No-frills practice

The Warriors practiced this morning on their still beat-up grass field, cutting short the usual 2-hour workout by 30 minutes. Coach Greg McMackin said it’s late in the season, and he wanted to minimize excessive contact. But the Warriors worked on their entire game plan, with the first team practicing against the scouts. Also:

• Tomorrow’s practice will be at Saint Louis School.

• Ryan Mouton and Kealoha Pilares did not practice, but McMackin is hopeful both will be available for Saturday’s game.

• The Warriors were angered by comments made about the team by the host of a morning music radio show. They  were in the locker room when the comments were made.



  1. A-House December 3, 2008 6:49 am

    1st again?

  2. PONO December 3, 2008 6:57 am


  3. duffer December 3, 2008 6:57 am

    Good Morning A-House.

    Does Midori7 need a golf lesson? 🙂

  4. cavewarrior December 3, 2008 7:01 am

    third? morning all!

  5. J December 3, 2008 7:02 am

    Top 10?

  6. OTTO December 3, 2008 7:03 am

    fourth… yes its too bad we have public bidding… the UH should just select contractors in the private… oh wait… we use too complain about stuff like that….

  7. WarriorMojo December 3, 2008 7:04 am

    Top Ten, Baby! Morning all!

  8. Garret December 3, 2008 7:05 am

    I hope that the Warriors have good weather to practice in today and tomorrow!

  9. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2008 7:07 am

    Good point, Otto.
    Actually, it was the challenge after the apparent bid winner was selected that took forever.

  10. Stretch December 3, 2008 7:09 am

    The list of players for the Hawaii/Polynesia vs Mainland Bowl was released. Looks like they were able to get a lot of good players to come out. It will also be the first look at Corey Nielsen. I wonder if the other players being brought in from the mainland have committed to schools already?? This is going to be a good last minute recruiting tool for UH. I hope there is a huge crowd that can sway some of these young men.

  11. Garret December 3, 2008 7:10 am

    Article about Cincinnati’s coach turning down the job offers he’s been getting and deciding to stay at Cincinnati. Facility upgrades are written into his contract.

    Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly reiterated his stance with the Bearcats Tuesday, saying he’s not leaving the team and is intent on pursuing his other goals with the university’s football program.

    Kelly directed the Bearcats to the Big East title this season and heads to Hawaii Saturday with their sights clear on the Orange Bowl.

    Upgrading the university’s football facilities is included in Kelly’s contract terms, which were renegotiated last year.

    The two parties are also working to upgrade Nippert Stadium, the 35,000-seat facility which is the smallest in the Big East Conference.

    Among those teams coveting Kelly’s services were Tennessee and Washington. The Vols have since filled up the hole by landing former Oakland Raiders tactician Lane Kiffin.

  12. Garret December 3, 2008 7:12 am

    Cincinnati will be trying to set a record for wins in a season.

    A victory Saturday would make it number 11 for the Bearcats, the most ever in the school’s 111 year history.

    Bearcats fans are extremely happy about their team’s 10-2 record, 13th ranking and Big East Conference Championship. On top of that, the team is preparing to go a BCS bowl game in January for the first time in school history.

    Although the Bearcats are arguably the more talented team, they aren’t taking the match up with the 7-5 University of Hawaii Warriors lightly.

    The team and coaching staff will be working to stay focused, overcoming a five-hour time difference and ignoring the distractions of the tropical environment.

    One distraction the team will not have to deal with is any more talk about the future of Coach Kelly.

    The Bearcats’ flight was scheduled to leave the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport around 9:15 Wednesday morning.

  13. Garret December 3, 2008 7:13 am

    Fresno State has two big unknowns right now–whether or not they will go to a Bowl game and whether or not they will lose their coach.

    Uncertainty remains on two of Fresno State football’s largest issues: whether coach Pat Hill will stay and where the Bulldogs will go in the postseason.

    Hill, it would seem, is closer to being offered the job at the University of Washington, as Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that he would be staying in Ohio. Kelly, who has gone 21-5 in two-plus seasons with the Bearcats, had been rumored to be an option for the Washington head coaching position as well as the now-filled Tennessee slot

    Hill interviewed for the Washington job last weekend and said Sunday that it was “a great conversation.”

    Hill has ties to the Washington program through good friend and former colleague Nick Saban. The Alabama coach worked with Hill as assistants with the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to 1994 under Bill Belichick. Saban was hired by Washington president Mark Emmert when the two were at Louisiana State in 1999. Washington athletic director Scott Woodward also was at LSU when Saban was hired.

  14. Garret December 3, 2008 7:14 am

    I didn’t realize that the WAC Bowl committee met yesterday.

    The WAC bowl committee held preliminary discussions Tuesday, conference commissioner Karl Benson said, but no decisions were made.

    Hawaii is locked into the Hawaii Bowl and Louisiana Tech will “more than likely end up in one of the Central Time Zone bowls,” Benson said. “I don’t think any of the options have been taken off the table.”

    There are three open bowls tied to the WAC: the New Mexico Bowl, the Humanitarian Bowl and the Poinsettia Bowl. Three WAC teams will likely be placed into those bowls: Fresno State, Nevada and Boise State.

    Last season, Fresno State played in the Humanitarian Bowl and Nevada in New Mexico, but Benson would not confirm that meant the Bulldogs would be going to Albuqurque on Dec. 20.

    He added that the rights to Boise State are being held by the Bowl Championship Series until its bowls are announced Sunday, meaning the WAC cannot make its final decisions until then.

    The other piece holding up the final announcements, Benson said, is the possibility of a game between undefeated non-BCS teams Boise State and Ball State.

  15. Garret December 3, 2008 7:15 am

    Fresno State has finals the week of the New Mexico Bowl! It is nice that the Hawaii Bowl is so close to Christmas, after school is over.

    Another problem lurking down the road: Fresno State has final exams the week of the New Mexico Bowl, which will force players to miss at least one full day of finals.

  16. Garret December 3, 2008 7:16 am

    Congratulations to Paul Johnson!

    The question followed Paul Johnson ever since Georgia Tech hired him: Would his spread-option offense work at the highest level of college football?

    It certainly clicked well enough in his first year to bring the former University of Hawaii assistant a coaching honor.

    Johnson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year Tuesday following a regular season in which his players picked up enough of his complex system to share the league lead in wins, remain in contention for the ACC title for longer than anybody expected and, perhaps most surprisingly, knock off their top instate rival.

  17. Garret December 3, 2008 7:18 am

    Interesting tidbit that if Syracuse hadn’t fired their former coach that they might have gotten Colt to play for them!

    Robinson said past SU coach Paul Pasqualoni was on the verge of getting a commitment from Brennan. But once Pasqualoni was fired, Brennan began to consider other options. Robinson said he researched Brennan for about a month after his hiring before the pass-happy signal-caller chose Hawaii. Brennan went on to smash several NCAA records and finish third in the Heisman Trophy race in 2007.

  18. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2008 7:19 am

    Actually, I enjoyed not having to go to practice yesterday morning. But, if Mack asks: hey, UH sure needs Cooke/Ching field.

  19. Garret December 3, 2008 7:20 am

    Fired Syracuse coach Greg Robinson’s biggest regret is taking too long to do due diligence on Colt instead of offering him a scholarship. Colt was his first recruit and a good QB would have changed his whole coaching future.

    When Paul Pasqualoni left, he said he wouldn’t change a thing? Is there anything that you would change about this place?
    “I can’t tell you that I wouldn’t change anything. Gosh, from the first month I was here, I’d change the decision on (quarterback) Colt Brennan. How’s that? Hey, I was told to go do the homework on him. I did. I did my due diligence way past anyone would’ve ever thought. I’m not here to make a big deal about it, but as you take me back to right when I started here, I knew we needed a quarterback! I checked that kid out and you know what, he came in third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He decided to stay his senior year at Hawaii because he felt like those people reached out to him. I would try to retool that. I think if our people knew me better like they do know, they would’ve said go ahead, work with him. But that’s easy to say. That would be a good way to start because that was the first guy I started recruiting.”

  20. Garret December 3, 2008 7:21 am

    Note on Bess choosing Miami…he sure chose his team well!

    How convinced were the Dolphins about Bess? Agent Ken Zuckerman said GM Jeff Ireland, immediately after the draft, told him, ”I really like this kid, and he’s going to make our team.” And Zuckerman said upon signing Bess, Dolphins college scout Adam Engroff told him, “We have our Wes Welker.”

