Kealoha Pilares chat

July 29th, 2008
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Thanks again to Kealoha Pilares for serving as our chat guest today. We appeciate his time, insights and typing ability.

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By request, here are pix of Pilares's tats:

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232 Responses to “Kealoha Pilares chat”

  1. djmitcho:

    Howzit Kealoha,

    This question is from James, another fellow Monarch. He had the same question I had. By the way I got a great photo of you during the Idaho game last year.
    “Hey Kealoha, Viriliter Age and thanks for taking the time out to blog with us. One of several fellow Damien brothers on this blog. Anyway, just wanted to know how the transition to slot has been going?

    I would often think, after watching you run, what kind of damage you might do to opposing Ds if you were converted to a slot. I think it will be substantial. Anyway, keep up the good work and make us all proud.”


  2. Kealoha Pilares:

    what's up guys...


  3. FloridaTed:

    Hi, Kealoha,

    Thanks for sharing your time. We're ll rootig for you.

    What is your honest preference, slotback or running back?


  4. HoustonMike:

    kealoha,

    do you think Coach Mack will still use you in running situations?


  5. djmitcho:

    What was it about the AFA that made you want to come back to Hawaii


  6. Stretch:

    Howzit Kealoha - Thanks for joining us.

    Copied from previous blog.

    (Jesse) James:

    July 29th, 2008 at 10:56 am
    Hey gang…have to go to a meeting until 100. Can anyone post this question for me to Kealoha on the chat blog.

    “Hey Kealoha, Viriliter Age and thanks for taking the time out to blog with us. One of several fellow Damien brothers on this blog. Anyway, just wanted to know how the transition to slot has been going?

    I would often think, after watching you run, what kind of damage you might do to opposing Ds if you were converted to a slot. I think it will be substantial. Anyway, keep up the good work and make us all proud.”


  7. FloridaTed:

    What's your assessment of this years offense, from what you've seen so far?


  8. Kealoha Pilares:

    Howzit Kealoha,

    This question is from James, another fellow Monarch. He had the same question I had. By the way I got a great photo of you during the Idaho game last year.
    “Hey Kealoha, Viriliter Age and thanks for taking the time out to blog with us. One of several fellow Damien brothers on this blog. Anyway, just wanted to know how the transition to slot has been going?

    I would often think, after watching you run, what kind of damage you might do to opposing Ds if you were converted to a slot. I think it will be substantial. Anyway, keep up the good work and make us all proud.”

    the transition has been great.. with coach Ron and Stutz, they have helped me to understand the offense alot more.. also my fellow players haved helped alot too..


  9. FloridaTed:

    How much do you know about Ron Lee's tweaked offense and how do you like it?


  10. Hoohiki:

    Hey, Kealoha,
    What was the main factor that prompted you to come back home? I was a bit disappointed at first when you chose to go to the Air Force Academy, so now it's all good that you came home and transferred to UH.


  11. Stretch:

    ooopss, sorry, didn't know dj already posted it.

    What's your take on the new QB's - Raush and Alexander??


  12. FloridaTed:

    In work outs and no doubt many discussions among yourselves, do you feel this years offense will be as productive as last year?


  13. Hoohiki:

    What is your major? I know you have to be academically sound to have been accepted at the AFA.


  14. HoustonMike:

    Kealoha,

    You're from wahiawa, just wondering if you used to play bball out in whitmore village also...i might have played against you a couple times, if that was you, you are damn quick!


  15. Kealoha Pilares:

    Hi, Kealoha,

    Thanks for sharing your time. We’re ll rootig for you.

    What is your honest preference, slotback or running back?

    to be honest, with my body type and running style, i would have to say slotback... in the run and shoot, it offers alot more opportunities to make plays and get the ball...


  16. Hoohiki:

    Which quarterback so far have you clicked with in terms of running plays and being on the same page? (I know it's early, but sometimes you can get a feel, even from just unsupervised workouts.)


  17. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Kealoha,
    Could you remind Tsai to pay his credit card bill? :lol:

    Seriously, thanks for joining us today. I think you are going to be an awesome player at your new position. What's your current bench, squat and 40 yd dash. I see you as an All WAC player eventually.


  18. Kealoha Pilares:

    kealoha,

    do you think Coach Mack will still use you in running situations?

    so far he hasn't really talked to me about running the ball.. i believe the main thing he wants me to do is get comfortable with the slot position.. i also believe that the guys in the running back position now will get the job done..


  19. Hoohiki:

    It seemed like you were one of June Jones favorites...how did you feel about him leaving?


  20. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Kealoha- After the Sugar Bowl experience, do you feel better prepared for what you will face in the Swamp- and are there any special ways you have been preparing for that game? We'll be there to cheer, btw !


  21. Kealoha Pilares:

    What’s your assessment of this years offense, from what you’ve seen so far?

    from what i've seen so far, this years offense will have depth in all positions.. with Coach Ron taking over, i believe that the quarterbacks won't have all the pressure on their shoulders.. also alot more options will open up with the quarterback going under the center..


  22. FloridaTed:

    Your answer (#15) was exactly what I wanted to hear, lol. You'll do very well, I'm sure.


  23. Hoohiki:

    What has been your favorite moment (doesn't have to be a game) being a Warrior football player?


  24. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Kelaoha,
    From what you've seen so far, what are the biggest differences between Coach Jones' RnS and Coach Lee's version?


  25. Kealoha Pilares:

    Hey, Kealoha,
    What was the main factor that prompted you to come back home? I was a bit disappointed at first when you chose to go to the Air Force Academy, so now it’s all good that you came home and transferred to UH.

    i believe that that whole airforce experience was a stage in my life.. going to the academy is something only a few can experience and i understood that... however, i just felt that the lifestyle wasn't for me and all i wanted to do was to be happy...
    now im home...
    im a warrior...
    and im happy..


  26. Hoohiki:

    What are your 2 personal goals this year you'd like to accomplish as a football player?


  27. FloridaTed:

    Dito for answer #21.


  28. Hoohiki:

    Thanks for your answers, Kealoha! I have been a fan of yours since your Damien days ...(My brother is a Damien grad too.)


  29. Kealoha Pilares:

    ooopss, sorry, didn’t know dj already posted it.

