Passing interest

Norm Chow made official what was long assumed: He is the Warriors’ quarterbacks coach.

Tommy Lee holds the title of offensive coordinator and, as such, will be a chief organizer, but Chow will handle the offense’s decision-making position.

It makes sense. While Chow is a charismatic public speaker and has done well in implementing his vision the past three months, one of his strengths is in developing quarterbacks. (Google search Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.)

Chow acknowledged that David Graves and Cayman Shutter will enter the start of next week’s spring practice atop the depth chart at quarterback.

Chow has enough confidence in that group โ€” which also includes Jeremy Higgins, Kevin Spain, Ikaika Woolsey and Justin Alo (Ohio State transfer Taylor Graham is not eligible to play until 2013) โ€” that he has withdrawn the Warriors from the competition for a quarterback transfer.

* * * * *

I’m all for feel-good stories, but if it were up to me, I would have paid the ransom for the UH basketball team to get into one of those pay-to-play tournaments. A year from now, nobody is going to remember UH came from a 17-0 deficit to make it close in its final WAC game. What people will remember will be the six losses in the final seven games. Get into the postseason, by any means, the Warriors can have some boasting ammunition. Think a high school recruit is going to know the difference between NIT and CIT? Of course, money is always an issue, and UH doesn’t have a lot of money. But the offseason is long enough. Why start it earlier than necessary?

* * * * *

Too late to capitalize on the softball success by charging admission. That would come off as greedy. So what about selling specially made Rainbow Wahine merchandise, such as T shirts and, especially, seat cushions at games?

Minus the licensing fee, the rest of the money could go to the softball program.

And because these items would not be available at the RainBowTique, there’s no toe-stepping. I think people would like to wear jerseys with Ricketts’ number.



  1. jm2375 March 12, 2012 8:42 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!


  2. jm2375 March 12, 2012 8:43 am

    Had so much spam on yesterday’s blog, had me looking for da frying pan.

    Go Warriors!

  3. jm2375 March 12, 2012 8:44 am

    Thanks again to Coaches Chow and Rauscher for stopping by the softball game yesterday.

  4. cheepono March 12, 2012 8:44 am

    gotta love the new staff’s relentless recruiting efforts. go warriors!

  5. al March 12, 2012 8:46 am

    that’s a nice vote of confidence for both graves and shutter as well as the other hopefuls.

  6. BigHiloFan2 March 12, 2012 8:47 am

    Go Warriors!

    GO Warriors!


  7. al March 12, 2012 8:48 am

    i am waiting to see which 2013 qb recruits chow brings in. i am sure he’ll shoot for the moon and probably get one or two blue chippers.

  8. BigHiloFan2 March 12, 2012 8:48 am

    Heard somebody stay Samoa recruiting 2013.


  9. Da Punchbowl Kid March 12, 2012 8:48 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! ๐Ÿ™‚

    So we continue our reputation as QB U… nice. Keep sayin’ it , but I can’t wait til Spring Ball.

  10. ai-eee-soos March 12, 2012 8:48 am


  11. BigHiloFan2 March 12, 2012 8:49 am

    the excitement stay spreading beyond downtown Honolulu, peeps buzzin in Hilo.

    Go Warriors!

  12. ai-eee-soos March 12, 2012 8:50 am

    Great news.

    ” … Chow has enough confidence in that group โ€” which also includes Jeremy Higgins, Kevin Spain, Ikaika Woolsey and Justin Alo (Ohio State transfer Taylor Graham is not eligible to play until 2013) โ€” that he has withdrawn the Warriors from the competition for a quarterback transfer. … ”

    Go Warriors !!!

  13. DaveLetterMan March 12, 2012 8:52 am

    Top 10!

    Wow spring ball is almost here. Can’t wait!

    It’s nice to know that Coach Chow, with all his experience, has confidence in the QBs that are here.

  14. Stir Da Pot! March 12, 2012 8:56 am

    Da Punchbowl Kid:

    March 12th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    So we continue our reputation as QB U… nice. Keep sayin’ it , but I can’t wait til Spring Ball.

    Is that a national reputation?

  15. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 8:56 am

    The best thing Chow will do for the quarterbacks is have an extra blocker. The gift of time is precious.

  16. Haleakala March 12, 2012 8:57 am

    I must have missed some recruiting news. Which quarterback and from which school is looking at transferring? Must be a good one to have competition for his services.

  17. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 8:58 am

    UH was among the leaders for a one-and-done QB. That position is not a pressing concern anymore.

  18. DaveLetterMan March 12, 2012 9:01 am

    Now the NC has said he will be the QB coach, i am optimistic that UH will be in the running for high quality QB recruits in the years to come.

  19. jm2375 March 12, 2012 9:04 am

    Congrats to Leisha Li’ili’i on her WAC Hitter of the Week award!

    Go Wahine!

  20. Ipu Man March 12, 2012 9:04 am

    Don’t forget our big weakness last year:


    And, oh, by the way, who is the new UH Special Teams coach?

  21. jkjones March 12, 2012 9:05 am

    Both frosh Li’ili’i (8:7) and Wartner (12:12) have respectable BB:KO ratios. A good indication of a “seeing” hitter.

    Other wahine with 1.0 or better:

    Majam (17:12), Iwata (8:7) and Aquire (9:8).

    Others: Robinson (7:10), Pagaduan (5:13), Sharla (6:18) and Makani (1:14).

