Avis selects …

Our designated picker, the lovely and talented Avis Yasumura, has selected Bulla as the winner of a pair of tickets to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

E-mail me at sstsai@hawaii.edu, and I’ll send you the tickets.

Thanks again to Avis.

We’ll have more drawings for football tickets, as well as men’s basketball tickets, in the coming days.

* * * * *

Priority Sports & Entertainment will represent former UH center John Estes.

Kenny Zuckerman is Priority’s president.

Priority represents several top NFL centers, such as Olin Kreutz of the Chicago Bears, Dominic Raiola of the Detroit Lions and Kevin Mawae of the Tennessee Titans.

Priority also represents former Warriors Ryan Mouton of the Titans, David Veikune of the Cleveland Browns, Davone Bess of the Miami Dolphins, Isa‘ako Sopoaga of the San Francisco 49ers and Wayne Hunter of the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!

Estes, who earns a bachelor’s degree in communications Saturday, will begin training Jan. 4 at Peyton Manning’s D1 facility in Nashville, Tenn.

Zuckerman said Estes also has received his official invitation to compete in the East-West Shrine Game.






* * * * *

It’s official: Mike Smith has decided not to return as graduate assistant. Head coach Greg McMackin praised Smith’s work in scouting, game preparation and working with the linebackers. McMackin said he might hire a GA before Christmas. UH has two GA openings. It never filled the position vacated when Craig Stutzmann, who had been working with the receivers, left the past summer.

For offensive GA, how about Inoke Funaki? (OK, it was Robert Kekaula who came up with the suggestion.) But Funaki knows the offense, he’s smart and he’s respected by teammates. Best of all, he’s already taking post-graduate classes .

And Funaki already has a fan:


* * * * *

It’s finals week at UH. The number of players who walk the line Saturday will determine the Warriors’ available scholarships.


  1. Buffoman December 14, 2009 6:45 am

    Numba 1!

  2. chopsueyboy December 14, 2009 6:47 am

    “Two tickets, please.” for #2?

  3. chopsueyboy December 14, 2009 6:48 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!
    The port-a-potties are gone from Ala Moana Bl
    I can see the beach again.

  4. Buffoman December 14, 2009 6:48 am

    Filling the GA slots is just about as important as filling a coaching position. There needs to be a philosophicaly connect, history of work ethic, communication skills and mastery of the craft. AND, it has to mesh with a long range plan of what is the desired outcome. Good hunting.

  5. klo December 14, 2009 6:54 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  6. Pomai December 14, 2009 6:56 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  7. dubs December 14, 2009 6:59 am

    Two tickets, please.

  8. BOKAL December 14, 2009 7:00 am

    Two tickets, please

  9. WhiteBear December 14, 2009 7:07 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  10. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:12 am

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    Two tickets, please.

  11. djmitcho December 14, 2009 7:13 am

    Good Morning All! Dang, just missed the top 10. Hope everyone has good start to the week.

  12. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:17 am

    Good luck in life and best wishes, Mike Smith. Thankyou for helping
    the Warriors.

  13. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:18 am


    been wearing my favorite “S” shirt. 😀

    Merry XMas to your ohana!

  14. Justin December 14, 2009 7:18 am

    Can we look forward to encouraging recruiting news in the near future?

  15. Bulla December 14, 2009 7:32 am

    two tickets please

    good morning tsaikos,

    have a great day!

  16. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:37 am

    Coach Mack,

    some rambling thoughts…..

    Coach Sarkisian is acting like its all good since Wash. Huskies ended their season beating Cal Bears. waha – all positive about next season.
    fires up the troops, dreams and motivation. maybe get Hawaii peep(s) thinking they can play a part of that dream and glory. Didn’t our Coach Tormey get Daniel Teo-Nesheim – HPA to go Huskies 4 years ago?

    guarantee, get some Hawaii coaches think they can do your job betta.. not me. you showed me, and a lot of us, when the Warriors backed each other up the last half of the 09 season. you are our coach. but for me, you can do better. lots better. the key for me is motivation. now.

    My wish this Christmas season is that YOU step up to the plate, come out looking like one lean green fighting machine. you’ll not only be helping yourself, you’ll be helping some of the coaches around you. do it for all us, coach. appearance equals perception and helps motivation.

    all that aside,
    A sincere best wishes to you and your family. Mahalo from the extended family of a current Warrior. He get hope and dreams.

  17. Dusting December 14, 2009 7:38 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  18. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:40 am

    Have a great day Tsaikos. see you this evening.

    esme woooshhh >>>>>>

  19. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 7:41 am

    “Two tickets, please.:

  20. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 7:46 am

    Futball fact: Chris Ault was Nevada’s quarterback four decades ago…

    Two tickets, please…

  21. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 7:58 am

    Futball fact: Chris Ault record against Boise State,
    Hawaii and Frenso State since he took over in
    2004 is 5-13. So not too good. BUT, he did beat
    Hawaii this year 31-21 and beat Frenso 52-14.
    He lost to Boise State only 44-33. But took a beating
    from Notre Dame 35-0. Can he and the wolfpack
    beat June Jones and the Mustangs???

    Two Tickets, Please

  22. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 8:02 am

    Football fact.

    Mana Silva is gonna be stronger and faster next season. Bank on it.

  23. J December 14, 2009 8:08 am

    Two tickets, please.

  24. Pomai December 14, 2009 8:10 am

    Two tickets, please

  25. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 8:15 am

    SMU was 1-11 the last two seasons, but
    is now 7-5, beating in their last game, Tulane,
    26-21 with their “running” back getting over 147
    yards…And June Jones got a 2-year contract
    extension (in November) so he is there till 2014.
    He had a 5 year contract for 10 million dollars.

    Two tickets, please…

  26. Pomai December 14, 2009 8:16 am

    From all the people wanting two tickets to the Hawaii Bowl, I wonder if they would all buy tickets if then where say cheaper???????? Or would only free tickets get them in the stands???

    I mean I would like to get some free tickets but if not I’ll buy an go, to support the bowl, so that when our Warriors don’t get into a mainland bowl they will have at least this bowl game to go to. If we don’t support it, it may just disappear.

  27. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 8:17 am

    But how do you spell “Kapernick”???

    Two tickets, please…

  28. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 8:19 am

    Dear Pomai,
    some of us can’t afford it.
    I live on social security and eat lots
    of ramin to survive…

  29. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 8:21 am

    But I love your blog comments.

  30. d1島 December 14, 2009 8:27 am

    Great Morning All!

    Good Luck to Mike Smith. Mahalo for your effort while here.

    It’s time for the Warriors to do finish the rest of their obligations; hit those books and pass those exams….get the degree!

  31. Aw Business December 14, 2009 8:28 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  32. tommui December 14, 2009 8:32 am

    good morning all!

    Two tickets, please.

  33. Pomai December 14, 2009 8:38 am

    I Love Pecan Pie, that’s one of the things I think that the people who run the bowl game need to take into consideration, making it possible for those who would love to be there but due to the cost can’t. There’s got to be someway of getting those fans in the seats. It seems that every year they give away tons of comp tickets to the big corporations an a lot of them go to waste.

    One other reason I want to go is that not like some others I want to see JJ win the dang thing. What ever reasons he left or even the way is water under the bridge, be-side’s I like his version of the R&S.

  34. protector December 14, 2009 8:46 am

    “Two tickets, please.”


    Just like ‘ I Love Pecan Pie’, I’m not cheap, I’m sucking eggs & I missed the Xmas party for lack of kala until payday (which is around furlough Friday for those of us who work for the DOE & that heartless Governor. Had to borrow money to buy my football season ticket of which I’ve been a holder for some 39 years since I was a freshman at UH-Manoa. In better times I had season tickets for football, VB, baseball, basketball but times are harder now! Don’t need sympathy as everybody’s got their row to hoe and others have it worse, but it would be nice to have understanding by those who have it better.

  35. al December 14, 2009 8:50 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  36. al December 14, 2009 8:50 am

    “Two cornerbacks, please.”

  37. kailuaboys December 14, 2009 8:50 am

    Two tickets, please.

  38. Z-trail December 14, 2009 8:52 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  39. Kam Truck December 14, 2009 8:53 am

    “two tickets, please.”

  40. waikoloa breeze December 14, 2009 8:54 am

    “two tickets, please.”

  41. jojo ® December 14, 2009 8:55 am

    Two tickets, please.

  42. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 8:58 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Ditto on Pomai’s and Protector’s remarks.
    The shrinking economy has turned our regular work week into longer hours at less pay as Estelle and I try to compensate by selling more for substantially less. On smaller solid koa frames, I make much less than minimum wage.

    True to stereotypes, though, my skin and hair care products are doing a little better in the marketplace. No where near pre – 9/11 sales when the Japanese accounted for 60% of our tourist trade and I was counting my eggs before the chickens, but thank goodness vanity still sells and it’s helping to keep us afloat.

