Spring practice No. 3

Today was the first spring practice in pads, and there was some hitting, despite Coach Greg McMackin’s  warning.
“Only two hand touch,” McMackin told the players before team drills.
Perhaps he should have been more specific.
Linebackers R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Brashton Satele and Marc Moody delivered some hard “touches.”
“Sometimes they forget,” McMackin said, smiling.
At practice:
• Greg Salas worked out exclusively as the left slotback. He gives Greg Alexander a nice target.
• With Salas at slotback, Joe Avery was the No. 1 left wideout.
• Kealoha Pilares really looks at home at slotback. He made some nice plays. And he even worked on his post-catch running.
• There were some glitches in the inside protection during blocking drills. But that should be cleaned up easily once the running backs feel more comfortable picking up the free rusher.
• Lametrius Davis worked out at left cornerback after two days at right safety. He’ll rotate the rest of the spring.
• Rocky Savaiigaea was held out of the team drills as a precaution. Last year, he had surgery on his left triceps. He said there’s no problem, and he should be ready to go Monday.

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Happy birthday to Koakane, who is indeed one of our vice and principal bloggers.


  1. djmitcho April 4, 2009 6:39 am

    WooHoo! Wish I could be there!

  2. brew808 April 4, 2009 6:40 am


    PADS! Sounds great! (How come today’s post is soooo short?) 😐

    ~~•~~~~•~~~~•~ 😀 ★ ★ ★ 😆 Happy..Birthday..Koakane!!! 😆 ★ ★ ★ 😀 ~•~~~~•~~~~•~~

    😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯
    😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆

  3. 702WarriorNation April 4, 2009 6:43 am

    Happy birthday Koakane

    St- thanks for PL and your reporting from Carson.

  4. brew808 April 4, 2009 6:47 am

    And belated birthday wishes to Jeje and Colomaohana!!! 😀 😯 😆

    Hi to Momo and welcome back d1島! I have to agree – M-Resort is pretty nice but way the heck out there! 😯 🙄 😆

  5. addahknowjoe April 4, 2009 6:48 am

    KK -I don’t get it- 15 million sperms and I can’t believe you waz da winnah!


    Congratulations to your annual victory celebration!

  6. djmitcho April 4, 2009 6:51 am

    Because it was at the end of the last blog entry I’ll say it again…Happy Birthday to my fellow Monarch Koakane!

  7. protector April 4, 2009 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday Koakane!! Greetings from your old counseling buddy with wishes for many more.

  8. brew808 April 4, 2009 6:58 am

    Hey! #5 was pretty HARSH! Funny, …. but harsh! 😆 🙄 😆

  9. brew808 April 4, 2009 6:59 am

    Recap –

    Wow, woeful Wie wrought with wild whacks and wobbly whiffs, withered in the wind! 🙄 🙁 😯

  10. wafan April 4, 2009 7:02 am

    Brew . . .

    Sometimes the truth hurts.


  11. wafan April 4, 2009 7:04 am


    Made it in the top 10!!!

  12. wafan April 4, 2009 7:04 am

    Brought over from the last post . . .

    702 . . .

    We have not had temps in the 50’s in months. This really will be warm weather for us.

    The phone message was absolutely hilarious! If we did something like that in the US there would be law suits up the butt. A lot of parents would not be able to fathom the concept of holding their kids responsible. A few would, but the majority would not. Besides, the whole politically correct thing would preclude the use of the blunt truth. Darn it.

  13. brew808 April 4, 2009 7:06 am

    Is KK really a VP? Is there an emphasis on the V part? 😆 🙄 😯

    Howzit wafan! Is there any coordinated effort to get tickets for the Wazzu game in Sept? 😀

  14. 702WarriorNation April 4, 2009 7:09 am

    Looks like problems with parents doesn’t only exists in USA, but elsewhere in the world too.
    Enjoy your spring break.
    Can’t wait to read/see ‘pads on pads’ reporting for today.
    Also second BB win over SJS tonight!

  15. MeiLing April 4, 2009 7:11 am

    Hau’oli la hanau, Koakane!!!

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Gotta help my bro this morning at services for his mom-in-law. Enjoy practice.

    Esme & whoosh….

  16. Garret April 4, 2009 7:14 am

    Happy Birthday koakane!

  17. Annoddah Dave April 4, 2009 7:22 am


    HB and many happy returns! You are a class act!!

  18. djmitcho April 4, 2009 7:41 am

    There must be some heads crackin’ right now at practice.

  19. wafan April 4, 2009 7:45 am

    Brew . . .

    I would rather buy my tickets to the Wazzu game from the UH — at least they get some money from the sale. Every little bit helps, right? But, tickets are not available, yet.

    I checked the WSU site — tickets are not available and no game time, yet. According to their site, tickets go on sale to the public on August 1, 10a. Hopefully, the UH will have their tickets available for sale a lot sooner!

  20. brew808 April 4, 2009 7:45 am

    A while back…. April 4th started off as a fine Spring day…. and then Koakane entered into the picture! 😯 😆 🙄

    Again –

    ~•~~~~•~ 😀 ★ ★ ★ 😆 Happy..Birthday..Koakane!!! 😆 ★ ★ ★ 😀 ~•~~~~•~

  21. brew808 April 4, 2009 7:51 am

    wafan – Yes, I agree. Plus it’s much more enjoyable to be around 808 friendlies, than the Wazzu crazies – no matter the outcome!

