Volleyball interviews today

The search committee for the next men’s volleyball coach today will interview the five semifinalists via teleconference. The committee will ask each candidate the same list of questions. Each interview should run about 30 minutes. Next week, the finalists will be brought in for face-to-face interviews with the committee. The semifinalists are Mark Presho, Tino Reyes, Mike Sealy, Charlie Wade and Scott Wong.

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UH coach Greg McMackin said he has awarded the final football scholarship to Jon Medeiros, who finished spring training as the No. 1 left slotback.
“He’s a good student, a hard worker and a good person,” McMackin said.
Medeiros takes the bus every day to make the daily round trip between Kapolei and UH. He also is employed as a UH maintenance worker.
McMackin said the Warriors have allotted all of their scholarships. The situation will change only if some recruits do not enroll during the fall semester.



  1. 808Chef May 14, 2009 6:38 am

    Good Morning tsai-kos and lurkers!

    Beautiful sunny day here at the Bay (area)! Be good and have a wonderful day to all!

  2. koakane™ May 14, 2009 6:42 am

    good luck to cwade hope he gets it

    morning to all early tsai-ko and tsai-kettes

    in top 5 babe

  3. ShaneFalco May 14, 2009 6:52 am

    for threeee!

  4. oldie May 14, 2009 6:52 am

    There was some good discussion here on the candidates for men’s volleyball coach. I hope members of the committee were around to read some of the comments. Looks like UH has some good choices.

  5. ShaneFalco May 14, 2009 6:52 am


  6. BIGWAVE96744 May 14, 2009 6:59 am

    On this Day May 14th

    1998 Frank Sinatra

    1904 Hans Albert Einstein
    1944 George Lucas – Star Wars Guru
    1952 David Byrne of the Talking Heads

    1643 Louis XIV becomes King of France at age 4
    1948 Isreal becomes an Independent Nation
    1998 Final Episode of Seinfeld

  7. OTTO May 14, 2009 7:01 am

    Seven… all good coaching candidates…

  8. BIGWAVE96744 May 14, 2009 7:05 am

    I wonder if Jerry Seinfeld (being Jewish) scheduled his last show to be on the 50th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence.

    50 Years = Year of Jubilee…

  9. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 7:06 am

    Einstein’s first name was Hans?

  10. Diogenes Sinope May 14, 2009 7:12 am

    Top 10? Goody!

  11. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 7:23 am

    Good Morning All! 🙂

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 7:27 am

    I agree with other posters here: there a few good candidates for men’s head VB coach.

  13. MeiLing May 14, 2009 7:36 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    The interview process for the MVB coach sounds like the same process I used when hiring staff.

  14. jm2375 May 14, 2009 8:13 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Top 20!

    Good luck to the head coach candidates.

  15. LizKauai (iPhone) May 14, 2009 8:15 am


  16. l_oku May 14, 2009 8:15 am

    Wade vs. Sealy

    While I like Charlie Wade (and believe that he ran the best pre-game warmup defensive drills of any wahine volleyball coach), I have to defer to Shoji’s expertise. When Wade was at UH, Shoji used to lead the timeout strategic discussions. Now that Sealy is at UH, Sealy leads some/most of those discussions (and sets up the blocking assignments).

    Even when Wade was leaving to go to Pacific (and made comments about not needing to be head coach elsewhere to be the next UH wahine vball coach), Shoji’s comments made it clear that he had reservations.

    Shoji’s speech at the last wahine banquet, seemed to imply that, when he retired, Sealy should just switch into the role. IIRC, this is the very first time Shoji has publicly named (or, at least implied at) a successor, despite numerous previous assistants wanting him to name them as a successor.

    To me, it seems clear that Shoji believes that Sealy is a better candidate for wahine vball coach than Wade.

    That being said, I would be willing to give Wade a chance, if he is selected as men’s vball coach. [IIRC, it was Wade’s scouting that allowed UH to get two critical out-of-rotation points on BYU during the epic 1998 WAC championship match.]

    The men’s game, with it’s emphasis on passing and combination plays to deceive the blockers, is different from the women’s game (especially if you get an exceptional hitter that is a subpar passer). Not sure how quickly either Wade or Sealy would adjust to coaching the men’s game (although having a Yuval Katz type hitter, i.e., automatic escape valve, would ease that transition greatly).

  17. Colomaohana May 14, 2009 8:16 am

    Morning, Tsai-ko ohana!

    Liz: Prayers to your boss’s ohana…

    Jason: Hope you neva’ stay up too late last night studying!

    Kelli: Good luck on your finalz as well….

    Allz I know is that there will be lighter traffic soon……


  18. LizKauai (iPhone) May 14, 2009 8:19 am

    It’s nice to have choices for the next VB coach. Wish we had that kind of spread for UH President!

    BACON and egg sammich at Starbucks is yummy. K. Time to head for the bus stop.

  19. layson May 14, 2009 8:25 am

    michelle wie shot 2 under 70 today and is t9 currently.
    helen alfredsson leads at 10 under 62 currently

  20. layson May 14, 2009 8:30 am

    dean wilson shot 3 under 67 and t12 currently
    paul goydos leads at 7 under 63 currently

  21. l_oku May 14, 2009 8:31 am

    In terms of the other candidates, I don’t know too much about Presho (other than his current position) and how much he contributes to coaching the UC-Irvine team. Scott Wong had a distinguished career as a player (esp. on the AVP). Both Presho, Scott Wong, and Tino Reyes have considerable experience with the men’s game.

    In some ways, Wade is the most qualified, since he is currently a head coach. In other ways, he’s the least qualified (with his lack of experience with the men’s game and his not being named by Shoji as his successor). Sealy probably has the least official qualifications, but has an undeniably sharp volleyball IQ.

    When even the worse candidate is as good as any of the five candidates listed, I think the men’s volleyball program should be in good shape going forward, whomever the committee chooses.

    The trump card in the whole selection process is how much Jim Donovan believes Mike Wilton has earned the right to name his own successor. I would say that Dave Shoji, by any stretch of the imagination, has earned the right to name his own successor for the women’s vball program (since he has the most at stake in terms of perpetuating the legacy that he created from scratch). Riley Wallace, IMHO, almost got to that level, but fell short. Mike Wilton is a borderline case. Wilton has definitely made it abundantly clear with public statements that Tino Reyes is his choice as successor (and Wilton should have at least been named as an advisor to the selection committee).

  22. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 8:31 am

    Aloha and good morning to all.

  23. LizKauai (iPhone) May 14, 2009 8:31 am

    I_oku – will the reviewers consider an outgoing coach’s suggestions? I kinda thought so but there was a loud negative response when Tino was mentioned and I heard comments saying coach should have no say in choosing a successor.

    Why do people smoke at bus stops? Gack!

  24. LizKauai (iPhone) May 14, 2009 8:33 am

    Go Golfers, wherever you are!

  25. SteveM May 14, 2009 8:37 am

    Good morning everyone!

  26. djmitcho May 14, 2009 8:38 am

    Good Morning All!
    Speaking of MVB. I guess Allen Allen is now living in the Spokane area. His wife is from here and is teaching at a local high school. Hopefully I run into him somewhere. I heard from a mutual friend that he just had knee surgery

  27. Stretch May 14, 2009 8:39 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    See whoever is going to the baseball game tonight.

  28. l_oku May 14, 2009 8:46 am

    IMHO, the loud negative response is partly a response to the record of the men’s vball program in the last couple of years, and the implication that an insider taking over would just be “more of the same”.

    For the reviewers to completely disregard the outgoing coach’s suggestions would be an implied slap in the face of the outgoing coach. However, since Reyes is in the final group of candidates, it is apparent that the reviewers have given Reyes serious consideration. The reviewers must make a distinction between friendships/cronyism and Wilton’s volleyball assessment of Reyes, which is why it would be good to interview Wilton thoroughly as part of the vetting process for Reyes. [If Wilton refuses to include any criticisms, i.e., not provide a balanced perspective, for Reyes, then the committee would have to rely on their direct interview with Reyes.]

  29. (Jesse)James May 14, 2009 8:46 am

    Good morning Tsaikos/Tsaikettes…and pink ladies….Top 100….

    Some good candidates for the VB position….good luck to all.

    Big C – when are we going to lunch…homey and stretch were asking….oh wait, they meant Mr. C….MWAHAHAHAHAHAA

  30. BIGWAVE96744 May 14, 2009 8:47 am

    ST just found out Hans was the son of Albert 🙂

  31. d1島 May 14, 2009 8:49 am

  32. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 8:52 am

    The outgoing coach (in good standing) can only make recommendations. Coaches at UH are reviewed and recommended by a panel. I believe by State law, the position has to be advertised for a set period of time.

    As such, while the outgoing coach may recommend whom or who he would like to see succeed him and lay out the reasons for his/her choice but should not be on the hiring committee if s/he has a preferred bias towards an individual. The outgoing coach should also help create a list of needs, hurdles and a current overview of the progam that the new coach will be inheriting along with a list of questions to ask the candidates.

    Whomever the new coach is, I hope he will be able to continue to maintain the type of dedication Wilton had to academics and volleyball while bringing home that elusive National Championship.

  33. ShaneFalco May 14, 2009 9:02 am

    Putting the issue of coaching experience aside, its important that the next mens volleyball coach at UH have the personality and positive attitude to “re-introduce” and promote the mens game that was once so endeared by many in the islands. This person has to get out to the vast reaches of club/youth vb teams and high school programs around the entire state to put a face and a presence of the UH Warrior Volleyball program to all of the kids that play on such teams.

    If UH does then in a few years you will hear this statement invariably uttered by an all state high school volleyball player when he commits to UH,
    “I grew up watching Warrior volleyball on tv and attending sold out games at Stan Sheriff Center. I used go to their camps every summer and you know what?? I’ve always wanted to be a Warrior and play volleyball for UH….this is a dream come true.” We all hope that this will come true too.

  34. A-House May 14, 2009 9:03 am


    ON my post yesterday about sppeding, I got good scoldings from Midori7 who says she does NOT speed; Stephen drive slow!

  35. Colomaohana May 14, 2009 9:04 am

    (J)J: Yeah….whatevaz….just fo’ dat, I going find out whea’ you guys going and right in the middle of your meal, I doing CRASH da’ party!!

    Speaking of party…..I was “calling you guys out” on da pink side for our Relay for Life team…. hint, hint…

  36. MeiLing May 14, 2009 9:06 am


    Being a state university, you’re supposed to have an open & equal hiring process (whether just posting for internal candidates, or one that includes external & internal applicants). You can’t just hire who you want without considering all qualified candidates. You can get away with it if the committee ranks the candidate you want higher than others, because typically you’re using a point scale that can be subjective based upon the interviewer’s opinion. One reason for using initial teleconferenced interviews for all candidates is to make it an equal playing field for applicants here & on the mainland with all applicants answering the same questions. Then you bring in the finalists for a face-to-face interview which also cuts the cost if you have to pay for their travel.

    K, off the lecturn…Esme & whoosh…

  37. d1shima(E71x'd) May 14, 2009 9:09 am

    when does training camp start?

  38. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 9:11 am

    Best wishes to the five-bowboyz seniors.

    None are especially blessed with star-gaze assests but all are blessed with the character to improve daily; have set an example of unselfish-team play; and demonstrated a ‘can do’ attitude….every one of them contributed to our success, led their team by example and established a remarkable mantra for this 2009 team to follow—team fellowship and belief in each other.

    Without a doubt this is my favorite Mike Trapasso team–they believe in themselves collectively, constantly pick themselves up to rebound while seeking to improve and have achieved merit beyond expectation….the attendance figures bears out my testimony.

    Jayson and Landon have been steadfast all year as our number one battery and Ryan and Jared showed grit in bounce. Both these seniors are on a remarkable bounce curve and their timing couldnt have come at a better situation in need.
    Also, Morford has been an anchor in the infield, making our infield one of the best at turning-two.
    Shane is always ready to back his team or contribute when called, never complains and is an academic role-model.

    Best wishes in the WAC-T and no matters–big Aloha and Mahalo for an exciting season–you boyz made it happen!

  39. mctruck May 14, 2009 9:16 am


    yeah, Hans….as in five fingers. bwaaaahahaha!!

  40. Garret May 14, 2009 9:19 am

    I like this comment in this article on the Raiders.

    Samson Satele, who the Raiders acquired via trade, is more versatile than former Raiders center Jake Grove and will probably prove to be better in time.

  41. Garret May 14, 2009 9:22 am

    Article about how Pisa’s release could be an example of favoritism or the “My-Guy” syndrome that some coaches have. It could be argued that Samson and Reagan were examples of this in Miami…

    I have been floored by the response to the release of Pisa Tinoisamoa last week. It seems like Rams fans are more upset with that release then they were with the release of Torry Holt or Orlando Pace.

    I understand the want, and the need, for a head coach to bring in players that are comfortable with his system or fit his system better than the previous personnel. But I have seen this backfire with too many coaches because they become to enamoured with “my guy” instead of reazlizing that they have some legitimate talent on the roster instead of “my guy.” This is a recipe for failure.

  42. Garret May 14, 2009 9:23 am

    Here are some examples of how the Rams lost out of good players due to the “My Guy” attitude with the Rams.

    Was Pisa Tinoisamoa one of the best linebackers in the game? No. But that does not mean he doesn’t have a place on this team. One of the classic examples in recent Rams history was when Lovie Smith came in as defensive coordinator and he wanted “my guy” to play in his cover 2 scheme. Smith swore up and down that “my guy” was better than what the Rams had. That guy was Jamie Duncan, the guy that the Rams ran off was London Fletcher. Fletcher is still playing at high level in the league in the year 2009, seven seasons after the Rams had to get him off the roster for “my guy.” The Rams are still trying to find a true middle linebacker all these years later.