  43. Chooch December 14, 2009 8:58 am

    Two tickets, please.

  44. Pomai December 14, 2009 8:59 am

    protector understand, I’m not that far away myself, but it just seems that this Bowl game is important to Hawaii not only the Warriors but the whole state and when they put the game out of reach for alot of folks that just doesn’t make sense to me. Plus being on National TV and the camera pans the stands an they are half empty it doesn’t look good for the whole state. I guess that the people who run the bowl need to do the same thing we always tell UH, “think outside the box”.

  45. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:01 am

    The bright spot in this is that “ST” is doing his part to help out, good job ST.

  46. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:05 am

    To continue on with my thoughts on the Bowl game, it also seems like it would be a good recruiting tool for some of those top mainland recruits to see Aloha Stadium packed with cheering fans, hard to buy that kind of promotion.

  47. protector December 14, 2009 9:06 am

    Pomai on # 33,

    Agree with you that Corporations shouldn’t be the one getting the Comps. It should be: youth organizations, military, charitable organizations, etc. Corporations can pay their own way & can get publicity / advertising for free.

    I have mixed feelings about the Hawai’i Bowl as I also deep down would like to see JJ win (I’m not one of the haters) but I also have a personal philosophy that I will cheer for a WAC team when they’re not playing Hawaii. Problem is it galls me to cheer for Kaepernick & Co. I’m looking forward to the UH team getting pay-back next season. Aw, what the heck…screw Kaepernick;
    Go SMU & June Jones!

  48. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:28 am

    #47 protector

    Well maybe if it was another WAC team, but I’m with you can’t stand Ault or his skinny butt QB. Ever since he made the iceman kick the field goal twice, the heck with him. I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but I sure would like to see someone smack the poop out him.

  49. tunaluvr December 14, 2009 9:28 am

    “Two tickets please” If I win, please give them to I love pecan pie.

  50. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2009 9:33 am

    Corporations don’t get freebies. It’s part of the sponsorship package with UH and the Hawaii Bowl.
    The Advertiser gets tickets as part of the corporate package. We then give them away to our advertisers and readers, thus the contest.
    I remember a few years ago, the Oahu Bowl donated 500 tickets to a youth group. Trouble was, most of the tickets went to waste. There was no way to transport the kids to the game. Now, if they donated buses …

  51. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 9:37 am

    What if they donated it to schools.. .and the schools were able to sell them at attractively discounted prices to hire buses and keep a small percentage for their endangered athletics programs? It would help grow the fan base, plant seeds for future recruiting efforts, and help stave off further athletic cuts in our State run school systems.

  52. bb December 14, 2009 9:44 am

    Dear Santa,

    Two tickets can go to someone else…

    “Parking pass please”

  53. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:45 am

    ST I know you can’t tell us what the exact cost to the HA the sponsorship cost, but is it in the 5 or 6 figure range?

  54. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:54 am

    ST never mind I see where they are Platinum partners which starts out at 6 figures.

  55. Pomai December 14, 2009 9:55 am

    While looking around for info on the cost for the HA what do I find a picture of our own C-C in the UH Corporate Partner Program Presentation.

  56. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 14, 2009 9:56 am

    Ending Penn State’s streak would be an awesome early Christmas gift!!!! :mrgreen:


  57. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 9:57 am

    OH yeah… forgot to add to my last post..

    “Two tickets please”

  58. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 10:00 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  59. discount tickets for Hawaii Bowl / HGEA December 14, 2009 10:01 am

    Sheraton Hawaii Bowl is offering HGEA members a 50% discount on our Mauka and south endzone upper reserved ($30.00 face value) tickets to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on December 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.

    HGEA members will be able to purchase these select seats at $15 per ticket plus any applicable service charges, while supplies last.

    If you are purchasing at an outlet or at a box office, please bring your HGEA membership card. If you’re purchasing over the phone or the internet, please use the password: “HGEA”

    (P S A for WB hgea members. be CREATIVE !!!. heh heh heh)

  60. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2009 10:02 am

    six figures .

  61. Stephen Tsai December 14, 2009 10:04 am

    Plus, we have a separation between our business/marketing department and editor, so we’re charged something like $100 every time we use the Green room for the Warrior Beat Show .

  62. Pomai December 14, 2009 10:06 am

    #61 Now see that’s marketing, making money off your own company. LOL

  63. TChahng [오키나와] December 14, 2009 10:19 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

  64. al December 14, 2009 10:23 am

    funaki…grad assistant…brilliant.

    i believe he has paid his dues and one could say that this staff sort of owes him one.

  65. hilo65 December 14, 2009 10:29 am

    Two tickets, please

  66. al December 14, 2009 10:32 am

    and funaki would do wonders in our north shore recruiting efforts.

  67. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 10:32 am

    Two tickets, please

  68. ai-eee-soos December 14, 2009 10:34 am

    There are two Grad Asst. positions open.

    One for OFFENSE; the other for DEFENSE.

    Pay is $988.67 / month; tuition waiver for 9 credit units.

    Applicant must be a grad student; min 8 credits.

    Deadline is 12-22-09.

    Job is posted on uh web site.


  69. Garret December 14, 2009 10:35 am


    I posted my hopes about Inoke getting a GA spot several weeks ago. It made sense to me because UH needs a GA on the offensive side and Inoke knows multiple positions in this offense. But I’m glad that you blogged about it because now hopefully there will be a bigger push for Inoke to get the spot.

  70. A-House December 14, 2009 10:35 am

    I vote for Funaki to be one of the GAs!

  71. Garret December 14, 2009 10:37 am

    Looks like Fresno State will not be replacing Pat Hill–he’s getting an extension. There was some talk during the season that they were going to get someone else, but the season ended well enough for Fresno State.

    Fresno State and its longtime football coach have agreed to a new contract that will extend Hill’s tenure past the 2010 season, athletic director Thomas Boeh said Sunday night.

    Fresno State went 8-4 during the 2009 regular season and finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.

    Yet fans have been sharply divided over Hill’s record, and many this year have loudly called for the university to find another head coach.

    Boeh had previously said, most recently in an interview with The Bee on Dec. 3, that he would not review Hill’s job performance until after the season.

    The issue of whether Hill would receive a new contract or head into his final year as a lame duck coach has hung over Fresno State since training camp.

  72. al December 14, 2009 10:38 am

    here’s hoping that john estes will make his mark in the nfl.

    it would be nice to see another warrior under the lights.

    funny thing with the nfl is, that besides having to have immense numbers, talent, athleticism and all. one needs to be in the right place at the right time. being on a team that needs your talent when you arrive is as important as your contract.

    davone bess landed in the right place at the right time.
    colt brennan? rgm? veikune? for example, probably haven’t.

  73. al December 14, 2009 10:40 am

    #67….why would santa need those tickets? unless he is giving them away.

  74. ai-eee-soos December 14, 2009 10:40 am

    Congrats to John Estes.

    Thank you for your contributions to the WARRIOR football program.

    All the best to you.


  75. al December 14, 2009 10:41 am

    ahouse….there’s no vote.

    and real men do go to craft fairs.

  76. PONO December 14, 2009 10:44 am

    No one has ever answered the question on Akoni. This guy had pretty good stats at a good JC school and his measurables (ht, weight, 40 time) are unreal. Why is he a walk on. If he was any good he would have gotten a scholarship offer from someone. Enlighten me please.

  77. hammer December 14, 2009 10:44 am

    i’ve heard this study say that on average when we reach 53 our brains just don’t function the same as before……..being that coach mack is a few years north of 53, maybe some email from the tsaikos regarding inoke funaki for grad assistant may shake some memory cells, hehe………funaki is a natural for the position as ST has mentioned………if it’s not a ncaa violation, how bout emailing coach mack regarding inoke for GA………………..here’s coach mack’s email address: mcmackin@hawaii.edu …………..it’s worth a shot……..inoke is the ideal candidate, the ultimate team player……..

  78. Stretch December 14, 2009 11:00 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    December 14th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    #67….why would santa need those tickets? unless he is giving them away.

    Santa was going to give it to me since I’ve been a good boy this year.

  79. drewbreezy December 14, 2009 11:02 am

    “Two tickets, please.” Thank you!

  80. al December 14, 2009 11:02 am

    pono…for one to become a great recruit/prospect. two things must align.

    first, with going any further the student/athlete must be academically able to enroll in the university. hs players must past muster from the ncaa clearinghouse, an across the board no nonsense list of required courses, grade point average, and sat/act scores. then every school has its own standards of acceptance.

    jc players need to acquire an aa degree and must have taken courses that are accepted by the university in mind.

    for some reason, the hawaii school has tough standards regarding both ends of acceptance and transfer.

    two, sometimes measurables alone do not make a great d1 prospect. sometimes the measurables may not be authentic.

    and yes, many do fall under the radar.

  81. al December 14, 2009 11:03 am

    is it just me…

    each time i look at the new heading;
    “Zuckerman to represent Estes”

    i keep thinking of charlotte.

