Sugar tax, coaches in lava lava, Little Matt in pros

Word on the street is UH will mail out Form 1099 to members of the Sugar Bowl party who did not have a work-related role for the event.
If a non-essential travel member received more than $600 in wages in kind — the value of air travel, hotel and per diem — he would have to pay personal and social-security taxes on the amount.
Such a policy already is in place at UH. For instance, employees are given a Form 1099 if they receive season tickets valued at more than $600.

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On the other side, the goodwill travel party of the UH and SMU coaching staffs to American Samoa has arrived safely. These photos are courtesy of Kevin Kaplan of the June Jones Foundation:




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Matt Gibson is averaging 19 points per game for the Marinos, a team in Venezuela’s pro basketball league. The Marinos are in the playoffs.


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UH is going green. The football media guides, which will be circulated July 21, will be made of recycled paper.

Here’s sports media relations director Derek Inouchi holding the media guide proof:


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On Aug. 18, UH will launch its newly improved sports Web site, which will feature videos. Inouchi already has hired Jay Metzger as videographer/photographer to serve as UH’s version of Princess Leila.

Check out Jay’s great work at his Web site: 

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Quarterback Brent Rausch dropped the Emo look, cutting his hair and letting it return to its natural light color.



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And here’s Greg Aleander:


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Here’s Shane Austin letting it fly:


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And here’s Tyler Graunke:



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Here’s Inoke Funaki, up close and personal:



  1. Pomai June 28, 2008 1:15 am


  2. Lonomakana June 28, 2008 1:16 am

    Hey, 1st! I knew there was something good about getting home this late. I hope the new UH site will have streaming video of games. I’m in the kua’aina on the big island and I only get Fox and Public Television on my antenae.

  3. Pomai June 28, 2008 1:16 am

    Hope the new site has some history to it!!!

  4. BigWave96744 June 28, 2008 1:17 am

    Derek is a really cool guy 🙂

  5. Lonomakana June 28, 2008 1:17 am

    Dang, I typed too slow for 1st

  6. Pomai June 28, 2008 1:19 am

    I think it would be nice if the new UH site would have a page for each year of UH sports going back as far as they can.

  7. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:21 am

    There’s actually a service owned by the Wang family (owners of the New York Islanders) that works like TiVo. The difference is it records all of the local shows (and sporting events), allowing folks from the Mainland to keep up with UH football and the Bruddahs and Augie T. etc.

  8. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:22 am

    I don’t think they’ll do that. But they’re going to put a lot of things on disc, such as the records, so you might be able to download past stats.

  9. Pomai June 28, 2008 1:23 am

    How about putting all of the old media guides on the new site?

  10. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:24 am

    If we have any readers in Utah, they can meet me at the WAC Media Preview, July 22-24, at the Salt Lake City Airport Hilton. I can give you the new UH media guides there.

  11. What The Pluck June 28, 2008 1:25 am

    Somebody wake up the webmaster and tell him their front page stay broken.

  12. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:25 am

    I’ll pass on your suggestion to Derek.

  13. al June 28, 2008 1:25 am

    ralph’s still harassing me on the old post.

  14. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:26 am

    It’s Saturday morning. Management doesn’t work weekends.

  15. al June 28, 2008 1:30 am

    rausch looks rather mature.

    how about a media guide for door prize????

  16. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:31 am

    Re: Media guide.
    We’d give one as a prize once we finish building the time machine. Media guide is released July 21, party is July 10.

  17. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 1:31 am

    would also love to see the other sports’ media guides, like for basketball etc. or maybe at least old rosters, schedules and results for past teams.

    oh, and indy was a good movie. i think the rest are still partying out there. i had to go home and sleep to wake up early to get ready to pack.

  18. al June 28, 2008 1:32 am

    superman can fly
    batman drives a car.

    superman has a place on the north pole
    batman hides in the dark.

  19. al June 28, 2008 1:33 am

    call me on the 21st, then.

  20. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:36 am

    Clark Kent doesn’t date.
    Bruce Wayne is a millionaire playboy.

  21. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:38 am

    I mean, the best thing about Superman is he’s a reporter.

  22. al June 28, 2008 1:40 am

    yah, and clark’s boss doesn’t attend bashes either.

  23. Ralph June 28, 2008 1:40 am

    neither batman or superman eat as much as Al

  24. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 1:41 am

    i don’t date (not by choice)
    i’m not a millionaire
    i’m not a playboy.
    i don’t have super powers
    or a super duper utility belt.
    geez, what do i have?

    an obsession for UH Sports!!!! (that’s what!)

  25. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:41 am

    LOL. That’s a good one.

  26. al June 28, 2008 1:41 am

    any feelers out there for rgm?

    how did turtle do?

  27. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 1:43 am

    You need to stop being so shy. Just go for it. I mean, you did wait too long for Ms. Lee.

  28. al June 28, 2008 1:44 am

    ralph….i think mr. gigi got me beat in that dept.

    chawan….so what’s your point?

    st….tks, once in awhile i can come up with a good one.

  29. al June 28, 2008 1:46 am

    i thought it was ms. wai?

    chawan, listen to st your mentor. no shame ask, worst case scenario is a “no” which puts you right back to where you started anyway. okay, depending upon how you ask you could get a slap, but, the one yes could be worth it.

  30. What The Pluck June 28, 2008 1:47 am

    Peter Parker is a news guy. Photographer anyway.

  31. al June 28, 2008 1:47 am

    cyall later.


  32. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 1:52 am

    i don’t know what my point is. its past my bedtime and i’m just jib jabbering away.
    what was yoda’s saying?? do or do not. there is no try.

  33. oldie June 28, 2008 1:55 am

    Used to buy all the Superman comics. They were only a dime in my small boy days. All of Superman/boy’s girlfriends were L.L.s: Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lori Lemis. Forget the rest.

  34. BigWave96744 June 28, 2008 1:57 am

    That Wang family is Charles Wang owner of Computer Associates, Inc (CA. Inc).
    His daughter Kimberly used to live next to my friend in Waimanalo, when she used to own the Hawaii Islander Arena Football team.

    I heard she gets pretty upset if folks pronounce her name Wang (like rhymes with Chang)…. It’s pronounced Wong. Another thing that upsets her is if folks ask if they owned Wang Computers.

    I figure I would give you and your Tsaiko’s a heads up… Don’t want you getting stink eye and then the “Speak to the Hand” and the “Don’t you know who I am?”, if you ever run into her 🙂

  35. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 2:00 am

    welcome back to today and not tomorrow.

  36. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 2:09 am

    Thanks, Big Wave.

  37. oldie June 28, 2008 2:09 am

    I wanted to join the earlier discussions about the stadium but didn’t have the time. Gotta think out of the box. Stadium, convention center, shopping center, hotel, restaurants, major rail station where Ala Wai Golf course is. Golf course in Diamondhead crater. Housing and shopping complex in Halawa. Get world class developer to put up projects (Donald Trump, Steve Wynn). Chris Hemmeter would have been a good fit if he were still around. Get Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, or Jack Nicholas to design a unique golf course sitting in the crater. Japanese toursits would love to come to Hawaii for a chance to play on that course. Get Dan Inouye, Dan Akaka, Barack Obama (if he gets to be president) to get all the land ownership thing in order. Rail between stadium and UH gets all the students to the games. Rail passes through Waikiki on the way to downtown. Bridges over the Ala Wai makes the complex accessible to all the tourists. Put a roof on the stadium/convention center so can use for auto shows, new product shows, etc. Make plenty parking that can be used for Waikiki also. Okay, so it would probably cost a billion dollars, but who knows, a big time developer may see the potential.

    Time to go to sleep before I really get carried away.

  38. oldie June 28, 2008 2:17 am

    Once all the golf course is done, have the Honolulu Marathon add a leg that takes it into the crater and around the golf course.

  39. oldie June 28, 2008 2:25 am

    The roads around the Ala Wai would have to be improved to handle the traffic, but hopefully, the rail and buses would help alleviate the traffic situation.

  40. oldie June 28, 2008 2:28 am

    With the success of the current Donald Trump project in Waikiki, you would think some developer would see the potential of a shopping complex, hotels, or condominiums in that area.

  41. oldie June 28, 2008 2:31 am

    I believe something would have to be done in Halawa to allow the City, State, or private developer to build housing there, but it shouldn’t be impossible to overcome.

  42. BigWave96744 June 28, 2008 2:32 am

    I’m still on GST….

  43. oldie June 28, 2008 2:33 am

    Also I don’t know who owns the land in the crater and it may be designated as conservation land, but it shouldn’t be impossible for our political leaders to get that changed.

  44. oldie June 28, 2008 2:36 am

    I know the golfers who frequent the Ala Wai course would be up in arms when you say you will be building a stadium there, but I think you can convince them to go along if you tell them that they can continue to play with the same access and rates on a world class course in Diamondhead.

  45. oldie June 28, 2008 2:41 am

    Okay, I’m really out of here.

  46. momotaro June 28, 2008 2:50 am

    hey chawan, not only are you famous, but you are notorious!!

    I saw some of your New Orleans pics on sportshawaii and then later I saw you at the Sugar Mill party.

  47. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 3:51 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    June 28th, 2008 at 3:01 am
    Ralphie Ralphie
    my banana no need trimming da bugga is big,
    and flat. i tink it needs hair.
    …. air….

    yu tink summa dem batman fans can help out?

    June 28th, 2008 at 3:07 am
    jus in kase yu dying fo no.
    Koakane gettin my banana reddee for da big event.
    he mus be tinkin, ‘how i gonna fit dis inside SSC?’

    June 28th, 2008 at 3:20 am

    re Florida. Things basically the same. Going Florida. Set to arrive jus befo da CC, gonna go weah AHouse tellz us fo go. my son in law and grandson pumped, we ready fo go. gonna meet up with LizK on the 30th, friendship weah eva.

    Da Hilo fans arriving Orlando the 29th and attending da CC being set by AHouse, lookin fowahd to meeting up wit Mrs. AHouse and Midori7. Haven’t made plans on how to get to Gainesville from Orlando yet. Prolem is wife has family in Gainesville and surrounding town, and day want us to visit so have to do dat Sat nite. playin by ear fo now. kickin back, waitin fo da right time to firm doze small kine plans. main ting is to get on da plane, bring da face tatuuz, bring da banana, bring da ahtiiiah.

    but mostlyl, bringin one jacked up team.