    I guess I better send SteveM some info….. 😀 🙄 😆

  22. wafan April 4, 2009 7:56 am

    A bunch of years ago WSU was voted the #1 party school in the US. I think the Tsai-kos would fit nicely with the Cougar fanatics.

  23. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:25 am


  24. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:26 am

    wafan #22- yup. My g/f’s son proved that to be true… I think he’s in annodah school somewhere now.

  25. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:28 am

    brew808- did you send me a picture? It’s a bin file and I am cautious.

  26. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:29 am

    Eh Liz – R U going to the Wazzu game too? You can spend the week between games in PDX w/ Lilu…. 😯 😀

  27. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:31 am

    😀 Yes – and it’s even G-rated! 😀

  28. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:32 am

    MeiLing- prayers for your brother’s family…

    Annoday Hauoli Lahanau to Koakane and Nate Ilaoa!

  29. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:37 am

    Oh…. the other day there was a discussion regarding Spam. What’s the deal with “low salt” Spam? We’re going to pour shoyu on the bugga anyways! 😈 😯 And are there any fans of turkey Spam out there? 🙄

    Oh, speaking of turkey (Spam) – what’s the deal with Benson and Boise stomping on the concept of fairness and equal representation in the WAC. Which leads us back to Turkeys, turkey Spam…. and maybe… donkey Spam! 😈 🙄 👿

  30. piper's son April 4, 2009 8:37 am

    Koakane – happy, happy birthday!

    Tried to get to practice this AM but slept kinda late. Got to get better binocs or a big telescope to watch it from my window!

    SteveM – just a change of blogname for today – no need to upgrade your list.

  31. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:39 am

    hi brew808- ah, alas, not going to Wazzu. Only going bachi one away game this year. I figure- my bachi will be lost among all the POSITIVES coming from the HUGE pile of Tsai-ko magic at UNLV 😉

  32. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:41 am

    piper’s son – No worries…. SteveM lives for that sort of excitement! 😆

    Liz – please update us on the fate of sister’s kulolo, poi, and lomi salmon? 😯 :mrgreen: 😀

  33. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 8:42 am

    brew- 25% less salt Spam is my choice for flavor. The rest is …. blech.
    Benson musta been undah a lotta presshua to keep the WAC alive and thinks he shot his best shot.

    I’m holding out for the WARRIORS to be da SPOILERS dis yeah!!!
    ❗ ❗ ❗

  34. al ™ April 4, 2009 8:44 am

    happy birthday old man!

  35. SteveM April 4, 2009 8:49 am

    Good morning everyone!

    …I was wondering why my ears were itching. “Welcome back brew!”. I’m glad they released you again… 😆

    Happy Birthday Koakane !!!

  36. (Jesse)James April 4, 2009 8:50 am

    Good morning to all you Tsaikos….

    Happy Birthday to my dear friend, fellow Monarch, “Vice” P, and old man blogger….Koa-Mahu….ummm….I mean Koakane…MWAHAHAHHAHA

    Stretch strikes again…LMAO

  37. SteveM April 4, 2009 8:54 am

    LizKauai — append a “.jpg” to brew’s attachment.

    So, is “piper’s son” Loa for today only? 😕

  38. layson April 4, 2009 8:57 am

    michelle wie is in 70th and last place right now. she will create a buzz for her followers when she does finally break thru in the future…on the lpga tour. if she wins 20 lpga tournaments, it will be quite an accomplishment with the way things stand at the moment. annika sorenstam won 72 lpga tourneys and finished 2nd 46 times, which i find incredible. i have seen wie play in person and also countless lpga tour pros. wie, because she stands 6 feet 1, generates natural clubhead speed because of her size and arc of swing. because of this clubhead speed(maybe 100-105 mph-tiger woods 125-130 mph, remax long drive champ jamie sadlowski-150+ mph) , she can occasionally outdrive some of the shorter pga tour players. the problems is the rest of her game is not up to par with the other professional golfers, men or women. almost all have better short games, pitching, chipping and putting. also, her iron play is erratic and she does not hit her irons close to the pin like most other top professionals. if she is able to develop these areas of her game, she will live up to her potential on lpga. the last thing she needs to improve on is her psyche, which must be fragile right now with so many failures on and off the course. kind of looks like she gave up today, she is imo in the top 10 easily among women golfers on paper. but the game is not played on paper and some say golf is 80 percent mental. maybe that is why earl woods taught tiger woods to never give up, never beat yourself.
    earl woods taught tiger art of mental toughness and discipline, and mom tida woods taught tiger buddhist values of patience, tenacity, and self- reliance. that is why tiger woods is a champion…..a winner. bj wie wanted his son michelle to play the pga tour but human anatomy prevented this from happening, that caused much of her failure. it is not to late to take a realistic approach and with psychological help, wie may still salvage her career with dominance on lpga, at least her followers hope so. the kraft nabisco was just another tournament, there are many to be played.

  39. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:59 am

    Got bachi? Then, go bocha! No more worries! 😆 🙄 😆

  40. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 9:10 am

    brew808- all da frozen fuud wuz still frozen. Thank goodness for the good insulated box from our pharmacy!

    Kope time.

  41. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 9:12 am

    SteveM… mahalo…
    and always da detective, eh???


  42. 99club April 4, 2009 9:12 am

    Happy B-day koakane!

    LMAO at #5, A-joe! 🙂

  43. HawaiianKiko(Chief Lurker) April 4, 2009 9:20 am

    Aloha from the tropical islands of Hawaii on the coconut wireless in digital paradise …!!!!

