Senior moment

March 28th, 2010
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Sunday ramblings:

• I just noticed a quirk in the men's volleyball schedule. The Warriors play their final regular-season home matches, against UC San Diego, Friday and Saturday. But wait. The following week, April 10, is the alumni match. So when does UH celebrate Senior Night?

• With last night's sweep of Pepperdine, Charlie Wade has to be the leading contender for Coach of the Year. Sure, the Warriors were expected to be better with the addition of Jonas Umlauft, who was recruited by Mike Wilton and Tino Reyes. But as we've learned, having promise isn't the same as keeping a promise. Wade has done an excellent job of keeping the players motivated and focused. What's more, the Warriors have played better in the road rematches, adjustments made by watching videos projected on hotel walls. That's good coaching.

• Kelly Majam's pursuit of Kate Robinson's single-season home run record is not exactly the McGwire-Sosa chase. It's better. Majam is an amazing player.

• It also is fun to watch the Rainbow Wahine's infield. They might not be the most artful defenders, but they are gritty and they make plays. Watching Amanda Taualii dive for a ball — in foul territory — shows this team's passion.

• I need to start paying more attention. Apparently, the coaches were raving about defensive end Kamalu Umu's play against the first-team offense in last year's practices. Umu should be one of more intriguing players to watch when spring training opens Wednesday.

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Happy birthday to our lady of love — Liz Kauai.

136 Responses to “Senior moment”

  1. chopsueyboy:

    first


  2. chopsueyboy:

    Good Morning Tsaikos!


  3. jm2375:

    3rd!

    Morning Tsai-kos!


  4. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Fort!


  5. Addahknowsports©:

    Fit, i guess...


  6. Kazz (blkberry_storm):

    McGuire and Sosa aint got nothin on Majam.

    She'll actually pass the drug test. :cool:


  7. koakane:

    hello tsaiko country

    morning ajoe, had fun at imua last night. was too tired to join up


  8. koakane:

    shout out to jm, chopsueyboy, dpk and kazzy

    btw congrats to the warrior men vballers and wahine sball teams for being victorious.

    kazz I must not be up yet but is the PC vs Aiea score correct?


  9. Addahknowsports©:

    Gramps, wrong Addahknow......How was the floating or trolleying?


  10. tommui:

    10th? top 15?

    Good morning Hawaii!


  11. jm2375:

    Happy Birthday LizK!!! Hope you're having a great breakfast and rest of the day!

    ST - I think I asked you that question once and you told me it was UCSD.


  12. Addahknowsports©:

    Today is LizK's birthday? Hauoli Lahanau to you Ms. Liz. Wishing you a beautiful Wessai birthday sunset


  13. koamahu:

    wow, aaaiiii ya. I never no ST when start one new thread. Neos.
    I wen post on yesterday's thread. Here what it said.

    Oooohhhhh! Where's JJ? We had a lovely night.
    I love when he serenade's me with his sweet voice.

    Where are you JJ?


  14. duffer:

    Kelly Majam has great extension at impact and hits the ball in front of her body to generate all the home run power.


  15. A-House:

    Is it really? J(J)'s birthday? then, a Happy Birfday to you!!!!!!!


  16. duffer:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ............. :-)


  17. koamahu:

    Happy Bday LizK
    I go tell my boyfriend sing birthday song for you.
    He had pleny practice last night.

    Hope his vocals still good.


  18. A-House:

    ST:

    and no forget the sharp grounder toward 2nd base which was snagged by Traci Yoshikawa and while running away from 1st base threw a strike to an out stretched Amanda T for the out.

    we all stood and cheered that defensive gem - that was spectectular!!!!


  19. A-House:

    Now, how da heck I wen put happy birfday to J(J) when it should be to LizK!!!

    Happy Birfday, LizK and many more!!!!!!!!!!!


  20. koamahu:

    A-House

    no it's not his birfday.
    He serenaded me last night, with his sweet voice.
    I thought he can sing for LizK.


  21. buffoman:

    It seems like the potential on the d-line is looking up. Hopefully, the o-line can be up to the task at hand. If the foundations are in place, we could find our team in every game. Let's only see the glass half full.


  22. Garret:

    Happy Birthday LizK!


  23. whitey:

    Happy Birthday LizK


  24. Garret:

    ST,

    I think that was Umu playing against the first team offense last year...


  25. A-House:

    Kekoa:

    Amanda was hit 3 times in yesterday's double header - 2x in the 2nd game.

    From my perspective, I could not detect any intentional "brushing" by Amanda - just good excecution of getting the runner out at 1st base.

    It sounded like the 1st base ump was telling the head umpire that the SJSU player did something wrong and then the coach came out and talked to his 1st baseman.

