Alexander is named starter

October 29th, 2008

 In an announcement that was more of a formality, Greg Alexander today was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Utah State. But head coach Greg McMackin said he also has crafted a role for Inoke Funaki, who has started six games this season. Both quarterbacks will play this weekend. Alexander started the season opener against Florida, but did not play significantly until the second half against Nevada, when he rallied the Warrriors to a 38-31 victory.

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The Warriors face some interesting decisions this afternoon when they set the 64-player travel roster for the road trip to Utah State and New Mexico State.
It does not appear as if running back/slotback Kealoha Pilares and wedge-setter Victor Clore will be ready to play against Utah State Saturday. But they are on track to be healthy enough to play against New Mexico Sstate.
The Warriors must decide whether they can afford to bring one or both of those players to Utah State. The second option is to leave them home this weekend, then bring them up for the New Mexico State game. (The team will be staying in El Paso between the two road games)
But the second scenario means that, to accommodate the 64-player travel limit, two players would have to be sent home. That would disrupt the team-bonding experience that a 10-day road trip was supposed to achieve.
Setting the roster will not be as easy for this trip. Usually, the Warriors practice at UH Thursday morning, leave that afternoon and have a walk-through practice Friday. This time, they will have full practices in El Paso next week. But because of the travel-roster limitations, they will not have full scout teams to work against the offense and defense as they would if they were practicing at UH. A guy like scout quarterback Shane Austin is valuable to UH's preparation. Can the Warriors afford to leave him or others like Austin behind?

283 Responses to “Alexander is named starter”

  1. J:


  2. Cheyah!:


  3. Cheyah!:

    That's a tough decision to make. Good luck to Coach Mack and the boys!

    Go Warriors!

  4. JaM:

    top 5?

  5. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!

    Take the healthy players!

  6. Bulla:

    #6 cheeeeeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooooo

  7. Bulla:

    such is the dilemna of being a Head Coach...hmmmm, let's see, maybe that's why he's making the buku bucks? i think it's a fair trade off.

    if they leave the two 'dinged up' guys home, then fly them up...the players that they are replacing will be bummed, one for all and all for one right? i don't know...

    tough decisions make tough people

    good luck

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  9. Bulla:

    since everyone is still scraping the maka piapia from there eyes, another thing to consider is that they travel short and then fly the two guys up when they're cleared

  10. Stretch:

    Is the 64 player travel roster a WAC rule?? It is a travel roster or game roster?? What if we send up more guys during the week and keep those up there but they don't suit up for the game??

  11. Stretch:

    it is = is it

  12. Bulla:

    A BIG SHOUT OUT to Cameron Higgins, the ranked #1 in the Payton Award....stats are out the roof, and he is doing a great job for WSU.

    shhhhhhhhh, don't let the word out, but the rumor is that 'the beast' is starting on saturday against Coach Glanville and Portland State....oh yeah!

    GO WARRIORS, Beat up Utah State and NMSU, give Coach Mumme a few cracks for me......hope Warriors 'destroy' the aggies.......

  13. Bulla:


    i figured you could fly them on your private jet and then there would not be any problems at all........

  14. Maverick:

    Wakey Wakey all.

    I like Bulla's idea about traveling short for the Utah.St game, then send out Pilares and Clore after.

    What is the time frame for getting them on the flight ? The day after? One minute after the final score on Sat. afternoon?

  15. Bulla:

    g'morning Mav,

    if they travel short on the front end with only 62, no dire effect on the team, and then zoom the other guys up as soon as the first game is pau!

  16. Maverick:

    I'm all over it on for watching Weber St. and Portland this weekend.

    They accomplised an incredible win over N.Ariz, and on an away game.
    Plus, the reward was jumping UP in the polls FOUR slots. It's all coming up dandy roses for Weber st. to finish an awesome season.

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  18. Stretch:

    October 29th, 2008 at 7:21 am
    i figured you could fly them on your private jet and then there would not be any problems at all……..

    Let me start twisting the rubber band on my private plane and I can send up the players when they are ready.

  19. Bulla:


    i think it is on the same time as UH game :(, switching between computer at and UH, oh well. we're flying out thursday to support and represent.....cheeeeeeeoooooooooo

  20. madeinhawaii:

    Hmmm ... David Farmer as a Slotback... that would be fun to see if he should get wide open and catch a ball with enough room to get his momentum going against a defender 50 lbs lighter. It's good to see him being utilized more.

  21. Stretch:

    Na Koa Football Banquet
    December 7, 2008
    Sheraton Waikiki Hotel - Hawaii Ballroom
    Cocktails 5:00 pm Dinner at 6:00 pm
    $75/person - 10 to a table

    For those who are interested, email me at stretch6592 at yahoo. Please email me ASAP so I know how many tables we will fill. Last people to email me will be cut off if there are not enough for a full table. Deadline to email me is Friday Nov 7.

  22. madeinhawaii:

    I always thought the travel roster was 66. Shows you what little I know.

    oh well...

  23. djmitcho:

    Instead of emailing everybody, cause sometimes get da wrong email addy, I just decided to post this hear. It concerns a future opponent for the year.

    ANTRAX Scare at Washington State

    WSU football practice was delayed nearly two hours yesterday after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach, Paul Wulff, immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called to investigate. After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice was resumed today after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.

  24. Maverick:

    No prob for moi' watching both games simutaniously.
    I was raised from my keiki days by a wild pack of televisions, just for Saturday CFB.

  25. Maverick:

    Good one djmitcho-
    That white powder may of spread to UW too!

  26. Jay:

    Morning Tsaikos.

    djmitcho....what a way to wake up this morning. that's some funny stuff.

    I was wondering about the travel roster that others have voiced as well.

  27. al:

    sending them two short for usu would not solve the issue. rather send them two short they may as well send both with the team, that being the case, anyway. they could suit up and not play. the limit of 64 doesn't mean they can have 62 able bodies you see.

    my guess is that they will take kealoha from the get go.


    just tell the last two to make the travel team that there could be a possibility of them having to come back home.

    they could pay their own way for the last game.

  28. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Shane is one of the biggest sideline cheerleaders on the team. Talk about team spirit/jokester!
    Send him up for the first game to practice reps for the second game and send the healthy players up with the cheer squad and swap ;-)

    Hi Ho!

  29. al:

    ....and not suit up.

  30. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsai-kos!

    djmitcho - ROTFLMAO!! :lol:

    Re travel roster - I bet we're the only program in the country with that problem, since everyone else either goes home between games or doesn't have 2 road games scheduled back-to-back. What was Mr Benson and the WAC thinking when they scheduled this?! :!: grrrrr.

    DrDoc and WassupDoc - rest up today and for the next couple of weeks, OK? We want you both back healthy and ready to play come next t-gate!

  31. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good morning all!

    I like Stretch's idea the best. What constitutes a roster player? Don't dress Austin and the other player for the second game. (Imagine how much fun it would be to be a player for UH and then have to sit amongst the enemy fans during a road game...)

  32. Garret:

    Travel roster decisions are always difficult, especially when there are so many worthy candidates and the team stays on the mainland between games. The team could send them even if injured, which I'd prefer than sending 2 less players than the limit. Or, the coaches might anticipate that a player or two might get injured, and the injured player could be sent back to Hawaii for rehab.

    If bonding is an important part of the long road trip, which is understandable and would be great for the team, then I'd hate to see players sent home. Maybe if the team brought Pilares (who can learn more about the offense watching on the sidelines and listening to the coaches instruction), then they could send Clore to El Paso if he was healthy and another player got hurt in the Utah State game.

    The other consideration is that even though a players *says* he is healthy enough to play in a week, that doesn't mean that he should rush back from injury if his body isn't ready. I would trust the trainers to be a good judge of this, but sometimes it is hard to project rehab more than a week ahead. I would generally weigh on the side of caution, as a fully healthy player might be more valuable to send than a partially injured (and vulnerable to re-injury) player. Also, with no scout team next week, the backup players will have to serve as scout players. Injured players cannot practice fully, which decreases the bodies at practice.

