Play ball!

March 30th, 2009

The Warriors opened spring training today:


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As part of the warmups, players had to roll, stand and then sprint. Here's offensive tackle Brett Leonard:


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And here's Brett Leonard getting ready to block in one-on-one drills:


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Here's left tackle Aaron Kia:


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This morning, there was an hour-long team meeting, followed by position meetings. Here's defensive end Victor Clore:


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Here's defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea:


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Here's defensive end (and potential tight end) Antwan "Tua" Mahaley:


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Here's offensive tackle Brett Leonard:


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Here's Inoke Funaki:


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A blogger took head trainer Eric Okasaki's photo.
He said: "This better not appear on the blog."
And the blogger laughed and laughed ...


142 Responses to “Play ball!”

  1. Committed Road Warrior:


  2. Committed Road Warrior:

    It's that time of the year. Maybe not football season, but practice is just as crucial.

  3. Committed Road Warrior:


  4. cheepono:

    top 5!

    cheepono out!

  5. katsa48:

    top 5!! :) :)

  6. Colomaohana:

    top 10!

  7. Colomaohana:

    Great pics!

  8. Committed Road Warrior:


  9. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Top Ten by cracky!!! :lol:

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Some fine pikshurs there, Mr. Tsai. Doesn't the blog picture taker get some credit?

  11. kama krab:

    Are you ready for some football. It's time to shine baby.

  12. kama krab:

    Howzit Everybody

  13. menofsteel:

    goodluck warriors

  14. haka:

    Go Warriors!

  15. A-House:

    Saw that Billy Ray took 6 core courses, that's 18 credits, and got a 3.4 GPA!

    That's AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

  16. g-nalo:

    good morning and good morning again.

    spring practice already? wow..........

  17. Garret:

    I'm sure that the coaches and players are happy that spring training has finally begun! There are a lot of starting and backup positions up for grabs, and this is the time for players to earn their spot and make it hard for the new guys who come in the summer to get past them.

  18. Garret:

    If Hawaii ever started a state lottery, I wonder if JD could ask for the same type of deal to support athletics like Oregon has. I knew of a lot of state lotteries that went to support education, but never knew one that specifically targeted the money for college athletics. 88% of the money for athletics, 12% for merit-based

    Money flowing from the state lottery to the seven athletic departments at Oregon's state universities has jumped from about $1.6 million to $5 million annually as part of the deal that banned state-sponsored sports betting to appease the NCAA and win the tournament bid.

    This is how the windfall happened: In 2005, the Oregon Legislature voted to ban the Oregon Lottery's NFL-betting games to meet a condition from the anti-gambling NCAA. Months later, Portland was named a 2009 tournament site.

    But the Legislature had approved the betting games in the late 1980s to prop up money-losing athletic departments, and schools didn't want to relinquish that income. So lawmakers replaced the betting funds with 1 percent of total lottery proceeds, with the money continuing to go toward college athletic departments (88 percent) and need- and merit-based scholarships (12 percent).

    Portland State got $900,000 in lottery money last year, more than double its previous take and a sizable chunk of its $10 million budget. But the Vikings still cut their wrestling program this month.

    At Oregon State, a $46 million sports budget swallowed its $1.2 million slice from the lottery last year without so much as a burp. Rising costs and a smaller allocation from the university's general fund just about canceled out the increase, said Todd Stansbury, OSU executive associate athletic director.

    At Oregon, the $1.2 million in lottery money was both a small slice of its $56 million budget and crucial to one of its operating principles. The Ducks, who tout their economic self-sufficiency, would have lost money last year if not for the increase from $675,000 to $1.2 million in lottery money.

  19. koakane™:

    hoping for top 25

    morning tsai-ko country

  20. Garret:

    Another way that UH could support athletics--U-Dub covers the tuition of scholarship athletes, a huge savings for their athletic department.

    Washington's athletic department receives no money from the university's general fund, though it does receive nearly $2 million in tuition waivers from the state.

    Arizona State took $10.6 million from its university general fund last year, and Washington State took $5.6 million.

    And, as Williford pointed out, Oregon State receives general-fund money: $2.1 million last year, on top of its $1.2 million lottery take.

  21. Mr Colomaohana:


    Was great talking story with you folks on Friday night.
    Until then keep the bottles cold.

    Traffic is stand still.

  22. Garret:

    JD has reduced concession prices, but I don't think he would go as far as what the Cincinnati Reds just did:

    The Cincinnati Reds’ concessionaire is launching a value menu, offering a few food and drink items for a dollar.