  82. Kekoa December 14, 2009 11:05 am

    Funaki for GA makes sense for the reasons stated above. He will be coming back from that fancy dan coaching school in Florida to give him even more credibility.

    Another one of the benefits is, he has the heart for bringing a kindred spirit to the squad. That special quality you find in certain individuals that can help these young men become better at their positions. It certainly helped his QB competitors learn the R & S.

  83. Slugger December 14, 2009 11:05 am

    Good morning!

    Good luck to those taking finals this week. Hope y’all studied hard.

    I like Inoke’s roller skates in that article by Juice. Hope they hire 2 GAs soon. Wonder if they are waiting for certain people to graduate?

    Two tickets, please.

  84. al December 14, 2009 11:06 am

    stretch…you have been a good boy???

    lets check.
    okay, how many trips to the darkside have you made?
    how many times have you lost your keys in a beverage dispensing establishment?

  85. elum December 14, 2009 11:06 am

    Two tickets, please.

  86. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 11:07 am

    Yes, the tickets will indeed be given away (should I win), ’tis the season.

    With that said..

    Two tickets, please.


  87. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 11:12 am

    Put Funaki in charge of the Scout teams for the year. .. help develop the up and coming QBs… help coach the WRs to run the right patterns… teach the RBs how to block … He’s done all that…

  88. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 11:13 am

    and “Two tickets please”

  89. d1島 December 14, 2009 11:17 am

    Two Tackles, please.

    (6-7, 300+ variety, with long arms and tremendous footwork)

  90. bonbons December 14, 2009 11:17 am

    Two tickets, please

  91. d1島 December 14, 2009 11:20 am

    The two most recent “Former GA’s” have raised the bar on what GA’s should do to help the program. They no longer simply hold clipboards, play cards and ball bags.
    Whoever is awarded the two open positions should be expected to maintain that level.

  92. d1島 December 14, 2009 11:22 am

    Congratulations to John Estes.

    Now the real work begins….

  93. al December 14, 2009 11:22 am

    somebody said we are entertaining this young man. it would be nice to see him in a warrior uniform.



    there’s a few more tagged to the youtube.com link.

    he was the #16 prospect out of the northwest. he plays qb, s, and is the kick returner extraordinaire. i think we are pursuing his talents as a returner/db.


  94. al December 14, 2009 11:29 am

    yah, we gonna miss those tailgates.

    last week i was practicing in the kitchen and came up with my usc tailgate contribution.

    its a fresh chilled pork rib roast (think pork prime rib). i made this rub using those rare salts that lizk brings over with some brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, peppers, thyme, rosemary, savory, and the like. then i laced some bacon over it.

    roasted em till just past the medium rare point so that the natural juices just rolled out of the slices. (yes, you can actually eat pork rare these days)

    so, wait till next year folks.

  95. tommui December 14, 2009 11:32 am

    Hammer said: “i’ve heard this study say that on average when we reach 53 our brains just don’t function the same as before”.

    I don’t know how he got my medical records. but …

  96. Jack Flash December 14, 2009 11:37 am

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Go Wahine!

  97. A-House December 14, 2009 11:41 am


    your #89 – can I also ask for the same present from Santa?

    Besides being in the PAC 10, what else can Washington offer that Hawaii does not have? Its cold, wet, no see da sun for weeks/months, etc.

    Pike’s Market does not count!

    Maybe they get more exotic chicks den Hawaii?

  98. Kekoa December 14, 2009 11:45 am

    #95 ~ Tom…oh never mind, I forgot.

  99. A-House December 14, 2009 11:47 am


    adding to your #95, it’s no wonder why some same I am dumber now – I was just dumb before – geez, like the movie, Dumb and Dumber – whoa Andy, Lone Ranger and Tonoto just showed up with Yukon King trailing behind.

    I liked to listen to Inner Sanctum – turn off the lignts, curl under da blanket and shiver!!!!!!!!!

  100. Garret December 14, 2009 11:52 am


    To be fair to U-Dub, their Academic side may be better than UH’s. I saw this first hand when my sister went to UH for her first 2 years of college and then went to U-Dub for the rest of her degree. Given the *huge* cuts that UH has been taking and the problem students have of even getting the classes they need to graduate, I’m guessing that the Academics favor U-Dub still.

  101. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 11:58 am

    53? I think it’s more like 35. 35 was when I got married the first time. Whooo boy.. what was I thinking?

    53? I must have been hit a year earlier…That’s when I said okay to my Wife’s wish to pursue photography as a career…. little did I know I was also saying okay to a change in career for myself from techno-geek to an endangered species, custom oiled and waxed, solid koa picure framer. Never worked so hard and made so little … dunno why I enjoy it, though.

  102. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 14, 2009 12:10 pm

    Items for USC tailgate next season:

    -Kava root.
    -Hawaiian club weapon with shark teeth on the edges.
    -More kava root.

  103. d1島 December 14, 2009 12:30 pm

    Pat Hill to get contract extension past his current one that expires after 2010.

  104. hammer December 14, 2009 12:31 pm

    #95 tommui ….. the secrets out !!!!

  105. al December 14, 2009 12:49 pm

    #95….whew. i’ve a ways to go yet then.

  106. DoubleB December 14, 2009 12:49 pm

    Two tickets please!!

  107. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 1:01 pm

    I love tuna, too!
    Tunaluvr, thanx for your #49 post…

    Two sashimi, please…
    I mean, Two tickets, please…
    with wasabi, please…

  108. whitey December 14, 2009 1:38 pm

    Two tickets please

  109. tunaluvr December 14, 2009 1:46 pm

    No problem I Love Pecan Pie.
    I would love to go to the game but I might be going to Disney Land instead with my kids.

  110. whitey December 14, 2009 1:58 pm

    I don’t know if the Wahines VB came home from the regionals or are they staying on the mainland. I hope they came home, so they can finish their finals and get away from the cold.

  111. jm2375 December 14, 2009 2:08 pm

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!

    Falling asleep after office holiday potluck lunch.

    whitey -#110 – heard they are heading to Tampa TODAY. Is FloridaTed available to meet and greet?

    Kazz – da kava root for you or for USC players? :mrgreen:

    Two tickets, please. For LizK and guest.

  112. Ralph December 14, 2009 2:15 pm

    two tickets please

  113. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 2:18 pm

    Tsaikology of Staying Smart

    The drunker you get, the less you remember.
    The less you remember, the less you can forget.
    The less you forget, the smarter you’ll stay.

    So get drunk
    Stay smart!

  114. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 2:19 pm


    “Two tickets please”

  115. Pride. December 14, 2009 2:20 pm

    Priority represents several top NFL centers, such as Olin Kreutz of the Chicago Bears, Dominic Raiola of the Detroit Lions and Kevin Mawae of the Tennessee Titans.

    If you were to add Samson Satele, to that list then that would be four players of Hawaiian ancestry who start at center in the NFL.

    If Estes was to make it onto someone’s roster as a starter, then that would make five out of thirty two teams with a Hawaiian as a starter at center. Highly unlikely though because it might take Estes a few years to become a starter, and Mawae and Kreutz might be coaches or color analysts by that time.

  116. FloridaTed December 14, 2009 2:35 pm

    Hi, Gang,

    Finally I’m able to blog a little

    I’m trying to get same tickets for VB at the Times Forum, as of today nothing behind the Wahine, and if I go in person, I would like to, at least, say a hello.

    Does anybody know anything about a Hawaii contingent?

  117. Hawaiianbod December 14, 2009 2:48 pm

    two tickets please.
    (please give tix to ‘i love pecan pie’)

    your post really touched my heart.

    mele kalikimaka!

  118. Kekoa December 14, 2009 2:48 pm

    Florida Ted ~ YOU are the Hawaii contingent!

    Try wait…maybe our good friend Don Weir is going, or has knowledge of the UH contingent that is.

    Shout out to Dandy Don!

  119. Kekoa December 14, 2009 2:58 pm

    Don Weir ~ Surely UH was allocated some tickets. Is there a way we can get a VB ticket left at Will Call for Florida Ted and his wife in Tampa?…Just let me know the cost and I’ll come pick it up and overnite it to him.

  120. Kekoa December 14, 2009 3:02 pm

    Don ~ I meant a receipt of some kind for the tickets at the window. Not sure how these things are handled. They drag our team all over the fruited plains! We’re #12 seed…#3 in the nation…in the final 4…and treated like #100.

  121. al December 14, 2009 3:15 pm

    pride….the legacy of former Hawaiian centers who played in the nfl also includes:

    charlie ane, jr
    charlie “kale” ane, III

  122. Pomai December 14, 2009 3:20 pm

    Kekoa did you expect better from them bozo’s

  123. al December 14, 2009 3:21 pm

    hopefully the two cb’s will commit
    and more importantly hopefully we have enough scholies to dole out.