  33. Rob25:

    Good Morning Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    I was going to try and make "Call The Coach" last night, but the jet lag kicked in on the way and I thought that I better head home. Hope a certain set of twins won some sort of head gear!

    WD/DD: Rest, recover and return. That's all you need to remember right now. You spend some quality time with each other and WD make sure that you are getting some rest also.

    Kealoha is too valuable to leave off the roster! Send him up for the NaMaSu game and worry about who to send home after this week's game. You never know how the injury bug or some other circumstance could change the situation.

    Esme and out!

  34. Garret:

    This is for Liz.

    Students in James Brabant’s fifth- and sixth-grade split class at Patton Elementary School were star struck Oct. 14 when Detroit Lions linebacker Jordon Dizon visited.

    But the pro athlete wasn’t just there to dish about football. Dizon, wearing his No. 57 jersey, also gave the students, many in Lions attire, a pep talk on the importance of staying in school.

    “Education can take you far,” said Dizon, who grew up in Hawaii and eventually earned an economics degree from the University of Colorado. “Without education, you can’t think. You can’t write. You can’t make sense. You’re going to use every subject you use in school.”

  35. Garret:

    Article about a local boy playing for Southern Utah.

    Ursua, a native of Kailua-Kona Hawaii who grew up in a family of five boys and two girls, spent the last two years serving a mission in Utah for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    To play football, it was vital for him to latch onto a skilled position early in his career that began as a third grader.

    "It wasn't as fun as it is now," Ursua said of his start in the sport. "Back home I wasn't as big as the big Polynesians and Tongans. I fit in at the receiving position. That's when I got running with it and I've been with it since."

    Ursua is the T-Birds' third-leading receiver this season with 21 receptions for 212 yards and three TDs.

  36. Garret:

    KHNL feature on Alexander.

    Now with two proven weapons behind center, McMackin says the team will continue their two quarterback approach with Alexander and Inoke Funaki.

    "If you have something that causes people problems and doesn't foul up your rhythm, then why not?"

    Mcmackin also says Ryan Mouton will continue to play on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

    "He's a key player on defense that's where his future is, but he's a play maker and I really feel that he brought the offense, especially the receivers to a higher level, and we're going to continue playing him both ways."

  37. Garret:

    Gannett is going to cut another 10% of its workforce in its newspapers.

    Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper publisher, said Tuesday it will lay off another 10 percent of the work force in its local newspapers division as advertising revenue continues to plummet during the economic downturn.

    The latest reductions, to come by early December, follow a 3 percent cut announced in August. Neither round affects USA Today.

    Gannett isn't revealing a specific number, but said all would be involuntary. Some 600 of the 1,000 cuts in the first round were achieved through layoffs.

  38. d1島:

    As some have stated, maybe they should take the full roster this week based on who's healthy this week and evaluate things post-game for next week...cannot predict what the injury situation will be then.

    It's an unusual circumstance that requires out-of-the box thinking; unfortunately I can only provide Jack-in-the-Box solutions :-(

  39. djmitcho:

    My Jack-In-The-Box solution is a Ultimate Cheeseburger with Bacon!

  40. madeinhawaii:

    djmitcho... no no.. gotta think spicy.. got to think fiesty... got be hot and ready to pop...

    Stuffed jalepenos... aiyahhhh!

  41. d1島:


    Funny stuff about Wazzou!

    I'm a two tacos furra dollah guy myself....

  42. madeinhawaii:

    Gotta remember though.. Whopper jr's are a buck right now. Try ordering those at your favorite J ala Box.

  43. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    The bog is having problems again I see.

    WassupDoc -- Dr. Doc needs to rest a while, and so do you. I am one of the worst hospital patients around, but in this case even I agree you both must rest and be patient. We'll all see you both soon.

  44. mctruck:

    Eh!!! just stick with your rule of playing the physically able to play and not the walking wounded. After all, the physically able to play guys if I'm not mistaken have earned their chance to be considered to be added to the travel roster. That's life, and the guys who can't perform understand that rule.

  45. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Garret- mahalo for the Jordon link! I was just reading a story about Jason Campbell's visit to a school. How cool that Jordon went for the regular season winless Lions. I like what he had to say about that:

    "Brabant didn’t hold back when asking Dizon how challenging it is to be on a team that’s not winning.

    “It’s the toughest thing,” Dizon said. “I go to practice every week. I know when the team can be great. We were 4-0 in the preseason."

  46. LizKauai [Believer]:

    re wounded Warriors or Warriors otherwise on the sideline- I like what Greg Alexander had to say about the importance of being able to watch and learn from the sideline. I also like his attitude and demeanor. The guy is a team player and a winner.

  47. d1島:

    So wondering what Stephen and "Ferd" will be doing between games?
    It's 928 miles between USU and NaMaSU, 15+ hour drive. There's gotta be a lot of shopping to do between those two places.....or not!

  48. WaipioWarrior:

    Howzit Tsai-ko's just wanna send a shot out to LizK and Kymry for the tickets to the Nevada game. Thank you very much . The game was awesome! Everybody have a great day and Go Warriors!!!!!

  49. LizKauai [Believer]:

    WaipioWarrior- ditto! Props to Kymry who made sure that their seats were filled with cheering fans! Glad you were able to take the ohana!

  50. d1島:


    Are you within shouting distance of Nancy's Kitchen?
    If so, please come out and join us next time for our post-game breakfast cc

  51. LizKauai [Believer]:

    STEPHEN- are you going to stay on the mainland too or are you going to go-comeback-go-comeback?

  52. jm2375:

    d1 - knowing ST & "Ferd" that 15 hour drive will turn into 20+ hours cuz they'll get lost along the way. Any casinos along the way? :wink:

  53. Hilo Rain:

    My thining may be way off, but there are going to be two players who normally would stay home that are going on this road trip. With the Aloha and respect that the players have for each other, those two players may be be disappointed, but I'm sure they would not hesitate to come home if the other two are sent up. These two guys, and all of the other unsung heroes who never get any glory and playing time are there because of their love of the game and unwavering loyalty to Warrior football. I don't think this would affect team bonding. I'm sure all of the players know the situation and can handle the problem ... for the good of the team.

  54. midnight:


    UH at Utah St viewing at Therapy Sports Grill

    Breakfast orders - need more info

    **midnight & barbara**
    how do you want your eggs cooked?

    Midnight - eggs easy over.
    Barbara - sunnyside up


  55. d1島:

    Hilo Rain,


  56. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos...just pulling an Esme...

    What a dilemma to have...but Coach will make the right decision. jm2375 said, they're gonna get lost first...than maybe stop off at Jack in the Box and get ultimate cheeseburgers with bacon....or the 2 fer deep fried tacos for $ .99

  57. d1島:


    LOL. Sounds like an adventure, eh?

    On my last trip I used the GPS-based route finder on my Tilt and was really impressed with how accurate the thing was. The only time I got into trouble was when I tried to find my own way from memory.
    It's the perfect thing for a guy: a great toy and saves the macho image from asking directions. Kinda funny that the voice is a female though!

  58. WaipioWarrior:

    Thanks for the invite d1. Yes I live right down the street.

  59. Hilo Rain:

    In my last post "thinning" should be "thinking" -- but then again, I hope my (hair) thinning is way off!

  60. Garret:


    The last time I was in El Paso (4 years ago when we drove from the Bay Area to Austin, TX) we found a pretty big Mall that was near our hotel (we spent a night in El Paso both going to Austin and driving back). I know that ST goes shopping a lot, so I'm guessing that Mall will be a popular visiting spot.

    And I know there were ads for a casino that was within driving distance when we were staying in El Paso...

  61. Esme:

    Hey, gangies! Gooooood morning, ST! :mrgreen:

    And special thoughts for Dr. Doc ... hope you are mending well.

    WassupDoc, sending aloha your way, too.

