bowl victory over Nevada…continue working your magic. The impact of your skills/talent as a coach will be measured by the positive paths your young charges will take as they look to the future. Good luck and continued success to you.

    Well, there is a break in the steady rain in my valley. Good chance to take out the trash can before getting soaked.

    Have a great afternoon, everybody!

  134. Bulla January 28, 2010 1:03 pm

    Mrs A-House,

    my question to Rasu would be, how high do those socks go……over the calf would be quite a stunning touch to that visual……oh my ๐Ÿ™

  135. labrat January 28, 2010 1:14 pm

    Good post by LOL. I usually just skip those long ones but I read this one.

  136. NorthShoreFan January 28, 2010 1:18 pm

    Bulla,….there goes my lunch!

  137. Kazz January 28, 2010 1:38 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    Doc called to say that it will cost $2 million to replace the Aloha Stadium turf.
    The good news, she said, is the stadium had the money, which was earned through concessions, parking and advertising sales. It won’t cost the public any money if the project gets the go-ahead.

    I assume this doesn’t change the timeline of a 2011 debut as opposed to a debut of the new turf in 5 months?

  138. jm2375 January 28, 2010 1:48 pm

    so the new stadium turf won’t be ready for the 2011 Pro Bowl?

  139. wafan January 28, 2010 1:49 pm

    Happy birthday to A-Joe!


  140. wafan January 28, 2010 1:49 pm

    New turf would be nice.

  141. midnight January 28, 2010 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday, a-joe from midnight and Barbara!!! Barbara says Many Happy Returns of the Day, we miss your singing!

  142. wafan January 28, 2010 1:50 pm



    Time for an early dinner — pepperoni with extra cheese pizza from Papa Murphy’s.


  143. jm2375 January 28, 2010 1:56 pm

    Oh great. The Pro Bowl is sold out and the commish is already calling it a success. He’s not seriously thinking of having it here the week before the SuperBowl and require the SuperBowl players to be here?


  144. jm2375 January 28, 2010 1:59 pm

    Wahine softball picked 3rd in WAC preseason poll. Taualii and Ricketts named to preseason All-WAC team.

    Go Wahine! Win da WAC!


  145. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 2:04 pm


    gotta try tinyurl(dot)com ๐Ÿ™„

  146. Pride. January 28, 2010 2:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Robin.

  147. maui warrior January 28, 2010 2:08 pm

    does no recruiting news, mean bad recruiting news………..

  148. (Jesse) James January 28, 2010 2:13 pm

    Pride…who’s Robin???? MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  149. LizKauai m/ January 28, 2010 2:19 pm



  150. Pride. January 28, 2010 2:26 pm

    # (Jesse) James:
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Pride…who’s Robin???? MWAHAHAHAHAHA

    Sorry James, that’s one of the guys that sings in my choir, it’s his birthday today.

    Forgot to mention, Happy Birthday to A-Joe also.

  151. tommui January 28, 2010 2:42 pm

    POMAI: it’s just there is too much food that will go to waste if I don’t eat it.

    I don’t want to correct your spelling but it is waist …

  152. protector January 28, 2010 2:48 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday to AddaknowJoe!!

  153. wafan January 28, 2010 2:49 pm

    My take is not that there is too much food. The problem is there is so little time.

    Remember not over-weight. Under tall!

  154. wafan January 28, 2010 2:50 pm

    Just need to convince my doc.

  155. mctruck January 28, 2010 2:54 pm

    Happy B-day, A-Joe….many more.

  156. Pomai January 28, 2010 2:55 pm

    Good one Tom, I needed that laugh!!! Ai’yah but true dat!!!!!!!!!

  157. Mrs. Long Time UH Fan January 28, 2010 3:01 pm

    Happy Brithday and have a great day.

  158. Pride. January 28, 2010 3:02 pm

    I am making a proposal to my state senator and state house representative. I would like to propose passage of a bill that would tax any mainland D1 football coach who flies to Hawaii. I’m a very nice guy actually. So I will ask all of the airlines that fly to Hawaii to give them a discount on airfare. However we will then put a surcharge of $100,000.00 per bag.

