A true champion

 Every female athlete at UH should give thanks to Dr. Donnis Thompson, who passed away today. Dr. Thompson was a great pioneer and, most important, a great person.

* * *

In addition to the commitment from Kapolei High cornerback Kalani Brackenridge, the Warriors also received pledges from Thousand Oaks High running back John Lister and Butte College defensive end Jonathan “Jon Bon” Watts.
Lister, who is 6-2 and 210 pounds, rushed for 2,238 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.
Watts, who is from Gainesville, Fla., had 10 sacks.

Thousand Oaks highlights:

Jon Bon Watts:

Kalani Brackenridge:

* * *

Today is the ceremony to unveil the turf at Ching/Cooke Field. While the project would not be possible without the involvement of many, including Gov. Linda Lingle, special recognition should go to Sen. Shan Tsutsui, who spearheaded the effort. He is co-chair of the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee.

* * *

Rep. Mark Takai attended today’s unveiling ceremony. Takai, who is in the Reserves, soon will be deployed to Kuwait. Our best wishes — and thanks — to him.


* * *

Donovan and Trapasso attended the volleyball match.


* * *

The saga of Wayne C.*



  1. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 12:35 am

    wow three more commits. That was unexpected.

  2. Pride. February 2, 2009 12:40 am


  3. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 12:42 am

    It’s about time that Ching Field is finished. Who is this Wayne guy that = HF?

  4. koakane± February 2, 2009 12:42 am

    in top 5

  5. koakane± February 2, 2009 12:44 am

    what time is the ceremony scheduled?

  6. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 12:44 am

    Not far away:
    It’s a funny story that I’ll reveal at the karaoke outing. Meanwhile, the campaign has started.

  7. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 12:45 am

    10 a.m., I believe.

  8. HiFlyer February 2, 2009 12:46 am

    top five?

  9. HiFlyer February 2, 2009 12:47 am

    okay Top ten

  10. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 12:48 am

    It’s just ten percent luck
    Twenty percent skill
    Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
    Five percent pleasure
    Fifty percent pain
    And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

  11. koakane± February 2, 2009 12:49 am

    must wait to see the name on the LOI and paper in hands of the coaches on 4th of Feb. before celebration begins.

    key here is the word pledges

  12. HiFlyer February 2, 2009 12:49 am

    Hope that the princess will be at the ceremony, so we can see some video.

  13. koakane± February 2, 2009 12:51 am

    mahalo much ST

    wow late better head to beddy bye. play nice now

    outta here

  14. MeiLing February 2, 2009 1:09 am

    Thanks for the reminder about the field dedication.

    Nightey night!

  15. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 1:15 am

    Hey, where did everybody go?

  16. myki February 2, 2009 1:19 am

    Hi Stephen,

    Is the dedication open to public? I’m sure sj is going to want pictures. Thanks for the info.

  17. al ™ February 2, 2009 1:31 am

    that is a lot of heat.

    jon bon watts….quite a physical specimen, huh? i guess i will forget about iuta t, t, t, hmmm, i forgot his last name already.

    jon lister…..rb/lb/k what a combo? ventura county star offensive poy

  18. al ™ February 2, 2009 1:33 am

    we are here…..just doing some research on the new warriors.

  19. al ™ February 2, 2009 1:43 am

    jon bon watts….rivals.com has him as white dude while scout.com has him as a black dude? in either case they list him as 6.3 225/235 lbs and 4.55/40.

    rivals has him 3stars while at scout he is listed a one star.

    looks like we have replaced the two decommits.

  20. TChahng [서울특별시] February 2, 2009 1:54 am


  21. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 1:55 am

    All I know is Lametrius Davis is becoming quite a recruiter.

  22. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 1:56 am

    The “bon” refers to Watts’ love of sweets when he was a kid.

  23. al ™ February 2, 2009 2:07 am

    so ld has brought alex green and now watts. what about that wr? he looked like a jason rivers type, tough guy, size, breaks tackles, only faster. josh bellamy.

  24. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 2:10 am

    The picture that rivals has of Watts is wrong. You can see a picture of Watts here:


    and here:


    These are from the articles on his scout.com profile.

  25. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 2:19 am

    Butte’s webpage says Watts has 3 to play 2 and has a 2.5 GPA.


    It also lists him as a Dec 08 graduate so he already has his AA.

  26. al ™ February 2, 2009 2:28 am

    and here’s his rivals.com picture.

    i am sure that the scout pic is the correct one because the rivals guy looks slow.

  27. Pomai February 2, 2009 2:34 am

    question is will “WATTS” be doing the electric slide straight to the QB. LOL

  28. Pomai February 2, 2009 2:36 am

    Caught only the second half of the Super Bowl, but big shout out to Travis Laboy he played a good game even with the injury.

  29. wafan February 2, 2009 4:10 am

    A very fine dedication morning to all!

    I hope we have Princess videos!!! Please?

  30. wafan February 2, 2009 4:10 am

    Dang. Phil the &*($^ groundhog saw his shadow.

  31. wafan February 2, 2009 4:13 am

    More real Warriors! Yeah.

  32. wafan February 2, 2009 4:15 am

    New semester starts today. Definitely on the downhill side of the school year.

    92 wake-ups to go!

  33. Kekoa February 2, 2009 5:24 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Super Crew!

    Thanks for the photo not far away anymore!

    Well, that certainly cleared up the image I had of a Jon Bon Jovie looking guy…it really is all about the chocolate!

  34. Kekoa February 2, 2009 5:30 am

    wafan ~ Must be a case of mistaken identity, stop chazing da Mongoose!…It’s all about da Groundhogs up dere across the fruited plains.

  35. letsgowarriors February 2, 2009 5:47 am

    too bad lametrius couldnt get us Danny Watkins and Brandon Rankin.

  36. Garret February 2, 2009 6:34 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Kalani Brackenridge, John Lister, and Bon Jon Watts!

  37. Garret February 2, 2009 6:39 am

    UH plays Washington State this season…and Washington just lost one of the playmakers they were counting on for offense. I haven’t heard of a JC player taking a mission without advance warning before–normally JC players are signed because a team needs immediate help, and Washington State definitely needs help right now!

    Washington State coach Paul Wulff’s rebuilding efforts took a hit last week when junior college All-American tight end Peter Tuitupou left school and announced he intends to go on a two-year Mormon mission.

    Tuitupou transferred to Washington State last month for spring semester and was expected to start in 2009. The only WSU tight end with significant experience is injury-prone Tony Thompson.

  38. djmitcho February 2, 2009 6:46 am

    Good Morning Everybody. Two more days the the moment of truth. That’s when I’ll get excited about our commits.

  39. whitey February 2, 2009 7:03 am

    good morning tsaikos. like clockwork, ST comes through with more good news. now the suspense begins and for the next 2 days, great anticipation for all of us whether we going reach the top of the coaster or does it stop for celebration.

    the commits are getting better all the time and it appears that all positions will have tremendous competition. to earn a starting berth, you going have to earn it the hard way. not in shape, suck wind, later alligator.

  40. whitey February 2, 2009 7:07 am

    for the ching field, we should also give special special recognition to bhf2 for his persistent bull dog ways with the contractor’s board and getting !@#$$ to drop his complaint. the others may deserve recognition, but when it came to getting the work actually done, those are the ones we should recognize.

  41. Stretch February 2, 2009 7:28 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    What a long weekend…. no time for rest.

    Great news on the new recruits.

  42. lava February 2, 2009 7:29 am

    Welcome new recruits.

    What is Blackhatbootcamp.com?

  43. BAD NEWS February 2, 2009 7:36 am

    Doris just said that a kid called and said he was probably going to decommit from the Warriors, anyone have any ideas who this may be?

  44. Mauimon February 2, 2009 7:50 am

    Today is the last significant day of the current recruiting season prior to national signing day on Wednesday. This is a one-day “quiet period,” in which contact is allowed only on the university’s campus, essentially for wrapping up official visits. According to Rivals.com, the Ducks’ lone visitor this weekend was defensive tackle Wade Keliikipi. Got this out of
    an Oregon newspaper. The Register-Guard out of oregon reported this yesterday.

  45. rog February 2, 2009 7:59 am

    I was looking forward to see Wade follow his brothers footsteps, hope the UH coaches can change his mind.

  46. lava February 2, 2009 8:02 am

    Wade has a bright future as a Warrior. It would be a shame to leave all that. To leave at the end of recruiting reminds me of how the Browns left Cleveland — packed up the moving fans in the dead of night. We deserved better from one of our own.

  47. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:10 am

    I don’t know if the guy is gone or not. I do know that his brother, West, is his trainer. He’s a family-oriented guy. I’m not so sure he would leave Hawai‘i.

