Warriors sign kicker

Placekicker Tyler Hadden of California High in Whittier, Calif, has signed a letter of intent with the Warriors.

Hadden is 5 feet 11 and 175 pounds.

He has his own Web site: http://tylerhadden.com/profile.html

The Warriors had scheduled a recruiting trip for a kicker from Texas this weekend. But yesterday morning, UH learned Hadden had mad a verbal commitment with New Mexico State. The Warriors then made a scholarship offer to Hadden, who accepted. Earlier, Hadden was given a letter of intent, just in case. He signed it last night, then faxed a copy to UH. Hadden and UH are working on arrangements for a Hawaii visit.

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‘In memory of the Hungry Lion, here are my favorite lions:

1. Hungry Lion.

2. Red Lion.

3. The Cowardly Lion.

4. Simba.

5. LIONS Coffee

6. Elsa.

7. MGM lion.

8. Barry Sanders.

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Happy birthday to 702 warrior nation.


  1. al February 5, 2010 12:03 am


  2. al February 5, 2010 12:04 am

    okay. we needed a kicker.
    he should feel fortunate to have a scholie out of hs.
    rare for kickers.

  3. al February 5, 2010 12:05 am

    welcome aboard tyler!

  4. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:07 am

    what happened to the kicker from Texas?

  5. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:08 am

    and is Tyler Hadden #4 or #11 rated kicker? Who was the Texas kicker and what was his rating?

  6. al February 5, 2010 12:08 am

    now can we have a running back too?

  7. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:09 am

    Is Enos on scholarship or was a scholarship promised if he did well last season?

  8. al February 5, 2010 12:10 am


    hunnicutt #4

    but tyler hadden’s hs number was 4.

  9. al February 5, 2010 12:11 am

    now, now ralph be nice.

  10. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:15 am

    we got Green, Lister, Elisara, Dimude, convert one of our shorter OL. How about the Beast? RS year so train him, go north south young man, no need juking, keep the pads low and head for the goal posts.

  11. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:18 am

    be nice about what? do we have 2 kickers on scholarships? that’s a luxury UH can’t afford.

  12. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:20 am

    when the recruit comes out on a visit with his mom, who pays for the mom’s expenses?

  13. Ralph February 5, 2010 12:22 am

    why would Hadden want to trip Hawaii after signing his NLI, too late to change his mind. Save money, tell him to stay home and report for summer school.

  14. SteveM February 5, 2010 12:28 am

    3rd? …behind Al and Ralph. πŸ™‚

    Good night!

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  16. al February 5, 2010 12:40 am

    all recruits on a trip must be accompanied by a parent. (i think unless he is 21). the entire trip for both is free.

  17. al February 5, 2010 12:43 am

    i suppose he is entitled to the trip

  18. whitey February 5, 2010 1:28 am

    Good morning Tsaikos from the pacific northwest. Congrats to our latest Warrior and with that, 99.9% recruiting is done for 2010. Well done!!!

  19. G (China) February 5, 2010 2:34 am

    A little late but congratulations to all the new Hawaii Warrior Recruits. Looking forward to following your careers!

  20. wafan February 5, 2010 3:32 am

    Top 20!

    Good Aloha Friday to everyone!!!

  21. wafan February 5, 2010 3:34 am

    Welcome to our newest Warrior Mango!!!

  22. protector February 5, 2010 3:48 am

    Welcome to Tyler Hadden!

    Just out of curiosity, where would he have rated against Mercado, Hocher and Hunnicutt? Anybody seen film on all four?? All I can say is that when I saw Mercado in person, he blew me away. In practice before the big game (didn’t get to kick during), saw him nail the 50-yarders. Made 2 out of 3 55-yarders. Then finished with a 60-yarder from the middle of the ‘H’ logo.

    Tyler better be pretty darn good.

  23. bstunna2002 February 5, 2010 3:57 am

    So ST are the coaches done recruiting or are they gonna pull out a few more rabbits from their hats?

  24. wafan February 5, 2010 3:58 am

    Hi, Protector! You are up early this fine Friday. Have a great one!

  25. Jorge Claypoole February 5, 2010 4:34 am

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  26. mctruck February 5, 2010 4:45 am

    Consider this free visit/trip for Tyler’s mom as a, “dry-run” for when she has to travel back and forth to watch her Warrior-son play for UH. Welcome, Tyler Hadden. Go kick some you know what?!

  27. mctruck February 5, 2010 4:49 am

    Just wondering if kicking fb’s at sea level as opposed to higher elevation makes for a better kicker?, just like when Elam came from Georgia?

  28. Bulla February 5, 2010 5:47 am

    #16 Al.

    recruits are paid for, and only recruits….family can accompany but on their dime…unless that has changed in the last 2 years. otherwise, our budget woudl be more in the red than it is……just a thought.

  29. Bulla February 5, 2010 5:49 am

    #10 Ralph,

    he has run with the ball at various camps as a FB, and there is no east/west in his game…..unless he’s at a buffet table….only north/south and full speed ahead….but he also had fun blocking guys in the hole……he liked it when he was able to ‘lift’ the LB’s off the ground…….oh well……….April 1st is coming soon

  30. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 5:49 am

    Great Morning All!

    The end of the week is here!

  31. jm2375 February 5, 2010 5:49 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy Aloha/Furlough Friday.

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana Tyler Hadden!

    Tough loss for the Warriors last night. Tonight will be different! See you guys there! Hmmm, should we try sitting near the student section tonight? Will we get chased out?

    Traffic alert for today and tomorrow – avoid the area around a certain large private school at all costs (literally and figuratively).

  32. Bulla February 5, 2010 5:56 am

    good morning d1,

    saw some nice photos on FB with #2 son in uniform, purple is a regal color. have a good day

  33. Bulla February 5, 2010 5:57 am


    have a good day, whew, i think it’s going to rain…every time that ‘certain private school’ has this event………..it rains………..oh well, we need the rain.

    nice meeting you last week, mahalo for coming πŸ™‚

  34. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 6:15 am

    Welcome to the Warriors Tyler Hadden!

    Erryboddy have a terrific day!


  35. lava February 5, 2010 6:26 am

    Tyler Hadden does not look like your average kicker. Nice add.

  36. bighilofan2 February 5, 2010 7:02 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.


    overall, a good good job. gotta work on your PR though. little more spit and shine. but overall, you done good. reall goood.

    dare you go. a little Henry and da roof is covered.


  37. bighilofan2 February 5, 2010 7:04 am


    howzit. hope you had a great birthday. best to you and the family on this wonderful Friday.

  38. RedZone February 5, 2010 7:08 am

    I like his versatility. He can kick and punt.

    Welcome Tyler Hadden.

  39. NC FAN February 5, 2010 7:21 am

    This is a huge mistake. UH should have learned from last year’s kicker (through the same kicking coach) that this is bottom of the barrel. I thought UH evaluated talent beforehand. Hope that he decommits and signs with NM State when they counter with an offer. There is no way this kid is any competition for the current kickers, who are medioacre at best.

  40. Committed Road Warrior February 5, 2010 7:27 am

    Today is one of the few times I’ll ever be home from work this early. Surely it helps that the Office of Personnel Management issued the following guidance in anticipation of the 20-30″ of snow we’re expecting between now and Saturday night:

    Federal Government Operating Status in the Washington, DC, Area

    The following message applies only to Friday, February 5, 2010

    The Federal Government will be open in the morning operating under an unscheduled leave policy with a planned 4 hour early dismissal.

    Employees reporting for work should be dismissed by their agencies 4 hours earlier than their normal departure time from work.

    OPM is continuing to closely monitor developing weather conditions should there be a need to reassess the Government’s operating status.

