Clerical error keeps Rausch from traveling

A clerical error is preventing University of Hawai‘i backup quarterback Brent Rausch from being declared eligible to play in Friday’s nationally televised road game against 15th-ranked Boise State.
“I feel sorry for Brent,” UH head coach Greg McMackin said. “It’s not his fault.”
The problem stems from an eligibility form Rausch filled out Aug. 2 during the orientation session for first-year Warriors.
Rausch inadvertently put in the wrong code in one of form’s boxes.
The mistake was not detected until last week. Faculty representative Peter Nicholson notified McMackin the day before the past Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech.
Rausch, who is the No. 3 quarterback behind Inoke Funaki and Greg Alexander, was withheld from the Louisiana Tech game while Nicholson tried to get the mistake corrected with the NCAA.
Despite the support of the Western Athletic Conference, of which UH is a member, the NCAA had not ruled on the matter today. A half-hour before the Warriors were to board a bus to the airport this morning, Nicholson told McMackin he would not allow Rausch to go to Boise.
The uncertainty had caused the Warriors to scramble to prepare for Friday’s game. Jake Santos took the reps that would have gone to Rausch.
McMackin said Santos will replace Rausch on the travel roster.
McMackin said he is hopeful Rausch will be cleared to play against Nevada next week.

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Here are quarterback Inoke Funaki and slotback Aaron “Yoda” Bain:


UH’s sweethearts — softball’s Malama Manuma and linebacker Brashton Satele:


Here are defensive tackles Fale Laeli and Tuika Tufaga:


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In almost every situation, the rule limiting the travel roster for a WAC game makes sense. Teams rarely need more than 65 players. But that’s not the case against a home opponent like Boise State, which uses several personnel groups. The Broncos have groups responsible for, say, 10 plays each. They work on those plays to perfection. But when you add up all of the groups and all of their plays, it makes for a thick playbook. The Broncos make use of the rule that does not restrict roster sizes for WAC home teams. Obviously, they would have fewer personnel groups — and fewer plays — if the size of the home and visiting rosters were the same.

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Whoops. Time for new trifocals. I messed up my birthday dates.

Today we are wishing AddahknowSports a very happy birthday. She’s smart, attractive, funny and the meanest dart thrower we know.

Tomorrow, the birthday wishes go to one of the most knowledgeable and passionate football fans — Ronnie.


  1. LK October 15, 2008 7:15 am

    Happy B-day A-Sports and my wife SK

  2. LK October 15, 2008 7:16 am

    Happy Birthday to Ronnie as well.

  3. whitey October 15, 2008 7:17 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie

  4. spike96822 October 15, 2008 7:17 am

    top 5

  5. LK October 15, 2008 7:18 am

    Boise States multiple packages is a good way to keep all of their players happy and “in the game” knowing that they’ll get some playing time.

  6. whitey October 15, 2008 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday to A Sport and SK.

    Good morning to all the tsaikos and may this wednesday be a good hump day for you.

  7. jm2375 October 15, 2008 7:22 am

    top 10!

    Happy Birthday Ronnie! May you bring good luck to da team in Boise! Have a great day!

    Back to work. 🙁

  8. whitey October 15, 2008 7:24 am

    It will be a good one in Boise and hope to lose my voice on Fri cheering the Warriors to victory. To make sure vocal cords are in top shape, will be lubricating it with some “special beverages”.

  9. WarriorMojo October 15, 2008 7:25 am

    Top Ten, Baby!

    Warriors going to MASH the spuds!


  10. Stretch October 15, 2008 7:29 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie!!
    Happy Birthday A-Sports!!

    I guess get one BIG party coming up this Friday night, Honolulu AND Boise!!

  11. Stretch October 15, 2008 7:31 am

    Is that 65 travel limit by UH or the WAC??

    If it is the WAC, they should limit the players available for home team also.

  12. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 7:39 am

    brought over from yesterday in case kazz doesn’t see it:

    this one is right up your alley. tombo’s in a lyrical throwdown with a boise blogger here:

    i know you can add on to our cause.

  13. Kekoa (iPhone) October 15, 2008 7:40 am

    Birthday Smoochies to A-Sports & Ronnie. Two of the most “Kolohe” people I have ever met. May you each enjoy your special day!

  14. Maverick October 15, 2008 7:40 am

    Yo Yo Yo Libre Wahines, A-Sports & Ronnie, make it the Best’est of days, and don’t forget raise your glass of preference to yourselves & each other.
    We will do the same for you!

    It’s another Libre kine day, and that said…


  15. Loa October 15, 2008 7:43 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie and ASports!

  16. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 7:47 am

    Hauole Lahanau- SK and Ronnie and Sports!


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  18. koakane iPhone October 15, 2008 7:55 am

    good morning tsaiko country and big shoot out to Romnie and Asports

    so here it goes tadah

    hippo birdie two ewe’s
    hippo birdie two ewe’s
    hippo birdie dear Ronnie and Asports
    hippo birdie two ewe’s

    enjoy da day

  19. jm2375 October 15, 2008 7:57 am

    😳 Happy B-day A-sports! Have a great day and may you be blessed with a lifetime supply of lead slippahs to keep certain Tsai-kos in line! 😆

  20. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 8:07 am

    Greetings and Blessing Warrior Nation! 🙂

    Happy Birthday to Tsaiko Tsisters Ronnie and Addahknowsports!

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
    All the monkeys in the zoo send their best regards to you…
    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  21. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 8:10 am

    Yep, them Donks like to show them different formations and dance, dance, dance… To bad da Warriors are gonna crash that party and ruin the “dance”… 😆


  22. jojo ® October 15, 2008 8:12 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie! I hope you get your wishes.

    Happy Birthday A-Sports! You need to stop lighting those fireworks in the middle of the night.

    Happy Birthday SK! Are you a lurker like LD?

    Anyhow, best of wishes to the Birthday Women!

  23. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 8:13 am

    Maybe when the long awaited Cooke field gets finished, the Warriors can put together a number of packages themselves for home games, too. With 4-5 QBs next season, it makes sense.

  24. djmitcho October 15, 2008 8:13 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie and A-Sports!

  25. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 8:13 am

    Good Morning all! Haapy Birthday, Ronnie, A Sport and SK!

  26. midori7 October 15, 2008 8:14 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Happy Birthday A-sports!

    Ronnie’s birthday is tomorrow, but nothing wrong with early birthday wishes!

    Congrats again to Rob25 for winning the autographed helmet at Call the Coach last night!!!

  27. jm2375 October 15, 2008 8:18 am

    Jason, Garret and all you other math/ICS types – found this paper on ranking methods, using NFL as an example. I’m terrible with matrices, so I don’t really understand this, but maybe you’ll find this interesting.

  28. Stephen Tsai October 15, 2008 8:26 am

    OK, I messed up the birthdays, but they are now corrected.

  29. Stretch October 15, 2008 8:27 am

    ST – it’s 815am and you are not at practice??

  30. Stretch October 15, 2008 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday tomorrow Ronnie!!

  31. Bulla October 15, 2008 8:28 am

    Happy Bday today to Asports,

    Happy Bday tomorrow to Ronnie



  32. Pride. October 15, 2008 8:31 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie!!
    Happy Birthday A-Sports!!

  33. DrP October 15, 2008 8:31 am

    In almost every situation, the rule limiting the travel roster for a WAC game makes sense. Teams rarely need more than 65 players. But that’s not the case against a home opponent like Boise State, which uses several personnel groups. The Broncos have groups responsible for, say, 10 plays each. They work on those plays to perfection. But when you add up all of the groups and all of their plays, it makes for a thick playbook. The Broncos make use of the rule that does not restrict roster sizes for WAC home teams.

    Perhaps we can wish upon another star… Boise State may have a serious “mindblock” against Hawaii…they lost their last TWO games in Hawaii. Two of their biggest games last year, the WAC championship last year, and against East Carolina Bowl Game”

  34. FloridaTed October 15, 2008 8:32 am

    A very happy Birthday today, A-Sports and a very happy Birthday tomorrow, Ronnie. May your presents be a sweet Warrior victory in Boise, that way we could all share in your birthday happiness.

  35. Rob25 October 15, 2008 8:34 am

    Happy Birthday A-sports! Hope you have a grand day!

    Happy Birthday to you Ronnie…early because I am sure that you are leaving for Boise soon! Don’t forget to have Anne fill in for me when you yell, “It’s another Hawaii…FIRST DOWN!”

    Thanks midori7…must be all the luck that the Tsaikos bring my way! 😯

  36. djmitcho October 15, 2008 8:39 am

    I will make sure to include my voice when yelling for 1st downs

  37. koakane iPhone October 15, 2008 8:41 am

    wot rob25 won a helmet? when dat happened?
    man these community after school mtgs killing me. congrats (patnah?) can take pics with it on

    oh oh gotta run visatas from kapalama heights just arrived

    have a good day Esme whooooooosh

  38. Jason October 15, 2008 8:47 am

    Happy birthday addahknowsports and SK!

    jm2375: That stuff’s a little too advanced for me now, but someday, I hope to know enough to understand all that. Until then, all I can do is very elementary stuff in Excel. 😀

  39. Jason October 15, 2008 8:54 am

    Just got an e-mail from the Davey O’Brien Award folks. Whoo hoo, I was the third person to vote for Inoke Funaki. 🙂

  40. Rob25 October 15, 2008 8:56 am

    djmitcho: Good! Then hopefully I can hear it loud and clear on the broadcast!

    Koakane: Howzit my darts master! Can you believe it? I guess you should have been there, but then myki and sj told me that women win the helmets more than men. In fact, of the eight prizes given away last night…only one went to a man! Blame Coach Mack because he picks the names out of the box.

  41. d1島 October 15, 2008 9:01 am

    Great Morning All!

    WooHoo! Leaving tonight for Boise!
    That, in and of itself, may seem like an oxymoronic statement but to go there to see the Warriors take da slippah to BS-You is worth getting excited about.

    Happy Birthday Addahknowsports!
    Happy Birthday SK!

  42. d1島 October 15, 2008 9:02 am


    Remember to take your meds!
    Remember to pack your belt!

  43. jm2375 October 15, 2008 9:04 am

    Jason – liar! j/k Aren’t you supposed to know this stuff as an about to graduate MATH MAJOR? and you call me a fraud? 🙄

  44. Nalani October 15, 2008 9:05 am

    Happy BDay Ronnie, SK, and ASports!

    Now for my little song:

    Blue Turf and Blue Smurfs don’t scare me
    Cause I believe in our Local Boys
    Don’t try to convince me
    Because our Local Boys are No Ka Oi!

  45. FloridaTed October 15, 2008 9:09 am

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Yes, we all know that the big, bad Broncos have fancy play sets with fancy groupings and all that, but it still comes down to the old assignment and alignment kind of football. If the Warriors play responsible football and play with concentrated passion, we are fully in this game. I know for sure that our defense can hang with them or better, slow them down severely. If our Special Teams keep up their stellar play, that is another huge concern eliminated.

    In my book it will all come down to our offense being able to end drives with touchdowns. Field goals or turnovers and we’re dead. Against Boise we can not play too conservatively. I truly hope that our coaches have devised a plan of attack that really mixes it up and is aggressive. We must keep them on their heals and give our D something to work with.

    I believe, that up to this point, we have not seen more than 50 % of what our offense could be capable of doing.

    Let’s go, Warriors, break out game coming up.

  46. Rob25 October 15, 2008 9:09 am

    Nice Nalani! I can just hear it now on the Warriors Greatest Hits – A compilation of songs and “hits” from the field.

  47. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:10 am

    Hmmm… Talking about Excel,,, reminds me… Anybody successfully download and try out that new Open Office 3.0 yet?

  48. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:11 am

    Let’s see the Warriors blow up the Jackass’ personnel groups!



    jm2375 – Hey, non-math/ICS types find SAS programming, linear equations, probabilities, functions, arrays, constants…interesting too!

  49. al October 15, 2008 9:11 am

    happy birthday to you girls!

    watch out for ralph, he’s gonna ask you how old you are now and he may make a comment about it.

  50. LK (Tilt) October 15, 2008 9:12 am

    Wow! Congratulations Rob25 on winning the helmet this week. My brother won it last week and his best friend, Dr. Rod, in a previous week. It’s a sweet prize, just missing the sweat stains and battle scars.

  51. jm2375 October 15, 2008 9:14 am

    OMG – did you see where Shane Victorino got a scolding letter from the asst dir of PETA cuz his favorite fuuuud is Spam musubi? So what, da whole state gonna get one letter too? 🙄

  52. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:15 am

    Rob25 won a fitted helmet?

    Nalani – oops, I sang the song to the wrong tune at first…

    MIH – No open office for me. Office 2007 I have. But I did hear it is very good!

  53. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:18 am

    al – FYI, Ronnie and A-Sports are 28 years old.

    jm2375 – aaaaa, PETA just wants Victorino’s support. I’m thinking don’t hate Spam, just hate the pig handlers.

  54. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:19 am

    Whoa Homey.. took me a while to figure all that out… but I looked it up on Wiki and here’s what I found for all you other guys who got lost, too.

    Homey’s translation of:

    Hey, non-math/ICS types find SAS programming, linear equations, probabilities, functions, arrays, constants…interesting too!

