Watson retires from football

Former UH defensive tackle Keala Watson is being forced to retire from football.
Watson had a productive career with the Warriors despite suffering from Von Willebrand disorder, a condition similar to hemophilia in which a chemical deficiency does not allow his blood to clot normally.
A blood-clotting medicine enabled Watson to play for the Warriors.
But recent medical tests showed that the medication had diminished efficiency in treating his disorder.
“I had a good run,” said Watson, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in May. Next month, Watson’s wife, Leona, is expecting the couple’s first child.
“I’ve been blessed,” Watson said.

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From agent Kenny Zuckerman:



Ninety-three players attended today’s walk-on tryouts at UH. Here, the players make their way to the weight room.


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The prospects had to see how many times they could bench press 225 pounds.


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Here’s defensive tackle Quentin Beaver, who lost 60 pounds and now weighs 320.


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I guess the second Golden Age of local broadcasting has passed.
The first was when the parade of great announcers — Al Michaels, Harry Kalas, Les Keiter, Chuck Leahey, etc. — called local sports.
Then there was the boom from the late 1990s, when UH football road games were shown live and for free, sports-talk radio gave the fans a voice, and Neil Everett was a No. 2 sportscaster.
But the price of doing business has changed the broadcast business, which, I suppose, is now the digital business.
In a time when ESPN 1420 AM has the eighth-most popular morning show, the station was forced to cut out road broadcasts of women’s basketball and men’s volleyball. Men’s basketball was spared from the chopping block.
Sure, the audiences for women’s basketball and men’s volleyball were small. But it gave exposure — and added esteem — to those sports.
But with red ink perhaps made of blood, the days of public-service deeds are over. And, all too often, you don’t realize what you’ve had until it’s gone.


  1. J January 22, 2009 6:12 am


  2. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 6:14 am

    Are you still here or back in San Diego?

  3. jm2375 January 22, 2009 6:17 am


    Good morning Tsai-kos and Tsai-meister. Up early this morning ST. Going to get your son to school on time today?

    I’ve also noticed in the past couple of weeks that if the Animals are subbing for BC in the am, then no one subs for them in the pm, they just use the national feed. *tsai-gh*

  4. haka January 22, 2009 6:19 am


  5. mctruck January 22, 2009 6:19 am


  6. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 6:21 am

    Times are hard on the boulevard …

  7. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 6:21 am

    I wonder if haka will change his name to ha‘a

  8. mctruck January 22, 2009 6:22 am

    Cheeee!!!, ST…you surprise me with being soooo-early for you. I never expect you to be on til like late afternoon la-dat???

  9. mctruck January 22, 2009 6:23 am

    Well, have a great day folks!!!, off to have a late breakfast.

  10. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 6:25 am

    I’ve been late a lot because I try to go to UH before posting.
    I’ve got an early interview today with Bob Coolen. It’s for the program we’re forced to do. Not sure why they need a program for events that are free, but, hey, I get OT for writing it.
    My new motto is: O-time for ‘BowTime.

  11. jm2375 January 22, 2009 6:26 am

    ST – you’d think that with the kkea gm being a bean counter, they’d be able to make things work, but I digress. But, by doing those things, they may lose what little market share they have in the pm.

  12. haka January 22, 2009 6:26 am

    if i changed my name now and they decide to do away with doing the ritual dance will i have no name?

  13. jm2375 January 22, 2009 6:27 am

    ok, off to work. see ya lataz…

  14. Stretch January 22, 2009 6:30 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    ST – what is OT?? for me, it stands for “Own Time”

  15. Bulla January 22, 2009 6:41 am


    TOP 15

  16. Bulla January 22, 2009 6:43 am

    good morning to all,

    have a productive and a blessed day

    good luck to DPK today, hope your new football cleats are broken in for the tryouts…..don’t forget your under armour shirt, it cuts down the wind drag effect. you go big boy 😎

  17. Maverick January 22, 2009 6:46 am

    Morning Gang,
    Long time no see, as we all have that face for radio.

    AM frequency radio is hopefully here to stay. Still the best way for far away broadcasting, and sounds juuuust right for gameday with a bit of grainy, gravely, bit riddled, Multi-colored personalities hosting the show. These guys really know how to paint the picture for listeners.

    Long live AM radio and to our past, current, and future announcers.

  18. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 6:57 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Top 20! 😎

  19. 808ike January 22, 2009 6:59 am

    Good morning. Top 25.

  20. Garret January 22, 2009 7:01 am

    This Washington Post reporter doesn’t think that Colt will be playing for awhile. It sounds like the Redskins coaches have changed Colt’s throwing motion and he’ll have to adjust to the change.

    Irving, Tex.: Do you think Jim Zorn will give Colt Brennan a chance to at quarterback this offseason?

    Jason Reid: No. At this point in his career, Colt is a No. 3 quarterback. I’m not sure if he’ll ever be more than that. Nothing against him, he’s a nice kid, but he’s got some mechanical things in his throwing motion that they have changed.

  21. Garret January 22, 2009 7:05 am

    If anyone missed this SI article about the college football recruiting, it is worth a read. Teams that get the bulk of their recruits within a 200 mile radius of campus tend to do better. I guess the Hawaii version of this would be to get the bulk of the top local recruits.

    Of the nine schools that won 50 or more games from 2004-08, seven signed more than half their recruits during that span from within their state or from within 200 miles of campus: Texas (93.2% from in-state, 71.8 percent from within 200 miles), USC (72.0, 61.0), Georgia (63.6, 70.1), Florida (62.3, 47.9), Ohio State (55.8, 66.3), Virginia Tech (54.3, 44.0) and LSU (50.4, 56.5). Oklahoma barely missed the cut, with 49.1 percent from within 200 miles.

    Of the 22 schools that won 40 or more games during that span, 16 attracted more than half their players from within 200 miles or from within their state. Of the 44 schools that won fewer than 40 games, only 13 met the homegrown recruiting criteria.

  22. Garret January 22, 2009 7:06 am

    This study found that the distance from home was the #1 factor for top recruits…and academic standing didn’t seem to matter much at all.

    The model created by Mike DuMond, Allen Lynch and Jennifer Platania — rabid college football fans who met while Ph D. candidates at Florida State — found that among heavily recruited players choosing from among only BCS-conference schools, distance from home is the most important factor in a recruit’s choice. The model was published in the February 2008 issue of The Journal of Sports Economics.

    The model found that a school’s academic standing — whether it’s in the top 50 of the US News and World Report rankings — provides a miniscule bump. So does the final poll ranking of the school the previous season. What didn’t matter to players shocked the economists more. According to the data, the players weren’t, on the whole, worried about the depth chart, how many national titles schools had won or how many players the school put in the NFL.

  23. Garret January 22, 2009 7:11 am

    This ESPN blogger wrote a blog post about how ESPN would be cutting back on coverage of college sports…so, instead of cutting his contribution in half, ESPN fired him.

    ESPN.com, which is slashing its freelance budget, decided to dial back its college sports coverage, and one of its top college hoops bloggers, Kyle Whelliston, decided to write about it. “I was given advance warning that ESPN.com is planning 50 percent cuts to its college sports coverage, and I was put on notice that my contributions would likely be halved in the new year.”

    Big mistake.

