Don't know much about geography ...

January 27th, 2009
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 What a wonderful world this would be if I actually had the correct state for Butte College.
I wrote that it was in Montana.
It's actually in California. Hey, maybe Washington and UCLA recruiting poachers will go off to the wrong place.
Anyway, a UH coach told me: "I hope you're not a UH grad."
This was like the first time I tried to go to BYU. I didn't realize that Brigham Young was in the opposite direction of Brigham, Utah.

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UH's Pro Day, a combine/audition for NFL scouts, is scheduled for April 2 at the Home Depot Center at Carson, Calif. David Veikune, Ryan Mouton, Adam Leonard, Solomon Elimimian and Jake Ingram are among the former Warriors who will participate.

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Each player received a workout shirt. Written on the back: WAC Champions in Training. Defensive tackle Keahi Watson is modeling the shirt; the "guns" are extra:

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Here's linebacker Waylon Lolotai, who joined the Warriors after a church mission to St. Louis. Lolotai's grandfather was the first player of Samoan ancestry to play in the NFL.

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This dog "adopted" running back/linebacker Jake Heun, following him around the school.

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Thanks to some donors, the foyer to the UH coaches' offices now has new carpet (check out the H logo), new couches and, as we've mentioned before, four TVs.

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Just got off the phone with Riley. He's taking credit for Obama's election. He said that in 1979, he went to Punahou to recruit. He signed Dan Hale and passed on the left-handed shooter. That allowed the future president to go to a Mainland school and eventually embark on a political career. And I always thought Riley's greatest accomplishment was to get Ray Reed to pass the ball.

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Greg McMackin and his wife, Heather, have enrolled in Hawaiian studies classes.

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Happy (really) belated birthday to Janet Yoshida Bullard, one of the leaders of the UH Alumni Association and a Rough Rider classmate.

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273 Responses to “Don't know much about geography ...”

  1. Garret:

    Best wishes to everyone at Pro Day!


  2. midnight:

    Good morning Tsaikos all!! Number one.


  3. Stretch:

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    First??

    Does that mean you get to meet Paula in April, if you don't chicken out??


  4. midnight:

    ok number two then... hi garret


  5. midnight:

    Well, hi Stretch.... at least in the top 10


  6. Garret:

    Feature article on UH recruit Wadsworth.

    Growing up in Provo, Utah, Wadsworth dreamed of scoring touchdowns for the local high school and, eventually, BYU.

    But Wadsworth, now a senior at Silverado High, was undersized and his parents, who feared their son would be injured, ignored his pleas to play youth football each fall.

    Finally, when Wadsworth entered seventh grade, his parents caved in and let him join the town's junior high team. Despite competing in the lightweight division — the smallest weight limit of three classifications — Wadsworth was the league's top player and would routinely score four touchdowns each game.

    Wadsworth, a safety and kick returner, is one of four players with ties to Henderson who are expected to sign letters of intent on Feb. 4.

    Not many players Wadsworth's size — he was 5-foot-9, 120 pounds as a freshman — go on to play in college.

    But, then again, not many have the drive of Wadsworth.

    "He has such a passion for football," said Patti Wadsworth, his mother. "It's just unbelievable to watch him play, knowing that is my son out there doing so well. At first, I was nervous because he was so small, but he knew the game so well and was always one of the fastest. Nobody could catch him."


  7. Garret:

    I'm glad that Wadsworth has worked so hard and grown.

    Wadsworth — who thanks to natural growth and his dedication to weight training is now 6-foot-1, 190 pounds — made a name for himself as one of Nevada's top players as a junior in 2007. He had eight kickoff or punt returns for touchdowns to help Silverado win the Southeast Division title.

    "I always thought I would grow, but I wasn't sure when it would happen," Wadsworth said. "When you are smaller, you definitely have to find a way around the bigger kids. I learned how to maneuver. I just like trying to make something out of nothing."

    That kind of dedication is what makes Wadsworth a steal for Hawaii. With the Skyhawks depleted at several positions in football, Wadsworth played virtually every spot on the field trying to salvage the season.

    "Let's put it this way, I have never coached a more complete player who did everything for the team," Silverado football coach Andy Ostolaza said. "From the kick returning to playing multiple spots on each side of the ball, I haven't had a kid do so many different things. And, as a student, how can you beat a 4.0 guy?"


  8. Garret:

    USC got a commit from the #1 DE in the country (Kennard) today and Manti visits them this weekend.

    One of the better linebackers in the country, Manti Te'o (Honolulu Punahou; the alma mater of President Barack Obama), is set to visit USC this weekend.

    He supposedly has eliminated Stanford and BYU from consideration and is expected to sign with the Trojans, Bruins or Notre Dame.


  9. Garret:

    Hi midnight! I have to get my girls ready for school now, but I'll be back during lunch to hope for good recruiting news.


  10. Stretch:

    Re: Pro Day

    Can players who participated last year come back again?? Someone like Jason Rivers. I know he is playing now but it might help him to get back in front of NFL scouts and show that he improved, hopefully.


  11. jm2375:

    Good luck to all the Warriors (once a Warrior, always a Warrior) who will participate in Pro Day!!

    Stretch - no marketing today?


  12. owen-16:

    mornin all


  13. Nalani:

    Good morning Tsaikos. Lucky 13.


  14. duffer:

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!


  15. BigWave96744:

    Like the Men's Vball team... Top 20


  16. BigWave96744:

    Better Yet... Ranked #15... Wooo Hooo


  17. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Top Twenny! Good morning all! :)

    Best of luck to our Pro Day participants. This group deserves everything they can get.

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  18. lava:

    Good luck to the Warriors on pro day. I'd like to see more Warriors in the NFL.


  19. 808Chef:

    Good Morning all! Have a great and productive day everyone!

    Nice read on Wadsworth, Garret. Keep 'em coming bro!


  20. d1島:

    Top Twenny!


  21. d1島:

    Rob and Russ talking about Manti and the Deseret News article


  22. koakane±:

    gooda morning peeps 8)


  23. d1島:

    April 2?
    I'll be about 5 hours east on the I-15. But I'll be thinking about all of them.
    Right!

    Well.....good luck anyway!


  24. d1島:

    koakane,

    Keep da kiddies dry today.


  25. NYUH:

    He'll go to USC.


  26. koakane±:

    yep but they freezing their little buns off. many of them packaged to the neck with warm stuff.

    what happening up your side? son leaving pretty soon?


  27. homey ℞:

    Stretch - Here's Rivers last years pro day results.

    Height 6' 1.5"
    Weight 204
    Arm 31.75"
    Hand 9.5"
    Broad jump 9' 4"
    Vertical 34"
    225 lb bench press 8 reps
    40 yd 4.57 sec.


  28. d1島:

    NYUH,

    That seems about right.

    koakane,

    end of next week.


  29. homey ℞:

    Good morning all.

    Be good to those significant in your life. Think before you speak. Any questions ask Koakane.


  30. niho mano:

    good luck to all the warrior football players at pro day tryouts...go warriors! welcome wadsworth i hope you sign with us on feb 4th, have a nice day bloggers...


  31. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Wadsworth looks like a great asset for any program.


  32. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Howzit homey, d1 and Niho!


  33. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    ...another work day for me. Yesterday, did I hear the Chinese cow ox bell ringing for Wednesday? :?


  34. koakane±:

    morning to you homey, have a nice day before the fight begins bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    btw heard from hawaiianbod :?:


  35. d1島:

    Howzit DPK!

    I think SteveM needs some "fellowship" oxox


  36. koakane±:

    ah gotta go put out small fires

    lattas everyone and play nice.


  37. SteveM:

    10 days away from the BIG Karaoke Call, I will start listing potluck contributions when and if known. We may enter the room from 7:15 PM so it is dinner time for some. Plan on heavy pupus though. Please post or email me.

    :lol:
    BIG KARAOKE CALL
    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for 55 people. Mahalo to Stretch for the arrangements and putting down the required deposits!

    Please continue to RSVP on the blog or email SteveM.