    We will give them a discount on a rental car. But will charge them another $100,000.00 if they want a battery installed in that car.

    We will also give them a discount rate at any of our local hotels, but will add another $100,00.00 surcharge if they need any water or electricity in the room.

    While we encourage all of our local athletes to visit other schools, we will quarantine these prospective student athletes for three months after they return from their trip. We don’t know what STD’s they may have contracted while on their visit. Quarantine will be waived if the student-athlete agrees to commit to play for the University of Hawaii.

    All local athletes who sign for Hawaii will be given 25 free tickets per game for friends and relatives throughout their career at the University.

    Local athletes who play for the state university will also be guaranteed that any children or grandchildren of theirs will be granted free tuition to any of the state’s universities or colleges of their choice.

    It will be called the “Warrior For Life” bill. Anyone willing to sign the petition?

  159. Mrs. Long Time UH Fan January 28, 2010 3:07 pm

    Sorry (typo) Happy Birthday!!

  160. kokane™ January 28, 2010 3:12 pm

    forgot to say congrats to the wahines on their convincing bball win last night. good job.

    pride you forgot to add a road tax of $500.00 per mile while here.

  161. kama krab January 28, 2010 3:25 pm

    First of all happy birthday A-joe and many more my friend.

    And pride #159 I’m definitely down with that. Talk about economic recovery plan. The state would make some bucks but we would probably not see any of it. Oh well.

  162. Slugger January 28, 2010 3:36 pm

    Happy birthday, Addahknow-Joe!!! Have a wonderful time today.

    PowderPuff looks like she is having a ball!

    Esme & out…

  163. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 3:48 pm

    Howzit Mrs. Long Time UH Fan! ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. madeinhawaii January 28, 2010 4:07 pm


    With the huge time zone difference on the Big Island and all… I figure right now would be just about the right time to wish you..

    Happy Birthday!
    You Old F…

    d …!

    Many Happy Returns!

  165. madeinhawaii January 28, 2010 4:08 pm

    Anybody hear Bobby Curran talk about an assistant coach leaving the program? Was he talking about deLaura?

  166. madeinhawaii January 28, 2010 4:13 pm

    OOpps… not BC.. but rather, Don Robbs…

    my mind is going. going.. gong!

  167. wafan January 28, 2010 4:21 pm

    mih . . .

    Gong? Like the show?


  168. wafan January 28, 2010 4:21 pm

    Now to record grades of the final projects.

  169. Justin January 28, 2010 5:30 pm

    If Tormey or or Shaw leave imma be pissed. Those guys should get promotions to associate head coach/assistant head coach over Lumpkin and Miano.

  170. BleedGreen808 January 28, 2010 5:41 pm


    I’m with you on that one.

  171. bstunna2002 January 28, 2010 5:43 pm

    Maybe Lumpkin is gonna retire?

  172. YODA January 28, 2010 6:19 pm

    Justin – Go Easy Boo!

  173. Don Weir January 28, 2010 6:46 pm

    Na Koa Update

    Na Koa has joined the rest of the business community and now accepts credit cards for memberships and donations. This is a quantum leap in how Na Koa is attmepting to do business.
    Membership renewals start going out in the mail next week. Not a member (or even if you are) now you can go to the Na Koa website and join (or renew) using that credit card. Better if that credit card is linked to a frequent flyer program so you can join the Warriors at Army, Colorado, or Fresno.

  174. bighilofan2 January 28, 2010 6:48 pm


    Imma wit you on dat!

  175. d1ๅณถ January 28, 2010 6:48 pm

    Congratulations Don Weir! That’s some good news!

  176. bighilofan2 January 28, 2010 6:51 pm

    Howzit Don Weir. good news for Na Koa.

    The Pres said he’s not a quitter. Coach better not be a quitter eeda!

    I’ll be looking closely at our recruiting effort next week. Wishing….

    and thinking good thoughts…..

  177. Don Weir January 28, 2010 7:12 pm

    From Don Weir Warrior FB Alum 72-73

    A Tsaiko once posted on the blog that I should spread the Na Koa wealth of resources around. Well, membership has its rewards.