    Good Morning TsaiKo Ohana !!!!

    Happy Birthday to Koakane !!!!!

    Back to the Future………..

  44. Da Punchbowl Kid April 4, 2009 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday Koakane!

  45. g-nalo April 4, 2009 9:53 am

    good morning everybody………here, there, and everywhere.

    pads? hitting? contact?

    Happy Birthday Koakane!

  46. jm2375 April 4, 2009 10:53 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Feliz Cumpleanos to Koakane, our favorite learning institution administrator (soon-to-be-retired). 😀

    So, where’s da practice reports?

    SteveM – we should have a small-kine lunch cc sometime late May so I talk to you about those tips for NCL cruising….

  47. piper's son April 4, 2009 11:00 am

    jm2375: Have not checked SteveM’s page lately in re: cruises but if he still has it around, there is some source of information there.

  48. Addahknowsports© April 4, 2009 11:00 am

    A great big Happy Birthday to you GrandpaKoakane!!!

    I can’t be there with you guys today, but I am sending you a great big birthday hug via a-joe. Enjoy. Bwahahahaha.

    Good Morning Tsaiko-land!

  49. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER April 4, 2009 11:04 am

    Thanks for the scoops, ST. Did PL come along to make vids??? (hi Faye!)

  50. Stephen Tsai April 4, 2009 11:04 am

    Gee, what are the odds of Michael Jordan being voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday?

  51. Stephen Tsai April 4, 2009 11:24 am

    Breaking news: Chinatown is dangerous.
    And that’s what happens when you import news editors.

  52. Jason April 4, 2009 11:29 am

    Happy birthday koakane!

    Now, where are my practice reports (besides Stephen’s)? Oh wait, everyone’s probably eating breakfast or something, talking story over coffee. 😀

    layson: One of my math team kids, he’s a hard worker, but not the most natural mathematician. Still, he always tries his best, and gets frustrated at times. He’s golfs, though, so I mentioned that Tiger Woods is where he’s at not because of his physical abilities, but because of his mental strength. The same went for Michael Jordan, I said. He carried that with him in the last meet. He ended up scoring twice his average. I was so proud to see that he got the idea.

  53. jm2375 April 4, 2009 11:31 am

    ST – was reading the hard copy version of your paper today. How does a typo like “Keeaumoku Avenue” get through the editors? Do they not even have a passing familiarity with the major city streets?

  54. layson April 4, 2009 11:36 am

    chinatown is pretty safe, people were walking about today, parents, kids, dogs, cats. but if the mentally ill situation is not addressed, then things could change. i remember tim carrey strolling into chinatown at night to roll the dice, the fix was on.

  55. chawan_cut April 4, 2009 11:38 am

    wouldn’t 2 twins mean both of them not 2 SETS of twins? or maybe i’m mistaken.
    and jason and i are not twins. sorry.
    i did sit with 2 SETS yesterday though. the Tsaiko twins and my friends who are twins.
    ok, see everyone at the ballpark today!

  56. layson April 4, 2009 11:43 am


    April 4th, 2009 at 11:29 am layson: One of my math team kids, he’s a hard worker, but not the most natural mathematician. Still, he always tries his best, and gets frustrated at times. He’s golfs, though, so I mentioned that Tiger Woods is where he’s at not because of his physical abilities, but because of his mental strength. The same went for Michael Jordan, I said. He carried that with him in the last meet. He ended up scoring twice his average. I was so proud to see that he got the idea.

    as long as your student enjoys it, if math is his passion he will persevere.
    sounds like you know how to motivate people, i think you will be very successful at what you do. we all know how much maturity you have gained thru the years….to apologize to gigi took a lot of humility. you are on the right track.

  57. SteveM April 4, 2009 11:45 am

    Just back from picking up lunch at Kiawe Grill (King Street – Diners Drive Inn complex). Tsai-ko size portions! Should last two meals. 🙂

    April 4th, 2009 at 10:53 am
    SteveM – we should have a small-kine lunch cc sometime late May so I talk to you about those tips for NCL cruising…

    Sure! Especially if it is your first cruise on NCL…

    myki and sj-macro know Holland real well. Long Time UH Fan and Tom Mui know both NCL and Princess. I think Garret knows Carnival.

  58. no name April 4, 2009 11:45 am


    how was practice today? qb situtation? olilne? new coaches? wr’s? defensive backs?
    thanks in advance.


  59. Jason April 4, 2009 11:53 am

    jm2375: I may have been born and raised here, but I always get those St/Ave/Blvd, etc. endings mixed up. Maybe it’s because the bus never says those endings; it always says things like, “Kapi‘olani and Ke‘eaumoku.” 😛

    layson: Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it. And yeah, Chinatown/Downtown was getting better, but lately, IDK, there certainly are more mentally ill hanging around lately. I’m usually around Fort Street Mall area, which is fine during the day, but when it’s evening and all the businesspeople are gone …

    SteveM: Mmm, Kiawe Grill.

    no name: So is it no name, or rob? 🙂

  60. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 12:04 pm

    Great move to slot for Greg Salas–ive been screaming for a year, hopefully the switch-experiment is for real.
    Salas has the maxie, size, moves, toughness and velcro hands to play slot in Ron Lee’s calculus-route option offense.
    Plus he is a bonus to pancake-block some absent-minded CB or LB on a counter run or power sweep on the perimeter.