  62. djmitcho:

    The only way I would eat food made by the "King" was if I had been lost in the desert for 30 days. Even then, it would be a struggle.

  63. d1島:


    Questionable whether a shopping mall might still be in business from 4 years back but certainly the proliferation of casinos in most regions of the country is a "sure bet"

  64. d1島:


    That BK dude creeps me out! :shock:

  65. djmitcho:

    The "King" sure can tackle somebody, but they can't cook a burger right

  66. djmitcho:

    Looks like I'll have find a way to watch the UH game on saturday. It's on espn360, but we don't get that in Spokane.

  67. jojo ®:

    D1, I'm with you on the creepy BK guy. Imagine waking up and seeing him in your bed! Yikes!

    Great news for Alexander starting QB job. I still like Funaki, though. jeje says that with Alexander's height, he can read his men 5-6 times, as Funaki can read 3-4 times, then run. That's why he like Alexander.

  68. (Jesse) James:


    Speaking of that BK dude, remember that commercial for their breakfast sandwich where the "King" is standing outside of some guys window looking in as he wakes and hands him a BK breakfast sandwich?? What kind of guy would take that sandwich? If I saw a stranger peeking through my bedroom window, I'd knock him out...than ask questions...

  69. Committed Road Warrior:


    Utah State is streaming the game live, BUT it will cost $9.95. I will try to find before kickoff.

  70. d1島:

    All this talk about fuud is starting to have an effect! :-)

    Good luck to GA as QB1
    ....and Inoke as QB1a

  71. (Jesse) James:

    Good. They picked a starter early. I still say that Inoke has a big role to play on the team, maybe just not as the QB...or if as a QB, IMO we'd need to change the offensive scheme to play to his strengths...but heck, I'm not a coach sooooo.....'re right, the "King" can tackle....mwahahahahaha

  72. jm2375:

    CRW - Stretch has his own internet site? :shock: :D

  73. LizKauai [Believer]:

    yup - the king is creepy. Jack is cool.
    But we don't have JITB on Kauai so I have to pick the Whopper Jr. as my burger of choice c/f MickeyD's.

    Best burger place is Burgerville in the PNW... here we go again with the burger stories!

    How about getting together to WATCH THE WARRIORS on SATURDAY MORNING???

  74. jm2375:

    OK bbl. Trying to write my performance review. I hate doing this stuff.

  75. sjmacro:

    Just back from practice which went a few more minutes past 9 AM. Things noticed since it's been two weeks since our last peek at practice: tree branch obstructing our view trimmed and grass growing where we normally sit :) but best of all.......There is definitely a positive underlying spirit and confidence; all rotations are hitting hard, even Steele on the scout team threw a tough block on #8 which drew attention from first unit on the other side of the field.
    Funniest sight: Mouton on offense being knocked down then helped up by two of his defensive brothers as if to say it's better on our side of the ball :D
    Will let ST report on who got reps and how the travel squad situation unfolds.
    A great day to WDoc and Doc, Katie and Tsaiko Nation--sj & myki

  76. Garret:

    Don't forget that a solid backup QB is needed because QBs rarely make it through a season without having to miss significant time and even games due to injury. Especially for a team like UH whose QBs have been absorbing an alarming amount of hits, even if Mac wasn't going to find a role for Inoke he probably would still get significant time.

    It makes sense to keep Inoke involved, especially since his strengths are so different than Alexander's. That forces the defensive coordinator to prepare for two very different styles of play. Plus, if Alexander gets an injury then Inoke is ready to play with game reps already.

  77. Committed Road Warrior:


    You might want to ask him why he's dealing with the enemy!


    Gotta go for now,

  78. Garret:


    Thank you for the mention about Katie. Her X-rays were clear so they are doing the ultrasound now to study her pancreas.

  79. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Garret- good news about Katie - I hope!

    Here is something that belongs in your off-topic posts - speaking of how we love our 4 legged friends:

  80. djmitcho:

    One of my fave burgers is Jake's which is located in Ogden, Utah. Bulla, have you been there yet? I ate there back in '94 and at the time it was the best I have ever eaten. Of course that was after a 5 day backpacking trip in the desert. Here in Spokane, D.Lish's is the place to eat. Like In n Out, but better

  81. LizKauai [Believer]:

    sjmacro- thanks for the practice update!
    STEELE!!! Woohoo!

  82. Garret:

    Oklahoma State's #1 booster sure lost a LOT of money this year...

    I am not sure this country should follow the advice of a man that has lost over $2 billion so far this year. But then again, some of the nation’s most powerful men have lost far more than that in just the past few weeks.

    And thanks to Pickens’ investing decisions, the fund has dropped in value by over 60% so far this year.

    It is no wonder the investing firm’s phones are ringing off their hooks with folks looking to pull their money out of the fund. About half of BP Capital’s investors want out of their positions. Their capital withdraw has taken the fund’s size down to just $400 million.

    It is a strong blow to the oil maverick’s ego.

    Pickens promises to make the $2 billion back, but it is going to be much, much harder now that he has less funding to work with.

    Instead of adding more money to his energy investments, Pickens is donating it to his beloved Oklahoma State and its football team. He just wrote a $65 million check earmarked to help finish the school’s football stadium.

    Plus, Pickens said he would be returning the $125 million he managed in a hedge fund for the school. When he started the investment, it was worth $165 million.

  83. Kaimuki Kid:

    What was Coach Mac's e-mail adress again?

  84. Garret:

    The Rams sure understand how UH felt after the Fresno State game.

    The New England Patriots committed 22 penalties in their first six games this season. The Pats' total still is 22 — a league low — after they pitched a perfect game Sunday in turning aside the St. Louis Rams 23-16 in Foxborough, Mass.

    That's right: New England was assessed zero penalty yards. "Never ever, ever, ever played a perfect team before," Rams guard Richie Incognito quipped. "That's all I am going to say on that one."

    The one penalty that was called against the Pats — offensive holding in the fourth quarter — was declined by the Rams because quarterback Matt Cassel was sacked for an 8-yard loss on the play.

    The Rams were flagged 12 times (three were declined) and set back 63 yards. "We did commit some penalties," coach Jim Haslett conceded Monday after watching the game tape. "I thought there should have been some calls on the other side."

    Haslett noted three instances in which he felt New England should've been hit with a personal foul: a facemask on quarterback Marc Bulger, a late hit on Bulger and an out-of-bounds hit on cornerback Fakhir Brown after an interception.

  85. Garret:


    Thank you for that link! The X-Ray results were good for Katie, since it means that the cancer did not spread from her pancreas to her lungs. The ultrasound will tell us if surgery will help or if they cannot take the tumor out.

  86. BowsForever:

    Taking 62 along and letting two join later wouldn't be a bad way around the situation. By the way, is it particularly difficult for reserve players to take the place of the scout team? Or maybe even swapping out Austin for, say, Rausch or Graunke as the scout QB if needed to free up more travel slots.

  87. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Dr. Doc and WassupDoc- sending happy, healing prayers your way today!

  88. LizKauai [Believer]:

    BowsForever- re QB's - not only Austin- Jake Santos is a gamer too.

  89. shyloh:

    Too bad Coach Mac could not get the Warriors to stay in Dallas with June Jones instead of El Paso. Jones could have spent some of the $400,000 he owed us. We could use the "first class football facilities" that JJ said Hawaii was lacking. I wish JJ could face all our seniors he left for SMU.

  90. BowsForever:

    Sorry LizKauai - can't forget Santos! But even though he's a senior and all, does he usually go with the travel squad? There's only so many QBs you can take along, and if Austin is one of the more prominent scout QBs, where does that leave him?

    As for JJ, well, we seem to be doing OK without him. It was hardly good times when he left, but still. Would HF have resigned? Would Cooke Field ever have been turfed properly? Would we be necessarily better than 4-4 right now? Would Mack have been in line for head coach when JJ finally did leave the head coaching spot? Would we appreciate the football program in the same way we do now? Would recruiting still be restricted?