    Fans will be able to pay a buck for any of six items: hot dog, soda, peanuts, popcorn, ice cream or Redlegs Chew candy, Dierig said. The items are smaller than the standard that sell for $3.50 or so. For example, the hot dog is “one size smaller” than the standard dog, Dierig said. It’s one-tenth of a pound, vs. the standard size that’s one-sixth of a pound and sells for $4.50 at the stadium.

  23. Registrar:


    Read again. Stutzmann enrolled at UH in January and the semester is in progress.

  24. Garret:

    Welcome to the blog Mr Colomaohana!

  25. Garret:

    I remember when ST couldn't post pictures in his entries...things are MUCH better with photos being allowed!

  26. Garret:


    The GPA that A-House referenced was Stutz2's high school GPA.

  27. Registrar:


    The 6 core courses according to the article is college courses, not high school courses.

  28. Stephen Tsai:

    It must be. The semester isn't over.

  29. koakane™:

    mr. cohana remembered you saying if we have anything down the wessai to let you know but we don't know how to get in touch with you. so leave me something on your wife's mom dot com and den we can hook up

    was our pleasure to hook up with you too. take care my bruddah

  30. Stephen Tsai:

    The picture of Inoke is in the elevator.

  31. Stephen Tsai:

    There was a high school player on an unofficial visit. I cropped the player out of the picture.

  32. Colomaohana:

    Howzit, Garret!

    Mr Colomaohana: WTH?? They not pau laying pipes yet? Sheesh! I hope baby #6 is sleeping in traffic.

  33. mrs.:

    good morning tsaikos...

    football season is finally here...cheehoo...

  34. Garret:


    I'm not disagreeing with you, I was just trying to provide clarification. Stutz2 is taking 6 core courses at UH and his high school GPA was 3.4. Mr. A-House read them together and thought that was his UH GPA. If UH was on the quarter system then he might have a college GPA already, but Stutz2 is in the middle of his first semester at UH.

  35. al ™:

    dpk....the photogragher gets enough credit on this blog.

  36. Stephen Tsai:

    The photographer is a shameless, self-promoter. I can't stand him.

  37. Kekoa:

    Mama C-Ta and now Mr. 'C' is in da Hale!...Awwwwryte! Welcome to da Wessai Chaptah of da Tsaiko Ohana. Like Koakane said, give us da secret sign and we can let you know wazzup!

    If you in the area around Bay View Golf course around noon thirty today, stop in and break bread with me and my pahtna. Oddawize, we see you on da practice field at 4 PM today. No be late! Bum-bye Mr. A-House going make you do one hand push ups wit him.

  38. Mr Colomaohana:


    Will do
    Hopefully we can make it on April 25th.

  39. LizKauai [Believer]:

    :twisted: Bwahahahahahahahaha! :twisted:
    Oh wait, this is not my blog and I did not take the picture of Eric Okasaki...

    :lol: ST- you are too funny!


  40. Mr Colomaohana:

    Aloha. Sorry but got daddy duties today. If no finish, boss lady going start world war 3. Maybe next time when me and Mrs C can take off. Eat for us.

  41. Colomaohana:

    Yes, Mr Colomaohan...bettah 'recognize'!


  42. Kazz:


    BLAME THE WAC. A UH ticket office employee tells me that until the WAC confirms their conference schedule.

  43. koakane™:

    mrs c hello how you and no worry we take care of him on the darkside ..... when he permitted bwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa and no forget we not like the instigator, jr25 and helper jj

  44. jeezy:

    ST, can we get a Basketball recruiting update??? Any commits over the weekend? How is it looking for Jeremy Lay and Kevin Menner?

  45. al ™:

    sounds like ahouse, garret, and registrar been venturing over to the other daily because i couldn't find any articles on the HA side regarding stutz2.

    some of you be warned that is grounds for being smu'd.

    (ahouse that's twice in a week. tsk, tsk. i know that's your neighbor better go cut his grass to get back on the good side of him.)

  46. al ™:

    so tua looks like he's gained another 10 pounds. he just could be the surprise of next year's pro day, don't you think?

    with his size he could very well be an nfl tight end. does he still run well? he got decent hands and his toughness can't be replaced. perhaps a free agent type next year.

  47. Kekoa:

    Ok Mr. 'C' we been dere and done dat. No can shirk daddy duty and threaten the fate of the Universe. Priorities, right Mrs 'C?'

  48. al ™:

    just thinking aloud.............

    so may i interpret the shedding of the long locks by many a warrior an indicator of the seriousness that some are treating this year as all business?

    that would also help in lowering the number of personal foul penalties, just from a psychological standpoint or perspective by the zebras. you know, shed the locks, shed the "bad boyz" look and good boys don't play dirty.

