Wright-Jackson wins WAC award

Running back Leon Wright-Jackson, who rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-36 victory over Utah State, has been named the WAC’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Wright-Jackson will be the guest on tomorrow’s Warrior Beat Show, which will begin at noon.

Wright-Jackson said there’s no truth to message board reports that he and Alex Green are in some sort of a feud. He said they both get along, they help each other, and they’re committed to helping the team win.

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The secret to UH’s success? Some insist it was Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.


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Others insist the key was McMackin’s mandate to wear white socks. “It make us look faster,” Alex Green said.


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Anybody else think it’s a bad idea to play the UH-BYU volleyball match on Maui this year? First, BYU is one of the top draws. Second, the Warriors are going to be very good this  year. I understand the Maui lawmakers have been very good to the athletic department, but couldn’t they play another match there? I mean, that’s a Saturday night. What’s more, UH only plays four real home matches that month. Don’t think Alberta counts, and what is Hope International? Thoughts?


  1. warriorbg November 9, 2009 6:09 am

    first? congrats lwj

  2. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 6:14 am

    Indeed, you are No. 1

  3. whitey November 9, 2009 6:19 am


  4. chopsueyboy November 9, 2009 6:24 am

    Congrats LWJ!
    That’s the performance I knew he could do.
    He’s always been oh so close to breaking away.

    Good Morning Tsaikos!

  5. Long Time UH Fan November 9, 2009 6:25 am

    Congrats to Leon Wright-Jackson! Great job of running!

  6. Stretch November 9, 2009 6:29 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Congratulations to Wright-Jackson!!

    When was the last time a UH running back won the WAC Offensive Player of the Week award??

  7. Maverick November 9, 2009 6:39 am

    Hana Hou this weekend.


  8. Maverick November 9, 2009 6:41 am

    Big congrats to Leon.
    He edged out Ryan Matthews who also ran for 3 td’s, but had about 20 less yds.

  9. Maverick November 9, 2009 6:42 am

    Also, Very mature with Leon after he scores. Doesn’t do the the showboat dance or lip parade.
    He acts like he’s been in the endzone before.

  10. Maverick November 9, 2009 6:46 am

    I hope these next two games provide our warriors to really fine tune the balanced attack before the big boys start arriving in latter November.

    last nights game at SJSU was a bit surprise to me. Some’ting wrong in Spartan land.

  11. mctruck November 9, 2009 6:49 am


  12. mctruck November 9, 2009 6:50 am

    I meant, my 1st post this morning……..

  13. oldie November 9, 2009 6:56 am

    Good Morning, Tsaikos!

    So much better after a big win.

    LizK & Slugger,

    Don’t know if you found a copy of the game. If not, I believe I have it on my DVR. It’s the one broadcast on Sunday. I can make a quick copy for you, or if you don’t mind waiting a few days more, I like to make a copy that also has the voices of Bobby Curran and Robert Kekaula.

  14. oldie November 9, 2009 6:59 am

    I also have Jim Leahey and Russell Yamanoha on a separate track. So you can choose who to listen to. Better yet, you can keep switching between the two.

  15. Kekoa (iPhone) November 9, 2009 7:00 am

    WAC honors are very much deserved for Mr. Jackson. Continued success for an athelete who has worked hard at his craft. It was an exhibition of quickness and speed I’m sure we were all so very happy to see!

  16. lava November 9, 2009 7:03 am

    Congrats Leon.

  17. Loa November 9, 2009 7:04 am

    morning gang!

    congrats to LWJ on the POTW award
    great job by the oline

  18. Loa November 9, 2009 7:05 am

    Stretch – #6, i would guess 2006?

  19. Buffoman November 9, 2009 7:08 am

    People who may have doubted one Ron Lee for saying LWJ was the guy who could do it, need to take out that crow and start enjoying dining on it.

    I myself am having a wing of that bird as I honestly wondered if LWJ was the right person.

    Much recognition should go to coach Shaw as his linemen are opening holes and are motoring for some terrific down field blocking such as has not been seen at UH. great work by the line to allow for such running lanes.

    Yes, Utah State did not exactly endear themselves on defense, but we need to heap praises on the o-line as they have been taking some heavy heat.

    Hopefully the next two games will help toward being competitive against Navy and Wisconsin. It would be terrific to win, but at this stage, being competitive is not a bad second to have.

  20. postmanke November 9, 2009 7:12 am

    Congrats “Action” ..way to pound the ball!

  21. Kekoa (iPhone) November 9, 2009 7:14 am

    Good morning Oldie!

    KGMB should have included you in da merge. Make you the copy editor and chief of da ~
    Tsaiko Tsports Tsection!

  22. Cheyah! November 9, 2009 7:17 am

    Congrats LWJ! I loved watching him run all over Utah State. LWJ is deserving of the award with all the nagging injuries he’s endured. But thru it all, he’s been very patient and most of all humble. And that’s what I like most about him. Keep being humble LWJ and good luck with the rest of the season!

  23. Loa November 9, 2009 7:19 am

    Kekoa – howzit, hope you feeling betta

    Mav – #9 – agree, personally i can do without the taunting, just hand the ball to the ref and go celebrate on the sidelines with your braddahs

  24. oldie November 9, 2009 7:26 am


    Co-worker and hubby enjoyed the game. Maybe they’re a good luck charm. Want to give them your tickets for the rest of the season? J/k

  25. Da Punchbowl Kid November 9, 2009 7:29 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Good for LWJ! Lets hope he has four more 150 yard games! Auryyyyyyyte!

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid November 9, 2009 7:30 am

    Make that five more… 😆

  27. oldie November 9, 2009 7:31 am


    Got to fly under the radar. Don’t want to be known as the best pirate around.

    Did you notice that Oceanic is not leaving the high school games on the iPhone app around for re- broadcast like they were earlier? They’re only showing the games live.

  28. bstunna2002 November 9, 2009 7:32 am

    Congrats LWJ great job blasting through those holes way to not over think but just letting the game come to you! Ya known I see everyone giving credit to Coach Shaw who has done a great job with the oline this season, but what about giving some credit to Brian Smith have you noticed LWJ runs differently now he looks like his old self from those highlight tapes that had us all wowed, he hitting those gaps hard and not trying to run behind the linemen anymore Smith had to have some sort of hand in that.

  29. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 7:32 am

    hoorah for Leon!

  30. lakesidegt November 9, 2009 7:33 am

    With the possibility of rain for this week’s game against New Mexico State, UH needs the running game even more.

    Re San Jose State, they’re going through a tough stretch. I’ve been a big Dick Tomey fan, except when they play Hawaii. Without rehashing all the could have been, should have been re the selection of the prior AD.

    The new Field Turf looked good at Spartan Stadium; looking forward to seeing UH run up and down that field in a couple of weeks.

  31. Slugger November 9, 2009 7:38 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Congratulations to Leon Wright-Jackson on being named WAC player of the week! and congrats on the birth of his daughter, Jayla!

  32. chawan_cut November 9, 2009 7:39 am

    our schedule of our opponents and their schedules

  33. jm2375 November 9, 2009 7:43 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Ditto to Slugger’s #31! Hope he gets a little more sleep in the weeks to come!

  34. Garret November 9, 2009 8:03 am

    Congratulations to LWJ for a well deserved award! He’s waited a long time for that type of game and it was great to see him having fun out there.

  35. tommui November 9, 2009 8:12 am

    Good morning America! Tsaikos! Everyone!

    HERB: You are too much!!!! 🙂

    Extremely happy for Leon! Congratulations

  36. Garret November 9, 2009 8:17 am

    Wow, it took more than 5 minutes for my comment in #34 to post…either the blog is having problems or the website doesn’t like me to post. This problem might be related to my switch to U-VERSE, but that happened more than a few days ago.

    With NMSU and SJSU being the worst teams in the WAC, now is a great time for the Warrior offense and defense to get into full gear and ride that momentum into the final two games. Anything can happen at Aloha Stadium when the Warriors need just two wins at Aloha Stadium…I remember a certain recent Warrior team winning out over some good competition to get to the Warrior Bowl.

  37. letsgowarriors November 9, 2009 8:32 am

    congrats to LWJ.

    where did u guys get that lwj and AG25 were in a feud?

  38. lava November 9, 2009 8:41 am

    Anyone think maybe the Utah St player should have been flagged for a penalty for blind-siding Elliot Purcell? Purcell seemed to be a defenseless player, but regardless, it was helmet to helmet, and the guy led with his helmet.

  39. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 8:48 am

    Yay! to Leon Wright-Jackson! You worked hard over the years through numerous injuries as well. You deserve the recognition. Congratulations!

    Morning all!

  40. protector November 9, 2009 8:58 am

    To Buffoman on # 19,

    You’re not eating that crow alone. I also have been a doubter & I have never been more delighted to eat some of that crow & humble pie. I want LWJ & Co. to keep dishing it out all the way, hopefully, to the Hawaii Bowl. In our defense, I’ve always said that he does much better with big holes (moreso than Green), but it was nice to actually see him break some tackles, rather than the usual pattern of going down with the first contact.