    What’s your take on the new QB’s - Raush and Alexander??

    both are athletes... i remember the first time seeing Greg at 7's.. didn't know he was a quarterback.. he's build more like a tight end than anything.. i just feel that it's going to be a battle in camp.. the position is wide open right now


  30. lava1:

    Can't wait to see KP duty again this year -- you were really explosive last year. Have a great, great year.

    Do any of the new guys impress you as making an impact this season?


  31. Hoohiki:

    Who has been your most influential mentor so far in your football career?


  32. Kealoha Pilares:

    It seemed like you were one of June Jones favorites…how did you feel about him leaving?

    haha thats a first... Coach Jones was a man of few words... i feel like him leaving was something for the players in this program... like many others, he felt there was things that needed to be done and done quick.. he put this program in the spotlight for everyone to see.. and i'm thankful Coach Mac took the job to continue what he started


  33. Kealoha Pilares:

    What has been your favorite moment (doesn’t have to be a game) being a Warrior football player?

    without a doubt, the sugar bowl... coming form ol Damien, we were lucky to get a 100 people at our games.. so going to the big show was something i will never forget..


  34. Kealoha Pilares:

    What are your 2 personal goals this year you’d like to accomplish as a football player?

    first is to take care of my body and stay injury free..
    second is to achieve some sort of WAC award..


  35. da princess' classmate:

    kealoha:

    you can tell your kids and grandkids that you scored da 1st TD of the memorable 2007 season, you don't have to tell dem about being so excited and slipping on da newly painted endzones :)

    all kidding aside, gl in your move to da slot, should be very exciting seeing you more in da open field. looking forward to seeing you get some inside handoffs from da slot position, last time i remember da warriors using it was when stutz was playing IIRC.


  36. PONO:

    Hey Kealoha,
    Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us football enthusiasts. What do you think of Coach Mac's aggressive local recruiting effort? If you were back in H.S. would you have given UH more consideration if coach Jones took a more active effort in recruiting like Mac?


  37. Stretch:

    Can you have ST take a picture of the tattoos on your forearms and post it?? I know of a certain Tsaikette who will love it!!


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Kelaoha,
    Is there anything you would like to say to the Warrior Fans?


  39. Kealoha Pilares:

    kealoha:

    you can tell your kids and grandkids that you scored da 1st TD of the memorable 2007 season, you don’t have to tell dem about being so excited and slipping on da newly painted endzones

    all kidding aside, gl in your move to da slot, should be very exciting seeing you more in da open field. looking forward to seeing you get some inside handoffs from da slot position, last time i remember da warriors using it was when stutz was playing IIRC.

    i feel like Coach Mac has done a great job at giving the local players a shot to play for UH.. by reaching out into the communities and holding camps, i feel that he has shown Hawaii that he cares and wants local people on this team.. i would have considered it more i think because he comes off as a great man who cares about his team...


  40. kalamaku:

    Aloha Kealoha

    How, in general, has the timing been coming with the QBs, esp the new JC guys? Do you feel they are getting a solid feel for the system and the receivers are jelling with them?


  41. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Kealoha, what do you plan to do after college/ football?

    Mahalo and have a safe and successful season!!!


  42. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kelaoha,
    Is there anything you would like to say to the Warrior Fans?

    i would just like to say to keep believing in the team and spend some money to come watch us.. ain't no better feeling than a packed stadium cheering for you


  43. d1島:

    Thanks for spending time with us today, Kealoha.

    Can you tell us about what Coach Ron is expecting the slots role in the running game will be?


  44. troll:

    Wassup Kelaoha,
    From what you’ve seen so far which recruits have been most impressed with. Thanks have a great season.


  45. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kealoha,

    You’re from wahiawa, just wondering if you used to play bball out in whitmore village also…i might have played against you a couple times, if that was you, you are damn quick!

    96786!!! haha i doubt it was me.. i hardly go home and when i do, i stay in my house all day..


  46. d1島:

    What do you expect will be the toughest thing for the team to overcome in your season opener?


  47. troll:

    Wassup Kelaoha,
    From what you’ve seen so far which recruits have you been most impressed with. Thanks have a great season. Sorry first post had a mistake.


  48. d1島:

    Who's the best route runner on the team now?


  49. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kealoha, what do you plan to do after college/ football?

    Mahalo and have a safe and successful season!!!

    if football doesn't call my name, i'm planning on attending a Physical Therapy school somewhere.. i enjoy helping people and really want a medical degree of some sort..


  50. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kealoha, what do you plan to do after college/ football?

    Mahalo and have a safe and successful season!!!

    if football doesn't call my name, i'm planning on attending a Physical Therapy school somewhere.. i enjoy helping people and really want a medical degree of some sort..


  51. Konaboy:

    Kealoha,

    How does the overall speed of this years receiving corps compare with last years?


  52. hawnstln:

    Kealoha, what did you learn from playing an SEC team like Georgia last year? Will it prepare you/the team for Florida? What is your projected playing weight and 40 time? Good luck and we'll see you at the road games!!


  53. da princess' classmate:

    did you go to therapy at sports medicine hawaii (Dr. Ariki, i think) on beretania? my pops goes there and sees a bunch of UH athletes all da time


  54. hawnstln:

    Kealoha, what did you learn from playing an SEC team like Georgia last year? Hill it prepare you/the team for Florida? What is your projected playing weight and 40 time? Good luck and we'll see you at the road games!!


  55. hawnstln:

    Kealoha, what did you learn from playing an SEC team like Georgia last year? How will it prepare you/the team for Florida? What is your projected playing weight and current 40 time? Good luck and we'll see you at the road games!!


  56. Kealoha Pilares:

    What do you expect will be the toughest thing for the team to overcome in your season opener?

    i believe that the toughest thing will be the heat.. however, in the next few weeks, Coach Mac will get us into the best shapes of our lives.. by the time Florida comes, we should be mentally and physically ready for anything.. we just have the confidence in ourselves that we can play with the best in the nation..


  57. addahknowjoe:

    Howzit Kealoha-

    Hopefully you're still here to answer this:

    I see you've got the Hawaiian version of the UA logo on your moped. Do you think that it should be marketed/used by UA for Hawaii fans?