    (psychological or tsaikological?)

  49. al ™:

    can we take dpk's silence regarding the photographer as another case history in the legend of the "whooossshh!"?

  50. al ™:

    mr. colomaohana...

    welcome brother.
    good move on your part.......kissing up to one's boss, publicly on the blog goes a long way and will pay great dividends in the future.

  51. Registrar:


    I look but don't touch. Have you noticed the Honolulu Advertiser paper is not as big as before? The plastic bag that it comes in for home delivery is too big.

  52. Rob25:

    Hi Coloma and Mr. Coloma!

    Was great fun talking story and laughing with both of you.

    KK- you now on my official "He's-gonna-rue-the-day list!" :evil: you figgah! :roll:

    Great day to make it to practice and watch the boys!

  53. Colomaohana:

    koakane and Kekoa: yes...when he can play, he'll join you folks....

    hahaha...we both try to run away often...hahah!!

  54. al ™:

    oh one more thing.

    mr. colomaohana, if i were you, i would get my own name. get rid of the "mr. (wife's name)" handle.

    i tell you why, we used to have one wife (----) here before and her husband was "mr. ----". poor guy could never get any respect because he was "mr. (wife's name)" and not his own man.

  55. al ™:

    registrar........why are you buying a newspaper subscription when you can get it online for free?

  56. Mr Colomaohana:

    Al and kekoa
    Yes priorities

    Hi Rob25.

    Thanks to blackberry will check you guys later on the road.
    Daddy duties calling, got to regulate.

  57. Mr Colomaohana:

    Mr Colomaohana handle should be ok for now, because I am the boss. Ha ha ha. I think.

    Quietly leaves before Colomaohana reads this.

  58. Rob25:

    Oh no he din't!!

    *Covering my ears before Colomaohana comes in.*

  59. Colomaohana:

    Uh..huh....go 'head...Mr. C.......Funny how ONE day off from work seems to make your mind go a little bizerk!

    Jus' tell 'um babe, you know who da' boss....

    Smart man....he will not show his face for at least another 3 hours.......


    Hi Rob!

  60. Ronnie:

    Start of spring practice... Wish I could be there.

    Rob, are you going? Taking pictures? ;-)

  61. LizKauai [Believer]:

    (sound of splashes as lurkers dive overboard before Big-C arrives...)

    Oh... Hi!
    Welcome aboard, Mr. C... :roll: It was nice meeting you! However briefly...


  62. Ronnie:

    Happy Belated Birthday Liz!!!!! Will you be able to make it over to O'ahu in July? If not, at least I can see you in September!!!

  63. Colomaohana:

    haha! Hi Liz!

  64. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Hi Ronnie! Hi Colomaohana!
    Just finishing up my saimin... with planny straight hot mustard (no shoyu) to get the gullah gullas out later... whew!

    Yes-, God-willing, I don't want to miss the July blast!
    Also 99% sure I can make it to the KK for Frank25 on May 9.

    HiHo- back to work!

  65. A-House:


    it's nice to venture to the "other paper" to the TOTAL perspective of what's happening - nah, every morning, I read the HA and other paper sports pages - then, at lunch, I read the HA front section - then on break, I read the other paper front section - been doing that for 15 years and will keep going.

    apologies, as I miss read the article in the other paper about Billy Ray's GPA - but, taking 6 core subject in one's first semester is one hell of a load by any standards - hope his mid-term grades matches his high school grades - that will be most righteous!!

    Reading either paper "on-line" is not an option for me right now - will do that only when we go to Vegas and can use MasaBoy's computah.

    Speaking of Sin City - hey, d1, win as much as you can for all of us who left hefty amounts behind.

  66. Garret:


    I agree, taking 6 core subjects in the first semester of college is *very* ambitious! I'm guessing that Billy Ray was well-prepared for college by his high school and that he works just as hard on his schoolwork as he works on his football, so he can handle it.

    Taking that many classes now should help Billy Ray graduate early, especially since he's starting a semester early. I'm guessing that he's not planning to redshirt and he wants to graduate in December 2012 instead of May 2013. Plus, this way he can take a lighter load in the Fall during football season.

  67. Garret:

    Have you noticed the Honolulu Advertiser paper is not as big as before? The plastic bag that it comes in for home delivery is too big.

    registrar........why are you buying a newspaper subscription when you can get it online for free?

    Those who are encouraging people to stop subscribing to the Advertiser should not be warning A-House about being SMU'd...

  68. Committed Road Warrior:

    While Spring Practice will be underway today, any odds on when the WAC schedule is gonna be released?

    This week? Next week? Middle of June?