  124. Pomai December 14, 2009 3:23 pm

    I don’t know if any of the Na Wahine read the blog, but if they do—–

    “It’s time to bring the Championship back to where it belongs”

  125. Aw Business December 14, 2009 3:29 pm


    “Two tickets, please.”

  126. Kekoa December 14, 2009 3:35 pm

    Pomai ~ It always comes back to the tickets, huh?! Makes you wonder if perhaps we should start recruiting for good box office help. Handlers always seem so lost-in-space behind the window. Then they call for the boss, and he no stay. Auwe! No sale!

  127. Pride. December 14, 2009 3:36 pm


    December 14th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    pride….the legacy of former Hawaiian centers who played in the nfl also includes:

    charlie ane, jr
    charlie “kale” ane, III

    Okay al,

    How’s about Kani Kauahi, that’s a Hawaiian name.

  128. kama krab December 14, 2009 3:41 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    I think Funaki should be somewhat of a slam dunk for the offensive G.A. position. He has proven that he has a good work ethic, he has the respect of the team not only certain position players, he is already in grad. school, and most but not least the coaches owe it to this guy for screwing him his senior year.

  129. kama krab December 14, 2009 3:46 pm

    Funaki also has extensive knowledge of the offensive and could probably coach pretty much any position on the offensive side of the ball.

    I don’t think there should be anymore discussion on this one. All we need is for Funaki to apply and Coach Mack to endorse the hire.

    I think you could say “Nuff Sed” for this one.

  130. d1島 December 14, 2009 3:49 pm


    Olin Kreutz might be a little too “colorful” for TV 😳

    Frank Gore!!!

  131. kama krab December 14, 2009 3:50 pm

    Besides Funaki could definitely help us in recruiting the north shore.

    Oh well I think I can stop now because I think if Mack is reading this he gets the message.

    Anyway hopefully it will happen cause Inoke definitely deserves a chance if he wants it.

  132. d1島 December 14, 2009 3:50 pm

    If there is a football god, CB will find his way to the Bay Area 🙄

  133. Richie December 14, 2009 3:52 pm


    I am all for Inoke Funaki for GA. He would be the perfect fit.

    May I ask, why all the hype for Kenny Zuckerman? You make him sound like he is Tom Condon or something and, really, who cares?

    GO WARRIORS! Final Four for Women’s VB.

  134. kama krab December 14, 2009 3:55 pm

    Oh and by the way,

    ST, do you have any report on how the visits went this week and where we stand on the recruits that visited.

    Any info would be much appreciated.

  135. LizKauai December 14, 2009 3:56 pm


    “Two tickets, please.”


  136. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:00 pm

    TD Niners!

  137. kama krab December 14, 2009 4:00 pm

    Hopefully everybody makes it through finals week and can make to it Saturday’s ceremony. Good luck and study hard.

  138. LizKauai December 14, 2009 4:02 pm

    Prayers continue for the ailing- esp W-Doc, whom, I hope had a successful surgery today.
    “Two tickets, please.”

  139. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:02 pm


    Maybe it’s just interesting to know that the guy already has done well for guys with HI-ties.
    I thought so anyway…

  140. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:03 pm

    …not to mention the gratuitous tie-in to the

    J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!


  141. Aji-nomo-toe December 14, 2009 4:04 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Funaki deserve to get one of GA position since, he’s already taking post-graduate classes .

    Any chance London Sapolu (Son of Jesse) 295 lb DT from my ole school Orange Coast coming to join us in Spring or going to Tenn?
    Or his brother Roman (how big is he now?) from Edison Hi in Huntington Beach my ole stumping and surfing ground.
    How about Wilson Edwards Long Beach Poly Defensive linemen?
    We could use them in front line could also play OL.

  142. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:06 pm


  143. kama krab December 14, 2009 4:11 pm

    The thing is,

    Even if everyone graduates on schedule don’t we only have 10-15 players on scholarship and only about half will be graduating this semester.

    Anyway, ST would you have the exact number of players that are scheduled to graduate this semester.

    I ask because there are 5 grayshirts that I counted from the 2009 class. So would they count against the 85 scholarships or would they need to count against a certain class.

    Oh and sorry for all the question. Just wondering because it seems that offers are going through the roof again.

    Thanks in advance.

  144. wafan December 14, 2009 4:11 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  145. I Love Pecan Pie December 14, 2009 4:13 pm

    Hawaiianbod, you too are too good.
    Melekalikimaka to you, too.
    Some of our names makes us wonder
    what we all look like…when I think of
    Hawaiianbod, I think that you must look like
    Duke kahanamoku (when he was young…)
    btw, I emailed coach Mac about Funaki per
    Hammer’s #77 “here’s coach mack’s email address: mcmackin@hawaii.edu
    I wonder what Hammer looks like?….

  146. Jackson C. December 14, 2009 4:13 pm

    Two crickets please.

  147. Union Guy December 14, 2009 4:15 pm

    Two pickets please.

  148. longrice December 14, 2009 4:18 pm

    two tickets please. Me like see JJ do his thing live.

  149. Okole Maluna December 14, 2009 4:20 pm

    Give Funaki the GA!
    Give Funaki $988.67 / month; tuition waiver for taking post-grad units.
    Give Funaki he’s a great guy and true Warrior.
    He’ll be a great asset to UH Football Warriors.
    and one day take over the program at Northshore and automatic pipeline to UH… yeah Go Funaki!

    Fresno State Fans trying to get rid of Pat Hill? Are you Kidding me!! He’s another great football mentor and a great guy.
    I love the guy when where not playing FSU.

    and please “Two tickets, please.”

  150. Laundry Guy December 14, 2009 4:21 pm

    Two ticky, two laundry!

  151. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:22 pm

    Does Inoke Funaki want to be a coach?

  152. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:23 pm


  153. Pomai December 14, 2009 4:28 pm

    D1 nobody thought of that….. Maybe he has a life away from football.

  154. Pomai December 14, 2009 4:29 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  155. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:34 pm


    Just wondering, after all it is Graduate Assistant Coach, if I’m not mistaken.

  156. protector December 14, 2009 4:34 pm


    Thanks for the clarifications on the Corporations, etc. Whoo boy! It’s just not easy to get things allocated where they need to go, huh? Why can’t we have a few more Bill Gates types to take an interest in these islands? What about Sam Walton’s relatives?

    madeinhawaii on # 51,

    Intriguing idea, however I’m cynical (work for the DOE) enough to believe either the school administration or perhaps even the Guv or Superintendent would cause something to happen where the sales or income would not reach the targeted areas & would be confiscated cover their shortfalls & budget shortages. Look at how Lingle played with allocated monies & the stimulus monies that were supposed to prevent loss of positions, etc.
    We need benevolent billionaires that are altruistic & akamai.

  157. wafan December 14, 2009 4:42 pm

    Congratulations to Estes. Work hard and get drafted! Then remember the Warriors once in a while.

  158. LizKauai December 14, 2009 4:42 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Time to go homey!

  159. wafan December 14, 2009 4:46 pm

    This morning was interesting. I kinda, sorta slid through two intersections. Good thing there were few other vehicles on the road — there were a lot more 4×4’s and trucks in the ditches than actually on the road.

    Tonight is a lot warmer! We are actually above freezing for the first time in a week. Yahoo!!!

  160. wafan December 14, 2009 4:47 pm

    Oh, and . . .

    Two tickets, please!

  161. whitey December 14, 2009 4:48 pm

    The hype about Kenny Zukerman is for real. This guy is one of the best sports agent and truly cares about each player he represents. Estes got a good one. Maybe this is who Colt should have signed with. If you want to party, go get TO’s agent. If you want to make money in the NFL and provide for your family and self, get Kenny Z. He is rated as one of the top 4 agents in NFL.

  162. wafan December 14, 2009 4:51 pm

    Congratulations to any Tsai-ko who ran and finished the Honolulu Marathon!!! Whoo-hoo!!!


    What was I thinking.


  163. wafan December 14, 2009 4:52 pm


    Two tickets, please!

  164. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:52 pm



  165. d1島 December 14, 2009 4:56 pm


  166. Richie December 14, 2009 5:00 pm


    Has Zuckerman ever even represented a first round draft pick?

  167. al December 14, 2009 5:00 pm

    whoa d1

    you just made think of those scrumptious crabcake eggs benedict that they serve at the ihilani resort.

  168. d1島 December 14, 2009 5:08 pm


    Cut to the chase…who should every NFL prospect sign with?

  169. royvic December 14, 2009 5:10 pm

    I hope Coach Mack selects an offensive GA that best suits the needs of helping his team get better. I hope he doesn’t base his decision on someone’s potential or popularity, but instead of selecting a person on the premise of what needs to be fixed now.

    When you look at the Warrior team team the one unit that could use enhancements in coaching is at the WR position.

    Along with others I’m tired of seeing the WR being under coached.

    GA(s), in general, do all the remedial stuff for the team, like preparing practices, breaking down film, recruiting and overlooking the players in the weight room etc.

