Who’s No. 1?

Loving the NBA’s free-agent coverage, mostly because the analysts speak LOUDLY, and at my age, I love (need?) loud talk. And while I’m sending subliminal mental messages for LeBron to choose the Knicks — hey, you have your dreams, I have mine — I started to think: Who’s the Warriors’ Lebron?

If all of the UH players became free agents who gets the most attention?

I’m thinking slotback Greg Salas. But after watching yesterday’s unsupervised practice, it could very well be defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga. (As noted earlier, both will represent UH at the July 25-27 WAC Media Football Preview in Salt Lake City.)

Your thoughts?

* * * * *

Was it only three years ago that the infield known as Cooke Field was condemned, with the black under-padding serving as a litter box for feral cats? (Probably should have mentioned that tidbidt to some of the football players who were doing sit-ups on the under-padding.)

Now the renamed Ching Athletic Complex has an artificial surface, and as early as the first half of 2011, there will be a ground breaking for Phase I of the of the facility upgrade. Phase I, which still awaits final approval, calls for installing 2,500 seats, and building locker rooms and offices for the soccer and track-and-field programs.

The Ching foundation donated $5  million toward the project. The Legislature ponied up the remaining $5 million.

The complex would help UH’s track program, as well as serve as a  venue for high school football games.

And, as reported earlier, what used to be known as UH’s grass practice field has been renamed Cooke Field.

* * * * *

Happy birthday to Aaron Kia, who sent us this picture:


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And also birthday wishes to Mark Takai and Rico Nakashima.


  1. pakegolf July 1, 2010 8:47 am


  2. haka July 1, 2010 8:48 am

    Go Warriors!

  3. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 8:50 am

    ST, the LeBron athlete for me is GREG SALAS. I don’t know how good he is at academics, but his athleticism is simply phenomenal. Plus it doesn’t hurt to be good looking.

  4. pakegolf July 1, 2010 8:51 am

    Glad they continue to honor the Cooke family.
    I hope, after the season, one of our quarterbacks becomes the “free agent” of choice.

  5. chopsueyboy July 1, 2010 8:52 am


  6. chopsueyboy July 1, 2010 8:52 am

    Good Morning again

  7. A-joe July 1, 2010 8:57 am

    However slow, nice to see progress being made at UH.

    So, we got some former players in town. Any chance someone can talk with them about setting up an endowment that will give back to the athletic program and UH?

    ST- can you sorta plant the seed in their ears? Make them feel like they came up with the idea all on their own.

    Gmorning gang! Lets all make this day an awesome one for someone else!

  8. koakane™ July 1, 2010 9:04 am

    top 10 yea

  9. koakane™ July 1, 2010 9:06 am

    top of the day to tsaiko’s and tsaikette’s may it be a good one

  10. haka July 1, 2010 9:09 am

    Many thanks to the Ching Foundation. As a traditionalist though , I do wish the infield remained Cooke Field. In ten years, when the Ching Complex needs upgrading or repairs and a new donor steps up big time with a sizeable financial contribution do we rename it? I hope not. I hope that when dedicating something in honor of someone it is not lost in the numbers game…traditionally speaking of course.

  11. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 9:14 am

    Has it only been three years.. or Wow! Already three years! How time flies.. and look! Stilll got lots to do. Three years seems to be a bit longer than necessary for a project of this scale. But I am happy to hear that progress is being made towards the new Ching Complex and that many of the sports will benefit from it.

  12. MichiganWarrior July 1, 2010 9:15 am

    I need to get back home to see all of these changes!!!

  13. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 9:15 am

    Good Morning Everyone:

    NON-SPORTS STUFF: Does anyone who reads this blog regularly no matter where you live in the US have access to a working video disc player which was popular back in the mid-2-late-eighties or a working 3/4-inch U-Matic player or a working HI-8 camera we could either rent or buy. We’re currently transferring all our music – cassettes and LPs – to MP3 and then CDs – and want to transfer all our video stuff to DVDs. Unfortunately, the hardware we have – including two HI-8 cameras – no longer works. If you’d like, we can make a donation instead to your favorite UH sports program.

    Yes, we know about Craigslist and EBay, but we’ve not been successful finding what we need even though we’ve been searching for more than six weeks now.

    BACK TO SPORTS: Why is it that Stephanie Ferrell did not have to sit out for a year after transferring to Florida? Who decides what the transfer rules are?

  14. Kazz July 1, 2010 9:20 am

    Did I slowly miss something?

    I thought that UH was still looking for an additional 2 million dollars.

    Well, KUDOS TO THE LEGISLATURE!!! :mrgreen:

    Is the 5 million matching amount from the legislature full or was the funds donated by he James Bolte Trust part of that total?

  15. Kazz July 1, 2010 9:24 am


    I think the three years was partly in due waiting for the original $5 million to be matched by the Ching Foundation, unless we missed reading an announcement that the legislature matched those funds a while ago.

    Plus, when the Ching Foundation originally donated the money in 2008, a 2013 deadline of total completion was given. So, seems right on track to the timeline estimated back in 2008.

  16. Garret July 1, 2010 9:33 am

    It is nice that the NFL Network will televise CFL games this season. That will make it easier to see people like Chad Owens play, and it is nice that it is in HD for those with Dish HD and other systems.

    NFL Network announced that it will show weekly Canadian Football League games, beginning with Thursday night’s opener featuring Montreal at Saskatchewan, a rematch of last year’s Grey Cup.

  17. Garret July 1, 2010 9:34 am

    I hadn’t see it reported before that the Legislature provided all $5 million to match the Ching donation. That is great news!

  18. Garret July 1, 2010 9:36 am

    I think that the NFL would be most interested in Greg Salas, especially if he puts up another huge season this year. His experience playing both inside and outside in the offense shows versatility and his size is good for the NFL.

    However, if I was picking one player to be key for this season, it would probably be Vaughn Meatoga. UH will need to be able to stop power rushing games this season and Meatoga (and the other DTs in the rotation) is a huge part of that.

  19. (Jesse) James July 1, 2010 9:36 am

    Good morning Tsaikos…hope all is well and all have a great day….

    Too bad I missed the CC yesterday…got caught up in stuff and couldn’t get away… 🙁

    Good to see that things are being done at UH…even if it is a bit slow….still, at least things are being done.

    Woo Hoo…top 25…

  20. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 9:36 am


    Gotta keep the pressure up, make sure most of the $$ is spent on physical improvements and not squandered on (over) planning and design, as well as pocket linings. 😉

  21. Garret July 1, 2010 9:39 am

    Interesting article about Montana’s interest in the WAC. They might not have the money to move up to D-IA. The other problem is that a WAC rule would make it hard for them to schedule home-and-home deals because they cannot play at D-IAA team stadiums…and D-IAA teams will want home-and-home deals since they cannot pay the big bucks to buy a home game. So, they might be forced to play their nonconference games on the road.

    The much-anticipated move by Boise State University from the West Athletic Conference to the Mountain West Conference probably opens a spot for a school to replace the Broncos. And, in many corners, the University of Montana is a preferred choice.

    But if any contact has been forthcoming from the league to the Missoula campus, nobody is saying anything about it and the feasibility study commissioned by the Athletic Department will at least reveal what the administration already knows: Moving up is an expensive proposition at a time when expenses continue to increase.

    The problem with not grabbing the opportunity and moving into the WAC if such an invitation were to arrive is how to fill the home-and-home schedule with quality opponents if, say, Cal Poly or Cal Davis or a myriad other teams move to a league that does not allow its members to play Football Championship Subdivision schools on the road.

    The WAC has such a rule, as does the Pac-10 – meaning Washington State or Cal Poly, for example, is more than happy to play the Grizzlies in Pullman or San Luis Obispo, but cannot return the favor, thus eventually setting up Montana’s home schedule to be even more difficult to fill.

  22. Kazz July 1, 2010 9:40 am


    July 1st, 2010 at 9:34 am
    I hadn’t see it reported before that the Legislature provided all $5 million to match the Ching donation. That is great news!


    I know yeah? I swear I didn’t read any articles about it, unless it was a million here and a few million there over the past three years I guess it got lost in the news.

    During these times, one would think that a $5,000,000.00 appropriation would be decent size news, especially if it’s for UH athletics.

  23. Garret July 1, 2010 9:42 am

    Georgia’s AD was just arrested for DUI…which has created a huge stir on their campus since he was the one who was aggressively campaigning against their students drinking and driving.

    University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans was arrested on a DUI charge after a late Wednesday night traffic stop in Atlanta.

    Evans, who grew up in Gainesville and played football at UGA, took over as athletic director in July 2004. In February he got a new five-year contract, with a $110,000 raise scheduled to take effect today.

    The contract boosts his salary from $440,000 to $550,000 and calls for Evans to receive additional $20,000 raises every subsequent year.

  24. Last Call July 1, 2010 9:42 am

    All of Dave’s recruits 2010 & 2011 looking fantastic at the JO’s in Reno especially Hartong (2010) and Croson (2011) .

    Croson ( Hawai`i) and her beach partner April Ross ( Washington ) will represent the US at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Youth (U-19) World Championships in Porto, Portugal July 28-Aug. 1.

