Kamehameha's Sai chooses UH

January 9th, 2012
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Offensive linemen Kiha Sai of Kamehameha Schools said he has accepted a football-scholarship offer from UH head coach Norm Chow.

"He asked, and I said, 'Hell, yes,'" said Sai, who is 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds. "I want to stay home and get that Chow legacy started, with the Hawaii boys staying home."

Sai had previously made an oral commitment to Utah. He said he was not recruited by UH until after Chow was hired on Dec. 22.

Here's his highlight video: Kiha Sai.

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Tony Tuioti was born and raised in Orange (County), but he bleeds green.

"I moved to Hawaii when I was 18 years old," said Tuioti, a former UH defensive tackle. "Hawaii is a big part of my life. The person I've become today, as a father and a husband, a lot of those things happened when I was at the University of Hawaii."

Yesterday afternoon, Norm Chow announced he was retaining Tuioti on his coaching staff.

Tuioti was recruited by Bob Wagner, played for Fred vonAppen and June Jones, and served as director of player personnel and, the past two years, defensive line coach under Greg McMackin.

Chow said he has not decided on a position for Tuioti to coach.

"I always look at myself as being a team guy," Tuioti said. "I want to put the team first. Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm going to try to do to the best of my ability."

Chow and Tuioti had never worked together. But they had a meeting in Los Angeles last week. Tuioti received strong endorsements from several in the coaching fraternity.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with coach Chow," Tuioti said. "I want to continue to help build this program. Coach Chow talked about chasing championships, and I want to help the program continue to do that. I'm grateful he trusts me enough to be retained, and work with these young men.  I love the  program so much. I want to do everything I can to help."

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Whoops. Forgot to mention wideout Royce Pollard also will be playing in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game.

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Happy birthday wishes to Paul Cole and Norine Kekuaokalani.

551 Responses to “Kamehameha's Sai chooses UH”

  1. RedZone:

    Congrats coach Tuioti


  2. Hank:

    Excited to hear about Coach Tony...Go Warriors!


  3. Garret:

    Congratulations to Tony Tuioti! He is a great hire by Coach Chow and he will coach and recruit well for the Warriors.

    Nice to hear that Tuioti has been working well with the other 2 coaches that Coach Chow hired. Given that working relationship that has already been established, it would seem that it has been no surprise that he was the coach selected to be retained...with Rolo pursuing other positions and Tuioti already working with the new coaches, it seems like they might have known the decision well before today.


  4. Garret:

    More information about Colorado State's new on-campus stadium that UH will begin playing at in a few years. I have been to a number of campuses where the on-campus stadium is looked upon this way. Trouble is, most of those on-campus stadiums were built a long time ago and space is a lot harder to come by on the Manoa campus area.

    “This is more than a box,” Graham said. “This is a place that, hopefully, when any student at CSU walks past that building, they can go, ‘Wow! That’s where I go to school, and I’m really proud of that,’ and can tangibly identify with it. And, similarly, an athlete that shows up can look at that and say, ‘Man, I want to be part of that.’ And when people from Fort Collins have guests come in from New York City, they get them in the car and they drive around Fort Collins and show them all the sights, and they come to the stadium, and they say, ‘That’s our football stadium,” because we’re all proud of it. It’s a landmark that we’re all proud of.

    “That’s the vision.”

    http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120106/NEWS01/201060344/Graham-dreaming-2014-game-day


  5. WarriorNY:

    Congrats Coach Tuioti!
    Well deserved!


  6. WarriorNY:

    Is anyone else having problems with the blog?


  7. papajoe2:

    Wow good news. Alllllwwryyte!


  8. tom-warriornation:

    Congrats Coach Tuioti!


  9. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    ...and great news about Coach Tuioti.

    ...and Top X!


  10. d1shima:

    Happy Birthday Paul Cole and Norine Kekuaokalani!


  11. mano1:

    Good Morning - Great choice Coach Chow! Congrats Coach Tuioti!


  12. krump1_AKA_protector:

    Great news about Coach Tony ! Still awaiting news about Rolo.


  13. papajoe2:

    Hurry back Gus. Tee time awaits Tuesday. Best referee ever in the state of Hawaii. BCS champioship game. Nice article in the SA about him.


  14. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos


  15. whitey:

    as the days go by, more good news, so patience pays off. congrats to coach tony t.


  16. Old School Dave:

    Congrats to Tony Tuioti. Smart move by Norm Chow to retain Tuioti. From I saw, I really liked his enthusiasm, teaching style, and demeanor working with the players. Nothing laid back or easygoing about him on the field. I also liked hearing that Tuioti has played a role in acclimating newly hired assistant coaches Phil Rauscher and Lewis Powell. Looking forward to seeing NC's complete coaching staff.


  17. krump1_AKA_protector:

    ST,

    So many on the previous blog as well as Garret on this one seem to be bidding farewell to Rolo.
    I haven't seen you make an announcement, but is it just a foregone conclusion if he's interviewing at other schools?


  18. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to Coach Tuioti.

    Spring semester starts today. Hope all the athletes have their game face on to tackle the challenges ahead.


  19. KapoleiWarrior:

    Thanks d1! I didn't realize anyone on here knew. Planning on making the rest of my life the best of my life. And as an old military guy you know what my favorite time of day was? CHOW time! And now....back to lurking.


  20. Dave LetterMan:

    Congrats, Coach T!
    Morning Tsaikos.


  21. duffer:

    Congrats Tony!


  22. Hillmok:

    I thought he'd keep Rolo and groom him because of his background...wonder what was the reason to not retain him? Great job on keeping Tony that leaves two polynesian coaches to get more poly's to commit to us hopefully then UTAH.


  23. duffer:

    Hope this not a insensitive question or political incorrect, but how would/does Coach Chow view Boyd Gaming as a big time contributor to UH sports?


  24. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    Great news for Tuioti and the Warriors!


  25. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Happy Birthday to the birthday peeps!


  26. NYUH:

    Didn't know Tony Tuioti was born in Orange County New York. Unless you were referring to that upstart county in CA.


  27. BigHiloFan2:

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Great news about Coach Tuioti, and us.

    Happy Birthday ditto to Paul and Norine.


  28. Vitz:

    Malo Tau......cheeeeehoooo!!!!!!
    (ie. Good job well Done,excitement,all the above).


  29. Stretch:

    Hillmok - was it reported yet that Rolo is NOT going to be retained?? I might have missed something.


  30. Graham:

    Good news Tony is returning. Interesting that Inoke Breckterfield is not going to be back at UCLA afterall. Wonder where he goes next. He would be a good addition to the staff but that would leave us with 3 DL coaches. Tont, Inoke, Powell


  31. mo808:

    Great news for Tuioti & the Warriors!


  32. Pride.:

    UCLA: Sources close to the program tell us that Angus McClure will wind up coaching the defensive line. Unfortunately we hear that Inoke Breckterfield will be leaving the program.(Football Scoop 1/9/12)

    Sorry to hear that. Thanks for the news Graham. Hope he's able to hook somewhere else if he hasn't already. Tough business.


  33. Pride.:

    So Tony turned down an internship with the J-E-T-S? Wonder how much an internship pays.


  34. innocent observer:

    really don't like chow's statement about chasing championships - it should be winning championships - go for the gusto. after all it is all about winning the league title or bowl games. teams number 2 to last chase championships, only number 1 wins championships, and we should aspire to be number one.


  35. Pride.:

    Minutemen are putting on the FULL court press. Aggies are getting nervous.


  36. Not an Expert:

    Reading what Chow stated that the coaches needs to be recruiters. Must be that is top of the totem pole in a requirement for someone to coach under Chow. He knows that no matter how good a coach can be, he will only be as good as the athletes he has on the field. As some say great athletes make good coaches look great. Good athletes make good coaches look OK. It all starts with the type of thorough breads one can have in the barn.


  37. spisskyhrad:

    Smart move - Tony has a personality and a presence that breathes confidence and desire - the fact he is raising 6 kids is no small accomplishment - that guy can recruit with the best of them - the right choice.


  38. koakane:

    morning 808

    tuioti is a good get congratulations. looking forward to more announcements on the re building UH fball program. so far liking what is happening.


  39. Pride.:

    Stretch:

    January 9th, 2012 at 7:02 am
    Hillmok - was it reported yet that Rolo is NOT going to be retained?? I might have missed something.

    "Hawaii: We hear offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich will not be retained."(Football Scoop - 1/8/12)


  40. Will-I-Am:

    innocent observer,
    I see what you are saying. But it is a pretty bold statement that Hawaii would be chasing the national championship. I give him credit for setting that as a goal. I don't feel many other coach really set a goal that high. JJ and NC are the only ones that gave me the impression that their ultimate goal is not just to win the WAC. They are shooting for more.
    If UH loses the in the national championship game a couple times, I will be pretty happy with that for a decade or two. haaa


  41. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Congratulations Tony! Glad to have you still on board!

    BIG BIRD, you were correct.


  42. Iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Great news about Tuioti.

    Nomo Rolo. My guess anyway. But should be fine without him.


  43. Stephen Tsai:

    Pride:
    Not sure what an intern earns, but Mike Smith lived at DC Mike Pettine's house. And he ended up parlaying that into a full-time coaching job.


  44. Pride.:

    Thought that N.Y. Jets would have looked good on Tony's resume. But of course more important than the resume is making sure that the kids have food on the table. So with that said, congratulations to Coach Tony.


  45. Pride.:

    #43 - Yes, that is great news that Mike Smith was able to get a full time gig with Mike Leach.


  46. mikey:

    #20 Kekoa : Who's idea was it to have the 1st public meet & greet at the Hukilau? Not easily accessible to most folks, and the parking downtown SUCKS!...oh and btw, did I mention that the venue itself is smaller than my garage!

    I think Kekoa got it right, but it’s the New Downtown Athletic Club. I’ll be attending this for the first and last time just to see. But if you want more to attend better get a larger and easier access location.

    Ther service at the Hukilau hasn’t been all that great either.


  47. Bleed Green and White:

    #45 Pride:

    Mike Smith got a full time gig with the Jets, he turned down Washington State offer.


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  49. Bugaz:

    NC will be handling the HC and OC duties to free up funds, and we have a TE coach, so does that mean we need Rcvrs, o-line, QBs, and coaches?


  50. Scott:

    FootballScoop is reporting that Rolo is out. Not sure how they got their info.


  51. Bugaz:

    And RBs coaches


  52. WarriorNY:

    Interesting that with all these Rolo rumors flowing about, ST has not confirmed nor denied them. I'll wait till ST reports on Rolo before I count him as gone...


  53. Bugaz:

    Will the DC have to perform dual duties as well?


  54. A-House:

    Thank you Coach Chow for retaining Coach Tuioti!

    He will not disappoint you nor his recruits nor his Dline players nor UH-Manoa.


  55. Bugaz:

    Special Teams Coordinator?


  56. Bugaz:

    A-house

    I hope UH Manoa won't disappoint coach Chow!


  57. Bugaz:

    Any chance the Ching Complex gets built before Chow is done here?


  58. Pride.:

    Bleed Green and White:

    January 9th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    #45 Pride:

    Mike Smith got a full time gig with the Jets, he turned down Washington State offer.

