Turkey Bowl

The Rainbow Warriors’ final full practice of 2013 concludes with today’s Turkey Bowl featuring redshirts and under-used players.

Because of Army’s aggressive blocking, the Warriors will be in full pads today, a rare style for what is usually a lighter Thursday practice.

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Tight end Jordan Pu‘u-Robinson’s injury filled year has come to an end. He has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus.

Joining him on the sideline will be Moses Samia, Ben Dew and Keith Kirkwood.

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A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has donated a very stylish shirt.

To enter the drawing, please post: I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Avis will select a winner.



  1. DaveLetterMan November 28, 2013 6:18 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Tsaikos!
    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  2. Whats up November 28, 2013 6:26 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Go Warriors!

  3. Buffoman November 28, 2013 6:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. BTW, Nice article about Billy Ray. Good for him to get his degree. Also, great article by Ferd. The stadium situation for UH is a no-win one. UH is a State institution and is being treated like the unwanted bastard child.

  4. pu'uwai November 28, 2013 6:41 am

    Aloha kakahiaka. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  5. d1shima November 28, 2013 6:42 am

    Great Morning All!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  6. d1shima November 28, 2013 6:46 am

    I am also thankful for the Blog Host and all the insights about Warrior Football he has shared over the years…

    …and also, as it turns out, (although some may never surface) all those he has chosen not to share! 😯

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving Tsai Ohana!

  7. 3-Prong November 28, 2013 7:08 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to All.
    Let the Eat-A-Thon Begin!

  8. momo November 28, 2013 7:09 am

    I am thankful for rainbow warrior football.
    great game men basket ball team

  9. 3-Prong November 28, 2013 7:15 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football.

  10. Sean November 28, 2013 7:20 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football

  11. Sean November 28, 2013 7:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all you Tsaiko’s!

  12. Rodney November 28, 2013 7:32 am

    ST what time does the turkey start

  13. nanakuli November 28, 2013 7:33 am

    What time is practice?

  14. Fan November 28, 2013 7:40 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football.

    Dave Reardon’s article to day was right on. I never found a way to really love the 2007 team. Always felt they were very lucky to have made it through a very soft schedule with so many places they could have lost when they should have dominated. I was however very proud of their accomplishments and making it to the big time. The 2013 team has been very painful to watch many times. But I continue to feel good about the way they keep showing up and holding their heads high. Hey we have a team, we have a blog with a wild mix of people and emotions. I’m thankful!

  15. Haleakala November 28, 2013 7:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving All!!!

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior’s football

  16. 702WarriorFan November 28, 2013 7:51 am

    Happy Thanksgiving All!
    Drive safely and watch your tryptophan consumption.

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior’s football

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid November 28, 2013 8:01 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Gangeez! 🙂

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football!

  18. papajoe2 November 28, 2013 8:18 am

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

  19. Ipu Man November 28, 2013 8:31 am

    How UH should attack Army’s vaulted nation leading run offense…
    sneak up on them and POUNCE!


  20. tom mui November 28, 2013 8:38 am


    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

  21. Old School Dave November 28, 2013 8:40 am

    Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  22. Dino November 28, 2013 9:05 am

    perhaps our 2007 BCS busting team just had really good leaders, making the difference that took us over the edge to victory in all of those close games. This year it is #14 Northern Illinois and #16 Fresno St looking to be BCS busters. The computer rankings enabled Northern Illinois to jump over Fresno St, even though Fresno St is ranked ahead in the USA and Harris polls.

  23. Manoa Warrior November 28, 2013 9:09 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior’s football

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior’s football

  24. Shoko November 28, 2013 9:09 am

    Wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

  25. laulau head November 28, 2013 9:35 am

    Win or lose…I’m always thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football!!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  26. NorthShoreFan November 28, 2013 9:38 am

    Aloha and
    Good Morning Tsaiko land…

    Beautiful day, me and my patnah Wish You All a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels through this holiday season.

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football…

    but more so for my family, friends, food, fun and football….

    Also wishing our wounded Warriors a speedy recovery.

    time to bang the pots and pans, get ready for the meal…meals

  27. Old School Dave November 28, 2013 9:49 am

    Speaking of NIU, that recruit, Dustin Adams, who decommitted from UH and signed with NIU, has left the program after one season and is now at North Dakota.

