Mack closes practices

Head coach Greg McMackin has decided to close this week’s practices to the public, and prohibit interviews with players from Wednesday through Saturday’s game at San Jose State.

McMackin cited a need for the players to focus.

In fact, it runs deeper. It was believed some information was leaked to the Spartans before last year’s game.

Accredited media will be allowed to attend practices. That’s great. Way to open up the Barry Markowitz debate again …

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I guess 16 receptions weren’t enough.

The WAC’s Offensive Player of the Week award went to Boise State’s Austin Pettis (eight catches, four TDs). Greg Salas had  twice as many catches, and while he didn’t have as many TD grabs, he did play the entire game with a sore foot. And that catch between two DBs should be worth extra points.

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I’m sure people will grumble about Mack’s pay until the contract expires. And maybe even after that.

The thing is, he didn’t lobby for the job, and he accepted UH’s first offer. I’m pretty sure most defensive coordinators would have accepted.  I don’t see many saying: “No, no, too much money. Why not give me less, and put the rest in incentives.”

People might not like Mack. They might not like his style or results. But the man does work hard. He’s tried to improve local recruiting. He’s given opportunities to young coaches. He improved the academic emphasis. And he’s accessible — and accountable — to the public.

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While Dick Tomey is announcing his “retirement” today, I can’t envision him retiring from coaching. It’s in his blood. Maybe he ends up as an assistant somewhere; maybe he takes over a small program. But sidelined for good? Don’t think so.

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Happy birthday to Queen Diana — Kekoa’s way, way better half.


  1. J November 16, 2009 9:33 am

    Anyone going to the Wahine basketball game at UC-Riverside tomorrow?

  2. Manoa Mist November 16, 2009 9:37 am

    Top Ten.
    I am humbled and honored.
    How about them ‘Bows huh? UH hoops 2-0.
    Peace out.

  3. al November 16, 2009 9:38 am


  4. poa November 16, 2009 9:39 am

    Working hard doesn’t always get the job done. Interesting to see an ESPN reporter saying that Mack might be gone in a couple of weeks. Could be the best thing for the program.

  5. GRM November 16, 2009 9:41 am

    Top Ten again. Salas is certainly deserving of the award.

  6. al November 16, 2009 9:42 am

    i agree….

    salas should have won that award. hands down. plus, with that game he retakes the average yards per game and total receiving yards in the nation. too bad his uniform is not blue. any other conference he might have won.

    nice assessment of coach mack.

    tomey would go. elsewhere that is. perhaps he could go to portland??? another really nice man.

  7. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 9:45 am

    Mack will be back next year.

  8. al November 16, 2009 9:46 am

    my fear these days are…

    will salas consider his pro options?
    or stay to work on improving his 40 times?

    will tomey’s team come out firing?

    will we look past sjsu?

    will pride. ever make a tailgate this year?

    will the running back look elsewhere?

  9. GRM November 16, 2009 9:47 am

    Consolation – Rod Flemings made WAC BB player of the week.

  10. al November 16, 2009 9:48 am

    st…so is the boy dropping you off at work these days?
    or will you spoil him and buy another car?

  11. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 9:49 am

    It’s interesting that UH has an X-ray machine, but that it is not powerful enough to see the deep injuries.

  12. SteveM November 16, 2009 9:52 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Salas was worthy of consideration…I hope he gets at least 16 receptions and 4 TD’s this weekend to take offensive Player of the Week … 🙂

    I agree about Tomey. Wonder if his path will led him back to Hawaii in some capacity, somewhere?

  13. al November 16, 2009 9:52 am

    speaking of the mbb team….

    showed some promising moments this weekend against some mediocre teams. the new guys looking good but we need to improve our play under the paint. so far we have met teams similar to us.

    our bigs need to step it up. loosing amis could be costly to one’s future and achieving the 18 win benchmark.

  14. al November 16, 2009 9:54 am

    on another note…

    we only got one early signee for the mbb program. however, he looks exceptional and may have gone under the radar.

    here’s a video for mr. ahouse

  15. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 9:55 am

    1. Salas will stay. He does need to work on his speed.
    2. I think the motivation will come from playing before a lot of Hawai‘i fans. Teams don’t like to get out-rooted at home.
    3. No. That’s mostly because UH doesn’t leave until Thursday afternoon. (By the way, they should have used the same tactic against UNLV. No reason they should have been waiting around Vegas for a week.)
    4. If the blog host can show up, Pride can, too.
    5. There’s good competition in Utah and BYU. Do you prefer the mountains or the sea?

  16. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 9:55 am

    Mack should be back till the end of his contract unless he goes 0-12 and worse like some guy before him … Just because we should honor our contractual obligations as a State.


    I’m sure people will grumble about Mack’s pay until the contract expires. And maybe even after that.

    The thing is, he didn’t lobby for the job, and he accepted UH’s first offer. I’m pretty sure most defensive coordinators would have accepted. I don’t see many saying: “No, no, too much money. Why not give me less, and put the rest in incentives.”

    I like that! 🙂 Mahalo!

  17. al November 16, 2009 9:56 am

    do you think that the running back enjoyed his trip?
    i see that his teammate and early commit was also here. i like that pairing of recruits theory.

    are there any other initials that you may have for us?

  18. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 9:58 am

    I hope the rain-day fund being tapped isn’t the hurricane fund.
    And, if it is, can we at least wait until after Nov. 30, when the hurricane season ends?

  19. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 9:58 am

    Mens’ BB team will really get tested tonight.

  20. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:01 am

    Is the WAC’s PR firm selecting the POWk awards?

  21. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 10:01 am

    Re: Contract.
    I think back then, we all thought: hmmm. that seems a bit high.
    But then we didn’t really care, did we?
    I mean, this was a couple of weeks after the Sugar Bowl. Times were great. UH was getting a fat check. There were four news stations. Advertiser had 100 more employees. Nobody was getting furloughed.

  22. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:02 am


    …and the results will not come until tomorrow!

  23. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 10:03 am

    It’s actually an administrator from the WAC who collects info/votes from each team.
    But there is the leeway to move things around. For instance, if a winless team finally ends a losing streak, they’ll try to reward a player from that team.
    The WAC is fair in that regard.

  24. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:04 am

    In life and the passing game…

    Timing is everything!

  25. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 10:05 am

    Of course, the WAC only can choose from what’s submitted.
    A few years ago, UH had a deserving player, but UH forgot to fax in the nomination.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid November 16, 2009 10:05 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Yup. Salas was robbed. And that one catch? Dayum! Thass all I gots to say.

    Mack’s pay is Mack’s pay. Nuff said.

    It would be nice if Coach Tomey somehow found his way back to Hawai’i’s sidelines.

    How’s errybody doing this morning?

  27. Da Punchbowl Kid November 16, 2009 10:08 am

    Big Hilo has been mighty quiet lately. I miss his fire-and-brimstone posts.

  28. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:09 am


    looking at my plans for this weekend.

    The atmosphere in Portland seems very unsettled….

  29. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:10 am

    Howzit DPK.

    bhf2 was posting some yesterday….

  30. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:11 am

    Does the UHAD still rely on “faxing” info? 😕

  31. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:13 am

    I dunno… I think Tomey needs to rest up a bit. He didn’t look well the last time I saw him on the Tube… his face looked puffy and his over all makeup looked unnaturally bloated.. like he was retaining water. Then again, maybe I had the TV on the wrong setting and it just made him look that way.

  32. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 10:14 am

    Back then it did.
    Now, of course, it has computers.

  33. al November 16, 2009 10:14 am

    d1…going north again eh?
    between you and bulla, you could use a furlough day or two huh?

    have a good one.

  34. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 10:15 am

    By the way, work has started on completing construction of the football coaches’ offices.
    There actually is a bathroom in that wing.
    But because of gender-equity concerns, it now will be a uni-sex bathroom.

  35. LizKauai (iPhone) November 16, 2009 10:18 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    I love and agree with Coach Mack’s point if view: “the real story of this team is their strong character and sense of brotherhood as they have fought through all the adversity.  We all prefer to win, but sometimes you have to go through the fire to build a strong foundation.”

    As a mom of struggling young men, I especially appreciate the opportunities for growth and development our Coahes and program provide for the Warriors.

    Happy Monday!

  36. LizKauai (iPhone) November 16, 2009 10:24 am

    #18- indeed. I am against tapping the hurricane fund. Even opposed my own state senator and friend on that one.

    I believe the best solution is combining the public and private resources designated for the education of the children of Hawaii.

    Hi Ho!

  37. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:25 am

    uni-sex toilet = 50% budget cut


    uni-sex? Does that mean you can only have sex with one person at a time.. or is that a one-size fits all kind of thing?

    Oh wait …!

    uni ≈ same .. uni-sex = same-sex?

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid November 16, 2009 10:27 am

    Hi Lizzy Girl! Howzit d-1!

    You folks have a good time on the big rock. Take ur long johns, but just hope you won’t need them. (Hmmm… Picturing d-1 and bulla in long johns takes the “cheek to cheek” imagery to a whole new level…) 🙂

    Good luck to all SOTs (Sons of Tsaikos) playing this week end.

  39. will-i-am November 16, 2009 10:27 am

    I don’t really understand why Salas could be overlooked.

    What where his thrown to/catch ratio?
    What was Pettis’ ratio?
    anyone know?

  40. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:27 am


    No. Furlough is not a good idea in private industry either. Just gotta use vacation time.

  41. FloridaTed November 16, 2009 10:27 am

    Knowing Coach Tomey, Hawaii will be the one game SJST will be up for.

    So, be very, very careful, Warriors.

    Could it be that Tomey is a little burned out? What happened up there this year? That was very Un-Tomey like.

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid November 16, 2009 10:29 am

    Where would KM use the lua, I wonder? 😆

  43. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:38 am


    I agree… Tomey will get his team ready for Hawaii. If anyone has studied Hawaii’s RnS with a fine tooth comb over the past 10 years, I’m sure it’s Dick Tomey.

    This will be a big test for our Offense. Our Defense should be able to hold SJSU and get the ball back for our Offense enough times for the Warriors to win. BUT, our Offense will have to capitalize on those possessions better than they did this past Saturday to come home with the win.

  44. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:43 am

    Thanks DPK.

    Although, the only kine long johns I like come from the bakery!

  45. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:48 am

    Congrats to Roderick Flemings for being selected as the WAC player of the week in men’s BB.