    Also impressive with Li’ili’i, she bats in the No 7 spot and leads the team in OB% @ .517.

    Enabling the No 8 and 9 hitters (Makani and Pagaduan) to produce 21 rbi’s between them. That averages to one rbi per game for the bottom of the order!

    Exactly what coach Coolen intended in crafting his lineup–top to bottom.

  22. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:06 am

    Chris Demarest is the new ST coach.

    Goes by the name, “Demo.”

    (Pronounced like Nemo, not like a demonstration.)

  23. jm2375 March 12, 2012 9:10 am

    De-mo? How’s about Demon? ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:12 am

    I like Demo. He sounds just like Jim Valvano.

  25. jkjones March 12, 2012 9:24 am

    yep, most knew the Chair would mentor the QBs–a no brainer. That’s the reason Chow selected Tommy Lee, who is familiar with his O schemes and will be helpful in piecing the O parts into the whole.

    Our QBs are very fortunate to have such a mentor.

    Chow will have his work cut out for him–with the exception of Graves, there is very little game experience to go around. It is going to be fun watching.

    Hopefully, one of the 5-wild cards will rise to the top (counting Cayman).

    Chow & Co are in the hunt in 2013 for a 4-star QB.

    I dont foresee 8-QBs on schollie. JMO.

    So, those young QBs in reserve roles will have to hit the ground running and show immediate promise….the chairman’s clock, is also running.

  26. d1shima March 12, 2012 9:26 am

    Never give up!

  27. 808Bowler March 12, 2012 9:28 am

    Morning everyone. Excited bout the upcoming season.

    Think softball jerseys would sell very well. With success of the team and ricketts comes opportunities. Got to sieze the momentum!!!!

  28. d1shima March 12, 2012 9:29 am

    On one hand Coach Arnold did have a spark of excitement at the end that may have helped gate numbers in a tourney like the CIT.

    OTOH, being a football fan first I wanna have Miah fully participate in Spring Ball! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. madeinhawaii March 12, 2012 9:33 am

    Demo.. like Nemo…not Demo-lition, eh?

  30. Garret March 12, 2012 9:34 am

    Coach Chow is an *excellent* QB coach, all Warrior QBs will benefit significantly from his guidance. I had always assumed that he would be the QB coach, it makes a lot of sense.

  31. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:35 am


    Hmmm. You’ve got something there. Demo-lition would be useful in special teams. Coverage, that is. Not placekicking.

  32. d1shima March 12, 2012 9:36 am

    …or when the other team is placekicking. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  33. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:36 am

    Chow had been coy, saying stuff like he would be splitting duties with Lee.

    Yesterday, he made it clear he would be handling the QBs.

  34. Garret March 12, 2012 9:45 am

    People on this blog have discussed UC-San Diego as being a potential California school to move up to D-I, which would be great for UH as a nonconference opponent or future conference member. However, UC-SD just rejected moving up to D-I.

    I’m impressed that more than 51% of their students voted–I know schools where less than 10% of the students vote. 6470 students voted against moving up to D-I, 4673 voted for it.

  35. Garret March 12, 2012 9:46 am

    FYI, Benson’s longtime assistant is the new WAC commissioner.

    Jeff Hurd has been appointed the interim commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference after longtime commissioner Karl Benson accepted the same position with the Sun Belt Conference.

    The WAC announced Hurdโ€™s appointment on Friday. Hurd has been with the WAC since 1985 and currently serves as the senior associate commissioner for external affairs.

  36. jkjones March 12, 2012 9:47 am

    The Chairman has assembled a lively group of assistants.

    To be sure, high energy guys.

    Of the lot, “demo” caught my eye in recruiting, coaching style based on resume, coconut wireless talk and tapes. Ill be watching Chris more than the players. Good coaching, produces good players. Like many anxious fans, Springball cant come soon enuff.

  37. Garret March 12, 2012 9:48 am

    BYU not playing on Sundays apparently made them drop from a 12th seed to a 14th seed. Sadly for Iona, BYU rule against playing on Sundays made *Iona* drop from a 12th seed to a 14th seed.

    Another problem in bracketing was having to accommodate BYU in a Thursday-Saturday regional if the Cougars win the first round game in Dayton against Iona. BYU’s policy against playing athletic events on Sundays forced the Cougars and Iona to No. 14 seeds — the lowest at-large seed ever in the NCAA tournament, Worlock said.

  38. Bigislandkurt March 12, 2012 9:54 am

    I think it is Graves’ job to lose. I have to believe that he will be much better this year. Time will tell.


  39. A-House March 12, 2012 9:58 am

    Several friends who stopped by the NaWahine SB after the Rainbow BB game were disappointed that there was no effort to collect donations from fans.

    Perhaps a reminder in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th inings by the broadcasters where fans can go to donate $$?

    what say you Pomai and Kevin?

  40. Couch potato March 12, 2012 9:59 am

    for sure i can’t fit in Rickett’s jersey.

    another for sure is that Kevin will have the most softball jerseys.

  41. A-House March 12, 2012 10:01 am

    For how much longer must the NCAA accommodate BYU not playing on Sunday? All the other religious affilitated schools do.

    If they qualify for a tournament, they should play, like everyone else, or decline the invitation.

