Addaknowjoe wins the tickets

Through the generosity of a blogger who’s kinda shy, addaknowjoe is the winner of the two  (front row!!!) tickets for tomorrow’s Rainbow Classic games and two for Sunday’s games. Thank you everyone for participating. We’ll have another drawing Monday for the semis (also front row and center).

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Belated happy birthday wishes to two of our regulars, SteveM and Chawan Cut. Both are great guys, and two of the key reasons for the growth of this blog. SteveM has been our archivist and, more importantly, the reason we became a musical blog. He’s unselfish, kind and generous. And CC, as well, has been an incredible contributor. He also has been a great friend to us. We’re fortunate — and very grateful — they joined us.



  1. kama krab December 26, 2008 9:33 am

    Hey am I first.

  2. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 9:35 am

    Indeed you are first, Mr. Krab.

  3. kama krab December 26, 2008 9:36 am

    Hey, ST I’m interested

  4. brew808 December 26, 2008 9:38 am


    Is it possible to get Nike back as our equipment sponsor and get a “do-over” for 2008? Ha! j/k 😆 Actually, this should be considered a new beginning for Warrior Football! Spring comes early to Manoa! 😀 😯 😆

    😀 ~~•~~~~•~~~~•~ ★ ★ ★ Go WARRIORS!!! ★ ★ ★ ~•~~~~•~~~~•~~ 8)

  5. kama krab December 26, 2008 9:38 am

    Hey where is everybody.

  6. brew808 December 26, 2008 9:40 am

    Hey ST, I’m interesting…. weird, but …weird! Hope you and Wena & family had a great Christmas! 😀 😯 😆

  7. A-House December 26, 2008 9:42 am

    The sun is shining on a brand new day for the 2009 Warrior program and may it be the symbol of great things to come!

    Good morning, Tsaikos, near and far.

  8. MeiLing December 26, 2008 9:42 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    ST ~ Hey, guy, I’m interested in Sunday’s tickets. Saturday might be iffy in my schedule. Mahalo!

    Hope everyone’s Christmas was merry & bright!

  9. brew808 December 26, 2008 9:43 am

    kama krab – You’re stuck with …. me! Hey, what’s the juice on bruddah Wreck? He doesn’t like us anymore…? 😯 🙄 😕

  10. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 9:44 am

    I think Nike makes a great shoe — hey, they’ve been doing it for decades — but they don’t spread the swag like UnderArmour does.

  11. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 9:46 am

    Sunday was sort of the throw-in because UH is not playing that night.
    We also have tickets (front row!!!) for the semis and finals, but those won’t go on the block until Monday. (Hey, I’ve got to spread out the blog inducers.)

  12. brew808 December 26, 2008 9:48 am

    ST – Please send b-day greetings to Mr. las vegas. His #49 was the 24th. We don’t want him whining again about now getting his share of the b-day wishes! 😆 Besides, I think there’s a whole gang of Tsaikos headed his way for a belated b-day celebration/tail-gate! 😀 😯 😆

  13. NEO December 26, 2008 9:48 am

    Tsaikos- I agree, this should be a new start for UH football… We should definitely honor the past, and the traditions, but let’s never forget that we need to move forward together, fans, athletes, coaches, administration, to support the team, no matter what, win or lose, victory or defeat. We as fans, need to continue to support the team AND the coaches. Their job isn’t easy, and the players, let’s never forget that they’re students and someone’s son first, our athletes second. Sure, we lost to the Golden Domers of Notre Dame, but in all honesty, who would have thought that a new coach would have ended up 7-7, playing in a post season bowl game. Let’s give credit where it’s due, and congratulate Coach McMackin on a pretty darn good first season. Sure we gave up 59 sacks, sure we were the most penalized team in I-A football, but you know what, we can fix those things, and MARK MY WORD, once they are fixed, this will be a great team.

    NEO(still hopeful, since all you’ve really got, is hope…)

  14. NEO December 26, 2008 9:50 am

    I honestly not interested in da tickets, I awreddy get…

  15. MeiLing December 26, 2008 9:50 am

    ST ~ No can do Saturday night; I’ll be partying w/ ‘ohana & singing karaoke. Ah, well, I can’t use tickets then. Good luck erryone else…

  16. Justin December 26, 2008 9:51 am

    I hope Coach Mack makes some coaching changes to fix the offensive woes. He changes players a lot so why not coaches, especially Brian Smith.

  17. what was that? December 26, 2008 9:51 am

    “Hey, I’m interested,” … only in Saturday… Thanks

  18. labrat December 26, 2008 9:52 am

    The team needs inspiration. Bring back coach Brian K.

    At the beginning of the season I suggested that they move Funaki to runningback. Look where he is moving to now.

  19. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 9:56 am

    labrat is a prophetic man.
    I think he’s my new stock broker.

  20. jm2375 December 26, 2008 9:58 am

    Good morning.

    ST – I’m interested.

    BTW, don’t believe the traffic reports of heavy traffic around the malls. There was *NO* traffic this morning around the Ala Moana/WallyWorld area. Went to Walgreens and Sears and got parking real close around 7. WallyWorld parking lot looked like it usually does on a weekday morning. Guess cuz no mo good sales.

  21. midori7 December 26, 2008 10:00 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Hope everyone was able to celebrate & enjoy Christmas with family & friends.

    Thanks to all the Tsaikos who attended the tailgates this season. AWESOME food with even better company!

    Football is pau but still get basketball, volleyball, baseball & softball games! Let’s continue our support for our student athletes!

  22. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:01 am

    Brian Smith is a good coach who actually has a great grasp of all phases of the run-and-shoot offense.
    What I think UH needs is more clear definitions of responsibilities. It seemed like Gerke and Smith were both coaching the o-line this year. They’re both outstanding coaches, but I think one needs to be the alpha coach.
    I’ll spare everybody the story about two trees that my friend (and current stockbroker) Donn Natori used when he tried to break up with girlfriends in high school …

  23. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:03 am

    No traffic means everybody got the perfect Christmas present this year. No need for exchanges.

  24. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:04 am

    Alojah Kakahiaka Gang…

    Inoke Funaki at running back huh? That would be nice to see, it could cause alot of havoc with his ability to run in the open field and arm to pass as well, could be a deceptive weapon in the arsenal next year! I heard Dustin Blount might move to running back too. I know he’s super fast but can he handle the pounding a running back takes at only a 160-170lbs??? To me though Pilares is our best running back and probably the best playmaker on the offense! Can Leon Wright-Jackson please step up!?!?!? Wonder if Jack Sula or Chizzy Dimude will contribute right away and lets not forget good ol Rego who should be getting more PT than just spot duty at times.

    IMO, I would use Pilares in a Reggie Bush type situation and keep him in the backfield with lining up occasionaly in the slot. The JC’s that have been sitting and the ones coming in look promising. Jovonte Taylor looked decent before the injury, Tinoco looked good, Rodney Bradley could be an immediate impact guy right away! Ryan Henry, Craig Bell, Matt Kiel should contribute.

  25. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:04 am

    Re: #12, las vegas –> “…not whining….” 😳

  26. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:05 am

    Hey, there, Midori.
    OK, who’s been running the lawn mower in our neighborhood for the past hour?
    I know that’s not me.

  27. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:06 am

    I didn’t get my X-mas wish. We’re 7-7…. 🙁 😥 🙄

  28. (Jesse) James December 26, 2008 10:07 am

    addahnkowjoe…from yesterday’s blog….

    At first everyone thought you may have caught a ride with your brother on his bike. Which got us all thinking: When your brother is packing you, do you:

    A.) Hold on to the back of your seat.
    B.) place you hands on your brother’s waist
    C.) give him a full bare hug (Your right arm crossing over his pectorals, your left arm crossed over his abdomen) and bury your face and cheek into the nape of his neck


    ST did catch a ride with his brother down to the T-gate after the game…

    and as a rider, I have to say, when I pack a guy, and that’s very seldom, I either have them hold on to the back of the seat or put their hands lightly on my shoulder area….no waist, no bearhug…that’s only reserved for women….LMAO….Mike can probably back me up on this one….

  29. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:08 am

    Good assessments, as always.
    And don’t forget about Pollard and Avery.
    I like Blount as a running back, but I’m worried about whether he can block. That’s my concern about Funaki, too. I would have liked to have seen Funaki at slotback. But I guess as a running back, they also can do more trick stuff.

  30. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:08 am

    Sorry, my point was that with all the receivers coming in and the ones waiting there turn, Pilares should be kept in the backfield until someone steps up. Regardless, Pilares should start at either position when the season begins!

  31. (Jesse) James December 26, 2008 10:11 am

    ST…what is up with Heun? Will he be able to go even though he has that disc injury?? Is that something he can do PT and strength training for so as to make the area of injury stronger and less prone to reinjury??

  32. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:11 am

    (Jesse) James:
    I’m strictly a four-wheel person. I drove.
    But you’re right. Guys being, uh, packed, don’t usually touch the guy steering. But, hey, if I’m in the back, I don’t care who’s steering. I’ll be doing the Heimlich on him/her. I’m not falling off a bike. I’ve got too many people on the payroll to end up like Gary Busey.

  33. jojo ® December 26, 2008 10:12 am

    Happy Birthday to SteveM and Chawan_Cut

    Please save me a piece of cake.

  34. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:13 am

    I would like to see Funaki take a leadership role on Special Teams! I’m certain he could be the leader, and on-the-field coach on both coverage and return teams. Leadership, is earned. Mr. Funaki is a LEADER. UH needs to take advantage of that resource. IMHO…. 😀

  35. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 10:15 am

    A-Joe – (J)J is a friken liar! He loves bear hugs.

  36. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:17 am

    Re: Heun.
    The disc injury was really bad. But it looks like he’s going to be OK. When he’s in there, even when he’s not at full health, he’s a beast. The original intent was to bring him in as a banging running back — move the pile, knock out a defensive end — but I think now they’re thinking he can be a rush end, the stand-up sort, maybe like an outside ‘backer. I think that’s the role that Veikune will have in the pros.

  37. labrat December 26, 2008 10:17 am

    Rebuilding the oline will be tougher this go around. I thought that the strength of the line coming into this season would be the interior. I was saddened at times to see guards getting blown off the los or blocking air when defenses bull rushed or ran stunts. John will be back so we got the starting point. It will be back to rebuilding again. I say do it from the inside out. I know a lot of people talk about the tackles but I think that a pocket that collapses from the inside is the worse thing that could happen.

  38. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:18 am

    UH always uses a PT named Pat Hiriki (sp?) Don’t think I’ve ever met him, but the players swear by him. I mean, they endorse him. I’m not exactly sure if they cuss.