    Though Bess didn’t run well at the NFL combine, the Dolphins loved his quickness and kept tabs on him. ”He’s quicker than he is fast,” Sparano said. Fourteen teams pursued Bess after the draft, and two offered slightly higher signing bonuses than Miami’s $7,000. But Bess ”decided pretty quickly on Miami,” Zuckerman said. “They were at the top of his list because they had so many available spots and didn’t have anyone like Davone.”

    Sparano said identifying and signing Bess “was a combined effort’ ‘. He credited Ireland and his staff and receivers coach Karl Dorrell — who coached UCLA last season and “knew a lot about him being on the West Coast.”

  21. TKauahia December 3, 2008 7:21 am

    So did Mageo de-commit?

    According to Scout:By Steve Williams
    Football Recruiting Analyst
    Date: Dec 3, 2008

    NC State has landed a major target as Roswell (NM) New Mexico Military Institute defensive tackle Nathan Mageo has committed to the Wolfpack. Rated a three-star prospect by, Mageo had been committed to Hawaii before visiting NC State this past weekend.

  22. Garret December 3, 2008 7:22 am

    The preview for Miami’s next game features a nice photo of Bess running with the ball.

    Rookie Davone Bess: With leading receiver Greg Camarillo placed on injured reserve following an injury in Week 12, undrafted rookie wideout Davone Bess has been targeted more often. Bess has 11 receptions and 171 receiving yards over the last two weeks, including a season-high eight catches last week.

  23. Garret December 3, 2008 7:23 am

    Last article and I’ll get to work…this is about Fantasy Football and Bess.

    Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins: This is the true Goings pick. The nobody. The long-shot sleeper. He has been targeted more in recent weeks and has had two straight 8-point fantasy outings. With so many balls going his way, you have to think he’ll start to find the end zone.

  24. bighilofan2 December 3, 2008 7:23 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!

    So Cincy wants to set a record?

    heh heh.

  25. Bulla December 3, 2008 7:23 am

    Mageo was listed as a ‘soft verbal’ on a recruiting site earlier this week, looks like he’s had a change of heart.

  26. ryan December 3, 2008 7:25 am

    Wow Mageo last week saying how much he loved Hawaii and now commits to NC State.

  27. Garret December 3, 2008 7:30 am

    It sure sounds like Mageo is gone. “Soft verbals” with the recruit taking visits to other schools often turn out this way for early commits…and UH has a number of good recruits that fall into this category. I’m sure that the coaches won’t rest until the FAX machine has the signatures on NLI day.

  28. Long Time UH Fan December 3, 2008 7:40 am

    If it’s true that Mageo is gone…too bad; was hoping he’d be the next Issac Sopoaga….

  29. Stretch December 3, 2008 7:44 am

    I hope that people are able to get the message so this works.

  30. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 7:47 am

    Morning all…

    Mageo.. Mageo… wherefore art thou Mageo?
    Whither thy be Warrior or the foul breathed Wolf?

    One door closes and another opens

  31. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 3, 2008 7:56 am

    Top 40?

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  32. Bulla December 3, 2008 7:57 am

    it’s not done until the sun sets on LOI day, and even then the players have to qualify and fulfill all of the requirements to get to that school. that is why recruiting never stops, because coaches know that what’s shiny and golden on LOI day, can sometimes be dull and tarnished by September……

    good luck to all the players selected in the East/West game and the inaugural Hawaii All Star game!

  33. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 3, 2008 7:58 am

    Thanks, Stretch. I guess us guys in JJ are WHITE!


  34. Bulla December 3, 2008 7:58 am

    hi Liz,

    top 35 you and i

  35. jm2375 December 3, 2008 8:00 am

    Stretch – went to Wallyworld and bought my WHITE t-shirt this morning. Hope I don’t have to cover it up with a poncho or jacket.

  36. Stretch December 3, 2008 8:01 am

    With both UH and Cincinatti already set for bowl games and Cincinatti in the BCS bowl, do you think they will be “resting” players to avoid injury or heal injuries of those who are more important in the bowl game rather than this game??

  37. Stretch December 3, 2008 8:02 am

    December 3rd, 2008 at 6:57 am
    Good Morning A-House.
    Does Midori7 need a golf lesson?

    You can give me a golf lesson, I sure can use it. But no standing behind me showing me how to set up…..

  38. djmitcho December 3, 2008 8:09 am

    Good Morning All! When it comes to recruiting, like I said, I’ll get excited on LOI day.

    I hope cincy rests some guys or are looking forward to the Orange Bowl.
    That way the Warriors can whoop dat okole!

  39. Bulla December 3, 2008 8:19 am


    i’m not worried about his irons for duffer, i think i’d be more concerned about his extra long driver… that USGA approved or something to use for added length? i don’t know…..

  40. Ronnie December 3, 2008 8:23 am

    Good morning Tsaiko Family!

    Two more days!!!!

    From last night:


    December 2nd, 2008 at 10:08 pm
    Garret – no Target here yet and the shipping charges to Hawaii make it a bit too expensive. No getting up early on Sunday, not after going to the game!!!

    I went to and signed up to receive a text message when they were going to have the Wii Fit in stock. Since I have an amazon account, all I had to do was reply to the text and I bought it. You may want to give this a try.

    I got the text around 9pm on Thanksgiving saying it would be available at midnight on Friday. Since I had to get up at 2am to go shopping, I gave my cell to Ian and had him reply just after midnight. It was delivered yesterday.

  41. (Jesse) James December 3, 2008 8:27 am

    Good morning all….have to Esme again today…busy, busy

    Stretch – I was thinking the same thing about Cincinatti/Hawaii resting players. However, I think Cinci will have enough time between Saturday and their BCS bowl to heal players. What is it? Like 3 weeks or something…..

  42. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 8:31 am

    BHF2: Heh? lol…btw Aly was in Arizona for Thanksgiving….you heard about that from Kathy? something about her BF’s parents…maybe she had the time to visit malie too??

    Tom (if that was really you on the last blog post): I am just an “Homer” for all things local. Be it UH, my home town,…anything…I think is was Kazz that had that modified UA phrase ‘WE MUST PROTECT OUR AINA!”…yeah I feel like that, so the basic research about the Chingy field was nothing.

    Mageo: I posted this on WSN…

    I myself feel that while initially this may seem like a big loss to the D-Line, it actually might turn out for the better.

    1) We now know that his heart was not set on playing here and if he did and eventually did not like it, at least he didn’t have the chance to become a “cancer” to the team moral.

    2) While we do lose quite a bit on the d-line to graduation, we will see just how good our D-line coaches are in preparing the freshmen and others who we already have here.

    3)We now have an extra scholie to shore up the OT position. That needs more bodies then the DL at the present time IMHO

    Ok, have to “Act” like I am working…back to lurker mode heheh

  43. Stretch December 3, 2008 8:31 am

    December 3rd, 2008 at 8:19 am
    i’m not worried about his irons for duffer, i think i’d be more concerned about his extra long driver… that USGA approved or something to use for added length? i don’t know…..

    Not sure about something for added length but get some stuff to make the shaft extra stiff

  44. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 8:46 am

    Hi folks!

    Looks like the Bearcats are en route and will arrive on the island later this afternoon. Flight trackers have their charter arriving around 2:00pm.

  45. FloridaTed December 3, 2008 8:54 am

    Morning, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.


    I really don’t think Cinci will rest any players against us, unless they get a big lead, they can not afford to lose to Hawaii, that would be embarrassing to their conference.

    We will be getting their best shot for sure, so if the Warriors win this thing, it will be fully legit and no excuses.

  46. FloridaTed December 3, 2008 8:57 am

    Cincinnati is coming in quite early, shows you that they mean business.

    The Warriors better play full throttle for four quarters.

  47. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 8:57 am

    I am really really worried about the defense for cinci. Our O-line will have a hard time blocking because the D-Line for the cats look really quick/fast…georgia-esque for the lack of a better comparison. On he offensive side, …don’t they run some version of the spread attack? Our safeties will be tested and I pray that Mouton will still be used there.

    This is one game that I wish that Mack will shelve the Grandfather approach and if given the chance RUTS the Least East chump…er…, I mean Champ!..heh.

  48. tom December 3, 2008 8:59 am


    That was I – or is it that was me?