    BTW, this guy is currently out of coaching and is looking to get back into the game. He was a pretty decent DC while at WAZZU. However, rumor has it that he may be applying for the Weber State job (he played and graduated from WSU). Used to enjoy listening to him being interviewed when he was the coach at Idaho.


  28. Old School Dave November 28, 2013 9:53 am

    Turkey sandwiches all next week, along with chuk/jook. Ugh…….

  29. Coby November 28, 2013 9:56 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  30. jm2375 November 28, 2013 10:10 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football.


  31. koakane ip5 November 28, 2013 10:16 am

    good thanksgiving day 808, tsaikette’s, tsaiko’s (new and old timers), mistah blog master and tsai family. to those of the 5 “f” belief …… Challenge Them.

    all rainbows Wahine and Kane thanks for all your sacrifices. Hawaii Nei really appreciates and support your efforts.

    May God Bless

  32. oneseason November 28, 2013 10:24 am

    RE DR’s article …

    1) Ludicrous might just be a word that many people would use …

    “You may think it ludicrous to compare a 12-0 team with one that is 0-11. But just a big play or two going the other way each game would make them 7-5 and 6-5.”

    2) Many might also see this root cause assessment to be little more than throwing the defense under the bus to excuse an 0-11 record this year and 1-9 record last year against fully FBS teams …

    “Fast forward to now (sorry, we must) and the defense is in a sorry state of disrepair. It has been identified as the main culprit in UH’s zero-win season, and it doesn’t take a CSI lab to find the evidence. The Warriors are 116th of 123 teams in total defense, allowing 502.7 yards per game, translating to 112th with 38.5 points allowed.”


  33. azwarrior22 November 28, 2013 10:38 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football. Go Warriors, beat Army and finish on a winning note !! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  34. gmahoney November 28, 2013 10:45 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football!

  35. cutie kitty November 28, 2013 10:53 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  36. Green Warrior November 28, 2013 10:53 am

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  37. Maile Tsai-Russ November 28, 2013 11:30 am

    Despite the trials and frustrations of this year, I love the character and spirit of this team.

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football!

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!!

  38. Numba 1 Son November 28, 2013 11:32 am

    Football season goes way too fast. Just like life itself. I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Footbal. Have a good one!

  39. justinlurkin November 28, 2013 11:56 am

    I am thankful for the “Rainbows” that form over our beautiful island paradise.

    I am thankful for the “Warriors” for fighting on inspite of the losses.

    I am thankful for “Football” because we could eventually be left with a different kind of “futbol”, if UH athletics does not eventually become financially self-sufficient.

  40. Hon2255 November 28, 2013 12:03 pm

    Reardon is right on. It’s the coaching. Thus is the major reason for failure. This team can be and would be way better with a competent coaching staff more so competent Head Coach. Tsai doesn’t opinionate merely reports the BS coming out if the athletic dept. and coach.

  41. Bowwar November 28, 2013 12:21 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

    Happy Thanksgiving to the team and tsaikos!

  42. 808WarriorFan November 28, 2013 12:22 pm

    WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR…..in the meantime support Coach Gib and the awesome hoops team

  43. Boya_jr November 28, 2013 12:31 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football!!!

  44. Fei Jai November 28, 2013 12:33 pm

    I thankful for bowl of rice and char siu. I thankful chow get 3 more year coach uh.

  45. leahi2 November 28, 2013 12:34 pm

    Tsai has got to worry about his job too! No Fans, no money, no football, and no athletic program. Who needs him to cover HS sports? I don’t think the Star Advertiser needs him for that. If they do, maybe they can demote him to a has-been warrior reporter status, cut his pay, and assign him other duties like sweeping the floors and cleaning the toilets! Presently he plays buddy-buddy with Chow. Maybe he ought to start giving Chow some gas.

  46. wingt November 28, 2013 12:39 pm

    Thankful this painful is is almost pau. Just win one. Please.

  47. AlaWai November 28, 2013 12:43 pm

    Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i to the all UH Warriors.
    Don’t forget to votefor Emily. http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/volleyball_2013/

  48. tom mui November 28, 2013 12:47 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

    I’m grateful that ST has maintained TWB for the Rainbow Warrior fans!