    If in the pool applicants he does find a GA that fits the criteria of being able to successfully execute the remedial things for the staff plus also bringing a wealth of knowledge to the team at coaching the position player that can use the most help now then that’s the one I hope he selects.

    With that said I hope the Coach has an eye on GA that can coach the WR.

  170. Garret December 14, 2009 5:10 pm

    Does Inoke Funaki want to be a coach?


    From my quotes archive, it is Inoke’s career goal to coach football:

    Honored to be selected for the Football Coaches Academy, Inoke Funaki said:
    “I was extremely happy when I was notified that I was selected to this
    camp. It’s quite an honor to be among the 30 student-athletes who were
    selected. Coaching is one of my career ambitions and I’m excited to be
    able to learn from the best in the collegiate coaching profession.”

  171. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 5:11 pm

    Two tickets, please….

  172. […] more here:  The Warrior Beat| UH football, University of Hawaii athletics … MLB News Click Here For Cheap MLB Tickets Tagged: cheap tickets, mlb news, result, tickets, […]

  173. d1島 December 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    Thanks Garret.

    Got info on NFL agent ratings?

  174. wafan December 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    Richie . . .

    Dunno. But, the company for which he works has produced some big contracts.

  175. Garret December 14, 2009 5:13 pm

    Oops, let me format that better:

    Honored to be selected for the Football Coaches Academy, Inoke Funaki said:
    “I was extremely happy when I was notified that I was selected to this camp. It’s quite an honor to be among the 30 student-athletes who were selected. Coaching is one of my career ambitions and I’m excited to be able to learn from the best in the collegiate coaching profession.” (UH)

  176. wafan December 14, 2009 5:14 pm


    Two tickets, please!!!

  177. Garret December 14, 2009 5:16 pm


    There is no single rating system for agents, because they vary a lot (some do more for endorsements, some are really just lawyers who get paid hourly, etc.). If you want to judge Zuckerman by one of his clients, I’d look at Davone Bess. Zuckerman and Bess picked the *perfect* team for Bess to sign with, and Bess looks like he’s going to cash in with his next contract. If Bess signed with another team and never got a chance to play, his career could be over already.

  178. Garret December 14, 2009 5:20 pm


    The trouble is, to become a GA you have to have a BS degree, be accepted to grad school, want to work for an extremely low salary, and understand the system. There was only one GA that I thought would be perfect for UH to handle WRs, and he left for Portland State last year. What other recent former UH WR would be a fit for the GA position?

    Maybe Bain could be a GA, as he was a student assistant last year who definitely was involved with the team. However, I do not know of his degree status and if he wants to coach.

  179. whitey December 14, 2009 5:20 pm

    Need more info????????

    Priority Sports & Entertainment is on the cutting edge of NFL contract negotiations. Priority prides itself on maintaining a complete understanding of the ever-changing rules of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the salary cap. Our high level of expertise has enabled us to utilize many creative concepts including: signing bonuses, voidables, buy-back bonuses, roster bonuses, workout bonuses, playtime bonuses, honors bonuses, individual incentive bonuses and team incentive bonuses, that have maximized our clients’ contracts.

    The following are just a few examples of recently completed contracts, negotiated by Priority, that were not only lucrative but precedent setting:

    ROBERT GALLERY (Oakland Raiders) 2nd pick in the 2004 NFL Draft – Seven-year contract worth a potential $60,000,000 with a $18,000,000 signing bonus.

    KURT WARNER (Arizona Cardinals) 2-Time NFL MVP, Super Bowl Winner & MVP – Two-year contract worth $24,000,000 with $19,000,000 guaranteed.

    LEVI JONES (Cincinnati Bengals) 2002 1st Round Pick – Six-year contract extension worth $40,095,000 including $16,295,000 in guaranteed money.

    ISAAC SOPOAGA (San Francisco 49ers) One of highest paid backups – Five-year contract worth $20,000,000 including $7,000,000 in guaranteed money

    AJ HAWK (Green Bay Packers) 5th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft – Six-year contract worth a potential $40,000,000 with over $15,000,000 in guaranteed money.

    KRIS DIELMAN (San Diego Chargers) Undrafted defensive lineman converted to offensive guard – Six-year contract worth $39,000,000 with $17,000,000 in guaranteed money over the first two years.

    JAKE DELHOMME (Carolina Panthers) Pro Bowl Quarterback – Five-year contract extension worth $45,000,000 with $9,000,000 guaranteed.

    Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) 2007 1st Round Pick – Six-year contract extension worth $42,000,000 with $18,000,000 guaranteed after only playing two years of his initial rookie contract.

    Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) 12th Pick in the 2006 NFL Draft – Five-year contract worth $14,000,000 with over $9,000,000 in guaranteed money.

    TONY PASHOS (Jacksonville Jaguars) Fifth round draft pick – Five-year contract worth $25,000,000 with $10,000,000 in guaranteed money.

    ALAN FANECA (New York Jets) Highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL – Five-year contract worth $40,000,000 with more than $20,000,000 in guaranteed money.

    OLIN KREUTZ (Chicago Bears) Perennial Pro Bowler – Three-year contract extension for $25,000,000 with a $9,000,000 signing bonus.

    LUIS CASTILLO (San Diego Chargers) One of the highest paid defensive linemen in the NFL – Five-year extension worth $44,650,000 with $17,500,000 in guaranteed money.

    DOMINIC RAIOLA (Detroit Lions) Highest-paid non Pro Bowler at his position – Four-year contract extension for $20,000,000 with $9,000,000 in guaranteed money.

    KYLE KOSIER (Dallas Cowboys) One of the highest paid players ever that was never a starter as of opening day – Five-year contract for $15,000,000 with a $5,000,000 signing bonus.

    MADIEU WILLIAMS (Minnesota Vikings) One of highest paid safeties in the NFL – Six-year contract for $33,000,000 with $12,000,000 of guaranteed money.

    Priority Sports & Entertainment has negotiated some of the largest contracts in

  180. whitey December 14, 2009 5:22 pm

    #179 is for Ritchie

  181. whitey December 14, 2009 5:23 pm

    ritchie = richie

  182. whitey December 14, 2009 5:25 pm

    i wonder if kenny z can negotiate a contract for posting here??? hahahahahaaaaaaaa

  183. wafan December 14, 2009 5:34 pm

    whitey . . .

    That is the site I visited. I figured if I could find it so could Richie. Of course, it may not be the response he was seeking.

    Two tickets, please!

  184. whitey December 14, 2009 5:38 pm

    wafan, so how is the weather????

  185. whitey December 14, 2009 5:39 pm

    wafan, when i see ed m, i’ll tell him that your lips froze to the reeds. hahahaahahahhaa

  186. Pomai December 14, 2009 5:41 pm

    Two, tickets please.

  187. whitey December 14, 2009 5:42 pm

    wafan, if we go like hell, we can make the next century before 6, 8 your time.
    Two tickets please

  188. whitey December 14, 2009 5:44 pm

    i don’t know too much about the GA position, but personally, i think Coach Mc is giving Inoke plenty of consideration.

  189. whitey December 14, 2009 5:44 pm

    couple more and we reach 190

    Two tickets please

  190. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 5:45 pm

    Two tickets, please!

    before I forget…

  191. whitey December 14, 2009 5:45 pm

    I wonder if i buy Avis a box of chocalates, that would help my chances.

    two tickets please

  192. whitey December 14, 2009 5:46 pm

    and now mih and pomai are giving us a lending hand. yeeaaahhhh.

    two tickets please

  193. whitey December 14, 2009 5:47 pm

    wafan, no tell me your fingers stay stuck on the the keyboard.

  194. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 5:47 pm

    You know? another contender for Graduate Assitant might be Greg Alexander.

  195. whitey December 14, 2009 5:47 pm

    Go Wahines!!!!!!!

  196. whitey December 14, 2009 5:48 pm

    I don’t know who is graduating this week, but it is truly great to see more and more warriors getting their degree.

  197. royvic December 14, 2009 5:49 pm


    I understand. The potential GA would have to be candidate for grad school (3.0 or better?), and have the willingness to accept a long work schedule w/little pay. Someone in the mold of the GA (Mike Smith) that’s leaving would be a perfect fit. Someone for example that’s played at the highest level and can provide good tutelage to his players . Certainly MS did. Saw a few practices and he reminded me of Cavanaugh. He had a hands on approach to coaching and his presence and loud voice was noticeable. And hopefully in the pool applicants Coach Mack finds one similarly to a Mike Smith mold that can coach the WR.

  198. whitey December 14, 2009 5:50 pm

    By they doing that, we will be able to generate more UH ambassadors who will in turn help UH gets students in the future.

