Zebras change stripes

A bunch of media folks — Jim Leahey, Bobby Curran, Robert Kekaula, Dave Reardon, Princess Leila, etc. — yesterday attended football official George Gusman’s annual party to review rule changes. The event is held at his house (referee’s striped shirt over the mailbox), and includes his wife’s finest baked goods as well as coffee made from beans grown at a relative’s farm in Kona.
But I digress.
Aside from learning the new rules against any helmet-to-neck-and-above contact and that all face-mask violations are 15-yard penalties (goodbye to inadvertent contact), we were told that there is no longer a crew known simply as “WAC refs.” There are hybrids involving the WAC, Mountain West and Big 12. Starting next year, they will be grouped as Western Region crews.
That, of course, does not dull the sting of the previous UH AD’s act: He agreed to use Big East officials for the 2008 regular-season finale between Cincinnati and UH.

* * *

In Leahey’s new deal with K5, where he has served as play-by-play announcer for more than two decades, he moves from staff employee to contract worker.
It is more than a book-keeping switch.
It is a pay-for-play-by-play arrangement, meaning — and a lawyer would have to check the fine print — that he would be eligible to work for other entities. That is how K5 sports analysts are also allowed to work for OC-16.
It won’t happen — uh, maybe — but this keeps open the possibility even of Rick Blangiardi hiring Leahey to do the Greg McMackin show on KGMB. Blangiardi and Leahey were football announcer partners for years, and it was Blangiardi who started UH sportscasts on what is now K5.

* * *

Training camp opens in two weeks, and everyone is buzzing about the play of the quarterbacks.
Inoke Funaki has been the most polished. But Tyler Graunke, who has met all of his academic obligations, has been impressive in recent weeks. He has cut his hair, lost weight and assumed a leadership role.
JC transfers Greg Alexander and Brent Rausch have been here all summer. They have not missed any unsupervised 7-on-7 drills.
Of the newcomer receivers, Ryan Henry and MIke Tinoco have stood out. Henry, who will compete at slotback, is extremely quick with impressive post-catch speed. He also is fearless. He made an over-the-shoulder-pad catch a few yards in front of a metal fence.

* * *

The word on the street is Jett Jasper has been added to the training-camp roster.
Training camp opens in two weeks.


* * *

If there continues to be little progress in contract negotiations between The Advertiser and its six unions, this blog will stop for a third time, most likely for an extended period.
But that will not happen this week, or, I expect, for a few weeks.
This is one of the few blogs in which the host is paid.
While the host — and I’m not sure why I’m writing in the third person — enjoys much satisfaction from producing the blog, it is still a job that is compensated as an extension of regular UH coverage duties.
Times have changed. The demand for information on all things UH sports has spawned forums, talk shows and, yes, blogs. Coverage — and competition — has gone from day-to-day to hour-to-hour. Readers want information immediately, and this format has been one of the quickest ways to deliver updates and news. I take that responsibility seriously. But I also have great respect and love for my co-workers.
This town has been blessed not only to have two daily newspapers, but two publications produced by great people. Both papers are successful because of dedicated efforts from union workers and, even, management.
It is hoped a satisfactory resolution will be reached.
If not, we will be ready to respond.


  1. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 8:29 am


  2. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 8:33 am


  3. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 8:34 am

    From the last blog:

    hmmm. Does anyone else see the irony here?

    “Lending a helping hand to those struggling for a better life
    A new initiative by Helping Hands Hawai’i, The Honolulu Advertiser and KGMB not only raises money to help pay the bills of recently laid-off workers but also raises awareness of the plight of people too embarrassed to ask for help. ”


  4. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:36 am

    Will the effects of “The Idiot” never cease? And with airfares going thru the roof, add on that extra expense of bringing the crew from the East on top of everything else.
    Glad I’m not anywhere near the A-house abode this morning.

  5. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 8:37 am

    Yea, Jett… let it be.
    In Tyler I still Trust.

    Yes, indeedy… times have changed and are still changing. I daresay that the blog format, with instant news, gives this paper an EDGE.

    And should be REWARDED.

    Welcome back, ST, we missed ya!

  6. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:38 am

    (looking around and checking the place out)
    Things seem to be in order, albeit, a tad bit darker now.
    But still, nice to be back!

  7. Koauka July 20, 2008 8:42 am

    “This is battle, you must respond!”

    Good to have you back.

  8. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 8:43 am

    ST- typo:
    This town has been blessed not onl

  9. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:43 am


    Is Liz Chun not as close to Mack as she seemed to be with the Former Coach?

  10. myki July 20, 2008 8:45 am

    Good morning Stephen, Liz , d1 and all other Tsai-kos!! I hope everything goes well for here on.

    Happy Sunday to all

  11. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:45 am


    Will try to stop by for a drop-off but 🙁 no can stay long…

  12. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:46 am

    Hi myki,

    Ever the optimist, you. Love it!

  13. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:47 am

    Good morning gang, welcome back erryone…

  14. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 8:49 am

    Hi PB! How was Legoland???

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2008 8:50 am

    *DPK’s hands shake and his fingers tremble as he hurriedly gets his first ‘fix’ in two days… ‘Good Morning Everybody!’ he says before momentarily collapsing in a heap on his keyboard… *

  16. tom mui July 20, 2008 8:50 am

    glad to have the blog back!

    Lending a helping hand to those struggling for a better life

    I guess the powers-that-be doesn’t believe that charity begins at home – except this would not be “charity” but for work well-done (but underpaid).

  17. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:50 am

    Yes 2 weeks until training camp. Good luck Graunke, I think I drank enough haterade for you so far, but it’s tough love, still support you bruddah. Funaki is still my #1.

    Okay one more story on Michelle Wie and I’m going to shoot myself…

  18. damonstah July 20, 2008 8:52 am


  19. damonstah July 20, 2008 8:55 am

    Okay one more story on Michelle Wie and I’m going to shoot myself…


  20. Fresh Kid Ice July 20, 2008 8:56 am

    If memory serves, the guy who is the Producer of the yet unnamed coaches’ show on KGMB also produces the Leahey & Leahey TV show on PBS.

  21. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:57 am

    Howzit Aunty Liz – Lets just say I’ve seen enough of LegoLand to hate Legos for the rest of my life. Nah, We’ve been to LegoLand the past two days Fri/Sat from opening to closing each day. Kids had lots of fun got super soaked on the water rides and unbelievable how they have the energy to go all day 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Anyway, today is rest day cause I don’t think I can walk anymore after that. Plus, for any of you who frequent amusement parks such as LegoLand, get the annual pass it is well worth it. We already made the difference in the two days we went and can go whenever we want for a year. Plus you get free-parking, discounts on everything 10% merchandise, 20% food. Saves alot of money in the long run.

  22. d1shima July 20, 2008 8:58 am

    Pauoa Boy,

    Yep nice to be back, eh.

    Small kine note: recent experience shows that some who view the blog are kinda sensitive to da references about “violent” kine stuff, so I know I going try avoid using ’em as much as can.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2008 8:59 am

    🙂 Whew, it’s great ta have ya back Mr. Tsai! Lot’s o’ good info on the blog, and a very concise definition of it’s role by it’s author. Do what ya godda do Stephen. Let’s hope that things can be worked out.

    Good news about Jett.

    I would HATE to be the guy who picks our starting QB. So much depth and talent there.

  24. sjmacro July 20, 2008 8:59 am

    d1: if can, can; if no can then Friday. 🙂 sjmacro

  25. d1shima July 20, 2008 9:00 am

    Is that “The Newcomer” guy?

  26. koakane™ EIS July 20, 2008 9:00 am

    morning stephen good have you back in charge

    seem different somehow but I’m sure things will be picking up

    shout out to d1 mahalo for the dd last night. how you like my singing bwhaaaaaaaa

    myki and lizk how you guys?

    koauka, brew808 and pboy waddah say men?

  27. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:00 am

    (set soapbox on)
    Oh yeah- Honolulu Advertiser Bosses- please bring back Leila Wai’s videos. Even those of you decision makers who do not live in Hawaii should understand that HER timely videos totally compliment this blog – which provides the cutting edge of news about UH Sports – which has the potential to hold the SUSTAINED LARGEST AUDIENCE INTEREST in Hawaii.

    In hard times, which look to be getting harder, GOOD NEWS, like support for our WARRIORS, is a RELIEF for MANY PEOPLE.

    (set soapbox off)

  28. koakane™ EIS July 20, 2008 9:02 am

    pboy watch out using the word shoot bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  29. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 9:04 am

    damonstah, I think Wie just got screwed basically. The way she is going yes she can be the biggest bust but I’d put it as overrated too much. Probably not her fault though but her coaches and trainers who have no clue how to refine her game to take her to where she needs to be. Obviously after a couple years touring you would think they could figure it out. I would fire them all and get the Coach from Happy Gilmore to help her out 🙂

    Second, the WAC is not WACK! We as a conference are starting to compete. To think of what the WAC has done in recent years with our budgets, etc…tells you we do more with less. Boise St. beating Oklahoma, Our Warriors undefeated season, Fresno St. Baseball Champs…plus much more in all other sports…Our conference may not be as prestigious as others but we are heading in the right direction.

  30. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 9:08 am

    Oops sorry, sorry I forgot how sensitive things get nowadays, so long are the days of good fun hazing…

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2008 9:09 am

    Jim Leahey is one of the few guys in any profession whom I feel should be allowed to write his own ticket in terms of job assignment and pay. He’s the reigning Jedi Master of a bevy of talented sports announcers in our town, and his body of work, as well as his inimitable style are truly unique. We very fortunate to have him.

  32. Manoa Mist July 20, 2008 9:10 am

    #16 Punchbowl Kid too funny!
    Good to have Stephen back. Please don’t leave us during football season.

