A bonus victory

November 30th, 2008
By

It's been a long year.
The Sugar Bowl. June Jones' departure. Greg McMackin's promotion. Recruiting. The quarterback carousel. The 1-2 start, and the come-from-ahead losses to San Jose State and Utah State.
That's why it was nice to see the Warriors celebrate their clinching of a winning regular season.
Best of all, they really are happy to be going to the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl.
While the rest of us had a great time at the Sugar Bowl — Hurricanes, Johnny White's, Willie K on New Year's Eve — the players didn't get to do much. A few of them said that they prefer the Hawai‘i Bowl because they get to do more things and they're at home.

* * *

Greg McMackin placed Post-It notes with "$" on the doors of his assistant coaches the past week.
The victory over Washington State means the UH assistant coaches get bonuses.

227 Responses to “A bonus victory”

  1. A-House:

    Holy Moly Andy:

    first!!!!!


  2. bk:

    First?!


  3. localboy18:

    First? Great game Warriors!


  4. bk:

    aww 2nd. Congrats Warriors!!!


  5. mano1:

    Cngrats to the Warriors for a good win! Now get ready for Cincy .... lets fill the stands.


  6. A-House:

    ST:

    Sorry, we had to leave and could not see your photo of the "prospect".

    Hopefully, he will become a serious recruit/signee for UH in the near future.

    I will presume that he will be for class of 2009.


  7. Justin:

    I hope the warrios work on their red zone offense. They need a bread and butter play when their in the red zone or at least a go to player. We probably should have scored around 40 points last night.


  8. jm2375:

    Top 10!

    No big injuries last night, right?


  9. Jack Flash:

    Congrats to the Warriors for a big win last night and making it to the Hawaii Bowl! It wasn't pretty, but a W is a W. Sorry we missed the last few Tsaikogates, but had to show up late to the games since the kids weren't coming due to the weather. Its great to know that the Tsaikos are going strong!


  10. klc2294:

    CONGRATS HAWAII WARRIORS!!! This is season however is NOT over...we got a tough Cincy team coming in, who will be going to the orange bowl. Imagine if we beat them? By the way Devone Bess is continuing to have a HUGE day for the Dolphins!


  11. patele2004:

    what? go mules


  12. Stephen Tsai:

    Well, UH fans should root for Andrew Manley, who was offered a scholarship.


  13. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Top 15?
    Aloha kakahiaka!


  14. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, Liz, I deleted the Luke Ingram and helmet-pyramid photos before kickoff yesterday.
    See? I listen every now and then.


  15. Rob25:

    Wow, at leasat I made the top twenty!

    Good Morning everyone!


  16. chawan_cut:

    hello all.
    Stephen, you and your brother were nice and dry after the game.
    luckily it was off and on drizzle all night. the rain sure is chasing away the "fair weather" fans. another 8000 no shows last night.
    although i bet next week that we'll have a big crowd. only in hawaii do our fans show up to watch the other team and not the home team.


  17. oldshoes:

    who is in charge of the pro games we get on tv.who makes that decision.who is the program director for the tv station that chooses which games we fans watch on fox and cbs? whoever it is ,is an idiot homer of terrible games.why are we watching the boring game of the giants beating the 'skins..and not watching the exciting game of the packers and the panthers.enough already with these terrible decisions.we need a better system so that this crap stops happening.


  18. lava:

    Well earned bonuses, especially since last night's victory over the PAC-10 came without Pilares and Mouton, and the overall record was achieved despite limited contributions from Graunke, Leon, J. Taylor, Rocky, and Blaze, and nearly all of the new JUCO and other recruits red-shirted.


  19. Rob25:

    ST, you're right...a certain person is relentless!

    Congratulations to the team on the win. Let's get ready for the Bearcats!

    I noticed that Stretch is getting too big to visit us at tailgate anymore. By big, I don't mean mass.

    Hi Ronnie...can't wait to have you the boys and Asports and Ajoe cheering up in the brown with me next week. I think that Ajoe will spend most of the night dancing to the drum cadences. He was lovin' it!


  20. ryan:

    It's good to hear that there were 2 4 star recruits at the game last night. Hope they both become Warriors


  21. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, I spoke with Mack today about the senior "whisperer." He said he is going to look into it. Mack, like the rest of us, wants the seniors — and only the seniors — to be honored at next week's postgame. It's not a time for sponsors to steal the spotlight.


  22. djmitcho:

    Congrats to D.Bess. Leading receiver for the dolphins today!


  23. Hank:

    Congrats Warriors!

    Love to see players play when they are "feeling it". That goes for
    Sol, Veikune, Josh Leonard, and Keala Watson. They are "in the
    zone".

    What was also impressive about last nights win was that it wasn't "our night". The wind was blowing the wrong way, there was a feel of something can go wrong, the spirit wasn't right. But then Alexander hit Washington for that clutch TD and well, ....it was Colt like. We pull out a win on a night when earlier in the season we would not. I think the Warriors will come out and play a great game against Cincy.

    Speaking of Manley, did you guys see that winning TD pass against Kahuku? Now that was Colt like as well.


  24. oldshoes:

    oh goody they finally switched over to the packers/panthers.,now that most of the scoring and game is over.the redskin game is over so they switched. i have a feeling those idiot homers who make the programing decisions had the skins game on only because colt brenan is on that team.helooooo, colt is a backup,just cause he played at UH dosent mean the nfl fans here in hawaii have to jump on the homer fan bandwagon.this is the NFL,put the best game on!


  25. FloridaTed:

    Morning/afternoon, Tsaiko-Nation and Tsai-Meister.

    I've had the feeling all along that this game would be a little tricky. The pressure to make the Bowl, the easy lead, a somewhat subdued athmosphere, a nothing to lose opponent, it all all adds up to a more difficult game than it should have been, we all know that.

    But let's be realistic here, even last years team had quite a few struggles against inferior teams, road or not and we easily could have lost a few then, but who among us would have thought, after starting out 1-3 and losing to SJST and USU that we we would make this bowl, with a game to spare?