    Two tickets please

  199. Jason December 14, 2009 5:50 pm

    I remember a few years ago, the Oahu Bowl donated 500 tickets to a youth group. Trouble was, most of the tickets went to waste. There was no way to transport the kids to the game. Now, if they donated buses …

    I remember when I was in the 7th grade, I got a pair of Aloha/Oʻahu Bowl tickets for having straight As. My Dad and I went to my first ever UH game, UH-Oregon State. I don’t remember what group it was that passed those out, but I know we had to go to that building down in Mōʻiliʻili next to where Varsity Theatre used to be in order to pick up the tickets. I think I heard of the offer through school, one of my teachers let me know about it.

  200. whitey December 14, 2009 5:50 pm

    Yahooooo!!! Getting close, so can take brake.

  201. wafan December 14, 2009 5:53 pm

    whitey . . .

    You ever see the movie, “The Christmas Story”? The one where the boy keeps asking for the BB gun.

    There was a boy this past weekend who got his tongue frozen to a flag-pole. Funny!

    Anyhow, your comment about my lips being frozen to my reed reminded me. But, I did have my fingers stick to cymbals at a WWU football game once. Dang, that was cold.

  202. Jason December 14, 2009 5:54 pm

    I think ʻInoke Funaki would be a great candidate as a GA. No, he never played WR, but he knows the offense, and can help the receivers out with what routes they should be running. Ron Lee will have to address the finer points of route running with the receivers themselves, but ʻInoke’s knowledge of the offense would be nice to utilize in the film room. With this offense, it all starts in the film room.

  203. wafan December 14, 2009 5:57 pm

    Hi, Jason!

    Long time no see. You doing okay at both schools?

    Liked your teacher finger-pointing look from the lst party. HA!

  204. wafan December 14, 2009 5:57 pm


    Two tickets, please!

  205. wafan December 14, 2009 5:58 pm

    My brain is fried or I am tired.

    The answer is yes.

    Two tickets, please, oh please, oh please!

  206. d1島 December 14, 2009 6:00 pm


    That’s a big key for GA…film work.

    Gotta love doing it ’cause you going be doing a lot of it. And you gotta know what you doing when you put together video for different player groups…gotta make good use of their time when they watching it. Otherwise, GIGO!

  207. RainboWarrior December 14, 2009 6:06 pm

    Two tickets, please.
    I’m a huge fan of Inoke Funaki and I think he’ll become a great coach. His dad coached Rugby at Byu-Hawaii before the program stopped there and he was also well respected.

  208. Don Weir December 14, 2009 6:07 pm

    I will bird dog around UH tomorrow and locate where (if) UH has tickets to VB.
    Call me tomorrow around high noon.

  209. wafan December 14, 2009 6:13 pm

    Time to check for cracks.

    4 more days!!!

    Two tickets, please!

  210. wafan December 14, 2009 6:16 pm

    Difficult to read and type. Doctor dilated my eyes. Good thing it was dark on the way home.

    See ya!

  211. Anfield December 14, 2009 6:21 pm

    Two tickets, please

  212. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2009 6:38 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Congratulations to John Estes – my nephew-in-law works for Zukerman – one of these days maybe I’ll have a chance to meet Mr..Z.

    And, yes, Inoki Funaki would make a great grad assistant. The fact that he’s been accepted into the newbie coaching camp speaks loudly for his future.

    Pomai: what does “C-C” mean in #55? I’m assuming that it does not mean Chawan_Cut or Cattle Call or Carl Clapp or Clarence Ching

    Re ticket costs – DrDoc & I are giving each other tickets to the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl as Christmas gifts, but I also understand what the concerns are about the costs of nice-2-haves such as tickets to support UH sports. We decided last summer that we would forego off-island vacations and spend the time/money at the four UH sports venues – including the Wahine Softball Stadium which I don’t think is named after anyone yet.

    Although the SHB is not under the control of the University of Hawai`i Athletic Depatment, for the public it’s pretty much all the same. Jim Donovan reduced ticket prices & concession prices as welll as boosted promotions at both the Stan Sheriff Center and Les Murakami Stadium; based upon my observations – haven’t seen any reports – there’ve been some modest increases in attendance

    BTW – had my eye surgery this morning which as an event went well although it’s way too soon to see if anything has changed for the better.
    Mahalo for your thoughts. Will find out tomorrow when the second surgery will be scheduled.

    Hope everyone else here on the blog on the mend is doing well. Rainbow Cliff – having gone through the same thing last summer with DrDoc’s mom, I can tell you that things will get better.

    Most of the family got together over Thanksgiving and spent a lot of time remembering the good times growing up. The next two generations down
    thought it was kind of interesting.

    As for our pets, I’m afraid that Jazzpurrs The Cat will be leaving us shortly. What we thought was a bile duct infection has turned out to be liver cancer.

    It breaks my heart because she’s only been a part of our family for four months. Long-time friends of ours who are now on the mainland until the summer of 2012 for professional improvement gave her to us after their tenants refused to take Jazzpurrs because she sounds like a dove & they found the sound irritating. When she first joined us, I kept thinking that a bird was in the house.

    Any news on whether it will be the 2 pm or the 4 pm match that the Wahine will play this Thursday? I assume that ESPN1420 will be there along with the tv ESPN. Any watch parties being planned?

    BTW – what is ESPN360? Is that the channel number on Oceanic? We don’t have premium cable so there’s anything above Ch 78 we want to see we go to a sports bar somewhere.

  213. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 6:44 pm

    espn360.com is a website that shows some of the ESPN broadcasts. Not a bad and free alternative to TV if you can’t get the game on cable

  214. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 6:45 pm

    it works with most broadband providers, although occasionally they do have regional blackouts

  215. duffer (iPhone) December 14, 2009 6:56 pm


    I still have your duck in the freezer. 🙂

  216. Garret December 14, 2009 6:58 pm


    I’m hoping that your surgery improves things and that you’ll notice the difference tomorrow. Condolences again for your pets.

  217. Pomai December 14, 2009 6:58 pm

    #212 Doc yes that was Chawan_Cut I was speaking of, fingers missed the caps button.

    “Two tickets, please.”

  218. ho ho ho December 14, 2009 7:00 pm

    Oh yeah…

    Two tickets, please.

  219. Garret December 14, 2009 7:03 pm


    I do not disagree with anything you posted in #197. Coaches sometimes get lucky, sometimes they use their contacts, and sometimes they make promises to get the right GA. For example, both Reinbold and McKnight served as GAs at UH, and both were *extremely* overqualified for the GA position, but JJ made sure to get them a regular coaching position once one opened up.

    It is possible that Mack has his eye on hiring someone that he coached or coached with for the GA spot. We’ll find out shortly.

    With *2* GA positions opened, it is possible that UH could get both Inoke and a GA that would focus on the WRs. I remember how this season UH had 8 coaches on the defensive side (counting Tony Tuioti) and 4 on the offensive side, so there certainly is room to have both GAs on the offensive side.

  220. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 7:07 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

  221. Pomai December 14, 2009 7:10 pm

    I want – “Two tickets, please.”

  222. gmahoney December 14, 2009 7:12 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  223. Jack Flash December 14, 2009 7:24 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  224. 808Kamaaina December 14, 2009 7:46 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

  225. royvic December 14, 2009 7:56 pm

    I agree with Jason that breaking down film is important to a football team’s success.

    Having read many article on the Navy team’s success I can see that this team and coaching staff places a great emphasis in this area of coaching, where the film/video system they have in place is state of the art.

    At the Navy practice every minute of the practiced is filmed. This is the same way at UH. But unlike UH the Navy offensive and defensive units practice on separate fields, with one tower at each field manned by a total of four cameras. UH has one tower (?) and one camera (?).

    Twenty minutes after the practices the Navy coaches have a hard copy of the practices. Ditto with the games.

    The advantages the Navy coaches have is that they can look and analyze game film on their laptops on the plane ride back to campus. The film system they have is sophisticated and eliminates the tedious work of having others breaking it down as the software in place does this. Every play is categorized. And archived.

    Whereas other teams, presumably UH, too, are going over game film on a Sunday morning following the Saturday game the Navy staff spends this day looking at film of their next opponent as they have already processed their game film essentially in the waiting area of the airport and on the plane ride back to campus. This is a big edge, especially having a jump on your opponents.

    The film/video system, I understand, is costly. I also read where this idea of having two towers and four cameras at the Navy practices were head coach Ken Niumatalolo creation. It is also noted that it was also his idea of having the sophisticated film/video system.

    For UH I hopefully someday they’ll have a similar film/video system that Navy has. Also having two towers with four cameras, like Navy, does will allow them a better practice preparation and fine tuning for their games.

  226. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2009 7:58 pm

    ho ho ho – Mahalo for the explanation. I have such poor luck watching missed tv shows on my computer what with the freezes and the pop-up ads that I think I’d rather spend my time in a bar even though I don’t drink in order to see a game or a match.

    Pomai – okay, now I get it. Went to the site and saw C_C’s friendly face.

    Garret: Mahalo for your thoughts. The best case scenario after both surgeries – no more contacts. Worst case – have to wear contacts with a new prescription. That decision will be made about a month after the second surgical procedure.