    I also agree credit should go to Coach Shaw, the 0-line & the receivers who did an excellent job of decoying defenders away.

  41. Stretch November 9, 2009 9:02 am

    November 9th, 2009 at 8:41 am
    Anyone think maybe the Utah St player should have been flagged for a penalty for blind-siding Elliot Purcell? Purcell seemed to be a defenseless player, but regardless, it was helmet to helmet, and the guy led with his helmet.

    Nah, I thought it was a clean hit. Almost any tackle/hit can be considered leading with the helmet. The head is above the shoulders so is always leading.

  42. RedZone November 9, 2009 9:15 am

    I agree with stretch. Clean hit.

    Congrats Leon. Well deserved award.

    I saw Warriors on the field. I saw playmakers on the field. Good job by all.

  43. Pride. November 9, 2009 9:22 am

    Thanks Michael Jackson!

    I’m Starting With The Man In
    The Mirror
    I’m Asking Him To Change
    His Ways

  44. Pride. November 9, 2009 9:23 am

    Warriors need to keep the pedal to the metal!

    Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
    Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
    Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
    Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

  45. Pride. November 9, 2009 9:25 am

    I vote for the chocolate chip cookie dough bites.

  46. SteveM November 9, 2009 9:26 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Congrats to Leon Wright-Jackson!

  47. Stretch November 9, 2009 9:27 am

    Pride – you have to do the moonwalk when singing that song

  48. koakane™ November 9, 2009 9:30 am

    good morning tsaiko country and warrior fans.

    what a great weekend with all the victories put up by the warriors and wahines again congrats to you’all.

    belated hippo birdie two ewe masa boy and sweetie. may the ones close was very kind to you

  49. koakane™ November 9, 2009 9:31 am


  50. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 9:31 am

    Beating the aggies and sparts is within our realm

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, these two teams are at the bottom of the food chain and in worst shape than Major Hasan.
    However, turning the double play against Navy and Wisconsin in our home finale presents an entire set of reverse probabilities that make that realm more Lord of the Rings than a 2004 flashback.
    C’mon, rather than deja vu, ever here of lighting dont strike twice in the same stadium. Especially when the Offensive mind that engineered those two wins over NW and MSU has since departed.


    If Hawaii is to stand a chance against Ken Niumatalolo’s hit n run SEAL team and the the bloated Huns from the Diary State, it will take more than a wistful visit to memory lane.

    We outscored Utah State.
    Yielding 36 points on our turf to a team with twice the amount of losses than wins is stretching any notion of the word– Defense.
    We had a hard time wrapping the aggies QB–what will happen when Navy sends three runners running in the same direction?
    Manti Teo ate dirt at ND for three quarters and looked like he was playing a ghost.

    What will happen when the badgers lineup and you cant see over them.
    We couldnt cover Boise State’s TE even when the fans knew the pass was coming.
    Wisky will be better at that play.
    I can see Richard Torres covering.
    He will need a ladder to stop a moving train just to have a chance.

    Look, like I said.
    Talk warrior O and some will listen….but as soon as you mention 2004 or our D is improving, you better not go near the H1 freeway bc you are headed for a fatal pileup.

  51. Byggdaddyjayz November 9, 2009 9:31 am

    Congrats LWJ!!! you know the o-line just loves that kind of stats, two 100 yards rushers in the same game. its been a while since Hawaii did that. also loved the green tops and white pants. reminds me of old school UH, especially the D-Fence. I hope they keep that look for home games. hmmm I wonder how they would look with that set, plus with white helmets? ooohhhhh just a thought 🙂

  52. Pride. November 9, 2009 9:31 am


    November 9th, 2009 at 9:27 am
    Pride – you have to do the moonwalk when singing that song.

    I did moonwalk when I was singing it.

    Shoots, I just sprained my ankle.

  53. SteveM November 9, 2009 9:32 am

    OK, ST — I’ll “bite”… What is the backstory on the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites?

    BBL–at work today.

  54. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 9:38 am

    ESPN is projecting TCU and Boise State to go BCS bowling.
    Still, too many scenarios to unfold, especially in the Big Ten and PAC 10….still, at least it is being mentioned as a distinct possibility if both teams run the table and it all plays out…..

  55. koakane™ November 9, 2009 9:39 am

    checking out chawan’s remaing game schedule for the warriors. notice 3 out of the 4 teams have a bye before playing the warriors. ouch

  56. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 9:41 am

    Team ate them before the game.

  57. Hilo Moon November 9, 2009 9:41 am

    I agree with coach Mac — the white socks helps AND keep the white pants. Those things work like the wings on Mercury’s heels/ankles.

  58. RedZone November 9, 2009 9:43 am

    I want to give extra props to Jovonte. Not only for his receiving but his down field blocking.

  59. Hilo Moon November 9, 2009 9:48 am

    It seems like many people liked Saturday’s uniform. How about putting the rainbow stripe back on the pants? Huh?

  60. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 9, 2009 9:51 am

    Protector: Did you see my post from last night about your chair?

    Mahalo to those of you who’ve been doubting Leon Wright-Jackson for chomping away on The Big Black Bird. I never lost my belief in him because I could see something most of you guys cannot – ask me in person sometime what I mean.

    Back to work.

  61. mctruck November 9, 2009 9:54 am

    I always said to myself that I’d be surprised/happy the day a UH running back ran for at least 100 yds., and wow!, like two running backs achieving that task in the same game?!, YOWZAAAH!!!, that’s what I mean!
    That opened up the passing game and visa versa, as they say.

    Let’s keep it going fellas!!

  62. Pride. November 9, 2009 9:58 am

    “You’re never as good as you think you are when you win. You’re never as bad as you think you are when you lose.” — Koakane

  63. Da Punchbowl Kid November 9, 2009 10:01 am

    I think it was the white pants.

  64. d1島 November 9, 2009 10:03 am

    Congratulations to Leon Wright-Jackson!

  65. d1島 November 9, 2009 10:03 am

    Great Morning All!

  66. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 10:08 am

    What I especially loved about this past Saturday’s game is how the Warriors bounced back, even after shooting themselves in the foot, several times.

    First pass… interception which leads to touchdown.
    First FG attempt… no good.
    Another pass intercepted..
    Seconf FG attempt…no good…
    Another pass intercepted…


    Yet, they came back! They didn’t look like a team that just suffered 6 straight losses. They came back like a team accustomed to winning. A team with their heads screwed on right.


    And when Utah started their comeback, the Warriors didn’t panic.. didn’t crumble… they dug in … got the ball back.. and scored.


    When the offense scores, what a difference it makes on our defense. When the offense is scoring, the defense rises to the occasion to make that 6 yd, 1st and goal, stand… or a key interception, that extra turnover to give the Warriors’ offense the ball enough times to pull out a win.


    Never mind if scores are close in the end, a win is a win. (Close games are a heck of a lot more exciting than runaway games, anyway.)

    Warriors IMUA!!!

  67. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 10:10 am

    Robb Ackey trash talking WAC’s administration over the possibility of beating its poster child– Boise State and ruining a windfall $$ for the conference.
    This coach has balls…..or, maybe Karl has none?
    Isnt this the team that had their monicor stiched to their pant-butts last year?
    Didnt NEV recently put up 70 against Akey?

    Either way, I sure would like to see an expressionable Chris Petersen on the field against the Vandals this week.
    Coach CP has that Nancy Pelosi botox-look….c’mon coach—crack a real smile.

  68. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 10:19 am

    You gotta give Robb Ackey credit though. He’s managed to turn the Idaho team around and if he keeps this up, they may just start eroding Boise’s recruiting base. heh heh…

  69. midori7 November 9, 2009 10:19 am

    Morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to LWJ & the Warriors!

    Hope to see the running game continue to play a prominent role in our offense the rest of the season.

    Uniforms looked good on Sat. Hope the staff is stocking up on the Choc Chip Cookie Dough Bites!


  70. djmitcho November 9, 2009 10:22 am

    Good Morning All! Hope everyone has a good week.

  71. al November 9, 2009 10:26 am

    congratulations lwj!!!

  72. al November 9, 2009 10:27 am

    congratulations on the baby girl!

    (tks slugger for the 411, i was also wondering about that)

  73. al November 9, 2009 10:28 am

    ask and you shall receive…….

    thanks for having lwj as the guest on tuesday.

  74. al November 9, 2009 10:31 am

    pride. sprained ankle no problem. as long as you didn’t loose your falsetto.

    stretch… i think 2006 may be correct. didn’t the nasti one win pow once?

