Beau Yap commits to UH

January 31st, 2010
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Beau Yap, The Advertiser's state Defensive Player of the Year, has accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors, according to his father, Boyd Yap.

Yap, a rush end from Kamehameha Schools, had made a commitment to Baylor last week. He visited Oregon State this weekend. But after returning today, he changed his mind and pledged a commitment to the Warriors.

Boyd Yap, once a Player of the Year, also played for UH in the early 1980s.

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Our columnist Ferd Lewis  surveyed several college coaches, who came up with a list of the top prospects in the state:

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100131/COLUMNISTS06/1310389/Three+players+rise+to+top+of+solid+recruiting+class

Do you agree with their ranking?

Give us your opinion.

Let us know.

223 Responses to “Beau Yap commits to UH”

  1. YOUlike:

    1st! I agree with most of the list!


  2. YOUlike:

    Sorry, good morning. When did Sani F commit to Arizona? Where is Akuna going? Do we have a shot?


  3. whitey:

    Good morning Tsaikos


  4. wafan:

    Top 5!


  5. d1島:

    Great Morning All!

    Any list is probably conjecture but "Ferd" seems to have done good research according to what he wrote.


  6. wafan:

    Good morning, again.


  7. Slugger:

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


  8. d1島:

    Howzit whitey, wafan and YOUlike....


  9. d1島:

    ...and Slugger.

    Are you back on the Aina?


  10. wafan:

    8 to UH and 4 undecided from the list. Awesome.


  11. wafan:

    Hi, d1. Is there a game at UPS or PLU this year?


  12. stuntedgrowth:

    agree...go warriors


  13. mctruck:

    Good morning Tsaiko's,

    Just meesin around this morning and came across Rivalsdotcom rankings of commits thus far by position: and noticed UH is ranked 6th in the nation along with BYU for commits in the LB catagory. I thought UH had a very good group in that area and this ranking confirms my original feelings along this line. Now to see if these verbals stick with their commitments.


  14. Slugger:

    d1,

    Hiyah! Yup, I'm back in the warm sunshine. It was soooo nice to come back home & watch the MVB team get a win over the Anteaters.

    Off for a short walk & then a private tour of Hanaiakamalama with my school chums.

    Esme & out...


  15. Bulla:

    LOI day will answer some questions, but reality sets in come September....although LOI is a contractual agreement, requirements need to be met, scores need to be verified, degrees obtained, and graduation accomplished. so, the recruiting cycle will go into a 'brief' hiatus, but will continue.....business as usual.....for college coaches.


  16. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :) :) :)

    Great post! It would be nice if "The Ferd", as a respected elder statesman among local sports journalist, would create such a list each year.

    Nice work, Senor Ferd! ;)


  17. madeinhawaii:

    g'morning.. g'morning...

    now to look at that list.. hmmm...


  18. d1島:

    wafan,

    Sorry, was catching up on posts from last night...

    Yes! Wildcats will be playing at both this year...I'll get the dates to you soon.
    Their schedule is set already but it looks like their website is down right now :-(


  19. NYUH:

    Too bad the bb team came up a bit short. They played well.


  20. madeinhawaii:

    Hmm... good that we are in the mix for the top 25... a little disappointed that we're not in the mix for the top 10, though. The idea of losing out to Colorado or Washington for the top ten... shudder...

    Oh well.... just gotta enjoy the ride.. enjoy the ride..


  21. RedZone:

    Defenses were really good this past season but I still find it strange that there are no runningbacks or wide receivers on the list. I think that there is one on the list that could be better as a wide receive. I also hope that UH gets at least one of the 2 safeties that are still undecided.


  22. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Stephen-
    Given all of the comments we see on yesterday's post about crowd management at the SC during men's volleyball, why not have someone from the Stanley on the WB to address some of the concerns that some of our posters might have? It may help to clear the air.


  23. kama krab:

    Howzit Everybody,

    Do I agree with the list,

    Pretty much but what is kind of making me feel pretty good is that of the top 25 on that list, Hawaii has 8 committed to play for the home team and 2 more that may make there commitment after this weekend.


  24. addahknowjoe:

    I've worked on Wes Nakama for soo long that I assumed Ferd was cool on this matter.

    Shucks. My bad.

    ST- try wake up Ferd and tell 'um come read-

    Ferd: I can't believe (in your opinion) not even one player from the KIF, MIL or BIIF is NOT D-1 potential. Not even one "player of the year "from each league could even crack #25 on your list!

    OK... =)

    If you're gonna refer to your lists of prospects as, "...tops in the Islands..." kindly show the outer island talents as well.

    But hey, if there is none, that's fine also. But, explain why there is none, in your opinion. Either demonstrate that you research and absolutely could not find any, or state you were simply too lazy to look because you were pressed for time. But, you know, an easy stroll over to Wes's desk and a quick inquiry could help you.

    If your response is, "well I didn't read anything about any outer island talents.." or, "outer island reporters didn't supply me with info..." That's fine too. But then, you CANNOT honestly refer to your list as, " tops in the islands." How can you! You neva even look! To state such is "Yellow Belly Journalism" my friend.

    Call it, "Oahu's" Top 25. That's fine. Because, that's exactly what you have and did research on.

    Over the years Wes Nakama and I have had our differences about this topic. But, I have to say, since then he's been cracking his ass trying to make an honest effort to keep up with outer island talent. If he doesn't know, he'll say or demonstrate it in his articles accordingly.

    Ferd, I expect more professionalism from you on this matter. Kindly remove those narrow minded blinds. If you don't know it by now, you do have a wider audience beyond Oahu. Mahalo Ferd.


  25. kama krab:

    Hey,

    For all those that are still DISAPPOINTED about not getting any commits from the top 10 players in the state, first of all we still get chance with Lawrence Lagafuaina and a very remote outside chance at Hauoli Jamora. Not to mention Jeremy Iaone even though we may have an even less then remote chance for him.

    All I'm trying to say is, we have made big time inroads with these top prospects in the past several years and guess what, these inroads will only get better. As I stated in my ealier post, we received commits from 8 out of the top 25 players in the state with 2 more having tripped this past weekend. Really what is there to be DISAPPOINTED about.

    The effort is there now we just gotta solidify our process and get over the hump so that we can one day see the top 10 prospects with Hawaii next to there names.


  26. Kekoa:

    My prediction is...Kona will go to ND. (and what if Jamora changes his mind about UW?)...ND would be my guess, and those two would dominate the national media coverage as Manti did last year. UH will be standing in the shadows, waiting their turn, tsai....

    As Garret pointed out yesterday. Hawaii is becoming the place to be for coaches across the fruited plains to seek quality players. Overall, that's a good thing. It means more opportunities are knocking. Our local boys will be earning a scholie to play football, and that's the bottom line for mom & dad.


  27. r b:

    If all holds well with uh commits, i think we did good. We lose Epinesa
    maybe we get Lagafuaina and Jamora(pray)We also got Ryan who is hungry and wants to be a warrior.I feel good!


  28. madeinhawaii:

    kama krab,

    I know.. I know... but but... it's sad that we don't get to see so many of our homegrown top talent play at home. And when in those rare games that we do, we are usually rooting against them.

    But I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Just got to build a program with a lasting tradition, a solid foundation and make sure the educational and post occupational offerings are on solid footing, as well.

    Besides...I have to wonder... would we have seen the likes of Chad Owens, Nate Jackson or Leonard Peters if we had gotten all the cream of the crop?


  29. tommui:

    DPK: I sent the comments made by - I think it was Kazz - re: #22 to JD yesterday.


  30. postmanke:

    I dont know about the rankings but securing only 5 of the top 20 for whatever reason, needs, not on their list, etc.. only confirms to me that the ship is still sinking..


  31. Pomai:

    addahknowjoe come on brah tell us how you really feel!!! lol


  32. kama krab:

    No doubt MIH,

    You gotta build a solid bridge before anyone can walk across that bridge and feel safe about it. By that I mean, you gotta first build inroads with the coaches and the families in the community. Next you have to build a solid program that everyone can feel good about. After that you have make sure the institution has everything a young person is looking for. Once all of these requirements are met, only then you will see the top of the top staying and playing for the home team. But we all know that even with that, some kids just want to go away no matter what we do to better the program. That is just the way of life.