    I thought so and I'll refrain from criticism and just savor this victory for what it is, a wonderfully salvaged season that could easily have gotten away from us.

    Great job, Coaches and players, I'm happy to be a Warrior fan, warts and all.

    Next year will be exciting and extremely interesting.


  26. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Old Shoes:

    The formula for selecting the game is based upon money - advertisers want viewers who will buy stuff and not just watch football. In addition to the markets the teams represent, there's also a national market for games shown on national rather than regional tv - even for many losing teams. Look how many Redskin fans there are here in Hawai`i.

    There's another element involved which has to do with teams sharing the revenues from the broadcasts.

    Anyhow, it's too complicated to go into here, but if you're interested in finding out more and then seeing if there's any interest in working on making changes in scheduling games, then you should visit the NFL's website to post a similar inquiry.

    I know I was thoroughly disgusted with the scheduling on Thanksgiving Day - decided to work in the yard instead & get caught up on household chore - but every team is given a chance to play high-viewer-count dates regardless of their record. The assumption is that come the playoffs, then the chaff will have been eliminated which accounts for the bump in advertising rates.


  27. bb:

    Thank you to the Honolulu Advertiser for upgrading my seats to the brown section. What you failed to tell me was that there was hole formed by rust in the ground that separates the red from brown that was dripping, sometimes streaming water down below--right down the center of one of the seats you hooked us up with. Message to the people that run the stadium--Straight up ghetto.

    On the contrary, I was literally the last car in the parking lot before they shut down Gates 3/4. They directed us to the outer ring of the inner circle. Not only was I close but I was able to breeze out of there despite having stayed till the very end. Message to the people that run the stadium--Thanks for the hook up.

    And did anybody see the 11-12 pound live lobster that was cruising the parking lot? This huge as$ lobster was getting a lot of attention through out the tailgate time.

    Good job Warriors. We don't need no F'n Gatorade.
    To any groupies out there...go show the Bearcats a good time this week.


  28. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Manley will make a great Warrior. Is he leaning towards Hawai'i at this time?


  29. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I honestly expected the Warriors to earn this bowl berth. The only thing I didn't know was how it would play out. The Warriors are to be commended for rising to the occasion, the coaching staff are to be comkmended for grtting them here.


  30. Cheyah!:

    Giants vs. Redskins was better than watching Colts vs. Browns. I ended up turning the channel at 10 though to watch, yup, Warrior Football!

    Go Warriors!


  31. Stretch:

    good morning tsaikos!!

    I think it would be awesome for Manley to come over to UH. When he starts school, Rausch will be a Senior and others are Fresh/Soph. He will have an opportunity to get some PT.


  32. Stretch:

    Rob25 - all Tsaikos are welcome to join me on the way into the stadium. I park near those porta-potties


  33. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Yea! I got to finally see a Skins game! I am wearing my burgandy CB5 jersey today and got a front row seat at the Hickam food court to watch the 3 and 4Q.
    It was fun talking story about the skins and Warrior fans there too. We are all high on GA and the upcoming games.
    Mahalo to Kekoa and BG for your kind hospitality and transportation !


  34. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    pardon my typos above; "commended" and "getting" :oops:


  35. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Stephen- thanks for taking off the picture :-)
    Now I just need to get season tix where the wireless signal is strong!

    I got so excited to hear the Warrior Bsat announcement that I tried to video it. But it plyedy only twice.

    Proud to be a Tsai-ko !


  36. Ralph:

    I don't think local advertisers and the local station picks the NFL games to be shown on tv....the games are already scheduled on ESPN nfl schedules in advance and must have been determined by the league...


  37. d1島:

    Yikes! Had to work this morning and forgot to set the DVR....lil' help, please :-)

    Just got two words for the rest of the season....
    Nine
    and
    Five


  38. Ralph:

    ST Ariel needs to be humble and just say thank you and stand back...at the vb presentation she was at it again, everyone else from the Marilyn, Jim and Dave gave each a simple message and hug...let the players and the fans celebrate


  39. d1島:

    I'll bet a lot of the players (and their spouses/girlfriends) prefer to be at home and get the Bowl stipend, too.


  40. d1島:

    Just wondering if the GA's got a Post-it on their door, too?


  41. A-House:

    Agree with all the posts on "letting the players" enjoy the moment.

    Think it's an "ego" thing with Ariel. Perhaps the UH FCU donates the plaques or pays for it, but that don't mean that a certain person must do all the presentations - remember Mr. Miyagi - he stayed in the back gound while "daniel-san" got all the glory.


  42. A-House:

    Bighilofan2:

    Howzit braddah!

    Most happy to see you back blogging and look forward to seeing you next Saturday!!


  43. LizKauai (iPhone):

    d1- if my dvr worked I can make you a DVD when I get home.


  44. d1島:

    Mahalo Liz!


  45. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Hi bhf2! Just think- we will also get to see Ronnie and gang next week too. And the Choys and Kamry/Nissan/Datsun (grin).
    Old home week!


  46. hilogreg:

    Congrats to all the Warriors players and coaches for a winning 2008 season. Lots of lumps and bumps along the way but you stuck it out...for real.

    And as mentioned by djmitcho #22, congratulations to former Warrior Devone Bess for leading the Dolphins in receptions in their win over the Rams.


  47. 99club:

    We could have a split national title this year: Oklahoma can win the BCS and Texas can win the AP. Both with only one loss but Oklahoma's will have been to Texas. It's a BCS hater's dream! :)


  48. MeiLing:

    Congrats to the Warriors on their win and making the Hawai'i Bowl! Looking forward to the Cincinatti game this Saturday.

    BHF2! Glad to hear you will be joining us.


  49. FloridaTed:

    I'm happy, we now have two Bowl games to look forward to, yessss !


  50. FloridaTed:

    Everybody a little sluggish today?


  51. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Ukuleleboi ssys Mahalo to MeiLing :-)


  52. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Ted- more like dead tired! I'm snoozing in the Go! waiting room.


  53. jm2375:

    Hey Liz is pretty good. She can sleep and blog at the same time! :grin:


  54. FloridaTed:

    LizK is a multi tasking super woman, lol.


