Under construction


It’s a good thing the checks already were sent out.

UH is going ahead with plans to complete the new wing of the athletic department building, a section that will include offices for the football coaches. UH people are hopeful the project will be completed this coming semester.

In the meantime, Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji is using a room in the Stan Sheriff Center. He eventually will move into Koa Anuenue honcho Vince Baldamor’s spacious office.

The only drawback, we’re told, is the new wing will have only one bathroom. For gender-equity purposes, it will be a unisex bathroom. Think Ally McBeal.

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All of the Stan Sheriff Center locker rooms are getting makeovers. That means out with these wooden director’s chairs:

old chairs

And in with these new padded chairs:


boxes of chairs

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Well, it’s been a while. Time to take a tour of the Stan Sheriff Center.

We’ll start with the room for the referees. Did you know there’s a scoreboard clock in there?


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The referees’ room is in the same hallway as the locker rooms for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams. This is what they see as they walk toward the court:



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And here’s the empty arena:


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In previous years, the practice volleyballs were kept in large trash bins. This is an upgrade:


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Here’s the exercise bike used by basketball players during games:


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This is the blimp’s storage area:


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Right next to the blimp’s storage is an area referred to as the “VIP” lounge:


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This is what the lounge looks like. (It’s actually a storage area; the Ed Wong Hospitality Room is used to fete the VIPs).


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And before UH folks get their mawashi in a bunch, outside hitter Joshua Walker served as the sports information director yesterday, the door to the officials’ room was open, and the blimp and VIP lounge are across from the men’s room.

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Former UH offensive tackle Aaron Kia said he has narrowed his choices to two agents. He will decide shortly. Kia is preparing for UH’s Pro Day in a few months.

aaron kia

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And offensive guard Ray Hisatake admits it: Not only does he read the blog, he is the only one to say something nice about my food photos from Happy Day.

ray hisatake

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I ran into former UH punter Kurt Milne today at Jamba Juice. Milne and former UH running back David Farmer are set to open a business together. Milne must be doing well. He drives a Mercedes.


Trivia: Milne’s great-grandfather, A.A. Milne, wrote Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Third-grade joke: Why did Tigger look in the toilet? He was looking for Pooh.


  1. Jun Tao January 7, 2010 9:21 am


  2. AZWARRIOR22 January 7, 2010 9:26 am

    Top 5

  3. ai-eee-soos January 7, 2010 9:28 am

    It’s about time that work is getting under way.

  4. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:30 am

    The place is starting to look really nice .
    They even painted the interior of the elevators. There are H logos everywhere.

  5. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:30 am

    Most important, the athletic complex is going green. Not sure why it was painted blue in previous years.

  6. GRM January 7, 2010 9:33 am

    WOW!! Top Ten again! Minasan, ohiyo gozaimasu!! ST, thanx fo da pichas!

  7. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:36 am

    Sorry the pictures can’t be enlarged.
    But management was annoyed that my pictures were taking up so much memory. So they put this automatic “cruncher” that permanently shrinks my pictures. Oh, I hate when that happens.

  8. AZWARRIOR22 January 7, 2010 9:40 am

    The UHAD complex was brand new back in our day, so it is majorally overdue for overhaul 🙂

  9. Garret January 7, 2010 9:40 am

    I’m glad that the construction is underway and that the Athletic complex is getting a nice upgrade!

    ST, you should fix the typo (“acutally”) above.

  10. Garret January 7, 2010 9:44 am

    Here is some detail on the contract that RGM signed with the Dolphins. Even though it is a 2-year contract, it is a “futures” contract and not a regular contract, so RGM is only guaranteed to be able to participate in their offseason program. If they like how he does in the offseason workouts and mini-camps, then he’ll get an invitation to their training camp. If he does well, he’ll get to play in the preseason. Nothing is guaranteed and he’ll have to earn his way on the team step by step…but Bess showed how it can be done and I’m sure that he will be giving RGM advice and help every step of the way.

    This week the Dolphins signed British Columbia Lions receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen, and fullback Rolly Lumbala to two-year futures contracts, which allow them to participate in the team’s offseason program, which begins in March.

    If the Dolphins like what they see from Grice-Mullen, who caught 20 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in his one season with the Lions, and Lumbala, who served as a blocking back and special teams player the past two seasons, they’ll be part of the team’s 80-man training camp roster.