    Thursday’s matches are Minnesto v Texas at 2 pm and Hawai`i v. Penn State at 4 pm – HITime.

    Barring unforseen circumstances, I’ll be at the Thursday Stadium Authority meeting.

    A-House and others: Did you communicate with the Stadium management office about replacing the tattered flags? If not, do you want me to ask Scott Chan before the meeting about replacing them in time for next week’s Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl?

    BTW – we’re giving away 4 tickets to the first day (December 22) of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic to two lucky winners from the pool of volunteers at this Saturday’s community service project. For more information, visit http://www.waa-hawaii.org/waaclndr.htm

    We raised almost $50 in HI-5 collections yesterday. The next drive is also on the above website.

  227. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2009 7:59 pm

    I assume that we can enter more than once:

    “Two tickets, please.”

  228. PONO December 14, 2009 8:00 pm

    Both of your points about Akoni are incorrect. Obviously he’s a qualifier out of JC if he’s walking on and there are not many guys that go under the radar with his combine measurables. He must just be a workout warrior and not be much of a football player.

  229. HiFlyer December 14, 2009 8:03 pm

    ST, did you check your E-mail?

  230. A-House December 14, 2009 8:08 pm

    Wassup Doc:

    I was not aware that the flags at Aloha Stadium were tattered – no can see that far – need new glasses!!

    If so, please mention to Scott Chan – would be nice to see brand new flags for the USC game.

  231. whitey December 14, 2009 8:14 pm

    al, i guess making all conference first team with Aaron Brown doesn’t count.

  232. protector December 14, 2009 8:16 pm

    Does anyone know WHY Mike Smith left?

  233. whitey December 14, 2009 8:20 pm

    interesting to note that there are some familiar names on the saddleback jc team, levi goeas, marc moody

  234. d1島 December 14, 2009 8:24 pm


    M. Moody was with UH last spring

  235. chawan_cut December 14, 2009 8:24 pm

    Two tickets, please

  236. cavewarrior December 14, 2009 8:46 pm

    two tickets, please.
    thank you!

    GO Wahine !!!

  237. NYUH December 14, 2009 8:48 pm



    WR Greg Salas — He emerged this year as one of the WAC’s best offensive players with 106 catches for 1,590 yards and eight touchdowns.

    RB Alex Green — The Warriors ran the ball well at times this season. Green, who rushed for 453 yards and two touchdowns, returns.

    S Mana Silva — The junior was in and out of the lineup, but he recorded six interceptions and four pass breakups this season.

  238. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2009 9:01 pm

    A-House: I didn’t notice the tatters either, but someone did complain about the flags’ general condition here on the blog. Will ask Scott Chan on Thursday before the meeting. Unlike other state boards & commissions, the public has no opportunity to raise issues not on the published Agenda so I’ll have to get there early.

  239. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 14, 2009 9:01 pm

    A-House: I didn’t notice the tatters either, but someone did complain about the flags’ general condition here on the blog. Will ask Scott Chan on Thursday before the meeting. Unlike other state boards & commissions, the public has no opportunity to raise issues not on the published Agenda so I’ll have to get there early.

  240. WarriorMojo December 14, 2009 9:01 pm

    Thanks for all who provided suggestions about where to get a Christmas tree last Friday. Good thing we started looking on Friday because it appears that everyone sold out over the weekend. I would be sad not to have a Christmas tree, but my family would be even sadder so I’m glad we got one. And not a bad one too under the circumstances.

    Does anyone know if the Hawaii Bowl tickets have already been mailed out to annual ticket holders? Seems to be getting pretty late in the day. Of course I’m paranoid these days because Ticketmaster lost my Elton John tickets.

  241. royvic December 14, 2009 9:05 pm

    Did anyone see ST twitter? Coach Mack is going to make an appearance on the WB tomorrow. Hope someone asks the question of who exactly are the players that are enrolling in in January. He should know. And which ones that he was expecting to come that aren’t. The reason I ask is that sometime ago I remember ST going over the lists of players coming in.Of the players coming in he didn’t show any hint of apprehension on the player’s statuses on the list except with the status of Veni Manu. So that’s my question what is the status of VM.

  242. WarriorMojo December 14, 2009 9:11 pm

    Holy cow! Brittany Hewitt’s jersey has been bid up to $452! Jayme Lee at $312!

    How much would I have bid for Colt’s game used jersey? Hmmmmm….

  243. Slugger December 14, 2009 9:42 pm

    Two tickets, please.

    Thank you!

  244. OldDiver December 14, 2009 9:43 pm

    I received my Hawaii Bowl tickets in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

  245. palolo December 14, 2009 9:50 pm

    Why can’t the Warriors recruit big linemen? We have good quarterbacks, running backs, fast DB’s and receivers, but small linemen. O-line should be as big as Pride and D-line as big as Taase Faumui. No more 5’11 linemen listed as 6’0 or 6’1.

  246. Garret December 14, 2009 9:51 pm


    Where would UH get the space for 2 practice fields? The 4 cameras are more than what UH has but that can be fixed…but the space for two full practice fields could be a much bigger problem.

  247. Garret December 14, 2009 9:52 pm

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

    University and State employees in Arizona may get IOUs instead of money starting in February.

  248. Garret December 14, 2009 9:52 pm

    Toyota is promising an “affordable” plug-in Prius available to the mass market in 2011, with triple-digit miles per gallon. Toyota is already going to make 500 of the plug-in Prius models available in the next few months.

  249. Garret December 14, 2009 9:53 pm

    A Virginia man is the first man ever barred by the FDA from importing food into the US. He’s also going to prison for 5 years for trying to sell frozen catfish fillets as other types of fish to avoid paying import taxes.

  250. Garret December 14, 2009 9:53 pm

    Oregon man said that a 3-month-old kitten apparently hitched a cold, 120-mile ride in the wheel well of his SUV.

  251. d1島 December 14, 2009 9:53 pm

    Two tickets please

  252. Slugger December 14, 2009 9:54 pm


    My Mom, my cousin & her husband, and Aunty Loretta are traveling with 7 others to the UH Wahine game in Tampa. Aunty Loretta, I believe, is 808Ike’s Aunty. She’s one of the women who give lei to the players after the game. Mrs. A-House & I were in the same Manoa Make-Over gang cleaning the backside of the south campus. Aunty Loretta is planning to bring lei. I hope she has room in her luggage for some of her signs. I’ll see if I have any pics I can send you on FB. There are lots more people who are going to be at the game in Tampa. Hope my Mom gets to meet you! You’ll have to let her know that you won the AZ Cardinals ( 🙁 boohoo) visor I sent when I was in Flagstaff.

  253. Garret December 14, 2009 9:54 pm

    Man added his 13-year-old son to his cell phone plan…and was shocked when his son racked up $22,000 in data charges in his first month! Luckily for him, Verizon refunded all of the charges.

  254. Garret December 14, 2009 9:54 pm

    Free play links pau.

  255. Ralph December 14, 2009 9:56 pm

    Wow Brittany, yesterday her high bid was $252, Jaymee was low 100. Someone added $200 to each account. JD boosting the auction. LOL.

  256. LizKauai (iPhone) December 14, 2009 10:04 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

  257. Slugger December 14, 2009 10:06 pm

    #252 ~

    Mrs. A-House & I were in the same Manoa Make-Over gang cleaning the backside of the south campus. = Mrs. A-House & I were in the same Manoa Make-Over gang as Aunty Loretta…

    You’ll have to let her know that you won the AZ Cardinals ( boohoo) visor I sent when I was in Flagstaff. = … visor I sent to ST…

    I’m too tired after too much playing today… off to bed….

    Two tickets, please.

    Night all!

  258. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 10:08 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  259. myki December 14, 2009 10:11 pm


    We received our tickets quite some time ago. I would call to find out what happened. We renewed our tickets in July, and I think they arrived sometime last month.

  260. jm2375 December 14, 2009 10:11 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  261. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 10:12 pm

    The next GA should be Inoke Funaki. Period. End of story.

    Next. Focus on what is broken, or missing a coupla spokes. And the comment, coach up the Wide Receivers? what are you saying, RGM, CJ Hawthorne, Davonne Bess, Greg Salas, their performances don’t speak well of our WR coach? as you can see, i disagree. i just don’t think he should be the offensive coordinator, thats all. that title should go to the young fighter. imho.

  262. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 10:12 pm

    and we should be acknowledging his skill in that area. starting with me.


  263. LizKauai (iPhone) December 14, 2009 10:18 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

    Hope those who have things to say to Coach Mack say them to Coach Mack in email or on the how tomorrow and then think one snap and clear.

  264. uhwarriors December 14, 2009 10:19 pm

    UH has two towers with one camera each.

    UH’s coaches and players are able to watch video on their laptops on the flight back home after road games.

  265. LizKauai (iPhone) December 14, 2009 10:22 pm

    “Two tickets, please.”