  55. LizKauai (iPhone):

    Zzzzzzzzz.

    Ok. On the plane now. Time to single task!

    Zzzzzzzzz.


  56. d1島:

    Would a Hawaii win over Cincy improve BS-You's argument to get into the BCS enough to make a difference?


  57. Jay:

    congrats on the win! bonuses are much deserved. beat the beercarts!


  58. Jason:

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the word "bonuses" was, "How long do they have to wait to get them?" Then I woke up, and realized Jim Donovan is AD. It's all good. :-)


  59. Hilo Rain:

    When is someone going to tell the credit union lady that the seniors are the "stars" of senior night. On second thought I'm sure she knows this, but still wants to hog the camera time (notice how she appears on every commercial, also.) Why doesn't someone at UH tell her to stay the heck off the court/field? If it's because she paying a lot of the credit union members' money for vanity's sake (hers), isn't it like bribery?

    I don't know how much the credit union gives UH for taking over senior night. Is their money really needed? Senior night was surely enjoyable in
    the good old days.


  60. wafan:

    I sure hope the bonuses are not contingent on the money from JJ.

    That could get ugly.


  61. wafan:

    I wonder if the credit union lady reads the WB. She might be feeling a bit uncomfortable. And, perhaps, rightly so!

    If the premise of Senior Night is to focus and honor the seniors then someone forgot.


  62. d1島:

    wafan,

    What's the word on that side of the pond about Pat Hill moving to UDub?


  63. bigmac:

    They need to get Cooke- Chang field ready so Kelly can practice kicking during practice. ST has pictures of the iceman looking too laid back while the boys are practicing.


  64. madeinhawaii:

    How is Cooke/Ching field coming along? Do they even have the turf rolled up at UH?


  65. madeinhawaii:

    Inch for inch, pound for pound, I thought Richard Torres played an outstanding game last night. That UH fumble recovery on the kick off return was crucial as well. Maybe next season he should train to be a running back or slot.. he's fearless enough to block ... probably fearless enough to catch a ball even when the defenders are closing in on him.


  66. sjmacro:

    mih: in case you missed the link ; pics show groundbreaking day and 11/26

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YiORR9tUMdl71vh1uNAtbw?authkey=d1CxvAjpGx8


  67. madeinhawaii:

    sjmacro ...

    I remember the groundbreaking.. but I haven't heard whether or not the turf is in Hawaii. I assume it is because there was mention that the poor weather conditions were preventing further progress.


  68. hawnstln:

    No need to get too excited yet, but USA Today has Nortre Dame coming to the Hawaii Bowl. Wow!! they will bring a large group, a great band. and national exposure for our team! It is still just a prediction, but if it came true, that would be exciting as all get out!


  69. Nelson from DC:

    Congratulations Warriors!


  70. d1島:

    hawnstln,

    Mark Schlabach of ESPN(dot)com has the same pairing predicted :shock:


  71. d1島:

    With hints that Hawaii's top prospect may be now having thoughts of staying home, could Charley Weis have enough "gas" in his ND tank to influence that UH-ND Hawaii Bowl?


  72. madeinhawaii:

    Notre Dame in Hawaii would be outstanding!! The house would sell out and so would all the PPV hotspots on the island.


  73. jm2375:

    mih - isn't the game on espn? they own the bowl don't they?

    d1 - huh? where'd you hear that?


  74. alnbama:

    Any word on where the Wahines are heading to for the regionals.


  75. jm2375:

    alnbama - 5pm HST is the selection "show" on ESPNU. One can only hope that we get to host a subregional. but, it's the no clue at all organization, so...


  76. d1島:

    jm3.1415,

    You gotta come to the TsaikoGates!


  77. alnbama:

    thanks jm, hopefully the Ncca does the right thing, but not holding my breath.


  78. madeinhawaii:

    jm2375...

    Yeah, but a big screen is a lot better than what a lot of folks have.. .and you can't beat the company of crazy fans. Notre Dame in Hawaii is a one-of-a-kind happening. Combine that with a Christmas dinner with the family?


  79. jm2375:

    d1 - planning on coming Sat. Missed you at the 3 I've gone to.


  80. HiFlyer:

    alnbama

    the selections will be on ESPNU in about 45 mins.


  81. djmitcho:

    Ok, nitpicking here. Who has made the choice to wear the green pants the last couple of home games. I got one word. Yuck! They look good with the whites, but I think they should go back to wearing the black pants. If the team has been deciding on it, so be it.


  82. wafan:

    d1 . . .

    Nothing up here. It would be interesting to see what kind of discipline Hill will bring. I think he would be able to turn that motley crew around in several years.

    Whatever he makes at FSU now will be miniscule compared to the UDub.

    Dang. Do we really want to face his team in a few years here in Seattle? That would be a brutal game.


  83. Sledge696:

    Congrats Hawaii Rainbows on your win over Washington State Cougars.
    I guess that Manoa Mist that hovered over the game served you well.

    Hawaii Bowl vacancy will probably be filled by Arizona State.
    I don't think Notre Dame will consider the invite; not enough money.
    Those Catholics would prefer money in pocket instead of sand, surf,
    sun and aloha (God's most precisous gifts). Neither will UCLA. With
    a game coming up with USC and a shot at the Rose Bowl...well.
    Arizona State is the more likely candidate and, I think, a better choice for
    the Rainbows anyway.


  84. wafan:

    If Hill does go to the UDub who would be interested in going to FSU?

    The folks down South might just get their wish to dump Hill.

    Would the UH/FSU rivalry go away? Kind of like the UH/BYU rivalry.

    It would be a sad day.


  85. Ralph:

    the wahines throw the ball away as much as the men....must be the court....


  86. Ralph:

    must be family only night at the women's bb game....seems rather empty..chawan, kazz and jason boy I hope you're at the game and enjoying it...


  87. Ralph:

    well I gave the bb a shot, time to switch to nfl game...oops, to struggling nfl teams-go bears...


  88. wafan:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2008450933_uwfb30.html

    Seattle Times article.