    Next time on TV or at the game, watch how Kelly Majam "practice" swings her bat. It had incredible speed as she "breaks her wrist". She has very strong wrists which contributes for power!!! And, as another posted, she makes contact with the ball "in front" of her giving her bat more power.


  26. Slugger:

    Morning, Tsaikos!

    Hau'oli la hanau, LIZKauai!!! Hope you have a wonderful day.


  27. koakane:

    e kala mai to asports still get maka piapia in da eye

    happy burfday to Lizk one of kauai's finest song bird

    esmeeeee


  28. A-House:

    Also, contratulations to Coach Wade and the Warrior VB team for sweeping Peperdine!

    all season long where UH loses the first match and comes back to win the 2nd match is credited to good "coaching" - something his predecessor had great difficulty with.


  29. Stephen Tsai:

    Garret:
    Thanks for the correction on offense/defense.
    I'm still a little glassy eyed today. I saw an amazing thing yesterday. Kazz flew. OK, relatively speaking. He jumped. Really high, when Yoshikawa made the play.


  30. Stephen Tsai:

    And Kazz was wearing UnderArmour shoes.


  31. djmitcho:

    Happy Birthday LizK!


  32. Garret:

    ST,

    I thought that mistake was appropriate on a blog entitled "senior moment".


  33. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZKAUAI !!!


  34. Garret:

    If Gordy Shaw eventually leaves UH for a big opportunity somewhere else, I'd like for Adrian Klemm to coach the OL at UH. I like Klemm's recruiting philosophy...and he's been able to recruit the 6'5", 6'6", and 6'7" OL recruits that fit his philosophy.

    The way I look at it is, I just recruit tackles, and the best five are going to be out there, and if one of them is not used to playing center, I’m going to teach him how to play center. But the best five are going to be out there. We have a unique blocking scheme, and it’s almost like you have guys on an island at different points in the protections. Everybody is asked to do the same thing, so it’s just a matter of them doing what they’re taught to do. I like big, aggressive guys that are really physical, can run … heavy-handed finishers. I want to wear teams down. That’s why I want to increase the length of the group over the next couple of years — get guys with good length, good knee-bend … physical.


  35. Kazz (blkberry_storm):

    With Under Armour on my feet, I feel I can touch the sky!!!!

    (Ok. Where's my check Mr. Plank???) :lol:


  36. Kekoa:

    A-House ~ Thanks for clearing that up. Ms. Taualii did indeed have a very physical day. The dive for the foul ball, and being nailed in the back with a fast ball even ONCE is no fun.

    What amazed me about her s-t-r-e-t-c-h to receive the throw from young Yoshikawa, was her ability to hop right up after the catch! It would have taken a crane to pick me up from that position! Bwhahahaha!

    One other thing about Kelly's swing. Being very compact and technically proficient is the key. It allows her to generate great bat speed to explode on the ball at the point of extension.

    She also has the ability to 'go' with the pitch on the outside corner and take it to Left field as she did last night. A bit more oomph and it would have been in the Tennis courts.

    Her other 2 homers in the 2nd game easily cleared the Right field scoreboard...and that is what you call givin' it a ride!

    I like Pomai's idea of a fund-raiser pitting the MBB against the Wahines in Softball. People would pay good money to attend. My money is on the Wahine because I don't think they could 'touch' the Wahine pitchers.


  37. Kazz:

    ***Off Topic***

    Bout to head out the door... It's Wrestlemania 26 and gonna head out to a BBQ while we catch it on PPV. The event is being held in the University of Phoenix Stadium where the Cardinals play and where the Fiesta Bowl is held. No doubt WWE will shatter the attendance record again in this giant venue.

    UFC needs to learn from WWE on how to create and atmosphere worthy of the price of admission. Yeah WWE is a show and UFC is real, but if I'm gonna shell out 50.00 for a PPV or 500.00-200.00 a ticket for a big event like this, the damn matches better last their advertised length!!!!!! :lol:

    Take notes UFC!

    The roof of the University of Phoenix Stadium will be open for the event, marking the third time in WrestleMania history after WrestleMania IX and XXIV that the event will be held in an open-air venue. Like the previous open-air events, a steel tarpaulin structure will be placed over the ring, which will be placed at the 50-yard line. Custom-built from Belgium, the tarpaulin will hold 30 tons of light and camera equipment, with much of the equipment shipped from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Over 1,000 lights will be used that will adapt to the decrease in sunlight as the show continues into the night. The entrance stage will stand 8 feet (2.4 m) off the stadium floor and measure 120 feet (37 m) wide. In an interview with The Arizona Republic, production manager Brian Petree described the stage design as a "completely new design that hasn't been done anywhere and won't be done again," while production designer Jason Robinson discussed about basing his stage design themes often on local flavors.