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2009 8:19 am

    Sorry Stephen, I couldn’t hang last night. Sweety just informed me that I officially have a cold. This is some nice toasty news to wake up to!

    Does anyone else wonder if we shouldn’t have another strong recruit at O line?

  49. jm2375 February 2, 2009 8:26 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana to all the new recruits!

    lava – Irsay did the same thing only years earlier with the Colts. Packed up the vans and left Baltimore at midnight for Indianapolis. Been to Indianapolis, wouldn’t want to go back.

  50. djmitcho February 2, 2009 8:29 am

    Watts looks like he would have to play as a stand up end if he stayed on the D-line. He would need to pack on about 30 lbs to put his hand on the ground. Maybe moving him to olb is a possibility? He definitely has some speed.

  51. d1島 February 2, 2009 8:32 am

    Great Morning All!

    Day One of the Off-season….

    What’s the countdown ’til Spring ball?

  52. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:34 am

    March 31 is the opener for spring ball.

  53. d1島 February 2, 2009 8:40 am

    Aggghh..I’ll be in Vegas!

    Oh wait…that might be a good thing 😉
    If I had timed it better Mrs. A-house coulda run interference for me at the craps table with her VooDoo fingers while I scoop up on the “wrong side”

  54. d1島 February 2, 2009 8:44 am

    Looks like a few nice pick-ups at the end of the recruiting season.
    Like the Steelers, the coaches seemed to have battled ’til the end.

  55. d1島 February 2, 2009 8:45 am

    Congratulations all around today on the opening of Ching Field. Job well done! 🙂

  56. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:50 am

    I’m still calling it Ching/Cooke until they actually build the rest of the complex. Maybe for now it should be Shan/BIF/Lingle field.

  57. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:50 am

    I meant BHF.

  58. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:51 am

    Why are there so many AARP ads on this site?
    I’m not that old.

  59. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:53 am

    Hey, Jm, I found the one flaw in our HMO.
    They have a strict refill policy, and if you fall short, you either are outta luck or you have to pay hundreds of dollars.

  60. owen-16 February 2, 2009 8:53 am

    Bruddah Wade doesn’t seem like the type to be swooped up by the facilities that Oregon has, but i guess you never know. Did Belotti even state his intentions to keep on coaching? hope we’re able to keep this one, he’s a good one. good to hear that we were able to keep lopati 🙂

  61. jm2375 February 2, 2009 8:54 am

    ST – mebbe they think your readers are old…

  62. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:55 am

    Of all of the recruits, I’d be the most surprised if Keli‘ikipi backed out.

  63. Stephen Tsai February 2, 2009 8:56 am

    Well, I’m off to UH.
    Talk to you guys in a bit.

  64. letsgowarriors February 2, 2009 8:56 am

    idk though, if doris said so, its pretty much 100% legit.

  65. niho mano February 2, 2009 8:56 am

    great news st on the recruits. now we wait for wednesday when the excitement begins. thanks lametrius davis, you’re a true warrior for helping with the recruiting and have a nice day warrior-tsaikos…

  66. jm2375 February 2, 2009 8:59 am

    ST – you should be able to refill a med after a certain amount of time has passed (like 21 days for a 30-day script), check your benefits guide. BTW, you should be doing mail order for all your maintenance meds. It should save you some money. E-mail me for more info if you wish.

    Off to a meeting, bbl.

  67. FloridaTed February 2, 2009 9:09 am

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    Chock full of good news this morning. The future starts now. With all this talent we have now and is coming in, we could have a great season.

    If our coaches get this whole thing on the same page, we actually could take back the WAC.

  68. kama krab February 2, 2009 9:11 am

    Aloha Everybody,

    If Doris is lurking maybe she can chime in on the legitimacy of that before this rumor get’s out of hand. It would be kind of bad for people to start going after this kid if all this is a rumor. But anyways I would feel about the same as ST if Keli’ikipi was to decommit. The name Keli’ikipi and UH just go together. Well see

  69. lava February 2, 2009 9:20 am

    I love Wade. I hope he reconsiders. He would be at least a 3 star guy had he played on the mainland. I hope for the best.

  70. XxFaithxX February 2, 2009 9:23 am

    Re: Wade

    Have cal lee call west and make his brother think otherwise………twist his ear west or if anyone else knows the family……call him and tell him that oregon is junk and go say something like “bah!, you going oregon? that team lame!” Pressure the boy….

    Also, now another reason to go back to JJ’s ritual of having UH as the last “trip” for recruits……’cause now, look, UH coaches can’t even contact Wade, if it is him, to challenge his decision.

  71. PONO February 2, 2009 9:24 am

    In one sense the signings are good news but in the other sense I wonder if they were signed in anticipation of others dropping off the wagon. Regardless, the wagon is still going full steam ahead, are you on it or not?

  72. warrior650 February 2, 2009 9:30 am

    Doris didn’t specifically name Keliikipi, just that “a player called her and said they were going to de-commit” so it really could be anyone. Hopefully, its not him (not that we could afford to have any more decommits at this late stage). I think folks are speculating its him because he recently completed a trip to Oregon and the most recent Scout NW100 doesn’t show him as a Hawaii commit.

  73. addahknowjoe February 2, 2009 9:30 am

    Is UH keeping tabs on Cory Kilthau?


    This braddah is hungry!

  74. lava February 2, 2009 9:47 am

    Doris did not mention Wade by name, but Wade did trip this weekend, and he is listed on the PIAA website, so he is one of a handful of guys who would call and make that kind of very personal decision known to Doris.

    Recruiting is crazy. Somehow the system should be improved so the boys aren’t wiped out by LOI day.

  75. Bulla February 2, 2009 9:52 am

    everybody can now take a breath, and we can check back at 4 pm HST on LOI day…the dust would have settled by then, and we can see who is left standing…..

    save the drama for your mama……….it is what it is….haha 😉

  76. letsgowarriors February 2, 2009 9:55 am

    doris says UH is fighting back hard!

  77. kama krab February 2, 2009 10:14 am

    If it is Wade then all I gotta say is, braddah Wade you have a legacy to follow with your brother laying the foundation down on the UH campus. I hope that deep down that you decide that following that legacy means more to you than any nice facilities or any of the glamour that comes with going to the Pac-10. I am also from the West Side, Nanakuli to be exact and it would be nice to see another on of our boys from Waianae going to UH and representing what we have down here.

  78. kama krab February 2, 2009 10:15 am


  79. Bulla February 2, 2009 10:49 am


    nah, i have a different take…if he wants to go….let him go……gotta do a gut check every now and then……after two years, he’ll realize and come back home…just like kids, gotta let them learn every now and then….

    easy decision……..either you’re in or you’re not…..everything else is hype.

  80. 702WarriorNation February 2, 2009 11:06 am

    Don’t know if I’ll get SMU’d but chat with JD supposed to start shortly.

  81. roysan16 February 2, 2009 11:23 am

    Does any one like UFC promoter Dana White?

    Crunch the numbers for last weekends fight

    gate revenue around 4.3 million

    pay per view revenue 1.0-1.3 million subscribers@$40 a pop

    easily the revenue is over 40 million and add concessionaire monies and dvd sales maybe as high as 60 mil.

    and BJ got paid 125k for the fight

    greedy Dana White gets around 39.5 mil and the poor fighters got 1 mil combined

    when oscar de la hoya fought in his last fight the fighters combined got 50 mil

    oscar de la hoya got 35 mil.

    BJ got 125k, I say again

    rip off? yes.

    BJ has go up in weight class, 20+ pounds, risks his life everytime he goes in the ring for chump change (in comparison to what Dan White, UFC pres. got)

    fair? no

    even the pimps pay better-60/40

    other shysters like don king, don trump look like philanthropists next to Dana White.

    reading the internet and listening to radio shows, mma promoter Dana White, UFC pres. is going through the mill, with talk show hosts after talk show host saying what he does is criminal

    even on his worst behavior boxing promoter don king still dished out what was due to the fighters, mike tyson avg. 10 mil a fight

    BJ gets chump change in comparison to what Dana White got.

    what I hope is the Oprah with shed more negative publicity onto Dana White and run him through the mill

    further I hope nationally a lot of media shed negative publicity onto Dana White

    hopefully david lettterman will have a show tonight listing the top ten reasons why we hate Dana White. Go David!

    On Bobby C’s show this morning he took the words right out of my mouth, too when he said for Dana White: “I hope he has body guards around him at all times”. I agree.

    He’s a crook. and i hope all the neg. publicity snowballs and backfires on him. Yep this is what I want….I want the fighters to get what is due to them.
    And BJ only getting 125k is as sickening to hear. To mister promoter come to hawaii recommend you come incognito and you better pay the fighters what is due to them….