    June 28th, 2008 at 3:36 am
    re JUGS machine. they have 2, both now broken. Pearl City Hill said he gonna get it. Gave him all da info, his scty earlier said Tuesday dare repair guy comes back from Maui/Kauai jobs. so i neva call him Fri., will check tings out Tues an give yu status update. main ting is dat da UH Facility Joyce, da repair guy Hill, da UH Maintenance peep Perry, Coach Ron – day all no da JUGS stay busted an day all no da Tsaikos are on it and gettin it done. cannot go fastah dan da repairman, an he committed on Thurs. will see wat he says Tues., maybe gotta get a new machine, dunno till Tues, i tinkin.

    if wuz me, i’d get anodda JUGS, fo da indoor practices. day need em workin now. everybody can use, fo pass defense drillz, WR, slots, etc. main ting is da coaches an playahz no we supportin dem all day, all nite an we tryin fo keep da soap dish filled.

  48. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 3:58 am


    good morning. wuz goin Sprint Natoma dis year. Made plans last year but afta da SB, & planty xtra pounds fuud cuz depresshun, an da 8/2 States and 8/30 Fla schedule conflicts, change plans. right now no mo swiff, only flat. 😀


  49. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 4:03 am

    63 days


    da hopes and dreams ah Warrior Nation go thru Florida.

    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

    Marlis is right.
    See da crown. Speak the crown. Seize da crown.
    Vision. Vision.

    Gotta work gotta work!!!

  50. myki1 June 28, 2008 4:35 am

    Good morning bhf2 and all other early morning Tsai-kos and Tsai-kettes ! Good morning Stephen! Hope you all have a great weekend.

    Both sj and I are trying to get rid of a cold . Neither one of us gets any quality sleep with all the coughing thats going on. Trying to take lots of fluids and really trying to get lots of rest but its not that easy to do. Take care and hope to see you all very soon.

  51. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 5:12 am


    droppin plenty crumbs fo follow da trail on who stay makin da stonewall, no tell em no tell em kine decishuns about da SB,
    so i’m startin off on a good foot, sending da media guyz good vibes.
    c’mon braddaz, no hole back. no can blame HF anymo. its us. live oh die, its us.

    in 2009 the first game is open
    in 2010 the last 2 weeks is open
    so far no posting of non conference games for 2012 and 2013.

    yu tink Jimmy D going wait till last minute? watch Jimmy D cut an paste, fill in da blanks wit guud pikchas. fo yu media guyz, i sugges brown bag lunch, invite homey an chawan ST an james come your office, talk story about internet media. jus a suggestion.

  52. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 5:15 am

    okay, back fo nap befo kids races in a couple.

    see ya laterzzzzzzzzzz.

  53. mctruck June 28, 2008 5:16 am

    Good morning Tsaiko’s,

    Hmmmm?, I’m reading in my Dallas Morning News-sports page section that a local Texas high school lineman from DeSoto HS, orally committed to SMU. He turned down offers from, Notre Dame, Arizona, Huston, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
    He will play either on the O-line or D-line….was primarily the left tackle this year and lhas played every position on the O-line the previous three years. His name is Chris Atchinson. Just a bit of information to break the lull.

  54. adam June 28, 2008 5:16 am

    good morning myki1, bhf2, and the rest of the tsaikos. woke up cause heard noise outside the house. shined light and there are deers in the backyard.

  55. MeiLing June 28, 2008 5:17 am

    Mornin’, mornin’, mornin’!!!

    All day hula class, gotta hele. Catch up laterz.

    What/Who is Emo? Alexander looks like an impressive QB in size. Glad to hear Gibson is playing in a pro league. Green is good; thanks Derek. I agree with Pomai; I’d like to have historical records/rosters available. Even we at NAU don’t do that.


  56. mctruck June 28, 2008 5:17 am

    Oooops!!!, make that Houston.

  57. mctruck June 28, 2008 5:19 am

    SMU and UNT just signed a four-game contract to renew their football series begining in 2014. (local rivalry-thing).

  58. whitey June 28, 2008 5:24 am

    my spaceship was set on auto pilot to return from the darkside, but it malfunctioned, so was lost in space. finally made it home to catch up with the blog. we got some impressive players at the qb position this year.

    too bad about coach tengan. i not sure, but his family may be from maui. will check around.

  59. djmitcho June 28, 2008 5:43 am

    Good Morning to the Tsaiko vIllage. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Spokane Hoopfest starts today. It’s the worlds largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the world. Over 6,500 teams take over downtown Spokane for the next 2 days.
    I’m guessing at least 75% of the streets in downtown Spokane have been blocked off to make room for the 300+ courts. It’s also gonna be one of the hottest ever. 95 today and 98 tomorrow. That’s why I’m spending my weekend at my friends house sitting by the pool and bbq’ing all day long.

  60. Garret June 28, 2008 5:51 am

    Maui recruit attended Oregon State’s camp and bonding with Coach Cav. If UH is after Rosa I hope they have already started building their relationship with him! It sounds like UH is late in recruiting another neighbor island player…

    Rosa attended the Oregon State University camp last week and talked to former Hawaii assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh, who is now on the OSU staff. Rosa, who currently has scholarship offers from Utah and Nevada-Las Vegas, listed six Pac-10 Conference schools among those who have shown large interest in him.

    He said his list is not complete yet and that he is waiting to hear more from Hawaii.

    ”I am just waiting,” he said. ”The Pac-10 schools are good, so if they make an offer I might just take it. Hopefully before the season or during the season, I can verbally commit. My options are open. I talked to UH a little bit in May and they said they are interested, but they are waiting to see how I do. UH is just on the list, not at the top, because they didn’t really show as much interest as other schools. Cal and Oregon State are probably at the top of my list right now.”

    Rosa said that his ranking on the Northwest list – which includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah – surprised him. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.

    ”I went home and my mom told me, ‘Hey, you just made the Northwest top 100,’ ” Rosa said. ”I said, ‘What was I?’ And she said, ’15’ and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I was just tripping out.”

    Rosa is joined on the Northwest list by Baldwin teammate Makana Hoopai, an offensive guard who is No. 61, and Jordan Puu-Robinson, a tight end who played last season at Kamehameha Maui and is No. 37 on the list.

  61. Garret June 28, 2008 5:52 am

    Lots of talent in Maui!

    There will be 10 MIL graduates in NCAA Division I-A football this fall. A lot of them got there with opportunities at camps like this.

    ”That says a lot about the MIL,” Kauhaahaa said. ”It just shows that the kids today are a lot more committed, but at the same time there are a lot more avenues to go to college. When I was playing, it was a rarity for someone from Maui to go to college. The MIL coaches here do a lot to help these kids get to the next level. These guys gotta take advantage of it because we didn’t have these opportunities.”

  62. Garret June 28, 2008 5:54 am

    Another article about the kidney donation to Coach Cav’s wife. I wish Coach Cav and his wife well so I like to read these. CR even got a mention in the article.

    About a year ago, Langsdorf donated his left kidney to offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh’s wife, Laurie. She suffers from autosomol dominant polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that killed her father when he was 45. She is one of three of the seven children in the family to get a transplant.

    The Langsdorfs and Cavanaughs are good friends. And Langsdorf said it was something he could only do for a close friend. “It’s a large and lengthy surgery so the relationship really made a difference,” he said.

    Laurie Cavanaugh has to take a handful of pills each day and reports to her doctors at OHSU every six months. She’s able to run around with her 14-year-old son, Blair, taking him to weightlifting for football or basketball games. She’s no longer constantly tired like she had been before.

    Whatever the case, they always do something for him in return: Make sure there’s always enough Crown Royale – Langsdorf’s favorite drink – is around when he comes over.

  63. Garret June 28, 2008 5:56 am

    Article about Oregon State’s camp.

    About 850 players from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Canada participated. The camp, for students are in grades 6-11, is a favorite of high school coaches because of the university’s facilities and the involvement of the Beavers’ football coaching staff. Most participants lived in dorms and ate at the dining halls.

    OSU coaches scouted players during the camp while running them through drills on two outdoor practice fields, the indoor facility and Reser Stadium. Guest high school coaches assisted in running drills and monitoring the players off the field.

  64. Garret June 28, 2008 6:01 am

    Fox Sports analyzed the options for the Pac-10 when they decide to expand. The article also mentions how Texas and Texas A&M (or maybe I should say the Texas government) turned down the Pac-10 last time and will do so again if the Pac-10 asks them.

    The Pac-10 is currently looking for a new commissioner. Outgoing commissioner Tom Hansen has been a famous football traditionalist, resisting the BCS, conference basketball tournaments, and conference expansion.

    If the new commissioner of the Pac-10 takes a more serious look at the revenue generated from expansion, what are the conference’s options?

    Below is a legitimate comparison of the non-BCS Western teams that come up as candidates for expansion: BYU, Utah, UNLV, UNR, Fresno, SDSU, Hawaii, Boise State, and TCU.

    I wanted to look at real numbers for the kinds of things a conference should look for when looking to expand: football success, market, academics — not just hype or message board hyperbole.

    Also for good measure, I compared the Western schools to the non-BCS Eastern schools often reported as next in line for invitations to the Big East, if and when it expands: East Carolina, Central Florida, Memphis, and Southern Miss.

    Finally, we’ll compare some numbers from the Big XII schools that are often mentioned as Pac-10 candidates: Texas A&M, Texas, and Colorado.

    I realize that the Pac-10 wants the Texas schools, and I would too, but so did the Big Eight in 1995. Their original plan was reported to be to only take Texas and A&M, much like the Pac-10 would like to do now.

    The Texas government (with pressure from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches) wouldn’t allow only those two to leave the SWC alone in 1995, and I doubt they’ll allow them to leave now.

