This Spud’s for you


Don “Spud” Botelho is proof that anything is possible in football.

He was a quarterback, running back, punter and kicker on a UH team that upset Nebraska, 6-0, in Lincoln in 1955.

When the UH football program went on hiatus, he helped bring it back, in 1961.

Botelho was head coach of the Pac-Five teams that won two Oahu Prep Bowl titles in the 1980s. His former players included Joe Onosai, Pio Sagapolutele, Leroy Lutu, Garrett Gabriel and Salevaa Atisanoe (who became sumo wrestler Konishiki).

Botelho will be UH’s honorary captain for Saturday’s game against San Jose State.


  1. azwarrior22 October 3, 2013 5:22 am


  2. A-joe October 3, 2013 5:27 am

    Gmorning Tsaikos!

  3. A-joe October 3, 2013 5:34 am

    By any chance, would coach Botelho recall annoda famous athlete/coach/Beast/legend named Koakane? Heard their paths possibly may of crossed a few times.

  4. whitey October 3, 2013 5:43 am

    good morning tsaikos. long live the portagee potato.

  5. ai-eee-soos October 3, 2013 5:46 am


    BEAT san hosay.

  6. Stephen Tsai October 3, 2013 5:54 am

    One of the Botelhos coached a guy we know as Stretch.

  7. Hilo-Warrior October 3, 2013 5:58 am

    Whoa top ten.

    Good morning tsaikos.

  8. UHfan808 October 3, 2013 6:01 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. EastManoa October 3, 2013 6:02 am

    ST- Quick question… Do the Offensive sets change depending on who the quarterback is?

  10. UHfan808 October 3, 2013 6:03 am


    Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. UHfan808 October 3, 2013 6:08 am

    UH Football Fans, please be sure to buy your tickets to see the game at Aloha Stadium!

    Rememba: Our team needs your support there *live* screamin’ at the opponent!


    Everyone survived hump day! Have a nice Thursday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. UHfan808 October 3, 2013 6:13 am

    Happy Happy Happiest of Birthdays to my lurker budz, Samuel ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. d1shima October 3, 2013 6:22 am

    Great Morning All!


  14. d1shima October 3, 2013 6:22 am

    Congratulations Coach Botelho.

  15. oldtimer808 October 3, 2013 6:23 am

    Good morning to all and much blessings to our Rainbow Warriors to heal from their injuries and be stout in spirit knowing that each game will be a win.

  16. d1shima October 3, 2013 6:23 am

    Happy Birthday Nalani!

  17. tom-warriornation October 3, 2013 6:41 am

    still got tix for UNLV game in Vegas Oct. 12; sit with 250+ other Hawaii fans at the 50 yd line behind our Warrior bench. Call Tom at 415-283-7717 or email:

  18. Ipu Man October 3, 2013 6:52 am

    wow…good stuff, Tsai. Thanx.

  19. jm2375 (iPad) October 3, 2013 7:04 am

    Howzit Tsaikos from the land of the fruits, nuts, and flakes.

    Go Pac-Five!
    IIRC, Mr. Botelho was also MPI AD.

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!

  20. Wes'side Warrior October 3, 2013 7:09 am

    Morning, Gang!

    Wow! The back story on some people… incredibly amazing!

    Way to go, Coach Botelho! Honorary Captain is the least we could do!

    Heal up, Warriorz!

    Have a great day, everyone!

  21. haka October 3, 2013 7:11 am

    Alright Coach Spud!
    Lead us to victory!

    Let’s Go Rainbow Warriors!
    Let’s Go Rainbow Wahine!
    Let’s Go Hawaii!

  22. hossana October 3, 2013 7:14 am

    Coach Botelho is a living legend and certainly this is a well-deserved recognition for his accomplishments and achievements in ILH football……..

  23. Stretch October 3, 2013 7:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!!

    Coach Bo was my coach in high school. Congratulations for being named Honorary Captain. He used to throw us footballs and would call (left, right, up, down) which way the laces would be facing when we caught it. It was pretty amazing!

  24. Down with... October 3, 2013 7:25 am

    Contest…since the players and coaches have both mentioned the fan hype at the stadium last week and what it provided them on the field….lets do it again!!!!