    The sooner it comes out, the sooner I can plan for this year's upcoming road games (other than Vegas) and which ones I may or may not attend.

  69. d1島:


    10-4 on that plan. I get the "win plenny" part down pretty good; it's the "not lose more" portion that I gotta work on! :shock:
    btw, what day Masaboy's place get "Local Bruddahs get 90% Off"? haha

    Time for take a break and catch some Zzzzz's....Redeye-itis setting in...


  70. Garret:

    VJ is the only player listed on the roster for the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.

  71. duffer:

    Those who are encouraging people to stop subscribing to the Advertiser should not be warning A-House about being SMU'd...

    Al spends a fairly decent amount of time clicking on all those links for advertisements as a way to generate more money for the HA......especially the colon cleansers! :-)

  72. Garret:

    Friday Night Lights (I know ST likes the show) just got its 2-season renewal.

    It's official: NBC and DirecTV have come to terms on a two-season, 26-episode pickup of "Friday Night Lights."

    Deal calls for the Imagine TV/Universal Media Studios drama skein to continue through a fourth and fifth season of 13 episodes each. As they did this season, "Friday Night Light's" third, DirecTV will get the first shot at airing the segs commercial-free before they bow on NBC. The negotiations between the Peacock and DirecTV hit a roadblock last week but ultimately resumed and the agreement was reached today.

  73. A-House:


    Howzit going? sorry that Mrs and I won't be able to make the Maui scrrimage.

    I did not know that if you click on the "colon ads", the HA gets $$$. So the more hits, the company posting ad has to pay more "commissions" to the HA? Was this "adveertised"? Of course, I miss a lot now-a-days.


    I was wondering if Coach Mack gonna redshirt the freshmen QBs this year?


    Do anybody know when the Wash St & UNLV tickets are going on sell?

  76. al ™: need that stuff. das why get kim chee, harm ha, and bagaong. more efficient than colon cleansers and more cheap.

  77. al ™:

    popes......probably will redshirt at least two of them qb's. i think the key will be how well shane austin develops as the 3rd qb.

  78. Committed Road Warrior:


    Hawai'i, 9/12/09 at Qwest Field
    Tickets to the general public will go on sale through TicketMaster beginning June 1st at 206-628-0888 or

    $55 ($50 + $5) Club Seat + Facility Fee
    $42 ($37 + $5) Charter Seat + Facility Fee
    $29 ($24 + $5) Preferred Seat + Facility Fee
    $16 ($11 + $5) Upper End Zone Seat + Facility Fee
    $7 ($2 + $5) Value Seat + Facility Fee

    Not sure about when UNLV tickets will go on sale, but when they do and if you opt to buy directly through them, then:

    Single Game Ticket Options Sideline Endzone
    Hawaii $35.00 $25.00
    Group rates not available for the Hawaii and BYU games.

  79. Committed Road Warrior:

    I forgot the source links for my previous post.

    Washington State:

  80. Committed Road Warrior:

    In addition to the Washington State game info from my post #78, here's a map of Qwest Field with the pricing scheme for the game (opens in PDF):

  81. (Jesse)James:

    Hey gang...just wanted to report in....busy, busy at work..still going crazy...hope all is well with everyone...esme and out..

  82. wafan:

    Sure hope we get reports from the practice. Well, at least reports after the practice (not that I will be awake for them).

  83. LizKauai [Believer]:

    Less than half an hour more til practice...
    Made plane reservations for the Frank25 KK Kall :cool:

  84. Rob25:

    Yea!!! Liz is coming to town!

    Yup Ronnie...but no camera! :oops:

  85. Rob25:

    Saturday, May 9, 2009
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Krazy Karaoke (1308 Young Street, Honolulu)

    We have the big (green) room at Krazy Karaoke for up to 60 people.

    Please join us in welcoming home Frank25 as he enjoys a little vacation from his deployment to Iraq/Kuwait!

    In addition, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the numerous May birthday babies! (Jason, Peaches, Brie, d1shima, Mrs. Longtimeuhfan to name a few)

    Feature performances by: (hopefully)

    J(J) - Ventura Highway
    UHFan808 - Funky Cold Medina
    Pride - One In A Million
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    Continually updated Karaoke Call info and pot luck contributions in the Events Calendar section at:

    Current count = 55

  86. wafan:

    Interesting. The Huskies will now open their practices to the public. Sarkisian (sp?) is trying to get the guys used to people so when they travel to crazy stadiums they will not be shocked by the noise and crowd.

    Geez. What kind of observers does he expect at Spring Ball?

  87. Kazz:


    March 30th, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    Interesting. The Huskies will now open their practices to the public. Sarkisian (sp?) is trying to get the guys used to people so when they travel to crazy stadiums they will not be shocked by the noise and crowd.