  42. Bulla March 12, 2012 10:05 am

    i don’t know, i kind of like ‘rickett’s rockets’ shirts hanging around… ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 10:11 am

    I always liked the idea of event-specific merchandise.

    When you go to a game, you don’t want to buy something that they sell at Foot Locker. I think miniature Wahine softball bats would be cool, too. And if a fan gets out of line, you can use them for Whac-a-Mole purposes.

  44. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 10:12 am

    I think it would be interesting for fans to make cricket noises whenever Ricketts gets a two-strike count on a batter. Ricketts’ Crickets. Ah, another T-shirt slogan.

  45. jkjones March 12, 2012 10:18 am

    The Chevron Spring Fling may become the harbinger for the wahine post-season regional fling, on the road to Oklahoma City.

    The Chevron Tournament will feature at least two teams that are favorites to play in the college softball world series 2012, reserved for softball’s eight-elite.

    California #2 and Texas #6 have one loss between them and the lady Bears, along with Alabama, are the only undefeated teams in the top 10.

    Calif, Texas, Hawai’i and Texas A&M would represent a fearsome foursome in any regional and the competition wont get better in any of the 16-regionals or world series play.

    As we approach conference play, Coolen and his wahine, will learn quickly, whether they pretenders or condenders. The wahine have already notched 4 quality wins against top 25 teams (DePaul and FSU) and this is the kind of opportunity where wins are defined in terms of ‘frosting’ on the cake.

    Rise, wahine, rise!

  46. TaeBo Jackson March 12, 2012 10:21 am

    Another home run for Vinnie C! He’s having a pretty good spring.

  47. Kevin March 12, 2012 10:21 am

    We miss ONE day due to our pop up tent being collapsed in two placed due to high winds that it was decided to put our area away.

    A lack of “effort”. For every single tournament, we have been out there HOURS before the Wahine even play just to accept donations and memberships. If the Wahine play at 2pm or 4pm and the first tourney game is at 10am or 11am, we have all been there and we have gotten donations from a handful of those that wander by, even opposing fans.

    We missed one day due to the conditions.

    Any more questions you may reach me DIRECTLY at or as always, IN PERSON.

  48. Ipu Man March 12, 2012 10:30 am

    GBU Kevin (and Pomai)…

  49. Couch potato March 12, 2012 10:40 am

    A-House, it’s not about accommodating BYU, it’s about honoring their beliefs. ever wonder why many businesses, government, and organizations shut down on sunday?

  50. Go UH! March 12, 2012 11:01 am

    Someday the UH will get itself a real HC. When this occurs, the rest of us who appreciate a well coached UH team will return to cheer the UH. The career assistant now at the helm will last a few years, and then the UH will realize the scope of the horrendous mistake it made in hiring a career assistant to lead the team. Donovan will go; so will Chow; so will all the others hired by Donovan. End of story.

  51. Last Call March 12, 2012 11:04 am

    Hold on a second. Did Tsai actually mention softball ? I always thought softball was kapu here ?

  52. haka March 12, 2012 11:10 am

    #50 – in appreciation, please do not return…ever. mahalo.

  53. Buffoman March 12, 2012 11:16 am


    All I can say is, Wow!

    The bad weather must really have brought out the negativism in you to a new level. No room for error for you, huh? People say is the glass half empty or half full? In your assess as I read it, Donovan’s glass is empty, as a matter of fact he doesn’t have a glass!


  54. Last Call March 12, 2012 11:29 am

    Ricketts walk up song when she goes to the mound is “Here Comes the Boom” by Nelly. That would be cool on a T-Shirt.

    Don’t remember which game it was but a mainland announcer was having difficulty pronouncing some of the names and kept calling Majam “May Jam” which has caught on with fans in some forums.

  55. walter March 12, 2012 11:31 am

    GO UH! your story must be so sad

  56. LizKauai March 12, 2012 11:32 am

    SoftBow stuff? I’m IN!

    Yeah- when it rains, the crawlies seem to appear… rule of nature. Just ignore unless it stings or bites…


  57. Couch potato March 12, 2012 11:34 am

    wait a minute, you mean all these years UH never had a real hc? some of them did a good job of posing.

  58. papajoe2 March 12, 2012 11:37 am

    Blog being so slow yesterday and so much spam, I was just lurking. I like coach Chow remaining at qb, but remember, its still his team and he calls the shots.

  59. gmahoney March 12, 2012 11:39 am

    And you can pick up you Wahine Softball shirts at the Booster Club tent near the front entrance to RWSS. Sold quite a few shirts to opposing teams.

  60. WarriorMojo March 12, 2012 11:39 am


    Gotta jump in to say that ST has long been a supporter of the softball team. He used to always post about Robinson and Tausaga (sp?) and the game day chili.

  61. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 11:45 am

    Last Call:

    I used to be the softball beat writer for five years.

    People can discuss softball all they want. It’s just that somebody went a little crazy last year, and we had to implement some rules.

  62. Garret March 12, 2012 11:50 am

    College football industry sources told that as many as 11 schools, including each member of the Western Athletic Conference, have contacted either C-USA or the MWC or has been contacted about their interest in the new league.

    The schools that have been in contact with either league are: Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State from the WAC; Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas from the Sun Belt; and Charlotte from the Atlantic 10.

  63. 808Bowler March 12, 2012 11:55 am

    Hopefully Vinny gets the call this season. He sounds like he’s ready for THE SHOW….