  33. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 9:13 am

    Why did the Advertiser have 799 employess up til the layoffs, and Oahu Publications, which has the S-B, Midweek, and other local papers, has 400?

    Seems like the Advertiser is bloated so layoffs were deemed necessary? I dunno, just guessing.

    It’ scary to be laid off. That happened to hubby a few times, but he managed to find another job within a month. However, where can Dick Adair go? Not too many openings for editorial cartoonists.

  34. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 9:14 am

    DPK – I second that about Papa Leahey. I think we’ve all been spoiled year after year with his commentary and know that he will always be a fixture in Hawaii Sports. Wish he can give us the goods for more years to come…

  35. d1shima July 20, 2008 9:15 am

    Okay gang.

    Tings fo’ do, peeps fo’ see….

    Eh, wait….looks like SOMEBODY from the Tsaikos is having fun this weekend…




  36. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 9:17 am

    d1 – that sounds like music to anyone’s ears right there…

  37. d1shima July 20, 2008 9:18 am

    Oh, almost forgot.

    Be sure to reset yout homepage everyone!

  38. d1shima July 20, 2008 9:19 am

    You got DAT, PB!

    Spok you latah!

  39. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 9:20 am

    Advertiser does not have 799 contracted workers.
    It has a little more than 500.
    Second, our circulation is the largest.
    And we have several publications.
    And, no, the paper is not bloated. For instance, we lost four city reporters who won’t be replaced.

  40. oldie July 20, 2008 9:23 am

    As I said last week, HA management does not know how to deal with our ST. He is one of their greatest assets with the blog traffic that he generates, but he is also one of their greatest threats. The shutdown of this blog demonstrates the commitment that the Warrior Beat bloggers have to ST. If ST decides that we move to another blog (and their are many talented Tsaikos that can help him set one up), us bloggers would move without question.

    Kudos to ST for using his status to try to help his fellow workers. Hopefully, something good will eventually come from all of this.

    ST, know that we bloggers support you 100 percent.

  41. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2008 9:24 am

    FWIW- Here’s my take on Michelle Wie. She’s 18 years old. She has been through A LOT lately and finally looked like she would put it all back together in this last outing. She had golfed two fantastic rounds before making the mistake, and may have been more excited, and hence forgetful. Understandable? Maybe, maybe not. However, nothing changes the fact that she had just played three rounds of excellent golf. IMHO, she’ll be back, better than ever.

  42. oldie July 20, 2008 9:24 am

    their = there

  43. SteveM July 20, 2008 9:28 am

    Good morning ST and everyone!

    Good to be strolling on the decks of a blog ship again, such as it is. But the “lifeboats” are prepped and reprovisioned. I’ll start a rumor: a master shipbuilder was looking for a shipyard in between his night security guard work. 👿

    The events and of the past fews days have spurred me to finally offer my thoughts on what I call the “Blog Bus Stop” sentiment. Drafts have been sitting on my desktop for a year but I stopped to write it from scratch yesterday. It is posted below temporarily…


  44. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:29 am

    Re Michelle- also: She did sign her card after the tent helpers called her back. WAS THERE NO LPGA OFFICIAL there to observe protocols? A determination should have been made right then and there!
    DQing her after her round yesterday was too wierd.
    There should be another rule.
    “If they do not inform you of a DQ after you have finished the next round, they cannot DQ you retroactively.”


  45. Stretch July 20, 2008 9:31 am

    Good Morning and Welcome Back to all the Tsaikos!!

    Re: West Region Referee’s.

    I feel sorry for the Mountain West and Big 12 who will have to put up with the stupid WAC refs. For the WAC teams, maybe we might have some competent people taking care of the games.

    With Cincinatti wanting Big East officials for the game, it only adds fuel to the fire when I hear them start complaining about the calls being made.

  46. Da Punchbowl Kid July 20, 2008 9:32 am

    Hey Auntie Liz,
    At least you can get on the soapbox anymore. Me, I’m afraid of heights. Besides, da last time I got up on a soap box, dat buggah when collapse into a thousand little pieces. Too fat no ho’i! 😆

  47. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 9:32 am

    Of course, there’s an alternate site:

  48. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:37 am

    SteveM- beautiful observation. I shall add it to the list along with Bulla’s Culture speech and Papa’s oration.

    OK I am stepping away from the keyboard and getting my coffee and breakfast NOW!

  49. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:39 am

    Fresh Kid Ice- welcome!

  50. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 9:41 am

    welcome back! for now i guess…

    we want videos!
    we want blogs!
    we want a contract!

    but more important, we want you, THE Princess and the other HA employees to be treated fairly and compensated for it.

    hopefully i’ll get to see both you ST and THE Princess running the sidelines again this year.

    thanks to lizk for being the temporary blog server host. we might need to call on you or tombo more often if things don’t progress.

  51. haka July 20, 2008 9:41 am

    To the Michelle Wie Bashers:
    Obviously things have not gone exactly the way she has dreamt they would go since she was a young girl strolling the twilight hours on Olomana Golf Course, but to hate on her for living her dream and trying to accomplish things that others are unable to even envision speaks volumes of your own character. It seems your own insecurities become a brave new world behind your postings on the blog. I doubt you have can look this now, young lady, in the eye and tell her that she is a “loser” and a “bust”. I’d like to see you tell that to your daughters. I’d like to see you do that to your nieces or your neighbors little girls. Does she exhibit bad moral values off the course? Does she do performance enhancing or mind altering drugs? Does she fund illegal activities? Does she do any of the many negative things that many of the pro athletes you idolize do? It has not gone her way recently. It may never go her way, but she is doing it her way. She is living her dream…something most of us just leave laying on our pillows.

  52. GRM July 20, 2008 9:43 am

    Jim Leahy – Agree with you 110%. Jim is the best, even with his many miscues. He has the voice and the demeanor.

  53. johnp July 20, 2008 9:44 am

    onipaa ST!

  54. Maverick July 20, 2008 9:45 am

    My Sunday has been depleated without Michelle on the tour today with the final round.
    Hard lesson for her and the followers.

    I’m more curious what lured her away from the tent before signing out????.
    Someone or something = sum’ting wrong.

  55. bonar July 20, 2008 9:46 am


  56. Stretch July 20, 2008 9:50 am

    Re: Michelle Wie

    I have a feeling it was the excitment of being second place, somewhere she hasn’t been in a while, and wanting to do her press conference. Her mind was thinking ahead to what she was going to say about her round of golf that she forgot to take care of the basics.

  57. Koauka July 20, 2008 9:51 am

    Michelle Wie is playing with the big girls. So she has to play like a big girl and know the rules of golf. And this is not the first time she forgot to
    sign her scorecard.

    And when mommy and daddy Wie can figure this out, she will understand. But when Michelle learns to be true to herself, then I think
    she will be successful professional.

    Michelle speaks with “spin.” It’s getting very old.

  58. BG July 20, 2008 9:54 am

    What a beautiful, glorious morning it is to be here again with the rest of the Tsaiko Ohana!!! 😀

    #20 I think the biggest bust is still on Koreamoku st bwaaaahahaha

    As for Michelle…I still support someone from Hawaii. But, people seem to overlook that, as a professional, she should know the rules. Forgetting to sign her card in the midst of excitement can be understood. But, she should have known she was “outside the roped off area” and self-reported herself as rules require. If she didn’t know that, perhaps she should go to Q-school and get trained in the rules of the game…otherwise she’s not taking her work seriously. JMO

  59. manoamaniaci353 July 20, 2008 9:56 am

    I still prefer Liz Chun
    Funaki is my #1.

    Go warriors

  60. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:56 am

    okok… just one more comment.
    Re the new football rules: YEA! Even though the facemask rule may cause a lot of angst on the field, the head-spearing (al a Colt in the Fresno game last year) rule is something I welcome.

    These kids have to be able to have a life after football. Losing knees is bad enough- but losing brains … well… not worth it.

  61. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 9:56 am

    WAC refs will always be WAC refs.
    and if I remember right, MWC refs WERE WAC refs before, so it doesn’t matter.
    they all will endure the same wrath and heckling when they blow an obvious hold or pass int or measure a first down with the chains when its so obvious that you can hear Stretch yelling it from his lofty perch way up there.

  62. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 9:58 am

    bg- true, true. Self-imposed application of the rules is the biggest test of golf – knowledge and character.

  63. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 9:58 am

    pauoa boy,
    please email me at chawan_cut at yahoo dot com

  64. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:06 am

    Haka – chillax, not bashing Wie, just giving her the tuff love as I give to all. I support any and every athlete to come out of Hawaii. We all want our own to succeed but when you hear about stupid things that could have been avoided time after time you wonder, what da heo? Plus the news on her is really old and repetitious so to speak. Oh Wie did good but didn’t make the cut. Oh she almost…oh she pulled out of a tourney, oh this, oh that…get the picture. I hope she figures it out and does well with her being so young she has time and her dream of one day ruling womens golf comes true. Sorry to ruffle your feathers, I was just saying I’m tired of all the negative news already getting old…

  65. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:11 am

    chawan_cut, email sent

  66. haka July 20, 2008 10:13 am

    I get the picture. It wasn’t your suicidal post that made me post. There have been many postings that make me feel for her situation. No one criticized her when she was doing well. Many of the comments are warranted. Many are not. My feathers are not ruffled as I am just posting as you, my opinion.

  67. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:15 am

    haka – au’ryte my bad it’s all pono

    Maybe Wie can golf like me on the Wii and always be under par 🙂

  68. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:20 am

    Just saw this article that probably has nothing to do with football, about the most expensive hamburgers in the world. Maybe, can re-think a tailgate menu huh?