    Such innovative coaching techniques over there at Udub... no wonder they have had a winning record over the past few years... they can add this to their recruiting techinque of shoving their way to Hawaii recruits after UH does the work...


  88. wafan:

    Kazz . . .

    They have intelligent spectators at their games, though. They are actually quiet when the UW has the ball and go wild while they are on defense. 75,000 screaming fans has got to be a distraction.

  89. jm2375:

    Good afternoon Tsai-kos!!

    So who's at practice today? I heard ST on da Animals this afternoon. I tink some of da Tsai-kos were making trouble for ST. :roll: hehehehe.

  90. chawan_cut:
    misc uh wallpaper & pics i made or found(helmets)

  91. Kazz:


    Know anything about this Mililani softball player Coutney Senas? I read about her at Sports Hawaii mentioning she is only a junior this year, she plays SS.

    Hope Coach Coolen is keeping tabs on her.

  92. Kazz:

    Hmmm... practice should be wrapping up about now.

    Hope KITV or KGMB got some good shots of today's first go-around.

  93. Kazz:

    Just got off the phone wth Koakane.

    Said that he watched the o-line all day and said that they are off to a "good start" and that it was a "good omen" to set the tone for the rest of the practices and hopefully the season.

    I couldn't talk to him long, but he said that already there are linemen in places that they weren't last season, which probably means that Coach Shaw has already identified a lot of the issues they were having last season.

    As Koakane mentioned, it's now a game of who can break last season's bad habits and apply what Coach Shaw is now teaching them.

  94. Committed Road Warrior:

    I was sitting through a safety course earlier this evening and couldn't help but think about a Tsaiko story. No laugh:

    "The Tsaiko is most noticeable to humans and comes out of its shell when found in one of three native habitats: the confines of Aloha Stadium, sprawling across the grass practice fields at the University of Hawai'i, or loading up on foodstuffs from the buffet line all the while singing at the Karaoke bar. In their natural state, the Tsaiko is a fun-loving bunch who welcomes all into their clan and makes them feel at home. They span the spectrum with regards to age, occupation, and other affiliations but all have in common the love for one thing: UH football.

    Today we find the Tsaiko grazing the practice fields as they feed their thirst for college football, despite the season not starting for another five months.

    For two hours a day during this time of the year, the Tsaiko is fixated on the University of Hawai'i football team and their ultimate quest for a WAC Championship. They spot and watch not only the UH players and coaching staff engaging in practice exercises and routines, but off to the distance lies the most important Tsaiko of all, the grand pooba of the Tsaiko species, for he is called the Tsai-meister, and it is him who is meticulously jotting notes about any and every thing that is UH football.

    The Tsai-meister reigns supreme over the Tsaiko species, however he enlists a few higher-level Tsaiko individuals to help him ensure that all the other Tsaikos stay in line. These select Tsaikos are mainly of the female variety and are armed with lead slippahs, for the lead slippah is most feared amongst the Tsaiko culture not so much for its chemical abilities but its ability to put a hurt on those it is applied to. It is through this that the sanctity of the Tsaiko culture remains in a state of equilibrium.

    Come autumn, the Tsaiko habitat moves from the grass fields to Aloha Stadium, where they attend college football games and tailgates as they cheer on the UH football team to victory. The stadium is where the Tsaiko is most noisy and rambunctious, for cheering on the UH takes precedence over everything else. The tailgate is where the Tsaiko gorges on food and beer and other artery-clogging proclivities. They remain happy and joyful throughout the autumn and early winter season.

    In some instances, the Tsaiko may travel into enemy territory to catch a glimpse of their beloved UH football team in action at the home of the opposition. The enemy usually treats the Tsaiko well, but in some instances the Tsaiko gets chased out of town for no apparent reason. While away from the rock, gambling halls are popular with the Tsaiko, but not as popular as watching UH take on the opposition.

    January marks the end of the college football season and the final movement of the Tsaiko habitat, this time going from the stadium and tailgate zone to that of the buffet line and Karaoke bar. It is here where the Tsaiko will do one of two things: load up on and store excess food in preparation for the upcoming UH football season, or partake in Karaoke as a way to channel their boisterous voices and cheering for peaceful purposes. Karaoke allows the Tsaiko to yell, have fun, and show off when not in a football atmosphere, while the buffet line allows the Tsaiko to gorge on massive amounts of food between now and when they make their return to Aloha Stadium.

    Spring time marks the movement of the Tsaiko habitat from the buffet lines and Karaoke bars back to the grass practice fields to graze on the beginnings of UH football. They make their return to the practice fields and the Tsaiko cycle begins again.