    SAS programming : Sexy and Single programming
    linear equations : She’s there & I’m here so the shortest distance is a straight… (looks down at pointer)
    probabilities : If I ask her out she will probably say, “No!”
    functions : Does it still work?
    arrays : There is always a – ray(s) of hope
    constants : misspelled name of last rejection
    interesting too! : ! = L

  55. jojo ® October 15, 2008 9:21 am

    pointless test

  56. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:22 am

    mih – hahahahahahaha! You must have the male decoder ring too!

  57. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc October 15, 2008 9:23 am

    Good morning everyone:

    Happy Birthday to AddaSports and Ronnie – the Libra Tsaiko crew celebrates through October 21/22 when the the Scorpios take over on October 22/23.

    We’re taking a part of the week off from sports to go to the Hawai`i International Film Festival. Saw a great documentary last night – The Wrecking Crew. For those of you who are into music, especially if you grew up during the days when music transitioned from jazz and rhythm & blues to rock & roll through the early 1970s, this is a must-see flick. Unfortunately, it won’t be playing the HIFF again, but perhaps PBS will pick it up. Will do some research & pass it along.

    Going to see Wings of Defeat this afternoon – it’s about WWII kamikaze pilots, but, according to the program description, it takes a very different approach to the mythic tale of fanatical patriotism.

    Attended the Na Koa luncheon on Monday – plenty Tsaikos there, but the only place left at one table had been saved for Jason. The next table over had a couple of spaces, but they were being saved for some folks who didn’t attend after all so I wound up sitting one table closer to the front with a Rush Limbaugh clone who expounded upon the fact that poor people caused the financial markets to crash.

    Congrats to Rob25 for winning the helmet last night. One of these days, we may win something other than a coupon for a free taco dropped from the Jack In The Box blimp at the Stan Sheriff Center.

    Yes, BHF2 is having computer problems and unable to access the blog. He’s not going to Boise but will be here the following weekend with his volleyball-playing granddaughter. Perhaps she can attend one of the Wahine games as they’re playing that Friday & Sunday while the Warriors are the stars on Saturday.

    Yesterday’s blessing ceremony for the Ching Field renovation was short and quite interesting. Although A-House, Tom Mui and I sat together, somehow I missed seeing sj-macro even though only about 30 people all totaled attended the event.

    Afterwards the formal ceremony, the UH Project Manager working directly with Sports Turf Hawaii agreed to send along updates at least once a week concerning such things as unexpected delays, turf shipment or arrival schedules, etc.

    Final thoughts before heading off to work: Although I am by no means a football expert, I like the focus on defense and the running game as opposed to flashy but risky pass offense. The last is fun to watch, but the turnover on Saturday on third & one when Funaki passed instead of grinding it out clearly was a mistake. If the D is strong, then being conservative works in putting the Warriors in the W column.

    Adios muchachos and -chas. Have a good day.

  58. d1島 October 15, 2008 9:23 am

    LK (Tilt),

    It’s a sweet prize, just missing the sweat stains and battle scars.

    You need to come out to the TsaikoGates again! 😯

  59. A-House October 15, 2008 9:23 am

    Happy bifday wishes to A-Sports and SK, wife of LK ( come join us for a tailgate and meet some of the crazies in the Tsaiko clan ).

    And bifday wishes to Ronnie ( tomorrow ).

    Ah;, life as a Libra is GOOD!

  60. jm2375 October 15, 2008 9:24 am

    mih – thanks for da translation. didn’t know homey-san would actually read it. 🙄

  61. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:24 am

    jojo – you talking about the architect test?

  62. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:24 am

    Didn’t PETA have a whole Oprah hour on that last night? Free-range, egg-laying chickens versus those in containment. Free-range sows versus those in containment…?

  63. Rob25 October 15, 2008 9:24 am

    Thanks LK! Oh and it does have sweat stains and battle scars. It’s a small, but I was able to get it on last night when I got home.

    Someone told me that it was probably a linebacker’s helmet because of the type of “grill” in the front. Whoever’s it was…RIP because the helmet is small…unless, of course, it belonged to Nate “the Flyin’ Hawaiian” Jackson.

  64. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 9:25 am

    homey, what do you not equal to???

  65. A-House October 15, 2008 9:25 am


    Rememba, no give the Zebras any excuse to tro da yellow rag on Friday.

    Discipline and assignment playing will win you the game. We like cheer all day and all night!!

  66. jojo ® October 15, 2008 9:27 am

    comment waiting for moderation


  67. d1島 October 15, 2008 9:27 am


    Still Luvz Local Boyz!

    Au-ryte! 🙂

  68. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:29 am


    Those Zebras are my biggest concerns this Friday. Hope our Warriors get a fair shake. Seems like the Zeebs been really nit-picking on the Warriors… looking for every opportunity to throw the flag.

  69. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:31 am

    Firefox 3.1 beta is available for download…much faster and looks good.

  70. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:34 am

    chawan – There’s choke things I’m not equal to!

    jojo – I think you are on blog probation.

  71. jojo ® October 15, 2008 9:35 am

    oh using 3.0.3

  72. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:43 am

    A-House – looks like there’ll be a lot of equine on the field this Friday…donkeys, jackasses, burros, shetland ponies, zebras, geldings…

  73. jojo ® October 15, 2008 9:44 am

    Apparently I am on probation on Caryn’s Lost blog.

    Anyhow, I am annoyed with Pacman Jones. And the analysts. So lame.

  74. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:45 am


    RE: Firefox.

    I’ve got too many add-ons in Firefox that it’s gotten out of hand. After any Firefox update, each time I launch it it tells me that a new update for one of my addons is available and just when I think I’ve updated them all, out comes a NEW firefox update.

  75. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 9:47 am

    I installed the new IE8 beta on my wife’s computer. Then I did the rest of the SP3 updates for he WinXP setup. Now I can’t uninstall IE8.

  76. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:50 am

    Is Jerry Jones related to Pacman Jones?

  77. SteveM October 15, 2008 9:53 am

    Happy Birthday Addahknowsports !!!

    …you look younger than 28 😯 …and

    Happy Birthday SK !!!

  78. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:55 am

    mih – can’t uninstall IE8?!? hmmmmm, probably gotta remove SP3 first.

  79. jojo ® October 15, 2008 9:55 am

    I think Jerry Jones is related to Jenny Jones. I hated her talk show.

  80. Stretch October 15, 2008 9:56 am

    homey ≠:
    October 15th, 2008 at 9:50 am
    Is Jerry Jones related to Pacman Jones?

    That is a question that can only be answered by Tsai PI. He was the only one that was able to recognize Joey Cadiz’s parents and know that Ken Taylor is NOT the father of Javonte.

  81. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 9:59 am

    jojo – you seem upset today. Need Pho?

    Stretch – ST has special abilities.

  82. Stretch October 15, 2008 10:01 am

    homey – must be the trifocals…..

  83. d1島 October 15, 2008 10:02 am

    Wow, when did the blog get turned over to Kim Kommando?
    Is it now sponsored by Sun Microsystems or something?

  84. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 10:04 am


    Looks that way from what I’ve read on the MS bulletins. Uninstall SP3 and all the updates since. But even that’s no guarantee.

    I suppose I should just wait till the stable release of IE8 is available. But I gotta admit, IE8 loads fast.

  85. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:05 am

    Rob25 ~ So what your saying in Post #40 is that Koa Mahu get chance for win one helmet next week!…very interesting.

  86. Garret October 15, 2008 10:07 am

    KGMB’s article on Ching Field includes a video of the groundbreaking.

    “It helps our football program probably most immediately, because we only have a grass field, and as you know it rains in Manoa quite a bit, so it really tears up the grass if you don’t have another artificial surface to play on,” said UH athletics director Jim Donovan.

  87. Garret October 15, 2008 10:10 am

    Interesting to compare the graduate rates of the WAC schools. For comparison purposes, the national average for D-IA teams is 64%. I can see why SJSU was hit hard by the APR and NMSU looks to be in terrible shape in these stats!

    For the second consecutive year, Louisiana Tech ranks No. 1 in the state of Louisiana and in the Western Athletic Conference in student-athlete graduation success rate according to the 2008 Federal Graduation Rate Report released by the NCAA Tuesday.

    Tech also ranks No. 1 in the WAC edging out Utah State (65), Idaho (63), Boise State (56), Nevada (54), Hawaii (53), Fresno State (49), San Jose State (41) and New Mexico State (36).

  88. Garret October 15, 2008 10:11 am

    RGM was moved from the practice roster to the active roster for his team! They were choosing between 3 finalists for the last active roster spot and they choose him.

    Sitting Logan will enable the Lions to replace Jason Clermont (knee) with import receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen.

  89. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:12 am

    mih – you can always restore your system on the day before you installed IE8.

  90. Garret October 15, 2008 10:13 am

    Feature story on RGM! It is awesome that he’s taking first-team reps in practice this week…he must have learned the playbook quickly.

    Ryan Grice-Mullen was told Monday there’s a strong chance he’ll join the revolving receiving corps of the Lions, but you might not want to adjust your depth chart just yet if you take into account his luck so far this season.

    He also thought he had the attention of the NFL last winter and declared for the draft a year early. He was wrong. He thought he’d get a fair shot as a free agent at two NFL training camps this summer. No dice there, either.

    For Grice-Mullen, it seemed like more of the same. Convinced a solid junior year collegiately at Hawaii would get him noticed on the second day of the NFL draft this spring, he settled in at his parents’ home in Ontario, Calif., awaiting a call.

    “I literally did all I could do in college; third in the [U.S.] in catches last year, fifth in yardage and we went to the Sugar Bowl. I had a solid pre-draft grade. Nobody could have told me I was going to go undrafted. I was shocked I didn’t get anything,” he recalled.

  91. ewagirl808 October 15, 2008 10:14 am

    I am hoping that the Warriors kick butt at Boise. Go Warriors

  92. Garret October 15, 2008 10:15 am

    Too bad RGM’s team only has 3 games left in the regular season.

    Camp appearances with the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears as a free agent effectively became a waste once he blew out a hamstring. If you wanted to paint a complete picture of frustration, fast forward to Monday, where a 22-year-old who could have been playing his senior year collegiately in paradise this fall was instead trying to avoid the monsoon that eventually engulfed the first workout of the practice week.

    “If I had to do it again I still would have done the same thing, but not getting drafted kind of sucked a little,” Grice-Mullen said.

  93. sjmacro October 15, 2008 10:16 am

    Happy Birthday Addahknowsports ❗ ❗ :1:
    sjmacro & myki

  94. Garret October 15, 2008 10:17 am

    Feature on Inoke from the Idaho Statesman.

    “The more he plays, the better he gets,” Hawaii coach Greg McMackin said.

    The Warriors have tweaked the run-and-shoot to include the option, bootlegs and more running plays to take advantage of Funaki’s athleticism, take pressure off the quarterback position and prevent defenses from keying on the passing game the way Georgia did in the Sugar Bowl blowout last season.

    “When we played Georgia,” McMackin said, “the ends tore us up and we wanted to be able to correct that.”

  95. Garret October 15, 2008 10:18 am

    “Inoke isn’t a true run-and-shoot quarterback,” McMackin said. “His arm wasn’t as strong as it is right now (earlier in the season). Give Nick Rolovich, our quarterbacks coach, full credit for getting him to throw the ball, doing different things with him, utilizing his excellent speed and quickness.”

  96. sjmacro October 15, 2008 10:18 am

    Happy Birthday SK ❗ ❗

  97. Garret October 15, 2008 10:19 am

    Interesting that BSU has faced running QB in 3 of 4 games now. That is too bad for UH, as they will have practiced and had lots of game reps vs. running QBs.

    And he must do it against a defense that has seen – and corralled – dual-threat quarterbacks in three of its past four games.

    “Everyone wants to run the same type of offense this year,” Boise State senior linebacker Kyle Gingg said. ” There’s a lot of carryover from week to week.”

  98. Garret October 15, 2008 10:21 am

    Interesting how Inoke calls Colt, “Mr. Brennan”.

    Funaki, who said he’s worried about the potential for a chilly evening Friday, had some interesting things to say.

    Several times, he referred to his predecessor — Heisman Trophy finalist Colt Brennan — as “Mr. Brennan.” Funaki, a junior, was the third-stringer behind Brennan and Tyler Graunke the past two years.

    “It’s tough shoes trying to fill in for Mr. Brennan,” Funaki said. “… Mr. Brennan — that’s the kind of respect he has around here. Now that I’m getting more playing time — I always knew that he was a great quarterback, he threw some great balls, he made some great reads — but you definitely gain a lot more appreciation when you have to actually walk through the shoes and throw some of those routes and the defense is coming at you and things are breaking down.”

    Funaki is one of four quarterbacks who has been named the starter this year. He says he’s getting comfortable after three straight starts, but not too comfortable.

    “I’ve still tried to maintain that mentality that it’s not mine to keep,” he said.

    Funaki said he knows the Warriors offense, which is seventh in the WAC, faces a huge challenge against a Boise State defense that allows just 11.2 points per game.

    “They’re awesome,” Funaki said. “… I know every yard we’re going to have to really earn it and we’re really going to have to execute to the best of our ability.”