    The entrance ramp linking to the stage will be lined with cauldrons of fire, each at a temperature of 1,000 °F (538 °C). In addition, 400,000 individual pieces of pyrotechnic product will be launched 200 feet into the open air, with Robinson promising introducing new types of pyrotechnics never used in a WWE show before.

    Pre-planning for the set-up began six months before the event, while the contruction structures and equipment inside the stadium began two weeks before the event. It is estimated that 100 semitrucks were used to deliver equipment, in comparison to the 12 semitrucks used in a regular WWE show.


  38. Pomai:

    Kekoa I was telling miki about the MBB/WSB en she said do guys wouoldn't play them because they would be afraid of looking bad, so I told her that all we need to do is have the girls start talking smack to da guys. LOL For real I am going to talk to coach Coolen about it. I think if they did the promoition right it would draw a big crowd.


  39. Pomai:

    Oh sorry for da typo's

    do = da
    wouoldn't = wouldn't


  40. LizKauai [iMac] \m/:

    Hiya!

    Thanks for the birthday greetings!!!

    Having a lazy day so far. Yummy breakfast from #2 son and #1 son is cooking up an Indian food feast for tonight.

    Too bad no fish are biting...

    But no worrys.

    Heading out for the Rodney Ahn Memorial, then packing up the pulehu chx for my deliveries and then.... ???

    Have a blessed day, everyone!


  41. Derek:

    2 Butlers. Butler Univ. is a great story. They should already start planning Hoosiers 2 if they win the whole thing. DeSean Butler leads West Virginia over Kentucky. "Country roads, take me home. To the place, I belong."
    I love Michigan St. too and that gritty band of Spartans. I am impressed w/ the big guy, Draymond Green. He can handle the ball like a guard and pass like a guard. What a talent.

    UH softball should charge admission. People can pay at least a dollar to see them play. In this economy, they have to generate revenue if they can. Otherwise, people should donate to their program at least to pay for basic
    expenses. For sure, they are very good. Majam is an All-American. The best thing is she's a freshman. Iwata ain't shabby either. She's got some pop in her swing too. Another freshman.

    Men's volleyball are tough as nails. Umlauft is the newcomer of the year for sure.

    Baseball is up and down. It could be Trapasso's last year. I'm not too impressed w/ the team. They don't seem to have the passion and the fire. Batters look very passive and are not agressive. Pitchers are very slow in pitching and pitchers do not change speeds enough to keep batter off balance. I attribute it to the coaching, or lack of coaching. But, that's not a surprise. It's been like that a last 5 years. I'm thinking we need a change if we don't make it to a regional.

    Let's see what happends! That's Warrior Football and men's basketball.

    Tiger Wooods should change his personna. He should smile more, be more engaging, be more positive, and enjoy himself our there on the links rather than be so serious all the time. Now that some of the pressure is off from his revalations of transgressions some time have elasped and he can now go forward and be more open. If he's learned anything, he should heed his Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion.

    Have a great day! Go Baylor!!!!


  42. Kekoa:

    Just a quick reminder to have folks circle April 17th on their calender. This is the date we have reserved Patio #5 for:

    Tsaiko Practice Tail-Gate Party

    A chance to clear the cobwebs, and the trail dust. Sample some good grindz off the grill and share some new recipes with old frenz. The brew is always cold and the football topics are hot.

    At least stop by even if you are on the way somewhere else just to say hello to the grill team. North Shore Fan will be burning some animal parts on his homemade grill, and coach Bulla will need volunteers to sample his Spe-show-in-greed-da-mints as he burns some pots and pans creating his masterpiece menu.


  43. Kekoa:

    All these Celeb Chefs got nuttin' on our Tsaiko Grill Team. J(J) heads up the staff of award winning chefs consisting of Homey, Ralph, Hi-Flyer and Koakane. The addition of Herr Bulla and NorthShore Fan is a treat.

    We also have guest celeb chefs who stop in to spoil the soup...right Rob25 & JM2375?


  44. tommui:

    Happy birthday LIZ!!!


  45. Stephen Tsai:

    Coolen said if Majam were healthy last year, she would be in the second or third slot.
    He said batting her leadoff this year is a "no-brainer."
    It gives her more at-bats. Plus, he likes having a power threat at the top of the order. He said she's like a dagger to the heart.


  46. jm2375:

    who me? :shock:


  47. el guapo:

    Louisiana Tech baseball team played in front of a crowd of over 37,000 yesterday.


  48. ai-eee-soos:

    ST - changing subjects:

    How does Brent Rausch look? Did he put on any weight? I hope that
    he will be able to play this year.

