Sunday's winner is …

Sunday’s winner is Azulie,who gets two lower-level tickets to the Feb. 25 UH-Utah State basketball game.

To claim your prize, please e-mail me at

Thanks again to Avis for coordinating the contest.

* * * * *

Former UH o-lineman Ray Hisatake is mulling offers from three agents. Hisatake, who is training in Arizona, is an interesting prospect. His high school did not field a football team. He was a d-lineman for two years at College of San Mateo and a year at UH before moving to offense. In basketball, late starters are appreciated for having few bad habits. Not quite the same in football. But as an o-lineman, Hisatake only has received Division I-A coaching. Hisatake isn’t Wayne Hunter, now with the J-E-T-S who only played o-line for a year before declaring for the NFL draft, but he’s following a similar path.

Hisatake also has lost 11 pounds in his first week training with Chad Ikei, and now weighs 328.

* * * * *

I’m clearing out the DVR for today’s NFL playoff game, and I come across the 2007  UH-Washington game. (Spoiler alert: UH wins to finish regular season 12-0). In watching it again, I had forgotten:

• UH trailed 28-21 with 8 minutes left in the game.

• Dan Kelly had a sore foot, and missed two field-goal attempts.

• After a slow start, Colt Brennan completed 20 passes in a row, then had another streak of seven consecutive completions.

• The winning play came on Ryan Mouton’s interception after cornerback Gerard Lewis kicked free an apparent TD pass.

• And … the players had merit stickers on their helmets.

Was it really only a little more than two years ago?


  1. al January 17, 2010 12:01 am


  2. al January 17, 2010 12:02 am

    “I’ve got a basketball jones.”

  3. al January 17, 2010 12:05 am

    for me…
    –defensive back, either a corner or tough safety.
    –running back
    –best athlete available or another dback.

    of the four, at least one needs to be from kahuku hs.

  4. al January 17, 2010 12:07 am

    now you need to watch the bsu game.
    that’ll make you believe.

  5. ggggoooo January 17, 2010 12:18 am


  6. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 12:25 am

    That’s going backward.

  7. Ralph January 17, 2010 12:28 am

    thanks, but I’ll watch the game on TV with remote in hand.

  8. Ralph January 17, 2010 12:32 am

    4 scholies
    QB, OL, DE and DT

  9. al January 17, 2010 12:45 am

    yah, that’ll be neat….like reading the blog from the last to the first post.

  10. protector January 17, 2010 12:49 am

    “I’ve got a basketball jones.”

  11. protector January 17, 2010 12:56 am


    I’d have one for Mercado (kicker from Kahuku), maybe 2 OTs; after that
    a big lock-down corner. I actually think we’ll be okay in the other areas.

  12. protector January 17, 2010 1:00 am

    Congrats BG!

    ST and others: Do you think we have any chance at all with
    Jamora, Lagafuaina, etc.?

  13. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 1:07 am


  14. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 1:08 am

    My take is local guys will commit near the deadline.
    Mainland guys will commit, I’m guessing, this Wednesday.

  15. al January 17, 2010 1:12 am

    protector….what did worry me was that we will lose 8 receivers at the end of this year.

    we recruited 4 receiver types thus far. the returning corps next year has very little if any playing time.

    as a run n shoot team we always need to have solid depth in our receiving corps.

    and yah. get chance.

  16. al January 17, 2010 1:14 am

    aren’t there two mainland mlb/fb types coming on the last weekend?

  17. al January 17, 2010 1:20 am

    my guess is that we will again greyshirt 2-3.

    there may also be 2-3 non qualifiers.

  18. Pomai January 17, 2010 3:45 am

    “OFF TOPIC” Do we have any real-estate lawyers out there? I need some advice??? email me pomai at tsai-kos dot com.

  19. Piper's Son January 17, 2010 3:59 am

    Can’t sleep for some reason – so Good Morning All!

  20. Bulla January 17, 2010 4:05 am

    good morning all,
    whew, sign of old age, lie down at 8 pm to take a nap and wake up at 4 am, whew………

    that’s ok, doing laundry now, haha

  21. PONO January 17, 2010 6:38 am

    “I’ve got a basketball jones”

  22. wafan January 17, 2010 6:44 am

    Good Sunday morning to all.

  23. wafan January 17, 2010 6:45 am

    Concratulations, BG!!!

  24. Bulla January 17, 2010 6:53 am

    bad manners,

    congrats to BG 🙂

  25. BOKAL January 17, 2010 7:01 am

    I’ve got a basketball jones

  26. NYUH January 17, 2010 7:18 am

    I have a 5 year old – I believe in stickers. Bring them back.

  27. LizKauai (iPhone) January 17, 2010 7:25 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Thanks for the walk through memory lane, ST! Perhaps you should send that game to Coach Shanahan with a note about the stallion in his stable!