  99. Garret October 15, 2008 10:21 am

    Ian Johnson might have provided some bulletin board material, though this is a fairly predictable statement.

    The Broncos have made it clear this week that they are driven by last year’s loss at Hawaii, the game that ended their five-year reign as WAC champs.

    “We’re not going to let these guys come into our house and keep us from getting another WAC championship,” senior tailback Ian Johnson said. “Right now, those guys are the reigning WAC champs. We want to show them that the new WAC champs are back.”

  100. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:23 am

    Nalani ~ I like that version of ‘Local Boys’ even better than the original. It reminded me of the Hawaii Bowl half-time show featuring all the former Warriors. You ladies hit that one out of the park!

  101. Garret October 15, 2008 10:23 am

    Another article about BSU.

    Woodruff, he said, was eager to move to left tackle last week – a new challenge for a player who has started at right guard (2005, 2007), right tackle (2006) and left guard (2008).

    It was yet another curveball thrown at this class.

    Johnson has made as big of an impact on special teams (blocked punt, fumble recovery) as he has on offense (four touchdowns).

  102. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:23 am

    Ian Johnson went downhill after his sophomore season.

  103. Garret October 15, 2008 10:24 am

    Happy Birthday SK!

    Happy Birthday AddahknowSports!

  104. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 10:24 am


    Restore for that option disappeared after a couple of updates. NO biggie. She has K-Meleon, Opera, and Firefox on her system, as well.

  105. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:27 am

    I guess the twins are still thinking about the prize giveaway game.

  106. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:29 am

    Careful Garret:

    Re: Post #101 ~ It was yet another curveball thrown at this class.

    Mrs. ‘C’ is very sensitive about her husband being picked on.

  107. Pride. October 15, 2008 10:29 am

    Keys to the game:

    1 – Win the turnover battle.

    2 – Win the kicking game.

    3 – Make Boise beat you. (Warriors cannot beat themselves)

    4 – Everybody doing it right every play.

  108. d1島 October 15, 2008 10:29 am


    Ian Johnson went downhill after his sophomore season.

    Ian Johnson got married after his So. season

  109. Stretch October 15, 2008 10:33 am

    d1 – LOL – I was just going to reply the same thing then read your comment. Everything goes downhill after getting married, right??

  110. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:35 am

    d1 and Stretch – I was gonna comment on the marriage thing but I thought I better not. Someone might be lurking.

  111. d1島 October 15, 2008 10:35 am


    How one answers that question depends on the lurk-ability of one’s spouse!

  112. d1島 October 15, 2008 10:36 am


    haha. We may be spending too much time together! Starting to think too much alike….

  113. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:40 am

    d1 – I think you should re-word that last post. Koa-mahu may get jealous.

  114. d1島 October 15, 2008 10:43 am


    Koa-mahu knows my true feelings 🙄

  115. expat October 15, 2008 10:44 am

    It is pretty bad that almost the entire WAC is below the national average on graduation rate. Out of curiosity, and because I am too lazy to look it up, are there any other Div 1 conferences, FCS or FBS, that are entirely comprised of state schools?

  116. jojo ® October 15, 2008 10:49 am

    I was going to comment on the marriage thing, but I went to the bathroom instead.

  117. Ralph October 15, 2008 10:51 am

    Happy birthday A/sports, I hope A/joe gave you the day off to go to fb practice

  118. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 10:53 am

    jojo – you still in the bathroom?

    I wonder what the last 10 years graduation rate is for the Warriors.

  119. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:58 am

    Pride, may I add to your list?:

    1 – The kicking game seems to be on track with DK makng his FG’s, but hopefully he can boom some deep into the end zone after all the touchdowns we score.

    2 – I worry about the punt protection for Grasso.

    3 – Stripping the football, and ‘breaking’ on the ball to make interceptions will definetly be an important key.

    4 – Swarming to the ball on special teams and run plays…yeah!

    5 – Bring out water bottles for the refs during time outs…or in this case maybe a hot toddy would be better.

    6 – Make Boise work for every smidge of yardage, limit the mental mistake penalties! We don’t want to give them any free rides!

    7 – LISTEN to the coaches as they make hurried corrections and changes on the sidelines…pay close attention!

  120. Pride. October 15, 2008 11:04 am

    1 – Do it right.

    2 – Do it 100%

    I don’t think that the Warrioirs will need to worry about doing it 100% this week. I’m sure the fact that we are playing against an undefeated Boise, will make the juices flow.

    It’ll be of utmost importance to “do it right” on every play. We can’t take any mental vacations this week. Every player needs to treat every play as if what they are doing is the absolute biggest play of the game. Sustaining that block for one more second, taking the right angle when trying to block a punt, staying in your lane on the kickoff team, staying at home when the play goes away from you to make sure no reverses come your way. All of those things will make a difference on the outcome of the game.

    I know that the intensity will be there. The key for the Warriors will be mental focus and discipline. Be mentally focused on your assignments, alignments, techniques, and coaching points. Be disciplined enough to do exactly what you ‘ve been coached to do. Take the right angles, take the right steps, keep the right aiming points. Do exactly what you were coached to do. Focus and concentrate on the game. Don’t get into pushing or jawing contests with the opponent. Be disciplined and play the game.

    Mental focus should have started Monday, and continues until Friday. In a game like the one we have this week in Boise, Boise isn’t the opponent. Hawaii will win the game if they play mistake free football. It’s not about what will Boise do? It’s more about what Hawaii will do?

    The Warriors have a lot of time together to review and visualize their assignments. Take advantage of the trip by using the idle time to be mentally ready. It’s always been my opinion that the traveling team has the advantage, they have all that time to spend together before the game. No one else believes that theory. But I truly believe in that. The team on the road has the advantage.

    Nuff said. For now.

    Nuff said.

  121. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 11:07 am


    October 15th, 2008 at 9:24 am
    Didn’t PETA have a whole Oprah hour on that last night? Free-range, egg-laying chickens versus those in containment. Free-range sows versus those in containment…?


    Camellia CC = Free-range Tsaikos?

  122. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:11 am

    Small kine but I think the Warriors gotta do good in the third down conversions. Boise is almost at 44% in their 3rd down conversions while the Warriors are at 23%.

  123. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 11:12 am

    OK. I’ve read Pride’s analysisisis. I’m ready for the game.


  124. LizKauai [Believer] October 15, 2008 11:14 am

    Nalani- Local Boys- Tsai-ko version – is da bomb!

    Mahalo, Pride.
    I believe the Warriors will win in Boise and I am staying home to prove it!


  125. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:19 am

    DPK – That’s not Pride’s analysis, that’s his statement.

  126. FloridaTed October 15, 2008 11:21 am

    homey (122),

    I totally agree with you, that third down problem is my biggest worry, much more than anything else. Overall the offense is actually doing quite well now, but how many drives have been stalled on third downs? They have to avoid the third and long stuff, that’s when the other D pins their ears back.

    I sure hope they’ve found a way to solve that.

  127. Garret October 15, 2008 11:25 am

    I agree with pride’s analysis of course, especially the top 2 in post #107. The other thing I was going to post about he just covered in post #120. Aside from turnovers and special teams (which has cost UH dearly against BSU), what I’m most concerned about is that the Warriors could get so amped up in the game that some assignments could be missed. Whether that would be going for the ball instead of staying in the lane on kick coverage, or overpursuing on defense, BSU tries to get teams to make those types of mistakes and they are very, very good at taking advantage of them.

    Motivation and intensity are NOT a problem in this game. Controlled intensity and focus is the key, and it will be so important to not get caught up in trash talking or the results of a certain play and thus becoming too aggressive on a play.

  128. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 11:26 am

    I suspect that Boise’s strategy will be to try and force Hawaii to air the ball more than they want with hopes of intercepting a few. They will focus their energies in stopping the run and punishing Funaki if he scrambles. (They know we give up way too many sacks. This is the same strategy they used on Oregon but it almost backfired when Oregon’s 3rd backup QB showed he had an arm.) I hope Ron and Company have a few surprise passing patterns in store for Boise that they/we have never seen. We need our Warrior Receivers in positions where only they can get to the ball… (running out to the far sidelines, deep, screens, etc.)

  129. d1島 October 15, 2008 11:28 am


    Some of us are getting together for a pre-game “Tailgate” in Boise

    Place: Lounge @ the Doubletree Club Boise
    Address: 475 W. Parkcenter Blvd.
    Time: 2:30 (MDT)
    Cash bar
    They have a light menu but will allow food from outside or delivered there.

    This hotel is located 0.6 miles from Bronco Stadium. We’ll walk over to the stadium. The hotel staff said it’s an easy walk.

  130. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 11:28 am


    I agree. They need to go for the full 10 on first and second and not that up the middle stuff on first.

  131. jojo ® October 15, 2008 11:31 am

    homey, FloridaTed,
    gotta agree that the 3rd down conversions suck. It could totally be a mental thing and they need to get over it. The brain is so powerful, sometimes.

  132. tommui October 15, 2008 11:31 am

    ADdaknow…happy birthday and best wishes.♠

  133. Garret October 15, 2008 11:31 am


    I’m guessing that BSU will want to get as many hits on Inoke as they can, whether or not he’s running or throwing the ball. I also expect them to try to punish Inoke on option plays, even after he pitches the ball. They would hope that would take a toll on Inoke as the game goes along (like the Weber State game), or that they could get him out of the game and force Alexander into the game.

    The Warriors have done a great job implementing the new offense to take advantage of Inoke’s mobility. The trouble is, since Tyler isn’t the #2 QB anymore, Alexander is a very different type of QB and will not suit the changes. So, if BSU can get Inoke out of the game they will have a huge advantage…and I’m expecting them to make their #1 priority on D. I wouldn’t be surprised with a late hit or two on Inoke…

  134. g-nalo October 15, 2008 11:34 am

    yep, happy birthday to the tsaiko ladies!

    ronnie (one day early)

  135. Dave In Boise October 15, 2008 11:36 am

    Did it occur to you that Boise State has the same restriction when they travel, and continue to win at the same pace they do at home?

  136. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 11:38 am


    I’m hoping Boise has more pride than using late hits as part of their strategy, but this is a grudge match, so anything can happen. If this was Fresno, I’d have no doubts.

  137. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:41 am

    mih – C’mon Fresno plays straight up as evidenced by their no penalties for an entire game! 😆

  138. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:43 am

    Dave in Boise – Yep, I was aware of that. The editor is just pointing out that the playbook for personnel groups is different sizes for home and away games.

  139. Garret October 15, 2008 11:43 am


    What is a late hit really depends on what team you are cheering for! And the home team tends to get a little benefit of the doubt in this area (see: Fresno State game). I’ll bet they stressed all week that they need to hit Inoke all game long and their players will be full of intensity in the game…so I don’t expect them to purposely plan on late hits, but I expect late hits to happen.

  140. July Jones October 15, 2008 11:44 am

    Our best chance is with Inoke at Quaterback and Pilares at RB. Unless Libre is back. We need to keep LWJ on the sideline. The most Overated award given to him in some pre-season Mags was well deserved. EVen with his hard work in the weightroom he is still hesitent when running the ball causing him to be far less effective just like last season. He looks lost when you give him the ball. If he has open space and just needs to spprint: thats his strength. Anyrthing that requires thinking or been creative with finding holes….Not his forte’. Use dump routes, swings to RB’s, AB and Wash in the flats. Then take advantage of Salas mismatches. Get Royce P involved somehow too.
    The D will step Up and play. Just give them some time to breathe on the sideline.
    Warrior Up

  141. Garret October 15, 2008 11:46 am


    Your post at #138 does bring up an interesting issue: Mac created a great defensive game plan last year, but that was against BSU’s limited travel squad. With the limits of the squad size taken off, might that pose additional problems for the UH D on Friday that they didn’t have to worry about last year?

    After all, the UH coaches knew who were on BSU’s travel squad last year, so they could prepare accordingly…but this year BSU will have many more combinations available to them.

  142. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:46 am

    Dave In Boise – I haven’t watched a Boise game this season but I heard the freshman QB is pretty good! What are his strengths? Pocket presence? Scrambling ability? Arm strength? Accuracy? Mental toughness? Just think you guys have 3 more years of him!

  143. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 11:48 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes! (Hmmm… it’s almost Good Afternoon)

    Not to detract from the football thoughts, but just !!!!!wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes!!!!! before I head out for the day.

    ST- thank you for the beautiful birthday post comment. You made me 😳

    SK- A great big Happy Birthday, if you’re lurking. Will see ya soon.

    Ronnie- Happy Early Birthday! Will ditto that again tomorrow.

    chawan-(from yesterday’s post) You’re right, we gotta show Koakane (sorry pahtnah) how ‘fo play darts. Gotta also show him how ‘fo type.

    Koakane- How come you ‘wen call Ronnie “Romnie” and you going give us a “shoot out” (post #18) For a minute there, I thought you was still talking about the cannon.

    So Maverick, fellow Libra- What is your birthday date? We’d like to give you a “shout out” (Koakane, take note) as well.

    Brew- Thanks for all the smiley faces (from yesterday’s post) My lead foot thanks you also. Actually my lead foot is feeling a little light footed today. 🙂 😀 😉

    Again, everyone thank you for the birthday wishes! Have a wonderful and productive day!

