VB gets a boost

The next men’s volleyball coach — and one should be named from four finalists within two weeks — will have some added talent.
Jonas Umlauft, a 6-foot-9 opposite from Germany’s Junior National team, and setters Arik Metzger of San Clemente High and Sam Biscaro of Santa Barbara High are set to join the Warriors in August.
It now appears that outside hitter Charles Bell is poised to transfer from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Bell is a Kahuku High graduate who led the Highlanders with 3.42 kills per game.
The Warriors also have received interest from one of the top middle blockers in Europe.

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Keith “the Bear” AhSoon awaits a call from the Canadian Football League after a recent successful tryout in Las Vegas.

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Quarterback Corey Nielsen arrives this week to enroll in Summer Session I and begin the offseason conditioning program. He’ll return to California in June to attend the Gahr High graduation ceremony. Nielsen is expected to give the valedictorian’s speech.

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Happy birthday wishes to Jason and Gwyn Pang.


  1. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 17, 2009 12:51 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

  2. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 17, 2009 12:53 am

    Let’s Go, Bows! Good news for VB.

    And the FB guys too!

    Good luck the the Bear and congrats Corey!

    Nitey nite!

  3. truegreen May 17, 2009 1:24 am

    Congrats to Jason, Kelli, and Glendalyn!

  4. truegreen May 17, 2009 1:27 am

    So did everyone go for the handshake?

  5. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 1:35 am

    Forget the handshakes. We all went for the hugs.

  6. truegreen May 17, 2009 1:49 am

    Swine flu no match for aloha spirit. =)

  7. whitey May 17, 2009 3:43 am

    last morning in apache nation. good morning tsaikos and want to wish you all a most happy sunday. i know wafan and djmitcho are enjoying the sun.

  8. whitey May 17, 2009 3:46 am

    wow, mvb and wsb are doing a bang up job in recruiting. now all uh has to do is finalize the wbb coach and the mvb coach.

  9. BIGWAVE96744 May 17, 2009 4:30 am

    Happy Birthday to former Warrior Amani Purcell
    Also celebrating today is:
    1956 Sugar Ray Leonard
    1966 Danny Manning
    1970 Jordan Knight (NKOTB)
    1973 Busta Rhymes
    1982 Tony Parker

    On this day:
    1792 – The New York Stock Exchange is Formed
    1873 – El Paso is established as part of Texas
    1963 – Bruno Samartino wins the WWWF (now WWE) title, one that would span 11 straight years
    1973 – Hearing began on the Watergate Scandal

    The World Lost:
    1886 – John Deere (Tractors and Farm Equip)
    1992 – Lawrence Welk
    2002 – Davey Boy Smith (WWE British Bulldog)

  10. rodneys cuz May 17, 2009 4:35 am

    rodney you sizzle. you sizzle so much i wish you had a sports blog. everytime i look your mlc blog youz hitting some big numbers…what you have to hope for is that some of the regs here dont go over there, then youd prob fizzle dont laugh its true, rodney. have youz notice how bad its ova here

  11. brew808 May 17, 2009 4:56 am


    ST – Mahalo for the news. I don’t know about the rest of the gang – but I’m STARVING for good news regarding UH & 808 Sports!!! 😀 😯 😆

    ~•~~~~•~ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪Happy..Birthday..Jason!!! ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫~•~~~~•~

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  12. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:00 am

    Wait – that didn’t come out right…. 😳 🙄 😆

    ~•~~~~•~ 😆 ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪~•~Happy..Birthday..Jason!!!~•~ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ 😆 ~•~~~~•~

    😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆

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  13. Garret May 17, 2009 5:05 am

    Happy Birthday Jason!

  14. Garret May 17, 2009 5:05 am

    Best of luck to AhSoon, I hope that he gets his shot with the CFL!

  15. Garret May 17, 2009 5:07 am

    It is great that freshmen like Corey Nielsen can take summer school and get into the conditioning program in the summer after high school graduation. That is a big improvement in getting the freshmen in the system sooner and I’m glad UH has the funds to do that.

  16. Garret May 17, 2009 5:08 am

    The new men’s volleyball coach will have a lot of talent to coach! UH sure is doing well in recruiting without the players knowing who will be the coach this season.

  17. Garret May 17, 2009 5:10 am

    Maybe they are taking it slow in hiring a women’s basketball coach to save money? As ST pointed out, the team doesn’t have a head coach now, and they won’t have to pay any coach until they hire one.

  18. Garret May 17, 2009 5:11 am

    Oregon State was asking UH last season to schedule home-and-home series, but I don’t think UH was interested. Now Oregon State scheduled BSU.

    The Oregon State football team has agreed to play Boise State in a two-game home-and-away series in the future, according to Boise State.

    The first game is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2010 in Boise. The game in Corvallis is Sept. 15, 2012. However, it’s subject to change, as always, this early.

  19. Garret May 17, 2009 5:13 am

    JJ went to the game last night in Amarillo where Myron Newberry and Gerard Lewis started for the Amarillo team.

    Arena 2….Amarillo wins!!…Myron 1 int….Gerard 4 pass break up’s..way to go guys…somethings never change…winners know how to win!!!

  20. wafan May 17, 2009 5:14 am

    Good morning everyone! Sure felt great to sleep in a bit this morning.

  21. Garret May 17, 2009 5:15 am

    ESPN/ABC released their early 2009 TV schedule for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2/ESPNU, ESPN Classic, and ESPN 360.

    In this schedule the La Tech game is on ESPN2 and the Wisconsin game is on either ESPN or ESPN2.

  22. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:32 am

    wafan – How many early mornings left this school year? Sleep (aka beauty rest) sometimes doesn’t work for Tsaikos! 😆 😯 🙄

  23. wafan May 17, 2009 5:38 am

    Brew . . .

    24 more wake ups with kids. Should have been only 19 but because of snow days . . .

    The temptation is to stay awake late because it is still pretty bright later in the evening. Difficult to go to sleep when the skies are still bright. HA!

  24. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:39 am

    Hi Garret – I guess you’re posting early before another family outing….

    In your search committee story, which case was private vs. public institution? It probably is more a case of the head guy….

    I’m still bothered that:

    – ESPN, etc. have not bought (or been sold) the idea of UH being in prime position to show live college sports on Saturday evenings. There’s no competition and I know “us” diehard sportsfans are always looking for entertainment….

    – Why isn’t UH being more proactive and aggressive in signing home/home deals with these schools? Your OSU case, the UNR/UCLA, and several others…. You snooze…. WE ALL LOSE!

