Colt on the mend

Thankful for the support of the Washington Redskins and a “great situation,” Colt Brennan vowed to “come back with a vengeance.”

“I want to show what I’m really like when I’m healthy,” said Brennan, who underwent surgery on his left labrum and left hamstring last month.

During the 2008 Senior Bowl, an enlarged bone caused a tear in his right labrum. He underwent successful hip surgery.

In the final preseason game of 2009, he suffered an injury to both his left labrum and left hamstring. He underwent a rather newly designed procedure on his hamstring. The surgeons shaved down the enlarged bones that were pressing against his labrum.

“Blame my parents,” Brennan said of the genetic condition.

Brennan said he has been undergoing treatment at the Redskins’ training facility in Virginia. He also attends all of the offensive meetings.

“I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to learn,” Brennan said.

He said he was told he can begin throwing in December.

* * * * *

A couple of years ago, before starting every practice play, the Warriors would yell out: “Reload.”

Today, the Warriors reload with a new starting quarterback (Bryant Moniz) and a new practice time (4 p.m.). The coaches wanted to spend an extended time reviewing videos of Fresno State this morning.

The Warriors need to win five of their next nine games to qualify for the Hawai‘i Bowl.

* * * * *

We were doing the math last night, and it appears the Warriors went from 18 linebackers in spring training to eight. Cory Daniel will redshirt this year after losing more than 25 pounds after contracting pneumonia.

* * * * *

So, I’m wandering around UH Saturday, and besides noticing there’s a practice going on, I notice that the groundskeeper looks very familiar. And as I get closer — hey, I’ve got tri-focals — the groundskeeper is … softball coach Bob Coolen? Turns out he’s figured out the sprinkler system, and so he waters plants on weekends. For fun.

* * * * *

Welcome home, SteveM


  1. Huh October 5, 2009 6:49 am


  2. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:53 am


  3. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:54 am


  4. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:54 am


  5. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:54 am

    a nickel

  6. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:55 am

    pick six

  7. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:55 am


  8. Stephen Tsai October 5, 2009 6:58 am

    You’re not going to say Jon and Kate?

  9. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 6:58 am

    i wish i could watch videos – of the coaches faces in the booth and on the sidelines for the La Tech game.

    that would tell me alot. would tell them alot too. that loss was a total
    team effort. they all can learn alot from each other. no negatives, just each make their own corrections.

    just a business observation.

  10. Stephen Tsai October 5, 2009 6:59 am

    Oh, wait. Jon (who has Hawaii ties) got booted from the show, then withdrew more than $200,000 from his joint account.

  11. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 7:01 am




    that was very good ST. i wuz scratchin my head tryin for figa out sumtin funny about ocho. all i could tink wuz ocho no mo FG in Cincy’s victory. 😀

  12. Stretch October 5, 2009 7:02 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Even with a 4pm parctice start time, I am sure ST will find a way to show up late.

  13. lava October 5, 2009 7:07 am

    Wake up call. Time to lower your expectations of this team. No bowl game this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the remaining games at root like heck.

  14. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 7:07 am

    and is suing “for the best interests of the children. was in the best interests of the children when he was on da show. maybe he related to summa da blogists here, confused.

    as fo da $200K, hopefully had $400K o mo an she wen get half half.
    not so good wen a family gotta take care of 8 really small kids and day stay make public wwf kine akshun. jerry springer, put em boat on tv. an jon spruce up da show wit 2 girlfriends with 4 kids each.



    ridiculous yah? :mrgreen:

  15. tattoo October 5, 2009 7:08 am

    good morning to all fantasy fans.
    Winning 5/9 including 3 road games earns the guru special mention and eligibility for a trip to my island.

  16. Stephen Tsai October 5, 2009 7:10 am

    Actually, the home games seem to be the most challenging: Fresno State, Boise State, Navy and Wisconsin.

  17. Stephen Tsai October 5, 2009 7:12 am

    Didn’t Michelle Wie once donate to the Katrina fund?
    Wouldn’t it be nice if she donated to the South Pacific relief fund?

  18. lava October 5, 2009 7:16 am

    Unrealistic expectations of this team is just going to make the boo birds chirp about Mack’s job, and we don’t need to hear that every game.

    On offense, everything rested on Alexander and he’s gone. Moniz needs to hugely improve his ability to make his progressions and not stare down his intended target, and learn to pump fake, and feel the pressure. He has no timing with the receivers, and it’s not like he has another fall camp to get it. Without a running game, this could get ugly fast.

    On defense, we don’t seem to have the personnel to stop the run. La Tech completely overpowered us on the O-line, and it is scary to think that we face some big O-linemen in Fresno St., Boise St., Nevada and Wisconsin. Given our personnel, it seems like to stop the run we need our 5 biggest, toughest guys on the line, our 2 toughest and quickest guys behind them, and our 4 fastest guys behind them.

    We’ve gone from wonderdogs to underdogs.

  19. bighilofan2 October 5, 2009 7:16 am


    nope, i gonna be kickin and screechin on dat kine online fortune teller kine prediction. 😀

    mo dan dat, i gonna be screechin come Saturday cuz da Warriors got mo pride dan dat.

    i’ve already identified the problem. da prolem is in da mines. Mack, Miano, Rolo and Ron on offense. Mack, Miano, Rolo and Ron on da defense.

    Day fix da mines, day good to go.

    So I said all that to da genius who picked 11 of 13 this weekend and asked her what she thought. She said “i have no idea. a theory/”

    then i asked her about her take on the coach mack show last night.

    her response was “too soft.”

    me, i hope he’s gonna work the crap outta da entire gang, get them to the level of pain that wipes out their memory of last week. all of em.
    except for Alexander, he’s in real pain.

    I wish coach Mack the best of luck.

    Go Warriors.

  20. lava October 5, 2009 7:17 am

    ST, who at the Advertiser comes up with those polls shown on the first page of the online edition?

  21. vballfan1 October 5, 2009 7:19 am

    Speaking of softball, I noticed recruit Brittani Bertussi is not on the updated UH roster, that really sucks she was soo highly rated and would have made an impact right away.

  22. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 5, 2009 7:19 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  23. Maverick October 5, 2009 7:29 am

    We can’t change who is coming to town this weekend,
    But we can help change the outcome with support.
    Spread the good word
    Get in the stands.
    If you live on the island, no excuse for not showing up.
    It’s EZ.
    It’s Saturday
    No Swap meet
    Show up when you like
    Eat, drink, be merry.
    Root on the team.
    Make it a sell out.
    Support our new QB Moniz, and help make it EZ’r for him and the team
    They have the opportunity to win this game
    The 12th man in the stands need to make a stand.

  24. lava October 5, 2009 7:34 am

    BHF2, La Tech was a huge mismatch on both sides of the ball. I don’t think coaching had much to do with it.

  25. Slugger October 5, 2009 7:34 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Coach Coolen is da man! At the Manoa Makeover, Coach Coolen was in our group and he was truckin’.

    The forecast is for thundershowers possible this afternoon. What does the team do if there’s LOTS of rain during practice?

  26. tattoo October 5, 2009 7:38 am

    Those 4 home games you mention are already accounted in the loss column–I said fantasy predictions, not dementia.
    Not even a koolaid abuser would consider Fresno, Boise, Navy and Wiscy as a “challenge”. They represent the 3 top rushing teams in college football and the #6 ranked team that maybe playing for the NC.
    The reality is Hawaii must win all 3 road games and beat USU and NMSU at home. Now, that qualifies as fantasy.

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid October 5, 2009 7:38 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

  28. Slugger October 5, 2009 7:42 am

    Morning, DPK! Hello to Sweety!

    My Sweetie is playing tourist in D.C. this week.


    HiFlyer will be sitting with you guys this weekend. I have a class reunion to go to.

  29. Diogenes Sinope October 5, 2009 7:51 am

    Good morning!

  30. d1島 October 5, 2009 7:54 am

    Great Morning All!

    Maybe switching things up is a good idea this week…different outlook.

    The sun going be in a different part of the sky (even if it’s behind thick clouds, Slugger 😉 ) during practice….could it give the team a different perspective?

  31. whitey October 5, 2009 7:55 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

  32. lava October 5, 2009 7:56 am

    La Tech’s O-line:

    T 6-7 305 Sr.
    G 6-4 295 Sr.
    C 6-3 277 Sr.
    G 6-6 325 Jr.
    T 6-6 297 Sr.
    TE 6-3 242 Sr.

    Behind them runs Porter, 5-9 190 Sr.

    So how are we going to stop that with our personnel?

    Purcell is 255
    L.Satele is 255
    Paipai is 230
    M.Lolotai is 230
    W.Lolotai is 245
    Fonoti is 255
    RJ is 225
    Clore is 250
    Blaze is 245
    Heun is 240
    Leatigaga is out
    Meatoga only played a few snaps
    Hanohano, only a RF, only seemed to play a few snaps before his injury
    Haku is only a RF
    Hafoka and Masch don’t see the field
    Not sure what’s up with Rocky
    After this group, that pretty much leaves Tufaga, who played tough

    Quentin Beaver’s size would have helped a lot.

    Given the size and experience of La Tech’s O-line, the game was a mismatch on paper. All the coaching in the world isn’t going to stop that line given how we lined up. Play after play our backers were blown up by their linemen.

  33. d1島 October 5, 2009 7:56 am


    Switched things up little bit at work for me, too. Was working ’til 2:30 this morning…pau hana for the day now….maybe back to sleep soon 😎

  34. whitey October 5, 2009 7:57 am

    duffer, saw j sou and he said he will be at the nmsu game.

  35. whitey October 5, 2009 7:58 am

    d1, that’s the first i noticed was, huh, he neva go work yet??????? hahahahaaaaa

  36. whitey October 5, 2009 8:00 am

    ok, this week with another bulldog which can also bite. hopefully, our warriors will have plenty of rope and hogtie and muzzle the bugga. (and maybe make adobo)

  37. whitey October 5, 2009 8:01 am

    ok, brake time. see you all later.

  38. d1島 October 5, 2009 8:02 am

    ….or maybe it’s about time to watch a replay of the LaTech game.

    Face your demons 👿

  39. westsidesview October 5, 2009 8:04 am

    The amazing comeback in 2004 alluded to in an earlier post was done with one big difference–June Jones was our OC.
    In the last 4 games our warriors put up 201 points after being trounced by the Bulldogs 70-14 on National TV.
    Truly an outstanding turn-a-round considering victories at home over two Big Ten teams.
    TC may have had a roller coaster season but still, he was a veteran capable of igniting his team.
    Speaking of JJ, his D by Committee never worked with Miano and Lumpkin after Lempa departed.
    In 2009, we are seeing McMackin’s version of O by Committee.
    BTW, who runs the D?
    Miano calls the plays on the sidelines and Cal Lee is in a corner.
    Just asking.