    And you ask if we would have gotten the likes of Chad Owens, Nate Jackson or Leonard Peter if we had gotten the cream of the crop, I think we still would have but they probably would not have gotten the chance to make as big of an impact.


  33. Kekoa:

    A-Joe ~ Why don't you tell us what's really getting you so riled on a beautiful Sunday morning?!

    My take on the usher incidents...

    Make it a mandatory for all ushers, ticket takers, box office folks and vendors to attend a special seminar.

    1. Call bhf2 in to give them sensitivity classes.

    2. His assistant could be the steely-eyed, unwavering coach Bulla.

    3. Fire anyone who misses the class. Any persons exhibiting a negative attitude in class will be sent to Kazz & C_C's section for remedial cheering 101 for the rest of the Spring season.

    Any questions?


  34. Kekoa:

    Oops..make it a mandatory class...


  35. Pomai:

    You know I feel that's it not so much getting the top players in the state to come play for UH, it's what you do with what you have got. As kama krab said there has been a lot of players who came to UH that where not wanted by anyone, but they made mark in the ranks of great players. Coach'um up Mack.


  36. d1島:

    Interesting comment from Reinbold on FB

    SUNDAY - DALLAS...FINAL RECRUITING WEEKEND IS HISTORY...NOW COUNT DOWN TO NATIONAL SIGNING DAY...OUR BASKETBALL TEAM'S BIG WIN OVER MEMPHIS WAS A POSITIVE...WHEN EVERY SPORT WINS IT HELPS THE OTHERS...WHEN ONE ASPECT OF A SCHOOL IS OUTSTANDING IT HELPS THE OTHERS...A SHARED COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE ONE OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SMU

    In light of some comments from the MVB games this weekend, this could also be extended to the "attitude" shown to the paying supporters (student and otherwise) at an on-campus venue.
    I hope none of the visiting prospects noticed the less-than-hospitable treatment!


  37. addahknowjoe:

    Pomai- Bwahahahahaha!.

    I don't dispute Ferd's findings. What I disagree on is his labeling of his list.

    "Tops on Oahu" would be more appropriate.

    Gmorning Tsaikos! =)


  38. Pomai:

    Kekoa I wonder what would happen if when one of them came to kick someone out of a seat, that person says "Oh sorry I wen lose da ticket of dis seat" then if they keep trying to remove the person, the person tells the usher "Eh wots your name, so I can include it in my law suite" LOL


  39. kama krab:

    postmanke,

    I think you fishing to make your point my friend. I pretty much agree with most of the things you post but recently with your analysis of recruiting, I think you are fishing.

    Lets set some facts.

    According to sites such as Scout, we have somewhere around 10-12 of the top 30 prospects in the state commited to UH. In Rivals, which I have followed closely, we have 10 out of the top 30. According to Ferd article we have 8 out of the top 25. Oh and lets not forget that two others from those list just finished there visits with the home team and may commit to the home team.

    So according to the facts, I think we did pretty good for ourselves this year with regards to local recruiting. I think what alot of people are looking at is how much of the top 10 prospects have commited to UH and there lays the problem. I must confess that we have not done very well in getting these top players to commit to us but to have some of them strongly consider us is something we can build on for the future and hopefully one day that consideration turns into a commit.


  40. addahknowjoe:

    Kekoa Good morning, Hawaiian!

    Sunnavagunn, I accidentally wen step on Ferd's article getting outta bed this morning. Bugga made me Pu‘iwa! =)


  41. Pomai:

    I think one other thing you have to look at in the guys who go away, perhaps they want to play for UH but they look at what is there already an see that they may be riding the bench for a year or two and rather than that they try to pick a school that they think they have a shot at starting right away.


  42. ai-eee-soos:

    ST: Who were the coaches that Ferd used to compile this list ?


  43. kama krab:

    Pomai #41,

    I totally agree with your statement. None of the so called top prospect want to sit on the bench when they know they can go elsewhere and get playing time.


  44. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Didn't see any anyone removing illegal sitters, but I don't know why it's such a hassle. We don't sit in our assigned seats because others are sitting there - members of an extended ohana - so we move elsewhere. If someone came along with tickets for our "new" seats, we'd just move to other seats. I am certainly not going to ask that the ushers bump people out of our regular seats unless forced to.

    Jim Donovan is ultimately responsible, but the first person directly in charge would be Rick Sheriff and then Teri Chang who's Rick's immediate supervisor.


  45. kama krab:

    By the way,

    ST how are we doing with regard to recruiting. Can we expect any other recruiting news before LOI day?


  46. WarriorMojo:

    Morning all. In defense of "Ferd", he does state that the list was a compilation of ratings from recruiters. I doubt he say all of these players himself and I especially doubt he saw any neighbor island games.

    But that brings up another point. Certainly, UH has to do a better job recruiting Hawaii, but it's not NEARLY as easy as people say. In fact, I say it's MUCH easier for OSU, UDub, ND, etc. to recruit Hawaii than it is for UH.


  47. RedZone:

    Pomai made a good point. I would also add that may be they don't want to be embarrassed and be called a bust in their home state if they don't live up to the expectations of some. I feel really bad when I see those who have chosen to play for the home team who get rididculed by some who call themselves fans.


  48. el guapo:

    postmanke:

    January 31st, 2010 at 9:16 am
    I dont know about the rankings but securing only 5 of the top 20 for whatever reason, needs, not on their list, etc.. only confirms to me that the ship is still sinking..

    I don't agree that this means the ship is sinking. What is the ultimate goal, to win football games or to secure the top local recruits? Both would be nice but obviously the goal is to win with what you have. If Mack does that, more locals will stay home.


  49. Derek:

    Who knows? Recruiting is an in exact science. Just like the NFL draft. Example, Jason Ching. The top recruit who went to Notre Dame. By all accounts, he did not do well in his football career, maybe because of injuries but he got a good education. Also, Jonothan Mapu the top prospect who went to Tenn. I don't think he had a great college career either. In fact, I think it was sub-par. One guy who did well is Al Afalava, Kahuku, who played at Oregon St. and is now w/ the Chicago Bears. A lot has to do w/ the situation. If you go to a big time school like USC or UCLA or Notre Dame, Hawaii players tend to get lost in the shuffle because they have so many top recruits.

    To me, the one player I would get is Ioane. I hope he signs w/ UH. He could end up like Polamalu, as a safety. We still need a good kicker.
    The No.1 priority however, is to stop the run. Wisconsin really exposed us, not to mention a couple of other teams.

    Good luck to UH in this years recruiting class.


  50. kama krab:

    Derek #49,

    No Doubt. You can say top prospect this and top prospect that but until those top prospects get onto the field in college all they will be is just another player.

    Oh and no doubt Jeremy Iaone will be another Polumalu.


  51. Kekoa:

    A-Joe ~ Makes you wonda about the media elite. We could make that quite an issue at LOI day.

    Respect ALL of the sons of Hawaii. They each have talent to show the world.


  52. WarriorMojo:

    As an example, clearly watching a game in person is the best way to scout a player. So when does the coaching staff get to do that? High school games are usually on Friday nights. Obviously, the staff isn't in Hawaii on weeks that road games are played. That's a HUGE disadvantage in conparison to a team like a USC or Garret's Longhorns who play most "road" games right in their recruiting centers.

    When there's a home game, the team and coaches go to a hotel the night before the game to prep for Saturday's game. Certainly, some of the coaches could be excused to watch high school games, but do you send a coach to catch Farrington vs. Castle, Kahuku vs. Waianae, Mililani vs. Kapolei, Kamehameha vs. St. Louis? OR do you watch Baldwin vs. Lahaina or another neighbor island game knowing that the coach will have to overnight it and won't be back for game prep until Saturday morning?


  53. jm2375:

    WDoc - #44 - see my post from last night. We were asked to move *after* we sat down, not while we were going down into the section, which would've made more sense. We ended up moving about 3 sections over, about 2 or 3 sections from where you were.

    We move seats all the time. They only sell student (HS & below) tickets for upper level. Even at the Wahine VB game vs NaMaSU (the 1000th win) we managed to find seats in the lower bowl. This was the first time they asked to check our tickets.