  39. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:20 am

    I didn’t forget just mentioning the JC guys sitting, like you said in a previous blog though we could use Avery and Tua Mahaley in redzone situations with there height and ability to catch the ball. Two guys at a legit 6’4″ – 6’5″, throw it up and go get it! Pollard I’ve only seen in spot duty so I haven’t really seen what he can do yet, he has time and from what I’ve heard could be something in a couple years.

    True though about the blocking. I think Funaki can handle but Blount is a tweener. As much as we use a one back system I would like to see Jake Heun help open running lanes as a FB. At this point it would be wise with the OLine woes. I mean we lose Ah-Soon, Lafu, Steiny, 3 starters. The returnees Kia, Estes, Pepa, Ginlack, Ieru, Hisatake are good but not great.

  40. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:21 am

    Somebody here suggested that Ray Hisatake move back to defensive tackle, especially if he’s not being used on the O-line.
    So I brought that up to Mack (although I pretended I was a genius and took credit for the suggestion). He said, nope, Hisatake is ready to break into the O-line rotation.

  41. midori7 December 26, 2008 10:25 am


    Thanks for the info on Heun. Hope he gets to play next year! FYI, the PT’s name is Pat Ariki.


    Love your idea about getting Inoke back onto Special Teams!

  42. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:28 am

    My computer just shut down.
    And then it got really quiet. Lawnmower Man just stopped … after nearly two hours.

  43. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:30 am

    Is he good? Wena has a backache.
    Or should she try to get an appointment with Dr. Heineken?

  44. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:33 am

    I hope Brett Leonard, Jordan Loeffler, Benson Ma’afala, Chauncy Makanai, Whitley Fehoko, David Garness, Kainoa LaCount, Bronson Tiwanak, Levi Legay, Sila Lefiti, Austin Hansen, Joey Lipp, Kaha’i Choy, Adrian Thomas, Tui Tuiasosopo, Clayton Laurel, and Drew Uperesa are ready to do work starting now. These JC’s and young guys should reflect on this years OLine woes, take it to heart and put in the work to be successful. If I was one of these guys I would work a million times harder to earn my spot and bring the spotlight back to Hawaii’s lineman. We are known for having outstanding lineman, so lets go git r’ done!

  45. Bulla December 26, 2008 10:33 am


    he’s Pat Ariki at Sports Medicine Hawaii, and yes, he is very good. the beast has been seeing him 3-4 times a week since he’s been back to rehad a high ankle sprain he got in the Cal Poly game.

  46. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:34 am

    My daughter’s boyfriend is staying with us through the holidays.
    He just made breakfast.
    Smells great.
    I’m in the living room, watching a DeGrassi marathon.
    He walks up, holding two plates of food.
    I’m thinking: This guy’s all right.
    And then he keeps walking … and walking …
    He made the second plate for my daughter.
    Anybody seen my shotgun?

  47. SteveM December 26, 2008 10:34 am

    😳 … almost too embarrassed to post today…but Thank you, ST !.

    Good morning everyone!

  48. PONO December 26, 2008 10:35 am

    Hey I’m interested

  49. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:35 am

    I’m staring at him.
    He has no idea he’s being blogged.

  50. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:35 am


    I would’ve like to seen Hisatake back on the DLine, but if he gets to play on O then so be it. I think his attitude and toughness can bring a certain swagger and killer mentality back to the OLine!

  51. Bulla December 26, 2008 10:36 am


    i didn’t see midori’s post about pat….i must be getting old….haha 🙂

  52. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:37 am

    Sorry for wishes were belated, SteveM.
    I fell behind yesterday, and then I figured you deserved a full day.

  53. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:37 am


    LMAO now that’s funny! 🙂

  54. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 10:38 am

    Oh shnap Happy Belated B-Day to SteveM and Chawan Cut

  55. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:39 am

    Here’s a tip for all fathers (of daughters).
    Never call the boyfriends by their real names.
    It’s like living on a farm. You can’t give a name to tomorrow’s dinner.

  56. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:40 am

    Whoah…. ST’s computer was running the lawn-mower remotely? Is that some new X-mas present? Maybe it’s Midori messing with the neighbor’s delicate psyche. 😯 🙄 😆

    We need some fuud pixs…. 😀 8)

  57. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:42 am

    You can mess with the young person’s psyche by simply referring to him/her as “number NN”…. 😀 🙄 😆

  58. brew808 December 26, 2008 10:43 am

    “Eh, Number-14, is my breakfast plate ready in the kitchen…?” 😯

  59. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:44 am

    Speaking of food, the publication BigWave works for is hosting a get-together to honor David Veikune. It’s Sunday at 4 p.m. at Tiki’s (owned by Kelly McGill).

  60. ai-ee-soos December 26, 2008 10:45 am

    O-line ramblings and musings.

    Surely, among the 20+ candidates, there must

    2 guards who can pull, so that we can see

    Tampa Right and Tampa Left again.

    ai-ee-soos, caramba !!!

  61. jm2375 December 26, 2008 10:46 am

    ST – #23 – that could also mean no one got any presents, so there’s nothing to exchange. Sorry, being cynical, since I’m at work.

  62. SteveM December 26, 2008 10:47 am

    ST — what a guy! He cooks, huh? Teach him how to count and you might have something there! 🙂

  63. djmitcho December 26, 2008 10:49 am

    Happy Belated Birthday to Stevem and Chawan Cut. 3 and half days before I’m on plane to the 50th state. I can’t wait to get out of the endless snow.

  64. Justin December 26, 2008 10:51 am

    Any talk of whether LWJ will change positions next year? I’d like to see rim return some kicks and maybe get a look at safety.

  65. AlaWaiPipeLayer December 26, 2008 10:52 am

    If they’re still available, I am interested in the Rainbow Classic tickets for Saturday and Sunday nights. Mahalo.

  66. Justin December 26, 2008 10:53 am

    How can Brian Smith be a good coach? when he coached the o-line at portland state, a ton a of sacks were given up. Same thing happened this year at UH. I think Mack tried too hard to find coaches with Hawaii ties.

  67. Bulla December 26, 2008 10:54 am

    To SteveM and Chawan Cut,

    Happy Birthday to 2 really nice guys……awwwwwwwwwwww 🙂 🙂

  68. SteveM December 26, 2008 10:55 am

    December 26th, 2008 at 9:50 am
    ST ~ No can do Saturday night; I’ll be partying w/ ‘ohana & singing karaoke…

    Whoa — how can I get an invitation to that party? We’ve been thinking of Pam and Russ already…

  69. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:56 am

    As I’ve been told, I think the offseason workouts will be key for the o-linemen. Some of them, I’m told, need to improve their lower-body strength.

    By the way, I’m eating oat meal now.

  70. labrat December 26, 2008 10:59 am

    ST if that is the case we may see Fehoko in the lineup.

  71. walterm December 26, 2008 10:59 am

    i’m interested in Sunday only, gotta work Saturday – by the way you’re the greatest thing to happen to UH sports info, does sucking up help?

  72. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 10:59 am

    Good point on LWJ returning kickoffs. I think that was a suggestion, but then he got hurt. It’s been a nagging injury. And then Malcolm Lane emerged as great kickoff returner.

  73. brew808 December 26, 2008 11:00 am

    oatmeal = gruel 🙂

  74. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:02 am

    sucking up is always helpful.
    not waving breakfast in front of my fat face is even better.

  75. Bulla December 26, 2008 11:03 am


    oatmeal, that’s like haole poi…just eat the poi but no shoyu, no sugar, no milk…..just the poi….c’mon, you’re the writer for the world famous haka dancing Warriors……sheeeesh.

  76. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:03 am

    Lawnmower Man now has a power saw.
    I guess Santa visited Home Depot.

  77. Garret December 26, 2008 11:04 am

    At least some good for Hawaii came out of the Hawaii Bowl.

    Despite the lopsided loss, the State still wins financially with priceless prime-time exposure.

    “It was a very successful event. The record tickets issued — record turnstile — just great event.”

    ESPN officials and the game’s title sponsor would like to have seen a more competitive game…but ratings are expected to be high.

    “They’re thrilled — I mean they’re thrilled about the partnership and the partnership with Hawaii — the Hawaii tourism authority — with the University of Hawaii.”

    From the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Keith Vieira says, “The Hawaii Bowl traditionally has a very strong TV rating because on Christmas Eve people back east either having dinner or watching TV late at night have a chance to look at Hawaii in afternoon sun so it’s really perfect for us.”

  78. (Jesse) James December 26, 2008 11:04 am

    ST…take your oatmeal and eat it right in front of your daughter’s BF…and just stare….LOL

  79. labrat December 26, 2008 11:04 am

    UH has a kickoff returner in Lane. They need a punt returner. I like Jovonte.

  80. Garret December 26, 2008 11:06 am

    According to this article, the loss cost Mac a lot of money.

    Even with the loss UH Head Football Coach Greg McMackin will receive a 20-thousand dollar bonus for making it to a non-BCS bowl game and had Hawaii won Coach Mac would have pocketed another 10-grand. His staff will also receive bonuses.

  81. brew808 December 26, 2008 11:06 am

    I would skip the oatmeal and get lunch…. 🙂

  82. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:07 am

    Jovonte is good. He just need to get back into school. I’m told that shouldn’t be a problem.

  83. Garret December 26, 2008 11:08 am

    USA Today spotlighted Bess yesterday. I would love to see Bess with the ball in the Wildcat formation!

    Rookie watch: Davone Bess. A season-ending knee injury to the team’s leading receiver, Greg Camarillo, thrust the undrafted wideout from Hawaii into the starting lineup. Bess has started the past five games, and produced 29 of his 48 catches during that span. Among AFC rookie receivers, only Denver’s Eddie Royal (80 receptions) has been more productive than Bess, who was groomed in a pro-style scheme in college. Given Miami’s creativity with its Wildcat formation, there seems to be potential for Bess’ role to expand. He played some quarterback at Skyline High in Oakland.

  84. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:10 am

    During last week’s scrimmage, Dustin Blount gets hit. He’s on the ground, acting all injured.
    Gerke walks up and yells: GET UP! GET UP!
    Blount gets up, but starts hobbling toward the sideline.
    Gerke yells: GET OVER HERE!
    Two plays later, Blount makes a bobbling catch while get smacked by Ryan Perry.

  85. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:11 am

    Hey, pretty good. Jones’ offense went from being a “system” to a “pro-style scheme.”

  86. ai-ee-soos December 26, 2008 11:13 am

    O-line ramblings and musings.