  69. haka July 20, 2008 10:21 am

    Aloha Pauoa. Gotta go hit the links now on my field of dreams.
    Peace out 🙂

  70. Stretch July 20, 2008 10:22 am

    July 20th, 2008 at 9:56 am
    WAC refs will always be WAC refs.
    and if I remember right, MWC refs WERE WAC refs before, so it doesn’t matter.
    they all will endure the same wrath and heckling when they blow an obvious hold or pass int or measure a first down with the chains when its so obvious that you can hear Stretch yelling it from his lofty perch way up there.

    I no yell, I only write on the board. Well…. I do yell sometimes.

  71. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:23 am

    lataz haka

  72. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:26 am

    Stretch – I can grab couple more boards for write on, knowing how many BS calls going happen during one game…

  73. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 10:29 am

    maybe i meant to say midori7. you could probably hear her yell too. heh. j/k, j/k!!!

  74. Stretch July 20, 2008 10:33 am

    chawan – yeah I am sure you was talking about her. I’ve heard her yell, “ahhhh come on” at the baseball games. I know for sure that the refs can hear her from the yellow section.

  75. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 10:36 am

    actually i think i just heard her yell at us right now after reading the last 2 comments.

  76. Stretch July 20, 2008 10:37 am

    chawan – nah, she still sleeping “trying” to get her beauty rest.

  77. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 10:42 am

    i’m not gonna touch that one.
    you’re on your own there!

  78. Stretch July 20, 2008 10:46 am

    Coach Zorn talked about Colt at the 3:20 point of his video interview.


  79. Koauka July 20, 2008 10:48 am


  80. Koauka July 20, 2008 10:55 am

    Soory ST:

    So, the new “WAC Officials” are they working games in teams or is it gonna be mix and match, meaning officials from each of the conferences are assgned to games?

    To me, if it is the same group of officials working together game after game, you will see some consistancy. But mixing them up, and not working with the same folks week after week, I dont think we will see much improvement.

    But then again, who knows? Might be better……

  81. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 10:55 am

    Glad that Colt has a coach like Zorn willing to teach and develop him until he is ready to go. He couldn’t be in a better situation than he is in right now. Even though he may have a long way to go, I feel once he’s given the green light, it’s going to be scary facing that Redskins offense in years to come…

  82. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 11:01 am


    tombo ahi has found some practice photos of colt and the redskins here.

  83. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 11:03 am

    Stretch- I like how Zorn described what Colt needs to be. Nothing like knowing what the coach wants!

  84. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 11:10 am

    Colt is looking a lot thicker in those photos…he should keep the weight although I know they want him back down to about 215ish I heard…

  85. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 11:10 am

    Mahalo of the pix linx Chawan and Tombo!

    Willie Grace- Costco time!

  86. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 20, 2008 11:13 am

    Welcome back everyone. A lot of different threads are being woven here.

    Mahalo, Liz, for setting up the blog. We all appreciate your efforts.

    Probably most of you don’t know about our creating an electronic town square for folks here in Hawai`i which ran from July 1, 1999, to December 31, 2006. Those seven and a half years provided much information and insight about local communities and people and How We Do Things Around Here; however, the $$$$ costs as well as the physical wear & tear on three people trying to do it all proved in the end to be too much.

    In the end, we shut the doors because to do it right we had to cover operating costs including utilities, car expenses, salaries, commissions & fringes plus capital costs for equipment & technological improvements with all of that coming from ad sales and investors. Start-up subscription blogs just don’t make it in today’s Internet world.

    From last night’s post:

    Since no one picked up on my “teaser” comment (yesterday morning), here is a subject for you to check out for yourself:


    Check out No. 10-B in the 2 pm agenda – page 14 in the overall document.

    What say you? Any thoughts? I plan to attend.


    Mucho mahalos to the Little Learners people who helped make the event a success. The older kids – up to age 99 – made personalized planters for tomatoes, lettuce, Chinese peas and pak choi.


    BACK TO FOOTBALL: Although I certainly have a fairly clear grasp of any given quarterback’s playing responsibilities, what does a coach look for in making the decision as to who will be Number 1? Do some coaches have two #1s and make the decision based upon a particular opponent’s defensive weaknesses, the weather or some other factor which could change from one game to the next? I understand about the need to be prepared for injuries, but I’m trying to figure out what Coach Mack is facing with the 2008 Warrior team in making that decision.

    Have a great day everyone – will be back late this evening. We’ve got chores, errands, and then a couple of hours at the office before heading off to a cool movie somewhere.

  87. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 11:13 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    41 days to go.

    at #41 re the Advertizer bosses.
    agree wit yu 110%.

    I’m coming Honolulu 7/30 to take my 75 yr old fren to Queens for preop, overnite stay and ops wit da knife 7/31. wat say we go shoot sum…covert pikchas?
    heh heh

    all dis national security treats all round here, da hype is gettin ridiculuz, da dogood ideeuts goin off on da da wurds, not da deeds. threat: who wuud yu be no scaid ah, me oah Cheney? :mrgreen: 😆

    Mission Accomplished, Sir! 😆

    shoot em again, dick… heh heh

    stop big hilo, stop already… 😀

    but to end dis on a real high….

    Ryan Henry, 3 tings:
    1. dat braddah keeps his word!
    2. dat braddah is all Warrior!
    3. dat bradda is 1 speedy Warrior!

  88. Kazz July 20, 2008 11:30 am

    Regarding the Michelle Wie situation I think that with a few weeks away from fall camp the anticipation for Warrior Football is going to get BIGGER.

    Not surprised to hear that Funaki seems to ahead of the pack as his quiet and humble demeanor takes precedence over the “hungry lion” inside waiting to burst and dominate.

    As they say “it’s always the quiet ones”.

    Oh and the possibility of Jim Leahey hosting the Warrior Football recap show on Sundays on KGMB instead of Liz Chun??? Um… if they do, then they should extend that show to an hour instead of just 30 minutes.

  89. bulla July 20, 2008 12:04 pm

    aloha to all the Tsaikos,

    just another warm day in Utah; lovely area, but headed back home tomorrow, early morning. will be at work by 12:30 pm, haha.

    glad to have the blog back, need to shore up for future evacuation….

    have a restful afternoon to one and all……

  90. oldie July 20, 2008 12:20 pm


    The bloggers on the Warrior Beat have as strong a passion for each other as we have UH football. We will always support our fellow bloggers and ST.

    Missed your daily countdown to da Swamp (now resuming at 41). That’s a sacrifice we all made for this blog.

  91. wafan July 20, 2008 12:24 pm

    I wonder what the bosses think about the evacuation. It must have registered on their hit counter and negatively impacted their earnings.

    Electrons are sure tiny but are mighty powerful.

    To paraphrase a communication giant, “Can you hear us now?”

  92. whitey July 20, 2008 12:25 pm

    good afternoon tsaikos. good to see st’s blog back again and the gang adding in their minds.

    A House, how was your trip? hope you caught some alaska mahimahi. will see if you left any for this week as am headed there on wed.

    back to lurking and packing.

  93. HiFlyer July 20, 2008 12:34 pm

    Hi all and welcome back, I hope we don’t have to do that again. Thank you Liz and SteveM for the alternate blog site.

  94. SteveM July 20, 2008 12:36 pm

    whitey — coming to Oahu on Wednesday? How long you staying? Got time for a karaoke call if not a Cattle Call? …or both 😉

    I’ll cover for Al till he gets back from Vegas…

  95. Esme July 20, 2008 12:44 pm

    *flying the Tsaiko clubhouse door open with a huge sigh of relief*

    Hey, gang! Hey, ST!

    I know the hiatus was murder on everybody, but a necessary measure. Good to “see” everyone again.

    # Da Punchbowl Kid:
    July 20th, 2008 at 8:50 am
    *DPK’s hands shake and his fingers tremble as he hurriedly gets his first ‘fix’ in two days… ‘Good Morning Everybody!’ he says before momentarily collapsing in a heap on his keyboard… *

    DPK, yer just awesome. :mrgreen:

  96. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 12:56 pm

    ho boy, happy sunday noonish.

    watchin last year’s Carolina Florida game now on ESPNU. visualizin dem crackahz. :mrgreen:

  97. Esme July 20, 2008 1:00 pm

    # haka:
    July 20th, 2008 at 9:41 am
    To the Michelle Wie Bashers:
    Obviously things have not gone exactly the way she has dreamt they would go since she was a young girl strolling the twilight hours on Olomana Golf Course, but to hate on her for living her dream and trying to accomplish things that others are unable to even envision speaks volumes of your own character. … Does she exhibit bad moral values off the course? Does she do performance enhancing or mind altering drugs? Does she fund illegal activities? Does she do any of the many negative things that many of the pro athletes you idolize do? It has not gone her way recently. It may never go her way, but she is doing it her way. She is living her dream…something most of us just leave laying on our pillows.

    Yeah, what haka said.

  98. Esme July 20, 2008 1:01 pm

    wafan, re: #92 … I saw the numbers. Not pretty.

  99. Kelli July 20, 2008 1:06 pm

    I hope the contract negotiations will make some progress soon. I would hate for this blog and others to be stopped. It’s an interesting time to be at The Advertiser this summer. I’m definitely learning a lot more than I expected. I have a lot of appreciation for the great people who’ve been kind enough to offer their advice and guidance to young, aspiring journalists. Of course, I have to give credit to this blog’s host for my start this summer. Thanks ST! 🙂 I really hope things work out soon.

  100. BowsForever July 20, 2008 1:09 pm

    Let’s hope for a win-win resolution, but given the previous stoppages and shows of solidarity I’m just not that optimistic. Worse yet — no stoppage for the next few weeks?! B-but that’s right before the start of the season! Then again, that _would_ be a time when, um, blog outages would have the biggest impact. Sigh…

    Back to Warrior Football, very happy to hear Inoke is prepared for the No. 1 spot, though I’m still pulling for Graunke, being the senior and all.