    And I hope that all the paperwork is being assembled now, if he were to apply for medical hardship to get an extra year.


  49. NorthShoreFan:

    Coachg Trap...take note...maybe you can have Amanda Taualii come over and teach your guys some hustle and passion!
    I love watching her cause she leaves it on the field. Love the hustle and "Warrior" attitude she brings to each game.
    Anybody got some "itai" meds for her? She probably get some different color "tattoo" on her arm today!

    Cool to see all the Tsaikos out last night...there will be more free tickets available for the next home stand so no excuse for Tasikos not coming out to watch some really exciting Wahine Softball..

    Got to admit this team starting to grow on me and my patnah..

    What about setting up one voluntary donation box for Wahine Softball and have some of da huge Warrior football guys stand watch..suggested "game fee"...$5 per ...lets see...100 peps in attendance per game...


  50. chopsueyboy:

    Michelle Wie receives 2 penalty strokes
    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100328/BREAKING02/100328028/Wie+penalized+2+strokes+for+grounding+club+


  51. Andrew Pelt:

    It was a great game. I'm glad we pulled it out!! ;)


  52. UKU@LA:

    Happy Birthday LizK!!
    Go Warriors!
    Aloha from LA!!

    MANEO !!!


  53. Kekoa:

    Chopsueyboy ~

    Re: #50

    Of all the most riduculous rules the PGA can dream up, this one takes the Manapua. If anything, shots like these add to the challenge along with:

    ~ Taking a shot out of the sand w/o grounding your club is a trip.

    ~ Striking a ball close to a cart path w/o smacking the pavement.

    ~ Getting manini kine relief from ground under construction.

    Goofy & Elmer Fudd musta made these rules. :evil:


  54. Kekoa:

    Howzit UKU!

    You lookin' mighty Sporty today Braddah!


  55. d1島:

    Congrats to the BaseBows...going for the clincher of a successful road swing tomorrow!

    Speaking of tomorrow...

    Koakane!

    You up for some ILH BB tomw. at Ala Wai?


  56. RainbowCliff:

    Happy Birthday To The Queen Liz Kauai as knowing a lady of your GREATNESS is turning a year older just lets me know the work that I still must do in your "GRACIOUS" honor to keep the aloha spirit alive and well here in Los Angeles !

    Have a wonderful birthday and I know you will eat good as the chef preparing your special dish knows that his heart for cooking and serving it up to you will be wholsome, healthy and delicious !

    Kekoa, mahalo for your acknowledgement in the past post as the picture of you and that green shirt will be awesome to see !

    All the BEST kind sir as I continue to strive to honor the ohana with dignity and respect !


  57. Roman Pytel:

    Happy birthday, Liz.


  58. Luigi Votraw:

    Geez, everytime I see blogs this good I just want mine to be there already! :) Great work.


  59. EH NO MAKE !:

    Garrett (#34) -

    Sir, I love your posts, love your insight, they're very researched and I agree with most of them.....

    However, "If Gordy Shaw eventually leaves UH for a big opportunity somewhere else..."
    Wow, although much improved over the 57 or 58 sacks the offensive line gave up 2 seasons ago, last year's offensive front was still very poor. 36 sacks allowed is nothing to proud of. I mean I can't realistically see Shaw getting a call from a "big opportunity".
    I do however, agree with your wish to have Adrian Klemm coach at UH. That, would be awesome, but I can't see June Jones ever letting get away.
    Shucks!!!!!
    I've often heard and / or read comments by coach Mack recently and during the 2009 season, praising Shaw's efforts with the Warriors offensive line, but each comment left me scratching my head....as in WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?

    What excites me about this season, Bryant Moniz and the "quality" work he got it as a sophomore. I love me some Alex Green, Vaughn Meatoga, when healthy, is a monster and I think Hawaii's work in the secondary was MUCH improved.

    Is it just me, or should the NCAA be forced to make rulings on players with MUCH more consideration for both the institutions and the players involved...? I mean Spring football is upon us, and NO ruling yet on Brashton Satele or Laupepa Letuli.
    I find this ridiculous by the NCAA.


  60. Don Weir:

    Rainbow Cliff,
    Good to see your posts and know that all is well in LAX.
    Might be in your town before you know it to meet some UH supporters.

    In reply to your post of yesterday I believe the only shoes that will be needed to be filled are for those that come after us at UH. We only borrowed the uniforms for a little while; now it is their turn and they deserve our support
    Your legacy, both as an undergrad student athlete and now as a community leader are legendary.
    When all is said and done, as you and I have discussed before, like you I am proud to have been a Rainbow Warrior!


  61. protector:

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to LizKauai!