    Croson also on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will play in Tijuana, Mexico, to contend in the 2010 NORCECA Women’s Junior (U-20) Continental Championships July 5-10.

  25. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 9:42 am

    Hmm… just finished reading Ferd’s article about Benson… wonder if ESPN has it’s hand in the mix too. For TV $$, it’s all about demographics.

  26. Garret July 1, 2010 9:43 am

    The really hypocritical thing is that the AD made this “Zero Tolerance” video to discourage Georgia fans from drinking and driving. I wonder if his “Zero Tolerance” will apply to himself?

  27. Kazz July 1, 2010 9:44 am


    There was that article in yesterday’s paper that mentioned that the BOR approved a measure or at least re-vamped the policies and procedures that would allow UH to proceed with rennovations and facility upgrades at a quicker pace.

  28. Garret July 1, 2010 9:49 am

    Q&A with Benson gave some additional information about teams moving up from D-IAA.

    bc.net: Are there any minimum requirements in any or all of those areas?
    KB: The only current sports sponsorship requirements are men’s and women’s basketball, football and women’s volleyball.

    bc.net: What’s the process for an FCS team to go from the FCS level to the FBS level?
    KB: The first year that they declare their intentions to go from FCS to FBS they disqualify themselves from FCS competition and the games that they play against FCS opponents are not counted toward bowl eligibility except the rule that a team can use one FCS win for bowl eligibility.

    For example, and in this case the earliest we would be looking at any FCS school is 2012. You said this was hypothetical, if they declare their intentions, or let’s put it this way, if the WAC extends an invitation to an FCS school next spring, it would be effective for the 2012 season. In 2011 they would begin the transition process and their games, they wouldn’t be participating in the WAC obviously, I don’t know what the status would be of their existing conference but in the second year, assuming that they are now a member of the WAC, their games in year two of the transition would count toward bowl eligibility, they would not be eligible for bowl postseason until their third year.

  29. Garret July 1, 2010 9:50 am

    Article in the USA Today about how replacing Utah with BSU affects the MWC’s AQ chances.

    A Boise State-for-Utah swap hardly dampens Mountain West Conference hopes of earning annual automatic entry in college football’s Bowl Championship Series.

    The league loses a prime asset in the Utes but may gain an even better one in the Broncos, who’ve gone 26-1 the past two seasons and twice finished in the top 10 of the BCS’ final regular-season rankings. The latter will factor into the BCS’ statistical evaluation of whether the Mountain West is strong enough to merit a guaranteed berth in one of its five top-tier games starting in 2012.

  30. Garret July 1, 2010 10:03 am

    Interesting little tidbit about BSU’s value to a non-AQ conference. There are 3 categories that are evaluated to become an AQ conference. BSU *by itself* makes the MWC or WAC automatically pass 2 of the 3 requirements to be a BCS AQ conference! That means that the WAC actually passed the same 2 out of 3 criteria for AQ qualification that the MWC passes as long as the WAC had BSU!

    The *big* problem for the WAC is the 3rd criterion is the average computer ranking of teams. Aside from BSU, Fresno, and Nevada, all the other WAC schools are *far* below the value needed for AQ qualification. The bottom of the WAC (and all the non-BSU WAC teams actually) just lose too many nonconference games, partially because they take “body-bag” games in order to make money.

    BCS rules allow for a conferences to apply for an exemption to the rule that requires each conference to be in the top 6 for every category. To apply, the conference must be in the top *7* in the category they do not satisfy…which means that if the WAC had been above the MWC for computer rankings, we would be talking about the WAC becoming an AQ conference in 2012. But the MWC is far above the WAC, so even though they are not in the top 6 for computer ranking, being #7 might actually be enough for them to get AQ status.

    I have never read an article that pointed out that BSU by itself makes a conference satisfy 2 of the 3 requirements to be an AQ conference. All the WAC needed was for its bottom teams to win nonconference games. Sadly, that did NOT happen all these years.

  31. jm2375 July 1, 2010 10:06 am

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    Happy Birthday to K. Mark Takai!

    Glad to see the upgrades will be starting soon.

  32. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 10:09 am


    If the MWC qualifies for a guaranteed berth does that mean one of the existing BCS conferences fall out?

  33. papajoe2 July 1, 2010 10:09 am

    #30 Garret, I don’t think that the bottom teams in the WAC will ever win their non-conference games as a whole. We may pull an upset now and then (mostly then) but overall, nada.

  34. (Jesse) James July 1, 2010 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday Rep. Takai….

  35. Wampam July 1, 2010 10:11 am

    For Stephanie Ferrell to play immediately she has to be released by UH.

    Dave Shoji has always been one who would encourage someone to stay. But. if they must leave he will not get in their way. He has in the past helped former players find other schools.

  36. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 10:18 am

    Belated congrats to Amber Kauffman! Way to represent!

    Nice to read about the upgardes at Ching. High school games there would be good for UH recruiting, I imagine.

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 10:18 am


  38. Shoko July 1, 2010 10:20 am

    If not mistaken, I don’t think so. As long as a team meets the BCS criteria, they get the AQ status. It’s just that as it stands now, there are only six teams that meet that criteria. Should the MWC meet those requirements during the next evaluation, there would be seven teams.

  39. Garret July 1, 2010 10:21 am


    The BCS contract calls for *7* conferences. The MWC made their goal to be that 7th conference and that is why they minimized doing the “body-bag” games that give $1 million but result in losses that kills a conference’s SOS. Plus, they seem to win the majority of their nonconference games against the Pac-10 and the WAC.

    Losses in conference don’t hurt the conference because some other conference team wins. What hurts a conference is nonconference losses. La Tech, SJSU, and others schedule multiple $1 million payday games and use the checks to help balance their budget…but by doing so they drag the conference down. UH hasn’t done well either, especially nonconference games on the road (Florida, UNLV).

  40. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 10:23 am

    Thanks.. long and winding road for UH and/or the WAC

  41. A-House July 1, 2010 10:25 am


    #10 – you sound like me! Cooke Field should have stayed Cooke Field and the “overall” area can be designated Clarence TC Ching complex.

    I also raised the point of another big donor, say $10 million or higher, committing to UHAD. What can you name after this individual/entity? The parking structure? Hell no, as NADA parking fees goes to UHAD. It can cetainly become a problem, can it not?

  42. Shoko July 1, 2010 10:25 am

    I think Boise State’s next two seasons are critical and will determine where they stand once they BCS evaluation concludes. If they beat VT and OSU, its a good chance they go undefeated in the regular season. If that happens, I can see them invited to another BCS bowl. Hopefully, it will be the Sugar Bowl against an SEC team like Florida or Georgia. Historically, they have yet to beat an SEC or an ACC team. Lost to Boston College, Georgia and Arkansas by pretty large margins in the past.

  43. Garret July 1, 2010 10:28 am


    What about naming the SSC or Aloha Stadium? The going rate for rights to name other college stadiums or arenas is about $1 million per year. The money to name Aloha Stadium might go to the Stadium Authority, but would UH want to sell naming rights to the SSC?

  44. A-House July 1, 2010 10:32 am

    Did not Wassup Doc mention on this blog some months ago that the Legislature had approved the $5 million and it was in the “pipe line” in clearing “hurdles”.

    Perhaps the Board of Regents action has cleared or made it possible for the $5 million to clear the final hurdle and UH can initiate bids for the project. So much “red tape” in Hawaii!!

  45. Garret July 1, 2010 10:36 am


    I think you are correct…WassupDoc probably did mention this on the blog earlier! However, I never saw it in the newspapers or any media site until now.

  46. A-House July 1, 2010 10:36 am


    I do not believe UH administration nor UHAD will change the SSC to another name as it honors a very popular, innovative, and pro-active former Athletics Director. I would not!

    Aloha Stadium – hmmmmmm, that’s a possibility, but, if I was UH, I would mandate certain % of concession and parking fees are paid to UHAD; not UH-Manoa.

  47. haka July 1, 2010 10:40 am

    If the renaming had the blessing of the Cooke Estate (or whoever) then that is one thing, but if not, then it is kind of sad…understandable, but sad. In these austere times, more so than ever, you need to do what you gotta do I guess. Mahalo To the T.C. Ching foundation once again.

  48. haka July 1, 2010 10:44 am

    Aloha Stadium to Go Daddy808.Com Stadium….hmmmm….not quite the name to represent Hawaii, but I’m sure we would have fun with the bikini posters!

  49. Kazz July 1, 2010 10:45 am


    UH fans or traditionalists would possibly have to consider accepting change IF a BIG TIME donor steps up for UH athletics.

    Say some one or a corporation steps up and donates something like 20 million or more to the athletic department fans would have to accept Les Murakami Stadium or the Stan Sheriff Center being renamed if it was offered by the university to honor such a donation.

  50. Shoko July 1, 2010 10:45 am

    Was looking at Boise State’s roster. They lose couple of good receivers (Pettis and Young) and running backs (Avery and Harper). Makes me wonder how strong they will be when they make the move to the MWC. Defensively, they still look pretty strong.

  51. Garret July 1, 2010 10:45 am

    haka has a good point, so I want to point out that the Cooke Estate *approved* the re-naming to Ching Field. At least I remember that being reported at the time the re-naming was announced.

  52. SteveM July 1, 2010 10:46 am

    Good morning everyone!