  46. d1島 November 16, 2009 10:49 am

    I wonder if the new playing surface for SJSU has affected their results at all?

    It’s good that there won’t be anymore “mud bowls” like the last time Hawaii played there.

  47. LizKauai November 16, 2009 10:50 am

    ST- I know you will… but just a reminder to let us know the xray results, ‘k?


  48. Pomai November 16, 2009 10:57 am

    Bringing Tomey on to the program (UH) wouldn’t be a good idea. Having him do color for pop’s might be an idea, or even something at the high school level?

  49. innocent observer November 16, 2009 11:00 am

    The reason that Salas did not win the WAC player is because he plays for a “bottom feeder” who was playing another “bottom feeder.” Meanwhile, Boise is nationally ranked and leading the WAC and they played another team a little better than UH and NMS. No doubt that Salas is a great player for UH but Pettis is a great player for a ranked team. These differences make a difference.

  50. ai-eee-soos November 16, 2009 11:06 am

    Agreed – bringing Tomey on board (UH) is NOT a good idea.

    Differences in coaching philosophy, style, personality.

    Besides, we need O coaches; we have too many D coaches.

    TV analyst would be OK.

    Let him enjoy his retirement.

  51. cavewarrior November 16, 2009 11:07 am

    the defense needs to prepare for muddle-huddle and other tricky- dick plays…
    GO Warriors!!!

  52. Bulla November 16, 2009 11:10 am

    aloha Tsaikos one and all,

    another great win for the Warriors, with 3 games to go, they win the rest of the games and are bowl bound. what a great year that would be for Coach Mack, something worth looking at.

    but then again, NAVY and WISCONSIN are very formidable opponents, but our coaching staff will be able to put together a high scoring offensive set just like Saturday night.


  53. 808Chef November 16, 2009 11:12 am

    So how many tsaikos making the trip up to sunny yet chilly south bay Californ-i-a? All I know is…I’m looking forward to meeting you guys. I finally get the day off to check the boys out. Lots of events going on this week starting Thursday. All I know is it’ll be UH Nation at every Hukilau and at the game. I got this from the HCCNC site.

    Looking forward to it!

  54. Pomai November 16, 2009 11:18 am

    #49 don’t agree with that, Wright-Jackson got the award last week, so can’t buy into that.

  55. Old Diver November 16, 2009 11:20 am

    Coach Mack’s progress with the football team is like a Contractor building a fifty story high rise. Mack is spending a lot of time putting together a base
    ( recruiting and academics ) just like a Contractor who spend loads of time pounding in the reinforcement pillars. Once the base is set the building will start to take shape rather quickly. Critics are looking out their window everyday wondering when the building will be finished. It’s coming, but Mack like the Contractor know what the buildings occupants want. A building that won’t fall at the slightest breeze. ( Like after Colt graduated with all his receivers ) I’m for letting Mack finishing his base building. While a leaning tower of Pisa is possible, I’m betting we get the Empire State Building.

  56. LizKauai November 16, 2009 11:22 am

    808Chef- Yesterday at Costco, I ran into a pastor who will be in San Jose next weekend and encouraged him to GO! It’s cool when total strangers are brought together by the Warrior momentum!

    As for bottom feeders- moi and opakapaka are my favorites. Their quality cannot be denied by any but the most jaded palates!


  57. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 11:25 am


    What? No nabeta?

  58. royvic November 16, 2009 11:28 am

    I’ve read Ferd’s article about Coach Mack’s salary, and read ST comment regarding the coach’s salary and I agree with ST take on the issue. I think a better argument or someone’s thesis regarding the coach’s salary should instead involve looking at the Board of Regents decision to okay the contract. IMO if there’s finger pointing it’s not at the Chancellor or Coach Mack it’s at the Board of Regents.

  59. Da Punchbowl Kid November 16, 2009 11:30 am

    Nabeta… MMMMmmmmmMMMM…

  60. al November 16, 2009 11:37 am

    steamed kumu…a great bottom feeder.

  61. Pomai November 16, 2009 11:40 am

    What I think is funny is that when offered a million dollar paycheck how many of the guys yelling about about it would decline the offer? From what I hear, the school offered him 1.5 million and he said ok, he never gave them a $$$ figure.

  62. 808Chef November 16, 2009 11:42 am

    Hey Liz!

    I’m certain the pastor will not be disappointed. I’ve been to tailgates put together by the HCCNC at SJ, Reno, and Fresno and all of them rocked. Hawaii fans partying before the game. Eating, buying Rainbowtique stuff (which I’m looking forward to btw), and Hawaiian music. Can’t beat that.

    You know I’m still waiting for my Tsaiko shirt Stephen was gonna send me. Hmmm…I’ll find Stephen and get it from him.

  63. jm2375 November 16, 2009 11:42 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos (what’s left of it anyway).

    Re hurricane fund – I thought there wasn’t one anymore. That only existed when insurance companies weren’t writing hurricane policies, so the State had to step in. Rainy day fund is different. (J)J or WDoc could probably tell us how/when it’s *supposed* to be used.

    Congrats to Rod Flemings on the award. The first of many this season.

    old diver – #55 – I like your analogy.

  64. will-i-am November 16, 2009 11:43 am

    I found a great site for game stats.

    From what I counted Salas had 7 incomplete passes. I don’t know how many of those were catchable.

    As for Mac’s salary. That is the reality of college football. ST is right.

  65. LizKauai November 16, 2009 11:48 am

    Nabeta… wow… never tried that one! When I think wrasse, I think hinalea… eeeeuww… or a beautiful cleaner fish for my aquarium.

    808Chef- Shirt, eh? What size was that?

    OK… hi ho til lunchowa…

  66. Bulla November 16, 2009 11:50 am


    you making pasteles? oh, you said palates, i didn’t know you were going to that kind of a workout 🙂

  67. Kekoa November 16, 2009 11:50 am

    It’s high noon and time for a lite hearted look at a certain Punahou Prez!

  68. shutb45 November 16, 2009 11:51 am

    After watching Saturday’s game it reminded me of why I like Coach Mack. I can’t remember what game it was, but we were down by a lot. A lot of coaches would say that the game was beyond winnable and do everything they can to make sure the clock runs out fast enough. Not Mack, he was kicking onsides kicks, throwing the ball downfield. I guess his thinking was stranger things have happened and we have an offense to score quickly so why not keep fighting.

    On the flip side, this Saturday was New Mexico State. They were only down by 18 points. Their head coach, with nothing to loose, decides to punt the ball away with 4 mins to go instead of going for it. Granted it was deep in their own territory, but heck you are down by 18 what do you have to loose. On top of that he had a lot of runs in the last minute and no urgency to move the ball quickly. To me it looked like he just conceded the game to UH.

    To me I would rather have a coach that fights to the very end despite it looking impossible to win. That type of no quit attitude will serve these young players well in the future. Mack is one person that will never give up on his team despite all the adversity.

    Heck look at the way the season has been going. This team has gone through so much adversity and Mack seems to find a way to keep them together. Never have I seen this team hang there heads. A bowl game, might be a distant dream, but Mack will keep his team striving for what seems like an impossible dream. Hopefully he will be rewarded.

  69. Bulla November 16, 2009 11:52 am


    i agree, go to the top where the deal was approved 🙂

  70. Kaimuki Kid November 16, 2009 11:57 am

    The Muddle-Huddle is no longer a legal play in college football, I don’t think you can run the fumblerooskie either. I kinda liked the concept of the A-11 attack looked like Hawaiian Style Football, every which way but loose….

  71. Kekoa November 16, 2009 12:01 pm

    Kaimuki Kid ~ I believe they outlawed the A-11 as well. None of those good fun kine plays are allowed anymore.

  72. 808Chef November 16, 2009 12:09 pm

    Liz…hmmm maybe that’s why Stephen slackin. Maybe no more any 3XLs. lol

  73. Slugger November 16, 2009 12:15 pm

    Old Diver,

    Davone Bess didn’t graduate with Colt; he left a year early. But, he’s doing good! Glad Miami picked him up.

    Thanks to Oldie, I got to watch the end of the Utah St. game again and our defense, with a mix of second stringers & starters, were not adjusting fast enough to the no huddle on the Utah side. I hope they work on that this week.

  74. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 12:18 pm

    Both Bess and Grice-Mullen left after their Junior years. Probably had a negative effect on the Warriors APR. (or whatever it’s called.)

  75. Slugger November 16, 2009 12:20 pm


    LizK read my ‘Pilates Performer’ as Pilares Performer. Where is her mind? on football!


    That white towel just turned green in my laundry. I don’t think you mind the color change.

  76. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 12:20 pm

    You Reap What You Sow….

    I think ST is right that back then people thought “wow that’s some pretty big bucks for this guy.” However didn’t really care because we still smelt the glory of the miracle season and felt the sting of JJ leaving. With things in a frenzy and people at both emotional extremes it was probably not a good idea to hastily decide on such important matters. When you think about it when do people make some of the worst decisions in their life?….when they are in extreme highs or lows…am i wrong on this one?

    It goes to show what was going on in the minds of the President, BOR, and Chancellor. I can count off the top of my head 9 people (people who tailgate and family) who thought it was a crazy amount to pay him. I wonder why the University didn’t get it too.

    I agree that Mack made and offer, the University accepted…done deal. If he had asked for $3M and the University accepted then mazal tov to him, go buy a bigger house and a nicer car and fancier shoes to tap on his way to practice.

    You want someone to blame, its the Admin for not taking its time and doing a thorough and methodical search and when settling on a candidate actually do a thing called *negotiate*. I mean come on, don’t be ridiculous, it stands to reason that NO COACH would say “Oh don’t give me a guaranteed salary, rather put half of that into incentives only if I do A and B.” It’s the opposing party to negotiate those types of things.

    Also I for one would never second guess his passion to win, his passion for results, his work ethic or his sincerity to turn this program into a winner. I can’t imagine any coach in div-1 football who would try NOT to do his best….Unfortunately if that was the only criteria people like Lloyd Carr and Tommy Bowden would be shielded from the bullets.

    However I do see us only getting better next year. Our injuries should be fixed, everyone experienced, and we should have one of the deepest 2nd and 3rd string players in the country with all the playing time they got this year. Mack will be able to work with a level playing field and really prove what this team is capable of. For that I am pretty darn excited.