    Congrats to the Wahine & men's VB Warriors!

    el guapo on # 47 - 37,000 for La. Tech baseball is a mind-boggling figure. Was there a special promotion or was there an accompanying event?


  62. el guapo:

    protector,

    click on my name for the story


  63. protector:

    EH NO MAKE! on # 59,

    Aside from Kia, I thought a number of O-linemen did show improved play. I'm sure it will continue / be more evident in the coming season. Although I disagree that Shaw wouldn't be in line to get some "big opportunity" feelers, I actually hope you're right because I don't want to see Coach Shaw leave. At least I'm happy that in one interview (w/ Coach Tormey) he indicated that those kind of opportunities aren't as appealing to him at his age & that he just wants to "coach his guys"- I love that. Coach Tormey on the other hand WOULD leave if there's a good position upgrade or HC opportunity, but I also hope it won't be right away with the great job that he's doing.


  64. protector:

    Thanks el guapo - sounds really cool. Would like to see that Stadium myself some day; maybe catch a game.

    Didn't the Rainbow BBall team play there last year? If so, I wonder how the turnout was.


  65. EH NO MAKE !:

    Aloha (protector) -

    I am of the thought that Aaron Kia, of all the UH players last season that are hopeful of pro careers, has the best chance to make it.
    My thinking is this: John Estes, with his brilliant college career behind him, didn't get an invite to the combine, I think that's a direct result of the height / weight / strength ration that sometimes pro teams make too much of. Kia however, HAS all of that. Size, height, length, decent footwork and a frame that could easily carry 25-30 more pounds. I think pro teams salivate over such tangibles.

    And, we will see, regarding the impact of Gordy Shaw.
    Tormey too for that matter. I do like the strides he's made in the secondary (safety), but special teams, in my opinion, leave a lot to be desired. All that "directional" kick-off and punting last season, to me, to many for that matter, was absolute non-sense.
    The "aussie" punter has a weapon for a leg, let to the kid just kick the crap out of it! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.


  66. Stephen Tsai:

    Eh No Make:
    I'm with you. Just kick the darn ball.


  67. Stephen Tsai:

    I, too, was surprised by Leonard's move to left guard.
    But Gordy Shaw said it was at Leonard's suggestion, and that he felt more comfortable there. Left tackle is the big money position. But we all saw what Idaho could do with a big, menacing guard.
    And as one of the posters said earlier, at least this seals the inside. You just don't want to be vulnerable up the middle.


  68. Stephen Tsai:

    I'm hoping it was because of spring break.
    But what made softball fun in the past was all of those student-athletes showing up. OK, some was helped by that woman Cindy, who staged ice cream and pizza socials right around the time of softball games.
    But I remember a few years ago when UH played Fresno State on a Friday night. The place was packed. Inoke Funaki led the way, with a drum and a big Hawaiian flag. UH ended up ousting Fresno State's All-America pitcher (Robin Mackin).


  69. protector:

    EH No MAKE!,

    Aside from the lack of physical attributes, I think John Estes' body of work over the last 4 years speaks for itself. I do agree with you that the NFL is always more enamored with attributes & potential, rather than actual play. I think there are more factors involved however. I feel that the lack of the team success has unfortunately affected Estes' attractiveness adversely. In previous years, he was
    considered among the best (if not THE best) centers nationally. Any NFL team that would take Kia over Estes because of size & potential - good luck to them on that project; they'd deserve everything they get. But stranger thngs have happened; I won't rule out that travesty from ever happening.


  70. protector:

    ST - I do like the move by Leonard to the Guard position. I just hope one of the Centers emerges & the Tackles can get their protection schemes together-then look out!

    EH NO MAKE! - I agree about that idiotic directional punting thing this past season. I see the strategic potential of it, but this year it just caused too many penalties at crucial times. As for the NFL and the aforementioned linemen we were discussing, the NFL does salivate over size, weight, length / reach. What about the intangibles of heart & desire and the observables of consistency & work ethic?


  71. Jason:

    I was there that night against Fresno State. It wasn't super packed, but I heard it was the largest crowd ever. Herman Frazier was sitting down the row from me ... :-(


  72. A-House:

    Funny thing happened during a game when UH starting left tackle lost his balance forward and backward before the ball was hiked - indications of a "potential" NFL palyer?

    this I gotta see!


  73. A-House:

    ST:

    With spring break over, can we expect to see/hear Coach Mack make a formal announcement on the 2 "open" position on his staff?

    Also, any "leaks" on Coach Gib's journey to the mainland?


  74. Mike:

    Happy birthday Liz!


  75. RainbowCliff:

    Doctor Don, always a pleasure kind sir as maybe you are true about others time to take over BUT all I know when there is a GREAT one as you the footsteps to follow are so "LARGE" as your shadow cannot fill the empty void.