    I already got 5 people to attend this Saturdays game who would otherwise never attend, unless 2007 happened again….lets see how many people we can convince to go and support our team….Go Warriors!!!! Lets get it rocking from the beginning and shake the rust off (literally)!!!!!

  25. san jose warrior October 3, 2013 7:28 am

    Just a little tid bit about Coach Botelho. He was the coach at Damein when they beat Punabhou and Mosi Tatupu one week and St. Louis the next week at the old stadium. My brother was on that Damien team and they had the following Monday off from school. My husband was on that St. Louis team and said they had to run back to campus after that lost! Memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. tom mui October 3, 2013 7:30 am


    And shout out to SPUD BOTELHO!

  27. d1shima October 3, 2013 7:32 am

    Fruits, nuts and flakes?

    Oh my! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  28. d1shima October 3, 2013 7:35 am

    Important footnote (for san jose warrior):

    The game was played at Honolulu Stadium!

    3-Prong can relate to that post as the rule on his team was, if you get ejected from a game, walk out the Isenberg gate and keep walking until you get back to school.

  29. Warrior Storm Brewin October 3, 2013 7:47 am

    Mr. Down with… +1
    I vote you Warrior fan of the week! Way to go. UH needs 10,000 more fans like you.

  30. Oingo Boingo October 3, 2013 7:53 am

    #25. Sure was a long run with all that equipment. Ron Marciel, he was a disciplinarian to the max. Wasn’t their a Punahou coach who made his team walk back from the Ala Wai field after they lost to Iolani?

  31. kifi October 3, 2013 8:00 am

    Yes, Happy Birthday to Nalani Choy.

  32. 3-Prong October 3, 2013 8:01 am

    Coach Botelho’s teams always fought hard and played with Class. Congratulations Coach!

  33. Maddog50 October 3, 2013 8:02 am

    Lotsa football left and lets make this one the start of a run….would love to see a humming offense and staunch D…..hopoe the turnout is great and it helps light the fire….Go Warriors

  34. 3-Prong October 3, 2013 8:04 am

    Oingo Boingo please tell me the Punahou walk was in 1976. Hehe

  35. RB October 3, 2013 8:04 am

    I asked this once and I’ll ask this again. Who is the better coach during UH coaching era Norm Chow or Fred VonAppen. FV had 5 wins NC only has 3. Yes it took FV 3 years to get 5 Wins and so far NC seems like he will follow that, well at this rate he might even get to 5 wins.

  36. A-House October 3, 2013 8:17 am

    Which baseball team had to walk back to their hotel after losing to the Rainbows?

    Coach sent the busses home!

  37. st. anthony trojan October 3, 2013 8:17 am

    # 35… if you asked it once.. and no one answered.. catch the hint dude… move on.. no sense is asking stupid questions….wait till the season ends.. then maybe you can ask again.. or maybe by then you will have had ur answer.. so save a lot of space here.. does .. RB stand for running bull-shit… or maybe some thing like that…

  38. Down with... October 3, 2013 8:25 am

    Thanks Warrior Storm Brewin…gladly accept FOW…I’m just a diehard

    Last week this lady was sitting in front of me warming up her vocal chords after the pick-6…I told her to sit her phat ass down….

    Go Warriors!!!!

  39. Kaimiloa October 3, 2013 8:45 am

    I briefly played for Coach Botelho and was also forced (thanks alot, Mom)to take a Typing Class from him during the summer. I remember him being tough but fair. I also remember having to fill in at center during practice and face Ed Ripley. I don’t remember much after that.

  40. RedZone October 3, 2013 8:49 am

    Wow typing class. I remember taking a beginners typing class and there was this one girl who sat behind me who typed like a thousand words a minute. Talk about deflated.

  41. paradiddle October 3, 2013 8:57 am

    Coach Botelho was Damien’s varsity football coach while Ben Ronquillio helped coach the JV team as well.

  42. Kaipo'i1 October 3, 2013 9:00 am

    Down with…

    GREAT challenge! I bringing 2, now hearing you I’ll be talking to more. Imagine if all the diehards did the same.