  58. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kealoha, what did you learn from playing an SEC team like Georgia last year? Will it prepare you/the team for Florida? What is your projected playing weight and 40 time? Good luck and we’ll see you at the road games!!

    i believe playing a team like Georgia taught us alot about ourselves.. although we were at the top of the WAC, it taught us that you have to come out and play like it was your last every game.. also when things seem perfect, there is always room for improvementt and you should never be satisfied..


  59. kshakak:

    Kealoha,

    During the offseason, what are the biggest improvements the team (and you personally) has made?

    Mahalo


  60. Kealoha Pilares:

    sorry about that but about the 40...

    i never got an accurate time at it... my first year, Coach Mel didn't believe his watch so i had to run it 2 more times...

    this year i was ready than ever... however, it was stopped due to the fact that people were getting hurt... like all of you, i am curious to know


  61. a:

    Are you going to miss any of the stuff that JJ brought to UH football over the years (i.e. uniforms, eo na toa e chants, etc.)? Good luck this season.


  62. BG:

    Hey Kealoha!

    Who jumps out among the db's. Which guy(s) are the toughest in coverage?


  63. Kealoha Pilares:

    Kealoha,

    During the offseason, what are the biggest improvements the team (and you personally) has made?

    Mahalo

    in terms of lifting, i feel that the team has bought more into the powerclean lift. i feel that it's lift that truly measures a players explosion and field strenght.. everyone has been throwing around weight they never touched before..


  64. djmitcho:

    Kealoha,
    Mahalo for sticking around for so long and answering everyone's questions.


  65. Kealoha Pilares:

    Hey Kealoha!

    Who jumps out among the db’s. Which guy(s) are the toughest in coverage?

    the db's that are toughest in coverage would be J.P, Jameel, and Mouton... the db unit as a whole i believe will be one of the best we have had in a long time...


  66. kshakak:

    Thanks, good to here about success in the weight room. Good luck and best wishes to you. ~aloha


  67. Kealoha Pilares:

    no problem...

    stephen has ditched me and i dont know what to do....


  68. Stretch:

    Kealoha - keep on typing!!


  69. July Jones:

    Are you going to return Kicks or Punts this year?
    Personally I thought you were a tight runningback and still are the best one on the team. But goodluck at slot.


  70. sports for fun:

    did you ever talk to kama bailey about walking on at uh? are you looking forward to the idaho game and seeing him on the other sideline?


  71. Kealoha Pilares:

    Are you going to return Kicks or Punts this year?
    Personally I thought you were a tight runningback and still are the best one on the team. But goodluck at slot.

    personally i would like to..
    but Coach Mac will make that decision and what's best for the team..

    thanks alot for the words... i hope to make this year exciting for you to enjoy...


  72. WarriorMojo:

    Kealoha, thanks for representing Hawaii with so much pride and class.

    So, who's the guy at LT: Kia, Hisatake, or Letuli?


  73. Kealoha Pilares:

    did you ever talk to kama bailey about walking on at uh? are you looking forward to the idaho game and seeing him on the other sideline?

    i never really got the chance to talk to him about coming to UH... from when he was playing with me, i knew he was gonna be a baller... wherever he was gonna go, i knew he would make his family and Damien proud in the end... and yess.... i cant wait for that game


  74. Kealoha Pilares:

    aloha fans...

    continue to support our team and see u in the SWAMP


  75. (Jesse) James:

    Hey gang...I'm back..

    Wow...thanks for posting my question and thanks for the answer Kealoha, and thanks for sticking around....Like Stretch said, keep on typing if you can stay longer....some good questions today...


  76. (Jesse) James:

    Thanks for your time Kealoha....good chatting with you. GO WARRIORS!!!


  77. troll:

    Wassup Kelaoha,
    From what you’ve seen so far which recruits have you been most impressed with. Thanks have a great season.


  78. (Jesse) James:

    Hey Stretch...although a certain Tsaikette couldn't chat with KP today, it was good that ST got a shot of his forearms....that should make her day...after all, you know that KP is cute (according to said Tsaikette)....now if we could only get stutz forearm pic....maybe D1 can help us on that one.....MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA


  79. (Jesse) James:

    Gorg...hey, what year did you grad from DMHS???


  80. Waipio Warrior:

    Thanks for your time Kealoha. Go Warriors


  81. Jack Flash:

    Gorg grad Damien 1984.


  82. Jack Flash:

    Gorg old! Hehehe...


  83. (Jesse) James:

    Thanks Jack...man I was a freshman when he was a Senior....and dj was a freshman when I was a senior....and we were in kindergarten when wafan went to DMHS...and none of us were born when koakane went to DMHS.....MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA


  84. kama krab:

    Howzit everybody,

    Thank you Kealoha for coming on to chat.

    Eh (J) J send me email at kamakani underscore kane at yahoo dot com, I like get your contact info.


  85. (Jesse) James:

    Kama...shoots. Just sent you an e-mail.


  86. mp:

    Kealoha

    Thanks for sharing your time and thoughts. Study with intensity and purpose. Practice and play football with intensity and purpose.

    Wish the best for you and the team this coming season.

    Go Warriors!!!!!


  87. djmitcho:

    James,
    when you goin make new shirts for this year? cause i like order one next time


  88. kama krab:

    Eh (J) J I no think any of us was even being thought of when koakane went to DMHS.


  89. Esme:

    Awww, so bummed that I had to miss the chat. But I'm going back to read it now. Thanks, Kealoha!

    Oh, and ... hi, gang! Hi, ST! :mrgreen:


  90. gigi-hawaii ©:

    and when my mom was a registrar at Damien, I was a student at Roosevelt HS.

    how time flies, huh?


  91. (Jesse) James:

    gigi...when you were at Roosevelt did you ride a horse to school??


  92. gigi-hawaii ©:

    nope, it was a donkey -- the same one Jesus rode on.


  93. (Jesse) James:

    dj...I still have some Manoa Poi Company shirts in stock...what size did you want??


  94. (Jesse) James:

    wow...i didn't know Roosevelt HS was that old....MWAHAHAHAHHA


  95. Jason:

    Mahalo for a great chat, Kealoha. You showed a warmth and intelligence that our other Damien guys never show. ;-)

    Mrs. A-House: That wasn't you at the Ke‘eaumoku St McDonald's this morning, was it?