    Yes I knew that. Old age setting in.


  59. Pride.:

    Scott:

    January 9th, 2012 at 8:33 am
    FootballScoop is reporting that Rolo is out. Not sure how they got their info.

    Night time janitor at the AD's office e-mails with all of the scoops. It's pretty reliable. He reads all of the garbage before tossing them.


  60. Stephen Tsai:

    Chow can't announce his full staff until all of them clear background checks.
    Tuioti didn't need a background check because he already was on staff and approved earlier.


  61. Couch potato:

    congrats Tony!

    always going get someone not satisfied. Coach Chow going make his first open to the public speaking appearance and the complaints already coming in.

    i guess no can satisfy everyone. if can can, if no can...


  62. Sting:

    #60, so reading between the lines, Rolo was also on staff, so if his retainment hasn't been announced, we can assume he's gone?


  63. Stephen Tsai:

    That was an awesome interview with the woman who got beat up at Safeway.
    That's my new favorite phrase: "I got mopped."


  64. WarriorNY:

    ST,
    Are the background checks all that's holding back announcing the rest of his staff??? If so, is that confirmation that Rolo is out as he would not have needed one either???


  65. Couch potato:

    what are they looking for in the background checks? terrorist? parole violation? unpaid citations? arrest warrant? bad credit? illegal immigrant? expired work visa?


  66. Stephen Tsai:

    Yes, background checks are the only thing holding up the announcements.
    At the old Advertiser, we announced that a person was going to be joining us, pending a drug test. Never saw that person again.
    Then a week later, we announced another person would be joining us. Again, pending a drug test. And we never saw that person again, either.


  67. Stephen Tsai:

    Couch Potato:
    Probably checking on names used on blogs.


  68. d1shima:

    The Advertiser was doing employee screening for the drug test company?


  69. Stephen Tsai:

    We took drug tests when we joined the Star-Advertiser. The hardest part was peeing into a cup, and then stopping.
    Of course, manure-disturber "Ferd" told me I needed to supply a lot of urine so I had to drink a lot of water. Turns out, not so.
    The biggest concern, though, is that they'll find some old-man ailment.


  70. Couch potato:

    ahhhh, blog test.

    you should eat asparagus before a urine test.


  71. Bugaz:

    Wake up in the morning, first thing pee. Then go to work, urinalysis. Drink plenty water to pee. Takes awhile, then you pee all day.


  72. madeinhawaii:

    I wonder when all of these genetically modified stuff will start affecting the outcome of the urine tests?


  73. Couch potato:

    i think i'm ok since i don't shishi frequently, shishi when i cough or sneeze, and shishi not murky, have the urge to shishi but nothing comes out, and when i shishi it i don't have a burning sensation.


  74. Bowwar:

    Congrats to Tuioti, he was a "safe" retention by Chow and leaves some form of continuity especially with any residual recruiting from the previous staff to the new staff. Also, Tuioti can probably give an assessment of existing players and where they possibly might fit in Chows' offensive and defensive schemes. Too bad about Rolo...I think Chow want's to keep his hands on the offense just like MACK/Mouse, so he wouldn't be able to truly run the offense as desired. Wish Chow would make it official and get it over with, so Rolo can move on.


  75. Couch potato:

    madeinhawaii, no forget affecting the #2 smear test.


  76. Stephen Tsai:

    I always get the aisle seat on a plane.
    I always sit next to the Chinese guy — Mr. Gotta Go Pee.


  77. Couch potato:

    reardon is chinese?


  78. madeinhawaii:

    Couch Potato..
    #73
    My father felt the same way until one day he couldn't shishi at all ... My brother, too. Glad that hasn't happened to me.


  79. Couch potato:

    the australian lady that had the bungy cord snap was lucky there was a river below her and not rocks. ya think she'll sue and get a refund?


  80. Couch potato:

    bungy ---> bungee :lol:


  81. madeinhawaii:

    Couch Potato...

    Did the people in line after her get a refund, too?


  82. mikey:

    Got Shishi problem? Close to 85% of men worldwide develop some type of prostate problem by the age of 60! This statistic is even more acute in United States, where 90% of men have or will suffer from prostate related problems at some point in their lifetime.

    Read this but best to go see your doctor.

    http://www.doctoryourself.com/prostate.html


  83. Couch potato:

    madeinhawaii, the people in line just had a shorter cord.


  84. madeinhawaii:

    I see they are talking about revamping the BCS again... rots of ruck...


  85. madeinhawaii:

    CP...

    Maybe they put a back-up cord around the neck.. just in case... But I am amazed that the young woman survived with just a broken collar bone.


  86. ai-eee-soos:

    for the BCS wannabes ....

    The BCS as we know it is going away - from SA breaking news

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/136934048.html?id=136934048


  87. Pride.:

    Yale: We hear that UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown has accepted the head coaching position at Yale. Have not confirmed. Will update. (Football Scoop 1/9/12)

    Wonder if the new coach has to interview all of the coaches on the 2011 staff to let them know if they will be retained or not? Former Hawaii coach Ikaika Malloe was the DC there, and may be looking for a job.


  88. PolyMom:

    Mazel to Coach Tony!

    @Pride if I am not mistaken the internship program with the JETS that Tony was attending was a camp for Coaches of Color. You know what I mean? We have been working on Letters of Recommendation all week last week for several young Poly Coaches who would like to be invited to one of these camps. My husband has been banging the phones to get our Poly Coaches in the doors.

    @ Stephen Tsai...the drug test at work have saved a life or two. In my union you have to pee to work whenever they feel like it. Two of my co workers it was discovered had early signs of bladder cancer. The drug test literally saved their lives. Bladder cancer is a hard to detect. Most MEN hate going to the Doctors.


  89. Kevin:

    BCS pau as we know it???

    :lol:

    Yeah ok.. I like see.


  90. madeinhawaii:

    I think that BCS stuff is the same stuff they said the last time they attempted to make changes...


  91. PolyMom:

    PRIDE thanks for the info on Yale. Hope we can BEAT Harvard this year!

    I hope they keep Coach Ikaika. Dropped off care package this past summer to his office. Missed the GAME this past year.


  92. tom-warriornation:

    ST: you mentioned Tuioti has been an active recruiter, landing cornerback Mike Edwards, safety John Hardy-Tuliau, and defensive ends Craig Cofer and Tavita Woodard--anyone else he recruited? Can you also give us a list of which former coaches recruited this past year's players; or at least the key players?


  93. Bugaz:

    Death to the BCS? They will just make changes to keep the little man out.


  94. ai-eee-soos:

    Thanks to Sportsbow:

    UH offers RB, Jeffrey Coprich a scholarship; 5-9, 182 lbs. (4.43 40 yd dash); trips on 13th.

    http://www.sportshawaii.com/sh/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=41497


  95. 808Bowler:

    Morning everyone. Glad to heart coach Tony is being kept on. Maybe Hawaii's new recruiting coordinator????


  96. madeinhawaii:

    808Bowler...

    Tuioti used to be the recruiting coordinator... thing is, the recruiting coordinator is not a coach and is not allowed to coach... I think his energy on the field is a big plus.


  97. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Polymom, Pride,

    Former Kahuku head coach, Hawaii Hammerheads and UH assistant Doug Semones is coaching the defensive ends at Yale. He's another former Hawaii coach to keep an eye on.


  98. madeinhawaii:

    I did a search on the girl's name and they actually have the video on youtube of her bungee jump.. Scary stuff... and there were crocodiles in the river... LOL


  99. Bugaz:

    Coprich looks very good in his highlight video.


  100. Bugaz:

    100


  101. 808Bowler:

    True but he is a darn good recruiter. Wonder what position he be coaching????


  102. Bugaz:

    Will the GAs be from UH, or do they have to be from UH? Who would be good candidates and how many can be acquired?


  103. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    ai-eee-soos and sportsbow -

    Thanks for the link. Coprich looks like the real deal. Hope he ends up as a Warrior!


  104. kapakahi:

    As Director of Player Personnel....and not as coach....his first 2 years, Tuioti could not actively recruit.

    Whoever ends up as the Recruiting Coordinator (not Director of Player Personnel) must be a coach....and therefore is allowed to recruit.


  105. kapakahi:

    With Inoke Breckterfield apparently now leaving UCLA staff, that might open recruiting up for Lakalaka and Fairbairn....since Breckterfield was their recruiting contact with Bruins.


  106. Couch potato:

    Tony the kicking coach?


  107. Pride.:

    PolyMom:

    January 9th, 2012 at 10:23 am
    PRIDE thanks for the info on Yale. Hope we can BEAT Harvard this year!

    I hope they keep Coach Ikaika. Dropped off care package this past summer to his office. Missed the GAME this past year.

    Did you go to Yale? I thought that you attended USC?


  108. jm2375:

    Bugaz - #102 - all GAs must be graduate students at UH in a degree program.


  109. madeinhawaii:

    808Bowler..

    For the most part, I don't think the Recruiting Coordinator actually initiates initial contact with recruits -- at least at Manoa. He may send out a feeder (mailer) to see if there is any interest, though. He is the one who coordinates the recruiting 'process'. He would be in charge of breaking down how many scholarships that the school has in a particular year, figure out how many players they want to take at certain positions, determine what coaches will be traveling where, and the many other aspects of the recruiting process. The reason that football has a recruiting coordinator. By taking care of and coordinating all the processes, the coaches can put the vast majority of their focus and energies into their coaching jobs.


  110. madeinhawaii:

    Kapakahi,

    ah.. maybe I have the two confused... do we have both?


  111. Bugaz:

    2 GAs only and long hours while still attending classes. Doorstep to coaching career. Usually 2 years but NCAA allows for three.


  112. Bleed Green and White:

    #105 (kapakahi)

    It's my understanding that Jim Mora hired Inoke Breckterfield to be part of his staff.


  113. Bugaz:

    Sorry to hear about Breckterfield, but hoping Lakalaka stays home now.


  114. Last Call:

    2011 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Awards

    HAWAII SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

    Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu

    HAWAII SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

    Dave Vinton, OC16 (Time Warner Cable), Honolulu

    http://nssafame.com/2012/01/09/costas-feinstein-to-nssa-hall/


  115. Couch potato:

    congrats to Royce Pollard too.


  116. ai-eee-soos:

    re: # 105.

    maybe LB/RB Wooching would be "open" too.


  117. Couch potato:

    Dave Vinton as sportscaster of the year? huh?


  118. kapakahi:

    Under Mack, the Director of Player Personnel position was created with salary paid by Na Koa....but no UH assistant coach was ever assigned the title & responsibility as the Recruiting Coordinator.

    As a non-coach, the Director of Player Personnel took care of the all the logistics (the stuff you mentioned) associated with recruiting but could not actively participate in the recruiting process...since must be coach to do so.


  119. Couch potato:

    congrats to ST!


  120. ai-eee-soos:

    re: # 112. latest gossip on Bruin's blog says he left Mora's staff.


  121. al:

    congrats to mr. tsai!!!


  122. d1shima:

    Congratulations Stephen!


  123. al:

    117....ditto


  124. kapakahi:

    #112 (Bleed Green and White),

    See earlier posts #30 & #32.