    Outside of those Big XII schools, the numbers below will show that among the national (not just Western) options for non-BCS teams:

    BYU and Utah rank first and third for top 25 football finishes;

    Rank first and second for football attendance;

    Are classified by Carnegie as ‘research schools’ with Utah having ‘very high research activity’;

    Bring new viewers within and outside the Pac-10 market;

    Have solid athletic budgets (ranked second and sixth);

    Have well-rounded athletic programs (with the second and fifth-highest men’s basketball attendance);

    And maintain the rivalry pairing the conference is built on. Short of getting a Big XII team to defect, BYU and Utah are the best options. Have a look at the numbers:

    One other caveat often overlooked about BYU is the number of Mormons in existing Pac-10 markets. In 2006, California had 750,000, Arizona had 361,000, Oregon had 143,000, and Washington had 248,000 Mormons for a total of 1.5 million Mormons within the Pac-10 footprint. That’s equivalent to the population of Phoenix.

    Now, many of them are certainly already fans of their local teams, but looking at the number of students and football players who come to BYU from Pac-10 states, there are many BYU fans out there as well.

    Even without considering BYU fans already living in Pac-10 markets, BYU and Utah are near the top of the list and command the market they are in.

  65. Garret June 28, 2008 6:02 am

    Article about the TV coverage for the UH-OSU game.

    FSN Northwest, the Oregon State University Department of Athletics’ regional television partner, has announced it will broadcast live the Sept. 13 football game between the Beavers and Hawai’i Warriors. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. from Reser Stadium.

  66. Garret June 28, 2008 6:03 am

    Chad Owen’s team sure has some bad luck with injuries to WRs!

    But the depleted Crush receiving corps took another hit last weekend. Already missing star rookie wide receiver/kick returner Chad Owens with a torn ACL, speedy WR threat Brad Pyatt went on injured reserve with concussion problems.

  67. Garret June 28, 2008 6:04 am

    I like this report on Bess!

    Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland believes that undrafted rookie Davone Bess could be a receiver Miami can “hang your hat on for a little while.”

    Barring movement after final cuts, Bess looks like a very good bet to make the Dolphins’ roster. If he carries his momentum into training camp, Bess could wind up challenging Derek Hagan to be the team’s third receiver

  68. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 6:11 am

    UPCOMING KAUAI EVENT- Are there enough Tsai-kos to fill a table???

    A Warrior Weekend

    Saturday, July 26
    Dinner and Music
    Sheraton Kauai

    5:30-6:00 No Host Cocktails
    6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
    7:30 – 7:45 Coach Greg McMackin
    7:45 – 9:00 Live Music
    Silent Auction closes @ 8:00

    Banquet is $75 per person, A table for 10 $650,
    Golden Circle Table $1,000 (Includes one Tee Sign)
    A chance to win a Trip for 2 to Honolulu for for any Warrior home game.
    (Warrior And Aloha Attire Only Please!)

    Sunday, July 27
    Ist Annual Coach McMackin
    Charity Golf Tournament
    Puakea Golf Course
    3 Man Scramble

    6:30 Check In
    8:00 Tournament Begins
    Lunch, Live Music and Awards to follow Tournament.
    Golf is $125 per person.
    A chance to win a Trip for 2 to Honolulu for for any Warrior home game.
    (Warrior Attire Only Please!)

  69. NYUH June 28, 2008 6:21 am

    Jones opens clinic in American Samoa

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Southern Methodist University coach June Jones opened a free two-day football clinic today in American Samoa for high school players and coaches.

    Jones was joined by Hawaii coach Greg McMackin and several current and former NFL players of Samoan descent including Jesse Sapolu, Ma’a Tanuvasa, Mel Purcell, Reagan Mauia, Paul Soliai and Leo Goeas.

    The inaugural June Jones American Samoa Football Academy is being held at Veterans Memorial Stadium and will involve more than 500 athletes and 100 coaches.

    Five $2,000 college scholarships that can be used at any U.S. college were to be awarded at the clinic. The recipients will be chosen based on recommendations and criteria established by the American Samoa Department of Education.

    Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  70. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 6:22 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Many years ago I met a lady who was into food combining. Now it seems to be going mainstream:

    Dunno why I got up so early… internal clock needs adjustment. It’s Saturday sleep-in day!

  71. JaM June 28, 2008 6:40 am

    Good Morning! Good Morning!

    And I thought all of this gunk was because I’m on dial-up!

    I’ve been timing out just trying to post a short note…

    Hiya LizK.. I got a response from JD about the adventures of getting the season tickets and now not being able to get the away PPV discount cause the tickets are not in my name… I has assigne J. Lee to look into it to get the tickets transferred to my name. (explained that you’re on Kauai and I’m on Oahu!!)

    Thank you very much Mr. Donovan for such quick actions! Good Job!

    Good morning ST…

    Sorry BG blog died on me last nite and I gave up. So good morning to you and Betty!

    Kekoa: 7/2 Lei class still on?

    Gotta go ..will lurk later…Track meet time…

    Go Warriors!

  72. Maverick June 28, 2008 6:43 am

    Good Saturday gang-

    On the last pic, notice the span of Alexander’s hand over the ball, plus his lengthy stride.
    St, how’s his zip and accuracy so far ?

    His shedding of 10 pounds to #240 is promising to hear. Imagine this guy on an option play if his foot work is in order. He could earn the nickname “Crazy Legs”

  73. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 6:55 am



    Yippy yiiii yooooo an away we go

    eat drink race eat drink race
    gettin da rith hiim
    pace yurself.
    63 dayz. 😀 😀

    see yu laterz

  74. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 6:57 am


    anybody like song contest wednesday evening 7/2 Genji’s?
    if not, howz about Crown Royale contest? 😀

  75. bighilofan2 June 28, 2008 6:57 am

    just gotta make da 6 am flight Hilo. 😆

  76. bonar June 28, 2008 7:30 am


  77. marlis June 28, 2008 7:35 am

    Garret’s post at 5:52 am. is a good one. (and to new reader remember to *click* his name to be directed to the web site referring to the original article).

    In the Maui News article the writer alludes to the fact that Maui might potentially have 10 division 1 prospects. A couple of points here that I want to comment on. Taking a direct quote from the Baldwin athlete everyone is talking about, Mana Rosa, he mentioned that a few schools have offered scholarships. But as of May his words are that Hawaii “is waiting to see how he does”.

    The urgency and rush to secure commitments must be lost on Hawaii. In his words, Mana describes how he wishes to verbally commit before the season. But as of now only has two offers, and a list of Pac-10 schools taking notice.

    Looking at what the Boise has done with securing verbal commitments with six 3 star athletes already should send the message to Hawaii that, regretfully, please don’t wait til the end of the season to make their moves. By then most of the athletes may have offers that entice them to go elsewhere.

    When the national writer, Tom Lemming, comes out with his August 1st article accentuating and highlighting all the talent in the island, especially the likes of the Punahou player, Manti Teo. And the Maui athletes, with Mana Rosa topping that list expect more schools to jump on the recruiting frenzy in the islands. For Hawaii, I’m hoping it’s not too late.

    The Maui article is a good one. And the one quote that that writer makes tells how the athletes are getting noticed by having their chances at showcasing their abilities at the camps. For Mana Rosa he was supposed to participate in a upcoming Oahu camp. But having breaking his arn in three places after his arm was stepped on by an offensive linemen in his last camp will keep him sidelined until the season.

    For Hawaii we don’t expect them to get all the homegrown talent. And the top blue chippers, like Teo, may be long shots. But the athletes within their grasps they should catch before they get wooed away from other schools.

  78. d1shima June 28, 2008 7:47 am

    Great Morning All.

    Still not a bad deal for those who decided not to panic and fork over the $$$ for the SB trip. I wouldn’t have blinked at the chance to go for the cost of taxes and SS.

    Thanks for the Little Matt update; hope they do well in the play-offs.

    I was noticing that gait as well. Doesn’t seem to indicate a “compact throwing motion”, does it?
    Maybe Jason can offer a more thorough analysis.

    10am HST kick-off for OSU game; well another Breakfast widda Bows. 🙂

    Have a great weekend er’yboddy!

  79. Kelli June 28, 2008 8:17 am

    How nice to see my boss on your blog. And boy is it nice to see “sustainable media guides.” 🙂

  80. Pauoa Boy June 28, 2008 8:17 am

    Alojahz this Saturday morning

  81. Pauoa Boy June 28, 2008 8:32 am

    marlis, I believe Coach Mack and them are trying to do the best they can with the local recruiting efforts, but then again it may not be enough. To me it’s a shame and a let down when local recruits are openly taking shots at UH and there recruiting efforts. They start to get the mentality that oh well they must not want me to go there so I’m outties, and boom there they go. Yeah, in reality it may be long shots to get most of the top names but why not just offer, what’s the worse they going to say, NO? Just like when you see one pretty looking wahine you spocking out but no like go over and talk, what happens, lose out and she end up with somebody else. Maybe I’m just on the outside looking in and thinking okay well maybe they are going after players at certain positions, but my thought’s as far as recruiting would go like this…

    Try to get the best local high school prospects regardless of position, most times they are talented enough to play multiple positions anyway (ex.Kealoha Pilares RB/WR). So what if you end up having say 3 top LB’s or OL/DL guys, etc… That would be the future foundation to build on. Can fill in the holes where needed but that’s where JC guys come in to play. I don’t know, in my eyes I would always try to go after the best available talent at all times regardless if I needed them or not. Then adjust based on there talents.

  82. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 8:38 am

    No, no, Kelli. Curtis is going to be your boss. If I had a say, and, of course, you see at work how I don’t, we’re not going to let you go back to UH.

  83. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 8:43 am

    UH has made offers to 18 recruits,11 from the islands. That’s the best it can do right now. First, this isn’t a very big senior class (in terms of scholarship players), so there might not be that many slots. Second, there are a few grayshirts. Third, with the APR, UH won’t know until January if there will be scholarship cuts. If there are 50 Division I players, then based on simple math, some are going to get their feelings hurt.

  84. Stretch June 28, 2008 8:54 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    BLOG PARTY ALERT – We have reached our max. If you have not already sent in your email to RSVP, all future requests will be put on a “waiting list”. In the event that someone can’t make it, I go down the waiting list as received and inform people of the opening.