    The Dolphins also signed safety Nate Ness, tight end John Nalbone, receivers Julius Pruitt, Taurus Johnson, offensive guard Ray Feinga and tailback Tristan Davis to two-year futures contracts.

    All six of those players finished 2009 on the practice squad. Nalbone, the team’s fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft, and Ness were the only members of that group who spent time on the team’s active roster.

  11. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:45 am

    Thanks for the correction, Garret

  12. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:49 am

    Free agency is going to be pretty interesting this year.
    It’s an uncapped year, right? Which means a player is now free after six years, not four.
    But how much do you spend on a free agent? Because you can spend a lot, but when a new agreement is reached, you might have to cut back a lot in future years.

  13. madeinhawaii January 7, 2010 9:50 am

    Were there any updates on Graduate Assistants for the Football program?

  14. Garret January 7, 2010 9:50 am


    No problem. I make many more typos than you do! Thank you for all the photos–they actually don’t look too small on my browser and limiting the size helps with the loading time for the blog.

  15. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 9:55 am

    No updates on GAs.
    Mack is out of town recruiting.

  16. SteveM January 7, 2010 9:58 am

    Good morning everyone!

    …one bathroom for a whole wing? 😯

  17. Slugger January 7, 2010 10:01 am

    Very happy to see that the athletic offices & facilities are being upgraded and construction completed.

  18. (Jesse) James January 7, 2010 10:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all is well…

    Nice pics ST…glad to see work getting done on the lower campus.

    Okay, Esme and out….whoooosh

  19. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 10:07 am

    There are two other bathrooms on the floor.

  20. Stephen Tsai January 7, 2010 10:09 am

    Hey, its better than the men’s room on the press box level at Aloha Stadium. One toilet, one urinal.
    Good thing I always sprint to the men’s room on fourth-and-1.

  21. Stretch January 7, 2010 10:26 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    What are they going to do with the old wooden chairs?? I am sure they would look really good at the tailgate.

    ST – it’s spelled mAwashi, I wonder if any of the UH folks have a star on their mawashi??

  22. (Jesse) James January 7, 2010 10:29 am

    Stretch…I thought you gave your friend Benson a mawashi with a star on it..??? MWAHAHAHAHAHA

  23. al January 7, 2010 10:31 am

    pictures are always good stuff.

    blue eh? just gives me a bsu flashback.

  24. jojo ® January 7, 2010 10:34 am

    jojo here! Construction is good! I like exclamation points!

  25. al January 7, 2010 10:34 am

    hwat si ti abotu thees gartet or agerrt thta tehy gatto fdin lal thsee tpyos?

  26. al January 7, 2010 10:39 am

    on another note…

    hey guys n gals, please continue to give prayer of hope and healing for our brother longtime uhfan as he continues to battle the effects of his copd and most recent surgeries.

    progress has been slow but, there is progress nevertheless.

    also please give your prayers a huge shout out to mrs. ltuhfan as well as she remains positive and very strong during this ordeal.

    thank you in advance.
    God bless our brother and his wife!

  27. A-House January 7, 2010 10:44 am


    Great pics of the renovations in the athletic offices – should look really nice after all work is completed!

  28. A-House January 7, 2010 10:45 am

    Longtime UH Fan:

    Warmest aloha and speedy recovery from the A-House clan!

    Looking forward to seeing you and Lorna again soon.

  29. madeinhawaii January 7, 2010 10:48 am

    Really good to see work being done on the new wing of offices for the coaches.

  30. Bulla January 7, 2010 11:16 am

    looking good in Manoa 🙂

    nothing like progress………….

  31. A-House January 7, 2010 11:20 am

    With all the excess snow across the USA, it’s too bad that we cannot collect and ship it to selected areas where they can use the water – Lake Mead surely needs the water as its level has dropped a lot over the past 5-7 years; or, create a system to divert all the “snow melt” to parts of the country which can use the water in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

    This would have a secondary benefit of reducing the snow melt in Spring and prevent flooding in the Mississippi River basin.

    Wonder what the cost would be for each?

  32. lava January 7, 2010 11:31 am

    Tigger jokes and unisex bathrooms. Must be a bye week.

  33. LizKauai m/ January 7, 2010 11:37 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Thanks for the pix and info, ST! Any news re Colt???

    Prayers for all those who ail.