    Let me, as a former Warrior, do it this way for NCAA purposes.

    Here’s a start.
    You go on-line and become a Na Koa member or renew your membership (Kime level or above using the benefit opt out choice that puts your entire donation into Warrior Football) or if you come down to the Coach McMackin Warrior Football Recruit Review 2010 at the Hukilau to sign up and become a member or renew your membership (Kime level or above using the benefit opt out choice that puts your entire donation into Warrior Football) and I will buy your first beverage of the evening.

    Let’s get into Spring Training Mode
    You take me up on this offer (above) at the Koa level and above (see the Grid on the Website or the handout at the Recruit Review) I’ll buy your first beverage and I’ll also buy your dinner at the Hukilau on 02/03/2010 (salad/entree/dessert).

    On-line Memberships must be completed by Noon on 02/03/2010

    I support Na Koa and Na Koa is Warrior Football support

  178. bstunna2002 January 28, 2010 7:15 pm

    Is it too late to RSVP for the cc tomorrow?

  179. Don Weir January 28, 2010 7:20 pm

    Neighbor Island and Mainland Supporters

    You go on-line to join Na Koa and once you submit the membership form you are sent a confirmation e-mail. You have this e-mail when I am on one of the Neighbor Islands or on the mainland for a golf tournament or a Warrior game and/or Warrior reception and I will make good on the beverage offer if you have completed membership by noon of 02/03/2010.

    Spring Training Offer
    You have that e-mail confirmation in hand when we meet and we will strike a deal with a certificate at a restaurant in your area.

  180. Ralph January 28, 2010 7:35 pm

    it’s never too late to RSVP for the cc, Al just needs a count to save seats, we pay individually and only for those present. No money is loss if someone RSVP and doesn’t show up

  181. SteveM January 28, 2010 7:36 pm

    bstunna2002 — RSVP noted. See you tomorrow!

  182. protector January 28, 2010 7:42 pm

    al and SteveM,

    Not sure if you saw my RSVP couple of days ago (for the cc). Just in case you didn’t…I’m a comin’ baby! As far as I know, they didn’t cancel this Furlough Friday.

  183. SteveM January 28, 2010 7:57 pm

    protector — got you listed on my Events Calendar. I think I picked up everyone who RSVP’d on the blog as Al requested. Sorry if I missed any.

    Then there are some who may have contacted Al directly…and then some CC regulars who never RSVP but usually show up are accounted for too… ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. BG January 28, 2010 8:08 pm

    Al…I’ll be there tomorrow @ Camellia’s. Betty can’t make it.

  185. BG January 28, 2010 8:21 pm

    For folks like Justin and bhf2 who think Tormey and Shaw should be promoted over Miano, please share your specifics…I’m listening. I learned a long time ago that when I ASSUME it often breaks down into making ASS*U*ME. Specifics help me to understand…jumping to assumptions don’t.

    IF it were Shaw or Tormey leaving (ASSUMING the rumor is true), are they leaving because they are moving to a better position? Could it be (as in Tormey’s case) that he wants to be a head coach again?

    Or, is this just a rumor? If not, I’d like to be the first to thank the coach for his contributions and wish him well in the future.

  186. el guapo January 28, 2010 8:22 pm

    Two basketball teams
    Both with 9-12 records
    2-6 and 3-5 in conference, neither with a conference road win
    One draws 5,000 fans per game, the other 500
    Both are even from the same city
    But the perception of how successful these teams are is so different
    And that’s just how it is

  187. BG January 28, 2010 8:33 pm

    If Mel does make the decision to leave, I would certainly wish him and his family a fond aloha. He worked hard for his pay…both he and Heffernan do in assisting so many athletes! In the early days, JJ lent his full support to Speed and Quickness to help out Mel…Rich M. is already financially set with his NFL pension, investments, relationships with businesses and Lori’s expertise.

    Mel has put his heart and sweat into Hawaii. He and his family has put down deep roots here. I can imagine that it would be a very, very difficult decision for him to leave. Rich is the driving force behind Speed and Quickness, but Mel provides the substance.

  188. tommui January 28, 2010 8:52 pm

    CC for Ryan? Got to be there!