    Okay, I’m off the soap-box for now…. 😈 🙄 😯

  25. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:40 am

    wafan … –> eyelids 🙄

  26. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:43 am

    I miss school…. easiest time in my life…. Oh, was I suppose to attend classes? 🙄 😆 😯

  27. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:50 am

    Jockey Calvin Borel chose the right ride – Rachel Alexandra! Still have to be impressed with runner-up Mine That Bird. That horse charged from last to “place” and might have pulled off #2 with another 1/2 furlong. 😯 😀 😀

  28. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:52 am

    UC president on the radio…. blah, blah, blah … get more students into the community colleges, then transfer into the universities…. engine of opportunity…. drone, blah, blah…. 🙄

  29. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:53 am

    Bay-to-Breakers race update…. reporter is surprised (disappointed?) that he hasn’t spotted any “nudies” yet… 🙄 😀

  30. wafan May 17, 2009 5:55 am

    Brew . . .

    Some of the best naps were in class. Bwah-ha-ha-ha!

  31. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:56 am

    We’re going to hit triple-digits. It’s probably mid-80’s in SF. Yesterday’s warning to all (especially the bare ones) was to Please use sunscreen! 😆 🙄 😆

  32. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 17, 2009 5:56 am

    Hauoli Lahanau, JASON!

    Brew, the jockey made the race. Mine the Bird would have won if Borel was up. IMHO….

    Off to look at the water.

  33. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:57 am

    Gotta attend class to “nap” in class… Right Stretch??? 😆

  34. brew808 May 17, 2009 5:58 am

    Wow – WAC is trying to sell v-ball tournament tickets already! That Benshun guy is a shrewd marketing genius! 😈 🙄 😐

  35. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:00 am

    Hi Liz!!! Have you caught anything with that new toy of yours? 😀 🙄 😀

    PS. – Don’t forget to use sunscreen if you bare all…. 😆

  36. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:03 am

    Update: through four, Wie is 3…. 😐

  37. Garret May 17, 2009 6:04 am


    We’re going with friends to Legoland today. We were just sent some “Bring-a-friend” coupons, so we can bring friends for free over the next 4 weeks. The only catch is that we have to go with them for the coupons to be used…which is not a problem for us!

    I agree with you about ESPN scheduling–but I think that isn’t UH’s fault…I can’t even blame this on HF! I think that ESPN enjoys showing the game replays and Sportcenter then–they probably get decent ratings with that and they don’t have to pay for the expense of getting a full crew to UH. At least if UH does well like in 2007, we’ve seen that they will add late-season games.

    JD said in his chat on SportsHawaii last week that the upcoming schedules were basically set. So, UH has the games set up early (unlike when the previous AD was here), but they are just waiting to make the final annoucements.

    I’ll tell you more about the search committee thing the next time we have a CC if you wish. I don’t think I should say more publicly. There are some things that I just shouldn’t talk about in the blog…

  38. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:05 am

    Hey – I thought ESPN2 would be showing the Sybase… but nooooooo…. they got guys w/ chainsaws! 😈 🙄 🙁

  39. wafan May 17, 2009 6:06 am

    Sun-screen. HA!

    Many moons ago a friend and I went to the hills to hike and shoot landscapes. It was a hot day — for the PNW, anyhow. In a sunny spot he tells me he is going to stop and lie in the sun for a bit. I decided to hike some trails. About two hours later I return. As we are hiking back to the car I notice he is walking kind of funny. On the ride back he tell me he fell asleep and sunburned his “stuff”.

    Yep. Sunscreen is important!

  40. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:07 am

    Yup – Thanks Garret! Have fun w/ the girls at Legoland! 😀

  41. Garret May 17, 2009 6:07 am

    From the JD chat on SportsHawaii for UH scheduling.

    Essentially, 2010 is done but since we’re waiting for a couple contracts to be returned, there’s nothing I can announce at this point. I know I’ve said in a previous session that we had a home-and-home football series that would be announced within a couple of weeks — and I still expect that particular series to be announced “shortly” — but we ran into a serious snag with some of the legal language in the contract they sent us. As you might imagine, the legal language that these football contracts have is becoming more and more complicated, and therefore, it takes longer and longer for us to work through the actual details and to get to a point where attorneys and athletic directors on both sides feel comfortable to actually sign them. The best I can say right now is 2009 and 2010 are done and 2011 is almost done (last time I checked we just needed to sign an FCS school). In addition, we are already working on dates for 2012 and beyond — and we should have some announcements in this regard over the next several months (and certainly at least sometime this year even if we run into more legal language issues…)

  42. Garret May 17, 2009 6:08 am

    Legoland opens in 45 minutes…got to get the girls ready now!

  43. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:08 am

    wafan – Funny! And he probably needed only a little dab of sunscreen….. 😆 🙄 lol:

  44. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:11 am

    Update: through 5, Wie +1 w/ booger on 5, is now 5 back and tied for 4…. I like numbers! 😆

    I won’t give anymore updates just in case al is taping this…. 😐

  45. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:13 am

    IMHO – UHAD continues to struggle on the business side! Please fix this as it’s hurting everyone! 😈

  46. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:14 am

    …business/legal… 😈

  47. wafan May 17, 2009 6:14 am

    Brew . . .

    I did not ask because I did not want him to tell.


  48. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:17 am

    Hmmmmm…. MLM Dilemma #36 – Your daughter insists on wearing her princess costume to the grocery store. Allow it or not? My answer: No problem!

    WB Dillemma #36 – Your son insists on wearing his princess costume to the grocery store. Allow it or not? My answer: PROBLEM! 😆 🙄 😯

  49. wafan May 17, 2009 6:21 am

    Hey! Lumberjack contest!!!


    A few years back I went to one of the local contests. Lots of noise and fun. Oh, and the FOOD!!!

  50. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:21 am

    Very unfortunate story of the tower accident at Campbell Industrial Park yesterday. I wonder if BHF2 or W-Mojo beat my broh & associates there! It’s kind of the reverse version of Liz‘s golden-rat story….. 🙄

  51. djmitcho May 17, 2009 6:21 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

  52. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:25 am

    wafan – so how many buffets per week for you? I hope you got some royalties letting John Belushi base his character on you in “Animal House”! j/k 😆 🙄 😆

  53. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:26 am

    Okay – the state of WA has now checked in! Oh wait – we still need Izzy….. 😀

  54. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:30 am

    The A’s have been pounded lately, especially in Detroit.
    Friday – 1-14.
    Sat. – 1-9
    Trend analysis would say…. Sunday – 1-5. Right Jason?