    Charisma cannot be taught and dedication to the cause is from the heart and soul as you kind sir are "the lone and title one" !

    So many all call so few are chosen as you "GREAT GATSBY" are among the finest during your time and what you do for UH athletics is just one word "AWESOME" !

    Look forward to your arrival here in LA as I have a nice authentic Italian restaurant down the street where I live to honor your visit as Compari's setting will take you back to Disney "Lady And The Tramp" !

    Take care Dr. Weir and mahalo for your 'GREATNESS' !


  76. BG:

    Can't miss a chance to say...HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!!!

    It's said to say, "They only made one of you". But, we're the lucky ones to call you "friend".


  77. al:

    happy birthday liz (again).

    hope you had a good one.


  78. Bad News:

    The Leg has a bill that will cut a further $59 million from UH next year HB 2625. It takes funds student paid for dorms, takes $20 million in tuition money, cancels the Cancer Center. It will result in massive cuts in classes.
    The campuses will have trouble keeping the lights on.

    At that point it will be really hard to justify the football program, so if the bill passes, let's hope we go out with a winning season.


  79. al:

    eh no make!

    we really got to go have lunch. we seem to be thinking along the same lines 99% of the time.

    while shaw has made great strides with the line the other factor that separates the elite coaches is whether they can recruit or not. i think that shaw still needs to sharpen the pencil on pass blocking techniques and fundamentals.


  80. al:

    i, too, believe that a focused aaron kia who can envision the light at the end of the tunnel and take a mature attitude could land on someone's rosters this year.

    if you clear your head and thoughts about all of the penalties incurred you will see a rather great athlete under it all. i think if he had tutored under a brilliant line coach like cav and sculpted his body the way an olineman should have we would not be talking doubts.


  81. BG:

    #59 EH NO MAKE !:

    36 sacks averages out to just under 3 per game. Not too bad for a team that runs the R & S (I should have checked what SMU averaged last year). And I would consider that a new QB had to step in and get game experience. We all know that teams will throw a lot of blitzes at a new QB while he's trying to get up to speed on his reads. Probably, the O-line did catch a break because Moniz was mobile enough to escape some sacks.

    I just wonder what kind of adjustment, if any, that Shaw had to make for teaching blocking in a R & S. I second the thoughts on Klemm!

    The more I hear scuttlebutt about UH eligibility problems, the less I put the full blame on the NCAA. Seems like the UH (and sometimes the athlete), are equally at fault. If everything is not documented in a timely manner, it's hard to expect to get decisions.


  82. Stephen Tsai:

    I think the best thing Mack did was empower Gordy Shaw to call the shots with the offensive line.
    Separately, Brian Smith and Alex Gerke are good coaches. Smith has a deep knowledge of the four-wide offense. Thing was, it just didn't work out having two voices.
    What I do like about Gordy is he gives his players a lot of positive reinforcement. I mean, nobody wants to jump off sides. Things happen. You anticipate things or hear things you didn't really hear, and break out of a stance too early. The player knows he makes a mistake. That's why his number is announced and the official is moving the ball back 5 yards. Yelling is going to do anything at that point. But teaching a guy how to be more prepared, that's helpful.


  83. al:

    ncaa should have a timeline for these career deciding decisions. perhaps x number of days from when the petition was first filed would be a reasonable time frame.

    it is not only the player who is in jeopardy, the university is also held hostage as another scholie could be offered. the ncaa needs to work expeditiously as this double jeopardy impacts too many.

    and it gives them the appearance of being to slow and inefficient when deciding these matters.


  84. al:

    so is the gibber expected in manoa sometime tomorrow?

    i was thinking that perhaps an official announcement will be made tomw on at least the associate head bb coach since the human resource office will be back in business after the furlough week.

    would also be nice if a recruit visit happens this week.


  85. BG:

    Curiosity was too strong! Went to SMU site and found that SMU gave up 36 sacks for the year (13 games). Just way too coincidental!!!


  86. UKU@LA:

    Braddah Kekoa! Eh, mahalo for noticing. Presently, waiting for some Spring ACTION! Coming for first game! Keep me posted on the Beeg tailgate I read about. Much Mahalo!!

    Aloha from LA!!

    MANEO !!!