    Another of those stories is with Madison Hedgecock. Scott Linehan didn’t think that Hedgecock fit into his “system.” So since he wasn’t Linehan’s guy they let a very good fullback go. That very good fullback wound up winning a Super Bowl with Steve Spagnuolo in New York because he wasn’t “my guy” here in St. Louis. The Rams are still trying to find a fullback to block for Steven Jackson after letting Hedgecock go.

  43. Garret May 14, 2009 9:25 am

    Here is ESPN’s take on Pisa’s release.

    Tim Graham from ESPN.com reports that Tinoisamoa is set to visit the Bills. Graham speculates that Tinoisamoa would be a nice upgrade on the weak side for Buffalo, so we’ll keep an eye on any developments concerning Dick Jauron’s team.

    I highly doubt that Smith’s decision to run off London Fletcher led to the Rams’ demise, but playing favorites is a way of life in the NFL. It happens. But good players almost always find new homes quickly. Just as Fletcher flourished after leaving St. Louis, I’m sure Tinoisamoa will find similar success somewhere in the league.

  44. Garret May 14, 2009 9:27 am

    Jason Taylor signing with Miami (who get Taylor back and get to keep the 2 draft picks they got for Taylor) means that New England has one less target for their need at OLB. The other OLB they have expressed public interest in is Pisa, so Taylor’s signing gives him increased leverage ($$) with Buffalo and New England.

    With Jason Taylor re-signing with the Dolphins today, where do the Patriots go from here?

    The expectation here is that a move won’t come immediately. It might not happen until training camp or beyond. Sometimes patience can result in an unexpected player becoming available (e.g. Pisa Tinoisamoa cut by the Rams last week).

  45. Garret May 14, 2009 9:28 am

    It is hard for me to believe that Michigan hasn’t beaten Ohio State in football for 2000 days!

    Just how long has it been since the Wolverines last beat the Buckeyes?

    Buckeyes fans know, because they mark their calendars with this information, they update their voice mail messages with it, they paste counters on their Web pages. And they do it all while smiling.

    Thursday, it will be 2,000 days.

    That’s enough time for a poplar seed to grow into a 30-foot tree, enough time for the Cavaliers to win 316 games (including playoffs) and enough time for 12 season finales of “Survivor” (counting next Sunday night’s).

    When Michigan last beat Ohio State, Barack Obama was a state senator, YouTube was more than a year away from being born, and Clevelanders were fighting, brother against brother, to settle the question: Couch or Holcomb?

  46. vballfan1 May 14, 2009 9:28 am

    Good luck to Charlie Wade and Scotty Wong on their interviews today.
    I like both and think both would make excellent warrior head coaches.

  47. Garret May 14, 2009 9:30 am

    California might sell off some of the properties it owns to try to reduce its budget deficit…including the home for USC home games! USC might buy the stadium from the state, which would make sense because the stadium is actually profitable right now.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison, the Orange County Fairgrounds and other state property to raise cash amid the state’s growing fiscal crisis, according to a copy of a proposal reviewed by The Times.

    If the Coliseum were for sale, USC, which signed a long-term lease last year, could be a likely buyer.

    “If that were the only way to ensure the Coliseum would be improved and maintained for its current uses, for the right price the university would have to consider it,” said Kristina Raspe, USC’s associate senior vice president for real estate and asset management.

  48. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 9:32 am

    The selection system at UH needs to be changed–im not a PC guy–and it hasnt advanced our athletic programs as basketball, et al continue to be mired in mediocrity or less.

    The test for any athletic program is to advance beyond conference. We have failed dismally.

    That is the bottomline that clamors for acknowledgement and verification–competitive achievement…not layers of bureaucratic committees, red tape and socio-gender-color-unionized political idealism in front of the podium speak.

    All this technical procedure talk is just alot about nothing.
    The fact remains, UHAD moves lethargically, often hurting the program with its stalled decision-making process.
    Bob Nash was hired late, Jim Bolla too and now his replacement. Mike Wilton’s new replacement is the latest to come post LOI day.
    Another delay….lost opportunities….more lost revenues. Poppy-cock!
    Dont blame it on hermie either.
    Dont go there.
    Its the same as Obama blaming W, we dont want to hear it–just fix it…I dont see it being adjusted, just more of the same.
    Get it going or get out–not all tax payers are star-gazing groupies and have little patience with time-wasting bureacracks.

  49. Garret May 14, 2009 9:32 am

    The Pac-10 will create its own TV network, which will generate far more money for them than the BCS system. If they can make a similar amount as the Big 10 Network, the funding disparity between the Pac-10 and the rest of the schools in the west will grow significantly.

    Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said he expects the conference to launch its own cable television network in an attempt to raise its national profile and close an alarming financial gap between the Pac-10 and other major conferences.

    UCLA’s athletic department budget is looking at a $1.5 to $2-million hit this year because of rising tuition and employee benefits costs coming at a time of reduced season-ticket sales and donations, Bruin athletic director Dan Guerrero said. Washington recently announced it is dropping men’s and women’s swimming to save $1.2-million and still needs to cut another $1.6-million from its athletic budget. Stanford is cutting its budget by $1.8-million after the school’s athletic endowment shrunk from $520-million to $410-million in the recent economic crisis. Oregon State and Arizona officials said they are looking at similar cuts.

  50. Garret May 14, 2009 9:34 am

    The Pac-10 is earning much less than the other BCS conferences.

    The Pac-10 reported gross receipts of $88.78-million for the 2007 fiscal year. That same year the Big Ten reported gross receipts of $177.4-million. Internal Revenue Service documents also show that the ACC had gross receipts of $162.4-million in 2007, the SEC $149.1-million, and Big 12 $119.2-million. The SEC had gross receipts of $161.5-million in 2008, the Big 12 $129.8-million.

  51. Garret May 14, 2009 9:38 am

    Doesn’t the WAC get something like a few million a year from ESPN? The Pac-10 gets $43 million per year from its TV deals and the Big 10 network is projected to bring in $2.8 billion over its 25-year deal! The SEC gets $205 million guaranteed in TV money, far more than what the Pac-10 gets now.

    If the SEC gets $205 million per year from TV (not counting the local TV deals that their teams get–Florida’s local TV deal is many times more than what the WAC gets all together) and the WAC gets say $2 million, you can see why even if they got rid of the BCS Bowl system the funding disparity won’t end.

    The Pac-10 receives approximately $43-million annually from its television deals with Fox, and ABC/ESPN. The Big Ten received $66-million from the Big Ten Network alone in 2008, according to documents filed by News Corp., the parent company of Fox Sports, with the federal government. In the federal filings, News Corp. estimated the Big Ten would receive $2.8-billion over the course of the 25-year deal.

    But the Big Ten Network also faced distribution issues initially and a Pac-10 network would likely face similar issues.

    Hansen and sports media analysts also said the Pac-10 could also increase its TV-related revenue without going the network route, pointing out that the SEC signed a $2.25-billion, 15-year deal with ESPN last August after initially considering starting an SEC network similar to the Big Ten model. Between the ESPN contract and another 15-year deal with CBS, the SEC will receive $205-million in annual TV-related revenue.

  52. Garret May 14, 2009 9:41 am

    The ACC is limiting travel squads and pushing for an early signing date for football, both measures that would save money.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted to cap football travel squads for league games, a cost-cutting measure that should save schools thousands each year.

    ACC athletic directors passed the proposal Wednesday at the conference’s annual spring meetings. It goes into effect this fall.

    Conference schools already were limited to 72 players for the ACC championship football game. Other BCS conferences with title games have a 72-player limit.

    The league also gave commissioner John Swofford authority to push for an early signing day for football. Coaches hope Swofford can get a December signing date passed at the Conference Commissioners Association meeting next month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Football is currently the only NCAA sport without an early signing day.

  53. Garret May 14, 2009 9:45 am

    Feature article on Jason Gesser becoming a head coach at Seattle’s Eastside Catholic High. With Cal and Ron Lee being praised by Gesser, UH will definitely have a friendly reception when they go to recruit Gesser’s players!

    You know, I’ve got Yale, Oregon, and Montana State coaches coming in and asking me what I think of some of the players on my team and I’m telling them, “I’ve only been here for four days! I haven’t seen them practice, but I will definitely let you know after spring ball if we have some talent that I feel comfortable passing on to the next level.”

    I was born and raised in Hawaii, so we might think about bringing up Punahou, St. Louis, or Kahuku. It would be fun to have a good team from Hawaii come up.

    EF: Do you have a coaching inspiration?

    JG: Mike Price. You know, I’ve been through a lot. My high school coaches, Cal Lee and Ron Lee, they were brothers and they are coaching at the University of Hawaii now.

  54. Garret May 14, 2009 9:49 am

    I found even more stuff, but that is enough for today…I wasn’t even going to post the Gesser article until I realized that there was a good recruiting link for UH there.

  55. Garret May 14, 2009 9:50 am

    Congratulations to Jon Medeiros!

  56. al May 14, 2009 9:51 am


    mike sealy has coached the men’s game 5 years with csun and ucla his alma mater.

    sealy also played for ucla as their all american setter and won national poy once. as the setter he surely understood the nuances of the men’s game.

    for me, he is the darkhorse candidate.

  57. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 9:54 am

    Garret- interesting insight into the “my guy” approach. I hope COLT will become SOMEBODY’s “my guy” soon.
    Is it pre-season yet?

    HiHo and Away!!!

  58. al May 14, 2009 9:54 am

    …i am sure that shoji’s opinion will come in handy during the hiring process but he won’t make any public statements regarding the men’s position. he has a lot more common sense than that.

    i don’t recall him making any other public endorsements on any possible women’s candidate that would replace him. he may have said how pleased he is/was with any past or future wahine assistants in their capacity then or now. dave would never publicly come out with that prematurely.

  59. FloridaTed May 14, 2009 9:54 am

    Mammon rules all facets of life, or so it seems.

    Could someone, please, plausibly explain to the runaway, inflatinary hikes in tuitions with MOST Universities and Colleges? as compared to most other cost of living indexes? and let’s not even talk about the health care fraud.

    Oh, well, I’m grouchy today, I hope everybody is doing ok?

  60. tail spin May 14, 2009 9:56 am


    enjoy reading your commentary and insights of the baseball team and UH sports, wishing we had more posters like you. wanted to throw up yesterday at reading about non essential things posters write here, least i can say you’re essential. keep it up

  61. al May 14, 2009 9:58 am

    good deal for jon medeiros. he certainly worked hard for it and his perserverance is undeniable.

  62. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 9:58 am

    I suppose the real question is, how do we get the money to be spread out more evenly among all D-1 teams?

    And how about a budget cap on specific sports, like football?

    Do we need government intervention?

    How about a competitive organization competing with the NCAA to end it’s monopoly?

  63. al May 14, 2009 9:59 am

    hiya ted…….glad to see you up and at em.

  64. Dirty Commish May 14, 2009 10:03 am

    Did somebody mention bacon? No? Just the Commish’s imagination? No matter. Proof that there is a God:


    Make everything taste like bacon. Let the Commish repeat that…


    Commish will order some and have a full product review on Commish’s blog page.

  65. (Jesse)James May 14, 2009 10:10 am

    wf2…I agree that the selection process needs to be changed. However, the only way you are going to do that is to change the law. Although UH is semi-autonomous, the State system established in statute requires that certain procedures be followed when going through the hiring process. There is enough blame to go around and no one is blameless in that respect. The system as a whole needs to be revamped but that will only happen when the laws are changed to allow for changes in the hiring process.

  66. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 10:16 am


    Why change what has worked for years?!?! It worked for UH in the dark ages, certainly it will work for UH today… I mean, just because your flint and tinder are a bit dated doesn’t mean you’re going to chuck them out the window, right?

  67. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 10:16 am

    madeinhawaii <–non-essential, but likes being here.

  68. Blah Blah May 14, 2009 10:24 am


    Once again, negative opinions to which no one really cares about. The sad thing is, you’ve got great opinions and insights. It’s just buried in garbage.


    So much so, at times you lose track of what you’re trying to say:

    Don’t blame W?

    Don’t blame Hermie?

    Yet you’ve placed blame squarely on a selection system set forth well before our current athletic departments’ tenure for our failure to advance beyond conference? Uhhh… you’re contradicting yourself. No blame, but blame.


    Honestly, you’re a really smart intelligent kid with great potential ahead of you. It’s a shame you choose to waste that jello between your ears mucking in negative fodder.

    I do still have the utmost faith you could be a positive and productive citizen in our society.


    Keep Hope Alive!

  69. Garret May 14, 2009 10:24 am

    I suppose the real question is, how do we get the money to be spread out more evenly among all D-1 teams?

    There *used* to be a system controlled by the NCAA where all college football TV revenue was negotiated together and all schools shared in the contract. However, the big-name schools realized that TV was mostly just paying for their games, so their went to court to sue for the right to negotiate their own TV deals. They won, so the courts have established that each D-IA conference can negotiate their own TV deal.

    So, the system you want is the one that existed when I was a kid…but the courts have ruled against that and the case law is against the NCAA or any organization forcing the conferences to give that up. If you look at it from the perspective of the BCS schools, most of them are publicly supported Universities and they feel they deserve more money for their TV rights if that is what the market decides because the general public will watch their games more than the games of lesser-known teams.

    So, if the NCAA had a playoff system or ended the BCS system and gave every school the same amount of money from the bowls…then you’d still have the SEC, Big 10, and others getting $200 million or so *more* per year than the WAC for their regular season TV games…not counting their huge local TV contracts. The BCS bowl disparity adds $10 million or so to the disparity (less when a non-BCS school gets into a BCS bowl), but that $10 million is NOTHING compared to the regular-season TV deals.

  70. PowderPuff May 14, 2009 10:28 am

    Dirty Commish, these guys were on Oprah recently and they even have bacon-flavored lip gloss for us PowderPuff types who love our pork. Ooooh yah!

    Congrats to Jon Medeiros…hard work does pay off.

  71. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 10:30 am

    blah blah, your screen name says it all….

