Cornerback/kick returner Keenan “The Phenom” Jones is no longer a member of the UH football team.

* * *

Defensive end Francis Maka has an excellent argument for a sixth season of eligibility. He suffered a knee injury that prevented him from playing as an Arizona freshman in 2003 and then again in 2004. He then was at College of San Mateo for two years and UH for a season. While Maka and the compliance office are working exceptionally hard to lobby for a sixth season, Maka is not being counted on for this season. With so much time having passed, it has been difficult for Maka to gather the necessary documents to send to the NCAA. He needs an unexpected surge of good news.

* * *

Cornerback Jameel Dowling, who transferred from Oregon last August, said he has been placed on scholarship.

* * *

Shane Austin has shown perseverance by participating in unsupervised workouts despite an injury to his right foot. He wears a medical boot while practicing. He also has been tutoring the newcomers. Here, Austin  (left) offers advice to freshman quarterback Steele Jantz:


* * *

Wideout Joe Avery, who has gained more than 10 pounds, has the combination of height and speed. During a drill, he went one-on-one against slotback Michael Washington, who was forced to play cornerback. Avery, who is about 6 feet 4, easily out-jumped Washington for a pass. Here’s Avery (in red/white shorts):


* * *

Royce Pollard almost has been forgotten in the wideout competition. Pollard, like Avery, will be a second-year freshman. And, like Avery, Pollard has competed in every 7-on-7 workout this summer. Here’s Pollard (right) going against cornerback Kawika Ornellas:


* * *

And wideout Mike Tinoco also is proving to be a skilled wideout. Tinoco already has perfected the art of catching every pass with only his hands (or gloves).


* * *

And, finally, here’s Craig Bell, another 6-foot-plus wideout with speed.


* * *

Our good pal Duffer came to town for a business trip. Oh, who are we kidding? He came to play golf with Riley Wallace, who’s in town until Monday. So, naturally, we decided to eat with Duffer and his son.

It was only three days ago SteveM was in the hospital. Look at how healthy he appears now:


And then SteveM goes out and eats this:


Here’s JoJe (or is it JeJo), the daughter of JoJo and JeJe. At age 11, she might be our youngest blog reader:


Here’s JoJo:


And here’s UHfan808 checking out the blog … while she’s dining with fellow bloggers.


* * *

And here’s the gang. Clockwise from front left: Al, Stretch, Midori7, Wena, Blog Host, UHFan808, JeJe, JoJo, JoJe (or JeJo), Peaches, SteveM, James, Pride Period, Duffer Junior, Duffer.


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  1. bk June 12, 2008 12:52 am


  2. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:01 am

    Looks like it

  3. Addahknowsports June 12, 2008 1:03 am

    Wow. Early post ST.

  4. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:11 am

    what’s da story on keenan jones? whadda happened?

    asports home or workplace?

  5. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:11 am

    bk – Hahaha, I didn’t think anything of the initials…

  6. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:17 am

    st working hard but picks nicccccccccce

    what time work out today?

  7. Addahknowsports June 12, 2008 1:17 am

    Hey Koakane-

    What you doing up? I’m at home. Did you go Camellia tonight?

  8. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:20 am

    naaaaaaaaa had much stuff to do’

    eh want to fix up your firefox now?

    can call you to get you familiar and running

  9. Addahknowsports June 12, 2008 1:25 am

    Thanks, but maybe another time. Need to do a couple more things in another room, then going to sleep.

    Have a good evening (or morning)!

  10. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:27 am

    jayson much mahalo for update, knew of the charges in march but not sure if off team was temp or permanent. guess this is officially perm now.

  11. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:29 am

    rogga hawn malama pono

  12. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:35 am

    Yeah, I haven’t heard anything new either. I just assumed it was the fallout as a result of this incident.

  13. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:35 am

    bk – stop lurking and post something will you?

  14. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:37 am

    fuuud picks at 1 ahyem frantically looking for something to eat now

    st you killing me, just killing me bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 😥

  15. koakane™ June 12, 2008 1:40 am

    jayson with da fuud picks turning over the fire stick to you

    nite all lights out

  16. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:42 am

    Good Night!

  17. Jayson June 12, 2008 1:43 am

    I wish I was going to sleep, it’s time for me to go to work already.

  18. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:45 am

    SteveM reset the camera.
    Let me know if it loads faster.

  19. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc June 12, 2008 1:53 am

    Cannot sleep because of that damned story in the news tonight about the Kaneohe Marine tossing the puppy off the cliff. Stuff like that is easy to avoid when reading, but not so in watching the news. Kim Genaula (sp), KGMB anchor, said that they couldn’t show the entire video but what was shown was enough to make me sick. I closed my eyes and all I could see was that puppy and imagining what was going to happen next.

    STEPHEN: When is the next workout? If it’s tomorrow, I may be able to get away from the workshop a little early to check things out, so to speak. If it’s Friday, I know I can make it because my last meeting is over at 1 pm.

    Let’s try it again – good night everyone.

  20. BigWave96744 June 12, 2008 2:15 am

    Good to see you are back in business at the Kaukau line…

    Did Maka graduate with his B.S. in Math (last month)?
    If so, do you know if he is going to pursue a Masters in Math?
    That’s one akamai dude…

  21. wafan June 12, 2008 4:04 am

    Good morning everyone in sleepland!!!

    Okay, most of you are still sleeping just us mainland Tsai-ko’s up.

    Wow pretty sneaky Mr. Tsai! A very early post. Good photos. Oh and the folks look good, too! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    Seniors graduated last night. I feel sorry for our society. HA!

  22. Loa June 12, 2008 5:05 am

    morning Wafan!
    interesting that graduation is on a week night.

    SteveM – good to see you up and at em

    ST – blog seems to be refreshing faster, is there a bio today? thanks for the pics, good to see the boys working out, hows the intensity

    have a safe and happy day

  23. las vegas June 12, 2008 5:11 am

    Some people lose weight in the hospital, but not true Tsai-Kos as proven by SteveM.
    Very happy to see that he looks back to normal and is eating something potent and garlicky.

    Thing have really changed since the WB started, in the old days, fans on the mainland never knew who quit or was cut or suspended or just plain left the team.

    We never knew what happened in the off season and would be surprised when we saw the team on TV, whether it was unis, plays or the roster.
    Thanks ST

  24. las vegas June 12, 2008 5:14 am

    I see that SteveM has an affinity for spicy pork

  25. Garret June 12, 2008 5:16 am


    Thank you for the photos from the meal, especially the one showing SteveM!

    Thank you for the photos from the practice session. You are correct that Pollard hasn’t been mentioned much this offseason, but that could change based on the result of Fall camp.

  26. las vegas June 12, 2008 5:16 am

    and macaroni salad and rice, geev ’em

  27. Garret June 12, 2008 5:19 am


    Interesting updates on the team. Sad to hear about the final news on Keenan and that Maka’s situation isn’t looking great right now. It seems to me that Maka’s situation warrants another year, but if there are paperwork problems then it could be problematic.

    Congratulations to Dowling for going on scholarship!

  28. Garret June 12, 2008 5:21 am

    Bess update! Looks like Bess has a real shot at Miami’s #4 WR spot.

    Aside from those three, all bets are off for the remaining receivers on the roster. Greg Camarillo is beloved for making the game-winning catch in last season’s only win, an overtime triumph over Baltimore; but other than that, he’s just an average-at-best receiver. Three-year veteran David Kircus was signed in February, but he’s already injured and will have a tough time beating out the crop of rookie receivers who are battling for a spot on the 53-man roster.