  89. d1島:

    Ralph,
    At least you got to see a 99-yard TD pass, speaking of Fresno St., to Bernard Berrian.


  90. d1島:

    wafan,

    Thanks.
    Very interesting.
    So does Stephen have informants working the parking lot at HNL?


  91. A-House:

    Wouldn't it be something if the dream I posted some time back becomes reality? And, if it doesn't then the dream journey continues for the next #1 prospect from Hawaii.

    Whoa, what will that say to all the recruiters nationwide and recruits for Warriors now and in the future - that the Warrior Ohana is truly great and a fantistic place to play football.


  92. Hoohiki:

    The NCAA never does the right thing for the principle. They do the right thing only for the money!!

    I hope the Hawaii Bowl has other alternatives, other than ASU to play Hawaii. I realize they may not have much choice, but we just played them 2 years ago.
    I kinda like Univ. of Arizona, if nothing else.


  93. d1島:

    From that Bob Condotta's Husky Football blog about Hill's meeting in Seattle:

    He said he spent Saturday at UW talking with Husky athletic officials.

    Hill called it a "great'' meeting in an interview played on KPGE-TV in Fresno and also reported by The Fresno Bee.

    "They talked about their goals, their expectations, the facilities they're going to (build) and the things they're going to do to put Washington back on the map amongst the best teams in America,'' he said. "That's what they want to do.''

    "They asked me about what my blueprint for success was, what my expectations and goals were. It was a great conversation,'' he said.

    Sources have said Hill was not offered the job, and Hill appeared to confirm that when he discussed where he thinks the situation is.


  94. d1島:

    Condotta also comments on Cincinnati's HC as a Udub candidate:

    The other coach to emerge over the weekend is Cincinnati's Brian Kelly. There is lots of talk that he may prefer the Notre Dame job should that come open, but it hasn't yet.

    The Times was told that Kelly might be in town for an interview next week, possibly Wednesday. But a Cincinnati source pointed out the team is due to leave for Hawaii that day, making it hard to figure when he would fit in an in-person meeting in Seattle.

    One source said most in Cincinnati view it a longshot that Kelly would take the UW job pointing out that he's from the East Coast and is exceptionally close to a brother who flies in for every game.

    Kelly's contract is reported to pay him a guaranteed $1.2 million to $1.35 million per year. It also includes a buyout of $2 million before Jan. 15, 2009.

    Anything related to Kelly could be much ado about nothing, however, if a report on Scout.com is to be believed. A writer for the Scout.com Notre Dame site reported today that Kelly has already told UW no.


  95. anklebiters:

    Hoohiki:

    I'd have to agree with you on the UofA pick. Do we really want to see ASU again since they were here 2 years ago? Do we want to see a team that scored 4 defensive touchdowns and had total offensive yardage of like 120+ yards? Hawaii will most likely win, but it may be a fugly game, a blowout most likely. I prefer UofA and Tuitama too over Carpenter and crew, the game will be a bit more exciting. With an ASU win at Tucson, UofA will be 6th. ASU was over rated at the beginning of the season and their play has proven it as the season progressed against decent teams. With the state/ASU budget and the local economies huge short fallings, administrators/fans/alumni/ planning to spend the holiday in Hawaii may not be as willing to travel. Remember in '06, they did not bring their marching band.


  96. bb:

    Volleyball to Los Angeles?

    Kick some trojan A$$


  97. Jason:

    Ralph: I only go to footbal and men's basketball. Would take too much time out of my schedule to ride TheBus to every event at UH. I would if I could, but I'm just not able.


  98. Pomai:

    Boy I hope Alabama beats da poop out of da geko's.


  99. Stephen Tsai:

    The Hawaii Bowl folks have really been pushing, for a few weeks now, trying to get Notre Dame.


  100. Pauoa Boy:

    Notre Dame would be a good game. They haven't been the same but traditionally they are still a very good team with very good athletes! Maybe we can do a little persuasion with Manti when we beat there arse or whoever wants to play us!


  101. Jason:

    And that explains Coach Mack's comment on the radio post-game. I figured something secret was in the works ... :-P


  102. madeinhawaii:

    who's rodney bradley? Did he commit to UH?


  103. Maverick:

    Hooiki & Anklebiters -
    Mahalo for speaking my opinion with a possible A.S.U. matchup in the Hawaii Bowl.


  104. BowsForever:

    It was an ugly win, but a win is a win! I'm sure the coaches will do their best to fix the special teams contain/penalties/personal fouls/etc. issues. Much much more importantly, Hawaii got its 7th win, and they're goin' bowlin'!!

    Congrats to Coach Mack, the rest of the coaching staff, and the players for a job well done! Go get Cincy!


  105. al:

    notre dame would come.

    it would be a slap in the face of their program without a bowl to play in.

    it would help their chances with their number one recruit from laie.

    it would help us sell out the stadium and help out our recruiting efforts in the future.

    it would help us measure just where we stand with the elite programs.


  106. Pauoa Boy:

    Rodney Bradley is a WR from Texas was supposed to go to SMU out of high school but ended up at Navarro JC in Texas... He's supposedly a top JC WR...


  107. Pride.:

    Did anyone look at the moon tonight? Is that the big dipper off to the left at about 11:00 'o clock? If it is it is looking offly bright tonight.

    Sorry for the non-football comment. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.


  108. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Thanks for the heads-up Mr. Moonlight. ;)


  109. Stretch:

    Wow... Pride must be laying down, looking up at the stars.... How romantic. I didn't know he was that kind of guy


  110. Stretch:

    In case anyone cares, Hawaii is about 7.5 pt underdogs for the Cinci game.


  111. Stretch:

    See everyone later, time for me to go eat dinner.


  112. Pride.:

    Bunch of wiseguys.


  113. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Those two stars are very bright. I've noticed them the last few nights, and they seem brighter than usual. I'm not positive, but I think the brighter and bigger star is one of the planets.


  114. Pride.:

    I'll meet you there Stretch.


  115. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I'm looking forward to the Cincy game at this point. It would be awesome to beat the 13th ranked Big East champ here at home.