  72. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 10:30 am

    Florida Ted,

    Good to see your post. Hope you are feeling better each day.

    I’m not sure, though, that the inflationary indicies really reflect the true rate of inflation. I mean just three years ago I think 20lbs of rice was $4.99 on sale. $3.99 the year before that. Gas was below $2 or a low $2. My Electric bill was $89 not $189 and I could still buy Rib, NY or Porterhouse Steak on sale below $5-a-pound. Rents in Kaneohe for a 3-bd house was under $2000 in 2004 now it’s close to double that. 32oz? Gatorade was $0.59 a bottle. HMSA was about $250 for individual coverage..

  73. jojo ® May 14, 2009 10:32 am

    Hiya Florida Ted!

  74. FloridaTed May 14, 2009 10:33 am


    Apparently the BCS money is chicken feed to the big conferences, so why can’t they let the little guys have a more equitable share? Why not a play-off, they still would have their huge TV contracts.

    Damned money, sooner or later it wrecks everything. I’m still grouchy.

  75. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 10:42 am

    Florida Ted,

    Grouchy is good!! Stay grouchy and fight those lingering affects away.


  76. Kazz May 14, 2009 10:43 am

    CONGRATS TO JON MEDEIROS!!!! :mrgreen:


  77. (Jesse)James May 14, 2009 10:47 am

    powderpuff…you use lip gloss?? MWAHAHAHAHA

  78. (Jesse)James May 14, 2009 10:48 am

    Congrats to Jon Medeiros…keep up the hard work and things will pay off…

  79. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 10:49 am

    Jesse, Dont be diverted by all this process bunk over common sense.
    UH bureaucracks moved swiftly on the MAC hire cuz butts were on the line.
    JJ hired MAC before the advertisements went in–do U really believe Shaw and Tormey werent secured until the end of the advertisement period?
    Like I said, most “fans” are groupie star-gazzers that dont question or have no clue and the others are networkers that dont rock the boat.
    Jim Donovan needs to move quicker, take it for what its worth–tax payers are getting impatient and revenues are declining and dificits spiraling–only someone in comatose would not be alarmed with the lethargy displayed by UHAD.

  80. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 10:55 am

    There was no urgency with men’s volleyball because they lost only one starter (Sean Carney). They signed a big opposite attacker, and they have two walk-on setters coming in. Plus, Wilton is on the payroll through June 30.
    The only problem I can see is if Wade is hired. It would inconvenience Pacific to look for a coach two months before the season opener.
    As for the women’s basketball search, that should have been handled quicker since there is no head coach on the payroll.

  81. vballfan1 May 14, 2009 11:00 am

    Hi stephen one of the walk on setters appears to be Arik Metzger, can you say who the other one is? Local or from the mainland?

  82. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 11:06 am

    look, like i mentioned before, you can do all your prep work in advance so when the time is ready you hit the ground running.
    Donovan didnt start until the bell rang. What the hell are we paying him to do–run committees or hire and fire?

  83. Garret May 14, 2009 11:06 am


    I’m grouchy too today. I finished a big project this morning so I took a blog break after lunch and got disturbed when I saw the massive amount of TV money certain conferences are getting.

    The BCS conferences would tell you that the TV networks are paying for their conferences–in the past, the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, etc., would never have had a non-BCS conference team and the TV networks paid big money for the TV rights. The BCS does give money to all non-BCS conferences each year, and they raised it in the latest deal and added a bowl so that a non-BCS conference team seems to make a BCS bowl every year now.

    I figure that the BCS will be forced to add more money to the pile going to the non-BCS conference teams due to all the political pressure going on. Since every non-BCS conference except for the MWC has already agreed to the latest BCS contract, it looks like they have decided to accept the current system. Heck, Karl Benson even publicly defends the BCS system!

    The BCS Conferences don’t want to just *give* money to the other conferences, because most are public schools and they need their football programs to subsidize their other sports. There are places like the University of Florida that is taking something like $4 million from the Athletic Department’s surplus to help their University budget. Also keep in mind that not all BCS conferences are this rich–the PAC-10 has waited to get a new TV deal and with the economy much weaker now they may never catch up to the Big 10, SEC, or ACC for TV money. We like to think of the BCS as a small group keeping money from the non-BCS conferences, but did you know there are more football teams in the BCS than in the other FBS conferences?

    I have to get back to work now, but this blog break sure made me grumpy. However, it is nice to see you posting–even when you are grumpy my spirits are lifted just seeing you here!

  84. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 11:12 am

    Yep, he’s one of them.
    Both are from the Mainland.

  85. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 11:14 am

    I was going to let this go… but what the heck. FloridaTed is my inspiration today.

    #60 – tail spin– this is the WarriorBeat – where essentials include 5 other Friendly F-words besides Football. Please Feel Free to skip over the Foodgroup conversations that are not to your liking and keep in mind that iF you ever suFFer from illness, a loss, disappointment or want to share a Fantastic story or epi-Fan-y, we are here for support and encouragement…

    And a lot of laFFs – to keep our spirits up!

  86. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 11:17 am

    ok, garret… that was too spooky… Ted- are you laughing yet???


  87. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 11:24 am


    Dave, Dayton OH 06:26 PM ET
    Hey Cooley, I have read a lot of posts lately that refer to Colt Brennan. A ton of skins fans out there want to see him as the starter.(Im not one of them) Does he have the potential to be a starter in the NFL or is his arm strength to much of a concern?

    Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins
    No questions asked, Colt has the potential to be a starter in the NFL. He has all the qualities to get the job done. In the next couple of years, he’ll get a shot somewhere.

  88. WenatcheeWarrior May 14, 2009 11:30 am

    Wow……..so if Medeiros exits spring as the #1 LSB, that means Rodney Bradley and Dustin Blount are 2nd string. Try justifying that…….

  89. FloridaTed May 14, 2009 11:30 am


    I do love the view from your soap box, absolutely breathtaking, lol.

  90. FloridaTed May 14, 2009 11:31 am

    Medeiros must be REALLY good.

  91. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 11:34 am

    We have been through this Colt ordeal before…hopefully for our hero, DC bails him out with a bonus to play somewhere else.
    Snyder is the the NFL poster child flake-owner and Z-man incorporates tonka toyz and pillows in his practices….yikes!

    Throwing deep is a spurious and misleading question that begs another–How many times did Z-man call a pass play that required a pass more than 20 yards downfield in 16 games?

  92. (Jesse)James May 14, 2009 11:39 am

    wf2..I respect your opinion…but in Mac’s hiring, several things had to be waved..including the hiring procedures and union hiring processes….they were waived by the administration. The law is the law and under hiring procedures there is a certain process that needs to be followed as codified in statutes. This process can be changed but it will take a change in the law to change the system. That’s all I am saying. I’m not being hoodwinked…if you knew where i worked I think I know what I am talking about…..

  93. Kazz May 14, 2009 11:40 am


    May 14th, 2009 at 11:30 am
    Wow……..so if Medeiros exits spring as the #1 LSB, that means Rodney Bradley and Dustin Blount are 2nd string. Try justifying that…….

    Could be a moot point IF Ron Lee is going to go with the “platoon system” at the WR positions as previously mentioned a few months ago.

    Personally based on what I saw a the Warrior Bowl, maybe there is a chance ONE QB can work with 8 different WRs in one game.

    I can see two “batches” of WRs sharing equal time or being implemented in situational instances:

    “First unit”
    LWO – Rodney Bradley
    LSB – Jon Medeiros
    RSB – Kealoha Pilares
    RWO – Malcolm Lane

    “Second unit”
    LWO – Billy Ray Stutzmann / Greg Salas (depending if BRS is going to redshirt)
    LSB – Greg Salas
    RSB – Dustin Blount
    RWO – Royce Pollard / Billy Ray Stutzmann (depending if BRS is going to redshirt)

    I have no favorites, but I still believe the best players will be out there on the field in games based on some glaring personel errors last season in all positions.

    I don’t recall Rodney Bradley’s name being tossed in the slotback discussions though.

  94. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 11:41 am

    wf2 – nononono! I want to see Colt play for the ‘Skins… really. I have invested in a CB #5 jersey and a CC47 jersey. That’s a BIG committment! Bwahahaha! 😆

    But seriously, all will work out. I’m looking forward to preseason with confidence that Colt is “in the pipe” and everything is rolling along at just the right speed for his development and success.

    Whatever happens – will be ultimately good. 😎

  95. WenatcheeWarrior May 14, 2009 11:44 am


    I’m assuming that if Medeiros really is the #1 LSB that would move Greg Salas back to LWR, meaning Bradley would sit. I highly doubt we would bench our most productive WR from 2008 for anyone, let alone Jon.

  96. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 11:51 am

    At this point in time it doesnt matter who is pemciled at #1 for slot. Medeiros as I understand is another Aaron Bain–and I mean that with all the proper respect that comes with hard work ethic, knowledge of route schemes and dedication.
    He is a perfect player for Ron Lee to award that status exiting spring.
    We are talking about a set of coaching standards that may differ from casual fan perception.
    The bottomline and MESSAGE to the other slots who may be more athletically gifted (and make no mistake we have other slots with more athletic assests than Medeiros) is to pay attention and learn the route systems–that includes 7-7 voluntary drills this summer.
    Typical Ron Lee.
    He did it with Davone Bess and Chad Owens (JJ included in this tactic).
    You want to beat Medeirous–Get your butt out during the summer!
    ….you may not see it, but their are more EYES watching those 7-7s than water cups littered around the field.

  97. Garret May 14, 2009 11:52 am

    Note to Liz, jm2375, and the other Dish subscribers in Hawaii–the HD channels turned on today, but you need a dish pointed at 129 degrees (in addition to the one at 110/119) to get all of them.

    DISH Network today bolstered its HD programming in Hawaii with the addition of 30 high definition channels. Now, DISH Network offers more than 65 high definition channels for its subscribers in Hawaii.

  98. FloridaTed May 14, 2009 11:53 am

    Chris Cooley is quite diplomatic. What I read between the lines means, Jason, get your act together, there’s a mean Colt after your mares…..

    This is Jasons make or break year and they will give Colt a shot, before the spend wild money on drafting a QB, unless they’re crazy, which is entirely possible.

  99. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 11:57 am

    Jesse, isnt it curious, that the fastest hire at UHAD in the last 10 years occured when we didnt have an AD and it took a floppy-looking influenza intellect from UC Davis sporting a Cowboy hat and riding a carbonless scooter…. to get it done.

    You are too close to the trees to see the forest bud….but credit you for thinking and reason 🙂

  100. protector May 14, 2009 12:02 pm

    I’m no volleyball expert although I have been a fan since some of Shoji’s early teams in the 70’s & early 80’s. Although Donovan & the Selection Committee should have the courtesy to listen to Shoji’s recommendation, I think it would be ludicrous to give him carte blanche on the matter. Essentially he’s been resting on his laurels for a long, long time & has been out-coached the majority of the time in this last decade. I think he & his staff are good recruiters & occasionally have had some world-class players (Willoughby, Tee Williams, etc.), but have been either out-manned and/or out-coached when they play Stanford & USC , etc. and just don’t always seem to get the best out of their charges all of the time although they have a few sustained flashes of brilliance. I can’t comment on some of his recent charges but back in the early 80’s I had the privilege & honor to make the acquaintance of a number of great female volleyball student -athletes. Though they remained respectful they were clearly not inspired by his leadership & seemed to win “despite” his tutelage. That was an extremely strong & mature corps / unit of individuals who were just naturally team-oriented & had that unbelievable will-to-win. In the last 20 years. Shojis has had terrific players who were likeable & popular with fans & even had that one Championship with Suzanne Eagye & Company? (although forgive my poor memory if I’m wrong). But he has not had a whole unit of players like that –it’s usually 2 to 3 players who get it & the rest, not so much. I blame that on the coaching staff if they’re not getting the maximum out of them. I hope other are right that there aren’t any lemons among the finalists.

  101. Kazz May 14, 2009 12:02 pm

    Oh Liz,

    That’s one of, if not the MAIN reason I have not purchased a Colt Brennan #5 Redskins jersey.

    Pro players get shuffled around and then there are “fall-outs” between teams and such.

    I would have bought it ONLY if I was ready to purchase future Colt Brennan jerseys should he go to other teams, which is pretty much inevitable in today’s NFL. Well who am I kidding? Pro players going from team to team is common place in pro sports.

    It’s ok, I still cling onto my #15 UH jersey as I know this will be a constant!

  102. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 12:14 pm

    Actually I purchased several Colt jerseys last year on a trip to DC and I was anticipating a trade in the future.
    A knowledgeable source told me if Colt made it on another team the Skins’ jersey would have a collectors item value.

  103. SpinDisBuggah! May 14, 2009 12:15 pm

    tail spin:

    May 14th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    enjoy reading your commentary and insights of the baseball team and UH sports, wishing we had more posters like you. wanted to throw up yesterday at reading about non essential things posters write here, least i can say you’re essential. keep it up

    Oh please…then we would all be bored to tears reading stats and scenarios all day long. Get real! You want more of this, go to the other blogs. We of the WB like to have fun in between seasons, ball games, or times of sports crisis. We emphasize FUN, even at our gatherings [with the Blog host by the way!] So drop the attitude and join the fun…what? You no like Bacon?

    “Non-essential” stuff like Da Dirty Commish doing a thread on Bacon turned out to be funny and informative for those who want to know about such things. If not exercise your right to scroll down and catch Garret’s informative posts on which way the world is turning.

    Don’t scold, just scroll!

  104. Kekoa May 14, 2009 12:19 pm

    We have a Spinster on board now!
    Ya Hootie!…er…Hooters!…Whatevahz!

  105. Kazz May 14, 2009 12:23 pm


    As a collector’s item, I can understand.

    Personally speaking, I have my favorite Colt Brennan “collector’s item” signed by Colt locked away under lucite. 😉

  106. A-House May 14, 2009 12:23 pm


    I believe most of us are kinda antsy about the loooong selection process ( time wise) for any UH coaching position. Especially, when you hear about mainland schools hiring a replacement in a day or two.

