Ring leader

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim.
And Coach Mack has found his calling as a ring designer.
The NCAA allows a school to pay up to $350 in gifts to each team member of a bowl team.
In recent years, UH has given Xboxes, camcorders and iTouch consoles. This year, UH will give each team member a bowl ring.
Coach Mack, who received rave reviews for designing the 2007 WAC championship ring, is in charge again.
In addition, the NCAA allows the bowls to provide up to $500 in gifts. So UH team members will receive a ring from UH and some very nice presents from the bowl.
And, of course, team members and their wives will each receive per diem.
Which brings up the question: Who’s a team member?
The Ethics Commission, according to the people in the know, has ruled team members to be:
β€’ The 111 players on the active roster.
β€’ The 11 coaches (Coach Mack, the nine full-time assistant coaches and graduate assistant Craig Stutzmann).
β€’ Three staff members (Tony Tuioti, Mel DeLaura and Bianca).
Those are the only ones whose rings may be paid by UH.
However, a sanctioned booster club (Na Koa) may purchase rings for student managers.
Other UH staff workers may purchase their own rings.

COMMENTS

  1. Asa December 14, 2008 9:59 am

    Greg McMakin is the Lord of the Rings… πŸ™‚


  2. whitey December 14, 2008 10:03 am

    Top 5!!!


  3. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2008 10:03 am

    Indeed, he is.
    I’m awaiting the fallout from supporters of those who are not deemed team members.


  4. rylen December 14, 2008 10:06 am

    top 10 yah


  5. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:06 am

    Ring me up! Fourth!


  6. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:07 am

    πŸ‘Ώ
    Fifth Den!


  7. whitey December 14, 2008 10:07 am

    Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors at UH along with the athletes. May this day be a special one and best wishes on your next venture.


  8. Momo December 14, 2008 10:09 am

    wow #2…
    The v game showed that a tall good player is greater than a shorter player as we lost to standford on the front line, but it was still a good show for our gals.
    Did you see our bb play last night…It showed that we may be in for a very interesting season as they improve…


  9. midnight December 14, 2008 10:15 am

    Number 9 day of Christmas…….


  10. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:17 am

    Momo,

    Yep that old adage almost always comes true. Lots to ponder as the VolleyBow Wahine seek to regain prominence.


  11. SteveM December 14, 2008 10:30 am

    Good morning everyone!

    A bowl ring is a great keepsake…something to cherish long after a piece of electronics goes obsolete or dies. Has the players received rings for playing in the Hawaii bowl before?


  12. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:34 am

    SteveM,

    Very good point.
    …unless you lose it!
    Somewhere in Toppe Ada Shoppe my c/o ’76 ring is waiting….yeah, RIGHT! πŸ‘Ώ


  13. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 10:36 am

    top 15

    Good day all


  14. wayoutwest December 14, 2008 10:38 am

    any pictures of last year’s bowl ring?


  15. brew808 December 14, 2008 10:38 am

    Wow – SteveM values a ring over Apple electronics? 😯 πŸ˜† 😯


  16. A-House December 14, 2008 10:40 am

    Cost of rings, etc.:

    Does UHAD have a set standard such as cost can not exceed xxx$ per item?

    Would it be fair for the football team to spend up to $350 for a ring while the other teams spend less for their bracelet, necklace, etc?

    Name the UH sport that won a WAC championship last year for the FIRST TIME EVER? Did they get a ring, bracelet, etc?

    Did certain divers who won a NCAA title last year receive a personalized gift from UHAD?

    I beleive that Jim D has to set a strict standard and live by it in all fairness to all the other student athletes at UH, now and for years to come.

    OK, I’m ready to hear all the negatives.


  17. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:41 am

    ***CONFLICT ALERT***

    Niners trying to comeback need to stop the ‘Fins and Davone Bess late in the game and get the ball back.


  18. brew808 December 14, 2008 10:41 am

    Dragged over from previous blog….

    Jason Campbell got his throwing arm hurt. (Hit from bull-rush while passing) They’re looking at him closely, but he seems okay. As he was taking some warm-up tosses, so was #5 in the background. I think Campbell will continue to play. – He went in on the next series and seems ok. #5 will have to wait for his time. πŸ˜€


  19. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 10:41 am

    Good to know who is considered team, coaches, staff and support. There can be no mix-up like the Sugar Bowl.


  20. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:44 am

    A-House,

    JD played football at UH.

    ’nuff sed.


  21. FloridaTed December 14, 2008 10:44 am

    A-House,

    No negatives, I agree with you.

    BB Team should make it an interesting season. More and more they show plenty of potential, Fleming is as advertised. The Classic and WAC road games will tell the story.


  22. brew808 December 14, 2008 10:50 am

    d1ε³Ά – No conflict! Niners have a chance, but they will have to beat the ‘phins, and overcome… themselves too! 😯


  23. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 10:51 am

    Ahouse I hear what you saying but the disparity imho lies with the NCAA (No Clue At All)

    Is there any thing in it’s by-laws covering what you are hinting at. Other sports getting some type of tangable momento acknowleging their accomplisenrs?


  24. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:51 am

    No negatives.

    Other teams can pay for award rings, bracelets, etc. out of their post-season payouts as well….


  25. NEO December 14, 2008 10:52 am

    Steve-

    We should design a Tsai-ko ring… I’d buy one… πŸ™‚

    NEO


  26. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:55 am

    Niners. 9-14.
    2nd and 10 on the Miami 21. 1:20 left.


  27. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:56 am

    NEO,

    SteveM should design a Tsaiko PS3 game. I’d buy that! πŸ˜‰


  28. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:57 am

    4th and 10 from the same place! Grrr….


  29. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 10:59 am

    Oh well…. πŸ™


  30. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 11:05 am

    d1 what section you in bwhaaaaaaa


  31. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 11:07 am

    Koakane,

    The section behind da band!

    heheheh


  32. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 11:24 am

    Submitting my late responce to cshoji and vball team

    Way to represent 808 my heartfull thanks for a exciting season and good run at making it to the elite 8. Congrats to the WAHINES. I and many others appreciate all you do.


  33. TChahng [μ„œμšΈνŠΉλ³„μ‹œ] December 14, 2008 11:35 am

    쒋은아침. Good morning Tsai-kos!