  125. ai-eee-soos:

    congrats to ST.

    now you gotta play local style and "t'row one party".


  126. kapakahi:

    #116 (ai-eee-soos),

    Breckterfield was Wooching's recruiting contact for UCLA too.


  127. Pride.:

    Is it true? St. Louis baseball head coach George Gusman Jr. officiating in tonight's BCS championship game?


  128. Couch potato:

    hope st had a bonus tied in with that award in his contract.


  129. WarriorNY:

    @114

    Mr. Tsai,
    Well deserved...


  130. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    #114 -

    Thanks Last Call.

    Congrats to the blog leader, the hardest working guy in sportswriting!

    Gratz to DV as well.


  131. al:

    there's been talk of a surprise hire in the mix. one that no one will have saw coming. if he accepts many would say..."huh?".

    a hc needs folks that he knows will enhance the players' abilities and one he can trust.

    but, we'd trust in chow as tommui would say.


  132. A-House:

    Good job, neighbor!!!


  133. al:

    kapakahi...if rumors would be true, a subliminal message here is that wooching, lakalaka, and fairburn all de-committed to ucla and did a 180 home.

    ...afterall these are exciting times.


  134. al:

    i wonder if tsai has an incentive bonus clause in his contract?
    probably not i suppose.

    but, i'd buy you lunch.


  135. Bugaz:

    Congrats blog host ST! As long as NC thinks a guy can do the job, I don't care if we all scratching our heads.


  136. KapoleiWarrior:

    Pride,
    Yes it's true. George is one of the best football officials out there. I've had NFL guys tell me that he really should be officiating in the League. In addition to coaching St. Louis baseball, he also does a great job as the director of football officials for the HHSAA.


  137. Bleed Green and White:

    Wait, wait, wait......

    Tsai, I agree, not even close for the award. Well deserved.

    But....

    BUT!

    Dave Vinton, are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!


  138. Bugaz:

    133.Al
    That sounds awesome! Hope rumors are true! Thanks


  139. A. M.:

    Congratulations Mr Tsai & Coach Tuioti too!


  140. Bugaz:

    Getting paid to hang out in LV with the football team...he no need a bonus! Nah just kidding.


  141. whitey:

    congratulations st, well done.


  142. jojo ®:

    Great news for Tuioti!

    Hey Stephen Tsai, great job! Do you know "Betty's" secret???

    Al, I buy you lunch!

    Have a great day everyone! Here today, gone to...


  143. al:

    bugaz...sorry i was just throwing it out there. it just seems to have a connection somehow. for inoke's sake i hope it isn't so, he is a very sound man of character and a rising star in the world of collegiate athletics.

    if we werent so stacked with dline coaches i'd say, give him a call.


  144. al:

    jojo...shoots. we go!


  145. kev-1:

    Anyone else notice that ST is staying away from saying anything about Rolo?

    Congrats btw, on sportscaster of the year.

    Congrats to Tuioti too!


  146. Pride.:

    Thanks KapoleiWarrior. That's great news. Remember when he did the Rose Bowl a few years back.


  147. kev-1:

    YUP, the BCS as we know it is pau . . . Non-AQ schools will no longer be allowed entry into the BCS bowl games. This is for the big boys with big dollars. If you aint, stay out!

    We all know that is what they want.


  148. Stephen Tsai:

    Indeed, these are exciting times.


  149. tommui:

    AL #134 speaking of lunch ...

    I was there - where you waz?


  150. al:

    tommui...really? where? i stood you up? you mean my coconut wireless didn't reach you from kauai?


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  152. madeinhawaii:

    ST is sportscaster of the year? Congrats! Well deserved.


  153. al:

    i've seen that jeffrey coprich dvd awhile back. he played for a lower tier school and that may have been the reason he had been under the radar all this time. kind of like the ryan grice-mullen story.

    he just jumps out of the video. if he chooses hawaii, which i think he will.

    i'd give him at least two nicknames to start.

    jeffrey "sanders" coprich
    jeffrey "broke yo' ankles" coprich
    jeffrey "jet" coprich

    i'll bet tommui lunch that he becomes a warrior. (a burger perhaps?)


  154. madeinhawaii:

    So how many graduating Warriors are playing in all-star games?


  155. al:

    mih...you really need to stop having a kup of kava at lunch.

    its sportswriter of the year.


  156. madeinhawaii:

    lunch.. I have it all day long!.... oh wait that's java.. not kava... no need Kava.. I'm in the hot sun all day long...


  157. pig:

    IMHO, If I were dave vinton, I'd be elated to be placed on the same pedestal as ST. on the other hand, being placed in the same level as vinton kinda takes credibility away from ST. LOL


  158. Wassup:

    ST-congrats. Very well deserved.


  159. Warrior Dave:

    Congrats Stephen!


  160. Last Call:

    "Unguarded" an ESPN film about former Fresno State point guard Chris Herren's battle with drugs.

    A must see for sports fans today at 4 pm HST on ESPN 2.


  161. kruzen:

    Congratulations to Stephen Tsai.


  162. madeinhawaii:

    Now that you got the award, can you pull some muscle and get those live video interviews back on the Star-Advertiser? Dunno who your partner would be, but those were always fun to watch. With the new coaching crew, there's a lot of people to interview and meet.


  163. jm2375:

    Congrats ST!
    I still owe you lunch...


  164. madeinhawaii:

    Last Call,

    That's going to really conflict with the LSU - Alabama game.


  165. (Jesse) James:

    Good afternoon gang....Hope everyone is having a great day!!!

    Congrats to Coach Tuioti!!!

    Congrats Tsaimaster on a well deserved award!!!!


  166. kev-1:

    oops . . . sportswriter. I bet if he wanted to be sportscaster of the year he could though. My bad.


  167. mctruck:

    ST, 1st of all congratualations on your award...u deserve it.

    I just this week ordered via Amazondotcom, this product; Superbeta Prostate Health/60 caplets. Want to C, if it'll help me not having to go shishi, like every two(2) hr.s...especially when I'm in bed at night!!??, makes for a lot of sleepless interruptions...my former-x used to get upset with my coming and goings during the night.

    hope this helps me will let u fallas who have same problems know what comes of this.


  168. d1shima:

    Also gotta recommend "A Game of Honor" on CBSC about Army and Navy's recent seasons culminating in their December matchup.

    What an ending! Chickin skeen stuff during the end credits....


  169. A-House:

    #153:

    eye like bet with U!


  170. FattyMcButterpants:

    Sure glad we avoided bringing this guy on:

    @wilnerhotline: Source: QB Tate Forcier has withdrawn from San Jose State: "He's disappeared."


  171. A-House:

    wen we goin eat burgas and wear?


  172. kev-1:

    Much appreciated ST!!


  173. Kevin:

    FattyMcButterpants:

    January 9th, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    Sure glad we avoided bringing this guy on:

    @wilnerhotline: Source: QB Tate Forcier has withdrawn from San Jose State: "He's disappeared."

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


  174. Stretch:

    Re #170 - I wonder if Iwonder will be hoping Forcier shows up at UH??


  175. Ballpicker:

    Way to go ST.!!!!


  176. Buger:

    As ST hasn't said anything about Rolo (unless I missed it), perhaps Rolo was not retained as OC but was offered a lower position as QB coach or something? He is trying the waters to see if he can get an OC position outside but perhaps there is still a chance that he may stay at Hawaii?


  177. Couch potato:

    the lingle campaign committee is sure making it known that SHOPO endorses her.


  178. Ipu Man:

    Congrats ST, Hawaii's Sprotswriter of the year!
    Who won last year?


  179. Ipu Man:

    Maybe for a crown you can get one of them neat Burger King
    cutouts...


  180. Bugaz:

    Big party for NC tonight in Nalo town? Is he here already? Exciting times!!!


  181. tommui:

    ST - congratulations!!!!


  182. tommui:

    #167 McTruck - you should see a MD-urologist as you may have an enlarged prostate.


  183. cheepono:

    wow jim mora offered inoke breckterfield a position on his staff then rescinded it after eric yarber agreed to come on board.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2012/01/ucla-football-breckterfield-out-bruins-defensive-line-coach.html


  184. Bulla:

    ST = CONGRATS
    TT = CONGRATS

    GO WARRIORS
    GO WILDCATS


  185. kev-1:

    is that the Inoke Breckterfield from Damien and Kaneohe?


  186. tommui:

    AL #150 - Saw Richard who said you still had a reservation there - your message showed doubt but "I'll get back to you". Your message was on target when you said that Tony was offered.

    No biggie though, as I live nearby.

    Your bet #153 - you're on!


  187. Bulla:

    kev-1

    dat's da guy, he was at weber state a few years ago, then went to Portland State then Montana then to UCLA.... great coach ..... great guy!


  188. masuosan:

    CRUCES SPORTS@: http://crucessports.blogspot.com/2012/01/report-three-interviewed-for-aggies.html

    Oh, oh...

    Monday, January 9, 2012
    Report: Three interviewed for Aggies offensive coordinator position
    A report from footballscoop.com has New Mexico State University interviewing three men for the Aggies offensive coordinator position in football.

    The three names in the report: former Hawaii offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich; former Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild; former Washington State offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy.

    The Cruces Sports Blog had two of these names when speculating on possible coordinator candidates last month. Click here for that list.

    Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker is currently at the American Football Coaches National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, an event that runs through Wednesday.

    Follow me on Twitter @TeddyFeinberg
    Posted by Teddy at 10:29 AM


  189. mo808:

    Re#114 ST you da bessus! Congratulations!


  190. cheepono:

    if mora pulls an offer to one of his own coaches, imagine what he'd do to potential recruits. hope the local boys are paying close attention to these tactics... also hope that our coaches see this and use it as a recruiting tool against ucla in the coming years.

    norm chow gives off a much more honorable vibe than mora.


  191. Hiflyer:

    Congrat to Stephen


  192. GeeTown:

    What is the word on Cal Lee?


  193. cheepono:

    chow announces three members of inaugural coaching staff

    http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/news/2012/1/8/FB_0108121220.aspx


  194. mo808:

    Re 188: "...in the report: former Hawaii offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich..."
    Seems most likely will not be on new staff here. I wish him well at getting his next OC position!


  195. Annoddah Dave:

    ST & Tsaiko Blog Dogs:

    Congratulations to ST for the honorarium. I am a bit confused about Dave Vinton, I thought he was more a sports director than broadcaster with OC. I guess he was nominated by OC.

    With ST, although he primarily covers the UH football beat, his stories develop the interest in Hawaii sports overall. This blog is testament to his influence, as a writer and blog host. His is the only SA blog that generates more posts, and consequently more spam, than any other and probably all SA blogs combined! He has facilitated job security for the SA IT staff by himself!? May the force be with you!


  196. Bowwar:

    congrats ST...Very deserving award.

    Interesting times...The suspense on how NC will recruit athletes and coaches is unbelievable. Also, I'm dismayed with the many "rumors, inuendos, and stories" going around about Mack and his "retirement." There seems to be more than the simple "won-loss" that stoked his departure.


  197. AllG:

    ST - So is it true that Rolo will not be retained? Also is JT Turner still coming or was there a change of plans?


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  209. 808Bowler:

    Congrats Mr. Tsai and Mr Vinton. Well deserved gentlemen.