    ST: You stated that Brian Smith is a great coach, and

    knows the ins-and-outs of the RnS.

    If so, how come the O-line appear to play the same in

    game 14, as in game 1 – NO improvement.

    They give up sacks aganst 3-man, 4-man rush.

    Couldn’t run block either – no running game.


  87. labrat December 26, 2008 11:18 am

    I knew it. Colt was a system quarterback. In a pro-style system that is.

  88. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:18 am

    Smith is good because he knows the system, and he’s very detailed in teaching the blocking techniques.
    What I was sort of alluding to is that Smith and Gerke are both good coaches, but I think a shared coaching system isn’t always ideal, no matter how qualified the teachers.

  89. lava December 26, 2008 11:18 am

    Hey ST, I think that boyfriend has you all riled up so you are on a blogging role to keep your cool. Smart therapy. You are obviously a patient man.

    I’ve heard different things about the walk-ons next year. Can you clear that up?

  90. brew808 December 26, 2008 11:19 am

    Hi Garret! I agree Re #83. The ‘phins run one play off the wildcat with a hand-off to Ricky Williams. I would like to see a variation with the “hand-off” to Bess instead. 🙂

  91. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 26, 2008 11:20 am

    hey STEVE TSAI,

    what kind of “organizational” changes do you see Coach Mac making? Ive heard (not through the board but from other sources)…how should I say this………all options will be considered in terms of coaching…………..

  92. chawan_cut December 26, 2008 11:21 am

    thank you again


    “Hey, I’m interested,”

    although i’ll probably be there anyways.

  93. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:22 am

    I think they’re sorting through the walk-on situation. One of the decision is whether to offer a scholie or walk-on deal to a kicker and a punter.

  94. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 11:24 am

    Happy Belated 20th Birthday to Levi Legay – 12/23

    Happy 27th Birthday, today, to former Warrior Leonard Peters

  95. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:25 am

    I wonderwhy:
    All of the coaches will remain. I think organizational changes refer to being more specific in duties.

  96. chawan_cut December 26, 2008 11:25 am

    oh, and thank you Mr. Tsai for the kind words.

  97. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:26 am

    These are really good seats. First row, mid-court.

  98. lava December 26, 2008 11:26 am

    Hear anything on Rodenhurst?

  99. 808warrior702rebel December 26, 2008 11:28 am

    “Hey, I’m interested”

  100. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:28 am

    Our Guitar Hero band is ready to take the stage. Only …. we can’t find the mic.

  101. JD December 26, 2008 11:30 am

    Hey ST, im interested in the tickets

  102. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 11:31 am

    As Stephen Mentioned, Island Sports Media will be presenting David Veikune with an award as the Athlete of the Year

    It will be at Tiki’s Bar and Grill on Sunday from 4-5:30pm
    Please see the link above for more details.

    If you still want to go, please email me at by late tonight and I can notify Tiki’s on an update head count

  103. cavewarrior December 26, 2008 11:31 am

    Morning all,
    been in seclusion and only lurking…lot’s of questions to ponder about our team and its future…I would appreciate any comments if you’ve got them…

    With the hiring of JJ 10 years ago, he brought an offensive scheme/strategy (i did not say system!) that offered the athletes we are able to recruit a chance to compete with the top 20s and so-called elite teams. But many of the teams also run 4-wide schemes now, and high-scoring offenses…Prior to JJ, it was the triple-option and spread; again, schemes that would present the power-house teams of the 80’s and 90’s with something new to defend. But now that all these “non-traditional schemes” are common-place, where does that leave UH? Especially on the recruiting trail? I have not figured this out yet, in terms of strategy that may be employed. Any thoughts?

    ANd of Pat Hill (or any other coach that interviewed for another school, was not hired, and remains at the same school)..are they viewed like lame-ducks? and would have a more difficult time recruiting and staffing since their intentions to leave is out there?

    Hope everyone continues to have a safe holiday season! Can’t believe a year has gone by already and the Sugar Bowl mania has long past.

    GO Warriors!!!

  104. chawan_cut December 26, 2008 11:31 am

    i wonder if those mid court people would mind my sweater. it tends to get varying reviews from strech, midori7 and the others.
    although it belongs behind the basket where i normally sit.
    i tend to make more noise too. if i don’t win em, i’ll still go anyways.
    hopefully those “wonderful” refs that were at monday’s game don’t ref the classic. one guy blew his whistle and didn’t know which UH guy got fouled. two of our guys were waiting at the free throw line not knowing who was to shoot. that “wonderful” ref had to go to the K5 monitors to ask them to show him again who he thought was fouled to begin with. sheesh.

  105. labrat December 26, 2008 11:32 am

    If punter can hold like Grasso I would offer scholie. Otherwise I would make them earn the scholie.

  106. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:32 am

    Haven’t heard anything on him. But I’ll check. I think the coaches hit the road tomorrow.

  107. EastManoa December 26, 2008 11:34 am

    Hey Im interested in the tickets!


    Im envisioning/hoping next years starting skill positions as:

    QB Cayman Schutter aka ColtBrennan Jr
    WR Salas
    WR Taylor
    SB Pilares
    SB Funaki
    RB LWJ
    BlockingBack Alexander

    or so….

  108. chawan_cut December 26, 2008 11:34 am

    oops, stretch

  109. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 11:34 am

    Opps Link didn’t show in the Website option..
    Here is the link for info on the David Veikune Outing.

  110. lava December 26, 2008 11:34 am

    Tomorrow? Wow, no rest for the weary.

    Good luck with boyfriend.

  111. labrat December 26, 2008 11:34 am

    I think they should try Funaki at short yardage punter.

  112. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 11:35 am

    Finally! With all of the geniuses we have posting here, Tsai brings up a subject which I can provide some expert commentary on!


    Stephen, never forget that “old fashioned” oatmeal and not the “quick oat” variety are much better for you. Cost wise, the little packages of flavored oatmeal aren’t as economical as the big containers. If you add just a little bit of sugar to your sucralose, you can get sweet tasting oatmeal without jacking up your blood sugar. Bananas are sometimes 98 cents a pound these days at Safeway. They may still return to 78 cents a pound if the price of oil keeps dropping. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, don’t eat too much oatmeal, or you may end up with your own very personal version of the “Run and Shoot”!

    😆 😆 😆

  113. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:36 am

    They’ll probably do one of those show-me deals. Guy walks on the first semester, and if he’s a starter, he gets a scholie in the second semester. That’s what happened with Kelly and Grasso. Well, almost with Grasso. UH didn’t have enough December 2007 graduates so Grasso had to wait an extra semster, which is why he went home in Spring 2008.

  114. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:39 am

    Actually, the guy is OK. He and my son are now playing Guitar Hero.
    The crowd is booing them. They’re blaming the TV.

  115. HiFlyer December 26, 2008 11:40 am

    “Hey, I’m interested”

  116. Jason December 26, 2008 11:44 am

    I think Stephen is exactly right; my impression for the longest time is that we have good coaches, but they need to clear up what their responsibilities are. The Smith/Gerke roles have been bothering me for a while, now. Communication could get better — I’d like to see someone be a direct adviser with Mack for clock management, maybe Lumpkin. And it always seemed like there were issues with communication between Ron in the booth, Rolo on the field, and the offense.

    Watching from the UH sideline, I liked how Stutz and Smith were coaching up their players. But they need to organize on the sideline better. Players from different position groups are all scattered about. It looked awful crowded down there. I used to be a fan of letting the scout players stay on the sideline, but IDK now. I might consider getting them in the stands so that the players in the game and coaches can better work with each other.

    I have absolutely no doubt our coaches know the system well. The question is, can they be effective teachers. It’s like in college — you can be the foremost expert in your field, but if you aren’t an effective teacher, the students won’t learn. Our coaches need to self-critique, maybe get some constructive criticism from fans and boosters that can be trusted, and establish this off-season what everybody has to do to get better. The roles this year seemed hastily put together by a long-time coordinator who had never been a head coach at this high level. But that’s not to say it won’t get better. Maybe I’ve been watching too much The Dark Knight, but I can’t help but think: “The night is darkest before the dawn.” It seems dark now, but I’m hopeful that the sun will rise soon, and bright days shine ahead for this program.

  117. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:45 am

    Good analysis.
    I think a coach who applies for another job is OK as long as he backs out early and that the job was at a perceived better school. Hill to Washington would be understandable. But when Ron McBride applied for the UH job, that was a kiss of death. Golden rule: never apply for a job at a rival school.

  118. chawan_cut December 26, 2008 11:47 am

    “Hey, I’m interested” !
    and just in the tickets. you don’t have to mad lib and fill in the blanks for me.

  119. Jason December 26, 2008 11:49 am

    Wow, I wish I had peeked in the refrigerator earlier for breakfast. Pumpkin pie, Dutch apple pie, banana cream pie. That would have made a lovely breakfast. Instead, it’s time for lunch now …

  120. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:49 am

    I’m OK with many of the players being on the sideline.
    I even understand big-time contributors getting passes (as long as they’re on the side). But I kind of wish they’d clear out some of the fringe people. Not sure why travel agents are on the sideline.

  121. cavewarrior December 26, 2008 11:49 am

    got to see you sitting in the press box thru the binocs at the bowl game….Is that your usual seat?… who were the guys on either side of you? they look like mainlanders…do you guy’s ever glance at what your neighbor is writing? What’s the conversations like? Nosy guys like me are curious..thanks!

  122. uhhoopsdragon December 26, 2008 11:50 am

    Steve, I’m interested.

    Mahalo, Wes

  123. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:51 am

    Lawnmower/Powersaw Man is pau.

  124. MeiLing December 26, 2008 11:53 am


    We gave my Mom a new chip for her K-mic for Christmas. (Did you see the sale?) We’re at my bro’s house for our holiday get-together, not singing in public. Pam & Russ will be there…

    Mahalo to you & C_C for keeping us informed & entertained with Tsai-kotic happenings & da news. Keep celebrating those berfdays!

  125. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 11:53 am

    It was at last year’s US Army High School All-Star game, that 5 star stud Solomon Koehler of Castle High School announced his intent to play for Arizona.

    While Hawaii fans would have loved to land Sol or any of the other athletes in that game, Notre Dame landed the most of all colleges (I think it was 9 or 10 – 5 star players). In the previous 4 years, Notre Dame also had recruiting classes that was up there with the USC’s, Florida’s, Texas, etc.

    Just some FYI for those who previously thought Notre Dame recruited Choir Boys and Boy Scouts 🙂

  126. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 11:55 am

    Stephen rather than the publication I work for, I would call it Labor of Love

  127. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 26, 2008 11:56 am

    I’m interested in the tickees pleaze. After watching the people in the front row seats wind up with large sweaty guys in their laps at yesterday’s Lakers game, that’s enough to motivate me to want to win the lottery.