  54. Kekoa:

    @#42 ~ Ai-ee-soos: I bet you wuz dat wascal Elmer Fuud! Hehehe!


  55. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    A-Joe, your #24,

    Hawaiian! Now that I read your post and hemo some of the nuha, I think you may have a point there my friend. I didn't even realize while reading the list that there were no outer island kids. I have to think that one or two might have cracked the list. I guess that coverage, both by the coaches who helped compile the list and by the media, might be hurting the outer island kids at this point. We know that the outer island boys got game, though! ;)


  56. kama krab:

    Looking through the list compiled by Ferd, there was a stand out from King Kekaulike in Maui. The name is Elvis Matagi which committed to Utah State. I think the reason for not having more outer island kids is the fact that talent wise is was not a real banner year for the outer islands. There where some kids that may be 1-AA prospects or even D-2 prospects but there really wasn't your solid D-1 prospects coming out of the outer islands like last year and years past.

    Oh and I think UH commit Sean Shigematsu (sp?) has the height but will still be seen as a project thus no recognition as being a top prospect coming out of the outer islands.


  57. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!


  58. kama krab:

    Speaking of Elvis,

    He is a very solid kid with a solid motor. I would have liked to see UH give him a shot and he probably would have somehow ended up here if it wasn't for Utah State coming to the islands to recruit.

    But compared to someone like Lawrence Lagafuaina and Seali'i Epenesa, Elvis would have probably be seen as the third or fourth best DT prospect in the state.


  59. ai-eee-soos:

    re # 42 and # 54.

    Yeah, Elmer Fwudd was probably on that list, and so were

    Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.


  60. Pomai:

    You know after all this talk about who is da best in Hawaii high school, It makes me wonder how do all these so called experts see the boys play? Do they watch every game or do they just watch a few tapes? I really can't see how they can rate a player here in Hawaii a one or five star player by watching a few tapes. So how do they do it?????


  61. WarriorMojo:

    Here's another example: Schwenke gets a last minute offer from ND because a recruit shifted his oral commitment from ND to Stanford. Is Schwenke insulted by being second choice? Does he say the offer is too late? No, he's thrilled and honored and, I'm guessing, ends up in South Bend.

    Compare that to the Yap and Epenesa situations. It ain't easy for UH in Hawaii. We gotta change that.


  62. addahknowjoe:

    El Guapo! I stand corrected. Thank you.

    DPK. Get. Matagi from Kekaulike.

    Still, get plenny outer island talent that go unnoticed.

    The very same way we complain that Hawai'i and the rest of the WAC gets no respect, our local bigger market media gives very little credence and exposure to outer island kids.

    If Matagi is the only player Ferd could find in his extensive research of all the outer islands, then I have to respect that.

    Now, I'd hate to have outer island kids mentioned merely to be fair when in fact, there is no talent to be spoken of. That would be a total disservice.

    All I want is Ferd to make an honest effort to look. Get some gems hidden out there. Promise.

    Sometimes we're so concern with what we don't have in front of us, we overlook and forget what's already around and behind us.


  63. Kazz:

    JM,

    I had tickets behind the bench closest to the student section and I swear I spent 45% of the match looking to see the ushers walk up and down removing students from the student section and I thought that was you that got removed along with two other young girls with you.

    At first I wasn't sure, but I see that it was. Told Rob25 and Midori last night during the 10 minute break that I thought it was you and they couldn't believe it.

    Apparently all the commotion on Friday night was of people complaining and Rich Sheriff had to enforce, so the CHEAPEST section open for STUDENTS only was being watched.

    Something reeks of rotten cream cheese... :roll:

    All in all, over 10 different people got removed from sitting in 2 different EMPTY rows in the student section last night. Those rows and several REMAINED empty for all 5 sets last night.

    I'm done talking about this c-r-a-p already. Just gonna wait for an e-mail response from Rich Sheriff and/or Jim Donovan. CC'd Carl Clapp too.


  64. ai-eee-soos:

    adding to # 61.

    nothing wrong with a late offer -

    Norm Chow was in town the past week and made a late offer,

    and got a commitment. Of course, it helped that the kid was

    "following ucla since the 9th grade".

    Sometimes a late offer works, sometimes it doesn't.

    On to the next prospect !!!


  65. ai-eee-soos:

    more on Norm Chow -

    I wish that he would poach that waialua OT from sark;

    that would make my day.


  66. Ralph:

    Brittany Griner, Baylor wbb, 6'8 center. coach Dana got to go out and recruit some trees for her post players to compete. Baylor finishes in the top 20 yearly, and many times in the top ten. Plays in the competitive big 12, usually 6 to 8 teams qualify for the NCAA tournament.


  67. el guapo:

    Ralph,

    If they can play, yes. But it's better to have a Judy Mosley than a Connie Waikle.


  68. Pride.:

    Cultural attitude in Hawaii makes recruiting by the home team difficult. It's that been that way for many, many years. From a football standpoint, the only way to change that mindset is to win the conference regularly, and to go to and win a BCS game every once in a while. But winning the confernce regularly and finishing in the top twenty five consistently is important.

    A balanced approach is the key.

    1 - Recruiting
    2 - Off Season Training/ Speed, Agility, Power, Explosion, Flexibility, Endurance, and Stamina.
    3 - Superior Scheme in all three phases
    4 - Daily Practice Coaching/ fundamentals, technique, assignment
    5 - Game Management/ situational coaching, player management, decision making, gametime adjustments, clock management etc.
    6 - Player Motivation

    If Hawaii were able to secure 50% of the top ten recuits, that would be great. However, that never happens. In the past Hawaii has been in the 17 to 28% range of the top thirty. This year they may be in the top 32%, which is an imporvement over the percentage throughout the last ten years.

    In my opinion to secure the top 33% plus on a yearly basis, with superior management of the other stated phases of the porgram would put us in position to get to that goal of winning the WAC conference regularly. If we can, do that then we will start making inroads into the top ten recruits.

    It'll take time to get this done. But if you can get one, then two, then three, four and five out of the top ten, that would be awesome.

    But like I said we also have to be competitive in all the other aspects of the game. Offseason, scheme, fundamentals, game management, etc.

    Nuff.


  69. sportsbow:

    VJ Fehoko top 2 is now between Utah Utes and our Hawaii Warriors.

    That's what BigWave96744 said on the SportsHawaii board.

    LINK: http://www.sportshawaii.com/sh/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34871&start=45


  70. Ralph:

    el guapo had to goggle Connie, but she's not a bb player, Griner is, she starts for the 14 ranked Baylor Bears wbb team. There are more and more 6'4, 6'5 post players playing wbb and they are doing very well, their movements are fluid, we just got to recruit them to Hawaii. Our local bb players are on the short side, very few top 6'.


  71. Ralph:

    VJ is listed as 6'2, some recruiting forums list him at 5'10 to 5'11. He doesn't look 6'2 on tv, I saw a special tv program featuring him during the mainland vs Hawaii fb game


  72. EH NO MAKE !:

    Pride:

    I agree 100%!


  73. OldDiver:

    It's been pointed out that we may end up with 10 to 12 local recruits out of thirty. We also have to factor in how many of the top thirty UH was really after. With 25 or so scholarships to give some of our needs can only be met by recruiting on the mainland. I'm hoping for a good mix of players who will come in with great attitudes and will leave with the islands having a special place in their hearts.