    Greg is our best receiver, God Bless him, but he is a step-n-a-half short at wide out on the fade or deep post.

    Annada thingie–we all know JJ wanted smurfs at slot and the guru had his reasons and it worked. Suffice to say, not every 4-wide system is the same, esp with Coach Ron, and da gut says go with someone like Salas and even bigger in the future without sacrificing the silk, suave cat-like movements.

    Exciting development….wowee, Andy!
    Now, let’s see about our OL and safeties–hoorah for Gordie and Tormey.

  61. Jason April 4, 2009 12:11 pm

    I think Mack said they wanted to play Salas at slot a little bit last year too, but it never really materialized. I’m glad to see they’re going to get him some time there. Imagine the jumbo package they could use in the red zone with a couple of 6-0 or taller wideouts, the 6-2 Salas at H, and maybe the 5-11 Pilares at Y.

  62. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 12:14 pm

    Chinatown might be dangerous but you would never know it if you were attending First Friday last nite or St Pats reveling from Pauahi to Murhy’s on Merchant.
    Metromix featured both happenings and I can say it was buzzing with the usual artisans and youthful yuppies.

  63. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 12:21 pm

    Greg Salas is a go-to-receiver that is effective inside 15 yards. He caught 57 last year and Im sure most would agree he is capable of 90 plus.
    Durability, of course, will be his challenge.
    Lots of nicks and nagging bumps over a 13-game season– he will have to fight through it, but I believe Salas is an exceptional athlete with a high pain tolerance–that is important.

  64. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 12:31 pm

    A D1A BCS coach on the westcoast once told me Salas would make an excellent TE if he packed more weight.
    Given his current size and our system, slot may be a happy medium. Kudos to our staff for the experiment. Who knows?

  65. d1島 April 4, 2009 12:37 pm

    Salas looked very comfortable running away from LB’s instead of being blanketed by CB’s.

    Coach Shaw seems good at relating coaching points on technique. He’s in the players’ heads now about their technique. They now have to blend that into their assignments. The DL ate ’em up today on running plays but that should get better; it seems like the OL is taking a step backward to move forward. Time will tell how Coach Shaw does at game time coaching.
    Funaki may be re-evaluating how happy he is at this point but as above things should get better.

    Pilares made some really nice catches and as Stephen said made some nice moves that would go for YAC. Laid a “Tsick” move on #4 in 7’s.

    Was L. Davis wearing #4 at RCB? Or was that really M. Hopkins? At times it really looked like “let’s lay it in Fo’ S’mo” out there.

    Young guys looked good at times…esp. Correa and Hanohano.

    Happy Birthday Koakane. (Eh, buggah nevah say nothing all thru breakfast about that.)

  66. jm2375 April 4, 2009 1:21 pm

    where is everybody? at baseball game? watching final 4?

  67. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:25 pm

    Woohooo! Na Wahine SB beat dem bulldawgs! Kanani Pu’u-Warren hit a 3 bagger in the top of the 16th! Stephanie Ricketts pitches 12+ innings. This was game #1 of a double-header! 😆 😯 😆

  68. spike96822 April 4, 2009 1:26 pm

    For Michael Jordan not to be voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday….

    He would have to have taken steroids from college to the pros and lied about it
    Lie about taking steroids in front of congress
    Make another comeback to the NBA
    Make another retirement to play baseball
    Get houses raided for dog fighting and gets indited
    Admit to being the cause of global warming
    Bites off Holyfields other ear
    Increase his shoe price to $1000

    All by Monday….Odds still would be a toss up

  69. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:26 pm

    Oh it’s you…. um…. hi jm040409! 😀

  70. al ™ April 4, 2009 1:28 pm

    magic johnson
    larry bird
    michael jordan

    they should collectively be honored forever by all nba owners, fans, and players as the trio who revived the pro basketball game.

  71. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:35 pm

    Commentary – Did you see that M. Fox at UNR moved on to UGa? Then, a few hours later, the former assistant coach David Carter was hired as the replacement? How come UNR can make and execute these sorts of hirings so seamlessly and efficiently? 😕 🙄 :mrgreen:

  72. jm2375 April 4, 2009 1:35 pm

    hey brew!!

    GO BIG EAST!!! 😀

  73. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:37 pm

    ….completely al‘s statement in Post #70 ….

    “nuff said”. 😀

  74. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:40 pm

    Hey jm5732 – … at the end of the day… we’ll see! 🙄 😯 😐

  75. Committed Road Warrior April 4, 2009 1:42 pm

    brew: Cuz dey no mo Herman Failure, dat’s why. Bwahahaha!!!!

    Happy Birthday Koakane! Drink a beer for each year that you’ve graced this earth.

    …..or maybe not…..

  76. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:46 pm

    Wow- that would be almost a $big-bucks just on the recycling deposits alone! 😆 😈 🙄

  77. brew808 April 4, 2009 1:47 pm

    😳 Changed my thought mid-sentence. That should read – “that would be big-buck$ on recycling deposits alone…. 😳

  78. jm2375 April 4, 2009 2:12 pm

    Off-topic rant….

    *stepping onto soapbox*

    The practice of groups fundraising by going out *into* traffic to collect money has got to stop. This morning in Kailua it was the American Red Cross, of all people. The practice is dangerous and is going to get someone seriously injured or killed someday. The fact that these larger groups are doing it is probably encouraging youth groups sending the kids out to collect cash.