    Very disappointing…. it’s going to be a long, long summer….. 🙁

  55. wafan May 17, 2009 6:31 am

    Brew . . .

    One. If at all.

  56. wafan May 17, 2009 6:32 am

    Hi dj!

    How are things on the Eastside of the hill? We should get all the way up to the mid-70’s! Whoo-hoo!!!

  57. wafan May 17, 2009 6:36 am

    Cool. The Women’s Boom Run.

    Goofy ending — the winner forgot to cross the finish line.

    Ahhhh, the pitfalls of celebrating.

  58. G (China) May 17, 2009 6:38 am

    Congratulations Jason! Keep up the great work!

  59. wafan May 17, 2009 6:41 am

    Happy birthday Jason!!!

    What a great weekend for you. Celebrate!!!!!!!

  60. whitey May 17, 2009 6:42 am

    brew, need “unbiased” analysis of 49er’s and raiders chances of winning their division. going to vegas today and going look at the odds.

  61. whitey May 17, 2009 6:43 am

    oh, forgot. morning brew!!!

  62. layson May 17, 2009 6:45 am

    michelle wie is even par thru 7 holes and 3rd place at 9 under total
    right now, ji young oh leads at 14 under total
    wf2, i agree with your comments about wie increasing her chances with more consistent tee shots, that is correct. wie is still in the hunt.

  63. whitey May 17, 2009 6:48 am

    if any tsaikos are out in the Globe, AZ area for golf, check out Apache Gold Stronghold gc at San Carlos. good, challenging course with undulating greens and the price is right, $35 (includes cart). water, soda, and powerade are $1 and my favorite biru is $4. elevation is 3500′. also have a casino here, Apache Gold.

  64. brew808 May 17, 2009 6:56 am

    whitey – IMHO

    Niners – .500 should be there. A few more W’s and they could win the NFC West – but only because it’s so weak. I can only hope they make it there and play well in any play-off game. Steady improvement is what the faithful want.

    Raiders – The pieces are there – but so is Al. I don’t expect >.500 and the Chargers should come back. Denver is missing a QB/leader. KC is somewhere in the midwest I hear. Nope.

    How long will you be at the Encore? 😀

  65. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:00 am

    Hey – white – Do you valet park your spaceship? 😆 :rol: 😆

  66. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:01 am

    😳 whitey…. Sorry! 😳

  67. layson May 17, 2009 7:03 am

    whitey, is apache gold public or semi-private? just curious to see out of state green fees in az. compared to hawaii

  68. layson May 17, 2009 7:05 am

    michelle wie is even par thru 8 holes and 3rd place at 9 under total
    right now, ji young oh leads at 15 under total thru 7

  69. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:06 am

    I think it’s private – part of the Apache Gold Resort/Casino…. 🙄

  70. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:08 am

    Oh well – Zuke (aka Curt Suzuki) is sitting today’s game. Wouldn’t you know it that the A’s are hitting and off to a good start. I don’t know how much of this game I’ll watch…. 🙄 D

  71. kokane™ May 17, 2009 7:09 am

    gooda morning and howzit, howzit, howzit to everyone. great weekend so far and looking forward to today senior day for the bball warriors at the Muarakami.

    speaking of seniors congrats to Kelli and Jason for their academia success. continued good fortune and best wishes. your parents must be very proud of you both in obtaining your degrees.

    belated shout out to the May bday babies. may you day is, has been, or will be good to you. hippo birdie two ewe.

    early how you to wafan, whitey, brew#, garret

  72. layson May 17, 2009 7:10 am


    May 17th, 2009 at 7:06 am
    I think it’s private – part of the Apache Gold Resort/Casino


  73. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 7:13 am

    layson, the lpga software program suckz. I know Michelle had a bogey on the par-5 5th and a birdie on the par-5 7th which would indicate she missed the fairway at least once.
    LPGA has no shot tracking device.
    Compare Wie’s fairway accuracy to Jing Young Oh–25 to 36. That impacts GIR and total putts, unless you scramble or make outstanding putts. Oh has 87 putts to Wie’s 97 which indicates she is putting well and/or her average distance to the hole when landing on the green is better.
    They do NOT have these statistics available on the official site.
    Oh just shot a bogey on the par-3 8th. Lol. She missed the green.

  74. layson May 17, 2009 7:15 am


    honestly didnt know about the golf courses, thought too much of a gamble instead of a sure thing like a casino.

  75. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:15 am

    KK – How are you? May I inquire…. how many more mandatory work days for the distingkwish’d edukater? 😯 😀 🙄

  76. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:18 am

    layson – No problem! I hope you didn’t think I was correcting you or anything. That wasn’t the tone I wanted to express. It was just me adding my blather/input! 😆 🙄 😯

  77. layson May 17, 2009 7:18 am

    wf2, no problem. i know about the statistics being off at times, even the scores listed sometimes change back and forth. 😕

  78. layson May 17, 2009 7:19 am

    brew, doesnt everyone know you are the master of input. 😆

  79. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:19 am

    Okay – maybe I’ll watch the A’s…. it’s now 5-0 (sounds familiar!), two on, two out, top of the first, pitching change for the Tigers! 😆

  80. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:21 am

    Haha! That’s what my bosses say – all input (aka opinions) and NO output (aka productivity)! 🙄 😈 😀

  81. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 7:22 am

    I usually dont follow Michelle or track her tournaments, but she has been ball-striking well with her irons and is close (IMO) to breaking out soon….she is showing major talent.

  82. kokane™ May 17, 2009 7:24 am

    brew got around 30 give or take a few more days

  83. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:25 am

    Dang! It’s sure is a bummer to make two outs in an inning! I wonder if any player has ever made all three outs in an inning? 😯

    Hey – what happened to the Tsaiko Tsoftball Team? 😯 I’d be interested in joining too – of course, I might not make it to many games….. 🙄 😆 :mrgreen:

  84. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:27 am

    KK – Tick Tock Babee!

    😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen:

  85. midnight May 17, 2009 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday Jason!