  85. marlis June 28, 2008 8:56 am

    re-The August 18th launch of the new and improved official UH athletic web site

    Whatever they do I hope the new site realizes the notion that potential athletes, recruits and potential students to the school often open the door and look what’s inside. And they can be either be captured or released from being interested from the school. And maybe the program. As much as the school spends on landscaping and maintaining a campus that makes the school inviting and welcoming, the same foresight should be put into improving on the web old sight in making the new sight attractive and appealing to the athlete, students and even the fan.

    The focal point of the new web site should extract a warmth and strike a cord with the athlete,students, fans and visitor. Visually pictures of teams can do this. And daily stories and stats do, too. But what’s behind the heart and soul of the program should have a special tab where we hear the voices relaying this attractiveness to the school. The nurturing effect, so to speak, I believe will work in delivering this now missing warmth. The mission statement of the school, including letters from the President, Chancellor, athletic director, coaches. And one step further prestigious alumni and leaders of the State of Hawaii, including Governor and Senators and Representatives should be honored and at the same time promote athletics at the UH and the state in relaying statements for the visitor to embrace upon. A special tab for the professional athletes in all programs with updates can have a nurturing effect.

    As it stands now the focal point of the old site’s home page is buy,sell and trade tickets. When I open the homepage this is what I see. And this isn’t good. Peddling the tickets I see is purposeful for the UH but it turns me off if this is the first thing I see when I open the UH web site. I don’t want to see ticket selling. Instead the selling that’s important is the program. And the State. Something indigenous to Hawaii and UH athletics should be the first thing the visitor sees. Not buy, sell and trade.

    For the UH the resources are there to improve upon. Leaving a good impression on the visitor…and who knows maybe the next big recruit to the program can happen if you impress upon them something thats impressive. I think having your leaders of the school, state and distinguish alumni writing a few words would leave an impression on the visitor.

    Visually having a picture of the campus, foreground, and having Diamond Head and the ocean in the background would be a good selling point. But the biggest selling point are the island’s leaders and UH alumni and if they can say a few words it would make for an impressive web site.

    And not to be forgotten I think a special tab identifying the hard work that the band members and cheer leading squads of what they do for the program should find a new place on the new web site.

    Combining the union of what goes behind the program, a few words from distinguish alumni, and the daily press releases from the athletic office balanced with whats happening today and the lore of the past would have a very good nurturing effect on the visitor. And this is very important for the new athletic web site to potentially accomplish.

  86. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:05 am


    I noticed Alexander’s grip on the ball as well. At first glance I thought he had no fingers on the laces like how this one QB (can’t remember the school) holds his ball right at the end with no fingers at all on the laces, but upon further inspection the guy has a big grip.

    Still at 230 lbs, he must have some “ooomph” behind some of those bombs. However I still think Graunke has the strongest arm for those long post-type passes.

  87. whitey June 28, 2008 9:08 am

    there are good and bad to recruiting high school seniors and hawaii is no exception. UH’s big problem with recruiting is that they only concentrate it on Oahu and have no outside kids. These kids from the outer island can play equally or better than the Oahu kids today, but unfortunately even with the Lee brothers and promises from Coach Mac, it will not happen. because recruiting is limited to Oahu, how can you get the outside island people to support you financially, attend games, become giving alumnis, etc. this problem with UH is not just football. look at where the best hs baseball players come from and it ain’t oahu. the only coach who made an effort to expose UH to the people of Maui was RW. He brought other UH sport coaches, media people, and friends each year to Maui when he was the coach. right now, you have bhf2 who lives on the big island, LizK on Kauai, Rich on the mainland, doing and giving a lot of aloha to the fb program, but how many more bhf2s’,LizKs’, Richs’ is UH missing?

    st, no such thing as “the best it can do right now”. you may not have many scholarships to offer, but that shouldn’t stop you from contacting and building a relationship with the prospect and his school. if UH athletics use a similar format as this blog, they would be able to build a solid financial and athletic foundation. my senseis’ all basically said the same thing, “treat other people as you would like to be treated”.

  88. Kekoa June 28, 2008 9:10 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Village People!

    Shout out to JaM! Lei making class not necessary on 7/2 at Genji. The management & staff were nervous that mebbe the session might turn their club into a Lei Stand.

    Da Mrs got ‘er done with help pouring in from all over the globe and up da street!

    Mahalo to you, Brie and the hundreds of other Tsaikettes who offered their help. Volunteerism rates for Tsaiko’s remain at an all-time high! ‘Tizer management should take notice that the statement BG made is so very, very true.

    As he sed, “Lead, Follow, or get out of a Tsaiko’s Way!”

  89. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:13 am

    woo hoo, 120, Stretch? Wow!

    Leaving for Kauai in 1/2 hour. Stretch’s hunting ground…

    Will be back Monday afternoon.

    Hope it doesn’t rain during Liz’s golf tournament and BBQ on Sunday.

  90. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:15 am

    ST, all those photos of the QBs. They all have huge biceps, but do they have zip in their passes? Hey, I have biceps too!

  91. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:17 am

    just fooling around til 9:30 when we call 422-2222 ala de Lima.

  92. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 9:18 am

    if the Samoa pictures bust your screen, blame Kevin Kaplan. He sent them. Meanwhile, you may admire my new photo-cropping skills.

  93. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 9:20 am

    They’re Division I-A quarterbacks. Of course, they have zip on their passes. Being a successful QB isn’t about “zip” on the passes. It’s about reading defenses and going through progressions and poise under pressure.

  94. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:21 am

    Samoans and Scots have da kilt/skirt in common, wonder why.

  95. koakane™ June 28, 2008 9:21 am

    wahoo and au’ryte good to hear anniversary has reach it’s peak.

    congrats to all the tsaiko’s out there well done and we still two weeks away.

    you will not be sorry da committee has put mucho effort into making this a memorable event.

    e kala mai good morning everyone

  96. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:23 am

    Weeks ago, a blogger mentioned he watched Alexander throw the ball as if in baseball — straight. Is that good or bad? Shouidn’t the ball be thrown in a curve?

  97. Nick from Kapaa June 28, 2008 9:24 am

    wow thats gotta be the only time ive seen Brent wearing a shirt.

  98. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 9:27 am

    I liken it to writing. (OK, OK, on a very small comparative scale.) For instance, we have a relatively new full-time reporter in our feature section. Very good writer, not so good at producing stories on deadline and meeting the workload. Reps help, of course, but there’s a skill to writing on deadline and overcoming “stage fright” and competing under pressure. It’s one of those things you just never know from a glossy resume.
    That’s why you should be praised, Gigi. It’s not easy to write a book, even a memoir. It’s difficult to create from a blank screen or paper.

  99. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:30 am


    June 28th, 2008 at 5:17 am
    Mornin’, mornin’, mornin’!!!

    All day hula class, gotta hele. Catch up laterz.

    What/Who is Emo?


    “Emo” usually describes a “look” or fashion trend caused by… (*sighs*) my generation…

    Originally “Emo” was short do describe “emotional punk rock” music back in the 80s and like all music the fashion trend follows afterwards.

    Wikipedia describes it (pretty accurate from what I’ve personally seen):

    Term “emo” is sometimes stereotyped with tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes, dyed black straight hair, tight t-shirts (sometimes short sleeved) which often bear the names of emo bands (or other designer shirts), studded belts, belt buckles, canvas sneakers or skate shoes or other black shoes (often old and beaten up) and thick, black horn-rimmed glasses.

    Yeah, not for me…. 🙄

  100. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 9:32 am

    I think for some throws, it’s better to have an arc.
    This year, fans will truly appreciate Colt Brennan. There’s a screen pass that Brennan made look easy, when, in fact, it is a very difficult. The slotback runs to the flat, away from the quarterback. Brennan had to loft the pass to a target moving away. The angle hinders depth perception. Brennan completed all but three of those passes in three years. That’s touch.

  101. Loa June 28, 2008 9:35 am

    morning gang!

    Stephen – congrats to you and the da rest of the planning tsaikos for the sellout, who’da thought the community you created would comes this far (with no end in sight) and set the standard for all blogs

    have a safe and happy weekend!

  102. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 9:35 am

    She works at Hot Topic
    His heart microscopic
    She thinks that its love but to him its sex
    He listens to emo but Fat Mike’s his hero
    His bank account’s zero
    What comes next?

    Same song different chorus

    It’s stupid, contagious
    To be broke and famous
    Can someone please save us from punk rock 101
    My Dickies, your sweat bands
    My spiked hair, your new Vans
    Let’s throw up our rock hands for punk rock 101

  103. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:37 am

    RE: UH recruiting outer islands.

    Didn’t ST mention that Coaches Aranda, Gerke, Miano, and others just went to the outer islands to do some recruiting or at least some building of relationships for the near future?

  104. gigi-hawaii © June 28, 2008 9:39 am

    OK, ST, and with that, I’m outta here.

  105. Stretch June 28, 2008 9:40 am

    gigi – good luck and no forget your golf balls

  106. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:44 am


    I’ve tried that same screen pass last night playing USC on “Heisman Level”… needless to say it cost me the game.

    I think there will be two kinds of fans this season:

    -Those that will appreciate what Colt Brennan and Co. brought to the table over the last three years.


    -Those that DO NOT appreciate how unique Colt, Bess, RGM, J-Riv, and CJ were. These will be the boo-birds who will start singing every chance they get this year.

    BTW, is Wes Suan in a lava lava or shorts? I no can tell.

  107. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:45 am

    Wow ST. I don’t even know what song that is. I could have sworn I saw it at Krazy Karaoke once tho…

  108. momotaro June 28, 2008 9:46 am

    Good luck to Little Matt. I wonder what it must be like to be an American in Venezuela, I suppose the people don’t necessarily reflect the attitude of their leader.

  109. Kazz June 28, 2008 9:54 am

    UH merchandise should now include Under Armour Lava Lavas or at least the ones with the UH logo the guys wore in New Orleans.

  110. Stretch June 28, 2008 10:03 am

    If I received your payment, thank you. You should have gotten a confirmation email from me. I will be checking the mail next Tuesday so if you already sent your payment but haven’t received an email from me, no worry.