  28. Kekoa (iPhone) January 17, 2010 7:37 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Citizens!

    Congrats to BG. If Avis passed over your entry to another contest one more time…the wrath of your roomie would leave a path of destruction to the HA building.

    Bottom line? A certain Sports reporter would be eating his lunch thru a straw!

    BG ~ Almost fogit tell to you!…
    I’ve got a basketball jones.

  29. gmahoney January 17, 2010 7:40 am

    ST, wasn’t the score 21-0 before the Warriors came back?

  30. d1島 January 17, 2010 8:02 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congratulations BG!

    Kids, I was the victim of a basketball jones….

  31. d1島 January 17, 2010 8:21 am

    Sad news about Bears’ DE Gaines Adams’ passing this morning.

    Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died Sunday morning after he was taken to a Greenwood, S.C., emergency room, the county coroner said.

    Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey told ESPN that Adams was taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

    Coursey said the preliminary autopsy performed Sunday indicated Adams died of cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart.

  32. whitey January 17, 2010 8:24 am

    Good morning Tsaikos

  33. whitey January 17, 2010 8:26 am

    Ferd’s article on Kevin Hayashi is a very good one. As Ferd said, he is a true gentleman on the course and extend my congratulations on his major accomplishment of playing in the Sony Open.

  34. wafan January 17, 2010 8:42 am

    I am so hungry for some good kim chee. Forced to stop at Arirang store for some good home-made stuff. Yum. Hot rice, kim chee, soft tofu with fresh grated ginger, green onion, and a touch of shoyu.

  35. wafan January 17, 2010 8:43 am

    Light year of difference between Stanford and UH.


  36. madeinhawaii January 17, 2010 8:47 am


  37. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 9:18 am

    It’s all about passing.

  38. d1島 January 17, 2010 9:25 am


    How many of your students would realize that “light year” is a measure of distance, not time…..

    or a year on a diet!

  39. jm2375 January 17, 2010 9:27 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Congrats to BG!

    Cowgirls going down!!! 😀

  40. d1島 January 17, 2010 9:29 am


    It sure seemed like Stanford was a bit quicker in forming their blocks than Hawaii.

  41. SteveM January 17, 2010 9:30 am

    Good morning everyone!

    To cali UH fan, who posted in yesterdays blog contest — do you reside in California? If so, what city?

    Known mainland and international Tsai-kos are listed at

    If anyone resides outside of Hawaii, please include your city the first time you post. Mahalo!

  42. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 9:33 am

    Pacific is going to be an interesting challenge. Added a bunch of international players.

  43. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 9:39 am

    In case anyone is wondering, Shaun Suisham earns $526,240 a year.

  44. A-House January 17, 2010 9:42 am

    If I had 4 scholarships left, who would I prefer? hmmmmmmmmmmm, that’s a tough one especially when I don’t really know where/what the needs are and who’s available in terms of depth, but UH can use a good/consistent kicker with distance and accuracy to compliment Dunnachie; a big/strong/speedy back who can block with soft hands for passes; 2 OT, big, strong, long arms, quick feet, student of the opposing DL; and, of course, they must all be honor students.

    Now, where can Coach Mack and staff find these 4 student athletes?

    And, if al is correct on the 2-3 non-qualifiers, I would want 2 dominant DEs with strength and speed; honor students, naturally!!

  45. Stephen Tsai January 17, 2010 9:49 am

    You guys might have to redo the math.
    They’re in the hunt for two exceptional safeties.

  46. A-House January 17, 2010 9:52 am

    As I was putting the wash ‘n wear laundry away a few minutes ago, an old song popped into my head.

    It was from a radio program from long ago called Big John and Sparky and part of the lyrics went, “I’m a little fire engine ______ is my name”. A very catchy tune!

  47. A-House January 17, 2010 9:55 am


    Have they “tripped” yet or are on the schedule?

    If they are this good, are they flying under the radar from the BCS schools?

  48. madeinhawaii January 17, 2010 9:55 am

    Flick the little fire engine..

  49. A-House January 17, 2010 9:55 am

    OK, time to go down stairs and watch the Chargers beat up on the Jets!!!

  50. d1島 January 17, 2010 10:00 am

    Boy, that sure sounds like a “throw-down in Maunawili”

  51. azulie January 17, 2010 10:03 am

    I’ve got a basketball jones

  52. al January 17, 2010 10:13 am

    the two safeties…
    isn’t one a local product from a school not known to produce warriors?
    and the other is a quarterback from the north?

  53. al January 17, 2010 10:16 am

    okay, i am pulling for the jets.

  54. al January 17, 2010 10:16 am

    it must be quiet at rob25’s home about now.

  55. madeinhawaii January 17, 2010 10:17 am

    At this stage of the recruiting game.. with just a couple weeks to go before L.O.I. would you look to fill as many “may need soon” positions with whatever players you can get.. or would you go after the best players you can find (regardless of positions) for the few scholies you have left?