    How do you propose Jim D move faster with the selection of 2 coaches when the selection committees are still interviewing applicants and have not yet arrived with the 3-5 finalists?

    J(J)’s statements about the law is correct and I agree with his assessment that the law needs to be changed to speed the process. But, should the law be changed only to accommodate UH? If yes, why?

    Maybe, the current situation could have moved along faster IF someone at UH could have started the process earlier (especially when you know a year or more in advance that the current coach will be replaced) or is this also controlled by law? If the latter, then we go back to J(J)’s point that the law must be changed first BEFORE Jim D can make faster postings and/or decisions.

    To better understand the current law, do we need to go back in time to see what had or was happening in Hawaii when the Legislature passed the law? How much did “plantation” mentality contribute? How much did the way certain ethnicities were being treated add to the filibuster? How much did the “unions” affect individual legislator’s decision? How much did the fear of hiring an “outsider” contribute?

    How old were you and were you affected by what occurred? Many old timers still remember well what happened to them individually and to their families and friends. Do you remember, in the 1940’s, when a certain “local” airline did not treat their ‘local” customers well and was a major catylst in the forming of another “local” airline? How about certain life insurance companies who refused to issue life policies to certain “local” residents until Transamerica changed that? And, how a new bank was created to take care of “locals” because certain “local” banks prefered to have other customers.

    I would change the law by excluding all collegiate coaching positions in Hawaii from the collective bargining process. But as Garret pointed out a long time ago, why would the union agree to this when it is a “cash cow” for their union? Also, the UHAD must be much more timely in moving along the selection process by early anouncements, selecting the committee earlier, giving the selection committe a mandate of XXX days to have the 3-5 finalists ready for review/approval, etc.

    Do you have a plan to change the current selection system? Please share with us because I and many others feel the same frustration on naming a new coach.

    Dang, gotta get off the box and back to work – hehe!!

  107. Kazz May 14, 2009 12:24 pm

    I still say the sound of frying bacon sounds like applause.

  108. Dirty Commish May 14, 2009 12:28 pm

    Actually the main man Tsai himself went on about bacon yesterday and it was kind of a sub theme for the day that leaked over to today’s postings.

    It’s like any good show, where there are many levels and subplots going on concurrent to the main plotline.

    PowderPuff, if you do indeed indulge in Bacon Lip Gloss, Dirty Commish has one word for you: Rrrrrrooooooowwwrrrrrrrr

    Congratulations Jon Mederios. There. Post is now relevant.

  109. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 12:36 pm

    Tailspin was making a legit comment as far as his perceptions, no need to trash him….do your thing and continue the friendly and harmless banter betw tsai-kos.
    There is plenty of room on this cyber address for diversity of opinion, as long as it follows common sense rules of respect.

  110. tail spin May 14, 2009 12:41 pm


    when you donkeys talk garbage all day, it suppresses others from posting. but you wouldn’t realize this because your caught up in the stupid rretarded tsaiko euphoria. just listen to yourselves, absolutely retarded. nothing stimulating at all.

  111. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 12:47 pm

    No post suppression here except for personal attacks.


  112. Kevin May 14, 2009 12:49 pm

    People shouldn’t get too excited about Gesser’s presence establishing a recruiting pipeline between UH and Eastside Catholic High School. As they’re not exactly a football power in Washington. Don’t get me wrong, they do have a pretty good team, but they are a 3A school which means they aren’t as big and probably don’t have a deep roster stacked with Div 1 type players (4A is the big schools – think red, white, and blue divisions in hawaii).

    That said, if Gesser were to land at one of the bigger city schools like: Rainer Beach (adam leonard’s alma mater) that’d be a different story.

  113. Kazz May 14, 2009 12:59 pm

    For those that cannot make it to Murakami Stadium:

    K-5 Television Schedule for Rainbow Baseball 05/14-05/24.

    -All games will be televised.

  114. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 1:00 pm

    Aloha Florida Ted-

    Your #98 shows that you are getting your fine form back- good post. My perception is that this will be a critical year for all the returning ‘Skins QBs. Last year’s starter needs to take it up a notch, if he can’t then the second and third stringers will need to show that they are up to the task. I hope that Colt is still slated for a lot of pre-season reps so that he can prove himself a contender for the starting job. Like most here, I have an extreme bias for Colt, but I truly believe he’ll make an excellent starter.

  115. KAT May 14, 2009 1:03 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    just testing – I’m new.

  116. Kazz May 14, 2009 1:05 pm


    Yup we’re biased towards Colt.

    Those that don’t believe he can do any good can think what they want. We all watched him perform over the years here and I don’t think any of us can doubt the “magnetism” of his personality.

    Any franchise that has his services is gaining a good QB and a better person. I pity those that cannot see this.

  117. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 1:05 pm

    Hi KAT!
    Welcome to the blog!

  118. Kazz May 14, 2009 1:06 pm


    Yup it worked! 😉


  119. Laulesi Fa'afetai May 14, 2009 1:07 pm



    Welcome tu da plog!

  120. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 1:10 pm

    As for receivers, if you look at Kazz’s and wf2’s posts, we truly have a lot of great athletes at that position. Competition will be fierce, and the line between first and second units could be very thin by the looks of it. Glad to see Medeiros get a schollie.

  121. addahknowjoe May 14, 2009 1:10 pm


    The Google Maps camera car is carousing through Kalihi industrial.

    Stay indoors. Close your windows if you no like be on the net. =)

  122. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 1:11 pm

    Howdy Kat. Welcome!

  123. d1島 May 14, 2009 1:14 pm


    Time fo’ trow some Tsaikos posters in da windows! 😉

    😳 Yay Jon Medeiros! (jus’ fo keep erryboddy from getting all “spun out”)

  124. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 1:16 pm

    I guess I’ll put on my WAC Champs hat, Warrior Football Tee shirt, grab my mini UH banner and go stand on the sidewalk outside! 😆

  125. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 1:16 pm

    A-H, much appreciation for a thoughtful and reasoned response. I read your entire post twice.

    Let me say first, we can agree that change needs to happen in the selection process to make it more efficient and ultimately–to move expeditiousily.
    As a corollary to expeditious selection we assume competence in our AD to possess the wide-ranging assests, experiece and contacts to make a credible selection.
    You must have both the freedom to move quickly and the repartee in expertise.

    Secondly, I do not agree that process is by itself the primary problem. As we witnessed w hermie there was an issue in competency or repartee in expertise.
    Im bothered by Jim Donovan’s hedging and silence during times when he he should be more responsive and reassuring to Hawaii’s fanbase and tax-paying community.

    Thirdly, while I do have ideas (LOL, who doesnt) that is not the point. While my opinion to bring about change is timely and relevant, my recommendations as to particular amendment are irrelevant at this time.
    Focus is on identifying and acknowledging the issue than getting the administration to do something about it.
    The public, you or me, at that time can input their individual testimony.

    The UH administration is currently in a jurisdictional position to request legislative change.

    For the instant moment, all we fanz can do is complain and call our legislators–which many have done.

    These are indeed difficult economic times and if UHAD doesnt find more laditude to move quickly on fire and hires–we are looking at more revenue downfalls.
    The Nash decision will ultimately take 5 years to recover from the Riley Wallace retire. Troublesome, given men’s basketball is one of three breadwinners in the UHAD program.

    Maybe the AD doesnt want that responsibility, ever ponder that?
    Currently, he is paid to make those decisions, but can duck behind selection committees that are laughable to the most part. So, who is accountable to the tax payer for bad hires like Bolla?
    We rewarded hermie by terminating him but bought out his contract.
    Who owes the tax payer for that blunder?

    Dont forget, UH is tax-driven and unless Jim Donovan can raise $30 m from the private sector he answers to John Q.,
    not Koa Anuenue.

  126. A-House May 14, 2009 1:16 pm


    Your point is well taken, but perhaps UH coaching staff should keep an open mind as some very good players from “lower” tiered schools have played for UH in the past and some from Maui and the Big Island have gone on to play in the PAC-10.

  127. d1島 May 14, 2009 1:17 pm


    We’ll see if end up with more clear shots of Republican St or Democrat St…… 😆

    😳 Warrior Football is da bes’ (spin-a-roo!)

  128. KAT May 14, 2009 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the welcome! JaM helped me log into this site and told me how fun as well as informative you all were. Thanks Jam!

  129. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 1:17 pm

    DPK- as much as I would like to see one QB (GA) step into the shoes of the Coltster at the helm, I am waiting to see the reincarnation of the Dreds – if that is even possible. They are my personal “Fab Five” and I hope we see a lot of good hands and “tricky” fast feet YAC this year!

  130. Kazz May 14, 2009 1:21 pm


    Yeah, get plenny available weapons. I wonder if maybe Coach Mack and Coach Lee scrapped the proposed “platoon” idea?

    It was/is believed that we’d need a consistent core of four receivers to play every down so they can be in tune with the QB in order to be effective.

    Yes Colt, Davone, J-Riv, RGM played together for a while with some newcomers being plugged in like Sample, Mock, Dickerson and recently Hawthorne, but at the same time the talent level of the big three was quite evident and it was a unique and fortunate situation for UH fans.

    This time, I think we can “get away” with having, at the most, 8 top receivers to share the duties of executing our offense. The may not display the explosiveness of past receivers, yet, but the athleticism and potential is there.

  131. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 1:21 pm

    “Fab Five” includes CB15…
    of course, you know that’s what I meant… :mrgreen:

  132. A-House May 14, 2009 1:23 pm

    Congrats to Jon M – well deserved, I’m sure!

    another great example of someone willing to work hard and make sacrifices to earn their goal(s).

    will he now quit his temp position with the Maintenance Dept? this department is always a soft spot for me as I spent an entire summer working for them while taking 1 day and night class just before graduation.

  133. d1島 May 14, 2009 1:24 pm

    Get referral fee for hooking up Tsaikos? 😆

    Welcome KAT! Look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

  134. d1島 May 14, 2009 1:27 pm


    Was just wondering if da Guugle Kaa get one big, translucent arrow on the ground in front of ’em?

  135. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 1:30 pm

    Last post for a bit-

    To me, college football is pretty pure as a sport. Like Olympic wrestling.
    The NFL is like WWF – outrageous entertainment sport.

    Seems like the biggest transition that the college guys have to make is the ‘marketing” side of the sport. Some go the badboy route (bo-ring) and some are funny and approachable like Cooley. Campbell and Brennan both seem to be more like college guys still… and the “seasoning” part of that last mile to NFL success is developing the entertainment persona side of their game.




  136. jojo ® May 14, 2009 1:30 pm

    Hiya Kat!

    Kazz – I totally agree on the bacon/applause thing. Which is why I rather sing in the kitchen…

  137. Pauoa Boy May 14, 2009 1:35 pm

    Congrats to Jon Medeiros earning the scholarship…
    I not reading too much into him being #1 left slotback, still early yet and still get planny time for guys to leap frog each other in the summer. Nothing against Medeiros as he is a solid slot guy but I do feel a lineup of Rodney Bradley, Malcolm Lane, Greg Salas, and Kealoha Pilares would be a more explosive unit. I’d like to see what Desting Stewart is all about too…

  138. A-House May 14, 2009 1:36 pm

    Hi Kat:

    Welcome to our crazy world of Tsaikos “where we live and learn to grow” – now, wait a doggone minute, that’s lyrics from an old Ivy League song book!!!

    Yes, Yes, I remember, The Halls of Ivy! d1, remember???

  139. Pauoa Boy May 14, 2009 1:37 pm

    Oops Desting Stewart = Destin Stewart

  140. Pauoa Boy May 14, 2009 1:39 pm

    Colt Brennan will get his soon…I envision him becoming a Pro-Bowl quarterback for the Redskins if Coach Zorn would let him start. Jason Campbell’s days are numbered and he’s more of a solid backup then a starter to me…

  141. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 1:44 pm

    re: depth chart.
    Nothing really matters until the first snap of the season.
    But I think we can all agree that Salas, Lane and Pilares will play the bulk of the snaps. Where? Who knows?
    I give credit to Medeiros for working hard, knowing his routes and, when it comes time, making plays.
    If you’re a UH fan, you should be happy there’s depth and talent at the four receiver positions.

  142. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 1:46 pm

    Re: Banter.
    I love it all. There’s room for everyone.
    Me? I really wanted to know how to make crispy turkey bacon. So yesterday’s chats were helpful.
    But most topics are up for discussions. Fire away, well, as long as you don’t offend the host.

  143. Garret May 14, 2009 1:49 pm


    I think that the most important thing about depth is that it protects against injuries. Injuries happen all the time and having starter-quality backups can be the difference in games and seasons. I think this is even more critical for the QB position, but one or two starting WRs seem to get hurt every year and the better the backups are the better UH will be.

  144. cheepono May 14, 2009 1:52 pm


  145. Garret May 14, 2009 1:53 pm


    I agree that the school Gesser is at doesn’t have a ton of recruits each year, but every time a high school gets a UH-friendly coach I think it helps recruiting. You never know when a school will get recruits (Oregon has already contacted Gesser for a reason), and there also is the chance that you noted of Gesser moving up to a bigger high school if he does well.

    The other useful thing is that Gesser is changing their system on offense, and I’m guessing he’s going to go to a St. Louis-style offense…which would help UH evaluate the recruits and would train players for a system like UH runs.

  146. layson May 14, 2009 1:54 pm

    tadd fujikawa shot 2 over 72 and t101

  147. Kazz (blkberry_storm) May 14, 2009 2:00 pm


    I think the Tsaiko referral prize is good for one hamburger steak plate lunch! :mrgreen:

  148. PowderPuff May 14, 2009 2:00 pm

    So I went to the cafeteria and had…bacon for lunch! Bacon-flavored lip gloss stays on as long as I don’t indulge in…bacon ice cream. Hey, I love pigskin, pig fat, pig whatevah.