    On that note, the Dolphins currently have five rookies competing for a permanent receiver or practice squad position. Davone Bess, from Hawaii, has had an impressive offseason, and he’s an early favorite. Beyond that, there’s Jayson Foster, Justin Wynn, Selwyn Lymon and the recently signed John Dunlap, all of whom are undrafted rookies who haven’t had the time to prove themselves.

  29. Garret June 12, 2008 5:22 am

    Miami’s #3 guy didn’t have a great season last year, which means that if Bess earns the #4 spot and the #3 guy continues to struggle, Bess could move to #3 and end up with a LOT of playing time.

    Although a close race, Derek Hagan is the potential No. 3 guy in the Dolphins’ receiver hierarchy. He posted a forgettable 29 grabs for 373 yards and a pair of TDs last year. Add a severe case of inconsistent hands to those stats, and you’ve got a guy who has something to prove in the upcoming season. If he continues to impress the new regime of coaches, there’s a legitimate shot for Hagan to surpass Wilford as the team’s second receiver.

  30. Garret June 12, 2008 5:23 am

    Shaq may be beginning a new venture.

    He has dubbed himself Superman, the Diesel, the Big Aristotle and Shaq-Fu among other nicknames.

    If Shaquille O’Neal’s latest proposed venture works out, he might also become known as the Big Fannie Mae.

    O’Neal told the Orlando Sentinel that he wanted to help people facing foreclosure on their homes.

    “I want to come in not to kick them out, but to work with them and save them so they can stay in their homes,” O’Neal said during a visit to Orlando City Hall.

    Attorney Mark NeJame told the Sentinel that O’Neal wants to buy the mortgages of homeowners who have slipped into foreclosure because of high interest rates. The Phoenix Suns center would sell the homes back with more affordable terms, hoping to make a small profit.

    “He’s become a businessman with a conscience,” NeJame said.

    O’Neal remains conscious of opportunity: According to the Sentinel, he would like to develop a TV reality show based on his Orlando project and call it “Shaq’s Big Save,” a sequel to a 2007 weight-loss show, “Shaq’s Big Challenge.”

  31. Garret June 12, 2008 5:25 am

    Interesting that the SEC does not do well when they travel to Pac-10 schools.

    SEC fans usually have a good laugh at those folks who talk up West Coast football.

    As former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe once told our own Ace Reporter, Jimmy Hyams, Pac-10 teams simply don’t play great defense.

    But if you look at the numbers I’ve dug up, you’ll see that their high-flying offenses have more than made up for their cheapjack defenses in recent tussles with SEC foes.

    Especially on the West Coast.

    Since 1998 (that’s the last 10 seasons), SEC teams are just 3-6 when traveling to play games west of Arizona.

    Take out two LSU wins in the state of Arizona, limit things to states that border the Pacific, and the SEC is only 1-6 in their last seven games.

    The Verdict: As tempting as it is for SEC fans to scoff at the idea of West Coast “finesse” offenses being able to poke holes in Southern-fried defenses… the fact of the matter is that they have in the past.

    And the closer to the Pacific Ocean SEC teams get, the more likely they’ll get bombed by West Coast fireworks.

  32. Loa June 12, 2008 5:27 am

    Happy Birthday Ryan!

  33. Garret June 12, 2008 5:28 am

    Article about the tough financial times coming for non-BCS-conference schools.

    Like the homeowner who is overextended in a high-interest mortgage or the trucker now going bankrupt because high fuel prices cut into his bottom line, a time of reckoning — and some tough decisions — may be coming for college football’s mid-majors.

    And, no, the answer may not be a little more BCS access.

    The answer may be to finally face up to the truth they’ve denied for so long and stop spending taxpayer money in an effort to be something they are not — and never will be.


    Sure, but these are harsh times that may become harsher. What NCAA President Miles Brand has described as a ‘quiet crisis’ could get a lot louder as the economic bad news continues to mount in academia.

    The’ve spent the past decade or so in an arms race for facilities and coaching salaries that far exceeds their means. When 100 of the 119 Division I-A athletic programs ran deficits in 2006, it’s pretty safe to assume some of the deepest shades of red could be found in leagues like Conference USA, the Sun Belt and the WAC. The revenue from attendance simply doesn’t measure up to the escalating costs of doing business and it is not offset by television revenue. Many of these schools have had to double their overall athletics budgets over the past decade, but that does not come with a corresponding spike in attendance.

    And it’s probably going to get much worse.

    Now these schools are being hit by escalating fuel costs that are certain to run up more red ink. And rising tuition costs will increase taxpayer or university subsidies required to balance the books.

  34. las vegas June 12, 2008 5:44 am

    Primarily Prime, Southpoint Hotel & Casino

    Some good-some bad

    Friday the 13th is Mrs lv’s birthday so we and the Yonamines celabrated midweek.

    Bread on the table was a semi hard sourdough with a perfectly crusty outside, I had to stop everyone after 2 slices or no room for the actual dinner.

    For appetizers we had the onion rings and potato skins (sadly the filet migon sliders have been discontinued)
    O-rings were alright but the p-skins were a hit with the ladies, with several cheeses, salsa and just a hint of chili, very flavorful.

    Soup of the day was split pea, I chose the salad, fresh greens with a tangy homemade Italian dressing.

    Three of us opted for the South Point Cut which was a bargain at just 13.95
    Mr. Y had the Blackened Cajun Style, which was a little spicy very good too 15.95

    Portions were generous and left us no room for dessert, maybe next time.

    Total bill, including bar tab came out to $102 + change

    My biggest disapointment was when I paid the waiter, I put 120 in the folder and never received change back.
    The dumb waiter shorted himself as I had intended to leave 30 bucks on the table, instead by just keeping the change, he ended up with 17-18 bucks.

    Saved me money, although I hope I don’t get him next time, might spit in the food. Yuck

  35. J June 12, 2008 6:01 am


    ST, who going post pictures this weekend? Or will we see images of overheated grapes instead?

    Good thing Allie lives in the only climate-controlled residence hall. Going be hot.

  36. jm2375 June 12, 2008 6:17 am

    Good morning!!

    It’s early in the morning and I’m drooling. Da guy Jantz – whoooo what a bod! 8)

    Da fuud pix making me hungry too. Just finished cup #1, gotta get more when I get to work – maybe try the stuff from Walgreens. Gotta stop there 1st. The machine grinds the beans and brews it when you press da button.

    See ya laters. Have a great day! D)

  37. las vegas June 12, 2008 6:18 am

    Story on JJ mebbe old?


  38. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 6:31 am

    Great Morning All.

    Never good to hear about failings of any Warrior but it seems as though Keenan Jones had ample opportunity to right his own ship before his voyage with the team ended. Best wishes to him nonetheless.

    It seems like UH has never had a group of wideouts with as much height as this current one. Another area where progress seems to be happening.

    Great fuud pics by the Blog Host. Good to see SteveM in high spirits and healthy (?) appetite. Just sorry that I wasn’t able to be there to meet Duffer and Duffer, Jr.

    It’s going to be kinda worrisome to see the effect that these fuel costs will have on future scheduling for the team as these other mid-majors try to balance their budgets. Heck, for that matter, who knows the effect it’ll have right here in the WAC!

  39. Annoddah Dave June 12, 2008 6:40 am

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs,

    FUUD Pixs!! Hope everyone had a great time!

    Wish our blog host would post the next bash so that some of us who cannot be online for any length of time (due to need to sleep) can be aware of what’s happening!

  40. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 6:40 am

    Hope that Steele Jantz can someday afford a workout shirt so that my pic does not end up posted on the same day as his shirtless ones. Tsaikettes already are staking out the blog for more “beefcake”. Right jm? 😉

    It’s early in the morning and I’m drooling. Da guy Jantz – whoooo what a bod!