  111. Manoa June 28, 2008 10:07 am

    In summer workouts, they QB’s are all throwing well and all have pretty good accuracy, but game and even practice and scrimmage conditions will be very different. That’s when you will spot the differences– some guys will make the plays and passes and others won’t and it won’t be about mechanics.
    Right now, one thing that shows up a little– Graunke and Funaki are a lot better on their feet than the new guys. If ball handling, bootlegging, and dropping back from center are important in Ron Lee’s offense, these two guys are going to be a lot better, at least at the start.

  112. Kazz June 28, 2008 10:08 am

    Nevermind, I called FabricMart and they have UH print material there.

    Now just gotta figure out how I’m going to access my wallet, keys, etc in my pants pocket without looking like I’m going to flash the crowd at the stadium.

  113. BG June 28, 2008 10:08 am


    I’m with you on the copyright issues with Oldie’s stuff. I had to go through Herman and KHNL to get permission to tape UH sports and send them to units in Iraq and Afghanistan (just to be safe).

    However, I don’t believe there would be any problem in “giving away” the set in exchange for the highest donation to Na Koa. Of course, once in possession of the set, there’s nothing to force the receiver to make that donation (an unthinkable scenario for a Tsaiko).

    I would also highly recommend setting up a “donation pot” at the party for people who want to write a check to Na Koa/Anuenue (they can get the tax write off) and Tsaikos get credit for helping out UH. Win-win, huh? Who was it who said that $20 from 100 Tsaikos is $2K? Isn’t that almost enough for another JUGS machine? 😀

  114. Kazz June 28, 2008 10:10 am


    I thought I saw somewhere that the new guys are from spread offenses that operate under center more than the shotgun. I guess I read wrong or Graunke and Funaki have really stepped it up since the Spring.

  115. Kazz June 28, 2008 10:19 am


    You just gave me an 💡 !!!

  116. BG June 28, 2008 10:26 am


    The point to my post above is that it would be good to maximize our fund raising capabilities. We’ve already had a small glimpse at what Tsaikos are capable of doing…iTouch for Brian, bracelets for SB, bhf2 and the JUGS. It can get better. I have no doubt that we can make things happen. Not on the same level as the big bucks folks, but, at the grassroots level…where people are touched in the hearts.

    As long as we have Tsaikos like Rich, Pomai, BHF2…to name just a few who have stepped up and made things happen…I didn’t even mention Kekoa and his band who are bringing the party to life, or SteveM and co who make the CC’s and karaoke’s a smashing success…as long as we have them, we’ll continue to grow like Alama-Francis on his hawaiian steroids [[steps away from the podium and slowly walks back to the wine bottle]] 😉

  117. ryan June 28, 2008 10:27 am

    I think recruiting is really slow this year for us. It seems like the guys that Hawaii has actually offered are guys that want to go to the mainland so I’m not sure how this will work out for us in the end. Hoping for the best though.

  118. Koauka June 28, 2008 10:46 am

    So…..ST, who was the UH athletic administrator who applied for the Chaminade University’s AD.

    Current position – OK

  119. BG June 28, 2008 10:48 am

    Ahhh…the wine taste good! Wait! past 10 am, right? Don’t want to start being an alcoholic or sumting 😀

    JaM – Great for Brie! You have a young lady who’s doing very well and you and hubby must be very proud. I think we saw what the “dark side” looks like a couple of months ago.

    About Alexander – liking what we’ve seen of him already. But, I had a small concern when I saw ST’s pix. From the ball position, it looks like he has a “loop” in his delivery…takes the ball a bit longer to get out because it still has to get to the “up” position. Looking at Tyler’s ready position and Inoke’s “arm back” position, the ball stays above the shoulder. I realize we’re seeing just a snapshot and not the whole motion, and I’m not an expert of any sort much less on QB throwing motions. But, I have spent a lot of time looking at athletic motions (sprinting, hurdles, martial arts) for efficiency.

  120. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 10:49 am

    Wow. I needed that.
    Went back to sleep after posting and just woke up. Gotta get back to my blog pix. U-boi and I had a really wild night last night!
    More soon.

    GO QBs!

  121. BG June 28, 2008 11:10 am


    Well then, Oh Wise One…looks like your planning committee nailed it with the 120+ estimate. OUT-FREAKING-STANDING. Maxed it in 5 days. It’s just jaw-dropping the way this community continually exceeds expectations. Folks are coming from incredible distances to make this high energy scene that’ll be bursting with positive vibes 😀

    Other notes: Next year, make it on Fri or Sat! Plan for 200.

  122. Garret June 28, 2008 11:28 am

    I’ll bet our Georgia friends like Merv were sad with this news. UGA’s last football game was with UH.

    The University of Georgia’s beloved and Churchillian English bulldog mascot Uga VI died peacefully Friday night in Savannah of congestive heart failure after serving nine years on the Bulldog sidelines as the school’s winningest mascot.

    With the passing of one Uga there’s always speculation which bulldog is heir to the throne, which comes with a few perks, including an air-conditioned dog house, travel by Delta Airlines to away games, celebrityhood (Uga V was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the nation’s best mascot) and a fanbase that’s paparazzi-like in its obsession.

    “People pet him so much his head gets sore,” Seiler once said of his line of Ugas. “He’s like a politician who shakes too many hands.”

  123. SteveM June 28, 2008 11:30 am

    June 28th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    anybody like song contest wednesday evening 7/2 Genji’s?
    if not, howz about Crown Royale contest?

    Hey, what’s this? Bighilofan2 putting out a Karaoke Call…

    Go for it! Call Gaye or Art and tell them you are a Tsai-ko and request the large PRIVATE room. 🙂

  124. Maverick June 28, 2008 11:33 am

    Hey, how come the coaches all have their shoes and slippers on inside the Fale ?

  125. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 11:35 am

    I’m all for fund-raising efforts, but probably not in the anniversary party setting. I think folks who forked over $20 probably don’t want to have to pay even more that night.
    What we can do is get a list of things that need fixin’ — JUGs, nasty water fountains — and donate directly to those causes.
    Here’s a starter: Because of cutbacks, the UH men’s volleyball team won’t be having any pre-match meals. Is it a worthy cause to feed athletes before events?

  126. Kazz June 28, 2008 11:37 am

    R.I.P. UGA

    I don’t mind those Bulldogs as much as others… 😈

  127. Kazz June 28, 2008 11:40 am

    Sweet Chezzus ST,

    No grinds for the Men’s Volleyball squad?

  128. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 11:47 am

    They had to cut it out for the coming season.
    No mo’ money.

  129. Kazz June 28, 2008 12:00 pm


    I think you mentioned a while back that the booster club membership for Men’s Volleyball tanked since the 2002 season.

    Do you have an idea where it is at the end of the 2007 season?

  130. J-DOG June 28, 2008 12:14 pm

    Wow, Funaki looks RIPPED.

    BTW, anybody watching the Arena Football game on ESPN notice that former Saint Louis QB Jason Gesser is the backup for the Utah Blaze?

    Too bad Chad Owens got hurt, otherwise would have been able to see him blaze the blaze.

  131. el guapo June 28, 2008 12:18 pm

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this.

    FSN just had what looked like a replay of softball. Akron beat Washington 1-0. Kate Robinson started at 3B and was 0-3 but scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.

  132. UKU@LA June 28, 2008 12:44 pm

    aloha warriors! everyone looking GOOD! great pictures ST!!!

    LizK or Calvin i need 2 tickets for Oregon State game! MAHALO!!

    MANEO !!!

  133. FloridaTed June 28, 2008 12:45 pm

    Hello, Tsaiko Nation.

    Looking at our QB’s it is like a very good mystery novel, who will be the one, who will be the one? Can’t wait for fall camp to see it all unfold.

  134. Barry Markowitz June 28, 2008 12:47 pm

    Putting together the puzzle. UH Football has formally advertised for a Director of Player Personell…I nominate Delbert Tengan as a quality guy who would be just right for the job…and he is available….and knows many of the kids already.

  135. Garret June 28, 2008 1:17 pm

    What we can do is get a list of things that need fixin’ — JUGs, nasty water fountains — and donate directly to those causes.
    Here’s a starter: Because of cutbacks, the UH men’s volleyball team won’t be having any pre-match meals. Is it a worthy cause to feed athletes before events?

    I’ll be happy to donate to causes, but I’d prefer to donate to football (like a JUGs machine, etc.) causes if possible. Football is the revenue generating engine for the whole athletic department, so it hurts every program at UH if the football team is missing something important that would help them competitively.

    Starting July 1 I’ll actually be able to get paid for my work, and I’ll be getting back pay from May, so I’ll be able to donate money again. It was hard to donate like I used to when I had no money coming in since September! We should be out of a little hole soon and then I can look to help some things out again.

  136. BG June 28, 2008 1:25 pm


    From my viewpoint…You Are The Leader. You make the decisions here. I do want to make sure that I’m conveying my message correctly. I am not advocating collecting additional funds from everyone. However, I would like to see an opportunity made available for those who are capable and do want to make additional donations to the teams. The only issue to date about our donations (for some of us) is that they haven’t been written out to a non-profit so that we can claim a write off. We can work around that by writing our checks out to someone like Na Koa but delivering them through the Tsaikos and earmarking them for specific items with specific instructions. (not my idea…I stole it from other bloggers) In the past, individual donations were made by everyday folks and it was like pouring it into a black hole. Now, we can make $10 or $20 donations and immediately see the collective effect that we have. Also, I KNOW I can walk the halls in the athletic building and mention that I am a Tsaiko and it will mean something to that person. On the other hand, giving my name will mean absolutely nothing. 🙁 We’ve learned so much about the collective effect that we have. I think individual direct contributions would be a step back.

    BTW, pre-game meals for the men’s VB is a good cause. But, what about the other teams? Swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, track and field, etc. What are the teams’ responsibilities? The school’s? The booster clubs? Questions like these were asked by Tsaiko’s when we were rallying up for the bracelets. They were never answered.

    I can safely say that this blog has grown new skills and developed muscle in ways that no one expected. Facts say that we are no longer just about Warriors football. Are we going to continue to expand our interests or redirect back to football? ST, I believe you’re where that decision is going to be made. Either you personally or you asking the community to decide, as you do from time to time. There’s never been anything like the Tsaikos before…there’s no template. It’s awesome and scary at the same time. Hmmm…time for a beer!