  77. SteveM November 16, 2009 12:23 pm

    The Tsai-ko core group known to be attending the UH-SJSU game this Saturday is listed at…

    If you are attending the game and/or activities in the Bay Area, please let me know (email link on the web page) for inclusion in the listing. Some are attending separate functions, but email and cell phone comms net is forming among the attendees for coordination/updates.

  78. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 16, 2009 12:34 pm

    First of all, many, if not, most of the members of the Board of Regents in 2008 are no longer serving on it. It would be interesting to go talk to some of the those folks to ask them to recall those heady days.

    Second, the Regents rarely go against the recommendations of a committee or department or school or college which makes the recommendation on any issue coming before the Regents for their affirmaton. About the only time they do not accept the recommendation is if lots of people show up or send in written comments oppising it – and then the recommendation is almost always sent back for further consideration.

    Everyone was so glad that the head coach’s position was so easy to fill that no one spoke up at the time – I attended all those BOR meetings which were held on O`ahu throughout 2008 – and I don’t remember hearing anyone step up and say that we cannot afford this – of course, it would have been too late except for the February meeting.

    It is what it is – Coach Mack will be paid by us through the end of January, 2013.

    The Rainy Day Fund and the Hurricane Fund are entirely different Special Funds. The former received its $$$$ from the law suit against the tobacco companies. It is supposed to be used in dire emergencies such as a terrorist attack or a huge earthquake which causes dozens of high-rises to crumble to the ground.

    The Governor is the one who will declare the disaster and then the Legislature has to confirm it.

    The Hurricane Fund was created by the Legislature to provide funding for low-cost loans when the insurance companies pulled out of the Hawai`i market after Iniki. They came back in several years later, but the Fund was not dissolved. The Big Question is – where does the money go if the Fund is dissolved? General Fund? Refund checks to every household? Transfer to another existing Special Fund or set up a new one to build more affordable housing or more prisons or whatever? Until these issues are resolved by the Legislature, the money is sitting somewhere drawing interest.

    Hope to see lots of you tonight at the NoCol game – and this is a very good team. However, we have Flemings, Williams, Lay, Balocka, Thompson, Mayen, and Campbell and the Bears do not. The Rainbow Warriors is no cellar-dweller team. Congratulations, Coach Bob – you are a great example of what coaching is all about.

    Back tomorrow am – gotta take the car in for a new headlight, go to the dentist, go to a public hearing at City Hall, go to a community meeting, and head on back to Manoa for a basketball games or maybe even part of the earlier one.

    Imua Warriors!! Imua Wahine!!

  79. J-Dog November 16, 2009 12:39 pm

    I’d like to see Tomey reunited with Pops Leahey in the booth. Don’t really care too much for Yamanoha.

  80. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 12:39 pm


    However I do see us only getting better next year. Our injuries should be fixed, everyone experienced, and we should have one of the deepest 2nd and 3rd string players in the country with all the playing time they got this year. Mack will be able to work with a level playing field and really prove what this team is capable of. For that I am pretty darn excited.

    nadoo…nadoo… me too me too… boku mo.. boku mo! Moi aussi!!

  81. LizKauai November 16, 2009 12:45 pm


    I’m not into blame and name but I am grateful that Coach Mack stayed back to pick up the broken hearts and bodies when he could have gone on with Coach Jones to re-inspire and rebuild the students at SMU.

    Have we forgotten already why Coach Jones left in the first place? And the person who most influenced that decision?

    The UH football team has truly come a long way back from the abyss in the past 2 years. Bodies can mend much faster than hearts. I no longer smell fear and confusion when the Warriors take to the field. The team is a TEAM again and the teachers (coaches) have been doing their jobs to help the boys feel that way.

    And what does this team do for Hawaii? Especially a depressed and downhearted Hawaii? It lifts our spirits to see their efforts – win or lose! Keep trying, no quit, awesome like the UH Band, Cheer Squad and Rainbow Dancers- and Shannon. EXCELLENCE is all over the field at Aloha Stadium!

    Life in Hawaii would be diminished without this program.


  82. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 12:50 pm

    WooohHoooo! LizK!


    Like Spencer Smith’s story.. all of our player’s stories.. They make me proud of our or lose… because they have such heart. I wish my son had half their spirit.

  83. LizKauai November 16, 2009 12:50 pm

    Haha, Slugger! I’m trying to think of what would have turned the white towel green 😉

    I used to get a lot of pink surprises in the laundry – green is a first 😎

  84. d1島 November 16, 2009 12:57 pm


    IIRC, I don’t think Mack would have accepted an Interim HC position since he was already *hard* penciled in as The Former Coach’s DC at SMU.

    My recollection is that “quick and decisive” was the order of the day esp. in wake of the shambles that The Idiot had left behind before he was fired.

    Going slow with ample time for in-depth deliberation kinda wasn’t available (again) IIRC.

  85. LizKauai November 16, 2009 1:00 pm

    Interesting. I watched the game on dvr last night (even though Dish says K5 is OFF the AIR) and was surprised to see Liz Chun doing sideline interviews.

    aw, ST… you mean the Samoa Times reporter is going to get stiff-armed again???

  86. LizKauai November 16, 2009 1:02 pm

    Closed practices… What is Slugger going to do with her mornings now?

  87. Kekoa November 16, 2009 1:05 pm

    ST ~ Remembered what you said about your DMV licensing experience. Check how many times this Korean woman took her exam:

    SEOUL, South Korea — (AP) A woman in South Korea who tried to pass the written exam for a driver’s license with near-daily attempts since April 2005 has finally succeeded on her 950th time.

    The aspiring driver spent more than 5 million won ($4,200) in application fees, but until now had failed to score the minimum 60 out of a possible 100 points needed to get behind the wheel for a driving test. Cha Sa-soon, 68, finally passed the written exam with a score of 60 on Wednesday.

    Now she must pass a driving test before getting her license.

  88. jm2375 November 16, 2009 1:08 pm

    LizK – yeah, what’s up with Dish and K5 and the program guide? I almost forgot about the bb game last night till someone mentioned it on the blog. I missed the 1st half. Me got serious short-term memory problems…

  89. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 1:10 pm

    After all has been said and done, I still think we wasted more on HF than we ever could on Mack.

  90. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 1:12 pm

    HF with his salaries and bogus bonuses earned over the 4.5 million in deficit he hid.


  91. J-Dog November 16, 2009 1:14 pm

    Roderick Flemings is on the front page of

    Also is mentioned in Andy Katz’s article.

  92. B November 16, 2009 1:17 pm

    all the talk about coach mack getting paid too much and that education is second priority, I don’t understand. what has the legislature done for education. heck they didn’t even know that never had soap in the showers.

  93. Kekoa November 16, 2009 1:18 pm

    Liz ~ Da Samoan News Photo Journalist came by my seat at half time. He has full access to all the athletic events on island now. He was awarded a tidy sum of money from those guys trying to give him grief.

    He showed me a photo of a certain *entertainer* getting scoldings from Rich Sheriff. Lots of shots of the players shouting out to the Tsaiko’s. They really do appreciate the bikes.

  94. koakane™ November 16, 2009 1:22 pm

    afternoon tsaikos and warrior fans

    congrats to the warriors 2-0 bball team,the 2 game winning streak fball team and the wahines for closing out the season as conference champs mmmm let see for the 13 time (?). the 808 is proud for what you are doing.

    banners would be looking pretty damn good hanging from the stanley.

  95. LizKauai November 16, 2009 1:23 pm

    Cool, Kekoa!
    I hope a certain entertainer will look at the field and shush when the Warriors are on OFFENSE!!!

    Yea for Flemings!
    Let’s Go, BOWS!!!



    Hey UH students…FREE admission to tonight’s bball game vs. No.Colorado. Tipoff is 11 pm. First 100 students receive coupon for free pizza!

    Also tonite, ONE lucky fan will win a Vacations Hawaii Trip For 2 to Las Vegas for the best sign incorporating the ESPN acronym.”

  96. Palolo November 16, 2009 1:27 pm

    Is Moniz and Salas okay? Is it a secret if they are well enough to play against DickTomey? You know Tomey will have every trick in the book for the Warriors this Saturday.

  97. LizKauai November 16, 2009 1:35 pm

    jm2375 – I just called DISH and logged in to my dvr online. It is SHOWING the K5 schedule now. If you can’t see it from home, give DISH a call. I was not in front of the TV so I couldn’t troubleshoot with the customer service person.

  98. LizKauai November 16, 2009 1:39 pm

    Aha… Palolo..
    Warrior stealth time… I get it now.

    ST- I’m sure you’ll be reporting (wink wink) on the injury status of the players.

    I forgot about the tricky one…

    As d1 says- now pau lunchowah.

    You Oahu guys get some good naps in and be ready to CHEER at 11pm!!!
    ESPN – LET’S GO, BOWS!!!


  99. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 1:43 pm

    There’s a $250 round-trip fare from D.C. to SFO available for this weekend, and I’m seriously considering pouncing on it.

    I don’t think snapping up a football ticket at game time would be much of a problem; isn’t most of Spartan Stadium general admission anyways?

  100. ai-eee-soos November 16, 2009 1:45 pm

    The UNLV football HC job just became available.

    Those of you who think Rich Miano is HC material

    should encourage him to apply at both UNLV & San Jose.

    This is his opportunity.

  101. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 1:50 pm


    Yeah thats a good point. Mack would just have gone with JJ. Which makes me wonder about this coach we have on staff now….George Lumpkin. I dont know if anyone really knows what this guy does but he seems to be a staple in our football program.

    He knows the ins/outs of the program and could have been asked to be the interim HC…even Miano MIGHT have taken the job given that last article in the lineups handed out at the NMSU game…paraphrase “I dont want to coach anywhere else but Hawaii”

    I think there was some legitimate reasons why we could have 3-4 weeks to look at the situation and maybe look harder at JJ’s recommendations in his letter. The reason given of “continuing” with the success and stability of 2007 year doesn’t quite add up when people are insisting that JJ left the cupboards empty and that rebuilding years are ahead and are expected right now. I know hindsight is 20/20, but didn’t people in the program know what JJ left for us and whether or not we would need to rebuild in the coming years? You see your whole offense graduating, then you see that most of your D is leaving the following year…

    Are rebuilding years, lack of recruits something you only find out once you get your hands dirty halfway into the season or is it something that you can make an educated and sensible guess at? I think the former may be true sometimes but the later is the rule. The Admin should have had some idea of the trials and tribulations we would have to face *regardless* of who becomes coach and therefore act accordingly.