    I’m grateful he has maintained the TWB despite idiotic comments.

  49. Jack Flash November 28, 2013 12:55 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

  50. st. anthony trojan November 28, 2013 1:03 pm


    All you posters today …take the time to vote please for Ms. Hartong..
    She needs our support.. you can vote once a day…




  51. oldtimer808 November 28, 2013 1:09 pm

    I’m very thankful for the Rainbow Warrior Football team and all the past and present student/athletes. Leahi2 #45 chill out its Thanksgiving and stop bashing ST at least you have a place to blog whatever you need to get your frustrations with life out of your system.

  52. WarriorNY November 28, 2013 1:09 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football…

    And thankful for the true fans of the team that reside here…. Happy Thanksgiving all!

  53. Fei Jai November 28, 2013 1:20 pm

    I also thankful place exist in world where losing, failure, mediocrity celebrated, defended by devout followers of personality.

  54. amela November 28, 2013 1:21 pm

    I’m thankful that the UH football players stick together as a family and never give up. Outstanding character. I hope they all come back healthy for next year. Go Rainbow Warriors!

    I almost forgot, I’m also thankful for mistah and allie that they finally got together, saw them holding hands while someone was bashing the homeless carts by the Ala Wai.

  55. papajoe2 November 28, 2013 1:31 pm

    Last night, I was flipping channels between RW basketball and Leahey & Leahey with Shane Victorino. Remember he was offered by June Jones? He was also a record holder in Hawaii High School track and, obviously, an outstanding baseball player, but did you know that he was also one of the most feared soccer players in the state? Class guy. He’s not ready to retire yet, but would eventually like to pass the torch to Kolten Wong to represent Hawaii. Look for the replay with L&L. Very interesting segment.

  56. lumster November 28, 2013 1:40 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football!

  57. Biggestuhfan November 28, 2013 1:43 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football. I really am!

  58. Old Diver November 28, 2013 1:49 pm

    Good to hear the Warriors are preparing for Army’s chop I mean aggressive blocking. I won’t be a happy camper if a chop block results in a serious knee injury for one of our guys.

  59. oneseason November 28, 2013 1:57 pm

    I voted for Emily Hartong and I am thankful for ALL Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine student athletes and coaches.

  60. oneseason November 28, 2013 1:59 pm

    Let’s Go Bows! Beat Army!

  61. PurpleMaple November 28, 2013 2:21 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football. And good eats. Happy Thanksgiving.

  62. Shadow November 28, 2013 2:33 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football. Appreciate all associated w/ the program – players, coaches, staff! Beat Army!

  63. UHfan808 November 28, 2013 2:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, Tsai-kos and Lurk-ers!! 🙂

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football!!!

    I am a Rainbow Warrior fan for life!!! <3


  64. A-joe November 28, 2013 2:48 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Tsaikos.

  65. NotNasti November 28, 2013 4:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all Tsaikos. Have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family, friends and this beautiful state and country.

    Let’s Geev Um this Saturday, because I am (also) thankful for the Rainbow Warriors!

  66. Kris November 28, 2013 5:21 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football, damn it!

  67. 3-Prong November 28, 2013 5:35 pm

    …….and I am thankful that, THIS IS DA WEEK!
    Let’s Go Bows!

  68. Hilo-Warrior November 28, 2013 5:36 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

    Happy Thanksgiving Tsaikos. I am still confident that this team will pull this one out.

    Go Warriors!!!

  69. Marleysdad November 28, 2013 5:54 pm

    Well, I haven’t cut my hair all season & we are winless.

    So I just shaved it all off. Now this will be the week we put it all together!

    I am thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football.

    It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.

    Happy thanksgiving all.

  70. Marleysdad November 28, 2013 5:56 pm

    ST, got your email.

    See everyone on Sunday at the luau!

  71. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2013 6:41 pm

    I’m thankful for all that we have, in our Great Nation,

    on this day of Thanksgiving.

  72. WAR November 28, 2013 6:52 pm

    I’m thankful that this season will finally come to an end.

  73. ai-eee-soos November 28, 2013 7:04 pm

    anyone you know looking for a HC job?

    2013-14 Head Coaching Changes

    At the FBS level, a total of five jobs have come open as of Nov. 25.