  74. Derek:

    1) UH men's volleyball team are, to say the least, interesting to watch. They have patches of outstanding play and at other times, terrible. But, all the MPSF league teams are all good so any win is a very good win. And beating the former NCAA champs on consecutive nights is impressive. This team have some grit. In the men's game, the name of the game is serve and pass. There is still plenty of room for improvement. But, they are worth the price of admission.
    2) In college basketball, it's really a guard oriented game. My point, the top player in the country is John Wall, G from Kentucky, Jimmer Ferdette, BYU, G, Devan Downey, G, from South Carolina, Scottie Reynolds, G, Villanova, etc. etc. etc. If we have good guards who can shoot and handle the ball and run you can stay in and win a lot of games.
    You can complement it w/ a bunch of swingmen, about 6-5 to 6-7 players and you have the nucleas of a very good basketball team.
    Unfortunately, UH doesn't have those kind of players....yet!
    3) Most improved UH basketball player and most inspirational player - hands down, Brandon Adams. He's the one bright spot on a bad team that doesn't know how to close the deal. You cannot say, if Amis! And, if Williams! You play with the guys that you have. Period. There's no crying in basketball!!!! With Boise St. winning yesterday, we are what we are....at the bottom, just the media and coaches picked us. They're pretty accuate after all.
    4) There is hope for football players who are walk-ons at UH. One shining example is Chad Owens who show his meddle before he got a scholarship. Hey, Rich Miano was a walk-on too, before he went on to win All-WAC honors. Richard Torres was a walk-on and he's improved a lot. Kawika Ornellas from Mililani was a walk-on last year and he played pretty well I thought. So, there are a lot of great stories out there just waiting to happen. Who will be the next walk-on STAR?


  75. RedZone:

    I think the wahine needs a point and shooting guard more than they need a center.


  76. el guapo:

    Ralph,

    Connie Waikle played college basketball - right here at UH. But she couldn't move very well. In that case I'd prefer relentless players like Mosley, Cockett, Brunton.


  77. Pauoa Boy:

    We just need a point guard who is D1 caliber and can handle the ball and create something. Our guards are horrible handling the rock, no court vision, cannot create for crap, and can't shoot either. Don't get me started on defense because they get schooled on the regular too. Just irritating watching them play. What's worst is Nash always got an excuse and is clueless. Free throws, refs, off night, tired legs, blah blah blah...pathetic! The only reason games are close is because the other team is playing like crap as well. I try hard to bite my tongue and just be supportive but this season is embarassing to say the least for UH BBall.


  78. Kazz:

    Right now, the Warriors are missing Steve Grgas in the middle. Dyer is a good player and a good server, but 6'4"-6'5" ish, the rotation that takes out The Dragon has cost us some points. Not sure what #'ed rotation that is, but I noticed that last night.

    Best rotation up front seems to be The Dragon, Umlauft, and Hunt.

    ST, what's da "skinny" on Grgas? MRI? X-Ray?


  79. Kazz:

    OOPS... ST, nevermind, just saw this:

    StephenTsai: Steven Grgas said he will miss about six weeks because of fractured right hand.
    January 30, 2010 07:19:21 pm

    :sad:


  80. Kazz:

    Pauoa Boy:

    January 31st, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    What's worst is Nash always got an excuse and is clueless. Free throws, refs, off night, tired legs, blah blah blah...pathetic!

    Yes. The officiating can be VERY pathetic. :cool:

    Has been the trend for Wahine bball and recently Warrior vball... :lol:


  81. PONO:

    Who would have seen Yap committing to Hawaii coming.


  82. UH Player:

    I have been a lurker for a while since I am a UH athlete and I have to say that for the most part, posters here are pretty fair, but there are quite a few of you who seem to know EVERYTHING about playing EVERY sport and what it takes to coach, play, go to school and work. Soemtimes it's amusing, but most of the time it's not. Maybe it's passion, maybe it's loyalty, but most of the time you come off as people who are just concerned with winning. Trust me me, the coaches and the players want to win more than you do and we all bust our butts to try and give the people a bang for their buck because we appreciate all the support, but we are people too and much of what is said here by the CHOSEN few is hurtful, really. I remember people booing Timmy Chang, who was all Hawaii by heart and thinking geez, they want you to stay and play for the home team, but if you don't win it's expletive after expletive. We are not professional players. The coaches get paid and they are subject to disapproval which is rightfully so, but I can tell you straight up that the players support EVERY coach on the payroll right now and we wouldn't want it any other way. The coaches get the blame, but 85% of the time what seems to be a coaching mistake is just a mental error by the players. Granted it's a business and the buck stops with the coach, but the only coach I know that didn't have the players respect was Coach Bolla and he got the administrations attention in the end. Coach Mack and Coach Nash have had to pick up the pieces and have had only a couple of years to build the team they envisioned when taking over the reigns. Please, people, give them a fair allotment of support, please. We want to win for all of Hawaii because it's the people of Hawaii that make playing here special. We feel bad when we lose, but we feel happy more for the people than us when we win. That's Hawaii. It's greatest resource is it's people and you are who we play for.

    Aloha,
    UH Player


  83. haka:

    BEAU YAP! Mahalo for choosing to play for UH! Auryte!

    Go Beau!
    Go Warriors!

    Hmmm....maybe that will satisfy the "yappers"!


  84. lava:

    Well said UH Player. Very well said. You should post more. Hopefully your sentiments are taken to heart and have a lasting effect.


  85. Guest:

    WOOOOOOW!!!! AURITE BEAU YAP!!


  86. wafan:

    Neat-o!!! Welcome Warrior Yap!

    Whoo-hoo!!!


  87. d1島:

    Mahalo UH Player.

    Go Hawaii!


  88. d1島:

    Welcome to the Warriors Beau Yap!


  89. oldie:

    Great news about Beau Yap!

    Welcome to the Warriors. Looking forward to seeing you on the field. Thank you for choosing Hawaii!


  90. wafan:

    Beautifully said, UH Player. And, welcome to the blog!


  91. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    YEEEEEEEHAWWWWWW!!! BEAU YAP WILL BE A WARRIOR!!! :) :) :) :)


  92. hammer:

    #82 UH Player......#84 lava said it all.....right on!!!!!


  93. wafan:

    Well, that makes it 9 UH commits, 4 undecided, and 12 headed elsewhere.

    What a feeling! Who else can we "steal" from the other programs. HA!


  94. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    UH Player-
    Excellent! Nothin' like gettin' the story from the ones who are that story! Thanks for your post as it's fairly obvious that some posters need to mind what they say.

    A big mahalo to all the UH athletes for the hard work and sacrifice they endure to represent our state.


  95. Bulla:

    good news about Yap, welcome to the Warriors :)


  96. bstunna2002:

    Aurite Beau welcome to the warrior ohana, I think we still have a shot at Laga,Vj and Sampson it would be huge if all three committed, I can see Mack and the coaches are getting the job done I can't remember the last time we kept 10 out of the top 20 players in the state home,kudos to the coaches!


  97. Ralph:

    el guapo just got back online, your post on Connie, didn't know she played for Na Wahine. Sorry, never heard of her. The ones I've watched on ESPN women basketball can play, run, shoot, very nimble and athletic. We needed an athlete with height who can play the game. Like in mbb, Nash hyped Kurtz as a big body that will help us, but he sits on the bench most of the game. Nash has to coach him up and get him some game experience, 10 minute PT won't develop him and won't carry over to next season, He is a JUCO, one year left.


  98. haka:

    #82 UH Player
    We got your back. Mahalo for playing for UH. We appreciate all of you!

    Interesting how the recruiting is shaping up.
    If you can't outscore 'em...STOP 'EM!
    Looks like we are getting some great defensive help.

    al,
    looks like you win da bet that wasn't taken as we got "at least one of them". :)

    I feel more great news is coming!
    Be a Warrior!
    Go Warriors!


  99. Pauoa Boy:

    UH Player,

    Apologize as I may be one of those who criticize alot. Still I love our Warriors with a passion, all sports. I've played, coached, and been there so I'm not one of those sideline analysts pulling what I say out of the sky. Regardless, as bad as this may sound...everything is results driven. If a Coach isn't producing results than his or her tenure will be short lived. Also, many fans in Hawaii are results driven as well. Yeah it's sad but it's also fact. When teams win, more fans will come out, when teams lose, obviously fans numbers are down. Still there are us die-hard who come, cheer, support, win or lose, rain or shine. I know all the players try to give 100% everytime and we as fans appreciate that, but there are times when excuses are being made for lackluster, bonehead mistakes which is irritating. I don't expect for every game to be won or every player to have their best game everytime they hit the court, field or whatever...but one thing that I can't stand is when excuses are made. I will always praise a player or Coach who gives maximum effort win or lose everytime! Whether it may sound like it or not, I do bleed green!


  100. Ralph:

    We've got a lot of quality DE and LB who are in the 215-245 range, just out of HS or with little D1 experience, wouldn't UH be better off in the 3-4 package that Glanville used. Speed all around, enough height, a little light against USC student body right or left, but gang tackling solves the problem. Players with high motors, who are physical, and want to put their helmet to the number on every play can make it happen.