  41. jm2375 February 5, 2010 7:33 am

    CRW – stay safe!! If possible, telecommute! Feds used to dismiss their employees according to how far away they lived. Do they still do that? I think one time it took my cousin 8 hours to go 50 miles from L’Enfant Plaza to Fredericksburg. Think he spent 4 hours in Alexandria.

  42. RedZone February 5, 2010 7:42 am

    When the players come in for a visit they meet with the academic people. I think that this is a plus.

  43. postmanke February 5, 2010 7:43 am

    37 – bh2,


  44. postmanke February 5, 2010 7:44 am

    oh 36

  45. Buffoman February 5, 2010 7:46 am

    Ralph, in the previous post you listed all of the folks at Arizona Western. Are those folks soft commits to UH or it’s a mish-mash of commits to various schools? OR, there’s no commits and it’s anybody’s meat market once the young men are available to take the leap?

    That is one very nice looking list of studs.

  46. RedZone February 5, 2010 7:48 am

    Miano on radio right now.

  47. Committed Road Warrior February 5, 2010 7:55 am


    Not that I recall. Think it’s done by whether your duty station is within the NCR. Of course, one’s immediate supervisor may exercise additional flexibility if needed, especially for those folks who live out in Fredericksburg or Fauquier County.

    Telecommute? We just rolled it out a month or two ago at my agency…..I put in for it and got rejected.

    8 hours to get to Fredericksburg? Wow! Did they drive, or were they stuck on the VRE for some ungodly sum of time?

  48. jm2375 February 5, 2010 8:04 am

    CRW – he was driving. BTW, do they still have those places downtown where you can pick someone up so they can use the carpool lanes?

  49. Committed Road Warrior February 5, 2010 8:14 am


    You mean slug lines? If so, yep. There’s even a dedicated website to this art of “organized hitchhiking.”


  50. postmanke February 5, 2010 8:16 am


    remember the days where you left everything on the field, game or practice, walked over the trash can and hurled your lunch? no matter what you played..

    I think they did a great job too – but did they really leave everything on the recruiting field, did they really give every recruit their 808 percent, effort, persistence, selling the coaches vision on how that they can get to the next level or contend for a WAC title have a great college life, the process, develop the relationships that leaves local recruits, parents, coaches with a good taste in their mouths no matter what the choice, or did they short changed themselves and leave it up to the recruits to contact them after an offer has been made and not follow up until it was too late?

    The $1,000,000 perception minus 5% – for most of us is a head scratching, no

  51. postmanke February 5, 2010 8:21 am

    But recruiting season is pau already so whatever. The Defense is going to be nuts, I can’t wait to see Paipai fly around the field with this size!

  52. Old Diver February 5, 2010 8:27 am

    Appears Hadden was about 65 to 70 yards on kickoffs. If he wins a couple games for us next year his trip to Hawaii would have been well worth it.

  53. warrior February 5, 2010 8:33 am

    the only thing i see that could end up backfiring with signing this kicker is that i remember seeing on boards that Mercado, although he said he had interest rom places like USC, MICHIGAN, etc etc, he prettty much summed it up saying those places are way too cold and he will end up at UH anyways to his friends…i would assume he would try out for kicker when he gets back (i just hope that the coaches had some kind of communication so im not wrong here) and he probably will end up walking on. i would bet that he would be ours if he didnt leave before we could offer. that said, welcome tyler hadden and good luck, you will be very important this coming season

  54. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 8:38 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I’m getting a “kick” outta reading the comments on our latest recruit. Welcome aboard Mr. Hadden!

    Add to the list of running backs Hogan Rosehill. Mr. Tsai likes the look of this young rb. There’s also the guy from Punahou too. In any case, we appear to be loaded with ball carries. I cant wait to see what Lister can do.

  55. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 8:40 am


    Thanks for the email. You’ve been a great help!

  56. Richie February 5, 2010 8:57 am

    What happened to the kicker from Kahuku H.S.? Does anyone know?

  57. Slugger February 5, 2010 9:00 am

    Good Aloha Friday Morning!

  58. protector February 5, 2010 9:04 am

    wafan on # 24,

    Actually was up late. Then passed out after I posted so didn’t see your greeting. Good afternoon(?) to you. Say hello to Izzy for me. Hope you folks are well.

  59. Mrs. A-House February 5, 2010 9:08 am

    ST or al:

    I am confused, happens all the time, but, what happened to Hunnicut?

    Thought he was scheduled to “trip” this weekend? Did he decide to not “trip” and sign with another school?

    With Enos becoming a “senior”, if Mercado returns and walks-on, it could be a real batle for the kicking position this year or next season!

  60. A-House February 5, 2010 9:09 am

    Ok, Mrs A-House, how come you no change your “handle’ after you use my computer at work???

    Sorry, my fault for not looking before hitting the “submit” button!

  61. A-House February 5, 2010 9:12 am

    Hi Florida Ted, alnbama, Izzy, Sum Ting Wong and Faye:

    Hope you guys are enjoying your day and happy for the newest Warriors.

  62. maui warrior February 5, 2010 9:13 am

    Re: Mercado

    The other day someone posted that he went back to florida and didn’t leave any contact info for the coaches

  63. Old Diver February 5, 2010 9:14 am

    Wasn’t the story that UH wanted Mercado and another kicker to walk on and battle it out for the scholarship? And that Mercado was not happy with that and we back to Florida? Obviously these are just rumors. Our offense is not good enough yet to gamble on not having a kicking game. Coaches know that and are addressing the problem.

  64. Kazz February 5, 2010 9:15 am


    What’s the outlook on Aaron Rink competing to get into the pass rush rotation next season?

  65. bstunna2002 February 5, 2010 9:25 am

    I think Enos loses his schollie unfortunate but it could happen.

  66. PapaJohn February 5, 2010 9:38 am


    I thought Aaron Rink was no longer on the team just like your other man crush Quentin Beaver?

  67. LizKauai m/ February 5, 2010 9:41 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Happy Friday!

  68. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 9:55 am

    Couple of things:

    β€’ UH now will have two kickers on scholarship. (Enos was on scholarship in 2009.)
    β€’ Hunnicutt was the No. 4 kicker Mack mentioned at his news conference. He was scheduled to visit this weekend. When UH learned it might lose Hadden, it asked Hunnicutt if he would make a verbal commitment. Apparently, he did not, and made no assurances he would commit after the weekend visit. UH then went back to Hadden, who said he would commit. It was the Law & Order deal: First one to take the offer gets the scholie.
    β€’ Why another kicker? UH felt it needed more competition at that position this year. UH had trouble with kickoffs last year.
    β€’ Mercado, I believe, moved back to Florida. He was offered a walk-on invitation, with, I imagine, the understanding he would get a scholie if he did well. Sort of the deal Luke Ingram, Dan Kelly, Colt Brennan received.

  69. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 9:57 am

    Tuesday’s show: Do you want Donovan or McMackin?

  70. Slugger February 5, 2010 9:57 am

    CRW & jmxxxx,

    I LIKE that term ‘slugging’ for organized car pooling. πŸ™‚

    I used to get rides into the City or pick up a rider in the East Bay when I drove. The bridge tolls are going up, and they are proposing a fee of $1.50, even with carpoolers. Everyone needs cash…

  71. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 9:57 am

    Or Darius Bright?

  72. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 9:58 am

    Re: Aaron Rink.
    The last time I saw Rink he was trying to get back onto the team. He missed all of last year with an injury.
    There were some questions as to how much time he had left on the clock. I’m not sure if he was a senior or junior last year.

  73. Slugger February 5, 2010 9:59 am

    #70 ~ ST, either!