  144. Garret October 15, 2008 11:51 am

    One last thing before I have to get back to work–unless someone else wants to write this Commercialization Plan for NSF (nobody in my company wants to do it so I’m stuck with it!):

    Adding to my #139 post: I expect late hits to happen on Inoke…but what I (and other Warrior fans) might think of as a late hit may *not* be what the refs at the game think of as a late hit. If the refs call the game tightly early, flagging both teams for personal fouls in the first quarter, then things will settle down. The refs at the Texas-Oklahoma game called several questionable personal foul penalties early in the game–I think their intent was to make sure that the play stayed clean even though both sides were so intense in that rivalry game. The refs made their point early in the game and the game stayed clean. That to me is better than when the refs lose control of the game and we see tons of late hits or fights in a rivalry game.

  145. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 11:51 am


    October 15th, 2008 at 11:25 am
    I agree with pride’s analysis of course, especially the top 2 in post #107. The other thing I was going to post about he just covered in post #120.



    Care to revaluate your analyisisis of my statement? 😆

  146. jojo ® October 15, 2008 11:51 am

    A-Sports, you only getting out now? Geez, I sure hope you aren’t working and A-Joe is treating you to some pho for lunch.

  147. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 11:53 am

    “re-evaluate” I meant…

  148. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:54 am

    Garret – I’m sure the film editors have looked at Boise films going back a few years and created a highlight film of every formation that resulted in a “personnel group” play. I’m also certain that the coaches have gone over the film with the players and pointed out the Boise tendencies while in certain formations. But then again, who knows, look what they pulled out against Oklahoma.

    Just gotta luv this game!!!

  149. d1島 October 15, 2008 11:54 am

    Dave in Boise,
    To what do you attribute this success then?

  150. d1島 October 15, 2008 11:55 am

    Dave in Boise,
    btw, welcome to the Warrior Beat.

  151. d1島 October 15, 2008 11:57 am

    homey ≠,
    Are you claiming that there is no equal?

  152. homey ≠ October 15, 2008 11:57 am

    DPK – No, I stand by my post to you…baby.

  153. homey ♎ October 15, 2008 12:00 pm

    d1 – I’m not claiming anything. We are all equal for he>i

  154. chawan_cut &#2622 October 15, 2008 12:02 pm

    football! on a friday!

  155. HiFlyer October 15, 2008 12:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Addahknowsports, SK and Ronnie tomorrow.

  156. homey ♎ October 15, 2008 12:03 pm

    chawan – ਾ

  157. Garret October 15, 2008 12:05 pm


    I agree with everything you said in #148, I’m sure that the coaches have gone over every formation/grouping with the players. But cutting down on the options helps with preparation, and they could do that last year but can’t do it this year.

    The other thing that bothers me is that the Warriors have a short week to prepare for the game and lose time because of the need to travel. This is a week where they need *extra* time to prepare due to all the things BSU throws at a team, but they don’t even have the normal amount of time. Plus, BSU faced mobile QBs in 3 of 4 games, so they have a lot of practice and game reps that prepared them for Inoke’s threat.

    It isn’t UH’s fault that they have a short week to prepare for this road game. The WAC (which wants BSU to get to a BCS game) and ESPN (which wants to feature BSU this season, with a big game to end the season between BSU and Fresno on ESPN) decided to schedule the game on Friday. Of course, UH did quite well with their Friday game at Fresno…

  158. A-House October 15, 2008 12:06 pm


    Late hits, but will the ‘zebras’ call it?

    For all the years I have watched UH football, the most consistent thing has been “screw Hawaii”. What have the mainland teams, coaches, refs, sports writers/analysts, etc have against Hawaii?

    Notice how this year very little negativism is made of “spread offenses” versus last year and how Colt was a systems QB. Contrary, the same idiots like Craig James are praising the stats of the Mizzo and Texas Tech QBs. Same can be said of being a “shot gun” QB. Many of the NFL teams use the “shot-gun” for many plays during a game; so, what’s wrong with being Colt Brennan?

    Some day————————

  159. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 12:07 pm

    I should know better than to post when homey’s here…

    Back to work.

  160. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 12:09 pm

    homey, yeah i’m figuring it out now.

  161. A-House October 15, 2008 12:12 pm

    Dave in Boise:

    Hope your AD will schedule teams like Georgia and Florida in the next year or so!!

    Leave Wahington, Washinton St, Oregon and Oregon St alone and take a long trip to the East Coast.

  162. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 12:14 pm

    A-house –


  163. A-House October 15, 2008 12:15 pm

    boy, i like whien i butcha the spellin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  164. koakane iPhone October 15, 2008 12:18 pm

    ekala mai

    tis dang iphone keyboard to small foa me to type good

    think get asport heavy hand itist

    back to the compound and the cafe fuuud which is mac/cheese cassarole or something looking like it

    Esme gone woooooshhhhh

  165. Kekoa October 15, 2008 12:19 pm

    Dave in Boise ~ Thank you for you comments, but I happen to think that we will win. I like to keep things simple. I have no other particular reason other than the pure desire to beat Boise…beat Boise…BEAT BOISE!

    Ha!…Now I feel so much better! Have a good day…

  166. lab rat October 15, 2008 12:20 pm

    So Tyler not making the trip. I always thought that taking 4 qbs was one too many. I wonder what the traveling squad looks like now.

    One thing Boise has at their website is a depth chart and video about the university in the recruits section. Their website is well thought out and organized. It is always good to see what your competitors are doing.

  167. LizKauai [Believer] October 15, 2008 12:25 pm

    d1shima- Godspeed and HAVE FUN!!!

    Hi Dave in Boise! Tell us some good stuff about the Broncos this year. The stronger our teams are, the more respect they earn for the WAC.

    Warriors will play like the WAC Champs they are.
    It promises to be an excellent game!

  168. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 12:32 pm


    Last weekend I kept switching the stations to see what colleges were playing and who was upsetting whom… and to my surprise, most of the teams were playing out of the shotgun. I suppose, when Hawaii is doing good everyone out there sees it as an anomaly and will find whatever convenient excuse they can muster to explain it away.

    I just hope Colt will shine when he gets his chance.

  169. Garret October 15, 2008 12:38 pm

    Condolences to Rausch! Small mistakes can happen like this and filling out a box in a form wrong is really minor but can be costly…and sadly the NCAA is dragging its feet on this.

  170. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 12:50 pm

    Dave from Boise,

    Aloha! Welcome to the blog of the Warrior Nation. Guess you’re a fan like we are, huh? Except you’re on the Boise Bandwagon. So, I guess that makes you one of the “Boise in the Band, so to speak.”

    Enjoy your visit.

    Boy I wish Hawaii had your schedule this year… Idaho State (0-5), Southern Mississippi(2-4), Bowling Green (3-3), LaTech (2-3), and Oregon (3rd team QB).


    Ouch ! Too bad about Rausch. Nice that they decided to bring Jake along, though. He’s been a fixture at Hawaii and is deserving of a road trip. Anybody know if Jake can scramble?

  171. LizKauai [Believer] October 15, 2008 12:51 pm

    Jeeks- re Rausch…

    But yay for Santos. It was fun watching him warm up Greg Alexander last week. And his mom is a lurker here. 😆

  172. WarriorMojo October 15, 2008 12:51 pm

    Did it occur to you that Boise State has the same restriction when they travel, and continue to win at the same pace they do at home?

    Not at all. I personally witnessed the donks getting ripped in back to back games in Hawaii last year. I also remembered that UH had the nation’s longest losing streak (19 games spanning three seasons ) and the very first Division 1 team that we beat to end that skid was … boise state. Thank you for asking.

  173. bonar October 15, 2008 12:53 pm


  174. Garret October 15, 2008 12:55 pm

    expat earlier commented about the graduation rate article I posted above. This article shows how the different conferences did (note: I do not think any conference has just state-sponsored schools, to answer expat’s question).

    The Atlantic Coast Conference might be struggling on the field, but it’s a clear winner in graduating so-called “student-athletes.”

    According to data released by the NCAA, the ACC graduated 72.3% of football players who enrolled between 1998 and 2001, easily outdistancing the Big East, which had a 67.4% grad rate.

    The bottom feeders are the Western Athletic, which cranks them out at a 53.9% clip, and the Southeastern, which earned a 60.5% score.

  175. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 12:55 pm

    Hey Warrior Mojo… my memory is failing… umn… we beat Boise twice here in Hawaii… who was the Defensive Coordinator those two time.. you remember?

  176. curveball October 15, 2008 12:57 pm

    LizKauai [Believer]:

    Did you film the Local Boys song at the Gate??????

  177. Kazz October 15, 2008 12:57 pm

    Cannon Update

    Gwen Nakamura informed me that that they placed an order for the ammo (blanks), but they are not in stock and will have to order them. There are a few shots remaining for the cannon but not enough to last the rest of the season.

    Depending on how long the order takes to arrive it looks like the issue is settled. If not… I will keep everyone up to date.

  178. Garret October 15, 2008 12:57 pm

    Interesting compilation of the graduation rates of different schools in a variety of ways. In general, it seems that the teams with the highest graduation rates are doing well this year.

    The Grad Rates Poll (2008 record in parentheses)
    1. Navy, 95% (4-2)
    2. Notre Dame, 94% (4-2)
    3. Stanford, 93% (4-3)
    T-4. Boston College, 92% (4-1)
    T-4. Duke, 92% (3-2)
    T-4. Northwestern, 92% (5-1)
    7. Air Force, 90% (4-2)
    8. Army, 87% (2-4)
    T-9. Wake Forest, 83% (4-1)
    T-9. Miami (Ohio), 83% (1-5)
    11. Rice, 82% (3-3)
    12. Ohio, 81% (2-5)
    13. Southern Miss, 80% (2-4)
    14. Texas Tech, 79% (6-0)
    T-15. Kent State, 78% (1-6)
    T-15. SMU, 78% (1-6)
    T-15. Nebraska, 78% (3-3)
    T-15. Troy, 78% (3-2)
    T-15. North Carolina, 78% (5-1)
    T-15. Baylor, 78% (3-3)
    T-15. Penn State, 78% (7-0)
    22. Connecticut, 77% (5-1)
    T-23. Virginia Tech, 75% (5-1)
    T-23. Colorado, 75% (3-3)
    T-23. Syracuse, 75% (1-5)
    T-23. Iowa, 75% (4-3)
    T-23. Bowling Green, 75% (3-3)

  179. Unkanesson October 15, 2008 12:58 pm

    Aloha kakou!
    Hau’oli la hanau to my fellow Libra Tsaikos A-Sports, SK and Ronnie!
    I appreciate and agree with the analysis provided by Pride., Garrett, FlaTed et al.
    One thing I didn’t see mentioned that has been a concern to me is this: I hope the defenders aren’t so intent on forcing fumbles that they fail to wrap up and secure their tackles. I’ve seen more than a few missed tackles due to defenders going for the ball first. Our Defense has been stellar, but there’s always room for improvement.
    Offense must eliminate turnovers. Special Teams must eliminate big plays on coverage and give the Offense good field position on returns. All basics, but that’s what it will take: attention to the basics, focus and discipline.

  180. Garret October 15, 2008 12:59 pm

    Average graduation rates over a 4-year period for the conferences with the lowest graduation rates.

    10. SEC, 60.5%
    First place: Vanderbilt, 91%
    Last place: Georgia, 48%

    11. WAC, 53.9%
    First place: Idaho, 69%
    Last place: San Jose State, 34%

  181. Garret October 15, 2008 12:59 pm

    Conferences with the highest graduation rates:

    1. ACC, 72.3%
    First place: Boston College and Duke, 92%
    Last place: Georgia Tech, 48%

    2. Big East, 67.4%
    First place: Connecticut, 77%
    Last place: South Florida, 56%

  182. A-House October 15, 2008 1:01 pm

    When has the NCAA never dragged its feet when a “non-BCS” conference school is involved.?

    Look at the USC/Reggie Bush debacle. The NCAA, i believe, said it could not complete its investigation because of the legal battles between the parties involved. Guess, it’s a good move to file an action to keep the NCAA away and it may take years before case is settled.

  183. Stephen Tsai October 15, 2008 1:04 pm

    Welcome, Bonar.

  184. Garret October 15, 2008 1:06 pm

    On a slightly football-related note, this was a mess-up that puts the Rausch paperwork problem to shame. The owner of the Jets accidentally made a 10-minute phone call to her ex-girlfriend from the delivery room of his current girlfriend as she was delivering his baby!

    WOODY Johnson should turn off his cellphone, or at least delete the phone numbers of former girlfriends, before he enters a hospital delivery room. The Band-Aid heir – or more likely, his cellphone acting on its own – dialed up his ex-galpal, Erika Mariani, just as his current partner, Suzanne Ircha, was giving birth yesterday to their second son.

  185. A-House October 15, 2008 1:07 pm


    Those are interesting stats considering, and my memory is failing, but did the NCAA list NOT include penalties to Georgia and South Florida for sub-standard grad rate?

  186. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:13 pm

    Sure takes a long time to look over some paperwork at the UH.

  187. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:14 pm

    Are those grad rates for all sports or just football?

  188. d1島 October 15, 2008 1:16 pm

    Howzit Liz,

    Thanks. Expecting a great trip.
    Hoku is wondering where her “roommate” went? 🙂

  189. Kazz October 15, 2008 1:16 pm


  190. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:19 pm

    mih – Boise lost in the Aloha Bowl.