  53. haka July 1, 2010 10:49 am

    Cool, thanks Garret!

  54. Kazz July 1, 2010 10:50 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. TAKAI!!! :mrgreen:

  55. Garret July 1, 2010 10:54 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Takai! I hope that you have a speedy and safe return soon from your deployment.

  56. haka July 1, 2010 10:55 am

    Ron Lee…#1 Free Agent 🙂

  57. BigIslandkurt July 1, 2010 10:57 am

    Lebron, Mr. Everything who led his team to the best record in the NBA yet couldn’t win when in the post season. Last year, Bradduh Salas would rack up ridiculous amounts of yardage but we couldn’t make it to a bowl. Yep, I certainly see some connections here! Maybe if we start calling Salas our Kobe then we can have some brighter projections for this season! 🙂 Go Lakers! haaaaaaaaa.

    LIke Kobe, the warriors will need to learn how to stick the dagger in their opponents hearts. Bleed ’em, hang ’em and let ’em drain.


  58. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 11:04 am


  59. Shoko July 1, 2010 11:05 am

    We’re starting a new week in the countdown of the Top 25 non-AQ players heading into the 2010 season. For No. 21, we head to the WAC and one of the best receivers in the country.

    No. 21: Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

    This is probably old news. Garret probably mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I thought it deserved another round of attention.

  60. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 11:05 am

    or Salas. 😉

  61. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 11:05 am

    Ya gotta have one for offense and one for defense. Can’t have one only.

  62. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 11:06 am

    So much more peaceful round here without all o’ them guns around.

  63. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2010 11:10 am

    Yes, I’m glad that the Cooke Field name will carry on.

  64. SteveM July 1, 2010 11:12 am

    RE: #13
    WassupDoc — for the LP’s, d1島 said he just bought a record player with USB interface at Costco for around $90. I might get one too.

    As for laser disc players, try checking karaoke equipment vendors/repair.

    Most music digitizing software will accept the audio input from a cassette player or beta/VHS player.

    I have not seen 3/4 U since the early 90’s. I would look in the video duffer arena.

  65. Garret July 1, 2010 11:14 am

    The RB coach at USC who was involved with the Bush sanctions has now been let go by USC. So, USC needs to prove he was innocent to avoid the sanctions, but they just got rid of him…kind of sounds like they don’t think he was as “innocent” of the charges like they had been claiming.

    Given that proving McNair’s innocence is the most critical argument in USC’s formal appeal to reduce a two-year ban and heavy scholarship losses, his unceremonious exit isn’t likely to help the cause. The university’s official response to the NCAA’s findings, filed last year, went to great lengths to paint McNair as an honest guy caught unwittingly in the web by specious and circumstantial evidence.

    Presumably, that’s still the official stance. But “no comment” probably isn’t going to serve the case very well when the appeals committee asks why the university decided to let its most important innocent bystander go.

  66. Manoa Mist July 1, 2010 11:15 am

    Folks I believe Mr. Takai has returned home with a broken ankle. Happy Birthday and best wishes for a speedy recovery K. Mark.
    Oh, and our issues with the Star Advertiser website have been resolved.
    I think I’m in love with Scott Morifuji.

  67. kama krab July 1, 2010 11:21 am

    Howzit Everybody,

    Regarding the above post,

    I think Salas is probably a given unless the o-line couldn’t stop there grandma from busting the line but I think the one to look out for would be Meatoga. That boy got a deadly motor and has a mean killer instinct.

  68. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 11:40 am

    I have an old Sharp video8 viewcam so I don’t suppose that would read the hi-8 tapes.

  69. Jude Didymus July 1, 2010 11:50 am

    Aloha No Hawaii!

    I like your site. I might want to contribute in the future.

    I’m not selling anything. Clicking on my name will only show my contacts in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

  70. A-House July 1, 2010 11:56 am


    In some or many ways, I’m still a “traditionalist” (only when it comes to very special things), but on the other hand, I do not care for traditions that serve no purpose or has outlived its purpose/usefullness.

    Yes, I know that the Cooke Estate granted permission to change the name, and they are the only ones that count, but, still——.

  71. A-House July 1, 2010 11:57 am

    Ho, Ho, Ho, is it Christmas? Nope, dummy, it’s K. Mark Takai’s birfday! And, many more to come.

  72. A-House July 1, 2010 11:59 am

    My vote is for Salas and Meatoga, with a little weight to Vaughn as he is a Kauai boy!!!

  73. A-House July 1, 2010 12:01 pm

    And, Kealoha Pilares right behind them!

    Hi Mar! Hope we see you guys in Boulder, CO.

  74. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:03 pm

    LeBron and Wade — will that awesome duo come to be in Miami, where Wade has made it clear he wants to stay?

    Since I have given up on the Suns and Steve Nash, the Boston Celtics was the team I wanted to win. I was so broken hearted when they lost — and to whom? The awful Lakers!

    But looks like the Celtics will be decimated when Pierce and Ray Allen leave. Will Doc Rivers take his team to the Finals again next year?

  75. al July 1, 2010 12:06 pm

    hey jude.

  76. Garret July 1, 2010 12:10 pm

    One big problem for the teams at the bottom of the WAC is a lack of depth. The injury bug might prevent Utah State from helping the WAC’s computer ranking much this season.

    A source close to the Utah State football program told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday that Robert Turbin, the All-WAC running back, and Stanley Morrison, a starting receiver, are unlikely to play this season. Turbin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in winter workouts, while Morrison broke his foot three weeks ago and recently had surgery.

  77. A-House July 1, 2010 12:18 pm


    there was talk on our table yesterday of another “local boy” coming back to “walk-on” the Warrior team.

    any rumors your way?

    also, there was mention of a very athletically gifted young boy on Oahu who has apparently caught the eye of every HS coach and they are lavishing all kinds of gifts from movie tickets to concerts, to –you name it – to influence the parents to steer him to their school.

    hope this family allows him to take the public school route of their choice!

  78. Shoko July 1, 2010 12:18 pm

    There’s probably more dirt on Todd McNair than Mike Garrett, Pete Carrol and Lane Kiffen put together. Shaddy a character as McNair may be, its a good move for USC to distance themselves before the media gains more ammo on this guy. Mike Garrett and Lane Kiffen should be next in line.

    I’d better be careful when I say such things. Never know when a Trojan fan might be lurking in the shadows. Thank God I can maintain my anonymity on this blog.

  79. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:23 pm


    It’s surprising that Pete Carrol “didn’t know anything about it.” How can that be? He was the head coach!

  80. Kazz July 1, 2010 12:29 pm


    RE: Facility name changes.

    Fair enough. I undestand therefore I volunteer MY name to be changed if a $20+ million dollar donor steps up for UH athletics!!! 😆

  81. Kazz July 1, 2010 12:30 pm


    July 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    It’s surprising that Pete Carrol “didn’t know anything about it.” How can that be? He was the head coach!

    When you break it down to the simple ideas, then yes, it’s complete BS that ole Pete didn’t know anything about the Bush dealings.

  82. Shoko July 1, 2010 12:31 pm

    Yep, a Head Coach always knows what going on whether it be directly or indirectly. The problem is proving that he knew. As lawyers say, its not what you know, but what you can prove in court. That’s the unfortunate reality.

  83. Kazz July 1, 2010 12:32 pm

    What’s a Trojan fan gonna do?

    Get all huffy and Twitter his thoughts over a latte? 😆

  84. Kazz July 1, 2010 12:33 pm

    Guilty until proven innocent. 😎

  85. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:38 pm

    All Bush has to do is open his mouth and implicate Pete. Will he do it? Maybe under cross-examination.

  86. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:41 pm

    #77 A-House,

    Is it legal for high school coaches to “bribe” parents that way — i.e., tickets to movies and concerts, etc? Sounds like another Pete Carrol situation…

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  89. A-House July 1, 2010 12:43 pm


    OK, we will consider your offer if we make that $10 or $20 million donation! please do not hold your breath as we are nealry dead broke!

  90. A-House July 1, 2010 12:45 pm


    all on our table agreed that it was definitely illegal!

    it would be different if the boy was part of a team that received tickets, but individually to parents? yep, sounds like a Pete Carroll to me!

  91. al July 1, 2010 12:45 pm

    ahouse…could be the same northshore boy.


    June 29th, 2010 at 11:39 pm
    yup. malosi te’o would be an awesome bounce back player for us. i remember how he ran rampant and roughshod his senior year at kahuku.


    after two years on a mission he returned to college at byu after being signed by unlv out of kahuku. he redshirted last year. imagine they wanted him at lb? he’d have 3 for 3 after sitting out one more year.

  92. LizKauai (iChrome) July 1, 2010 12:48 pm

    VAUGHN!!! and Salas…


  93. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:49 pm

    hey Liz! Whats iChrome?

  94. LizKauai (iChrome) July 1, 2010 12:51 pm


    Pardon if this was already posted…


    “…Brennan said the atmosphere at Redskins Park is similar to what he’s experienced elsewhere when he’s been a part of winning teams – specifically during his period of success at Hawaii under then-Coach June Jones – and he predicts “success right away.”