    I will never donate to a group in this manner.

    *stepping off soapbox*

  79. HiFlyer April 4, 2009 2:20 pm

    CRW re #75 he already does that.

    Happy birthday Koakane.

    time for head to the baseball game.

  80. Stephen Tsai April 4, 2009 2:27 pm

    QB situation was pretty good.
    Alexander is throwing very well.
    Raush didn’t get many reps, although he’s still No. 2.
    Shane Austin probably throws the nicest passes.
    Bryant Moniz came in and did some good things. He’s got a real strong arm. And he’s a lot taller than I remembered.

  81. kama krab April 4, 2009 2:28 pm

    howzit everybody,

    Happy Birthday to the old wise man himself Koakane.

    You and Koa-mahu have anything planned for tonight. LMAO

    Hope to see some of you at the game tonight.

  82. Stephen Tsai April 4, 2009 2:29 pm

    I saw Haku Correa’s mom today, and I mentioned the suggestion that he move to offensive tackle.
    Her reply: “No!”
    Her follow-up comment is that she’s feeding him a lot to bulk him up for the defensive line.
    I didn’t mention it to Laanui Correa. If I recall, he was so gung ho he used to sleep with his helmet on in the days leading to the start of training camp.

  83. kapakahi April 4, 2009 2:32 pm

    JMHO but the most noticeable thing about this morning’s practice was new Assistant Coach Chris Tormey. His voice was heard loud and clear throughout the 7-on-7s giving instructions to the DBs….and he wasn’t even necessarily yelling. No doubt…Coach Tormey brings intensity to practice.

    Also some notable observers along the sidelines at today’s practice….
    – Kapolei HS Head Coach Darren Hernandez with one of his assistants and three (3) of his Class of 2010 prospects…OLB Shaydon Akuna, LB Dustin Elisara, and DE Niko Uti. Good to see Coach Mack take time to chat with Coach Hernandez and some potential future Warriors.
    – Possible OL walk-on candidates Kainoa LaCount (from Kailua HS & College of the Canyons) and Joseph Napeahi (from Kahuku HS & Fresno City College).
    – Vili & VJ Fehoko. Good to see new GA Mike Smith chatting with them both after practice.
    – Class of 2009 Warrior signees OG Chauncy Makainai (Kailua HS) & CB Kalani Brackenridge (Kapolei HS).

  84. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 2:49 pm

    Lani is a great mom and she does feed her kids alot of poi, plus the Correa family parties are legendary on the eastside and always have great local grinds in Kuliouou….ask Jim Leahy….I dunno about OT, but I do believe he would make an awesome OC or OG–so does his dad.

  85. Manoa Mist April 4, 2009 2:54 pm

    Mahalo for the spring practice reports all. It’s just like I was there myself.
    UH can’t help but be better with Tormey, Shaw and Mike Smith on staff. Quality football professionals.
    And nice analysis on Wie, layson.You know your stuff.
    Wie can beat me, so I pretty much don’t say nothing about her!

  86. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 3:01 pm

    kapakahi, good observation about coach Tormey.
    As I said heretofore, Coach MAC’s aquisition of Chris Tormey and Gordie Shaw should shore up our staff with quality D1A experience–where we need it most.

    In Tormey’s case, it also gives more attention to our backside D, a key component in MACs frontal attack.
    Together with Coach Miano we should see big improvements from our secondary unit.
    Kudos to Coach MAC!

  87. curveball April 4, 2009 3:16 pm

    Practice showed a lot of enthusiasm and intensity.. Alexander is showing why he is #1..Shane Austin throws well but quite often not to the receivers..seemed to be a lot of miscommunication with him..Pilares and Salas both look bigger and better than last year..Dustin Blount caught my eye on several plays…I am not sure if Avery will hang onto a #1 spot….DB’S are working hard for Coach Tormey,he is really doing the job..Lametrius Davis looked very good..Chris Black tweaked an ankle and missed most of the practice ..Good Tsiako turnout….

  88. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 3:23 pm

    last year, I believe we didnt have the experience or depth to move Salas to slot even though our coaching think-tank contemplated the move.
    This year is totally different with a boost from our redshirts, rejuvenated bench and one sparkling new JUCO recruit.
    At least, Sallas, will be given a longer look and if the talent is available at wideout and Greg can make the adjustment to slot–it is green to go….and, that is what spring practice is all about.

  89. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 3:35 pm

    Kealoha Pilares has shown improvement every year and Im hoping he can stay put at slot becz RB requires more weight for his all-around responsibilities that require more close-in contact.

    Wish he would take some of his teammates with ankle issues on his beach runs early in the summer.
    The soft sand builds deep tissue and strengthens it.
    Track coaches differ on this subject but Im not suggesting that beach running as a substitute for stylistic form–just for shaping muscle.
    Anyway, Kealoha is still on an incredible improvement curve–this dude is no where near peaking–best wishes to Mr. hardwork ethic.

  90. curveball April 4, 2009 3:46 pm

    Forgot…Billy Ray is looking good..runs great routes and catches almost everything……

  91. ai-eee-soos April 4, 2009 4:01 pm

    kapakahi: re post #83.

    Thanks for the news about Kainoa LaCount & Joseph Napeahi.

    I sure hope they can enroll for the Fall Semester.

    If Kainoa has 2 to play 2, he better get cracking and get qualified to register at UH.

    Otherwise, po ho.

    Good Luck guys – hope you make it in the Fall.