    I don't think the seniors are any worse off without JJ. As for the offense, Bess and RGM would've left anyway. And "those most likely to succeed in the NFL" still seem as solid as ever.

    Don't get me wrong -- I totally agree with you about the $400,000 he owes. A contract's a contract, and when you say that _HF_ let you out of it by spoken agreement...

  91. Pete_Jek:

    Is LB Blaze Soares playing against Utah St.? Against New Mexico St? Is he playing this season?

  92. Zatoichi:


    Where is the good grinds on Kauai? Need your help, going to be there today till Friday for the State High School bowling tournament. Know of places open till kind of late at night besides the fast food places?
    I still think Mack should put both Inoki and Greg in at the same time. It would force the defense to put on db/lb on them and open up the field. Even if no play is directed in their direction, it forces the defense to defend against that possibility. Seen the throws Alexander made during the Nevada game, he had at least 2 throws where he was throwing off his back foot and still got the ball there, amazing. Guy has an arm.

  93. d1島::


    Good to see you again.

    Seen the throws Alexander made during the Nevada game, he had at least 2 throws where he was throwing off his back foot and still got the ball there, amazing.

    including the GW TD...hope that doesn't come back to bite him in the future.

  94. Loa:

    afternoon gang!

    how's everybody doing?

  95. Zatoichi:

    d1 - When Alexander learns this offense I think he is going to be a terror. He does tend to hold the ball too long but when he does make up his mind to throw it on time, you can see a huge difference in how he sets up his receivers. I think it's only time and experience is going to really be the difference. I agree, hope his throwing off his back foot isn't something that continues, would like to see him step up and let one loose.

  96. d1島::


    Looking forward to his continued improvement.



    Time fo Willie Grace...


  97. Loa:

    congrats to GA on the start
    so i'm thinking Utah St's strengths not in the defensive backfield?
    but you know GA made some pretty gutsy runs on Saturday too
    musta been like tackling one LB or TE, ouch

  98. Loa:

    d1 - i finally caught the joke this morning, duh

  99. BowsForever:

    Do we have the personnel for that annoying-as-hell flea-flicker play? Seems like Inoke's optimum throwing range is around 40 that far enough?

  100. expat:

    Y'know, Farmer aligned as a slotback to create mismatches in the secondary starts to sound a bit like a tight end. Maybe not quite so tight. But you put a big blocker over there who can also catch and run, and isn't that pretty much a tight end with alignment anxiety?

    I hope that Ron Lee shakes things up. I like what they are doing with Mouton. Get your athletes involved in ways that that they can contribute. Get Farmer out there where he can use his hands. Put Inoke and Alexander in at the same time and run some serious misdirection. Put in some plays that get LWJ involved in ways where he can use his skills - as opposed to giving him shovel passes once he is already half tackled. We really haven't seen anything too surprising thus far as far as the kind of plays called. Last year you could line up in the same set almost every down and just say, "this is what we do and we are going to out-execute you." So far we haven't had the route runners or the passers to do that. (Neither does JJ this year)

    One thing we haven't seen this year is many long plays. Pilares has the longest run at 34 yards. Lane has the longest reception at 53 yards. Nevada had two runs of greater than 60 yards against us. Fresno had an 80 yarder. SJSU had a 77 yard completion. Our D has been pretty solid but has been prone to giving up a few big plays. Our Offense so far has not really threatened to break big plays. As a result we haven't been able to keep the opposing D honest.

  101. 808flowmaster:

    Finally Alexander will get another start...this is the best way for UH to go the rest of the season. I had posted this last week too, but to no avail...until the second half. Alexander starts and Inoke come in on some 2nd/3rd and short situations or goaline situations -- use him like Florida did Tebow in his freshman year. Inoke doesn't have a college-level arm to throw the deep out or downfield, but he has the legs to pick up a few yards and the arm to throw a quick slant to the slot when the D expects him to run and blitzes the line. I love Alexanders height, durability, arm strength and surprising mobility. He totally layed the lumber on a Nevada LB last week. Let's go Warriors!

  102. Loa:

    Zatoichi - i noticed the back foot thing too, looks like instincts took over and he just launched it to make a play

  103. Loa:

    expat - yep, speaking of mismatches, remember when the other linebackers used to try and cover Chad Owens, forget about it, hehe

  104. BowsForever:

    Inoke has the tools to do well, he just needs to work on his consistency. Let's not forget that it was Inoke, not Colt, who was the first QB to lead us to victory against a ranked team on the road. Inoke can run whole series just fine when he's consistent, and he throws some beautiful spirals when he's on the money. If he can reduce the receiver lock-on and make quicker decisions on when to start taking off, that'll be a bunch of improvement right there. I would have no problem with Inoke and Alexander sharing time all of next season. If you have two capable QBs, why not allow yourself to switch between whoever has the hot hand?

  105. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Great news for Alexander. I think we're looking at a young version of Rolovich. Look for the "light" to burn even brighter as he gets more comfortable with this offense; when it does, it'll be "lights out" for UH opponents.

    Inoke Funaki and GA at the same time makes a lot of sense. Talk about keeping opponents guessing...

    Farmer at slot sounds like the RNS version of a tight end.

    Any updates on Dr. Doc?

  106. Da Punchbowl Kid:


    I posted before seeing yours above. Looks like we pretty much agree on things. ;)

  107. homey ⌀:

    Good getting less vog day everyone!

    I've tried it twice put just can't seem to throw a spiral with my back foot. Maybe I'm using the wrong back foot?

    Nalani - want good guard dogs? get poodles!

  108. homey ⌀:

    No wonder I feel weighed down, DPK is above me.

    How's it going DPK?

  109. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Zatoichi- walking distance from the bowling alley:

    Pho Kauai - right next door.
    Rob's Goodtimes Grill- in the same shopping center
    Jin's Korean - same shopping center

    Hamura Saimin- walk down the stairs to the left of the bowling alley and it is right across the street.

    Have a great tourney!

  110. Kaimuki Kid:

    The offense should be alined in a modified pistol / I formation working off the shotgun and hand off the ball to LWJ and let hm pick his holes, give him a chance to run in an open space. They can still be in a 4-wide set. the offense ran a similar play last year and LWJ went to the house, but I never saw that play again. I think it was in the Nevada game last year, I kinda laughed when they lined up in the pistol, seemed like they were mocking Nevada but, boy did it work. LWJ hit the hole and in a flash he was in the end zone, 49 yards if memory serves

  111. J-Dog:

    Im excited for Alexander and Rausch. After a crash course of having to learn the offense during this past summer, they will have the rest of this season, spring ball, and another summer to learn. They will be solid in '09. Not to mention the JC receivers we haven't used yet.

  112. lab rat:

    Good to hear AhSoon is good to go and will be making the trip.

    Coach Mack thanks for playing David Farmer. I look to see more of him in the future.

    Congrats Greg Alexander.

  113. LizKauai [Believer]:

    hi xs- yeah, we have the vog today :-(

  114. J-Dog:

    I agree that LWJ needs plays where he can hit the hole, and not be moving toward the sidelines. What happened to the bubble screens? Seems they are more adamant about running shovel passes this year.

  115. homey ⌀:

    Surprising to see that Utah St and the Warriors are close in offensive yards average per game. Defensively, the Warriors have an advantage. What the heck, it's time to see a blowout.

  116. Zatoichi:

    Agree with everyone out there. There are personnel moves that will create major mismatches in the secondary. I think now that Alexander is starting the will open a whole of things up, especially if they align Farmer and Mouton as slots, even align LWJ as a slot. That opens the possibility of where a LB has to cover them, don't think they can on a consistent basis. I really think the key in getting the offense going will be finding a way to keep defenses from speed rushing on the outside, either throwing the rock right where they are rushing from (short screens) and using that speed rush to their advantage. Agreed DPK, once Alexander feels comfortable in this offense it will be lights out.