    It is absolutely reasonable to have to deal with rebuilding years, we are not *marque* yet so its a reality we have to deal with. So be it ignorance or overly hyping the program, I think peoples expectations coupled with what the Admin was pushing when they hired Mack equates to the drama we have now.

  102. Derek November 16, 2009 1:51 pm

    Take 2:
    1) Did I see Michelle Wie being more humble? In the past, the arrogance showed big time. I guess she’s maturing….hopefully!
    2) The UH basketball team seems to be playing better because of 2 things. Dwain Williams and Jeremy Lay. These small guys can handle the ball, make some shots, hustle, and make their free throws. Because they can handle the ball, along w/ Thompson, the turnovers are down.
    The result: 2 wins and holding the lead down the stretch. The returnees are what you expect from last year.
    3) No word on how Quezada’s recruiting visit went? Were there any visits by other prospects?
    4) Hindsight is always 20-20. I have to say Belichick has guts, which is why I love the guy. Did you ever think that he wanted to challenge his defense to see if they could stop the Colts if they didn’t make it? I’m sure he’s thinking about down the road when they meet in the playoffs.
    5) UH’s offense is #5 in total offense. The disconnect is that UH is #79 in scoring which is why we’ve been losing. The problem is that we cannot score a touchdown by passing inside the 10 yard line because of the short field and not enough room plus we don’t have the great QB to make the throws like Colt). Also, we have a difficult time running the ball in short yardage. The answer: run or pass plays to the outside to get more room for the receiver or runner to get yards after the catch, QB draw, play action pass to get more time to throw to look at multiple reads.
    Conversely, Boise and Nevada are up there in total offense and scoring (meaning when they are in the red zone, they score).

  103. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 1:52 pm

    Miano might be a blessing for SJSU. High energy, recruiting Cali, etc.

    I hate to say it but even Tormey might be a consideration for that job.

  104. ai-eee-soos November 16, 2009 2:00 pm

    re 103.

    But would Tormey, in his right mind, take the SJSU job?

    They got plenty $$$$ problems; & apathetic fan support.

    But, hey, UNLV might be a possibilty for him.

    Will be interesting to see what transpires.

  105. Slugger November 16, 2009 2:01 pm

    [Lunchawa: khoreshe fesanjan over rice ~ sorry, Liz.]

    Green microfiber towels + white towel = green towel, plus pink towel > yellow towel ~ oh, well…

    Tsigh ~ no practices … I’ll just practice more hula for Auntie’s birthday partay. Don’t think I’m going to walk to the game tonight tho, since it’s so late.

    Glad someone reminded the *entertainer* about the noise when we are on offense, but wasn’t he told that last season, too?

  106. LizKauai November 16, 2009 2:03 pm

    hateme- also remember that when Coach Mack came on board, Chancellor Hinshaw and our new AD Jim Donovan took personal interest and responsibility to insure the problems of the past would not be repeated.
    Those kinds of sudden reforms take time to settle in under normal circumstances – and in spite of the economic hardships that the whole world is experiencing right now, the UH football program feels (from my totally outside perspective) united and stronger than ever.

    I hope the assistant coaches that are doing so well right now will decide to stay and continue building this fine program- whose example can impact college athletics on BOTH sides of the Pacific.


  107. Slugger November 16, 2009 2:05 pm


    Contact Stretch re: tickets to the SJSU game. He might have some left.

  108. Garret November 16, 2009 2:06 pm

    Mac’s weekly press conference quotes are up on UH’s website:

    On San Jose State coach Dick Tomey, a former UH head coach, who recently announced his retirement following the season….

    Dick Tomey is a great coach, great person. I think he’s one of the best coaches in the country, I always have. I have the utmost respect for him. I expect the team is going to be tougher than heck. The players love (him). He’s wise like a fox.

    On June Jones and SMU’s possibility of playing in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl…

    I’m really happy for June. We talk every week, sometimes its through our recorder because we’re always busy doing things. But I’m really happy for him, I expected it, he’s a great coach. I knew he’d turn it around. I think its good for Hawai‘i because he’s done so many great things for Hawai‘i and to be able to bring SMU here, I think its what June Jones is all about.

    Is it added motivation to your team to become bowl eligible and the possibility of playing SMU?…

    Our goal is to win the next game. That’s really all I talk about. I don’t talk about the bowl quite honestly. I mean, privately I would love to get to the bowl just because of the effort of these kids and coaches. And it would bring a smile to the people of Hawai‘i. That’s what I want to do. But it’s gonna be a tough challenge.

  109. LizKauai November 16, 2009 2:06 pm

    khoreshe fesanjan…. tsai… glad it turned out good!

  110. Garret November 16, 2009 2:07 pm


    I look forward to finally meeting you this weekend! I got my tickets through HCCNC and will be sitting in UH’s section.

  111. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 2:11 pm


    Truth is stranger than fiction. No one thought that JJ would come to UH right? haha.

    I bet for Tormey this is only a pit stop to either another HC job or a coordinator position.

    UNLV might be an interesting option for him to pursue and I wouldn’t be surprised if he went there.

    I think SJSU might be an interesting case study to see what a school does when they are in the doldrums both economically and athletics program overall.

    Will the answer be invest more of what they dont have? salvage whats left? or pass it up?…..

  112. royvic November 16, 2009 2:15 pm

    Re-Coach Mack’s decision to close practices this week and limit his players access to the media

    These are sound coaching decisions, which for all intents and purposes are to make his players more focused this week in preparation for the San Jose State game. I agree with this textbook logic. No scratching and pulling out my hair at this decision.

    However, it wouldn’t surprise me, either, if under the ruse of “close practices” the team puts in some new wrinkles into the offense. This would make sense, too.

    In fact in the future I’d think the team would be better served if practices were closed to the public all together.

    I think if the players and coaches are sheltered from the public it makes for a better classroom, where both the teacher and pupil can extract more from the lessons.

    Plus, I think if the players are shunned away from the public’s eyes during the week that when game day comes they’d have a lot more bottled up emotions to uncork. Of which I think would yield better results on the field.

  113. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 2:17 pm


    I understand your reasoning but I think that those promises made about facilities etc would have been guaranteed regardless of who came on board to lead the team.

    From no soap to the pictures of the dilapidated offices printed in the papers and on tv news it was going to be addressed regardless of who we brought in as a coach.

    Also the “final letter” to JJ included the statement “all those promises made to you about facilities will be addressed.” I don’t think it was a conditional statement where “we will improve the facilities *only* if JJ stays here.” It was going to happen.

    Those kinds of things, material, structural, things do take time to plan, design, and build. I think UH from its work on Ching Field to the offices etc are doing a good job at sticking with that promise of ‘a change we can believe in”

  114. Stretch November 16, 2009 2:22 pm

    Close practices?? Are they going to monitor the parkng structure for spectators??

  115. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 2:24 pm

    Hahaha…I always wondered with a open field how do u limit people from watching or from guys with binoculars. One of the best vantage points on the Ching Field for me was with binoculars from the parking structure.

    I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but I can’t understand what they are saying when I am on the bleachers anyway.

  116. d1島 November 16, 2009 2:24 pm


    Loose lips sink ships! 👿

  117. Slugger November 16, 2009 2:25 pm


    That’s a good point.

    Did you see Committed Road Warrior’s question about tickets for SJSU? I don’t have his em addy.

  118. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 2:28 pm

    Personally, I wouldn’t try to change anything, if I were the coaches.
    You never want to let the players think that any game is more special than the other.

  119. Stretch November 16, 2009 2:30 pm

    d1 – just saying… if they are serious about it, they better watch the structure. I am sure if there is anyone watching practices for SJSU, they are not going to be sitting in the bleachers.

  120. A-House November 16, 2009 2:30 pm

    Perhaps the fruits of Coach Mack’s recruiting philosophy, the players, and the coaching staff is showing in the “possible” starting offense and defense ST posted a few days ago.

    With the current freshman red shirts/transfers and the 2010 commitments, the “reload” rather than “rebuild” mode is moving from bud to partial blossom.

    another 2 years of solid recruits and/or transfers, and 2013 or Coach Mack’s final year of his current contract, will be awesome on offense and defense.

    I can wait. Take pride, Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. Stretch November 16, 2009 2:32 pm

    Slugger – yes, thanks. I emailed him.

    I have 2 extra tickets for the SJ game. Maybe only 1 if CRW lives up to his name.

  122. A-House November 16, 2009 2:42 pm

    I hope, in the very near future, the coaching staff will allow the QB to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage, to change plays especially when the opponet moves all its defenders from one side of the field, except for the corner covering a receiver, to make the running back take a very short pass or shovel pass in the back field and run like heck to the open area where the WR has run a “streak” route to the end zone or a “curl” route over the middle. U know, fake a pass to the right or left, RB attempts a soft block, and moves into an open back field.

    Happened 3 or 4 times on Saturday night, but the play called was to run/pass into the strength of the defense.

    Is this considered a “big change” or is it taking advantage of the opponent’s defensive call?

    It appeared to me that once Namasu took away the inside run game, UH went to their predictable passing game in the 2nd and 3rd qtrs which netted very few points – maybe, many yards between the 20 yd lines, but—————?

  123. d1島 November 16, 2009 2:43 pm


    It’s certainly a different equation because of scholarships but at the D3 level there is a big shift in thinking about football programs being cut to save money.
    In the past decade there have been 24 schools who have re-instated their football programs versus only five who have cut them since 1997.

    George Fox University in Newberg (OR) is deciding whether to re-establish its gridiron program, which it dropped in 1968.

    “Our studies show that starting football brings a community of men that generally wouldn’t choose your institution without it,” says president Robin Baker, who recommended the move to his board of trustees. In recent years, he notes, male undergraduate enrollment at his school has dropped from 42 percent to 35 percent.

    Of course, 100 additional male students in a student population of 1500-2000 is much more significant percentage-wise than what most Div I schools would feel but then the amount of alumni/booster support that goes with a football program at a DI school is something that would be considered instead I guess.

  124. Old Diver November 16, 2009 2:50 pm

    Regarding # 101

    “George Lumpkin. I dont know if anyone really knows what this guy does but he seems to be a staple in our football program.”