    Midnight and Barbara

  86. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:29 am

    Hey!!! What happened to Koakane??? And who the heck is kokane™??? 😯 😐 🙄

  87. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:30 am

    Midnight posts at 7:28 am…. 😆

  88. brew808 May 17, 2009 7:30 am

    Maybe I should switch to decaf…. 🙄

  89. djmitcho May 17, 2009 7:32 am

    we are supposed to get to 81 today and 84 tomorrow, then dropping back into the mid 60’s tues and weds

  90. layson May 17, 2009 7:51 am

    michelle wie is 1 under par thru 11 holes and 3rd place at 10 under total
    just 3 shots behind oh and petterson. the back 9 is where champions are made.

  91. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 7:52 am

    Women’s basketball search also is moving along briskly. But since I don’t cover women’s basketball, and since someone who does is reporting the story, I can’t say much more.

  92. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 7:54 am

    I found out recently that the UH men’s golf team rotates among seven local courses. Since it’s an eight-player team, all they’re using is two tee times, both of which are free, sorta. There’s a trade agreement.
    Now they’re looking for a permanent home.
    They’re negotiating with Luana Hills.
    Anyone have thoughts on that plan?

  93. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 7:56 am

    there u go, michelle birdied the par-5 11th and is -1 (-10) under par, 3 back.
    Oh is at -1 (-13) for the day and has bogeys on 2 of her last 3 holes.

  94. layson May 17, 2009 8:08 am

    luana hills is a tough course so if negotiations equate to free golf, why not? what are the other 7 courses that rotate? if those is waialae and midpac then i would rather rotate the 7.

  95. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 8:09 am

    missed the fairway on the par-4 12th and gambled on her second stroke w a dangerous shot over a water hazard—she failed….double bogey. Give Michelle credit for effort, hopefully she will profit from this experience in the future…. but she just blew her chances to win this T.

  96. layson May 17, 2009 8:11 am

    michelle wie is 1 over par thru 12 holes and t3rd place at 8 under total
    now 5 shots behind oh and petterson. she hit her 2nd shot in the water and made a double bogey.

  97. Diogenes Sinope May 17, 2009 8:11 am

    Hey – top 100 and still no honors!

    Happy birthday Jason!

    WHITEY: break 70!

  98. d1島 May 17, 2009 8:19 am

    Great Morning All!

    Happy Birthday Jason!

    Happy Birthday Gwyn!

    Top 100, baby!

  99. d1島 May 17, 2009 8:21 am

    Good Luck to Keith Ah Soon…hope he gets good news….ahhhh…soon.


  100. d1島 May 17, 2009 8:26 am


    check FB…Thanks again!

  101. vballfan1 May 17, 2009 8:34 am

    Thanks Stephen for the volleyball news. So four finalists, I wonder who they are? I just read on volleytalk that UC San Diego’s Kevin Ring might have applied but I wonder why he wasn’t considered for the UH job.

    I am glad to hear that Charlie Bell is coming home. He was all set to walk on to hawaii two years ago until NJIT came along and offered him a scholarship. I guess he got homesick.

    I also hope the warriors get the middle blocker from Europe because I am not sold on Rawson and Grgas as the starters.
    I also wonder what happened to Kealii Frank??? I thought he had all american potential , so it’s sad not to see him on the team anymore.

  102. A-House May 17, 2009 9:04 am

    Jason – a most happy birfday to you and Gwyn!

  103. A-House May 17, 2009 9:13 am

    Yahoo, Garret on your #41 – glad to see that Jim D is somewhat well ahead in planning future opponent unlike the Fumbler who was all waha.

    I hope the Rutgers deal comes through so we can go to Atlantic City – now I gotta get Mrs A-House to agree.

  104. madeinhawaii May 17, 2009 9:32 am

    Happy B-Day.. Jason! and Gwyn!

    Morning all.. Toasty Sunday morning.

  105. addahknowjoe May 17, 2009 9:40 am

    Gmornin’ gang!

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday Jason. Proud of all you do.

    ST- 1 ticket please for today’s game if still can.

    Things are looking up for UH VB. Exciting!

    A-House Please consider me to being on your “Convince Mrs. A-House/Rutgers/Atlantic City” lobbying committee

  106. madeinhawaii May 17, 2009 9:48 am

    Good luck to former Warrior, Keith AhSoon!

  107. NYUH May 17, 2009 9:56 am

    How is Brashton’s shoulder coming along?

    2. Satele’s health: Middle linebacker Brashton Satele, one of two returning defensive starters, was hampered this spring by a shoulder injury he suffered during the season. Satele was supposed to have surgery on the shoulder in January, but opted to forego the surgery and rehab instead. Satele will continue his rehab through the summer and hopes to be 100 percent by fall camp.

  108. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 9:59 am

    Michelle has come a long way, not only in her game, but also in her maturity and personal growth.
    Congrads on her 3rd place finish–her 3rd top 10 finish in six tournaments.

  109. sally May 17, 2009 10:06 am

    from the UH athletic site

    Student-Athletes Participate In Spring Commencement
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    5/15/2009 8:58:34 AM
    UH student-athletes were among the 1,500 graduates
    HONOLULU – Dozens of current or former University of Hawai‘i student-athletes were among the 1,500 graduates at the Spring Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 16 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

    A total of 61 student-athletes were among the Class of 2009. The football team has the most graduates with 10 followed by baseball (8), track and field (7), sailing (6), cheerleading (5), swimming and diving (4), men’s volleyball (4), men’s basketball (3), men’s golf (3), soccer (3) women’s golf (2), softball (2), women’s volleyball (2), women’s basketball (1), and water polo (1).

    During the Mid-Year Commencement in December, a total of 32 former UH student-athletes earned their degrees, including 18 football players.

    The following is a list of student-athletes who will graduate either this semester or during the summer. Those graduating during the summer are participating in the Spring Commencement.