  49. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 9:06 am

    FloridaTed, I agree with you about Cincy not gonna be taking it easy on us. While the game may have little significance with regards to bowl berths and placements, they have much more to lose if they lose the game, more like the reputation of their conference, and maybe themselves.

    UH, on the other hand, seems to have nothing to lose on this game.

    The national media will think it’ll be par for the course if we lose to them. If we win, we’ll get kudos, but they’ll probably try to spin it as the game having no significance so Cincy didn’t show up.

  50. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 9:12 am

    Despite their good record, the Bearcats seemed to have struggled on the road a little bit this year. An early season loss @Oklahoma, a nail biter @Akron (MAC), a convincing win @Marshall (C-USA), loss @UConn, and close wins both @West Virginia (OT) and @Louisville.

    I commend Cincy for travelling to two (2) non-BCS teams’ stadiums this year. Can’t think of any other BCS team off the top of my head that has done similar, though there may be one or two out there.

    We get chance, but we’ll likely have to play mistake-free ball. Also it would help if we didn’t exactly take our foot off the throttle early on and keep scoring (if can).

  51. letsgowarriors December 3, 2008 9:13 am

    mageo to nc state sucks!

  52. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 9:17 am

    I shouldn’t say that Cincy “traveled” to two (2) non-BCS teams’ stadiums. They were both less than 4 hours drive away from Cincinnati, well within practical driving distance on the mainland.

    I guess them coming to the island would make that three (3) non-BCS stadiums they will have gone to this year. I wonder if this is a product of having a small home stadium (Capacity: 35,000…..not much larger than the Smurf Turf).

  53. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 9:23 am

    Committed RW,

    I sometimes wonder if a smaller stadium isn’t a better deal for some locations. Limited seating could command premium prices with lower maintenance costs. This means sell-out crowds will less advertising and higher-priced tickets. The concession stands may not like it, but too bad. Less people doesn’t always translate to less $.

  54. Bulla December 3, 2008 9:23 am


    you’re right, it’s that graphite shaft for the more mature players…has a delayed release at the point of impact.

    someone said, ‘…it’s like being a young boy again, but about 2 seconds later…’ whatever that meant.

    is it true that they come in other colors besides the blue? i hear that ‘blue colored’ prescriptions are very popular with the ‘mature’ males nowadays…i better check with al before i get into trouble.

    have a good day stretch……GO WARRIORS, GO WILDCATS

  55. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 9:29 am

    What are the positives and negatives in RUTS on opponents?


    Helps to build confidence for the offensive players.

    Gets the 1st stringers out of the game earlier to deter injuries.

    Gets the back-ups more game reps.

    Better offensive number per NCAA rankings; leads to more inquires from HS players/JC players that would consider playing in the Warrior offense.


    Coaching is like a fraternity, so if you RUTS a fellow “Brother”, you might be black-balled.

    I cannot think of any other negative aspect……

  56. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 9:45 am


    I agree with your logic, but unlike Boise, Cincinnati sold out their stadium only once this year (against Pitt), came close one other time (against Syracuse), and were off on the other games. I will concede that their stadium is about the right size for their draw (at the current moment).

    But I wonder when it comes to their out-of-conference scheduling how much they give up when trying to schedule home-and-home agreements with top-name BCS schools, that is, the ones that want huge visitor ticket allotments. Essentially, how often to they have to move games away from their campus stadium onto another larger site (say, the Bengals’ stadium)?

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  58. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 10:14 am

    I wen scare off everyone?

  59. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 10:15 am

    Committed Road Warrior,

    Nice to have the option of moving your game to a bigger .. better stadium, eh? Especially if pre-game sales or interest in the game warrant more seats.

    I wonder what would happen if Hawai closed down a few sections and limited the number of seats available. Would they sell out faster? Would PayPerView sales go up? I think the Bars and Restaurants that show the games would love the added revenues. More might subscribe making the subsequent season bid that much more lucrative for UH. The economy might get a boost during the Football season. Parking would be more manageable.
    Premium seating would make more sense then. Season ticket holders would feel like they are part of the elite when they are sold out and no one can get any.

  60. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 10:16 am

    CRW: I think it was me =D /shrug

  61. Mouthwash December 3, 2008 10:19 am

    i have a pencil on my desk, a stapler too.

  62. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 10:27 am

    I honestly think with the limited student body attendance (this last game, the student section was the emptiest of all excluding north end zone yellow) and the population of Oahu, UH would be better off with a more intimate stadium with a capacity around 35,000. Gone forever are the days of 45,000 plus the whole season long. Better to sell out at 35,000 each game and have a packed stadium than have a 50,000 seat stadium that looks half emtpy most of the season. I think you’d have an even better 12th man effect that way.

  63. Stretch December 3, 2008 10:45 am

    The student section the past two games have been pretty weak. I hope that it was due to the weather and NOT lack of interest in the football team. We’ll see if there is good weather this Cincinatti game.

  64. MeiLing December 3, 2008 10:58 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Interesting to be at practice. Dan Kelley’s Dad was there. Got to say Hey to Tyler.

    Cattle call is calling…

    Esme & out….

  65. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2008 11:03 am

    d1 and Kekoa bought 30 Hawaii Bowl tickets today, which means they have a lot more credit on their card than I do.

  66. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 11:06 am

    So what did this DJ on a morning music radio program say about the Warriors that got them upset?

  67. al December 3, 2008 11:06 am

    our people of hawaii are funny kine sometimes……

    if we build a stadium no less than 50k capacity they will grumble it is too small and yet, 80% of the time it will hold only 35k.

    if we build a stadium about 35-40k the same will grumble that it is too small and as soon as it sells out two times they will say, “i told you”.

    how come like that?

  68. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 11:11 am


    I think it’s an island complex. We live on a small dot in the middle of the pacific surrounded by nothing by water and clouds for thousands of miles. We want things that draw attention to us, besides Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head.

    Cause if you told them to build it any bigger would cost each one of them $Kaching.. $Kaching…in additional taxes and ticket spikes, the silent majority would be deafening.

  69. al December 3, 2008 11:12 am

    noticed that 11 verbal commits will play in the hs all star classics and another 6-8 that we are still pursuing will also play in the games.

    hopefully, some walk-ons can be got along with another recruit or two. there is one running back who is listed as a wr that i am sure the coaches would love to have. (drools on the keyboard)

  70. al December 3, 2008 11:14 am

    mih…..that sounds like the rail project.

  71. jojo ® December 3, 2008 11:14 am

    There’s a cattle call? Awww, I wasn’t invited

  72. jojo ® December 3, 2008 11:19 am

    never mind

  73. Kazz December 3, 2008 11:23 am

    The Warriors were angered by comments made about the team by the host of a morning music radio show. They were in the locker room when the comments were made.

    😈 GOOD! 😈

  74. Kazz December 3, 2008 11:25 am

    Mageo who?

    Whatever, that just makes more room for kids that actually want to play here.

  75. matto December 3, 2008 11:28 am

    GOOD indeed – but what was said on the radio????

    Gotta ask.. all the way here in L.A…

  76. Jason December 3, 2008 11:33 am

    I think 50,000 is the perfect size for a stadium here.

  77. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 11:33 am

    Do we know what radio station it was?

  78. mctruck December 3, 2008 11:35 am


    sorry for the delay……

    been doing a lot of last minute stuff before taking-off thursday; wiil be flying to LV at Sahara. Staying til monday morning. ALL business.

    I was at the MGM Grand last week and caught a damn cold which is still lingering, so not too healthy right now to party or anything like that…next trip maybe.

  79. jojo ® December 3, 2008 11:37 am

    Yeah, what was said, and who said it?

  80. 808Chef December 3, 2008 12:12 pm

    Aw come on ST! No make…keep us all guessing. Jus say the radio station so we can call ’em to tell ’em no make trouble. Then not listen to that station any more. Just a bite ST…one BIG BITE!

  81. jojo ® December 3, 2008 12:15 pm

    Maybe he went to the cattle call

  82. 808Chef December 3, 2008 12:16 pm

    Oh yea…Garret! You said in prior posts that your mom is a chef too? Where does she work? Always like picking the minds of those who been in the business longer. Peace!

  83. whitey December 3, 2008 12:17 pm

    good afternoon tsaikos. sat is being designated as green and white night and sounds like an excellent idea, but to make sure it works, derrick i, uh publicity, should contact all the media about publicizing what to wear in each section. another thought is for those in the white section to bring an additional white t shirt and same for the green section. why??? if get one empty seat next to you, put the t shirt on the seat, so it looks like someone is there and the colored seat does not show up on tv. some smart, eh??????????