    We look forward to seeing new Tsai-kos at one of our first major parties of 2009. Singing not required ;)

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB — “ice chest pooling” recommended
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/

    Current count = 39


  38. g-nalo:

    morning Tsaiko's........

    good to read Veikune did well at the Senior Bowl, if he can post some decent numbers at Pro Day...............should be a draft pick.

    also good for Jake Ingram, imagine getting drafted as a LS? real possible in his case.

    too bad Sol will be knocked down due to size, cause if they went by production...............


  39. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos....

    Happy day everyone...hope all is well.....

    Reading but will probably be doing an Esme over and over again today...

    Whooshing.....


  40. LizKauai (iPhone):

    GO WARRIORS !!!
    Have a great Pro Day!

    In HNL for noon flt. To SYD.

    When I get back, we will know who some of the new Warriors will be. :lol:


  41. sportsbow:

    ST.

    Is DB, Gary Nagy of BYU/Kahuku HS transferring to UH?


  42. mctruck:

    awright!!!!...top 42


  43. mctruck:

    homey,

    so in the meantime, what is Rivers into??


  44. mctruck:

    That Wadsworth kid might prove to be another diamond in the rough.


  45. Kekoa:

    Good Mid-Morning Tsaiko's!

    Hiya Liz...Bya Liz...Have a good trip to Koala Bear Kountry!

    Early mornin labs completed, time for a little brunch.

    bbl...


  46. Jason:

    What concerns me about Pro Day for these guys (heck, this concerns me every year) is the speed of the area where they will be running their 40s and other running drills. I know many people believe 40 times are overrated -- myself included -- but that doesn't mean you ignore them. I believe the 40 times are going to be important for all of these guys, especially the bubble guys in Solly and Adam. Good 40 and shuttle times could possibly open up possibilities that were previously closed because of defensive philosophies that certain teams hold.


  47. Stephen Tsai:

    And the answer to everyone's question is, well, no I can't get anyone the new workout shirt. Well, maybe I can "find" one. But, say, is that hot-potato salad I smell ...


  48. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos from rainy maui.


  49. Stretch:

    ST - that office looks very nice!! Hopefully all the tv works. If you want some hot potato salad, I can throw some in the micro.


  50. whitey:

    (j)james, did you make those shirts?????


  51. whitey:

    i truly hope that what is printed on the shirts will be reflected when spring training begins. waahaa (spp) and production are two different things.


  52. Stephen Tsai:

    Stretch:
    It's not the same as smiling Mr. A-House doing the Avon thing.


  53. Stephen Tsai:

    Speaking of which, whatever happened to Avon?


  54. Stephen Tsai:

    I just noticed that in the left corner, next to the couch, is a ... baseball trophy?


  55. whitey:

    our tsaiko shirts on feb 5th should read "GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR".


  56. whitey:

    back to project.


  57. niho mano:

    afternoon dpk, looks like a gloomy day as far as the eye can see...yuk!..have a good one...anymore commits?


  58. Garret:

    Great to see the foyer to the coaches' offices looking much nicer than before! Everything that can help make a positive impression with recruits and with making the environment more pleasant for coaches and players is important.


  59. al ™:

    some of us saw that butte (mont.) error, but, was nice not to bring it up. main thing is that we keep that butte college pipeline a humming along.

    interestingly, while many were after his teammate/opposite corner, preston pace, it looks like we got the real gem in lametrius davis who had an outstanding game in the cali jc championship game. besides he is a helluva recruiter, helpin us secure alex green.

    is his teammate, josh bellamy also on the radar? rumors have it as such. a jason rivers type wr.


  60. (Jesse) James:

    whitey...nope...but new Tsaiko shirts are being worked on....maybe have them by spring ball.


  61. Garret:

    Jason,

    My big worry about Pro Day is the quality of the track they are running on and how fast it is. Wasn't the track they ran on considered slow last year? Supposedly the times would be adjusted upwards to compensate for the fast tracks that other teams used for Pro Day...but when you see 40 times compared, they never adjust for slow surfaces.

    I also hope that the problem with training, stretching, or the surface has been corrected since last year's UH Pro Day. I remember how Bess, RGM, and Rivers suffered injuries (I remember a lot of hamstring pulls), which meant that Colt basically had to throw out the plans they had for the passing drills and throw to 3 stationary receivers. That prevented Colt, Bess, RGM, and Rivers from helping their draft stock much with the passing drills...you know they would have done well with that! Hawthorne was basically the only healthy receiver for UH at the end of Pro Day and he earned his NFL shot.


  62. takemetoyourleader:

    I'm committed


  63. lava:

    Butte -- there is a joke in there somewhere.


  64. Ralph:

    we've got to thank June jones and colt brennan-their actions helped the program increase its recruiting budget, to bring donors to come forward and make a donation for cooke/ching field and the coaches lounges...even got us a new AD. I don't think any of this would have happened had June remained here and Hermie staying on as AD


  65. Stephen Tsai:

    Not as good as the Want It Badder signs.


  66. Jason:

    Garret: Exactly. They do supposedly adjust for slow tracks too, but that science is harder to be accurate with. I've seen some guys run expected times on slow tracks, while others are 0.1+ sec slower. I definitely prefer a faster track to slower tracks, which is why I'm concerned.


  67. al ™:

    i see that the primer is still on the walls of the foyer. they really could use some help with the interior decorating.

    i was thinking some 3D graphics on some black and green walls would be nice. some lifesized colt brennans, davone bess', ikaika's, noga's, etc.


  68. Ralph:

    I think the pro scouts made adjustments to the times for athletes running on a slow field...but anyone running a 4.57 40 at the skilled position would be considered slow, you can adjust a fraction on the time but not a whole second or more....remember Peters was labeled as very fast but his 40 time was worst than Rivers...and I'm sure the scouts considered game speed into the equation...Francisco found a niche with the cardinals as a nickel back at safety and special teams so I am hopeful Peters will stick with the Bears in similar capacity.


  69. al ™:

    its pronounced

    "bewt" rather than 'but'


  70. FloridaTed:

    WAC Champs in Training ! I LIKE IT !!


  71. Ralph:

    the home depot field is the state of the art, I can't imagine it being a slower field than nfl fields


  72. al ™:

    so, it appears to me that mr. lolotai has been working out. he must be a solid 230lbs.


  73. YpoWarrior:

    Al,

    I'd rather UH establish pipelines with high schools vs. JC's. I think Coach Mack is moving towards recruiting almost exclusively HS players in the near future.


  74. Stephen Tsai:

    The Home Depot Center actually has many fields.
    They run the 40 on artificial turf, and the plays on grass.


  75. Jason:

    Ralph: From everything I've heard, it's a slow field. Doesn't mean it's a bad field, just that it's slow.

    And IIRC, one year Kenny Patton ran something good (4.4s?), while everyone else ran bad times. They said they would add .12 to each time, but considering how well Patton ran, I felt some teams might not question the speed of the field as heavily. It's a lot easier to judge times on fast tracks, where slow is slow and fast is taken with a grain of salt. With slow tracks, however, it's hard to accurately gauge your "true" time.


  76. A-House:

    ST, good neighbor:

    Are you at liberty to devulge the source of the nifty training shirts for the Warriors?

    Did James tell us his new design or show anyone?

    Are there any more people/companies who would like to donate labor and/or materials for the coaches offices?

    Can someone identify what unfinished projects exist in the lower campus for those who are and can make the necessary contributions to improving the athletic department? We all know that these are tough times, but there maybe people or businesses who are willing to donate without putting out cash. Maybe a business does not have the materials, but willing to donate labor including the "unions".

    Excellent way to secure tax deductions and reducing bottom line and 2009 Fed & State taxes. Heck, with any publicity, the voluntors ( is there such a word ) may see an increase in business if people knew of their donations to UHAD. I know I would support such a business. I volunteer to be the "operations" coordinator if acceptable to Jim D.


  77. A-House:

    ST:

    No worries about hot potato salad as Mrs A-House always make extra and it's an easy stroll down the hill.


  78. Kazz:

    The Holiday Bowl Trophy looks oddly out of place.


  79. homey ℞:

    Jason - FWIW, this is what some of them ran at last years Pro Day.

    Bess - 4.49
    Grice-Mullins - 4.33
    Hawthorne - 4.54
    Keomaka - 4.35

    same location as this years Pro Day...I think.


  80. homey ℞:

    Why do the UH shirts look like they are HPU colors?