  101. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 1:10 pm

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc – Re: Quarterbacks

    There are a lot of factors going into picking the starting QB…for me I would say whoever is most consistent in making all the throws and knowing the playbook will get the nod. Nothing against the other QB’s but with that being said it’ll come down to Funaki or Graunke. One factor that plays in big to the success of the QB especially in our offense is his supporting cast. Colt although very gifted had the ulitmate supporting cast to help boost the numbers. This year, it’ll be all new starters mostly in the skill positions which will have some growing pains but I think they’ll manage just fine as the season rolls. Plus you need a guy who has the knack for thinking on his feet and making plays. I feel that at this point Funaki has that “it” factor and needs the opportunity. I know I may seem like I’m giving Graunke a hard time but past performances is no guarantee of future returns. I know Graunke may be working hard, but because of his setbacks, I feel Funaki has surpassed him and deserves to start.

  102. Koauka July 20, 2008 1:14 pm

    Esme, therefore, numbers don’t lie. And if HA website is the key to the owners’ future, I think I would heed to the truth.

  103. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 1:15 pm

    ON NOW

    ESPNU nov 07 game between Fla and S.Carolina, SEC game. good read on Fla. team. if our DEs can hold da Oline, and our LBs can reach da corners, take away da runners, if Ryan, Keao, Mana can take da receivers, we get chance.

    i tink we get da guuds.


  104. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 1:15 pm

    Howzit Kelli,
    Keep writing, we’ll be reading… 🙂

  105. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 1:29 pm

    Re: Quarterbacks

    Here is what I’ve come up with so far I know there are way more factors though…

    1. Knowing the playbook well like the back of your hand
    2. Leadership Skills, QB’s need to control the game, no room for errors
    3. Arm Strength, you got 4.2-4.3 speed receivers so uh yeah ya know?
    4. Reading Defenses, Coverages, seeing mismatches on the field
    5. Timing on throws, very important as most will have to come before a receiver makes his cut so it’ll be there once he’s open
    6. Creating space on the field, looking off safety’s not telegraphing your passes and who you’re throwing to.
    7. Going through progressions, having bail out options in case of blitzes and broken protection
    8. Strong Legs, Core…equates to better footwork, more accuracy passing, and more throwing power
    9. Poise, not panicking and throwing interceptions…knowing when to throw it away or take the sack.
    10. Endurance, if you can’t last the whole game you shouldn’t be starting

    So, like I said I know there’s more to choosing the starter but this is what I would look for…basically whoever is most consistent in these areas will start.

  106. whitey July 20, 2008 1:51 pm

    steveM, not going to HNL, going to alaska on wed. hope al and mrs al made some money. anyway, thanks for the offer. back to lurking

  107. whitey July 20, 2008 1:56 pm

    Pboy, glad to see that the transistion from north to south has been good to you and your family. hope to see you again in either in hawaii or in the san diego area. thanks to you and your buddies, we are enjoying our life in the US.

  108. UKU@LA July 20, 2008 2:18 pm

    aloha warriors, everyone should be ready to go!
    tsaikos feelin good with return of blog.
    st, good job, tryin to keep things level!
    much aloha from LA!
    LizK is it much of a problem going back to one instead two tix for Oregon State game? much mahalo for your help!

    MANEO !!!

  109. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 2:24 pm

    All in all though I’d say if I were to choose a starting QB it would have to come down to Trust, Toughness, Competitiveness, Athleticism, and Vision!

    Trust: A Coach needs to trust his QB and have an open relationship of communication whether positive or negative. A QB needs to have the trust and respect of his teammates on and off the field as well. He needs to be a secondary Coach on the field and teach his WR’s, RB’s etc…on what he can see that they can’t so everyone is on the same page.

    Toughness: A QB needs to be the toughest guy on the field both mentally and physically. He needs to be the one who can rally the troops, and will his teammates to victory with his presence alone.

    Competitiveness: A QB has to want to win all the time, losing is not in his vocabulary and definitely not an option. He has to win and can’t accept anything else!

    Athleticism: A QB that can beat you with both his arm and his legs is dangerous to any defense. A QB needs to be able to create especially with the way DLineman are freaks of nature these days and so fast breaking down the pocket. He has to have the ability to tuck it and go when needed.

    Vision: A QB has to have the ability to see the field. He needs to visualize the play and the defensive scheme and be able to turn the routine play into the spectacular one. A QB with vision can get rid of the ball quicker and reduce the amount of sacks and hurried plays.

    With these factors it is no wonder we all know Colt will excel at the NFL level. Plus with our QB’s in our Warrior stable we will continue to be successful. I still say based on all this I give Funaki the nod again.

    Also, QB position doesn’t require height, weight, 40yd time, a big arm, that doesn’t mean squat and I believe Colt will prove that in time…

  110. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 2:25 pm

    whitey – mahalos, comments such as yours are always appreciated!

  111. al July 20, 2008 2:27 pm

    welcome back tsaikos and tsaiko master tsai.

    not too hot here on the ninth island of hawaii. today, 97 degrees, overcast, light showers, steady breeze, no problem.

    i see whitey going to alaska again. one of these days braddah. no forget my order of king salmon and halibut.

    i got to visit all of you guys’ money already. they said to tell you hello. i wish i did hit one of those in d1’s post #36.

    shopping all day today. taking a small kind break now and will met with some famous local ex-sumo guy in a few hours. should be a nice time. hopefully get crown royal for his indoctrination. i’ll try to document the occasion for stretch.

    i’ll post later if i win the big one.

  112. sjmacro July 20, 2008 2:30 pm

    d1: Thanks in advance from Doris. Good to see you this morning.–sjmacro

  113. sjmacro July 20, 2008 2:32 pm

    Kekoa, Koakane, BG: thanks for the company this morning. On the way back we saw blue lights heading in the Kapolei direction. 😆 😀
    sjmacro & myki (as in “my”)

  114. FloridaTed July 20, 2008 2:34 pm

    Welcome back, Tsai-Meister and Tsaiko-Nation.

    I hope this mess will be resolved soon and we all can go on with our Warrior lives in peace.

    Great to see our QB’s are all into the fight. Should be very interesting who will emerge as starter.

    Laterz, guys, glad the blog is back.

  115. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 2:47 pm

    Aiyah, so speaking of twinkle toes Jason Taylor…I guess he’ll be teaming up with Colt Brennan on the Redskins. Got traded to the Redskins for some future draft picks. Plus, with injury to DE Phillip Daniels I guess he could fill in for a season or two. Here’s the link…


  116. momotaro July 20, 2008 3:13 pm

    Dylan Rush (Konawaena HS) is quitting football at UCLA to become a mixed-martial arts fighter.

  117. sjmacro July 20, 2008 3:14 pm

    I’ve added pics of Tinoco and Jasper to a previous album since ST mentioned them this morning–sjmacro


  118. Unkanesson July 20, 2008 3:16 pm

    Aloha Tsaikos (fellow blog-aholics…), it’s great to have the blog back!
    ST — Hang in there and know we all appreciate and support you and all the good people at HA.
    LIZ and STEVE M — Mahalo for providing the backups in case of the worst case scenario. I’ve got’em both bookmarked just in case.
    On the topics of the day:
    Quarterbacks — I was watching a tape of the ’07 Utah St. game yesterday, in which Tyler came in to relieve Colt at the end of the 2nd Quarter, immediately produced a touchdown, went 9-for-9 before throwing an incompletion in the 3rd quarter and was named player of the game. What a performance! Of course, he did have a panic-induced interception later, and too many of those throughout the season, but he also had other great games too. When he’s hot, he’s awesome!! Inoke never had a similar chance last year to display his talents, and I didn’t see the Spring game, but based on the information I have, I’d have to go with Tyler. That said, if the coaches decide to make someone other than Tyler #1, that would be quite a statement about that QB’s abilities, and I’d say we’re in GREAT shape at the QB position!
    MICHELLE WIE — Too bad, but when you do the crime, you gotta do the time. It just seems, though, that the punishment doesn’t fit the offense! Good grief, it’s not like she cheated, took performance-enhancing drugs or some other felonious act. I would think a fine would have been more appropriate in this case.

  119. BowsForever July 20, 2008 3:18 pm

    I wonder how CJ’s doing? Haven’t heard anything for a while. I’m sure RGM will get another shot if he hasn’t already.

    Is there any room for another WR on the Redskins’ roster?

  120. el guapo July 20, 2008 3:49 pm

    I’m glad there’s a lot of QB’s in the mix. The first year I attended UH, Blane Gaison had to be brought back from D at the beginning of the year because Mike Stennis was injured. The next year, Tim Lyons had to move back from WR because Bernard Quarles had appendicitis.

    I don’t recall them having great arms but combined with the great running game they got the job done. Of course they had Pride. protecting them.

  121. Kekoa July 20, 2008 3:51 pm

    Kekoa, Koakane, BG: thanks for the company this morning. On the way back we saw blue lights heading in the Kapolei direction.

    I’m no longer “a person of interest” I passed the lie detector by telling them a different lie! Bwhahaha!

    Thanks for the goodies ‘Mikey!’ I had to arm wrassle Diana for it wen I got home. She called a time out and then grabbed it before the 3 minutes was up. Not fair!

  122. A-House July 20, 2008 4:05 pm

    whitey: sent you an email.

  123. MeiLing July 20, 2008 4:06 pm

    Hi, ST!!! Good to have the gate open to the playground again.

    Watching the ESPYS. Did Coach Mack say where he sat?

  124. Stretch July 20, 2008 4:21 pm

    Tomorrow should be a lot of fun for the “Big Boys”. I wonder if anyone will be offered a scholie??