  82. protector February 2, 2009 11:28 am

    Boy, that term “decommit” has become a hated word for me. No more bad news please! Welcome to all the new recruits & I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we’ll get to keep Wade K and all of the others come Wednesday. By the way, hasn’t Lametrius Davis only been here a couple of months?? Didn’t he just join the team himself? If so, he has been a miraculous & effective recruiter for having been here such a short time. Mahalo LD! As for Makaula & Tepa–Good riddance to players that are either confused / ambivalent or disingenuous / outright liars. I reiterate that I truly am glad that UH didn’t have to deal with these flakes once they were on campus. I want to believe the other recruits (like players already on the team) are sincere about becoming Warriors. This is going to be a pay-off & pay-back season; the coaches shouldn’t have to deal with ambivalence or disloyalty.

  83. kama krab February 2, 2009 11:32 am


    I understand what you saying but this one would really hurt becuase it is so late in the game and this would be the second local boy to burn us this recruiting season. I hope we can get him to stay. With him and Lopati we have the corner stone for a very good defense to come.

  84. Bulla February 2, 2009 11:33 am

    thanks roysan,

    never did like the guy……who said, ‘white is right?’ haha

  85. Bulla February 2, 2009 11:35 am


    good point, always the optimist 🙂

    i am more concerned with the OL and their current situation…..last year the only OL recruit was Tui Tuiasosopo, and we’re looking to Tui for great things this spring camp!!!

    so….. we shall see…..

  86. Bulla February 2, 2009 11:37 am


    how do you really feel? j/k, can feel the burning passion inside of you, thought that was incense from my loading dock…..

    you are right, and i concur……. 😉

  87. warriorfanny February 2, 2009 11:38 am

    Lister runs too high and isnt quick at the gun–he takes time to roll up speed….

  88. Kazz February 2, 2009 11:40 am

    Are MMA fighters listed as actual “employees” of the UFC with benefits or are considered “independent contractors”…

  89. Kazz February 2, 2009 11:45 am


    Maybe Dana White is trying to suck as much out of the MMA-craze now when the going is good.

    I give MMA 3 more years until it falls like how boxing did. Brock Lesnar will ultimately fail and they will struggle to find “star” power in their heavyweight division.

    The smaller weight classes will continue to have the best fights, but that alone may not be enough. Attendance will drop and so will PPV buys.

  90. MMA February 2, 2009 11:52 am


    BJ fights in the Lightweight class. GSP fights in the Welterweight class.

    Lightweight: 145 to 155 lb (67 to 70 kg)
    Welterweight: 156 to 170 lb (71 to 77 kg)

    BJ didn’t have to gain 20+ pounds to fight GSP. Plus he wanted to fight GSP.

    It’s true that Dana White gets paid very well. You should also look at the brother owners of the UFC, they are billionaires.

  91. MMA February 2, 2009 12:01 pm


    Keep in mind that BJ was a former UFC welterweight champion.

  92. Kazz February 2, 2009 12:07 pm

    Interesting post from Jim Donovan at sports hawaii to “Hawkpeter” regarding expansion of UH audience to foreign visitors. He also touched on this at a the Pearl City Neighborhood Board meeting months ago:

    However, we are in the process of trying to build a bridge to Japan in regards to our football program. Currently, Coach Mack and I are planning to travel to Japan in the next month or two to see if we can establish contacts and relationships that might provide the Warrior football team with one or two walk-on players (possibly a place kicker, punter or even a receiver or defensive back). If we are successful building this bridge, the long-term possibility of building a fan base in Japan that would be supportive of UH football would be enhanced. If someday a Japanese walk-on player were to become a starter, and possibly a scholarship player, we might enjoy some of the promotional glow and fan support that is being shown in major league baseball for their Japanese players.

  93. duffer (iPhone) February 2, 2009 12:18 pm

    How about the reality show? How much does that bring in

  94. Garret February 2, 2009 12:22 pm

    We now have concrete numbers for the increased recruiting budget. According to JD, UH’s recruiting budget was $50k under JJ. JD increased that to $110k, plus Hawaiian Airlines gave 100 free round-trip tickets for UH to use for recruiting. If we estimate a short-notice ticket to cost $500, then those 100 tickets comes to another $50k for the recruiting budget.

  95. YpoWarrior February 2, 2009 12:35 pm

    On si.com, they report that Penn is filing a formal complaint against GSP regarding the vaseline issue

  96. uhwarriors February 2, 2009 12:36 pm

    Great chat with Jim Donovan on SportsHawaii.com today. Lots of interesting information. Click on my name for the link.

  97. Garret February 2, 2009 12:52 pm


    SportsHawaii and JD do a great job with those chats!

  98. Garret February 2, 2009 1:09 pm

    List of everyone invited to the NFL combine. I did a quick scan and it appears that Jake Ingram, Ryan Mouton, and David Veikune got invitations.

  99. al™ February 2, 2009 1:10 pm


  100. Garret February 2, 2009 1:12 pm

    Article about how summer camps are a key for recruiting.

    “Camp is critical, especially when they are young. What has happened now in the recruiting process is it’s really been sped up. Kids are committing earlier and earlier and earlier now,” new Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “You’ve really got to try and get them in their ninth, 10th grade, 11th grade years, because if you try and wait until they’re going into their senior year some of those kids are going to be gone already.”

    The setup is particularly good for coaches, because the NCAA in 2006 barred them from attending specialty camps like the Elite 11 for quarterbacks and the Ultimate 100 Camp that bring together top recruits interested in perfecting their skills.

    At a school’s own camp, coaches can see how adept prospects are at receiving instruction and if their coaching style meshes with a player’s approach. Prospects, meanwhile, can get an advanced look at what playing for a particular school would be like.

    Ault has seen the benefits first hand. A few years ago, while in the beginning stages of implementing his “pistol” offense at Nevada, Ault was seeking an athletic quarterback with the ability to run, but who could also throw to keep defenses honest.

    What he discovered through camp was Colin Kaepernick, a lanky kid from Pittman High School in Turlock, Calif., quarterbacking a modified wing-T offense. Ault saw the potential and eventually lured Kaepernick to Reno, where he was the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the year last season as a sophomore.

    “The firsthand experience of getting to know them and talking to them …” Ault said. “You see them, you see their personalities. You see a lot of good things and some bad things.”

    The same is true for Boise State coach Chris Petersen and his newly prized quarterback, Kellen Moore. While rewriting record books at Prosser (Wash.) High School, Moore would spend a week each summer at Boise State’s camp with his teammates. It was there that the Broncos staff got their first look at the undersized, yet highly talented left-handed quarterback.

    Not surprisingly, Boise State was the only Football Bowl Subdivision team to heavily recruit Moore. The result was Moore starting as a redshirt freshman at Boise State last year, and the Broncos going 12-0 in the regular season.

    As a bonus, the move also helped the Broncos land Moore’s brother, Kirby, a receiver who was highly coveted by every major college on the West Coast.

  101. kama krab February 2, 2009 1:16 pm

    It is very quite today

  102. A-House February 2, 2009 1:23 pm

    ST, good neighbor:

    I am very disappointed in UH SID office for the LACK of publicity for the “grand opening” of Cooke Field today.

    It may not be a big deal for “whatever is his name”, but to the fans, it’s surely an event worth attending and discussing inasmuch as it has been a sore spot for a LOOOOOONG time!

    Was the weekend clean up in anticipation of media visiting lower campus today?

    It makes one think that the UHAD’s office is unconcerned with the fans who support athletics. Keep this up and “aloja”.

  103. A-House February 2, 2009 1:58 pm

    Can anyone explain why the so called Arizona “fumble” near game’s end was not reviewed by the officials? I for one and I believe for many others who feel the “fumble” was really a forward pass attempt.

    I realize AZ, by rule, cannont challenge a call in the last 2 minutes of a game, but, for the Super Bowl, there certainly should be an exception. Hope the NFL takes a real hard look at this rule for the future.

    Would it not be a terrilbe shame if the NFL front office comes out with a statement that it should have been reviewed. It will not change the outcome of Super Bowl 43, but future Super Bowls will benefit (depending which team you support).

  104. al™ February 2, 2009 2:11 pm

    wow….is today’s desolation a result of the culmination of the football season signified by the passing of the superbowl?

    is this what women experience?
    you know the postpartum blues?
    now i understand.

  105. al™ February 2, 2009 2:12 pm

    cmon now wake up. some bigtime news is about to land.
    don’t forget today’s the day that nobriga boy picks one.

  106. FloridaTed February 2, 2009 2:12 pm

    Makes no sense to me, the last two minutes, when often everything is on the line, calls can’t be reviewed? Weird, to say the least.

  107. owen-16 February 2, 2009 2:15 pm

    morning err afternoon every1

    postpartum blues is right. the saturday nite beatdown of our local boy, then the ending of foootball season and now the possible decommit of another prized local boy. at least we got to see some fight in our men’s VB team, a pleasant surprise, great job fellas.