  210. Couch potato:

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  211. Couch potato:

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  212. tommui:

    PRIDE: You got #204, 206 and so you have to have #207 ... unless you want Portguese sausage.


  213. kaikane:

    Yes, Rolo is gone


  214. Curt:

    Congratulations, Stephen, for the award! U da man.


  215. al:

    mr. tommui...my sincere apologies if my correspondence did not reach the shores of the ala wai canal. probably it was my ipad that did not send it out.

    funny thing is that i haven't spoken to richard since the christmas eve.

    anyway, i found a best burger joint for you, kauai beach resort hotel, a kahuna burger which is a half pounder with cheese, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and onions with your choice of teri or bbq sauce. also comes with a load of fries or salad (yeah right). all this for a paltry 14$.


  216. al:

    ahouse...shoots you are on.


  217. Curt:

    Great to hear Tony "the Tiger" Tuioti will be joining the Chow staff. Our very best to the departing coaches.


  218. al:

    stretch...you mean the space cadet is still trying to find a home base? he could start this year if he kept his grades in order. my guess is that he should continue at a naia school.


  219. al:

    rolo has several offers at oc coordinator. it is a matter of how far he is willing to travel from home/hawaii.


  220. Curt:

    al,

    U sure know how to tease us with the surprise coaching prospect. Hope Stormin' Norman can pull it off.


  221. Pride.:

    #218 - What? Who going be swimming with the nai'a?


  222. al:

    can you imagine if cal lee joined greg taguchi's kalani hs football staff...?
    they would be the only high school in america with two former d1 coordinators on staff. let alone brothers.


  223. Pride.:

    al:

    January 9th, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    rolo has several offers at oc coordinator. it is a matter of how far he is willing to travel from home/hawaii.

    Travel which direction? East or west?


  224. al:

    pride. davone bess for one.


  225. Couch potato:

    $14 for a burger! i'll stick to Wendy's, Dave's Hot and Juicy 3/4 lb. triple combo.


  226. 808Fringe:

    Congrats Tony!! Show Coach Chow what you can do bro!

    Mahalo Rolo for everything!!

    Congrats to Numbah 1 Tsaiko! Much deserved!


  227. al:

    pride...everything is east of oahu. not unless you want to go the long way.


  228. al:

    couch potato...wendy's infuses horse meat and bull meat into their hamburger.


  229. Pride.:

    Curt:

    January 9th, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    al,

    U sure know how to tease us with the surprise coaching prospect. Hope Stormin' Norman can pull it off.

    Jon Gruden? Jeff Fisher? Jack Del Rio? Adam Rita? Duane Akina? Pat Hill?


  230. Kevin:

    Burgers?

    The Counter at Kahala Mall... quality of ingredients and talk about customization...

    :cool:


  231. Kevin:

    Jack In the Box > Wendy's


  232. al:

    aiig...in jt turner's case, it is when will he come?

    if he comes this semester, tomw, he'll face tougher academic challenges to be eligible in the fall.
    or
    he could go back to jc and get it done in an easier fashion and be here in the fall as well.

    however, should he take the latter route he becomes a "free agent" once again.


  233. Couch potato:

    al, no they don't.


  234. mikey:

    #219 al: rolo has several offers at oc coordinator. it is a matter of how far he is willing to travel from home/hawaii.

    If I was rolo I go to New Mexico State since he will have another Mule to work with at QB and will be much warmer than up north.


  235. Pride.:

    al:

    January 9th, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    pride...everything is east of oahu. not unless you want to go the long way.

    There are a few universities in Japan that field football teams.


  236. al:

    i guess the book on rolo is not officially over since a formal annoucement has yet to be made. keeps things interesting doesn't it?

    i think that half of the visitors this weekend will make a commitment by monday.


  237. Ipu Man:

    Used to be a big, big fan of Jack In Box, but after two bouts
    of food poisening (think it was the sauce in their smokey
    western thingy), I dread going back to them. Burger King
    definitely has the best french fries in town.


  238. Ipu Man:

    I don't think I am alone on Jack Box. Every lunch time
    I drive by Kapahulu or Punahou places, their parking lot
    is almost empty...


  239. mikey:

    More power to Kalani if they can get Lee brothers!

    Go Falcons!

    I can just see it now kids transfering from all over the island to go Kalani.


  240. Curt:

    Pride,

    Now, those prospects would have many of the Warrior fans salivating...more so than al's $14 burger.


  241. al:

    235...picky, picky, picky.

    okay, i'll say it. rolo has offers from the north american continent west of the mississippi and east of the mississippi.

    ...and just to further clarify, they are not in canada nor mexico (the country of).


  242. Pride.:

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    (chorus)
    (Minute by minute by minute by minute)
    I keep holding on
    Oh, I keep holding on
    (Minute by minute by minute by minute)
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    Always been one of my favorite songs.


  243. al:

    cp...long ago they did. now they only put bull meat with the more desired steer beef.


  244. Pomai:

    Clam down guys, we will know who the staff is when Chow tells us, everything else here on this blog is pure speculation.


  245. mikey:

    Burger King is the KING! Cheap and flamed burger made to order.

    Jack I can't stand all their commercials.


  246. Pride.:

    "Hey, don't worry, I've been lied to."

    Inoke Breckterfield to Jim L. Mora.


  247. al:

    if it were me...nmsu would be at the bottom of my wish list. program is so poor. almost a dead end job/place.

    if i were he, i'd opt for that colder place furthest from the rock as it has great potential for the future.


  248. Ipu Man:

    Pride, your Japanese University possibility for Rolo
    would make it sure interesting for him to translate his
    playbook to his players...


  249. Couch potato:

    it's all preference, i rather have Wendy's than jack, mc, and bk. those gourmet burger joints are all over priced.


  250. al:

    mikey...burger king does that wm burger trick. they fire up a number of burgers to near doneness and then toss em on the grill when you order them or during peak hours they are just firing em off in anticipation of the sale.


  251. al:

    pomai...you under estimate the little birdies.


  252. mikey:

    al - that's why NMS is a great place to start at the bottom.

    Look what JJ did at UH from 0-12 to almost National Coach of the Year!

    Rolo can become a hero with great Mule to work with for few more years.


  253. mikey:

    Thanks al I haven't gone to burger king in a while. I use to wait for my burgers been cooked.


  254. Pride.:

    I would go far also Al.

    "Minute by minute by minute by minute, I keep holding on."


  255. al:

    pride. ...just for you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmT_GgUev8s


  256. Couch potato:

    bk also loves their microwave ovens.


  257. Ipu Man:

    Got to admit, the savory flavor and greasy paper of those
    burgers below Saint Louis were sure delicious...they still
    in business?


  258. kev-1:

    Went to Portland recently and had the best burger I EVER HAD! Can't remember the name of the place, but it was downtown Portland. The burger was called the 50/50. It was half ground beef, half ground sausage with an aioli sauce. BUGGAH WAS ONO.


  259. Kevin:

    *Random Thought*

    If I were Roger Goodell, I'd start fixing games to ensure Denver into the Superbowl.

    Green Bay is almost a lock.

    Denver is where the money in jersey sales and ratings are at and the NFL is nothing more than a business sooo... do the right thing and give the people what they want in hype and merchandise.

    Then watch the champ Aaron Rogers show the 700 Club's boy how the QB position is played… but until then.. Set the stage like a good promoter should.


  260. kev-1:

    Although they don't have much in them and are pretty basic, I still LOVE the BBQ Cheeseburger Deluxe (TWO TIMES) burgers from St. Louis Drive In. Awww man . . . take me back.


  261. al:

    nmsu is on the verge of losing its fbs status. it is due to their attendance numbers. sjsu was in that predicament a few years back and will soon be on the bubble as well.

    it was that plight that really made the uhad wake up and smell the coffee as our numbers were plummeting towards those very same issues.

    why not go to somewhere there is new money to build rather the armpit of fbs football?


  262. Ipu Man:

    Kevin...you think the games are "fixed"?
    Well, maybe in Heaven...
    :)


  263. kev-1:

    Kevin . . . did you just say NFL and fix games in the same thought? Where's the purity?

    BTW . . . now the Steelers owe Tebow one. They better collect next year. I'm pissed.


  264. al:

    ipu man...wm still in business. moved next to city mill about ten-15years ago. maybe longer.


  265. kev-1:

    Do football teams lose in heaven? Man, that must suck.


  266. al:

    kev1...st louis drive inn or w and m burgers?


  267. 808Fringe:

    Speaking of burgers...up here in NorCal, you got your usual In-n-Outs, Boxes, Kings, Pigtails, Counters, etc. Ran into a placed called Five Guys, DANG!


  268. Ipu Man:

    Thanks Al, will hafta check 'em out again. Whoopie!


  269. Couch potato:

    five guys are top rated! in-and-out, wendy's, mcd's, and bk too. jack is no where to be found.


  270. Ipu Man:

    Channel 58 on tv always shows some great burger (and other foods)
    joints on the mainland. But then they spoil the show by showing
    gluttony on how much they can chow down rather than celebrate
    its taste.


  271. Ipu Man:

    Let's celebrate the taste of Chow...


  272. mikey:

    W & M burgers are better and their fries are great too. chunky and meaty fries.


  273. al:

    mikey...i think they switched the fries. to skinny minis.


  274. Pride.:

    #255 - Thank you Al.


  275. kev-1:

    Al . . . I am talking about the St. Louis Drive in ones. I just like the flavor. The patties are thin and the small, that's why I always get two. I can't even remember the WM ones, it has been so long.


  276. kev-1:

    Inn not in.


  277. mikey:

    Almost time for the Big Game to start: BCS Championship between Alabama vs. LSU on ESPN on Channel 22/222/1222 or 206HD on DirecTV.

    Hoping for Tides to win... but then will need a play off again with 1-1 each?

    Go Bama!


  278. kapakahi:

    Kinda neat that BCS National Championship game is gonna be played on the same UBU Series S5-M synthetic turf system field installed at the Louisiana Superdome....that's now installed at Aloha Stadium.


  279. mikey:

    Anyone here Inn and Out coming soon near you?


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    "Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.

    "At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

    "It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

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  281. Chee Hoo:

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  282. mikey:

    Thanks al what a laugh haven't been to W&M in a while too... change to skinny fries?

    who would do a dumb thing like that. Must be the son who took over to cut cost.

    At Inn & Out they hand cut the fries to order.


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  284. kapakahi:

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    FYI....In-N-Out is privately owned family business...just like The Original Tommy's....and hasn't yet sold any franchises....so I wouldn't expect them to move out here anytime soon.


  285. Couch potato:

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  286. kev-1:

    This looks like it is going to be one hell of a football game.


  287. Kevin:

    Not saying the NFL games ARE fixed, saying it CAN be.

    Anything on television that makes that kind of money can be arranged if the need be.

    There is always a first time for everything. A call here and a call there by the refs or replay offical and viola!!!

    It can be done.

    Denver vs Green Bay for the silver football = money in the bank. It's the right business decision. Goodell should do everything in his power to ensure that.


  288. Couch potato:

    right business decision vs. integrity of the game. hmmmmmmm.


  289. kev-1:

    I think SF getting to the Super Bowl would be pretty good for the NFL too.