  43. Oingo Boingo October 3, 2013 9:00 am

    Nice to see that Kolten Wong has made the 25 man roster for the NL playoffs with the Cards! Joins the da other two local boys (Victorino and Suzuki) in the playoffs which start today.

  44. Jonj October 3, 2013 9:11 am

    So I found the best place in aloha stadium to make the loudest noise. The railing on top the stairs of blue section. When u stomp there the floor booms! I wish we could have one crazy fan like myself on each stairs. Stadium would literally boom after a play.

  45. Former UH Athlete October 3, 2013 9:12 am

    Random note:

    Looks like the timing of Kiffen’s firing had more to do with saving the recruiting classes for 2014 & 2015, than it was W-L record. Usually coaches get the ax at the end of season, but there were USC commits were de-committing and a bunch of recruits dropping USC out of the running as USC’s struggles this year. Now that Kiffen is out, several high profile recruits have USC back in their top 2 or 3 choices.

    USC still has a ton of top level talent, so who ever takes the job, rebuilding won’t take long. I’d say USC will be back in the top 10 within 1 or 2 years after they get back to 85 scholarships in 2015.

  46. Kapahulu October 3, 2013 9:38 am

    Yes, I am going to the UH Football game this Saturday. I was one of those fans who stayed to the end of the game last week. It was such a great feeling watching the second half of that game. It was probably the most fun game in the last 2 years at least. The place was rocking again. All three phases of the game were clicking. It was a great team effort. Too bad they didn’t get the win that would have given them National Attention in the record books for the greatest comeback in NCAA History. It would have come against a Nationally Ranked team.
    At the Na Koa Luncheon on Monday, Coach Tony Tuioti said that they don’t believe in Moral Victories, but this past game against Fresno State could be considered a Morale Victory.
    If everyone would go and attend the UH Football Game this Saturday and bring along 2 friends, it would go a long way to showing support for the UH Football team. Yes, we have a good chance to win the game. For those of you on the border line Bandwagon, this might be the time to jump back on. The team needs your support. I am bringing 2 extra friends.

  47. Wes'side Warrior October 3, 2013 9:43 am

    Going off on a tangent for a bit… still talking about fuud, though…

    From my brother who is still proudly serving (even though it’s with the Air Force… hahaha!)

    Sam supports Uncle Sam —Great news! Sam’s Club has opened its doors to all military ID card holders for the duration of the government shutdown. Anyone with a current ID (active, guard, reserve, retiree, dependent) will be allowed to shop in the warehouse, just show your ID at the door and register. Please keep in mind that Sam’s Club only accepts debit card, cash, MasterCard, or Discover for forms of payment. Valid at both Oahu locations. Thanks Sam’s Club for showing your support for our military!

  48. Down with... October 3, 2013 9:46 am

    Kaipo’i1…let the challenge begin!!!

    I think if all us posters/trolls/lurkers who obviously are diehard fans (or else why would we be on this blog)….try to spread the word we could make some major noise. Get some pretty powerful people on this blog…lets stop arguing about this and that and start getting to the stadium and making some noise!!! much love everyone…Go Warriors!!!

  49. Wes'side Warrior October 3, 2013 9:46 am

    Hau’oli la Hanau, Nalani!

  50. Kaipo'i1 October 3, 2013 9:55 am

    That’s where it starts. Go to Aloha Stadium and support the team. Excitement will happen!

    As d1shima says, “Is is Saturday yet?”

  51. Independent Thinker October 3, 2013 9:57 am

    A great man and coach. Good omen his selection. Well deserved recognition. Thank you coach for your contributions to the community.

  52. tom-warriornation October 3, 2013 9:58 am

    How can mainland fans watch this Sat’s game vs SJSU?

    just saw the game will be streamed live at:

    same as last week.

  53. tom-warriornation October 3, 2013 9:58 am

    can someone explain why Oceanic is not doing live streams like past years?

  54. oldie October 3, 2013 10:00 am

    Talk about walking home from a game, in the olden days (when all students at Mid-PAC boarded), we (all 400 students) walked to Punahou for a basketball game, usually got beat pretty bad, and all walked back to campus. The only ones that got to ride the bus were the players.