    That post went up on Friday; we hear that on Saturday, ESPN.com editor David Albright noticed the post. On Tuesday, Whelliston was “relieved of all of his duties,” presumably for dishing about the inner workings of the Worldwide Leader. Silly move to blog about getting downsized? Certainly. Excessive move to fire the kid? Prolly.

  24. Garret January 22, 2009 7:12 am

    Best of luck to those competing in the walk-on tryouts! UH has had a long history of finding contributors that walk-on and earn scholarships, and one of the people trying out today could end up starring at Aloha Stadium.

  25. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 7:14 am


    So we’ve already identified a 8th grader who physically may be a behemoth and is within 200 miles of UH. But to get him there has got to be the extra from da Tsaikos.. Rosetta Stone for the second language class. Jason for the math. BHF2 for English. 😀 Pride fo dance lessons. 😀

    Tutor the kid up, maybe he’ll stay. Maybe he’ll leave anyway even though he gets all the upcoming UH coaches induced training. I sure hope he feels the pride we have for Hawaii, and wants to help us, Warrior Nation. 😀

    have a nice day Tsaikos!

    exme…. 😀

  26. 808ike January 22, 2009 7:16 am

    Changing the mechanics of someone’s throwing motion could cause
    a problem for the individual.

  27. Garret January 22, 2009 7:18 am

    Interesting to read about how the rise in SEC football may be partially due to the shift in the US population. If more and more of the top recruits are growing up in SEC states and recruits like to choose a college near their home, the SEC benefits greatly by this population shift. The $3 billion TV contract (this does NOT count bowl games or BCS money!) should help them continue to have the best facilities and their pick of coaches.

    The Southeastern Conference, a 76-year-old coalition of 12 universities in nine Southern states stretching from Louisiana to Florida, has won three national college football titles in five years, including the last two by blowout, and has an unrivaled 11-4 record in the Bowl Championship Series since 1999.

    Its teams lead the nation in average attendance, have five of the 12 highest-paid coaches in college football and just signed two broadcast deals worth as much as $3 billion over the next 15 years.

    In recent years, the South has undergone rapid growth. Twenty-seven of the 50 fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the country in 2007 were in the South, while personal-income growth in the region outpaced the national average over the past decade. These changes have added muscle to the South’s historic passion for college football. While they rank low in many measures like per-capita income and educational achievement, states like Alabama and Mississippi rank close to the top in the percentage of high-school students who play football. And among states that have more than 10 native sons playing in the National Football League, the top six producers by percentage of population are Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

  28. Garret January 22, 2009 7:20 am


    I agree…but it sounds like the Washington coaches have asked Colt to change his throwing motion. They are his employer and Colt doesn’t really have the option to refuse them.

  29. 808ike January 22, 2009 7:23 am

    Heard rumors that 7th graders are now considered a prospective

  30. 808ike January 22, 2009 7:25 am


    Thanks for the great info.

  31. J January 22, 2009 7:34 am


    Neither. Currently in SDA Mecca, west coast. San Diego later today. Kailua tomorrow.

  32. 2left January 22, 2009 7:42 am

    The Redskins are changing Colt’s throwing motion? Shades of Derek Tatsuno . . .

  33. mctruck January 22, 2009 7:43 am


    There’s a small article in the Dallas Morning News bout, UW committing a secondary recruiting violation, when new coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff violated an NCAA rule regarding gameday simulations while recruits are on campus. I wasn’t aware there was such rules??

  34. djmitcho January 22, 2009 7:53 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos! Hope everyone has a great day. And remember…..be safe out there.

  35. Garret January 22, 2009 8:04 am


    I posted the information in yesterday’s blog. There is a rule against that when hosting recruits…but the violation is considered minor and I doubt they will have any penalty. If they make the mistake again they will be punished some.

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 8:06 am

    Good morning all!

    Howzit djmitcho, mctruck, 2left and 808ike. Hows your day going so far?

  37. Garret January 22, 2009 8:09 am

    Update on Jray and Aulola via SportsHawaii via WSN via Tanks Ah!

    Here’s what I’m hearing about these two. Aulola loved his trip to UCLA and was impressed by their facilities and everything they had . They offered him a full ride.

    From what I am hearing (and I don’t understand the process or anything about it) Auloa doesn’t know if he submitted the proper paperwork to the NCAA clearinghouse. And he as of yet doesn’t have qualifying ACT or SAT scores, from what I’ve been told, so that is another issue.

    I was hearing some rumblings earlier that Jray didn’t know how solid BYU’s plan were to utilize him which may have caused some questioning on his behalf. Maybe that’s where the soft verbal bit came from.

    I do know that UH and BYU are the only scholies that Jray has on the table right now. I’ve heard that despite the rumors, he is still leaning towards BYU at this moment.

    But with the two of them scheduled to visit this weekend, hopefully we can pull off some warrior magic.

    Though Jray did recently come from Utah, all his family is from the North Shore, and Jray went to school here before going to Utah. Both of these kids were my students in elementary and come from great families.

    Tanks Ah!

  38. 808ike January 22, 2009 8:10 am

    Bess will be on 1420 between now and 9:00.

  39. lava January 22, 2009 8:21 am

    I wish our local boys would do some analysis of their own about their likely role.

    Re Jrai, BYU has a local boy (Utah boy) recruit that has a much higher rating at safety than Jrai, with better size and speed, and Jrai isn’t going to see the field anytime soon at safety.

  40. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 8:27 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    re Colt. Let’s see what preseason will bring.

    Bummers about 1420- I rely on that station for streaming info online. Will they broadcast football?

  41. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 8:29 am


    Talking about the decommits.

  42. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 8:30 am

    Mahalo 808Ike!

  43. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 8:35 am

    hmmm… the video and the audio sites are different…

  44. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 8:53 am

    Mr. Tsai,

    Sad news about the broadcast cuts, things truly are tough all over.

    On another note, I consider any age in which Jim Leahey calls games to be golden in it’s own right. RK, BC, and RY have there own inimitable styles as well, and Leahey the younger is just flat out awesome. Imagine what he could do in a major market or at ESPN?

    OC16’s broadcasts of high school games has helped to elevate that sport’s status and over all quality immeasurably, and we see many other HS sports on the air. There are also the various local small college sports programs being televised, too.

    All this to say, sometimes the good old days are these days and we just don’t realize it. Things will get better financially, they have to.

    Lastly, don’t forget the digital revolution and the emergence of the internet. We post here as beneficiaries of those factors and in doing so have been party to adding another name to Hawaii’s long list of sports media legends: Stephen Tsai.

    Sometimes savoring the moment helps put a seemingly happier past into perspective.

  45. Kekoa January 22, 2009 9:06 am

    Good Morning DPK ~ My aren’t we waxing nostalgic today!

    I’m heading out into the streets of Kaope’a and beyond. BBL…

  46. d1島 January 22, 2009 9:09 am

    Great MOrning All!

    Truly a sad topic, Stephen.
    I recall listening to GrandPops Leahey from the Termite Palace (“one manapua”) doing HS FB.
    Sports on radio is good exercise for the mind, similar to the old radio drama broadcasts (Theatre of the mind is the phrase IIRC)

  47. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 9:13 am


    I should be waxing the floors, they look awful… 😆

  48. Nalani January 22, 2009 9:25 am

    Speaking of Leahy, you may be interested to know that my younger son Pono (KS 9th grade) plays BBall on the JV2 team. Two of his coaches, Manly Kanoa and Caleb Spencer, are both D1 football players (UH/Nevada) and former KS BBall players. On a couple of Saturdays the coaches scrimmaged the players. Coaches invited a couple friends to round out there team, one being Kanoa Leahy. Pono says Kanoa is “a beast” and shot the lights out. Last game he had 40+ points.