  40. Uce2 October 5, 2009 8:04 am

    1. Funaki is the most athletic, poised, accurate, mentally ready QB is the UH stable, then and now. His talent was wasted at the UH; had he played at a mainland D1 school, he would have started and would be the starter there today. The decision to replace him with a “30 year old man who ran upright and was a major accident waiting to happen” was foolish decision on the part of Rolo and Mac, and the injury, and the way it happened, proves this point;

    2. Mack has made enough coaching blunders in the short time he has been at the helm to seriously warrant a “mid-term” review to determine whether he should remain for the remainder of the season. I am comfortable with Miano taking over. Compared to the blunders made already by Mac, I would welcome giving a shot to local guy and former NFL Miano. He has been to the promised land, he no doubt understands what it will take from his coaches and players to get to the promised land;

    3. Too bad “Alexander the Great” turned out to be not so great;

    4. Too bad Colt “I am the State’s savior” Brennan turned out to be not so great.

    5. Funaki, on the hand, truly is great – both as a person and as an athlete; the guy already has his undergrad degree and is now working on his grad degree; moves anywhere he is needed by the troublesome coaches; never complains; what a student athlete; a truly classy guy.

  41. Slugger October 5, 2009 8:22 am


    Just don’t want to see the guys on the field if there are thundershowers & lightning. There was a keed at NAU who was struck by lightning when taking shelter under a tree during a thunderstorm. Got to keep our remaining players safe.

    But a different practice schedule does change it up. They’re back in class, and that’s a change versus the past month.

  42. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) October 5, 2009 8:23 am

    6. Yeah, too bad Ruffian and Eight Belles proved the point that fillies just shouldn’t try to be race horses too.

  43. tattoo October 5, 2009 8:28 am

    To go from MAC to Miano as HC gets this poster a nomination for a free trip to my island.
    This is vintage koolaid.
    I love the Funaki magic too.
    Kudos for your classic version of fantasy.
    Great material on this blog, its endless.

  44. huh October 5, 2009 8:36 am

    Including all us tsai-kos we should sell out Aloha on Saturday.

    Leon will breakout.

    go warriors!

  45. Uce2 October 5, 2009 8:38 am

    Oh yeah,

    We believe, We are family; Warriors Imua; I am a believer. Colt is greatest!!! So is Alexander!!! Same with Mac!!! Yeah!!! Rolo is a god!!! Liz is smart!!! Tattoo is runner up to replace Liz as rah rah cheer cheer leader.

    Now, back to drinking the koolaid. Burp. That was good.

  46. Uce2 October 5, 2009 8:41 am

    If you own your island, I will stop commenting. You are the man. I am not worthy. I doubt you do. But if you insist you have an island, I will refrain from commenting here in deference to your success and omnipotence.

  47. EH NO MAKE ! October 5, 2009 8:44 am

    Uce2 – regarding your entry (#40):

    Well, well…..

    I hear you, I feel you, however; too bad Alexander’s not so great. Entering that game against Louisiana Tech, statistically speaking, he was the TOP quarterback in the country. #1 in passing yards, #1 in total offense, #1 in pass effeciency with 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.

    C’mon now.

    Colt not so great ?

    C’mon now.

    Heisman finalist, 58 touchdowns as a junior, Sugar Bowl as a senior.

    C’mon now.

    We disagree hear, because I believe your point is Inoke Funaki is a better quarterback. Better person, I think I’d have to echo that, but better Q-B, hmmmm, no way.

    We DO agree however, regarding the head coach. My friends and I keep suggesting the people of Hawaii should stop letting Mack drive on “Ohana Road”, and instead, point him in the direction of “End of the Road”, it seems more appropriate.

    Oh, and Lava (post #18)

    Are you kidding me ?

    Trust me, if our beloved Warriors get run over from Fresno State, physically beat down, like what happened against Louisiana Tech, trust me my friend, TRUST ME, the boo birds WILL be making an appearance, and probably a very loud one.

    I honestly hopes it’s NOT the case, because I’d hate for these kids to have to go thru it, but if Hawaii’s $1.1M man continues to mess things up, then, well, it’s inevitable.

  48. What Da? October 5, 2009 8:56 am

    Leon Wright-Jackson has shown nothing really. The number of great plays he’s made at UH can be counted on one hand.

    Funaki does everything well except for one glaring fact. He threw for way too many interceptions.

    After a pre-season of a lot of promise, this 2009 season looks to be just as much a rollercoaster up and down season as the 2008 one.

    In terms of young recruits, JJ left UH with the cupboard bare. Macks 1st recruiting class doesn’t really count since he only had 3 weeks to put together a class. I say let him coach out the length of his 5 year contract before making any decisions of him at the helm….unless he decides to talk about another teams’ f****t dance. Then the leeway should go out the window.

  49. koakane™ October 5, 2009 8:57 am

    morning tsaiko country and warrior fans enjoy the day. belated hippo birdie two ewe nalani

    new week and UH fball this saturday. time to get into this mind set. visualize warriors battling, competing with all their hearts and winning it all as the game ends. nuff said.

    no forget to stop by tgate this saturday. early risers can come by 10. see you’all there.

  50. What Da? October 5, 2009 8:59 am


    hahahaha you forgot: iphone! asus! redskins! cooley! hahaha.

    dang, that koolaid is sweeet today.

  51. uce3 October 5, 2009 9:00 am

    If braddah Funaki had gone to USC instead of UH, he would have already won a Heisman as a sophmore and go to the NFL. He would have started for the Raiders last year and taken them to the Super Bowl. He is that great!

  52. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 9:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all is well today.

    Take care in all this humidity…wheww….

    C’mon Bryant, step it up….your time is now. You have to do what you have to do….

  53. uce4 October 5, 2009 9:07 am

    Funaki can walk on water.

  54. Kazz (blkberry_storm) October 5, 2009 9:29 am


    You’re right. Bertussi is not on the updated roster. 🙁

  55. uce5 October 5, 2009 9:33 am

    Funaki IS water. Let him loose and he will flow, he will be everywhere at once. Overwhelm, slippery and impossible to hold onto … and when he warms up and gets really hot.. he’s ‘air’!

  56. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 9:34 am

    Morning all…

  57. BigWave96744 October 5, 2009 9:36 am

    Good morning folks…
    Happy Belated Birthday Nalani..

    Don’t forget to join in on the chat with Jim Donovan on at 10:30 to 11:30

  58. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 9:37 am

    Hmm… if “Funaki” was a Japanese name, the characters for his name would probably be “boat” and “wood”…. or “boat” and “inner spirit” . To Hawaii, that would be “Koa.”

  59. tattoo October 5, 2009 9:37 am


    you are ruining my koolaid parade, im trying to run a fantasy contest, not a realtime show with legit appraisal.

  60. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 9:44 am

    Oh yeah..Happy belated B-Day to Nalani….

  61. Pride. October 5, 2009 9:48 am

    Happy Birthday Nalani. Belated.

  62. WarriorChick October 5, 2009 9:55 am

    This might have been announced earlier but does anyone know if Sat’s game against Fresno is a green-out?

  63. westsidesview October 5, 2009 10:06 am

    Fla @ LSU this week.
    Tebow still dusting off cobwebs from his concussion and is day to day much like Colt in 2007 against NEV.

    Only one from the SEC will play for the NC.
    That eliminates two: Fla #1, Alabama #3, or LSU #4.
    That leaves Boise State in a good position to move up.
    Note that once beaten VT creep in front of the Broncs @ #5.

    The BCS conspiracy will be at full-speed in 2009 if Boise runs the table and no two bcs teams remain undefeated.
    Would be a boost for our conference and for the good of college football if the Broncos could participate in the national championship game.

  64. Buffoman October 5, 2009 10:07 am


    The #1 and #3 are debatable and may not be too far off point, but others things would have to occur.

    Do not agree with your #2 and #4.

    Brennan was is and will be one of the finest we’ve had. In that system he was everything one could have asked for and more. Much could be said for Michael Carter in that system and Darryl Gabriel to a lesser degree (not by much, though) in terms of “Hawaii savior category”.

    I do believe that Mac needs to be reviewed, absolutely. But to replace him with Miano would be a disaster. You need someone who is crazy organized, with an iron clad philosophy and will to make it happen and that unfortunately does not reside on the current staff.

  65. Jack Flash October 5, 2009 10:08 am

    The game this Saturday is indeed a green out. In fact, unless they specifically say otherwise, all home games are green outs.

  66. BigWave96744 October 5, 2009 10:12 am

    The thread to the Chat with Jim Donovan is

  67. WarriorChick October 5, 2009 10:21 am

    Jack Flash:

    October 5th, 2009 at 10:08 am
    The game this Saturday is indeed a green out. In fact, unless they specifically say otherwise, all home games are green outs.

    Mahalo, Jack…

  68. al October 5, 2009 10:35 am

    happy birthday nalani!

    great job by #2 this past saturday. i can see your beaming smile from here.

  69. al October 5, 2009 10:37 am

    green out?
    especially since i bought a new black shirt.
    how about a green and black night?
    odd number seats wear black and even number seats wear green.

  70. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 10:42 am

    I still don’t understand why we don’t use the color black more often to have black outs/green outs. Much of the apparel at the Rainbowtique and other stores is in black.

  71. homey ℞ October 5, 2009 10:50 am

    Green, black, no matter. Still look dark on black and white TV.

    Happy belated birthday Nalani.

    See you all at the t-gate this Saturday.

  72. SteveM October 5, 2009 10:57 am

    Good morning everyone!
    Back to work and readjusting to the real world…

    Gee, ST, thanks for the “Welcome Home”!
    * * * SteveM wanders off wondering what he did or did not do this time…* * * 😕

  73. al October 5, 2009 11:00 am

    so did you get your sea legs adjusted?

  74. Pomai October 5, 2009 11:02 am

    Is the t-gate still on for c-a?

  75. al October 5, 2009 11:02 am

    duffer…sent you a message. check em. got tix?

  76. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 11:04 am

    So it appears the Washington Huskies may be on the football schedule a couple more times in the coming years:

  77. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 11:04 am

    homey…what time is the Grillin’ Brew Crew going to be there on Saturday? Should we go around 9:30 since the game starts at 5:00???

  78. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 11:04 am

    Happy Belated Birthday to Nalani!

    Welcome home SteveM!

  79. al October 5, 2009 11:06 am


  80. al October 5, 2009 11:07 am

    oh….cabana a.
    i get it now.

  81. al October 5, 2009 11:08 am

    any word on tony tuioti’s family?