  108. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2009 2:20 pm

    *raises his hand and says “present”*

  109. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2009 2:22 pm

    My cold meds make me groggy. I’m mostly lurking today. Waiting to read about the big surprises which I’m sure are about to be announced… maybe. 😆

  110. kama krab February 2, 2009 2:22 pm

    Eh Al,

    I’ve been up and ready for my surprise but when I look at the blog today I see Wade Keli’ikipi will decommit for the Quackes. I hope this not the surprise for the day.

  111. kama krab February 2, 2009 2:24 pm

    Howzit DPK,

    I hope going be really good, if not I might just get heart attack.

  112. kama krab February 2, 2009 2:27 pm

    Hope Liloa looks down deep when choosing which school to pick. We all now where he really wants to go but if it was up to somebody else he’s going to the CU.

  113. al™ February 2, 2009 2:27 pm

    dpk…..three new commits today. is that not enough surprises?

    kama….that decommit is not a solid decommit just yet. looks like another one down to the wire. if he does, he would be the fifth dtackle for the ducks. does that make sense for him?

  114. jm2375 February 2, 2009 2:28 pm

    Good afternoon everyone!!

    I see ST has posted a pix from the dedication ceremony, but no story. So, how was it? Who was there?
    Thanks to the Tsai-kos who kept the project going forward – bhf2, tom mui, WDoc, and whomever else I forgot. Muchas gracias!!

    dpk – take care of that cold!! Drink plenny non-alcoholic liquids and get some rest. Everyone’s counting on you to serenade them Sat night.

  115. al™ February 2, 2009 2:28 pm

    gotta run

  116. MMA February 2, 2009 2:31 pm

    @Florida Ted

    Calls can be reviewed in the last two minutes of each half.

  117. NorthShoreFan February 2, 2009 2:33 pm

    Aloha Tsai-kos..
    Great game but I can’t get rid of this nagging feeling that if the Cards had Laboy in during the last drive, he might have pressured a lot more. The guy they had in seemed to be doing the salsa with the tackle. No pressure and time for the “Rothweiler” to pick out his receiver. It was a great pitch and catch though. Same as the one to the Card receiver. Luved the game and no matter what Hawaii had great representation!

    Two more days! LOI and we’ll probably have to wait some more to see if all these guys will actually make it to the practice field.
    Anyhoo, exciting week for all.
    O & O..

  118. MeiLing February 2, 2009 2:37 pm

    Aloja, Mr. A-House,

    The lower campus cleanup was probably for the opening of the field today. I walked over to UH today to see the field & hung out w/ sj-macro, myki, W-Doc & ST. You coulda come…I think I understand why it wasn’t a public announcement. Tell you at the KK.


    Found out my bro used to play in a band with Art from Genji’s. The things you nevah know…

  119. FloridaTed February 2, 2009 2:42 pm


    Yeah, but not challenged, as far as I know. It can only be initiated by the “Booth”, not by the coaches. If the “Booth” won’t review it, tough petudies….

  120. kama krab February 2, 2009 2:43 pm


    No it doesn’t look like a very good situation for him but this recruiting season has been so crazy I don’t know what each of these boys are thinking now a days. Just gotta wait and see I guess

  121. NorthShoreFan February 2, 2009 2:49 pm

    Hey the name Harris Matsushima also brought back memories of DT Johnny Woodcock. Rainbow/Warrior went on to play with the Lions. If that Hall of Fame/Honor is still a go. He should be in it too.

  122. MMA February 2, 2009 2:52 pm

    @Florida Ted

    This is why the play was not reviewed on the field:

    “The replay assistant in the replay booth saw it was clearly a fumble,” Pereira told NBC. “The ball got knocked loose and was rolling in his hand before it started forward. He has to have total control.”

  123. A-House February 2, 2009 3:01 pm

    A single replay assistant’s opinion is all that takes for no review?

    What a sham!!!!!!! Can the head ref overide his decision? If yes, why didn’t he call for a review?

  124. MMA February 2, 2009 3:14 pm


    Because the play was ruled a fumble on the field and the replay assistant confirmed it. Therefore, no on field review.

  125. owen-16 February 2, 2009 3:14 pm

    would’ve been a little more interesting if pitt settled for a game tying field goal at the end of regulation, this thing went into OT, and the team that won the coin toss won the SB on a 50+ yd field goal. since da peacocks gave this some time in the pregame, would’ve been nice to see it play out on the field. might’ve been an especially big uproar if da pitt darlings of the nfl lost.

  126. Kazz February 2, 2009 3:19 pm

    Yeah, I agree about Warner’s last fumble with 7 or 5 seconds left in the game. I was cheering for AZ also.

    Unlike the first one that was reversed Warner didn’t have control of the ball while his arm was going forward.

    But speaking of close… how close was Laboy to getting that safety… Whew!!! Game of inches indeed….

  127. Kazz February 2, 2009 3:40 pm

    Still waiting for the day when NCAA Mens and Womens volleyball has replay reviews. With a limit of 1 per set and NONE if the match goes to a 5th game.

  128. Kazz February 2, 2009 3:51 pm

    Lemme get some volleyball venting out in the open…

    One thing that has irritated me for YEARS is these things I call “garbage points”. Example: ball goes off a block and then outside the line and the team that gets blocked ends up with the point.

    Anyone have “ethical” issues with this? In the second match against CS Northridge on Saturday night, the Matadors came from behind after a few of these time after time and I hear Jim Leahey say “and Northridge fights their way back to a tie”… NO THEY DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!

    If anything maybe in those instances we take away points from the team that blocks the ball out of bounds instead of awarding the other team the point. Of course that would add a lot of time to the actual game, but still… I can’t stand it anymore. BUT we can go ahead and leave the service errors alone in the way points are awarded. We can also leave the point system when a ball is misplayed also (i.e. a failed dig that goes outside the line).

    Now I know that there are techniques in which the hitters aim the ball towards a block to have it bounce in their favor to get the point if they can’t hit over it or around it, but the simple logic of getting a point when your didn’t really earn it irritates me.

    With the men’s season in full swing perhaps this is bothering more than it has in the past as there is so much power involved with the game that sometimes those “garbage” points can determine a win when it is not “deserved”.

  129. owen-16 February 2, 2009 3:51 pm

    any word on destin stewart…

  130. LizKauai (Kiwi) February 2, 2009 4:12 pm

    Catching a few minutes at Devonport Wharf before heading back to my hotel.
    NZ is fantastic…
    I leave tomorrow at 4:45AM. See you soon!

  131. Kazz February 2, 2009 4:22 pm

    Per hawaiiathletics.com:

    UH to host UC Irvine for ESPNU’s Bracket Busters.

    Pairings for the ESPNU BracketBusters event were announced today with three Western Athletic Conference schools (Boise State, Nevada and Utah State) slotted for nationally-televised games. The University of Hawai`i men’s basketball team is not part of the television schedule and will host UC Irvine for a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:05 pm.

    UC Irvine is currently 7-14 overall and 4-4 in the Big West Conference.

  132. SteveM February 2, 2009 4:22 pm

    February 2nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Found out my bro used to play in a band with Art from Genji’s. The things you nevah know…

    Hmmmm–seems there’s a lot I don’t know about by cousin-in-law. All I knew was that he was the catering manager for Zippy’s for many years until he retired. The fact that Genji’s is almost next door to the main Zippy’s where he worked is probably not a coincidence. I’ve heard him sing Japanese enka many times on the bar side and was surprised… maybe las vegas can tell if he has an accent 🙂

  133. Esme February 2, 2009 4:23 pm

    Hey, Tsaikos! Hi, ST! 😉

    Just whooshing in really quickly to say thank you to everyone who’s gone out of their way to not only invite me to the Karaoke Call this Saturday, but also invite my fellow mamas over at Hawaii MomsLikeMe. We are so humbled and tickled by the invitation! Just two minutes ago I posted the initial info at this url:


    Please drop on by in that thread if you are so inclined and talk story with my mamas there … I’m sure they’d like to “meet” you folks!

    OK, gotta woosh out to deal with the kids, but I’m looking forward to seeing you folks on Sat! *tappity and ooooouuuut*


  134. Kazz February 2, 2009 4:23 pm


    Did you pick up on a haka or two during your trip? :mrgreen:

  135. Esme February 2, 2009 4:24 pm

    … and I’ll post more lataz. (((hugs))) to everyone. I’ve missed y’all.

  136. Jason February 2, 2009 4:25 pm

    Kazz: I still don’t like the fact that they put in rally scoring. I liked the traditional side-out game.

  137. SteveM February 2, 2009 4:33 pm

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required, but there will be a lot of it. 🙂 But very good! Click here to see photos and video of earlier large Karaoke Calls, and scroll down to mid-August to see more.