    The bowl game would be gravy after that. ND is a big a big draw, and would be more exciting than the other possibilities.


  116. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Spencer sez hi, Uncle Pride.


  117. Pride.:

    Tell Spencer that I said hello.


  118. cmsns:

    Hey, sorry to go off topic, but with Davone Bess looking really good out there, I was wondering where Jason Rivers went. There was a lot of hype about him doing well, but I haven't heard anything about him lately. But good win for the Warriors last night, getting into that bowl game. So let's get that last one against Cincinatti, and let's see Notre Dame on Dec 24!


  119. Pride.:

    Okay not the big dipper. I think that they are Jupiter and Venus. No time to look it up, doing an Esme and out.


  120. Postmanke:

    ND is about the only school outside the west coast that can afford to go to the Hawaii Bowl.


  121. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    while the players may have preferred to go to the Hawaii Bowl, I am sure all of them know that they made history not just for UHM but for our state. the bcs bowls although "young" play great importance. the warriors are always mindful of the greater role they play. selfishness is not tolerated on this team and thats why they are so darn special.

    while its terrific that we aim to be invited to a hawaii bowl every year. lets not forget the saying "bigger and better." If Boise state can do it, we sure as heck can. I BELIEVE. the outcome of the sugar bowl means we have to go from working 5x harder to 10x harder to prove ourselves to the rest of em. oh well such is life.

    on another note. i really hope boise does not decide to leave the WAC. if they do....in my honest and humble opinion...there goes our conference. Only Boise and Hawaii has made a big impact on our conference in recent years. losing them would mean losing much more than just another team.


  122. FloridaTed:

    Notre Dame would be super. Beat Cinci and ND and we may be close or even be in the pre-season rankings next season. ND is only a shadow of itself, but the name is still big and very seat filling.


  123. Kekoa (SF Survivor):

    BG ~ Thanks for your help this morning. I hope Betty is feeling well enuff to come T-gating this one last season game.

    In fact, I hope every Tsaiko on the planet can be there at least in *Spirit*


  124. Ralph:

    speaking of BG can you sharpen your knife before you come to the Cincy game....


  125. Ralph:

    anyone planning on getting a block of tickets for the Sheraton Bowl for th Tsaikos to seat together, just wondering before I decide on ordering tickets.


  126. jm2375:

    uhhh, don't let homey near that sharp knife!!! :lol: :grin:


  127. chawan_cut:

    game highlights and post game press conference
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrrTA6MtO2E


  128. Ralph:

    five teams from the West coast conference made the vb tournament....


  129. SteveM:

    Ralph -- I'll bring my knife sharpening stone next week if needed.


  130. chawan_cut:

    ralph,
    haven't made it to a wahine bball game yet. i will.


  131. Garret:

    Notre Dame would be great for the Hawaii Bowl...but I don't think it will happen.


  132. Garret:

    Interesting that if the Big 12 used the same tiebreaker policy that the SEC uses when 3 teams are tied for first place, Texas would be in line for the national title game (if they beat Missouri, which they blew out earlier this season) instead of Oklahoma.

    Brown wishes the conference would follow the lead of the Southeastern Conference and adopt a system that would eliminate the third-ranked BCS team from consideration and allow the head-to-head tiebreaker to determine the fate of the two remaining teams.

    That would have put Texas in Kansas City next weekend, but that still isn't a good long-term solution. A college playoff is the only answer. It's time for a postseason tournament, and time to get rid of Barry Switzer giving his "impartial" view of why Oklahoma was completely deserving of the No. 2 ranking.


  133. madeinhawaii:

    Rodney Bradley leads the Navarro JC team in receiving with 29 catches for 555 yards and 9 TD's in 11 games played this season.

    Is he the WR from Texas that ST was hinting at?

    The same guy that broke the Liloa commit first dropped this one, as well.


  134. Garret:

    Interesting thing to me is that if Oklahoma beats Missouri, Texas will probably be in the Fiesta Bowl (probably against Utah). If Missouri beats Oklahoma, Oklahoma will probably be in the Fiesta Bowl and Texas would play for the national title.

    The Fiesta Bowl has the tie-in to the Big 12. I'd love to see Oklahoma lose a second Fiesta Bowl to a non-BCS conference team.


  135. Stephen Tsai:

    Today's word is: Patience.


  136. Garret:

    The Palm Beach Post has an article that discusses Bess.

    Bess, getting his first start in place of the injured Greg Camarillo, finished with a team-high six catches for 84 yards.

    "They did just what we saw (on film) all week and it was just a matter of going out and executing," Bess said.

    Bess had a chance to turn a solid first start into a spectacular one, but was unable to hold a 17-yard Pennington pass into the end zone on the next-to-last play of the half. A catch would have given Miami a 14-9 lead at intermission. Instead, Dan Carpenter's 37-yard field goal made it 10-9.

    "I jumped a little too early," Bess said. "You get a little overanxious. My eyes lit up, I wanted it and it was there. I just got a little too excited."


  137. Garret:

    Even better, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has an article titled "Bess plays big".

    No one drafted Davone Bess, and yet the Dolphins' fill-in starting receiver played a more relevant role in the outcome, a 16-12 Dolphins win. "It was pretty depressing not getting drafted, but I put that whole experience behind me," Bess said.

    Sunday, he put some Rams behind him, leading the Dolphins with six catches and showing the same stamina, sharp route-running and run-after-catch quickness that made him a staple of the free-flowing Hawaii offense. He gained 19 yards on a cross on third-and-9 to set up the first touchdown. He caught a 21-yard floater down the right sideline to set up the first field goal. And he got the Dolphins across midfield for the first time in the second half with a 37-yard reception.

    "They lined up exactly how we thought they would," said Bess, who was starting for the injured Greg Camarillo. "So Chad [Pennington] knew exactly where I was going to be."


  138. chawan_cut:

    Stephen,
    I think I have too much patience.
    Maybe that's why I'm slow.


  139. Garret:

    The Miami Herald has the best article on Bess, with the title "Miami Dolphins receiver Bess makes most of start."