  101. al:

    yap!


  102. al:

    haka....thanks for reminding me.

    i'll bet another lunch he never pays off his bet.


  103. al:

    okay vj and laga on the fence.


  104. Pauoa Boy:

    Beau Yap...awesome news...welcome to Warrior Nation


  105. Ralph:

    Tommui, Kazz did any of you get an email back from JD. I guess he can't make an inquiry until the next work day, Monday, or does he have to go through the union before he approaches any UH personnel.


  106. wafan:

    PB . . .

    Are you at home or still in CA?

    Thanks for serving!!!


  107. sportsbow:

    No longer a soft verbal with Washington.

    50/50 chance for Lawrence Lagafuaina services between Washington and UH.

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

    LINK: http://hawaii.scout.com/a.z?s=219&p=8&c=1&nid=4325911

    Decision time for 'Aiea DL

    by Chris Fetters of Scout.com,
    January 31, 2010 at 8:14pm ET

    Scout.com briefly spoke with Lawrence Lagafuaina, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle from 'Aiea High School in Honolulu, and he took an official visit to the University of Hawai'i this past weekend. Before, Lagafuaina was committed to Washington, but now it looks like a two-horse race.

    "I just have to talk about it with my parents now," Lagafuaina told Scout.com Sunday afternoon. "It's 50/50 now (Washington/Hawai'i). I haven't made any final decision yet."

    Lagafuaina said that he probably would have a final decision made Monday night.


  108. Ralph:

    Al never collects on winning bets, but he is a good sports, when he loses he pays, just ask Nalani


  109. Pauoa Boy:

    wafan, still in CA for the time being... go back and forth to AZ too...


  110. Ralph:

    welcome aboard Beau Yap!


  111. Pauoa Boy:

    Lagafuaina,

    Right on I hope he makes the right decision for himself. At least get chance and would be mean to have another Isaac Sopoaga type clogging the middle. I could definitely see him in a Warrior Uniform pounding guys in the backfield...


  112. RedZone:

    Beau Yap thankyou for choosing to play for US. Welcome Warrior.


  113. Ralph:

    Luckily for UH, no one dissed Beau after he announced that he was going to Baylor, never know, the fat lady wasn't singing and the NLI date is next Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon and possibly into the evening, we'll know who are Warriors are. We should have kept JJ Eonatoa chant, to me its a more powerful feeling than listening to Hawaii 5-0, and that would have been a great chant to have on signing day.


  114. Ralph:

    Let's go AFC, AFC all the way- Raider Nation


  115. Kazz:

    UH Player,

    Mahalo for VALIDATING the same thing I've been screaming about for a few seasons now. Seriously, how PILAU is it of a bunch of out of shape pop-warner coaches booing UH athletes because dey losing on da spread yeah?

    Keep posting ANYTHING ON YOUR MIND. Genuine fans will appreciate your opinion!


  116. NYUH:

    Congrats Beau Yap, welcome to your road to the pros. Enjoy the ride.


  117. wafan:

    PB . . .

    Glad you are back safe and sound -- even if it is in CA. HA!


  118. Kazz:

    Ralph,

    Nothing yet. It is a Sunday.


  119. Pauoa Boy:

    wafan,

    mahalos, feels like I never left though, its freezing over here...


  120. Kazz:

    UH Player,

    Rest assured that there are many of us that still respect the student athlete here.

    The few others that reek of past athletic failures through bone-headed comments, well... it's no one's fault that they've come to hate life in general.


  121. jm2375:

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana Beau Yap!!

    Welcome to the blog UH Player. I echo the sentiment - please post more often.

    Oh yeah, welcome back Slugger.

    Ralph - who cares? It's not being played here! And 51% of the starters declined to play.


  122. koakane:

    good late afternoon tsaikos country

    great news on byap deciding to join the warriors hope more good news to follow this comming week

    congrats to cwade and the vball team on their win on saturday. keep it up


  123. wafan:

    How will the NFL spin the 2010 Pro Bowl? A success because of . . .


  124. Jason:

    Ralph: I'm a 3-4 guy, but you need bigger defensive linemen to run a 3-4. DEs should be at least 280, NT should be 330.


  125. Ralph:

    NFC doomed, Romo at qb. Go AFC, chomp on them!


  126. AZWARRIOR22:

    Great news about Beau...and UH Player, right on, brah, tell it like it is; we need no haters out there :-)

    Keep the good news flowing...I can feel the positive waves.


  127. Pride.:

    Jason:

    January 31st, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    Ralph: I'm a 3-4 guy, but you need bigger defensive linemen to run a 3-4. DEs should be at least 280, NT should be 330.

    Why are you a 3-4 guy? What made you become a 3-4 guy? Would you be able to coach a 4-3, if you didn't have the players to play a 3-4?


  128. Kazz:

    wafan:

    January 31st, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    How will the NFL spin the 2010 Pro Bowl? A success because of . .

    A success? Maybe the extra $$$$ they made from luxury box seats from a bunch of fat arse companies with wealthy golf enthusiast board members with their white collar families that don't know a damn thing about football...

    The majority of the real all stars don't wanna spend late January in a poor excuse replacement wannabe Hawaii destination.

    Hope the players families were able to avoid the muggings and drive-by shootings in the Miami area.


  129. al:

    praying for one more surprise turnaround.
    we'll know within the next 24 hours.
    don't ask....gotta keep mum on this one.


  130. Pride.:

    Tough to find a 3-4 NG. There are just not that many human beings walking this earth that can fit in as noseguards in a 3-4 scheme.


  131. Kazz:

    LOI day cannot come soon enough.

    Ink on papah...

    INK ON PAPER!!! :cool:


  132. ai-eee-soos:

    re #82 :

    Thank you for taking the time to post.

    I fully understand your message; I hope others do.

    Aloha.


  133. OldDiver:

    I'm a ( let the coaches decide what kind of defense we employ ) type of guy. While I have opinion's I have no experience coaching football at the D1A level, or at any level. I think Coach Mack showed this season he will employ either a 3-4 or 4-3 depending on the circumstances.


  134. Derek:

    1. To Mr. Lagafuiaina: Would you want to play in Paradise or in Seattle where it is dreary and raining all the time and colder? Besides, we're going to play the Huskies in Seattle in 2011. Being around family, friends, and the local community supporting you is a great feeling, wouldn't you say? Take the challenge to help the Warriors be the best in stopping the run. What do your say? Common, Man! Be a Warrior!
    2. To Mr. Beau Yap: Your commitment to the Warriors is from the heart and I commend you. May you have a great career with Hawaii. I'm sure you noticed that we needed help in improving the defense. I'm sure you can help in that regard. Thanks.
    3. To Mr. Jeremy Ioane: You can really help our secondary. I'm praying that you will choose to be a Warrior! Amen!
    4. Athleticism and ability trumps any big man. Example: The Portland Blazers have the 2 worst draft picks in history. With the 2nd pick, they selected Sam Bowie, C, from Kentucky when they could have had Michael Jordan. More recently, the picked Greg Oden, C, from Ohio St. #1 in the draft when they could have gotten Kevin Durant. Amazing! Are your kidding me! Look at the history.
    5. Don't knock the Neighbor Islands. They have had their share of good players. Kaulana Noa from the Big Island, Bernard Carvalho from Kauai,
    Maiava from Baldwin, Dizon from Waimea who went to Colorado as a LB . Let's wait awhile until we assess Shigematsu. I haven't seen this guy, but if the coaches offered a scholarship they must have seen something, especially if Gordy Shaw liked him.


  135. Pride.:

    Remember gang. We don't know who from this year's class will turnaround and come back to be Warriors two to three years from now. We already have a few on this year's team. Mana Lolotai, Mana Silva, Kapono Rawlins-Crivello, Kamalu Umu, Josh Manupuna, Kaniela Tuipulotu, Ikaika Rodenhurst, Kainoa LaCount, and Bronson Tiwanak. All of them players who originally signed with mainland schools before becoming Warriors. Hawaii coaches are good at bringing in talent to Hawaii, even in non-conventional ways. That's what we need to do to be competitive on the field.