    Oh wait we don’t got no stinkin’ lottery here in Hawai`i!!

  128. redhill December 26, 2008 11:57 am

    I’m interested in the BB tickets!

  129. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 11:57 am

    Usually it’s four Advertiser writers to the right, four Brand-X writers to the left and Jaymes Song of AP in the middle.
    But for the Hawai‘i, they limited the front row to two writers from each paper. “Ferd” was on my left and a guy from Indianapolis was on my right.
    It’s a journalism no-no to look at other people’s stories on their screens.
    It’s also supposed to be a no-no to talk about your own story, although there’s a writer in town who does it all the time. We use code words when he does that, then later we go back to the office and go: he did it again.

  130. Justin December 26, 2008 11:59 am

    Anyone think Spencer Smith starts in the secondary next year? He did not look that bad when inserted into the lineup against ND. I like his agressiveness on kickoffs.

  131. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 12:03 pm

    What’s interesting is the recording methods.
    “Ferd” uses this big chart that looks like a map of the New World. He always uses black and red pens.
    I keep mine on a steno notebook; I use fine point black and green pens.
    Some people just type into their computers.
    I sat next to Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated once at a Broncos game. He didn’t take play-by-play. He just took down impressions.

  132. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 12:05 pm

    I think Spencer Smith will get expanded time.
    I was surprised that Dane Porlas disappeared this year.

  133. djmitcho December 26, 2008 12:08 pm

    Congratulations to Rich Ellerson on getting the HC job at Army

  134. Ronnie December 26, 2008 12:09 pm

    Merry Day after Christmas!

    Happy Belated Birthday to SteveM, Chawan_cut, and Las Vegas!

  135. SteveM December 26, 2008 12:11 pm

    ST — we sit across from the press box– who is the bald gentleman that usually sits to your left? Sometimes we see Ferd, but he doesn’t bring a computer? BTW, the pressbox looks like a MacBook commercial. Maybe someone should send a photo to Apple for promotional considerations… 🙂

  136. Justin December 26, 2008 12:13 pm

    Is Kevin Williams, the corner from los medanos, still coming to Hawaii? I’ve heard that he might not qualify.

  137. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 12:18 pm

    I was given a Field Pass for the HI Bowl and heard many of the Photographers grumbling about folks on the field with the Maroon hawaii Bowl Tee shirts. Many were standing in front of the photographers and not willing to move, some were standing in the player’s box, some were over the line and close to the sidelines.

  138. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 12:21 pm

    # Stephen Tsai:
    December 26th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    They’ll probably do one of those show-me deals. Guy walks on the first semester, and if he’s a starter, he gets a scholie in the second semester. That’s what happened with Kelly and Grasso. Well, almost with Grasso. UH didn’t have enough December 2007 graduates so Grasso had to wait an extra semster, which is why he went home in Spring 2008.


    I was just talking on the phone with a guy who’s son plays football at Weber State. We think that Coach Mack should give Jason one of those “show me” deals as a coach. Waddya say, Jason? 😉

  139. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 12:22 pm

    BTW, What’s a “semster”? Is it related to a hamster?

  140. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 12:28 pm

    Remember how Coach Jones used to have all the players running those 220yd sprint quotas to start fall camp? Who else thinks it might be a good idea to re-institute that regimen?

  141. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 12:30 pm

    former Guitar Hero guitarist, now a Rock Band 2 drummer…

    ST – could be your son and maybe son-in-law need to recalibrate the game to match your HDTV. Or maybe they just suck… 😆

  142. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 12:32 pm

    Merry Christmas Homey!

  143. HoustonMike December 26, 2008 12:33 pm

    What about LWJ at receiver? Can he catch?

    DPK—i think Coach Mack should bring back the 220’s.

  144. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 12:34 pm

    DPK – Unless you have the wrong calendar, is that for next year?

  145. labrat December 26, 2008 12:41 pm

    Make um run the 440. Now that’s a killer.

  146. DoctorDoc December 26, 2008 12:47 pm

    Hi Everyone – Guess what? “I’m interested.” One of the reasons you have to have sports year round is so you don’t sulk long — Go Bows!

  147. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 12:48 pm


    I think the technical term would be “a belated Merry Christmas to you and yours”. Sorry for any confusion.

    I also wish you a “Happy New Year in advance”.

    I’ll catch you “later”.

  148. Jason December 26, 2008 12:50 pm

    A couple runs up Frank St wouldn’t hurt, either. 😉

  149. Uce2 December 26, 2008 1:03 pm

    I said from the beginning that it did not matter who QBed the team at this point for all the reasons previously stated, and that to blame the UH’s losses on Funaki at the time was unfair and wrong. Despite this analysis and commentary, the majority of you who post here argued that Funaki should be replaced with Alexander the Great, because Alexander the Great was better suited for the R&S.

    Well, what happened? The only bright spot in the beating the UH took from Notre Dame was the time when Funaki entered the game and moved the offense for a score seemingly without much difficulty, at least as compared to Alexander the Great and how he failed to move the offense, holding on to the ball for far too long, thus resulting in unnecessary sacks galore.

    I put this loss on Mack and Alexander the Great. Mack for failing to realize when to take Alexander the Great out of the game and to replace him with a true warrior like Funaki and Alexander the Great for holding on to the ball for way too long, resulting in unnecessary and stupid sacks.

    This being said, I will now have a great new year.

    I said it before and I will say it again in parting: (1) UH needs new coaches – people who know how to identify the best and then play the best and (2) UH needs to have a better conditioning program in place.

  150. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 1:08 pm

    Kevin Williams is still coming.
    I don’t think he’s coming in January, though. But he should be OK for the summer.

  151. Uce2 be a man December 26, 2008 1:10 pm

    Howzit baddahs

  152. Uce2 December 26, 2008 1:10 pm

    I heard UH is looking for waterboys for next season. I will apply to be one.

  153. J-Dog December 26, 2008 1:14 pm

    Looking forward to next season. The schedule seems a bit more favorable with Boise and Fresno at Halawa. I think the road games at Nevada and San Jose will be tough like ’07.

    Wisconsin had a down year and I’m sure they’ll be much improved. Curious to see how much UNLV and Washington St. will improve as well.

  154. whitey December 26, 2008 1:17 pm

    I am interested. If I win, give the tickets to the twins.

    DPK, great idea on the 220, but a better one would be that every player has to run the wilamena (spp?)rise road under an hour. going get plenty puking, laying down and gasping, but eventually their legs and lungs going get strong, so they no get their butts kicked like this year.

    ST, yes the linemen (both sides) are very weak from the waist down and cannot bend over to tackle or block because they got no strength. should hire las vegas to come teach them how to develop their legs from the stomach down.

  155. Uce2 December 26, 2008 1:21 pm

    Alexander the Great.


    Okay. Compose self.

    Big Mack.


    Okay. Compose self.

    Now that I got that out, I feel much better. Gotta go. Time is up.

    Go Alexander the Great!!!

    Go Big Mack!!!

    You guys did a bang up job against ND! Right on! Please, UH, leave things as they are.

    Welcome back VonAppen years!

  156. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 26, 2008 1:24 pm

    uce2, i agree totally that the coaches need to do a better job at analyzing strengths and weaknesses and do a better job at addressing them.

    as for when funaki went in, i THINK and Steve Tsai can correct me but ND had already put in like there 10th string D. And more or less called off the dogs.

    Steve Tsai, is this an accurate statement? I didnt notice people like that Crumbs or whatever in on D when Funaki jumped in and they werent blizting as heavily.

  157. whitey December 26, 2008 1:27 pm

    While on the subject of conditioning and strength, there is a huge difference in conditioning and strength. you can powerlift 500 lbs, but are you in condition to play 60 minutes. strength without conditioning is worthless, same thing visa versa. i think having PB put the team through a conditioning program, las vegas on leg strength and mobility, and bulla barking on the side would make a tremendous difference. the only problem with this is that 25-30% of the players would either quit or transfer to another program. but is that a problem??? hell no, then we get players!!!!

  158. koakane iphone December 26, 2008 1:30 pm

    Ok hey…..I am interested

  159. addahknowjoe December 26, 2008 1:32 pm

    ST- Hey, I’m interested.

  160. addahknowjoe December 26, 2008 1:33 pm


    you home already?

  161. Dave LetterMan December 26, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hey, I’m interested.

  162. Ralph December 26, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hey I’m interested

  163. koakane iphone December 26, 2008 1:37 pm

    Second try hey I am interested.

    Ajoe no still at cabana

  164. cavewarrior December 26, 2008 1:40 pm

    whitey on #154,
    running wilamena rise is what Mike Wilton has the VB team do…FB coaches should inquire with VB coaches on use and benefits.

  165. whitey December 26, 2008 1:40 pm

    i can understand having favorite player(s) and trying to make them look good, but this last game should have been different. I was there for the game and when the game was out of reach for UH, I felt that the coaches should have played all of the players, especially the seniors. all of them worked to make the team, but somehow the coaches lost perspective of how each of them contributed throughout the year. PLAY ALL OF THEM, had nothing to lose, but plenty to gain because those players will remember that they played in a bowl game.

  166. J-Dog December 26, 2008 1:40 pm


    I’d say ND called off the dogs earlier than that. There were several times that ND’s 2 wideouts had burned our DB’s again for potential bombs, but looks like Clausen was told to throw to the short route run by the slot or tightend.

    All in all, ND just looked like they wanted it more. The entire ND sideline would jump up and down whenever there was a big play. Not to mention the volume of the yelling from the ND players and fans was pretty loud from the makai side.

  167. koakane iphone December 26, 2008 1:41 pm

    Speaking of cabana did anyone put in reservations for Pro Bowl? If so I can go home now bwhaaaaaaaa

  168. koakane iphone December 26, 2008 1:42 pm

    And I am interested still

  169. Warrior Clan December 26, 2008 1:46 pm

    Hey, I’m interested.

  170. kama krab December 26, 2008 1:55 pm

    I am also still interested.

    Howzit braddah Koakane.

  171. bb December 26, 2008 1:55 pm

    hey…im interested

  172. HiFlyer December 26, 2008 1:56 pm

    “Hey, I’m interested again”

  173. jon December 26, 2008 1:56 pm


    December 26th, 2008 at 1:24 pm
    uce2, i agree totally that the coaches need to do a better job at analyzing strengths and weaknesses and do a better job at addressing them.

    as for when funaki went in, i THINK and Steve Tsai can correct me but ND had already put in like there 10th string D. And more or less called off the dogs.

    Steve Tsai, is this an accurate statement? I didnt notice people like that Crumbs or whatever in on D when Funaki jumped in and they werent blizting as heavily.

    Iwwthm, that is what I thought also but how did Funaki manage to
    go over the top on that touchdown pass to Washington if the blitz was no longer on?? just wondering

  174. bb December 26, 2008 1:58 pm

    hey im interested and good looking too…

  175. jm2375 December 26, 2008 1:58 pm

    Congrats to Rich Ellerson on his new job. So next year the Commander’s Cup will have 2 head coaches who were former players and assistants at UH, a week (?) after Navy plays UH. So, think we can get Army to come play here more often?

  176. whitey December 26, 2008 1:59 pm

    cw, good point about men’s vb running. see how they compare with the fb boys. the vb players can jump, go down low, move side to side, and play the full game without running out of gas. think the fb players get nuff guts to run wilamena?? going get some who always like challenges, but then going get plenty who going come up with all kinds of excuses of why they cannot.

  177. d1島 December 26, 2008 2:01 pm

    <b?Hey! I’m interested!

  178. d1島 December 26, 2008 2:02 pm


    Try again….

    Hey! I’m interested

  179. Trev December 26, 2008 2:02 pm

    Hey ST I’m interested in the tickets

  180. Garret December 26, 2008 2:05 pm

    Sarkisian is thinking about pulling scholarship offers from players that U-Dub’s previous coaches offered. The positive thing about that is that there may be some really good players available. The bad thing is that Sarkisian is looking to give those scholarships to other players, including some UH commits.

    BTW, the OL that wants other coaches to know that he’s available for recruiting now is 6-foot-5, 285-pounds.

    Steve Sarkisian’s remaking of the Washington football program also apparently includes rethinking some of the scholarship offers made by the previous coaching staff.

    Sumner High offensive lineman Grant Cisneros, who had given a public commitment to the Huskies last month, said he was told last week by new offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik that the new staff is “looking over everybody and starting from the ground up. So he was pretty much telling me that the scholarship I had doesn’t count.”

    Cisneros committed in mid-November during the time after former coach Tyrone Willingham had announced he wouldn’t be returning and before Sarkisian was hired.

    Cisneros said he was motivated to do so after receiving a letter from UW athletic director Scott Woodward that all offers would be honored.

    Washington is reported to have eight commitments, not including that of Cisneros, with five given before Willingham was fired. Several have said they are rethinking their options in the wake of the coaching change, but indications are that all could still end up at UW.

    “I just want to let every coach know I’m available,” he said.

  181. Garret December 26, 2008 2:07 pm

    Aiona Key will play in BCS bowls for both BSU and Utah! I can safely say that he’s the only player to play in two BCS bowl games from a non-BCS conference team.

    Aiona Key will always hold a unique place in Boise State history.

    Now the former Bronco – and current Utah Ute – is about to secure a unique place in college football history. When Utah takes the field against Alabama in the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl, Key will play in two Bowl Championship Series game for two different teams.

  182. Garret December 26, 2008 2:11 pm

    It is great that so many schools are spending so much money to help their athletes with their Academics. I’m sure that the APR provides some motivation for this, but it is a great thing to do for the athletes and it is a good recruiting tool because athletes (and their parents!) want to know that they will get a good education. Sadly, I don’t think that UH’s budget for tutoring and Academic services comes close to $1 mil.

    Like a lot of other athletes at Ole Miss and elsewhere, Oher got not only tutoring help but a full range of academic support services throughout his career. At Ole Miss, 14 full-time staffers line up tutors for student-athletes, help them choose classes, monitor study halls and check attendance. More than 60 percent of the Rebels’ 390 athletes receive at least some tutoring, and together they averaged about 1,000 sessions a week this fall.

    Such services are not unusual.

    The last five years have seen an astounding jump in the time, money and resources devoted to academic support for student-athletes, even as some faculty complain that just plain students are being left behind. To learn more about the trend, The Associated Press surveyed the 65 schools from the six major conferences involved in the Bowl Championship Series plus independent Notre Dame.

    The AP started work before the first kickoff of the season and eventually obtained at least some financial information from 45 schools about the resources they devote to graduating athletes.

    The picture formed by the data is one of schools frequently spending more than $1 million annually on academic support, with some spending hundreds of thousands of dollars more in 2008 than they did in 2004, the AP found. Eight BCS schools reported spending increases of more than 70 percent in the last five years. Four — South Florida, Illinois, Georgia and Kansas — more than doubled spending.

    “Now, when I go around and speak on campuses and speak to coaches and athletic programs and to student-athletes, they want to brag about how well they’re doing academically,” NCAA president Myles Brand said. “They want to show me the academic study centers. The coaches want to talk about and brag about their APR (Academic Progress Report). All that is good. A few years ago, that was the last thing people wanted to talk about.

    “It’s changed the environment for athletics insofar as it takes seriously now academic progress and accomplishment. There’s just no question about it.”

    Ole Miss opened a remodeled, 23,500 square-foot center a year ago that cost $5 million.

    Up the road in Starkville, Mississippi State recently cut the ribbon on a $10 million building that features group and individual study areas, private cubicles for tutoring and the latest in computer and video conferencing, plus a cafeteria and weight room. A school that used to tutor students in a basement now has a facility where 12-foot-tall front doors open onto an elaborate display of great moments in school history that’s meant to wow recruits and their parents.

    A few weeks after Mississippi State opened its center, South Carolina upped the ante with a groundbreaking ceremony for a $13 million facility.

  183. whitey December 26, 2008 2:12 pm

    ST, am interested in the tickets. If I win this, give to D1.

  184. A-House December 26, 2008 2:13 pm


    I like your #154 post!!

    Nothing wrong in doing Wilhelmina Rise drill to test the endurance and lower bottom strength of all players in place of the 220s. Not asking the players to run all the way up; just run/walk to the top within a specified time. Then the coaches will know who was diligent in the off-season training and who slacked off.

    To train for the Honolulu marathon back in 1982, I ran it several times, but was able to run only half way up the hill. Cramps, out of breath, just plain ole hurting in the legs and lungs. That, my friends is TOUGH.

    I believe those who finish will have the same gratification/satisfaction of someone who ran 26.2 miles. It is a very personal, inner feeling that only those finishers will understand.

    I also agree with Whitey, that sumo training for the lower body may well be a surprise training technique; especailly for the line-men. After all, they are in constant motion and not fixed to a machine as in weight lifting. There are 2 retired Yokozunas and 2 Ozekis in Hawaii who may just be willing to lend a hand.

    Kinda reminds me of the late Coach Soichi Sakamoto who could not swim, but was a master trainer who used “home style” techniques to train his Olympic gold medalists. No fancy training stuff; only a plantation ditch filled with swift, running water where the swimmers would swim against it. I tried it and once almost got sucked into a looooooong pipe.

    Our point is there are many ways to eat a french fry or climb a mountain or skin a cat. Are there any open minds out there?

  185. HoustonMike December 26, 2008 2:17 pm


    re: #166

    i agree. ND looked like they wanted it “badder.”

  186. jon December 26, 2008 2:17 pm

    From sportshawaii board, much respected coach Ken with his analysis of Hawaii Bowl
    “Notre Dame Summary
    How do you spell “talent?” The biggest question is not how did they put a whipping on us, but how did this team go 6-6 regular season? A few observations from the sixth row and reviewing the game:

    1. Man for man, they were far more talented. Their big guys were not just big, they were lean and big. On the flight back one of their defensive tackles was on the flight….had to be 6’7″ and over 300 but not much fat on this guy.
    2. I am tired of the offensive line getting all the abuse for sacks. A couple of things here:

    A. When Farmer is in the game its kind of obvious what the defense did, ignore the run.
    B. In our three wide and empty sets there were open receivers, we just waited too long to throw the ball.
    C. Once any QB gets crushed a few times, he will be panicky in the pocket. A few times we did not stay in the pocket
    long enough to make the right decisions.
    D. Based on the single season he had to learn the offense, I still like Alexander. Rolo will have him ready for next year.
    This was not his best game and had some bad throws but lots of good plays also.

    3. I think the receivers did all they could and played well. Congrats to Aaron Bain for the Outstanding Player for Hawaii. We needed to get Salas the ball more by running more square ins and putting him inside on some plays. He is a play maker and he has to be utilized to a higher degree.

    4. What running game? Pilares did well given his limited time. I don’t think we attacked where they were giving us open space. I would like to have seen outside screens not to the receivers but to the running back based on the hard outside rush. This is technically a pass but it is part of a great running game.

    5. We gave up way to many big plays on defense but when the QB has all day to throw you cannot completely fault the secondary. Our pass rush was not there. When you are going against superior talent you have to take chances, period. We cannot put four on the line and expect to come out on top. When they had a single running back we needed to be more aware of the screens, draws and back in the flat. They hurt us with him.

    6. The game was lost at the line of scrimmage. Notre Dame was very good up front and created a surge on offense that at times cut off our linebackers.

    Could we beat a time like this? Not when they are operating on full strength and with confidence. They came to play!


    apparently, he still likes Alexander in 2009. He like graunke in beginning of 2008. Coach Jason like Rausch. Hope redemption in 2009.

  187. Warrior Clan December 26, 2008 2:18 pm

    Hey, I’m still interested.

  188. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 2:18 pm

    When was the last time UH played Army? Can’t recall the last time Army came here often.

  189. Garret December 26, 2008 2:19 pm

    By the way, the player in the article above that was good enough for a Pac-10 school (until Sarkisian took over) is a 6’5″, 285-pound offensive tackle if you go by, which would seem to fit a need for UH!

    However, if you go by maxpreps, he is listed at 5’10”, 280-pounds…that is a 7 inch difference in height and makes a huge difference!

    ESPN has him at 6’5″, 285-pounds. But they get their info from

    Rivals has him at 6’5″, 260-pounds. The weight differential isn’t a big deal, but the 6’5″ height is important. So, I’m guessing maxpreps is just out of date.

    By the way, that offensive tackle was first-team punter for the All-SPSL 3A football team. UH needs a punter…

  190. Garret December 26, 2008 2:21 pm

    Article about Sarkisian pulling the scholarship to Grant Cisneros (the tackle I talked about above) discusses how Sarkisian is close to getting some recruits from Hawaii…

    The bottom line on all this is Washington is now in on some recruits they may like a lot better than the group that Willingham assembled on his way out. I have heard rumors of some big names from California and Hawaii who are now looking at UW. If Sarkisian is able to pick up a couple of these guys it could salvage the recruiting class.

  191. Jason December 26, 2008 2:38 pm

    Looks like addahknowjoe won the tickets. 😀

  192. duffer December 26, 2008 2:55 pm

    Eh homey where u waz, didn’t see you at the t-gate?

    A BIG Mahalo to those at the last t-gate. It was my turn to watch whitey so I had my hands full. He was playing with the toy d1 gave him at the game. Felt sorry for d1’s wife and kids sitting in front of him! 🙂

    I dunno if Midori7 was happy to see me or the Komoda pastries I brought over!

    Mahalo to al and #2 son for the ride. Advice to al, no send #2 son to Maui unescorted. Whitey like take him to the darkside.

  193. kama krab December 26, 2008 2:55 pm

    Congrats braddah addahknowjoe.

    Looking forward to LOI day and spring ball. Need to look forward to something after getting our butts handed to us.

  194. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:08 pm

    duffer – was busy that day. didn’t even watch the game.

  195. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:12 pm

    Did the Warriors lead the nation in penalties and penalty yards? If they did or were close then that’s just a reflection of…

  196. Garret December 26, 2008 3:16 pm


    If you look at this list, UH was indeed #120 out of 120 teams (I’m only comparing D-IA, or FBS, teams) for penalty yards per game for the 2008 regular season. UH was also the only team that had more than 1000 penalty yards this season, and the 114 penalties was the most this season.

  197. Garret December 26, 2008 3:17 pm

    Ball State and Navy had the least penalty yards this season.

    SMU was #55 on the list, with about half the penalty yards that UH had this season.

  198. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 3:18 pm

    Timmy and Company beat Army 59 – 28 in 2003.
    Besides the only other time we played them was in 1924 and we beat them 37 – 0 and we were coached by some dude name “Otto” Klum

  199. Garret December 26, 2008 3:18 pm

    Congratulations to addaknowjoe! I hope that you enjoy the game tomorrow…those seats will be awesome!

  200. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 3:22 pm

    Funny that before we beat Navy 48-41, in 1999, we previously played them in 1926 and won 33-13.

    We are 3-1 all time vs Navy with another win in 1924 (16-3) and a lost in the first ever meeting (10-13)

  201. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:22 pm

    With all the hype towards the defense this past preseason I was disappointed that there seemed to be an awful lot of big plays allowed and opponents having a high degree of success on third and fourth downs. That’s just my personal observation and I don’t have any stats to support my observations.

    Now’s the time for me to start training for next season tail gates.

  202. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:24 pm

    Thanks Garret and BigWave for the info!

  203. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:25 pm

    😀 😯 😆 Congratulations to addahknowjoe!!! 😆 🙄 😀

    But…. someone should check if lead shoes might pose a hazard court-side… 😀 😯 😆

  204. jojo ® December 26, 2008 3:26 pm

    Congrats to addaknowjoe!

    I’m going back to sleep

  205. BigWave96744 December 26, 2008 3:26 pm

    But the Air Force Academy is another story.
    We are 6 – 11 – 1 against the Falcons, All TIme….
    Most of the loses came when Fisher DeBerry ran the WishBone Offense.
    The last time we played them, in 2001, Rolo was in the 2nd game of his magical season ending stretch and we won 52-30. Ironically the first time we played the Falcons in 1966 they smoked us 0-54

  206. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:27 pm

    And… who’s going to keep addahknowjoe from high fiving everyone that passes by his seats, running onto the court to hug a player after a nice play, dancing with the Rainbow Dancers, …. etc. 😯 🙄 😆

  207. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:28 pm

    It’s good to have walking encyclopedias amongst us…

    jojo – beauty rest is good.

  208. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:32 pm

    It’s a bit surprising (read – disappointing 🙁 ) that UH has played Navy only once (in 1999) since 1926. The Navy and military has such a strong presence in the islands. I hope JD fixes this scheduling anomaly… 😯 😀 🙄

  209. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:39 pm

    Happy belated birthday’s to cc and SteveM.

    Congrats to A-Joe!

  210. bighilohuhu December 26, 2008 3:40 pm

    I don’t know what to think anymore.

    I hear our mentor say dat coach is actually a good coach, and I’m thinking in my mind, is bradda ST on da sauce? is his daughter’s bbf fwigging him out o wat?!

    i’m tellin you, I like see da braddaz be da winnahz ahda scrap contests next year. to do dat, somebody’s head gotta roll, not choose da winnah ah da pie eatin contests. dats how it is in da jungle. every so many days, da carnivores eat some herbivores. 😀

    you gotta lead by example. eat dat kid. 😛 shoots…. 😆

  211. (Jesse) James December 26, 2008 3:42 pm

    Happy b-day to Steve M and CC…and congrats to A-Joe…

  212. bighilohuhu December 26, 2008 3:46 pm

    Great coaches have to know that success comes at a price. coaching a disciplined, well respected program means you have to make tough decisions that sometimes wwill negatively impact your friends. thats the job of the coach. a lonely job. just ask Big Tuna Parcells.

  213. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:46 pm

    I like the new handle…. bhHH!!! 😀 😯 😆

    BTW – I don’t think you’re totally off-base….

  214. Jason December 26, 2008 3:49 pm

    brew808: If addahknowjoe is a smart man, and I think he will, I don’t think he’ll have any problems. After all, a smart man would bring his wife. And since that man is smart, his eyes would definitely not stray … 😉

  215. (Jesse) James December 26, 2008 3:52 pm

    Oh yeah..and I forgot to mention that I dropped off a $110 donation to the Advertiser Christmas Fund on behalf of the Tsaikos on Tuesday.

  216. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:53 pm

    But addahknowjoe is such a spontaneous person – I really can see him running out onto the court to argue with the blind officials, high fiving players, and dancing and cheering with the pep squads. Yeah – he might get an elbow or two or three – but he’s use to that already! 😯 🙄 😆

  217. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:53 pm

    old chinese proverb: Smart man leave wife home.

  218. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:55 pm

    Good job J(J) & Tsaikos! Imagine how much better everything would be with Tsaikos in charge…. 😳 🙄 😆

  219. brew808 December 26, 2008 3:56 pm

    Smarter man…. no get married….? 🙄 😯 8)

  220. Jason December 26, 2008 3:56 pm

    I meant to say, “I think he is (a smart man).”

    homey: Chinese never encountered women with lead feet.

    brew808: True, true. I guess addahknowsports will have to weigh him down.

  221. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:56 pm

    Time to buy fireworks.

  222. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:57 pm

    Jason – Chinese are famous for using lead and melamine.

  223. jojo ® December 26, 2008 3:57 pm

    homey, is that why I’m at home?!?!
    That’s a dumb proverb

  224. Jason December 26, 2008 3:59 pm

    That’s why, the lead is in the paint, not the foot.

  225. homey ℞ December 26, 2008 3:59 pm

    jojo – yes.

    See you all later.

  226. brew808 December 26, 2008 4:01 pm

    The smart married man, does whatever the smarter wife tells him to do…. 🙂

    …. “brew insurance….” 🙄

  227. Jason December 26, 2008 4:03 pm

    The curious young single man wonders if it’s wise to be listening to homey and brew808 right now.

    The knowledgeable person knows from the start to ignore anything those two say. 😛

  228. al December 26, 2008 4:04 pm

    i thought whitey was gonna offer the palolo twins the tickets.

    duffer, he offered him a trip to south asia. he said it would be a cultural experience. so we came home and told the boss. she went immediately to her kitchen utilitiy drawer for her rolling pin.

  229. al December 26, 2008 4:07 pm

    okay so my ray hisatake exchange is out the window.

    but, i did say that we should lay off brian smith as he was not alone in this oline tutorial program. methinks he should be given this responsibility all to himself with the aid of some recent graduate student/athletes.

    i think alex gerke could shake up our special teams play. after all he does have the semblance of the jj era special teams coach, mcknight.

  230. al December 26, 2008 4:09 pm

    bighilo…..only now you understand what i was preaching. only now since st confirmed my theories. das okay bull, i forgive you.

  231. SteveM December 26, 2008 4:11 pm

    December 26th, 2008 at 4:03 pm
    The curious young single man wonders if it’s wise to be listening to homey and brew808 right now.

    Jason — notice how the majority of married guys are silent right now… and you are assuming it would be A-joe running onto the court…? 🙂

  232. al December 26, 2008 4:12 pm

    it will be fun to see next year who wants it…

    oline will have an influx of new talent with the likes of lacount, leonard, and others. i am not even looking at the freshmen as it is my belief that they will redshirt.

    dline has some new blood too.

    all in all next year is a bigger rebuilding year than this one was. but, i think that the jc redshirts of this year, new jc’ers, and those who were out this year from injuries will make for much competition that will make us a better team.

    reload baby!

  233. al December 26, 2008 4:14 pm

    jason….at your age and level of experience, you should listen to all the would be advisors. but remember who your papa is.

  234. brew808 December 26, 2008 4:18 pm

    IMHO –

    reload Rebuild … starting with…
    ADRD = Attitude, Desire, Respect, & Discipline….

  235. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 4:18 pm

    Okay, I’m simple, everybody here knows that. If we institute the 220s or Wilhelmina Rise run and stick with only one coach for the O-line, I think that will be a good start. I haven’t said anything else about the O-line this season, but I feel those two things will be a lot of help. Who has that list of O-line returnees and incoming recruits? As I recall, had plenny tough kids on that list. More than enough to put together a decent starting 5 IMHO.

  236. d1島 December 26, 2008 4:23 pm

    Congratulations A-joe!

    Well-deserved for all his hard work in putting together the card section “cards” for the Tsaiko Tsection.
    Mahalo to our “cheerleader” LizK for reminding us to get those cards up, esp. at halftime as the team was going to the locker room.

    Too bad we lost too many participants to do the second part of the message; my kuleana there, #1 and #2 son and nephews grew disheartened and couldn’t watch once it got out of hand. 🙁

  237. J-Dog December 26, 2008 4:31 pm

    Is this the most Seniors we’ve ever lost? If so, why is the roster so top-heavy?

  238. Da Punchbowl Kid December 26, 2008 4:38 pm

    I also think that this was a very tough year in terms of transition and it likely affected a lot of the players, particularly the older guys. Let’s face it, no matter who replaced him, losing JJ was a big distraction. Do any of the blog geniuses have info regarding transiton years at programs, following the departure of a successful coach? Do they typically have a year where their performance is flat?

    I share al’s optimism about “reloading” next year. I also believe that some of the “young bloods” on the team are going to be stars and that we have the coaching to get them there. Again, IMHO.