  189. tommui January 28, 2010 8:55 pm

    DON WEIR: You know I’ll be out of town on 2/3!!!!

  190. curveball January 28, 2010 8:59 pm

    told Bulla I was coming but not the blog..so I will be there

  191. TChahng [์˜คํ‚ค๋‚˜์™€] January 28, 2010 9:14 pm


  192. Stretch January 28, 2010 9:35 pm

    Don Weir – you giving out rainchecks?? hahaha Can’t make Hukilau on 2/3 but very proud to join Na Koa.

  193. Garret January 28, 2010 9:53 pm

    It sounds like Kenny Turner did not get an offer from UH. UH wanted him to walk on and he isn’t interested in that.

    Former Olympia RB Kenny Turner said he enjoyed his Jan. 23 weekend trip to Hawaii, but is doubtful he will be a Warrior.

    The University of Hawaii did not offer Turner a scholarship. The Warriors were interested in him as a walk-on with the potential for a scholarship for the following season, but Turner is looking for a full scholarship.

  194. Kazz January 28, 2010 10:00 pm


    The Rainbow Wahine were also picked to finish 3rd ( ๐Ÿ™„ ) in the WAC behind #2 Nevada and #1 Fresno State.

    Well, we get the “female dogs” (see dictionary for the actual word I wanna use ๐Ÿ˜Ž ) at home this season, but do have to go Reno against the Wolfpack.

    Hmmmm… should I already predict Kelly Majam will win the 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year award? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  195. Kazz January 28, 2010 10:09 pm

    el guapo:

    January 28th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Two basketball teams
    Both with 9-12 records
    2-6 and 3-5 in conference, neither with a conference road win
    One draws 5,000 fans per game, the other 500
    Both are even from the same city
    But the perception of how successful these teams are is so different
    And that’s just how it is

    Correction sir! One averages 3,500K and the other averages 600! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    BUT you are spot on about the perception of success between Na Wahine and the Bows.

    It’s just frustration after frustration with the Basketball Bows. The more people get frustrated with a program, the more they want it to be successful, well most do. With the Wahine, the change in “mana” and the change in the attitude with the coaching staff and the players is evident. Attendance has gone up and TRIPLED compared to seasons past. Yes 600, 700, and even 1000 doesn’t sound like a lot, but compared to 150-250, it’s a world of difference and the ladies on the court and feeding off of what Coach Dana and her staff are doing.

    With the Bows, not much has changed since last season, despite some off-season moves to improve field goal percentages, but alas, an unforutunate injury to Bill Amis and the on-going guessing game as to when Dwain Williams can return previously from off the court issues and physical injuries to the most recent unfortunate incident involving the death of a family member continue to reflect the uphill battle the men’s basketball team faces on a minute to minute basis.

    But yes, two different teams and both are currently on different paths to what seems like different futures. Happy for one, but frustrated and painful for the other.

  196. al January 28, 2010 10:27 pm


    January 28th, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    Is it too late to RSVP for the cc tomorrow?

    got it tunna. its never too late. in fact, many just show up.

  197. duffer (iPhone) January 28, 2010 10:27 pm

    @Don Weir
    Any certificates at Tiffany’s? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  200. al January 28, 2010 10:30 pm

    been gone to maui all day and then got stuck at the airport getting bumped for 4-5 flts. just got back awhile ago.

  201. Ralph January 28, 2010 10:35 pm

    Happy birthday A/Joe, Genki has one bite size sushi, I hope you enjoyed your birthday dinner and i’m sure you kept the sushi chef busy.

  202. al January 28, 2010 10:35 pm

    hey duffer…i tried calling you today.

  203. Ralph January 28, 2010 10:41 pm

    Al you must have missed the sports news and since the mbb game wasn’t on your dvr, the Bows lost by 23 and are now 9-12. UH is ahead of BSU with wins to 1 but UH got to play BSU at Boise. I wonder what is the tie breaker for the WAC tournament- no pig tail game this season.