  41. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 6:42 am

    ST, who going post pictures this weekend? Or will we see images of overheated grapes instead?

    Congrats Blog Host and Wena. Job well done. Safe journey.

  42. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 6:44 am

    Have a great day everyone.

    Hmmmm….had something fo’ do later today….wat wuzzit???


  43. Addahknowsports June 12, 2008 6:46 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Nice pictures ST. Good pics of SteveM and Jojo and her lettuce cups. Nice group shot.

  44. Stretch June 12, 2008 7:01 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    With the day off yesterday, when walking in the office, it felt like a Monday. What a terrible feeling. Good thing tomorrow is Friday!!

    Re: pics – I think that ST has the same thoughts as jm2375

    It’s early in the morning and I’m drooling. Da guy Jantz – whoooo what a bod!

    I swear ST posts his pic everyday without a shirt on. It scares me that he has that many pictures of him.

  45. LizKauai June 12, 2008 7:06 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Nice pix!
    Hiya duffer!

    Wish we had some PL videos of the workouts… but as the universe revolves around the Warriors (yes it does), the lack thereof just serves the under the radar mode that we have going in the off-season. Small sacrifice.
    There will be plenty of videos after we go tebowling 😉

    HI HO!

  46. LizKauai June 12, 2008 7:07 am

    btw- refresh is much improved this AM

  47. bighilofan2 June 12, 2008 7:17 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.
    Posted on da old spot earlier, will kinda repeat wat I said.

    Kazz, got your message.

    A House,
    4 fo bigHilo please. coming in late on da 19th for da pahty, go back Hilo early on 20th da tats gonna go guud wit da bannah, nutz luuk.

    good info.

    JJ gonna take 6 truck loads of equipment to American Samoa (Suva) in about 3 weeks, shoes, fo his camp. cuzins in Hilo got da news. Gotta hook up wit Meki (Starkist Samoa boss). Puna pride stay talkin da buzz. Also heard Tyrone UW wuz lurkin ova deah too. Teo-Neshem’s cuzin gave me da wurd. he was da bradda terrorizin Colt in the UW-Hawaii game.

    Samoa goes to prove da point about da m ind. day only get 5 main islands, total pop. @60,000. only now get Pop Warner. Neva need Pop Warner before. Da mind, da competition starts in da mind. Yu get da mind, yu can play real guud football. Pop Warner good tie in ovah heah fo ovah Deah. Das where Word of Life and Kahuku and Laie come in. Da Hook up frum da early age builds da mind wit da view of lookin at UH. IMHO.


  48. bighilofan2 June 12, 2008 7:20 am

    79 days an 78 nites

  49. bighilofan2 June 12, 2008 7:22 am

    I heard that over the past several years, SEC teams against West Coast Pac10 are 1-6, if you no count LSU’s 2 wins against Arizona. High scorin offense, dats da ticket.

  50. bonar June 12, 2008 7:31 am


  51. bonar June 12, 2008 7:31 am

    Did I hear/read somewhere that Coach Lee plans on rotating the receivers more?

  52. al June 12, 2008 7:32 am


    hey whitey,
    i know you are lurking.
    i told you to come over to the city.
    see all that food you missed and all those good folks who came to see duffer.
    next week thursday???

  53. addahknowjoe June 12, 2008 7:33 am


    basic marketing tactic- Sex Sells.

    Free pics of young, testosterone coursing, strapping men parading half naked on your blog is an easy way to boost viewership count. As much as we’d like to believe mostly guys reads this blog, there’s four times as much Tsai-kettes that lurk.

    Take note: No mo too much pics here of shirtless D-line blalaz trampling up and down the field baking and sweating under the hot afternoon sun. Not sexy, as why.

    Show of hands- who wants to see more pics of the big boys who unselfishly do all grunt work and get no respect all so that the pretty boys can shine?

  54. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 7:34 am

    Morning/afternoon, Tsaiko Nation.

    The Blog is getting better and better and so is the team it seems. What a high number of studs we have available is amazing, receivers and DB’s and everything else. The big mystery is still the O-Line, we don’t hear much about them.

    I’m biting my fingernails while waiting for this season to kick in.

  55. MeiLing June 12, 2008 7:35 am

    ST ~ Great pics! Steele Jz looks buff. Great fuuuuud pics & those of the Tsaikos!

    Wha’ happen to Keenan?

  56. koakane™ June 12, 2008 7:39 am

    morning and howzit

    good day to be in good health, fine spirits and no place like Hawai’i Nei.

    enjoy da music

  57. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 7:41 am

    Bonar is correct.
    UH will rotate the receivers. It was something Lee wanted to do more of last season. It makes sense with the amount of running they do.
    Coming out of spring camp, the No. 1s were: left wideout Greg Salas, left slotback Michael Washington, right slotback Aaron Bain and right wideout Malcolm Lane.
    Kealoha Pilares is going to push for time at right slotback, and Daniel Lofton, Craig Bell, Mike Tinoco, Joe Avery, Royce Pollard and Dylan Linkner will push for time at wideout.
    Bell and Tinoco are the only new receivers out there. The next wave shows up for Summer Session II in the first week of July.

  58. July Jones June 12, 2008 7:43 am

    Jantz looks like Withy-Allen…Rausch has the follow-through and back leg raise June use to drool about. Funaki and Graunke both have been at the U longer but its a new system for all. Alexander looks like an out of shape veteran with limited mobility. Austin is in a Cast. Should be an interesting battle. Stick Nokz back there to keep the fans coming in and just hand the ball to Libre and Heun. LWJ still showed his vision isnt the best and is hesitant to hit the whole at full speed.
    Is E.Sione out the question at QB and are there any signs of him at unofficial trainings. All local kids should be there busting tale reppin for the islands.

  59. koakane™ June 12, 2008 7:51 am

    eh asports change da name we know das you 😀 bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    morning hawn have a most excellent one whahooooooooooooooooo

  60. bonar June 12, 2008 7:53 am

    Thanks ST! Good luck to Keenan. Got a lot of talent, albeit raw, out there. Good news on Bess. With G’s story on Coach Lee being hyped as one of the top receiver coaches, it looks like UH will continue to attract great receiver talent.

  61. bonar June 12, 2008 7:54 am

    Congratulations Jameel! Looks like JA can put on another 10 pounds easily!

  62. koakane™ June 12, 2008 7:56 am

    whoa just saw al post

    whats up? flying out somewhere or just starting to bed down?

    shout out a aloja friday to lizk, bhf2, meiling, st, stretch, d1, boner

  63. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:00 am

    opps e kala mai fogot FT, excuse my florida cusin, aloja to you my bruddah

    btw st what time work outs today?

  64. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:06 am

    That’s o.k. Koakane,

    It’s hard to carry sound for 10,000 miles, lol.

  65. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:09 am

    Aloja to you also, Koakane.

    What was the guys name in the old days who always said that with his heavy spanish accent? I can see him, but can’t remember his name.

  66. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 8:17 am

    Sione won’t be a quarterback.
    Actually, Steele has done some pretty good things, like going through progresssions and hitting second receivers. He has a redshirt year, so he’ll probably use it.
    I like the way Rausch passes. Really quick release and nice touch.
    Alexander is a big guy. He can wing it.
    I’d say, based on the spring and the workouts, that Funaki is ahead of everybody else. That could change, but that’s the way it appears right now.

  67. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 8:18 am

    By the way, July is correct about the back-leg raise.
    That was one of the first things Pride Period noticed when he saw Rausch throw.

  68. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:21 am

    hello my name is jose himmenz

    same one you thinking of?