  96. djmitcho:

    (j)j, 3x if you got it


  97. al:

    (je)ja.....cough! cough! sniffle. sniffle. ahchew! (pake version) whoeee brah, best you take care of that cold.

    don't you have enough sick leave?

    i mean what good is having employee benefits if you are too afraid to use them???

    oh by the way, that red shrimp curry is to die for. it just makes that sticky rice so ono. wash em down with some sinha's.


  98. (Jesse) James:

    dj...let me check..I think we have a couple left...I'll let you know.

    Jason...we show lots of warmth, care, understanding, and intelligence...u just don't see it...MWAAHAHAHHAHAHA


  99. al:

    stand corrected....singha. that would be just tasty with that red curry and pad thai.


  100. al:

    ok 100


  101. gigi-hawaii ©:

    I never drink beer with my meal cause beer is so filling.

    I usually just drink water.


  102. SteveM:

    Happy Birthday to Mike Tsai!

    Best Anniversary wishes to Garret and Lori!


  103. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Hiya,
    uh, James... dat look like one leg, not one arm....

    HiHo Esme and Away!


  104. gigi-hawaii ©:

    haha I thought it was his biceps, too! So it's a leg?


  105. Hoohiki:

    Damien HS hasn't always been the school to produce football players, until recently. Does anyone know of other Damien grads that are in D1 programs?
    Kealoha, Kama... Just curious...


  106. SteveM:

    J:
    July 29th, 2008 at 8:54 am
    Hmm…the ground just moved…

    A real earthquake in California... hope everyone is OK. :oops:

    ...when I first read J's post, my first thought was to wonder how she found out about Stretch's big BET so quickly... :razz:


  107. Stretch:

    Is Michelle Wie qualified for this LPGA major tournament?? I thought she only has one more tournament left to get her card for next year. If she could have played, she is crazy not to be there and be playing in the PGA where the money does not count towards her LPGA tour card.

    Wie, who is managed by her parents, was listed in qualifying for the Women's British Open at Sunningdale. But she pulled out and instead has a sponsor's exemption for the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open at Reno, Nev. It is her eighth PGA Tour event.


  108. Stretch:

    Or does Michelle Wie have to try and qualify for the tournament first??


  109. curveball:

    Stretch:

    Its my understanding that the British Open money would not count for her either. Its not an LPGA event.


  110. (Jesse) James:

    liz/gigi....the top pick is of his arm..the bottom one is his leg...


  111. Stretch:

    Thanks curveball for the clarification. Would you know if it would have counted towards her 7 (??) tournaments she can play a year as a non-LPGA member??


  112. (Jesse) James:

    Hoohiki...Christian Vasconcellos (UH) and Keoni Steinhoff (UH) are also from Damien, as well as Haku Correa (UH). In years past there was Chris Brown (UH), Chad Kurashige (Pacific), Mel DeLaura (UH), Eddie Klaneski (UH), Keoni Kilbey (UH)...that's all I can remember at the moment...


  113. al:

    i guess lizk and gigi have not seen too many naked arms in their time.

    jessejames is right the top pick is his upper arm. go see the tatto pattern for further discovery.


  114. Gorg:

    yo jack flash, you not so far behind brah...'85 Kamehameha!!

    At least I can still go out at night and play music and not be in bed by 9pm...old man!!


  115. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Oh I see his finger holding up his sleeve so I guess the top pic is of his bicep. But it does look like his calf.


  116. Stretch:

    Anyone listen to 1420 this morning and hear the trivia question, "What team beat Waianae to win the 1985 Prep Bowl??" The answer was Pac-5. To take the question one step further, "Does anyone know which Tsaiko was one of the coaches on that 1985 team that Garrett Gabriel was the QB??"


  117. da princess' classmate:

    some big national news 2day: Favre finally faxes in his reinstatement, s/b interesting in GB next couple days. halos look like da team 2 beat in da American league after acquiring texeira. rays 2 young, yanks 2 many injuries, and bosox too many manny issues.

    fall camp starts in couple days, colt's preseason debut on sunday, exciting times coming


  118. gigi-hawaii ©:

    good to see that Colt is third on the depth chart!


  119. curveball:

    Stretch

    It would not count against her 7 because it is not a LPGA event...
    Thats why it was so important for her last week to win that money.If she would of won last week she would have been in all of next year..


  120. J-Dog:

    (Jesse) James:

    July 29th, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    Hoohiki…Christian Vasconcellos (UH) and Keoni Steinhoff (UH) are also from Damien, as well as Haku Correa (UH). In years past there was Chris Brown (UH), Chad Kurashige (Pacific), Mel DeLaura (UH), Eddie Klaneski (UH), Keoni Kilbey (UH)…that’s all I can remember at the moment…

    Sione Tau at Arizona


  121. Believe 808:

    Other Damien D1 players - Sam Moku (c/o '82 / UH) and Todd Schmidt (c/o '83 - Colorado State).


  122. gigi-hawaii ©:

    so who said Damien never produces football players? Way to go, guys!


  123. Pride.:

    Inoke Breckterfield '94(Oregon State '95 - '98)


  124. (Jesse) James:

    Stretch...I tink was KK....MWAHAHAHAHAHA


  125. (Jesse) James:

    Pride/JDOG/Believe....I forgot about those guys....thanks

    I also know Moku Paiva played baseball for UH...He played football at Damien but don't remember if he played at UH....


  126. curveball:

    Stretch

    I just looked and she starts in the last group,1:55, on Thursday....


  127. Hoohiki:

    Wow!! I forgot alot of those guys...I owe someone an apology. In my old age, I barely remember what I had for lunch, let alone remember those outstanding football players of yesteryears. I'm glad I asked. How could I forget Chris Brown and Eddie Klaneski? I didn't even know Mel DeLaura was an alum.

    Next week? Pac-5?


  128. Hoohiki:

    Stretch, so what's the answer to #116?


  129. J-Dog:

    Manti Te'o vying for the top spot in ESPN's 150 recruiting list.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?columnist=luginbill_tom&id=3509086


  130. (Jesse) James:

    Hoohiki...I know koakane coached at Pac 5....so I would guess the answer is koakane...I could be wrong though...although Don Botelho, the coach of Pac 5 that won that Prep Bowl....was also the former coach at Damien.......