  191. d1島 October 15, 2008 1:19 pm


    Sure takes a long time to look over some paperwork at the UH.

    Exactly. Geez, if nothing else, whatever happened to, “Trade papers with your partner and let’s check these.” 😕

  192. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:20 pm

    Ack, I mean Hawaii Bowl. So it was Aloha for Boise…

  193. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:21 pm

    d1 – I never actually traded my paper. I corrected my own and ended up with a 4.0 for the year.

  194. d1島 October 15, 2008 1:25 pm


    d1 – I never actually traded my paper. I corrected my own and ended up with a 4.0 for the year.

    But then what happened the next year in second grade?

  195. Da Punchbowl Kid October 15, 2008 1:26 pm


    Did you see what the Dow did today? Down over 700 points!!! This is maddening, we get back a lot of the losses on Monday and then the gains almost disappear over the last two days. Yikes!

  196. d1島 October 15, 2008 1:28 pm

    Time for Willie Grace…

    Whew! Looking at this list of stuff fo’ #2 son you’d think he has been out of state for years already!

  197. LizKauai [Believer] October 15, 2008 1:29 pm

    curveball- actually, I hesitated to video Nalani – she is a pro and was just having fun and I had an initial anti-paparazzi pang. There are lots of celebrities here on Kauai that we kind of “protect” so that they can enjoy a little bit of paradise like regular folks.

    Same reason why I didn’t take advantage of our sideline position to get autographs – except for the Rainbow Dancers posters- which we purchased…

    I did vid Nalani doing “catch a wave” but have not put that online. Also did not put xs-homey’s video up… but for different reasons… didn’t want the backup musicians to look foolish because they couldn’t follow the lead singer… bwahahaha!

  198. LizKauai [Believer] October 15, 2008 1:32 pm

    d1- looking forward to having hoku and buddy as roommates again soon 😉

  199. curveball October 15, 2008 1:34 pm

    I totally understand the Nalani for the Homey video… you might of blown it……it could be worth some big bucks 😉

  200. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:34 pm

    d1 – I got an A in 2nd grade and also celebrated my sweet 16 birthday.

  201. dj October 15, 2008 1:34 pm

    Does anyone know if the Boise St game is being blacked out on ESPN in Hawaii?

  202. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 15, 2008 1:34 pm

    oook so Santos replacing Rausch?

    “The uncertainty had caused the Warriors to scramble to prepare for Friday’s game. Jake Santos took the reps that would have gone to Rausch.

    McMackin said Santos will replace Rausch on the travel roster.

    McMackin said he is hopeful Rausch will be cleared to play against Nevada next week.”

    re: Graunke, its a conspiracy i tell u! hahaha. ST, what is going on with that one?

  203. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 15, 2008 1:37 pm

    is Tyler traveling with the team at all?…..

  204. da princess' classmate October 15, 2008 1:37 pm

    WHAT romo wants to play now. guess we’ll see who wear the pants in big d, romo, coach phillips, or maybe the medical staff.

    damn ncaa always giving the short stick to non-bcs teams like us. too bad we aren’t u.s.c. instead of u.h. kinda surprising to see that r.j. is gonna start now considering how good brashton is playing. that’s okay we’re gonna roll 4 pretty good lb’s in there, so we’ll be okay there. dline definitely gotta get some push against what may be the weak spot, if they have one on their team, the oline…

  205. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:39 pm

    DPK – I’m thinking long term…by the time I’m 65, in 30 years, I should be okay.

    XXLiz – THANKS! I just think their instruments were not tuned correctly. 😆

  206. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 1:48 pm


    I was just trying to point out to Dave from Boise that the two times Boise came to Hawaii when McMackin was in charge of the Defense, the Warriors won. 1999 (34-19)and 2007 (39-27). There was also 1996 (20-14)… egads.. was that VonAppen or Wagner?

  207. Pride. October 15, 2008 1:54 pm

    Four Expectations:

    1 – Expect to win.

    2 – Expect to be in a dogfight.

    3 – Expect that at sometime during the game, winning will appear to be impossible.

    4 – Expect to win the game at the end of the fourth quarter.

    Expectations do not change. Same for every game. Expectations didn’t go our way against San Jose State. Expectations went our way against Fresno. Expectations for LaTech cancelled out numbers three and four due to Warriors being solid in #1, expecting to win.

  208. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 1:56 pm

    mih – oh, okay. just rubbing some salt I see… 😆

  209. jojo ® October 15, 2008 1:57 pm

    MIH, VonAppen won a game?!?

  210. Stretch October 15, 2008 1:59 pm

    Da Princess Classmate –
    Tell Romo stop being a wuss and cut his pinkie off like Trevor Wikre from Mesa St.

  211. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 2:10 pm

    Stretch – Good thing there’s only so much a pinkie can do.

  212. August Jones October 15, 2008 2:11 pm

    In response to post #140 re LWJ, I think we need to figure out how to utilize his talents. Pilares gets most of his yards bouncing to the outside when there is no hole, especially since he is not an inside runner. LWJ on the other hand seems intent on hitting the hole, even when there isn’t any. Since the offense has already designed certain plays to utilize Funaki’s talents, I think we should do the same for LWJ by inserting a blocking back/fullback like Farmer and opening up some holes for a north-south runner like LWJ. Otherwise, it’s just a shame to waste a blue-chip talent like that. We need to make the most of what we have rather than just sit him.

  213. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 2:13 pm

    To one of my favorite Tsaikettes – Addahknowsports –

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and many, many more. Please share with us how your loving hubby gifted you on this special day. You both know how to pahtayyyy!

  214. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 2:16 pm

    Hi Ronnie –

    Today, I just send you XXXOOOxxxooo (big and lil kisses) as you anticipate your special day tomorrow. Oh what the hey, EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to you today. Hats off to one of the most energetic Tsaikettes whose passion in support of our beloved Warriors is hard to match!

  215. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 2:18 pm

    August Jones – Good post. While they are at it I’d like to see just once a reverse featuring Mouton.

    Mrs. A-House – I’m sure she won’t be sharing everything that happened on her special day. 😉 Well A-Joe might but she won’t.

  216. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 2:22 pm

    Jojo.. 1996.. that was Von Appen’s first year… he won 2 games (Boise and some WAC team). THEN he won 3 games in 1997 (again just 1 win against a WAC team)… then went 0 – 12… and had a UH record of 5-31.

    Wow… Boise is one of 5 Von Appen victories.

    Just goes to show you… anything can happen..


  217. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 2:22 pm

    Must hurry along…big pots of peanuts boiling away (for the T-gate).

    Hi Pauoa Boy!

    How’s my boy doing! Mahalo for sharing the youtube videos of Bradley Randle. Watching the video, I kept repeating over and over again (Al, shut your eyes and don’t read any further), holy sh_ _! holy cr_ _! I’m trying very hard not to swear, but BOY, can this young man play the game! I know I’m watching a YOUNG man, but his performance reminds me of much OLDER guyz playing on Sundays for big bucks. I know you kinda shy??? (j/k) but would appreciate it so much if you could approach his Dad or Coach as put in a good word for our UH Warriors!

  218. Jason October 15, 2008 2:25 pm

    Why am I not surprised about the clerical error. Stuff like that is normal at UH. That reminds me, I still need to clarify the “DL” status of an English class I took. It should have that notation, but for three years, it said that it isn’t a DL course on my STAR transcripts. I need that to graduate, or I have to take a qualifying DL class next spring. 😀

    And yikes, Kelli says on her blog that they are required to moderate all posts, just like on Brand X’s blogs. Terrible, just terrible. Can’t we go back to 4 + 5 = ?, or other spam filters?

  219. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 2:25 pm

    Hmm.. from “falsekrack” in the sportshawaii forum…

    One amazing thing about IJ. Last year’s game vs Boise St, we were sitting on the BS side of the stands, about 10 rows up from the BS team.

    Midway into the first half, a bunch of HI fans started to heckle him. Nothing brutal, just some the standard home field stuff.

    I could not believe that IJ started talking back to the fans. Not a word here and a comment there, he was totally jawing back and forth the whole 2nd qtr and all of the 3rd.

    Amazing to me that he was that easily distracted. It was the biggest game of the year and it sure seemed like his head was not in the game.

    Maybe he’s just an easy going guy, but I could not believe he was talking as much as he was. Of course, that all stopped in the 4th qtr….

    Wonder if our travelling fans can distract him too? Maybe Koa Mahu?

  220. lab rat October 15, 2008 2:26 pm

    von Apps beat Boise. I was there. One of the 2 highs of the season.

  221. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 2:29 pm

    Hi Rob25 –

    Speaking of big bucks…find a casino…any casino in Texas and take your winning streak all the way!

    CONGRATULATIONS! Happy people do indeed win, AND good guys do come in FIRST! I share your joy at displaying a helmet in our homes. Great reminder of the tremendous effort, hard work, perseverance, playing through pain at times, guts and determination it takes to play football. I have a REALLY good feeling about this Friday’s game at Boise. Go Warriors! Just do it! (love to say that over and over)

  222. beau October 15, 2008 2:31 pm


    Hoku won’t even give me a sniff since you left!
    Maybe I can deal with that but Who’s Buddy?!?!?

    (d1 better be bringing home stuff for me, too. Grrrr….)

  223. Jason October 15, 2008 2:32 pm

    Actually, the new policy isn’t because of spam. The other 20-something blogger (whom I no longer read) said:

    The new policy was prompted by some recent ugly comments on the blogs and harrassment of bloggers.

    Looks like right now, that policy hasn’t been implemented here. Still, I don’t like it.

  224. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 2:34 pm

    Kama Krab –

    (Did I spell it right?) anyway, belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, too. I miss seeing you, and Wreck, too. I won’t forget what you look like…no worries. Come to the next T-gate for some of my boiled peanuts.

  225. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 2:38 pm

    Jason – I wonder if it was prompted by Frank dog???

  226. wafan October 15, 2008 2:39 pm

    Happy anniversary of your first day of screaming — what a way to practice for the Warriors — to both A-Sports and SK. And a very merry birthday in advance to Ronnie.

    Whoo-hoo!!! Tripletes!!!

  227. kama krab October 15, 2008 2:44 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Thanks Mrs A-House!!

    I look forward to the Nevada game. My wife said she might want to get tickets for that game cause she had so much fun at the La Tech. Will see and if we do get tickets, I will for sure stop by and say hi to everybody. Might even bring my uke. Like I said will see.

  228. jojo ® October 15, 2008 2:45 pm

    Jason, thanks for the clarification, I thought that Caryn didn’t like me anymore. Hey, is she the other 20-something blogger?

  229. wafan October 15, 2008 2:46 pm

    Mrs. A-House . . .

    How about sending some peanuts for me? I promise I will “share” the ones that are green and fuzzy.

    Yum. Now I have to put raw peanuts on my shopping list for this weekend. Nah, maybe tomorrow so I can have some for the Warrior Win on Friday!!!

  230. wafan October 15, 2008 2:48 pm

    Jason . . .

    It sounds more like Rausch made the error rather than the UH. Either way, why was someone not checking the paperwork? This could have been very disasterous! Rausch could have been the starting qb.

  231. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 2:53 pm

    wafan – on the good side, Santos gets to travel.

  232. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 2:55 pm

    kama krab – never mind about the “mights” and the “ifs”. Just come to the t-gate and game and bring Wreck!

  233. wafan October 15, 2008 3:02 pm

    LizK and U-Boi . . .

    Awesome video of Crazy G! Holy-smokes!!! The trick will be to develop that talent and market it successfully.

  234. wafan October 15, 2008 3:04 pm

    Homey . . .

    I agree. He has paid his dues over the years. Good for him! That would probably make his entire career at the UH if he had the opporunity to take some game snaps. Can you imagine the thrill? Wow!

  235. Esme October 15, 2008 3:05 pm

    Hap-hap-happiest of birfdaze to A-Sports, a Tsaikette who raaaawwwwwwks. (((hugs!!!)))

  236. wafan October 15, 2008 3:06 pm

    Safe travels to all Warriors heading out to Southern Spudsville.

    Forecast is for nice weather with temps in the 60’s. Perfect for a Warrior football game.

  237. J-Dog October 15, 2008 3:07 pm

    Can you imagine if Rausch was our starting QB??

  238. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:11 pm

    wafan – Would be funny if Santos told Rausch, “Yeah, put that code in the box, trust me.” 😆

    ESME!!!!! How R U!!!!

  239. Garret October 15, 2008 3:11 pm

    Mrs. A-House,

    Funny that you posted what you did above because Lori has actually been making boiled peanuts for me today! It takes a *long* time of course, but she timed it so that it will be ready for me to snack on it at 9pm today. That is perfect because that is normally when we snack…and also perfect because that is after the kids will be asleep. They LOVE boiled peanuts, but this way I get the for one day without the kids knowing!

    I know that sounds pretty selfish and I normally share everything with my kids…but you should have seen how much they ate of my boiled peanuts stash last time!

  240. Jason October 15, 2008 3:13 pm

    jojo: Caryn is awesome, but she is not the 20-something blogger I am talking about.

    wafan: I don’t blame Rausch for making the error; stuff like that happens. But yeah, UH needs to get better with its checking.