  136. Jason:

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying UH should run a 3-4. But I've always preferred the 3-4 to the 4-3. That said, with the personnel that UH has, I'd be running a 4-3 like Mack does.


  137. Hank:

    ....love the news on recruiting so far...Mahalo Beau Yap!!!


  138. Hank:

    ....thanks for your thoughts UH Player...#84


  139. Hank:

    Jonas Umlauft - gotta love that freshman's passion for the game...


  140. Bulla:

    Welcome to Mr. Beau Yap....

    GO WARRIORS


  141. Pride.:

    UH Player:

    January 31st, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Please, people, give them(coaches) a fair allotment of support, please. We want to win for all of Hawaii because it's the people of Hawaii that make playing here special. We feel bad when we lose, but we feel happy more for the people than us when we win. That's Hawaii. It's greatest resource is it's people and you are who we play for.

    Aloha,
    UH Player

    This kind of put's it all into proper perspective doesn't it?

    I'm hoping that SteveM puts this post into the archives for future reference.

    So as we post, we need to remember who's reading these posts. Players, coaches, parents, relatives of players, their friends, fans, even former coaches.

    Need to be a little bit careful.


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  143. Pride.:

    Welcome Beau Yap to the Warrior family. Welcome also to all of Beau Yap's fans.

    Let me see, who migh that be?

    Welcome to:
    1 - The Yap family
    2 - The Gerard family
    3 - The Kamehameha Warrior 'ohana(Beau's, mom's, and dad's alma mater)
    4 - The Kaiser Warrior 'ohana(Beau's dad's co-alma mater)
    5 - HPD and HPD retirees(late Grandpa's former place of Employment as a Major)
    6 - Kempo Karate 'ohana(late Grandpa's hobby as a sensei)
    7 - All former Manoa pop warner fans(Beau's fomer team)
    8 - All local young ladies between twelve and 18 years of age(if Beau is anything like his dad; dad always had lines of young women that were ardent fans. I never knew why?)...just joking of course.

    That's a pretty decent following. But just goes to show you what can happen when our young talent stays home.

    Can still make it to the NFL. e.g. Samson Satele, Vince Manuwai.
    Can still earn national honors e.g. John Estes/ Rimington and Outland finalist.
    Can still go to a bowl game e.g. Hawaii bowl/Sugar bowl
    Can still win the WAC e.g. 2007 season
    Can still get a good education e.g. Jim Donovan MBA, Shawn Ching J.D., Haku Kahoano M.D., Dan Robinson D.D.A. Eugene Price MBA, MAcc.

    Can do a lot of good things in your life as a Warrior.


  144. Pride.:

    E kala mai, Dan Robinson DDS.

    Pride. DDA

    Do Do Analretentive


  145. Bulla:

    Pride,

    so informative but so eloquent...mahalo for all of your 411 today...... LOI day is coming soon...............to a location near to you.


  146. mano1:

    Thank you so very much Mr. Beau Yap for staying home to pay for UH Warriors. Means a lot to Hawaii people like me that studs like you stay home to make UH a winner. I feel chicken skin after reading of your decision today. Thank you again and I'll be cheering my a__s off again for Warriors.

    113/Ralph....+1 ..agree...we should have kept JJ Eonatoa chant...pride flows more when I hear that.


  147. SteveM:

    Tomorrow is the service for Long Time UH Fan (Frederick Pang) at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe. Viewing from 10:30 am and services start at 11:30 am. Burial and lunch to follow.

    Stretch and Al have arranged for a wreath from the Tsai-kos. Mahalo to them! Peaches will help at the reception desk.

    The Tsai-ko autobiography of Fred and photos of the events he and Lorna were able to attend are shown at...

    http://home.roadrunner.com/~smurashi/tsai-kos/bios/bio-longtime.html

    Lorna told Peaches that the Tsai-ko bio by Fred will be incorporated into the service.


  148. haka:

    Another angel in the best seats in da house.

    Aloha LTUHF


  149. tommui:

    Ah, come on AL.

    I'm leaving town on Tuesday morning - give me a clue!!!

    Incidentally, if you still got the quarter, if it is not Philadelphia mint or Guam or Trust Territories (Mariana?), spend it. And thanks for the thought.


  150. tommui:

    When PRIDE speaks, I listen.

    Because he is bigger than I am!

    And because he knows his football!

    'Nuf said.


  151. tommui:

    RALPH: re #105

    Nothing yet.

    will bring it up tomorrow if I get together with some NaKoa people.


  152. Pomai:

    According to Scout.com

    OLB Dominick Sierra (La Habra HS)
    La Habra, CA 6-1/207

    gave a soft verbal to UH


  153. al:

    pomai....sierra committed in june/09.
    since then he took a trip to nevada recently, thus, the down grade by scout.com to a soft verbal status.

    at the time of his verbal to manoa he said this was his dream school. has things changed?

    three more days will tell.


  154. Momona:

    Pride - Dan Robinson got his BA from UH. UH doesn't have a Dental School. Sorry to be so anal.


  155. Bulla:

    On a somber note, as Steve M. mentioned, tomorrow is Fred Pang's service, one of our very own Tsaikos..... we're not young anymore, we're not invincible, and we don't have all the answers....... basically, we got our family, our frends, and our Tsaikos....... make memories, make memories, make memories, life is too short gang, and we never know when we shall all see each other again.

    I really enjoy this blog, the banter, the jokes, the 'inside scoop', and the outside 'poop' that comes along every now and then....but that's life, and that's what makes our friendships so very special. i am grateful and proud to know all the Tsaikos I have met, and honored to call you my friends.....

    In a tribute to my Tsaiko friend LTUHF, Fred Pang, I am going to wear my Tsaiko shirt to his service, I think he'd like that :) just a thought.....

    By now, Fred is already scheduling CC's in heaven for all our other UH die hard fans.........IMUA WARRIORS, God Bless LTUHF.............


  156. Pride.:

    Momona:

    January 31st, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    Pride - Dan Robinson got his BA from UH. UH doesn't have a Dental School. Sorry to be so anal.

    What I meant by listing their designations is that they can still acheive their educational goals by attending the University of Hawaii. I am aware that UH doesn't have a dental school but does have a pretty decent dental hygenist program. Also hoping that UH Hilo's pharmacy school will be accredited soon.

    Interesting story on Haku Kahano is that he graduated from law school first, and then worked in the field, before changing his mind and going to the UH medical school.


  157. Pride.:

    Bulla:

    January 31st, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    In a tribute to my Tsaiko friend LTUHF, Fred Pang, I am going to wear my Tsaiko shirt to his service, I think he'd like that just a thought.....

    That's funny Bulla. Fred's grandson said the same thing.


  158. EH NO MAKE !:

    WOW !

    Beau Yap changes his mind and commits to Hawaii.
    Warriors win !
    GREAT news !

    And me, well, I eat crow, with a smile on my face.

    All is good, we got a good one !


  159. Pride.:

    That be Haku Kahoano not Kahano.


  160. Pride.:

    We gotta keep our fingers crossed and wait for Wednesday. Still remember Jeremy Perry, Wade Keliikipi, Iuta Tepa, last minute losses to poaching.


  161. Richie:

    This is really great news. Ferd, you were wrong in your ranking on Beau. He is well within the Top 10.


  162. lava:

    EH NO MAKE !:, re post #158, I'll consider that a "Way to go Coach Mack."


  163. Bulla:

    Pride,

    Poaching or cockroaching, either way.....it should be illegal!


  164. Pride.:

    Whoah cockroaching sounds more ugly.


  165. Stephen Tsai:

    Word on the street is Ioane has not accepted the Notre Dame offer ... yet.
    He's still mulling.
    UH has a slim shot.


  166. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Aloha UH Player - your post should be glued to some folks' foreheads.

    As a season-ticket holder in six sports plus a faithful third base fan of the Wahine softball team, DrDoc and I are there to support you and your fellow athletes. Mahalo for playing for us. If it weren't necessary to spend some time at work, I suspect that we'd be at all UH's sporting events.

    Kazz and others - be sure to follow up your e-mails with phone calls. That is much more likely to get you the results you want. Ask for a f-2-f meeting to work on your concerns - see if you can get one set up before the start of Thursday's match.