  34. madeinhawaii January 7, 2010 11:38 am


    Ahh.. maybe they could tie it in with power grids, freeways, and train tracks…. make it all more cost effective that way… anything else that tranverses the continent.

  35. Slugger January 7, 2010 11:39 am

    Dang! I forgot to eat my oranges while watching the Naranja Bowl!

  36. Laffing Out Loud™ January 7, 2010 11:44 am

    January 7th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Reading the paper this morning, it appears that the football program has to be better in 2010.

    I think that is pretty much an obvious given. And now that there are some hard numbers, it’s put up or shutup time for this coaching staff to deliver results this 2010 season. Ex-HC Bob Wagner was let go at the recommendation of then UHAD Hugh Yoshida due to dwindling attendance since it was putting the department in a million dollar hole. Wag’s buyout for the remaining 2 years on his contract was $200K; a far cry from the $2 million for McMackin.

    Football season ticket sales dropped off from 27,705 in 2008 to 23,940 in 2009

    Too funny. Many bandwagon fans from the 2007 season jumped on board and then jumped off.

    I wonder what the damage is going to be for 2010 season ticket sales? Since McMackin opted to not make any changes to his coaching staff, I’ve decided not to renew my tickets and will go to games on a case-by-case basis sort of the way a bandwagon fan does. That was not a easy decision to make because I’ve been a season ticket holder since the Tomey years and I never once considered cancelling even when vonAppen was the coach. If UH wants my money, they are going to have to earn it back.

  37. Piper's Son January 7, 2010 12:00 pm

    LTUHFan & Lorna: prayers go out to you.

  38. Jack Flash January 7, 2010 12:00 pm

    Laffing Out Loud™-
    I, along with many others, share your frustrations with how the Warriors have fared the last 2 seasons. I for one, will never cancel my season tix to Warrior Football as I consider it much more than just going to watch a team- MY team- win or lose. It’s the entire experience. All the prep and anticipation of gameday is well worth it. Getting together with friends and family at the pregame tailgate is well worth it. I even enjoy the walk into the stadium with thousands of other Warrior fans (and the occasional fans from visiting teams.) Once in the stadium, we all get psyched up for “another edition of Warrior Football!” Win or lose, I leave these games happy that I attended. It only happens about 7 times a year, so enjoy it while it lasts…

  39. (Jesse) James January 7, 2010 12:18 pm

    Jack Flash #38…

    I agree. I too had season tickets since the Tomey years but had to give them up the year after Von Appen due to my dad’s unexpected passing and the financial void I had to fill after that happened…still went to as many games as I could though.

    The thing is, yes everyone wants to win but that isn’t the only thing it should be about.

    It’s funny how schools like Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA, USC have had coaching problems in the past (some of them the recent past), losing seasons (some of them multiple), antics off and on the field by both coaches and players, and a whole lot of other things that might drive away their fans. But guess what, those schools sell out every game, every year no matter what… I for one know numerous Notre Dame and UCLA alumnae who always have trouble getting tickets to their games…even when they had terrible seasons.

  40. Kaimuki Kid January 7, 2010 12:34 pm

    LOL sorry to hear you decided to become like a bandwagon fan. It is sad because the University needs as many loyal fans as it can get. The Football team has had my support since they went to the Aloha Stadium 1975-76. Has it been 33 years already? Wow, so many memories.
    Coaches come and go and so do the kids, but the kids deserve our support and I’ll continure to go until I am no longer able to….

  41. PowderPuff January 7, 2010 12:52 pm

    Well said, guys (Jack, Jesse, Kaimuki). The kids DO deserve our support. I jumped ON the season ticket bandwagon when JJ left, and have no intention of jumping off. And these are for seats in which I don’t even sit.

    ST – thanks for the SSC “behind the scenes tour,” and glad the locker rooms are getting upgraded.

  42. Not an Expert January 7, 2010 1:06 pm


    For the UH sport fans or any sports fan for that matter.

    Someone wrote a few days ago of how Govenor Burns wanted UH to be part of the WAC. Knowing so he took steps and action and the rest is history.

    Hawaii needs a new visionary leader to build UH into a lst class athletic dynasty. Sure it takes money but it will take a special someone and supporters to get it going, get it done, and get it to perpetuate itself as one of the top places for the best athletes to go and play, and at the same time receive a quality education.