  75. al November 9, 2009 10:38 am

    in a true moment of awe and fear…….

    so i am sitting in my aisle seat and i see skipper diaz talking to some folks below me. at first i didn’t recognize the former bull of mayor wright housing as he has lost a LOT of weight. he must not weigh no more than 201 lbs. he looked like he was still in the 7th grade. (this the awe part)

    as he comes up the aisle, i say, “eh, how you skippa?”
    naturally one reaches out the hand to offer the handshake.
    (now this is the moment of fear, if you know what i mean, since he is known for that bone crushing handshake)
    fortunately, however, he gives me the old slap on the shoulder as if he is going after the quarterback.

    whew, anything but the “skippa handshake”. so what if i land up in the seat next to me.

  76. al November 9, 2009 10:40 am

    btw, for those who missed this past tailgate…

    momo’s ribs rock!

    although mrs. momo according to one sweet lady is the one who does most of the prep work and then momo comes in to finish the dish.

  77. visitor November 9, 2009 10:46 am

    Congrats Leon!!! Well deserved…you represent the team so well. A class act.

    BTW, how about those green and white uniforms? I think they’re great! We should shelve the black…after all the UH colors are green & white.

  78. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 11:06 am

    Oregon Reinstates LeGarrette Blount

  79. al November 9, 2009 11:06 am

    yup, we like the green and white. for some it is a new look. for others it is a retro look without the white helmets.

    the white socks was billy “white shoes” johnson-ish. i suppose that is in mack’s era.

    maybe they need those full legged underarmour. that would really look keen.

    but, let’s keep our deep green helmets.

  80. al November 9, 2009 11:09 am

    i thought lagarette blount was down for the count. i guess the ducks took a page from the gators.

    or perhaps that loss to the cardinal hurt so bad. i think that loss cost them 5 million in additional bcs money.

  81. letsgowarriors November 9, 2009 11:11 am

    but the ducks still lead the pac10.

    LaMichael James will not be benched.

  82. letsgowarriors November 9, 2009 11:14 am

    any recruiting news? this weekend is crucial. if we run the ball like the USU game, i give us a 3% chance to land Josh Quezada. up from 2%.

  83. OldDiver November 9, 2009 11:18 am

    Regarding # 50

    What will happen when we play Navy and Wisconsin? I really don’t know. I do know the Warriors will show up and give it their all.

  84. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 11:24 am

    Everybody deserves a second chance.

  85. chopsueyboy November 9, 2009 11:24 am

    #24 oldie
    glad your co-workers enjoyed the game and brought good luck to the team. Does that mean I can’t go to another game?

    #69 midori 7
    #77 visitor
    #79 al
    Love the green jersey and white pants uniforms.
    Hope they keep it for all the home games.

  86. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 11:25 am

    You’ve stared death(grip) in the face, and lived to tell.
    My fingers still cringe from muscle memory thinking of Skippa.

  87. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 11:27 am

    Favorite movie candy: Red Vines.
    Least favorite: Dots.
    Which brings us the question: Who the heck is eating Dots?

  88. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 11:29 am

    I just found online my all-time favorite candy: Broadway Strawberry Licorice Rolls.

  89. al November 9, 2009 11:36 am

    st….yah, i got an arthritic right middle finger as a result from an earlier encounter.

  90. Pete Jek November 9, 2009 11:38 am

    Congratulations, Wright-Jackson. Award’s well deserved.

  91. J-Dog November 9, 2009 11:38 am

    LWJ also got a helmet sticker from ESPN.

  92. al November 9, 2009 11:38 am

    never heard of broadway strawberry licorice rolls. must be a new yorker favorite.

    whatever happened to jujubees? milk duds?

  93. J-Dog November 9, 2009 11:39 am

    Greg Salas was mentioned in the close-but-no-cigar honorable mention.

  94. al November 9, 2009 11:41 am

    it would be a nice success story for lwj to finish with a string of 100 yard rush games and get a long look in the nfl as a free agent. hook up with the (w)right team and in five years come back to hawaii (if we ever get the pro bowl back) as pro bowler.

    that could make for lmn channel docu-movie eh???

  95. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 11:42 am

    Everybody wearing white socks…

    Hmmm… yah know? That’s almost Japanesque. No one stands out because of what they are wearing. Everyone is part of the same team. It’s uniformity, conformity, and the becoming of “one.” In Japan, public school kids all wear uniforms. Where they get their uniforms and bags are all decided by the schools. No one stands out as richer or poorer. Thing is… that little backpack the elementary kids carry around? They can cost $200 easy! Aiyah!

    Sometimes getting players on the same page demands the simplest of measures. Maybe those white socks is one of those ‘simple’ measures.

  96. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 11:44 am

    If Moniz didn’t throw those interceptions, he’d be in a tie for POW with LWJ… shoots… no turn overs and sacks and the whole Offense would have been POW.

  97. Kekoa (iPhone) November 9, 2009 11:49 am

    Al ~

    Skippah Gomard (anoddah Skippah) and former McKinley QB) lived 2 houses down my unkle. Us kids played fb on Lilipuna St. In front his house.

    He was da biggest ‘kid’ out dere. No complaints from da odda neighbors. He had da same kine grip on meat hook hands. Many life lessons learned from old school playahs.

  98. believer November 9, 2009 12:29 pm

    offense starting to roll. d will get bettah. O has found one runnin game. lwj getting reps. alex G gettin reps. team gainin confidence. coaches continuin to coach up. moniz’ got game. O line gellin. UH goin bowlin! Auryte!

  99. kama krab November 9, 2009 12:42 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    Gotta take it one game at a time.

    Gotta say though, Saturdays game was a solid start. We saw some good things on offense and defense. Just gotta keep working.

  100. kama krab November 9, 2009 12:42 pm


  101. kama krab November 9, 2009 12:45 pm

    Combined with Saturdays win, if we are able to win the next two games then who knows what could happen against Navy and Wisconsin.

    For me, I think that the Navy and Wisconsin game may be long shot’s but with a three game winning streak going into the Navy game crazy things can happen.

  102. royvic November 9, 2009 12:59 pm

    My thinking is that the play in which Purcell got his bell rung may end being a blessing in disguise.

    Often times through my own experiences and watching others, I’ve seen where the athlete, who was the recipient of such a viscous hit comes back with added vengeance.

    What I’m trying to point out may be foreign to some, but for those that have experienced such a big hit may relate to what I’m saying.

    The hunch I have is that for some athletes, and hopefully this is the case for Purcell, is that being knocked down hard might be impetus in them getting back up and coming back a lot stronger and better.

    Up until now, I felt Purcell needed a trigger to unleash more of his playing ability, so my hope that the hit he took serves to inspire him in that direction.

  103. King Katonk November 9, 2009 1:12 pm

    Congrats to LWJ. He truly deserves the recognition for the time and patience he’s put into the program. He’s always had a great team attitude. I hope he’ll be able to finish the year strong and open the eyes of some pro scouts.

    BTW – As it was mentioned on Saturday’s blog it’s good to see Mighty Mouse (Chad Owens) back in the game.

  104. SteveM November 9, 2009 1:19 pm

    The Tsai-ko tailgate & Cattle Call logistics page for the UH-SJSU game on November 21 is at…


    Joint activities by UHAA, Na Koa, and HCCNC are listed and linked. Tsai-kos attending are requested to contact me or post for inclusion/updates on the page.

  105. al November 9, 2009 1:20 pm

    good point royvic.

    purcell can play, but, he needed to unleash the fury within him to get to the next level. i hope your theory becomes proof.

    add another 10-15 lbs on him during the offseason he could be better than fonoti.

  106. letsgowarriors November 9, 2009 1:35 pm

    good points, #102 and #105.

  107. Palolo November 9, 2009 2:03 pm

    I finally saw Coach Rolo get really excited, taking off the headset and yelled out the plays to the QB. Rolo is usually very calm, and seemed to think too much, or should I say “listen” too much between plays. I think Coach Mack has given Rolo free reign and the play calling will get better and better the rest of the season. It will be the end of our delay of game flags.

  108. Nalani November 9, 2009 2:08 pm

    Not to toot my own horn, but didn’t I say the Warriors should run the ball more?! Nice job by the RBs and the OL.

    I think the Run N Shoot has gone away w JJ and our new coach/team need to establish their own identity based on their own strengths.

    Go Warriors!!!!

  109. kama krab November 9, 2009 2:15 pm

    Palolo #107,

    I totally agree with you. It look like Rolo was really getting into flow of the game and looked very excited at the end of the 2nd Quarter when the team was going through there 2 minute drill. The offense got the ball down the field, which in turn really made Rolo happy.

    I also feel that once Rolo is given full reign of the offense, everything will run much more smoothly.

    He will be one of them up and coming coaches along with Aranda.

  110. RedZone November 9, 2009 2:18 pm

    Aieeeeeeeee……… got so excited I went to watch Leon video and thought wow Leon got old. But then I realized it was coach Nash then remembered today is Monday. Aieeeee……

  111. Pomai November 9, 2009 2:23 pm

    I am wondering if we have gotten back to the run & shoot, IMHO when JJ was here he used a very far off version of the R&S which was 95% shoot and 5% run, maybe we are back to 50/50 in the run &shoot! Which would be harder to prepare for by our opponents.