  92. PIAA DS April 4, 2009 4:11 pm

    PIAA will be running the 1st NFL Pro Style Football Combine for H.S. Athletes at Kamehameha-Hawaii Campus on June 6th. Pass the word! Great opportunity for the kids over there. The coaches and parents on the Big Island have been very generous with their time and support so I think it will be a great day for all.

    check out the information on the Big Island Combine
    at http://www.pacificathleticalliance.com

  93. rodeo808 April 4, 2009 4:15 pm

    ” #90 curveball:
    April 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Forgot…Billy Ray is looking good..runs great routes and catches almost everything……”

    correction…. #5 catches EVERYTHING. this kid does not play like a senior in h.s. he looks real good. speed is as fast if not faster than most, his route running is outstanding and possibly the best on the team. after practice i tried to walk by him. he is a lot bigger than i thought and looks taller than 6’1 ??
    he was with coach stutz and he is WAY taller than him.

    da future looks bright………………………………………………..

  94. curveball April 4, 2009 4:20 pm


    Agree..I was surprised with his size and speed…very impressed

  95. Kekoa April 4, 2009 4:48 pm

    Happy Birthday to my EIS pahtna Koakane. Enjoyed having b-day breakfast with you and the Tsaiko crew aftah practice this morning.

  96. Kekoa April 4, 2009 5:05 pm

    Speaking of fb practice…I concur with everyone’s assessment of the past week, we do have a very spirited team out there.

    Individually, some are having a great Spring workout. Collectively, they are slowly starting to meld it all together. Breaking them down into small ‘units’ like the receivers, outstanding!

    I can’t say that yet of the of the Offensive or Defensive units, it’s early and they are working hard at learning their positions. The coaches are making sure of that. They are on them constantly every minute of practice.

  97. Kekoa April 4, 2009 5:24 pm

    Forgot to mention that one of the young recruits that was invited to watch practice today was my nephew Niko Uti, Kapolei LB. Pride sized him up last Spring and decided that if he packed some meat on them bones, he would be given a good look. He’s been eating at our house, mission accomplished.

    Ok…putting the finishing touches on some fuud prep for an event tomorrow. Been on good terms with my roomie, so I’m prolly going to be released into the wild tonite. Hope to join the Tsaiko’s at the Les for the 2nd game.

  98. Committed Road Warrior April 4, 2009 5:33 pm

    Kekoa: Hopefully the BaseBows perform better in the second game. With the BBs and LOBs piling up I’m surprised the game has been as close as it’s been the entire time, compliments to the pitching staff.

    Also hope this post gets by the “al” censor. Did I give away any disparaging information that may lead one to infer what the score might possibly be?


  99. midnight April 4, 2009 5:36 pm


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  101. Committed Road Warrior April 4, 2009 5:41 pm

    Awww brewski.

    Looks like the Big East stay gone out of the title game, eh?

  102. brew808 April 4, 2009 5:43 pm

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  103. curveball April 4, 2009 5:48 pm

    Check the score…

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  105. Kekoa April 4, 2009 5:53 pm

    Check the score going into the top of nine CRW. You will like what ya see!

  106. Kekoa April 4, 2009 5:56 pm

    Curveball, I still got your cooler!…are you at the bb game? If so, I’m on the early prisoner release program, and should be there for the opening of the 2nd game.

  107. Committed Road Warrior April 4, 2009 6:02 pm

    Yep Kekoa. I stay watching both games on the Internet.

    And yep, I like ’em (the final score). On to the second game.

  108. NEO April 4, 2009 6:05 pm

    Aloha all-
    At the baseball doubleheader… What a first game… I spy with my little eye some tsaikos in section d row 4… Midori7 is dat u?


  109. al ™ April 4, 2009 6:24 pm

    wow……go bows!

    the team that wouldn’t quit.

    crw…..i had one ear on the game as i was pounding some work out. then when it got excititng i switched to the live game. i tell you, these pc’s with tv is awesome.

    but, i sure like the way everyone contributes and no one hangs their heads. unbelievable. sort of reminiscent of the that college world series team.

    and how about that comeback kid harry kuroda!?!!!

  110. al ™ April 4, 2009 6:27 pm

    salas the slotback……he could make this a true hybrid slot receiver position. big tough guy, almost like a tight end in size, decent speed, great hands, and will knock the crap out of some unsuspecting lb’s and db’s if they aren’t paying attention across the middle. sort of a role reversal in a sense.

  111. al ™ April 4, 2009 6:30 pm

    even without the final results….

    #2 son wins this march madness pick em tournament without needing the final two winner. unreal. he picks up a triple figure stipend for his efforts.

    last year he was the runner up.

    i hope he buys dinner tonight.

  112. LK (tilt) April 4, 2009 6:57 pm

    Happy Birthday Koakane, is it 29? May you enjoy many more.

  113. PowderPuff April 4, 2009 7:11 pm

    Happy Birthday, Koakane! Hope you’ve been having a fantastic birthday at the ballpark today.

  114. wafan April 4, 2009 7:13 pm

    I must be a jinx to the baseBows. As soon as the radio came up they get a triple followed by a single. So much for listening to the game.

  115. Hoohiki April 4, 2009 7:20 pm

    Wishing you the best, Koakane! Happy birthday!

  116. homey ℞ April 4, 2009 7:27 pm


  117. al ™ April 4, 2009 7:36 pm

    koakane must be really celebrating. he hasn’t surfaced all day.
    i wonder how many cases of bl he got for bday gifts?

    homey…..82? i guess i underestimated somewhat.