  87. Stephen Tsai:

    Re: Eligibility.
    As I've stated before, the problem does go back to documentation, and that goes back to the mindset of a freshman.
    OK, figure a guy is three months out of high school. He's trying to prove he belongs. But he gets injured. Say, it's the shoulder. Obviously, you can't block or tackle with a bad shoulder. But you go through the rehab, and you try to suck it up, because you don't want your teammates thinking you're soft. Then a week becomes two weeks and then a month and soon the season is over. Everybody knows you didn't play because of the shoulder injury, but since each player is entitled to a redshirt year, you don't collect the necessary paperwork.
    Three years later, you get a real bad injury in training camp, like a ligament tear. You're out for the year. You get doctor's notes saying you're out for the year. Head coach tells the press you're out for the year.
    A year after that, you want to apply for a sixth year. The NCAA used to grant those based on non-football situations — severe ailments, family problems. In the past decade, it will make an exemption if a player can show he missed two seasons because of injuries.
    When it comes to filing the application, the NCAA wants documentation on the freshman season. Guess what? None exists. Because redshirting is almost the norm, nobody was seeking a doctor's note that says you suffered a season-ending injury. And because you don't want to appear soft to teammates, there are no published comments from September of that year with you saying: I'm out for the year.
    And therein lies the problem.


  88. Stephen Tsai:

    In my 29 years with The Advertiser, the thing I noticed is that no matter how many times players say, "stop bothering me," or "why do you keep asking me all of these questions," inevitably, when their careers are over, they say: Hey, can I get copies of those stories you wrote about me?
    And sometimes I want to say: "stop bothering me," or "why do you keep asking me all of these questions?"
    Reality is: I don't have them.
    The only one I saved copies for was Davone Bess, because, 1) I figured he'd be special, and 2) he was always obliging.
    The lesson, though, is to always clip out your stories and pictures. And that's not just for athletes. That's for everyone.
    And it's especially important for those needing documentation.


  89. BG:

    April 17th is also a softball doubleheader with La Tech. Tailgate early and then caravan over to support the young ladies at 4pm. Finish the tailgate after the doubleheader!!! Is that a plan or what?!!!


  90. BG:

    Good evening, ST! Be back tomorrow...gotta finish my homework!


  91. Tunaluvr:

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  92. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    I love it when the Blog Lord posts a bunch of stuff. We not only learn a lot about the football stuff, we also learn how the Blog Lord thinks. Both are interesting in their own right, and both, in my opinion are reasons why this blog is such a good read.

    Keep upthe good work Mr. Tsai.


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  100. NorthShoreFan:

    BG..sounds like da plan....tailgate and Wahine Softball!...


  101. Jason:

    Second century. :-)


  102. Slugger:

    ST ~

    Thanks for the football update article. I still may not understand all of the technical stuff, but your personalization of the players is great writing. It connects the reader to the story. I did a comparison one day and I didn't find the quality of your writing at Brand X. Hope you're retained at the paper.


  103. d1島:

    Hmmm....

    just a little over two hours from the day that Mack said he'd be talking about the two new assistants.

    Stay up?

    Go sleep?

    Decisions....


  104. Slugger:

    BG,

    I like that idea for April 17th ~ T-Gate & wahine softball game.

    Stretch,

    Could you find out if we can get a Tsaiko UH Foundation account going soon? Might be nice to be able to provide funds for the SoftBows program. I'm betting they go to the WAC Championship games in NM.

    I think having a donation box there, as suggested earlier by NorthShoreFan, is a great idea.


  105. labrat:

    Go sleep Mack said he will address the team in the morning first.

    I do believe Majam is for real. I like how she has a solid base and steps into the ball.

    Amanda needs body armor. I like Alex's swing too. I think a little more time in the weight room and she too will be slugging it like Majam.

    On Gordy I like how he said he was a pad level guy. So am I and this is where I want to see the biggest improvement come this fall. I know people worry about left tackle but I have always said you build your team from the inside out. I do not want to see the pocket shrinking again this fall. Olinemen have to be nasty. Just ask McGill.


  106. d1島:

    If a Tsaiko account is opened with the UH Foundation, would contributions be tagged for use for other than Warrior Football?


  107. d1島:

    labrat,

    Probably will but sometimes the "clairvoyance" of some beat writers is put on display at some odd hours....


  108. protector:

    Congrats to the Rainbow BaseBows for beating Fullerton, finally! The first 2 games were depressing.

    Practice T-Gate & then softball game is a plan. Was discussing it w/ WassupDoc the other day at one of the the softball games.


  109. labrat:

    Ah so ST is in CIA mode.


  110. al:

    d1...i would be inclined to see the direction taken as originally planned a couple of years ago as a support fund through the na koa foundation which is for football exclusively.


  111. Stephen Tsai:

    Somebody told me about the suggested changes. I guess I'll post them at 12:10. There are slight differences to what had been reported. Not much, just slight.


  112. Stephen Tsai:

    Slugger:
    Several years ago, a reader berated me for writing too much play-by-play in game stories.
    I started to re-read some of the stories, and realized they were kind of dull. So I do very little play-by-play in games stories. Not sure if that's the way to go, but that's the way I do it.