  117. ryan:

    Sounds like our other Long Beach Poly commit Daily-Lyles is also looking at other schools like Iuta Tepa. Bad week for recruiting news.

  118. 808flowmaster:

    I'm not sure I agree with the rotation of GA/IF during the game on a series by series basis. The thing with this offense is that it's partly a rhythm offense. When you rotate two QBs every other series, it's typically that neither will find a good rhythm. Whereas, if you bring Inoke in only on select downs here and there, it still keeps the D guessing and gives Alexander a good short breather -- plus the offense can stay in rhythm. We'll see how Mack and RLee decide to play it. I'm pretty sure the Utah State D-coord is having fits right now.

  119. jm2375:

    Good afternoon Mr. Troublemaker (homey)!

  120. d1島:


    Shhh...let da Aggies (x2) find out about the "TE" thing on their own ;-)

  121. BowsForever:

    808flowmaster - I'm not a fan of the platoon system in terms of constant rotation, but I can see the merit in freely switching between two (or more?) equally talented QBs until one of them starts getting it done, while keeping the flexibility to swap out the QB if he starts severely underperforming. This could be a rare time a two-QB system would work since Inoke has a very different style from Alexander, Graunke and Rausch. You bring Inoke in, the defensive coordinator is forced to change things up.

  122. homey ⌀:

    Hi XXLiz! Yep the vog makes me sleepy.

    Flashback moments from last game and t-gate...

    Some pointed it out (XXLiz, d1, ...), band plays a good solo rendition of Hawaii Pono'i...Nice to see the fabulous looking Faye Wai again!...Son took my Na Leo cd...A-sports eats pho with everyone else but me...charcoals are hot when carried in hand...always wear waterproof shoes to t-gates...still fun to watch the Warriors in the rain.

  123. homey ⌀:

    jm2375 - name one time when I made trouble! :twisted:

  124. LizKauai [Believer]:

    xs- Faye Wai?? Where?

  125. Pete_Jek:

    The LWJ TD was in the Louisiana Tech. game.

  126. Rob25:

    Hi homey!

    My Cowboys didn't suck last weekend! I think they won it for me!

    Why you carrying charcoal in your hand?

  127. Rob25:

    jm2375 - homey always makes trouble...and then you have to give him a ride home and next thing you know...$250 detailing bill is being handed to you!

  128. Ronnie:


  129. lab rat:

    After many years of neglect the UH Athletics website has really improved. Good job to whoever is responsible.

  130. 99club:

    Good afternoon Tsaikos!

    Committed Road Warrior-

    Thanks for the tip on the Utah St. streaming video. A few weeks ago this game was listed as being on ESPN Gameplan but I guess they switched it out with the Nevada game.

  131. tommui:

    I recall Florida State had two very talented QBs about10-15 years ago and they used a rotating system. Think one of them eventually ended up as a baseball (pro) player and the other went into the NFL.

  132. Kaimuki Kid:

    Thank you, memory still a blur from last year... Watching his high school highlights again LWJ does better when he is running toward the of scrimmage North /South then when he has to run East/West and then turn North/South....Just some random thoughts...

  133. jm2375:

    Rob25 - :lol: :mrgreen:

  134. d1島:

    stretchinternet is the same folks who stream the Linfield games. They had a little connectivity problem a few weeks back but generally, it's been pretty reliable.
    The issue I have is with regard to the feed they get from Linfield. The school only has one camera on top of the grandstand and one field-level hand-held so the angles are very limited. In fact, the operator of the top camera seems to only frame the shot to include the Home side of the line of scrimmage so you never have any idea of how the opponent is set before the snap!
    Hopefully USU has a little better situation for their feed to stretchinternet; like maybe the K5 feed (never thought I'd ever admit that their feed was a better choice!)

  135. Rob25:

    Kaimuki Kid:

    LWJ shouldn't swing out because he hesitates when he has time to think. He just needs to hit the hole quickly and then turn on the burners. It's up to the O line to open up that hole right away so he can sneak in and race down the field.

    My random thoughts agree with yours.

  136. d1島:

    Good RB's will hit a hole with explosiveness; great ones have patience to allow holes to develop. Indecisive ones get buried for TFL's.

  137. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Hi Rob25! Welcome home!

  138. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Re: streaming video- I found the Boise game from a streamer in England on on gameday.

  139. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Davone_Bess It's mile high week. I hate the cold. The only thing about being cold is you get to snuggle up! But I ain't snuggling with my roomy. No Ted! 36 minutes ago from web

  140. chawan_cut:

    any word on DrDoc?

  141. Bulla:

    you have mail....we're going to be staying at the same hotel as UH in Ogden. we weren't planning to go to this game, but there has been a change in plans.

    The Beast will be starting at NG and Saturday against Coach Glanville and Portland State, so we gotta go. The only bummer is that we both play at the same time :(

    drop me a line, we leave on thursday night and get in friday morning around 8 am. i think UH gets in around 1 am, so the boys should be sound asleep.


  142. Esme:

    # jm2375:
    October 29th, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    Good afternoon Mr. Troublemaker (homey)!

    # Rob25:
    October 29th, 2008 at 1:38 pm
    jm2375 - homey always makes trouble…and then you have to give him a ride home and next thing you know…$250 detailing bill is being handed to you!

    I am still laughing about this. :lol:

    Somewhere in Hawaii, a man with tattooed arms is scratching his burning ears. :mrgreen:

  143. LizKauai [Believer]:
    Colt Brennan Loves In-N-Out Burger

  144. d1島:


    Great job by the Beast! True Frosh starting is AWESOME!

    Have a great time!
    Maybe you can stay up there next week and "drop in" on Coach Dumme
    :oops: Did I misspell that? Sorry ;-)

  145. Bulla:


    he has more than just tatooed arms......he is a living piece of art, just ask him.....a walking canvas, taut, drawn with impeccable detail for every last detail.......a masterpiece.

  146. Kaimuki Kid:

    That is why a formaton like the Pistol is ideal for LWJ, he gets a better look at the developing holes and running lanes, play action can more effective, read option is there and the 4-wide can still be utilized. This type of formation as a change up, something Inoke Funaki could run. You could even slot up David Farmer as a blocking back to pancake an unsuspecting LB...Think about the possiblities...sigh

  147. Bulla:


    haha, like that one on coach dumme, i thought i was dyslexic. thanks for the good word.

    all the SL tuition money going to travel $$, but i live by my mantra, ....make memories, make memories, make memories..... i cannot put into words how proud i am of the beast, all of the sacrifice and hard work, the dedication, the never ending pursuit of excellence to fine tune his craft....whew....

    but once again....


  148. protector:

    I like that UH is starting Alexander; not just that he deserves it, but because Inoke Funaki is flat-out terrific coming off the bench. I'm not just talking about his performance a few games back, but rather his performances over the last 2 years. For whatever the reason he seems to be more energized & plays a much more inspired brand of football as a back-up. This year as a starter (except for one game) he's been lackluster. Last year he looked razor sharp & looked to be pushing Tyler for playing time.

  149. duffer:


    You might be interested in reading this article,

  150. d1島:


    I hear you about redirecting that tuition $$$. Good thing yours can go for travel; ours just keeps going for tuition!
    btw, speaking of true frosh starting, Sparky should be starting his 4th game this week when they travel to Tacoma. He's really making an fact, lots of impacts. haha

  151. Jack Flash:

    RE: streaming video- you can also try on gameday

  152. duffer:

    Kaimuki Kid,

    Having never played football, how hard is it to run block from a pass block position?

  153. Bulla:

    interesting about sparky, WSU was looking at him and told him to either gray shirt or walk on this year, and next year they'd get him something, but he didn't want to go up. he should do very well.

    have #2 son just work on his speed/power, he can get low enough, just need to perfect his rip technique.

    whew, the best of times my friend, the very best

  154. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    homey's a troublemaker??!! OUR homey??!! When did this happen?!