    “One thing that is super fun, and the way this is relatable to June’s offense, is June attacked defenses no matter what was going on,” Brennan said. “We always had an answer to some degree. Last year it felt we always had to revolve around what the defense was doing. Well, this year, it’s again we are attacking defenses.

    “We are very aggressive. We are trying to score and score a lot. …It’s super exciting, because it’s an offense where I get up in the morning, I like coming in, I like learning the new plays, learning the new concepts. I already see so much success at this time of year and compared to the last few years.”

  95. greenthumb July 1, 2010 12:53 pm

    Garret #43 — tie a sponsor name to Aloha Stadium, sure! But I think we need to preserve SSC’s name as-is to honor the vision and memory and sweat of a man who cared so greatly about UH. 🙂 (BTW, is his son still involved in keeping the center looking so nice?)

  96. LizKauai (iChrome) July 1, 2010 12:53 pm

    Hi gigi! Chrome is the Google browser. I’m using it on a Mac.

  97. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 12:56 pm

    I guess the main reason Colt is so happy is that he is finally healthy again. Hope he makes it to QB #3. What’s his competition like?

  98. dubs July 1, 2010 12:59 pm

    cats still use the field as a litter box… they like it better cause of the black rubber granules now. and you can’t shoot them cause all of the cat populations on campus have caretakers registered with the HHS… 🙁

  99. A-House July 1, 2010 1:00 pm


    I remember him running over defenders – powerful runner with speed – yea, a LB would fit his physical attributes and mentality!

    he would be a good additon to a position well stocked, but if he proves he’s the best, then more power to him.

    in many ways it’s comforting to see former players making the decision to come home and wear the black and green of the Warriors — perhaps, in the future, they will decide playing for Hawaii is in their best interest straight out of HS.

    while some have posted their concern over the 2010 Warriors, I like Pomai, am quietly confident that they will do well – I say no worse that 9 – 4 and up to 11 – 2. If they start 3 & 0, maybe another perfect season?

  100. al July 1, 2010 1:03 pm

    ahouse…if he does matriculate to manoa, i’d ask him what his preference would be and then i’d influence him to play running back. maybe inoke can give him a ride in every day.

    hope he makes it here.

  101. A-House July 1, 2010 1:03 pm


    Rich Sheriff is still doing his stuff to maintain the building named after his Dad and doing a great job at it!

  102. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 1:04 pm

    Who will be the QB coach on the field during game time? I know that Rolo will be in the booth, but who will guide the QB on the field?

  103. A-House July 1, 2010 1:04 pm


    are you having visions of a 2nd coming of nate the great?

    that would really be sweet!

  104. Matt July 1, 2010 1:05 pm

    I think that Greg Salas would garner the most attention from other teams, but Meatoga might be more important to our team right now since he is helping lead the offseason workouts.

  105. Not an Expert July 1, 2010 1:06 pm

    Reading about how the WAC bottom feeders playing the body bag games and the MWC minimizing or omitting that type of games by their conference schools, reflects that they the MWC had a plan to achieve the AQ status which is within their reach.

    What long term plans can the WAC realistically shoot for? They appear to be becoming a league that is minor league and when one of their teams get to a level of adding value they’ll get swepted away by another conference. Will the WAC ever aspire to goals of becoming an AQ conference?

  106. A-House July 1, 2010 1:08 pm


    maybe the plan is to have Rolo see and guide the QB from upstairs using multiple QBs to signal the plays – this would allow Mouse to concentrate on the receivers while in constant contact with Rolo – makes sense?

  107. al July 1, 2010 1:13 pm

    ahouse…i appreciate your enthusiasm. you, like me, are lifelong university of hawaii fans.

    i, too, hope that we do well this year. a winning season is not a far stretch.

    the key to this season is to find confidence in our lineman, both offensive and defensive. we would also need to do what we do precisely. we need to have a great game plan and stick to it. we need to practice that game plan to perfection. we need the whole team, players, coaches, staff, et al, to work hard towards perfection and buy in to this one goal.

  108. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 1:13 pm

    A-House, #106

    I don’t like that scenario. It’s too bad Rolo can’t copy June Jones and be the OC and GB coach on the field. If he could, that would be awesome.

  109. Kazz July 1, 2010 1:18 pm

    The Stan Sheriff Center is the most well-kept state funded athletic facility by far.

  110. RedZone July 1, 2010 1:19 pm

    Ahouse read my mind. I think Pilares on the inside will open a lot of eyes this season.

  111. Kazz July 1, 2010 1:21 pm

    Actually… The dome roof of the arena does leak when its pouring rain for long periods of time.

    The scoreboard big screen is in horrible condition too.

  112. Kazz July 1, 2010 1:22 pm

    Coach Rolo is the present. Jones is in the past.

    Coach Rolo just needs to do the best job he can and get the most out of his QBs.

  113. A-House July 1, 2010 1:27 pm

    Not an Expert:

    perhaps your question should be addressed to the school Presidents and Chancellors as they are the ones who control Benson/WAC.

    Benson, IMHO, must be more pro-active is setting goals for the conference, presenting it to the “council” for their approval and keeping it within the guidelines of the council. If he has done this and the council disapproved, my hats off to him!

    that being said, he should have all the “allas” to be a visionary and unafraid to make presentations to the council – the plan and its ultimate presentation with ready answers make all the difference in the world to gain approval. Better yet, address as many concerns during the presentation to minimize questions post presentation. To many questions during or after the presentation means a poor plan with poor assumtions and poor orgainzation and lack of depth – drop a ball into water and watch the ripples – be sure your plan touches on every ripple.

    For example, start with a basic purpose/goal/objective with assumptions and include short-mid-long term objetives. Present the plan to all the athletic directors. Ask for comments including their own ideas on specific topics. State a “suspense date”. Collate the responses. Present the finds back to the ADs. Get their approval. Present to Presidents/Chancellors for their approval. Basic managerial tool of plan, organize, direct, supervise, get feed back.

  114. A-House July 1, 2010 1:31 pm


    Someone mentioned that the SSC score board will be changed before VB starts this year and funds have been allocated to address the leaking roof. It could have been Papa Leahy during a braodcast.

    But, you’re right, the main score board looks terrible – must be old!

  115. al July 1, 2010 1:32 pm

    ggh…jj was/is in a class by hisself. there aren’t many if any at all who could read the field of play as well as he did from ground level.

    others find the oc and even qb coaches aloft including with the help of overhead photos of developing defenses vs offensive formations.

    june has this God given ability duplicated by very few of his peers.

  116. al July 1, 2010 1:35 pm

    our receivers this year are as good as the fantastic four of cj, rivers, bess, and rgm. the four had the luxury of an exceptionally talented oline and of course they had the “holy grail” running the show led by the master of the rns.

  117. A-House July 1, 2010 1:36 pm

    OK, al, we need to put all our trust in the Oline and Dline coaches to make improvements come 9/2/2010.

    However, Vaughn’s comments in today’s paper does not bode well as he was able to pick up “things” the Oline was doing so he could squeek by and get to the QB. Credit to him and boo fo the Oline! Wonder what he was watching? Now, we need him to watch films of opponents, see the “little things”, and let the Dline know – even include the LBs of his findings. Do we have the makings of a great Dline coach?

  118. A-House July 1, 2010 1:41 pm

    all you rule buffs out there:

    I was watching DeLasele(sp) versus Mater Dei couple nights ago and came across this situation.

    The QB had called “down” and was calling the play all the while the right tackle kept waving his left had like a signal of some sort. Is this not a “motion penalty”? None was called.

  119. Kazz July 1, 2010 1:50 pm


    That’s good and much needed. It’s also nice to see crews putting in the new roof to Les Murakami Stadium.

    Jim Donovan said on sportshawaii that they would be either more banners celebrating the Wahine’s WAC titles or a new banner commemorating their dominance of the WAC as well as their Final Four appearances.

    These are also to be in place before the 2010 wahine vball season.

  120. Kazz July 1, 2010 1:54 pm

    The thing that confuses me is the center siutation with Lefiti missing approx 3 games into the season.

    Individually, I think the oline is the most athletic one we have had since Coach Mack took over.

  121. A-House July 1, 2010 1:54 pm

    off topic, but, a funny thing happened to me in Las Vegas about 3 years ago – sorry if I mentioned this before.

    We were at Main Street Station and had to use the restroom. Standing at the urinal, suddenly 4 haole ladies come walking in all exited to see the Berlin Wall. Suddenly, one lady reaches around me to touch the wall while another is taking her picture. Us 3 guys using the urinals look at each other, shrug our shoulder, finish our business and watch the ladies leave. So guys, be careful at Main Street Station.

    This one had to be told outside of Vegas.

  122. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 2:01 pm


    Hilarious! To me they were NOT ladies!!! Crazy wahine!

  123. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 2:14 pm

    For those of you concerned about furnding for the Ching Field Complex project, here is a citation from HB2200 (State Budget) now Act 180 which was signed on June 28, 2010.



    PLANS 1,000

    DESIGN 1,000

    CONSTRUCTION 8,000 (including the Ching donation)

  124. RedZone July 1, 2010 2:14 pm

    What if Ahouse was wearing a tshirt with Berlin Wall on it?

  125. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:25 pm

    I just thought of something.

    When the Clarence TC Ching Athletic Complex is built, it’s gonna go against the grain of what is already on lower campus.