    I’m back from Okinawa where the weather was like springtime. It’s freezing here in Seoul. Twenty five degrees right now and in about 6 hours it will be 40-something.

    I’m on the home stretch; my last work-week of the year before I jump on the Pacific express to Paradise. See y’all on Christmas Eve!


  34. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2008 11:38 am

    The UH rings will come out of the Hawaiβ€˜i Bowl payout.
    So, too, will the coaches bonuses, I believe.

    Rings for Jake Patek, Brad Kalilimoku and the student trainers, if approved, would have to come out of Na Koa funds.


  35. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2008 11:39 am

    Jim Donovan, I believe, is entitled to a bonus for UH making the Hawaiβ€˜i Bowl. But he won’t take it at this time because he’s trying to balance the budget.


  36. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 11:45 am

    Stephen,

    So is it allowable for JD to “defer” a bonus for himself in another budget year?


  37. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 11:47 am

    TChahng,

    Good to hear that you will be back in time for “Bowling”!


  38. brew808 December 14, 2008 11:48 am

    Say…. isn’t the former AD responsible for the 7-6 record, the H-bowl invite, the “balanced” budget, and all of the improvements in the lower campus facilities – and therefore deserving of his fare share of any “bonus” monies….? 😯 πŸ™„ 😯

    Okay, sorry…. I couldn’t resist. 😳


  39. dubs December 14, 2008 11:52 am

    Mr. Tsai, any news on Blaze? is he out for the Hawaii Bowl? Is he pushing for a medical redshirt? thanks.


  40. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2008 11:54 am

    WANTED: Suggestions for capital improvement projects at UH. The two currently on the table are replacing the light standards – they are the originals and have gone way beyond their lifecycle – in Murakami Stadium and providing the next increment in the financing for the Ching Complex to complete the entire facility by 2011.

    A third one after the last round of rains will definitely be to repair the roof at the Stan Sheriff Center. It was definitely a challenge to walk around the interior concourse last night

    There are legislators who want to hear your thoughts which I’ll pass along. Please post them here or contact me directly.

    Remember – operating budgets are going to take a serious hit all across state government; however, capital projects are financed differently and are considered economic stimuli because outside contractors not only hire people to do the work, they also purchase materials and pay their administrative bills (secretarial support, utilities, etc.)

    If there are other issues not connect to money but involve changing policies, please those along as well.

    Also, if you need help in getting something done at the Legislature or City Hall which has nothing to do with sports, please don’t hesitate to ask for some support and ideas.

    ***************

    Wow! Last night’s basketball game was certainly an eye-opener for those of us who expected more of the same-old, same-old.

    Does anyone have any information about Xi Xiang, the forward from China. I know he red-shirted last year because of an injury, but that’s about it. How did he wind up here?

    He played a few minutes at the end of the game, but he is very tentative. He looks like he”s afraid of getting hurt even though he managed to pick up three fouls in about three minutes of playing time.

    As we were leaving the Arena, we saw the Chicago State team. Tomorrow’s game should be very interesting.. I’ve never heard of the school before although they are clearly part of the state’s higher education system. What league do they play in? The handouts for the games only contain basic information about the players and not about their schools.

    We wound up watching the volleyball match at Murphy’s yesterday. It’s time to take a good look at tall recruits from outside the US like the men’s sports do. Bring lots of money Thursday evening.

    Off to do some more storm cleanup – we lost a beautiful tangerine tree and a lot of branches from two hao trees as well.

    Because of Saturm The Dog’s worsening physical health – he definitely has lymphoma which cannot be managed beyond three to six months – we need to build or put up additional covering to protect him from the wind and the rain. His dog house is very sound and water-proof, but the doorway is currently unprotected so when it’s windy the rain comes in. Any ideas out there?


  41. brew808 December 14, 2008 11:56 am

    rrrRRaaiiiidddDDUuuuuhhhhss!!! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„


  42. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 12:01 pm

    9ers choked! πŸ˜€ they let down Singletary. they let down the motherland.

    not to be outdone, the ‘Skins CHOKED! πŸ‘Ώ the offense just couldn’t get its collective head in the game. πŸ™


  43. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 12:03 pm

    oh well, off to eat 2 10 deviled eggs. fuuuuuuuuuud to soothe the mindddddd.


  44. aaron December 14, 2008 12:05 pm

    Mr. Tsai,
    I, too, am waiting for the backlash about certain people not getting their rings. considering BK wasn’t on your list of names i was expecting there to be 1,001 complaints by now.


  45. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:06 pm

    Weren’t there plans (or was it only talk) to upgrade the locker-room facilities for both men’s and wahine teams? I recall someone running into softball player having to wait in line to use the public restrooms between innings. Improvements should also include more secure lockers/storage for student-athletes, as well as enhanced surveillance/security in general. IMHO


  46. bb December 14, 2008 12:07 pm

    What happened to Brandon Adams? He went from starter to playing the mop up minutes?

    I kept on hearing that having the Chicago State basketball team in the arena and watching the game was an NCAA Violation–anything going to come up with that?

    The roof is leaking…the roof is leaking….A lot of the leaks were streaming down the catwalk…with all of the electronics up there that cannot be good…


  47. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 12:07 pm

    brew808

    u right. if fumbler hadn’t fumbled da ball then we’d not have JJ baggin town and JD wouldn’t be in the AD job and then there would not have been Maitlin and we wouldn’t have GM gettin 7-6 and we wouldn’t have had the Irish. boy, isn’t life wonderful with HF in the pix?

    heh heh πŸ˜†


  48. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 12:18 pm

    Does anyone know if Davone beat the records he was close to beating in today’s game?


  49. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 12:20 pm

    WassupDoc,
    Appreciate all that you are willing to do to help.
    That said, can’t the legislators recall all the things they supposedly were noting that needed repair/replacemant on their tour of the facilities last year? Or was that just another shibai as the TV cameras were rolling tape?


  50. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:23 pm

    Back-to-back TD kickoff returns! What a joke – Raiders 14, NE 35 with 12:46 remaining in Q2!

    rrrrRRRRRaaaaiddDDDuuUUuuuhhhs! 😯 πŸ˜† 😯


  51. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 12:24 pm

    Hiya!
    TChahng – brrr. I’m shivering already- just from the memory of Korean winters!