  204. al January 28, 2010 10:44 pm

    camellia-mccully (where it all started)
    this friday, january 29, 2010

    about $18.00 with tax and tip.
    plus beverage prices.

    rsvp on the blog.

    say…..”fuud? i’m in”

  205. al January 28, 2010 10:52 pm

    thanks ralph.

    protector got you on the first go around.
    tom you gonna be there?
    remind me to bring the quarter.

    couple of big boys also coming. dpk, pride, just to name a few. oh and jason.

  206. al January 28, 2010 10:56 pm

    stephen….in my estimation we still have three scholies to hand out.

    its gonna be interesting and it may even go down to the wire come feb 3.

    i was curious as to why mack is having an unveiling show on feb 3 when he could still be waiting by the fax machine for or two or more nli’s (that’s noli’s to you ahouse).

  207. bstunna2002 January 28, 2010 10:56 pm

    What time is the cc tomorrow?

  208. bstunna2002 January 28, 2010 10:59 pm

    Never mind I saw the agenda.

  209. al January 28, 2010 11:09 pm

    tunna….see #205

  210. Ralph January 28, 2010 11:12 pm

    fuud, I’m in..

  211. jm2375 January 28, 2010 11:19 pm

    it’s pouring over here on the Windward side. Very wet puppy. Everyone stay dry.

    see ya guys tomorrow at the cc.


  212. al January 28, 2010 11:37 pm

    huge weekend coming up for warrior recruiting.

    its already a good class. one or two more big ones cold make it a great class.

    recruits changing their minds back and forth. coaches going days without sleep.

  213. addahknowjoe January 29, 2010 12:26 am

    I’m simply swimming in the wonderful friendship I have with each and every one of you. It’s beautiful!

    Thank you all for taking the time to come here and share your warm aloha and well wishes with me.

    I am truly humbled to be a part of the Tsaiko โ€˜Ohana and have you all call me, “friend.”

    Malama pono. a hui hou.

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  216. Bulla January 29, 2010 4:50 am

    good morning all,

    Al, more RSVP’s for you….Coach Joe Onosai, Coach Brian Derby, Coach Nate Dudoit, Dawn O’Brien from ‘The Fish 95.5’, Bulla’s Bombers are making an appearance, and a handful of aunties/uncles.

    Mooooooooooove over, smells like a good old fashioned ‘Carnivore’s Delight’

    looking forward to seeing everyone! life’s too short gang, and you know what i say,

    make memories, make memories, make memories………………..

  217. wafan January 29, 2010 4:53 am

    Great Aloha Friday to all!

  218. wafan January 29, 2010 4:54 am

    Grades recorded and posted to report cards = day off from school work.


  219. Bulla January 29, 2010 5:06 am

    whitey and wafan,

    have a great day, we’ll be thinking of you around noon, i’ll have Tsai take photos!

  220. wafan January 29, 2010 5:14 am

    Bulla . . .

    Have a plate or three for me!!!

  221. wafan January 29, 2010 5:19 am

    Lotsa doctor appointments today. Tsigh. Poking and prodding.

  222. jm2375 January 29, 2010 5:55 am

    Good morning!

    wafan – congrats for getting through the semester. just relax at the mds’ office today.

    I hope Camellia’s get enough fuuuud…. Look out! Here comes the Tsai-kos and Bulla’s Bombers! ๐Ÿ˜€

  223. d1ๅณถ January 29, 2010 6:18 am

    Great Morning All!

    fuud, I’m a Game Day decision….but if at all, going be late ๐Ÿ™

  224. d1ๅณถ January 29, 2010 6:22 am

    You know what day it is…..


    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  225. Slugger January 29, 2010 6:45 am

    Goooood Morniiinnnggg, Tsaikos!

    Still in America, trying to keep warm. Really makes you appreciate Hawaii sunshine. Glad PP had a chance to experience snow.

    #22 – Kekoa, I do have a drink once in a while…ask IWWTHM… I’ll have to make sangria for a Tsaiko party sometime.

    Hope the new strength/conditioning coach can get the players to stretch & work on endurance, as well. They’ll need to keep up with young men who are very fit at Army & the high altitude, oxygen-rich bodies in CO.

    Have a wunnerful day! Think I’ll go for a hike before it rains.