  149. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 2:04 pm

    and pig-outs.

    Kazz… so if I introduce my schizophrenic other half… does that get me that hamburger steak plate?

    me- Wha?

    ae- Shaddup…

    me- Me shaddup? You shaddup!

    ae- Whassamattayou shaddupme?… you shaddup, you ..

    me- Eh? Whassamattayou wasssammatta me? shaddup you shaddup!

  150. d1島 May 14, 2009 2:05 pm


    Is that why you like to “ham it up”?


  151. d1島 May 14, 2009 2:06 pm



  152. Buffoman May 14, 2009 2:17 pm

    I believe that the problems the UH is facing with regard to its financial situation is greater than stadium give backs or who and when a coach is hired or fired.

    The problem we have at UH is that the enitre system has gotten away from leadership for whatever reason (meddling Regents, micromanaging Legislature and Governor, union, etc..).

    First, I don’t believe that the UH views athletics as a true part of the entire UH system. If it did, why would we be quibbling about student fees to support its existence? I don’t know if Northwestern being a private school charges student fees or feels a necessity to do so (rich alum and endowment?), but academically they are perceived to be light years ahead of the UH-Manoa. But look at how they embrace their athletic program. Somewhere some leader of that institution said that athletics was going to be an integral part of the system and even in the years when they were pummeled by the Big 10 brethern, they never dropped the program.

    If we had some form of leadership on that campus, there would be student fees and athletics and student services would be vastly better than what we have today. In its place we have the Regents weighing in on what the President and AD shoudl do, the professors adding their two cents about what the institution should be (one without athletics, and maybe they’re right, who knows) the student government tell the school they vote against fees. I’m amazed they’re all not telling the president what books to by, what cheers should be allowed and who should or should not teach.

    The school simply lacks leadership and that is the start of all of the problems. What we see in the athletic arena is simply a symptom of a much bigger problem.

  153. Jason May 14, 2009 2:17 pm

    That Stephen Tsai, he’s so untalented. I wish he’d stop hogging the mike and give it to a mike hog that’s got talent, like Lefty. 😉

    Congrats to Jon Medeiros! I too am not reading much into the depth chart thing. I think there will be a nice solid rotation of guys. The depth we have is awesome, I love how there are position battles everywhere.

    Okay, one test left to go. I don’t even know what’s going to be on this test, my prof didn’t tell us anything for a review. 🙁

  154. Blah Blah May 14, 2009 2:19 pm


    There you go! Still- a little negative at times but, much improvement!

    You do have good insights. Excellent at times. It’s the negative, demoralizing dumb-ass sarcastic remarks that clouds your points and makes everyone turn a blind eye to you. And that my friend, is what makes my name say sooooo much more than you’ve ever said on this blog.

    That’s a shame.

    Be positive. Stay thirsty my friend. You’ll do alright, son.

  155. warrior4life May 14, 2009 2:26 pm

    good jobs ks hawaii girls softball team for winning last night any kolten wong fans in this blog watch his sister a pitcher for ks hawaii girls softball team they play a 3pm at the uh rainbow warriors girls softball field . stephen tsai tell uh softball coach start recruit but she only a true freshmen . a another story is tita mahoe the first base ks hawaii is the sister to ikaika mahoe that plays on the uh warriors football.

  156. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 2:30 pm


    Since Medeiros gets his scholarship as as senior, when does he have to graduate for it NOT to affect the APR standings?

  157. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 2:33 pm

    Gotta go do some research on tennis strings for my son’s Fischer 98 magnetic pro rackets… See what’s new this year.. what’s hot.. what’s not… then probably chuck all those hours of research aside and buy the same stuff I bought last year…or whatever is available on Ebay.

  158. A-House May 14, 2009 2:45 pm


    I like that you and others, like BigHilofan2, keep posting about high school athletes that may contribute to UH sports!

    besides telling ST, no shame talk directly to Coach Coolen (956-4506) – easy guy to talk with and you would have a lot more info than ST on those 2 player – who knows, maybe Coolen already has them “penciled in” as players to watch!!

    mahalos for the support!!!

  159. Kazz May 14, 2009 2:58 pm


    No sked! Call up Coach Coolen as mentioned by A-House. It’s hard to tell when a coach is in his office especially during the off-season, but no harm in trying.

    As A-House mentioned, maybe Coach Coolen will be there in person to see the girls in action for himself?

    BTW, they play today at 3?

  160. OldDiver May 14, 2009 3:02 pm

    Regarding #52

    The athletics vs academics argument is pretty much a nation wide thing at the University level. Red ink in athletic programs is also a nation wide problem. As I recall only about 18 or 19 athletic departments nation wide are in the black. Things seem amplified here since it is happening in our backyard. For example people wonder why so many of our football players get injured during the season. Well if you read the sports sections in mainland papers you will find our injury rate to be no different than other teams. Why can some of the BCS schools hire and fired quickly? Money. Money is the grease in the wheels of athletic departments. Rules can be broken if enough money is involved. We don’t have any so we need to stick to present rules.

  161. OldDiver May 14, 2009 3:02 pm

    Sorry, #152

  162. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 3:12 pm

    blah blah, as your screen name indicates, u have low self-esteem my friend, sorry I cant help u….but, perhaps if u reduce your loco moco diet, it may streamline your gray matter.

  163. A-House May 14, 2009 3:17 pm

    In all my years supporting UH, I can not recall a single time when the so called “Hawaii hiring law” has ever landed a very good, high profile person to coach any team. Can anyone remember?

    If such is the case, is this a good supportive argument to “amend” the law when it comes to hiring a coach?

    Also, does it make sense to turn away a person who was born and raised in Hawaii because he/she was no longer a resident of Hawaii when it comes to positions in critical areas such as Nursing, Social Work, etc.? I believe it is time for the Legislature to review the law and see what changes should be made, if any, to move Hawaii into an attractive place to live/work/play.

  164. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 3:22 pm

    Keeping the staus quo improves quality?
    That is absolutely ridiculous if not laughable.
    How much money did it take to hire Bob Nash or to replace Bolla and Wilton in timely fashions?
    It will cost more in wasted time and lost revenues in recovery time than it would cost to double their salaries.
    Management inefficiency means lost monies….get it?

    Neveda replaced their basketball coach in less than 24 hours and their budget is less than half of Hawaii’s.

  165. Garret May 14, 2009 3:23 pm


    I looked it up and Northwestern actually added a mandatory $25 student athletics event fee in February 2004 for all undergraduates. In exchange for that fee, they gave all undergraduate students free admission to *all* athletic events!

    Northwestern said that the $25 per year fee would equal the same amount of revenue that they were getting by selling tickets to students…so, I guess the students were not going to home games! Student leaders were concerned that students were not going to home games, so they figured they could charge the fee to every undergrad and the students would then go to the “free” games.

  166. Garret May 14, 2009 3:24 pm

    Here is one of the links to the Northwestern info I mentioned.

    The $25 fee should provide the athletic department with approximately the same amount of revenue as we received through the sale of tickets to students. The fee was a student-led initiative. Student leaders were concerned that the cost of tickets to our home games discouraged students from attending. We think that this new fee can be a big help to us in not only improving student attendance at games, but also in improving spirit at games.

  167. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 3:32 pm

    Thanks, Garret.

    A few posts up-




  168. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 3:34 pm

    Hey duffer! Congrats to da keed!

  169. Kazz May 14, 2009 3:35 pm

    Hmmm… wonder what the UH President candidates think about an athletic fee for students?

  170. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 3:35 pm

    Except where US Constitutional issues are involved, Hawaii is a State which caters to unions and union mindsets to the point of hurting our system infrastructure and crippling our economy.
    What exists at UHAD equally is depressing.

    Only becuz of this economic downturn are the effects of union domination exposed.
    To the point of establishing 12 State tax categories and bumping it with alarming frequency rather than making judicious cuts elsewhere.
    I havent even touched on Honolulu County and its sacred Harvard cow.

  171. Kumu Hula Dela-Cruz-Oshii-Reyes-McKenzie, Jr III May 14, 2009 3:40 pm

    Da kumu says,

    “WF2, relax braddah… all dis talk about “ok?” “get it”… all dat, you sound like one pushy haole. “Haole” not as in skin color but mainland attitude. Da kine pushy and no wave da “shaka” wen someone let you in your lane of traffic.”

    Aloha humuhumunukunukuapua’a,
    Kumu Hula Dela-Cruz-Oshii-Reyes-McKenzie, Jr III

  172. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 3:46 pm

    kumu, sorry I have family kupuna who would take issue with you–read the substance of my print and dont get grounded with your bias. I dont care if u disagree either. That’s kool, but u havent replied in any intelligent fashion that merits consideration.

  173. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 3:52 pm

    where is da slippah…

    oh wait…

    where’s the BACON!!! ????

    so, other than that, Mrs. Kennedy, how was Dallas?


  174. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 3:54 pm

    Hey- my photovoltaic system is going in today.

    Garret- my local Dish guy says the #3 satellite is not working properly. When is is, he’ll come and install another dish to pick it up. In the meantime there is apparently a free promo going on.

    My roof is getting crowded.

  175. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 3:55 pm

    Garret- oops, #3 satellite is not working for Hawaii properly…

  176. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 4:01 pm

    eh, kumu, kanaka maoli?

    here is one of my fav mele inoa done by friends of the ohana.


  177. CleanCommish May 14, 2009 4:03 pm

    Clean Commish thinks that the Warrior Beat is cool.
    Clean Commish would like to post his recipe for bacon too but is too much to type since it involves hunting the boar w/ pitbulls, gutting, and smoking it.
    Clean Commish thinks talking in the third person is weird and only does it to promote his crappy blog. Oh well. Clean Commish wonders what kind of pose jon mederios was taking. Like 2 finger poi? Clean Commish thinks talking in the third person takes toom much typing

  178. CleanCommish May 14, 2009 4:04 pm

    CleanCommish also likes ice cream

  179. CleanCommish May 14, 2009 4:05 pm

    CleanCommish also likes tuna melts w/ taegu

  180. d1島 May 14, 2009 4:05 pm

    The nice thing I’ve found about this blog is:
    I can ignore anybody’s posts! 😈

  181. Buffoman May 14, 2009 4:06 pm

    Well that was a good topic for some discussion. Thanks, Garrett, great find on the student fees.

    My point is still that we seem to lack leadership where it counts which is why there appears to be so many differing view points with no one really directing traffic to a common goal – A strong institution of higher learning that we all can be proud of. Too many hands in the pot and no one (President) willing to “direct traffic”. Look at what Chatt Wright has done to build HPU. That was an insignificant entity before he came along. Look at it now.

  182. Ralph May 14, 2009 4:07 pm

    shockwave flash plugin crashes- happens whenever I switch application between the warrior beat and the HA site…must have something to do with their ads, popups, banners, etc… so what does it mean, what do I need to do, etc. so my computer doesn’t crash….

  183. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 4:13 pm

    Ralph- update your shockwave.

  184. Jason May 14, 2009 4:14 pm

    Ralph: What browser are you using?

  185. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 4:15 pm

    Ralph- also suppress the popups. Hey, are you using IE or Firefox? Firefox is working for me on a PC.

  186. Jason May 14, 2009 4:16 pm

    Ah, here, I found a link:


  187. Garret May 14, 2009 4:22 pm


    I’m still impressed about how the student leadership at Utah State convinced the students to vote for an Athletics fee increase–they went from $113 to $243 per year!

  188. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 4:26 pm

    i could never understand the logic of people who say they chose to ignore people than publish it.

  189. Kekoa May 14, 2009 4:29 pm


    May 14th, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    Tailspin was making a legit comment as far as his perceptions, no need to trash him….do your thing and continue the friendly and harmless banter betw tsai-kos.
    There is plenty of room on this cyber address for diversity of opinion, as long as it follows common sense rules of respect.

    Roger that wf2…but then he followed up with this…

    tail spin:

    May 14th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    when you donkeys talk garbage all day, it suppresses others from posting. but you wouldn’t realize this because your caught up in the stupid rretarded tsaiko euphoria. just listen to yourselves, absolutely retarded. nothing stimulating at all.

    So who’s the ‘rrretard? Who is making himself look like the Jackass with this kind of attack on the Tsaiko’s?…what did we do to offend him? Maybe I just walked in at the wrong time on this one. Can’t we all just get along with Rodney King?

  190. Jason May 14, 2009 4:30 pm

    That reminds me, I was talking to my friend who is an ASUH senator. She is not a sports person, so she was picking my brain to get a sports fan’s perspective. She mentioned how the athletic department is not fiscally sound, citing the football team’s practice of staying at a Waikīkī hotel before every game. I explained to her how that is a standard practice in NCAA Division 1-A football; how surprising now to hear that schools may consider doing away with that!

    But yeah, if UH is to get a student fee, it needs to explain its practices to the non-sports people. And even though there are athletes in ASUH, I still think the UHAD needs to explain all the fiscal practices in order to show the ASUH that it can be trusted with any additional monies. UHAD should also emphasize how athletics’ success helps upper campus; in particular, I think about where money from H-logo sales go.

    If it’s going to happen, there needs to be that kind of communication. But when ASUH reportedly has canceled several meetings … If the economy weren’t so bad, and if tuition were not going up so high over the next few years, I’d support the Chancellor just making a recommendation to the BOR implementing such a fee. But I don’t think it would be very smart of Dr. Hinshaw to do that in today’s economic and political climate. Still, I hope it does happen eventually.

  191. Rob25 May 14, 2009 4:32 pm

    I’m ignoring some posts like d1shima! 👿

  192. Kekoa May 14, 2009 4:38 pm

    wf2 ~ Traffic on the H-1 West bound today.

    Visualize hundreds of Guava driving their cars and creating the classic “Guava Jam!”

    Ah yes…a classic Sunday Manoa Album.