    Bess caught six passes for 84 yards, actually looking much like Camarillo did during his first 11 games as the team's leading receiver. But aside from more repetitions, Bess said he didn't necessarily notice much change in his role Sunday.

    ''It felt like a normal game,'' Bess said. ``I didn't see a big difference. Similar routes. I think I was just really in a few more plays. I just needed to continue to grow, and I had more opportunities to do that.''

    Bess looked smooth on several routes across the middle of the field, but he also was utilized on a deep route on the right sideline that resulted in a 37-yard gain, his longest of the day.


  140. letsgowarriors:

    "Today’s word is: Patience."

    HAHAHA, when have we ever been patient!?


  141. Garret:

    Miami's coach was concerned about how Bess would handle an every-down role...Bess sure answered his concern! Anyone surprised that Miami's head coach was impressed with Bess' run after the catch ability?

    Earlier in the week, coach Tony Sparano expressed concern about how Bess would handle an increased workload. In the past, he has been utilized mostly in third-down situations as a nickel receiver.

    Now, in addition to still returning punts, he also was an every-down receiver.

    ''We wanted to get Davone involved,'' Sparano said. ``It was a chance to evaluate him and see exactly where he is in this full-time role.''

    Sparano thought he handled man-to-man coverage very well, adding impressive runs after the catches. Bess, an undrafted rookie free agent, said he never really felt winded.

    ''I take a lot of reps in practice, so I took that over to the game knowing I had to be physically ready,'' Bess said.


  142. Garret:

    Patience is a virtue...and keeping some things quiet during recruiting season could definitely be helpful to the team. Until the player is committed, it might not be good to tip off other teams...


  143. ryan:

    What's this word patience ;)


  144. Postmanke:

    Conner Barwin Bearcats DE is a beast. Versatile version of a Travis Laboy.


  145. Stretch:

    chawan_cut:
    November 30th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
    Stephen,
    I think I have too much patience.
    Maybe that’s why I’m slow.

    Let me revise that for you.... Maybe that's why I'm lame


  146. Stephen Tsai:

    "Good things come to those who wait ..."


  147. Stephen Tsai:

    OK, say "Connor Barwin Bearcats" five times fast.


  148. Stephen Tsai:

    Don't forget the All-WAC team will be announced tomorrow morning.
    Let's have some guesses.
    I go with David Veikune, Adam Leonard, Solomon Elimimian, Ryan Mouton, Tim Grasso, John Estes and Malcolm Lane.


  149. Stephen Tsai:

    Hey, it's JoJo's birthday.


  150. madeinhawaii:

    Hmm... Do we still have schollies? I wonder if Mouton can get this guy to consider Hawaii...?

    Cameron Travis, Katy High School, Position rank: OT # 37 Ht: 6'4" Wt: 250

    A high 77 grade on ESPN's recruiting list and hasn't committed anywhere yet.


  151. madeinhawaii:

    Happy Birthday JƏJƏ!!!


  152. Garret:

    ST,

    If they pick a long snapper, then I'd add Jake Ingram...but I don't think they get that specialized in the All-WAC team.

    Outside chances (honorable mention maybe) for Josh Leonard or John Fonoti?


  153. Garret:

    Happy Birthday JoJo!


  154. Stephen Tsai:

    Gotta watch those Katy guys.
    SMU stole Mouton's last recruit.


  155. Garret:

    Momo posted a comment and never saw it posted...he didn't realize that he actually posted a comment on November 27 on the November 23 blog. He meant to post this after the Tsaiko-gate for the Idaho game, but it still applies after the Washington State game.

    I had a grand time at the last week and it made the game more special . We have been season ticket holders for more than 20 years and we never tail gate with others.Thanks for the fellowship.
    It was nice having my grand kids for a week. It made us feel young again trying to keep up with them.We will miss them when they return home tomorrow. See you sat…momo


  156. Ralph:

    I guess for first team all wac Eliminian and Veikune....


  157. chawan_cut:

    Stretch, you are correct in your revision as well.


  158. Stretch:

    Happy Birthday Jojo!!


  159. jm2375:

    Happy birthday jojo!!


  160. Garret:

    ST,

    For QBs, I would expect JJ to be a much bigger deal in recruiting than a DB like Mouton. Especially when JJ gave him his only offer(s).

    Interesting note about Rodney Bradley is that his teammate at Navarro JC (Ryan Clark) was at SMU's game on Saturday. If Bradley was at UH's game, they will have a chance to compare notes after this weekend.


  161. Postmanke:

    shhhh, Sage Nua LB Vegas


  162. HiFlyer:

    Happy Birthday JoJo


  163. SteveM:

    Stephen Tsai:
    November 30th, 2008 at 9:12 pm
    Hey, it’s JoJo’s birthday.

    Almost...I thought jojo's birthday was on December 1...the same day as Mei Ling...but I maybe I have it wrong... :?


  164. d1島:

    1st team all-WAC: Veikune (Def POY), Elimimian, Lane
    All-WAC: Mouton, A. Leonard, J. Leonard, Estes


  165. d1島:

    Happy Birthday jojo!
    Happy Birthday Mei Ling!

    (whenever they may be)


  166. Stephen Tsai:

    SteveM:
    Maybe you're right.
    I just saw on Facebook that they wished her happy birthday. Not sure if it's set to a different time zone.
    Now that would be embarrassing.


  167. d1島:

    Ralph:

    November 30th, 2008 at 8:12 pm
    anyone planning on getting a block of tickets for the Sheraton Bowl for th Tsaikos to seat together, just wondering before I decide on ordering tickets.

    I'd be in for four tix.


  168. d1島:

    Not sure if it’s set to a different time zone.
    Now that would be embarrassing.

    Feel free to use my favorite excuse, "It's Happy Hour Somewhere!"


  169. Stretch:

    Can't wait for Monday to roll around.....


  170. Ralph:

    okay who else making it to the Sheraton Bowl who have not gotten their tickets to date


  171. al:

    i was speculating a tweed.


  172. HiFlyer:

    Ralph
    what section are you going to try to get?


