Archive for July, 2010

Saturday ramblings

July 31st, 2010

• As part of team bonding, quarterback Shane Austin treated the offensive linemen to an outing at Camp Timberline yesterday. Here are Laupepa Letuli and Adrian Thomas ready to roll:


• Defensive back Kawika Borden, who has been impressive in summer workouts, is suffering from osteitis pubis  and will miss training camp. The same injury hindered cornerback Tank Hopkins, who might redshirt this season.

• Just saw the latest UH roster, and noticed it included Skye Kaapuni, a former Pearl City High receiver. Here's his highlight video: Skye.

• And Mei Ling submits this picture from last night's fund-raiser for the UH soccer team:


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Avis has selected jm2375 as the winner of something that is like a UH football media guide.

We have yet another one to give away. To enter, please post: It's fourth down. Let's go for it.

Avis picks a winner tonight.

avisI was asked how Avis goes about choosing a winner. She gives me a number, and I match it to the corresponding post. So, if she says, "45," then post No. 45 is the winner. But if that post did not submit an entry, then the 45th person to have submitted an entry is declared the winner.

Why Avis? Some had questioned (complained?) about the process, especially when JoJo's sister was drawing names. So I asked my friend, and she recommended her best friend, Avis. She's a cardiac nurse, so I figure she's somewhat impartial.

Summer fun is over

July 30th, 2010

It's back to business as the Warrior football coaches meet today to finalize rosters and training-camp plans. 

Team testing also concludes today. During the spring, each player was tested in several weight-lifting and running tests. Goals were set for the offseason conditioning programs. It appears almost everyone met or exceeded the goals. 

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Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda served an internship with the Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Avis has selected Made In Hawaii as the winner of the WAC and UH football media guides. 

We've got one another sorta-sorta UH football media guide to give away. If you're interested in entering, just post: Gimme my Warrior football. 

Avis chooses a winner tonight.

Update: Rob Fukuzaki

July 29th, 2010

Remember Rob Fukuzaki? 

The former KITV sportscaster was once on Oprah as one of  LA's most eligible bachelors. Fukuzaki is one of the top sports anchors in L.A., host of a charity golf tournament and, now, engaged. He proposed at Pebble Beach, arranging for the ring to be placed in the 18th hole. 

Rich2176 offers this update: 

I've attached a couple of pictures from Rob's tournament this past Monday, July 26 which was held at Angeles National Golf Club.  It's the 13th year he's had a golf tournament with the proceeds going to the Heads Up Youth Foundation, which he started to assist underpriviledged inner city kids.

Those attending included: Norm Nixon (former Laker Guard), Bryant Coleman (former UH FB player and current GM of the Water Grill - swank downtown L.A. restaurant), Laker Girls (photo attached), Clipper Girls, L.A. Chivas Girls (soccer), and two playboy playmates to pass out door prizes.  (In fact, in the picure of Rob & I, one of them is standing in the distance behind us.)  Also, Rob's parents and his fiance.

There was not one, but two "goodie bags", filled with ramin, King's Hawaiian sweetbread, first aid kit, gum, crackers, mochi, blistex, wet wipes, and several other items.  Also, there was PLENTY of Asahi in 100 gallon coolers around the golf course. 

Rob & Rich\

Laker Girls

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Avis has selected Garret as winner of something that resembles a UH football media guide. 

Let's double the prize today. We're giving away a WAC football media guide and something that resembles a UH football media guide. 

To enter, please post: I'm twice the football fan. 

Avis will pick a winner tonight. 

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Here's to Garret and his wife: Flintstones' tribute.

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Happy birthday to my little bro, Michael Tsai.

In brother Mike's honor: Bird.


Thinking green

July 28th, 2010

Despite the implementation of an athletics fee — which won't kick in until January — the UH athletic department continues to to be mindful of the budget. 

Warrior football coach Greg McMackin's decision to eliminate team movie outings on the eve of games is just the first step in cutting costs. What's more, McMackin still is voluntarily taking a 7 percent pay cut through June 30, 2011 — which amounts to $77,004 annually and $141,174 for the 22-month period. 

Also, earlier this year, each of UH's sport programs was  asked to raise $25,000 annually to offset expenses. There will be no penalties for failing to meet the goal. 

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Want something that sort of resembles a UH football media guide? Just post: I think I have a football fever. 

Avis will choose a winner tonight.

WAC football preview: Day 2

July 27th, 2010

• It's interesting that New Mexico State picked up two players — quarterback Andrew Manley and running back Kenny Turner — who were recruited by UH but not offered 2010 scholarships. NMSU coach DeWayne Walker said Manley will have a chance to compete for a starting berth in training camp, which opens next week.

• Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes on his confidence early in his coaching career: "I'm from Texas. We think we invented football."

• Dykes said it was his school's decision that quarterback Jeremiah Masoli would not be a good fit in the program. 

* Dykes coached with UH head coach Greg McMackin and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda at Texas Tech. 

* San Jose State's athletic department is in the black financially. 

• San Jose State was the only school to distribute a full football media guide. Two schools produced CD versions of their media guides; the rest brought reproductions of their online guides.

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C'mon, who had "Kalani" in the Where Will Ron Lee End Up pool? 

Shocking. Shocking.