    For starters the complex should be built out at Kapolei where the new campus is planned. Build a first class stadium, baseball complex, sports arena, etc. Plan a mix use hotel within walking distance of all the sports structures. Market the use of the hotel to accomodate fans wanting to spend a weekend or several days while attending sporting events. Making it an experience that people will want to come back to. Also could be used to house all the visiting teams and their people. When not in season to whomever that will want to use it, like national or international organizations sponsoring sport tournaments.

    Vivid imagination and foresight can create a destination like no other. Banquet type setting for the fans to partake in food and programs. Special reserve seating with a special booster shirt to go along with it. Whatever it will take that will be make it the first of its kind and continued to be one of the best of its kind forever.

    It appears that Hawaii as a sports city for college or professional teams is slipping and not ascending or growing as it could. If leadership comes forth and supporters with deep deep financial pockets, it can still be a dream that can come true.

    Does this sound like what Jones thought of making the Ala Wai golf course into?

    Sorry for dreaming and writing such non-sense.

  43. jojo ® January 7, 2010 1:06 pm

    If money wasn’t an issue, I would have season tickets. When I hit it big, I will donate to UH Athletics and eat at TT with P-Puff

  44. Ronnie January 7, 2010 1:06 pm

    I didn’t have a chance to use my season tickets either. The only week I was home, our boys were in Reno. 🙂

    (I guess can now confess that I was hoping my grandma’s funeral would be the Friday after she passed – instead of the second Thursday after she passed – so I would have been able to go to the BS-Who game…)

  45. Beowulf213 January 7, 2010 1:21 pm

    Howzit, Maverick! And Everyone else! 🙂 Glad the school is getting so much work done. Very glad to hear several players will be going to Ikea Performance to train. Chad is a great guy and he helped Jacob a lot. We would reccomend him to all. I wish we would have understood the importance of that open window after Jacob’s senior season. There was so much we didn’t understand….

    Jacob did go to a CFL training camp this past summer. His first two days were great, but on the thrid day he got injured. He came back to Texas very disappointed as you can imagine. This fall he was a volunteer coach at Blinn Junior College. They went all the way to the National Junior College Championship game and won. He is in the best shape he has ever been in. He would run with the boys at Blinn and push them in the weight room. Of course that motivated him to be his best.

    Now he is working to earn money to go back to Ikea and is going to do his best to earn a spot at a CFL training camp this summer.

    We miss Hawaii and think of all of you fondly. The Mrs.

  46. Slugger January 7, 2010 1:23 pm

    LTUHF & Mrs. LTUHF,

    Praying for you two. Get well soon. (((HUGS)))

  47. al January 7, 2010 1:37 pm

    thanks for checking mrs. b.

    i saw that blinn cc took it all. i was hoping that the blinn pipeline would continue. give my regards to the family and jake.

    i hope he gets to chad ikei’s place and does well.

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 1:38 pm

    # jojo ®:
    January 7th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    If money wasn’t an issue, I would have season tickets. When I hit it big, I will donate to UH Athletics and eat at TT with P-Puff


    You and me both girl! But Sweety and I always buys the season package on PPV and attend at least a couple of games. My fear of heights makes Aloha Stadium not such a fun experience at times as well. But hey, win or lose, we are Warrior Fans! 😉

  49. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 1:39 pm

    Get better soon LTUH!

  50. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 1:52 pm

    So who do y’all like in today’s Bull Crap System Championship game?

  51. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 1:54 pm

    Give our aloha and support to Jake, Mrs. Beouwulf!

  52. Ronnie January 7, 2010 1:55 pm

    My friend’s husband is a huge Alabama fan, so I guess I’ll cheer for them. How about you, DPK?

  53. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 1:56 pm

    Had nice conversation with Chauncey Makainai’s cousin today. Sound like Chauncey’s working hard to be in top shape when he reports.

  54. Kekoa January 7, 2010 1:56 pm

    Beowulf213 ~ Aloha!

    Thanks for the update on Jake. I’m sure he will make it this time because of the experience he’s had with the CFL system.

    Always good to have you folks check in once in awhile. You know you have a seat at the Tsaiko tailgate if you happen to be in town for a game. Of course there are always the road games too. Information on our whereabouts in America, is usually available on the WB or SteveM’s site.

    A hui hou!

  55. A-House January 7, 2010 1:57 pm


    Thank you for posting again and the A-House family extends our happy New Year thoughts to you, Gary, Jacob, and daughters the very best of health and happiness in 2010 and until we meet again.