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:

    Current count = 43

  138. jm2375 February 2, 2009 4:46 pm

    anyone going to CTC tonight?

  139. al™ February 2, 2009 4:56 pm

    anyone going to CTC tonight?

    what dat?

  140. al™ February 2, 2009 4:58 pm

    rep. k. mark takai……
    represent in kuwait!
    see you later….Godspeed brother!

  141. dudeguy February 2, 2009 4:58 pm

    It’s ok to have a comment.

  142. al™ February 2, 2009 4:59 pm

    the longer nobriga takes the more i am inclined to believe that he will be coming home.

    it will be a decision of the heart.

    my prayers go out to you son, it is a tough call.

  143. Jason February 2, 2009 5:04 pm

    al: Call the Coach (with Bob Nash).

  144. al™ February 2, 2009 5:09 pm

    so i am talking with a first time restaurant owner today. he comments that this is the slowest day since he opened six months ago. i tell him traditionally the day after the biggest pigout day in the year is always slow. i go on to explain about the record numbers of food consumed on superbowl sunday, hence the day after most folks don’t want to even look at food.

    although i bet a tsaiko cattle call would flush the regulars out.

  145. al™ February 2, 2009 5:10 pm

    tks son.
    do you think bob would welcome a replacement tonight?

  146. al™ February 2, 2009 5:11 pm

    anyone going to murphy’s on wednesday night?

  147. al™ February 2, 2009 5:21 pm

    the more you watch the videos of the newest recruits the more you like em.

    lister, aka john “sonny” lister…..deceptive speed, north/south type back, loves to play smash mouth ball, will probably end up 235 lbs his senior year. loves the game. 50-50 where he will play is my guess, rb or lb. perhaps his future is more inclined on the defensive side if he can maintain his speed. i think he’ll get faster because he no longer is a catcher.

    jon bon watts…..jon bon “1000” watts……what an electrifying specimen. hits at great speed. beef him up 25-30 lbs and he’ll be one hella speed rush end for us. tepa who? he will make us forget about that one. he is an example of the diamond in the rough. he is the door that opens.

    kalani brackenridge…..the little hammer. he reminds me of nate jackson. thin guy with great instincts. explosive speed. any guy who can play shortstop at a high level is a great athlete already. give him 20 lbs and he will be lights out on the turf and diamond ala nate jackson.

  148. Jason February 2, 2009 5:24 pm

    You must be bored right now. I can send you my homework, you can double-check it for me like good parents do. 😉

  149. Justin February 2, 2009 5:29 pm

    Any further word on Chad Lopati? I heard he’s seriously considering Oregon State. I truly hope he decides to be a warrior. I’d take Manoa over Corvalis any day.

  150. wafan February 2, 2009 5:30 pm

    What does “The saga of Wayne C*” mean?

    Is this a lead-in or a wayward and random thought?

  151. Jason February 2, 2009 5:36 pm

    wafan: See post #6. My theory is that it’s about Wayne Chrebet. 😀

  152. Nalani February 2, 2009 5:41 pm

    Does anybody know what day the Spring Game is scheduled for?

  153. Kazz February 2, 2009 5:42 pm


    I pau work at 7pm at the latest on Wednesday night, but since the event is ending at 8pm I dunno what I can catch as I can probably make it down there by 7:30 so I probably won’t go to Murphy’s afterall…

  154. Kazz February 2, 2009 5:45 pm


    February 2nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm
    Does anybody know what day the Spring Game is scheduled for?


    C’mon, you get da inside info as one “team mom” yeah? 😉

    Be honest now, u da one giving ST da scoops!!!

  155. wafan February 2, 2009 5:53 pm

    Really depends on what his major will be. OSU has some much stronger programs than UH; and the UH has some much stronger programs than OSU.

    I cannot fault any student for wanting to go away for college. I did. I decided early on in high school I wanted to go to a mainland school and not the UH.

    It does not mean their hearts do not belong to Hawai’i. It just means the opportunities to learn, grow and experience comes first and outweighs their need or want to remain and play for Hawai’i.

  156. b0t0man February 2, 2009 5:57 pm

    more volleyball venting…
    I agree with Kazz… there was so much stuff said to the referees from spectators its ridiculous. even the boosters were upset about their performance. If they can be referees.. me and my tutu lady can be referees

    the only reason why there is no instant replay in volleyball I believe because of those old fat overweight volleyball referees…. They have so much ego and do not wish to be proven wrong… its like it is like if you look at most of the referees they are OLD.. we get the same guys working for so many years, we didnt see new people till the 90’s …. like Barack Obama says “It’s Time For A Change”

    I have been to my brother volleyball tournaments on o’ahu, hilo, and the mainland.. the average age of a volleyball referee I say is about 50-60 yrs old. In a D1 college match or just mens/boys volleyball in general.. do you really thing a person that age that does not even look like they play the sport yet alone work out due to their weight and health and appearance can keep up with the speed of the game??

    Mr Wilton.. if you are reading this, I highly suggest you hire volunteer referees like in the exhibition games maybe, or choose younger people. We keep seeing the same people, the haole guy, the two guys that look like brothers, and the guy with the long hair who looks like a pedophile. Their calls has been somewhat inaccurate the past 5 years. What ever happened to that blond referee, the other young hapa-haole guy and the bald headed one? they were probably the best ones ever. and they two younger guys look like they know and play the game. There should be something done… why cant it be like the wahine games where we get a different referee from the WAC?

    I am sick and tired of screwups from referees in a sport where theres 4 refs in one small court

    # Kazz:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Lemme get some volleyball venting out in the open…

    One thing that has irritated me for YEARS is these things I call “garbage points”. Example: ball goes off a block and then outside the line and the team that gets blocked ends up with the point.

    Anyone have “ethical” issues with this? In the second match against CS Northridge on Saturday night, the Matadors came from behind after a few of these time after time and I hear Jim Leahey say “and Northridge fights their way back to a tie”… NO THEY DIDN’T!!!!!!!!!!

    If anything maybe in those instances we take away points from the team that blocks the ball out of bounds instead of awarding the other team the point. Of course that would add a lot of time to the actual game, but still… I can’t stand it anymore. BUT we can go ahead and leave the service errors alone in the way points are awarded. We can also leave the point system when a ball is misplayed also (i.e. a failed dig that goes outside the line).

    Now I know that there are techniques in which the hitters aim the ball towards a block to have it bounce in their favor to get the point if they can’t hit over it or around it, but the simple logic of getting a point when your didn’t really earn it irritates me.

    With the men’s season in full swing perhaps this is bothering more than it has in the past as there is so much power involved with the game that sometimes those “garbage” points can determine a win when it is not “deserved”.

  157. wafan February 2, 2009 6:01 pm

    Who is Wayne Chrebet? I sure hope someone will explain Mr. Tsai’s story he will reveal at karaoke bash to the rest of us who are unable to participate!

    Anyhow, his campaign has begun.

    Ummmm, do we wish Wayne C. good or bad fortune?

  158. d1島 February 2, 2009 6:13 pm

    Aloha, Mahalo and Godspeed to K. Mark Takai.

  159. KymryKauai February 2, 2009 6:19 pm

    Is anyone going to be at the fundraiser at the willows tomorrow night?

  160. Jason February 2, 2009 6:29 pm

    Wayne Chrebet played WR for, ahem, the J-E-T-S.

  161. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 6:42 pm

    Maybe ST is trying to get Chrebet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His post originally said Wayne C.=HF. Plus I read this on the Hall of Fame website recently:

    “Any fan may nominate any qualified person who has been connected with pro football in any capacity simply by writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The only restriction is that a player and coach must have last played or coached at least five seasons before he can be considered. For example, a candidate for the 2009 class must have concluded his career not later than the 2003 season.”


  162. Kazz February 2, 2009 6:48 pm

    Mark Takai – A Warrior for UH athletics at the State Capitol and a WARRIOR on the battlefield in real life…

    Dey teach ’em and raise ’em good at Pearl City High eh!!!!

    Wot da hell happened to me??? 😆

  163. wafan February 2, 2009 6:48 pm

    nfaa . . .

    Oh. I thought the “HF” in your post was the definitely famous in his own mind hf rather than Hall of Fame. HA!

    That is why I was more confused than I usually am. Hence the question if we should wish him good or bad fortune.

    I have an excuse, though. 1st day of the 2nd semester with lots of freshmen. There I said it. The dreaded “F” word. Sorry.

  164. wafan February 2, 2009 6:50 pm

    Time for nene.

    See you guys and gals tomorrow morning!!!

  165. Jason February 2, 2009 6:51 pm

    not far away anymore: Hey, you stole my theory! 😀

  166. Ralph February 2, 2009 6:52 pm

    isn’t Chrebet and Welkin two of the top possession slots in the nfl….