  74. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:01 am

    Mercado had a really good year at Kahuku, easily the best kicker in the state last year.
    But I also had a feeling he was strategically placed at Kahuku, as he supposedly didn’t return for the spring semester.
    Nothing wrong with parents trying to do what they can to get their kids scholarships.

  75. al February 5, 2010 10:03 am

    jd, mack, or bright?

    because of the recruit season just done would he answer candidly and frankly on the prospecting campaign that just ended?

    if so, then mack it is for me.

  76. Pauoa Boy February 5, 2010 10:04 am

    Welcome to Warrior Nation Tyler Hadden…

  77. Pauoa Boy February 5, 2010 10:05 am

    I choose Coach Mack as well…

  78. al February 5, 2010 10:06 am

    #75 make no bones about it. his dad even made public statements to that effect.

    interesting side note has been, if he were such a prime time guy, why leave one of the hotbeds of football recruiting?

  79. al February 5, 2010 10:08 am

    i’d like to see bright and all the new warriors eventually on the chat guest list.

    one guy who has not had any media love is london sapolu. i’d like to see him here as well.

  80. al February 5, 2010 10:09 am

    and for the encore guest, how about bringing jd in march when he is addressing one of his biggest concerns during his regime?

  81. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:10 am

    I think one of the perception problems is the UH staff didn’t articulate its recruiting strategy.
    There actually is a five-year chart (which Tombo Ahi was basically able to replicate) that shows the breakdowns by position and class.
    They want to spread it out so they don’t get into a situation where they would have to replace an entire offense (2008) or defense (2009).
    I know there were questions as to why they take two small slotbacks but only one quarterback. According to their chart, they are losing all of their top-of-the-depth chart slots after this season but are well-stocked at quarterback.
    Now if they actually shared their strategy, as they were encouraged to do by administrators, then people wouldn’t wonder why they made the Law & Order offer to Manley, or why they went for slots, or why they didn’t go full blown at certain positions.
    But they didn’t, or if they did, they didn’t do it eloquently, which is why there is second-guessing two days later.

  82. al February 5, 2010 10:11 am

    when are they going to unveil the walkons from the tryout?
    when are they going to unveil the invited walkons for this year?

    that is something i’d be very interested in seeing.

  83. Kazz February 5, 2010 10:13 am


    Roster said “SR” for Rink last season.

    Speaking of Jim Donovan, is he ok? At last week’s volleball matches, saw him with kinesio tape on his arms and on his neck. That stuff athletes use instead of athletic tape to deal with injuries.

  84. Pauoa Boy February 5, 2010 10:15 am

    Wow, finally was able to watch all the highlight videos of all of this years recruiting class…I must say we are going to be killing people for years. Allen Sampson video had to slow-mo lil bit he’s so frikkin fast. All the Defensive guys look to be some head bangers…definitely need to show the nation who the hardest hitting team in college football is. Tuilau, Maggitt and Umu could be dangerous in the secondary with their size, speed and instincts. The OLine boys Lefotu, Afusia, Shigematsu, Sapolu, and Loyd are huge and could develop into a monstrous line. Plus we get Tyler Hadden, a legit kicker straight out of high school, with 4yrs. to play, I can’t wait to see these boys in akshon…Great Job Coaches…

  85. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:17 am

    Donovan said he has some sort of neck strain.
    These are stressful times.
    The economy is in the tank.
    He has to “suggest” voluntary pay cuts to coaches.
    And basketball needs to turn it around. Fast.
    Trouble is the back-end sports β€” softball, baseball, track β€” aren’t going to boost the financial picture.

  86. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 10:18 am

    Mack. Maybe he’d want to comment and answer questions now that the recruiting dust has settled.

  87. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:19 am

    The thing I like is that they actually recruited some players for special teams.
    I think the last time they did that was when they signed Francis Maka.

  88. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 10:20 am

    Sad week. First, “Hizzoner” passes away, and now the Hungry Lion has closed. Nothing is certain but change, I guess.

  89. Darren February 5, 2010 10:21 am

    Mack…so all the blogosphere recruiting experts can inform him what to do for 2011. Think of all the time, money and resources that UH could save…

  90. jeezy3 February 5, 2010 10:23 am

    Stephen, Is Frank Gaines or Anterio Sloan still in the mix? I thought we offered Gaines. As for Sloan, I am sure Mack would grey shirt someone to get him on the team

  91. mauifarmdog February 5, 2010 10:23 am

    #70 Mack

    but if you get Donovan- Ask him about starting football programs at the community colleges so we can have more football opportunities for our local boys on the neighbor islands.

  92. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:24 am

    UH says it’s done. I don’t think so.

  93. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 10:25 am

    Hungry Lion closed?

  94. A-House February 5, 2010 10:30 am

    Coach Mack for me!

  95. Darren February 5, 2010 10:34 am


    ST’s right…this is pretty damn informative. I’m guessing that we’re looking for JC slots next year. This recruiting stuff is a piece of cake.

  96. Darren February 5, 2010 10:37 am

    Is Tonga going off on his mission? If so, gonna miss him and Wadsworth. These guys are players…

  97. LizKauai m/ February 5, 2010 10:38 am

    ST- re #70 I’d like to see President Greenwood talk to us about how a win-win situation with the athletic department fits into her big picture.

    Second choice is Chancellor Hinshaw.

    Menu choice: Jim Donovan


  98. koakaneβ„’ February 5, 2010 10:40 am

    morning tsaiko’s and tsaikette’s sunny but was some chilly last night

    stephen I vote for JD as the next guest and you showing up to supa bowl tgate?

  99. LizKauai m/ February 5, 2010 10:40 am

    99 before lunch

  100. LizKauai m/ February 5, 2010 10:41 am

    oops. the big 101~

  101. lava February 5, 2010 10:55 am

    Not sure Mercado was “easily” the best kicker in the State last year. I think one guy could give him a good contest. Might have been the guy for Leileihua.

    Mercado had some accuracy issues me thinks.

  102. al February 5, 2010 10:58 am

    i was told of a kid in maui who was as good a kicker as any and will be available next year.

  103. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:00 am

    1st Kiffin offered a 14 year old while at Tennessee and now he gets a commitment from a 13 year old while at USC.

  104. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:01 am

    UH signed 2 highschool kickers this year.

  105. al February 5, 2010 11:01 am

    mack whiffed.

    on getting any kahuku guys this year.

    although this year’s kahuku class was not as star studded as in the past, i felt it was imperative that we land at least one kahuku guy each year.

    i, believe that he should at least offer an invited walkon status to veteson sauni, the nose tackle that is the one responsible for making jamora and schenke look good.

  106. Kazz February 5, 2010 11:02 am

    Did Hungry Lion still carry the “June Jones Special” even after 2007? That was one ONO breakfast!!!! Portuguese sausage, corn beef hash, fried rice, two eggs, bacon (I think)… Mmmmmm…

    Even as a kid, I remember that guy in the Lion costume waiving to traffic.

  107. al February 5, 2010 11:03 am

    2 kickers?

  108. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 11:04 am

    Yep, Tonga is going on a mission.

  109. Stephen Tsai February 5, 2010 11:05 am

    OK, if the two-kicker comment is a soccer joke, I must warn you that Princess Leila is deceptively strong and she will hurt people.

  110. al February 5, 2010 11:06 am

    kazz you sure it was a guy?

  111. al February 5, 2010 11:07 am

    i scared now.

  112. al February 5, 2010 11:09 am

    yup, we are going miss tonga and wadsworth especially on special teams. and weren’t they about to break out in to the defensive backfield?

    i believe that we have a bevy of moire than capable replacements on this year’s recruit class list.