    That statement is why he was never considered. Just saying.

  125. Old Diver November 16, 2009 2:54 pm

    Regarding # 100

    Here we go again with the ” Those of you ” again.

  126. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 3:04 pm


    I am talking *INTERIM* head coach not THE head coach….I mean UH was not considering an interim HC to begin with so moot point I guess…

    I was just thinking who on staff might have agreed to stay to see things through with the day to day business.

  127. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 3:07 pm

    I have 2 extra tickets for the SJ game. Maybe only 1 if CRW lives up to his name.

    Am I getting called out? 👿

    Joking, of course.

    Actually, I just finished booking my hotel and rental car. Just gotta purchase the plane ticket and everything’s in the books!

  128. LizKauai November 16, 2009 3:36 pm

    CRW is COMMITTED! Woo Hoo! Cheer for us!!


  129. LizKauai November 16, 2009 3:39 pm


    “This is basically happening because the kids are finally starting to believe that they can win,” Jones said. “We’ve beaten probably five teams that are better than us this year. Everybody’s probably more talented than we are, but the kids have just believed, hung in there, and won.”

  130. wafan November 16, 2009 3:41 pm

    If CRW cheers at half the volume of PP I really pity those sitting in front of him.

    Cheer for the Washington folks, too!!!

    Go Warriors!

  131. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 3:41 pm


    Had they gone with an interim head coach, they would have been saddled with finding a new AD… and a new HC at the same time while all the while worrying about the WBB Coach and the issues there.

  132. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 3:42 pm

    Hmm.. dunno how tah 128 got in my message.

  133. LizKauai November 16, 2009 3:42 pm

    “Yet with S.M.U. first in Conference USA’s West Division, it would host the league championship game on Dec. 5 by winning its two remaining games. The winner of the league title game plays in the Liberty Bowl. But Jones, who is in his second season at S.M.U., is intent on playing in the Hawaii Bowl. It would be a homecoming for him. He was the coach of Hawaii for nine seasons before being hired at S.M.U. in January 2008.”

    I wanna see the Warriors on the other side of the field… 😆

    okok… one game at a time.

  134. lopaka43 November 16, 2009 3:45 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko Oahana,

    regarding the warning of the “entertainer”, what I saw from my South end zone seat….

    He and his boys were beating their drums loudly when New Mexico State had the ball close to the South endzone, and had come up to the line calling out the signals which is a no-no. The ref gave them a warning, and then the others came by to reinforce the warning.

    But I like his energy and the way he gets the South end zone going after he does his touchdown pushups. Its one of the reasons why we sit in the South end zone seats.

    esme-woosh….back to lurking

  135. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 3:48 pm

    It’s all booked! Off to SJSU!!!!!!!!

    Unfortunately I’m gonna have to go commando-style on this trip since Friday meetings are keeping me shackled to the office all-day. My ground time in the Bay Area will be less than 24 hours total.

    SteveM, e-mail coming to you shortly…..

  136. LizKauai November 16, 2009 3:53 pm

    lopaka43- after the half, the entertainer was calling for cheers in the north endzone when we were in offense…
    I was like “SHHHHH!” (huhu aunty with slippah in hand…) 😈

  137. LizKauai November 16, 2009 3:54 pm

    Oddah dan dat- I LOVE da entertainer and da drummahs!


  138. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 3:54 pm


    I think we may coincidentally be staying at the same hotel…..

  139. wafan November 16, 2009 3:54 pm

    CRW . . .

    Commando-style? Put extra under-garments in your pocket when you go to work. Bocha, too.

    Geez. Some keeeeds.

  140. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 16, 2009 3:55 pm


    thats awesome. its good to see schools keeping alive and reviving their football programs.

    i always think of that little ole football program from U of S. Florida and how they came from very humble beginnings with very VERY little in terms of facilities.

    I read once they met on a field under a tree in 1997 because they didn’t have the proper football facilities to conduct a team meeting.

    Look at them now! The school wanted a football program and Coach Leavitt was entrusted with developing a program that is now one of the most feared in the Big East and even ACC when they are scheduled.

    I hope SJSU can find it in themselves to keep the program growing, bring in a young visionary coach and knock off some of those Pac-10 teams they always schedule.

  141. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 4:03 pm


    Don’t worry. I promise to pack some clothes for San Jose. But I guess doing so implies I wouldn’t exactly be going as “commando” as one would anticipate…..

  142. Slugger November 16, 2009 4:11 pm

    I told my sis to check out the pics on SteveM’s site to figure out who the Tsaikos were at the SJSU game. So, if a short pake woman with a 6′ husband (who’s wearing a Sugar Bowl t-shirt) comes up to say HI!, that’s her.

    CRW, glad you’re going to make it.

  143. wafan November 16, 2009 4:14 pm

    CRW . . .

    It is not that I am anticipating it. Just the mind pictures. Totally commando. Camouflage. Special weapons and tactics. Loaded for an old fox.


  144. Committed Road Warrior November 16, 2009 4:32 pm

    Signing off for the night. I’ll try to pick up the conversation some time tomorrow.

    See you!

  145. SteveM November 16, 2009 5:01 pm

    Committed Road Warrior:
    November 16th, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    It’s all booked! Off to SJSU!!!!!!!!

    Unfortunately I’m gonna have to go commando-style on this trip since Friday meetings are keeping me shackled to the office all-day. My ground time in the Bay Area will be less than 24 hours total.

    SteveM, e-mail coming to you shortly…..

    Got it! Sheesh… land at SFO at 1300 on game day and drive down to San Jose for the 1700 game. Then depart from SFO at 0730 the next morning? No need hotel room if you go to the After-game party too… 😐

    “Road Warrior” indeed…but you’ve done this before… 🙂

  146. postmanke November 16, 2009 5:09 pm

    anyone know the attendance count for last saturdays game? caught the game towards the tail end.. stadium looked really empty..

  147. Slugger November 16, 2009 5:20 pm


    Watch the Coach Mack Show at 6:30 pm; the count was displayed. Last night the tape was not playing smoothly, but the number 25,xxx was on a slide in the show.

  148. 808ike November 16, 2009 5:22 pm

    Kanani d. 30 kills at the beginning of game 4.

  149. wafan November 16, 2009 5:32 pm


  150. wafan November 16, 2009 5:32 pm


  151. whitey November 16, 2009 5:38 pm

    wahines 3-1 winner

  152. whitey November 16, 2009 5:38 pm

    Congrats to the Wahines for their undefeated regular WAC season.

  153. whitey November 16, 2009 5:39 pm

    wafan, do you know a miura who was with the hnl youth symphony about 10-15 yrs ago??????

  154. chawan_cut November 16, 2009 5:58 pm

    wow, brady quinn is doing “great” today….. go ND! haha.

  155. wafan November 16, 2009 6:01 pm

    whitey . . .

    I was already up here; so, sorry, I do not know a Miura from that time. The only Miura I knew was a band teacher named Les at Ali’imanu Intermediate way back when.

    Was the student from Maui?

  156. d1島 November 16, 2009 6:15 pm


    Following the weather reports in the PNW.
    Wow! 90 mph winds along OR coast! 😯

    Stay warm and dry….

  157. Stephen Tsai November 16, 2009 6:18 pm


    They announced 31,000 tickets issued, something like 25,000 in the house. To me, it looked like 18,000 in the house.

  158. Slugger November 16, 2009 6:21 pm

    Number on the Coach Mack Show: 25,103

  159. Slugger November 16, 2009 6:22 pm

    Yay! Congrats to the Wahine!

  160. d1島 November 16, 2009 6:39 pm

    Hurricane force winds, flooding, 25 foot seas, and something we don’t usually worry about in Hawaii….



  161. d1島 November 16, 2009 6:42 pm

    Speaking of wind, I think Liz Chun and Coach Mack gotta find a new place for the Coach Show on windy days….

  162. whitey November 16, 2009 6:51 pm

    wafan, yes name is kurt m, went to julliards, and is now a world class bassist (spp???). he plays for ozawa in the spring, but did not go this past year.

  163. whitey November 16, 2009 6:52 pm

    wafan, his wife plays for issak pearlman.

  164. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 16, 2009 7:12 pm

    Quick thoughts before a quick nap before MONDAY NIGHT MADNESS:

    -Wahine finish perfect! Not a perfectly played game though. I was listening to the match on the way home and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing in the second set.

    -Not sold that supposed “leaked information” was a reason for the unnecessary loss to SJSU at home last season.

    -Why do practices have to be closed for players to focus better? If that’s the real truth then as an avid spring and fall practice attendee I say, “CLOSE THEM ALL FROM BEGINNING OF THE CAMPS TO THE END”. Sure I’d miss going to practices but for the apparent better of the program, its a small price to pay for us fans. To watch practice as a fan is a luxury and NOT given right.

  165. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 16, 2009 7:15 pm


    I think the Coach Mack Show set still stay on Kapiolani Blvd!

  166. A-House November 16, 2009 7:16 pm

    To all the late evening head hunters, hope one of you wins the LV grand prize for the best ESPN poster!

    Me, I goin be moi moi right afta I watch the Korean historical drama on channel 4 which begins at 9:25 tonight. Something about 2 ladies who fight over the right to rule Korea a long time ago.

  167. Slugger November 16, 2009 7:28 pm


    You missed a HIFF film, ‘A Frozen Flower’. May or may not be a Korean dynastic drama you would watch. Beautiful costumes, settings, scenery, & actors.

    I don’t think I can nap. That’s the reason I’m going to the game; I’m up.


    When I’ve been attending practices, I try not to put anything relevant on the blog. But some people may. See you at the game. If you could save me a seat, that would be great. I’ll try to get there at 10 pm, but I have to drive, so….

  168. Jason November 16, 2009 7:29 pm

    A-House: My Mom got a good laugh when I told her that you watch those Korean historical dramas. She explained some of the history to me, but I’m not really into Korean history. I watch the Japanese historical dramas (NHK Taiga dramas). 😛

  169. Momo November 16, 2009 7:48 pm

    A house: do you want our men basket ball tickets for 11/20 (BYU) and Nov 27 New Mexico…. I have three tickets for each game when we are away to new york…momo

  170. A-House November 16, 2009 7:55 pm


    Thank you! You have mail!!

  171. A-House November 16, 2009 7:57 pm


    Enjoy the game at SJSU with the Tsaikos.