  167. Kazz February 2, 2009 6:52 pm


    Wishing bad fortune on someone no matter who they are or what they’ve done to you or people you know and care for shows some hardcore hate. Usually beyond forgiveness and almost “devilish”…

    Let’s just say “we WISH he’d (HF) never come along to UH”. I’m sure we’d feel better about saying that as I am sure there are others that will make that list.

  168. not far away anymore February 2, 2009 6:57 pm

    wafan, I thought the same about the HF in the original post, but who would want to campaign for/with squirmin Herman.

  169. whitey February 2, 2009 7:18 pm

    super bowl pau, steelers champs, but cardinals get plenty of respect. harrison coming to pro bowl, but if i was him, no go to waikiki without help cause he was stupid in punching francisco and you know where he come from.

  170. SteveM February 2, 2009 7:26 pm

    February 2nd, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    so i am talking with a first time restaurant owner today. he comments that this is the slowest day since he opened six months ago. i tell him traditionally the day after the biggest pigout day in the year is always slow. i go on to explain about the record numbers of food consumed on superbowl sunday, hence the day after most folks don’t want to even look at food.

    although i bet a tsaiko cattle call would flush the regulars out.

    Hey, Al –some of us had to work today. 🙁

    …..so it would have to be a dinner cattle call…

  171. whitey February 2, 2009 7:29 pm

    me, i like the recruits who will sign with the warriors on feb 4th. for those who have offers from other schools and if recruit decides to go there, no problem and you have my best wishes. if a recruit decommits and goes to another school, why hold it against him, the other school, or our coaches. our coaches gave them their best shot and it didn’t work out. the days of your word and a handshake is being lost, but we should not forget what it means. one of the best thing for an athlete who playes for UH is that they are never forgotten. go to any other school and ask them names of past athletes and the only one they will recall are those who play in the NFL or was an all american. here, people remember the player’s names and positions they played.

  172. whitey February 2, 2009 7:45 pm

    it is good to see most of the wac schools are doing very well in recruiting with the exception of fresno and san jose. they may have lost some scholies due to the academic rules. hopefully this will help make the wac a more respected conference and this year we kick the mwc in the arse.

  173. Kazz February 2, 2009 7:55 pm


    Fresno State and academic issues?!?!?!? NO! ya don’t say?


  174. al™ February 2, 2009 8:16 pm


    February 2nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    February 2nd, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    so i am talking with a first time restaurant owner today. he comments that this is the slowest day since he opened six months ago. i tell him traditionally the day after the biggest pigout day in the year is always slow. i go on to explain about the record numbers of food consumed on superbowl sunday, hence the day after most folks don’t want to even look at food.

    although i bet a tsaiko cattle call would flush the regulars out.

    Hey, Al –some of us had to work today.

    …..so it would have to be a dinner cattle call…

    well, that was work. my client owns a little hole in the wall.

  175. al™ February 2, 2009 8:18 pm

    i wonder if harrison will go to turtle bay?

    is it just me or does harrison have that huge dome like barry bonds?

  176. al™ February 2, 2009 8:20 pm

    chrebet played for the jets so he couldn’t be that good.

    personally my vote would go to wes welker and davone bess.

  177. al™ February 2, 2009 8:22 pm

    seriously ralph….

    fred biletnikoff gets my vote. don’t they have an award named after him?

  178. 702WarriorNation February 2, 2009 8:23 pm

    Dr. Donnis Thompson
    Thank you for your dedication to UH Sports.
    Rest in peace…..Aloha

  179. al™ February 2, 2009 8:24 pm

    isn’t chrebet retired 3 seasons now?

  180. Da Punchbowl Kid February 2, 2009 8:25 pm

    Bless the memory of Donnis Thompson, a pioneer and a visionary.

  181. al™ February 2, 2009 8:26 pm

    my sincere condolences to the family and friends of dr. donnis thompson. truly a pioneer in women’s sports and a champion for the university of hawaii.

    may the heavens open their gates to accept her.

  182. al™ February 2, 2009 8:32 pm


    where is that coming from?

  183. XxFaithxX February 2, 2009 8:48 pm

    Hawai`i has MORE NFL combine invited then COLORADO AND (F)UCLA!!


    So what? going mainland is better for a FB Scholie??!!??! And no say academics, they not getting a scholie for that…its all FOOTBALL.

    ok, going back to eating spicy pork.

  184. whitey February 2, 2009 8:53 pm

    my condolences to the family of Dr Donnis Thompson. she was a class lady and was a great asst ad for UH

  185. A-House February 2, 2009 9:02 pm

    Our condolences to Dr Donnis Thompson’s family, relatives, and friends.

    She set the “standard” for others to follow.

  186. Jason February 2, 2009 9:04 pm

    My condolences to Dr. Thompson’s family. I pass by her statue every basketball game, and I always take the time to glance at it, to remember Dr. Thompson’s contributions.

  187. d1島 February 2, 2009 9:06 pm

    Condolences to the Ohana of Dr. Thompson.

  188. Jason February 2, 2009 9:06 pm

    A-House: Thank you for your contribution for RFL, I think they received it today because they credited my account. Actually, they credited the team account — did you ask them to do that?

  189. A-House February 2, 2009 9:10 pm


    Nope, just filled out the form and sent it in. I thought it would be credited to you.

  190. Jason February 2, 2009 9:26 pm

    A-House: I’ll let them know, probably someone made a mistake in entering the info. Thanks again!

  191. Garret February 2, 2009 9:48 pm

    Best wishes to Rep. Takai! I hope that he and everyone he’s with has a safe and speedy return to Hawaii.

  192. Garret February 2, 2009 9:50 pm

    This Ohio State OL just cost himself a LOT of money and his draft stock just plummeted.

    Ohio State offensive lineman Alex Boone was arrested after being subdued with a Taser during an alleged drunken tirade, authorities said Monday.

    Boone, 21, was taken into custody late Sunday for investigation of resisting arrest after Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call outside of a home in Aliso Viejo.

    When they arrived, the 6-foot-8, 312-pound tackle had been jumping on car hoods, yanking on a tow truck cable and trying to break a window, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

  193. Garret February 2, 2009 9:53 pm

    USC gets top recruits every year, but many leave early.

    The stockpiling of talent will apparently continue at USC. As the final pushes are made toward Wednesday, the national letter-of-intent signing day for football, the Trojans are anticipating another stellar recruiting class.

    But a lot can happen in these final hours, and supposed “commitments” can suddenly become meaningless. Especially at a time when Coach Pete Carroll and his reconfigured staff face a new issue: An exodus of several high-profile transfers.

    Hazelton has said he valued his time at USC, but he cautioned recruits to examine their criteria for choosing any high-profile school.

    “The advice I would give kids is look at the position and look at the depth chart and the history of how they use guys,” he said. “Don’t just go to a school with a name. Look at where you’re needed.

    “A lot of kids get caught up in the TV stuff. ‘That’s where Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart played.’ But you have to know it’s a good situation that you’re going into.

    “A lot of it is . . . a business decision.”

  194. Garret February 2, 2009 9:54 pm

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

    I think that it is awesome that San Diego has a cluster of companies working on alternative vehicles. If the electric, plug-in, and hybrid vehicles take off, there will be a nice economic boom in San Diego…hopefully Aptera and the rest of these companies succeeds, because not only will that be good for the environment and economy, but they are talking about hiring increments of 100 people at a time.

  195. Garret February 2, 2009 9:56 pm

    New IBM supercomputer called Sequoia will be 15 times faster than the faster computer right now (a Cray supercomputer)–20 petaflops! The Department of Energy will put it at Livermore Labs, where one of our Tsaikos works.

  196. Garret February 2, 2009 9:56 pm

    China has found that coal pollution is linked to birth defects. It is good that the Chinese government seems serious about reducing their dependence on coal, which could have a big effect on global pollution. It is sad that it is estimated that coal pollution kills about 750,000 people in China each year.

  197. Garret February 2, 2009 9:57 pm

    Man in China died when his cell phone exploded…the 7th man in China to have died from an exploding phone in China. The article mentions that the man had been using a replacement battery in his cell phone and recommends that people only use the battery that comes with the cell phone.

  198. Garret February 2, 2009 9:58 pm

    Several articles have speculated that Obama had to switch from his BlackBerry to a Sectera Edge. However, this photo (taken on 1/29/09) on Edgadget shows that he’s using a BlackBerry 8830.

  199. Garret February 2, 2009 9:58 pm

    Free play links pau.

  200. Garret February 2, 2009 9:59 pm

    Comcast cable TV viewers in Tuscon watching the Super Bowl were shocked when they were switched from the game to a porn movie!

  201. Garret February 2, 2009 10:20 pm

    Colt was mentioned in this article about Matt Barkeley.