  64. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 11:56 am

    Plus, a former assistant coach lives in my neighborhood.

  65. Steve March 12, 2012 12:01 pm

    If you want to meet Pomai, he is usually seating in front of the press box before Wahine games. Kevin can be seen wondering between RWSS and the Wahine batting house, where he often parks his auto. Seems Kevin cannot sit still, always roaming around. The one person I have seen at the Wahine Softball games, is ST, wondering why.

  66. Steve March 12, 2012 12:02 pm

    ST (61), are you talking about me, again.

  67. Da Punchbowl Kid March 12, 2012 12:05 pm

    #14 –

    You have to decide for yourself. We’ve had some pretty decent QBs the last couple of years. With Chow’s resume, wot you tink?

  68. Steve March 12, 2012 12:11 pm

    Just curious, and wondering why Pomai and Kevin never come to the 3rd Base stands where the majority of Wahine Softball fans seat. They only stay on the 1st base stands, or in front of the pressbox.

  69. Bowwar March 12, 2012 12:43 pm

    Maybe Bodigroove can do some shirts for the Wahine baseball team like they did with the Chow hysteria and provide a % to the team.

  70. Couch potato March 12, 2012 12:46 pm

    we know where Steve stands at the softball games. was mentioned last year in the blog.

  71. Bowwar March 12, 2012 12:47 pm

    I really think Kevin Spain will be in the mix for the Warrior QB this year IF his shoulder is healed…He looked good in the last Warrior Bowl and was highly touted by Dennis Erickson.

  72. Ipu Man March 12, 2012 12:52 pm

    From Yahoo:

    “Manning did not show at the Dolphins’ headquarters Monday despite speculation he would meet with the team.

    Dolphins owner Stephen Ross arrived at the team complex at midmorning, and several players โ€” including quarterback Chad Henne โ€” showed up around the same time to work out. Henne is a free agent and not expected back this season.

    A media stakeout at the complex began when a local TV station camera crew arrived at 4 a.m. Half a dozen TV cameras and a handful of reporters eventually gathered across the street. They weren’t allowed on the team’s property, but a Dolphins official brought out water, pizza and napkins.”–spt.html

  73. Ipu Man March 12, 2012 12:53 pm

    Pizza for breakfast?

  74. d1shima March 12, 2012 12:55 pm

    Cold pizza for breakfast.


  75. Steve March 12, 2012 1:01 pm

    CP (71), hey, I am there, supporting the Wahine Softball Team, more then I can say for some of the Tsaikos, especially the Head Tsaiko himself.

  76. Ipu Man March 12, 2012 1:04 pm

    So will Manning sign with Denver…Nice place to retire…

    cold weather not much different than Indiana.

  77. RedZone March 12, 2012 1:05 pm

    When I was watching the UH BB game the WAC was showing vid clips of the new schools coming in. One was Texas San Antonio. When their football coach was talking they showed the stadium in the background and the attendance of the first game of that season. It was 56,000+. Out of curiosity I went to see how big that stadium was and it was 65,000. They sure have a lot of fan support in Texas.

  78. Couch potato March 12, 2012 1:05 pm

    we all support UH athletic teams in different ways. don’t make yourself sound so special.

  79. Stretch March 12, 2012 1:08 pm

    hmmm…. I think this is a FOOTBALL blog.

  80. Steve March 12, 2012 1:13 pm

    CP, I am not making myself sound special, just stating that I am there, at the wahine softball games. The ones that sound like they are special, are the Tsaikos. They come off sounding like know it all.

  81. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:18 pm

    Steve, we do know it all. Maybe not as individuals, but as a team, we know it all. Relax, no biggie. No one’s picking on you.

  82. Wassup March 12, 2012 1:18 pm

    Tsaikos DO know it all… Thats why I lurk here.

  83. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:20 pm

    Hey if I want to go to softball games, I’ll go. If I don’t want to go, I won’t go. We all support in different ways.

  84. Kaimuki Kid March 12, 2012 1:22 pm

    No Life! No Life! Well…. Get a LIFE! lol

  85. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:22 pm

    Steve, if I were picking on you, you would know.

    The only person that I pick on is DPK. Because he has a great sense of humor. I tried picking on Koakane, but he doesn’t have a good sense of humor, it isn’t fun.

  86. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:24 pm

    #89. Been trying for 51 years to get a life. Not working. Luckily, life found me. Amen.

  87. Couch potato March 12, 2012 1:25 pm

    now you are thinking everyone who considers themselves a tsaiko are know-it-all’s and are in an elite special group. i’m sure they are everyday citizens with real life issues and concerns.

    if you have a beef with individual persons that come across as tsaikos then that is your business and problem. don’t include every tsaiko in your personal beef.

    and yes Steve, we all know how much you support the student athlete.

    sorry Stretch.

  88. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:26 pm

    Hey, big boy from San Mateo come? He come. Big boy go? He go. Either way, anybody come to town, we kick their behind. We go to their town, we kick’em twice as hard. No biggie.

  89. wafan March 12, 2012 1:28 pm

    Egads. Gross generalization.

    Thank you cp and Pride.

  90. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:29 pm

    Where’s Al? Could use some good news.

  91. homey ℞ March 12, 2012 1:30 pm

    I’m an equal opportunist. I pick on anyone.

  92. Couch potato March 12, 2012 1:34 pm

    good job Kolten!