  81. al ™:

    ypo....

    true, that hs players are the eventual target. at this time, our numbers are askew in terms of the amount positional players that we have in each class. until we can get to that balanced roster "ideal", we will need to tap the jc pipelines.

    when the dust settles after a few good years of recruiting we will see fewer jc guys. picking only when a need arises or an athlete too good to refuse.

    meanwhile, what better presence for us to have at the jc levels than the ones we do now? blinn cc, navarro cc, both perennial powers deep in the heart of texas. coupled with cali connections that we have established, such as san fran cc, butte cc, and san mateo cc all of them northern cal powerhouses. plus southern cal schools like saddleback, cod, etc.


  82. homey ℞:

    mctruck - I don't know what Rivers is into.


  83. al ™:

    homey....i know i am color blind, but, i couldn't figure that one out either.

    btw, went to times kaimuki yesterday and no goteborg sausage. sniffle.


  84. al ™:

    wasn't it mentioned that rivers is playing some kind arena league?


  85. homey ℞:

    Hypothetically speaking, if there were a CCC tomorrow I think (J)J would not be able to attend due to bill introduction at the Legislature tomorrow.


  86. homey ℞:

    were = was

    al - I went to Times Waipahu yesterday and they had them. So did Times in Waimalu...and Kunia.


  87. homey ℞:

    al - Oh, that kind of "into". I was thinking something else...never mind.


  88. Garret:

    Jason Rivers signed a contract to play for the Spokane Shock.

    Shackleford has also brought in a healthy crop of rookies, headlined by WR Jason Rivers and WR Billy Pittman. Rivers finished his decorated collegiate career (in 2008) as the all-time leading receiver in the University of Hawaii’s history before signing a free-agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.


  89. homey ℞:

    I wonder if ST's camera makes gray look like blue?


  90. Garret:

    U-Dub might lost a committed player to Colorado...schools are really going after other school's commits!

    Athlete Josh Moten (Harbor City, Calif./ Narbonne) committed back in December to Washington and appeared to have solidified it after his official visit to Seattle two weeks ago.

    Moten, however, took an official visit this past weekend to Colorado and he said the visit gave him a lot to think about.


  91. SteveM:

    hypothetical fuud? :?


  92. Jason:

    Actually, Davone ran a 4.59. And just because someone runs a good time, that doesn't mean the track isn't slow. Different players react differently to different tracks. All I'm saying is that I hope our players aren't hindered whatsoever. It's that potential that worries me, because those scouts are going to be looking for speed and acceleration, using 40 times (and split times) as tools to gauge that speed.


  93. Garret:

    BSU's President says that their strategy to get the MWC to accept them is to schedule and beat MWC teams as often as possible.

    Boise State president Bob Kustra said Tuesday morning that he considered recent comments by Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson a "final statement for now" on the Broncos' hopes of joining the nine-team league.

    Boise State is a member of the Western Athletic Conference, but Kustra has made no secret of his desire to join the Mountain West, which includes Utah, BYU, TCU, UNLV and Colorado State among its members.

    Kustra said he discussed the situation with athletic director Gene Bleymaier and football coach Chris Petersen recently.

    "I said it looks as though they're looking for a model that works for a 10th team and the only way I know how to build a model like that for Boise State is to keep beating them in everything we play," Kustra said.

    Boise State's football team was 12-0 against current Mountain West teams since 1996 before losing to TCU 17-16 in the Poinsettia Bowl in December.

    The Broncos have dominated the WAC in football over the past decade, winning six conference titles in the last seven seasons.


  94. homey ℞:

    Garret - Yup, djmitcho said it is in his neighborhood.


  95. Garret:

    BSU tries to claim that they are not putting down the WAC...but every time the publicly talk about how they want to leave the WAC to join the MWC, that makes the WAC look much worse than the MWC. Public perception can lead to reality over time with recruits, fans, TV, etc.

    "The WAC is getting stronger in some respects. This is not ever been about casting aspersions on the WAC as much as it's been about a better fit in terms of competition in the intermountain West," Kustra said.


  96. Stephen Tsai:

    Nope. It is HPU colors.


  97. Garret:

    BSU isn't getting a contract extension done for Chris Petersen. Petersen has *3* seasons left on his contract, so this isn't like HF leaving JJ to coach in the final season of his contract.

    Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier doesn't expect to sign football coach Chris Petersen to a contract extension this winter, he said Monday.

    "I think at this point we're just going to leave it as it is and then deal with it in the future," Bleymaier said. "He seems to be fine with it. Obviously we want to keep Coach Pete around and have every intention of doing so."

    Petersen is 35-4 in three seasons at Boise State with final rankings of No. 5 in 2006 and No. 11 in 2008.

    He is entering the third year of a five-year contract that will pay him at least $1,112,650 in 2009. The contract, which has several bonus clauses and automatic raises based on wins, paid him $892,500 in 2007 and $1,090,833 in 2008.


  98. homey ℞:

    Jason - What? You mean ST reported the wrong time!!! AIYAH! And not only someone ran a good time but most all of them ran a good time.


  99. rog:

    Can we look forward to any recruiting surprises in the last week?


  100. Garret:

    Syracuse might steal the #1 all-purpose RB recruit in the country away from Tennessee and its $5.3 mil coaching staff. That RB was supposedly a solid commit to Tennessee...but Tennessee's RB coach went to Syracuse.

    Next Wednesday night, around 6:15, before the men's basketball game, Marrone will announce his new recruits to the fans in the backcourt area behind the scoreboard. One of the names he's really hoping to say is Oklahoma City tailback David Oku, who was one of many recruits making an official visit to SU this past weekend. Oku has verbally committed to Tennessee, but became an SU recruit after the Orange hired Tennessee's former Running Back's coach.

    Oku is rated the number one all-purpose running back in the nation by one recruiting website. He is expected to make his final official visit to Auburn University this weekend.


  101. Garret:

    Will the Advertiser send ST and the Princess to cover the Pro Day again? ST's articles, the Princess' videos, and the photos from the photographer based in SoCal gave such awesome coverage! With the current economy and the state of the newspaper industry, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't reach that level of coverage this year...but it would be missed.


  102. d1島:

    I'll be sure to thank Riley when I get over there. :roll:


  103. d1島:

    Are Keahi Watson and Waylon Lolotai wearing the same shirt?


  104. d1島:

    Beautiful carpet but yeah, some graphics on the walls would look way cooler than the "latex look"....

    ....nothing says "Rush Job" like painting over wall switch covers and junction boxes :oops:


  105. Stephen Tsai:

    The best part about the foyer is that the vb coaches have to take off their shoes to walk on the carpet.


  106. Stretch:

    only vb coaches take off their shoes??


  107. Stretch:

    if I was the players, I would take the same Hawaiian class as the Macks and see who gets the better grade. If he misses a class, make him run


  108. Hoohiki:

    RE: Decor of the foyer/lounge

    The H logo on the rug is awesome. The couch has got to go. It's too sterile looking. The trophies need to be in a case. The decor is ok. It just doesn't have style or appeal except for the H logo and the tvs. I guess you can say recruits or visitors probably don't pay attention to stuff like that, but subliminally, it can affect the psyche. First impression is a big deal. It doesn't cost much to give a welcoming mood. If I was to go there, I wouldn't be too impressed, especially if I just took a recruiting trip to OSU or other PAC 10 schools or even some WAC schools.
    You can make a statement without having to spend alot. We just don't have to advertise that we don't have much.


  109. al ™:

    hoohiki.....and what about the cord for the tv. shouldn't they have run it through the double wall or at least bought one of those plastic conduits or something and painted over it.

    also, get rid of that 1960's style entertainment center. yikes!


  110. chawan_cut:

    Garret,
    i found this site that'll compare any div 1 team vs all other conferences.
    http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin/records/confres.pl?start=1920&end=2008&team=Boise+State&limit=50
    boise has done well against the MWC so far because they've played against teams that were bad or had bad years.
    boise can say all they want about scheduling MWC schools, but doesn't MWC has a say in this too? they could deny boise that chance.
    and boise didn't do so well against the MWC's #2 team that did have a winning record this year in TCU. that just showed the BCS and the MWC that the broncos just weren't as good as their undefeated record. (same goes for us and how we did at the sugar bowl).
    every team in the WAC next year should use this as motivation to give the broncos a wake up call. you think you're too good for us???


