Viva Las Vegas


Last night, the good folks of the blog gathered to celebrate the life and loves (sports, food, karaoke) of “Las Vegas” — John Collins.

He left us fun memories and, indeed, songs in our hearts.

Collins lived the last several years in Las Vegas, hence the creation of one of his three blog names, but Hawaii was always his preferred residence.

Welcome home.

* * * * *

It’s not a party until UHFan808 sings “Funky Cold Medina.”


* * * * * *

Doom-and-gloomers should note that there was pretty good talent on the Warriors’ 2011 roster.

Linebacker Aaron Brown, wideout Royce Pollard and left tackle Brett Leonard played in an all-star game the past Monday. Defensive tackles Kaniela Tuipulotu and Vaughn Meatoga will play in today’s East-West Shrine Game (11 a.m. HT on the NFL Network), and defensive end Zach Masch suits up in today’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (4 p.m. HT on Versus). The previous staff recruited Brown, Leonard and Masch, and Tuipulotu transferred back during that tenure.

McMackin’s first recruit also is a pro athlete. Jake Heun (2-1) meets Richard Odom (6-0) in tonight’s ProElite3 MMA fight in the Blaisdell Arena. Among the ticket-holders is former UH slotback Kealoha Pilares, now with the Carolina Panthers. “I’m here to support Jake,” Pilares said.

* * * * *

Yes, that is Ryan Grice-Mullins on campus. He is enrolled this semester. Grice-Mullins had left UH after his junior season.


* * * * * *

I don’t follow too many tweets, but one of the must-reads is Fake808Sports. The tweets are a combination of anger and humor, sort of like a mashup of Kevin and A-Joe. Good stuff.


  1. al January 21, 2012 8:46 am

    aloha john

  2. d1shima January 21, 2012 8:46 am

    It was a touching tribute.

  3. d1shima January 21, 2012 8:48 am

    One of the other highlights for me was seeing al out anywhere after dark! 😉

  4. Huh??? January 21, 2012 8:51 am


  5. Huh??? January 21, 2012 8:51 am

    Oh 5

  6. koakane January 21, 2012 8:52 am

    kden slipping into top 10

  7. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 8:52 am


  8. koakane January 21, 2012 8:53 am

    good weekend again everyone have a terrific fun time

    kope up

  9. al January 21, 2012 8:53 am

    3…well, this was a very special occasion.

  10. 808Bowler January 21, 2012 8:56 am

    Morning everyone. sitting atty the park waiting for my sons b-ball game to start.

  11. koakane January 21, 2012 8:56 am

    ditto d1 and still waiting for Al to get back to us bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  12. koakane January 21, 2012 8:59 am

    opps early Kung Hee Fut Choy everyone

    chinatown should be rocking around 10am. dim sum anyone?

  13. al January 21, 2012 9:00 am

    kk…i remembered at 400 am. but the place was closed already. i was gonna sing too.

  14. koakane January 21, 2012 9:08 am

    al would have waited just to hear you sing lol

  15. koakane January 21, 2012 9:09 am

    btw couldn’t been any worst then pj2 jk

  16. tom mui January 21, 2012 9:16 am


    ALOHA to the Collins Ohana and to JOHN, till we meet again.

    Best wishes to Ryan Grice-Mullins and welcome back!

  17. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 9:19 am

    Good luck to Zach Masch who will be playing in the NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Game on NBC Sports Channel today at 1pm. Hope he does well.

  18. ai-eee-soos January 21, 2012 9:21 am

    Good Luck to all our Warriors.

    Good on you, Ryan Grice-Mullins.

  19. Stephen Tsai January 21, 2012 9:22 am

    To settle all tie-breakers on conflicting spellings, I go with Facebook. He does spell it Grice-Mullins.

  20. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 9:23 am

    Ryan Grice-Mullins? Going for his degree? That’s great. Wonder what his future plans are? Coaching?

  21. al January 21, 2012 9:25 am

    kk…get it right brah.

    been meaning to tell you.

    its “oops” and not “opps”.