  125. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 4:25 pm

    BowsForever – Last I know CJ Hawthorne had signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s not listed on their roster but not sure if he may be playing in NFL Europe or not???

  126. Koauka July 20, 2008 4:41 pm

    Sorry folks, why the ESPYS chose Justin Timberlake to host is lame.
    JT is a bit “timid” for me. Can’t relate him with professional athletes.

    BTW – Parcells did it. Jason Taylor traded to the Redskins for a 2nd round and 6th round draft pick.

    Good thing, can’t see Parcells dogging Jason about “Dancing witth the Stars.”

  127. Jason July 20, 2008 4:43 pm

    NFL Europa was disbanded last year.

  128. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 4:44 pm

    That’s good news. Taylor will be going to a team that wants and respects him.

  129. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 4:49 pm

    Speaking of Taylor, I watched the last 1/2 of Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson. Pretty good movie! Even with the sound muted, I got the gist of the plot. The body movement and facial expressions made me laugh. Good job!

  130. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 5:03 pm

    There are so many good movies out there that can be viewed and enjoyed with the sound muted. So, if I am ever given a choice of going blind or going deaf, I would definitely choose the latter. I could never do without my vision. How would I read this blog???

  131. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 5:06 pm

    These are profound thoughts when you’re sipping your 2nd Beck’s. Ah, the life.

    Yeah, I drink one beer a day. One at a time.

  132. Jason July 20, 2008 5:17 pm

  133. oxtail soup July 20, 2008 5:42 pm


    Two small photos of Colt at the ESPYs; wonder if he saw Mack there?

    He had a phone interview on the radio last week from an airport en route to the ESPY show.

    He said he had been running, working out, and had gotten his weight down to 213.

  134. Garret July 20, 2008 5:45 pm

    Nice mention of Colt: This Redskins writer is *really* high on Campbell, so he figures Washing will trade Colt for a high draft pick from the Colts or 49ers.

    I’m pretty high on Colt Brennan as a third string QB. He probably won’t touch the field his rookie year (which is for the best), but I think he can play about league average football early in his career when he is asked to play it. If he can run up some good numbers in limited time in 2010, the Redskins may be able to parlay their 6th round investment in Brennan into a day one draft pick come 2011, and then it will really be a great pick.

    He’s blocked in Washington by Jason Campbell, but Peyton Manning will be 35 in 2011, so maybe the Colts will be looking for a young, but promising QB prospect to learn under Manning and future Colts coach Jim Caldwell. I’m just throwing that out there right now, but keep an eye on it. Closer to home (for Brennan), time may be running down on the Alex Smith experiment in San Francisco, and Mike Martz was rumored to like Brennan around draft time, perhaps that’s a possible destination for Colt in the future.

  135. Kelli July 20, 2008 5:46 pm

    Pauoa Boy: Will do. 🙂 I’m expected back at Ka Leo in the fall, too.

  136. Garret July 20, 2008 5:47 pm

    I wonder if WarriorMojo will still be in DC for this…pretty cool that Colt is one of the 2 rookies mentioned as being promising.

    Free admission and professional football aren’t concepts that often intersect, which is what makes the Redskins’ annual Fan Appreciation Day such a treat. In addition to T-shirt handouts and a raffle, the day includes performances by the marching band and cheerleaders and an intrasquad scrimmage. So if you want to see some of the team’s promising rookies (Devin Thomas, Colt Brennan) but don’t feel like shelling out for a preseason exhibition game, mark this date on your calendar.

    Saturday, 12:15-3:45 p.m. Redskins Park, 21300 Redskins Park Dr., Ashburn. 703-726-7000. FREE

  137. Garret July 20, 2008 5:49 pm

    Looks like Chad Kapanui played in his league’s All-Star game today.

    DeGeorgia, the head coach of the Sioux City Bandits, is impressed with the Eastern Conference team that he’ll guide tonight in action against the Western Conference in the second annual United Indoor Football All-Star game that will start at 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center.

    Sioux City quarterback Chad Kapanui (2,542 yards passing, 41 TD passes) was the league’s offensive rookie of the year.

  138. Garret July 20, 2008 5:51 pm

    This guy writing about Florida’s opponents for Bleacher Report discussed UH/

    2008 Outlook: Hawaii looks to fight Boise State and Fresno State for the WAC Championship, despite the loss of QB Colt Brennan. Greg McMackin’s recruiting class, which included defensive back Steven Christian, was good enough to rank as the best non-BCS class of 2008, according to ESPN.com analyst Billy Tucker.

    Game Prediction: Florida 45 – Hawaii 17 Greg McMackin’s debut as a head coach is, unfortunately for him, in Gainesville, at “The Swamp.” The Gators’ offense is too good and the Gators have too many playmakers for Hawaii to stop. This game should be close in the first quarter, but Florida will pull away easily soon after. The Gators, led by QB Tim Tebow, will win comfortably at home and carry a 1-0 record into next week’s matchup with the Miami Hurricanes.

  139. Garret July 20, 2008 6:14 pm

    BSU is just about done with their football stadium expansion (adding luxury seating, etc.) and they are planning their next stadium/facility upgrade. Remember their current upgrade was funded in part by their BCS money while UH had to use their BCS money to pay back some of the debt that HF ran up…

    As one massive addition to Bronco Stadium concludes, planning for another begins.

    Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier would like to close the south end of the stadium with about 5,500 seats and renovations to the locker rooms, training room and equipment room that would be at the base of the new stands.

    Crews are putting the final touches on the $37.55 million Stueckle Sky Club this month. The premium-seating addition to the west side of Bronco Stadium, and most expensive project in department history, opens this season.

  140. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 6:15 pm

    Hiya! Back from Costco and 4 othr places in Lihue…whew! It’s hot here! And humid!

    UKU@LA… no worries. We shoud be able to find someone else who would like to come to the OSU game.

    PB- thanks for the QB info.
    Because he has seen the field in chips down situations and saved our butts several times… In Tyler I Trust.

    Key to Florida-
    Get to Tebow every time. Hold him to the line. I do not think they have the depth at QB like we do.
    All their chips are in a pile behind Tebow.

  141. Garret July 20, 2008 6:16 pm

    Interesting comparison between Nevada’s training room and BSU’s training room. BSU hired their head athletic trainer from Nevada and they are going to try to match Nevada’s facilities, since it helps players get back from injury quicker and is a big recruiting tool. I wonder what it would cost for UH to get this type of underwater treadmill setup in the new Ching Athletic Complex?

    The south horseshoe will be first because it is projected to be the cheapest, easiest addition and it allows for much-needed renovations to the facilities below – most notably the woefully undersized training room.

    “Our training room is completely inadequate,” Apsey said.

    Marc Paul, the Broncos’ new head athletic trainer, just arrived from Nevada. He had more space and superior equipment at a school that is one of the Broncos’ fiercest rivals.

    Nevada has an underwater treadmill that speeds injury recovery, Paul said. He couldn’t put such a system in the Broncos’ training room.

    Plus, he likes to design sport-specific rehab assignments that require room to maneuver.

    “You’re moving, you’re jumping around and you’re doing things that require a little more space,” he said. “At Nevada we had all the bells and whistles. In recruiting, it helps because it’s cool, it’s neat, it’s state of the art. But it has a practical purpose, too. We can speed up the rehab we do and get kids back faster.”

    Not that Paul is worried about his new digs.

    “I don’t want to make it sound like this is some hole, some pit,” he said. “It’s perfectly functional. When it comes down to it, we’re going to flat out get the job done – with a state-of-the-art facility or a modular trailer out in the parking lot.”

  142. Garret July 20, 2008 6:20 pm

    Interesting article analyzing the Wonderlic test. Interesting that the positions with the highest Wonderlic score are left and right tackle on the OL, with center coming next. Those positions score higher than the QBs! That actually doesn’t surprise me because the OL have to be smart and quick thinkers to make all of their adjustments on the fly. UH has a former OL as their new AD…

    Offense is shown in blue, defense in red. You can see the quarterback with a 24, the center (over 6 feet and around 300 lbs.) averaging higher at 25, and the outside linemen even a little higher. Presumably this is because the outside linemen need to mentally quick (as well as tough) to read the defense and respond to it. Those are the wide receivers (idiot loud mouths) with the 17s on the outside.

    One odd press release from Wonderlic even compares scores per NFL position with private sector job titles. For instance, a middle linebacker scores like a hospital orderly, while an offensive tackle is closer to a marketing executive. Fullbacks and halfbacks share the lower end with dock hands and material handlers.

  143. Garret July 20, 2008 6:23 pm


    I remember an article awhile back from a Florida paper that went over each of their positions. They were very positive about Florida’s depth *except* at one positions…backup QB. Florida does *not* have the type of depth at QB that UH does, so if Tebow gets hurt they are in big trouble.

    Of course, since that article Florida lost 2 or 3 safeties, so maybe that position is even less deep than their QB position. However, lack of a strong backup at QB has to worry Florida’s coaches….

  144. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 6:28 pm

    Oye my bad Jason, wasn’t thinking about that…

  145. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 6:31 pm

    Interesting observations from the Redskins Blog:

    “Colt Brennan – A number of you have asked for first day reviews of Colt Brennan, post-injury. Two things about Brennan stood out for me. First, he was a thicker guy than I had expected after watching him in college. Had some more heft to him than I would’ve thought. Second, he has a really weird delivery, somewhere between sidearm and pushing the ball, and it really needs to change if he’s going to have success on the NFL level. He did complete a few nice passes, but watching that delivery through the traffic of the line … it just doesn’t look like it’s going to be fully effective as is. We’ll see if Coach Zorn can change that.”


    I can’t wait to see what happens when they see Colt in action with that quirky throw of his… bwhahaha!