  131. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Stretch, what is the prize if James got it right?


  132. Ralph:

    Jamie and Hoohiki Sione Tau and Michael Sipili are at Colorado


  133. al:

    damien....

    lolomana mikaele.arizona
    michael sipili, colorado

    and in baseball former major leaguer
    chris truby


  134. Pauoa Boy:

    Happy Birthday Mike...

    Congrats Garret and Lori...

    Good luck this year Kealoha! Garrans you going be beastin at the slot for years to come. I think it was a good move for you with your fluid running style and agility, it'll give you more room to run and make plays. You are one of my favorite players on the team...love watching you play...very smooth running style!


  135. A-House:

    Wow, for small school sure lots of talented players who went on to great things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  136. Pauoa Boy:

    Kazz - From yesterday, mahalos on the info about the kickers. I guess Symonds does have the K job locked down then...

    Speaking of Kickers from Temecula...when I asked Garret about it in a previous blog I thought it was a kid who attended Dan Kelly's HS. Obviously it's not, but there is a K from Dan Kelly's HS that is a pretty good kicker. A kid named Colin Yost. He's attended kicking combines and has faired pretty well at each. Good size at 6'3" 195lbs. and a pretty strong leg. Not sure if he's been offered to play somewhere but he seems like D1 potential...


  137. Pauoa Boy:

    My cousin go Damien, my faddah went Damien...


  138. al:

    the year kealoha pilares graduated, damien had three of the top 10 local d1 players.

    pilares, mikaele, sipili.


  139. Stretch:

    Answer to the question is koakane.

    James gets a kick in the okole for posting the correct answer first.


  140. WarriorBasketball:

    Damien Graduate - Charles Aiu III (First and so far only Damien graduate to play in the NFL. Graduated from the Univ of Hawaii in 1976.) Sadly, he passed away a few years ago.


  141. djmitcho:

    Punahou Aina, who is gonna become the head coach at Damien next year also went to UH


  142. Ralph:

    djmitcho 3x? all of the Osakos, including your dad, Ray, Margaret and your grands parents were slim, you must have enjoyed the Washington cuisine to much.....


  143. SteveM:

    The Tsai-ko groups attending the Florida and Oregon away-games are forming up and slowly increasing in number. Please provide your plans if you attending either game.

    A-House has confirmed the Golden Corral for the Aug. 29 Cattle Call in Orlando...see:

    http://home.hawaii.rr.com/smurashi/tsai-kos/florida08.html

    Many Oregon State game Tsai-kos are staging in Portland and have a group email and contact list. Other things are currently in the works.

    http://home.hawaii.rr.com/smurashi/tsai-kos/away08.html


  144. djmitcho:

    ralph,
    Yes, I am the black sheep of the family when it comes to size. It comes from my mother's side of the family. Hey, I played O-Line, what do you expect?


  145. Stretch:

    Since SteveM mentioned the Oregon State game, some of the Tsaikos, friends and family will be meeting somewhere in Portland the morning of the game for breakfast before heading down to Corvallis for the game. We are currently evaluating the cost to get a charter bus.

    If there are others who would like to take a bus down to/from the game from Portland, please email me at stretch6592 at yahoo and I will keep you informed if we get the bus or not.


  146. Tombo Ahi:

    here's a link to a JPG of UH poster schedule, if it wasn't already posted.

    http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4043/uhfootball2008schedulewd5.jpg


  147. SteveM:

    :lol: :D :lol:
    THE BIG KARAOKE CALL
    Saturday – August 16, 2008
    Krazy Karaoke 8:00 PM – 12:00 midnight (minimum)

    The large room at the Young Street Krazy Karaoke holds at least 55 persons. STRETCH has made the reservation and put down the deposits.

    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

    Current RSVP Count = 46

    RSVP on blog or email SteveM -- stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Updates will be posted in the Events Calendar section


  148. gigi-hawaii ©:

    SteveM, don't you mean the room holds AT MOST 55 persons?

    At least = does not make sense.


  149. Koauka:

    I played baseball against Joey DeSa, the terror of Lanakila Park. The folks that lived across the right field fence were on alert when Joe was at bat.

    The home runs he hit were some bombs that landed on the porch of that house. And that was PAL Pony League (13-14 years old)

    And his high school career took off at Damien Memorial High School. Think he is c/o 1977. Signed a professional baseball contract after graduation with the St.Louis Cardinals

    Sadly he passed away in a car accident while playing winter ball. I'm certain he woulda been a big time major league baseballer.

    And an ILH all star DB for the Monarchs.

    Quite an honor to play ball against him.


  150. gigi-hawaii ©:

    So, Stretch is giving James a kick to the okole for getting the trivia answer correct. Auwe!

    Maybe, he should give James a matching set of Tsaiko glassware instead.


  151. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Koauka, c/o 1977? My mom retired as registrar from Damien in 1978. She received the 1st Damien DeVeuster award the following year for good service to the school.

    She really liked the school. Was the first secretary hired in 1961 when it opened.

    Always said, "The students were like my children, and the teachers were like my brothers."

    Memories.


  152. Koauka:

    Gigi:

    I think your Mom must have known Joey, because he's a pretty nice guy.

    Even though he kicked our okoles. Hard to get mad at Joey when he's a true gentleman.

    BTW: His uncle is Farrington star John Matias and his son played baseball at UH.


  153. gigi-hawaii ©:

    My mom is 92 now and somewhat senile. I doubt she would remember his name after all these years and in her condition.

    I hope when I am her age, my mind will be intact.

    Koauka, did you play baseball after high school?


  154. Hoohiki:

    Johnny Matias (Jr.) also a Damien grad. C/O 1984.


  155. gigi-hawaii ©:

    I wonder how many Damien lurkers read the Warrior Beat. haha


  156. al:

    7 grads and 2 lurkers.

    let's hope we live as long as our moms, gigi, mine is 87 and still rips on the h-1.


  157. al:

    the great fisherman of the north, whitey, returns tomorrow to the blessed grounds of maui no ka oi.

    i wonder what great fishing tales he'll have for us. (pssst. don't tell, but, i already know a little birdie in maui told me already)


  158. gigi-hawaii ©:

    A friend was 97 when she was finally denied a drivers license. She died at the ate of 101.