    Baseball (8)
    Jared Alexander
    Ryan Asato
    Shane Hoey
    Alex Bates
    Jayson Kramer
    Ryan Morford
    Matt Roquemore
    Evan Zimny

    Men’s Basketball (3)
    Ahmet Gueye
    Alex Viet
    Riley Luettgerodt

    Women’s Basketball (1)
    Catherine Cho

    Cheer (5)
    Kristin Kowalkowski
    Amanda Lucero
    George McGuire
    Annie Scruggs
    Pua Castagnetti

    Football (10)
    Solomon Elimimian
    Antwan (Tua) Mahaley
    Chris Leatigaga
    Keao Monteilh
    Dane Porlas
    Erik Robinson
    Keoni Steinhoff
    Tuika Tufaga
    Lafu Tuioti Mariner
    Keala Watson

    Men’s Golf (3)
    Ryan Perez
    Cody Pewarchuk
    Chase Bingham

    Women’s Golf (2)
    Phyllis Lai
    Xyra Suyetsugu

    Sailing (6)
    Shandy Buckley
    Marina Cortez Wilson
    Jennifer Guzik
    Erin Magee
    Andrew Meade
    Michael Scott

    Softball (2)
    Julie Franklin
    Audrey Andrade

    Soccer (3)
    Kelli-Anne Chang
    Tehane Higa
    Kristen Oshiro

    Swimming and Diving (4)
    Mats Wiktorsson (Diving)
    Nicola Xella
    Grzegorz Mroz
    Allen Gardner

    Track and Field/Cross Country (7)
    Jessica Custance
    Emily Sheppard
    Annett Wichmann
    Shannon Dresser
    Molly Fearn
    Meghan Weaver
    Chantelle Wilder

    Men’s Volleyball (4)
    Michael China
    Nemanja Komar
    Sean Carney
    James Clar

    Women’s Volleyball (2)
    Aneli Cubi-Otineru
    Jamie Houston

    Water Polo (1)
    Jamie Aoki

  110. sally May 17, 2009 10:09 am


    Record Finish For UH Track; Kaufman Smashes High Jump Record

    Hawai‘i’s Kaufman set a new UH and venue record with a jump of 6-4 (1.93m). That height is the top outdoor mark in the U.S. this season. Kaufman, who earlier won the gold at the WAC Indoor Championship, will earn her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she placed fifth last season.

  111. sally May 17, 2009 10:19 am


    lakers killing rockets by 17

    go lakers make the pt spread of -12.5

    woohoo, i can taste the winnings

  112. jm2375 May 17, 2009 10:26 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Feliz Cumpleanos Jason!! A big weekend for celebrating. hehehe..

  113. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 10:43 am

    SJSU leads NEV 3-0 after 2.
    If Sparts win, Haw is #5 seed and play #2 seed LaT in WAC T on Thurs and will face frosh Jeb Stefan who beat us 5-1 two weeks ago…Stefan KO’d 12, yielded 1 run and 5 hits over 7.2 innings.

  114. Kazz May 17, 2009 10:47 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JASON!!! :mrgreen:

  115. Kazz May 17, 2009 10:49 am

    Chad Senas fundraiser set for today May 17 at Mililani

    Advertiser Staff

    A fundraising dinner and silent auction is May 17 for Chad Senas, father of former and current Mililani High School star athletes who is battling a rare bone cancer.

    The fundraiser, which includes a silent auction, is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mililani High School cafeteria, with entertainment provided by Kalani Koa.

    Dinner tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. For tickets and information, contact Gaile Nitta at 542-0850.

    Senas’ children are Ciera (now at Hawai’i Pacific University), Chasity (Chaminade), Chanelle (Eastern Arizona) and Courtney, a two-time All-State softball player. He also has a son, Chad, a fifth grader at Mililani Uka.

    Senas was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone, 3 1/2 years ago. After consultation with oncologists and orthopedic surgeons in Hawai’i and on the Mainland, it was decided that Senas’ only hope of survival was to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for treatment. After meeting with doctors there, the family was told that Senas’ only chance of survival was to undergo a hemipelvectomy, or high level pelvic amputation. Senas underwent about 22 hours of surgery.

    However, about a year later, he required more surgery and that was followed by radiation, chemotherapy and more surgery. Senas hopes to go to the City of Hope Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, where advanced medical technologies are available.

  116. Kekoa May 17, 2009 10:53 am

    A-Joe ~ I’ll swing by in da ‘Mafia’ cruiser to pick you up for bezbol today. No need ticket, we storm the gates to get you in…andWHO don’t like it!

  117. Kekoa May 17, 2009 10:57 am

    Jason!…quit having so many birthdays!…This is the third one you’ve had since Feb. So for the 3rd and final time…*Happy Birthday!*

  118. al May 17, 2009 11:05 am

    happy birthday jason!

  119. Kazz May 17, 2009 11:06 am


    Did your phone die out last night when you called? 😯

  120. HiFlyer May 17, 2009 11:14 am

    Happy Birthday Jason and Gwyn

  121. SteveM May 17, 2009 11:41 am

    Happy Birthday Jason !!!

    …a birthday and a college degree on the same weekend! Congrats! 😀

  122. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 12:01 pm

    In the LA softball regional, UCLA 9-5 over lady ‘dawgs.
    Bruins take their region.
    NEV was eliminated yesterday in the Stanford region.

  123. al May 17, 2009 12:23 pm

    anyone in need of tix for baseball.
    see me at the gate ten minutes before the game.
    i have at least three tickets.
    first come first serve.


  124. wogawa May 17, 2009 12:38 pm

    Wow! I don’t even know Cory Nielson personally, but he’s already my favorite UH football player. From reading about him previously, I knew he was super smart. To be valedictorian at his school is very impressive. That and combined w/ his athletic talent bodes well for the Warriors in the future as a potential QB starter. He reminds me of Kansas QB Todd Reesing. Not small in size, but just makes a lot of big plays. Good luck to Cory as he begins his career with the Warriors.

  125. Kazz May 17, 2009 12:42 pm

    “wogawa”, welcom to the blog!

    Don’t be a stranger! :mrgreen:

  126. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 12:44 pm

    Final, SJSU 9 NEV 3.
    HAW #5 seed.
    Bowboyz play LaT and face Jeb Stefan on THURS.

    #6 Wolfpack and must play #1 SJSU, a team that just swept them.

  127. madeinhawaii May 17, 2009 1:00 pm


    I thought Garret was smart but you got him beat.

    A College degree a day before you were born…! Zounds!

  128. Ralph May 17, 2009 1:28 pm

    Alexander has given up 5 hits in less than 2 innings….get the bullpen ready, got to win this one or the only chance for an NCAA bid is to win out the WAC

  129. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 17, 2009 2:16 pm


    Gotta take a nap… too much sun…

  130. Ralph May 17, 2009 2:46 pm

    bright and rainy at the Murakami…I hope the rainbow brings luck to the bows, chasing 4…oops, Fujii hits into a dp….bottom 5th

  131. Ralph May 17, 2009 3:05 pm

    Utah Valley up 7-0, with 11 hits with two outs in the top 6th..UVS was a junior college program 5 years ago, on NCAA track to become a D1 program next year….UVS took the series from the Bows last year…

  132. Ralph May 17, 2009 3:28 pm

    Utah valley comes into the Murakami with a 16-34 record and is kicking our butts thru 7….UH has 2 hits, zero runs…where is warriorfanny with his mojo and chicken blood..may have to switch to ti leaves and kukui nuts for the WAC tourney..