  155. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I'm fine homey, thanks for asking. Doing a lot of writitng, lot's o' eatin' and not enough excersizin'.

  156. 99club:

    Liz/D1/Jack Flash,

    Mahalo for the live streaming tips/advice!

  157. g-nalo:

    Why you carrying charcoal in your hand?

    kung fu practice?

  158. g-nalo:

    I’m fine homey, thanks for asking. Doing a lot of writitng, lot’s o’ eatin’ and not enough excersizin’.

    isn't that most of us?

    ok i can't write even with computer grammar checks, but the next two apply. :-)

  159. Loa:

    hey... stop picking on my neighbor

  160. Loa:

    Bulla/d1島 - good luck to the Wildcats(X2)

  161. Loa:

    g-nalo -
    use sleeping instead of writing for me, and maybe even drinking for some of the marketers out there

  162. Kaimuki Kid:

    Duffer I am not to sure but the formation that I was having random thoughts about is for when the offense wanted to change up and do a running play. I had LWJ in mind, you could do play action fake and throw the ball or hand the ball off and let LWJ do his thing or read option some thing similar to what Nevada does, or line up David Farmer in the slot on the side you want the running play to go, or fake the hand off and let LWJ slide out to the flat and flip him a short one. Something, any thing to get him a little running room so he can operate...Again just dreaming of the possiblities....

  163. Loa:

    duffer - i would think its easier from a 3 pt. stance since you start off lower but starting from a pass block stance didn't seem to affect our running abilities in previous seasons, so idk, maybe jason, wmojo and pride. can chime in

  164. mp:

    Only got to see the last quarter of the game but from what little I saw, couple more games as starting QB and I think GA will be a solid RnS QB for UH. Still pulling for Inoke though. O.K. On to Utah St.


    UH 42 - Utah St 24

  165. ewagirl808:

    All right Greg!!

  166. Bulla:



    on a sidebar, Cameron Higgins SL '06 is #1 on the Payton Watch list with 29 TD passes already. Hawaii kids doing awesome playing the sport they love!

  167. Jason:

    Mmm, In-N-Out. I want some.

  168. Jay:

    mmm...time for the 4th meal!

  169. J-Dog:

    can we working people get some live world series updates puhleeze??

  170. jm2375:

    J-Dog - Phillies 4-3 top 9th

  171. lab rat:

    One out to go,

  172. jm2375:

    shhhhh. don't tell al.

  173. lab rat:

    Philly wins.

  174. J-Dog:

    thanks jm.

  175. Stephen Tsai:

    OK, I'm back.
    I made a little miscalculation. I'm coming back Sunday because I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Then I'm going back next Thursday. But I forgot Tuesday is Election Day and school isn't in session. So I'll be flying back, essentially, to teach one class.

  176. g-nalo:

    g-nalo -
    use sleeping instead of writing for me, and maybe even drinking for some of the marketers out there

    sleep??!! dang young kid................:-)

  177. (Jesse) James:

    ST...true profs would have just canceled class for that day and made it up another time....

    PHILLIES WIN!!!!! Oops...sorry al...

  178. Jason:

    United Airlines (or whatever airline you patronize) thanks you, Stephen.

  179. Ralph:

    shyloh your comment on 89 JJ was not offered a contract by Herman, McClain and Hinshaw stepped in but to late....

  180. Nalani:

    Vili's son Sam Fehoko will be interviewed on AM1500 at 7pm tonight. He plays at Texas Tech. He's a RS Fresh this year, playing MLB. Great kid. Awesome player. Strong student. Tech is having a stellar season.

  181. whitey:

    fb can be a game of deception and should be used to your advantage. if this is true, why not have the o line get into a 3 pt stance, so the defense would not know whether it is a pass or run. i am not sure, but i think another huge plus would be leverage and strength and experts are always saying that low has more advantages. another problem with the pass block stance is the number of penalties in key situations for the warriors.

  182. Pauoa Boy:


    Warrior Boys - 50 What da heo is an Aggie Scrubs - 0

    It's time the Warriors show the nation what a Hawaii 5-0 K.O. is all about!

  183. Pauoa Boy:

    Uhhh, Colt no need In-N-Out, you already went prove your weight is definitely not a factor for you at the NFL level. :smile:

  184. curveball:

    Pauoa Boy:
    I love all the food here in Hawaii..but..I do miss a good double..double. at In and Out

    Nalani..listened to my new CD your voice "DA BOMB" .thanks

  185. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Ayah. I let Zatoichi get away without getting his phone #. Anyone know which school he is with? I am sitting at Pho Kauai and asking strangers if they are bloggers. The parking lot is loaded with HS bowlers!

  186. Nalani:

    Whitey my brotha from a Maui motha....your logic is sound, but usually the OL uses the 2 pt for pass pro when the OL are not quick enough to get up out of their stance and are getting beat by quicker DL, usually DEs. Because Kahai is an inside player, I've never seen him go to a 2 pt stance. As a Center, they're at an even bigger disadvantage because one hand is under them when they snap, but that's why they get the big bucks (ha! not)

  187. Nalani:

    Curveball #184

  188. Nalani:

    Curveball...sorry, my 'blushing smiley' didn't work. Ruin da joke.

  189. duffer:


    Just her voice??? :-)

  190. TChahng[대한민국]:


    49 - 21

    First TD: Alexander QB option run to the right.

  191. LizKauai (iPhone):

    oh, hiya Nalani, curveball, duffer, TChahng, Pauoa Boy, ST!

  192. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Ukuboi is making pho jokes. He feels pho-ll or pho-filled after eating his bowl of pho.
    Now we are pho-cused on the pho-ture.

    Time to head home and to choir practice.

  193. whitey:

    sometimes i think UH should hire j hirokawa (spp??) to have him show how to use deception. can you imagine the whole offense disappears in front of the defense. hahahahahaaaaaaaa

  194. whitey:

    nalani, good to hear that your family has excellent maui ties. "nothing like the country".

  195. whitey:

    al is on his way home, but no tell him that the ws game is over. he going watch his "bvd". hahahaaaaaaaa

  196. lab rat:

    UH 45 - 13.

  197. d1島::


    So now you and Ukuboi is "pho out"?

  198. d1島::


    According to djmitcho, Wazzou is having that issue to deal with this season :lol:

  199. d1島::


  200. Cheyah!:

    I think the pistol formation was used last year during the Fresno St. game. LWJ scored a long td and was successful in that formation. Since they're making adjustments for different personnel, maybe they can line up in the pistol when LWJ comes in.

    Go Warriors!

  201. Stretch:

    good evening tsaikos...

    busy day with a meeting on kauai in the morning then the college of engineering career day this afternoon. can you imgaine college engineering majors asking me questions about work?? my answer was "just graduate". lol... didn't want them to get the wrong impression of what we really do. I also didn't want to tell them about the marketing aspect of engineering. that's the hardest part of my job, so hard that I got assigned to do it tomorrow.

    nalani - I recall your son is in engineering. tell him study hard in school and he will be okay. no tell him about me, I am a bad example.

  202. d1島:


    The truth is that your son could do a lot worse than following Stretch's example...
    (I think that came out right....but I'm jus one babooze)

  203. Stretch:

    d1 - you not talking stink about me, right??

  204. chawan_cut:

    tonight's news

    2 days!

  205. Pauoa Boy:

    Hi Aunty Liz...

    curveball, nothing beat Local Kine gotta stay away from da greasy burger at In-N-Out, Jack in da Cracks, Burger King, McHeart Attacks, and da other great fast food establishments bumbai I going look like one momona pua'a!

  206. HawaiianbodPride:

    Nalani - sorry for not replyling last night (computer problems), but thanks in advance for the cd! How was Pono's b-day dinner last night? Any leftovers?

    djmitcho - re #23 ROTFLMAO!