    I like the white & green for home games, but would keep the black for certain games.

  112. lava November 9, 2009 2:41 pm

    Hines Ward was voted the dirtiest player in the NFL, in part for the hit last year on lb David Rivers. See link below.

    That block was far cleaner — FAR FAR CLEANER — than the shot Elliot Purcell took. The Utah St. player led with him helmet right into Elliot’s face mask.


  113. lava November 9, 2009 2:42 pm

    Coincidentally, Yahoo Sports is running an article about dirty players, where Hines is featured #1.

  114. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 2:47 pm

    I’m not a financial genius, but I figured this out:
    In recent years, tuition has gone up.
    Enrollment is at a high.
    So UH is bringing in more money than ever.
    But yet it has a $76 million deficit.
    I’m assuming that it’s because the state cut its funding to UH.
    So UH’s budget crisis, as reported today, is really a state budget crisis, no?

  115. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 2:48 pm

    Dang.. .unauthorized use on my BankAmerica Mastercard, again.. third time in 7 years… sheesh.. where’s the leak?

  116. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 9, 2009 3:04 pm

    It’s good to see Leon Jackson finally having a game where the hype surrounding him a couple years back is finally showing on the field.

    I think a lot of us had thought he was a lost cause so I am excited to see how much he can do for us in the games ahead of us.

    Go Warriors!

  117. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 9, 2009 3:12 pm


    Hawaii ( – 20.5) favored over NMSU



    A little inflated because of this weeks win I think but its great to see us favored to win a game 🙂



    Hawaii 45
    NMSU 28

  118. sjmacro November 9, 2009 3:13 pm

    re: #103–game stats for Chad Owens 1 pass reception (10 yds), 3 punt returns, 2 ko returns for 80 yards!


  119. jm2375 November 9, 2009 3:16 pm

    ST – #114 – yes, despite assurances that they wouldn’t cut general funds to UH, when UH was allowed to keep tuition monies and given semi-autonomy, the state has never given UH their full share (kinda like the charter schools, but that’s for another discussion). Along with all the usuals (increased salaries, overhead, etc), UH is in as deep a hole as the State is.

  120. chopsueyboy November 9, 2009 3:23 pm


    UH 56 – UMSU 27

  121. LizKauai November 9, 2009 3:29 pm

    Just had a nice lunch with jojo and joje…

    Hope they can find tix to next week’s game…!

    OLDIE- mahalo nui loa! One with da oddah commentaries would be awesome!!!


  122. Buffoman November 9, 2009 3:30 pm

    So, there are those who feel verses Navy, no chance. verses Wis, even less chance.

    Well, looks like UH will end the season with no one but two “Bowl” games as these two teams will wind up in someone elses Bowl games so, why not look at each as our own. Heck, who, knows, we may win, but as I said before, I am just looking for us to be really competitive, that way we better our chances to do what many don’t expect…win. Do it twice and we get a shot at our own real Bowl. Whatever, if we end being competitive, you could say that we ended the season on a high note.

  123. al November 9, 2009 3:48 pm

    so that was the loudest half full or is it half empty aloha stadium in years.

    we all agreed that it was good to yell, scream, and cheer again. seems like a lot of pent up frustrations were released not only on the field but in the stands as well.

    its time for stretch to instigate the return of the white board!

  124. al November 9, 2009 3:49 pm

    buffoman….the game still gotta be played, therefore, always, always get chance.

  125. Kona Girl November 9, 2009 3:57 pm

    Palolo brings up a good point in post #107…did the calls come from Lee in the booth or mainly from Rolo on the field? If Rolo was making the calls, then this may be the right way to go for the future.

    It’s a much better image seeing the coaches on the sidelines actually look like they new what they were doing…makes a HUGE difference in player confidence and fan confidence too!!! There for awhile, I was ready to suggest they talk to an image consultant…boy, what a win can do!

  126. Kekoa November 9, 2009 4:08 pm

    m-i-h ~ Re: #115.

    The FBI is working on a ring of Cyber thieves who can steal 10 million dollars from over a network of 150 ATM’s in one 24 hour period. Your account might be one that they have ‘white plastic’ on already. So you gotta get with your bank and institute some changes.

    I’ll email more info on some alternatives if you like.

  127. Kekoa November 9, 2009 4:11 pm

    M-I-H ~

    btw the banks won’t admit to it publicly because they don’t want people to lose confidence in their ‘secure’ transactions…Right Colomaohana?

  128. Kekoa November 9, 2009 4:16 pm

    Buffoman ~ Clever way of looking at it. Both Navy & Wisconsin will be our own end of season *Bowl* games. If we squeeze a win from one or the other, I’ll be a happy camper. Both would be awesome!

    Go Warriors!

  129. postmanke November 9, 2009 4:19 pm

    …lets do it again 30-40 times no matter what!

  130. madeinhawaii November 9, 2009 4:24 pm


    Das why none of my credit cards are issued from my bank accounts. 🙂 I like to keep them as separate as possible. BUT, I did have the police call me two months ago regarding a different case in which someone said that he had a charge for 150 dollars on his card billed to my address from a computer parts store. Traced it to some guy who was buying things with other people’s credit cards and then selling them on ebay.

    Sheesh.. don’t people believe in an honest day’s work, anymore?

  131. Kekoa November 9, 2009 4:25 pm

    Speaking of Navy~

    The T-gate grill team and operations center is working on an alternate location for our T-gate for that weekend. Standby for an update soon.

    Meanwhile, this weekend is still planned for Cabana B. Since its New Mexico, perhaps some Mexican flavored dishes might be appropriate. (Spicy Ahi chip dip maybe?) Taco salads. Volcano Tacos.

    I was goin’ bring one giant football Pinata, but Tsaiko Kendo practioners might get carried away and go Postal!

  132. Kekoa November 9, 2009 4:30 pm

    M-I-H ~ Rajah dat! @ #130.

  133. Pride. November 9, 2009 4:50 pm

    I really don’t care how much we run the ball, or how much we throw the ball. In my limited knowledge of football, the most important thing in my opinion is that you score more points than the other team. Whether the opponents score 6 points or 60 points, if we score more than they do, we’ll usually come out on top.

  134. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 5:04 pm

    Actually, Shaw has input on the running plays.
    That’s a good/who-knows news sorta thing. Great the running game works; not sure about having so many voices involved in the play-calling.

  135. RedZone November 9, 2009 5:12 pm

    I agree with ST. One person should call all the plays. Let me call all the plays.

  136. Stephen Tsai November 9, 2009 5:17 pm

    Chris Petersen is one of this generation’s great offensive minds. He doesn’t call the plays.

  137. Kazz November 9, 2009 5:19 pm

    (48 hr rule pau)

    Anybody else think it’s a bad idea to play the UH-BYU volleyball match on Maui this year? First, BYU is one of the top draws. Second, the Warriors are going to be very good this year. I understand the Maui lawmakers have been very good to the athletic department, but couldn’t they play another match there? I mean, that’s a Saturday night. What’s more, UH only plays four real home matches that month. Don’t think Alberta counts, and what is Hope International? Thoughts?

    Well it’s bad for us on Oahu, but a BIG plus for UH supporters on Maui.

    What’s the skinny on the ticket prices for that match in Maui?

  138. Kekoa November 9, 2009 5:20 pm

    Right on Pride! When we got a whole bunch and dey got less points den us…we win! I like your shoots, we get ’em! system.

  139. Kazz November 9, 2009 5:21 pm


    Any sign or indication the GREEN and WHITE uniforms now officially become the home “look” and the black ones get relegated to “special” games?

  140. Momo November 9, 2009 5:24 pm

    Yes it was a great week end for the bows. The football team looked good and get better as the game went on…I guess this is way one needs positive vibes as a reward for job well done,The VB game was great with the lady bows full of confidence. Lets hope they host a sub regional game….Most of all, may this extend to the other sports as their season start…Go Bows

  141. Kazz November 9, 2009 5:35 pm

    Had some time to put this together and make sure it comes out right. Was a mixture of emotions for me at last night’s senior night festivites.

    I may have players that I enjoy for their potential or their displayed skill, but no true “favorites” or preferences, last night at the Wahine volleyball game was like going to see off a friend you’ll never see again at the airport. You know it’s coming months before and you don’t focus or dwell on it. This season we all knew who the seniors were and three of them played VITAL roles in the success of the team over the past three years, as with all the seniors, but back in 07 these ladies caught my attention and what a nice finish to their career at UH with big sweeps against rival UCLA and Stanford at home this season, not to mention being key components of the team that gave Dave Shoji his 1000th win.

    Stephanie Brandt.

    -I truly believed she would win out the setter spot over Mafua and it looked to be that way in the beginning, but with our offensive preference and our smaller outside hitters, Brandt’s higher sets was not favorable. She proved to be a great server and very athletic defensive player. I cannot recall another player that is so effective off the bench and we’ve seen the momentum swing in our favor in games where she comes in to help things turn around.

    Amber Kaufman.