    School 2013 Coach

    Connecticut Paul Pasqualoni
    Eastern Michigan Ron English
    Florida Atlantic Carl Pelini
    Miami (Ohio) Don Treadwell
    USC Lane Kiffin

    At the FCS level, we are showing 13 head coaching changes as of Nov. 26.

    School 2013 Coach

    Albany Robert Ford
    Central Connecticut Jeff McInerney
    Elon Jason Swepson
    Grambling Doug Williams
    James Madison Mickey Matthews
    Morgan State Donald Hill-Eley
    North Carolina Central Henry Frazier III
    North Dakota Chris Mussman
    Rhode Island Joe Trainer
    Southeast Missouri Tony Samuel
    Stephen F. Austin J.C. Harper
    Valparaiso Dale Carlson
    Weber State Jody Sears

    Lots of jobs available in D-II, D-III, and NAIA.

  74. Dino November 28, 2013 7:24 pm

    kanoa leahey doing the play-by-play for the northwestern – missouri basketball game on ESPNU tonight at the orleans arena in las vegas. certainly a big time voice with a bright future and even bigger and better things ahead for him on the national level. and after all said and done, i look forward to the day he becomes the TV voice of hawaii football.

  75. slenzi November 28, 2013 8:00 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football

    I would like to know what is next for Rainbow Warrior football.

  76. Wes'side Warrior November 28, 2013 8:22 pm

    Howzit, Gang!

    Totally Tstuffed!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football!!!

    Be safe out there this weekend, no matter what you choose to do. And remember to EAT in moderation!

  77. st. anthony trojan November 28, 2013 8:50 pm

    Before you go bed,,,for those of you that not vote yet today..
    go here n vote, for Emily Hartong…



    and no forget to vote when you are get up also.. vote every day..

  78. st. anthony trojan November 28, 2013 9:00 pm

    Thanks one season….we need 100 more like you…
    Don’t FORGET….vote again tomorrow..
    Then it becomes GOOD HABIT VOTING HE HE HE HE

    Go bows…flat them tires of them caissons..so they cant go “rolling along”…..he he he

  79. walter November 28, 2013 9:03 pm

    I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior football.

  80. kev-1 November 28, 2013 9:19 pm

    74 . . . I think Kanoa should be the voice of Hawaii football (if not all televised sports) too. His delivery is smooth, he does his research, and he knows how to control the flow of a broadcast. Unfortunately, when he decided to take on a bigger role with broadcasting outside of Hawaii, he was also saying “screw you then Hawaii” for passing him up when it was his turn for the job. That’s just my opinion, but I imagine that he has his sights set on a bigger future now. I hope I am wrong and he becomes Hawaii’s voice soon.

  81. NorthShoreFan November 28, 2013 9:40 pm

    Good job Kanoa!…hope you make it to the big time!…
    Let’s see, Al Michaels, Neil Everette, Les Keiter, big shoes to fill as former Hawaii sportscasters.

  82. Warrior Dave November 28, 2013 11:25 pm

    I am thankful for Rainbow Warrior football.

  83. Warrior Dave November 28, 2013 11:34 pm

    #80 Kev1,

    Big difference between Kanoa and Pops. Pops was happy to stay in Hawaii, Kanoa wants S big time national job. Good luck Kanoa because you have big time talent. You too can be another Al Michaels and make the 808 proud.

  84. wafan November 29, 2013 12:32 am

    “I’m thankful for Rainbow Warrior Football.”

    And, I really mean it!!!

  85. Former UH Athlete November 29, 2013 7:22 am

    Watching me some SMU v Houston…. JJ not too good with the up tempo offense. 2 substitution penalties and a delay of game after aforementioned substitution foul.

    Starting QB Gilbert out with knee injury, but his #2 QB reminds me of how Timmy Chang played. Quick release, good arm, gun slinger. He’s inexperienced, but I see some big potential with Burchum.

    I also see JJ mixing in elements of Air Raid offense also. His offense now definitely looks different than what he ran at UH. Also noticed JJ is using pistol and mixing in 2 RBs on occasion.

  86. Former UH Athlete November 29, 2013 7:30 am

    Timmy Chang is also in his 2nd year as offensive grad assistant at SMU. If JJ doesn’t promote him to the fulltime staff, not a bad choice for Chow to hire him as QB coach in the future. But I have no clue if Chow and Chang have any connection to make it happen or if Chang would be available.