  93. Stretch March 12, 2012 1:36 pm

    Just saying that this is mainly a football blog so who cares if not all of us go to watch softball, including the “Head Tsaiko”.

  94. Pride. March 12, 2012 1:39 pm

    homey โ„ž:

    March 12th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I’m an equal opportunist. I pick on anyone.

    Does that make you a good guy? Or a rotten one?

  95. Steve March 12, 2012 1:42 pm

    Stretch, how come you do not chime in when the Tsaikos start talking about non-sports topics, like politics. Oh, I know, because they are Tsaikos.

  96. homey โ„ž March 12, 2012 1:42 pm

    That’s funny. I’ve seen a recent photo of Stretch at the softball game. :LOL:

  97. homey โ„ž March 12, 2012 1:45 pm

    Pride – I can be rotten.

  98. Kaimuki Kid March 12, 2012 1:46 pm

    Hey LizKauai,

    How is the weather shaping up in your neck of the woods.

  99. Kaimuki Kid March 12, 2012 1:48 pm

    Pride ,

    I wasn’t talking about you…

  100. Kaimuki Kid March 12, 2012 1:49 pm

    Have fun gals and guys play nice back to lurking

  101. Steve March 12, 2012 1:50 pm

    The most dedicated Rainbow Wahine Softball Fan, is Kate Robinson’s dog. Always there wearing a Rainbow Warrior shirt, rain or shine.

  102. Stretch March 12, 2012 1:50 pm


    March 12th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    CP (71), hey, I am there, supporting the Wahine Softball Team, more then I can say for some of the Tsaikos, especially the Head Tsaiko himself.

    I don’t care if you or others talk about different topics but when you start to criticize people, not only Tsaikos, about not showing up to softball, then I’ll say something.

  103. Couch potato March 12, 2012 1:52 pm

    ho! magic eraser!

    so and then, tomorrow is the announcement day. will he be a tigger or a WARRIOR?

  104. papajoe2 March 12, 2012 2:01 pm

    cp, we’ve been hearing tomorrow for over a week now. I’m geting fustrated but shouldn’t as its FF’s life decision. Dang!

  105. WarriorMojo March 12, 2012 2:04 pm

    Back from the WAC BBall tournament. Glad the team went out fighting. NMSU is good and was the team I was most concerned about in.

    I gotta say, Hawaii people represent at these mainland games and tournaments. Idaho fans were almost non-existent. NMSU brought a nice contingent, but I’m pretty sure Hawaii fans outnumbered them 2-1.

  106. WarriorMojo March 12, 2012 2:08 pm

    Raspberry award goes to the Idaho band. In the waning minutes of the game they start playing Hawaii Five-O, which of course grabs our attention. After a few bars they segue into Cee-lo Green’s song. You know which one. Kids will be kids, but I’m surprised the Idaho leadership allowed that.

  107. papajoe2 March 12, 2012 2:14 pm

    Didn’t the LOI day expire already? If so, then he wouldn’t be committed to a team even if he attends. Like a walk on? I don’t really know, just speculating.

  108. d1shima March 12, 2012 2:17 pm

    “LOI Day” = the first day a recruit can sign a letter of intent (that means anything)

  109. Couch potato March 12, 2012 2:23 pm

    i think the final signing date is april fools day.

  110. tom mui March 12, 2012 2:27 pm

    #94 PRIDE:

    If there is anyone that I have not insulted today, I apologize for the oversight?

  111. d1shima March 12, 2012 2:31 pm

    Would a “know-it-all” be someone who asks then answers his/her own questions?

  112. Pride. March 12, 2012 2:32 pm

    #110 – Hahaha.

  113. mikey March 12, 2012 2:44 pm

    Keith just tweeted :

    Keith Shamburger โ€ @Sham_Spartan1

    Reply RetweetedRetweet

    I’m leaving San Jose state . Wonder where ima be next year .

    If this is true he should re-think coming to Hawaii! He was the Freshmen Player of the Year for WAC last year.

    We need a point guard and badly for next year.

  114. mikey March 12, 2012 2:47 pm

    At half time a NMS fan told us “Too bad we have bad WAC ref calling this tournament”

    Yeah NMS needed Refs help to win this game.

  115. mikey March 12, 2012 2:50 pm

    On the plus side I got to see my first NASCAR at LV Motor Speedway.

    They are usually week earlier. Got my shuttle ticket just 2 hours before last one left.

    Plus scored a great seat at 75th Row 5 from the top.

    In NASCAR higher the better view.

  116. al March 12, 2012 2:51 pm

    Shamburger was ready to leave at .the end of last year. In any case he’d have to sit out a year

  117. kapakahi March 12, 2012 2:53 pm


    Shamburger would help at PG….but only after sitting out 1 year if he were to transfer to Manoa….and playing the following season.

    Good thing is that he’s still got a redshirt year to burn.

  118. mikey March 12, 2012 2:54 pm

    Maui Invitational 2013 Championship Round Field announced today!


  119. Pomai March 12, 2012 2:54 pm

    A note from the Na Wahine Softball team:

    the players decided that tomorrow nights game against texas will be a “BLACK-OUT” game. we will be wearing all black uniforms, and we’re trying to get as many fans as possible to wear BLACK as well. help us spread the word if you would like ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. al March 12, 2012 2:57 pm

    Ppj2…April 1st is the last for binding LOI’s by both parties. After which only the institution is bound to the letter.