  56. al January 17, 2010 10:17 am

    if the boys are gonna make some noise.
    they gotta do this right now.

  57. al January 17, 2010 10:20 am

    to me.
    you still need to address your needs first.
    however, there is always room for jello.
    know what i mean.
    if another colt brennan knocks on the door you gotta go after him regardless.

    also, at this point, i find it critical that we land at least one kahuku hs guy this year. it will pay dividends in the future.

  58. al January 17, 2010 10:22 am

    that old man threw another td pass.
    what a game he is having.
    he looks good except when he “runs” down the field to congratulate his receiver….he barely got there.

  59. patele2004 January 17, 2010 10:26 am

    ive got a basketball jones

  60. al January 17, 2010 10:29 am

    good luck ray.

  61. al January 17, 2010 10:29 am

    we need more san mateo cc players.

  62. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 17, 2010 10:30 am

    Good morning Everyone:

    Years ago – long before Stephen set up the blog – I found this quote somewhere and have kept it because it really spoke to me.

    For when the Great Scorer comes
    To write against Your Name
    He’ll write not that You won or lost,
    But How You Played The Game.

    Grantland Rice, 1908

    And there’s the classic eulegy by Antony in “Julius Caesar”:

    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones.
    Act III, Scene 2

    Back to blog stuff: I got three bouncebacks from the report on the meeting with Koa Anuenue. Perhaps there’s a need to update the list so that it reflects reality. If you did not get the report which was sent out Friday morning, please send me your current e-mail address to swood at hoku dot com.

    BTW – was there and will there be any way to follow the men’s volleyball team matches over the radio? I have no access to a computer during the matches, but I can listen on a car or a small transistor radio – if it’s being broadcast. What about baseball games? Is Don Robbs not going to cover the away games this season?

    Off to work – an equipment grant is do this Friday which means preparing a sensible budget plus I have to stop off at Kinko’s in the University District to get some signs made for tomorrow’s Parade.

    Drive safely over this long weekend. Hope to see some of you at tonight and tomorrow night’s basketball games.

  63. protector January 17, 2010 10:49 am

    ST & al, (re: chance for recruits)

    Thank you! You both have made my day!

    al on # 15,

    Did not realize that we lose that many receivers. That is concerning. I’m glad we got that kid Darius Bright. Hope Ostrowski, Stutzman & others really step up and also avoid injury. If we have a decent season with this respectable upcoming schedule, it should increase & improve recruiting exponentially. Coaches need to make sure they really cultivate those dwindling pipelines to Texas, Florida & Louisiana even though I understand our primary recruiting is in the West, NorthWest & at home.
    I like the fact that Coach Shaw said that Coach Mack told him to find and recruit O-Linemen ANYWHERE. This should satisfy other bloggers that felt the Wisconsin-type linemen were being ignored because they lacked some kind of polynesian ties. Coach Shaw should have strong ties in the Michigan & Minnesota area for sure, so I’m hoping his recruiting bears fruit the way Coach Tormey came through with Pelluer.

  64. A-House January 17, 2010 10:56 am

    Thank you, MIH, I knew “somewhere out there” (borrowed from the movie American Tail) there is someone on this blog who would remember the fire engine’s name.

    Cetainly, there are only a few of us left that would recall such memories from our days gone by. And, surely but slowly, the memories disappear forever.

  65. A-House January 17, 2010 10:58 am


    No throw-down, just fact!! Besides, all I got to do is tell my immediate neighbor to let their car roll down the hill again!

  66. whitey January 17, 2010 11:02 am

    A House, but you neva tell why flick became famous or a hero.

  67. wafan January 17, 2010 11:07 am

    Who is Flick? Must be a few years before my time.

  68. wafan January 17, 2010 11:10 am

    d1 . . .

    Not many. If it is not on an iPod or in a video game it must not be very important. HA!

  69. al January 17, 2010 11:14 am

    i don’t think that shaw is responsible for any recruits….yet.

  70. protector January 17, 2010 11:14 am

    Although I risk offending any Cowboy fans on the blog, I gotta say…….
    How ’bout dem Vikings!!

    Too bad, Tony Romo (although that’s not how (J)J pronounces
    his last name. lol )

  71. al January 17, 2010 11:17 am

    jets get no respect.
    chargers favored by 9.
    all the sportscasters are picking the bolts.

    i am taking the points.

  72. protector January 17, 2010 11:22 am

    You’re right! I hope that Coach Shaw is not the “laid back” type when it
    comes to recruiting. He seems to be a good fundamentals / technique guy, but doesn’t seem to be as naturally outgoing & engaging a personality type of guy like Tormey. I’m hoping that the staff can find a way to make his credentials / respectable resume pay dividends. Next season at least, if not this one. Again, success this season is imperative.

  73. RedZone January 17, 2010 11:36 am

    HOw much that guy getting paid. I can punt 28 yards.

    Go Vikings. Bud Grant is watching.