    Time for the third debate …

  241. Loa October 15, 2008 3:13 pm


  242. Garret October 15, 2008 3:14 pm


    If Rausch was UH’s starting QB, then UH wouldn’t have changed the offense to suit Inoke and UH would be in really bad shape for the BSU game with no changes in the game plan ready! Even worse, they would have lost the starting QB the day before the La Tech game, *after* the game plan had already been implemented and *after* all of the practices before the game!

  243. Esme October 15, 2008 3:15 pm

    Awww, homey still remembers me. *sniffle* 😀

  244. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:19 pm

    Esme – Planning on attending a t-gate this season?

  245. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:21 pm


  246. Kaimuki Kid October 15, 2008 3:22 pm


    Did you ask Gwen if they were thinking about approaching Pearl City High’s Band and asking to purchase or borrow ammo until their shipment comes in? Can the cannon utilize standard 10 gauge shotgun blanks? One last thing if they were using ammo that have brass casings, I believe they can be reloaded for a fraction of the cost of buying brand new shells. There must be some hunters here that has access to reloading equipment….Just my 2 cents

  247. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 3:23 pm

    Yep… because Funaki is in, Boise has a number of things to contend with.

    1) How to get past McMackin’s defenses (so far they have scored 19 and 27 against McMackin defenses but have not won the game against McMackin). 10 and 27 are manageable numbers for our Funaki Offense to overcome.

    2) They have to figure out Hawaii’s new offense. It’s not the same team that lost to Florida or Oregon. (I bet he is looking at the three tapes and thinking that he has to get Funaki to throw more and do so under pressure as that is where most of Funaki’s turnovers came from. In the Fresno game, I think Funaki overworked himself into really wanting to complete that pass so that the 2nd team could come in.)

    3) Hawaii has a revamped special teams unit that could do unto them as they have done unto others.

  248. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 3:24 pm

    Oops not “10 and 27” but “19 and 27”

  249. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:26 pm

    I’m not going to tell who’s winning but the score is 2-0…yeh!

  250. wafan October 15, 2008 3:28 pm

    I do not believe anyone would blame Rausch for a clerical error. No doubt the players have to fill-in a ridiculous amount of paperwork. I remember all the papers I had to fill-in and sign just for grants, scholarships and classes. I cannot begin to imagine what the athletes have to do in addition.

    I just think that as a university and program that wants to “take it to the next level” the small things are what will get them. They have to be pro-active rather than re-active as they have been for the past several years.

    They already have the perception, true or not, the NCAA takes their time with non-BCS teams, and has Hawai’i in their sights, so to speak. Why even give anyone at the NCAA, or anyone else for that matter, an opening to take what could be a debilitating shot at the UH? It just does not make any sense — unless the reason will be that it is a budgetary issue.

  251. madeinhawaii October 15, 2008 3:46 pm

    Anybody got a heads up on Malcom lane’s hand injury?

  252. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:48 pm

    Jason – I find it odd that a newspaper would want to moderate blog posts. Are there posters here that would disclose classified information that is harmful to national security or national interest?

  253. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:49 pm

    But then again this moderation thing started after Kazz and chawan were talking about cannons and shotgun shells…

  254. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 3:50 pm

    hey now…

  255. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 3:51 pm

    what’s with the infinity?

  256. homey ∞ October 15, 2008 3:54 pm

    why, you think I should have put on a lexus?

  257. play ball October 15, 2008 3:58 pm

    phils 3-0 top5

  258. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 4:05 pm

    ha, that was a good one…. ha. lexus.

  259. wafan October 15, 2008 4:06 pm

    C_C . . .

    That is not an infinity sign. It is my glasses seen in single-point perspective.

  260. wafan October 15, 2008 4:10 pm

    Strange “debate”. McCain keeps rehashing his same arguments. Obama is answering McCain and expanding on his answers. Looks like McCain is on the ropes.

    Definitely not what I teach my debaters. This should be the debate that features definite and decisive death-blows of facts rather than fiction.

  261. Kazz October 15, 2008 4:10 pm

    Kaimuki Kid,

    Gwen confirmed that it would take about a month for the order to arrive as it has to arrive by boat as they will not ship blanks via air mail.

    I did not ask her about approaching PCHS for some extra blanks. There is enough ammo for the Nevada game and then there are about four weeks without home games until Nov 22 vs Idaho. So if the order was placed this morning she believes it should arrive in time.

    Chawan confirmed that it only takes on shell per shot and I was able to find a bunch of places online that sells them BUT… a lot do NOT ship to Hawaii and I left a voicemail on the machine of “” asking how many shells are in one box. I will wait to get that info from them and if the amount is suitable I will pick up a box or two and hand them over to the band to use. The UH cannon does take 10 gauge shells.

    Right now there are NO gun shops in Hawaii that carry these blanks in stock nor do they have them on their catalog. Gwen said she placed an order from a company that they did business with a while ago and they were familiar with what they needed.

    So for now, the cannon situation looks to be under control, unless Funaki and Co. decide to put up more than nine TDs against Nevada. 😉

  262. madeinhawaii Ô¿Ô¬ October 15, 2008 4:12 pm

    I forgot about those little eyeglasses and thingies… nice touch..

  263. Kazz October 15, 2008 4:12 pm

    Ok, so who would win in a fight? Koamahu or Mrs. Ian Johnson?

  264. Committed Road Warrior October 15, 2008 4:16 pm

    play ball,

    Thanks for the update on the baseball game, but let’s hope al never stumble onto the blog yet. Methinks he may go beserk….. 🙂

  265. Esme October 15, 2008 4:20 pm

    homey, I hope so. I just gotta get through this Gridiron show first, and then I can breeeeathe…

  266. wafan October 15, 2008 4:24 pm

    Kazz . . .

    Is there a reason you posed the question?

    You know she is MRS. Johnson. Koamahu is single but apparently is interested in Jason. What are you thinking?


  267. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 4:24 pm

    Vili the Warrior –

    Just want to make it very clear that you are a much beloved and respected part of the Warrior football program. I want to apologize to you if any of my previous comments were personally hurtful. You have a gift of generating/inspiring fans (who are usually quiet a reserved, like me) to yell and scream per your direction. No question, you generate excitement, and you add a “fun” dimension to the evening of hard-hitting football that is welcomed. Please do not feel that our previous comments about what appeared to be your ill-timed led cheering/screaming are meant to demean you as a person or as our mascot. Far from it. I can attest to Nalani Choy’s description of you as a soft-spoken, humble, kind and generous gentleman. It was a privilege to meet you at the Sugar Bowl rally in New Orleans and also at a previous Tsaiko gathering. You even “signed my Perfect Season book” which is reserved for only very special people. In closing, my friend, I ask that you rile up the fans as loudly as possible when the Warriors are on defense and encourage the fans to “shhhhh” when we are on offensive. Mahalo!

  268. play ball October 15, 2008 4:28 pm

    CRW – you’re welcome.

    although a lot of Hawaii residents support Shane Victorine, a proposed Phillies/Rays match-up would be the one of the lowest rating World Series ever.

    Phillies 5-0 top 6

  269. play ball October 15, 2008 4:31 pm


  270. Committed Road Warrior October 15, 2008 4:32 pm

    play ball, agreed w/r/t a Philly/Tampa World Series matchup.

    I surely would love to see it as well as the fanbases in Philly, Tampa, and pockets elsewhere (including Hawai’i)…..but most of the west coast and the big-time east coast media markets could probably care less about it.

  271. Pride. October 15, 2008 4:33 pm

    So who would win in a fight? Koamahu or Ian Johnson? Naahhhh. Just joking.

  272. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 4:33 pm

    Wafan –

    I’ve missed a couple of chances to meet you personally, but hopefully the opportunity to talk story with you is approaching very soon. Will you be able to join us next Sept. 2009 for the UH/UNLV game? If there is an outside chance, mark your calendar and join in on the Tsaiko 5 F’s.

  273. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 4:38 pm

    Koa Mahu –

    They’re teasing you again. Remember my advice…
    -Let good thoughts be your sword and shield…
    -Ignore adversity…
    -Abide by the rules of love…
    -Imagine good things and believe in yourself…
    -Stalk Ian Johnson AFTER this Friday’s game. He’ll need your shoulder to cry on after we bust up Boise. Go Warriors! Just do it!

  274. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 4:39 pm

    Madeinhawaii –

    Post #247…hope Boise spies not reading the blog today.

  275. Koa-mahu October 15, 2008 4:42 pm

    Kazz- don’t even go there! I come from Halawa Housing and i know how fo scrap. I no sratch or pull hair, i throw mean-kine blows.

    Ask Jason, he knows how *wild* i can get.

    Jason – how u baby? You left too early this morning. xoxoxoxo.

  276. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 4:46 pm

    Garret –

    Boy, have A-House and I “been there and done that” with reference to seeking opportune times to eat your most deserving fill of snacks without your kids’ knowledge. Be kind to yourselves, Garret and Lori. You both deserve to once in a while. From what I’ve read in your previous posts, Faith and Mika are deprived of very, very few things…and if boiled peanuts (just this time) are one of these few things, I would consider your kids to be most fortunate, loved and cherished beyond words. So, just ENJOY!

  277. madeinhawaii Ô¿Ô¬ October 15, 2008 4:48 pm

    Koa Mahu…

    What? You saying you knew the Chicanos? Half-man and the other titas? The Kanaheles and Grahovacs? The Kamelemelas et al?

  278. Jason October 15, 2008 4:50 pm

    No comment. 😀

  279. play ball October 15, 2008 4:52 pm

    CRW – so true with the smaller media markets. The biggest loser would be Fox, who has the telecast rights. You gotta love the Rays (from worst to first).

    Phillies – 5-1 mid 7

  280. madeinhawaii Ô¿Ô¬ October 15, 2008 4:57 pm

    Hey Jason.. no skaid! If Koa Mahu come after you… I’ll go get the car so you can jump in the side window! Just make sure you got good separation oddawise, no can!

  281. madeinhawaii Ô¿Ô¬ October 15, 2008 4:59 pm

    Of course also had the quieter ones like the Nakis and Lonos, Paclebs and Saranillos, the Shiraishis and their 11 kids and the Melchors oh yeah and the Molos… auwe! so much memories from the housings.

  282. Kaimuki Kid October 15, 2008 5:04 pm

    Thanks Kazz for the update…
    My thoughts on LWJ, if I remember correctly, LWJ busted a big run for a touchdown running out of a modified Pistol formation that Nevada runs and I believe that it was against Nevada. That formation allows LWJ to glide along the line to look for a hole to cut up into and he broke one for the touchdown. I am thinking that since last years Nevada vs Boise was such a high scoring game, why not use the Pistol against Boise? I believe it would be perfect for LWJ and perhaps Pilares and Libre. Even to mix things up and give Boise another look…Option off the Pistol what do you think everyone?

  283. Pomai October 15, 2008 5:08 pm

    Stretch mail arrived today, my jaw hit the floor when I opened it, you could have knocked me over with a feather. No words could express my appreciation, just unbelievable. Will cherish it for life. MAHALO!!

  284. Koa-mahu October 15, 2008 5:11 pm

    MIH – did you know the Wongs, Apisas, Kealilios, Mays, Saunders, Chungs?

  285. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 5:20 pm

    The only Wongs I knew growing up Aiea side stood under 5 feet. “Mays” the name is so familiar, but I cannot put a finger on it. Chungs… too many of those. We are talking “housing” area, right?

    I used to live up on Halawa Heights Road, just under two blocks from the Housing area. Used to take my drums and jam with some of the guys down there or they would climb up the hill to my place and hog the mic. Went to Aiea elementary between the 5th and 6th grade and used to sneak under the chains at lunch time to eat the best hamburgers from the lunchwagon that was parked in the housing side of the school. Had a crushes on the Avilla’s, Holi’s , Lono’s, Molo’s and Reynon’s girls back then… all before the 8th grade. Then I started to lay traps outside the Housing area.

  286. Mei Ling October 15, 2008 5:22 pm

    Hau’oli la hanau to A-Sports, SK & Ronnie!

    Too bad about Rausch.

  287. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 5:30 pm

    Mei Ling…

    I agree… too bad about Rausch… but I’m excited for Jake as he gets to go on an away game is this his senior year. They should throw him in a game and let all the fans chant.. RUDY.. RUDY.. RUDY….

  288. Kazz October 15, 2008 5:38 pm

    All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

    -Sun Tzu

  289. bighilofan2 October 15, 2008 5:39 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos everywhere.

    hoboy, my computah was kaput da last few days. come to find out, Hilo High’s Loeffler is gonna be a Warrior. yeee haaawwW!!! plenty upside wit dat kid. plenty good genes dat family tree.

    And Tom Mui, Shannon, Momotaro, Garrett, ST, SJ, A House, all of us, congragulations to getting da show on da road at Ching Cooke Field.

    and a double hooo boyyyyy to da coaches, especially Ron Lee. You sure listen good, my friend!

    Now I just got one more suggestion. Go buss up sum fellaz wit da blues. make em green!!!! No foolin around now. i mean it. go buss em up.

    And I’ll see you face to face as you look above the tunnel at the Nevada game. I’ll be there cheering you fellas on!!