  111. BowsForever:

    Interesting. Obama could've been a Rainbow Warrior, eh?


  112. chawan_cut:

    just found boise's out of conference schedule for next year. (records are for the '08 year).

    Sept. 5 vs. Oregon (10-3), Sept. 12 at Toledo (3-9), Sept. 19 vs. UC Davis (DivII, 5-7), Sept. 26 vs. Miami (Ohio) (2-10) and Oct. 3 at Tulsa (11-3).

    Oregon is going to look for revenge after this year's loss early in the season. they didn't find themselves until later in the year. oregon wiped out oregon st's chances for that rose bowl bid at corvallis.
    Boise will take advantage of those 3 middle weak teams along with the lower half of the wac next year.
    Tulsa lost their all everything QB, so no clue how good their backup is.
    We'll get em at our place though. PAYBACK. no 6 INTs for us this year.


  113. what's wrong:

    I think Herman Frazier should be in the Circle of Honor.

    He effected more change than any AD ever.
    He caused more coaching change than any AD ever.
    He woke everyone up as to the state of the athletic facilities.
    He even got politicians to finally get off their duffs and do something.
    He even shamed the lame duck governor to giving Cooke field a new turf or should credit go to Clarence Ching instead?
    And all new recruits should thank him for the soap in the showers.
    He got the football budget up to higher heights.
    This list could go on and on. I guess HF is like the gift that keeps on giving as each day we learn about something he could have done.

    Now, our new AD really had an easy job going in, all he had to do was pick up the pieces, uh huh. However, if JD wants to one day enter the Circle then he needs to now take us to the next level, one where the whole state will take pride in our athletics programs.


  114. homey ℞:

    I'll take that 60's koa looking entertainment center!

    Looks like Esme found child care!


  115. chawan_cut:

    why is the Holiday Bowl trophy there by itself in the lounge? where's the Hawai'i Bowl and WAC title trophies?


  116. homey ℞:

    Lounge?


  117. addahknowjoe:

    I agree Hoohiki.

    The Foyer looks like a dude had a say in it.

    It screams bachelors pad.


  118. homey ℞:

    A-Joe - My bachelor pad only had a bed, TV, and VCR player.


  119. Al:

    always last minute....as usual.

    triple c

    chinese cattle call
    (in honor of chinese new year)

    buffet 100 - ward warehouse
    12:00

    RSVP (to ensure a seat)
    respond on the warrior beat by posting this reply:

    ccc i'm in


  120. chawan_cut:

    homey,
    which got the most use.
    nvm...


  121. homey ℞:

    False what's wrong - ccc i'm in


  122. chawan_cut:

    ?


  123. Kazz:

    what's wrong:

    January 27th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    I think Herman Frazier should be in the Circle of Honor.

    He effected more change than any AD ever.
    He caused more coaching change than any AD ever.
    He woke everyone up as to the state of the athletic facilities.
    He even got politicians to finally get off their duffs and do something.
    He even shamed the lame duck governor to giving Cooke field a new turf or should credit go to Clarence Ching instead?
    And all new recruits should thank him for the soap in the showers.
    He got the football budget up to higher heights.
    This list could go on and on. I guess HF is like the gift that keeps on giving as each day we learn about something he could have done.

    Now, our new AD really had an easy job going in, all he had to do was pick up the pieces, uh huh. However, if JD wants to one day enter the Circle then he needs to now take us to the next level, one where the whole state will take pride in our athletics programs.

    Interesting suggestions/obeservations there.

    HF in UH Circle of Honor? More like dis-HONOR.


  124. homey ℞:

    chawan - I did.


  125. SteveM:

    Re: Post #119

    Do we have another case of the phenomenom known as the Maryann(e) slip ? :razz:


  126. Kazz:

    Kudos to the McMackins taking Hawaiian Studies courses!

    Just a thought.. Would it be out of the realm of possibility to "MAKE" incoming mainland individuals coming to coach at UH take this course? Not as a requirement to just get the job, but actually a PART of the job that will be evaluated along with their other coaching duties?

    Of course, it would have to be structured so that it will NOT interfere with their usual coaching duties.


  127. homey ℞:

    Todays weather reminds of a nice day in Seattle.


  128. owen-16:

    i know it's really really early but cheeehooo just booked seattle/vegas in september, doesn't take away all of the sting of not being at the mgm this saturday nite but it helps.

    if i pray hard enough will the nfl scheduling gods help me out and bring my rams to qwest on 9/13, pretty please


  129. al ™:

    well stevem

    this is what happens when #1 son comes home to make a rare posting and doesn't tell the pops. thus the wrong handle did appear.

    oops.

    anyway here it is again.

    always last minute….as usual.

    triple c

    chinese cattle call
    (in honor of chinese new year)

    buffet 100 - ward warehouse
    12:00

    RSVP (to ensure a seat)
    respond on the warrior beat by posting this reply:

    ccc i’m in

    always last minute….as usual.

    triple c

    chinese cattle call
    (in honor of chinese new year)

    buffet 100 - ward warehouse
    12:00

    RSVP (to ensure a seat)
    respond on the warrior beat by posting this reply:

    ccc i’m in


  130. al ™:

    echoes.


  131. homey ℞:

    Don't forget, pay-per-view, Oceanic channel 1700 (HD), BJ vs GSP, Saturday. Order early, Thursday or Friday, $39.95. Order Saturday, $49.95.

    GO BJ

    Next day, Super Bowl Sunday!

    GO STEELERS


  132. al ™:

    stevem
    more importantly
    are you in?


  133. Stretch:

    homey - you ordering?? what time shall we be there??


  134. al ™:

    homey....shall i bring goteborg musubi?

    do you have ac and 52 incher?


  135. homey ℞:

    Stretch - Yep, I'm ordering. I live in Foster village and have leather sofas, 52" Sony HDTV, central air conditioning, a Wii console for pre-game/halftime/postgame entertainment, and all the Becks beer you can drink.


  136. Kazz:

    I don't think I can stand to see another man die (GSP) at the hands of another (BJ) on live TV.

    Best quotes ever:

    "If I swallow one tooth, I gon rip your f****** arm off..." -BJ Penn from a previous fight.

    "George, I'm going to kill you. I'm serious." - BJ Penn to GSP.


  137. homey ℞:

    Damn al, some people think alike!


  138. tom:

    AL et al

    Bad eyes - I must have missed it - but what date is the CCC?


  139. homey ℞:

    Time to go shopping.

    Have a nice evening everyone. You too chawan.


  140. Stretch:

    eh, i get goteberg sausage.


  141. Kazz:

    homey ℞:

    January 27th, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    Stretch - Yep, I’m ordering. I live in Foster village and have leather sofas, 52″ Sony HDTV, central air conditioning, a Wii console for pre-game/halftime/postgame entertainment, and all the Becks beer you can drink.

    YEAHHH!!! AWESOME!!!! ... wait....

    ...wait a minute ...


  142. Ralph:

    anyone ever eat at buffet 100 ward warehouse....googled it and the reviews weren't good....i was trying to find a menu....


  143. owen-16:

    wow homey, now that's a party


  144. Ralph:

    homey I thought you lived in Mililani....did you move in with gigi in the salt lake area....52 "HDTV, A/C, wooden floors- I read that somewhere....


  145. owen-16:

    i must be outa da loop, who's dis gigi person you guyz keep referring to...


  146. al ™:

    TOM.....its for wednesday, like tomw. nice catch.

    triple c

    chinese cattle call
    (in honor of chinese new year)

    buffet 100 - ward warehouse
    12:00
    wednesday, tomw

    RSVP (to ensure a seat)
    respond on the warrior beat by posting this reply:

    ccc i’m in


  147. Mahulani:

    homey-
    I live in a box under the airport viaduct. I sit on milk crates. I have a radio shack VHF/UHF tv with no digital converter, yet. I have tradewinds for cooling my open air unit and guests. For halftime, I have a slingshot you can use to shoot at empty bottles and beer cans, and the occasional mogoose or stray cat or dog. I also have a number of 40 ounce quarts of OE you are free to sip from.