  84. las vegas December 3, 2008 12:20 pm

    whitey, da brain from Maui

  85. fencecastle December 3, 2008 12:21 pm

    50,000 seat stadium is fine…its the parking situation that sucks. they shoud take the lot across the street from the stadium and build a massive parking structure. that way the people who just wanna park can go there, then the stalls in the stadium are still open for tailgating and whatnot.

  86. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 12:25 pm

    I remember when they built the stadium and the USFL started up. The USFL wanted stadiums with a capacity of 65,000 or more, I believe so fans were upset that the Stadium wasn’t big enough. 🙂

    There is no way to please everyone. So, the best bet is to look at the bottom line and try to balance that with the needs of the populace.

  87. las vegas December 3, 2008 12:25 pm

    for those of you that might care final tally

    Shadow ate 6 hot dogs and was still going strong

    Craig ate 27 hot dogs and had trouble keeping it down

    Craig had to eat 48 to tie the dog, so he loses

    LV family retains bragging rights for another year!

    btw I wanna know what was said on the radio too.

  88. BG December 3, 2008 12:31 pm


    If it is indeed true about your NC State commit, Mr Mageo, let me congratulate you and thank-you for opening up a slot for someone who wants to be a Warrior.

    I am one who wants every Bearcat healthy and playing Sat. Don’t want any excuses from Cincy after the game!

  89. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 12:33 pm

    anybody know if the parking lot is opening at regular times this week? i know kick-off has been moved later by 30 minutes, but wasn’t sure if parking lot opening times had been shifted or left the same.

  90. A-House December 3, 2008 12:33 pm


    Let us know cost for our tickets and we will bring you a check on Saturday.

  91. las vegas December 3, 2008 12:33 pm

    I was disappointed in the location and parking situation from the beginning (i lived in H.Kai)
    but dutifully impressed with it’s size and the fact that there were no rats under the stands.
    And the fact that it’ll only rust part way, I still cannot believe that we have that technology!
    Wow! I say. Wow……

  92. A-House December 3, 2008 12:36 pm

    I will be the first to retract my “welcome” message to Mageo since he has not made an effort to notify the coaches.

    Like BG says, it opens up a scholarship for some one who really wants to be a Warrior.

  93. BG December 3, 2008 12:39 pm


    Brilliant idea!!! I’ll bring two extra shirts just in case.

  94. BG December 3, 2008 12:40 pm


    yep…the opening times stay the same

  95. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 12:42 pm

    Thanks BG!

  96. BG December 3, 2008 12:45 pm

    Cincy’s QB, Tony Pike, is about the same size as Nevada’s Kapernick. Not as fast, but, perhaps a bit more accurate. The comparisons will be interesting.

  97. las vegas December 3, 2008 12:45 pm

    You might know

    Borla or Magnaflow ?
    most bang for the buck?

  98. SuperC December 3, 2008 12:48 pm

    What exactly were the comments made by morning radio show host?

  99. Stretch December 3, 2008 12:49 pm

    There are coaches who pressure the kids to give their “commitment” before they leave campus on their recruiting visit. Miano mentioned how some players give verbals to multiple teams since they are too nice to say “No”. I wouldn’t cut someone out just because they gave a verbal to another team. When it comes time for LOI day, and they choose to sing elsewhere, then we can say “bye”. Until then, let’s try to keep them here especially if they can help the team. If they are “once the fence”, then they will definately go another place if they feel they are not welcome here.

  100. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 12:52 pm

    las vegas: sorry, but i’m a not the intake/exhaust-type flowmaster. mine has to do with surfing artificial waves.

  101. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 12:55 pm


    As you said, in the end they (the State) have to look at both of those aspects w/r/t the stadium ($$$ and need).

    The stadium, from what I see, has a huge footprint for only being a 50,000 seat facility, but most of that space was probably from when it was being converted from football to diamond (baseball) configuration and vice versa.

    Needless to say, the stadium’s days are numbered, but knowing the State, the football team will probably still be stuck playing in that facility for at least another decade…..then the bidding processes for the construction of a new stadium and all the havoc that would wreak from that.

  102. Cheyah! December 3, 2008 12:57 pm

    Interesting tidbit on Colt . I think I’ll reserve my “Welcome to Warrior Nation!” til LOI day. I’ll wait til its official and yell out loud like a referee whistle!

    Go Warriors!

  103. (Jesse) James December 3, 2008 12:59 pm

    vegas…I would go with Magnaflow…exhausts if not going with Flowmaster. I have Flowmaster on my truck….

  104. fly December 3, 2008 1:02 pm


  105. las vegas December 3, 2008 1:06 pm

    Flowmaster, my bad

    (Jesse) James, thanks for the info, so many to choose from, and custom shops too looking for that perfect pitch

  106. al December 3, 2008 1:11 pm

    parking problem?

    every game so far this year there has been parking stalls not used within the stadium compound. so there is no problem, just lacking cars and so called fans.


    all qb’s are about the same height when laying on their backs of the field turf.

  107. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 1:13 pm

    Interesting read here:

    Lots of gaytors will be our friends if we beat Cinci…

    Thanks to a BSU poster on WSN…

  108. bb December 3, 2008 1:13 pm

    Im wondering what the radio comments were too…

    What station?

    What DJ?

    Not that many music stations so let the guessing and speculation begin.

  109. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 1:16 pm

    Btw, sorry if it was posted before.

  110. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 3, 2008 1:18 pm

    The Stadium is in the process of being repaired as well as renovated. Keeping current with the work is of the reasons I take the time to go to the Stadium Authority meetings.

    Each month, the head of the Department of Accounting and General Services or his designee gives a report and update. DAGS is the state agency which oversees Aloha Stadium.

    Unfortunately, the Stadium Authority does not post their Minutes on the web. If there’s any interest here, I’ll post the DAGS report once I get a copy which usually is two months behind the current date. I’m still waiting on the September & October, 2008, Minutes.

    Essentially, here’s the situation: The current Stadium will remain in use for at least another 25 years.

    In the meantime, there are a variety of plans being tossed around, but the whole area will be a major – and that means huge – regional park & ride facility for the transit system. Additional parking will be built – going up and not out – along with a wide range of commercial, retail & some types of light industrial businesses such as car repair and recycling companies to be placed on site as well.

    Although some people – including Neil Abercrombie – are promoting a new stadium in West O`ahu, that will not happen any time soon – if at all. The majority of O`ahu’s population will continue to live from Hawai`i Kai to Mililani and in areas accessed by the three trans-Ko`olau highways which means that putting a new stadium in the middle rather than at the end makes more sense.

  111. XxFaithxX December 3, 2008 1:45 pm

    Ball State says no to the Ice bowl in boise. Boise heading to San Diego?

  112. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 1:54 pm

    XxFaithxX: Thanks for the article.

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc: Thanks for the info. I assume some of the funding has been (or will be) appropriated for renovations as such.

    I recall a study that was released a few years ago (2005?) detailing the condition of the stadium and the various repairs and renovations that would be needed to bring it up to code. I think it was one of the driving forces (as well as cost) behind locking the stadium in the football configuration.

    The cost in repairs and such will add up, but if those changes can keep the stadium functional for another 25 years or so, it may be cheaper than building a new stadium either on the current site or on the west side. But then again, how much do you spend in repairs and renovations before the prospect of building a new facility catches wind?

  113. Stretch December 3, 2008 1:58 pm

    I don’t blame Ball St for not wanting to play against Boise St in Boise. If it was a neutral green field, then I think it would have happened.

  114. whitey December 3, 2008 2:07 pm

    las vegas, will be in your town fri night. will call to set up some kind of vegas cc. be at my usual place downtown.

    bg, you get the spirit. yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhh.

  115. al December 3, 2008 2:09 pm

    stretch…..too bad that game never happened.

    marketing dream.

    – 2 undefeated teams
    – the mid major championship game
    – and instead of the humanitarian bowl it could be renamed as the

    <BS Bowl

  116. Stretch December 3, 2008 2:11 pm

    whitey – when are you ever in the State of Hawaii?? Vegas, Alaska, Vegas, South Dakota(??), Vegas??

  117. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 2:13 pm

    Mabye they should drop the ticket prices by $5 per person and raise the parking to $15. Then they would look at parking as a valuable commodity and try to maximize the space available — Maybe even include Valet parking. Fans would pool whenever possible. Those that can catch the bus will catch the bus.