    Still waiting on answers as to the actual amounts of money which have been or will be released for Aloha Stadium upgrades. However, I have some personal stuff to deal with this week which takes precedence over political and professional stuff so it may take a few more days before I have any answers. Sorry about that, but I really don't have any choice.


  167. rog:

    What about Jamora?


  168. rog:

    Did we offer Allen Sampson?


  169. anonymous:

    http://blogs.honoluluadvertiser.com/warriorbeat.php/2008/01/01/bowl_day#comments

    My condolences to the family of Long Time UH Fan (Frederick Pang). It was back on New Year's day, 2008, amongst the fervor of UH at the Sugar Bowl, the most profound remembrance of that day for me was Long Time UH Fan's post. It was like his words and the moral of the story touched me. As I look back at that day, now, I remember a man, a stranger to me, conveying a message that makes one open their eyes to the fact that things do happen for a reason. I very sadden that Fred Pang is no longer with us, but surely his words in this post will live on in my memory and others.

    On another note, this is what FloridaTed wrote.

    Comment from: FloridaTed [Visitor]
    Long Time,

    Great story.
    Permalink 01/01/08 @ 13:38

    I'm also sadden that FloridaTed is struggling with his health and my prayers are with him at this time, too. I would take the liberty of saying on FloridaTed's behalf that Long Time UH Fan's post also holds a special place in his heart, too.

    Comment from: Long Time UH Fan [Visitor]

    Off Topic ...but such a beautiful story... makes you understand that things happen for a reason...

    The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned
    to their first ministry, to reopen a church
    in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October
    excited about their opportunities When they saw
    their church, it was very run down and needed
    much work. They set a goal to have everything
    done in time to have their first service
    on Christmas Eve.
    T hey worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,
    painting, etc, and on December 18
    were ahead of schedule and just about finished.
    On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving
    rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.
    O n the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
    His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
    leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
    20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the
    sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about
    head high.
    T he pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
    and not knowing what else to do but postpone
    the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

    On the way he noticed that a local business was
    having a flea market type sale for charity so
    stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
    handmade, ivory colored, crocheted
    with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross
    embroidered right in the center. It was just
    the right size to cover up the hole in the front
    wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.
    By this time it had started to snow. An older
    woman running from the opposite direction was
    trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor
    invited her to wait in the warm church for
    the next bus 45 minutes later.

    She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
    while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put
    up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor
    could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
    it covered up the entire problem area.
    T hen he noticed the woman walking down the center
    aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. "Pastor,"
    she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
    The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
    the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into
    it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had
    made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.
    The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
    told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The
    woman explained that before the war she and
    her husband were well-to-do people in Austria.
    When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
    Her husband was going to follow her the next week.
    He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her
    husband or her home again.
    T he pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
    but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
    The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
    was the least he could do.. She lived on the other
    side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
    for the day for a housecleaning job.
    What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
    Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the
    spirit were great. At the end of the service, the
    pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door
    and many said that they would return.

    One older man, whom the pastor recognized
    from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the
    pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he
    wasn't leaving.
    The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
    the front wall because it was identical to one
    that his wife had made years ago when
    they lived in Austria before the war and how
    could there be two tablecloths so much alike.
    H e told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
    forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
    supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
    put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home
    again all the 35 years in between.
    The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
    take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten
    Island and to the same house where the pastor
    had taken the woman three days earlier.
    H e helped the man climb the three flights of
    stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on
    the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
    reunion he could ever imagine.
    True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

    Who says God does not work in mysterious ways..
    I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for
    you today, to guide you and protect you as you go
    along your way. His love is always with you, His
    promises are true, and when we give Him all our
    cares you know He will see us through.
    So when the road you're traveling on seems
    difficult at best.. Just remember I'm here
    praying and God will do the rest.

    Father, God, bless all my friends and family in what
    ever it is that You know they may be needing this
    day! May their life be full of your peace,
    prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a
    closer relationship with you. Amen.

    Permalink 01/01/08 @ 13:17


  170. Stretch:

    Was talking with Billy V last night about the situation with the having the students move. He informed me that it is a MPSF rule that fans need to sit in their ticketed seats. This prevents fans from moving around the arena and following the opposing teams just to heckle them. UH needs to find a way that to set up student sections in strategic areas so they have tickets in those areas.

    Next, the refs last night missed a HUGE call towards the end of game 4. Pretty funny that the down official, Dan Hironaka, uses glasses to read the line ups but as soon as play begins, he takes them off. If he needs them to see things near to him, why is he not wearing them when he supposed to call action?? From where I was sitting, the glasses looked pretty powerful. The ball off the head was RIGHT IN FRONT of him and he called it out. That is a 2 point swing. Since Hironaka missed it, shouldn't the line official have caught it also?? Are they too scared to overturn a higher official?? Maybe the Men's game is too fast for them. I know officiating errors will be made but for all 4 of them not to see it, that's pretty bad.


  171. Kekoa:

    Bulla ~ I too will wear my Tsaiko shirt to Fred's service tomorrow. I think he will be smiling down on us. :cool:

    Jason, I was gonna ask if you needed a ride. I forgot that you are a working man now. Anyone else coming from the Wessai need a ride over the Ko'olau's can call, or email me.


  172. jm2375:

    Stretch - #170 - an MPSF rule? You gotta be kidding. Only UH gets enough butts in the seats to make a difference. What's the attendance like at road games?

    Gotta agree with you on that one call. I was sitting on the other side of the court and could see the ball went off the head. Can't believe he didn't get overruled. How can the whole arena be right but not the refs?


  173. whitey:

    Stretch, you right about age and vision, but i got to say that the ref i liked best was Wally "the blind man" Tsutsumi. And when I think about it, he was everyone's favorite.


  174. Pride.:

    Anonymous. Thanks for re-printing that story.


  175. whitey:

    Congrats to the Warriors for their newest commit, Beau Yap!!!!!


  176. Ralph:

    Dan blinked and missed it. The play was too close to him, he flinched and blinked, end of story.


  177. Stretch:

    #176 - fine if he missed it due to a blink or flinch BUT there are 3 other refs who could have and should have seen it also.


  178. LizKauai [iMac] \m/:

    Hiya!
    What a busy day full of news!

    God Bless LTUHF.
    Also tomorrow, but here on Kauai at Veterans Cemetery, we will be saying aloha to our friend, educator Harry Greenwood. Mahalo to the Tsai-kos and facebook ohana who prayed for him and his family.

    I'm singing... and I'll have my Tsai-ko shirt on under my jacket... for Fred and the heavenly Tsai-ko crew!

    Sweet dreams and happy tomorrows!


  179. Kekoa:

    K-5 replay showed the ball coming off the side of his head. Did they replay it on the big screen inside the SSC for all to see?

    I guess it was obvious to everyone but the officials. ST was right on when his comment earlier in the day was about how bad his eyesight was at age 49. I guess we should be glad he's not the ref!


  180. Stretch:

    They showed the replay in the arena but I don't think the refs are allowed to change a call from watching a replay on the screen. They didn't look up at it or if they did, they didn't make it obvious.


  181. Kekoa:

    Oh wow...I'll prolly be SMU'd over that remark! I guess I'll be wearing my Tsaiko shirt one last time tomorrow...snf!


  182. madeinhawaii:

    WHOoooTAH!!! Alright! Welcome to the Warriors BEAU YAP!!!


  183. madeinhawaii:

    If we get commitments from 12 Hawaii players every year. In four years, we'd have 48 players. Add the 5th year and that makes 60! ... over half the team!

    Add walk-ons to that.


  184. Slugger:

    Congratulations to Beau Yap and the Warriors on Beau's commitment to play for the home team!

    See you guys at LTUHF's services tomorrow.

    Night!


  185. Mrs. LTUHF:

    Bulla, it's fine if you want to wear your Tsaiko shirt; He would be delighted...lol; my grandson, Bryce would love to wear/borrow it, if he could for tomorrow.


  186. Mrs. LTUHF:

    Yes, you, too, Kekoa; wear that Tsaiko shirt. You will look sharp!


  187. RedZone:

    Jeremy the time is right to be a Warrior.