  118. homey ℞ April 4, 2009 7:58 pm

    He does look young for his age.

  119. Garret April 4, 2009 8:19 pm

    Thank you for all of the reports on today’s practice! The first day in pads is always a milestone and things pick up.

    It sounds like things are going well, and that the hard work that so many Warriors put in during the offseason is showing up. I’m seen several people mention how vocal coach Tormey was–maybe he will have a bigger role on the D than previously discussed.

  120. Garret April 4, 2009 8:21 pm

    Previously it had been stated that Coach Tormey would focus on special teams and he would help with the safeties. However, reports like those posted here and this practice report on SportsHawaii makes it seem like his role on D is bigger than that.

    Coach Tormey explains and instructs well. Players tol me they like him. During 7-7 drills acted like the defensive coordinator. Appears other coaches were demoted in responsibilities but not titles. Great pickup.

  121. Garret April 4, 2009 8:23 pm

    Texas finished their Spring Practice today with their Spring Game, and I am very glad they did this:

    Mack Brown has said he’s dedicating the scrimmage to U.S. military personnel. Coaches will wear yellow ribbons, which will also be painted on the field. Because of construction to add bleachers to the south end zone, the scrimmage will be played on a 90-yard field. Brown said that the south 40 yard line will be taken out, signifying the 40 percent of active and reserve troops who are currently deployed.

  122. Garret April 4, 2009 8:24 pm

    Feature story on Army coach Rich Ellerson.

    People who know him, though, say that he always spoke of the Army job since becoming a graduate assistant in 1977 at his alma mater, the University of Hawaii, where he played center and linebacker.

    “I didn’t realize I was always talking about that,” Ellerson said. “I was always interested in Army football. It was something to dream about.”

    Ellerson, the son of an Army colonel, Geoffrey Ellerson, was born in Japan and lived in places like Germany, France and Virginia before spending his high school years in Tucson.

    Like their father, Ellerson’s two brothers are West Point graduates and retired Army officers. One brother, John, played football and was a team captain for the Black Knights in 1962.

    “So this is ground zero for the game in my world,” Ellerson said.

    Dick Tomey, now San Jose State’s coach, hired Ellerson for his staff four times: twice at Hawaii and twice at Arizona. The players, Tomey said, will find Ellerson is wise and intense as well as approachable and compassionate.

    “I don’t think I’m demeaning anybody when I say he’s the smartest football coach I’ve ever worked with,” Tomey said. “I’m not talking about football smart. I’m just talking about generally because he’s always reading a ton of books. He’s up to date on world issues, political issues.

    “I think he’s going to do a phenomenal job. As far as being a football person, he’s very knowledgeable about every phase of the game, as much so as anybody I’ve known.”

  123. Garret April 4, 2009 8:25 pm

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

    This 93-year-old Japanese man is the only known survivor of BOTH the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs. He is also the only known person to have been at ground zero for both nuclear blasts.

  124. Garret April 4, 2009 8:25 pm

    Fossil of the “ultimate predator” was found, an animal with a head twice as big as a T-Rex and its 1-foot-long teeth resulted in a bite with 4x the power of a T-Rex.

  125. Garret April 4, 2009 8:26 pm

    Baby chicks are smart and are the first non-human animals to perform consecutive addition and subtraction calculations on the same set. In fact, it appears that baby chicks could beat human babies in a math competition.

  126. Garret April 4, 2009 8:26 pm

    Hippo sweat serves as a natural sunscreen, which is why they can stand in the sun all day and not get a sunburn…too bad humans cannot use their sweat for sunscreen because it has a nasty smell.

  127. Garret April 4, 2009 8:27 pm

    Our brains are at their peak at 22 and our mental powers begin their decline when we turn 27…I guess things are all downhill for me!

  128. Garret April 4, 2009 8:27 pm

    Free play links pau.

  129. curveball April 4, 2009 8:28 pm

    we gave that one away……

  130. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:30 pm

    Only seven innings? Rats! 🙁

  131. Garret April 4, 2009 8:31 pm

    Shawn Withy-Allen’s team lost a 50-49 shootout today when their 2pt conversion was stopped.

    Johnson stopped Walter Ford on a two-point conversion with one minute left to preserve the Phantoms’ 50-49 victory over Fayetteville on Saturday at the Florence Civic Center.

    Trailing 50-43, Fayetteville’s Shawn Withy-Allen hit Jay Jackson on an 8-yard pass to make it 50-49. But instead of kicking the extra point to tie it, Fayetteville went for two.

  132. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:31 pm

    #123 – There’s ground zero. And then there is ground zero. 😯

  133. Garret April 4, 2009 8:34 pm

    Another QB may soon be added to Washington’s mix…their QB situation could go through some changes if they sign Leftwich. Are they trying to replace Collings as the backup QB? Are they planning to trade Campbell? Or does this hurt Colt? I guess we’ll just have to see how he picks up their system and if any QB is cut or traded.

    Is quarterback Byron Leftwich on the verge of finding a new team?

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Leftwich visited the Washington Redskins on Friday, and a contract is being negotiated.

    In Washington, he would presumably battle Todd Collins and second-year pro Colt Brennan for the backup job behind Jason Campbell.

    But because the Redskins were involved in the Jay Cutler talks before he was dealt to Chicago, that’s a sign the Redskins might have doubts about Campbell as the long-term answer, and Leftwich could have a chance of battling for the starting job.