  121. Legalize Hemp March 12, 2012 3:02 pm

    Nice Blog! It is awesome to see advocates of industrial hemp legalization.

  122. mikey March 12, 2012 3:02 pm

    Sorry that was last Tuesday not today for Maui Invited Schools.

    Great Teams to watch again

  123. al March 12, 2012 3:03 pm

    Homey…I saw that too. Wasn’t it his brother that he was standing next to?

  124. Couch potato March 12, 2012 3:15 pm

    nascar, the higher you sit the least chance of getting hit by debris.

  125. Couch potato March 12, 2012 3:23 pm

    reminds me of a scene in one of the final destination movies when during a car crash a tire went buckaloose and fly into the air and then whack someone. ouch.

  126. RedZone March 12, 2012 3:24 pm

    Randy Moss signed a one year deal with the 49ers.

  127. HawaiiMongoose March 12, 2012 3:28 pm

    Wonder why Shamburger didn’t stick at SJSU. Would be good to know before welcoming him to Manoa, even though UH recruited him before.

  128. ai-eee-soos March 12, 2012 3:28 pm

    Hope that his attitude doesn’t affect the niners.

    Instead, hope that the niners “straighten” him out.

  129. Steve March 12, 2012 3:30 pm

    al (123), if you are talking about Leisha Li’ili’i’s father, then yes.

  130. Monitor Lizard March 12, 2012 3:31 pm

    Steve supports the student-athletes? Like yelling personal comments down at them last season causing someone to actually go up and set him straight? Only one more personal negative comment away from being removed from a game by security.

  131. Steve March 12, 2012 3:36 pm

    al, also with me was a solid Nakoa person, a true friend. Come join us, if you have any guts.

  132. Steve March 12, 2012 3:40 pm

    Monitor Lizard, you have been brain washed by the Tsaikos. May go after Referees and Coaches, but players…. Oh, by the way, people around me put the grounds person straight. As for the volunteer coach, he was set straight by UH admin.

  133. Stretch March 12, 2012 3:42 pm

    whoa… Steve is calling out Al??

  134. haka March 12, 2012 3:47 pm

    guts? yikes!

  135. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 3:52 pm

    Re #96 – how funny, homey. I’ve seen that photo too – sure looked like Stretch was on the 3rd base side too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  136. Stretch March 12, 2012 3:52 pm

    Steve – honestly, why would anyone WANT to join you, guts or not??

  137. whiey March 12, 2012 3:59 pm

    Looks like the Tsaikos are having “fun”. Weather is nice here and will have 3 more braddahs come in from Hilo tonight. Am glad to see Coach Chow truly getting organized and can picture what spring ball will be like next week. If not in shape, going have to pay penalty. Good luck Warriors!!!!

  138. whiey March 12, 2012 4:02 pm

    how come some Tsaikos think that they better than other Tsaikos??? Maybe take time out and lurk which is also fun.

  139. whiey March 12, 2012 4:04 pm

    bhf2, sorry neva call before I left. brain lock!!! anyway, stay in paradise right now and be home next week.

  140. Steve March 12, 2012 4:04 pm

    Stretch, are you one of those that sits above the visitors dugout.

  141. haka March 12, 2012 4:11 pm

    steve, are you the one by the bridge? just wondering.

  142. haka March 12, 2012 4:12 pm

    ok, i will ignore rants. aloha

  143. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 4:21 pm

    Yes, ST – too bad no post-season for the Rainbow Warriors. Was on the golf course yesterday wondering why I wasn’t reading anything about them playing in either the NIT or CIT. Bummers…. ๐Ÿ™

  144. Warriorbacker March 12, 2012 4:31 pm

    Shamburger played terrible in both games against the bows. Pass!

  145. jm2375 March 12, 2012 4:38 pm

    Just noticed that the softball games this week start at 2.5 hr intervals, instead of 2 hr intervals. Hopefully, that’ll keep them on track. How come they didn’t schedule like this before?

    Really wish all these sports wouldn’t conflict with each other. *tsigh*

  146. three billy goats gruff March 12, 2012 4:44 pm

    Steve used to live under our bridge but we took care of him

  147. jm2375 March 12, 2012 5:00 pm

    Are there no faculty housing units available for the coaches?

  148. duffer March 12, 2012 5:04 pm

    Who’s Whiey?

  149. braddahkeems March 12, 2012 5:06 pm

    Let’s see if anyone remembers my first cousin…She played softball for UH and if I’m correct, she was the 1st player accepting a scholarship to play for UH from the outer island..She was a starting catcher I believe as a freshman…her career was cut short because she had an aneurysm that broke my heart because she is so talented. We are so close but the great news is she is doing well and she is happily married with a child.

  150. Monitor Lizard March 12, 2012 5:11 pm


    Joelynn Naki? Was before my time of following the Rainbow Wahine but I did read her story as available at in the section dedicated to alumnae and letterwinners.

    From the 1997 Rainbow Wahine Softball media guide:

  151. Derek March 12, 2012 5:13 pm

    Shamberger played better as a freshman, but SJSU ‘s team was better the other year to. This past year’s Spartan team was terrible. But, I do think Shamburger is a good player.