  133. wafan May 17, 2009 3:47 pm

    Cool video of kids playing baseball.


    What a great story!

  134. wafan May 17, 2009 3:49 pm

    I guess a lot of people are at the BaseBow game.

  135. wafan May 17, 2009 3:50 pm

    Heck, we got all the way up to 79 today! Whoo-hoo!!!

    Sadly, it will cool off all next week. Oh well.

  136. wafan May 17, 2009 3:51 pm

    Time to grade papers.

    Big old yipee. Right.

    See you tomorrow.

  137. Ralph May 17, 2009 4:29 pm

    oh oh Ariel Chun in the house for senior day at the Murakami

  138. Ralph May 17, 2009 5:11 pm

    Arizona state softball team: only the ninth batter is hitting below .300 and last year’s national champs finished this year 6th in the pac 10….Coolen needs to broaden his search and not dip into the same club teams for his recruits…

  139. MIke May 17, 2009 5:21 pm

    Happy birthday Jason!

    Geez, a graduation and a birthday in one weekend? Slow down there, Old Fella.

  140. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 5:22 pm

    UH softball will be better than fine next year.
    They’ll essentially have two No. 1 pitchers.
    Ricketts now can bat. She’ll be the DP when the Aussie pitches; she’ll bat for herself when she starts.
    And Majam is supposed to be an impressive player.

  141. Ralph May 17, 2009 5:22 pm

    so far 4 pac 10 in the super regionals: California, UCLA, Stanford and Arizona…Arizona State and Washington playing in separate regional finals…Coolen needs to play more pac 10 to bring up his teams rpi to qualify for the NCAA tourney…

  142. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 5:23 pm

    Majam is set to start in center; Pu‘u-Warren will move to left field. Gonzalez will start at third.

  143. Ralph May 17, 2009 5:26 pm

    Arizona state ony finished 6th in the pac 10 but they got a bid to play in the regional and host the regional

  144. Ralph May 17, 2009 5:44 pm

    what was wrong with gonzalez’s foot or leg this season…sat out at least 2/3 of the season…Majam also had a leg or foot injury that kept her out…so now who fills in at ss and rf…what is coolen’s plan with Makani

  145. vballfan1 May 17, 2009 5:50 pm

    Hey stephen I asked this earlier but do you have any idea if Keali’i Frank will be back on the volleyball team next year? I sure hope so.

    Also any truth to the rumor that UC San diego’s coach Kevin Ring ( a very good coach) applied for the UH job?

  146. al May 17, 2009 7:03 pm

    although the bows got whipped, a fun time was had at the ball game. like fishing, the worst day at the baseball stadium is still better than the best day at work.

    mahalo to esme and tsai.

    the extra tickets went to two unsuspecting youngsters who brought there gloves to the game and two older guys who probably just enjoyed the atmosphere as much as we did.

    al and family

  147. al May 17, 2009 7:05 pm

    the dinner bell is calling as the boss stayed home to cook her famous teriyaki roast pork and corned beef hash patties.

    but, one question before i leave to stuff my face. if there are four vb hc finalist, then who is the odd man out?

    i just had to ask.

  148. Kazz May 17, 2009 7:10 pm


    May 17th, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    ….so now who fills in at ss and rf…what is coolen’s plan with Makani

    Gotta think Yoshikawa is “penciled in” at shortstop and my guess for RF is Alex Aguirre. Aguirre did some time at RF last season.

    Shortstop may be interesting though. While Yoshikawa grabbed onto the job towards the end of last season, we’ll see where Jessica Iwata and Brittani Bertussi will be at when they come to UH…

    Just guessing but I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2010 defensive line-up looks like this:

    *-seniors in 2010


  149. Kazz May 17, 2009 7:13 pm


    May 17th, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    although the bows got whipped, a fun time was had at the ball game. like fishing, the worst day at the baseball stadium is still better than the best day at work.


  150. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 7:16 pm

    Short-term memories are Good!

    OK, So David taught the Bowboyz a biblical lesson not to let the fat lady sing until the last stone is hurled.
    Utah Valley came into town with twice the amount of losses than wins and left with two more wins.
    Kolt prolly expressed it all with his helmet-tossing episode after he popped up in the late inning last nite.
    Not condoning young Kolt’s emotional outburst but he pretty much summed it up for his teammates, coaches and die-hard fans.

    Today, in post-game speak, Pal Eldridge turned to Pops and offered,
    “I dont know if the bowz are trying too hard or not trying at all”.

    Well, who cares!

    Next week Thursday we play LaT and a new dawn arises.
    It’s time to throw out the bathwater but keep the baby.
    We got nothing to lose and an NCAA automatric invitation to gain.
    In fact, Im saying we beat Jeb Stefan and Jayson Kramer leads the way.
    Jobu got da rum, cigar and checkn blud too.

    My memory is short-term–and that is good!

  151. Kazz May 17, 2009 7:27 pm

    Expressing emotions in sports is good sometimes.

  152. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 8:15 pm

    UHAD Selection process:

    Im always in search of peace to comfort a persistant gnawing of intolerance for prolonged delays in hiring and firing at UH.
    A friend emailed me a Biblical passage that shed some light, Psalm 104:5 which says, “[the LORD] set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”

    Now I comprende.
    Every body in the universe produces its own field of gravity and revolution which yields a particular time phenom.

    Hawaii has their very own time zone, HST.

    Manoa has their own too–MAT (Manoa Astrological Time).
    It makes sense.
    UHAD is tilted and revolves on its okole.
    Time is told by sun dial, revolutions around an unknown star, lunar eclipse or sightings of Haley’s comet.

    Now, for those of you who constantly make inquiry on this cyber address for information on the next VB coach or simular UH selectee or terminatee–please refer to MAT or look to the skies toward Makapu, their nite-time skies are choke with fallin stars.

  153. al May 17, 2009 8:22 pm

    kazz….were you there today? we didn’t see you at the watering hole.

  154. al May 17, 2009 8:29 pm

    the jury is still out for next year’s softball team.

    bertussi for all intents and purposes is still an unknown since we haven’t seen her play.

    iwata showed some skills in the recent state tournament and clutched up in the final with the gamewinning rbi double. however, this against d2 talent throughout her career. so whether she can play at the collegiate level is also an unknown.

    the potential talent at short w/yoshikawa is good.

    if coolen lands senas the following year……well. i am still not convinced that she can play ss at the next level she could end up at 2b or 3b or rf.

    but, it looks like the new pitcher has some tools and background.