  159. Garret:

    Thank you to everyone for the Anniversary wishes! Today was a great day and I'm glad that everything worked out. Lori is asleep so I'll blog now.


  160. Jack Flash:

    9pm- time for moemoe. Gorg was right!


  161. gigi-hawaii ©:

    didn't duffer say whitey caught no fish cause A-House caught them all? haha


  162. al:

    fishing is the fabled sixth "f" right?

    this guy hauls in a 973 lb marlin off kona i believe.


  163. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Hiya!

    Practice Cam 7/29 shows Colt making a throw:
    http://www.redskins.com/news/multimedia.jsp


  164. Garret:

    Thank you to Kealoha for the excellent chat! He represented the Warriors well in the chat and did a great job on the field last season. I look for him to have an excellent career as a slot WR--he's deadly in the open field and the offense has plays that can get him the ball with room to make something happen.


  165. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Garret, how can you call an earthquake day a great day? The media said there were some injuries.


  166. Garret:

    Some notes on today's Dolphins practice.

    Kircus is zooming up the depth chart, while my favorite rook Davone Bess finally dropped a pass today.

    In the FB battle, Boomer Grigsby continues to display much better hands than Reagan Mauia when thrown to in the flat.


  167. al:

    wow garret, you wore lori out!

    i noticed you hadn't blogged all day. i bet you have at least twenty posts and tidbits for us.

    did the girls miss you guys?


  168. Garret:

    The Dolphins will have no team banquet and will not choose an MVP from last season.

    The Dolphins confirmed that there would be no team banquet this year and for the first time in team history the team MVP award was listed as, 'vacant.'

    The banquet is usually used as in inspiration to the next year's team, and several awards are handed out, and a video of highlights of the preseason are shown.

    Obviously, a 1-15 team has far more lowlights than highlights.


  169. Garret:

    Lots of WRs for Miami dropped passes today.

    There were five dropped passes, including one by TE David Martin, who seems to have one every other day. WR Davone Bess' miscue was the real surprise. The rookie from Hawaii has caught everything thrown his way since the rookie mini-camp.


  170. Garret:

    Miami's management isn't happy with their WR situation and they apparently are adding Terry Glenn.

    Also, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram cites two sources in reporting that ex-Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn is "expected" to sign with Miami.

    Signing Glenn, waived Friday and a free agent, would be a low-risk Band-Aid on a thinness at the Dolphins' wideout spot, although it hardly is in keeping with Miami's rebuilding motif to sign a 34-year-old receiver coming off a season lost almost entirely to a knee injury.

    Bottom line? Solid move. You get, for very little, a guy with four 1,000-yard seasons including back-to-backers in 2005-06. Click here to review Glenn's year-by-year and career stats.

    The signing would be predictable because Dolphins major domo Bill Parcells previously coached Glenn in both New England and Dallas.


  171. Garret:

    gigi,

    The earthquake was in East LA, far from San Diego. When I lived in LA I lived through two *large* earthquakes, one that destroyed freeways and caused damage that took years to completely fix. Compared to that, this earthquake was extremely minor and the damage it caused was fairly low for the attention it got.

    Was an earthquake in LA supposed to ruin my Anniversary? I don't get that logic.


  172. gigi-hawaii ©:

    just kidding, Garret. And, no, an earthquake in LA was not supposed to ruin your anniversary!


  173. Garret:

    Al,

    My girls had a LOT of fun with their babysitter--she was Faith's preschool teacher when Faith was 3 and Mika will be in her class for preschool starting tomorrow. She was the perfect babysitter and my kids didn't miss us at all...they have been asking for a babysitter for a long time and they were not disappointed.

    I posted all the Miami stuff already...it took a couple of minutes to read everything and there wasn't much about Bess/Reagan/Samson. I hope I can find other stuff, but I don't have anything else ready to go.


  174. Garret:

    gigi,

    No problem with the joke. I do hope that those who suffered some damage (like Ronnie's brother) are fine and that their losses were minimal. I have other friends near the epicenter who had some things fall to the ground, but no major damage.

    The difference between a 5.4 and a 7.4 is 100 times the power. When I worked for JPL between 91-94 we had 2 earthquakes that were above 7...those were *really* crazy to live through. This one was just some minor swaying so I figured it was far away from us and wasn't that big. When I checked online it seemed that the earthquake's damage was not too bad.


  175. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Is San Diego standing on top of or near a fault? Is the San Andreas fault nearby?


  176. Garret:

    This website updated the preseason predictions for each conference. Looking at UH's nonconference opponents:

    Aside from Lindy, Cincinnati is predicted to finish 4th or 5th in the Big East.

    Oregon State is picked to finish 5th in the Pac-10.

    Florida is picked to finish either 1st or 2nd in the SEC (with Georgia either 1st or 2nd).


  177. Stretch:

    Congratulations JD!!!

    JD has finally signed a 5 year contract


  178. Garret:

    gigi,

    Thankfully, San Diego is *not* on a fault line. When I lived in LA, nobody would sell me earthquake insurance for any reasonable price. In San Diego I have insurance companies contacting me to ask me to buy earthquake insurance from them, and they ask for well under 10% of what I was quoted when I lived in LA.


  179. Garret:

    Congratulations to JD! It took a long time but I'm glad that it is finally official!


  180. Garret:

    This site picks Cinci to finish at #23 in the country. Reading the full analysis I think they are assuming that Cinci beats UH.

    Sixth in the Big East? Really? I can only assume the prognostoscenti is reacting to Ben Mauk’s pending ascension to the peak of Mount Sinai, or whatever, and no doubt the opinions would be more optimistic if the school’s single-season passing leader gets his sixth year between now and the end of August. Even if he doesn’t, though, UC has a fine option in Notre Dame refugee Demetrius Jones, who was too hyped coming out of high school to let his two series’ worth of halfhearted spread option against Georgia Tech cloud his potential in Brian Kelly’s offense, which has had a hell of a three-year run -- unless, I guess, you think setting single-season records at two different schools while leading both to banner seasons (Central Michigan won the MAC championship in 2006 and ten games for the first time since 1979; last year, Cincinnati finished in the final polls for the first time ever in Kelly’s first go-round) is some kind of happy accident. Jones is more athletic than Mauk or CMU’s Dan LeFevour, and has four receivers back who combined for 26 touchdowns last year. The defense has all-Big East-caliber players on the interior line (Terrill Byrd), linebacker (Corey Smith) and at corner, where Mike Mickens is consistently listed among the best cover guys in the country, with DeAngelo Smith not far behind. Given Jones’ alleged physical ability and Kelly’s recent track record with multi-faceted quarterbacks, I’m not sure what the Bearcats are supposed to be missing that makes them significantly removed from last year’s ten-game winner.