    DrDoc - continued prayers for a successful recovery. W-Doc - please take care of your well-being. Slow down on the civic duties and spend more time with your soulmate. Life is so precious.

    sj/myki - thanks for "paying it forward" with the UH jersey for DrDoc. True Tsaikos. Also, i commend the both of you for having a passionate heart with your family dog.

    Garret - hope the results of the ultrasound for Katie were positive.

    bulla - congratulations on Weber ST's rankings! Good to hear that "The Beast" will be starting. Hard work, determination, a relentless motor, passion and a love for the game has paid off. Please tell "The Beast" that alll his Tsaiko uncles and aunties are proud of him.

    Rob25 - welcome home! Glad you got to spend some quality time with Frank. When does he leave for the Middle East?

    Esme and whoooooooooosh!

  207. duffer:


    If it wasn't for your golf game, I'd like to be just like you!

  208. bighilofan2:

    Howzit Tsaikos everywhere!

    Hiya LizK. been supah dupah busy bee last coupla weeks. plus dis psycho computah no help! :(

    great game, huh! and i like how Coach Mack trying fo give plenny peeps playing time. sumdays I scratch my head, sum dayz I tink he's a genius!

    i feel really good that he gives Funaki and Alexander chance for shine. as long as da braddaz are por dat, i'm por dat 2.

    i just fell in love wit dat rainbow arch into da zone an an made all my dreams come true. :D
    Get chance. We get chance.
    All i gots to say is thank you Jesus....
    and thank you Coach Ron.... :D

    Go Warriors!!!!

  209. d1島:


    LMAO! :lol:

  210. Kazz:

    Jim Donovan on Leahey and Leahey now.

  211. Imran:

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  212. JaM:

    um #211?

  213. Palolo Shyloh:


    How is Eki Faagai doing at Weber St.?

  214. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Good Evening Everyone:

    Finally was able to take some time to read yesterday and today's blog. Again, mahalo for the kind thoughts & prayers - especially since they worked. SjMacro and Myki - I am going to print out your posts from yesterday and give them to DrDoc tomorrow.

    DD stayed in a medically-induced coma from around 2 am Tuesday until 2 pm this afternoon. I arrived about half an hour after he woke up - lucid and able to talk baseball, volleyball, football, and basketball. I couldn't stay very long because I had to take care of bidness back in town.

    Spoke to him a couple of times since then. Around 5 pm, he was able to walk from the bed to the chair (with help) where he sat up for about an hour - the first time since he went into the emergency room Sunday afternoon - and had his first solid food since Sunday at lunch.

    He's doing exceedingly well given the trauma his body went through and is sitting way out on the right hand side of the bell curve.

    Barring any problems, tomorrow he'll be moved out of cardiovascular ICU and onto the general medical/surgical floor. At that point, he'll be able to receive phone calls directly and have non-family visitors. I'm going to go see him after the Stadium Authority meeting which should be pau by 12:30 or so.

    As for me - I'm dealing with a lot of stuff that has to be taken care of both personally & professionally. Still haven't caught up on my sleep, but at least I am doing so in a bed rather than passing out in the back seat of the car.

    In addition to all the medical, family & financial stuff, I have a ton of work to complete plus a couple of very important meetings which cannot be delayed beyond the end of next week.

    It didn't help that I had a near disaster this afternoon when I realized that my left front tire was borderline flat. Fortunately, I was about six blocks away from Lex Brodie's who took care of it and didn't charge me a penny.

    Nevertheless, I am going to need recreational therapy at the Therapy Sports Bar on Saturday along with the Wahine volleyball games Friday & Saturday nights. Saturday morning, DD will be in rehab until about 11:30 am so I'll head on out to see him after the UH win.

    If nothing else, this has been a huge wakeup call for DD in particular about getting our affairs in order - just in case. DD promises me that he will use his recuperation time at home to get stuff organized.

    BACK TO SPORTS: Congrats to the Phillies/National League for winning the World Series. Still, the Rays were phenoms.

    Re UH's offtensive gameplan. I like the duo quarterback system as long as the two collaborate rather than compete.

    How are the injuries - has anyone gone on medical leave for the rest of the season?

    One last note: The news about Saturn the Dog is not good. We won't be able to even sit down with the veterinarian to talk about options until after DD gets out of the hospital. Hope Saturn The Dog's health can wait a week or so.

    Again, mahalo for the good thoughts. Have to run to the store and get some cat and dog food or there will be open rebellion amongst the peasants tomorrow morning.

  215. jm2375:

    WDoc - great news! Please, please, take care of yourself. Remember, the caregiver can't give care if they need care themselves. Sorry to hear about Saturn. Again, please give me a call if you need anything.

  216. HawaiianbodPride:

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  219. jm2375:

    Pomai - 35-14 UH, of course!

  220. curveball:

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  221. cavewarrior:

    I missed a lot...what happened to the Portnoy blog and his 1500AM Wednesday spot?

  222. Garret:


    Great to hear about the rapid improvement for Dr. Doc! I hope that both of you can get enough rest...please find some time to rest!

  223. Garret:

    If anyone hasn't seen the video, I'd recommend clicking on this link and watching what happens when a band puts their metal carts right next to the end

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    Houston receiver Patrick Edwards suffered a compound fracture of his right leg Tuesday running into what reportedly were band carts left behind the end zone. A redshirt walkon freshman from Hearne who had always dreamed of playing at Houston, Edwards had 46 receptions this season.

    As for Marshall and every other team in the country that has stuff near the field, move it. Now.

    Regarding the school band, I hope you have good legal counsel.

  224. Garret:

    Pete Carroll is sure unhappy with the Pac-10 refs...and I'm surprised that a team like USC seems to be *not* favored by the refs. It sure sounds like Carroll is asking for "clarification" like Mac...and Carroll has 5 years of history to point to.

    This is pretty funny to me because I remember when UH played at USC and the refs clearly blew several calls early in the game that tilted the game to USC. I guess if you want the refs to favor you when you play USC then you have to be in the Pac-10...

    USC coach Pete Carroll spoke to the Pacific-10 Conference this week about one his favorite subjects: Penalties. Specifically, the lack of flags thrown against the Trojans' opponents.

    Arizona committed one penalty while USC had 10 in Saturday's 17-10 Trojan victory. This season, USC's opponents have committed 43 penalties, the ninth-lowest mark in the Pac-10. This is a sore subject for Carroll because the previous four years (2004-07), USC opponents were called for the fewest penalties each season.

    Carroll spoke he spoke to Pac-10 supervisor of officials Dave Cutaia, but wanted to stress sour grapes was not his motive.

    "I just don't understand how teams play so well against us for five years," Carroll said.

  225. Garret:

    That walk-on Texas Tech kicker might get a bigger role now. It would be amazing if a student who won a kicking contest during halftime of a game ends up kicking a crucial FG against #1 Texas on Saturday!

    Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was noncommittal when asked this week if Matt Williams, the regular student from Weatherford turned extra-point kicker, would also be considered for field goals.

    Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was noncommittal when asked this week if Matt Williams, the regular student from Weatherford turned extra-point kicker, would also be considered for field goals.

  226. Garret:

    I know that Mac and Ikaika Malloe, among others, have recruiting ties in the state of Texas. Maybe someday UH will be like the nearly 20% of the rest of D-IA and start a QB from Texas...

    This season, 21 of the 119 starting quarterbacks in the NCAA Bowl Division have Texas ties. So do six of the top nine QBs ranked nationally in total offense.

    Barring any major changes, expect the current group to be just the first wave of a process that started in the 1990s.

    "You'll see it continue," said UNT coach Todd Dodge, who popularized the spread offense at Southlake Carroll. "It gets more and more every year."

  227. Garret:

    Why is the state of Texas producing so many QBs? And is there something that can be done in Hawaii to help the development of local QBs?

    Coaches and players say Texas has become the perfect incubator for young quarterbacks for a variety of reasons, beginning with population and a football-crazy tradition.

    Throw early, throw often. The UIL's decision to sanction 7-on-7 play during the summer in 1998 changed the dynamic for quarterbacks.