  95. letsgowarriors:

    tsai when u gonna post updates on practice?

  96. jm2375:

    CRW - ROTFLMAO!!! You described us to a "T"!!!! :D :lol: It's a classic. It should be read in tribute at the next Blog Bash!!

  97. Committed Road Warrior:

    Off to work.


  98. curveball:

    Practice was good..Tsiako's were represented well..I watched QB's and receivers...Lots of good catches and Alexander and Raush looked sharp..Avery made a couple outstanding catches- but boy is he thin..One guy that caught my eye was Jett Jasper..looks like real potential..I am sure there will be many reports to follow..

  99. whitey:

    CRW, amen!!!

  100. bighilofan2:

    Howzit Tsaikos.

    Good reports
    Curveball and Kazz.


    Go Warriors!!!!!

  101. Koa-mahu:

    CRW - makin me da kine 'tingly' all ova, but no tell J (J) bumbai he goin get all huhu li'dat.

  102. Stretch:

    Practice today looked good as I was driving up. Almost all of the players were out there doing drills and getting ready for practice. As soon as the horn sounded for the official begining of practice, the warm up drills looked crisp and appeared the players were putting in a lot more effort into the drills.

    I spent most of the time watching the OLine guys. They spent the practice working on their feet. Feet placement and shuffling to stay in position. Last year their techique was bad and it put them in bad position to make the blocks. If they continue to work on what Shaw it teaching them, I will go out on a limb and say they will NOT lead the country in sacks again this coming season.

  103. BG:

    C R W

    That (#94) was a piece of art!!! Should go directly to the Tsaiko Hall of Creative Writing...

  104. Mrs. A-House:

    Committed Road Warrior -

    Your thesis is awesome! How come you know so much about the Tsaiko Nation and I don't think I've had the pleasure of meeting you or requesting your autograph in my "book". Two things at the top of my "to do" list. Mahalo for sharing!

  105. Mrs. A-House:

    SJMacro -

    You've got mail...

  106. oxtail soup:

    The NFL has announced the preseason schedule; here's the Redskins' schedule (Colt's team):

    Aug 13 @Baltimore 7:30PM
    Aug 20-24 vs.Pittsburgh
    Aug 28 vs.New England 8PM
    Sept 3-4 @Jacksonville

    To be televised:
    Friday, Aug. 28 New England Patriots at Washington Redskins CBS (8 p.m. ET)

  107. Garret:

    It is great to read the practice reports! I'm especially glad that the reports about the OL sound positive--Coach Shaw's focus on footwork will hopefully pay off. I don't think that Stretch went out on a limb--the OL will work hard and UH will not lead the country in sacks this season.

  108. Garret:

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

    New device for first responders pinpoints the location (within a few feet) of people inside burning buildings or other structures where there is an emergency.

  109. Garret:

    Researchers are studying houses made from straw that could allow for cheaper homes that are more earthquake safe for low-income residents of other countries.

  110. Garret:

    The office of the Dalai Lama asaked the University of Toronto to check its computer for signs of malware, and they found a big spying operation that has infiltrated at least 1,295 computers in 103 countries! The malware can even turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of the infected computer, letting people in China see and hear what goes on in the room the computer is in.

  111. Garret:

    The Supreme Court is hearing a case of a 13-year-old girl who was strip-searched at her Middle School because officials thought that she was trying to sneak a bottle of Ibuprophen into school. The student had never broken a school rule and had never gotten into trouble, but the Middle School still says that the strip-search was justified.

  112. Garret:

    Some Ohio people had pink water coming out of their faucets because an equipment malfunction led to a chemical overload.

  113. Garret:

    Free play links pau.

  114. tom:


    Researchers are studying houses made from straw that could allow for cheaper homes that are more earthquake safe

    yues, but what about the big bad wolf factor?

  115. MeiLing:

    CRW ~

    That was right on! Thanks for composing. It needs to go into the annals of Tsaiko-dom.

    SteveM, could you preserve that choice piece of writing on your site, please. Mahalo!

    Loved watching the team this afternoon. I don't know much, but I like what I see.

  116. protector:

    Wow-the Redskins are lucky that line-up is the pre-season (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England & Jacksonville) & not the regular season! Jim Zorn may let Colt start just to set him up for failure. I was still hoping for a miracle trade that would let Colt have a shot in Denver, Chicago, New York or somewhere similar where they have less than impressive QB situations. Thanks to Zorn, I think Colt's stock has crashed; out of sight, out of (other teams') mind(s). Josh Daniels doesn't seem to grasp that Colt may be the answer to his dilemma. He could have a QB that has even more potential than Cutler but without the diva attitude & whining personality!

