Archive for December, 2009

The wonder years

December 31st, 2009

While I was pretending to work yesterday, I noticed my cohorts working on end-of -decade stories.

Decade is ending?

This is what happens when your cell phone is your watch. It seemed like only yesterday we assigned a business writer to exclusively report on Y2K. The world was supposed to go into chaos when the calendar struck '00 and our computers were to read it as "1900." Of course, I never understood why on New Year's 1999 the computers didn't read it as 1899. But I digress. Then again, it was a decade ago when our entire sports department had only  one computer that connected to the Internet.

As my cohorts tell me, it was quite a decade. Jessica Simpson said: "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says, 'Chicken of the Sea.'" Later in the decade, Tara Reid said: "I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist."

And, yes, my cohorts tell me the decade brought us American Idol, Project Runway, Survivor, Lost, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and the hanging chad. (I wonder what ever happened to Friendster, MySpace's predecessor?) Oh, and blogs.

But it also had to be the most entertaining — and successful — decade in UH football history, right? June Jones. Rolo the quarterback. Tim Chang.  H. The Warriors, and  The Warrior. The Hawaii Bowl. Ashley Lelie. Travis LaBoy. Vince Manuwai. The 220s. Chad Owens. The King (Samson Satele), Nasti and the Heisman Trophy finalist (Colt Brennan). Davone and Ryan. Grice-Mullins and Grice Mullen. Colt mania. Eo Na Toa. The Iceman. The haka. The ha‘a. The haka again. "I've never known a Texan to back down from a fight before. I guess their coach isn't from Texas." "I decided to come back for my senior year." "We wanted it badder." "Balls to the walls." The Sugar Bowl. Hawai‘i Pono‘i. Coach Mack.  Rolo the coach. Princess Leila. Princess Leila's videos. Adam and Solly. Blaze. Estacio. Salas ...

Enjoy the moments. You don't have to be a rock scientist to know they pass quickly.

Then again, you always can relive them on Youtube, like these:

Leach out; "The Beast"

December 30th, 2009

It's official: Mike Leach was fired as head coach at Texas Tech.

And, yes, UH has received your e-mails and read your posts: You want Leach to be the Warriors' offensive coordinator.

There are natural ties. Leach hired Greg McMackin as Tech's defensive coordinator in 2000. Mike Smith, who played at Tech, was a UH grad assistant the past season.

And Leach runs a four-wide offense that shares the same DNA as UH's offense.

But Leach is not coming here. No money. No  opening. His forthcoming law suit. And, of course, UH's offense is starting to click. Rolo is one of the bright, young minds of offensive football. His experience in 2009 will make him a better play-caller in 2010.

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We're proud of all of Hawai‘i's Sons — the ones who stay or go away — but we have special appreciation for defensive tackle Ryan "The Beast" Eastman because we consider him to be part of our blog family.

According to proud papa Bulla, The Beast has secured a release from Weber State and is ready to compete for the Warriors. There's paperwork to be filled and a tryout to attend, but we're hopeful he will successfully fulfill his dream of playing for the hometown team.

Bulla writes:

"Ryan knows that he is a walk on and he just wants a chance to play at a higher level and compete with the other Warriors.  He will have to redshirt this year and start from the bottom. But he gets to train, work out, learn the system, and play on the Scout team , which he wants to do because he gets to work out against the 1st string O linemen.  he loves the challenge, and i love his statement, 'Dad, it's time ... '"

Indeed, it is. Welcome home.



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Quarterback Corey Nielsen is having a fun winter break:


Charlie Wade

December 29th, 2009

Thanks again to Charlie Wade, who was today's guest on the Warrior Beat Show.

His comments were both interesting and inspiring.

Thanks also to  our readers for asking very good questions.

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Happy birthday to former UH cornerback Jameel Dowling, and to Michael Carter, the MVP of the 1992 Holiday Bowl.

Hello and goodbye

December 28th, 2009

Wideout Malcolm Lane, who did not play in 2009 to focus on academics, said he is set to rejoin the Warriors this coming semester.

Lane is on vacation in California, But he returns to Hawai‘i Wednesday.

Lane was missed the past season. His specialty was the choice route on deep patterns.

By the way, today is Malcolm's birthday.

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Slotback Jon Medeiros said he has decided not to participate in Pro Day, effectively ending  his playing career. Sure, it would have been a long shot for Medeiros to reach the next level — perhaps as unlikely as his journey from walk-on to starting right wideout.

Medeiros was a study in perseverance. After a year a Western Oregon, he returned to Hawai‘i. He attended the walk-on tryout, earning a berth on the team. For three years, he paid for his tuition and school expenses working in UH's maintenance department. He also saved money living at home in Kapolei and catching the bus to UH. He earned a scholarship the past summer, yet still traveled by bus, awakening at 4:30 every school morning.

He worked hard and never complained.

He is scheduled to earn a bachelor's degree in 2010. He already has a standing offer to coach at Kapolei High.

As we used to write in school annuals: Wish you the best in your future endeavors.


December 27th, 2009

Congrats to The Advertiser's All-State Players of Year:

manleyLeilehua's Andrew Manley

jamoraKahuku's Hauoli Jamora

yapKamehameha's Beau Yap

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Belated congratulations to Neal Iwamoto and Natalie Iwamoto on the latest addition to the UH ohana — Arianna, who was born Dec. 23.

Neal is an assistant media relations director in the UH athletic department (he primarily handles UH men's basketball). Natalie is director of  information for the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association.

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Fetaiagogo Fonoti is close to reaching an agreement with an agent. Earlier, center John Estes signed with Kenny Zuckerman and linebacker Blaze Soares signed with Wynn Silberman.