  193. Kazz May 14, 2009 4:38 pm

    RE: UH Student Fees (Athletics)

    DO IT.

  194. Jason May 14, 2009 4:38 pm

    Did someone say something? Oh, it was only Rob25. 😉

  195. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:39 pm

    Friendly reminder:
    We may differ, but let’s be respectful to each other.

  196. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 4:40 pm

    What _I_ don’t understand is why some people have to poke at other people when their tender underbellies are all exposed in sincere conversation – whether about sports or otherwise. It’s just not very polite or necessary and reflects badly on the one doing the poking.

  197. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:41 pm

    I think student fees are acceptable as long as the students get something out of it. Free tickets to games, first come, first served basis. That sounds pretty reasonable.

  198. kama krab May 14, 2009 4:41 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Very interesting forum today. I am just stoping by to say great job, a lot of informative conversation, just gotta keep it civilized.

    O.k. jumping of the soap box

  199. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 4:41 pm

    Ya know, the venerable Pops Leahey had an excellent rant during the L&L show last night. He reiterated that UH needs both a student fee for athletics and a fair revenue sharing arrangement with Aloha Stadium for Warrior football games. If anybody has the inside angle on UH Athletics, (besides Tsai and a few posters here who fancy themselves as such 😆 ) it would be Jim Leahey. Like he’s admitted, he’s old, and he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. And in this case, he’s absolutely right. The powers that be have held Aloha Stadium ransom long enough, and as Pops pointed out, the late Gov. John A. Burns said in 1975 that Aloha Stadium was being built for UH Football. UH is the only WAC team without a revenue sharing program with it’s football venue. Why can’t that be fixed? Out of state tuition at UH is now around $8,000.00 per semester. Is 50 bucks to support UH athletics a deal breaker for the students wanting to attend here?

    Whew! It’s fun channeling Pops.

    And the bacon sizzles…

  200. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:43 pm

    I think the 10-day waiting period for new hires is fine.
    What I don’t understand is why that applies to GAs. It’s ridiculous that UH had to wait so long to name Mike Smith as a GA.

  201. Kazz May 14, 2009 4:44 pm


    You are still up there. Is it really an issue with ASUH feeling that UHAD throws money away and they cannot be trusted with the fees should they be implemented?

    If so that is a legitimate concern, as it should be.

    I do hope that was their ORIGINAL concern to begin with and not something pulled out of the back closet in an attempt to have a “legitimate” reason.

    But speaking of the hotel stays prior to home games… What other UH teams get to do this? What is the exact reasoning for this? To monitor curfew prior to home games? Without knowing the details at this point, cutting back on this in these economical pinching times sounds like a reasonable “CUT” off the spendatures. Better than looking at cutting other non-revenue sports down the line!

  202. kama krab May 14, 2009 4:44 pm


  203. Diogenes Sinope May 14, 2009 4:44 pm

    OFF-TOPIC warning!

    If the bacon lovers are interested, Nieman-Marcus sells a chocolate bar that has bacon in it. Little weird but interesting. Forgot the name of the chocolate company but check it out – candy counter is next to the entrance to Mariposa restaurant.

  204. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 4:45 pm

    I remember a wise old blog host who once said: “Can’t we all just get along?”

  205. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:45 pm

    I think UH already gets a good deal with Aloha Stadium.
    It doesn’t pay rent.
    It gets to keep field-level advertising money.
    OK, it doesn’t get parking or concessions but 1) Aloha Stadium needs to make money, too. 2) Would you want UH athletics to be in charge of food? They’d end up catering, which is essentially what Center Plate provides right now.

  206. LizKauai [Unite and Conquer] May 14, 2009 4:47 pm

    hmmm. I wonder who Diogenes Sinope is…
    offtopic warning and all


  207. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:48 pm

    The one thing I’ve never been able to understand is how the budget swelled from $16 million in 2002 to $29 million today, especially since new sports haven’t been added.
    It just seems like a really high figure.
    I wouldn’t even know how to spend $29 million.

  208. Kazz May 14, 2009 4:49 pm

    Hmmm… are all of the “H-logo” revenue still going towards “auxiliary services”?

  209. Jason May 14, 2009 4:52 pm

    What other sport has 100+ players to keep track of? What other sport has such large (11 player) units where each player needs to know what the others are doing in order for things to work out? And what sport brings in so much money? Considering how winning correlates with ticket sales and attendance, I can understand spending the extra money if that means better preparation for the game. I don’t think you can legitimately say any other sport deserves that kind of privilege. But then again, I can understand the concern that my friend had over that. I’m not sure if that fiscal responsibility is a concern amongst all the ASUH senators or just my friend, but I do think fiscal transparency will help go a long way towards such a fee passing.

    And I’m with Stephen, free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. In fact, with the proposed increases in seat availability for students (doubling football seats from 2,500 to 5,000), I don’t think there’s going to be any worries about selling out student tickets anymore. I still advocate an optional bonus fee that gets special benefits, along the line of a student booster program, but I’m not sure if the athletic department is considering that strongly; one concern I’ve heard is the cost to run such an infrastructure, but we already have the Mānoa Maniacs in place, just expand on that to get things done.

    The problem most students have, however, is that they won’t use the benefits that come with the fee. That’s why I say $50 is too much. You need to market the benefits. $50 = 10 tickets. If you don’t go to 10 sporting events, you lose out. Make it $25, and that’s five tickets. It’s much more reasonable to expect students to go to five sporting events than it is for them to go to ten. Then as the student attendance grows, we can consider increasing the fee to $35, then to $50.

  210. Kazz May 14, 2009 4:54 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    May 14th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I wouldn’t even know how to spend $29 million.

    If I had 29 million (AFTER TAXES)

    -Ching Complex would be completed.

    -I’d pay my bills.

    -I’d quit this crazy-arse job for a few years while I return to school to get into what I really want.

    … I better stop fantasizing before I SCNHAPP… 😈

  211. Maverick May 14, 2009 4:56 pm

    DPK –
    Re: post # 199


    Howzit gang. Wishing everyone well.

  212. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 4:57 pm


    Doesn’t the stadium get a *LOT* of revenue from the swap meets held year round, which aren’t even canceled on game day?

    Do you know that UH also has to pay Aloha Stadium $750,000 to the Stadium each game for so called operating costs? Either UH needs all such fees waived or a bigger share of the revenue pie.

    You have a point about the UHAD’s budget. Maybe they should put Marion Higa or Rich2176 on that one. While their at it, why not an audit of the stadium swap meet as well… 😉

  213. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 4:59 pm

    I said Aloha Stadium one time too many above… Sorry. 😳

  214. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 4:59 pm

    It is $29 million after taxes, since UH doesn’t get taxed on revenue.

  215. Maverick May 14, 2009 4:59 pm


    My greasy lover

  216. Dirty Commish May 14, 2009 5:03 pm

    For an aversion to typing, CleanCommish sure has a lot to say.

  217. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 5:06 pm

    kekoa, sorry brah i was away, yeah, my aunt made all kind tapes for me and i put it on my ipod for travel.
    Here is one of Gabby’s back yard-jams with Peter, Bla, a youthful Palani (on harp) and others.


  218. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 5:06 pm

    Howzit Maverick! Long time no smell! 😆

  219. Garret May 14, 2009 5:09 pm

    But speaking of the hotel stays prior to home games… What other UH teams get to do this?

    No other UH team does this before a home game, just football. However, this is standard practice among D-IA teams…though I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how teams are considering cutting this out to save money.

    The players have meetings with their coaches and they are kept out of trouble–I think those are the two main benefits. When you consider the size of the football team and the hotel expense, UH might need to study this issue.

    Doesn’t UH have sponsors from Waikiki hotels (Outrigger, etc.)? Could a hotel become the “official hotel sponsor of the UH football team” and give *free* rooms for the 7 or 8 nights a year that the Warriors stay in a hotel for a home game? Considering that Friday night is not a busy night for the convention crowd and that tourism might be a little low for the Fall, that could be a nice way for a hotel to get a lot of goodwill and give UH a boost. If Hawaiian Airlines can keep letting UH coaches fly for free for recruiting, can fly the whole team to Maui for a practice/scrimmage, etc., one of the many hotels in Oahu should be able to step up and show their Aloha!

  220. Dirty Commish May 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    DPK: While $50 may seem like a pittance when compared to thousands of dollars in tuition, the Commish remembers what it was like to be a student trying to pay his way through school.

    It just would seem really unfair to pay for something that you did not believe in or even care about. As a student the Commish had to book it from class to work two separate jobs. Weekends were also for work, and with schoolwork, where does that leave room for attending games, free or not?

    Not to say that ALL students are in the same situation, but a hunch that a good number are.

    It’s like the neighbor islands having to pay for the rail system they would likely never use. (Wait, are they paying for it too? If not then hypothetically speaking the neighbor islands having to pay for a rail system they would probably never use).

    Of course, the Commish was at UH during the VonAppen years, so not supporting the athletic department was kind of mandatory…

  221. Maverick May 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    Can ya’ really smell me?

    I’m bathed in Hi-Karate !

  222. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    The Great one sings “moonlight lady”.
    ‘nalo is maoli!


  223. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:16 pm

    I think it’s $750,000 for the season, not per game.

  224. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 5:18 pm

    Wazz da big deal, raise the tuition!
    Ill say it again we have ball-less wonders running our U.
    They can raise our taxes, gas, property, license fees, vehicle tax and 12 seperate state tax catagories of taxation , but they cant go $50 lousy chicken feed dollars to keep alive a program that draws blue-collar support at Aloha Stadium. Creeps!

  225. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:22 pm

    My gut feeling is this is all for show.
    Athletics goes through the whole song and dance.
    Rejection, rejection, rejection.
    Then the board will approve the student fee, anyway.
    Just a gut feeling.

  226. Jason May 14, 2009 5:23 pm

    Dirty Commish hit it right on the head, that’s the biggest concern I’m hearing from the student body. And that’s why I say $25/semester is better than $50. I’d love to pay $50, but I’m a die-hard, not everybody is. I don’t think $50 gets past ASUH, although I’m not sure how the new ASUH president feels about this. If HF had gotten it done earlier, it might have passed when Grant Teichman was in office. That said, I can understand why the UHAD would push for $50, it is fiscally necessary. Then again, consider $25 might be better than $0. It depends on whether the Chancellor or President (probably the Chancellor) is willing to risk political capital on bypassing the student government to push for a fee with the BOR. And while I think she could get it done, I’m not sure I want Dr. Hinshaw to do that; she’s doing a lot of good right now, and I’d imagine riled students might lead to liberal activists in the UHPA speaking out as well.

    And what Garret mentioned is good too. When talking to my friend, I automatically assumed that a lot of the hotels are team sponsors or whatnot. Then again, I’m not sure every college town has hotels big enough to be such a big-name sponsor. If a hotel doesn’t currently sponsor UH football, it would be great for one to step up and give free or greatly reduced rates. There are marketing possibilities there too — allow the hotel to package tickets and hotel rooms for tourists, charter a bus out to Aloha Stadium, stuff like that.

  227. Da Punchbowl Kid May 14, 2009 5:25 pm

    Hai Karate and Bacon… That’ll get you a lot of dates.

    That’s a good point. The bottom line is that they gotta either cut programs or raise revenue. Which will it be?

    Per game or per season. Waive it. Or give them a bigger a cut from revenue.

  228. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:26 pm

    What about this: $100 for freshmen, $75 for sophomores, $50 for juniors, $25 for seniors?

  229. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:28 pm

    By the way, why is the cutting programs an option?
    Why not cut administrative expenses and staff.

  230. Momo May 14, 2009 5:34 pm

    I have two extra baseball ticket sectioin J lower level. Call if you want them and we will get it to you at the gate at 6.25 tonight. Phone 2470509–momo for tonight 5/14

  231. Jason May 14, 2009 5:38 pm

    Most student fans are older, cause they want to drink. Sporting events (in particular, football) are more social events than anything to these people. No need go if no can legally drink; they’ll find other ways at other venues. (Note: I do not condone underage drinking, but it happens.) Then you consider younger students tend to be taking all the gen ed requirements, so those book fees add up. They tend not to have been working as long, so their incomes are less. Economically, makes no sense for them. And it makes no sense for us cause we want to draw in those younger students, get them to attend these events from the start. If anything, give them the cheapest rate. But then they’ll balk at having to pay more the next year; they’d call it a cheap tax implemented because they are getting older. So yeah, I don’t think anything like that would work. Nice way to think outside the box, though, that’s a new idea.

    I still say the key is how the UHAD connects to students via the community with respect to special benefits and advertising. That’s where John McNamara comes in. He needs to step up. He’s doing better, but he’s still acting like this is minor league ball. He’s gotta step it up and market this as major league ball. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, those are all great things. Now, my question is, how many students know about it? He’ll say it’s in Ka Leo and in the newspapers and whatnot. Well, that hasn’t worked in years. He’s gotta think outside the box in order to connect to the student base. Work with marketing students to get something going. He’s the key guy here to making things work with athletics and students.

  232. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:45 pm

    I think the one thing that needs to be done is to explain where the money will go.
    People are (somewhat) OK with taxation if the money is spent wisely.
    Suppose UH said: The $50 will be used to supplement the women’s basketball team. As part of the contribution, students are eligible for free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
    That would fly.
    But to say UH needs money because there’s a $5 million accumulated deficit, well, that might not fly.
    If your in-law asked for money to pay off a charge-card debt, you’d sorta want to know what was being charged.

  233. Ralph May 14, 2009 5:45 pm

    thanks Liz and Jason running Chrome browser which is not supported by Adobe. My firefox application freezes too often and I’m tired of seeing netflex popups

  234. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 5:46 pm

    . . . and you’d want the in-law to cut up the charge card.

  235. Jason May 14, 2009 5:56 pm

    That’s partially on Jim Donovan because of the comments he made, but again, John McNamara is the key guy here. He needs to be communicating constantly with the student body. It’s local style politics, you go door to door, sign wave, stuff like that. He needs to communicate with the students, not just trust that his words get to the students.