  74. Anfield January 17, 2010 11:36 am

    I’ve got a basketball jones.

  75. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 11:55 am

    I usually don’t give a rip about NFL games BUUUUTTT….

    Everytime Sanchez opens his mouth I wanna slap him and I have relatives in San Diego, plus my HS alma mater is also nicknamed “The Chargers”.


    My Super Bowl pick stands at San Diego vs New Orleans with The Saints taking it all.

  76. bufish12 January 17, 2010 12:27 pm

    I’ve got a basketball jones.

  77. RedZone January 17, 2010 12:37 pm

    If we can get this guy I will be jumping up and down.

  78. Pauoa Boy January 17, 2010 12:46 pm


    I’m with you on that…Ioane can hit and could one of those impact guys that teams would she-she pants over. Bruddah for his size, plays big and can lay the smack down. Remind me of Troy Polomalu kine. What grade him…Senior or what?

  79. Pauoa Boy January 17, 2010 12:49 pm

    Romo was looking like a Cowgirl today…too bad, so sad.

  80. RedZone January 17, 2010 12:53 pm

    PB 2010. Has offer from UH.

  81. RedZone January 17, 2010 12:55 pm

    A lot of missed fgs today. How much they get paid?

  82. RedZone January 17, 2010 12:56 pm

    Romo looked like rag doll in a pitbulls mouth.

  83. Garret January 17, 2010 1:04 pm

    Bad news from Sportsbow regarding the recruiting of Soma Vainuku.

    He originally was scheduled to visit UH on 1/29/2010, but I guess we’re out of the running for his services now since he’s now scheduled Oregon State instead.

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  85. Pauoa Boy January 17, 2010 1:34 pm

    Right on, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ioane in one Warrior uniform pounding guys.

  86. Garret January 17, 2010 1:46 pm

    Article about the 60 Minutes special today about football players from Samoa.

    60 MINUTES goes to American Samoa to find out how a territory with a population less than the capacity of a pro-football stadium sends more players to the NFL than any similarly populated place in America . In fact, boys born to Samoan parents are estimated to be 56 times more likely to play in the NFL than other Americans, reports Scott Pelley in his story to be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Jonathan Fanene built his family a palatial home in Samoa with the seven-figure salary his NFL career affords him.

    Perhaps the most famous Samoan in the NFL, Pittsburgh ’s Troy Polamalu – born in the U.S. to Samoan parents – says the island is lucky to have the option of football. Beyond a career in the NFL, Samoans have little opportunity beyond the military or work in a tuna canning industry based there that is threatening to pull out soon. “The beautiful thing about football is it’s allowed us to get into education,” says Polamalu. “Football is something that comes naturally to us,” he tells Pelley.

    There are currently more than 30 Samoans in the NFL and another 200-plus playing Division 1 college football. There are just 65,000 people living on the islands. “What if there were 120 million Samoans,” wonders Polamalu. “How many Samoans would there then be in the NFL?”

  87. Tai January 17, 2010 2:10 pm

    I’ve got a basketball jones.

  88. madeinhawaii January 17, 2010 2:19 pm

    65,000 living in Samoa.. but a several times that living in the 50 States.

  89. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:20 pm

    JETS up by 10 with about 3 minutes to good, Stephen take your meds and breathe in and out, pressure time, the Jets have not won two play off games since 1982

  90. whitey January 17, 2010 2:25 pm

    Ralph, watching the last 2 minutes, what is your feel on the SD coaches?

  91. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:26 pm

    have not won two play off games in a season since 1982

  92. el guapo January 17, 2010 2:27 pm

    When the details of the proposed settlement between UHPA and UH are revealed, be prepared for the impact. Future payments to faculty may mean future increases in tuition, which not only hurts all students but increases the cost of scholarships that JD must fund each year.

  93. whitey January 17, 2010 2:29 pm

    The way SD calls plays reminds me of UH coaches last season. Slow, don’t know what to do, don’t have the correct players, and waste valuable time when they are down in the game.

  94. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:29 pm

    the head coach has turned the Chargers program around, I remember when he first got there the fans wanted to run him out of San Diego County after the first season. He was your beloved 49’er OC and at the last minute went to the Chargers.

  95. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:29 pm

    3 point game with a little more than 2 minutes, lots of time, Stephen take your meds.

  96. whitey January 17, 2010 2:30 pm

    not to mention that their kicker cannot handle pressure. sounds familiar?????

  97. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:31 pm

    The battle of Maunawili, the A Houses – Go Chargers, the Tsais J-E-T-S, J-E-T-S.

  98. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:34 pm

    Charges HC is an offensive guy, must be a personnel issue. Tomlinson hasn’t been the same the last two years. If the Chargers had a running game, Rivers would be a lot more effective. Check out Sproles, Charger RB, about 5’6, from K State. Lots of speed, something UH needs – lots of speed.