    So- just had a lovely cantata experience. Anything happen while I was gone???


  52. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:25 pm

    Congratulations to KymryKauai‘s #2 son for his outstanding finish in today’s Hnl Marathon!!! Did the spouse-unit finish… yet? πŸ˜€


  53. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 12:25 pm

    Kymry- CONGRATS to Ryan on his 7th place (age group) Marathon accomplishment!!!!


  54. Koakane iphone December 14, 2008 12:29 pm

    Wdpc,

    From my understanding cstate is similar to HPU. School is located in the Chicago city limits. They had a few 808 bball players a few years back but left after the locals discovered it was not a good place to play baseball way to cold.


  55. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:31 pm

    Don’t know what records D. Bess was approaching…. He had a solid game vs. Niners –
    3 receptions for 25 yds total, 11 longest gain. I think two were for first downs.
    He also had 3 punt returns for 52 yds total, including a terrific one of 27 yds.
    πŸ˜€

    Samson Satele had several reps at OG but finished back at C. πŸ˜€


  56. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 12:31 pm

    Mahalo! Ryan’s dad finished about 35 min. after him. Ryan is most proud of beating his time from last year by a lot which was his goal. He finished 7th place for the under 14 age group males and finished 3,037 of all male runners according to the site’s live updates.


  57. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 12:34 pm

    According to the Garden Island Newspaper Bess was one reception away to become the first rookie receiver to have 40 catches or more in a season since Chris Chambers caught 48 in 2001. He also needs four more to pass Terrance Wilkins’ total of 42 catches to become the second most productive undrafted free agent rookie receiver.


  58. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 12:36 pm

    Can only listen to the radio while at work.
    They keep talking about D. Jauron’s bonehead play-calling that cost the Bills today. That story is getting old.


  59. jm2375 December 14, 2008 12:37 pm

    Aaarrrrgh!!! What’s with the Redskins!!!! How can they lose to da Bengals!!!! grrrrrr……

    Congrats to the Davone and the β€˜fins. Of course, woulda been kinda embarrassing to lose to the Niners at home. πŸ™„


  60. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:40 pm

    Hmmm – okay, three receptions for #15!

    Question: Can green and white icing stick to chocolate chip/pecan cookies that are in the shape of the island of Kauai? Jus wondering….. πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†


  61. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2008 12:41 pm

    Here is an excerpt from what David McClain, President of the University of Hawai`i, said in a opinion piece in this morning’s Editorial Section:

    In addition, UH can help shorten the recession in four important ways.

    First, the University’s biennium budget calls for more than $350 million in capital renewal and deferred maintenance of our facilities, as part of our $600-million-plus capital improvements budget. These infrastructure projects are already identified, involve little in the way of permitting and are ready to launch now β€” just the kind of economic stimulus recommended by President-elect Obama. When under way, these general-obligation bond-funded projects will produce — or protect —thousands of jobs.

    Second, to turbocharge this spending and shorten implementation delays, we’re requesting more flexibility in procurement from the governor and Legislature.

    Third, we’re also requesting $250 million in authority to issue our own bonds, funded by our own revenues, to build more student and faculty housing.

    Finally, in January, the university will celebrate a ground blessing of a new UH West O’ahu campus in Kapolei; work on off-site infrastructure has already commenced. This $100-million-plus project will serve as an economic stimulus for the region and the state, providing more immediate construction jobs and bringing higher education closer to the underserved West O’ahu region.

    The people, projects and programs of the University of Hawai’i are providing a bridge across the valley of recession to a brighter, more productive future for Hawai’i.

    Speaking at the annual Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau luncheon recently, Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said, “This is the moment for bold investments in time, effort and money, such that when the economy turns, Hawai’i is poised to take full advantage.”

    I couldn’t agree more. Now is the moment for bold action in support of public higher education in Hawai’i.

    DI: New Legislature, new members, some new committee chairs – especially in the Senate in both Higher Education and Ways and Means. In 2007 and 2008, nearly 6,000 bills were introduced – it takes a lot of work to sift through them all – especially if priorities have changed.

    In addition, there are priorities which have to be balanced. For example, let’s say that the experts say that it’s time to replace the roof at the Stan Sheriff Center. And let’s say that the cost to replace the light standards in Murakami Stadium is about the same as the cost to replace the roof. Who gets to decide which has the higher priority? The users – which includes the fans as well as the teams – should have a voice and not just the decision-makers.


  62. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:44 pm

    Did Toyota ever help repave the lower campus road after they removed all the speed bump last year? 😯


  63. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 12:44 pm

    I find green and white icing can stick to just about anything if you make the right recipe and consistency! πŸ™‚


  64. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 12:54 pm

    Hiya LizK

    the Redskins lost to Bengals. what a joke!

    next week, they’ll lose to the Eagles, probably.
    they have succeeded in self inflicted losses.
    they have imploded from within.
    they have… they have driven me nutssssssss…..


  65. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 12:57 pm

    KymryKauai,

    Really? Anything?


  66. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:57 pm

    …Oh right… blame the Redskins for that! 😯 πŸ˜† 😯


  67. brew808 December 14, 2008 12:59 pm

    Noooooo…. we don’t need to see a green and white icing covered d1ε³Ά at the next t-gate……!!! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ™„


  68. A-House December 14, 2008 1:00 pm

    Kymry:

    Congrats to your son and husband for completing the Honolulu Marathon – it’s a grueling race and incorporates a lot of training time, strength, discipline, and endurance.

    I did my first Hon Marathon at age 40 and had a respectable time for a first timer, but my family arrived after I had crossed the finish line and they found me wandering around.

    To all the finishers, GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!


  69. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:03 pm

    …and they found me wandering around.

    And that is how A-House became a Tsaiko!!! πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†


  70. A-House December 14, 2008 1:03 pm

    Good question Brew:

    I have been into the lower campus 3 times, but never really paid attention to the road surface.

    Recall tells me that the road was recently surfaced – maybe 8 months ago.


  71. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:04 pm

    brew,

    I save those moments just for “special” Tsaikos! 😯


  72. A-House December 14, 2008 1:04 pm

    Wassup Doc:

    I would vote for repairing the SSC before the score board – safety first.