    "In the past, they'd just lift weights or run," said Ennis coach Sam Harrell, Graham's father.

    Now quarterbacks spend the summer competing in passing leagues, building an innate familiarity with the offense and their receivers.

    How prevalent is the spread? Sam Harrell jokes that Graham never took a snap under center in six seasons, from middle school to his senior season.

    The big-time nature of Texas high school football. Quarterbacks get used to big crowds and high-pressure situations, sometimes before they even have a driver's license.

    Stafford has talked about how his Highland Park experience helped him be ready to start as a freshman in the Southeastern Conference.

  228. madeinhawaii:


    So good to hear that DD is recovering ahead of schedule. Sounds like he'll be up and mowing the lawn before it can grow another inch. Make sure you get a good night's rest, too.

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  235. Stretch:

    duffer - you not talking stink about me too, right??!!??

  236. koakane iPhone:

    evening tsaikos

    first best wishes to DrDoc and speedy recovery

    secondly congrats to Philly and Shane WSBB Champs ..... way to go

    safe journey to warriors and coaches on their ten day march from Utah to New Mexico. God speed bring back the victory all of 808 is behind you'all

  237. BG:

    Good evening Tsaiko Nation!

    Doing a quick Esme...wait...redundant?

    I haven't seen a post on it yet...probably becuz Kekoa has been fully engaged with other matters...but, he told me that the cabana has been reserved for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Go Warriors!!!). He took the time to stop by the MWR office and put the fee down for 12/24.

    So, for those who were asking for a Hawaii Bowl T-gate...Kekoa made it early Christmas present!!!

  238. Garret:

    BSU's Ryan Clady seems to be doing better in the NFL than the #1 pick in the draft.

    Only two rookie offensive tackles have started all their games for their teams this season.

    Jake Long of the Dolphins is one. Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos is the other. In Denver, the belief is Clady, drafted 12th overall, is better than Long, who was drafted first overall.

    The statistics suggest that belief has some merit.

    Clady has been penalized twice for 15 yards this season. He has not allowed a sack yet. Long has been penalized twice for 20 yards in seven games. He has also allowed 2.5 sacks for 15.5 yards worth of negative yardage.

    Well, Long is a better run-blocker, right?

    Actually the Broncos insist Clady is better on that front also. The Broncos offense leads the AFC in yards per rush and is fourth in the NFL in that statistical category. The Dolphins are 22nd in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt and are 11th in the AFC.

  239. BG:


    When times are tough, you know you can depend on family. Tsaikos are all family...just let us know how we can help.

    Thanks for the good news on DD.

  240. JaM:


    UH 45 31 them guys

  241. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Dr. Doc- way to bounce back! W-Doc, take it easy, eh? Glad you will be doing something fun this weekend.
    Still praying for full and complete recovery!

  242. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Hi JaM!

    Hey Kekoa! Mahalo for getting the Cabana!

    bhf2- good to know you are still with us! Please put a new computer on your Santa list this year, ok???


  243. al:

    good to hear about dr jim doc.

    wassup doc, spend as much time with him as possible. although he may be well on the way to recovery nothing more scary than a close call with death. he may seem okay, but, he needs a comforting hand more than anything else.

  244. al:

    well i shouldn't have come here before i viewed the recording of today's world series conclusion. thanks to some fellow bloggers i may now utilize the memory space for something else.

  245. jm2375:

    Hi Liz, JaM, al, BG and bighilo!

    Good to hear from you bhf2. Wuz wondering where you were.

  246. al:

    nice lunch today with whitey and duffer at ichiban restaurant.

    here's a cute story. but, don't tell duffer about this.
    so we sit down at a table and duffer says, "you should order the japanese food because they make good japanese food. not too sure about the non-japanese food."

    so, like an obedient fellow, i order the japanese food. it was good and plentiful.

    later, i go use the bathroom to 5-4-4. in doing so, i go by the kitchen. so the two line cooks are filipino and portuguese. so much for the authentic japanese food.

  247. jm2375:

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  248. Glenn:


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  249. whitey:

    al, and no tell duffer that the owner is korean

  250. whitey:

    time to get my beauty rest, g' night.

  251. Nalani:

    Anybody else on here doesn't know what 5-4-4 is? Or maybe I don't want to know.

  252. al:

    whitey....i was gonna say that about the owner. since, the korean lady was running/guarding the cash register.

  253. al:

    ah nalani..........

    it took so long for someone to bite the baited hook.
    (note: no more gigi)

    just for you nalani....

    japanese translation:

    5 = go
    4 = shi
    4 = shi

  254. Long Time UH Fan:

    Al, Whitey,

    True story... In San Francisco I had dinner at Japanese restaurant fronting Chinatown. Had shrimp tempura, sashimi and tonkatsu dinner served by Japanese waitresses wearing kimonos.The dinner was very good so I went back to kitchen area to compliment the cooks. Found three of them were Hispanics. After complimenting them on how I realy liked the tempura and tonkatsu, one of them said hey I make a mean chimichanga too in my day job!

  255. SteveM:

    Good night whitey.

    Hi jm2375. I'm lurking tonight since I have a rare Thursday off tomorrow. Think I'll go to S. King Street for lunch and check out some new TV's. :roll:

  256. al:

    so nalani on your next japan tour no forget. it you gotta do number one just tell the escort, "pleasu ne. 544 onegai shimasu."

  257. Nalani:

    Glad I could help you finish your joke Al. Not bad. 544. Now I 599 (Go Nine Nine - Go sleep).

  258. SteveM:

    Hi Long Time. My most incredulous restaurant moment was when I was in Virginia and went to a new Chinese Restaurant. The cooks and family were Chinese but born and raised in New York city. The small Chinese grandmother shuffled to our table to take our order. She had a bronx accent. I stared in surprise--and then she asked me if I spoke english... :oops:

  259. jm2375:

    OK, time for reminiscing. Both stories are from when I was in college in DC. First one, Japanese "bento" counter in an upscale mall (like Ward Center). Order bento and then ask for hashi. Clerk looks at me and then tells me they only get one pair - the one they use to cook with! Second one, two friends and I went to Chinatown to eat. Typical Chinee restaurant. You know da kine, where they throw da menu at you and say "Whatchu like?" So get 1 buddahead, 1 filipino and 1 hapa at the table. Order our entrees and then ask for rice. Waitress says "how many bowls?" :shock:

  260. Long Time UH Fan:

    Hi SteveM,

    Just sent you email joke

  261. Long Time UH Fan:

    Hi SteveM,

    Just sent you email joke

  262. jm2375:

    TIme to go nene. Oyasumina-tsai.

    Hope you have good lunch tomorrow SteveM.

  263. whitey:

    i was going sleep, but went to check the backyard and lo and behold my friends (deer) are back after the fire. no worry about chinese restaurant in alaska, especially anchorage. all the japanese and chinese restaurants i went to are owned by koreans in anchorage. one in kodiak is owned by filipinos. the other one is my pake friend.

  264. whitey:

    i guess what they serve in a restaurant or grill does not necessarily mean that the owner is of the same nationality. have new sports bar called green leaf, serves korean food, but owned by japanese. have catering place for hawaiian food, but owned by filipinos. the get al's favorite, paradise market, full on filipino food. with all this talk about fuud, getting hungry, but i got to go sleep, otherwise no look good in the am. hahahaaaaaa

  265. SteveM:

    Thanks Long Time UH Fan, that reminded me of my days as a regular vendor at the swap meet :) Boy, the stories we could share...(the mail was a movie about India vs. Chinese bargaining)

    jm2375 --- 6 Hawaii reserve buddies and I went to Concord, CA for a 2-week school in the 80's. We went to a large Japanese restaurant in town. First, we confused the waitress with 9 entrees for 7 people. Then we ran them out of rice--they said they never saw people eat 3+ bowls of rice each...and these weren't Tsai-kos :) They asked us to call ahead next time--the food was good so we went back 2 more times.

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