Son’s long-distance love

When you’re 6,550 miles away and competing for a job on an NFL team, it’s not easy to shop for a Mother’s Day present.

Former UH running back Joey Iosefa sent money to his brothers to take their mother to lunch and dinner. But it is his presence at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training facility β€” more than his presents β€” that Iosefa’s mother has appreciated the most.

“I noticed from the day I got drafted, talking to my mom (on the phone), she barely says a word at all,” said Iosefa, whose family is in American Samoa. “All I can hear are (cries) of joy and excitement. I’m trying to make her happy.”

Iosefa said there were about 50 newcomers participating in this weekend’s mini camp. On Saturday evening, Iosefa noticed there were rows of bags in the locker room. They belonged to the players who were not invited to the OTAs, which begin tomorrow. There are six more players who will be cut. Iosefa, a seventh-round draft pick, is safe for the 90-player roster for OTAs.

“It’s really sad,” Iosefa said of the players who were cut. “It’s something that motivates me now.”


  1. tofuzuke May 10, 2015 9:36 am

    Good luck Braddah! All u can do is try your best, aloha!

  2. tom May 10, 2015 9:40 am


    Be good to your Mothers on this special day!

  3. Bowwar May 10, 2015 9:41 am

    2…Happy Mother’s Day!!

  4. H-man May 10, 2015 11:46 am

    Good luck to Joey !!!

  5. cappie the dog May 10, 2015 12:16 pm

    Missing from the recap of Hawaii-centric players in professional baseball in today’s Star-Advertiser is Matt Cooper, who could get us all home from Les Murakami Stadium in 2 hours.

    For the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class A affiliate for the Chicago White Sox, Cooper has appeared in three games as a reliever, pitching 3.1 innings with a 0.00 ERA. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 4-1.

    Good luck Joey Iosefa.

    Recruit Campbell’s DeWayne Sprinkel, just for the simple fact that he hit a home run out of a stadium that is hard to hit home runs.

  6. st. anthony trojan May 10, 2015 1:26 pm

    Home runs are relative …to who is pitching..
    The SF Giants great pitcher …J. MARCHIAL was once asked….if he heard of this kid in the Philippines… who hit a home run at every at bat….he said no… but asked…’who was pitching’ then took a bat n chased the reporter around the field…..he he he he

    He was good with the bat… but not while he was in the batters box….he he he

  7. cappiethedog May 10, 2015 2:50 pm

    With the new bats, home runs are down all across the board.

    For a player to hit a home run at Les Murakami Stadium, given the situation, a pressurized one, against a traditional ILH power like Mid-Pacific, merits at least a look at Division I, even though the Campbell center fielder is undersized.

    Sprinkel doesn’t look like Aliviado in CF, but he has some speed. Ten stolen bases for the year.

    He’s good enough to walk-on at UH.

    I’ve been waiting all season for Eric Ramirez and Alex Sawelson to touch all the bases

    The last thing I expect in a high school game is that forsomebody to put one out of the yard. I don’t even expect that at UH games. The home run, for all intents and purposes, is close to being precluded from at the outset of the game and on.

    Secretly Filipino: Phoebe Cates.

  8. st. anthony trojan May 10, 2015 4:47 pm

    Me thought they moved the fence in closer to home plate…a few years ago…thought it would make it a little easier to hit one out…not so?

  9. Ipu Man May 10, 2015 5:01 pm

    Just remember Joey, a deflated ball is easier to handle for running backs and for catching by wide receivers…

  10. Casual Observer May 10, 2015 5:02 pm

    Speaking of UH baseball and homeruns, it seem that homeruns by UH in Murakami Stadium and overall in general has decreased despite of the fact that in Murakami Stadium, they brought the fences in. Is it the coaching philosophy and the type of players being recruited? Or is it because opposing pitching is tougher to hit? I recall Murakami put an emphasis on hitting and even trained players to be switch hitters. And we were all spoiled by the exciting era of homers galore by Joey Meyers, Greg Oniate, Marcus Owens, and others.

  11. Casual Observer May 10, 2015 5:03 pm

    Also, would like to add in that baseball era, UH would go on the road and end up with football like scores and a bunch of homeruns.

  12. st. anthony trojan May 10, 2015 5:06 pm

    OMG Ipu man… don’y teach him how to cheat… next he going get DUI he he he..
    seems like mr. brady is going to be in big trouble…..with suspension from what me read… nasty stuff…

    am sure the big man has learned…just remind him not to go out with his QB….ROAMING AROUND…IF NE CRAB LEGS ARE MISSING…THEY WILL BE SUSPECT….HE HE HE

  13. st. anthony trojan May 10, 2015 5:37 pm

    The big man is talented… he just needs to stay injury free… get on the field… n folks n coaches will see him shine…

    thanks 4 that kapakahi…

  14. Ipu Man May 10, 2015 6:10 pm

    No, I don’t want Joey to cheat.
    Just fall on the ball once in a while…

  15. ai-eee-soos May 10, 2015 7:00 pm

    “back story” re: Kolten Wong’s homer today …

  16. hitman May 10, 2015 7:56 pm

    aloha everyone!! and happy mother day to all the moms out there !!

  17. champ May 10, 2015 9:53 pm

    Whoa Pheobe Cates is part Filipino? She was a cutie from the past.

  18. boolakanaka May 11, 2015 2:17 am

    Perhaps, the greatest base-stealer that never was at UH…bruddha Mike Akiu–no one could thrown him out. He would take 2nd and 3rd consistently.

    Many folks donΚ»t realize he went out for baseball in the spring, but the original sub 4.3 guy at UH, had a little trouble with both the curve and slider…….oh well, there many other punts to block.

  19. Stephen Tsai May 11, 2015 7:58 am

    New post:

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