  146. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 6:36 pm

    Aunty Liz – I trust Graunke too but I’m pulling for Funaki to start. Either of the two will do us good. The JC guys I think will need to wait one more year before they see the field.

  147. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 6:40 pm

    espn always has the greatest highlight films.

  148. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 6:40 pm

    Zorn is a quarterbacks coach and instead of changing Colt’s throwing motion I’m sure he’ll just fine tune it a little so it becomes deadly. They’ll see his accuracy come to life as Campbell is inconsistent anyway. Still see Colt moving up the depth chart and unseating Campbell in a year or two…

  149. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 6:45 pm

    Nice comment on the Redskins blog to followup on that report:

    “MaiTaiSoo, on July 21st, 2008 at 4:38 am Said:

    Appreciate the report but on Brennan… should be the last time anyone makes mention of his delivery… it’s something we all know about. As regards the QBs, we would appreciate getting an everyday ranking of the 4 as regards these items: quickness of release, accuracy, read progression, use of eyes to look off the safety, foot work, drop motion fluidity and pressure awareness. Thanks for the good work today.”

  150. NYUH July 20, 2008 7:00 pm

    Nice thing about LWJ is that he is one of the few RBs in recent UH history that is not likely to be caught from behind. Love Libre’s quickness but Leon has the jets.

  151. chawan_cut July 20, 2008 7:10 pm

    who knew greg oden could play the piano???
    there’s the pretty boy brady quinn.
    i don’t think timberlake will ever be allowed back in memphis with all of those free throws comments.
    ha, this musical satire is funny.

  152. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 7:44 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos.

    yep, 40+ days an countin!

    some questions.
    -how many season tickets has UH sold to date for its home games?
    -how many tickets, total, has UH sold individually or in packages to the UH/Fla game thru 7/15?
    -what section(s), row(s), is Fla making available to UH to sell to the UH supporters?

    it would be interesting to compare Fla and help Hawaiii tix peeps prepare for the big away games in the future. I will let you know the section, row #s that Fla gives me, the dates when I get my tix, and compare when I made my order (April 21), as against my UH friends ordered their tix a month later.
    I expect a first class operation from Florida. something we can all aspire too, including UH. our Warriors deserve no less.

    Go Warriors!!!!

  153. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 7:49 pm

    Fla knew I wanted/asked for tix in the Hawaii section.


    Howzit. I’ll check for your email tomorrow. thx.

    howzit howzit. heard yu guyz cruizin Wed, Thurs., an or Fri nite this week?

  154. Stretch July 20, 2008 7:52 pm

    Liz – kkv2000, a lurker might be interested in the extra ticket. i’ll try to find out. I was talking to him at practice last week and I think he’s going. If he does, he wants to meet for the pregame CC and carpool down to Corvallis.

  155. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 7:56 pm

    jus saw t.o. cryin on tv on da espys. looked real to me. 🙂

    watah ya tink about a bar-b? 😀
    burn sumtin up! 😆

    wat? wat!! 😀

    see what a difference a smile an a stick an ball can make? 👿

    jus no can wear the turbine, call me saaheeb, lie dat.

    if no can laugh, no mo out!

    heh heh

  156. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 7:57 pm

    Stretch- terrific! Just let me know.

    bhf2- wow…gettin close!

  157. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 20, 2008 7:59 pm

    Speakin of lurkers… the LoCal Calf Call had some lurkers in attendance – jse by lookin’ at PB’s pix. Anyone gonna tell us about it??? Eh??? :mrgreen:

  158. SteveM July 20, 2008 8:08 pm

    Saturday – August 16, 2008
    Krazy Karaoke 8:00 PM – 12:00 midnight (minimum)

    The large room at the Young Street Krazy Karaoke is ours for Saturday, August 16 and STRETCH has made put down the deposits. The room holds at least 55 persons.

    Same arrangement as last April 19’s Krazy Karaoke Call…

    • bring your own drinks (this room has a lot more cooler space)
    • bring snacks and pupu’s (optional)
    • $15 per person to cover room rental/karaoke
    • pay Stretch or designee at the door that night

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    RSVP to SteveM — stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

    Current RSVP Count = 36

    Updates will be posted in the Events Calendar section

  159. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:43 pm

    Yups we had some lurkers at the LoCal CC, but I cannot remember the names at the moment??? The ones I remember who attended was… Ronnie, Garret, UKU@LA, Dennis Holleran, Ed Morimoto, losthawaiian, I think Brian, and the rest I cannot think of…

  160. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:48 pm

    Any of the lurkers that attended, my bad if I forgot your name..

  161. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 8:50 pm


    could someone tell me the name(s) of the peep(s) who came up with the bright idea of no more jv sports in public schools?

    dare i say it? obvious stupidity, on so many levels. which goes to prove that stupidity – there i said it again, stupidity, runs rampant throughout society.
    even in the upper echelons of education, everywhere, not just at the former AD level. you gotta call it for what it is, people. these kinds of decisions affect our future. some will become geniuses, some will become athletes, some will use the vehicle to better their life, some will use the vehicle to stay out of trouble.


  162. Garret July 20, 2008 8:50 pm

    Looks like Colt’s team had a good reason to trade for Jason Taylor.

    The Washington Redskins’ loss of defensive end Phillip Daniels to a torn ACL in the team’s first practice ended the stalemate between the Dolphins and Taylor, a six-time Pro Bowler who played 11 seasons in South Florida.

    Second-year DE Alex Buzbee also was lost for the season today. He was carted off the field with an ankle injury suffered during special-teams practice.

    DE Erasmus James started camp on the physically unable to perform list recovering from knee problems.

  163. Ralph July 20, 2008 8:52 pm

    PB did anyone take pictures at the LoCal CC…pix will document who was there and sometime in the future, names will be found for those in attendance

  164. Pauoa Boy July 20, 2008 8:57 pm

    Ralph if you click on my name I have a few on my page. There were a few on the temporary blog too I think. Didn’t get pictures of everybody though as some left early. I think there were about 15 of us at the LoCal CC which was a pretty good turnout. Not sure if Ronnie or the others might remember all who was there…

  165. gigi-hawaii © July 20, 2008 8:57 pm

    Ralph, the group photo was posted on the tsaikos blog these past 2 days.

  166. Garret July 20, 2008 9:16 pm

    I think that Pauoa Boy named the posters who were at the Calf Call. For the lurkers, I figure that they will be identified after they decide to post and identify themselves…maybe the lurkers don’t want their name revealed. I figure that if they come to enough of our gatherings they will start to post on the blog, or at least I can ask them if it will be okay to name them on the blog.

    I go by the saying that Ronnie, Rich, and the others seem to follow: what is said at the Calf Call stays at the Calf Call. The same thing happens at Cattle Calls in Hawaii–some things aren’t meant for posting on a public forum. Most of that stuff is about off-topic stuff like our work situations, but other things we don’t post about are things like discussions about who should start at a certain position that might include some of the negatives about a player.

  167. Garret July 20, 2008 9:22 pm

    More analysis of the Taylor trade.

    The drama that Taylor brought throughout the offseason and up until this week as we wondered whether he would report to the start of training camp or not — he wasn’t going to, by the way — is now gone.

    And, by the way, the Dolphins got their asking price. Parcells was criticized immediately after the draft by pundits who said he should have unloaded Taylor on the cheap. He instead held fast knowing that teams making a playoff or championship push would reach a point late in training camp when they would want a player of Taylor’s talent.

    Parcells was right in thinking that. He just underestimated that the moment would come much earlier in camp. The Redskins opened camp on Saturday and defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a season-ending injury in a 7-on-7 drill.

  168. Kekoa July 20, 2008 9:24 pm

    I sauntered over here from the Solidarity Suite to make sure the area was secure. No picket signs cluttering up the Tsiako clubhouse, no strike slogans painted on the walls. We don’t want to give those nosy neighbors of ours any excuse to empty out the clubhouse for uwarranted searches. Hehehehe.

    BHF2 we are still on alert status “Whskey-Alpha-Romeo” in case we do have in-coming. Meanwhile, we steer a course straight to Florida to take out those pesky Gators. I’m feeling like Gator meat would pulehu real nice on a kiawe wood fire.

  169. Garret July 20, 2008 9:24 pm

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

    Interesting to read about the latest research on extending life and combating Alzheimers. They are looking extend life expectancy past 100 years!

  170. Garret July 20, 2008 9:24 pm

    A Russian antihistamine actually reverses the decline from Alzheimers within 12 months! They have very promising human trial results.

  171. Garret July 20, 2008 9:25 pm

    According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing bar owners have been forced by China’s Public Security Bureau officials to sign pledges agreeing not to let black people or Mongolians to enter their premises.

  172. Garret July 20, 2008 9:26 pm

    Rolls-Royce sees a big market opportunity in the consumer market for nuclear energy so they created a whole business unit focused on that. They estimate the market at nearly $100 billion per year within 15 years!

  173. Garret July 20, 2008 9:27 pm

    It is absolutely shameful to read about the horrible electric work that Halliburton did (at enormous profit) for our troops in Iraq. 283 electric fires in just 6 months, soldiers electrocuted due to shoddy electric work…our troops were put at risk when they did basic things such as take a shower on a military base.

  174. Garret July 20, 2008 9:27 pm

    Free play links pau.

  175. bighilofan2 July 20, 2008 9:37 pm


    roger that. I go back to my solitude in da odda spot. i learned how to make da blue today over there, the arrows around the “a.”

    meanwhile, i really don’t mean to be rude, but you’d think the BOE higher ups, whether its athletics or wherever that lolo idea came from, i think that ridiculing that recommendation/suggestion (eliminate jv programs) in a very strong way assures that the junk idea won’t have any salve value.