  155. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 8:46 pm

    I’m not sure if Ring applied, although I heard his name was thrown around. He is a good coach.
    I think Kealii Frank had some academic/personal issues. Thing is, his eligibility clock is running. If he were to return, he needed to be taking 24 credits somewhere this past year.
    I haven’t heard much about him since the end of last season.

  156. al May 17, 2009 8:48 pm

    is the final four tomw’s headlines?

  157. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 8:51 pm

    Heard an interesting thought the other day.
    Someone in the know said that if Gus Tuaniga really focused on it, he could be a world-class libero. He can be that good of a passer.
    That would be an interesting team for 2011 (two seasons from now): Hunt and Walker outside, Umlauft at opposite, international guy and Lofy in the middle, one of the two walk-ons at setter, Tuaniga at libero.

  158. Stephen Tsai May 17, 2009 8:55 pm

    No, volleyball news in the paper tomorrow.
    I’m just letting stuff out here.

  159. vballfan1 May 17, 2009 8:59 pm

    Thanks Stephen, crossing my fingers for Kealii to be back on the team next season he’s one of my favorites.

    Your lineup for 2011- does that mean the european middle is secured?, if so YES!

  160. Kazz May 17, 2009 9:02 pm


    I was at… well.. work. Again. On a Sunday. Again.

  161. madeinhawaii May 17, 2009 9:04 pm

    Guys.. guys… I’ve spent a lot of time thinking this through… Okay.. the past 32 seconds.

    But when it comes to how the BOR at UH handle the hiring and firing of coaches (much less any of their other staff) it is apparent that they cannot multi-task. Nor does it seem that they have mastered the use of any collaborative software, or possibly email for that matter. Someone probably just programmed their electronic mailboxes to send out canned responses and they never personally read anything we might send their way.

    Thus they can handle the hiring of only one Coach at a time.

    So maybe… once the MVB coach has been settled, we will hear about the final WBB coach applicants… when they Might be getting an online interview.. and when they MIGHT be coming in for a personal interview.

    I wonder though, how the schools they are currently at will feel about them leaving this late in the recruiting season — especially if they are any good.

  162. al May 17, 2009 9:06 pm

    so who are the final four hc vball? or was that a typo earlier in the day?

    tuaniga is very athletic, that could work.
    wait….how many more years does skywalker have?

  163. al May 17, 2009 9:06 pm

    kazz….working on a sunday?

  164. al May 17, 2009 9:07 pm

    if its four……is wong out?

  165. al May 17, 2009 9:08 pm

    if reyes is the recruiter in the german lands, is he in?

  166. al May 17, 2009 9:10 pm

    good thing that the nfa was not around today otherwise a tsaiko may have been reprimanded for fashioning a megaphone from his roster publication today.

    oh, not to mention another tsaiko’s #2 son.

  167. al May 17, 2009 9:11 pm

    looks like i am going for a record.

  168. Kazz May 17, 2009 9:12 pm

    RE: Courtney Senas

    On 03/18/2009, Courtney Senas was quoted:

    “I would really like to play softball in college, somewhere that’s a perfect fit for me,” Senas said. “I’d like to find a school where I can play a lot and get a good education. Somewhere I know the coaches will take care of me. But I need to be somewhere not too far from Hawaii, so I can fly home to see my dad. It gets real hard sometimes, but I just pray a lot because he means so much to me.

    Those words are interesting and unfortunate especially considering the situation with Chad Senas, Courntey’s father who is battling cancer.

    Immediately the words and phrases “need”, “not too far FROM Hawaii”, and “FLY” seem to indicate she is already eyeing out some West Coast PAC 10 school.

    Not sure what she intends to major in, but I’d really be surprised if she gets a feeling she won’t be able to get playing time at UH or that the coaching staff at UH won’t take care of her amongst any academic concerns. Also, where is closer to Hawaii than Hawaii?

    But… as we’ve all seen, all student athletes are their own individuals.

    I just thought the quoted statement was interesting as it indicates that playing for the Wahine seems to be a “long shot” of sorts.

    We shall see.

  169. al May 17, 2009 9:13 pm

    hey d1…..saw you at the game. you seemed so engrossed that i didn’t want to stir up your concentration. i spent a few moments chatting with a handmade megaphone welding tsaiko, koakane (who was dry today), and the matron of moms like me.

  170. Kazz May 17, 2009 9:14 pm


    May 17th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    kazz….working on a sunday?

    You know how it is Al, other people need to get their bonuses off the sacrifice of others giving up their personal lives for the almighty dollar.

    You offer an inch and THEY take a light year. The snowball has turned into an avalanche.

  171. al May 17, 2009 9:15 pm

    kazz….you broke my string.

  172. al May 17, 2009 9:18 pm

    i hope senas does get an offer and i hope she has the necessary academics/test scores to enter.

    she definitely can play and she moves like a real athlete. oh wait. she is. i was impressed with her since her soph year (didn’t see her frosh season).

    another one that really caught my eye was keiki carlos of mpi, the girl competes with confidence and i can see her flinging that yellow ball in the high 60’s in three years. she also is a great athlete who could play a position and can hit. she could grow another 2-3 inches and increase her power.

  173. al May 17, 2009 9:21 pm

    kazz….no worry. hard work pays dividends in the years to come.
    it is good that your employer thinks highly enough of you to have you perform acts of responsibility on a sunday.

    just think of the thousands out there in our neighborhood that don’t have a job to worry about.

  174. Kazz May 17, 2009 9:24 pm

    Hmmm… We’re gonna want to look for a bonified catcher that can hit after Katie Grimes graduates after next year.

  175. Kazz May 17, 2009 9:28 pm



    I can understand that many are out of work, as I see it and hear it everyday, but honestly after having to keep myself available to work 7 days a week and missing birthdays of friends, family get-togethers on the usual federal holidays like Labor Day and the weekend of Labor Day, 4th of July weekend, Memorial Day, etc… I think I owe it to myself to regain use of my personal life again.

    I actually am looking to transfer to a different department and hopefully this will be a reality after this coming Tuesday.

  176. warriorfanny2 May 17, 2009 9:31 pm

    Coach Coolen may have a right-left or left-right combination punch in his 2010 rotation.