  22. al January 21, 2012 9:27 am


  23. d1shima January 21, 2012 9:32 am

    Nice to hear about Ryan Grice-Mullins’ decision to finish up.

  24. kev-1 January 21, 2012 9:42 am

    Is Grice-Mullins still on a roster in Canada?

  25. ai-eee-soos January 21, 2012 9:49 am

    Dino Babers has his staff in place – note Kim McCloud, DC. Congrats, guys.

    Eastern Illinois: Dino Babers has his staff. Full recap: Brian Callahan (OL) and Mike Lynch (RBs) have been retained. Sterlin Gilbert (OC / QBs…from Temple HS TX), Sean Lewis (inside receivers…from Akron), Andrew Sowder (outside receivers…West Texas A&M), Kim McCloud (DC…from Akron), Dino Kaklis (DTs…from Bethel), George Ricumstrict (DEs / OLBs…from Central Missouri), Tom Kaufman (LBs…from Texas where he was quality control), Nick Caley (DBs…from Iowa State where he was a grad assistant).

  26. wafan January 21, 2012 9:51 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kettes and Tsai-kos!

  27. wafan January 21, 2012 9:52 am

    Go coaches!


  28. Pride. January 21, 2012 9:52 am

    @25 – Great looking staff. Looks ready to recruit Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. Smart move to bring in a good high school coach from Texas.

  29. wafan January 21, 2012 9:53 am

    Weird to see green trees. Yesterday they were white and encrusted in ice.

  30. gmahoney January 21, 2012 9:54 am

    G’morning, Wafan. Glad to see you survived the great snowstorm of 2012.

  31. wafan January 21, 2012 9:54 am

    Hoping the visitors get a good impression this weekend.

  32. wafan January 21, 2012 9:56 am

    gmahoney . . .

    Good morning to you, too!

    Best part of having the power back is can cook rather than just open cans.

  33. wafan January 21, 2012 9:57 am

    Uhhhh, hoping that was the last of any 2012 snowstorm. We usually get our snow in January and February.

    Another 1.5 months to go.


  34. ai-eee-soos January 21, 2012 9:58 am

    # 28. If i remember correctly, that HS coach was with Dino at (Baylor ?),

    so he does have collegiate coaching experiece. win-win.

    Good Luck to our Warriors, as they move up in their profession.

  35. nettbladet January 21, 2012 10:05 am

    interessant informasjon. Hvor kan jeg finne mer om dette emnet?

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2012 10:40 am

    Good Morning again!

    Great post, Stephen. Viva las vegas! Is it just me or is J(J) a better singer each time we hear him? D1, even more amazing than the al sighting was seeing Gramps without a green bottle in his hand… all night.

    A stirring tribute was delivered by John Jacques, the “Dean of Hawai’i amateur Sumo”, and a former HS Football Coach at Kahuku HS. Nice to see the old master again.

    Thanks to the Collins ‘Ohana for a wonderful night.

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2012 10:41 am

    Huh??? –

    Happy to hear that Ethan has younger brothers on the way up. Keep us posted. Thanks.

  38. Da Punchbowl Kid January 21, 2012 10:55 am

    No NFL network in our hale. 🙁

  39. Slugger January 21, 2012 10:56 am

    Good morning, gang!

    Still brings a tear to my eye to remember John Collins, aka Las Vegas. We can go visit him in the temple up in Nu’uanau. Aloha, John.

    ST ~ Didn’t you tell me last night that Alex Green was in town? Will he be at Davone’s Pro-Bowl party at Tiki’s?

    Hurrah for Ryan Grice-Mullins coming back to finish his degree! Always helpful to graduate from college.

    wafan, glad you can see the trees again. Can you see your car?

  40. d1shima January 21, 2012 11:01 am

    Sounds like at least one NaMaSU player will be seeking out Fake808Sports tonight…

  41. al January 21, 2012 11:28 am

    Only six commits this wkend. One in. Maybe two more.

  42. al January 21, 2012 11:30 am

    Check that “six visitors” not commits. Lucky we get three commits.