  82. koakane™ October 5, 2009 11:09 am


    jj why we no camp out friday nite and no worry about the time bwhaaaaaaaa

    al…c-b-a lol

  83. SteveM October 5, 2009 11:12 am

    Al — the sea legs were OK, but we were land-sick a couple days. Land sick is being on land and feeling a rocking sensation when you close your eyes or relax–which is really odd because it does not happen at sea.

    Re: #70
    Maybe because the all black uniforms looked good in the past. Also, makes us larger and super sized Tsai-kos look more svelte… 🙂

    Early lunch is over for me, bbl.

  84. A-House October 5, 2009 11:14 am


    Any “visitors” this weekend to check out Warrior football?

  85. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 11:15 am

    kk….that’s a possibility….LMAO

  86. A-House October 5, 2009 11:15 am

    Welcom home to SteveM and Peaches – someday, Mrs A-House will surprise me and say, “Dad, let’s go on an Alasaka cruise – whoppie!!!

  87. HiFlyer October 5, 2009 11:18 am

    JJ – You going to get up that early?

    Koakane – Are you going to have the kope going this weekend?

  88. A-House October 5, 2009 11:18 am

    Looks like Coach Nash landed a quality recruit for 2010 – somewhere out there ( not Fideo’s song ), there are 3 or 4 Michael Jordan types who are completely under the radar and wanting to play for UH – no need 7′ – well, maybe one.

  89. chopsueyboy October 5, 2009 11:18 am

    I wish for the same surprise from my wife as A-House

  90. A-House October 5, 2009 11:25 am

    Oline feet training:

    what is the correct feet movement if the DE takes the “outside route”?

    if he takes the “inside route”?

    as a coach, how or what would you do to correct an “overstep” or “understep” movement? would using a rope tied to both feet help? if step to big, then rope tightens. if too small, there is no tension. player will definitely know if to short or to long.

    how important is balance? feet to close or to far apart?

    IDK and trying to learn.

  91. koakane™ October 5, 2009 11:29 am

    hf forgot to get the beeg pot from school cafe and with intersession its closed. will keep udating progress during week.

  92. al October 5, 2009 11:53 am

    sm….the class reunion folks have an event in two weeks. i am afraid to go since the last two times that i committed i got ill/injured the day of the gathering.

  93. Jack Flash October 5, 2009 11:55 am

    Good news about Colt. I hope he gets his chance to show what he can do naturally (without the pestering of coach Zorn who will most likely be gone after this season.)

  94. Jack Flash October 5, 2009 12:05 pm

    Also good news about the UH-UDub series. The more BCS schools the better. Any new word on that UH-Utah series rumour? Although they are not BCS, they are definately a respected powerhouse.

  95. SteveM October 5, 2009 12:11 pm

    October 5th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    sm….the class reunion folks have an event in two weeks. i am afraid to go since the last two times that i committed i got ill/injured the day of the gathering.

    Is it two weeks already? Maybe we should go since we missed the 40th and the reunion party in Vegas on Sept. 18 (sorry, I had better plans for the18th). Peaches doesn’t want to go so you and I can go stag… I’ll make sure you don’t get injured 😉 …which is easy if hawnstln is not flying in…

  96. al October 5, 2009 12:11 pm

    road games….

    i don’t know about you….

    if i were setting up the schedule i would never have us going on the road back to back without a break. next year after the usc opener at home, we go to new york to play army then come back to play colorado in a week. that’s nuts.

    it seems that we will for the next few years at least once during the pre-wac season play consecutive road games. and there is no telling what karl benson will deal us with the wac schedule.

    we really can’t blame “herman’s revenge” for the triple road schedule during the first third of the season. some blame or really more of the blame has to go to karl benson for stiffing us with la tech as the third straight home game this early in the season.

    okay, i am just babbling.

  97. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) October 5, 2009 12:29 pm


    COLT WATCH: Two interviews with the Coltster!

    10-05 Seg. 2- Mike Wise Show: Colt Brennan 00:12:16 Redskins backup QB Colt Brennan joins Mike to review yesterday’s win over Tampa Bay

    10-05 Seg. 1- Mike Wise Show: Colt Brennan 00:08:43 Monday Morning QB starts with Redskins backup Colt Brennan

  98. A-House October 5, 2009 12:38 pm


    although consecutive road games are killers, it has to be done to get the mainland teams to play UH and it makes sense to stay on the mainland for the 2nd road game.

    but, to play 3 consecutive road games – now, I must agree the Benson shafted Hawaii to make sure that Boise St has a definitive advantage in the conference race and possible BCS berth – however, Benson is confident that UH will lose to Boise ST on 10/24/09 and UH will burn Boise – unfortunate for UH, this may kill the golden goose for $$$$.

  99. A-House October 5, 2009 12:41 pm


    in 2011, UH goes to Udub, comes home for a week, and then go play UNLV the following week.

    this is going to be a tough one for the travel agencies as us working stiffs will be hard pressed to make both trips.

  100. homey ℞ October 5, 2009 12:47 pm

    (J)J – 9:30 is fine with me. Probably be there at 9:45, just to give KK enough time to get rid of all the puddles in the c-a.

  101. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 12:54 pm

    Jack Flash #94 ~ Looks like Utah’s OOC schedule is full up to 2013, so if this one does come to fruition, it’s gonna be some time down the road.

    Having said that, UH still has two open spots left on the 2011 OOC slate (well, um, one if you go on the assumption that an FCS/1-AA team will occupy a slot). With the road games @UDub and @UNLV, almost garans the two remaining slots will be home games.

    When was the last time UH had three OOC road games?

  102. 99club October 5, 2009 1:08 pm

    Good news about adding a Washington home and home stand, as CRW points out above. According to the article, it starts in 2012. Since we play ’em at their place in 2011, stands to reason we’ll host them in 2012. Looks like we’ll open at USC on 1 Sep 2012 and probably probably play Washington at home 1 December. UH will be their 3d out of conference game after they play BYU (*spit*) and Nebraska that year.

    You have me thinking about a big road trip to Washington in 2011 with stops in San Fran and Monterey enroute to Vegas for the UNLV game. Hmmmmm…..

  103. A-House October 5, 2009 1:11 pm


    for us working stiffs, that would be a dream – yep, just a dream vacation!!

  104. wafan October 5, 2009 1:14 pm

    More UW games! Whoo-hoo!!!

    Makes for another game more fans can attend.

  105. al October 5, 2009 1:17 pm

    a house

    i’d rather see us start the season away near the west coast with a d1a team or fcs team then come back and play two home games to get the local folks incited about our team. then play a road game. and then take a bye before our home wac opener.

    to me that makes more sense.

  106. al October 5, 2009 1:22 pm

    sm…still thinking it over since the game is mid day and i think there is something on our calendar that day.

    altho, they are extending the invite to two other neighboring hs. we could run into some old “friends” at that.

    you know the first time i ended in the hospital and the second time i broke ribs. three times the charm….yikes.

    ribs, speaking of ribs, that is a thought for the tailgate.

  107. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 1:25 pm

    personally id so love to see us play my other favorite college teams.


    Penn State

    Ohio St.

    I dont think these guys would ever agree to a home-home series. chickens. but it would be soooo awesome if we could play them. If we played Texas away I would definitely travel!

  108. A-House October 5, 2009 1:26 pm


    agree with your dream schedule, but something tells me that it won’t work until UH becomes a “power” and can dictate terms to other clubs.

    hopefully, Benson will be long gone by then – har har de har maties!!!

  109. A-House October 5, 2009 1:26 pm


    GO 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 1:26 pm

    come to think of it, did we host Penn State when June was here?

  111. Colomaohana October 5, 2009 1:28 pm

    Howzit, gang!

    Eh, any body recovered a silver ladle from da last tgate?? Ai soos!! I lost ‘um!

    If somebody get ‘um, try bring ‘um please.


  112. Kazz (blkberry_storm) October 5, 2009 1:34 pm


    I’m gonna be at the tailgate site at 8am starting the Tsaiko haka.

    You can join me if u like! 😆

  113. al October 5, 2009 1:34 pm

    i don’t think we ever played penn state.

    ahouse…you are right about that. we need to be a force to be reckoned with before some of the bigs west of the mississippi venture to our lovely shores. as it is now, they do fear an upset in paradise to a mid major team. i think our recent success with the run n shoot and undefeated season looms large in the back of their minds. we have become too much of a risk for the bcs.

    now, in the case of the west coast teams, they would come for recruiting purposes and the ride is not as taxing. we should focus our efforts with the pac 10 and mwc conferences. we also need to play the portland states and the like as well.

  114. labrat October 5, 2009 1:43 pm

    I don’t think UH ever played Penn St.

  115. (Jesse) James October 5, 2009 1:44 pm

    Kazz….okay, let me get my malo out of storage….I’ll be ready….bring your black war paint for my face…among other things…MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  116. al October 5, 2009 1:45 pm

    c…was it real silver? thought i saw a filipino man selling it at the swap meet the other day for two dollars.

    next time use plastic.

    btw, what you cooking up this week?
    kare kare?
    or something more mysterious?

  117. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 1:45 pm


    maybe in volleyball and basketball.

  118. labrat October 5, 2009 1:45 pm

    As long as Brown is the head coach they will not come here. The guy is pock pock pock pockaaaawww!! Just ask JJ.

  119. labrat October 5, 2009 1:47 pm

    MIH I should have said in football.

  120. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 1:50 pm


    While I agree that money is the biggest “need” to bring the Warrior program to the next level, I somehow don’t see that happening anytime soon. Ttherein lies the ole catch-22. Whle the program needs to do even better than it did under June Jones to draw more fans and elicit greater State funding. The program, however, needs a lot more capital to do just that.

    Improving UH’s overall image as a University in demand would also help.

    So, does that mean we’re stuck in a rut for the foreseeable future with no way up?

  121. al October 5, 2009 1:50 pm

    haka….yup we need the haka.

    that’s what’s been missing with this team.
    it needs an identity.
    it needs the mana.
    it needs a hero.

    yup, the haka will bring all of that out.

  122. Momo October 5, 2009 1:55 pm

    We will be at the T gate about 12.30 and we will have our pan Lau Lau for the early birds. Lets see how our boys and coaches adjust and overcome our problems on the field….Just give them a chance to prove them selves and don’t a big bunch of nay sayers who I believe don’t deserve to be called a warrior fan…

  123. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 1:56 pm


    i hope to god not. but when you say foreseeable future as in the next 3-5 years? I would have to probably say in terms of funding it goes no where. No money to spend via the state and private sectors are much more careful with their charity dollars.

    Maybe Sen. Inouye will secure us more federal funding for UH, though I dont know how that money is allocated and what it is allowed to be spent on. If we can use it for academic facilities, maybe we can shift that money that money that was to be used for those facilities over to athletics. Those kinds of shifts happen quite often actually.

    We shall see. =)

  124. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 1:58 pm

    You folks are right, I cant seem to find any time when we played Penn.