    Didn’t know he was such a good BBall player.

    BTW, Pono’s team plays St Louis in the playoffs tonight 6pm at St Louis.

  49. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 9:49 am

    Go get ’em Pono!


    Yah, I’d heard that Kanoa would have been a great college hoopster if it weren’t for an injury.

  50. Garret January 22, 2009 9:51 am

    Texas A&M and LSU have already had Junior Days for the 2010 recruiting class!

    West Orange-Stark ATH James Haynes expects to be invited to a Texas Junior Day and would attend if he gets an invite to the Feb. 8 event. The Feb. 8 Junior Day would be Haynes’ first Junior Day visit to any school as the Golden Triangle speedster spurned Junior Day invites from Texas A&M and LSU to attend Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Haynes has offers from Texas Tech and Stanford, but he did say that if he gets a Texas offer that he is likely to commit on the spot.

  51. (Jesse) James January 22, 2009 10:02 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos…..

    Hope everyone has a good day today….

  52. KapoleiWarrior January 22, 2009 10:07 am

    I wondered what had become of Caleb Spencer. I still don’t understand why JJ never offered him. He was a great player who killed us when he was at Nevada and he is one of the classiest kids you will never meet. Is he teaching up there too?

  53. Nalani January 22, 2009 10:08 am

    I don’t know if he’s teaching, but he’s coaching BBall and football. Pono really likes playing for him. Says he knows a lot, and is a great motivator.

  54. bstunna2002 January 22, 2009 10:14 am

    caleb had to go the JC route before going to Nevada.

  55. letsgowarriors January 22, 2009 10:22 am

    bstunna, but caleb was a full qualifier out of HS. he played QB at Imua and i think that is what hurt him. I cant remember if he got injured his senior year too.

    Went to JC, then played at Nevada for 3 years IIRC.

  56. al ™ January 22, 2009 10:22 am

    play well pono!

  57. al ™ January 22, 2009 10:24 am

    i finally figured out the acronym, IIRC.

    hahahaa. then again i should have googled it.

  58. al ™ January 22, 2009 10:25 am

    letsgo…..he has a wealth of knowledge.

  59. wayoutwest January 22, 2009 10:36 am


    good reads on those recruiting articles. jj and now mack have done an exceptional job pulling in the recruits that they do. upgraded facilities, recent success and exotic location can only do so much when recruiting athletes who want to play close to home.

    best option would be a grassroots program to start developing local players from a young age. judging from all the clinics UH hosts, i think mack and staff understand that they need to build for the long-term.

  60. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 10:37 am


    So you were able to recall correctly what IIRC means?

  61. Garret January 22, 2009 10:37 am

    This nicely sums up the importance of these offseason workouts for the Warriors.

    I know this sounds cheesy and cliché, but the “commit in the spring, win in the fall” attitude is true. Right now is the really, really un-fun part of playing football. This is the running and the weights and the speed work that frankly just sucks. It’s five days a week, it’s hard, guys are vomiting, passing out, non-football friends are doing much more fun things, etc… and there is no game at the end of the week with fans watching and screaming as a payoff. There is no payoff, unless going home to study and getting the weekends off counts. The season is eight months away. Heck, the spring game is three months away, so the light at the end of the tunnel is tiny and very dim. Players have to be mentally tough to not cut corners, to not take reps off in the weight room or not go all out in speed drills. The pitfalls of the grim work in the off-season are everywhere and it’s easy to be satisfied with a less-than-perfect-effort day in January

  62. Garret January 22, 2009 10:39 am


    I agree with your suggestions–helping the development of Hawaii’s athletes will benefit UH and also lead to other opportunities for other players. That is why it was so crazy that they almost killed the JV football program in Hawaii…that would have really hurt UH and Hawaii’s future football players!

  63. al ™ January 22, 2009 10:47 am

    thinking aloud…….

    did whitley fehoko enroll this spring or was it just a rumor?
    how many invited walk-ons will tread the campus this year?
    how many well kept secrets will be revealed come feb. 4th?

  64. d1島 January 22, 2009 10:49 am


    Good luck to Pono…but not so much! 😉


    Thx for the link to UT site, good reading. (unless you happened to be named Augie Garrido)

  65. duffer January 22, 2009 10:52 am


    When I was much much younger, I remember Les Keiter doing the “broadcast” of the Islanders on the road. Little did I know, it was done in the studio, and using two blocks of wood for the sound of the bat, and canned crowd noises.


  66. d1島 January 22, 2009 11:04 am


    I remember hearing him talk about those broadcasts. IIRC (see dat, al?) there was an anecdote he told about how once the wire feed stopped right at a crucial moment and he ended up making up the rest of the game and none were the wiser….

  67. Garret January 22, 2009 11:04 am


    If Garrido hadn’t had a clean record thus far, his DWI arrest would have resulted in his firing already. Plus, his national titles in baseball don’t hurt.

  68. Garret January 22, 2009 11:05 am

    Notre Dame’s AD doesn’t think that college Presidents want a football playoff.

    Q: What do you think of a college football playoff? Do you like the idea? Do you think we’ll see one in your lifetime?

    A: “There is zero momentum for it. I was on a panel recently in New York at a conference with three other athletic directors. We were all asked what percentage of college presidents did we think would be interested in a college football playoff. And among the four athletic directors’ answers, the highest percentage anyone said was 15 percent.

    “Now, if among saving the economy and ending a war, our President-elect (Barack Obama) is serious about it and it’s important to him, then that might change the dynamic. But absent some external force like that, it’s not going to happen.”

  69. Garret January 22, 2009 11:08 am

    It is sad that those road radio broadcasts imen’s volleyball and women’s basketball were cut, but what I think would be even sadder is if men’s volleyball goes away…Stanford seems serious about cutting it and if they are thinking about it then others must be also. Cutting the sport would save money and help with Title IX compliance, and saving money in this economy is important to many universities.

  70. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:10 am

    d1…al this talk about the general has made me hungry.
    almost lun chow wa. time to forage.

  71. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:14 am

    if stanford cuts vb….it will devastate the shoji family. what with two sons currently on scholarship and a daughter on the staff.

    sorry, dave. looks like you may have to postpone your retirement a few more years.

    not to mention spencer mclaughlin also on scholie.

  72. OldDiver January 22, 2009 11:19 am

    I’m wondering how accurate that story from the Washington Post about Zorn messing with Colt’s throwing motion is. Except for ST I always question a reporters ulterior motives in reporting a story. He sounds like he has already made up his mind about Colt, and he doesn’t think much of him. The Post seems to have a love affair with present QB Jason Campbell.

  73. Garret January 22, 2009 11:21 am


    If Stanford drops the sport, it probably won’t be for a few more years. They would probably announce it a year or so in advance of the cut. I’m guessing that Shoji’s sons wouldn’t be affected unless the economy weakens much more this year.

    The other interesting thing is that in the past, the athletes from a team that is cut have been able to transfer to any D-IA school and play immediately.