  113. al:

    12:10...will i still be up?


  114. Stephen Tsai:

    Al
    I hope I'm still up.


  115. al:

    i hope after three years and with no new personnel this year that coach will finally get his people in the right areas of expertise.


  116. al:

    don't worry if after 12:11 and you haven't posted i'll call you.


  117. chawan_cut:

    i missed out on some good games yesterday, although kazz doesn't need my help yelling at some of those questionable ump calls....


  118. al:

    isn't gibber also expected to announce his first hire?


  119. Slugger:

    ST ~

    The BaseBows story today was fine with a play-by-play for baseball. (Forget who wrote it; I think it was 'Advertiser Staff'.) I don't think you need that for football, or the volleyball games you cover. The relationship you build with the players really helps to get a different side of the story, besides the X's & O's. It makes the stories interesting.

    d1 & al,

    The Tsaikos do have a Na Koa account into which the money for the bikes were collected. We'd have to ask Don Weir if it is a UH Foundation account in the background, or whether it is only a Na Koa accounting entity.

    The Tsaiko account that ST & W-Doc were talking to Alvin & Vince about is a UH Foundation account that can be used to collect funds for whatever we want to direct it toward. The 'owners' of the account direct the Foundation in the spending of the funds. We could collect money for softball support, or football equipment, or start a scholarship (although that usually takes mucho kala). I don't know what Stretch had talked to ? (sorry, forgot the name) about in setting up an account. All in all, it provides a way to make donations that you, the donor, can get a tax deduction for, and it keeps it 'clean' (trackable) for NCAA compliance purposes.


  120. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc:

    Bad News:
    March 28th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    The Leg has a bill that will cut a further $59 million from UH next year HB 2625. It takes funds student paid for dorms, takes $20 million in tuition money, cancels the Cancer Center. It will result in massive cuts in classes.

    The campuses will have trouble keeping the lights on.

    At that point it will be really hard to justify the football program, so if the bill passes, let's hope we go out with a winning season.

    HB 2625 has nothing to do with the University of Hawai`i - it "Clarifies various provisions of the condominium property regime law."

    I did a search using the term Cancer Center and found no bill listed in this biennium which cancels its construction. In fact, one bill being heard tomorrow at 6 pm before the House Finance Committee increases the amount of money going into that fund from proposed additional taxes on cigarettes.

    Tomorrow morning the Senate Ways and Means Committee will consider HB 2200 HD1 which is the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1, 2010.

    In it, there are two CIP budgetary allocations for Ching Field and the Women's locker room facilities upgrades (approximately $9 million combined) and an additional $11+ million for Aloha Stadium.

    CHANGE OF SUBJECT: When we met with the folks at Koa Anuenue, we proposed that the Tsai-ko fund would be for all sports. Each sport also has a designated fund so if you only want to contribute to football or women's volleyball, then that's the place to make the donation. Na Koa does work with UH Foundation through the Koa Anuenue office.

    The T-Fund would be a very easy way to raise money for specific pieces of training equipment, banners to hang in The Stan, rings or bracelets for WAC tournament winners, summer school tuition drives,or game day meals, etc. It does require a Tsai-ko to be the contact person with Koa Anuenue and to keep accurate records. Both Slugger and I offered separately to take on that responsibility.

    Donations directed to more general support of just one particular sport could be made to that sport's fund. There are currently around 50 of them.

    I've also volunteered to work with Gwen Nakamura, the band director, to help raise funds to cover their travel expenses to WAC tournaments as well as key away games. We've met in person and have talked over the phone several times. She's very, very interested in working with UHAD as a way to develop strategic friend-raising. Stay tuned for more information over the next couple of weeks.


  121. BleedGreen808:

    Wow!!! Reading the posts on helping UH sports in general impresses me of who and what Tsaiko nation is.

    Keep up the great work Tsaikos!

    Here's to the team in GREEN!


  122. al:

    new post appeared then disappeared!

    is brand x tampering again???


  123. SteveM:

    Al -- check the blog clock.
    Maybe ST fell asleep waiting for it to catch up with real time.


  124. Slugger:

    One of the things Don Weir told me is that we, the Tsaikos, are a 'booster club' organization, albeit, an unofficial one, but boosters nonetheless. The NCAA is concerned about activities like our's to ensure we aren't breaking the rules re: donations. The way to keep it straight is to put our donations (kala) through a tracked account. That's all we really need.


  125. Prince Crum:

    Another great addition, I truly couldn't have explained that far better by myself.


  126. Bad News:

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc. sorry my bad, it's SB 2695. Relating to Non General Funds. Finance Committee 7 pm tonight. Room 308.


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