    Also remember being bussed to the Kamehameha campus, only to lose 108-21.

  55. SteveM October 3, 2013 10:05 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Even I remember Coach Botelho’s name in my McKinley days. Will be an honor to see him this week.

    Happy Birthday Nalani !!!

  56. tom mui October 3, 2013 10:09 am


  57. SteveM October 3, 2013 10:10 am

    san jose warrior — do you reside in San Jose or anywhere outside of Hawaii? If so, please share your city. Data for the Mainland & International Tsai-ko listing:

    Anyone else not listed?

  58. d1shima October 3, 2013 10:48 am

    My PSA for da day. (This really is non-political)

    McAfee founder is really sounding the alarm about putting your personal information online via ObamaCare.

    Divorcing his criticisms from the underlying purpose of the law itself, McAfee ripped ObamaCareโ€™s technological arrangement and worried that all of its huge moving parts will make it a perfect environment for hackers to steal Americansโ€™ identities, personal information, and money.

    …back to regular programming.

  59. whitey October 3, 2013 10:52 am

    whoa, another birthday, so soon. Happy birthday Nalani and many more

  60. whitey October 3, 2013 10:52 am

    porgot, good morning d1

  61. Warrior Storm Brewin October 3, 2013 10:55 am

    LOL Down with… LOL. We gotta protect our house! +2
    phat rear ends…too funny!

    Kaipo’i1 +1 (bringing 2 extra fans + more?)

    Kapahulu +1 (bringing 2 extra fans)

    I’m sure Down with… doesn’t mind sharing the Warrior Fan of the Week honors with the both of you. Mahalo for bringing extra people to the game!!

    True Warrior Fans…

    And I hope others do the same. I’m also hoping to bring +2 fans.

    Bring on SJSU!!!

  62. koakane ยฎ October 3, 2013 11:16 am

    morning 808 ๐Ÿ˜Ž sun blasting away and humidity rising so head out for the ac hideaway

    aw’rye coach Bo (btw he doesn’t like to be called spud-tell you the story some time)

    yes to ajoe #3 coached with him for 35 years

    anoddah amazing story, we had a game at the stadium and after warm up coach Bo was throwing the ball on the turf which bounce back to him all the time. This happened from 40 yrd line to locker room

    paradiddle: Coach Botelho was Damien’s varsity football coach while Ben Ronquillio helped coach the JV team as well

    wot bro u an alumni

    san jose warrior, coach in that game and we would have walked back to Houghtailing after those wins bwhaaaaaaaaaaa

    congrats again to coach Bo good man

    oooops happy bday to 1/3 of Na Pili Nalani zambie Choy sheldon see what u started

  63. Leron October 3, 2013 11:17 am

    It may have been mentioned, but season ticket holders of all UH Sports and Military get 50% off their tickets on Saturday.

  64. OC Warrior October 3, 2013 11:23 am

    @ Down with… I second your nomination of Warrior Fan of the Week! I wish I were back in the 808 for this game and I would try and bring 10 friends. Love your enthusiasm to support our team!!!

  65. slenzi October 3, 2013 11:32 am

    Watched the Eddie Aikau story on ESPN at a sports bar in Destin, Florida. I think I was the only kamaaina in the place. Everyone watched, nobody wanted the channel changed and it was a long show. Rave reviews all around.

  66. d1shima October 3, 2013 11:38 am

    Howzit whitey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. d1shima October 3, 2013 11:40 am

    Good to hear that slenzi. That is a terrific production.

  68. gobows October 3, 2013 11:44 am

    Real hard fo believe damien wen beat punahou AND st louis in consecutive games. Damien didnt even have a gym in the ’70’s.

  69. PolyMom October 3, 2013 11:47 am

    I’m in Dallas this weekend. Can I get the game? Streaming?

  70. Down with... October 3, 2013 11:58 am

    I’ll share FOW with everyone if possible. I tired of complaining and over thinking with my Independent thoughts (j/k IT)…I do asked myself what can I do as a fan to support the team…season tix (check), new gear every year from rainbowtique (even though they more expensive than other places I know some of it goes to the students, check), I buy food at stadium versus sneaking in food (check) and I try and make as much noise as possible (especially on D,check). Win or lose I stand and clap for the boys for their efforts. Now I am recruiting as much people to the game as possible. I trying…..Go Warriors!!!!