  69. Stretch June 12, 2008 8:22 am

    ST on 1420, right now

  70. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:23 am

    bill dana

    forgot to put name out

  71. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:24 am

    stretch check email and I no like 1420 stay on 1500 but like the song

    anything for you

  72. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:25 am

    Yep, Koakane, that’s the one, Jose Jiminez, lol. Boy, how long ago is that?

  73. Stretch June 12, 2008 8:26 am

    koakane – geeeeez, with the kids away, the administrators play.

  74. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:28 am

    So, Rausch has the back leg lift, hmmm, will he be the anointed one? Funaki is a fighter, he’s been too modest in the past, it’s good to see him asserting himself.

  75. Da Punchbowl Kid June 12, 2008 8:46 am

    Funaki’s leadership is a vital asset to the team. This team may have lots of leadership, many players are stand up guys. I think that’s going to help them a lot in the long run, making the difference between a so so season and a good one.

  76. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:52 am

    geeeeez, with the kids away, the administrators play

    got dat right move to head of class

  77. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:53 am


    All signs are pointing to a very good one. Hope and believe springs eternal.

  78. koakane™ June 12, 2008 8:56 am

    ft enjoy flash from past

  79. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:02 am

    Good morning Tsaikos….almost time to go to work…just stopping by for a bit.

    Stretch – I, to, worry about all the shirtless pictures of Steel Jantz ST has…..hmmmm, makes you wonder…..now if they were set as his screensaver, that would be an indication….MWAHAHAHAHAHA

    A-joe – you’re correct that QBs are the sex symbols of football. Us “D” duys used to always talk about the “prima donnas” on offense….LMAO

    KK – Stretch is right, when there are no kids around, administrators must have it easy……oh, and it was a miracle the other night that all you drank was water…..BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

  80. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:05 am

    KK – call me later this afternoon. I have meetings to attend most of the day.

  81. jasonk June 12, 2008 9:05 am

    wow… the advertiser is getting sued for racial prejudice? damn…it doesn’t look good.

  82. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:05 am

    BTW, was great meeting Duffer and Duff Jr. last night…..

  83. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:06 am

    Okay gang…gotta go off to make money. Talk later….I to think I have something to do tonight but can’t remember what it is……

  84. al June 12, 2008 9:14 am

    koakane…..true that 0730 is rare and early for me. however, i was up at 0500 tending to the na keiki ilio.

    two more weeks!

    and yes that food is always a good deal. duffer’s boy looked like one puppy who just overate as he sat slumped with his eyes glazed over unable to mutter a sound.

  85. al June 12, 2008 9:15 am

    jesse.. a couple of bud lts will awaken your memory.


  86. A-House June 12, 2008 9:18 am


    Saw your post – roger on your order for 4 packets of H logo items – will bring on 6/19/08.

  87. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:25 am

    al…yeah, that might work.

    A-House – Howzit going?? Missed you and Mrs. A-House at last nights dinner but got to sit with your daughter…..

  88. (Jesse) James June 12, 2008 9:25 am

    okay, I really gotta go now….

  89. False Pordagee June 12, 2008 9:29 am

    Wassup Tsaikos….wus da haps today?

    Ho, dat ST, always get da kine pickchas of dat guy Steele Jantz….he look almos lik dat guy Homey….but one caucasion version dat stay tallah

    I wondah wear J-boy stay…maybe looking at dipthongs again. As koakane would say, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  90. whitey June 12, 2008 9:44 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. A little late getting started, but am truly impressed with what this year’s wideouts look like. With their height and speed, they will do some damage and instead of having 3 or 4 1000 yds receivers, there are going to be a bunch.

    Also the “bunch” look like they had plenty of fuud and hopefully the service was faster than Dennys. hahahaaaaaaahhhhh.

    al, yes, i did miss out by staying home and missed the opportunity to meet some of the “super” Tsaikos (including the chief).

    Well, gotto get on my wheels and get ready for a game at noon. You all take care and have a great day in paradise.

  91. Jason June 12, 2008 10:02 am

    What is this about dinner last night? Eh, I couldn’t make it anyways, I had church, and then I was busy setting up my new computer. But it looked like fun!

    I haven’t had a chance to watch the QBs throw in person yet, but I have to say it again: From what I saw on film, I love Rausch. As long as he gains some weight, learns the offense, and shows he can go through his progressions, I think he has the ability to be really special.

    And I really like Avery and Pollard. Although I still think Avery can put on a little bit
    more weight too.

    And I wanted to say a quick thing about what Marlis was talking about today. There is less football talk than last year, true, but if you recall, last summer was all about Herman Frazier, so there was a lot to talk about with regards to that. Right now, all that’s going on is unsupervised workouts. It’s nice that we get pictures and short tidbits about what’s going on, but there’s usually not that much to say — or at least, there hasn’t been much to say until recently. As we’re learning more about the new players, I think football talk will start to increase. Even today, we’re seeing more of that.

    * * *

    So I’m updating my contact list with everyone’s e-mails. If you haven’t already done so, please send me an e-mail at jnagaoka at hawaii.rr.com with your blog name and your preferred e-mail address(es). If you prefer that e-mails be sent to multiple addresses, please let me know as well. Mahalo!

  92. Kekoa June 12, 2008 10:30 am

    ~^~^~^~^~^~ATTENTION TSAIKO NATION ~^~^~^~^~^

    Pull out your secret social calenders Tsaiko Villagers and circle Tuesday, 17 June 2008, @ 11:30 AM.(Click on my name for location map)

    This event has turned into a HAIL & FAIRWELL!

    Stop in and Wala’au with Ronnie our Lo Cal Prez, and one of our Tsaiko *Sons* Abe Markowitz. As you know, Abe will be joining the Trojans at USC, so this will give you a chance to stop in and wish him well on his journey thru the college ranks.

  93. Kekoa June 12, 2008 10:40 am

    Past One Minute, Broken Kine News…Stadium authorities have announced today that *Kekoa* & *Pops* will have seats reserved for them on the Makai Sidelines, Orange section, Row 22, seats 10 & 11. Unfortunately, due to construction delays his luxury box seats with mini-bar and buffet will not be available this season.

  94. Jason June 12, 2008 10:43 am

    Oh yeah, I’ll be there on Tuesday.

  95. chawan_cut June 12, 2008 11:02 am

    hot hot hot!

    Good luck to midori7’s lakers!

  96. Hurt Feelings June 12, 2008 11:11 am

    June 12th, 2008 at 10:02 am
    What is this about dinner last night? Eh, I couldn’t make it anyways, I had church, and then I was busy setting up my new computer. But it looked like fun!

    No worry, I wasn’t invited either and am never invited to anything. Maybe I don’t belong here and should go elsewhere??

  97. A-House June 12, 2008 11:17 am


    confirming – packets in hand – cost $28 – see you on 6/19/08!

  98. Stretch June 12, 2008 11:25 am

    Was good to see duffer again and meet his son last night. I was able to award Tsaiko shot glasses to duffer and jojo and also required Pride and Al earn the glasses that was previoulsy given to them. Crown Royal was not available but we did take a shot (or two or three or….) of Korean Soju. It’s too bad gigi will never get one… oh well….

  99. Da Punchbowl Kid June 12, 2008 11:51 am


  100. myki1 June 12, 2008 11:51 am

    Great picture of one of our Tsai-kos in MidWeek!!

    Hope you all are having a great day.

  101. Da Punchbowl Kid June 12, 2008 11:56 am

    *DPK gives “Hurt Feelings” a hug and sez: “There, there, stranger, don’t feel bad. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional. Maybe you do belong here, just keep posting and get your email to the right folks, and you’ll be invited to everything. Keep posting.” ;)*

  102. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 12:18 pm

    Oh, man. I have to read this blog to find out our paper’s getting sued.
    Actually, this is all pretty unfortunate. I like all of the parties involved: Jeanne, Emil and Pati.