  113. chopsueyboy February 5, 2010 11:19 am

    #62 A-House Who is Sum Ting Wong?
    So similar to my chinese name, Sun Tim Wong…
    so many Wongs in Hawaii but probably not related

  114. al February 5, 2010 11:24 am

    you related to my cousin?

    wat wen wong

  115. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 11:25 am


    February 5th, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Did Hungry Lion still carry the “June Jones Special” even after 2007? That was one ONO breakfast!!!! Portuguese sausage, corn beef hash, fried rice, two eggs, bacon (I think)… Mmmmmm…

    Even as a kid, I remember that guy in the Lion costume waiving to traffic.


    RIP “Hizonner”.
    RIP “June Jones Special”.

    πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  116. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:27 am

    How fast is the Princess? And yes Kamehameha kicker will play for the Wahine.

  117. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 11:27 am

    Kazz, they did still have JJ Special, right uo ’til closing. Needless to say that was my favorite, I ordered it nearly every time I went. Thank goodness that Nuuana Okazuya is still flourishing right down the street from the Hungry Lion.

  118. Da Punchbowl Kid February 5, 2010 11:28 am


  119. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:30 am

    Reading Mercados comment on one website stated that he wanted to earn a scholie in the west.

  120. whitey February 5, 2010 11:30 am

    at this rate of quality recruits, there will definitely be problems for walk ons as position openings shrink big time.

  121. Old Diver February 5, 2010 11:32 am

    I agree about the walk-ons, but there will be always room for them with the 85 scholarship limit.

  122. chopsueyboy February 5, 2010 11:33 am

    #115 al
    must be related, something always going wong around here

  123. whitey February 5, 2010 11:34 am

    now comes the hard part for the 2010 recruits. make sure all your hs or jc papers are in order, your grades are acceptable, and you get your admission papers from UH. then, we get to see you in the WARRIOR Uniforms!!!!!! Yeeeeeessssssh!!!!!

  124. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 5, 2010 11:40 am


    February 5th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    kazz you sure it was a guy

    Al, I’m sure. I asked him once and for sure he wasn’t LION!!!!!

    Ok… Lame joke..

  125. Clifford Brunet February 5, 2010 11:40 am

    @john I’m sure thats true

  126. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:44 am

    butta boom

  127. al February 5, 2010 11:49 am

    kazz….i always thought that under that lion’s skin was koamahu.

  128. RedZone February 5, 2010 11:56 am

    ST too bad you can’t take your show into one of those coaches recruiting meetings.

  129. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 5, 2010 11:58 am


    Hungry Lion was walking distance from “Pali Longs”… So… πŸ˜†

  130. al February 5, 2010 11:59 am

    shaky times…

    the dow jones dipped below the 10,000 mark for awhile today but did barely climb back up as reports of 20,000 loss jobs in january alone were reported. this does not include the farming industry numbers.

    the moral of the story is to cherish the job that you have today. do it well and work as if the company you work for is owned by you. go the extra mile to make sure your company is successful and you too in return shall be successful as well.

    national unemployment rate is now at 9.7%!

    have a good day.

  131. al February 5, 2010 12:01 pm

    kazz….i just spat out my coffee all over my keyboard, monitor, and reports that are sitting in front me.

    gotta go work now. have a good lunch.

  132. A-House February 5, 2010 12:04 pm


    Sum Ting Wong, blog handle, used to blog with us in 2007, met he and his family at our Sugar Bowl breakfast across from Kekoa’s condo and we really had a great time.

    Had the distinct honor of meeting the late Kuuilei Pomai and Uku from LA who has not posted for a long time. Believe his grand daughter is a weather person on a local tv station. Uku brought us a ton of ti leaves.

    Also, met Merv, our Georgia Bulldog who was initiated into the Tsaiko family, with his 2 sons and son’s friend, and Ben, JaM’s brother and his wife.

    At the “official” Tsaiko meal at Harrahs, met Eternity Actual, who took a round trip train ride from LA to NOLA, met a family of Warrior supporters who we later met in NOLA, and True Green.

    Great time and great memories!!!

  133. J-Dog February 5, 2010 12:10 pm

    One of the UH football boards showed a comment Mercado made to a friend about probably returning to UH to try and give Enos some competition. I wonder if the signing of Hadden will change that. If not, would be funny (or not) if he as a walk-on beat 2 scholarship guys.

    Is Brian Blumberg still gonna be on the team? I don’t think the coaches would keep 3 kickers + 1 punter on the roster. Especially since Blumberg is not on scholarship.

  134. al February 5, 2010 12:13 pm

    hadden is a very good get.
    because should he beat out enos he will also be invaluable on the road because he is also an accomplished punter. he could serve as the back up punter as well or who knows he could give the aussie some real competition.

  135. NYUH February 5, 2010 12:14 pm

    Tuesday’s show? McMackin

  136. al February 5, 2010 12:15 pm

    i think these days mercado will be looking elsewhere.

    hadden seems like a real nice kid and i suspect that the coaches liked what they saw during his home visit. that would include his family members as well.

  137. expat February 5, 2010 12:23 pm

    If Enos works some things out and performs then Hadden can redshirt – and assuming he works out they could be set for a while. If Hadden has to come in and kick right away it isn’t the end of the world. I think from a recruiting standpoint it is better to not pull scholarships from players just because they aren’t as good as maybe you hoped they would be. There are valid reasons to pull a scholarship, but as long as the player is trying then performance shouldn’t be one of them. The kickers are kind of on their own — no dedicated coach, etc.

    Better that the coaches keep their recruiting needs and strategies to themselves. There is more b#itchin and moaning on the forums and from the fans, but recruiting is tough, especially with teams like Notre Dame in the mix. No need show everyone the cards in your hand.

    If the coaches have specific needs to fill then that is what they should be concentrating on. There is always the special athlete you are not going to pass up, but unless you focus on your needs you are not going to have a solid program. Can’t have a whole team made up of linebackers, no matter how good each one is.

  138. LizKauai m/ February 5, 2010 12:38 pm

    A-House – wow, SB memories! Note re merv – he’s a youth group leader, not a dad, I believe.

  139. jm2375 February 5, 2010 12:41 pm

    February 5th, 2010 at 12:04 pm


    Sum Ting Wong, blog handle, used to blog with us in 2007, met he and his family at our Sugar Bowl breakfast across from Kekoa’s condo and we really had a great time.

    So, not only does Kekoa know everyone in the State of Hawaii, he has a condo in every city too. πŸ˜€

  140. SteveM February 5, 2010 12:41 pm

    Good afternoon everyone!

    February 5th, 2010 at 11:19 am
    #62 A-House Who is Sum Ting Wong?
    So similar to my chinese name, Sun Tim Wong…
    so many Wongs in Hawaii but probably not related

    Blogger SumTinWong does not have the surname of Wong. Very infrequent poster nowadays, but his first appearance was interesting…

    In December of 2007 when brew808 and Garret were trying to come up with the last few Sugar Bowl tickets for the Tsai-kos, a new kid named Iwonderwhytheyhateme emerged and said he could purchase 4 tickets. BUT, he was a student and didn’t have the money to buy them. Then SumTinWong offered to meet IWWTHM at the ticket office and pay for them. Afterwards, he sent the tickets to Garret for distribution and reimbursement.

    The chicken-skin part was that none of them have ever met before nor knew each other’s real names…except they were Tsai-kos.

  141. jm2375 February 5, 2010 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday 702WN! Haven’t seen you on the blog for a while! Hope you have a great day!

  142. Kazz February 5, 2010 12:42 pm

    Ah, “Pali Longs”… I shouldn’t have to explain… πŸ˜†

  143. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 12:44 pm


    eh… who knows? Maybe the kickers will be able to help each other out and make one another better in the end, eh? I’m all for better.

    If doled out properly, there are probably enough scholies to build the team three deep in all positions with a few scholies left for those injury prone and need ‘fresh legs’ positions.