    DISCLAIMER: This lengthy post does not try to represent the collective mindset of the group known as the Tsaikos. Furthermore….yada…yada…yada

  137. A-House June 28, 2008 1:25 pm


    Believe you are correct in saying that all the JC recruits came from a “spread offense” system.

    How quickly the assimilate into Ron Lee’s system will make a heck of a difference for fall practice and make all positions challenging for all players as Coach Mack said everyone starts from scratch including the O-line.

    Anyone know what Coach Brian Smith is or has done to get the O-line to jell during the “off-season” workouts? A whisper in an ear can open many doors.


    Any word from Coach Mack on when UH will start the “football camps” for high school player?

    Realize it may take some time as this is his first stint at Head Coach, but mental thoughts can be done at anytime, anywhere – even on plane ride to Samoa!!!! All one needs is pencil, paper, and vision!

  138. BG June 28, 2008 1:29 pm


    It’s just great to hear that things are coming along for your family and company. BTW, your contributions here have already been enormous!

  139. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 1:36 pm

    Colt will be back in town next week. He’ll be signing autographs at the Pictures Plus in Pearl City above Sams Club. (thanks to poidog for the scoops)

  140. chawan_cut June 28, 2008 1:49 pm

    oh, forgot to put the date and time (its in the link)
    july 5th, sat, 3-6pm.
    you gotta purchase presale tickets.

  141. A-House June 28, 2008 1:49 pm

    UH Sports Information Director:

    I do not know Derek Inouchi at all.

    I have always been critical of this position because what little has been done to “market” UH, individual student-athletes, etc. And, I may be completely off-base on this position, but can some one provide me examples of what was done to promote Colt’s Heisman bid or what is planned for Dan Kelley’s All-American canidancy as a kicker or other football players who are considered for major awards?.

    Someone once said: “Tell me and I will forget”.

    “Show me and I will remeber.”

    “Involve me and I will understand.”

    What has this got to do with the above, absolutely nothing!!!!!!!1

  142. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 1:53 pm

    Garret- good news about your situation finally maturing!

    Last year, life was a struggle. This year, life is a joy. It is amazing how superficial conditions (job, family, personal economics) may stay the same but the life experience changes because of a change of attitude.

    Our religion teaches that there is a spiritual solution to the economic problem. No DUH!
    I can see it every day in the Tsai-ko village. When people are united in love for humanity (in this case, our broad Warrior ohana), there is no end to the possibilities. Every person counts, every person makes a difference, and every effort made in the spirit of unconditional love releases transformational powers back to all concerned.

    Tsai-kos spread the joy, spread the love, and anyone who wants to jump in is welcome. No can beat that!

    OK… my blog is updated. Last night was really cool.

    ohh- gotta eat somethin and then knock the rust off our golf clubs!


  143. Manoa June 28, 2008 1:59 pm

    There is a problem with making offers to those you have little chance with, because (a) we need to keep some offers available for other recruits, like the ones on the mainland, and (b) the recruits cannot commit until February of 2009 for the seniors. The problems happen when the recruits don’t say no– they say nothing whlle we wait (that happened with Fehoko), by the time they say no, it is too late to recruit someone to take their place and your choices are limited.

    We are going to have to wait for these athletes to take their official visits to the mainland schools and for the mainland athletes to make official visits to their choices and Hawaii. This is where the long distance hurts and makes us have to wait even longer.

  144. A-House June 28, 2008 2:06 pm


    Wonderful news of your company’s direction and success(s).

    It’s a testiment to all your hard work, your ” boss’ ” surpervision, and your combined efforts.

  145. Garret June 28, 2008 2:19 pm


    Thank you for your kind words. It is amazing how slow the government review process is! And then how long it takes to get a contract done even after they decide they want to give the money to a company! And the rules by the government are that the Principal Investigator (me) has to be full-time with the company, so I couldn’t take another job to bring in money…plus, there was so much work to get done anyway since I need to be prepared for the 4 other contracts we are trying to get.

    The funny thing is that a little over a week ago a big company tried to buy my company. They were very insistent and pretty generous. However, my company would be worth a lot more after we get our hardware prototype done, so I finally was able to delay that company until at least later this year. We hadn’t gotten any money in yet when that was going on, which made the offer even more appealing…but I know the money is coming since the contracts have been signed.

    I do agree with your statement that we all will follow ST’s lead on the fundraising. And that there are a lot of other questions that need to be answered, such as the needs of the other sports. I’ll support the meals if that is what is deemed highest priority, I was just giving my preference…if my company gets bought then I won’t have to prioritize, but I’m just coming off a 9-month pay outage so I’m understandably careful with my money.

  146. Garret June 28, 2008 2:20 pm


    The funny thing is that we just made Lori our CEO and Chairman of the Board. So, as of Monday I guess she will officially be my boss!

  147. Garret June 28, 2008 2:25 pm


    I agree about the problem of waiting until the end for recruits that do not commit. That really puts UH in a bad position, kind of like being a “fallback school” for some recruits that might be looking for Pac-10 offers. In the meantime, the mainland recruits are taking tons of visits and are giving their commitments since they get to talk with the coaches face-to-face and form bonds.

    However, other schools give out WAY more offers than they have scholarships, so I wonder what the harm would be to give out more offers. For example, Alabama gives out zillions of offers, SMU has 9 commits and has something like 40 offers out, etc. Texas actually gave 2 top-rated DBs an offer that basically went like “the first of you to commit will get the scholarship” and they are sticking to their offer to the DB who committed first…the other guy will have to go to Oklahoma or Texas A&M.

    There is that QB recruit who is posting his offer letters online from 20+ (mostly BCS) schools. Each offer includes a disclaimer that the offer can be pulled if they get other commitments first.

  148. Kekoa June 28, 2008 2:29 pm

    ST ~ Would it be possible (now that he’s out of the clutches of the NCAA rules)to officially acknowledge our returning NFL QB with a dinner, compliments of his Tsaiko Ohana?

  149. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 2:41 pm

    Garret- all this time, I thought Lori WAS your BOSS 😆

    ST- You lead, we follow.

    Kekoa- here’s hoping for BREAKFAST with colt on July 6 😯 ❗

  150. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 28, 2008 2:42 pm

    HIHO off to the driving range.

  151. Kekoa June 28, 2008 2:55 pm

    Garret ~ I am so happy to see you make headway with your contracts. As you know, our company is in the same situation with our proposals. We decided to try a two step approach to the problem. Basically we have launched this effort.

    One – Take it thru a legislative process that would make it a Resolution that a pilot program would be established to evaluate our corporate capabilities. The 2nd stage being, a bill established that would allow us to work directly with the directorates concerned.

    Two – Realizing we would need the funding you spoke of in the interim to stay solvent, we decided to offer a limited free pilot program to intested parties in the private sector. This would also help to increase interest in our corporate capabilities. It only works because the software is so universal, and it allows even more work to be completed on-line.

    Continuing good fortune in pursuit of the rest of your contracts, and good luck to your hard driving CEO.

  152. MeiLing June 28, 2008 3:02 pm


    Thanks for the explanation of Emo. Glad my son doesn’t dress like that. The boy cuts his hair with a knife…

    Calvin, LizK,

    Haven’t had time ot review the last blog…do you all know what section & rows your tickets are for the OSU game? I’m wondering if I could get tickets in the same block via OSU…

  153. Garret June 28, 2008 3:02 pm


    Good luck with your company! Getting funding is tough…getting it quickly is even tougher!

    By the way, since Colt is not a UH student now I’m pretty sure buying him dinner is fine. That should be the case for other former UH athletes as well. Inviting former players to Tsaiko events should be fine with the NCAA–for example, feeding Stutzmann at the Tsaiko-gate was fine.

  154. Garret June 28, 2008 3:06 pm


    Lori is really the boss in everything of course–she could have easily vetoed my quitting my old position or asked me to take a job when there was this long delay for the funding to get here. But now she’s officially the boss over not just me at my company–there are 4 or 5 others that she will be in charge of also!

  155. Mauimon June 28, 2008 3:11 pm

    I hear no UH coaches have been to Maui to check out prospects. Coaches from
    Oregon State, Oregon Wahington, Washington St. Arizona, Utah, UNLV have all been
    on the island to check on this kid Mana Rosa. I hear this kid would love to play at
    UH, but was told by UH that they will check on how he does during his season.
    These are the Maui kids playing major collage football. Kaluka Maiava(USC)
    Baby Maiava(redshirt UCLA), Shawn Tesoro(UNLV) Jojo Dickson(Idaho)
    Tavita Finau(West Virgina) Stanley Malamala(Arizona St.) Walter Kahaialii(BYU).

  156. J-DOG June 28, 2008 3:14 pm

    Jason Rivers is on one of the front page photos of the Tennessee Titans website.

  157. Pomai June 28, 2008 3:26 pm

    Supplying needs for the different sports programs, I have been in contact with JD about that, I have requested that each coach, of each sports program make up a wish list that can be used to see where we as a group can help out in meeting these needs, please stay tuned.

  158. Dennis Halloran June 28, 2008 3:55 pm

    Garret, Having been there done that I know how exciting and yet excruciating ventures can be.
    ST Great pics Of course we know, no QB will be successful with three and outs, OLine must be the story of the year and I feel we are going to surprise some skeptics.
    Re: Offering Scholarships. it is a dangerous event nowadays and I agree, we should be very position oriented, not athlete oriented. It is different than the pro game.

  159. Ralph June 28, 2008 4:38 pm

    guys mentioned fb grips-on the laces, etc….I believe CB mentioned that he didn’t bother about setting his fingers with the laces, he learned to throw the ball comfortably from wherever the ball settled in his hand…meant for a quicker release

  160. Mauimon June 28, 2008 4:59 pm

    forgot about the Tuipolotu from lahaina who goes to Arizona, count that as another Maui kid in collage football

  161. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 6:06 pm

    The one thing I’ve learned in my many years of covering UH football is that the coaches know best.
    They spend hours upon hours evaluating talent. They’ve got a huge grease board filled with names upon names.
    And, as we’ve seen in the past nine years, their evaluations have proven to be correct. Remember that Chad Owens got zero offers coming out of high school. So let’s let the coaches coach, and not get into a tizzy as to whether they’re missing the boat on somebody. It’s only June. Nobody can sign until the first Wednesday in February, anyway.