    Rollinson knows a thing or two about high-caliber high school quarterbacks and their ability to adjust – and how quickly – to the rigors of life on the college level.

    Among those he has coached at Mater Dei is Matt Leinart, who won a Heisman Trophy at USC in 2005, and Colt Brennan, who threw for a gazillion yards in two seasons for the University of Hawaii.

  202. Garret February 2, 2009 10:22 pm

    The Long Beach Press-Telegram came out with their Best in the West recruit list.

    Along with Te’o and Kennard, the other non-Californian first-teamers are defensive lineman Corey Adams (Scottsdale Saguaro) and Craig Roh (Scottsdale Chaparral), both from Arizona; offensive lineman Stanley Hasiak (Kapolei), giving Hawaii two players on the team; and a player apiece from Colorado (defensive lineman Nick Kasa of Bloomfield Legacy), Utah (offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo of Provo Timpview) and Nevada (defensive lineman Justin Chaisson of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman).

    But its reputation does get a bit of a boost by way of the contributions of Arizona and Hawaii.

    “This is the best crop of prospects in Arizona in years,” said Biggins.

    “And it might be the best class ever in Hawaii.”

    Biggins does believe that the very best of the BIW class of 2009 holds up pretty well when compared to the first 32 versions.

  203. labrat February 2, 2009 10:26 pm

    My condolences to the Thompson family.

  204. Ralph February 2, 2009 10:27 pm

    Al Biletnikoff was a wideout with Oakland, not a slot like Chrebet and Welken (sp?) he wasn’t a speed burner, but played smart, knew who to find the open spaces…guys like Twilley and Largent fit in this mold and that’s why I think guys like Grice Mullen and Bess can succeed at wideout…but you need a quality qb who can recognize what’s happening and with a quick release hit him on his break…

  205. Garret February 2, 2009 10:29 pm

    Article about how players can sign scholarship agreements instead of NLI.

    Instead of binding themselves to the school with an NLI, the athlete could just sign scholarship papers with the institution and gain many of the same protections the NLI affords them. By signing scholarship papers instead of the NLI, the athlete would not be bound to the school, or the provisions of the NLI.

    “If things go wrong, that fine print comes into play in a major way,” Isenberg said.

    By definition, the letter of intent binds the school to the athlete and the athlete to the school. The schools however, have much more wiggle room out of the arrangement.

    “Student-athletes are in a proverbial Catch-22: They must sign a letter of intent if they want to be assured a scholarship, yet if a school then finds a better player at their position, the admissions department can refuse to admit the student.

    “Of course, by the time this decision is made, it is usually too late for the student to find another school that still has a scholarship to give.”

    Technically, a recruit could sign scholarship papers with 40 different schools, but only honor one of them with no penalty. All 40 of the schools though, must honor their offers.

    UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said that assigns too much risk to the schools, which have a fixed number of scholarships to award each year.

    “It becomes a very hard thing for the school to now manage their numbers and so forth,” Neuheisel said. “Letters of intent are important just so everybody could keep track of where they are.”

  206. Ralph February 2, 2009 10:30 pm

    My condolences to the Thompson Ohana, we have all lost a great person, and a great woman who did a lot for our state.

  207. labrat February 2, 2009 10:30 pm

    Kalani commit makes me want to attend a few bb games.

    2 days to go.

  208. SteveM February 2, 2009 10:37 pm

    Russ & Pam gave us a karaoke book titled: Hit Me with Your Best Shot. Interesting things in there and I’ll share one partially…

    Ten Reasons karaoke is better than singing in the shower

    1. You can get dates from karaoke
    2. Cuter people go to karaoke than your shower 😐

  209. al ™ February 2, 2009 10:55 pm

    ralph…..back in the day the term slot back was non-existent. today;s offenses employ the slotback in many of their sets, of course it is not a system. biletnikoff was the ultimate possession receiver.

    pat twilley and steve largent came along and further developed the place/need for a possession receiver.

    these guys, if they were playing today would be a “wes welker” type slot receiver. davone is a hybrid receiver in the same mold and may be a bit more shifty than all of the above.

  210. LizKauai [Kiwi] Asus February 2, 2009 11:37 pm

    Haha Kazz- I saw but did not get a Haka tee. kamate, kamate…

    NZ is truly a sister to Hawaii. Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and offers a fine example of how people can work together to move forward whilst honoring their pasts. Waitangi holiday celeration is starting just as I leave.

    Prayers for the passage of Donnis Thompson and for the safe return of Mark Takai.

    Welcome home Colt and Davone and hope I get to see some Redskins on Sunday!

  211. al ™ February 3, 2009 12:08 am

    should i wait around?

    will things be heating up soon?

  212. Ralph February 3, 2009 1:31 am

    slow night on the blog? blog broken? Al chased everyone to bed?

  213. HiFlyer February 3, 2009 2:06 am

    Condolences to the Thompson family, Donnis Thompson was a leader in the promotion of womens athletics.

  214. al ™ February 3, 2009 2:37 am

    ralph…..for the third time his name is wes welker.

  215. al ™ February 3, 2009 2:44 am

    so awhile back i was touting st. john lessary, III as an all purpose football player including as a punter/kicker. he is also a good rb/wr type.

    coming in as a preferred walkon is a great start for this young man. he could also double as our holder and would be a great option for a two pt attempt.

  216. mike February 3, 2009 2:49 am

    Wayne “The Flashlight” Chrebet is worthy of a campaign, but I suspect Big Bro is thinking more local. Someone much less worthy of admiration.

  217. wafan February 3, 2009 3:25 am

    A chilly morning everyone!

  218. wafan February 3, 2009 3:33 am

    Kazz and nfaa . . .

    You are correct. A poor choice of words on my part. How about a choice of good fortune or just go away already.


  219. Stretch February 3, 2009 3:57 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    One more day until LOI are due!!! Looking forward to who will be man up and put their committment in writing.

  220. Garret February 3, 2009 5:31 am

    Today’s food plan:

    Take Mika to Denny’s for free breakfast (Mika’s school starts 1 hour after Faith’s school)

    Take Faith to Denny’s during lunch time (her Kindergarten is just a half day)

    Take the family to Pat & Oscar’s for dinner–mystery shopping job will pay for our food *and* pay us $7…Lori fills out the evaluation afterwards so my only job is to eat!

    So, we will get paid $7 when you total the food cost today…that should cover the tips.

  221. Garret February 3, 2009 5:35 am

    The mystery shopping job even reimburses for tips. I hope that the people getting the free breakfast today at Denny’s remember to tip their servers…just because the food is free doesn’t mean you can skip the tip!

  222. Garret February 3, 2009 6:00 am

    Doris’ website says that Wade committed to Oregon.

  223. whitey February 3, 2009 6:35 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  224. whitey February 3, 2009 6:37 am

    wade good luck on your endeavors and best of luck.

  225. whitey February 3, 2009 6:42 am

    ok, one more day till we find out who are 2009 recruits will be. coach mc and his staff deserve a lot of credit for doing a very good job in their first organized year of recruiting. after tomorrow,we look forward to spring practice and hope that all those who will be invited are in good shape.

  226. Stretch February 3, 2009 6:46 am


    Not sure if anyone is interested in the Manti Teo sweepstakes but this is an article to check out.

  227. whitey February 3, 2009 7:04 am

    wow, 36 recruits + walkons. this is impressive and looks like this class will rank up their with the top UH recruiting class. we lost 35 seniors, but looks like we are not replacing them, but reloading. way to go coach mc.

  228. whitey February 3, 2009 7:06 am

    stretch, i guess only you and me are up at this time. have a nice day on kauai.

  229. Stretch February 3, 2009 7:11 am

    whitey – I think you are right, everyone else is getting their beauty rest. That’s okay becaue everyone else needs it, us two are all good already!!

  230. whitey February 3, 2009 7:21 am

    stretch, our friend, the currency, is back on maui.

  231. jm2375 February 3, 2009 7:21 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Morning Stretch & whitey. How goes it? Stretch, I don’t think any amount of beauty sleep will help you! 😀 🙄

    Reminder: Men’s bb game Thurs vs FSU is a white-out and the band is selling t-shirts and also alumni 2-for-1 night. Band fundraiser is to send the band to the WAC tournament. They’ll also be selling at Sat’s game.

  232. whitey February 3, 2009 7:22 am

    time to go and will catch up later today.

  233. duffer February 3, 2009 7:23 am

    Hey, I up and at work already. No need beauty sleep, too old!