  73. A-House December 14, 2008 1:08 pm

    Brew:

    Mrs A-House is really looking forward to meeting you again since she cannot, from memory, recall your face. All we have is a covered face from the Sugar Bowl pictures.

    Hope your Brother is doing well. At Makinos, Las Vegas, was the first time I saw him since I retired from the Army Reserve in 1992.

    I guess I do a lot of “wandering around”.


  74. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:10 pm

    This morning, I read the headline “Shimahara win wet Honolulu Marathon”. I said – whoah, I didn’t know d1ε³Ά was a top-rated marathon runner! 😯 Then, I looked again and it was a different Shima and a woman athlete…. πŸ˜† 😯 πŸ˜†


  75. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:15 pm

    Mrs. A-House is a sweetheart, thus, I shall spare her the nightmares and therapy sessions needed to overcome recalling my face. In fact, I don’t even know since the court order to remove all mirrors and reflective surfaces was mandated by all local governments….. πŸ˜†


  76. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:16 pm

    brew,

    I am strictly a Try-athlete!
    I try, but no-can!


  77. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 1:18 pm

    Brew808: Now I know how A-House became a Tsaiko…:-) Too funny!!

    A-House: Mahalo for the congrats for Ryan. I will share the well wishes with him when he gets home tonight. Just for the record though it was my ex (his dad) who ran it with him. He works with Bulla. Gary is home with me watching football and enjoying the sunshine. πŸ™‚


  78. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:22 pm

    Aaiiiyahh….. the “modern family unit” has gotten so complex…. πŸ˜€


  79. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:24 pm

    brew,

    Not to mention the complex and often confounding nature of the Tsaiko family!


  80. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:25 pm

    Wow! Twilight Zone! The Steelers vs. Ravens game on CBS just showed the “Red-Zone” all in … RED! That was truly hideous! 100X worse than the blue field in Idaho!!!! 😯 😯 😯


  81. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:26 pm

    Thanks Liz.


  82. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:31 pm

    ….speaking of complex and confounding, where’s Koakane?


  83. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 1:32 pm

    Ok. Time to make plane reservations.
    So- I realize that Christmas is normally family time.
    Just wondering if I should come back to Kauai the morning after the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl or if there are any plans in the works that would encourage a Tsai-ko to hang out in Honolulu longer… ???


  84. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:33 pm

    Oh oh, Liz is present. I better behave…. 😯

    d1ε³Ά – That’s why Tsaiko name-tags are a good idea. Maybe we need to include friends and family trees to help delineate relationships and ties. Of course, Kekoa would be stuck carrying around the phone book! πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜†


  85. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2008 1:36 pm

    It’s raining again which is why I am back on the blog..

    A-House:

    It’s not the scoreboard but the lighting standards which need to be replaced. Replacement bulbs are no longer made and at least three dozen bulbs are burnt out. Furthermore, today’s digital television cameras require a different type of lumen element in order to avoid light bursts.

    Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as replacing the bulbs as we do in our houses when exchanging incandescent for CFLs. The entire light fixture – the pole as well as the wiring – has to be replaced. Although there will be a significant upfront cost, over the long run the electricity used will be significantly less – hence lower utility bills which will make a difference when oil prices bounce back up.

    Re the speed bumps: There are plenty of them all over the lower campus. If Toyota took some out and then didn’t replace them, they definitely are not needed. However, given the number on the major lower campus roadways, it’s pretty clear that they’re back.


  86. Kekoa December 14, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hey Kymry & Gary!

    Glad to hear that the sun is shining on Kauai island. Congrats to son Ryan and his dad for completing this grueling race.

    Like A-House, my one and only attempt to run it was when I was 40 back in ’86. My estimated time for finish was supposed to be under 5 hours, but I struggled and hit the ‘wall’ during the Hawaii Kai sector of the run.

    I told Pops at the Half Mare mark that I was ready to catch da bus…he just gave me the “first down” signal and I knew he would never let me leave the course alive! I finished at 5 hours 20 minutes. Never did get my finishing photo like I had for the Great Aloha Run. Never wanted to run it again. It took me a week to walk like normal people again.


  87. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:39 pm

    Nothing here on the Warrior Beat is “normal”. Nope!
    Everything here is ……. TSAIKO!!!
    😯 πŸ˜† 😯

    😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈
    😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯 😈 😯


  88. OZ December 14, 2008 1:44 pm

    There are actually a couple of more speed bumps than there originally was…


  89. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the info Re: speed bumps. I remember hoping that when they replaced the speed bumps, that they’d make the effort to also patch the awful potholes in the roadway too. πŸ™„


  90. Kekoa December 14, 2008 1:50 pm

    Brew! Speaking of more family members to include in the Tsaiko family tree. My wife Diana and A-Joe are cousins! So yes, the phone listings are growing.

    I also have a Nephew submitting some game highlights for the coaches to consider. With 4.4 speed in the 40 and some excellent and very long runs from scrimmage this season, his senior season should be fantastic. In one highlight, he drags a defender clinging to his Jersey a full 5 yards before help comes to smack him down!


  91. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 1:50 pm

    I spoke too soon…it’s getting gray and cloudy again now.

    I give anyone credit for running a marathon. I could never do it and wouldn’t even desire to try to do it. I’m sad though thinking about A-House finishing and nobody at the finish line to meet him. That would be sad. πŸ™ I’m going to the airport tonight with a banner and balloons for Ryan since I couldn’t be there with him in HNL.


  92. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:55 pm

    KymryKauai – YOU’re a terrific Mom! πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜€


  93. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 1:56 pm

    KymryKauai,
    Good for you. πŸ™‚ Congrats to Ryan!


  94. jm2375 December 14, 2008 1:58 pm

    Congrats to all the Marathon finishers and those that even dared to try it! A couple of my co-workers were running it. I haven’t checked their times.

    Then, of course, there are the psychos (not Tsai-kos) who run 100-mile races, like my co-worker, for whom a marathon is just another (short) training run! 😯 πŸ™„


  95. brew808 December 14, 2008 1:59 pm

    Can green and white icing be made using a plaster-of-paris base? I’m still thinking of d1ε³Ά all covered up…. 😈 😯 πŸ˜†


  96. KymryKauai December 14, 2008 2:06 pm

    Hmmm don’t know about that. Give it a try!