  152. braddahkeems March 12, 2012 5:25 pm

    yes Lizard…you are correct…She lives in Maryland now!!! She went to Baldwin High school…I miss her so much !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  153. Curt March 12, 2012 5:34 pm

    Coach Gib must be weighing his options regarding Shamburger. I would think PG is high on his shopping list. It’ll also be interesting to see if Ursua can contribute to basketball team like Miah did.

  154. kapakahi March 12, 2012 5:36 pm

    Ursua still has to make his decision on whether to start his 2-year LDS mission before enrolling at UH.

  155. Kevin March 12, 2012 5:39 pm


  156. braddahkeems March 12, 2012 5:42 pm

    Yeah what’s up with that..why are we ranked only’s not like we just winning by a close margin…not only we winning, but our whine are doing Mercy rules and goose eggs !!!! No respect but they can change all of that in this next tournament !!! Go Wahine !!!

  157. BigHiloFan2 March 12, 2012 5:46 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos.

    whitey. which part of paradise you like? Ilocos Norte or Sur? ๐Ÿ˜€


    chill da vibes bro.

    Go UH.

    why you gotta make like that?

    and who you was gonna call? Big Tuna?

    there comes a point wen da waha is all dat. just mout.

  158. Kevin March 12, 2012 5:49 pm


    March 12th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Yeah what’s up with that..why are we ranked only’s not like we just winning by a close margin…not only we winning, but our whine are doing Mercy rules and goose eggs !!!! No respect but they can change all of that in this next tournament !!! Go Wahine !!!

    I was NOT referring to being under-appreciated by the polls.

  159. bleedgreen March 12, 2012 5:50 pm

    Fehoko signed with LSU; re:

  160. Steve March 12, 2012 5:53 pm

    Kevin, has the Softball Team decided on a color for Thursday, when they play California?

  161. madeinhawaii March 12, 2012 5:55 pm


    There was a lot of noise since Saturday that he had committed to LSU.. but nothing could be really confirmed. I guess if is now reporting it, it must be true, then. Too bad. I wish him well.

  162. braddahkeems March 12, 2012 5:59 pm

    #159 I’m just reading what the article is say or am I reading it wrong…I know I went public school but I had an A in English/writing…It says Under- appreciated 19th Nationally Ranked. I wonder if I actually mentioned Kevin too…DONKEY

  163. papajoe2 March 12, 2012 6:00 pm

    bleedgreen, neva had ‘um, no can miss ‘um.

  164. Kevin March 12, 2012 6:04 pm


  165. jm2375 March 12, 2012 6:04 pm

    Underappreciated by the general public.

  166. Steve March 12, 2012 6:07 pm

    Kevin, the big guy, Kekaula, also mention it on his sports cast.

  167. Kevin March 12, 2012 6:08 pm


    March 12th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    #159 I’m just reading what the article is say or am I reading it wrong…I know I went public school but I had an A in English/writing…It says Under- appreciated 19th Nationally Ranked. I wonder if I actually mentioned Kevin too…DONKEY

    No no no… I was being purposely subtle about what I meant about the Rainbow Wahine being under-appreciated.

    Honestly I think #19 is fair considering our opponents early on and the players for sure aren’t caring either way. They’re too busy drooling over what could be tomorrow night.

    Tomorrow is a test.

    Coach Coolen just compared it to college mid-terms as this is the mid-term week and while we passed our “quizzes”, now we can see how we’ll do.

    Should be an eye-opener either way it goes.

  168. Kevin March 12, 2012 6:10 pm


    March 12th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Underappreciated by the general public.

    The general public can be swayed. Just look at last home series for softball in 2010 and the last two games of the 2007 football season.

    Being under-appreciated by the general public has no bearing on CIP priorities over basic functional and essential facility needs in compliance with Title IX concerns.

  169. cocobean March 12, 2012 6:17 pm

    Laura, what other sports do your support with your attendance?

    You comment on UH sports from football to women’s BB. Do you attend only sports that don’t charge admission?

  170. braddahkeems March 12, 2012 6:26 pm

    Oh, sorry Kevin….I apologize for sounding like a DONKEY and assuming and being defensive !!! BLACK is great because someone once said, always bet on Black…hehehehehehe!!!!

  171. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 6:48 pm

    It actually wasn’t so simple on the blackout.

    I was at UH when it was mentioned, and apparently UH can’t just put out an announcement. It had to be approved by two levels.

    There also was a call from someone saying the softball game should be moved to Murakami Stadium. It was then pointed out that the dimensions are different.

  172. Kevin March 12, 2012 6:57 pm

    RE: Black out announcement.

    No comment.

    (“no comment” IS a comment)

  173. Kevin March 12, 2012 6:58 pm

    There also was a call from someone saying the softball game should be moved to Murakami Stadium. It was then pointed out that the dimensions are different.


  174. Unkanesson March 12, 2012 7:00 pm

    Howzit Tsaiko Nation!

    I’ve been away from the blog most of this off-season – I always check ST’s “headlines”, but haven’t had much time to lurk, much less post.

    I may have missed something in the past few months: Is Stump Godfrey still on the team? His name was missing from the depth chart in ST’s report. Did he transfer out?

  175. MattyBoy March 12, 2012 7:44 pm

    I smell a lunch is coming my way!!!!

  176. FattyMcButterpants March 12, 2012 7:49 pm

    I hope the softball women somehow beat #1 ranked Cal just to shut Mike Silver up about how great Cal is on Twitter.