  71. WarriorBasketball October 3, 2013 12:08 pm

    Coach Botelho.

    Taught Business Law at Damien. Awesome person. Very humble. Told our class that he would coach at Damien forever. Unfortunately was let go. Went on to win Prep Bowls at Pac-Five.

  72. Old School Dave October 3, 2013 12:13 pm

    UH Rainbow Warrior linebacker Scott Voeller and offensive lineman Kevin Scullion, and the late Charlie Aiu (who played a number of years in the NFL) are two Damien Monarchs that come to mind who played under Coach Botelho.

  73. Old School Dave October 3, 2013 12:14 pm

    make that “three” Damien Monarchs……

  74. WarriorBasketball October 3, 2013 12:17 pm

    gobows (#68)

    Damien’s football and basketball teams in 1973 and 1974 represented the “glory” years for the athletic program.

    Kevin Scullion and Scott Voeller committed to Hawaii and became starters.
    Heine Fountain played a couple of seasons for Hawaii also.

    The basketball team in 1974 along with Punahou represented the ILH. Punahou took the title; Damien captured the consolation bracket.

  75. tom mui October 3, 2013 12:24 pm

    #58 D1Shima:

    I hope that he is talking about possible problems about the internet.

    He is a well-known contributor to conservative causes and hope he is not just advancing a political agenda by warning people about possible problems on the internet.

    Without a political agenda involved, the same problems could exist with Facebook, Linkdin etc.

  76. WarriorNY October 3, 2013 12:28 pm

    The game streams on…

    If you are outside of Hawaii you can get it… I can also post a link so you can watch on your iphone or iPad if you want. But that won’t be until the game starts…

  77. markazulu October 3, 2013 12:33 pm

    so any prediction on how our running game will be against san jose

    hoping for big things outta our passing attack and hoping Steven “boom shaka” Lakalaka puts more in the endzone

  78. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 3, 2013 12:36 pm

    Congrats to Coach Bo! JM is correct, he was AD at MPI while I was there. The Owls lost a great adminstrator and coach upon his retirement.


  79. Independent Thinker October 3, 2013 12:37 pm

    @70. You don’t want to go there. Stick with the waterfalls you are used to. Being nice.

  80. gobows October 3, 2013 12:42 pm

    Its a shame, damien doesnt acknowledge great athletes from the past…not even joey desa. Big difference between punahou and damien.

  81. Down with... October 3, 2013 12:44 pm

    Awww…Don’t be so sensitive IT. It’s okay…you’ll be fine. Much love, Go Warriors!!!!

  82. Kekoa October 3, 2013 12:45 pm

    Listening to the Birthday Girl sing Poetry Man. The absolute golden voices of she and her best buds since the KS days.

    Hauoli la hanau Nalani – and thank you for helping me shake off the moody blues today.

  83. Old School Dave October 3, 2013 12:48 pm

    Didn’t UH pitching great Derek Tatsuno attend Damien for one year before transferring back to Aiea High? Thought I read that he also played football for the Monarchs and excelled on the gridiron, too.

  84. gobows October 3, 2013 12:50 pm

    Hawaii athletics gets zero dollars from aloha stadium concessions. I repeat, hawaii athletics gets zero dollars from aloha stadium concessions. Zilch, nil, nada.

    Get choke fans eating at mcdonalds before and after every game. Ive been known to shove some double cheese burgers in my pockets.

  85. gobows October 3, 2013 12:52 pm

    Gotta go to pt…

  86. Tarheel warrior October 3, 2013 12:53 pm

    Long time lurker, thought I come out and say that was an inspiring game. Stayed up until the wee hours of the morning on the east coast listening to the game. Will be doing it again this Saturday nite. Go Rainbow warriors !!

  87. primo123 October 3, 2013 1:05 pm

    Coach Bo also taught typing at MPI…….jus another fun fact…..