  43. al January 21, 2012 11:33 am

    Next weekend got a dozen coming in and counting.

  44. al January 21, 2012 11:38 am

    Next week could be a program changing period in warrior football.

  45. Wes'side Warrior January 21, 2012 11:43 am

    Howzit, everyone!

    Aloha Las Vegas!

    Always good to hear of kids who return to finish up their schooling.

    We had more Warriors invited to all star games this season than in any other year, as far as I can remember. Just couldn’t pull it all together due to the tons of injuries.

    Good to hear Jake Heun continuing to pursue something he loves.

    Good luck and best wishes to all former Warriors in whatever paths they choose to travel in the future.

    Wish I could make it to Davone’s party!!! Take pictures!!!

  46. cincodemayonnaisse January 21, 2012 11:45 am

    Al…how we looking for that RB?….good, great or outstanding chance we get a commit?

  47. jkjones January 21, 2012 11:57 am

    Warriors need a tb that can squirt through seams, has stop n go, juke moves with breakaway speed….Mr Swag–Jeffrey Coprich Jr.

  48. MattyBoy January 21, 2012 12:03 pm


    You think some of those recruits visiting are just coming for a free vacation to Hawaii? Hard for me to believe that they really are considering us when some of those visitors have big time schools after them. Me thinks they’re here just so they say cN say they’ve been to Hawaii.

  49. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 12:07 pm

    What players went to all-star games this year?

  50. jkjones January 21, 2012 12:09 pm

    there doesnt appear to be a bottom-lid in Mike Chow’s barrel of impressive recruits. they just keep rolling in. chow will have more schollies to give post Spring, assuming cuts. many good caliber recruits will be available after LOI day for one reason or another. there always is….

  51. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 12:09 pm

    Nevermind.. lol… now I remember where I read the list and came up with 6… LOL.. right in the blog today!

  52. d1shima January 21, 2012 12:10 pm

    Squirt thru seams?

    Happened to me once….my Mom wasn’t amused.

  53. d1shima January 21, 2012 12:11 pm

    Yay Mike Chow!

  54. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 12:44 pm

    btw… how is Bryant Moniz doing these days? Is his foot all healed up?

  55. LizKauai (macbook) January 21, 2012 12:48 pm

    Watching Kani and Vaughn in the EWSgame…

    God Bless las vegas… miss him but not as much as we will the next time we are in LV…

    Welcome home, RGM!!!

  56. jm2375 January 21, 2012 12:50 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Welcome home RGM!

    Glad to hear there was a good turnout last night.



  57. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 1:00 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos.

    Pride. made it back. 😀

    waiting on da news from Minot!

    oh pleeze. pretty pleeze!

    Go Warriors!

  58. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 1:01 pm

    but first. gonna take a nap. 😀

    al tuckered out. 😆

  59. Garret January 21, 2012 1:06 pm

    Best wishes to all of the Warriors who are playing in all-star games today and hoping to get noticed by pro scouts. In addition to the ones already mentioned, Zach Masch is playing today.

    Masch will compete in the NFL Players Association Collegiate All-Star game today in Carson.

  60. Garret January 21, 2012 1:07 pm

    Great to hear that commits are being made this weekend!

  61. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 1:17 pm

    heck, i’m not gonna squeal to da NCAA on recruits and da poachaz from PNW all riding togedda on da plane, holdin hands. but I’ll start rattin em out if day makin da Sandusky to da bruddaz. long showaz an all. 😆

    wat? wat????? 😯

  62. Kapahulu January 21, 2012 2:05 pm

    Reports are that Joe Paterno near death.

    If those reports are true, Paterno likely has, at best, a matter of days to live. It may be even shorter than that, as Mike Sisak of the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre is reporting that Paterno is “near death.”

  63. al January 21, 2012 2:18 pm

    that rb was offered a scholie from cal.

    difference being we want him as a rb whereas cal will probably try him at db.

  64. al January 21, 2012 2:19 pm

    50…you chow’s older bro is helping to recruit? is that legal?