    I say we sell ourselves and go play away games and take the money if we cant secure a Home and Home series. I’m pretty sure tex, osu, and penn pay big big money for us to go there. haha.

  125. d1島 October 5, 2009 2:00 pm

    Did I hear “pan lau lau”? 😀

  126. Derek October 5, 2009 2:00 pm

    I can see why Washington want to play UH. Steve Sarkisian wants to use it as a recruiting tool to get more Hawaii players sign up w/ the Huskies. And, I think he will be successful too. In a couple of years the Huskies will be on top in the PAC 10 again…I’m certain of of that. Conversely, you tell me how many players that UH has right now from the state of Washington? If you’re a good player from Washington who would you rather play for, UH or UW, or even Wazzu? My point exactly.
    I think the Huskies got the better end of the deal to me. On the other hand, I like the fact that UH playing in Seattle because I have friends and classmates there so we can go to the game and get together. Last time I went to Husky stadium was when UW beat Colorado, the year UW and Marques Tuiasosopo took the Huskies to the Rose Bowl. Trivia….the Colorado head coach at that time was Gary Barnett and the UW coach was Rick Neuheisal. My son went to Washington so it would be a win/win for us. Go Huskies, go Warriors! Now, if only UH can play UCLA!

    Very interesting about the new UH basketball recruit, Coleman. I like his name, “Jordan”. Hopefully he can grow to be 6’6″ and be like Mike. Good start to the 2010-11 recruiting class.

  127. kama krab October 5, 2009 2:01 pm

    Howzit Everybody,


    I love you brah but I gotta say Hawaii will be bowl eligible and we should expect them to be. Winning 5 out of the next 9 games is a tall task but has been done. Anything is possible. We will be ready to kick some a** on Saturday and if you don’t believe me just look at one our leaders Blaze. This braddah wants it and I am sure he will not let his teammates come out and get another a** whoppin like they did at La Tech.

    The season is still young. We need to expect that Hawaii will win because we have the talent, we just need the will to win.

    As I said before, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  128. d1島 October 5, 2009 2:02 pm

    Thanks for the CB update.

  129. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 2:04 pm

    oops adding to my #124.

    some people say its suicide to do such a thing. but hey i think it would be fun. you are playing against teams with such a storied past and a great history of football.

    it would be fun for fans to watch and even more fun I think for the players to play. For me I think it would be so cool to see a game at Beaver Field or Texas Memorial.

    I dunno, imho it sounds pretty cool

  130. Colomaohana October 5, 2009 2:05 pm

    al: re#116….DAMN homey!


    As for whats on da menu…..Uh…not sure yet…

  131. Nalani October 5, 2009 2:05 pm

    Miano could make a very good head coach in my opinion.

  132. Colomaohana October 5, 2009 2:22 pm

    Happy Belated, Nalani!

    Yup, I agree….

  133. 99club October 5, 2009 2:25 pm

    Link above is a NCAA football stat geek’s dream. I have no idea how I found it. Looks like UH has played everyone in the Big 10 at one time or another except Penn St., Ohio St., and Indiana.

  134. Garret October 5, 2009 2:35 pm


    Texas will not play a road game at Aloha Stadium, but they (and a lot of other BCS teams) would be happy to pay UH $1 million or so to play a road game without a return game in Hawaii. Texas is a public University that made $5+ million per home game *before* their latest stadium expansion added 10,000 seats or so.

    Playing at UH was more attractive to a lot of teams when the season had just 11 games. Now that everybody can play a 12th game (plus a 13th game for the conference championship), many teams like Texas want the bye weeks instead of a 13th (or 14th) game that they wouldn’t make any money on.

    Texas doesn’t recruit in Hawaii…they barely recruit outside of the state of Texas! UH is much more appealing to teams that want to recruit in Hawaii, so Pac-10 teams are the best targets for home-and-home series.

  135. Garret October 5, 2009 2:35 pm

    Mac’s weekly press conference is on UH’s website:

    On new starting quarterback, sophomore Bryant Moniz…
    We’re going to move on with Bryant Moniz and I have the utmost confidence as do the rest of my staff in Bryant. Bryant Moniz is a guy who we’ve liked all along. His up-side is very good. We’ve said ever since we first saw him that he’s got it. He’s cool, he has a good arm, he can throw every ball, very smart, very athletic. He can get himself out of trouble with his athletic ability. Behind him will be Shane Austin and Inoke Funaki will be a guy that if we needed a third quarterback, then he has the experience to come in emergency situations because we don’t want to burn any of our freshman redshirts.

  136. Garret October 5, 2009 2:35 pm

    On the players organizing their own practice…
    I’m really proud of the players. I’ve talked to them on Friday and my staff was on the mainland recruiting and Blaze Soares and John Estes asked me if they could have their own practice and if they could get trainers and equipment. I thought it was a great idea, it shows leadership and unity. It gave me chills, I was so proud of them. I’ve coached for a long time and never had a team do that. It shows what they take. It shows that they’re taking some ownership and responsibility. I talked to them before they practice and told them how proud of them I was and I told them again today. I think it’s just outstanding. It shows what kind of character we have on our football team. We have some adversity going on and we need to just get tighter and the leadership needs to come from within.

  137. lava October 5, 2009 2:36 pm

    Hey Kama Krab,

    I love our Warriors, but I just don’t know who lines up on the D-line to stop the run. My take is you need 5 guys across the line, with two tackles around 300 pounds each, and the other guys in the range of 260-280.

    Since Mack has shown no inclination to go with a 5 man front, I think we get pushed off the line every play.

    Even if we were to use 5 guys, I’m just not sure who suits up.

    I hope I’m wrong. I’d love for us to see bowl action this year, but in fairness to Mack I just won’t be expecting it.

  138. Garret October 5, 2009 2:37 pm

    Pretty cool that Bob Coolen serves as the groundskeeper…

  139. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 2:38 pm

    99club –

    awesome find….we seem to have an obsession with Wisconsin after looking through the years. haha.

    Does anyone know if there is some kind link that UH and Wisconsin have?

  140. Garret October 5, 2009 2:40 pm

    One thing that I found interesting is that UH has 3 captains if I remember correctly, and Blaze isn’t one of them. But Blaze stepped forward to organize the players-only practice.

  141. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 2:41 pm


    I agree. But my point is we should just play Texas or OSU away w/o the home-home especially with that chunk of change.

    I dont think anyone in the top 10 today aside from USC would do a home-home for the reasons you stated.

    Personally playing at those colleges, in those stadiums would be something that a lot of Hawaii fans would want to see. Win or lose fans imo would love it.

  142. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 2:47 pm

    And to add on to why I think we play away and just take the money is…we sure as heck could use 750K-1M in our budget.

    The only reason why you wouldnt want to play them away is if you are afraid of losing to them. If people want a perfect unbeaten season than sure dont do it. But realistic its very very difficult to go undefeated to begin with. if you go 12-1 or 7-6 it all means the same thing. Hawaii Bowl. I would be very happy with a 12-1 or 11-2 season with a conference championship and a hawaii bowl invite and a cool million in the bank.

  143. Kazz (blkberry_storm) October 5, 2009 3:06 pm


    Coach Coolen better be gettin two checks from UH! Lord knows how much he busts his okole for the softball stadium and grounds!

  144. huh October 5, 2009 3:20 pm

    Rich Miano is the best choice for the next UH HC and he will keep the staff intact. We need continuity.

  145. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 3:20 pm


    If the one-and-done includes a $1m guarantee ON TOP of the BCS school paying for UH’s travel costs to go out there, then I would personally give it more consideration.

    However, if the one-and-done is for just a flat $1m guarantee and UH still has to dole out for travel costs, then I don’t think it would be worth it, IMO. I believe that was the case for the Florida game last year, where they paid us a lump sum, but once travel costs were factored UH ended up not making very much money out of that game.

  146. Pomai October 5, 2009 3:22 pm

    Is it possible that Mack gave them four days off to see who would step up????

  147. Garret October 5, 2009 3:24 pm


    I would agree about the road games given UH’s budgetary problems, but JD (after conferring with Mac) announced UH’s policy to not take those $1 million paychecks to play road games. After that public stance, and rejecting Big 10 and SEC teams, I’m guessing that teams will not bother trying to offer UH the $1 million anymore.

    Other teams (like SJSU, which broke their contract with Stanford to take the money) are happy to take the money, so why should teams try to beg UH to take their money and just get rejected?

    Put it this way, one of those $1 million games could double every UH team’s recruiting budget for 3 or 4 years. A loss would bring no shame and a win would bring huge prestige…and playing a game at a famous stadium could help recruiting. If UH makes a focus for recruiting in Texas, a game in Austin would be a *huge* selling point.

    A bigger selling point would be if UH could get a nonconference game at the new Cowboys’ Stadium. Jerry Jones pays more than $1 million per team and the players at Trinity are a short drive from the stadium.

  148. Garret October 5, 2009 3:25 pm


    Coaches at lower-budget sports like softball have to do a lot of extra roles and do not make nearly as much as the high-profile sport coaches. It takes a special person like Coach Coolen to do so much without asking for anything in return.

  149. Garret October 5, 2009 3:27 pm


    Good point on the travel costs eating into the $1 million for the Florida game. However, I’ve seen deal reported that were for $1 million *plus* travel expenses, and I’ve seen reports that the need to buy home games is forcing the prices above $1 million. One article projected that SEC teams, flush with the CBS/ESPN TV money that only pays for home games (since they cannot broadcast road games) will need to pay $1.5 million soon for a home game.

  150. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 3:30 pm


    I had no idea that UH had a policy not to accept $1M road games. I dont know the whole story as to why they would come up with a broad sweeping policy like that but for face value I dont like it one bit.

    Your 3rd paragraph sums up the rationale and is the precise reason why its a win-win situation in my eyes. We lose, its not like we lose any respect from the national community that we didn’t have to begin with, we win and while we may not gain respect instantly everyone in Hawaii would feel a heck of a lot proud and happy!

    Committed Warrior makes a point about travel expenses etc….so I dont know what the costs associated with the travel but I would think we still come back with a nice amount of money.

  151. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 3:40 pm

    if the road game including around $1M PLUS travel expenses and UH turned it down…I would personally be quite ticked off.

    Know your place, know your needs.

    Personally I would need as much consideration and time to think about it as the time it takes me to sign the contract.

  152. Garret October 5, 2009 3:47 pm


    JD turned down the offers and openly discussed this before the season began. Here is Ferd’s commentary about that.

    Jim Donovan says he has turned down a $1 million offer from an SEC team — he won’t say which one, but we’re guessing it was uppercrust rather than, say, Mississippi State.