  290. Kevin:

    Integrity of the game?????????

    Has anyone paid attention to the professional sports headlines and issues over the last few years?

    The college game had whatever integrity was left and the BCS nonsense is about killing that completely.

    Im not saying the business needs to "change" because it's stupid and naïve to think it will change, so we're just gonna go with it for what it is and more people should see it for what it is.

    I think pure football fans still believe the NFL holds some kind of true aspect of athletic competition, yet they are the same ones debating and justifying insane salaries and supporting holdouts from a player or owners perspective.

    That's fine if you wanna do that, but personally those same fans should acknowledge that business comes first in the NFL, then somewhere in there is the game of football.


  291. Kevin:

    The NFL game today IS business, the right business decision IS right for the game today.

    It is what it is because they made it that way because we as a sports society MADE it that way.


  292. Couch potato:

    all the hard work the players put into the game is thrown away from some dumb business decision?


  293. kev-1:

    Case and point . . . Colts were losing everygame and then went on a mini-streak. All of a sudden, when last place was no longer a gimme (and people probably started betting on them again), they started losing again. Business.


  294. Couch potato:

    so you saying if your favorite Wahine softball team puts in the hours to train, work hard, play the game as best they can and gets it all thrown away because of some collusion between the NCAA and the umpires, is okay?


  295. mikey:

    Here's the Hot scoop!

    http://www.thedailymeal.com/n-out-burger-coming-town-near-you

    And it's BCS Game time order your Inn and Out now!


  296. kev-1:

    Jefferson is losing his composure. First he drops the snap and yells at the center. Replay looked like he just pulled out too quick. And now he's on the sideline dropping F bombs all over the place. Be cool man! Game just started.


  297. Iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Roll Tide!


  298. Kevin:

    Happens all the time.

    Ratings increase, sponsorship to the NFL increases, more $$$$ comes in, push Tebow to the moon and make him a superstar unlike no other…

    Use him. I mean the NFL has had so many issues with players gaining bad press that someone like Tebow brings in a fresh look for many so why not use it to the NFL's advantage? Create a new fan base that was previously disenchanted therefore producing more willing wallets.

    More money to spread out, not just for the Denver franchise, but for NFL programming, and more kala for all involved including the players league-wide.

    How many, JUST how many of these NFLers that don't make the playoffs or Superbowl will sleep sleepless nights after coming home to their elaborte estates and heavy incomes????

    Seriously?

    More power to them, they get to make the kind of living we can't by playing a sport.


  299. Kevin:

    Couch Potato,

    REALLY? The college softball game in compairison to what I'm talking about the professional juggarnaut that is the National Football League?

    Read what I'm saying about what is right in front of EVERYBODY'S eyes about pro football.


  300. Couch potato:

    business is business but to have officials decide a game because the commish says who should be the winner is simply stupid.


  301. Kevin:

    FACT = NFL is BIG BIG business.

    FACT = Women's Division One College Softball is not BIG BIG business.

    Trying to develop an argument on these two alone is only an attempt to shake lychee from a coconut tree.


  302. Couch potato:

    Kevin, you did mention the college game and in principle it's the same thing. you are playing with the teams passion and goals. why then play the game if the outcome is already decided?


  303. madeinhawaii:

    Pride,

    Travel which direction? East or west?

    Wassamatta... you dakine local boy.. foget yo direkshuns awready?

    Going go towards da ocean side.. so all Makai!... East-West is so confusing dat even UH wen go give up da East-West program.

    ;-)


  304. Kevin:

    Couch potato:

    January 9th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    business is business but to have officials decide a game because the commish says who should be the winner is simply stupid.

    If they're not going to do it, they're not going to do it.

    The thing is, I do not hold the NFL in the same light as you do as you think there is still some kind of purity about football and the game itself in the NFL.

    I think and I firmly believe the NFL is a business FIRST amongst everything else.

    That's the difference between you and I.


  305. Couch potato:

    i'm talking about the people who play the game, why take away something they work so hard for? i played the sport and many others. if i ever found out that the games i played was rigged i would be pissed and ...

    you must have played sports in your past and know what it takes to practice, train, practice, train, all to better yourself and then all of a sudden your game is fixed? aiyah!


  306. Couch potato:

    that's fine, we can agree to disagree, but i wouldn't rig a game just for money. that's just my integrity as a player, coach, and parent.


  307. (Jesse) James:

    al...I believe W&M moved to the City Mill location in 1981 or so. I was in 5th grade at the time attending a Catholic school in Kaimuki.


  308. (Jesse) James:

    and no, it wasn't Sacred Hearts gramps.....since I know you are going to say something like that....MWAHAHAHAHAHA


  309. kapakahi:

    #295 (mikey),

    Thanks for the scoops!

    Already starting to crave a double-double animal style with animal fries and a pink lemonade drink!


  310. madeinhawaii:

    oops.. time to watch the game...


  311. Old School Dave:

    Back Store burgers behind Washington Intermediate (no longer there). They were broiled and cost something like 50 cents. Still the best burgers I ever ate. Used to play basketball at the courts next to McCully Zippy's and then off to the Back Store for two burgers and a green river soda.


  312. Kevin:

    Couch Potato,

    I wrote this:

    Kevin:

    January 9th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    Integrity of the game?????????

    Has anyone paid attention to the professional sports headlines and issues over the last few years?

    The college game had whatever integrity was left and the BCS nonsense is about killing that completely.

    Im not saying the business needs to "change" because it's stupid and naïve to think it will change, so we're just gonna go with it for what it is and more people should see it for what it is.

    To which you followed up with this:

    Couch potato:

    January 9th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    so you saying if your favorite Wahine softball team puts in the hours to train, work hard, play the game as best they can and gets it all thrown away because of some collusion between the NCAA and the umpires, is okay?

    So my question is why bring up softball in the NCAA? It's a low revenue and in some places like UH, it's non-revenue???

    AGAIN, I'm talking about the NFL.

    The bottom line is you keep thinking the NFL is still about just football.

    I'm saying it's not. After years and years of contract holdouts when a millionaire is not satisfied with his current fleet of cars and wants more... after stalemates between owners and players bickering about who gets what share of the BILLIONS leaving fans and arena staff employees in the lurch.... after all that, try tell me that the NFL is NOT a BUSINESS FIRST.

    While the college game is slowly losing that other sports on the college level still have that "purity" you think the NFL has in some degree. I'm saying it's DEAD in the NFL and while college football is close to losing it completely, there is still some element of "purity" left.

    Im not apologizing in BELIEVING the NFL should set up the next Superbowl to make sure it's Denver and Green Bay simply because that's what a business should do since that is the big money match up.


  313. Kevin:

    Couch potato:

    January 9th, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    that's fine, we can agree to disagree, but i wouldn't rig a game just for money. that's just my integrity as a player, coach, and parent.

    So then you can see what I think are the NFL's priorties are then right?


  314. Ipu Man:

    Mickey, #295 scoop link comments kinda put down i&o...dunno.


  315. Ipu Man:

    Interesting, national championship on tv and we're talking
    burgers. Well score is 3 - 0...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  316. Ipu Man:

    Oh joy, score is 6 to zero...


  317. d1shima:

    IMan,

    If either of these teams was sporting Hawaii Green, I'd be ecstatic.

    It's CFB, enjoy it while it lasts....


  318. mcb:

    the concept of this "rematch" irks me. i agree with those who think alabama had their chance to prove they were #1 and failed. Ok state should have been given a chance.


  319. Ross Bagwell:

    Don't forget the two tiered justice system we have in this country as well. When the rich have their own majority in the Supreme Court you know the fix is in and you're living in a world where the average person goes to prison for minor things and the rich can do anything short of murdering a person on camera and not be worried in the least about being arrested.tera gold


  320. d1shima:

    OK St wouldna shutout LSU at halftime


  321. Ipu Man:

    D1shima, if OK state was playing for the BCS championship,
    who would be their opponent, Bama or Tide?
    And what would the score be at halftime?
    It would have been better to be OK state and Oregon or Boise State...


  322. Abunai:

    #236 al? Who else is visiting this weekend?


  323. d1shima:

    What woulda DQ'd LSU?


  324. mcb:

    #320 - maybe, but there would have probably been a touchdown or two somewhere along the way.


  325. d1shima:

    I wish Hawaii could afford a color-coordinated fold-up chair for its Baton Twirler. :roll:


  326. Ipu Man:

    Ducks halftime score woulda been 35 to Tide's 21...


  327. d1shima:

    mcb,

    Prolly true but I doubt that the Cowboys woulda scored any of them


  328. mcb:

    #327 - well LSU's defense doesn't look like its stopping anything, so I beg to differ.


  329. d1shima:

    ...based on the 13 the Dux scored in the first half vs LSU?


  330. d1shima:

    anything=TD's?


  331. how to start a recruiting company:

    Riveting blog - cheers. This is a highly entertaining article. I will come back in future.


  332. bigislandkurt:

    The Honey Badger don't care!

    BIK


  333. Ipu Man:

    Oh...Ducks already played Tide?
    If so, I apologise deeply. Score 1 for D1.


  334. d1shima:

    Roll Tide = 'Bama


  335. d1shima:

    Geaux Tigers = LSU


  336. mcb:

    #333 the ducks played LSU
    #330 - Wheeden is a better passing QB than Mccarron who has already thrown for 156 yards.


  337. bigislandkurt:

    Got Burgers?

    Ma'ona Lunch counter in Hilo. Tex Drive Inn in Honoka'a too. Ma'oana all fresh ingredients. Tex, make their fresh bread. Both places make great burgers. Plenny MEAT! Hilo Burger joint also make a pretty good samich.

    On the continent? I've been to 5 guys. And yes, it meets the hype. Great burger and fries combo. I have not been to an A&W in years. But I remember those burgers were pretty darn good -- greeeeezy and ono. And was always good to wash it down with some cold, fresh root beer.

    BIK


  338. Ipu Man:

    getting old sucks sometimes...


  339. Renovation software:

    If a turtle doesnt have a shell, is it naked or homeless?


  340. madeinhawaii:

    BCS game is a clinic on field goals.


  341. d1shima:

    Now 'Bama has 200+ yards passing but still no TD's. The Tide offense is not a slouch; the Bengal Tigers' D is that good (equalled by 'Bama's).

    I'm just saying they got it right....these are the two best teams in CFB this season.


  342. truegreen:

    Two best teams? Yeah right...


  343. truegreen:

    Only one way to know for sure. On the field. BCS sucks. And ain't never gonna change.


  344. d1shima:

    ..or go thru your schedule undefeated with wins over eight Top 25 teams!


  345. Portal Moda:

    Very interestingpost. By the way- I was searching on your website RSS channer or email subscription. Have You got any?


  346. mctruck:

    tommui, ur#182.....tanks for dat advice......I'm sorta sick and tired, and untrusting wit the medical field thru years-n-years of personal experience. 2me, it's a big rip-off.

    I'll see how I do wit dis stuff I ordered; 1leg in da-grave anyways, so no big deal.


  347. truegreen:

    #344: nope


  348. jm2375:

    W&M also has ono potato salad.
    W&M, Kua Aina, Teddy's, Counter, The Shack...