    -FIAHCRAKAH!!! This lady is intense, often times “too intense” for her own good and is often seen on the bench sitting alone either biting her towel or punching the court in disgust of her own shortcomings, but only a select few can operate under these conditions. For me, the explosive side of her personality on the court is what drew me to watching her closely over the past two seasons as I’ve felt I could relate. I too was someone very hard on myself when I played organized sports, and at times I’m pretty sure I was hard to deal with when I would get down on myself, but for me to see someone else feel the same fire I once felt when I played sports gave me some sort of “connection” and understanding for what must have been going on in her head during those times.

    One of the finest pure athletes Manoa has ever had and one of the most explosive and dynamic and at times entertaining personalities on the court, I will truly miss seeing her in action on the volleyball court, of course I believe she actually has two more “years” of eligibility for track and field though. I am glad I was there last season to witness her almost “paranormal” performance against Washington with 11 service aces to help lead the Wahine back from being down 2 sets to win the match in 5 in “storybook” fashion.

    Aneli Cubi-Otineru.

    -If the UH athletic department could market or fashion a student athlete to become a crowd favorite, then Ms. Cubi-Otineru would be the prototype. Born and bred volleyball, specifically Wahine volleyball, we’ve all seen her improve in all aspects of her game over the years. The “oohs” and “ahhs” from the masses in attendance inside the SSC whenever she produces a serve that probably “mis-shapens” the round ball is something not produced by marketing or ad campaigns, but something that comes naturally when people see something special.

    “Cat” Fowler and Jayme Lee saw limited playing time over their careers at UH. Fowler just transferred last season and Lee has been with the program for five years. Lee saw more time due to her consistent serving skills and has given us some highlights with some amazing athletic digs. With Elizabeth Ka’aihue injured last year, I wasn’t sure what the libero position was going to be like this season. Ka’aihue returned in good shape this year and won out the spot from Lee, but still Shoji saw her value and the many that cheered her on when she did get into the rotation appreciated it.

    For “Cat” Fowler, it must have been a challenge. With Kaufman and Nickie Thomas well set into their positions up front last season, it was hard for a transfer to get into the mix, especially at the level in which Shoji and staff have come to expect, as well as the fans. However, I enjoyed the article in the Advertiser by Ann Miller in which Fowler’s open-minded attitude towards living in Hawaii and her role on the team has helped her mature into a better individual. That is always very respectable to read of a student from a very different culture. I hope that her experience in Hawaii and at UH will continue to take her far.

    For me it was a bittersweet follow-up to a VERY SWEET Saturday evening.

    For these young ladies, their lives will continue beyond the hallowed volleyball “halls” of the SSC, and for us fans we shall move on as well, for NO INDIVIDUAL IS ABOVE THE UNIVERSITY AND IT’S ATHLETIC PROGRAMS.

    Still, it SUCKS to have to say “goodbye”.

    Aloha ladies, I and all of Hawai’i have been very entertained and inspired by all of you through the years!

  142. Kazz November 9, 2009 5:37 pm


    Is NMSU still using a 3-3-5 defense?

  143. wafan November 9, 2009 5:45 pm

    Kazz . . .


  144. Pride. November 9, 2009 5:54 pm

    Red Zone, you need to borrow Stretch’s whiteboard and signal the plays for the offensive coaches through the window on the diamond head side of the pressbox.

  145. Pride. November 9, 2009 6:00 pm

    Kazz, if I were a University of Hawaii athlete, I would love and appreciate someone like you. Thanks for being a great fan. And thanks for putting to words what the rest of us feel but are unable verbalize.

  146. Pride. November 9, 2009 6:11 pm

    I’m quite pleased with Moniz’s progress. I thik that he is doing very well for someone who is only six games into his division 1 college football career.

    Moniz’s 129.7 passing efficiency is not too far behind Alexander’s 142.6 during his first year in 2008.

    Colt Brennan had a 155.5 during his first year in 2005.

    Moniz so far is averaging an interception every 29 pass attempts, compared to Alexander’s interception for every 49 attempts in 2008.

    Alexander also averaged a touchdown pass every 17.5 pass attempts compared to Moniz’s touchdown per 20.3 pass attempts.

    Most important is for Moniz to continue learning and getting comfortable with the offense. He’ll get better and better as the weeks go by.

  147. Pride. November 9, 2009 6:21 pm

    The run and shoot is finally doing what it was designed to do and that is to force the defense to defend the whole field. It’s designed to stretch the defense vertically and horizontally, hopefully resulting in little ‘pukas’ here and there. If we continue at our present pace, we are going to force the defense to defend six playmakers. Four wides, a running back, and a quarterback who can throw and pass.

    What we’ve also done the past few games is throw the long ball to Taylor. It really doesn’t matter whether we complete it or not, although completing it would be nice. What we show on film is a willingness to spread the field vertically forcing the defense to deal with it when they gameplan for us.

    Our willingness to go downfield with the ball, and then to run the ball a little bit, has just made us a much better offensive team. Good job by the coaches and players.

  148. iwonderwhytheyhateme November 9, 2009 6:30 pm


    What I noticed from the 2 practices I have been to along with some “good” info is that Rolo and Shaw do most if not ALL of the play calling and work on the Offense.

    Honestly I have no problem with this as it seems to be working great for us!

    Ron Lee’s role is the “Emperor of Japan” and I have not even seem him “working with the receivers” like Coach Mack said he wanted to do…Haven’t seen it in practice, maybe some people have…I dunno. What got me was one practice I saw him supervising some players roll the field off in the corner while the offense was running plays etc the ENTIRE practice….(O_o)

    ST, I am sure you know the gritty details but cannot disclose them to the public.

    There are some coaches that like to tell it how it is ex: Mike Leach and John L. Smith. Coach Mack isn’t the type to disparage his staff or players (as for other people/teams that might be debatable) so you will never hear him say anything bad about them.

    If you put the pieces of the puzzle together it doesn’t take any “inside” information to figure out what’s going on here.

    No complaints though because the play calling has been pretty darn good so far.

  149. d1島 November 9, 2009 6:32 pm


    Great eval.

    I wish I had “limited knowledge” like you 😉

  150. Slugger November 9, 2009 6:43 pm

    A great piece on Spencer Smith on the Coach Mack show.

  151. d1島 November 9, 2009 7:08 pm



  152. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:18 pm

    Pride and Wafan,

    Mahalo for the kind words. Nothing special though… Speak from da heart first, and then the mind.

    The student athletes at UH show me this with their performances and dedication. I have no clue how they do what they do with away and home practices and games, class schedules, part time jobs, personal issues, being away from home (for our mainland and outer-island athletes)…

    All we feel, all the smiles we’ve been able to share as fans through the good and bad, it’s all them.

    All our student athletes deserve our respect.

  153. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:26 pm

    NMSU will be another test of the resolve and the concentration of our coaching staff and players. Last season we had a big win at home against Nevada and some reported a very very laxed practice week before they headed up to Logan, Utah.

    We know what happened after that.

    Both the Nevada last season and this past Saturday’s game against USU are carbon copies in the sense that those were two “break out” games for the offense. Last season was Greg Alexander’s “debut” as a good R&S QB and this past Saturday the offense finally returned after a long hiatus since the WSU game.

    NMSU isn’t great and neither is SJSU, but we can’t be too picky with “quality” opponents. If we play our game and focus, we win already. Need confidence boosters before heading up against the beasts at the end of the season.

    For now, I can live with dismantling poor teams.

    For now, I can live with knowing that while our HBs exploded on the ground, the Utah State defensive line was pretty small (averaging about 240-255 lbs across the board) so it should be expected that our offensive line had their way against them.

    For now, I’ll take it one day at a time. I don’t care what Navy did this past weekend or what problems Wisconsin will pose.

    I’ll just worry about NMSU.

    This Saturday we’ll find out if our boys and coaches have done the same and not repeat “da kine” from last season as I mentioned earlier.

    Could of smashed Utah State last year in Logan… Could of…

  154. tom mui November 9, 2009 7:29 pm

    KAZZ: Your 141 articulates well how we all feel about the Wahines.

    Pop Leahey said in the Sunday broadcast that we should put up WAC championship banners up in the SSC. Maybe this is a project that the Tsaikos might consider undertaking. I’m sure that JD would not object – it would not be out of his budget!

  155. A-House November 9, 2009 7:31 pm


    Coach Mack told Liz Chun on the Coach Mack Show that the Green and White unis will be the home uniform!!!

    Like Slugger, Mrs A-House and I enjoyed the special portion on Spencer Smith. It brings out many little bits about the player being highlighted and makes one, at least for us, closer to the player.

    For Spencer, it was his determination on being a Warrior all the way from Georgia – no questions asked – hands down. Like his father told him one Christmas day while in high school, the present with Hawaii on it was the closest he would come to Hawaii. Then, his driving nearly 300 miles to then Coach Glanville’s home to deliver his game tape and a promise by Glanville that the Hawaii DC will get the tape.