    If the actual complex is to look like the sketches we’ve all seen, then the front facing wall complete with the UH “H” logo and tapa designs and the windows of the offices will be facing the tennis courts, softball stadium, and the grass fields.

    I mean, imagine walking to a softball or baseball game on that sidewalk with a large structure alongside the sidewalk we are all used to.

    On a plus side, it may act as a barrier from the late afternoon setting sun for those softball games. I’m sure the 1st base and right outfield players will appreciate that!

  126. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:26 pm

    Once completed, I can imagine the Ching Complex serving as a monument to what can be accomplished with private and state funds are put to good use for not only the student athletes, but the university and the fans.

  127. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 2:26 pm

    Wow 2 million on plans and designs.. better be really nice in the end…

  128. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:27 pm

    Heh… I’m REALLY excited for the student athletes that will get to enjoy this facility and excited for the recruits gazing at it as well. :mrgreen:

  129. ralph July 1, 2010 2:27 pm

    Colorado Fireworks: San Diego Legacy 4-0; Pearls 1-3; Kamikaze 1-3; and Kaikamahine 2-2

  130. al July 1, 2010 2:27 pm

    or bvds?

  131. al July 1, 2010 2:28 pm

    of course they could have “boys”…yikes.

  132. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:29 pm


    You saw the original sketches of the Clarence TC Ching Athletic Complex right?

  133. al July 1, 2010 2:29 pm

    could have been…

    somebody explain to gigi.

  134. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 2:30 pm

    Also in ACT 180

    “SECTION 70.4. Provided that of the general obligation bond fund appropriation for the University of Hawaii, systemwide support (UOH 900), the sum of $62,285,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2010-2011, shall be used for capital renewal and deferred maintenance projects; provided that:

    (1) $520,000 for a new gymnasium to replace Klum gym at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; (planning money)

    (2) $1,700,000 for improvements to the softball stadium, including installation of new field lighting system, roofs over the first and third base bleacher stands, and locker rooms; and

    (3) $2,000,000 for a four-sided scoreboard and video display system, all auxiliary, shot clock, and locker room clock at Stan Sheriff Center.”

  135. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:30 pm


    The local softball clubs not fairing too well huh?

  136. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:33 pm

    Ok so it’s not just the big screen itself, the WHOLE scoreboard will be changed.


    For us lamens, does the wording you posted pretty much translate into the fact that the money is appropriated and now the work itself just needs to be done?

  137. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:35 pm



    The first picture you see is what I was referring to in post #125.

  138. ralph July 1, 2010 2:37 pm

    mih state contract, take care of your contributors, the more money they make the more they can contribute to the party. 20% off the top for design and plans, add labor union cost at 50 %, the structure will cost $3K, no frills, bathroom next to the softball stadium and grass fields, n no tail gating in the parking structure.

  139. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 2:43 pm

    Kazz, #137

    I never saw those designs in the paper. They really look nice. When construction starts, will that interrupt office work in the present buildings, which will be torn down? Will the staff have to relocate to temporary huts? I can just imagine the inconvenience.

  140. homey ︻╦╤─ July 1, 2010 2:52 pm

  141. Kazz July 1, 2010 2:54 pm


    Actually, there shouldn’t be ANY disruption. The only buildings I see being torn down are the temporary dance studios. Some portables but there is a concrete one as well.

  142. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 3:00 pm


    No single private sector firm is awarded the planning AND design AND construction contracts for state or county projects. One firm can be awarded a planning and design or a design and construction contract, but the third segment has to be separate.

    Most likely the planning & design work will be done in partnership with the Ching Fund people as well as with UH staff. Having an outside firm be the lead entity means that the finished product will be completed that much faster.

    Requests for Proposals will be issued shortly after July 1 – today. That’ s when we’ll find out how the overall project will be set. It will take approximately 45 calendar days for the planning contract to be awarded.

    For now, let’s assume that the one company is awarded the planning contract. After they do their work and it’s accepted, then the next RFP for design & construction would will be issued.

    Again, it will take approximately 45 days for the contract to be awarded and another 21 days after that to be finalized – assuming that there are no challenges as there were with the turf replacement contract.

    Then it will take another 30 – 60 days to order and bring in construction materials and hire people to do the work. I would estimate that the initial construction work will begin shortly after the first of the year since the team (hopefully) will be using the Ching Field up to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on December 24.

    If there is any interest here in posting updates on the contract, please let me know so I’ll make time to track it.

    STEVEM: Re your #64: We already have the turntable and the cassette players and are into our 55th hour of transferring the music out of total of some 200 hours. The RCA video disc player we need came out at least ten years before any laser disc player was released. We bought it in 1986 and actually found one on EBay about three weeks ago but it was sold in less than an hour.

  143. Kazz July 1, 2010 3:08 pm


    Another 2 million or so for the women’s locker rooms is included in ACT 180 right?

  144. Kazz July 1, 2010 3:09 pm

    Actually I stand corrected. The disruptions may be to the teams attempting to use Ching Field during the construction.

  145. part time freelance jobs July 1, 2010 3:13 pm

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  146. Kazz July 1, 2010 3:22 pm

    Per hawaiiathletics.com:

    Warrior Volleyball Assistant Coach Shelton Tang Resigns

    HONOLULU – University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball head coach Charlie Wade announced that assistant coach Shelton Tang has resigned but will continue with the team as video coordinator. A search for his replacement will begin immediately.

    “An opportunity arose that I couldn’t pass up,” Tang said. “I’ve decided to return to my engineering job but at the same time still be able to continue as volunteer video coordinator. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of Charlie’s inaugural staff and look forward to still be involved with the Warrior volleyball program.”

    “I want to thank Shelton for his contribution to the program this year and look forward to having him continue helping us in our quest for a National Championship,” Wade said. “Shelton agreed to join us late last year and really helped us out. I totally support him in returning to his career as an electrical engineer and understand he has been presented with an opportunity he can’t pass up.”

    Prior to joining Wade’s staff last fall, Tang was the volunteer coach and video coordinator for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team from 1994-2008

  147. teenage sex July 1, 2010 3:41 pm

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  148. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 3:46 pm


    I have a blog on WordPress that zaps spam via Akismet. Maybe you should look into signing up with Akismet.

  149. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 3:49 pm

    Thanks Kazz…

    I figure if the money is appropriated and disbursed properly with tangible and appreciable results, the Ching Foundation may be inclined to do more. Especially if the facilities can really boost a number of State run high school programs as well. If other potential donors can see how wells spent Ching’s donation is, they may also be more inclined to help out the program. This is a one project that UH’s athletic department cannot afford to screw up.

  150. jojo ® July 1, 2010 4:19 pm

    gigi – isn’t it funny to read the spammers’ comments?

    HI LOA!!!!

  151. chopsueyboy July 1, 2010 4:23 pm

    Division 1 Athletic Revenue of Basketball Schools
    looks like totals are for entire program and not just basketball


  152. MichiganWarrior July 1, 2010 4:37 pm

    #149 madeinhawaii…

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!! Hopefully, once everything is completed, any kind of an after-action-report will also show how to streamline the process even more. We all can learn from this process.

  153. Curt July 1, 2010 4:44 pm


    Funny story of the “Berlin Wall.” Is there really such a wall in one of the restrooms there? Pretty ballsy of those “ladies” to waltz right in next to you and take photos while you’re doing your business…amazing. You should’ve asked for a copy of the photo…the one with you in it. 😉

  154. ai-eee-soos July 1, 2010 4:53 pm

    … if this hasn’t been posted …

    USA TODAY staff and wire reports

    LOS ANGELES — Phil Jackson has decided to return to coach the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2010-11 season, the team announced Thursday.

    “Count me in,” said Jackson. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

  155. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 4:54 pm

    Jojo #150 —

    you must be joking!!!

    Curt #153 —

    It’s a good thing A-House wasn’t standing in front of a mirror because the photo would have shown his face. No anonimity there!

  156. Curt July 1, 2010 4:59 pm

    As many of you know, Colt is fighting for the #3 QB spot. His primary competition is Richard Bartel. Here’s a good article on him:


    He sounds like a smart QB who tries not to make mistakes (like Todd Collins). Whereas, Colt is a playmaker who’s aggressive and takes chances. The real competition will be during training camp which opens on July 29. One of the two will be cut loose. Keep your eyes on the Redskins’ preseason games; they’ll tell the story of what will happen.

  157. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 5:03 pm


    I hope Colt hasn’t lost his touch. He used to be so accurate.

  158. Curt July 1, 2010 5:04 pm


    I don’t think A-House was worried about his face being in the picture–it’s something lower.

  159. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 5:07 pm


    Yeah, right!

  160. Curt July 1, 2010 5:11 pm


    I would think Colt is still pretty accurate. I think the important thing for Colt is his judgement…meaning don’t make risky throws. Interceptions and fumbles are big-time killers. If we see him throwing interceptions like he did last pre-season, I’d say he’s gone.

  161. Matt July 1, 2010 5:14 pm

    Chad Owens playing live now for Toronto in the CFL. A couple of punt returns and a kick return so far.


  162. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 5:15 pm


    I saw clips of that interception on the news. Then, it was followed by a touchdown pass, right? I think that redeemed him.

  163. Slugger July 1, 2010 5:36 pm


    Thanks for the info on the construction expenditures for UH.

    Happy birthday to Mark Takai, Aaron Kia and Rico Nakashima! Nice pic of the J-E-T-S training facility!

  164. Mokolai July 1, 2010 5:50 pm

    How come you’re blog is not on the web site’s menu under sports. I have to look for the blogs menu to find you.

  165. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 5:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Aaron!

  166. Da Punchbowl Kid July 1, 2010 5:57 pm

    Kazz –

    Thanks for the Ching Complex pics link. It’s gonna be nice!

  167. OTTO July 1, 2010 6:09 pm

    #153 – Yes there is a piece of the Berlin wall in the men’s room (near the entry to the buffet) first floor of the Main Street Station Casino. The urinals are hung on the wall…. so you can shishi on the wall… Almost the same thing happened to me, but the ladies waited by the door and asked me as I left if anyone else was inside before them came inside.

    #139 – Design cost (architect, engineering, surveying, foundation investigation, etc.) typically is budgeted at 10% or more. Everyone complains about non-bid cost for design. But you do you take the low bid for your surgeon or doctor? Architects and engineers are professional, and you chose them based on qualifications, past performance, experience and cost. Construction is typically low-bid, but more and more public agencies are using “best value” (a trade off between all factors).

  168. A-House July 1, 2010 6:14 pm


    Yep, a piece of the Berlin Wall is actually part of the Men’s restroom at the Main Street Station. Can’t miss it if you use the urinal. Stares you in the face!

    go look at it on yur next visit.

  169. Curt July 1, 2010 6:19 pm


    That pre-season, Chase Daniel was playing very well. In an effort to keep up, Colt pressed and threw a number of interceptions over several pre-season games. Finally, he connected on a touchdown pass which is what you probably saw. Colt was outplayed by Chase and was almost cut from the Redskins roster.

    Colt was supposed to compete for the #2 QB position. Todd Collins played consistently with minimal mistakes and easily held the #2 spot. Colt ended up barely holding the #3 spot; many argued that Chase should’ve gotten the #3 spot.

    This time, Colt is fighting for the #3 position. Based on what I’ve read, I think Bartel might be similar to Todd Collins from the sense of playing conservatively and making few mistakes. So if Colt starts making alot of risky passes and gets intercepted, all Bartel has to do is play conservatively and not throw interceptions; in that scenario, he’ll easily beat out Colt.

  170. madeinhawaii July 1, 2010 6:19 pm


    I told you guys Molokai and the others would eventually catch on and find us. Now we gotta go hide the blog again… sheesh.. so humbug..


  171. Matt July 1, 2010 6:22 pm

    Chad Owens just returned a punt 90 yards for a TD.

  172. Curt July 1, 2010 6:26 pm

    A-House, Otto

    I’ll definitely have to check out that Main St. restroom next time. I’ll have to make sure not to freak out with all the wahine in there. 🙂

  173. Curt July 1, 2010 6:28 pm

    Wow. 90-yard punt return by Chad Owens. Sounds like Chad is back to his old ways. Go Chad!

  174. A-House July 1, 2010 6:29 pm


    FYI, just paid my Oceanic Time Warner tv bill and itemization does NOT show any contribution to ESPN – they must be hiding it in the “master” charge/item which is 90% of the bill.

  175. koakane™ July 1, 2010 6:43 pm

    still say Ching Complex must be the same architect that designed Iolani’s high school.

    good evening all, calm with no breeze and very humid. stay kool everyone

  176. jm2375 July 1, 2010 6:57 pm

    Happy Birthday to Aaron Kia!

    RIP Don Coryell.

  177. RedZone July 1, 2010 6:59 pm

    3rd and a yard and the dline was so far of the line of scrimmage. Why no just give them the first down.

  178. jm2375 July 1, 2010 8:13 pm


  179. al July 1, 2010 8:18 pm

    ahouse…remember these names for future reference; nogueira, neto, and parker. hopefully at least one of them will become a rainbow warrior. especially the seven footer.

  180. al July 1, 2010 8:19 pm

    i think the gibber is still looking for a transfer.

  181. A-House July 1, 2010 8:47 pm

    OK, al:

    put the names on a post-it and stuck it near the computer – hope springs eternal!!!

    UH basketball team may be very exciting in 2010!!

  182. Garret July 1, 2010 9:06 pm


    The cable/satellite companies never break it down into how much you are paying for every channel. However, Time Warner has a set rate for ESPN and the other channels that they–Time Warner pays the same for their cable systems in Hawaii, San Diego, New York, etc.

  183. Garret July 1, 2010 9:07 pm

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

    Security officials are increasingly relying on full-body scanners to screen passengers, but scientists have been reporting that the cancer risk is FAR higher (20x!) than previously estimated. It turns out that the amount of radiation is small, but it is concentrated on the skin…and there is a big skin cancer risk, especially for children.

  184. Garret July 1, 2010 9:08 pm

    Oil futures broker lost his job after making 7 unauthorized trades worth $520 million after a weekend of heavy drinking. He cost his company $10 million and actually managed to increase the global price of a barrel of oil by $1.65, a record in 2009.

  185. Garret July 1, 2010 9:09 pm

    Texas Tech professor was doing a lecture via teleconference so that the students could see the material he had on his laptop. He thought that the teleconference was over right after the lecture and he started searching for a certain type of adult material right after the lecture was over…shocking his students that were still watching the feed from his computer. He couldn’t wait a minute after the lecture to start looking at that stuff?

  186. Garret July 1, 2010 9:09 pm

    Maggots falling from an overhead bin from a spoiled container of meat forced an US Airways flight to return to the gate so the bin could be cleaned. A passenger had the container in a carry-on bag but it is unknown why that person chose to buy meat in Atlanta to carry on to Charlotte.

  187. Garret July 1, 2010 9:10 pm

    It is pretty cool that photographs of an exoplanet have been released by astronomers.

  188. Garret July 1, 2010 9:10 pm

    Free play links pau.

  189. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 9:13 pm

    here’s some of the players (and others) that al was referring to:

  190. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 9:42 pm

    i scared everyone away again…..

  191. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 9:44 pm

    Curt #169,

    OK. It will be a cold day in hell if Colt fails to make it in the NFL, and I’ll have to wonder why no UH quarterback has ever done so.

    Of course, he does have a BA in Communications, so he can fall back on it and become a sportscaster or announcer.

    I wonder if Timmy Chang still owns the Subway restaurant franchise he bought 4 or 5 years ago. I’m glad he’s back at UH to get his degree. Does anybody know what his major is?

  192. HiFlyer July 1, 2010 9:49 pm

    cc – thanks for the sh link, it looks pretty good for the mbb this coming season.

  193. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 10:03 pm

    Garret, #186,

    I actually saw the maggots on TV. So disgusting.

    Never fly US Airways. They lost my sister-in-law’s luggage en route to Europe, and she had to wear and wash only the clothes she had on her carry on every day.

    She got her luggage long after she returned home!

  194. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 10:12 pm

    they also lost my friend’s luggage when we went to the sugar bowl. when we talked to the guy at baggage claim, he admitted they don’t use the barcode scanner thing. they didn’t even take my friend’s phone number down when they got our hotel address. when we were checking out of the hotel to head back to hawaii he saw his address in the back room of the front desk. by chance he got his luggage back in time to fly home. thank goodness for walmart and gps or he would’ve had to wash and wear too.

  195. papajoe2 July 1, 2010 10:13 pm

    chawan_cut #189 Very interesting articles. If coach Gib cannot comment on recruits not signed, how did sportshawaii.com get a hold of the Hawaii future recruits? Wow, that 6’11’ Austin kid from Texas is rated very high.

  196. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 10:17 pm


    Yeah, well, your friend must be skinny to be able to find his size at Walmart. Lucky him!

    My SIL was on a group tour so she didn’t have time to go to a store. Imagine drying your underwear with a hair blower every night.

  197. Gainesville Plumber July 1, 2010 10:17 pm

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  198. papajoe2 July 1, 2010 10:21 pm

    Hawaii rated #7 in basketball recruits in the upcoming season. Although the overall recruiting class seems very good, it may be over rating Hawaii because the recruits were given a # as to how good they are and then added it up. Hawaii was #7 in the nation but, they had 6 or 7 new recruits whereas other schools had but 4 or 5 or even less. I’m getting very excited for the upcoming men’s bb season with the new recruits and a different style of play.Football first though. GO WARRIORS!!!

  199. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 10:24 pm


    I feel the same way. During my class reunion at UH, Bob Nash gave us a tour of the locker room at the SSC. It’s kinda small and I wondered how all those big guys could fit in there.

    Too bad Fleming didn’t get a nod from the Dallas Mavericks.

  200. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 10:33 pm

    all recruits all post their stuff on various scouting sites to get their name out there. they tend to post what schools are recruiting them or what schools they’re looking at. i don’t think that’s illegal if the player says what schoo. that one SH poster Sportsbow finds them all somehow.

  201. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 10:34 pm

    Kazz: Sorry to take so long to respond to your questions – had to get to two meetings – one at 4 and the other at 6:30 and then do an abbreviated workout at the Nu`uanu YMCA – only burned up 200 calories.