  236. wafan May 14, 2009 6:07 pm

    Good conversations tonight about money. Interesting ones, too, about extraneous comments.

    Cannot please all of the people all of the time.

    See you all on Aloha Friday!

  237. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:08 pm

    ST, I see where u r coming from but in reality its a peter n paul deal….and that is what hurts.
    There r still legislators and folkz around the community that were stung by the $1.1 m paid out to MAC.
    There r still more pissed for paying-out the total remainder to hermie and less for the negotiated settlement with JJ….but when discussed together–it doesnt make sense and shows weakness in management.
    Now comes Bolla n Nash and ur support is dropping faster than the NY Stock exchange.
    UHAD is under a credibility crunch and to a larger extent–the entire University.

    You can bet under the next gubernatorial regime, heads will fall like a French revolution.

    U can say the monies will go here or go there to sound good, but in the end, its viewed as going into the same bucket w holes.

    Under the special fee for athletics I dont know what Donovan is planning, he never says much if anything. I doubt if he knows. 🙂

  238. Kazz May 14, 2009 6:13 pm


    I’d be surprised if most UHM students know who John McNamara is. The disconnect is there and has been for a while.

    When Mark Takai was a chat guest here, I wanted to pick his brain about how things were when he was a student, but he did agree that something had to be done to improve the UHAD and student body relationship… or lacktherof.

  239. Kazz May 14, 2009 6:16 pm

    Stephen Tsai:

    May 14th, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    I think the one thing that needs to be done is to explain where the money will go.
    People are (somewhat) OK with taxation if the money is spent wisely.
    Suppose UH said: The $50 will be used to supplement the women’s basketball team. As part of the contribution, students are eligible for free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
    That would fly.
    But to say UH needs money because there’s a $5 million accumulated deficit, well, that might not fly.
    If your in-law asked for money to pay off a charge-card debt, you’d sorta want to know what was being charged.


    Well, we’re far beyond avoiding that situation. The news is out and everyone knows.

    Man, had the athletic fee been in place years ago, then we probably wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  240. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:19 pm

    John McNamara is useless blubber.
    All his PR theories are stuck on the bottom dredge of the Ala Wai–and it is toxic waste.
    We should pay Benson to take him to Denver.
    Strike one on Donovan for retaining him.
    McN does well on the Animal show with chrissy and tubby as they all seem to enjoy blowing smoke up each others behind. Its a quintessential circle-‘erk if u appreciate raw comedy.

  241. Kazz May 14, 2009 6:23 pm

    Cutting sports SHOULDN’T be an issue. I brought it up to add effect in my post, but at the same time, I don’t have too much faith that they’ll be looking at cutting administration folk with large salaries before looking to possibly cut a sport down the line. I haven’t heard or read about much talk about slimming down administration people as much as reading about looking at cutting programs as a last resort and of course we’ve seen the lower end of “office help” get the boot… so to speak.

    But yes, it should NEVER have to come to cutting a sport.

    Football expenses and hotel stays. I can understand the magnitude of what it takes to keep an entire football team in line to prepare for a game, but if revenue starts to REALLY decline and costs to operate skyrocket further, then perhaps they need to look at handling this situation with different alternatives. Honestly I don’t think having to hold up football players in a hotel room is the only way to “keep track” of them. Of course if the hotel stays at home are being sponsored, then let’s keep it going without question.

    I am ALL for amenities to further benefit our sports programs (otherwise I wouldn’t have the automatic monthly deductions from my checking account to Koa Anuenue) and if the money was there and the department as a whole isn’t looking to adding another 3 million dollars to the current deficit then let’s go all out as much as we can, but that isn’t the case right now. I’m not kicking and screaming to do away with putting the team up in a hotel prior to a home game, but at the same time I am not going to believe that it’s the only possible method to prepare the team for a football game.


    Working in the ugly side of finances I am seeing businesses fold and people suffer. While the situation with the athletic department isn’t in immediate danger, further evaluation of current expenses with relation to the reality of the nation’s economy, as well as our local one should be taken into account. Based on personal experiences, it’s hard to cut out things you feel are necessary, but when push comes to shove, decisions will have to be made and right now there is a lot of “pushing” going on.

    We all here feel passionate about seeing the athletic success of UH blossom further but at the same time we need to be vigilant about the financial crunch that is taking place. I do not envy Jim Donovan’s position right now. The storm was brewing LONG before he came aboard. ST eluded to it prior to his official hiring.

    Jim Donovan used an analogy about steering an oil tanker on the ocean when speaking about improving the financial state of the UH athletic department. In that analogy he described turning the wheel now but not seeing the front of the ship turn in the direction you want it to right away as the ship itself is long. However, the turn will come down the line.

    From my view, this is like a boat that is taking in water with many leaks. Yes you can take buckets and try to bail yourself out for as long as you can, but are there things on that boat adding to the weight that you can dump off to ease the pressure of sinking? Of course there is. In some comical situations you’ll see one person throw the other overboard to accomplish this. I do hope that whatever we “throw over” should we have to are things we won’t be searching for once the coast guard arrives.


  242. Jason May 14, 2009 6:29 pm

    Yeah, I’m not a big McNamara fan. In fact, I’m not a fan of any of the associate ADs. I’d really like it if Donovan cleaned ship. Then again, who wants to jump onto a ship that might sink?

  243. JaM May 14, 2009 6:33 pm

    Hi..so do I get a hamburger steak plate for the referral?

    KAT ask Jason for his tutorial about formatting things.

  244. Ralph May 14, 2009 6:33 pm

    Utah Valley comes in the Murakami with a 16-33 record….good tune up for the WAC championships….time to peak or pack it for the season…

  245. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:35 pm

    How can anyone make a valid budget assessment without budget and line item info?– ANS–u cant.
    There needs to be more transparity (there is a word u Obama liberals understand) at UHAD.
    Understand, u wont get it with Donovan. Only what makes him look good or what he can blame on hermie….not, we need a management audit that speaks to management efficiency and excessive fat. Period!

  246. Ralph May 14, 2009 6:36 pm

    Fujii will get to catch 4 games to maturate him at the position…if the coaches call all the pitches, no problem for him, he can catch and throw and the absence of Hernandez wouldn’t be as great…

  247. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 14, 2009 6:39 pm

    Net Metering, Baybee!!!


  248. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:40 pm

    wow! Morford leading off–atta way to go Trap!

  249. koakane iphone May 14, 2009 6:41 pm

    Ralphie good repeat of tv analysis

  250. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:41 pm

    This pitcher is batting practice…wait and pick your pitches guyz.

  251. Kazz May 14, 2009 6:41 pm


    May 14th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
    Yeah, I’m not a big McNamara fan. In fact, I’m not a fan of any of the associate ADs. I’d really like it if Donovan cleaned ship. Then again, who wants to jump onto a ship that might sink?

    Might not be a “smart” career choice, but where lies “danger” there lies “opportunity”.

  252. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 6:49 pm

    bowz should be takin more and pick a good one–pitcher is not tough with one or two strike count.
    Kolt and Johnson hit the first pitch….2 outs.

  253. Kazz May 14, 2009 7:03 pm


    Have a Warriordog with chili for me! I still stay in da office!!! 👿

  254. Kazz May 14, 2009 7:05 pm


    Sitting here ALONE in my office, I am listening to the tunes on my storm, and as it shuffles through, I come across two songs on here that took me by surprise.

    “The Remedy” and “You and I” both by Jason Mraz.

    Both are kinda old (circa 2002). Good music. REAL good.

  255. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 7:06 pm

    I stayed home to watch Pops and pops on the boob toob.
    They are so kool.
    It’s like home cookin.

  256. jm2375 May 14, 2009 7:06 pm

    Slightly off-topic…

    Anyone know why UH graduation is on Saturday and not Sunday like in previous years?

    The ripple effect of this change is that University High’s graduation is now TOMORROW and not Saturday as it has been since the beginning(?). So, for anyone going to the baseball game tomorrow night, be aware that there might be increased traffic, since graduation is at 5:30 at Andrews Amphitheater.

  257. PIAA DS May 14, 2009 7:07 pm

    Aloha everyone, just hopping on so that you can tell any football players you know that the pre-registration for the May 30, 8th Annual PIAA Hawaii H.S. Football combine must be postmarked by May 21st. After that, walk ins will be admitted on an availability basis. Everyone who pre-registers is guaranteed a really NICE compression shirt (retail $30) and an Eastbay/PIAA Sack Pack and a combine t-shirt to take home with them, thanks to our sponsors Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Foundation, NFL Charities, CRONS, New Balance Hawaii, Woolley Bro’s. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. I suggest pre-registering!

    Every athlete will leave with a report with their results to take home with them, results will be posted withn 2 days and emailed to 600 colleges on Monday morning. Video will be made available online to every college program in the country. Any questions? Info is available on the PIAA website, call 261-5000 or ask the high school coach.

    Also…Kekoa…I was paging thru the last few days (since I’ve just been crammed I needed to catch up). I didnt get to listen to Keith Amemiya, however, regarding post #70 on that subject – the HHSAA has always supported PIAA in its endevors, more than anyone is aware of. Keith Amemiya also refers athletes to me when their parents ask him what they should do to get recruited. If there is any misunderstanding on this, just ask! Like the Tsaikos, HHSAA has been good to PIAA, no complaints from me!

  258. Kazz May 14, 2009 7:08 pm


    Maybe the baseball game scheduled at 1 on Sunday has to do with it?

  259. Kazz May 14, 2009 7:10 pm

    ***Off topic***

    Hmmm.. Colbie Caillat is on my playlist too. Don’t remember why… but “Tied Down” is another good one. Nice ukulele in there… Sounds like a local piece.

    Ok gotta finish and get the hell outta here so I can catch the rest of the game tonight.

  260. Jason May 14, 2009 7:34 pm

    jm2375: It doesn’t say why, but:


    Commencement has been scheduled on Sundays in years past, but all ceremonies will now be held on Saturday effective with this one.

  261. Garret May 14, 2009 7:46 pm

    I finally got to see this week’s WB show. This was the third time I saw the “Tricky” video, and it was a lot of fun again. I agree with Al, I even like it more than the Lion video.

    Keith Amemiya really does a lot and he seems to get things done the right way. I remember the talk about how he might be an associate AD, and I think that he’d do a great job helping UH Athletics…but it is hard to imagine someone taking his place with Hawaii’s high school sports.

  262. Garret May 14, 2009 7:48 pm

    C-USA just finished their conference meetings and they are doing a lot of things to try to save their conference money. I like that the conference office is cutting back also (hint: Karl Benson). The WAC has talked about some of these cutbacks, like reducing the number of teams that travel to conference tournaments, but C-USA is actually taking actions.

    1 – Reducing the Conference operating budget by a minimum of four percent, including a freeze on all hirings and salaries. This also includes reductions in staff travel, printed materials and a change in formats to the league’s annual Media Days.

    2 – Eliminating all in-person meetings of Conference membership, with exception of the annual spring meetings, and using more teleconference and video conferencing opportunities.

    3 – Reducing the size of team travel parties in several sports, including football (66), men’s soccer (18) and women’s soccer (20). The Conference will also encourage institutions to only allowing essential support staff to travel and no longer allowing injured players to make road trips.

    5 – Reducing the number of teams that will participate in postseason Conference Championships. The Women’s Soccer and Baseball Championship will now feature six teams, instead of eight, men’s soccer will move to four teams from eight, softball will eliminate the play-in game of its bracket to feature eight teams and volleyball will host eight teams instead of all 12.

  263. SteveM May 14, 2009 8:04 pm

    May 14th, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    “The Remedy” and “You and I” both by Jason Mraz.

    Both are kinda old (circa 2002). Good music. REAL good.

    Kazz — 2002 is kinda old? Tsigh…

    About bacon–here’s my response on a word association test…

    bacon : buffet

  264. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 8:06 pm

    THURS WAC Games:
    Fresnecks 15 SAC 7, LaT 6 NMSU 5 (1), NMSU 16 LaT 0 (2)

    SJSU 11-7
    LaT 12-10
    NEV 10-9
    NMSU 11-11
    HAW 11-12
    FSU 9-12
    SAC 8-11

  265. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 8:12 pm

    hitting is getting sloppy but Kevin is doing great.
    The mid-innings mark a good hitting team…damn we are goin to sleep. morford lunging for a dreadful pitch.

  266. koakane™ May 14, 2009 8:15 pm

    kazz stayed home had to take care of something so watching on K5 but crap what’s up with the station. looking crappy with plenty interference.

  267. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 8:17 pm

    Kolt has been topping his bat alot to get away from popping-up. If he levels it–look out.

  268. Ralph May 14, 2009 8:20 pm

    Congratulations to Annett Wichmann, 4 time WAC Heptathlon champion…..

  269. BowsForever May 14, 2009 8:23 pm

    I think Portis and Cooley, two very talented players, know talent when they see it. I gotta believe Colt will get his chance in a year or two.

    Congrats to Medeiros, a great bonus for his senior season. He wouldn’t be getting the scholarship if he didn’t show starter-quality talent.

    If the O-line can get better and the penalties get cut down dramatically, I like the look of the offense this season. Defense could be a bit of a question mark, but in a sense that’s not too unlike how things were in the non-Mack June Jones days, if I remember correctly. 🙂

  270. Ralph May 14, 2009 8:29 pm

    not much speed for the bows on the base paths, can’t seem to steal a base…

  271. Ralph May 14, 2009 8:31 pm

    any word if Eliminian got a FA contract with Buffalo? how about E Rob?

  272. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 8:37 pm

    this is what i hate from trap–we are the worst base stealing team in the WAC and u have Kolt coming up with a runner on. Just a waste of an out for no reason.

    I told you, Kolt if he leveled his swing he would hit it out–atta way to go Kaha, great coaching from upstairs!

