Comments about ‘Vai's View: Vai's View: Blood is thicker than water’

Return to article »

Published: Friday, April 8 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Orange County, CA

Keeping 'em dropping, Vai. That comment about name dropping was silly, and I'm not surprised to see you have fun with it. Tongans come with hard heads (I have a friend, whose name I won't drop, who had the stitches in his head to prove it from an impromptu flag football game with the CCH rugby team long ago in Laie) and, at least in your case, thick skins!

Provo, UT

Vai, thanks again for your warm and insightful columns. And I will never forget being in the Edward's Stadium and seeing your return a kick off for a TD.

Draper, UT

Vai, I love your blogs. They are informative, but always have a good message concerning life and the gospel. I am a BYU Cougar first, but I am excited to see Kyle's Utes take the field in the PAC 12. Gaining some insights about individual players helps me to connect on an emotional level during the season. I look forward to watching the Cougars and Utes in the Fall. Keep the blogs coming!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Thanks, cousin! Well, I'm wishful thinking - we'd have to go WAY far back for me to claim that honor! I have grown to respect the U football team, and your stories help make them, well, family.

But I don't think I'll ever relate very much with some of the fans.

Keep dropping names and telling stories. I am happier and filled with a greater desire for good when you do.

Alexandria, VA

Love the Ute insight. It's good for us BYU fans to keep what the Ute's are doing in perspective. It will make their beatdown in September more meaningful if we know just who is getting schooled.


Vai being excited over the football team makes me happy. considering that JJ Obrien left the basketball team today, I need something good in Ute news. Thanks Vai!

Southern, IN

Vai, I love your blog! It's one of my favorite things on the Deseret News website. The missionary stories are uplifting and inspiring. I don't think you need to apologize at all for what you have written. Thank you for sharing and keep it coming!

One Angry Salebarn Worker
Madison, SD

Good stuff Via--your South Dakota buddy. Ever serve east river?

Eagle Mountain, UT

Great column Vai. It is nice to have somthing like this to really enjoy while reading. Reading your blogs is like reading from a favorite book. It is great to see that KW has the foresight to invite a BYU legend to speak to his Ute team when a good opportunity presents itself (no disrespect to the Utes; they have some good current and former NFL players themselves), probably not with your style though. Sounds like BYU will have their hands full with the U defensive line this fall. Good thing they weigh about 1600 lbs between them, are very good and are experienced.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Aloha, from an Hawiian cousin thank you for your poly-insight. You are delightful to read. I have a red diploma and a very BYU blue heart. I love when Utah does well, especially the Poly-boys my heart and tear filled eyes felt the tenderness in your piece when you spoke of the hymn from those faithful men that have heard the prophets voice and are serving with there huge hearts and spirit of the seed of Joseph.

My son is getting ready to submit his papers at the end of the month, I hope he goes to Philly and could shake your hand as a full time elder for the lord.

" Teia teia te ala nui o talani la " this is an old Hawiian chant I learned on my mission in Hawaii over 30 years ago. A chant that my cousin on the Island of Molokai taught me, it is used to comfort those who have lost a loved one, it is to be whispered in an embrace as you share the breath of life. When used with Aloha this is a very personal moment. A oi e tala mahalo.

Salt Lake City, UT

Don't we all wear the same jersey? I do love how the tongans and Samoans stick together. Now, if we could just get all the Latter Day Saints to feel the same way,we might actually be able to change the world.

It is great watching Both Utah and BYU and hopefully Utah State create some fun football to watch.

Also, You never finished your story about Bob Dull. You left us all hanging. Well, maybe not all of us...just those paying attention. It's been months now and I'm ready to hear the rest of the story.

Keep being real. It's a great example to set. Too many people are afraid to be real because they might be criticized by others, or open their mouth and not sound as smart as they think they are. It is ok to not be perfect.
Start trying to make this world better.

Love the stories Vai. Keep 'em rolling!

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Vai, I've been a harsh critic of some of your more recent blogs. I found your explanation at the beginning of this one informative and answered many questions I'd have in reading your pieces. The explanation of your "name-dropping" was particularly helpful. I loved this update! This seemed to be like many of your earlier ones. I don't know if you'll get as many viewer comments as some of your controversial numbers, but I found reading about your two post-conference experiences to be very enjoyable, particularly the MTC experience with Bob Dull. How cool must that have been!! My 12 year old and I were at Gen'l Conf. It would have been nice to bump into each other and share stories of when you and I were in the MTC together. I'm still jealous over the BYU Football t-shirts you got all the elders in your district! Take care, my friend. :o)

Layton, UT

Thank you and keep up the blog. I like your views. They are very informative.

Lehi, UT

Blood is thicker than water and this Still a Cougar. But love my boys on The Hill. Because most of them are relatives.

Theres a lot to be deduced from the above seeming ambivalence, hence where your true loyalties lie. Still good though I hope youre not harboring any ill feelings towards the MIB (Men in Blue) because of Atuaias mischances. Speaking of name "dropping", the rugby guys name is Palamo, I believe.

Good reading notwithstanding.

Mt Laurel, NJ

I've been wearing Vai down out here in Jersey for 5 years. Finally my efforts have converted him to Red. The only thing I dont like is that he can get a sideline pass for games quicker then an X Ute.

Southern Belle
Atlanta, GA

Love your blogs, Vai. I hope you collect the best some day and put them in a book! My husband and I will be the first to buy it.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Great blog, Vai! I love reading them each week and this one was especially sweet as a Ute fan. Thanks for the insights into the team. That just makes me more excited for the season coming this fall. Also, my son played football at Davis High School with Chaz Walker so knowing you have a connection with his Dad is kind of fun. Thanks again.

Salt Lake City, UT

Tell 'em what a great singer you are, Vai. We loved having you with us at Tabernacle Choir rehearsal last night!

Love everything you write. This one made me wonder if I could stomach the Utes once in a while.


Orem, UT


Another great blog. Thanks! As a Coug, I love the Utes too. KW is a class act and is doing a remarkable job on the hill. Personally, I can't wait to see them play in the PAC 12. I think they'll do better...sooner...than people think! Oh, BTW, there's plenty of Poly blood down in Provo too! Don't leave us completely, Brother!

Karchaj, A.V.

Another great one by Vai. Utes, Cougars, mormons,, whatever this guy blogs on is always to shelf. Thanks.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments