And Sunday’s winner is …

Once again, the energetic and brilliant Avis Yasumura agreed to serve as our unbiased judge. For the winner of a pair of Sheraton Hawaii Bowl tickets, Avis selects … HiFlyer.

You know the drill. Send me an e-mail at

Thanks again, Avis, and thanks again to those who participated. Another drawing is tomorrow.

* * * * *

Remember Akoni Lasconia, a linebacker from Saddleback Community College? He still is expected to join the Warriors for the 2010 season. He is trying to accumulate enough transferrable credits to meet NCAA eligibility standards. He also is now known as Akoni Harris.

* * * * *

Another linebacker, Jacob Barritt, is attending classes at Leeward Community College in the hopes of transferring to UH.

* * * * *

Did we mention that Waylon Lolotai, who redshirted this past year, is moving back to linebacker? After returning from his mission last year, he had moved to defensive end.


  1. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2009 9:03 am


  2. wowlaulau December 13, 2009 9:03 am


  3. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2009 9:03 am


  4. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2009 9:04 am

    Hooray for the Wahine!
    Hooray for BJ Penn!

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2009 9:04 am

    lau lau… MMMmmmmMMMM

  6. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:05 am

    RPI => pphhhfffftttttt!!!!! 😈

    •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~• 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•


    •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•★ ★ UH WAHINE!!! ★ ★ •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•
    •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~• 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 •~~~~•~~~~•~~~~•


  7. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:07 am

    Bess – fumble… 😳 🙁

  8. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 9:13 am

    Brew would have been in the top five if not for the time it took to create ascii art.

  9. protector December 13, 2009 9:16 am

    No. 12 equals final four.

    Wow, first time top ten?

  10. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 9:16 am

    Suppose Malcolm Lane comes back. What about Jovonte Taylor, who led the team in YAC, taking over the Reggie Bush role in the offense?
    And, no, Taylor is not like Bush. But he could be used in that role. (As I watch the Saints drive up and down the field.)

  11. protector December 13, 2009 9:19 am

    Go Wahine, all the way!

  12. CHEE! December 13, 2009 9:19 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  13. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 9:21 am

    So Big 12 had seven teams in the NCAA tournament, and Big Ten had six. I guess being the right one matters most.

  14. Anfield December 13, 2009 9:22 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  15. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 9:29 am

    My daughter is somewhere between the 18- and 24-mile mark.

  16. el guapo December 13, 2009 9:31 am

    Malcolm needs to prove he’s still a starter first

  17. SteveM December 13, 2009 9:33 am

    Good morning, ST!

    Good morning everyone!

  18. ai-eee-soos December 13, 2009 9:36 am

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  19. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:38 am

    I could have be first – but some things aren’t that important to me…. just being able to post is plenty enough! 😀

    Is the 1-owah over – or are the mug shots forever? We haven’t heard from the “whooosh wahine”….. 🙄

  20. protector December 13, 2009 9:38 am


    Actually i see Lane & Taylor as being very similar although Lane has the edge in experience, albeit taking a one year hiatus. Both have shown flashes of brilliance along with chronic inconsistency & many times being guilty of breaking off their routes, causing easy interceptions by opponents. Both have made bone-head mistakes on kickoffs (fielding kicks going out of bounds to result in the team getting the ball on their own 1 or 2 yard line). Neither has that special something Rodney Bradley has of truly stretching out the field to free-up the slots. Both have been hampered by minor injuries that seem to prevent them from delivering on the promise of ther potential. Taylor has given his best performances when threatened with the loss of his starting position by the steadier, though unspectacular, Royce Pollard (who also had injuries hamper him).

    Ideally, both can pick up where they left off & help the team’s vertical game, but I feel the jury’s still out on these 2 gifted athletes being able to bring their A game EVERY game.

  21. GRM December 13, 2009 9:41 am

    So much for the NCAA and its RPI ratings. The AVCA coaches know BEST! They’re no 1, 2 and 3 are in the Final Four! Go WAHINE!!

  22. GRM December 13, 2009 9:44 am

    Ooops – ‘they’re’ s/b ‘their’

  23. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:45 am

    It is possible that na Wahine beats four beeg10 schools on the way to their WVB crown! – UT will probably spoil that one…. 😀

  24. Cindy cee December 13, 2009 9:46 am

    Good morning, Gang!!

  25. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:49 am

    Hi Cindy cee!!! Long time no see (actually never/ever)! Have you or your pals seen the mug shots of your leader on the previous blog? Just wondering…… 🙄

  26. RedZone December 13, 2009 9:49 am

    They will put their best receivers on the field so I would not be surprised to see Malcom and Jovonte at wide receiver with Salas and Pilares on the inside.

    Case proven. The NCAA don’t know volleyball.

  27. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:52 am

    There was this classic movie called “The Three Faces of Eve”….. well, ST topped that one with his version “The FOUR Faces of Esme“….. Heheheheh…. 😆

  28. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:54 am

    Bess overthrown by 3 yds down the middle…. 🙁

  29. tommui December 13, 2009 9:58 am

    No. 12 equals final four

    Good morning, people!

    Taped one & watched the other! (Eventually watched both – late and long night!)

  30. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 9:59 am

    Watching WVB games…. there’s simply an amazing amount of talent all around the country – especially at PSU, UT, and even Stanford. 😯

    Watching Wahine VB – the key takeaway is T E A M !!! 😀

  31. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:01 am

    Miami – fumble…. 🙁

  32. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:02 am

    2nd lost fumble inside the Jag 30….

  33. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:04 am

    Hey…. the J E T S are winning…. what happened?….. oh, it’s vs. Tampa Bay…. 🙄

  34. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:05 am

    I hope al isn’t taping the games…. 🙄

  35. gmahoney December 13, 2009 10:06 am

    No. 12 equals final four.

    Go Wahine!

  36. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:09 am

    Okay…. “No. 12 equals final four” for the honorable tommui. 😀

  37. niho mano December 13, 2009 10:12 am

    good morning everyone! congratulations to the wahine volleyball team for making the final four…and bj penn for winning his bout and retaining his title…have a good day.

  38. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 10:14 am

    #13 Stephen Tsai: December 13th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    So Big 12 had seven teams in the NCAA tournament, and Big Ten had six. I guess being the right one matters most.

    😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈

    😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈


  39. randall December 13, 2009 10:21 am

    No 12 equals final four

  40. Pomai December 13, 2009 10:25 am

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  41. wafan December 13, 2009 10:40 am

    No. 12 equals final four.

    Gotta win eventually! HA!

  42. RedZone December 13, 2009 10:44 am

    Saddleback has a 6’8″ wide receiver who made 2nd team all conference.

  43. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 10:55 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  44. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 11:00 am

    “No. 12 equals final four”

  45. whitey December 13, 2009 11:05 am

    No 12 equals final four

  46. whitey December 13, 2009 11:07 am

    Good morning and a Merry Christmas Tsaikos

  47. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 11:10 am

    No 12 equals final four

  48. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 11:11 am


    howzit howzit.
    remember I was telling about da Alaska kook? well, the good Lord gave me a big big present Friday in the form of videos and reports. da Lord works in mysterious ways.

    speaking of mysterious ways, look wat I was sent. for a great laugh.

  49. Chooch December 13, 2009 11:13 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  50. Da Punchbowl Kid December 13, 2009 11:14 am

    I think they’ll be rotating receivers a lot next season. Pilares and Salas will be the best slot tandem in the country. If the O line comes in strong and in shape, look for the offense to be as good as ever next year. Gordie Shaw did a good job with the O line this year. Throw Lister into the RB mix and we should be outstanding there. The Koolaid is mighty tasty as far as I’m concerned.

  51. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 11:19 am


    didja see dat video? 😆 remind you of anybody? 😆

    o boy. made my day!

  52. BOKAL December 13, 2009 11:20 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  53. DoubleB December 13, 2009 11:26 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  54. royvic December 13, 2009 11:27 am

    If a man, like Tiger Woods, has everything at his fingertips. Then why does he have a liaison with a mistress?

    I, mean, gees, he has a wife that’s pretty. A young daughter. Lives a life style that’s manicured. And he’s very wealthy. And he’s attracted to Bambi.

    Now that he has been stripped of his dignity, and admonished by his peers and sponsors, he’s retreating. So sad. So uncharacteristic of the man, and sport’s hero we become to admire and respect.

    I’ll surmise in the aftermath of all this, Tiger’s therapists are helping him come to grips with his infidelity. It would probably go like this, “the act of going after the forbidden fruit is in it self an aphrodisiac.” This statement is true. I hope Tiger sees this. More so, I hope other married men learn from Tiger’s mistakes so they’re not tempted for what is forbidden..

    Subsequently, I think, women everywhere are silently rejoicing. For the Tiger Wood’s admission of his transgressions does casts a light on this subject that has been in the dark for so long. It also serves of a reminder to husbands everywhere of only picking from their own tree.

    I wish for the turn for the better for Tiger. For, seemingly, he can navigate a golf course deftly. He’s proclaimed as the greatest athlete of all time. He has everything. But then, in retrospect, he should have given himself a compass when it came to moral turpitude.

  55. wafan December 13, 2009 11:29 am

    bhf2 . . .

    Great song! One of my kids from nearly forever ago who was the king of rude and the baron of pain-in-the-butt sent me a friend request.

    Sure felt good to press “ignore”.


  56. guiltypleasure December 13, 2009 11:30 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  57. lava December 13, 2009 11:35 am

    Keep the cell on ST, recruiting news coming.

  58. wafan December 13, 2009 11:37 am

    Almost forgot.

    No. 12 equals final four.

  59. dubs December 13, 2009 11:43 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  60. klo December 13, 2009 11:48 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  61. Hawaiianbod December 13, 2009 11:49 am

    g’morning errybody.

    no. 12 equals final four.
    (if i win, tix will go to LizK). Mele Kalikimaka!!

  62. Pomai December 13, 2009 11:51 am

    No. 12 equals final four

  63. A-House December 13, 2009 11:54 am

    Esme and the 4 faces of Eve!!! So good to see you!

    Great shots good neighbor!

  64. Pomai December 13, 2009 11:55 am

    No. 12 equals final four.

  65. wafan December 13, 2009 11:59 am

    Is the USC game slated for Thursday, 9/1/10?

    No. 12 equals final four.

  66. d1島 December 13, 2009 12:06 pm


    That’s the way I read it…Thursday.

    Wow! Talk about RedZone woes….Rob25 must be going crazy.

    …and then Big D gets a 2nd shot.

  67. d1島 December 13, 2009 12:07 pm

    Jacob Barit used to punt quite effectively in HS. 🙄

  68. d1島 December 13, 2009 12:08 pm

    oink oink


  69. d1島 December 13, 2009 12:09 pm


    Glad I’m not Frank25 right now….

  70. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 12:12 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

    GO WAHINE!!!

  71. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 12:12 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

    Cowgirls goind down…
    C’mon ‘skins… oops… I think there are Raiders fans here…

  72. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 12:22 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

  73. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 12:26 pm

    No. 12 equals final four

  74. tommui December 13, 2009 12:27 pm

    BHF2 – what, the Alaska flash (flush) wants to be your friend on Facebook?

    Devonne Bess injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter – questionable. He has surpassed his yards gain last year in today’s game.

  75. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:32 pm

    Sept. 02, 2010 is a Thursday on my calendar…. 🙄

  76. iwonderwhytheyhateme December 13, 2009 12:32 pm

    only one comment about tiger woods.

    imho off course….the man is FAMOUS for one thing and ONE THING only….a totally awesome, sickening, talented golfer.

    he never was, nor ever will be, nor would ever have been, famous for a model citizen or a beacon of morality for all to follow and look up to.

    strip away his title as probably they most dominating golfer in history and what is he?….a human being, a man. By golly a man making a mistake in life?….yeah truth is stranger than fiction 😉

  77. wafan December 13, 2009 12:37 pm

    Stood in line at Costco with my cart full of goodies. One of my items was one of those Costco-sized 300-box pack of tissues. Man behind me kept sucking in his hana-bata. Gross!

    I opened the pack and gave him a box of tissue. His wife kept thanking me. She tried to pay me for the box. Then the package. Finally she started to scold the husband for making me open the package.

    Felt sorry for him. But, it was funny! The poor guy.

  78. wafan December 13, 2009 12:39 pm

    Brew . . .

    Oops. Looked at the ’11 calendar rather than the ’10.



  79. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:39 pm

    I think he should have given you a thank you hug…. or at least shake your hand! 😆

  80. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 12:41 pm

    Get well, Davone!!! Thanks for the 411 tommui.

    hateme- I still love Tiger as a golfer- which is the only way I appreciated him- especially for his love of Kauai and support for having the Grand Slam here.

  81. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 12:42 pm


    notice similarity, #48 and Elin? :mrgreen:

  82. wafan December 13, 2009 12:43 pm

    Well, if the USC game really stays on 9/2 I just might be able to make that game! As usual, we will probably start after Labor Day.


  83. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 12:46 pm


    no, i hope. usually we never wish ill of a colleague, except to those who bring us all a bad name. truly is a waste time waste money kinda guy.

  84. wafan December 13, 2009 12:46 pm

    Brew . . .

    I also had a Costco-sized container of hand sanitizer. Need to protect myself from the kids and their nasty icky-icky diseases.

  85. Committed Road Warrior December 13, 2009 12:46 pm


    Funny how I thought I was crazy for buying one of those Costco-sized tissue box packages. Looked at it today and saw I’ve gone through half of it!

    And alas, I guess I could be lumped into the “Mr. Sniffles” category. Just came out of nowhere, but was to be expected…..eventually.

  86. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:50 pm

    Wow – these are some really suckee late games….
    lamb chops @ tight-ones
    band-aids (I’m being nice….) @ wea-dey-r’s?
    even bolts @ da cow-pies

  87. chawan_cut December 13, 2009 12:51 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  88. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 13, 2009 12:51 pm

    No. 12 seed is and always was B.S. 🙄

    Where is Stanford? Where is Florida State?

    Exactly… 😆

  89. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:52 pm

    I presume we’ll be sharing stories about TP next….? 🙄

  90. Committed Road Warrior December 13, 2009 12:53 pm


    I used TP in lieu of Kleenex in college…..cheaper and easier to carry around. The funny looks I received are priceless!

  91. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:55 pm

    lambs QB is named “Null”…. dats why they get zero points! 🙄

  92. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:57 pm

    CRW – Yup, you are a special guy! I can imagine you someone crying or needing a tissue and you pull out a wad of TP to offer….. 😀

  93. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 12:58 pm

    …offer to them…

  94. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:01 pm

    Yep, I’m a roll-carrier too…

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  95. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:04 pm

    #94 – not surprised…. 🙄

  96. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:07 pm

    Better than using your sleeve, Brew… 😈

  97. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:08 pm

    Besides, comes in handy when the kids have to “go” while you are driving…

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  98. d1島 December 13, 2009 1:11 pm

    No. 12 equals final four

    …but if I win, no tell Mrs. d1島. Gotta figgah out how to sneak away fo’ dat one!

  99. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:12 pm

    Twelve divided by three equals five? 🙄

    No. 12 divided by 3 equals 4. Yes. And that is my final answer – four.!!! 😀

  100. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    Pls. say a prayer for my #2 son. He did a faceplant into his boogie board yesterday and looks like the Elephant man today…

  101. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:15 pm

    Great! I’m going to Costco to buy a BIG pack of TP to pass out as my holiday gifts! Heheheheh….. 😆

  102. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:18 pm

    d1島 – Don’t you have a family party to attend? 😯

    No worries. You can count on me! If you win – I going tell!!! 😈

  103. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 1:19 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

    Bring home the trophy.

  104. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 1:21 pm

    ouch ouch ouch

  105. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 1:21 pm

    No. 12 equals final four

  106. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 1:22 pm


    looking forward to the good news, I hope I hope.

  107. protector December 13, 2009 1:24 pm


    Thanks for the link to the video, it was hilarious!

  108. wafan December 13, 2009 1:25 pm

    Liz . . .

    Absolutely and done.

  109. wafan December 13, 2009 1:26 pm

    Oh, and . . .

    No. 12 equals final four.

  110. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:28 pm

    Thanks guys…
    I gotta go get him a prescription in Lihue now…

    C’mon Redskins!!!

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  111. wafan December 13, 2009 1:29 pm

    2nd Century.

    No. 12 equals final four.

  112. wafan December 13, 2009 1:31 pm

    I hope the scrip is not for his face-plant. Dang.

  113. wafan December 13, 2009 1:31 pm

    Gosh, darn it . . .

    No. 12 equals final four.

  114. al December 13, 2009 1:36 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”
    i wanna see the real run n shoot.

  115. al December 13, 2009 1:36 pm

    i thought it was reported that mrs. woods gave tiger an ultimatum. golf or family.

  116. al December 13, 2009 1:37 pm

    one can never have enough linebackers of a team.

    i know akoni had some impressive numbers at saddleback cc.

  117. Kazz (blkberry_storm) December 13, 2009 1:38 pm


    For the millions of dollars these chumps in the NFL get paid, I am still amazed at the amount of dropped passes and QB miscues.. 🙄

    “Suckee games” is right! 😆

  118. al December 13, 2009 1:38 pm

    praying for #2 kauai boy.

  119. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 1:38 pm

    It is- painkillers and antibiotics, I think. The dentist called it in.

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  120. al December 13, 2009 1:39 pm

    ran into mr/mrs mih.
    who were chit chatting with mrs. ahouse and midori7.

    and mrs. ahouse reminded me that real men go to craft fairs.

    its actually a good place to observe the female species.

  121. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:43 pm

    Figures… al turns the outing into a crafty affair….. 🙄 😀

  122. d1島 December 13, 2009 1:43 pm


    Hope #2 son heals up quick.

  123. d1島 December 13, 2009 1:47 pm

    Why do the TV Directors think the viewers care what the NFL owners are looking like when their teams are losing? Does it make a Cowboy fan feel better knowing that J. Jones is not happy when the ‘Boys are not doing well?

  124. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:49 pm

    It’s hard to believe all these backup QB’s are better(?!?) than Colt!!! Okay – maybe playing for the lambs would be deadly, but heck, the ‘skins aren’t much better…. 😈

    Anyone know the true story behind Veikune’s predicament w/ the loser Browns? I know Garret has posted some articles, and I’ve read about a feud between coaching and management…. but what a waste of 808 talent…. 😐

  125. Ralph December 13, 2009 1:50 pm

    number 12 equals final four. go Na Wahines!

  126. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 1:51 pm

    #123 – Watch it! Watch it! There’s cow-pie fans among us….. 🙄

  127. jm2375 December 13, 2009 1:51 pm

    Howzit Tsai-kos!

    Fraiders going down!

  128. wafan December 13, 2009 1:56 pm

    Minor snow accumulations — about 1″ in two hours.

    Tomorrow morning is going to be fun. Not.

    No. 12 equals final four.

  129. d1島 December 13, 2009 1:59 pm

    I see the the Packers won but does anyone know how Olin Kreutz’ game went against rookie NG B.J. Raji?

  130. Ralph December 13, 2009 2:08 pm

    Raiders need better personnel management- better drafts and make the right trades. Last three #1 drafts choices have been a bust. Russell, McFadden and Heywood-Bey.

  131. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 2:10 pm

    Raiders got Al…. 🙄

  132. Ralph December 13, 2009 2:10 pm

    glad to see Cutler lost another game, should have been humble and stayed in Denver.

  133. d1島 December 13, 2009 2:22 pm

    Prayers for (J)J and his Mom.

  134. wafan December 13, 2009 2:45 pm

    Go Wahine!!!

  135. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 2:49 pm

    Go Wahine!!!

    No. 12 equals final four

  136. Garret December 13, 2009 2:52 pm

    BSU’s Petersen is called the best value in college football, with TCU’s coach making twice his salary.

    Yes, his 48-4 overall record, 31-1 conference mark, three undefeated regular seasons and two BCS bowl appearances in four years have something to do with it. Yes, his innovative offensive approach and his detail-oriented coaching style draw the attention of athletic directors searching for ways to entertain fans and keep football players off the police blotter.

    But there is another number that sets fans’ hearts aflutter and athletic directors’ fingers a-dialing: $1.3 million.

    That is Petersen’s salary for the 2010 season, a mere fraction of what other top coaches make and the reason the Broncos’ boss is the best value in college football.

    Petersen, who signed a five-year contract in 2007 after Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl victory against Oklahoma, is the lowest paid of the 10 coaches in this year’s five Bowl Championship Series games. Petersen made $1.1 million in base salary this season.

    Five of the 10 BCS coaches have already signed extensions or new contracts that include substantial raises. Texas coach Mack Brown recently agreed to a new contract that will pay him at least $5.1 million per year. Alabama coach Nick Saban’s recent contract extension bumped his salary to $4.7 million annually. TCU coach Gary Patterson, another coveted non-BCS conference coach, agreed to an extension that pushes his pay to $2.5 million annually.

    Winning pays though. Alabama’s athletic department turned a $38 million profit during the 2008-09 academic year, a number that is sure to rise with this year’s SEC title and national title game appearance.

  137. Garret December 13, 2009 2:53 pm

    BSU is aware that they need to keep increasing their revenue to keep up in college athletics.

    The athletic department trimmed its budget by $750,000 for the current fiscal year. Kustra said that the Broncos can afford to increase Petersen’s salary in these times.

    “But we’re all acutely aware of the need to add seats to our stadium. That must be our highest priority when it comes to funding the size of football budget that we require to maintain this level of excellence,” Kustra said. “The long-term answer – and it better not take long-term – is getting some more seats.”

    “I hate to say this because I don’t really think of myself as a money guy, but it’s all about money. That’s the bottom line,” Petersen said. “When I think about our stadium and our facilities and what we can pay our coaches and when you look at Mack Brown and Texas and those programs, we’re not even in the same ballpark.”

  138. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 2:53 pm

    wafan – I miss seeing snow. NOT.

    hope it doesn’t accumulate to much.

  139. Garret December 13, 2009 2:57 pm

    NMSU’s boosters allege that their donations have been misapplied…this could really hurt future donations to NMSU’s Athletic Department. This is probably a sign of how NMSU is in bad financial shape, but if they get all their donors to stop giving, then their situation will get much, much worse.

    More than $120,000 in donations to sports booster clubs at New Mexico State University has been transferred to pay down athletic department debt, according to two donors — one, a former NMSU Foundation employee, and the other a former university regent.

    Former Board of Regents President Bob Gallagher, who is also a donor to multiple booster clubs, said the fiscal practice is “underhanded and mean-spirited” and devastating to coaching staff morale.

    Such money transfers could have only been done by NMSU’s chief financial officer Jennifer Taylor, with the approval of former Interim President Waded Cruzado, according to Gallagher and a former foundation employee with knowledge of athletic fundraising who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about financial information.

    Money Mumme raised for summer football camps met the same fate, he said.

    “I would go around and raise money for my camp and at the end of the year, sometimes it would be there and sometimes it wouldn’t,” Mumme said. “If you went over and raised hell about it, sometimes they’d put it back.”

  140. Garret December 13, 2009 2:59 pm

    The “nickel-and-diming” of the booster clubs was part of a larger problem of under-funding athletics, Mumme said, recalling an instance where he said his staff was told to return an order of Adidas shoes players were supposed to wear under a sponsorship deal.

    “You go and cut a bunch of little, bitty things to save an infinitesimal amount and all you do is convince the kids they came to the wrong school and morale sinks, so you don’t win, you don’t play good, then those kids tell recruits and you end up getting the second or third pick recruits, not the first,” Mumme said.

    The money transfers came at the same time NMSU cut money to feed student-athletes on the road to $39 per day (typical per-player food expenses on the road at the less-expensive stops would run at least $60, Mumme said). And, coaches were mandated to raise 10 percent of their operational budget — without being provided fundraising staff, the former employee said.

    “I don’t think it’s illegal, but I think it’s potentially an ethics issue with donors,” said the ex-employee. “They want to know what their money’s going for.”

  141. Garret December 13, 2009 3:01 pm

    This would be like the money the Tsaikos gave for the bikes to be grabbed by the University to pay off debt. I’m glad that does not happen at UH, but it apparently does happen at NMSU.

    “You go out and say, ‘I need you to give this money for this,'” Mumme said. “(Donors) give it and after a season or so, they start hearing rumors about not having this or that and they say, ‘What about the money I gave you?’ More devastating is the effect on kids, whether it’s meals or whatever, you still reduce the morale of the team and the recruiting efforts of the team and that’s what kills you.”

    Burger Time owner Kevin McGrath, a major financial and in-kind donor to a number of booster clubs, said he had heard rumors and accusations that money had disappeared from certain accounts or was not used for its intended purpose, but that NMSU had never acknowledged such.

    “Booster club money can’t be used to pay off debts. As long as I’ve been involved, I’ve never been aware of that happening,” McGrath said. “I just find it hard to believe. If it’s happening, it needs to be known.”

  142. Garret December 13, 2009 3:01 pm

    Funny story about the first time JJ met Chris Ault.

    first meeting with Chris Ault was in 1976 when my coach Mouse Davis and he went to throwing punches at half time as we went to locker rooms

  143. Bulla December 13, 2009 3:04 pm


  144. Garret December 13, 2009 3:08 pm

    I hope that everything is okay with (J)J’s Mom.

  145. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 3:27 pm

    No. 12 equals final four. Go Wahine!

  146. PONO December 13, 2009 3:32 pm

    No 12 equals Final Four Baby.

  147. kailuaboys December 13, 2009 3:49 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

  148. I Love Pecan Pie December 13, 2009 4:04 pm

    Who won?
    Mouse or Ault?
    (The football game score, of course…)

  149. RedZone December 13, 2009 4:07 pm

    I want to see a rematch with gloves in the ring.

  150. Pomai December 13, 2009 4:12 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.”

  151. Pomai December 13, 2009 4:24 pm

    Prayers out to (J)J and his mom

  152. WhiteBear December 13, 2009 4:25 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  153. Pomai December 13, 2009 4:25 pm

    No. 12 equals final four

  154. Pomai December 13, 2009 4:26 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  155. panaewa December 13, 2009 4:35 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four”

  156. Ymea December 13, 2009 4:36 pm

    “No. 12 eqauls final four”

  157. Kam Truck December 13, 2009 4:37 pm

    No. 12 equals final four

  158. RainboWarrior December 13, 2009 4:46 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.
    Hopefully it also equals National Champs!

  159. Garret December 13, 2009 4:50 pm

    I Love Pecan Pie,

    I couldn’t find the game results for a game that old. It would have been interesting to see a young Mouse and Ault get into it like that, especially considering their long careers afterwards where they kept crossing paths.

  160. 808Kamaaina December 13, 2009 5:19 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  161. Z-trail December 13, 2009 5:20 pm

    “No. 12 equals final four.”

  162. RedZone December 13, 2009 5:46 pm

    Garret it would be Ault’s 1st year at Nevada. He beat Mouse 35 – 22 in Nevada. Mouse lost 3 games that year. One being to UH of course.

  163. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 5:46 pm

    Re: #148, #159 – 🙄

    Portland State Vikings – 22 @ Nevada Wolf Pack – 35, Nov 13, 1976

  164. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 5:51 pm

    The Legendary βρεω808 , as only he can ferret out the good stuffs. on such short notice too.


    Good job Brew.

  165. bighilofan2 December 13, 2009 5:54 pm

    boy, get some really old peeps around here, with mammaries like.. like..

  166. Pomai December 13, 2009 5:58 pm

    “No 12 equals final four.”

  167. RedZone December 13, 2009 5:59 pm

    Larry Price only won 3 games that year.

  168. Jack Flash December 13, 2009 6:11 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

  169. wafan December 13, 2009 6:15 pm

    Good night! See you on Monday — tsigh.

    No. 12 equals final four.

  170. βρεω808 December 13, 2009 6:22 pm

    An article for Jason

    “Salman Khan, math master of the Internet”

  171. J December 13, 2009 6:41 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

  172. TChahng [오키나와] December 13, 2009 6:44 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.

  173. SteveM December 13, 2009 7:03 pm

    Finished my web page last week on my last 7-day cruise through the islands on the Pride of America. Sails Saturday to Saturday from Honolulu. Mostly pix of the ship and it’s features (using my live blog posts as the narrative/tour) for a “look and feel” for Tsai-kos who have not cruised before.

    one of these days… 😎

  174. bstunna2002 December 13, 2009 7:10 pm

    No.12 equals final four!

  175. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 7:31 pm

    No. 12 equal final four.

  176. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 7:34 pm

    …No. 12 equals final four.

  177. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 7:34 pm

    No.12 equals final four.

  178. Hawaiianbod December 13, 2009 7:35 pm

    healing prayers for LizK’s no.2 son.

    no.1 equals final four.

  179. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 7:35 pm

    No. 12 equals final four. . .

  180. Hawaiianbod December 13, 2009 7:37 pm

    boo-boo… 12 equals final four.

  181. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 7:39 pm

    No. 12 equals final four.


  182. A-House December 13, 2009 7:42 pm


    speedy and full recovery to #2 son!!

  183. Hawaiianbod December 13, 2009 7:42 pm

    continued prayers for (J)J’s mom.

    no.12 equals final four.
    (if i’m a winner, please give tix to wafan and LizK)

  184. A-House December 13, 2009 7:47 pm

    “#12 equals final four”

    and I would like to nominate myself as the “denser award” winnah – hands down as I kept looking at all the no.12 equals final four and at 7:45pm it finally dawns on me what it refers to – dah, Wahine VB team!!!

    have much confidence that they will end the 100 game streak of Penn State on Thursday and bring home the National Championship trophy – looking forward to the celebration and unfurling of the newest banner at the SSC next year!!!!!!!

  185. A-House December 13, 2009 7:49 pm


    wife comes home and says she saw you and that “real men do go to craft fairs” – continuous jab to the mid-section for my staying at home!

  186. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 7:57 pm

    Go Wahine

    No. 12 equals final four.

  187. buffoman December 13, 2009 8:00 pm

    It’s not amazing what no football does to this site. Must be withdrawals as it’s a bit lacking for information football.

  188. LizKauai (iPhone) December 13, 2009 8:03 pm

    Congrats. HiFlyer!

    Still at our Baha’i feast. Spirit followed by turkey. 😆

  189. ho ho ho December 13, 2009 8:37 pm

    Tampa = Wahine Titletown

    No. 12 equals final four.

  190. HiFlyer December 13, 2009 8:43 pm

    Thank You Stephen and Avis for selecting my name.

  191. Garret December 13, 2009 8:57 pm

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

    Plastic grocery bags that currently end up being thrown away could end up being recycled to make lithium-ion batteries.

  192. Garret December 13, 2009 8:57 pm

    The genetic make-up of some children means that the standard vaccines might not protect them, but the discovery of gene variants could enable the creating of personalized shots to vaccinate them.

  193. Garret December 13, 2009 8:58 pm

    As a sashimi lover, it is really sad to read that the bluefin tuna is near extinction.

  194. Garret December 13, 2009 8:58 pm

    Illinois poisoned a canal to try to kill the Asian carp because the electric barrier that normally restrains the carp had to be shut down for maintenance. This ended up costing $3 million and was expected to kill 100 tons of fish…from what I read they ended up killing just *1* carp.

  195. Garret December 13, 2009 8:59 pm

    It turns out that the odd tilt of Uranus’ spin might be due to a massive moon that Uranus had before that has disappeared now. This could explain by Uranus’ 27 known moons are not tilted differently while Uranus’ spin is tilted differently than all other planets in our solar system.

  196. Garret December 13, 2009 8:59 pm

    Free play links pau.

  197. Garret December 13, 2009 9:00 pm

    Thank you to RedZone and brew808 for coming up with that information so quickly on the Ault/Mouse encounter!

  198. Kekoa December 13, 2009 9:02 pm

    Liz ~ #2 Son must’ve really taken a shot! Hope and prayers for his recovery. Didn’t ruin his movie star good looks did it?

  199. al December 13, 2009 9:04 pm

    ahouse….real men go to craft fairs because.

    …there’s a lot of good food there.
    …there’s a massage vendor at $1 per minute there.
    …there’s a lot of pretty women there.

  200. al December 13, 2009 9:07 pm

    so did the don q pecan pie measure up to your standards?

  201. Kekoa December 13, 2009 9:09 pm

    Congratulations HiFlyer! They picked a true fb fan and hard working Grill Crew member. Enjoy the game.

  202. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 13, 2009 9:13 pm

    Kekoa- mahalo. He resembles the elephant man right now… no broken skin on the outside, but a huge swelling on one side of his face.
    I think the plan is to see the dentist early, get numbed up and then go take his finals and then go back to the dentist for a good look-see. Dunno how well he’ll be able to test in that condition.

    Ok. took my Ltryptophan caps and need to head for bed.

    Happy Redskins dreams and GO WAHINE!!!

  203. d1島 December 13, 2009 9:15 pm

    Congratulations HiFlyer!

  204. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 10:22 pm

    Same amount of info.
    Fewer posted opinions.
    But like I said during the season, enjoy the games. Because it’s not as entertaining during the offseason.

  205. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 10:23 pm

    We went to a craft fair today … for the Mays burgers.
    Doug Lee is quite the burger chef.

  206. al December 13, 2009 10:30 pm

    i think we were at the same craft fair.
    did you see madeinhawaii and the ahouse ladies?

  207. al December 13, 2009 10:54 pm

    another day in paradise…
    if any recruits from the northwest were getting tired of the cold weather then this weekend was the perfect one to visit this here islands.

  208. al December 13, 2009 11:01 pm

    did waylon lolotai end the season in relatively good football shape?

  209. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 11:05 pm

    No, don’t think I did.
    We pulled an Esme. Went there, ate our burgers, took a quick tour and then went to Ala Moana.
    It’s all about being on the move.

  210. Stephen Tsai December 13, 2009 11:06 pm

    By the way, no commitments today. Everybody can go night-night now.

  211. jm2375 December 13, 2009 11:25 pm

    Congrats to HiFlyer. The big question is… will ST send the tix out in time? nah, j/k.

    ST – how’s your car? how you?

  212. SteveM December 13, 2009 11:27 pm

    Stephen Tsai:
    December 13th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
    We went to a craft fair today … for the Mays burgers.
    Doug Lee is quite the burger chef.

    Doug does computers good too… 🙂

    Good night everyone!

  213. al December 13, 2009 11:34 pm

    i think the cornerback actually started his official visit today. i hear he has been under the radar.

    the big local boy postponed his official for a few weeks.

    and i hope some of those guys make it through the ncaa clearinghouse doorway.

  214. al December 13, 2009 11:36 pm

    more importantly…who is hiflyer taking to the hawaii bowl?

    and, again, if i may (and not burgers), how was that pecan pie?

  215. Slugger December 14, 2009 2:01 am

    Good morning! and Good night!

    Playing too hard…haven’t had time to read the blog.

    Congrats, HiFlyer!


  216. wafan December 14, 2009 3:49 am

    A great frozen PNW morning to everyone!!!

  217. wafan December 14, 2009 3:50 am

    2-hour delay today. Lots of slick roads.

    At least the district is finally thinking — start late and do not have to make up the day in June.

  218. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 5:50 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Redskins won. Who’da thunk. Yippeeeee.

  219. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 14, 2009 5:55 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    Take care, wafan!

    bhf2- your wife and I woulda thunk… HTTR!!!

  220. LizKauai [iMac] Go Wahine! December 14, 2009 5:55 am

    Oh- and Kymry too!

  221. bighilofan2 December 14, 2009 6:11 am

    well, i wuz AMAZED.

    not really. they’re playing the rookies. and they’re stepping up.

  222. Kekoa (iPhone) December 14, 2009 7:13 am

    Bhf2 ~ NOT a ‘Skins fan. 👿 Wake me when they trade him to a team that can protect him in the pocket. 😳

    Oh and btw…good Hilo morning to you sir! 😎

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