    Trouble is, if Stanford drops it then other schools might also…then no more men’s volleyball even at UH except for club teams.

    I do think that the rumblings might hurt the recruiting for schools like Stanford.

  74. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:29 am


    i realize this. i was justing talking aloud for the sake of conversation. you should know me by now.

    always playing around,

  75. Garret January 22, 2009 11:36 am


    Sorry, I missed that…I just got a ton of work sent to me so I guess I’m going to be offline until late tonight. It was nice to have time to check the blog off and on all day, but it is good that I have something work-related to do now.

  76. A-House January 22, 2009 11:37 am


    glad to read that you know IIRC – me, i don’t know and don’t really care what the heck it means!

  77. warrior650 January 22, 2009 11:39 am

    Best of luck to Keala in his future endeavors.

    Also, good luck to Mario Cox in his comeback.

  78. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:40 am

    Re: men’s volleyball.
    Penn State coach Mark Pavlik said that men’s volleyball programs are dictated by economics, not gender equity.
    A VB team only allots the equivalent of 4.5 scholarships, So it’s not stressing the gender-equity equation.
    But salaries and, especially, travel drive up the costs.
    I think Stanford volleyball is safe. Hey, where else is Punahou going to send its players?

  79. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:41 am

    ah. reality check for keala watson.

    i thought he had a shot at the nfl. its okay, perhaps he can now focus his attention on making a difference in other folks lives. i believe this young man will be successful in anything he does.

    he kind of reminds me of joe onosai.

    Godspeed young man.

  80. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:42 am

    I don’t think UH players will have to worry about dehydration.
    The Warriors actually had a “hydration specialist” observe practices during training camp.

  81. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:43 am

    I think ND would change its mind if it were lumped in with the other non-BCS conferences.

  82. TOM January 22, 2009 11:44 am

    KEALA – God bless you and your family!

  83. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:45 am

    garret…..busy is good.

    ahouse….however, on another note did you hear about the new recruit? IIRC his name was……………….

    st….puns also enjoy ucla volleyball. again, the buff n blue don’t like to stay home. why?

  84. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:45 am

    That was a good comparison, Al.

  85. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:47 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if UH starts rethinking the idea of recruiting Punahou students.
    They all go away — Obama, Wie, Case, Kelly Preston.

  86. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:50 am

    and to think in the old days you would rarely get even one water break per two hour practice.

    nuts back then. little did they know.

  87. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:51 am

    i saw mario cox at every game this year.

  88. Big N January 22, 2009 11:51 am

    From today’s Sporting News Today website re: Senior Bowl practices

    Although he looked good in team drills, he was continually beaten to the edge by the smaller, quicker David Veikune from Hawaii

  89. 808Chef January 22, 2009 11:53 am

    Much love, aloha, and mahalo Keala! Coach Keala! hmmm….GA Keala! hmmm…. (thinking out loud)

  90. mctruck January 22, 2009 11:54 am


    sorry, just got back on and able to review what went-on earlier..soooo, howzit my friend.


    figured you had that article covered somewhere, ha,ha…thanks for clarifying the implications though.

  91. Jason January 22, 2009 11:55 am

    More than others, Keala put it on the line to play the game he loved. I like al’s comparison to Joe Onosai, too. Maybe through coaching, community, or church work, I feel that Watson will be a true blessing to others.

    Geez, has nobody learned from Korey Stringer? I’m glad to see that the UH players are always well hydrated.

  92. mctruck January 22, 2009 11:56 am

    So, what you guys figure?, Arizona Cards on the roll, or Pittsburg all the way??

  93. rog January 22, 2009 11:59 am

    Any way you can give us a breakdown of names of preferred walkons that are joining UH? Miano mentioned someone last week but I didn’t hear his name

  94. al ™ January 22, 2009 11:59 am

    and yet didn’t kale ask to use the uh facilities during the state playoffs?

    that’s some b, b, ba….er. audacity!

  95. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 12:00 pm

    The Post reporter doesn’t know anything.
    I mean, he’s a reporter.

  96. al ™ January 22, 2009 12:02 pm

    808….excellent thought. keala as ga to coach the dtackles, where malloe used to live.

    then, mack can give stutz his fair due.

    and still hire help for the oline. someone who can nurture brian smith’s knowledge.

  97. al ™ January 22, 2009 12:06 pm

    so is fehoko in school?

  98. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 12:07 pm

    Keala- God Bless and Mahalo!

  99. FloridaTed January 22, 2009 12:12 pm

    Good afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Too bad for Keala, but I’m not worried about this excellent young man. He’s so well grounded in his life and faith that he will succeed no matter what he chooses to do.

    God speed for all you’ll endeavor, Keala. Tsaiko-Nation, I’m sure, has the highest respect for you.

    Great idea, Keala as GA.

  100. lava January 22, 2009 12:17 pm

    IRC, umm………..uhh…………sorry, ICR.

  101. A-House January 22, 2009 12:19 pm


    i no worries because the longer i lurk i know somebody will put all the recruit info – mo easy for me.

  102. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 12:27 pm

    Re Washington Post- Canfora is a Campbell supporter and for some reason, East Coast people seem to feel one must take sides fr or against.
    I prefer Steinberg at the Post for balanced, considered opinions.

  103. A-House January 22, 2009 12:27 pm

    whitey and brew:

    sorry, i no see your “late” posts cause I go sleep early – no lurk after 9pm and go sleep after talking to MasaBoy.

    brew: we will be there first week of april.

    whitey: no can add or give you ideas cause yours complete – I still hu hu about the VB fiasco – maybe UH no get the trophy and banner back, but that no mean that the rule cannot be changed again or, more importantly, applied equally across the board for all schools with the same penalty(ies) – I hate to see double standards and will nevr accept them – I just know that I can look into the mirror ( OMG ) and say, ” no worries mate, you can sleep well”. Dang, best sleep is when I do the colonoscopy or passing out after dinner in front of the tv, but soa back!!

  104. jm2375 January 22, 2009 12:28 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!

    Best wishes to Keala on his upcoming graduation and fatherhood. Should you wish to continue your education, a GA position would be a good choice. 😀

    Good luck to Mario Cox and to all those trying out today. Persevere!

  105. al ™ January 22, 2009 12:35 pm

    with only 85 scholies to give per year. today’s walkon tryouts will weigh heavily on the future success of our program. each year we have about 20 walkons on the active roster with possibly another 10-12 on the scout teams.

    if not for these guys we wouldn’t have the full complement of players to practice,etc. of course, every now and then there is a colt brennan, libre, etc.

  106. Nalani January 22, 2009 12:36 pm

    D1 – KS is the higher seed, but StL beat them during the season. I believe it might’ve been StL’s only win…..too close to call. Wanna bet lunch?

  107. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 12:36 pm

    Nalani- tell Pono GOOD LUCK tonight!

  108. SteveM January 22, 2009 12:37 pm

    Best wishes to Keala Watson! He did have a good run and can look back proudly. Next stops fatherhood and graduation. Congratulations!

  109. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:37 pm

    Good luck to Keala and his new family. He was one of the really nice guys on the team.

    Mario Cox – You can do it.

  110. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:44 pm

    If I Recall Correctly = IIRC. FYI.

  111. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 12:45 pm

    ST- thanks for the Zuckerman link above.