    It is precious moments like these that make him and every player special.

    And, may his Grand parents continue to watch over him forever!

  156. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:32 pm

    Usually when you get a taste of something good a craving develops.

    Winning tastes good again yeah?

    Moniz was da man and the playcalling brought out the best in him and the HBs.

    WRs did their jobs and it was too easy at times.

    Still concerned about the way we come out in the 3rd.

    Still concerned about how I and others still feel “on edge” even after a 28pt lead going into the half. People in my section and even my friends had a hard time listening to me screaming for bloody murder on Utah State. They told me “we stay up by choke!!!”…

    Still, when you have your man down, on the ground and he’s still breathing, don’t just step on his throat, you GOTTA CRUSH IT!!!!!!!!

    As long as there is breath in your opponent’s body, there is still fight.

    KILL! KILL! KILL! NO MERCY!!!!!!!!!

  157. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:38 pm

    Tom Mui,

    I TOO agree with the WAC banners for all sports to be displayed in the SSC, especially the dominance of the Wahine.

    Last season I posed this question to JD on the sportshawaii chat, but he didn’t get to my question.

    I think we should poll some Tsaikos at the next tailgate or via e-mails to see who can try help.

    We may get a quote from AD, but with the way recent donations have gone in terms of them actually getting done once the kala was raised is disappointing.

    Anyway, to have all those WAC volleyball banners hanging in the SSC can be quite a site for recruits to see and it serves as a great reminder of our women’s volleyball tradition.

    Yeah, some whiners and “Prickly Petes” will say “they’re WAC banners, who cares”? Well those morons just don’t get the big picture. It’s not showing off mediocrity, it’s showing off plain DOMINANCE. They should tell BSU football players to throw away their WAC championship rings while their at it.


    In fact, I’m getting all “itchy”. I’m gonna e-mail Rich Sheriff and Jim Donovan right now and see what can be done.

  158. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:45 pm

    Tom Mui,

    Just another thought, perhaps if the cost would be too costly for all those banners, perhaps just one VERY large banner displaying the WAC championship years would suffice OR perhaps a decorative “billboard” type display in the front entrance (Gate A).

    I’d also like to see something intimidating for visiting players and coaches to see when they enter the locker room area. Something like a sign saying “Aloha, Volleyball Lives Here”. Kind of a rip off of the ESPN College Gameday slogan, but you get the idea.

    There are a lot of possibilites.

    Hmmm… I’d like to get 808ike into this. He’s pretty close to the program.

    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! The mind is FLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. A-House November 9, 2009 7:50 pm

    Looking ahead to 2010:

    With the emergence of Moniz, the QB position appers to be in good hands with Shane Austin and the 3 red shirt frosh.

    The OL will need help as 4 of 5 are now seniors. Hope Letuli can secure that medical redshirt so he, A. Thomas, and Hansen can be the base. Hope, again, that LaCount will contribute and get the new centers ready.

    Runing backs will be solid with Green, Dimude, and redshirts ready to fill in.

    Receivers will be solid with Lane returning plus Pilares, Salas, Taylor and company.

    Injuries to the Dline has given under classmen the opportunity to play and will be pushed by the redshirts.

    LB should be solid with the return of B Satele and Paredes. Hope Blaze wants the medical redshirt!

    DB sould be solid with experience this year at all positions.

    USC, watch out for Hawaii in Sept 2010!!!!

  160. Kela November 9, 2009 7:50 pm

    I have been a die-hard Warriors fan for many years, and always have great seats at Aloha stadium, practically on the field! They finally got a win! They really needed one to boost their spirits. One thing I was wondering……. if anyone witnessed that kick Enos made that was blocked by Utah’s defensive line? The Warriors need to do a better job of protecting their line so Enos can get those extra points. I saw him come off the field to one of the coaches. He was yelling in his face. Does anyone know what that was about? I watched the replay online and the commentator said the line broke prematurely and there was no way anyone could have made that kick. Did I miss something???

  161. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:51 pm

    Banners look good, especially to potential recruits. 😎

  162. Palolo November 9, 2009 7:51 pm

    After Coach Mack and the Warriors kick NMSU and SJSU they will need two miracles against Navy and Wisconsin. If the miracles happen, Hawaii vs SMU will draw 50,000 people. Coach Mack will be everyone’s hero when he beats June Jones head to head. If we lose we will hear and see all the haters call for the head of our coach. It will be a very interesting November for Hawaii. Lots of excitment for Warrior football fans.

  163. Kazz November 9, 2009 7:55 pm


    I sit in the endzone, the North end zone. I just assumed that Enos was going for like a “line drive” kick which would usually require a lower angle to drive the ball.

    In the FSU game, ST mentioned that Enos blamed his blocked FG then for the same issue. He wanted a lower angle to power the ball through the uprights.

    However, I think Enos has decent power to get the ball at a higher angle and he’d still make the kick.

    But if you saw it at a better view, then you’d have to go with what you saw and if Tormey was amping out at Enos, then I dunno what’s going on.

  164. whitey November 9, 2009 8:02 pm

    kazz, well done, but this is just a start of a new journey in uh wahine vb. they are laying a solid foundation, not only for this year, but for years to come. my gut feeling is that they will be in the final 2 if the coaches keep their present philosophy of team play and if an individual is not performing, replace her. In the recent past, i cheered for the wahines, but never made it a point to watch them play cause they did not play as a team, but promoted individuals. this year, they included everyone and for that i congratulate coach shoji and his staff for making the major change in their vb game.

  165. whitey November 9, 2009 8:08 pm

    banners for the WAC champs at SSC should be mandatory, no questions asked. each sport has a booster club, so why don’t they buy one and give it to JD to have it hung.

  166. whitey November 9, 2009 8:11 pm

    i saw what ST was refering to about finances at UH and it got me more confused. record enrollment, increase in tuition, and financial straits at UH. somehow all of that don’t jive.

  167. Kela November 9, 2009 8:12 pm


    I have followed the team very closely for many years now and have been very impressed by his powerful kicking. I saw the FSU game on TV and follow the blogs and did read that it was blocked because he had a low kick at FSU. Even that TV commentator commented they need to work on their line, but what do I know. Im not a kicker or coach just a fan. A friend of mine that kicked for TCU many years ago said that you get more power from a lower angle and more control of the ball, so you have to have very aggressive men to keep the line from breaking. I just wanted to know why the coach was up in his face? Seems like that coach is in a lot of the players faces?

  168. whitey November 9, 2009 8:19 pm

    i have no idea what the coaches tell alex d, punter, but somehow what he does in practice is ignored or worthless. all the posts i seen say that they are impressed with his punting because of length, height, and hang time, but watching gametime, this is another punter.

  169. whitey November 9, 2009 8:23 pm

    as far as my take on Scott E, he is too slow to kick. he reminds me of a golfer who sets up, then when it is time to strike, he hesitates. my cs tells me that if you want to kick low, you got to kick faster, otherwise, the middle and outside blockers will block you.

  170. whitey November 9, 2009 8:26 pm

    i don’t think m mcbriar was told to kick directionally as i remember him for his long booming kicks.

  171. whitey November 9, 2009 8:29 pm

    punting and kicking is a low priority with most fb teams, un is no exception. yet, when the game is on the line, it can be either the kicker or punter who determines the outcome. if they make a mistake, the coaches and fans get after them, WHY?????

  172. al November 9, 2009 8:39 pm

    whitey…perhaps the difference is the live action.

  173. al November 9, 2009 8:41 pm

    ahouse no forget rausch is a junior.

  174. al November 9, 2009 8:45 pm

    ahouse…and get tuipolutu. plus masch, hafoka, sapolu. on the dline.

  175. al November 9, 2009 8:47 pm

    lefiti has quietly been getting some quality pt.

  176. al November 9, 2009 8:53 pm

    ahouse…. would be nice if the running back commits on saturday to add to the depth.

  177. wena November 9, 2009 8:55 pm

    just a fast note to say that I had an enjoyable time at the tailgate this past Saturday. Good to see so many Tsai’kos there. And the game itself… I only stayed for one hour. The UH players really did a great job!! I had to leave early to take my son to his highschool social.
    Thank you again for the good food…..Betty…that banana bread was the best. And whoever made that steak….mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!! Next time I’m gonna try and see if Bren wants to come…maybe just to hang out with you guys. Too bad Kekoa, Diana, and Pops were not there. Hope Diana is doing okay. Will pray for her.

  178. Kazz November 9, 2009 9:04 pm


    Honestly, don’t know what Tormey was doing. Guess he simply saw it one way and some saw it another.

  179. Kekoa November 9, 2009 9:21 pm

    Thank you for your concern Wena! Diana is doing well thank you. Papa will be going in for some extensive work on readjusting his meds. This will be a live-in program. I do believe that the power of prayer from those at the t-gate had a lot to do with her recovery.

    Like you and ST, we are happy to have a new born around the hacienda to keep us old folks on our toes. Tonite was one of those chances I had to sing some of those soothing Lullaby’s. I started 3 and finished…none! (Fogit da wurds!).