    We will be looking for you guys in the stands. Know there will be a lot of UH fans.

    Have a good and safe trip!!!

  172. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 16, 2009 8:07 pm

    Go- Traveling Tsai-kos!

    I’ll be hanging with the Kymry Krew at Rob’s Goodtimes Grill on Saturday in Lihue.
    Kauai lurkers, please join us for the cheerfest!!

  173. bighilofan2 November 16, 2009 8:14 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos everywhere.

    I agree with ST and D1 on how we landed Coach Mack. The bottom line is that we made the decision, the man is working for his money, the players are rallying around him, the coaches are rallying around him, and we should too. When you think about how the cards were dealt to him, with the assistant coaches going to SMU, recruiting deadline 3 weeks out, looking to fill spots, and sticking with his people in spite of
    grumbling, getting help, sticking with his people, I gotta say hats off to Coach. He’s earned my respect! Soometimes I get frustrated because i know the players can performe better, and to me its obvious that the
    coaching can improve, particularly on offense.

    But things have gotten better, and that is encouraging. Sooner or later, the younger coaches are gonna step up and shine. Thats what I’m thinking, and I’m sticking to it.

    As for Coach Miano, its his call. He stuck up for us; we gotta stick up for him. Personally, if i had to choose for Hawaii, I’d hope Miano goes to UNLV and Tormey hangs around, if one of them had to go. Don’t know why I’m saying that, just that Miano still has chance to make the big time, and maybe thats what he wants. Me, I’m selfish for Hawaii. I’m hoping those two stay. But I also like our coaches to know we really mean them well, and wish the best of luck in life to each and everyone.

    Gotta say, glad to see the running. Coach B Smith really could use that juice. Makes him look good. Great!

    And when I think about how to say it, maybe thats why my hat is off to
    Coach Mack. Good luck this weekend, coach.

    Go Warriors!

  174. Kazz (blkberry_storm) November 16, 2009 8:26 pm

    Wonder what Alex Gerke thought of our running game two weeks ago? 😆

  175. Slugger November 16, 2009 9:25 pm

    Yikes! Cal St-Fullerton won at Pauley Pavillion for the first time! Go, Gaels!

    I got to hear Coach John Wooden speak at a conference on teamwork. Pretty right on guy.

    K, off to SSC….Esme & whoosh…

  176. Garret November 16, 2009 9:31 pm

    I knew that SJSU had less scholarships than the maximum because of APR problems. What I did *not* realize was that SJSU had so little funding that they actually could not give out all the scholarships that they were allowed. I did not realize that Tomey’s SJSU team had just 67 scholarships to give out, 18 less than their competition! That goes *well* beyond what the APR would have penalized them.

    In teeing up the ball for the next man, though, Bowen must do his best to eliminate the “challenges” that specifically undid Tomey. One was a lack of scholarships. The maximum number that can be offered is 85. That’s what most Football Bowl Subdivision schools have available. But under Tomey, the Spartans had as few as 67 scholarships — and never provided more than 72.

    A scholarship shortage hurts a football program in two ways. A team becomes more vulnerable when injuries strike because of depth issues. And the margin for error is reduced in terms of recruiting choices. If a player’s talent has been misjudged — and some SJSU administrators believe Tomey and his staff did not recruit enough great athletes — there’s no replacement available.

    What caused the Spartans’ scholarship gap? One problem was lack of funding. The other involved trouble with the NCAA in terms of the APR (Academic Progress Rate), a required measurement of classroom success instituted in 2004. The Spartans didn’t meet NCAA standards. They were punished by a reduction of five scholarships.

  177. Garret November 16, 2009 9:35 pm

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

    Research study found that Vitamin D and calcium supplements substantially reduces all-cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

  178. Garret November 16, 2009 9:36 pm

    Apple filed for a patent last year that would display ads on almost anything that has a screen…and the user will be required to pay attention to the ad before the device will work again!

  179. Garret November 16, 2009 9:36 pm

    Man in Alaska needed money to pay for a parking ticket…so he robbed his MOM at gunpoint.

  180. Garret November 16, 2009 9:37 pm

    Florida man called 911 to report that his home was robbed, told them that his *pot* stash was one of the things stolen, and then couldn’t remember his address. He also told the 911 responder that he was smoking pot while talking to him/her.

  181. Garret November 16, 2009 9:38 pm

    Sculpture of a New Zealand government minister crafted from cow manure sold for $2,220 on eBay…I wonder how they will ship that?

  182. Garret November 16, 2009 9:38 pm

    Free play links pau.

  183. whitey November 16, 2009 10:00 pm

    how was bb game tonight??????

  184. whitey November 16, 2009 10:01 pm

    ralph must have gone to bed early tonight

  185. whitey November 16, 2009 10:02 pm

    al, thanks for the quackers. going pick it up tomorrow from duffer.

  186. Jason November 16, 2009 10:03 pm

    whitey: The UH game? Doesn’t start for another 45 minutes! 😛

  187. Jason November 16, 2009 10:04 pm

    Wow, the blog clock is 13 minutes slow.

  188. whitey November 16, 2009 10:04 pm

    the warriors are making a good decision on closed practice and hope the coaches can get the team in the right mood for the SJ game.

  189. Jason November 16, 2009 10:04 pm

    I remember that 11 PM game last year. That was absolutely crazy. If I didn’t have to work tomorrow, then I would be at the SSC this year too … 😀

  190. whitey November 16, 2009 10:05 pm

    Jason, you joking???? right.

  191. lil's November 16, 2009 10:07 pm

    channel 21 bess’s story

    Interesting to find an interview with D. Bess talking about his past…

    highlights of him playing fball in prison. wow… keith bhonopa was the inside guy that helped get him here

  192. whitey November 16, 2009 10:08 pm

    haven’t really thought about what to look for from the o and d this sat, but would like to see pilares back in the slot permanently

  193. whitey November 16, 2009 10:11 pm

    major decision will have to be made about who will be kicking fg and pat and i don’t think they will take 2 kickers to SJS

  194. whitey November 16, 2009 10:12 pm

    i know it is too late for wafan to post, so just to make sure he sees this in the morning. wafan, we going over the 2 century mark.

  195. whitey November 16, 2009 10:17 pm

    imho, the warriors will score in the 30-40 range pointwise and SJS will probably be under 15. 3rd qtr non-scoring, it has not been easy for the warriors and i think this trend will continue.

  196. Ralph November 16, 2009 10:18 pm

    Whitey 11 pm game, i hope you took a nap or you better set your dvr.

  197. whitey November 16, 2009 10:18 pm

    so now have to hurry up cause am ready to call it a night.

  198. whitey November 16, 2009 10:18 pm

    ralph, my man, you up. all right!!!! thought you had gone to bed early tonight. me, i going bed.

  199. whitey November 16, 2009 10:19 pm

    ok wafan, that was for you!!! good night.

  200. madeinhawaii November 16, 2009 10:20 pm

    For those at work… BB Game Should be viewable online at:

  201. al November 16, 2009 10:38 pm

    whitey…got game at 2300.

  202. Ralph November 16, 2009 10:49 pm

    Slugger Fullerton State Titans, St. Mary Gaels..

  203. tom mui November 16, 2009 11:08 pm

    Diana: Happy birthday!!!

  204. LizKauai (iPhone) November 16, 2009 11:49 pm

    Made it thru the half. Gotta sleep now!
    Sweet Warrior Dreams!

  205. TChahng [오키나와] November 16, 2009 11:56 pm

    Uncle A-House must be watching “The Great Queen Seondeok.” The GF tells me it’s a very popular TV-drama in Korea right now.

  206. al November 17, 2009 12:19 am

    hapy birthday diana!

  207. Slugger November 17, 2009 1:55 am

    Hau’oli La Hanau, Queen Diana!!!! Have a wonderful day!


    I know. The Gaels were the next game on ~ vs. San Diego State. Go, St. Mary’s! Did they win? They were ahead when I left for the game. Otherwise I root for UCLA, since I know Ben Howland.

    Men lost tonight to Northern Colorado. Forgot the score. It was noisy. Lots of students there. I sat in a section behind the UH bench with some of the football players, their friend Ivy & some of her friends. Got to talk to Lewis & Jovonte (doing ok), & Tank. Lewis didn’t know practice was closed. Was I not supposed to tell him? Saw Kazz across the way, Chawan_Cut & Lefty behind the basket, and the Docs above near center court.

    Guess I’ll go to bed…Morning!

  208. Kekoa (iPhone) November 17, 2009 2:05 am

    Postmanke ~ Attendance was 25,103.

    Most notable at the end, was the players gathered on the field singing the Alma Mater. As people were leaving the stadium, they turned and stopped to listen. Mahalo Slugger for talking to the players & coaches about that!

    Col A-house. Let’s plan on going to the next stadium authority meeting and teaching them how to display the flag! Tired talk already! They will wish they listened to you the first time!

  209. Kekoa (iPhone) November 17, 2009 2:23 am

    Still up serenading da Queen with cousin Buddy. We just finished a few green bottles and forgot most of the words to Happy birtday…but we sound Gooood! Oh doze Golden pipes!

    SteveM ~ I got Diana the latest Hawaiian (#4) disc for the Karaoke player. She can’t wait for us to go watch a UH game so she can test out da new songs witout us makin’ all kine!

    Gotta go check ’em, go check ’em, gooo!

  210. wafan November 17, 2009 3:38 am

    Good wet and blustery morning!

    It feels like I am in Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day.

  211. wafan November 17, 2009 3:41 am

    Happy birthday to Queen Diana!!!

    Long may you reign!

    Sure hope your loyal servant is taking good care of you.

  212. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 3:42 am

    Happy Birthday to the Queen! 😀

  213. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 3:45 am

    Hiya Wafan!

    Who wuz that cartoon character that used to say

    “Wain… Lightning! Thunder! ” And he’d go afta da wabbit…

    oh well. i’m tinking of you and the blusters! 😀

    hope you’re all cozy and stuffs. 😀

  214. wafan November 17, 2009 4:01 am

    I could never figure out how they would absolutely close practices if the concern was spies. Too many places to secure.

  215. wafan November 17, 2009 4:04 am

    whitey . . .

    Ozawa and Perlmann! Wow!!!

    Perlmann performed with the Seattle Symphony a few years ago. What beautiful music! Then he took the baton and directed several pieces — awesome interpretations.