    Go Warriors.

  290. Kazz October 15, 2008 5:39 pm

    Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?

    -Sun Tzu

  291. Kazz October 15, 2008 5:45 pm

    Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.

    -Sun Tzu

  292. play ball October 15, 2008 5:48 pm


    Phillies – 5-1

  293. koakane™ October 15, 2008 5:49 pm

    good evening tsaikos and tsaikettes how was everyone day

    first condolences to midori and all the dodgers fans den…..

    can hawaiianbod say I got his check ………….. fllying hawaiiand shane and dem Phillies NL champions babe

    shout it out now homey cause LA blue went down

  294. koakane™ October 15, 2008 5:49 pm


  295. Kazz October 15, 2008 5:50 pm

    As UH departs to Boise, for a defining battle with a skillful and bitter opponent, may the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face.

    Our team is a team of faith and that is a skill one cannot easily teach.

  296. Kaimuki Kid October 15, 2008 5:50 pm

    Is it Friday yet?

  297. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 6:16 pm

    sorry to midori7 and lakerj32/lefty
    not your dodgers year again…

  298. donna yamamoto October 15, 2008 6:32 pm

    whopee………the phillies won………and shane victorino, maui boy is going to the world series. my kids went to school with him on maui, he was quite the rascal back then……what an awesome job he is doing now.
    congrats to shane and his family! go phillies

  299. Kazz October 15, 2008 6:40 pm

    Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.

    -Sun Tzu

  300. Kazz October 15, 2008 6:42 pm

    The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

    -Sun Tzu

  301. jm2375 October 15, 2008 6:44 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Congrats to Shane & da Phillies. Way to be beat dem dodgers.

    Too bad for BR. One typo can screw things up royally.

    Mrs A-house – you are on a roll, as usual.


  302. al October 15, 2008 6:54 pm

    d1…..blackout in hawaii on espn? aren’t we playing them in boise st?

    okay, okay, i know you getting all exermasited. make sure you pack one bento for your flt over,eh.

    dat’s the main ting, yah, gotta get food, cuz no mo on da airplane.

    one bucket zippy’s chicken and a barrel of chili would work.

  303. bighilofan2 October 15, 2008 7:10 pm


    get one gathering in Pepeekeo Friday, chicken, chili beer an some loud buggaz coming ova!

    Go Warriors!!!

  304. Hawaiianbod October 15, 2008 7:20 pm

    🙂 Happy Birthday to you 🙂
    🙂 Happy Birthday to you 🙂
    🙂 Happy Birthday dear A-Sports 🙂

    Hope you and A-Joe had a nice dinner.

  305. beau October 15, 2008 7:20 pm



    October 15th, 2008 at 1:34 pm
    Does anyone know if the Boise St game is being blacked out on ESPN in Hawaii?

    Not me who’s worried about blackout. Not sure why there could be any possibility of blacking out the market of a visiting team anyway?

    Haha, how you knew I was just starting to plan for da mile-high snack? Maybe not one bucket but definitely at least one mini-pack.
    Maybe one glazed flaky donut, too.

    Maybe one spam musubi (in honor of Victoriono and the Phillies)

    Maybe one bag chips, too.

    Maybe couple cans diet soda ( gotta watch da calories, eh?)

    Maybe some choco-macnut candies.

    Maybe by den we landing already 😆

  306. kapakahi October 15, 2008 7:23 pm


    Now that Maka & Galdeira made the travel squad but Victor Clore (who’s been on the travel squad) is out this week, who barely made as well as missed the travel squad for Boise State?


  307. al October 15, 2008 7:25 pm

    d1….no forget the kaki mochi for drive the tourists going back home small kine crazy. for some reason they just can’t stand the smell of kaki mochi. would go well with the inflight beverages.

  308. al October 15, 2008 7:26 pm

    kapa….rausch for one.

  309. d1島 October 15, 2008 7:27 pm

    Where’s dat dog?!?!

    Posting wen I no was home….

    Anyway, speaking of Victorino and spam musubis. I heard that PETA was all over him to try and renounce his affinity for the “mystery meat”.
    Tried fo’ figgah out “PETA” then saw this bumper sticker: People Eating Tasty Animals so I guess it’s people who no like da taste of Spam?

  310. d1島 October 15, 2008 7:30 pm


    I think you gotta take al’s word for it ’cause Stephen is “in transit” now I believe.

    Speaking of which time fo’ me to hele.

    Spok all you’s from da oddah side…..

  311. BG October 15, 2008 7:31 pm

    Glad to be able to wish SK, A-Sports and Ronnie (early) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  312. Kekoa October 15, 2008 7:38 pm

    Mrs. A-House ~ We can show PETA that we will not give up our favorite snack food. I have already sent a letter to – – telling them to back off of Shane Victorino and go after the pork producers on their own. Why drag our native son into this problem of theirs?

  313. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 7:41 pm

    peta needs to go after all of us in the state of hawaii, as well as all of guam.
    pick on one local boy, pick on the whole ohana!

  314. BG October 15, 2008 7:41 pm

    Been here in Kadena, Okinawa since Monday, waiting for a flight back to Hawaii. Should have gotten out Wed morning, but the flight “disappeared” into the Kadena Triangle. It was on the schedule for two days, but the night before take-off, it dropped off the screen…and, no one was able to explain what happened or where the plane was. I suspect (but can’t prove) that one of Kekoa’s buddies called in a covert mission to Thailand! The nerve of these Sp Ops guys!

    Betty and I are trying our best to get back by Friday afternoon. After missing the last two games, missing the BSU game would be absolute misery.

    We’ve missed all of you!

  315. chawan_cut October 15, 2008 7:43 pm

    tonight’s news.


  316. Kekoa October 15, 2008 7:45 pm

    BG’s Back!…Ya Hootie!…break out the Stars & Stripes…Strike up the Band…Liz, Sing the Nat’l Anthem…jm2375 pledge alligence to the flag…Homey…Homey!…Homey??…ahhh BG, some things nevah change. Homes must have konked out awrready. Welcome home braddah!

  317. BG October 15, 2008 7:45 pm

    Keeping posts short cuz internet connection here has been unreliable and intermittent. Tsigh…can’t complain about technicians in Hawaii…it’s worse in other places.

  318. Kekoa October 15, 2008 7:46 pm

    Awww Shucks…I taught you was home awwrready!…Kden, I put da celebratin on hold.

  319. Kekoa October 15, 2008 8:05 pm

    Big Hilo Fan ~ You wen fix your computer again? Whoa…das the 3rd time dis month!

    Braddah, you gotta learn to relax and turn da stress level back down to ground zero. You burn up da keyboard wen you lose control. Like wen you wen lose control making all kine wit da security guard at da stadium.

    Cheer for da Warriors and nevah mine makin’ tundah and lightning! Study da keys to da ball game as professed by Pride, and you’ll be fine.

  320. curveball October 15, 2008 8:28 pm


    Where you watching the game?? I might do the BHF2 and come home with Zippys..unsure..

  321. Kekoa October 15, 2008 8:34 pm

    BG ~ Yep, you’re prolly right. Sp/Ops guys might have used da cargo plane for shipping lots of High Priority Luau supplies, rocks, Banana stumps and Ha’li’i to use for da imu. Most of them are made up of local boys (Na Leo fans). There is no shortage of determination to round up everything needed for a good after action party.

    Not surprising that this is the annual military training season taking place globally. Mission essential aircraft being diverted, is normal gamesmanship played out to see who can out fox who.

    I couldn’t get clearance over Kolekole Pass with Ukuleleboi because of a live fire exercise going on around us. We got up to the last checkpoint before getting turned back. So I took him down to Pearl to drop in on the nuke subs instead. Maybe I should have checked the flight schedule at Hickam for you. But then I may have gotten in trouble for posting that info on the internet. Yikes! Confinement!

  322. Kekoa October 15, 2008 8:56 pm

    Curveball ~ I’m looking at several options:

    1. Recon mission to a Sports Bar here on the ceded lands at a place called the “T-Spot.” One of Pride’s ‘Safe’ houses.

    2. Considering a recon mission to K-Bay Golf Club to do an unda covah visit of their place under game conditions. It should give me a good idea of what we can expect for our scheduled TV-Gate in Nov.

    3. My neighbor is hosting “Mr. Sushi” over at his house. The ‘man’ himself will be preparing fresh sushi for the invited house guests. Spam Musubi will be the crowd pleaser. (I prefer *Uni* myself, a very delicate sea urchin).

    4. My house, if I’m too lazy to get out the door! Last resort. Get drunk, pass out, no problem. Mrs. K cones off the area, throws down a pillow and blanket right where I fall.

    So, let me know what you and Mrs. ‘C’ are planning, maybe we can do the best 2 out of 3.

  323. Tombo Ahi October 15, 2008 8:59 pm

    tsaiko cameo! tsaiko cameo! sorry if this is old news.

    happy belated b-day kekoa, today b-day addahknowsports and tomorrow b-day ronnie!

  324. curveball October 15, 2008 9:03 pm

    4. My house, if I’m too lazy to get out the door! Last resort. Get drunk, pass out, no problem. Mrs. K cones off the area, throws down a pillow and blanket right where I fall.

    Watch out for JM on this one…do you need new sprinklers…..I will let you know..

  325. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 9:05 pm

    Koa Mahu…

    Ever since you put the “Mays” name in my head I keep sensing some kind of tie-in with “Half-man” and a “Leona” or “Leone Tuutu?” or something close to that. Does that ring a bell? These were late 60’s peeps who used to go around the Roller Derby on Keeaumoku Street just drum up some controversy with their fists.

  326. expat October 15, 2008 9:06 pm

    Okay, to answer my own question (as far as I can tell) there are two Div 1 FBS conferences that have only public universities as members, the WAC and the Sunbelt. Some other conferences come close with token private school members – the Big 12 has Baylor, the Big 10 has Northwestern and the SEC has Vanderbilt.

    With some of the schools it is actually kind of hard to figure out if they are public or private.

    Not that it matters or means anything. I was just curious.

  327. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 9:07 pm

    Hey TomboAhi!

    Good stuff your lyrical comeback to that Boise one.

    Good job!
    Enjoyed it.

  328. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:08 pm


  329. jm2375 October 15, 2008 9:11 pm

    Eh, curveball, watch it! Got my lead slippah out! I’ve been, uhhh, behaving myself lately. :mrgreen: I rarely venture ova to da wessai.

    watching dat “Deep Fried Paradise” show on TravelChannel. Can feel my arteries clogging already. Deep-fried snickers. yummmm.

  330. curveball October 15, 2008 9:15 pm


    Deep fried Twinkies.. what heart problem…

  331. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:15 pm

    Aloha Tombo Ahi! Mahalo for the good wishes…I’m running on straight nitro from my doctahs private reserve!

    When you coming to the T-gate? We need one Sea Food Spectacular jez to see what kine special kine dishes come out!

  332. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:18 pm

    Okay – I posted this earlier (yesterday’s WB blog) but please allow me to repost it again in honor of the birfday gal… 😀

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
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  333. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 9:20 pm

    Chawan_cut & Kekoa –

    Posts #312 & #313 – RIGHT ON !

    PETA is “toast-es” if they set foot in our Spam Kingdom. Them mis-guided, mis-informed, mis-sing the bes’ tastin’ meat w/eggs and rice segment of our society should be pitied. I bet most of them are Republicans…

    Chawan_cut –

    Sing out when you back on-island, ok. Hope all is well.

  334. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:22 pm


    Deep Fried Twinkies?

    Is this “Candid Camera” or “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

  335. Mrs. A-House October 15, 2008 9:26 pm

    Safe travels to all who will be in Boise to “represent”. I have a good feeling you and we all will be celebrating Friday night!

    Have a great evening everybody…

  336. cocobean October 15, 2008 9:27 pm

    BSU is one of the mentally toughest teams in the country. Their 100% participation in summer workouts have been the foundation they’ve built their seasons on.
    Every one stays, no one goes home. They don’t have to go through the same team bonding pains the Warriors experienced this year. They don’t have to worry about conditioning as everyone has been workingout the whole summer, pushing each other to get better. They hit the ground running when summer camp opens. They find roles for every player whether it’s starting on any of the three units or special situation packages. Players and coaches may change but their basic formula for success stays the same. It’s a tradition passed on from one season to the next.
    Given this, Warriors can’t afford too many mental errors – penalties(false starts, offsides,PFs), clock management or missed assignments or breakdowns that lead to big plays. I don’t have an opinion on the Xs and Os but I do think the Warriors have to turn this game into a street fight. They have to be tough enough to take BSU’s best shots and hit them back even harder. They have to out physical them…just my opinion.

  337. curveball October 15, 2008 9:27 pm


    Deep Fried Twinkies?

    Its a huge deal in the California Fair circuit..maybe we should buy the franchise for Hawaii..guarantee they will shorten your life by 5 years..