  162. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 28, 2008 6:19 pm

    Let’s see if it works this time around. Two times, the posts have just disappeared.

    GARRET: Congratulations on your achievements. I don’t know if you read MAD Magazine or not, but there’s a hilarious bit in the current issue about “The Pros & Cons of Working At Home.”

    PAUOA BOY: So you’re coming back to Hawai`i – how long will you be here? It’s amazing that you can move and then take a trip in the same week.


    Sometimes there’s no knife or cutting board or juicer or water or pitcher or a pinch of sugar available to make lemonade. Unfortunately, the lemons life hands us are too big to use as golf balls and too small to use for batting practice. Any other suggestions?


    There’s a very interesting and quite complex story behind the big shift in support for repairing Aloha Stadium as opposed to building a new one. It has to do with political ambitions as well as other significant capital projects which, when completed, will generate millions of dollars in revenues to whomever owns Aloha Stadium. There’s also a modification in previously-held legal opinions about selling naming rights. If anyone is interested in learning more, the information is available.

    BTW – someone asked about Diamond Head as a potential location for a stadium. DH is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources and is a national monument. Even if it were possible to get the state and national laws changed to allow it to be used as the site for a new stadium, DH is located in the heart of the wealthiest community in the state and, according to a number of sources, one of the 15 highest-income communities in the country. It is highly unlikely that they would allow such a thing to happen.

    Have a good “rest of the weekend.” It’s really hot here in Kailua even with all the fans going in every room. Too bad the Keolu $1 movies closed earlier this year because that was always a good place to cool off in the hot days of summer.

  163. Kazz June 28, 2008 6:20 pm

    Chawan, thanks for the heads-up!!!

    I JUST placed my ticket order on-line.

    ***When you place you order online for tickets, print out the receipt you receive in your e-mail from them and bring it with an ID to the Pearl Highlands location on the day of the event to get your ticket.

    They advise to arrive at 1pm.

    Tickets are:

    $20.00 per flat item. Photos and paper items $20 per Flat Item
    Photos and paper flat items up to 11”x14”.

    $35 per Mid Item
    Such as footballs, mini helmets, photos & flat items over 11″x14″ and everything else.

    $50 per Premium Item
    Jerseys and full helmets.

  164. Kazz June 28, 2008 6:24 pm


    June 28th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the explanation of Emo. Glad my son doesn’t dress like that. The boy cuts his hair with a knife…

    A knife? Funny you mention that. A friend of mine in the Air Force did that a few times in high school. He was odd like that.

    Oh and don’t forget the “bed-head” look as well. Da kine where they literally look like they just woke up and never bother to wash or brush their hair…

  165. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 6:26 pm

    I’m in Laie burning up.
    It’s hot. No wind.
    But one good thing: My son did a fire-knife performance. It was the first time with real fire.

  166. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 6:27 pm

    But I did run into Richard Torres today.

  167. Kazz June 28, 2008 6:27 pm


    Just saw it. Looks like J-Riv still sportin’ da dreads.

  168. Kazz June 28, 2008 6:30 pm

    WOAH! ST, I didn’t know your son was into that!

    Had a guy in my class in high school that did that every year for May Day. He’d come to class afterwards with bandages on his hands and forearms all the time.

    He was real good, but of course I can’t imagine anyone saying, “that fire-knife dancer is not bad”…

  169. Stephen Tsai June 28, 2008 6:34 pm

    He said it sounds different without the drums. A lot of whooshing.

  170. d1shima June 28, 2008 6:34 pm

    I’m in Laie burning up.
    It’s hot. No wind.
    But one good thing: My son did a fire-knife performance. It was the first time with real fire.

    Better you burning up than your son, I guess…

  171. Pauoa Boy June 28, 2008 6:35 pm

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc, Hopefully be down there either the 3rd or 4th of July, and leave the weekend following the Blog Bash. So about a week if all goes as planned. Moving is a pain in the arse for sure, but I’ve done it so many times that I make sure I’m organized enough to where it doesn’t give me a headache.

  172. d1shima June 28, 2008 6:36 pm

    Has Richard Torres been involved in the UW’s in Manoa? Haven’t heard his name much since Spring ball ended.

  173. Pauoa Boy June 28, 2008 6:57 pm

    Re: QB’s

    I agree that Greg Alexander will need to fix his throwing motion and keep the ball up during his wind up. It will allow for a quicker release and better accuracy. I’m sure Coach Rolo will get that fixed.

    Love the fact Graunke is getting out there, that’s where he needs to be.

  174. Kekoa June 28, 2008 7:22 pm

    PB ~ During ‘no tell’ mission deployments to ‘parts unkown’ the wife used to know that if I didn’t come home by 9 PM, it was time to go to the unit and pick up the car. I could be gone 3 days to 3 months sometimes…

    PCS moves are an incredibile time to lighten your household goods and trim the shipping weight to the authorized load limit. You get used to traveling light, huh? When you go home and look at all the junk people accumulate around the house and garage…whew! Makes you glad you didn’t keep that old sofa, or dinette set. It’s just a good way of purging ‘stuff’ you no longer really need. So you hold a yard sale and hope that it is going to be someone else’s treasure.

  175. jm2375 June 28, 2008 7:30 pm

    Good evening everyone! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

    Doc – gotta agree with you re: Keolu Theaters. We can’t decide on the spur of the moment to catch a flick anymore. Got any idea what, if any, are the plans for both the theaters? Kailua Theater has been sitting there like an eyesore for what, 6, 7 years?

    Just got back from the WaterPark and dinner at Chilis. Time for a nap.

  176. Pauoa Boy June 28, 2008 7:38 pm

    Kekoa – Actually I never come close to my weight allotment. My wife and I live simple and don’t really have a lot of unnecessary things. Plus stuff we’ve gotten over the years and never use usually end up at some family members house who like borrow and no give back, but after you never have em for so long you forget they got em. Plus, I like to keep things organized so a lot of things are already boxed, labeled in the garage and things that are in the house are things we use on a daily basis. Better that way to avoid clutter and less stuff for clean. My wife though needs a swiff kick, cause instead of lightening the load she keep getting stuff from her friends. Since they know we moving they think they can pawn there stuff off on us that they no use anymore, like desks, dressers, beds, etc… I mean I would accept if I didn’t already have what I needed but it’s like honey what the heo I going do with one extra bed set or one full size dresser set. More better where we going put the dayum tings. They joys of moving I tell you, das where my headache come from.

  177. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 28, 2008 7:55 pm

    JM2375: The theatre in downtown Kailua is owned by the same corporation that owns Don Quijote or however the name is spelled and will not revert back to Kane`ohe Ranch until 2023. Last time I checked at the beginning of the year, the Keolu Theatre was still owned by Wallace, but they are looking to sell it as they sold the one in the other part of the shopping center to Hope Chapel Olomana. The land itself is owned by KSBE.

    I think that the downtown Kailua Theatre would make a fantastic dinner theatre & art gallery location, but I have no idea what DQ’s willing to accept.

    STEPHEN: Was Cat Toth invited to the July 10 event? If not, is it too late? She really needs our support & aloha right now.

    MEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM: What you report about not feeding the team is simply unacceptable. We will pledge a monthly amount towards the total for whatever it costs to feed 20 high-energy guys, the coaches, and the support staff throughout the season.

    Are potlucks a no-no? Seems to me you mentioned that softball team parents & supporters provide the team meals for them. Do the NCAA rules differ from one sport to the next?

    What about the other arena sports? Are they facing the same financial dilemma?

    If there’s any interest in setting up a formal FEED THE TEAM project, DrDoc and I will be glad to help coordinate it.

  178. bonar June 28, 2008 8:33 pm

    The lace discussion is interesting. I remember Jim Plunkett had an odd grip. IIRC he set his thumb on the laces.

    Isn’t the college ball slightly smaller than the pro ball. I found that odd-the college b-ball players don’t play with a smaller bball. why should football be any different.

  179. bonar June 28, 2008 8:34 pm

    Congrats to Pacman!

  180. Garret June 28, 2008 9:34 pm

    I hope that the Titans give Jason Rivers a chance between they have BIG needs at WR. A WR that couldn’t play for the Jets is going to start for the Titans…and he is considered one of their strengths because of the weakness of all but Gage at WR for them.


    The fact that McCareins looked so good might be another indictment of the rest of the receiving corps. Remember, McCareins faded out of the picture with the Jets.
    Justin Gage, the other starter, proved himself last season, but it’s easy to knock the other wideouts.

    Roydell Williams isn’t practicing because of an ankle injury and his status is uncertain. Biren Ealy, running No. 3 right now, had one catch last year.

    Brandon Jones remains inconsistent. Mike Williams is saying and doing all the right things, but still isn’t in great shape. Lavelle Hawkins has looked good, but he’s a rookie, and you have to dig deep to find the last time a rookie really lit it up for the Titans.

  181. Garret June 28, 2008 9:40 pm

    We’ve talked about hoping that UH schedules Navy and the other armed forces as often as possible, and it looks like Navy (my first choice because of Pearl and because of the Hawaii coaching link) is really filling up their schedule. They announced several long-term scheduling deals this offseason already, and they just announced that they will play home-and-home games with SMU from 2015-2018. I think a WAC team recently was able to schedule Navy also.

    Every time I see Navy fill their schedule, I hope that there is still a puka for UH. But if they are filing scheduling slots that are 10 years from now, then UH has less opportunity to find open dates from Navy. I know that Navy could play an extra game if they play in Hawaii, but they seem to be looking for home-and-home deals. Plus, travel costs from Maryland to Hawaii would be steep, which would make the cost of a game in Hawaii fairly expensive.

  182. Garret June 28, 2008 9:40 pm

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

    Amazing that this dog was unhurt when a tornado picked him up!

  183. Garret June 28, 2008 9:41 pm

    Mother checks on why her 7-month-old daughter is crying at 1am…and finds a King Snake wrapped around the baby’s leg!

  184. Garret June 28, 2008 9:41 pm

    Only 6% of men now wear ties to go to work, and the number drops each year.

  185. Garret June 28, 2008 9:42 pm

    New study found that red wine is even more effective against aging than was previously thought.