  97. brew808 December 14, 2008 2:07 pm

    Okay – where are our ‘boys fans? I don’t have much invested in the Giants vs. ‘boys game – except I do want to see Whitten have way more catches than TO! 😈

    Say – that would be a fantastic game to view in HD! Anyone in the 808 with HD – especially on the Windward side? πŸ™„ πŸ˜† 😯


  98. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 2:11 pm

    brew,

    You starting to worry me….


  99. brew808 December 14, 2008 2:15 pm

    Question to ponder, down-the-road….

    When their respective careers are pau, which QB will have more NFL starts and a more successful career overall, Colt Brennan, or Matt Leinart? 😯 πŸ˜€ 😯


  100. brew808 December 14, 2008 2:17 pm

    d1ε³Ά – Not to worry. Can you imagine how much icing would be needed??!! 😯 πŸ™„ πŸ˜†


  101. brew808 December 14, 2008 2:20 pm

    The project would take on “World Wonder” scales like the Great Pyramids or the Great Wall of China, or the Hoover Dam…just for the head! πŸ˜† 😯 πŸ˜†


  102. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2008 2:25 pm

    Anyone up for food & beverages and maybe even some tv sports next Saturday morning in exchange for help in moving a very large dog house from our back yard into the carport? It will take maybe as much as ten minutes all totaled. We live in Kailua – the Enchanted Lake area.

    One of DrDoc’s contractor clients built a beautiful and very large house for Saturn The Dog, but now that Saturn has been diagnosed with lymphoma and won’t be able to overcome it in the long run, we need to move his house under cover in the carport in order to make him less vulnerable to the wind and rain.

    It will take about four guys plus DrDoc. Is there anyone here on the blog who can help out? You’re welcome to bring along your SigOth and kids/grandkids as well for the party. Please send an e-mail to swood at hoku dot com if you can. Mahalo.


  103. jm2375 December 14, 2008 2:46 pm

    brew – haven’t disconnected Oceanic yet, so still get some HD!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜†


  104. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 2:58 pm

    KymryKauai,

    πŸ˜€ congrats to your son. betcha his dad and he felt good about their accomplishment together. you did good too, and good for the cheers tonite.


  105. jm2375 December 14, 2008 3:08 pm

    Aaaahhh. Life is good. Apple pie (not homemade) just came out of the oven, PBS is simmering and laundry is almost pau. πŸ˜€


  106. Jason December 14, 2008 3:20 pm

    Yikes, I could never run the Honolulu Marathon. I recall helping one year, and I overslept. My friends who were picking me up had to wait for me, and we got there late. We passed out a lot of water cups and sponges …


  107. BowsForever December 14, 2008 3:50 pm

    What the heck happened to the Redskins? Zorn will probably get one more year if he can get the team to 8-8, but there’s gotta be some changes made at O-line and possibly QB. _If_ Zorn stays, Colt would seem to have a chance to compete for the starting job…which he can only really do if he has a good O-line to protect him. Kind of a dilemma here.

    On the other hand…how about them Dolphins? Bess just keeps getting it done (where were all those punt returns last year, man? ;)), Pennington is proving he’s still got life left in him at QB, what a turnaround story for the franchise.


  108. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 4:32 pm

    Washington Redskins. The best way to explain their situation is that they don’t have the it factor playing offense.


  109. addahknowjoe December 14, 2008 5:02 pm

    BHF2-
    couldn’t agree with you more.

    The Skins, “it” factor is sitting on the bench.


  110. NYUH December 14, 2008 5:15 pm

    So far, Notre Dame incompetence is sucking a lot of the media oxygen for the Hawaii Bowl.


  111. Garret December 14, 2008 5:26 pm

    XxFaithxX,

    I didn’t see an answer to your earlier question–there are different rules for All-Star games and other games.


  112. Garret December 14, 2008 5:28 pm

    The Big 12 had 6 of the top 10 rated college football games on TV this year.


  113. Garret December 14, 2008 5:29 pm

    Bess’ punt return set up the winning TD in their game vs. the 49ers.


  114. protector December 14, 2008 5:30 pm

    It’s just galling that we hear so many kudos about Matt Ryan & Joe Flacco when most of us know that Cot Brennan is better than both of those guys, but wasn’t lucky enough to go to a team which was in position to give a rookie QB a chance. I liked Zorn as a gunslinging QB at Seattle; it’s pathetic that he’s now a conservative coach in his middle-age and reluctant to give Colt a chance to shake the Redskins out of the doldrums. I truly hope that Colt makes enough progress to unseat Campbell next season or that some team tries to deal for him like the Chicago Bears for instance who really need a QB–of course if he goes there he’ll NEVER make the big bucks though.


  115. Garret December 14, 2008 5:30 pm

    Discussion before the game about Bess. Bess was the leading receiver for Miami in the game…with just 3 catches because Miami had the ball so little.

    Who will Dolphins killer Nate Clements defend most of the game? If it’s Bess then there’s been a changing of the guard in regards to the receiver opposing team’s fear the most. Earlier this week I heard 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis say it was Bess, not Ginn, whose play jumped out at him during film study.


  116. Garret December 14, 2008 5:32 pm

    Article about Samson playing two positions in the game.

    Satele moves to guard: In the search for the right combination on the offensive line, the Dolphins moved center Samson Satele guard for a look during the first half. Al Johnson, an ex-Cowboy signed on Nov. 29, lined up at center. The Dolphins opened the second half with Satele at center and Andy Alleman at left guard.


  117. al December 14, 2008 5:36 pm

    expect some recruiting news within the next 48 hours.


  118. BowsForever December 14, 2008 5:39 pm

    protector – is it Zorn’s playcalling or the lack of a cohesive offensive unit? Seems to me part of it is team inexperience in his offense, a sputtering QB and a not-so-great O-line. Quality O-line + maybe a couple of better receivers + Colt + Portis = one heck of a balanced attack.