    SEC teams are paying well for assisted suicides these days. Georgia is giving North Texas $975,000 for a 2013 appearance, New Mexico State $925,000 in 2011 and Louisiana-Lafayette $875,000 in 2010, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    UH could use that kind of money, but not the five time-zone expedition and beatings without benefit of a return home game that come with it.

  153. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 3:47 pm

    Even if the AD were to change stance and consider a guarantee game, I think the only way one would even be considered is if the amount of “net profit” (payout $$$ less travel expenses) derived from the guarantee exceeds (by a decent margin) the amount UH could make in profits by having another home game.

    In the realm of college football, UH is one of the more fortunate non-BCS teams that can still draw mid-high 30,000s in terms of tickets sold, which my guestimate would equate to a decent profit margin (possibly $400-600k +/-) per home game. I personally don’t know how much on average UH makes per home football game, so someone is gonna have to help me out there.

    In terms of $ numbers, UH would almost need to draw top-dollar for a guarantee to be the most worthwhile. I think we lost that clout a while back.

  154. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 3:48 pm


    October 5th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Coaches at lower-budget sports like softball have to do a lot of extra roles and do not make nearly as much as the high-profile sport coaches. It takes a special person like Coach Coolen to do so much without asking for anything in return.

    Oh yeah I know, Coach Coolen is da man!

    But as a fan, I’d like to see him get some more “props”… ahem… “kala”… hehehehehehehehe.. :mrgreen:

  155. Garret October 5, 2009 3:50 pm

    By the way, JD said that the offer from the Big 10 was for slightly less than $1 million.

  156. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 3:51 pm


    I’m gonna send out da usual t-gate e-mail out tonight.

  157. Garret October 5, 2009 3:54 pm


    I agree that “net profit” is the key to the decision process. It is a lot more expensive to travel to Florida than it is to go to the West Coast. However, playing in Dallas (at the Cowboys’ Stadium, which would be my dream for UH since they pay a lot of money and is prestigious) or someplace else with direct flights to Hawaii would be cheaper to get to.

  158. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) October 5, 2009 3:59 pm

    #146 – Pomai- I don’t think so because the coaches are recruiting on the mainland and were not here to coach a formal practice.

    Unifying to change adversity to victory is a cool process to watch. The greater the adversity, the more powerful the unity – will achieve the proportionate victory!


  159. LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!) October 5, 2009 4:00 pm

    #156 – k- Kazz. did you hear from mo808 from ExtremeSkins?

  160. Kaimuki Kid October 5, 2009 4:02 pm

    A 1 million appearence fee would probably net around 500,000 to 700,000 profit depending on where the game is held. The further east the game the more expensive the airfare. Of course, we could try to charter and sell extra seats to boosters/fans that are interested going to the game.

  161. Committed Road Warrior October 5, 2009 4:06 pm


    I agree. Playing in a locale with direct flights to/from Hawaii would be easier (and possibly cheaper) to get to. I also like the thought of UH playing in the Cowboys’ Stadium. I mean, who’d thought years ago that we’d play a game at Qwest Field?

  162. Garret October 5, 2009 4:09 pm

    Report from the Na Koa lunch today. This does answer several questions I saw posted here, such as the status of Letuli and why GDL was in street clothes during the game. To get the full report click on my name.

    Rich Miano did the talking today…..he had a lot to say….Who remembers John Wilbur?….used to coach at UH under Dick Tomey….played for Washington Redskins on the OLINE….anyway he gave Rich the Third Degree about the play of OLINE…..Rich was diplomatic and answered all his questions…..thank goodness GM didnt show….Who knows what his responses would have been……

    Anyway….Rich stated OT-Letuli may be out for the year with knee injury….Meatoga hopefully will play more than 5 plays come saturday nite…Fonoti still not 100%…hopefully he will be more effective saturday….lots of players are banged up right now…..

    George Daily Lyles injured his hamstring in practice last week prior to
    La Tech game…thats why he did not play….not sure if they will continue to red shirt him….

  163. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 4:12 pm


    How much we make per game at home is a good question. Does anyone have that number?

  164. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 4:23 pm

    Assuming a ticket price of $28.00 and 30,000 tickets sold.


  165. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 4:27 pm

    interesting article about Boise St. playing more one-time deals to secure more money

  166. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 4:36 pm

    Folks you heard of the Big East?……

    How about the Big West Conference….


    Boise State, Hawaii, Fresno, Neveda, BYU, Utah, Airforce, TCU…..


  167. d1島 October 5, 2009 4:39 pm


    I think the current Big West Conference might have something to say about that.

  168. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 4:54 pm


    that sucks. haha.

    i would say Big-8 but I think some affiliate must own that rights to that before the Big 10/12.

    hmmmm how about PAC-8, Pacific Union Conference (ok maybe that sounds like civil union), West(ern) Pacific Conference,

    ill think about this one.

  169. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 5:01 pm

    Big-Pacific Conference (Big-Pac),


    anyone got any ideas for this hypothetical…=P

  170. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 5:06 pm

    LizKauai (WARRIORS- IMUA!):

    October 5th, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    #156 – k- Kazz. did you hear from mo808 from ExtremeSkins?


    Just checked the e-mail and nothing yet. If you have mo808’s e-mail addy I’ll send out the info.


  171. al October 5, 2009 5:22 pm

    don’t bring up the pll.
    gotta make sure get some for us guys who reallllly enjoy it.

  172. al October 5, 2009 5:24 pm

    letuli…out for the year????
    well, he could apply for a med-shirt.

    i thought that thomas did a credible job for his first start.

  173. al October 5, 2009 5:26 pm


    westpac conference
    twelve pac

    the latter two could get sponsorship from all competing beer companies.

  174. al October 5, 2009 5:28 pm

    actually any downsizing or reorg of existing conferences may not be good for hawaii.

    with the tough economic times ahead the travel expense is a huge consideration for the pacific islands’ university.

  175. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 5:40 pm

    6-pac and 12-pac.

    hahah thats awesome. im so down for that.

  176. Jason October 5, 2009 5:49 pm

    I was the lone Tsai-ko at the Nā Koa lunch today. Thought about doing some things in the UH area before going to the 4 PM practice, but I decided to go to Pearlridge, do some window shopping, and get a hair cut instead. That’s why my report is so late. 😛

    Rich Miano was the coach attending today. I read the recap on WSN, and I see that some are accusing Mack of being chicken for not showing up. Well, the fact of the matter is, Mack sent many of his assistants last year. In fact, I think all of the assistants except for Brian Smith and Alex Gerke were the guests of honor at Nā Koa lunches last year. Looks like Mack is just doing the same this year. I like this; it’s nice to get different perspectives. Miano and Ron Lee were my favorites last year, and Miano didn’t disappoint today either.

    Miano started out by breaking down some of the film on special teams (with kickoff returns, a field goal, and some punts). He mentioned how he really likes Royce Pollard as a return man; he also mentioned that Jovonte Taylor seems to always get nicked up with an injury, so that’s given Pollard an opportunity. Miano mentioned how there are some flaws in their return game that the coaches need to address; he pointed out that in the days with Chad Owens returning kicks and punts, blockers BELIEVED they could spring any return for a TD. Once the current players realize that and adjust their play based on this philosophy, he thinks our return game can be even better. My take on his commentary: Return game is at a B level. It can still get better and be at the A+ level.

    Miano also commented that while Dunnachie may be one of the worst punters statistically in the nation (apparently, the ESPN commentators said this?), part of that is the circumstances under which he’s been asked to punt. Miano believes we’ll see both Luke Ingram and Dunnachie in the NFL some day; he mentioned that Dunnachie is farther along at this point than Mat McBriar was in his freshman year. Miano also pointed out why they are using the “shield” punt protection. Coaches like Dick Tomey and the late Frank Gantz are/were believers in this, and so the UH staff is implementing the same. By protecting the punter with the three shield blockers, it allows Ingram and the other front line players to cover downfield, rather than sending just two gunners to get the returner. Miano mentioned that this is not used in the NFL because it is illegal; the line can’t advance past the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked. That’s also why so much of the NFL punt game is predicated on the punter’s footwork and proper timing, because the blockers aren’t looking back to see when the ball is punted—they are just counting down in their heads.

    Miano broke down some of the run blitzes and pass coverages that the team used on defense. He pointed out the awesome play of Tuika Tufaga on the defensive line, and Tank Hopkins and Jeramy Bryant at cornerback. I liked what they were doing schematically—it made lots of sense to me—but I just think as the game went on, we were just too tired to play decently. Miano also mentioned that there were several “assignment and alignment” breakdowns throughout the game that hurt the defense. I personally think being rested will help a lot with that.

    Miano closed the film breakdown with the offense. He showed a few plays with Greg Alexander making nice reads and getting to his second and third progressions. Miano had good things to say about Greg Salas and Rodney Bradley. He then showed Bryant Moniz. Miano absolutely loves Moniz. Without being critical of Alexander, Miano thinks Moniz can be even better, because he brings a more complete package to the position—throwing ability like Alexander, with running ability like Funaki. He also mentioned how Moniz loves to watch and break down film—he was there this morning at 6 A.M. My take: It’s hard for a QB to just jump into the R&S. I can understand why some might prefer Shane Austin because of his background with the offense. But I get why the staff likes Moniz. Personally, I’ve got no reason why he shouldn’t get a shot, with Austin ready if needed.

    Miano then opened the floor to questions. Miano answered them as diplomatically as they could, but there were a few that weren’t afraid to ask the tough ones. The WSN poster, isleboy, mentioned John Wilbur’s questions concerning the O-line. I have all the respect for a former O-lineman, especially one who had a nice long career in the NFL, but I thought his line of questioning was out of line. He was almost to the point of berating Miano about the O-line play. I like that he really felt bad for Greg Alexander, but Alexander’s injury wasn’t because of the offensive line. It’s a fact that QBs will be flushed out of the pocket, and when that happens, freak injuries like this one can occur. Sure, bad O-line play can lead to more such opportunities, but it still could have happened on any other play. Heck, it could have happened on the QB sneak that Wilbur was calling so vehemently for, as he criticized the play calling during the goal line sequence. IDK, I didn’t like Wilbur’s questioning, he looked like someone who wanted to pick a fight; Miano did his best to be nice.

    There were numerous questions, so I’m going off what isleboy mentioned in his WSN post. Yes, Miano mentioned that Letuli could be out for the year. The doctors are going to evaluate him further, and determine his status. Hopefully Letuli will be healthy enough to return; Miano thinks he has NFL potential, if only he can get something on film for the scouts to see (and I wholeheartedly agree). Miano mentioned that Adrian Thomas played well in pass blocking, but wasn’t as good in the run blocking. (That reminds me: Wilbur talked about needing to purchase a sled. Miano’s response: We have one, and Shaw is emphasizing run blocking more than any other coach in the past ten years. Personally, I just don’t think they are good run blockers just yet, they still have much to learn.)