  234. whitey February 3, 2009 7:24 am

    morning jm2375

  235. Stretch February 3, 2009 7:29 am

    February 3rd, 2009 at 7:21 am
    Stretch, I don’t think any amount of beauty sleep will help you!

    sad to say but I think you right, that’s why I drink beer, it makes ME look better

  236. koakane± February 3, 2009 7:46 am

    Stretch: sad to say but I think you right, that’s why I drink beer, it makes ME look better

    eh big guy now you know why we drink plenty beer …. only way you look better to us also. j/k bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa had to get it in before bulla, homey or james chimed in

    morning to everyone 8) au’we no sun but no matta still a good place to be and its early yet. watching office now so you know the routine.

  237. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:12 am

    I want to add my condolences to the Thompson family on their loss. Remember working with her while she served as school superintendent a while back.

  238. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:16 am

    went to aja game last night to see the kid from kapolei, 🙁 kBrackenridge, but since the bball season for hs started all hs kids had to stop playing as of last sunday.

  239. chawan_cut February 3, 2009 8:16 am

    davone is on kkea now.
    colt will be on later.

  240. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:17 am

    oh new post up

  241. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:20 am

    chawan_cut: I with you on all dat eating this past weekend. too much fuuud. surprised to hear that super bowl weekend is second to thanksgiving on all fuud consumed during a certain event.

  242. Stretch February 3, 2009 8:22 am

    February 3rd, 2009 at 8:17 am
    oh new post up

    ummmm….. I think something wrong with your head

  243. chawan_cut February 3, 2009 8:23 am

    what new post?

  244. chawan_cut February 3, 2009 8:24 am

    maybe koakane banged his head and became psychic. i’m sure ST will have new post up eventually.

  245. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:25 am

    tsai guy on 1500am in a few sec

  246. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:26 am

    chawan_cut made you look, made you look bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  247. Stretch February 3, 2009 8:28 am


    In response to his pleas, an officer said: “You think we’ve never arrested somebody that’s made national media? … We deal with the Bengals all the time.”

    While we are waiting for ST to put up a new post, check out this article. The quote by the Cincinatti officer is CLASSIC!!

  248. SteveM February 3, 2009 8:32 am

    Good morning everyone!
    Gotta leave for work so I’ll post this reminder…

    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required, 🙂 but our Tsingers are very good!

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB
    • Bring food/goodies (potluck–like indoor tailgate)

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:

    Current count = 49

  249. Stretch February 3, 2009 8:35 am


    A cable television provider has apologized Monday to Tucson-area customers over a 30-second porn interruption during the Super Bowl.

  250. Kekoa February 3, 2009 8:45 am

    Good Morning All…including you pahtna, cause you made me look!

    Koakane, speaking of looking, come down aftah you send your kiddes home from school. Watch the KHS boys work out at the diamond next to my hale. My friend’s kid is hoping to break into the starting lineup.

    I always ask kids the straight up question…”can you hit breaking stuff?” If I don’t get an immediate and resounding ‘yes!’ I know they have that demon to deal with yet. This kid looked down and studied his navel when I asked the question.

    After that we can talk batting avg., fielding, on base numbers, etc. Then, it’s show me time on the field. In baseball, da “Ball No Lie!”

  251. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:46 am

    kden blog time up office staff back so check with everyone lattas

    play nice, keep da peace, have an open mind and laugh a couple times today.

    enjoy esme whoooooooooooosh

  252. chawan_cut February 3, 2009 8:47 am

    i don’t think ST will have a new post soon.
    on 1500, he was at UH talkin to players.
    he did mention that some of the players wanted to use the new field for 7 on 7’s and were told to get off of it.
    whats up with that!

  253. koakane± February 3, 2009 8:48 am

    kekoa get back to you latta

  254. chawan_cut February 3, 2009 8:49 am

    enjoy esme?
    i don’t think she’d like you yelling that….

  255. Stretch February 3, 2009 8:51 am

    CB on 1420

  256. cheepono February 3, 2009 9:04 am

    damn… according to DS, we lost out on keliikipi.

  257. owen-16 February 3, 2009 9:14 am

    if we do lose out on keliikipi, da only legit dtackle coming in is hafoka then. ouch. what about the masch kid, is he still coming or a no go. i saw him on da list this morning but thought he was wavering. hope da returning guyz ie rocky, tufaga, meatoga, along w/ da RS from last year’s class can step up their game

  258. J February 3, 2009 9:27 am

    Free Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s today (offer ends at 2 p.m.).


  259. Bruddah Cuz February 3, 2009 9:44 am

    Oh baby. One more day. You know your birthday is coming, but what goodies you gonna score? Shhhh. Papa gonna pull up with da Lexus. Aloha.

  260. rog February 3, 2009 9:58 am

    Looks like we lost 2 commitments today with one of our offensive lineman decommitting for another WAC team

  261. wayoutwest February 3, 2009 10:07 am

    yup, looks like burton going to sjsu. this is getting a little ridiculous. kid probably took his only offer (hawaii) and jumped at the chance to play closer to home when sjsu offered late. feels like open season on hawaii recruits.

    considering there are FIVE starters on the oline and only four commitments (minus burton) this season, i hope the coaches move fast in securing another HS OL. dead period right now… auwe.

  262. al™ February 3, 2009 10:12 am

    they can still make one phone call per week.

    plus who knows what is left on the table. there could be a gem under the cup in the cupboard after all is said and done.

  263. kama krab February 3, 2009 10:14 am

    If these two are really decommits come tommorow I say this is a bunch of BS. Especially in the case of Keli’ikipi if he does decide to go to the Quack attack. JMO

  264. rog February 3, 2009 10:19 am

    how many decommitments does that make now, 6 or 7? These surprises blow.

  265. al™ February 3, 2009 10:20 am

    all is fair in love and recruiting.

    no sense get all nuha over this stuff. these kids are the ones who have to live with it for a long time not us. come next week we will forget about all the decoms.

    coaches will learn from all this. it is time though to implement an early signing period that is binding.

    perhaps some modifications are in order as well. for example, any recruit decommitting within 5 days of nli day will cost the new college one recruit scholarship the following year.

  266. owen-16 February 3, 2009 10:22 am

    hope coach mack can learn from all that’s been happening in the past couple of months. no sense in crying over who ain’t here, move on w/ what we got, and learn from our mistakes next recruiting year…

  267. al™ February 3, 2009 10:23 am

    dick tomey has never been bashful. this is not the first recruit that he “stole” from our treasure chest. he has been poaching our recruits and prospects more so since going to sjsu. i hope it is for lack of a scouting plan rather than spite since he was bypassed for jj’s job some ten years ago.

  268. kama krab February 3, 2009 10:27 am

    Al and owen-16,

    I agree with you both but just kind hard to understand so close to letter of intent day. We will still have one of the best recruiting seasons ever but it still hurts.

  269. al™ February 3, 2009 10:28 am

    and furthermore, it is apparent that we do compete a lot with the norcal kids. sjsu does have a lot to offer and so do we. hopefully, we can continue to get the jc kids that we need every year from the bay area. the ones that want to go away.

    i think establishing a reputation as a school that will entertain a good handful of jc’ers actually does us good. our competition for the same is less than going after the blue chip hs kids.

  270. warriorfanny February 3, 2009 10:31 am

    Although MAC n staff have definitely upgraded UH recruiting it will take the full term of MAC’s 5 years to feel the impact…the plus being he is building a solid foundation of quality.
    other factors in translating talent to success on the field is the quality of COACHING and SYSTEM management…to be fair, MAC needs to still grow into his shoes as headcoach and hopefully improvement in these areas will come in positive doses following his first year.
    But recruiting is the first step and to this end our Warrior team is building in a positive direction.
    Keeping our fingers crossed for LOI day–great effort by MAC n staff!

  271. rog February 3, 2009 10:31 am

    i understand the excuses being made but the coaches were expecting these guys to come and now where so late in the game left with what?

  272. owen-16 February 3, 2009 10:41 am

    and who knows, LN and WK never sign nothing yet. they could still have a change of heart at the last minute tomorrow morning. they are 17-18 year olds, so you never know. i’m happy we’re able to keep a destin stewart, let’s give him praise for taking that chance and coming all the way out here.

  273. kama krab February 3, 2009 10:46 am


    Gotta beleive that Keli’ikipi might have to think twice about his decision to decommit. There is currently a log jam at D-Tackle for the Quacksters so it might not be a very good situation for him there. Where as if he were to commit here he would probably be a starter with in the next two years. But I gotta beleive that at least for Wade it might not be a good decision football wise.

  274. NorthShoreFan February 3, 2009 10:55 am

    Aloha Tsai-kos
    Garret, post #194, good info.
    I hope recruits are looking at their position on the team they are going to and really make a good decision about who the competition is and how much pt they may get. High profile teams will have a lot of “all everything” players so guarantees. In the case of Tepa he should be good to go since he going to a crappy team that needs to change everybody. LOL…
    Warriors getting guys who want to be Warriors. As it should be.

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