  176. Garret July 20, 2008 9:41 pm

    Interesting that JJ tried to hire Frank Gansz several times when JJ was at UH. I think that Gansz would have improved UH’s special teams, especially because UH would have focused more practice time on special teams if he was there. At SMU’s spring practices Ganz had the first 20-30 minutes of each practice to go over special teams.

    Gansz is considered perhaps the world’s leading special teams expert at any level of football. A 37-year coaching veteran — including 24 seasons coaching in the NFL — Gansz immediately established a commanding presence at SMU practices this spring, putting his charges through tackling and blocking drills while barking instructions through a public address system connected to a microphone attached to his headset.

    Gansz last coached in 2001, when he was special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has had offers since then to return to coaching, at the collegiate and professional levels, but eschewed those opportunities in favor of additional time in his dual roles as father and grandfather.

    “If it hadn’t been June who called … we have a pretty rare relationship. He asked me to come to Hawaii a couple of times, and I just couldn’t do it at the time, but June is very special to me.

  177. Curt July 20, 2008 10:05 pm

    Hey Garret,

    Thanks for the updates on Colt Brennan, Frank Gansz, etc. Interesting reading. Hope Colt has a good camp.

  178. Rebel July 20, 2008 10:15 pm

    Hey Stephen,

    Keep up the good work!

  179. Curt July 20, 2008 10:19 pm


    Hope things works out for the everyone at the Advertiser. It ain’t easy for both management and the employees.

    All right, it’s bed time. Hasta la vista.

  180. Tony July 20, 2008 10:35 pm

    It’s funny, I don’t even read this blog for about the last three months, started looking for it today after reading about the layoffs in Da Uddah Pepah and low and behold, nothing ever changes:

    >>>Stephen Tsai:

    July 20th, 2008 at 9:20 am
    Advertiser does not have 799 contracted workers.
    It has a little more than 500.
    Second, our circulation is the largest.
    And we have several publications.
    And, no, the paper is not bloated. For instance, we lost four city reporters who won’t be replaced.<<<

    Someone help Gigi take her foot out of her mouth, LOL. Leave it to her to get facts wrong, trivialize job loss and make room in a very topical post to talk about her favorite subject, herself.

  181. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 10:40 pm

    Welcome back. Football is coming up, for real.

  182. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 10:43 pm

    Well, it’s been an interesting day.
    My sister was hospitalized again.
    We had a two-hour meeting to discuss our newspaper’s future.
    Then we had a surprise party for middle child.
    But, best of all, SteveM gave me a great shirt. It’s a Bonafide one without the WB logo.
    Thanks, SteveM.
    And thanks to LIz for running the alternative site at:

  183. Curt July 20, 2008 10:44 pm

    Hey Tony,

    Good to have you visit the blog. But, no need to be mean to a fellow blogger. We’re all family here.

  184. Stretch July 20, 2008 10:44 pm

    ST – prayers for your sister.

  185. Stephen Tsai July 20, 2008 10:51 pm

    By the way, Adam Leonard is the chat guest at noon.
    And Princess Leila will be back running it. We’re almost back to normal … well, except for no contract and no video.

  186. Bosnoda July 20, 2008 11:10 pm


    Are HA Editors in the union too? I know a couple there, they are great people. The give back to the community and help aspiring High School journalists.

  187. Myki (i touch) July 20, 2008 11:35 pm

    Stephen, hope your sister feels better soon. She is in my prayers toniight.

    Hope things improve at the HA.

    Goodnight all.

  188. Hawaiianbod July 20, 2008 11:57 pm

    ST/Mike – my continued thoughts and prayers for your sister.

    God Bless!!!

  189. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 21, 2008 12:20 am

    Nitey nite, sweet dreams and prayers for all those who are ailing.

  190. Newton's Fig July 21, 2008 12:31 am

    BHF2 – Interesting question you asked about the JVs and one which I tossed at some political contacts – got some very interesting answers back. Will be glad to share them with you the next time we run into each other.

    PAUOA BOY: You’re most likely in the Land of Nod by now, but mahalo for your quarterback thoughts. If you don’t mind, every couple of days, I’m going to ask a question about football so that I can be well prepared for Coach Heather’s clinic on August 19.

    GENERAL QUESTION: If events/get-togethers/gatherings are not posted on SteveM’s calendar page but are discussed here on the blog beforehand, can anyone attend? If so, how do people get the when & where details?

    STEPHEN: Who was the “We” in #183? And who got pink-slipped in the newsroom?

    KAZZ: I sent you an e-mail about August 30 to tsaikotailgate at gmail dot com. Jason confirmed that this is the only address he has for you.

    Another week in Wonderland coming up. Hopefully, there’ll be no further delays in the Ching/Cooke Field project and the bids will be opened on Friday.

  191. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc July 21, 2008 12:38 am

    Sorry for the Newton’s Fig post – it’s a name used in the science blogs.

  192. Pomai July 21, 2008 1:19 am

    Due to the No blog Friday, Saturday that is why I thought that we should have our own tsai-kos email account, so that if the blog went down we still could be able to contact any of the bloggers by email, I know that some have others email address’s but it would be much simpler if we all had our user name and the same dot com address. All we would need to do is remember the user name and add the dot com. Here is the list of email address’s that have been given out so far.

    a-house    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    bighilofan2    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    bulla    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    djmitcho    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    esme    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    gigi-hawaii    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    hawaiianbods    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    jason    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    kekoa    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    kuulei    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    las-vegas    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    midori7    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    mrs.a-house    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    pauoaboy    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    pomai    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    rainbowcliff    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    ronnie    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    stephen    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    stretch    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    uhfan808    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    wafan    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    wassupdoc    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    wena    at    tsai-kos    dot    com
    jm2375    at    tsai-kos    dot    com

    There is more than enough accounts that all of the bloggers can have their own tsai-kos email address, just let me know if you want one by sending me an email at pomai at tsai-kos dot com

  193. Pomai July 21, 2008 1:23 am

    Sorry but one of them was wrong
    hawaiianbods at tsai-kos dot com =
    hawaiianbod at tsai-kos dot com

    without the – s

  194. HiFlyer July 21, 2008 1:24 am

    Pomai – add me to the list

  195. Ralph July 21, 2008 1:31 am

    Pomai add Ralph to your tsai-ko list…by the way, will the – be accepted in the email account…just wondering

  196. Pomai July 21, 2008 1:36 am

    I posted this on Friday on the temp blog but unfortunately did not get any help so I will try once again:..

    “Need some help here. I have been working on a new website that will be sort of like an online media guide for all of the UH sports programs, starting with the football program first covering the years 1909 through 2008, what I need is a good name for this site, any serious suggestion will be considered. Thanks”

    If you click on my name it will take you to the site, remember this is a draft type, I have only been working on the year 2007 to get a feel for what I want to show.

  197. Pomai July 21, 2008 1:39 am

    Ralph sure is

  198. Pomai July 21, 2008 1:42 am

    Ralph shoot me an email so that I can tell you how to activate it. pomai at tsai-kos dot com

  199. Hawaiianbod July 21, 2008 1:51 am

    #193 – thanks Uncle!

  200. Garret July 21, 2008 4:48 am


    I’m very, very sorry to hear that your sister was hospitalized again. I hope that she is better soon. I will light a candle for her.

  201. Garret July 21, 2008 4:57 am

    Karl Benson talked about how he’s happy with how the WAC is doing.

    Question: When you look back on those days 10 years ago when eight teams split off into the Mountain West, did you ever think the WAC could reposition itself as quickly and as well as it has?

    Answer: I have to admit there were times when I wondered if we would be able to survive. There were schools that were trying to get into the Mountain West and could we afford to take another loss. Fortunately, the Mountain West elected to stay at eight, at least originally. Fresno State and Hawaii were trying to position themselves for the Mountain West along with UTEP. We caught a break there early that the Mountain West didn’t go to nine.

    In June of ’99, a year after the announcement, we added Nevada to go to nine teams. I actually recommended at that time that we add Boise State to go to 10. There was a little bit of reluctance to do anything real aggressive. (The league added Boise State and Louisiana Tech later that year after TCU left.)

    … We’ve been able to add a Nevada, to add a Boise State, to kind of fill the holes and both those programs have delivered. Nevada on the basketball side and Boise State on the football side.

  202. Garret July 21, 2008 4:58 am

    The WAC sure is talking up Fresno State and BSU this year.

    Q: Can the WAC make it three-for-three this year in terms of BCS appearances?

    A: On paper, Fresno State has the type of schedule that, if they win early, they could certainly get the attention of the pollsters and the national media. Boise State has the history over the last five years and they have nonconference opponents that if they win at Oregon, again would put them on centerstage. Does it take an undefeated WAC team? I don’t necessarily think it does. … The national media is going to give a Fresno State or Boise State more respect today than they did two years ago.

    Q: That hasn’t changed with Hawaii’s blowout loss in the Sugar Bowl?

    A: I don’t think so. Georgia could have easily beat any team in the country that night.

  203. Garret July 21, 2008 4:59 am

    Ronnie will especially hate this part–Benson talks about the Fresno State-BSU game as being for a BCS appearance…which assumes they both beat UH and are fighting for the WAC title.

    Q: The WAC scheduled Fresno State and Boise State as the season finale for both teams. Are you hoping that game has the same implications as last year’s Boise State-Hawaii game did?

    A: The rivalry that has been created between Fresno State and Boise State is very, very intense, and I think that again the predictions and prognosticators are all looking at that game as perhaps another BCS appearance for the WAC. It could come down, like it did last year with Boise State-Hawaii, that the winner of that game goes to the BCS. It’s set up again this year if both Fresno State and Boise State are able to win tier nonconference games and go into that last game, it could truly be a couple of top-10 teams.

  204. bighilofan2 July 21, 2008 5:03 am

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere!


    I’m saying a prayer for your family & sis right now….