  99. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:36 pm

    Garret, I hope Momo is making money at the crap table.

  100. d1島 January 17, 2010 2:40 pm

    Rex Ryan = Wattapair!

  101. Ralph January 17, 2010 2:44 pm

    UH better head out to Kahuku and recruit Mercado, this play off game says it all, got to have a “money” kicker. 3 FGs missed, lose by 3.

  102. al January 17, 2010 2:50 pm

    Don’t forget that there’s a number of Tongan folks on the gridiron .

  103. Committed Road Warrior January 17, 2010 2:55 pm


    Thanks for the reminder about the 60 Minutes piece on American Samoa football. The show just kicked off (no pun intended) here. This story will be the second one shown.

  104. Committed Road Warrior January 17, 2010 2:59 pm

    I usually don’t watch 60 Minutes, but this will be the second time in as many weeks that I’m tuning in.

    The American Samoa piece is of interest to me (and likely many Tsaikos as well).

    Last week, the government program I’m working on was shown on 60 Minutes… was the first story off the bat too.

  105. mctruck January 17, 2010 3:03 pm

    Is it just me?, or was the SD defense not pressure NYJ qb enough where he seemed to have all day to pass to whomever he wanted to???

  106. mctruck January 17, 2010 3:05 pm

    Also, I agree…..poor running game from SD.

  107. Committed Road Warrior January 17, 2010 3:28 pm

    Really poignant ending to the 60 Minutes special on football in American Samoa.

    It sort of makes you reflect on traits not so prevalent in modern American society, and how that has helped them excel on the football field despite the lack of resources.

  108. Pomai January 17, 2010 3:34 pm

    Don’t know if the jets can beat the colts????

  109. Derek January 17, 2010 3:36 pm

    Chargers blew it. First of all, the importance of efficiency in kicking field goals underscore why we need a really good kicker. Keading is good, but I think he lost focus, he probably thought it was a cinch on the first one and pulled it. The second was a long one, but he didn’t want to pull it again so he left it wide right. The third one, well it was a lot of pressure built up by then and he left it right again. Mind games. Didn’t JJ said one play and clear. Well, it’s not like the Charges didn’t have their chances. Also, they kept running the ball on first down which I thought was a mistake. With the most proficient QB in Rivers, throw the ball on first down. That’s the best down to throw, first down. I thought the Chargers played like trying not to lose, instead of trying to win. In the first half, the score should have been at least 10-0 or 14-0 instead of 7-0, thus giving momentum to the Jets for the start of the second half. The third thing was that the Chargers made some stupid penalties and did not do well w/ the clock management. Sounds like the UH Warriors. I really felt that the Chargers had a great chance to go all the way this year. I’m a 49er fan so maybe next year is the charm. But the best part is that the Cowboys lost. Hehe!

  110. Ralph January 17, 2010 4:08 pm

    is ST in shock! not a post from him after a Jets victory.

  111. Kazz January 17, 2010 4:22 pm


    January 17th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    is ST in shock! not a post from him after a Jets victory.

    Trying to search the news headlines for car fires or looting occuring on the Windward side… nothing yet. 😎

  112. Kazz January 17, 2010 4:26 pm

    Wow… so Duane “The Rock” Johnson WAS a big star known around the world in the wrestling ring and now he’s a toothfairy…

    Tooth… FAIRY…


  113. Kazz January 17, 2010 4:30 pm


    January 17th, 2010 at 12:55 pm
    A lot of missed fgs today. How much they get paid?

    Said it before… NFL players get paid too much to miss FGs, drop balls, and throw Tebow-like fluttering footballs.

    It’s excessive pay for only 4 months worth of “work”.

    But again, we as a society have created this monster. We have supplied the demand. We as a society have placed these people on a higher level than us therefore technically WE have justified their LOFTY compensation.

  114. A-House January 17, 2010 4:34 pm

    Congratulations to the Jets and our good neighbor, ST, one of their most ardent fan!!

    Just back from Sherlock Holmes – great movie!

  115. NYUH January 17, 2010 4:36 pm

    Chargers played tough but the Jets wore them down and agree with Derek they made enough mistakes to stay out of it.

  116. NYUH January 17, 2010 4:54 pm

    It is coming off a 14-0 season capped by a victory in a BCS bowl. It returns 21 of 22 starters from a team that finished the 2009 season ranked in the top five. It loses the fewest graduating players in the entire country — five seniors, just three of whom dressed for its bowl game, just one of whom played a significant role in that game. It returns the nation’s most efficient quarterback during the regular season, a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard receiver and a complete offensive line. The defense returns its top tackler, top sacker and leading interceptor. The guy who handles punting and place-kicking is back. The core of an excellent coaching staff also is expected to be intact.

  117. al January 17, 2010 4:57 pm

    some say that we are recruiting this guy.