  112. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 12:48 pm

    # Nalani:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    D1 – KS is the higher seed, but StL beat them during the season. I believe it might’ve been StL’s only win…..too close to call. Wanna bet lunch?


    Warriors, naturally.

    d1, do you still have a dog in this fight? I thought your sons had graduated from StL?

  113. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 1:10 pm

    Where is homey? Where is James?

  114. SteveM January 22, 2009 1:15 pm

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  115. Jason January 22, 2009 1:19 pm

    NFLDraftScout.com (see link at top) is the ultimate source for scouting reports and draft news. That they mentioned Veikune is high praise. While I don’t always agree with what they write, they usually do a great job of scouting, and are usually pretty accurate. As of last night, they had Veikune as a 4-5th round grade, which sounds right (I have him as 3-6th).

  116. SteveM January 22, 2009 1:19 pm

    Hi Kid — I’m at work today and have to leave soon. Yes, where is homey? Two kinda interesting things happened yesterday and last night that our usually sharp-eyed friend would spot and comment on…

    Oh, well….laters! 😉

  117. BigWave96744 January 22, 2009 1:21 pm

    Caleb Spencer went to Palomar JC in SoCal along with former Castle Knight DE Soli Lefiti. Also there was Pisa’s bro Mike and Se’e Poumele’s bro “Moxy”.

    UH offered Caleb and Soli invited walkons after a year. Both were interested until Nevada offered Caleb a scholie and Utah did the same with Soli. Both were eventual starters.

    Mike Tinoisamoa ended up his career at UNLV.

    Moxy Poumele, who was taller and faster than Se’e was rumored to make his way to Manoa but for some reason it never came to be.

  118. BigWave96744 January 22, 2009 1:23 pm

    much Aloha & Blessing to Keala, Leona, and Baby in the belly

  119. roysan16 January 22, 2009 1:29 pm

    the webmaster for ponyfans.com reports that dennis m. leaving or considering UH was total bs. and that’s pretty reliable source. the thread quotes dennis m. as being very upset that this rumor is circulating.

  120. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 1:51 pm

    An awesome site is draftdaddy.com.

  121. d1島 January 22, 2009 1:54 pm


    No bet for me. I’ve seen what Pono can do as a DB so I wouldn’t bet against him in Bball.
    I’ll just raise a glass with you in his honor at the KKall….

    You are correct. No dog in the fight, but old habits die hard! 👿 😆 😉

  122. d1島 January 22, 2009 1:57 pm

    Big Mahalo to Keala Watson!
    Good Luck in your future endeavors and best wishes to the rest of your family!

  123. d1島 January 22, 2009 1:58 pm

    Keep fightin’ Mario Cox!

  124. A-House January 22, 2009 1:59 pm


    Thanks for the salute (don’t know if deserving) and incresing my knowledge of acronyms 1000 fold.

    My brain only knows the military ones!! I try to let go, but somehow they stay around. Now, if only I can IIRC!!!!

  125. A-House January 22, 2009 2:01 pm

    So, how cum McKnight all hoo hoo?

    Where did Barry M get his info if the “horse” says it’s all BS? or, is the “horse” making shibai?

  126. d1島 January 22, 2009 2:02 pm

    re: Veikune at the Senior Bowl

    Reading about practices, it seems like a matter of “catch me if you can.”
    The only negative seemed to be that he had a hard time breaking away once he got locked up by the OT; but then again, IDK of a whole lot of guys who don’t have that problem! 🙄

  127. A-House January 22, 2009 2:05 pm

    Keala Watson & Family:

    Our most sincere best of everything that may come your way and many thanks for all your contributions to UH and Hawaii.

  128. (Jesse) James January 22, 2009 2:15 pm

    DPK…I’m here…just busy….

    Thanks go out to Keala Watson for all he has given to the University of Hawaii. Best wishes in all your future endeavours…..and God Bless you and your family.

  129. Garret January 22, 2009 2:24 pm

    Best wishes to Keala Watson and his family! I hope that Leona’s pregnancy is smooth and I’m sure that they will be awesome parents to their baby.

    Thank you to Keala for being a true Warrior, going through so much in order to be able to contribute to the team on the field…and with a spirit and determination that was truly inspirational.

  130. Garret January 22, 2009 2:25 pm

    Discussion about the recruiting in the WAC.

    Over in the WAC, it seems like Boise State’s always doing a good job. Is there anyone else to watch in that conference?

    Tom Luginbill: Boise’s doing a good job. Fresno’s class is low in numbers right now, but very talented. I think that they’re doing a really nice job, and [coach] Pat Hill always does. They go and get that guy and grind on that guy that USC or UCLA or Stanford or Cal is giving some thought to. They may want to offer him, but there’s this kid over there, so they say, ‘Let’s hold off for a second’ and then that’s when the Boise’s and the Fresno’s of the world just jump on.

  131. Garret January 22, 2009 2:25 pm

    Discussion of how San Diego State’s AD and President hamper their football team.

    Here is the problem and here is what people don’t know about that school and Brady Hoke is going to find out. That school, for whatever reason, I don’t know why, they think they are the Stanford of Southern California. That school academically, they make it very hard for their student athletes to get through that. It’s very, very difficult. And that’s one of their big problems because they have enough of the pieces of the puzzle in place — you’re in Southern California for crying out loud — you’ve got to go out and beat a Pac-10 team on some kids every now or then, and you cannot let Colorado State and Utah and those guys raid San Diego, and that’s been their problem. But getting kids into school and keeping them in is much more difficult than people think.

    Until that president and the AD start realizing that this isn’t the Harvard of the West Coast, they’re going to continue to struggle. If they figure out that they need to be doing what Boise and Fresno and San Jose and all them are doing, then San Diego State could be a sleeping giant. But they’re not going to do that and that’s the biggest issue.

  132. Manoa January 22, 2009 2:39 pm

    Garrett, thanks for the studies that show distance from home is the major determinant for football recruiting. I have mentioned this many times because many other less sophisticated studies have shown this over and over. Teams get their players from close by.

    It is why national championship and other top teams come from areas close to the top high school talent– California, Texas, the South (Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida), the Midwest factory/rust belt Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As you note in recent years, the populations of the Southern States have grown. The SEC is the richest conference in football– they distributed $89.5 Milllion in BCS and TV money to the 12 teams last year– imagine before your own budget and booster, the conference pays you $7.4 Million.

  133. Bulla January 22, 2009 2:45 pm

    good luck mr watson,

    family first….make memories….God Bless and God Speed

  134. warriorfanny January 22, 2009 3:21 pm

    Coach MAC could go along way in announcing an experienced OL coach to his staff who was lured to Hawaii in part becz MAC gave up part of his salary to supplement the pay of the highly experienced incoming coach.
    It is an example, folks would love to see in these hard times.

  135. warriorfanny January 22, 2009 3:25 pm

    Kalua Noa and his parents–Henry and Keolani are off to Portland tonight and will be received well. Hopes are high that the former Cougar may vie for a starting role in the fall.
    Best wishes to the Noa family.

  136. TOM January 22, 2009 3:28 pm


    the buff n blue don’t like to stay home. why?

    Per the Punahou Bulletin, 8% of the 2008 graduates are in colleges in Hawaii (27% in the East Coast and 36% in California).

    Got me – maybe it’s traditional expectation going back to Missionary time – Punahou and then Yale

  137. TOM January 22, 2009 3:29 pm

    Re #137 – no, I did not go to Punahou!