  266. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 10:22 pm

    Two tickets, please…


    I can’t see Rolo as an OC yet. He has much to learn about the rest of the game. He’s a good QB coach.. maybe even a good play caller … but the OC also needs to know enough to coach the RB, draw up the plays, design the blocking schemes… know all the WR patterns, how they isolate the Defense and open up the field…and when passing in the RnS isn’t working because of injury or the lack of any QB who can make the reads, he also needs to be able to draw up alternatives, like option football.

    As such, only Ron fills the bill. Which is why Ron is the OC.. and the rest, assistant coaches. But as this season has demonstrated, the OC doesn’t have to be the play caller. Neither does the HC. It’s all about getting the right help…and delegating authority to the right people.

  267. royvic December 14, 2009 10:26 pm

    Reading some of the comments of the opposing volleyball coaches that played the Wahine. Both the Michigan St. and Illinois coach were impressed with the way Hawaii passes and serves the ball.

    I agree. Watching the recent games it was beautiful to watch how the libero would pass the ball to the setter perfectly. And routinely. With the setter being the recipient of crisp passes it allows her better timing, and options in setting the ball to the outside, in the middle or to the step out move. There’s a nice rhythm and flow in this exchange and transition.

    Of the way the Wahine serve the ball I can see with my own eyes how the ball is served to sink. Watching the flight of the ball I cans see how it sinks and how the opposing teams have a hard time handling the serve resulting in bad passes.

    When the television commentator mockingly asked, “where did these Hawaii girls come from.” I think he had a good point. For everyone can see the team on the floor making the national disbelievers into believers in how well the Wahine are playing.

    What’s making this team emerging is their cohesiveness. And how the MB and Ferrel are peaking in their games, where reports in a volleyball writer’s column describing them as having breakout games is true. And how their overall play is making this Hawaii team a better team is also true.

    With an accent to the final four gives these girls a further belief in themselves. And hopefully they can parlay all this belief and great cohesive playing on the court. In a lot of ways I see a similarity in the Boise football team and the Wahine, for they are both well coach, execute all phases of the game well and don’t have huge size on their team as compared to some of their opponents.

    Thursday’s matchup with Penn State on the biggest stage of these Wahine’s lives puts them in the spotlight and should they pull off a victory it would be the beginning of a star is born. I hope they do.

  268. WarriorMojo December 14, 2009 10:30 pm

    OldDiver, Myki: Thanks for the info. Guess I’ll be making some phone calls tomorrow. Sigh. Gonna have to go through the credit card statements too I guess. Double sigh.

  269. madeinhawaii December 14, 2009 10:35 pm

    Two tickets, please.

  270. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 14, 2009 10:57 pm

    Congrats, Bulla!

    Nitey nite and SWEET Rainbow VB Wahine Victory Dreams!

  271. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 11:07 pm


    I see your point. i guess my anxiety, bluntly stated, is how we gonna come out banging hard against USC. everypart of the game, from the top coach to the cute Doctor to the people bringing the juice, to each player, how we gonna choose our lineup early enough so our first team O, first team D, first team ST, and the specials are ready to go 3 weeks before the game with USC? and so is the second team?

    and how are we gonna get our people ready way before the game so they go in with the confidence to not look like they’re running around with their heads cut off in the second quarter?

    coaching the minds requires mental preparation. meaning, be a PR whiz. i gotta work tomorrow, so i won’t be able to ask these kinds of questions. I’m hoping someone asks coach these kinds of questions for me. thanks for the analysis MIH

  272. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 11:09 pm

    Congrats bulla.

    nite nite.

  273. Kekoa December 14, 2009 11:18 pm

    Don Weir ~ Mahalo for your help. I will call you at noon time. Hope your bird dog is better than mine. I’ll have to tell you that story one day.

  274. al December 14, 2009 11:45 pm


    in actuality, of this year’s starting oline only ieru was shorter than pride. and they all outweighed our brother blogger during his heyday.

    btw, we must be neighbors.

  275. al December 14, 2009 11:46 pm

    #266 mih


  276. al December 14, 2009 11:53 pm

    i’d really like to get the brothers lee on the live chat and if they are candid, many will realize that these guys have brilliant football minds.

    sometimes their collective local style of not tooting their own horns will often betray them. people tend not to realize their intelligence quotient because of this humbleness about them.

    …nuff said.

  277. al December 14, 2009 11:57 pm

    i am curious…

    i keep getting these online offers to purchase from Circuit City and CompUSA. now, being that they folded their tents in hawaii why would i trust any buys from them??

  278. al December 15, 2009 12:00 am

    and while we are at it…the free play stuff that is.

    a very long question.

    what good is neil abercrombie expecting to accomplish by relinquishing his well respected, well entrenched, and well, i just don’t know how he is going to better help our state in the capacity of governor when he is now one of the senior representatives and very influential in the military spending department what with uncle dan about ready to hang em up???

  279. al December 15, 2009 12:03 am

    hey, bulla congrats.

    big decision for you.
    take the beauty or the beast to the hawaii bowl?
    haha, better to let them both go and you stay home.

  280. al December 15, 2009 12:04 am

    about 31 more consecutive posts to beating out bighilo’s world record.

  281. al December 15, 2009 12:06 am

    chime in and interrupt at any time please.
    i am just a bit frisky at the moment just got up from an hour’s worth of power napping.

  282. Kekoa December 15, 2009 12:13 am

    Congrats Bulla! Bulla & Da Beast in da stands!

    That must mean a certain Waipahu Cheerleader may be asked to sit this one out. It’s times like this that I’m glad I’m not responsible for breaking the news. (((taking extra precautions here in Kaupe’a)))


  283. al December 15, 2009 12:14 am

    speaking of talent agents…

    the dpk is one of the world’s greatest santa claus’.

    last year while volunteering for his santa claus debut at a local senior center, dpk adorned the red and white suit, hoho’d upon entering, sang carols, read the santa claus story, and then took the makule on his lap for photo ops.

    the guy was amazing. a natural. rookie of the santa claus year. poy.

    anyway, he’s doing an encore performance next week.

    future bookings available see his bookie. er, agent. reply here. in fact you could become a member of his choir to help bring some cheer to some old folks of an adult day care facility.

    the pay is good. the sight of seeing some 60 elders reliving their days of their youth.

  284. al December 15, 2009 12:17 am

    (whistles while waiting for some commitment news)

    howzit kekoa?
    nyetol, eh?
    i used to take some of that. but, then i realized that a couple of margaritas were just as effective and more fun.

  285. Kekoa December 15, 2009 12:24 am

    Al ~ Someone mentioned Greg Alexander as a 2nd GA pick, but there can only be one ‘Offensive’ GA. I say Funaki is best for that position.

    Someone said Adam Leonard, but he has to finish getting his degree, and then qualify for Grad school.

    Who is your choice for ‘Defensive’ GA? Blaze pops up, but I’m sure he is going to focus on going to the next level.

  286. al December 15, 2009 12:47 am

    i am sure that the coaches have a clue as to what they need. a lot depends upon who else may be leaving the current staff.

    i’d say that if no one else leaves, then i’d like to see a receivers guy or going off on a limb we could actually relish having a kicker grad asst. can you imagine a jason elam for instance. we were weak in this area both punters and kickers needed some better guidance. and what with funaki the holder graduating much attention to this area is needed.

  287. Kekoa December 15, 2009 12:48 am

    Al ~ Funny you mention Margaritas! We ate at *Mexico* Restaurant on School St. tonite.

    A few adult beverages and some appetizers, and then our main course dinners arrived.

    Diana had ~ Crab Chiles Rellenos, with rice beans and hot tortillas.

    Pops ~ Knocked off a 1 lb Chicken Burrito, rice & beans.

    I had the sizzling Carne Asada with a side of Tacos and of course the required rice & beans. Lots of hot sauce and several dollops of sour cream.

    Live dinner music was provided by a young Mexican guitarist that accompanied himself. His special rendition of Diana’s favorite songs were very well done.

  288. al December 15, 2009 1:00 am

    sounds good.

    new post on the other side.

  289. Steeler Football Tickets December 15, 2009 9:51 pm

    Football game create always excitement in the people. With the season more than half over, time is running out to get Dallas Cowboy tickets. Three of the remaining six games are with division rivals – at the New York Giants on Dec. 6, at home against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 27, and at Philadelphia against the Eagles on Jan. 3.

  290. Marquita Redenius January 12, 2010 6:29 am

    Thanks 4 The Great Article I’ve found out Credit Free Report is definitely a quality place to get my credit

  291. disney world tickets January 12, 2010 8:06 am

    I appreciate you taking the time to write all this up for us; it’s great to hear another point of view. Thanks so much, and I’ll be back for more interesting reading!

  292. Herbert Woll January 12, 2010 5:11 pm

    Let me start by saying nice blog. Im not sure if it has been talked about, but when using Chrome I can never get the whole page to load without refreshing several times. Maybe just my modem. Enjoy!

Comments are closed.