  338. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:27 pm

    5th Grade,,,, Whoah …. setting the bar kind of high for Tsaikos? 😀

    Deep Fried Twinkies….. 😀 What’s a heart? 😆

  339. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:30 pm

    Ditto to what Mrs. A-House said in #335 – Safe travels to all, and especially to our Road Warrior Tsaikos!!! Please cheer loudly for all of us and represent! GO WARRIORS!!! 😀 😯 😆

  340. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:35 pm

    Careful Mrs. A-House, I’m a Republican!…Pops raised me under the Republican banner. Remember, my cousin Bryan was the Republican Mayor of Kauai who recently passed. Me and Aunty Linda go back a few years on the ceded lands issues. The only one to break ranks was my Uncle Bill, who was the 1st speaker of the house of Representatives for the State of Hawaii back when James’s place of employment was 1st built. Can’t we all get along!

  341. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:39 pm

    Here’s hoping that all are safe in SoCal with the latest round of wildfires…. Be Safe!

    Now this is kind of early, but it is “tomorrow” (relative to 808) in SoCal…. temporary “10-20” (home) for Aaron & Ian’s Mom, and our long-time Tsaiko Ronnie… so here goes….

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
    ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫
    ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  342. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 9:41 pm

    Hi Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    A-joe and I just returned from a wonderful dinner at Chart House. Had the prime rib (with one kick left in it) and the grilled shrimp. Also took a trip to Borders to look for the new Journey (double) album. Not coming out until end of month. Did you guys hear their song called After All These Years? Very nice. How come I keep hearing on the radio that they’re coming to Hawaii? Anyone know about this?

    I want to thank everyone again for the awesome birthday wishes!

    Wow, brew. With all the smiley faces moving in unison on the last line, it looks like a chorus line. Thank you again for the double post!

  343. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:45 pm

    Curveball ~ You just reminded me of the Cal Expo Center – Junk food alley during the State Fair. Right next to that big Bar-B-Q vendor was the Twinkie Vat…yes! One million visitors clogged their arteries the year they made their debut.

  344. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:48 pm

    Eh-Sports – Where’s the beef? 😯 GONE………………. 😀 😯 😆

    Happy Birthday my dear friend!

  345. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:49 pm

    A-Sports was steer wrasslin’ down to the Rodeo arena! Hot Dang! Happy Birthday one more once girl!

  346. Tombo Ahi October 15, 2008 9:50 pm

    thanks mih! kekoa, i haz no flavr!

  347. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:52 pm

    Brew ~ You have trained your smiley personnel very well. I applaud your ability to deploy them with such military precision.

  348. curveball October 15, 2008 9:53 pm


    gdholdenatlivedotcom…gotta go now work 5:00AM…twinkies forever;-)

  349. jm2375 October 15, 2008 9:53 pm

    brew – a heart is what da Warriors and da Tsai-kos have in spades!

  350. Kekoa October 15, 2008 9:56 pm

    Tombo Ahi ~ Had to look twice! Look like ‘Hazmat’ at first! Yikes…

  351. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 9:58 pm

    Haha. The beef didn’t stand a chance. I nailed that buggah down with my fork. I ended that sweet victory with the creme brulee.

  352. brew808 October 15, 2008 9:58 pm

    Okay….jm – you “trumped” me! 😆

    BTW – now I have a face to match up with the mischief! 😀 😯 😆

  353. brew808 October 15, 2008 10:00 pm

    … birfday creme brulee…. Where there candles, or did it just flambe? 😆 😯 🙄

  354. brew808 October 15, 2008 10:08 pm

    Au revoir, bonne nuit Tsaikos. I gotta catch some ZZZzzzz’s for my video conference w/ the French in the AM. 😀 😯 😆

  355. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 10:15 pm


    If there were any more heat at the table I would have melted. Did I mention that I also had the mango margarita? With the alcohol, I was a little flushed. Thank goodness they put us by the balcony with the breeze (and the beautiful view).

  356. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:15 pm

    A-Sports ~ Next time you are on Kauai, axe Liz to show you the video she made of me in NOLA. We were at this fancy Dan restaurant where they made the mistake of letting me do one of dem dere “Flambe” numbers. 3 Alarms later, we were able to sit at a new table to finish our dish.

  357. whitey October 15, 2008 10:19 pm

    Congrats to SV and the flips for winning the national league division. now hope that tb (not btuberculosis) can win the al (not al). SV keep eating spam musubi and tell PETA to shove it up their okole.

  358. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:23 pm

    Way to go A-Joe! You done good Brah. May you have many more happy occasions to celebrate with our ‘alledged’ Aunty.

  359. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 10:24 pm

    Brew- bonne nuit, mon ami.

    Kekoa- I will do that. I hope I get to see her when I’m there. I leave this Sat. So is this one of them million dollah videos? I can’t wait!

  360. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 10:26 pm


    Just tells you how much more is at stake for Boise in this game. They have so much more to lose. Warriors gotta go and give em a big scare in the first quarter and keep the pressure cooker on them. Turn the heat up till they start popping at the seams and start making mistakes.

  361. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:27 pm

    Whitey! I’m surprised that was all you told him to shove. I was thinking the whole damn hog, sideways!

  362. madeinhawaii Ó¿Ò¬ October 15, 2008 10:30 pm


    Good night.. sweet dreams on your B-day.

  363. TChahng[태한민국] October 15, 2008 10:35 pm


    Mrs. A-House:

    October 15th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    PETA is “toast-es” if they set foot in our Spam Kingdom. Them mis-guided, mis-informed, mis-sing the bes’ tastin’ meat w/eggs and rice segment of our society should be pitied. I bet most of them are Republicans…

    I’d be careful with that last sentence, Mrs. A-House. PETA members view themselves as Independent or Democrats, hold moderate to liberal political views, and are distrustful of much of modern science because of its use of animals.

    Most Republicans have guns and rifles >> go hunting >> eat meat… love Spam…

    Spam, it’s what’s for dinner.

  364. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:39 pm

    A-Sports ~ Since it’s your birthday, maybe she can send you a clip if your email box can handle da load. Then again she may have put it on You Tube.

    We gotta channel her…Lizzz…Look Eye! Make Spe-shull moving pitcha for A-Sports!

  365. Hawaiianbod October 15, 2008 10:40 pm

    KK – i know this great French restaurant we can partake: Le MickeyD’s. Bwhahahahahahaha.

  366. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 10:40 pm

    Thank you MIH. 🙂

  367. Kekoa October 15, 2008 10:46 pm

    Whoa, Mrs. K is back from an outing with her Sis and family in from mainland. Gotta behave and play host. Talk to all you good folks on the morrow. Nytol….

  368. Jason October 15, 2008 10:46 pm

    Mrs. A-House: Hahahaha, I had to look back at what Kekoa was talking about in #340. PETA and Republicans? Ahem, you know why we GOPers are associated with the color red? For RED MEAT. 😉

  369. Addahknowsports© October 15, 2008 10:47 pm

    I’m going to hit the hay now. Got a looooong day tomorrow.

    Good night, my friends. It is a pleasure to know all of you. Ezzzzzzzzme and out.

  370. Jason October 15, 2008 10:48 pm

    I swear, that post by TChahng was not there when I got here. Then again, I did take time to read Wikipedia’s article on the actual origin of Red State/Blue State terminology. He probably snuck that post in there quietly … 😛

  371. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 10:54 pm

    Your wish is my command:
    Bananas Kekoa!

  372. Long Time UH Fan October 15, 2008 10:55 pm

    Happy Birthday to Addahknowsports© and many more to come!

  373. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 10:58 pm

    Hey, Beau!
    Woof woof, ha-ah-ha-ahha-ah
    bark bark woof woof ha-ah ah-ha ah-ha -ha-ah

    sniff sniff

  374. djmitcho October 15, 2008 11:00 pm

    Deep Fried Twinkies are awesome!
    Well, my flight for Boise leaves in less than 8 hours and I have yet to pack and go to sleep. Oh well. Go WARRIORS!!!!

  375. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 11:02 pm

    Go Boise Tsai-kos!

  376. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 11:06 pm


    “Odds makers at SBGGlobal have Boise State -24.5 point favorites at home in college football odds against Hawaii.”

  377. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 11:09 pm

    “For the second season in a row, the Broncos (5-0, 1-0 WAC) and Hawaii are squaring off in a game critical to determining the conference title. The only difference this season is the grudge match is happening sooner.”

  378. jm2375 October 15, 2008 11:10 pm

    I’d like to have 2 orders of Tsai-ko voodoo to go, please.

    1 to be put on the blue ponies

    da odda one to be put on da lolo dat wen sideswipe hubby’s cah dis morning and den left. :x: 👿

  379. jm2375 October 15, 2008 11:10 pm

    :x: = 😡

  380. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 11:21 pm

    jm2375 – jeeks… hope hubby is ok! Can always feex da cah!

  381. Kekoa October 15, 2008 11:27 pm

    I’m back! The Tsaiko CSI alarm went off. Something about a sideswiped Ka’awela owned by jm2375 Ohana? Ohhhh…bad Mojo! Our Crime Scene Instigators will be on da scene in the morning. (Dey all scared da dark ‘as why).

    Merci Beaucoup Miss Lizzy for putting up da vid!! I tink so the birthday girl wen go sleep her face already.

    Sounds like you made a friend this past weekend. Beau is da D-1 family pet advisor. I understand he’s quite the dashing figure around the house.

  382. Kekoa October 15, 2008 11:29 pm

    Oops! Mrs. K giving me dat look! I gotta engage in conversation with her sis and family members. BBL…

  383. jm2375 October 15, 2008 11:31 pm

    Liz – he’s ok, da cah is driveable. jus a little po’d dat if dey no find da lolo, we gotta pay at least da deductible. watch, da lolo no goin’ have insurance. 😡

  384. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER October 15, 2008 11:46 pm

    ok- all is back to norm- time for nie nie!

    Sweet Warrior Dreams and Safe Travelling, Ka Kou!

  385. jm2375 October 16, 2008 12:16 am

    ok, it’s past da witching howa. time fo moe moe. Oyasumina-tsai.

  386. addahknowjoe October 16, 2008 12:33 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie!

  387. BowsForever October 16, 2008 12:37 am

    Guess I’ll turn off the lights tonight. What’s this from the “other paper” saying that Graunke isn’t traveling with the team? Do injured players NOT travel with the team as a rule? Or is this yet another chapter in the Unsolved Graunke Mysteries saga?


  388. Bulla October 16, 2008 12:40 am

    happt birthday to ronnie 🙂 🙂 🙂

  389. Bulla October 16, 2008 12:41 am

    happy day after bday to Asports,

    prime rib huh? whew, das only because you live with one PRIME USDA Hawaiian….mr Ajoe himself…da best cut of dem all, a cut above……

  390. Bulla October 16, 2008 12:42 am

    g’night to da gang,

    da natives are safe for da night…..let’s crash 🙁

  391. addahknowjoe October 16, 2008 12:51 am

    Hahaha… Bulla, you crack me up!

    Once again, mahalo for keeping the natives safe, and unconditionally spreading the good ono kine homegrown aloha with all our wonderful visitors to these islands.

  392. Lopaka43 October 16, 2008 1:09 am

    Aloha, Tsaiko Ohana!!

    I’m taking the afternoon off to watch the game. I’ll probably go to Murphy’s unless there is some site where the Tsaikos are gathering.

    I took a look at the ESPNU preview and “conversation” about the game. (I used to lurk and post on those conversations last year before I found my way to unique and wonderful world of the Tsaikos.)

    Last year the ESPNU sites for each of our games had lots of Hawaii fans posting, and many of them would have been right at home on this blog. However, this year the conversations on ESPNU have been dominated by juvenile taunting and lots of gamblers seeking views on what to bet, boasting about their wins, or cursing the play of the teams when it is not matching what they bet on. Not a pleasant place usually.

    This week the Boise fans have dominated the game conversation, with only a few Hawaii fans posting. Most of them believe that Boise will dominate us in the same way that Fresno fans believed that Hawaii would suffer a big beatdown. Some of them clearly are Hawaii haters, but for the most part, the tone was much more pleasant and conversational than the previous weeks with the Fresno and La Tech fans.

    I posted the following to try to set them straight on some of the misunderstandings they had about our team and Hawaii fans.

    Greeting, Broncos and Warrior fans!! Aloha from Honolulu
    The ha’a is coming to the smurf field. It is not a taunting of the other team or its fans.
    It is a tradition of Polynesian warriors as they get ready for battle and the possibility of death.
    We are still finding ourselves as a team. Every week our team has been getting stronger on offense, special teams, and defense. Coach McMackin’s version of the run and shoot has more run in it than in previous years, and at times, reminds you of what Florida runs with Tebow a threat to take it up the field. We don’t know what team will show up on Friday, so I think Coach Peterson may also be wondering.
    Please take no offense but your hostile environment is hardly the most intimidating environment we have played in this year. And we respect your team and its fans. They have, for the most part, behaved with class when they have come to the Islands, and welcome us as guests when we come to Boise.
    We view this is one of the great rivalries of the WAC along with our rivalry with Fresno. There has been lots of blog activity in Honolulu, but few people come on this site because of the juveniles and gamblers who dominate the posts. We know that the Broncos remember practicing in Honolulu and hearing our Warriors ending practice with a WAC Champs cheer. Lots of pride on both sides. If Hawaii finds its rhythm, it could be a great game. We still believe. Aloha until after the game on Friday Go Warriors!!

  393. Ralph October 16, 2008 1:50 am

    happy birthday Ronnie…..I hope it’s a nice day in SoCal- free of smog and smoke from the wildfires…

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