  88. SteveM October 3, 2013 1:06 pm

    Tarheel warrior — please tell us your city of residence.

  89. WarriorBasketball October 3, 2013 1:25 pm

    OldSchoolDave (#83)

    Derek Tatsuno did attend Damien for one semester and then transferred back to Aiea.

    I believe he played wide receiver and heard he was quite the athlete.

  90. wafan October 3, 2013 1:34 pm

    Happy birthday Nalani!


  91. Down with... October 3, 2013 1:34 pm

    gobows…I know “UH” doesn’t get the concessions money, sorry if my write up read like that…but the many “local youth groups and sports related fundraising groups” benefit from my purchases. McDonalds, unfortunately is a mainland company…I rather support local when I can….even though it cost more. GO Warriors!!!

  92. wafan October 3, 2013 1:36 pm

    Was in Mr. Botelho’s Business Law class. After the Puns and the Crusaders lost he was floating. Class was easier for a few days each week.

    Errol K. was another Monarch who became a ‘Bow.

  93. wafan October 3, 2013 1:40 pm

    The band bus was rocking after both games, too. Folks down in the stadium area could not believe the score so they kept asking if it was the truth.

    Thought Br. Dornbos (principal) was going to crack his face smiling. It was one of the few times I ever saw Br. Ford (Dean of Students) smile.

  94. WarriorBasketball October 3, 2013 1:43 pm

    Br Ford was piece of work.

  95. Marleysdad October 3, 2013 1:47 pm

    #91 You are full of awesome.


  96. papajoe2 October 3, 2013 1:53 pm

    Anybody remember “Jitterbug” Joe?

  97. WarriorMojo October 3, 2013 1:58 pm

    ST, was glad to read that Ben Dew is finally getting a look. He was the guy I singled out last summer 2012 as being the most impressive of the O-line group. He’s an old school, mauler type from what I saw.

  98. koakane ยฎ October 3, 2013 2:07 pm

    WarriorBasketball must be an alumni to remember dat. the 74 bball team was outstanding, included Pat Magin, Frank Zoller, Danny Gilman, Danny DelaCruz, AhSam. Played an very good Kailua squad they beat 2 out of 3 times. Last one being in the state semi playoff whic was a one point loss and Damien rocked the Blaisdell.

    Old School Dave other player to add that played for coach Bo but from Pac5 and went to UH was Peter Pale, Britton Komine and Cy Hirota

    wow nuff for me ………….

  99. koakane ยฎ October 3, 2013 2:07 pm

    ok wafan take over now

  100. RedZone October 3, 2013 2:12 pm

    Crazy legs. Joe H.

  101. RedZone October 3, 2013 2:24 pm

    Kinda strange how San Jose St runningback Simpson wears OJ’s old number.

  102. Leron October 3, 2013 2:33 pm

    Speaking of PAC-5 and coach Bo, whatever became of George Smith, an amazing receiver who if I recall, went to UH but never made it to the field? Another PAC-5 player who I believe was at UH for awhile was Sean Pieper, who was tragically killed in 1989.

  103. d1shima October 3, 2013 2:39 pm


  104. DancingBear October 3, 2013 2:41 pm

    Back in the day, there were quite a few good athletes who started their careers at Damien and finished at other schools.

  105. LizKauai October 3, 2013 3:12 pm

    Speaking of Damien… PIAA and I were facebooking about 2 Damien classmates that are now bigtime flyboys for the Air Force and the Navy. What are the odds? The Navy guy played football for Damien too…

  106. d1shima October 3, 2013 3:39 pm

    Wow! 97-yard TD pass by Iowa St gives them back the lead on Texas, 20-17

  107. boolakanaka October 3, 2013 4:03 pm

    83 n 89…yes, indeed, tats played one year of football at Damien, but never at AHS. He use to sometimes pitch our sr. little league practices (one of his goodfriends was our coach), at like 25%—no balls would ever leave the batters box–none.

  108. boolakanaka October 3, 2013 4:27 pm

    That reminds me that Pac5 had a strong RB named Benton Kam from Maryknoll, (I think he was all ILH one year)and his QB–before he went to receiver—-drum roll–yes, Leroy Lutu.