  103. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 12:21 pm

    Hey, I wasn’t invited last night, either.
    I have a proof. There’s an e-mail that says: Stephen isn’t invited.
    But if I only went to places where I was invited, I’d never go any place at all.
    Anyway, there’s a calendar on SteveM’s site about activities.
    We have the Rich/Ronnie gathering on June 19, bowling on June 21, and the second anniversary party on July10.
    Everyone is invited. Well, maybe people need to check on the availability of the Rich/Ronnie gathering since there are space limitations.
    Call me if you’re unsure.

  104. Dennis Halloran June 12, 2008 12:28 pm

    Just noted that you can watch a Hawaiian QB this week on tv.(er internet) B2Networks broadcasts the UIFL Sioux City teams games on the internet.

  105. myki1 June 12, 2008 12:30 pm

    Stephen, are they practicing this afternoon at 3?? If we don’t see you, have a safe trip!!

  106. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 12:41 pm

    It depends on the weather.

  107. Stretch June 12, 2008 12:50 pm

    ST – ah come on, you not going melt!! Get out there and take some pictures

  108. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 12:52 pm

    Oh, not me. I’m talking about the players. If the field is wet, they might not practice.

  109. False Pordagee June 12, 2008 12:54 pm

    ST…wot u tink, u suga…..going melt…

  110. Rich2176 June 12, 2008 12:54 pm

    Howdy All –

    I just realized today is Thursday and Ronnie is on her way home. That means I’ve got 4 days to get 3 weeks worth of stuff done. (Yes, including golf tomorrow.)

    Shoutout to the folks who said “boo” last night from the party. Our blog host has a unique way of putting people on the spot. Can’t wait to meet you next week.

    Uhhh….Steele Jantz is a freshman? Appropriate name.

    Stretch – email me re: golf on either Wed or Thursday. I still have to figure out how to get to Maui from Kona on the 21st without stops or cashing in one of my retirement accounts.


  111. Stretch June 12, 2008 12:55 pm

    can’t wait for the Ching Field to be pau but it has to start first.

  112. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:05 pm

    Not to sound like Jason or any other Brainiac, but does sugar melt in the sun? Or does it caramelize?

  113. J-DOG June 12, 2008 1:10 pm

    Has Maka’s scholarship been given to another player? or are they waiting for the final decision from the NCAA?

  114. Stretch June 12, 2008 1:11 pm

    isn’t melted sugar caramel??

  115. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:15 pm

    they’re still waiting. but they’re not hopeful.
    so, dowling got a scholarship, and grasso and fonoti are getting ones in the fall. i assume that libre and bain also will be getting scholarships.
    and there’s some debate about jantz.

  116. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:15 pm

    so is caramel better than sugar?

  117. False Pordagee June 12, 2008 1:16 pm

    ST and Stretch

    I not one brainiac like J boy but melting suga and wata makes candy…wen u add da cream, das wat make da caramel.

  118. J-DOG June 12, 2008 1:16 pm

    thanks ST.

  119. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:16 pm

    Anyway, I always thought the phrase should be: “You think you’re going to melt in the rain? What are you, cotton candy?”

  120. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:17 pm

    By the way, after the recent lawsuit, we all should refer to the blogger as False Portuguese.

  121. Rich2176 June 12, 2008 1:20 pm

    I went to the new Simpsons ride yesterday at Universal Studios. In addition to cotton candy, there was both flannel and linen candy….go figure….

  122. Stretch June 12, 2008 1:23 pm

    caramel is a pain in the arse. it gets stuck all over the mouth

  123. Justin June 12, 2008 1:25 pm

    When does construction begin for the new complex?

  124. bonar June 12, 2008 1:29 pm

    Has Steele washed his white hat yet this summer?

  125. LizKauai [Believer] June 12, 2008 1:40 pm

    Hi Rich2176! How was U-Studios… are they rebuilding after the fire?

    ONE MORE WEEK, baybee!

  126. SteveM June 12, 2008 1:41 pm

    Good afternoon, ST!

    I’m hungry…
    Eagle-eyed las vegas is right…spicy pork (burnt)
    Next time I’m at Camellia, I get to share the grill with jojo. Right jojo? You don’t have to cook… I’ll supervise the food searing and you only operate the chopsticks.

    Peaches complained she has radiant heat burns on her cooking hand. (James and I kinda cranked up the flames). 🙁

  127. LizKauai [Believer] June 12, 2008 1:42 pm

    OK- SteveM. Please add my nephew and his wife to the OSU game gang. Tom and Jen.
    Mebbe we can do a Cal. Pizza Kitchen Call in Portland- he’s a med. mucka mucka there.
    Hope the ticket office calls me soon about the game tix!!!

  128. Dennis Halloran June 12, 2008 1:46 pm

    caramel is best ingested when it is on top of a McDonald’s sundae with nuts for a buck

  129. Da Punchbowl Kid June 12, 2008 1:50 pm

    Read your #123 carefully a few times. You sure you don’t have a better analogy?

  130. Rich2176 June 12, 2008 1:51 pm

    Hey Liz –

    Most of what burned were false front buildings. The good thing is that the studio has a lot of carpenters & painters….LOL.

  131. LizKauai [Believer] June 12, 2008 1:51 pm

    My favorite caramel is the crust of a creme brulee or the “sauce” for flan.

  132. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 1:54 pm

    Started the countdown yet, Rich2176?

  133. LizKauai [Believer] June 12, 2008 1:55 pm

    Rich2176- That’s good news. I was thinking that there were lots of computers and hydraulics involved in the “rides” that were lost.

    Burning sets is the norm.
    My first job after the second batch of kids was art dept. coord. for Outbreak. We built a perfect African village with real items as props (I spent hours procuring natural fiber rope for lashings!) and then burned it for the scene.

  134. False Portuguese June 12, 2008 2:07 pm

    Okay ST…I no like u get in trouble li dat

  135. bonar June 12, 2008 2:09 pm

    Food for thought: How much longer will the WAC exist in its present form?? Is a new conference taking UH, Boise, Fresno and teams from the MWC be viable or will the Big 3 move to the MWC?

  136. False Portuguese June 12, 2008 2:10 pm

    Bruddah Rich…

    I get one cuzn named false front buildings…

  137. homey's ® concierge June 12, 2008 2:38 pm

    Mr. Kekoa,

    homey relishes the pleasure of attending your “HAIL & FAIRWELL” social event for the honorable Lo Cal President Ronnie.

  138. Kekoa June 12, 2008 2:54 pm

    Sorry Mr. Homey no moah da kine relish pupu being served. We get da dead cow, dead cheekin, li-dat. Prolly not going be too social, but goin’ be so-so.

  139. bonar June 12, 2008 3:01 pm

    Just saw an article regarding Tennessee’s depth chart. Unfortunately, right now JR is 10th out of the 11 receivers in camp. Hopefully, JR can prove he’s worthy to be given shot at this level, if not with Tennessee, then with another team. Part of the difficulty with him might be the nagging injuries he’s been suffering.

  140. Kazz June 12, 2008 3:07 pm

    I second the question above.

    Any word as to when construction on the field itself at the Ching Complex will start seeing as they are projecting an October 2008 completion time?