  226. Garret January 29, 2010 6:46 am

    Phil Steele has an interesting article today about how many returning starters every D-IA team in the country has. Given that UH is tied for the least number of returning starters, I’m guessing that the preseason predictions will have UH somewhere in the middle of the WAC. BSU, Idaho, and Nevada have the most returning starters and they will probably be the top 3 with Fresno possibly in there too for the preseason picks.

    Boise will bring back an NCAA best 23 starters from last years 14-0 Fiesta Bowl winning team led by Heisman candidate QB Kellen Moore who threw for 3536 yds (64%) and a 39-3 ratio last year. The Broncos only starter not returning from last year is CB Kyle Wilson.

    Idaho had their best season since ’99 and will welcome back 18 starters including 10 back on defense.

    Nevada returns 18 starters from last years 8-5 team including 9 back from an offense that avg 38 ppg anf 506 ypg.

  227. bighilofan2 January 29, 2010 6:53 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Belated Happy Birthday, A Joe. You da bomb! plus, you is a friend!
    Wishing you and the wifey a great year! And, the Warriors too!

    Don Weir,
    sorry can’t make 2/3, actually can’t make Feb at all. But will hook up with you and Na Koa very soon, very soon. hopefully next month.

  228. bighilofan2 January 29, 2010 7:00 am


    You want it you got it. The perception for Hawaii is in the marketing, and area recognition of retention. If Hawaii is keeping the best, then that speaks great for the Hawaii recruiter. The area marketing for Hawaii is the Speed and Quickness, which for me that means Coach Miano, and the former high school coaches, Ron and Cal Lee. when I read last month that the best all pacific northwest this and that coming to Hawaii, after their visits, Dee and Pelluer, that tells me Shaw/Tormey are drawing great talent. Plus, they made big improvements in the oline and special teams last year. when I read Coach Aranda’s name in the paper going recruiting Hawaii’s top guns, I wonder why the hype is Aranda and not DC Cal Lee? Thats sending me the wrong vibe, and I’m not even a player. To me, gotta get a better mouthpiece going.

    I totally understand about Mel. Looks good. Has great kids. Shows up and has a no handshake great job kinda job. Work early, work late. Very personable with the audience. So when I read ST telling that a UH guy said this and that about Mel, and no like use names, I’m thinking of a Associate Head Coach or Higher. Or somebody in Media. And just gets me to watching and wondering, who is in charge?

    Coach, just the vibe, tells me he’s trying to keep his entire staff intact. Meanwhile, imo he’s got a crab under the legs of his ship on a pedestal, and the crab is digging away the foundation, not in his job description,
    just in his nature. and for me only one guy fits that description. 0i get that perception from the ncaa/satele, and the no way Mel gonna go SMU, media releases in the last month; and we no get a hype man in media, Tombo and Justin are in the wrong jobs. and if i went back, i no get more examples. i don’t know any of this is fact, its just the A$$ U ME in me.

    but all that is just guessing. i never check with free online crytal ball fortune teller. and since its not in my job description to fix this ship pedestal, and since nobody impotent cares …


  229. bighilofan2 January 29, 2010 7:03 am

    gotta go

    hi ho hi ho

  230. 808Chef January 29, 2010 7:29 am

    good mornin peeps! any more to the rumor/news of an assistant leaving? i mean it just wouldn’t be on a robbs radio show if it wasn’t true right??

  231. Kekoa January 29, 2010 7:30 am

    BHF ~ Aloha Furlough Friday to you my friend! Thanks for getting me ready for the day. I am now officially Confounded & Confused!

    Bulla ~ I have my flak jacket and steel pot on just in case *Bulla’s Bombers* cause collateral damage! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  232. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 7:54 am

    from sportshawaii

    first notified this morning by a friend who goes to western that they announced in their student newspaper they would be coming to Hawaii to play UH in 2012… now its on their official athletics page



  233. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 7:55 am

    That’s Western Kentucky…

  234. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2010 7:59 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Holy Cow! Or should I say Holy Short Ribs! Goin get planny people at da CC today!

    I hope you told the folks at Camellia’s to order triple provisions for today!

  235. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2010 8:04 am

    Good morning MIH!

