True grit

June 19th, 2013

So much for an easy summer.

The Warriors gather at 5:30 in the morning ahead of the UH-supervised conditioning drills:


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Just before 6, they run — never walk — onto the Ching complex field:


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Then for the next hour, the Warriors are in near-constant motion:











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To break up the routine, there was a tug-o-war competition:








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Here's a link to Brenden Daley's victory over Craig Cofer: Daley video.

75 Responses to “True grit”

  1. Inyoface:

    Am I First?!

  2. Ken:

    They look happy.

  3. DaMenehune:

    530! Picture looks like 12 noon.

  4. tommui:


    Good morning Stephen - thank you for getting up so early to shoot those pictures!

  5. Naks8:

    Work hard boys

  6. NorthShoreFan:

    Imua Warriors!
    Nice morn to do conditioning.
    Dedication, Hard Work = Good results!

  7. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    and some of these guys have to drive in from the other side of the island i'm guessing. now that is dedication!

  8. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


  9. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Nice to see how dedicated these guys are, since some gotta drive in from da wessai and then go to class after.

  10. Sean:

    Top 15?

  11. Sean:

    Make that 10!!

  12. Sean:

    Morning all!

    I love the smell of pig skin in the morning'

  13. PolyMom:

    Did you see my husband?

    Go Warriors!
    Beat SC!

  14. Stephen Tsai:

    I saw him at yesterday's 7-on-7 drills.

  15. cheepono:

    awesome pics ST. thanks for your continued hard work to keep us up to date during the offseason.

    looks like a good amount of players stayed here for the summer to train.

  16. PurpleMaple:

    Looks like Warriors are in shape.

  17. Jesse(James):

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!

    Good to see the work ethic going on....good conditioning plays an important role is in games...more than most people think...... :-)

  18. laulau head:

    Awesome! Champions are made in the off season!

    Thanks for the pics...

    BEAT USC!!!

  19. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Good photos, ST!

  20. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    Lean, Mean Green Machine!

  21. Shoko:

    Hmm, I wonder if Paula Deen admitting to using racial slurs will be her demise on the Food Network Channel. By the sounds of her deposition, its seems she's okay with using that kind of language.

  22. Shoko:

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Warriors!!!

    Beat USC!

  23. kifi:

    I realize that it's dificult to judge by looking at pictures, but these Warriors look bigger and more physical than the Warriors from 18 months ago.

    I could be wrong. I'm just a couch potato fan.

  24. kifi:

    Thanks for the awesome pics ST.

  25. Shoko:

    Chow's plan was to kick it up a notch in terms of conditioning. Have no doubt that they will be in top shape when the season starts.

  26. Derek:

    We will chase Championships!!!!!!!

  27. Shoko:

    This is the result of having a consistent winning program.

    Boise State sold a school-record 24,133 season tickets last season and averaged a record 35,404 fans per game.

    Read more here:

  28. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!

    Great photos and video, ST! High energy and Fun! Seems like the team spirit and camaraderie is high too! Boy, can't wait for the first game!

    ST, Thank you! I sent you a FB message re: my email address.

  29. gobows:

    cofer had him, couldnt finish...then he let go, maybe he thought he won or wanted to see daley fall.

    swinging those ropes are a killer workout, totally drains the body.

  30. A-House:

    Wow, no wonder ST's car was missing when I passed his house a little after 4 am this morning!

    Good job, good neighbor!

  31. A-House:

    the "pic" showing players using the rope fills me hart with joy - and someone on this blog made fun of me when I suggested they use them to strengthen their grip, arms, and shoulders.

    I use them every day at 24hr fitness.

    it's always easy to criticize someone else - especially behind a hidden blog!

  32. Suzanne Cofer:

    I agree Stephen, the win is controversial! Craig is not one to give up easily! Thanks for posting!

  33. criticizing from behind a hidden blog:

    Tug of war with yourself?

  34. Slugger:

    G'day, gang!

    Mahalo for the pictures, ST!!!

  35. Shoko:

    Pretty impressive, A-House. Let me stamp your "MAN" card. I hope one day to follow in your fitness footsteps. You're a legend! ;)

  36. Stephen Tsai:

    Spoke with Al Noga this morning. He said he's three classes away from a master's degree.

  37. Stephen Tsai:

    No. 3:
    It was funny, but a few minutes after I snapped the picture, they turned off the lights.
    I know UH had that whole lightbulb controversy, but it was interesting that the corridors were lit at that hour.

  38. Stephen Tsai:

    Interesting that Scott Harding, who arrived from Australia today, was able to celebrate his birthday twice.

  39. wafan:

    Well, then . . .

    Happy birthday, again, to Harding!

    Whoo-hoo, again!!!

  40. d1shima:

    Happy Happy Birthday Birthday!!

  41. SteveM:

    Planning to attend a UH football away game this year? Even tentatively-- please let me know. The Tsai-ko away game logistics and pah-tay planner page is at:

    Besides resources, this page tells those that want to be seen "who's going and who to look for"...and the hotel/tour info tells everyone how far apart they are (for get-together/car pool purposes). Some people might be at the same hotel or on the same tour. Has happened. :)

    tom-warriornation announced that he is able to obtain 50-yard line tickets for the Nevada (Reno) game. Let him know ASAP if interested.

  42. primo123:

    They may be BIG....but....are they FAST?

  43. Stephen Tsai:

    Is FAST an acronym?

  44. Kekoa:

    Col. A-house ~

    Like A Good Neighbor, ST Was There!

    Warriors are on the hunt for *Championships!*

  45. primo123:

    or QUICK?

  46. primo123:

    big and slow for football not going to cut it......

  47. primo123:

    or....they look quick, until someone quicker moves past'm......all relative I suppose.

  48. Biggestuhfan:

    Hey Stephen - do you think when time permits you post some photos of construction going on at Ching Complex? Must curious to see how its going.

  49. WarriorNY:

    I just found out my work computer is infected with viruses.. I hope I did not cause any of the spam.. Sorry if I did...

  50. Shoko:

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  51. WarriorNY:

    RIP to James Gandolfini...
    The Saprano's was a show that pioneered cabled TV... He will be missed...

  52. WarriorNY:

    Oops. Sorry for spelling...


  53. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    It's a challenge to determine quickness from pictures...

  54. Stephen Tsai:

    I did not realize I'm older than Tony Saprano.

  55. Stephen Tsai:

    It's hard to judge relative speed when Fresno State and Nevada players aren't working out alongside the Warriors.

  56. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Warriors workin' hard early in the morning, Tsai workin' hard early in the morning! We get the awesome results here. Thanks Warriors, thanks Stephen!
    BEAT USC!!!

  57. primo123:

    Everybody looks "quick" in June............

  58. Derek:

    We will see Boise State at the MWC championship, which by the way, is where?

  59. gobows:


  60. Stephen Tsai:

    Not sure if they're fast or quick, but I am sure they are faster and quicker than primo123.

  61. gobows:

    alleged pedophile and former USC professor walter lee williams nabbed in playa del carmen, mexico 1 day after being added to the fbi's most wanted list.

  62. gobows:

    old people can't compete with youngsters when it comes to speed and quickness. strength and endurance maybe.

  63. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Holy heck that is the longest spam ever.

  64. Stephen Tsai:

    He gets wordy when he craves a drink

  65. Buffoman:

    Does this mean someone is thirsty?


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  75. Stephen Tsai:

    See? This is what happens when the guy can't drink.
    So, no drink, no significant other. It's kind of amusing.