Vai's View: Vai's View: BYU-Utah game takes on special meaning for Uliti Uata, Tongan dignitary, grandfather


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  • Roni USA, UT
    April 23, 2012 1:31 a.m.

    LOL @ Loni's story! That sounds like grandma :)
    Great article Vai.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    OOPS. Just as I clicked on the button to add my comment, I notice I had typed "I loved to see you plan," and I meant to say, "I loved to see you PLAY!" I'm glad you have had a very successful career after college and pro sports. You represent the Church very well.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    So sorry that Grandfather had to watch the Y lose so badly. I am a BYU fan, and have been for a long time. This was one of the most amazingly awful games I think I've ever seen them play. I hope they can regroup and do better the rest of the season. They have SO much talent there!

    And Vai, I loved to watch you plan, and now I truly enjoy your articles. You have a great talent for writing. The best to you!

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    @ CoachWinWa..... You were so totally right about it getting ugly..

    I wonder where the cougs players went at half time????

    54- 10 is an ugly loss for the Independent sisters down south. Isn't that how you put it Coach????

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 5:52 p.m.


    You are one of the best writers the Dnews has. Keep it up.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Rise and shout.

    Great article.

    I hope Fangupo has a monster game!

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 17, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    Fangupo is going to be a beast in this game. Id have him in on every down. Can you imagine his motivation to play for his grandfather who traveled half way around the world to see him play?

    I feel sorry for the little sisters from the north. This could get ugly.

    Fangupo is thnking... Sorry for stealing that food grandfather, but thanks for coming to watch me take this long haired Wynny the foo's head off.

    Cant wait for kick off.

  • mtmanmc Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 16, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Vai great story again. The stories about what happens on the Islands enriches the understanding of the gospel and the connections to BYU & Utah Football. Miki Kelli was the first of many from the Islands whom I've meet. Your cousin Lenard Wolfgramm was in my BYU Ward. Your Mission to South Dakota Rapid City Mission is also part of my story. I follow BYU Football where ever I live. This year's game doesn't feel the same. The stories you provide give great insight. Thank You Vai

  • Digbads South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Sometimes the offhand comments are the funniest: "My grandmother talked grandpa into hiring me for ship security because I was so big and there's no food there."

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    One of the many things I like about your stories, Vai, is that you are always fair and honest. You do not play up the positive or downplay the negative, but are a straight shooter. Thank you for your honesty and integrity. I love your articles. Keep them coming.

    Sept. 16, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Vai is just one of the great story tellers around.

  • dferg Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Leave it to the Y-haters to turn an inspirational and heartfelt story into divisiveness.

    Sounds like Minister Uata experienced the American Dream....Tongan style; tales of self-made men like that - especially one of character like him - are always a treat. I'm glad he'll finally be able to see his grandson play - and hopefully, team playing host to the DIGNITARIES will prevail. :-)

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    It's always a delight to read Vai's artcles.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Sept. 16, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    If Vai's byline is on it, I read it. Great article as always. And the same losers as always never seem to get it.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Helpful hints for those who cannot spell dignitaries, but instead spell it "dignataries:"

    The webpage tells you when you spell something wrong. You have to correct the spelling yourself.

    The word "dignitary" is in the title of the article.

    The word "dignitaries" is in the first line of the article, and in the third-to-last paragraph.

    You can Google the word dignitaries.

    I hope this helps.

    Sept. 16, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    Great article. I always enjoy Vai's insights.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 2:10 p.m.


    utah 31
    byu 17

    These dignataries will leave Utes!

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Sept. 16, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Thanks Vai for your posts. The story about the burglar is hilarious - in hindsight. BYU's secret to success is interwoven with Tongan players. Spread the word - Provo is safe.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Sept. 16, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Vai did not list the current Tongan players on each team, I wonder how many on each? As for wearing blue, the Y should provide them with beautiful blue BYU shirts...on that subject, everywhere I look, there are displays of Utah colors, shirts, hats, etc., but very little of BYU stuff up here in Ogden-Roy-Layton area. At Harmons grocery store, in the new Dick's sporting goods, Utah has way better stuff, and more of it, for sale. I have protested, but where are the Y promoters?

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 16, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Outstanding. Good job Bro Sikahema!