  186. Garret June 28, 2008 9:42 pm

    Toyota has developed a new fuel cell car that will be available in Japan this year…but will not come to the US for awhile. This is a hybrid between hydrogen and electricity.

  187. Garret June 28, 2008 9:42 pm

    Free play links pau.

  188. jm2375 June 28, 2008 10:04 pm

    Gee … slow night tonight. Everybody must be out partying.

    Heeelllooooo? Anybody home???

  189. Stretch June 28, 2008 10:14 pm

    Good Evening Tsaikos!!

    I am working on making name tags for the upcoming party. Does anyone have a problem with me putting their blog name (if any) and first name only on the name tag?? If so, please email me at the tsaikoparty email account and I will make adjustments.

  190. lakerj32 aka "lefty" June 28, 2008 10:27 pm

    Man, I missed out on making fun of Chawan. Thanks for the fun night who ever went out yesterday…I had a great Hawaiian history lesson too. though I was pretty messed up this morning.

    Stretch – Ask for the blood test if they catch u, no breathalizer! LOL.

  191. Kekoa June 28, 2008 11:57 pm

    Anyone know if the Golf channel is airing the:

    “Great Gigi Galloping Golf Garbonzo”…in the morning?

  192. Kekoa June 29, 2008 12:01 am

    My money is on Gigi. Number of lost balls, TWO. adjusted score with handicap, 138 for 18 holes. Averaging 4 putts or more per hole. Best score on any given hole double bogey. Finishes ahead of Hubby.

  193. al June 29, 2008 12:20 am

    howzit folks.

    i just noticed garret’s earlier post quoting mana rosa in reference to his being named in the northwest top 100.

    folks, gotta know that most of the early ratings are based on one man’s opinion. that being chris fetters and usually after one day of observation. a player will move up and down the list dependent upon mr. fetters’ mood or what he heard that day.

  194. al June 29, 2008 12:21 am

    the real story will be how many strokes weren’t counted.

  195. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 29, 2008 12:36 am

    Just got home from a long day.
    Starting on the driving range and putting green. It has been a year since I last went out.
    Ah- yup.
    Ukuboi and #1 son were out there too.
    #1 ripped a few new blisters in his hand and remembered why he gave up golf last year.

    I am going to make gigi look good out there tomorrow.
    hoo wee!

    But it was all in good fun. #1 made us a nice pasta dinner afterwards and Ukuboi played WOW with my grandson and his mom.

    Time for nitey nite.
    Hope gigi and hubby had a nice dinner at JJ’s tonight!

  196. Ralph June 29, 2008 1:46 am

    drink your red bull, sit back, ESPN 219 will feature the UH vs Washington game at 2:30 am.

  197. Ralph June 29, 2008 2:15 am

    LizK, I ditto your comments with Ferd’s article…time to get it done and move forward. BF2 needs to prowl the upper campus and be the tsaiko shaker up there…

    BF2 don’t forget your banana and cowboy hat when you look eyeball to eyeball with Hinshaw and ask the sista, what no JD contract, wassamatta you

  198. Ralph June 29, 2008 2:32 am

    Esme i hope you read my earlier post, game is on at 2:30 am, time to get your fix of warrior action.

  199. NYUH June 29, 2008 3:43 am

    28-7 UH behind. 🙂

    Good game to watch in anticipation of Florida.

  200. 99club June 29, 2008 3:47 am


    Good morning Tsaikos…who knew Venezuela had a pro B-ball league? Hope Matt does well in the playoffs. It’s not the NBA, but at least gas is only 12 cents a gallon there.

  201. 99club June 29, 2008 3:48 am

    I guess I was 200 ‘den.

  202. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:09 am

    99club u counted each entry…must have been a boring evening

  203. merv June 29, 2008 4:10 am

    Garrett and other Tsaikos,
    The Georgia family is saddened at the news of the passing of Uga VI. He was a great mascot and well loved by all. He was larger than previous Uga’s and was more aggressive when other mascots came near (he really didn’t like Tennessee’s hound dog, “Smokey”). He lived a long life for a bulldog and we expected his retirement this year. I look forward to the coming of Uga VII at the Ga Southern game on Aug 30th.

    Congratulations to the WAC for winning the CWS. I wish it had been our dogs instead but Fresno represented the conference well.

  204. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:16 am

    Hi Merv, thanks for coming aboard….i believe Garret posted item on the passing of Uga VI…Sorry to learn that he did not get to enjoy his retirement…What happened to Bunkhead, not heard from him since the SB

  205. Pomai June 29, 2008 4:23 am

    K’den I like talk story bout dis rail stuffs, I like know what other Tsaikos tink bout it. But heahs my take on da thing.

    Lets see dey says dat it goin cost each one of us kids an all bout 20,000 bucks over 12.5 years of higher taxes. So dat means foah me I goin lose bout 8 grand by not buying da gas foah da car foah go work. Eh strike one.

    K’den I stay riding da thing. I stay at work an Honey girl calls me en say eh you gotta go pick up da kids after pau work, so I say how I goin do dat I stay taking da train, so she says well just get off at da stadium one en take da number 12 bus den transfer to da number 2, den pick up da kids an take da 2 den da 12 en hop on da train, BTW I’ll have dinner ready by 9 when you get home. Ai’yah strike two.

    Dey say dat wit da rail thing goin get plenty cars off da roads en goin save all kinds of money for us. NOT eh strike three – yer out!!!!!!!!

    So wot you guys tink dis is one good idea, funny too dat one guy in da HA article said dat dey no like’em put on da vote of da peeps cause dey goin vote da buggah down, so dat means we get’em even if we no like’em tuff luck. Technical foul throw da buggah out of da game.

  206. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:36 am

    Pomai, you’re absolutely right on…the rail is to keep the construction industry employed for decades…each election who do you find active in holding signs, the union members who endorse the democrats who want the rail…they got to feed the hand that keeps them in office.

  207. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:39 am

    if the rail is built, the union that controls the operation and maintenance will threaten a strike every three years unless they get a raise..who will pay for all of this if the ridership is lower than expected.

  208. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:39 am

    game over, we beat Washington again, ha ha.

  209. Ralph June 29, 2008 4:41 am

    Louisville and West Virginia on next but I’m going to bed

  210. NYUH June 29, 2008 5:33 am

    Washington game a nice reminder of how quick Libre is, Pilares too. It will be awesome to see the RBs in action this year. Heard Heun was fast in the spring game and we’ve all seen what LWJ can do.

    Question: How much did Lee use the option in his offense?

  211. d1shima June 29, 2008 6:45 am

    Wow, UH came back from 7-28 to win???

    Wish I stayed up fo’dat!


    Great Morning All.

  212. d1shima June 29, 2008 7:00 am


    At SLS, nil.

  213. d1shima June 29, 2008 7:08 am

    At SLS, the QB’s were too valuable to be used for target practice for DE’s.

    When #1 son was a Jr. he was 2nd team OL. They were told, no way they would smell PT as long as the starting QB was on the field. (Some kid named Chang, I think it was)

  214. koakane™ June 29, 2008 7:42 am

    howzit, howzit

    another scorcher day in hawaii hitting upper 80′ to lower 90’s

    no time to be indoors unless get AC (not not the bball player) da kine mu’u mu’u lady get when she hot then gotta the put on sweatta when cold. hey culcha trivia: who is dat person

  215. koakane™ June 29, 2008 7:47 am

    howzit, howzit

    another scorcher day in hawaii hitting upper 80′ to lower 90’s

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  216. tom mui June 29, 2008 7:48 am

    It is true that we have a limited amount of scholarships to give out. And we don’t want to get too many potential recruits hopes up – disclaimers on paper or not – but visitations on the Neighbor Islands should be considered for PR purposes, if nothing else..

  217. koakane™ June 29, 2008 7:52 am

    wot techies working on the blog again

    post show up twice….1st one cut off then numba 2 with whole message. eh hurry up fix da bugga or sending bhf2 with slippa to slap your head 😡

  218. koakane™ June 29, 2008 7:56 am

    d1 my bruddah up early. no hana hana today must be getting ready for church or da hale to quiet with plenty echo’s of emptiness. bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  219. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER June 29, 2008 8:00 am

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  220. koakane™ June 29, 2008 8:14 am

    ralph and pomai can only think you fellas no live on wessai, cause sturing up plenty huhu with rail system pilikia.

    kden lets 1st stop building homes on wassai (kapolei, mililani and makakilo areas) and develop more east side. might cut down on traffic.

    this is only for starters can mention plenty oddah things but will anyone like to talk about this and not just rail…..ummmmmmmm?

  221. Stephen Tsai June 29, 2008 8:25 am

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  222. djmitcho June 29, 2008 8:28 am

    Supposed to be 98 here in Spokane today!

  223. koakane™ June 29, 2008 8:38 am

    whew my damien cuzin better head for high ground way cooler or hit some lake.

    I would tell the locals here to hit da beach but we get invasion of jelly fish and plenty owee’s if got caught in dem. can go watta country but kinda expensive but oddah stuff can do like movies, cruz mall while shopping, out door bbq with fans or if in windy place den ok.

    my friend up dea to visit his wife’s bruddah in yakima. they must be boiling dea. rememba on spring wen was hot we went to the tri cities to cool off, had much fun at the tin cup river race festival.

  224. Kekoa June 29, 2008 9:42 am

    Good Morning my Tsaiko Palys!

    djmitcho ~ What about all those festivals get up dere surrounding the 4th of July? Wouldn’t the Wenatchee Indians be dragging their T-P’s into the fairgrounds and setting up their village right about now next to their cousins the Yakima Indians?

    If not, you can always join the Rattlesnake Roundup I guess, that’s a good way to practice your Texas two step!

    Don’t worry about us Wessai guys…we always manage to find something to either heat things up, or cool ’em down…

  225. U2B Baller June 30, 2008 7:40 am

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    How much QB’s are there currently ? I know theres Inoke, Tyler, Shane, Jake, Bryce and Kiran from spring and now theres the two JC QB’s plus that HS QB (Steele) and I thought I read that the Moniz kid is coming in Aug. That would be a total of 10 QB’S in the fall. How much are they going to keep ? And what happens to those who don’t make it ?

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