    We certainly enjoyed your visits to our tailgates at Richardson Field – food, fun and friends!!!

    Best wishes to Jacob as he trains for his next opportunity to make an impression on all the coaches/scouts at the next UH pro-day!

  56. Da Punchbowl Kid January 7, 2010 2:02 pm

    Honestly Ms. Ronnie, I could care less. But I think I’ll root for ‘Bama because they have always been a class act when playing UH.

    I like Boise as champs, but who listens to nobodies like me? 😆

  57. madeinhawaii January 7, 2010 2:12 pm

    Good to hear of Jake’s success at Blinn since graduating.. I wish him the best in getting into the CFL

  58. Slugger January 7, 2010 2:23 pm

    Howdy, Mrs. Beowulf213,

    All the best to Jacob in his training & getting back to the CFL. Great to hear of his contribution to the Blinn JC championship! Aloha to the family.

  59. A-House January 7, 2010 2:36 pm

    Today, most of us are content with the location of Aloha Stadium for Warrior games.

    But, 50 years from today, will the center of population be where it is today (near the Halawa/Aiea border)?

    It has steadily moved “west” as there are no areas to build in East Oahu.
    Think of Mililani, Kapolei, etc. and the continued efforts of developers to use “central Oahu” region to build more homes/businesses, etc.

    Maybe, just maybe, it is time to seriously consider building a new stadium complex in/around the West Oahu campus which is OWNED AND CONTROLLED by UH. Like “not an expert” points out, there can be many different areas of interest; I especially like the idea of a “hotel/dorm” complex to house all visiting teams at “dorm rates” thus reducing their expenses.

    Hello, K. Mark Takai, are you lurking and believing that this vision is one to cursade within the legislature?

  60. LizKauai m/ January 7, 2010 2:45 pm

    Beowulf213- Hiya!

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  61. Beowulf213 January 7, 2010 3:04 pm

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes for Jacob……I do have good memories of roll tide stadium…jacob’s first division one game…10 tackles……meeting Hawaii fans for the first time…..what fun we had but it will never endear me to roll tide country so to Liz….Hook’em Horns! 🙂

  62. chawan_cut January 7, 2010 3:35 pm

    Nice to see that you guys are doing well. It was also nice to first meet you guys in Tuscaloosa at that Bama game. What an experience!

  63. jojo ® January 7, 2010 3:38 pm

    Question: Did Duane Akina’s son ever get to play for UH?

  64. wafan January 7, 2010 4:10 pm

    Where did everyone go? Watching the fake-believe national championship game?

  65. wafan January 7, 2010 4:11 pm

    Mr. Tsai . . .

    I do not know if you received my earlier e-mail because I have been having some problems with the server. I just sent you another message, though. Would you please send a response via e-mail if you did receive it?

    Thank you!

  66. wafan January 7, 2010 4:19 pm

    Nice pix! Good to see they are moving foward with the offices and facilities.

  67. HiFlyer January 7, 2010 4:48 pm

    Is everyone watching the game? Bama is leading.

  68. HiFlyer January 7, 2010 4:53 pm

    Bama blowing out Texas at the half, will have to see what they can do if McCoy doesn’t come back in the second half.

  69. G (China) January 7, 2010 5:00 pm

    Before I left HI I remembered when the Stan Sheriff Center would always fill up to the limit. We had the excitement of Alika and AC. Both men and women v-ball filled the seats as well. It is sad to hear now that Shoji in a remarkable season only averaged two-thirds of capacity.

  70. al January 7, 2010 5:05 pm

    not all of us….some of us are taping the game for later viewing.

  71. d1島 January 7, 2010 5:16 pm


    Why? Later get CSI. 😉

  72. hurt feelings January 7, 2010 5:21 pm

    agree w/you 100 percent, sensei al.

    sheez…some people never learn.

  73. lopaka43 January 7, 2010 5:22 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko Ohana

    Regarding the idea of building a new stadium out in Kapolei, my view is that the current stadium site is almost perfect with regard to Oahu’s population distribution.

    It is true that the theoretical population center has been moving westward, but it is still is projected to be much closer to Halawa than Kapolei for the next 40 years. (The Department of Planning and Permitting provides population projections for the island distribution that are available on line if you are interested in crunching the numbers and doing the map work.)

    In addition, assuming that the haters don’t manage to sabotage the rail system, a station is planned to be located very close to where the Tsaikos tailgate. (I told them to do that so we could just ride the train to the tailgate instead of driving!! LOL!!)