  141. False Portuguese June 12, 2008 3:16 pm

    okay gangeez…gotta bag soon….get ready for some festivities…

  142. Jason June 12, 2008 3:24 pm

    Where did everyone go, it was pretty active earlier today. Don’t tell me the rain scared you all away from your computers…

  143. Jason June 12, 2008 3:25 pm

    And now five posts magically appear! 😛

  144. bonar June 12, 2008 3:53 pm

    While congratulations are in order to Jameel, I hope at least Libre and Bain also get schollies at some point next year.

  145. MeiLing June 12, 2008 4:08 pm

    Jason, what kind of computer did you get? I’m vacillating btwn a PC & Mac…I’ve never used a Mac, but people tell me it’s much easier to use. I need a laptop since I’m downsizing from a house to a condo when I move home.

    SteveM, you provide Mac/Apple service, right?

    Happy Birthday, Ryan!!!

  146. bonar June 12, 2008 4:28 pm

    #141, Wow, an October 2008 completion date is quick. Hope there aren’t any softball field type goofs!

  147. wafan June 12, 2008 5:04 pm

    Just got here and looks like nobody is home.

    Good bio yesterday Chad! I rarely get to the Kahala Mall simply because of the long drive. HA! But, the next time I am home I will look for the two restaurants!

  148. Stephen Tsai June 12, 2008 5:40 pm

    So, how come nobody else joined me at practice today?

  149. marlis June 12, 2008 5:44 pm

    Re-Why I picked Funaki to start the season opener.

    Why I think Funaki should start the Florida game is because situationally it gives what I think is a better chance for UH to win. To counter Florida’s fast defense the QB has to be a big part of the running game. Give Funaki a lot of touches in this game. And running at Florida’s strength is what the text book tells you to do. Design draws, bootlegs, option play, keepers anything from allowing Florida to sit back timing the cadence and sacking and hurrying the QB, like Georgia did. Looking at how Air Force beat Notre Dame 40 to 14 (or so) last year with basically smash ball running philosophy negated Notre Dames speed and athleticism’s. And this is the precedence in which UH should start the game with Funaki.

    Keeping Florida guessing in this game is important. Having Funaki in different situations. Selling the run. And throwing could set up some long gainers passing. And then bringing in Tyler selling the pass and instead running would confuse the defense. You have to show run, and then pass. But if it’s strictly going to be pass, then expect a repeat of what happened in Georgia. Of all the QB’s Funaki is best suited to complement the running game. With Huen and Farmer blocking. And Leon taking a few pitches. And mixing in Libre at SB misdirection plays could surprise their defense. And keeping them guessing is the buzz word for this game.

    The first 15 offensive plays of this game are important. It sets the momentum for the defense and special teams. Getting out to a fast start is important. But what’s of greater importance is laying a foundation where their defense is stymied. And has to stop and think about either the pass or run. What you don’t want to see is the Florida defense high fiving on the side lines celebrating 3 and outs and sacks.And their fans cheering louder for every good defensive play.

    Having the Florida DC pulling out his hair is what you what to see if your a UH fan. Passing play after passing play he knows his defense can stop UH, but if he sees us establishing the run with Funaki not only will he be in for a long afternoon. But even the Florida defense will, too.

    For this reason I pick Funaki. I think he can put the added this added dimension into this game. And situationally of all the QB he is the best suited where the Florida defense would have to play honest to both the run and pass.

  150. Barry Markowitz June 12, 2008 5:49 pm

    bighilofan2: Coach McMackin knows every move Coach Jones is making in Samoa…in fact they are going together. The population of Samoa is approxiamately 230,000, then there is the population of American Samoa at around 55,000. One can never isolate American Samoa from Samoa (Independent Nation, formerly known as Western Samoa) because due to family ties and dual citizenships (Abe is US, NZ, & Samoa), you can have kids jump off the boat and be ready to play for an American Samoa high school unexpectedly. I have one nephew who is two years younger than Abe, who has a Samoan father with US Citizenship who jumped off the plane in Kansas 2 years ago…and now he is a hot recruit for both KU and Kansas State. He is a straight “A” student, is as big as Abe and plays both ways.

  151. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 5:58 pm

    marlias (150),

    Well thought out, not much to argue against in your piece. The only thing I would say here is that Ron Lee, as far as what I know of him, probably thinks along similar lines in offensive planning for the Gators. About Funaki, I also agree in principle exept, as of now, we don’t know enough about the others. I’m sure, at least I hope, the coaches will know their available talent intimately and divise a plan of attack accordingly.

    One thing’s for sure, it’s nail biting time until kick-off. I can’t wait ’til fall camp to see what shakes out and who steps up.

    I totally agree that we have to keep the Gators guessing, we can not repeat the folly of the SB or we get killed.

  152. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 6:03 pm

    OOps, marlis.

  153. marlis June 12, 2008 6:10 pm


    I see your point. Even as I’m writing I was getting excited. Your right this should be very exciting time leading up to the game.And especially if the players that we don’t know to much about turn to be big surprises.

  154. Kazz June 12, 2008 6:28 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    June 12th, 2008 at 5:40 pm
    So, how come nobody else joined me at practice today?


  155. Kazz June 12, 2008 6:30 pm


    I think the nail-biting times are on hold for me… Lord knows we all had plenty of those last year.

    I don’t know about anybody else, but I am ready to greet the Florida game and the entire season with a smile and a local swagger with arms wide open to the side as if to say “WOT?!?!?!”.

    I no can wait, no can aureydee!!!

  156. Kazz June 12, 2008 6:36 pm

    Again, I forgot to add to the above that the addition of our new Warriors this summer makes it feel like Spring again.

    The air is still filled with all kinds of emotions things to look forward to in the immediate future like the “Game On UH Fundraiser”, fall ball, then finally kick off.

    For those not a part of this blog I guess I can see how some may not feel so upbeat (no pun intended) about everything especially with the uphill battle we are faced with in 2008, as far as the schedule goes, but Warrior Football is more than just ‘something’ to do on a Saturday, it represents our passion for everything we love in our everyday lives.

    At the risk of sounding redundant it’s all things local: tailgating, making “bruddah-bruddah” with strangers, getting re-aquainted with old friends, making new friends, and coming together to create and unstoppable force.

    “Pupukahi i holomua” – united to move forward!!!!

  157. Kazz June 12, 2008 6:56 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a fool.

    I remember D1 saying what time the Florida game would around 12:30…

    But I assume that is Florida time?!?!?!?

    Ahem…. Is Ige’s open for EARLY EARLY breakfast at 4am?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

  158. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 7:20 pm

    Kazz, (158),

    Unfortunately it is Florida time. It’s gonna be like being in an broiler oven., but the game is tevised on Raycom here, otherwise I have no idea why it’s not played at night. It’s nuts and it will be just as tough on the Gators, nobody get’s “used” to this kind of Sauna heat. Our newfound depth will come in very handy, so is our coaches new attitude about substitutions.

    The best part of this season? Nobody expects anything from us, no bullseye and we’re ready to shock. For some strange reason, I’m even more excited this season than last. Bring ’em on, bring them all on, the Hawaii Warriors will be ready to battle, anywhere, anytime.

  159. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 7:22 pm


    If some of the newcomers end up starting, that would actually be a good sign, they would have to be very good to beat out our returning players.

  160. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 7:34 pm

    Is there a party somewhere? Everybody just hit and run, nobody hangs out here tonight? What’s up?

  161. Rich2176 June 12, 2008 7:48 pm

    OMG. Can’t believe the Lakers blew that lead. I’m running out of little green bottles…LOL

    ST – Have a safe trip. One tuition down. Another one to commence….lol…Yes, countdown has started.

    Liz – Nothing of real substance was lost at Universal. (Except for the “Back to the Future” courthouse.)

    To all – what’s the best insurance company to use in Hawaii? I need to buy a car next week while I’m there. Email me – rich2176 at that yahoo thingy.