  188. al:

    #82
    uh player,

    thank you for your post. now that is what i call keeping it real.

    it is good that you post what is in your heart. i hope that you do realize that you guys have many, many, fans and supporters who are with you win, lose, or draw.

    to the end.


  189. al:

    eh no make?

    so when can we have lunch?


  190. Ralph:

    Na Wahine softball starts in 2 weeks, Feb. 11 with a tournament which includes Stanford. More options, mbb, wbb, mvb and softball. Softball is free except for parking fee- great value, good competition, girls working hard.


  191. Pride.:

    Stephen Tsai:

    January 31st, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    Word on the street is Ioane has not accepted the Notre Dame offer ... yet.
    He's still mulling.
    UH has a slim shot.

    Thanks for that news Tsai. Even if it's a very small glimmer of hope, slim chances are better thhan none.


  192. Ralph:

    watching the under armour volleyball game, 3 of the HS MB heading to Penn State, 6'4, 6'5 and 6'6. To win our 5th pennant, UH has got to recruit height. The players selected to this all america game is not west coast centered, maybe 3 at the most from the west coast or heading to the west coast to play collegiate vb-USC, UCLA and Cal Poly.


  193. al:

    in the end....the top 25 in the eyes of the state shall be the ones who are playing for the home team.


  194. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Ralph: And baseball starts the following week! All totaled, there are 25 stadium and arena events in the lower campus during February. Hope to see - and speak to - some Tasi-kos at one or two games/matches.

    Sorry I never had the opportunity to meet LTUHF except through reading his posts here on the blog.


  195. al:

    ralph

    there were over 60 local boys on the active roster last year.


  196. RainbowCliff:

    Good Morning Tsaiko Nation, my deepest condolences goes out to LTUHF of the GREAT lost to this wonderful gentlemen. Read Steve M bio on Mr. Pang and all I can say after reading his beautiful story was "WOW" with sheer delight and keen interest of a guy who lived Hawaii to the fullest growing up and making every moment count from being clipped during his football days or becoming a dehydration leader for the love of the game.

    Life is uncertain and as we grow older it is imperative that you live it to the fullest and enjoy every minute that you can with love ones and friends. Your blog is "TREMENDOUS" with so much wealth of intelligence, wit and good humor as I feel with satisfaction of reading your posts of not so much Hawaii athletics but how you respect and admire each other.

    Mrs LTUH Fan I am so sorry for your lost but you can rest assure that your husband was admired, loved and highly respected for "ALL" that he accomplished and the life he lived to make it coming from humbling beginings and of course marrying you in which he knew he found his "soul mate" and the women of his life that he can call wife, beauty and queen.

    RIP LTUHF and mahalo for your "GREATNESS" !


  197. bighilofan2:

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Mrs. LTUH Fan

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I cannot come to the services, but I am with you in spirit. What a wonderful gentleman he was.
    He's gonna be missed, not just by his family, but by his many friends.
    Aloha Mr. Pang. A hui hou.


  198. bighilofan2:

    Congragulations coaches.

    Beau Yap. Thanks for choosing us. Yeeee haaaa!!!!!


  199. bighilofan2:

    UH Player

    thank you for posting. we need reminders, even us well meaning but sometimes retarded Warrior fans. please post some more.


  200. bighilofan2:

    Ryan Eastman

    THANK YOU for choosing to be a Warrior. Takes guts, my friend.
    And you have proved that you've got guts. I am so happy, in so many ways, that you are back in the islands.

    You wanna know why I am so happy about your decision? Because you've got the MIND of a Warrior. Your public display of wanting to be a Warrior, when everything for you is on the line, just give me a severe case of the chicken skins!

    I could go on gushing for hours. The bottom line, our coaches are not quitters. better yet, we got some talent who want to help our coaches win for us.

    yeeee haaa!!!


  201. bighilofan2:

    Eh No Make

    so lets go have lunch with Al.

    You can have the crow soup. :lol:

    I'll have the crow de jour. :mrgreen:

    and lets invite Justin.

    Yup, Mr. Yap's commit makes me feel super great about our Warriors.

    And, really good for the players that got offered scholarships elsewhere. they're working hard to improve their lives, so good luck to them.

    but the reality is, my heart is with the

    UH PLAYER.

    and WARRIOR NATION.


  202. bighilofan2:

    have a great day Tsaikos.

    hi ho esme woosh....


  203. wafan:

    Good morning, all.

    This is both a great and a sad day. Still celebrating our newest Warrior Beau, squeezing for a few more, and a day closer to LOI Day. LTUHF would be so excited! Never had the good fortune to meet LTUHF in person but I know by his words and actions he was a real-life Warrior.

    I am sure he will have some pull in creating more rainbows!!!

    Aloha, LTUHF! Green and black tapa accents will look great on those white angel robes. Look for Dad -- he will have the same outfit!!!


  204. Pride.:

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  205. PowderPuff:

    Happy Monday, Tsaikos! What GREAT news about Beau Yap...he's staying a Warrior!!! Wooo hoooo! :)


  206. Pride.:

    Warrior isn't a word on your jersey.

    Warrior is an "attitude"
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    Warrior is Chad Owens returning a kick for a touchdown
    Warrior is Colt Brennan coming back for his senior year
    Warrior is Leonard Peter's flowing locks
    Warrior is Samson Satele pancaking the noseguard
    Warrior is Greg Salas carrying three guys on his back to the first down marker
    Warrior is Rodney Bradley tip-toeing at the endline to gather in the touchdown pass
    Warrior is Vaughn Meatoga stuffing the run
    Warrior is Paipai Falemalu causing the fumble
    Warrior is Mana Silva making his second interception of the game

    Warrior is an "attitude"
    Warrior designation has to be earned


  207. Bulla:

    Good morning Tsaikos,

    Nice attitude Mr. Pride.......love it. your name says it all :)

    if any of you have a moment today, look to the sky and give LTUHF a big shaka sign....that'll make his day

    be blessed not stressed today :)


  208. Pride.:

    Warrior is an "attitude"
    Warrior is mana!
    Warriors possess mana!
    Irish sing nice songs
    Huskies are cute, loyal dogs
    Ducks go quack
    Beaver make dams
    Buffalo make warm hides
    Cougars roam mountains
    Seminoles make good medecine
    Razorbacks are hogs
    Aggies work in the field
    Wildcats roam with the Cougars
    Bruins are just bears

    Warriors are born for battle
    Warrior is an "attitude"
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  209. Pride.:

    Fred Pang is a Warrior
    Rest in peace brother.


  210. Bulla:

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    I like that, it's pretty catchy, and I think it's catching on :)


  211. d1島:

    Great Morning All!

    anonymous,
    Thanks for reprinting that great story. We all truly miss LongTimeUHFan's late night postings.

    Tsee you all at the memorial service...Tsaiko Black seems to be de rigueur.


  212. d1島:

    ...come with attitude.


  213. EH NO MAKE !:

    Pride:

    Bro, "Warrior is an attitude" is a GREAT slogan. I'm telling you, I just read that and now I'm all "jacked-up". Dang, I wanna slap around my noisey, messy neighbor...lol

    Al:

    Maybe not lunch, breakfast or something. I work overnights so the "normal" lunch hours is when I get my sleep usually.

    Beau Yap:

    Welcome home!


  214. bighilofan2:

    Al

    Eh No Make

    I no care whether its dinner or breakfast. imma inna, say two weeks out.

    Pride,
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    gonna try to live up to that "attitude" today. Amen.


  215. protector:

    Yahoo! Welcome & Mahalo to Beau Yap for becoming a Warrior! Didn't see that one coming. Hope Lagafuaina, Fehoko & others will choose UH by / on LOI
    Day. Really hope Jamora & Ioane haven't totally closed their minds about a UH possibility. Will continue to have hope.


  216. Rambo, John J.:

    To bad all you ya'll just think about who's going to be on the football team. Baylor would've given Beau Yap a quality education that couldn't be matched by the University of Hawaii. $8000.00 (Hawaii, Public) $50,000.00 (Baylor, Private) which one is better with a full scholarship? For some Hawaii people, aaah, leme guess. With all the cut backs at UH. Hawaii? Wrong answer!

    BIG 12, WAC, aaah ca mon!


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