  118. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 2:15 pm

    Of course this only works if the additional $10 in parking goes to NaKoa or the Athletic Department.

  119. Stretch December 3, 2008 2:19 pm

    They should charge more for parking. Crap, at OSU, I paid $20 to park in someone’s yard and walk about a 1/4 mile.

  120. Rob25 December 3, 2008 2:28 pm

    At Fresno I paid $20 to park in an empty lot near the frat houses. It was being run by some student ministry…maybe that brought us the good luck for the win.

    Maybe you should try that approach next time Stretch.

    Or you could feed the opposing team some of the disgusting things that were on your plate at lunch yesterday. No pics today?

  121. las vegas December 3, 2008 2:29 pm

    whitet san,
    give me a call when yr here, I may be working on Friday though

  122. las vegas December 3, 2008 2:30 pm

    ‘scuse me WHITEY san

  123. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 2:31 pm

    ST at least said music radio show. can’t be 1420 or 1500. they’d know better than to bite the hand that feeds them.

  124. Stretch December 3, 2008 2:34 pm

    maybe is was BillyV?? nah, I hope he’s not that stupid either…

  125. Stretch December 3, 2008 2:35 pm

    Auburn fires Tuberville… Plenty openings after the season

  126. bb December 3, 2008 2:39 pm

    can’t be billy v…..he wouldn’t want to lose the gig he got now.

  127. jojo ® December 3, 2008 2:41 pm



  128. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 3, 2008 2:41 pm

    The CIP money for renovations & repairshas been & will continue to be allocated/spent in stages. Even in this weakened economy, capital projects will get legislative & administrative support because they generate jobs, tax revenues, and help stabilize a shaky econnomy.

    The park & ride revenues are the big eye-opener, however. Even my jaw dropped during the presentation last spring. The most conservative figure I’ve heard is about $10 million a year in parking revenues alone which does NOT include the rents for the businesses which will be part of the Transit-Oriented Development.

    With respect to current or future parking revenues, none of the money goes to the University of Hawai`i because UH does not own or oversee Aloha Stadium. Until and unless UH owns it, it will not receive Dime One of the futureTOD rentals, current swap meet rents, concessions, or parking fees. Why do you think I was pushing so hard on this last session?

  129. Stretch December 3, 2008 2:44 pm

    UH made some money by selling the reserved parking passes this season. I think it is something that will happen every season from now on.

  130. (Jesse) James December 3, 2008 2:48 pm

    ST what was the comment and who said it???

  131. d1shima(tilted) December 3, 2008 2:54 pm

    successful mission!

    Mucho Mahalo to Kekoa for driving today.
    CC was good fun at Camellia.
    more later. time fo’ cut hair.

  132. homey December 3, 2008 2:58 pm

    lv – muffler? Better to get headers installed with an x-pipe to balance to exhaust. If you want sound then go with the Flows. Other than that you should go with mufflers that have a straight through design to relieve back pressure and maybe 3″ pipes. However, you don’t want to get rid of all the back pressure as you will lose low end oooomph but most likely gain mid and top range power. Also to feed your Charger you should consider a CAI.

    BTW, Zoomers makes a good exhaust for your specific ride.

  133. Stretch December 3, 2008 3:04 pm

    d1 / kekoa – where are the seats??

  134. Kazz December 3, 2008 3:08 pm


    What time is the football banquet this Sunday?

  135. Hawaiianbod December 3, 2008 3:21 pm

    ST on 1420am now

  136. takoboy December 3, 2008 3:21 pm

    gregg hammer

  137. Stretch December 3, 2008 3:22 pm

    Kazz –

    Sheraton Waikiki Hotel – Hawaii Ballroom
    Cocktails 5:00 pm Dinner at 6:00 pm

  138. (Jesse) James December 3, 2008 3:24 pm

    takoboy…..and what did GH say???

  139. takoboy December 3, 2008 3:25 pm

    sorry have no idea what station he’s on…but that’s da guy

  140. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 3:27 pm

    Stephen just put a surprise guest on the phone for the Sports Animals to talk to.

  141. K. Mouton December 3, 2008 3:27 pm

    I will be in town in the morning but I was wondering where can I get with some of yall to tailgate before the game on Saturday

  142. takoboy December 3, 2008 3:28 pm

    just paraphrasing what ST said on da animals…something to the effect of they ain’t that good and he’s off da bandwagon.

    what’s more important ST just said that Libre might have a chance at another year.

  143. Rob25 December 3, 2008 3:35 pm

    Looking forward to meeting you at the tailgate K Mouton!

  144. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 3:35 pm

    K. Mouton,
    Kazz should get back to you with the details.

  145. Rob25 December 3, 2008 3:36 pm

    What did Greg Hammer say?!

  146. homey December 3, 2008 3:36 pm

    chawan – you showing up at the t-gate?

  147. lab rat December 3, 2008 3:37 pm

    Looked for Tsai-Master
    So I came to view his blog
    Only saw Flowmaster

  148. protector December 3, 2008 3:37 pm

    Does anybody really pay attention to what this Gregg Hammer says? I’ve heard OF him, but I’m not familiar with him. I’m just curious. The best reply or retort to that statement would be to clobber the Bearcats on Saturday night!! BTW–it would be great news if Libre had another year!

  149. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 3:37 pm

    that was also funny,

  150. homey December 3, 2008 3:37 pm

    Rob25 – call up Gregg and ask him.

  151. Rob25 December 3, 2008 3:41 pm

    K. Mouton:

    Contact Kazz: tsaikotailgate at gmaildotcom

    He can give you all the details.

  152. Rob25 December 3, 2008 3:43 pm

    homey – I can’t stand him! I’d rather listen to Portnoy and that is saying something. 😯

  153. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 3:44 pm

    i dunno. not sure if i can. no promises.

  154. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 3:45 pm

    Greg Hammer and his crew on Hot 93.9 always diss on people. They’re about as negative as you can get. They always make fun of people. The thing is that they’re all a sad sack of losers, I guess it makes them feel good to tease others. Maybe the team should show up at their studio and have tackling practice.

  155. homey December 3, 2008 3:45 pm

    Rob25 – Hammer (not his real name) is a Waipahu grad, ex-cop, comedian, radio morning show deejay, band singer…works at I-94 for the wake-up crew and their morning rating is not in the top 10…I think.

  156. Kekoa December 3, 2008 3:47 pm

    Stretch ~ The seats for Hawaii Bowl are in the South End Zone Blue, Section “C” Rows 43, 44, 45…10 seats per row.

    Out of the sun, and or the rain.

    Surrounding sections will be warned by stadium officials that loud noises may be heard coming from Section ‘C.’ All cheering AND the use of flash cards may be used and or tested during the performance of this football contest.

  157. homey December 3, 2008 3:47 pm

    chawan – well I have your $$ and I’m pretty sure there is a homey clause that states some kind of statutes of limitations regarding paying someone money that is due.

  158. Ronnie December 3, 2008 3:48 pm

    K. Mouton – You can also check out the “Tsai-ko Events Calendar” section of SteveM’s website
    There is a list started of what people are bringing and how many people will attend.

    SteveM – There will be 4 – 6 people in our group. My brother in law doesn’t like to tailgate, so he and his family are meeting us at the game. My boys, however, don’t have a choice 😆

  159. takoboy December 3, 2008 3:52 pm

    da gregg hammer explanation coming soon…

  160. Kekoa December 3, 2008 3:55 pm

    Just a brief observation at practice this morning. The Defense looked very sharp at practice. The fellas looked very efficient at their positions as Coach Mack personally lead them thru their assignments at one point. Adam and Solly are such an imposing presence on the ‘D.’

    The offense looked ‘crisp’ and ‘clear’ as they ran precise routes and allowed Alexander a chance to hit them in stride. Their catches were made very snappy and sure. There were some very athletic grabs made, as GA was running and gunning the ball to the receivers with plenty of mustard on top!

  161. tom December 3, 2008 3:59 pm

    DVD wanted – the Washington State game – My Oceanic DVR – my fault!

    When Aloha Stadium was built, there was some outcry for a 50,000 seat stadium as being the minimum (at that time) for a NFL team/SuperBowl/ProBowl. It was sort of “build it and they will come” which was the same battle cry when the powers that be decided Honolulu needed a Convention Center. Under than the dental association this year, I don’t know of any other group coming here.