    Good thing I just ate dinner (crepes), oddawise...


  349. truegreen:

    so if alabama wins today does that mean they're better than LSU?


  350. d1shima:

    ...including a #2 and two #3's


  351. mcb:

    while i don't like the rematch, I do think this rematch was the best thing that could have happened for those who want a playoff. I don't want the plus one though. I want more games than that.


  352. mctruck:

    I wouldn't be surprised if LSU wins with seconds to spare in the 4th!!??, talk about lucky!?


  353. truegreen:

    so how do you KNOW that NO team is better than Alabama?


  354. recruiter training programs:

    Thanks for this blog post. Really entertaining and accurately published post. I will visit again in future.


  355. d1shima:

    cuzza dat!


  356. wafan:

    Congratulations, Mr. Tsai!

    Whoo-hoo!!!


  357. Pride.:

    How's about a discussion on the tastiest vegi-burgers for some of us vegans.


  358. d1shima:

    Boca Burger?


  359. Stephen Tsai:

    For some reason, I like the new recruit's name.


  360. ai-eee-soos:

    HELL YES !!!

    Offensive linemen Kiha Sai of Kamehameha Schools said he has accepted a football-scholarship offer from UH head coach Norm Chow.

    "He asked, and I said, 'Hell, yes,'" said Sai, who is 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds. "I want to stay home and get that Chow legacy started, with the Hawaii boys staying home."

    Sai had previously made an oral commitment to Utah. He said he was not recruited by UH until after Chow was hired on Dec. 22.

    prt ST's header.


  361. BigHiloFan2:

    lucky you buggaz live Oahu.
    braggin about shishi all da time.
    i'm missing da city... :lol:

    oh....

    ST Congrats on your award.


  362. ai-eee-soos:

    prt = per


  363. BigHiloFan2:

    HELL YES !!!!

    okay okay, now I'm gettin really really really fired up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!


  364. d1shima:

    !


  365. jm2375:

    Welcome to the Warrior ohana, Kiha Sai!


  366. BigHiloFan2:

    the brudda get stars by his name. but now dat UH has offered and he has orally committed, you just watch the disrespect the media (except us) going dump on him. especially Washington, Utes, yada yada


  367. A-joe:

    GOOD LORD!!

    Kiha is a human D9!

    Braddah jus plowz whatevaz in hiz way!


  368. mo808:

    "Hell yes!"

    Kudos to coach Chow and Staff! Let's keep as many of our local boys home as much as possible!

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  369. madeinhawaii:

    Kiha already has the height and weight... he could start if he's in the right kind of condition... should be fun times at spring practice.


  370. 808Fringe:

    Nice!! Welcome Kiha! If I'm not mistaken, on his vid around the 1:15 mark, he took on and took care of that soon-to-be Duck from Punahou right? Nice!!! I'll take that anyday.


  371. A-joe:

    357:

    For some reason whenever I see the word, Vegan, I immediately think of an extremely lean Veal Cutlet Connoisseur.


  372. FattyMcButterpants:

    Big boy signings = awesome

    Get the lines beasting and the rest will follow.


  373. d1shima:

    Hawaii coaches found the entrance behind the Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi.

    Hell Yes!


  374. kapakahi:

    As just reported by Kanoa Leahy on KHON2 News, Kamehameha-Kapalama OL Kiha Sai gives verbal commitment to become a UH Warrior!


  375. d1shima:

    Congratulations Alabama.

    Nice win for the city of Tuscaloosa.


  376. RedZone:

    Congrats to Tsai.

    Welcome Sai.

    SEC game was boring.


  377. Brooks Bronner:

    The banksters are brilliant people, like all successful businessme-n in the USA. They figured a plan to make money no matter what rules/regs are in place. Problem? The government and their employees and agencies let it happen. Bribery in every way possible. Money. We, the people need to take to the streets. It always works. Excellent comment you made.tera gold


  378. BigHiloFan2:

    it is truly a blessing when a big boy wants to play for the home team!

    with a great coach, and samoa great coaches, i'm feeling the vibes and the chicken skin setting in.

    Go Warriors!


  379. tommui:

    Watching the game was like watching grass grow.


  380. madeinhawaii:

    Was that pro-style football?


  381. Liz:

    Voucher app shoppers with an Droid or Apple oughta try The Coupons App. Right now get a 65% coupon at Target. $15 off coupon at The Bon-Ton. A FREE combo coupon to Texas Roadhouse and an appetizer coupon at Ninety-Nine Restaurant and Pub! http://thecouponsapp.com/download Honestly, it's absolutely free.


  382. Dennis Halloran:

    I wonder how the Div1 NCAA Champions in Fargo, ND, feel about seeing their DONE hats on BCS Champs.


  383. mo808:

    #380 I was wondering that myself!


  384. Loa:

    evening gang!

    congratulations Stephen

    .... exciting times


  385. mo808:

    #381 Liz Kauai, is that you or an imposter? Me thinks imposter!


  386. Daryl Puehler:

    Founding fathers would have disagreed with MLK and had the evidence to prove their point. That is how USA was founded. The land that you enjoy used to be Native American land and slaves created the largest most successful agricultur-al product that fueled the Industrial revolution-. MLK has a point but so do others. Gw2 Power Leveling


  387. d1shima:

    Too many Playstations around.

    heheheh


  388. BigHiloFan2:

    wuz lookin at the '12,'13, '14and '15 Warrior schedules, looking to the future against Washington, Oregon State, USC, BYU, Colorado. da brudda Sai gonna be a part ah all dat.

    exciting times indeed.


  389. hillmok:

    Let's start a grass roots movement on how to move the program forward: Ideas?

    This would be done on your time no pay for the love of UH Football and keeping the program "alive and moving forward"..."chasing championships"!!

    example:

    -set up a call center to call past season ticket holders and get them to renew.
    - People walking around the stadium parking lot taking donations every week.
    -Playing a song during the game like Wisconsin plays "Jump Around" and all thier fans jump.
    -Playing music during the game like they did for brief minute in the BYU game.

    Any thoughts?


  390. PIAA DS:

    I had a nice conversation with Tony tonight at the Polynesian Coaches Assn. meeting. Looks happy and relieved at the same time.


  391. PIAA DS:

    Pre-Registration is open for the Toronto Argonauts tryouts. Forms on http://www.pacificathleticalliance.com Quite a few former UH players will be there.


  392. BigHiloFan2:

    Jimmy D.

    make your magic no sked. schedule sum beefs. da big boyz like make sum respects!


  393. Bugaz:

    Oooooooyeahhhhh!!! Mahalo nui for staying home and reppin the 808 Kiha


  394. Curt:

    The Utes cry and say bye-bye.
    Da Warriors rejoice and welcome Kiha Sai!

    In Chow we trust.
    It's championships or bust!


  395. mo808:

    #391 Any idea if CB will register for the Argonauts?


  396. Curt:

    I wonder if Colt is going give the Argonauts a look.


  397. Bugaz:

    389. With that jump song...give me heads up cause I no like be in there when the termite palace come a crumbling down. Fill the house and yell loud!!!!


  398. Curt:

    I'm thinking Colt might do it if he's in form. Isn't he either on the Big Island or Oahu at this time?


  399. BigHiloFan2:

    i get my favorite seat all spocked out. gotta keep it on da QT cuz get dis family and dis kid
    da bugga alwayz alwayz like MY seat. :D gotta go fo da sneak attack on da season tix thingamajig. cuz da kid going try fo scoop da spot. :D

    hard for kill da kid cuz da Sgt always close by. :lol:

    yup, have had a really loser around my neck for the past 3 years, waste of time, da bugga going bankrupt, and plenty junk mail, 14 boxes worth.

    so i'm looking forward to this season, yes sir. couple goals to take care of. top priority #2 is season tix. :D

    Hillmok, thats my plan, an I'm stickin to it. :razz:

    Go Warriors!


  400. Curt:

    400!


  401. Slugger:

    E komo mai, Kiha Sai!

    Very glad to hear that Coach Tony Tuioti will be retained. Congrats, Tony!

    Hoping the other coaches can find positions at other schools.


  402. BigHiloFan2:

    I no like play cards wit Chow.

    dat bugga is a big time COOK!

    :lol:

    Great job coach. Keepa charging!


  403. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    HELL YES!!!

    nuff said...


  404. Bugaz:

    It all starts in the trenches!!! First two commits...


  405. Bugaz:

    RBs next?


  406. Garret:

    Great news about Kiha Sai! I was hoping that UH would go after him for some time ever since he decommitted from Utah when they asked him to grayshirt after they got another recruit to commit to them. Huge recruiting win by Coach Chow and his staff.


  407. Garret:

    Craig Thompson doesn't seem to think that the MWC will get the AQ waiver for 2012 and 2013. That is too bad because it appears that the AQ system will end after that and the new system might exclude the MWC.

    The issue of whether the Mountain West gains automatic qualifying status for the next two seasons will not be addressed anytime soon. Thompson said too many of the 12 BCS Presidential Oversight Committee are out of pocket to vote on the matter.

    The Mountain West is asking for a waiver to be included in the BCS on a temporary basis in the last two years of the current rotation in 2012 and 2013. The conference has attained some of the benchmarks set for BCS inclusion, but not all. The Mountain West would need nine of 12 votes.

    “I’m not overly optimistic,” Thompson said.

    http://dennis-dodd.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6270202/34287880


  408. Slugger:

    Congratulations, Stephen, on being chosen Sportswriter of the Year!!! We knew that... you are always a good writer.


  409. Garret:

    Looking back at the bowl season:

    Big 12: 6-2, including 3-0 against the Pac-12

    SEC: 6-3, 1 loss in the national title game, 1 loss in OT, and Vandy lost

    CUSA: 4-1, only loss was to BYU by 3 points. They beat 2 AQ schools, but the winners of those games (Houston, SMU) will soon be in the Big East

    MAC: 4-1, 2-0 vs. MWC, only loss was by 5 points to the Big 10

    Big East: 3-2, but Pitt's loss is really a loss for the ACC and the Houston/SMU/BSU wins were from schools joining them soon

    Big 10: 4-6, 2 of their wins were in OT

    MWC: 2-3, both teams that won (TCU, BSU) are leaving

    Pac-12: 2-5

    ACC: 2-6, not counting Pitt's loss

    Sun Belt: 1-2

    WAC: 0-3, not the way to try to earn respect.


  410. George:

    Pretty riveting blog. You constantly publish a engrossing post. I will drop by again in future.


  411. d1shima:

    MWC: 2-3, both teams that won (TCU, BSU) are leaving

    WAC: 0-3, not the way to try to earn respect.

    So Hawaii finds itself in 0-fer environs as the Chow Dy-nasty dawns....


  412. RedZone:

    Indys 1-1.


  413. Keoniana:

    Norm Chow - recruit in inland Empire; Southern California. We gave UH : Dan Kelly, Siaki Cravens, Bubba Poeu-Luna and John Hardy-Tuliau. Come and get Sua Cravens!!

    http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/cal/football/prep-football-all-valley-offensive-teams/article_76331bd5-00f7-5750-9741-b63cbb8a06d9.html

    http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/cal/football/prep-football-all-valley-defensive-teams/article_fecba138-7db0-5edb-bc70-b51718c3c21a.html


  414. SteveM:

    mctruck:
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    tommui, ur#182.....tanks for dat advice......I'm sorta sick and tired, and untrusting wit the medical field thru years-n-years of personal experience. 2me, it's a big rip-off.