  117. Stretch:

    March 30th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    .... I don't think that Stretch went out on a limb--the OL will work hard and UH will not lead the country in sacks this season.

    come on, you could have played along with my prediction.

  118. protector:

    I share Garret's optimism about Coach Shaw & the O-Line. I'm already optimistic about the punting with Dunnachie coming in (and Grasso being gone) because that's worth at least winning 2-3 close games rather than losing them. I've got a feeling that having Coach Tormey's experience will stabilize our heretofore suspect Special Teams unit as well. I'm truly looking forward to this season as a pay-back year.

  119. Garret:


    Sorry, I didn't play along...I was rushing. With what you and others report about Coach Shaw, and considering the focus the coaches and players will have on limiting sacks, I expect the sack number to go *way* down this year. Having the QBs be more familiar with the offense, which will lead to faster throws, should also help.

  120. Garret:


    LOL! I actually thought about the Big Bad Wolf factor when I read that article...I was wondering if someone would comment on that.

  121. ombudsman:

    Gaichi, too funny.

  122. al:

    where are you pride.?

  123. Stephen Tsai:

    OK, sorry for the delay. But I had to write what turned into a 41-inch story.

  124. Jason:

    I really like Coach Shaw. He was coaching up the guys all the time, giving out pointers and whatnot. Seemed like he noticed everything.

    I liked what Coach Smith was doing with the RBs too. He doesn't look like an OL coach in a RB coach's costume. He looks like a real RB coach. With a smaller group of players, I'm hoping this allows Smith to grow as a coach; I still think he's got a very bright future ahead of him.

    I really liked how Mack was taking things seriously too. When driving in today with Kekoa and koakane, we passed by as he walked to practice, and he was his cheerful self. But during practice, he was different. Still complementing players for good things, but taking things seriously all the time too when it came to instructing the players and coaches.

    Of the players I saw today, a few really stood out. Seems like Inoke and Jon Medeiros switched jerseys, which really confused me at the time. But Inoke looked good as a RB, very fluid. Raw as a blocker, though.

    Saw a little of Bradley as a WR. He's got a good first step and a long stride that should help him as a deep threat, but he's gotta work on more fluid cuts -- I think that's probably why he's practicing at the X receiver, to get some work making cuts. Eventually, as he gets better, they'll probably move him to Z to challenge Lane, that's his more natural position due to his speed and first step.

    Watching the OL close up, I can see why the coaches like Aaron Kia at LT. He just has a LT body. Tall frame, long arms. Hope it translates to better play, though. I never was a fan of his, but he did okay today. Laupepa Letuli really stood out at RT, he got a couple loud commendations from Coach Shaw during the OL-DL one-on-ones. Ray Hisatake and Raphael Ieru were okay as the starting guards, but I really liked what Bulla Ginlack did today in the one-on-ones.

    Tua Mahaley had some good speed rushes in the one-on-ones, and he was nice enough to say Hi after practice. Jake Heun -- man, I wish he were at RB. He showed a nice first step today, he's a good athlete.

    Watched a little bit of the corners, nothing too serious but just looking to see how a couple of them I'm high on were doing. Lewis Walker and Steven Christian both look like they've filled out their frames a little bit. I'm a big fan of both of them, so I hope they get decent shots at playing time. Physically, they have some good tools to work with.

    Most of the time I spent today was watching the OL, so I can't say too much about the others. Nothing really bad, I liked the discipline and the atittude. We'll have to see if that continues through the entire spring camp.

  125. Addahknowsports©:

    Whoa....the count for the 5/9 K-Kall jumped!

  126. Stephen Tsai:

    By the way, Mike Trapasso is tomorrow's chat guest.

  127. chawan_cut:

    here's tonight's news
    part 1
    part 2

  128. tommui:


    I actually thought about the Big Bad Wolf factor when I read that article...I was wondering if someone would comment on that.

    You know how it is with us literary types...

  129. SteveM:

    Addahknowsports -- I think the Karaoke Call RSVP count is a typo or or other glitch...."55" came out instead of 35?

  130. koakane™:

    Hear Yee, Hear Yee announcing Ronnie's Party Bash.
    Be advised Tsaiko Country to keep this date clear.
    Saturday July 4, 2009
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Bay View Golf Club Restaurant (45-285 Kaneohe Bay Dr. Phone 247-0451.)

    Please join us in Fellowship, Fun, Family and Fudd as we welcome Ronnie back to Hawaii. Let us take this opportunity to reacquaint ourself with this long, lost and waverly soul.