  119. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 6:02 pm

    Garret,

    Why would Ball State’s Brady Hoke take the SDSU job? πŸ˜•


  120. Garret December 14, 2008 6:15 pm

    d1shima,

    I have no idea why he would move to SDSU from Ball State! I guess there would be better weather and lots of recruits in the area…but his recruiting ties are far away from San Diego and he’s going to have better opportunities in a year or two.

    If you read up on his situation, he’s negotiating an extension with Ball State and is insisting on raises for the assistant coaches and more money for the program. He can use the SDSU opportunity to get a better deal for his assistants at Ball State.

    I figured UCLA’s defensive coordinator will get the job. His recruiting ties are in Southern California and he needs to get a head coaching spot now.


  121. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2008 6:46 pm

    Wow! Where is everyone tonight?

    Grrr!! The landlord decided that he didn’t want to pay an electrician weekend premium rates for fixing our broken hot water heater which blew out Thursday thanx ato the power surges. We probably won’t get it fixed until Tuesday at the earliest – thank goodness we’re YMCA members so at least we can shower there.


  122. wafan December 14, 2008 6:49 pm

    Finally caught up with the blog.

    Sorry to hear about the flooding in Hawai’i.

    Good to hear about the great improvement in Kristen!

    Had a good time visiting Las Vegas at Las Vegas. Thank you!!! And, no my sister was not so much bored as she was kind of keeping track of what was going on — she sure had a lot of questions when we got back to the hotel.

    Definitely donated to the casinos, too. Dang.

    I thought I was back in the old West — back in the hana-bata days! Lots of cowboys and their fillies in town for the National Rodeo competition. And, by fillies I mean the human kind! Whoo-hoo!!!

    Continued snow in the forecast tonight through Tuesday night. Great, just what I did not want — snow days. Ugh.

    Good to be home.


  123. MeiLing December 14, 2008 6:51 pm

    Kymry,

    Congratulations to your son Ryan & his Dad in the marathon!

    W-Doc,

    You could put up one of your T-gate tents over Saturn’s doghouse till you move it. Put it down low & stake down the tent & additional tarps to cover 3 sides.


  124. wafan December 14, 2008 6:52 pm

    WUD . . .

    Is hot water considered a necessity or a luxury?

    You may have a claim if it is a necessity. You might want to ask a lawyer buddy.


  125. chawan_cut December 14, 2008 7:02 pm

    highlights of the 37 point performance by Mr. Flemings last night.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiuMvJbse50

    short clip about the rating for our Hawaii Bowl and Bess’ punt return today
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cvA5fZ-9HY


  126. jm2375 December 14, 2008 7:39 pm

    Off-topic, sort of…
    Received email from UH on Friday about changes in parking on Upper Campus.

    Visitors will not be required to stop and pay parking fees to enter at East-West and Maile Way kiosks from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday January 5, 2009.

    Visitor parking will be available in designated visitor lots that are painted with green stalls and borders. The display of a visitor parking ticket is required and may be purchased from a Pay to Park automated pay station located at each lot. The parking rate is $2.00 per half hour (30 minutes). The maximum daily charge is $16.00. Any vehicle displaying a valid visitor parking ticket is allowed to park in any visitor lot green space.

    The automated Pay to Park stations will accept quarters, dollar coins, $1, $5, and $10 bills, and credit cards; Master card/VISA. The green visitor parking stalls and Pay to Park automated pay stations will be located at the following locations:
    Zone 2 Architecture
    Zone 3 Varney Circle
    Zone 4 Center for Korean Studies parking lot
    Zone 5 Bio Med parking lot
    Zone 10 Kennedy Theatre parking lot
    Zone 13 Kuykendall lot
    Zone 17 Music lot

    An information attendant will be stationed at the East-West kiosk on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to provide visitors and University guests with parking information.

    Gate attendants will be posted to collect a parking fee of $3.00 upon entry from 4:00 p.m. to closing, Monday through Friday, and on weekends. A flat fee of $3.00 is charged upon entry for parking in the Dole Street and Zone 20 Parking Structures.


  127. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2008 8:14 pm

    We had a nice time today at the Foster Family Christmas Party in the Blaisdell.
    A bunch of the UH football players were there: Adam Leonard, Josh Rice, Tua Mahaley, Lewis Walker, Dan Johnson and Brent Rausch.
    Coach Mack was there, too.


  128. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:25 pm

    Hiya!
    Cool, Stephen!

    I’m wanting to zip back to Kauai after the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl… the Jewish community has invited us to help them serve Christmas dinner to families through the Kauai Economic Opportunity program.
    Now THAT is something I would enjoy.


  129. not far away anymore December 14, 2008 8:34 pm

    Since ST is a JETS fan, I thought I would post this clip. Also, check out the ref getting face planted by a Bills player at around the 8 second mark. Luckily he was okay.


  130. not far away anymore December 14, 2008 8:41 pm

    Oops forgot the clip on the last one. Click on my name for the clip.


  131. d1ε³Ά December 14, 2008 8:42 pm

    not far away anymore,

    Jeff Triplette is the same ref who got shoved around by Orlando Brown eafter Triplette threw his flag into Brown’s eye


  132. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 8:45 pm

    al

    howzit. is this recruiting stuff about the really big guy? πŸ™‚
    but he neva play football. what if he’s just a big paluuka?

    just foolin. NOT. akshally, hoping we get some ah da players from this past Friday’s game.

    and to our resident Dick Traceez,
    what is the scoops on Quentin Beaver? academics? injury? Maybe he cannot run far but at least you can count on nobody going through his space.

    NYUH
    no worries about the Irish. They’re coming. Thats good enough for me. And I no care if Charlie is in a golf cart. Main thing the Irish and the Warriors appreciate the opportunity each is giving the other, and that we hand them their heads πŸ˜€


  133. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 8:46 pm

    The media already making excuses why we going beat the Irish.
    We just gotta focus and deliver the goods, thats all.


  134. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 8:47 pm

    crap,

    still sore we lost to Cincy. πŸ™ we shoulda ate Cincy.
    we had em by the olo oloz.


  135. addahknowjoe December 14, 2008 8:49 pm

    You know, with all of the advances we’ve made in our security defenses since 9-11 I am in awe that the leader of the free world was a foot away from almost being “clocked” and taken out by a simple pair of shoes.

    Unbelievable.