    The Steelers have said they’d be interested in him returning as a backup, but, barring injury, he’d have no shot at unseating Ben Roethlisberger, who’s won two Super Bowls.

    Signing with Washington would be a homecoming for Leftwich, who grew up there and was a Redskins fan when he was a youngster.

  134. BG April 4, 2009 8:35 pm

    HAUOLI LAHANAU to the fine friend whose girth is inversely proportional to the length of his (real) last name!!! LOL

    Koakane…all the very best to a guy who deserves it!

  135. Garret April 4, 2009 8:36 pm

    This writer seems to think that Leftwich would be competition for Collins. And I don’t like the thought of Washington evaluating QBs for the draft!

    In case this week’s Jay Cutler-Jason Campbell saga wasn’t enough, the Redskins made more noise on the quarterback front this weekend.

    D.C. native Byron Leftwich visited Redskins Park on Friday, and the sides are discussing a possible deal. Former Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon also was in town as part of a predraft workout for local players. Glennon attended high school in Fairfax County.

    Leftwich, however, could supplant Todd Collins as the Redskins’ backup quarterback this season. The longtime Jacksonville starter was the backup in Pittsburgh last season, replacing Ben Roethlisberger for the second half of a Monday Night Football victory in Washington.

    Regardless of who is the backup this season, Collins, 37, or Leftwich, 29, he likely would hold the role only until Colt Brennan is deemed ready for the job. Brennan, a sixth-round draft pick last year, is in the midst of a four-year contract. He has not played in a regular-season game.

  136. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:39 pm

    Re: #116 and Koakane….. 😯


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  137. brew808 April 4, 2009 8:41 pm

    Bay Area news claim Raiders about to sign Jeff Garcia. Maybe Samson will have another pair of hands to target and get use to. 😯

  138. Garret April 4, 2009 9:29 pm

    Lori just won our scrabble game. I was ahead until she made a 7-letter word with a few turns left! Time to go to sleep…

  139. A-House April 4, 2009 10:00 pm

    Just back from all day trip to Kauai, but got to say Happy Birfday to Koakane!!

    OK, goin moi moi.

  140. HawaiianKiko(Chief Lurker) April 4, 2009 11:18 pm

    Will the last TsaiKo please turn off the lights…

    Ten Que
    Chief Lurker

  141. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 11:23 pm

    MAC brought in Tormey and Shaw for reasons.

    Title never meant anything last year as far as coordinators are concerned on paper and certainly doesnt mean anything this year.
    The point being, MAC wants to be at a comfort level where he can oversee and delegate rather than micromanage.
    That usually doesnt work.
    JJ had success on O but suffered on D.

    Actually, you gotta like what is happening and what is being reported anecdotally.
    Coach Mac is making management adjustments that will evolve over time.

    As I have maintained consistently–that is his kuleana and he is being paid to be productive. We need to be patient.
    I for one have tuned in to our secondary and O-line.
    Yep, STs too, but that will manefest itself more meaningfully in camp.
    I have to point out, the tsaikos on this site making an attempt to watch practices and report really contribute alot to the interest of warrior football. REM to trust your eyes.:)

  142. chawan_cut April 4, 2009 11:25 pm

    tonight’s news

  143. menofsteel April 4, 2009 11:26 pm

    stephen did the d line beat the offense line in the 1 and 1 drill today.

  144. warriorfanny April 4, 2009 11:38 pm

    The bows need to win tomorrow to stay close in WAC play after the first week.
    NMSU split with SAC State @ home and Nevada ran their conference record to 3-0 with a doubleheader sweep at Ruston.
    Fresnecks DNP in conference.

    The fans came out Sat to support their team and sold out the LES.
    Way to go rainbow fanz!

  145. Committed Road Warrior April 4, 2009 11:55 pm

    Second game of the doubleheader was a heartbreaker. Gotta bounce back and take the finale (and the series). Taking 3 of 4 isn’t bad, and the ‘Bows will lose a couple more games along the way, so we gotta just eject the previous game from our minds and look forward to tomorrow’s matchup.

    There is plenty of WAC Baseball left to be played, who knows what’s gonna happen.

  146. Ralph April 4, 2009 11:58 pm

    there were a lot of empty seats at the murakami, lots of people from the first game must have left and many more came for the second making it look as though it wasn’t a sell out….

  147. wena April 5, 2009 12:09 am

    Happy Birthday Koakane!!!!!!!

  148. warriorfanny April 5, 2009 12:12 am

    It took less than that many hours for Nevada to name a replacement for head basketball Coach Mark Fox after he departed for Georgia on APR 2, 2009.
    David Carter, who has been an assistant for 10 years and associate head coach for the last four was named as the new Wolf Pack HC.

    How come we no can be fast like dat?

  149. al April 5, 2009 1:06 am

    warriorfanny…..we seem to do everything in hawaiian time.
    das why hard.

  150. Kekoa April 5, 2009 2:23 am

    Rob25 ~ I know you were very concerned about Koakane getting home safely. I am happy to report that he did in fact make it home safely. Smooth ride all the way. No accidents, incidents or hostages taken.

    Pride, thanks for setting us up in ‘your’ club. Stretch & Powder Puff along with Hi-Flyer, James, Rob25, and A-joe helped to light up the Karaoke screen.

    Good nite all….

    Good nite all

  151. Kekoa April 8, 2009 2:30 pm


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