  144. jm2375 February 5, 2010 12:52 pm

    RIP Cec Heftel.

  145. SteveM February 5, 2010 12:53 pm

    RE: A-House’s post #133

    Pictures of everyone named are in one of two Tsai-ko Sugar Bowl photo pages. The first is a general compilation by everyone there (many photos by the A-House’s) and the second was by LizKauai as she sent me photos live (or within 6 hours) as a photodocumentary of her trek…



  146. RedZone February 5, 2010 12:54 pm

    I would think that new Mexico St is looking for a kicker.

  147. Kazz February 5, 2010 1:03 pm

    Dunnachie, Blumberg, Enos, and now Mr. Hadden.

    When was the last time we had that many in da “808 kickin’ kru”? 😎

  148. Kazz February 5, 2010 1:04 pm


    February 5th, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    I would think that New Mexico St is looking for a kicker.

    and a football team. πŸ˜†

  149. Kazz February 5, 2010 1:05 pm

    Kazz on #84 JD status. I agree with ST, stress related. JD probably got a whip lash when he looked at the mbb financial spreadsheet of revenues and expenses. But he should be happy, mvb is coming back strong, 2400+ at the UCLA game. Keep it exciting, play good vb, win most of the games, the fans will come to watch a winner. Same would happen for mbb, but got to win and play good bb.

  150. Guys in the office February 5, 2010 1:08 pm

    Mercado will get a shot somewhere, but he’s going to need to adjust his approach to the ball on field goals. Did anyone watch him kick this year? We all noticed it in “the office.” It’s an unusual style. He must have a five-step approach on field-goal attempts; almost like a kickoff. He’s going to need to cut down the number of approach steps to the ball when he plays in college, and I don’t know how that will impact his accuracy and distance. But he no doubt has a strong leg. Best of luck to him.

  151. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 1:08 pm

    Wow, 2 names who played big roles in 20th century 808 politics are gone in 2 days!

    RIP Cec Heftel.

  152. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 1:09 pm

    JD or Mack?


  153. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 1:13 pm

    Who Dat? or Hoosiers?

    This is going to the dogs…..


  154. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 1:14 pm

    Cec Heftel, too?

    Rest in peace.

  155. RedZone February 5, 2010 1:15 pm

    JD going to be guest on Sports Hawaii on the 8th so maybe you should get Mack and Mr. Bright.

  156. Ralph February 5, 2010 1:18 pm

    big oops! I posted #150 as Kazz to respond to his comment on 84. Better get some lunch to energize the brain.

  157. postmanke February 5, 2010 1:22 pm


    Whatever happened to Obama coming on the show? = )

  158. Jason February 5, 2010 1:24 pm

    I was just gonna say, I think Kazz is hanging out with Ralph for too long … πŸ˜›

  159. A-House February 5, 2010 1:26 pm


    Nostagia to the MAX!!!

    Thanks for the memories of a really grand time in NOLA – we made many memories with many old and new friends!

  160. Ronnie February 5, 2010 1:27 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday JaM!!

    Happy Birthday 702 Warrior Nation!!!

    SteveM, thanks for the trip down memory lane! I can’t wait until our next BCS bowl appearance.

  161. Kazz February 5, 2010 1:28 pm


  162. jm2375 February 5, 2010 1:30 pm

    As owner of KGMB-TV, Heftel decided in to start an afternoon children’s show, “Checkers and Pogo.”

    Oh, the memories…

  163. Kazz February 5, 2010 1:31 pm

    Hope JD is taking care of himself when he does get the chance to walk away from work for a bit. He can take some solace in knowing that his two first ever hires as new head coaches in Dana Takahara-Dias and Charlie Wade are both taking the proper steps in reviving their respective programs.

  164. NorthShoreFan February 5, 2010 1:37 pm

    How about getting Elam to come down for a cuple of weeks to tutor the kickers? He retired and probably would love to come down for a couple of weeks to get warm…

  165. chawan_cut February 5, 2010 1:40 pm

    anyone going to chinatown tonight?

  166. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 1:44 pm

    Man that kenesio tape is expensive stuff. I have a few rolls.. My mother used to use them in her Shiatsu and reflexology treatments back in the 80’s. Even then they were like $35 for 2″ roll and you had to buy by the case of 24, I think.

  167. SteveM February 5, 2010 1:46 pm


    …was great to finally meet you and the Mrs. at Kiku Hana and CiCi’s last September!

  168. RedZone February 5, 2010 1:47 pm

    I use salonpas.

  169. A-House February 5, 2010 2:10 pm

    Wha, Wha, got another birthday boy! Happy Birfday, 702 Warrior Nation! Enjoy your day and our best to the Mrs!

  170. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 2:56 pm

    Which explains the “red zone”…eh?

  171. Committed Road Warrior February 5, 2010 3:00 pm

    Happy Birthday 702 Warrior Nation!

    It was nice to meet and talk to you and the Mrs. while in Vegas for the game back in September. Enjoy!

  172. Slugger February 5, 2010 3:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, 702WarriorNation!!! Sorry that you guys couldn’t meet up w/ me & Rasu Begasu last week. Hope you are having a wonderful day!

    ST ~

    You forgot … “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” …

  173. Bulla February 5, 2010 3:19 pm

    Happy Burfday to 702WarriorNation…make it special for you !!!! πŸ™‚

  174. al February 5, 2010 3:42 pm

    happy birthday 702!

    wish we could be there to help you celebrate.

  175. chopsueyboy February 5, 2010 3:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, 702WarriorNation!!! Enjoy the Super Bowl!

  176. whitey February 5, 2010 3:58 pm

    Happy Birthday 702WarriorNation

  177. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday 702WarriorNation!

  178. Manoa Mist February 5, 2010 4:17 pm

    Watched Hadden’s videos, and he looks pretty dang good. Nice accuracy, power, calm, smooth. Enos is in trouble cause looks like we got some competition for him. Our punter guy should be good too with a year under his belt. now.
    Side note: not sure where al gets all his info from, but always enjoy brother al’s posts. Mahalo.

  179. r b i February 5, 2010 4:20 pm

    Bring on the Trojans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. d1ε³Ά February 5, 2010 4:21 pm


    See you there?

  181. r b i February 5, 2010 4:23 pm

    This hadden kid looks real good,heck if he put it out the end zone on kick offs that would bw of tremendous help, Bring on USC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. r b i February 5, 2010 4:27 pm

    Mac lets work on beating that kiffin Cover 2, route adjustments,route adjust,adjust,adjust.Puka in the middle, puka on sideline,First down, first down….TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  183. jm2375 February 5, 2010 4:46 pm

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    Off to pick up da keed and then to the SSC to watch da Warriors pound da Bruins! See ya there!

  184. SumTinWong February 5, 2010 5:01 pm

    Great memories A-House! Still can’t believe we had sushi in New Orlean — still have pictures of our get together.

    Howz it SteveM.

    Dying for our next BCS game ….

    I’m glad Hungy Lion switched owners .. the previous owner .. the guy who would yell at his waitress / any hired help in front of his customers .. I was a waiter there for a yr and tolerated that #$#@ b/c I was only 19 and had no previous waiter experience.

    Yes, it’s sad that it’s closed .. good folks working there.

  185. protector February 5, 2010 5:02 pm

    re: Hadden,

    On kickoffs, it was hard to tell how deep he was kicking it. He was kicking from the 40, so it gave the illusion they were decently deep. As for the field-goals, most seemed to be short distance. I remember one or two were right at the 30 (making it a 40 yarder). Would’ve liked to see how he did on 40 yard+ & 50 yard attempts.


  186. SumTinWong February 5, 2010 5:07 pm

    that’s right .. Uku brought a whole bunch of Ti leaves. At the game he was like swinging this big Ti leave tree ..