  65. al January 21, 2012 2:20 pm

    mattyboy…there will always a recruit or two that just wants the free trip.

  66. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 2:22 pm

    thanks for the news kapahulu.

    prayers to him and his fmily.

  67. al January 21, 2012 2:28 pm

    those that have tripped here in recent weeks or were offered a scholie will need to tender a decision come monday.

    snooze you lose is the way things will shake out in the final two weeks of recruiting. procrastinate and ye shall lose, that bubble will pop with you sitting on it as the coaching staff just takes the next guy on that pecking order list.

    the pecking order predicates who gets a scholie. however, when the time is short there will be no waiting around, therefore, those still on the bubble need to commit or not.

  68. Aprender Ingles en Linea January 21, 2012 2:44 pm

    I’ve found myself here many times before while looking various things. I appreciate the detailed articles you write, and in some instances this is the ONLY place I can even find them. Cheers HCG diet plan

  69. ai-eee-soos January 21, 2012 2:49 pm

    wanna buy Joe Montana’s house ?

    Joe Montana’s house can be yours, for only $35 million

    Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Joe Montana’s 9,700-square-foot, 500-acre spread in Northern California’s wine country can be yours for only $35 million, via Yahoo! Sports.

    With three bedrooms and 3.5 baths, that’s $11.667 million per bedroom — or $10 million per bathroom.

    And $35 million is a bargain. Montana originally wanted $49 million for the place.

  70. cake noodle January 21, 2012 2:59 pm

    #54. Moniz got cast off and is rehabbing ankle. Working out everyday at Leileihua, passing etc. preparing for a professional fb career. He is a very mature young man with great character. He is under radar right now but will end up playing professionally.

  71. Football Boots Sale January 21, 2012 3:31 pm

    The Nike soccer cleats Elite Series continue to grow with the release of this new colourway fresh for the start of the domestic seasons – check out the Black/White/Retro edition Nike Football Cleats…Here at the our website we have full and exclusive images of the Nike Elite CTR360 Maestri football boots Cheap Football Boots, along with the lowdown and tech info you need to know about this innovative new range.

  72. Cheap Football Boots January 21, 2012 3:31 pm

    The sixth official colourway release for the relatively young New nike soccer shoes CTR360 series but only the second to feature the weight-stripping design to make the grade as a Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly CTR360 Elite. This is also the first to feature a distinctive colour-blending upper style. We’ll leave it up to you to make your own mind up about this, as we’re Best Football Boots sure you’ll let us know whether you love it or hate it!

  73. Nike Football Cleats January 21, 2012 3:32 pm

    The Nike mercurial soccer cleats CTR360’s have been a popular uptake with the players. We can expect to see the likes Mercurial Vapor Superfly 3 of Cesc Fabregas, Ashley Cole, Javier Masherano, Andres Iniesta and James Milner gracing our pitches wearing the Football Boots Sale Nike Elite CTR360 Maestri football boots.

  74. Nike soccer cleats January 21, 2012 3:33 pm

    The Mercurial Vapors AZTII also featured off-centre lacing (a layout element that returns to the Laser III) which essentially signifies a a great offer bigger striking surface area and for that reason a great offer more Mercurial Vapor Superfly boot to ball contact. in the ask for of the great offer inside the best pro’s the fold-down tongue covered enough inside the ribbons area to create this obvious and keep Nike Mercurial Superfly away from any eractic rebounds away the boot.

  75. mechanika samochodowa Bydgoszcz January 21, 2012 3:58 pm

    Gday! I hope you do not mind but I decided to submit your blog: to my internet directory. I used, “The Warrior Beat » Blog Archive | Viva Las Vegas | UH football, University of Hawaii athletics | | Honolulu, Hawaii” as your web site title. I hope this is okay with you. However, if you’d like me to change the title or remove it completely, contact me at Thanks for your time.

  76. d1shima January 21, 2012 5:05 pm

    Where did Masch get the white helmet?

  77. Hiflyer January 21, 2012 5:15 pm

    Was that him #98?

  78. duffer January 21, 2012 5:20 pm

    Wahine in a battle 24-23 first half 3:00 minutes left.