  148. al ™:

    ralph.....menu for a chinese buffet?

    i would list the menu items but as the name of the restaurant suggests there are 100 items on the buffet.

    anyway, if a guy like TOM.wants to go then you know it must be pretty good, after all, chinese folks don't patronize a chinese restaurant unless it is pretty good.


  149. curveball:

    al

    ccc I'm in


  150. al ™:

    i haven't had an oe in years. although, i was having a mickey's last night.


  151. al ™:

    ccc i'm in

    so far;

    pride.
    al
    curveball
    homey

    TOM: i could pick you up on the way down.


  152. d1島:

    See? See! Si! Boku-wa naka-de! ;-)


  153. al ™:

    got it d1
    i still have my green lantern decoding kit from yesteryear.


  154. SteveM:

    Al -- I just got home. So it wasn't a "Maryann(e) Slip" -- it was an "A-House Conundrum", huh ;)

    ccc I'm in

    Ralph -- the food is OK. As a non-seafood eater, I still find plenty to eat. :roll:


  155. Kekoa:

    Al ~ Please check your email.


  156. tom:

    AL: Don't want to rain on your parade but it's the company and not the food!


  157. TOM:

    AL

    ccc - I'm in.

    Thanks for the offer of a lift but I probably will do some running around the area.


  158. sjmacro:

    Al,

    CCC..We're in.


  159. Bulla:

    Al,

    all in


  160. wafan:

    Al . . .

    I wish.

    HA!


  161. chawan_cut:

    i was thinking, wow, everyone is typing my name wrong.
    its CC or C_C
    not
    CCC!!!
    you didn't have to fill in the blank with another C


  162. al ™:

    prayer request

    fellow tsaiko's. i call upon you all for a prayer request. diana, kekoa's wife, trump player extraordinaire and fellow tsaiko just returned from the emergency room.

    you see the neighbor's pitbulls had escaped their encaged quarters and attacked the hs security guards nearby. in an act of bravery, diana went to their rescue and attempted to ward off the dogs (2, i believe). however, in their fury the pitbulls instead turned their attention upon ms. diana.

    needless to say she was bitten in several areas and had loss quite a bit of blood. she was rushed to the emergency center. she is now resting at home. of course she has the best care, that of brother kekoa.

    please keep diana and kekoa in constant prayer as the next day or two would be critical to her recovery. keeping infection at bay is crucial at this point.

    mahalo


  163. al ™:

    TOM

    absolutely!

    tom:

    January 27th, 2009 at 5:13 pm
    AL: Don’t want to rain on your parade but it’s the company and not the food!


  164. (Jesse) James:

    Hey gang...still working hard but taking a quick break....

    CCC???? Aiyaahhhhh....no can....


  165. (Jesse) James:

    Prayers for Dianna...and the Kekoa clan on the ceded lands...


  166. Jason:

    I pray that the Lord will watch over Diana, Kekoa, and the family. Al, or whoever is in contact with them, please let us know if they need help with anything.

    I'm hoping the next time we see Diana, she will be healthy, and we can celebrate her act of heroism and bravery.


  167. Kazz:

    Unbelievable...

    Prayers indeed for Diana and Kekoa. Just got off the phone with Kekoa and the worst is over, just gotta maintain and prevent any infection.

    Diana will be fine, no doubt. Kekoa will take care.


  168. Jason:

    CCC I'm in. Although I won't be able to stay long. Maybe 40 minutes or so, cause I have class at 1:30.


  169. curveball:

    al ™:
    prayer request

    done deal.....


  170. d1島:

    Prayers and good thoughts for Diana and Kekoa.

    (Let's try to let her rest right now. A lot of us have his number but I would imagine that peace and quiet would be a good idea. JMHO.)


  171. curveball:

    sjmacro:

    We just had this conversation about dogs on Sunday..unreal


  172. chawan_cut:

    i just saw the news story. prayers to the whole family.


  173. Jason:

    d1: Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

    curveball: Not to mention the article in today's Advertiser about the new bill proposal.


  174. kama krab:

    Kekoa,

    You let us know if you need anything. Aunty Diana get some rest and we will be praying a complete recovery.


  175. Long Time UH Fan:

    Kekoa,

    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery for Diana.


  176. koakane±:

    re: ccc a'ole

    prayers for diana's speedy recovery. best wished to my EIS patnah.


  177. Ralph:

    ccc i'm In.....where is ward warehouse, is it closer to sports authority, farmer's market or the theaters?


  178. A-House:

    Prayer for full and speedy recovery for Diana and to keep Kekoa strong to help her.


  179. Mei Ling:

    Prayers out for Diana. Hope she feels better soon. Brave woman!

    No can go, ccc; my sister is here from CA.


  180. Ralph:

    Best wishes aunty Diana, I know you'll recover fully on the ceded lands with Pops and Kekoa offering their mana.....


  181. Ralph:

    Mei Ling bring your sister to the ccc.


  182. A-House:

    SteveM:

    No can help - still in the operations mode of running a Corps Tactical Operations Center where info is flying in/out all over the place and nearly constant - I really enjoyed that and this is the single thing I miss on military retirement.


  183. spike96822:

    what's wrong:

    Herman Frazier is in my circle of honor already. Unfortunately my wife makes me put it down each time after I use it


  184. jm2375:

    Good evening Tsai-kos!!

    Best wishes and speedy recovery to Diana.

    ccc - darn, no can go, got all day meetings this week.


  185. momotaro:

    Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Diana and Kekoa.


  186. momotaro:

    Is UCLA interested in JC DT Zach Masch? An interview I read seemed to indicate that he is really interested in UCLA.
    Not really. UCLA has shown him interest, and if Warner falls through UCLA may re-visit him, but at this point my sources don't see it happening.


  187. Stretch:

    Aunty Diana - please take care of yourself!!


  188. jojo ®:

    Prayers to Diana and Kekoa.


  189. jojo ®:

    I don't think I can OCCC


  190. BigWave96744:

    May the Lord protect Diana and heal her in a speedy fashion.
    May Peace and Comfort be with Kekoa and the rest of their Ohana..


  191. momotaro:

    roysan16,

    With regard to your crusade against Dohn's UCLA blog, you have to understand that 30-40% of the comments on the blog are from USC trolls trying to start a flame war.

    No real UCLA fan would advocate "shutting the door on the Hawaii pipeline." Micah Kia and Kai Maiava are current Bruins who are projected to start next year on the offensive line (well, maybe not Kia), Dalton Hilliard and Roby Toma have committed in the current recruiting class, UCLA fans were very upset when Stan Hasiak de-committed and committed to Cal, and pretty much every UCLA fan wants Manti Te`o to commit to UCLA.

    You are making a difference though because in today's entry (link above), a USC troll made fun of Neuheisel and Bullough visiting Hawaii by claiming, among other things, that Chow was sent to Hawaii to recruit "Kimo the busboy." The comment was pulled and is no longer up (it is the post that "Real Househusband of OC" is responding to).


  192. al ™:

    ralph....you serious?

    ward warehouse is the first increment of the ward complex. probably built some 25years ago.

    okay its, um, er, right off ward avenue and between ala moana blvd auahi st.

    you've never been to ward warehouse eh? hmmm.

    oh and second floor next to where stewart anderson's used to be.


  193. al ™:

    bigwave.....buffet 100 tomw 1200. be there brah.


  194. (Jesse) James:

    al...more like 30 or so years ago.....

    okay gang...working on some big issues right now...sleeping at work tonight probably....talk to you guys later...have a good one....


  195. Garret:

    I'll light a candle for Diana. Prayers and best wishes to Diana and Kekoa.


  196. momotaro:

    Garret:
    With all this talk about NCAA recruiting rules, there is a *huge* loophole for basketball that has been used every so often. A team recruiting a player can hire a coach or someone close to the player as a “2-for-1″ deal.

    To get Michael Beasley, Kansas State hired his AAU coach as an assistant for $420,000 a year.

    To get James Harden, Arizona State hired his high school coach as an assistant.


  197. momotaro:

    USC has made a habit of the 2-for-1 deal.

    To get O.J. Mayo, they offered Davon Jefferson.

    To get Demar DeRozan, they offered Lil' Romeo.