    There are plans to develop commercial properties around the station on portions of the stadium parking lot that might at least benefit the stadium.

    In comparison, a stadium at the UH West Oahu site would create the mother of all traffic jams on H-1 and Farrington Highway.

    Back to lurking…esme whoosh

  74. HiFlyer January 7, 2010 5:25 pm


    that’s why I never post the score.

  75. Slugger January 7, 2010 5:44 pm

    The announcer for the BCS game keeps pointing out Greg McElroy and mentioning that he playing at Hawai’i. Good PR!

  76. Slugger January 7, 2010 5:46 pm

    I should qualify that…Greg McElroy, SR.

  77. Slugger January 7, 2010 5:59 pm

    #63 – jojo,

    Where you been, girl?!

    Duane Akina’s son was at NAU for a couple of years, maybe three, but never made it to the first string. Don’t know where he transfered to after NAU. Did get to meet him when Coach Corey Batoon brought him to one of our HAPA Hawaiian Club potlucks.

  78. wafan January 7, 2010 6:12 pm

    Tomorrow is finally the end of the work week. I thought it would never arrive.


  79. wafan January 7, 2010 6:16 pm

    Almost forgot.

    Did you hear about the NJ TSA guard that left his post last Sunday? A guy snuck in to the secure area.

    Yeah. So much for heightened security.

    Folks with low pay securing our safety. Right.

  80. d1島 January 7, 2010 6:21 pm

    Does Defense, indeed, win Championships?

  81. d1島 January 7, 2010 6:53 pm

    Congrats to the Nat’l Champs!

    How’s dat, al? 😉

  82. Slugger January 7, 2010 6:57 pm

    #75 – playing = played

  83. traff January 7, 2010 7:16 pm

    Laffing Out Loud™

    I don’t believe for one second that you are a season ticket holder. You sound like a certain hater from the scout board. Apparently it’s not enough for you to whine and complain on that board. For some reason, you feel compelled to spew on this board as well. Keep banging your head on the wall trying to spread your poison here – but I doubt many – if anyone – will buy into your hate.

    And if you actually are a season ticket holder, you have just proven that you are a band wagon fan. Apparently you are only able to be a loyal fan when times are good.

  84. HiFlyer January 7, 2010 7:19 pm

    Congrats to the National Champions, College football is over for another season.

    Now on to MVB, Baseball, and Wahine Softball.

  85. duffer (iPhone) January 7, 2010 7:57 pm

    @ Laffing Out Loud
    would you consider selling your season tickets to whitey and myself? If you got them from the Tomey era you got some good tickets.

  86. OldDiver January 7, 2010 7:57 pm

    If I remember correctly the report in 2005 on what to do with Aloha Stadium had a repair and renovate price tag of about $125 million and a price tag of building a new stadium of about $250 million. This is why you keep on seeing the $250 million figure to build a new stadium. Of course the site was not Kapolei but at the Aloha Stadium site with all it’s current infrastructure. I remember people smarter than me estimated the cost of building in Kapolei to be around $800 million. I have to think by the time you do all the planning we would be talking over a billion dollar price tag in Kapolei. I think we are closer to joining the Pac-10 than building a billion dollar stadium.

  87. Jack Flash January 7, 2010 8:11 pm

    It pains me to say this, but Boise St could have hung with and beat both teams playing for the “national championship” tonight. I do believe that Alabama deserves to be #1 after tonight, but Boise deserves #2 for sure. Best of luck to Jacob Patek!

  88. HiFlyer January 7, 2010 8:37 pm

    Congrats to Coach Charlie Wade on his first win as the MVB head coach. Hawaii sweeps the match.

  89. jm2375 January 7, 2010 8:40 pm

    Congrats to the men’s vb team on their first win. They looked *much* better than last year, esp their passing. Onto Penn State tomorrow!

  90. curveball January 7, 2010 8:44 pm

    Jack Flash:

    Totally agree

  91. Kekoa January 7, 2010 8:55 pm

    Tailwaiters: Creating a Business in a Stadium Parking Lot

    Imagine showing up at the stadium and having your t-gate set up for you. Whatever menu was pre-arranged. For the precise number of folks you invited. Cooked, served, and cleaned up…just for you. No muss, no fuss.