    Anyway, digressing a bit, when the stadium was being built, I recall that there was lots of talk about the extremely limited parking in the facility itself and again the talk was to build ship slips (ala UW’s stadium), and parking in the neighborhood.

  162. Momo December 3, 2008 4:05 pm

    Garret’s mom can cook amost anything, but her pies are the best. She will prepare pan lau lau for this week end . I need to share my problem with you folks and may need help to resolve it. My problem is that I won a U.H. football jersey at the Oregan state game on Sept 13. About a month later later they called to pick up the Jersey. When I looked at it, It was a boy small and I said that my order was a man small. Now they tell me that I have to wait another month to get the prize . This was to be a gift for Garret….Any suggestions for the super U.H. Fan who is taken so cheaply. momo

  163. FloridaTed December 3, 2008 4:06 pm

    Kekoa (161),

    That sounds very, very encouraging !

  164. lab rat December 3, 2008 4:07 pm

    Ulbrich on 1420 now.

  165. Momo December 3, 2008 4:09 pm

    Sorry that I left our The Rainbow Boutique who is giving me the run around momo

  166. Kazz December 3, 2008 4:09 pm


    I replied to your e-mail. Should you have any questions regarding directions you can just respond again.

    Looking forward to meeting you!

  167. bb December 3, 2008 4:11 pm

    93.9 has lacked in the ratings game for some time. A little controversy I guess for their morning show can help i guess. Look for a little spike through the weekend…heck maybe at work ill listen now…lol

    a better quote should be…

    “I-94? I-94 who the heck still listens to those clowns any more?”

  168. Rob25 December 3, 2008 4:16 pm

    Thanks homey!

    I know all about him because one of my co-workers has a friend who used to date him.

    I have to agree that their show has a lot of negative vibe to it.

    Gotta go…have a band performance and soccer game this evening.

  169. Kekoa December 3, 2008 4:20 pm

    FT ~ Yes, the boys looked like they ‘owned’ their positions. They were showing lots of confidence as they went about their business of preparing.

    Those receivers who really needed the *JUGS* practice, hauled it out in the early morning light, and got a good workout before team practice started.

  170. Kekoa December 3, 2008 4:26 pm

    Ching Field work was in progress during fb practice. Looks like they have the turf installed from the Diamond Head end zone – to about the 30 yard line in. Lots of prep work being done on the rest of the field.

  171. las vegas December 3, 2008 4:29 pm

    thanks for the info, I’ll look into it

  172. midnight December 3, 2008 4:32 pm

    di/Kekoa: Thanks for the info about the “covered ” seats that were acquired for the Hawaii Bowl. Good job!! Mahalo. See you all Saturday!

  173. SteveM December 3, 2008 4:33 pm

    December 3rd, 2008 at 3:48 pm
    K. Mouton – You can also check out the “Tsai-ko Events Calendar” section of SteveM’s website
    There is a list started of what people are bringing and how many people will attend.

    Ronnie — I’m thinking of not listing tailgate food next year. Very few people say what they are bringing and don’t post or tell Kazz. Then people see that there are only a few food items listed so figure they should bring something. Then EVERYONE brings food for 5-10 people… 🙁

    Last week, Koakane tells me, “Hey–every week get way too much food. We better get organized better…” 😐

    I propose this Rule of Thumb:
    Visitors and first time Tsai-kos should not bring food to Tsaiko-Gates. Come and enjoy what we have (and don’t believe all the talk about animal parts). But bring your own refreshments.

  174. oxymoron December 3, 2008 4:35 pm

    momo – good luck. it is one of the most poorly managed operations in the modern retail world. can’t really blame the staff because they are mostly part-time students. your better off going to niketown and seeing if they have it over their.

  175. Mad Dog December 3, 2008 4:35 pm

    Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly reflected on the last game with the Warriors that ended in a skirmish.

    “We’re not going to have any of those antics, but having said that it’s nice to have a Big East (officiating) crew on our plane heading out there too.”

    Breath in, breath out. Calm down Mad Dog.

  176. oxymoron December 3, 2008 4:37 pm

    naturally I may be biased, my allegiance is toward HPU! heh heh

  177. Ronnie December 3, 2008 4:47 pm

    Mad Dog – I can see it now… trash talking and bumping by the cincy players and we get personal fouls when we talk back…

  178. BG December 3, 2008 4:47 pm


    You still have the name/number for the Rainbowtique manager? Maybe you can give Momo a helping hand.

  179. BG December 3, 2008 4:50 pm


    If that’s what it is with the officiating…then that will be one less excuse when we send them packing with a loss…bwaahahahaha

  180. BG December 3, 2008 4:50 pm

    Break time over…BBL

  181. 808flowmaster December 3, 2008 4:51 pm

    Cincinnati has always been a school that’s had bad apples playing for their fb and bb programs. I won’t be surprised to see some dirty play or trash talking from them.

    They have a lot of pride to be lost when Hawaii proves they don’t belong playing in a BCS bowl. I wonder if the Cincinatti coach is going to pull a John L. Smith after the game and say, “What was the fool thinking who scheduled this game? We shouldn’t have been out here to play this game in the first place!”

  182. Ronnie December 3, 2008 4:54 pm

    BG – I agree!

    I’m so glad I’ll be there to see it!

    On the way home today, my sister asked if I was going to spend any time with “the family”… I told her, I’m home for football, baby! We’ll see what we can do in between the game, the banquet, other get togethers and Ian getting his tattoo. 🙂

  183. Mad Dog December 3, 2008 4:55 pm

    Personal foul penalties will kill us. The Warriors have got to be stoic and speak loudly by playing tough.

  184. Mad Dog December 3, 2008 4:57 pm

    We not only have to play against the Bearcats, but against the zebras too.

  185. Committed Road Warrior December 3, 2008 5:05 pm

    Mad Dog, aren’t we ALWAYS having to go up against the zebras? I can’t help but think that UH is, rightly or wrongly, one of the most penalized teams in college football.

    That, and I sort of feel that the refs open up a thesaurus sometimes and try to come up with new penalties to assess against us…..sort of like that “discerning signals” penalty from the Idaho game (despite it being in the rulebook, I’ve never heard it called until that game).

  186. Mad Dog December 3, 2008 5:14 pm

    Sometimes, bad reputations are hard to shake off. I just hope we play hard and play smart. We shouldn’t let anyone get to our heads. Otherwise, every little incident will be magnified against us.

    Time to calm down and face the traffic on my way home. I’ll lurk later tonight.

  187. d1島 December 3, 2008 5:27 pm


    Tell Wena to turn off her phone. 🙁

  188. wafan December 3, 2008 5:30 pm

    Joyous Hump Day!!!

    Sorry it is a lot late.

  189. wafan December 3, 2008 5:44 pm

    That breaking news about the new losses was not only ironic it was also a very poor choice of words.

    “As 2008 draws to a close and we head into 2009 with our eye focused firmly on the future, we continue to face many challenges as we navigate through these increasingly difficult economic times,” Webber said in an e-mail to his staff. “As I have said before, we have a great team here at the Advertiser. I am confident we will all continue to work together, changing when, where and as we must to ensure our future.”

    “. . . with our eye focused firmly on the future . . .” did they forget to keep their eye focused on their employees who produce the product? ” . . . we have a great team here . . .” they are slowly destroying their great team and morale must be close to being as high as Mr. Bush’s approval ratings. “. . . continue to work together . . .” this is a poor choice of words for obvious reasons. And, finally, ” . . . to ensure our future.” Did he mean the company, newspaper, his or his supervisors?

    Geez. Being in the business of communication one would like to think a better job would have been done.

  190. d1島 December 3, 2008 5:47 pm


    It’s gonna be a rough holiday season… 😐

  191. onarock December 3, 2008 5:48 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    My friend can’t make it to this Sat’s game and he said to do whatever I want with it: Mauka-Yellow Level-Section KK-Row 11

    E-mailed ST about this to let him create a contest, but no response yet – must be busy.

    Because there’s a catch to winning the ticket, I thought I’d share it with you guys now so you can get a jump on it: To redeem your prize (if you win), you have to provide a receipt from the Blood Bank showing that you had donated blood between today and gameday.

    Good luck and thank you to those Tsaiko’s in advance who will participate! One donation could potentially save 3 lives, so even if only one Tsaiko participates, then ST’s contest would have been well worth the price of admission!

    Go Warriors! Kick some bearcat arse!