  118. Pauoa Boy January 17, 2010 5:16 pm

    Boise State, cannot talk smack about these guys…hands down this could be the college football team of the decade. What they have done is not only dominate the WAC but taken down the big boys too. No can fault them for their schedule if weak cause the big name schools to scared for play em, just like when Colt dem was with us, how many big boys went back out of playing us…

    Cannot wait for one playoff to get put in place, make em just like NFL…

  119. NYUH January 17, 2010 5:16 pm

    But because the Broncos don’t dress in the gear of an old-money superpower, and because their turf is blue and their conference is the Western Athletic, not the SEC or Big Ten, they will not start the season on top.

  120. NYUH January 17, 2010 5:21 pm

    But next season, Boise State will have two credibility-enhancing nonconference games. The Broncos play Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight Virginia Tech in Washington, D.C., and host perennial bowl team Oregon State. Win those two, and national respect will be non-negotiable.

  121. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 5:45 pm


    And people like Craig James truly believe that it is the right thing to do… 🙄

  122. whitey January 17, 2010 6:23 pm

    al, and the wr’s are no slouch either.

  123. whitey January 17, 2010 6:25 pm

    al, another interesting point is that his team’s name is Warriors.

  124. BG January 17, 2010 6:47 pm

    Decided to check on the blog before the basketball game and I find I somehow won the coveted DVD. Amazing!

    Mahalo! On to the basketball game (on TV).

  125. wafan January 17, 2010 6:57 pm


  126. protector January 17, 2010 7:05 pm

    Ralph on # 94,

    I don’t feel that Turner turned that team around. It was more where the ownership or management had no confidence in Schottenheimer getting the big wins at playoff time/postseaon. I thought they had double-digit winning regular seasons but were getting knocked out in the playoffs. Schottenheimer essentially built that team. Turner, whom I’ve never confused for a genius, inherited all the personnel on that team and made no radical changes. Last year, they were awful at the beginning, then made a run. This year, they started slow again, then made another amazing run. Turner is NOT a Jimmy Johnson!

  127. protector January 17, 2010 7:25 pm

    al on # 71,

    You were right on the money about the Jets. I honestly didn’t think they were gonna knock off the Chargers, but it looks like they (Chargers) needed Mercado just like UH needed him this past season. Ironically, Kaeding is supposed to be the most proficient kicker in NFL history & didn’t he have a streak of 60+ fieldgoals (inside the 40) until today? What a time to crap-out. Credit the Jets D though, they looked like
    the # 1 Defense (especially in the last half).

  128. PowderPuff January 17, 2010 7:37 pm

    Happy holiday eve for some of you! Congrats to ST for the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets…thank goodness a visiting team/underdog finally won this weekend. Hey, c_c(hawan uniform tango): I see you on TV yelling through your megaphone. Woo hoo! 🙂

  129. protector January 17, 2010 7:40 pm

    Kazz on # 75,

    I wanna slap Sanchez too, but on Colt Brennan’s behalf!

    RedZone and Pauoa Boy (re: Ioane)

    I’m floored by the video. Did not get to see any of his games this year. It’s amazing how he stops the ballcarriers cold once he makes contact, given his size. And what a force he is on Offense, too. Although football is a team sport, that’s as close to a one-man team that I’ve seen (no offense to his teammates).

    al on # 117,

    It would be a shame if that kid doesn’t get a shot at playing QB somewhere; what an athlete! Is that the QB you said UH was recruiting
    as a safety? Did he also play safety for his team or is he just projected as being able to play at that position?

  130. al January 17, 2010 8:13 pm

    actually no he is not the safety.
    the safety is…….this guy.

  131. al January 17, 2010 8:14 pm

    howzit whitey.

  132. al January 17, 2010 8:17 pm

    i was lucky today.
    also had the vikings and ain’ts yesterday.

  133. protector January 17, 2010 8:50 pm

    Whew!! Congrats to the men’s BBall team for pulling out a close one.

    Although they win by the skin…
    A win is a win!

  134. al January 17, 2010 8:51 pm

    what happened to dwain?

  135. al January 17, 2010 8:58 pm

    oh, my condolences to dwain williams and family.

  136. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 9:01 pm

    Sweet merciful crap… I’m gonna die the next time we have a game like that!!!

    Took my parents with me and this was the first time they’ve been to a basketball game in 10 years!!! What a “return” for them.

    Although the closeness of the game and the excitement was UNNECESSARY especially considering the mistakes, it was still fun to celebrate a win for our struggling Bows.

    NEXT… The Wahine get a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow afternoon!!!

  137. protector January 17, 2010 9:02 pm

    al on # 130,

    Geez, that’s the safety? He could make our team just as a punt returner!

    As for Dominique Brown, I thought we had our quota of QBs with Kevin Spain & the logjam. It would be almost a slap to this kid to ask him to walk-on. He looks better than Manley & certainly is a better runner. Heck, he already looks like a better runner than Wright-Jackson.