    Wassup Doc, Newton’s Fig,
    please share publicly: which committee, led by which peeps, came out with the actual recommendation to get rid of all JV programs? was this the result of a meeting of “all school administrators,” meaning a committee of school VPs, pres, etc? I mean, JV programs are like A+, with volunteers instead of paid peeps. always get liability and cost concerns, but the alternative is idle hands and idle minds on a statewide scale, which affects UH athletics, which affects our ability to compete nationally.

    so please share this one.

  205. bighilofan2 July 21, 2008 5:25 am


    i know i know, its hard to keep a positive beat goin in your brain when there is so much “bad news” all around you, professionally and personally.

    I suggest you look at your blessings, “yings,” it’ll soothe your spirit and take some of the edges of the “yangs.”

    on that note I’ll simply say: have a great day. you got a great job. you get to ride up to UH and go see some great people with hope in their hearts, feed off their positive vibes. take pics of some smiley faces. go find out whats taking so long with the Florida tix.
    go to Utah boonies.

    or, you could focus on the negatives. go send Wena or Leila to go meet some Tsaikos, get em to take off their shirts or muumuus, take a pix and post. bwahaaahaaaaa.

    see, dares even humor in da negatives. 😀 much mo fun fo laugh.

    i still don’t know who is “management” when it comes to the contract. is it some lawyer based outta Philadelphia, Tulsa, LA, San Antonio? when the story gets put in the paper that there is no contract, and they menshun Gannett, I wish the writer’d tell us who is Gannett.

    oddawize i say i’m gonna make frenz with the SB guyz. they’d love to tell me. after all, didn’t HA trying to cut their oohlos a few years back? 😀

  206. bighilofan2 July 21, 2008 5:29 am

    Thanks for the posts, Garrett.

    40 days to go!!!!


  207. MeiLing July 21, 2008 6:07 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!!!

    Hi, BHF2. Kama looks like he is as tall as you in that SB photo.

  208. Loa July 21, 2008 6:09 am

    morning gang!

    Stephen/Mike – prayers and thought for your sister

    Liz/Steve/Homey – thanks for setting up the alternate site

  209. bighilofan2 July 21, 2008 6:09 am

    Tsaikos on the mainland, just curious and some questions for you.

    Does management for HA also own any paper in your general neighborhood area? Is there a D1 college team in your hood that will be playing UH this year or next? (Like Cincinatti, UW, Wassu, Gainesville, SMY, USC, Boise, Fresno, UNLV, Nevada.)

    if the answer to both questions is yes, then I wish I knew how to blog with blogsters in those spots, generate interest about UH sports an rivalry. i’ll bet we could increase management’s interest in what interests us.

    nuff said.

  210. JaM July 21, 2008 6:11 am

    Good Morning to all!

    Our prayers for ST and Ohana for sis’ speedy recovery…

    Cutting JV and some varsity sports: was this a knee jerk suggestion? Sometimes we don’t here about all the discussions of alternatives. Were those individuals who threw this idea out non-sports oriented? What were the other possible cuts?

    Michelle Wie: imho…I cheer for anyone coming out of/from Hawaii…(homer) but is just disappointed that “avoidable mistakes” just seems to happen…What can she do to remember that she has to dot all the “i”s and cross all the “t”s even on the golf course?

    PB: thanks for the QB analysis!

    Brie and I are committed to learning a little bit more about football and terminology.

    Have a great day everyone!

    Go Warriors!

  211. JaM July 21, 2008 6:14 am

    Good morning Garret, Loa, Mei Ling and Bighilofan2!

  212. Loa July 21, 2008 6:17 am

    DOE – gotta keep the jv programs
    i’m sure theres a lot of folks here who benefited from jv
    keep the kids busy and out of trouble
    come’on now we only talking $4.2M out of $2.3B budget

    sorry gang for the rant

    good morning JaM!

  213. Loa July 21, 2008 6:21 am

    DOE – one more thing
    you should look into expanding sports at the intermediate level too
    lotta kids could benefit, not just the club sports, ok nuff already

    hope everyone had a nice weekend
    planning to hook up with sj/myki one day this week

  214. Loa July 21, 2008 6:23 am

    bighilo – i was trying to do the ying/yang thing above

  215. d1shima July 21, 2008 6:29 am

    Great Morning All.

    Good thoughts for Stephen’s sis.

  216. d1shima July 21, 2008 6:38 am


    It’s crazy to even consider eliminating JV athletics.
    I wonder if there’s more behind the suggestion than just saving $$$.
    As far as bang fo the buck, it’s hard to think of an alternative better than athletics:
    You keep young teens busy in the afternoon after school
    The cost of supervision is cheap! After all, aren’t we always hearing about how coaches’ pay is ridiculously low?
    The kids have to stay focused on academics in order to participate.
    The kids learn valuable life lessons: goal-setting; team-building; planning; etc….
    The list could go on and on but really just preaching to the choir here.

  217. d1shima July 21, 2008 6:42 am


    All the Fresno/Boise hype just stokes the fire for our guys as they look for inspiration beyond the season opener.

  218. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER July 21, 2008 6:42 am

    Aloha Kakahiaka!
    From the Redskins blog:

    “Sinclair Harris, on July 21st, 2008 at 12:01 pm Said:

    Prediction: Colt Brennan will be starting before the end of the season and Jason Taylor sets one Redskin record for quarterback sacks!
    I like Jason Campbell as well as the next guy, but he has had to suffer a lot of coaching changes over his career and I wonder if he can adjust to Zorn. Brennan reminds me of other smallish QBs in the NFL that had good college records but had to prove themselves in the Pro League. I just hope he comes with the same “chip on his shoulder” that others have.”

  219. d1shima July 21, 2008 6:44 am

    It’s a new week; one more closer to the start of the season!

    Have a great day everyone.


  220. Pauoa Boy July 21, 2008 6:46 am

    Howzit gang – nice story on Colt

    Newton’s Fig – Uh…Land of What? Was just giving Capitol-ist/Wassup Doc a little insight on how a coach evaluates a QB position to determine the starter. I myself played QB too.

  221. Pauoa Boy July 21, 2008 6:49 am

    Or wait I’m confused haha just kidding you’re the same person right???

  222. Loa July 21, 2008 6:50 am

    howzit d1 – are you going camping this week?

  223. d1shima July 21, 2008 6:56 am

    Kinda hard to get away early in the day this week so probably not.

    Maybe try save up a coupla get-aways once fall camp starts for the team.


  224. Pauoa Boy July 21, 2008 6:56 am

    Adam Leonard…for later today

    All I gotta say bruddah Adam is thanks for bringing the Gatorade to practice. Nah, but good luck this season and lets show the Gators what a Top 25 defense is all about! Also, can you do me a favor and put that uh Tebow guy on his arse a few times, would greatly appreciate it! Oh and my question for you would be… So how does it feel knowing that you and the rest of our Top 25 Defense will keep Florida from scoring period?

    Good luck to you this season, stay healthy, and please pound Tebow so hard when you’re in FL, so your LoCal Tsai-ko Family can feel it in San Diego, mahalos bruddah Adam!

  225. bighilofan2 July 21, 2008 6:58 am

    great discussion gang. keep the heat on the DOE. birds for brains. air heads. talk their way right into trouble. they want to save 4.2M? send da upper echelon back to da classes, make em do PE afta school. remembah da dayz day had to work? just headin up da Peetah laddah. 😆

    ho boy, glad i got that 1 off my chest. 😀

    ending on a positive note: have a nice day. 😀

    an even bettah taut is dat its less than 40 days in Florida, like 39 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes. 😀

  226. Loa July 21, 2008 7:03 am

    d1 – 10-4, #2 going camping? catch you later

  227. chawan_cut July 21, 2008 7:25 am

    39 days!!!!!

  228. chawan_cut July 21, 2008 7:34 am

    btw, are there going to be more bios of our tsai-kos? they could fill in for the days there’s not much uh news. although its getting close to august and fall practice will start soon.

  229. Kekoa July 21, 2008 8:02 am

    Good Morning Tsai-ko Ohana!

    Just some random thoughts about the week ahead….

    ~ Charge 7 kinda day today what with fb speed and quickness workouts continuing up at the *U*

    ~ ST packing his *BBD’s* for his trip to Salt Lake country for the Media blast.

    ~ Myki packin’ her new *iphone* in a more mobile mode, with newz updates from around the globe and up your street. (Mahalo for da smoked salmon!)

    ~ PB reliving his *QB* days and instructing those who never got to handle the football unless someone was autographing one for them.

    ~ D-1shima reminding our *Warriors* that the media is already disrespecting the ’08 Team by salivating over a Boysee vs Freezno melt down for a BCS berth…whadd-r-we, chopped liver? Grrrrr!

    ~ BHF2 standing for truth, justice, and the *JV* program! Such a no-brainer for those of us who are supposedly soooo uneducated.

    ~ As for me, I’m riding in my car, turn on the radio…La-la-lalalala…heading down the road…..eh! No fogit to buckle up, had one wahine fall out of her car dis mornin’ on da H-1!! Pua ting wen Ma’ke!…Bee careful my Ohana! PSA pau…have a good one.

  230. koakane™ July 21, 2008 8:31 am

    aloha kakahiaka

    getting to be anoddah hot humid windless day. take precautions to be cool today

    shout out to lizk, kekoa, chawan, d1, bhf2, loa, pboy

    today is da start of the big man camp going meet pride. if addahs can come come.

  231. MeiLing July 21, 2008 10:45 am

    ST ~ Prayers out for your sister. Hope she gets well soon.

    I won’t be online for Adam Leonard’s chat today. Too much work & heading to appt. just after 12:30 pm HST. I’m sure others will thank him for his unselfish work during UWs being the water guy.

    Adam Leonard for team captain!

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