  181. gigi-hawaii ©:

    JD $240,000 per year for 5 years. How much was Frazier paid last year?


  182. Stretch:

    gigi - toooooo much


  183. gigi-hawaii ©:

    big discrepancy between the AD's and the football coach's salaries.


  184. Garret:

    Interesting how so many newspaper writers are leaving the print world and taking jobs with Rivals or ESPN or other alternatives.

    All of which brings us to 2008, and a fascinating exodus that's occurring just under the radar in the sportswriting world. As print newspapers become less and less relevant (and far less profitable), more and more top talents are jumping off the sinking ship to ply their trades online. In blog parlance, it's called "taking the Boeing," a phrase coined by uber-blogger Glenn Reynolds when ace political writer Mickey Kaus agreed to bring his hugely-popular Kausfiles blog under the Slate.com umbrella (Slate being owned by Microsoft, which shares its home city of Seattle with aircraft behemoth Boeing--it's a stretch as a joke, but it works).

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram living legend Wendell Barnhouse recently hung up his newspaper spurs to become the Big 12 Conference's online reporter. Under less voluntary circumstances, Jay Christensen (who wrote the blurb about Barnhouse linked just above), was recently axed thanks to the floundering LA Times' efforts at cost cutting. Christensen's previously-anonymous blog The Wizard of Odds was (and is) among the very best college football sites out there, and I'm betting that Jay will go a lot farther online than he would have in the stratified world of big-newspaper sportswriting.

    Even when people don't leave their big-media home bases, they're finding more readers by going online.

    Readers are leaving newspapers far faster than the better writers. I remember hearing my dad gripe about the state of the Montgomery Advertiser about a decade ago. Gannett had bought out what was up until that point the best paper in the state, and their low salaries and Mickey Mouse editorial template quickly ran off everybody with any smidgen of talent. "What can you do?" he asked me rhetorically. "You have to get a paper, and even this garbage is the best one around here."

    Now Dad has an iBook with a wireless hookup, and every newspaper in the world is as close as his end table. He used to get three daily papers while I was growing up; now he gets one, and I'll bet you he won't renew it the next time a bill arrives.


  185. Garret:

    Amazing that Tennessee has a recruiting budget of over $2 mil! Just about every BCS conference school has significantly increased their recruiting budget in recent years, and that was before the travel costs went crazy and made recruiting even more expensive!

    Notre Dame ranks second in overall recruiting budget, just behind Tennessee. The Irish spent $1,758,300 in 2006-07, up from $1,014,600 in 2001-02.

    That's a 73 percent spending increase. Tennessee, meanwhile, spent $2,005,700 in 06-07.

    Notre Dame's recruiting budget bumped 161 percent from 1996-97, when the school spent $674,000 on recruiting for all sports.

    Of BCS schools, the 161 percent jump in 10 years is the eighth largest, just behind Indiana.


  186. longdistance808:

    Hey everybody,

    Its been a while since I last posted (months). Been really busy. Moved from Denver to Seattle last month. Living with the inlaws while looking for a new place. Wife and I just got back from Hawaii a couple of weeks ago after my family had a reunion there. I had hoped for more vacationing time than family obligation time while I was off of work for that period. Oh well. Looking forward to the season.

    I was hoping to drive to the Oregon State game but UH is out of tix. Would anyone be able to provide me with information on how to get seats in the Hawaii section? Any leads would be helpful.

    Got to go to bed. I`ll try not to be a stranger here too much longer. Football season fast approaches!!!


  187. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    JD... Jordon Dizon????

    nahnahnahnah...
    Congrats Jim Donovan!!!


  188. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    ld808- we might have an extra ticket for OSU... hook into SteveM's site. We are still working on details!


  189. SteveM:

    gigi-hawaii ©:
    July 29th, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    SteveM, don’t you mean the room holds AT MOST 55 persons?

    At least = does not make sense.

    gigi -- 55 is the general cut-off with some margin for any special guests or friends ST invites.

    This could include you and hubby in case your RSVP gets lost in cyberspace... :|


  190. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Just got thru looking at SteveM's site. The guest list for the big karaoke call looks good, though Liz is not on it. Too bad, Liz!

    Sorry, I hate to sing. Hubby likes to sing, though not well, but he won't go without me.


  191. J:

    Most active faults affecting San Diego: San Jacinto, Elsinore, Rose Canyon, Coronado Banks.


  192. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Now I am wondering if my home insurance covers earthquake damage.


  193. gigi-hawaii ©:

    time to call State Farm agent for a home insurance policy review.


  194. Garret:

    Norm Chow is guaranteed $1.24 mil over 3 years from UCLA and still will be getting $1 mil per year for the next 2 years from the Titans. They are backloading Norm's 3-year deal and putting money into categories other than salary because Norm's salary over the next 2 years will be deducted from what the Titans owe him. So, if you count the money from the Titans, the "talent fee", and the pro-rated portion of his retention bonus, Norm will be making more than Mack for the next 2 years.

    Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is guaranteed $1.24 million in a backloaded three-year deal with UCLA, in the crowning stroke of creative hiring by coach Rick Neuheisel, who was able to put together an impressive staff on basically the same budget as former coach Karl Dorrell's last staff.

    Neuheisel's staff is guaranteed $1,705,000. Dorrell's final staff was paid $1,620,000.

    Neuheisel's big coup was landing Chow, and it took creativity to make the contract work.

    According to documents obtained by the Daily News, Chow has a base salary of $250,000 per season. He will receive a talent fee of $50,000 in each of the first two years of the contact, and $140,000 in the final year.

    If Chow remains with the Bruins for a third year, he will earn a $250,000 retention bonus, which becomes payable when he takes part in UCLA's first spring practice for the 2010 season.

    The deal is backloaded because Chow's contract with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, who fired him in the offseason, calls for him to be paid $1 million in each of the next two years.