    Here’s the information about the Women’s locker room improvements:



    DESIGN 500



    The money was appropriated in the budget bill, the Governor signed it, and as of today, she can sell bonds to fund the project. HOWEVER, from what I’ve been told, the Governor is winding down her term and will most likely kick this over to the new administration which takes office five months from now.

    I’ll have to make some inquiries about the funding release for all of these projects.

    Over the past couple of years, the Gov has gotten even with the Legislature for the veto overrides on specific bills funded in the operating side of the budget. She doesn’t release the money so the program never gets started or continues on.

    All governors do this, but Lingle has been brutal using this weapon.

  202. chawan_cut July 1, 2010 10:35 pm


  203. gigi-hawaii July 1, 2010 10:38 pm

    I regret voting for Lingle (twice), but her competition wasn’t very good, either.

  204. papajoe2 July 1, 2010 10:40 pm

    C_C, Who is the recruit that his father is a coach (high school? assist. UH?) that says he is coming to Hawaii and what grade is he or what year will he be enrolling? I know he is a big dude.

  205. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 1, 2010 10:52 pm

    Ralph: The University, like the DOE and other state agencies, rarely does its own construction work. There are NO requirements that outside contractors MUST use unionized labor although there is very strong pressure to hire Hawai`i-based businesses.

    There are also very strict limits & restrictions on what private companies doing business can do in the way of campaign contributions. There is definitely no quid quo pro for getting a contract.

    The last major violation wound up with both the public employees and the company employees going to jail and paying huge fines.

    Don’t forget that Honolulu is the smallest town in the whole wide world – I can walk into a room full of strangers and find no more than two degrees of separation with every single person present.

    About six months ago, I went to a professional training conference and was assigned to a particular table. Although I’d never met the people before, one of the five people was my landlord’s first cousin, the second was a former student of DrDoc, the third was the brother-in-law of my dentist, and the fourth is now the business manager for the repair guy who kept our VWs alive & well for over 15 years.

    What’s the first question asked when you meet someone for the first time? “Where you went school?”

    The construction industry is no different.

    If you have any first-hand information of someone paying off a state employee to get a contract or a state employee being pressured by an elected official to give a contract to a particular construction company, you can file a formal report with either the Attorney General’s office or the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.

    One last item – the $$$$ appropriated is the maximum allocated. Most state contracts these days come in anywhere from 10% to 30% allocated. If the money isn’t spent, then it goes away never to be seen again.

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  209. Garret July 2, 2010 4:54 am

    UH was the *only* school to earn less than $1 million from the WAC? When SJSU can look down on your WAC earnings, that is sad.

  210. Garret July 2, 2010 4:55 am

    So, BSU earned $3.7 million from the WAC last year. If they make a BCS bowl this year, they will get $3 million. So, BSU’s penalty for leaving the WAC will be that they will leave behind $700k or so…but they will get to keep all of the $3 million due to the rule that the WAC passed last year.

  211. Pomai July 2, 2010 5:38 am

    #187 Garret. Sorry but gotta tell those astronomers that the picture on the page isn’t a planet it one of Kelly Majam’s homerun ball that is still going. LOL

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  213. duffer (iPhone) July 2, 2010 6:20 am

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  214. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 6:41 am

    #209 Garret…
    Obviously, the ONLY sports worth anything, according to the WAC, are football and basketball. That’s pretty lame. What’s the purpose of having all of this Equality stuff in Athletics when “There is no revenue sharing for women’s volleyball, softball, men’s tennis or baseball, all of which UH won WAC championships in during the 2010 school year”???

    I just hope we kick some serious okole in football and basketball this upcoming season!!!

  215. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 6:49 am

    Payouts should be on a scale, directly tied to the Final Director’s Cup Standings, in which we finished 2nd in the WAC, and 61st overall out of all D-I schools.

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  217. OTTO July 2, 2010 7:14 am

    #214 – You have to remember. UH wasn’t bowl eligible. UH MBball didn’t qualify for the WAC tournament and UH WBball lost in the first round. Fball & Bball r the only sports that earn money. Even the WAC Vball tournament at the Orleans either lost money or broke-even (even though LV is the 9th island). Gotta earn money for the WAC to make back. That is why its so important for the WAC to get more than one team to the NCAA tourney in Bball. The NCAA pays out $$ over 3 years or so. More kala the deeper a team goes in the tourney.

  218. duffer (iPhone) July 2, 2010 7:21 am

    Although Wahine softball was a non revenue sport, did UH get any money for making the College World Series?

  219. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 7:37 am

    #217 OTTO…
    That’s why I said what I said in response to Garret. I know Football didn’t go bowling, Men’s Bball sucked, and Wahine Bball was eliminated in the first round. If you took a look at my next post, I ask why can’t we use the final Director’s Cup standings to come to this determination. Yes, things like BSU’s BCS check may not be touched, but everything else should be in a pot, then divvied up based on overall success over the course of the whole year, not just a few months. What I was getting at was, why preach Title IX, and yet only recognize a couple of sports when dishing out paychecks based on a school’s athletic performance, thus ignoring the rest of the sports that exist basically due to said Title IX?
    In reality, we finished 2nd to BSU, overall, and that is how the payouts should be awarded.

  220. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 7:40 am

    #218 duffer…
    You’d think, with all of the supposed attendance records being set every time Na Wahine showed up for a game, they made a record amount of money at the gate and through merchandise sales. Wonder if anyone has any info on non-shared revenue from the WCWS?

  221. Dennis Halloran July 2, 2010 7:41 am

    Chad Owens had a great game in a loss Averages 23 yds on PR(One Long TD) and 10.5 on KR
    Also had a reception for 9 yds, but fumbled it after being tackled

  222. Da Punchbowl Kid July 2, 2010 7:47 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Dennis –

    Didn’t Chad get a return TD too?

  223. RedZone July 2, 2010 8:16 am

    chad had 90 yard punt return for touchdown but he also mishandled the last kick off return in the endzone, It appears he still has problems hanging on to the ball.

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  226. Don Weir July 2, 2010 8:30 am

    In Memoriam
    The passing of Don Coryell leaves the football world one less icon standing. I had the opportunity to learn from Don Coryell when I lived down the road from San Diego State University in the ‘Coryell’ years. As kids we could watch the practices and see the routes, the timing, and the vertical/horizontal spreads developing. We then went out onto the street or the palyground and copied what we saw. As all true for all great passing teams the pass defense was also a learning expereince guided by Don’s good friend, Ernie Zampese. As we got older we had the opportunity to attend and work out with and against the John Featherstone, Haven Moses, Brian Sipe, Willie Buchannon groups in ‘unsupervised’ summer workouts. This is where I tuned up in the summer before UH summer camps and Fall seasons.

    Don Coryell learned the game from one considered the true father of the modern pass attack, Sid Gilman of the early San Diego Chargers. What a coaching staff for kids in San Diego to learn from: Sid Gilman, Don Coryell, Al Davis, John Madden, Chuck Noll, et al.

    From all of us who learned from you Coach, mahalo.

  227. wafan July 2, 2010 8:31 am

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  235. Kazz July 2, 2010 9:24 am


    Jim Donovan confirmed that NO school gets one cent out of the WCWS.

    Not even UCLA got anything for their National Title in softball.

    Coolen got something nice though!!! 😎 AND DESERVINGLY SO!!!!!! :mrgreen:

  236. Kazz July 2, 2010 9:26 am


    I got your email and I’ll write back sometime this afternoon.

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  239. Kazz July 2, 2010 9:28 am

    Not to confuse anyone in my previous post, but I meant that UCLA got national champ rings, but no revenue sharing.

  240. Slugger July 2, 2010 9:30 am

    Happy Aloha Friday, gang!

    That is so unfair for the teams making the WCWS not to share in any of the profits from the event. It costs kala to go to OKC. ‘Auwe!

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  245. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 9:54 am

    It sounds like the teams that make up the non-revenue-sharing majority need to come up with a separate booster to help take care of expenses and awards. Even though they excel on the field and in the classroom, it seems to not matter when it comes to conference payday.
    The rest of the conference sucks at every other sport, but since they are good at football and basketball, that’s all that matters. Cash cows aside, it’s just weird logic. To get a good payday, shouldn’t their school be well represented across a broad spectrum, and not just limited to less than 10% of their student-athletes’ accomplishments?
    Oh great… this is gonna bother me to no end from here on out. It will always be lurking in the back of my mind, somewhere. Grrr…

  246. Garret July 2, 2010 9:57 am

    That is so unfair for the teams making the WCWS not to share in any of the profits from the event. It costs kala to go to OKC. ‘Auwe!


    What you and a lot of other posters don’t seem to realize is that there is NO PROFIT to share from the softball world series and other similar events. The NCAA *loses* money on those types of events and can only afford to put those events on from the money they get from the men’s basketball tournament.

    The WAC also LOSES money on the other nonrevenue sports…so, why should the WAC care about the Director’s Cup or Commissioner’s Cup when distributing money? The WAC tries to encourage its schools to excel in the sports that actually bring money to the conference–football and basketball–so that is what is used for conference money distribution.