  162. Long Time UH Fan June 12, 2008 7:51 pm

    To Ryan Eastman and Abe Markowitz,

    Congratulations to you for achieving an important milestone in your life and wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors….

    A song of the ’50’s … “Graduation Day” by the Lettermen


  163. BG June 12, 2008 7:53 pm

    Yep, Fla Ted…gotta be a party going on somewheres.. 😉

  164. BG June 12, 2008 8:05 pm


    OMG…that song just transported me in a time warp. Put some mist in the eyes, too.

  165. BG June 12, 2008 8:08 pm


    Those pictures just add so much! Don’t need to be museum quality…just wonderful the way they are. So comforting to see SteveM with his smile again.

  166. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:08 pm

    It’s like being at the park with a ball and nobody wants to play with yo, lol.
    Guess I check what’s on the tube, can’t sleep yet. Can’t believe the Lakers collapse, champions don’t do this.

  167. BG June 12, 2008 8:11 pm

    Well, this will be my personal record for posts in a row! Gotta go get some stuff done on the pc. Looking forward to catching up with the fun luvin’ Tsaikos and Tsaikettes in the morning.


  168. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 8:17 pm

    good night BG.

  169. bonar June 12, 2008 8:28 pm

    Marlis and Fl Ted: Nice discussion. I wonder whether to what extent the offense will be run out of the shotgun. Remember, too, that Coach Lee runs the more traditional run and shoot with a heavy emphasis on roll outs. Will the OL be up to the task?

  170. bonar June 12, 2008 8:29 pm

    Go Celtics!

  171. KelliM June 12, 2008 8:30 pm

    Hi Stephen! I think I’m the last to start posting anything on your blog, but I do read it daily. I thought I better get with it before I get scoldings. 🙂 BTW, thank you for linking my story on here last fall semester. I got some very nice comments, but I think most of them were on your blog than my story.

  172. bonar June 12, 2008 8:30 pm

    Go Celtics! World Champs!

  173. bonar June 12, 2008 8:34 pm

    tailgating is the best: and also universal!

  174. LizKauai June 12, 2008 8:35 pm

    Hi Ted! I’m thinkin- if Hawaii fans had the confidence that UH not only had a chance to win in the Swamp but also to WIN BIG – would more of them attend the game???

    To me, this is BCS II, the revenge.

    After this year, ain’t nobody gonna be whinin and moanin and cryin SOS, SOS.
    The Gators are goin DOWN and the Warriors will be bowling again at the end of the year.


  175. bonar June 12, 2008 8:45 pm

    unfortunately, the cost of traveling, I believe, will prevent a lot of people from attending. confidence or not, many people would attend just for the experience offered by such a unique game-if the price were right.

  176. bonar June 12, 2008 8:52 pm

    Couldn’t make it to your party, but congrats Abe!

  177. FloridaTed June 12, 2008 9:16 pm


    It’s a monstrous trip to Florida and costly. Many fans are still paying for the SB, If we get our 4,000 I’m very happy. The Warriors will shock the Gators.

    bonar (170),

    Re: Offense. I don’t think they will try and show any kind of pattern at all. If I were Ron Lee, I would mix it up enough as to not show any kind of pattern, Pass from under center, run from the shot gun, some Heun and libre/LWJ combos, send the RB’s flaring into slots and so on. Their pass defense is still their weakest point. Their O-Line is very talented, but also extremely young with two freshmen. Their DB’s wll be better, but they were bad last year. Last in the SEC in pass Defense.

    Our defense will hold their own, knowing McMackin he will have a great plan, but the offense has to come out agressive and pound. If we can get a jump on them, we have more than a good chance. We don’t want to play catch up and have the crowd drowning us out.

  178. Garret June 12, 2008 9:50 pm

    Miami’s coach was quite positive about Bess today! Today was their last offseason practice as a team, so it is nice for Bess to be one of the people praised…they will have to cut a few players to make room for draft picks and late signings, but I’m positive Bess will not be cut. I’m worried about Rivers, Hawthorne, and (to a lesser extent) RGM, but I’m sure that Bess will at least make the roster.

    ‘There are a couple of guys that I’ve been pleased with that way that I think that maybe have a chance to, down the road, make this football team if they do the right things,” Sparano said.

    “I like where Toribio is. I like where [cornerback Scorpio] Babers is. Those kind of guys; certainly a kid like [center Mike] Byrne, who’s a smart guy that’s played in the middle. So they’re guys that have been out here.

    “They’ve done a ton of work since they’ve been here right now and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what they’ve done to date. I like [wide receiver Davone] Bess. He’s a guy that is a undrafted guy that’s out here and has made a lot of plays.

  179. Garret June 12, 2008 9:51 pm

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

    Pluto is not a planet anymore, but it and some other dwarf planets will now be called plutoids instead of dwarf planets.

  180. Garret June 12, 2008 9:52 pm

    Oil insider said that the oil shortage is a myth, as major producers are purposely under-reporting their oil reserves to increase oil prices.

  181. Garret June 12, 2008 9:52 pm

    This guy posted a Craigslist ad trying to trade a night with his wife for NBA Finals tickets.

  182. Garret June 12, 2008 9:52 pm

    United Airlines will also charge $15 for the first checked-in bag. Sad that the airline expert predicted that by July 1 only Southwest will allow 2 bags to be checked in for free.

  183. Garret June 12, 2008 9:53 pm

    Study found that only 1% of video game addicts fit the stereotype of being having poor social skills and being shy.

  184. Garret June 12, 2008 9:55 pm

    Free play links pau.

  185. Jason June 12, 2008 10:15 pm

    Garret: Cat’s blog today talked about the airline fees. I guess one check-in and one carry-on should be enough for me when I go to my conference. Still, these fees…

  186. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 10:42 pm

    Good evening all.


    C & K had it right!
    …even for the most forgetful among us!

    Thanks, you folks is da bestest!

  187. SteveM June 12, 2008 10:45 pm

    * * * ANNOUNCEMENT & UODATE * * *

    Ronnie and Rich2176 Dinner/Karaoke Call Cost

    First, everyone is treating Ronnie and Rich2176 to dinner (so there’s no arguing and insistent wads of cash flying around–as typically happens with good and popular friends. This nominal amount has been calculated into the costs along with some other things and group karaoke costs.

    Al is the cashier, banker, and Food Boss for the June 19 call. His calculations and determination is:

    – $25 per person having the buffet dinner
    – $ 5 per person not having dinner or ordering separately *

    in both cases, DRINKS ARE NO-HOST and paid directly to your waitress upon you order.

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  188. KOW June 12, 2008 10:46 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    June 12th, 2008 at 5:40 pm
    So, how come nobody else joined me at practice today?

    There was a threat that someone was going to be around so decided to enjoy my afternoon.

  189. Kekoa June 12, 2008 10:48 pm

    To Mr. & Mrs. Eastman ~ I want to wish them and their 3 Sons all the very best the Lord has to offer. It does my heart good to see you raise 3 fine young men, and provide them with such outstanding support. These boys will no doubt be big time contributors to the family of life one day.

    Mahalo for allowing me and the Mrs. a chance to experience such a beautiful rite of passage in these young men’s lives.

    Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,

  190. Kekoa June 12, 2008 10:52 pm

    Duffer!…What a treat to run into you and your son tonite. BTW, Jr. Duffer has a great golf grip already! A true chip off the old chipping iron. Aloha my friend, and safe journey back to the Valley Isle.

  191. d1shima [sez:] June 12, 2008 11:14 pm

    The season is 13 games long.

    Fall camp is for putting in YOUR system and finding out who’s going to run it best.