  195. homesmey:

    Just checking if the blog is still here.


  196. Garret:

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

    San Francisco’s DA actually put 150 usernames and passwords used by San Francisco government agencies in the public record!


  197. homesmey:

    Awesome reading KP's chat! Nice ink work too!


  198. Garret:

    Article about how the Army wants a World of Warcraft-like MMOG virtual world for training.


  199. Garret:

    PET scans can detect the onset of Alzheimer’s 10 years before symptoms show up, allowing treatment to begin much earlier.


  200. Garret:

    Sprint lost their early termination fee case and are appealing their $73 mil judgement.


  201. homesmey:

    Time to practice medium level on Guitar Hero.


  202. Garret:

    The 3-D Hannah Montana concert on the Disney Channel on Saturday was the highest rated show on TV that night.


  203. SteveM:

    gigi -- we don't need you to sing -- we need an instrumentalist. How's your violin? Tuba? Drums?


  204. Garret:

    Free play links pau.


  205. gigi-hawaii ©:

    UCLA is a state school. Is it paying Norm more than USC, a private school, paid him?


  206. gigi-hawaii ©:

    sold my 2 violins in 1993.


  207. las vegas:

    If Norm's UCLA team beats USC consistently, UCLA would happily find a way to double his pay


  208. gigi-hawaii ©:

    the UCLA v USC games should be exciting to watch. Expect a lot of hype.


  209. koakane™:

    good evening everyone

    just finished reading up on all the postings. much information and trivia on Damien. lots of names I remember because they were either my classmates or I coached and taught many of dem. the only ones I don't recall is the graduates after 80's. left to coach w/ Bothello @ Pac5.

    da Pac had two Prep Bowl (82&85) victories against Waianae. First one with Joe Onosai as running back and second with Gabriel as qb.

    tons of memories for both programs.

    well kinda tired so esme out and getting some zzzzzzzzzz time. play nice and if you can make it to Waimalu come on down to check out JD and coach Mac.

    nite nite


  210. chawan_cut:

    i just saw Bulla on the news! something about gorillas and tourists. heh.


  211. Koauka:

    Gigi:

    Played some baseball after high school Got into coaching girls' softball.
    First team I coached, girls were 9 - 10 years old. Had to teach them how
    to throw, catch, hit and the rules of the game. Kinda like Beginning Softball. Followed and coached them all the way to high school. About six years in all. Someday, I really want to go back to coaching.

    Garret:

    Neuheisel is pretty akamai. Norm's got a awesome contract. Earn them millions by production. And the PAC-10, especially USC, better start paying attention to UCLA.

    It cracks me up when UCLA beats USC. Got three cousin who grad from UCLA. All of them enlightend me on the "culture" of the UCLA vs USC game. Funny and vulgar stuff from that game each year.


  212. gigi-hawaii ©:

    Good, koauka, thanks for the response. Gotta give you a lot of credit for coaching those young kids. Weren't they rambunctious?


  213. gigi-hawaii ©:

    anyway, folks, g'nite! Tomorrow is another day.


  214. jm2375:

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Just finished catching up on 6 days worth of blog reading. Went to Maui on the SuperSloop Thurs and came back last night. Had a blast. Played tourii and splurged for a night at the Grand Wailea. Got to work this morning and by 8 am had 3 more tasks to do in addition to the uku million I already had. Welcome back!!!

    My daughter's birthday is next week. 13! :shock: Hubby, however, won't be here to celebrate. He's heading off to SD for a conference.

    Anyways, way off topic... got a couple of questions for the worldly Tsaiko geniuses out there.
    1) Kid wants to go parasailing for her bday. Any suggestions?
    2) Am craving good tempura. Any suggestions for a place that's reasonably priced, either in town, on the east or Windward sides?

    Happy B-day to brother Mike. Happy anniversary to Garrett & Lori.

    See you tomorrow. Gotta go nene. Hasta manana.


  215. al:

    okay homey is still alive and a kickin'

    gg....chow was an asst at usc not a head coach.

    hd coaches demand a lot more in pay than the athletic directors.

    koauka.....you will find coaching kids other than yours just as if not more rewarding. because now you do it strictly for the good of the game and for the kids' sake.


  216. Koauka:

    al:

    There were some very personal reasons why I wanted a coaching job.
    One, the best coaches were teachers. They could explain almost everthing you asked and treated you well. Two, these coaches were fair, honest, and sincere. Politics never came into coaching. I repeat, politics never came into coaching. And the three of us always shot straight.

    And during those six years I proved it I got coaching talent.

    And today, there are a bunch of Warrior Coaches who are teachers first.
    And some I met are good people, too.


  217. SteveM:

    Late night reminders ...

    Honolulu Cattle Call this morning -- 11:30 AM
    Phuket Thai in McCully Shopping Center
    Fixed menu by Al -- $24 includes tax and tip.
    RSVP Al on the blog this morning

    California Bay Area Cattle Call
    Saturday August 09, 2008 -- from 11:00 AM
    Fresh Choice restaurant (buffet)
    San Bruno, CA (near SFO airport)
    RSVP Garret or brew808


  218. Lopaka43:

    Aloha, late night Tsaikos!!

    Did another run through the Swamp lands. Very boring blogs compared to Tsaikoland.

    In a couple of lengthy season predictions threads of which http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=60593 is a good example, gator fans are very unconcerned about their chances against Hawaii with most sure they will hold us to less than 21 points and lay 50 to 60 points on us. There is some concern about Miami which Florida plays the week after us, but nobody is discussing our game as anything other than an "easy win."


  219. Lopaka43:

    ESPNU has put up a Preview at
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview?gameId=282430057
    and begun a Conversation thread for the Florida - Hawaii game at
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/conversation?gameId=282430057&sort=oldest

    As of 1:26 am HST, there were 34 comments of which only one thought that Hawaii would win a close game. All the rest (SEC homers) are certain we are looking at a repeat of the Sugar Bowl experience.

    Fine with me. Blog away. I like what Pilares had to say about what he expects from the month of August under Coach Mack. Stay humble, work hard, be ready to play the best anywhere anytime. If we want to play on this stage, we must build on every one of these opportunities to measure ourselves against the best.

    Go Warriors!!


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