    I gotta hand it to Bush. Braddah get some good reflexes.


  136. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:50 pm

    bhf2-
    48 howas pau eh?

    πŸ™‚


  137. Tom December 14, 2008 8:51 pm

    W-Doc:

    VDoes anyone have any information about Xi Xiang, the forward from China. I know he red-shirted last year because of an injury, but that’s about it. How did he wind up here?

    Ji Xiang was referred to UH by Bruce O’Neil. I understand that he was in Bruce’s basketball camp. Heard that he is a good outside shooter including 3-pointers. Also heard that he is considered a “project”.


  138. jm2375 December 14, 2008 8:56 pm

    off topic again – yesterday’s paper had an item about KHNL/KFVE going to “content” and not “news”. WTH is “content”???!!!! They have replaced the news director with a director of content or something like that.

    upper campus parking – $2 for 30 min? does the money go into the state general fund or does it go back to UH? just asking.


  139. Jason December 14, 2008 8:56 pm

    d1: And you still see officials throw their flags out there, like the thing to Orlando Brown had never happened. Just drop the flag, no need to heave it out into an area where there are players, bumbye another situation like that occurs.


  140. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:56 pm

    a-joe – interesting… shoulda followed house rules. Like in Hawaii, it’s good manners to leave shoes at the door in Iraq.


  141. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 8:57 pm

    jm2375- Methinks K5 have been using the Channel 8 news team .


  142. not far away anymore December 14, 2008 9:00 pm

    I just find it weird that the reporter was able to throw two shoes at President Bush before the Secret Service agents could even react. Even the Iraqi President got his hand up to try and block the second shoe. Good thing the reporter didn’t have something more deadly than a shoe. President Bush does have some good reflexes though.


  143. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:00 pm

    btw- the fur is really flying on the Redskins blog after their loss to the Bengals today.

    http://theredskinsblog.com/2008/12/14/redskins-bengals-fourth-quarter-thoughts/

    Some are calling for Colt and some are resisting… over 450 comments for that normally civilized blog.


  144. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:01 pm

    hiya LizK.

    I’m way past 48 hours. πŸ˜€ i still salty ova dat one. the thing is, the stadium acted all in shock. there was NO, ZERO, ZIP real fan support, trying to exhort the braddaz, know what I mean. I tried yelling, but when i turned around to look for the army, all i got was a bunch of blank stares. junk kine fan support that was around the 10 minute mark.
    like they neva like jinx the place. no can dat kine, no can!


  145. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:01 pm

    i no i can yell at the Christians. so long as i no feed em to da lions. πŸ˜€


  146. Jason December 14, 2008 9:09 pm

    I thought the same thing β€” how come Secret Service was so slow to react? The reporter had the time to throw his shoe, take off his other shoe, and throw it! Had it been a knife being thrown, or a gun being shot, that could have been very, very bad.


  147. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 9:10 pm

    hoo- bhf2- you gotta sit in Ronnie’s section den- hoo wee! Get planny keeds and dey know all da cheers- stand up and dance da night away!!!


  148. not far away anymore December 14, 2008 9:22 pm

    d1,
    I guess this ref just doesn’t have any luck with offensive linemen.


  149. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:24 pm

    hoo Liz. so you sitting C row 43 with the gang right?

    i gotta a feeling the crowd gonna be huge, like almost sold out.


  150. Garret December 14, 2008 9:27 pm

    The BBC got a lot of angles in this video of the shoe throwing.


  151. Garret December 14, 2008 9:27 pm

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

    Ambitious Chinese company is making a big push with their plug-in car. Warren Buffet taking a 10% stake in their company is a big endorsement of their plans.


  152. Garret December 14, 2008 9:28 pm

    A bank employee found a bomb outside of a bank in Oregon. For some reason, the police officers that were trying to defuse the bomb *brought the bomb into the bank before defusing it*!! The bomb went off in the bank, killing 2 officers and injuring another officer and a bank employee. The inside of the bank was extensively damaged. I have no idea why the police would bring a bomb into a bank!


  153. Garret December 14, 2008 9:28 pm

    The graveyards are running out of space in the UK…so the British government has allowed city councils to dig up graves and bury them deeper so that they can make space for a new burial on top of that grave. I wonder what the families of those dug up and buried under other graves would think of this plan…I know I would be furious.


  154. Garret December 14, 2008 9:29 pm

    This guy put up his rusted 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest on eBay with an opening bid of $500. The car had no motor or transmission and he didn’t even have the key to the trunk! He was *shocked* to find out that the car was rare and had been the fastest drag racing car in 1963. Someone offered him $160,000 to end his auction early, but he didn’t want to get negative eBay feedback so he turned the guy down. With 7 minutes remaining in the auction, the top bid was $95,000…but things went crazy at the end and the auction went for $226,521! This guy apparently had no idea he was sitting on a gold mine!


  155. Garret December 14, 2008 9:30 pm

    Free play links pau. I should count the post with the video links of the shoe thrower, so that makes 5.


  156. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:30 pm

    i stay waiting fo da bradda Warriors to start talking confidently to the press, like “oh we respect the Irish, day brought plenny cute chicks to da luau” stuff like dat. πŸ˜† or, “po tings, day all sunburned” or, “boy, da buggas look sickly.” πŸ˜€ 😯 πŸ˜› bettah yet, “day look like young McMackins.”

    heh heh

    wat? i should behave? yuk yuk


  157. Garret December 14, 2008 9:31 pm

    We can’t go to Hawaii for the Hawaii Bowl and the Holidays. That is pretty sad, especially since our next trip to Hawaii won’t be until June. At least we can go for a long time then…


  158. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:34 pm

    too bad Garrett. i’ll make plenny noise fo yu! πŸ˜€

    but meanwhile, nite nite all. phonetically saying, asta manyana.


  159. Garret December 14, 2008 9:37 pm

    bighilofan2,

    I hope that the crowd is nuts at the Hawaii Bowl and I’m sad I can’t help with the noise.


  160. bighilofan2 December 14, 2008 9:45 pm

    i gotta a feelin da crowd gonna be nuts, especially da Tsaikos holdin cards.

    cannot wait fo next year “Baa/aaaD Ma’a Fala” 4 of us can make cards. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  161. al December 14, 2008 9:54 pm

    bighilof2

    re: 48 hrs notice
    patience is a virtue..