  239. J-Dog December 26, 2008 4:41 pm

    Ron Lee back to WR coach? Not gonna happen. That would mean we would abandon the Run-n-Shoot because let’s face it, the only other people capable of teaching it is a Mouse in Portland and some guy in Dallas, TX.

    Remember what happened when UH went to a “pro style” West Coast Offense….does 1996-1998 ring a bell? Not something I like to remember.

  240. J-Dog December 26, 2008 4:47 pm

    My concern is who is gonna step up during the offseason to motivate the guys to get together for the offseason conditioning.

    On defense, only Fonoti, Satele, and K-K are players w/starting experience.

    For the offense, I believe it was mentioned that Salas trains on the mainland during the offseason? Who is gonna lead during the offseason…Alexander? Lane? Funaki?

    I think this offseason will be more crucial than the last one as we lost a lot of seniors and are bringing in a load of recruits and anxious redshirts.

  241. Addahknowsports© December 26, 2008 4:48 pm

    Hiya Tsaikos!

    A-joe is a smart man. But….he’s taking Stretch. So….we’re BOTH in trouble.

  242. al December 26, 2008 4:56 pm

    i was awaiting an email from santa’s son with some pics of his arrival on tuesday. santa came to visit 62 seniors at a local adult day care center. he led them in several christmas carols, read the “night before christmas”, took photos with every senior, and in the end he left them with a most appropriate prayer.

    i was hoping to post some photos, but, again the two who were tasked to send me photos had forgotten.

    it is okay, but, i do want to thank timmy b. the punchbowl kid for coming forward to bring so much cheer to these folks.

    on behalf of the staff and my boss

    1000 mahalos!

  243. al December 26, 2008 4:59 pm

    …and while i am at it.

    more shout outs to timmy b. the punchbowl kid who also participated in bringing joy to many more kids who participate in angel tree ministry at new hope. dpk, spent hours delivery gifts to these young kids and brought so much joy to hearts of many in need.

  244. al December 26, 2008 5:01 pm

    i didn’t forget pride. for donating much needed materials in this same cause.

    and also hawaiianbod for coming forward with his offers to assist inspite of tough times in his own life.

    tsaiko’s……more that just a bunch warrior fanatics.

  245. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 5:17 pm

    Just a thought…

    I think Blaze Soares could take on a leadership role on the defense this year. To me he is a guy who can bring it all the time on the field and would be a guy I would love to be around in the locker room as well as off the field. He should be fully healed from all injuries (knocking on wood), and can be the type of impact player we need to rally the boys! Nothing against Solly, Adam, and Keala, but they are like Coach Mack…a little too nice sometimes. We need an intense, crazy mofo like Blaze to get into his teammates when need be and knock some heads!

    As far as off-season conditioning goes, it amazes me how players are not already working hard in the weight room, running, etc… to prepare themselves for next season. As a player I would be bustin my arse already and getting my teammates involved! After an embarrassing loss I would have a bitter taste in my mouth to get myself into the best possible shape I could. I remember seeing my boy Chad Owens running up and down Pauoa Valley and throwing weights around all day, eating right, etc…putting in the extra work to be successful. Ashley Lelie early in the morning running sprints, catching balls, etc… Basically guys who had the desire to put in the work to be great at what they did not just good! It seems to me most of the players think they’re good enough or have the mentality that they want to take a break and then work out later, which is why our team is the way it is…sad!?!?!

  246. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 5:36 pm

    What I mean by putting in work, is about training the right way, the smart way…

    Eating right, lifting, conditioning, speed, agility, etc…
    – Most guys want to just lift weights and hate running.
    – Some want to just work upper body and got chicken legs
    – Some like to run long distances, but have no speed
    – Almost all never go on a work out diet and think that taking supplements and wasting money at GNC is going to be good enough

    I mean I know most don’t have the mentality that I may have but I don’t understand why? You have the priviledge to play college football in Hawaii of all places, where you don’t just represent the University, but the whole state of Hawaii or better yet all of Polynesia! With that being said why not go all out and make a name for yourself, put Hawaii on the map. Garrans players who work hard and leave it all out on the field will always earn respect.

  247. kama krab December 26, 2008 5:42 pm


    Got to agree man. That’s what makes good players great and great players hall of famers. It is the time you put in the off season that makes all the difference in the world.

    For me I don’t care who steps up or how they do it but we do need somebody with a no nonsence attitude to get into people and make them better. We need these boyz to have a fire lit under there butts to get them ready for next season. If we are to get to the next level it will take dedication by all, from coaches to players to administration. I believe it can happen but it’s gonna take a want to do attitude.

  248. conor December 26, 2008 5:48 pm

    So Inoke is moving to RB? Ugggghhh bad baddd move, if anything he is a WR. And why have him at RB, when he looked damn good against ND’s second string!? This is a horrible move by McMackin.

  249. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 26, 2008 5:53 pm

    Congratulations AddaJoe for finning the tickets. Shucks! I was really looking forward to getting a 6’10’ 250 lb forward in my lap. Given our seats, I’d be lucky to get a t-shirt shot the Bowzuka up into our seats.

    For those of you who are interested in supporting the women’s basketball team, they’ll be hosting the Jack in the Box Wahine Classic with Colorado and Pepperdine on January 2 (3 pm), January 3 (3 pm) & January 4 (5 pm) at the Stan Sheriff Center.

    The men’s basketball team plays Boise State on January 3 (7:05 pm ) and LaTech on January 5 (7:05).

    The men’s volleyball team returns to action hosting the Outrigger Hotels Invitational with Ohio State, USC & Penn State on Thursday, January 8, through Saturday, January 10.

    That means in the first ten days of January, there will eight NCAA athletic events to attend – seven in which a UH team will play.

    Hope to see a lot of Tsai-kos there.

  250. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc December 26, 2008 6:01 pm

    Whoops!!! finning = winning

    shot the Bowzuka = shot from the Bowzuka

    And the Bowsball Team starts its pre-season workouts in two-plus more weeks to prepare for the season opener – a four-game series, Feb. 20-22, against UC Irvine.

  251. bighilohuhu December 26, 2008 6:18 pm

    so I’m tinkin and tinkin and da moah i tink da moah geneeosity sinks in. 😀 rememba dis grasshoppaz, Ron had da receivers trained reall realll guud! das what we need, really well trained receivers, guyz who use da JUGS like its their mama’z lifeline to heaven!!!!

  252. brew808 December 26, 2008 6:22 pm

    Yeah…but was it the coach(ing), or was it the player(s)? One industrious, determined student-athlete can motivate all of his/her fellow players….. IMHO 😯

  253. whitey December 26, 2008 6:27 pm

    ok, i’m back. i said if i win, the twins would get the ticket on my first entry. on my 2nd, i said d1, but sadly I neva win any. now about #2 son, he good kid and get plenty smarts and he fast learning grasshopper.

    the reason the runway lights was out wed was because kahului airport thought they were under attack, but then they realize that the unidentified aircraft was a sleigh powered by 8 reindeers and 1 fat guy going ho ho ho. me and duffer beat him home and i when hang up the biggest socks i could find and put some cheese and beer for the fat guy.

    PB, that’s why i suggested your name to be the conditioning guru for the warriors. i can see them starting your program, bodies laying all over the place, puke all around, moans and groans, etc. 6 wks later, they are now true warriors!!!

  254. brew808 December 26, 2008 6:32 pm

    So…. when the lights go “out” in Kahului, does that mean the whole Valley Isle goes to the “darkside”…? 😯 🙄 😆

  255. duffer December 26, 2008 6:55 pm

    IMHO, losing TG was a BIG blow to the offense.

    For GA to have four or five passes knocked down, why couldn’t the o-line take wider splits, and what’s with throwing sidearm?

    Next season, I’d like to see a redshirt freshman man the QB position.

    Like whitey said at the t-gate, no sense do heavy reps and no leg strength.

  256. Stephen Tsai December 26, 2008 7:24 pm

    OK. The power is out, and my tenants decided to take a hot shower. For 15 frickin’ minutes.

  257. whitey December 26, 2008 7:49 pm

    ST, same here with my dial up. was out for over 30 minutes.

    Congrats to A Joe.

  258. whitey December 26, 2008 8:19 pm

    or to test their mental toughness, do the coach tomey firewalk. ouch, ouch, ouch.

  259. bighilohuhu December 26, 2008 8:36 pm

    justin 66
    you can see what happened! Mack got through his first year okay.
    But he’s not going to the big dance with this crew intact in 09 with new “directives” or duties, and we’ll be wondering about USC in 10. they are stuck in their minds after the multiple national beatings they took this year. garanz the coaches are gun shy! I no I no, they say they are not gun shy. but from where i sat at the end of the game, the buggaz neva look up as they went to the tunnel. ONLY Coach Mack looked up, promise. at least they could have let the die hard fans know, eyeball to eyeball, they tried their best.

    i like the coaches fight for us. I feel our players never come to play, like ND came to play. and I blame all the coaches for that kind of effort.

    but like al, I have hope. I hope that by writing this way the coaches no that they are coaching for Hawaii, Warrior Nation, and we expect them to work out the kinks with each other. And we expect the coaches to be better judges of personnel. And better motivators of personnel.

    Go Warriors!

  260. al December 26, 2008 8:36 pm

    hey, is it morning yet?

  261. al December 26, 2008 8:46 pm

    whitey…..dial up? is that still available?

  262. al December 26, 2008 8:51 pm

    all outbound flts have been grounded and only inbound flts are permitted. so if nd players have been grounded do they get their $945 per diem still.

    i heard that the warriors got $800 less on per diem money. disparity is not only on the field but in the pocketbook.

  263. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 8:53 pm

    okay tsaikos everywhere.
    my 48 hour rule is complete.
    thanks for listening.

  264. roysan16 December 26, 2008 8:56 pm


    118– (NCAA Rank) Hawaii- 13(games), 114(#of penalties), 1028(total yards), 8.77(#of penalties a game), 79.08 (total penalized yards per game)

    Notre Dame game-8 more penalties for 69 yrds.

    Sacks allowed-

    118– (NCAA Rank) Hawaii-13(games), 49 (total number of sacks allowed), 293 (net yards minus per game)

    Notre Dame game-Allowed 8 more for another loss of 55 yrds.

    Red Zone offense-

    105– (NCAA Rank) Hawaii-13 (games), 51(Drives), 37 (scores), 229 (points), 17 (rushing), 12 (passing), 8 (fgs)

    Kickoff return yardage defense-

    95–(NCAA Rank) Hawaii-13 (games), 51(Kickoffs defended), 1184 (net yrds allowed), 23.22 ( per kickoff)

    In the Notre Dame game allowed 144 yrds on 3 kickoffs.