    That reminds me of another thing. Miano mentioned that to get good in certain situations, they need to practice it at full-speed. First they start with walk-throughs, then jog-throughs, then they play at a quicker speed. But they can’t really go full-speed if they fear another offensive or defensive lineman is going to get injured. My take on this: We’re not a running team. If we’re on the one or two yard line, then yeah, we can try to sneak it, or go with a power I formation. But it won’t be executed all that well, because that’s not what we do. Just throw the darn ball, we have plays that can work when we need only one yard. That’s what we are good at, let’s stick with it. It’s the same argument as to why run teams shouldn’t try throwing the ball—it’s not what they do. We’ve been the recipient of that several times, when coaches like Pat Hill just can’t help themselves but try and throw. Well, it works against us too. While I like a good run game, if it’s not going to work, they don’t bother. Just execute what we do know how to do.

    The George Daily-Lyles story was disappointing to hear. They brought him to Ruston with the intent to play him on special teams and make an impact, only for him to go down with a hamstring injury. I think they need to evaluate him medically, but I say just redshirt the guy already.

    I know there were other things Miano talked about, but I can’t remember them. I’m sure uhwarriors will post an even better recap on Sports Hawaiʻi.

    In terms of the food, there was a nice mix of greens, which I topped with some delicious ʻahi poke and Oriental dressing. There was an AWESOME tray of fresh fruit as well—watermelon cubes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon chunks, along with some kinda-green strawberries. In addition to steamed white rice, there was teriyaki karaage chicken and beef in a Thai sauce. For dessert, there was bread pudding—a little bit custardy, but pretty good. I thought I saw some pie appear as well, but I didn’t get any.

  177. Jason October 5, 2009 5:56 pm

    I don’t think Letuli has a redshirt year available, he’s a fifth-year senior. He can try for the sixth year exemption, but I doubt he gets one. Let’s just hope he’s not done for the year.

  178. jm2375 October 5, 2009 6:16 pm

    Evening Tsai-kos!

    *burp* just inhaled a ZipPac.

    Someone, please, please, tell me I got the wrong info, but according to my friend, the alumni band will NOT be performing at Homecoming. 🙁 Budget cuts…

  179. huh October 5, 2009 6:17 pm

    The coaches need to be called out on the carpet.
    They get paid to do the job unless this is a union arrangement.
    This happens all the time in UH athletics.
    They wait until a program is in shambles and their response is slow and protective. We only need to look at the recent UHAD situation and both basketball programs and the manner and timing of its disposition before corrective measures were taken.
    And dont blame it on Frazier.
    Where were the voices of concern and action then before it spiraled out of control?

    No matter what your feelings there are rumblings of discontent and the pressure is on the administration whom brokered this deal with Coach GM.
    We should be questioning.
    Good for John Wilbur.

  180. jm2375 October 5, 2009 6:17 pm

    btw, I wuz listening to the MNF game on the way home. Did the Packers look as bad as it sounded?

  181. jm2375 October 5, 2009 6:34 pm

    did I scare everybody away? 🙄

  182. J-Force October 5, 2009 6:35 pm

    Just can’t wait ’till saturday. Whole gang will be there to support our warriors. DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!

  183. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 6:58 pm

    I gotta say, in all honesty with all the back and forth stuff between us and the “haters”, I respect someone that questions a person of responsibility to their face.

    Not hidden behind a computer with multiple blog handles, but to their face!

    Says a lot about someone to do something IN PERSON.

  184. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 7:00 pm


    How much was that Zipac?

    12.95 w/o tax? 😯 …. 🙄

  185. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 7:03 pm

    GOOD LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t watch NFL at all and I rarely bother with Monday Night Football, but after watching that intro music video, I couldn’t tell if I was about to watch some professional football or Saturday morning cartoons!!! 😆

    Well, the NFL figures they’ve built such a following that they can throw any stupid musical piece together to open a game that no one will really notice how cheesy and commercialized pro football has become.

    And people wonder why some pro athletes have their head up their okoles… 🙄

  186. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 7:11 pm


    As mentioned by vballfan1 earlier, Brittani Bertussi is not on the updated Wahine softball roster. Any info?

  187. Zebra Switchplate October 5, 2009 7:14 pm

    This blog is hilarious! Keep ’em coming.

  188. The attitude Adjuster October 5, 2009 7:23 pm

    kazz, you need to put away your cowboy hat.

  189. Will-i-am October 5, 2009 7:36 pm

    Did anyone ever notice when UH went 12-0 before every game they would just talk about winning the game. They would usually say “We just have to focus on winning this game and the ranking will take care of itself”.

    You never heard that group talk about bowl games like you hear this team doing. I hear it almost every other interview. “We need to stay focused so we can get a bowl game”.

    This is just an observation. I liked the way JJ would keep their minds on the task at hand.

    I still think we will make it to a bowl game. But I would like to hear the team be more focused on the next game and not the rewards that come at the end of the season.

  190. lava October 5, 2009 7:37 pm

    Excellent report Jason.

    Wilbur can be an arse. La Tech’s D-line has some real studs, and they’ll have better NFL careers than John.

    Alexander did a disservice to the team by sticking his neck out. The )-line had nothing to do with his injury. He was told to go down. He never learned that a healthy Alexander for the season was important important than a few yards here and there.

    The real question is how can we stop the run? I don’t think we have the personnel to stop La Tech’s running game. They have the best line we’ll see this year. I’m very interested to see if anything changes against Fresno State.

  191. A-House October 5, 2009 7:40 pm

    Did Maunawili experience a “miracle” this afternoon when it rained about 4:30pm?

    It started raining quite heavily and I looked outside. Blue skies and no clouds, but heavy rain for 12-15 minutes. No clouds on the Koolau Mountains either.

  192. royvic October 5, 2009 7:42 pm

    Re-Warrior practice

    I attended the 400 p.m practice today and during the time I was there I didn’t see any other spectators watching. Nobody. (I felt out of place, and was wondering if practiced was supposed to be closed to the public). Channel 4 was the only media I recognized although there may have been others. Didn’t see ST.

    The team practiced on Ching field.

    The high light of practice was when Coach Mack said hi to me and commented that I picked out a nice shady area. Seemed like he had left the field for a few minutes and was returning to his office when he extended the friendly gesture. I just nodded and said this is very nice here.

    Coach was comfortable attired in the team’s shorts and t-shirt. And slippers. No hat. No sunglasses.

    For the half hour I watched of practice, I took mental notes of the mood of the players ,coaches and how they approached the beginning of practice.

    To me the players didn’t seem to show very much enthusiasm. Or pep. It seemed to me like they were going half speed. Very subdued.

    The coaches, I’ve noticed, seem to show no camaraderie amongst themselves. Or it seems.

    Similarly how it seems like on the sidelines during games. For I watched the coaches during practices, notably Coach Shaw, and the two Lee brothers and Coach Miano and to me it was like watching four snakes in a pit. Doesn’t seem to be any love between the coaches (perhaps I’m wrong but to an outsider like me it does seem to be a certain chill in the air amongst the coaches). For it looked like all the coaches have their noses in the air.

    Didn’t see Coach Tormey (?) at practice. And GA (Smith)?

    The beginning of practice Delaura takes them through 10 minutes of warm ups of 15 yard jogs, back peddles, high leg steps etc, all of which hardly allows the players to work up a sweat. Or to even to stretch out properly.

    The last practice (in the Spring) I attended same thing. No calisthenics, no stretching, no worthwhile agility exercises— straight right into practice.

    And then they wonder why players have hamstring pulls. And are tired during the games. Oh well…

    The seven on seven drills with the offense seemed to run smooth. Didn’t see many errant passes by Moniz or the other QBs. Receivers seemed to make every catch. No balls hitting the carpet.

    The offense was in a good rhythm in practice.

    The defense wasn’t in a good rhythm, for it seemed like Coach Mack was doing more instructing and it seemed like the defense wasn’t getting many reps in.

    #95 and #99 were practicing.

    Not a 100% sure but didn’t see #58 (Fonoti) or Paipai practicing.

    The eerie difference of this practice is that I didn’t hear any coaches voices resonating up and down the field. In other practices I’ve attended I always noted hearing Miano’s voice and the GA Mike Smith’s voice commanding the players. Today it seemed different. And quiet.

    I left at 430 p.m.

    On my way out I checked the grass field in hoping to see the kickers and punter. But there weren’t any except the band practicing in full force. I also observed the softball girls and baseball guys practicing. Even saw a few of the swimming girls doing some dives.

    To me it’s always fun to take a stroll through the campus because it gives me a vicarious feeling of being young again.

    The practice report is more of my perception of what I see, and though it leaves me with mixed emotions of how they practice and how the coaches are coaching the fun part of going to football practice is auxiliary things I see down there on campus, like the lady golfers (real tiny) scurrying off on their mopeds to their practices.

    I’m not a 100% certain but I thought I didn’t see Coach Tormey. And the GA Mike Smith.

  193. Leopard Dog Carrier October 5, 2009 7:43 pm

    People never cease to amaze me. Know what I mean?

  194. protector October 5, 2009 7:46 pm

    Thanks Jason for the detailed & informative Na Koa coverage. As for the discussion about playing higher profile teams fro $1 mill+, I still am not enamored with playing Texas, Ohio State, and those types of teams. Not only are they extremely physical & will probably result in a lot more injuries along with the team being more physically beaten up. They also have superior team speed which can be devastating (“speed kills”) and they can cause even good teams look awful. Taking these games for just monetary considerations seems penny wise but pound foolish. It may increase the recruiting coffers, but those (recruiting) prospecfs will diminish if we get shellacked game in, game out & will only perpetuate the stereotype that (aside from Boise State) the WAC can’t compete with BCS teams.If we could hand-pick the teams we want to play (e.g. Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest maybe, etc.), that would be a different story. I like the strategy of sticking with West Coast teams; much more practical, less jet lag & less time & expense.

  195. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 7:58 pm

    Stilll 1 million to play teams in areas where we could be and should be recruiting may not be all that bad a deal. Send the coaches around a few days earlier to get a head start on recruiting, send the cheerleaders and part of the band..

  196. jm2375 October 5, 2009 8:03 pm

    Kazz – #186 – $6.75 with this week’s coupon – check newspaper or website. Can get up to 5 per coupon. 😀

  197. jm2375 October 5, 2009 8:06 pm

    Dang! No signal for any of the 3 KHNL stations on DISH. Missed “Heroes”.

  198. jm2375 October 5, 2009 8:07 pm

    Kazz can eat 5 ZipPacs in one sitting, no? 😀

  199. jm2375 October 5, 2009 8:08 pm

    Home run?!