  216. wafan November 17, 2009 4:06 am

    d1 . . .

    Did you visit Seaside, OR, the last time? Last night it flooded. Not happy times along the OR coast. You folks should be really wet but safe along I-5. Bring a good jacket/raincoat!

  217. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 4:07 am


    Coach Mack said it, let it be written, let it be done….

    das how you get closed, nomo spies, practices.

    except, always gonna get guyz who like push peeps ova da cliff just
    because get one cliff.


    ST made a nice article in the HA today.

  218. wafan November 17, 2009 4:08 am

    Hi, bhf2!

    How is everything? You have been gone for a bit — must have been super busy or just steaming so much you could not or would not post. HA!

    You going to SJSU?

  219. wafan November 17, 2009 4:13 am

    Time to get to school.

    Is it nap-time, yet?

  220. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 4:15 am


    howzit howzit.
    still not sure yet. was served subpoena to go to Lake Oswego, set for 11/19, but they neva send me tix or make odda arrangements, so must
    be flakes, i’ll go call this morning, but doesn’t look promising to go. but
    if CRW can go last minute, den so can I. 😀 we’ll see.

  221. Loa November 17, 2009 4:16 am

    morning gang!

    happy birthday Diana!

  222. Loa November 17, 2009 4:18 am

    bighilo – #215 – Elmer Fudd?

  223. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 4:22 am


    das da guy! 😆

    must’ve been raised in Pacific Northwest! 😀

  224. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 4:26 am

    rabbits…. underdogs….

    our team has really dug themselves into a hole.


    one game at a time

    = always possibilities…

    get chance … get chance ….


  225. Ralph November 17, 2009 4:31 am

    Slugger did you tell the Javonte and Walker that we saw Craig Bell, #25, heading for the tunnel as the Alma Mater was playing. Only I guy I notice leaving the field, he must have known that he was the only guy walking to the tunnel.

  226. Ralph November 17, 2009 4:45 am

    good luck to coach Dana and the Na Wahine who open their season at UC Riverside…cure the e Bolla, start with a relentless defense and compete for 40 minutes, enjoy the game of basketball and have fun while playing every minute to the fullest.

  227. Ralph November 17, 2009 4:53 am

    UNLV fires fb coach, paying Sanford off after they gave him a 3 yr extension last season, now it is harder to accept how we lost to this team.

  228. Garret November 17, 2009 5:01 am


    UNLV’s head coach had a buyout clause that was only about half of one year’s salary…it was just a matter of time when would fire him after the season they had been having.

  229. Garret November 17, 2009 5:02 am

    Happy Birthday Diana!

  230. Garret November 17, 2009 5:03 am

    Cleveland is giving a lot of LBs some time on the field except for David Veikune.

    Mangini moved David Bowens from the outside to the inside. Rookie Kaluka Maiava started at the other inside spot. Jason Trusnik, who was acquired in the trade with the New York Jets that sent Braylon Edwards east, started in Bowens’ spot on the outside.

    The moves played out well in the early going. Bowens recorded a sack of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the first quarter. Maiava stopped Ray Rice on a screen pass on third down to set up an unsuccessful field-goal attempt by Steve Hauschka.

    Notably absent was rookie David Veikune, the third of three second-round draft choices. Veikune has struggled to get playing time.

  231. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 5:03 am


    wuz thinking exactly the same thing, hard to accept how we lost to UNLV.

    but we did. and when I think about how the team left the field, going off into the far corner without saying good night to us, representing Warrior
    Nation, I got SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MADD! frustrated actually.

    and i came to this brillian conclusion. we get rookie coach!

    an i also concluded dat i’m eeda in or inda way. so i’m giving the rookie
    coach his mulligan. and prolly more mulligans are on da horizon.

    but coach get backup from J Donovan and Chance Hinshaw. Now he gotta treat his coaches as a business decision. Go Coach! Go for us!

  232. Garret November 17, 2009 5:06 am

    I hadn’t remembered that SJSU’s academic problems cost them some practice time in Spring practices…another obstacle that Tomey had to overcome. With losing 57 scholarships due to the APR and not giving out all the scholarships they could because they didn’t have enough money, it seems that Tomey never had the support (academic or financial) that he needed at SJSU.

    He knew the problems he was inheriting though, as the APR problems were there before he took the SJSU job.

  233. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 5:06 am

    laters gang.

    esme wooooshhhh >>>

  234. RainbowCliff November 17, 2009 5:26 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Nation, A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Diana the fame wife to our righteous Kekoa who the both of you together bring out the true meaning of aloha and polynesian hospitality ! Mahalo for your GREATNESS !

    I do know the way to San Jose as I and Mrs. RainbowCliff will be driving up the beautiful Northern Coast Line as we leave Friday morning and arriving for some Hukilau San Jose style Friday afternoon. Staying at the Montgomery Hotel and will be at ALL events as meeting ANY of you folks along the way will be an HONOR and PLEASURE !

    Coming up to FINALLY miss a working day as my 17 year consecutive streak at Al Wooten will come to an end as I can’t find no better way then to end it celebrating with you good folks of Hawaii fame and fortune. My administrators looked startled to find out that I am going to be absent from work BUT they were happy to know that I will be missing it because of the OHANA as it will go down as THE GREATEST WORK RECORD of all time to never be seen or done again.

    Beautiful morning here in Los Angeles as I get ready to do double duty playing my awesome tennis game and going down to Magic’s 24 hour fitness and DOMINATING the courts as I am in GREAT shape at 51 with legs strong and upper body bulked, agile and flexible. My ball handling superb and my offensive skills still solid as I can help Bob’s Rainbow Warriors right now with my leadership and tuff man to man defense on and away from the ball. RainbowLegend can still play as where ever I go the nay sayers are in AWED as one child from a player in the gym came up to me and said ” Are you really 51 and I sheeplishly replied yes I am little darling as she smiled from ear to ear as I gave her a Mickey Mouse sucker “.

    17 consecutive years at Wooten, 27 years over all to the profession since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1981. PROUD kind folks is all I can say as that is what I represent coming up to San Jose with kindness, sincerity and appreciation. Have a GREAT day Tsaiko Nation and always “BELIEVE” in the power of the ohana and the COMPASSION of aloha as I represent it EVERYDAY instilling it in Los Angeles and turning lives around by the THOUSANDS as I celebrate with you good folks and Hawaii Warrior football. Simply the best, better then all the rest !

    Vaya Con Dios and Imua Warriors !

  235. whitey November 17, 2009 5:26 am

    good morning tsaikos. Happy Birthday Diana.

  236. whitey November 17, 2009 5:48 am

    d1, you awake yet???

  237. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:04 am

    Great Morning All!

    Right here, whitey! 🙂

  238. midnight November 17, 2009 6:06 am

    Good morning Tsaikos from the land of the Longhorns!!

    40 degrees this morning at 8am when I got up to do my morning exercises. It is 52 degrees now at 1015am.

    Happy Birthday to Diana!!! Wish I was there in Hawaii so I could give you a big hug and kiss. That’s OK? right Kekoa?

  239. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:18 am

    Howzit midnight!

    Miss you folks! Hope things are going well.

  240. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:20 am

    Happy Birthday Diana!
    Hope that hubby of yours gets you “Thai’d” up for lunch! 🙂

  241. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:22 am


    Yes, we stayed one night at Seaside and loved it! I was reading about the highway closure and the stormy weather.
    Hope things weren’t real destructive there last night.

  242. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:24 am

    Got up to watch the last 5:00 of the game last night. Too bad the Rainbow Warriors weren’t able to come all the way back. But it was great to watch them battle as hard as they did.
    Exciting to see the 3-pt weapon is available this season. Once the big buggahs can play it should be really fun to watch them.

  243. d1島 November 17, 2009 6:27 am

    Good news about Salas and Moniz.
    Hope more Warriors become available for Saturday.

    Have a terrific day erryboddy! Remember your umbrella!


  244. royvic November 17, 2009 6:28 am

    Read ST article this morning and what piqued my interest was the picture of Salas on crutches.

    What I noticed immediately was accompanying Salas in the picture was Coach Mack looking the part of a football coach. For he was attired in shoes and socks and UA shorts and shirt, which to me is good enhancements on his image.

    Other times I’ve seen practices (except the scrimmage in the Spring) or pictures (including the one from Idaho) he was wearing slippers, which I think doesn’t enhance his image. Or allows him to gain respect from his colleagues, players, supporters and fans.

    The point I’m making is that I think a coach upholding a good image is important and when the public sees the coach out of uniform and in slippers to me that’s an ugly image and doesn’t garner respect.

    Maybe the coach is working towards doing things that are more conventional and also in improving on his image.

    What I also want to know is how the other assistant coaches are attired. Because the one practice I saw (a Monday before the Fresno game) all the assistant coaches had on, seemingly, whatever colors they wanted to wear. I thought that was unusual.

  245. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 6:53 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  246. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 6:53 am

    248 and counting.

  247. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 6:53 am

    Have a great Warrior Day!

  248. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 6:54 am

    Hi Ho!

  249. djmitcho November 17, 2009 6:58 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good day.

    d1, I will be cheering for the Wildcats this weekend. I’m glad that Linfield got a 2nd seed. The west coast teams don’t get enough respect, even at the d3 level.

  250. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 6:59 am

    ST- will there be a show today?

  251. Bulla November 17, 2009 7:00 am

    happy birthday diana, hope it is a special day for a special lady 🙂

  252. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 7:15 am


    good morning. good points.

    how we gonna get coach to accept the idea that, as the State’s football coach, he’s gotta project his image. good, bad, mediocre, whateva.

    if you spend all your time caring about everybody else and spend no/little time caring about yourself, you’re gonna look the part.
    and the look is gonna reflect on those around you. and no excuses
    for not having the look. because that is all you.

    we’ll see this coming weekend. like the UNLV game. we should win.
    his job is to get the coaches ready. fight till the last play. no play like a scared cat. hammer all game long! look like a winner all game long.

    Go Warriors.

  253. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 17, 2009 7:22 am

    bhf2- is that really you??

  254. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 7:27 am


    Good morning LizK.

  255. bighilofan2 November 17, 2009 7:30 am

    see you all when it is dark.


  256. Diana November 17, 2009 8:06 am

    Thank you Stephen Tsai for expressing what I’ve always tried to tell Kekoa. Could you remind him of that fact more often?