  198. Garret:

    It sure paid well to own the Dolphins...and now I can see why he was in such a hurry to sell before Obama changes the capital gains tax.

    I can back into this column by noting H. Wayne Huizenga was a fine Dolphins owner who spent money, tried to win, was liked by employees, hired people who were considered best for the job and, in this final season, finally reaped a public reward for his 15 years as owner. All of which I believe.

    Or I can just note Huizenga banked an estimated $731 million by owning the team and stadium and that surely trumps his warm and fuzzy feeling from this final season. Or any pain of the Wannstedt Years.

    Let's examine how. First, there were his costs. Huizenga paid $168 million for the team and stadium in 1994 and assumed $100 million of debt on Joe Robbie Stadium. He bought 107 acres around the stadium for $11 million. He also said the recent upgrades around the stadium totaled $300 million. Total cost: $579 million.

    Now, let's add up the profits. First, there's the biggie, the $1.1 billion sales price that Stephen M. Ross reportedly is paying for the team, stadium and land.

    Next come the team and stadium profits. The two were intertwined in some cases. Club and suite seats, for instance, were set up to pay off the stadium's debt. Two sources said the Dolphins made an estimated $10 million to $15 million annual profit, depending on varying factors such as players' signing bonuses, facility upgrades or, say, the cost of Bill Parcells.


  199. Garret:

    momotaro,

    And all of that is legal according to NCAA rules. The players say something like they felt comfortable committing to the school because of the presence of their former coach...kind of like what a few of Tony Tuioti's players mentioned when they talked about UH.


  200. J-Force:

    Howzit everyone,

    No doubt in my mind that this recruiting class will be one of COACH MAC'S finest so far. I mean, look at how many homegrown elite staying home. Coach Mac, I commend you and your staff for doing an excellent
    job. GO WARRIORS!!


  201. NorthShoreFan:

    Kekoa, Wishing Dianna a speedy recovery. I am awed by her bravery! Went to protect another and putting herself in harms way?! I surely would like to meet you and her one day.
    Take good care of her.


  202. labrat:

    oh, oh black dog.


  203. NorthShoreFan:

    Garret, the thing about the school "creating" a position and paying the kids coach to "bring" him over. Kinda stinks. I'm not familiar with NCAA rules and regs but it's like these schools are just laughing at the organization and controlling them with money. I guess that is the American way huh?


  204. BigWave96744:

    Ralph:

    January 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm
    ccc i’m In…..where is ward warehouse, is it closer to sports authority, farmer’s market or the theaters?

    Ralph,
    You need to spend less time on the Internet and get out of the house/office. There was previous plans to close Ward Avenue and make it a Shopping Mecca. If so, you may have been one of the few who would have said, "Was there ever a Ward Avenue?"


  205. labrat:

    wow 2 dog attacks today.. Brave lady that Diana. I wish her well.


  206. BigWave96744:

    Al,
    One Word.... Dieting :)
    Check your email


  207. d1島:

    Ralph,

    Two blocks makai of the duck pond....


  208. d1島:

    ...one block up from the ice house...


  209. duffer:

    Off Topic..........

    Looking for a computer hardware store that sells a power supply for a Gateway. These mainland companies want to charge me $40 for shipping. Anyone got a favorite store in Oahu? TIA


  210. FloridaTed:

    I'm so glad Diana is alright now, this could have had a horrible outcome.

    I was attacked by a german shepherd when I was 13, had nightmares for a long time. I don't like any pet that can actually kill me, period.

    Somebody needs to explain to me this weird fascination with Pit Bulls. I've never heard a story, involving them, that wasn't connected to a terrible outcome. They have them all over the south, usually for shady reasons.

    So, why would anybody have them, especially in cages? Same with Mastiffs and other insane dogs. Why not have a Leopard as a pet? They're not much more dangerous and can be tame (most of the time) also.

    I may get flamed for this, but that's my opinion.


  211. Garret:

    NorthShoreFan,

    The NCAA cannot prevent a school from hiring a coach at a high school or a summer league coach. It could be argued that it is a "coincidence" that the coach is close to a recruit (like Danny Manning's father) and the recruit follows that coach to a school. I don't see how a rule could be created to prevent this type of thing...

    So, the schools with lots of money have a perfectly legal way to bend the rules in their favor. This is more common in basketball than football because a single player can make a huge difference in basketball.

    When UH hired Tony Tuioti, some here immediately posted that they hoped that UH would be going after the players he coached at the high school he was at. Those players included Mike Wadsworth I believe, who I posted about today. UH did nothing wrong and I believe Tony Tuioti is doing an awesome job and would have been hired even if there were no recruits involved at his old school...but it was a nice bonus. I do not think that Wadsworth had any other D-IA offers, so that isn't like Danny Manning or other recruits like the ones that momotaro mentioned in #196 and #197 above.


  212. Garret:

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

    The University of Nevada-Reno’s first crop of algae for biofuel was a success, demonstrating that algae can be an economical, commercially viable renewable energy source for Nevada. I’m surprised that the algae can be grown outdoors year-round in Reno…it gets so cold there!


  213. Garret:

    Article about how the worst disaster that could happen to the Earth would be if it went through one of the giant dust clouds in our galaxy…it would take 100,000 years to get out of the dust cloud, and the sun would be blocked out so everything would freeze over and life would basically end on Earth! The “good” news is that the Earth isn’t scheduled to hit one of those dust clouds for another 40 million years or more.


  214. Garret:

    Vapor Fuel Technologies claim that they will be able to retrofit current cars for just $900 to get them to have more than 30% improved fuel efficiency and 30% less emissions.


  215. Garret:

    I think that it is CRAZY that cameras have been installed in the bathrooms in this UK high school…they are concerned about misuse of soap and paper, but cameras to record what goes on in a bathroom seems like overkill and invasion of privacy. Who is monitoring the people watching the high school kids in the bathroom?


  216. Garret:

    14-year-old boy reported for work at a Chicago police station and was actually able to be on patrol for 5 hours before they realized he wasn’t a police officer!


  217. Garret:

    Free play links pau.


  218. OldDiver:

    Gee, life on earth is gonna end in 40 million years or so. Guess that means I'm not going to life forever, better make that UH, UNLV game reservation pronto!


  219. Garret:

    Article about how schools will take lesser players in order to help their chances with a star recruit. I can think of examples of this in the past, several of them this year.

    Only weeks earlier, Sarkisian and Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt had been part of a USC coaching staff counting on a commitment from Boyd to come and play defense for the Trojans. Having since been hired by Washington, they were now trying to entice Boyd to switch allegiances.

    And so, huddled over a corner table at the Watts Coffee House one morning last week, the Huskies' coaches met with Boyd in the presence of his high school coach, two teammates and a reporter.

    Holt sat at the head of the table with junior receiver Deshawn Beck to his left, then Boyd, Sarkisian, Jordan Coach Elijah Asante opposite Holt, and, circling back around, the reporter and senior receiver Delvon Purvis -- who, by the time Boyd officially signs an NCAA letter of intent one week from today, might become the most influential person at the meeting.

    Purvis is a mid-range recruit -- three stars out of a possible five by most experts -- a player thought to have plenty of potential who is not high enough on any major college's wish list to have yet attracted a scholarship offer.

    By offering Purvis a scholarship and Boyd the chance to play quarterback, the Huskies have hopes of stealing the highly coveted Boyd away from USC.

    Similar maneuvers are playing out across the country as coaches make a final push to secure commitments and sway loyalties in the run-up to national signing day Feb. 4. For example, UCLA has received commitments from a pair of mid-level recruits from Honolulu Punahou High, the home of All-American linebacker Manti Te'o, the nation's top uncommitted prospect.

    "You'll see it a couple of times every year," said Tom Lemming, a recruiting expert for CBS College Sports Television. "BCS-type schools will try to bring in a buddy or a teammate to land a great player. And a lot of times it does work."


  220. J-Force:

    I'm also wishing Dianna for a speedy recovery. Wish you well soon.


  221. Garret:

    Sporting events (like the Super Bowl and boxing) might not come to California much in the future if this 10% tax is passed. The tax will apply to college games, so those of us going to the SJSU vs. UH game will be paying it this year. For comparison purposes, Vegas taxes boxing tickets 4% and if this law passes California would tax those tickets 18.5%!