  200. tattoo October 5, 2009 8:08 pm

    lava, your comment that “They (LaT) have the best line (OL) we’ll see this year….” wins you nomination for a trip to my island. You are a natural. This site is loaded with talent.

  201. Garret October 5, 2009 8:20 pm

    Comment about Dustin Blount on my old Warriorquotes blog that I thought I should pass along here. This comment was posted earlier today.

    Dustin is a FINE young man. He LOVES the game and deserves to play! He is sooo fast. You watch him him on the track and then you lose him, he is that fast. On the football field he can run between other players and they don’t even know he’s there. I look forward to watching him on TV and making my neighbors think I am crazy for cheering him on. Dustin and I got to know each other during his Freshman year and we developed a mama and son relationship. I have seen him grow into a very fine young man. I love you Son. Best of luck to you on the field! Luv, Mama Shull

  202. chawan_cut October 5, 2009 8:27 pm

    tonight’s news

  203. Garret October 5, 2009 8:27 pm

    Examples of what teams made by playing at Cowboys stadium this year. I don’t have all of the information (for example, I remember Texas A&M and Arkansas were each getting $2 million or so *plus* the luxury suites (which provides another million), but I don’t have a link for that information now.

    Oklahoma: $2.25 million, 1,000 free tickets, 4 free luxury suites
    Arizona State: $1.4 million, 2 free luxury suites
    BYU: $1.5 million
    Texas A&M: 8 free luxury suites
    Arkansas: 8 free luxury suites
    Baylor: 11 free luxury suites
    Texas Tech: 11 free luxury suites

    Note: The Cowboys *guaranteed* that at least 8 luxury suites would generate at least $125k each for Texas Texas…which is another million.

  204. Garret October 5, 2009 8:29 pm

    Example of how a new stadium brings in extra revenue: Texas vs. Oklahoma is a huge game, much bigger than Texas A&M vs. Arkansas. However, Texas A&M and Arkansas are getting more for playing at Cowboys stadium than Texas and Oklahoma are getting for playing at the Cotton Bowl.

  205. Free Dustin Blount October 5, 2009 8:30 pm


  206. Garret October 5, 2009 8:31 pm

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

    Honeywell has been developing sustainable/renewable biofuels for use in jet engines since 2007, and things have progressed to the point that US forces just ordered 600,000 gallons of renewable jet fuel made from weeds, algae or rendered fat from animal corpses.

  207. Garret October 5, 2009 8:31 pm

    Law enforcement officers can now fly while armed.

  208. Garret October 5, 2009 8:32 pm

    Two new studies found that 1 in 100 children have autism disorders.

  209. Garret October 5, 2009 8:32 pm

    Gene therapy may be used as “closed heart surgery” in the future. Helping hearts heal themselves instead of prescribing a drug to sustain a failing heart would be a huge boost to many people.

  210. Garret October 5, 2009 8:33 pm

    This looks like a normal bathroom scale…but it has WiFi and sends your weight, fat mass and BMI over the Internet. This enables users to monitor their progress via a web page and an iPhone app.

  211. Garret October 5, 2009 8:34 pm

    Free play links pau.

  212. Garret October 5, 2009 8:41 pm

    I would really hate it if Letuli is seriously injured…injuries have hurt his chances to play each of his previous seasons and it seemed like this season would be his chance to really show what he could do. And I thought he was doing a good job…

  213. westsidesview October 5, 2009 8:42 pm

    192– thanks for the report.
    I give you credit for making an attempt to learn firsthand by attending practice.
    No matter your opinion you are a hearty warrior fan.
    Its tough to read into interactions betw coaches on the field because they hold multiple meetings indoors so I have no comment on your perception of their lack of interaction with each other.
    It does raise questions however that you observed a non-spirited practice. You left early, so you may have missed a higher tempo as practice progressed.

    We shall see SAT.

    The following is taken from MAC’s weekly press conference,
    MON, on this week’s opponent, Fresno State…….
    “That’s the first thing we’re going to do—is try to control their running game. They’ve got a great running game. They’re going to run the ball 40 or 50 times. They always get a bunch of running yards on us because they run the ball a lot of times. They have a quarterback that is an accurate thrower that complements them. But the first thing we need to do—with any team—is control their running game and that’s our main focus this week. It’s going to be tough because they’re really good. They’re well-coached. Pat Hill is an excellent coach. He believes in toughness and running it right at you. We’ve got to man up and it’s going to be a great, tough football game. It’s a rivalry and it’s going to be settled at the end. It’s going to be a street fight. It’s going to be a one-on-one, man-on-man, street fight”.

  214. Garret October 5, 2009 8:50 pm

    One player at the University of Richmond is doing the haka.

    University of Hawaii football players a few years ago began doing a haka, which also is performed in celebration or on other special occasions, before games. Other football teams with players who have Polynesian backgrounds, high school and college, also do pre-game hakas.

    Agnis was visiting relatives in Hawaii a few years ago and saw a friend of his uncle’s doing a haka.

    “I thought it would be very cool to learn it,” said Agnis, who is part Hawaiian, part Spanish, and part Filipino.

    The redshirt junior began his haka habit a few years ago in the Spiders’ locker room before games. Intrigued teammates encouraged Angis to take the haka to the field, which he did starting last season. Richmond (2-0 in the CAA, 4-0), the top-ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision, has won 13 in a row.

    “It’s not something you play around with. You have to take it very, very seriously,” Agnis, a 6-5, 302-pounder, said of his haka. “I don’t do it before practices. I only do it before games, because it is so serious.”

  215. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 8:58 pm


    i can understand where your coming from. to a degree i can agree that we can’t be expected to compete with many of the BCS schools. For example if we were to be thrown into the SEC next year, it would be awfully ugly.

    At the same time its difficult to deny the importance of money. When we are running in the red with no support from a failing economy and a legislature hard pressed to allocate funds, money may be a bandaid solution but one that we really really need.

    I am not saying we should take any and all offers, but for the university to come up with a broad policy to essentially close off any offers is both penny and pound foolish.

    As Garret has mentioned, if $1M+ comes with our expenses paid out (which may not be that much to begin with) then isn’t it worth our while to at least entertain the idea instead of closing it off to even discussion?

    Also if we really really want notoriety there may come a point in time when we have to prove ourselves on the road against upper crust teams. I believe this is something that FSU had to do to gain that respect. It sucks to have to do it that way but unfortunately thats the way it goes.

    It’s just my opinion, the policy has already been made so I guess I shouldn’t discuss it anymore.

  216. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 9:01 pm


    October 5th, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    Kazz can eat 5 ZipPacs in one sitting, no?

    Well considering how much they’ve cut back on the rice, perhaps… 😆

  217. EH, NO MAKE ! October 5, 2009 9:01 pm

    All the talk about Miano filling in at Na Kow luncheon today, I must agree, I too could see him as a good head coach in the future.

    However, I do NOT agree with the John Wilbur sentiment, John Wilbur is a JERK for calling out Miano today. Show some class name-dropper, WAS, wish you could STILL be….

    There’s a time and place, and the luncheon was NOT the time nor place idiot….!

    Sorry, but Wilbur has always been a “know-it-all”, thinks he’s So informative, SO astute, So frickin’ good.

    yeah right….!

    We all bleed green and white right…? Well, we are all realists too I hope, the team’s in desperation mode right now, and the buck stops at the head coach. get the gang “hyped” coach mack, or well, get the hell out of the kitchen and let someone who can try.

    If he can, i will eat my words, if he cannot, well, I will tell you all I “told you so.”

    Stay tuned.

  218. Kazz (T-H-R-E-E more for Coach Shoji) October 5, 2009 9:14 pm


    If what was reported about this afternoon’s “lackluster” practice then it’s a good thing I saved my $5.00 for parking for this Thursday night instead.

    Good thing too… the humidity today was UGLY.

  219. A-House October 5, 2009 9:21 pm

    UH playing for a cool $1million or more for 1 game may be a financial boom IF they control their expenses – ie, take only what you need and leave the erankoto at home.

    I wonder how effective Panda Travel is in making all the necessary air/hotel accommodations for UH?

  220. Will-i-am October 5, 2009 9:26 pm

    I know we just had our worst loss since the F.V.O. era but I think the road just took its toll on the players. Imagine doing the traveling they did. And they did it with three football games thrown in the mix.

    I am actually pretty optimistic about the season. We are 2-2. not 1-3 or 0-4.

    The team and coaches need to just focus on one game at a time.

    One snap and clear! right?

  221. madeinhawaii October 5, 2009 9:29 pm


    I dunno.. I say if you can get paid 1 million or more, try to choose locations that are good for recruiting. Then bring the cheerleaders, part of the band, and the Rainbow Dancers…the whole enchilada and you put on the best show you can… on and off the field. If you can’t wow them on the field, maybe you can win them(future recruits) over with class and showmanship and get some prime TV exposure while you’re doing it..

  222. Slugger October 5, 2009 9:42 pm


    Thanks for the Na Koa luncheon synopsis.

  223. Uce2B October 5, 2009 9:51 pm

    Looks like Uce2 forgot her meds & glasses again. She forgot that Funaki no can throw more than 20 yards with any umph and no more than 15 yards with any accuracy. Anything over 30 yards is either a dying quail or a wounded duck. Its the run & shoot, no can shoot if you no can throw.

  224. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 9:52 pm

    we have been seeing a lot of USC…I wonder if now that Norm is at UCLA we will be seeing them a lot more.

    I think UCLA v UH is a pretty good match up.

  225. WarriorMojo October 5, 2009 10:09 pm

    You know what I’m tired of seeing?

    I’m tired of seeing all these brand new posters mocking long time Tsaikos like Liz and Kazz. Who the frick are these people?

    Hey, refugees from WSN with the new names, you are allowed to post your crap here because differing viewpoints are always welcome, but lay off the personal attacks.

  226. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 5, 2009 10:17 pm


    Great recap of the luncheon. I was talking to another tsaiko about going. Have only been to the coaches show thus far.


    Great observations from practice albeit I bet its very disheartening to see the lack of energy and stuffs. =(. Its one of those things where we all hope it aint so.

  227. lava October 5, 2009 10:31 pm

    Hey tattoo, I got lots of wisecracks after I repeatedly said on this board, throughout the summer, that La Tech was our toughest game.

    If another opponent can dominate us on the O-line and the D-line, and knock out our quarterback for the remainder of his career, then I’ll have been proven wrong. I’ll have to see it first to believe it.

  228. Uce3 October 5, 2009 10:45 pm

    mojo-5-0 arent you a soccer mom? or a spin!
    please try to keep your emotions composed on this site we are all trying to get along….this is a great board.

  229. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 5, 2009 10:55 pm

    Nitey Nite and Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  230. WarriorMojo October 5, 2009 11:31 pm

    Uce3, yep, soccer is me. You’ve got me pegged. I guess you’re smarter than you type.