    The young men who devised this business are doing a booming business. They expect to do even more as the word spreads of their excellent service. Unlimited because of the big concerts held in stadium venues, it’s an idea that one would think a Tsaiko invented.

  92. Slugger January 7, 2010 9:10 pm

    Congrats to Coach Wade on the sweep of Ohio State tonight!


    Definitely sounds like a Tsaiko venture.

  93. Kekoa January 7, 2010 9:30 pm

    BTW Slugger ~ Thanks again for the *Freshly Made* Sangria!

    I polished off the leftovers in my fridge….hooo da bugga was really ripe one week latta, hiccup!…tankyouvewymush.

  94. madeinhawaii January 7, 2010 9:37 pm

    Actually that sounds like a good venture for Na Koa to consider. Raise some much needed funds. They can probably get a good deal from the eateries on dishes and folding tables from the same and put them into tailgating BYOB type packages…

  95. al January 7, 2010 9:45 pm

    here’s a headline for you

    wade’s warriors win

  96. Ralph January 7, 2010 10:49 pm

    Congratulations Charlie and the Warriors. Announced attendance by UH 2800+. Great start. Keeping playing well and winning and the attendance will rise quickly.

  97. Ralph January 8, 2010 12:46 am

    AP Poll final: Alabama, Texas, Florida, Boise State, Ohio State.
    no respect for BSU.

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  99. Pomai January 8, 2010 2:47 am

    #97 Ralph I think we need our own final Poll for the top five:

    1 Alabama
    2 Bosie State
    3 Texas
    4 TCU
    5 Florida

  100. wafan January 8, 2010 3:30 am

    Happy Aloha Friday to all!

    ~50 more Aloha Friday’s to go.

  101. wafan January 8, 2010 3:31 am

    2nd Century — whoo-hoo!

  102. wafan January 8, 2010 3:31 am

    Congratulations to mvb.

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  104. mctruck January 8, 2010 4:59 am

    Pomai, ur#99,

    I would rank Forida@#3, and then Texas/TCU.

  105. mctruck January 8, 2010 5:08 am

    You know what’s so funny???, is that prior to the BSU/TCU bowl game…a lot of the sports pundits voiced how they felt at that time that the MWC, of which TCU is a member off, should be allowed an automatic bowl birth…because they felt so sure that TCU was going to beat BSU; and I guarantee that if had come to fruition, they’d be drumming up that idea even more so today, and saying that TCU got robbed of the national title.
    While I believe there’s some truth to the strength of the MWC, come on…what happens when the WAC champion beats the MWC champion????, hush,hush.
    Let’s pretend it never happened.

  106. Lynwood Higson January 8, 2010 5:36 am

    I see Penn easily taking Hughes, Kos, and more than likely fitch at WW.

  107. EH NO MAKE ! January 8, 2010 6:01 am

    – Laffing out Loud –

    Yes, I feel your pain. I too am a season ticket holder, and like you, I have been since the Dick Tomey years as well. I see how some of the “think they knows” on this site question your dedication, calling you a “bandwagn” jumper etc., but me, I don’t.

    Reality is, and it’s not just the economy, but the product really stinks.

    I mean we all suffered during the end of the Tomey era with very little offensive output, the Wagner year brought us some good football ’til the end, and von Appen, well, they lost in bunches, but I never really had an “ugly” feeling from the guy.

    Now, under Greg McMackin, well, that right there could be enough to NOT renew.

    Thank God men’s volleyball season has started, because I don’t think McMackin can screw that up can he ?

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again and I’ll keep saying it, University of Hawaii needs a new head football coach. This guy stinks. Don’t believe the fake front guys, he’s NOT the “country-hick grandpa” guy he sometimes likes to portray himself like, instead, the guy’s a bafoon. I mean he could mess up a free lunch, oh, and he has.

    The team lacks inspiration, leadership, direction, recruiting plan, vision and not to mention results.

    I really don’t mind losing, I don’t, it’s part of the game, but I do mind ignorance, I mind “cluelessness”, I mind a mind-wandering know-nothing and I mind just absolute brain-fart game management.

    Laffing out Loud, I feel you. I’m not following your lead…yet, but I too cry on the inside sometimes. The state of UH football right now is simply SAD.

  108. d1島 January 8, 2010 6:35 am

    Great Morning All!

    Can’t figure how the pollsters could place a Colt McCoy-less Texas above Florida and B$-You?

    Anyway, CFB season is over 🙁 …..