  162. al December 14, 2008 9:57 pm

    is it in next year’s budget to have a permanent secretary of football operations?

    now that would be a fun job, you know to be a part of a team that will take us to the next level.


  163. Kekoa December 14, 2008 10:24 pm

    Big Hilo Fan Man #1 ~ This might be one of the cheers we could be yelling from the entire Orange Crush Section:

    Cigarette Ashes, Cigarette Butts
    We Got ND by the Nawts!
    P-U-L-L…WARRIORS…P-U-L-L!

    Whatchu Tink, Can or Wat?!


  164. Garret December 14, 2008 10:35 pm

    I guess this was the reason why Samson was moved from center to guard in the game today.

    The Dolphins offense had three false start penalties — one on Andy Alleman, one on Ernest Wilford, one on Samson Satele. Hard to understand how a center or receiver get away with a false start. Come to think of it, they didn’t.

    After Wilford got called for his penalty with 12:56 left in the second quarter I didn’t see him in the game again. He didn’t have a catch all day.

    After Satele got called for his penalty with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter, it wasn’t long before the Dolphins experimented with Al Johnson at center. Satele did eventually come back to the center spot, however.


  165. BigWave96744 December 14, 2008 10:36 pm

    Stephen,
    111 seems like a low number.
    In the Fall they invite 105 then others join in once school starts.
    That would mean only 6 additional to the 105.
    Isn’t there more than 111 lockers?
    I thought the number was 115 or 120.
    Imagine the feeling of the 112 player who got knocked down a notch when Guyton Galdeira returned…

    There are currently 119 on the UH Website
    I remember Quentin Beaver, Les Soloai, Lucas Kennard, Kaleo Wong were guys originally on the roster in the first few games of the season and are currently not part of the 119.


  166. TChahng [μ„œμšΈνŠΉλ³„μ‹œ] December 14, 2008 10:36 pm

    I found my Hawaii Bowl tickets!!!

    I thought they were mailed to my mother’s house in Aiea. She said, “No joy.” I got kinda worried. The tickets came to my work mail and were sitting on my desk at work. Whew! I thought I was going to revert to my high school daze and rush the fence behind the mauka grandstand.

    All is good in TChahngland.


  167. Garret December 14, 2008 10:37 pm

    I guess I was wrong and UCLA’s Walker will not get the SDSU job. I thought that Ball State’s coach was just trying to get a better deal with Ball State and didn’t think he’d actually take the SDSU job…

    Walker said he will spend the next few weeks considering his options after learning Sunday that he did not get the head coaching spot at San Diego State. It has been reported that Ball State Coach Brady Hoke will be hired.

    Walker also has been in contact with New Mexico State, which is looking for a head coach, and his name has come up in connection with several assistant jobs around the country.


  168. Garret December 14, 2008 10:42 pm

    There is some controversy over how Long Beach Poly won’t face De La Salle.

    Before Long Beach Poly pried the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 title out of the grasp of Tesoro on Saturday night in a classic struggle, there was already widespread anticipation among high school football fans for a CIF State Open Division title match against Concord De La Salle.

    Poly, winner of six of the last 12 Southern Section Pac-5 titles and 18 in history, is the best-known team in the Southern Section, if not all of Southern California. De La Salle, owner of five national titles and a 151-game winning streak from 1992 and 2003, is their opposite to the north.

    The CIF’s 10 section commissioners voted to place Grant High of Sacramento in the Open Division game (this is the first year there is an open division) against Poly on Saturday night. DLS will play in the Division I title game Friday night against Centennial-Corona.

    This is proof that the college football virus known as the BCS has spread to high school football. The BCS rarely presents a title game that is the people’s choice and the process is always fraught with more drama than a bad episode of “Desperate Housewives.”

    MaxPreps had Poly ranked No. 1, DLS No. 2 and Grant No. 8 in California as of Sunday, and Poly 4th, DLS 10th and Grant unranked nationally. CalHi Sports has De La Salle ranked ahead of Grant in their Northern California rankings, and USA Today had the Spartans ranked 16th nationally and third in the West regional rankings, with no mention of Grant.


  169. Kekoa December 14, 2008 10:49 pm

    TC ~ Where are your seats?…Remember, we’re at the Cabana if you want to T-gate with us.


  170. TChahng [μ„œμšΈνŠΉλ³„μ‹œ] December 14, 2008 10:57 pm

    Oh yeah… I know where you’re T-gating… : )

    Yellow, JJ, last row on the top, around the 35 yd line. I can cast a fishing line off the rail and the beer tender can hook-up my beer.

    When will the Cabana be open? 1100hrs?


  171. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 14, 2008 11:01 pm

    TChahng- your seats are just above our normal season tix! We were in JJ in row 7! It’s a very nice angle to the field.
    See you at the T-gate!


  172. Jason December 14, 2008 11:08 pm

    I’m opposite you, TChahng, in J … orange. πŸ˜€


  173. al December 14, 2008 11:11 pm

    hey, i am in jj too.


  174. Kekoa December 14, 2008 11:12 pm

    We’ll be operational by 1000 hrs. (Games @ 1500 hrs).

    Brunch style menu. I believe the Maui Boys will be bringing in some homemade Portuguese sausage made famous in up-country Maui. James usually grills up Italian sausages. Nice cuts of Beef and Pork are the norm with Kazz and Krew doing the sizzling. I’m thinking Seafood stuff myself.

    As usual, the gang will supplement with all kinds of exotic entrees!


  175. Kekoa December 14, 2008 11:21 pm

    Bush was lucky that was just a shoe and not the lead slippah thrown by Aunty Tita Leadfoot!…She don’t miss!


  176. Jason December 14, 2008 11:23 pm

    Oh, so we gotta throw lead slippahs, not water bottles … πŸ˜€


  177. TChahng [μ„œμšΈνŠΉλ³„μ‹œ] December 14, 2008 11:26 pm

    “Who throws a shoe?”

    Austin Powers wasn’t quick enough to duck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D5oKEVqQJg


  178. Stephen Tsai December 15, 2008 12:09 am

    New post, two new Warriors.


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