  177. Steve March 12, 2012 7:56 pm

    One thing that might go in the Wahine favor, when they play Cal, will their ace, Jolene Henderson pitch against them, or Texas, who they play before the Wahine.

  178. BigHiloFan2 March 12, 2012 8:12 pm

    AL aww shucks. ๐Ÿ˜€

    not like I knew FF. wish him well.

    remind me of FF in 2 years, please.

    i going porget.

  179. jkjones March 12, 2012 8:15 pm

    wahine should move up a notch or two in the rankings tomorrow–prolly #18/#17.

    #14 Michigan suffered two losses as did #9 the lady Vols.

    The rest of the teams ranked 1-18 faired well.

    Alabama, Calif, La Laf, Louisville and Hawaii remain unbeaten in D1.

  180. Kevin March 12, 2012 8:16 pm

    When you are #1, you and your fans can speak all the smack they want.

  181. al March 12, 2012 8:27 pm

    guys…there is no new report that brother fehoko fanaika committed to lsu. there’s that old report of two days ago that surfaced.

    wait till tomw…the lunch will be even sweeter……!

  182. jkjones March 12, 2012 8:27 pm

    Thurs, CALIF plays back to back, Texas and Hawaii.

    Cal has outstanding pitching. Edge Cal. JMO, the lady longhorns have the advantage in hitting. Cal will throw their best against Texas.

    You cant ask for a better set-up for Hawaii to pull an upset.

    Hope the wahine bring their bats to this Tournament. They are going to see college world series level pitching.

  183. tom mui March 12, 2012 8:29 pm

    #174 Yep, Stump transfered out.

  184. Steve March 12, 2012 8:29 pm

    Kevin, you know Texas, and especially California, will come in very cocky, expecting to win. The Wahine have to do the same, come in confident, expecting to win. They cannot show any doubt about winning.

  185. al March 12, 2012 8:30 pm

    131…now that i am out. just what is it that you are implying in that silly comment of yours?

  186. Steve March 12, 2012 8:37 pm

    jkjones, I agree, the Wahines need to bring their bats to the tournament, plus their gloves. In these types of games, you need to play solid defense. These kinds of teams will take advantage of any little misque, so to will the Wahines. California may have more pitching depth, but Steph and Kaia can stack up against any one-two pitchers in the nation.

  187. Steve March 12, 2012 8:42 pm

    al, just seeing if I can get you to come out and watch these great games with us. Just in case you were planning on staying home.

  188. Steve March 12, 2012 8:45 pm

    Even tho these games are on a weekday, and are being televised, hoping there is a standing room only crowd there. Cause if there is, it will go a long way, when it comes to selecting Regional and Super Regional sites.

  189. duffer March 12, 2012 8:49 pm

    al, also with me was a solid Nakoa person, a true friend. Come join us, if you have any guts.

    Some say, no make that most of them say, he’s got more guts than brains!


  190. Steve March 12, 2012 8:51 pm

    al, do not think it was a silly comment, cause it got your attention, which I wanted to do, in the first place.

  191. duffer March 12, 2012 9:08 pm

    I going be sitting in front of my TV wearing black.

  192. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:10 pm

    Wow, Cal is #1? Guess where they’re staying?!?!??! ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:11 pm

    duffer!!! How are you, sir? Gonna see you next month when the Warriors go to Maui? You might be pleasantly surprised with my game…just gotta fix the short game, though.

  194. al March 12, 2012 9:12 pm

    steve,,,so now that you have my attention what is it that you want???

  195. duffer March 12, 2012 9:13 pm

    Eh howzit PP, I’m busy with the kids.

    I’ll make it a bonding “excursion” and have the kids attend the scrimmage with me.

  196. al March 12, 2012 9:14 pm

    no worry one of these days i will attend a softball game and i will introduce myself to you.

  197. duffer March 12, 2012 9:14 pm


    To see if you really do have more guts than brains! ๐Ÿ™‚

  198. al March 12, 2012 9:15 pm

    i thought that cal was a public school?

    they stay at a four star…wow.

  199. al March 12, 2012 9:15 pm

    does that mean that texas will be housed at aulani resort??

  200. al March 12, 2012 9:16 pm


  201. Steve March 12, 2012 9:16 pm

    al, what better time then tomorrow, when the Wahine face Texas, or this Thursday, when they face California.

  202. gmahoney March 12, 2012 9:26 pm

    My money’s on Al.

  203. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:27 pm

    Hey, we’re back! Where’d everyone go? It’s so quiet here!!!

  204. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:28 pm

    Peace in the Middle East.

  205. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:28 pm

    Me too, gmahoney. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can show up with my covert camera.

  206. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:28 pm

    Silence the violence.

  207. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:29 pm

    Crate the hate.

  208. jm2375 March 12, 2012 9:30 pm

    Time for the lead slippah. It’s been in storage for too long. It will be used on all those who direct personal attacks on other blog members and will be administered by a select few Tsaikettes…


  209. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:30 pm

    3 …

  210. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:30 pm

    So anyway….getting back to topic: yeah, the ladies of Cal arrive tomorrow. I wonder if they’re going to be at the UH-Texas game? I’m guess yes.

  211. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:30 pm

    2 ….

  212. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:31 pm

    1 …

  213. Stephen Tsai March 12, 2012 9:31 pm

    Last scene of The Sopranos.

  214. PowderPuff March 12, 2012 9:31 pm


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