    Ouch, Burchum just threw an interception. He’s a little too hyped up. Just over shot his WR and was picked. He’s got the arm to squeeze the ball into tight windows but he’s got some happy feet.

  87. A-House November 29, 2013 7:38 am

    I am thankful for Rainbow Warrior football.

  88. A-House November 29, 2013 7:41 am

    My computer at home would not let me open the Warrior Beat – tried 5 times!

  89. mo808 November 29, 2013 8:17 am

    Good Morning Folks!
    @ A-House …had the same problem this week too (thought I was smu’d)
    A belated Happy Thanksgiving Blessing to all!

    I am thankful for Rainbow Warriow Football!

    I love this team win or lose!
    Go Bows! Looking for a “W” Saturday!

  90. mo808 November 29, 2013 8:22 am

    Congrats to Princess Leila :-)!

  91. RedZone November 29, 2013 8:26 am

    Pal Eldredge sat in for Kanoa on L&L. Papa Leahey kept saying that Kanoa was bigtime now. The guest was Shane Victorino. He would be a great motivational speaker for the Warriors before a game.

  92. GobosRyanoku November 29, 2013 8:27 am

    I’m thankful for rainbow warrior football!

  93. Willie November 29, 2013 8:41 am

    NCAA all time interception leader with happy feet & questionable intestinal fortitude as QB coach?

  94. WeeWillie November 29, 2013 8:59 am

    He’s better than you …

  95. (Jesse)James November 29, 2013 9:15 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos…Happy Black Friday!!!

    Don’t forget for tomorrow’s T-gate…Homey says that the them is All-American so we are having hotdogs, hamburgers and such… 🙂

  96. Tetsuo Chang November 29, 2013 9:26 am

    I am a retired USC alumni and a Chow’s fan since his day in USC. Two national champions, every high school called him coach chow that get Carol zealous. I saw his up and down but I really like the men’s work ethic. Timmy Chang when played in LA against USC almost pull a victory for Hawaii.
    Stephen like your journalship, brief but right to the point. great job.
    Happy thanks given for everyone in this blog.

  97. gobows November 29, 2013 9:35 am

    Kanoa should do what’s best for him…even if it means leaving the islands. if espn is knocking then he should definitely take the shot.

  98. gobows November 29, 2013 9:37 am

    cast your vote for emily hartong for lowes senior class award at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/

  99. kev-1 November 29, 2013 9:40 am

    97 . . . true dat. I just have a selfish preference to hear him when I watch UH sports. Just think bruddah does a real good job.

  100. Willie November 29, 2013 9:41 am

    @94, I’m not claiming to be the QB coach, just posing a pertinent question. I’ve seen so many of these interceptions in person.

  101. I ALL NUHA ALREADY November 29, 2013 9:49 am

    Honestly, ignorance is not a pretty thing to see.
    I lurk, I read many posts each day, and I noticed #40 Hon2255 and #45 leahi2, writing stuff about Stephen Tsai. How he doesnʻt give Chow and coaches “The Gas”, or how he never injects his opinions etc….
    Thatʻs where the ignorance comes in, and I don’t donʻt call it that to be mean spirited, just factual.
    Itʻs ignorant to think Tsaiʻs opinion matters, heʻs a damn reporter, any reporter who interjects his/her own opinions, well, they are no longer reporters.
    Simple enough right?
    As for “giving the gas”, thatʻs what columnists do. Not reporters. Reporters report. Reports do not make themselves part of the story.

  102. kev-1 November 29, 2013 9:53 am

    Every time I have posed a direct question to ST, he has given me his honest response. ST is around the team almost daily and knows much more about what is going on than us fans. As disgruntled as this season has made us feel, I trust that ST gives his fair take. He is a beat reporter, not a columnist.

  103. Leahi2 November 29, 2013 9:55 am

    Hooray for Kanoa! His Grandfather, his Father, and now Kanoa. The Leahys were and are great. But we are suck with Bobby Curan. He is for the Pitts! Auwe! Okay throw stick and stones at me but you think that one over. Before you do however, consider why ESPNU would’n’t use Bobby Curan instead…….take HIM away!

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