  187. al February 5, 2010 5:16 pm

    lambert the sheepish lion

  188. (Jesse) James February 5, 2010 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday 702WarriorNation!!!!

    ST – Hey what about “The LION Sleeps Tonight”????

    Okay…gotta Esme….

  189. […] The Warrior Beat| UH football, University of island competition … […]

  190. EH NO MAKE ! February 5, 2010 6:34 pm


    Was Cec Heftel, when he owned KGMB, responsible for airing 50th State Wrestling and Roller Derby?

    I miss those days, Tally Ho, Bockwinkle, Johnny B, Curtis Iaukea, Missing Link in pro wrestling. Skinny Winnie Miller, Judy Arnold, Tom Noa, Jim Trotter and company in roller derby.

  191. Ralph February 5, 2010 7:33 pm

    close stats, but UH comes out short. Better passing, better serve receive, slow the hitters down to run a transition, don’t let Rawson serve, and UH hitters Hunt and Walker got to keep the ball in the court. UCLA puts up a block, so be it, better than a free point by hitting it out.

  192. bighilofan2 February 5, 2010 7:47 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos evewrywhere.

    was up, Mr. Wong. πŸ˜€

    if i had to choose somebody fo talk to, go Mack. got some questions, like ask him what else we can do for get his Irish up and at em this year in the 2nd and 4th quarters, make sure the qbs are the best and we not giving somebody the start that can only give us some comfort level.

    i like us wacken da Kiffin outta USC!

  193. Kekoa February 5, 2010 7:50 pm

    jm2375 ~ My invitation for you to stay at one of my condo units depends on your treatment of the Tsaiko Clubhouse. Unfortunately, it has not left me with any warm and fuzzies lately. However, it is a new year, and everyone deserves to start with a clean slate. I’ll be in touch.

    Oh…and try to behave yourself at tonites game. I don’t want to see you get ‘tossed’ out of the Stanley again!

  194. Kekoa February 5, 2010 7:57 pm

    BleedGreen808 ~ E kala mai. Thanks for your acknowledgment yesterday. I’m still trying to track down my RB nephew’s status. He really was one of the few that could get past some of those highly regarded LB’s that signed with UH.

  195. SteveM February 5, 2010 8:10 pm

    Hi SumTinWong — glad to see you’re still tuning in! Send me the picture of you and A-House at the sushi buffet and I’ll add it to that page (the St. Charles Sushi buffet tailgate was in LizKauai’s trek page).

  196. Old Diver February 5, 2010 8:13 pm

    Regarding # 192

    The wahine basketball team is 9-12 (3-5)….this represents reviving the program.
    Coach Wade beat a top ranked team and is nationally ranked.
    Seems to me Charlie Wade and Diana Takahara-Dias are moving in the right direction.
    Given the overall program outcome-, Jim Donovan made the best choice in coaches in Wade and Takahara-Dias. Not sure what anyone would want to laugh-out-loud at that.

  197. wafan February 5, 2010 8:26 pm

    Good evening! Just got home from school. Getting ready for our SkillsUSA regional leadership conference tomorrow. Much small than in the past with barely 200 kids registered.

    See you all tomorrow!

    Go Warriors/’Bows!!!

  198. wafan February 5, 2010 8:26 pm


  199. wowlaulau February 5, 2010 8:46 pm

    #192, So you feel that Bolla was getting the job done and headed in the right direction? lol

  200. Kekoa February 5, 2010 9:20 pm

    SumTinWong ~

    Good to see you back on the blog! Like Ronnie sez, gotta earn another BCS Bowl bid and redeem ourselves in NOLA. It would be nice to have a reunion with all who were there, and more! That Sushi place was like being at home!

    Happy Birthday 702WarriorNation! It was a lot of fun sharing the good food and fellowship with your family and so many Tsaiko’s in Vegas.

    Looking forward to Sep 2011 to roll around for a UH payback game with UNLV. I’m sure LV will plan another get together for us at Kiku Hana. I’m certain Brew808 and others from the mainland Tsaiko Nation will be there as well.

    Diana will be in Vegas from 14 June thru the 21st for her Hanakeawe family reunion. She has reserved all the condo units on the top floor of one building for her family! That conversation went well. It sounded like she was talking to the clerk from Rap’s Hawaii bit with Mr. Frogtree!

    I gotta hang back and take care of Pops, but I’ll make a quick sweep thru Vegas on my way to West Point in Sept. while Diana stays back. I’ll stay in LV during the early part of the week to clear the trail dust before heading on east. I want to try my luck again at the *M* Casino (I’m anxious to try for entertainment purposes only). Very cool place with a fantastic looking Japanese restaurant inside.

  201. Ralph February 5, 2010 9:29 pm

    Kekoa Mustang Ranch has a casino.

  202. Garret February 5, 2010 9:31 pm

    Happy Birthday 702WarriorNation!

    I’m so glad that the blog has made it possible for me to get to know people like 702WarriorNation. And all Warrior fans shouldn’t forget that he quietly helped out with the bike shipping during the past season…he didn’t ask for credit or want any recognition, he just wanted to help them program.

  203. Garret February 5, 2010 9:32 pm

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

    Scientists developed a new technique for singling out individual diseased cells and destroying them with tiny explosions via lasers making “nanobubbles”. They found they could kill just the cancer cells and leave the rest of the patient unharmed.

  204. Garret February 5, 2010 9:33 pm

    Scotland found an interesting application for their UAVs–they are being used literally as “eyes in the sky” to improve the performance of their rugby team. I could really see big-budget sports teams using this in the future, as the picture quality would be much better than what they could get from a tall tower.

  205. Garret February 5, 2010 9:33 pm

    British scientists used a new technique to communicate with a man who has been in a vegetative state for 5 years! This technique will apparently enable communication with patients classified as being in a permanent vegetative state.

  206. Garret February 5, 2010 9:34 pm

    US troops will get a device later this year to be able to look through walls to see inside of buildings this year and even detect the heartbeat of people buried under rubble.

  207. Garret February 5, 2010 9:35 pm

    Palm-sized adhesive device could allow people to walk on walls (so we had a Superman X-ray vision link followed by a Spiderman link).

  208. Garret February 5, 2010 9:35 pm

    Free play links pau.

  209. Garret February 5, 2010 9:39 pm

    Sportsbow, who does an amazing job tracking UH recruits, just posted a link on SportsHawaii that shows that Jesse Williams is a 4-star JC OL recruit for 2011. Jesse the recruit from Australia that was committed to the Warriors but ended up having to go to the JC.

  210. Garret February 5, 2010 9:46 pm

    Oops, I should have typed that Jesse was a DL recruit.

  211. mole February 5, 2010 10:17 pm

    Westsideview – OK, OK, you made your point, you have a problem with coach Takahara-Dias! Hype?

  212. RedZone February 5, 2010 10:24 pm

    Wade has Umlauf. Dias lost her leading scorer from last year who is reshirting but will be back. She has a young team with only one senor on it. She then lost 2 players who started to really contribute to injuries. I think it is too early to judge her yet. Wade followed Wilton who was a pretty good coach. Dias is following you know who and has a lot more damage to repair. So far I think she is doing a pretty good job.

  213. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 10:24 pm

    Time say goodnight..

    So I head out…
    listening to the purring of the Lion…

    Lion~el Ritchie.. that is..

  214. madeinhawaii February 5, 2010 10:25 pm


    All of these weapons for the fight against cancer can’t come too soon.