    By the way I don’t care if you wanna make fun of me; I get called worse names by better people than you almost every day. Just lay off the other Tsaikos.

  231. kokua October 5, 2009 11:41 pm

    internet tough guy, ugh. lots of mouth action must lick the kids too.

  232. goboroot October 5, 2009 11:43 pm

    he cant compete on WSN once he runs out of sugar.

  233. Uce2b October 5, 2009 11:45 pm

    bet he stands 5 2″ with heels.

  234. WarriorMojo October 5, 2009 11:52 pm

    Hahahaaha! I knew you were one of the stooges using an alias, gobo. You diss this place all the time, but you just can’t keep away. You ARE the biggest loser. Hahahahahaa!

  235. tattoo October 5, 2009 11:55 pm

    lava, its all in the spirit of good football.
    I hope you are correct about LaT but I have my doubts.
    FSU, Boise State, Utah State, NEV, Navy and Wiscy all are ranked ahead of the ruston rush….and how about them vandals–they beat a good CSU team who beat COLO and NEV. They are 4-1. You either are a genuis or the best fantasy pundit on this site. LOL. We shall see–ill be the first to applaud you if what you say bears merit.

  236. kokua October 6, 2009 12:00 am

    so who is making personal attacks now–what bizzar contradiction.

  237. WarriorMojo October 6, 2009 12:32 am

    lots of mouth action must lick the kids too.

    “kokua”, it would be really, REALLY stupid of you to say something like this about me again. Please don’t be that stupid.

  238. Not an Expert October 6, 2009 12:32 am

    Head Coaches:

    An offensive or defensive background?

    Anyway most teams strength would reflect the head coach’s forte.

    Coach Mack should start putting more time where his expertise is and get the defense to play at a more competitive level. Give the reins to the offensive minds and let them run it. Concentrate in the area you are best in. Have trust in your offensive coaches. Meaning your biggest input on the offensive side is to decide when the team goes for 2, when they should gamble on 4th down, kick a field goal or go for the lst down or TD.

    As for head coaches I always believed most successful teams are led by offensive minded people. That doesn’t mean that coach Mack is not successful, there is always the exception.

  239. hotwheels October 6, 2009 1:59 am

    UH shafted itself on schedule. benson and the wac sets the schedule for the wac games. UH’s AD sets the out of conference games. before blaming other people, we should look at our own incompetence and HF has been gone for 2 years now. JD is the idiot who scheduled this.

  240. bighilofan2 October 6, 2009 2:38 am

    Hiya Tsaikos.


    thank you for the detailed reports. us off islanders really appreciate the perceptions of loyal UH Warrior fans. that you are, loyal fans.

    I’ll see you at da Pan lau lau. will be flying around noonish.


    you made the point about the LaTech’s players size and ours. but like you said, a Beaver (or Beaver/Mahoe) size coulda made a difference.

    but what really really gets me is the mind.
    Royvic’s observations about today’s practice attitude, hummmm…

    .my question, how come De Laura leading the warmups?
    what happened to the leader, Soares?
    where is the mind? where is the fire?

    gonna have more fire in the stands than on the field? NO CAN!
    YES YOU CAN!!! you gotta make the effort!

    Go Warriors!!

  241. protector October 6, 2009 2:54 am

    Reply to ‘iwonderwhytheyhateme’ :

    You bring up some good points. When I’m discussing about hypothetical matchups, it’s with the present team in mind. I feel in about 2-3 years with the continuing improved recruiting, that the team will be much more fortified in terms of depth, increased athleticism & speed, play-calling responsibility and so forth. Most of the minor kinks will be worked out & the team overall should be much stronger. I won’t have as many concerns as I have now and we won’t have to fear many teams at that point & I’ll be glad if they take on the super-teams on a case-by-case basis except perhap for the University of Miami, Auburn, & a couple of other teams that will be downright scary in 2-3 years. At that time , I’ll be glad to take on Ohio State as Pryor may be gone by then & we should be competitive, esp. with one-dimensional teams. I sure would like to see the team embarass a Wisconsin or Michigan State on national television on their home field-I believe that’s do-able if they can consistently shut-down these smash-mouth football teams which always seems to be a daunting task. By the way I’ve always wanted then to schedule UCLA. Although that team always has talent, I’ve always felt their inconsistency always would give us an edge there.

  242. wafan October 6, 2009 3:04 am

    Good morning to all!

  243. wafan October 6, 2009 3:06 am

    Interesting “discussions”.

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  246. Leopard Dog Coat October 6, 2009 3:42 am

    I know what you mean. Isn’t it unbelievable?

  247. Kekoa (iPhone) October 6, 2009 4:54 am

    Royvic & Jason ~
    Mucho mahalo for the very detailed observations. I was planning on attending both of those events yesterday…NOT! (I had to go sign up for Troll insurance instead).

  248. jm2375 October 6, 2009 5:46 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Re: scheduling UCLA – I’ve heard that various UH ADs have tried over the years, but UCLA just ain’t interested. Too scared mebbe? They don’t do a lot of recruiting here, which kinda both boggles the mind and partially explains why they will always be the poor step-child to USC.

    Got mixed feelings about the game Saturday. Hoping it’ll go UH’s way, but with a new QB, who knows. Still I’m a homer, so I’ll stick with my score (and someday I’ll get lucky)

    Pomai – 35-10 UH over them Fresneck chihuahuas.

  249. jm2375 October 6, 2009 6:00 am

    hotwheels – don’t put all the blame on JD. HF didn’t do his job. JD was trying to fill the pukas in a short time frame. He had to schedule games 1-3 years out when all the big schools have their OOC schedules filled for the next 8-10 years. He also referred to those one-and-done games as “body bag” games.

    Same goes for the men’s bb schedule. With the NoClueAtAll rule of only being able to play in a tournament every 4 years, getting the big schools to come is difficult. They’d rather stay close to home or go where the money is, which isn’t UH or the Rainbow Classic. So, stop bashing Nash for the kinds of teams he schedules. It’s a thankless job.

    Before people criticize others for things said people have no knowledge of, stop and think!! Could you do any better?

  250. jm2375 October 6, 2009 6:00 am

    looks like I scared everybody away again. 🙄


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  252. jm2375 October 6, 2009 6:03 am

    Stay dry everyone! Supposed to be a wet day again.
    ST and the A-houses – might need to get out the dinghys again.

    off to work. esme and out.

  253. whitey October 6, 2009 6:09 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    for entertainment purposes only. early line has fresno giving 9.

  254. whitey October 6, 2009 6:10 am

    plane (HA) delayed 3 hrs in lv, but i think will be more than that.

  255. d1島 October 6, 2009 6:21 am

    Great Morning All!


    More time for “find” summoa “4’s” 🙂

  256. d1島 October 6, 2009 6:23 am

    Is the team back on the early morning practice schedule today?

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!


  257. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 6, 2009 6:26 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Dry on the wessai of Kauai…
    No like fluds but wish we had sum rain.

    What trulls?


    HAVE A GREAT DAY, ka kou!!

  258. Pomai October 6, 2009 6:33 am

    #239 is a good example of why I get my shorts in a bunch, I have no problem with what hotwheels is saying until he gets to the point of calling JD an idiot, Thats the kind of stuff that is not called for. This is just MHO.

  259. bighilofan2 October 6, 2009 6:46 am


    last year JD asked da islands for help in scoring some old cheers, to help with his tradition theme.

    so my grandson gave him a 1953 UH original cheerbook. had erryting inside, cheers, names, scores from last year, etc. so i got a chance to meet da guy. and i’ve seen him again a few times since. walking the lower campus, talking to people on the streets and on the phone. have had the privilege of being a fly on da wall..

    imho he is not an idiot. he no mo da kala. wat. you like give him sumso he can make a betta program? you like change our economy so we can do betta fo UH?

    just curious. i feel da pain. but i ain’t all mouth. then again….


  260. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 6, 2009 6:49 am

    Pomai- the WB has become a good place to practice detachment and self control. Seriously good virtues to have!

    The attention-seeking naysayers are abundant on other blogs and thrive on contention – not a virtue.

    Ignore the negative (ST can apply the kai-bash if it gets too ugly) and concentrate on the positive. Soon we won’t see trolls (which is not necessarily “personal” but just a bring-down thread) and will not become sidetracked by other agendas.


  261. bighilofan2 October 6, 2009 6:49 am

    Warrior Mojo,

    howzit howzit. summa da kanaks ova here no mo da guts fo show da faces. day da kine plenty experienced in false cracks, but no show up when time fo back da trooops. no raise your kids lie dat, fo sure.

    maybe i see you an homey at da pan lau lau? 😀

  262. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 6, 2009 6:52 am

    Safe Home, whitey!!!

  263. bighilofan2 October 6, 2009 6:54 am

    good morning LizK.

    i no dat responding to da negatives not going make me any friends, not from da bad guyz, not from da good guz, not from da i no kea guyz, not from da ikea guyz.

    ut sdumjtimes a man just gotta do wat a man gotta do. :mrgreen:

    to da warriorhomo o wateva you call yourselves today, come to da TGate at da Cabana, Arizona Gate, you’ll see da signs. use a new name. come in peace. den we can go talk about all da tings dat is bodderin me. get plenty, starting with royvic’s comment about yesterday’s practice.

    but i gotta go work so hidee ho. woooshh>>>>>>>>>>

  264. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! October 6, 2009 6:59 am

    Illigitimi Non Carborundum

    and save me some pan laulau please!

  265. Slugger October 6, 2009 7:00 am

    Good Morning everyone!

  266. djmitcho October 6, 2009 7:05 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good day.

  267. Bulla October 6, 2009 7:05 am

    #192 Royvic

    thanks for the post, if what you say is true, it’s going to be a long day on Saturday. today is tuesday, the clock is ticking…

    C’mon Warriors, can do, let’s go boys!!!

  268. Maverick October 6, 2009 7:14 am

    Good Tuesday gang.
    Just finished reading Rovics post regarding yesterdays practice.
    Would be interested for more insight on the entire session.

    Has this been a re-accuring situation?

    Something wrong.

    Bulla, is Jr. back on the field yet? Best to you and yours.

  269. Bulla October 6, 2009 7:17 am

    aloha Maverick,

    mahalo for asking, sitting out 3 games has been a great lesson in patience and perseverance for ‘the beast’. he should be back this week against Eastern Washington, he get’s fitted for his custom DJ Ortho brace today and will take his reps. God willing, he’ll be playing, and if he is, we’ll be flying……to cheer the team on. All is good, WSU just has to win out to salvage the season 🙂


  270. lava October 6, 2009 7:21 am

    What is the status of Quentin Beaver? Is he on the team?

  271. madeinhawaii October 6, 2009 7:55 am

    new post up

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