  173. Jason:

    Yeah, Facebook always does that. It says it's a person's birthday, when it's not. IDK why it's like that. Yeah, jojo's birthday is tomorrow. :-D


  174. jm2375:

    Stretch - wot, marketing again tomorrow?


  175. Stretch:

    jm - no can market everyday, need to work once in a while


  176. sjmacro:

    We committed for our tickets in July and have our same season seats in Section F Makai Orange; in the same area as Kekoa and Pops


  177. SteveM:

    ST -- at least we have the elusive jojo's birthday within 48 hours. :)

    The more interesting challenge is finding homey's real birthday... any clues?


  178. BG:

    Good evening!

    Wow! Great to see bhf2 around the clubhouse again!

    SteveM...Ralph was just making a "funny" about the knife. Where else can an orphaned knife be adopted by a bunch of folks with a crazy name? Which reminds me...who has custody this week? That hard working blade (expertly wielded by Ralph) did yeoman's work all Sat. afternoon.

    Garret...having your folks at the T-gate is primo. The way they cook..well, I'm surprised your proportions are not 5x5.

    Great to see DrDoc and W-Doc too...two very unique Tsaikos.

    The MWR guys who work on Sat will be soooo sad to see the end of the football season!

    Betty was so sad not to make the T-gate and game that I had the person at the gate scan in both of our tickets so that the records will show that she was there!

    So, what kine of after game soup stay get this Sat? Sooo sorry, but, I never learned how to make more than one kine soup...and I make that one only once every 10 years!


  179. Jason:

    I'm in Section J Makai Orange. :-D


  180. BG:

    OK, time to go pound on Betty...her back that is. Loosen up all that stuff so she can cough it up. She misses everyone and doesn't want to miss the Cincy game.

    NorthShoreFan...contact me

    Good night!


  181. Stretch:

    BG:
    November 30th, 2008 at 10:20 pm
    OK, time to go pound on Betty…her back that is. Loosen up all that stuff so she can cough it up. She misses everyone and doesn’t want to miss the Cincy game.

    okay BG, whatever you say.


  182. Stretch:

    what time does the Advertiser put out tomorrow's online edition??


  183. Ralph:

    Hiflyer don't have a section in mind....maybe we can start thinking about it and figure something out at this saturday's tailgate.....


  184. Ralph:

    Stretch just after 1 am


  185. 文句:

    Do we really want to see ASU again since they were here 2 years ago? Do we want to see a team that scored 4 defensive touchdowns and had total offensive yardage of like 120+ yards? Hawaii will most likely win, but it may be a fugly game, a blowout most likely.

    LOL. Mind you, that's against a bottom half Pac-10 opponent which would still beat half of the WAC teams. Hawaii didn't look all that good against a pretty bad Washington State defense which is one of the worst in the nation.

    How often was Alexander scrambling and sacked in the game? Arizona State goose-egged WSU 31-0 while Hawaii gave up 10 points to that inept WSU offense. ASU has more talent and speed than Washington State.

    WAC to Pac-10 translation: A 6-6 ASU would give UH fits. And people want Arizona? UH would be out of their league and taken to the woodshed in an Oregon State style whipping.

    Hawaii's offense has only looked better in recent weeks because of the opponents they were playing. Watch what happens during the Cincinnati game. That will show everyone just how little the offensive line has actually improved as I can guarantee you Alexander will be scrambling, rushing to throw, and being sacked by Cincinnati's speedy defense.

    Notre Dame to the Hawaii Bowl? ND's athletic directors have turned down playing in a bowl in the past because it was not a prestigious bowl. The chump change from a lower tier bowl like the Hawaii isn't something they need. They did play the Insight Bowl when they were 6-6 in 2004 but lost to Oregon State. Institutional pride may get in the way of them deciding to go this year and Weis who wants to go bowling may get overruled by the higher ups at ND.

    I’d love to see Oklahoma lose a second Fiesta Bowl to a non-BCS conference team.

    Utah is not that good and are in fact an overrated fraud. That became evident with how they barely got by an offensively inept Michigan, beat Weber State by about the same margin as UH did (and that is with an inept half on UH's part), a terrible New Mexico, were dominated by TCU (TCU would have handily won without all those missed field goals), and had an equally overrated BYU giving them the game. Utah would get their clocked cleaned by Boise State.

    Texas, Oklahoma, or Missouri against Utah equals smash job worse than the beating Hawaii received in the Sugar Bowl. But the Mountain West Conference needs to be exposed for the frauds they are this year anyway.


  186. Stretch:

    Crap, does that mean I have to stay up until 1am to get the latest news?? I am trying to be patient


  187. J:

    I was listening to Over the Rhine's album "Patience" today. Apparently for once I was being appropriate...


  188. Pomai:

    ?? your a SEC fan right?? LOL


  189. madeinhawaii:

    Just because one team struggled against another while a different team waltz through them doesn't mean the waltzing team will defeat the one that struggled.

    It's all about play calling, personnel, and which team is peaking that day. Few teams, if any, have no inherent weakness that cannot be exploited with the right personnel. Washington State had the personnel to sack, but they couldn't come down with the interceptions or put up the necessary defense against our receivers to contain Hawaii. They didn't have an explosive enough offense to really threaten UH.

    Hopefully Mouton and Pilares will suit up against Cincy and everyone will be healthy for the Sheraton Bowl.


  190. FloridaTed:

    With the pressure off and playing in front of a full house will create a whole new fire in the Warriors bellies. They will come to play their best, win or lose.

    Cinci is tough, but certainly beatable, I can't wait to find out.

    Good night everybody.


  191. Stretch:

    I would expect the team to play differently next week. They have nothing to lose since they already have the Bowl bid.


  192. las vegas:

    hahaha MONKU tare sure fits


  193. jm2375:

    lv - so that's what those characters mean? think he lost money on the game?