  138. Kekoa January 22, 2009 3:42 pm

    Keala Watson ~ What a blessing you have been to the UH and to the Hawaiian Nation. Your work off the field was recently recognized as being top notch according to the media folks. May you continue to pursue your job skill with the same clear purpose and passion you had for football.

    My Aloha to your wife and child and Mahalo to a true Warrior.

  139. (Jesse) James January 22, 2009 3:49 pm

    al….I don’t know if it is so much a Punahou thing, as it is a thing about getting away from home and living on your own for a while. About 85% of my class went to college on the mainland. Of those that stayed home and went to UH, many of us would have gone to a mainland school if we could have afforded it…..

  140. Kekoa January 22, 2009 4:01 pm

    Tom & Al ~

    These are the kinda guys I was hoping we could recruit this year:


    It’s your move.

  141. Kazz January 22, 2009 4:17 pm

    al ™:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:45 am

    st….puns also enjoy ucla volleyball. again, the buff n blue don’t like to stay home. why?

    (whispers to self) Keep your opinions to yourself Kevin, you’ll say something really messed up and bankers across Hawaii will hear about it.

  142. Bryan M. January 22, 2009 4:18 pm

    I have been interested in the hiring of Stutz.
    can someone elaborate the talk about where he stands right now with the UH football.

    also, i would like to know if anyone watch walk-on practice and has some insight.

  143. addahknowjoe January 22, 2009 4:19 pm

    Assistant Football Coach (Offensive Line Coach)

    position number 80512, UHM Athletics, (Manoa), revolving funds

    Assist and participates in practice and intercollegiate competitions. Teach necessary skills from the basic fundamentals to the techniques and strategies of team play. Promote and foster a positive team environment, appropriate behavior, and sportsmanship by team members. Responsible for the conduct of team members both on and off the field/court. Promote the physical and mental well being of all program participants. Assist with evaluating, recruiting and selecting qualified prospects who have the ability to compete in the classroom and athletically. Actively seek out and encourage a diverse group of prospects and assist them through the application process. Work collaboratively with the Compliance, Student Services, Academics and the Admissions Office staff to qualify and process prospects in a timely and efficient manner. Make recurring contacts by telephone, written correspondence, off-campus visits and evaluations, and coordination of campus visits as assigned by the Head Coach. Assist the Head Coach in scouting of opponents including the analysis of videotapes. Prepares and participates in football clinics. Actively participates in promotional and public relation activities for the football program. Know, recognize, and comply with the laws, policies, rules, and regulations governing the University of Hawaii and its employees, and the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and of the Western Athletic Conference as now constituted or as may be amended in the future. Immediately advises the Director of Athletics or designee if you have reasonable cause to believe violations, whether by employees or students, have occurred or will occur. Performs other duties as required.

    Minimum qualifications:
    Graduation from an accredited four year college or university; 2 years experience coaching football at the college or university level; Knowledge of football as played at the collegiate level; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Desirable qualifications: Division I football coaching experience. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university in physical education, recreation, education or related field.

    To apply:
    Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, names, contact information (including e-mail address) of at least 3 professional references, UH Form 64 (standard format) (large format), and resume.

    Application address:
    University of Hawaii Athletics, Attn: Human Resources,
    1337 Lower Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822 or fax to 808-956-4637. Inquiries: Head Football Coach Greg McMackin 808-956-6508 Date posted: Jan-14-2009 Closing date: Jan-29-2009

  144. Kazz January 22, 2009 4:20 pm

    Aloha Mr. Watson,

    Thank you for giving the people of Hawaii your time, your sweat, and your sacrifice.

    You will leave Manoa with an education and with the knowledge to earn a good living for your new family. You are on a good path.

    Of course thousands will always remember you as #93 and a Warrior.

    May God smile upon you and your Ohana always!

  145. d1島 January 22, 2009 4:41 pm


    Like you said, “Interesting.”

  146. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 4:57 pm


    Does the keep it and stick it rule apply here?

  147. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 4:58 pm

    STEPHEN- are you checking out the open tryouts today? Did you take you cleats with you??? Did you see any Tsai-kos there?

  148. al ™ January 22, 2009 5:20 pm

    lizk….i am thinking that the walkon report will be tomw’s featured story.

  149. Momo January 22, 2009 5:21 pm

    just thinking out loud. 1960 Kailua High School school size 3000 + Special education teachers working 5 . 1985 same school- 1400+ students Special education teachers 25 in number We had only one chemistry class for each level. Physic was offered every other year for the advance classes. Today, the students are offered more of the core classes and forced to take more of the same. The reason why we have such a great number of students is because these kids can’t take the core subject forced upon them. So they drop out and become a great burden to us. In the 60 the polulation of students was 75% college prep but today, it is more lik,e 40-50 % College prep…What are we doing to help 60 % of our students who are not college prep? I guess you know that I am talking about the public schools!

  150. Jason January 22, 2009 5:24 pm

    Stephen: Eh, DraftDaddy.com is okay. Then again, most sites are mediocre.

    Not something I usually care about, but the Oscar nominations came out. Wow, Gran Torino and The Dark Knight got snubbed.

  151. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 5:27 pm

    Momo- some people are wondering why 1 out of 150 kids in the US are autistic now. One suspected cause is the mercury injected into our infants starting in the mid 70’s with their recommended shots.

    Whatever the case may be, times are different and kids are different and need to be taught the way they can learn.

  152. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 5:28 pm

    Jason- I wait for the movies to come out on HBO nowadays. Still bummed that Harry Potter missed its Thanksgiving release for the more lucrative summer release… grrrr.

  153. LizKauai [Believer] January 22, 2009 5:29 pm

    al- you are prolly right…. guess we gotsta wait til midnite…

  154. d1島 January 22, 2009 5:30 pm

    Did Gran Torino debut in time?

  155. Jason January 22, 2009 5:40 pm

    d1: That’s what I was wondering, actually. It was mentioned in the article in the HA breaking news, though. Either it was snubbed for everything, or the reporter made a mistake.

    LizKauai: I don’t have HBO. I get the DVDs instead. 😀

  156. Committed Road Warrior January 22, 2009 5:45 pm

    Jason:Agreed about the Gran Torino snub. Of the ones nominated for the Best Picture, I’ve only seen Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, both excellent films, IMO of course.

    I’ll have to set aside time to see the rest of ’em, though.

  157. Jason January 22, 2009 5:54 pm

    I heard Slumdog Millionaire was really good. I want to see Benjamin Button, but I’m really busy …

  158. Committed Road Warrior January 22, 2009 6:03 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Benjamin Button either, but that movie’s almost 3 hours long!

  159. Jason January 22, 2009 6:06 pm

    I like long movies! You get your money’s worth that way.

  160. Committed Road Warrior January 22, 2009 6:06 pm

    Men’s Basketball team down big in Reno and it’s still only the first half.

  161. Committed Road Warrior January 22, 2009 6:14 pm

    I like long movies too…..when I have the time to see them!

  162. SteveM January 22, 2009 6:45 pm

    Tsai-kos in Las Vegas September 18-19, 2009

    las vegas needs to know the numbers for the Saturday tailgate venue and buses. Planning is also underway for a Friday night Get-together Party for all mainland and Hawaii Tsai-kos! Rich2176 needs to know who and how many tickets are needed. Survey requests for tickets will be turned over to Rich2176 at the end of February or when he asks.