    As far as I know, UH is planning to use the R&S. If the team spends a lot of time putting in plays other than the R&S they risk losing the whole season. Watch this video with the former coach and Bob Davie discussing one of the most basic plays in the R&S. Then imagine how much time needs to be spent in fall camp just perfecting that small part of the offense with a new QB and 4 new receivers.

    To bring in a scheme that is gonna use option, bootlegs and keepers is gonna take away time from doing what the new OC has been teaching since the 70’s. Teams who use those schemes are spending THEIR entire fall camps implementing that kind of offense for their ENTIRE season. I don’t see this coaching staff seeing that they have the time to spend on very much more than what they do best.

  192. GaPeach June 12, 2008 11:27 pm

    Too bad KOW decided not to go to the practice today – hope there’ll be some pix posted by Stephen as he’ll be the only one to let us know what went on.

  193. al June 12, 2008 11:31 pm

    didn’t you hear st is on vacation.

  194. al June 12, 2008 11:35 pm

    kekoa….little duffer, 14 yrs old, is already on of the top junior golfers in maui. today, i asked him, “how did you shoot?”.
    he says, “not too good uncle al.”
    “well, what was your score?”

    hmmm. this was at waikele.

  195. al June 12, 2008 11:39 pm

    stevem forgot to mention that the 25 dollars includes:
    pro rata share cost for guests
    pro rata share cost for karaoke

    those dropping in, the five bucks includes everything but the food.

  196. Kekoa June 13, 2008 12:14 am

    With all the new players reporting in, we sometimes forget that the Tsaikos have a talented corps of coaches who can step up when needed. Take a good look at just a few of our best.

    (Click on my name)

    Do you recognize the tremendous talent on loan from God?

  197. Kekoa June 13, 2008 12:18 am

    Al ~ On my best day, I could squeeze a 79 at the turn!

  198. LizKauai June 13, 2008 12:21 am

    Nitey Nite to all and to Ryan, da Beast – all the BEST!

  199. HiFlyer June 13, 2008 2:55 am

    Bulla, Best wishes to Ryan.

    Must have been a great party as you can see the blog slowed down with everyone there at the party!!!

    Was Stephen there?

  200. wafan June 13, 2008 4:06 am

    Hey! Happy Aloha Friday the 13th!!!

    Must have been quite a party for Ryan last night.

    Congratulations, again, Ryan. You are bound for great things.

  201. wafan June 13, 2008 4:07 am


    Four more wake ups to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  202. bighilofan2 June 13, 2008 4:51 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    A House. Got your message. 10-4.

    Gotta go gotta go. Have a great day y’all.

    But first —

    you puttin up really great pikx. But Alligator Elle an all da rest noze we coming now.

    78 days, 77 nites. 😀

  203. Stretch June 13, 2008 5:48 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos & Happy Aloha Friday!!

    Thanks again to the Bulla Ohana for inviting the Tsaikos the party last night. It’s been many many years since I’ve stepped foot in Rumours. Hope everyone wakes up this morning without a hangover but I don’t think so.

  204. d1shima [sez:] June 13, 2008 5:58 am

    Great Morning All.

    “Ferd” points out that there are more than the usual “hot summer nights” this year in local recruiting.
    It’s good to read that UH has jumped in with a dozen or so schollie offers to the Class of ’09.

  205. d1shima [sez:] June 13, 2008 6:00 am


    I can think of a couple who may not be waking up until this AFTERNOON.

  206. d1shima [sez:] June 13, 2008 6:03 am

    Speaking of “Ferd”, I wonder if he’ll be filling in here for Stephen this weekend?
    Does he have a camera? That is to say, one that he’d be willing to disclose? 😉

  207. d1shima [sez:] June 13, 2008 6:06 am

    Have a great Friday the 13th.

    …and for those afflicted with paraskavedekatriaphobia, have a nice day under the covers, we’ll see you tomorrow.

  208. Loa June 13, 2008 6:08 am

    morning gang!

    ST – enjoy your vacation, the tsaikettes will just have to wait for your return for more pictures of ironman 😆

    have a safe day! after all its friday the 13th

  209. Loa June 13, 2008 6:11 am

    howzit d1 – i had to goggle paraskavedekatriaphobia, i thought was long for hangover

  210. Garret June 13, 2008 6:18 am

    After turning in the proposal to the National Science Foundation, I thought my boss could give me a break for awhile. After all, my paper to the MILCOM conference isn’t due until next week–my calendar said it was due Wednesday, which gave me more than enough time to write a good paper.

    Unfortunately, it turns out that the paper is due on *Monday*. And we have a birthday party on Saturday and an all-day Legoland thing with friends on Sunday. So, it looks like I won’t be getting a break for awhile!

    Turns out that Wednesday is the deadline for the next proposal we are submitting. So, I guess I can’t relax until next Thursday…I can’t believe all of the deadlines are within a week of each other! The next proposal deadline I have is in *December*.

  211. Loa June 13, 2008 6:34 am

    hey garret – good luck with the proposal, i hope your boss awards you employee of the month 😆 nice to hear you also spending time with the family, kids grow up way too fast

  212. MeiLing June 13, 2008 6:47 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Congrats to all of the grads. I know you’ll go out there and make it a better world.

    Aloha Friday!

  213. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:08 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Happy FRIDAY da Turteenth! :mrgreen:

    I woke up and immediately had a cramp in my left leg from my calf to my toes…
    There is worse pain than plantar fasciitis!!!

  214. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:09 am

    Go Gettum, Garret!!!

  215. FloridaTed June 13, 2008 7:18 am

    Is it Friday the 13th? I think I saw a guy with a hockey mask peeking in my window last night. Isn’t his name Jason? Hmmmm…..

    Good morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation.

  216. Jayson June 13, 2008 7:31 am

    Good morning all, TGIF!

  217. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:37 am

    Jayson at da window… ahhhhhgh!!!

    Oh, wrong J-son, phew! 😆

  218. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:39 am

    Does anyone know what time the Blog Party is on July 10?

  219. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:40 am





  220. LizKauai June 13, 2008 7:41 am

    that’s the sound of me looking down the black hole where my stocks used to be… yikes!

  221. d1shima [sez:] June 13, 2008 7:44 am

    Hi Liz,

    Not sure but I think you’d be safe planning around a 5 or 6 o’clock start.

  222. Stretch June 13, 2008 7:49 am

    liz – good thing you used “st” rather than a “c”.

  223. LizKauai June 13, 2008 8:00 am

    new blog is up

  224. Da Punchbowl Kid June 13, 2008 8:00 am

    Good mornin’ everybody. 🙂 That smile is for all the folks with hammerin’ hang overs. (you know who you are) What a great party for the Beast last night, with Tsaikos out in force. So much love in the Eastman family, it’s a priveledge to roll around in it like we did last night. To Ryan, best of luck, to Lynne and Bulla, thanks for a very memorable evening.

  225. Jayson June 13, 2008 8:20 am

    Anyone going to see “The Happening” tonight?

  226. Kekoa June 13, 2008 8:22 am

    Good Morning Tsaiko Nation!…My favorite day…Friday the 13th!

    Kona start slow and build up until tolerance level is moah cleahh…steady hummm I heard this morning was my brain stuck on ‘refesh’ and my mouth as dry as Desert Storm.

    Did someone mention Blog Bash?…Yes, the anticipated announcement was discussed over this past week. Like the unveiling of a new product line or a new direction in a University’s Athletic Department, this will be a gradual release of information.

    Don’t tpuch that dial!

  227. Kekoa June 13, 2008 8:23 am

    Oops! somebody ‘tpuch’ that dial when they shouldn’t have!

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