    I love Coach Mack - Greg Alexander is a "tough mother". :D


  194. madeinhawaii:

    Cincy defense will really test our Warrior offen. They will try to sack Alexander as often as possible. Their Safety is one of the best and will challenge UH on the deeper routes. With pressure on Greg and a Safety with a nose for the ball, Hawaii will really have to mix it up to keep the pressure off of the Qback. Pilares is a key in this matchup.

    Offensively, Cincy doesn't have the firepower or the explosive scoring power to run away from Hawaii. I think Mouton, Elimimian and Veikune will answer Cincy's all-american three with plays of their own. They can be made to turn over the ball, and that might be Hawaii's key to winning. Getting the ball back on turnovers with good field position.

    We may need Mouton on Kick-off defense. Cincy's kick off returners are outstanding.


  195. las vegas:

    jm2375,
    Yup Monku means complaint.
    My mom used to scream "Monku! Urusai!" at us kids and call dad "Monku Jiji"


  196. Committed Road Warrior:

    For entertainment purposes, the opening line for the Cincy game will likely have us as 7 or 8 point underdogs, +/-.

    My thought: "That's it? Does Vegas know something we don't?"


  197. las vegas:

    btw stones are still coming out, over twenty in 4 days.
    some were much bigger than they should have been, ouch!


  198. MeiLing:

    Thanks for the birthday greetings!

    Night...


  199. las vegas:

    Happy Birthday MeiLing!!


  200. Ralph:

    LV at least the stones are coming out, painfully, but coming out...did you do a sonogram to determine how many stones you have to eliminate


  201. addahknowjoe:

    ESPN's Mark Shlabach predicts Hawaii has a shot at Notre Dame in the Hawaii Bowl.


  202. jm2375:

    lv - ooooowwwweeee

    after monku-ing, one usually wen get habut..


  203. addahknowjoe:

    Happy Berfdey Mei Ling


  204. las vegas:

    Ralph,,
    I did the first time AND the second time I passed the buggas
    This is the third time so I just took some left over codeine and gritted my teeth.
    Amazing, now I know how a German Shepard feels like when she has her litter!


  205. MeiLing:

    MsLiz, glad Ukuleleboi could use my ticket.

    I think Jojo & I have the same b-day, tomorrow.

    I am planning on going to the Sheraton Bowl game if my nephew is playing in the marching band. My bro. won't be able to pick him up, so I volunteered. My son will be in town, tho... hmmm, he doesn't go to football games. If anyone is planning on a block of tickets, let me know.


  206. jm2375:

    ok, according to wikipedia, a bearcat is a Southeast Asian mammal like a civet or the literal chinese translation of panda. So, what's a cincinnati bearcat?


  207. MeiLing:

    las vegas,

    This too shall pass. Hope it's over. Take care. Night!


  208. jm2375:

    time for bed. hasta manana. see ya tomorrow. recruiting news, we have?


  209. las vegas:

    jm2375,
    the stones coming out is not too bad, imagine drinking a milkshake and one piece of strawberry get stuck in the straw.
    all you gotta do is blow, Fffflllluut! and out pops the berry!
    just imagine the "da kine" as one funny looking straw and the shi shi as air pressure, Fffflllluut! and out pop the rocks!


  210. madeinhawaii:

    jm2375,

    an uncivetlized panda?


  211. bighilofan2:

    Howszit Tsaikos everywhere!

    Great win yesterday.
    Great Mack Show tonite. Cheee huuuuu!!!

    sjmacro,
    kekoa,
    Mei Ling,
    Liz K,
    AHouse,
    D1,
    DPK,
    Koakane,
    Las Vegas,
    Robbie,

    and to all Tsaikos everywhere, Ted, Alnbama,Wafan, McTruck
    the ride has been great, its gonna get better, and I am so looking
    forward to representing all of us at da Cincy game. i can promise you i going be yellin like hell fo all us.

    Go Warriors!!!


  212. madeinhawaii:

    LV

    Kidney stones? Ugh... hate em. Had em twice.. last time in the late 80's. Hope to never have em again.


  213. Stretch:

    hey is it past midnight yet?? (at least on the blog clock)


  214. las vegas:

    MIH,
    My third time, think I'm getting used to the pain
    I'm afraid that eventually I will be so used to the pain, I won't feel it anymore.
    I'll have to join the whip, chains and leather underwear group.


  215. Stretch:

    las vegas:
    December 1st, 2008 at 12:07 am
    I’ll have to join the whip, chains and leather underwear group.

    sad to say but somehow I can imagine that


  216. Kekoa (SF Survivor):

    Bhf2 - are you the real Hilo fan?


  217. bighilofan2:

    Happy Birthday MeiLing.

    I couldn't wait anudda 10 minutes. :)


  218. las vegas:

    Stretch,
    no need imagine, next time you come LV, I'll show you (get your size too)


  219. bighilofan2:

    Kekoa,

    yep, dats me.

    Hawaii Bowl, I would really like to see Notre Dame come here. How about you? I'll see you this coming Sat.


  220. bighilofan2:

    probably ND wouldn't come. the program couldn't survive the heat

    you know, that priestly thing.

    :shock:

    :razz:


  221. bighilofan2:

    okay, my clock says 12

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEI LING,

    wherever you are. :)


  222. Stretch:

    Happy Birthday Mei Ling!!


  223. Stephen Tsai:

    New post, new recruit.
    Thanks for the patience.


  224. HiFlyer:

    Happy Birthday Mei Ling

    Howzit BHF2, good to see you back on the blog. re: Cooke/Ching field as of last Sunday, they were still laying down the under layer padding material.

    Stretch you trying to stay up to see if there is any new info on recruits, it might be around 1:30 before you see any updates.


  225. Stretch:

    HiFlyer - now I can go sleep


  226. primo:

    I hope they spend their $100(bonus) wisely.


  227. madeinhawaii:

    Primo...

    In the fine print it reads something like this...

    Assist Coach A: passes $500 to Assist Coach B.
    Assist Coach B: passes $500 to Assist Coach C:
    Assist Coach C: passes $500 to Assist Coach A:

    UH ADMIN does a double debit accounting on all transactions and all the Assistant Coaches look $500 richer and the Athletics Department is several thousand dollars deeper in debt.