  192. onarock December 3, 2008 5:51 pm

    Oops, clarification, “it” = “his ticket”. You probably figured that out by now……..

  193. d1島 December 3, 2008 5:52 pm

    But the good news is that the Princess was at practice today!

  194. d1島 December 3, 2008 5:55 pm


    Long time no read.

    That’s an awesome qualifier 🙂

  195. d1島 December 3, 2008 6:05 pm

    Uh….not to sound panicky or anything but has anyone seen/heard from Stephen since after noon?

  196. onarock December 3, 2008 6:14 pm


    Yeah, long time no post. Been relegated to lurking now and then ‘cuz of my workload. Checking back to see if ST posted something about a contest yet. Guess the bruddah eeeezz beeeeezy.

    Read you laters, d1……gotta get back to work now.

  197. wafan December 3, 2008 6:20 pm

    Mr. Tsai is probably dealing with union type issues. Just my guess.


    He is scoping out another tasty tid-bit for us.

  198. wafan December 3, 2008 6:25 pm

    d1 . . .

    I am having a much more difficult time — and I work full-time.

    I can imagine and certainly can empathize with those who have or will soon lose their jobs.

    Newest unemployment numbers show the USA has lost 1.5 million jobs this year. Another year of job losses. Dang.

    Right now, as bad as education is, I am happy I still have a job.

  199. wafan December 3, 2008 6:31 pm

    Garret . . .

    Thanks! I saw that article about ads on the assessments. Very innovative. Our district tried cutting back on copies made by each teacher. Did not work very well because of the increased costs of laser printer toner. Yep, people were running their copies on the laser printers. HA!

    That idea lasted all of one school year. It was cheaper to run the xerographic machines. HA!

  200. wafan December 3, 2008 6:33 pm


    Rep. Ambercrombie is being mentioned on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC!!!

    It is about the BCS and it being monopolistic.

    Wow. Is this the start of another shake up?

  201. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 6:43 pm

    she was also on the radio! that’s because stephen made her. seems like he just gave her the phone and said,
    “Here!” and Gary & Chris were like “is this another softball player we can make a commercial out of her quotes?” and then said
    “Hello?” and she said
    “Hello? Who is this?” and they said,
    “Who is THIS?” and she said
    “Leila who?”
    “Oh, this is Chris & Gary”
    “How was DC? Did you go to a game or to a practice?”
    “Just practice, but it was cool”
    “Oh, ok…”
    and then they talked to stephen again and asked him how she got the name “Princess” and then stephen said a contest. and then chris asked what the 2nd place name was and thats when stephen said
    “Ala” but they didn’t catch the joke.
    and stephen thanked them because Mrs Wai (Hi!) was listening or something like that.
    and thats all I remember.
    oh wait, and they asked Stephen and this blog and asked about the “morning music station” that the players had listened to. and he said that bobby gets enough grief, so he had to distinguish. then they coaxed him into releasing but “Hammer Time” and something about being in the parking lot and can’t mention something due to possible layoffs.
    oh and about coaching his basketball team against the Miley (Maili) Cyrus team and against Punahou where they were down by 10 and then the players just played and then came back to within 1 without his coaching.
    and something about they asked what does stephen do after football and he replied with men’s volleyball and chris was like that’s boring. and then stephen said, well football never ends and gary said yeah, thats right.
    ok, thats all i remember. i think.
    wait, and then Chris called over to Hammer Time and he said that he mentioned that he had lost $6k on the team this year but wasn’t mad but his dj partner Rory Wild (who Chris called 80 years old or something) was upset about something else about the team, which i forgot.
    ok, thats when i stopped remembering because the brain got full and said stop it.

  202. UH December 3, 2008 6:43 pm

    the radio station was FM 93.9 idk who the hosts were, but I happened to be listening at the time.

    I think the DJ’s said something that the Warriors AT LEAST made into their own bowl game (in a negative tone I’m assuming, I didn’t really hear the actual comment), something of that matter. and there was a caller that called in saying that they shouldn’t be talking smack about the team because they’re from Hawaii and we should support Hawaii’s team no matter what and blah blah. And the DJ’s asked if she voted for Obama and she said no, and he was like “but he’s from Hawaii! You said to support Hawaii!” It was a pretty lengthy argument over the air.

  203. Garret December 3, 2008 6:44 pm

    An excellent starting DE for Cincinnati might or might not play on Saturday. This could make a BIG difference in the game, as Cincinnati’s DEs are really good and could cause problems for UH’s offense…that is an understatement.

    Defensive end Lamonte Nelms, who was arrested over the weekend an charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, will make the trip to Hawaii but Kelly said he hasn’t decided yet if Nelms will play Saturday. “We’ll handle him internally,” Brian Kelly said. “He’ll be handled appropriately given the circumstances. We’re disappointed in Lamonte, but he’ll be handled consistently with the policies I have in place within our program.”

  204. Garret December 3, 2008 6:45 pm

    Looks like Utah’s defensive coordinator will be the next head coach at Utah State.

    A source close to the negotiations expects Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen to be named head coach of the Utah State Aggies as early as this afternoon. An announcement, however, will most likely be made on Thursday morning.

    Andersen spent more than six hours in Logan on Tuesday, where he met with USU athletic director Scott Barnes and the team’s leadership committee.

    The source said the meetings were “very productive” and that USU is committing “significantly more resources to make the Aggies competitive.” More money will be allocated to paying assistant coaches and to bulk up the recruiting budget.

  205. Garret December 3, 2008 6:45 pm

    Q&A about the Dolphins today included a question from a Hawaii fan.

    Q: Hey Harv, how good is this guy Johnson? Any chance Satele moves over to guard and give this former Cowboy a chance at center? Samson does have plenty of successful reps at guard over here in paradise, you know. Ronnie, Honolulu

    A: Hey Ronnie instead of London and Toronto I wish the Fins would have a home game in your city. That’d be awesome. Anyway, Johnson was pretty good for the Cowboys and then Cardinals but is coming off double knee surgery, so he’s still a question mark. Honestly, your boy Samson hasn’t been too hot lately. He’s getting bullied by larger noses and isn’t providing much push up the middle. With Smiley going down, I expect more of the Wildcat and misdirection than power football for the remainder of the season.

  206. chawan_cut December 3, 2008 6:46 pm

    ok, that was a little much and a little crazy.

  207. Garret December 3, 2008 6:47 pm


    Momo has to go through Rainbowtique because he won the jersey in a contest held at the UH tailgate before the Oregon State game.

  208. Zatoichi December 3, 2008 6:58 pm

    It was Rory Wild and his comments were in effect that Hawaii made their own bowl…..big deal.

  209. d1島 December 3, 2008 7:14 pm


    Thanks for the radio recap.
    Stephen shoulda said second place was “Tellme”

  210. d1島 December 3, 2008 7:15 pm


    Looking good! :mrcool:

  211. d1島 December 3, 2008 7:17 pm



  212. Kazz December 3, 2008 7:28 pm

    Rory Wild huh?

    You guys ever seen that b*****d in person. He looks like he could be the offspring of a rhino and an alligator snapping turtle and then the elephant man came along and s**t on it.

  213. Kekoa December 3, 2008 7:35 pm

    Cattle Call at Camellia’s included Mr. & Mrs. Eastman. They were re-introduced to the rest of the Tsaiko’s as ‘Pre-historic relics of Tsaiko’s past.

    Coach Bulla shared hillarious vignettes of life on the run in a continuous feeding frenzy with the Snow Beast and the other local boys on the Weber St. team. They also contributed stories of making huge amounts of rice to help feed these hungry Wild Cats. Just when they thought they had satisfied them, the cycle would start all over again.

    Aunty Lynn reflected on a season that included more travel then a political candidate on the campaign trail. Never had she ever posted air miles that matched an airline attendant! Making those memories can be tons of fun. Just axe Aunty!

  214. bb December 3, 2008 8:21 pm

    Rory Wild I believe is a season ticket holder….

    He sits in a section adjacent to mine…

    Would it be cool to disclose the section..the row???

    That I-94 morning show has been lacking…now all of a sudden Rory Wild and the Wake Up Crew get all this attention….

    If somebody asks…ill out his seat location…

  215. d1島 December 3, 2008 8:27 pm


    MHO is, like here on the blog, ignore the troll!

  216. Ralph December 3, 2008 8:31 pm

    post 215 it’s the shock jock effect, be nasty and a lot of people turn in to the station to find out for themselves whats happening….