  180. el guapo November 9, 2009 9:25 pm


    November 9th, 2009 at 8:11 pm
    i saw what ST was refering to about finances at UH and it got me more confused. record enrollment, increase in tuition, and financial straits at UH. somehow all of that don’t jive.

    14% spending cut
    Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration projects a statewide budget deficit of about $1 billion through June 2011, and Lingle has imposed 14 percent spending restrictions on UH and the state Department of Education.

  181. westsidesview. November 9, 2009 9:30 pm

    I saw our punter in camp and had doubts bc he wasnt being timed from snap to boot and often went over the prescribed time.
    Observers on this board placed emphasis on his punt height and distance without other measurement.
    Moreover our punter was inexperienced in game time or live situations.

    All kicks are timed including FGs and punts. From snap to hold to boot/kick.

    Much like a pitcher is timed from pause to ball delivery then from delivery to ball in catchers mitt. In that manner a baserunner, who knows his time from first to second with a 3-step lead, can figure out whether he can steal on a pitcher.
    I saw the Phillies 1st base coach, former Dodger great-Lopes, with a stop watch in the series with the Dodgers and Yankees.
    Basically, the same practice applies to punting and kicking, as far as stop-watch timing is concerned. It is based on the average speed it takes for a D-player on the perimeter, untouched, to reach the blocking zone of the punter/kicker.
    There are certainly other technicalities for both snapper and punter/kicker such as snap time, accuracy, etc. and from what Ive seen Ingram is OK, both in time and accuracy. He will get better. Ditto on his kick snaps.

    Enos will improve and his FG misses and blocks came from technical gliches in his take-off, foot-contact and ball lift.

    Once a punt is in the air, hang time becomes a factor.
    If the punter is hanging the ball over .042 that is good and directional punts make little sense bc your gunners should be close to the PR by then.

    I havent seen anyone with a stop watch on the field and perhaps they clock off of film. That method is not preferred bc its better to correct immediately or bc of film quality speed. We are talking about tenths of a second.
    I only witnessed a few practices in different periods of camp.

    IDK who has coaching expertise in this area on Mac’s staff, if anyone, but the Aussie needs help. It’s obvious he does not have consistent exposion on contact. Coaches look for leg speed and explosion. I know Charlie Weiss spends time in this area to personally observe and will often make post practice comments on his punters when evaluating during camp. JJ was often concerned with timing.

  182. tom mui November 9, 2009 9:47 pm

    Just dropped a line to JD re: volleyball banner proposal.

  183. al November 9, 2009 9:57 pm

    okay…i’ll chime in.
    other than it being a political favor, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to play the byu game in maui. i would have much rather seen the exhibition match played there.

    i believe that the men’s vb program needs to rebuild its fan base in honolulu. removing a natural draw is just not going to help build the fan base back to the yuval katz’ period.

    this game should have been thought of as another step towards building the hype.

    now if you told me that there was a 6’10” middle in maui that we were after, then, i would agree.

    besides the added cost for both teams is probably being footed by the lower campus.

    …nuff said

  184. A-House November 9, 2009 10:00 pm


    thanks, I forgot Rausch is only a JR – assumed he was a Senior cause he came same time at Alexander.

    would be a real coup to get the RB this weekend!

  185. whitey November 9, 2009 10:03 pm

    al, you know the cream always comes to maui!! hahahahahaaaaaaa

  186. whitey November 9, 2009 10:05 pm

    actually somehow those maui people are kind of sneaky, stay low profile, and strike when nobody paying attention. hahahahahaaaaaaaa

  187. Masaboy November 9, 2009 10:18 pm

    Thank you for all the birthday wishes..It was a great day for me..Too bad I wasn’t able to come back and watch the Warriors win against Utah St. Hope all is well with everybody

  188. Kazz November 9, 2009 10:22 pm

    Tom Mui,

    Just sent one to JD too, but also CC’d to Stan Ching of the Wahine volleyball booster club.

  189. chawan_cut November 9, 2009 10:25 pm

    How’s LV Masaboy?
    Happy belated birthday!

  190. Kazz November 9, 2009 10:25 pm


    CC’d to Rich Sheriff too!

  191. chawan_cut November 9, 2009 10:32 pm

    tonight’s news

  192. koakane™ November 9, 2009 10:37 pm

    kazz fyi : Ticket prices for the Maui match are $8 (adults) and $3 (UH system students with valid ID and students ages 4-high school) and will be available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, 944-2697 and HawaiiAthletics.com. All seats are general admission.

  193. Kazz November 9, 2009 10:45 pm


    Hope the draw for the Warriors do well on Maui. With the highest respect for the Maui UH supporters Al mentioned, the rebuilding for the men’s volleyball program should start in Honolulu…

    There should have been a second return match in Honolulu as ST mentioned.

  194. Kazz November 9, 2009 10:47 pm


    I guess I was one of the last people to hear about that now infamous New Mexico women’s soccer incident!!!!!!!

    I’m not ashamed to say this, but that was FUNNY AS HECK!!!!!!!!!! 😆

  195. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:02 pm

    kazz check e mail its better news than the maui game. we gotta make this one for sure

  196. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:17 pm

    where eveyone went

  197. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:18 pm

    kden getting kind of lonely now

  198. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:18 pm

    well maybe I can get to 198

  199. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:19 pm

    and 199

  200. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:19 pm

    yea 200 babe

  201. koakane™ November 9, 2009 11:21 pm

    shoot you can take ova now taking my news and go home byeeeeeeeeeee

  202. al November 9, 2009 11:31 pm

    “actually somehow those maui people are kind of sneaky, stay low profile, and strike when nobody paying attention. hahahahahaaaaaaaa”

    yah whitey, i seem to know a few sneaky buggahs from maui.

  203. al November 9, 2009 11:34 pm

    did coach really say this, “people are talking we are back in the von appen days….we are not”


  204. al November 9, 2009 11:35 pm

    sometimes nothing said is better than nuff said.

  205. al November 9, 2009 11:56 pm

    on paper we should have a really good team next year. we lose some good seniors (24) of which eleven are starters. but, we also return 26 guys who have started at one time or another this year and last year. plus we return the long snapper and his kicker/punter.

    no reason for us not to return to the hawaii bowl. an 8-5 record would be expected.

  206. LizKauai [iMac] WARRIORS! IMUA! November 9, 2009 11:57 pm

    Beauty and aloha thrive on the blog when the teams are winning…
    Character emerges when teams are struggling.

    Love the beauty break!

    I miss having the MVB exhibition matches here on Kauai. For many years, it was the only time local folks could see teams live. Our Rotary club was the sponsor to raise funds for local VB programs. I remember the Pepperdine game here. Our gym rafters were the 7th man for both teams. And I would always get hit in the head with a loose ball. The last game, I sat at the ticket table outside the gym… you guessed it. A ball came through the door at just the right angle and- conk!

    Nitey nite and sweet Warrior Dreams!

  207. koakane™ November 10, 2009 12:00 am

    sneaking in to say to al and lizk check email esmeeeeeeeeeee

  208. Ralph November 10, 2009 1:05 am

    Al I agree with you on post 183, mvb is at its lowest ebb, to resurrect you got to start with your base and that is where the game is played, on Oahu. In dire times when money is an issue, why travel needlessly. The Mormons won’t being going to the darkside of Happy Valley and even if there is sponsorship, why not add the revenue to Oahu and help the team get out of the red numbers.

  209. warriorbg November 10, 2009 1:21 am

    Being a Maui Native, I love the idea of a game being played on Maui…=]. But all bias aside, I guess I agree its a better Idea for such a key matchup to be held at the Stan Sheriff. They certainly need as much attendance as they can get.

  210. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc November 10, 2009 1:22 am

    Anyone notice anything different about the Jumbotron Saturday night?

  211. wafan November 10, 2009 3:51 am

    A super Tuesday to all!

  212. wafan November 10, 2009 3:52 am

    W-Doc . . .


  213. wafan November 10, 2009 3:55 am

    Banners and public recognition is always a good thing. The youngsters will learn the history and the oldsters will relive it.

  214. Kekoa (iPhone) November 10, 2009 4:16 am

    Wafan ~ The oldsters object!

  215. letsgowarriors November 10, 2009 4:27 am

    good point on the stop watch. as it stands, we have no chance on FGs, the kick just takes too long to get past the LOS. it doesnt help that there is pressure coming up the middle. that should never happen and we should force them to get the pressure from the outside.

  216. Hoa Kua November 10, 2009 8:19 am

    I agree with the fact that there is way to much pressure coming up the middle on the kicker. I think he has the leg to make them a bit higher though. Also the punter does need some work but who works with them???? They both have powerful legs but no one to guide them in the right direction.

    “westsidesview” made a good point in that there are really no qualified coaches with any expertise in kicking or punting. He also made a good point about the stop watch. I have been to many practices and never have seen one. I have also never witnessed any coaches helping out Alex or Scott. The only guy I have ever seen looked like a young student that hangs about at practices. What would he know about kicking and timing?