    I will continue to collect ticket requests until Rich2176 is ready (and tailgate and FRIDAY night party RSVPs indefinitely) via the survey at:

    If you cannot get into the survey or have subsequent changes or ETA & lodging info, please email me at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

    A summary of the data and plans are posted at:
    Please check if your listed info is accurate. This listing also serves as your visual assurance that your ticket/tailgate requests were received.

  163. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:01 pm

    Crap Adhar Mayen has fouled out…

    BOWS 52
    WOLPACK 62

    About four minutes left in the game.

  164. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:02 pm

    UH got the point deficit down to only 6 at one point but Nevada pulling away…

    65-54 Nevada

  165. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:03 pm

    UH 57
    Nevada 67

    … media timeout 2:32 left in game

  166. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 7:05 pm

    Benjamin Button is one of the best movies I’ve seen in long time. Tsome Tseriously thought provoking Tsinema for our more Tsensitive Tsaikos.

  167. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 7:08 pm

    Way to go QB, that’s a lot of weight to lose. Here’s hoping we see you on the field in the spring and the fall.

  168. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:08 pm

    UH 61
    Nevada 70

    Timeout UH… a little over a minute left in regulation.

  169. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:12 pm

    BOWS 63
    Nevada 74

    PAU… good effort in the 2nd half to show some life, but again…. crappy start to place themselves in a huge hole.

    Great (sarcastic) 🙄 turnaround for UH as we have to play Utah State on Saturday and the Aggies will be here before our boys do.

    Good job with the schedule Benson…. EAT S***!!!

  170. lava January 22, 2009 7:20 pm

    Nice coverage of the tryouts. Anyone in particular impress. I’d like to see QB invited to Spring Ball, for one.

  171. Dennis Halloran January 22, 2009 7:24 pm

    All football begins with O Line. Why has AZ Cards offense started to click? OL
    Let’s watch how recruits compare with what we had in the past. With redshirts and Missions, it should always be a team strength for UH!

  172. Kazz January 22, 2009 7:26 pm

    Losing 60lbs is quite impressive. Reminds of how Regan Mauia had to drop a massive amount of weight on his way to the Dolphins.

  173. Da Punchbowl Kid January 22, 2009 8:00 pm

    30 or 40 more pounds lost and I bet QB could BE that power back which RL’s RnS calls for.

  174. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 8:01 pm

    Ho Quentin Beaver!

    You da man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congragulations bro. Keepa going!!!!!!!

  175. bighilofan2 January 22, 2009 8:17 pm

    Good evening Tsaikos everywhere!

    I just gotta say Quentin Beaver, you have got your head on super right!

    keepa going, bradda Q, keepa going!!

    If only the coaches can show the same intensity as you!

  176. al ™ January 22, 2009 8:29 pm

    he looks like a noseguard if you ask me.

  177. niho mano January 22, 2009 8:30 pm

    how fast can quentin beaver run the 40 and out of 93 recruits we should end up with a good number to start or be on the scout team.

  178. Huskies Fan January 22, 2009 8:36 pm

    Little birdie says Oregon State commit Mana Rosa is in Washington
    visiting the Huskies this weekend. They are coming on strong
    for this prospect.

  179. Garret January 22, 2009 8:39 pm

    Great job by Quentin Beaver for losing 60 pounds! That took dedication and I hope that his hard work pays off and we get to see him playing on Saturdays!

  180. Garret January 22, 2009 8:40 pm

    The walk-on tryouts are one of the many events where I really, really miss the videos by the Princess. That additional coverage would be awesome!

  181. niho mano January 22, 2009 8:42 pm

    does anyone know if darren mickens (safety) will be joining the warriors?

  182. Garret January 22, 2009 8:42 pm

    Great explanation about why Bess took over the role that Ginn was planned to have with Miami.

    I agree that they should’ve hit Ginn across the middle more on quick slants, but Davone Bess eventually assumed that role and did a better job of it. Bess is tougher than Ginn and you can’t teach that or speed.

  183. Garret January 22, 2009 8:45 pm

    Article about how Miami plans to draft a WR…depending how that works out, that could be bad for Bess. Miami apparently may draft one of the WRs currently at the Senior Bowl.

    The free-agency crop is pretty weak.

    Maybe Tampa Bay’s Antonio Bryant enters the picture, if the Bucs don’t re-sign him and Parcells is willing to join a bidding one for the former Cowboy. The Dolphins could, but likely wouldn’t, enter the Anquan Boldin Sweepstakes if he shakes free … the price would be too high.

    That leaves the draft, which essentially got underway this week during the Senior Bowl.

    A dozen wide receivers have been in Mobile this week so NFL scouts, coaches and personnel people can watch them in an arena that breeds competition much more than something like the scouting combine.

    What’s left is a group without a first-round pick, but a number of guys who could become second- to fifh-rounders – or the range where the Big Tuna might consider pulling the trigger for a WR.

  184. UH Fan January 22, 2009 8:45 pm

    I got word that Iolani’s Kela Marciel will be taking an official visit this weekend to the University of Hawaii.

  185. Garret January 22, 2009 8:47 pm

    Update on Jason Rivers!

    Head Coach Adam Shackleford has also brought in a healthy crop of rookies, headlined by WR Jason Rivers and WR Billy Pittman. Rivers finished his decorated collegiate career (in 2008) as the all-time leading receiver in the University of Hawaii’s history before signing a free-agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.

  186. Garret January 22, 2009 8:49 pm

    George Noga is moving back to Hawaii, so his team need to replace him at DT. George Noga to take over Ikaika Malloe’s role of coaching DTs at UH?

    Wild sign defensive lineman Sydney Gordon With two-time IFL All-Star George Noga moving to Hawaii, the Wild looked to fill Noga’s role with a player who can have an equal presence on the defensive line.

  187. Kelli January 22, 2009 8:50 pm

    Mahalo for Keala Watson’s service and dedication to the UH football team. Congrats on soon-to-be parenthood, too!

    (Jesse) James: Oh shucks! I missed tryouts today because I had to work. (You’re my witness!) It was nice seeing you. Must do lunch one day because I don’t really know where to go. I’m really gonna try to go to the UNLV game this year, too. I don’t wanna be left out. Haha!

  188. Garret January 22, 2009 9:00 pm

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

    It is hard to believe that weapons-grade plutonium was found in a jar at a dump in Washington State.

  189. Garret January 22, 2009 9:01 pm

    I think that it is great that electric cars are being used to store and provide power to the electrical grid! Our current electrical grid has no storage capability, which is a major flaw that electric cars can help overcome! One electric car can store enough energy to provide power for 7 or 8 homes for 30 minutes.

  190. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 9:01 pm

    OK, here’s my bitch about the Oscar procedures.
    Frost/Nixon goes into circulation this week. But wait. Isn’t it nominated for best picture in 2008?
    Ever read Entertainment Weekly’s year-end issue. Lisa Schwarzbaum always picks a hoity-toity best-of-the-year list. For the 2008 year-ender, six of her top 10 picks weren’t even released yet. So it becomes one of those I’ve-got-a-secret list.
    And what happens when a much-hyped show blows, like Australia?
    And if a movie is a classic, how come nobody buys it on DVD? C’mon, when was the last time you went to Blockbuster to rent Shakespeare in Love or Gandhi? Thought so.