  109. 3-Prong October 3, 2013 5:13 pm

    Allen DeAguiar (Damien ’76) was my dorm mate in college. Good fun guy and a good athlete. Let’s just say we downed a few together. Anybody know where he is now. Been trying to look him up.

  110. Stephen Tsai October 3, 2013 5:15 pm

    Coach Botelho still has an amazing memory.
    He was a good choice, especially when he spoke about how the UH football was expected to be disbanded in 1961 because of a lack of money.

  111. Stephen Tsai October 3, 2013 5:15 pm

    Michael Carter was supposed to be on tap this year as honorary captain, but he underwent some sort of surgery last week.
    So, the next captain is … AL NOGA!!!
    The Sack Man cometh.

  112. wafan October 3, 2013 5:17 pm


  113. Former UH Athlete October 3, 2013 5:19 pm

    After a very nice week (5-1), time for my picks for this weekend…

    Hawaii (+4.5) vs SJSU
    Under 55 Hawaii vs SJSU
    Fresno St (-27) at Idaho
    Miami (-6.5) vs Georgia Tech
    Nevada (+6) at SDSU
    Washington (+8.5) at Stanford

    My record for 2013: 14-7

  114. Stephen Tsai October 3, 2013 5:20 pm

    Speaking of whom … I believe the AD is in charge of assembling the committee that picks the next Circle of Honor inductees.
    If one of the Nogas doesn’t make it, I’m giving them the personal cell numbers for every UH athletic department employee.
    “What? Noga? Niko Noga? Why are you calling me? I’m just the custodian … “

  115. Former UH Athlete October 3, 2013 5:24 pm

    You smell that smell? The burnt cotton on Mack Browm’s okole, caz the hot seat just got turned up to HIGH

  116. Former UH Athlete October 3, 2013 5:26 pm

    Texas pulled it out in the end… Hot seat turned down to 8

  117. wafan October 3, 2013 5:30 pm

    Nogas might want to make a circle around the AD and talk to him about the Circle of Honor and its relation to the circle of life.


  118. Former UH Athlete October 3, 2013 5:35 pm

    D. Bess update – 2 rec 25 yards 5 targets

    Tuel Time for Buffalo as Manuel went down to injury. Tuel Time needs a new time slot as rating was not good. Where’s Al?

  119. Buffoman October 3, 2013 6:04 pm

    NIKO NOGA. He needs to be the first Noga to be inducted. Having watched him all of his years as a Rainbow, he is most deserving.

  120. SteveM October 3, 2013 6:06 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    October 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    Coach Botelho still has an amazing memory.
    He was a good choice, especially when he spoke about how the UH football was expected to be disbanded in 1961 because of a lack of money.

    Hmmm…reminds me of the expression…”The more things change, the more they stay the same”.

  121. cocobean October 3, 2013 7:46 pm

    Al Noga is a good choice, the most decorated player in our D1 era….but Niko came first. He was our first “first off the bus” type player. He embodied the toughness and fighting spirit which was the calling card of Tomey and Wagner coached teams. Undersized for his position he played with the heart of a Warrior.

    Didn’t a wise man, after watching Niko and his mates play Hawaiian style defense, coin a phrase about what he saw. ” it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight….., you know the rest. True story…I think.

  122. Truman October 3, 2013 7:54 pm

    #96 yup, Joe Hisatake. Wow, that was a long time ago.

  123. SailorBlue October 3, 2013 8:29 pm

    The government may be in shutdown but the Tsai-Ko Tailgate is definitely on for the game this Saturday. Same spot as last week-Cabana A at Rainbow Marina. Early Crew shows at 9:00am, Grill Crew fires up 10-10:30am and keeps grilling until around 2:30pm, clean up and head for the stadium at 4:30pm. Pack up your favorites to share and maybe a little meat to grill, come out for some fun, food, friends, family and football.
    If you need directions or the password contact me at jboster(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  124. d1shima October 3, 2013 8:34 pm

    Go Govs!

  125. d1shima October 3, 2013 8:34 pm

    Mahalo Sailor Blue!