    I'll see how I do wit dis stuff I ordered; 1leg in da-grave anyways, so no big deal.

    Hey mctruck...!!! It's one beeeg deal! No talk like dat! We have rasu begasu's gathering next week. :(

    You take care old friend, and keep the other leg out. See a urologist.


  415. kama krab:

    Howzit Everybody,

    Solidly played NC game. Congrads to Uncle Gus (George Gussman) on his officiating assignment.

    I agree that they put the two best teams in the NC game. If it was any other team against these two teams, it would have been a blowout, plain and simple.


  416. Buffoman:

    I am very interested to see who the o-line coach would be and his credentials. That would be key, in my opinion to the possible early and ongoing success of the new team.

    Watching the Bama-LSU game was exciting to me. Bama's defense is just unbelievable. What they say is true, offense may fill seats but defense wins championships. I don't think any of the other, lower, top tier wannabes could score on Bama tonight. They were fired up and ready to play.

    Can we also have that for our Warriors?


  417. koakane:

    Bulla dat's da guy, he was at weber state a few years ago, then went to Portland State then Montana then to UCLA.... great coach ..... great guy!:

    Damien grad nuff said


  418. BigHiloFan2:

    Keoniana
    thanks for the heads up. and the kid is only a junior??

    Buffoman
    you just gotta know in your gut that Coach Chow is planning the whole deal.
    thats why he's got the history of credentials, great offensive mind.
    plus, he's part ... uh... uh.... Palolo... :D


  419. greenhorn:

    Sorry guys if it has been answered but is coach on his way back to the islands tonight?


  420. homey ℞:

    Nice recruit pickup!

    Nice to have Tuioti on staff!

    Congrats to Pollard and Happy Birthday to the birthday kids.

    Burgers...Can't beat the homemade kine!

    Kazz - I think what Couch potato is saying is no matter what sport...no matter what organization...no matter what league...you just don't throw games to make a better match-up.

    Knowing the time I put in as a player as well as many on here who have played competitive sports for their alma mater(s) you just don't cheat to get a desired result. Also looking back at my kids and also the kids of our fellow bloggers and seeing the time and effort they put in to play the sports they love I would not appreciate it if I knew their games were fixed.

    I will never condone throwing a game to benefit someones pocket. Like Couch potato said, that ruins the integrity of the game for the players.

    People who know me know that I am a competitive person and I hate to lose. But someone has to lose and if they do lose I hope it's not because refs, umpires, or officials blew calls on purpose.

    If you want to predetermine winners in the NFL then you may as well run it like the WWE.


  421. BigHiloFan2:

    wuz talking to cuz about how he sees da future.

    things are looking up, says he. me too.


  422. Buffoman:

    418 no doubt about that. Just anxious to see what our bigs will be doing in the trenches. I remember watching our first game under JJ and the team was warming up just under our end zone section. I could not help but notice the difference in footwork, and the crispness of the o-line. It was a BIG difference from the year before.

    I'd like to believe we'll be equally pleasantly surprised when Coach Chow implements his schemes.


  423. kama krab:

    Man will this commit open up the flood gates in the state. We will have to see but man this is a solid pick up. Thanks for staying home Kiha. Now Uncle Norm go check on my kids at your old school and see if they like come. I'm sure you can come out with at least two and maybe three. Like I said gotta wait and see.

    Exciting times indeed.


  424. tommui:

    DORIS - thanks for thinking of us.


  425. Hiflyer:

    homey that's why he his a fan of the WWE. Talk about predetermined outcomes you can't beat the WWE.


  426. madeinhawaii:

    Punt returner Scott Harding makes the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team

    Congrats!!

    http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2011/allamerica120109.html


  427. 808Bowler:

    Whoa that's one big boy......aurite lets get this local recruiting going!!!!!!!


  428. al:

    the chow list...

    6'5"/260 ot leo koloamatangi
    6'5"/300 ot kiha sai

    6'4"/230 qb taylor graham


  429. homey ℞:

    Nice video links. That RB looks tough.


  430. homey ℞:

    Damn! Alabama's "D" is mean!


  431. al:

    jm1411...a cheeseburger with crepes? on a diet?


  432. al:

    gotta agree with homey though, homemade burgers no ka oi.


  433. homey ℞:

    Pretty soon time for a cc so I can listen to all the recruit stories. Sorry Pride but no vegan for me.

    Hey DPK! You finished reading all those books or what? I got more for you to read.


  434. Bleed Green and White:

    #413 - Keoniana

    I sure hope Sua Cravens is better than Siaki. To be honest, his play & his attitude were a complete bust in 2011.

    On a much more positive note, I am SO jacked at the first two recruits Norm Chow has landed. I know it's only "verbal" right now, but dang it's so nice to read / hear "local boys" committing to the "local" team.
    I saw hi-lites of Kiha Sai on KITV (Kekaula), and I had no idea he was such a beast.


  435. al:

    homey...and one of them is jesse williams who was first headed to hawaii via australia.


  436. homey ℞:

    al - More recent stories like after this weekend.


  437. homey ℞:

    Went by the Hukilau today. Doesn't look too bad of a venue. Of course I already park in Downtown so parking isn't a problem. Only thing is I can't make the Wednesday appearance. Something about a surfday in Hawaii nei... :lol:


  438. cheepono:

    welcome to the warriors kiha! another awesome pickup from the norm.

    i hope the story on this commitment makes it to the front page of the sports section tomorrow. show all the local boys that staying home puts you in the spot light and that the state will now be backing you up.


  439. AlaWai:

    Great signing by Sai. Hopefully this becomes "The Norm."


  440. al:

    homey...yup. i would imagine half of the tourists will want to become five year residents.


  441. jm2375:

    al-san - Screecher wanted crepes for dinner. So we shared two - 1) spinach/cheese/onions/ham and 2) mushrooms/cheese/ham. It was a good thing I'd already eaten when you guys started talking about burgers or I would've rushed out to Teddy's.


  442. Bugaz:

    Beeg pikcha on da frunt page!!! Sai Local Warrior to build Chow Dynasty!!!


  443. al:

    so far this has been a helluva start in the short few weeks since chow time first started.

    he has shown in a short time that if you get the right attitude, contacts, staff, and the desire to get off of your butt, amazing results are ahead. of course one needs the right ability to "sell" the program.

    i believe there are a few more commits already. however, you don't become the sportwriter of the year by shooting all of your marbles at once. a headline a day sells more papers in the long run.

    ...after all these are exciting times.


  444. al:

    jm2222...the best are "crepes suzette".


  445. Bugaz:

    Unless NC letting ST know a little at a time. Right now dead period so this had to have taken place last week.


  446. al:

    yup


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    al-san - next time you on da Windward side, you gotta try Crepes No Ka Oi (across from da bowling alley). Onolicious.


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  451. kev-1:

    Fantastic recruit in Sai. Let him be the first domino of local boys staying home.

    Nobody appreciates a good defensive display anymore. Yahoo homepage calls the game a dud. Ummmm. . . . dud I think not. That was a defensive display.

    Alabama lost the first game because of 4 missed field goals (I believe), not because LSU was the better team (my opinion).

    Alabama the clear #1 in my mind.


  452. kev-1:

    jm2375 #447 . . . oh hell yeah. That place is mean.


  453. mikesmith:

    428. Al

    This goes to show you that height and size matters in big time D1 football. Norm has been there for years and knows what it takes. He is looking for a specific criteria in size especially on the O and D lines. Unfortunately a lot of good players and their parents here in Hawaii will realize this is a wake up call. The kid here who is tuff but 5-9, 5-10 on the O-line will not be needed or wanted by Coach Chow at the University of Hawaii. Wake up call. The opportunities will be reserved for those players that have the skill and are 6-3 and up on the LOS and 6ft to 6-3 at LB, 5-10 to 6-1 at DB, 6-1 to 6-3 at WR, 6-3 to 6-6 at TE, 5-10 to 6-1 at RB, 6-2 to 6-4 at QB. But that is just a rough Idea I am sure there are diamonds in the ruff and exceptions to the rule. But 5-10 Olineman, there is no place for you in the Norm Chow Pro style power game.


  454. Bugaz:

    451. I too believe that.


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  456. Bugaz:

    Is the Kahuku LB over 6'?


  457. kev-1:

    I just realized that the upcoming football season will actually give us a chance to see what our RB's can really do. In the RnS, they basically only ran on the draw, which is a lot different out of the gun. The linemen always had to sell the pass. The RB's never really had the opportunity show what they can do with big linemen creating running lanes.

    I'm excited about that.


  458. PowderPuff:

    Holy smokes....Kiha and Leo on the same line?!?! Wow....I can't wait until February 1. Awesome!!! And congratulations, ST on being named Sportswriter of the Year. Well deserved!!!


  459. Pride.:

    Kiha Sai? You mean Mayor Billy Kenoi's nephew? Awesome.


  460. Curt:

    I wonder how Chow will utilize our current crop of receivers...especially the slots. Will Stutzman, Harding, Sampson, and the others have much of a role?


  461. Pride.:

    #459 - Sorry my bad. Dr. Keanu Sai's son.

    Go Sai-kos.


  462. whitey:

    welcome kiha and thanks for being a warrior.


  463. Pride.:

    Das about 1,000 more fans at the game from da Sai side of da family. Only going get 700 fans from da Kenoi side of da family, cause da air fare stay expensive for come from da Big, I mean Hawai'i Island.


  464. whitey:

    tonight's game was not a national championship game and lsu coaching staff sucks. i had no bets on the game, but i expected this to be a good solid football game. instead, it was a DUD!!!!!


  465. Pride.:

    I think that Kiha Sai and DeForest Buckner need to resume their battle on the grass field at UH this summer. Man, those two guys were going at it on the video.


  466. kev-1:

    Come on whitey, a dud? . . . really? That was a physical, defensive ball game. If anything, I think LSU should have given Jarrett Lee a chance to play. Afterall, all he did wasgot win the first half of the season for LSU. But he got bit by the interception bug and never got his chance again. Doesn't really seem fair, especially since Jefferson was very ineffective tonight.

    But I disagree with the dud assessment. Alabama folks, is really that good. And so is LSU's defense. Kept Bama out of the endzone all night but once. I also think Alabama was only penalized once during the entire game. That is disciplined, hard nosed football.


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  468. Eric:

    Kiha Sai sounds like a very promising recruit.

    Congrats ST on your award. Kinda diminishes the award when Dave Vinton is the Sportscaster of the Year, really???


  469. whitey:

    many made fun of hawaii's loss in the sugar bowl, but tonights game was a total joke. this game was 10 times worse than hawaii's loss to georgia. lsu or losers couldn't even make a first down in a quarter and half, no score, and hardly ever made it pass the 50 yds line.


  470. kev-1:

    I think "wasgot" in my previous post is supposed to be "was go out and"


  471. Pride.:

    Wouldn't mind seeing Leo Koloamatangi and Luke Kaumatule going at it in practice also. It'd be fun to watch all of the bear cubs getting after each other.