    So, the NCAA *loses* money on the softball tournament. They cover travel expenses and may give some per diem, which is far more money than they take in. UH even loses money on its softball success by paying some travel-related expenses (like for support staff) and by giving bonuses. Nobody is making money on putting the tournament on and it only can exist because men’s basketball makes so much money for the NCAA.

    I fail to see why a conference should share revenues based on sports that lose the conference money. A conference needs to be able to increase the money that *all* of its schools get, and the only way to do that is for its football and men’s basketball teams to do well.

  247. Kazz July 2, 2010 10:00 am



    It’s a culture flaw.

  248. Garret July 2, 2010 10:01 am

    It sounds like the teams that make up the non-revenue-sharing majority need to come up with a separate booster to help take care of expenses and awards. Even though they excel on the field and in the classroom, it seems to not matter when it comes to conference payday.
    The rest of the conference sucks at every other sport, but since they are good at football and basketball, that’s all that matters. Cash cows aside, it’s just weird logic.


    The money comes from TWO sports, football and men’s basketball. All other sports lose money for the conference. Why shouldn’t the conference pay out the money based on how schools earned money for the conference.

    The only reason why all of the other sports exist is because football and men’s basketball make enough money so that it doesn’t cost their Universities too much money to fund them. If you want to blame anyone, blame the *general public* for only wanting to pay money to see football and men’s basketball and only watch football and men’s basketball enough to make TV care about those sports.

  249. Kazz July 2, 2010 10:01 am

    Business and ethics DON’T mix.

  250. Garret July 2, 2010 10:02 am


    It is NOT a culture flaw, unless you are saying that the vast majority of people are flawed in how they only get enough people to pay for tickets to 2 sports and only get enough people to watch 2 sports on TV. By your definition, that means that 99.99% of people in our country are flawed.

  251. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:05 am

    How does UH do with all of it’s “preseason” tournaments, in regards to money? Basketball (men’s and women’s), Baseball, Softball, Volleyball… these, we know have corporate-sponsored tournaments. I don’t know if some of the other sports also have corporate-sponsored events, but… what happens with these? Are there any funds given directly to that sport, or is it put into a UHAD pot, to be spent when/as needed?

  252. madeinhawaii July 2, 2010 10:07 am

    😉 I guess Title IX failed to cover revenue sharing, eh?

  253. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:08 am

    I would expect then, if we can continue a tradition of winning in these Spring Sports, that it would be up to the coaches of these successful teams to try to negotiate corporate deals and advertising dollars to go into their sport, specifically? It would truly suck if they couldn’t do much, and were basically at the mercy of the success or failure of football and basketball alone.

  254. Garret July 2, 2010 10:08 am

    If 30,000 people would pay for tickets to see a softball game and millions of people would watch it on TV, then that sport would bring in money for a conference. Don’t tell me you cannot see the TRUTH of that.

    Ethics has NOTHING to do with this. If the WAC’s next TV deal for football doesn’t bring enough money, some WAC schools may not be able to afford to subsidize other sports. That has NOTHING to do with ethics. That is simple reality. Schools have less and less money in this economy and the money they lose on all but 2 sports really hurts them.

    Some sports rely on subsidies and have NEVER been able to pay for themselves. So, you are saying that the only ethical thing to do is to pay for those sports to exist forever? I give up on this issue as the facts of the situation don’t matter to the discussion.

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  256. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:10 am

    #252… it’s not as inclusive as it was intended, I guess. There’s always loopholes to negotiate, as long as you got a good enough pilot!

  257. Garret July 2, 2010 10:13 am


    The attendance at the games and the low TV ratings means that corporate sponsorships will not be worth nearly as much as the 2 revenue sports (3 for UH due to women’s volleyball). If you compare the attendance at a softball game and a football game, which one will get more people to see the ads being displayed? Now TV revenues are 100x (for schools in big-money conferences the difference could be 10000x) that difference and you see why only 2 sports bring in the money for conferences.

    The WAC gets NOTHING from the Wahine Volleyball team making a profit–UH doesn’t share any of that ticket revenue with the WAC. The WAC *only* gets money from men’s basketball and football.

    The money for the preseason tournaments goes into the revenue side for each sport. All but 2 or 3 sports lose money every year even with all of the preseason tournaments.

  258. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:17 am

    Yes, Garret, we see the Cash Cows in all of this. I guess we’re asking what’s the purpose of Title IX begging for equality when it’s unrealistic? The only way to toe the line is to keep failing sports. Once you get rid of those failing sports, you have to drastically cut the amount of sports offered to both men and women across the board. Then, you’re looking at a school with even less money. Hardly a winning formula here. If it were as simple as this, why are we mired in mediocrity and aren’t aspiring to get out of the WAC once and for all?
    In a bigger conference such as the PAC10, the extra money received by all member schools makes travel to Hawaii every two years a non-issue. The only time they try to get out of coming here is when they supposedly have a conflict with their schedule.

  259. Garret July 2, 2010 10:18 am

    What loopholes? The public only watches 2 sports on TV enough to make money for their conferences. You can only blame the public for the disparity, not any of the schools in the NCAA.

    How can Title IX mandate revenue sharing? Title IX forces every school to pay for a LOT of money-losing sports so that they can have football and basketball. Take football and basketball away and ALL sports teams would go away.

    NO LAW can make all sports make enough money. The PUBLIC doesn’t care about the nonrevenue sports. If enough people would watch the games on TV, other sports would make money and TV would show them a lot more. The facts are that the public doesn’t care so there are low TV ratings. Low TV ratings mean little to no TV money *and* corporate sponsorships aren’t worth anything is there is nobody in the stadium and nobody watching on TV.

    Now I’m really going to stop on this issue. Think what you want but if you look at where the money is coming from you would stop complaining about the way the WAC distributes its money.

  260. A-House July 2, 2010 10:19 am


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  261. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:20 am

    Thanks, Garret. Then, for us, as fans… it’s imperative that we get our friends and relatives to support as much as possible, especially our own, hosted tournaments. We can’t afford to sit in this dump and watch more people fly by us.

  262. Kazz July 2, 2010 10:21 am


    July 2nd, 2010 at 10:01 am


    The money comes from TWO sports, football and men’s basketball. All other sports lose money for the conference. Why shouldn’t the conference pay out the money based on how schools earned money for the conference.

    The only reason why all of the other sports exist is because football and men’s basketball make enough money so that it doesn’t cost their Universities too much money to fund them. If you want to blame anyone, blame the *general public* for only wanting to pay money to see football and men’s basketball and only watch football and men’s basketball enough to make TV care about those sports.

    Like I said, a culture flaw.

    I may represent the small minority here, but I think it’s B.S.

    As much as I’ve attended UH football games, I’ve attented basketball, wahine vball, men’s vball, etc…

    I find VALUE in all sports. Male or female. Especially at the college level where our female athletes do just as much justice in the classrooms and in their fields of competition to represent UH as their male counterparts and at the college level a successful mens volleyball team brings as much value to the university up front as a successful football program.

    I’m not stupid and I do see that dollar-wise, it’s not equal and it is the FAULT of our country’s own sports culture, but I REFUSE to be a part of that majority.

    Am I naïve? To most I guess, but I don’t care.

  263. papajoe2 July 2, 2010 10:26 am

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  264. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:35 am

    Let me rephrase that…
    We, as UH fans, have to be more supportive of the rest of UH’s student-athletes, not just football and basketball. If the majority of the other sports can hold their own, then whatever we make on football and basketball should amount to yearly surpluses.
    I have only been to one game at the Big House, here in Michigan. The team was 4-7 and yet still drew 105k+! We just don’t have a strong enough fan base when it comes to UH football. Most won’t come out unless we’re winning big, or it’s a marquee opponent. That’s on us.
    I think both basketball teams are generating enough interest to draw extra fans for next season. Football has lots of question marks, but I’m quite optimistic that they will prove the experts wrong this year. From here, we’ll need to maintain that fire.
    Students that go to games at Michigan’s stadium go away with this feeling of being part of the team. We need to connect with our student body so that, as they graduate, they also look forward to returning each and every year to once again experience the excitement and drama on the field. We just don’t have that.

  265. gigi-hawaii July 2, 2010 10:38 am


    Good discussion.

    As you know, I don’t attend the games, but do watch UH football on TV.

    Besides football and BB, aren’t tennis and golf very popular, too? I’m thinking Wimbledon and The Masters.

  266. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:43 am

    I hear you, Kazz! That’s because some of us enjoy and cheer for our teams no matter what.

  267. MichiganWarrior July 2, 2010 10:46 am

    Hey, Kazz… I went to a Wahine soccer game once in Waipio. I was looking for someone to ask how much it would cost me to sit up in the bleachers. It was free!!! I yelled even more just because of it! Na Wahine won too!!!

  268. gigi-hawaii July 2, 2010 10:52 am

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  269. papajoe2 July 2, 2010 10:52 am

    Hard for some of the other teams to “hold their own.” How do you charge an attendance fee for sailing? Their are other sports that just don’t generate enough interest to warrant an attendance fee. It would cost more money to pay the attendees than fees collected. I understand the Title IX law makes it difficult for other sports but we have to do what we have to do. Maybe with a stadium on campus (impossible) would draw more interest from the student body and alumni, thus being the “in” place to be and drawing more fans.

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