  126. BG October 3, 2013 8:47 pm

    The happiest of days, Nalani!!! Celebrate well

  127. BG October 3, 2013 8:52 pm


    Apologies for last week. Betty’s mom and sister visiting for 3 weeks starting this sat and I’ve had a laundry list of things to get done asap. By the time I got done with stuff, it was late, late afternoon.

    Not sure if I can make it this Sat (plane comes in at noon) but I’ll try my best and bring a soldier from Schofield…he’s been to the tg before.


  128. koakane ip5 October 3, 2013 9:25 pm

    Tatsuno stayed at Damien only 1 year then transferred to Aiea HS. He had an outstanding bball career before moving on to UH. Took another good player with him …. Mike Morishige (batting leader his senior yr).

    Dick Kitamura was DHS head coach at the time, there was another lefty he recruited named Richard Biven. If Tats and Morishige stayed Damien would have been ILH or even State champs 3 yrs running.

    Those who know Ford knew they had better be in their seats before the period started, I put money on it, right warrior basketball

  129. A-joe October 4, 2013 12:26 am

    Wrap it up

  130. wafan October 4, 2013 2:44 am

    Happy Aloha Friday!

    At last. This week has been, so far, a long month.

  131. boolakanka October 4, 2013 3:19 am

    Stanford’s new football digs:

  132. 99club October 4, 2013 4:37 am

    Home for the shutdown. ๐Ÿ™

    Congrats Coach Botelho!

    I witnessed both the wins over Punahou and St Louis in ’72. After the Punahou win the Advertiser headline to the story read “Damien 10 Punahou 6 — Honest” (I think that was the score). Goal line stand by Damien clinched it when Mosi ran into a brick wall: Bernard Freitas.

    RE: Br. Ford. I liked how he broke up fights: “I get the winner.” They stopped immediately. ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. PolyMom October 4, 2013 4:58 am


    Thanks so much. Could you post all the links on Saturday for me for the games.

    BTW, Lane Kiffen can sell his house in about 20 minutes. Property in South Bay, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redonso Beach is a HOT area. When the market crashed prices never dropped.

    I’m in Dallas watching my nieces play Volleyball. The one in 8th grade killed it last night. She had the winning kill to win it all last night. The one who is a Sophmore is already being sought after by Coaches. I’ll be sending the to camp this summer with Dave Shoji. Expect to see a Friel girl in the line up. These girls are fantastic ball handlers.

    Go Warriors!

  134. Maddog50 October 4, 2013 5:33 am

    Watched Inside Warrior Football last night…..was a big fan of Siasau… huge. The article on Chris Gant today was also great…..hope there is a big crowd for a great win this Sat…..bust out some offense and make it a long day for Fales……Go Warriors, every down has to contribute to a win—-

  135. d1shima October 4, 2013 6:31 am

    Great Morning All!

    Somewhere Long Time UH Fan is singing Cheerio loud and proud.

    Hoping that continues tomorrow with a victorious refrain of Co-ed!

    Have a terrific Aloha Friday…

  136. gobows October 4, 2013 6:44 am


    did dick kitamura have a son that played shortstop for usc? in the early 80’s, there was a part time assistant coach at damien named kitamura, john matias always made jokes about him.

  137. Maddog50 October 4, 2013 6:56 am

    #94….Damien was affiliated with 3 high schools in Chicago…I had the pleasure of crossing paths with Bro. Ford as a youth….I met him again when I attended UH compliments of my dear friend and teamate Chollie Aiu…..I agree he was a piece of work….but then again so am I…Go Warriors. Even though his name was Charlie….we all called him Chollie….a tremendous guy, teamate and football player. He was the only guy I ever met that had stretch marks down his forearms. When Chollie gave you his trademark “punch” he could break your sternum……lets get us a win this week—

  138. Wes'side Warrior October 4, 2013 7:40 am

    Morning, Gang!

    This just popped up on my screen this morning:

    “Will Alabama case force NCAA to investigate? Or surrender?”–will-alabama-case-force-ncaa-to-investigate–or-surrender–002539592.html

    Wonder what the consequences will be.

    Oh well, busy day… see you all later.

    Have a great day!

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