  273. BowsForever May 14, 2009 8:37 pm

    Enough power, though. Go Kolten!

  274. Garret May 14, 2009 8:39 pm

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

    DARPA is funding work to try to get soldiers of the future to communicate via telepathy.

  275. Garret May 14, 2009 8:39 pm

    Study found that ginger capsules can relieve the nausea caused by chemotherapy–this is huge because up to 70% of patients become nauseated after chemo and the ginger capsules are cheap and have no negative side effects. Expensive drugs such as Kytril prevent vomiting but aren’t as effective for nausea. Doctors also don’t understand why ginger relieves morning sickness during pregnancy.

  276. Garret May 14, 2009 8:39 pm

    Study found that the amount of oil residue from natural petroleum seeps is 8 to 80x the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez!

  277. Garret May 14, 2009 8:40 pm

    Hollywood and the software industry are trying to get international trade agreements passed that would result in the confiscation of laptops containing pirated software or music! They are also trying to get laws passed that would automatically sever the internet connection for people who download copyrighted material illegally…in France, anyone who makes 3 illegal downloads has their internet connection eliminated by a new law!

  278. Garret May 14, 2009 8:40 pm

    Startup is about to start selling custom insoles for shoes that have pressure sensors that relay their information wirelessly to a cell phone, enabling the wearer to see how much pressure he/she is applying to 11 different zones of each sole. Their technology has already been shown to be useful for competitive cyclists and golfers.

  279. Garret May 14, 2009 8:40 pm

    Free play links pau.

  280. Kekoa May 14, 2009 8:42 pm

    Good Evening Doris!

    I appreciate your info on the HHSAA, and I agree with you about their support. I wouldn’t expect anything less than the best from Keith.

    My concern was about HAIA, and the founders of that group. A concerned Aunty was confused about what had happened to donations to a Veterans program. I was given assistance from Bulla to find out who the responsible folks were. As soon as I did, they stepped forward to answer any questions from anyone who wanted to know details of their charitable contributions.

    Here is there website for anyone who may still have questions regarding their program: http://www.haia808.org

  281. OldDiver May 14, 2009 8:52 pm

    The ginger study is bad news for ginger capsule makers. The large drugs will lobby congress to ban ginger capsules and make them prescription only.

  282. Kekoa May 14, 2009 8:52 pm

    WF2 ~ Gabby & Sons with Palani Vaughn on that Autoharp is priceless! Mahalo for the link…

    I have an Autoharp, and everything I play on it comes out sounding like *dueling banjos!* from the movie Deliverance. My neighbor is HawaiianBod’s uncle. When I’m jammin’ music, he quietly slips out of his swimming pool and moves inside and closes their patio door.

  283. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 9:00 pm

    McMackin might be receiving 1.1 million but you can’t count all of that when pointing fingers at the athletic department’s financial woes. I believe MOST of his pay come from NaKoa benefactors and not UH. The amount that UH is dishing out would not be sufficient to hire a high calibre/profile coach. Furthermore, McMackin’s salary should not be an issue as football is a money maker.

    If we want to have a balance between the infusion of money and staff, and ve fair about it, we should also look at teachers and deans and etc. in departments that are sorely losing money, not just coaches. So really, rather than beat a dead horse, we need to look at other alternatives.

  284. OldDiver May 14, 2009 9:00 pm


    Is it your impression Jim Donovan had a choice in keeping McNamara or for that matter Clapp? I heard otherwise.

  285. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 9:05 pm


    Wish we had known about ginger tablets when Estelle was undergoing Chemo. The stuff she had to take cost over $400 a treatment. Sheesh!

  286. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 9:07 pm

    Old Diver,

    Like how they banned Ma huang, eh? Aspirin and cough syrup are probably linked to more deaths than Ma huang.

  287. madeinhawaii May 14, 2009 9:17 pm

    2009 NCAA Division IA Football Power Ratings
    Hawaii is listed at #48.


  288. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 9:26 pm

    Kekoa, so glad u enjoyed Gabby guyz.
    My dad was close and i became attached w uncle bla in the youth leagues at kokohead where he worked and kept a steady eye on me growing up.

    Peter Moon was special too and had so much respect and devotion for Hawaiian music and culture.
    We also have the Duke recorded live at Waikiki on the 78s as it has been passed down in perfect condition from generation to generation. In those dayz they recorded conversation as well as music.
    Those were golden eras I sometimes fantasize being a part.

    The harp is no easy instrument u must have a blast 🙂

  289. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 9:27 pm

    Question: If, say, someone like Ferd didn’t report all of the budget stories, would you know the athletic department was in a crisis?
    OK, you could see it a little with non-football teams arriving at road sites the day before games.
    But other than that, the services are the same, the uniforms are washed, there seems to be enough band members and cheerleaders.
    I liken it to being invited to a party. You think about having a good time, not about the bills. I think UH fans should focus on having fun. The other stuff isn’t their problem.

  290. al May 14, 2009 9:28 pm

    ginger capsules………a lot of folks will load up on ginger capsule or those dried chinese ginger delights prior to and during a long voyage, either air or by sea. supposed to settle the tummy as well as the equilibrium, we’ve been taking such for some years now.

  291. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 9:28 pm

    As for marketing, hey, if everybody knows when the game will be played, isn’t that all that matters?
    If I were a fan, I’d only care about the event. I wouldn’t really care about the folks who chose not to show up.

  292. al May 14, 2009 9:29 pm

    DARPA……everytime i hear that acronym i keep thinking he is referencing DARMA. boy am i getting “Lost”?

  293. al May 14, 2009 9:30 pm

    st….did you get my voice mail today?

  294. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 9:36 pm

    I picked up your tickets today.

  295. Stephen Tsai May 14, 2009 9:37 pm

    I was trying to figure out how the Mommies had access to something like 100 baseball tickets, and our little sports blog gets diddly squat. Turns out the Mommies are now part of the marketing department, and this blog falls under editorials.

  296. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 9:48 pm

    #284–yeah that was floatin….the snakes were all out of their cages.
    We have a $30 m business at Cooke and it needs to be made pono.

  297. Ralph May 14, 2009 9:52 pm

    Mililani Trojans 10, #1 Iolani 0 in girls softball…Mililani plays Roosevelt for the State Championship

  298. jm2375 May 14, 2009 9:57 pm


  299. jm2375 May 14, 2009 9:58 pm


  300. jm2375 May 14, 2009 9:58 pm

    Tree hunert!!

  301. Kekoa May 14, 2009 10:06 pm

    ST ~ What’s wrong with this picture?

    Marketing=Mommies & BB Tickets.

    Editorials=WB & No Tickets

    Warrior Beat=Empty Cupboard.

    Mommie Coms=Marketing TV ad runs 24/7 starring blog host & Moms.

    What’s the story Honolulu Advertiser Hot Shots? Don’t get me started again!

  302. Ralph May 14, 2009 10:11 pm

    luckily the warriors don’t travel by United…news flash….United normally charges $15 for the first bag, $25 for the second, now, if the baggages aren’t checked in online before the flight there will be an additional surcharge of $5 per bag when checked in at the airport. travel light, use carry ons only

  303. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 10:22 pm

    Just reviewing the game tonite.

    Coach and ace communicated well and Trap was on top of it. Jayson is my top pitcher. Gotta love him, he is so tough and gritty. Kevin did a good job behind the plate. He’s comin.
    You can bet Pal was watchin n sayin nothin is great. Lol.

    Kolt has leveled his swing and his HR was a thing of beauty.
    He is on top of his game. Kolt is a special talent and is having a great season. When you consider his KO to BB ratio and the fact he is on top the WAC in at-bat appearances with only 21 KOs, it is simply amazing.
    Kevin Fujii continues to show he belongs.
    He singled to center on a curve at his knees in his first AB and banged another on a waist-high fastball.
    Our batting order is more productive top to bottom.
    Good move to switch Morford and Garcia in the order.
    Garcia looks comfortable in the 2-spot.

    We need to maintain agressiveness in the mid-inning.
    That becomes a coaching thing when we start to fall asleep in the middies.

    Base running was inconsistent and certain decisions were questionable. Needs more retooling by Coach Ko.
    The third base box is an art and most dont realize it takes real talent. As far as waving and holding the decisions were solid.
    Noticed Kentucky fried chicken in the dugout–unless my eyes were mistaken. Wazzup with dat? Geezus.

  304. Ralph May 14, 2009 10:24 pm

    Kauai vs Waialua in DII softball championships….

  305. d1島 May 14, 2009 10:27 pm

    Travel light?

    Eh Ralph, easy for you to say you no mo’ Tsaiko-sized clothes fo’ pack!

  306. Ralph May 14, 2009 10:28 pm

    Go Celtics, take it in 7……just a bump in the road, wait another day…

  307. Kekoa May 14, 2009 10:30 pm

    WF2 ~ My Mom & Pops and Peter Moon’s ohana were close back in the day. I think a few of us might remember how he quickly rose to fame in the 70’s with the Caz bros. Thanks again for the blast from the past, it brought a smile to Pops face when I shared it with him.

    Today, I have a hard time trying to figure out why our youngsters subscribe to Jawaiian music. How come we suddenly moved our Hawaiian style music roots all the way to Jamaica Mon? Reggae legend Bob Marley is held in higher esteem than the entire Pahinui family?…Say what???

  308. al ™ May 14, 2009 10:48 pm

    kekoa…..Say what???

    that’s a phrase from the past.

  309. al ™ May 14, 2009 10:52 pm


    thank you sire.

  310. SteveM May 14, 2009 10:53 pm

    Garret — RE: #261

    The “Lion” video was essentially a “promo” video that sneaked out onto the internet. Now, ST has a full Tsai-ko backup group (and dancers) for “Lion” and any song he chooses. 🙂

    I think you might witness this production in person on June 20. ST and Tsai-ko Karaoke has really come a long way with all the practice we get. 😆

  311. warriorfanny2 May 14, 2009 10:55 pm

    Kekoa, nice to hear tutu kane enjoyed it brings back joy doesnt it.:)

  312. d1島 May 14, 2009 11:01 pm

    Say Wha-a-a-t?

    Sounds like Instant Funk!


  313. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 14, 2009 11:24 pm

    #308 – Kekoa, I always thought it was the ganga appeal…but I may be wrong.

    ST- so is it okay to make my KK tricky video public now? I held back because Esme said shhhh… secret…

  314. al ™ May 14, 2009 11:35 pm

    i’ll wager lunch that d1 did this funk back in the day when he performed with his band………….


  315. Cindy ...cenn May 14, 2009 11:38 pm

    Goodnight, gang! (and be it stats, scenarios, banter, bacon, whatevuhs, it was all good to read (‘cept for the one or two poisonal attack).

  316. SteveM May 14, 2009 11:48 pm

    Liz — I don’t think Esme was referring to ST’s videos. 😛

    The occasion and the words on the cake is withheld by request for now. That’s why no photo of it appears on the Karaoke Call page in the interim.

  317. Kekoa May 15, 2009 12:04 am

    Al ~

    Re: #315

    Please don’t make it any harder for me to put D-1 under contract to play the 4th of July gig with *The Tsaiko All Star Band*

  318. al ™ May 15, 2009 12:30 am

    but, he should be in that band. brother can wail!

  319. oldie May 15, 2009 12:31 am

    Blogging in from Atlanta after a 9 hour flight. 12:30 am Hawaii time, 6:30 am Atlanta time.

    Great having a smartphone. The Warrior Beat is never far away.

    Regarding government hiring, even lowly positions take forever to fill. Someone leaves and it can take 4 to 6 months to fill. It’s a victim of both civil service and union rules and regs.

  320. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 15, 2009 12:33 am

    SteveM- my vid starts with the cake. What comes later is the “acceptance speech”… :mrgreen:

  321. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 15, 2009 12:35 am

    250 honor roll students were recognized at Waimea High tonight. Luckily, many kids were playing in champ games somewhere or at least somewhere else… or I’d be there till taking pix instead of editing!

  322. LizKauai [iMac] Unite and Conquer! May 15, 2009 12:35 am


  323. al ™ May 15, 2009 1:51 am

    not only is this roosevelt’s first championship game ever….when was the last time we had all oia opponents in the hhsaa’s state softball championship game.

    mililani crushed iolani 10 – zip for the right to face the rough riders (st, you listening?) in a repeat of last week’s oia championship game.

  324. wafan May 15, 2009 3:26 am

    A fine Aloha Friday everyone!!!

    Whoo-hoo! This is going to be a beautiful one up in the low 70’s. Definitely T-shirt and shorts weather all weekend.

  325. oldie May 15, 2009 4:12 am

    Okay. Now in Pittsburgh. 4:15 am Hawaii time. 10:15 here. When are we supposed to sleep?

  326. whitey May 15, 2009 4:18 am

    good morning tsaikos.

  327. steve123 May 15, 2009 4:52 am


    Let me get this straight.

    Your entry fee is $10.

    And your giving away food, refreshments, merchandise (including a shirt valued at $30).

    Somebody should be looking at the NCAA handbook

    It goes something like this–The value of the giveaways, like apparel, gear, refreshments and lunches shouldn’t succeed the entry fee.

    On the surface it looks like the freebies, especially how you attach a $30 value to the shirt it does succeed the entry fee.

    To the people in the know: Is this in compliance with NCAA rules?

  328. Garret May 15, 2009 5:42 am

    Pisa update.

    Although there is no official word about the actual discussions at OBD beyond the report that Pisa Tinoisamoa met with Bills coaches in Buffalo today and had a medical exam by team doctors, I know that if he leaves OBD without a deal and heads off to either Chicago or New England, it will be tough to get him back and get a deal. Those are the two teams I know are interested other than the Bills (could be more, but I haven’t heard any others for sure). Because the Bills have committed X amount of dollars already this offseason, they may not be able to outbid the Bears or Pats for his services.

  329. johnrocks May 18, 2009 6:51 pm

    Let the things happen.This is going to be a beautiful one up in the low 70’s.
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