    …I guess it’s time to pretend to care about other sports 😉

  109. d1島 January 8, 2010 6:37 am

    Have a terrific day erryboddy!

    It’s Pau Hana Day so how bad could it really be?



  110. haka January 8, 2010 6:44 am

    the state of hawaii football is a direct reflection of it’s fair weather-know it all, so-called fans like the clowns above. give up your tickets…pleeeease. uh athletics will survive without your “clued-in” and “cerebral” purses.

  111. protector January 8, 2010 6:48 am

    Laffing Out Loud,

    You truly are a fair weather fan! You made it a point to say that you didn’t consider cancelling even through the Von Appen era. Does that mean you have a lower opinion of Coach Mack than Von Appen? If so, you have no sense of perspective. True fans who sat through his tenure experienced emotional & spiritual depression & almost despair. Yet, a hard core of maybe 19 to 23,000 fans kept showing up to show support for the boys. The only silver linings were the decreased traffic & parking problems as well as shorter concession lines.

    The team especially needs support through the tough times. Your Von Appen comment also makes me doubt like others that you are even a season ticketholder.

  112. Da Punchbowl Kid January 8, 2010 7:02 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Bull Chet Series Rankings: another reason to disregard the system entirely. Are we surprised?

    #98 Beauty tips?! Really?! Here?! 😆

  113. Da Punchbowl Kid January 8, 2010 7:07 am

    Great win for Coach Wade. The future looks bright for this team!

    Too bad one poster only makes note of his excellent debut to criticize another Coach. Keep the two separate, I suggest. 😉

  114. Bulla January 8, 2010 7:10 am

    What nice weather we are having 🙂 as I tell fka ‘snowflake’…. I thawt so

    great win by Warrior VB last night, that Freeman is the real deal, wow. So different than the women’s game… This is pure ‘power’…auryte.

    Today Tsaikos, no stress, be blessed

  115. Bulla January 8, 2010 7:11 am

    Freshman not Freeman

  116. iwonderwhytheyhateme January 8, 2010 7:42 am

    The current downturn in our program hasn’t even given rise to a thought about canceling my season tickets.

    Is it frustrating? yes

    Can I put the blame on someone? yes

    But in the end for me the program and the “hope” a fan has of having a great program regardless of the odds or ineptness of certain people is what its all about for me. No coach, player, or person is greater than the overall program of Hawaii football.

    I can’t see how some could be OK with Vonappen but not be OK with Mack. I was rather young then but still remember going to the stadium and counting the losses one after another.

    Granted Coach Mack isn’t the best we ever had ‘up until this point’ I think its still very important to support a program that has been brought to greatness and may have the opportunity given the right circumstances to be there again. Next year we can begin to judge. No more excuses or reasons for not making it to a bowl game imo. I will be in the stands to see it happen next year, the following year, and so forth regardless of who’s in charge.

    Boise St. is a great example of what we CAN be. I’ll admit that I am jealous of what they have accomplished. Hawaii can do it, it just needs the right tools.

  117. jojo ® January 8, 2010 7:47 am

    Slugger, before CB and after TC everything is hazy…..

  118. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc January 8, 2010 8:17 am


    Put your money where your mouth is – raise $3.5 million from someone/somewhere other than the taxpayers of the State of Hawai`i to buy out McMackin’s contract and then I’ll pay attention to you who think that the best way to support UH athletics is to turn your backs on these young men & women.

    BTW – the Warrior volleyball team is incredible. You should have been there last night!! Josh Walker must have been born with springs instead of bones in his legs – no one could overpower him last night. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what happens when the Warriors meet the Trojans tomorrow night.

    BTW – baseball season tickets go on sale in less than two weeks.

  119. bstunna2002 January 8, 2010 9:04 am

    I watched the video of Jeremy Ioane we need this kid bad, he is a ntural athlete looks great on both sides of the ball,hopefully we can get him to stay home. I think we should show the top kids in the statehow it sounded when Micah Matsuzaki came back to town with the cougs,maybe it’ll give them an idea how much of an impact you can make by staying home.

  120. Kekoa (iPhone) January 8, 2010 9:53 am

    Re: #118: Thanks for telling it like it is W/Doc! Easy for some to sharpshoot when they don’t have the money to effect change.

    Worse yet, they don’t even think about how much time or money it would take to put out the old coach and then pay for the new replacement.

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