  215. RainbowCliff February 5, 2010 10:26 pm

    Aloha Tsaiko Nation, first and foremost I am “APPALLED” to the statement of Roderick Flemming being the ” Best 2 yr. player in UH basketball history” Garbage and ridiculous ! Fleming at best is a one dimensional player with “NO HEART” and cannot lead “NO” team to a championship because to his lack of desire for the game and a “SORRY”
    Head Coach who has no ideal of how to lead a basketball prorgam in which he has been an “ASSISTANT” his entire whole UH basketball pitiful life !

    I have watched and not said enough to this embarresment of a “fab 5” player who has no idea of how the game is played or relate to the players of today in which at the end of the season Bob Nash will be “FIRED” because to his lack of ability to not only coached but used the tremendous resources of ex Hawaii players who has reached out to him and tried to “HELP” him in which he has turned his back and done it his way in which it is “NO WAY” to a successful sorry basketball season.

    Dayton Moringa the UH basketball beat writer needs to get out of Hawaii la la land and stop writing “nonsense” to you readers out there in trying to explain of this sorry Hawaii basketball season. The team has “NO HEART” and the players with there inept coaches all need to be let go as the sorry old ancient flex offense and pillsbury pineapple turn over team has been a “HUGHE” dissapointment with men’s volleyball being the front cover and talk about UH team during the new year of 2010, with rainbow basketball being obscured and obsolete. WOW is all I can say !

    Dwain Williams has taken Hawaii for a ride and “KNEW” he was not coming back because of his ego vs. Fab Five ego of Bob Nash in which there was no medium and Coach Nash with his “stubborn” self acclaim persona being outdated to the young players today and had UCLA Great Larry Farmer assisting him that still couldn’t “PRODUCE”. A total scam and embaressment to Hawaii basketball and “ALL” it’s glory history !

    Three years and out with “NO” one to blame but himself. All Bob had to do was “reach out” as “ALL” of my Hawaii past players was willing to help as I would of lead the way and brought him “basketball athletes” but with his “dull personality” you see the results that you see an uninteresting “LOSING” season with the wahine basketball team getting more adulation then the bows.

    Who ever be the coach for the bows one thing for sure “IF” he does not reach out or respect the past players of Rainbow glory then “LOSING” will be the final destination and I will not be subjected to watch a once “BIG” time program be the joke of kalua pig with out no sushi because at the old rainbow age of 51 years I will school Bob and his “sorry” bows with power and finess game that left you folks in 1981 and still rising today to be the “toast of tinsel town” all over Southern California !

    Can we play as I take “ALL” comers !

  216. al February 5, 2010 10:34 pm

    eh no make….brah. you kind of old eh?
    roller derby, my gawd.
    but, you forgot dave pound, ronnie rains, and the beautiful liz hernandez.

  217. RainbowCliff February 5, 2010 10:39 pm

    702 Warrior Nation, YES SIR ! Happy birthday to you and “ALL” the greatness that you represent !

    A privelage and honor to be in your aquaintance with “loads of aloha” to you and your love ones. Las Vegas will never know the real Hawaii !

  218. al February 5, 2010 10:43 pm

    more roller derby flashbacks….big john hall, little ralphie valladares, judy sowinski.

  219. DoubleB February 5, 2010 10:49 pm

    Hey RainbowCliff,
    I usually just “Lurk” but I read all your posts…and I know you’re a good guy…I would’nt have said what you said…but I think you are right on reguarding your #219. I know everyone thinks Merv Lopes is an old name from the past…BUT MAN WOULD I LOVE TO SEE HIM AS THE NEXT COACH!

  220. PowderPuff February 5, 2010 10:53 pm

    Welcome to the Warrior Nation, Tyler! Too bad the UH MVB team couldn’t take at least one from the Bruins. Keep playing hard guys…the atmosphere is great when you play, especially when that crazy Rubberband Man is there.

    al – thanks for your sobering but true words in #131. Have a fabulous Super Bowl weekend, everyone!

  221. EH NO MAKE ! February 5, 2010 10:53 pm

    Me, I have faith in Charlie Wade. There’s been enough “moments” to see that he does have enough there to win, but the team needs to show a bit more consistencey.

    Me, I have faith in Dana Takahara-Dias, it’s almost like a Mr. Miyagi kind of thing, “it’ll get worse before it gets better”. I do believe it will get better.

    Sad to say I agree with RAINBOW CLIFF, Bo Nash is just not cutting. I mean it took long enough to get rid of Dwain Williams. The kid was cancer from the first day he walked onto campus.
    Oh, and Rod Flemings, please take off those God-awful gold shoes. Can we please all just at least LOOK like a team?

  222. Mrs. LTUHF February 5, 2010 11:01 pm

    Happy Birthday 702 Warrior Nation!

  223. WarriorMojo February 5, 2010 11:02 pm

    Gawd, there’re so many nuts in this place these days, it drives me NUTS!@

  224. WarriorMojo February 5, 2010 11:04 pm

    Nah, not really. Nuts are just nuts,

  225. al February 5, 2010 11:04 pm

    powder puff….

    #131 was more of a reminder to mine to be thankful for what little i do have and to continue to work hard for it.

  226. WarriorMojo February 5, 2010 11:09 pm

    When the nuts come out, I usually just do this…

  227. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 5, 2010 11:15 pm

    Where womens bball was in terms of fan support and how the players perform on the court in response to the coaching staff is a drastic improvement.

    Make no mistake about it. Its night and day at Wahine basketball and players snuffed out last season like Galdones are contributing. Players like Allie Patterson are coming out.

    The proof is there. The effort is obvious and the team chemistry is better.

    I got nothing else to say considering that Mr. Westsideview/Warriorfanny2 actually had the nerve to defend Bolla’s actions as merely a frustrated coach trying to coach a bunch of “crybabies”. How stupid is that?

  228. Kekoa February 5, 2010 11:20 pm

    Howzit R/C!…You’re not MAD as hell are you? No, I didn’t think so. Like you, I’m also disappointed at the lack of success the MBB team has had. There are certainly some problems with this squad.

    Without mentioning any particular players, it’s not hard to see that the mix of players on the floor is in disarray. You’ve nailed some of the key things that have caused them failure.

    The one big problem is exactly what you mentioned several times. No heart. As you and all of us who love this game know, you gotta love the game to push it to a higher level.

    There doesn’t seem to be a desire to bring the ball up court with maximum intensity, or keep the flow of the offense in a constant continuity mode. I mentioned how the guards seem to be ‘sleep’ walking once before. They force shots as time runs out, and never follow their shot on the offensive boards for 2nd chance shots.

    Hustling back on defense is a small, but forgotten part of the game. Coach Nash and his crew have been struggling with this and other motiviational segments of the game. If the team doesn’t come out of this sleep walk, they will be a large reason why he will be given his walking papers.

    Say hello to Rhonda big guy, and continue schooling those young hoopsters on the finer points of the game.


  229. RainbowCliff February 5, 2010 11:32 pm

    Double B and Eh No Make ! what I have said is the “TRUTH” and you being intelligent Hawaii fans should have it not swept under neath the carpet or window wax with paper and gloves. The “game” shall always be played with hardwork and “GREAT” determination !

    Playing for Hawaii is not a privelage but an “HONOR” and if you have scholarship basketball players and coaches who cannot live to that code then it is “adios amigos” plain and simple. Bob has had ample time to show BUT if you never have your “OWN” philosophy and coached on any level then you don’t know how to adjust or inspire your players to “WIN” which is the game is all about.

    When I played for UH we played all comers, the baddest in all over NCAA collegiate basketball ! We lost alot and we won some BUT I will not change it for one second because we played with all heart and competed against the finest in all over NCAA College basketball history and played an aggressive man to man defense with a pressing and running game.