    Since you’re such a computer savvy guy, I have a question for you: Will Avast do an adequate job at blocking and scanning spy ware? Or should I get an anti spy ware program, and if so, do you know of any decent free spy ware down loads?

  236. maui warrior January 29, 2010 8:11 am

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  237. Pomai January 29, 2010 8:12 am

    DPK a good one is AVG both for spyware and virus also Spybot is a good one, actually you should run a couple of them so that what one doesn’t pick up the other one will. Also both have a free personal version.

  238. Da Punchbowl Kid January 29, 2010 8:19 am

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  239. RedZone January 29, 2010 8:35 am

    Along with my antivirus programs I use SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes. Free versions.

  240. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 8:52 am


    Avast is a decent enough anti-virus program BUT it is one of those anti-virus programs that are targetted by malware and often disabled. Most of the popular ones are.

    I use Avast along with Spybot Search & Destroy to block most of the harmful stuff.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php <–malwarebytes puts out a pretty good removal tool.

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/ <–excellent help in cleaning out infected systems — also check out their tutorial section for other insights.

  241. Kazz January 29, 2010 9:00 am

    More and more I am liking Don and Scott Robs filling in for BC in the mornings!

    Great 7:00 hour with Coaches Trap, Wade, and Coolen on!

  242. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 9:15 am

    Do NOT use two background ‘anti-virus’ programs at the same time. They could end up being worse than a virus on your system as they hog resources from each other.

    One anti-virus with One or Two spyware/malware blocker is usually okay.

  243. madeinhawaii January 29, 2010 9:18 am

    Now.. back to our regular programming.

    What’s with all the negativity towards Mel deLaura?

    I don’t get it. Wasn’t he our S&C coach during our MOST SUCCESSFUL decade of Warrior Football?

    Is there any other S&C coach in UH history that can claim that?

  244. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:21 am

    Mel’s kid hit the winning basket with 3 sec. on the clock last night. Had a video of Mel in the stands enjoying the game.

  245. BG January 29, 2010 9:22 am

    BHF2 #229

    Good morning in Hilo! In true Tsaiko fashion, let’s discuss this as friends. You and I have always spoken straight-forwardly without raising blood pressures (too much)…let’s continue.

    You, in your line of work knows all about building an argument based on facts. Whatever the facts are…gotta deal with them. However, I have problem with rumors, assumptions, and conjecture when NO supporting evidence is presented. At least you provided some background on your thinking…thank you. However, you be your own critic. Where in what you presented are there facts?

    I learned a long time ago that, when supervising folks, it’s easy to find fault and criticize. It’s a lot harder to find the good that people do every day and thank them for it. Guess which method works better? That was a huge wake up call for me.

    I’m not saying don’t criticize the FB staff when appropriate. They do need contructive feedback just like anyone else. But you were agreeing with Justin’s comment that had absolutely no facts presented. That looked like a knee jerk reaction.

  246. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:24 am

    M-I-U ~

    Recruiting is nasty business. Consider the BYU recruiting coach who told a young Hawaii recruit’s dad. “if your son goes thru with his visit to Notre Dame, his offer comes off the table!” The coach then purportedly went on to demean local kids in general, saying they cannot meet the academic rigors of ND.

    The Hawaii recruit & father are enroute to ND & UW as I post this, which shows they could not be intimidated by BYU arrogance. This sad situation is gold for UH, who will benefit from BYU’s impending loss of recruiting goodwill in Hawaii & connected Polynesian families. All local families are connected…quietly word spreads from parent to parent, from recruit to their up and coming cousins. Aloha BYU. Tofa soifua Cougars.

    Doesn’t that sound part racist, and part condescending?

  247. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:25 am

    Sorry…M-I-H not U. Ho…thinking too much about da Feast!

  248. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:27 am

    Whoops…new post up anyway, see you on the other side!

  249. Kekoa January 29, 2010 9:36 am

    So we get to play Western Kentucky in 2012…Hmmm…where’s my Davey Crockett Coonskin Cap?

  250. Don Weir January 29, 2010 10:16 am

    Tom Mui
    I knew you’d be out of town so call me when you return.

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