    I really think if the staff was qualified enough to actually coach these guys that they would be some of the best in the NCAA. Without proper qualified coaches, how do they expect them to improve? If they practice the same things over and over again without any guidance, they cant expect them to improve.

    “Kela” in regards to your postings, I also have seen Tormey lay into a few select players on the team. I mean coaches yell a lot, but Tormey does seem to have some issues? They coaches don’t seem to communicate very well.

    “Whitey” as for you post I agree that they get after the punters and kickers way to much in general. Not just on UH but most all teams. There was many mistakes made this year by other players but it seems like they always get the wrap. They must have a lot of pressure when it comes down to a winning FG or EP.

  217. Kela November 10, 2009 8:52 am

    Thats a great point you made Hoa. I have not really seen them receive much guidance down there. I have seen both kicker and punter working mostly alone warming up before games. That one coach……I think Tormey…..again I am not 100% positive that’s who he is……he just seems to stand there most of the time. I could be wrong, he could be verbally coaching. I obviously cant hear that in the stands, but it just seems like the guys need some help so they can show what they got.

  218. Kela November 10, 2009 8:54 am

    Oh and “letsgowarriors” I think they can make the FG’s if they keep that line strong and work with the kicker on how he can get them higher and keep his accuracy.

  219. warriorsaslohastate November 10, 2009 9:06 am

    I agree with all points that are being made by everyone. I cant believe the lack of fans at this past game. Come on fans, show your love and heart for our players! As for the punter and kicker…..they both appear to have very gifted legs. I don’t live in Honolulu anymore so I have only got to see the games via TV. But they seem to talk a lot about that line.

    Someone made a good point about his friend at TCU. It seems a lower angle would give them more power and accuracy, yet if your team can not hold the line back and there is to much pressure, you have to change you tactics right? It seems like if someone works with Enos on some higher kicking he would dominate. Maybe he should punt also???? Is there really that big of a difference between the punter from the kicker beside the holder and kicking stand? Seems like Enos makes some great deep kicks when they don’t make him do those weird directional kicks.

    I wish I could see more live games. TV can give you a way different perception of things.


  220. Wahini C November 10, 2009 11:47 am


    I was at this game and was as puzzled as you. I saw Tomey yelling and could not figure out what his issue was with Enos. I know all coaches yell so there must be some success with this tactic – but, if that is the only feedback they can provide to a player then I don’t approve.

    I, too, have yet to see any coaching being given to the kickers during warm up. From the spectators view it seems like the kickers are left on their own. The one coach that I ASSUME is working with the kickers seems like he is just standing there – not much physical interaction going on at all.

    I’d like to see success/failure statistics on college coaches. These coaches are given players with obvious potential – players that are ready to move to the next level. At that level coaches should be more experienced and held to a higher standard. Shouldn’t these coaches be held accountable for taking these players skills to their full potential? Checks and balances on the coaches – that’s what I’d like to see.

  221. warriorsaslohastate November 10, 2009 12:25 pm

    Whahini C,

    I think you pretty much said what everyone else was thinking. Its to bad that people see this on the field. The Warriors need to be united with each other and their coaches. If coaches are treating the players in a manner in which the fans see as a low blow or disrespect, they should be reprimanded. Sounds like the only coach people are talking about is Tormey. I wonder what it going on. Does anyone know???? Looks like Enos has to take his temper more than anyone from what I have read on the blogs. I read his stats this morning after reading this blog and he has 100% stats in extra point and is listed very high compared to most of the NCAA kickers. They need to back up a rethink the coaching.

    I would also like to see the success/failure statistics on college coaches. These Warriors have great potential they just need a coach to help them thrive not take this dive.

  222. Kela November 10, 2009 12:38 pm

    warriorsalohastate –
    I was just typing the same response then yours loaded up. You took the word right from my mouth. I think that Wahini C
    made some excellent points. My heart goes out to these guys. They work so hard. For the fans to notice these things does not give much feeling of unity. Isn’t that what the Ha’a is all about?

    The coaches are like the “winds”, they set the direction and motivation of the team and the “leaves” or players will follow. So if you have winds that cant blow the leaves over the curb they will pile up and clog the flow, then the leaves can never move on and get anywhere. They just stay at the same spot all day every day, week after week. If we can get some coaches with some stronger “winds” or abilities to help these guys out I know the players will be able to be taken on their journey for more wins very far.

    A Warrior is:
    honor, discipline, sacred, noble, and stealth like. They have wisdom, awareness and respect. They are righteous and strong and are full of integrity.

    This is what the coaches need to instill. Coach Mac needs to replace some coaches

  223. pigskinwarrior November 10, 2009 1:29 pm

    I just read these blog and never write in them because I never had an email, but this topic today reminded me of a story from a past kicker at UH and I had to show you all a interview from a past kicker. It sounds like what you are all speaking of. I was stationed in Honolulu for 3 years and miss the football games so much! The Warriors need to get the “Aloha Spirit” back.


  224. Wahini C November 10, 2009 2:16 pm

    I’m glad there are others that are seeing the same things that I see.

    It is sad to see these young men – that think they are going to a university to live “the dream” – try so hard – only to be beaten down by a coaching staff with an agenda that I just don’t understand. Is it not a coach’s job to mentor and guide these players?

    I believe coaches have more “power” than they should. Using that unsaid power they have the ability to destroy dreams and a player’s passion for the game – as the article “pigskinwarrior” posted confirms.

    A system that hold the coaches accountable for their success/failure statistics – and is open to public viewing (as player’s stats are) might change the way coaches do business.

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  226. Jrocket November 11, 2009 9:31 am

    I was reading this blog and there seems to be a lot of talk about the kicking program. I have been a little curious myself about what was going on. They have required Alex D. and Scott E. to perform several of the directional kicks this year. Does anyone know why?

    I have never seen this so much in a game before. You would think you would want to get that ball down the field as far as you can rather than and off to the side short one. Am I right?

    We seem to do so much better when both punter and kicker just kick deep. They both have strong legs, Alex D just need to get in the game and focus. And Scott E. needs someone to train him to get the kicks just a bit higher if the defense cant hold back the line.

    I heard on TV that the defense was having a hard time tackling this year so they wanted to kick it to someone else so they wouldn’t return so fast. Yet it seems it should be the opposite. Shouldn’t we get the ball as far as we can down the field to give us extra time???? It would give us more time in our possession right?? I’m just not sure why they have these guys doing this. Cant this hurt their stats?

  227. pigskinwarrior November 11, 2009 10:33 am


    I think I can help answer you question. Did you read the link I posted?

    After Wahini C. made some good points about the coaching qualifications it urged me to dig a bit deeper. The fact that so many witnessed Tormey’s unjustified acts on the field and the postings about him online I had to get to the bottom of this. I was reading about Mr. Tormey’s past coaching jobs and also about him as a player. He played for Idaho’s defense, under coach MAC!! He was fired from Idaho and Nevada as a head coach, then on to Washington as the linebacker coach. He then came to Hawaii, as we can assume he needed a job, and had ties with MAC. Would he have been hired if he didn’t know MAC

    As I have read, Washington was the only major college football team to go completely win-less last year in the entire country while under his coaching. That is a huge statement! I am not hear to speak down to anyone just to present the facts as they are. I speak only the truth.

  228. uhwarriorfan November 12, 2009 7:13 am

    I’ve been following the blogging about UH kicking and coaching. I read another blog today and wanted to inquire to find out if I am reading this new blog correctly. Is the coaching staff requiring the kickers compete against one another to decide who will kick in a game? This cannot be true! What coach would have their players continue to compete against their own team? I can’t believe this would boost morale for the player or the team. Maybe having UH players focus on their personal skills and the skills and defensive tactics of the competitor would be time and energy better spent. There is a reason that the title of “team” was put into place. A player can’t concentrate on competing against his opponent AND his own teammates. Someone please tell me what is going on here??????

  229. UHWarriors November 12, 2009 11:22 am


    I was as appalled as you that the coach would place players through rivalry with one another. Tormey acknowledged in his interview with Stephen Tsai, that Enos has the “better leg.” Instead of wasting time with these asinine kick offs, shouldn’t he be ‘coaching’ Enos to develop his speed from snap-to-kick times, as he commented on needing development? Tormey said, ” lets just say there is room for improvement.” It seems that it is all Tormey ever says in interviews, yet what has he done to work with the kicker or punter???

  230. uhwarriorfan November 12, 2009 12:40 pm


    Good point! Maybe someone should direct Tormey to this site. Maybe Tormey could learn a new way of “coaching” his players. Isn’t that what a COACH is supposed to do? Kudos to the players that have been able to deal with him so far.

  231. Roygbivs [Terence] November 12, 2009 7:35 pm

    i agree ST.. it didn’t need to be BYU on Maui… but, what are we supposed to do, huh? But, you get to go to Maui for a day or two!!

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