    Or could he be the fall-back in case the scholies for the coveted / anticipated recruits fall through?

  138. whitey January 17, 2010 9:03 pm

    just to add on to protector’s observations, releasing or trading LT should be done before the draft. unfortunately, he has lost the speed mystique. similar to the the rb who was with seahawks a few yr back.

  139. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 9:04 pm

    Without stating the obvious, looks like the Rainbow Warrior Basketball team did win a home WAC game again since the blowout at Logan, Utah.

    Good thing I didn’t bet on or BANK on them NOT winning “another home WAC game again” this season… 😆


  140. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 9:05 pm

    I shouldn’t text while I drive…

  141. whitey January 17, 2010 9:07 pm

    al, on a roll???? me, i got em all wrong. guess i am on a roll too.

  142. protector January 17, 2010 9:23 pm

    whitey on # 138

    It was probably Ralph that made the observations about LT, but I agree with the both of you about his diminishing productivity and they definitely
    should (as you said) unload him before the draft. Actually, the ideal time to unload him would’ve been around 2 years ago, when they probably could’ve gotten quite a bit. The thing is, that wouldn’t have been a very popular move with the fans, with which he has a following. They could’ve had some of these studs (around the league) that are putting the previous ‘name’ runners to shame.

  143. Garret January 17, 2010 9:29 pm

    Pauoa Boy and RedZone were talking about Ioane earlier in the blog…it is too bad that he took UH off his recruiting list today. He went to U-Dub this weekend, will go to Arkansas next weekend, and will go to Notre Dame for his final recruiting trip.

  144. madeinhawaii January 17, 2010 9:32 pm

    Sportsbow made this observation:

    “New post has taken Jeremy Ioane off the UH recruiting list.”

  145. protector January 17, 2010 9:32 pm

    Hey whitey,

    If I was al, I’d be in Vegas laying down the “Benjamins”. I got the NFC right, but the AFC totally wrong! Don’t want to take the total blame, though. The Ravens (regardless of the final score & the Colts business-like manner) could’ve won that game.

  146. Garret January 17, 2010 9:32 pm

    One problem for LT and San Diego’s running game this season is that 3 of San Diego’s starting offensive linemen were hurt during the season and did not play in the playoff game today. When 3 of the 5 members of the OL are backups, they don’t get the same drive and cohesion as the starters could have. The other part of the problem is that LT has lost something…there is a clear precedent for rapid production declines of NFL RBs after a certain number of seasons.

  147. Garret January 17, 2010 9:40 pm


    I talked with Momo this afternoon and he was doing okay at the tables, not up or down much. It was nice seeing Mrs. Momo and him, plus my sister’s family, in Vegas this weekend.

    I couldn’t gamble much because we weren’t in Vegas that long and because I had a lot of stuff with my kids and getting together with the whole family. I just went to 3 tables all trip (took out $100 for each table), but at least I stayed at each table for an hour or more and ended up a little ahead for the trip.

  148. protector January 17, 2010 9:40 pm

    Garret & madeinhawaii, re: Ioane

    That’s very depressing news; his video was mind-blowing. Aside from Notre Dame, I just don’t understand considering Washington or Arkansas
    (and not UH).

  149. Garret January 17, 2010 9:43 pm

    Derek Dooley hired Terry Joseph from La Tech, so La Tech no longer has its recruiting coordinator….no AD, no head coach, no recruiting coordinator, and not enough time for someone to step in and salvage this recruiting class.

    New Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley has hired two assistants. Terry Joseph spent the last three seasons with Dooley at Louisiana Tech, doubling as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Special teams coach Eric Russell spent two seasons at Tech before coaching at Texas Tech in 2009.

  150. Garret January 17, 2010 9:48 pm


    It seems like the top local recruits want to leave Hawaii this year–UH has 1 commit from the top 10 and 3 from the top 20 on the list from rivals.

    On a positive note, it appears that UH has a good chance for Kahuku DE Hauoli Jamora. Jamora is definitely one of the top recruits in Hawaii this year and he would be a huge recruit to keep home.

  151. al January 17, 2010 9:48 pm

    not sure if brown is a legit recruit, but, my guess is that he is being recruited as an “athlete”. looks like he could be a good rb, sb, wr.

    not sure what his measurables are either.

    also, not sure if the those reports about ioane hold any truth yet.

  152. whitey January 17, 2010 9:50 pm

    The division championship next week is going to be good ones. Only one “un dome” team left.

  153. al January 17, 2010 9:51 pm

    one of the top recruits locally is that de/dt from wahiawa. how he had been under the radar is beyond me, but, that is okay too.

    his early commit to hawaii was very good.

    i personally don’t agree with all of the top ten lists from either rivals or scout. i often wonder how they qualify themselves when they haven’t watched a game locally?

    oh well, the proof is in the pudding.

  154. whitey January 17, 2010 9:53 pm

    i give credit to coach mc and his staff for doing their best in getting these recruits. at least they are still in the hunt for sum big time players.