    Punt Return Yardage Defense-

    84–(NCAA Rank) Allow 10.52 per punt return

    Punt Return Offense-

    119–(NCAA Rank) 28 punt returns for 58 yrds.

    In the Notre Dame game 2 punt returns for 4 yards.

    Passes had intercepted-

    114–(NCAA Rank),21 (total)

    Add one more in the Notre Dame Game

    Fumbles Lost-

    97-(NCAA Rank)-14 (total)

    What a mess. Add another category for calculating accumaltive team body fat index and we probably led that too. Maybe in singing and dancing we might be near the top. But looking at the bottom line it has to be a product of mediocre or that of worser coaching. Players we read that come off the field and show bad attitudes towards their position coaches.Some showing a deference to listening.The returning QB showing a deference to getting his off the field things in order. And compounded with any sense of what the direction the offense is going in the future the foundation this year for the future is already flawed. If it wasn’t for the defense we’d be in a deeper mess. Issues with cultivating an idea, a philosophy,discipline….an offense.. This team as I see it isn’t any further along in development than it was last spring .If memory serves me right it was last spring that the coaches said LWJ would be carring the ball a lot this year. Let’s see he carried the ball well 13 times the first two games and 14 times the remainder of the season.Was he forgotton?Nobody paid attention to him? Attention to the smallest detail is what seperates the winners from the losers is the mantra the coaches should take into the next season.

  265. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 9:02 pm


    I don’t think the boys would last the 1st half hour of a true conditioning session. I ain’t going to lie, I get my arse kicked every now and again, especially now that they brought back the Combat Fitness Test.

    Regardless though, my biggest pet peeve with the team is effort. Everybody wants to protect the players, saying they played their hearts out and left it all on the field…yeah right! So many times this season I’ve seen players giving up on themselves which spread throughout the whole team. Hawaii Bowl proved it, Dowling and Roberts giving up on plays, Greg Alexander looking like someone stole his dog, Receivers giving up on routes not blocking for the run, Monteilh getting spun around looking lost in space…what da heo??? If they played all out then there wouldn’t be post game interviews where you hear the players saying BS like we could’ve done this and done that better blah, blah, blah…just excuses cause it’s the same mistaked over and over. You mean to tell me you never learn from the previous 12 games during the season…ah c’mon! Anyway, I just hope the group returning and the guys we got coming in this year, play the game to win, losing is not an option. That kind of mentality needs to get drilled into the players heads. I tell my Marines that all the time, that we don’t lose battles and never will, if they ask why…simple, the way we train constantly with precision, discipline and attention to detail will not allow us to. I don’t even think that word “lose” is in our vocabulary. I like what Will Ferrell said in Talladega Nights…”If you ain’t first, you’re last”!

  266. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 9:05 pm

    mistaked = mistakes

  267. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 9:17 pm

    Anyway, I gotta agree that everything starts from the top on down. Coaches need to get there stuff together and instill discipline in these players. Not just character wise but in everything… especially execution of plays, assignments, etc… They need to hold the players accountable for their actions. I haven’t seen not one OLineman get lit up for their mistakes this year. That one game where Coach Smith got the cold shoulder when trying to talk to a player…pulease…I wish one of my guys would do that cause it would be a rude awakening for them and they would regret ever doing it again garrans! I mean when experienced guys like Ah-Soon, Estes, Kia. etc… get numerous personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct calls you gotta wonder, what da heo is going on? If I was Coach Smith my players would hate me cause I would kill em during practice!

  268. Pauoa Boy December 26, 2008 9:19 pm


    Unreal to think that with all that pilikia we still made a Bowl Game! Just think if this team was more disciplined and eliminated the stupidity how much better off they would’ve been.

  269. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 9:21 pm


    th;anks for the stats. they show we were in the bottom 20 in too manyh categories. too many to overlook the coaching implications.

    changing the duties, my eye. they could have changed the duties thing during the season. we do it all the time in real life. we call it real time adjustments.

    My sentiments exactly!

  270. al December 26, 2008 9:42 pm

    i wonder if pboy and bighilo know about the total blackout on oahu?

  271. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 9:45 pm

    can you please tell me where you got the statistical information from? what source exactly, pretty please. i just know the information is giong to give our fearless leader the ammo he needs to have some heart to heart with himself and his team.

    we’re up front and with you! at least i think i am. we want us all to succeed. you, the other coaches, the players, their families, us. and if i am out of line in thinking and talking this way, its okay to tell me. sincerity is in all of us, so forgive me if i’m trying too hard in the push.

    Go Warriors

  272. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 9:47 pm

    nope. i just heard on tv. they say it may take 12 hours to repair.

    ho boy, we can go fo the records. 😀

  273. Garret December 26, 2008 9:48 pm

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

    Decorated Iraq War vet (who got numerous awards including the Army’s Good Conduct medal) made and sold IEDs to gangs and criminals, for as little as $100!

  274. Garret December 26, 2008 9:49 pm

    Study shows that looking at hot women in magazines makes men feel worse about themselves than looking at athletic men.

  275. Garret December 26, 2008 9:49 pm

    Surprising study result: babies born from frozen embryos are healthier than those born from fresh embryos.

  276. Garret December 26, 2008 9:49 pm

    Children who take music lessons for at least 3 years outperform other children in non-musical skills.

  277. Garret December 26, 2008 9:50 pm

    Study found that women who attend religious services live longer. Other studies found that the same holds for men too.

  278. Garret December 26, 2008 9:51 pm

    Free play links pau. I’ve got a lot more, but there is a long offseason…

  279. al December 26, 2008 9:51 pm

    you are in to overtime. didin’t you just say that you went over the 48 hrs?

    i am sure mack has access to all of the stats.

  280. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 9:51 pm


    lights out its island wide. minimum 12 hours down. certain stores open to sell flashlight.emergency supplies. times, foodlands, home depot pearl city and city mill kaneohe are open although expect to wait in long lines. no plane departures, only landings allowed. all flights cancelled

  281. Garret December 26, 2008 9:52 pm


    This website is quite comprehensive on all stats for college football, not just for this season but for the 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 seasons too.

  282. bighilofan2 December 26, 2008 9:53 pm


    my bad! 🙁 ouch….

    sorry…. snuf snuf snif

  283. Garret December 26, 2008 9:55 pm

    I do agree that Mac has access to all the stats. The stats don’t tell the whole story of course…for example, UH is last in punt returns (#120 out of 120), but the punt returns improved significantly in the second half of the season. At one point, the punt return average was negative, so it had to improve significantly to almost pass Baylor to get out of the bottom.

  284. Garret December 26, 2008 10:36 pm

    UCLA’s defensive coordinator is apparently the top choice right now for NMSU.

    UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker emerged as the leading candidate for the New Mexico State head coaching job and will meet with administrators and get a tour of the campus Monday, according to sources.

    A job offer has not yet been extended, but one could be given during Walker’s visit to the Las Cruces campus. It is expected Walker would accept an offer.

    Walker already spoke several times with Aggies athletic director McKinely Boston, and the two have a previous connection.

    Walker played at Minnesota in the early 1980s, and Boston was Minnesota’s athletic director in the early 1990s.

  285. d1島 December 27, 2008 8:59 am

    WB… We’re Back!

  286. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 27, 2008 8:59 am

    Wow- welcome, back, blog!
    BarryM wanted this to be shared last night:

    “Any Tsaiko’s need help in East Oahu, we have couches, chairs, and a quiet generator if they need electricity for med condition like sleep apnea, oxygen, etc. I can’t reach the website right now () …so please post for me. Helping out neighbors less prepared, most of the night…handing out candles, lighters, and offerring out my big BBQ as I just loaded up two propane tanks.”

    Hope everyone is ok!
    Please email me if you could use Barry’s help.
    lizkauai at gmail dot com.

  287. labat December 27, 2008 9:01 am

    ST where is my paper?

  288. d1島 December 27, 2008 9:08 am



  289. d1島 December 27, 2008 9:10 am

    Lots of electricity at the Meineke Car Care Bowl…esp. for INC’s Hakeem Nicks…3rd TD catch in a little over a quarter of play.

  290. labat December 27, 2008 9:10 am

    Hal Mumme for OC.

  291. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER December 27, 2008 9:11 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    BBL, on the way to a funeral…

  292. d1島 December 27, 2008 9:12 am

    N. Carolina leads WV, 23-21.

  293. chawan_cut December 27, 2008 9:16 am

    hope everyone was safe and sound last night during the power outage.
    shows you how unprepared we are for stuff like this.

  294. SteveM December 27, 2008 9:23 am

    Good morning everyone!
    Electricity went back on in the Liliha area about an hour ago.

    Got an email from someone just before the power went out at 1857 last night, saying maybe going to Genji’s. At 8:00 PM I called Genji to ask if they had power. Wasn’t my cousin that answered and I didn’t identify myself, but I heard a lot of laughter in the background and was told, “NO, but come down anyway…lots of fun”. Got me curious, but we stayed home anyway.

  295. d1島 December 27, 2008 9:25 am

    Only a little more than half of Oahu has their power restored so far.
    HECO is asking those with power to conserve electricity usage; therefore I will on_ _ be pos_i_g p_rt_al co_m_n_ts.

  296. d1島 December 27, 2008 9:29 am

    Hi c_aw_an_c_t.
    H_ S_ev_M.

  297. HiFlyer December 27, 2008 9:35 am

    Good morn’in d1, stevem, c_c and anyone else that’s up.

  298. A-House December 27, 2008 9:37 am

    Leaders, some say are “born” while others say they are “molded”.

    Perhaps, the truth is some where in between where the person “born” with certain inate skills is given the training and opportunity to refine those skills and emerge as a “true leader”.

    The “leader” may not necessarily be the oldest or most battle tested, but the “leader” is one who has gained the TRUST and RESPECT of his/her peers and is willing to lead, for good or bad, and that is the defining moment.

    It will be up to Caoch Mack and his staff to identify these players, talk to them, and support them. And, it should ne NOW!!!

  299. SteveM December 27, 2008 9:37 am

    d1島 — hey, you making us all use more electricity trying to read harder to fill in the blanks… 😐

  300. Pride. December 27, 2008 10:32 am

    So with Alex Gerke leaving, do we promote Stutzmann? LIke Uncle Al said, bring in a GA to work with the running backs and O-line?

  301. Pride. December 27, 2008 10:33 am

    Al, you should have told me about the stock market earlier, thanks for nothing.

  302. chawan_cut December 27, 2008 5:42 pm

    i thought we were playing hangman for a little while.

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