  217. wafan December 3, 2008 8:45 pm

    2nd place should have been


    With Joe and Sports we would nearly have a complete set!!!


    Okay. Time to really try and sleep tonight.

  218. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2008 8:52 pm

    OK, I’m back. We’re going to do the contest tomorrow.
    It was kind of strange day at work. Anne Harpham, one of our long-time editors, was among those who are part of the “staff reductions.”

  219. Stephen Tsai December 3, 2008 9:13 pm

    I didn’t mean to leave everyone hanging this afternoon, but I had some sort of stomach flu today.
    Then I hobbled into work, then off to b-ball practice.
    It was interesting to see some of the Warriors get riled up today.

  220. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 9:17 pm

    # d1島:

    Stephen shoulda said second place was “Tellme”

    I was thinking, he should have said: “No Ask”

    Then they would ask “Why?”

    And Stephen could have said.. “Exactly! Boy you guys are fast! “

  221. Garret December 3, 2008 9:28 pm

    Condolences to Anne Harpham and her family. I hope that she got a good severance/buyout and that she finds a good job soon.

  222. Garret December 3, 2008 9:29 pm

    The Russians clearly showed how they prefer FBI agents to journalists. The Russians paid $1.4 million in diamonds and cash to FBI agent Robert Hanssen to betray the US. The Russians offered American journalist Joshua Kucera between $300 and $400 (plus, they bought him a fajita meal) to write propaganda for Russia. The FBI knew all about his meeting and asked him for all the details of his meeting with the Russian agent.

  223. Garret December 3, 2008 9:29 pm

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

    In the UK you can also get a dog collar with a mobile phone to track your dog’s location with your cell phone. Apparently there is a lot of dog theft in the UK, with 2,500 dogs lost or stolen every week last year!

  224. Garret December 3, 2008 9:30 pm

    The US Army is building an Island in Second Life.

  225. Garret December 3, 2008 9:30 pm

    Haliburton subcontractor kept 1,000 Asians confined in a windowless warehouse for up to 3 months without money or a place to work! They took away their passports, violating US military instructions to contractors. Those Asian men paid about $2,000 each for what they were told was jobs in Iraq…but instead they were basically put in a jail in Iraq, with conditions probably worse than at some US prisons.

  226. Garret December 3, 2008 9:30 pm

    Robotic device and functional MRI actually can help stroke victims regain the use of their body. This sounds like an improved rehab technique and a great use of robotics!

  227. Garret December 3, 2008 9:31 pm

    Study found that science and engineering PhD graduates enter the workforce ready to do research but are not necessarily prepared to teach as a professor. As someone who took undergraduate classes at 2 schools and graduate classes at 3 schools and then was a professor, I can honestly say that I’ve seen a lot of professors (some who had been professors for quite some time) who were mediocre to poor teachers and could have benefited from some training on how to teach.

  228. Garret December 3, 2008 9:31 pm

    Free play links pau.

  229. madeinhawaii December 3, 2008 9:32 pm

    Haliburton Semi-conductors.. isn’t that Cheney’s ?

  230. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 3, 2008 9:34 pm


    Who got retired or RIFed at the HA besides Anne Harpham?

    Haven’t a clue as to where various radio stations are on the dial except the HPR stations and ESPN1420. All of our cars up until the latest which was given to us a year ago – a 1988 Toyota which the average homeless person would decline to live in because of the rust and the holes – have been radio-less.

    The last boombox I owned died in the rain about 15 years ago and was never replaced. Even then, I only listened to classic rock stations which seemed to have gone off the air to be replaced by Oldies stations playing covers.

    However, after the earthquake a couple of years ago, we bought a little pocket-sized AM/FM radio which we take the various games. It’s especially needed at Aloha Stadium given our junk seats. Figured that if we were paying a premium we should be able to see the game – wrong.

    Again, I have to ask: Why don’t people around here like Jeff Portnoy’s show? I don’t do early morning radio under any circumstance so even if I’m on the road, I concentrate on drinking coffee and staying awake so I’ve never listened to it – or the Bobby Curran show either. Therefore, I don’t know if you’re referring to content or his voice or what. I’ve known Jeff for almost as long as I’ve known DrDoc and find Jeff bright and funny in person – and very knowledgeable about basketball.

    When we belonged to the booster club back in the days when we had money to spare, the meetings and the programs he ran & put on were always a lot of fun.

  231. Big mac December 3, 2008 9:40 pm

    Why are so many good people being laid off by the Advertiser? Is the sales of newspaper hurt by so many of us using the internet everyday instead of buying a 50 cents paper?

  232. brew808 December 3, 2008 9:47 pm

    Re: #228 – S&E Grads…. IMHO
    Only 50% are ready to successfully conduct independent research.
    The rest need additional training (post-doc), and many will never be successful PI’s.
    Probably only 30% are able to teach as professors. Most have to work hard at developing the “communication skills” needed to be successful. Overall, I would rate only ~20% of all professors I’ve had contact with as quality educators. Another 30% would be “adequate”, and the remaining half need to retire or find other professions.

  233. jm2375 December 3, 2008 10:10 pm

    Howzit Mr Coqui Frog, uhhh, I mean, howzit, brew. 😆

  234. Jason December 3, 2008 10:27 pm

    Garret: I saw that link on your links blog, and I had to say, NO SURPRISE! ❗

    Thankfully, I’ve had many good professors in the math department at UH. A couple were so-so, and a handful are awful. Not to mention some of the professors from the other departments … yikes! 😯

  235. Kekoa December 3, 2008 10:43 pm

    Dear Tsaiko’s,

    Curveball has asked me to post his email addy on the blog as he is asking for us to send some encouraging words for his wife Kristin. He would like to be able to read these messages to her to help keep her spirits up.

    gdholden at hawaii dot rr dot com

    Kristin had a close brush today as she is struggling with Cancer of the Liver. 7 tumors had been detected, her kidneys have shut down, and her blood pressure is very low. The critical care unit at Pali Momi have their hands full caring for her this eve.

    Please Kokua,

  236. Garret December 3, 2008 10:48 pm

    Prayers and thoughts to Curveball and Kristen.

  237. Garret December 3, 2008 10:53 pm


    My e-mail has been sent.

  238. Garret December 3, 2008 10:56 pm

    Jason and brew808,

    I do not disagree with anything that either or you said about that article on the readiness of PhDs for work. One thing that I wish every school would do is require all PhD students to take a class on teaching, which would include them giving a lecture where they would have to prepare the material and answer questions. That simple exercise would give crucial skills to the people who will train the college students in our country, and would let many others know that they shouldn’t be professors!

  239. Garret December 3, 2008 11:00 pm


    Haliburton is the company that Cheney used to head, but he’s officially had to sever that link since he’s been VP. However, he sure seemed to help send a lot of business there (often with no-bid contracts) over the past 8 years and I’m guessing he’ll go back to Haliburton after Obama takes over…

  240. jm2375 December 3, 2008 11:01 pm


    Much of the problems with profs as teachers stems from the universities not requiring any training in teaching methods in order to teach. I know grad students are not required to take any courses in the subject. The tenure, publish or perish system, also has a lot to do with it. When I worked at UH, my boss was an MD who had never really practiced. She was not a very good teacher or researcher and yet was able to get promoted and tenured. I have a feeling part of her getting promoted was due to me doing her research for her!!! We probably should not have put her name on half the papers we wrote. Of course, you know all this already from experience. 🙁

    Kekoa – please give Curveball and his wife my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  241. Garret December 3, 2008 11:03 pm


    By the way, one of the links this week (not posted here) in my daily link collection is actually being used in a proposal that I wrote this week…and a couple of others are also important for my work!

  242. Garret December 3, 2008 11:06 pm


    My PhD advisor was one of the worst teachers I ever met…and that is saying a lot! He cared so much about teaching that he actually paid the University of Texas 2/3 of his salary so that he wouldn’t have to teach *any* classes during his last 3 years as a professor there. He was tenured despite having horrible teacher evaluations…I know since I organized his tenure application!

    Some schools actually do care about teaching. For example, Santa Clara University actually had requirements for student evaluation scores that were used to determine tenure. If student evaluations were too low, the professor’s tenure application was rejected!

  243. Garret December 3, 2008 11:06 pm

    Good night everyone…

  244. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 3, 2008 11:23 pm

    Prayers, hugs and nitey nite!!!

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