Archive for September, 2009

Tough loss

September 30th, 2009
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RUSTON, LA — It was a tough night for the Warriors. Not only did they lose to Louisiana Tech on national television, but they also might have lost quarterback Greg Alexander for a while. UH announced he suffered a sprained left knee. Alexander, who was on crutches after the game, said he will undergo an MRI on Sunday.

Also, at least two players were affected by the tsunami in American Samoa. Rocky Savaiigaea said he was told one of his cousins had died. Fetaiagogo Fonoti said his mother and  brother are in American Samoa. He said he has not been able to talk with them because of communication problems.

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"Please, please, I'm nobody," said Lou Holtz, as his police escorts helped him cut in front of us and take our  elevator ride to the press box.

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Mark May, who also is doing the telecast, rode with us. He's a nice guy.

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For lunch, Powderpuff and Stretch joined me and Ferd  at a cajun restaurant:

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This is gator:

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This is crawfish:

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Powderpuff:

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Stretch:

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At Wal-Mart, we ran into Maile, a former Kapahulu resident:

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In Dallas, we met a former Kaua‘i resident:

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And this is ... hey, how the heck did this picture get here?

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On the move

September 29th, 2009
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The Warriors have departed Dallas, by charter flight, and will spend tonight in Monroe, a 30-mile drive from Louisiana Tech's Ruston campus.

The Warriors had a spirited 45-minute workout at Trinity High this morning.

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Students from Trinity's middle school attended today's practice:

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Trinity is known for its large Polynesian population and its use of the haka before football games. Check out this guy's T-shirt:

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Here's former UH punter Mat McBriar and his lovely wife:

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After practice, we were running late, so the media, a UH official and a couple of blog readers decided to eat at Bone Daddy's, a barbecue rib restaurant. Here are our waitresses:

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UH spokesman Derek Inouchi said that, upon further review, the Warriors did not set the NCAA record for most sacks allowed in a season.

Soon after the completion of the 2008 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, UH officials announced that because of a miscalculation, the Warriors should have been credited with allowing two more sacks, giving them 59 for the season, an NCAA record. But after reviewing videos of every game, the original count proved to be right, meaning the Warriors should have been credited with 57 sacks allowed.

Big D

September 28th, 2009
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DALLAS  — The Warriors arrived in Dallas this morning, then practiced this afternoon at Trinity High School. They practice tomorrow morning here, then depart this afternoon for Monroe, La.

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UH sports media director Derek Inouchi is a life-long Cowboy fan who got to visit his dream site:

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PowderPuff also got into the Cowboy mood:

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Here's the new Cowboy Stadium:

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"Ron," the Cowboy fan:

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Getaway day

September 27th, 2009
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Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga was able to participate in some drills today. Meatoga is recovering from a sprained right ankle. He is expected to start in Wednesday's nationally televised game against Louisiana Tech.

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The travel roster was shuffled several times. But when it was finalized, defensive end Paipai Falemalu was on it. Falemalu also is recovering from a sprained right ankle.

Offensive tackle Brett Leonard, who has not played a down this season, is on the travel roster. The hope is to use this as his redshirt year; he will be activated on a must-need basis.

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Tough day for former Warrior Ryan Mouton, a good guy who had a bad game. He'll rebound.

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Belated birthday wishes to UHfan808.

Middle man

September 26th, 2009
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Blaze Soares appears to be comfortable in his new role as the middle linebacker. The move enables Soares to make use of his lateral range. He also will assume a greater leadership role. Soares is considered to be the Warriors' best blitzer. But even at middle, there are enough schemes to allow him to storm the backfield. By the way, according to defensive coordinator Cal Lee, Soares' GPA is 3.7.

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Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and defensive end Paipai Falemalu did not practice today because of sprained ankles. They vowed to practice tomorrow. The Warriors work out from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, then depart for Dallas in the afternoon.

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Jovonte Taylor was back at practice today, apparently having recovered from a sprained ankle. But all signs point to Royce Pollard starting at right wideout. Greg McMackin said it will be a game-day decision as to who will be the featured kick returner. The candidates are Taylor, Pollard and Kealoha Pilares.