  257. Diana November 17, 2009 8:29 am

    Oh and may I share a few details from my special day…

    Kekoa took me to a delicious lunch, and my grandson Kimana cooked me an authentic Mexican dinner he made from scratch.

    Mahalo to all you “Tsaiko” people for your best wishes. I really had fun with those of you who went to the Las Vegas game. I met some wonderful mainland Tsaiko’s like Brew, LV, CRW & Wafan. My warmest regards to Rhonda and Cliff. I wish I could have seen him in action back in the day! (The shirt is beautiful, Kekoa added the *H* logo).

    Midnite & Barbra, I miss singing with you 2, and especially your friendship. I hope we see you folks again back home.

    Mrs. A-House, I enjoyed your special ‘snack’ Kekoa brought home from the T-gate, along with your very touching healing note.

    I hope to see you all at the Navy tail-gate. Sorry Sailor Blue, but Navy is going to be in hostile waters! Smile…(I don’t how to make that face thing).

  258. koakane™ November 17, 2009 8:38 am

    :mrgreen: hippo birdie two ewe alii nui queen of the kapolei ceeded lands

  259. Da Punchbowl Kid November 17, 2009 8:42 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Happy Birthday, Queen Diana! Glad to see that you had a good b-day. Take care!

  260. LizKauai November 17, 2009 8:44 am

    Nice to see you posting, Diana!

    ST tweets that Glanville is out at PSU.

    Shane Austin- see you at noon!!!

    bhf2- CU at darktime 😆


  261. Nalani November 17, 2009 8:54 am

    I thought I’d share a short vid of Pono’s INT v St Louis earlier in the season. BYE this week, then KS takes on the winner of Leilehua/Baldwin on 11/27.

  262. A-House November 17, 2009 9:02 am

    Belated Happy Birfday to Diana; seems our better halves always share the lime light!! Quite deserving, I might add.

  263. LizKauai November 17, 2009 9:04 am

    Welcome home, Dick Tomey!!!

  264. Garret November 17, 2009 9:08 am

    Glanville being fired means that Craig Stutzmann will be looking for a WR coaching job soon…

  265. d1島 November 17, 2009 9:10 am

    Confirmed. (not that you needed that, Stephen.)

    Glanville steps down at PSU.

  266. HoweLee November 17, 2009 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday, Diana. With wishes for many, many more. Love you.

  267. A-House November 17, 2009 9:16 am


    Roger that! First episode was last night, but the first 2 episodes occur in the years 300-600 AD or about 2 centuries before Queen Seondeok’s rule.

    Interestingly, it portrays the reign of Misil who apparently became the 1st “queen” of Shilia when it, Bekjae, and Gorgoruo were the 3 kingdoms of present day Korea.

    Understand it is sooooooo popular in Korea that they added 12 more episodes to the original 50. How you figa???

  268. Slugger November 17, 2009 9:25 am

    Morning! I’m up….


    No, I didn’t see Craig Bell leaving the field, so I didn’t bring it up. Lewis & I didn’t talk about that, although as I was singing Hawaii Pono’i before the game I wondered if they teach students the alma mater at all. You could send an email to the Coach.

    BHF2, I only mentioned it to one player & Derek Inouchi, not a coach.

    I think the players need to go over to the Hawaii fans after the game and say Mahalo/Aloha. Might not want to shake hands (H1N1). But I liked what Boise St. players did after their game here.

  269. al November 17, 2009 9:29 am

    i hope a door opens up for stutzmann back on one of the island’s d-1 football teams.

  270. tom mui November 17, 2009 9:31 am

    #271 – getting close to 300 messages unless ST chimes in.

  271. LizKauai November 17, 2009 9:33 am

    Hey, HoweLee- missed you last Sat. Of course, I was only at the TG for about 20 mins before we rolled up the hill 😆

  272. LizKauai November 17, 2009 9:34 am

    Times of change going on everywhere. I’m glad the Warriors had the big shakeup 2 years early and are in the process of settling in.


  273. LizKauai November 17, 2009 9:35 am

    275 and whoosh!

  274. bstunna2002 November 17, 2009 9:35 am

    I don’t think Craig Bell is #25 I think he is #24

  275. Diana November 17, 2009 9:42 am

    thank you Liz. You know me, I rather talk story! I would go watch football again if I could sit with all the Tsaikos. Our section was rockin’ in Vegas!

  276. Slugger November 17, 2009 9:46 am

    Eh, Stephen was headed to practice at 7:08 am? Early…

  277. J November 17, 2009 10:01 am

    royvic’s comment (#246) reminds me of a scene in Bull Durham…

    “Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.”–Crash Davis to Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh

  278. Stretch November 17, 2009 10:06 am

    Glanville resigns from Portland State. I wonder what happens to Craig Stutzmann??

  279. Kaimuki Kid November 17, 2009 10:12 am

    Push for 300

  280. Kaimuki Kid November 17, 2009 10:14 am

    Alex D practice with helmet on all the time…You did great punting on Saturday

  281. Kaimuki Kid November 17, 2009 10:15 am

    Is it Saturday yet? GO WARRIORS!

  282. Pride. November 17, 2009 10:17 am

    Happy Birthday Diana.

  283. SteveM November 17, 2009 10:19 am

    Good morning everyone!


  284. Kaimuki Kid November 17, 2009 10:20 am

    Happy Birthday Diana

  285. d1島 November 17, 2009 10:20 am

    I wonder what happens to Craig Stutzmann??

    He doesn’t turn down any free meals for now!

  286. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 17, 2009 10:25 am

    The Defensive Force Field surrounding the NOCol’s basket was “hot” last night, especially during the first half of the basketball game. I estimated that UH lost at least 9 free throw points and another 8 points from missed shots that should have gone in. There were also maybe three airballs in the first half, but under the circumstances, that bothered me less than the missed free throws. Still the game was a good indicator that once we get Kurtz and Amis back, the team will be fun to watch.

    Great crowd – too bad this doesn.t happen more often.

    A quick reminder of stuff coming up this week: Wednesday morning the Honolulu City Council will vote on Resolution 09-313 urging the Legislature to continue opposing the legalization of gambling here in Hawai`i. It is the 14th item on the agenda and should be up for discussion by 10:30 am. It will pass unanimously even though at least four of the nine members personally support legalized gambling and have gone to LasVegas both as a private citizen and as a Councilmember while attending one or more conferences there. .

    On Thursday, November 19, the Stadium Authority will hear the following issues: Under IIIC, Item #2 is: National Footbal League 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowl Game – discussion and action on the on the Aloha Stadium License Agreement.

    Item #3D is the Athletic Director’s report – sometimes it’s Teri Chang, sometimes it’s Carl Clapp. sometimes it’s Joh McNamara, sometimes it’s Jim Donovan – just depends upon if there are some serious problems requiring the last to show up.

    Under IV Unfinished Business: Aloha Stadium Repair Work – Update from Comptroller Russ Saito on the Stadium Repair Work Project or any update involving Aloha Stadium. NOTE: This should include the turf replacement project.

    The Board of Regents will also be meeting on Thursday, November 19, at Leeward Community College. As far as I can tell, no Athletic Department items are on the Agenda – including a report from the Director of Athletics who was a regular item on the agenda up until a few months ago. The next meeting will be at Maui Community College on January 28, 2010.

    Going back to January – March, 2009, Coach Mack had been on the job for over six weeks when the final decision to hire Jim Donovan was confirmed by the Board of Regents.

    Finally, the Legislature is gearing up for another Session. All legislative offices are open throughout the year so if you have some concerns you want to share with your state senator or representative, now’s the time to let huim or her know. The peak time for drafting legislation in between Thanksgiving & Christmas.

    Despite the economy’s downturn, several capital improvement projects at on the lower campus are moving ahead. What else would you like to see happen?

  287. Kaimuki Kid November 17, 2009 10:29 am

    Is there a show today?

  288. Stretch November 17, 2009 10:37 am

    Posting a video of today’s practice. This is the “secret play” that UH is working on that they don’t want SJSU to know about.

  289. d1島 November 17, 2009 10:38 am

    Interesting comments from Mouse Davis regarding Glanville’s resignation.

    Reached at his home in Lake Oswego, Davis said Tuesday was a “good day for PSU football, because this will clean it up and give them a chance to get a new start on the program and getting it going.

    “Obviously, you’d like to have some continuation, but you surely don’t want any continuation of the offense they had this year. You’d like to have that cleaned up. And the defense hasn’t been too sparkling, either.”

  290. tom mui November 17, 2009 10:39 am

    #290 and 10 to go for 300!!!

  291. tom mui November 17, 2009 10:39 am

    Well, make it 7 to go!

  292. Διογένης ὁ Σινωπεύς November 17, 2009 10:42 am

    #294 – six to go

  293. d1島 November 17, 2009 10:43 am

    Despite his claims of trying to maintain the RnS philosophy at the beginning of the season, it seems Glanville really went in a different direction as far as Davis is concerned.

    Davis had high expectations for the Vikings when he left in June.

    “I couldn’t recognize the offense by the end of the year, it had changed so much,” Davis said. “They’ve got some good kids, I think, some talented kids, so let’s get started with something that everyone believes in. But normally when you bring someone new in, they have some thoughts on what and who they want, and obviously that’s the way it’s got to be.”

    Davis said he is not interested in replacing Glanville, but is eager to assist in other ways, including helping with the search to find a replacement or working with the next head coach.

  294. Slugger November 17, 2009 10:43 am

    Kaimuki Kid:
    November 17th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Alex D practice with helmet on all the time…You did great punting on Saturday

    Are you at practice? Have I seen you there? Just wondering…

  295. Veriator November 20, 2009 7:11 pm

    In defense of Coach McMackin…. he was offered that 5 yr contract, he didn’t ask for it, he is entitled to it! Perhaps if the Hawaii political State Representatives would like to save the State some money, perhaps they give up some of their pay?.. A contract is a contract, being a
    State volunteer running for office to “Better Help The State”, don’t you think you can give up some of YOUR Income???? Perhaps if you did a better job bringing in businesses and income to the State, (or maybe get a BAILOUT from your adoptive Hawaii son Obama) you wouldn’t be in this positon!… I say Coach M keeps his pay, until you local Government officials give up some of your own!!.. Good Luck Coach!! Go Warriors!

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