    "No one is paying attention to the family entertainment tax being proposed by the governor," Leiweke said. "I'm shocked. The part of the economy in this state that is still working is tourism -- people coming to places like Disneyland, Universal Studios. . . .

    "The governor wants to add a 10% tax to all sports events to help cover the budget deficit. That's like putting a brick wall around California. You think the NFL is going to take a 10% haircut to come here with a Super Bowl?

    "This will impact Bruin games, the Trojans, all sports events in California, amusement parks," Leiweke said. "We're laying people off and now we're going to kill the entertainment industry?"

    Saturday's boxing match at Staples, Leiweke noted, attracted more than 20,000 fans with 8.5% in taxes being collected -- 5% to the state boxing commission, 3.5% to the city.

    "You think we're going to see boxing here again if the tax is 18.5%? It will go to Vegas," Leiweke said, Las Vegas demanding 4% in taxes, Texas 3% and New York 3% with a $50,000 cap.


  222. whitey:

    my best to Diana and a speedy recovery. know braddah Kekoa will take care of you. the school, security guards, and children have much to be grateful to you and this is why you are special, you care about others and willing to make sure others are not harmed without concern for your own safety. you are a true hero to all of us.


  223. Nalani:

    Diana - you are an amazing woman. God bless.


  224. Garret:

    I mentioned that USC just got the top DE in the country to commit to them today. The DL coach they hired a couple of weeks ago just coincidentally is a long-time friend of that recruit's father...

    Kennard is ranked the eighth-best player in the nation by Rivals.com. New USC defensive line coach Jethro Franklin spent the past two weeks recruiting Kennard and is friends with his father.

    Kennard's commitment means the Trojans' recruiting class could include the nation's top quarterback (Matt Barkley), top defensive end and two of the top three linebackers (Vontaze Burfict, Manti Te'o).

    Te'o, who is from Honolulu, has not committed yet, but his list is believed to be down to USC and UCLA.


  225. Unkanesson:

    Aloha kakou!
    Still lurking during the Warrior football doldrums (between Hawai'i Bowl and LOI Day).
    I saw this guy on the 6 o'clock news tonight talking about how his wife got attacked by 2 pit bulls, and I said to myself, that looks like Kekoa (whom I've only seen in pictures posted on this blog). It's with mixed emotions that I find out that it WAS Kekoa! So glad to hear that Diana is recovering and not too badly injured! What a noble deed for her to intervene in what must have been a terrifying incident! She has my total admiration! Kekoa, you're a lucky man -- take good care of her! By the way, you handled the interview commendably! I hope to have the honor to meet you both some day, if I can ever make it to the Gathering Place for a Tsaiko get together...
    Aloha a hui hou!


  226. SteveM:

    Unkanesson -- note the Karaoke Call next week Saturday...

    BIG KARAOKE CALL
    Saturday, February 7, 2009
    7:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street)

    • $15 per person for the room/karaoke
    • BYOB
    • Bring food/goodies (like indoor tailgate)

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    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:
    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/

    Current count = 41


  227. SteveM:

    Kekoa -- I hope Peaches got through to Diana on the phone tonight. Peaches is away with her grandkids tonight to I don't know after I called her. Best wishes to Diana!


  228. SteveM:

    A-House:
    January 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    SteveM:

    No can help - still in the operations mode of running a Corps Tactical Operations Center where info is flying in/out all over the place and nearly constant - I really enjoyed that and this is the single thing I miss on military retirement

    A-House -- that explains why you like your neighbor and the blog! Will add the "A-House Conundrum" to the Tsai-ko Lexicon. :lol:


  229. SteveM:

    Only 2300 and I'm all alone? Time for another soliloquy... ;)

    ...naaah, better not. Gotta sleep soon to rest up for tomorrow's Cattle ox Call.


  230. niho mano:

    my prayers go out to diana and kekoa, god's healing hands is at work.


  231. SteveM:

    I'm pretty sure Al is an OX too, unless he was born in early January.
    That means when Al, and the then-mysterious Long Time UH Fan and I first meet, it was literally a Cattle Call of sorts... :)

    Any other Ox people besides hwnstln?


  232. roysan16:

    Kekoa,

    I'm praying that Diana's trauma and suffering is rendered with quick healing.


  233. SteveM:

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    las vegas needs to know the numbers for the Saturday tailgate venue and buses. Planning is also underway for a Friday night Get-together Party for all mainland and HI Tsai-kos! Rich2176 needs to know who and how many tickets are needed. Survey requests for tickets will be turned over to Rich2176 at the end of February or when he asks.

    I will continue to collect ticket requests until Rich2176 is ready (and tailgate and FRIDAY night party RSVPs indefinitely) via the survey at:
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    If you cannot get into the survey or have subsequent changes or ETA & lodging info, please email me at: stevem.hnl (at) gmail.com

    A summary of the data and plans are posted at:
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    Please check if your listed info is accurate. This listing also serves as your visual assurance that your ticket/tailgate requests were received.


  234. TOM:

    KEKOA: My best to Diana and hope for her speedy recovery.


  235. al ™:

    the boss does say i am stubborn as an ox.


  236. roysan16:

    momotaro,

    What you said makes perfect sense-about the trolls spreading propaganda. But even so, their, or whoevers implantation of ill thoughts and ill will left unchallenged and unrefutted among the supporters of UCLA and/or supporters of righteousness that read that blog daily...was my contention all along. And I'll never be shamed not to speak out and tell those that their biases are slanted.

    If I weighed on their conciousness, then, that was my contention all along, too. And I guess there was some evidence of this happening.

    Thank you for your perspective.


  237. Kekoa:

    Dear Friends ~

    I'm finally able to sit down and put my thoughts for today in perspective. Before I do, I just want to acknowledge my family of Tsaiko's with my profound appreciation for all of your prayers and well wishes.

    ~ Praise be to Ke Akua for allowing my wife to walk away from what could have been tragic.

    ~ Mahalo to my Grandson Kimana for his quick ability to begin controlling the bleeding from all 3 wounds.

    ~ Thanks to the Paramedic's, Kapolei Police and the security guards for their follow-up response to her emergency.

    ~ Prayers to the ER staff who really kicked it into high gear on arrival by starting the repair work to her puncture wounds. It's hard to imagine that these people do this so routinely. and do it well.

    ~ Thanks to all my neighbors who came down to our house and helped by just being their for her.

    ~ ...and a special thanks to my neighbors who immediately decided to put their beautiful animals down because they hurt "Aunty Diana."

    ~ This single act of unselfish bravery is not uncommon for this tough as nails Moloka'i Woman. She had stepped forward on several occasions to help me tame my sports teams of youngsters as the 'Team Aunty.' She still declares that as her most death defying feat!

    ~ As Diana continues her painful recovery, she already has felt the outporing of love from her circle of friends here on the blog. The calls, emails and posts, have been overwhelming. It certainly has been uplifting to her, and she wanted me to convey her deepest Aloha to all of you. This is my feeble attempt to thank you all. Maybe if we can make it to the KK, I can add a personal touch to my thanks.

    Thank you Mr. Tsai, for the phone call. I had to smile a bit when I hung up. Remember how you once said that it seems like every time we talk on the phone, it's always over bad news? We certainly are keeping the streak going!

    God Bless, and Good Night All.


  238. roysan16:

    What I learned about the celebration at Murphys next Wednesday, February 4, national signing day for football recruits.

    1.6-8 p.m
    2. Merchant Street will be closed, Block Party atmoshere, with booths set for food and beverage. Na Koa, Rainbow Boutique will have booths.
    3. Huge screen will be set up out side for presentation. With chairs for the viewers.
    4. No admission charge
    5. Coach Mack will go over each recruit. And show highlight film for each. He can only comment and show film of only the recruits that have signed.
    6.BC of 1420 mentioned something that prior to the celebration at Murphys-- BC and 1420 will have Coach Mack on the air for a pre-celebration show..

    Sounds like it's going to be fun. But check the hard copy for additional facts about the celebration to be on the safe side...as I hate to have mistaken anybody.


  239. bighilofan2:

    Good evening/morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Great news about your lovely and courageous wife, Kekoa.
    my love to dat Molokai woman Diana.