    PRIDE is what we are talking about here and this team has none with a fab five player head coach of yester years having a “GOLDEN” opportunity in which he has embarresed the program and now leaves it in turmoil and undire straits. Sorry to be this way because it is not usually me BUT when I see my Rainbow Love being outclass by men’s volleyball and wahine basketball kind folks “enough is enough” !

    Football will be #1 but when I played from 76-81 the Rainbow Basketball Warriors was the talk of Honolulu and blaisdel arena was the place to go as my era performed night in and night out with all out hustle and desire as this era of rainbow team a pathetic oximoron of basketball casualtie as I have had to watch and be “very shameful” !

  230. el guapo February 5, 2010 11:44 pm

    one was 9-18 last year, 6-5 so far this year with at least 18 more games
    another was 8-23 last year, 9-12 this year with at least 8 more games

    A lot more games to be played and stories to be written.

  231. RainbowCliff February 5, 2010 11:54 pm

    Kekoa Bruddah a complete pleasure ! Sorry to rage that way but I have had enough of this sorry Bob Nash Team and the excuses that is given to him on this sad dissapointing rainbow basketball season. Being a former player and playing at a still top level just tells me one thing “LOVE THE GAME” as this 2010 team has no love, desire or compassion to the round ball.

    Roderick Flemming is “NO” way compared to 2 year players of past as I can name Aaron Strayhorn, Eric Bowman, Thomas Louden and Joltin Joe Frazier that Flemming will get roasted everyday in practice or pick-up at klum or your new facility complex. The patsy schedule that is played with no name talent is just salt to the wounds with no pepper in sight.

    Don’t understand Bob Nash or care as obvious he is one lost man trying his best to keep a job because of his lame past claim to crown and glory !

    So sorry and very sad !

  232. Ralph February 5, 2010 11:56 pm

    Wayne Vieira, new director of ticket sales for UH. A partnership of Koa Anuenue and the UH Foundation. A position I hope that will energize ticket sales all year long and not have dead periods per sport. UH has got to keep on selling tickets from initial offer to game time. SMU selling their fb season tickets next weekend for prior subscribers, capitalizing on their bowl victory. UH dilly dallied after winning the sugar bowl, don’t let anyone off the bandwagon, get’um when their interest is at the highest level.

  233. RainbowCliff February 5, 2010 11:57 pm

    Good night Tsaiko Nation as I get some sleep and wake up with desire to dominate my opponent on the tennis and basketball circut !

  234. Kekoa February 6, 2010 12:02 am

    Al ~

    Joanie Weston of the Bay City Bombers used to light up the Civic with her ‘grudge’ matches against Ann Cavello. They both defined the sport of Roller Derby. After she died in 1997, Goldie Hawn productions bought her life story. There was one film made of her called Demon of the Derby made for recruiting derby girls. It has caused a resurgence of the sport in many parts of the country.

    Ann Cavello was affectionately known as *Banana Nose* because she had her nose broken 12 times during her very long and illustrious career. It all came to an end in 2006 when she died of Liver cancer.

    My mom was a big Derby fan, she admired Ann’s toughness. Pops was not. He would drop me off to keep her from defending her pal Ann on the tracks. She was also prone to violence at events like Wrestling at the Civic. It made it tough on a kid when his mom could take out an usher in the best 2 out of 3 falls.

  235. Ralph February 6, 2010 12:03 am

    mvb had an announced crowd of over 3500+, coupled with last night’s 2400+, Charlie’s got the wagon rolling and the fans are jumping on. I wonder what would have happened if JD had the Na Wahine play a bb at 5 pm followed by a mvb match, maybe a larger crowd for the Na Wahine, more exposure, future spectators returning to support the ladies. Think out of the box, the mbb program is dying, don’t let it drag the Na Wahine with them, the Na Wahine is moving on up slowly, but they are moving up. Coach Dana is in a tough recruiting spot, only one scholie this season, Kuehu, and I believe Bungaite was a hold over recruit from Bolla, and she has only one senior this season, Dita.

  236. Kekoa February 6, 2010 12:08 am

    Oh…and good night to you Rainbow Cliff. I understand your passion and your concern for a program that is in trouble. I do wish they would consult with you on their future search for real talent.

  237. al February 6, 2010 12:11 am

    the kicker should be on the island by now.
    weather should be cooperating.
    welcome aboard tyler hadden.

  238. Kekoa February 6, 2010 12:12 am

    Good idea Ralph! The men’s vb program is on a roll and will continue on next season. Scheduling the Wahine bb team in an early game would certainly build fan support. She just needs a better recruiting year.

  239. haka February 6, 2010 12:19 am

    “PRIDE is what we are talking about here and this team has none with a fab five player head coach of yester years having a “GOLDEN” opportunity in which he has embarresed the program and now leaves it in turmoil and undire straits.”

    Sounds like your pride is hurt. Well personally, I think you are being selfish about what the current players are feeling regarding PRIDE. I also feel that EMBARRASSED, is not how you spell what is transpiring from the bottom of your heart, but rather, the heart of your bottom. You have points of definite concern by all, no doubt, but in speaking with your tone of anger, you exhibit a total lack of respect and class that is befitting to the person that Coach Nash is and all that he has meant to the University of Hawaii irregardless of what his coaching tenure bears. He is more respectable a man than all the green you bleed right now…in my humble opinion.

  240. Ralph February 6, 2010 12:19 am

    Na Wahine softball kicks off their season with a tournament on thursday, Feb. 11. Where are the publicity, the promotions, etc, to get people ready for softball. Less than a week and not a creature was stirring in the UHAD promoting softball. Yeah, no admissions charge, its in the red, its like an after thought, why let fans know that there is a season that is about to begin in Manoa. the Na Wahine deserves the support of the UHAD office, imagine if the program drew a lot of fans and they paid a nominal fee to watch, less red for the AD. Remember UH baseball with coach les, humble beginnings but it took off with Tatsuno. Get rid of your media people or give them new directions-support the programs.

  241. Kazz (blkberry_storm) February 6, 2010 1:05 am


    UHAD should be reaching out to youth teams and offer deals for teams to attend Wahine bball.

    For softball some HS teams and youth teams attend sometimes but getting the younger athletes interested is a plus in growing a new fanbase.

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  243. RainbowCliff February 6, 2010 12:07 pm

    Haka, you don’t know what you are talking about and have no idea of how Hawaii past athletes regard one another as there is “NOTHING” existing of a fraternity only buddy buddy of ancient history and time in which majority of players from my era “dont care” of their Hawaii past.

    You make the statement “mad” about what as I can care less. You have to watch Nash Bows and live with the excuses of a team that is robotic, turnover crazy and losing in front of what maybe 3,000 fans in your Stanley.

    Hawaii basketball has done nothing for me nor do I look for them for anything as camraderie with in the Hawaii Rainbow basketball history of former players are dark and silent with no light to the tunnel and no where to find them. You can idolize all of Nash qualities that you want to but the bottom line is success, progress and fan support as those factors are not happening and the program is generating no money with the wahine basketball team and men’s volleyball being the talk of you posters.

    So, Mr. Haka until you been on the inside and seen the Hawaii sport politics that I have seen then maybe you can make your personal attacks at me on what I have said and how I have said it as I have been on the bottom lost and forgotten BUT I continue to strive for better on my own merit as many of my former bows I support today caring and giving to them in which Coach Bob and the UH basketball program does “NOTHING” !

    Find your self a hammick bra and drink a mai tai it may help you in the long run to see the picture as you are cloudy as they come !

  244. haka February 6, 2010 8:09 pm

    RainbowCliff says,
    “the majority of players from my era “dont care” of their Hawaii past”
    “Hawaii basketball has done nothing for me…”

    Says it all. You talk big Brah, but it is small talk. What? Can’t take the opinions of others? Listen to yourself. You ARE the problem…Brah!

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