  79. Abunai January 21, 2012 5:21 pm

    Al? Are you saying we have 6 commits this weekend? Did I read that correct?

  80. Abunai January 21, 2012 5:25 pm

    Al my bad. Not commits just 6 visits. But we lucky to get even three?? WTF?? Do I smell free trip!! Damn… Used again!!

  81. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 5:35 pm

    nobody uses our new Coach. He is a shrewd man.

    Go Warriors!

  82. duffer January 21, 2012 5:38 pm

    27-25 Wahine at the half.

    GO WAHINE!!!!!!

  83. jm2375 January 21, 2012 5:39 pm

    Jake Heun coming up on HDNET.

    btw, did the lion sleep last night? or did it get Low or Tricky? 😆

  84. slenzi January 21, 2012 5:47 pm

    Aloha RGM and Alex Green, and all da Warriors raising funds at Tiki’s. Big Mahalos!

  85. slenzi January 21, 2012 5:48 pm

    Anyone know if Warren Moon is in town yet. Would be nice if he and Colt could have a talk about Canadian league, especially with Chad and RGM in town.

  86. jm2375 January 21, 2012 6:08 pm

    Dang. Jake Heun loses to a bigger, more experienced fighter in 2nd round. He did good though.

  87. duffer January 21, 2012 6:10 pm

    44-36 Wahine 9:40 left. Adolpho at the line

  88. ai-eee-soos January 21, 2012 6:11 pm

    hmmm …. Paul Johnson might be making some coaching changes …

    Georgia Tech: Keep an eye on movement on the offensive side of the ball at Georgia Tech.

  89. tom mui January 21, 2012 6:17 pm

    Abunai #79&80

    They have till Monday to make a commitment (fish or cut bait). The recruits do have to talk it over with their family etc. It is a big decision for them.

  90. duffer January 21, 2012 6:33 pm

    51-48 Wahine, 17 seconds left.

  91. duffer January 21, 2012 6:35 pm

    51-48 Wahine final.

    It’s never easy! GOOD JOB LADIES!!!

  92. gmahoney January 21, 2012 6:39 pm

    Congrats, Wahine!

  93. gmahoney January 21, 2012 6:39 pm

    Congrats, Wahine!

  94. kawika49 January 21, 2012 6:45 pm

    #78 he was #95

  95. jm2375 January 21, 2012 6:46 pm

    Congrats to the Wahine!

    Go Warriors!

  96. mo808 January 21, 2012 6:51 pm

    Great win Wahine!

  97. mo808 January 21, 2012 6:53 pm

    I didn’t think Mia would be able to play tonight! But he’s warming up so crossing my fingers!

  98. koakane January 21, 2012 6:57 pm

    congrats wahines dey on a role cheewhoooo

  99. koakane January 21, 2012 6:58 pm


  100. koakane January 21, 2012 6:59 pm

    one puka puka

  101. Bugaz January 21, 2012 7:10 pm

    Anyone know how our guys did in the football games today?

  102. Bugaz January 21, 2012 7:11 pm

    Congrats Wahine and hoping for the best from the Warriors

  103. Bugaz January 21, 2012 7:12 pm

    Hopefully it’s a good showing for the visiting recruits

  104. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 7:16 pm


    Jan 26 marks the anniversary of my botched stent attempt that nearly ended my life. I believe, your surgery was a couple weeks earlier. Happy New Year, brother!

  105. wafan January 21, 2012 7:26 pm

    Bravo, Wahine!

  106. d1shima January 21, 2012 7:39 pm

    Too much fun and frivolity last night.

    Had to nap after hana hana today. Watching the BasketBows on da OC.

    Nice to hear Wahine won.

    MBB off to a good start despite 5 PF’s from the Centers. Welcome back Senior backcourt!