    Gotta get Matt Sparks and Shane Brostek to join in on the fun too.


  472. whitey:

    kev-1, you have your opinion I have mine, and lsu sucks.


  473. kev-1:

    WHAT?????? Are you kidding me? You are seriously going to compare that to the Sugar Bowl with UH and Georgia? Wow. I don't even know what to say. You don't think any of that has to do with Alabama's defense?

    That's okay. Your opinion I guess.


  474. kev-1:

    That's cool.


  475. homey ℞:

    whitey - Dud for LSU, they didn't show up only because Alabama didn't let them. Awesome defensive game if you are into that kind of stuff and I'm into that kind of stuff. They imposed their will over LSU.


  476. whitey:

    like i said you have your opinion i have mine.


  477. kev-1:

    Now I would like to see Alabama vs Oklahoma St. I would love to see a high powered pass attack against that D. I still think Bama would win, but it has a chance to be a really good game.


  478. whitey:

    i neva said anything about alabama's defense, all i said was that lsu sucks. why did the tv keep showing the second team qb of lsu when their first team qb was totally not in the game??? this is not the nfl, if one is not helping the team, pull him out, talk to him and explain why and if he understands, put him back in, but no, lsu kept thinking that it could make a game of it without changes. sound familiar????


  479. kev-1:

    Now I agree with you there whitey. Jefferson's head wasn't in the game from the very beginning. You could see he was overly emotional about stuff. Snapping at teammates and swearing, etc. They should have made a change, that's for sure. Heck, I don't think Jefferson should have even gotten back the job to begin with.


  480. homey ℞:

    Yep. Alabama made LSU look sucky. Can't take anything away from LSU though since the did have a good season leading up to this game. Can't have a good game every game.


  481. madeinhawaii:

    So.. did someone answer my question? What we saw in the NC game.. was that Pro-Style football? What we will see come next season?


  482. whitey:

    believe it or not, i thought lsu was going to beat alabama because of their success during the regular season and winning their conference championship, plus they had over a month to prepare for this game. One game only, over one month to prepare. Even when they were down 9-0 at the half, i still felt they would correct their offensive and defensive alignments, but no, they stayed in the same mode and that is why the coaching staff sucks.


  483. whitey:

    and by the way, it wasn't only the alabama defense, their offense was very good and they showed that by having a month to prepare they were ready. i give coach saban credit for game prep and execution.


  484. whitey:

    now that da warriors have a new coaching staff and we start preparing for another season, i hope they learned or re-learned from this game and they avoid getting into the same game situation as losers.


  485. 1sportsfan:

    Alabama's defense looked awfully good, a "shut down" defense. Like many of the upper tier teams, the speed and talent, size included, shows up in their four and five star recruits for both teams. The offense did not seem as prolific and lends credence to the say "Defense wins championships". This is the standard that Chow is use to but getting those recruits will be a major, major challenge.


  486. sports for fun:

    Wholly smokes!! Watched the Sia video. Sia owned that Oregon recruit BIG TIME!! He has a mean streak and finishes his blocks well...at least from what I saw on the video.


  487. truegreen:

    Alabama's defense is good, no doubt. But it's not like they were tested in this game.

    I would have loved to see if they could actually handle a great offense like Oklahoma St. or Oregon. Or even Boise St. or Houston, which the BCS will never let happen in a billion years even in years that they might deserve it.

    Only chance for Hawaii is to get in the Pac-x. Maybe get chance? At least Coach Chow has us dreaming big again...


  488. Bryson:

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  491. Kevin:

    Hiflyer:
    January 9th, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    homey that's why he his a fan of the WWE. Talk about predetermined outcomes you can't beat the WWE.

    Also:

    -When I pay 60.00 for a four hour PPV, it lasts four hours.

    -When I pay out $1,450.00 to attend their version of the Superbowl (Wrestlemania), the WWE ensures all their 80,000+ fans that when you buy a ticket, you can actually get the seat you paid for and won't ask you to watch the game in the parking lot.


  492. Bryson:

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  493. d1shima:

    Holy Smokes!

    I love those teams but Oregon and B$-You are at a totally different level from the two teams who played tonight. LSU throttled UofO in Week 1 and the Dux couldn't deal with SC's speed and strength. I wouldn't expect the Donks to be able to come up to that level either.

    How can anyone say that either team had a bad offense? Aside from the two games they played against each other they both averaged about 40 ppg!

    And again, LSU beat eight Top 25 teams in the regular season including a #2 and two #3 ranked teams, including two at neutral sites and three on the road. ('Bama beat 5 Top 25 teams, 3 on the road and one at neutral site)

    That 'Bama, arguably, out-played LSU twice this season to me, says these two were far and away the best two teams this year.


  494. konamei:

    Congrats ST on your award...well deserved!


  495. kruzen:

    Welcome to the Warriors Kiha Sai!


  496. al:

    since tuioti also had a hand in some of these lets include all of the chowlist.

    6'5"/260 ot leo koloamatangi
    6'5"/300 ot kiha sai
    6'5"/290 og dustin adawms

    6'2"/200 cb justin turner

    6'4"/230 qb taylor graham


  497. al:

    adawms = adams


  498. al:

    nate ilaoa is/was in class by himself. we may never see another 5'9"/255 lb running back with that much shake n bake, hands, power, good speed, blocking ability, route running. the guy was an amazing "freak" of nature. so much athleticism rolled up in one short and powerful package.

    its too bad had some owees that prevented him from making the final cut with the eagles. had he been in top shape he would still be playing on sundays.


  499. al:

    curt wea u stay?


  500. al:

    500!


  501. al:

    hopefully matt sparks becomes a warrior.
    i know an ex-uh olineman who feels he would end up the best one of this year's crop.


  502. al:

    i'd like to see keoni bush-loo rearrange his visits so that he'll come by this weekend.


  503. al:

    i hope they give pono choy a long look as well. plenty of heart, moxy, and decent speed. he could be a bigger version of richard torres for us.


  504. al:

    if you didnt see this...at least one 2012 mbb recruit has arrived rather early.

    welcome orel lev.
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  505. truegreen:

    Didn't say the offenses were bad, just that there were much better ones out there this year and the ONLY objective way to prove it is on the field. Everything else is just subjective. After all, Oregon did score more against LSU in one game than Alabama did against them in two games combined.

    In EVERY other sport it doesn't matter who's "better". It only matters who wins. Not always the same thing. The "better" team doesn't always win. It's about matchups, not talent alone. Just watch March Madness. That's why they decide by actually playing the game...unless you're the B(C)S of course...

    Maybe I should explain the motivation behind my passion which I would hope you share. I dream of Hawaii making it to the title game in my lifetime. In basketball, it's possible. In football, as it stands, not possible. Because no matter how good they are, they will never get the chance.

    Remember, in 2009 an undefeated Utah team played in the Sugar Bowl against a one-loss Alabama team that had spent several weeks ranked #1. Of course Alabama was obviously far and away the better team right? But Utah blew them out. You never know. All I'm saying is that it deserves to be decided on the field.


  506. Pride.:

    al:

    January 10th, 2012 at 12:10 am
    hopefully matt sparks becomes a warrior.
    i know an ex-uh olineman who feels he would end up the best one of this year's crop.

    Well Al, Kiha Sai, Matt Sparks, and Shane Brostek will all be good ball players in my opinion. Would be great to see all three of those guys lining up next to Kolomatangi and Adams. There's another Kolomatangi that's still available. 6'3" 275 pound Viliami Koloamatangi out of Arizona would be a nice get.


  507. al:

    are they related?

    also heard that there is a 6'7" koloamatangi who is a tight end.


  508. Pride.:

    Can you imagine Kiha Sai as a space eating defensive tackle?


  509. Pride.:

    #507 - Jeremiah Valoaga at 6-7 215 would be just as good at tight end.


  510. BigHiloFan2:

    wow. alla sudden we talkin like get chance for a whole crew of 6'5"+ 300 lbs OL. meannnn!
    'gotta hand it to Chow. conserving on da pay so get kala fo da banquet table. :D


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    I think she did what most would do. Tried to make light of what truly DID look like a sleeping Icon. They were not mean and had to ad lib..whoev-er kept him on was at fault. Whether he was taking a cat nap or meditating it is not even a blip on his character. My gosh...He is amazing. Period. End of Story. wow gold


  512. BigHiloFan2:

    ahem...

    wow. its been about 34 years since a big brudda from da top ah Kalihi came down da mountain to Manoa and made dis much ruckus. :D

    gonna hafta teach brudda Sai da ropes, Tsaiko. :lol:


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  514. Midnight:

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  518. BigHiloFan2:

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere, and Sai-ko too. :D

    Great New Day for Hawaii nei!


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  521. BigHiloFan2:

    I like how Coach Chow is doing the announcements. If he puts da names of the recruits out there, then the Pac 12 teams gonna try scoop up our guys. I liked what I read about Alabama and LSU, that they have a history of keeping their homey top recruits at home.
    I like how Coach Chow is trying to do the same for us.

    Go Coach Chow. Show the bruddaz how smart you really are. You're doing great in the keep the trap shut department!

    Go Warriors!


  522. Bulla:

    congrats to the Sai ohana,

    great family, older brother Kapua at Utah will have some great discussions with younger brother Kiha about Coach Chow. Kiha is a great kid, a work in progress (like all of us) but he has the rack and we have the coaches.

    Kiha, welcome to the Warrior ohana, now does that mean we have access to our very own resident dr. regarding the overthrow of the Hawaiian government and subsequent land issues.....haha, tell your dad i said howzit, and give your hard working mom a big hug from da Eastman ohana.

    GO WARRIORS
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  523. BigHiloFan2:

    Good morning Bulla. Say howzit to da Beast.

    no.. not da wife... da Beast. :D


  524. BigHiloFan2:

    as you can tell, I'm awfully excited waitin for more Chow.


  525. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    :-(

    How long before "Saturday" again?


  526. nettebladet skjema:

    Intriguing article - cheers. You often publish a riveting post. Thanks!


  527. Slugger:

    Morning, gang!


  528. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    "Das about 1,000 more fans at the game from da Sai side of da family. Only going get 700 fans from da Kenoi side of da family, cause da air fare stay expensive for come from da Big, I mean Hawai'i Island."

    Kiha!!! Wihaaaaaa!!!

    I spoke to Kiha's Pops about a month ago and Utah sounded like a lock for his son. Its great news that Kiha's staying home.

    Twenty something years ago when Kiha's parents, Keanu and Kina were getting together, I told them both that any boys they had were going to be stallions! Sure enough both sons are bruisers, with brains to match! Grampa Kenoi is huge, too!

    This is a great get for UH football! Kiha sure looks like his uncle Billy in that pic. If the honorable Mayor Kenoi is reading, I mean that in the best way. ;)


  529. Bugaz:

    Lovely morning...except for the pain of Gout! Everyone have a terrific day!


  530. whitey:

    good morning tsaikos and have a great day


  531. A-joe:

    A glorious morning onto you all, my fellow Tsaikos and Tsaikettes!

    Everyday seems like Christmas, again and again. I love waking up to exciting news to new recruits.

    What gifts do you bring forth to us today, oh great Norm!


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