    If Kaia Parnaby, the 5-5 southpaw pitcher from New South Wales, Australia, is all she is hyped-up to be–Coach Bob has a unique opportunity for a 7 inning TKO.

    Stephanie Ricketts was strong in the early innings and against the better hitting teams faltered late.
    It would be interesting to see a literal R-L combination punch, bringing in Parnaby in the last two innings or so to close.
    Imagine the consternation produced when batters believe they have Ricketts’ rhythm and pitch-scheme figured from the right-side only to have heat unleashed from the opposite-side.
    Alternatively, Coach could throw the left jab first and bring in Stephanie to close.
    It usually takes a good hitting team one turn in the order to figure out a pitcher. Longer, if her stuff is good.

  177. Garret May 17, 2009 9:31 pm

    Bess was asked about Miami drafting two WRs.

    We caught up with Greg Camarillo and Davone Bess at Akin Ayodele’s charity pool tournament earlier this month and neither admitted to any surprise that the Dolphins addressed their position in the draft in the form of Patrick Turner of USC and Brian Hartline of Ohio State.

    “Obviously we took a lot of criticism last season for not having enough depth, so we knew something was going to happen eventually,” Bess said. “But at the same time this raises (expectations), to go out and be the best we can be.”

  178. Garret May 17, 2009 9:32 pm

    More about Bess.

    While Camarillo has some job security after signing a three-year, $6 million extension just before he was injured while trying to make a tackle after an interception against New England last November, Bess knows he’ll have to prove himself, just as he did after coming to the team a year ago as a free agent out of Hawaii.

    “I’m taking it the same exact way I did last year,” Bess said. “I don’t want to change anything. My drive, my work ethic, my determination and my focus got me through the season last year, so I want to approach the season this year the way I did last.”

  179. Garret May 17, 2009 9:33 pm

    I really don’t like the talk about how there may be just one roster spot for a slot receiver and Bess has to beat our Hartline to keep his job…especially when Miami drafted Hartline in the 4th round.

    Like Bess, Hartline is billed as a possession receiver. Bess said he looks forward to the competition if, as he could be the case, the two wind up fighting for one job.

    “I know he’s an excellent athlete,” he said. “The competition is going to be there, and when the dust settles we’ll see who’s here and who worked hard to get a spot on the team. I’m looking forward to it. There’s no grudges at all; I’m going to help him as much as I can. That’s the kind of player I am. “

  180. Garret May 17, 2009 9:35 pm

    Looks like the NFL may clamp down on rookie salaries–I like the idea of the money going to the vets and some kind of cap on rookie salaries that would prevent long holdouts (kind of like what the NBA has).

    Thirty-five newly minted millionaires — the cream of the NFL rookie class — gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend to pose for their trading-card photos.

    On the opposite coast this week, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the league’s 32 owners will gather for their annual May meetings and talk about ways to keep those rookie salaries in check.

    No one is going to negotiate to make less money, but even some rookies see the inequity of it all.

    “If you look at it, it’s kind of a shame for the guys who have been in the league for eight, nine years and have really established themselves,” said running back Donald Brown, drafted 27th by the Indianapolis Colts. “The rookies come in and they haven’t done anything. . . . But it’s part of the game.”

  181. Garret May 17, 2009 9:37 pm

    The NFL may cut a preseason game or two and make the regular season longer. I always hated how the NFL made season-ticket holders pay full price for preseasons games, and I think season-ticket holders would complain less if more of the games were regular season games.

    Owners also are expected to talk about increasing the regular season by a game or two by eliminating one or two exhibition games. Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t taken an official position on the issue, he has talked about a “flight to quality” in these tough economic times, and how making more games matter can only help improve the product.

  182. Garret May 17, 2009 9:40 pm

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

    Abu Dhabi is spending $22 billion to build the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste car-free city.

  183. Garret May 17, 2009 9:40 pm

    Study found that eczema in children can be eased by giving them baths in bleach. Bleach doesn’t cure the eczema, but it gets rid of the bacteria that causes the irritating problems with eczema.

  184. Garret May 17, 2009 9:41 pm

    Study found that birds can actually dance–it appears that only “talking” birds can dance…birds that can imitate sounds seem to be able to dance. The other animals that can imitate sounds are dolphins, so they want to study them to see if they how they react to different types of music.

  185. Garret May 17, 2009 9:41 pm

    A Chinese county government had ordered officials to smoke 230,000 packs of locally produced cigarettes, even assigning each department quotas and saying that fines would be levied against departments that didn’t smoke all their quota by the end of the year. After a local newspaper reported this, the criticism caused the government to rescind the cigarette-pushing policy.

  186. Garret May 17, 2009 9:42 pm

    Some people are genetically hard-wired to wake up early and others are predisposed to staying up late. A study found that the night owls are just as alert as early risers 1.5 hours after waking up, but night owls are much more alert than early risers 10.5 hours after waking up.

  187. Garret May 17, 2009 9:42 pm

    Free play links pau.

  188. al ™ May 17, 2009 10:06 pm

    kazz….we pray for your promotion and reprieve.

  189. al ™ May 17, 2009 10:14 pm

    i believe that coolen will go with a one-two punch. rotate both in alternate games as starters and if one should struggle he will bring the other in relief. this he has done in the past and he is good at managing his pitchers.

    in defense of ricketts, she never expected to become the ace this year and she knows now that she needs to be in better shape for the rigors of a long college season. this year was quite a good eye opener for her and she shall be ready especially with the competition she will have in 2010.

    parnaby will report in shape. she already plays year round in the high level circuits nationally and internationally. she also has several former wahine mentoring her in australia.

    things are looking up.

  190. Ralph May 17, 2009 10:45 pm

    Coolen needs to develop his hitters, he loses Warwick and Milca, only Taualii had a good season run..Puu Warren had a great WAC season but struggled during the preseason and sat on the bench a lot.. In the OF it was Milca and a rotating CF and LF until Coolen settled on the Andrade (started at 1st) and Puu Warren..

  191. al ™ May 17, 2009 10:56 pm

    majam was the most recruited player on her club team.
    brittany bertussi is/was the ss on that same team.
    both are fleetfooted.

    also, perhaps majam’s little sister will come along next year, she stole 30 bases her soph year.

  192. Ralph May 17, 2009 11:25 pm

    that’s what coolen needs, speed to burn…i’d like to see two slap hitters in the 1 and 2 hitting slot to set the table for 3,4 & 5. Milca would have been an ideal 3 hitter, followed by Taualii and Warwick..

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