    Ralph,
    I hear you.

    AHouse,
    howzit howzit

    Whitey,
    at some point you gotta look at the top brass in the women's programs.
    i totally understand how disappointed you're feeling. when you look at all the women program coaches, and if you measure how their players feel about their experiences in the program, for sure you gotta conclude that
    Mr. B has got to be shuffled off to the side if he plain won't go. the women's programs ass't AD is rightfully responsible for this fiasco. I'm also disappointed and JD has to do something and take action that is in the best interests of UH. boy, plenty fires for JD to tend.


  240. bighilofan2:

    roysan16

    great news about the announced recruits, huh!! So so so glad that Mr. Tonga is going to be a Warrior. yeeee haaaa!

    About the Eagle Scout thing. made a new friend, Tom Hema. Eagle Scouting is his thing. I have a new found appreciation for the Eagle Scout. The most fascinating discovery is that these guys are, to me, like Obama. Great form, all the time. Great insight, all the time. Great in all those things that we all admire, all the time.

    Good job, Coach Mack and team! You got great commits believing in the glory of playing for us, Warrior Nation.

    Go Warriors.


  241. bighilofan2:

    Huskies Fan made a great point yesterday.

    January 26th, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    I hope Coach Mac will...recruit the outer-islands...
    Maui kids playing ball...
    Kai Maiava-UCLA (Baldwin) Shawn Tesoro-UNLV (Baldwin)
    Jojo Dickson-Idaho (Baldwin) Kaneiala Tuipolotu-Arizona,
    Stanley Malamala-Arizona St. (Lahainaluna) Mana Rosa Oregon State (Baldwin) Jordan Puu Robinson Washington State (Kam-Maui/Baldwin)
    Kamaloni Vainakolo Utah State (Maui High) Chase Nakamura greyshirt at Utah (Baldwin)

    Baldwin has a kicker in CeeJay Santos who is only a sophomore and
    already has kicked an MIL record 51 yard field goal. I was told everything he kicked this year was from 40 yards or more, people say this kid has a cannon for a leg. Baldwin also has an up coming freshman 6′4 215 who played varsity the last half of the season and in state playoff, some people say he is ahead of were Mana Rosa was as a sohpomore. I would love to see more Maui kids play at UH, Baba Rego is only kid from Maui on team.

    I think UH coaches need to get more with Maui coaches and get on these kids early. I hear Miano talked to Mana Rosa early in recruiting then Mana didnt hear from UH and Oregon State kept on the kid, Cav and Banker did a good job on getting the kid. By the time UH came back to talk to Mana it was too late. Hope Coach Mac gets to outer-island and start meeting these coaches and get infromation on kids early.

    What Huskies Fan means is that we outer island Tsaikos gotta do a better job at planting the seed on both sides of the recuiting, with the players, with the coaches.

    Whitey,
    Duffer
    Maui is your department. :D


  242. Ralph:

    wow you're 24 hrs late on Tonga......old news already..you must be hanging out on the dark side....you practicing for the KK with the croquis


  243. Ralph:

    you outer islanders can be the Doris Sullivan of the neighbor isles and help the fb players produce a 10 minute video to submit to UH. if they want to go national tell them they need to contact PIAA directly and see what she needs to help them but give them the sad look so they stick to UH


  244. bighilofan2:

    For sure Mr. Torres is doing a great job being a role model for UH in the Kahuku area. Same sentiment for Inoke Funaki.

    Like I said, I have a new found appreciation for what it means to be a Eagle Scout. The badges, what they mean. all 122. I am impressed with the Eagle Scouts, even more impressed with their leaders, the coaches. this one guy, Tom. He and his wife are team leaders for a group of LDS missionaries on this side of the island.

    so when I see we're recruiting high character type people who can play a mean brand of football, I'm thinking that we're in good hands and our future is bright. an i no kea if we never get da creme of Maui yet, we going, mark my words.

    Joe Napeahi and Kainoa LaCount,

    you know where Warrior Nation is. I am so glad you braddaz wanna be a part of us. Work hard bradda Warriors, step it up! Welcome to Warrior Nation! You never worked so hard to be taking a snooze!

    Go Warriors!


  245. bighilofan2:

    Hiya Ralph.

    I said the other day that there is this Keaau player,

    Tsume Mkisi Jackson. 6'2" SUPER F A S T!!!. and Athletic.
    saw him playing forward and going thru 2 players to get to the basket. they couldn't stop him.

    And all the time I was watching him and listening to parents rave about his favorite sport, track, i was thinking to myself, gotta tell Coach Mack about this kid Jackson. he is the real deal. honest.

    I hope a coach reads this and makes an inquiry. There are two Keaau kids going to D1 this year. Daniel Iopa and Tsume Mkisi Jackson.
    Daniel ran rings about Oline peeps this year but one look and you know Tsume would run rings around just about anybody. somebody going steal one real talent.


  246. bighilofan2:

    Daniel is a B student, and no mo basket weaving.

    Tsume is A student. I'm wondering if he's an Eagle Scout. :D


  247. bighilofan2:

    We going have one super class of recruits.

    Hope Coach goes to dat Johnson Speed and Quickness Performance Center near Dallas. costs $$$. learn how to push the envelope at the edges, the latest devices, training methods. even old dogs can learn new tricks, especially from the best. then coach can better evaluate and motivate our guyz and coaches.


  248. bighilofan2:

    I wonder if Coach Mack had recruits go through a full biomechanical functional movement screen and a hands on orthopedic evaluation from the UH sports physical therapy team before maken da schollie offaz :D

    i guess mo easy, jus look fo da Eagle Scout Badges. :D

    hehe hehe

    Go Warriors.


  249. bighilofan2:

    anybody seen Kainoa LaCount working out?


  250. bighilofan2:

    i just know his season is not over, but just getting started.


  251. bighilofan2:

    Coach Mack's best recruit, I feel, was Tony Tuioti. Getting people like Michael Wadsworth is such a blessing.

    Garrett,
    thanks for that link to Wadsworth info.


  252. wafan:

    A fine morning all!


  253. wafan:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Diana!

    Dang. I guess those dogs had no idea who they were attacking. If they knew it was Aunty they would have skulked back home.


  254. Stretch:

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!

    Happy Birthday to Addahknowjoe!!


  255. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsai-kos!!

    Happy Birthday to A-joe!! Have a great day today!! Going somewhere special today??

    Kekoa - glad to hear Diana is doing well. Give her my best wishes. Make some chocolate cake for her.

    I see bighilo was waking up da chikkens again.

    Stretch is up early, must be heading to Kauai or has an early marketing meeting.

    off to work. have all day meeting today, so, to all those headed to the CCC, eat my share too!! I will be eating Thai food, though, so that's more than an acceptable substitute.

    esme and whoooosh.


  256. d1島:

    Great Morning All!

    Kekoa,
    Thanks for the update.
    Will continue with prayers for Diana.
    Having you folks come to the KK would be terrific! :-D


  257. d1島:

    Happy Birthday addahknowjoe!


  258. Garret:

    Happy Birthday addahknowjoe!


  259. Garret:

    Kekoa,

    Thank you for the update on Diana. I hope that she is feeling much better this morning.


  260. Garret:

    It is pretty cool that the Warriors have the 24th best win percentage over the past 5 seasons. Only BSU has a better record of all the WAC teams.


  261. Stretch:

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090127/NEWS01/901270351/-1/BACKISSUES

    I read this article yesterday and thought that something needs to be done since these animals have attacked people over the years. Then yesterday's incident happened. I am very thankful that Aunty is home recovering but it could have been worse!!


  262. A-House:

    Happy bifday, A-Joe, enjoy this day and many, many more to come.

    Nice to be 28, eh?


  263. 702WarriorNation:

    Kekoa-
    Great news on Diana's recovery - what a special gem.
    Plz take care of yourself too!

    RE: Mike Wadsworth
    Any news/comments on why Rivals shows him as 'soft verbal'?
    Thought he was a 'firm' commit?
    Offer from AZ, visited in Oct and UNR visit in Dec. but nil offer to date.


  264. UKU@LA:

    hauoli la hanau to da bruddah from da south, mister A-JOE!
    da bruddah da south LA!

    MANEO !!!


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