  191. Garret January 22, 2009 9:01 pm

    Scientists have found a cellular mechanism that might fight the aging process. Changing one gene reduces free radicals and extends the life of fruit flies.

  192. Garret January 22, 2009 9:01 pm

    Maternity hospital in Taiwan is putting Hello Kitty everywhere in order to calm anxious mothers.

  193. Garret January 22, 2009 9:02 pm

    Dad let his 11-month-old son play with the phone…the son accidentally dialed 9-1-1…when the police showed up, they discovered his 500 pot plants!

  194. Garret January 22, 2009 9:02 pm

    Free play links pau.

  195. Garret January 22, 2009 9:04 pm

    Circuit City’s liquidation sales were discussed in this blog after the bankruptcy news came out. Here is a warning about their prices:

    Consumer Reports discovered that some of the things that Circuit City is selling at liquidation “sale” prices actually cost more now than they did before the liquidation sale! A TV actually costs $435 more now during the liquidation “sale” and a printer is actually double the online price!

  196. Garret January 22, 2009 9:09 pm


    All they have to do is show the movie in a theater NY and LA for a limited time…that happens all the time during the Holidays before the New Year. When I lived in LA I would always see the ads for those screenings in the LA Times–Academy members get to go to see those movies for free, of course.

    My cousin works for a fairly prominent agent (she was an English major and her job was to read scripts and pick the ones to recommend to their clients) and she would get copies of all the movies up for nomination…and someone (when who lived in the 90s) might have given her a device to circumvent the protection on the VHS tapes…I loved getting copies of those movies before they were out for rental, in fact sometimes I had copies of movies before they even were released in Hawaii.

  197. Jason January 22, 2009 9:13 pm

    Stephen: Would you mind checking your e-mail before you post the next blog entry? I’m going to send you a quick message sometime in the next hour. I’d appreciate your help!

  198. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 9:29 pm

    By the way, the Princess did shoot the tryouts. It will post either late tonight or early tomorrow.
    And we sent a real photog, too.
    Next year you guys should attend the tryouts. It’s a college version of Pro Day.

  199. chawan_cut January 22, 2009 9:41 pm

    a real photog?
    yours are just fine stephen. i really didn’t mean to make fun of your pics the other time.

  200. chawan_cut January 22, 2009 9:42 pm

    you should see the pictures i take on my trips. i take pictures of everything and anything. lots of randomness in there too.

  201. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 9:47 pm

    Yea! Princess Leila vids!
    Looking forward to the article, ST ❗

  202. Nalani January 22, 2009 9:53 pm

    BBall season all pau for Pono and KS JV2. They lost to StL tonight 50-70. Auwe. Pono had 14 points and played hard. He fouled out in the last 3 minutes.

    D1 – you are a gentleman. No bets made, but I will definitely toast one w you at the KK.

    Pono says he can’t wait to hit the weight room tomorrow to start football season. BBall is done. He’ll also do some track when it starts.

  203. Garret January 22, 2009 10:03 pm

    Oops, “someone” loved getting copies of the movies…I, of course, would know nothing about that.

  204. Garret January 22, 2009 10:04 pm

    Princess video of the walk-on tryouts! Wow, I cannot wait for that!

  205. SteveM January 22, 2009 10:14 pm

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    BBall season all pau for Pono and KS JV2. They lost to StL tonight 50-70. Auwe. Pono had 14 points and played hard. He fouled out in the last 3 minutes.

    D1 – you are a gentleman. No bets made, but I will definitely toast one w you at the KK.

    Nalani — how many are coming to the KK?

    Glad you can attend!

  206. Jason January 22, 2009 10:17 pm

    Stephen: Just sent you that e-mail.

  207. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER January 22, 2009 10:41 pm

    Nalani, good for Pono!

    Time to say Nitey Nite and Sweet Warrior open tryout Dreams!

  208. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:11 pm

    Hey, Jason,I didn’t receive your e-mail.

  209. Jason January 22, 2009 11:13 pm

    Okay, it got sent now. Sorry about that.

  210. hitmanfbi January 22, 2009 11:33 pm

    coach mac you should took chad kauhaahaa d line coach if you new ikaika malloe was going to live u this early but he just got hired at utah state as d line coach .for ikaika malloe goodluck at yale.

  211. Stephen Tsai January 22, 2009 11:36 pm

    We’ll do, Jason. But Tua also asked me this afternoon. So I’ll do a split for both of you.

  212. SteveM January 23, 2009 12:23 am

    Big Karaoke Call on Feb. 7 is going to be a fun evening and great Tsai-ko social event as usual! Might have a few new wrinkles if WreckinEyez would make an appearance and maybe run the program we held in reserve at the last big call. Where are you Wreck?

    But I have a big grin tonight. Why? Consider this…

    1) las vegas back at Genji’s for the night. (dangerous when mixed w/Tsai-kos)
    2) las vegas has some Japanese Enka-class singers in tow.
    3) Genji owners & senior staff know las vegas & the Tsai-kos (watch them when mixed w/Enka singers)
    4) Bulla and Lyn have confirmed (esp. dangerous when mixed w/#5)
    5) Russ & Pam have confirmed (explosive when mixed w/#4)
    6) LizKauai has confirmed and the Tsai-ko karaoke Tsingers are trickling in….

    All the above gets mixed together on February 21. Japanese karaoke, English karaoke, Hawaiian karaoke, 60’s-70’s karaoke… if you’re not cringin’, you must be grinnin’ too!!! 🙂

  213. TChahng [서울특별시] January 23, 2009 12:26 am


    I wanted to ask on yesterday’s post, what did Inoke do with his roller skates? Ebay?

    Brrrr….. Seoul temperature never went above 20 degrees today. I lost my ear muffs on the subway, and it was painful to walk outside with the wind blowing past my ears.

  214. al ™ January 23, 2009 1:06 am

    here’s a clip for a seldom talked about recruit who just might be the impact player we needed.

    mike wadsworth recruited as a db. but he looks like he is just a plain old fashioned football player.


  215. al ™ January 23, 2009 1:17 am

    here’s the 6’7″/300# left tackle that will decide on sunday between kansas, south florida, and hawaii.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOqIvmoTUFA

    oh, by the way. perhaps his former teammate at college of the desert can influence his decision, that would be brent rausch.

  216. al ™ January 23, 2009 1:29 am

    i forgot to dish out the kudos to benny agbayani.
    17 years in pro ball is quite remarkable. a combo career which includes his current gig in japan is still paying him 1 million per year.

    he should receive some kind of award one day in our historic annals of baseball greats that came from hawaii.

  217. al ™ January 23, 2009 1:36 am

    heard some rumors that this guy might be on our radar………..


    his nickname is the beast. hmmmmm.

  218. al ™ January 23, 2009 1:39 am

    okay, nuff said.

    i tried to get you all out from under the stairs. time for some zzzzz’s. btw, did you hear about the number of applicants for the oline coach’s position.

    and you would be surprised as to who else applied.

  219. Ralph January 23, 2009 2:07 am

    Al new post, numero ono

  220. Benny Agbayani March 25, 2009 11:52 pm

    Benny Agbayani…

    Former UH defensive tackle Keala Watson is being forced to retire from football.Watson had a product […]…

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