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

    Please consult SteveM. web page ( for updated information and other notes about this event.

  131. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    During his news interview tonight, Estes had a lot of good things to say about Coach Shaw. He also came across as very determined and positive. Things look good so far...

    Thanks to everybody for the on field reports.

  132. al:

    41 inches!!!!
    too bad you don't get paid by the inch.

  133. Stephen Tsai:

    It was nice to see the gang at practice today.
    I think the o-line appreciated the attention.
    And kudos to Stretch for making a new friend — Jason's coulda-shoulda future wife.

  134. Jason:

    DPK: We were thinking of you during the practice. We were wondering what this yellow stuff was on the tree near us ... We just figured you marked it as your own. :-D

  135. LizKauai [iMac] BELIEVER:

    Nitey nite and sweet Warrior Dreams!

  136. Jason:

    Stephen: Local girls are nō ka ‘oi. :-D

    Speaking of which, I didn't see Nalani there today. Kaha‘i sure looked bigger!

  137. Cindy-cenn:

    Mahalo for today's practice reports. Liz, cute pic of Lilu :)

    Nite for now, all!

  138. HiFlyer:

    Thanks to all for the practice reports, one of these days I will attend one so I can see for myself how well the they are coming along.

  139. bighilofan2:

    One of these days I will attend a practice so i can see for myself how well
    they are coming along too.

    practicing for the tour. :D

  140. warriorfanny:

    Watched the interview with Mike Trapasso and what a difference a year makes.
    I find it ironic that Coach Trap's biggest complaint about the newly condensed NCAA schedule may play into his strength--pitching.

    Yeah, Ok, it is true, playing Nevada, NMSU and Fresno State on the road is prolly the worst case scenario this year, given the altitude venues; but Coach has recruited a bumper crop of young arms over the last two recruiting seasons and they just might pan out in an abbreviated regular season featuring 56 games.

    Im talking about Josh Slaats, 6 5", So., Sam Spangler 6 1" So., Alex Capaul 6 3" So., Conner Little 6 6" Fr., Matt Sisto 6 5" Fr., and Lenny Linsky 6 3" Fr.

    This is Mike Trappaso's game--pitching.
    He is good at it and from what we have witnessed thus far from a team hitting below .250--it plays to his game--strikes, D, clutch hitting and small ball.

    What else can he do with 5 hitters, including your clean-up guy, batting at .231 or below?
    The bows have two in the starting lineup struggling at the .200 line. Yikes!

    Well, San Jose State will test this theory.

    They are whacking the ball, against good competition at a .335 clip. Higher than Costal Carolina brought into the Les (.315).
    Vinnie Catricala is the only Rainbow hitting above .300.

    The 16-5 Sparts have played 11 games against Big West and West Coast Conference teams.
    These two conferences have had 7 teams ranked in the top 25 this season.
    The BWC, agruably maybe the best conference in the nation.

    It would be sensational to see our Bows take three but a split wouldnt derail our chances.

    "This may be a six team race", Coach Mike quiped, "every game will count".

    "San Jose State is a very good team fundamentally and they they dont beat themselves", he said "we will have to beat them".

    Yep, indeed.
    The Les is a pitchers park and the bows need to win their WAC-hometown series against SJSU, Sac State and LaT.

    He doesnt discount hitting either, especially on the road above the timberline.
    "We play Nevada and NMSU at high altitudes" he said, "and although I would like to see good pitching, realistically, balls will be flying out".

    Well, we shall see about that and for now, at least, we need to focus on the SJSU series, where young and eager arms will be matched against hot bats in stadium built for pitchers.

    If the 2009 Bows are going to make a statement--it will come by the end of this weekend.

  141. warriorfanny:

    After a year of listening to MAC rant Im sorry if I remain unfazed with his latest no-shoe-no-practice tirade.

    You got to be more impressed with the new commando-coiffure some of his OL is sporting than the berating Coach Mac delivered to his wrong-shoe players.

    Wait, how about one OLM commenting that they were really gased from running.
    Sorry, no change there either.

    MAC always screams to get attention, just like a good guy does when he feels someone is taking advantage.
    But, really, it wasnt effective last year and prolly less this year becz his players have figured him out--loud bark with no teeth.
    It didnt stop unconscious penalties or temper, what difference does a year make?

    Bottomline, it will come in the offensive trenches when camp opens.
    Be there and watch the first set of sprints.
    All the puff and sugar coating will exit out the door in that brief drill.

    Im betting Gordie has a whip and our boyz know it.

    Not saying MAC aint taken seriousily--Im just saying what everyone else has been saying on this blog--MAC is a good guy....for what its worth.

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