Archive for September, 2012

Travel call

September 30th, 2012

It's interesting the San Francisco 49ers decided to practice in Youngstown, Ohio, this past week between their road games at Minnesota and New Jersey.

The Warriors employed the stay-on-the-road strategy in each of the previous four seasons. The Warriors were 1-3 in the second game of those two-game series.

The Warriors, in the middle of back-to-back road games, decided to return to Hawaii between games. It makes fiscal sense because this Saturday's game is at San Diego, a one-flight trip to a sea-level city.

Meanwhile, the 49ers' strategy is paying off,  but it might have little to do with staying on the road and everything to do with Mark Sanchez being the Jets' quarterback.

The hangover

September 29th, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — It will be back to the proverbial drawing board when the Warriors resume practicing on Monday.

It should be interesting to see who will be available for practice.

X-rays were negative on the necks of defensive tackles Geordon Hanohano and Siasau Matagiese, but that doesn't mean they wont miss some time. It appears Matagiese has a better prognosis.

Additional tests will be done on d-lineman Marcus Malepeai's knee, which is apparently sprained. Malepeai, a defensive end, moved to tackle after the injuries.

Right guard Dave Lefotu's right arm was in a sling after last night's game. He's scheduled to undergo more tests today in Honolulu.

And right tackle Sean Shigematsu exited with an undisclosed ailment.

Beau Yap did well at defensive tackle, but the move deprives the Warriors of their best edge rusher.

Kody Afusia went back to the offense last week. Maybe he will do a U-turn.

Mike Andrade, who did not make the trip while recovering from a variety of ailments, probably will be promoted into the rotation on the defensive line.

It should be another hectic week. The Warriors return to Honolulu today, but will be back on the road for next Saturday's game against San Diego State.

Game day: BYU

September 28th, 2012


Provo — A past generation's rivalry continues when UH and BYU play in today's nationally televised game.

The Cougars' offense has received some heat after struggling (by their standards) in the past two games against rivals Utah and Boise State. BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman told Provo reporters this week: "I'm the leader, the master of the design, and I think you're perfectly designed to get the results you get. The results we are getting are not what we want so we have to change the design. I need to ask more of the guys in the way that they practice and holding ourselves accountable. Our staff has to coach these guys better so we can eliminate the mistakes we are making."

The Warriors, of course, have had their own problems.

The Warriors began game day with a walk in downtown Provo.

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It's not too late to wish happy birthday to executive assistant Lacey Lavarias.

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Coach Norm Chow's mother, his brother and his sister-in-law drove the 6 hours from Boise to attend this game.

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This apparently is fullback Justin Vele's first trip to the mainland.

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John Lister's mother and grandfather:


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This is like the Bat Phone. No keys to punch. Pick it up, and I guess a BYU honcho answers:



September 27th, 2012

It's too bad about receiver Justin Clapp's latest setback. He suffered a torn meniscus during Tuesday's practice. He will undergo surgery next week, and is expected to miss several games. David Graves and Chinedu Amadi take Clapp's place in the receiver rotation.

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Sorry for the late post, but "Ferd" and I are in the hotel lobby awaiting our rooms. Apparently the phrase, "we were completely sold out last night,"  is the new "the check is in the mail."

But, heck, who can complain? This place is gorgeous. There's the Wasatch Mountain Range, clean streets and registration clerks who really seem sad that your room is not ready. We also get free WiFi and free Diet Pepsi, caffeine included. (I shouldn't have mentioned the free WiFi. I think that blows my excuse for not posting earlier.)

"Ferd" is bummed that Joe's hole-in-the-wall diner is no longer around. Or, at least, it's not in the same wall as it was before. I told Ferd the '80s are over. He said: "The '80s? Try the '50s." I'm not sure what that meant. I'm not sure he knows what that meant. This is what happens when you're sleep-deprived while in altitude.

Also in the lobby are several youth lacrosse players. It's either that or there are really big butterflies here.

The giant "Y" on the side of the hill is kind of cool. I don't know where they put the "M," "C" and "A."

I tried to sprint to see if the thin air had an effect. I was breathing like an obscene caller. Then again, I breathe like that at sea level, too. Sorry, DPK, for those breathy calls.

Meanwhile, the Warriors still are in Southern California. They had a walk-through this morning. They head to LAX this afternoon, take a charter to Provo and check into the hotel at about 8 p.m. Mountain time.

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New York Post had a story about Joe McKnight moving from running back to cornerback. He did well, except for getting burned by Royce Pollard.

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Belated birthday wishes to UHFan808.

Pu‘u-Robinson cleared to play

September 26th, 2012

For once, the Warriors received good news: The NCAA cleared defensive lineman Jordan Pu‘u- Robinson to play this season.

He was notified during this morning's practice.

Pu‘u-Robinson, a transfer from Washington State, was added to the travel roster for Friday's game against BYU.