  107. d1shima January 21, 2012 7:41 pm


    Congratulations. 🙂

  108. d1shima January 21, 2012 7:42 pm

    NaMaSU helping out quite a bit. 😛

  109. BigHiloFan2 January 21, 2012 7:44 pm

    howzit Tsaikos.

    iz hoping Coach Chow will ask one of his coaches to get some word out on how recruiting is going with da babuuska in Minot. praying for the good word, friends, the good word!

    go Warriors!

  110. d1shima January 21, 2012 8:08 pm

    Nice half.

    Warriors Respond

  111. d1shima January 21, 2012 8:08 pm

    …hopefully they can finish, too.

  112. mo808 January 21, 2012 8:09 pm

    Awesome first half!

  113. jm2375 January 21, 2012 8:19 pm

    Dang. Vb Warriors lose to Pepperdine in 4.

  114. sean (aka pcwarrior) January 21, 2012 8:33 pm

    I Miah starts scoring from outside, the WAC title as do-able!!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!!

  115. mo808 January 21, 2012 8:34 pm

    Nothing beats being at the game! Go Bows!

  116. content.writers January 21, 2012 8:35 pm

    Do you buy your content from

  117. duffer January 21, 2012 8:47 pm

    Auwryte c_c wave that jacket!

  118. Old School Dave January 21, 2012 8:57 pm

    No shortage of cash on hand for UW Husky assistants. Whether the high salaries will result in more wins is debatable. New Husky DC will be earning more than the fired Nick Holt, whose salary of $600K upset many.

  119. d1shima January 21, 2012 9:26 pm


    Way to go, BasketBows!

  120. koakane January 21, 2012 9:27 pm

    way to go warriors pull out da win over #1 team in WAC

  121. kruzen January 21, 2012 9:28 pm

    it wasn’t easy but congrats to the Wahine and Warrior Basketball!

  122. koakane January 21, 2012 9:32 pm

    eh a win is a win. radio guys giving kudos to NMSU give it a rest. warrior men battled and won nuff said.

  123. Bugaz January 21, 2012 9:33 pm

    Awesome job by both Bball teams. Way to go!

  124. jm2375 January 21, 2012 9:38 pm

    Congrats to the bb Warriors!

  125. Ralph January 21, 2012 9:48 pm

    OT Condolences to the family of the HPD officer who lost his life tonight in Aiea, people should drive with caution. No reason to rear end any vehicle pulled over on the shoulder lane, especially on the H1 with 4 lanes available.

  126. koakane January 21, 2012 9:57 pm

    safe journey to all heading out wessai. mean accident. slow down be cautious

  127. Slugger January 21, 2012 10:36 pm

    So sad to hear about the officer who was killed tonight. Prayers for his family.

  128. PowderPuff January 21, 2012 10:54 pm

    Yes, that is sooo sad. What are these dumb drivers doing? People are so inattentive behind the wheel, it’s scary. Really puts life into perspective. Puts a big damper on tonight’s double wins. Congrats to the men and women for the basketball sweep.

    And what a nice gathering last night for Las Vegas…thanks SteveM and Collins ‘ohana for organizing the get-together.

  129. madeinhawaii January 21, 2012 11:24 pm

    UH website has highlights of the men’s game up.

  130. BigHiloFan2 January 22, 2012 12:11 am


    thanks for the info

  131. Nadine Chan January 23, 2012 10:28 pm

    Top Ten Articles…

    […]usually writes some very unique stuff like this website here. If you’re new to this site[…]……

  132. Wow Bot January 30, 2012 6:17 am

    Great Bloggers…

    […]always a big fan of linking to writers that I love but don’t get a lot of publicity from[…]……

  133. referencement google February 6, 2012 6:56 am

    Great Articles…

    […]The information mentioned in the blog post are some of the best available on the […]……

  134. Brute Dolly February 6, 2012 10:03 am

    Posts to Save…

    […]below you’ll find the website link to a few sites that we think you should take a glance at[…]……

  135. Homepage February 7, 2012 10:14 pm

    … [Trackback] …

    […] Informations on that Topic: […] …

  136. John Rusty February 15, 2012 12:37 am

    Blogs to Save…

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally unrelated sites to ours, however, they are definitely worth going over[…]……

Comments are closed.