  155. whitey January 17, 2010 9:54 pm

    boise is also on brown’s interest list.

  156. al January 17, 2010 9:54 pm

    what we need to remember is that the guys doing the rating from these services do such to sell a product.

    some of them are wannabe sports reporters and some haven’t even played a down of organized football. yet, they are called experts.

    what’s funny is that how a recruit will go from one star to three-four star as soon as some big time bcs school shows interest. ah, those experts.

    go figgah.

  157. al January 17, 2010 9:55 pm

    want a feel good movie to watch…..
    catch “blindsides” the true story of first round pick michael oher.

  158. al January 17, 2010 10:23 pm

    what’s funny is that how a recruit will go from one star to three-four star as soon as some big time bcs school shows interest. ah, those experts

    what i tell you. now that found out that domique brown was offered by ohio state he has been elevated to a four star recruit.

  159. al January 17, 2010 10:26 pm

    looking forward to a commit or two this week.

  160. Mrs. LTUHF January 17, 2010 10:48 pm

    Hello everyone.

    Thank you for all the nice comments about LTUHF you all!!! You folks are the smartest and greatest people as he had always told me.

    Got to get to bed; tomorrow’s another busy day.

  161. al January 17, 2010 11:24 pm

    goodnight mrs. ltuhfan

  162. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 11:33 pm


    5:00PM – 7:00PM

    By all accounts when I opened the PDF file (available on on the side bar to the right) there will be NO ticket price changes to individual games and or season tickets for the 2010 – 2011 sports seasons.

    Basically it looks like a proposal by the athletic department to the Board of Regents to increase the maximum allowed dollar amount in which the athletic department can raise ticket prices for UH athletic events.

    The PDF file shows in detail the proposed increases to the maximum admission prices.

    PDF file:

  163. Kazz (blkberry_storm) January 17, 2010 11:48 pm

    RE: #162 / Proposed maximum admissions increases by UHAD to BOR.

    I’m kind of offended that this was not brought up a little more by UHAD by making a REAL official announcement as opposed to a clickable button tucked away on in between advertisements.

  164. Ralph January 18, 2010 12:54 am

    what happens to attendance if the UHAD raises ticket prices to the mbb games? More revenue with the same fan base, or will attendance go down!

  165. Ralph January 18, 2010 1:09 am

    mbb lower bowl $30, students $20 proposals- where’s the value. when the team is performing poorly, the schedule is weak, where is the value in paying so much. Currently the bottom 4 WAC teams are UH, SJSU, Idaho and BSU- UH beat SJSU and BSU and their record is 2-3, losing to Idaho, FSU and USU. JD, the team needs to win to generate more revenue with increase in attendance, don’t try to bleed the few hardy fans attending the game (2.5K per game) and the current sponsors, or you’ll see a drop in attendance and sponsorship in these poor economic times.

  166. Ralph January 18, 2010 1:14 am

    The proposal is for the near future, but Nash has another year, same with coach Trapasso and we know most women venues do not generate positive black numbers in revenue so how do you justify squeezing UH’s small fan base. The bottom line is simple, the teams got to win and you might need to change the coach to raise the bar to be competitive in the WAC and NCAA and win.

  167. Ralph January 18, 2010 1:26 am

    Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone, I hope you all enjoy your day off to celebrate his “Dream.” Amen.
    Amazing Grace by Walela in Cherokee

  168. Garret January 18, 2010 5:14 am


    I think that you are taking an unfair shot at the recruiting services…even though I’m sure that you know that Brown is being recruited by Ohio State, Cincy, UH, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and many others. We both agree that coaches are the best judges of players, so when coaches all over the country agree on Brown why would anyone be surprised about him being a 4-star recruit?

  169. whitey January 18, 2010 5:35 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Today, today

  170. d1島 January 18, 2010 6:39 am

    Great Morning All!

    Congratulations to Azulie!

    Congratulations to the BasketBows! A win is a win is a win…

    Have a terrific day erryboddy; whether you have a holiday today, or not.


  171. chawan_cut January 18, 2010 7:25 am

    thanks for the shout out.
    sorry for you and rob25’s ‘boys….
    maybe you can jump on ST’s J-E-T-S bandwagon!

  172. Committed Road Warrior January 18, 2010 7:30 am

    I was shocked to see that Safeway had a case of Pepsi throwback on the shelves. There is a profound difference between HFCS-sweetened soda and soda sweetened with cane sugar!

    Gonna have to stock up on those before the end of February, when Pepsi’s stops producing them.

  173. Committed Road Warrior January 18, 2010 7:33 am

    #172 should be read “…when Pepsi stops producing them.”

    That said, I struggle to find soda made from pure cane sugar out here. When I was still living in Phoenix, there was a readily supply of Jones Soda, among other varieties. Now…it’s like Hansen’s or bust.

    Very unfortunate.

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